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Mission of Student Affairs

  The Division of Student Affairs supports the educational mission of the University by empowering students to establish and maintain a collegiate atmosphere conducive to the highest level of academic and personal success. The Student Affairs staff helps connect students to the University and to their future, building alliances that foster retention and loyalty beyond graduation.

Director's Message

  Dear Parents and Prospective Students: The department of Student Health Services welcomes you. In the student health center we provide quality and confidential medical care to the DSU student.   The health care team has a vast amount of experience and works diligently to meet your health care needs as well as assist you in making healthy lifestyle choices. We look forward to partnering with you in the maintenance of your health.

Student Health Center Forms Library

Student Health Form Patient Consent Form Patient Information Sheet Standard Release Form Women’s Health Release Form

Mission and Purpose

Mission The mission of the department of Student Health Services is to assist students in the pursuit of their academic goals and personal development by providing quality and confidential health care services.  Striving to maintain a healthy campus community, emphasis is placed on the prevention of illness and the promotion of wellness through health education. To fulfill our mission the Student Health Service staff will: Provide quality health care in a professional and caring environment; Adhere to ethical, professional, and legal standards; Offer health promotional activities to assist students in making healthy lifestyle choices; Refer students for services not available on campus; Monitor for and respond to public health concerns.

Student Health Center Staff

  Dear Parents and Prospective Students: The department of Student Health Services welcomes you. In the student health center we provide quality and confidential medical care to the DSU student.   The health care team has a vast amount of experience and works diligently to meet your health care needs as well as assist you in making healthy lifestyle choices. We look forward to partnering with you in the maintenance of your health. The medical staff consists of board-certified Nurse Practitioners and Registered Nurses.  The medical staff evaluates, treats and manages acute and chronic medical problems with a focus on illness prevention, health maintenance and optimum health. The support staff consists of a Front Office Coordinator and a Medical Assistant.      


Michelle Fisher, FNP-BC
(302) 857-6393

Clinical Staff

Nicole Bell, NP

Wanda Pennington, RN

Susan Chumley, RN

Support Staff

Shantae' Adkins - Medical Assistant

Nancilyn Black - Front Office Coordinator


Message from Student Leaders

On behalf of the Student Government Association, I extend a warm welcome to Delaware State University! As you initiate the next phase of your education,you will be presented with many opportunities but ultimately the college experience is yours to create. Get involved, join a club, volunteer, and have fun!  College is an unparalleled, once in a lifetime experience. Push yourself to achieve academically and socially. Be ready to Make Your Mark on the World! Best Wishes! Shelbe Hudson Student Government Association President 2012-2013       Welcome to Delaware State University!  It is our hope that your journey will be one that is memorable and with all your hopes and dreams being fulfilled. As a proud Hornet and member of a diverse community, you will find DSU to your home away from home. Join in on our efforts of academic excellence and social stewardship.  We appreciate you for selecting Delaware State as your future alma mater.     Eric J. Brown, Jr. - Mr. DSU  Jamesa McDonald - Miss DSU 2012-2013    



This organization shall have as its primary concern the total development of Delaware State University students.  It shall be its purpose to assist students in maturing toward wholesome, worthwhile adjustments to their respective social, cultural, economic, intellectual, political, spiritual, religious, and recreational environments.  It shall also be its purpose to aid in the development of talents, opportunities, and personal adjustments both to other persons and to themselves.

Current SGA Officers

President - Shelbe Hudson -

Vice President - Isaiah McCoy -

Treasurer - Darrell Gray -

Recording Secretary - Mark Smith -

Correspondence Secretary - Adrian Sutton -

Food Service

The Department collaborates with the University Food services, which operates the University's food service facilities.  The staff of the University Food Services works in each dining location to offer a variety of balanced and high quality meals to students.  The University Food services staff welcome comments and suggestions to improve customer satisfaction. The goal of our Delaware State University food service program is to provide a variety of high quality and nutritious foods in a pleasant dining atmosphere.  Menus include a wide selection of popular foods.  There are several dining locations throughout the campus. Serving hours vary by location, with some options available from early morning until 10pm each day.  Being part of a residence hall community allows students to meet and interact with others while enjoying their meals in any of our dining locations.  For more detailed information about our food service, please refer to the Dining Services Guide that is provided in your room.  You may also visit the Thompson Hospitality web site or contact their office at: Thompson Hospitality 108 Conrad Hall 302.857.5000

