OU President David Boren appeared briefly before the group, accepted a petition students presented and promised to study the issue.
The petition stated that gay and transgender students are uncomfortable with existing housing arrangements and often fall victim to derogatory remarks and bullying.
A 2005 National School Climate Survey referenced in the petition indicates that 40 percent of the students surveyed reported they felt unsafe at school due to their sexual orientation.
Brittingham said the mixed-gender suite program was the closest option to a true mixed-gender housing unit the university could propose.
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