This is a good idea:

New Jersey’s largest university will offer a gender-neutral housing program in three dorms that aims to make the campus more inclusive for gay students.

Starting this fall, gay, lesbian and transgender students at Rutgers University’s New Brunswick campus can choose either male or female roommates under the pilot program.

Heterosexual students will also be permitted to live in rooms with students of the opposite sex. Men and women will share bathrooms.

The point is that there is an option now at that school for students who, for whatever reason, feel most comfortable living with a member of the opposite sex. It’s not about forcing any student to do that with which they feel uncomfortable, but giving students who may not conform to The Norm an option that may be better for them.

For fun, let’s see what a wingnut thinks:

Let’s see, what else can universities do to encourage students to wallow in degeneracy while imposing perverted social engineering schemes?

How many meaningless dogwhistles can one wingnut blow in one sentence? I swear to god…

If only homeschooling worked at the college level.

The kind of homeschooling I assume he’s talking about doesn’t really work at the high school or elementary level, either. You can only spend so long teaching “Jesus rode a dinosaur into Jerusalem four thousand years after the earth was poofed into existence,” though, and the child certainly isn’t going to grow up to join a profession that requires any intelligence to speak of. But I assume this emotion is driven by the desire to protect the Little Darlings from reality at all costs, so that they may never be confronted with it. That’s the only way Fundamentalist Wingnuttery survives in the younger generations these days, honestly.

Another piece I saw on this pointed out that parents will not have “veto power” over their children’s rooming decisions, which is, from a policy perspective, correct, as the students are adults.  However, it’s a bit misleading, as a gay male student who chooses to live with a straight girl, or some such arrangement, could still unfortunately have hate-mongering wingnut parents who cut them off financially.

Anyway, good job, Rutgers.