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What is a temporary or increased assignment?

When class size increases beyond the normal capacity of bed spaces, we use temporary housing as a means to provide housing for all incoming students.

Temporary housing is when a residence hall space has expanded capacity to accommodate one additional resident (i.e. double becomes a triple; or when a lounge/office space is converted into bedroom space). Lofted bed units are provided in most temporary housing areas. Students in temporary housing will receive a 20% discount for each week they are in this situation for the Fall semester.

Please find below answers to some of your questions:

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Who and how many people will be in temporary housing?
There will be a large number of Freshman and Transfer students who will be placed in a temporary increased location for the Fall 2013 Semester
What furniture is in the tripled rooms? Will I have my own computer hookup?
In the tripled rooms we provide an extra long twin loftable bed and mattress, a dresser, and a desk for each resident. Each resident also has wireless Internet access, and each room has two hard-wired data lines and cable TV. Each bedroom on Indian Quad and each suite on State Quad and Dutch Quad are supplied with an on-campus phone for emergency purposes. In all rooms, beds will be bunked. In triples the third bed can be lofted for extra floor space. Each temporary triple has two closets, and one lamp. The student who elects the top bunk will have a closet to themselves. The other two students will share a closet.
What furniture will be in the lounge area I have been assigned to?
Converted lounges on Indian Quad are study lounges that have been converted to bedroom space. They will initially have 5 students assigned to each of these locations. These locations will be reduced to 4 students as soon as space becomes available. In some cases, this may occur prior to check in. Each lounge will have 5 beds, with at least 2 of them bunked. There will be 5 desks, 5 dressers and 5 closets. Students assigned to these locations will have wireless internet access as well as 2 hard wired data lines. There are also 2 cable TV hook ups and one emergency phone located in these areas as well.
Won't it be cramped in the room with all that furniture?

Yes, the spaces will be tight. The rooms were evaluated before their conversion to triples to see how well furnishings would fit in the available space. Storage space is limited to the closets and under the beds. There are no other storage rooms on the floor or in the building.

There are some creative, yet safe ways of arranging furnishings in order to save space and maximize the amount of open floor space:

  • Loft the third bed in the room to make additional storage space under the bed
  • Make an ‘L’ formation with two beds, or dressers or desks
  • Use your refrigerator as a nightstand
  • Make use of all flat surfaces (tops of desks, dressers, refrigerators, etc.)
  • Bring storage drawers or boxes that fit under your bed
  • Move dresser or shelves into your closet
  • Hang a shoe organizer inside your closet

Each student should restrict the items he/she brings to campus, particularly by leaving least essential items (e.g., winter clothing) at home. A practical rule of thumb would be to restrict your possessions to what fits in/on your desk, dresser and one-half of a closet. Hanging space for clothing will be particularly limited. Roommates are strongly encouraged to speak with one another prior to move-in day to ensure that unnecessary duplications (e.g., TV, stereo, fan, refrigerator) are avoided. Families who travel to campus for move-in day should plan to take back home with them items such as empty trunks and suitcases.

Are there any restrictions on setting up my triple?

Yes, furniture should remain on the floor. Elevating furniture on bricks, blocks or other furniture is strictly prohibited and can lead to stability and personal safety issues and damage to personal and University property. Cinder blocks are prohibited from the residence halls.

Also for safety reasons, please:
  • Do not place beds on tops of dressers, desks, any slippery surface or any type of structural support not provided by the University
  • Any bed that is bunked or lofted must have a safety bar installed by University at Albany Staff
  • Do not bring cinder blocks
  • Do not use extension cords [instead of extension cords, bring UL/CSA approved power strips equipped with Integrated Circuit Breaker (over-current shut off protector)]
  • Do not block windows or heating convectors
I'm concerned about my ability to study and rest in a triple or converted lounge space. What can you suggest?
Roommates in triples or converted spaces should discuss issues that affect their ability to study in the room or get the proper rest.
Issues include:
  • Daily schedules for being in and away from the room
  • Hour to rise and hour to go to bed
  • Frequency and number of visitors
  • Use of computers, television, stereo or other items that affect another's ability to study or rest.

Your RA will be available for prompt discussion of these issues with all residents of the room. The RA also will help resolve any difficulties that may come up during the semester. Study space will be available on each quad in addition to the University libraries.

Each resident in the room should take personal responsibility to help make the best of this situation. Each resident should be especially courteous, considerate and sensitive to the concerns of others this semester. For example, this means tangible things like:
  • Keeping your space clean and picked up
  • Talking through problems and not letting them go unresolved
  • Being patient and flexible as you negotiate and compromise on sleep/study/socialize matters
  • Avoid undermining relationships by talking about roommates behind their backs or causing dissension among roommates or floormates.
I don't have to pay the same price for housing as everybody else, do I?
No. Each student living in a triple or converted lounge space will receive a 20 percent reduction in his or her semester's housing fee for each week they remain increased. This amount will be credited to the students’ accounts after they are decreased. If a student remains in a triple for the Spring semester, any reduction would only be considered only if occupancy continues to be above 100%.
If I am eligible for a discount, what amount should I pay?
Students should check their MyUAlbany account balance after they are decreased to insure that the credit has been added to your account. Please pay the amount due on your MyUAlbany account.
I'm worried my grades might suffer because I've got these extra roommates. Does that happen to students in triples or in converted spaces?

No. Not in our experience at the University at Albany and not according to a number of national research studies done over the years.

Research results from six studies by John Foubert concluded that academic performance does not suffer when students are tripled up in double rooms, and that grade point averages are no different for these students than for others in residence halls. Studies also show that being tripled does not affect students’ adjustment to college life and that tripled students are as likely as others to participate in student organizations and to report satisfaction with their academic and social experiences.

On the negative side, studies also show that tripled students are less satisfied with their living space, privacy and perceived control over room activity than are students in standard doubles.

How long do I have to stay in the triple or converted lounge space?

Because we do not anticipate having enough vacancies during fall semester to accommodate all student triples, some of you will remain in these assignments through the fall semester. The quad staff will begin to identify space immediately following the first day of classes. Generally, we will first start to decompress the converted lounges from 5 people to 4. 4 people is considered normal occupancy for converted lounges. Then we will begin de-tripling based on the date of your housing application.

Quad staff will work directly with students placed in these increased spaces in an effort to decompress lounge spaces and de-triple increased rooms.