STUDENT HANDBOOK

Student Life

Apartment Living

In order that apartment living may run smoothly it is advisable that all apartment occupants meet to plan the following:

  1. House cleaning roster
  2. Meal-making roster
  3. Apartment budget
  4. Visitor policy
  5. Quiet hours policy

NO personal belongings of any kind may be left in the building hallways due to fire code. Garbage and recycling products are to be disposed of regularly in the dumpsters just outside the apartments. No garbage is to be left in the halls or entries. Garbage disposals can be used for soft edible foods only. Do not put peelings, stringy fibrous materials, or plastic materials through the disposal. The cost for repairing abused disposals will be charged to the residents. Housing staff may inspect apartments periodically for cleanliness and require that residents clean the units or have them cleaned at the students’ expense.

Audio Equipment

Audio equipment is for personal use. Consideration for others is expected. Equipment is not to be placed in windows for outdoor recreation. Excessive noise will be considered a violation of quiet hours, and students may have to forfeit their privilege of having such equipment in the room or apartment.

Bicycles

Bicycle registration is required. Forms and stickers are available free of charge on the Door-to-Dordt checklist or from the maintenance office.

At no time may bicycles be ridden inside of college facilities. Storage is provided in bike racks outside of each campus building. Bicycles may not be stored in public areas inside a residence hall or apartment. Unregistered bikes will be impounded by the maintenance staff and a charge of $15 will be assessed for storage. Students are advised to lock their bikes when not in use. The college is not responsible for stolen, misplaced, or damaged bikes, or locks that have been cut.

Winter and summer storage for bicycles is provided for $5 in the maintenance building. Students who wish to store bicycles for the winter should make an appointment to bring it to the maintenance building prior to Thanksgiving break. Summer storage is also provided during exam week. Bicycles which are not claimed after one year will be sold at an auction.

Check-Out Procedure

Before leaving, all students must clean their room/apartment, remove all personal possessions, bring garbage and recycling to a dumpster, and schedule a check-out appointment with a residence life staff member. The room or apartment will be examined for cleanliness and damage. Once the room or apartment has been inspected, residents should return their room and mailbox keys to their RA. A $30 replacement fee will be charged for any unreturned key. Detailed checkout instructions are provided to students at the end of each year.

Cooking

Kitchenettes are provided in each residence hall. The person(s) using the kitchenette is expected to clean up after each use. Students must use the kitchenettes rather than cook in their rooms. Regular cooking is not permitted in residence halls.

Electrical Appliances

Due to the nature of communal living and the electrical load placed on the circuitry in residence hall rooms, cooking is allowed only in residence hall kitchenettes. Refrigerators, coffee pots, popcorn poppers, clocks, blankets, fans, hair dryers, hair setters, heating pads, typewriters, computers, audio and video equipment are permitted in the room/apartment. Heating and cooking units, microwave ovens, halogen lamps, and sun lamp units are not permitted in residence hall rooms. Residents may not use extension cords or multi-outlet plugs to increase the number of items plugged into an outlet. Only a power strip with an internal circuit breaker may be used to plug in multiple electrical devices.

Firearms/Hunting Equipment

Equipment such as rifles, shotguns, ammunition, air rifles, sling shots, hunting knives, bows and arrows, etc., are allowed only for those who participate in hunting season. All such equipment must be locked in storage in the safe located in the Campus Center. Items of this nature may not be kept in college housing or vehicles on campus at any time. Handguns, long knives, or other weapons are not permitted at any time. Detailed instructions are available in student services.

Fire Emergency Procedures

When a fire alarm is set off, students must vacate the residence hall immediately using the nearest safe exit. The residence life staff will designate an assembly area outside of the building where students should report. Students should stay at the assembly point until they are allowed to reenter the building. In the event of a fire, it is essential that students stay at the assembly point to allow an accurate head count to be taken. Students who do not exit a building when a fire alarm sounds will be fined $50. The residence life staff will be available to provide further information and assistance.

Guests

Students are also accountable for the behavior of their guests and are responsible for ensuring that they abide by college policies. Apartment residents must obtain consent from all apartment residents. All guests must be of the same gender as the hosting student. Exceptions for family may be granted by the dean for campus life. Unauthorized guests will be asked to leave, and the host(ess) will be held responsible for the conduct of their guests.

Keys

A key for your room or apartment and an outdoor access tag are issued when you move in. If you lose your key or tag or fail to return it, you will be assessed a replacement charge of $30. Students are encouraged to lock their rooms at all times. The college is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged possessions.

Laundry Facilities

Laundry facilities are provided for student use in the basement of the residence halls, Southview Apartments, and on all floors of the Kuyper Apartments. Dordt College is not responsible for clothing which may be removed or become damaged in the equipment provided. Do not leave clothing unattended in machines. Ironing boards are provided in the residence halls, but students should bring their own irons.

