University of Oklahoma students protest housing policy
About 60 University of Oklahoma students rallied on the South Oval on Wednesday in support of a housing policy they say would protect gay students from harassment.
NORMAN — About 60 University of Oklahoma students rallied on the South Oval on Wednesday in support of a housing policy they say would protect gay students from harassment.
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The students held signs and chanted “safe housing for all” and “gender neutral this fall.”
The students presented a petition to OU President David Boren that asks for a gender-neutral housing policy that would allow a specialized housing option for gay and transgender students.
Members of the Students for a Democratic Society and the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Friends organizations gathered at noon to speak about their proposal for a gender-neutral housing unit.
Boren appeared before the group briefly, accepted the petition and said he would study the issue.
“I take this very seriously,” he said. He declined to make a housing policy decision on the spot.
OU's current housing policy requires freshmen to live in on-campus housing and provides housing options for upperclassmen.