Coed Dorms Show Disregard for Student Well-Being

The Washington Post recently reported that George Washington University will soon allow all students — even incoming freshmen — to share dorm rooms with anyone they want, regardless of sex.

This is a trend many campuses are embracing. The Post article notes that the new policy “marks a retreat in the parental authority college officials at many schools once routinely wielded over their undergraduates dating to the days when dorm mothers stopped opposite-gender guests at the front doors of residence halls.”

Parents send their children off to college to learn and prepare for adulthood. Many have no idea that universities have become Ground Zero for the anything-goes sexual culture. An 18-year-old student entering college is likely to soon face bowls of condoms at freshman orientation, coed living, sex fairs, and courses where students “study” pornographic films. It is common for students to not hear a single conservative viewpoint on sexual morals at their school in four years. Without a voice of reason, many students begin to question and sometimes reject the values they were instilled with growing up. Outrageous sexual behavior quickly becomes the norm for many young people.

A culture of wild promiscuity is accepted and encouraged by colleges. This culture has led to a health crisis, leaving young people both physically and emotionally scarred. At the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute, we work closely with students — particularly women — on college campuses, and many of them tell us when they turn to their campus health centers or college faculty with concerns, they are rarely told of the physical or emotional dangers of this kind of promiscuous lifestyle. Many university administrators are more concerned with being politically correct than with the health and well-being of their students.

In addition to the emotional and physical health risks of coed living in college, the new policy also marks a disturbing trend toward gender neutrality. The feminist movement has convinced many women that success means behaving like men both professionally and sexually. At the same time, they have waged a “War Against Boys” (as titled in an excellent book by Christina Hoff Sommers) to feminize men, robbing them of their masculinity in an effort to stop the “ruling patriarchy” that has oppressed women for so long. It seems their hope is for men and women to meet in the middle so that differences in the sexes are indeterminable. The determination to establish gender neutrality on college campuses is the culmination of this groundwork laid by the feminists.

University administrations completely disregard the well-being of young people. The mere fact that an 18-year-old freshman is a legal adult, doesn’t make him or her unworthy or ineligible of care and guidance on making healthy decisions that will shape the people they become.

A recent article in Parade magazine reported that many parts of the brain are still developing in the teenage years, particularly the areas that impact decision-making abilities. The article says, “What researchers have shown is that the teenage brain is still very much a work in progress and functions quite differently from an adult’s. True, there are areas (particularly those dealing with motor control and hand/eye coordination) that are as well-honed as they will ever be. . . . But there are other areas — not surprisingly, the ones responsible for things like planning ahead and weighing priorities — that continue to develop well into our 20s.”

This means the time most young adults enter college is a critical point in their lives, a time when they will need extra guidance and encouragement from adults. Universities need to start caring more about creating healthy learning and living environments and less about providing for every student impulse. Telling college students at such an imperssional age to do whatever feels good and “get it all out of their system” in reality does quite the opposite; it creates an attitude that seeks instant gratification without considering consequences. Our future leaders deserve better from their universities.