Student Housing Appeals
The student housing appeals process is for students who will be enrolled but want to request release from the obligations outlined in the student housing contract.
Requests for release from the student housing contract will not automatically be granted. Releases are uncommon and are only granted under extraordinary circumstances. It is at the discretion of the Student Housing Appeals Committee to determine what constitutes grounds for contract release. The decision to release a student from the contract is generally based on the severity of the circumstances, whether or not situations that occurred were unforeseen or preventable, and the student’s efforts to uphold the requirements of the contract. Failure to read Student Housing Contract is not grounds for appeal.
All decisions made by the committee are final, and there is no further avenue of appeal. It is in your best interest not to ignore or avoid payments to the Office of the Bursar and not to make alternative living arrangements prior to receiving an official decision from the Student Housing Appeals Committee.
Dates for 2019-20
Pre-fall: The online form is available from 9:00am on May 1, 2019, to 12:00pm on July 26, 2019. Two rounds of appeals for the 2019-20 academic year are conducted during the summer. The deadline for the first round of appeals is 12:00pm on May 24, 2019. The deadline for the second round of appeals is 12:00pm on July 26, 2019.
Fall: The online form is available from 9:00am on August 29, 2019, to 12:00pm on September 12, 2019.
Pre-spring: The online form is available from 9:00am on October 24, 2019, to 12:00pm on November 7, 2019.
Spring: The online form is available from 9:00am on January 23, 2020, to 12:00pm on February 6, 2020.
To submit a student housing appeal, you will complete a form in the student housing portal.
You will upload the following document(s) when completing the student housing appeals process:
Include a statement with the following:
- Reason(s) for appeal and explanation of why you believe you should be released from your student housing contract
- Explanation of how your situation has changed since the contract cancellation deadline (July 1 for the academic year)
- How many semesters you’ve lived on campus.
For financial appeals (only), include an additional statement with the following:
- Comparison of on- and off-campus costs for housing and meals and an explanation of how you will benefit financially by moving off campus.
- How much financial aid you expect to be awarded for fall and spring semesters
You may also upload a maximum of four supporting documents including but not limited to bills, medical records, class schedule, and work schedule.
Once you’ve submitted your request, the Assistant Director who oversees your community will contact you via Ole Miss Gmail. Your Assistant Director may approve your request or forward it to the Student Housing Appeals Committee for review. At that time, a committee meeting will be scheduled to review the information provided in your Student Housing Appeal. You should plan to attend the scheduled committee meeting. If you choose not to attend the Student Housing Appeals Committee meeting, the committee will make a decision in the your absence, using the information provided.