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Gender-Inclusive Housing

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Rider University Residence Life offers Gender-Inclusive Housing (GIH) as part of its ongoing commitment to developing a campus community that is welcoming and inclusive.  GIH acknowledges the diverse needs of the student body and further develops a vibrant campus community that is positive, respectful and inclusive for all residents.  GIH housing allows for individuals to live together without restrictions of traditional limitations of the gender binary (male/female). This policy has been developed to foster a supportive environment where all residents can feel safe in their housing assignments with respect to their gender identity and gender expression. GIH is a strictly opt-in housing option, and students must expressly state their desire for a GIH assignment.

Gender Inclusive Housing (GIH) removes traditional gender restrictions, and permits students to live in mixed gendered rooms. Students are able to choose their roommate groups and select rooms without restrictions based on sex or gender. This option is available to students of any class level including new freshmen and transfer students.

Gender-Inclusive Housing (GIH) Request and Assignment Process

  • GIH is optional, and students must expressly state their request for GIH on their online housing application. Please refer to the room selection timeline for specific process dates.
  • Students will live in the same room (double, suite or apartment) without restrictions of biological sex, gender expression or gender identity.
  • All roommates in GIH must be at least 18 years old and eligible for university housing. Students under the age of 18 will be handled on a case-by-case basis and will require consent from a legal guardian.
  • If a vacancy occurs during the year, the existing resident(s) are encouraged to find a roommate agreeable to the terms of a GIH space. Residence Life will work with current occupants to identify other solutions, such as placement of a student from the GIH waitlist and/or assign a student who has confirmed placement interest in GIH.
  • Residence Life may re-designate the room as gender specific if no GIH student can be identified to fill the vacancy.
  • Students are discouraged from living with someone with whom they are in a romantic relationship.

Freqeuntly Asked Questions

Why is Rider University offering Gender Inclusive Housing?
Gender Inclusive Housing further supports Rider’s ongoing commitment to developing a campus community that is welcoming and inclusive for people of all identities.  GIH acknowledges the diverse needs of the student body and further develops a vibrant campus community that is positive, respectful and inclusive for all residents. 

What are the differences between co-ed and gender-inclusive housing?
The term co-ed operates on the assumption that there are two genders: male and female. Current gender theory acknowledges that for many people, gender is not a binary, and people can identify in ways that do not conform with the gender-binary.

Providing options for gender inclusive housing - as opposed to co-ed – is an approach that allows room for a more diverse array of identities.

Is gender-inclusive housing just for LGBTQ+ students?
Gender-inclusive housing is not just for LGBTQ+ students; GIH acknowledges the diverse needs of the student body and further develops a vibrant campus community that is positive, respectful and inclusive for all residents. Students who elect this option must be open to living with a person of any gender. Students are interested in gender-inclusive housing for a variety of reasons. It is our hope that you make the best decision for you.

Where can I apply for Gender Inclusive Housing?
Students may request this option through their myRider online housing application process.

Will students be randomly assigned to Gender Inclusive Housing spaces?
No. Students will not be assigned to a gender-inclusive space without their request. GIH is optional, and students must request this option through the housing application process.

What if a vacancy occurs in a Gender Inclusive space?
If a vacancy occurs during the year, the existing resident(s) are encouraged to find a roommate agreeable to living in a GIH space. Residence Life will work with current occupants to identify other solutions, such as placement of a student from the GIH waitlist and/or assign a student who has confirmed placement interest in GIH. Residence Life may re-designate the room as gender specific if no GIH student can be identified to fill the vacancy.

What if a student does NOT want to live in a Gender Inclusive room?
This option is only for those who specifically opt-in to it. Students are not required to accept an assignment to a space with a person of another gender.

What if a student no longer wants to live in Gender Inclusive Housing?
Students who no longer wish to live in GIH may request a room change at any time directly through the room change process. All room change requests are subject to availability of space, and changing residence halls or room type may result in a change in the room rate.

What if parents/guardians don’t want their student to live in a Gender Inclusive room?
Residence Life communicates assignment information directly to the student. Students are always encouraged to communicate with their families regarding their housing options and preferences. At the University level, students over the age of 18 at the start of the period of their residency are responsible for making their own choices about housing. Students under 18 should discuss housing plans with their families, as they will be required to have parental consent.

Will you prevent people who are romantically involved from living together?
Gender Inclusive Housing is not intended for romantic couples. When individuals involved in a romantic relationship live together, it can lead to conflicts among roommates that are difficult to resolve, as well as problems that may arise if the relationship ends. For this reason, the University strongly discourages couples of any gender combination from living together. However, the University respects the privacy of our students, and procedures for Gender Inclusive Housing will not require students to disclose the reason for their roommate requests, or prohibit couples from choosing to live together.