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Due to a “larger than expected” freshman enrollment, University Housing has contacted residents in certain parts of family housing, giving them the option of moving (for free) to other parts of family housing or terminate their lease entirely.
The Graduate Employee Organization is considering it a “big blow to the graduate student community” since the total number of housing units available – currently over 1,400 units – will be cut in half, and since the move comes abruptly after current residents have recently signed one-year leases. Activists are planning to speak at today’s Regent’s Meeting at 3pm about the decision.
An email sent to residents of Family Housing I, II, and II by Carole Henry, Director of University Housing and Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, and obtained by ArborUpdate.com, spells out the changes:
Although it would have been preferable to communicate this to you when we sent lease renewal information, we are sharing this as quickly as possible given an unforeseen set of circumstances regarding a larger than expected freshman enrollment. This is particularly significant because the University has a commitment to provide on-campus housing for all new freshmen. ... University Housing has determined that it is necessary to change the designation of some Family Housing apartments in Northwoods I-III to house single upperclass and additional single graduate students. Current upperclass students with contracts at Baits Houses are being relocated to available vacancies in Northwood apartments in order to make the Baits rooms available for incoming freshmen. We are hopeful that we can secure additional vacancies in Northwood I, II, and III through this communication so that we can successfully accommodate those students who need University housing.
The email makes it clear that if residents don’t respond, the University will assume they’re chosing “Option 3” (Options 1 and 2 are either moving into private housing or moving to another family housing unit at not cost):
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