John Carroll University’s Pacelli Residence Hall will convert from an all-female dormitory to a co-ed housing option for the 2010-2011 school year.
The change will eliminate the single-sex housing option, in terms of building classifications, for students living on campus. JCU is joining other Jesuit Universities, such as Xavier University and Loyola University of Chicago, in offering only co-ed dormitories.
Pacelli will be co-ed by floor, with the exception of the third floor. All rooms on the third floor will be remodeled into single rooms. The third floor will be a co-ed floor for sophomores, juniors and seniors.
Director of Residence Life Heather Losneck said that approximately 70 of 1793 students residing on campus requested living in a single-sex residence hall for the 2008-2009 school year. For the 2009-2010 school year, 40 of 1683 students requested the same arrangement.
“We just weren’t getting many requests for that kind of living environment. The decline was not helping fill the building,” said Losneck.
Losneck said students who requested co-ed living were sometimes assigned to single-sex residence halls in order to fill them in the past.
Freshmen Melissa Gorup and Trisha Gruskiewicz are currently roommates in Pacelli.
“I don’t want it [Pacelli] to go co-ed,” said Gruskiewicz. “I think it’s nice that they [JCU] have an all-girls dorm. My parents were glad I got into an all-girls dorm, especially my dad.”
Gorup said Pacelli is known as a good place to study because it is an all-female hall. The roommates also said they would feel less secure in a co-ed dorm.
“For those women who prefer a more single-sex environment, it [Pacelli] will be single sex by floor. There shouldn’t be much traffic from males,” said Losneck.
Losneck said the majority of students in Pacelli are freshman, and she expects she will need to have a few conversations with parents who are concerned about the elimination of single-sex residence halls. However, she does not anticipate many issues with the change.