University announces third-year on-campus housing requirement
Today, the Georgetown administration, in conjunction with GUSA executives Trevor Tezel (SFS ’15) and Omika Jikaria (SFS ’15), announced in an email to the Georgetown University community that students will be required to live in University housing for three years and that interim housing accommodations, including the Leavey Hotel, will be used during the 2015-2016 academic year. The third-year housing requirement begins in the fall of 2015, meaning that the Georgetown Class of 2017, and subsequent classes, must live on campus come their junior year.
Vice President for Student Affairs Todd Olson, Vice President for Planning and Facilities Management Robin Morey, and the Director of Residential Life Stephanie Lynch explained the details of interim housing in a media interview. Interim housing involves adaptations to the Leavey Hotel, triples in some rooms in Village C and the Southwest Quad, and modifications to some Village C common rooms to make new rooms. These changes are only temporary, and the altered rooms will revert to normal after the completion of the Northeast Triangle Dorm.
Interim housing is necessary to meet the 2010 Campus Plan’s requirement to house an additional 385 students on campus by the start of the 2015-2016 academic year. Delays in the Northeast Triangle Dorm construction force the University to seek alternative space for the new beds. While the renovations on Ryan and Mulledy Halls will add 160 beds, more are needed to reach 385.
The administrators stressed that the third-year housing requirement will not compromise a junior’s ability to study abroad their junior year and still seek off-campus housing for their senior year. Studying abroad for a semester will count as living on campus for a semester. Additionally, transfer students to Georgetown will not be required to live on campus their senior year.
Tezel and Jikaria were present during this media interview and said that, while a third-year University housing requirement is not ideal, the University’s commitment to finding interim solutions on campus and their inclusion of exceptions for junior year study abroad and transfer students made them feel secure about an agreement with the administration.
For a more detailed story on the University’s new requirement and housing rearrangement, read the Voice‘s news section tomorrow.
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