Gender & Inclusion
Building gender-inclusive campuses is a priority for JIBC which is in keeping with our vision of safer communities and a more just society. Carrying out this vision begins with the environment we create and provide to students, staff, faculty, and visitors to our campuses.
Increasingly, we are aware of transgender (T), non-binary (NB) and two-spirit (TS) students enrolled within our programs. JIBC has a long history of working with and supporting diversity and we hope to further build on this foundation.
On this page you will find registration resources for transgender, non-binary and two-spirit students including access to gender-inclusive washrooms. There is also helpful information for all on how to be an ally, and gender identity definitions and concepts.
If your formal legal name is on JIBC’s official records (e.g. transcripts, diplomas, or student card) and you wish to be known by a different or preferred name, you can make this request through the Registrar’s office. Your preferred name will be used on class lists and any courses you take online. Preferred name changes will be documented in your official academic record and kept on file while you are enrolled and after graduation. Your legal name will be used on transcripts and diplomas.
JIBC will consider name-change requests after graduation with appropriate documentation. To have your name changed on your diploma after graduation, you will be required to order a replacement diploma.
Documents that require a legal name change at JIBC include: official letters, transcripts and diplomas.
You can now change your sex designation on your student records. Currently, the JIBC student information system only has two sex designation options available, “M” or “F”. We are hoping to have more options for gender declaration in the near future. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request a change to your sex designation.
- Honour and use the language a transgender, gender non-binary and two-spirit individual uses to self-identify.
- Don’t assume an individual’s pronouns (e.g. “he” or “she”). If you don’t know what pronouns to use, just ask.
- Understand that gender identity is private information and everyone has the right to share only that which they choose. Respect privacy and confidentiality.
- Support respectful inclusion, not just tolerance. Sharing space and behaving in a respectful manner does not require that you need to understand or agree.
- Don’t tolerate discriminatory remarks or behaviour.
Accessible, gender-inclusive washrooms
Part of creating a gender-inclusive campus is to remove gender-segregated spaces which might lead to transgender, non-binary and two-spirit individuals experiencing negative confrontations or situations. To facilitate this, washroom signage at all JIBC campuses have been updated to be more inclusive of people of all genders. This includes accessible, single-stall, gender-inclusive washrooms, referred to as “Universal” washrooms.
Why are the washroom signs changing?
Building a gender-inclusive campus is a priority for many institutions and JIBC is no exception. Many transgender, non-binary and two-spirit individuals are at higher risk for harassment or assault when accessing gender-segregated spaces. As a result, they are less likely to use such facilities in order to avoid possible negative confrontations and experiences. Updating the washroom signage to be more inclusive of people of all genders is a step in JIBC’s long standing commitment to diversity and inclusion. Safe access to washroom facilities is a fundamental human right.
In July 2016, the BC Human Rights Code was updated to explicitly protect individuals for their gender identity and expression. This further supports the legal precedence in BC which allows a transgender individual to use the washroom that aligns with their self-determined gender.
Will there be other changes?
Installing inclusive washroom signage is a beginning step in a broader set of action areas that JIBC has identified over the next few years and that are focused with the goal of building a gender-inclusive campus.
Will changes to washroom signage be made to all JIBC campuses?
Yes. Signage changes will be implemented across all JIBC facilities.
Will this change in signage be implemented across change rooms as well?
Signage for change rooms is more complicated due to the current configuration of the shower facilities. Signage will be done when we are able to renovate the spaces to appropriately support private spaces. JIBC is committed to making these renovations but this change will take more time. In the event that you need a private change room before we are able to complete these renovations please email email@example.com and we will be happy to provide alternatives.
What will the new washroom signage look like?
How did you decide on the signage design?
The design reflects the leading best practices of inclusive signage. A notable feature is the shift in use from the traditional gender icons to function-based icons (e.g. a toilet). JIBC engaged the services and subject-matter expertise of TransFocus Consulting.
Why is it necessary to have “Trans People Welcome” on the signage?
JIBC recognizes that there is still a need for education and awareness around gender identity and inclusive access to washrooms. Often there is the misconception that transgender individuals are required to use the Universal washroom. The inclusion of “Trans People Welcome” on signage for each of the washroom configurations (Women, Men and Universal) reinforces that an individual is entitled to use the washroom that aligns with their self-determined gender identity.
What is a Universal washroom?
A Universal washroom is typically an accessible, single-user washroom (e.g. a self-contained washroom with its own sink and privacy).
How do I know which washroom to use?
It is up to each person to determine the most appropriate option for them based on their self-determined gender identity. We do not monitor gender or decide which washroom a person should use.
Do I need to know if someone is transgender, non-binary and two-spirit if we are sharing the same washroom?
No, you do not need to know. The individual is using the washroom that they have determined is most appropriate for them to use and they have the right to do so.
What if I am not comfortable sharing a washroom with transgender, non-binary and two-spirit individuals?
You may opt to use a Universal washroom.
What if people take advantage of using whichever washroom they want?
It’s important to recognize that multi-stall washrooms remain as gender-designated spaces, and that these washrooms are inclusive of transgender, non-binary and two-spirit people.
If you believe there to be an issue where an individual is behaving in an unsafe manner (e.g. lurking, inappropriate touching, etc.), please call security at 604.818.6922.
Should you have further questions, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Last updated November 29, 2017