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Restrooms

Find restrooms

Our Google map (and below)

Find single-stall, locking restrooms across campus. On the map, a green marker with no dot indicates an ADA restroom. This map is a work in progress.  Please contact us with edits or further information.

Excel spreadsheet

Prefer a document? Download a list of building names, room numbers, and other details regarding gender-inclusive restrooms on campus.

REFUGE restrooms

Need an app? Try Refuge Restrooms, a phone and web app where users have submitted and rated restrooms nationwide, including campus and across Madison.

Best practices

There are currently no campus-wide policies for either restroom use or restroom provision in campus buildings. Some best practices for restrooms in your own building, floor, or space include:

  • Label your multi-stall men’s and women’s restrooms with signs that include the following information:
    • where to find the closest single-stall, locking, gender-inclusive restroom
    • that users may choose any restroom in which they feel most comfortable.
  • Make sure your staff are trained and confident in defending the policy above. This can include consulting with the LGBTCC and referring to the campus nondiscrimination policy (below).

Sign template to print

Campus restroom map

Housing

Live on Campus

Open House Residential Community

Open House is a University Housing community that welcomes students who wish to examine both conventional and transformational assumptions about gender and sexuality.

Open House Program Coordinator: Emma Zeldin
LGBTCC Liaison: Tiffany Lee

Connect in housing

Don’t miss the Gender Sexuality Alliance as a space to get together and have fun as LGBTQ+ folks and allied friends. All residents are welcome.

GSA Coordinator: Cleda Wang
LGBTCC Liaison: Cory Sprinkel

Community Housing

Madison Community Co-Operative (MCC)

MCC is an LGBTQ-friendly space that affirms fair housing laws and actively supports LGBTQ people, residents of color, and other marginalized groups.

Housing Rights

Tenant Resource Center

The TRC is an advocate organization to help you learn about and advocate for your rights with your property manager. Services offered in English, Spanish, and Hmong. See more on emergency housing here.

Wisconsin Housing Discrimination Law

Wisconsin state law prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, age (for people 18 and over), disability, lawful source of income, marital status, and sexual orientation.

Preferred name

UW-Madison has a Preferred Name Policy by which students, faculty, and staff can indicate a preferred first name (or name in use) to appear alongside or instead of a legal name on many campus systems.

Unfortunately, implementation is not perfect. We are always happy to help you navigate this policy. We can also talk you through continuing to use your legal name in University systems and disclosing a preferred name to instructors, coworkers, and others on an individual basis- the choice is up to you, and both options are equally valid.

  1. Log into MyUW.
  2. Under the new MyUW, launch the “Personal Information” app.
  3. Next to “Preferred Name,” click “Change.”
  4. Enter your preferred name, then click “Save.”

Please see the Preferred Name Policy webpage for a long list of FAQ and more information. You can also contact contactpreferredname@studentlife.wisc.edu for a direct convo.

LGBTCC Liaison: Gabe Javier

  • Where will my legal name still show up?

    Where legally necessary, such as with Payroll and Financial Aid, legal names are still in use. Some systems are still in the process of changing and will eventually show preferred name but don’t yet, including UW Library accounts and individual units’ proprietary software, like Cronos used by University Dining student employees.

  • What other systems are in place?

    University Health Services has an additional system for collecting preferred name, gender, pronouns, and other markers to show up in your health file. See more at the TGQ page.

  • My deadname is showing up where it shouldn't.

    We’re very sorry that happened. Please contact the LGBTCC or Gabe directly right away and we’ll see how to get it resolved as quickly as possible.

  • My instructor/house fellow/etc won't use my name and pronouns.

    There may be allies who can help- other house fellows, your RLC, your TA. We can also help problem-solve any time.

    We have email templates on the TGQ page that may help.

    If it is acute, you may consider submitting a Bias Report.

Nondiscrimination policies

Student protections

The UW Office for Equity and Diversity “is committed to providing equal opportunity and equal access and to complying with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations and UWS and university non-discrimination policies and procedures.”

In 1990, the Wisconsin Legislature enacted Wisconsin Act 186, creating s. 36.12, Wisconsin Statues. This statute provides, in part:

“No student may be denied admission to, participation in or the benefits of, or discriminated against in any service, program, course or facility of the {UW} system or its institutions or centers because of the student’s race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, disability, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, pregnancy, marital status or parental status.”

For more information on Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation, please refer to Regent Policy Document 14-6.

Both the UW System and UW-Madison include gender and identity and expression in non-discrimination policies. Visit UW-Madison’s Office for Equity and Diversity summary of relevant laws, policies and regulations for more information.

Discrimination response

If you experience a negative experience based on your gender identity or expression, please visit the Campus Center, contact us, or fill out the Bias Response form. We can also help you fill out the form according to your needs.