Mixed-gender housing extended to sophomores

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Up to date: Dec. 9, 12:23 p.m.

Mixed gender housing, presently only available to upperclassmen, will be extended to sophomores beginning up coming fall.

In a Wednesday e-mail to undergraduate students, Yale School Dean Jonathan Holloway announced that sophomores will have the alternative of mixed gender housing in the spring 2015 room draw. The Yale School Council has lengthy advocated for this policy, Holloway said, and it now has the help of residential school deans and masters as properly.

“We’re quite, really enthusiastic,” YCC president Michael Herbert ’16 stated. “It’s something the pupil body has been supportive of for a prolonged time, and it’s genuinely very good to see student input becoming extremely valued right here.”

Mixed gender housing was initial formally proposed by the YCC in a December 2013 report that was ultimately submitted to then-Yale College Dean Mary Miller, said YCC vice president Maia Eliscovich Sigal ’16. The report included the final results of a survey, conducted throughout the 2012-13 academic 12 months, which identified that 90 % of the class of 2016 supported or was indifferent to the proposed alter.

Holloway stated that when the report was at first presented in 2013, it was too late to put into action the policy for the upcoming school 12 months. This year, even so, the YCC reopened the conversation at the commence of the semester, Herbert said.

Five freshmen interviewed last week stated they would support mixed gender housing for sophomores but would not themselves be interested in taking advantage of the adjust.

In his e-mail, Holloway thanked the YCC for its “thoughtful suggestions,” as nicely as masters, deans and housing committees for their support in developing the policy’s implementation.

“We’re quite grateful to the administration, specifically Dean Holloway, for currently being really effortless to operate with,” Herbert stated.

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