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No more cats in UCI Graduate Student Housing (Updated)

04/01/10

No more cats in UCI Graduate Student Housing (Updated)

Permalink 13:45:00 by Joe, Categories: Miscellaneous

Lisa Cornish, the UCI Housing director, has sent out an email on a new cat policy, which was under discussion for some time:

From: "Cornish, Lisa" <arcornis at uci dot edu>
Date: April 1, 2010 11:53:20 AM PDT
Subject: Cat policy decision

...
I do not want to delay, any further, informing you that I have a decision on the Cat Policy Review. Effective April 19, 2010, there will be a two year moratorium during which new clients to Palo Verde and Verano Place Housing will not be allowed to bring cats into the community or acquire them.
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I announced this decision to the GFH staff today and will request that the current clients in the communities be informed by resident newsletter on April 16th. Efforts to inform prospective clients will be underway immediately after the community announcements.

For prospective graduate students, this is pretty much a bait-and-switch. They are supposed to accept or decline an offer from UCI by April 15, right before they will be informed that they can't have pet cats in housing.
What a great way to p*ss off incoming students even before they have set a foot on campus...

Update: It seems they changed the announcement timings quickly after the April 15 date was pointed out to them. From another email from Lisa Cornish:

I will move all communication up. Website notification today, current residents tomorrow. Waitlist residents next week.

Update 12/16/2011: I have been informed that the cat moratorium will be lifted by July 1, 2012.
Lisa Cornish, the Senior Executive Director for student housing, send out an email announcing this decision. Excerpt:

On April 19, 2010 a two year moratorium was instituted during which time new clients to Palo Verde and Verano Place Housing would not be allowed to bring cats into the community or acquire them during the moratorium. I am writing to inform the Cat Moratorium Committee and the Coordinated Governance Group that effective July 1, 2012, the moratorium will be lifted. I would like to thank the members of the Graduate and Family housing staff and the graduate student resident council representatives who worked collaboratively as a committee to address the challenges affecting the communities, and to provide recommendations for the future.

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