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Guide to Residential Living

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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

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  The following tips have been adapted from www.emilypost.com 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.  

Residential Halls

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Delaware State University
Department of Housing
and Residential Education

Delaware State University
302.857.6326
302.857.6333 fax

housing@desu.edu

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Residence Hall Information Each residence hall has a professional and student staff that is responsible for the general welfare of resident students. The staff also aids students in developing individual responsibility and growth in the living-learning environment. All rooms are assigned for double occupancy, except for those specifically designated for Resident Assistants. Room assignments are made on a first-come, first-serve basis, with preference given to in-state applicants and students in good academic standing. Students on academic suspension at the end of the spring semester will forfeit the privilege of a reserved space in the residence halls. Residence hall registration periods will be based on the academic calendar. Specific dates and hours will be included in information forwarded to prospective students by the Director of Residence Life. Rooms are furnished by the University with beds, study desks and chairs. Rooms are inspected periodically in accordance with the health and safety standards of the University. Students must be enrolled at least full time (12 or more undergraduate credit hours or 9 graduate credit hours) per semester in order to live in the University Housing. Dropped courses or failure to attend class (no show) which result in less than full time hours, may result in cancelation of housing contract. The Office of Business and Finance will notify all students who are classified as part time in the residence halls. Students will be required to make necessary schedule adjustments or accounts will be adjusted accordingly. Students are held responsible for their conduct and that of their guests. Damage to a room or its furnishings through carelessness or neglect is charged to the occupants.   Traditional Residence Hall Comparison Matrix To find out more about the traditional facilities available, please click on the matrix below:   Comparison Matrix   Housing and Residential Education’s Sexual Assault Policy Sexual harassment includes sexual violence such as rape, sexual battery and sexual coercion; which are all forms of sexual discrimination prohibited by Title IX. These offenses create a hostile environment that is not tolerated on the campus of Delaware State University and is taken very seriously by the University community as we work to keep students safe. The Department of Housing and Residential Education will change a victim’s academic living situation after an alleged sex offense, if such a change is requested by the victim and is reasonably available. For more Title IX information, please visit Sexual Misconduct, Harassment and Sex Discrimination (Title IX).  

Housing and Residential Education

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Delaware State University
Department of Housing
and Residential Education

Delaware State University
302.857.6326
302.857.6333 fax

housing@desu.edu

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          RAs Participate in Inspire Day of Service   Here at Delaware State University our residence halls are more than just a place to sleep. Out-of-classroom learning experiences will account for a significant amount of the students' experience here at Delaware State University. Our staff strives to provide students with support and resources, as well as character building activities and programs that will develop a sense of community and school pride. It is our goal to provide a comfortable, and more importantly, a safe living/learning environment for you to learn and grow as a student. Throughout this website we've tried to provide valuable information for new and returning students, plus parents. Please use the links to view the various features offered within our residence halls. We look forward to seeing you on campus! If you have questions related to residence hall living, please do not hesitate to contact us at housing@desu.edu Sincerely, Phillip Holmes Director, Department of Housing and Residential Education
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Mission Statement

The Department of Housing and Residential Education is committed to creating a safe and inclusive living-learning community that assists in fostering the intellectual and social development of Delaware State University's diverse residential student population, through programs and services that are aligned with the University's Mission and Core Values.


 

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Department of Wellness & Recreation

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Delaware State University
Wellness & Recreation
1200 N. Dupont Hwy
Dover, DE 19904
302-857-7785 Phone
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  Welcome to the  Department of Wellness & Recreation!  Mission Statement The Department of Wellness and Recreation is committed to providing outstanding educational and instructional programs, services and facilities to Delaware State University students, faculty, staff, and the local Dover community. The Department will provide recreational activities and programming that strengthen the campus community by promoting personal health, safety and wellness. Component Areas Adapted Recreation Recreational opportunities for physically challenged and disabled students are offered through our department. Activities such as swimming and weight training can be arranged with individual instruction and assistance.  Aquatics Recreational swimming is available in the Wellness & Recreation Center Pool. Lap swim, open swimming, and special aquatic programming are also made available to all WRC members. Group Fitness Group fitness sessions are held in the WRC and are available to all current members. Sessions are offered at various times throughout the week and admittance is on a first-come, first-served basis. Individuals at beginner, intermediate, and advanced fitness levels are welcome to participate. Informal Recreation The WRC is available for “walk-in” informal recreation at specified hours. Ample time is available for fitness conditioning, lap and open swimming, as well as court sports such as basketball, volleyball, badminton, and indoor soccer. Intramural Sports Intramurals sports are designed to provide a flexible, yet structured environment in which to participate. Sports are co-recreational (men/women) and are offered in either tournament or league format. Special Events This area is unique in that each activity is held in one day or over a brief period of time. The programs offered are designed to promote health and wellness in all of our members. Sport Clubs These groups share a common interest in a sport activity and have gained university recognition via the Department of Wellness & Recreation. The sport club program is student initiated and organized with an emphasis placed on participation.                

