Ball State to offer gender inclusive housing in pilot program

MUNCIE, Ind. -- Ball State will soon offer gender inclusive housing as part of a pilot program launching this year.

Ball State's Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Services will provide about 60 spaces with private bathrooms for the program. 

Gender inclusive housing is for students who are respectful of gender identity issues.

"Transgender students and gender nonconforming students have told us they are sometimes uncomfortable with being assigned roommates who may not accept their identity or gender expression," Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Director of Housing and Residence Life Alan Hargrave said. “With that in mind, only students with mutually-confirmed roommates will be placed in gender inclusive housing.”

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If a student does not want to live on a floor with gender inclusive housing, they will not experience a difference in their environment, a Ball State release said.

The university said other Indiana state colleges have adopted gender inclusive or gender-neutral housing, making Ball State competitive in that space. 

But more importantly, Hargrave said, “it is the right thing to do.”

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