Your gender marker captures your internal, felt sense of identity. You can update your gender marker at UBC regardless of what appears on your government-issued identification, with no need for other supporting documentation.
Changing your gender marker
About the gender marker
How to change your gender marker
- Email a completed copy of the Student request to change gender marker form (pdf) to your Enrolment Services Advisor. If you don't have an advisor, you can email the form to firstname.lastname@example.org to be connected with an Enrolment Services Advisor.
- If you live in a UBC-managed residence, contact Student Housing and Community Services (SHCS) separately to update your housing record.
- Once you update you gender marker with Enrolment Services, this information with be shared with the AMS Health and Dental Plan. There may be a delay in when this information is shared.
Gender marker options
In the current Student Information System, students can only update their gender marker to the binary options of M or F. If you do not want to record your gender as either of these options, you may request that your record be updated to identicate that you choose not to disclose your gender (this will be recorded as “U” for “Unknown” in the current system).
We understand that these system limitations are frustrating to some students, particularly non-binary students. UBC is actively working to transition to a new Student Information System which will allow students to indicate their gender as M, F, or X.
If you applied to UBC for the first time as an undergraduate student in 2021 or later, the undergraduate application form offered three gender markers: X, Woman, and Man. However, this information is not currently compatible with the UBC student record system. If you wish to update your record, UBC systems currently offer “U” for Unknown/Choose Not to Disclose, Male, and Female. You can update your gender marker following the process outlined above.
Why UBC collects gender markers
UBC collects gender markers to meet reporting obligations and to inform programming and decision-making.
To meet reporting obligations, UBC aggregates gender data and reports it to the province. Departments may use aggregated gender information as part of their reporting obligations or during their regular review processes.
Programming and decision-making
If you included a binary gender marker on your application to UBC, it is recorded in UBC’s Student Information System. Your gender data may be accessed or shared with units across UBC, such as for the purpose of gender-based scholarships and busaries. In some cases, your gender data may be shared in the aggregate, without identifying you specifically.
Considerations when changing your gender marker
If you are considering updating your gender marker with UBC, you may also want to think about other instances where gender may be relevant at UBC.
If you live in a UBC-managed residence on a gendered floor, you can speak with a Student Housing professional about the best fit for your needs. Please contact Student Housing and Community Services.
Your UBCcard is often used to show proof of your identity for exams and at university services. Your most recent UBCcard photo is also shown on class lists.
If your gender expression has changed, you may want to update your Student ID photo.
- Changing your legal name in BC
The Vital Statistics Agency provides forms for how to legally change your name in British Columbia.
- Trans Care BC
Get information and current requirements on changing your legal gender marker in British Columbia.
- UBC Equity and Inclusion Office's Gender Diversity Knowledge Hub
If you have any questions or concerns (on your behalf or on behalf of someone else), please contact a staff member who has expertise in the area of gender diversity.
If you have questions
If you're an undergraduate student, please contact your Enrolment Services Advisor directly. To find your advisor’s contact information, log into your Student Service Centre (SSC) and select “UBC Contacts” under Personal Info.