Title IX and Fair Housing
Two laws affect the administration of housing at BYU-Idaho Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, also known as the Fair Housing Act. In general, these laws prohibit discrimination based on many factors, one being gender. On-Campus Housing is considered Title IX housing.
There are two exceptions to Title IX. The first is a general exception that allows any institution of higher education to separate their students in housing based on gender. This exception does not have to be tied to any particular philosophy or value. The second exception allows religiously affiliated institutions of higher learning to discriminate based on gender for reasons that would otherwise impair some value or tenant of the institution.
BYU-Idaho holds a general exemption from Title IX to have sex-segregated housing, which is held by all higher education institutions. BYU-Idaho also applied for and was granted an exemption from Title IX on the basis of contrary religious tenants.
Only full-time matriculating BYU-Idaho students can live in BYU-Idaho Approved Housing. Matriculating students are students who are currently attending BYU-Idaho and admitted to a track. Continuing Education students or students of other Universities are not permitted to live in BYU-Idaho Approved Housing. BYU-Idaho students who have full-time matriculating status must stay in Approved Housing during their off-track semester if living in Rexburg. Any student who can live in Approved Housing can live in On-Campus Housing.