Gender Identity in Albert
Frequently Asked Questions
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What is gender identity? What is legal sex?
- Gender identity is the gender with which a person identifies (i.e., whether one uses man, woman, or more individualized terminology to describe oneself). One's gender identity may or may not differ from one's legal sex which is assigned at birth based on biological characteristics.
- Legal sex is a person’s sex as currently indicated on a birth certificate, passport, or other official document. It may differ from one’s gender identity and/or sex assigned at birth.
What is the difference between gender identity and legal sex in Albert?
- Gender identity is an optional data field. You can elect to indicate your gender identity in Albert if you would like and can change it at any time. It is for internal use only.
- Legal sex is a required data field. It is obtained from your initial admissions application and is used for reporting to state and federal agencies.
What gender identities are available to select in Albert?
- Woman identified (someone who identifies as a woman)
- Man identified (someone who identifies as a man)
- Gender non-conforming (A person whose gender identity is neither man nor woman, is between or beyond genders, or is some combination of genders. This identity is usually related to or in reaction to the social construction of gender, gender stereotypes and the gender binary system; also referred to as genderqueer or genderfluid)
- You can also opt to leave the field blank
Who can and cannot see my gender identity and legal sex in Albert?
- Who can see:
- Students can see their own gender identity and legal sex in their Student Center.
- Advisors can see the gender identity and legal sex of their advisees.
- University administrators can see the gender identity and legal sex of all students.
- Who cannot see:
- Faculty do not see gender identity and legal sex of any student.
How does changing my gender identity in Albert affect my housing assignment?
- It does not.
- Room assignments are made by New York University on the basis of the legal sex of the student, which is the sex that appears on government issued IDs and as recorded in Albert. NYU does offer Gender Inclusive Housing options that allow students to be assigned without regard to their legal sex. If you want to request to be assigned housing based on your gender identity or without regard legal sex, you may indicate that option on the existing housing application. You will also have the option to indicate if you have a preferred first name in addition to your legal name as it appears on the application.