The mission of
Housing and Residence Life is to provide on-campus residence hall
and apartment facilities for students and to create physical and
social climates in those facilities which contribute to their
personal development. In that effort, the staff recognizes and
values the personal growth which results when students are also
actively involved in the creation and maintenance of the
environments in which they live. Priority is placed, therefore, on
meaningful student involvement, effective relationships, support,
and communication, personal and group responsibility, cooperation
and sensitivity, clean, comfortable, and useful facilities, and
fiscal responsibility. The office strives to ensure that on-campus
housing facilities are supervised, well maintained, attractive, and
supportive of student success. The Housing and Residence Life staff
provides students with general information, assistance, and
guidance, helps students become involved in the development of true
learning communities where students have the opportunity to shape
their living environment by working together to set expectations,
support one another, plan activities, share concerns, and solve
problems. In addition, they advise residence hall student government
and programming organizations and have the responsibility of
enforcing certain minimum behavioral standards, outlined in NMU’s
Student Code (see Conduct Program below), to ensure a
residence hall environment that is conducive to learning.
Staff and Activities
The Housing and
Residence Life staff helps students develop a variety of programs
and activities. Examples are dances, fund raising activities,
intramural sports, educational programs, Winfester and Homecoming
events, and student organization training sessions of all types.
These activities not only benefit residence hall students in
general, but serve to develop interpersonal skills such as
communication, planning, decision making, public speaking, and
program evaluation for those who organize them.
Each residence hall
is under the supervision of a full-time professional staff member
(resident director) who is assisted by carefully selected and
trained students (resident advisers and academic programming
Housing Options and Assignments
A variety of
housing options are available with Northern Michigan University’s
residence halls and apartments. These include single and double
rooms, as well as apartments for single students and students with
families. Coed halls, quiet halls, and an upperclassman hall are
assignments are made by the Housing and Residence Life Office. The
university honors student requests for roommates, rooms and halls
whenever possible. Because of space limitations, however, it is not
always possible to grant all requests. Returning students are given
first choice in room and hall requests.
contracts for the fall and winter semesters are signed upon checking
into the hall; summer contracts are issued separately. Local
telephone service is included as a part of the room and board
charge. Long distance service is extra and can be arranged with the
university’s Administrative Information Technology and Support
Services Office. Rates for room and board are established by the
university on the basis of prevailing costs and the type of
accommodations sought. Residence hall fees are payable by semester
or in regular installments. See
Housing Applications and
are reduced and they may not have visitors, residence hall students
may make arrangements to stay in their room during both the
Thanksgiving Break and Spring Break. The residence halls are closed
between the fall and winter semesters, with the exception of Spooner
On-Campus Housing Policy
The university, in
its student housing facilities, provides a living environment which
facilitates the accomplishments of students’ academic, vocational,
and social goals. This objective is implemented through such
measures as the availability of advisory assistance, enforcement of
various university policies and regulations, encouragement and
support for involvement in a wide range of learning opportunities
including participatory community development, study groups and
competitions, educational, social, recreational and leadership
development activities, and a variety of housing options from which
to choose. The university’s requirements for on-campus residence
are thus a part of its effort to ensure an optimum learning
environment for students.
enrolled Northern Michigan University students and/or other persons
who have received official housing assignments may live in
university residence halls.
Undergraduate Housing Requirement
undergraduate students must live in university residence halls while
enrolled for classes. This requirement, however, does not apply to
those undergraduates who: (1) have reached junior status (56 or more
hours of college credit) prior to registering for classes for the
fall semester, or (2) have resided four or more semesters in
residence halls or, (3) are 21 years of age or older on or before
the last official day of registration for the fall semester, or (4)
are residing at home with their parents(s) or legal guardian(s), or
(5) are veterans who qualify for veterans’ benefits by virtue of at
least one year of active service in the armed forces, or (6) are
taking eight or fewer credit hours during the semester of
requirement is a condition of enrollment which must be met
throughout the academic year, except during summer sessions.
Special Permission for Exception
Students may apply
for an exception to the housing requirement for serious medical
reasons, critical financial need, and other circumstances beyond
their control that prevent them from complying with this
requirement. In some cases (e.g., for a medical circumstance or
learning disability) application materials may be forwarded to the
university's Health Center or Accommodations Review
Committee for review or clarification.
Information on the
special permission procedure and specific criteria may be obtained
by contacting the Housing and Residence Life Office in 401 Cohodas
Administrative Center, 906-227-2620. Applications for exception
will be considered by the Director of Housing and Residence Life or
his/her designee. The burden of proof of proper address and the
accuracy of special permission requests rests with the student.
