Carnegie Mellon University

Inclusive Restroom Signage

Carnegie Mellon University is a gender diverse community and invites individuals to choose the restroom they find welcoming and safe. As part of its mission to make restrooms on CMU’s campus safe and welcoming for all individuals, the All-Gender Restroom Access Committee led the design and placement of temporary signage for all campus restrooms in the fall of 2021. Designs for permanent signage will be finalized and installed sometime during 2022.

The signage of all single-stall restrooms on the Pittsburgh campus was updated to be consistent and to reflect they are open for private use by anyone.

Single-stall restroom sign
Single-stall restroom signage

CMU also recognizes that many members of our community, including trans and nonbinary individuals, may not be able to access a single-stall facility when they need to, and do not feel welcomed or affirmed by the existing gendered, multi-user restrooms. Temporary signs were added to the exterior doors and interiors of all multi-stall restrooms on the Pittsburgh campus that affirm CMU’s long-standing non-discrimination policy, and support an individual’s choice to use the restroom where they feel the most comfortable and safe.

Multi-stall exterior sign
Multi-stall restroom exterior signage

Multi-stall interior sign
Multi-stall restroom interior signage

These signs, and future plans to expand and create more inclusive, non-gendered facilities on campus, are important measures that Carnegie Mellon is taking to create safe, sustainable and inclusive public restrooms for everyone regardless of age, gender, race, religion and disability.