Extreme caution must be exercised in the use of electrical appliances. All appliances must have the Underwriter's Laboratory (UL) approval. Hot plates, sunlamps, space heaters, air conditioners, electric ovens, toasters, toaster ovens, microwaves and any other appliances with exposed heating elements are prohibited. Irons and ironing boards are provided in the laundry rooms of each building. Routine safety inspections will occur at least once a semester.
All residence halls are closed for Fall Break, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Spring Break and Easter break. As a general rule, no resident will be permitted to remain in the residence halls during scheduled hall closings. Any persons having difficulty in finding a place to stay during breaks should notify the Residence Life Office at least seven (7) days in advance so assistance with placement can be made.
By arrangement, housing is provided for athletes and other students with academic or curricular requirements during vacation periods.
CANDLES, INCENSE, HALOGEN LAMPS, POTPOURRI BURNERS
These items are forbidden in the residence halls. However, new candles with wicks that have never been lighted are permitted as decorative items.
CARE AND USE OF ROOMS AND FURNISHINGS
Students are responsible for keeping their rooms, hallways, lounges, laundry rooms and kitchens clean and orderly.
Ihmsen and St. Joseph Halls- residents are expected to clean their own bathrooms and sinks.
Misciagna Hall - residents are responsible for the cleaning of the entire suite, including kitchen areas and bathrooms. A vacuum cleaner, dust mops, brooms, dustpans, etc. are provided in utility closets within the residence halls. Failure to maintain standards of cleanliness may result in disciplinary action and assessment of cleaning charges.
Resident students are expected to immediately notify their RA of any repair or services needed in their room or hall. The RA will complete the necessary form. Routine work orders are usually handled within 24 hours and emergency situations are taken care of immediately.
College lounge furniture and other college property are placed in common areas for common use. Individuals may not take or borrow this furniture for use in their rooms; nor may they abuse or remove any college property. Anyone who chooses to violate this policy will be subject to disciplinary sanctions, including fines and restitution. All original room furnishings must remain in assigned rooms for the entire school year.
Christmas trees and decorations must meet the following guidelines:
Students are permitted to cook in the kitchen areas in the residence halls. The following kitchen use guidelines must be obeyed.
The Residence Life Staff inventories all resident rooms and residence halls prior to move-in. Students are requested to carefully review this inventory and inform their RA of any pre-existing damage not listed on the inventory. Any damage found at check-out will otherwise be charged to the student. Types of damages for which assessments are made include, but are not limited to, the following:
Damages to furniture (burns, stains, holes, rips): walls (holes, dirt, tape marks); sinks and bathroom/kitchen areas ; floor and ceiling tiles; damaged or missing window screens or blinds; broken light fixtures; broken windows; missing furnishings (mattresses, chairs, desks, beds) ; or unreturned keys and/or improper check-out. Any damage in a public area of the residence halls by unidentified persons will be appraised on a pro-rated basis and charged to all occupants of the residence hall where the damage occurred. Students should not, under any circumstance attempt to repair damages themselves.
Any student found in violation by the propping open of entrance doors or giving another person your access cards or keys will be fined $200 in addition to any other disciplinary sanction determined to be appropriate. This action jeopardizes the safety of all resident students and is a practice that cannot be tolerated.
FIRE ALARM EVACUATION PROCEDURES
When a fire alarm sounds, everyone must leave the building.
However, if the door IS HOT:
FALSE FIRE ALARMS
False alarms endanger lives and inconvenience many people. A false fire alarm is a criminal offense punishable by a $10,000 fine and/or five years imprisonment. Civil authorities will be immediately notified to deal with offenders.
Students will also be subject to the campus judiciary system.
MISUSE OF FIRE SAFETY EQUIPMENT
Other fire equipment including fire extinguishers, hoses and alarm boxes must not be tampered with or misused. A fine of $200 plus damages will be assessed to any individual or group held in violation.
Students will also be subject to the campus judiciary system.
Campus food service is provided by Metz, Inc. Metz, Inc. is committed to providing a quality food program at Mount Aloysius College. Nutritious and well-balanced meals are served.
The following must be completed before students begin classes.
A. Required for All Students:
Health Forms: All students entering college must have a health form on file and have received a physical exam by their physician.
B. Required for all Resident Students living on campus.
HOUSING AND DAMAGE DEPOSIT
Resident students are required to pay a Housing and Damage Deposit of $125. The Housing and Damage Deposit reserves a room in campus housing and also functions as a damage deposit fee. The deposit is in addition to tuition and room/board charges and will be refunded to the student less any damage charges to the room or residence hall. Room assignments are based on the date of housing deposit. Should the residence halls become oversubscribed; the date of housing deposit will be used to determine housing availability. Students who do not follow check-out procedures for breaks and at the end of the spring semester will be charged a $50 fine.
