Housing selection process under review, will not change
The Department of Community Living sent out a survey to the student body on Thursday, Nov. 13, asking if it would support a change in the housing selection system.
The proposed change would involve transitioning to a system in which groups of students who wish to live together select housing using the average of the housing lottery numbers in their group.
The current system has groups of students who wish to live together select housing using the lowest housing lottery number within their group.
This change was proposed to take the pressure off of the student with the lowest number in the group, according to the Director of DCL Tim Touchette in an email to the Justice. “Many groups are created using the best number available, and at times students can feel taken advantage of by this process,” he wrote.
The survey found that 89 percent of the student body opposed the change, according to Touchette, so there will be no change to the current system.
Touchette wrote that the survey was part of a regular review of DCL policies and processes in order to ensure that the department is best serving the community’s interests.