News & Notes: Yale College Council working to extend mixed-gender housing to sophomores
The Yale College Council is making a renewed push to extend mixed-gender housing to sophomores, according to the Yale Daily News.
The option to have mixed-gender housing, which allows students of both sexes to live in the same suite — potentially also in the same room — was given to seniors at Yale in 2010 and to juniors in 2012.
Sophomores and freshmen are currently mandated to live in same-sex housing.
The 2013 Yale College Council report found that 90 percent of the current junior class supported extending mixed-gender housing to sophomores.
Potential benefits of such a measure, according to the report, include an improved sexual climate and respect for queer and gender-queer students. It also noted that some students may be more comfortable living with friends of the opposite sex.
If approved, the housing plan could go into effect for the 2015-16 school year.
Currently, five other Ivy League schools offer some kind of mixed-gender housing to sophomores. At the University, residential colleges offer some gender-neutral housing for sophomores.