EDITORIAL & OPINIONS
Re: "Housing's zany lie of omission,"
To the Editor:
I would like to address the recent editorial suggesting Housing
deliberately covered up information surrounding the use of triple
rooms in residence. While the editorial offices of The Gazette
may have been surprised at this information, I can assure you
residents' council presidents, parents and most importantly
incoming students were made aware of this information earlier
In fact, the Jan. 24 meeting minutes of the
Housing Communica-tions Committee clearly state a discussion
regarding possible charges for triple rooms took place. "We
will be making some rooms in Delaware into triples. Any feedback
on what we would charge for these room occupants?" is a
direct quote from these minutes.
On Feb. 13 and Mar. 25, at meetings of the
University Committee on Student Housing, UCOSH Chair Chris Bumbacco,
who is also assistant director of housing facilities, repeatedly
raised the issue of ordering furniture for converted triple
rooms at Delaware Hall. At the same time, he welcomed input
from council presidents about the pricing for these rooms.
When residence offers were mailed with academic
offers throughout the spring, students were given an option
to select placement in triple-room accommodation at a reduced
rate (with no guarantees of final assignment). Nearly 20 per
cent, or 860 students, chose a triple room as their first or
second choice of residence placement. In addition, incoming
students and their parents were provided with a handout at Summer
Academic Orientation describing triple-room accommodation as
a possible residence assignment.
While we recognize the importance of the
residence experience for first-year students, we stood by our
residence guarantee to house any eligible students who wished
to live on campus in light of the increased cohort. As such
with the addition of 445 beds in Perth Hall, our newest residence,
some triple rooms were created and enabled us to offer enough
residence spaces to meet demand.
It should be emphasized Housing is not making
any additional money on these extra spaces. The costs for triple
rooms are based on a double-room rate (plus a standard increase
in utility use for one extra person) divided three ways. I am
also pleased to add that guests who chose to view a triple room
in Delaware this past August were pleasantly surprised with
the room layout and the quality of the new furnishings.
Thank you for the opportunity to provide
this additional information. As has been Housing's practice
over the years, we will continue to take students' input into
consideration and be up-front in our dealings with them, their
parents and the university community.
Director of Residences