In a meeting this morning, the UNC Board of Governors unanimously voted to ban gender-neutral housing across the UNC school system.
The policy, which will take effect in the fall 2013 semester, bans UNC system schools from assigning students of the opposite sex to campus housing unless those students are siblings, parent and child or legally married.
UNC-Chapel Hill had planned on instituting a gender-neutral housing pilot program in the fall. The program, which would have included 32 spaces in Carmichael Residence Hall, Craige North and Ram Village, was approved by the UNC Board of Trustees in November.
BOG Chairman Peter Hans said he thinks there are other ways to ensure student safety in on-campus housing than gender-neutral accommodations.
“Our board wants every student to be safe and comfortable and included,” Hans said. “The board believes there are more practical ways to achieve that goal than assigning young men and women to the same campus suite.”