1. ELIGIBILITY: Family Housing & Graduate Housing is primarily intended to provide affordable housing in an environment conducive to academic and personal success and growth for students with families, single graduate students, faculty, staff, and eligible undergraduates.
    1. Family Status: Students may reside in Family Housing only with those for whom the individual has or shares a legal responsibility and approved members of the student’s immediate family. Examples of such relationships include married students, students with dependent children, students with dependent parent(s), and students with disabilities who require a live- in personal care attendant. Student applicants must provide documentation of their legal relationship to those persons residing with the Such documentation could include a marriage license or children’s birth certificate(s) and/or custody decree, letter of guardianship or other documentation sufficient to establish a legal responsibility. A student must have physical custody of a dependent child for four or more months of the calendar year to be eligible for Family Housing.
    2. Student Status: The student Tenant must be and remain a full-time student, registered for and taking a minimum of nine (9) undergraduate or five (5) graduate credits during each semester of occupancy, and making normal progress toward a degree on a university approved Students must pre-register for classes, or demonstrate intent to register not later than July 15th, for fall semester, and November 15th, for spring semester, of each calendar year in order to maintain their student status.
    3. Faculty Status: Faculty or staff, post-doctoral fellows, research associates, or visiting faculty are eligible for Family & Graduate Faculty/staff are not eligible to reside in designated graduate/undergraduate housing (Nelson Story Tower, Peter Koch Tower, and Grant Chamberlain). Single faculty/staff, research associates, and post-doctoral fellows are eligible to occupy a two-bedroom apartment.
    4. Graduate Student Status: Regularly enrolled, single graduate students are eligible to reside in designated graduate student Graduate students may be placed in a single-dwelling, one-bedroom apartment OR in a two-bedroom apartment with an assigned same-gender graduate or same-gender undergraduate (junior or senior) student roommate. Graduate students may choose one of three housing options:
      1. Reside in a one-bedroom apartment as a single occupant (Nelson Story Tower or Peter Koch Tower).
      2. Reside in a two-bedroom apartment as a single occupant (Grant Chamberlain Drive). Tenant will pay full rental rate.
      3. Reside in a two-bedroom apartment with a same gender roommate (Grant Chamberlain Drive). Tenants will each pay one-half of the apartment Should a Tenant request this option and a roommate cannot be assigned or placed, or if a roommate moves out, the Tenant will have one month from date of notice from the Family & Graduate Housing Office to secure a roommate. If the Tenant has not secured a roommate in one month, s/he will be responsible for the full rental rate of that apartment.
    5. Second-Degree Student Status: Students without legal dependents pursuing a second undergraduate-degree who have already graduated from an accredited four-year institution may live in graduate student Students must take a minimum of nine (9) credits per semester and provide a copy of their degree in order to be eligible.
    6. Undergraduate Single Student Status: When availability permits, single undergraduates who have earned more than seventy- two (72) credits are eligible to reside in housing designated for single graduate Single undergraduates must maintain a minimum of nine (9) credits in a degree-granting program. Summer course registration is not required to maintain occupancy through summer session. Single undergraduates may choose from the three housing options available to graduate students listed above.
    7. Summer Occupancy: To continue occupancy during the Summer Semester, the student Tenant must either:
      1. be and remain a full-time registered student for Summer Semester (nine (9) undergraduate credits or five (5) graduate credits).
      2. have been registered for at least nine (9) undergraduate credits or five (5) graduate credits, been in good scholastic standing for the preceding Spring Semester and be pre-registered for the following Fall Semester.
      3. or be pre-registered for the upcoming Fall Semester.
    8. Change in Status: If there is a change in marital status, residence of spouse or residence/dependency of children, faculty/student status or other status related to eligibility, the Tenant must notify the Family & Graduate Housing Office immediately. If the Tenant’s change in status results in his/her ineligibility for Family & Graduate Housing, the Tenant must vacate the unit within thirty (30) days of notice of ineligibility.
  1. PREMISES: The University agrees to provide Tenant with a Family or Graduate Housing unit specified during the term of this Assignment to a unit will be made according to University procedures.
  2. INABILITY TO DELIVER POSSESSION: The University cannot guarantee the date of delivery of possession of a If the unit is unavailable by the date the University stipulated in section 21, the Tenant is not liable for rent for any period s/he is not in possession.
  3. CONTRACT PERIOD: This contract becomes effective upon the date the unit is available for occupancy and will continue until either the Tenant or Family & Graduate Housing Office provides notice.
    1. Tenants who are not pre-registered for the following semester are required to vacate their unit within fifteen (15) days of the last day of the semester or summer session, unless the Tenant requests an extension in writing (forms may be picked up at the Family & Graduate Housing Office). Extensions will be reviewed by the Housing Coordinator and will be granted to students who are “in good standing” with the Family & Graduate Housing Office and Montana State University.
    2. A contract renewal form will be issued during spring/summer semester. This form must be completed by Tenants wishing to continue their tenancy.
  4. RENT, FEES, AND ASSESSMENTS:
    1. Application Fee/Security Deposit: An application fee of One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) is required at the time of The One Hundred Dollar ($100.00) application fee will be retained by the University if the applicant fails to respond to an assignment by the date shown on the assignment form or fails to occupy the assigned unit. Fifty Dollars ($50.00) of this application fee is non-refundable should the applicant withdraw his/her housing application before assignment of a unit. Once the Tenant is assigned to a unit, the One Hundred Dollar ($100.00) application fee is retained as a security deposit to secure the payment of rent, payment for damages to or cleaning of the unit upon termination of this contract. The security deposit will be returned in full upon termination of the tenancy, unless deductions for rent, repairs, replacement, cleaning charges or other outstanding MSU receivables are applied.
    2. Rent: Rent is payable in advance by the first day of each month by visiting our website and clicking “Pay Rent,” or in person at the Cashier’s Office located under Miller Dinning Hall. Charges for a partial month are computed on a daily basis based on the number of days in the month. If occupancy begins after the 20th of the month, the Tenant will pay pro-rated rent for the month of occupancy and then full monthly rent for the following month in Tenants with a history of late payment of rent may be required to enter into written payment plans that may require pre-payment of rent for periods that exceed one month.
    3. Late Payments: A late charge of ten dollars ($10.00) will be assessed on the 16thday of each month if rent is not paid in full or if the account is in default more than fifty dollars ($50.00). An additional twenty dollar ($20.00) late charge will be assessed on the 26th of each month for an outstanding rent balance not paid between the 16th and the 25th of the month, or if the account is in arrears. If rent is not paid by the 25th, the University may immediately terminate Tenant’s Students may not register for classes or receive transcripts until full payment has been made for unpaid rental and/or other assessments.
    4. Rent Increase: The University reserves the right to increase the applicable monthly rent during the term of this Agreement, after thirty (30) days written notice to the Tenant.
    5. Refunds: After deduction for any unpaid rent, outstanding utility charges, cleaning and/or damage charges, or any other outstanding charges to Montana State University, the University will refund any unused portion of the monthly rent if the Tenant is released from this contract prior to expiration.
    6. Holds: The University reserves the right to place a hold on student’s university account, transcripts, and registration if the student has an outstanding account balance with the Family & Graduate Housing Office.
    7. Collections: The Tenant agrees to pay all collection costs, attorney’s fees and expenses made or incurred by the University in enforcing this contract.
  5. OCCUPANCY LIMITS: No more than one (1) occupant can reside in a one-bedroom single graduate/undergraduate designated No less than two (2) and no more than four (4) related occupants can reside in two bedroom Family Housing apartments. No less than one (1) and no more than two (2) same gender occupants can reside in two bedroom single graduate/undergraduate designated Housing apartments. No less than three (3) and no more than six (6) occupants can reside in three bedroom apartments. Any exceptions to the occupancy limit must be approved by the Director of Family & Graduate Housing. Single faculty and staff, research assistants, and post-doctoral candidates are not eligible to reside in designated single graduate/undergraduate housing and therefore may occupy a two-bedroom apartment.
  6. CHECK-IN OF PREMISES: At the time of taking occupancy, the Tenant will be checked into the unit, and is responsible for its condition. The Tenant will sign the Apartment Inspection Sheet as acceptance of the condition of the unit and its Upon check out, condition of unit is compared to original Apartment Inspection Sheet to determine any necessary charges.
  7. UTILITIES:
    1. The University will furnish and pay for utilities as follows:
      1. West Side Houses, Paisley Court, and McIntosh Court: water and garbage pick-up.
      2. Grant-Chamberlain, Julia Martin, and Branegan: water, garbage pick-up, electricity, and heat.
      3. Nelson Story and Peter Koch: water, garbage pick-up, electricity, heat, and cable television.
    2. West Side House, Paisley Court, and McIntosh Court Tenants must be approved for utility service from NorthWestern Energy within thirty (30) days of occupancy or they may have to forfeit their If Tenants fail to pay for their utilities, the University will require the Tenant to assure payment of utilities and may terminate this contract and evict the Tenant. The Tenant is responsible for the connection and payment of natural gas and electricity during the entire contract period in units where utilities are not provided by Family & Graduate Housing.
  8. USE OF PROPERTY:
    1. Hazards: The Tenant shall not keep or use any halogen lamps, gasoline, kerosene, burning fluid or other combustible or explosive material of any type in the Any condition that creates a hazard is prohibited and must be eliminated upon request of University staff.
    2. Pets: Tenants and their guests are not permitted to have animals/pets in Family & Graduate Exceptions are made for:
      1. trained service animals for the disabled upon proper documentation, and;
      2. fish and other water-borne animals.
      3. Tenants will be assessed a $100.00 charge if they violate the pet policy one time. Tenants will be evicted if they violate the pet policy a second time.
    3. Alcohol and Drugs:
      1. Use, possession, manufacturing, distribution or sale of narcotics or illegal drugs, is prohibited, except use pursuant to a legal prescription from a Use or possession of an illicit substance by a Tenant, family member or guest may be grounds for disciplinary action, including eviction.
