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Senate bill would dissolve UNC gender-neutral housing

A state Senate bill filed Tuesday would prohibit UNC-Chapel Hill students sharing campus apartments with students of the opposite sex.

Last year, the UNC-CH Board of Trustees voted to allow students to live in suites or apartments with students of the opposite sex. Students said the move was necessary to give gay and transgender students comfortable living arrangements. Students of the opposite sex share common areas, but not bedrooms.

Senate bill 658 says students of the opposite sex cannot be assigned the same suite, apartment or dorm room unless they are siblings or are legally married.

"UNC did not become a national leader in academics by wasting time and tax dollars on frivolous social experiments," Sen. David Curtis, the bill's primary sponsor, said in a statement. Curtis is a Lincoln County Republican.

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