Scripps to end dorm furniture removal program

Scripps College is eliminating the ability for students to request removal of furniture from their dorms. Pictured here is Valarie Jackman’s SC ’21 room, where almost all of the provided furniture has been removed to create a less cluttered feel. (Eloise Shields • Student Life)

Scripps College will no longer allow students to remove college-exhibited furniture from dormitories, houses and apartments on campus, according to an email to students from Brenda Ice, campus life director.

The decision was made to “ensure fire safety, maintain cleanliness and prevent exposure to pests in student rooms,” Ice told the students.

In a separate email to TSL, Ice announced that under the new policy, furniture issued by the college must remain in rooms and suites throughout the school year.

“The previous policy did not accurately reflect today’s growing needs for the college to provide the most consistent and secure experience for students,” said Ice. The decision was made by the Dean’s Offices for Student, Business, Housing and Facilities, she added.

Scripps employees spent hundreds of hours removing and replacing furniture, Ice said. She believes the policy change will result in a faster move-in process, less cleaning when moving out, and less strain on limited storage at the college.

At the end of the fall semester, Scripps temporarily suspended its furniture removal program because a lack of storage space left the college unable to process further furniture removal requests, Ice said. The facility’s staff was able to clear space before the spring semester began, and requests for furniture removal resumed in January.

The furniture removal option was popular with Scripps students, and some expressed irritation at the policy change.“I’m frustrated because I would hope our administrators can see that… the furniture removal process has been used so many times. [and] Hence, it’s a benefit to the students and something they use, “Tyler Benedict told SC ’21 via email.

This year Benedict lives alone in a room for two people and was able to have the additional furniture removed from her room through a maintenance request.

“I was fortunate to have so much space in my new room, and [to] create a new organizational system that is less tight, ”she said. However, with the new policy, Benedict believes that students will simply dump unwanted furniture in public areas.

Rein Irving SC ’20 found himself in a similar situation after returning from abroad.

She said via email that she was placed in a room with twice as much furniture as she needed and tried to remove some of it. Scripps wouldn’t remove anything from it, however, until the students “banded together to urge Scripps to store Scripps furniture,” said Irving.

While the policy makes life easier for the Scripps maintenance staff, it bothers the students.

“I’m worried my room will be cramped because Scripps is providing furniture I don’t need,” said Irving.

She believes the students will remove excess furniture from their rooms anyway and pay to have it stored privately – which would be against the new policy.

“You shouldn’t change the policy for students who already own furniture and didn’t expect the policy to change and now you have to pay to move Scripps [items] to storage, ”she said.

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