Residential Contract and Policies
All full-time undergraduate students not living with their parents are required to live in the college residence halls. Exceptions may be made for documented self-supporting students, marriage or when space in the halls is unavailable (seniors would have priority for consideration to move off-campus). Limited Graduate housing is offered during the academic year. Family Housing is not offered during the academic year.
Students residing in Saint Michael’s College housing and staying beyond the contract dates may be subject to additional housing fees charged on a daily basis.
Fall Semester Closing
Students must vacate residences 24 hours after their final exam. However, the residences officially close at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, December 13, 2019, and all students are required to vacate by that time. Students who are here beyond this date (without permission) will be subject to a fine. Students who have permission to stay may be subject to additional housing costs. Departure plans must be made according to this schedule to avoid additional housing costs.
Spring Semester Closing
Residences will officially close at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6, 2020. Students must vacate their residences 24 hours after their last final or by the above date, whichever comes first. Any student staying beyond this date with permission may be charged additional housing costs. Before departing, all residents must check out with the residence hall staff and return their key(s). Room accommodations will be provided for graduating seniors participating in the official commencement ceremonies. A limited number of facilities will be open for seniors, and consolidation may be necessary. Graduating students must vacate by 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 10, 2020. Students who are here beyond either date without permission will be subject to a fine.
Residential areas officially close at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, March 13, 2020, and the last meal in the dining hall is lunch. Students who are here beyond this date without permission will be subject to a fine. Residential areas reopen on Sunday, March 22, 2020 at 12 noon and the first meal in the dining hall will be dinner. Classes resume on Monday, March 23, 2020.
First-year students will be housed in Alumni, Lyons, and Ryan Halls. First Year students may also opt to live in GREAT Housing in Canterbury Hall or GEAR Housing in Cashman Hall at the published prices. If more space is needed, students will be housed in other upper-level housing. Transfer students are housed in spaces with current students or single rooms, suites, or apartments (if available).
Incoming students who are members of the Class of 2023, as well as transfer students, will be able to select their housing electronically through Saint Michael’s online housing system. Housing assignments may be altered by the Director of Residence Life to accommodate students with special needs and/or if the best interest of the College indicates such actions. Information is sent out to all new students in May.
We try our best to accommodate all special requests. If you have a special request, please contact our office in writing at Housing@smcvt.edu no later than June 14, 2019. Requests that are medical in nature should be directed to the Bergeron Wellness Center at (802) 654-2234 and documentation can be faxed to (802) 654-2699.
Termination of Campus Housing
The College may terminate campus housing for the following reasons: ineligibility to continue enrollment resulting from failure to meet academic requirements, failure to maintain an academic load of 12 credits each semester or extenuating disciplinary circumstances. Permission to terminate campus housing may be granted by special approval, provided that such a release would not create a permanent vacancy. Students moving from halls for personal reasons, judicial sanctions or without approval may not receive any refund on their Room and Board fees.
All upper-level students choose their rooms during the room selection process that is held in the spring for the following fall. Only students currently living on campus are permitted to participate in room selection. Detailed information will be distributed prior to the beginning of the process. Illegal room changes will result in a $50 fine and/or the student returning to their assigned room. There is a room freeze for the first two weeks of every semester to give the Office of Student Life a chance to reconcile rosters, although we retain the right to approve changes at any time.
The college considers a student’s room private and respects the resident’s right to privacy. However, under reasonable conditions, the college reserves the right, without search warrant, to conduct an inspection or search of any student’s room at any time with the approval of the Dean of Students or a designee. Furthermore, the college reserves the right to enter student rooms during all vacation periods for maintenance, housekeeping and safety reasons.
A room/apartment inspection will be completed at the start of each period of occupancy. Any damage or repairs necessary (beyond normal wear) will be billed to the occupants of that room. A room/apartment should be left in the condition students found it upon arrival.
Safety, Windows, Doors and Locks
Residents are responsible for reporting damage and/or broken windows, doors or locks to Physical Plant in a timely fashion. Failure to do so may result in further damage and/or unauthorized entry by others, both for which the student is held accountable. It is also the responsibility for the student to ensure that their door and windows are locked when departing for vacations/breaks. Failure to do so may result in the student being liable for any damages/losses incurred.
Personalizing Your Room
Residents are permitted to personalize their rooms with the exception of painting or permanent decorations. Lofts are available for rent from outside vendors during Move-In Weekend. For more information, go to www.vermontloftandfuton.com.
