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Student files lawsuit over coed bathrooms

January 26, 2010

POULTNEY, VTGreen Mountain College (GMC) freshman Jennifer Weiler has filed a lawsuit against the Vermont Department of Public Safety (DPS) claiming that coed bathrooms in the dormitory where she lives are in violation of state plumbing and building codes adopted in 2003, according to the Daily Orange.

According to the story, the codes require that separate facilities be provided for each gender where restroom facilities are required in public buildings, but the DPS said the codes are only applied to bathrooms in existence before the codes were in place if the plumbing has been changed or altered.

Kevin Coburn, the director of communications at GMC, declined to comment on the lawsuit, but said that students uncomfortable with the coed bathrooms could work with residential life staff to find a more suitable living situation, the story stated.

Weilers attorney, Pamela Moreau, said: "[…] A dorm is such an intimate place, and people disrobe to get in the shower. There is not at all the same kind of intimacy in most other public buildings, yet coed bathrooms are not allowed."

Moreau also added that it is uncommon to find coed bathrooms in public buildings, the story added.

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