Columbia Provides Free Sanitary Items in Campus Restrooms
April 14, 2023
Columbia University has initiated a program to provide free menstrual products in 39 buildings across its three main campuses.
The program was implemented to improve and expand access to menstrual items for Columbia’s students, faculty, staff, and visitors, in line with recommendations by former members of Columbia’s student councils.
Columbia’s Custodial team consulted with Dr. Marni Sommer, Director of the Gender, Adolescent Transitions, and Environment (GATE) program and Professor of Sociomedical Sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health, to bring the program into fruition. In 2021, dispensers offering free menstrual pads and tampons were installed in every women’s and gender-neutral restroom of the most highly trafficked buildings on the Morningside, Manhattanville, and Irving Medical Center campuses to provide the most equitable reach of menstrual products.
Dispensers offering free menstrual pads and tampons can be found in bathrooms in the following buildings: