Living on campus at William Jessup University carries with it a distinctive set of privileges and responsibilities. Students, who reside on campus, live in a community with their peers and are entrusted with the responsibility to care for each other in a cooperative and communicative fashion. The environment provides students with enriching experiences which may be an impetus for healthy interpersonal relationships. The following information will supply a basic understanding of the expectations of residence life.
Residence Life Mission
The Residence Life department of William Jessup University exists to provide a safe, on-campus, living environment where the holistic development of students is fostered within an inclusive and intentional Christ-centered community. Residential Students will be given opportunities to express their faith, gain awareness and appreciation for people of diverse backgrounds and engage in service to the community. WJU Residents will be given opportunity to:
- Creatively articulate and demonstrate their Christian faith.
- Participate in intentional and unintentional conversations about various aspects faith.
- Engage in Christian discipleship alongside staff and student leaders.
- Develop and understand habits of spiritual formation.
- Develop insight into, respect for, and appreciation of Christian Community.
- Develop appreciation for cultures alternate to their own and individuals different from themselves.
- Challenge notions of gender, race, class, ability, nationality and backgrounds.
- Develop an attitude and lifestyle of willingness to participate in acts of Christ-like service.
- Understand and express the purpose and significance of charity.
- Contribute in and reflect upon service projects and activities that broaden students’ perspectives and worldview
Residence Life Policies
Being a part of the Residence Life community at WJU is both a privilege and a great responsibility. Living in community can provide amazing opportunities for growth and holistic development. For the health of the individual and the community there are certain expectations and community standards that have been set in place for the betterment of the experience.
We desire our students grow in their relationship with Jesus, to learn how to love their brothers and sisters, and understand their purpose in His creation. You are encouraged to take the initiative to get to know your brothers and sisters at WJU. We believe that everyone has something to contribute to your life, even as you have something to contribute to theirs. God’s love binds us together and makes us a family committed to valuing every member as we seek to carry out His work on earth.
The New Testament gives clear guidelines on appropriate and inappropriate behavior. Several lists written by the Apostle Paul teach the Christian which behaviors do not reflect Christ and spiritual life. The Apostle Paul also describes positive Christian attitudes and behavior. Galatians 5:13-26, Ephesians 4:20-5:21, and Colossians 3:1-17 are three passages of Scripture which provide a standard of conduct for WJU students. Participation in the WJU community requires of the student a behavior consistent with these ethical standards.
All access to the residence halls, apartments and offsite housing is through the front door only. Students using windows or gaining access to the halls, apartments and offsite housing or adjoining buildings using any other means can seriously injure themselves and/or others and face judicial action.
Due to the limitations of electrical circuits and for a variety of safety reasons, and compliance with fire code, electrical appliance usage must be limited. Certain appliances have not been approved for use in the residence halls, apartments, and offsite housing due to the potential fire hazard to property. If found, the items will be confiscated. Any appliance not clearly marked as U/L approved and any appliance not included in these lists must be approved by the Resident Director before usage. Any use of an electric appliance requires that the owner monitor the placement of the electric cords (i.e., do not allow multiple cords to bunched together as this may inadvertently cause fire due to increased heat and failure of protective insulation). Residence Life and Campus Safety will conduct regular checks to ensure appliances are up to University policy and electrical outlets and chords are utilized in a safe manor. All approved appliances must be plugged into a circuit breaker (power strip) with an on/off switch and not directly into the wall. Electrical appliances should not be left unattended when in use. Food and beverage prep appliances must be used in kitchens.
Acceptable Electrical Appliances
With proper care and usage within student housing the following appliances are acceptable: rice cookers, hot-air popcorn poppers, lamp (no halogen bulb), thermostatic hot pot, coffee maker, TV, media players, computer, printer, fans, clocks, small hair dryer, heating pads, sewing machine, curling irons.
Toasters* are permitted in in the apartments and offsite housing, and Microwave ovens* are permitted in the kitchens in the apartments. (residence halls and offsite housing have Microwaves provide in common areas).
