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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

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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.  

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Delaware State University
Department of Housing
and Residential Education

Delaware State University
302.857.6326
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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.   Is it a "Dorm" or "Residence Hall?" To find out the proper terminology, click here   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
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Delaware State University
302.857.6326
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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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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.  
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Delaware State University
Wellness & Recreation
1200 N. Dupont Hwy
Dover, DE 19904
302-857-7785 Phone
302-857-6080 Fax
 

 

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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  

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