Wilkes University aims to create a safe, inclusive environment for everyone regardless of gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression. Accordingly, Wilkes offers support, educational resources and advocacy for the members of our LGBTQA community.
The Safe Space program
The Safe Space program helps those students of the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender and Questioning community on the Wilkes Campus to identify a supportive faculty/staff member or student group. The visibility of the safe space sticker allows the campus community to identify faculty/staff members and know that they can speak freely with these individuals about LGBTQ issues.
Wilkes University strives to sustain a campus environment that supports and values all members of our community, including visitors. One aspect of creating a comfortable environment is providing safe, accessible, and convenient restroom facilities. In keeping with the University’s policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of gender identity, the University permits and encourages individuals to use the restroom that corresponds to their gender identity. To ensure all members of our community have the option to utilize private restrooms should they wish to do so, the University has designated all-gender restrooms in many of the campus buildings.
Student Name Change
In support of Wilkes University's commitment to provide an equitable and safe experience for students whose birth name and/or legal name does not reflect their gender identity or expression, Wilkes accepts requests from such students to use a preferred first and/or middle name on certain University records. A student's preferred name will be used where feasible in all University systems unless the student's birth name and/or legal name is required by law, deemed necessary by University policy, or the student's requested name is determined to be for intent of misrepresentation.