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Each year, a number of temporary assignments are made by assigning three students to double occupancy rooms called temporary triples. These rooms come with complete sets of furniture, including a bed, dresser, desk, desk chair, and closet or wardrobe, for all three residents. The Office of Residence Life has to utilize temporary triples for incoming first year students because every year a number of students commit to JMU and complete a housing contract but later do not attend the university. 

Students assigned to a temporary triple are given a detripling priority number. These numbers are assigned randomly. As space becomes available, we will offer the room with the lowest priority number the opportunity to be reassigned. Prior to move in, the Office of Residence Life will select one of the three students in the room to be moved and contact that student via JMU e-mail and phone to inform them of their new assignment.  The other two students will be notified via e-mail that their room has been de-tripled, and they are now considered a regular double.  

If we are not able to de-triple a room prior to the start of the semester, students should plan to move into the triple space on their assigned move in day. As space becomes available, we will offer the room with the lowest priority number the opportunity to be reassigned. If space becomes available on a floor that has temporary triples on it, the temporary triple from that floor with the lowest priority will be given the detriple offer. If the students need assistance with the decision, they are encouraged to contact their Resident Adviser or Hall Director to help them discuss their options. A student cannot be “voted out” of the room or forced to accept a reassignment offer. 

The first offer of reassignment may be declined. In doing so, the triple will move to the end of the priority ranking. Declining an offer of reassignment will result in waiving eligibility of any rebate for all members of the temporary triple. It is important, therefore, that all residents agree to decline the offer. The reassignment offer will be made to all three residents via the students’ JMU e-mail. Each resident must decline the offer by replying to the e-mail message.

If tripled students have not received an offer of reassignment by Tuesday, September 12 at 5:00 pm, each resident will be eligible for a $255 housing rebate. If tripled students have not received a reassignment offer by Tuesday, October 24 at 5:00 pm, each resident will be eligible for an additional $275 housing rebate. Tripled students who have not received a reassignment offer by Tuesday, November 28 at 5:00 pm will be eligible for an additional $300 housing rebate. Rebates will automatically be credited to student’s JMU account within 10 business days. For more information about refunds to student accounts, please visit the University Business Office's website.  

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