Returning Students

Important Dates

Date

Event

January 23rd and 24th

Move In Days 

January 26th

First Day of Classes (online until Feb 1st)

May 14th

Residence Halls Close

 

  • 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 housing contract cancellation request. Please contact our office of further information.

 

  • When can I change my meal plan?

You can change your meal plan ffor the spring semester December 1st- February 2nd.

 

  • 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 2021 semester: to be determined

 

  • 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.

 

Housing Contract Agreement COVID-19 Addendum

 

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 continue to be effective for the spring 2021 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
    1. 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
    1. 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
    1. 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. Other Changes in Policy
    1. 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.
    2. In further consideration of state-directed social distancing measures, the maximum number of residents and/or guests in a resident’s room will be limited. No more than one guest per bedroom is permitted (or two guests per West Campus suite). Beginning Monday, February 22nd, residents will be permitted to sign in one other on-campus resident as a guest.
    3. 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, the guest policy may be amended and guest visitation may be halted altogether at the university’s discretion.
  5. Dining Services
    1. 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.
       
  6. Testing and Contact Tracing
    1. 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 7 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 isolate at home for 10 days; you will then follow up with Health Services for further instruction before moving in.  
    2. 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 have the option to relocate at home or to a new 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.
    3.  Residential students agree to participate in targeted random testing as a part of an ongoing testing strategy. A percentage of residential students will be randomly tested each week. These tests must be completed on campus by Southerns testing provider. When randomly selected, residential students will receive further information from the COVID-19 Coordinator. Failure to complete the randomized testing will result in disciplinary action which may include dismissal from the residence halls with no refund.
       
  7. Quarantine / Isolation / Separation
    1. At any time, the University may require a resident to leave their 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 their 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.
       
  8. Cleaning
    1. 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.
       
  9. Termination
    1. 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.
       
  10. ​Assumption of Risk
    1. 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.
       
  11. Release
    1. 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.