Our vision at ECU is to foster an environment where all students achieve their academic and personal goals. ECU is now part of a growing network of college campuses across the United States that recognize the necessity of visible and organized support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, pansexual, and asexual students and their allies. We know that the support and programming we offer can be an integral part of the student experience and a critical component of student success. ECU is committed to equality of opportunity and prohibits unlawful discrimination based on the following protected classes: race/ethnicity, color, genetic information, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy and pregnancy related conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, political affiliation, and veteran status ("Protected Class").
LGBTQ Student Opportunities
Colleges and universities want LGBTQ students, faculty and staff to be out and proud as part of the diversity of the campus community. The Campus Pride Index provides campuses the opportunity to come out as LGBTQ-friendly and take responsibility for continually improving their LGBTQ campus climate.
The Campus Pride Index features LGBTQ student opportunities by highlighting the positive work within higher education across the country. Prospective students and families may choose the best LGBTQ campuses searching the tool based on area of study, cost, location, type of campus and LGBTQ-inclusive policy, programs and practice for their college search.
Reminder: Learn more by signing-up for FREE to participate in Campus Pride's LGBTQ-friendly National College Fair Program in eight different cities and the Campus Pride National Online College Fair.
Commitment to LGBTQ Issues
At ECU we cultivate opportunities that promote lifelong learning, academic success, leadership, and personal development. We know that the support and programming offered by the LGBT Resource Office in the Division of Student Affairs and campus partners in Academic Affairs can be a critical component of student success at East Carolina. The LGBT Resource Office helps to create a safe, supportive and welcoming environment for the entire campus community, not just serving lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students. It provides programs and services that optimize student learning and leadership, as well as creating opportunities for dialogue and contributing to a community that is inclusive.We encourage students to become actively involved in the Sexuality and Gender Alliance (SAGA) student organization, take advantage of the resource and referral information available online or in the LGBT Resource Office, and engage in a wide variety of programs and leadership development opportunities such as: the weekly Coffee House, LGBT scholarships, LGBT Legacy Project, LGBT Alternative Break Experience, Queer Film Series, and much more in our comprehensive array of programs and services. .
Why you'll love East Carolina University
East Carolina is committed to providing educational and developmental resources for our LGBTQ students. We provide a support system for our students to thrive, excel and succeed and be their authentic selves. We do this through committed and dedicated resources such as student-centric space and engaged staff.
— Virginia Hardy Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs
My first week at ECU I visited the resource office and instantly got involved and made friends. I would recommend East Carolina University to any person in the LGBTQ community. The LGBT Resource Office stands as a beacon of light for many people in Greenville’s community.
— 20 year old, trans male, sophomore
The services and resources provided to students at ECU are outstanding and have showed me that it is safe to be my truest self even when, at times, it feels like the world is telling me not to.The LGBT Resource Office makes a difference in my life and always will.
— 19 year old, queer female, first year student
As an institution of advanced learning, we all benefit from the presence, the acceptance, and the celebration of human diversity in its fullest range. LGBT students at ECU enrich our daily lives in the classroom, the laboratory and the studio. I view their inclusion on our campus as a distinctive institutional strength.
— Ron Mitchelson Provost and Senior Vice chancellor
It was my senior year of high school, my biggest fear was to attend a university that I had to stay in the closet. When I looked into East Carolina University I was astonished by the resources I found online. This instantly made me look into East Carolina University to see if they had my major, and they did. If it was not for the visible LGBT community on East Carolina University’s campus, I might have chosen a different school and would not be the proud pirate I am now.
— 21 year old, gay male, junior
Highlights & Organizations
LGBT & Ally Fall Semester Welcome
Gay Fine By Me and National Coming Out Day
Grand Opening: Dr. Jesse Peel LGBTQ Center
Love Wins Friend and Fund Raising Dinner
Lavender Launch graduation celebration
Groups & activities
Overall Campus Pride Index Score
The Campus Pride Index has a strong theoretical research foundation in LGBTQ current programs, practices and policies for safer, more inclusive campus learning environments. The index tool has been tested extensively since 2001 and recently updated with new, higher LGBTQ national benchmarks in 2015.
