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policies to ensure that students are aware of
them, and conduct policy audits to determine
what existing policies and practices need to be
realigned. Typically a campus-wide antidiscrimination policy is a senior leadership (president and/or board of trustees) matter. Housing
professionals might partner with senior diversity officers, vice presidents of student affairs,
equity and inclusion offices, or general counsel
to advocate for such change. Failing campuswide policies, housing professionals might, to
the extent permitted by university governance,
implement such policies internally. Though
less likely to have student housing options, Associate's degree granting institutions need to
consider antidiscrimination policies because
often students attending these institutions are
already among the most marginalized (Garvey,
Taylor, & Rankin, 2015).
A second implication for practice is communicating the presence of these institutional
policies to all students. Many participants indicated that they "don't know" whether a specific policy existed on their campuses. A more
concerted effort to make students aware of
these policies can serve a pragmatic purpose
in the sense that they will know how their campuses protect and support students. Infusing
broad messages about diversity and inclusion
in admissions and orientation sets a stage for
naming sexual orientation and gender identity/expression as specific protected categories
that are not included in federal or many state
protections. Making these policies explicit on
admissions and housing sign-up web pages
with links to policies introduces all students
to the institution's antidiscrimination policy.
Once students arrive on campus, housing staff
can bring these policies to students' attention

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during initial floor and hall meetings, through
public messaging on bulletin boards and social
media, and during residential programming.
Integrating discussion of these policies infuses
them in students' mesosystems and makes
clear that there are entities on campus whose
job it is to ensure that all students are treated
fairly. Partnering with senior campus leaders,
identity centers (e.g., LGBTQ+, Women's
Center, Gender Center, multicultural services),
and support resources (e.g., counseling center,
libraries, student success center) may provide
additional resources to amplify the message.
A policy audit is a strategy to ensure that
antidiscrimination policies permeate the
everyday policies and practices that shape
students' experiences. An end-to-end audit involves going through materials, websites, and
policies from admissions recruiting through
post-college communication (e.g., alumnx relations) to look for instances where LGBTQ+
students may be treated differently. If a campus-wide audit is beyond the scope of housing
or student affairs staff, doing localized audits
is another option. For example, in housing an
audit might reveal instances where student sex
or gender is used for hall and room assignments in ways that disadvantage people of different genders or exposes LGBTQ+ students to
potential harassment. An audit includes considering questions about each policy and practice, such as, "By offering one floor in one hall
that is gender-inclusive, are trans* students
excluded from first-year living-learning communities in other halls?"
Antidiscrimination policies and LGBTQ+
housing policies offer symbolic support to
students (Pitcher et al., 2018) as well as concrete tools for addressing campus climate. For

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