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Gender Inclusivity

Your Identity

Being identified by the correct name contributes to an individual's autonomy, dignity and safety. For students seeking to change their documented or legal name at Laurier please see the processes and supports below.

Name Changes

Being identified by the correct name contributes to an individual’s autonomy, dignity and safety.

For students seeking to change their documented or legal name at Laurier, refer to the processes and supports below.

Legal Name Change

Complete the Legal Name Change form to change your legal name in LORIS, including your academic records (degree, transcript, confirmation of enrolment).

Official documentation is required to be submitted with the form (e.g., birth certificate, valid passport, marriage certificate, or name change document from the ministry).

Preferred Name Change

Complete the Preferred Name Change Form to update your chosen name for internal use only in LORIS and MyLearningSpace classroom lists.

A chosen name can be your chosen first name, nickname, removal of middle name, etc.

Your chosen name will not be reflected on official documentation such as degree, transcript or confirmation of enrolment.

You can also:

  • Request a new OneCard with your chosen name for exams.
  • Request your chosen name to be displayed on your MyLaurier email and in Zoom through the student help desk.

For any questions about this process, connect with Service Laurier.

Inclusive Washroom Initiative

Inclusive washroom signage

Everyone has the right to use the washroom in accordance with their lived gender identity and/or gender expression. Accessing a washroom on campus can present a barrier for some trans and gender diverse people due to gender monitoring and fear of harm and harassment. Laurier worked to address this barrier throughout 2016 and 2017 by implementing an initiative that replaced the gender specific signs at single-user restrooms with signs free of gender symbols. This was a critical first step to increasing the inclusiveness of Laurier, however, it is not a complete solution.

The Inclusive Washroom Initiative serves as the next step to increasing the inclusiveness of spaces at Laurier by providing signage at multi-user washrooms indicating that Laurier respects and supports everyone's right to choose a washroom based on how they identify and present. This signage will also remind people to refrain from commenting on who is accessing which washroom.​

Signage image text: Laurier supports everyone's right to choose a washroom that aligns with their gender identity. People using this space belong here.

Additional Resources

For More Information About Gender Inclusivity at Laurier:

Students

Staff and Faculty