Single-sex dorm rooms, virtue needed in colleges,

by | Jun. 15, 2011

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College presidents across the country are wrestling with student drinking and the new casual sex culture and their impact on higher education.

One president has what might seem like a radical solution to many: Bring back single-sex residences.

He's found a connection between coed dorms and what he sees as "the two most serious ethical challenges college students face...binge drinking and the culture of hooking up."

Earlier this year a 19-year-old University of Florida student died from alcohol poisoning over spring break, a fraternity at Cornell was suspended after a student was found dead at his frat house in an apparent alcohol-related death and Tufts University president nixed a decade-long ritual that involved drinking and streaking, saying the blood-alcohol levels of students were at dangerous levels.

A CNN columnist reported last month in an article titled "My Take: There's nothing brief about a hookup," that sexually active teen girls are more than twice as likely to be depressed than those who are not sexually active and nearly three times more likely to commit suicide. College students who have been sexually active also have a harder time when they decide they want to spend the rest of their life with one person, the columnist reported.

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