Freshman (First Time in College) residents are required to be on a meal plan regardless of room placement. Freshman meal plans are designed as a combination plan for weekly swipes used in the all-you-care-to-eat facility called Marketplace at Doan along with declining balance dollars (DBs) to be used in retail locations.
Upperclass/new transfers residents do not have a mandatory meal plan but may elect to purchase one for convenience. Block plans are available and include meals per semester that roll over from fall to winter if any are unexpended. Upperclass/new transfer students can also create their own meal plan using a combination of block meals and DBs or buy a traditional plan for a full semester experience.
Combination plans include a weekly meal swipe component and declining balance dollars (DBs). Meals per week must be used in the period designated and meal swipes re-set on Sunday each week. All meal plan balances are forfeited at the end of the winter semester.
Declining Balance dollars (DBs) function like a dining debit card and can be used at any on-campus retail locations, including the C-store and P.O.D. (Provisions on Demand) areas in Ryder and Curtiss Hall. Unexpended declining balance dollars roll over from the fall to winter semester, however, remaining declining balance dollars are forfeited at the end of winter semester.
Meal changes are allowed through the first 5 days of each semester. Upgrades/reloading can occur anytime.
Freshmen are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Students will rank order their preferences for first year living areas. Date received is used also to award single bedrooms and grant mutual roommate requests.
Three criteria are used to award roommate requests:
a.) Mutuality - each student must request the other student. Changes, adds, deletions, etc., must be in writing from the SVSU student's official email address.
b.) Roommate requests must be submitted early; a general deadline is May 1st for all students.
c.) Contract materials must be received on or near the same date.
Students in special programs may not have preferences honored due to community limitations by the advisor. It is not possible to honor all requests, although every attempt will be made to do so. Final determination of room assignments rests with the University.
SVSU does not discriminate based on race, religion, color, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical impairment, disability or veteran status in the provision of education, employment and other services.
A Resident who notifies Housing Operations, in writing, by May 1st preceding the contract period to cancel the contract for any reason will be charged a $200 cancellation fee.
Cancellations for non-enrollment received in writing prior to the official payment due date for fall or winter semesters, if approved by the University, will incur a $100 contract cancellation charge and may result in a $100 refund of the housing prepayment.
Failure to notify Housing Operations in writing by the payment due date of the semester will result in a $200 cancellation charge.
Still Enrolled/Special Circumstances:
The University at its discretion will consider contract releases outside of the aforementioned criteria only if the circumstances are sufficiently extreme or catastrophic in nature. Requests of this nature must be submitted in writing to Housing Operations and include supporting documentation.