Cash-strapped US colleges selling naming rights to washrooms

February 6, 2012

In a brazen effort to raise money, Dixie State College of Utah offered naming rights to individual washroom stalls in a musical theatre company's planned building. The institution wanted to help the company, which had moved on campus after being evicted from its previous stage, raised funds for a new home elsewhere. Dixie State is not the first cash-hungry PSE institution to seek money for washrooms. Harvard Law School recently opened the Falik Men's Room, named after an alumnus who received the honour after donating $100,000 to create a public interest fellowship in his father's honour. A venture capitalist paid to name a bathroom after himself in a University of Colorado at Boulder science building after MIT rejected his offer to endow a washroom, which officials told him would be inappropriate. Inside Higher Ed