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Residence Life

Questions:

  1. Is A Residence Hall the Same Thing as a Dorm?
  2. What is the Procedure for Applying for Housing?
  3. When Do the Housing Assignments Get Mailed?
  4. Where Should I Go To Check In? When Can I Move In?
  5. If I Do Not Get My Room Preference, What Can I Do?
  6. What If I Don't Like My Roommate?
  7. Can Residents Trade Rooms During the Year?
  8. Are Single Rooms Available?
  9. If I Am a Freshman, May I Live Off-Campus?
  10. What Is a Resident Assistant (RA)?
  11. What Is an Assistant Director (AD)?
  12. Can I Hook Up My Computer In the Residence Halls?
  13. When will my account be activated?
  14. Are the Rooms Wired for Cable TV?
  15. Is There a Telephone in My Room?
  16. Is the Residence Hall Open Over Thanksgiving? Christmas? Spring Break? Fall Break?
  17. Are There Any "Single Sex Residence Halls" On Campus?
  18. Are Vacuum Cleaners, Mops, Brooms, or Cleaning Materials Provided?
  19. What Types of Laundry Facilities are Available? Are Ironing Boards and Irons Provided in the Laundry Area?
  20. Is There a Place Where I Can Cook Something of My Own?
  21. What Shouldn't I Bring? The following items are not allowed:
  22. What About Linen? What Size Bed-Sheets Are Needed?
  23. What Furnishings are Provided in My Room?
  24. Can I Bring a Loft or Bunk Bed?
  25. Will There Be Carpet in My Room?
  26. What Kind of Drawer Space is Available?
  27. How Should I Attach Posters and Decorations to My Walls?
  28. Can I Paint My Room?
  29. How Can Residents Report Maintenance Concerns? What About an Urgent Problem?
  30. Is There Any Protection for Valuable Items Like Computers or TVs?
  31. Can I Burn Candles in My Room?
  32. Where Can I Store My Things Over the Summer?
  33. What Pets Can I Keep in My Room?
  34. How Does Someone Address a Letter to Me Once I Have Moved Into the Residence Halls? Where Should I Have UPS and Federal Express Packages Sent?
  35. What is the Meal Plan?
  36. Where Do I Eat?
  37. Can I Cancel My Meal Plan?
  38. What Are the Serving Hours?
  39. May I Bring a Car? Where Would I Park?
  40. Where Can I Get a Permit to Park My Car?
  41. What Can Be Done About the Level of Noise on the Floor?
  42. What Happens When a Rule or Policy is Violated?
  43. What Types of Measures Are Taken to Protect My Safety? How Safe Are the Residence Halls?
  44. What are the requirements for microwaves and refrigerators?
 

Answers:

  1. Is A Residence Hall the Same Thing as a Dorm?
    The two names are often used interchangeably, but the term "residence hall" gives it a more varied meaning. Dorms are thought of just as a place to sleep, but the residence hall is one where many experiences occur.

  2. What is the Procedure for Applying for Housing?
    For new students: Submit your Housing Application.

  3. When Do the Housing Assignments Get Mailed?
    Roommate and housing assignments and check-in information are NOT mailed. Please log in to Catlink to view your housing assignment.

  4. Where Should I Go To Check In? When Can I Move In?
    Students check in at the Robertson Community Center. Then you will be directed to your Residence Hall check in point. Freshman students generally move into the residence halls on the Saturday before classes begin, which is the first day of Fall Orientation. Returning students generally move in on the Tuesday before classes start.

  5. If I Do Not Get My Room Preference, What Can I Do?
    We make every effort to accommodate the room preferences of incoming students, but availability in your preferred building or area may be limited. If you would like to change your room, you can file a request with the Director of Housing and Residence Life. If no rooms are available in the building you desire, you can put your name on a waiting list. Keep in mind, however, that room changes are generally not made until after the second full week of classes.

  6. What If I Don't Like My Roommate?
    We make every effort to match you with a compatible roommate; for this reason, it is crucial that the information you provide on your Housing Application is as honest and complete as possible. Learning to live with a roommate is often one of the significant learning experiences of being at college. We also realize, however, that not all living situations will work as assigned. We ask that you discuss differences among yourselves before deciding the situation is impossible. Should the problems persist, consult a Resident Assistant for help or suggestions. If, for some reason, the problems still continue without resolution, you and your Resident Assistant should meet with your Area Coordinator or the Director of Residence Life to discuss options.