* It is important to communicate with future roommates to see who is planning on bringing toasters and microwaves to prevent overcrowding with appliances.
Prohibited Electrical Appliances
Certain appliances have not been approved for use in the WJU housing due to the potential fire hazard: Air conditioners, Dorm-size refrigerator, Broiler ovens, Electric saucepans, Electric skillets, Multi-plug extension cords, Four-way outlets or “cheater blocks”, Hot plates Oil popcorn poppers, Deep Fryers, Fondue Pots Space heaters, Refrigerators, Electric blankets, any appliance not marked U/L Approved, Room fans with dusty blades, and any appliance with an exposed heating unit
All Bicycles must be registered when stored on campus with Campus Safety. Bicycles should be locked when stored or parked on campus. Bike racks are located near all living areas. Bicycles parked in stairwells, too close to electrical panels, entry-ways, or fire exits are subject to removal by the residential life staff or campus safety. Bicycles may not be stored in community space, nor may they be stored on balconies or along walkways in the apartments. In some cases bicycles may be stored under the external stairwells but may be removed if they represent a potential hazard. The university accepts no responsibility for the safekeeping of bicycles.
Building Exteriors/ University Grounds
We all want to maintain a pleasing environment on the campus and this includes the residence halls. Please keep the campus housing perimeter free of debris and belongings. Apartment residents must take care to keep the walkway and entrance to their apartment free of debris, trash or any potential trip hazards.
Car maintenance that could result in any spill is not permitted on Campus Grounds (oil changes, system flushes, etc.)
All art projects that require paint (including spray paint) may not be worked on University pavement. Projects may only be worked on gravel space adjacent to facility building and University Trash Compactor and must still be completed with a ground cover.
Residents may not move into campus housing before their posted date and must vacate their rooms on the date posted by the Office of Housing/Residence Life. Any exceptions must be cleared with the Housing Office in the Womack Student Life building. Failure to abide by check-in or check-out dates may result in a fine. If students arrive earlier than their scheduled date/time of check-in they will be asked to make housing arrangements elsewhere or wait until the appropriate hour of move in.
Group Check- in procedure is as follows:
- Arrive at assigned move-in
- Verify Check-In Sheet with Resident Assistant and sign.
- Sign Residence Hall Contract.
- Obtain key from Housing office (by returning your housing contract and check-in sheet).
- Move into room.
Self Check-in procedure is as follows:
- Schedule appointment for move-in with the Housing Office (Must be scheduled at least 24 hrs prior to time requested and take place Monday-Friday during Student Life business hours).
- Go to the Womack Student Life Building to begin the check-in process.
- Verify Check-In Sheet and sign.
- Sign Residence Hall Contract.
- Obtain key from Housing office (by returning your housing contract and check-in sheet).
- Move into room.
All residents moving out early (not at scheduled end of semester times) are responsible for informing the Residence Life Staff of the time they will be checking out by making an appointment at least 48 hours in advance of their needed check-out date. All residents must check out of their area within 24 hours of their last final, petitions for an extended stay may be made to the housing office. Residence Life Staff will conduct a review of your room at that time in which your room needs to be thoroughly cleaned and free of damage (they will use your initial check-in form to conduct the walk-through). Apartment residents will also be required to make sure all common areas are cleaned and free of damage. Upon check out, residents are responsible to return keys and check-out form to the Housing Office. Any damage to the articles in the room or to the room, or apartment will be charged to the students’ account. Failure to check out properly by the given date at the end of a semester, or immediately upon withdrawal from the university will result in a fine and possible forfeit of housing privileges as well as the enrollment deposit.
Check-out procedure is as follows:
- Make appointment with residence hall staff at least 48 hours prior to check out or within 24 hours of last final.
- Remove all belongings from room and residence hall.
- Clean room.
- Perform check-out procedure with RA.
- Return keys to the Housing Office along with signed check-out form.
Students leaving mid-semester must arrange check-out with either their RA or the Housing Office. Check-outs must be completed within 24 hours of filing a withdrawal or leave of absence with the University. Students needing additional time to complete the check-out process should contact the Housing Office for additional information.
