In the spring 2021 semester, Ball State’s former Student Government Association (SGA) slate Bold implemented a free menstrual product program within women’s bathrooms in the L.A. Pittenger Student Center.
The new SGA slate, Strive, hopes to continue this initiative in other buildings and potentially residence halls during the upcoming school year.
As the program exists currently, people can take multiple pads and tampons from machines that previously required quarters, but were converted to free machines.
Bold allocated $4,500 of its budget to sustain the free menstrual products program beyond its term in office, which will be used to purchase new products when the current stock runs out.
There are also stickers on the menstrual product machines for students to report their experiences with the program.
If students or faculty need larger quantities of pads or tampons than what the bathroom dispensers can provide, they can receive toiletries from Cardinal Kitchen, currently located in the Office of Student Life on the first floor of the Student Center. Cardinal Kitchen opens on Tuesdays, but emergency openings can also be coordinated by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.