The UO is one of the top 10 trans-friendly colleges and universities in the nation, and we are proud of our ability to provide safe and equitable access to facilities in more than 100 all-gender restrooms.
These restrooms are available for families with small children, people who have attendants, and our transgender and non-binary students, faculty members, staff, and community members.
Add an All-Gender Restroom
Advocate for All-Gender Restrooms in Your Building
If your building does not have an all-gender restroom or single-stall restrooms, you may advocate for one through your academic unit or department. The actual dollar cost would vary widely in new construction depending on the size, design, and construction of the building. The lowest cost update is adding all-gender restroom signs (see below), followed by renovating a multi-user gendered restroom to multi-user all-gender, and the highest cost is building new restroom facilities within an existing building.
The costs of creating an all-gender restroom are paid for by the department housed within each building. Contact your department head or dean to ask about funding an all-gender restroom. Currently, no university fund exists to pay for updating facilities for all-gender restrooms. You may inquire about the costs for an all-gender restroom through Campus Planning and Facilities Management, which varies depending on the building. The facilities liaison for your building may assist you in requesting a design or inquiring about costs from Campus Planning and Facilities Management. Use the resources below to share the importance of accessible and visible all-gender restrooms as you advocate for your building.
List All-Gender Restrooms on Campus Maps
If you notice an all-gender restroom is not listed or incorrectly listed on the campus map, please contact Marie Swarringim of UO Spaces, Campus Planning and Facilities Management, indicating the location (address and room number) and type of all-gender restroom (multi-user, single-stall, ADA).
Update Signs for All-Gender Restrooms
The signage of gendered single use restrooms can be changed to create an all-gender restroom. This is a simple low-cost solution, which may be purchased using the department budget of the academic unit or organization within the building. Please contact your department head, dean, of facilities liaison of your building to request a new sign through Campus Planning and Facilities Management. See the UO Campus Signage Standards:
Once your signage is updated, follow the steps above for "List All-Gender Restrooms on Campus Maps" to add the restroom to the all-gender campus map.
Resources to Advocate for All-Gender Restrooms
- Resolution for gender-inclusive restrooms (motion passed on 2/11/2015) by ASUO and Faculty Senate for the adoption of gender inclusive restrooms, see section 2.1 BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED, that the University of Oregon shall create at least one gender-inclusive restroom in every building.
- Campus Planning and Facilities Management design standards indicate all new buildings shall contain a minimum of one all-gender restroom, and preferred if each floor contains a minimum of one all-gender restroom.
- Title IX and its implementing regulations, 34 C.F.R. § 106.31, prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities operated by recipients of federal financial assistance. The Arcadia Unified school district has been held accountable to provide access to safe restrooms, specifically at a reasonable distance from classrooms and locker rooms.
- Improving safety and health of transgender and non-binary students:
- Adding more gender-inclusive restrooms will make The University of Oregon safer and more accessible for transgender, genderqueer, and gender variant students.
- According to the National LGBTQ Task Force, more than 50 percent of all transgender people have faced discrimination, harassment, arrest, or violence in gendered public restrooms. (Source: www.basicrights.org/news/trans-justice-news/trans-and-gender-non-conforming-people-bathrooms-and-attacks-on-our-community)
- Because transgender, genderqueer, and gender variant people face bias in restrooms so often, some opt to not use public restrooms entirely, resulting in significant medical health concerns. Gender-inclusive restrooms allow transgender students, faculty members, staff, and community members a restroom they can use without fear.
- As a top-ten institution for transgender students (source: Campus Pride Index, Huffington Post), we are committed to making our campus safe and accessible for all students of all gender identities. Expanding gender-inclusive restrooms is integral to that commitment.
- University of Oregon’s policy prohibits discrimination based on gender identity and gender expression.