Guide to Residence Hall Living Contents
Staff members from the Office of Residence Life and the Department of Housing, Dining, Recreation and Business Services work in the residence halls. Their responsibilities are complementary and important to each resident's happiness and success in college residential living.
Residence Life Graduate and Professional Staff
Department of Housing, Dining, Recreation and Business Services
Miami University's Office of Residence Life is committed to student learning and development. Our residence hall programming and staff provide opportunities for students to grow and realize their potential, not only intellectually, but also socially, emotionally, and physically. Students personal growth will come from relationships built and from participation in hall activities.
Community Leadership Team
Miami provides a variety of services and facilities in residence halls, some of which are listed below.
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Refrigerators must be disconnected and perishable items removed during winter and spring breaks. The University is not responsible for perishable items stored in any refrigerator, including loss caused by mechanical failure or electrical outages.
Security and Stolen Property
To prevent thefts and damage, students should lock their doors when they are not in their room. If something is stolen, you should notify the Resident Director and University Police (9-2222) immediately. Although the University makes a reasonable effort to protect student property, it is not liable for loss, theft, or damage to property.
Students may participate in the summer storage program for on-campus students. This service provides an easy and reliable summer storage option. Students will be able to sign up via their MyCard account. Miami staff will pick up packed boxes during finals week as students leave for summer break and will deliver items to their new residence in the fall. Three sizes of storage boxes will be provided and included in the cost. For more information on summer storage go to www.muohio.edu/housing and click on "Residential Services."
Bicycles may be stored in residence hall rooms or outside the hall locked in the bike racks. Note: residence hall rooms are relatively small; storing bicycles in the room is subject to the agreement of all students assigned to the room. Bicycles may not be hung from the pipes or wall molding and may not be left in any public areas of residence halls, such as lobbies and hallways. Abandoned and illegally parked bikes are collected and sold at the University auction.
Residents are not permitted on any other roof (including porches) because of potential injury or roof damage.
The monthly service and any long distance over 60 minutes will be billed on the student's Bursar account.
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University furniture will not be stored by the university and should not be removed from the room. Students will be charged a replacement fee for any furniture not in the room when the student moves out.
Room Inspection Record
Exterior of Room Doors
Cleaning and Repairs
Right to Room Entry (Room Inspections)
A University official may also enter rooms during an emergency evacuation drill to confirm compliance with fire safety regulations.
Opening/Closing of Residence Halls
Students are required to follow all instructions regarding hall closing and break periods. The instructions are posted on fliers throughout the residence halls and on the Office of Residence Life website (www.muohio.edu/reslife). Additional instructions will be e-mailed to residents from the HOME Office regarding vacant spaces in residence hall rooms over winter break, room changes over winter break, and preparing rooms for a roommate at the beginning of the spring semester.
Click here for a schedule of hall opening and closing.
The following Roommate Bill of Rights, adapted from Kent State University, is a reminder to each resident that the enjoyment of life in a residence hall will depend, to a large extent, on the thoughtful consideration demonstrated by roommates.
Basic rights of a roommate include:
Roommate Conflict Resolution
Each set of rommates is expected to complete a roommate agreement at the beginning of the year and/or whenever a new rommate relationship begins. Roommate Agreement forms are distributed by RAs. The residends of each room will retain a copy of the Roommate Agreement form, as will the RA. Most roommates can work out mutually agreeable relationships with their roommates. When roommates have conflicts, the Office of Residence Life staff can help resolve the conflict through mediation or room-change requests. When students are unable to amicably resolve conflicts on their own, the residence life staff may assert more control over finding a resolution. The staff may require the roommates to participate in a conflict resolution meeting, or staff may make a determination without the input of the residents as to how to resolve the conflict. As stated in the housing contract, the University may relocate any student to another room to resolve a conflict.
This web site summarizes some rules and regulations of the University; in addition, students are responsible for reading the Code of Student Conduct in The Student Handbook, which contains information about alcohol and drugs, additional policies, and other important information about student rights and responsibilities. The Student Handbook is online at www.muohio.edu/univpubs/handbook/.
