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Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any LGBTQA student groups on campus?

Yes. Student groups include the Foundation of Undergraduates for Sexual Equality (FUSE), OUTLAW (School of Law) and Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender @ Drexel (College of Medicine). Find out more here.

What offices offer LGBTQA-specific services and programs?

What on-campus activities are sponsored for LGBTQA students?

The LGBTQA Student Center offers bi-weekly coffee chats, which feature informal conversations about LGBTQA topics in safe and welcoming space for all community members. The LGBTQA Student Center also aids the Drexel community in celebrating LGBT History Month, Transgender Awareness Week and Pride Month. The University flies the transgender flag during Transgender Awareness Week and LGBT flag during Pride Month. The center also offers LGBT 101 and ally training for students. Throughout the year there are many other social gatherings workshops, lectures and more organized by student organizations and others offices that support the LGBTA community. To learn about what’s happening on campus, visit the LGBTQA Student Center’s events calendar

How welcoming is the Drexel community to LGBTQA students, faculty and professional staff?

Drexel is a welcoming community with a growing LGBTQA student population that is also located in a welcoming city of Philadelphia. That said there are going to be members of our community who will lack acceptance. However we expect all of our students, faculty and professional staff to embrace the WIRED principles . Additionally our harassment policies are inclusive of sexuality and gender among others identities. Any student who feels that they have been victims to harassment or any unwelcome treatment can report such incidences to the Office of Equality and Diversity (student, faculty or professional staff) at 215.895.1405 or oed@drexel.edu or the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards (student) at 215.895.0240 or sccs@drexel.edu.

How welcoming is Philadelphia to LGBTQA students, faculty and staff?

Philadelphia is a welcoming city for LGBTQA people. According to the Human Rights Campaign, Philly earned 100 points out of a possible 100 on the 2013 Municipal Equality Index. The index examines the laws, policies and services available. There are also many LGBTQA-friendly events that happen throughout the year in Philadelphia. Find out more about community resources and gay-friendly events in Philadelphia.

Are sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression included in the University non-discrimination policy?

Yes. All three are included in the Drexel Equality and Non-Discrimination Policy and the Student Code of Conduct/Student Handbook.

The Equality and Non-Discrimination Policy states:

“The University is committed to an environment of equal opportunity in education and employment and to proactively undertake initiatives and take actions to create such an environment.

In the administration of its admissions policies, educational policies, employment policies, scholarship and loan programs and all other University administered programs and activities, the University prohibits discrimination against individuals on the basis of: race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, status as a veteran or special disabled veteran, gender identity and expression, genetic information and any other prohibited characteristic.

Moreover, Drexel does not tolerate unlawful harassment of any kind.

It is a violation of this policy to retaliate against any person who makes a complaint of discrimination or testifies, assists, or participates in an investigation or proceeding related to such behavior.”

See full policy here [PDF]

The Student Code of Conduct states:

“ The University prohibits discrimination and harassment against individuals based on race, color, religion, gender (sex), pregnancy, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, identify and expression and veteran status. All complaints of student discrimination, harassment and retaliation should be reported to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards who will work in conjunction with the Office of Equality and Diversity. All complaints of non-student discrimination, harassment and retaliation should be reported to the Office of Equality and Diversity.”

See full Code of Conduct.

Any student who feels that they have been victims to harassment or unwelcome treatment can report such incidences to the Office of Equality and Diversity at 215.895.1405 or oed@drexel.edu or to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards at 215.895.0240 or sccs@drexel.edu.

Can I find supportive faculty and staff easily?

Yes. Drexel has an LGBTQA+ Faculty and Professional Staff Network (LGBTQA+FPSN). This group is a visible association of employees who work together to promote the interests of the diverse Drexel community. LGBTQA+FPSN aims to foster a campus climate that is welcoming, inclusive and safe for everyone at the University. LGBTQA+FPSN recognizes the broad range of issues and concerns related to sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and gender expression. LGBTQA+FPSN accomplishes its mission through social events, educational initiatives and civic engagement. Their vision is to ensure that Drexel is an exemplary model of an LGBTQA-supportive campus environment that is welcoming, inclusive and safe. Find out more about this group here.

Does Drexel offer gender-neutral or single occupancy housing?

Drexel is currently exploring gender-neutral housing as an option in the future. If a student is interested in requesting an alternative housing arrangement or accommodation, please contact University Housing, who will attempt to provide the best accommodation possible based on space availability.

Are there single-person restrooms on campus?

Yes. Below is a list of single use bathrooms available at Drexel University. This list is by no means exhaustive in identifying all single use bathrooms on campus and is an ongoing project. We will continue to post updates as they are available. If you find an error with this list or have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact Tatiana Diaz at inclusion@drexel.edu.

Building Street Address
Location
Number
Bellet Building 1505 Race St.
1st floor
4th floor

2
1

Caneris Hall
115 N. 32nd St.
1st floor
2
Drexel Recreation Center
3301 Market St. 2nd floor
3rd floor
2
2
Hagerty Library 3300 Market St. Bookmark Cafe 1
Language and Communication Center 229 N. 33rd St. Basement 1
MacAlister Hall 3250 Chestnut St. 1st floor
by Barnes and Noble entrance
2
Main Building
3141 Chestnut St. 1st floor, west entrance
1
James E. Marks Intercultural Center 30 S. 33rd St. 1st floor
2nd floor
2
1
Millennium Hall 223 N. 34th St. 1st floor
All residential floors
2
Myers Hall 3301 Race St. 1st floor 2
Nesbitt Hall 3215 Market St. 1st floor, behind elevators 1
Parking Garage 34th and Market streets 1st floor, Noodle Bar
1
PSA Building 3231 Powelton Ave. 1st floor 1
Race Street Residences 3300 Race St. 1st floor 2
Towers Hall 101 N. 34th St. 1st floor 2
Vidas Athletic Complex 4300 Powelton Ave. 1st floor
2nd floor
1
1

Are there counseling and support groups available for LGBTQ students?

Yes, the Drexel Counseling Center is a safe space for LGBTQ students to seek support and counseling. The Drexel Counseling Center offers free, confidential counseling services provided by mental health professionals to currently enrolled full-time undergraduate and graduate students in an atmosphere that is welcoming and comfortable for all students. The Counseling Center offers the following services: Individual counseling, group counseling, couples counseling, outreach programs and workshops, self help and consultation.

For more information visit, drexel.edu/studentaffairs/counseling.

Are there LGBTQA-inclusive religious and spiritual organizations on campus?

Yes. The Drexel spiritual and religious community is open and welcoming to all community members. Drexel believes that spiritual and/or religious exploration and expression is integral to the ongoing process of establishing identity, making meaning and clarifying purpose in our lives. Understanding this, the Spiritual and Religious Life offers a collaborative, thoughtful and diverse presence throughout the campus community in support of the spiritual and religious identity development of students. For more information visit the Spiritual and Religious Life website.

Is there an LGBTQ resource center or office on campus?

Yes. Drexel has an on-campus LGBTQA Student Center, which is supported by the Student Center for Inclusion and Culture (SCIC). The LGBTQA Student Center’s mission is to support the development, growth and education of Drexel students and serve as a safe and inclusive location for the LGBTQA community and their allies. The LGBTQA Student Center offers on and off-campus resources and peer support.

Location: Creese Student Center, Room 48-C (Lower level)

For more information on the LGBTQA Student Center visit drexel.edu/studentaffairs/lgbtqa, email inclusion@drexel.edu or call 215.571.4653.

What if I have additional questions?

Contact incluson@drexel.edu or 215.895.2662