Any student who is respectful of gender identity issues can live in gender-inclusive housing. A student must have a like-minded roommate secured before applying. If a student does not have a roommate, they may contact the Office of Housing and Residence Life at 765-285-8000 and be added to a potential roommate list.
For the purpose of gender-inclusive housing, “gender non-conforming” is a term for individuals whose gender expression is different from societal expectations related to gender.
“Gender expression” is how a person represents or expresses one's gender identity to others, often through behavior, clothing, hairstyles, voice or body characteristics.
“Transgender” is an umbrella term for people whose gender identity, expression or behavior is different from those typically associated with their assigned sex at birth. This includes, but is not limited to, transsexuals, crossdressers, androgynous people, genderqueers, and gender non-conforming people. “Transgender” is a broad term and is appropriate for non-transgender people to use. "Trans" is shorthand for "transgender."
Definition Source: National Center for Transgender Equality; Mara Keisling, Executive Director, transequality.org.