University Housing is committed to meeting the needs of the student population. With this in mind, University Housing offers gender inclusive housing (GIH) as a residency option. GIH is a housing option in which two or more students share a multiple occupancy apartment or suite regardless of students’ sex, gender identity or gender expression. In other words, this option allows for same gender or other gender identities to live together regardless of biological sex. The option is available to all students who reside in campus housing and in all of the university’s residence halls.
Students who are interested in GIH have the opportunity to check this as an option when completing the University Housing application. Students who check this option will receive more information about GIH and what that looks like in University Housing. Students will need to sign a Gender Inclusive Housing Policy & Agreement along with their housing contract in order to be placed in the roommate selection process for students interested in GIH.
The roommate selection process mirrors what is provided for all students. Students are able to search and select roommates based on living preferences. Students have the option to either pull in an eligible roommate to fill the space or select a single space if available. If a student does not select a roommate, the space will remain available to be filled by another student who has chosen to participate in GIH and has completed the agreement.
Students who would like more information about GIH should contact University Housing at 404‐413‐1800 or by email. Please also check out the links to the left to news stories about GIH.
Gender Inclusive Housing (Frequently Asked Questions)
Students began expressing a greater need for gender inclusive accommodations.
University Housing's goals are to meet the needs of students, demonstrate inclusiveness in residence halls and enact policies and practices consistent with the university's Diversity Statement that honors federally protected statuses and goes beyond them to include gender identity and expression and socioeconomic class.
The decision to move forward was made by leadership within Student Affairs
, the director of University Housing and the University Housing senior leadership team.
The decision to fully implement GIH for fall semester 2015 was made in December 2014.
There are no designated buildings for GIH. Students are able to live anywhere on campus as long as space is available, their accommodation request can be met and all the roommates in the entire apartment, suite or room agree to live in GIH.
Students are able to check a box on the housing application to indicate their preference to live in GIH and select the link to the University Housing website to get more information. Students who check the box on the application will be sent information on GIH and a Gender Inclusive Housing Policy & Agreement
. After students complete and submit the agreement form back to University Housing, they have the option to participate in the online roommate matching system with other students who also want to live in GIH. Students have the ability to search for students with similar interests and lifestyle choices and ultimately select roommates.
Students living in GIH will be able to share an apartment, suite or room with a person of the opposite sex or gender.
Yes. Only those students who choose to live in GIH will be placed with in with other students wanting GIH. All other students who apply for housing will be assigned to a space based on the biological sex that is listed in Banner (the university’s information database).
GIH is first come, first served and limited by space availability and the ability for University Housing to meet the accommodation requests of students.
At this time, University Housing does not foresee the need to change any University Housing policies as written in the Community Living Guide
. However, University Housing will consider the need to revise or adapt policies and procedures based on how GIH is working. As always, University Housing welcomes input on ways to effectively implement this new housing option and continue to meet the needs and interests of students and the campus community.