Northwest Missouri State offers gender-neutral housing

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 | 9:06 a.m. CDT; updated 10:16 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, October 30, 2012

MARYVILLE — About 35 students are participating in a new "gender-neutral" housing initiative at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville.

The university began offering the housing plan this fall after a request from some transgender students.

The St. Joseph News-Press reports that before the new policy took effect, Northwest housing officials worked with transgendered students individually to get them into more comfortable housing situations.

Rose Viau, director of residential life, says the new policy allows male and female students to live together. She says most students participating are cousins, brothers and sisters, and friends.

The gender-neutral housing is offered in two residence halls — Tower Suites and Forest Village Apartments.


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