Beginning semester fall 2015 Yale University will implement mixed gender housing, apparently a long awaited move that has been in the works for over a year or two at Yale. Vivian Wang of the Yale Daily News reports
Mixed gender housing, currently only available to upperclassmen, will be extended to sophomores beginning next fall.
In a Tuesday email to undergraduate students, Yale College Dean Jonathan Holloway announced that sophomores will have the option of mixed gender housing in the spring 2015 room draw. The Yale College Council has long advocated for this policy, Holloway said, and it now has the support of residential college deans and masters as well.
“We’re very, very excited,” YCC president Michael Herbert ’16 said. “It’s something the student body has been supportive of for a long time, and it’s really good to see student input being highly valued here.”
Mixed gender housing was first formally proposed by the YCC in a December 2013 report that was eventually submitted to then-Yale College Dean Mary Miller, said YCC vice president Maia Eliscovich Sigal ’16. The report included the results of a survey, conducted during the 2012-13 academic year, which found that 90 percent of the class of 2016 supported or was indifferent to the proposed change.
Holloway said that when the report was initially presented in 2013, it was too late to implement the policy for the upcoming school year. This year, however, the YCC reopened the conversation at the start of the semester, Herbert said.
The discussion flowed through various administrative channels before approval, Holloway told the News. In addition to securing masters’ and deans’ approval, administrators had to ensure that new housing software that will be used in this spring’s draw is ready to go, he said.
Council of Masters Chair and Silliman College Master Judith Krauss said the residential college masters voted unanimously at their Nov. 7 meeting to approve the measure.
Nine out of nine freshmen interviewed said they would support mixed gender housing for sophomores, but only two said they would themselves be interested in taking advantage of the change.
While this may sound great to many, with the rise in rape claims more specifically against men in colleges and anyone not aligned with the left agenda, lets see how this works out in the long run. Will the showers be mixed gender as well? How will concentration and study go moving forward.