Following the suspension of MIT’s Lambda Chi Alpha (LCA) fraternity last month, MIT is temporarily housing LCA members in graduate residences. In an email to The Tech, director of communications for the Division of Student Life Matthew D. Bauer said that “Because finding new housing mid-semester is academically burdensome, MIT is housing LCA members in the Sidney-Pacific and Tang residences until the end of the fall semester.”
The rooms the former members are occupying had previously been taken offline for renovations, as sections of the Sidney-Pacific residence are being closed for heating and ventilation upgrades.
“By opening areas of the Tang and Sidney-Pacific communities that had been undergoing renovation, MIT was able to offer housing to 46 residents of 99 Bay State Road,” wrote Bauer. “All but one moved on-campus, and a few more moved off-campus subsequently.”
LCA members have been asked to contact Housing Department staff for aid in finding on- or off-campus housing for the spring semester. According to Bauer, any LCA members who wish to remain on-campus in the spring semester will be able to be placed in undergraduate housing.
The LCA suspension follows in the wake of last spring’s suspension of the Delta Upsilon (DU) fraternity. When asked whether a decrease in available undergraduate housing would affect this year’s admissions rate, Stuart Schmill ’86, dean of undergraduate admissions, said that it was too early to say.
“Housing capacity is one factor that we consider when setting the class size, but we haven’t determined what effect this would have, if any, on next year’s class yet,” he wrote in an email to The Tech.