Ball State’s Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Services, with the support of Ball State’s Housing and Residence staff, will provide approximately 60 spaces for gender-inclusive housing for the 2018-19 academic year.

This is a pilot program. The purpose is to provide safe, inviting living environments for LGBTQ students, including transgendered students and gender non-conforming students, who sometimes feel ill at ease in being assigned roommates who may not be accepting of their identity or gender expression.

Ball State University is committed to providing a safe, comfortable and inclusive environment for all students. Ball State University faculty and students also live the school’s Beneficence Pledge, which includes valuating the intrinsic worth of each member of our community. Gender-inclusive housing provides a living environment that is respectful to all students.

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.

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.

Those details are still being planned, but gender inclusive rooms will only be located in areas with private restrooms.

A waiting list will be established. Should a roommate cancel their housing assignment, then the room is offered to someone on the waiting list or the room reverts back to single gender.

A gender inclusive restroom option will be available for the residents living in a gender inclusive room. The style of these restrooms will vary based upon the residence hall where the students are assigned.

Students living on a floor where gender inclusive housing will be located will not experience a difference in their living environment. If there is still a concern, the student should contact the hall director for additional assistance.

All completed applications will be considered based on availability, and the average of both roommates’ housing deposits will be the deciding factor.

Students must be 18 or older at the time of the application.