Residence Halls

 
Delta State University Housing Office provides residence living halls for both men and women students who are enrolled as full time students. Living in the Residence Hall is a privilege, not a right. Those living in the halls must adhere to the regulations outlined within this policy.
 
 
Full Time Student: A full-time student is a student who has a semester hour load of at least 12 undergraduate hours, 9 graduate hours.
 
 
On-campus living provides living and learning experiences that enhance the total philosophy of higher education; therefore, Delta State University encourages students to live in University housing facilities. Students find living on campus an exciting educational experience. The Housing Office supervises all residence halls and family housing. Each residence hall has a director who lives in and supervises the building and its residents.
 
  1. No room reservation is made until a student’s application for admission to the University is received and approved by the Director of Admissions. Applications accompanied by the $50.00 deposit should be made at least three weeks before the semester begins. If an applicant finds it necessary to cancel a room reservation the $50.00 deposit is refunded only if the cancellation reaches the Housing Office before August 1st for the Fall Semester, December 1st for the Spring Semester, May 15th for Summer Term I, and June 15th for Summer Term II.
 
  1. A $50.00 room deposit must be on account for each resident of the residence hall. If at any time a forfeiture of or charge against the deposit occurs, the student must immediately repay the deposit in order to retain his/her room or reservation for future housing. Room deposits will not be refunded the first two (2) weeks of any session.
 
  1. Housing does not guarantee private rooms upon request. All students requesting housing must be assigned and the initial room change process completed before private rooms are offered. A private room contract will be issued to all residents living alone on the first Friday of each term, regardless of the circumstances that caused the single occupancy. The contract offers two options: (1) Pay an additional fee to guarantee the private room for the semester only, (2) Reassignment to a new room with a roommate or have a roommate move into your room. Upon receiving the contract, the resident must respond immediately either by accepting the private room charge or coming immediately to the Housing Office for assistance in reassignment with a roommate. Failure to follow this process will result in an automatic charge for the private room.
 
  1. Students are responsible for damaging or mutilating property or equipment in any building whether accidental or intentional, and will be assessed for those damages. The assigned occupants of a residence hall room are financially responsible for all property that is a part of that room. Residents must be checked in and checked out by a member of the Housing staff and are held accountable for any damage that occurs while living there. Students must sign the check-in sheet upon moving into the room and must also sign the check-out sheet when moving out of the room – the signature verifies acceptance of the documented condition of the room property. Residents must make an appointment for check-out with the RA or Hall Director at least 24 hours in advance. Students are also responsible for any mutilation or defacement of lobby areas and furnishings. Room deposits will not be refunded or will be forfeited if the proper check-in or check-out procedure is not followed. Turning in the room key does not constitute the proper check-out procedure. Student housing charges are based on the dates provided on the check-in / check-out sheet. Dates are based upon occupancy. Officially checking in and/or leaving personal belongings in a room without officially checking-out constitutes occupancy.
 
  1. To transfer from one residence hall to another or from one room to another in the same hall the student must have a transfer sheet from the Housing Office prior to the transfer. Transferring will be allowed only at the beginning of each semester unless special permission is granted by the Housing Office. Failure to follow the proper transfer procedure will result in loss of room deposit.
 
  1. Students must remove all personal belongings from the residence hall rooms upon check-out. Housing is not responsible for theft, damage, security of, or storage of personal belongings. This is part of the proper check-out procedure.
 
  1. Residents are encouraged to see the Hall Director before leaving for a holiday in order to document the departure and return times.
 
  1. Between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. residents of all residence halls must use only combination doors to enter or exit the residence halls. Other doors may be used only in case of emergency. Doors may not be propped open except during busy check-in and check-out days. Violators will be subject to disciplinary action.
 
  1. Pets and other animals are not permitted in residence halls.
 
  1. Residents are to turn off lights, appliances, and televisions, when leaving their rooms for any length of time. However, hall and lobby lights are left on at night for safety reasons. Anything requiring electricity must be disconnected during holiday periods.
 
  1. All trash or waste should be deposited daily in appropriate trash containers in designated areas of each residence hall.
 
  1. Students are not to engage in conversation in or out of windows or make unnecessary noise in the residence hall.
 
  1. All thefts, damage to property, etc. should be reported immediately to the resident assistant, Residence Hall Director and DSU Police Department. The University is not liable for loss of or damage to any or all student property.
 
  1. There is no key deposit. There will be $15.00 charge for each damaged key replacement. Students should not have DSU keys duplicated. There will be a $25.00 charge for a lost key and the lock will be replaced and new keys cut for the room.
 
