Should colleges require students to live in coed housing? This question continues to raise a compelling argument to this very day. The University of Notre Dame has a total of 30 dorms and they are broken down to 16 male-only and 14 female-only. According to an article posted on About. com:Alcoholism, a new study in the Journal of American College Health finds that 42% of students that occupy coed housing been have reported to take part in binge drinking on a weekly basis as opposed to 18% in single-sex housing. This article also reports that students in coed housing are more likely to have multiple sex partners during their residency.
Jason Carroll, a study coauthor and professor of family life at Brigham Young University was quoted saying, “In a time when college administrators and counselors pay a lot of attention to alcohol-related problems on their campuses, this is a call to more fully examine the influence of housing environment on student behavior. ” The study goes on to say that almost 90 percent of universities in the United States offer coed housing. The acceptance of coed housing has gone far beyond the mainstream universities and into the more “Christian” background schools as well.
In a blog posted on collegeconfidential. com, it was discussed that universities such as, Amherst, Bucknell, Clemson, Dartmouth, Duke, Georgetown and Davidson are also exploring coed housing to help entice more couples into their schools. In an article published in the Los Angeles Times on March 15, 2010, it was reported that some college officials also moved toward coed housing as a way to accommodate gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students who were more comfortable residing with a member of the opposite sex.
The article goes on to say that only 1% to 3% of students choose to share a room with a member of the opposite sex. Some universities, such as UCLA, have only treaded so close to the edge by allowing coed floors but gender-specific rooms. While coed housing has been sweeping through colleges and universities all across the country, there are still those schools that feel single-sex dorms are worth maintaining not just for the privacy and integrity of the school but also the students.