Anti-LGBTQ+ Harassment

At UNA, we have a diverse student body and are consciously working to build an inclusive community that is free from discrimination on the basis of sex and gender. Still, many students fear that they may face bullying, harassment, and discrimination based on sex stereotypes and assumptions about what it means to be a male or a female. Students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, nonbinary, or otherwise gender non-conforming may face harassment based on how they dress or act, or for simply being who they are.

This does not fall in line with our UNA values. Moreover, discrimination against students (or employees!) based on their sexual orientation or gender identity is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by University policy and federal law.

If you are being harassed or discriminated against, because of your sex or gender, consider making a report to the Office of Title IX or contacting Kayleigh Baker, our Title IX Coordinator at 256-765-4223. If you're unsure if you want to make a report, it may be a good idea to talk with a Confidential Resource about your options. 

Harassment under Title IX occurs when conduct is so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it deprives a student of their educational opportunities. Below are some situations which could absolutely be brought to Title IX. If you make a report that you are experiencing a situation similar to any of these examples, the Title IX Coordinator will attempt to meet with you. During that meeting, she will help get you connected with resources, including helping you with Academic Accommodations if needed, and talk about whether or not this might be something the Office of Title IX can investigate. Not all conduct can be investigated; however, the Office of Title IX looks at each case on an individual basis and works with the impacted students to ensure they are safe and supported so they can have a successful time here at UNA. 

For more information about resources on-campus for LGBTQ+ students, please visit the Mitchell-West Center for Social Inclusion.

To learn about the gender-neutral restrooms located across campus, click here.

Community Resources: 
Equality Shoals
PFLAG Florence 
One Place of the Shoals
SafePlace
Thrive AL