Posted on May 1, 2012 at 9:49 PM
Wednesday, May 2 at 7:22 AM
AUSTIN – The University of Texas at Austin has in some instances been a trendsetter when it comes to social issues. However, a unanimous vote by the Residence Hall Association Monday night could make UT the first public university in the state to allow men and women to share the same campus dorm rooms.
“It's not as bifurcated as male and female, again it will depend on how you define gender inclusive or gender neutral communities, so again we're too early in the process to say what it's going to look like or how we will define it,” said Director of Residence Law at UT Hemlata Jhaveri.
According to Jhaveri, the discussion to allow men and women to co-habitate in the same campus dorm rooms began early this spring when a campus group called STANDOUT, advocates for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender student rights, approached the Residence Hall Association with the request.
Jhaveri made it very clear to KVUE that this measure is far from a done deal.
The vice president of student affairs at UT and school President William Powers both have to sign off on the resolution.
In the meantime UT Residence Life staffers will spend the rest of the year researching and talking with some of the nation’s colleges and universities who already have programs that, in some form, allow men and women to co-habitate in the same dorm room.
If school administrators give their blessing on the measure approved Monday, men and women could begin living together in campus dorm rooms as early as 2013.