Bylaws and Policies

Political Policy Gender

Expires: April 30, 2019

1 Facts

  1. Students deserve equitable treatment regardless of their gender identity and/or biological sex.
  2. Not all students identify their gender to be within the male-female binary.
  3. It is not always necessary for administrations to require students to disclose their gender and/or biological sex outside of medical reasons.
  4. Students who do not identify within the male-female gender binary are denied access to gendered spaces on campus.
  5. Transgender students may feel misgendered or unsafe in gendered spaces on campus.
  6. Gender non-binary students are excluded from important University documents such as the Code of Student Behaviour when students are referred to as “he or she.”
  7. Existing alternatives to gendered spaces on campus do not have appropriate signage to address their inclusivity.
  8. Students face barriers to obtaining non-binary living conditions in housing and residence.

2 Resolutions

  1. The Students’ Union will advocate that the University of Alberta formally recognize the existence of gender identities outside the male-female binary.
  2. The Students’ Union will advocate that the University of Alberta include additional gender options on forms and documents for students other than "male" and "female".
  3. The Students’ Union will advocate that the University of Alberta not require students to gain administrative approval for changing their gender on Bear Tracks.
  4. The Students’ Union will advocate that the University of Alberta not require students to disclose their gender on Bear Tracks or as part of their student file.
  5. The Students’ Union will advocate that the University of Alberta not bar gender non-binary students from gendered spaces on campus.
  6. The Students’ Union will advocate that the University of Alberta include single-unit all gender washrooms in every new building constructed on campus, and work to implement all gender washrooms in existing University buildings wherever practical.
  7. The Students’ Union will advocate that the University of Alberta use appropriate signage on single-unit washrooms that do not identify the space as gendered in any way.
  8. The Students’ Union will advocate that the University of Alberta work towards creating a gender-inclusive changing area for the Physical Activity and Wellness Centre and Van Vliet Complex.
  9. The Students’ Union will advocate that fraternities, women’s fraternities, and sororities at the University of Alberta create clear and inclusive chapter policies on the admittance of transgender students identifying with the gender requirements of the organization into their organizations.
  10. The Students’ Union will advocate that fraternities, women’s fraternities, and sororities at the University of Alberta create clear and inclusive chapter policies on the admittance of gender non-binary students into their organizations.
  11. The Students’ Union will advocate that the University of Alberta change the Code of Student Behaviour to replace all gendered language and pronouns with gender-neutral terms.
  12. The Students’ Union will advocate that the University of Alberta use gender-neutral terms wherever possible in their documents.
  13. The Students’ Union will advocate that faculties in the University of Alberta create policies for their instructors promoting the use of gender-neutral language in course syllabi and other faculty-specific documents.
  14. The Students’ Union will advocate that the University of Alberta not require students to meet with an advisor prior to placing them in Gender Inclusive Housing upon their request.
  15. The Students’ Union will advocate that the University of Alberta allow students to choose between gender-segregated housing or gender inclusive housing in their residence application, and to abide by the students' preferences within reason.
  16. The Students’ Union will advocate that the Government of Alberta formally recognize the existence of gender identities outside the male-female binary.
  17. The Students’ Union will advocate that the Government of Alberta change the Alberta Building Code in its next iteration to include single-unit washrooms free of gender restrictions in every public building with sufficient occupancy.
  18. The Students’ Union will advocate that the Government of Alberta adopt gender-inclusive signage in all provincially-run buildings with single-unit washrooms.
  19. The Students’ Union will advocate that the Government of Alberta include additional gender options on forms and documents other than male and female.