The specialty community residence program brings together students who share a similar lifestyle preference or are looking for a specific element to their housing experience. It provides unique living environments to students who enjoy sharing intellectual, cultural, and social affinities.
Chemical Free Living
Chemical Free Living is defined as a living environment where all residents and their guests, regardless of age, agree to maintain a chemical free living style on and off campus and keep their living area free from substances at all times. Substances include alcohol, cigarettes, other tobacco products, other smoking materials and all illicit drugs.
Chemical Free Living is offered in Towers South, Bridgman, and Oak Ridge Halls.
Scattered Floor Living
Scattered Floor living is available on Towers North 10th floor for transfer and upperclassman students. Scattered living is defined by female and male rooms alternating throughout the floor thus no specified female or male wings/floors.
Gender Inclusive Housing Apartments/Suites
Gender inclusive housing is available within Chancellors Hall, Haymarket Landing, Aspenson Mogensen, and the Suites for upperclassman students. Gender Inclusive housing allows students to share a unit/space regardless of a student’s assigned sex, gender express or identity, or sexual orientation.
Students may elect a roommate preference of any assigned sex as a roommate. Students interested in Gender Inclusive Housing do need to establish a roommate group that can fill all available spaces within the designated unit. If a vacancy occurs within the unit, the roommate group will be provided a timeline to find a new roommate. If a new roommate is not found, then Housing reserves the right to re-assign the unit to the majority assigned sex and re-assign the other students to other available campus spaces.
Housing & Residence Life is committed to providing a safe, inclusive and supportive experience for all students. We offer a variety of housing options to ensure our residence halls provide a supportive space for residents of all gender and sexual identities and expressions. For more information regarding our LGBTQIA+ community, please feel free to contact any one of our campus partners below.
As a member of either of the Rainbow Floor communities, you will need to commit to the following Expectations:
- I commit to maintaining an inclusive and welcoming living environment that is free of discrimination based on gender identity and expression, assigned sex, sexual orientation, or any other form of identity.
- I will respect all residents of the floor and their guests. I will strive to understand inclusion, diversity, and different forms of sexual and romantic orientations and gender identities.
- I understand that living on this floor does not indicate a specific assigned sex, sexual orientation or gender identity.
- I will be willing to learn about other experiences and comfort levels in regard to my fellow students’ level of disclosure of personal identity with respect to their need for privacy.
- I will be aware of, and responsible for, my own language. I will strive to use inclusive language and be open to other terms.
The Rainbow Floors, located in Towers Hall, offer individuals and allies within the LGBTQIA+ community the opportunity to live and learn together. The (new!) trans and gender non-conforming (TGNC) floor offers what our TGNC students have been asking for: an opportunity to live amongst individuals who share the TGNC experience, and to do so in a safe, inclusive community. The general LGBTQIA+ floor offers a safe, inclusive living community for the full spectrum of queer identities and allies. Individuals may select either of these Living Community preferences within the housing contract and if a random roommate is elected, assignments are completed randomly without regard to assigned sex, gender identity or expression, or sexuality.
In relation to room changes, assignments, and filling vacant spaces in a room, I understand the following:
- Students will be assigned to the Rainbow Floors if they preference either of these communities, or if all other spaces within UWEC residence halls have been filled and space is needed to place students.
- If a roommate leaves the room and community, UWEC Housing reserves the right to consolidate and/or fill the vacancy with another student who has expressed interest in these floors.
- Failure to adhere to the community living standards, and/or exhibiting behavior that is contrary to the spirit of this community, may result in reassignment to a residence hall room outside the Rainbow Floors. The residence hall contract will remain in effect in cases where the student is removed from either of these communities as the contract is for any available space within Housing.
- Assignment on these floors is based on availability, and a student’s expressed interest to live in these communities does not guarantee such assignment by the University.
How do I join?
The specialty community residence program brings together students who share a similar lifestyle preference or are looking for a specific element to their housing experience. It provides unique living environments to students who enjoy sharing intellectual, cultural, and social affinities. When you submit your housing contract, you will be able to preference chemical free living and/or scattered floor living when you select your building preferences and you will be able to preference the LGBTQIA+ Floor while selecting your living community preferences.
For more information regarding our LGBTQIA+ community, please feel free to contact any one of our campus partners below.
Director, Gender & Sexuality Resource Center
Assistant Director, Housing & Residence Life
Office Manager & Coordinator for Assignments