Residence Hall Room Draw Information

Important Dates

  • ADA Housing Accommodation Request Deadline:
    • Monday, March 4, 12:00 p.m.
  • Room Retention Deadline:
    • Monday, March 25, 12:00 p.m.
  • Substance-Free Housing Request Deadline:
    • Monday, March 25, 12:00 p.m.
  • Request to Live Off Campus Deadline:
    • Friday, March 29, 12:00 p.m.
  • Room Draw Lottery Numbers Sent:
    • Monday, April 8
  • Residence Hall Room Draw:
    • Monday - Wednesday, April 15-17

Room Draw Information & Guidelines

 

Non-Smoking Residence Halls

All CMC residence halls are smoke-free; this includes smoke generated by e-cigarettes and vaporizers. Students and their guests may not smoke in any part of the residence hall, including individual rooms.

Substance-Free Residence Hall (Stark)

Stark Hall is a substance-free living environment and students choosing to live in Stark agree to not bring alcohol, tobacco products, or any other controlled substance into the building. In order to select a room in substance-free housing, students must submit a request no later than Monday, March 25, at noon. This will allow Residence Life staff to plan for and guarantee a sub-free option for students who indicate such a request. We are not able to guarantee a sub-free single room, but we will plan to provide a sub-free bed option for students who submit their interest. Students who do not submit the sub-free preference form by Monday, March 25, may not select a room in Stark/sub-free housing on the night of room draw.

ADA Housing Accommodation

Students in need of a housing accommodation for medical reasons should provide documentation to the Dean of Students Office by Monday, March 4 at 12:00 p.m. by email to Kari Rood (disabilityservices@cmc.edu), the Assistant Dean of Students for Health, Wellness, and Case Management. Documentation must provide the medical rationale as to why it is a medical necessity for a student to have a certain room type, be on signed letterhead from an appropriate and ongoing treating provider, and cannot be from a relative (see Documentation Guidelines). Students must renew their housing accommodation with updated documentation every spring in advance of Room Draw. After documentation has been reviewed, if approved, students must meet with the Residential Life staff to discuss housing options. For more information about accommodations and documentation, please refer to the Disability Support Services website.

Animal Allergies & Phobias

As an accommodation for a disability, some students may be approved to have a service animal or emotional support animal on campus. See the Pets/Animals policy in the Guide to Student Life. The health and safety of all CMC students is important and we want to make sure that we are aware of any concerns that may arise from having an animal in campus housing. Please contact Residential Life (reslife@cmc.edu) if you have an allergy or phobia to any animal. This is important information not only for room draw but will also be taken into consideration when housing new students over the summer.

Room Retention

Roommates living in double or triple rooms, excluding North Quad pods, can retain their current room for the 2019-2020 academic year. Students must decide to retain their room before Room Draw lottery numbers are assigned. Students who wish to retain their current room for the 2019-2020 academic year must complete the Room Retention Form by Monday, March 25, at 4:45 p.m. All roommates must agree to retain.

Residence Hall Room Draw

All students who are not retaining their room, who were not approved to live off campus, or who did not get an apartment through the Apartment Selection process, must participate in the Room Draw process. Room Draw will take place in McKenna Auditorium. Students will check in outside of the Heggblade Center across from I-Place according to their assigned lottery number time slot.

Lottery Numbers

All students will be given a random computer-generated lottery number assigned within each class based on the matriculation class designations (see below). The computer system intentionally leaves numbers open randomly for contingencies, meaning that the lowest number does not correspond to the total number of students participating in each class.

Seniors and Juniors select rooms first on Monday evening, April 15, followed by Sophomores on Tuesday evening, April 16, and Freshmen on Wednesday evening, April 17.

Your individual Room Draw lottery numbers will be emailed to you, along with a Room Draw schedule and instructions, on Monday, April 8. During Room Draw each evening on April 15-17, room availability will be updated on screens in the Curb Conference Room in Heggblade and online via The Forum.

Roommates

Those who choose to be roommates for the 2019-2020 academic year must participate in Room Draw together at the appropriate time. Two students drawing a double room or three students drawing a triple room will use the highest lottery number amongst them.

Room Draw without a Roommate: An individual student will not be permitted to draw into a double without a roommate; similarly, two residents will not be permitted to draw into a triple room without a third roommate. Any students who do not have roommates arranged will be added to a waitlist and the Residential Life staff will either place them in an available single, if one becomes available, or paired with another student on the waitlist and assigned to a double room.

Students on Leave

Students currently on leave from CMC may participate in Room Draw once they have been officially readmitted through the Office of the Registrar and paid the $500 tuition deposit. If a student is readmitted after Room Draw concludes, they will be housed during the summer housing assignment process.

Room Draw Is a Privilege

Exchange of priority numbers, falsifying documents, tampering with dorm charts, harassing, threatening, or coercing another student into either leaving their chosen room or altering their room selection will result in disciplinary action, loss of right to a room, and/or loss of the privilege to participate in the Room Draw process. In such a case the responsible student's room will be assigned by the Dean of Students Office.

Matriculation Class Designation

Your matriculation class designation is determined by your matriculation group at CMC. All students who entered together as freshmen in Fall 2018 are designated as "Freshmen," all who entered together as freshmen in Fall 2017 are designated as "Sophomores," all who entered together as freshmen in Fall 2016 are designated as "Juniors," and all who entered as freshman prior to Fall 2015 are designated as "Seniors." All Seniors and Juniors will draw together on Monday, April 15. The matriculation class designation for transfer students is based on projected graduation date.

