Every Westminster student has the right to a safe and gender-affirming living situation in their on-campus housing.
Housing Application Questions
During the housing application process, students are asked to list their sex and their gender*. Students are also asked to give their preferred name. In the service used by the Office of Residence Life, eRezLife, the terms for gender and biological sex are “preferred gender” for gender identity and “gender” instead of biological sex. While Westminster recognizes the harm in the implications of this wording, it’s hardcoded into the software and not editable currently. However, the Office of Residence Life is working with the software to update the language.
Housing Separation by Gender
First-year residential areas, both in traditional and apartment building styles, are still separated by the gender binary. Returning students pick who they live with, and as long as all roommates agree to it, they can live with whomever they want.
Gender-Neutral Residence Floor
The current (and first) gender-neutral floor available to first-year students is in Carleson Hall. The bathroom on that floor is also gender-neutral.
Residence Life Office Services
The Office of Residence Life contacts gender-variant and trans students and helps them find the most comfortable living option for them—they can live wherever they want. This is done by Jess (firstname.lastname@example.org), who reaches out to students whose answer to the sex and gender questions are different.
Housing Requests and Concerns Procedures
Students can contact the Office of Residence Life to request gender-neutral housing and can also make an appointment to meet with someone from the office.
Griffin GearUp is a great opportunity to get to know other first-year students and try to find people you feel comfortable around. If you find someone you’re comfortable with, you can create roommate groups in your housing application, but all parties must accept.
If you end up in a living situation that at any point feels uncomfortable because of your identity, you can come to the Office of Residence Life during business hours or call the RA on-call after hours to find a comfortable and safe living situation.
If you have questions about housing for transgender, non-binary, and non-cisgendered students, email the Office of Residence Life at email@example.com.