Monday, November 9, 2015

The University of Toronto Studies Bathroom Policy

                The University of Toronto is ‘temporarily’ changing its policy on gender-neutral bathrooms after two separate incidents of "voyeurism" were reported on campus September 15 and 19. Male students within the University’s Whitney Hall student residence were caught holding their cell-phones over female students’ shower stalls and filming them as they bathed. Incredible. Who could have predicted anything like that?
                The University’s dean of students stated that campus police had been contacted immediately and had worked with residence staff to “support impacted students and ensure the safety of the Residences.”
                “Given the serious nature of these incidents and the impact on directly affected students, we made the decision to specifically designate some washrooms in Whitney Hall for those who identify as men and those who identify as women,” the dean said. 
                The university carefully explained that while the changes were made in the specific residence hall of the voyeurism incidents, “there has been no change to the designation of gender-neutral washrooms in the other University College Residences or elsewhere on campus as a result of these incidents.”
                The school called the action a “temporary measure” to “provide a safe space for the women who have been directly impacted by the incidents of voyeurism and other students who may feel more comfortable in a single gender washroom in the wake of these events,” bigots, cranks, transgenderphobes and weirdos though they may be.


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