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Residence System Timeline

August 25, 1998

President Charles M. Vest announces that all freshman will be housed on campus in the year-old wake of the death of Scott S. Krueger ’01.

September 23, 1998

Interfraternity Council announces opposition to Vest’s decision to house all freshmen on campus.

October, 1998

A poll by the Undergraduate Association reveals that 1,004 of 1,148 students questioned oppose the freshman housing decision.

April 8, 1999

Approximately 75 students stage a “Tool-in” to express dissatisfaction with the administration.

October 21, 1998

Chancellor Lawrence S. Bacow ’72 announces IAP residence design contest, and creates Residence System Steering Committee to judge the contest.

April 27, 1999

RSSC releases primary report which furthers student debate. Proposals include moving graduate students from Ashdown to MacGregor and creating “sophomore shuffle.”

September 8, 1999

RSSC releases final report, revising MacGregor-Ashdown switch and “sophomore shuffle” and suggesting extended rush. Report also suggests that MIT no longer guarantee four years of dormitory housing.

October 25, 1999

Strategic Advisory Committee presents Unified Proposal, supported by student leaders, to Bacow. Proposal includes freshmen choosing houses over summer and guarantee of four year housing.

November 5, 1999

MIT Choice, a student group formed to reverse the 2001 housing decision, holds another “Tool-in”, attended by about 150 students and members of the faculty and administration, including Bacow.

December 8, 1999

Bacow releases final report on the “Design of the Residence System.”

August, 2001

First orientation without rush begins. All freshmen housed on campus.

October, 2001

First mid-term rush begins.

August, 2002

Class of 2005 sophomore pledges allowed to move into FSILG housing.