UVic is consulting students, faculty and the public on the implementation of gender neutral washrooms. (Susan Quinn Photo)

UVic consulting on campus-wide gender inclusive washrooms

Surveys ask for input on way-fiding and stall signage

The University of Victoria (UVic) Equity and Human Rights department is consulting students on a campus-wide approach to supporting inclusive washrooms.

A working group formed in fall 2018 to develop the consultation process, which uses an online survey and in-person consultation to ask for the public’s input.

RELATED: Adding more women’s and unisex bathrooms could help stores’ bottom line: UBC

RELATED: Special report: Gender neutral conversation shifting into drive

Back in 2012, two washrooms in the school’s Student Union Building opened as multi-stall gender inclusive facilities. UVic was the first campus on the Island to adopt the concept at that time.

Additionally, the school now has over 70 universal single-user washrooms – but says in the lead up to its online survey that it decided it was time to develop a campus-wide approach while UVic undergoes structural changes and development.

“Inclusive washrooms are essential if we want a campus that can be accessed by a diversity of students, faculty, staff and community members…” it states. “Not providing such spaces creates a systemic barrier which unfairly limits access for some groups. UVic is committed to being an accessible campus and welcoming a diversity of people.”

RELATED: Gender neutral washrooms flush away discrimination

RELATED: Ill-fitted gym attendees asked to butt out

The anonymous survey asks for feedback on written and visual recommendations, as well as personal experiences with inclusive washrooms.

It asks respondents for feedback on sign and stall design such as draft designs that show one way-finding sign with a toilet, urinal and accessibility symbol, and one with a male, female and accessibility symbol.

The survey also asks respondents to provide feedback on terminology, rating various terms like “universal washrooms,” “all-gender washrooms” or “inclusive washrooms.”

The online survey ends Feb. 7.

UVic declined to comment on this story while in the midst of its consultation process.

RELATED: Esquimalt High unveils gender neutral washroom


 

nina.grossman@blackpress.ca

Just Posted

New art at EMCS recognizes Sooke’s First Nations

Artwork was a collaboration between artist and students

Canadians spent more than $8 billion on pet-related items in 2017

Fifty-seven per cent of Canadian households own pets

Sooke School trustee and VIHA both call for vaccine education in schools

A renewal of cultural memory is needed, says trustee

Cheers to Beer Week back in Victoria

The nine-day festival kicks off March 1 at Victoria’s Public Market

Greater Victoria teachers experienced more than 30 incidents of violence from students in one month

Shuttered behavioural programs, lack of resources creates challenges for local schools

Sell regulated heroin to curb B.C.’s overdose problem: report

B.C. Centre on Substance Use points to organized crime and money-laundering as contributing factors

Galchenyuk scores in OT as Coyotes edge Canucks 3-2

Vancouver manages single point as NHL playoff chase continues

B.C. legislature moving suspended staff controversy to outside review

Whale watching, Seattle Mariners trips billed as emergency preparedness, Speaker Darryl Plecas says

More people signing up for compulsory vaccines

Maple Ridge mom says public tired of hearing about measles

Writing contest for teens

Students in grades 8 to 12 are invited to enter the Vancouver… Continue reading

UPDATE: Man charged in stabbing of woman, off-duty cop outside B.C. elementary school

Manoj George, 49, is facing two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of assault with a weapon after the incident on Wednesday, Feb. 20.

Federal fisheries minister calls for precautionary approach to fish farming

Government still reviewing Federal Court’s decision on PRV – Wilkinson

Why do zebras have stripes? Perhaps to dazzle away flies

Researchers from University of Bristol look into why zebras have stripes

Poll: More voters believe Canada doing worse under Trudeau government

22 per cent believed the country is doing better and 27 per cent said things are the same

Most Read