Terrell Gorin-Davis shares an on-campus Appalachian State University apartment — with a woman.
“We have a very close relationship,” Gorin-Davis, a senior, said. “We consider each other best friends.”
They share a two-bedroom apartment, which Gorin-Davis said they obtained by signing a waiver verifying that they knew they were living with a member of the opposite sex.
“But if something went wrong with my roommate, I could go through the normal process to move out,” he said.
Like most schools across the UNC system, ASU handles gender-neutral housing requests on a case-by-case basis, said Tom Kane, the university’s housing director.
But many at ASU and other system schools are dissatisfied with the policies regarding gender-neutral housing and are pushing administrators for a change.
At UNC-CH, Chancellor Holden Thorp nixed a gender neutral-housing plan in February, citing concerns about “stakeholders off campus.” The plan had gained support from hundreds of students and different campus groups.
Several administrators have said UNC-system schools are waiting for UNC-CH as a flagship institution to implement a more explicit policy.
“All the universities are watching Chapel Hill,” Kane said. “If (UNC-CH) can get it through, I think other schools will follow.”