Seattle Spectator, Students Petition Law School To De-Gender Bathrooms:
A Seattle University law student, Seth Alexander, started a petition on campus for the School of Law to de-gender its bathrooms.
Alexander named lack of access as the main issue—the only readily accessible gender-neutral bathrooms in the building are on the third floor and are only accessible through the library.
Alexander and other gender non-conforming students often avoid going to the restroom while in the law school because of this. “Due to the disproportionate amount of class time that I would miss, I do not really have the option of using the bathroom during class,” the petition stated. “Most days, I schedule my bathroom breaks and regulate my liquid intake. Sometimes, on busy days when I do not have a break, I will just wait until I get home.”
The petition also raised concerns about safety for gender non- conforming students who are forced to use gendered restrooms, citing a 2013 study conducted by UCLA in which 70% of transgender respondents reported denial of access, harassment, or assault when attempting to use gendered restrooms.
Cloie Chapman, a third-year JD candidate said that the issue of gender- neutral restrooms is one of safety. “For people who are trans or non- binary, the fear is very real and present,” Chapman said. ...
Bryan Adams, Professor of Law, believes the petition to be a step in the right direction. “I think that the petition is a good idea and I think the letter is really well-written and reasonable in what it’s asking the law school to do,” Adams said. ...
Awareness of the need for gender-neutral restrooms has increased on college campuses nationwide. How the Seattle U School of Law fits into this will likely be decided in the coming months.
Alexander stated that Annette Clark, Dean of the SU School of Law, has received the petition and is planning to meet with Alexander soon.