Completing the housing selection process electronically and agreeing to live on campus is like signing a lease for an apartment off-campus. As such, you have accepted the “responsibility for any loss or theft of personal property (either yours or your guests), or for damages or destruction of such property by fire, water or any other cause. All residents are advised to procure insurance against such eventualities, since the college does not purchase this protection for students.”
Your student ID (Knight Card) is your key to your residence hall. You have 24-hour access to your own hall; key access to other halls is restricted between 10:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. All student rooms should be kept locked when unoccupied. College authorities are not responsible for personal property missing from rooms. A student losing a key may replace it by paying a $25 non-refundable fee per key and filling out the key request form in the Office of Student Life. In the event of a lock change, an additional charge will be levied. Students who withdraw from the college, or leave for the summer, and do not return their keys will be billed $25 per key (non-refundable).
College furniture (bed frames, mattresses, couches, and other furniture) is not to be removed from student rooms/apartments. Furniture found in hallways, basements or outside will be removed by Physical Plant and the student will be charged for the replacement cost.
Saint Michael’s College policies regarding alcohol reflect Vermont State Law. The legal age for consumption of alcohol in the state of Vermont is 21; therefore, alcohol is not allowed in campus Residence Halls. You may have and consume alcohol if you are of drinking age and living in a townhouse or apartment. Activities that promote or encourage abusive drinking, such as drinking games, drinking paraphernalia (ex. funnels), kegs, or other multi-liter containers or rotational parties are considered by the college to be irresponsible and therefore are prohibited. No open containers are allowed in any public area of campus. State law and campus policy also prohibit the following:
- Those of legal age from purchasing for and/or serving alcohol to minors
- Misrepresenting one’s age for purposes of purchase or consumption of alcoholic beverages
If you are in violation of the campus alcohol policy, you may be subject to a fine in addition to major college discipline ranging from probation to suspension from school. There are consequences for public intoxication so make responsible decisions with regard to alcohol. For more information, please consult the Student Code of Conduct and College Policies Handbook.
Vermont state law prohibits the use, possession or transfer of controlled drugs. Any violation of these laws will be considered serious and subject to major college discipline.
Saint Michael’s College is a tobacco free institution and smoking is not allowed in any area on campus. Please see the Tobacco Free Campus Policy.
Firearms are forbidden. This includes: rifles, handguns, BB guns, pellet guns, explosives, firecrackers, slingshots or the like.
Guests of the opposite sex are allowed in a student’s room as follows:
Sunday – Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Friday – Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Courtesy hours extend throughout the day and evening. Quiet hours have been established in residence halls in an effort to enhance opportunities for needed sleep and studying. Please adhere to courtesy and quiet hours as they are designed to benefit all individuals. Quiet hours are as follows:
Sunday – Thursday, 9:00 p.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Friday – Saturday, 11:00 p.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Any room alterations (including lofts) must be in compliance with existing fire codes. Tampering with fire equipment is also a serious offense. Offenders will be fined and are subject to disciplinary action. Candles and incense are both open flames and considered fire hazards and are not permitted in any residential facility and are subject to a disciplinary action and/or fine. Halogen/torchiere lamps are prohibited in all campus buildings. Kerosene or electric space heaters are not permitted in any residence hall, room or apartment. Exterior holiday lights are prohibited. Students found in violation of the Fire Safety Policy may be subject to a fine.
Saint Michael’s College has two means of official communication with students:
- Electronic via Mikenet email: Saint Michael’s College provides each student with an email account on the College network. Students who use another account bear the responsibility of checking their college account on a regular basis.
- On college letterhead and distributed to campus P.O. Box and/or permanent address: Saint Michael’s College provides each student with a post office box. Students residing off-campus should make sure the college has their current mailing address. Any changes in mailing addresses should be communicated to the Office of the Registrar at OfficeoftheRegistrar@smcvt.edu .
Official communications may include, but are not limited to, faculty/student communication, administration/student communication, course registration information, residential life updates, safety alerts and bulletins, storm-related delays or closings, or other emergency announcements. Students are expected to check both means of communication on a regular basis and are responsible for their timely response to the information provided. Emergency communications will be multimodal, including email and text messaging. SMC utilizes RAVE Mobile Safety and subscribes to the LiveSafe mobile safety application. All students are encouraged to download and utilize this free app.