At the request of the Residence Hall Association Senate, in November 2007 the Department of Resident Life announced that a lottery, or purely random drawing of the names of then current second-year students living in residence halls, would determine the order in which these students would be considered for residence hall housing in their third year in the event that housing availability could be limited.
The Department of Resident Life predicts that based on current occupancy levels and commitments expected for Fall 2015 that all current second-year students (rising juniors) in good standing will be subject to the housing lottery to determine if they will be eligible to secure housing in residence halls.
The lottery will be in force from January 2015 to August 27, 2015, the period of time in which the actual number of these students who can be accommodated in residence halls for Fall 2015 will become known.
The need for the lottery arises from two considerations.
First, the Department of Resident Life projects that not all interested students in a particular category (in this instance, students now in their second year of college, for whom Fall 2015 will be their third year in college) will be notified April 1 that they can select rooms and roommates for Fall 2015 during Room Selection in April. Our initial projection for Fall 2015 contains an expectation that a small number of third-year students in exempted categories will be offered housing but a larger number who seek residence hall housing may have to be wait-listed in April 2015 and may remain uncertain of their residence hall housing status over the summer months.
Second, the method for determining access to residence halls within a group of students, such as current second-year students, is by a lottery. The existing priority number system for Room Selection procedures (a system of awarding points and calculating a Priority Number for every student) is not meant to determine access to residence halls and will not be used to do so. Priority Numbers are assigned every April to eligible students and will continue to determine the order in which eligible students choose their rooms and roommates. Lottery determines access to the process, priority determines order of selection.
RHA legislation regarding status for lottery-eligible students with rule violation(s) that result in multiple administrative housing probations will be implemented. Such students will be placed at the end of the lottery group for 2015-2016. This will have a direct negative impact on their lottery positions.