You Deserve Access to Information and Resources that Allow You to Thrive

Student Health & Counseling Services (SHCS) is committed to an ongoing process of ensuring that our students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, non-binary, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, and other LGBTQIA+ identities feel comfortable and respected when seeking our services.

LGBTQIA+ Health & Well-Being at SHCS: What You Need to Know

Patient Rights and Responsibilities

We want you to have the best healthcare possible. Our Patient Rights and Responsibilities affirm that everyone has the right to the same consideration and respect as anyone else, regardless of race, age, beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identity or lifestyle.

If you feel your rights have not been respected, or wish to file a complaint, compliment, or suggestion, you can:

  • Complete a Comments form and deposit in one of the locked comment boxes at the Student Health & Wellness Center.
  • Contact the Student Health and Counseling Services Quality Management Office at 530-752-6559

Privacy & Confidentiality

UC Davis SHCS is committed to protecting medical, mental health and personal information about you. This includes information you provide about your gender identity and sexual orientation. Please see the following pages on our website:

If you are covered under another person's health plan in California and are concerned about confidentiality, then you can check out My Health, My Info for assistance with submitting a Confidential Communication Request to your insurance provider.

If you believe your privacy rights have been violated, you may file a complaint with UC Davis SHCS or with the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights. To file a written complaint with UC Davis SHCS contact: UC Davis SHCS Privacy Officer at (530) 752-7667. You will not be penalized for filing a complaint.

Updating Your Health Records: Name, Pronouns and Gender Identity

Please let us know your gender identity, pronouns, and what you would like to be called by updating your profile on Health-e-Messaging or by notifying our staff. These can be changed at any time, and will only affect your medical records at SHCS.

Use the Office of the University Registrar's Changes to Personal Information page to find information on changing your personal information on university records.

Trans Health Services and SHIP Insurance

Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS) provides on-site trans healthcare services. The UC Student Health Insurance Plan (UC SHIP) covers health treatment and care services for trans folks seeking hormone therapy and gender confirmation surgeries. Click here for a general outline *** of what services are available to students through both UC SHIP and SHCS.

Gender-Inclusive Restrooms

The Student Health and Wellness Center has two gender-inclusive restrooms for public use:

  • 1st Floor, near Acute Care (Room 1008)
  • 2nd Floor, near Optometry, next to Primary Care 3 Reception Desk (Room 2002)

North Hall has one gender-inclusive restroom for public use:

  • Room 110

The LGBTQIA+ Resource Center provides a comprehensive listing of gender-inclusive restrooms on campus.

SHCS LGBTQIA+ Task Force

Comprised of SHCS staff members, the mission of the LGBTQIA+ Task Force is to create a welcoming and comfortable environment for LGBTQIA+ students and staff by enhancing access to resources and ensuring adherence to best practices regarding inclusion and LGBTQIA+ health and well-being.

If you have suggestions for the LGBTQIA+ Task Force on furthering its mission, please contact them by sending an email to: shcslgbtqia@ucdavis.edu.

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