Some NCCU students face lack of housing

North Carolina Central University
August 10, 2012 8:07:37 PM PDT
Hundreds of North Carolina Central University students were turned away from university housing Friday just days before they were supposed to move in.

The university said they simply just don't have the space.

Officials at N.C. Central are telling many students looking for on-campus housing that they have no vacancy.

"I want him to experience college life as an incoming freshman," said parent Desmond Rushing.

Angry parents, like Rushing, of Charlotte, are sounding off.

The school said as many as 500 new and returning students on waiting lists could be without on-campus housing. They said that's because of an exceptionally large incoming class of more than 1,400 students.

"It reeks of incompetence," said Rushing. "You know how many rooms you have on the campus. You should know how many freshmen are coming in. At that point let the parents know."

Rushing said his son was never told there was no space left for him until he got an e-mail on Thursday.

In a statement released to ABC11, the university said: "Like many other universities, NCCU is balancing increased interest from prospective students with the existing availability of campus residential facilities."

However, parents remain frustrated.

"What are the parents supposed to do," said Rushing. "How do you explain that to your child especially if we've done everything on our end? I understand housing is full, but couldn't they have at least given us more notice?"

NCCU said it is providing a list of nearby off-campus housing locations to students shut out from on-campus dorms.

The university also said any student, who paid a fee to receive a housing assignment but didn't get one, will get a refund.

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