The University of Delaware offers an All Gender Housing option to support UD's ongoing commitment to develop environments that are welcoming and inclusive. The All Gender housing option supports the University’s non-discrimination policy with respect to sexual orientation, sex, gender, and gender identity and, we believe, will result in a more comfortable living environment and on-campus home for some of our students.
All Gender housing is an option for all upper division undergraduate students, at least 18 years of age, who are eligible for Univeristy housing. This may include those who identify as transgender or are questioning their gender identity or do not wish to adhere to prescribed gender classifications. All Gender housing also decreases heteronormative assumptions regarding housing assignments. Students who are uncomfortable with a same-sex roommate or do not wish to have a same-sex roommate also have more options from which to choose.
All Gender housing is provided in suite-style (sharing a bathroom) double and single rooms and single rooms with private bathrooms. For shared living arrangements (that is, in suite-style double and single rooms), upper division students must mutually request one another as roommates or suitemates and select a room together during the Room Selection process in the spring semester. Students must select the All Gender housing option in the housing application. All Gender housing will never be forced upon a student.
If a vacancy occurs during the year, the current resident is encouraged to find an agreeable roommate who would also be placed in the housing system as All Gender. If that is not possible, Residence Life & Housing will work with the current occupant to identify the best solution, but reserves the right to assign the room as a gender dynamic space. That is, the current occupant would designate the gender any other student assigned there, if not mutually identified.
Who can participate in All Gender housing?
Students in All Gender Housing must be undergraduate students, at least 18 years of age, and eligible for University housing. First year students may apply for All Gender housing if spaces exist. If space does not exist, Residence Life & Housing staff members will work with any First Year student to find them a comfortable housing alternative, and they should contact the office directly at (302) 831-4663 and request to speak with an Assignments staff member.
Note that the application process for first year students is different than the process for returning students.
What are the differences between co-ed and All Gender housing?
The term co-ed operates on the assumption that there are two genders: male and female. Most of the housing options available at the University of Delaware are co-ed by room with several buildings also having spaces co-ed by floor. The term co-ed leaves no room for those who do not identify as their biological sex or those who are transgendered. This idea is based on the notion that there are more than two genders, but that gender exists on a spectrum. Allowing for All Gender housing, as opposed to co-ed, shows more inclusiveness and room for diverse identities.
Where will the All Gender residence halls be, and who can live in these spaces?
The location of All Gender Housing for Fall 2017-2018 will be available in a suite-style space on Laird Campus, although the specific location of these rooms has not yet been designated. All rising sophomores, juniors and seniors may apply.
What about romantic relationships and couples living together?
All Gender Housing is not intended for romantic couples. However, we respect and honor the privacy of our students, so current open housing procedures do not require students to disclose the reason for their roommate request. Couples, heterosexual or LGBT, are discouraged from rushing into living together on or off campus. That is not the intention of this option.
What if someone who requested to take part in All Gender Housing decides they no longer wish to do so?
Students may request room changes by following the normal room change procedures that are published each semester.
What if parents don’t want their child to live in an All Gender Housing room?
We encourage students to maintain an open dialogue with their families so that they can be supportive of a student’s housing decision. Students over the age of 18 are legally able to make decisions about their housing contracts. Our policy notes that students must be at least 18 years of age at the time of selection in order to participate in All Gender Housing. Students under 18 should discuss housing plans with their families, as they must provide parental consent before this opportunity can become available to them.