RALEIGH, N.C. — Three freshmen senators said Tuesday that they want to head off a policy that would allow students of the opposite sex to start sharing bathrooms and common living areas in University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus housing suites and apartments next fall.

Senate Bill 658 would override the gender-neutral housing policy that the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees adopted in November. Siblings and married couples would be the only members of the opposite sex who could be assigned to the same room, suite or apartment on campus under the proposal.

“The purpose of this bill is to help the UNC system regain its focus on the core mission of educating young people and helping them find meaningful employment in our state,” Sen. David Curtis, R-Lincoln, said in a statement. “UNC did not become a national leader in academics by wasting time and tax dollars on frivolous social experiments.”

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Matthew Burns

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