  7. Can Residents Trade Rooms During the Year?
    Room changes can be made during the year; however, availability depends upon the amount of space available. Usually at semester break, there is a greater chance to trade rooms than during the fall semester. Any room changes must be approved by the Director of Housing and Residence Life or an Assistant Director before any moving occurs. Any students that move without approval must pay a fee of $50 and may be asked to move their belongings back to their assigned room.

  8. Are Single Rooms Available?
    Single rooms are available on a limited basis. Continuing students receive priority in the assignment of single rooms. Having a roommate is part of the college experience and all freshmen are encouraged to have a roommate. Exceptions are usually only made for students entering with a need for a single room.

  9. If I Am a Freshman, May I Live Off-Campus?
    Please note that all students under the age of 21 must live on campus and participate in the meal plan, unless they live with their parent(s) or legal guardian(s). Students may move off campus starting the semester in which they turn 21. Exemptions are made for students who:

    • are married or
    • are living with parents or guardians in the immediate area.
    • have a child

    Residential students wanting to move off campus should submit the Request to Live Off-Campus form.

  10. What Is a Resident Assistant (RA)?
    There are 29 Resident Assistants in the residence halls. Resident Assistants serve as liaisons between students and staff. Your RA has been trained to help you in many different ways. Among the many duties of an RA are:

    • Advise and counsel fellow students
    • Refer students to appropriate College staff members for assistance
    • Enforce College and residence hall regulations
    • Report conduct violations
    • Respond to all emergencies
    • Coordinate various educational and social hall activities
    • Submit maintenance work requests
    • Check students in and out of their rooms at the beginning and end of each year or semester
    • Make rounds each evening, checking the building
    • Help you adjust to college life

  11. What Is an Assistant Director (AD)?
    In addition to the Director of Housing there are Assistant Directors, each administers an area of residence halls.

    Assistant Directors are professional staff that live in the residence halls. Like the RAs, have been trained to help you in many different ways. Among the duties of an AD are:

    • Advise and counsel fellow students
    • Build community
    • Refer students to appropriate College staff members for assistance
    • Enforce College and residence hall regulations
    • Report conduct violations
    • Respond to all emergencies
    • Coordinate various educational and social hall activities
    • Submit maintenance work requests
    • Check students in and out of their rooms a the beginning and end of each year or semester
    • Help you adjust to college life
    • Additional administrative responsibilities
    • Supervise a staff of six to seven Resident Assistants

  12. Can I Hook Up My Computer In the Residence Halls?
    Yes, you can connect your personal computer to the internet in your residence hall. There is NO charge for internet service.

    For complete information about wired and wireless network access at Catawba College, hardware/software requirements and recommendations for student personal computers, and Information Technology fees and charges, please visit the following Information Technology web page.

    • Technology Information (New & Prospective Students)

      If you have questions, please contact the Information Technology department by phone, at (704) 637-4666, or by e-mail at help@catawba.edu.

  13. When will my account be activated?
    Once students are admitted and have paid their Admissions deposit, they are eligible for a computer account. For students entering in the fall, computer accounts typically start getting created in April, continuing throughout the summer as new students are admitted. Students who participate in a Preview Day on campus are given their computer information then. Otherwise, your computer information is mailed to you in the new student information packet that starts going out in June. Students entering in the Spring typically get their computer information in the mail over the break between fall and spring terms. All students get a one-hour orientation to the technology at Catawba before classes begin so that students know the basics, such as how to log in, how to check their Catawba e-mail, how to the use the Blackboard online learning system, and how to use the CatLink web portal. For more information, please see the Quick Guide to Catawba Technology on the main Information Technology webpage.

  14. Are the Rooms Wired for Cable TV?
    Basic Cable TV service is provided free to each campus residence hall room, but you will need to provide your own coaxial cable to connect your TV to the outlet.

  15. Is There a Telephone in My Room?
    Telephones are not provided, however, the College provides free campus and local service to all residence hall rooms. Each room is provided with one jack.

  16. Is the Residence Hall Open Over Thanksgiving? Christmas? Spring Break? Fall Break?
    In general, the College provides breaks for students during the academic year: fall break, winter/Christmas break, and spring break. During spring break, the Dining Hall is closed but the residence halls are still open. During winter/Christmas break, all residence halls are closed. The residence halls do not close for Fall, Thanksgiving, Spring, or Easter breaks.

