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Important Housing Updates.
First-year and Returning Student Housing areas designated.
In support of the university’s first-year success program, we are pleased to announce that we have designated several areas in our residence halls as first year student clusters. These clusters will continue to emphasize interaction, improving study skills and the range of “new” issues that students face as they transition into university life, while having the opportunity to benefit from the experience of engaging with returning students. As always, supportive and well trained staff will be readily available to offer advice and assistance!
Primarily First-Year Housing clusters will include: Plaza Verde, Robert Massie Hall, Mary Massie Hall, Texan Hall, Carr Hall, and Centennial Village.
Returning and transfer students will also benefit from the change as areas set aside for them will feature some changes to programs and services that will be more tailored to meet the different needs of students are not in their first year of college life. More emphasis on leadership, career planning, participation in Hall government and support for increasing levels of independence.
Primarily returning student areas will include: Plaza Verde, Robert Massie Hall, Mary Massie Hall, Texan Hall, Centennial Village Vanderventer Apartments, Carr Hall, and Concho Hall.
Some Clarification on the Housing Policy Exemption Process.
For purposes of the Housing Policy Exemption process, “full-time established residence” shall be defined as having proof of established full-time primary residence in San Angelo (or the approved 100-mile radius of the campus) for a minimum of one year prior to requesting exemption to the Housing policy. Exceptions for employment or military transfer will be considered with supporting documentation.
For students requesting exemption to the Housing Policy based on living with a sibling, in addition to meeting the requirements for full-time established residence, the sibling must meet at least ONE of the following exemption criteria:
- Be at least 21 years of age
- Have earned 60 or more semester credit hours
Changes Related to Contract Cancellation Requests
Please Note: Deadlines with Financial Implications.
The current Housing contract includes changes to contract cancellation deadlines and processes. Students who meet University requirements to live off campus, will have until July 15 to request contract cancellation (in writing) without penalty. After July 15, students meeting the requirements to live off campus who request cancellation of their Housing Contract, will have their request reviewed by an exemptions committee to determine if they will be released and may be subject to Liquidated Damages Charges equaling 50 percent of their ACADEMIC YEAR room charges. Liquidated Damage Charges must be paid by Aug. 1 in order to secure contract release. This is the same process that has been in place for several years for students requesting mid-year (December) contract cancellation.
There are a couple of exceptions to the assessment of liquidated damage charges:
- Graduating or not enrolling at ASU.
- Getting married prior to the start of the applicable semester.
- Student teaching, study abroad or Internship that requires you to live in another town at a distance of greater than 100 miles from the campus.
Contract Cancellation vs. Housing Exemption
Contract cancellation is a separate and different process from the Housing Policy Exemption process. Housing Policy Exemption, deals specifically with students who are required to live on campus under the provisions of the University‘s Housing Policy. Contract cancellation more typically applies to students who are not required to live on campus, but who are seeking to break their academic year Housing contract. If you have questions about either process, please contact us at housing@angelo and let us review your specific situation with you.