You might think this is because some students feel they’re mature enough to share a room with a person of the opposite sex.
You’d be wrong. Read this post all the way to the end.
Alfonse Muglia of the Cornell Insider reports.
At its weekly meeting last Thursday afternoon, the Student Assembly adopted Resolution 12, which will give current students the option of selecting gender neutral housing starting this spring. The Resolution comes with only one week until information sessions begin for current freshman, sophomores, and juniors who plan to utilize Cornell housing next year.
This upcoming deadline compelled the Resolution’s sponsors to label it as “time sensitive” and was used as a tool to push the policy change to a vote, while limiting the time of debate that usually encompasses a change of this magnitude.
Because of the shortened debate (which was further interrupted by a scheduled visit from President Skorton), the details of the policy are not known, even to some Assembly members. But in the words of one Representative who voted in favor of the Resolution, “Giving students more options is always a good thing.”
What is known is that current students will have the option to live with a member of the opposing sex in Cornell dormitories. These rooms will then be grouped into small suites with other gender-neutral rooms. These suites will then be dispersed on various, random floors around West Campus and Program Housing next year, with the hope of stimulating conversation about “gender issues” that apparently exist at Cornell, although the Resolution supporters lacked any data on the number of students who are negatively affected by the current housing structure.
What is not known (besides the lack of supporting data) is how the application of the program will be evaluated or what (if anything) is stopping romantic couples from utilizing the Cornell housing system to live together next year.