Gender-Inclusive Housing University of Mount Union - FAQs

The Office of Residence Life values all students and the unique perspectives that they bring to campus and wants every student who lives on campus to feel comfortable and safe. Based on changing needs and preferences of our students as well as a nationwide shift in preferences, we are now offering a gender-inclusive housing option for students. Offering mixed gendered housing reflects values of social justice, such as collaboration, cooperation, equity, and citizenship, which are paramount in the context of higher education.  This option of mixed-gendered housing allows our students to practice those values in an educational setting.

What is gender-inclusive housing?
Gender-inclusive housing allows for students to be permitted to have roommates and suitemates regardless of gender identity. Gender-inclusive housing recognizes however that gender exists on a spectrum and that there are, in fact, an infinite amount of genders and gender expressions. Gender-inclusive housing allows individuals who do not identify as their biological sex, identify as transgender, gender queer, non-binary, etc., or who are allies for these students and would just feel more comfortable in an inclusive, more diverse living environment to live together. 

What is single-gender housing?
Single-gender housing refers to rooms, wings, or buildings that are assigned by single sex (i.e. all females or all males). Students share bedrooms and bathrooms with students of the same sex or gender.

What are the differences between co-ed and gender-inclusive housing?
Co-ed living options are based in a historic way of looking at gender as a gender binary, meaning that there are only two options: male and female. Individual floors or suites in co-ed buildings are still restricted to a single gender, although the building as a whole is not single-gender.  Several of our residence halls still offer this as an option for living for individuals who will feel most comfortable in these spaces. Gender-inclusive housing allows students who are different genders to live together in the same room or suite.

How does gender-inclusive housing impact me?
Potentially, not at all.  If you want to continue to live with roommates of the same gender, you can.  If you want to live in a residence hall with students of all the same gender, you can do that, too.

Why is gender-inclusive housing important at the University of Mount Union?
The Office of Residence Life values all students and the unique perspectives that they bring to campus and wants every student who lives on campus to feel comfortable and safe. We recognize that same-sex room assignments are not ideal or appropriate for all students. Gender-inclusive housing seeks to provide an environment that is welcoming to all gender identities and is not limited to the traditional gender binary (male and female).

Where will the gender-inclusive residence halls be?
Gender-inclusive housing will be available in two of our suite-style buildings, Shields and Bica-Ross Residence Halls, one of our traditional-style buildings, Elliott Hall, and in our townhouses and apartments. Gender-inclusive housing will also be an option available to students who decide to participate in our theme house community.

Who can participate in gender-inclusive housing?
All students, regardless of academic class standing, age, sex, sexual orientation, race, religion, nationality, gender identity, or gender expression, etc. will be able to participate in gender-inclusive housing.

How do I sign up to live in gender-inclusive housing?
On MyHousing just complete the gender-inclusive housing request form.  It is really that simple.

Do I have to disclose my reason for wanting/needing gender-inclusive housing?
Students will be asked, but not required to reveal, their reasons for opting to live in gender-inclusive housing. 

Can students live with someone with whom they are in a romantic relationship?
Currently, students in same-sex relationships can already live together.  Now, as with gender-inclusive housing, students are strongly discouraged from living with someone with whom they are involved in a romantic relationship. There is also no evidence supporting the idea that shared rooms would result in promiscuous sex or that men and women who share a room together will be sexually active with one another (Peguero et. al, 2011).

Reference: Peguero, N., Hoffman, M., & Beaver, A. (2011). Hallet Hall gender-neutral housing proposal. Boulder: the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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