Individual rooms and community areas are to be kept clear at all times. Residents are responsible for room, community, and apartment space upkeep, including removal of all trash. All trash is to be taken to the dumpster behind the maintenance area or apartment garage, and not deposited in the living room areas, bathrooms, balconies, or walkways. Personal belongings and dishes are not to be left unattended in the residence halls. Residents are expected to remove belongings from community areas in the residence halls (including dishes, glasses, food, mail, etc.) or it/they may be discarded. Please be respectful to the community. Apartment residents should be respectful of their roommates keeping community areas clean and must take care to clean up after food preparation to avoid possible infestations.
A bulletin board will be maintained in each residence hall by the RD, and in each laundry room in the Apartments. It will contain any important announcements/ information which the staff needs to communicate to all residents. You are responsible to check the bulletin board frequently and will be held accountable for any information posted. If you have an item you wish to post, it must be cleared by the RA.
E-mail will be the primary tool for communication for Residence Life and students are expected to regularly check their e-mail and will be accountable for information shared from the University.
Quality residence living requires positive effort and cooperation by each resident. Consider carefully how your individual actions and attitudes affect the lives of others. Courtesy is a basic law of residential life. Living in close proximity within our community can be a challenging, stimulating, and enjoyable experience. However, in order for this to happen, we must be respectful to each other as this is vital for the health of our community.
Basic kitchen facilities are available to all residents and each person must be certain the kitchen is clean and orderly. It is not the universities responsibility to provide kitchen cleaning supplies, such as soap, sponges, etc. Residents must clean up after themselves. Please note all residents are required to be on a meal plan.
- Do not leave kitchen appliances on, without being present to watch over it.
- Food that is stored in the kitchen refrigerators must have your name on it. If it is too difficult to put your name on the product container, then place the product in a paper bag with your name on it. This is to ensure cleanliness and removal of “outdated” foods. If there are items with no name the RA or RD may remove them.
- Meals may be prepared in the community living room areas only. Students may eat snacks in the rooms, but this privilege may be taken away by the RD if proper neatness and cleanliness are not observed.
- Snacks must be properly stored in sealed containers to avoid possible infestations (plastics, boxes, etc.).
Residents are required to be familiar with and abide by the policies of the Student Handbook and Housing Contract. Students who live in WJU housing are required to uphold an academic year housing contract and elect a meal plan. Student ID cards will be issued to all students and must be shown at each meal. Students with special health concerns may submit an accommodations request to the Learning Commons. Forms completed by a Physician will be required and will be sent upon request from the Learning Commons.
Campus residents are fully responsible and liable for any damage that they, or their guests, may cause to the property of WJU. Rooms will be inspected prior to occupancy and will be required to be left in the same condition after occupancy. Repair costs will be levied for any damage incurred to facility. If no one person or persons claim responsibility for damage incurred, a fine will be levied against all occupants of that room/bathroom, hall, or apartment.
In case of emergencies, please dial 911 and inform the RD or RA immediately. If Residence Life are not available, dial campus safety 916-577-0776 for assistance. It is recommended that residents have their own flashlights in their rooms, in the event of a power outage or electrical issue. Emergency procedures are posted in all living areas.
In the event a fire alarm sounds please make your way immediately to the soccer field and wait for further instructions. Do not attempt to re-enter any buildings until the “all clear” is given by either the fire marshal or one of the Residence Life Staff. Students who do not exit the building, or who re-enter any buildings where an alarm has been triggered may be subject to fines or other disciplinary measures. Students triggering false alarms may be subject to both university and state fines.
Flammable materials, e.g. candles, incense, gasoline, solvents, spray paint, etc., are not permitted in campus housing. Safety concerns prohibit live Christmas trees and boughs as well as the large decorative Christmas lights in any campus housing. No fireworks shall be used or stored on campus. Smoking is not permitted anywhere on campus. Open flames of any sort are not permitted and may result in a fine up to $100.
Furniture is allowed in the Apartments and individual rooms in the residence halls. No outside furniture is permitted in the common areas of the residence halls. Residents are responsible for removing their furniture upon move out.
