Catholic University to Abolish Co-Ed Dorms

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The president of Catholic University in Washington, D.C. says the school will be phasing out its co-ed dorms and returning single-sex residences.

"Next year all freshmen at The Catholic University of America will be assigned to single-sex residence halls," President John Garvey wrote in an editorial which appeared in Monday's Wall Street Journal.

The "slightly old-fashioned remedy" is a part of an effort to battle binge drinking and hook-ups among the college population, which Garvey says are "the two most serious ethical challenges" facing students. 

"I believe that intellect and virtue are connected. They influence one another," Garvey reasoned.

Victor Nakas, associate vice president for public affairs at Catholic University, said Garvey's announcement has drawn a largely positive response.

But not everyone was thrilled. 

"I feel that it's important to give people a choice on how they want to live their life and also to realize that you can't just protect and shelter people their whole lives because then they never learn how to control themselves," University of Cincinnati graphic-design major Elishia Candelaresi told The Washington Times.

Currently, 90 percent of college housing in the U.S. is co-ed.

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