Statement of Community
By living in the residence hall, you have the opportunity to learn how to live in a community environment and to accept the responsibilities of group living. Living in a residence hall is a unique experience. It is unlikely after you leave the halls that you will ever again find yourself surrounded by a large group of people sharing the same bathrooms and a common lounge. Living with this many people requires a certain amount of adjustment for most people in their attitudes and habits. When you live with this many people in a limited amount of space, you soon realize the ways in which their behavior affects you and vice versa. All residents have a responsibility to create and maintain a positive environment within their community. Your RA will review the guidelines for the campus and the University at the beginning of the year. It is your responsibility to be familiar with these guidelines.
The primary purpose of the residence hall is to provide a living environment that is conducive to the academic achievement and personal growth of the residents. While RAs have a task to confront those residents who are not complying with the community guidelines, the RA's are also tasked with creating a good learning environment which they cannot do on their own. Each resident has a role to play in determining whether the lifestyle of the group will foster an atmosphere where residents can learn and grow. All residents have the obligation of confronting those who do not live up to the established standards.
Many of the regulations in the residence halls will limit the personal freedom of the individuals but the total effect is that of greater freedom for the group as a whole. Every resident is granted certain rights and responsibilities. Any time that you have questions regarding the meaning or application of a residence hall regulation or feel that you have been subjected to unfair and or improper administration of a rule, we encourage you to discuss the situation with your RA or head resident.
Rights & Responsibilities as a Resident
Your enjoyment of life within the residence halls will depend, to a large extent, on the thoughtful consideration that you demonstrate for each other. All residents have the following rights:
1. The right to read, sleep, and study without undue interference in one's room. (Noise from guests and/or roommate inhibits this right).
2. The right to expect that a roommate will respect one's personal belongings.
3. The right to a clean environment in which to live.
4. The right to free access to one's room and facilities without pressure from a roommate.
5. The right to privacy when possible.
6. The right to host guests with the expectation that guests will respect the rights of the host, his/her roommate, and other hall residents.
7. The right to redress of grievances, residence hall staff are available for assistance in settling conflicts.
8. The right to be free from intimidation, physical and/or emotional harm.
Being a member of a resident hall community has unique opportunities and responsibilities. Each resident's actions impact the well-being of the entire community. With this interdependence, a resident has the following responsibility to the community and building:
1. To treat other residents with respect and consideration, and to guarantee them their individual rights.
2. To understand all policies and regulations necessary for the floor, hall and community to function and to abide by them. (These policies are all found in this handbook and your residence hall contract).
3. To be considerate of and responsive to all reasonable requests of fellow residents.
4. To be responsive and cooperative in all dealings with the residence hall staff members.
5. To accept responsibility for personal and community safety; i.e., to refrain from misusing safety equipment, propping open security doors, losing or loaning out room and hall keys.
6. To recognize that public areas and their furnishings belong to everyone, and abuse of these areas violates the rights of the entire community.
The responsibility for determining whether or not the floor is a good place to live is shared by all residents and each resident has the obligation to confront those who do not live up to the standards listed above.
Residence Hall Students:
- Are provided a higher level of safety and security than living off campus
- Have a substantially better chance of graduating
- Have increased feelings of self-confidence and popularity
- Have improved public speaking ability.
- Are overall more satisfied with their college experience.
- Have higher GPA's than those living off-campus
- Take a higher number of credit hours per semester
- Utilize campus resources such as the library more often
- Get more involved with campus activities, gaining leadership skills
- Have a higher probability of getting their degree from the same university
- Show greater gains in artistic interests and interpersonal self esteem
Based on studies done by Fleming (1984) and Nobel (1985)
VCSU Residence Hall Benefits:
- Four (4) meal plans to choose from and the ability to change at designated times if you feel necessary.
- Cable TV Service is provided.
- Ability for early sign-up for rooms next year.
- Accessible staff available for assistance, resource, mediation, and community development.
- Environments specifically created to support your academic success.
- Local telephone service provided in hall lounges.
- Networking for laptop computers in every room as well as wireless internet throughout the hall.
- Additional networking in lounges along with a networked printer in the main lounge of each residence hall.
- Summer housing available to returning students.
- Single billing for room, food, utilities, telephone, cable TV and internet.