Gender neutral housing sparks debate at UNCC

Gender neutral housing sparks debate at UNCC

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by ANN SHERIDAN / NBC Charlotte Staff

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Posted on November 29, 2012 at 7:46 AM

Updated Thursday, Nov 29 at 8:00 AM

CHARLOTTE,  N.C. — Student leaders at UNC Charlotte will not begin formal debate on gender neutral housing Thursday as planned.

“It’s relevant, it’s important to talk about,” said UNC Charlotte Student Body President Conor Dugan.

But Dugan says the Student Senate needed more time to get all the key information.

“There is already the problem of where  there are students who want to live on campus and they can’t.  We don’t have enough housing to accommodate them.  I have a feeling that will be the biggest barrier,” he said.

While many students were not even aware that a discussion was scheduled for Thursday, they did have opinions on gender neutral housing.

“I’m a Christian and it’s just against my values,” said Sophomore Stefanie Testa.

“I feel like they should have equal rights,” said student Keyona Shears.  “So if they have a dorm for the students so they can feel equal like us, by all means, that’s cool,” said Shears.

Dugan says the Student Senate will spend time gathering information and talking to student leaders at UNC Chapel Hill, where gender neutral housing recently passed. 

Dugan says it will be late January before the issue is discussed by the UNC Charlotte student government.
 

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