Letter from the Department
The semester is beginning to wind down and it is time to prepare for Winter Break! We hope you have enjoyed your time on campus this semester and that you are looking forward to another semester in the residence halls.
Because Winter Break is just around the corner, several preparations are needed to make the semester transition go smoothly. Please take a couple of minutes to read this End of Semester Blog for important information.
If you have questions regarding your Student Housing Contract or any other matter, please allow the Department of Residence Life, Housing and Dining Services to help you. Best wishes for the remainder of the semester and with final exams!
Department of Residence Life, Housing and Dining Services
Important Dates to Remember:
Nov 27-Dec 1: Thanksgiving Break; All Residence Halls and Garst Dining Center are open
November 17: Last day for online room change requests for the Fall semester
Nov 18- Dec 13: Room change requests for the Spring semester made through Hall Directors
December 7-12: Final Exam Period
December 14: Residence Halls Blair-Shannon, Freddy, Kentwood, Wells, and Woods close at 8:00 a.m.;
Dining Centers are closed for Winter Break
Dec 23-Jan 1: Offices Closed
January 11: Residence Halls open at 8:00 a.m.
Winter Break Housing
The following residence halls will be closed from 8:00 a.m. Saturday, December 14th until 8:00 a.m. Saturday, January 11th: Blair-Shannon House, Freudenberger House, Kentwood Hall, Wells House, and Woods House.
If you need accommodations during this time, Winter Break housing will be available at the University Plaza Hotel at the special rate of $49/night plus tax for 1-2 people or $59/night plus tax for 3-4 people. The rate includes breakfast daily and is offered to Missouri State residence hall students only. Please contact the University Plaza at 417-864-7333 to reserve your space. Spaces are limited and will be available first-come, first-served.
In order to take advantage of the special rate, be sure to say that you are a Missouri State student in need of Winter Break housing. All charges must be paid directly to the University Plaza and cannot be billed to your student account.
If you would like to share a room with another student and split the rate, you need to make arrangements ahead of time. Roommates must be determined before check-in at the University Plaza. If you are having trouble finding someone to share a room with, you may contact Abby Brown in Hammons House 104 at 417-836-4384. We will try to work with you to find a potential Winter Break roommate, but there are no guarantees.
No Mail Service During Winter Break
Please be aware that mail service to all closed residence halls will be suspended and that mail service will not be available until the residence halls reopen in January. Your mail will not be forwarded during the Winter Break. There will be no access to mail during this time, as the reception desks are not staffed. If you are expecting an important piece of mail, please make sure it is mailed to you before your residence hall closes—no later than December 13, 2013—or make other arrangements for delivery.
During the Winter Break, Residence Life, Housing and Dining Services will reset all computer registrations. Upon returning to the residence halls, all students will need to re-register personal computers. More information about registering your computer and other devices can be found on the ResNet website.
Your BoomerMeals balance will start over for Spring. Any BoomerMeals left over from the Fall semester will carry forward to Spring.
If you are not returning to the residence halls for Spring, you will lose any unused BoomerMeals from Fall but will not be charged for Spring BoomerMeals.
Housing Contract Cancellation Forms:
Educational Cancellation Form – For students participating in Internships, Student Teaching, or Study Away programs during the spring semester. Please submit your form to Hammons House 104 along with appropriate verification documentation from the Study Away Office, your Internship Company, or your Academic Advisor. All approved Educational Cancellations will receive a refund of the $100 housing deposit minus any damages.
Not Returning Form – For students who are withdrawing from the university, graduating, transferring schools, or not returning as a Missouri State student. Return this form to the front desk of your Residence Hall. Students who are withdrawing from MSU or transferring schools will lose the $100 deposit. Students who are graduating will be refunded the $100 deposit minus any damages.
Breakage Information – For students who wish to request a breakage of their on-campus housing contract but remain a Missouri State student, please contact Hammons House 104. Very few breakages are granted and even those approved will be subject to breakage fees and loss of deposit.
Fraternity and Sorority Breakages – Fraternity and Sorority students who meet specific criteria are eligible to break their on-campus housing contracts to move into chapter houses (breakage fees will apply). A breakage request form must be submitted to Hammons House 104 no later than January 1st for review. Students will be notified of their status via e-mail by January 3rd.
Updating Address and Deposit Refunds
If you are not returning to Missouri State after the Fall semester and are eligible for a refund of your deposit, be sure you have updated your permanent address with the Office of the Registrar. The housing deposit (minus any damages) will be mailed to your permanent address. Checks that are mailed to incorrect addresses will be returned to Accounts Receivable and held there for the student to retrieve. If you need to update your address, you may do so by completing this form and returning it to Carrington 320.
Are you “IN”? Reapplication for on-campus housing will be starting in February. We hope you and your friends have already been thinking about where you would like to live for Fall 2014! Remember that all students who have not successfully completed 30 credit hours are required to live on campus. For more information, please visit our reapplication page so you don’t miss your opportunity to select your favorite Residence Hall and secure your roommates for next year!