Approved by the:

Administrative Response:
University Senate May 5, 2016

PENDING

Resolution to Implement System-Wide Restroom and Locker Room Access

The University Senate recommends that the University of Minnesota implement system-wide restroom and locker room access policies and practices that support transgender and gender non-conforming persons; individuals who need the assistance of a caregiver who may be of a similar or different gender; and parents or guardians who need to help a child of a different gender.

COMMENT:

1.   The University of Minnesota does not tolerate harassment or discrimination based on gender identity or gender expression.  The University may deem it harassment or discrimination if individuals are asked to leave or not enter restrooms or locker rooms due to their ​gender ​identity or gender expression, as perceived by another person.

2.     The University will provide access in the following ways.  The below recommendations1 are based on national recommendations for creating more inclusive campus environments for transgender and gender non-conforming individuals and communities.

(a)   Students, faculty, staff, and visitors to all University of Minnesota buildings may use the restrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity.

(b)  The University of Minnesota will provide accessible2 gender-inclusive restroom facilities in main areas of all campus buildings, and require at least one accessible gender-inclusive restroom facility in all renovated or newly constructed buildings. Main areas refer to primary building entrances, on main throughways and floors, and in proximity to other restrooms.

(c)   All gender-inclusive restrooms locations will be publicized on main campus maps and websites. These maps should be reviewed and updated quarterly, and updated whenever new data is available.

(d)  Single-occupancy gender-specific restroom and locker rooms will be re-signed as single-occupancy, gender-inclusive restroom and locker room facilities when building codes allow3.

(e)   Signs will be posted outside all gender-specific restroom and locker room facilities indicating the location of the nearest gender-inclusive restroom or locker room within a building.

(f)   Posting of temporary gender-inclusive restroom and locker room signs over current gender-specific restroom and locker room signs in campus buildings where events are occurring in the absence of any available and accessible gender-inclusive restrooms or locker rooms within the building will be allowed.

 

 



1 From: Promising Practices for Inclusion of Gender Identity/Gender Expression in Higher Education, 2011. Created by The Pennsylvania State University LGBTA Student Resource Center: Emily A. Johnson, & Allison Subasic. With guidance from Genny Beemyn, Ph.D., Chicora Martin, Sue Rankin, Ph.D., & Nancy Jean Tubbs. Supported by the national Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals. Visit http://www.umass.edu/stonewall/uploads/listWidget/25137/promising-practices.pdf for a full copy.

2 Meeting current laws and codes for accessibility and open during the full business hours of the building.

3 Per Resolution 2014R-394, the City of Minneapolis "strongly encourages educational facilities within Minneapolis who offer single-user restrooms to provide such facilities in a gender-neutral manner wherever possible... [and] directs its regulatory-compliance, zoning, and similar departments and staff to affirmatively promote gender-neutrality in the provision of single-user restrooms in existing or new construction within Minneapolis."


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