KEYS AND ACCESS CARDS
Each resident student is issued a room key and a mailbox key when they officially check into the residence hall. Students also receive an access card to their building. Remember to take care of your keys. A lost key or access card may jeopardize your own safety. For security reasons, residents may not have a key to rooms other than their own, nor may they have more than one key to their own room. Any student using another person's access card or giving their access card to another individual will be subject to a $200 fine and/or disciplinary action. Students are encouraged to keep their ground level windows locked when not in room.
A $25 fee is charged for a lost or damaged access card. When a student loses a key, the lock will be replaced, new keys made and the student will be charged for the new lock and labor. This policy minimizes the possibility that someone may find the key and gain access to that room. Anyone finding a key should give the key to a staff member immediately. Only college personnel are authorized to change or repair locks or to duplicate keys.
Mail delivery to the College is made in accordance with U.S. postal schedules. Mail is placed in the mailboxes in accordance with the schedule of the Residence Life Staff. Mailboxes for resident students of Ihmsen and St. Joseph Halls are located in Ihmsen Hall Lounge and on the first floor of Misciagna Hall for Misciagna Hall residents. A notice will be placed in a mailbox if a student receives a package, and packages may be claimed by taking the notice to the Residence Life Office, or to the location where the package has been delivered.
Outgoing letters can be placed in the mailbox near the student mailboxes or at the switchboard. Overweight or oversized letters and packages may be prepared for mailing at the College Support Center, located on the lower level of the Main Building.
Resident students are responsible for changing their address upon leaving the residence halls. The Residence Life department will forward mail for a period of six weeks after a resident student has left the halls. If mail continues to arrive for that resident student after the six-week period, the office will return mail to the sender.
Any resident who is disturbing other residents with noise (voice, stereo, television, etc.) is not being considerate of his/her neighbors. It is preferred that the resident being disturbed make the first attempt to stop the noise. However, it is within the RA's jurisdiction to confront any situation he/she regards as a noise problem regardless of the time of day. Basically, activity within any room should scarcely be noticeable outside of that room. Students who repeatedly are inconsiderate of others and create unreasonable disturbances will face disciplinary action. Use of the garbage chutes is prohibited between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. due to the noise disturbance.
Students are not permitted to hang items to block the second entrance to their residence hall room.
A resident student may invite a guest of the same gender to stay overnight in his/her room provided that the following conditions are met:
Painting or wallpapering by students is not allowed in student rooms. This includes walls, ceilings, and furniture.
Parking is available for each resident student in the designated lot(s) as specified by the Security Department at the time of vehicle registration. All vehicles must be registered by the end of the first week of each academic semester with the security staff. Regulations for parking are stated in this handbook, and resident students are held accountable for compliance with these regulations
The College does not accept responsibility for the loss or damage to personal property due to theft, fire or other causes. Students are advised to carry insurance on personal property, either through their family homeowner's policy or purchase renter's insurance. Residents are encouraged to secure their valuables and keep their rooms locked at all times.
When items are left in the residence halls or storage rooms after the official closing of the residence halls each year, the College will declare them abandoned. They will be disposed of or distributed to those in need.
For health and safety reasons, pets (with the exception of fish in an aquarium) are not allowed in the residence halls. If a pet is discovered, the student will immediately be expected to remove the animal from the residence hall and may face disciplinary action.
The College has instituted a college-cost refund plan where a portion of board will be credited to the student's account if the student officially withdraws from residency. Under this plan, only board may be refunded as follows:
No refunds are made for room fees.
Students who leave the College before the end of the term as a result of disciplinary action are not entitled to a refund of tuition, room or board charges.
Students should make every effort to work together to achieve a compatible living situation with their roommate and neighbors. If difficulties arise and students are not able to resolve these among themselves, they should seek assistance from the RA who will make every effort to assist in the solution. The Residence Life Professional Staff may authorize a room change if all attempts at mediation have been exhausted.
Students will not be permitted to change rooms for the first two weeks of each semester in order to conduct roster verifications. Thereafter, room changes may be requested through the Residence Life office. Any unauthorized room change will result in a $50 fine.
By the end of the second week of each semester, if you do not have a roommate and have not paid for a single room, you will have to buy out the room as a single or you will be placed with a roommate. If vacancies occur after the second week of the semester, the Director of Residence Life will make consolidation decisions on a case by case basis.
Contracts for room and board for both Fall and Spring semesters are available to full-time students (i.e. any student who is carrying twelve or more credits per semester). Any student carrying less than twelve credits who desires to live in the residence halls must receive permission to do so from the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students. A signed room contract is a binding obligation between the student and Mount Aloysius College. The student is responsible for satisfying the full financial obligation of the contract on time with published College payment schedules. The student is also obligated to reside in the room stipulated in the contract and to abide by the rules of conduct established by the College. A student's housing and food service contract is automatically terminated if the student's enrollment is terminated for any reason or the student is being removed from the residence hall as a result of a disciplinary hearing. Requests to be released from a contract must be made in writing to the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students.
