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Residential Life Mission Statement

The Department of Residential Life is committed to enhance the quality of life amongst residents by providing secure and comfortable well maintained housing. In addition the department provides the opportunity for social, educational involvement and for self-governance.

Residential Life Department Description

The residential life department has two different residential units which can accommodate student residents. Each residence hall has its own unique character; the traditional style which are cost saving gives the student an opportunity to bond on a daily basis with other residents. The suite-style provides a more intimate setting with some having living room space. All residential units are furnished with standard university furniture (bed, dresser, desk, and chair); all residence halls have Wi-Fi, internet access and cable television, there are no landlines in the resident’s rooms. Each University suite is provided with a microwave, refrigerator and standard living-room furniture.

RESIDENCE HALLS:

J.T. Brown – Used primarily by Freshmen males, this residence hall contains individual rooms, recreation and study lounge, laundry room, and the office space for the residence hall coordinator.

A.B. Coleman, Sr. – Upper–class male students are assigned to Coleman Hall; this residence hall contains individual rooms, recreation and study lounge, laundry room, office space for the residence hall coordinator.

Ray Goode – Used primarily to accommodate Freshmen female students. Goode Hall contains individual rooms, study lounge, laundry room and office space for the residence hall coordinator.

Willie C. Robinson – Used to accommodate upper-class female students, this residence hall contains individual rooms, recreation and study lounge, laundry room and office space for the residence hall coordinator.

Two Male Residence Halls (Building #1 and Building #3) these residence halls are for males with suite-style rooms (two bedroom private and semi-private double) with a bathroom and kitchenette. The common areas include recreation and game rooms, fitness rooms, media rooms, multipurpose rooms, study lounges, laundry rooms, and vending rooms.

Two Female Residence Halls (Building #2 and Building #4) these residence halls are for females with suite-style rooms (two bedroom private and semi-private double) with a bathroom and kitchenette. The common areas include recreation and game rooms, fitness rooms, media rooms, multipurpose rooms, study lounges, laundry rooms, and vending rooms.


While living on campus, strive to establish and maintain a residential environment that will help you achieve your educational goals. This environment should support the academic learning-taking place, but also promote the learning of life skills, plus provide the opportunity to maximize your self-development. Strive for an educational and learning experience that takes you beyond the classroom and makes you more complete and well rounded. Get to know other students from other parts of the country and the world. Your time here offers many opportunities to which you will never again have access.

The following information will allow you to use the uniqueness of on-campus living to expand your education and development. The Residential Life Department will provide you the opportunity to participate in self-governance, and program planning.

Programming allows you to build community develop relationships and educate yourself and others while having fun. Programming in the Residence Halls is developed from the Eight Dimensions of Wellness:

1. Emotional – This dimension focuses on the awareness, acceptance and expression of feelings. Effective management of one’s emotions is key to their holistic development. (This dimensions programming is partnered with the Student Development Office).

2.Intellectual – This area of programming attempts to expose students to a broad spectrum and wide variety of educational and cultural experiences.

3.Social – The social dimension helps students develop and maintain positive social skills and interpersonal relationships while focusing on mutual interdependence in a community of others and in nature.

4.Physical – The Physical dimension promotes cardiovascular flexibility and strength and encourages regular physical activity. Students should develop a recognition that lifestyle choices contribute to all aspects of health and on-going manner. (This dimensions programming is partnered with the Department of Intramural Sports).

5.Spiritual – The Spiritual aspect of wellness focuses on helping individuals develop a greater awareness of their spiritual selves and resources. Programs provide for inner exploration and growth through seeking an understanding of the meaning and purpose in human life. Situations dealing with morals, values and ethics are commonly explored. (This dimensions programming is partnered with Campus Ministry).

6.Vocational – Life planning is a key factor in the Vocational dimension. This area encourages students to explore career and life values and aspirations. (This dimensions programming is partnered with the Career Placement and Planning Center).

7.Functional – This area is quite literally “functional.” It covers the skills and knowledge that one needs to function in our daily environment. Development occurs as students learn helpful life skills that enhance their feelings of independence and self-worth. (This dimensions programming is partnered with the Student Development Department).

