It’s already that time of the semester for students to sign up for fall housing; however, not all squatter’s rights will be granted this time around.
Squatted rooms will not be allowed in Williams Hall for the fall 2014 semester due to scheduled renovations to restrooms and other added changes to the building.
Interim Vice President of Student Affairs Nathan Thomas said construction plans for Williams Hall will move forward, as there are plans for an anticipated two-year project to begin in the summer months.
“With this work, we will have to shuffle some of the building’s floor make-up,” Thomas said. “Some sides that were previously male might be female and vice-versa.”
The first phase of the construction will include mostly infrastructure work that will result in a new elevator and new bathrooms on one side of the building.
The second phase will be completion of the restroom work on the other side of the building.
“The restroom work will be very similar to the work done in Geisert and University halls over the past four years,” Thomas said.
Because of floor make-up changes, individuals will not be allowed to keep a room.
“This is why we weren’t able to guarantee students can squat their rooms, because they may not be on the right side according to their gender,” Thomas said.
Typically, students who wish to sign up for the room they currently live in have the first choice for that room as long as they go online and submit a squatting request by March 28.
Those who wish to squat a room in Williams will still have priority but will not necessarily have the same room or floor.
“Anyone who is currently in Williams and wishes to stay in Williams should be able to stay in there for the next year, even if it isn’t their exact room,” Thomas said.