Carnegie Mellon University

Gender Identity

Carnegie Mellon University is committed to an environment in which all members can learn, work and fully participate in the life of the community. Consistent with the University Statement of Assurance, Carnegie Mellon does not discriminate in admission, employment or administration of its programs or activities on the basis of a variety of demographic characteristics including sex, sexual orientation and gender identity.


Federal Government Reaffirms that “Sex” Includes Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation under Title IX

 Title IX is a U.S. civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education.  The Office of Title IX Initiatives is responsible for coordinating the University’s effort’s to prevent and effectively respond to sex-based discrimination, including sexual misconduct.

Carnegie Mellon University has long prohibited discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation and gender identity under the University’s Statement of Assurance.

In 2016, the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education issued a joint significant legal guidance [PDF] explaining that Title IX’s prohibitions on discrimination on the basis of sex includes discrimination on the basis of gender identity.  This guidance was rescinded [PDF] by the Trump Administration in early 2017.  However, individual schools were permitted to continue to define sex to include sexual orientation and gender identity for the purposes of their own anti-discrimination policies, which Carnegie Mellon elected to do.

In June 2021, the U.S. Department of Education issued a Notice of Interpretation of Law [PDF] declaring, once again, that, under Federal law, the term “sex” includes sexual orientation and gender identity for the purposes of Title IX.  This interpretation follows the landmark 2020 U.S. Supreme Court decision, Bostock v. Clayton County, which held that LGBTQ people are protected from employment discrimination under the civil rights law known as “Title VII” (which prohibits discrimination in employment based on identity including sex, race, religion and national origin), as well as President Biden’s January 2021 Executive Order extending the Bostock ruling to other federal laws and regulations.

 Preferred Names

Beginning Fall 2011, the university launched a process for use of preferred names. Guidelines and implications related to preferred name designation are available in detail from The HUB. Specific questions should be directed to the University Registrar, John Papinchak, (

Gender Inclusive Restrooms

Carnegie Mellon acknowledges gender identity as a spectrum and supports individuals using the restroom facility of their choice.

The list of gender inclusive restrooms is the result of a comprehensive restroom audit completed in conjunction with the efforts of the All-Gender Restroom Access Committee. The work of the committee includes identifying restroom renovation projects and ensuring adequate all gender restrooms in new construction projects to increase gender inclusive restroom access across the Pittsburgh campus. All  Gender Inclusive Restroom information can be found @

Check out this interactive map of campus, filtered for all gender facilities.