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Gender-neutral housing may be especially appealing to: Living Learning Communities • Students in the process of discovering their gender identity Whether a student has a clearly defined career trajectory that has been dreamt about since childhood or is looking to discover a career path by exploring every possibility, Living Learning Communities provide students a bridge from an interest to a focused exploration in a vibrant and dynamic residential community. Living Learning Communities support a diverse array of students who have a shared desire to dive into their Husky Experience with focus and intention. Through the guidance of thoughtfully selected and strategically trained Residential Life staff, students in Living Learning Communities are encouraged and challenged to explore how their unique interests influence, contribute to and intersect with their identity, relationships, choices and trajectory. From unique opportunities to interact with faculty and community leaders to intentional experiential learning activities, Living Learning Communities offer students a broad spectrum of event s and activities tailored to the exploration of their unique interests. • Students who do not wish to identify themselves by gender • Members of the LGBT, gender and sexual diversity, and ally communities • Students who feel more comfortable with a roommate of a different gender Gender-neutral housing is open to any self-nominating student. Students who are assigned to a room in a gender-neutral area will be asked to complete a pledge to ensure mutual understanding of community goals and expectations. If you are interested in living in a gender-neutral room, please request it on your housing application. If a roommate of a student in a gender-neutral room changes their housing or moves out before the end of the agreement period, the student moving out, or the students remaining in the space, should contact the Student Services Office about another roommate to fill the vacancy. If the space is not filled in this manner, HFS reserves the right to assign the vacant space to any student who agrees to the gender-neutral agreement, convert the room to single gender, and/or relocate the remaining residents. Students are strongly encouraged to work with the Student Services Office and their RD to fill any vacancies. Substance-Free Rooms In all HFS communities, alcohol use is limited to those of legal age (age 21 and older) and then only within the confines of a resident’s room. The use of illegal substances and marijuana is strictly prohibited in all residence halls. All UW residence halls are 100 percent smoke-free. Many students elect to lead a lifestyle that promotes personal health, wellness and a substance-free lifestyle. Substance-free rooms provide a positive atmosphere where roommates make a commitment to each other to abstain from the use of alcohol, tobacco products, marijuana and illegal substances in all environments. Rooms are designated substance-free based on the commitment of the students assigned to that room and may be mixed among non-substance-free rooms in the community. WHO CAN LIVE IN A LIVING LEARNING COMMUNITY? Anyone can choose to live in a Living Learning Community. Residents are encouraged to plan and participate in activities for these communities. OUR COMMUNITIES • Arts (Alder Hall, 5th floor) • Boundless Leadership and Creativity (Lander Hall, 4th floor) • Business* (McMahon Hall, North 2nd and 3rd floors) • Engineering* (Maple Hall, 5th–8th floors) • Food Exploration (Lander Hall, 5th floor) • Global Experience (Haggett Hall, North 8th floor) • Honors* (Terry Hall, 3rd–5th floors) • Pre-Health Sciences (Maple Hall, 3rd and 4th floors) *Business, Engineering and Honors communities are linked to academic programs, and students with departmental approval will have priority for assignment to these areas. Students living in substance-free rooms are expected to commit to the expectations of living a substance-free lifestyle while assigned a substance-free room by signing the substance-free pledge. If you are interested in living in a substance-free room, please request it on your housing application. www.hfs.washington.edu 7