  17. Are There Any "Single Sex Residence Halls" On Campus?
    Hollifield is an all-female substance-free building. Pine Knot is an all-male substance-free building. In all other traditional buildings gender is separated by floor or section.

  18. Are Vacuum Cleaners, Mops, Brooms, or Cleaning Materials Provided?
    Vacuum cleaners and mops are not provided for students. The bathrooms are cleaned daily by the housekeeping staff, so you only need cleaning materials for your room, unless you live in a suite-style room which has its own bathroom.

  19. What Types of Laundry Facilities are Available? Are Ironing Boards and Irons Provided in the Laundry Area?
    Laundry facilities are available in all residence halls. The cost is included in your tuition and fees. For safety reasons, irons are not available in the laundry rooms.

  20. Is There a Place Where I Can Cook Something of My Own?
    The only buildings with available kitchen facilities are Hurley Hall, Heath Hill, and the buildings of Abernethy Village. Students must provide their own cooking utensils.

  21. What Shouldn't I Bring? The following items are not allowed:

    • Candles
    • Electric frying pans
    • Hotplates
    • Extenstion Cords (Unless they have a surge protector on them)
    • Incense
    • Pets (except for fish in an aquarium of 10 gallons or less)
    • Space heater
    • Toaster ovens
    • Open heat sources
    • Water beds
    • Window air conditioners

    Also, please remember that residence hall rooms are small. Pack conservatively at first — you can always bring things later. And don't forget to talk with your roommat e about who will bring what. You can bring furniture items to help personalize your room, and you can not remove any items provided by the college from your room. Not all items may be removed from the room and storage space for these items are limited.

  22. What About Linen? What Size Bed-Sheets Are Needed?
    All rooms have extra-long twin beds.

  23. What Furnishings are Provided in My Room?
    The rooms are furnished with two desks, two chairs, two dressers, and two beds. Closet space may be built into the room or it may be a moveable piece of furniture. No furniture provided by the college may be removed from the room.

  24. Can I Bring a Loft or Bunk Bed?
    You can bring a loft, futon or bunk bed, however, they must meet certain guidelines. A commercial loft or bunk bed is acceptable, but if you plan to build your own, certain guidelines must be followed. Lofts must be:

    • Free standing: that is, must not be attached to walls, bookshelves, or other furniture in any manner.
    • Ladders must be attached to the loft or be capable of being hooked or secured.
    • Ladders must also have a non-skid material on the base to prevent the ladder from slipping on tile or carpet.
    • Lofts must be constructed with bolts and lag screws. Nails may not be used to fasten major support components of the loft (commercial loft units meet these specifications).
    • All lofts must be removed by the students at the end of the year or be subject to a charge. Minimum charge is $75, but it could be higher depending on the time and repair required to remove the loft from the room.
    • To insure safety, loft improvements or adjustments may be required by staff members from Student Development or Facilities Management.

  25. Will There Be Carpet in My Room?
    The rooms are not carpeted, however, you can bring floor rugs or carpet remnants to help make your room feel like home.

  26. What Kind of Drawer Space is Available?
    Drawer space for each residence hall is different. Overall, drawer space is very limited. To find out exactly what space is available in your room, please contact the Director of Residence Life.

  27. How Should I Attach Posters and Decorations to My Walls?
    Poster putty (white) should be used to attach posters and decorations to your walls. There are also removable hangers now available in office supply stores; these are also acceptable. Please remember that you are asked to leave the walls as they were when you moved in, and you will be responsible for any damages to the room.

  28. Can I Paint My Room?
    Because of the potential problem that individual painting causes, students cannot paint their rooms. Painting your room will be considered a damage and you will be charged accordingly.

  29. How Can Residents Report Maintenance Concerns? What About an Urgent Problem?
    The Office of Facilities and Maintenance has an online reporting tool that students can utilize for requests. Requests can also be submitted to your RA, or other member of the Student Life Office.

  30. Is There Any Protection for Valuable Items Like Computers or TVs?
    The Residence Life Department encourages students to purchase renter's insurance, because the College is not responsible for your personal belongings. The best defense against stolen property, however, is to keep your room locked at all times, even if you go to the bathroom.

