FAQs on Expanded Occupancy Rooms

At SUNY Geneseo, we are committed to making the residential learning experience available to all students who would like the opportunity to live on campus.  Our commitment to house all students sometimes requires the assignment of students to "expanded occupancy" rooms (three students assigned to a room normally housing two students).  By placing you in this type of accommodation we have been able to house you and two other students like you who are eager to attend Geneseo.

This page will attempt to answer many of your questions regarding expanded occupancy rooms.

By move-in day in August, many students initially assigned to a "triple" or "expanded occupancy" room will already have received a double room assignment by that date.  The residence hall staff will be able to answer any questions you may have and will keep you informed of vacancies as they occur throughout the semester.

It is important to stay in contact with your Resident Assistant and Area Coordinator/ Residence Director regarding any issues with your temporary housing situation after your arrival.

Why does the College assign students to "expanded occupancy" rooms?

Geneseo is a residential liberal arts college, and part of its distinctiveness is the education we believe happens beyond the classroom when students live with others from different backgrounds, all sharing their own experiences, beliefs, and points of view.  From time to time, some students are temporarily assigned to expanded occupancy rooms.  "Triples" ensure that every student who chooses to attend Geneseo has the opportunity to participate in a residential living/learning environment.

Why were you assigned to an "expanded occupancy" room?

Your priority for housing was based upon when you paid your housing deposit and when you returned your housing preference materials.  We have worked hard this year to keep all incoming students with or near other incoming students.  To the greatest extent possible we have avoided placing incoming first-year students in suite spaces where the other suite members are continuing students.

How long will you be in your expanded occupancy room?

Our process for reassigning students in "expanded occupancy" rooms begins as soon as vacancies occur.  Students with the earliest deposit dates will be offered the opportunity to move first.  In past years, most residents in "expanded occupancy" rooms were offered opportunities to move by the end of the first semester.

What type of furniture is in an "expanded occupancy" room?

The rooms are furnished with a single bed and a bunk bed, three dressers (or two built-in closets), three desks and three chairs.  The rooms have two large closets.  As rooms are "de-tripled," we will remove the extra beds, dressers, and desks, but this removal will not be a priority until after all students have moved into campus.

How is it decided who gets what furniture?

The residents of the room decide how to arrange the furniture, choose beds, and utilize closet space.  The most equitable way to do this is to wait until all the roommates have arrived before you unpack everything and choose a bed and a closet.  Your resident assistant may be able to help you by making suggestions for equitable distribution.

Do the residents of expanded occupancy rooms get refunds?

If you are still assigned to an expanded occupancy room at the end of the third week of classes, and have not received an offer to relocate, you will be eligible for an adjustment on your room charge for the first half of the semester.  If you are still in an expanded occupancy room at the end of the ninth week of classes, and have not received an offer to relocate you will be eligible for an adjustment on your room charge for the second half of the semester.

What is the process for filling spaces prior to moving in?

We will reassign a small number of students prior to move in based upon the same priority system with which they were originally assigned.

What is the process for deciding who relocates?

Once the residents of the room have been informed about available space, the residents of the room must come to a mutual agreement as to who will move.  You and your roommates should begin discussing this before you are offered the option to move.  Making the decision early will be much easier than waiting until you are offered a space.  Area Coordinators/ Residence Directors and resident assistants are able to help facilitate this discussion.

If you decide to move where will you be reassigned?

When vacancies occur after move in day, priority is given to residents of "expanded occupancy" rooms in the same building.  Students may also be offered rooms in other buildings, depending on occupancy.

Can you move in with a friend who has a vacancy in his/her room?

Students in expanded occupancy rooms will have the first priority to move into vacancies within their own halls.  Any vacancies remaining after all students in "expanded occupancy" rooms have been given the opportunity to move will be made available to other students.  At no time can a student move without the acknowledgment of their Area Coordinator/Residence Director.

How can you find out if a hall has vacancies?

The Area Coordinator/Residence Director of each hall will have a list of vacancies in his or her hall and can help you contact the Area Coordinator/Residence Director of the hall in which you are interested.

Can residents of "expanded occupancy" rooms choose to remain with their roommates and not move?

Residents in expanded occupancy rooms are not usually required to move from "expanded occupancy" rooms into vacancies that occur within their assigned residence hall.  However, if you decide not to accept reassignment when offered, you will not be eligible for any type of room billing adjustment.

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