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Commit to increase gender-open bathroom accessibility on campus

Last week a large group of senior Tufts administrators met to discuss policy changes relating to gender-open bathroom accessibility, a proposal that students have been working on since July of 2014.  While no decision was made at this meeting, Tufts has agreed to come out with an announcement of their decision by May 1st.  To ensure Tufts upholds this commitment, we are asking all in support of greater access to gender-open bathrooms on Tufts’ campus to sign this petition:

"We, the students, alumni, and faculty of Tufts University, after working on this campaign for greater access to gender-open bathrooms since July of 2014, ask that the administration commit to our proposal and resolution by signing the documents below.

This cannot wait any longer - it is about people’s lives and safety, and action needs to be taken immediately.

It is time for Tufts to affirm that going to the bathroom is a human right and prioritize the safety of its students over the comfort of the status quo. With this in mind, we are asking Tufts to sign on to the following two commitments and to make a public announcement about this commitment to the Tufts community.

The Proposal to Improve Bathroom Accessibility for Students of All Gender Identities lays out a 3-phase plan that moves our campus toward a more inclusive and just environment for trans* identified individuals.

- Phase 1 includes immediate sign and lock changes to be completed by the beginning of the Fall 2015 term.  
- Phase 2 includes conversions from two-stall bathrooms to single stall bathrooms through the removal of a partition, to be completed by the beginning of the Spring 2016 term.
- Phase 3 includes buildings requiring more significant construction, to be completed by the Fall 2016 term.

The Resolution to Establish a Mandated Gender Neutral Bathroom Policy for New Construction Projects asks Tufts to adopt an institutionalized policy (included in the Tufts Standard)  requiring all extensively renovated and newly constructed buildings to include at least one gender-open bathroom.

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