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Md. college allows gender-neutral housing

Monday - 11/11/2013, 9:20am  ET

ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. (AP) -- A new open-housing policy at St. Mary's College of Maryland now allows students of the opposite sex to be roommates.

The Washington Post reports (http://wapo.st/1br2VG6 ) that students at the public liberal arts school must opt into the program. They will not be randomly assigned an opposite-sex roommate without their consent.

Joanne Goldwater, director of residence life and associate dean of students, says the policy was designed to provide better housing arrangements for students who do not identify with their birth sex or are uncomfortable living with students of the same gender.

Goldwater says 18 students at the southern Maryland school with about 1,800 students currently live on an open-housing floor, but only two students of the opposite sex are living together.


Information from: The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com

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