If you’re lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, queer (LGTBQ), or an ally, we welcome you to our diverse and inclusive community.
We know that Ball State is strengthened by differences in how we think, act, and look. We recognize that varied life experiences help us grow in understanding. Those are just a few reasons we seek diversity among our students, faculty, and staff.
“There are so many great people and groups to be involved with such as Spectrum and Call to Action, and I feel truly welcomed and validated for who I am. I've always felt safe at Ball State.”
— Kevin Walls
actuarial science major and treasurer of Spectrum
How Ball State Supports LGBTQ People
University Policies – Our Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities, Anti-Harassment Policy, and Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Policy all make clear that there’s no room here for harassment or discrimination, including bias based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. The latter policy also specifically prohibits such discrimination in education and employment.
Beneficence Pledge – In our Beneficence Pledge, we expect every student, faculty member, and staff member “to treat each person in the Ball State community with civility, courtesy, compassion, and dignity.” We nurture an environment in which each of us vows “to respect and learn from differences in people, ideas, and opinions.”
Housing Policy – Our on-campus housing doesn’t discriminate on account of sexual orientation in making room or hall assignments.
Safe Zones – We have many Safe Zone-trained faculty, staff, students, residence hall staffers, and community members. Safe Zone educates people about concerns and needs of LGBTQ people in higher education and helps create a more welcoming and inclusive campus area. Safe Zone stickers identify people and places where you can find someone who’ll listen or can give you information.
Title IX – We adhere to the federal Title IX’s prohibition against sex discrimination, which covers actual or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity, plus the “failure to conform to stereotypical notions of masculinity or femininity.”
Counseling Center – Counselors, psychologists, and staff at our Counseling Center are affirming and supportive of all sexual orientations, gender expressions, and gender identities.
Concerned Charlie – Concerned Charlie is a service of the Counseling Center. Charlie Cardinal is our mascot, and you can anonymously ask questions that Charlie will answer online (with help from his Counseling Center pals). Archived responses include LGBTQ-specific concerns.
- Learn more about Concerned Charlie.
Council on Diversity and Inclusion – Our new Council on Diversity and Inclusion works to helps us become a more diverse, inclusive, and welcoming campus.
Bias Response Team – If you feel you have experienced bias, this team will provide you with a safe place to discuss the incident and address the issue.
Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention – We offer numerous support services and prevention programs that address sexual assault, intimate partner or dating violence, and stalking.
How Muncie Supports LGBTQ People
Muncie’s antidiscrimination ordinance includes sexual orientation and gender identity. The protection extends to buying or renting housing and property, education, employment, and public accommodations and conveniences. The Muncie Human Rights Commission enforces this policy and can hear and investigate related discrimination charges; it also can order that actual damages be paid and begin actions for an appropriate legal remedy in a court.