Alcohol, Alcohol Containers and Alcohol Delivery
Students are expected to operate bicycles in a safe and courteous manner and comply with University regulations and state laws pertaining to bicycle operation, including safety equipment standards. Bicycles are subject to the same driving laws as motor vehicles, and citations for improper and unsafe riding may be issued. Bicycles may not be operated in the residence halls at any time. Complete bicycle regulations are contained in The Student Handbook and are also available from the Miami University Police Department.
Remaining in a residence hall during a fire alarm is a violation of the Code of Student Conduct and will be dealt with as a disciplinary matter.
Flammable Materials / Candles / Incense
Residents may use the following appliances with reasonable caution:
These appliances may not be used in student rooms but may be used in kitchenettes:
These appliances may not be used at all in residence halls:
The university reserves the right to prohibit other appliances not listed above if the item constitutes a potential risk in the residence hall. For example, an item that draws too much electricity which may trip a fuse, may be prohibited.
Tampering, altering, or rewiring electrical outlets is a fire and safety hazard and is not permitted. Overloading outlets with many appliances is also a fire hazard. Questions about overloading can be directed to the Hall Manager or the First Year Adviser/Resident Director. Extension cords are not permitted in the residence halls. Students may use a UL-approved power strip with a built-in surge protector. Power strips may not be used in series (one connected to another).
Any arrangement of furniture or decorations that blocks or impedes exits or entrances to a residence hall room is prohibited.
Keys and University IDs
Musical Instruments/Stereo Sound
For the purposes of this policy, noise shall be considered too loud if it can be heard outside of a room with the door closed during quiet hours. Courtesy and common sense should prevail at all other times. Please note: All students present in a room are charged with a noise violation in that room unless one resident takes responsibility for the violation.
Other Prohibited Posessions and Activities
Quiet and Courtesy Hours
Quiet hours are set by residents via the Community Agreement and Community Standards process as directed by the Residence Life Staff. During finals week there are 24 hour quiet hours from Friday before finals until the end of finals. Students may be asked to leave the residence halls if they are found to be in violation of quiet hours during the 24 hour quiet period.
Smoking in the Residence Halls
A guest is defined as any person of the opposite sex. A guest is also a person who does not attend Miami University or a Miami University student who lives off-campus, in a different residence hall or apartment. A host is a resident of the room who has a guest.
To maintain a living environment that respects the privacy and security of the residents and the hall and is conducive for academic achievement, hosts and guests are required to abide by the following:
The University recognizes that, on occasion, students may need to work collaboratively on academic assignments during non-visitation hours. In most residence halls, there are 24-hour study rooms, typically found in the living room or basement. Visitation is permitted in these public areas 24 hours a day. A list of these spaces is available from the First Year Adviser or Resident Director of the residence hall.
Housing assignments are made by the Office of Housing Options Meals and Events (HOME) in 111 Shriver Center. Continuing students may contact this office for information on housing assignments. New or transfer students should contact the Office of Admission for assistance.
On Campus Residency Requirements
First Year Assignments
Upper Class Assignments
The goal of our Miami University food service program is to provide a variety of high quality and nutritious foods in a pleasant dining atmosphere. Our menus include a wide selection of popular foods. There are several dining locations throughout the campus. Serving hours vary by location, with some options available from early morning until midnight each day. Being part of a residence hall community allows students to meet and interact with others while enjoying their meals in any of sevearl dining locations. For more detailed information about our food service, please refer to the Eat at Miami website at https://www.hdg.muohio.edu/EatingAtMiami/.
Each student living in University housing signs a residence hall contract. This contract obligates the student to pay both room and meal plan charges for first and second semesters. Students are not permitted to sublet their rooms.
Terminating the Contract
At times when the residence halls are closed during the academic year (Thanksgiving Break, Winter Break and Spring Break), students may stay on campus in their assigned building and room. Click here to view the calendar for break periods.