NU Students React to Tough University Sexile Policy
EVANSTON—Several Northwestern University students said Thursday that they hold relaxed views about “sexiling,” a slang word used to describe the act of barring a roommate from entry into living quarters to ensure privacy for intimate relations.
“I think people have common sense,” said Joana Smith, Medill freshman. “Text if you’re going to bring someone home.”
In college campuses across the country, “sexiling” has become an issue. Tufts University recently created a policy outlawing students from having sex while roommates are present in the room. The policy also prohibits students from having any sexual activity that would deprive a roommate of privacy, study, or sleep time.
Some Northwestern students, however, do not think such explicit rules are essential. In an informal poll, all but two students believed that the university should avoid outlining sex guidelines.
Jenny Kline, Communication freshman said she believes sex policies are not necessary.
“It is between the roommate and the other roommate’s agreement,” she said.
Kline said she thinks that “sexiling” is not that common of an issue. “People are smart about it,” she said.
Weinberg freshman John Schwarz agreed that the university does not need to make specific policies.
“I don’t think it’s necessary, but I think the university should make roommates make agreements,” the Tampa, Fla. student said.
Ben Nichols held similar views. The Communication sophomore said he thinks that it is not up to the university to create sex rules. He said that students should recognize that sex is going to happen no matter what, so people should be aware.
“You get privacy when you want it,” Nichols said. “Making a hard and fast rule about that thing creates more conflict among roommates.”
On the other hand, Amy Samberg, Communication freshman, said she believes quite the opposite about “sexiling.”
“It does happen a lot, and if there isn’t a rule you can’t really call your roommate out,” Samberg said.
Michael Schneider, Medill sophomore, held a more moderate view. He said he believes that it is not necessary for the university to have explicit “sexile” rules, but in some cases it might be helpful.
“In general, I’m sure it’s a pretty common issue,” said Schneider. “It’s probably induced anger more than once.”
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