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Gender Inclusive Housing FAQ

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What is Gender Inclusive Housing?
Recognizing that single-gender housing may not be appropriate or comfortable for all students, Residential Life offers a limited number of rooms as Gender Inclusive Housing in both the residence halls and apartments on a space available basis. Students signing up for these areas will be permitted to have roommates and suitemates from across the gender spectrum. Gender Inclusive Housing will allow for an environment where student housing is not restricted by traditional limitations presented by our current system, which is based on the gender binary. We believe that it is important that our housing policies evolve to meet the needs of all students and to create an inclusive, welcoming environment.
Who can sign up for Gender Inclusive Housing?
Continuing students will request Gender Inclusive Housing during the special interest Apartment or Residence Hall Sign-Up Process. In order to sign up for Gender Inclusive Housing you will need to complete the Gender Inclusive Housing Supplemental Agreement between February 4th and 20th. All applications will be reviewed and depending on space, you will be notified if you are able to participate in Gender Inclusive Housing. You will need to fill an entire apartment or suite (4 people) and agree that you all request to live in Gender Inclusive Housing for the reasons that the program was designed. For questions about Gender Inclusive Housing please contact Holly Barker-Flynn, the LGBTQ liaison at hbarker@albany.edu. New students will need to contact our Residential Life LGBTQ contact, Holly Barker-Flynn at hbarker@albany.edu 518-442-5875 to be considered for Gender Inclusive Housing.
Where will Gender Inclusive Housing options be located?
For the fall 2014 – spring 2015 academic year, there will be a limited number of suites on Colonial Quad in Livingston Tower and a limited number of apartments on Empire Commons.
How do I sign Up for Gender Inclusive Housing?
Continuing students will request Gender Inclusive Housing during the special interest Apartment or Residence Hall Sign-Up Process. In order to sign up for Gender Inclusive Housing you will need to complete the Gender Inclusive Housing Supplemental Agreement between February 4th and 20th. All applications will be reviewed and depending on space, you will be notified if you are able to participate in Gender Inclusive Housing. You will need to fill an entire apartment or suite (4 people) and agree that you all request to live in Gender Inclusive Housing for the reasons that the program was designed..
What if someone who is assigned to live in a Gender Inclusive space, decides they no longer want to live there?
Students may request room changes by following the normal room change procedures. No changes will be made until after the 2nd week of the fall semester. However, students who do not fulfill their commitment to live in Gender Inclusive Housing for the full academic year may not be eligible to take part in future Gender Inclusive Housing accommodations.
What will happen to the remaining roommate/suitemates in that suite/apartment?
In the event of a vacancy in a Gender Inclusive suite or apartment, the remaining students will have five business days to seek out another student to fill the vacancy and communicate that student’s name to the DRL. The DRL reserves the right to combine two or more under-capacity Gender-Inclusive suites/apartments, assign a student from a waiting list, or convert the suite/apartment to standard occupancy based on the gender identities of the remaining students.