Updated May 3, 2016

Gender-Inclusive Housing 

Gender-inclusive housing is one of the ways University Housing supports students who identify as transgender, genderqueer, or gender questioning (TGQQ). This community may be a good fit for you if you consider yourself supportive of or a member of the TGQQ community, and are comfortable having a roommate of any gender identity or expression. Offering this option continues our efforts to create accepting and comfortable communities for all students living within University Housing. 

Gender-inclusive housing is currently being offered in specific apartments in Poly Canyon Village to continuing students and will be expanded to offer options for first-year students in our first-year Learning Communities. For more information on gender-inclusive housing options, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions below, or call Housing Administration 805-756-1226.

What is gender-inclusive housing?
Who is eligible for gender-inclusive housing?
Which living communities on campus offer gender-inclusive housing?
How much does it cost?
What is the process to apply?
Can students move out of gender-inclusive housing mid year?
What happens if a student moves out mid year? How is that spot filled?
Can a parent influence placement?
Can students request to not be placed in gender-inclusive housing?
Is living in gender-inclusive housing protected information?
Where can I find more information about gender-inclusive housing?
How does choosing gender-inclusive housing impact my Learning Community preferences?

Frequently Asked Questions

What is gender-inclusive housing?

Gender-inclusive housing is one of the ways that University Housing supports students who identify as transgender, genderqueer, or gender-questioning (TGQQ).

Who is eligible for gender-inclusive housing?

All students who consider themselves supportive of or a member of the TGQQ community, and are comfortable having a roommate of any gender identity or expression are eligible for this housing option.

Which Learning Communities offer gender-inclusive housing?

Specific Learning Communities are not chosen until we know how many students are interested in this option. There are apartment and residence hall options available for students who want to live in gender-inclusive housing.

How much does it cost?

Cost depends on which community and room type a student is placed in. For cost information, please visit our fees and payment web sites for your student type (freshmen, transfer, or continuing).

What is the process to apply?

Students can indicate interest in this option on their housing application. Once housing is secured, students will get additional information on the process.

Can students move out of gender-inclusive housing mid year?

Students may request a room change following University Housing policies and procedures. Find more information about our room-trade process in the University Housing Resident Handbook. Residential Life & Education staff assists residents in this process and filling vacancies.

Can a parent influence placement?

Cal Poly respects the decisions and confidentiality of students as they complete their housing contract, in accordance with FERPA guidelines. We do encourage students to discuss this option with parents.

Can students request not to be placed in gender-inclusive housing?

Gender-inclusive housing is optional. If you do not wish to live in gender-inclusive housing, select "no" for this preference. 

Is living in gender-inclusive housing protected information?

Yes, this information is protected by FERPA.

How does choosing gender-inclusive housing impact my freshmen Learning Community preferences?

Although preferences are not guaranteed for any student, your specific interest in or no preference for gender-inclusive housing could supersede one or more of the Learning Community preferences you selected.
 
If this is of concern -- meaning you prefer your housing assignment be based on the Learning Community preferences you selected such as Living Learning Program, iCommunity, etc., rather than your gender-inclusive housing preference, we suggest changing your gender-inclusive housing preference to “no.” You can do this until Monday, May 9.

Will I have a Resident/Community Advisor?

Yes, all residents in University Housing are assigned a Resident/Community Advisor.

What about safety and security?

University Housing strives to work with residents and campus partners to create a safe, inclusive and supportive environment for all.

Where can I find more information on how to request to live in a gender-inclusive housing option?

Please feel free to contact Housing Administration at 805-756-1226 with questions or concerns.

Where can I learn more about the Cal Poly TGQQ community?  

Visit the Pride Center website, call 805-756-7733 or email pride@calpoly.edu.

 

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