Returning Students

Important Dates

Date

Event

November 12th

Room Change

November 19th

Room Selection(New applicants only)

January 26th

First Day of Classes

 

  • How do I apply for housing?

Housing Directions 

 

  • What forms of payment are accepted for my $250.00 non-refundable housing deposit?

The $250.00 non-refundable housing deposit must be paid online with a credit card through the MyHousing portal. We currently accept Visa, Mastercard, and Discover only.

 

  • What is the cancellation policy for the academic year housing contract?

If you have paid your housing deposit and no longer wish to live on campus, you must submit a withdrawal form through the MyHousing Portal prior to June 28th, this application will be live for you to do so on April 13th, 2020. If you request to cancel your contract prior to June 28 you will be released from your contract and will forfeit your $250.00 non-refundable housing deposit. After June 28, 2020 you are financially bound to the terms and conditions of the housing contract for the entire academic year (fall and spring semester) unless you are withdrawing from the university, transferring to another university, graduating, studying abroad, student teaching, academically dismissed or medically unable to attend.

 

  • When can I change my meal plan?

You can change your meal plan beginning July 1st.

 

  • What other meal plan options are available to returning residents?

The meal plan options vary based on your chosen residence hall, but returning residents have more options when they select housing in an apartment-style building and choose a room with a kitchen. Students in kitchen rooms may select from a 25-, 40-, or 80-meals per semester plan plus $150 Food Loot; these meal plan options offer significant cost savings. Students residing in rooms that are not equipped with kitchens will maintain a full meal plan with unlimited access to Connecticut Hall, $150 Food Loot, and 2 meal swipes per week for dining elsewhere on campus or may adjust their meal plan to one of the smaller meals-per-week plans. Please visit the Meal Plan page on our website for full details.

 

  • How many credits do I need to live in upperclassman buildings?

For the Fall 2020 semester only there is currently no credit requirements.

 

  • How are selection times for rooms chosen?

Usually, room selection times go by how many credits you have. A person with higher credits will be able to choose a room before a person with a lower amount of credits.

 

  • I'd like to move into an upperclass, apartment-style building, but I'd like to see my options. Is there any way to do that since the university is closed?

Visual tours are available on our website along with images of sample rooms in each upperclassmen building: https://www.southernct.edu/student-life/living-on-campus/residence-halls.

 

Southern Connecticut State University is committed to protecting the health, safety and welfare of every member of its community to the fullest extent possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. While the University will adhere to national, state, and local health guidelines, keeping the campus safe is a shared responsibility. This means every member of our campus community must adhere to these guidelines.

 

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the University must make changes to both your housing and dining experiences in the 2020-2021 academic year. These modifications to on-campus living arrangements and dining will become effective for the fall 2020 and will remain in place until you receive notification from the University.

 

The guidelines below are part of your housing and dining agreement and are applicable to all residential students.

 

1.      Considerations for Student Experience and Development
Residential staff will continue to ensure that the residential facilities are secure and will take extra precautions to promote a healthy living environment so students can focus on their academic work. We will maintain a 24-hour, 7-day on-call rotation to respond to emergencies, and desk staff will remain available during normal operating hours. While larger programs may need to scale back, activities conducive to smaller groups will be held whenever it is safe to do so. Further, residents can expect their peer staff members to reach out and communicate more frequently via electronic means including but not limited to: email, group messages, social media, and posted signage. Professional staff will also be available for support and engagement via digital platforms (including Microsoft Teams) and in-person meetings when possible.

