UA sets bar for transgender access rights – Jennifer Tramm

The UA allows transgendered people to use the restrooms with which they best identify, making it one of the most inclusive campuses in the country, a UA official said.

According to a policy issued by the Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Office in June, the UA “allows individuals to use the restroom that corresponds to their gender identity.”

The “Statement on Restroom Access” is based on the UA’s policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of gender identity, according to the statement.

“We’re actually the only school in the country to make publicly available a bathroom access statement that was endorsed by the (UA) president,” said Jessica Pettitt, coordinator of social justice programs for the Social Justice Leadership Center. “I forwarded out the statement to (other universities), and they’re now using it as a starting place on their campuses.”