University to assign housing in 550 Lasuen, extend application deadline through Sunday

July 12, 2018, 12:02 a.m.

The former Sigma Chi fraternity house, which became a co-ed self-op in May, is open for Waiting List reassignment applications for the 2018-19 academic year. Students will have until an extended deadline of Sunday, July 15 at 11:59 p.m. to apply for reassignment in any available campus residence due to the late announcement of the new housing option.

Now referred to by its address, “550 Lasuen” will house some former Sigma Chi members, who were already assigned, as well as students accepted from the Waiting List.

550 Lasuen — also listed as 550 Mayfield Avenue — is on the lower Row, at the corner of Mayfield Avenue, near the entrance to Tresidder Memorial Union and White Plaza. All residents of the centrally-located residence will live in either a one-room double or one-room triple.

According to an email announcement from Undergraduate Assignments Manager Jennifer Padilla-Wong, the house is not yet fully staffed, and the University will hold off on assigning some rooms until they hire more staff members.

The house will consist of mixed-gender floors with an approximately 1:1 male-to-female ratio. Because some fraternity members had already committed to living in the house, the University must assign a greater portion of the remaining rooms to women to meet this proportion.

“Some [previously] assigned male residents will remain assigned to the house, so there will be fewer spaces available in the Waiting List for men than for women,” Padilla-Wong wrote.

She added that the second and third floors of the residence will include single-gender restrooms.

The status of 550 Lasuen after the 2018-19 academic year is still unknown. According to the ResEd website, “further information about 550 Lasuen will be posted once the student staff has been fully selected.”

In May, the fraternity lost its charter following a membership review process, conducted by the Sigma Chi International Fraternity organization. Prior to the official loss of the charter, Sigma Chi was precluded from recruiting a 2018 pledge class in the course of the investigation, and would therefore invite non-members to live in the residence.

Though 550 Lasuen exists on University land, it is technically owned by the Alpha Omega Housing Corporation (AOHC), a group of Stanford Sigma Chi alumni who supported the fraternity. It is the only non-University-owned student residence.

Padilla-Wong advised students with questions about applying to live at 550 Lasuen to contact the ResEd office or submit a HelpSU request.


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