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Students vote ‘no’ to housing proposals, but DCL adjusts upperclassman selection process

By Elianna Spitzer

Section: News

March 18, 2016

Students voted unanimously against both proposed changes to the housing lottery in a poll released by the Department of Community Living on Feb. 9.


Students received their numbers on March 11, and when they select housing on April 4-8, no changes have been made to the way that underclassman will select housing. However, a slight change has been made to the process for upperclassmen.


Brandeis will neither be removing class distinctions from non-first-year housing nor implementing a loyalty system for on-campus housing; however, upperclass room selection will now occur on different days. This means that specific housing options will be available on separate days. For example, six-person Ridgewoods and six-person Foster Mods will be available on April 11. Those who have the lowest numbers and a set time on April 11 will be able to select these forms of housing.


This adjustment was made to make arranging groups easier for upperclassmen, according to Tim Touchette, the head of the Department of Community Living. If students form a housing group but are unable to select a room in their desired location, they will have time to change their plans. Group reconfigurations may take place overnight as opposed to moments before selection begins or ends. “For instance, because six-person spaces are generally the first to fill, we made a small adjustment in the schedule which allows students time to reconfigure groups before the four-person spaces open,” said Touchette in an email to The Brandeis Hoot.


Any rooms left in a previous period will roll over to the following room selection period. This means that if any six-person spaces are not filled on Monday, April 11, students selecting housing on Tuesday, April 12 will be able to choose from them. All selections will remain open until 5 p.m. on April 15.
“Every year, however, we have minor tweaks to the schedule to adjust for the calendar and try to make the process easier and less stressful for our community,” said Touchette in an email to The Hoot.

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