Housing Contract Terms & Agreements
Students who enter into a Housing Contract are committed to the entire academic year (August through May).
This document and those referred to within it constitute the Mississippi University for Women, Department of Housing and Residence Life, Housing Contract for residence halls and dining services. The housing and dining services described are being offered under the terms and conditions stated herein. It is the student's responsibility to become familiar with all provisions of this Housing Contract. These terms and conditions are not intended to provide general or specific residence hall policies, which are contained in the Student Handbook available online at www.muw.edu/students. No term or condition of this Housing Contract can be waived except in writing, signed by the student and the Director of Housing and Residence Life. No oral statement made by the Department of Housing and Residence Life or its employees is considered a waiver of any term or condition. This Housing Contract shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Mississippi.
- Eligibility: In order to be eligible for occupancy in University residence halls, the student must be enrolled at MUW, carrying an undergraduate or graduate credit load of six (6) credit hours or more. If a resident fails to enroll, or fails to pay fees resulting in the loss of status as an enrolled student, the resident agrees to vacate the premises within 48 hours. Resident may only use the room as a residence.
- Meal Plan Requirement: All students who reside in University residence halls must have a meal plan through Sodexo Dining Services. Food service contracts are not transferable. Charges may occur for meal contract changes, cancellations and lost identification cards.
- Contract Terms: The Housing Contract, from the beginning date (official opening day of the halls in August “Move In Day”) of the Housing Contract period, binds the resident for the full academic year, excluding the summer sessions. If a Housing Contract is entered into at the start of the fall semester, the Housing Contract will be binding until the final day of the spring semester. If the Housing Contract is entered into at the start of the spring semester, the Housing Contract will be binding until the final day of the spring semester. If the dates of the academic year are revised by the Department of Housing and Residence Life, those revised dates will apply and will not alter the financial obligation of this Housing Contract. An applicant for housing will only be considered once a completed application. A $50 non-refundable processing fee will be applied to student accounts during the first week of classes.
- Cancellation Policy: If at any time a student decides to cancel this Housing Contract, written notification must be provided to the Department of Housing and Residence Life. Depending upon the timing of the cancellation, a cancellation fee and other charges may apply. The cancellation fees and applicable other charges will be assessed to the student's account.
- Prior to June 1, there is no charge to cancel the student's housing contract.
- After June 1 but before the date the residence halls open on “Move In Day,” a cancellation fee of $150.00 will be charged.
- If a student withdraws from the University after Move In Day and during the first two weeks of class, the student will be allowed to cancel the Housing Contract, but he/she will be assessed 15% of the room and meal plan charges for the semester.
- If a student withdraws from the University after the first two weeks of class, the student will be assessed the full amount of their Housing Contract.
- Disciplinary Action: Students are expected to abide all University policies. Any infractions of University policies or federal, state and local laws will be addressed following Housing and Residence Life procedures or may be referred to the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs. The Department of Housing and Residence Life has the right to terminate this contract as a disciplinary action. The student forfeits all room charges and any rights to any refunds to and from the University for that academic year in which they are enrolled as a student.
- Assignment Policy: The Department of Housing and Residence Life will not illegally discriminate in room or hall assignment on the basis of race, color, religion, disability, sexual orientation, age, national origin, or ancestry. The Department of Housing and Residence Life reserves the right to change residence hall and/or room assignments, as deemed necessary by the Department. The Department of Housing and Residence Life also reserves the right to reassign one or both persons when irreconcilable differences occur between roommates or others living in close proximity.
- Room Change Request Policy: After arriving on campus and claiming an assigned space, requests for room changes will be accepted 10 working days after the first day of classes. All approved changes to be effective at the beginning of the spring semester must be made before the end of the fall semester. All residents must receive authorization from the Department of Housing and Residence Life to cease residing in their assigned room or to move from the residence halls. The Department of Housing and Residence Life reserves the right to levy a $150.00 service charge for unauthorized moves or failure to follow proper check-in/ check-out procedures.
- Single Room Request Policy: If space is available, upper-class students may request a single room accommodation at the prevailing single rate upon approval by the Department of Housing and Residence Life. Subleasing Prohibited. A resident may not sublease or rent a room assignment or permit another person to share a private room assignment or otherwise reside in, use, or occupy the room.
- Over-Assignments: The Department of Housing and Residence Life may assign a third occupant to a double room when necessary. As space opens, the third occupant in a double room will be reassigned.
