Missouri Students Association
University of Missouri
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.
Budget Committee Vice-Chair
Anurag Ram Chandran