The fight for gender-neutral housing began anew Tuesday night as about 15 students rallied in the Pit to restart the campaign.
This time, proponents have set their sights higher — on the entire UNC system — in an effort to shore up support.
They will also have to convince interested parties off campus of the merits of the housing proposal, which has received criticism from some alumni.
In February, Chancellor Holden Thorp rejected the initial proposal, which gained support from hundreds of students and a variety of campus groups, saying “stakeholders off campus” had not been properly educated.
The proposal would have allowed UNC students of the opposite gender to live together on campus. Proponents argue a gender-neutral option would help lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer students feel more comfortable in their living environments.
In the March/April issue of the Carolina Alumni Review, three alumni wrote letters to the editor in response to an article about gender-neutral housing.
The letters expressed concern about increased pregnancy rates, underage sex and immorality.
Franklin Burris, class of 1955 and one of the proposal’s critics, said he thought the idea was “absurd” and conflicted with his religious beliefs.
“I don’t think I’d want to give another dime to the University,” he said in an interview.