      2. Use, possession, or distribution of intoxicants, including alcohol, in the buildings or on the grounds of Montana State University is prohibited, except as expressly permitted by law or University Tenants who are of legal age may consume alcohol within their residences. Tenants wishing to hold outdoor events that will involve the use of alcohol must obtain approval to serve alcoholic beverages through MSU Conference Services Office.
    4. Firearms:
      1. Handguns and any other weapons are not allowed to be stored or present on the grounds or within living areas in Family & Graduate Housing.
      2. The storage of rifles, shotguns, crossbows, compound bows and long bows with field or broad head points is permitted within the privacy of Family & Graduate Housing residences. All firearms must be unloaded and all arrows must be safely covered. Possession of any other weapon or apparatus considered lethal is prohibited.
      3. The storage of ammunition, fireworks, and any form of explosive fuels or devices within Family & Graduate Housing residences and storage areas is strictly prohibited.
      4. The possession of paintball guns, bb guns, spring guns, or dart guns is prohibited.
      5. Any violation of the Firearms policy may result in immediate termination of housing contract, and may also be cause for immediate suspension from the University and referral to law enforcement officers.
    5. Subleasing: Subleasing by the Tenant is not permitted in Family & Graduate Housing.
    6. Tobacco: The use of tobacco is prohibited in all Family & Graduate Housing units and grounds.
  9. TENANT RESPONSIBILITIES:
    1. Peaceful Enjoyment: Tenants must conduct themselves, and will require their household members and visitors to conduct themselves, in a way that does not disturb other tenants’ peaceful enjoyment of their Quiet hours are 9pm-7am, seven days a week. Courtesy hours are always in effect. Tenants, including all household members or visitors who disturb others, disrupt the ordinary operation of Family & Graduate Housing activities, and/or fail to comply with the Family & Graduate Housing requirements will be required to leave the premises and/or will be subject to disciplinary action, including eviction.
    2. Maintenance: The Tenant will keep the premises clean and will assist and cooperate with the Family & Graduate Housing Office in the maintenance of the Tenants will promptly report any breakage, damage, or need for repair of the dwelling unit, facilities, or equipment to the Family & Graduate Housing Office.
    3. Modifications and Repairs: The Tenant may not paint, make repairs, or otherwise modify a unit without the prior written authorization of the Maintenance Supervisor or his/her The Tenant will be charged for the cost to restore the unit to its original state if s/he modifies the unit in any manner without written authorization.
    4. Furniture: Tenants may not remove University furniture or store it outside the unit.
    5. Keys: Family & Graduate Housing keys are not to be duplicated. If you temporarily lose your key, a temporary replacement may be requested at the Family & Graduate Housing office. This replacement must be returned within two weeks from the date of the key checkout or the unit will be rekeyed at the Tenant’s expense, at a rate of $30 per lock. Keep track of all our keys and return them upon check out to avoid rekey charges. Children must be 10 years of age or older to have their own key. If your unit needs to be rekeyed, a charge will be assessed of $30 per lock (i.e. all Tower units are $60 to rekey, McIntosh units are $150 to rekey). Written notice must be given to the Family & Graduate Housing Office if a friend, relative, babysitter, etc., is permitted to check out a key to your apartment. Tenants and designated individuals will be required to present picture identification or answer three points of verification of identity to receive a key. Family & Graduate Housing provides a key service for emergency lockouts. In the event of a lock out after 5:00pm, please see the Community Assistant II’s on duty by calling (406) 994-3730.
    6. Snow Removal: The Tenant is responsible for the removal of snow on walks, landings, and stairways between the unit and the main The Family & Graduate Housing grounds crew will remove snow from all major sidewalks and streets as needed.
    7. Storage: Storage outside the units is prohibited except for houses East of 15th Avenue as specified in the Family & Graduate Housing Handbook. After written notification to the Tenant to correct violations of the storage requirements, the University will remove any materials improperly stored outside and the Tenant will be billed for this removal.
    8. Vehicles/Bicycles: Tenants must observe all campus and Family & Graduate Housing Parking Tenants and their family member’s automobiles, motorcycles and bicycles must be registered with University Police and must display appropriate parking decals. Vehicles/bicycles that are not appropriately registered with University Police may be ticketed, towed, or removed from Family & Graduate Housing. Bicycles should either be locked in a bike rack, or inside your home for storage. Bicycles are not to be stored under stairwells or chained to gas meters or stairway railings.
    9. Window Treatments: With the exception of the West Side Houses, tenants must use University provided window treatments (blinds or curtains). Tin-foil, bed sheets, table cloths, or other like items are not considered to be an adequate substitute.
  10. RESPONSIBILITY FOR DAMAGE AND LOSS OF UNIVERSITY PROPERTY: The Tenant is responsible for any damage to the unit, university furniture and equipment caused by Tenant, his or her household members, guests or other tenants, ordinary wear and tear The Tenant agrees to pay such damages to the University upon demand.
  11. UNIVERSITY REGULATIONS: The Tenant agrees that s/he and his/her household members and guests will observe all University and Family & Graduate Housing regulations as set forth in the Montana State University Student Conduct Code, the Family & Graduate Housing Handbook, and this Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action, including eviction from Family & Graduate Housing. All University rules and regulations published in the Montana State Student Conduct Code, Family & Graduate Housing Handbook and the Family & Graduate Housing Newsletter, are specifically made a part of this contract by this reference.
  12. UNIVERSITY RESPONSIBILITY FOR STUDENT’S PERSONAL PROPERTY: The University assumes no responsibility for the theft, destruction, or loss of money, valuables or other personal property belonging to or in the custody of the Tenant regardless of the cause and location of the The University does not carry insurance against the loss or damage of individually owned personal property; Tenants should therefore provide their own personal property insurance coverage.
  13. UNIVERSITY AUTHORITY: The University reserves the right to:
    1. Require Tenants to move to other accommodations if necessary to vacate a building or a part of the building.
    2. Move Tenants from a specific unit or building if necessary for order, health safety or for disciplinary purposes.
    3. Inspect all units, with notice to the Tenant, for purposes of inventory, fire protection, sanitation, safety, maintenance, repair, and rule enforcement.
    4. Enter a unit without notice in cases of emergency or when attempts to provide notice by phone or in person fail.
    5. Impose sanctions, including eviction from Family & Graduate Housing, on Tenants who violate the terms and conditions of this agreement.
    6. Change the University Regulations pertaining to Family & Graduate Housing upon providing advance notice to the Tenants through the Family & Graduate Housing newsletter or otherwise.
  14. TERMINATION:
    1. Tenants who want to be released from this contract for any reason must submit a Contract Release with the Family & Graduate Housing Office at least thirty (30) days prior to the date the Tenant wishes to terminate The Tenant will be released from the contract if s/he meets the criteria for release stated on the Contract Release.
    2. If the Tenant and/or his/her household members fail to comply with the provisions of this contract, the University may terminate this contract and seek any other remedy in law or The Tenant agrees to pay all reasonable costs, attorney’s fees and expenses made or incurred by the University in enforcing this contract.
    3. Tenants must vacate their unit within fifteen (15) days of the end of the academic semester unless:
      1. The Tenant has pre-registered for the upcoming semester.
      2. The Tenant has children in the Bozeman School District. In this instance the Tenant may vacate fifteen (15) days after the end of public school academic year.
      3. The Tenant has formally requested a contract extension with the Family & Graduate Housing Office.
    4. Upon termination, the University has the right to re-enter and take possession of the If a Tenant refuses to leave voluntarily, the University may remove the Tenant’s belongings and bill the Tenant for the costs of moving and storage.
    5. The University may terminate this contract without cause upon thirty (30) days written notice to Further, Family & Graduate Housing reserves the right to terminate the contract of any Tenant if the Tenant or other occupants or guests may pose an imminent and substantial threat of injury to or interference with other tenants, their children and their property.
  15. CHECK-OUT: The Tenant must use the established check-out procedures upon termination of this Tenants who lose or fail to return a key will be charged for a lock change. Tenants who fail to adequately clean the unit and/or cause damage to the unit will be charged the actual costs for University personnel to clean and repair the unit. Any charges for unpaid rent, cleaning and damages will be deducted from the security deposit. If the security deposit is insufficient to cover the full costs, the Tenant will be billed for the charges. A complete list of check-out criteria can be obtained from the Family& Graduate Housing Office.
  16. NOTICES:
    1. University: Notice by the University is deemed sufficient if delivered in person, affixed to the door of the premises or mailed by certified mail, return receipt requested to the address of the
    2. By Tenant: Notice by the Tenant is deemed sufficient if delivered in person to the Family & Graduate Housing Office at 1502 West Garfield, Bozeman, MT, 59715, or mailed by certified mail, return receipt requested to the Family & Graduate Housing Office atO. Box 172080, 1502 W. Garfield, Bozeman, MT 59715-2080.
  17. ABANDONED PROPERTY: If the Tenant leaves property in the unit or on University property after termination of occupancy, the property shall be deemed The University will dispose of the property if not removed by the Tenant after the University provides notice to the Tenant at the last known address. Any charges incurred to remove, store or dispose of the property will be assessed to the Tenant.
  18. APPEALS:
    1. Tenants may file a grievance with the Director of Family & Graduate Housing if they feel the University has failed to comply with this contract.
    2. A Tenant may appeal a decision of the Director of Family & Graduate Housing to the Chief Housing Officer within three (3) working days of the Tenant’s receipt of the decision of the Director of Family & Graduate An appeal must be in writing and must allege and factually support one or more of the following grounds for appeal:
      1. The Tenant’s rights as set forth in this contract were violated (i.e. there was an error in the interpretation of the contract, handbook, or University guidelines that substantially affected the Tenant’s ability to receive fair consideration);
      2. The student has discovered new evidence, not previously available, which would have materially affected the Director of Family & Graduate Housing’s decision; or
      3. The sanctions imposed are too severe given the nature of the violation.
    3. The decision of the Chief Housing Officer is the final decision of the University.

