Displaced students

By Staff Editorial
On March 2, 2017

Last month, students were forced to either pay $500 or switch rooms due to their roommate(s) leaving.

A student’s roommate leaving has nothing to do with the remaining student; they have no control over it.

The semester had already started so students shouldn’t be moving in addition to going to class and working.

The beginning of a new semester can be hard with adjusting to a brand new schedule, having to move for no good reason can harm students academically with the additional stress.

Both options cause the displaced students stress as they either have to come up with $500 or move to a new room or even residence hall.

It’s hard getting a dorm set up and families usually help with this during move in days. Once a student is told they must move or pay, they are pretty much on their own.

Having to move an entire room is disastrous, even if it is just as few doors down, and moving to a new residence hall is even worse when coupled with the other responsibilities of said students.

The students paid for the room they are in; they did their part and are being punished for something they can’t control.

It is understandable why students would have to pay for a private room, but if they began the semester assuming they would have a roommate, it’s unreasonable to penalize them. If they wanted a room to themselves to begin with, then it would be reasonable.

Doubling up isn’t the issue. If new students begin college in the spring they could be placed with those students whose roommates have since left.

Everyone knows how expensive college is. The housing staff should understand this and not have students fork over more money or relocate because their roommate decided to leave.

Students should be able to stay where they are put when the semester begins and not be displaced due to circumstances they can’t control. 

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