Single-stall restrooms across the Colorado State University campus are being converted to “All Gender” restrooms, available for use by anyone who needs them.
Facilities Management crews began installing new signage and indicator latches on about 60 existing bathrooms the first week of classes, with another 100 on the schedule through the end of August. Once this first phase is completed, crews will start work on restrooms that require a more extensive remodel to bring them into compliance with university standards and building requirements. This work is scheduled to continue through Fall semester.
What’s in an All Gender restroom?
The restrooms are equipped with one toilet and, in some cases, a urinal, and a door that latches.
“While more than 250 single-stall restrooms exist on the Colorado State campus, and many individuals can benefit from such facilities, inconsistent signage makes them difficult to identify,” said Mary Ontiveros, vice president for diversity and chair of the Campus Climate Committee, which established the standards that are part of the Inclusive Physical and Virtual Campus policy adopted in May. “Standardized signage across campus will help people find the All Gender restrooms, expanding access for everyone.”
There are already a number of All Gender restrooms on campus, especially in newly constructed buildings such as the stadium, which contains 33 such facilities. The current effort is to expand the number available in older buildings as well.
All Gender restrooms can be especially useful for those who require privacy to maintain medical devices, those who need or provide assistance to others using the restroom, and those whose gender identity doesn’t fit into binary categories represented by men’s and women’s restrooms.
But Ontiveros and other members of the committee emphasize that All Gender restrooms are for everyone.
“They are there for anyone who needs them, when they need them,” she said.