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Housing and Residential Life announces updated assignment process for QuadEx

<p>Selective living groups Cooper House and Wayne Manor were formerly housed in Crowell Quad. All SLG housing was moved to Edens Quad for the 2021-22 academic year.</p>

Selective living groups Cooper House and Wayne Manor were formerly housed in Crowell Quad. All SLG housing was moved to Edens Quad for the 2021-22 academic year.

Duke Housing and Residential Life announced the launch of their 2022-23 housing assignments website and gave updated information and timelines for the new QuadEx system in a Tuesday email to undergraduate students.

According to the email, all West Campus quads will offer substance-free areas and all-gender housing options. They will allow a maximum of eight people to live in a block together, as opposed to six people under the previous rules. 

Students will complete their housing applications via the housing portal between Feb. 7 and Feb. 14 and confirm their assignments the week of April 4. The updated Student Affairs website has information on fall 2022 housing applications and answers to FAQs about living under QuadEx. 

Per the FAQ, students unable to find a compatible roommate within their West Campus quad who want to live with a roommate of another quad can submit a QuadEx Appeal Request Form. Both roommates must submit an appeal by Feb. 1 and will be notified of the appeal’s outcome on Feb. 10. Large block appeals are not considered. 

If the appeal request is not granted, students will be expected to find a roommate within their connected quad location. If the appeal request is granted, students are placed on a waitlist and assigned manually by Housing Assignments by the week of April 4. A successful request does not guarantee that a student and their preferred roommate will be able to live together, as a completely empty double may not be available.

In addition, under QuadEx students may now select to room with any student regardless of that student’s gender identity. Each floor with all-gender housing configurations will have gender non-specific and gender-specific restrooms. Each quad will also provide options for similar-gender suites and all-gender suites. 

Substance-free communities will be formed in every quad, with the exception of upperclass housing in 300 Swift Apartments and Hollows Quad. Students who note their interest in a substance-free community on their housing application will receive additional communications related to the location of the community within their quad. 

Students must confirm their fall 2022 housing assignments and select a dining plan through the housing portal by 12 p.m. April 8. The reassignment application goes live May 16. 

The Student Affairs website also lists updated information on how selective living groups and University-affiliated Greek organizations will operate in the coming semesters. Students will be able to rush selective groups during their sophomore year, but the University will not provide housing for such groups after the 2022-2023 school year. Despite the removal of housing, students are still unable to rush their first year because they are encouraged to explore the broader Duke community before joining selective groups. SLGs are required to submit their membership list by Feb. 14.

Living Learning Communities will continue to operate as in past years, and members of LLCs will submit the LLC Housing Application during the same housing timeframe as those not living in LLCs. LLC members will be able to choose a preferred roommate within their quad connection if applicable and participate in self-assign the week of March 14.

For students with questions, Housing and Residential Life is hosting four information sessions on Zoom. The sessions for current first-years are Jan. 24 and Feb. 1 at 7 p.m., and the upperclass student sessions are Jan. 26 and Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. Links to the Zoom meetings can be found in the email or on the Student Affairs website.

Editor's Note: This article was updated Wednesday to clarify that students will confirm their housing assignments April 4, not receive them. Students will self-assign rooms the week of March 14 regardless of affiliation.


Alison Korn

Alison Korn is a Pratt sophomore and enterprise editor of The Chronicle's 118th volume.

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