Gender Identity/Expression Guidelines

Housing, Dining, & Conference Services (HDCS) and Residential Life (Res Life) at San Francisco State (referred to hereafter as "SF State Housing") value the freedom gender expression and take all efforts to promote the dignity and respect for and among all residents. SF State Housing acts in concert with federal and state law, as well as California State University (CSU) and SF State policy and practice. Under CSU policy, no student on the basis of gender may be excluded from participation in or denied the benefits of any CSU program or activity, and all students have the right to participate free from discrimination, harassment and retaliation. Additionally, gender is defined as inclusive of one's gender identity and gender related appearance and behavior whether or not stereotypically associated with the person's assigned sex at birth.

Within this framework, SF State Housing seeks to meet the needs of students of all gender identities/expressions in the best way possible. This includes addressing students' needs regarding accommodation and harassment complaints.

Following are the SF State Housing guidelines related to gender identity/expression that apply to all residents and staff in our community:

Accommodation Guidelines:

Residents who wish to request special accommodations due to gender identity/expression or gender non-conformity should contact SF State Housing as soon as the housing application is completed and submitted to the Housing Office. SF State Housing understands that going through the application can be stressful and confusing for students with matters around gender identity. SF State Housing will not ask for any more information than is required to meet students housing needs and all information is strictly confidential. SF State Housing will make every effort to honor all reasonable accommodation(s) requests; however, accommodation requests will not circumvent the housing waitlist. All applicants are housed on a first come first served basis. Questions about the application process can be directed to the Interim Assistant Director of Residential Life: Johana Duarte, or (415) 405-8078.

Gender Inclusive Housing Option:

Gender inclusive housing opportunities are available within SF State Housing. While any student may request gender-inclusive housing, placement priority will be given to students who notify SF State Housing that they require accommodations based on their gender identity or expression. Gender inclusive housing generally exists in the Towers at Centennial Square and University Park South (UPS), however gender inclusive housing options may be available in other housing areas and is determined on a case by case basis. Gender inclusive housing allows same-gender roommates, opposite-gender roommates, or other gender-identity roommate pairings, regardless of biological sex. (To clarify, gender identities are numerous and include man, woman, transgender, and gender non-conforming). The Towers and UPS features single-person restroom and shower facilities, providing privacy for every resident. You can see Towers living space and UPS living space. All residents within gender inclusive housing, like those of any other SF State residence hall, must adhere to common standards of civility and respect regarding diverse gender identities/expressions.

Guidelines related to use of preferred versus given name:

Students wishing to request a change from the name listed in their Housing account to a different preferred name can contact the Housing Business Office. Requests must be made in writing either by emailing or coming into the Housing Business Office located in Mary Ward Hall. It is important to note that when a student chooses to change their name regarding their Housing account, some complications, while not common, can occur, including the following:

  1. The SF State OneCard (University ID cards) is issued based on a student's "legal name" used on their University application. For more information on Preferred Names on the Onecard be sure to visit their website.
  2. Any refund from the SF State Bursar's office related to Housing will be under the student’s “legal name”.

Intimidation/Bullying/Harassment concerns:

San Francisco State University does not discriminate on the basis of sex, gender, or sexual orientation in its education programs or activities. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and certain other federal and state laws, prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in all education programs and activities operated by the university (both on and off campus). Title IX protects all people regardless of their gender or gender identity from sex discrimination, which includes sexual harassment and violence.

For complete information and resources, visit the Title IX site for San Francisco State University.

Roommate Complaints:

In SF State Housing, reports of unjust behavior can be made to any staff member. The staff member will assist or direct you to the appropriate resources to support you with your concern. If you are not comfortable on your floor or in your room or apartment, speak with your Resident Assistant or Area Coordinator. Staff is available to assist if you wish to have a mediation or conversation with your roommates about expectations in your living space.
If you feel that you are not able to remain in your current room or apartment, speak with your Area Coordinator about options that may be available. Ideally, residents are able to speak to each other and resolve differences. However, if you feel that the differences are too extreme or that your safety or security are a concern, other living arrangements in SF State Housing can be considered in consultation with your Area Coordinator. If your Area Coordinator is not available within a reasonable amount of time to address your concerns, you can download and complete a Room Change Form to begin the process of moving to a different housing space.

Resources for our residents can be found at the following links:

On campus resources

All-Gender Restrooms:

are located in various building throughout campus.

PRIDE Committee:

PRIDE at SF State is a committee of faculty, staff and students that is committed to making San Francisco State University a safe and welcoming community for people of all sexualities and gender identities. You can contact the committee for more information or to get involved.

EGAY at SFSU (Everything Great About You):

The Residence Life Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Ally network. EGAY organizes meet and greets and has events for the residence community at SFSU. From discussion groups to excursions to events (such as Pride Prom and All Dragged Up), EGAY does much for the LGBTA community in the SFSU residential community.  You can contact EGAY for more information or to get involved.

Off-campus resources

The Center:

The mission of the San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Community Center is to connect our diverse community to opportunities, resources and each other to achieve our vision of a stronger, healthier, and more equitable world for LGBT people and our allies. The Center's strategies inspire and strengthen our community by fostering greater opportunities for people to thrive; organizing for our future; celebrating our history and culture; and building resources to create a legacy for future generations. The contact information for The Center is: 1800 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102; Phone: (415) 865-5555; Email:

Dimensions Clinic:

The mission of the Dimensions Clinic is to increase the physical and mental health and wellness of LGBTQIQ young people in a culturally competent environment. Dimensions has a weekly transgender & gender-variant support group. This group is run by trans counselors and transgender/gender variant facilitators. Young people 25 and under are welcome to attend on a drop-in basis. The group is held at Dimensions Clinic every Thursday from 6:30-7:30pm. General contact information is provided here: Dimensions Clinic, Castro-Mission Health Center, 3850 17th Street , San Francisco, CA 94114; Phone: (415) 934-7789; Email:


Lyric's mission is to build community and inspire positive social change through education enhancement, career trainings, health promotion, and leadership development with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning youth, their families, and allies of all races, classes, genders, and abilities. You can reach Lyric at: 127 Collingwood Street, San Francisco, CA 94114; Phone: (415) 703-6150; E-mail:

If at any time anyone needs to speak to someone for information or support, contact the Associate Director of Residential Education & Leadership, Jessica Robison, at or (415) 338-2729.