Classist CofC Housing Crisis

Classist CofC Housing Crisis

Started
February 1, 2022
Petition to
CofC Housing and
Signatures: 2,213Next Goal: 2,500
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Why this petition matters

Started by Madison Kovach

Recently, the College of Charleston has informed its students that upcoming juniors and seniors will not be eligible to apply for on-campus housing for the 2022-2023 academic school year due to limited housing. This lack of accommodations for current CofC students comes as the result of the imminent closing of McAlister Residence Hall for renovations next year. As a current sophomore and rising junior at CofC, this decision greatly impacts my prior plans to continue my education at The College for the next two years. Surely with the prior knowledge that I would no longer be considered for on-campus housing halfway through my college career, I would have seriously reweighed my decision to pursue my higher education at The College, especially when many more convenient (and affordable) schools were in my consideration. I am starting this petition with the awareness that countless other students are currently in the same confounding position as me. To call this situation anything other than a housing crisis would be a severe understatement as countless CofC students are being left with virtually no choice but to consider transferring as juniors and seniors to another school that will allow them to commute from home or provide them with affordable on-campus accommodation. The College’s response to students’ expected distress thus far has been to suggest alternative off-campus housing, but it is well known that rent in the local area is typically over $1,000 a month, not including amenities. Obviously, this is an expense that many students and their families do not have the means to pay for on top of tuition, textbooks, meal plans, and the countless other expenses that come with being a college student. Furthermore, The College recently held its annual CofC Day fundraising event, raising roughly $6.65 million for the school, a large portion of which coming from current students and their families, all while neglecting to take any adequate measures to offer equal accommodation to all of their students. As a school that claims to prioritize social justice and equality for all, this decision to prioritize incoming students over those currently enrolled is nothing short of classist and unjust. I am asking for you to sign this petition in hopes of opening The College's eyes to the housing crisis they have caused. The issue here is not limited housing—but the failure to provide equal opportunity for accommodation to all students, regardless of class. Students of CofC are here based on their own merit, determination, and hard work—the last thing that should prohibit them from graduating as they intended should be their ability to afford a roof over their heads.

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Signatures: 2,213Next Goal: 2,500
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