Starting in the fall of 2019, only students who are 21 or older will be able to live in Fugate Hall.
The reason behind the change, said Scott Mudloff, director of residence life, is the campus alcohol policy. As of now, Fugate is the only residence hall where alcohol is allowed. Any apartment with a resident under the age of 21 is considered dry.
But in Fugate, which has a mix of students over and under 21 years old, it’s tricky to manage enforcement, Mudloff said.
“We just decided to remove all confusion and make it easier to determine who is breaking the rules and who is not,” Mudloff said.
The age requirement will not be put in place until 2019, so students of junior standing who are under 21 will still be allowed to apply for the 2018-19 school year.
An additional RA will also be added to Fugate next fall to ease the workload from the single RA who was in charge of the 80 students living in that hall.
“It’s a pretty heavy workload,” Mudloff said, “especially when we’re trying to get everything ready to go before students show up for the semester.”
This story first appeared in the March 8, 2018 issue of The Vantage. It was written by guest writer Ashleigh Taylor.