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Cornell adopts new Gender-Inclusive Housing policy

16 January 2013 

In Fall 2012, the Student Assembly passed Resolution #12, “Adoption of a Gender-Inclusive Housing Policy,” which calls for gender-inclusive housing to be made available to all undergraduate students who select that option.  Gender-inclusive housing is a policy that affords Cornell students the option to live on campus with whomever they choose, regardless of biological sex, gender, or gender identity. 

According to the resolution, “The aim of gender-inclusive housing is to provide a safe living option for underrepresented minority gender non-conforming, gender queer, and transgender students,” and to allow “students the option to live in the comforts of on-campus housing while exploring the cultural constructions of gender identity.”  Learn more about Resolution #12 at the Student Assemblies web site.

The resolution was endorsed by President David Skorton.  Students and staff are currently working together to implement the goals of the resolution in phases over the coming several years.

For the first phase of the project, current undergraduate students participating in the Spring 2013 Room Selection process for 2013-2014 housing may select gender-inclusive housing in a Program House, in a University co-op, and through the West Campus Houses’ and Upperlevel Residence Halls’ Continued Occupancy (C/O) processes.  The project will then be evaluated to enable students and staff to determine future steps for implementation.

In Fall 2012, the Student Assembly passed Resolution #12, “Adoption of a Gender-Inclusive Housing Policy,” which calls for gender-inclusive housing to be made available to all undergraduate students who select that option.  Gender-inclusive housing is a policy that affords Cornell students the option to live on campus with whomever they choose, regardless of biological sex, gender, or gender identity. 

Learn more about Cornell’s new gender-inclusive housing policy – and about how to apply for gender-inclusive housing – at the Gender-Inclusive Housing page.

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