LGBTQ Data Initiative

When you register each quarter, you will be asked to answers some optional questions regarding your sexual orientation and gender identity.

Why are we asking?

This data will allow us to know more about you, as students. It will help us to design and to develop services and programs that will reflect your identities and experiences.

The video below illustrates the importance of data collection through the eyes of students:


Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a specific reason you are collecting this data?
Yes, we are collecting data to promote safe and welcoming learning environments, develop programs and services, and better track students’ progress and success. See the video above for more information on the initiative.

Will you report this information to outside agencies?

What if I leave the question blank? Will you require me to select my sexual orientation?
No, a student can select “Prefer not to answer.”

Will this information be disclosed to my peers or professors?

Who will have access to this registration information?
Enrollment and Registrar Services and Institutional Research units will have access to this information.

Will I be able to update and change my status after I register for classes?
Yes, you will be able to change this information if you need to.

Does your campus collect this information from faculty and staff?

Will this information always be linked to my name?
Yes, but it is protected by FERPA and confidential.

If I transfer schools, will you provide this information to them?

If another school or entity asks you for this information, will you provide it to them?

If I provide this information, will it be kept private?

Does your campus have a clear procedure for reporting LGBTQ related bias incidents and hate crimes?
Yes. For more information see the Bias Incident Response and Support Team website.

Definitions for the Terms used on registration:

Two questions will appear on the registration process. For many people, these terms can be new and confusing. We have provided some guiding definitions to help you decide to answer the questions to fit your experience best.

LGBTQ Definitions

What is Gender Identity?
The term "gender identity" is distinct from the term "sexual orientation." It refers to a person's inner reality and deeply felt psychological identification as a man, woman or some other gender, which may or may not correspond to their biological sex. (Biological Sex: The physical anatomy and hormones a person is born with. Generally described as male, female, or intersex.)
Feminine: Having qualities or appearances traditionally associated with women or femininity.
Masculine: Having qualities or appearances traditionally associated with men or masculinity.
Androgynous: Having qualities or appearances not traditionally associated with masculinity or femininity. A mix of masculine and feminine.
Gender neutral: A person who does not identify as masculine or feminine at all.
Transgender: One’s gender identity or expression does not match and/or is different from the sex they were assigned at birth.
Other: Mark if you feel like none of the above fit you.

What is Sexual Orientation?
Sexual orientation describes who you’re attracted to (i.e. sexually, romantically, physically, and emotionally).
Gay: A man whose primary attractions are to other men.
Lesbian: A woman whose primary attractions are to other women.
Bisexual: A person whose primary attractions are to both men and women.
Straight/Heterosexual: A person whose primary attractions are to people of the “opposite” (male/female) sex.
Other: Mark if you feel like none of these fit you right.
Queer: Some people identify as queer rather than as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. (a) Likes to spend time with people of many genders; b) a label for people who feel they do not fit well in any one group; c) sometimes used as a word for all people with non-heterosexual/cisgendered sexual orientations; d) historically, a bad word-its use today are welcome by some and unwelcome by others; e) lots of other meanings, too, but here’s a start!