By Shoshana Dubnow, 23News Director

MU will not be providing wifi services to guests who book a room in the residence halls.

When Vice Chancellor for Operations Gary Ward announced the initiative at the UM Board of Curators meeting on June 22, 2017, the original package included high-speed wireless internet. However, Liz McCune, associate director of the MU News Bureau, said wifi is currently unavailable.

“I believe they are working behind the scenes with our IT folks to eventually make it available to guests, but right now, we aren’t able to offer it,” McCune said.

McCune said the university’s first priority is ensuring that students, faculty and staff are able to use the wifi.

The decision to open residence halls to guests was made following a decrease in freshman enrollment. Seven residence halls will be closed to students for the 2017-2018 year due to the low enrollment. Allowing visitors to stay in those vacant halls will fill the space and bring in additional income.

There will be three halls open for reservations. For $120 a night, visitors will stay in a furnished two-bedroom suite with four single beds, according to the Residential Life website. Economy bed linens and towels are included, as well as access to the lounges with cable TV. Parking is available for an additional cost.

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