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For students who are curious about some of the vocabulary used on our Gender Inclusive Housing page, here is a list of terminology that might be relevant. Please note that while our Gender Inclusive Housing policy exists in part to accommodate LGBTQIA students, the option is also available to students who do not identify as such.

Definitions of Language related to Gender Inclusive Housing

Gender Inclusive Housing: An arrangement entered into between residential students and the Office of Campus Living, wherein the students residing in a given bedroom may not be of the same biological sex.

Sex: The classification of people as male or female. At birth, infants are assigned a sex based on a combination of bodily characteristics including: chromosomes, hormones, internal reproductive organs, and genitals.

Gender Expression: External manifestation of one’s gender identity, usually expressed through “masculine,” “feminine” or gender variant behavior, clothing, haircut, and voice or body characteristics. Typically, transgender people seek to make their gender expression match their gender identity, rather than their birth-assigned sex.

Transgender Male: A person whose gender expression is male, and whose assigned sex at birth was female.

Transgender Female: A person whose gender expression is female and whose assigned sex at birth was male.

Cohabitation: A situation in which two individuals in a romantic relationship live together. Gender Inclusive Housing is not designed for romantic cohabitation.