Policies and Statements
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement
Gwynedd Mercy University’s core values of integrity in word and deed, respect for the dignity of all people, service to society, and social justice in a diverse world, place inclusive excellence at the center of our daily work and relationships as a Catholic, Mercy university. Inclusive excellence recognizes that to advance our mission successfully, we must value, engage, and include the rich diversity of all the members of our community. View our complete statement on diversity, equity, and inclusion here.
Chosen Name Policy
The University offers a process that enables students, faculty, staff and alumni who identify themselves by a name other than their legal name to use a chosen name for university records and systems that do not require use of a legal name. See the Chosen Name Policy (PDF).
Gender-inclusive restrooms can be found at various locations around campus, marked with an "all-gender restroom" sign. The all-gender bathrooms help ensure that all students, faculty, staff, and campus visitors have places on campus where they feel safe using the restroom. They also affirm the rights of all students to use a restroom according to their gender identity. Find a map of all-gender bathroom here (PDF).
Bias Activity Response Protocol
On our Bias Activity Response Protocol page, find the University's definition of bias activity, harassment, and discrimination, learn how to file a bias report to the University, and learn the role of the Bias Activity Review Group and protocol used to respond to reports.
In keeping with our mission and core values, Gwynedd Mercy University is committed to welcoming a diverse community of students, faculty, and staff. The University does not discriminate against any applicant for admission or employment based on race, color, ethnicity, religion, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, citizenship status, or any other legally protected class status. For more information, see our Non-Discrimination Policy, which applies to all University faculty, administrators, staff, and students.
GMercyU Named an LGBTQ-friendly Catholic University
Gwynedd Mercy University has been recognized by New Ways Ministry as one of 18 LGBTQ-friendly Catholic universities in Pennsylvania. To be included in this listing, an institution must do one or more of the following: host a recognized student organization about gender and sexuality, offer counseling services specific to LGBTQ students, have a non-discrimination policy in place, provide an office tasked with supporting LGBTQ community members, or have some public affirmation in place. View the article here.
Campus Pride Index
Our campus has been rated 3 out of 5 stars for its LGBTQ+ inclusive initiatives by Campus Pride Index. We are dedicated to improving the academic experience and quality of life on campus for each student. Explore how we are doing so and their full report here.
- Counseling Services: GMercyU's Counseling Services department is committed to supporting students in accomplishing their personal and educational goals. We offer a safe, confidential and inclusive atmosphere for all students to discuss any and all concerns; and work towards furthering personal growth. Find current hours and other details on the Counseling Services page.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-641-5571
For on-campus emergencies, please call Public Safety first at 215-641-5522, ext. 2111.
- Health & Wellness Center: Committed to helping you make your health a priority, they offer a range of services at no additional cost. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 215-646-7300, ext. 21306. Find more information on health resources on campus here.
- Student Health Insurance Coverage: Our current policy has limited transgender specific coverage. Please check the insurance plan specific information for details here. Before using this policy, please check the member-specific benefit plan document and any federal or state mandates, if applicable. Learn more about GMercyU’s student health insurance here.
LGBTQ+ Health and Support: Although LGBTQ+ health and support resources are limited at GMercyU, we encourage exploring resources provided by Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services. In line with their mission, it is their goal to promote the health, safety, and well-being of the LGBTQ+ community. Find more information here.
- Residence Life is a distinctive and inclusive living-learning environment consistent with the Core Values of the University. In our interdependent community, residents engage in evolving social relationships that stimulate academic and personal growth. Learn more about housing options here.
- Please forward all questions regarding living on campus to the Office of Residence Life via email at email@example.com or phone at 267-448-1305.
LGBTQ+ Counseling and Crisis Support
- During Counseling Services office hours, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., psychological emergencies, where there is a risk of harm to self or others, are seen immediately by Counseling Services. Please contact Public Safety 215.641.5522 (If on campus X21111).
- After office hours, between 5 p.m. and 9 a.m., psychological emergencies, where there is a risk of harm to self or others, should be immediately referred to Public Safety 215.641.5522 (If on campus X21111). Public Safety will contact the Counseling Services staff and/or Residence Life staff as appropriate. If the student or others are in immediate danger, please contact 911.
- Off-campus resources:
- National suicide hotline: 988
- Lenape Valley Foundation Crisis Center: 1.800.499.7455
- Montgomery County Mobile Crisis: 1.855.634.HOPE
- HOPE Bucks County Mobile Crisis: 1.877.435.7709
- Philadelphia County Crisis Response Hotline: 215.686.4420
Spiritual and Social Support
In the Mercy tradition, The Mercy Center for Service, Spirituality, & Justice team seeks to be an open and affirming presence for all, promoting the search for spiritual growth with an emphasis on service to society. Located in Mercy Hall, the Mercy Center welcomes all. Learn more about the Mercy Center explore here.
Pride Alliance: This officially recognized student organization provides a safe place for students of all sexual orientations to meet, learn from one another, challenge and engage one another, teach one another, and promote awareness and support, within the mission of the University and the tradition of the Catholic Church.
Staff & Faculty Groups
- A Community Resource Group (CRG) consists of staff and faculty who work together to promote the university’s mission and values, and raises awareness and understanding of issues affecting traditionally underrepresented groups and their allies.
- Spectrum: The mission of Spectrum is to encourage and support LGBTQ+ and allied employees and to utilize their resources and tools to foster community among LGBTQ+ and allied faculty, staff, students, and alumni of the University. For more information or to contact the group, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional LGBTQ+ Resources from the Keiss Library
Find videos, books, journals, local and national resources recommended, all compiled by GMercyU's Keiss Library.
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