How about finding out that the university your daughter attends assigned a boy as a roommate – on purpose? Karin Morin reports at the National Review Online. Full story here.
If sharing a bedroom with a student of the opposite sex is not your idea of appropriate college housing for your son or daughter, beware. The college or university to which you have just sent a deposit may have other ideas.
“Poor Maria,” I said to my husband. We were reading the paper at the breakfast table during Christmas week.
“What’s up?” he asked.
“The University of Chicago has sent a letter to parents announcing that they’ll allow men and women to room together next year — and they won’t necessarily be informing parents about their children’s room arrangements.” My friend Maria has a child at the University of Chicago.
Here’s what Stanford has to say on their website:
According to the Stanford website, in order to create a more welcoming atmosphere for transgender and homosexual students, a “pilot program” for “gender neutral housing” has been implemented for this academic year.
“The Gender Neutral option will be available in four diverse upperclass undergraduate residences.”
“These residences were chosen . . . [because they] have rooms available which allow each gender roommate to have a separate private sleeping space.”
“Students must state that they commit to the gender neutral rooming option.”
“Students must have a specific roommate or roommates in mind prior to the in house draw.”
“Students will not be matched with a random opposite gender roommate through this process.”
So it appears that at Stanford you will not get a random person assigned to your room. But as long as a student approves of the assigned person of the opposite sex then it’s OK. My guess is that they now have a lot of live in boyfriends and girlfriends at Stanford. Who knows – maybe the school gets a cut of all of the birth control pills sold at the university clinic.