Lounge Use

Lounges are intended for the public use of all hall residents. Furniture and other furnishings located in residence hall lounges, study rooms, television rooms, and other community living areas are intended for the residence hall community and may not be removed by students and moved to other locations or placed in individual resident rooms. If students desire to move furnishings they must receive permission from residence life staff. Removing furnishings without permission is considered theft. Students who are found with such furnishings in their rooms will be placed on dismissal status and will be fined $50 per item. If an item is damaged when it is moved, the student(s) responsible will be charged for repairs or replacement.

Noise

The residence halls and apartment units are designed to be environments which are suitable for rest and study. To that end, residents are requested to monitor their own actions as not to infringe on the ability of others to sleep or study. Hours for non-quiet activity are established each year by the residence life staff working with students in each campus residence. Loud activities outside the approved hours are not permitted.

Non-Compliance

Failure to comply with sanctions imposed for improper behavior and failure to respond to requests from college officials to meet are regarded as disrespect for authority and a sign that the student does not take responsibility for his/her own behavior seriously. Non-compliance will result in a higher level of discipline.

Outdoor Grounds Use

The grounds surrounding the residence halls/apartments are not to be used for disruptive activities that could result in broken windows and/or inconvenience or injury to residents coming from or going to their residence. Students who cause damage or injury are financially responsible to make restitution. It is also requested that students always use sidewalks.

Recycling

As Christians we acknowledge our responsibility to exercise proper stewardship of the earth’s resources and environment. Students can support these efforts in a personal way by taking advantage of the recycling programs on campus. Blue dumpsters are provided outside of the residence halls and apartments specifically for the recycling of paper, corrugated cardboard, numbers 1-4 plastic containers, glossy paper (such as magazines) and metal cans. Aluminum cans may be placed in designated containers in residence halls and the Campus Center. These containers are maintained by PLIA and proceeds from returning aluminum cans support PLIA’s ministry.

Refrigerators

One personal refrigerator is permitted in each residence hall room, and one in each apartment. Due to electrical circuitry limitations, the capacity of personal refrigerators may not exceed 6.0 cubic feet. Full-size refrigerators are not allowed unless provided by the college in student apartments and lounges.

Residence Hall Doors

The main exterior doors of each residence hall and the Southview and Kuyper Apartments are locked from midnight until 6 a.m. for the safety and security of residents. Side entrance doors are locked from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. All entrance doors are locked on weekends. When the building is locked residents may use their electronic access card to gain entrance to their building through the residence hall main lobby doors. Please do not prop open any doors or allow entrance to anyone during these hours.

Residency Policy

Dordt College is a predominantly residential campus and believes that students learn and grow in unique ways as they live together as part of a residential community of Christians. All unmarried students who are not 22 years of age by September 1 of the current academic year are required to live in Dordt College housing unless they live at home with a parent or guardian. Students must be 17 years of age by August 1 of the current academic year to be eligible for Dordt College housing. Those students who wish to live with other relatives must receive written approval from the dean for campus life prior to making other arrangements for housing.

The student life committee may grant exceptions to this general policy where circumstances make it advisable. All requests for exceptions must be submitted by the student in writing to the dean for campus life prior to the academic year. Students living in Dordt College housing are expected to be full-time students. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 total credits per semester in order to be considered full-time.

Any student who falls below the 12 credit level for the semester must receive written approval from the dean for campus life to remain in Dordt College housing. Such requests must be presented in writing to the dean for campus life for consideration. Nursing students enrolled at St. Luke's College are considered full-time students with regard to this residency policy.

While the college is responsible for housing all unmarried students, such students do have a measure of choice in regard to room and roommates. However, the college reserves the right to make housing adjustments when necessary.

Married students are expected to make their own housing arrangements.

Students who request and are granted a private room will be charged an additional housing fee set by student services.

Rollerblades, Skateboards, and Scooters

Rollerblades, skateboards, and scooters can cause damage to floors and carpets and can pose danger to others. Therefore, they may not be used inside any college facility. Additional restrictions may be posted throughout campus to promote the safety of the community.

Room Care/Damage

Students are expected to keep their living areas neat and clean. If the residents fail to comply with this request, the unit will be cleaned for them at their own expense. Students are responsible for damage caused by themselves and their guests anywhere on college property and will be billed accordingly. Any damage caused to a residence hall room/apartment or its furnishings is the responsibility of the residents of the room/apartment. Any materials used to hang or display posters, etc., on walls must be removed, or repair damages will be assessed. Masking tape or other non-damaging material should be used. Damage to common property may be assessed to all residents if the individuals responsible are not identified. Any repair or item which needs the attention of the maintenance department should be reported to a residence life staff member who will then inform the maintenance department and ensure that the situation is remedied.

