Housing and Residence Life (HRL) at the University of Lynchburg recognizes, welcomes, and affirms students of all gender identities, not limited to the traditional understanding of gender as only male or female.
As a way to provide students with a welcoming residential experience, and to fulfill our vision as a department, HRL has implemented the following Gender Inclusive Housing Policy:
Housing and Residence Life (HRL) allows transgender, genderqueer, gender non-binary, and gender non-conforming students to select housing environments based on their identity. Gender-Inclusive Housing is available to both new and returning residents. This housing option may be especially important for:
- Students in the process of exploring their gender identity.
- Students who do not wish to identify themselves by gender.
- LGBTQIA+ identified students.
- Students who feel more comfortable with an individual of a specific gender self-identity.
- Students who would prefer to live in a community of mixed gender and gender identity.
Housing and Residence Life has gender-inclusive housing options available in all residential facilities. All Southside locations (University-owned houses, Peaksview Apartments, and Townhouses) are designated gender-inclusive. Also, all First-Year Housing Options (Montgomery Hall and Tate Hall) have gender-inclusive restrooms with private showers on each floor.
Students interested in residing in Gender-Inclusive Housing within our traditional residence halls (Montgomery, Tate, Hundley, Freer, Westover, and Shackleford) are encouraged to contact Housing and Residence Life at firstname.lastname@example.org for support. Students will have the option to self-disclose/identify in their student housing portal and housing intent form. Additionally, students may contact Housing and Residence Life directly. Information shared in an individual’s housing portal, housing intent form, or with HRL Staff will be kept confidential and only used for purposes designated by the student.
Gender-Inclusive Housing, as with all other housing processes and assignments, is not intended for romantic couples. Therefore, we strongly advise against and discourage students in romantic relationships or partnerships from being roommates regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression. Housing and Residence Life respects and honors our students’ privacy, so current procedures/applications do not require students to disclose reasons for their roommate requests.