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How will Utah’s 2024 public changing room law impact campus?

Editor’s Note: The 2024 General Legislature remains in session until March1. This FAQ will be updated as we learn more.

During the 2024 Legislature, lawmakers adopted HB 257, “Sex-based Designations for Privacy, Anti-bullying and Women’s Opportunities,” restricting which “changing rooms” Trans people can use in public buildings, including on the University of Utah campus. A changing room is a space designated for multiple individuals to dress or undress in the same space, such as a dressing room, fitting room, locker room, or shower room. It does not include a restroom unless the restroom is within or attached to a changing room.

The prohibitions went into effect with Gov. Spencer Cox’s signature on Jan. 30, but the enforcement provisions do not take effect until May 1, 2024.

While most of the law’s guidelines and restrictions apply to K-12 public schools, it still will likely impact changing room use on the university’s campus.

Below are some frequently asked questions.

Frequently asked questions