8.Community Service – Giving something of you is a key element of this dimension. It involves students developing a sense of responsibility for helping those who are not afforded as many of life’s opportunities as they are. (Students participate with outside agencies to feed the poor; tutor elementary and middle school students, read to students at daycare centers, and working with Habitant for Humanity.


ELIGIBILITY FOR ON-CAMPUS HOUSING:

Any currently enrolled student is eligible for on-campus housing, unless housing contract has been revoked during matriculation at the University.

SPACE RESERVATION DEPOSIT:

The key deposit is refundable provided you satisfy the terms of the Housing Agreement, have no outstanding charges within your student account, and comply with all provisions set forth in this handbook and the University Catalog. Should your deposit be refunded or forfeited and you return to on-campus housing, the deposit must be repaid. Processing of your deposit refund request typically takes four weeks. The Room Reservation charge is non-refundable.

HOUSING STAFF:

The Office of Residential Life is located in the Student Service Building, room #150. The office is open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Residential Life Staff, professional or Living and Learning Assistant is provided in each residence hall on a twenty-four hour basis. The residence life staff in each building will help you develop and maintain a comfortable environment by being a resource for questions and concerns,
providing activities, plus assisting the management and administration of the building.

RESIDENCE LIFE COUNCIL AND HALL COUNCILS:

The Residence Life Council and the individual Hall Councils are student organizations dedicated to the development and enhancement of your living and learning environment. The Councils provide leadership training and development review and recommend housing policies and procedures, provide programming activities for residents, and engage in fundraising activities to improve the programming activities. Resident involvement is needed for the Councils to be a success.

CHECKING-IN/CHECKING-OUT PROCEDURES:

1. Check-in/check-out time is between the hours of 8:00 am – 8:00 pm only.
2. You may not check into a room until given permission to do so from the Office of Residential Life and you are given a key. You must have completed registration and obtained a student identification card.
3. When you check into a room, you must review and sign the Room Inventory Form. The Room Inventory Form details the condition of the room upon arrival and will be consulted when you check out. Be sure the Room Inventory Form reflects any items that may be damaged or missing. Changes in condition may result in your being assessed the costs needed to repair or replace the damaged item.
4. All resident students are required to check out of the residence hall within twenty-four (24) hours of their last final exam, plan for departure accordingly.
5. Anytime you change your assignment by moving to another room, moving off campus, or leaving the University, you must check out of your room with a housing staff member. You must remove all of your personal belongings, thoroughly clean the room, return the furniture to its original position, return your key, and sign the room inventory form. Failure to do so may result in your being charged for failure to check out, lost keys, and other appropriate charges. You must check out of your room if you are not returning to University housing after the end of the fall semester. All students must check out of their room at the end of the spring and summer semesters. The campus is closed during the Christmas holiday season at the end of the fall semester, all residence halls will be closed and locked. You will not be able to return to the campus to retrieve items that have been left in your room.
6. To avoid any confusion or delays, schedule your check-out with your housing staff as far in advance as possible. You must check-out with housing staff personnel or you may be fined for improper check out.
7. Final inspection of all rooms may be conducted by the housing, maintenance, and housekeeping staffs after you are gone. Any damages noted during this inspection may result in appropriate charges being assessed.


HOUSING AGREEMENT

Every student living on campus is required to have on file with the Office of Residential Life, a signed Housing Agreement. Accepting and checking into an on-campus housing assignment, along with signing a Housing Agreement indicates that you are obligating yourself to the terms and conditions of the Agreement.

The Housing Agreement is for the entire academic year or any portion remaining at the time of occupancy, unless otherwise indicated. The agreement can only be canceled by graduation, withdrawal from the University, or non-enrollment.

OCCUPANCY PERIODS:

Housing is provided during all regularly scheduled academic sessions of the University. Opening and closing dates posted on the Academic Calendar are to be adhered too.

