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Moravian College
Student Handbook

residence life & housing

More than three-quarters of the Moravian student body is residential. The residence hall environment provides students with opportunities to learn from one another as well as about themselves. Living in a residence hall helps students realize the effect of their actions on those around them, develop sensitivity, and enhance skills in interpersonal relationships.

Lessons to be learned and benefits to be derived from the experience are best reached when each member of the community assumes an active role and responsibility in the processes. While structure has been provided in the form of residence life and housing regulations, policies, and procedures, responsibility for a productive experience rests with the residents. The actions of students within the community can make the experience a positive force in the development of each resident.

Housing at the College is available to full-time students, unless otherwise determined by the Office of Housing & Event Management. The College does not have housing provisions for graduate students, married couples, or single parents with children.

All residents are expected to participate in a College meal plan. The Office of Housing & Event Management may grant exceptions to the meal plan requirement for medical, financial, or lifestyle reasons. More information about meal plans and accommodations can be found on the Residence Life & Housing website.

The Residence Life student staff is composed of eight Senior Resident Advisors (SRAs), five Community Advisors (CAs), five Head Residents (HRs), and 35 Resident Advisors (RAs). The Assistant Dean for Residence Life, Greek Life, and First Year Programs and the Assistant Directors of Residence Life, as well as the Associate and Assistant Director of Housing & Event Management, support the student staff. More information about the positions can be found on the Residence Life & Housing website.

    Moravian College offers a variety of residence halls located on the Main Street (North) Campus and Priscilla Payne Hurd (South) Campus. Housing options vary from traditional residence halls to group living spaces including suites, apartments, townhouses, fraternity and sorority houses, and overflow houses. First-year students reside in traditional residence halls on both campuses. 

    Upperclass students reside in traditional residence halls and group spaces on both campuses.

    Moravian College also offers a variety of unique housing opportunities including special interest housing, fraternity and sorority housing, and gender-inclusive housing.

    For purposes of College policy, commuters are defined as students living with parents or legal guardians within a 50-mile radius of the College.

    A change from resident to commuter status will only be considered during a specified time period prior to the Housing Selection process early in the spring semester for the subsequent academic year. Special requests may be considered only if a student can demonstrate (and provide appropriate documentation) regarding a medical need or a change in his or her family’s financial situation. A change from commuter status to residential status will be considered as residential space permits. More information about a status change is available on the Residence Life & Housing website.

    Proper security within the halls is the responsibility of each resident. To ensure security, room doors always should be double-locked when the room is not occupied. Exterior doors must never be propped open.

    • Moravian College restricts residence hall access to residents, their guests, and appropriate College staff. For safety and protection, video cameras may be in operation in common areas.
    • Campus Police officers routinely walk through campus residence hall common space as a matter of safety and security. Common areas are generally defined as spaces for group use. Examples of common space include living rooms, lounges, TV rooms, hallways, stairs, laundry rooms, and kitchens. Personal space is generally defined as space designated for individual use, such as bedrooms.
    • Group spaces including fraternity and sorority houses, apartments, townhouses, and suite-style units are not subject to routine campus police walkthrough. However, Campus Police reserves the right to enter areas within these properties for due cause, as described below.
    • Campus Police officers reserve the right to enter any space at any time when there is imminent risk of harm or reasonable cause to believe that a violation of law has occurred or is about to occur.
    • The College is not responsible for personal property that is lost, stolen, or damaged. Large sums of money or other valuables should not be kept in individual rooms. All items of value must be removed during vacation periods. All losses should be reported to a Residence Life staff member and to Campus Police. In some instances, parents' homeowner insurance will cover possessions of students at college. Before any loss occurs, students and their families are encouraged to contact their family insurance agent to discuss limits and conditions of their homeowner insurance policy.
    • Unauthorized entry by anyone into a space other than his or her own may result in conduct action and/or criminal sanctions as provided under Pennsylvania State law. Residence Life staff members are authorized to use master keys only to allow students into their own rooms or to respond to emergency situations or suspected significant policy violations.
    • It is a violation of institutional policy to leave your college ID Card unattended in a public place accessible for other individuals to use to gain entry into any residence hall.
    • The presence of any suspicious individual must be reported immediately to a Residence Life staff member and to Campus Police at 610-861-1421. Solicitation within residential areas is permitted only for institutional groups engaged in fundraising activities that have been approved by Student Affairs. Any unauthorized solicitors should be reported to Campus Police immediately.
    • Interference with or harassment in any form directed to any of the Campus Police Officers or Dispatchers or any other law-enforcement officials or EMS/Fire personnel will result in disciplinary action and can lead to loss of residency. The same is true of interference with or harassment of any member of the Residence Life staff.
    • In ground-level rooms equipped with special security screens, opening of the screen or removal of the plastic seal is permitted only in the event of an emergency. Tampering safety equipment, including but not limited to window seals or screens, electrical boxes, fire extinguishers and life-safety detectors, may result in repair charges and/or a fine for violation of a safety policy.
    • The Campus Police fire marshal strives to conduct, at minimum, six fire inspections in each building over an eight-month period. Inspection includes checking fire extinguishers and looking for fire violations. Fire inspections occur Monday through Friday after 10:30 a.m. in the residential areas. 
    • As a safety precaution over break periods, Facilities employees may enter rooms with windows that can be accessed from the ground to make sure that such windows are locked.