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Students checking in a residence hall, as part of move-in day in the fall semester, should do so at their designated location. Students will need to comply with their assigned hall’s move-in day procedures. Specific information regarding move-in day (MVNU2MSU) can be found on the homepage of the website (housing.msstate.edu) prior to move-in day.
Residents will be charged a minimum of $7.50 each time a staff member must open a door because of a forgotten or misplaced key/ID.
The university reserves the right to enter a student's room for maintenance and security measures, as well as in the event of an emergency which may jeopardize the well-being or the occupant or other students in the halls.
The student is responsible for damages to his/her room and shall reimburse HRL for damages or loss of accommodations and furnishing. Damages to public areas may be billed to the responsible student(s) or to the residents of the hall or floor.
Maintenance requests may be submitted online:
Students may contact the Housing Facilities Office at (662)325-2190 or email@example.com to check the status of a maintenance request.
Dropping any object down stairwells, out of windows, or off balconies is prohibited.
Climbing on balconies and stairwells is prohibited.
Window screens should never be removed. Screen removal will result in a repair charge to residents of the room. Residents should not place any items on the ledges of windows or on air conditioning units. Throwing objects from windows is prohibited. Residents of a room from which objects are thrown will be held responsible.
As a student of Mississippi State University, all residents are issued an official My State email account. HRL uses this email account to communicate announcements and important Housing information to residents. All residents are required to abide by university email policies.
Occasionally, extraordinary circumstances arise which make it difficult for a student to fulfill his/her contractual obligations. Such circumstances include, but are not limited to, sudden and severe financial hardship, sudden and severe medical diagnosis, or a sudden family problem. The Department of Housing and Residence Life has established the Contract Appeals Process to determine if a specific situation merits release from the contract. It is the student’s responsibility to provide adequate documentation to support his/her reason for appeal. A student’s failure to provide adequate documentation may result in immediate decline of the appeal.
Housing contracts can be appealed by picking up a contract appeals form in the Department of Housing and Residence Life office in Dogwood Hall, filling it out and returning it with the appropriate documentation to Dogwood Hall. An appointment with the Housing Appeal Review Committee will be scheduled. All appeals will be reviewed by the Committee, chaired by the Associate Director for Administrative Operations, or his/her designee, for adjudication. Any student who does not appear for his/her appointment with the Committee will forfeit his/her privilege to appear and will have his/her appeal adjudicated based on written documentation. Contract Appeals will incur a non-refundable $50 contract appeal hearing fee. Contract appeals will be reviewed each semester until the refund rate, per the University refund schedule, goes to $0.
If an appeal is granted, a $400 cancellation penalty will be assessed. Any refunds of fees will be based on the University refund schedule as established by the Controller’s Office.
Students denied a release by the committee may appeal to the Student Housing Appeals Board. The Board is a group of faculty and staff members reporting to the Vice President for Student Affairs. Board decisions are final.
RSVP is the application renewal / room re-assignment period that allows current residents to indicate their request for housing for the following academic year; assignments are not automatic and not guaranteed. RSVP is a two step process that takes place around November. Residents will receive an email via their MSU email address with instructions for submitting an online application. Students selected to participate in the online selection process will receive an email with detailed information on how to proceed. Those students will choose their rooms online based on a selection of available spaces. Priority for room selection is primarly based on a student's RSVP application date (the earlier a student applies for RSVP, the earlier their online room selection time slot will be).
Upon the expiration or cancellation of this contract under any of the above provisions, the University shall have the right to re-enter the premises to remove the student’s property therefrom. Personal property left in a residence hall room after a student withdrawals or fails to enroll will be considered abandoned property. Upon discovery, a student will be notified of the removal of their abandoned property from the room to a secure location within the residence hall and be given 48 hours to claim their property. The student expressly waives the service of any notice to re-enter, notice to terminate the tenancy, notice to quit or demand for possession. Breach by the student of any of the duties established by this agreement authorizes the use of any remedy available in law or equity. If the student fails to pay rental fees, additional fees and charges by the dates required by this agreement, the University is entitled to pursue any or all of the following actions: terminate this contract; evict the student from University housing; stop registration; and withhold transcript of grades, diploma, or other records and documents maintained by the University.
