The Cornell University dorm experience may have fun, new options, if the administration goes along with a proposal recently approved by the student government.
Following the path of the University of Tennessee, the Student Assembly has given a thumbs up to gender-neutral dorms. Eric Owens of The Daily Caller has the details:
Earlier this semester, the Cornell University Student Assembly swiftly adopted a resolution which, if approved by the administration, will allow students of different genders to share dorm rooms.
If Cornell’s president, David Skorton, approves the plan, upper-level students will be allowed to share individual dorm rooms with students of the opposite gender, reports Campus Reform.
“Giving students more options is always a good thing,” said one Student Assembly representative, according to the Cornell Insider, a blog run by staff student newspaper staff.
The Student Assembly vote was 23-1-0, with the lone dissent coming from Representative Peter Scelfo. Scelfo said he cast his dissent on procedural grounds. He said the student governing body acted hastily.
“I feel as though the Assembly acted double-quick and should have offered the resolution more debate and discussion,” Scelfo said, according to Campus Reform.
Sponsors of the resolution labeled it as “time sensitive,” thus limiting the period of debate which would typically surround an important issue, the Cornell Insider notes.
The plan could take effect as early as February 2013. Upper-level students will reportedly be able to choose to live in gender-neutral rooms, which will be clustered into suites with other gender-neutral rooms. The suites will be sprinkled around the floors of various dormitories on campus.
Supporters of the resolution and the representatives who voted for it lacked any data on the level of dissatisfaction with Cornell’s current housing structure, the Cornell Insider observes.
In March of 2012, Cornell ended a different pilot program that offered gender-neutral housing in its residence halls, according to The Cornell Daily Sun. The program set aside about 100 gender-neutral suites and allowed students of different genders to share suites but not individual rooms.
Cornell terminated the program because demand for suites full of people of different genders was not high enough to sustain the program.
Cornell student government approves mixed-gender dorm rooms (The Daily Caller)