Parent Questions

Can my student live on campus if they are under the age of 18?

Students under the age of 18 can apply for on-campus housing. A parent/legal guardian must sign the Housing Contract. Additionally, the parents/legal guardians of students that will not be 18 when they begin their freshman year are encouraged to meet with Residence Education and Housing Services staff to gain understanding of campus living.

How can I visit my student?

If you want to visit your student we recommend you talk with your student and find a good time for a visit; once the academic year begins students are incredibly busy. 

You will want to be aware of a few things to make your stay on campus more comfortable.

How many years should students live on campus?

Research has shown that living on campus provides for more opportunities for students to connect to other students and to campus, leads to greater satisfaction in the student experience and has been shown to lead to higher academic success.  For these reasons, and many others, we recommend that students live on campus for at least two years.

Should I inform anyone in particular about a chronic health concern?

If your student has a chronic health concern there are several resources on campus.

Additionally, if your student is comfortable with sharing, her or his Resident Assistant and Community Director can also be a helpful resource.

What do students do to stay safe on campus?

MSU is a safe campus, and student safety and security is our first priority.  However, students should always keep personal safety in mind. We recommend that students always lock their room doors and never prop or hold exterior doors; walk in groups on campus at night and make sure someone knows where they are going and when they will be back if they are going to be away.

What if my student has a concern with his/her roommate?

Encourage your student to talk with her or his roommate. Many concerns can be solved through communication. If she or he has done this and did not have a satisfactory outcome, encourage her or him to speak to their Resident Assistant (RA). The RA has received significant training in communication, mediation and conflict management, and will work to build open communication and ultimately a mutually agreed upon set of standards in the room for all roommates to follow.

Why are building entrances unlocked during the day?

Many campus residence halls have classrooms and administrative offices. In these buildings access to those spaces are open to the public from 6:45 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. However, the living spaces in these halls are secured 24 hours a day by access doors that are not open to the public and require an access key to enter. Halls that do not have public spaces are secured 24 hours a day.