University addresses see-through restroom found in Interdisciplinary Academic Building

A unisex restroom on the third floor of the new Interdisciplinary Academic Building was found Monday with a window that revealed the interior of the bathroom, including the toilet. Georgia Southern University was aware of the door frame and said it was temporary. 

Tori Collins

A unisex restroom on the third floor of the new Interdisciplinary Academic Building was found Monday with a window that revealed the interior of the bathroom, including the toilet.

Matthew Shingler, director of facilities, planning, design and construction said in an email sent by Jennifer Wise, director of communication, that the university was aware of the restroom with the window in the door frame.

“The door is a temporary door that was installed, while the correct door was being procured,” Shingler said in the email sent by Wise. “A sign has been placed on the door noting that the restroom is out of order and can’t be accessed for use.”

Shingler said in the email from Wise that the door has been locked since it has been installed to prevent access and use.

While the door is currently locked, The George-Anne found the door unlocked mid-day Tuesday with no sign on the door saying it was out of use.

Nicholas Shumate, senior chemistry major, found the door cracked half way open, the knob of the door locked and no sign on the door saying the restroom is out of order Monday at approximately 6:30 p.m.

Shumate sarcastically sent a Snapchat video of the bathroom to his friends. Viewer discretion advised: Profanity is used in this video. 

“I went in to use the restroom then I noticed like, ‘Oh wow, there’s a window in here,’” Shumate said.

History professor Michelle Haberland said she saw the door unlocked on Monday.

“It is possible that the door was temporarily unlocked by the contractor as they completed punch list items and was then relocked when the work was completed,” Shingler said in the email from Wise. “The restroom is not in use when the contractor is completing punch list items.” 

Tori Collins, The George-Anne Daily Reporter, [email protected]