Student Support

Support and Services

Future of Inclusive Excellence Work

HB261 prohibits centralized offices dedicated to DEI or student support services that only serve some students based on their personal identity characteristics. 

To be compliant with the new law, USU is shifting resources to strengthen institution-wide success support services for all students, staff, and faculty, regardless of identity characteristics. This will impact the DEI office, the Inclusion Center, and some parts of USU’s cultural centers.

This website is intended to serve as a resource for the university community to understand what is required to be compliant with HB261, as well as report back to the Utah Board of Higher Education and legislative stakeholders about USU’s ongoing efforts to implement the requirements of HB261.

Impacts to the USU Inclusion Center

In response to HB261 and guidance from the Utah System of Higher Education, reorganization and restructuring of the Inclusion Center is required. 

This will impact the DEI office, the Inclusion Center, and some parts of USU’s cultural centers. Staff who advise the Inclusion Center student clubs will be reassigned to various segments of the Academic Enterprise, including Student Involvement and the Care Team. USU is also working to develop an ombuds program that will be available to all students. Similar to the support provided by the staff in the Inclusion Center, the student ombuds will be familiar with campus policies and procedures, students’ rights and responsibilities, campus organizational structures, and will assist students with navigating these structures to address and resolve complaints. The ombuds will be a resource to all students for a variety of situations and issues.

Impacts to Cultural Centers

Programs and centers established to serve specific cultures or groups must comply with HB261, ensuring they do not influence participation or promote differential treatment based on personal identity characteristics.

Even if previously approved, cultural centers must be approved again by the Utah Board of Higher Education in accordance with the Utah System of Higher Education’s new policy on cultural centers. Centers must be focused on cultural education, celebration, engagement, and awareness, and cannot influence student participation in programs or promote differential treatment of students based on personal identity characteristics. The Latinx Cultural Center and proposed Native American Cultural Center will both go through this process, which could result in some work that is not compliant with HB261 being pulled out of the center’s portfolio of services.

Disability Resource Center

The Disability Resource Center will be moved under Student Affairs to better align student resources.

Student Organizations

Impacts of HB261 on Student Organizations

Student organizations under the Inclusion Center have had vast positive benefits for students across the university. These organizations will remain vibrant part of the university community.

In response to USHE’s guidance on HB261, student organizations housed under the Inclusion Center will be moved to Student Involvement and Leadership and function like other clubs in the USUSA system. Volunteer advisors will be assigned to each club. This transition will achieve greater alignment with student life, provide direct support and services from the Student Involvement and USUSA Clubs structures, and increase engagement with other clubs and student organizations. As with all other informal student clubs and organizations, USU cannot make decisions on whether to officially recognize a student club based on personal identity characteristics.

Effects on Student Club Programming

Student clubs may provide programming supporting inclusive practices, such as cultural education, celebration, engagement, and awareness, provided the events are open to everyone and do not receive preferential treatment based on personal identity characteristics.

Restrictions on Identity-Driven Clubs

Staff and faculty may continue to advise clubs focused on cultural identities, such as a Women in STEM, as long as they do so on a volunteer basis and do not receive special funding/compensation for providing this service that other advisors would not receive for advising non-identity driven organizations. Clubs must also be open to all students.

Student Clubs and Organizations Supporting Underrepresented Students

USU maintains as "all-comers" policy, and organizations supporting underrepresented students or focused on cultural identities are in compliance with HB261 as long as the programs and services they offer are open to all students.

Scholarships

The Native American Scholarship

Eligibility for USU’s Native American Student Scholarship is based on membership in a federally recognized tribe and not a personal identity as defined by HB261. The university will continue to offer this scholarship to eligible students.

USU’s Student Scholarships 

USU offers scholarships based on need or merit and not based on a student’s protected status/personal identity characteristics. This was already prohibited by federal law. 

Implementation of HB257

On-campus Student Housing

Utah State Housing Services offers several options for housing, including gender-inclusive housing options. Additionally, Canyon Crest Suites and Merrill Hall have single-user restrooms and showers. 

Existing All-gender Bathrooms

All-gender bathrooms are available throughout the Logan campus. You can locate these restrooms using our university map.