Housing Complex

Catholic Frosh Not Turned Off By Single-Sex Dorms, Apparently

Back in July, the president of the Catholic University of America, John Garvey, announced that the school would be departing its days of debauchery and sin by separating male and female students in residence halls (and so far, a threatened human rights lawsuit hasn't been filed). At least, it would have made it easier to police the following clause in the school's student handbook:

The university affirms that sexual relationships are designed by God to be expressed solely within a marriage between husband and wife. Sexual acts of any kind outside the confines of marriage are inconsistent with the teachings and the moral values of the Catholic Church and are prohibited. An overnight visit with a sexual partner is prohibited as this type of behavior is incompatible with the mission of the university as well as with the rights of roommates and community members to live in an appropriate and comfortable environment.

The policy change could have been a letdown for the 1,000-odd new freshmen and women who had already been admitted and decided to spend the next four years of their life at Catholic. But it wasn't enough to make them change their minds, apparently: According to a University spokeswoman, Catholic didn't see the usual summer "melt" of admitted students who decided not to show up to orientation for one reason or another. (As for logistics, the class will all fit into their separate spaces with only a little converting of doubles into triples and vice versa).

July would have been too late for students to choose another school, though, so they may have decided that a sex-lite college experience would be better than none at all. The more important metric will be how many applications the school receives in the fall. Will Puritanical residence life rules be a turnoff? Or do the kids these days not care either way?

  • margaret

    What a ridiculous story. There have always been single sex dorms at CUA, with the exception of a handful that were coed. A curfew is still enforced.
    Give me

  • margaret

    Give me a break. This is nothing new.

  • Jane

    Separating dorms by sex is not a big deal and doesn't seem particularly "puritanical". It just gives you that much motivation for drunken hookups elsewhere.

  • Matt

    Isn't that why the woods behind Marist Hall exist?

  • Mari

    Puritans are protestant. This is a Catholic university, so much so they named it Catholic University, just so you wouldn't get confused.

  • Lydia DePillis


    Good god, what an oversight! My religious education was clearly lacking.

  • Craig

    Because as we all know, encouraging men and women to treat each other as human beings deserving of loving union in marriage, where their sexuality is an unselfish expression of love is just something that kids won't tolerate!

    They hired you to write this crap?