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Frequent Questions & Answers - Current Students

Information about housing policies and procedures for students and parents?

Many students have never lived away from home or shared a room before coming to the
University and are anxious, about what the experience will be like. Adjusting to residential life means establishing new ground rules, negotiating different standards of sharing and fairness, and learning to respect others' priorities and opinions. Thus, we have a support network available to help you through the transition; one of these resources is your Resident Assistant (RA), who serves as a peer counselor and resource person, she/he will be available to you and your roommate(s) as you negotiate differences and learn how to live together. It is important that you think about your priorities and how you might accommodate your needs and those of your roommate(s) in a new environment. We have developed policies and procedures to assist with the transitions into living in a community of learners in the Residence Hall Handbook which can be found at: http://www.howard.edu/residencelife/handbook.htm

How do I become a Resident Assistant?

Students interested in becoming Resident Assistants(R.A.’s) should express interest to their current resident assistants and community directors who will then explain the process for applying as well as the expectations of the job. R.A. applications are made available, early Febuary each year on the Residence Life web-site.

What is the cost of each room type in the residence halls?

See Residence Life Room Rates: 2014-2015AY(PDF).

What is the Room Selection and Verification plan (RSVP)?

The Room Selection and Verification Plan (RSVP) is a system designed to provide eligible students with an opportunity to request their preferred space in one of the University Residence Halls. All undergraduate students seeking accommodation for the upcoming academic year must participate in RSVP and follow all of the procedures as outlined in the RSVP package, which can be found online at the Office of Residence Life website during the fall semester. A $200 housing deposit is required to be eligible to participate. (The housing deposit fee is subject to change).

How can I receive summer housing?

All Students interested in summer housing must apply on-line. Students eligible for summer housing include those who wish to summer school, work in the local area or apply through Conference housing program. Additionally, students may apply for the Summer Intern program which pays for housing in exchange for intern responsibilities.

Can a room switch be made after check- in?

Yes, students are requested to complete a room switch form. The form is located at each residence hall front desk; room switches are based on a first come first serve basis and can only be accommodated if the space where he or she wishes to switch to is available.

Do Students require insurance?

Most Students own approximately $3,000-$5,000 in property value. When you consider cell phones, backpacks, TV’s, computers, and stereo equipment in students rooms, the cost of replacement of these items due to theft, fire, water or accidental damage can add up quickly. Therefore Residence Life strongly recommends students acquire the CSI Student Personal Property Protector Plus insurance package. For further information on insurance, contact:

CSI Insurance Agency, Inc.
104 Bombay Lane
Roswell, GA 30076
Telephone (888) 411-4911
Fax (678) 832-4910
Email: info@csiprotection.com
http://www.CollegeStudentinsurance.com

Related Page: Frequent Q+As - Prospective Students