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LGBT+ Resources

This guide will feature selected LGBTQ electronic and print resources in the MSSU George A. Spiva Library. It was created by Ms. Kayla Reed, Access Services Librarian and Mr. James Capeci, Library Director.

How can I find supportive Faculty and Staff?

Here is a list of all Faculty and Staff that have undergone the Safe Zone Training: Click here!

These individuals have undergone special, voluntary training to be a safe and open place for students. 

Who can I speak to about Harassment?

The University strictly prohibits any form of harassment by or against any faculty member, staff member, and student, applicant for employment, customer, third-party contractor, guest, or visitor (collectively the University Community). It is a violation of this policy to retaliate against any member of the University Community who reports or assists in making a complaint of harassment or who participates in the investigation of a complaint in any way.

Harassment is written, verbal or physical conduct that degrades or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual because of his/her protected status (age, gender, color, race, religion, disability, veteran's status, national origin, ancestry, or any other protected status under federal, state, or local law) that (i) has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive work or learning environment; (ii) has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work or academic performance; or (iii) otherwise adversely affects an individual's employment or academic opportunities. 


If you are being harassed, contact one of the departments below:


MSSU Advising/Counseling/Testing (Counseling Services) (417) 625-9324 (9324 from an on-campus phone)

MSSU Health Center (417) 625-9323 (on campus: 9323)

MSSU Student Services (417) 625-9392

If you are concerned for your safety, contact the University Police.

For Emergency situations call 911

For non-emergency call (417) 623-3131

LGBT+ Students of Color

I am all alone and have no help. What do I do?

You are not alone. It is normal to feel this way sometimes, but it is important to remember that there are many people on campus and in the Joplin community that want to help. In the state of Missouri alone there are  6,021,988 LGBT+ Adults (from here) . 

There are many groups you can reach out to, the ones listed below are just a few. 

MSSU also offers free counseling to students. If you are worried, stressed or just need to vent, consider making an appointment here!

How do I know if I am LGBT+?

Sexual Orientation is defined by who you are physically and emotionally attracted to. You may not know what the word is for it until you explore the different identities but generally, people feel that there is something different about them. 

Are there Gender Neutral restrooms on Campus?

Yes! Here is a list of Locations with Gender Neutral Restrooms.

Webster Hall – 1st floor by recording rooms

Library – 2 restrooms on 3rd floor

Kuhn Hall - Second floor down east hallway

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