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  Gender Transitioning Guidance

This guidance is designed to focus on the support and advice that Edinburgh Napier University can offer to students who are undergoing any form of gender reassignment.  It also aims to offer advice and guidance to individuals who are helping to support students.

This guidance is accompanied by a guidance document for University staff who may have a role in advising students. The University recommends that both the student and staff members read the relevant guidance.

Scope of the guidance

This Guidance provides assurance on the following key principles:
  • Students will not be denied access to courses, progression to other courses, or fair and equal treatment while on courses because of their gender identity.
  • The University will respect the confidentiality of all trans students and will not reveal information without the prior agreement of the individual.
  • The University will provide and ensure a supportive environment for students who wish their trans status to be known.
  • The University welcomes, and will provide, appropriate facilities for trans student groups.
  • Transphobic abuse, bullying or harassment will be treated very seriously and dealt with under the appropriate University procedure.
As part of our wider Inclusion strategy Edinburgh Napier University is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming community where students are enabled to fulfil their potential and are treated as individuals. This includes providing support and understanding to those individuals who wish to take, or have taken, steps to present themselves in a gender different to their birth gender.

The University recognises that this can be a very difficult and complex time for an individual and would wish to act in a sensitive and supportive way by having helpful arrangements in place to ease any transitional period.   The University fully recognises its legal responsibility to protect the rights of transgender people and to ensure that no individual is subject to discrimination or victimisation as a result of the gender in which they present themselves.
​1. Legislation relevant to this guidance​
​2. Guidance on Terminology and 'Transitioning'​
​3. ​Guidance on respect for trans students
4. Sources of Support​
5. Transition Action Plans​
6. Guidance on Practical Considerations
7. External Support and Advice
A. Appendix A
B. Appendix B
C. Appendix C
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