Carnegie Mellon University is committed to an environment in which all members can learn, work and fully participate in the life of the community. Consistent with the University Statement of Assurance, Carnegie Mellon does not discriminate in admission, employment or administration of its programs or activities on the basis of a variety of demographic characteristics including sex, sexual orientation and gender identity.
Beginning Fall 2011, the university launched a process for use of preferred names. Guidelines and implications related to preferred name designation are available in detail from The HUB. Specific questions should be directed to the University Registrar, John Papinchak, (email@example.com).
Gender Inclusive Restrooms
Carnegie Mellon University supports individuals using the facility of their choice consistent with their gender identity.
The Gender Inclusive Restroom Initiative was created to ensure that there are options for restroom facilities that are accessible to all members of our campus community. The Gender Inclusive Restrooms listed below are known single stall/single occupancy spaces with designated signage. As of Winter 2019, the inventory is under review for accuracy. An updated inventory and centralized web page for this information will be published in Spring 2019.
If you are aware of a restroom that is not listed below, or you would like to propose a single use restroom to be converted to All Gender, please contact Susie Walker, firstname.lastname@example.org .
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Campus Buildings: All Gender Facilities
Below is the list of all gender facilities located in on-campus buildings.
|Building||Room #||Notes on Access|
|Baker-Porter Hall||A65||*Inside an office suite that is locked after hours|
|Cohon University Center||154A*||* Located inside gym area|
|Cyert Hall||A36, HUB Hallway*||*also accessible from Warner Hall, HUB hallway locked after hours|
|1st Floor, near campus-side entrance|
|Doherty Hall||4th floor|
|Gates & Hillman Centers||4831||*Inside an office suite|
|Hamerschlag Hall||B154*||*Marked "Men" but single occupancy|
|Health Center||1st floor|
|Margaret Morrison Carnegie Hall||125|
|Mellon Institute||3rd Floor, near men’s room & Stephanie’s Cafe|
|Miller ICA||101A*||*Only during Miller's open hours|
|Newell-Simon Hall||B522*||*Difficult to find/access|
|Purnell Center for the Arts||A20*||*Attached to theater dressing rooms, not available during productions|
|Purnell Center for the Arts||105||*Marked faculty but available for student use|
|Scaife Hall||126||*Marked “Men” or “Women” but single occupancy|
|Tepper Building||1122||*In student lounge|
Residential Buildings: All Gender Facilities
The all gender facilities in the residential buildings below are limited to student access only.
|Building||Room #||Notes on Access|
|Boss House||Ground Floor|
|Doherty Hall||basement of D-tower, next to the stairs & located in the fitness room of A-tower|
|Donner House||1st Floor|
|Henderson House||Ground Floor||next to communal lounge space|
|McGill House||Ground Floor|
|Mudge House||1st Floor of A-Tower|
|Scobell House||Ground Floor||next laundry room|
|Welch House||Ground Floor||next to communal lounge space|
|Morewood Gardens||1st Floor||near the kitchen|
|The Residence on 5th||Lobby||2 facilites|
|Stever House||1st Floor||2 facilites, across from Quiet Study|
|The Intersection||Intersection Lounge||Margaret Morrison|
Has rescinding the Dear Colleague Letter changed the University's practice regarding transgender and/or gender non-conforming community members?
No, the University's practices with regard to name designation and facility usage were in place prior to the guidance provided by the previous (May 2016) "Dear Colleague" letter (DCL) from the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice (DOE and DOJ respectively) and they remain in place today.
Background: In May of 2016 DOE and DOJ issued joint agency guidance related to transgender student protections in the form of a Dear Colleague letter. The DCL affirmed many of the practices already in use at Carnegie Mellon with regard to student privacy, name designation, and facility usage. This guidance also affirmed our commitment to continued evaluation and development of our practices toward creating an inclusive and welcoming community for all. The subsequent February 2017 DCL, also issued jointly by the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice, states the decision by these bodies “to withdraw and rescind the above-referenced guidance documents in order to further and more completely consider the legal issues involved.” The 2017 DCL acknowledges an on-going legal debate regarding the applicability of TITLE IX, which prohibits discrimination based on sex, to matters involving gender identity. While the rescinding of the previous guidance does not impel any changes to CMU's policies and practices, we will continue to monitor court decisions and DOE action related to this issue.
Please reference our Law and Guidance resource page to access the full text versions of the guidance letters and other related materials.