Gender-inclusive housing is a policy that affords Cornell students the option to live on campus with whomever they choose, regardless of biological sex, gender, or gender identity.
Please scroll down to learn more about the history of gender-inclusive housing at Cornell.
All current undergraduate students participating in the Spring 2017 General Room Selection process for 2017-2018 housing may block with and/or share a room or suite with someone of a different biological sex, gender, or gender identity. When you sign up for General Room Selection, you may opt in to mixed-gender housing after viewing a video and agreeing to the rules. Note that everyone wishing to share a room or suite with someone of a different gender must opt in when signing up for General Room Selection. Students participating in Program House selection, Language House selection, and Continued Occupancy processes are also able to select mixed-gender housing.
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In Fall 2012, the Student Assembly adopted Resolution #12, "Adoption of a Gender-Inclusive Housing Policy," which called for on-campus gender-inclusive housing to be made available to all undergraduate students who select that option. According to the resolution, "The aim of gender-inclusive housing is to provide a safe living option for underrepresented minority gender non-conforming, gender queer, and transgender students," and to allow "students the option to live in the comforts of on-campus housing while exploring the cultural constructions of gender identity." Learn more about Resolution #12 at the Student Assembly website.
The resolution was endorsed by President David Skorton in late Fall 2012. For the first phase of the project, undergraduate students who participated in the Spring 2013 Room Selection process for 2013-2014 housing were able to select gender-inclusive housing in a Program House, in the Language House, in a University co-op, and through the West Campus Houses' and Upperlevel Residence Halls' Continued Occupancy (C/O) processes. The same options were available for undergraduate students participating in the Spring 2014, 2015, and 2016 Room Selection processes, and will be available for this upcoming application cycle.
The project is currently being evaluated to enable students and staff to determine future steps for implementation. The hope is that the resolution's goals in their entirety may be implemented in phases over the coming several years.