Residents recognize that in the event of temporary closures, restrictions and/or adjustments to the housing schedule, the WCU is not required to provide partial reimbursement or credit for these interruptions or adjustments. In the event that the WCU asks residents to evacuate the university accommodation, the occupant is responsible for removing all valuable personal items at that time. The WCU is currently in the midst of completing a plan to renovate and replace dormitories on campus, build a 600-bed residence on the upper campus and demolish and inse with two aging dormitories, Scott and Walker. However, the replacement of Scott and Walker will have fewer beds than existing buildings, which means that wCU will have no more beds than currently by the completion of the renovation and replacement plan. In light of these campus plans and residential projects planned by private developers off-campus, the WCU concluded that there would be a “fairly significant bed deficit” in the Cullowhee area if the Millennial Campus project did not proceed. As part of the agreement, the WCU Endowment Fund and The House will enter into a long-term sublease for fair value to be determined. After agreeing on a design concept with the WCU and the Endowment Fund Board, Zimmer will build the residential complex and manage the property. The complex will likely offer the apartments that upper-class men are looking to live in off-campus, but that the university makes a point of not offering them in its on-campus apartments. “The old residence hall contracts did not contain any information on refunds, including those made in the spring of 2020 in response to the COVID 19 pandemic,” said Bill Studenc, WCU spokesman.
“After the end of the spring semester and learning the aggravating factors around COVID-19, we realized that we needed to change the 2020-21 dorm agreement to solve the problem.” For policies specific to the residence of students, please visit their website or check the lease. WCU Vice-Chancellor Sam Miller said our residential capacity on campus this year is 4,452 beds, and that includes the newest residence, Noble. At the beginning of the last half-year, there was an occupancy rate of 96.24 per cent for these rooms, and this semester it fell to 88.77 per cent. Miller explained that the spring semester generally saw a lower utilization rate than the fall semester. According to WCU census information for 2016 and 2017, the residence is not normally at full capacity. After the end of the spring semester and learning about the aggravating factors around COVID-19, the need to amend the agreement on residences20-2021 became clear. Universities across North Carolina are updating their housing agreement and the University of West Carolina is no different. “As we plan for controlled growth, we do so with an understanding of the challenges of our capacity on campus,” Cauley said. “We will only increase our registration as we are able to add more dorms, dining rooms and classroom resources, all of which are planned for years to come.” This contract provides accommodation for students taking courses.