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Gender-Inclusive & Substance-Free Housing

Gender-Inclusive Housing

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Gender-Inclusive Housing

Champlain College’s gender-inclusive 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-inclusive 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.

Substance-Free Housing

Champlain College is a dry campus which means that no alcohol or illegal drugs are permitted on school property. For those students who are committed to living a substance-free lifestyle, we offer a small intentional community of students who commit to substance-free living at all times. The students living here expect that no substances or effects of substances will be part of their community at any time.  The community serves as a safe space for those who choose to live in an environment free from alcohol and illegal drugs. All students signing up for these spaces will be required to sign a contract agreeing to live a substance-free lifestyle, and violations of this contract will result in a student being required to move from the building into another hall. This application will be live on THD in the "applications" tab beginning in February.  See Important Housing Selection Dates for key deadlines.

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Returning students who are interested in living in a gender-free residence hall, please complete the Gender-Free Residence Hall application on THD. A first-year student option is under development.  If you have any questions, please email Bridget Grim at bgrim@champlain.edu

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.
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Applications are submitted on THD (The Housing Director). 


Student growth and development are dependent on healthy choices, positive decision making, and strong connections inside and outside the classroom. In support of this continuous growth, Substance Free Housing at Champlain College provides a living experience that is founded on mutual respect, community responsibility, and a commitment to a lifestyle free of alcohol and illegal drugs.By choosing to be a member of Substance Free Housing at Champlain College, I agree to:

  • Refrain from the use and possession of alcohol and all other illegal drugs in or around my residence hall.
  • Speak up and confront anyone found using alcohol or other drugs in my community.Report violators appropriately to my resident assistant or Campus Public Safety.
  • Support programs that benefit Substance Free Housing.
  • Work through community or roommate issues that arise in order to remain a positive member of the Substance Free Housing hall.
  • Hold guests of the community to these same standards, and recognize that my guests' actions are ultimately considered to be my own actions.

A failure to uphold any of these guidelines will be documented. Residential Life and Student Activities staff will work with students to reach a resolution that will ultimately best serve the development of the entire community. Such action could include a students' removal from Substance Free Housing.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Gender-Free Housing

LGBTQ+ Academic and Emotional Support Resources

Apply for Gender-Free Housing

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