Carnegie Mellon University

Gender Identity

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.

Preferred Names

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, (

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, .

Click here for a campus map.

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

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
4th Floor
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
Shirley Apartments Basement  
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


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.