UMass Amherst Secured Permanent Variances for Baker Hall Gender-Inclusive Bathrooms
In October 2018, the university received permanent variances from the Massachusetts Board of State Examiners of Plumbers and Gas Fitters (also known as the Plumbing Board) to allow the multi-stall bathrooms on the first floor of Baker Hall to remain gender-inclusive to accommodate students on the Spectrum floor and in gender-inclusive housing. Previously, the Plumbing Board had issued one-year variances for these facilities. The floor also includes two single-stall gender-inclusive bathrooms.
Gender-Inclusive Restroom Legislation
UMass Amherst is supporting a proposed bill that will expand the ability to have gender-inclusive restrooms in public buildings, including UMass campus buildings. The bill is co-sponsored by area representatives Mindy Domb. Jo Comerford, Lindsay Sabadosa, Natalie Blais, and Carlos Gonzalez. The wording of the bill is as follows:
Massachusetts House Bill 2749: An Act Establishing Gender-Neutral Bathrooms
The bill will “allow gender neutral bathrooms to be designed and installed in any use group defined by the 780 CMR Massachusetts state building code regardless of whether the work being performed is new construction or repair, renovation or alteration work.”
For more information: https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD2749.