 

2.      Health and Safety

Residential students are required to comply with health and safety laws, orders, ordinances, regulations, and health and safety guidance adopted by the University or Office of Residence Life as it relates to public health crises including COVID-19. This guidance may evolve as the public health crisis evolves and requirements change. For the purposes of health and safety, residents will be expected to maintain 6’ social distancing in the residence halls wherever possible including but not limited to lobbies, floor community lounges, basements, hallways, and entryways. In residence halls with community bathrooms, laundry rooms, and utility rooms/kitchens, occupancy will be limited and residents are expected to abide by posted occupancy signage. Residents will also be required to wear masks in these same public areas within the residence halls. To comply with social distancing, residents should follow elevator capacity guidelines and directional arrows in stairwells and heed other posted signage throughout the residence halls. As an on-campus resident, you agree to abide by all social distancing measures outlined by the University and recognize that failure to comply with such measures may result in a referral to the Office of Student Conduct and Civic Responsibility where disciplinary action may be taken. Disciplinary action for repeated or egregious offenses may include dismissal from the residence halls with no refund.

 

3.      Occupancy of the Residence Halls

Due to COVID‐19 or any other similar outbreaks, the University may be required to change move-in dates, housing locations, or occupancy at any given time. Unless otherwise indicated by the university, alteration or modification shall not result in the termination or cancelation of the University Housing Contract or affect the Term of the Contract. When possible, the University shall provide students with 24-hour notice of such actions. 

 

4.      Room Assignments and Dates of Stay

Residents’ selected assignments for the fall 2020 semester are subject to change for the spring semester. Possible changes include but are not limited to the room type and room capacity.  Students may elect to participate in a room change process in order to adjust a housing assignment prior to the spring semester.  In the unlikely event that the University is unable to provide you with housing in the spring, you will be provided with a prorated refund. The University makes no guarantees of housing availability.

 

Residence halls are scheduled to open for the fall semester; however, this is subject to change and a delay or rescheduling of a resident’s designated move-in date or assignment is not grounds for the termination of the Housing Contract. Move-in delays of up to two days are not eligible for refunds; delays of any longer duration will be eligible for prorated refunds.  Residence halls will close on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 and all residents must comply with the Move-Out specifications provided for this date. This process will include the removal of all personal belongings/complete vacancy of your residence hall assignment. Any student who does not vacate campus premises by November 24 may be subject to additional costs and fees including, but not limited to, packing and storage.

 

Unless other arrangements have been made with the University, residents will not be eligible to remain on campus during the winter break.

 

5.      Other Changes in Policy

Residents are expected to comply with all additional guidelines and policies distributed by the University and the Office of Residence Life. Failure to abide by such policies may result in disciplinary action which may include removal from the residence halls with no refund.

 

In further consideration of state-directed social distancing measures, no off-campus guests will be admitted. Unfortunately this means that immediate family members, significant others, etc. may not enter the residence hall beyond the main lobby. We encourage students to utilize exterior spaces, when necessary, to interact with non-residents.

 

6.      Dining Services

Dining services, including locations and type of distribution or offerings for residential students, are subject to the discretion of the University and are subject to modification to address public health concerns. Due to health and safety guidance, the food service operator and/or the university may limit the occupancy of dining facilities, the seating available in dining facilities, the amount of time students may remain within dining halls, or make other adjustments needed to address health and safety concerns. Students will be notified of such modifications and, whenever possible, students will be given advance notice of such changes.

 

  1. Testing and Contact Tracing

Students opting to live on campus agree to provide documentation that they have had a nucleic acid test such as reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) COVID-19 test within 14 days of arrival; further information regarding the stipulations of such testing will be available on the University’s COVID-19 webpage. A copy of the lab result should be either uploaded to your patient portal https://patient-southernct.medicatconnect.com/login.aspx, emailed to healthservices@southernct.edu, or faxed it to (203) 392-6301.  If the test is negative, you will receive an email from Health Services clearing you to pick a move-in time. If the test is positive, you will need to quarantine at home for 14 days; you will then follow up with Health Services for further instruction before moving in.  Residential students agree to participate in targeted random testing as a part of an ongoing testing strategy.