Intramural Sports

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Delaware State University
Wellness & Recreation
1200 N. Dupont Hwy
Dover, DE 19904
302-857-7785 Phone
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Come out and PLAY! The Intramural Sports Program provides a wide variety of quality recreational programs in a safe and secure environment designed to enhance the social, mental, and physical well-being of the entire university community. The IM Sports Program performs a vital role in the recruitment, retention, and education of students and personnel. Are you looking for some friendly, on-campus competition? Then you've come to the right place. DSU Intramurals provides opportunities to participate in over 20+ recreational activities either as a team or an individual. These sports provide a great mix of competition, exercise, recreation and fun in a relaxed yet structured environment. With over 20% of Delaware State University students participating in our programs, this is the perfect way to enhance your college experience.  League Registration & Statistics! Participant Signup Instructions     The Spirit of Competition Sport activities find their origin in the basic human need for the spirit of play. Winning and losing are mere outcomes of this play spirit. What is part of the game is the pure satisfaction of participation (fun, fitness, friendship, stress release, etc.) Without your opponent, you have no game, no contest, and no fun. You are as indebted to them, as they are to you. The spirit of play, then, is based on cooperation. Upholding high standards of integrity and fair play acknowledges this idea of cooperative competition. All players are encouraged to exercise good judgment in the caring for the safety of others as well as themselves. At DSU, an intentional violation of the rules is considered cheating and an offense against the spirit of competition. Abusive language toward officials, other participants, and manipulation of the rules are not "part of the game." A lifetime interest in sports is a goal of all players, which has more meaning than that of a win or a loss — the memory of which often fades quickly. All players are asked to participate within the context of this spirit of play and competition.
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For Any Questions Contact: Jomah Watson (302)857-7468 or jwatson@desu.edu

 

 

Judicial Affairs Frequently Asked Questions

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    Q: I have been written up for an infraction, what happens next? A: The Office of Student Judicial Affairs will "email a notice to appear" with the time and date of your Prehearing Meeting to your DSU email account. Q: Do I have to be informed that I am being written up before actually being written up? A: Yes, if the student is not informed at the time of the alleged violation that they are being written up, then the rights of the student have been violated.   Q: What is a Prehearing Meeting and why do I have to have one? A: A Prehearing Meeting gives the student the opportunity to accept or not accept responsibility for the alleged violation. If the student does accept responsibility the student will explain the situation to the Director of Judicial Affairs or said hearing officer. A sanction will then be given at that time. If the student does not accept responsibility the case then moves forward to a scheduled Formal Hearing.   Q: Why should I accept a sanction if I am not responsible? A: Students charged with an alleged violation of the Student Code of Conduct have the right to a Formal Hearing before a Judicial Council. Q: What is a Formal Hearing? A: A Formal Hearing allows the student to question witnesses, present evidence and/or witnesses and/or to tell their side of the story. Please see the Rights of the Student in the Judicial System and the judicial section of the Student Handbook for additional information. Q: Do I need an attorney? A: You may have an advisor assist you in the hearing. Attorneys are not allowed to serve as advisors. Your advisors may not speak or question witnesses. The advisor must be another student, staff member or faculty member. Q: Will my parents be notified? A: If you are under the age of 21 and have been found responsible for an alcohol or drug violation, your parents will be notified. For other types of violations or for students over the age of 21 a signed release of information form is required before we can speak to parents about Judicial cases. Q: May my parents or other relatives attend the hearing? A: All hearings are closed and parents and other relatives may not attend. Q: May I have character witnesses? A: Character witnesses may come in to testify about your character. They may be anyone of your choosing, even parents. The character witness will come in to give testimony and then leave the hearing room. Q: Will I have an opportunity to question witnesses? A: You will be able to question witnesses in accordance with the rules. Your questions should be for information purposes only and relevant to the charges. Questions should not be made in a badgering or unduly repetitious manner. Q: Where can I go for additional assistance with my case? A: You may contact the Office of Judicial Affairs for an appointment by calling 302.857.6470.  