Guests and Visitors
WJU residence halls are single gender living accommodations. Privacy and modesty must be respected in all situations. Guests are subject to all residence life rules. Residents are responsible for their guests’ adherence to these rules and are financially responsible for the actions and conduct of their guests. Members of the opposite sex are not allowed in a resident’s room at any time except under the following three exceptions:
- University employees who have a legitimate right to be in the halls or rooms for maintenance and repairs.
- Open Hours: the door must remain open at all times with the lights on.
- Family or friends are allowed in a resident’s room to assist in moving with the permission of the RA or RD only. The resident’s room door must be left open.
Open Hall Hours occur six times weekly in the residence halls and are determined by residence hall staff. Current open residence hall hours are Mondays through Saturdays 6-10 p.m. Open Hall hours may be canceled at the discretion of residence hall staff. Open Hall hours are not available during finals weeks. Violations are subject to the conduct policy. Open hours for the apartments and offsite housing are Sunday through Thursday 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. and Friday through Saturday 12 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Guests are required to register with Resident Director prior to arrival. The resident will be allowed to host a guest of the same gender in their room at no cost for three nights per guest, per semester; afterwards the resident will be subject to a $12 per night fee for each guest. Residents are responsible for communications with their roommate before guests arrive. Guest fees may be paid in Womack Student Life Building. This fee does not entitle guests to meal services. Any and all meals must be purchased from the food service provider at an additional cost. Guests may not stay for longer than three days without approval by the Resident Director or Director of Residence Life. All guests must complete an overnight guest liability form prior to staying overnight on campus. No guest may stay without the student host present.
All residents are required to attend the resident life theater/intro to community life meeting at the beginning of the semester. Residents are also required to attend hall/apartment meetings as called by either RA or RD. Hall/apartment meetings are called for the purpose of providing important information or addressing community concerns.
Janitorial staff is responsible for cleaning the residence halls (apartments will not be cleaned), lounges, and other duties as assigned by the Maintenance Department. Though this staff is paid for their work, they deserve consideration as members of the community. Please make every effort not to be burdensome to them. Staff will not move personal belonging of residents, so please keep common areas and bathrooms free of clutter to ensure adequate cleaning.
The student is responsible for all keys issued at check-in. If keys are lost, a report must be made to the RA or RD within 24 hours. In the event keys are lost a replacement key will be provided and charges assessed. Upon leaving, the resident must return all keys and complete checkout procedures. Residents may not make copies of their keys. If copies are made the student will be required to pay a fine in addition to the replacement cost. In case of a lockout, please contact the RA, before contacting the Resident Director or Campus Safety.
Coin-operated washers and dryers are located on the ground floor of each residence hall, on every floor of the apartments, and near the elevator for offsite housing.
- Laundry should never be left in, or on, the machines or counters overnight.
- Remove all laundry from washers, dryers, drying rack, and counter as soon as possible in order to give room to others.
- Another resident has the right to remove clothes only when the cycle is completed. Residents removing clothes need to leave it in the laundry area on a nearby counter.
- Please do not leave your soap, dryer sheets, etc. in the laundry area after you have taken your clothes back to your room.
- Clothes and items left out over 24 hours may be confiscated and student may be fined.
- Powdered detergent is not allowed. Please use only ¼ cup of liquid detergent.
- Items, such as detergent, stored in common cabinets are considered resident’s private property.
- Use color-safe bleach only.
- Leave Washing Machine doors open to air out after use.
The Housing Office is available to assist students in the event that any equipment needs to be repaired or replaced. Please notify your RA or RD of any maintenance needs and a work order will be placed. Damage from normal wear and tear will not result in fines when they are promptly reported (light bulbs, plumbing issues, appliance motor issues, etc..).
