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Cornell Could Rank Off Campus Landlords To Protect Students

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A statement from Cornell University President Hunter Rawlings III, courtesy of the Cornell Chronicle.

Hunter Rawlings III, Cornell University President

“The safety of our students’ housing options, both on and off campus, is not only a top priority for me and for university leadership; it is also a principle of the highest order.

Some off-campus housing units, while not necessarily out of compliance with state fire safety codes, lack what many would consider basic modern safety features. This is because fire safety standards are tied to the date a building was constructed, so a building constructed in 1970 must only meet the 1964 fire safety code, rather than the 2015 code, the last year the code was updated.

While the university cannot mandate what private landlords do in terms of safety upgrades, we are determined to do whatever we can to encourage and recognize landlords who are willing to go the extra mile when it comes to providing a safe residential environment for our students who live off-campus.”

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