Mayor Martin J. Walsh said Tuesday that more than 20 universities in Boston have largely agreed to disclose the addresses of students living off campus — a long-resisted step that he called critical to combatting chronic overcrowding that he said imperils student safety.
“They don’t see a problem with it,’’ Walsh said after emerging from an hourlong, closed-door meeting with the presidents and representatives of the schools. “Not one college pushed back.’’
But if no college actively pushed back, one did emerge from the meeting saying it was not ready to commit to the plan. Boston College says it has continuing concerns about violating student privacy.
The mayor met with officials from Boston University, Boston College, Northeastern University, Suffolk University, and other city colleges at the Parkman House, the city-owned mansion on Beacon Hill.
In recent weeks, Walsh had said that if he encountered resistance from university leaders, he would consider introducing a City Council ordinance to force disclosure of off-campus addresses. The information, he said, is essential so the city can to identify overcrowded apartments and protect the health and safety of tens of thousands of university students.
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