The Office of Residence Life provides housing for approximately 2800 students in traditional residence halls, apartment complexes, and residential suites. Students may choose to live in single-sex female, coeducational, or apartment living settings. Residence Halls and apartments are open during the regular academic year. A designated residence hall is available for students attending summer sessions. All residence halls and dining services are closed during university breaks. Residence hall room rates do not include occupancy when residence halls are scheduled to be closed; however R.O.C.K. Apartments residents may have access to their apartments during most breaks.
Residence Life staff includes Director, Associate Director, Assistant Directors, and live-in Graduate's in Residence (GIR), one per building. These live in staff members provide primary supervision for all residence hall undergraduate staff. Community Assistants (CA) are trained undergraduate students who live on the floor with residents and provide leadership, facilitate community development, supervise the general facility, respond to student concerns, and provide educational and social programming. The average CA to student ratio is 1:40. A Welcome Desk Attendants (DA) is stationed at each residence hall 24/7. Guests are required to use front doors and register with the staff. All residence life staff are trained and expected to respond to a wide range of community and personal safety concerns.
Residence Hall Staff receive training prior to the beginning of the academic year, as well as throughout the year. Training includes: response to blood borne pathogens, procedures for fires, sheltering for tornado, response protocol to reports of sexual assault and/or harassment, and appropriate referral to university offices for community or personal safety concerns.
Community meetings are conducted throughout the year to advise students of personal and community safety concerns and to review university policies and procedures. "Residence Hall Living Guide" is available on the residence life web page, and outlines residence hall policies, information available on the Residence Life web site, and educational and informational messages in residence halls, R.O.C.K. Apartments, and residential suites throughout the year.
Traditional Residence Halls and R.O.C.K. Apartment access points such as windows, front and side doors are locked 24-hours a day. All operable windows are equipped with interior locks and screens. Exceptions for front door access are made during regular business hours for two residence halls which house university offices and for selected requests for short periods during opening, closing, special events and academic classes. Access to front doors, and selected side doors, is provided to residents through their university ID or special issue item. Guests are expected to use front doors only and register with on duty residence hall staff as guests.
Security features in the residential suites include card access at building entrances and entrance to student living areas within the halls. Dual access card readers on each student room door require card swipe and a personal PIN code. Operable windows are equipped with interior locks as well as window stops on all first floor windows allowing those to only open 4 inches.
Student housing assignments are completed based on availability of space at the time of request. An open room change period is held during each semester. Changes outside of these times are handled collaboratively between the building Assistant Director, GIR and the Housing Assignments Coordinator on a case by case basis.
Guests of resident students are permitted in the residence between 10:00 am and 2:00 am, Monday through Thursday and between 10:00 am Friday and 2:00 am Monday. Overnight weekend guests must be registered with residence hall staff and are only permitted to sleep in the room of a resident of the same gender. Overnight guests must be at least 18 years of age unless special permission has been granted by the Office of Residence Life. No outside groups, camps or conferences are housed in the residence halls during the academic year.