UM toilets to become more inclusive

UM toilets to become more inclusive

More gender-neutral toilets and changing tables for babies

19-05-2021

The toilets in Maastricht University buildings are to be given an update. Spaces with only toilet cubicles – so no urinals – will receive an ‘all-gender’ label. The name ‘disabled toilet’ will also disappear, in the future this will be called ‘accessible toilet’. Lastly, eight spaces spread across the buildings, will have a changing table for babies.

The Executive Board has taken this decision upon advice from the Diversity & Inclusivity Office. About 4 per cent of the population does not identify themselves with the traditional gender roles such as male and female, the D&I Office wrote in a memo. Translating this to the UM figures, it comes down to a thousand students and employees. No renovations are needed to create gender-neutral toilets. Those lending themselves to the change will simply be given a new nameplate and logo. In addition, male and female toilets will continue to exist.

The D&I Office hopes that this change, and also the name change of the disabled toilets, will cause less stigmatisation in the use of these spaces. Adding the changing tables fits in the framework of the UM Cares project, which wants to make the university ‘more family-friendly’. The changes will cost more than 6,000 euro and will be financed from the D&I Office budget.