What is Gender Neutral Housing?
Gender Neutral Housing allows for same gender, opposite-gender, or other-gender identities to live together, regardless of biological sex. This housing option provides an environment where student housing is not restricted to traditional limitations of the gender binary. A placement in Gender Neutral Housing is offered on a limited basis for students whom the traditional same-sex room assignments are not ideal or appropriate and are looking for an inclusive on-campus environment.
Why did Fort Lewis College campus housing implement a GNH option?
Students expressed interests in allowing roommate requests and pairings beyond the traditional same-sex paradigm. In keeping with our effort to be inclusive and welcoming of all students, the GNH option is open to all students who request it as part of their application for housing.
Who is assigned to GNH?
Only students who have indicated they are interested in GNH will be placed in such an assignment. Students under 18 will need a parent/guardian to agree to the Housing Application and Contract. Those over 18 are encouraged to discuss your interest in GNH with family members before plans are finalized.
How do I sign up for a GNH assignment?
Check the box on the housing application in the “Special Living Options” section. Be sure to also fill in the information about your requested roommate if you have someone specific in mind with whom you’d like to live.
Where is GNH located on campus?
GNH assignments could be in any building on campus and are not consolidated into just one location. Only suite or apartment style units will be used for GNH participants.
Can I request a single room as a GNH assignment and live near other GNH participants?
Yes, we know that some students will still prefer a single room with no roommate, but the location of the single room would make a difference. Students will have suite-mates or apartment-mates as part of a single room placement.
How will roommate pairings be made?
It is expected that most participants will have a specific individual in mind to live with and mutual roommate requests will be honored, regardless of gender. For those interested in GNH who do not have a specific roommate in mind, a staff member from Student Housing will contact you to get further details of how GNH will best meet your needs before making assignments.
What is expected of me if I live in GNH?
All participants will be expected to adhere to philosophies of respect and inclusion. Otherwise, you are expected to be a positive member of the larger campus housing community in the same way as any resident.
If I am assigned to GNH and no longer want that option, can I change?
Yes, students can request a room change at any time. If a roommate leaves the unit, the remaining resident will be consulted on whether the unit should continue to be designated gender neutral or change to a traditional opposite sex unit before a new resident would be assigned. Further, Student Housing reserves the right to designate units with openings as student demand dictates.
How many students participate in GNH each year?
The GNH program began in 2013 at Fort Lewis College. We have roughly 1% of our residential student population participate in the GNH program. Statistics from other Colleges and Universities with GNH report anywhere from 1 - 4% of the campus housing population participate.
Who can I contact if I have further questions?
Cullen Green, Coordinator of Operations, is the contact for questions regarding the GNH assignment process specifically. Please feel free to reach out to Cullen at 970-247-7503 if you have any questions or concerns regarding Gender Neutral Housing.