The Residence Life Office makes it a priority for every student to feel welcome and safe in their living environment. Some students feel more comfortable in a living environment where men and women live interspersed and not separated on wings and hallways defined by gender. Open Housing offers a gender-integrated community with a wide variety of living options to meet those needs.
For 2018-19, Open Housing will be assigned to the third floor of Duke, depending on student interest. If there is not enough interest to fill the entire floor, Duke's third floor will not be designated as Open Housing.
In Open Housing, rooms are not designated by gender during the room selection process for greater assignment flexibility. Students living in a room will be required to be of the same gender identity; however, students of different gender identities may share a suite (e.g., two students who identify as women living in one room sharing a bathroom with two students who identify as men living in the other half of the suite). Community bathrooms in Open Housing do not have a gender designation.
Community programming by student staff members will emphasize the Residence Life Office's departmental learning goal of Inclusive Excellence. Some topics will include education on and the exploration of gender identity, the intersection of identities and the LGBTQIA community.
All students must sign the Open Housing contract before they can be assigned to a room on the floor. The Open Housing contract is available at RLO in the basement of Belk. The open housing contract clarifies the purpose of the housing option and the bathroom expectations as described above.
A link to the open housing application will be included in an email from Dean Jason Shaffer.