QUIET COURTESY HOURS:

Quiet hours in and around residential facilities are from 8:00 pm to 8:00 am Sunday through Thursday and Friday 11:00 pm to 10:00 am. Quiet is defined as tomb-like; no noise should be heard from the room, in the hallways, common areas, or around the exterior of the building. Quiet hours can be extended for individual halls with a majority vote of the residents. Courtesy hours are in effect at all other times. The need to complete academic work, sleep, or just be at peace takes precedence over someone’s desire to make noise. Please respect the requests of others for quiet. Quiet hours are in effect 24 hours a day on designated quiet floors. Twenty-four (24) hour quiet hours are in effect during final exams beginning the last day of classes. No drums, or electrically amplified music instruments, including microphones, may not be used in student rooms.

VACANCIES AND CONSOLIDATIONS:

The Office of Residential Life reserves the right to fill vacancies and /or consolidate assignments as deemed necessary, plus limit and/or consolidate facilities during any academic term. If you are in a quad occupancy assignment and do not have a roommate, you may be required to either move in with someone else, or find someone to move in with you. You may agree to have your assignment classified private and pay the private rate times four.

STUDENT’S RIGHT TO PRIVACY:

Your right to privacy within your place of residence against unwarranted and /or unreasonable official invasion will be guarded and protected. The responsibilities of the University require the reservation of a reasonable right to enter into your room to assure proper upkeep, top provide for the health and safety of all residents, and /or to investigate when reasonable cause exists to believe a violation of University regulations is occurring within a room. Room checks and inspections will be conducted by the housing staff, maintenance and/or housekeeping personnel for the purpose of ascertaining damage or conditions potentially harmful to the safety of the University community. This includes inspections before and during break periods and at other times as deemed necessary. Every effort will be made to conduct the inspections when you are present. Housing staff may enter the room for purposes other than inspection when there is a clear or apparent emergency, such as fire, serious illness, injury, or where danger threatens persons or property. The staff member has reasonable cause to believe that a violation of University regulations is occurring within the room. At the request or invitation of one of the resident of the
Room. You may enter the room of other students only at the invitation of a resident of the room. The invitation must be made at the time of entry. At no time will you be permitted access by a staff member to another student’s room.

PREGNANCY:

Pregnancy is protected under Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972 and the University does not discriminate in its programs or activities because of pregnancy.
Students who are expectant mothers must inform the University nurse immediately upon learning of the pregnancy. Failure to inform proper authorities of the University
Of a pregnancy while living in campus housing will result in required withdrawal from the residence hall. Providing false information will result in immediate removal from the residence hall. A written statement from the doctor of the expectant, confirming the advisability of continued study, must be filed with the University nurse no later than the end of the third month of pregnancy.

The pregnant student must understand that the University is no more liable for her than any other student. No special dispensation or conditions are to be expected.

The University reserves the right to remove expectant mothers from the residence hall out of concern for the safety of the expectant, the unborn child, or other residents.

KEYS:

When moving into your room assignment, you will receive a room key. This key is for your personal use only. Under no circumstances should you loan your key or give your key to another individual. If you are locked out you may: wait until your roommate returns; contact a member of the Residential Life staff. Gaining access to your room by means other than using the door and a key may result in your losing your housing privileges. Your key is your best line of security, so please take care of it. Lost key replacement is a charge that may range from $50.00 each in Brown, Coleman, Goode and Robinson Halls to $175.00 in Buildings 1 – 4. Lost or inoperable keys and locks should be reported immediately. When you check out of a room the key must be returned. Keys must be turned in during the semester break; failure to do so will result in a lost key charge.

INSURANCE AND PERSONAL PROPERTY:

The University does not provide any insurance and assumes no liability for any personal property that may be lost, stolen, or damaged while on campus. The University does suggest purchasing Student Personal Property Insurance forms are located in the Residential Life Office. Make arrangements to insure your property properly through either an individual or homeowner’s insurance policy. If you have expensive items or equipment (play station, camera, ipod, cell phone, television, etc.) in your room, they should be engraved with your last four digits of your social security number. Keep a listing of serial and model numbers. Keep jewelry, checkbook and money locked up. Do not keep large sums of cash in your room.