Recommendations from qualified university personnel (e.g., Health
Center physician) shall be taken into account with applications for
special permission. The Director of Housing and Residence Life or
his/her designee makes the decision on whether or not exceptions
will be granted.
Appeals of denials
for housing requirement exceptions, in cases where the procedure for
requesting special permission has been followed correctly, may be
submitted in writing to the Housing Appeals Committee, whose
decision is final.
undergraduates who do not qualify to live off-campus according to
the provisions stated above must reside in a university residence
hall or present evidence that an exception to the policy has been
granted. Those students for whom the housing requirement is a
condition of enrollment will be asked to verify their adherence to
it. Failure to maintain the required residency will result in
termination of enrollment by the Dean of Students.
contracts obligate the student to pay for room and board for the
period stated in the terms of the contract. All contracts for
residence halls are for the fall through winter semester, or from
the time of arrival through the winter semester. All students
regardless of age or class standing are obligated by these contract
terms and conditions for the duration of the contract unless
authorized releases are obtained. (Applications for release may be
made through the resident director.) This regulation applies to all
students who enter into a contract for university housing.
housing in residence halls are sent to new students after they are
admitted to Northern Michigan University. In order to reserve a
room, the application must be completed and returned with the
advance payment, the first room and board payment according to the
payment schedule, or a full semester’s room and board payment.
Different rates are charged for single and double occupancies.
Students must make the first payment with their personal funds.
Financial aid will be applied first against tuition and fees; any
excess will be applied to the unpaid balance of room and board,
apartment rent and any other financial obligations to Northern
Michigan University. Financial aid in excess of these charges will
be returned to the student. Any unpaid balance of room and board
must be paid in accordance with the payment schedule.
An advance payment,
which is applied to the total amount due for room and board, is due
with the housing application to reserve a space for the student. A
designated portion of the advance payment is refundable if the
Housing and Residence Life Office is notified of a cancellation in
writing on or before the first room and board payment date (early
August). The remainder will be forfeited. If notice of
cancellation is not received in writing or is received after the
first room and board payment date, the entire advance payment is
If the student
fails to meet a scheduled payment, the university has the following
the entire unpaid
room and/or board indebtedness may become immediately due and
enrollment may be
It is compulsory
that all students living in residence halls participate in one of
the designated meal plans (meal plans are for the designated
student, and cannot be used for guest meals).
encourages participants to enjoy food to their full delight, while
in the interests of conservationism and cost containment, it is
important that students judge carefully what they intend to eat and
not waste food. Each meal plan includes flexible cash value,
"dining dollars," which allow students to purchase snacks for late
hours and convenience during the day.
students assigned to any residence hall, except those assigned to
Spooner Hall, will be required to be on the Constant Meal Pass. The
Constant Pass, our most comprehensive meal plan, allows students
unlimited access to dining in The Marketplace and the Wildcat Den.
Any NMU student may participate in the Constant Pass meal plan.
Dining dollars (approximately $50/semester) are included with the
Constant Pass. This value may be used at campus convenience stores
and Bookbinders Eatery.
students who have achieved at least sophomore status may elect the
"Any-14" or "Any-5" meal plan.
Each meal plan has
a set amount of money (from room and board payments) placed into an
account and accessed with a valid NMU identification card. Students
present their valid NMU identification card to a dining services
checker to gain entrance to the dining rooms. Students can use
their dining dollars to purchase food items in the Cat Trax
convenience store, Bookbinders Eatery and Willy's Snak Shak, and the
cash operation of the Wildcat Den.
Dining Services is
committed to offering a variety of nutritious foods in an
attractive, clean, and friendly atmosphere. Special meal plans are
available for commuter students, university apartment tenants and
employees. Please contact the Dining Services Department, Room 2204
University Center, 906-227-2520.
An 14 Meal Plan
Any 14 Meal Plan -
Students who choose this plan may eat any 14 meals per week in
either dining room. This plan includes (approximately $75/semester)
in dining dollars which may be used for purchases in any Dining
Any 5 Meal Pass
Any 5 Meal Pass - This plan offers students
the opportunity to economize, offering 5 meals per week in either
dining room or use of dining dollars (approximately $250/semester)
for purchases in any facility operated by Dining Services.
Spooner Meal Plan
Spooner Meal Plan -
Students assigned to Spooner Hall (upperclassmen and students over
21 years of age) may choose from any of the meal plans listed above,
or they may choose the Spooner Hall Meal Plan which is comprised
entirely of dining dollars (approximately $670/semester). Spooner
Hall residents who choose this plan may use their dining dollars
account in any Dining Services facility.
