Discussion following Thursday’s Caucus Against Racial Prejudice on Campus dominated Monday’s quarterly town hall meeting.
Five members of the Northwestern administration met with about 40 students Monday night to discuss the so-called “brothel law” and follow up on the racial caucus.
Burgwell Howard, NU’s dean of students, spoke first about the zoning ordinance, which prevents more than three unrelated people from living together and is commonly known as the “brothel ordinance.”
Burns said in addition to lobbying to change the ordinance, the administration is working with the city to hold landlords more accountable in adhering to the law. Landlords can apply for a license allowing more than three renters, but this license comes with increased costs.
“I don’t like to see a city law that unfairly affects students,” Howard said.
Evanston officials said the city will begin enforcing the “brothel law” in July, but Burns said despite repeated requests, she has not received specifics from the town about how it will administer the ordinance.
“We aren’t policy-makers in the city, but we are lobbying very heavily on behalf of our students to change this ordinance,” Burns said. “At this time we have not been successful at