Movies and Entertainment
The WJU community seeks to glorify Jesus Christ and edify one another. Rated “R” movies will generally not be permitted for public viewing. Public viewing includes all lobbies and open areas. Movies that earn an “R” rating do so through their use of violence, profanity, or sexual content. Please use discernment in selecting movies and bring them to the RD for approval. The volume of music in the rooms or shared living areas should be consistent with common courtesy–if it is distracting to your neighbor, adjoining room or apartment, it is too loud. Headphones are encouraged. No amplified instruments or drum kits are allowed in the residence halls or apartments. The same discretion should be used when listening to music as when watching movies and television. Music and lyrics containing the use of profanity, violence, and sexual and/or other explicit content are not allowed.
Personal Property Insurance
WJU is not responsible for the loss of personal property in case of damage (i.e. fire, flooding, etc) or theft. Renter’s Insurance is encouraged and insurance coverage is the student’s responsibility. Students should take precaution against theft by locking room/car doors, not keeping valuables in automobiles, locking bikes, etc. If theft does occur, students should report it immediately to their Resident Director and the Department of Campus Safety.
No pets other than fish will be permitted in campus housing. The privilege to have a fish tank may be revoked in the event that regular cleaning of the tank does not occur. All tanks are required to be clean and odor-free, and no more than 15 gallons. All unauthorized animals discovered in campus housing will incur a $100 fine. All therapy companion animals must be registered with the Success Center/Disability Services prior to their presence on campus, generally at least 30 days prior to their arrival in order to make appropriate housing accommodations. WJU will attempt to make all necessary accommodations but cannot guarantee animals in the living area if the animal could pose a direct threat to the health or safety of others.
Residential Life standards necessitates all residential community members be sensitive to the needs of others. Televisions, radios, stereos, and musical instruments can be used during quiet hours only if they cannot be heard outside of the student’s room (no amplified music). If an activity unreasonably disturbs others, it must be discontinued. Abuse of the quiet hour’s policy may result in fines and/or disciplinary procedures. Please refrain from loud activities in or near all campus residence buildings (residence halls, apartments, and off-site housing) every day during the following hours: 10 p.m. to 8 a.m.
Resident Advisors (RAs) and Residence Directors (RDs)
Our staff is committed to serving residents, by assisting in planning activities, and governing the community. Cooperation and consideration of all university staff is expected. These people have the highest respect for your needs and desires and, as members of the WJU staff, they should receive mutual consideration. RA on-call phone numbers are located at the front of the residence halls and apartments.
Room Access Fee
If a resident should forget their key or need access to his/her room or apartment, a fee of $5 may be assessed to their account. If Campus Safety needs to provide room access fines may be larger.
Room assignments are made by the Housing Office. Changing of rooms and/or roommates must be approved by the RD and/or Director of Residence Life prior to granting any changes. Room changes may be made at the discretion of Student Life staff. If a room change is requested due to conflict, mediation is always the first step in the process and RA’s are a valuable resource to help guide conversations.
In order to maintain a standard of cleanliness and perform maintenance and safety inspections in the campus residences, the RA’s will conduct regular room checks. Repeated failed inspections in any one semester will result in the problem being referred to the RD. Work hours, fines, and/or eviction may be levied against the resident.
Each room in campus housing is furnished to meet the basic needs of the students. University-owned furniture may not be moved in or out of rooms. This includes exchanging furniture with another room or residence, etc. In addition, residents with lobby/lounge area furnishings or other university furnishings in their possession will also be subject to a fine and possible judicial action. Shelves built from boards and bricks or blocks are not allowed due to possible earthquake hazard. University furniture must not be placed on balconies. The RD must approve any desired room furniture not provided by the university. Any furniture/equipment needed for medical/disability reasons must be approved by the Housing Office. All personal furniture (couches, shelves, etc.) not removed at the end of the year will result in fines and will become the possession of the University. Residents must not place furniture in front of windows and thus possibly block entrance to fire fighters in the event of a fire.
Normal painting needs will be taken care of by the maintenance staff. The furniture and fixtures are not to be removed or tampered with unless permission is granted by the RD. Residents may only use sticky tac and command strips for wall decorations. Keep in mind that command strips may occasionally leave damages (especially when improperly removed) and that damages to walls will result in repair cost. No stickers are to be placed on the halls, walls, furniture, windows, or doors. No nails are to be used anywhere in the room or furniture. Pictures and posters are permitted, but discretion should be used in the selection. Ask your RD or roommate about questionable items. The RD reserves the right to have students change their room decor. The display of pictures of people or products which are inconsistent with the values and standards of WJU is strongly discouraged and students will be asked to remove questionable items immediately. Nothing may be hung from the ceilings (posters, lights, banners, etc.)
