Anna Wu, associate vice chancellor for Facilities Services, said in an email the University’s new gender-neutral bathroom signs will feature a pictogram of a man and woman and the words “Restroom” or “Toilet Room”.
Many who are familiar with the University’s involvement in the removal of the Campus Y’s signs have mixed emotions.
“I believe that everyone should have the freedom to go to the bathroom where they please and I think this is a good move by the University,” said first-year Brooke Carpenter.
“I’m not exactly sure how the University makes its decisions but I don’t think it’s okay that they didn’t inform the Campus Y before they made their move.”
Mike McFarland, UNC spokesperson, said the signs were being replaced as part of a campus-wide initiative to increase the University’s gender-neutral inventory.
“The signage being installed is consistent with what all applicable codes require,” he said.
Wu said the Campus Y was not the only place where gender-neutral bathroom signs were replaced.
“To clarify and put the sign removal into context, the Campus Y was not targeted for sign replacement,” she said, in an email.
“Rather, it was one stop among many by Facilities Services staff to post consistent, compliant signage throughout campus to indicate gender-neutral facilities and to add to the campus inventory of gender-neutral facilities.”