The University of Michigan soon will offer free menstrual products in hundreds of public restrooms on the Ann Arbor campus.
The decision follows a fall-term pilot project involving 100 restrooms that was designed to get a sense of demand and determine logistics, following requests from students to make the products available.
The decision to move ahead also aligns the university with a city ordinance that requires free menstrual products be made available in public restrooms throughout the city.
The university is moving forward with expanding the fall pilot program to about 670 main-floor restrooms in all academic and student-facing buildings on the Ann Arbor campus. This will include all on-campus residence halls and will total 245 buildings.
Products have been ordered, and full implementation will depend on availability of sufficient supplies.
Generally, a basket with appropriate products will be placed in all restrooms on the main floors of the buildings, including women’s, men’s and gender-neutral restrooms.