West Snarr Hall at Minnesota State University Moorhead, home to about 100 students, is getting a $4.7 million renovation and will open in August 2014 with some noticeable changes – including coed bathrooms, Detroit Lakes Online reports.
Students initially thought the idea was a little weird. But designs for the new shower/restrooms actually include more privacy for everyone than traditional community dorm bathrooms, planners say.
"I came to understand that it’s really not that strange of a thing,” Student senate President Russel Ferguson said.
Coed bathrooms are unusual at Midwestern universities and are more common on the East Coast, notes the student newspaper The Advocate, which has more student reaction. The only other university in Minnesota with coed bathrooms on residential floors is Carleton College in Northfield, Minn., the newspaper says.