Policies & Procedures

Apartment Inspection Sheet

The Apartment Inspection Sheet (AIS) is used to document the condition of your apartment at the time of check-in. It is very important that you thoroughly review the inventory and note any discrepancies in the condition of the apartment from what is written on the inspection sheet. Any significant or notable differences must be submitted to your Community Assistant during the CA walk through of your apartment. The inventory will be kept on file for the duration of your tenancy. Unless noted on the Apartment Inspection Sheet, damages assessed upon check-out will be billed to the tenant.

Attics and Crawl Spaces

The attic doors should not be removed for any reason in units that have them. They are insulated and not available for storage. Crawl spaces in the West Side Houses are not to be accessed or used for storage.

Bicycles

Please park bikes in bicycle racks or store them in your apartment. Bicycles should not be stored against or chained to gas meters, light poles, signs, or stair railings at any time. All bicycles must be registered through University Police with a registration sticker. Registration is free. Bicycles not registered or which appear abandoned may be removed from bike racks by FGH.

Camping

Camping is not permitted on University property.

Charges Resulting from Damage

FGH will make every attempt to fairly determine whether the tenant will pay for the damages.  A good rule of thumb is:

Anything outside the realm of normal wear and tear, such as damage and maintenance resulting from negligence of tenant, household members, or guests will be charged to the tenant.

Any special cleaning or replacement of equipment resulting from tenant’s misuse will also be the tenant’s responsibility.

Child Care

ASMSU Daycare and The Child Development Center offer child care facilities at the Louise Shunk Day Care Center located at 1295 W. Garfield or 105 Herrick Hall. For more information, please contact the Day Care Center at 994-4370 or 994-5010.

Child Care Connections supports families and local economy by encouraging quality childcare and safety through a variety of services. Check out their website at www.bozemanccc.org or call at 587-7786.

Credit Waivers

Tenants must enroll and complete one semester in order to be eligible for a credit waiver. Credit waivers are intended for students who have extenuating circumstances which require them to withdraw or drop below the minimum number of credits to live in FGH. Suspended students MAY NOT opt to use a credit waiver. A student may only use a credit waiver ONCE during their tenancy.

Disabled Students Assignment Policy

Modified apartments for disabled students are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Disabled students must request these accommodations through the Office of Disability Services at 994-2824. If you are disabled, you must clearly indicate your request for a modified apartment on the application. FGH will accommodate disabled students who require a live-in personal care attendant. The FGH Office will accommodate a student when they become eligible for assignment to an apartment. At that time, the non-disabled tenant of a modified apartment will receive 30-day’s notice to move to another unit within FGH. When non-disabled students are assigned to modified units, they are advised of this policy and the possibility of moving.

Entry into Apartments

FGH respects the right of privacy of our tenants. We also are responsible for the maintenance of all units and the safety of tenants.

FGH reserves the right to authorize entry into an apartment when:

  • An immediate threat to the health and safety of the occupant(s) exists.
  • A perceived need to protect property (University or private) exists.
  • A need exists to repair, replace, or inspect University property.

Whenever possible, FGH will provide the tenant with 48 hour notice before entering an apartment.

Equipment check out

FGH Office has the following equipment available for checkout: furniture carts, vacuums, space heaters, grass seed, rakes, and snow shovels. The office does not loan ladders, garden tools, or small tools (screw drivers, hammers, saws, etc.). Equipment check-out/returns must take place between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. If equipment is checked out slightly before 5 p.m., please return it at 8 a.m. the next morning. Children must be 10 years of age or older to check out equipment at the FGH Office.

Extensions

Students who are graduating but are not ready to move out of FGH may request an extension.

