Office of Residential Life

Gender Inclusive Housing

Gender Inclusive Housing

What does Gender Inclusive mean?

Gender Inclusive means that spaces or restrooms are available to anyone, and are not limited to a certain population. This is inclusive of any gender identity and/or gender expression.  For residence hall restrooms, this means anyone, regardless of gender identity or expression or sexual orientation, can use that restroom. For residence hall spaces (rooms, suites, and apartments), this means that with consent of all occupants, Residential Life will make assignments to rooms, suites, and apartments inclusive of all genders and gender expressions.

When it comes to single gender restrooms, the University of Maine System does not discriminate based on sex or sexual orientation, which includes gender identity and expression. All students, employees, and campus visitors are welcome to use the restrooms that best fit their gender.

At USM we are proud to offer a variety of housing options for our students. All of our communities, unless specifically noted, have the option for students to opt into a gender inclusive room, which can be assigned by the Office of Residential Life. We also have gender inclusive restrooms in each of our residence halls, as well as single gender restrooms or single stall restrooms. Each restroom will be labeled clearly for ease of access. All of our common restrooms have individual stalls for both the toilets and showers with either locking doors or privacy curtains. A full breakdown of our housing options is detailed below. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Office of Residential Life at usm.reslife@maine.edu or 207-780-5240.

Why do we have Gender Inclusive Restrooms and Rooms?

Our students have a variety of gender identities and gender expressions, and single gender restrooms and rooms create situations in which some of our students do not have a safe option for a room or restroom. Creating gender-inclusive rooms and restrooms, while also maintaining single gender options, is our effort to ensure that all of our students, regardless of gender identity or expression, or personal beliefs or values have access to both a residence hall room and restrooms that they feel safe in.

Housing for First Year Students:

Anderson Hall - There are three residential floors (3-5) with mixed genders. Rooms are single gender unless a gender inclusive room is requested by individual students. The 3rd and 5th floors each have one gender inclusive restroom and one single gender restroom, and the 4th floor has two single gender restrooms, 1 female and 1 male.

Upton/Hastings - There are 3 residential floors (2-4), divided into a wing and a main on each side of the building - the Upton side, and the Hastings side. The 2nd and 4th floors have single gender wings with the 2nd floor having an option for gender inclusive room requests. The 4th floor does not have the option for gender-inclusive rooms to ensure that we have space available for students who are looking for a single gender floor. Restrooms on these floors (2 & 4) are also single gendered. The 3rd floor wings and mains are made up of mixed genders with a gender inclusive restroom on each wing and main.

Woodward - There are three floors with mixed gender, double occupancy rooms. Rooms are single gender unless a gender inclusive room is requested by individual students. The 2nd and 3rd floors each have one gender inclusive restroom and one single gender restroom, and the 1st floor has one single gender restroom and one gender inclusive restroom with a toilet and sink (no shower).

Housing for both First Year and Upperclass Students:

Robie/Andrews - Robie Andrews Hall is the oldest residence hall on campus, and as such, has a unique layout. Andrews has three residential floors (1-3). 1st Andrews is a single gender female floor for upperclass students with the option of gender inclusive spaces, and has a single gender female restroom. 2nd Andrews is a single gender male floor for first year students with the option of gender inclusive spaces, and a single gender male restroom. 3rd Andrews is one of our Rainbow communities, and is a mixed age, mixed gender floor with a gender inclusive restroom. Robie also has three residential floors (2-4). 2nd Robie is a single gender female floor for first year students with a single gender female restroom. 3rd Robie is a mixed gender floor for upperclass students with a gender inclusive restroom. Rooms on this floor can be single gender or gender inclusive. 4th Robie is a mixed gender floor for upperclass students with 1 gender inclusive restroom and 1 single gender restroom.

Housing for Upperclass Students:

Upperclass Hall - There are 4 residential floors (1-4) divided into a South wing and an East wing. Each wing is made up of suites and apartments with individual restrooms in each suite or apartment. The suites and apartments can be single gender or gender inclusive, and the floors are mixed gender. The lobby also has three single occupancy restrooms with toilet and a sink, and the ground floor has two single occupancy restrooms with a toilet and a sink.

Philippi - There are 4 residential floors (G-4) divided into a West wing and an East wing. Each wing has two sections, one with suites with individual restrooms in each, and the other section with singles and doubles with 3 single occupancy restrooms with a toilet, sink, and shower. All of the floors are mixed gender and suites can be single gender or gender inclusive.

 

I have other questions that were not answered here. Who can I contact?

Contact Sarah Holmes, Assistant Dean of Students and Deputy Title IX Coordinator, at sarah.e.holmes1@maine.edu or 207-780-5767. Housing questions not answered above may be directed to Residential Life, usm.reslife@maine.edu.