Residential Policies and Procedures

This web site summarizes some rules and regulations of the University; in addition, students are responsible for reading the Code of Student Conduct in The Student Handbook, which contains information about alcohol and drugs, additional policies, and other important information about student rights and responsibilities. Flammable Materials / Candles / Incense The burning of candles, incense, and similar materials is a fire hazard and is prohibited in residence hall rooms and on exterior window sills. The storage and use of flammable fluid is prohibited. Appliances and Room Alterations Approved appliances for use in student rooms include: clocks radios computers stereos fans televisions lamps typewriters Residents may use the following appliances with reasonable caution: blow dryers irons curling irons These appliances may not be used at all in residence halls: coffee pots toasters grills popcorn poppers hot plates (other than hot-air) skillets other cooking equipment air conditioners gas appliances dehumidifiers heating pads electric blankets candle warmers hot-air popcorn poppers sun lamps or indoor grills such as "The George Foreman Grill" refrigerators with a medical slip from a license physician If there are health reasons for certain equipment, specifically air conditioners, you must receive approval from the Student Health Services and be assigned to a hall where central air conditioning is provided.  Appropriate documentation from a licensed physician is required. Tampering, altering, or rewiring electrical outlets is a fire and safety hazard and is not permitted. Overloading outlets with many appliances is also a fire hazard.  Questions about overloading can be directed to the Hall Manager.  Any arrangement of furniture or decorations that blocks or impedes exits or entrances to a residence hall room is prohibited. Damage Students are responsible for the condition of their room, the furniture assigned to that room, and the interior of the room door.  Charges will be assessed for damage resulting from the use of tape, tacks, nails, screws, or pins on walls or furniture.  Charges will be assessed and vary depending on the nature of the damage.  Failure to remove these items will result in an additional $10 charge at the next scheduled health, safety, and maintenance inspection. Keys and University IDs Dishonest use of a key and/or University ID is a violation of University policy. Because your key and ID are used for admission to various University facilities and activities, the lending, borrowing, altering, or duplicating of a residence hall key or ID is strictly prohibited.  A re-key fee is charged if the key is not returned upon vacancy of the room. Alcohol Alcohol consumption is illegal for persons under 21 years of age. Empty containers of alcoholic beverages (e.g., beer cans, liquor, and wine bottles) are indicators of consumption and therefore prohibited in rooms of all students.  For regulations covering the consumption and possession of alcohol, refer to pages 96-97, and 305 of the Code of Student Conduct. The delivery of alcohol to any residence hall is prohibited. Bicycles Students are expected to operate bicycles in a safe and courteous manner and comply with University regulations and state laws pertaining to bicycle operation, including safety equipment standards. Bicycles are subject to the same driving laws as motor vehicles, and citations for improper and unsafe riding may be issued.  Bicycles may not be operated in the residence halls at any time, and may not be stored in rooms or not in any public areas of the halls. Complete bicycle regulations are contained in The Student Handbook and are also available from Police Services. Business Ventures Residence hall rooms may not be used for business purposes of any nature.  Unauthorized selling, collecting of money, and promotion on campus or within any University building is not permitted.  Students may not act as agents for business firms that entail solicitations or the receiving of business offers or goods on University property. Fire Regulations Please be sure to locate the fire alarms and exits in your hall. Your prompt and complete cooperation in case of fire is important for everyone's safety.  Each room is equipped with a smoke detector, but it is not attached to the main hall system.  In case of a fire in your room, you must pull a fire alarm in the hallway to activate the hall system, then call 911 to report the fire's location and notify a hall staff member. If an alarm has been sounded, raise your shade, turn on the room light, and check the door for heat.  If the door is hot, block the floor crack with a towel and attempt to signal for help from your window.  If the door is not hot, exit your room, close the door behind you, stay near the floor, and leave the building by the nearest exit.  Under no circumstances should you re-enter a burning building. Remaining in a residence hall during a fire alarm is a violation of the Code of Student Conduct and will be dealt with in a disciplinary matter. False Alarms Anyone turning in a false fire or bomb report, either by telephone or by setting off an alarm, or anyone tampering with fire extinguishers or smoke detectors is subject to suspension from the University and prosecution under the Delaware State Revised Code and/or the Code of Student Conduct. Fireplaces Many residence hall living rooms have functional fireplaces. They may be used only during specified hours with the permission of the Hall Manager.  Extreme care should be exercised when using a fireplace. Residents using the fireplace are responsible for keeping the glass doors or screens closed while the fire is burning. Hall Sports Students are prohibited from playing sports or rough-housing in the halls as this may disrupt the living/learning environment.  Hall sports include, but are not limited to, tossing, bouncing, or kicking a ball or frisbee, rollerblading, biking, using a scooter, or use of water guns or water balloons. Legal Drug Usage and Other Medical Conditions If you are a student who needs special medication by injection, the Student Health Services is available to help you.  If you need to give yourself injections, please arrange for safe and sanitary disposal of your syringes.  You are encouraged to notify the Student Health Services and your hall Manger if you have a medical condition that may require special attention.  Appropriate confidentiality will be maintained. Musical Instruments Musical instruments may not be played in the halls.  