Trans and gender-diverse students and staff

University support for legal name changes and sports participation

The University supports trans and gender-diverse students’ legal name change

The University of Auckland will cover the cost of legal name changes for trans and gender-diverse students who meet eligibility criteria as assessed by the Equity Office.

Trans and gender-diverse students’ experiences and University of Auckland research have identified that use of preferred rather than legal names is key to the provision of a safe and inclusive environment for trans and gender diverse students. Inappropriate use of legal names can lead to ‘outing’ and associated negative consequences including to health, safety and wellbeing.

Trans and gender-diverse students and staff are encouraged to join Trans on Campus (transoncampus@auckland.ac.nz), which is a support network, social group and advocacy group for gender diverse students and staff.

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Inclusion of trans and gender-diverse students and staff in sport and recreation

The University has guidelines aimed at promoting inclusion of trans and gender-diverse students in recreation and sport.

The Inclusion of Trans and Gender Diverse Students and Staff in Sport and Recreation Guidelines are based on self-defined gender identity. 

The guidelines cover use of:

  • name and gender markers
  • sports uniforms
  • toilets, showers and changing rooms
  • accommodation when travelling for sport.

The guidelines also set out how University staff and coaches can promote respectful, safe and equitable engagement and participation in sport and recreation.

The accompanying background document, Unlawful Discrimination and Inclusion of Trans and Gender Diverse Students and Staff in Sport and Recreation, provides a brief summary of key legislation and unlawful discrimination.