In addition to policies found in the West Liberty Student Code of Conduct, and Residence Life Handbook, residents of student houses are expected to adhere to the following guidelines:
Alcohol: The possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited on the West Liberty University campus, including in or around the Commons Apartment complex and student houses.
Appliances: Additional large appliances may not be added to the apartments – including ovens. The only exception to this policy is that students are permitted to have full size refrigerators in the kitchen and one air conditioner unit.
Cable: Cable is provided as a service from the University. Concerns should be addressed with the Resident Assistant.
Checking Out: Each resident is responsible for properly checking out of the apartments. All belongings must be removed at the end of the academic year during check out.
Cleanliness and Condition: Residents of the Commons are responsible for the cleanliness of their unit. It is expected that residents will purchase cleaning supplies as needed, including a vacuum cleaner.
Cohabitation: Cohabitation in the units is prohibited. If there is evidence that the residents are allowing one or more guests to reside in the unit, both residents may be reassigned to the residence halls immediately.
Courtesy Hours: Courtesy Hours are to be maintained in the units. Noise level of unit residents that disturbs a roommate, neighboring apartments and/or surrounding University homes is not acceptable. Speakers are not permitted to be placed in unit windows.
Damages: The condition of the units must be maintained. Residents will be charged individually for damage to their bedroom, and charges will be equally divided among unit residents for damage to the common spaces in the unit.
Eligibility: Students must maintain eligibility to live in Commons/Houses. Minimum standards are: Junior or Senior Status (determined by completed hours), 2.5 GPA and good social standing with the Office of Housing & Residence Life. Students who do not maintain minimum eligibility will be assigned a residence hall room and forfeit their residence in Commons/Houses.
Fire Equipment: Each unit has installed smoke detectors. Smoke detectors are not to be removed from the wall or the batteries disconnected for any reason. Fire extinguishers placed in kitchens may not be removed from the apartment nor placed elsewhere for storage.
Furniture: Each resident will receive a bed, mattress, dresser, and desk. The residents are responsible for providing all other furniture in the house/apartment. When the residents vacate the apartment/house, all furniture not provided by the University must be removed.
Garbage: Garbage is to be removed from the apartment and placed in the trash dumpster located in the parking lot of the Commons Apartments.
Health & Safety Inspections: Health & Safety Inspections will be conducted each month by the Resident Assistant to ensure that residents are complying with all policies regarding health and safety in the apartments/houses (i.e. fire safety procedures and policies, cleanliness, garbage, etc.).
Holiday Decorations: Live holiday trees are not permitted in the units.
Lawn Mowing: The lawn/grass will be mowed and maintained by university personnel.
Locks: Each unit has been supplied with a lock and keys for the entrance door. It is the responsibility of the resident to maintain the security of the unit. Doors and windows should be locked when the residents are not home. Keys to apartments/houses are not to be given to family, friends, or other students for use by residents of the apartments/houses.
Mail: All residential students are assigned a mailbox through the College Union Office, located in the basement of the Student Union. Mail will not be delivered to apartments/houses, the Student Services Office, or the Office of Housing & Student Life.
Maintenance: All maintenance concerns should be addressed with the Resident Assistant for the Commons/Student Houses. Additionally, maintenance concerns may be emailed to the Housing Maintenance staff at [email protected].
Occupancy: The occupancy of the Commons Apartments is three residents per unit and of the Student Houses are four residents per unit (unless otherwise approved). Contracts for the units are for the full academic year only. Full occupancy must be maintained by eligible residents for the full academic year.
Outdoor Furniture: Furniture that is intended for outdoor use is permitted on the exterior of the unit complex if it does not impede the entryways. Indoor furniture is not permitted outside of the units.
Parking: Residents of the apartments/houses must purchase a parking permit from Campus Safety or the Business Office. Parking vehicles on the roads or the grass is not permissible.
Pets: Pets (with the exception of non-carnivorous fish) are not permitted in the units. Additionally, residents are prohibited from feeding outside animals, including stray dogs and cats.
Phone: Residents are responsible for their own phone hook-up and service payments in the units.
Residence Life Staff: A Resident Assistant will be assigned to manage and live in the Commons/Student Houses area. All questions and concerns can be addressed with this staff member.
Smoking: Smoking is prohibited in all units.
Space Heaters: Space Heaters are not permitted. Space heaters issued by the University may be used in emergencies and with special permission from Housing & Residence Life. In the case of heating emergencies, contact the Resident Assistant or the Housing Maintenance Office to obtain a University-issued space heater.
Student Handbook: Residents of the Commons/Student Houses are expected to abide by all policies outlined in the West Liberty University Handbook and all other written policies (including the Residential Living Standards) unless an exception or change to a policy has been printed in this document.
Visitation: All overnight guests that are in the units must be registered with the Office of Housing & Residence Life. Guest registration forms are available in the Housing Office or with the Resident Assistant. Residents are responsible for the actions of their guests, including other WLSC students visiting their units.
IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT
LIVING IN CAMPUS HOUSING
Please consider these as you are submitting an application.
- You will have an entire apartment or house to keep clean. Not only does this mean more common space to clean (living room, kitchen and bathroom), also means you will need to purchase cleaning products and supplies. You will also need a vacuum.
- You will be living in a residential community, similar to a housing development in any town. Therefore, families, some with children, surround you. All students in housing are expected to demonstrate behavior that is appropriate for a family environment… this means noise level, language and conduct may be different than that which was acceptable to your residence hall neighbors.
- You are expected to keep the exterior of your house clean and presentable. No indoor furniture outside, no garbage or personal belongings outside.
- You will need to shovel your own snow, including your walkways and driveways.
- You will need to negotiate with your roommate regarding parking. You may only park in designated areas, so if you obtain a house with a small driveway you may have to park behind one another or park one car in the garage. Parking is not permitted on the street or in the grass. If you or your guests damage the yard by driving through or parking a vehicle on the grass, then you will be financially responsible for repairs. Additionally, Campus Safety has the authority to ticket any vehicle parked on the street. Guests may park in the student lot located on Faculty Drive or the student lot beside the tennis court.
- There are employees designated to care for the physical structure of your house and necessary maintenance. You may NOT change, alter, improve, fix or add something to the apartment or house without their permission. If you want to hang pictures, mirrors or install something, we always prefer that you allow them to help you.
- You must have a full meal plan purchased through the University. Stoves are not permitted.
- Washers and dryers are provided in one of the apartments. A key to the laundry area will be provided to each house/apartment.
- Pets, with the exception of non-carnivorous freshwater fish, are not allowed in student housing.