Each request must be approved by the Housing Coordinator. Extensions and length are granted based upon housing demand. Extensions are granted to tenants who are in good rent, student, and conduct standing. Faculty and staff members who are no longer employed with Montana State University are not eligible for an extension.

Fire Safety Equipment

Tampering with fire safety equipment is not permitted. This includes smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, alarm pull stations, and fire panels.

Furnished Units

Furniture in the unit at time of occupancy must remain in assigned unit, unless tenant submits a furniture movement form to have items removed. Partial furnishings are provided. Furnishings include: dining table and chairs, couch, occasional chair, bed and dresser for each bedroom. These furnishings are available while inventory lasts. Please contact FGH at 994-3730 for more details.

Garbage

All garbage must be bagged and tied. Care should be taken to make sure all garbage is placed inside the garbage dumpsters. The occupant is responsible for the disposal of discarded appliances and furniture items too large for the dumpsters.

Garden Plots

Garden plots are available for tenant use, for a small fee, west of the Paisley Court apartments on the corner of Garfield and South 19th Ave; there are also plots available in the Westside Houses, west of 21 Glacier Court.  Detailed information is included in the On the HORIZON newsletter. Plots will be assigned by number and must be paid in full before an area will be assigned. Tenants must remove all vegetation in the fall or FGH will remove it for a fee.

Grounds Care

The Grounds crew works in FGH almost every day mowing grass or plowing snow. Main walks are plowed by the Grounds Crew, however, the tenant is responsible for the removal of snow and ice on landings and sidewalks in front of his/her unit and their designated parking spot. During the winter months, sand is available from the Community Assistants or the FGH Office.

The Grounds Crew will mow lawns each week, weather permitting.

If you plant flowers around your dwelling, please stake off the plants so they are not mowed in their formative stages.

Please do not let the children play with water valves on buildings or sprinklers

When moving in and out, please DO NOT drive on the sidewalks or lawns.

If you wish to report any issues with grounds (ice patches, gophers, or lawn care) please call the FGH office at 994-3730.

Guests

Guests staying for longer than two weeks must be approved by the Assistant Director of FGH prior to their arrival. Grant Chamberlain extended guest stays must receive the permission of both roommates or FGH will not approve it. Tenants are responsible for the behavior of guests while visiting. Guests are expected to comply with FGH and University policies and regulations.

Guests are not permitted to camp in FGH.

Heat

Tenants who are living in the Westside Houses, McIntosh Court, Paisley Court, and Branegan Court, and are planning to be away from their homes for longer than 24 hours within the time period of cold weather months, should notify the FGH Office. We will enter units to ensure that the heat is regulated to prevent freeze-ups if extremely cold weather occurs. If no such notice is given, the tenant will be responsible for damage occurring from freeze-ups. Broken and frozen pipes are very costly, and the breakage may not be detected until spring. Tenants may be assessed a charge if damage results from neglect.

If you are leaving town please do not turn off the heat in your unit.

Heaters

In case of an emergency, portable electric heaters may be obtained from the FGH Office (994-3730) for up to two weeks. Due to potential danger, heaters requiring liquid fuel are prohibited from use. If your heater is not working let FGH know immediately to avoid frozen pipes.

Insurance (Renters and Telephone)

Montana State University and FGH do not provide insurance covering personal property of tenants. Therefore, tenants are advised to obtain their own comprehensive renter’s insurance policy for theft and damage of personal property.

Neither MSU nor FGH is responsible for telephone line quality in individual units. Therefore, tenants are advised to obtain linebacker insurance from Century Link for a nominal fee. Linebacker insurance covers the repair of defective lines within the unit.

Interior Decorations

While we realize you want to make your apartment your “new home,” FGH does not permit major modifications to apartments. You may not make modifications to your assigned apartment.

Carpeting

Tenants who have carpet in their units are responsible for its upkeep. The use of shake-on carpet fresheners is prohibited. Upon vacating the unit, tenants are required to professionally shampoo the carpets. Tenants may also choose to have the FGH staff clean carpets at a charge of $40 per room depending upon size and condition of carpet. An additional charge may occur for stain treatment of carpets. Vacating tenants must provide proof of professional carpet cleaning and a receipt.

Ceiling Hooks

Plants are allowed in FGH, however, ceiling hooks are limited to one (1) per bedroom and two (2) in the living room.

Painting

Tenants cannot paint. Tenants who paint without approval of FGH will be responsible for repainting or damages resulting from use of unauthorized paint.

Wall Hangings

A reasonable number of pictures and other hangings may be hung on apartment walls. Grant Chamberlain tenants should use anchoring hooks to hang items on the concrete walls (nails do not work). Other tenants may use small tacks, nails, or pins to hang items on the walls. Please do not use tape, glue, or adhesives on drywall (sheet rock) or paneling. Contact paper or wallpaper may not be used on the walls of your apartment. A total of 3-5 nail holes per wall is considered acceptable. More nail holes will result in charges upon checkout. Do not hang personal belongings (light strings, textiles, etc.) from the sprinkler heads or lines in the unit. Damage to the sprinkler heads or lines may cause the sprinkler to discharge resulting in significant water damage to the unit. Damage to the sprinkler heads, lines, or the unit as a result of such an action will be the responsibility of the tenant.

Window Coverings

FGH provides blinds for all units (except West Side Houses). Blinds may not be removed by tenant. Tin foil, blankets, and sheets are not considered acceptable window treatments.

Keys

FGH keys are not to be duplicated. If you temporarily lose your key, a temporary replacement may be requested at the FGH office. This replacement must be returned within two weeks from the date of the key checkout or the unit will be rekeyed at the Tenant’s expense, at a rate of $30 per lock. Keep track of all our keys and return them upon check out to avoid rekey charges.

Children must be 10 years of age or older to have their own key. If your unit needs to be rekeyed, a charge will be assessed of $30 per lock (i.e. all Tower units are $60 to rekey, McIntosh units are $150 to rekey). Written notice must be given to the FGH Office if a friend, relative, babysitter, etc., is permitted to check out a key to your apartment. Tenants and designated individuals will be required to present picture identification or answer three points of verification of identity to receive a key. FGH provides a key service for emergency lockouts. In the event of a lock out after 5:00pm, please see the Community Assistant’s On-Call on duty by calling 994-3730.

Laundry Facilities

Washer/dryer hookups are installed in the West Side Houses and McIntosh Court.

Tenants in the remaining apartment complexes are offered washer/dryer facilities within their apartment area at no additional cost. Tenants should use laundry facilities at their scheduled time. Tenants are expected to follow the laundry schedule outlined by FGH. Failure to do so could result in the laundry being confiscated by FGH.

Tenants are responsible for reporting any unauthorized usage by non-tenants. To prevent theft and unauthorized use, laundry rooms should be kept locked at all times. Tenant’s front door key will unlock that building’s laundry room door.

Since laundry machines are supplied at no additional cost to the tenant, tenants are expected to assume care and cleaning of the laundry rooms and machines. You are asked to clean lint screens, wipe down machines, dust counters, place garbage in outside dumpsters, sweep, and mop laundry room floors once a day during your scheduled cleaning week. The laundry cleaning schedule is posted in your designated laundry room. Failure to clean during your scheduled cleaning week will result in a $10 fine. Laundry cleaning responsibilities apply whether you are home or not (spring break, winter break, summer break)- you must find someone to switch with or take on cleaning responsibilities.  Keep all laundry doors closed. This will help prevent pipes freezing.

