Gender Neutral Housing
Housing and Food Services strives to provide a safe, inclusive, comfortable, and supportive living environment for all students residing on campus. We offer the option of gender-neutral housing for students who, because of gender identity or gender expression, prefer this option. This allows students who identify as transgender* and gender non-conforming* the ability to choose a roommate of any gender. If you are interested in a gender-neutral room assignment, our staff will work with you in a personal and confidential manner to discuss your options available. It is important to contact us early in the process so that we may offer the widest range of housing options.
To discuss your interest and options available, please contact one of our staff members:
- Tracy Walker, assistant director, Commonwealth Campuses Housing Food Services 814-865-7862
- Meeghan Hollis, senior associate director, Residence Life 814-863-1710
- Brian Patchcoski, director, Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity 814-863-1248
Additional resources are available for gender-neutral students through the University's Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity.
For the purpose of gender-neutral housing, gender non-conforming is a term for individuals whose gender expression is different from social expectations related to gender.
Gender expression is the external manifestation of one's gender identity, usually expressed through "masculine", "feminine", or gender variant behavior, clothing, haircut, voice, or body characteristics.
Transgender is a term for people whose gender identity, expression, or behavior is different from those typically associated with their assigned sex at birth, including but not limited to transsexuals, cross-dressers, androgynous people, genderqueers, and gender non-conforming people.
Definition Source: National Center for Transgender Equality; Mara Keisling, Executive Director http://transequality.org.