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Contract Completion Guide


1. Personal Information
2. Panther Picks
3. Residence Hall Assignment Priorities
4. Meal Plan Options
5. Disabilities, Special Health Needs and Special Requests
6. Contractual Responsibilities
7. Contract Changes

1. Personal Information

  • You will need your CatID to access the online contract. For questions regarding your CatID, contact the Computer Consulting Center at (319) 273-5555, or see CatID FAQ.
  • Once logged-in, carefully review your personal information and contact Admissions to correct any errors as necessary. You will also be asked to provide Missing Person Contact Information on your housing and dining contract.
  • Students who are under the age of 18 at the time of starting the contract will need to print the required signature page for their parent or guardian to sign and return to the UNI Department of Residence, 1501 Redeker Drive, Cedar Falls, IA 50614.

2. Panther Picks

You have the option to select a roommate (or be selected) via Panther Picks. Panther Picks is designed to assist you in finding a compatible roommate based on each other’s Panther Profile. It’s also necessary in order to designate a specific roommate of your choice. In order to request a roommate, both of you must have a contract started.
If you would like to use this feature for roommate selection, you must first complete your Panther Profile (returning students should update their profile). From there, you will need to include yourself in the Panther Picks Preference. To search for a roommate, you can either:

  • Browse Matching Roommates – this option provides you with a list of students who best match your Panther Profile. You can view profiles, communicate with potential roommates and request a roommate. An automatic acceptance process is used so there is no need for the second student to accept, but they can decline a request.
  • Search by Details – this option will allow you to add a specific roommate request. You will do so by entering their date of birth and full first and last name. The requested roommate does not need to do anything since the acceptance is automatic.

All information captured in your profile remains confidential and will not be shared with a third party. If you do not participate in Panther Picks, you may be assigned to a roommate through random selection.

3. Residence Hall Assignment Priorities

New students: you will be asked to select your top 4 choices of residence hall assignment priorities, though you are only required to choose one. This step is important for setting up academic Living Learning Communities, those who choose to not participate in room self-selection, or for those moving in mid-year.

4. Meal Plan Options

View our Meal Plans to determine which plans you are eligible for and of chose the one that best fits your needs.

5. Disabilities, Special Health Needs and Special Requests

We make every effort to accommodate reasonable housing requests related to disabilities and special health needs. Students wishing to request special accommodations in the residence halls should do so with advance notification by completing the Request for Services Form available through Student Disability Services. The student’s health care professional will need to complete the Evaluator Form.

Wheelchairs – Students who use wheelchairs, or with other physical disabilities, should request Noehren Hall as their top residence hall choice. You will generally be assigned to rooms on the first and second floors, though Noehren Hall has elevator service to all floors. Adjacent dining centers include elevator access.

Air Conditioners – An air conditioner is permitted when documented as a medical necessity by completing the forms mentioned above. The deadline to submit requests is May 1 for fall semester and December 15 for spring semester. Requests received after the deadline may not be accommodated based on room assignment, or room assignment may need to be changed as not all rooms and halls are set up to accommodate a unit. Requests will be reviewed and a written decision will be provided prior to hall opening. There is a yearly fee of $200 for the installation and usage of an air conditioner. Portable air conditioners are not allowed.

Gender Inclusive Housing – If you have a housing request based on gender identity or gender expression, please contact Erica Eischen in the Department of Residence, 319-273-2333, when applying for on-campus housing to discuss your specific request. Specific housing requests are handled on a case-by-case basis.

6. Contractual Responsibilities

Once you have thoroughly read and completed the Housing & Dining Contract, you must agree to the Terms & Conditions specified in the contract. Please note that this contract is for the full academic year (fall and spring semester) unless:

  • You are a new resident spring semester.
  • You are a student in the Culture and Intensive English Program enrolled for only part of a semester.
  • You are signed up for the 2-Year Advantage Plan, which is a contract for two full academic years.

7. Contract Changes/Cancellations

If you wish to make any changes to your contract, you must do so by May 1 for fall semester or December 15 for spring semester by logging back in to your contract. Any changes that need to be made after those dates may need to wait until after classes start. All cancellations of single year contracts must be submitted in writing to Students enrolled in the 2-Year Advantage Plan must come to the Department of Residence office to complete the two-year cancellation form.