Peter Fray-Witzer, a student enrolled at Oberlin College, published an article in Friday's edition of The Oberlin Review in which he takes school administrators to task for giving him short notice regarding the installation.
Fray-Witzer states that he asked a campus official if he could be free from having a radiator installed in his room so as to avoid the "intrusion."
He further complains that he felt "mildly violated" and "a little peeved" when the contractors went back to his dorm room the next day to "check the insulation."
According to Fray-Witzer, he and other residents of the on-campus dorm Baldwin Cottage got an email on October 7 informing them that "contractors will be entering rooms" the next day to install radiators.
"This will mean that they will be in your room for a period of time to complete the work," Josh Matos, the area coordinator for Multicultural and Identity-Based Communities, announced in an email.
Fray-Witzer wrote in reply: "I had not been contacted about any sort of radiator installation before this email, so right away the word "update" stood out to me as untrue."
"I grew concerned reading the second line, which informed me that I had less than 24 hours to prepare for the arrival of the installation crew, and I was further perturbed by the ambiguous "for a period of time."
Fray-Witzer continued in his op-ed that he was "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."
"Cisgender' is a term used to describe someone whose gender identity is the same as the sex that they were assigned at birth."
The word is considered the antonym of "transgender," - which means a person who identifies as a gender that is opposite of that which they were assigned when born.
The dorm where Fray-Witzer lives, Baldwin Cottage, is recognized as "the home of the Women and Trans Collective."
The liberal arts college with a student body of 3,000, Oberlin describes the dorm as "a close-knit community that provides women and transgendered persons with a safe space for discussion, communal living, and personal development."
According to the school, Baldwin Cottage, which houses 30 students, is "open to anyone who identifies as female or trans, regardless of race, nationality, religion, assigned sex, or sexual orientation."