Oberlin College student ‘scared’ over ‘cisgender male’ workers used in female dorm


A student at Ohio’s $80,000-a-year Oberlin College says he was left feeling “angry” and “scared” after the college allowed “cisgender” male workers to put in radiators in a dormitory devoted to girls and transgender college students.

Peter Fray-Witzer penned an op-ed in the liberal arts faculty’s Oberlin Review newspaper Friday, slamming college directors for under giving college students sooner or later’s discover on Oct. 7 in regards to the radiator upgrades in his Baldwin Cottage dormitory.

“I was angry, scared, and confused. Why didn’t the College complete the installation over the summer, when the building was empty? Why couldn’t they tell us precisely when the workers would be there? Why were they only notifying us the day before the installation was due to begin?” Fray-Witzer stated.

“In general, I am very averse to people entering my personal space. This anxiety was compounded by the fact that the crew would be strangers, and they were more than likely to be cisgender men.”

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Fray-Witzer questioned why the school didn’t full the set up over the summer season when the constructing was empty.
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When the work crew confirmed up on Oct. 8 to put in the brand new radiators, Fray-Witzer stated he requested if he could possibly be exempt from having one put in in his room – however was denied the request.

Fray-Witzer stated he was “mildly violated” and offended when the workers returned the next day to test the radiators had been really working.

The student stated solely girls and trans college students are permitted to live on the second and third flooring of the Baldwin Cottage dormitory.

Fray-Witzer stated it was “clear” the school hadn’t made a particular request that “male workers not be allowed onto the upper floors of Baldwin” to hold out the contract work.

He additionally claimed different college students “weren’t entirely comfortable” with the contractors coming in.  

“I understand, of course, that installations like this are routine; the College needs to improve its facilities occasionally, and who am I to stand in the way of that? After all, I get a brand-spanking-new radiator, right in time for the cold weather,” Fray-Witzer stated.

“But why not end the venture throughout the 4 months of the summer season semester, when the constructing was unoccupied? Why not alert us earlier to the intrusion? Why didn’t the College make a schedule detailing when the workers could be more likely to arrive at every dorm and in every room?

“They should have taken measures to keep students comfortable and safe — especially those who have elected to live in a specifically designated safe space.”