Violation of this policy may result in a resident being required to store the instrument until it can be removed from campus, or the removal of the resident from the halls. Persons failing to comply with the musical instrument regulation may be charged with a noise violation. Similarly, the volume of stereos or other sound systems must be low enough so sound does not carry to other student rooms or outdoors. Noise Policy Noise violations are often viewed subjectively by both students and staff. Based on experience, the following examples constitute clear violations of the noise policy: noises, music, or voices that are clearly distinguishable in the corridor during restricted quiet hours heavy percussion or bass sounds that vibrate through any walls, doors, ceilings, or floors alarms or music playing in an empty room pounding on doors, bouncing sports equipment or other items on the walls or floor of a room or corridor failure to respect courtesy hours For the purposes of this policy, noise shall be considered too loud if it can be heard outside of a room with the door closed during quiet hours. Courtesy and common sense should prevail at all other times. Please note: All students present in a room are charged with a noise violation in that room unless one resident takes responsibility for the violation. Pets Pets can create safety and sanitation hazards and, therefore, are not permitted in the residence halls. Fish are the only acceptable pets permitted in any residence hall and may be kept in tanks no larger than 5 gallons.  Fish should be removed from residence halls during winter and spring breaks. Quiet and Courtesy Hours Quiet hours are a specified time each day when the hall is to remain quiet.  The primary purpose of living in residence halls is to support the student's academic experience.  Therefore, courtesy hours are in effect at all times.  Courtesy hours indicate that all residents are expected to accommodate reasonable requests for quiet by students, residence life staff, or housekeeping staff.  Failure to comply with these requests may result in documentation of a noise violation. On the weekdays, quiet hours begin at 9 pm to 8 am.  During the weekends, quiet hours begin at midnight to 8am.  Weekdays are defined as Sunday to Thursday and Weekends are defined as Friday to Saturday. During finals week there are 24 hour quiet hours from Friday, or the designated reading day, before finals until the end of finals.  Students may be asked to leave the residence halls if they are found to be in violation of quiet hours during the 24 hour quiet period. Radio Transmission Radio transmission is not permitted in residence halls except through authorized agencies such as WDSU radio. Smoking in the Residence Halls The use of legal tobacco products in the residence halls is prohibited.  Students may smoke outside, provided they are at least 25 feet away from doors and windows to avoid smoke entering residence hall rooms or public areas.  All trash created by smoking (butts, matches, etc.) should be placed in appropriate ash cans, not on the ground.  Smoking in any area inside the residence halls is prohibited including, but not limited to, stairwells, bathrooms, lobbies, lounges, living rooms, study rooms, and hallways. Students may not smoke in their residence hall rooms.  Weapons Because of the threat of violence in our society, we are very concerned about weapons in our residence halls.  Therefore, we prohibit the possession of weapons or those items that a casual observer might perceive to be a weapon (e.g., toy guns, stun guns etc.).  Persons found to be in possession of such items or weapons may be charged with a violation of the Code of Student Conduct.  For further information on this policy, please read the student handbook. Visitation Policies We expect that if you want to have a guest, you will consult your roommate(s)/suitemates in an effort to maintain positive roommate relations. A resident's right to privacy takes priority over a roommate's desire to entertain guests.  If you have a guest in your room against the expressed wishes of your roommate, you may face administrative relocation to another residence hall room. A guest is defined as any person in a residence hall room or public area of a residence hall who is not a currently assigned resident of that room or residence hall.  A guest can be a person who does not attend Delaware University or a Delaware State University student who lives off-campus, in a different hall, or in a different room in the hall. A host is a resident of the hall who has a guest. To maintain a living environment that respects the privacy and security of the residents and the hall, hosts and guests are required to abide by these policies: All guests must have a specific host who is a resident of the room and/or residence hall that the guest is visiting. Guests are subject to the same rules and regulations found in the Code of Student Conduct and The Student   Handbook as their host. The host is responsible for informing the guest of these regulations in advance of the visit. The host will be held responsible for inappropriate behavior of guests, including those who are Delaware State students. If the guests are not Delaware State students, the host assumes full financial responsibility for the behavior and actions   of his/her guests while they are on campus. For safety and security reasons, a guest must be escorted at all times and in all areas of the residence hall by his/her   host. Guests MUST use bathrooms designated for use by persons of their own sex. Guests may not use a resident's key or ID card for any reason, including access to the residence hall or dining hall. During the course of their visit, guests are expected to behave in a way that contributes positively to the residence hall   community, showing respect and consideration for others and for property. Visitation Hours Visitation is the opportunity for members of the opposite sex to visit in student rooms.  Specifically, the policy allows members of one sex to visit members of the opposite sex in their residence hall room during specified hours.   Quiet hours, the visitation policies, and all rules and regulations found in the Code of Student Conduct remain in effect during visitation hours. The University recognizes that students may need to work collaboratively on academic work during non-visitation hours. In each residence hall, there are 24-hour study rooms, typically found in the lobby and lounge.  