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Gender Inclusive Housing

Salisbury University seeks to implement an inclusive, affirming, and safe living environment that supports all student identities and expressions. In support of that goal, Salisbury University offers Gender Inclusive Housing as an on-campus living option available to our students who wish to belong to a community not restricted by gender identity or gender expression. This option will be open to all interested students based upon availability. This option is not a requirement for any student. All students are free to live in the housing associated with the gender with which they identify. Gender Inclusive Housing is simply an alternative available to those students who choose to utilize this option.

To best support this new initiative, there is a Gender Inclusive Housing Community Application (“GIH Application”) which provides further guidelines for those within this community. The GIH Application is available here.

Confidentiality

Salisbury University respects the privacy of its students and recognizes that transgender students may be especially concerned about privacy and confidentiality. Housing and Residence Life (HRL) will consistently recognize and respect the gender identity that the student has established with HRL in good-faith. Transgender students may self-identify to HRL if they wish to receive housing assistance, but are by no means obligated to do so. If a student does self-identify and request assistance, HRL will not require the student provide more information than the student is comfortable with providing. Furthermore, all information will be kept strictly confidential and will only be used for purposes designated by the student. HRL staff will not discuss specific aspects of the student’s contract without the proper FERPA waiver signature located online in GullNet.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Gender Inclusive Housing?
Gender Inclusive Housing focuses on creating an inclusive environment where students can live in the same residence regardless of sex, gender, gender identity, or gender expression.

Who is eligible for Gender Inclusive Housing?
Gender Inclusive Housing is open to all students, with assignments to be made in accordance with standard Residence Life policies based upon availability. All students must submit a Housing Contract to obtain on-campus housing. Students who seek gender inclusive housing will also be required to submit the Gender Inclusive Housing Community Application.

Who may request Gender Inclusive Housing?
Any student completing the university’s housing contract process may request and additionally apply for GIH. Parent involvement will result in communication directly with the student to assess the student’s housing preference. HRL encourages students to inform their parent(s) or guardian(s) of their request for GIH.

What if a student does not want to live within Gender Inclusive Housing?
To the extent possible, the University will limit those students in Gender Inclusive Housing to the students that apply to be in such housing. There may be some situations where, due to the housing options available, the University is not able to limit the Gender Inclusive Housing to only those who apply. The University will strive to accommodate all students’ needs in those limited circumstances and will handle each instance on a case-by-case basis.

What will happen to the remaining roommate(s)/suite-mates/apartment-mates, when a vacancy occurs?
Vacancies will be handled on a case-by-case basis given the needs of the students involved. The HRL will work with the remaining students to help the student identify potential new roommates who are mutually comfortable with the living arrangements.

Will Gender Inclusive Housing be confidential?
A student’s request to reside in Gender Inclusive Housing will be kept confidential. Please also see the confidentiality statement listed in the GIH policy.


For further questions pertaining to Gender Inclusive Housing, please contact:

Diana Federici
Assistant Director
defederici@salisbury.edu

Paul DeCock
Assistant Director
pdcock@salisbury.edu

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