How can vending machines help improve access to EC on campus?

A vending machine on campus can provide a confidential, lower-cost way for students to access EC and other sexual and reproductive health products. A vending machine can help improve access when placed in an accessible yet private space in a building with extended hours, ideally 24/7. Affordability is key! EC should be sold for as close to cost as possible - ideally under $10.  The EC4EC team can help connect your campus with companies that offer low-cost EC, often under $5. Reach out to us to learn more! 

Where do EC vending machines exist?

Student activists across the country have successfully advocated to introduce vending machines that include EC, condoms, and other sexual health products on or near more than 90 campuses in 27 states. These campuses include Harvard, University of California (UC) Davis , UC Los Angeles, Case Western Reserve University, Stanford, Columbia, Dartmouth, and George Mason. The map below shows where EC vending machines (ECVM) are currently operating (pink pins) and where they are in progress (yellow pins).

Can you help EC4EC expand this map?

 

How can my campus group get involved?

If your campus reproductive health/rights/justice group is interested in bringing an EC vending machine to your campus, here are some ways to get started: 

  • Join our EC4EC discussion group on Slack! Our group includes student leaders from different types of campuses all over the country who share an interest in improving access to EC on campus. Contact us to join!
  • EC4EC offers a comprehensive toolkit (see below!) for campus groups looking to implement an EC vending machine on campus. Download the tools below and let us know if you have questions on how to get started.  

    

EC VENDING MACHINE ADVOCACY TOOLS

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Step-by-Step Guide to Advocating for an EC Vending Machine
This guide walks you through each step of the process, from demonstrating need, identifying and working with campus decision-makers, and managing logistics.
ECVM Step By Step (June 2024).pdf.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 1.6 MB
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EC 101 for Campus Stakeholders
Key information for campus stakeholders about safety, efficacy, and importance of emergency contraception and why vending machines can be key to equitable access.
EC 101 for Campus Stakeholders (Vending
Adobe Acrobat Document 192.2 KB
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EC 101: Your Guide to Emergency Contraception
The basics for individuals who need emergency contraception or who just want to learn more.
EC 101 (Vending Machines).pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 161.2 KB
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EC 101 for Parents
Helpful background for parents and guardians who have questions about emergency contraception and vending machine access.
EC101 for Parents (EC Vending Machines).
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Emergency Contraception: Myths & Truths
This fact sheet dispels common myths about emergency contraception, and explains what's real.
ASEC_Factsheet_Myths+Truths.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 110.4 KB
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50-State Review: Laws and Regulations on Sale of Over-the-Counter Products in Vending Machines
This review provides background on the legal context in each state for offering EC in vending machines.
50-State Survey (EC Vending Machines).pd
Adobe Acrobat Document 984.5 KB