Residence Life Requirement
To promote better student relationships, a broader exchange of intellectual thought, and to foster the general student welfare, all single, full-time undergraduate students under the age of 21 and classified as dependent as determined by the Mississippi College Office of Financial Aid are required to live in a campus residence hall unless they commute from home. Special permission is needed from the Director of Residence Life for a part-time (Below 12 hours) student to live in the residence hall. A dependent student 21 years of age or older may seek a residence other than on-campus or their permanent address. However, doing so will result in a change of institutional scholarship awarded, unless otherwise indicated by the Office of Financial Aid. Since some scholarships are affected by a student’s housing, it is the student’s responsibility to check with the Office of Financial Aid concerning scholarship status.
Exemptions to the above stated requirement may be made by the Residence Life Appeals Committee which is made up of representatives of the Student Affairs and Business Affairs staffs. Any student who feels that circumstances merit an exemption should make a written appeal to the committee. All appeals may be addressed to:
Residence Life Appeals Committee
Deadlines for making such appeals are:
1st Semester - July 15
2nd Semester - December 15
All residence hall students are required to have a meal plan (Except College Plaza and University Place). On-Campus Living fees are the combined room and board fees. Should a student withdraw from school or cease to be a residence hall student, the On- Campus Living fee will be refunded as follows:
If a student withdraws during the first week of the semester, only 25% of the room and board fees will be refunded.
For every week after the first week of the semester, the refund drops 2% each week.
Housing Application Fee
New Students: A required $100 non-refundable housing reservation fee is paid online through the housing portal at mc.edu/housingsignup and accompanies the Housing Application.
Residence Hall Contract
Before moving into a residence hall, a student must read and sign the residence hall contract, which is part of the application process in StarRez. The contract and application must be completed before completing the housing application.
Residence Hall Holiday Closing
All campus residence halls (as well as food services) will be closed during regular College recesses as indicated in the College Calendar (Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Spring Break). Special circumstances may necessitate students to remain on campus when the residence halls close for the holidays. Permission must be granted through the Office of Residence Life to remain in the residence halls during these times and applicable fees will be assessed to the student’s account. Any personal items needed by a student should be removed prior to closing time as no one will be permitted to enter any residence hall for any reason during holiday periods.
Before a new student can make a room reservation he/she will need to pay a non-refundable $100.00 housing fee. A student will not be given his/her room assignment or key until after he/she has paid his/her room fee. All room assignments are made by students through the online housing portal at mc.edu/housingsignup. Room assignments are in effect for fall and spring semesters. Room changes will be allowed between semesters for students whose roommates will not be returning to Mississippi College for the spring semester. These room changes must be made in the Office of Residence Life. No room change fee will be assessed if these changes are approved by December. Before moving into a residence hall, a student must read and sign a residence hall inventory form. The inventory must be on file in the Office of Residence Life. Each room is equipped so that two residents would be accommodated. The furnishings provided are: two bed frames and mattresses, two study desks and chairs, and two chests of drawers. Students are required to furnish bed linens, towels, study lamps, and other personal items. Students are expected to keep their rooms clean and neat. Janitorial service is furnished by the College to keep the public areas of the residence halls clean. Negligent or willful destruction of College property will be charged to the student responsible. Damage of property in a room will be charged equally to the occupants of the room when the person directly responsible cannot be identified. Damage to community property such as bathrooms, lobbies, hallways, will be the responsibility of all resident students on the floor of that particular residence hall. Repairs needed are to be reported to mc.edu/repairs.
Apartment housing- Apartments are provided for upperclassmen males and females. All occupants abide by all rules and regulations under the same contract as the rest of the Residence Halls.
Occasionally, it is necessary that a student change rooms. This should only be done after consultation with the Residence Life staff. Please note exception for mid-year room changes noted in Room Assignments section above. If a student moves without a consultation with the Residence LIfe staff, a $50.00 fee would be charged to the student's account.
For various reasons throughout an academic year, vacancies are created in the residence halls by departing students. If you find yourself without a roommate for the spring semester, Residence Life would like you to understand your options.
- Move to another room that has an open space (we will provide you with a list of students in the consolidation process)
- Have someone move in with you
- Stay in current room and not pay a private room fee with the understanding that the Residence Life Office has the right ot move someone into your room at any point in the semester.
- If you make it difficult to assign a new student to your open space in the room then you will be charged with a private room fee.
- Pay the private room fee and never receive a roommate.
When a student vacates a residence hall room he/she is expected to remove all personal belongings from the room, to sweep his/her floor, to clean the bathroom (where appropriate), and to turn in his/her key to his/her Resident Assistant or complete Express Check Out. Reasonable assessment charges are made when a student fails to properly clean his/her room. Failure to properly check-out in person with the Resident Assistant or through the Express Check-Out process will result in a $25.00 fine.
Laundry Service in Residence Halls
Residence hall students have unlimited access to washers and dryers during the fall and spring semesters. The washer and dryers are located in individual halls and/or complexes. Suggestions and/or complaints concerning this service should be reported to mc.edu/repairs.
The Residence Life staff works under the supervision of the Director of Residence Life. Each residence hall is supervised by an Area Coordinator or an Assistant Area Coordinator who has a staff of Resident Assistants. The Resident Assistants (RAs) are upper-class students who have gone through an application/interview and training process with the Student Affairs staff and play a vital role in management of the residence halls. In addition to their administrative duties, these students play a vital role in student development.
The University has furnished several rooms in the New Men’s Rotunda and designated them as guest rooms. These may be reserved for your family or adult friends in the Office of Student Life. The fee is nominal and they are available on a “first come, first serve” basis. Reservations for the guest rooms can be made by contacting the Office of Student Life, Nelson Hall 313, 601-925-3209[WU2] . Mississippi College assumes no responsibility for any injury to any young child visiting in the residence hall.
