The Housing Office has adopted a new method of handling student reappplications for housing.
"In the past, in February we have sent a reapplication packet to every student living in the residence halls," says Dicta Schoenfelder, manager of the Housing Office. "Approximately 30 percent of our residents return applications to apply for housing for the next year. Instead of sending packets to students who do not intend to live in residence halls, we are giving all students a coupon they may exchange for a packet if they intend to reapply. The coupon will arrive in the letter we send to all residents explaining the reapplication rules."
Students may turn in the coupon and receive their packets 24 hours a day at their residence hall buildings desk, or visit the Housing Office in Burge Hall from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
During the week of February 28 to March 3, 2000, students must return completed applications and the $50 advance payment to the Housing Office in order to be considered for a room. (See the box for specific deadline dates.)
"With first-year student enrollment increasing, it is likely that we will be unable to house current residents who apply after March 3, 2000," Schoenfelder says. "Late students will be placed on a waiting list. Rarely are we able to house students on the waiting list."
Parents will receive no other notification about the reapplication process, in addition to this article. "Under the Family Educational Rights and Privileges Act, we are not allowed to contact parents directly," Schoenfelder says. "Therefore, this article is the notice parents will receive."
Priority for room assignments is decided by a lottery. "The first in the door on the first day and the last in the door at the last day have an equal chance," Schoenfelder says, "as long as the deadlines are met."
The Housing Office highly recommends that students bring the application to the office in person on the appropriate day. "If that isnt possible, students should use U.S. mail instead of campus mail to get the applications to us," Schoenfelder says. "Campus mail doesnt show when the document was mailed, but a U.S. mail postmark does. If an application is postmarked by the deadline, it is considered on time."
Students also will be cautioned not to give the application to another student to deliver.
"If the student does not have the $50 advance payment to turn in with the application, he or she should bring the application to the Housing Office and talk with us. We will deal with those situations on a case-by-case basis. Similarly, if a student isnt sure how to fill out the application to get the right room, he or she should come talk with us. Were happy to help complete applications.
"Parents may help by talking with students about their plans prior to reapplication," Schoenfelder says. "In the past, some students may have told parents that they didnt get an application or that it was lost in the mail when the student really just wanted to live somewhere else. Students continue to tell their parents everything is OK even though theyve filed late or not at all. By the time parents learn that no application was filed, its too late for any on-campus housing. Remember, the deadline for reapplication is March 3."