By Aviva Okeson-Haberman
Students may not be living in Respect and Excellence halls next year. Currently, students cannot submit housing contracts for the two halls, according to MU spokesperson Christian Basi. This may change if enrollment numbers increase.

This comes after the decision to close Laws and Lathrop halls during the 2016-17 school year due to low enrollment numbers, according to reporting by The Maneater.

“The anticipated declines—which total about 1,500 fewer students than current enrollment at MU— in addition to a small number of necessary investments are expected to leave us with an approximate $32 million budget gap for next year. A smaller entering freshman class will have continuing impact on finances as they progress toward their degrees at MU,” said interim Chancellor Hank Foley in a letter addressed to the university community on March 9 and published by Columbia Tribune.

A decline in the number of students enrolling at MU was cited by Basi as a reason why Respect and Excellence halls may not be used by students next year.

Respect Hall houses around 145 male and female residents while Excellence Hall holds 170 residents, according to MU Residential Life.

MU chose to not allow students to submit housing contracts to these two halls because maintenance issues could be fixed if Respect and Excellence halls are not in use next year, according to Basi.

Director of Residential Life Frankie Minor was unavailable for comment.

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