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Dean of Students

Demolition of south campus dorms may limit transfers’ housing options

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The Hamilton/Whitten and Atkin/Colby dormitory halls, as well as the Southside Dining Center, will soon be torn down.  The dorms have been closed since summer of 2012 because of the outdated fire sprinkler systems.

The Board of Trustees say that with Cardinal Court filling the gap, there should be enough housing for underclassmen even without these buildings, which are about 50 years old.

However, some members of the Board are concerned about on-campus housing remaining accessible to transfer students as numbers of transfers continue to rise.

University housing officials are often torn between reserving a percentage of rooms for transfers and running the risk of not filling these rooms, or giving the rooms out at a first-come, first-served basis and possibly excluding transfer students who tend to apply later.

This is an issue that members of the Board still disagree on, which will need to be addressed soon, especially if attendance rates change.

The south campus residence halls will be demolished this semester; the work will be completed before the fall semester. Demolition of the Rambo House is also planned.

Demolition costs are estimated at $6 million.

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