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UA sets bar for transgender access rights

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The "Statement on Restroom Access" is based on the UA's policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of gender identity, according to the statement.

"We're actually the only school in the country to make publicly available a bathroom access statement that was endorsed by the (UA) president," said Jessica Pettitt, coordinator of social justice programs for the Social Justice Leadership Center. "I forwarded out the statement to (other universities), and they're now using it as a starting place on their campuses."

The bathroom access statement is a proactive step, not a reactive one, said Jeanne Kleespie, assistant vice president of the Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Office, which aims to prevent harassment on campus and create a more comfortable educational environment for everyone.

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