1972 : Coed Housing Experiment at University of Michigan Disbanded

March 18, 2018 all-day

On March 18, 1972, a coed housing experiment at the University of Michigan, where male and female students roomed together in a house they called “Xanadu” ended amid intense media attention.

The group of 29 male and female students started the experiment to “break down some of the barriers between the sexes,” but it came at a time when the notion of males and female students living together in the same house struck people as radical.

One female’s parents told her she “needn’t bother to come home.” Another female student said she was told she had been disowned and needed to change her last name. The disbanding came on the 135th anniversary of the founding of the University of Michigan.

Source: Michigan Every Day

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