Gender Open Housing Policy

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Policy title:

Gender Open Housing Policy

Residential Education
Student Life
Student LIfe
Approved by:
Ad Council
Purpose of this policy

Nebraska Wesleyan University Residential Education seeks to provide a safe and welcoming residential environment for all students and offers a range of housing options for students by gender.

Application of this policy

Residential full-time traditional undergraduates

Policy statement

The Residential Education Office proposes that Nebraska Wesleyan University offer gender-open housing, defined as a housing option in which two or more students mutually agree to share a multiple-occupancy bedroom, suite, apartment or townhouse regardless of the students’ sex or gender, to begin during the 2020-2021 academic year. Gender-open housing allows students increased choice in selecting roommates based on whom they feel the most comfortable and safe with, regardless of gender, to support and respect their various living needs. Further, a gender-open housing policy would support the university’s non-discrimination policy with respect to gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. Residential Education will use a student’s self-defined gender when making housing placements.

We encourage students to maintain an open dialogue with their families so that they can be supportive of their student’s housing decision. Students over the age of 19 are legally able to make decisions about their housing contracts. Students under 19 should discuss housing plans with their families, as they must provide parental consent. Residential Education will not communicate directly with a student’s family about their housing placement without the consent of the student, regardless of age.

Compliance with this policy

Both incoming and returning students will be able to indicate "Gender Open Housing" on their housing request forms.


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