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KU Council of Trustees Approve New Two-Year Housing Requirement

June 16, 2016

KUTZTOWN, PA - The Kutztown University Council of Trustees approved a new resolution requiring all first-time KU students to live in university affiliated housing during the first four semesters or until after 60 credits have been attempted.  The resolution was passed at the council's June meeting on Thursday afternoon. 

The new housing requirement will begin in the fall semester of 2017 and will include a number of exceptions including, but not limited to, marital status, living at home with a parent/guardian if the distance is less than 30 miles from campus, age, enrollment status and financial hardship.

Data from the university and national research studies show a correlation between student academic/social success and living in university on-campus housing.  Requiring students to reside on-campus will allow first and second year students the opportunity to be more successful in an environment that has programs in place that support both academic and social growth.

In other business Thursday, the KU Council of Trustees:

  • Approved new internship agreements for KU students with Berks Connection Pre-Trial Service, Reading, Pa.; Cancer Support Community, Warminster, Pa.; County of Carbon, Jim Thorpe, Pa.; Delaware Valley School District, Milford, Pa.; Fitzmaurice Community Services, Inc., Stroudsburg, Pa.; Hon. Mark Rozzi District Office 126, Temple, Pa.; Kutztown Strong, Kutztown, Pa.; Lansdale Institute of Plastic Surgery, Lansdale, Pa.; Make the Road Pa., Reading, Pa.; New Life Youth and Family Services, West Chester, Pa.; Pinebrook Family Answers, Allentown, Pa.; T&M Associates, Moorestown, NJ; The Renfrew Center, Philadelphia, Pa.; Young Ones Records, Kutztown, Pa.
  • Approved affiliation agreements between the College of Education and the following school districts: Bucks County Intermediate Unit #22, Doylestown, Pa.; East Penn School District, Emmaus, Pa.; Lehighton Area School District, Lehighton, Pa.; Nazareth Area School District, Nazareth, Pa.; Reading School District, Reading, Pa.; and St. Clair Area School District, St. Clair, Pa.
  • Approved a transfer and articulation agreement with Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC), Schnecksville, Pa.  The council also approved a paralegal collaborative program of study agreement with LCCC.
  • Approved a license agreement for the use of real property for an archaeological dig with the Kerrick family, Stoddartsville, Pa.
  • Approved consent agenda items consisting of select purchases and contracts (under $100,000 and $100,000 and over).
  • Approved the education and general budget of $121.9 million for the 2016-17 fiscal year.
  • Approved the certification of external university financial support.  The certification applies to the university's affiliation with the Kutztown University Foundation, Inc., and Kutztown University Student Services, Inc.
  • Approved the memorandum of understanding with the Kutztown University Foundation for fund raising services for 2016-17.
  • Approved the 2016-17 winter study abroad program fees for London and Mexico.
  • Nominated and approved the slate of council officers for the 2016-17 academic year.
  • Approved the 2016-17 council of trustee meeting schedule.
  • Approved the order of succession plan as required by the State System Board of Governors' policy 1983-14-A: appointing interim and acting chief executive officers.

The KU Council of Trustees next public board meeting is scheduled for September 15, 2016, at 3 p.m.