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Residential Housing Selection Guide for Returning Students

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Frequently asked questions

Who is required to live on campus?
SAU requires all full-time, first- and second-year students (defined as those with less than 60 credits) to live in a university residence hall unless the student lives within 30 miles of campus with their parent or legal guardian.

When are contracts due?

  • Preferred Residents: March 24, 2015 at 4 p.m.

  • Traditional Residents: March 25, 2015 at 4 p.m.

All contracts must be turned into the Residence Life Office in the Rogalski Center. PLEASE NOTE: Students who do not meet this deadline will lose priority and will not be guaranteed housing.  

Do I have to clear my restrictions?
Students must clear all Student Services restrictions from their record before turning in their housing contract. Failure to clear a restriction may affect individual and/or group placement. To check on any restrictions, please contact the Residence Life office, or go to Beeline under "Registration Readiness Info."

Priority points/credit hours
The total priority points earned by an individual or group determines the order in which housing is selected.

  • Students with 60 or more credits will be eligible for preferred housing
  • All students receive 1 priority point per full-time semester of college/university attended after completing their high school diploma
  • There is a 6 priority point cap per student (6 semesters = 6 priority points)
  • There is a 120 credit hour cap per student. Students wanting to live on campus who have over 100 hours need to submit a sheet explaining why they still desire on-campus housing (In the OT or PT program, changed majors, etc.)
  • It is the responsibility of each individual student who has lost priority points to share this information with her/his group members. If you want to dispute your assigned priority points please go to this link to start the appeal process. Remember - Appeals cannot be done for priority points taken away because of discipline.

Download Priority Points Appeal Form (.docx)

Transfer Student Priority Points

Transfer students' housing is assigned in July (along with incoming First Year students) based on the date Residence Life receives contracts. The exception to this is if/when current returning SAU students "pull in" a transfer student to join their housing group at the time of the returning student housing process.

In this exception, the returning student group must communicate their desires and plans with Residence Life by March 1 to provide ample time to verify the transfer student is admitted, has a housing contract and deposit on file, and to provide time to review the transcript. Once the Registrar has reviewed the transcript, Residence Life will award the priority points and credit hours for the transfer student to join a group with her/his priority points and credit hours.

Off-Campus Housing Incentive

At this time, SAU is not planning to seek volunteers to move off campus without having the Financial Aid cap ($9000) limit their institutional aid. This has been called the "incentive." After contracts are submitted and counted, we will evaluate and make a decision. We reserve the right to not offer any or to offer a select number, based on university need. In the event incentives are offered, only students who have submitted an on-time 2015-16 housing contract and either hold a housing assignment or remain on a wait-list for housing will be eligible.

Housing selection is based on the following ranking/order:

  1. Total group priority points (in case of tie between groups, go to #2)
  2. Total group completed credit hours (in case of tie between groups, go to #3)
  3. Average of all group member's GPAs (in case of tie between groups, go to #4)
  4. Flip a coin

Steps to Prepare for the Selection Process

  • Form a group or groups to select housing. Remember that priority points favor larger groups. This means that a group of four has a greater chance of selecting a suite in Rohlman than a group of two has at a double (half of a suite).
  • Please note that in the preferred setting the largest housing group is 8 residents in the townhouses and 6 in other locations.
  • Have more than one option. If you have more than four people in a group, you must split into smaller groups. It will be beneficial to all groups to have options for multiple-sized groups (e.g., only the highest-ranking six-person groups will be able to select the six-person apartments. If your group doesn't make it, you need back-up options).
  • Select a designated spokesperson.
  • Turn in all paperwork including: housing contracts and designated spokesperson form to the Residence Life office by 4 p.m. on March 24 for Preferred residents and by 4 p.m. on March 25 for Traditional residents.
  • Wait for group listing to be posted, and review your options.
  • Group spokesperson attends the either the Preferred Housing Forum on March 31 or Traditional Housing Forum on April 7 and to select housing.
  • Other group members may attend as well; however, it is not mandatory. Only designated spokesperson must attend.

Important dates to remember
  • January 28, 2015: Housing Open Forum (Mandatory for Freshman and Transfer Students), 7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Rogalski Center Ballroom
  • February 24, 2015: Roommate Social, 5-7 p.m., Beehive
    • Residence Life is hosting a "Meet and Greet" so you can find others to group and live with. 
  • March 17, 2015: Themed Housing Applications Due by 4 p.m., Residence Life Office
  • March 24, 2015: Preferred Housing contracts due by 4 p.m. (collection in Rogalski Rotunda)
  • March 25, 2015:  Traditional Housing contracts due by 4 p.m. (collection in Rogalski Rotunda)
  • March 26, 2015: Preferred group rankings posted in the Residence Life Office by noon
  • March 31, 2015: Preferred Housing Forum, 3–5 p.m., Rogalski Center Ballroom
  • April 2, 2015: Traditional group rankings posted, Residence Life Office by noon
  • April 7, 2015: Traditional Housing Forum, 3–5 p.m., Rogalski Center Ballroom
  • May 15, 2015: Housing deposit refund deadline, Residence Life office

Designated spokesperson

Each group requesting traditional or preferred housing assignments must choose a spokesperson for the group by filling out a designated spokesperson form available online.

