Response to Recent Events at the Students’ Co-op, June 7th, 2022

Hello, we are a group of four alumni from 2017 and earlier, who make up the current Board of the Students’ Co-operative. We are part of a larger network of past Co-op residents who, like you, have been horrified by the violence that has taken place in and around the Students’ Cooperative.

The people involved with the recent violence and disruption to the neighborhood are not affiliated with the Student’s Co-op. We learned last fall that the house’s cooperative governance collapsed during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, and continued to deteriorate as member residents moved out of the Co-op. Soon, only squatters, and not Co-op members, remained at the property. As concerned alumni, we organized to get the house back on track. By March, we had formed a new board and acted quickly to remove the people who refused to leave. 

With great relief, we finalized the eviction process and regained possession of the Student’s Cooperative property on June 4th, 2022. We are now securing the property, assessing damage to the house, and working with local authorities to determine next steps. 

We are grateful to all those who have helped support and guide us through this difficult process—our hearts go out to those who have been affected by these tragic events.

Sincerely,
The Students’ Co-op Board

Response to Recent Events at the Students’ Co-op, May 22nd, 2022

We share deep concern about the recent incidents of crime and violence at the Students’ Co-op. We have filed evictions for everyone in the building — The court hearing is scheduled for June 1, 2022.

Our long-term goal is to rehabilitate the building so that the Students’ Co-op can provide student-centered, cooperative housing.

If you have information or documentation of incidents involving the Students’ Co-op, please email studentscoopinc@gmail.com.

Sincerely,
The Students’ Co-op Board

Welcome to the Students’ Co-op, affordable housing provider on the University of Minnesota campus since 1940. We are a community of 29 women and men who share a 3-story, 18-room stucco house.

We share a big kitchen, large common spaces, a few bathrooms, and a garden.

We hold in common respect: each other, those who may seem different from ourselves and the natural world.

If you would like to be part of our community, please visit our application page.

Our Co-op won the 2013 Tony Diggs Student Groups Excellence award for their work with the Student & Community Relations Club on the Gateway Mural Project.