UNC-Chapel Hill adopts gender-neutral housing

UNC-Chapel Hill adopts gender-neutral housing

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UNITED STATES - MARCH 30: A street sign at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill is pictured in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Thursday, March 30, 2006. Photograph: Bloomberg News (Photo by Bloomberg News/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on November 15, 2012 at 5:14 PM

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- Trustees of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have endorsed a policy which will allow students to live in dorm rooms and apartments with roommates of the opposite gender beginning next school year. 

The board of trustees unanimously endorsed Thursday "gender-neutral" housing. Supporters of the gender non-specific housing option say the move would help students - specifically gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students - who are being harassed and bullied in traditional on-campus housing. 

Students will be able to apply for the option of choosing roommates of either gender in campus dorms and apartments. The university already has coed dorms but students of the opposite sex do not share rooms. 

Chancellor Holden Thorp said the move is vital to protecting the safety of UNC-Chapel Hill students.
 

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