Shannon Faulkner, a woman who sued to attend The Citadel, an all-male military college, can live in the barracks with the other cadets rather than under guard in the infirmary, a judge ruled Wednesday.
U.S. District Judge C. Weston Houck struck down the school's proposal to house Faulkner in the infirmary with a door that locks and a cadet guard posted 18 hours a day.
Faulkner's attorney had argued that plans to put her in the infirmary sent a "very derogatory message about the presence of women," a message that likened them to a virus.
The victory for Faulkner, 20, moves her one step closer to the military lifestyle she sought two years ago when she first challenged the state-funded school's 152-year-old all-male admissions policy.
She won the right to become a day student last year and is allowed to attend classes but not participate in such cadet activities as eating in the mess hall.