4 May 2018

Pilot with gender-neutral toilets in three buildings

Pictogram genderneutraal toilet

Utrecht University will soon start a pilot with gender-neutral toilets in three buildings. The university wants to treat everyone equally and ensure that everyone feels welcome, even on the toilet.

Why gender neutral toilets?

Gender neutrality is a topic that has been receiving increasing attention in society, the media and also within the university. In the man / woman separated toilets, a person's gender matters more than outside it. As a result, there are people who avoid these separated toilets or who visit them with discomfort. To make everyone feel welcome, the university is conducting a pilot with gender-neutral toilets. These are toilets that anyone, regardless of gender, can use. They eliminate the differences and do not oblige the toilet visitors to make a choice. It is therefore not the case that gender-neutral toilets are only for transgender people.

How are we going to do that?

In three buildings, a men's and women's toilet block will be set up as gender-neutral. In practice, this means that in the current men's toilets a container for hygienic waste will be added to all toilets. In addition, the urinals are shielded in such a way that they can be used out of sight of other toilet visitors. No adjustments are necessary for the current ladies' rooms. An icon (see above) makes it clear that it is a gender neutral toilet.

In which buildings do we conduct the pilot?

The pilot takes place in three buildings:

  • the Administration building, one toilet group in the hall on the ground floor;
  • the W.C. Schimmel building, a toilet group in the hall on the ground floor;
  • the Marinus J. Ruppert building, one toilet group on the ground floor at the entrance to the Educatorium.

Would you rather use a man / woman separated toilet?

All other toilet groups in the three buildings are male / female separated toilets.

How does the pilot proceed?

During the pilot, a survey will be held at various times in the vicinity of the toilet groups. The survey is mainly focused on satisfaction with the gender-neutral toilets. The results of the survey are used in evaluating the pilot and are included in the decision on a possible extension of the number of gender-neutral toilets.