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Rutgers To Try New Gender Neutral Housing Program!

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This is pretty fab!

Rutgers University New Brunswick campus is going to try a gender neutral housing program for three dorms to help spread equality!

We're sure some people will have a problem with this, but the reasoning is so pure!

Here's what it's about:

Starting this fall, gay, lesbian and transgender students at Rutgers University's New Brunswick campus can choose either male or female roommates under the pilot program.

Heterosexual students will also be permitted to live in rooms with students of the opposite sex. Men and women will share bathrooms.

So great! This is DEF a way to make people feel more comfortable and welcomed!

And hey, if people have a problem with it they can go live in the usual type of housing elsewhere on campus! The new initiative isn't replacing all standard housing.

We're curious to see how this works! We bet it'll be great!

We wish you the best Rutgers, and your students!! We're so excited for you guys!


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42 comments to “Rutgers To Try New Gender Neutral Housing Program!”

  1. 1

    Vassar College and other schools have been doing this for a while. big whoop

  2. 2

    College + Co-Ed Rooms + Alcohol = Rape

  3. 3

    Ohio University in Athens, Ohio is starting General Neutral Housing next year as well!

  4. 4

    I would not feel comfortable with this on any level - especially living in opposite dorm rooms and sharing bathrooms. Bad idea!!!!!!!

  5. 5

    Northeastern University started this in the fall of 2009.

  6. 6

    One more thing: I'm uncomfortable with the idea of setting up a separate housing system for a specific group of people. Seems like either special treatment or segregation…I don't know but it feels weird to create another housing option for LGBT students and call it "gender neutral" housing. I mean, do the guys have to take their dicks off and check them in with the RA? Do the chicks zipper up their coochies? What the fuck is gender neutral? Sounds like Rutgers owns a share of Valtrex.

  7. 7

    GW applied this most recently. If you are going to give credit to one school, especially if you choose RUTGERS, please at least be fair and mention all the other schools that have done this. GW implemented co-ed housing this spring semester after all of the bullying incidents. please give ALL schools the proper recognition

  8. 8

    I see so many problems with this. I don't care about the whole gay issue, the problem is men and women rooming together and sharing bathrooms. I see issues with parents and issues with sex.

  9. 9

    um grinnell college as well as many other liberal arts schools have been doing this for ages like ashley 4225 said, lame perez.

  10. 10

    dont they have one of the highest std rates in the country? are you sure this is a good idea?

  11. 11

    I go to a small college in NC, and we have had a co-ed housing situation since before I got here (3 years ago). We do have dorms that are gender-specific, and first year students are assigned to same gender roommates, but after freshman year, we are all free to pick who we live with, regardless of gender or sexual orientation. I think it's a great idea! Way to go, Rutgers!

  12. 12

    And when incidences of rape and unplanned pregnancies rise, I'll bite my tongue and not say "told ya so"…
    18 year old kids still need boundaries.

  13. 13

    Wesleyan and Brown have been doing this for ages, they're just making a big deal out of it because it isn't one of those "hippie" "liberal" universities that you'd expect this from.

    And exactly what does the person's sexual orientation have do do with anything? Wtf, Rutgers?

  14. 14

    ok GW implemented this for this current spring semester, after ALL the bullying incidents happened. If you are going to report a story like this. PLEASE perez, at least give all the schools that have implemented this housing rule credit. I mean, you choose RUTGERS of all schools to report on, why not take a school that is at least more respected in the academic world. so please can you at least do a follow up post mentioning all the schools that have done this as a result of the bullying

  15. 15

    UMBC already has gender neutral housing, this is nothing new….

  16. 16

    shocking, something which has been done succesfully around the world for decades..

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  18. 18

    I think this is a great step for Rutgers and I support the gender-neutral housing decision on their part. I attend a school where gender-neutral housing is an option and it hasn't posed any problems for anyone.

    However, why is Rutgers the school that is getting the attention for it? Northeastern University and Emerson College in Boston, MA have been doing this, as well as other schools. Let's not make it seem like Rutgers has started some sort of revolution.

  19. 19

    University of Vermont has had this for a while too! I approve but Rutgers is certainly not the first school to do this!

  20. 20

    university of Vermont has had this for a while too! I approve, but Rutgers was certainly not the first school to do this!

  21. 21

    1.) Rutgers is pretty respected in the academic world. Especially for a public school that has grown TREMENDOUSLY in the past 30 or so years. There's a lot going on over there in NJ.
    2.) It's a huge public university and the STD rate is equivalent to that of other huge public universities. The reason they have that repuation is because of misinterpreted statistics from a study in a nearby new brunswick clinic. The results from that study played a big part in developing the Gardasil vaccine. Thank Rutgers for helping to make you 1 less.
    3.) It's great that other schools have been doing this for awhile. Let's not discount Rutgers for jumping on a bandwagon that's going in the right direction.
    4.) Gender does not equal biological sex ("dick" or "coochie"). Gender is a social construction, so the dorm is essentially just stripping that construction and letting people live where they're happiest. People sleep with opposite genders all the time, so what's the difference?
    5.) Who gives a shit, shut up and let people do what makes them happy. If you don't like it, don't live there.

