Gender-Inclusive Housing

Miami University recognizes that sex-segregated housing may not be the best option for some students. To meet this need, in cooperation with the HOME office, the Office of Residence Life offers gender inclusive housing as an option. We recognize that each student’s needs are different and therefore are reviewed on a case by case basis. This policy works to provide students with living spaces that create a comfortable and safe living environment for the student. This policy is not intended for romantic couples, regardless of gender.

Definitions to guide you through this document:

Gender Expression

The term “gender expression” refers to all of a person’s external characteristics and behaviors, such as dress, grooming, mannerisms, speech patterns and social interactions that are socially identified with a particular gender. Social or cultural norms can vary widely and some characteristics that may be accepted as masculine, feminine, or neutral in one culture may not be assessed similarly in another culture. A person’s gender expression may also be referred to as one’s “gender presentation” or “performed gender.” 

Gender Identity

Everyone has a gender identity and everyone expresses a gender identity. The term gender identity, which is distinct from the term sexual orientation, or attraction, refers to a person’s deeply felt psychological sense of gender, in other words, who someone is intrinsically. A person's gender identity may or may not correspond to one’s body, assigned biological sex at birth, or gender expression. Gender Identity can be seen on a spectrum, and does not necessarily apply to the gender binary of male/female.

Legal Sex

The biologically-based presumption that reproductive capability determines a person’s label of female or male.  Sex is defined by physical aspects that include chromosomes, hormones, and genitalia. This category is usually based on a visual assessment of a baby’s genitalia at birth. The University relies on the legal sex listed in our Banner information system.

Housing Options

Many options are available for students who would like to explore gender inclusive housing. Again, this policy is not intended for romantic couples, regardless of gender. The availability of options is dependent on the availability of private, semi-private and legal sex bathrooms. These options may include, but are not limited to:

  • Mixed gender suites (male, female, gender non-conforming, transgender, etc.) and apartments.
  • Roommates of the opposite legal sex in a double in mixed gender, house-style buildings where the availability of a single stall bathroom exists
  • A single on the floor of their gender expression but not legal sex where the availability of a single stall bathroom exists
  • Roommates of the opposite legal sex but same gender expression on a floor of their gender expression where the availability of a single stall bathroom exists
  • Roommates of the opposite legal sex with a private bathroom
  • A single on the floor of their legal sex with a private bathroom

There are various costs associated with some options. Options that include roommates /suitemates/apartment-mates require agreement from all parties to proceed. The HOME Office and the Office of Residence Life will not assign roommates together for the purposes of the Gender Inclusive Housing Policy.

Communal bathrooms are limited to the legal sex they are specified for. For the locations of all gender inclusive bathrooms on-campus, visit the LGBTQ* Services site Guide to Gender-Inclusive Restrooms.

Options that do not require involvement from our office include, but are not limited to:

  • Roommates of the same legal sex, but different gender expressions, in any building.

To request gender inclusive housing, contact Colleen Bunn, Assistant Director of Residence Life, to set up an appointment and explore options. The privacy of students is a priority and arrangements for housing will be made with this in mind.

Students requesting accommodations under the Gender Inclusive Housing policy should be aware of the Housing Selection Timeline and plan accordingly.

Questions about the gender inclusive housing policy can be directed to Colleen Bunn in the Office of Residence Life via email at bunnc@miamioh.edu or 513-529-4005.