Gender Neutral Housing
At the University of Evansville we consider diversity and equity as a fundamental component of academic excellence. The University is committed to providing realistic and supportive options for gender neutral housing. This can be beneficial for students in the process of discovering and developing their identity with respect to sex, gender, gender identity, and sexual orientation. This also adds to the diversity of the University of Evansville residential experience.
Gender neutral housing is defined as housing options that are supportive of students who may identify as transgender, gender non-conforming, and of varied sexual orientations. Depending on the specific needs of the student, this type of housing may take the form of private rooms, private or semi-private bathrooms, and/or designated mixed gender suite or apartment configurations.
Gender neutral housing is prioritized for students who have gender identities that are transsexual, transgender, transitioning, or gender non-conforming, and is guided by the following values:
- Respect for and affirmation of the student's gender identity and/or expression
- Prioritized attention to the student's physical comfort and emotional health
- Enhancing the student's opportunity for success at the University by finding an appropriate living situation based on the student's needs and the options available.
- Respect for roommates of transgender students.
Gender neutral housing is not intended for students who wish to live together with a significant other. The potential consequences in the event that the relationship ends can be significant and disruptive (i.e. relationship issues, determining who moves, roommate complications, etc.).
Gender Neutral Options
New and returning students with less than 60 credit hours are typically housed in Residence Hall space. Space to be considered as gender neutral is limited in residence halls due to facility constraints. Possible options include a limited number of single or double rooms with private or semi-private bathrooms; and two and four person suites in the lower level of Moore Hall. Returning students with greater than 60 credit hours are eligible for apartment style housing.
Process for Requesting Gender Neutral Housing
Students interested in gender neutral housing must participate in a meeting with the Director of Residence Life to discuss the request, review assignment options, and coordinate any pertinent documentation needs. Requests will be handled through a private process and staff will not ask for more information than is required to meet students' housing needs. Residence Life staff members are trained on gender identity and expression topics and stand ready to assist students to find appropriate accommodations. Disclosed information will be kept confidential. Residence life will review the request and determine the best option based on individual circumstances, need, and availability. In addition to the standard Housing and Food Service Contract, a Gender Neutral Housing Application and Supplemental Agreement is required.
New students should contact the Office of Residence life as soon as possible prior to the beginning of their entering semester. Returning students should contact Residence Life as part of the published Housing Selection Process Calendar.
Because of limitations in available housing options and bathroom facilities, there is no guarantee that all of a student's preferences can be met or that a desired space will be available.
Communication with Parents/Guardians
The University does not generally communicate directly with families about students’ housing. To establish open communication and support, it is expected and encouraged that students communicate with parents, legal guardians, and/or persons paying the housing bill when choosing a gender neutral assignment.
The University initially assigns all roommates for students based on legal sex. Students can mutually choose roommates regardless of legal sex or gender within a designated gender neutral housing assignment by contacting the office of residence life as outlined.
The University of Evansville expects all members of its community to treat each other with respect and civility. Harassing behaviors directed towards any member of our community will not be tolerated. As part of its commitment to non-discrimination, the University specifically prohibits harassment based on any other characteristics set forth in its nondiscrimination statement as follows: including race, color, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, creed or religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status and all federally protected groups/classes. Any form of harassment undermines the mission of the University and negatively impacts the University community as a whole.