Housing 

 
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Stonewall Hall

Since 2005, this intentional community hall in Pentland Hills has celebrated and affirmed the cultural experiences of LGBTQ students and their allies.

Stonewall Hall works closely with UCR Housing, the LGBT Resource Center, LGBIT studies minor and UCR student groups to create an innovative residence life experience for students of all identities.

In addition to a feeling of family, community and respect, Stonewall Hall also offers exciting cultural, educational and social programming. Gender inclusive housing is an additional bonus of living in Stonewall – suitemate gender identity combinations are unlimited.

Pentland Hills is a residence hall featuring six to eight suites per building. Each suite has four double-occupancy rooms, private restrooms and showers, and a living room with a microwave and refrigerator. Pentland Hills is home to approximately 1,230 residents. The number of students living in Stonewall Hall varies each year, but it is always a group of friendly, amazing people.

New and returning students may request the option of living in Stonewall Hall when they apply for housing online.

If you have questions, please contact:

Nancy Tubbs
Director, LGBT Resource Center
951-827-2267
nancy.tubbs@ucr.edu

James Smith
Associate Director for Residence Life
951-827-6075
james.smith@ucr.edu

Jack Saxon
Assistant Director for Residence Life, Student Success
Academics and Programming
951-827-6500
jack.saxon@ucr.edu

Gender Inclusive Housing

In 2005, UCR broke ground as the first public university in the nation to offer a gender-neutral housing option to all students. The option is now called gender inclusive housing.

Any UCR student may request gender inclusive housing on their housing application. However, priority is given to students who notify UCR Housing that they require the accommodation based on their gender identity/expression. Please see the UCR Housing Policies Related to Gender Identity/Expression section for more details.

Gender inclusive housing is located within Pentland Hills. The designated area allows same-gender roommates, opposite-gender roommates, or other gender-identity roommate pairings, regardless of physical sex. In short, residents of gender inclusive housing may request any roommate/suitemate combination they want.

If a student wishes to live in gender inclusive housing but does not request a particular roommate, Housing will assign a roommate based on compatibility evaluations.

Pentland Hills features private restrooms and showers. Gender inclusive housing is located in the same Pentland Hills building as Stonewall Hall, but you do not have to be a part of Stonewall Hall to live in gender inclusive housing.

UCR LGBT Housing Policies

University of California Nondiscrimination Policy

The University of California, in accordance with applicable Federal and State law and University policy, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy,1 physical or mental disability, medical condition (cancer related or genetic characteristics), ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, or service in the uniformed services.2 The University also prohibits sexual harassment. This nondiscrimination policy covers admission, access, and treatment in University programs and activities

  1. Pregnancy includes pregnancy, childbirth, and medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth.
  2. Service in the uniformed services includes membership, application for membership, performance of service, application for service, or obligation for service in the uniformed services.
UCR Housing Policies Related to Gender Identity/Expression

Consistent with university policy and practice, UCR Housing staff responds to student needs and works to develop a nurturing community atmosphere that values diversity and promotes the dignity of all people.

UCR Housing seeks to meet a range of student needs, which can include those related to physical ability, gender identity/expression, medical condition, dietary requests, etc.

In order to provide support to students who, for whatever reason, need special accommodations due to gender identity/expression, UCR Housing needs to know that a student requires such accommodations. Current and incoming residence hall students with concerns of any kind relating to their gender identity/expression are urged to identify themselves to UCR Housing staff. Staff will not ask for any more information than is required to meet students' housing needs and all disclosed information will be kept strictly confidential.

Gender inclusive housing placement priority will be given to students who notify UCR Housing in a timely manner that they require accommodations based on their gender identity or gender expression. Students must meet all UCR Housing contract and payment deadlines.

If UCR Housing is able to accommodate a student request, it will. In meeting the needs of students, UCR Housing consistently recognizes and respects the gender identity that the student has established.

Recognizing that students are not all alike, UCR Housing addresses concerns on a case-by-case basis. UCR Housing will always help a student, who has followed procedures, to find a comfortable and welcoming housing assignment.

If any student has a conflict with a roommate because of their gender identity or expression, that student should see their resident director first. Resident directors are full-time, professional staff members and have taken part in training specifically focused on gender identity/expression issues. If talking with the resident director brings noresolution, a student can discuss the matter with senior Residence Life staff and/or with the director of the LGBT Resource Center.

