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From time to time, Longwood admits more students than RCL is able to house, and it becomes essential that we maximize our occupancy potential to meet the demand. Assigning entering and returning students in a comfortable environment remains a top priority. Through the years, we have investigated the use of our residence hall space. As a result, we have equipped several rooms on campus (primarily Curry, Frazer, and ARC) so that an additional student can have access to all of the amenities, including an individual computer connection port. In short, three people are assigned fully equipped rooms that are typically designed for two people. Students assigned to transitional housing will be notified when they receive their housing assignment over the summer.
As space becomes available, RCL will offer students in transitional housing the opportunity to move. Typically, we are able to offer those the opportunity who want to move to a permanent space within the first six weeks of the fall semester. However, it is possible that people may remain in these spaces for a longer period of time. If students are not offered the opportunity to move to a permanent assignment prior to the close of business on Sunday, October 7th, 2012, they will receive a credit (in the amount of the 25% of the fall semester room charge) reflected on his or her spring semester student account.
If all three residents agree, students may remain in transitional housing. Please know that students who turn down the opportunity to move will not be eligible for the credit. Moreover, RCL will not be able to make another offer until after all other students in transitional housing have been offered the opportunity to move.
RCL attempts to move transitional students into permanent spaces as close to their transitional spaces as possible. Therefore, we typically use the following process in offering students permanent room assignments.
(1) If a vacancy occurs on a residence hall floor, that space is first offered to someone in transitional housing on that floor.
(2) If a vacancy continues to exist, we offer that vacancy to someone else in that building.
(3) If that vacancy continues to exist, we offer that vacancy to someone in another building.
For example, if a vacancy occurs in Curry 620, we first offer it to people who live on Curry Sixth Floor. Then we offer it to others in Curry. Then the room will be offered to someone from another building.
Please note that no resident in the room is designated as the “third resident”. When a potential space arises, RCL notifies the residents of an affected room that there is an opportunity for one of them to move into a permanent space. Typically, the students decide amongst themselves who will move. If necessary, the Residence Education Coordinator (REC) or Area Coordinator (AC) will work with them to determine who will move. As a last resort, the student with the latest enrollment date will be designated to move. If necessary, the Residence Education Coordinator (REC) or Area Coordinator (AC) will work with them to determine who will move.