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An Investigation into Security and Accessibility in Single-Stall Washrooms at UBC Tandon, Surohit; Lim, Angus; Ma, Kenton


This report evaluates the most appropriate security measures that can be applied to single-stall washrooms (SSWs) in UBC, as well as making them more accessible all while maintaining the triple bottom line (TBL) approach. The results were obtained from both primary and secondary research. The secondary research comprises sources from previous stall security issues where implementations that worked were reported in studies. The primary research is a survey conducted on 18 students of UBC. In this report, two main solutions to the core issue of security against vandalism in SSWs are confirmed from preliminary secondary research. The first solution is usage of a lock and key system where students and faculty can access the washrooms with their respective university ID cards. The second solution is installation of security cameras outside of the single stall washrooms, ensuring a higher level of accountability. In terms of accident reduction and accessibility of these stalls, a recommendation for anti slip floors and strategically placed hand rails is recommended in this study. After primary research had been conducted, it was understood that students and certain staff had expressed their dislike for key card access due to varying reasons, the main one being the issue of requiring to keep their cards on their person at all times in order to use bathroom facilities. Cameras are therefore the primary choice for added security measures, yet it must be noted that there were concerns of privacy. Therefore, it is recommended to highlight where cameras are installed, and avoid invading any privacy. The cameras should only be able to identify individuals exiting and entering the SSW, and no interior shots of the bathroom should be in sight of the camera range. Disclaimer: “UBC SEEDS provides students with the opportunity to share the findings of their studies, as well as their opinions, conclusions and recommendations with the UBC community. The reader should bear in mind that this is a student project/report and is not an official document of UBC. Furthermore readers should bear in mind that these reports may not reflect the current status of activities at UBC. We urge you to contact the research persons mentioned in a report or the SEEDS Coordinator about the current status of the subject matter of a project/report.”

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