In the latest in a long line of technical snafus that have highlighted the 2003 housing lottery process, the University had to shut down the reissuing of lottery numbers Wednesday when more than a dozen students received number 10,000.
Sophomores and juniors should only have received numbers between 1 and 4,499. Housing and technology officials said they pinpointed the problem and contacted the 16 students who received the erroneous numbers. The students were told to reapply for another number, officials said.
“We caught the problem very early on, shut it down and added logic to the system,” said Brian Selinsky, director of Banner operations. He said the system will now send an error message to students asking them to choose a new number instead of issuing number 10,000.
“We are confident this will help the system,” Selinsky said.
Housing Director Andrew Sonn said the reissuing of rising sophomore Intent to Return forms, which started last Thursday, went off without a hitch and that he is “confident” there will not be any more problems regarding rising juniors and seniors.
ITR distribution originally took place the week of March 24, but a problem with an equation meant to randomize the numbers led instead to some sequential allocation. Students have through Saturday to resubmit ITRs.
Sonn said officials are doing “full scale testing of the lottery process” prior to the April 26 and 27 lottery dates. Selinsky added that the lottery is a “simpler process,” and he does not expect to experience any problems.