More than 400 students were mistakenly told via email that they would be eligible for on-campus housing next semester.
The email that was sent was intended to be sent to the more than 9,000 students that were guaranteed housing for the fall 2015 semester, according to Housing Director Amy Crim.
“When I sent out the email, it inadvertently included about 417 students who were technically on the waiting list,” Crim said.
The original email said students were eligible for fall 2015 housing and included information about pick times based on earned credits.
Crim said she noticed the mistake while the email was still sending and immediately sent a secondary email with the subject line: please disregard the previous email.
One of the students that received the secondary email was Alix Dittmore.
The correction email read: “The email you just received from our office with credit information for selection was sent to you in error. At this time, you are not eligible for housing selection. Our apologies for any confusion this has caused.”
Crim said most of the students who were confused were those who did not know they were on a waiting list and only found out through the mistake that they were not automatically eligible for on-campus housing.
Dittmore said she received the original email and the correction email about 10 minutes apart.
“I applied for on-campus housing and as a commuter I’m immediately put on a wait list,” she said.
When she received the correction email, she was disappointed and posted about it on the Facebook page UConn Buy or Sell, where several students “liked” her post and commented that it had happened to them as well.
Those students who were mistakenly emailed were never taken off of the waiting list, Crim said. She said if anyone is taken off of the waiting list and eligible for housing, they will be notified, but if students would like to inquire about any changes in their status they should contact ResLife sometime in April.
“I wouldn’t say students were angry about conflicting emails, they were just looking for clarification,” Crim said. “I felt terrible for the mistake.”