Campus needs more study spaces, survey shows

Graphic by Jackie Cohen.

Graphic by Jackie Cohen.

Finding some peace and quiet on campus may not be as easy as it sounds.

Student government recently conducted an online survey for students to share their opinions on the adequacy of study spaces on campus.

The survey found that about 76 percent of students are not currently satisfied with the number of study space on campus.

“Places like the library fill up during busy times, like midterm and final season,” said Student Government President Josh Nudelman. “We want to look for other options.”

Some of these ideas include increasing cubby spaces in the library, taking advantage of places like Starbucks and the Student Union and allowing empty classrooms to stay open longer for students to use.

The survey was open from March 14 through the first few days of April and was publicized through the dean of student’s weekly email and student government’s social media.

Now that results have been gathered, the next step is to talk to campus planning and a representative of the Leatherby Libraries, Nudelman said.

Priya Patel, School of Pharmacy senator, put together the survey.

“I plan on meeting with the respective individuals in charge of study spaces in the library to work with them to take measures in preparation for finals week,” Patel wrote in an email. “I am also going to attend the Physical Space Task Force meeting next week to collaborate with the members, who may better be able to guide me in taking further action.”

Several students said there are some issues with study spaces on campus, but they don’t all occur in the library.

“There needs to be more study spaces in the dorms,” said Jasmine Lucey, a sophomore business administration major. “You can hear people when you’re in the available study rooms, and they always fill up because there aren’t that many of them.”

She said it is especially difficult to find a quiet place for phone or Skype calls that may be necessary for class or to talk with family that is out of state.

“There’s kind of an unwritten rule my roommates and I have that when someone goes to sleep, the lights go off,” Lucey said. “So you can’t exactly study or make noise.”

Morgan Sielski, a senior political science major, said the library is the best place to study and she often goes to the third floor rotunda to get work done.

“We have a great library with a lot of study space and I take advantage of booking rooms,” Sielski said.

She does feel that sometimes there can be an issue in finding space.

“I don’t like that the law students can use our library preparing for finals, but we can’t use theirs,” Sielski said. “Our library is built for a specific student ratio, but you get other students from different schools, and that’s frustrating if you can’t find a spot.”

Students tend to agree. About 56 percent said that they use the individual cubbies most frequently in the library, and about 56 percent would like to see more of them.

Despite this, the library is not the biggest issue on campus. Sixty-one percent of students surveyed said they primarily use the Student Union for their study spaces and 60 percent would like to see an increase in places to study there.

“Although nothing is set in stone, I hope to find a way to decrease the competition between Chapman students and those from other schools in getting library spaces,” Patel wrote. “Since there is such a high demand for individual study and a high preference for cubicles, I would like to see partitions in some of the big tables to better allow for this.”

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