Gender Inclusive Housing

Gender Inclusive Housing is an on-campus housing option developed to provide a welcoming space for all students. This housing option is available within designated living areas for first year, returning, and transferring students of any gender identity to choose to live together in shared rooms or apartments. Students who select this housing option must submit a Gender Inclusive Housing Agreement in order to finalize their interest.

Gender Inclusive Housing is an inclusive, voluntary housing option where students can be assigned to live in the same room with any other student regardless of sex, birth gender, biological gender, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation.

Gender Inclusive Housing was developed in partnership with Housing & Residence Life and the Center for Student Diversity.

First year (freshmen) students and returning students with 89 credits or less, who indicate an interest in Gender Inclusive Housing will be assigned within university housing as long as you have paid a housing deposit to University Housing by the stated deadline*.
Returning residents with 90 credits or more and transferring students who have an interest in Gender Inclusive Housing will need to contact Millennium Hall at Towson University by visiting the site below and selecting Application/Forms or if you have questions call, 410-704-6455.

Millennium Hall

This housing option is offered based on availability and the student's eligibility for on-campus housing (i.e. students must be eligible for on-campus housing and meet all deadlines for submission of the housing deposit and housing contract). Housing assignments are considered based on individual needs, preferences, and space availability. Unless roommate preferences are provided, students assigned within Gender Inclusive Housing will be assigned without consideration of gender.

*GIH may be located in a premium housing rate building.  If you are selected to be in GIH you may be placed in Premium Housing.

FAQ's

What is Gender Inclusive Housing?

Gender Inclusive Housing (GIH) focuses on creating an inclusive environment where students can live in the same room with any student - regardless of sex, birth gender, biological gender, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation.

Why are we doing this? Why now?

A growing trend for colleges and universities is a shift toward gender Inclusive housing and restrooms. Within the last several years, Housing & Residence Life has collaborated with the Center for Student Diversity on the viability of bringing gender Inclusive housing to Towson University.

Housing & Residence Life researched best practices and hosted focus groups in Fall 2011 to discuss the interest and viability of offering Gender Inclusive Housing as a new housing option. The feedback provided insight into the benefits and potential obstacles facing those who would most appreciate this housing option. A pilot proposal was drafted and a planning committee was formed to establish criteria for developing Gender Inclusive Housing at Towson University.

How will this compare to Residential Learning Communities (e.g. Honors Housing, Global Village, and STEM)? 

Gender Inclusive Housing is a housing option rather than a Residential Learning Community. While intentional programming may permeate the communities that house Gender Inclusive Housing, the primary purpose is to provide a space for people of all genders to live comfortably and without judgment.  Residential Learning Communities require either academic or interdepartmental partnerships to guide learning and engagement within the residence halls. Whether connecting Honors College to the Honors Community or the International Student Scholars Office to Global Village, Residential Learning Communities are purposed toward co-curricular engagement and learning for resident students.

Who is eligible for Gender Inclusive Housing? 

Gender Inclusive Housing is open to all students. Students will have to complete the Gender Inclusive Housing Agreement according to deadlines and qualify for on-campus housing.  First year students and returning students with 89 credits or less who indicate an interest in Gender Inclusive Housing will be assigned within University Housing. Questions can be directed to Housing & Residence Life at 410-704-2516.

Returning residents with 90 credits or more and transferring students who have an interest in Gender Inclusive Housing will need to contact Millennium Hall at Towson University by visiting the Millennium Hall website listed below and selecting Application/Forms – questions should be directed to 410-704-6455.

Millennium Hall

What are the dates and process to indicate an interest in Gender Inclusive Housing? 

Incoming first year students can indicate an interest during the online housing contract process. 

The process for returning residents interested in Gender Inclusive Housing will be outlined in the housing contract process information emailed to all current university housing residents by the middle of February.

Returning and transferring students can indicate an interest during the Millennium Hall contract process and after based on availability.

When will Gender Inclusive Housing be available as an option?

Gender Inclusive Housing was a pilot program for the 2012-2013 academic year and will continue to offered as a housing option going forward. 

What will happen to the remaining roommates/apartment-mates in the event that a vacancy occurs? 

If a vacancy occurs, the remaining student(s) will be allowed two weeks to request a new roommate from the pool of applicants for Gender Inclusive Housing. After two weeks, Housing & Residence Life staff will review the list of Gender Inclusive Housing applicants to find a suitable room assignment. 

What if a parent or guardian does not want their student(s) to live in Gender Inclusive Housing? 

We encourage students to maintain an open dialogue with their families so that they can be supportive of a student's housing preference. 

Will you prevent people who are romantically involved from living together?

Gender Inclusive Housing is not intended for romantic couples. However, we respect the privacy of our students. 

For Additional Questions please contact Bryan Schlein at rlcommunities@towson.edu

Contact

Department of Housing & Residence Life

Location
Marshall Hall Suite 50
8000 York Road
Towson, MD 21252-0001
Hours
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Phone
410-704-2516
Fax
410-704-4228