Guttman asserts the right for everyone to have safe access to the bathrooms of their choice on campus.
All bathrooms on-campus are gender-inclusive, some are single-user and lockable; some are multi-occupant with stalls.
All-gender facilities like these are available to benefit everyone:
- Trans individuals who otherwise might experience harassment, or even violence, can use a bathroom safely and in peace.
- Women no longer have to wait in line when the women’s room is full and the men’s room is empty.
- People who are physically disabled and who have attendants of a different gender don’t face the awkwardness of gender-segregated bathrooms.
Gender Inclusivity and Sexual Violence at Guttman
To understand your rights as a student, and to understand what sexual harassment means, various ways to report it, and how to contact the campus Title IX Coordinator, visit the Guttman Title IX Resources website. The Title IX Coordinator is a person that has special training in helping students who are facing issues related to sexual harassment and sexual violence.
Sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and other identities are protected under Guttman’s Non-Discrimination Policy. This policy ensures that the college recruits, employs, retains, promotes, and provides benefits to employees and admits and provides services to all students without discrimination.
New York City Laws Related to Use of Restrooms
Included in the city’s Human Rights Law is a prohibition of discrimination against individuals based on gender. This local law is intended to make clear that all gender-based discrimination —including, but not limited to, discrimination based on an individual’s actual or perceived sex and discrimination based on an individual’s gender identity, self-image, appearance, behavior, or expression — constitutes a violation of the city’s Human Rights Law.
The Human Rights Law defines gender as “actual or perceived sex and shall also include a person’s gender identity, self-image, appearance, behavior or expression, whether or not that gender identity, self-image, appearance, behavior or expression is different from that traditionally associated with the legal sex assigned to that person at birth.”
Additionally, as of June 2017, NYC passed bill Intro. 871-A, requires single-occupant bathrooms be made usable by persons of any gender. Public facilities have to post legible signs near the entrance of single-occupant bathrooms that the bathroom is accessible for people of all genders, gender identities and gender expressions.