Although it received unanimous approval from the UNC Board of Trustees in the fall, the University’s gender-neutral housing initiative could be halted before it begins.
N.C. Senate Bill 658, filed Tuesday, would prohibit students of different sexes from living together in on-campus suites and apartments, unless they are married or siblings.
The bill is a response to the gender-neutral housing policy approved by the Board of Trustees in November.
- The University’s gender-neutral housing policy was approved after months of advocacy:
- February 2012: Chancellor Holden Thorp initially rejected gender-neutral housing.
- November 2012: The Board of Trustees approved the initiative, to be implemented this fall in a pilot program.
Advocates for gender-neutral housing say the policy will create a safe living and study environment for all UNC students.
But Sen. Chad Barefoot, R-Franklin, co-sponsor of the bill, said the policy will cost the University money and time, which should be focused on educational issues.