Proxies

If you are unable to attend Room Draw in person, you may assign a proxy to choose a room for you. If a roommate(s) is able to attend Room Draw, a proxy must attend for the student(s) who is unable to attend. One roommate may serve as a proxy for another. Your proxy must be a current CMC student. After you receive your lottery number, but prior to Room Draw, please email Lyn Hughes (lhughes@cmc.edu) by Friday, April 12. If you are studying abroad, your proxy’s information was gathered by the Center for Global Education prior to your departure. Your proxy will not be able to select a room for you during Room Draw unless you have registered them as your proxy in advance. Anyone who does not attend Room Draw or send a proxy will have a room assigned over the summer by Residential Life staff.

Room Selection Is Binding

During the room selection process you will be choosing a room or a roommate(s) for the entire 2019-2020 academic year. Once you have selected your room and roommate(s) through the Room Draw process your decision will be binding for the full academic year and no additional changes will be made. Requests to switch roommates after Room Draw will only be honored under extenuating circumstances. You are responsible for the choices that you make during the Room Draw process.

Apartment Availability

Student apartments that are not selected during the Apartment Selection process will be made available for Room Draw. Four students will use the highest lottery number amongst them for a four-person apartment and two students will use the highest lottery number between them for a double studio. Single studios still available after Apartment Selection will be designated as single rooms.

North Quad Half-Suites

In North Quad half-suites, groups of four students may draw into the traditional half-suites of either both north-facing rooms or both south-facing rooms. In the pod suites, students may draw into either both east-facing rooms or into both west-facing rooms. Half-suite student groups may not draw into one northern room and one southern room in the traditional suites or into one eastern room and one western room in the pod suites.

To exercise this housing option, all four students in the group must arrive at Room Draw together or have their proxy present, and will draw based on the best lottery number of the four. If there are no half-suites available when your four-person group enters Room Draw you will need to split up and follow the instructions for roommates (see above). This may include one of the pairs leaving to draw at a later time based on the corresponding lottery number schedule. If any member of the four-person group withdraws from their selected room after Room Draw, the remaining roommates may be reassigned to a new location at the discretion of Residential Life staff.

Block Housing

Groups of four students may draw into a limited number of blocked housing in Claremont Hall and Auen Hall. Blocked housing consists of 2 neighboring double rooms. To exercise this housing option, all four students in the group must arrive at Room Draw together or have their proxy present, and will draw based on the best lottery number of the four. If there are no longer 2 blocked rooms available when your four-person group enters Room Draw you will need to split up and follow the instructions for roommates (see above). This may include one of the pairs leaving to draw at a later time based on the corresponding lottery number schedule. If any member of the four-person group withdraws from their selected room after Room Draw, the remaining roommates may be reassigned to a new location at the discretion of Residential Life staff.

Class Quotas

At least 20% of each residence hall is reserved for new students. New students are not permitted to live in the student apartments.

Gender Designations

Apartments

There are no predetermined gender designations for any of the apartments.

Residence Halls

Most CMC residence halls have single-gender rooms, but some buildings have mixed-gender floors:

  • The second and third floors of Stark Hall are mixed-gender with single-gender bathrooms. Floors 4-7 in Stark are single-gender.
  • The second floor (female) and third floor (male) of Marks Hall are single-gender.
  • Crown Hall will have no predetermined gender designation although each room will be a single gender.
    • Each floor will have both male- and female-designated bathrooms.
    • Moderate gender balance by floor and by the hall entirely will be maintained at Room Draw.
  • Appleby, Boswell, Green, and Wohlford Halls will have single-gender suites.
  • Phillips, Auen, and Fawcett Halls will have single-gender floors.
Gender-Inclusive Housing

Beckett, Berger, Claremont, and Benson Halls will be gender-inclusive residence halls for the 2019-2020 academic year. The first floor of Marks Hall is gender-inclusive. Students of any gender identity and gender expression may choose to live as roommates in the double or triple rooms. The bathrooms are all gender-inclusive and have floor-to-ceiling stall doors for the toilets and showers.

North Quad Pods

The gender designation for the pod suites in North Quad alternate each year. For the 2019-2020 academic year:

  • Green and Wohlford pods will be female-designated.
  • Appleby and Boswell pods will be male-designated.

Resident Technology Assistants (RTAs)

RTAs are not provided a room in their assigned residence hall in advance. RTAs must proceed through Room Draw with their lottery number. RTAs are guaranteed the last available bed space in a residence hall.

Meal Plans

Students living in the residence halls must select a meal plan at Room Draw. Meal plan options are: 16 meals per week ($200 board plus), 14 meals per week ($140 board plus), 12 meals per week ($120 board plus), or 8 meals per week ($80 board plus).

Off-Campus Living Option

To request permission to live off-campus, please email Lyn Hughes at lhughes@cmc.edu by Friday, March 29 at 12:00 p.m. DO NOT sign a lease until you have been notified that you are approved to live off campus. If granted permission, you will be removed from the lottery process and may not participate in Room Draw. There is a $100 campus use fee per semester for students living off campus. This fee will be applied to your student account. Married students and students with dependent children are automatically granted off-campus status and do not need to participate in Room Draw. Students who are denied permission to live off-campus may be granted permission at a later date under the following conditions: 1) a student on the off-campus list wishes to move into the space to be vacated on campus, and/or 2) the move is approved by the Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Residential Life. Students who move off campus without permission may be charged the full 2019-2020 double room rate and face disciplinary action.

Questions?

We cannot answer questions about the odds of obtaining a certain room because this is a process that involves human behavior and there are approximately 700 humans participating in Room Draw. Please let us know if you have any other questions.