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Marshall residence halls are going Co-ed

The Parthenon

Published: Thursday, April 11, 2013

Updated: Thursday, April 11, 2013 00:04

At other universities around the nation, co-ed residence halls are not anything new to students on campus, but Marshall University will begin co-education residence hall floors starting in the fall of 2013.

Residence buildings including Freshman North, Freshman South and Commons will fall under co-education halls in the fall semester.

Co-education refers to mixed-sex education and the integration of males and females in the same institutional space, as well as other activities.

Amy Lorenz, assistant director of academic initiatives in Housing and Residence Life, said co-educational dorms give many benefits to students living on campus.

“Co-ed halls are proven to have less vandalism, it’s a better reality to the real world and provides a better chance for students to get into living learning communities. Mixed gender floors help students rise to each others needs in ways that can benefit each student on the floor,” Lorenz said.

Co-educational dorms are popular on many campuses in the United States.

“When I was in college 13 years ago, I was in a co-ed residence hall, and it’s just what I was used to. This may come as a shock at first to students because it’s something different, but it provides better opportunities for students and their residence hall living experiences,” Lorenz said.

Some advantages to co-education residence halls listed on are that residents can socialize and live with others of the opposite sex, familiar males can be safety advantages for females, it exposes students to the real world, which does not separate women and men into separate spheres, it gives students more options for finding compatible roommates and promotes less competition between sexes.

Co-ed residence halls will also provide more housing options to many students at Marshall who wanted a spot in the fairly new freshman buildings or in a commons suite.

This will offer them more opportunities because the floors will be available to all genders on sign up day.

Cortney Hamons, sophomore digital forensics major, said she is excited about this new transition overall.

“I think this will give many students a better opportunity to get into the commons suite that they have always wanted to since freshman year, but couldn’t because the male or female floor was already filled with that certain gender. Now, all floors will be up for grabs,” Hamons said.

Students who do not wish to live in a co-education residence hall are still able to get into a gender specific floor in Towers East, Towers West, Holderby and Buskirk Hall.

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