Catholic University of America to go back to single-sex dorms

When you first go off to college, it's a given that you'll be living just down the hall from the opposite gender. That can create some weird moments, especially at 2am when you're walking down the hall in your underwear to use the bathroom.

These days, around 90 percent of college dorms are coed, but at least one educational institution, The Catholic University of America (CUA), is now trying to go back to single-sex dorms in an effort to curb binge drinking and hooking up.

CUA President John Garvey explained in a recent op-ed in The Wall Street Journal that he believed a college should be a nurturing environment, both mentally and morally. While he admits that this move may be counter-cultural, he believes that it will be for the best. He wrote that binge drinking and hooking up are the two most serious ethical challenges students face.

Garvey cited research that showed that, while 17.6 percent of students in single-sex housing report binge drinking each week, 41.5 percent of students living in coed dorms said the same. Additionally, 36.8 percent of students in the former type of housing reported having a sexual partner in the last year, compared to 55.7 percent of students in the latter situation.

"Next year all freshmen at The Catholic University of America will be assigned to single-sex residence halls. The year after, we will extend the change to the sophomore halls," he wrote. "It will take a few years to complete the transformation."

While it remains to be seen whether CUA's new strategy will curb hook-ups on campus, it's no secret that the hook-up culture is prevalent in most American colleges and universities. These habits may seem to be fun and games, but it's important to know how to use a condom and to wear a contraceptive every time you have sex. Condoms can significantly reduce the risk of spreading or contracting STDs.  

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