Vocal and Choral Organizations

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Welcome from the Musical Director Welcome to our celebration of many wonderful years of great music making. The unique aspect of the Delaware State University choral program is the intertwining of many musical styles, presenting them with great distinction, precision and heart. We seek to meld together classical, gospel, sacred, Negro Spirituals, jazz, and secular music styles into a unique musical tapestry. We are proud of this diversity and we celebrate it. The performing arts are indispensable expressions of our human heritage, having traditionally been the most significant reminder of past civilizations. By studying to become a musician/artists/performer, you will be intrinsically motivated to study that which elevates each of us to our highest achievements. An audition is required in order to be in the choral ensembles. The audition is a simple one, and most (though not all) who attempt it are successful. The typical audition (not for scholarships) usually follows the following format: I will lead through simple warm-up-style vocalizations to determine the range and your ability to sing in tune. I will clap rhythms and ask you to echo them. I will play short melodies and ask you to echo them on a neutral syllable. I will listen to a prepared song you might wish to sing. This item is not required for non-music majors, but I encourage it so that you can show me your best efforts. Also, you basically control this part of the audition. A piano accompanist will be provided, if you wish. We will discuss the choral program here at Delaware State University, and answer questions of each other as needed. Whether you are planning to major in music or simply want to participate in the various choral ensembles available on campus, we are confident that your experiences will be rewarding.  
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Dr. Curtis Everett Powell
Musical Director
CPowell@desu.edu
Phone: 302.857.6693

ARMY ROTC Program

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    The Four-Year Program Students at Delaware State University, through a Cross-Enrollment Agreement with the University of Delaware, have the opportunity to earn a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army upon completion of the military science program and baccalaureate degree requirements. The four-year program consists of the completion of eight semester courses, totaling 12 credits, and one summer encampment. Courses at the 100 and 200 level are open electives to freshmen and sophomores. These courses are offered on the campus of Delaware State University. A military obligation is incurred only if the student contracts for commission during the last two years and receives pay. The Two-year Program The two-year program is designed to provide sophomores and juniors who have not completed the first two years of military science the opportunity to qualify for advanced ROTC and to obtain a commission. The student has at least two years of full-time academic status remaining to qualify. As a prerequisite, the student must complete a six-week summer basic camp. Students are paid while attending this camp. Military veterans generally qualify automatically for the two-year program. All Army ROTC courses are offered at Delaware State University. There is also now a Three-Semester-Option available for juniors that have finished their first semester and are interested in ROTC. Advanced Camp The ROTC student desiring to receive a commission must successfully complete a six week summer encampment, normally between the junior and senior years. This camp allows the student to apply, in a totally military environment, those leadership and technical skills studied on campus. Students are provided uniforms, food, lodging and medical care at no cost and are paid during this period. Pay and Allowance ROTC students contracting for a commission during the junior and senior years receive a subsistence allowance of $450-$500 per academic month. Obligation: Up to three years of active duty (full-time employment) and five years of reserve duty (one weekend per month and an annual two-week encampment), or eight years of reserve duty in the National Guard or Reserve Components, upon receipt of a commission. Army ROTC Scholarship Two, three, and four year scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit and leadership potential. Scholarships pay full tuition and mandatory fees, $900 per year for books and supplies, and $300-$500 (increases each academic year) subsistence allowance per academic month. Obligation: Up to four years of active duty (full-time employment) and four years of reserve duty (one weekend per month and an annual two-week encampment), or eight years of reserve duty in the National Guard or Reserve Components, upon receipt of a commission. A limited number of scholarships are available to qualified students who desire a commission in the Army Reserve or National Guard. Academic Delay ROTC graduates may apply for a delay from entry on active duty for the purpose of obtaining an additional academic degree. Contact Army ROTC www.ArmyROTC.com 1-800-830-ROTC Captain Betty Cummiskey (302) 831-8216 cummiske@udel.edu  

Student Life

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Thank you for visiting the virtual Office of Student Leadership & Activities (OSLA). We exist to inform and provide our students with co-curricular involvement opportunities and services.  This website is here to help visitors understand our role on campus and find a way to contribute to student life.  If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us.   OSLA Vision The Office of Student Leadership & Activities at DSU strives to assist our institution become an 'involving college' as defined by George Kuh & Associates (1991) by providing opportunities for student learning outside the classroom through participation in programs and activities. Our desire is to create an environment that provides co-curricular opportunities that advance student learning, foster respect and civility, and provide services for the university community. OSLA Mission Our mission is to support the mission of DSU and the Division of Student Life by supplementing the academic function through student participation in programs activities. We carry out our mission by providing opportunities for participation in the following areas: Leadership Development Programs & Activities Student Organization Membership Our mailing address is as follows: Delaware State University Office of Student Leadership & Activities 1200 N. DuPont Highway Dover, DE 19901 302.857.6390 302.857.6362-fax  

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