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University of Maryland, College Park Policies Concerning Student Housing

Consolidated USM and UMD Policies and Procedures



  I.    On-Campus Housing and Dining
        A.  No student is required by the University to live in any
            University-owned housing.
        B.  Any undergraduate or graduate student at College Park
            is eligible to live in the residence halls. Preference
            is given to full-time students. There are no facilities
            in residence halls for married couples or families.
        C.  Any graduate student at College Park may apply to live
            in the University owned Graduate Apartment Complexes.
            However, all 476 units are typically assigned to full-
            time graduate students who have been granted Graduate
            or Research Assistantships or who have approved
            scholarships or fellowships.  One and two bedroom units
            exist for spouses and one or two children.  Efficiency
            apartments are available for unmarried students or
            those students whose spouses and/or children will not
            reside with them.
        D.  Residence halls and dining agreements are for the
            entire academic year and may be renewed on an annual
            basis.  Students may be released from these agreements
            during the academic year only upon withdrawal from
            classes, graduation, marriage, semester of study abroad
            or exchange, and student teaching.
        E.  In the Graduate Apartments, initial leases of 12 months
            are renewable, on a month-to-month basis, for not more
            than one additional year (total two years maximum
            residence, for those enrolled in a Master's program) or
            for not more than three additional years (total four
            years maximum residence, for those enrolled in a
            Doctoral program).
        F.  Returning students in the residence halls have absolute
            priority for the next year's housing spaces.
        G.  New students are assigned at random to spaces in the
            residence halls that were not chosen by returning
            residents.  New students are newly admitted freshman,
            transfer and graduate students and enrolled students
            who had been living off-campus.
            When a waiting list becomes necessary because more
            students want residence halls space for a fall semester
            than can be assigned, the following priorities dictate
            "new-to housing" students' positions on the waiting
            1.   Highest priority is given to students who live in
                 Maryland but are farthest from the College Park
                 Campus.  These students are known as "non-
                 commuters" on the waiting list.  Second priority
                 is given to students who do not live in Maryland.
                 Third priority is given to students who live in
                 Maryland and are considered "commuters" because
                 their homes are close to campus.  Commuters for
                 purposes of the waiting list are students who can
                 get to campus within one hour on a public bus.
            2.   Students are added to the waiting list on a first-
                 come, first-served basis, based on the date of
        H.  Preferred rooms in the residence halls, including
            singles and spaces in renovated, air-conditioned suites
            and apartments, are allocated through a "priority for
            room selection" procedure based on seniority.  The
            exception to this rule is that an individual resident
            normally can "pull-in" to a vacant space in his/her
            bedroom a roommate of choice from any other residence
        I.  All residence hall students pay the same housing and
            dining fees, regardless of whether they live in the
            older, traditional "dormitory style" buildings or the
            renovated air-conditioned and newly furnished
            "apartment-style" units.  These annual fees are paid in
            two equal installments by the first day of classes for
            each semester.  No monthly payments or other deferred
            payment plan exists.
            Rental fees for the Graduate Apartments are collected
            monthly and are different for each type of
        J.  Residence Halls, the Graduate Apartments, and dining
            halls must be self-supported by mandate of the General
            Assembly.  No State or University funding is received,
            so student fees must be sufficient to pay all expenses
            including utilities, facilities renewal, plant
            maintenance and construction debts.  In addition, the
            affected departments (Resident Life, Graduate
            Apartments, Dining Services) must pay a percentage of
            expenses to the University as overhead.
        K.  Students living in residence halls (except those in
            kitchen-equipped spaces) are required to be on the
            Resident Meal Plan.  A student who wishes to maintain
            traditional Jewish dietary laws may meet this
            requirement by substituting an approved kosher meal
            plan provided by the Hillel House.
  II.   Fraternities and Sororities
        The campus is authorized and acts to maintain a
        comprehensive Greek community, where about 1,600 students
        choose to live.  Registered fraternities and sororities at
        UMCP are self-governing and operate autonomously from the
        campus and one another.  The Campus advises all chapter
        houses on matters related to fiscal viability and the
        promotion of responsible citizenship by individual members.
        For those chapter houses whose structures are owned by the
        Campus, the Campus provides necessary maintenance and works
        closely with elected officers and advisory boards to assure
        their budgeting and fees collection processes result in
        continued viability.
  III.  Campus Parking for Residents
        Resident juniors, seniors, and graduates may register to
        park on campus.  No freshman or sophomore students who live
        in residence may register.  Exceptions to this rule can be
        made when the student provides proof of an off-campus job
        or personal situation that warrants the need for a vehicle.
        Resident upperclassmen and graduates are assigned to park
        in the lots closest to their residence halls.  Freshman and
        sophomore residents who are given parking exceptions are
        assigned in selected perimeter lots.
  IV.   Off-Campus Housing
        A.  The Campus does not own, operate or have any role in
            the development or management of rental opportunities
            for students in the communities that surround the
            College Park campus.
        B.  The Campus maintains an off-campus housing locator
            service which helps students who want to find rental
            apartments, homes or rooms.  Only properties in which
            the owner makes the facility available to students in
            conformity with all pertinent federal and State laws on
            non-discrimination in housing are listed.
        C.  The Campus maintains its own transit system which by
            day shuttles students to and from their off-campus
            residences within a several mile radius of the campus,
            and by night provides a security shuttle service for
            on-campus residents.  Off-campus daytime routes connect
            to the Metro system thereby facilitating transportation
            to the Campus for students who live in the District of
            Columbia, Northern Virginia and extended distances from
            campus in Montgomery and Prince George's counties.