08/16/2011 01:30 pm ET Updated Oct 16, 2011

N.Y. Women's School Offers Gender-Neutral Lesson

NEW YORK -- Gender-neutral or "open" dorms may be increasingly commonplace on U.S. campuses, but they aren't expected at women's colleges, a presumably single-sex refuge.

This fall Barnard College for Women in New York will be shaking that notion up by offering its first gender-neutral housing on a trial-run basis. Students will have the option to select a number of co-ed doubles in one of five traditional residence halls on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

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