All public restrooms on the University of Michigan’s main Ann Arbor campus, as well as at many Athletics and Michigan Medicine facilities, will be stocked with free menstrual products.
The decision to expand the program came after an initial placement of the products in 670 main-floor public restrooms across student-facing academic and Student Life buildings, said Geoffrey Chatas, executive vice president and chief financial officer.
In March, free products were placed in the main-floor public women’s, gender-inclusive, and men’s restrooms in about 245 student-facing academic and Student Life buildings. This program stemmed from a fall-term pilot project involving 100 restrooms and designed to gauge product demand and determine logistics.
The decision to expand the university’s menstrual product program to more than 2,000 restrooms is informed by the recent implementation and strongly supported by university leadership to increase access to these products, Chatas said.
The March implementation enabled university leadership to better understand the logistical and operational effort needed to support this program.
Planning is underway for the expansion. Full implementation will depend on product availability as well as logistical considerations.