Gender Inclusive Housing
Incoming first-year students, as well as current undergraduate students, may choose to share a room with someone of any gender identity that is most comfortable and appropriate to their own identity.
First-year students will complete their housing application online noting their housing preferences. Roommate matching occurs randomly through our assignments system based on individuals’ answers to our values-based questions. Roommates are paired by gender. However, there will be a section on the application asking for you to identify if you wish to be assigned with a roommate whose gender identity does not match your own, if that is most comfortable and appropriate for you based on your identity. First-year students can request to be assigned to any residence hall on campus that they feel best meets their needs, and we encourage requesting the gender-inclusive housing community that is available in Alexander Hall, one of our first-year only buildings. This community offers a gender-inclusive restroom. However students are free to request placement in the gender-inclusive housing community established in Devine Hall as well.
Upper-class Students self-select housing for the following year through our online room selection process each spring. All residence halls are mixed gender. Rooms are single-gender except where gender-inclusive housing has been established on the 3rd floor of Devine Hall. This community offers a gender-inclusive restroom.
Note: Additional gender-inclusive restrooms exist in several other residence hall including Fairchild Hall, McLaughlin Hall, Engelhardt Hall, each building in the Mini Dorms, Haaland Hall, Handler Hall, Peterson Hall, Stoke Hall, and any building that offers suite-style room options.
How to Apply
First year students will indicate an interest in “gender inclusive” housing on page 4 of the online housing application. Doing so will invite the student to share more information about what housing accommodations, including building/bathroom availability/roommate matching they are hoping for. The Housing Department makes every effort to meet the requests of all students, but can make no guarantee of being able to do so.
Upper-class students will participate in the online room selection process in March, to select their housing for the following academic year. Prior to room selection, students will be provided via email with information about the location of gender-inclusive housing options (3rd floor of Devine Hall) and gender-inclusive bathrooms. Students of any gender identity will be able to self-assign themselves together in gender-inclusive spaces. IMPORTANT: Upper-class students will also be required to submit an online housing reapplication in order to participate in room selection. Housing reapplication is available online from February 1-20, 2019, here.