Dining Facilities on Campus
features spacious dining with a wide variety of food stations and
the latest "market" concept. Selections include a pasta station, a
deli, salad, potato and dessert bars, a Mongolian Barbecue, and
fresh food prepared to order. The Marketplace is located in the
Gant/Spalding Payne/Halverson residence hall complex and is open for
breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
is a popular facility because of its central location, coffee, and
menu items. It's great for a meal between classes, a study break
from the library, or a quick bite while on campus. Bookbinders is
located on the lower level of the Harden Learning Resources Center.
convenience store offers a "grab & go" section, snack items, bottled
beverages, pizza, and convenient food items for in-room cooking. Cat
Trax is contiguous to and adjoins The Marketplace.
Wildcat Den is well
known for the Sub Hub, Home Cookin', Wildcat Grill, Stone Willy's
Pizza, a soup & salad bar, taco bar, as well as vegetarian items for
our vegan customers. The Wildcat Den is located on the second floor
of the Don. H. Bottum University Center and is
open seven days a week.
Willy's Snak Shak
Willy's Snak Shak
offers a wide selection of bulk candy, ice cream, snack items,
bottled beverages, and convenient food items for in-room cooking.
EZ tickets, UPS services, and film developing are also available at
Willy's which is located on the first floor of the Don. H. Bottum University Center.
On-Campus Apartment Housing
The university has
278 one and two-bedroom apartments and 2 three-bedroom apartments
for rent to students with families, single students who are at least
junior status, over the age of 21, or who have lived on-campus for
at least four semesters, and university faculty and staff. Rental
rates, which include utilities, are reviewed and set annually and
vary by type of apartment. Single student apartment rent payments
are like those for residence halls and may be paid with a single
payment for the year, a payment for each semester, or according to
the same schedule as residence hall room and board payments.
Students with families, faculty, and staff make monthly payments (in
advance by the first of each month).
be accompanied by an advance payment, which will be applied to the
apartment rent. The advance payment will be refunded in full if the
applicant submits a written request to remove his or her name from
the apartment pre-assignment list before an apartment is offered or
if the Housing and Residence Life Office is unable to accommodate
any of the applicant's preferences or provide a satisfactory
alternative. If an apartment for which the applicant applied is
offered and is refused, the entire advance payment will be
financial aid will have the aid applied first to tuition and the
remainder to apartment rent.
Residence Hall Room and Board/Apartment Rent
If a student moves
out of a residence hall or single student apartment during the
semester, he or she must complete a Contract Termination Form and
pay a termination fee. Charges for room and board or apartment rent
until the official date of the contract termination will be
calculated and the excess amount paid, minus the termination fee and
any other debts to the university, will be refunded. There is no
credit if the departure is during the last fourteen days of the
If the student
intends to terminate his or her residence hall or single student
apartment contract only, he or she must initiate the process with
the Housing and Residence Life Office (usually with his or her
resident director or the coordinator of apartment services). If the
student plans to completely withdraw from the university, thereby
terminating his or her residence hall or single student apartment
contract, the student must initiate that process with the
A student who lives
in a student-family apartment will be refunded the amount that he or
she has paid in excess of the rent due through his or her official
lease termination date–less the termination fee if applicable, and
any other debt to the university. (A student living in a
student-family apartment must provide the
Housing and Residence Life
Office with a minimum of 30 days written notice of his or her intent
to vacate and will be responsible for rent for 30 days after giving
It is the
responsibility of every student to become familiar with the content
of the NMU Student Handbook, including the Student Code.
Copies are made available to all students without cost. The purpose
of the Student Code is to inform the Northern Michigan University
community about acceptable standards of student behavior, and to
inform students of their responsibilities. The Student Code also
fulfills the important objective of protecting students' procedural
due process rights.
behavior are developed by institutions of higher education for the
purpose of furthering educational objectives. These student
regulations may apply to behavior on campus as well as off campus.
Violations of the regulations set forth by the university may, under
certain conditions, result in disciplinary action by NMU and
criminal action by civil authorities. Action by the university can
result in a warning, probationary status, suspension, or expulsion,
depending upon the circumstances.
Northern Michigan University is both voluntary and optional. As
such, entrance into the academic community automatically obligates
each student to abide by acceptable standards of behavior
established by the community. Regulations may not, however, be
unreasonable or forbid the exercise of a right guaranteed by the
Constitution of the United States. Authority for the enactment of
student regulations is vested in the Northern Michigan University
Board of Trustees.