 

Residents also agree to participate in contact tracing if necessary. If you test positive for COVID-19, you must promptly disclose that fact to University Health Services by calling (203) 392-6300. You will be relocated to a quarantine housing assignment for as long as the University deems it necessary or you may choose to return home until you are cleared to return to campus by your health care provider. You will need to provide documentation from your provider stating that you are no longer contagious. Please note: if you elect to return home, you will not be issued a refund of your housing charges.

 

8.      Quarantine / Isolation / Separation

At any time, the University may require a resident to leave his/her assigned accommodations if the resident’s continued presence in the housing community poses a health or safety risk for community members due to COVID-19 or other public health emergency. Failure to leave violates the Housing Contract and may subject a student to emergency removal from his/her assigned housing. Removal from assigned housing to isolate or quarantine does not constitute a termination of a residential student’s housing contract. Students will be expected to follow detailed protocols until they are cleared to return to their assigned space.  Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action which may include dismissal from the residence halls with no refund.

 

9.      Cleaning

The University will continue to implement and modify its cleaning protocols to address COVID-19 in the interest of minimizing the spread of the virus. However, students should continue to practice good hygiene and clean their areas regularly to help mitigate the spread of the virus.

 

10.  Termination

​The University reserves the right to terminate housing contracts if the University decides that it has become unsafe to house students. In such circumstances, students will be provided with prorated refunds.

 

11.  ​Assumption of Risk

As with any communal living environment, there is a potential for residents to be exposed to and contract illness or disease.  When a student decides to live on campus, the student knowingly accepts this risk. While various preventative measures have been put in place by the University, any student who lives on campus assumes the risk of contracting COVID-19 or any other illness during their stay on campus. The University accepts no responsibility for illness contracted by residents or their guests. 

 

12.  Release

You agree to release the University, its agents, and employees from any and all damages, liability, claims, expenses, or loss (collectively, “Claims”) resulting from or arising out of your use of University housing, dining or other facilities, including those related to the potential exposure to coronavirus/COVID-19.

The residence halls will be closing for the Fall Semester at 8pm on Tuesday, November 24th, 2020. At this time, the residence halls will be officially closed for the semester and students will not be permitted back into the building. If your class schedule or personal schedule permits, we ask that you begin to vacate the residence halls prior to Tuesday (i.e. the weekend of November 20-22) in order to maximize social distancing during the check-out process.

 What you need to know (see below for additional information):

  • Halls close at 8pm on Tuesday, November 24th, 2020.  If you have class after this time, please pack your room prior to your class and notify your Residence Hall Director should you need additional time (see “Staying Beyond Closing” below).
  • If you are returning to the same room for Spring 2021, you are required to prepare your room for the break and check-out. (See below: Closing Instructions: Returning to Same Room for Spring 2021)
  • If you are changing rooms or moving to a different residence hall for the Spring semester, you must remove all of your belongings, return your key, and check out with a staff member (See below: Closing Instructions: Not Returning or Changing Rooms for Spring 2021)
  • Attend Your Resident Advisor Closing Meeting 
  • The last student to leave must notify staff that the room is vacant 
  • Residence Hall Directors and Resident Advisors will be going through your room/apartment after you leave to make sure it is prepared for break.
  • All Access is STRICTLY PROHIBITED once the halls are closed.
  • Spring 2021 move-in information will be emailed to you over the course of Winter Break, so continue checking your Southern email regularly. 
  • Make sure to bring your keys back with you when you return to campus.

Staying Beyond Closing:

If you require additional time (up until 12:00 noon on Wednesday, November 25th, 2020) to vacate your residence hall due to class or extenuating circumstances, please submit your request in writing to your hall director. Be sure to include your name, student ID #, room #, and the reason for your request to stay late. Requests to stay late must be received by Friday, November 20, 2020 at 4:30 pm. 

