Group Living Expectations for Resident Students

The privilege of being a student at Moravian carries with it responsibilities of scholarship, character, and personal behavior. The general expectations of the College have been incorporated into a Community Standards statement. It is Moravian's expectation that every member of the College community, whether living on or off campus or at home, will act in a manner consistent with the precepts outlined in the Community Standards. Moravian affords its students considerable freedom of opportunity to develop resources for assuming and exercising these responsibilities with respect to their own conduct and that of their peers, and for making intelligent decisions about issues that may confront them on a college campus. Simply stated, it is expected that all members of the residence community at Moravian will conduct themselves in a manner that respects the personal and property rights of all other members of the greater community. This includes observing specific regulations established for the residence halls and those of the wider community of which the College is a part. Guests of residents are expected to follow the same guidelines. A guest's behavior is the responsibility of the resident host.

While all residents are responsible for their own actions, it is advantageous to any group-living situation to have some structure that establishes the general tone of life and behavior expected within the community. When students choose to ignore the regulations of the College or fail to meet general expectations outlined previously, disciplinary action will be taken through one of the institution's established judicial channels. Such action is intended to assist students in their development and to serve as a statement to the entire College community on appropriate behavior.

The policies and regulations established for the residence halls and the broader statements of the Community Standards are intended to protect basic rights of all members of the community. Residents and guests alike must recognize their obligation to respect the rights of others living in a group situation and to see that common consideration is afforded all students. It is the responsibility of all students to be aware of and to follow all policies, regulations, and expectations.

Occupancy

Resident students are not permitted to occupy rooms in any residence hall earlier than the day prior to the first day of classes in any semester or special session, nor for any period longer than 24 hours after the student's last exam. Exceptions to the policy will be determined by the Office of Student Affairs. Students who return to residence early or decline to vacate rooms by the published closing date and time without special permission may incur sanctions, including a per diem charge (minimum charge $100).

For each vacation period, a specific closing time for the halls will be announced. All students except those with permission to stay from the Office of Student Affairs are expected to vacate their rooms by the deadline. Unauthorized occupancy can lead to fines or other disciplinary action. A daily residency charge may be assessed for authorized occupancy during vacation periods. Additionally, students granted permission to stay during vacation periods may be required for security reasons to move from their regular location to designated spaces.

Students at Risk

Please see the Community Standards statement for information on students at risk.

Roommates

The majority of resident students will share their space with one or more roommates. To ensure privacy and respect for one another, all first-year students must draft a roommate contract with their roommate at the start of each academic term; upperclass students are strongly encouraged to draft a roommate contract as well. This contract will provide guidelines for roommates to follow throughout the year, including visitation guidelines. It is expected that residents will not encroach on their roommates' rights by violating the roommate contract or abusing the visitor privilege. It is important to realize that roommate relations may change during the course of the year and that the option for renegotiating the original contract always exists.

Residence-life staff members are available to help residents formulate roommate contracts, and to mediate issues that may arise during the year. Students are encouraged to seek out these resources when needed in order to address concerns prior to requesting a room change.

Room Changes

Residents with roommate conflicts are encouraged to seek advice and assistance from any member of the residence-life staff before arranging for or requesting a room change. If the roommate conflicts cannot be resolved, requests for room changes during the academic year may be made after the first two weeks of the fall or spring term if all parties directly affected by such a change are in agreement. This voluntary room change request must be documented on the appropriate form, available from the Office of Student Affairs, and submitted in writing to the Office of Student Affairs before the change can be processed.

Should a student desire reassignment to a different housing space in one of the residence halls, the request should be directed to the Office of Student Affairs. When possible, a new assignment will be made to an existing vacant space within the residence halls. If a student moves without authorization, sanctions will be imposed including a $100 (per day) fine.

Those who live in rooms with a vacancy caused by a withdrawal, a no-show, a room change, or no initial roommate assignment should be aware that assignment to that space may be made at any time during the academic year. Such assignment does not need the agreement of the current resident.

