Law school bathrooms go gender neutral to promote ‘LGBTQ diversity’

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  • New bathroom policy allows people to use them ‘according to their gender presentation or expression.’
  • Policy a recommendation from school’s LGBTQ task force.
  • Task force to create a “strategic plan” to ensure 'LGBTQ diversity and inclusion.'
  • Roger Williams University (RWU) Law in Bristol, R.I., instituted a gender neutral bathroom policy policy on Wednesday in order to accommodate LGBTQ students and emulate other “progressive” institutions.

    In an email forwarded to Campus Reform, Deborah Johnson, the RWU Law Director of Diversity and Outreach, said the measure was instituted in some restrooms in order increase accessibility to those with different gender identities.

    “These [gender neutral bathroom]changes promote widespread LGBTQ diversity and inclusion at RWU Law, which is indeed our intent, and are ones that are in line with the best practices of several progressive higher education institutions nationwide.”   

    “The purpose of this new policy is to welcome all RWU Law community members and visitors to use restroom facilities according to their gender presentation or expression,” wrote Johnson.

    “These [gender neutral bathroom]changes promote widespread LGBTQ diversity and inclusion at RWU Law, which is indeed our intent, and are ones that are in line with the best practices of several progressive higher education institutions nationwide,” she added.

    Johnson wrote that the changes come on the heels of a recommendation from the school sanctioned LGBTQ task force, which is composed of faculty, staff, and students. Johnson co-chairs the task force with the Assistant Dean of Students, Lorraine Lalli.

    In the email, Johnson wrote that this year the task force will “develop a strategic plan for the law school that promotes LGBTQ diversity and inclusion.”

    RWU Law officials did not respond to request for comment from Campus Reform in time for publication.

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