MU's plans to propose new residence hall discussed

Monday, April 23, 2012 | 6:26 p.m. CDT; updated 4:05 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, April 24, 2012

*An earlier version misstated who would make the recommendation to the UM System Board of Curators. The committee serves in an advisory role to the vice chancellor of student affairs and Faculty Council. Administrators would make the recommendation.
**An earlier version misstated how many rooms would be designed for students with disabilities. A small portion of the single rooms and double rooms would be designed for students with disabilities.

COLUMBIA — Plans for a new residence hall were discussed Monday by MU's Residential Life Committee.

The university requires all first-time college students to live on campus, which has begun to create problems as MU continues to expand.

In recent years, the university has already had to rent up to 700 beds off campus to house its students, and next year's freshman class is expected to be the university's largest yet.

The committee met to consider proposals that would create more space for housing students.

"We're a growing institution, handling the challenges," said Frankie Minor, director of Residential Life.

No decisions have been made, but MU administrators* plan to propose the building of a new residence hall to the University of Missouri System Board of Curators in June.

The new residence hall would be built in the southeast corner of campus, on the south side of Hospital Drive across from Responsibility, Discovery, Excellence and Respect residence halls.

Currently labeled Virginia Avenue South, the hall would create space for 330 more students to live on campus. The residence hall would follow the Residence Life Master Plan model of 20 percent single rooms and 80 percent double rooms. A small portion of the single rooms and some double rooms would be designed for students with disabilities.**

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