Laundry Schedule

Tenants are expected to follow the laundry schedule outlined by FGH below:

 

Paisley Apartments *Wednesdays and Fridays are on a first come, first serve basis only

Time Mon Tue Thurs Sat Sun
7 a.m. - 12 p.m. A&B G&H C&D I&J E&F
12 a.m. - 5 p.m. C&D I&J E&F A&B G&H
5 a.m. - 9 p.m. E&F A&B G&H C&D I&J

 

Nelson Story and Peter Koch Towers *Wednesdays are on a first come, first serve basis only

Time Mon Tue Thurs Fri Sat Sun
7 a.m. - 12 p.m. 1 4 3 6 2 5
12 a.m. - 5 p.m. 2 5 1 4 3 6
5 a.m. - 9 p.m. 3 6 2 5 1 4

 

West Julia Martin *Wednesdays are on a first come, first serve basis only

Time Mon Tue Thurs Fri Sat Sun
7 a.m. - 2 p.m. A&B E&F C&D G&H A&B E&F
2 a.m. - 9 p.m. C&D G&H A&B E&F C&D G&H

 

Grant Chanberlain Drive ABEF *Wednesdays are on a first come, first serve basis only

Time Mon Tue Thurs Fri Sat Sun
7 a.m. - 2 p.m.

1A

2A

3A

1B

2B

3B

1E

2E

3E

1F

2F

3F

1A

2A

3A

1B

2B

3B

2 a.m. - 9 p.m.

1E

2E

3E

1F

2F

3F

1A

2A

3A

1B

2B

3B

1E

2E

3E

1F

2F

3F

 

Grant Chanberlain Drive CDGH *Wednesdays are on a first come, first serve basis only

Time Mon Tue Thurs Fri Sat Sun
7 a.m. - 2 p.m.

1C

2C

3C

1D

2D

3D

1G

2G

3G

1H

2H

3H

1C

2C

3C

1D

2D

3D

2 a.m. - 9 p.m.

1G

2G

3G

1H

2H

3H

1C

2C

3C

1D

2D

3D

1G

2G

3G

1H

2H

3H

 

Brenegan *Wednesdays are on a first come, first serve basis only

Time Mon Tue Thurs Fri Sat Sun
7 a.m. - 12 p.m. A D C F B E
12 a.m. - 5 p.m. B E A D C F
5 a.m. - 9 p.m. C F B E A D

 

Light Bulbs

Tenants are responsible for replacing light bulbs as they burn out (interior lights, the stove, and refrigerator).  Please be sure that all bulbs are working when vacating your apartment. Energy efficient light bulbs are also available from our office. We encourage all of our tenants to use energy efficient light bulbs. Halogen lamps are not permitted as they pose a substantial fire hazard.

Mail Service

Mailboxes are in clusters in all complexes except the Westside Houses which have their own individual mailboxes. Typically, the previous tenant will leave the mailbox keys in the apartment for your use. If no keys are left please contact the Post Office (586-1508) to arrange to have your box rekeyed. If you would like your mailbox rekeyed you must do with within 2 weeks of your move in date. You will need a photo ID and a copy of your full contract. If you need a copy of your contract contact the FGH Office.

An example of your correct mailing address:

Maintenance of Washers & Dryers

When a washer or dryer is out of order in the laundry room, please complete the following steps:

  • Put an “Out of Order” sign on the machine not working so other tenants do not attempt to use it.

Call the FGH Office at 994-3730 and report the problem. The machines are serviced by an off-campus vendor who will respond during business hours within 48 hours.

Mechanical Work

Major overhauls, defined as mechanical work on vehicles other than tune ups, are not permitted in FGH area. Vehicles inoperable for longer than two weeks must be removed from FGH. Abandoned vehicles will be towed at the owner’s expense.

Modifications to Apartments

While we realize you want to make your apartment your “new home,” FGH does not permit major modifications to apartments. You may not make modifications to your assigned apartment.

Moving Out

Proper notice, a clean apartment in good repair, and return of keys on moving day are essential elements to successfully vacating a FGH unit. Listed below is the procedure for moving out of FGH:

  1. The tenant MUST GIVE, IN PERSON AT THE FGH OFFICE, 30 DAYS NOTICE of intent to vacate. Failure to do so will result in an additional rent charge.  At the time notice is given at the office, tenants will also:
    • Fill out a 30-day notice.
    • Pick up a check-out information sheet.
    • Establish a check-out appointment.
    • Update your new address in MyInfo. Also set up a forwarding address with the Post Office.
  2. The dwelling, equipment, and furniture shall be in good order (allowing for “reasonable” wear) and cleaned according to specifications noted on the Check-Out Information Sheet before the tenant leaves.
  3. On the date of termination, the tenant must be completely moved out and ready to turn in keys at the check-out appointment time.
  4. Charges for any damages, missing articles, cleaning, or driving/parking on the lawn and/or sidewalks will be deducted from the tenant’s security deposit. If damage and/or cleaning charges should exceed the deposit, tenants will be billed. A hold will be placed on transcripts until payment is received.

Charges are an estimate. You will be charged the actual amount for cleaning, labor, and materials.

 

 Moving-out Check List:

  1. Notify the Post Office, periodical publishers, newspaper carrier, and any regular delivery service of your change of address. Forms for change of address are available at the Post Office and from periodical publishers.
  2. Contact Century Link and your cable service provider, if applicable, to disconnect any services prior to vacating. If you are responsible for paying the power in your unit, contact Northwestern Energy. The power should be put into MSU’s name effective the day your rent terminates.
  3. Empty the kitchen cabinets, drawers, and medicine chest, and clean with a mild detergent. Leave all doors and drawers open for inspection.
  4. Clean stove top, oven, and broiler with strong detergent and oven cleaner (do not use oven cleaner on aluminum range burner pans). Clean the range vent filter and inside hood, if supplied.  Pull out and clean behind and under electric stoves, EXCEPT in Nelson Story Tower, and Peter Koch Tower.
  5. Clean the refrigerator sides and trays using a mild sudsy soap mixed with a small amount of baking soda. Clean behind and under the refrigerator.
  6. Clean all bathroom fixtures including the tub, toilet, and vent. Clean walls and tiles and polish chrome. Clean fiberglass shower enclosure with nonabrasive or soft scrub type cleanser, and tiles with scouring powder.
  7. When applicable, clean the space heater (under and around it), water heater and closet, all pipes, and controls.
  8. Vacuum furniture, mattresses, and box springs in furnished apartments. SHAMPOO all carpets (rinse and vacuum machines are available at local supermarkets, hardware stores, and rental shops). You may also choose to have your carpets cleaned professionally. Provide a receipt upon check-out as proof of cleaning carpets. Domestic shampooers are not an acceptable alternative.
  9. Dirty walls and windows, stains and smudges, must be washed.
  10. Take all garbage and discarded items to the nearest garbage collection area. Large items need to be placed behind the dumpster.
  11. Leave your keys with the Maintenance Supervisor or Assistant at your check out appointment.
  12. Please leave your mailbox keys on the counter of your unit when vacating your unit.
  13. Checkouts are not conducted on weekends. YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO BE PRESENT AT YOUR APARTMENT for your checkout appointment. FAILURE TO DO SO may result in forfeiting an opportunity to contest damages and cleaning assessments made by FGH personnel. We recommend asking a friend or neighbor to represent you at your check-out appointment if you are unavailable.

 

Newsletter

The FGH Office publishes On the HORIZON, a newsletter containing useful information including: updated policy items, announcements, pertinent articles, events, etc. The newsletter is the most immediate method of communicating information (including rent and policy changes) to tenants. Therefore, tenants are responsible for all information outlined in the newsletter. The newsletter is delivered to your home once a month, year round. If you have any contributions to the newsletter, please submit them to the FGH Office.

Occupancy Standards

Following is a list of occupancy standards for all FGH apartments. Under certain circumstances, the Director may make exceptions to the following occupancy standards.

Number of bedrooms in apartment Minimum number of occupants Maximum number of occupants
1 1 1
2 2* 4
3 3 6

*Designated graduate/upper classmen student housing and faculty/staff housing may be occupied by one (1) tenant.

Parking: Camper, trailer, boats, etc.

