It seems there have been some confusion among the Yale graduate student community as to what exactly a bathroom should be used for. A tipster recently forwarded us an email detailing the debauchery rampant in Helen Hadley Hall, a grad student dorm that houses mainly international students. According to the email, sent from Yale’s Graduate Housing Office to the residents of HHH, the dorm has experienced feces smeared across walls, non-Western hygienic habits, and even, gasp, chamber pots.
It’s all a big misunderstanding though, because most of the students are foreign and, you know, different. As the email states:
“Because we have some many students and so many cultures represented in HHH, it is often necessary to clarify what is acceptable use for the bathroom facilities … Regardless of the many cultures represented in HHH, I need all students to follow the standard US/western culture for restroom use.”
Thankfully, the good ol’ GHO is here to lay out some basic ground rules for proper Yale bathroom etiquette. We’ve adapted some of them here for easy reading:
- Rather than digging a hole outside or using the tub, poop and pee should only go in the toilet.
- If you absolutely need to use a chamber pot due to your non-Western cultural upbringing, it must be emptied into a toilet, not the kitchen sink.
- Do not wash your feet or your genitals in the bathroom sinks. In America there are showers for that.
- There will be no bidets. Stop asking.
Click through for the full email:
Date: Fri, Feb 1, 2013 at 11:43 AM
Subject: GHO: HHH Bathroom Etiquette
To: HHH residents
Hello HHH –
It has been brought to my attention that there have been some “accidents” in the bathrooms over the past few weeks.
Because we have some many students and so many cultures represented in HHH, it is often necessary to clarify what is acceptable use for the bathroom facilities. I’m willing to believe there have been some smaller issues noticed and handled within the floor-level community but because of our bathroom renovations, we have people from any given floor, using several other restrooms these days.
Regardless of the many cultures represented in HHH, I need all students to follow the standard US/western culture for restroom use.
- Students should use the toilets only for urinating and defecating.
- I discourage the use of chamber pots in student bedrooms but if you use one, it must be emptied into a toilet, NOT a bathroom or kitchen sink.
- Please do not wash your feet or your genitals in the bathroom sinks. There is a tub/shower unit in each bathroom for students to use for a smaller style of sponge bath if desired.
- Please do not wash any kind of clothing in the bathroom sinks. Use the sink in the laundry room for hand-washing “delicates”, i.e. underwear and bras, and (especially) larger pieces of clothing.
- If you accidentally urinate, defect or vomit in the bathroom, and don’t quite make it to the toilet, please clean it up. If you are really too sick to clean it up, you MUST contact Yale Customer Service Dispatch at 203-432-6888 to report it. (You don’t have to tell them it was you who made that mess but report that it’s there, is unsanitary, and it needs attention as quickly as possible.)
- It is extremely unhygienic to have vomit, urine, or feces wiped on the stall walls or left on the floors near the toilets. The bathrooms get naturally dirty with 30 or so individuals using the same sinks, toilets, and showers throughout the day. We do not need to exacerbate the mess and germs, by accidentally or intentionally, leaving these kinds of body fluids in places where other people touch or walk.
(As a quick aside, we had a few students ask for a bidet to be added to each bathroom at the renovation. The request was brought forth to several of the Planning groups at Yale working on this project but it was not approved.)
I know the vast majority of you absolutely follow these standard hygienic procedures and I thank you all for your cooperation!