All-Gender Restrooms Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What are all-gender restrooms?
What are the differences between “gender-inclusive restrooms,” “all-gender restrooms,” and “inclusive restrooms”?
Why are these restrooms necessary?
Everyone has basic needs, including using a restroom. Historically, bathrooms have been regulated based on gender stereotypes and perceived gender identity. All-gender restrooms increase access and reduce the risk of discrimination and harassment for all community members and visitors, including:
- Transgender, intersex, nonbinary, and gender expansive people
- People with limited mobility who want to use the nearest restroom
- People who need a caregiver’s assistance
- Caregivers with children
Do I have to use an all-gender restroom?
No, there are gender-specific (men’s/women’s) restrooms in every building.
Where are the all-gender restrooms located on campus?
View an interactive campus map showing all-gender restroom facilities or see the list of single-stall restrooms, with designated signage, below. Click on the building name to access that building's floor plans (Andrew ID/SSO required). If you are aware of a restroom that is not listed, or you have other gender-inclusive restroom questions or suggestions, please email email@example.com.
|Building||Floor||Floor Plan Room #||Notes|
|Alumni House||Floor 1||124|
|ANSYS Hall||Floor B||B04|
|Baker-Porter Hall||Floor A||A27N**||
*Inside an office suite that is locked after hours
|Bramer House||Floor 1||100B**||**Non-accessible|
|Doherty Hall||Floor 1||1252||**Non-accessible|
|Facilities Management Services Building||Floor 1||117||**Non-accessible|
|Fifth 4721||Floor A||A010|
|Fifth 4802 (WQED)||Floor 1||1003|
|Forbes 4615 (GATF)||Floor 3||300A**||**Non-accessible|
|Gates & Hillman Centers||Floor 4||4831|
|Floor 5||5116*||*Inside an office suite|
|Hall of the Arts||Floor A||A50A||**Non-accessible|
|Hamburg Hall||Floor A||A412**||**Non-accessible|
|Hamerschlag Hall||Floor B||B154|
|Henry Street 4618||Floor 1||103|
|Henry Street 4620||Floor 1||103**||**Non-accessible|
|Hunt Library||Floor 1||No room number||**Non-acessible|
|Integrated Innovation Institute||Floor 1||104|
|Jared L. Cohon University Center||Lower Level||LL84A||*Located inside gym area - must have a CMU ID for entrance|
|Landscape Support Facility||Floor 1||103|
|Margaret Morrison Carnegie Hall||Floor A||A24**||**Non-accessible|
|Mellon Institute||Floor 3||316E**||**Non-accessible|
|Miller ICA||Floor 1||101A*||*Only during Miller's open hours|
|National Robotics Engineering Center||Floor 2||R23|
|Newell-Simon Hall||Floor B||B522*||*Next to stairwell|
|Purnell Center for the Arts||Floor A||A20*||
*Attached to theater dressing rooms, not available during productions
***Marked faculty but available for staff and student use
|South Craig 205||Floor 1||106||**Non-accessible|
|South Craig 300||Floor 1||101A|
|South Craig 417||Floor 2||200A**||**Non-accessible|
|TCS Hall||Floor A||A104*||*Shower in room|
|Tepper Building||Floor 1||1105||*In student lounge|
|Warner Hall||Floor A||A35**||
*Not publicly accessible facilities
|Winthrop 4609||Floor 1||101**||**Non-accessible|
|Whitfield Hall||Floor A||A54**||**Non-accessible|
The all-gender facilities in the residential buildings below are limited to student access only.
Floor Plan Room #
|Boss House||Floor A||B12|
|Clyde House||Floor 1||109|
|Donner House||Floor 1||122|
|Henderson House||Floor A||A04||Next to communal lounge space|
|Margaret Morrison Plaza||Floor A||A21||Intersection Lounge|
|McGill House||Floor A||B12|
|Morewood Gardens||Basement||Floor B||Outside D-Tower laundry room|
|Floor 1||115A||Near the kitchen|
|Morewood E-Tower||Floor 1||133|
|Mudge House||Floor 1||Floor 1||1st Floor of A-Tower|
|Resnik House||Floor 1||Floor 1||Near Cruciform Room|
|Scobell House||Floor 1||Floor 1||Next laundry room|
|Shirley Apartments||Floor A||Floor A|
|Stever House||Floor 1||Floor 1||2 facilities, across from Quiet Study|
|The Residence on 5th||Floor 1||Floor 1||2 facilities|
|Welch House||Floor 1||Floor 1||Next to communal lounge space|
|West Wing||Floor 2||
Public access restrooms located in the lobby & main hallway. Remaining facilities are designated for staff in Career & Professional Development Center, operating hours may affect access to all facilities
What is the future plan for CMU?
The All-Gender Restroom Access Committee will:
- Continue to work with university partners to expand education and raise awareness
- Re-prioritize "deserts" (buildings or areas of campus where there are currently no readily accessible all-gender options) and propose solutions to leadership
- Develop guidelines and procedures for sustainable change
- Continue to advocate for state and county plumbing code changes
Where can I learn more about gender identity and gender expression?
Check out this helpful video from Minus18, an Australian charity improving the lives of LGBTQIA+ youth, available online at www.minus18.org.au/.
Below are some links to additional resources. While we have only listed a few, please know there are numerous resources and information about these and related topics, and we encourage you to continue your learning journey.
- Article: NPR, “A Guide To Gender Identity Terms” (2021)
- Website: Trans Student Educational Resources, “Definitions”
- Podcast: Lean In, Tilted: A Lean In Podcast, Season 2, Episode 1, “Gender Beyond the Binary with Joey Soloway and Jacob Tobia” (September 2020)
- Training: CMU Tartan Allies training