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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Residential Life Newsletter 11-10-11

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November 10, 2011


Living on Campus Next Year

You still have time to sign up for the Room Draw.  Current students take part in the Room Draw and Room Selection for the opportunity to live on campus in 2012-2013.  In this two-part process, students first apply for the Room Draw (October 31-November 13) and then those students randomly selected from the Room Draw have the opportunity to participate in Room Selection.


Due to the limited number of current residents who may return to live on campus next year, we have implemented a Room Draw to determine which students will have the opportunity to select a room during the Room Selection period.  Entering your name into the Room Draw is the first step if you are interested in living on campus for the 2012-2013 academic year.

Apply for the Room Draw: October 31 - November 13

Students may apply for the Room Draw online or complete a Room Draw entry form in the Residential Life office at 111 Carkoski Commons.  The Residential Life office is open Monday - Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.  The online form will be available beginning October 31.

There is no fee to enter the Room Draw.

Entering the Room Draw does not obligate you to live on campus next year, nor does it guarantee that your will be offered an opportunity to choose a room.


Thanksgiving Break Housing

Sign up at the front desk of your residence community between October 31 and November 18 to stay in your room over Thanksgiving Break.

There is no charge to stay on campus during Thanksgiving Break.  The halls will be locked for the break at 7:00 p.m.  Wednesday, November 23 and will reopen at noon Sunday, November 27.


Before you leave for Thanksgiving Break, be sure to:

1. CLOSE and LOCK you windows.
2. Remove all room trash.
3. Turn off the alarm on your clock.
4. Close blinds if on the first floor.
5. Turn off and un-plug your computer and peripherals.
6. Turn off the lights.
7. CLOSE and LOCK your room door.

A staff member will be checking your room on Wednesday to help secure the building.

Graduating or Leaving Campus?

If you plan to leave the University for any reason, including graduation, you must complete and turn in a Contract Release form to the Residential Life Office no later than 4:30 p.m. Monday, November 28.  After this day, approved Contract Release requests are subject to an additional $20 administrative charge.  See page 32 of you Residence Hall Student Guide or online at for more information about contract releases and situations under which releases are granted.

Graduating or Have a Final on Saturday?

If you are participating in graduation events or have a saturday final, please contact your Area Director by Tuesday, December 6 to stay in your room until 5:00 p.m. saturday, December 10.

Changing Rooms for Spring Semester

If you would like to move to a different room for spring semester, submit your request to the front desk of your community by noon Friday, December 2. Please note that options are limited.  If you are changing rooms for spring semester, you must move to your spring room before Winter Break begins.  Room change opportunities resume Monday, January 23.

Getting a New Roommate

If you are currently living alone in a room for two residents (or there is a vacant space in your triple room), or if your current roommate is not returning for Spring Semester, you will be assigned a new roommate.  So, before you leave for break, make sure that a bed, a desk, a desk chair, and closet space are avilable for your new roommate and that your room is clean.  Failure to do so may resut in a minimum cleaning charge of $30.00 and a conduct hearing.  The Department of Residential Life will notify you by e-mail over the break when you are assigned a roomate.

Staying on Campus During Winter Break

Register in the Residential Life Office between Monday, November 7 and Friday, December 2 to be eligible for the early sign-up rate of $280.  Those who register after December 2 pay $305. All current residents who will also live on campus spring semester may stay during the break.  Payment must be made in full at the time of registration.  If you are changing rooms for spring semester, you must move to your spring room before the break begins.  The halls close for Winter Break at 7:00 p.m. Friday, December 9.  The halls reopen for returning students at 8:00 a.m. Friday, January 6.

Leaving Your Car On Campus Over Winter Break

Only resident who are registered to stay in the halls over Winter Break may keep their cars in on-campus parking lots.  If you are going home over break you must take your car with you or find other parking arrangements.  Unregistered cars may be subject to towing.

Need to Change Your Meal Plan?

You can change your meal plan for Spring Semester to the Anytime, 160 or 14 meal plan.  Please come to the Residential Life Office early to fill out a Meal Plan Change Form.

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