Shippensburg University is providing inclusive housing options for students who identify as transgender, gender-queer, gender fluid, or do not wish to prescribe to gender/sex classifications. This policy will provide a safe space for students on campus, while also respecting and acknowledging Ship’s diverse student population–and most importantly, it meets individual needs.

Gender-inclusive housing and residence life applies to first-year, transfer, re-admitted, and graduate students, as well as students who are continuing to live in campus housing. In addition to gender-inclusive housing, residence life and housing staff are trained at all levels on LGBTQ issues and concerns.

Available in every resident hall, gender-inclusive housing does not include any additional cost. Students can request traditional housing or suite options by filling out an electronic “Gender Inclusive Housing Request Form” on the university’s Housing and Residence Life website.

This gender-inclusive housing option will be Shippensburg University’s most recent effort to provide support and resources for its LGBTQ community. Other initiatives include implementing the Preferred Name Policy in 2017 and the opening of Ship’s Pride Center in 2018. The Pride Center works as a resource center for LGBTQ students and offers a variety of LGBTQ resources, including a Safe Zone for students to turn to for support and information.

More information on gender-inclusive housing and a list of FAQs is available online.