ACU Local reports say approximately 150 students are waiting on room assignments, even though they were supposed to be in dorms on Monday night. CAU released a statement implying the students did not follow the rules, though people on campus say they are financially enrolled and still do not have housing.
In light of recent concerns regarding campus housing, Clark Atlanta University (CAU) makes the following statement:
Clark Atlanta University requires and provides housing for all freshmen and sophomores to live on campus subject to a specific exemption process. We have housing for all freshmen and sophomores who are financially enrolled.
In addition, we have housing for upperclassmen. Upperclassmen were asked to follow a two-step process: 1) to reserve housing with a deposit and 2) complete the financial enrollment process by August 1, 2018.
Communication went to all students beginning in May 2018 about the process and timelines, and the dates were extended several times.
Those who have not completed the financial enrollment process are being offered temporary housing while they complete the process.
The Office of Student Services and Campus Life is working diligently with students to complete their financial enrollment process. The office opens at 9:00am and closes at 5:00pm; all students signed in by 5:00pm will receive service
@CAU @CAUSGA1988 @KeishaBottoms like wassup … this is ridiculous & we waited 10+ hrs Fri for housing & left with nothing. Still here today since 9:30AM they kicked everybody out of housing waiting area and said we’ll call you .. it’s 3:25. Panther pride tho🐾❤️.. joked out https://t.co/iLay7ND0OA
— KAY👅 (@_kashkaay) August 13, 2018
Here’s the ones that’s still here others left because they need to find a place to lay their head for the night pic.twitter.com/l8QL1tzo3N
— ZIYADA 🐉❤️ (@GOLDWESTINDIAN) August 13, 2018
CAU requires and provides on-campus housing for freshmen and sophomores — exceptions withstanding — and has housing available for upperclassmen.
The Office of Student Services and Campus Life, open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., is “working diligently with students to complete their financial enrollment process,” the statement said.
The situation is reminiscent to one Georgia State University experienced last fall, when about 400 students had to be temporarily housed at Sheraton Atlanta after an increase in the number of housing applicants.