Female students taking a shower in “gender-neutral” washrooms at University of Toronto’s University College were victims of voyeurism. (Credit: University of Toronto)
The University of Toronto converted all restrooms on its campus from sex-specific to unisex facilities in the spirit of increasing the comfort of students who say they are transgender, rather than the sex they are born.
Female students University of Toronto’s University College reported noticing smartphones held above the top of the shower stalls in dormitory bathrooms, aimed at and attempting to record them.
As a result of these voyeuristic incidents, the University of Toronto partially reversed its gender-neutral policy, making some restrooms sex-specific once again, while keeping one unisex washroom per floor for the comfort of those who believe they’ve identified out of their sex.
According to a statement made in the college newspaper the Varsity by Melinda Scott, dean of students at University of Toronto’s University College, “The purpose of this temporary measure is to provide a safe space for the women who have been directly impacted by these events and other students who may feel more comfortable in a single-gender washroom in the wake of these incidents.”
Melissa Birch, a student who lived in the dormitory in which the incident occurred, expressed regret about the University’s decision to partially reverse the gender-neutral restroom policy. “I think it sucks that there are going to be people that don’t feel safe in Whitney now, and that we can’t have an inclusive environment.”