LA CROSSE, WI (WXOW)—University housing rules at UW-La Crosse are changing to accommodate varying lifestyles.
This fall, UW-L will allow men and women to live together in Reuter Hall.
Reuter Hall has suite styled rooms, so each person has a bedroom, but they share a common living space and kitchenette.
The university hopes this encourages more students to live on campus because students living on campus tend to have better retention rates and higher grades.
Paula Knudson, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs said the university saw this as an opportunity to better meet the needs of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.
Knudson said right now, most of GLBT students are more comfortable living off campus.
The university thinks this new housing option may appeal to them, as well as other students.
"Many people are viewing gender differently," Knudson said. "People have different ways, different points of exploring their individual identities and it's the appropriate thing for us to do to try to allow for that identity exploration."
No one will be forced to live with someone of the opposite sex.
But, if they choose to, the university will hold them accountable for living in that space, or find their own replacement if they decide to move out, to prevent situations like a dating couple from living together and one person moving out if they break up.
Housing fees will not be increased because of the inclusive living change.
UW-L students will have the opportunity to sign up for on campus housing in February and March.
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