PERIOD PRODUCTS ON CAMPUS

YOU MATTER…PERIOD

You Matter…Period is an initiative to provide free tampons and pads in All Gender restrooms on campus.

Commissioned by Vice President for Student Affairs Blanche Hughes, a university task force researched the need, opportunities, and options for providing free period products on campus. Task force members represented Facilities Management, Associated Students of Colorado State University, Administrative Professional Council, Classified Personnel Council, the Divisions of Student Affairs and External Relations, and the President’s Office.  On October 30, 2018, members of the President’s Cabinet approved Task Force recommendations.  Plans are now underway to implement the new service by fall 2019.

The task force was intentional about the language of ‘period products’ and not ‘feminine products’ to be inclusive of all gender identities for people who menstruate.  The task force was also intentional about not referring to period products as ‘hygiene products’ to avoid implying that menstruation is unhygienic. All members of the Colorado State University community benefit when we de-stigmatize periods.

Lack of access to period products has an impact on both students and employees. Both groups have reported leaving campus when they unexpectedly start their periods during the middle of the day, thus missing valuable time in class or at work.  Colorado State University sees You Matter…Period as a way of supporting student and employee success.

Approved Task Force Recommendations

Service Model

  1. Free tampons and pads in at least every All Gender restroom on the main campus, South Campus, Foothills Campus, East Campus, Mountain Campus, Power House, and ARDEC. 
    • Additions:  38 designated buildings, which contain no All Gender restroom.  In these locations, the service will be added to the Women’s restroom closest to building’s designated main entrance.
    • Exclusions:  non-public restrooms in housing/residence spaces
  2. Dispensers and disposal bins are of a consistent model and branded with the same look and verbiage.
  3. Dispenser and bin installation follows CSU Facilities Management standards and ADA guidelines.
  4. Period products are stocked routinely with other restroom supplies.
  5. Costs for dispensers, installation, and maintenance covered by units responsible for the building.

Implementation

  1. Complete initial implementation before August 2019, include in each new All Gender restroom thereafter.
  2. Facilities Management and Auxiliary units evaluate need for additional locations where building/facility occupancy and/or visitor volumes are disproportionately higher than the number of available All Gender restrooms.
  3. Facilities Management will update CSU building construction and maintenance standards to include the Service as a requirement in All Gender restrooms for all CSU buildings and facilities, including all leased partnership spaces.
  4. Facilities Management, VP for Diversity, SDPS, and Health Network will collaborate to host and maintain the web page with content to promote understanding and acceptance of the Service in alignment with the CSU Principles of Community.

September 12, 2017 Source News Article

October 4, 2017 Collegian News Article

October 18, 2017 KUNC Radio Segment

August 16, 2018 Source News Article 

March 5, 2019 Source News Article

April 8, 2019 Collegian News Article

Implementation Contact:  neal.lujan@colostate.edu