New limits on the number of consecutive nights guests can stay in Barnard residence halls stemmed from residents abusing a lax guest policy in previous years, administrators say—but the rule is not expected to be strictly enforced.
Administrators collaborated with the office of Admissions and Study Abroad, instituting new policies that mandate students planning to study abroad to confirm decisions earlier and withdraw housing requests. The policies also altered the housing cancellation fee to incentivize earlier room cancellation.
This fall, residents of Barnard's 616 and 620 dorms are shutting their blinds—but not by choice. The buildings, located on West 116th Street, will be undergoing exterior renovations and inspections six days a week this semester.
Barnard studio singles in the 601 110th St. residence hall will cost $14,500 a year next year, a $2,500 increase that led many upperclassmen to choose less desirable housing.
Due to a recent federal regulation, Barnard now allows students to house support animals in their rooms, concerning some students and faculty about the quality of care the animals will get in a college environment.
Barnard's actions don't speak benevolence or community awareness.
The meeting was a chance for students to express their concerns about the way Barnard's administration handled the housing shortage that developed over the last year.
Barnard should prioritize quality education over saving money
Some students have found off-campus housing, and others have been squeezed into single rooms converted to doubles.
One student on leave said her guarantee of housing was retroactively revoked, while for others now searching off campus, the prospect of losing financial aid is undesirable.
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