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Bill would override policy for co-ed suites at UNC-CH

Posted April 2, 2013

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— Three freshmen senators said Tuesday that they want to head off a policy that would allow students of the opposite sex to start sharing bathrooms and common living areas in University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus housing suites and apartments next fall.

Senate Bill 658 would override the gender-neutral housing policy that the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees adopted in November. Siblings and married couples would be the only members of the opposite sex who could be assigned to the same room, suite or apartment on campus under the proposal.

“The purpose of this bill is to help the UNC system regain its focus on the core mission of educating young people and helping them find meaningful employment in our state,” Sen. David Curtis, R-Lincoln, said in a statement. “UNC did not become a national leader in academics by wasting time and tax dollars on frivolous social experiments.”

Supporters of the gender-neutral option say the policy would benefit students – specifically gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students – who are being harassed and bullied in traditional on-campus housing. Junior Kevin Claybren, a student coordinator for the Gender Non-Specific Housing Coalition, called the bill "really sad."

Kevin Claybren Bill would nix gender-neutral housing at UNC

"Having an opportunity to be in a room with someone that actually cares and wants you to succeed and is not going to bully you or tarnish your character is something that every Tar Heel and every person deserves," Claybren said.

Chancellor Holden Thorp said the policy change was vital to protecting the safety of UNC-Chapel Hill students.

Sens. Chad Barefoot, R-Wake, and Ben Clarke, D-Cumberland, also are sponsoring the bill.

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  • sisu Apr 3, 5:31 p.m.

    The GA needs to get their nose out of every social issue they can think of and do something that brings JOBS to NC!!!

    Jobs, jobs, jobs!

  • davidk_at_unc Apr 3, 1:03 p.m.

    "For people who actually read the article, it clearly states that the gender neutral policy only applies to married couples and siblings." -- matt_wood

    I actually DID read the article, and it clearly says, at least to me, that the original gender neutral policy is being replaced by one that only applies to married couples and siblings.

    "Senate Bill 658 would override the gender-neutral housing policy that the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees adopted in November. Siblings and married couples would be the only members of the opposite sex who could be assigned to the same room, suite or apartment on campus under the proposal."

  • junkmail5 Apr 3, 11:51 a.m.

    Say what you will, but at 18, there are many many many in this category that you could not call responsible adults. I was 18 once, and I expect you were too.
    beachboate

    there's some 40 year olds who aren't responsible adults.

    But legally you need a cut off. For nearly every aspect of life we have 18 or younger as that cut-off. (Drinking being the biggest exception I can think of)

  • wral mods blow close my account Apr 3, 11:20 a.m.

    Next bill, the GOP bans dancing.

  • beachboater Apr 3, 11:19 a.m.

    Say what you will, but at 18, there are many many many in this category that you could not call responsible adults. I was 18 once, and I expect you were too.

  • eviesee645 Apr 3, 11:15 a.m.

    My theory is that all the Republicans in the General Assembly just realized they actually don't want to be the majority so they're doing the best they can to make sure that they don't get re-elected.

  • matt_wood Apr 3, 10:54 a.m.

    "Believe it or not, there are still a few "kids" (and at 18 they are still kids) that have morals and desire their right to take a shower without worrying about someone peeking in on them.

    There are separate restrooms wherever you go. What red-blooded 18 year old guy wouldn't love the opportunities that he might gain from sharing a bathroom with all those "college cuties."" --beachboater

    You say that some kids have morals and then immediately generalize all kids as sex-crazed fiends. Bravo!

    I have been in gender-neutral bathrooms. It was awkward at first, but once you realize "everybody goes #2" and that a stall door provides just as much privacy as that extra door entering the bathroom, really all you have is opposite genders washing their hands next to each other. If a guy peeks under a stall, then he would be subject to peeping laws just as if he purposefully peeked into any other bathroom. We like to talk about personal responsibility of adults, let's man-up and walk the walk!

  • junkmail5 Apr 3, 10:52 a.m.

    Believe it or not, there are still a few "kids" (and at 18 they are still kids) that have morals and desire their right to take a shower without worrying about someone peeking in on them.- beachboater

    did you miss the part about this being entirely optional?

    If you don't want to live in a mix-gender suite you don't have to.

  • matt_wood Apr 3, 10:50 a.m.

    For people who actually read the article, it clearly states that the gender neutral policy only applies to married couples and siblings.

    For those who say there is already married housing, it is usually more expensive than dorm living, so if a married couple wishes to live in a dorm since it's cheaper, they should be allowed.

    For those who don't understand why this would help the GLBT community, consider a gay man who would be more comfortable living with his sister than with a stranger who may not agree with their sexual orientation (it happens a lot and leads to harassment and bullying with tragic consequences, google Tyler Clementi).

  • beachboater Apr 3, 10:19 a.m.

    Supporters of the gender-neutral option say the policy would benefit students – specifically gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students

    It would seem to me that GL crowd would benefit from this, not be hurt by it.

    Believe it or not, there are still a few "kids" (and at 18 they are still kids) that have morals and desire their right to take a shower without worrying about someone peeking in on them.

    There are separate restrooms wherever you go. What red-blooded 18 year old guy wouldn't love the opportunities that he might gain from sharing a bathroom with all those "college cuties."

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