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Glitch prevents new students from accessing housing application

Incoming students from the class of 2014 were unable to access the first year housing website Friday, the date of the deadline to submit the application. GW Housing Programs extended the application period to Sunday, May 16 at 5 p.m. to make up for the technical difficulty.

Director of GW Housing Programs Seth Weinshel said in an e-mail that the site was down due to a “technical glitch.” Information Technologies worked with the vendor of the site to allow it to reopen as quickly as possible, Weinshel added.

Weinshel said an e-mail was sent to all incoming students informing them of the problem and that the application had been extended.

Andrew Kim, an incoming freshman from New Jersey, said although he had completed the application earlier in the week, he had decided to request a roommate at the last minute and panicked when he saw that the site was down.

“I called the housing services this morning to find out what was happening. Fortunately, the representative informed me of the extension. I just hope the housing application runs smoother in the future,” Kim said.

Maira Malik, an incoming freshman from New York, said that due to a busy schedule of AP exams, she knew she would not complete the application until the last minute. She said that being able to talk with other students via the Class of 2014 Facebook group was a relief in dealing with the situation.

“I was primarily concerned that the deadline would pass before the server was up again, but after contacting the housing office directly I found out they were planning on extending the deadline. So my blood pressure returned to normal,” she said.

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