Hicks said the proposal will be reexamined in the spring as part of a previously scheduled discussion about the housing assignment process. The earliest that any changes to assignment could be implemented is fall 2013, he said.
“We just need to take a pause and roll it into the bigger conversation we’re going to have in the spring,” Hicks said.
Members of the Residence Hall Association were among those who complained about the sudden policy change.
Hans Peng, president of the RHA, said freshmen have expressed a desire to be able to live with upperclassmen on campus.
“Keep in mind that the (freshman) population is the biggest population, so their interests are very important,” he said.
Hicks said some miscommunication within the housing department resulted in an inaccurate news release being posted on the department’s website during the weekend. That release, which was removed within a few days, stated that all freshmen would be required to live on South Campus next year.
“By then, the issue had kind of gone a little bit viral on us,” Hicks said. The subsequent confusion and attention led to the change being withdrawn.
Landon Sherwood, community governor of Ehringhaus Community, said many residents were left confused by the change.
“A lot of people didn’t know about it, the reason behind it,” Sherwood said.
The change would have hindered freshmen’s ability to learn from upperclassmen, he said.
“I know on South Campus everyone’s a freshman so they don’t really know how to get involved,” Sherwood said.
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