Segregated college housing involves colleges and universities creating dorms that are segregated by race, religion or national origin. It does not involve single-sex living units, because colleges have traditionally separated residents based on gender. The historic rationale for such units was to establish "safe spaces" for a particular set of students so that they can bond outside of the presence of non-group members. Although segregated housing is generally prohibited by the federal Fair Housing Act and local civil rights acts, some colleges have tried to claim that these units are actually special-interest living units for students of any background that happen to share an interest in Black Studies, Latino culture, Native American studies, or some other academic pursuit.
- "Civil Rights Leader Says California College’s Segregated Dorms Violate Federal", September 8, 2017. Retrieved on September 8, 2017.