 

Not returning for the Spring 2021 Semester?
As a reminder, your Housing Contract is a legal binding contract for the entire academic year. However, if you are graduating, transferring, taking a leave of absence or withdrawing from the University, you will be removed from housing once your status has been confirmed by the University. Once your status is confirmed, the charges will be removed from your account for Spring 2021 semester. (See below: Closing Instructions: Not Returning or Changing Rooms for Spring 2021).

Closing Instructions: Returning to Same Room for Spring 2021: 
Please make sure the following tasks are completed before leaving for the semester break.

  1. Take home any valuables, medications, books/school supplies, passport/personal documentation, or other items you will need during the break. (You will not have access to your residence hall or room over the break and the university is not responsible for items lost or stolen over the break).
  2. Take out all garbage to the dumpster adjacent to your residence hall.
  3. Lock all windows and close all curtains and blinds.
  4. Unplug every electrical unit in your room/apartment except for refrigerators, cable boxes, modems and aquariums.  *Please make sure that all refrigerators, cable boxes and modems are left plugged in!
  5. Clean the inside of your refrigerator and the inside of your microwave. 
    1. You will be home for almost two months, so please take home all food (BOTH perishable and non-perishable).
  6. Notify your Resident Advisor, email your Hall Director, or place an online maintenance request to inform us of any maintenance concerns in your room.
  7. Check out with a Residence Hall staff member.
  8. Please follow any additional closing procedures set forth by your hall director.  These procedures can be obtained through the residence hall main office.

 Closing Instructions: Not Returning or Changing Rooms for the Spring 2021:

If you are not returning to housing for the Spring 2021 or have requested a room change for the Spring 2021, please complete the following steps at check out.

  1. Remove all belongings from the room.
  2. Clean the room thoroughly. Double-check your closet (both inside and on top of the closet), dresser drawers, and desk drawer to make sure you have packed up all of your belongings.
  3. Take out all garbage to the dumpster adjacent to your residence hall.
  4. Lock all windows and close all curtains and blinds.
  5. Unplug every electrical unit in your room/apartment except for refrigerators, cable boxes, modems and aquariums. *Please make sure that all refrigerators, cable boxes and modems are left plugged in!
  6. Clean the inside of your refrigerator and your microwave. 
    1. You will be home for almost two months, so please take home all food (BOTH perishable and non-perishable).
  7. Notify your Resident Advisor, email your Hall Director, or place an online maintenance request to inform us of any maintenance concerns in your room.
  8. Check out with a Residence Hall staff member, return your key, and complete the room condition check-out process with your Residence Hall staff.

**Please note that students who are changing rooms may have an opportunity to move belongings prior to leaving for the break. A separate email will be sent with more detailed information if that option is available to you.

If you find that you have unwanted, gently used items, please consider donating to the Give-and-Go program or to the non-perishable food drive. Marked donation bins (for clothing, small electronics/appliances, rugs, bedding, books, dishware, and more) and cardboard boxes (for non-perishable food items) will be in your Residence Hall lobbies through the end of the semester. 

 

A Note Regarding Damage Charges:

Your residence hall director and resident advisors will be going through your room/apartment to ensure you have followed all closing procedures. If Residence Life staff members determine that you have failed to follow the closing procedures or that the condition of furniture/fixtures in your room surpasses reasonable “wear and tear,” you may be damage billed. Possible damage charges include (but are not limited to):

·         Failure to clean or remove garbage

·         Rips or stains to furniture, mattresses, etc.

·         Lost keys

·         Missing or broken furniture

·         Holes in walls and doors or painting required because of excessive marks, tape, hooks, etc.

Please review the Guide to Living on Campus for more information about damage charges. 

Lastly, if you have been receiving mail and packages on campus (including subscription services), check your ship-to addresses for mid- and late-November orders to ensure items that will arrive after you go home will be routed to your home address.

If you have any questions regarding the fall semester closing, please do not hesitate to contact your Resident Advisor, Residence Hall Director, or the Office of Residence Life at (203) 392-5870.