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Frequently Asked Questions

Two scholarships that might be of interest to Duke students are listed below. Know of any others? Feel free to email us at

The Carolinas LGBT Scholarship Fund
The Carolinas LGBT Scholarship is awarded annually to a student from North or South Carolina attending Duke University who receives need-based aid and identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

The scholarship is awarded each year with selection based on financial need as determined by the Office of Undergraduate Financial Aid and the potential for student involvement in the LGBT community. The awarding of this scholarship does not increase the amount of financial aid for which a student qualifies, however, the scholarship will replace your self-help that is part of your need-based aid package. The name of the scholarship will show on your award letter, and in order to receive this scholarship students selected must sign a disclosure form for Duke to release information about scholarship recipients to the Donor. In addition, selected recipients are asked to write a thank you letter to the Donor. If there are any questions regarding this scholarship and what it replaces please contact the Undergraduate Financial Aid Office.

Point Foundation Scholarship
The Point Foundation Scholarship is a nationally offered scholarship for LGBT student, awarded annually. For more information, visit

Click on “Manage Directory Listings” then “Change your full name alias.” You can change your email to reflect your name and can have up to two email addresses.

Go to OIT self service. You can update your name (including chosen name and display name), pronouns, and photo on the main page. Click on the Accounts header and find the "Email" section to update your full name email alias and preferred email address.

Your net ID cannot be changed.

Preferred name is the term Duke University uses to indicate the name someone uses to refer to themselves.

  • Class Rosters
  • Housing Rosters
  • Duke Hub for your Academic Advisors

Duke Student Health coordinates LGBTQIA+ affirming care with the Duke University Health System. Medical providers with experience providing health care to LGBTQIA+ communities and minorities maintain a regular schedule at Duke Student Health. You can receive general medical care, and transition-related medical care such as hormone therapy, referrals to specialists at Duke for gender-affirming surgery, support for students exploring gender identity, and assistance with making decisions regarding medical-related transition at Duke Student Health.

To meet with a provider at Student Health, follow Student Health instructions to make an appointment and request to meet with a provider for LGBTQIA+ affirming care.


The Duke Counseling and Psychological Services serves all Duke students, including those who identify as transgender, genderqueer, and non-binary. With the CAPS Open Access Model, you can meet with a counselor for a brief, 15-minute assessment and evaluation. You will leave with recommendations about next steps in your care, which may be at CAPS, another campus resource, or in the community. CAPS ( staff are trained in writing letters for both hormone therapy and surgery, if required from your medical provider. 

While CAPS can serve most students' needs in-house, Lia Gilmore, Referral Services Coordinator at CAPS, can help refer you to a knowledgeable, affirming and/or trans-identified mental health provider in the local community if you need longer-term or more specialized care than CAPS can provide. You can reach Lia at 919-660-1012 or  

You can also speak with a member of the CSGD for help identifying an affirming CAPS provider.

Off- Campus: 

For information about affirming mental health therapists and psychiatrists within the local community here: 

Yes, the Duke Student Pharmacy fills prescriptions for hormone therapy. Please visit the following website for information on how to fill your prescription.

Go to the Housing Assignments Info page and scroll down to the "All Gender Housing" section. 

HRL affirms the sexual orientation, romantic orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and names of its students and staff and strives to create environments where everyone can flourish. Transgender students may live in housing affirming of their identity, regardless of legal sex. 

Duke's non-discrimination policy includes gender, gender identity, gender expression, sex, and sexual orientation. You can view the entire policy here:

The list is in a separate page on our site, linked here. You can also find it by navigating the sidebar from our main page. 

Students, staff, faculty, and visitors of Duke are able to use restrooms that affirm their gender identity. Following the March 2016 passage of House Bill 2 by the General Assembly of North Carolina, Duke University responded and reassured its commitment to transgender and gender non-conforming people with the following statement.

Additionally, Duke University converted all existing single occupancy, lockable restrooms with a toilet and a sink into gender non-specific restrooms.

You can read more here and here.

Upon registering for graduation, students have the opportunity to write in the name they use to be placed on their diploma.

Alumnx can email and request the Diploma Replacement form to obtain a new diploma.

For alumnx interested in changing their name in the university record database, they will want to reach directly out to the Duke Alumni Association who will conduct the name change internally. You can either call 919-684-5114 or email DAA (DAA) at  

The Women's Center and the Office of Gender Violence Prevention and Intervention provides confidential crisis support for students of all genders, including those who identify as transgender, genderqueer, and non-binary, who are survivors of gender violence.

Please visit the LGBTQ Center of Durham Website for additional resources.

For information about Gender Identity Inclusion within Intramural Sports and Sports Clubs please visit Duke Recreation and Physical Education’s page or contact

You can read more about resources for nursing parents here, especially for trans and non-binary parents. Information about lactation rooms for faculty and staff can be found here.

Yes! We know that across the globe everyone has felt disruptions related to COVID-19. We are all experiencing losses big and small. Many of us are experiencing many losses simultaneously. We recognize that communities of individuals with multiple marginalized identities are often experiencing multiple kinds of losses of community, some of us are finding ourselves living in unsupportive environments,  some of us grieving the access to communities that have been home to us, and some of us are simply feeling isolated. As professional staff we are here for you and want to zoom hang with you, have a virtual coffee chat, or to provide a supportive place to vent.

We also recognize you might need access and resources to things outside of our scope. For that reason here is a list of resources that might be helpful for you during this time:

  1. How LGBTQ+ People Can Get Help and Resources During Coronavirus
  2. LGBTQ Funding Resources in the COVID-19 Response (includes emergency funds)
  3. The Coronavirus (COVID-19): What Trans People Need to Know
  4. Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund: Trans People & Navigating COVID-19
  5. LGBTQ Center of Durham:
  6. Duke Mental Health Resources: BLUE DEVILS CARE builds upon current remote offerings from CAPS and Student Health and offers expanded, 24/7 mental telehealth support to all students at no cost. To get started, visit Register once using your email address and Service Key DUKE2020—then you’ll be ready to use the service whenever you need it.
  7. Duke CAPS: CAPS remains open, and CAPS counselors are continuing to provide care for students remotely through telemental health appointments. Any Duke student can talk with a CAPS counselor by calling CAPS at (919) 660-1000 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday.
  8. Duke Student COVID 19 Assistance Fund
  9. COVID-19 and Your Sexual Health
  10. Fenway Health - COVID 19 tagged resources/articles
  11. Chest Binding and COVID-19
  12. National Resource Center on LGBT Aging: Covid-19 Resources
  13. Duke Student Government Remote Resources Guide
  14. Suicide support, prevention and intervention resources:

Note: This is not an exhaustive list and there may be many helpful resources beyond those listed here. We simply hoped to provide a starting place. If there are additional resources that you feel should be added. Please feel free to email them to to be included.