APPLIANCES:

Do not overload circuits in your room. Use UL-listed multiple outlet strips with circuit breakers that have the same wattage and amperage capacity as the appliances to which they are connected. Use of extension cords and multiple plug modification to the electrical system is prohibited. Locate multiple outlet strips with circuit breakers away from high traffic areas. Do not place electrical cords under rugs or in high heat exposure areas. Turn off all electrical appliances or equipment immediately after use. This pertains to items such as irons, stereos, TVs, popcorn poppers, etc.
Remain in your room when using an electrical appliance. All appliances must be UL listed and maintained properly. Students must bring there own personal microwave and refrigerator. Due to their intensity, halogen lamps are prohibited in the residence halls.

UTENSILS:

Open air cooking in the Residence Halls is prohibited. Students cannot have cooking items such as hotplates, woks, electric skillets, or any other cooking appliances or utensils.

BATHROOMS:

In Goode Hall, Robinson Hall, Brown Hall and Coleman Hall there are traditional bathroom facilities located in the hallways, they are to be used by members of the same sex and by the residents of the particular wing or floor. All community bathrooms should be kept in a clean and orderly manner. In all other residence halls bathroom facilities are located within the resident’s private unit. It is the responsibility of each resident to keep their bathroom clean to include the toilet, shower, sink and floor. Failure to properly maintain the bathroom facility may result in a damage charge as deemed appropriate by the Office of Residential Life. Violations of the privacy rights of others will not be tolerated.

BIKES:

All bikes should be registered with the Campus Safety Department. Bikes may be stored in the residents rooms provided they are kept out of exit ways. Bikes are not to be stored in public areas, hallways, stairwells, or attached to a building. Bicycles should be locked when not in use. For best results, use a “U”-bolt lock. Missing bicycles should be reported to the Campus Safety Department immediately.

BUILDING/FACILITY USE:

You may not enter any area where access is limited to authorized personnel (i.e. storage and equipment rooms, housekeeping areas). Climbing, rappelling, or any related activity on the outside of any building is prohibited. All building roofs are off limits. No objects may be thrown, dropped or suspended (i.e. flags, banners, etc.) from windows, roofs, or other exterior areas. Fire exit doors are to be closed at all times.

Residential Halls should be entered or exited through the main entrance only. Fire exit doors are to be closed at all times. Sitting or standing on the outside stairwells is prohibited.

For energy management concerns, windows should not be open while the air conditioning is on. Pictures, posters, etc. may be hung on the walls provided the adhesive used will not damage the surface. Nails are not to be used to attach items to walls or moldings. You may not paint your room, not structurally alter your room or the furniture. Use of decorations should be in moderation. The doorway and window should be free from obstruction at all times. Fire safety must be considered in the use and placement of all decorations. Please respect the feelings of others when placing decorative items in plain view. The University reserves the right to remove or relocate any decoration(s) found in a student’s room. Consult with the staff if you have any questions about the appropriateness of decorations. All rooms should be cleaned periodically and any trash disposed of properly. Trash cans and trash chutes are located throughout the residence halls.

LAUNDRY ROOMS AND VENDING MACHINES:

There are laundry facilities available for your use in conveniently placed central locations throughout your building. These are card slide machines and you must use your Student Identification Card to operate; check with the Bursar’s Office to load your card. Vending machines are located on the first floor of each building and may also be used with your Identification Card; some machines are coin operated.

TELEPHONE, CABLE TV SERVICES AND INTERNET ACCESS:

Land line telephone service is not available. Each room is provided with Cable television and Wi-Fi access is throughout the building.

CAMPUS SAFETY AND EMERGENCY PROCEDURES:

For your security, the outside doors to all residence halls are to be locked at all times. Unlocking and/or propping the doors are a serious security violation and will result in judicial action being taken. You do not have the right to jeopardize the safety and property of anyone else just for your convenience. Your living area will be as secure as you and your neighbors decide to make it. Report security concerns or any suspicious person(s) immediately. Campus Safety can be contacted at 305-626-3771(2), any medical or police emergencies should be channeled through the Residence Hall Office or the Campus Safety Office, to ensure an immediate response.

