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Graduate Housing Lottery Has Serious Deficiencies

Graduate Housing Lottery Has Serious Deficiencies

The Tech received a copy of this letter addressed to Manager of Graduate Housing Linda Patton:

This letter is intended to politely and respectfully register a serious complaint with the Graduate Housing Office. Specifically, I target the results of the March lottery. Not only were the results late in arriving and insufficiently posted, but, more importantly, students' concerns were not followed up on and settled properly. Certainly there were more available rooms than lottery participants, yet many of the lotteried students, including myself, were so frustrated by the slow response that they abandoned the process to find housing elsewhere.

It is a disgrace that student information for graduate housing is not computerized at MlT. The archaic card system means that the sorting and offering of rooms is done by hand, with a lot of errors and delay.

I participated in the lottery and waited for a room assignment in good faith. After repeated phone calls to the office over five months, however, I finally abandoned hope that I would get a room for September. On August 17, two days after my dormitory lease expired, I was finally told that, even though I had participated in the lottery, I would likely not get a room.

This is pathetic and a waste of Institute resources. Shouldn't a better, more efficient system be implemented? Shouldn't graduate students get the same level of service and satisfaction that undergraduates get? At least, then, this travesty of a lottery should not be repeated for the incoming graduate class.

I hope that some reform might come about after clear reflection on the deficiencies of the current system.

Teresa A. Marrin G