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Albright students speak out following housing policy change

READING, Pa. - Some students at Albright College in Reading are speaking out following the implementation of a housing policy change that took effect last fall.

"It's just a problem since we were freshmen, and as we're sophomores, now we're encountering the same problem," said sophomore Esther Borteye.

The policy, announced in 2016, requires all full-time undergraduate day students to live in on-campus housing or college-approved housing.

"I think it's unfortunate if there's a knee-jerk reaction, whether it's by students or even a professional member of our staff, to not understand the full complement of why we did this," said Samantha Wessner, the vice president of student campus life.

The school said the move is based on research that found that students are happier and more academically successful when living on campus.

"Because we're really interested in our students graduating in four years, being successful at Albright College, we felt it was important to institute the four-year policy," Wessner said.

Some students said it's a question of cost.

"To be honest, I don't think everyone can afford the tuition and the cost of stay, cost of living here, and sometimes, because it's Reading, the apartments are much cheaper than what the housing costs," Borteye explained.

There are some exceptions for veterans, those who are married and those under extreme financial hardship by living on campus.

"They are trying to get everybody together so that we can all be one community, so I think I understand where they're coming from," said Angela Acheampong, an international student and a resident assistant.


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