Visitation is permitted in these public areas during social hours of 11am – 12am on Sunday through Thursday and 11am t- 2am on Friday and Saturday. Consult your Manager to obtain a complete list of all areas of your residence hall that are available for visitation during the social hours. The visitation hours are 1pm to 12 midnight on Sunday; 4pm –12 midnight from Monday through Thursday and from 4:30pm form Friday to Saturday. Each resident is permitted a maximum of 2 guests. Overnight Guests Visitation hours do not permit students to have guests of the opposite sex stay overnight in their residence hall room. There are no accommodations in any University residence hall for overnight guests of the opposite sex.  However, students are permitted to have overnight guests of the same sex. To maintain a living environment that respects the privacy of the residents and to maintain security in the building, hosts and overnight guests are required to abide by all policies that apply to guests (see Visitation section above.) Overnight guests are expected to comply with the Visitation Policy, the rules and regulations found in the Code of Student Conduct, and the Overnight Guest Policy.  Delaware State students not complying with these policies will be subject to disciplinary action.  We expect that if you wish to have an overnight guest, you will consult your roommate(s)/suitemates in an effort to maintain positive roommate relations.  All policies pertaining to guests also pertain to overnight guests. The Student Handbook, page 90, Visitation Policy, states: "Overnight visitors (of same sex ONLY must register at the residence hall upon arrival.  A fee of $5 payable in advance is charged for each night of visitation. Overnight guests are authorized only on Friday and /or Saturday nights and no guest shall stay in the residence halls for a period greater than three days during any calendar month.  No one under the age of 16 may stay overnight." Overnight guests are not permitted to occupy residence hall beds without specifically requesting the permission of those to whom the bed is assigned. Overnight guests may not sleep in living rooms, lounges, or on lounge furnishings. Hosts who permit overnight guests to violate these policies will be subject to disciplinary action.  Only the Manger of the hall in which the host resides may grant exceptions to this policy. Unauthorized use of University Housing The residence hall is a place where many students live and call home.  Damage to the building detracts from the environment.  Therefore, the playing of any form of sports in the hallways and public areas is not allowed.  Damage to hall property will be charged to those responsible for the damage.  Venturing out onto roofs is a safety hazard and subject to disciplinary action. Roofs Residents are not permitted on any roof (including porches) because of potential injury or roof damage.  Students found in violation of this policy may be subject to disciplinary action. Housing Assignments Housing assignments are made by the Department of Residence Life Housing, room 108 Laws Hall.   Continuing students may contact this office for information on housing assignments.  New or transfer students should contact the Office of Admission for assistance. First-Year Assignments All first-year students are required to live in residence halls unless they meet one of the following criteria. married or getting married during the academic year commute from the home of a parent or legal guardian Exceptions to these criteria will be considered by the Department of Residence Life and Housing upon receipt of a written request.  Housing assignments for first-year students are made at random.  Although new students cannot choose a particular hall to live in, reciprocal roommate requests and requests for non-smoking roommates are honored whenever possible. Upper-class Assignments In the fall, all current upperclass residents may have the option to reside in Warren Franklin, the University Village and the University Courtyards.  Students may have the opportunity to select the specific hall, room, and roommate(s) of their choice during the reassignment procedures. Temporary Housing At times there are more students desiring housing than the University can accommodate, and each semester some students withdraw shortly after the semester begins.  Because of these situations, some students are placed in temporary housing until permanent assignments can be made.  Those assigned to temporary spaces are notified in writing that their assignments are temporary, and they will be moved to permanent assignments as soon as possible. This policy allows the University to accommodate more students, making the best use of facilities and keeping room and meal plan rates low. Room and Hall Changes Room and hall changes may usually be made after the second week of the semester.  Before making a room change, you must obtain approval of the Managers in both halls.  If approval for the change is granted, the room being vacated is inspected and the Manager collects the room key and assesses room damages. Vacant Spaces If there is a vacant bed in a student room, the Department of Residence Life and Housing may assign another student to that room at any time.  Current residents of that room who create a hostile environment for new or potentially new roommates may face disciplinary action.  Before winter break, students with vacant beds in their room must prepare the room for a roommate.  Preparation includes moving all personal belongings to one side of the room, emptying one dresser and closet, and cleaning the room. Residence Hall Contract  Each student living in University housing signs a residence hall contract.  This contract obligates you to pay both room and meal plan charges for first and second semesters.  Students are not permitted to sublet their rooms. Terminating the Contract Requests for release for reasons such as medical, financial, co-op/internship, study abroad, graduation, or marriage must be submitted in writing to the Department of Residence Life and Housing 108 Laws Hall and to the Registrar 108 Administration Building.  If you withdraw from the University after the semester begins, you will receive the unused portion of your meal plan charge and a percentage of your room fees.  You must file an official withdrawal form with the Counseling services and the Registrar in order to terminate the housing contract.  If a student is removed from a residence hall because of violation of University regulations, the residence hall contract is terminated. Liability The University does not assume any responsibility for loss, theft, or damage to any property belonging to any student living in the residence halls. The University does not carry insurance on residents or on their personal property.  You may wish to carry your own personal property insurance to cover your belongings.

