Georgetown University’s decision to reserve hundreds of student housing spaces for freshmen this fall has made students in other classes very upset. Numerous requests for on-campus housing by upperclassmen — some living in insecure home conditions — have been rejected, reported GU student newspaper the Hoya.
Students have begun questioning the university’s housing selection process, saying that administrators have not accounted for more vulnerable students. Earlier this month, it was announced that Georgetown would house 2,000 students this fall, a group consisting of the entire freshman class and some upperclassmen.
Upperclassmen wanting on-campus housing had to apply for a limited number of spaces. Former GUPride co-president Siena Hohne, who was interviewed in the Georgetown Voice, said she heard that only 150 spots were reserved for students in unsafe homes. She expressed concern about LGBTQ students, whose parents may not be accepting of their identities.
To qualify for on-campus housing, students needed to have housing or food insecurities, safety concerns in their homes, high financial need, home addresses more than five time zones away from Eastern Standard Time or inadequate internet access.
Students whose housing requests were accepted have until this Friday, July 24, to claim their spots. Classes are to begin on Wednesday, Aug. 26.