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University teams up with police to make sure housing is safe

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA

A university in Changhua is cooperating with police to ensure that off-campus housing for its students is safe, university officials said yesterday.

To ensure students are provided safe rooms, Chienkuo Technology University has asked potential landlords to have police verify that their rooms for rent do not have safety problems such as fire hazards.

Those assessed by police to be safe are posted on the university’s Web site.

So far, more than 130 landlords who have been accredited by police to rent out their rooms are listed.

Huang Yei-fei (黃燕飛), president of the university, said the school takes in about 5,000 freshmen every year, about one fifth of whom come from other counties and need local accommodation.

“However, our dormitories can only accommodate 500 students,” the president said, adding that about 500 freshmen would have to find accommodations off campus.

The rooms were ranked in three grades and the landlords’ addresses are published on the school’s Web site for reference.

Liu Bing-lin (劉柄麟), dean for student affairs at the university, encouraged would-be-landlords to seek police accreditation and use the school’s Web site to offer their rooms to students.

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