Students upset over new SSU housing rule

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - For the first time, Savannah State University students living in the University Commons and University Village apartments must sign a form agreeing not to bring family member or friends to the buildings from 1 p.m. Dec. 13 to 7:59 p.m. Jan. 4, 2012.

The university said it's for the students' own good, but the change isn't going over well with some students.

"I don't think the policy is too fair to students on campus, especially for me, because I plan to stay on campus this semester so I can get my apartment ready," said N'Tianu Hogges, an SSU sophomore.

The policy change went into effect Dec. 13.

Students will be allowed to stay in their on-campus apartments over the break, but only if they agree to the new rule.

"It's for the students' safety. It's for the safety of our property. It's also a period of time when we move to minimal staffing," said Irvin Clark, SSU's vice president of student affairs.

To students, the change is less of a safety measure and more of an inconvenience.

"If you can't go home to your family, there should be accommodations made as far as they can come to SSU versus going to a hotel to accommodate their new policy," said SSU senior Courtney Johnson.

University officials hope the change will prevent any wrongdoing on campus while most students and staff are away.

"Sometimes we have to make decisions students don't agree with, but the bottom line is to keep the campus safe," Clark said.

Students are being asked to sign an agreement acknowledging they are aware of the new policy. It's voluntary, but students will be asked to leave if they don't sign it.

Any cars found on campus during Christmas break that don't have a valid SSU sticker will be towed.

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