Frequently Asked Questions
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How are rooms and roommates assigned?
New students receive their room assignments and roommate information by mail in early July. New students are not required to pay the $100 room deposit. When an accepted student pays the $500 enrollment deposit, the new student will receive a Housing Preference Form. New students’ housing requests are honored according to enrollment deposit paid date. Requests for roommates are honored when possible. New students are housed in double and triple rooms in coeducational halls.
Returning students select their rooms by a lottery system for the next academic year in late March or early April. All returning students must pay a nonrefundable $100 room deposit in March to select a room or be assigned to a room. Room selection procedures are sent to all returning students in late February. For more information, see our Room Sign-Up page.
How are freshmen assigned roommates?
Roommates are matched by the Residential Life staff using the information provided by the student on the Housing Preference Form.
How do you deal with roommate problems?
The sharing of living space with another person is part of the educational experience of residential living. Both roommates are expected to invest in the relationship. Communication, compromising and mutual respect are the keys to a successful residential living experience. The resident assistants,and the professional residential life staff, are available to mediate roommate conflicts. All room changes must be approved by the Residential Life Office.
Students who have roommate problems should discuss their concerns with their roommates as early as possible. If they need assistance in addressing their concerns with their roommate, they should talk to their Resident Assistant or contact their Area Coodinator. Students in rooms with vacancies should expect to be assigned a roommate at any time.
Will there be freshmen residence halls?
No one hall or group of halls is strictly reserved or dedicated for freshmen. Most of our traditional residence halls are a mix of freshmen and upperclass students.
What are upperclass housing options?
In addition to our traditional halls, upperclass students have the option of choosing from apartment style, suite style, or special interest housing. For further insight, we encourage all interested to view the living options section of our overall residential life website.
When a vacancy occurs in a room, suite, or apartment, the remaining students(s) have the opportunity to identify a student to fill that vacancy. Should the student(s) not be successful in identifying a student, the Residential Life staff will fill the vacancy. The Residential Life staff may also consolidate vacancies and relocate students to other rooms on campus.
Special Needs Housing?
The Student Affairs staff and the Director of Disability Services evaluate documented conditions and make reasonable housing accommodations. Special housing accommodations will be made only in situations where the documentation clearly indicates that the accommodation is medically necessary. Returning students should contact the Student Affairs Office prior to room sign-up in March and new students should contact the office in early June.
How are residence halls supervised?
Residential life staff (area coordinators) who are professional staff and resident assistants who are students are responsible for promoting a residential environment that provides educational opportunities for students. There are resident assistants, carefully selected upperclass students who have been trained in a variety of areas, living on each residence hall floor and four area coordinators living in four different residence halls. Area Coordinators have major responsibilities in the administration and operation of residence halls and in the supervision of the resident assistants.
Are student rooms cleaned by the college?
Housekeeping personnel clean residence hall lounges, bathrooms, hallways, and all public areas. Students are responsible for cleaning their own rooms and taking their recyclables and trash to the appropriate containers in their hall. Vacuums are available in each residence hall.
Are student rooms furnished?
All student rooms are furnished with a standard bed (bunkable), dresser, desk, desk chair, and most rooms have a shelf to place their books. In addition, each room has appropriate closet space for each occupant of the room. Room furnishings must remain in their designated room at all times.
What types of electrical appliances are permitted?
Televisions, stereos, computers, small personal items (e.g., blow dryers, curling irons, etc.), refrigerators (maximum capacity of 4.9 cubic feet) and microwaves (max 700 watts) are permitted. Halogen lamps and cooking appliances of any kind are prohibited. If you are supplying an extension cord or multiple outlet, please use only UL approved cords which have their own internal fuse and act as a surge suppressor. Only one refrigerator and one microwave per room.
Is smoking permitted in the residence halls?
For health and safety reasons, all college-owned residential facilities are clean air communities. There is to be no burning of any substance (candles, incense, tobacco, etc.) in any residential facility.
Are candles permitted in residence halls?
For safety reasons candles are not allowed in residence halls. Fabric also may not be hung from ceilings or draped on walls.
Are members of the opposite sex allowed to visit in rooms?
The College sets the maximum hours for room visitation. Roommates must approve of all guests visiting the residence hall room. Students may entertain guests from noon to midnight, Sunday through Thursday. On Friday and Saturday a guest may remain after midnight with the roommate’s consent.
What activities are held in the residence halls?
Programming is initiated by the resident assistants, area coordinators, and residents. This includes social, cultural, and educational programs such as outside speakers, campus presenters, movies, discussions, games, and study breaks, etc.
Is my student required to live on campus each year?
Yes. LVC is a four year residential college and believes than an LVC eductation is the result of distinctively curricular and co-curricular experiences in class, on campus, and in the residences. As such, all first-year students, sophomores, juniors, and seniors are required to live on campus, unless they are enrolled as a commuting student. Commuters are those students who reside with their parents, guardians, or families within a 60 mile radius of the campus and live at their legal residence. All resident students must have a residential meal plan.
How does my student secure on campus housing each year?
Each year, students receive housing information from Student Affairs ealy on in the spring semester outlining the overall housing selection process. Each student must pay a $100.00 non-refundable room deposit by late February or early March in order to participate in the housing selection process. Students select housing based on a randomly generated lottery number, which is based on completed credit hours. Only students who have paid the room deposit will be in the lottery.
SAFETY AND SECURITY
Do student rooms have individual locks?
Yes. Each room in college-owned housing has an individual lock. Additionally, each building has its own outdoor locking system. Students are issued both a room key and a front door key. Where card access is available, rather than issue a front door key, students use their student ID card to gain access to their specific residence hall.
What if personal items are damaged or stolen?
Students are responsible for the care and safety of personal property. The college is not responsible for loss, theft, or damage to personal property. Insurance coverage by each student against loss or damage of personal property is recommended. Students should record all serial and model numbers of valuable equipment. When students leave their room, they should lock the door.
What about residence fire safety?
For the protection of students living in the residence halls, periodic fire drills are conducted. In addition, each semester formal Fire, Health, and Safety Inspections (FHSI) are conducted by members of the Residential Life Staff. In conjunction, residence hall fire safety equipment is periodically inspected by Facilities Services. Students are asked not to bring halogen lamps to campus and not to burn candles in their rooms.
Are residence halls safe?
At all times, residential facilties are locked. Students are issued a key for their rooms and in halls that have yet to change over to card access, one for the entrance door of their residence hall. When leaving their rooms, students should lock their room door and never prop open the exit doors of their residence hall. Any lost key should immediately be reported to an area coordinator or resident assistant so the room door lock can be changed and a new key issued to the student. Security within a residence hall is the responsibility of each resident.
How safe is the campus at night?
Public Safety personnel regularly patrol campus grounds at night and provide an escort service for students. Emergency blue light phones which are located throughout campus are connected directly to public safety personnel’s phones. The College is continuously assessing its environment and completes a campus lighting and shrubbery audit each year.
Are there laundry facilities?
Yes. Every residential facility has coinless operated machines. Some washers require high efficiency detergent. Those buildings include Centre, Funkhouser, Hammond, Keister, Marquette, Mary Green, North College, Sheridan East & West, Silver, Stanson, and Vickroy. There is a dry cleaner within walking distance of the college.
Are there storage areas in the residence halls?
There are no storage areas in the residence halls. Students may only store items in their rooms and must remove all of their personal items at the end of each academic year. Students may rent storage space from a local storage vendor.