10 Things to Know About Living on Campus
Here are 10 important things you should know about living on campus:
- Fridges – You can bring a refrigerator, but it must be less than 4 cubic feet.
- Coffeemakers – Coffeemakers and other devices with hot plates are not permitted, Keurigs and comparable coffeemakers are fine, though.
- Air Conditioners – Air conditioners cannot be installed in your room windows, if you need an air conditioner for a medical reason you will have to complete College Accommodation Form.
- Room Furniture – The provided furniture cannot be removed from your room. It also cannot be altered or painted.
- Wall Art – You can hang art on the walls with tape or command strips, but you cannot puncture the wall with nails, screws, etc. You also cannot paint the room. Hanging tapestries are not permitted.
- Carpets and Rugs – You can bring a carpet or rug, but it cannot be adhered to the floor.
- Lighting – Holiday lights and lights with halogen bulbs are not permitted.
- Cooking Devices – Microwaves, toaster ovens, portable grills and items with an exposed heating element (such as hot plates) are not permitted. However, there is a microwave in every building and you can rent a MicroFridge (which shuts the power off to the fridge unit when the microwave runs, making it safer for large buildings).
- Candles – Candles and other devices with open flames are not permitted.
- Weapons and Explosives – Guns, incendiary devices (such as fireworks), and other weapons are not permitted in the Residence Halls.
The Office of Residence Life has put together a list to help you prepare for life on campus. This list will aid you in your shopping and packing. In addition, the bottom section contains all prohibited items which are not permitted in your room for safety reasons.
Your Room Assignment & Roommate
The information you provide in the Housing Preference section of your Gateway form will be used to match you with a roommate(s). You will receive your room assignment before you arrive on campus. All first year students live in one of the following residence halls: Alexander Hall, Beau Hall, Mellon Hall, North Hall and Upperclass Hall. Transfer students (sophomores, juniors and seniors) will live in upperclass housing.
At the start of the semester, you and your roommate will complete a Roommate Agreement that includes guidelines for your living environment based on respect and compromise. Communication, respect, flexibility, and understanding are a few skills that are required in getting along with people, and a roommate is no different. Completing the Roommate Agreement provides you with an opportunity to have a good discussion with your roommate about how to create an environment where you can both be comfortable in the space you share.
More information about living on campus will be provided to you when you receive your housing and roommate assignment before arrival. If you are an incoming first year student, click on the “First Year Res. Halls” link in the right side navigation to learn more about the residence facilities you will be living in. If you are a transfer or international student, expect more information on your housing assignment to be arriving in the coming weeks.
Each room is equipped with an extra-long twin bed, dresser, wardrobe/closet, desk, and chair for each resident. All College furniture must stay in the room during the entire academic year. Window shades are provided in the rooms, but curtains are not.
Your room is also equipped with wireless internet, a network connection for each occupant and one cable television box. For questions about your internet connection and internet security visit Information Technology Services.
Each residence hall room has its own telephone line, and you can make on-campus and local calls; long distance service is not available. Telephones are not provided.
Bed Loft Program
Bed lofts are a convenient way to maximize the space of residence hall rooms. Find out more about the bed loft program here.
The Office of Residence Life encourages students to rent a MicroFridge. MicroFridges are an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional microwaves and combine the convenience of a mini-fridge, freezer, and microwave in one unit. Microwaves are not permitted in the First Year Halls. More information on the MicroFridge program here.
Quiet and Visitation Hours
Quiet Hours are from 11 pm to 9 am every day and common courtesy is expected at all hours. Friends and relatives of students are welcome to visit during approved visitation hours (Noon-Midnight on weekdays and 24 hours a day on weekends). Residents are required to accompany guests at all times. Students are responsible for the conduct of their guests and should be prepared to identify them if asked. Students must obtain permission from their roommate to bring a guest into their room or have a guest stay overnight.
Campus & Public Safety is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, and can be reached at (724) 223-6032.
Campus & Public Safety personnel regularly patrol campus grounds. In addition, RAs are on-call each night in the residence halls, when the halls are open, and do rounds in each area of campus. You will be provided with the duty phone number for your area at your first hall meeting. You can also reach the RA on duty by contacting Campus & Public Safety. Emergency phones (blue light phones) are connected directly to Campus & Public Safety and are located throughout campus. Campus & Public Safety personnel are also able to escort students from place to place as needed.
All residence halls are locked 24 hours a day and may only be accessed by residents using their Student ID. Always lock your door and take your keys and your Student ID with you when you leave your room. Any lost keys should be reported immediately to the Office of Residence Life.