Guide to Residential Living

You will receive your housing application in the mail with your acceptance letter/package.  All first-year students are required to live in residence halls, except those who live with their parents or spouse.  The Department of Housing and Residential Education will consider exceptions to this upon receipt of a written request. Housing assignments for first-year students are made at random.  Reciprocal roommate requests and requests for non-smoking roommates are honored whenever possible. Once you have completed and mailed us your application along with your non-refundable $200 room deposit, we will assign you a room and a roommate.  If you already have friends, be sure to talk about what items each of you are bringing so you can make best use of the space in your room. We discourage students from pre-selecting a roommate for several reasons: Students who were friends before college most likely have never LIVED together.  Living with a roommate is a very   different relationship than that of a friend or acquaintance.  Often pre-selecting a roommate results in unrealistic   expectations of each other. Students who are friends are able to widen their circle of friends by living in different rooms and residence halls. One of the greatest opportunities for a new college student is to learn how to live and build mutual respect with   someone who is different from them. First-year students who wish to live together may make a request either on the housing contract or by contacting the Department of Housing and Residential Education at (302) 857-6326 by May 1 before the beginning of the academic year.  We make every attempt to pair mutual roommate requests.  The two students who request each other must also request the same options on the housing contract (living community, smoking, etc.). Please visit the Roommate Success Guide link for information regarding successful roommate living. Roommate Bill of Rights The following Roommate Bill of Rights, adapted from Kent State University, is a reminder to each resident that your enjoyment of life in a residence hall will depend, to a large extent, on the thoughtful consideration you demonstrate to your roommate. Basic rights of a roommate include: The right to read and study free from undue interference in one's room. Unreasonable noise and other distractions inhibit the exercise of this right. The right to sleep without undue disturbance from noise, guests of roommate(s), etc. The right to expect that a roommate will respect one's personal belongings. The right to a clean environment. The right to free access to one's room and facilities without pressure from the roommate. The right to privacy. The right to address grievances. Your RA or CA and hall adviser are available for assistance. The right to be free from fear of intimidation and physical or emotional harm. The right to expect reasonable cooperation and the use of "room shared" appliances (telephone, refrigerator, etc.). Roommate Conflict Resolution Most roommates can work out mutually agreeable relationships with their roommates. When roommates have conflicts, the Department of Residence Life staff can help resolve the conflict through mediation or room-change requests.  When students are unable to amicably resolve conflicts on their own, the residence life staff may assert more control over finding a resolution. The staff may require the roommates to participate in a conflict resolution meeting, or staff may make a determination without the input of the residents as to how to resolve the conflict.  As stated in the housing contract, the University may relocate any student to another room to resolve a conflict. Room Changes Students may request to change room; however room changes should not be the first option when there is a roommate conflict.  We want students to take advantage of the learning opportunity inherent in working out a conflict with another person.  We want students to learn how to directly confront problems rather than simply avoiding them, (i.e. moving).  We want to resolve issues as soon as we can.  Room changes may be permitted only under unusual circumstances, with the approval of the Building Manager and the Department of Residential Life and Housing. Housing The Department of and Residential Education staff is responsible for providing and maintaining the physical state of each housing facility and maintaining high standards of health and safety for the comfort of students. Residence Hall Rooms Rooms are furnished with beds, chests of drawers, desks, chairs, study lamps, mirrors, wastebaskets, curtain rods, window shades, and a telephone.  Students are responsible for bringing your own blankets, bedspreads, linens, pillows, drapes, rugs, and towels. You may want to consult with your roommate to avoid duplicating some items for your room.  Room dimensions and window sizes vary with each building. Room Condition Report   When you move into your room, you must complete a room condition report.   