Johns Hopkins University to permit opposite-sex dorm rooms [Darleen Click]
You know, for the gender inclusiveness
This year, for the first time in the University’s history, students signing up for on-campus housing will be able to choose to register in gender inclusive units.
This option will be available for all students living in on-campus housing next year, including incoming freshmen, current freshmen and upperclassmen.
The policy shift reflects a step the University is taking to make its housing environment more comfortable for students.
“Inclusive housing helps Residential Life fulfill their mission of providing safe and inclusive housing that supports the needs of Hopkins students,” Demere Woolway, Director of LGBTQ Life, wrote in an email to The News-Letter. “This has the potential to especially impact the lives of transgender students, who are sometimes housed in a way that does not respect their gender identity. With gender inclusive housing, trans students can be housed in a way that supports their identity.” [...]
Currently, the Department of Housing and Dining Services allows group housing in McCoy Hall with mixed genders in a group. However, rooms themselves are still designated as single-sex. This policy will allow students who are not of the same legal sex to be assigned to the same room, creating a gender inclusive unit.
What could go wrong?
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