Give Single-Room Priority to Juniors and Seniors

Give Single-Room Priority to Juniors and Seniors

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John Smith started this petition to UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst's decision give single-room housing selection priority to incoming Freshmen and Sophomores above rising Juniors and Seniors on the housing priority list makes no sense.

It's a well-known system that as students progress through their undergraduate careers, their priority in the housing selection queue increases, as they have a greater need for single rooms for any number of reasons (e.g. more difficult classes, increased need to focus), and simply because they've been at the school for longer. The system proposed for this year does away with that.

I understand the goal of this initiative is not to punish any group of students, but by suddenly slashing the priority system, that's exactly what UMass is doing to those that have invested time and money in the school. College is expensive, and this issue of housing priority should not be taken lightly.

I also want to stress that I understand that this is tough for all parties involved -- Freshman are supposed to be housed on-campus, and a lot of Sophomores haven't even had a chance to live on-campus yet. Therefore it's not exactly fair to these parties if they don't receive housing. 

Here's what I'm asking: Give rising Sophomores and Freshman priority for doubles and triples, but not singles. At the very least, let the people who have committed to the school for 2+ years get a chance to have singles. I'm a rising Junior myself, and I just barely missed out on obtaining a single last semester due to the priority queue.

The system should work how it is proposed to work right now, with one change: Freshmen and Sophomores receive priority for shared housing, but the single rooms are reserved for Juniors and Seniors at first. Then, after the Juniors and Seniors are done selecting their rooms, whatever singles are left can be claimed by the Freshmen and Sophomores. 

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