U-Arizona Considering 'Gender Inclusive' Housing to Make Gay Students More Comfortable

By Staff | November 22, 2010 | 11:05 AM EST

(CNSNews.com) - The University of Arizona is considering a pilot program that would allow students of the opposite sex to live in the same dorm room, an option designed to make gay students feel more comfortable living on campus, the Arizona Republic reported on Monday.

"We want to make sure that everyone feels safe and everyone feels welcomed and any kind of educational benefit is available to all," the newspaper quoted Jim Van Arsdel, UA's assistant vice president for student affairs and university housing, as saying.

Such living arrangements are said to be a growing trend on U.S. college campuses.

Supporters say the option provides comfort and a feeling of security for groups that are vulnerable to harassment, such as students who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or questioning their sexuality. But conservative critics say universities shouldn't be subsidizing "poor choices" by mixing different sexes in the same rooms.

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