Long flatbed trailers, snowmobile and boat trailers, campers, and other oversized vehicles are not permitted to park in FGH at any time. They are also not permitted anywhere on campus. For more details call University Parking Services at 994-1723.

Parking: Vehicles

All vehicles parked in Family and Graduate Housing must be registered through University Police, located at the corner of 7th and Kagy. FH parking tags can be purchased for $116 each, this allows for tenants to park only in FGH. SB Parking tags can be purchased for $195 each, this pass allows for tenants to park in FGH as well as up on campus.

Tenants parking in FGH parking lots must abide by all current campus parking and traffic regulations:

  • All vehicles parking in FGH must show proof of current registration with the State of Montana and MSU.
  • All vehicles must be operable and in good running condition.
  • Please do not park in front of dumpsters at any time.
  • Vehicles may not be advertised for sale in FGH lots.

The FGH Office reserves the right to tow abandoned vehicles.

A free, temporary visitor or guest parking permit may be obtained at the FGH office, which will require the name of the person who will be using the space, the license plate number and make/model of vehicle, and length of time needed. Visitor hangtags will only be issued to contracted tenants and will not be issued without a license plate number or to vehicles with outstanding parking tickets. Visitors cannot request this pass themselves. Visitors may park in a space designated for “Visitor Parking” using one hang-tag for up to two weeks. Hangtags are for visitor use only. Registered MSU students are not eligible for a visitor hangtag.

Pets

While we love our Bobcats, the keeping of animals or pets of any kind (except fish) is prohibited in FGH. If pets are found on the premises, violators will be assessed a $100 charge for the first offense and will be evicted for the second offense. This policy applies to visiting guests who bring their animals. However, guests can visit with pets outside of units while being leased and supervised.

Assistive Animals

Exceptions will be made for individuals requiring a service or assistive animal and all exceptions must be approved PRIOR to animals being in a unit. Approval is given by both Office of Disability Services and Family and Graduate Housing. A request for service or assistive animal accommodation must be submitted through the Office of Disability Services. Once they review your request, Family and Graduate Housing will meet with you to review our policies and requirements, and to provide final approval for your animal.

Play and Recreation Areas

Play areas and playground equipment are provided for FGH tenants to enjoy. Playgrounds are not supervised, and the University assumes no responsibility for misuse or injury. Tenants are asked to immediately report any equipment in need of repair to the FGH Office. All play areas close at 9:00 p.m. nightly. 

Please visit with the FGH Office before adding any personal play structures.

FGH prohibits the use or placement of any item exterior to the apartment unit that could pose potential harm or nuisance to others or damage FGH property. Such items include, but are not limited to: trampolines, air inflatables, unattended “kiddy pools,” archery sets, horseshoe pits, etc.

Preventative Maintenance

Ranges

Please do not place aluminum foil under the stove-top elements or oven elements. The extensive heat build-up can cause damage to the stove. The entire exterior of the stove should be cleaned with soapy water and degreaser where needed. Please do not use oven cleaner on any aluminum surface. Self-cleaning ovens should not be cleaned with an oven cleaning product. If cleaning products are used on a self-cleaning oven, a charge will result.

Drains and Toilets

Clogged kitchen and bathroom drains are typically caused by grease and soap build-up. This is especially true in Grant Chamberlain units. Never pour grease or food down the drain. Grease should be poured into a tin can and disposed of in the trash bin and food should be disposed of into the trash. If you notice your drains are draining slowly please notify FGH immediately so that we can dispatch a plumber to rectify the situation.

If a toilet is plugged, first try to clear the blockage with a plunger. If you are unable to clear the clog using a plunger call FGH right away to place a work order. Do not use any type of chemical dispenser in the toilet tank as the tank may crack. Caustic chemicals are not permitted because they cause damage to pipes and fixtures. Baby wipes and feminine hygiene products should never be flushed down the toilet.

Refrigerators

To keep your refrigerator cooling properly, it should be cleaned occasionally, inside and out, with soapy water. Pull refrigerator out from the to clean the back side and also accumulated dirt under the unit. On single door refrigerators, always defrost the freezing compartment when frost is approximately one inch thick. Thick frost prevents the freezer from working well. 

Do not use sharp instruments to remove frost and ice. By removing ice in this manner, the interior shell of the freezer may be damaged, which will result in a charge.

Upon check out, ensure refrigerator is clean and sanitized in accordance with the cleaning bill provided.

Showers

When using the shower, keep the shower curtain inside the tub.  Water puddles on the bathroom floor may ruin the floor tiles and/or leak into the unit below. Please do not use adhesive rubber tub grips as they are extremely difficult to remove. Rather, use a removable rubber bath mat.  Shower curtains must be used. Tenants will be charged to repair flooring and sheet rock if excess water causes damage to flooring and wall surfaces.

When showering, always use the installed vent fan to help remove the steam. Excessive steam build up can lead to mold and/or mildew. Leave the bathroom door open after showering as a secondary way of steam removal.

Quiet Hours

Tenants must conduct themselves and will require their guests, while on the premises, to conduct themselves in a manner which will not disturb other tenants’ peaceful enjoyment. Mandatory quiet hours are 9:00 p.m. to 7 a.m., additionally; tenants are expected to be courteous from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Tenants should realize laundry rooms adjoin apartments and tenants have varying schedules and unique interests.

In particular, please consider the following as you conduct your day-to-day activities in FGH:

  • Refrain from the use of noise producing equipment in a manner that unreasonably disturbs other tenants.
  • Refrain from allowing children or guests to become noisy in a way which unreasonably disturbs other tenants.
  • Supervise children to prevent them from running up and down stairwells and into traffic.
  • Ensure laundry room is not used after 9:00 p.m. nightly.

Tenants will be held accountable to be respectful and courteous to their neighbors. Tenants are expected to be especially attentive after 9:00 p.m. and before 7:00 a.m.

Refunds

After deductions for any unpaid rent, cleaning, damages, and other University charges, the University will refund any unused portion of the monthly rent/deposit.  State of Montana refunds typically take 6-8 weeks to process, and will be mailed to your new address.

Refunds are not typically given to tenants who vacate their apartment without providing 30 days notice.

Residency

Students wanting to establish Montana state residency while living in FGH should visit with the Housing Coordinator to ensure housing eligibility criteria.

Rent Payment

Rent is payable in advance by the first day of each month by visiting our website: www.montana.edu/fgh and clicking “Pay Rent,” or in person at the Cashier’s Office located under Miller Dinning Commons, between North and South Hedges. Charges for a partial month are computed on a daily basis based on the number of days in the month. If occupancy begins after the 20th of the month, the Tenant will pay pro-rated rent for the month of occupancy and then full monthly rent for the following month in advance. Tenants with a history of late payment of rent may be required to enter into written payment plans that may require pre-payment of rent for periods that exceed one month.

A late charge of ten dollars ($10.00) will be assessed on the 16th day of each month if rent is not paid in full or if the account is in default more than fifty dollars ($50.00). An additional twenty dollar ($20.00) late charge will be assessed on the 26th of each month for an outstanding rent balance not paid between the 16th and the 25th of the month, or if the account is in arrears. If rent is not paid by the 25th, the University may immediately terminate Tenant’s contract. Students may not register for classes or receive transcripts until full payment has been made for unpaid rental and/or other assessments.

The University reserves the right to increase the applicable monthly rent during the term of this Agreement, after thirty (30) days written notice to the Tenant.

Repair and Service Procedure

If an item in your apartment is in need of repair, call the Family and Graduate Housing Office to place a work order between 7:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday at 994-3730.  Do not make your own repairs to any item within your unit or outside unit.

Your request will be logged, and an appropriate maintenance person will come to your apartment to correct the problem, usually within seven working days. The maintenance person will always knock before entering and will leave a note on your dining room table or door to let you know what action was taken if you are not home.

