Ball State’s Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Services, with the support of Ball State’s Housing and Residence staff, will provide approximately 60 spaces for Gender Inclusive Housing for the 2018-19 academic year. This is a pilot program. The purpose is to provide safe, inviting living environments for LGBTQ students, including transgendered students and gender non-conforming students, who sometimes ill at ease in being assigned roommates who may not be accepting of their identity or gender expression.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is Ball State University testing a new housing option called gender inclusive housing?
Ball State University is committed to providing a safe, comfortable and inclusive environment for all students. Ball State University faculty and students also live the school’s Beneficence Pledge which includes valuating the intrinsic worth of each member of our community. Gender inclusive housing provides a living environment that is respectful to all students.
Who can live in gender inclusive housing?
Any student who is respectful of gender identity issues can live in gender inclusive housing. A student must have a like-minded roommate secured before applying.
For the purpose of gender-inclusive housing, gender non-conforming is a term for individuals whose gender expression is different from societal expectations related to gender.
Gender expression is how a person represents or expresses one's gender identity to others, often through behavior, clothing, hairstyles, voice or body characteristics.
Transgender is an umbrella term for people whose gender identity, expression or behavior is different from those typically associated with their assigned sex at birth, this includes but is not limited to transsexuals, crossdressers, androgynous people, genderqueers, and gender non-conforming people. Transgender is a broad term and is appropriate for non-transgender people to use. "Trans" is shorthand for "transgender."
Definition Source: National Center for Transgender Equality; Mara Keisling, Executive Director, http://transequality.org.
Where will the gender inclusive housing be?
Those details are still being planned, but gender inclusive rooms will only be located in areas with private restrooms.
What if demand for gender inclusive housing exceeds available rooms?
A waiting list will be established. Should a roommate cancel their housing assignment, then the room is offered to someone on the waiting list or the room reverts back to single gender.
What type of restrooms will be available to students who live in gender inclusive housing?
A gender inclusive restroom option will be available for the residents living in a gender inclusive room. The style of these restrooms will vary based upon the residence hall where the students are assigned.
What if a student or parent does NOT want to live on a floor where there is gender inclusive housing?
Students living on a floor where gender inclusive housing will be located will not experience a difference in their living environment. If there is still a concern, the student should contact the Hall Director for additional assistance.
How is the decision made who gets chosen?
All completed applications will be considered based on availability, and the AVERAGE of both roommate’s housing deposits will be the deciding factor.
Students must be 18 or older at the time of the application.