Rice University remains committed to equal opportunity in
education and employment. The University does not
discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual
orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, ancestry,
age, disability, or veteran status in admissions, educational
programs, or employment.
The University's most recent non-discrimination policy now also
prohibits discrimination based on a person's "gender
identity." It is an extension of the University's existing
philosophy of judging individuals on their abilities and merit, and
it reinforces an already strong commitment to inclusiveness at
Rice. This policy recognizes that gender identity issues
should not be relevant to decision making in education or
employment and removes gender identity as a possible form of
discrimination. The policy modification is intended to send a
message of welcome, respect, and encouragement to all members and
potential members of the Rice community, including transgender
individuals. Rice strives to foster a safe and welcoming
environment for all members of its community.
All persons have a "gender identity," which is a person's
internal self-awareness of being either male or female, masculine
or feminine, or something in between. For most persons,
gender identity is consistent with their sex at birth, but
"transgender" individuals experience their gender identity as not
conforming to their sex at birth or to gender stereotypes.
Transgender persons may indicate their gender identity by
conducting themselves in ways that are inconsistent with gender
stereotypes, changing their appearance or dress in ways that are
more consistent with their gender identity, changing their names or
undergoing medical sex reassignment.
What are the benefits of this policy modification?
- Reinforcing Rice's commitment to inclusiveness and a
respect for all community members
- Reaching out to attract the most talented students, faculty
and staff available
- Preventing the discriminatory application of gender
The University does not anticipate significant changes arising
from this policy modification. Rice will continue to foster a
safe and welcoming educational and work environment, and it will
factor this policy change into its ongoing efforts toward
If students wish to learn more about gender identity issues,
they may consult the Rice Counseling Center, the Office of
Multicultural Affairs, or Rice's GLBT Council. Employees may
contact the Human Resources Office, Rice's employee assistance
program, or the Director of Affirmative Action & Equal
Employment Opportunity Programs. There are also numerous
useful resources available online and in the local community.
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