The Office of the Registrar's page on Name Changes details the policies and procedures governing legal and preferred/chosen names, how changes can be made, and where each name will show up. This page also goes into detail about your options for graduation.
Students have the right to expect professors and staff members to use the name and pronouns consistent with the student's expressed identity/preference. If students believe faculty or staff members are repeatedly and intentionally misgendering, mispronouncing, and/or refusing to use the correct name, students are encouraged to contact the Title IX office.
Below is a map of the All Gender Restrooms on campus. On campus, students may use the bathroom that they feel the most comfortable in. No student may exclude another student from using public restrooms due to their gender identity or expression.
The Office of Residential Education's page on Gender Policies outlines the Bathroom Policy and voting system that is currently used within residence halls here on campus. This page also outlines the role gender and roommate preferences play throughout the roommate selection process.
Baldwin Cottage as well as Old Barrows are home of the Women and Trans Collective, a close-knit community that provides women and trans people with a safe space for discussion, communal living, and personal development. These a great options for students who are wanting a more intentional community living experience on campus.
Oberlin College's Health Insurance Program includes comprehensive gender-affirming care. This includes counseling, hormone therapy, and some gender-affirming surgery, should students need these services. While prescriptions and referrals for gender-affirming care are not currently offered through Student Health Services, they are about to administer hormone therapy as well as provide any labs ordered by your doctor.
Counseling and Psychological Services at Oberlin is passionate about supporting queer, trans, and non-binary students, and will work with students either on-campus or via referring them to local therapists to help them secure the healthcare that they need. Students can make an appointment by calling (440) 775-8470.
The Sexual Information Center (SIC), located in Wilder Hall Room 203, is a student-run organization dedicated to sexual health justice through a three-fold mission: increasing access to sexual health and wellness resources; offering peer support for issues related to sexuality, including sexualized violence; and providing community education. The SIC sees sex and sexuality as a critical lens through which to address issues of equity and justice. Their framework views sex and sexuality as holistic, incorporating identity and emotional and mental health into our understanding of sexual wellness. They believe that sexual education, resource accessibility, and survivor support are essential to anti-oppression work. The SIC aims to make themselves and their services accessible to Oberlin College students and the greater Oberlin community.
The SIC provides a wide range of low-cost, sliding scale safer sex supplies (including external and internal condoms, dental dams, personal lubricant, Monistat, etc.); menstrual products (including pads, tampons, menstrual cups, and period underwear); reproductive health supplies (including emergency contraception and pregnancy tests); and gender-affirming products (including binders, gaffs, packers, STPs, and packing underwear). The SIC also partners with Lorain County Family Planning Services and Lorain County Public Health to put on STI Testing events for Oberlin students and community members.
The SIC's trained staff members provide trauma-informed and gender-inclusive peer counseling and support for issues related to sexual and reproductive health and relationships, including gender, sexuality, sexual orientation, pregnancy options, contraception, safer sex, sexual wellness, STIs, healthy relationships, consent, pleasure, etc. Our staffers are able to provide a knowledgeable and compassionate listening ear, as well as a wide range of community referrals. Students can either drop in for counseling during office hours or request an appointment at any time by emailing email@example.com. The SIC offers specialized office hours for people of color and non-cisgender people. These hours change depending on the semester but can be found on their Instagram.
- ObieExpress - Cleveland Shuttle
- The Office of Student Leadership and Involvement is excited to provide ObieExpress! This initiative allows students to travel to locations around the greater Cleveland area for free.
- Oberlin EV CarShare
- The city of Oberlin and Oberlin College and Conservatory have four all electric CarShare vehicles (Chevrolet Bolts) available to any Oberlin resident or Oberlin College student with a valid driver's license, pending certain requirements. The cost is $8 an hour (plus tax) and paid within the app.
- Oberlin Connector
- Working with other local entities, and with additional financial support from the Paradox Prize/Fund for Our Economic Future, the City of Oberlin has contracted with Lorain County Transit to provide expanded transit service to Oberlin. With additional funding from the American Rescue Plan, the City of Oberlin is able to continue to provide expanded transit service to the Oberlin community through 2023. With a College ID, a One-Way Trip is $1. Only cash is accepted.
Mental Health Resources
Legal Name & Gender Change (Ohio)
Sexual Health Resources
How STI Testing Works
CDC Info Sheets on HIV, PrEP, PEP, & More
Sexual Health: STIs, How They are Transmitted, & How to Reduce Risk
Healthy Bodies, Safer Sex (for trans & non-binary people)
Good Sex is… A Guide for Trans People and Their Partners
Good Sex is… A Guide for Women Who Have Sex with Women
Good Sex is… A Guide for Men Who Have Sex with Men