Housing Policies for Graduate Assistants
Furniture and Storage
- All professional staff apartments are different, depending upon the building, but all are completely furnished.
- The beds are full/double size beds.
- Live-in staff members are responsible for the cost of replacing missing or damaged furniture beyond reasonable wear and tear.
- Live-in staff may not paint or hang wallpaper in any part of the apartment.
- Live-in staff may not use nails or tape to hang any object on the walls of the apartment. Staff are encouraged to use s-hooks to hang objects from the picture molding provided in most apartments. Contact your housing manager or housekeeping staff to obtain s-hooks.
- Smoking as well as burning candles or incense is prohibited in all areas of the residence halls, including the professional staff apartments.
- Smoking is not permitted in university-owned properties or outside of the buildings.
- Professional staff members may request approval to maintain a pet in their apartment. This request must be made through the completion of the Office of Residence Life Pet Request Form.
- Staff members are allowed to have one dog or cat per apartment.
- Pet owners must obtain and maintain renter’s insurance that covers liability for the pet. Miami University, the Division of Student Life, and the Office of Residence Life are not liable for pet-related claims from any source.
- All required pet immunizations, registrations, and animal licenses must be up to date and on-file with the Office of Residence Life.
- Pet owners must pay a $150.00 non-refundable pet fee to cover the cost of additional cleaning upon move out.
- Use of alcohol is permitted in the apartment by persons of legal age with the apartment door closed.
- Live-in staff should exercise discretion and subtlety when bringing alcohol into their apartments.
- Tap-able containers (such as kegs) are not permitted in the apartments.
- Professional Staff are seen as role models for the students and therefore should not be making choices that put their professional credibility into question.
- For additional alcohol guidelines, refer to the departmental alcohol statement.
Summer Housing and Transitions
The summer is a time when Campus Services plans many small and large renovation projects. A member of ORL central staff will communicate information about these renovations with the professional staff.
Non-Returning Professional Staff
All Professional Staff members not returning to the Office need to vacate their apartment within a week of the end of contract. Each professional staff member should schedule a time with their supervisor to tour the apartment prior to their departure. Professional staff members who are not returning to the Office of Residence Life but who are interested in temporary housing should contact the central staff member who is coordinating apartment moves. Please email the central staff member who is coordinating apartment moves no later than one month prior to the end of contract with the anticipated date of departure. This information is important in determining the timeline for other departmental apartment moves and relocation efforts. Every effort will be made to meet request to stay beyond one week after the end of contract.
When a live-in staff vacates their apartment, the staff member’s supervisor will conduct an inspection of that living space. This inspection will occur after the apartment has been cleaned by the live-in staff and immediately prior to moving. Live-in staff members are responsible for the cost of additional time and materials necessary to clean the apartment beyond reasonable wear and tear of the apartment.
Returning Professional Staff
All professional staff members returning to the office are permitted to reside in their current assigned apartments throughout the summer without any charge. Professional staff returning and moving to a different apartment will move on a schedule determined by a member of central staff. No staff member will be permitted to leave their belongings over the summer in an apartment to which they have not been assigned to for the following academic year. Professional staff may be asked to temporarily relocate from their assigned apartment if major residence hall or apartment renovations are scheduled during the summer.
Some staff may be unable to move into certain residence hall apartments on time due to conflicts with conferences or summer sports camps. All efforts will be made to have any sports camp or conference personnel out of apartments in time for staff to move into their apartments. All apartments are thoroughly cleaned before new staff move in. When a live-in staff vacates an apartment, the staff member’s supervisor will conduct an inspection of that living space. This inspection will occur after the apartment has been cleaned by the live-in staff and immediately prior to moving.
Live-in staff members are responsible for the cost of additional time and materials necessary to clean the apartment beyond reasonable wear and tear of the apartment.