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Connecticut College adds gender-neutral housing option

03/17/2009

Connecticut College has adopted a gender-neutral housing policy that allows students to elect to live with a roommate of any gender identity or biological sex. With this policy, the college can continue to ensure that all students have access to safe and comfortable living environments regardless of their sexuality or gender identity. The new housing option will be available to rising sophomores, juniors and seniors who self-select roommates of a different gender or biological sex.

"A significant part of the mission of the Office of Residential Education and Living is to provide safe, comfortable and inclusive living arrangements for all students," Armando Bengochea, dean of the College Community, said. "This policy acknowledges the diversity of the student population at Connecticut College and is a necessary step toward providing fair and inclusive housing options."

The policy, originally requested by students, has been endorsed by the Student Government Association, the Campaign for Gender Identity Awareness, the LGBTQ Resource Center, the Office of Residential Education and Living, the Office of Student Life and the college´s senior administration.

Connecticut College joins more than two dozen U.S. colleges and universities with a gender-neutral housing option, including Wesleyan University, Swarthmore College, Clark University, Brown University, Sarah Lawrence College, Ithaca College, Hampshire College, Stanford University, Dartmouth College, Cornell University and Columbia University.

For more information about Connecticut College´s gender-neutral housing policy, please visit www.conncoll.edu/campuslife/8687.htm.

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