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S20.03.02 Gender Inclusive Facilities 

Sponsorship: SSCCC Region IV and Las Positas College Student Government

Disposition: Regional Affairs Committee

WHEREAS, the Student Senate for California Community Colleges passed a resolution in Fall 2015 supporting the establishment and funding of gender-neutral bathrooms across college campuses;

WHEREAS, policies such as AB 1732 (2016), which requires that “all single-user toilet facilities in any business establishment, place of public accommodation, or government agency to be identified as all-gender toilet facilities,” and the University of California Guidelines for Providing Gender Inclusive Facilities provide precedent for the statewide establishment of gender inclusive facilities [1] [2]; 

WHEREAS, many transgender and gender nonconforming students feel uncomfortable and unsafe using sex-specified restrooms, often refraining from restroom usage altogether in order to avoid harassment and discomfort [3]; and

WHEREAS, the California School Board Association has recognized that “a safe, nondiscriminatory school environment—where students are not distracted by fear nor disengaged from learning because of nonacceptance by their peers or staff—is essential to student achievement,” [4]; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges collaborate with California Community College districts and Boards of Trustees to provide accessible gender inclusive facilities on all California Community College campuses;

RESOLVED, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges collaborate with California Community College districts and Boards of Trustees to create and post accurate maps and lists of gender inclusive facilities on college websites;

RESOLVED, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges collaborate with California Community College districts and  Boards of Trustees to include accessible gender inclusive facilities in all new construction plans; and  

RESOLVED, that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges urge and collaborate with the Chancellor’s Office to create a Gender Inclusive Facilities Policy for the California Community College system that includes accessible gender inclusive facilities, the posting of accurate maps, and lists of gender inclusive facilities on college websites, and the inclusion of gender inclusive facilities in all new construction plans.

Citation 1: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billCompareClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160AB1732   

Citation 2: University of California Chancellors (2015, June). University of California Guidelines for Providing Gender Inclusive Facilities. https://www.ucop.edu/building-administrative-services/_files/documents/20140610-GIF.pdf  

Citation 3: Perdue, Troy J. (2014). Trans* Issues for Colleges and Universities: Records, Housing, Restrooms, Locker Rooms, and Athletics. Journal of College and University Law, 41(1), 45- 70. https://cdn.atixa.org/website-media/o_atixa/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/18121710/TOP-5-TRANS-ISSUES-FOR-COLLEGES-AND-UNIVERSITIES-RECORDS-HOUSING-BATHROOMS-LOCKER-ROOMS-AND-ATHLETICS.pdf  

Citation 4: California School Board Association (2014, February). Providing a Safe, Nondiscriminatory School Environment for Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming Students. Policy Brief, 1-6. https://www.csba.org/~/media/E68E16A652D34EADA2BFDCD9668B1C8F.ashx 

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