From this report, hall staff can identify problems and make needed repairs; you also avoid charges for damage done by previous occupants. You will be charged for any damages found in your room that are not noted on your room condition report. Temporary Housing   At times there are more students desiring housing than the University can accommodate, and each semester some students withdraw shortly after the semester begins.  Because of these situations, some students are placed in temporary housing until permanent assignments can be made.  Those assigned to temporary spaces are notified in writing that their assignments are temporary, and they will be moved to permanent assignments as soon as possible. This policy allows the University to accommodate more students, making the best use of facilities and keeping room and meal plan rates low. Telephones and Voice Mail A modular telephone and voicemail is available for each room, apartment or suite. You will be responsible for the University equipment if not properly replaced at the end of the year.  Campus and local calls may be made without a charge. Long-distance calls can only be made through students personal calling card or cell phone, including directory assistance. Calling cards can be purchased in the book store. You may not accept collect calls (including emergency calls). Voice mail is a personal message center, offered on a subscription basis to all residents. Upon move-in, simply activate this service by following the directions provided in the room.  If you do not want this service, you must visit the Office of Telecommunications to cancel your subscription. For more information, contact: Office of Telecommunications 131 Grosseley Hall, (302) 857-7009 Computer Network The Department of Residence Services provides every student living in the residence halls the opportunity to use the residential network.  Computer access is available in each student room, through Ethernet connections.  This allows fast connection time and access to the University network and the internet.  Every residence hall is equipped with wireless connections. Computer labs are available in several academic building centers across campus. Minimum Computer Requirements for the Delaware State University network (pdf) Email All Students are required to activate their DSU email account.  All University communication with student will be through the University telephone/voicemail and email services.  Students are responsible for all information provided to them through these media. These services are provided as part of the technology fees. TV/Radio   Cable service is in all rooms through the DSUnet connection.  For a listing of channels and programs offered visit the TV Guide channel 22. Students are not responsible for the exterior of their room door, considered public space in the housing facility.  All public spaces in the hall are under the jurisdiction and care of the Hall Director.  Charges will be assessed for damages to public space and furniture.  Charges will be assessed and vary depending on the nature of the damage.  Although the University respects the right of expression, some signs or drawings in public areas, including room doors, can be found offensive.  In such instances, the Hall Director will determine if the signs or drawings should be removed.  If so, the residents will be asked to remove the material. Use of Public Space Cleaning and Repairs You are responsible for cleaning your own room. Mops, brooms, and other cleaning equipment are available in each facility.  The Department of Housing and Residential Education, and the Department of Physical Facilities maintain the facilities.  To request a repair, go to the hall staff and make a repair request. Only University personnel may make repairs. Decorating We suggest decorating your walls using molding hooks ("S" hooks) and twine, available at local stores. Plasti-tac may be used with the understanding that damage to the walls may result.  Tape, adhesives other than plasti-tac, tacks, nails, screws, or pins may be used only on bulletin boards and not on the walls, ceiling, floors, window trim, furnishings, or doors.  Room decorations may not be affixed to or suspended from the ceiling or light fixtures. Students are responsible for any damage. Room Alterations Students are not permitted to paint or plaster their rooms.  Storage cabinets and closet doors may not be removed or altered from their original design.  Construction or room alteration involving heavy building materials, wooden or cloth material platforms, or lofts (see below) is prohibited due to fire and safety regulations.  Screens must be left latched on windows to reduce the likelihood of damage from wind or falling screens. Window ledges are not to be used for storage. Removing University property from student rooms or public areas of the facility is prohibited. Beds/Lofts Mattresses and bedsprings may not be placed directly on the floor. Due to safety concerns, the construction or use of loft beds, waterbeds or any other alterations of university beds by students are not permitted.  Students may not turn the bed frame upside down as this may damage the frame.  Students may not put their bed on cinder blocks if they wish to increase the amount of under-bed storage space.  In some cases the University may install bed lofts in rooms, as it deems necessary.  

