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Emory Allows Males, Females to Share Campus Apartments

ATLANTA -- New housing rules at Emory University have been a bit controversial. Starting this fall, students will be given the option to live on campus with a person of the opposite sex.

"It's really just an acknowledgement that the students are mature enough to make the decision about who they want to live with," said Elizabeth Brandt, the Student Government Association President.

Even if that person is of the opposite sex.

Emory University announced that they will be offering gender neutral housing for juniors and seniors on their Clairmont campus.

"Here's an opportunity that you don't have to identify your gender to be able to live in this housing. So if there is a person who might be going through a process or considering what gender they identify with, they don't have to worry about it in this situation," said Dean of Students Briget Riordan.

Emory says that their survey showed that more than 60 percent of students were interested.

They have set aside 60 apartments with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a common area for roommates to share.

"They can live in the same apartment off campus, and lots of juniors and seniors move off campus and do that. Why not allow them to do that on campus?," sophomore Igor Tumasov said.

Some have criticized the program because it may allow students who are romantically involved to live together. However, others don't see that as a problem.

"I would strongly encourage anyone that I know not to live with their boyfriend or girlfriend but you could have the same situation with a same-sex couple now, so I don't think that this is necessarily promulgating that kind of issue," Brandt added.

"We don't check and see what you're doing personally. We hold you accountable and keep you responsible to act as an adult on this campus," said Riordan.

"Well if they actually shack up it's because they want to, so they are in the full right to do so," sophomore Simon Rubinstain said.