UNM student gov't calls for unisex restrooms

Posted at: 04/26/2013 6:46 PM
By: Stuart Dyson, KOB Eyewitness News 4


Old-fashioned men’s and women’s restrooms could wind up on the endangered species list at the University of New Mexico if the institution's student government gets its way.

The student Senate voted this week to endorse universal, or unisex restrooms on campus - that’s where everybody is welcome. The campus LGBT coalition backs the idea, but a lot of students KOB Eyewitness News 4 spoke with said they aren’t buying it.

“I don’t want to go in a boys’ bathroom! I don’t think boys want to go in the girls’ bathroom either,” said Aja Lopez. “It’s going to cause more wait time. I think it’s going to be more cleaning for everybody to do. It’s also just weird!”

“I don’t think that’s a good idea, with the recent groping problem,” said William Brenner. “There’s the groping on campus. I just think if you have unisex bathrooms you’re just setting up a situation for danger.”

“Yeah, I’d use it,” said Katie Stevens. “I mean, as long as the door is locked, that would be fine. As long as there’s some privacy I wouldn’t mind.”

UNM spokeswoman Dianne Anderson said administration officials would discuss the issue with student government leaders, but she said unisex restrooms would probably take some design work and re-plumbing and retro-fitting.

The political message from the administration? Don’t hold your breath waiting for unisex restrooms on campus. The fact is, UNM isn’t exactly flush with money these days.