Gender-Free Housing

Students in front of residential hall

Students in front of residential hall

Our Mission

Champlain College’s gender-free housing community is designed to provide students with the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of diverse gender identities in a supportive and safe residential environment. This community offers students the ability to share a room regardless of their sex, gender or gender identity. These spaces are intended to support students who question constructed identities, including gender.

Students living in the gender-free housing community will grow and learn alongside members who share their interests in social issues, history and legislation surrounding gender-free policy, practices and communities. By fostering an inclusive housing environment, Champlain College can provide students with a community that blends their personal, residential and academic priorities into a cohesive college experience that reflects their holistic selves.

Gender-Free Housing Student Agreement

Students who are interested in applying for gender-free housing must email their completed application to Jennifer Clarke (jclarke01@champlain.edu) by March 2 at 5:00 PM. Decisions will be communicated to applicants on March 22, which will include their housing assignments for the next year.

Apply for Gender-Free Housing

Since Fall 2016, we have provided gender-free housing for students to voluntarily live in the same space regardless of gender, sexual orientation or other constructed identities. The Department of Residential Life is continuing to offer gender-free housing in an effort to support a positive campus climate and afford students more options for expressing their identities throughout every facet of college life.

Gender-free housing community members must agree to the following terms and conditions:

  • Successfully complete Safe-Zone training.
  • Respect all community members by maintaining a safe and comfortable living environment, free of discrimination based on characteristics including (but not limited to) race, sex, color, age, national origin, ability, sexual orientation, religion or marital status.
  • Complete the housing application process, including the gender-free housing application form, and submit all necessary deposits by the appropriate deadline.
  • Abide by all rules and regulations of the Residential Life catalog.
  • Follow the rules outlined in the Student Code of Conduct and Student Housing Handbook.
  • Contribute positively to the community.
  • Respect the motivations of all community members for this option.
  • Use inclusive and socially just language within and outside the living space.
  • Seek to understand different experiences.
  • Support social justice and diversity initiatives from within the community.
  • Be accountable for one’s guests and educate them regarding community expectations and values.

Anyone who violates this agreement may be relocated to another space on campus.

Additional Considerations:

  • Students will be placed in a double room and must fill the room with a pull-in of their choice. In the event of a vacancy within a gender-free room, the student will be able to select another pull-in. However, should that student not be able to locate another resident, Champlain College retains the necessity to maximize usage of housing options on campus and will fill the room accordingly.
  • Applicants who are not selected to take part in the gender-free housing will remain eligible to take part in the general Residence Life housing selection process under the usual terms and conditions of the housing selection process.
  • Filling out a gender-free housing application does not guarantee a specific space or gender-free assignment. Admission to this living community is based upon available space.

Resources for Students

Frequently Asked Questions About Gender-Free Housing

LGBTQ+ Academic and Emotional Support Resources

Apply for Gender-Free Housing