Better Housing Facilities on Campus

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Capital University Housing has had known issues for years. The students of Capital University believe that the current cost of living at the University is not only too expensive but also not held to an acceptable standard. 

Students would like the following list of demands met: 

  1. An official explanation as to why housing prices rose this year and where the money is going. 
  2. Lowering of the cost of the per semester housing to something that is affordable for a student working part-time on a minimum wage budget or a cut to the price of student housing (specifically the new raises of 29-30% pertaining to the Commons apartments) by at least 20-25%. 
  3. Release a statement stating that you will warn students to future raises at the beginning of each spring semester in the future so that students can plan for changes.
  4. Introducing a Housing Fee wavier for students that fall below the poverty line or a lowered rate.
  5. Present a plan with an included budget to update the living facilities over the next 5 years. 
  6. Hold an open student housing forum.

Other Considerations to Improve Student Living on Campus: 

  1. Introducing a Parking Fee waiver for students that fall below the poverty line as well as an explanation for how money from parking passes is used.
  2. Separating the positions for Disability Services and Title IX Violations or hire another individual to work specifically with student housing concerns in accommodation. 

The following is a list of anonymous housing complaints collected from various students: 

Student A: 

Here are some troubles I've had with housing:

1) My townhouse did not have internet until January of this year, as in we paid for internet but didn't get it for MONTHS

2) The conditions are terrible. I found used cigarettes in the basement of the house when I moved in, it looked as if no one cleaned at all

3) Stuff breaks all the time: Door handles, toilet seats, the house is in not good conditions whatsoever.

4) Our fire extinguisher in our house is from 1997 and hasn't been checked in over 20 years

5) Our ceiling is very close to getting some pretty bad water damage. Keep in mind were paying like 3,000 a month for this shit. 

Also when we emailed the housing director about the internet he started completely ignoring us. Didn't reply. Didn't acknowledge. We were in the dark for months with no help. 

Lastly, I can't explore off-campus options because I'd lose all my scholarship money. They "claim" they help students with tuition by offering scholarships and then force students to use overpriced housing. 

Student B: 

I am getting a house next semester with my friends and I went to scope it out the other day. While it is a house and it's understandable for it to be more expensive than the apartments, it's also in really bad shape. The roof almost fell through from a surround sound installment gone bad that took away from the support of the ceiling. There are mold and stains in the showers. One of the glass screen doors is completely broken and two windows need to be replaced that probably aren't. It's not up to city code at all, yet it's still pretty expensive even with the damages

Student C: 

Something that really bothered me about the housing prices is the timing. I planned on living in the commons to save money and avoid CU or a house. When crunching the numbers, it would have been the same price to live off campus as it would have at the commons so I didn’t look for off-campus housing and made a plan to live on campus with friends. Now that prices have raised, I would have saved $3000 to live off campus, but now all the houses and apartments are taken and it’s too late to figure any of that out. I would have had the opportunity to get a house with friends “off campus” and would have taken it if I had known prices would be raised to much.

Student D:  

Don’t forget that Cotterman is legit INFESTED with mildew and when students asked for something to be done about it on the ceilings, we were told that the spots we saw were stains. When proved that they weren’t, they painted over the ceiling and mold. And decided to combat the mildew by covering all of our thermostats and making the building one temperature. 

Student E: 

Reading about these changes to Cap housing and my heart is breaking for students. I, and many of my friends, would not have been able to continue going to school at Capital with 0 affordable housing options. The university should be embarrassed with where it‘s headed.

Student F: 

Last school year I was attempting to get into an apartment on campus. I was told that because I was ONLY THREE CREDIT hours behind my class, I was unable to live in any place with a kitchen. And they did not care at all that I had applied for accommodations and was denied. I was stuck in a dorm this year and forced to get a meal plan that I DONT USE. simply to eat unhealthy, microwaved meals. Capital/Capital housing is unfair, and inconsiderate to those who have needs but Capital doesn’t see them as needs.

Student G: 

As a student at Capital University, I feel taken advantage of by the school that I provide funding for. I am a hardworking student who has paid for every part of my education on my own and Capital is not taking me into consideration. The timing of this pricing change is unreasonable as well because of the little notice given where I could have decided to live off campus or found a low interest loan to help cover the costs. Affordable housing is gone and Capital University is making the students suffer the consequences. I’m disappointed to attend a school that would do this to their students.

Student H: 

Story 1: The ceiling in my dorm room collapsed on me during spring semester 2014 when I was living in SA. A pretty large part of the ceiling fell directly on my head and another chunk cut my right hand. When I finally got ahold of someone to do something about it they told me it would be repaired over Easter break, which was about a week away at that point. As if that wasn’t upsetting enough, I returned to my room after break to find an absolute mess. Maintenance had left some small chunks of the ceiling behind, as well as lots of dust (and probably mold, knowing the abhorrent condition of most of the buildings on campus), which covered all of my belongings on my half of the room.

Story 2: On move-in day my senior year, my roommates and I walked into our Commons apartment and were absolutely shocked. It didn’t appear that any of the rooms had been cleaned. The windows were so dirty you could hardly see through them. There was dog hair (despite the no pet policy) all over the floor in the smaller bedroom, and the bathroom was practically a science experiment. We called and asked for someone to come clean it that day and a lady showed up with a roll of paper towels and a bottle of Windex, as if that would have helped at all. I’m thankful for the education I received at Capital University, but students deserve quality living spaces as well as a quality education.

Student I: 

My first semester at Capital I lived in SA. When I first moved in, for almost a month, there was no hot water in the bathroom. So we had to take freezing cold showers. The heater in our room also broke so our room felt like 105 degrees. We filled out multiple work orders, but they always claimed to fix it each time. They didn’t and I ended up having to sleep in my friend's room because my roommate and I would be naked, laying on our covers, and sweating. It was awful, and never fully fixed.


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