It’s a battle over beds that’s getting ugly in Hamden.
Quinnipiac University filed a lawsuit over the amount of beds it would provide to its students.
However, the town said the school violated an agreement over the amount of beds it could provide.
Experts said the arguments boil down to interpretation.
Quinnipiac believes it followed the spirit of the rule while Hamden said the actual rule was broken.
A lot of dormitories on campus are available to students, but not enough for all of them. That’s what’s behind Hamden’s frustrations.
The two sides reached a deal in 2007 when Quinnipiac was issued a special permit and agreed to “provide sufficient dormitories to accommodate the full-time undergraduate population on campus.”
Town officials said that didn’t happen.
As of last semester, there was housing for about 80 percent of the undergrads.
However, the school said 270 beds went unused by many students who opted to live off campus.
The town said it feels the deal clearly states that there needs to be a bed for every student regardless of use. It said the university is 1,300 beds short.
“There’s been a back and forth battle between Quinnipiac, the students [and] the neighborhood,” said Bob Mongillo of Hamden. “I live in the neighborhoods, we’re not impressed with what goes on here.”
“Sounds like a capacity issue that Hamden’s concerned about, but Hamden doesn’t like us in general, because we throw parties and they don’t like that,” said Aaron Soucy, a Quinnipiac student. “But they have to understand that we stimulate their economy.”
The school’s suit seeks an appeal denial to be reversed and that fines related to the violation be waived.
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