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 UAB to Be New Home for Freshmen

 

Juhee Agrawal
Contributing Reporter
jagrawal@uab.edu
Juhee Agrawal

 

***Corrections***

In an earlier version, the Kaleidoscope said there will be no exemptions to the housing policy. 
Exceptions Include:  
  • 1. Students who are married and/or have dependent children in residence.
  • 2. First-time full-time students who graduated high school more than twelve (12) months before the current academic year.
  • 3. Students for whom the policy presents an undue hardship on their personal or family circumstances, whether financially, emotionally, medically, or otherwise, may submit compelling evidence of such circumstances for consideration of an exemption from the policy.

      4. Students requesting an exception should be residing with lineal relatives (parent, grandparent) or legal guardian and commuting from their residence within a reasonable distance of campus.

           5. Requests for exemptions are (1) reviewed on a case-by-case basis by a committee of University officials for approval and (2) granted in extreme and rare circumstances and only after evidence is provided by the student/parents of a special need that outweighs the distinct benefit of living on campus.

 

 

 

In Fall 2020, UAB will require all freshmen to live on campus, a move that will coincide with the opening of a new 700-bed freshman residence hall and bring more cars to campus. 

 

Marc Booker, Executive Director of Student Housing and Dining, said this is a change that the university has been working on for many years.

 

“When the policy was initially implemented, seven counties adjacent to Jefferson and Shelby county were exempt (from being required to live on campus),” Booker said. “Over the course of time, only Jefferson and Shelby counties were exempt,” and many students from these counties still opted to live on campus.”

 

Booker said steps are being taken to handle the number of additional vehicles on campus.

 

“We are working with parking services to create a master plan for accommodating more students on campus that we will be implementing over the next 2-3 years,” Booker said.

 

Andre Davis, Director of Transportation, said that based on parking permit data, about 55% of on-campus students bring their cars with them.

 

“We are using that same math to say ‘okay, if we open up a 700-bed facility, we can assume that at least 350-375 are going to need a parking permit,” Davis said.

 

Davis said the additions to housing will lead to changes in parking methods.

 

There will be, “a reallocation of who can park where, and it may involve some sort of university-wide policy change,” Davis said. “We can’t impose policies unless we can offer alternatives.” 

 

Davis said UAB Transportation is launching a study of their entire transportation system. The project aims to study how UAB can expand the services to outline areas to decrease the need of that student to buy a parking permit.

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Construction on new residence hall

 

Azraf Hossain, freshman in neurosciencesaid he lives off-campus in an apartment with his twin brother. 

 

“Financially it was kind of hard to pay for both of us to live in the dorms,” he says. “It's pretty good because our mom is living with us, so I can still be with my family.”

 

Hossain said that living off-campus has had its perks.

 

“Jefferson and Shelby County aren’t too far from campus, so students (who live there) shouldn’t have to live in the dorms if they live there,” Hossain said.

 

Victoria Smith, Associate Director of the First Year Experience program, said that students should consult Financial Aid and OneStop for concerns about paying for on-campus housing. 

 

“Some of the benefits to living on campus are if you’re not spending your time driving to and from wherever you live, you have more time to study, you have more time to socialize, you have more time to get involved on campus and to do anything else but driving,” Smith said.

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