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The MSU Controller's Office in Garner Hall facilitates payments of room charges and other housing related fees, with the exception of the Housing Application fee (which is payable during the online housing application process).
Refund of fees will not be made to a student who moves from student housing unless he or she withdraws from the University. Students who register and pay their fees or move into a residence hall for any period of time and then move out of student housing are not entitled to a refund. Students who withdraw from the University are entitled to a prorated refund, but are financially responsible for the full housing contract after the 30th day of class.
During winter break, the university will close all residence halls. For an additional charge, students may stay in break housing during the break. For more information about break housing and break housing rates, contact the Department of Housing and Residence Life at (662) 325-3555.
The construction of bunk beds and lofts must be inspected by Maintenance and Facilities, (662) 325-2190, as soon as you have checked in at your residence hall. MSU officials will inspect and approve or reject the completed project. Cinder blocks or any other non-approved device used to elevate or bunk beds are prohibited. Lofts are permitted in residence halls as long as they comply with the following: no furniture provided may be removed from the room, nothing can be bolted to the walls, and there MUST be at least 18 inches from the ceiling to the bed. Schematics can be tentatively approved through email to firstname.lastname@example.org, but will still be inspected upon completion to ensure their approval and the student’s safety.
Contact HRL (Dogwood Hall Housing Office or 662-325-3555) to review room change possibilities or wait list options before moving to campus. After moving in, you may check with your RD for changes within your building. Hall changes may be requested by completing a 'Room-Roommate Reassignment Request' form at the front desk of any residence hall.
All moves must be coordinated through Residence Directors and/or the Department of Housing and Residence Life. A student who makes an unauthorized move must pay a $50 penalty and move back to the proper assignment.
During Online Room Selection (OLRS) students have the ability to search for available spaces and reassign themselves. After OLRS closes on May 31, reassignment requests can be submitted on the Housing Portal within the ‘Make Changes to My Account’ menu. These requests will be made by the MSU Assignments Office, are not guaranteed, and will be granted based on availability. The Reassignment Request option will close in early July.
Residents wanting a room change will need to contact their current Residence Hall Director (RDs) or Community Director (CDs). The RDs and CDs have offices within their respective residence hall and will assist their residents with room change requests. RD/CD office hours are posted on/near their office door along with their contact information. These requests are not guaranteed and will be made at the discretion of the RD/CD and based on availability.
Students should use multiple outlet adapters with surge protectors to connect more than one appliance; however, any student found to be overloading the circuit will be required to reduce usage. Extension cords are not allowed in the residence halls.
Security is primarily the responsibility of the student. Doors should be locked whenever the resident is not in the room.
Mississippi State University is located in an area where it is common to have inclement weather. In the case that inclement weather is within a close distance to the university, please look to the following as guidance on the situations.
It is each resident's responsibility to be respectful and courteous to other residents at all times regarding noise. Academic needs will take precedence over social or recreational needs at any time of the day. Residents must also be reasonable in their dealings with each other over acceptable levels of noise in the residence hall communities. Noise problems are best resolved as a community using discussion and when needed group contracts. Resident Advisers are trained in conflict resolution and will assist residents at any time.
Quiet hours are from 10pm – 10am. Special events scheduled by the individual hall association or hall staff, flexibility is permitted with regard to quiet hours. The sponsoring group is responsible for requesting the residence director to make an exception to the quiet hours expectations. It is the responsibility of the residence director to inform the residents about any change in quiet hours for a special event.
Amplified music outdoors is permitted only in accordance with policy.
Students who consistently refuse to conform to Quiet Hours may be referred to the residence hall conduct process. Excessive noise is defined as any sound, including amplified music, which can be heard inside a student’s room from another student’s room when both room doors are closed, or sound from the hallway when the room door is closed.
