The New School is dedicated to creating a welcoming environment for all members of the university community inclusive of race, ethnicity, national origin, culture, language, gender and gender expression, sexuality, religious and political beliefs, age, and ability. The university stands against all forms of discrimination and oppression, whether directed against individuals or groups.
The New School Safe Zone program assembles a voluntary network of faculty, staff, and student advocates to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex, asexual, and gender nonconforming (LGBTQIAGNC) community, creating a safe and supportive campus environment.
After introductory Safe Zone training, students, faculty, and staff can display a Safe Zone sign on their lockers, desks, backpacks, or office doors. This signifies support for LGBTQIAGNC people and identifies those who display the sign as advocates and/or allies who can be safely approached for support or guidance. To be trained or receive more information about Safe Zone, email
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212.229.1671, option 4.
The Safe Zone team publicizes the program, distributes materials, and provides introductory training to those who wish to become involved, and educates the larger community about the meaning of the signs and the importance of building safe and inclusive spaces for all students.
New School Safe Zone training familiarizes allies and advocates with:
Discrimination involves unfair treatment of others on the basis of their identity or category. Hate crimes are defined as violent acts against people, property, or organizations on the basis of identity, such as race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, ability, age, class, national origin, or religious or political belief.
Bias incidents involve threatening or harassing behavior directed toward someone on the basis of his or her gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation or perceived gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation. Acts of bias are violations of the university Code of Conduct. These behaviors may take the form of verbal remarks, written messages, and drawings or other kinds of images. If you discover that a New School student feels she or he has been discriminated against for any reason, you should advise her or him to contact
Student Rights and Responsibilities at 212.229.5349 x3653. Advise faculty or staff members who believe they have been discriminated against to contact Human Resources at 212.229.5671 x4900. Victims of hate crime should be advised to contact Campus Security 212.229.7001 (24 hours). They will be offered a range of support services, which may include assistance with filing a police report and information about medical and counseling services. The university’s policy on discrimination and related subjects can be found on the Student Rights and Responsibilities page.
Phone: 212.229.1671 option 1
Nurse Response will answer the phone after hours.
Phone: 212.229.7001 (24 hours)
New York City Police and EMS
Phone: 911 (24 hours)
All-Gender Restrooms Map (PDF)
Transgender Student Identification Policy
The Trevor Project
Harm Reduction Coalition
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center