The Campus Pride Index is a vital tool for assisting campuses in learning ways to improve their LGBTQ campus life and ultimately shape the educational experience to be more inclusive, welcoming and respectful of LGBTQ and ally people. The index is owned and operated by Campus Pride, the leading national nonprofit organization for student leaders and campus groups working to create safer, more LGBTQ-Friendly learning environments at colleges and universities. Campus Pride commends the campuses participating in the index and their willingness to come out, be visible and actively advocate for improving higher education for LGBTQ people.
East Carolina University
LGBTQ-friendly break-down by inclusion factors
|Sexual Orientation Score||4.5 of 5|
|Gender Identity/Expression Score||4 of 5|
|LGBTQ Policy Inclusion||4 of 5|
|LGBTQ Support & Institutional Commitment||5 of 5|
|LGBTQ Academic Life||4.5 of 5|
|LGBTQ Student Life||4.5 of 5|
|LGBTQ Housing & Residence Life||3.5 of 5|
|LGBTQ Campus Safety||5 of 5|
|LGBTQ Counseling & Health||4.5 of 5|
|LGBTQ Recruitment & Retention Efforts||4 of 5|
LGBTQ-Friendly Report Card
LGBTQ Policy Inclusion
|Non-discrimination statement inclusive of sexual orientation|
|Non-discrimination statement inclusive of gender identity/expression|
|Health insurance coverage to employees’ same sex partner|
|Accessible, simple process for students to change their name on university records and documents|
|Accessible, simple process for students to change their gender identity on university records and documents|
|Students have option to self-identify sexual orientation on admission application or post enrollment forms|
|Students have option to self-identify gender identity/expression on admission application or post enrollment forms|
LGBTQ Support & Institutional Commitment
|Resource center/office with responsibilities for LGBTQ students|
|Paid staff with responsibilities for LGBTQ support services|
|Ally program or Safe Space/Safe Zone|
|Actively seek to employ diversity of faculty & staff including visible, out LGBTQ people|
|Standing advisory committee that deals with LGBTQ issues|
|LGBTQ alumni group|
LGBTQ Academic Life
|LGBTQ studies program|
|LGBTQ specific course offerings|
|Actively recruit faculty for LGBTQ-related academic scholarship|
|New faculty/staff training opportunities on sexual orientation issues|
|New faculty/staff training opportunities on gender identity issues|
|LGBTQ faculty/staff organization|
LGBTQ Student Life
|LGBTQ & Ally student organization|
|LGBTQ & Ally graduate student organization|
|LGBTQ social fraternity/sorority|
|Regularly plans LGBTQ social activities|
|Regularly plans educational events on transgender issues|
|Regularly offers educational events surrounding intersectionality of identities for LGBTQ people|
|LGBTQ-inclusive career services|
LGBTQ Housing & Residence Life
|LGBTQ living space, theme floors and/or living-learning community|
|Roommate matching for LGBTQ students to find LGBTQ-friendly roommate|
|Gender-inclusive housing for new students|
|Gender-inclusive housing for returning students|
|Gender-inclusive/single occupancy restroom facilities in campus housing|
|Gender-inclusive/single occupancy shower facilities in campus housing|
|Trains residence life and housing staff at all levels on LGBTQ issues and concerns|
LGBTQ Campus Safety
|Procedure for reporting LGBTQ related bias incidents and hate crimes|
|Active ongoing training for hate crime prevention|
|Active outreach to LGBTQ students and student organization|
|Trains campus police on sexual orientation issues|
|Trains campus police on gender identity/expression issues|
|Supports victims of LGBTQ sexual violence and partner violence|
LGBTQ Counseling & Health
|LGBTQ counseling/support groups|
|Trans-inclusive trained counseling staff|
|Free, anonymous and accessible HIV/STI testing|
|LGBTQ-inclusive health information and safer sex materials available|
|Trans-inclusive student health insurance policy which covers ongoing counseling services|
|Trans-inclusive student health insurance policy which covers hormone replacement therapy|
LGBTQ Recruitment & Retention
|Annually participates in LGBTQ admission fairs|
|LGBTQ student scholarships|
|LGBTQ mentoring program to welcome and assist LGBTQ students in transitioning to academic and college life|
|Special Lavender or Rainbow Graduation ceremony for LGBTQ students and allies|
|Admission counselors receive LGBTQ-inclusive training and resources|