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Volume 47, Number 2


Value Added: Charter Committee involvement expands students' opportunities for learning

A Parent and the President: David Skorton reflects on college visits, tuition increases, and financial aid

Greetings from the UI Parents Association

The Sky's the Limit: Student journalist and pilot soars toward professional success

A Rite of Passage: A first-year student makes the University her home away from home

The Accidental Director

Self-Assignment on the Web

Why Live on Campus? Compare the Costs

There is no such thing as free parking: The challenge of bringing a car to campus

Parental Approval: Mom and Dad of the Year represent all University of Iowa parents

A Message from the President

Important Dates

University Calendar


The University of Iowa
Residence Hall Self-Assignment on the Web

Parents, Please Note…

The article on this page is the only notification that parents will receive about their students’ residence hall contract reapplication.

Under the rules of Family Educational Rights and Privileges Act, we may not contact parents directly, as the student is 18 years old and the legal contract holder.

However, parents may go to to look at housing information and to find the answers to many questions.

The housing contract will become binding on June 1, 2004. After that date, it may not be canceled, except as stated in the contract terms and conditions.

On Feb. 16, 2004, students who live in residence halls will receive an information booklet labeled “SAS-Self Assignment System.” The booklet includes the terms and conditions of the housing contract, an application/contract signature card, and important information on the self-assignment process, space changes, and cancellation. The deadline to return the application/contract signature card and $70 ($50 advance payment and $20 nonrefundable application processing fee) is 5 p.m., Feb. 25, 2004. These should be returned to the Housing Office, lower level of Burge Hall.

Priority for room assignment is random, based on the number of credit hours the student will have by May 2004. When students return the card and fee, they will be entered into the self-assign system, and they will be sent a letter giving them their access time and date. These dates will be immediately following spring break.

If possible, students will be tentatively reassigned to their current room. If they want to remain in that room, they simply confirm that choice and select a meal plan. If students want to choose another room, they may search by specific room number or by room type and building for an available space. Current residents who want to room together may enter the SAS system at the LATER of the assigned access times and search for an empty room.

Once the student confirms a room selection and meal plan, the assignment will be displayed. Students may access the system as frequently as they wish after their appointed time and until 5 p.m., April 16, 2004, to search for a different room or to change the meal plan.

The meal plans offered by residence services are:

  • Traditional 20 meals per week (excluding Sunday evening)
  • Any 14 meals per week
  • Any 10 meals per week

Each plan includes $200 in Hawkeye Dollars per year ($100 per semester). Hawkeye Dollars may be used at either Burge or Hillcrest food service, Mayflower and Hillcrest C-Stores, all Iowa Memorial Union food service areas, and food carts throughout campus.

When students reapply, the rates for the 2004-05 academic year will not have been approved by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa; therefore, PROPOSED rates will be displayed in the self-assignment system.

The deadline for choosing and confirming a room assignment will be 5 p.m., April 16, 2004. If the student has not confirmed a room by that time, the application will be canceled, the $50 advance payment will be refunded, and the student will not be housed for the 2004-05 academic year.

Throughout the self-assigning process, the Housing Office will be happy to answer questions and help students use the system. The system was designed to be similar to registering for classes, so students would be familiar with the process.


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