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At Tulane University, we value diversity and strive to create an environment that promotes the dignity of all people.  Tulane's Office of Housing and Residence Life (HRL) is dedicated to providing safe and welcoming living environments for all students in all of the residence halls.  We believe that all students should be able to live in a manner that is consistent with their gender identity.  Additionally, HRL offers Gender-Inclusive Housing (GIH), which allows all students of any gender the option of living with other students regardless of their gender.  

What is Gender-Inclusive Housing

Gender-inclusive housing (GIH) is available to incoming and current students during the room selection process. GIH allows undergraduate students of any gender the option of living with other students regardless of their gender.  GIH environments are designated as particularly comfortable living spaces on campus for students who identify as transgender, gender non-conforming, gender questioning, lesbian, gay, bisexual, intersex, queer, and allies.  As an opt-in policy, GIH is voluntary and no student will be assigned to GIH unless it is requested.  GIH promotes self-determination by allowing students the choice to make decisions regarding their own needs.  Students may pull in eligible roommate(s), select a single within an apartment/suite, or request to be assigned a roommate. 

Why did Tulane University implement a Gender-Inclusive Housing option?  

At Tulane University, we value diversity and strive to create an inclusive environment where all students have a sense of safety and belonging. As such, Housing & Residential Life (HRL) believes that all students should have access to safe and welcoming residential environments.  GIH is designated as a particularly comfortable home on campus for students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, and questioning and their allies (LGBTIQA).

Who will be able to live in a Gender-Inclusive Housing room? 

Gender-inclusive housing is available to all students.  

Will you allow people who are romantically involved to live together?  

As is the case with sex-segregated housing, the GIH option is not intended nor recommended for romantic/sexual couples.  HRL discourages students of any gender from living in units with students with whom they have a romantic/sexual relationship.  

What if someone who requested a Gender-Inclusive Housing room decides they no longer want to live in that room?  

Students may request room changes by visiting the Housing Residence Life (HRL) office in Irby and completing a request form. The student will not be required to move into a GIH room unless they wish.

How many Gender-Inclusive Housing rooms are available and where will they be?  

There is no specific number, or limit, of GIH rooms on campus. GIH will exist across the campus in facilities that allow for bathroom privacy.  Our priority is to meet the individual needs of our diverse student communities.

What is the cost of Gender-Inclusive Housing?  

There are no additional costs for GIH rooms. Gender-Inclusive Housing will be offered throughout campus and options include both single and double bedrooms and will include a range of prices.  

How do I apply?

Students may apply online through the main application process.  

Housing Problems  

If you experience a problem with your living situation that you believe is a result of your sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, immediately talk to your resident advisor, area director, or another staff member.  We ask that you also report bias-related incidents(confidentially, if you choose) to the Office for Institutional Equity (OIE) and to the Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity (OGSD). To submit an online report of an incident of bias, misconduct, or discrimination, please click here.  If you would like it to remain confidential, please leave out identifying information. However, the more information we have the more we are capable of addressing it.

Contacts for Housing and Residence Life Issues

Jon Tingley
Housing and Residence Life (HRL)
Phone: 504-247-1516

Dr. Red Vaughan Tremmel
Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity
Director of the Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity
Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies
Lavin-Bernick Center (LBC) Suite G04.
Phone:  504-314-2183

Division of Student Affairs, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-314-2188