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Mizzou Shutters Three More Dorms As Enrollment Plummets After Race Protests

University of Missouri student protesters, in shirts referencing the school’s founding, addressed a crowd in Columbia after president Timothy Wolfe resigned. PHOTO: Jeff Roberson/Associated Press

By Ian Miles Cheong | 8 April 2017

HEAT STREET — The University of Missouri has announced the closure of three additional undergrad residence halls due to the shortfall in student enrollment following the 2015 race protests. The closures bring the total number of closed residence halls to seven.

Speaking to ABC 17 News, Mizzou News Bureau associate director Liz McCune said that the Discovery, Responsibility and Center halls will close to “ensure that we are maximizing the space we have and being as efficient as possible with our resources.” Other shuttered residence halls include Respect, Excellence, Schurz, and McDavid.

McCune told the news station that the halls are closing to “make sure we have the flexibility necessary whether the numbers are low or high,” adding that if the enrollment numbers are low, Mizzou won’t have to operate the unfilled residences. If the numbers go up, they can simply reopen them to accommodate the demand.

The associate director said that despite the closures, the university plans to open a new 279-bed hall for the 2017-2018 school year. […]

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