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‘No questions asked’: KU designates gender-inclusive dorm wing for coming school year

The University of Kansas has designated a full wing of Lewis Hall as gender-inclusive housing for the 2017-18 school year. All of the allocated rooms have been reserved.

The University of Kansas has designated a full wing of Lewis Hall as gender-inclusive housing for the 2017-18 school year. All of the allocated rooms have been reserved.

June 12, 2017


The University of Kansas has designated a full residence hall wing as “gender inclusive housing” for the upcoming school year, and there’s already a waiting list to live there.

“It tells me we’re hitting a need,” KU Student Housing director Diana Robertson said of the allocated rooms being filled.

The goal is supporting LGBTQ students and ensuring they feel comfortable and connected at KU, Robertson said.

The wing, titled the Gender Inclusive Housing Community, welcomes students who are “in the process of discovering their gender identity” or who might not want to identify themselves by any gender, according to KU Student Housing. Students will be assigned roommates regardless of sex, gender identity, gender expression or sexual orientation.

After informal suggestions by students and a work-group process, KU Student Housing piloted gender-inclusive housing during the 2016-17 school year, though only a few students signed up, Robertson said.

For the 2017-18 school year, the department designated a full wing of Lewis Hall for gender-inclusive housing, and all available spaces have been reserved, Robertson said. She said more than 20 students have signed up and that there is a small waiting list.

The rest of KU’s on-campus student housing options are divided by gender. Some entire buildings are all male or all female; others have separate men’s and women’s wings, suites or apartments.

KU’s gender-inclusive wing is open to any student.

“There’s no questions asked,” Robertson said.

Students who want to live there simply indicate the gender-inclusive community preference on their housing applications, and it’s granted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Residents are asked to sign an agreement that includes the following regarding behavior and privacy:

• If I exhibit behavior that is contrary to the spirit of this agreement, I may be relocated to a different housing assignment on campus.

• It is my choice whether or not to communicate about the decision to live in a gender-inclusive housing option. KU Student Housing will not share this information with anyone other than the student contracted.

• I understand that my roommates and others in this community may not wish for others to know about their participation in gender-inclusive housing, and that I am expected to maintain the privacy of those in this community.

In the past, Robertson said, KU Student Housing worked on a case-by-case basis to place students who did not fit the traditional gender profiles.

Even with the new gender-inclusive wing, KU Student Housing leaves open the door for students to live in a residence or scholarship hall that is “congruent” with their gender identities instead of their legal sex.

“Our commitment is to helping students find the living environment that best meets their needs while affirming their gender identity,” the housing department website says, and directs students to work one-on-one with a housing manager.

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Bob Summers 1 year ago

Why is it only about sex at this Liberal institution?

What about a racial inclusive wing for the Rachel Dolezal's of campus?

Why not an ideology inclusive wing for those that hate Trump and love Trump can commingle to bring a diverse perspective to campus KU?

Why is it all about sex at this Liberal bastion of single minded thinking?

Paul Beyer 1 year ago

Why not an exclusive wing for the alt-right such as you? Only need a space about the size of an average 2 car garage.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 1 year ago

Probably better than Bob lives in now.

Bob Summers 1 year ago

You little minx. Remember the time after I met you at the Harbour Lights, you jumped into my water bed and I flipped on to my bear skin rug. Oh THAT was a night!!

Jillian Andrews 1 year ago

It's not about sex, it's about gender. But you keep that crusty, old, demented brain pumpin' there, Bobby.

Bob Summers 1 year ago

Actually a two car garage is not needed as a previous poster mentioned. Non Liberals do not need "safe places".

Sex is gender. Or, are you not old enough to fill out an application for a Kansas DL yet?

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 1 year ago

Sex is your genetic determination. Gender is a societal construct defining how your physical sex should behave. Like how you conservatives are always telling me to be "nice", because women are suppose to sit down and shut up. Gender is a changing thing. It's why women are told not to wear pants. It's even why men are told not to wear dresses. In the case of clothing, women are actually more free than men. It's all very complicated, Bob. But your Y chromosome does not say that you rule the world, that you have to wear pants, that you have to be macho, or that you have to be attracted to women. It also doesn't have to determine the physical equipment you possess.

So your Y chromosome is your sex genetically. But your gender can be determined by you, unless you are force by a narrow minded society that forces you to be something else.

