EUGENE, Ore. -- After sending an email out to 72 student residents at Graduate Village in May saying that students may have to relocate due to one of the housing center buildings turning into a place in fall to quarantine for those with COVID-19, University of Oregon housing now says all graduate and law students can maintain housing.
A total of 31 student residents were notified they would have to relocate to a different unit within Graduate Village. Nine undergraduate students were notified they would be able to get other university housing at the same price but would also have to relocate.
"Obviously they're feeling everything how the rest of us were feeling two weeks ago," said Graduate Village resident Hunter Pearson. "There's lots of uncertainty, not sure where to go from here."
In a statement, UO wrote: "Following the notification in May that one of the Graduate Village units would be used for COVID-19 isolation and quarantine next year, the University Housing team has reached out to everyone currently in Graduate Village, working to make assignments quickly and provide a quick resolution."
Although all graduate and law students living at Graduate Village can renew their contracts, many said they are feeling unstable because their new contracts include a "termination of safety" clause which students say was previously not on their housing contracts.
In the clause, it says: "Upon reasonable notice to residents, University Housing may terminate residents' Graduate Village contracts to reduce the health risks associated with COVID-19 or other health risks."
"It makes your housing here, even if you were able to renew it, feel less stable," said Graduate Village resident Carmen Ebel. "If [we were moved] in the middle of the year, that would be a pretty good upset."