Gender-inclusive housing is a policy that affords all Cornell students the option to live on campus with whomever they choose, regardless of biological sex, gender, or gender identity. Please scroll down to learn more about the history of gender-inclusive housing at Cornell.
All incoming first-year and transfer students, as well as current undergraduate students may share a room or suite with someone of a different biological sex, gender, or gender identity. When you apply for housing, you may opt in to mixed-gender housing after viewing a video and agreeing to the rules. Note that everyone wishing to share a room or suite with someone of a different gender must opt in when applying for housing.
All residence halls are mixed gender with the exception of Balch Hall and Lyon Hall which are open only to women. Rooms, suites, adn apartments are single gender unless you opt in to gender-inclusive housing.
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The history and implementation of gender-inclusive housing at Cornell:
In Fall 2012, the Student Assembly adopted Resolution #12, "Adoption of a Gender-Inclusive Housing Policy," which called for on-campus gender-inclusive housing to be made available to all undergraduate students who select that option. 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 Assembly website.
The resolution was endorsed by President David Skorton in late Fall 2012. For the first phase of the project, undergraduate students who participated in the Spring 2013 Room Selection process for 2013-2014 housing were able to select gender-inclusive housing in a Program House, in the Language House, in a University co-op, and through the West Campus Houses' and Upperlevel Residence Halls' Continued Occupancy (C/O) processes. The same options were available for undergraduate students participating in the Spring 2014, 2015, and 2016 Room Selection processes.
The project is continually being evaluated to enable students and staff to determine future steps for implementation. Since the 2017-2018 academic year, mixed-gender housing has been available to all students.