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IVA: UI Can’t Defend Co-Ed Housing

Word evidently got back to U of I administrators of this brewing storm, because by 3 p.m. on Friday afternoon, every legislator had received a plaintive letter from Bruce Pitman, the school’s Vice Provost of Student Affairs and Dean of Students. Pitman complains that press accounts had misrepresented the school’s policy, and assured legislators that co-ed options would only be open to upper class students – juniors and seniors – as if it was the age and not the concept that was of primary concern. The purpose of the co-ed option, says Pitman, is “to effectively foster positive relationships with the opposite sex” and is available only to “older students.” Trying to defend the policy change on such slim grounds is farcical, since 20- and 21-year old girls can get just as pregnant and just as an infected with an STD as an 18- and 19-year old/Bryan Fischer, Idaho Values Alliance. More here.

Question: Should Idaho legislators pressure the University of Idaho to overturn its decision to allow co-gender living arrangements on campus?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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