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Bill preventing UNC gender-neutral housing returns

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A bill blocking a gender-neutral housing policy at the University of North Carolina has found new life in the state Senate budget after failing to meet a key deadline.
    
The proposal was inserted in the $20.6 billion Senate budget plan approved this week. It seeks to prevent a UNC-Chapel Hill policy giving students the option to choose opposite-sex roommates from taking effect this fall.
    
Campus groups argue the policy gives students a choice that will help prevent harassment of gay, lesbian, and transgender students. Opposite-sex students would only share living spaces in apartments or suites, not individual rooms.
    
Sen. Ben Clark of Raeford said he didn't push to include his proposal in the budget but supports it because the university should be able to stop harassment through other means.

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