  22. 22

    The University of Arizona is starting the same program in the fall. I wish it would have been in place when I was a freshmen… that way I could have lived with a hot guy (ex. #1 of why this won't work… most people I know would take advantage of this for the same reason I would).

  23. 23

    Rutgers is merely getting the press because of the horrible suicide incident that occurred as a result of a student living situation that made said student feel uncomfortable about his sexual orientation. Chillax.

    And yes… RUTGERS DOES NOT HAVE MORE STDS THAN ANOTHER UNIVERSITY. Statistics were skewed on that one and they will never live it down. Geez.

  24. 24

    Michigan State had this option for LGBT students for over a year. It's great, of course, and the more colleges the better, but I'm getting sick of your lack of research. It makes me doubt your credibility when I read things on here that I know less about.

  25. 25

    Yeah, Stanford's been doing this for awhile too. It worked out great for me last year

  26. 26

    So basically, EVERY student, regardless of sexual orientation, can pick their own roommate, same sex or opposite. There's no need for the LGBT spin on this non-story. As others have said, other schools have done this for years. Some as early as a decade ago. Not really breaking news. Sorry.

  27. 27

    Re: justtoleaveacomment – ok, clearly you GO TO RUTGERS or work there, but being from NJ i have no problem with the school, but i think you need to check you stats because known several people involved VERY high up within the school you are incredibly wrong and just made an ass out of yourself.

    also, as said before, perez, give credit to the other schools that did this WAYYYYYYY before rutgers, they are just a follower in this trend, they have made a press statement about this to boost their PR and to advertise their school better after the devastation they faced earlier (true 100% fact). so absolutely you need to recognize the schools that did this without any other motive in mind

  28. 28

    most schools i know of in canada do this already..

  29. 29

    at Northwestern U. in 1979, we had singles with integrated (m/f, race, orientation) floors. i (a white male) shared a bathroom with a white girl, a hispanic girl, a black guy, a gay guy, and a rotc guy. we didn't even think it was anything special, and it was the best group ever - everyone respected everyone. give the kids some credit, please! people who think this thing at RU will be a disaster are just revealing their own insecurities and prejudices. GO RU!

  30. 30

    looks like Rutgers will have a higher percentage of on campus pregnancies.

  31. 31


  32. 32

    As a parent, whomever my children choose to room with is alright with me - Gay, straight, boy, girl, transgender, doesn't matter, The only guidance I would give them is to not room with someone who you are romantically involved with - You need your space at this time in life - My daughter rooms with someone who is bisexual and my daughter is straight and a friend of hers who is female (and straight) at another university rooms with a gay male friend - The main point here is that they chose to room with each other, they love and respect each other, they are friends - They're adults, let them decide

  33. WMPAT says – reply to this


    Connecticut College implemented this a couple of years ago

  34. 34

    Evergreen state has it as well. It's a great idea for people who are confortable with it but don't give rutgers all the credit.

  35. 35

    It should help to weed out the religious nutjobs.

  36. Sanz says – reply to this


    I shared a big student flat with 2 girls and 3 boys for 2 years during my first 2 years of Uni. Let me tell you females and males in the same apartment is NOT fun. Aside from the fact the sink was always full as well as the bin, I did not enjoy finding my gifted toiletries being used as well as my plates and glasses (which I washed myself + put in MY cupboard before leaving to go to my parents' place for the weekend, only to find them a) broken in a bin b) broken on the floor c) not broken (thank God) but covered in 3 day old grime in the sink after I come back). There's only so much you can lock in your own room.. Also, the blue bathroom carpet that went green around the toilet (take a guess how that happened) was a nice touch too. Basically just watch Jersey Shore and you'll know what it's like to live in close proximity to the opposite sex.

  37. 37

    This doesn't yell rape in any way shape or form..Better call the cops to put on hold ahead of time.

  38. 38

    Emerson College also instituted this.

  39. 39

    Ramapo College in NJ has this as well.
    fablyf03 - what do you mean by sex issues? If you mean having sex in the dorms, im pretty sure all rooms can have that problem. It depends on what roomate you get, and usually you get to choose.

  40. 40

    Southwestern University…in Georgetown, TX (Senior Citizen Retirement Capital) of all places has a gender neutral housing policy too. There have been zero issues with it so far. Its not about setting up housing policies for "separate" groups of people. The policies, at least at SU, are open to anyone. It can create a more comfortable environment for some people and it doesn't affect anyone else besides the people, who obviously consented, living together.

  41. 41

    This is not going to do anything to promote equality for Same Sex couplings (which of course as always is perez's MO).. as it is.. all it will do is allow for oppostive sex couples to live together..LOL… But honestly.. not so sure Id want to share a communal bathroom with some dudes.. I lived in the doorms with guys and girls.. seperate bathrooms (same sex per room) and the boys bathroom was always filthy.. no thanks.

  42. 42

    Re: buggaboo321

    It is you, dear, who just made an ass out of yourself. "Justtoleaveacomment" is absolutely correct.

    Rutgers is getting the attention because of the Tyler Clementi incident earlier this year. It is also getting recognition because of the Media's obsession with the state of NJ (Think of every reality show… Jersey Shore, Cake Boss, Real Housewives, Jerseylicious, etc) and it being the largest of the NJ state schools.

    Three cheers for Rutgers for moving in this direction.