Colleges Tackle the 'Sexile' Issue

Tighter rules introduced to empower banished roommates
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 17, 2009 6:52 AM CDT
"It's not really the sock-on-the-door thing anymore," one student said. "It's a little more direct than that now."    (Shutter Stock)

(Newser) – "Sexiles" banished from their rooms by sexually active roommates have long been a feature of student life, but colleges across the country are looking into ways to help the hapless figures found crashed on lounge sofas get a good night's sleep. Many now require roommates to sign a contract covering overnight guests to avoid conflict when the unspoken code between students—now likelier to involve a text message than a sock on the door—breaks down.

Though some schools have touched on the issue—students at Georgetown are reminded that "overnight visits with a sexual partner" are "incompatible with the rights of the roommates"—Tufts University has led the charge by explicitly banning sex when a roommate is present. The moves mark a small but significant step backwards in the decades-old trend toward fully co-educational campus living, the Washington Post notes.