Gender-Free Housing FAQ

Here are some frequently asked questions about gender-free housing at Champlain College:

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Gender-free housing is optional themed housing for students who are interested in living together, regardless of their legal sex, gender or gender identity.

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Champlain College strives to be inclusive and to create communities that are safe and comfortable for the students who participate in housing. By providing gender-free housing, Champlain College is contributing to a safe, diverse and inclusive climate for all students.

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All students, regardless of their year, may participate in and apply for gender-free housing.

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No, although students who are in the LGBTQ+ community are more than welcome to apply for gender-free housing. The intention for gender-free housing is to provide students, regardless of their gender identity, with the opportunity to live in a community with other students who want to learn more about gender identity or who would be more comfortable living with someone of another gender. Please note that gender-free housing for first year students is located in a different location from gender-free housing for upperclass students.

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Upperclass students who are interested in gender-free housing are required to attend a Safe-Zone training prior to completing a written application for gender-free housing. Please note that submitting an application does not guarantee a place in gender-free housing. If a student’s application is accepted, the Office of Residential Life will assign the student and their intended roommate(s) a room based on where gender-free housing will exist for the next school year. If a student’s application is not accepted, the student will still be able to participate in the general housing selection process.

Incoming first-year students may apply for gender-free housing and will complete their Safe-Zone training upon arrival to campus.

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No. Students who are interested in gender-free housing are only required to attend one (1) Safe-Zone training.

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The number of gender-free rooms the determination of residence hall location depends on the demand for gender-free housing as well as the availability of space.

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A room cannot be changed to a gender-free room as gender-free housing is predetermined by the College.

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Students are highly discouraged from applying for gender-free housing (or any kind of housing for that matter) to live with their significant other as this is not the intention of the gender-free housing program.

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If a student is accepted into the gender-free housing program and has not pulled another eligible student in to live with them, the student is subject to a random roommate assignment with another student who is also a member of the gender-free housing program. The random assignment could potentially be someone of a different gender identity. If the vacancy is filled by someone outside of the gender-free housing program, the College will revert the room to a single-gender room.

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Regardless of the living arrangement, we always encourage our students to reach out to their Resident Assistants if there are ever any conflicts that arise in the residence hall. The College also has an established room-change process for room reassignment for if and when the conflict cannot be resolved.

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The bathrooms for gender-free housing are gender-free bathrooms, regardless of whether they are single-use bathrooms or multi-stall communal bathrooms.

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If a student no longer wants to live in gender-free housing, the student should email Melody Brook at mbrook@champlain.edu to discuss room reassignment.

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Parents are not directly informed of a student’s housing assignment. However, we encourage students who would like to participate in the gender-free housing program to have an open dialogue about their gender-free assignment.

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Students over 18 are legally able to make their own decisions about their housing assignments and with whom they disclose that information. Students under the age of 18 should discuss their desire for gender-free housing, as the student must obtain parental consent. Regardless, the College encourages students to have an open dialogue about gender-free housing with their families so their families may be supportive of the student’s housing decision.

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Gender-free housing is not always located in the same place every year, so students may not homestead their rooms and must move out at the end of the year.

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