University To More Strictly Enforce Freshmen Housing Policy

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The University of Missouri plans to increase enforcement of a housing policy that requires first-time freshmen to live on campus.

The proposal is part of a budget plan approved last week by University of Missouri system President Mun Choi. The proposal says the Division of Student Affairs could generate $750,000 by more strictly enforcing the policy.

A 10-story apartment tower with 430 beds, called The Rise, is under construction in Columbia.  It is advertising that it will pay freshmen to break the dorm contract, saying living in the dorms is not a requirement.

Leasing agent James Holloway says a few freshmen have already accepted the offer.

Campus spokesman Christian Basi says first-time students are generally required to live in dorms, with some exceptions.

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