What is Gender Inclusive Housing?
Gender inclusive housing (GIH) communities focus on creating an
inclusive environment where students can live in the same room with
any student - regardless of sex, gender, gender
identity/expression, or sexual orientation. This is one of the
specialized living communities where participation is
How many schools have GIH?
Currently, more than 50 schools in the United States have GIH or
a policy that supports this housing option. The University of
Washington, Evergreen State College, and Central Washington
University already have gender inclusive living communities.
Furthermore, schools across the country are looking into creating
similar types of housing communities to support students.
How will this compare to other specialized living communities (e.g. STEM, international, honors)?
All of the themed living communities are unique residential
environments that foster community growth and development through
targeted programmatic and staff supported efforts. These
communities are centered around a common set of values or ideals
and are provided to students who are interested in connecting with
other students with similar interests, backgrounds, or
What is the process? How will students be selected?
Applicants must select GIH on housing application AND also
select McCroskey Hall as their number 1 hall choice. The
student will be contacted by Residence Life to ensure that the
community will meet the needs of the student. The community
is first come, first serve and there are limited spaces. A
student cannot be put into the community without wanting to be
placed there. Also, any student with a housing contract is eligible
for GIH, including first years.
How many students can be accommodated?
We anticipate housing approximately 6-10 students during the 2014-2015 academic year.
Where will this be located? What room types are available?
GIH will be located in McCroskey Hall on the 2014-2015 academic year. All rooms in the community are doubles.
Will it cost more?
No, the cost will be based on hall and room type, not on
How will roommate matching be done?
Housing will match roommates based upon preference attributes
from the housing application each student submits. The
attributes include smoking, drinking, cleanliness, and socializing
with friends to name a few.
What about couples? Will I be able to live with my significant other?
The intended purpose of the GIH program is to provide a living
option for students who do not feel comfortable in current housing
options. Thus, we discourage couples from applying to live
How will roommate conflicts be handled? If I want to move out of my living situation but remain in GIH, will this be possible?
The best way to avoid roommate conflicts is to have roommates
proactively discuss expectations of each other and the shared
living space. This includes guests/visitors, expectations regarding
privacy, cleanliness, shared items/food, etc. One of the best tools
to avoid conflict is a roommate agreement.
When/if disagreements occur, it is best to talk about them as
soon as appropriately possible. If you need assistance initiating a
difficult or uncomfortable conversation with your roommate(s),
speak with your RA or Residential Education Director (RED).
Sometimes it is best not to remain roommates. If that is the best
option, your Residential Housing staff member can let you know of
open room spaces on campus. If other GIH spaces are available, you
are welcome to choose a space in that designated area.
Can a student apply for GIH mid-year?
Following the housing application deadline, students interested
in moving into the GIH community are encouraged to contact
Residential Housing to see what spaces are currently available.
Moving into the GIH community can occur outside the traditional
time frame but will still require students to submit the
Can a student move out if I find this isn't a good fit?
Students interested in leaving GIH will pursue the standard room
change process available to students throughout campus.
The student can work with the RED to find a more suitable place
Do all the normal residence hall rules still apply?
Residence hall policies and procedures are consistent in all
hall environments on campus. To see a complete listing of policies
and procedures, please review the Housing Policies at /reshall/contract.
Will there be specialized training for staff?
Yes, ongoing training is conducted for all Residential Life
staff, including those working with the Gender Inclusive Housing
What type of education will be provided to students outside of the GIH community?
Educational efforts will be incorporated into our ongoing
residence hall programming efforts.
What are the plans regarding the safety and security of the facilities?
The building where GIH will be located has swipe card access to
the main entrance doors. The hallway that adjoins the student
rooms will also be locked.
Students are encouraged to either confront or report people who
do not appear to live in the building. Students are strongly
discouraged from allowing others who do not live in the building
from following them into the building. All guests and visitors
should be escorted. All suspicious persons or activities should be
reported immediately to WSUPD.