Housing survey to impact on-campus living services

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GW issued a survey to students asking about their experiences with house staff, dining services and their opinions about living on campus.

The University is tallying results from a survey conducted last month, which assessed how students feel about living on campus.

The survey, which allowed students to respond up until last week, addressed issues from safety to how comfortable students feel interacting with their house staff. Seth Weinshel, the executive director of GW Housing and Financial Services, wrote in an email to students that the results would be used to “to improve our services.”

“As a student living in the residence hall, only you have first-hand knowledge of what it is like to live in GW Housing,” he wrote.

Weinshel said in an email to The Hatchet that the survey, which has been released in the past, is used to “build on our understanding of the experiences and priorities of students who live in our residence halls.”

The survey comes after complaints about heating, hot water, WiFi and facilities in at least four dorms, including JBKO, The Aston and Fulbright Hall. GW partially reimbursed City Hall residents last semester after months of complaints about construction.

The survey also asked students to rate their dining experiences on campus, including the quality of food, cleanliness of dining areas and the value of student dining plans. In a 2013 student survey, the average rating of food served in J Street was 4.2 out of 10.

Residence Hall Association President Ari Massefski, who took the survey, said housing officials didn’t directly collaborate with the RHA when they made it, but the student group had a meeting with Weinshel to discuss feedback about residence halls.

“It’s important to take student feedback into consideration,” Massefski said. “This is an important way to gauge student input on things that have to do with housing.”

This isn’t the first survey GW has sent to students this year. Last week, the University released an Office of Diversity and Inclusion survey asking students to describe their experiences with professors, as well as their social habits.

The housing survey gave students the option to leave comments, and asked them to write what they like most and least about living on campus.

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