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Residence Life FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

 

1. Can I mount anything (i.e. shelves, pictures, televisions) on the walls?
a. Posters may be attached to the walls.  Mounting other items to the walls is prohibited. 

2. I would like to loft my bed.  Is this possible?
a. Due to safety concerns, students are not allowed to loft their beds. Students are permitted to use bed risers to gain additional storage space under their beds. These can be purchased at most home stores including Target, Wal-Mart and Bed, Bath and Beyond.

3. Is my room wireless accessible?
a. All residence hall rooms are wireless accessible. Rooms also have hardwired Internet connections.

4. What are the dimensions of the window in the room?  Can I bring my own curtains or window dressings?
a. The window dimensions are listed on the room diagrams page. All windows come with mini-blinds. All curtains/window dressings must be removable and not affixed to the wall. It is suggested that curtains be hung with a tension rod.

5. Can I bring a rug?  If so, what size? 
a. Please consult the room diagrams page in regards to measurements for each hall. Rugs are allowed but cannot be permanently affixed to the floor. Rugs must be removed at the end of the year.

6. How big are the closets?
a. The size of the closet depends on your housing assignment. The set-up of each room provides each student his or her own closet space. Please consult the room diagrams page for more specifics.

7. Can we store our things at the end of the year?
a. Unfortunately storage space is unavailable during the summer break. Students must vacate their rooms at the end of the spring semester and remove all items prior to checking out with their Resident Assistant. There are many rental facilities in the Jackson area for students needing to store personal belongings.

8. Can we rearrange the bed, dresser and desk? Can the furniture in the room be removed if I want to bring my own?
a. Most rooms have furniture that is moveable and can be rearranged, but furniture cannot be removed or replaced with your own personal furniture. 

9. What size refrigerator is permitted?
a. All refrigerators must be 4 cubic square feet or less. They can include a freezer top. The college does not provide or rent refrigerators.

10. What laundry facilities are available?  What is the cost?
a. Every residence hall on campus has its own laundry facility. Students also have access to central laundry located in New South Hall. Laundry is free.

11. What type of security is in place in the residence halls and on campus?
a. Entry into each residence hall is restricted to those who reside in the building. Students gain entry via their student ID card. All doors are secured with magnetic locks. Additionally our halls are staffed 24/7 by trained Residence Assistants and a full time, professional staff member is always on call.  Entry to campus is regulated by either ID card access or by a Campus Safety officer. Campus Safety is on campus 24/7 365 days a year and can be reached at 601-974-1234.

12. Are there active ports for landline phones? 
a. The vast majority of students now use cell phones as their primary form of communication.  Beginning in the fall of 2010 landline access in residence halls will be limited, but it will be available in common areas.

13. Do the halls remain open for Thanksgiving, the Winter Holidays, and Spring Break?
a. All residence halls close for the aforementioned breaks and students are expected to make other housing arrangements if they must remain in the Jackson area. 

14. Are pets allowed in the residence halls?
a.  The only animal allowed in the residence halls is fish (5 inches in length or smaller) contained in small aquariums, no larger than 3 gallons.

15. Are students required to live in the residence halls?
a.  All students classified by credit units as freshmen or sophomores are required to live in the College residence halls.  Rare exceptions may be authorized through the Office of Student Life. If you choose to live off campus, please consult the Financial Aid office, as it will effect your Financial Aid package.

16.  Are there any policies or rules in place in the residence halls?
a.  Students and their guests are expected to abide by policies established by the College and Board of Trustees. These policies are found in the Housing Contract (PDF), which every resident is required to read and sign, and in Major Facts the college's student handbook. Students should acquaint themselves with this information prior to moving in to the residence halls.

17.  What happens if a resident's belongings are lost are damaged in the residence halls? 
a. The College does not assume responsibility for the loss of money or valuables or for the loss of, or damage to, personal property.  It is recommended that residents contact their own insurance carrier for coverage to protect against such losses.  Renters insurance is usually available through your insurer and is recommended.  

18. Is smoking permitted in the residence halls?
a. All Millsaps residence halls are smoke free.

19. Is a Meal Plan required?
a. Yes. All students residing on campus must purchase a meal plan.

20. Are there any items that are prohibited in the College's residential facilities?
a. Yes. The following is a list of items that are currently prohibited in the residence halls:

  • Halogen lamps
  • Loft beds
  • Space heaters
  • Candles
  • Pets (except small fish)
  • Fireworks
  • Street signs
  • Toaster ovens
  • Fire arms (BB guns, paint ball guns, etc.)
  • Hot plates
  • Cinder blocks
  • Personal mattresses
  • Incense
  • Electrical receptacles that screw into existing outlets