Room Changes

All room changes must be approved in advance by the dean for campus life. A $50 fine will be assessed for any unauthorized moves. To request a room change, please contact student services at extension 6076.

Room Decorations

To enhance both creativity and adaptation to college, students are permitted to temporarily decorate their rooms or apartments according to their own tastes. However, sexually suggestive and racially charged posters or room decorations are not acceptable as they do not praise our Creator; they diminish the wholeness of the creature, and they can cause others to stumble. Permanent changes to room decor are also prohibited.

Room Furnishings

All basic furnishings are provided. Students must furnish their own linens (extra-long sheets are required in all residential halls and on-campus apartments), pillows, blankets, bed spread, bath towels, and cooking and eating utensils if in a cooking apartment. Removal of college-owned furnishings from their assigned location is not permitted. Students who are found with college furnishings taken from lounges or other college buildings in their rooms will be placed on dismissal status and will be fined $50 per item.

Additional furnishings or construction of any kind may be permitted, but only with the authorization of residence life staff. Students are encouraged to prepare their rooms so that there is a proper environment for study and in accordance with fire safety requirements. Instructions for preparing rooms in accordance with fire safety requirements is provided to students each year and is also available from residence life staff and/or student services. Student-owned furnishings that are left in the unit at the end of the year will necessitate a disposal charge to the student.

Screens and Windows

Screens and windows are not to be removed. Charges for broken windows and screens are billed to the residents of the housing unit unless someone else is identified as the person responsible for the damage.

Signs

Possession or the unauthorized removal of traffic signs or college signs by private individuals is illegal. Civil penalties may be imposed. This includes “flicker lights” and other safeguard devices.

Residence Life Staff

The residence life staff cares for the well-being of each resident and supervises the housing units. Each housing unit has a learning community area coordinator who is responsible for each of the facilities. The four residence halls (Covenant, East, North, and West) have two resident assistants on each floor to serve the needs of students. The residence life staff desires to serve all residents in the best possible way and invites students to share their ideas, opinions, and suggestions for activities and improvements in residence living.

Room Condition Report

A room condition report will be distributed to document the condition of each residence hall room or apartment upon occupancy. It is essential that this list be both accurate and complete to prevent a student from being charged for previous damage and to report needed repairs. This report is used as the basis for assessing damage charges when the student vacates the housing unit. Residents should carefully follow directions listed on the room condition report and any additional instructions provided by the residence life staff.

Telephones

Incoming calls for students may be dialed directly to their rooms. All students should inform their relatives and friends of their telephone number. Calls can also be received through the college Information Desk and will be referred to the student’s extension. When classes are in session, the Information Desk is open from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m.

Telephones in administrative and faculty offices, library, and the dining hall offices are for official use only. There is a phone for local use by students in each residence hall lobby, the library lobby, the classroom building by the art department, the commons entrance, the Rec Center, the music building, the entrance to the classroom building near computer services, the science building lobby, and also in the entrances to the campus center on the first and second levels. Students are responsible to provide a phone for their room or apartment. The phone system does provide Caller ID. The phone line in each room has voicemail. The voicemail is automatically emailed to all residents of that room or apartment. Students may bring their own answering machine if they prefer. Students may use calling cards or an 800 number to make long distance calls.

Dordt College does not offer direct dial long-distance service. Calling cards are available for purchase in the Dordt College Bookstore.

Televisions

TVs are permitted in the student’s room. Only antennas which are part of the unit are permitted. No external antennas may be used. Cable service is provided in the on-campus apartments and residence halls. Satellite dishes or other satellite reception technology are not permitted.

Visitation

Dordt College believes the visitation policy can be a healthy contribution to student development. The policy allows students to expect an amount of privacy and quiet during time spent in their residence hall room. Members of the opposite sex must not be in students’ rooms or any other part of the residence hall other than the main lounge at any time, except for visitation hours as listed below:

Monday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. to midnight.

Sunday, 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The residents of each room may choose to reduce these hours or visitation days but cannot increase them.

Room doors must remain open and lights must remain on when a guest is present in the room.

The college recognizes, however, that some students will confuse Christian liberty with sexual license. Therefore, the college firmly holds to the biblical teaching that premarital intercourse is forbidden. Further, behavior (e.g. nudity, lying in bed together) that encourages such intimacy will not be tolerated by the college. Students involved in such behavior will face disciplinary action.

Visitation hours in the apartments must be agreed upon by all members of an apartment.

Waiver of Privacy

College officials reserve the right to enter a student’s room/apartment at any time. This may occur when a violation of college policy is suspected, an emergency exists, maintenance is necessary, or for random/scheduled room inspections.