2017-2018 Student Handbook

Page 49 of 107 Updated 1.25.17 Campus personnel check smoke detectors in rooms at various points throughout the year to ensure they are in working condition. Any smoke detectors that have been removed or damaged will be replaced, and the residents of the room will be charged. The university does not provide fire extinguishers in the campus houses and recommends that all students living in those spaces provide their own fire extinguisher for use in an emergency. Damage to or Loss of Personal Property The university assumes no responsibility for the private property of residents or their guests, does not provide insurance or any other financial protection for any personal property, nor is it liable for the loss or damage of any article of personal property anywhere on campus property. HSU recommends students check parents' homeowner's policy for inclusion of belongings away from home and obtain insurance protection against loss, damage or theft of personal property. Residents are strongly urged to lock living area doors to prevent theft. In the unfortunate event that a student is the victim of theft, they should file a report with their Resident Assistant, Residence Director, or HSU Police. Damage to University Property If a student, or their guest, is responsible for damages to HSU property, they will be held accountable to pay for the repairs. If the damage occurs during their contracted period in student housing, the responsible student may be referred to the Student Conduct Process. Reporting Maintenance Needs The Hardin-Simmons Facilities Department will repair electrical and plumbing problems, broken windows, screens, locks, etc. Repairs needed in rooms, bath facilities, or other areas should be reported at https://hsustudentlife.wufoo.com/forms/pk8yd101yfmu7q/ For emergency maintenance the Resident Assistant, Residence Director, or Campus Police should be contacted as soon as possible. If an issue goes unreported, the university reserves the right to charge the student for additional damage caused by the delayed reporting. Residential and Learning Commons Hours Residential Commons are designed spaces for community development and include entertainment equipment (as available) for video games, ping-pong, foosball, televisions, and DVD players. Residents and their guests are responsible for the careful use of provided equipment and are responsible for damaged or missing items. Residential Commons are open the following hours: Sunday – Saturday: 12:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. Studies show that more than eighty-percent of learning happens outside the classroom and as a result, Hardin- Simmons Residence Life has designated space in living areas for this purpose. Learning Commons are designated academic spaces that are designed to be used for study, group work, and other activities consistent with the academic mission of the university. Learning Commons are open the following hours: Sunday – Saturday: 12:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. Note: Students will be permitted to attend scheduled class in the learning commons at any time with faculty or staff supervision. Students and their guests should show consideration for others who may wish to use the Commons. Residential and Learning Common spaces are not the appropriate place for displays of affection. Students must be dressed