University of Missouri

53-24: An Resolution to Request the Department of Residential Life to Investigate the Full Renovation or Demolition of University Village Apartments

Missouri Students Association
University of Missouri
Bill 53-24

A RESOLUTION TO REQUEST THE DEPARTMENT OF RESIDENTIAL LIFE TO INVESTIGATE THE FULL RENOVATION OR DEMOLITION OF UNIVERSITY VILLAGE APARTMENTS

 PURPOSE:  To demonstrate the student body’s concern about the state of University Village Apartments as it relates to the safety of the students who live there.

WHEREAS, The buildings that constitute University Village Apartments were first constructed in the 1950’s; AND

WHEREAS, Director of Residential Life, Frankie Minor, told The Maneater in 2009 that the buildings were only designed to last “25 to 30 years”; AND

WHEREAS, One of the building’s walkways collapsed on the morning of February 22nd, 2014, fatally injuring Lt. Bruce Britt of the City of Columbia Fire Department, who was responding to the structural emergency; AND

WHEREAS, Maintenance projects at University Village Apartments are notorious for being neglected; AND

WHEREAS, The best way for this body to honor the life of the heroic firefighter who lost his life is to advocate for change that prevents a similar situation from happening again in the future; AND

WHEREAS, University Village Apartments primarily serves non-traditional, low-income students with small children; AND

WHEREAS, This body believes it is bad policy to encourage one of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable portions of the student body to live in buildings that are structurally unsafe; AND

WHEREAS, University officials have a moral obligation to ensure the safety of all individuals living in Residential Life facilities; AND

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE MISSOURI STUDENTS ASSOCIATION SENATE that the Missouri Students Association hereby requests that the University of Missouri Department of Residential Life investigate the full renovation or demolition of the University Village Apartments.

THERFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED BY THE MISSOURI STUDENTS ASSOCIATION SENATE that the Graduate Professional Council will also review this resolution. Sponsored by Jessica Warwick.

Respectfully Submitted,

Garrett Poorman

Advocate

Jacob McKinley

Senate Clerk

Christopher Hanner

Budget Committee Vice-Chair

Kevin Carr

MSA Senator

Anurag Ram Chandran

Advocate