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In a community living situation, consideration for fellow students and other constituent groups is imperative. The health, safety and rights of others should be regarded at all times, as expressed in (a) the Christian Life Perspective; (b) Lifestyle Expectations; and (c) those policies and procedures outlined below. All students, whether living on campus or off campus, are expected to comply.
Certain undergraduate students may live off campus, including the following:
1. Students who have reached their 22nd birthday or have reached senior credit standing.
2. Students living with a parent or legal guardian. Excluding first year freshman students who are required to live on campus.
Written permission for undergraduate students to live off campus, in compliance with one of these policies, must be obtained from the Vice President for Student Development or designee. Any decision regarding any such issue is within the discretion of the University.
Off-campus housing permission is subject to review and revocation when conduct or academic standards are not maintained by the student in accordance with the Christian Life Perspective or Lifestyle Expectations.
Any exceptions to the above stated policy must be reviewed by the Vice President for Student Development or his/her designee.
Except as to those undergraduate students identified above, the University encourages that all students that are single and maintain full-time student status at the University live on the University campus. Residence hall living enhances development of personal identity, relationship skills, thoughtful decision making, leadership qualities, and community interdependence and care. Numerous studies from universities across the nation indicate that students who live on campus enjoy a more rewarding and successful college experience. Research reveals that on-campus students earn higher grades, are less likely to drop out, and become more involved with extra-curricular activities and campus personnel.
On-Campus Living Policy.
1. Application process. Room assignment.
New studentsReturning students. As to returning students, the University reserves the right to refuse any application due to lack of available space, or management decisions, at which time the student will be notified. The University further reserves the right to change room assignments at any time in the interest of health, discipline, management or general welfare of the students. Single room occupancy may be available for an additional charge.
3. Term of occupancy. Residence halls will normally be open to receive students at 1:00 p.m. on the day prior to class registration day each semester, and will remain open until 12 noon on the day following the last day of finals in each semester. Residence halls will normally be closed during the breaks between semesters, at Christmas break, at spring break, and during the summer.
4. Residence hall life; residence hall cleanliness
- All students are expected to comply with all policies and procedures of the University, whether listed on the University Web site, within the residence halls, by resident assistants, or as otherwise stated.
- All students are expected to comply with all fire drills.
- No pets (except fish) are allowed in or around the residence halls.
- Students may not bring their own beds to the residence halls.
- The student agrees to give proper care to his residence hall room and its furnishings and equipment, and to make prompt payment to the University for any damages, as determined by the University. Charges for loss of equipment or furniture, or damages to or defacement of any area of common use (such as lounges, recreation rooms, halls, bathrooms) may be assessed equally against residents of the area. Furniture, including bunk beds, may not be moved without permission of the resident director of the residence hall.
- Residence hall rooms must be maintained appropriately by the student, who is responsible for linens, towels, furniture, and related items.
- Repairs or alterations to the residence hall rooms are to be made only by University personnel.
- All students are bound by any policies or procedures, or rules or regulations, enacted by any individual residence hall within the University.
5. The university reserves the right of entry to any residence hall rooms to make necessary inspections for management, maintenance, safety, sanitation, welfare and conduct issues. In making such entries, the University shall abide by the following policies:
- A reasonable effort will be made by the University to locate an occupant of the room prior to entry.
- A report of such an entry shall be filed with the Office of Student Development. The report shall include the date, time, purpose of entry, and the persons who made the entry. A list of property taken shall accompany the report. The student may obtain a copy of such report upon written request to the Office of Student Development.
- Two University representatives will be involved in any such entry.
6. Food service.