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Gender & Sexual Orientation

Gender and Sexual Orientation

Every student on campus is entitled to their internal perception of their own gender and pronouns. The Office of Title IX does not tolerate any sort of biases or harassment towards a person based on their gender or sexual orientation. This page references, gender identity, sexual orientation, transgender, and other rights.

 Lake Forest College’s Sexual Misconduct Policy applies to each and every person on campus, regardless of sex or gender identity, and it specifically prohibits gender-based harassment. Below are some examples of the aforementioned.

If you have a question about your rights and options, contact titleix@lakeforest.edu. If your rights have been violated or you would like to file a grievance, you may file a report here

What is gender-based harassment?

Gender-based harassment includes acts of verbal, nonverbal, or physical aggression, intimidation, or hostility based on gender, sex, or sex-stereotyping, even if those acts do not involve conduct of a sexual nature. The use of the term “sexual harassment” includes gender-based harassment/misconduct. 

What is sexual-orientation based harassment?

Sexual orientation-based harassment includes verbal, non-verbal, and physical acts of aggression, intimidation, or hostility based on an individual’s actual or perceived heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality, or transsexuality/gender identity. Use of the term “sexual harassment” includes sexual orientation-based and gender identity-based harassment/misconduct.

Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Students’ Rights

When a student or employee notifies the College that the student or employee’s gender identity is different from previous representations or records, the College will begin treating that individual consistent with the individual’s gender identity. To that end, the College will use pronouns and names as requested by the transgender individual in person and in student and employment records going forward. Requests to amend previously existing student or employment records will be handled pursuant to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and/or other relevant law and consistent with record amendment requests made by all other students and employees. Moreover, transgender individuals will be permitted access to sex segregated facilities (such as bathrooms, residence halls and/or locker rooms) consistent with their gender identity. Transgender students may participate in the College’s single sex NCAA athletics programs as set forth in the NCAA guidelines regarding the same. Transgender students may participate in the College’s single sex non-NCAA athletics programs consistent with their gender identity.

The Title IX Office is here to help and support you. The revocation of the federal guidance does not change Lake Forest College’s approach to supporting equal access to educational opportunities and benefits to all members of the Lake Forest College community.

 This means you are entitled to equal and fair access and treatment in all places, like, for instance:

  • athletic facilities
  • classrooms
  • residence halls
  • social events; etc.

Transgender students who feel they have experienced concerning treatment because of their gender identity should consider working with the Title IX Office for:

  • Access to available resources and support mechanisms
  • Access to information regarding available methods of redress, like our on-campus sexual misconduct adjudication process and/or working with local law enforcement

Victims/survivors who choose to work with the Title IX Office have many options. The Title IX Office listens and tries to support the agency of all victims/survivors. 

Know Your Rights

You are afforded the same rights as any other protected status. If you believe you have been discriminated against based on your sexual orienation or gender identity, please contact us.

We have the additional information regarding rights, non-discrimination, and resources to be included here as the site continues to be revised.

Student and Employee Pronouns

LFC Collegee Statement of Commitment

When a student or employee notifies the College that the student or employee’s gender identity is different from previous representations or records, the College will begin treating that individual consistent with the individual’s gender identity. To that end, the College will use pronouns and names as requested by the transgender individual in person and in student and employment records going forward.

Please see the campus recent pronouns notification  to the College and other options. 

  • To encourage deeper support for our students, the College began publishing student pronouns Spring 2022 semester.
  • Your pronouns will only appear when loggined into the system.

Please log in to my.lakeforest.edu and visit the Student Information Form.

Resources and Support

Resources and Support. 

Please review the following resources and support options identifed below. Additional resources will be added below. Come back to this section as we have several resources to add here, including access to gender neutral restroom and spaces, and other resources.