Student Evicted From Dorm for Being Gay

BY Advocate.com Editors

March 16 2011 3:25 PM ET

Jesse Cruz, a junior at New Jersey’s Seton Hall, says he was unfairly removed from his dorm room because he is gay and is now suing the school for emotional and psychological trauma. According to New Jersey paper The Record, the public relations student paid close to $4,000 for a full semester of housing and was assigned to a double room at the school’s Xavier Hall.

Seton’s policy allows for any student who is unhappy with their living arrangement for any reason to request a new room on “Room Change Day.” However, when Cruz’s roommate complained that he didn’t want to be paired with Cruz, it was Cruz who was removed, not the person who had filed the complaint.

In a lawsuit filed Monday, Cruz alleges that he was reassigned to another building because of his sexual orientation.

A lawyer representing Seton Hall wrote that “the University has never taken any action against Mr. Cruz based on his sexual preference.”

Cruz has since been returned to his original dorm and has not had any problems with his new roommate.

“On a moral level, we are seeking to make sure that this never happens again,” said Cruz’s attorney, Rosemarie Arnold. “We as parents send our children into the real world for the first time when we send them to college, and we expect the college to treat them responsibly.”

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