Trans Resources at Oberlin

Oberlin has been working hard over recent years to make the campus community a positive, safe, and inclusive space for transgender and non-binary students.

In addition to the programming offered by the MRC and the work of the different student organizations on campus, several resources exist at Oberlin to support trans and non-binary students.
Trans @ Oberlin

In all academic buildings on campus, students may use the bathroom that best aligns with their gender identity. No student may exclude another student from using public restrooms in academic buildings due to their gender identity or expression.

In all residential buildings on campus, students have the option to choose from different bathroom policies based on their housing situation and floor preference. Decisions about bathroom policies are made during the first house meeting of every year; prior to and after that, please read more about the specific policy options. Many houses have bathrooms that utilize the “E-System” .

There are several explicitly trans-inclusive houses at Oberlin. They include:
Women and Trans* Collective (Baldwin Cottage)
Edmonia Lewis Center for Women and Transgender People
Old Barrows

Chosen/Preferred Names

We recognize that many students use names other than their legal names to identify themselves. Banner, Oberlin College’s system of record, includes a preferred/chosen name field. That field is populated with the preferred/chosen name that appeared on the application to Oberlin. If no preferred/chosen name was entered, the preferred/chosen name field defaults to the student’s legal first name.  


Preferred/chosen names are used on documents and in places from which regulatory reports are not derived.  A preferred/chosen name can be used for a student's ID Card, email address, class lists maintained outside of Blackboard, ResEd/Dining, Student Academic Services, advisor lists, and places in which a legal name is not required. A preferred/chosen name can be changed through Banner Self Service by clicking on the My Self Service Profile in OberView.  You will need to sign in to the task with your single sign on ObieID and password.



Legal Names

The legal name is the first, middle, and last name submitted on the original application for admittance to Oberlin. This is the official name in a student's Oberlin Academic Record.  Legal names are used for Student Accounts, Financial Aid, responses to enrollment enquiries such as verification requests, official transcripts, student employee/payroll information, Internal systems that require and can only accommodate the legal name, all external communications and reporting.


The Registrar's Office may only change a legal name when presented with documentation that a legal name change has been completed through the court system. Please contact the Office of the Registrar to make that request.

Students have the right to expect professors to use pronouns consistent with students expressed identity/preference. If students believe faculty are intentionally repeatedly mis-gendering a student or refusing to use the correct names, students are encouraged to contact the Title IX office.

Oberlin College offers an excellent health insurance program which includes comprehensive gender affirmation care for transgender and non-binary students. This includes coverage for counseling, hormone therapy, and gender affirmation surgery, should students need these services. 

Additionally, The Counseling Center at Oberlin is passionate about supporting 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 .

Many of the religious leaders on Oberlin’s campus are explicitly committed to supporting our trans and non-binary students. Among them are:

Every year in November, Oberlin celebrates Trans Week of Action. Centered around the national Trans Day of Remembrance, this week offers students an opportunity to engage in discussion, activism, resource-sharing, and community building for transgender, non-binary, and intersex students.