Occupancy Verifications: Why is my RA asking me to sign this spreadsheet?

Twice in the fall semester and once in the spring semester, your RA will come around to your room and ask you to sign a large roster acknowledging that you are, indeed, living where our software says you’re supposed to be living.  But why?

These rosters, called “Verifications” are crucial to assuring accurate billing of your student account. They also serve as a back-up roster to see if anyone has taken it upon themselves to switch rooms without permission. (Note: students who are found to have changed rooms without going through the proper HRL process will be held judicially responsible.)  For safety’s sake, it’s so important that we know who’s supposed to be in which bed.  If there were ever an emergency in your room, we’d need to know exactly who we’re looking for.

Sometimes there’s a bonus question on verifications.  This time we’re asking if you plan to return to housing for the Spring 2017 semester.  While your answer to this question isn’t contractual or binding for next semester, it helps us plan for how many vacant beds we can expect to offer to incoming transfers or January admitted students.

Thanks for signing verifications, and thanks to the RAs who get them completed in such a quick turnaround!

Author: Cheryl McCloskey

Former Assistant Director for Housing Operations & Marketing at Seton Hall University. I handled room assignments, meal plans, billing, social media, and supervise the RHD for Turrell and Ora as well as the Housing Operations Coordinator. Wife to Ryan, dog mom to Lucky McLovin'. Seton Hall MASC '12, Sacred Heart University '01 and '03 MAT. Go Pirates!

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