PEST CONTROL:

Residence Halls are sprayed for insects periodically. Please contact your Residence Hall Office should you have insect problems.

CARE AND APPEARANCE OF ROOM:

As “your home,” your room should be a reflection of you. Feel free to adapt and decorate your room so that it is more comfortable for you and your roommate. The personalization of your living space is important to your feeling “at home”, but please keep the proper care of the facility in mind. You are responsible for the appearance, condition, and cleanliness of your living space. The housing staff will conduct periodic inspections for fire, health, and safety concerns. Keeping your room clean will keep insect problems down.

MAINTENANCE AND HOUSEKEEPING:

All maintenance and housekeeping requests are to be addressed to the Residential Life staff. Request will be forwarded to the appropriate personnel and dealt with as quickly as possible. Report any request that have not been completed within a 48 hour period directly to the Residential Life Office.

STORAGE:

The University does not have any storage space available. All personal belongings must be removed at the end of the academic year or upon leaving the Residence Hall.
Students must remove their belongings at the end of the spring and summer semesters.

DAMAGE TO PROPERTY:

Damage to University property or property of a member of the University community is prohibited. Any damage by students to University property will be charged to the student(s) after a fair assessment has been made. You are expected to take an active role in the care and upkeep of the facilities. Please view your building and room as your home and treat it accordingly.

All damages are classified in one of the following areas: 1) Normal wear and tear-No Assessment; 2) Accident-assessed partially or in full to responsible party and 3) Vandalism-Assessed in full to responsible party and disciplinary action will be taken.

You are responsible for all damages that occur in your room, wing, floor, and building beyond normal wear and tear. If the party responsible for the damage is identified, that person(s) will be held responsible for the repair cost. Resident responsibilities include any damage done to doors (interior and exterior), bathrooms, hallways, lighting fixtures, furniture, public areas, windows, etc. Damage assessment can be made for unclean and unsanitary conditions as well. Damage fees may be charged against an individual, room, wing, or building.

DRUGS:

The use or possession of illegal drugs and/or paraphernalia is prohibited in all residential facilities. Assistance for dependency on legal or prescribed medication is available in the Student Development Center – 305-626-3138.

ALCOHOL:

Alcohol consumption on campus is prohibited. Window displays of alcohol containers are also prohibited. Public consumption or intoxication, regardless of age, is prohibited. Students with drinking problems may receive professional help and guidance in the Student Development Center-305-626-3138.

SMOKING:

By Florida State Statute, all buildings are nonsmoking; this includes the Residential Life buildings. Smoking is not permitted in the Residence Halls, including the student’s rooms.

FIRE SAFETY PROCEDURES:

Knowingly activating or turning in false fire alarms or giving any other common or
recognized alarm of fire or bomb threat is strictly prohibited. You may face
University judicial charges, plus be liable for criminal prosecution. Tampering with
building and/or room smoke detector pull stations, fire extinguishers, or any other
fire safety equipment is prohibited. Burning incense or candles is not allowed in the residence halls. Incense is considered to be drug paraphernalia. Cooking in
the student room with an open flame or heating element is prohibited.

When a fire alarm sounds, you must immediately evacuate the building by the most.
direct safe route. It is recommended you do the following to ensure your safety
1. Make sure windows are closed and lock your door when you leave.
2. Wear clothing appropriate for outdoor conditions and shoes.
3. Feel door and/or door-knob to see if it is hot. If so, do not open door. If safe to do so, evacuate out the window or wait until help arrives. If smoke is coming under the door, stuff a soaking wet towel under the door.
4. If the door is not hot, proceed into the hallway. If the hallway is filled with smoke, take a towel with you to aid in breathing and crawl to the nearest safe exit.
5. Make sure the fire doors are closed at all times.
6. Stay calm.

