Catalogue 2016 - 2017

Residence/Campus Life

Living Facilities. Students may live in a variety of accommodations, ranging from traditional residence halls to room suites with semiprivate baths to apartments or townhouse units with full kitchens and baths. Residence facilities serve as an integral part of the educational program. Students proceed through various types of residential facilities as they progress through their undergraduate programs. First-year students are normally assigned to traditional residence halls. Sophomores normally reside in either traditional or suite-style living units and, as space permits, the University’s apartment complex. Juniors and seniors may reside in apartments or townhouse units.

All residence facilities are furnished with twin, bunk, or loft style beds, storage space (such as closets, free standing wardrobe units, or bureaus), desks, and chairs. Apartment and townhouse units are also furnished with kitchen appliances, a dining table, and living area furnishings. Information regarding services, laundry facilities, etc. is provided online, either as a link on the University’s home page, or at Assignment is largely determined by the student’s housing preferences, class level, and demonstrated academic performance. Requests for University housing are honored depending on availability of facilities and fulfillment of application, payment, and assignment deadlines.

Each area within the residency complexes is staffed with a residence director, or residence manager, and several resident advisors. The residence director is a full-time professional staff member in residence, who oversees components of University housing throughout the campus. Residence managers are typically graduate students who reside on campus and are responsible for the management of their particular residence hall or area. Resident advisors are full-time undergraduate students working directly with a specific living group. Residence Life is supervised by the assistant dean of students, two associate directors, an assistant director with support from an administrative assistant and student office assistants.

Dining Services. Food services are provided in the St. Germain Campus Center. A full service board plan offers students a variety of dining options. Resident students normally take their meals in the main dining room. The Campus Center food court provides a varied menu for commuting students including a la carte dining or late night snacks. Food service is available seven days a week while classes are in session. Students residing in traditional or suite-style units are required to participate in a comprehensive meal plan. Students residing in Gateway Village apartments, Evergreen Village, Southwood Hall, and commuting students may choose to participate in a variety of alternative meal plans, and may register online for the meal plan of their choice. Whereas first year students are required to participate in the full meal plan (20 meals per week), sophomores, juniors, and/or seniors assigned to traditional or suite-style housing may switch to a reduced meal plan option (any 14 meals per week). This may be done online as well.

Students may also purchase ‘declining balance points’ (DB) which function like a debit card and may be used at all dining locations and the campus center convenience store. All students may purchase DB points and may do so at Student Administrative Services.

Food Service professionals are available to assist with dietary concerns such as food allergies. Detailed documentation from a physician outlining specific food restrictions and/or needs, should be provided to the Office of Student Disability Services for consideration of an accommodation or exemption status.

Campus Center. The St. Germain Campus Center serves as a focal point for social, cultural, and leisure activities at the University. In addition to various recreational and dining facilities, it contains offices for student clubs and organizations, the University Bookstore, and a convenience store. It also contains an art gallery featuring monthly exhibits, a television lounge, and a variety of conference and meeting rooms. A game room provides other leisure time activities.

Most of the Student Affairs administrative offices are located on the second floor, allowing students easy and convenient access. These include the offices of the Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students, Student Activities and Leadership Development, Residence Life, Learning Beyond the Classroom, the Career Development Center, Counseling, Drug and Alcohol Education, Spiritual Life, and Diversity Programs and Services. The Office of First Year Students & Students in Transition is located on the first floor. The University Bookstore, also located in the Campus Center, provides a complete textbook service. The store stocks a wide variety of paperback books, magazines, educational supplies, and sundry items. Assorted gifts, t-shirts, hats, athletic wear, and other items with the University name or emblem are also available.

Rivers Memorial Hall. The center of the building contains a carpeted area used for large programs and banquets. The perimeter includes space for the music program; the drama program; an arts and crafts area; and the student media including the newspaper, literature magazine, and the yearbook. The cultural center; gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender resource room; and the campus radio station, as well as additional conference and meeting rooms are also available here.