SUNY Purchase: Gender Neutral Housing Expands

Starting next fall, gender neutral housing will be expanded to include all members of the campus community, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. The move seems to have the support of most students and faculty.

“Gender neutral housing provides our students the opportunity to have a housing option that does not require all of the students in the apartment to be of the same legal sex,” said Emily Balcom, associate director of Residence Life.

Gender neutral housing has already been adopted at other SUNY campuses, including Geneseo, Stony Brook, and Potsdam. A number of New York colleges, including Sarah Lawrence, Bard, and Skidmore also offer the housing option.

Students who apply for gender neutral housing must apply in groups of four to fill any four-person apartment. The process is no different than individuals of the same gender applying for an apartment. All students in the group must meet the requirements for the apartments on campus. Like the rest of the campus, each student must have either 36 completed credits or be 21 years of age. Read More