Tips for Roommate Success

  The following tips have been adapted from You're moving into a room smaller than your closet at home— and you have to share it with someone you've never met… Welcome to college! Tips on getting along in 144 square feet or less. Communicate Other than a spouse, there is probably no other person in the world you will get to know as well as your roommate. Even if you bond instantly, there may be moments when your roomie's little quirks get on your nerves. Letting things fester (in that tiny little space) can turn an annoyance into a misery. Communication - both talking and listening - will be the key to a great relationship. Stuff Less is more.  By the time you've managed to fit in two beds, a computer, CD-changer and TV, will there be any room for clothes (not to mention a few books??) There is no way you are going to duplicate all the comforts of home. The less you bring, the less you have to keep track of and maintain. Borrowing Rule #1:  Don't. Rule #2:  If you absolutely must borrow something, always ask permission first. Return it in the promised timeframe and in the condition it was in when borrowed. If you damage or lose something you borrow, you are responsible for replacing it. Can't afford to replace it? See rule #1.  Nothing causes more strife between roommates and friends than borrowing - money, food, clothes, CDs, and sports equipment. Neatness If the law of averages works, one of you will be extremely neat and the other extremely messy. Here is where you learn the great art of communication and compromise. Mom doesn't live here, but you do. The neatnik will have to learn to tolerate life's imperfections. The slob, well, it's time to start picking up after yourself. Lights Out It's inevitable. One of you will have an 8 a.m. class and the other will want to study until 2 a.m. Work out routines for late night studying (is there a lounge?), late night returns (tiptoe and use a flashlight?), and early morning classes (tiptoe out and dress in the bathroom?). Everyone needs their zzz's. Quiet Time Most residence halls have quiet hours. Loud music, parties, or socializing in the hall will not be appreciated by your fellow corridor-mates and are a one-way ticket to unpopularity. Irreconcilable Differences When the course of rooming does not run smooth, seek counsel. Your floor will have an RA (Resident Assistant) who is usually an upper-class student. Note each hall has a manager who is trained to provide you with the appropriate avenues of support.