1. Residence Life Mission Statement:
The goal of Hardin-Simmons University's Residence Life Office is to provide students with quality housing, activities, counseling, and an exceptional Residence Life staff to help make on-campus life a great experience! The Residence Life staff helps provide students with living experiences to assist them in having successful classroom performances, creating lasting friendships, learning self-reliance and growing responsibly as adults.
2. Practice safety
1. Please do not bring:
A. Deep fat fryers
B. Open skillets
C. Microwave ovens
D. Convection ovens
E. Rice cookers
2. To sign up for our emergency text/email alert system, please visit the HSU Alert page at https://www.e2campus.net/my/hsutx/.
3. REWORD The University is on the OneCard system which means the student ID is used in the cafeteria, the SUB, the library, the bookstore, the campus laundry facilities, and for entry into the residence halls after hours.
4. The residence hall locks are activated each night at midnight and are deactivated at 8am each morning. Residents are not permitted to give their cards or codes to anyone.
5. Visitation in residence halls by persons of the opposite sex is restricted to the lobby areas and is allowed only between noon and midnight daily. Open residence hall room visitation is usually held once a week in each residence hall. During designated times of visitation, guests must leave a pictured ID with the RA on duty at the desk and sign in for visitation in a specific room. The resident must escort their guest to and from his/her room and the entrance door to the room must remain fully open at all times.
6. For insurance purposes, please check your parent's homeowner policy coverage for "home away from home" coverage for personal articles kept at a residence (residence hall) other than the main residence (parent/guardian home).
3. Taking care of your room and your hall
1. Use only white plastitak to attach items to the wall. Do not use nails, glue, or two-sided foam tape. Also, do not tape anything to the ceiling as the paint will come off with any adhesive. No painting, hammering, or sawing - no construction!! Hanging strips are available in most rooms.
2. Take a thorough inventory of your room when you check in and make sure that any existing damages are noted by your Resident Assistant. You will be charged for damages to your room.
3. The University is not responsible for lost, stolen, or misplaced personal items. Please lock your door whenever you leave, even if it is only for a minute. You are responsible for the security of your items.
4. Plastic mattress covers are provided by the University to protect you and the mattresses. These covers must be used underneath sheets and bedspreads. If the brand new cover that we provide is damaged or missing during your eventual check out of the residence halls, you will be charged for the replacement cover.
5. Checking out in and out the residence hall properly is your responsibility. Procedures will be posted for check-out during Thanksgiving, Christmas, Spring Break, and the end of the semester(s). Any damage to residence hall property will be charged to your student account. Before taking finals, receiving grades, and/or receiving your degree, these charges must be paid in the business office.
6. The residence hall will provide light bulbs, toilet tissue, and minor medical supplies. Please ask your Resident Assistant or Resident Hall Director.
7. Take all of your personal trash outside to the dumpster. Do not leave trash in the halls or place it into the lobby trash cans. Be responsible and take it outside to the dumpster. You are encouraged to recycle items in the areas located in your residence hall lobby.
8. Rooms will be checked weekly by the RA to ensure that minimum standards of cleanliness are maintained. Guidelines for room checks are available in each room or from the RA or Resident Director. The times for room checks will be posted on the RAs door each week. These times will vary from week to week. Students whose rooms do not comply with room check standards will be required to fulfill community service as assigned by their Director. Failure to complete the community service may result in additional community service. Further failure to fulfill the community service becomes a disciplinary issue and is forwarded to the Associate Dean of Students.
9. Appropriate posters and pictures may be hung with white plastitak and/or modeling hooks and wire. (Double stick tape, nails, and decals deface rooms for future residents).
10. There are vacuums available for your cleaning convenience when an RA is on duty.
11. Absolutely no burning candles in the residence hall. You may use candles for display; however, you must cut and/or remove the wick. Students may receive up to a $50 fine for each candle with a wick. Candles burning or evidenced of burning will be taken up.
12. Room assignments are not permanent until the 8th class day of the semester. If your roommate cancels at the last minute, you will be expected to find a roommate or sign a Private Room Agreement. Private Room Agreements are $460 in addition to the regular room charge. Discuss this Private Room Charge with your parent/guardian before signing the Agreement. A list of roommates will be available from your Resident Director. All room changes must be approved by the Residence Hall Director and the Residence Life Office before you move.
13. Please be advised that any damage to the hall will be charged to the entire hall if the person responsible cannot be identified. This includes hall lights, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, etc.
4. Related to the entire Hall
1. Tobacco use is prohibited anywhere in the building. No smoking in the building.
2. Please control your displays of affection
3. Quiet hours are 10:00p to 8:00a every day, and 2:00p to 4:00p in addition to the regular hours on Sunday. Please be considerate of those who are studying and/or sleeping. Quiet hours will be observed.
4. Drugs, alcoholic beverages, and pornographic materials are prohibited anywhere on campus, including all residence halls.
5. Overnight guests should be registered with the RA on duty. This is so we can locate them in case of an emergency.
6. Members of the opposite sex are allowed in the lobby area only between noon and midnight. Visitation in residence halls by persons of the opposite sex is restricted to the lobby areas of each residence hall except for University-approved visitation as set by the Associate Dean of Students. Students who do not abide by this policy will receive disciplinary action by the Associate Dean of Students.
7. Please do not bounce basketballs, tennis balls, etc. in the residence hall. Also, no throwing or hitting of any object is allowed in the residence hall. Take your sports outside. Do not play them in the halls. Dart boards are not allowed in any room for any reason. Register and secure all guns with the HSU Police. No gun of any kind is allowed in the Residence Halls; this includes paintball guns, "BB" guns, pellet guns, etc.
8. Take care of all community areas. This includes the lobby and laundry room.
9. Fire Drills will be held a minimum of once a semester. Know your fire escape route which is located above each fire extinguisher in every hallway. Also, your RA will make you aware of a meeting place outside for your hall during the fire drill. Students who do not leave during a fire drill or students who choose to host a mock fire drill of their own will be referred to the Dean of Students for disciplinary action.
10. Read you Residence Life Guide and be familiar with the HSU student handbook and calendar. You are responsible for knowing the regulations of the University.
5. Special Needs
1. HSU is committed to providing the highest degree of service to students. In an effort to help Student Life assist you, please share any information regarding special needs or concerns you may have prior to your arrival on campus.
Please contact the HSU Disabilities Office at 325-670-5842.