Guests in the Residence Hall
The University encourages students to consider the residence hall as their “home away from home.” Every home occasionally has a guest. However, all overnight guests must register with the Area Coordinator or Assistant Area Coordinator. All guests must be of the same gender as those residing in the residence hall. Residents may have guests in their rooms two (2) nights per month. Longer visits must be approved by the Area Coordinator or Assistant Area Coordinator and Office of Residence Life. Children under the age of eight (8) years are not allowed inside of the Residence Halls at any time with the only exception being special campus wide weekends such as Homecoming. During these specified weekends the child should be accompanied by a parent at all times. . Childcare/Babysitting is not allowed in the residence hall at any time. Residents are personally responsible for the actions and behavior of their guests, which includes adherence to the policies and rules of the university.
Residence Hall Hours
All residence halls require the use of a “card swipe” for entry into the building. Therefore, a student needs to carry his/her ID at all times. Lobby hours for each residence hall will be properly posted.
Courtesy / Quiet Hours
In an effort to allow time for rest and serious academic pursuit, it has been determined by university administration in consultation with students that Quiet Hours are in effect in every residence hall from 10 p.m. until 8 a.m. daily.
The lobbies of designated residence hall lobbies are open to visitors of the opposite sex during posted hours each day. Other than those lobbies, all areas of the residence halls are restricted to the gender of that building.
Each semester the Office of Residence Life will plan with the consent of the administration “VISITATION.” These are the times when the residence halls are open to visitation by invited guests of the residents. This is supervised by the Residence Life Staff. All students and guests are expected to abide by the visitation policy.
These are the rules for Visitation on the Campus of Mississippi College. Please read each rule carefully. These pertain to College Plaza Apartments as well.
- One entrance will be used for all guests entering the residence hall.
- Students are limited to two visitors only.
- Students and their guest will sign-in and leave a picture ID.
- The student’s guest must be escorted AT ALL TIMES while in the building. Host is responsible for all actions of his/her guest.
- All doors must be open, and no individual is allowed to lie on any bed in rooms with guests. There must be adequate lighting in all rooms while hosting guests of the opposite sex. Excessive PDA will not be tolerated.
- Restrooms will be designated for guests of the opposite sex in all residence halls with community restrooms. Residence halls without community restrooms will post information of the closest community restroom facilities. Guests are not allowed to use host’s restroom.
- A Residence hall or a hall floor, by MAJORITY vote, may choose not to participate in Visitation. At least 60% of affected residents must participate in the vote. Cancellation requests should be made in writing by at least 5 students at least 72 hours before and a vote taken and decision made 24 hours before scheduled Visitation.
- A resident shall be permitted to entertain guests only with the expressed permission of his/her roommate(s). Permission should be granted to the roommate prior to Visitation start time.
- Non-MC students must be 18 years old or older in order to participate in Visitation.
- Days for visitation will be posted in the residence halls. The times of visitation are from 7 p.m. - 11 p.m. on the days specified, and 6 pm -12 am for College Plaza.
Students are expected to keep their rooms in reasonably neat and clean condition. Occasionally it may become necessary for a member of the Residence Life Staff to ask a student to clean his/her room. It is not rare for administrators and faculty members to visit in the residence halls.
Smoking and Tobacco Policy
Mississippi College is a “Smoke Free” campus. Tobacco use of all forms is also prohibited in residence hall community areas (i.e. lobbies, hallways, and community restrooms).
Recognizing that safety is to a certain extent the responsibility of the entire campus community, students are asked to use good judgment while they are residents of the campus community. All suspicious activity should immediately be reported to Residence Life Staff or the Office of Public Safety. Please refer to the campus emergency procedures published in The Mississippi College Student Handbook and available on the Office of Public Safety website (mc.edu/publicsafety). It is wise to keep your residence hall door locked whenever you are out of the room. For the protection of all residents, the propping open of outside residence hall doors is strictly prohibited. In the event of an emergency, please follow the directions of your Residential Life Staff.
Since college students are members of the social community outside the campus as well as the college community, they are obligated to respect and abide by the laws of society as well as the regulations of the College. The College takes disciplinary action, when necessary, if standards or regulations of the College are violated. When civil laws are violated, the case may be referred to the civil authorities for appropriate action by law.
To possess or discharge fireworks on the Mississippi College campus is a violation of both the University regulations as well as an ordinance of the City of Clinton.
Responsibility for Personal Property
Students at Mississippi College are responsible for the care and safety of personal property which they can bring to campus, including residence halls. Students should mark personal items clearly and appropriately so that their identity is evident, should there be a question. The College does not assume responsibility for the loss or damage to student’s property which occurs in college buildings or on college grounds. The student agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the College from any suits, claims, demands or damages whatsoever, resulting from or arising out of the theft of or damage to personal property or injury to the student’s person, family or guests which may occur. Therefore, personal property insurance (which could be included in the parent’s Homeowner’s Insurance Policy) should be considered by residents should there be an interest in doing so.
In addition to the general rule on theft, items such as highway stop signs, speed limit signs, motel property, and other public or private property which are obviously not the rightful possessions of the individual possessing them will not be permitted to remain in the residence hall. In special cases, letters verifying ownership may be requested.
Disturbance on Campus
In support of the General Rules, disturbances on campus will not be tolerated and any student directly or indirectly involved in any disruptive situation may expect definite disciplinary action. Initiations are expressly forbidden in any College residence hall.
Animals in Residence Halls
No animals are allowed in the residence halls. A student who takes an animal into a residence hall or a resident student who allows an animal to remain in his/her room will be subject to disciplinary action. These regulations do not apply to animals that are designated as personal assistants to those with disabilities.