  1. Students found guilty of tampering with residence hall fire detection systems will be suspended from the residence hall.
 
  1. Students are not allowed on the roof of any residence hall.
 
  1. Bicycles are not permitted in the residence hall. Bicycle racks are provided outside.
 
  1. Candles and incense are not to be burned anywhere in the residence halls.
 
  1. Babysitting is not allowed in the residence halls.
 
  1. Regular fire, safety, and room checks will be made in every residence hall to determine if all safety regulations and expected standards of cleanliness are being observed. Repeated violations of this code will result in disciplinary action.
 
  1. All residence halls are smoke-free. For smokers – appropriate receptacles are provided outside in designated areas.
 
  1. Sales and solicitors are prohibited in residence halls. Students are advised to report unauthorized salesmen to the Housing Office. All signs of advertisement must be approved by the director of housing and distributed by the housing office.
 
  1. Students may have an overnight guest of their own sex in their residence hall rooms only after registration with the director of that residence hall. However, the Housing Office discourages overnight guest during week nights – Sunday through Thursday. Guest will be subject to the same code of conduct expected of the student host or hostess and must be registered with the residence hall director. No guest under 12 years old is permitted. No guest is allowed during holiday or interim periods. Students will be charged if the guests are not properly registered at the rate of $10.00 per night. All of this includes students from one residence hall visiting in another residence hall.
 
  1. Members of the opposite sex will be allowed to visit in the rooms only during Open Visitation. Visitors may visit in the Residence Hall lobby from 12:00 noon to 1 a.m. unless otherwise posted. From 5:00 p.m. – 1 a.m. a desk assistant must be on duty for lobby visitation.
 
  1. Members of the opposite sex are allowed to visit in the rooms during Open House. Open House is a time when the residence hall is open to all guests without requiring the check-in procedure (such as Homecoming) but still under the supervision of the Residence Hall Staff. An Open House must be approved by the Housing Office.
 
  1. Halogen lights are not allowed
 
  1. Cooking appliances are limited to microwaves, refrigerators, and coffee makers. These must be closely supervised by the user. After one violation, all privileges will be revoked
 
  1. Residents of the Delta State residence halls are allowed to personalize their rooms using the following guidelines and with the approval of the Director of Housing and Residence Life. Housing reserves the right to restrict a resident’s use of this policy in certain areas or buildings when necessary.
a.       Paint Policy:
                                             i.            Paint must be purchased from the University.
                                           ii.            Only paint color approved by the Director of Housing and Residence Life may be used.
                                          iii.            Brushes, rollers, etc. will be provided by the students.
                                         iv.            Painting must be done neatly with careful attention given to the protection of the ceiling, doors, baseboards, floor, furniture, etc.
b.      Students will not be allowed to wallpaper walls or apply any permanent material to the residence hall walls without prior approval from the Director of Housing and Residence Life.
c.       Carpet may be used in the residence hall rooms as long as it is not permanently attached to the floor. DO NOT USE ANY TAPE.
d.      Small chests, chairs, lamps, etc. may be added to the room, but any other furniture must be approved by the Director of Housing and Residence Life PRIOR to moving any other furnishings into the residence hall.
e.       No lofts or permanently attached furnishings may be added to the existing residence hall rooms and no alterations to the existing room may be done without the approval of the Director of Housing and Residence Life.
f.        All tape, tacks, nails, and adhesive material used to hold pictures, posters, etc. on the walls must be removed before the “check-out” process is complete. Charges will be made for wall damage due to tape, tacks, nails, and other adhesive materials.
g.       The rental and use of a micro fridge are subject to the terms of the micro fridge rental contract.
h.       Any violation of the above policy may result in the appropriate disciplinary actions as well as charges for room or property damage.
 
  1. Students will not be permitted to remove any furniture from their rooms or move furniture from one room to another. Lobby and study room furnishings (including cushions) are not to be moved into a student’s room.
Room Visitation
The students living in each residence hall shall resolve by popular majority vote at the beginning of the Fall semester their desire to participate in open visitation from one of the following options:
 
No visitation
For both Men’s and Women’s Halls
Wednesday…………………………….. 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday……………………………………. 6 p.m. – 12 midnight
Saturday…………………………………. 6 p.m. – 12 midnight
Sunday…………………………………… 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Women’s Halls
Tuesday…………………………………. 6 p.m. – 12 midnight
Thursday………………………………… 6 p.m. – 12 midnight
Saturday…………………………………. 6 p.m. – 12 midnight
Sunday…………………………………… 6 p.m. – 12 midnight
Men’s Halls
Monday…………………………………. 6 p.m. – 12 midnight
Wednesday…………………………….. 6 p.m. – 12 midnight
Friday……………………………………. 6 p.m. – 12 midnight
Saturday…………………………………. 6 p.m. – 12 midnight
For both Men’s and Women’s Halls
Sunday – Thursday…………………… 3 p.m. – 1a.m.
Friday – Saturday…………………….. 3 p.m. – 2 a.m.
 
