Magazine article University Business

Campus Footbaths Draw Attention

Magazine article University Business

Campus Footbaths Draw Attention

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AT UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, Dearborn, not only can you use the bathroom to wash your hands; soon you'll be able to wash your feet as well. Recently, the university announced plans to install two foot-washing stations on campus, in hopes of addressing a difficult sanitation problem regarding students washing their feet in bathroom sinks.

The decision was made after the university realized that Muslim students, who comprise approximately 11 percent of the university's student population, needed a safe way to wash their hands, feet, and faces several times during the day. The washing is part of Muslim religious practice.

Concerns arose when students and faculty members expressed discomfort with having to use sinks in which others had washed their feet. In addition there was a safety hazard from accumulated water on the bathroom floors created slippery and dangerous conditions. To remedy the situation, the university decided to spend $25,000 to install two footbaths.

UM-Dearborn expressly noted that taxpayers would not be the ones funding the new additions. …

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