Statement from University Commission

October 23, 2018

At UNH, we are committed to creating a community that values and shows respect for all its
members. Our university's nondiscrimination policy states that:

We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual
orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or marital status.

We are also reminded by the Students Rights, Rules, and Responsibilities Handbook that part of
the respect for community members expected of all of us includes a willingness to:

Accept persons whose race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ability, sexual orientation,
gender identity or expression, veteran status, marital status or age may differ from one’s own.

Please know too, that our UNH Discrimination and Discriminatory Harassment Policy remains IN
EFFECT to ensure the protection of persons’ gender identity and expression and all supportive
initiatives to ensure persons’ ability to express their gender identity or expression to ensure
access to and while participating in all of UNH programs, services and activities.

We encourage any students, faculty, and staff who may be experiencing distress due to the
tenor of the current national dialogue around gender to reach out and seek out support from
trusted sources, whether family or friends, colleagues or community leaders, faculty or staff
members. We also want to reaffirm our support of transgender students, faculty, and staff at
UNH, and express our hope that should a re-definition of gender designed to undermine
protections and benefits for transgender people be formally proposed by the Trump
Administration, the university will clearly and unequivocally articulate our intention to stand by
the definition of ‘gender identity or expression’ as intended when that language was added to
our university's nondiscrimination policy.

We look forward to supporting you in person at the rally on Thursday Oct. 25 in support of
trans students at UNH. If there is anything we can do to support you at this time, please reach
out to us, the members of the University Commission on Community, Equity, and Diversity.