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Gender Inclusive Housing

Housing and Food Services strives to provide a safe, inclusive, comfortable, and supportive living environment for all students residing on campus.

Gender Inclusive Housing:

Gender inclusive housing (commonly known as gender neutral housing) is an option giving students who identify as transgender and gender non-conforming the ability to select a room assignment that meets individual needs or to request a roommate of any gender. For any student interested in a gender inclusive room assignment, we will work with you in a personal and confidential manner to discuss your options available. It is important to contact us early in the process so that we may offer the widest range of housing options. There is no guarantee that a particular space will be available.

To discuss your interest and options available, please contact one of our staff members:

  • Tracy Walker, assistant director, Commonwealth Campuses Housing Food Services 814-865-7862
  • Meeghan Hollis, senior associate director, Residence Life 814-863-1710 
  • Brian Patchcoski, director, Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity 814-863-1248  

You may be assigned to one of these types of housing spaces:

  • single or double room with private bath
  • single or double room with a gender-neutral bathroom in close proximity
  • single or double room with attached semi-private bathroom shared with another single or double room

Additional resources are available for students through the University's Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity.


Open Housing

Upper-class students may request Open Housing (assignment to rooms with no regard to roommate gender) in any of the housing options offered on campus. To be considered for assignment, a group of students must have accepted the same type of HFS Contract. All students must review and agree to the Open Housing Agreement form. The completed form should be submitted to the Housing and Food Services Office, who will confirm whether the a room assignment is available to assign the students.



For the purpose of gender-neutral housing, gender non-conforming is a term for individuals whose gender expression is different from social expectations related to gender.

Gender expression is the external manifestation of one's gender identity, usually expressed through "masculine," "feminine," or gender variant behavior, clothing, haircut, voice, or body characteristics.

Transgender is a term for people whose gender identity, expression, or behavior is different from those typically associated with their assigned sex at birth, including but not limited to transsexuals, cross-dressers, androgynous people, genderqueers, and gender non-conforming people.

Definition Source: National Center for Transgender Equality; Mara Keisling, Executive Director