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Housing Comments Contained Inaccuracies

Housing Comments Contained Inaccuracies

The Tech received a copy of the following letter addressed to Teresa A. Marrin G:

I am writing to address your concerns ["Graduate Housing Lottery Has Serious Deficiencies," Sept. 22] and to provide information to correct some misinformation in your letter. I am distressed that you chose to direct your comments so publicly before you verified the accuracy of your information. I am always available to meet with anyone who has concerns or questions about our system.

MIT can provide campus accommodations to only 30 percent of the total graduate student population at this time. This includes student family housing and tutor positions in the undergraduate system. Several years ago, a plan to house new graduate students was adopted to guarantee housing to first year, entering graduate students. This plan, although worthwhile for the first year students, decreases the space available to continuing students.

Your letter stated that the March lottery results were late in arriving, and insufficiently posted. The day of the lottery, the results were printed in alphabetical and numerical order and distributed to and publicly posted at all the graduate residence buildings. Individual letters to the continuing student applicants who are either living in campus housing or are current students living off campus are a waste of time, money and resources. We feel if the students are here, they can either check the lobby of their residence or stop by the Graduate Housing Office to check the results of the lottery.

To address your concerns about our manual operation, we are evaluating computerization of the process at this time. We have a new page on the World-Wide Web and hope to utilize this format for the distribution of information and the application process.

To close, you were fortunate to get a space in one of the MIT-owned apartment buildings off campus that are also in high demand with a minimum of supply. I am sorry you feel dissatisfied with our process, but I hope this corrects the errors in your original statements. You are welcome to contact me to arrange an appointment to further discuss your concerns and I always welcome suggestions to help us do our job better.

Linda Patton

Manager of Graduate Housing