The Office of Student Affairs reserves the right to order a change in room assignment at any point during the academic year when that change is deemed to be in the best interest of the institution or the students concerned.

Option for Single Room

In response to requests for single rooms, the College has a special application process that can be used by students who desire to convert a regular double room into a single for the academic year (as space permits). An application form is available from the Office of Student Affairs and must be filed by the indicated deadline. If the application for a designated single is approved, the applicant agrees to a room rate 1.50 times the standard rate for the building. Singles granted in this process will not be available for assignment for roommate changes during the course of the academic year.

At the beginning of fall term, should the institution find that it does not have sufficient space within the residence halls to meet the needs of the incoming class, the contract for the single room will be voided and the extra room fee returned.

Wellness (Substance-Free) Floors

Certain residence-hall floors may be designated as wellness/substance-free housing. These housing options offer students a living environment without the presence of alcohol or other drugs, to ensure an environment in which students can actively participate in a healthy lifestyle and activities that support wellness. They prohibit use of alcohol on the residence-hall floor regardless of legal age. In addition, residents who live on the floor have made an agreement with their floormates not to return to the floor intoxicated or under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.

Students desiring to live on a wellness/substance-free floor may request to do so at the time of room selection and commit themselves to abiding by the rights and responsibilities established for residents. Students on such floors sign a contract that lists expectations for its residents. Additional floors may be designated by the Office of Student Affairs or on request of residents of the halls. The substance-free option is dependent on sufficient interest to fill spaces on the designated floor(s).

Facilities and Services Provided

In addition to student living spaces, each residence hall contains the following:

  • Main lounge and, when possible, a TV-recreational area for use by residents of the unit and their guests. Residents are encouraged to make use of these facilities and to keep them in good condition.
  • Local telephone, computer, and cable TV service in each room. Students must supply their own telephones. Long-distance service may be secured by contracting with the College carrier. Questions about this and other aspects of College telephone services should be directed to the Business Office, 610 861-1431.
  • High-speed data network connections in all residence hall rooms to connect students' computers to the campus computer network. Patch cables are available at the College bookstore. Documentation and assistance for making connections are available from CIT at 610 625-7929 or help@moravian.edu.
  • Coin-operated washers and dryers are available in most areas; card-operated washers and dryers are available in the HILL. Some vending machines also operate using the M-Flex declining-balance option. Requests for repairs or refunds should be directed to the Office of Student Affairs.
  • Vacuum cleaners in residence halls for students to use in cleaning their own rooms.
  • Exterminating services. Need for this should be reported to Facilities.
  • Custodial, trash removal, and recycling services (subject to change):

For Rau/Hassler, Bernhardt/Wilhelm, Jo Smith, Anna Nitschmann and August Spangenberg Houses, Clewell Hall, Main Hall, and fraternities and sororities:

  • Daily (Monday-Friday) custodial service is provided for bathrooms, recreation rooms, kitchens, vending and laundry rooms, hallways, lounges, and stairways of the residence halls.
  • Trash chutes or trash containers are provided on each floor of these buildings and are emptied by personnel of the Office of Facilities Management, Planning and Construction.
  • Recycling is removed by student employees. Note: Recycling containers in fraternity and sorority houses are emptied by the building residents on a voluntary basis.

For Beck/de Schweinitz, Antes/Burnside/Lenape, Hillside Complex, overflow units, the HILL, and Spangenberg apartments:

  • Custodial services are provided for common areas approximately once every week.
  • Trash removal service is provided on a rotating basis, approximately once a week. Students in these buildings are required to remove their trash daily.
  • Recyclable materials including all clear and colored glass, aluminum, metal cans, and plastic containers are emptied by the building residents on a voluntary basis.

For more information on facilities and services provided in the residence halls, please see the Residence Life website at http://home.moravian.edu/public/stusvc/reslife/