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Wrangling for residence halls

February 21st, 2013

This week, the Office of Residence Life announced the changes that will be made to the housing options for next year. Housing agreements will be available online starting the week of Feb. 25 and are to be completed by March 1.

The completion of the housing application by current sophomores and juniors does not guarantee on-campus housing next year. Housing will be primarily reserved for rising sophomores and incoming freshman to fulfill the two-year on-campus residency requirement. All students on campus are required to live with a person of the same graduation year.

If no housing is available by the time rising juniors and seniors are scheduled to select housing, they will be placed on a waiting list and will be provided with information about off-campus housing options.

Room and board prices have also gone up. Further, prices for each respective residence hall are being differentiated based on room-type and amenities.

The difference in price for each respective residence hall should have been made apparent to students before the selection process. The extensive number of conditions to which students must comply makes housing selection increasingly difficult. Students should have been given a much earlier warning about these restrictions, because now most have been left with very little time to prepare to meet these regulations.

In the future, Res Life should make sure to have enough accommodations for all students planning to live on campus before making such drastic changes.