February 26th, 2012 | University

Mixed-gender housing approved for juniors

Of 24 students living in gender-neutral suites that the News surveyed, 23 described their experience as “positive.”
Of 24 students living in gender-neutral suites that the News surveyed, 23 described their experience as “positive.” Photo by Joy Chen.

Mixed-gender housing will be extended to juniors for the 2012-2013 school year, the Yale College Countil announced in a Sunday email.

In January, the Yale College Council submitted a proposal to administrators calling for a mixed-gender option for juniors. The proposal included feedback from seniors who had lived in gender-neutral suites in the past two years and survey data from current juniors and seniors. University President Richard Levin presented the report to the Yale Corporation this weekend, and the measure was approved.

“I was optimistic about the proposal when we presented it to President Levin and Dean Miller because the YCC gender-neutral housing committee put together such a strong and well researched report,” YCC President Brandon Levin ’13 said.

The change comes two years after seniors were given the option to live with the opposite sex.