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Save UVM Apartments and Family Housing

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Recently, the University of Vermont announced its decision to sell its housing for graduate, medical, and non-traditional students: Apartments and Family Housing in Fort Ethan Allen. So far, the University has offered no alternative family housing for the students that currently live there, in spite of the long wait-list and popular demand. The decision to sell would displace over 100 students and their families, and would negatively affect the University as a whole due to potential issues with recruitment, retention, and diversity.

We, the undersigned, agree that UVM has a responsibility to its students and the surrounding community to provide sufficient student housing to alleviate the stress UVM students place on the local housing market, and to relieve some of the stress the housing market places on UVM students. We disagree with the University’s decision to sell the properties at Fort Ethan Allen (Colchester & Essex) without a plan for the replacement of those units.

We are petitioning the President of the University and the Board of Trustees to provide optional housing for graduate, medical, and alternative students (domestic and international) and their families through the Department of Residential Life. This housing should be of comparable quality to the units that are currently available, as measured by: cost, amenities, community gathering spaces, and ease of access to the University.

We stand together to hold UVM accountable to its students and community, and to the high standards to which UVM aspires. By selling Apartments and Family Housing at Fort Ethan Allen without a replacement, the administration is sending the message that alternative students, students with families, and students acquiring the most debt in pursuit of higher degrees are not worthy of University support in a realm where it is widely acknowledged that there is a problem in the Burlington area: housing.

In contrast, by providing a housing option for this student population, as UVM has done for decades, the University would continue to support a diverse group of students who, through their education, are becoming tomorrow’s leaders, in Burlington and worldwide.

Thank you for your consideration.

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