Regan Buchanan, a senior and the Campus Y co-president, said the Campus Y had no warning or prior knowledge the University would be coming to tear down the signs but has since had a meeting with members of the UNC administration.
Buchanan said during this meeting, she was informed the University would be replacing all gender-neutral bathroom signs in the Campus Y and throughout campus with a more internationally recognized bathroom sign.
The bathrooms on the second floor of the Campus Y have temporary signs, while the bathrooms on the first floor still have the old signs leaning up against the wall.
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.”