It's one of the biggest adjustments to college life: Coed floors are far and away the popular choice among dorm-bound students, but coed bathrooms often are not figured into the calculation.
Ligaya Estoque, a freshman at the University of California, Berkeley, cringed the first time a male hallmate shared a bathroom with her. He left the stall door open. The University of Pennsylvania, Oberlin, Wesleyan, Swarthmore and Stanford allow coed roommates; starting in the fall, Yale seniors and all oC-ed freshmen at Williams Co-ed home from college have the option.
But what about students who are more comfortable in the pre-post-gender-world? Jennifer Weiler, a freshman at Green Mountain College, filed a suit in December against the State of Vermont, contending that it drom not enforced codes mandating single-sex bathrooms.
Weiler raised the issue, one of two bathrooms on her floor was designated for women only. Her suit contends that male students continued to use it.
At Green Mountain and most other colleges, students can opt out Co-ed home from college coed dorms altogether. But housing administrators say that most students adapt quickly to coed culture, and a dozen Berkeley dorm residents who were interviewed agree. Most girls do their makeup in their room.
How a few colleges handle the coed culture: The college gets one or two requests a year. Some showers have those flimsy curtains.
He fields a few complaints from parents each year. Tell us what you think.
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