All residence halls will abide by the following rules:
  1. Room visitation is allowed only when the Residence Hall Director, Assistant Hall Director or a Resident Assistant is on duty in the residence hall and a desk assistant is available for checking the guests in and out.
  2. All visitors will be required to sign in at the lobby desk indicating the room number and person they are visiting. First and last name of the host and visitor is required.
  3. Checking-in and checking-out of any guest is the responsibility of the residence hall occupant acting as “host”.
  4. The host or hostess must meet the visitor at the sign-in point to escort him/her to the room and from the room back to the lobby at the end of visitation. Both the host and the visitor should leave a picture I.D. at the desk. Delta State students are required to leave their student I.D. cards.
  5. All residence hall guests must be escorted to and from host’s or hostess’ room by the host or hostess, and can visit only in the room of that host or hostess unless permission to visit elsewhere is granted by the Residence Hall Director or the Resident Assistant.
  6. The host is responsible for the conduct of the visitor while the visitor is in the residence hall. The guest may be required to leave if violating visitation policies or disturbing other residents.
  7. No resident is allowed more than one guest without the prior permission of the Residence Hall Director or Resident Assistant.
  8. No student is allowed to have visitors in a residence hall other than the one to which he/she has been assigned, without the prior permission of the Residence Hall Director or Resident Assistant in charge of the hall being visited.
  9. Residence Hall Directors, Assistant Hall Directors, Resident Assistants, or any person representing the Housing/Student Affairs Office may check rooms where guests are signed in.
  10. Unless excluded for disciplinary reasons, students attending Delta State or any other college or university, persons 18 years or older, or any individual of the immediate family 12 years of age or older are permitted to visit the residence halls during approved hours. Each host is responsible for his or her guest’s age if conflict should arise. Exception to this rule may be approved beforehand by the Residence Hall Director, Assistant Hall Directors, Resident Assistant in charge, the Director, Associate Director, or Coordinator of Housing and Residence Life. Participation in visitation by other than Delta State students will be monitored closely.
  11. Guests are not to be left alone in residence hall rooms.
  12. Residents having guests must consider the rights of their roommates. A roommate should not be asked to vacate the room for another’s guest.
  13. Dress for all residents and guests must be in good taste at all times.
  14. Designated study rooms may be used during visitation for studying only.
Holiday or Interim Periods
The residence halls are closed during regular University holidays, including Thanksgiving, Christmas and Spring Vacation and interim periods between semesters. Your room rent does not include vacation periods or interim periods. If you have extenuating circumstances, permission may be granted to live on campus during holidays and semester breaks for an additional charge. For safety and security, you may be assigned to a new room for this period of time. You must request permission ONE WEEK prior to the closing for the holiday or interim period.
 
The responsibility of ensuring that the room visitation policy is successfully implemented and enforced rest with the Housing Office, Residence Hall Director, Resident Assistants, and especially the residence hall students.
Any violation of the visitation policy of any residence hall may result in the cancellation of an individual’s room visitation privileges as well as other discipline.
 
A violation of the visitation policy will cause immediate suspension of visitation (room and/or lobby) until proper adjudication has occurred.
 
  1. Lobby visitation will have these time limitations:
a.       Women’s and Men’s residence halls: 12 noon – 1 a.m. everyday unless otherwise posted.
b.      No lobby visitation for the opposite sex between 1 a.m. and 12 noon.
c.       Lobby visitation is possible after 5:00 p.m. Only if a desk assistant is on duty.
 
  1. Exterior residence hall doors will be locked at 5:00 p.m., with the exception of the main entrance door leading to the lobby. All guests must enter and exit through this door regardless of the time of the visit.
 
  1. Guests must be accompanied by their host or hostess while visiting in the lobby.
 
  1. Dress for all residents and guests must be in good taste at all times.
 
Conduct in the lobby areas must be in good taste and appropriate at all times.
 
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