  31. Can I Burn Candles in My Room?
    You cannot burn candles, insense, or oil lamps in your room, because they are particularly dangerous as they are easily tipped over or forgotten when you leave the room. In addition, their flames are easily wind blown and can damage clothing, curtains and carpet.

  32. Where Can I Store My Things Over the Summer?
    Storage is not available during the summer. Please consult an online/local directory to locate storage facilities in Salisbury.

  33. What Pets Can I Keep in My Room?
    No pets or animals of any kind (except fish) will be allowed in your room (even for a visit).

  34. How Does Someone Address a Letter to Me Once I Have Moved Into the Residence Halls? Where Should I Have UPS and Federal Express Packages Sent?
    All residential students are expected to secure an individual campus mailbox. Post Office hours are: Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Mail is delivered in student boxes by 11:00 a.m. Monday-Friday.

    Sample Address:
    Name
    2300 W. Innes St.
    Campus Box _____
    Salisbury, NC 28144

    UPS, RPS, FedEx, DHL, and similar services make deliveries to the Post Office area, located in the Student Center. A list is posted each day with the names of students who have received packages too large to fit in a box require a signature. Packages may be picked up at the Post Office window or in the Bookstore Monday-Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

  35. What is the Meal Plan?
    There are meal plan options available. All students can choose the one which best fits their schedule and lifestyle. Please remember that all residential students are required to be on the meal plan.

  36. Where Do I Eat?
    The Dining Hall is located on the bottom floor of the Student Center.

  37. Can I Cancel My Meal Plan?
    College policy requires residential students to participate in the meal plan program.

  38. What Are the Serving Hours?
    Please see the Chartwells Dining Services website.

  39. May I Bring a Car? Where Would I Park?
    Students may bring cars to campus but may not park in Faculty/Staff areas, on the grass, or in other restricted areas including fire lanes and handicapped spaces (unless you have an appropriate permit). Designated areas are provided for student parking.

  40. Where Can I Get a Permit to Park My Car?
    Students must register their vehicles with Public Safety at the beginning of every Fall semester for each academic year.

  41. What Can Be Done About the Level of Noise on the Floor?
    With 50-100 students living in a typical residence hall, the level of noise may be higher than you are used to. However, we expect students to be respectful of others. "Courtesy hours" require students to be considerate of the needs of others at all times and to comply with requests for maintaining a reasonable level of quiet. "Quiet hours" require that noise be reduced so that nothing can be heard from within rooms when doors are closed. A 24-hour quiet period goes into effect prior to and during final exam periods. Students are expected to communicate with individuals who are infringing upon their right to study or sleep. Resident Assistants are available to help maintain a reasonable level of quiet on the floor. RAs are not expected to be the sole policy enforcers on the floor, however, and no staff member can be available 24 hours a day to handle every possible situation that may arise. It is the joint responsibility of all members of the residential community to uphold community standards.

  42. What Happens When a Rule or Policy is Violated?
    Students who violate policies can expect to experience the consequences of those decision. When you are documents by a College Official or RA for a policy violation, that report is turned into the Coordinator for Judicial Programs. More information about policies can be found in the Student Handbook that all students receive at the beginning of the semester.

  43. What Types of Measures Are Taken to Protect My Safety? How Safe Are the Residence Halls?
    Today, most students are concerned with safety. At Catawba, safety is one of our highest priorities. Security officers are on duty 24 hours every day, and they are present across campus especially during the evening and night hours. Within the halls, the Residence Life staff regularly walk through the buildings, especially on weekends. Your student ID card will grant you access to the building you live in and any academic building you have permission for. Students can request escorts from Security at any time by contacting the officer on duty at ext. 4000.

  44. What are the requirements for microwaves and refrigerators?
    Each residence hall room is limited to one microwave oven 1.1 cubic feet or smaller, and one refrigerator no larger than 3.0 cubic feet. Catawba College endorses the use of Energy Star rated appliances to minimize use of electricity. Residents have the option to rent a MicroFridge unit for their room via Catawba College’s designated partner, Standards For Living. The MicroFridge is a combination appliance consisting of a refrigerator – freezer – microwave oven and features a patented electrical control system (SafePlug) that allows only one appliance to draw electricity at a time and is Energy Star rated. Visit www.standardsforliving.com for more information about how to acquire a unit for your room.
 

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