- Room Rental Rates and Fees: The student understands and agrees that the Housing Contract is for space in the residence halls and not for a specific room or building. Current rental rates are published on the Department of Housing and Residence Life web page at www.muw.edu/housing. It is the sole responsibility of the resident to pay all applicable room rates and fees to the University Accounting office by the established deadlines. All students who claim their room assignment and key for the fall semester will be charged for both fall and spring semester room rent, provided that they are academically enrolled at the University for both fall and spring semester.
- Room Condition: The Department of Housing and Residence Life agrees to equip resident rooms with appropriate furnishings. Upon termination of this Housing Contract, the student must leave the assigned room, its furnishings, and its equipment in the same condition as it was upon commencement of the student's occupancy, ordinary wear and tear is expected. The Department of Housing and Residence Life assumes no liability for loss or damage to a resident's personal property due to fire, flood, theft, or any other causes. The temporary failure or interruption of water, heat, electricity, cable television, internet access, telephone, elevators, and the like shall give residents no claim for damages, cancellation of this Housing Contract, or reduction of rent. The Department of Housing and Residence Life agrees to provide reasonable amounts of heat, water, and electricity during the Housing Contract period. Interruptions of any one or all of these services including, but not limited to, cable television, internet access, telephone, elevators on a temporary basis for reasons of maintenance, repair, or catastrophe will not be considered a breach of this Housing Contract, and the Department of Housing and Residence Life assumes no responsibility for damages such as food spoilage. Provision of air conditioning and heat is determined by the guidelines of the Department of Housing and Residence Life.
- Waiver of Liability: Student understands that by signing this Agreement, the student agrees to hold University harmless for any damage cause to student's personal property due to fire, flood, theft, or any other causes. Student also agrees to hold the University harmless for any interruption of water, heat, electricity, cable television, internet access, telephone, and elevators.
- Checkout Procedure: Assigned rooms must be vacated, checkout procedures completed, and all keys returned to the Department of Housing and Residence Life staff member within 24 hours after a resident's last final examination. Students who have a scheduled examination on the last official day of finals must vacate the halls by 10:00 AM the following morning. Failure to checkout properly and/or return room key will result in$150.00 service charge. Failure to remove belongings from a room after cancellation will result in a service charge per day for storage of those items up to (10) ten days. After ten days, the items will become the Department of Housing and Residence Life property. The Department of Housing and Residence Life reserves the right to dispose of all stored items not properly claimed and all items left in rooms after the halls have officially closed, all of which property shall be deemed abandoned by the resident. If damages are found and/or the room needs to be cleaned, the student(s) will be billed a service charge on his/her account. A student's records will be placed on hold if the service charge is not paid. The Department of Housing and Residence Life will accept appeals to the charges for 10 working days after the service charge is billed. However after that 10 day period, no appeals will be accepted. The Department of Housing and Residence Life does not guarantee that appeals will result in reduction of the service charge. All appeals must be in writing to the Department of Housing and Residence Life.
- University's Right to Entry: The Department of Housing and Residence Life reserves the right to have authorized personnel enter a resident's room for any of the following reasons: inspection and repair of University property; ensure the health and safety of its students; for disciplinary purposes or upon reasonable cause to suspect violations of the any University policy, such as Department of Housing and Residence Life's conduct regulations; to determine occupancy; in an emergency; or whenever necessary to aid in the basic responsibility of the Department of Housing and Residence Life regarding maintenance of an educational atmosphere. Upon any such entry and discovery of reasonable cause to suspect violations, authorized personnel may then also search and seize items related to illegal activity or violation of the Department of Housing and Residence Life policies.
- Release of University Liability: The Department of Housing and Residence Life is released from responsibility for the resident's or any other persons' loss of money or valuables, or for the loss of, or damage to, personal property and recommends that the resident contact an insurance carrier concerning the availability of protection against such losses.
- No Waiver: Failure of the Department of Housing and Residence Life to strictly and promptly exercise any right granted in this Housing Contract shall not operate as a waiver of Department of Housing and Residence Life's right to subsequently enforce such rights and no indulgence, extension or delay by the Department of Housing and Residence Life shall be construed as a waiver of any such right.
- Community Standard: It is the sole responsibility of the resident to obtain, read, and abide by the Department of Housing and Residence Life Standards, which is incorporated herein by reference. The Housing and Residence Life Standards are published in the Student Handbook at www.muw.edu/students and on the Housing and Residence Life web site www.muw.edu/housing. The student should be familiar with all housing and residence life policies.
- Contract Authority: If the resident is under the age of 18, his/her parents or legal guardian shall become a party to this Housing Contract.
If you have any questions, please contact the Department of Housing and Residence Life at 662.329.7127.