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Student Handbook

residence life & housing

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 residential 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 is available and guaranteed to all full-time students, unless otherwise determined by the Office of Housing. Full-time undergraduate students whose permanent address is more than 50 miles from the College are required to live on campus. The College offers housing to graduate students.

Residents are required to participate in a College meal plan. Exceptions to the meal plan requirement may be granted for medical, financial, or religious & spiritual reasons. Information about meal plans and accommodations can be found on the Residence Life & Housing website.

The Residence Life student staff is composed of Senior Resident Advisors (SRAs), Community Advisors (CAs), Head Residents (HRs), and Resident Advisors (RAs). The Associate Dean of Students, Associate Director of Residence Life & Greek Life, Assistant Director of Residence Life, Associate Director of Housing and Assistant Director of Housing support the student staff. 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 and upperclass students reside in traditional residence halls and group spaces on both campuses.

Moravian College offers, based on student interest, a variety of unique housing opportunities which could include organizational housing, fraternity and sorority housingsingle-gender, gender-inclusive housing and substance-free housing.

Commuters are defined as students residing at their permanent address, registered with the College, with a parent or a legal guardian 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. Exceptions may be considered only if a student can demonstrate (and provide appropriate documentation) a medical or financial need.

A change from commuter status to resident 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 should be double-locked whenever possible. Exterior doors must never be propped open.

  • Moravian College restricts residence hall access to residents, their visitors, 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 spaces 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 should be removed during break periods. All losses should be reported to Campus Police. In some instances, a family's homeowner insurance may cover possessions of students at college. Personal belongings that a student brings into the residence halls are not covered under the College's insurance policy. Students and their families are encouraged to check coverage options under their homeowner's insurance.
  • Unauthorized entry by anyone into a space not their 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 room, respond to an emergency situation, or inspect the space prior to a break period.
  • It is a violation of institutional policy to possess, use or duplicate a College-issued student ID card belonging to another or allowing another use, possess, or duplicate your College-issued student ID card. It is also a violation to leave your College-issued student 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 Campus Police. Solicitation within residential areas is permitted only for institutional groups approved by the Office of Residence Life. Any unauthorized solicitors should be reported to Campus Police immediately.
  • Interference with or harassment in any form directed to any member of Campus Police and/or law enforcement officials, including, but not limited to EMS and fire personnel, will result in conduct 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. As a safety precaution over break periods, authorized staff may enter rooms with windows that can be accessed from the ground to make sure that such windows are locked.
  • Tampering with 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 am in the residential areas.