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      Ohio University to allow men, women to share dorm rooms

      Ohio University plans to test allowing men and women to live together in the same dorm rooms

      ATHENS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio University plans to test allowing men and women to live together in the same dorm rooms.

      It's an idea that was pushed on behalf of the school's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Center. Center Director Mickey Hart tells the student-run newspaper The Post the gender-neutral housing will be of particular benefit to students who identify as transgender.

      Student Senate member Sean Martin says students in dating relationships who try to live together under the new housing option will be "frowned upon."

      Administrators say a one-year experiment with male-female roommates will begin with this year's fall term, primarily for upperclassmen. They say other Ohio schools, including Miami University, also are trying out gender-neutral housing.

      The University of Toledo has co-ed dormitory halls available to incoming freshmen, but no immediate plans to offer co-ed rooms.

      (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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