Re-contracting and Roommate selection for upper-class students will occur during the spring semester. All students will be given the opportunity to fill out a roommate preference form prior to their arrival at Mount Aloysius. Requests will be honored only if the requests are mutual. All attempts will be made to place students according to preferences. The Residence Life Staff reserves the right to make any changes during the year, if deemed necessary, including increasing occupancy of a room to its designated capacity or beyond its normal limit.
ROOM/VEHICLE ENTRY AND INSPECTION
The College reserves the right to inspect a student's room under the following conditions:
NOTE: The College reserves the right to initiate steps for the removal of items which are the property of the College or of its agents which are in a resident's room without approval. Additionally, the College reserves the right to confiscate items from resident rooms and vehicles that are in violation of college regulations.
SAFETY AND SECURITY PROGRAMS
Informational programs are held at least once a semester dealing with issues of security and safety for those students living on campus.
SMOKING AND TOBACCO POLICY
Employees and students are requested to extinguish cigarettes, matches, etc. only in the designated containers that are placed in all permitted smoking areas. Employees and students are also requested to not litter on campus in order to ensure an aesthetically pleasing campus environment. This includes not discarding cigarettes in parking lots, sidewalks, lawns, etc.
TELEPHONES, CABLE AND DATA
All student rooms are equipped with phone lines with voicemail capabilities. Answering machines are unnecessary. Please refer to voicemail instructions to set up your password. Students in Ihmsen Hall are responsible to bring their own phone and roommates share a phone number. Phones are supplied in Misciagna Hall and each suite shares a phone number.
Cable TV is available in each room. You must bring your own coaxial cable. In Misciagna Hall, cable TV ports are found in the living room as well as each bedroom.
Internet access is available to students. A connection for one computer is in each room in Ihmsen. If more than one computer needs to be connected to the Internet network, a HUB must be used. These HUBS can be borrowed from the Residence Life Office in Ihmsen Hall on a first come, first serve basis. There are several ports in each suite in Misciagna for Internet access. Wireless Internet is also available in the residence halls.
NOTE: Students are not permitted to accept collect phone calls of any kind. Students will be billed an extra fee in addition to the collect charges and may risk their phone service being disconnected.
VISITATION POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
All visitors are expected to follow College rules, regulations and policies including the enforcement of the College's alcohol policy. Students are prohibited from consuming, distributing, or possessing alcohol on campus.
Visitation hours are as follows (unless otherwise notified by the Residence Life Staff member on duty):
Sunday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight
Friday - Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
All guests must be at least 18 years of age. *Children under the age of 18 may only visit siblings who are resident students and must be escorted by their sibling at all times. Children are not allowed as overnight guests. Non-student guests must be escorted by the resident whom they are visiting at all times.
Whenever a student has a guest, he/she is responsible for the guest's conduct while he/she is visiting on campus.
The College reserves the right to revise the visitation hours, policies and procedures at anytime without notice.
Since most residences are shared, it is essential that resident students and their visitors respect their roommate's rights to privacy. Consideration for the rights of others living in the residence hall is also expected. Mount Aloysius students are responsible for their visitor's conduct. In the interest of the residents, Mount Aloysius students must escort guests at all times. Both guests and students are responsible for complying with the College visitation policy. Any visitor, student or non-student, who does not follow proper visitation procedures will be in violation of the visitation policy and subject to disciplinary action. All visitors must be at least 18 years of age and have a valid picture I.D. with them at all times.
WASHERS AND DRYERS
Coin operated washers and dryers are provided for residents in each hall. These machines are emptied daily of money.
Students are reminded that proper use of these machines insures their continued availability. Please follow instructions carefully -- including the insertion of UNITED STATES COINS ONLY for each use.
The possession, whether open or concealed, of any weapon including, but not limited to firearms, including BB, paintball, and pellet guns, explosives including ammunitions, firecrackers, fireworks, and explosive chemicals, archery equipment, biological and chemical weapons, any knife, razor or cutting instrument, the blade of which is exposed in an automatic way by switch, push button, spring mechanism, or any object that could be used to cause fear, and/or inflict serious bodily injury, serves no common and lawful purpose is prohibited. Any violation of this policy may result in immediate dismissal from the College.
WITHDRAWAL FROM THE RESIDENCE HALLS
Prior to withdrawal from campus residency, a student must first meet with the Director of Residence Life. The student must then complete a room condition form with their RA to assess for damages. Unauthorized withdrawals will result in an automatic forfeiture of the entire damage deposit. The access card, room key and mailbox key must also be returned to the Residence Life Office. Failure to follow these procedures will result in the student being charged room and board fees until the official withdrawal from the institution is complete.