The Viking Union Off-Campus Housing Registry website, which presents available rentals to students, lists single family home rentals for more than three students. (The Registry website proclaims that it is the property of
Several months ago I wrote to the responsible officers of the Association of Students of the Viking Union to point out the problem I outlined above. I never received an acknowledgment of my communication. On May 17th, I published an entry on the subject on my Zonemaven blog but had no response from university officials. (Click here to read that blog entry) At the minimum, the university should post warnings to students to the effect that by renting a home with more than three individuals, they, as well as the landlord, are breaking the law and liable for legal sanctions. Likewise, WWU should warn landlords that the university will only provide listings for rentals which are in compliance with the law. The university may also be courting a liability if it fails to do so.
It is time for WWU to do the right thing and set an example for its students by eliminating this highly problematic advertising from its website, its bulletin boards and the Western Front. Can the university expect its students to exhibit good citizenship when the institution itself does not demand integrity in its presentations to those very students?