COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

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Gender Neutral Housing

Gender Neutral Housing provides students the opportunity to occupy a safe space housing option that does not require all room/apartment-mates to be of the same legal sex. The Gender Neutral Housing Option brings together individuals as part of a welcoming and inclusive community. This option is open to all members of the campus community regardless of sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

Students applying for Gender Neutral Housing will apply in groups in order to fill a designated room, apartment, or suite. All students in the group must individually meet the minimum eligibility requirements for the specific area in which you are applying to live. If this area is located within the apartment communities, then all members of the roommate group must either have 36 completed credits OR be at least 21 years of age at the time of application.

As a new endeavor, the Office of Community Engagement will be designating a day solely for gender neutral housing selection in order to give more students the opportunity to select this housing option. The date for gender neutral housing selection will be March 2, 2016. You will still be able to select gender neutral housing throughout the entire selection process as long as there is still availability.

Important Note: Students in gender neutral housing areas that are not filled (rooms, apartments, etc) will be consolidated in order to open more space for students who may not elect to live in this housing community. While you do not have to select this housing with a roommate group, it is encouraged to do so in order to avoid being moved to another area. Please contact ceg@purchase.edu for questions concerning this process.

SOME COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Is this housing option only for students who are members of the LGBTQ community?

No - Gender Neutral Housing is for any students who wish to live together regardless of sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.  

Will applying for Gender-Neutral Housing increase my chances of getting an apartment?

No - You will still only see housing options that meet your eligibility during the room selection process.

I am not eligible for the apartments, but I really want to live in Gender Neutral Housing this year!

Gender neutral housing has been expanded! There are gender neutral housing options in all of our housing communities on the campus!

I want my roommate to be of the opposite gender. Can I do this?

Yes! You now have this option.

I am not a member of a 4-person group, but I want to live in Gender Neutral Housing.

While you do not have to have a 4 person group to attain this housing, our department has to ensure that we are truly creating a safe environment for those students who choose to live within this housing community. If you select a space that is not filled, you may be moved in order to fill another gender neutral area.

My friends and I do not identify as LGBTQ - can we still live in Gender Neutral Housing?

Absolutely!