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FSU promotes gender equity, designates bathrooms gender neutral

By Rose Gause '20, Social Marketing Team Journalistic Writer
10/5/2017

Gender Neutral SignageGender inclusive bathrooms have been implemented in universities across the country. In an effort to make Frostburg State University a more welcoming and comfortable environment Frostburg State University has updated two of their bathrooms, located on the 2nd floor of the Lane University Center adjacent to the AstraZeneca Fitness Center, to gender neutral. The bathrooms were modified to be neutral on September 20th. Prior to that date, one restroom was labeled as a men’s restroom and one was labeled as a women’s restroom with the traditional man and woman figures. Now, the signage features an additional figure wearing pants on one leg and a dress on the other. 


Allen Flanagan, director of Lane University Center, had been interested in making this project happen for quite some time. He feels that although this was a minor facility change it has the opportunity to have a significant impact on furthering FSU inclusivity efforts. This change will allow students, regardless of their gender expression or gender identity, to use the restroom and feel comfortable and safe while doing so. 


Allan Flanagan"The role of the University Center, or the college union, is to act as the living room of the campus, and updating two of our restrooms to be gender neutral is an example of one step we have taken to ensure that everyone, regardless of how they identify, feels comfortable in the Lane University Center and on the FSU campus," says Allen Flanagan. 


According to FSU's Office of Gender Equity's website, "Diversity, mutual respect, integrity, and responsibility are core values within our University community. These values are at the heart of Frostburg State University's commitment to maintaining a safe, inclusive, and nondiscriminatory learning and working environment. In addition, the University is committed to seeing that all members of our community who are affected by gender-based harassment, sexual misconduct, relationship violence, and stalking are provided options for redress and support."


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