If at any time a student needs to discuss housing issues related to gender identity or gender expression, the following UCR professional staff may be contacted:

Jeanette Bradeen
Director of Residence Life
951-827-6503
jeanette.bradeen@ucr.edu

Nancy Jean Tubbs
Director, LGBT Resource Center
951-827-2267
nancy.tubbs@ucr.edu

Restrooms Access Policy

Housing Student Conduct Policies
2.04 Bathrooms

Individuals should use bathrooms that correspond to their sex or gender identity, or utilize bathrooms designatedgender-neutral. In the absence of an available gender-neutral bathroom, parents with children of a different gender and people with disabilities who have attendants/caregivers of a different gender are able to use male- or female-specific bathrooms. Except in the case of caregivers providing assistance, there is a limit of one person per bathroom stall at a time.

UCR Family Housing Policy

Learn more about UCR’s policies regarding family housing, including domestic partnerships, here (*pdf).

Living on Campus: A Guide for LGBT Students

Living on campus can be truly rewarding. Studies show that students who live on campus tend to be more successful, both academically and socially. UCR Housing staff works hard to make sure our communities are inclusive, safe and geared toward fostering personal growth.

FAQS

What resources are available to me as a LGBT student?
There are a number of resources available for you at UCR. Some pathways to access those resources include:

  • Residence Life
    Residence Life staff can connect you to organizations and individuals who share common interests with you. They can also help support you should you have any issues while living on campus.
  • The LGBT Resource Center
    We have great programs, discussion groups, events, outreach programs, volunteer opportunities, student groups, a library and more. Plus, our staff members are always happy to help you find resources, community and support.

Am I alone as an LGBT Student living on campus?
Absolutely not! As you get to know members of your community, you will undoubtedly find others with whom you share similar interests. If you are looking for a more formalized connection, UCR has many great student organizations geared toward LGBT students and their allies.

You can also look for an “Ally” placard displayed on a door or inside an office. These indicate that a person has volunteered and received specific training to be an affirming, receptive resource person for students who identify as LGBT. See our Allies page to learn more.

What is expected of Residence Life staff?
Members of Residence Life staff include resident advisors, program coordinators, assistant resident directors and resident directors (RAs, PCs, ARDs and RDs).

All are expected to provide support and assistance in addressing concerns for all community members. They take resident concerns seriously and will assist in any way possible. Staff members are most effective when concerned individuals provide accurate information as soon as possible. Many have received training specifically connected to LGBT issues. Remember, they are there to support you.

What should I do if I am having problems with the people I live with?

Let a residence life staff member know there are problems right away. Contact your RA, ARD or RD and talk to them about the conflict. There are a number of problem-solving avenues available to you including mediation, community intervention, the university judicial process or involvement with UC Police. UCR works hard to make our campus comfortable and safe.

What if I feel like nothing is being done about the problem?
Follow up with your RA, ARD or RD. Be persistent. Many times these turn out to be simple misunderstandings that can be addressed with continued dialogue.

What will happen if I report that I am being bothered or harassed because of my sexual orientation or gender expression?
First, it is important that you communicate with your residence life staff that you are being bothered or harassed. They can’t help if they don’t know what’s going on. Here are some things you can expect to happen:

  • You will be asked to describe the events that are happening. Sometimes, this can be challenging, particularly if you do not know the staff member well. However, it is very important so the staff member can determine your needs and take prompt and appropriate action.
  • Staff members will not tell other residents about your situation. However, they will likely need to consult with their supervisor. Also, if the incident affects the community, staff may address the hall to maintain a safe environment.
  • Staff members will discuss options and resources available to you. This could include mediation, judicial action, police involvement, relocation and more.

Should I come out to others in my community?
Only you can decide how much personal information you choose to share with others. It may be helpful to weigh the risks and benefits and consider your own values in coming out. Some students are very open about their identity while others only share with a select group. Regardless, no one has the right to use this information to intimidate you. You may choose to talk to a person who participates in the Allies Program to get a better sense of the climate for LGBT students in your particular hall or building.

Text adapted from a publication used at Michigan State University, Department of Residence Life.

PDF of “Living on Campus”

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Contact a UCR Residence Life Staff Member
Aberdeen-Inverness 951-827-5460
Campus Apartments 951-827-5723
Crest Family Housing 951-827-3011
Pentland Hills/Glen Mor 951-827-6500
Stonehaven 951-782-7979
Lothian 951-827-6500

UCR Housing
951-827-6350

UCR Police Department
911 (Emergency)
951-827-5222 (Non-emergency)

UCR Counseling Center
951-827-5531

The LGBT Resource Center
951-827-2267

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