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.
Resident Life predicts that all current second-year students in good standing will be able to secure residence hall housing for their third year. This will mark the fourth time since the 2007-2008 academic year that "rising juniors" will be exempt from the housing lottery.
For the 2014-2015 academic year, current third-year students in good standing will now be subject to the housing lottery to determine if they will be eligible to secure housing as "rising seniors" in residence halls.
The lottery will be in force from December 2013 to August 26, 2014, the period of time in which the actual number of these students who can be accommodated in residence halls for Fall 2014 will become known.
The need for the lottery arises from two considerations.
First, Resident Life projects that most, but possibly not all interested students in a particular category (in this instance, students now in their third year of college, for whom Fall 2014 will be their fourth year in college) will be notified April 2 that they can select rooms and roommates for Fall 2014 during Room Selection in April. Resident Life's initial projection for Fall 2014 is very positive but does contain the potential that a small number of third-year students who seek residence hall housing may have to be wait-listed in April 2014 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 third-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 2014-2015. This will have a direct negative impact on their lottery positions.