by Chelsea Boozer
University of Memphis
A student who lives in Carpenter Complex at the University of Memphis typically pays about $3,000 for a room per semester, but some are getting the same lodging for free.
Since August 2011, three incidents of an unauthorized person using a vacant room in a residence hall have been documented on campus, according to Director of Residence Life Peter Groenendyk. Two of those took place in Carpenter Complex, the apartment-style housing on the north side of campus, across Central Avenue.
“The unauthorized use of an empty room has been an issue that we have had almost exclusively at Carpenter Complex,” Groenendyk said. “This is due to the apartment configuration with exterior entrances and the fact that the interior doors are intended to be for privacy and not security. We have had one incident at Richardson Towers this academic year.”
In March, a student said she was raped in a vacant room in Carpenter by 22-year-old Cortney Adkins, who was not a student on campus but had been staying in the vacant room off and on for a month or more, according to some students. His presence in the room wasn’t discovered by Residence Life, but was documented in a police report upon his arrest.