University of Connecticut Residential Life posted a notice to the Housing Selection portion of their website, notifying students that some housing options would be withheld from the housing selection process, which began its general selection process on April 13.
“We anticipate the need to isolate students who become ill and unable to return home,” the notice posted to the webpage said. “To this end we have held some spaces out of housing selection.”
Kimberly Proulx, the Associate Director of Housing Services, clarified that the decision was made Friday evening by the Student Affairs staff.
“On Friday evening, a decision was made by Student Affairs staff who were advised about the need to hold spaces for the fall, based on the number of students we expect to house,” Proulx said.
She further explained that because of the necessity of bathrooms in these spaces, the decision was made to hold apartment spaces in particular.
“Due to the bathroom requirements of students who may need to be placed in isolation, we had to hold apartment spaces,” Proulx said. “These spaces are located in our more remote locations on campus for this requirement as well.”
According to the notice on the ResLife webpage, “If these spaces are not needed in the fall, they will be available through the fall room change process.”
Proulx explained that the decision to offer up vacancies will be made after assessments for necessity of the rooms remaining vacant are made.
“We are unsure of if or when we will be able to release these spaces in the fall but if we do release them, it will be after students return to campus and we have had an opportunity to assess the prevalence of COVID-19 impacting students living on campus,” Proulx said.
With the housing selection process in full swing, ResLife also wanted to remind students that it is against the rules to pay a student with a greater amount of credits to pull them into housing which they would otherwise have a very low chance of selecting.
“As indicated in our 2020-2021 Housing Contract, students in the selection process are not permitted to match roommates with fellow students for payment,” Proulx said. “Students typically offer to pay a student with higher earned credits to pull them into a space they would not be eligible to select into otherwise.”
Proulx said that ResLife is usually notified of students violating this policy after they have posted offers via the UConn facebook group, Buy or Sell UConn Tickets.
“Students found in violation of this policy are referred through the Residential Life conduct process,” Proulx said.
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