Feminine hygiene products available at no cost to TWU students

Mar. 3, 2020 — DENTON — Spearheaded by TWU’s Student Government Association (SGA )and concerned graduate students, the university is piloting a free menstrual product program in order to provide students with access to products.

In 2019, a committee of TWU students, administrators and staff were asked to make recommendations about how to improve access. Based on survey results and conversations regarding expired products, inoperable coin machines and the lack of use, the committee made the recommendation to replace the old, coin machines with new, free dispensers across campuses.

“The option to provide free products is a progressive approach to addressing the issue,” said Dr. Stephanie Brown, associate vice president for student enrichment, health and support. “Our students led the charge, and they are to be commended for their contribution to the campus community.”

Signage on the machines encourages users of the free products to take only what is required when there is an urgent need. Dispensers are located on all three campuses in the following areas:

  • Dallas – women’s restrooms, 3rd and 6th floors
  • Houston – women’s restrooms, 1st, 2nd and 4th floors
  • Denton
    • Arts and Science Building (ASB) – women’s restroom, 1st floor
    • Ann Stuart Science Complex (ASSC) – women’s restroom, 1st floor
    • Blagg-Huey Library (BHL) – women’s restroom, 1st floor
    • Classroom and Faculty Offices (CFO) – women’s restrooms, 1st and 2nd floors
    • Multipurpose Classroom-Laboratory (MCL) - women’s restroom, 1st floor
    • Student Union at Hubbard Hall (SUHH) - unisex restroom, 1st floor
    • Woodcock Hall (WH) – women’s restroom, 1st floor

Expanding access to feminine hygiene products has been a growing concern for college campuses across the county. TWU’s pilot will run for two years, allowing the university time to assess the needs, usage patterns and costs associated with providing free products. Data collected during the time period will enable the university to assess options and long-term sustainability of the program.


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