By Melissa Weisman
At LIU Post, there are separate floors for male and female students, and co-ed living is not permitted in dorm rooms. Co-ed living allows men and women to dorm together.
According to a 2009 USA Today article, titled “Colleges are Allowing Co-Ed Dorms,” over two dozen colleges across the United States allow students of the opposite sex to dorm together.
Some students insist that they should be allowed to room together regardless of gender. Although some colleges in the US have permitted co-ed rooming, many parents, students, and officials assert that the traditional policy is necessary to regulate student behavior.
Will co-ed living be enabled at LIU Post one day? What about co-ed floors?
“Based on our physical layouts (bathrooms) we are limited in options. If suites become available, this would allow us to further explore co-ed living,” said Jessica Hayes, associate dean of Students and LIU Promise.
“We share the same interests, go to bed at the same time, and have similar study habits,” said Tyler Malloy, a freshman Biology major. “But the only difference between me and my best friend is that we are different gender[s]. Co-ed floors should be permitted. I have a ton of friends who are girls.
Sometimes a male and female friendship is less likely to cause drama.” Shantel Graham, a senior International Studies/Business
Administration major, opposes co-ed dorming. “This is my fourth year living on campus and I have enjoyed my privacy. Personally, I think girls and boys floors and rooms should be kept separate,” Graham said LGBT rights advocates say that traditional housing arrangements, which require that roommates identify as the same gender, are antiquated and unfair.
“When my mom went to Ithaca College there were co-ed rooms and floors. If it were up to me, I would enable co-ed dorms. My mom had a great college experience, and co-ed living allowed her to establish better relationships with the people in her building and on her floor. It is important to be able to interact with all people regardless of gender, race, or any other stereotype” said Jennifer Shepardson, a junior Broadcasting major.
Although LIU Post has not closed the book on co-ed living; more and more colleges across the US are permitting co-ed rooming, including Cornell, Ithaca College, Columbia University, Fashion
Insitute of Technology, New York University, Stanford University, The University of Michigan, Dartmouth, Brown University, The University of Pennsylvania, Oberlin College, Clark University, and California Institute of Technology.
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