Spokesperson responsibilities include:

  • Liaison between group and Residence Life from now through the 2015-16 year.
  • Attend all appropriate open forums.
  • Choose a substitute if spokesperson cannot attend the open forum.
  • Select group housing assignment from available choices when it is the group's turn at the forum and, if necessary, request group to be put on wait list.
  • During the summer, contact Residence Life to check if there have been changes/cancellations from other group members. Residence Life reserves the right to assign other students to any open rooms as necessary, without notification.

Note: If a designated spokesperson or substitute does not attend the open forum, Residence Life staff will make a housing assignment based upon information received.


Preferred Housing

Preferred housing is for juniors and seniors (with 60 credit hours or more), and graduate students. Given different preferred housing options, all groups must turn in a completed designated spokesperson form for every preferred housing assignment for which their group wants consideration (i.e., you may be in a 6-person and a 4-person group). Groups may list as many choices as they wish for preferred housing on the designated spokesperson form.

Please note: being of Junior or Senior status does not guarantee preferred housing selection. Some housing groups will need to select traditional housing.

To select a unit, 3/4 of occupancy must be filled. For example, to get an 4 person assignment, 3 people need to be in the group.

Preferred housing options include McCarthy Hall, North Hall, Hagen Hall, Tiedemann Hall, the townhouses and houses as follows:

  • Groups of four: Hagen, Tiedemann, McCarthy Hall, and North Hall Academic apartments
  • Groups up to five: Houses
  • Groups of six: Hagen apartments
  • Groups of six: Houses if two members are related (must be verified by Residence Life)
  • Groups of eight: Townhouses

Please note for houses:Davenport City Ordinances limit our ability to house more than 5 non-related people together in a house. So, if you're related (siblings or cousins) that we can offer a house to a group of 6 males or females rather than a group of 5. We have at least 10 houses that were built to comfortably accommodate 6 residents. Contact Residence Life if you qualify and are interested in this option; you may receive priority housing.

Undergraduate Houses

View the houses that will be available for sign-up at the preferred housing forum.

Houses may have to be designated as either women's or men's houses. If so, this information will be posted along with the group rankings. Residence Life reserves the right to offer more houses at or after the housing forum, based on the housing needs of the campus. Any additional houses will be offered to groups in the order in which they are on the wait list. Groups who have already selected a house or apartment will not be reassigned.

Download: Click here to download all necessary documents
Need a roommate? Click here

Traditional Housing

Traditional housing is typically reserved for first-year and sophomore students (fewer than 60 credits). Assignments are made by groups of four first, then three, then by two if space allows. Traditional housing options include Davis Hall, Franklin Hall, North Hall, Hayes Hall, and Rohlman Hall as follows:

  • Groups of four: Rohlman suites, Franklin suites or North Hall Academic suites.
  • Groups of three: Davis suites (double room and single room per suite) or remaining suites in Rohlman, Franklin, or North Hall.
  • Groups of two: Davis or Hayes double rooms, Rohlman, Franklin, or North Hall double rooms (if left after suites sign-up).
  • For one: Davis single rooms (women only) and Hayes single rooms (men only).

Download: Click here to download all necessary documents
Need a roommate? Click here

Wait lists

A wait list will be developed after the preferred housing forum for groups who did not receive an assignment. List order will be based on group priority points. These groups may, based on availability, be placed in traditional halls. After the traditional housing forum a wait list, based on group priority points, will be developed for traditional groups who did not receive their first choice of assignment.

Other important notes
  • There are no "squatter's rights."
  • All resident students must participate in one of the following meal plans: 19 meals weekly, 14 meals weekly, 10 meals weekly, 7 meals weekly (available only to students in preferred housing), or the Flex 160. Meal plans may be changed in writing only during the first two weeks of the fall and spring semesters.
  • Appeals for financial and medical reasons may be submitted by September 4th, 2015, at 4 p.m. for fall 2015, and January 29th, 2016, at 4 p.m. for spring 2016.
  • Graduating seniors and students not returning to campus must submit a request for damage deposit refund form to Residence Life by May 15, 2015, or risk forfeiting their damage deposit. Download Housing deposit refund request here.

Whats Next

If you have any questions please contact your any residence life staff member or the Residence Life Office at 563/333-6258 or email