Gender-neutral washrooms needed: students

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Students at the University of Prince Edward Island want gender-neutral washrooms on campus.

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The UPEI Student Union Council has now adopted external policy on the matter.

Approved at the UPEISU Council’s Jan. 26 meeting, the policy calls on the university to provide at least one gender-neutral washroom in each university building.

Further, the policy statement aims to ensure that construction of future university buildings take into account the need for gender-neutral washroom facilities.

“Ensuring students do not face harassment, alienation, or anxiety on university property is extremely important to the UPEISU,” said president Anastasia Smallwood. “Council passing this policy ensures it is a priority for the student union and advocating for the availability of these washrooms is something we will continue working on.”

Students who may be transgender, or those who may not identify with a certain gender, can face undue anxiety or outright harassment when attempting to use washrooms which are gender specific, the students’ group said.

According to a summer 2013 proposal to the UPEI Space Management Committee, “For a number of people… accessing public washroom becomes an anxiety-provoking and potentially dangerous activity.”

“Our next steps will be to engage with university administration on the issue, and it is our hope that we can see improvements as quickly as possible,” said Smallwood.

Organizations: UPEI Student Union Council, UPEISU Council, UPEI Space Management Committee

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Recent comments

  • alwaysannoying
    January 27, 2014 - 18:03

    It has always annoyed me the amount of mens washrooms with urinals on the wall side by side with absolutely no privacy ....Myself i couldnt care a less who is beside me, gay,, trans gender ,,whatever but i still dont want them to have the ability to be staring at my junk lol....pretty simple fix over creating a new freaking bathroom lmao pretty easy to slap a few boards up between them for privacy duhhhhh....

  • Huh
    January 27, 2014 - 17:00

    Yet there are third world countries without running water or washrooms.....

  • pee
    January 27, 2014 - 12:34

    Put a urnal in the womens washroom and problem solved