Some maintenance problems may not occur during normal working hours. If the repair requires immediate attention (i.e. broken water pipe, broken window, etc.), contact the FGH Community Assistants On-Call at (406) 994-3730.

Satellite Dishes

Before installing external antennas and satellite dishes the FGH Office must be consulted for approval on the dish’s location and installation. A satellite request form must be filled out and approved by the Maintenance Supervisor prior to installation. Damage to FGH property may occur as a result of affixing an antenna or satellite dish. Charges will result for damage incurred during installation. The FGH Office is not responsible for damage to satellite dish equipment. Tenants are expected to maintain the grounds and area surrounding the dish.

Solicitation

Solicitation is not allowed in FGH. If you are approached, please call University Police at 994-2121. Political campaigning is allowed on Montana State property as long as individuals are not violating MSU and FGH policies.

Spigots

Pipes freeze and break if hoses are not disconnected from outside faucets from September until May. This applies to all houses and buildings. If you use a hose, please be sure to disconnect it from the faucet after each use. This will prevent many pipes from freezing and breaking. Broken and frozen pipes are very costly, and the breakage may not be detected until spring. Tenants may be assessed a charge if damage results from neglect.

During extremely cold weather, please leave kitchen cabinet doors open under the kitchen sink and passage door open to bathroom to allow heat to circulate around pipes.

Sprinklers

Please do not remove sprinklers from designated areas.

Water spouts attached to units are domestic water and satisfactory for individuals to play in. All other exterior water sources around FGH are non-potable water; individuals should NOT play in this water.

Storage

Due to city fire codes, safety, welfare of tenants, and general aesthetics, storage of items (freezers, tires, concrete blocks, lumber, garbage recyclables, motorcycles, furniture, trampolines, etc.) is not permitted outside units, on landings, stairwells, or in breezeways. FGH reserves the right to remove storage items inappropriately stored. The use and placement of neatly stored BBQs, lawn furniture, and other like items is permitted in FGH, with the exception of the Peter Koch and Nelson Story towers.

Storage Sheds

Storage sheds are allowed in the West Side Houses. The sheds must be placed at the rear of the units near the exterior wall. Please contact FGH for permission and exact location placement. Storage sheds should be no larger than 8 feet wide, 12 feet long, and 7 feet high at the peak of the gable and neatly painted. It is the responsibility of the tenant to remove the shed upon vacating the unit. Sheds left after a tenant moves out will be dismantled and disposed of appropriately. The tenant will be charged the appropriate amount. Please reseed the lawn after removing the shed (seed can be obtained from FGH).

Subleasing

Subleasing of apartments is not permitted in FGH. A sublease is defined as a lease of property made by a person who is himself a lessee or tenant of that property without authorization from the landlord.

Tobacco Free Campus

In compliance with the Montana State University Tobacco Free policy, FGH is completely tobacco and smoke free in the interior and exterior of all apartments and houses. The use of tobacco (including cigarettes, cigars, pipes, smokeless tobacco and all other tobacco products) is prohibited on all properties owned or leased by MSU including parking lots. For more information on the Tobacco Free Policy, please visit the Office of Health Advancement website at www.montana.edu/oha.

Transfers

Tenants wishing to transfer units within FGH must complete a Transfer Request Form available at FGH. Submitting the completed form automatically begins the transfer process where: (1) the tenant’s current apartment will be inspected by the Maintenance Supervisor; (2) the tenant must be in good financial standing with FGH; (3) the Housing Coordinator will make the decision if the transfer will occur. Transfers are made as units become available in order of application date. A $50 transfer fee plus rent for both units is payable at the time the transfer is completed. The tenant has a maximum of five (5) days to transfer apartments.

Utility Information

Fox, Glacier, Gopher, and South 15th: The main water shut-off valve is located in the water heater closet about two feet above the floor just inside the door.

To reset the breaker switch on the electrical breaker box, push the switch hard to the extreme “off” position and then turn it to the extreme “on” position.  Should the breaker switch go off again, call the FGH Office at 994-3730. The breaker box is located in the following locations depending on the unit:

For Branegan Court, the electrical breaker box is located in the hallway outside of the bathroom.

For McIntosh Court, the electrical breaker box is located outside the bedrooms at the top of the stairs.

For the Westside Houses, the electrical breaker box is located in a bedroom closet. 

For Paisley Court, the electrical breaker box is located immediately upon entry in the hallway.

For West Julia Martin, the electrical breaker box is located in the hallway outside of the bathroom.

For Peter Koch and Nelson Story Towers, the electrical breaker box is located in the laundry room.

For Grant Chamberlain, the electrical breaker box is located on the bathroom wall.

Vehicle Engine Heaters

It is important that only heavy-duty, underwriter-approved cords be used for the heaters.

Engine heaters blow out fuses in block-wide sections when improper cords are used. Regular extension cords are not safe, neither are multi-plug adaptors. Most outlets are controlled by thermostats so they are only activated by colder temperatures (approximately 20 degrees).  Engine heaters at 112-119 Julia Martin and Grant Chamberlain are on thermostats. Branegan, Paisley, and McIntosh have mini-breakers on the posts.  Make sure all heater cords are off sidewalks and keep cords close to outlets so the grounds crew does not plow them over.

To facilitate snow removal for units east of South 15th, please keep the sidewalks clear of obstructions and elevate your vehicle cord eight feet above the sidewalk, two feet away from the sidewalk. Contact the Grounds Supervisor for information on elevating engine heater cords.

Waterbeds

Waterbeds are allowed in FGH, however, the tenant who installs the waterbed will be liable for any damage caused by the bed. Hoses are not provided for filling and/or draining of waterbeds. Please drain your waterbed in the bathtub of your apartment.

Yard sales

Yard sales are permitted in FGH but are restricted to an individual’s yard. Please curtail traffic congestion and do not allow people to drive on the lawns. 

Please remove all signs from FGH property at the conclusion of your sale. FGH will sponsor a larger yard sale each spring/summer, weather permitting.

Montana State University Residential Network 
Wired and Wireless Acceptable Use Policy

Montana State University provides a Residential Network (ResNet) to its Residence Halls and Family & Graduate Housing for educational, instructional, and entertainment purposes. It is the responsibility of each student and/or family to use these services appropriately and in compliance with all university, city, county, state, and federal laws and regulations. MSU Residential Network reserves the right to restrict access and enforce the terms of this agreement. Residential Network wired Internet services are for the use of MSU residents only. The registered user is responsible for any and all activity occurring on the wired connection registered to them. Falsifying registration information will result in the temporary or permanent loss of services, with a possible referral to the Office of Student Affairs for disciplinary action.