Bob Summers 1 year ago

Sex is your genetic determination Just like your Liberal genetic make up! The DRD4 ploymorphism in people makes for some great entertainment in Hollywood!

It's good to see you are evolving beyond the typical Liberal flat Earther ideology.

Dustyn Polk 1 year ago

So basically... stereotyping is a bad thing. Okay, I can go with that, but gender is not fluid. The only entertainment that comes out of this whole controlling the vocabulary thing is archaeologists in the future coming across a grave with a female name on the headstone, but there are male skeletal remains in the grave. Can you imagine the look on their faces?

But no, gender stereotyping is a bad thing, and it should be changed. Women are no less capable than men, although there are some restrictions, such as muscle mass and raw strength for men, and lower centers of balance and emotional maturity for women. Those aren't the only ones, but they are ones everyone will recognize.

Screwing around with genetics is a bad idea, at least on the level that it is altering the entire body, because it is built on a specific set of encoded instructions. We simply do not know enough to know what that will do to a person in the long run. Will it trigger illnesses that the person likely would never have contracted because the genetics were horsed around with? Can you trigger what is normally considered male cancers, like prostate, in a female by upping their testosterone levels? Is that damage permanent, should they change their mind later in life and want to go back?

The stereotypes are wrong... genetics not so much. But our arrogance will push us to charge down an unknown path, simply because we are convinced we're right, and the possibility of being wrong is unfathomable. Society dictating this is on the same level as society rejecting evolution...

Justin Hoffman 1 year ago

A quick glance south and any "confused" student will see their gender. No special needs wing needed.

Ralph Reed 1 year ago

It's obvious, even after a clear explanation, that Bob and Justin still don't understand the difference between sex and gender. Perhaps the big words cause a problem. Let me know and I'll build a Dick and Jane version for you to use. That might help.

@Bob, you said, "...Liberal flat Earther ideology."

  • To begin, "Flat-earther" should be hyphenated; bone up on your grammar.
  • Next, most liberals believe in or accept science where most conservatives do not, as you appear not to. The conservatives burned people for writing about a heliocentric solar system, not the liberals. Oh, I'm sorry. I used big words again. Should I explain them to you?
  • Finally, the only flat earth of which I'm aware is Diskworld. (look it up)

Dustyn Polk 1 year ago

Oh clap, clap, clap... you figured out how to be condescending online. Oh, you are just so impressive, and the way you mock people is just so... original. Surely this must be the highlight of your existence...

Brock Masters 1 year ago

No big deal. The University identified a need and is addressing it. Makes sense to me. No one is forced to live there and no one is excluded. Perfect solution.

From one POV I don't care if people are struggling with their gender - it doesn't affect me. From another POV I do care because it creates angst for them so if we can offer solutions like this it is a good thing. Compassion and understanding, even when you really don't get it, is a gift that gives the giver more than they give.

Clara Westphal 1 year ago

What will they do when they enter the real world after college?

Mike Riner 1 year ago

Some of them will fall flat on their face, since they will not understand why the "real world" won't cater to their every desire.

Rick Masters 1 year ago

Probably post a lot more on here.

Calvin Anders 1 year ago

I think Wikipedia has a good description of the distinction between sex and gender. Perhaps not perfect, but at least it raises some of the issues around the distinction.

I'm certainly willing to be corrected here, but I don't see this initiative as being about sex or gender. It's really, I think, about not being about sex or gender. It's about getting away from the limits and expectations imposed by these constructs.

Justin Hoffman 1 year ago

I can't wait to see what the precious liberal children will dream up next in order to fill their attention seeking needs.

Bill McGovern 1 year ago

Good for KU. Sad to see all these hateful comments, some people are just full of hate for no reason, pretty pathetic if you ask me.

Phillip Chappuie 1 year ago

I recently heard that even members of the Flat Earth Society had admitted they had members from all around the globe.

No one is forced and no one is excluded. Why does the alt right struggle so hard with things that are simply common courtesy and treating people decently? I would guess that possibly some of the negative people here didn't get enough love as a child so they must be insulting to get attention.

Bob Summers 1 year ago

Why does the alt right struggle so hard with things that are simply common courtesy and treating people decently?

You mean like calling people "deplorable"

You're projecting again.

Phillip Chappuie 1 year ago

So where in this thread has anybody used the term deplorable? I speak of courtesy and decency and you say projecting. I say you have no basis for any of your statements so you merely deflect.

Bob Smith 1 year ago

They'll ask people if they are KU students, won't they?

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