UNC student: Gender-neutral housing about safety - WFLA News Channel 8

UNC student: Gender-neutral housing about safety

Posted: Updated:
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -

Students at UNC-Chapel Hill start to move into dorms Friday.

Originally, the university set aside 32 spaces for gender-neutral housing, which were apartments and suites where students of opposite sexes could live together.

Some students pushed for the option to make students feel safer, fearing harassment and bullying from students of other sexual orientations.

On Aug. 9, one week before move-in began, the UNC Board of Governors banned the program, which had been approved by the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees.

"We all want every student to be safe, comfortable, and included. The board believes there are more practical accommodations which can be made to accomplish those goals than assigning young men and young women to the same dorm rooms and suites," said Board of Governors Chairman Peter Hans.

WNCN News learned Friday four students signed up for the gender-neutral housing.

"We assigned the four impacted students to other on-campus locations of their choosing," said Rick Bradley, associate director of Housing and Residential Education.

Ping Ngyen, a senior, was one of them.

He said he pushed for the gender-neutral program after a personal experience.

Ngyen said he once had roommates who wrote a derogatory message on a sign and posted it on the dorm door because he was gay.

"When I addressed them they said they were just joking around, but in a sense it internalized that message, how safe is our housing here on campus," he said.

Ngyen said his fight for gender-neutral housing is not over.

"The reason this issue was passed in the first place or even we're discussing about it because there is a problem. If there's no problem with finding a safe space for these people with different gender expressions to live, then we wouldn't have wasted our energy on this issue, right?," he said.

 

 

Justin Quesinberry

Justin is a reporter for WNCN and a North Carolina native. He has spent the better part of the last decade covering the news in central North Carolina.  More>>

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • 2 charged with first-degree murder in beating death of UNC professor, cancer researcher

    2 charged with first-degree murder in beating death of UNC professor, cancer researcher

    Friday, July 25 2014 9:00 AM EDT2014-07-25 13:00:14 GMT
    A UNC research professor was robbed and beaten to death Wednesday afternoon on University Drive in Chapel Hill, police said.
    A UNC research professor was robbed and beaten to death Wednesday afternoon on University Drive in Chapel Hill, police said.
  • Twitter pages show NC college binge drinkers passed out

    Twitter pages show NC college binge drinkers passed out

    Friday, July 25 2014 10:03 PM EDT2014-07-26 02:03:40 GMT
    Binge drinking is not a new problem on college campuses but there is a new way people are seeing its impact.Twitter pages are popping up at college campus around the country for the sole purpose of showing students passed out from drinking too much.
    Binge drinking is not a new problem on college campuses but there is a new way people are seeing its impact.Twitter pages are popping up at college campus around the country for the sole purpose of showing students passed out from drinking too much.
  • Woman impales herself on cemetery fence; says she was running from attacker

    Woman impales herself on cemetery fence; says she was running from attacker

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 2:53 PM EDT2014-07-23 18:53:18 GMT
    A woman claims she was running from an attacker and tried to jump a five foot fence when she became impaled. Firefighters had to use power saws and a grinding saw to cut her free, all while she was conscious. After 30 minutes she was transported to an area hospital for surgery to remove the spike sticking out of her thigh. It happened at Vine Cemetery in Hazleton. She said the nearest gate was locked. Witnesses backed...
    A woman claims she was running from an attacker and tried to jump a five foot fence when she became impaled. Firefighters had to use power saws and a grinding saw to cut her free, all while she was conscious. After 30 minutes she was transported to an area hospital for surgery to remove the spike sticking out of her thigh. It happened at Vine Cemetery in Hazleton. She said the nearest gate was locked. Witnesses backed...
Powered by WorldNow

200 South Parker Street, Tampa, FL 33606

Telephone: 813.228.8888
Fax: 813.225.2770
Email: news@wfla.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.