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shall not, on the basis of sex,
apply different rules or regulations, impose different fees or
requirements, or offer different
services or benefits related
to housing . . ."
Van Hightower said that
since UH is a state university
receiving federal funds the regulations "would deal with all
university facilities" including
"I think they have absolutely
no business in trying to lock the
women away. It's just the same
old stereotype of women being
protected/' Dr. Van Hightower added.
"My own personal opinion is
that we're dealing with human
lives. Many girls have a certain
satisfaction that it (UH dorm
policy) comforts them from rape
and other crimes such as theft,"
Thomas S. Pennet, UH Associate Director of Housing said.
"We have had some incidents (of rape) in the past five
years but none for two to three
years now," he said.
Pennet said that "things
improved dramatically and
there were no assaults" since
around - the — clock security
guards were added to the all-
female tower of Moody Towers
dormitory. The female students
living there are required to
complete a form giving a
guest's name, phone and room
number where they will
"My recollection is that there
were two actual rapes in the
bathroom areas of Moody
Towers and one attempted rape
about five years ago/'
Yet Pennet said there was the
same number of rapes in the
UH Quadrangle dormitories,
which include two co-ed dormitories where both women and
men live on the same floor.
Pennet also said there were "no
incidents of rape in the Quad."
in the past two to three years.
He said that many female
students desire the policy of
limited visitation along with the
parents of new students who
"select this for their daughter."
"I'm caught" Pennet said.
"I'm in a position of you're
damned if you do and damned if
you don't. If we don't have
some kind of guidelines we're
going to catch all kinds of hell.
"To be real frank with you, if
they (students) don't like it they
can go live somewhere else,"
A few women students verified that they felt safer with the
security and visitation policy.
But they were in the minority.
In a recent poll of 80 dorm
residents from all dorms on
campus, 80 per cent of the
students felt that signing a
guest in and out infringed on
their guest's privacy. A 70 per
cent majority of students felt
that their own privacy was
invaded by the practice, and 79
per cent of the students disagreed with the policy of requiring females to sign male guests
in and out.
Ninety per cent of the women
in Moody Towers wanted more
visiting hours as compared to
only 30 per cent of the Bates
Hall residents. One hundred
per cent of the men polled
wanted to keep 24-hour visitation in the all-male dorms.
Ironically, 76 per cent of the
students thought females
needed more protection than
men. Sixty per cent of the males
polled thought women were
discriminated against in the UH
dorms compared to 43 per cent
of the women who felt they had
been discriminated against.
Beth Tudor, anthropology
junior, said that many female
students "commonly refer to
Moody Towers as the 'virgin
vault.' You feel like a virgin
being jailed in an ivory tower,"
she added. "Security and the
people at the desk were literally
keeping tabs on who visited
you." Tudor said she "had a bit
of a run in" with one of the
security guards who currently
works in the security at the
dormitory. She added that she
would tease her about the male
friends she had to her room.
Tudor said that the security
employee's friends that worked
at the desk on other shifts kept
track of her visitors and would
also try to embarass her.
"They've (desk personnel)
given some women bad reputations. They are just like little
sponges/' Tudor said. "The
thing about locking women up is
that it attracts the men and
creates a mystique." The former
Moody Towers resident now
lives in a campus co-ed dorm.
"If an SA (student advisor)
wants to get in to visit his
girlfriend, he can very easily --
and believe me they do,"
Tudor said that she would not
be afraid without the security
personnel. "That's never bothered me. It seems to me if you
are old enough to be in college,
then you're old enough to take
the precaution of locking your
door and not letting any
Tudor added that a student
would be confronted with the
same situation when living off-
campus after graduating.
"Let's face it, there's going to
be men in the world and risks.
Even if it bothers you, you can't
change that fact."
There are other laws that
might apply to discrimination in
UH dorms. An attorney who
considers himself "well-versed
in the federal housing discrimination laws" said that he "is of
the opinion that it (the UH
policy for all-female dorms) violates these laws. The policy is
obviously discriminatory," he
The attorney has a private
practice and also works in
cooperation with the American
Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
He said "the only way to know
for certain that the practices are
illegal would be to try them in a
The attorney, who requested
that his name be withheld,
referred to Fair Housing section
3601 through 3631, including
section 3604: ". . .it shall be
unlawful. . .(b) To discriminate
against any person in the terms,
conditions, or privileges of sale
or rental of a dwelling, or in the
provision of services or facilities in connection therewith,
because of race, color, religion,
sex, or national origin."
Another ACLU cooperating
attorney, Patti O'Kane, said
that it is a violation of Title IX.
She also said if she were
to prosecute a similar hypothetical case, she would refer to
the state Equal Rights Amend-