You must evacuate the building to a point sufficient to ensure your safety. You may
not re-enter the building at any time or for any reason while the alarm is sounding.
Failure to evacuate may result in a fine for the first offense or lost of your housing
privileges. At no time should objects be placed in hallways, walkways, stairwells, or
in doorways that prohibit the ease of exit from any building or room.

Storage of flammable materials, such as gasoline, within the residential facilities is
prohibited. If you wish to cook outdoors, gain permission and use the grills provided
by the University. Misuse of outdoor cooking equipment such as having an
excessively high flame near a residential facility, improperly disposing of the coals,
or improperly storing lighter fluid is prohibited. Setting fire to any object (other than a grill) in or near a residential facility is considered to be arson and will be treated as such. Report immediately any fire safety concerns including policy violations.

HURRICANE SEASON:

Hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30. Should the Miami area
Fall under a Hurricane Watch; please refer to the Hurricane Instruction Handout.

FIREWORKS, WEAPONS AND EXPLOSIVES:

The unauthorized use or possession of fireworks, dangerous chemicals, explosive
materials, dangerous devices capable of casting a projectile, ammunition, bows and
arrows, swords, or other lethal weapons is prohibited. Other objects may be
declared as a “weapon” depending on the context in which it is used.

FURNITURE:

The furniture in the room at the time of occupancy may not be removed unless,
permission is granted by the housing staff. All items removed must be recorded on
the Room Inventory Form. The Residential Life Office must approve any additional
furniture you wish to add. Alterations to University furniture are prohibited.

LOUNGE POLICY AND FITNESS ROOMS:

The lounges are for the use of the residents that are assigned to the building. Lounge
and fitness equipment must remain in their perspective rooms and may not be
moved to student rooms or from the building. The building residents are jointly
responsible for the care and maintenance of the lounge. The Residential Life Office
must approve any modifications to the Lounge or Fitness rooms in the form of
decorations, furniture, and or equipment. Smoking in the Residence Hall lounges
is prohibited.

PARTIES:

Any activity that cannot be contained within your room may be cause to prohibit the
activity from continuing. If you are planning an activity in which it is reasonable to
assume that the number of people attending (invited or uninvited) will exceed the
maximum capacity of your room, an Event Request Form must be completed and a
appropriate space in the building provided. Any event occurring in or near any
Residential facility must have prior written approval of the Residential Life Office.

SOLICITATION:

To preserve the desired educational and security integrity of the Residence Life area,
solicitation is not allowed. Solicitation is defined as door-to-door selling of any
product or service, campaigning or unauthorized posting of fliers describing
products or events. Off-campus businesses or students representing an off-campus
business are not permitted to advertise or solicit in the Residence Halls.

POSTING POLICY:

All information to be posted in or on any Residential facility must have the
approval of the Residential Life Office. Materials will be distributed to each
individual facility and posted in a designated area by the staff.

GUEST:

A guest is defined as any person who is present at the invitation of a student;
any person who is received by a student and any invited or uninvited non
student who is accompanied by a student. Residents visiting other residence
halls are under the same visitation stipulations as a non-resident visitor.

VISITATION AND RESPONSIBILITY OF GUESTS:

The Residential Life lobby visitation hours are 10:00 am to 12:00 am Sunday
through Thursday; Friday and Saturday 10:00 am through 1:00 am. All must
have a guest form completed and at the Residence Hall office, Residential Life
Office along with the Campus Safety Office. Persons of the opposite sex, guest
students or non-students may not enter a private residential area. There is no
coed visitation in any residence hall. Minors are prohibited beyond the lobby.
The resident host is responsible for the actions of their guest. The resident host
Is responsible for informing their guest of the University polices. You are
responsible for all behavior that takes place by your guest, whether you are
present or not.

OVERNIGHT GUEST:

You may have a guest stay on campus a total of three days in any given 30 day
period, if it has been cleared with the Residential Life Office prior to the guest’s
arrival. The Residential Life Office reserves the right to charge the guest host a
per day fee for each day beyond the three day limit. An overnight visit is defined
as spending a period of time outside of the visitation hours with a resident.
Overnight stay for minors is prohibited.