- Category: LGBT Issues
- Published on Saturday, 09 July 2011 17:52
- Written by Lara Tacita
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New students at the University of South Florida now have three boxes to check when filling out forms for housing. The university plans to offer transgender dormitory rooms for students who are transitioning from one gender to another. The plan will let students be housed with students of a different gender or be housed privately in a single room, according to WNEM.com
The new plan has not gone without criticism. Students who check the box do not have to take up an individual dorm room. They can be housed with other students. Under the current rules, the University and its staff is not required to tell someone they have a transgendered roommate. The lack of disclosure for students who choose to live with someone else may expose students to additional danger.
Transgendered students who fill out the USF housing application should not select the lottery option according to campus officials, but there the system in place does not prevent the roommate lottery from happening if someone mistakenly checks the box. More problematic than the issue of freaked out roommates are the safety concerns and the poissible violence against transgendered students living in a dorm if a roommate discovers this information.