  1. Residential Network Wireless is available only in the Residence Halls and Family & Graduate Housing (excluding the Westside Houses), and has both secured and open/guest access. An MSU “NetID” is required for access to MSU-Secure. Residential Network MSU-Guest is an open, unsecured network available to the general public.
  2. The use of any type of wireless equipment including but not limited to wireless switches, wireless routers, and wireless hubs in the Residence Halls or Family & Graduate Housing is prohibited. The use of a wired hub or router in the Residence Halls or Family & Graduate Housing is also prohibited. Permission to use a wired switch must be approved prior to its use and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the Residential Network administration. Users are prohibited from using a switch or other device to provide a Residential Network connection to any other person.
  3. The Residential Network is a shared resource. Users will refrain from abuse and excessive bandwidth usage as deemed by Residential Network administrative staff and may be asked to cease any activity causing problems on the network.
  4. The Residential Network administration reserves the right to immediately suspend service to any device temporarily if they are found to contain viruses or malware in order to protect the network. It is the responsibility of the user to make sure that their device has current virus and malware protection software installed and operational. The user's Residential Network connection will be restored when it has been determined the user’s device is free of viruses and is running current virus protection software.
  5. Users shall abide by all applicable copyright laws and licenses. The Residential Network may only be used for legal purposes and to access only those systems, software, and data the user is authorized to use. Sharing access to copyrighted software or other copyrighted materials is prohibited unless specifically authorized by the copyright holder. Please see MSU’s "Copyright Infringement Disclosure" on the MSU Student Success website and Enterprise Alleged Copyright Infringement Response Policy at http://www.montana.edu/policy/enterprise_it/copyright_infringement.html for more information about the consequences of copyright infringement at MSU. Service may be suspended immediately for any user found to be in violation.
  6. Commercial or for-profit use of any MSU network is prohibited.
  7. Any user who attempts to circumvent/defeat any mechanism put in place to manage the network will be subject to immediate termination of service and possible disciplinary action.
  8. Residential Network services and wiring may not be modified or extended by users for any purpose. This applies to all network wiring, hardware, data jacks, and wireless access points.
  9. Costs to repair physical damage to the Residential Network hardware in the room or apartment (including wiring, data jack, conduit or box, and wireless access points) will be assessed to the resident.
  10. The hosting of network services from the user’s devices is prohibited.
  11. Use of Residential Network implies the user’s consent for Residential Network administration or its agents to monitor activities, traffic, and data via the user’s data connection for the purpose of determining compliance with this Acceptable Use Policy.
  12. It is up to the user to make their computer and data safe from other users on the network; the user will not hold MSU liable for malicious acts by other network users.
  13. Any unauthorized attempt to access another computer or device is prohibited. Any reports received by the Residential Network administration of unauthorized attempts to access other connected devices will result in the immediate disconnection of the suspected network connection until the matter has been resolved. If users have a reason to believe another user or group of users is interfering with their access to the network, they may report the problem to the Residential Network office for investigation and, if necessary, corrective action. (Residential Network Service Desk phone: 406-994-1929; email: resnet@montana.edu).
  14. Residential Network reserves the right to disconnect any computer or device sending disruptive signals to the network, whether because of a defective cable or any other hardware/software problem. It will be the user’s responsibility to correct any such problem before the computer will be reconnected to the network.
  15. Residential Network reserves the right to disconnect any/all network-connected devices temporarily for the purpose of network maintenance, or to enforce the Acceptable Use Policy.

AUP Enforcement

Consequences for AUP violations will be handled on a case-by-case basis and may result in immediate to permanent suspension of Residential Network service. Minor infractions of this policy are generally resolved informally by Residential Network administration. This may be done through phone, email, or in-person discussion and education. Residential Network also offers a service desk to assist students who live on campus with their computers or devices.

Repeated infractions or misconduct that is more serious will result in the temporary or permanent loss of Residential Network access privileges, or the modification of those privileges. In addition, offenders may be referred to their sponsoring advisor, department, or other appropriate University office for further action. If the user is a student, the matter may be referred to the Office of Student Affairs for disciplinary action.

Residential Network may require that the user bring their computer or device to our service desk in order to verify compliance with this Acceptable Use Policy before service is restored.

Any action that violates local, state, or federal laws may result in the immediate loss of Residential Network access privileges and will be referred to the appropriate University offices and/or law enforcement authorities.

Montana State University provides a Residential Network (ResNet) to its Residence Halls and Family & Graduate Housing for educational, instructional, and entertainment purposes. It is the responsibility of each student and/or family to use these services appropriately and in compliance with all university, city, county, state, and federal laws and regulations. MSU Residential Network reserves the right to restrict access and enforce the terms of this agreement. Residential Network wired Internet services are for the use of MSU residents only. The registered user is responsible for any and all activity occurring on the wired connection registered to them. Falsifying registration information will result in the temporary or permanent loss of services, with a possible referral to the Office of Student Affairs for disciplinary action.

  1. Residential Network Wireless is available only in the Residence Halls and Family & Graduate Housing (excluding the Westside Houses), and has both secured and open/guest access. An MSU “NetID” is required for access to MSU-Secure. Residential Network MSU-Guest is an open, unsecured network available to the general public.
  2. The use of any type of wireless equipment including but not limited to wireless switches, wireless routers, and wireless hubs in the Residence Halls or Family & Graduate Housing is prohibited. The use of a wired hub or router in the Residence Halls or Family & Graduate Housing is also prohibited. Permission to use a wired switch must be approved prior to its use and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the Residential Network administration. Users are prohibited from using a switch or other device to provide a Residential Network connection to any other person.
  3. The Residential Network is a shared resource. Users will refrain from abuse and excessive bandwidth usage as deemed by Residential Network administrative staff and may be asked to cease any activity causing problems on the network.
  4. The Residential Network administration reserves the right to immediately suspend service to any device temporarily if they are found to contain viruses or malware in order to protect the network. It is the responsibility of the user to make sure that their device has current virus and malware protection software installed and operational. The user's Residential Network connection will be restored when it has been determined the user’s device is free of viruses and is running current virus protection software.
  5. Users shall abide by all applicable copyright laws and licenses. The Residential Network may only be used for legal purposes and to access only those systems, software, and data the user is authorized to use. Sharing access to copyrighted software or other copyrighted materials is prohibited unless specifically authorized by the copyright holder. Please see MSU’s "Copyright Infringement Disclosure" on the MSU Student Success website and Enterprise Alleged Copyright Infringement Response Policy at http://www.montana.edu/policy/enterprise_it/copyright_infringement.html for more information about the consequences of copyright infringement at MSU. Service may be suspended immediately for any user found to be in violation.
  6. Commercial or for-profit use of any MSU network is prohibited.
  7. Any user who attempts to circumvent/defeat any mechanism put in place to manage the network will be subject to immediate termination of service and possible disciplinary action.
  8. Residential Network services and wiring may not be modified or extended by users for any purpose. This applies to all network wiring, hardware, data jacks, and wireless access points.
  9. Costs to repair physical damage to the Residential Network hardware in the room or apartment (including wiring, data jack, conduit or box, and wireless access points) will be assessed to the resident.
  10. The hosting of network services from the user’s devices is prohibited.
  11. Use of Residential Network implies the user’s consent for Residential Network administration or its agents to monitor activities, traffic, and data via the user’s data connection for the purpose of determining compliance with this Acceptable Use Policy.
  12. It is up to the user to make their computer and data safe from other users on the network; the user will not hold MSU liable for malicious acts by other network users.
  13. Any unauthorized attempt to access another computer or device is prohibited. Any reports received by the Residential Network administration of unauthorized attempts to access other connected devices will result in the immediate disconnection of the suspected network connection until the matter has been resolved. If users have a reason to believe another user or group of users is interfering with their access to the network, they may report the problem to the Residential Network office for investigation and, if necessary, corrective action. (Residential Network Service Desk phone: 406-994-1929; email: resnet@montana.edu).
  14. Residential Network reserves the right to disconnect any computer or device sending disruptive signals to the network, whether because of a defective cable or any other hardware/software problem. It will be the user’s responsibility to correct any such problem before the computer will be reconnected to the network.
  15. Residential Network reserves the right to disconnect any/all network-connected devices temporarily for the purpose of network maintenance, or to enforce the Acceptable Use Policy.

AUP Enforcement

Consequences for AUP violations will be handled on a case-by-case basis and may result in immediate to permanent suspension of Residential Network service. Minor infractions of this policy are generally resolved informally by Residential Network administration. This may be done through phone, email, or in-person discussion and education. Residential Network also offers a service desk to assist students who live on campus with their computers or devices.

Repeated infractions or misconduct that is more serious will result in the temporary or permanent loss of Residential Network access privileges, or the modification of those privileges. In addition, offenders may be referred to their sponsoring advisor, department, or other appropriate University office for further action. If the user is a student, the matter may be referred to the Office of Student Affairs for disciplinary action.

Residential Network may require that the user bring their computer or device to our service desk in order to verify compliance with this Acceptable Use Policy before service is restored.

Any action that violates local, state, or federal laws may result in the immediate loss of Residential Network access privileges and will be referred to the appropriate University offices and/or law enforcement authorities.