In May of 2016, the Obama administration issued a guidance to public schools according to which students should be permitted to use the restrooms and locker rooms that align with their gender identity, rather than required to use the rooms that accord with the sex that they were assigned at birth. In February, the Trump administration rolled back protections for transgender students, reversing Obama's instructions. Nevertheless, some universities are developing their own initiatives to protect the rights of transgender students and faculty, including Georgetown that has initiated a plan to make all single-user restrooms gender inclusive and ADA compliant. An article in Georgetown's The Hoya states:
The university and the Georgetown University Student Association LGBTQ Inclusivity policy team have launched an initiative to make single-stall restrooms in public buildings on campus both gender-inclusive and Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant by the end of the semester.
Currently, many public buildings on campus, including the Leavey Center, Healy Hall and the Healey Family Student Center have single-stall restrooms separated into men’s and women’s restrooms. For most existing single-stall restrooms on campus, only altering the signage is necessary to indicate that they are all-gender.
Currently, not all of the single-stall restrooms that are eligible to become all-gender restrooms display signs that indicate they are accessible for those with disabilities. The ADA requires that all public facilities, including restrooms, be accessible for those with disabilities.
The university is planning to complete a feasibility study of all the restrooms in question to determine whether the single-stall restrooms that are eligible to become all-gender restrooms are also accessible. Following the study, its findings are set to appear in a report detailing which single-stall restrooms currently comply with ADA access guidelines and which need modifications before they can also have signage changes.
The entire article in The Hoya is here.
posted by Shelley