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WINTER 2004-05
Volume 48, Number 2


Learning about service, 10,000 hours at a time

Getting off the parental payroll: Career Center director advises parents to stay engaged in the job hunt

It's all Greek to me: Fraternities, sororities provide leadership opportunities, lifelong friendships

Welcome your student back to the nest: A letter from Parents Association President Jim Fruin

More than mental muscle: UI students take advantage of campus resources to maintain healthy lifestyles

Table for 1,800, please: New Burge Market Place takes food service to the next level

Considering biotech? Consider Iowa

Why live on campus? Compare the costs

Residence hall self-assignment

Mom and Dad of the Year recognized on behalf of all Iowa parents

October showers bring Hawkeye followers

Parent Times Briefs

Important Dates

University Calendar


The University of Iowa

Residence Hall Self-Assignment On Jan. 31, 2005, students who live in residence halls will receive an invitation to reapply for housing for the 2005-06 academic year. This invitation, which will be sent to students’ campus addresses, will include a coupon they should take o their halls’ 24-hour desk to receive a 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., Monday, Feb. 14, 2005. These materials should be returned to the Housing Office, lower level of Burge Hall.

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 the Family Education Rights and Privileges Act, we may not contact parents directly, as the student is at least 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.

Parents who are interested in monthly updates on residence hall-related information and deadlines may also sign up for an e-mail newsletter. Visit the Residence Halls web site at, click on Parents and Visitors, Res Hall News for Parents, and follow the directions to subscribe.

Priority for room assignment is random, based on the number of credit hours the student will have by May 2005. 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, which will be between March 1 and 9.

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 15, 2005, to search for a different room or to change the meal plan.

Students will be required to have one of the following meal plans:

  • Traditional 20 meals per week (excluding Sunday evening)
  • Any 14 meals per week
  • Any 10 meals per week
  • Any five meals per week (This option is available only to residents of Mayflower, Parklawn, and rooms with a University-supplied kitchen.)

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 2005-06 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 15, 2005. 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 2005-06 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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