The Department of Residence is committed to providing a safe, inclusive and supportive experience for all students. We offer a variety of inclusive housing options to meet the needs of our residents.
What is Inclusive Housing?
Inclusive Housing allows residents the option to live on campus with whomever they choose, regardless of legal sex, gender or gender identity. Inclusive Housing may be desirable to students who:
- Feel more comfortable with a friend, sibling, or someone of a different gender.
- Are in the process of discovering their gender identity or identify outside of the gender binary.
- Identify with and/or an ally of the LGBTQ+ community.
Who is eligible for Inclusive Housing?
All residents are eligible to live in an inclusive space, but must opt-in to this type of housing within the housing & dining contract online. This includes friends of different genders and siblings. Inclusive Housing is not, however, intended for romantic partners to live as roommates.
In which halls is Inclusive Housing offered?
Inclusive Housing is available in identified units within Lawther Hall, which offers suites with both private and semi-private bathrooms, as well as Panther Village and ROTH which both offer apartment-style living with private bathrooms in each unit.
Inclusive Housing is available within most of our traditional halls as well. The communities are designed as mixed gender houses where students of the same gender share a room, however their neighbors may be of different genders. (The option to room with a person outside of your gender is available by request.) Bathrooms within these communities remain gendered as male and female. (Students interested in information about a private restroom accommodation within traditional halls should contact the Department of Residence.)
How does roommate selection work for Inclusive Housing?
The roommate process is similar to that of all living situations on campus. However, all roommates wishing to live in an inclusive unit need to have opted-in to Inclusive Housing within the housing & dining contract. (If using Panther Picks to search for roommates, please note that only those students who also indicated an interest in Inclusive Housing will display. You can use the Browse Matching Roommates function to search for, message and select a roommate.) If a roommate is not selected, or all beds within that unit haven’t been filled with pre-selected roommates, the space will remain available to be filled by another student who has opted-in to Inclusive Housing.
If a vacancy occurs, the current resident(s) is encouraged to find an agreeable roommate interested in living in an inclusive unit. If that is not possible, Residence Life will work with the occupant(s) to identify the best solution, but reserves the right to assign the room to another student who has indicated their interest in Inclusive Housing.
For support in finding an LGBTQ+ or ally roommate, please contact our LGBT* Student Services Coordinator.
Is Inclusive Space limited?
Inclusive Housing is available in most halls on a first-come, first-served basis and may be limited by space availability to meet the accommodation requests of students.
Please note that although we feel that students are able to make decisions about their housing situation, the Department of Residence encourages students to maintain an open dialogue with their families so that they can be supportive of their housing decisions.