All residential units are the property of William Jessup University under the control of the Board of Trustees. Responsibility for immediate supervision lies with the university administration. It is the policy of the university to ensure students such privacy in their rooms as may be consistent with the basic responsibilities of the institution to fulfill its educational functions and conduct its day-to-day operations. The entry and search policy is intended to protect both the integrity of the student and the university. The responsibilities of the university require a right to enter into students’ rooms for the following reasons:
- To ensure maintenance and general repair within the room (campus maintenance staff is allowed in the halls/apartments for repairs after 8 a.m. Maintenance will always announce their presence and will make reasonable effort to notify students of their presence).
- To address an emergency or health risk
- To ensure the room is vacant during fire drills/alarms
- To provide for the health and safety inspections of all residents
- To turn off stereos, radios, or alarm clocks which are bothersome to others
- To investigate, when reasonable cause exists, possible violations of university regulations
Rooms may be searched upon reasonable suspicion of contract violation or concern for health and welfare. The occupant or occupants may be informed of the reasons for any room search. All room searches by Student Life personnel must be approved by the Dean of Students or his or her designate, except in the case of an immediate and clear emergency involving danger to safety and health.
There are two basic situations which precipitate an immediate room search:
- A clear indication that the established code of student conduct or health and safety regulations are being violated;
- Emergency situations requiring staff to search a room for a particular item, such as a discarded prescription bottle or a telephone number or address.
When it is necessary for authorized university personnel or their agents to search a students’ room without the occupants present, two staff members must be present. A student who believes this policy has been violated may appeal directly to the Dean of Students. The appeal should be in writing and presented to the Dean of Students within three days of the occurrence.
It is a serious infraction of security to tamper with any door so as to cause the door not to shut or lock. Fines will be levied for tampering with the locking devices for all doors or for “propping” them open. All exterior and wing doors are to remain shut and locked at all times (except by permission of the RD). It is in violation of basic rules of residence life to jeopardize the security of any resident. No resident has the right to enter an unoccupied room (other than their own) unless accompanied by a residence hall staff member, with proof of permission for such an entry. Tampering with any door alarms will result in fines. Entering or exiting through a window is not permitted and will result in fines unless in the case of an emergency.
If a staff member should enter a room and notice, in plain sight, evidence of a violation of university policy, federal, state, or local law, he/she may take that evidence and refer the incident to the university and/or civil authorities.
Smoke alarms are not to be tampered with in any way. Any resident found doing so will be referred to the Dean of Students and face serious fines. These are inspected periodically for your safety. If there is any problem with an alarm, please notify the RA or RD.
No storage space is available to students during the academic or summer months.
At no time may any object be thrown from a living area window/door. Objects thrown from a window/door pose a threat to life and safety of others and violators will be subject to the judicial process.
The custodial staff takes out all the common trash in the residence halls (living areas, bathrooms). Do not dump your room and personal trash in any common area trash can or you will be fined. You are responsible for taking your own trash out to the dumpster located behind the maintenance area. No trash is permitted in the hallways. When using the trash cans in the bathrooms, kitchens, or lounges, please make sure all of your trash makes it completely into the trash can! Apartment residents are required to take out all trash (including common area) to the dumpster in the parking garage. Trash must not be stored outside of front door or fines may be given.
Vacation and Breaks
Housing is closed during Christmas and summer break and will reopen the day prior to the first day classes resume except for Fall-scheduled move-ins. Residents planning to be away from a campus residence overnight, over the weekend, or for an extended vacation should inform the RA or RD of their plans.
Violation of Policies
Violation of rules will be subject to the conduct process. A student may be evicted from campus housing for rule violations and may be simultaneously suspended from the University should the infraction warrant it.