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The Plaza to House up to 130 UW-Eau Claire Students This Fall

RELEASED: July 3, 2008

EAU CLAIRE — As has happened in 10 of the past 13 years, a number of UW-Eau Claire students will be housed in an area hotel this fall.

Charles Major
Charles Major

The university can accommodate 3,905 students in its residence halls, and requests for housing have exceeded that number by approximately 130, said Charles Major, UW-Eau Claire director of Housing and Residence Life.

The Plaza Hotel, selected following a bidding process, will house the additional students for the fall semester, Major said. Among those living at the Plaza will be approximately 60 returning students who already have volunteered to live in alternative housing should the need arise. The intent is that no freshmen will be placed in the hotel, he said.

Major noted that students consistently have had a positive experience living in area hotels.

"The hotel is treated as an off-campus residence hall that has live-in resident assistants as well as a hall director who oversees the programs in the hotel for students," he said.

Major added that students living in the hotel will have ready access to all UW-Eau Claire campus services, with city buses making stops at the hotel on a 30-minute schedule throughout the day and a university shuttle available after the buses stop running until 1 a.m.

It is likely that all students will be housed in UW-Eau Claire residence halls for the second semester.

"In the majority of the past 13 years we've been able to accommodate all students back on campus for the second semester because of the number of on-campus students who graduate at semester as well as those who study abroad in the second semester," Major said.

The need to house students in alternative off-campus facilities has arisen at various times for more than 25 years, Major said, adding, "The decision to house students in hotels and other accommodations was made originally by former Chancellor Leonard Haas and has been supported by all subsequent chancellors, the thought being that we have a duty to provide university-sponsored and university-supervised housing to all students who request it."

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