WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Free feminine hygiene products will now be offered in Purdue's campus buildings. The university is forgoing a final vote on a resolution the faculty senate proposed just last week.
The senate was supposed to vote on the resolution later this month. However, Purdue President Mitch Daniels told News 18 the university asked permission from the senate to just go ahead and enact it. Daniels said he didn't see any reason to wait.
"When I checked, this was something our facilities folks were thinking about doing anyway," said Daniels. "Credit to the senate for bringing it to the fore."
He is also not concerned about students abusing the system and taking more than they need.
"I think people will treat it responsibly," said Daniels. "That's what the Purdue family does."
The senate argued it didn't make sense that Purdue was providing products like toilet paper, but not tampons. The Psychological Sciences building already provides free sanitary products in its bathrooms. The senate said they only pay about $27 a month on stocking supplies.
The goal is to convert the 450 dispensaries across campus in female and gender neutral bathrooms so that you don't have to pay to get the products. A senate research study showed that would cost about $30,000.
A Purdue spokesman said there is no exact time frame to when the products would start being offered, but he said it likely would happen soon.
Information on how much it would cost in total to replenish the dispensaries was not available.