University News

Housing lottery may face overhaul

By
Senior Staff Writer
Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Residential Council is considering overhauling the housing lottery process and will be holding three forums to discuss possible changes with the student body.

At the forums, ResCouncil will also seek feedback on the possibility of extending gender-neutral housing to first-year students, said ResCouncil’s policy committee member Maggie Tennis ’14.

The board will also discuss modeling a new system off peer universities’ housing processes, Tennis said. Unlike Brown, other schools do not usually allow students to pick their exact rooms, a privilege Brown students may not want to give up, Tennis said.

ResCouncil is also considering moving the lottery process online, but ResCouncil Chair Sam Barney ’12 said such a shift could present “catastrophic problems” if the system crashed.

Tennis said the forums are a step toward increasing the board’s presence on campus. Students may not know they can contact the board directly with housing concerns as an alternative to contacting the Office of Residential Life, she said.

Two panels aimed at rising sophomores will be held Nov. 6 and 10, and a third geared toward upperclassmen will be held Nov. 8, Tennis said. ResCouncil is still determining the locations for the forums.

Barney said ResCouncil is also organizing a survey to gauge student opinion about the lottery process and suggestions for the new housing lottery.

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