Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A happy ending for the housing problems of international students at CSUMB

You may remember I reported about the housing woes faced by international students at CSU Monterey Bay, who complained administrators were charging them more than U.S. students. You can find the full story here.

Students met with CSUMB administrators last week, and there's a happy ending to the story. Students who ended up sharing a small room -- to the tune of $525 each -- will get a $600 refund.

"I am very pleased to tell you that we were able to find a solution," German student Moritz Bartsch wrote in an email. "Vice president Dr. Higgs and Provost Bonnie Irwin were very cooperative. For the first time since all this started we were talking to people that took our concerns seriously."

Students were able to voice their concerns during a two-hour open forum, Bartsch said.

"I am confident that the CSUMB learned from this experience and the next International students will not have to deal with injust housing policies," he said.

Ronnie Higgs, vice president of student affairs, also said students were satisfied with the solution.

"They felt that the administration responded fairly and heard their concerns," he said in an email. "I received several positive compliments from the international students regarding the resolution."

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