13 September 2013

University of Minnesota Gender Neutral Restrooms Update 1

The Vice President of Student Affairs at Purdue, Dr. Exum, once noted that asking the right questions can get a fair amount done. This proved true for me during my last two years at Purdue. Earlier I noted a post entitled "University of Minnesota Falls Short on Gender Neutral Restrooms," and I've decided this falling short is important enough for me to start asking questions.

At Purdue, the correct contact concerning the gendering of single use restrooms on academic campus is in the Department of Environmental Health and Safety (in the residence halls it is the Director of Residence Life for those Purdue students who may be checking this out). I have started there with asking my question, which simply asks if there is a reason for so many single use restrooms to be gendered (and pointed out the Ecology Building as an example of this). I emailed the Department of Environmental Health and Safety a week ago and have not yet heard back, and thus have emailed them again today. I also emailed the Transgender Commission to ask the question two days ago, and so far have just gotten an auto-response letting me know the email is only checked once or twice a month. If I don't hear back in another week I will email an administrator who was hired here from Purdue.

I will continue to update my progress on this issue here for those who are interested.

Update: The email I sent to environmental health and safety department has been forwarded from the general email to a Specialist for Food, Water, and Housing.

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