By Mallory Cooke
Fort Smith, AR (KFSM/CNN) - An Arkansas university has changed its bathroom policies after a transgender student filed a complaint with the Justice Department.
The University of Arkansas Fort Smith says transgender students can now use the restrooms they choose, not just the unisex bathrooms.
"We're just human beings and we just want the same equal rights as everybody else," said Jennifer Braly, a transgender student.
The state recognizes Jennifer Braly as a woman. She legally changed her name and gender. Physically though, Braly is a man, waiting for sex change surgery.
"I was very passable. Most people didn't know my situation being transgender," she said.
Braly studies at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith. She used unisex restrooms on campus before word got out.
"When they found out that I was transgender, they got uncomfortable with me being in the bathroom with them," said Braly.
Tired of walking across campus to find a unisex bathroom, she contacted the Department of Justice.
"I feel like I should be treated equally as a woman cause that's what I'm transitioning into," said Braly.
The university says they won't comment about specific students, however, they did say transgender students are allowed to use restrooms based on an individual's gender identity.
In a written statement, the university says, "Previously UA Fort Smith designated gender neutral or unisex bathrooms for transgendered individuals. This change was made in consultation with the UA system's Office of General Counsel. The new policy allows Jennifer to use the women's restroom on campus."
"I felt it was at least a start, a step forward for this university," said Braly.
The university says it does not tolerate discrimination of any kind.