Visitation in all residence halls will be allowed from 10:00 am to 2:00 am, Monday through Sunday. All visitors must check in with the residence hall front desk and present a government issued ID such as a MSU Student ID or Drivers License. Guests must be escorted by the host resident at all times.
Students should be courteous neighbors at all times in the Residence Halls. Students are not allowed to engage in rowdy/uproarious behavior, rough house, or participate in sporting activities in the hallways or residence hall rooms. These behaviors can be extremely disruptive to fellow residents.
Personal computer equipment is permitted in the residence halls. However, personal routers, WiFi boosters, hubs, or any other signal enhancing hardware are prohibited from being used on campus. It is also recommended that students should purchase personal property insurance to safeguard from theft or loss. If caught having any of the above, a student will be referred to the Dean of Students Office.
All residence halls are wired and have wireless internet access. Students also have access to computer labs located in Griffis, Hull, Rice, and Ruby halls.
The use of computer lab computers and MSU network resources is governed by the MSU Policy for Use of Computing and Network Resources.
The Freshman Year Experience is part of the university's vision of making Mississippi State University a premier living and learning University. The Freshman Year Experience which encompasses the Freshman Year Experience Meal Plan is a result of Mississippi State's commitment to providing its students with a comprehensive educational and social experience. For more information about MSU Dining Service and the Freshman Year Experience Meal Plan visit: http://msstatedining.campusdish.com/FAQs.aspx
How can my student register for in-room telephone service? How much does it cost?
Your student may register for in-room telephone service by visiting www.its.msstate.edu/services/accounts/telephone/. In-room telephone service requires a connection fee of approximately $123.75 and a $22.25 monthly payment.
Each residence hall has at least one laundry room that students can access at anytime. Laundry machines take debit cards, credit cards, or quarters. The cost per cycle for each load is $1.50. For more information regarding our laundry provider visit: http://www.caldwellandgregory.com/
Students who plan to bring a personal vehicle with them to campus must buy a parking decal to park by your residence hall. Parking is only permitted in specific areas designated by your decal, and you will get a ticket if you are park out of zone. The University encourages you to walk, ride a bike, or use the University Transit System. To purchase your parking decal, you must register your vehicle with Parking Services online at http://www.parkingservices.msstate.edu/parking/.
Mississippi State University students are expected and held accountable for following university policies and procedures. We encourage all students to be familiar with these. They can be viewed by visiting: http://www.msstate.edu/web/security/student_policies.html
The University may consolidate rooms to fill capacity when vacancies occur and may move students to another room when such consolidations become necessary. Students who are not contracted for a designated single occupancy room, do not have a roommate, and have been requested to consolidate may either select another roommate, have another roommate assigned by the University, or change rooms. Any room change must be approved by the Assignments Office or Residence Hall Director and be completed within three days after notification to consolidate. If the consolidation has not occurred within this three-day period, the student may be relocated.
Roommate Contracts are tools that resident advisers and residence directors may use in order to help mediate roommate issues within a residence hall. Your resident adviser may ask for two roommates to sit down and discuss the roommate contract and have the roommates agree on certain things in order to make sure that both roommates are safe, secure, and comfortable within their residence hall rooms. The roommate contract addresses issues such as: Study habits, communication, personal habits, room cleaning, shared spaces within the room, room security, sharing of food or clothes, major equipment or appliances, visitors, trash removal, web cam usage, respect, privacy, and sleeping arrangements and times.
If at any time a student would like to request a room or roommate change, the student can do so by filling out a 'Room-Roommate Reassignment Request' form. These forms can be picked up at the front desk within the residence halls or from a residence director or resident adviser. Students must complete this form and return it to the residence director. It is at the discretion of the residence director to determine if there is space available to make a move within the residence hall and generally will try to mediate a roommate situation prior to granting a room change. If it is determined that a room or roommate change is necessary, the residence director has the ability to grant a room change or they will refer the student to the main housing office to grant room changes that may require students to move into a different residence hall than the one that they are currently residing in.