The process by which current RWU freshman students choose their housing for the upcoming year is based on student merit. This selection process incorporates a qualitative reward system within the lottery structure for students who positively contribute to our campus community. The goals for this process include:
Initial priority is given to class year, second priority is given to merit point total, third priority to number of completed credits and final priority to a randomly assigned lottery number. Students can earn merit points in variety of ways, including club involvement, attending merit point programs and community service. Students can also lose merit points by violating university policies, causing damage, having fire safety violations in their rooms or failing to complete disciplinary sanctions on time.
Merit points are granted on an addition and reduction system. Each student begins the year with 10 merit points. From August through the end of January, students can gain up to 8 additional merit points (up to a combined maximum total of 18).
Students attending 3 merit point programs will earn 1 point toward their total. Note: Students can earn all 5 merit points by attending programs; however, fractions of a point will not be rounded up to the nearest whole point. Students must attend 3 programs to earn a full merit point. Students can lose as many points as negative behavior dictates.
Furthermore, students cannot “make up” merit points. Once a point is lost, it cannot be regained. For example, if a student loses 1 point for a violation, but then gains 5 points for positive activities, the maximum merit point total he or she will have is 14.
Students who demonstrate positive and meaningful participation in the following activities can gain one merit point (up to 5 total):
Students may always propose involvement for consideration for a merit point to the Housing Selection Committee. Involvement in clubs and organizations, hall council and Student Senate must be consistent and active. Attendance to at least 75% of meetings, events or programs is required.
Students will have points deducted if any of the following negative behaviors occur:
Students log on to their MyRWU account, click on the "Services Tab" located on the top right hand side, then click on "Check Merit Point Total" tab located under the "Housing Lottery" tab at the bottom left hand side.
The Housing Selection Committee consists of students representing all residence areas on campus. Two representatives from each residence hall are appointed to sit on the committee and report back to their hall councils. In addition to student representatives, an assistant director of housing and a CORE also sit on the committee. The committee continues to seek input from hall councils, their residents and IRHA.
If you are interested in becoming a member of the Housing Selection Committee, please speak with your CORE at the start of the school year.