Residential Life Policy
The purpose of the residence hall is to provide a living, learning environment that enhances a student’s entire educational experience. The following policies support this effort:
AERIALS, ANTENNAS, (OUTSIDE) AND CABLE – No outside aerials for radio or television are permitted. Cable service is provided in the residence halls in the main lounges and rooms. Students may not run cables of any kind outside of the confines of their room.
AIR CONDITIONERS – The wiring in the halls is not adequate for air conditioning units. However, electric fans that are less than 5 years old are permitted. Keep in mind that overloaded circuits present the danger of fire.
BABYSITTING - Babysitting is not permitted in the residence halls.
BICYCLING, SKATING, AND SKATEBOARDING
- Purpose - This policy promotes greater safety on walkways, ramps, steps, and roadways at PLNU and to prevent physical damage to exterior surfaces owned and maintained by the university.
- Regulation - The use of bicycles, and in-line skates shall be allowed only as a means of transportation on walkways and roadways at PLNU. Anyone using a bicycle, skateboard, or in-line skates on PLNU property shall give right of way to any pedestrian and shall travel at a reasonable, safe, and prudent speed. Under no circumstances will bicycling, skateboarding, or in-line skating be allowed on ramps, curbs, benches, steps, stairs, railings or other such structures. The use of bicycles, skateboards, or in-line skates shall not be permitted inside any building.
- Enforcement - Violators of this policy shall be subject to fines. bicycles, skateboards, and in-line skate may be impounded and will be returned upon payment of fines.
BUILDING DECORATIONS - Due to the increased fire hazards/risks that they present, hay, leaves, sticks, live Christmas trees, large posters, lava lamps, halogen lamps, or flammable items are not permitted anywhere in University buildings. The use of fire retardant decorations is desired in decorating residence halls or other buildings.
CANDLES AND INCENSE - The possession and/or burning of candles, incense and items of similar nature in residence halls is prohibited by both University regulations and California ordinance.
CHANGES TO ROOMS - No changes to rooms are allowed. (e.g., painting, hardware, fixtures, etc.) In addition, students are not permitted to build lofts of any kind in the residence halls. Furniture may not be modified.
CHRISTMAS TREES - Cut Christmas and/or live trees are not permitted in the residence halls. This includes Flex Housing apartments.
DART BOARDS – Dart boards may not be installed in rooms or lounges; their installation and use damages walls and doors.
ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES – Approved: Students may use the following electrical devices in their rooms: clocks, electric fans, coffee pots, hot-air corn poppers, floor lamps, shavers, microwaves, stereo equipment (300 watt maximum), refrigerators (4.4 cubic feet maximum), microfridge, hot pots, hair dryers, curling irons, television sets, and computer equipment.
Not Approved: Personally owned hot plates, broilers, toaster units, lava lamps, space heaters, halogen lamps, and room air conditioners. These items are NOT permitted because of the possibility of power failures, overloaded electrical circuits, and fire hazards.
Electrical appliances as well as all extension cords must be UL approved, and must not be older than 10 years old.
Too many appliances attached to an extension cord can create a fire hazard. Heavy-duty extension cords are required for distances of more than six feet. A power strip is required when using more than two appliances at any wall receptacle.
Electrical appliances may not be mounted to University property. Christmas lights must be UL approved, fused, and in-line style. Christmas lights may not be placed on metal Christmas trees
ENTRY INTO STUDENT ROOMS – PLNU recognizes the rights of its students to protection against unreasonable entry and search. In order to preserve these rights, while at the same time continuing the University’s tradition as a place where the quality of residence hall living and community is maintained by policy and practice, PLNU has enacted the following procedural guidelines as to the entry into and searches of university-owned student rooms and student vehicles parked on campus.
Reasonable entry and search situations in which PLNU personnel will enter student rooms or vehicles parked on campus include, but are not limited to, instances in which there is reasonable cause to believe that (1) a university policy is being violated, (2) a student or other individual is a threat to themselves or others, (3) an emergency situation exists that requires the identification of a particular object to be located in the room or vehicle, or (4) safety inspection.
FRESHMAN CHECK-OUT POLICY – For purposes of this policy, a freshman student is defined as any student who graduated from high school within the past twelve months.
- If a freshman student intends to be gone overnight, s/he must check-out of the residence hall in advance at Residential Life. Proper check-out includes completing the check-out information card that is available at "The Box" during working hours with the following information:
- Specific date and time student is checking-out
- Date student will return
- Full information of the person with whom the student is staying:
- (i.e., street address, apt. number (if applicable), city, state, zip code, phone number including area code)
- Relationship of the person student is staying with
- Valid Check-out Sites:
- Students are not allowed to check-out to co-ed living situations. All students are expected to uphold all stated student conduct policies. Any activity that breaks the integrity of PLNU's Christian values as stated in this handbook will result in disciplinary consequences.
FURNITURE/DECOR - Every resident will be responsible for his or her room furniture, window and walls, for other than normal wear. Ornamental use of items identifiable as alcoholic beverage bottles/containers is not permitted. Posters, pictures and magazines that conflict with the goals and objectives of the university are not acceptable. All residence hall furniture must remain in student rooms at all times. Residence hall lounge furniture may not be moved into residence hall student rooms. Only outdoor furniture is allowed on Flex apartment balconies.
FURNITURE – Residence Hall Furniture Policy 2011-2012
During the previous school years, a number of PLNU residential students experienced disruption and dislocation due to the existence of bed bugs in several residence halls. The primary method of infestation was the transmission of bugs to campus on used furniture. PLNU responded comprehensively and has developed one of the leading bed bug prevention programs. As a result, we are in our third year with no cases of bed bugs.
Therefore, students are not allowed to bring the following items to campus:
- Any upholstered furniture, which includes but not limited to: couches, chairs, and upholstered storage bins
- Any furniture with upholstered attachments that cannot fit into a university dryer which includes: futons and “papason” chairs
- Any pillows, cushions or bean bags, that are too large to fit in a dryer
Before bringing items that can fit into a university dryer, however, students must:
- Visually inspect all items prior to moving them into a residence hall
- Pre-treat items prior to arrival to PLNU by placing them in a large capacity dryer on the highest setting for a minimum of 30 minutes
Items must never be stored outside or in a garage prior to arrival at PLNU or while at PLNU
We also ask that suitcases used previously for foreign travel be left at home as well as all used backpacks, duffle bags, and bedding be pretreated prior to arrival at PLNU.
Helpful information about what to bring and what not to bring can be found in the Student Handbook or on the Residential Website.
Note: A student whose property introduces a bed bug infestation may be financially liable for all or part of the cost of mitigating measures, and their property may be confiscated.
HANGING ITEMS FROM CEILING OR PIPES – Due to fire safety reasons, nothing is allowed to be attached to the ceiling, or hung over the ceiling or lights. Additionally, nothing may be hung from the automatic fire sprinkler system pipes or other pipes in rooms.
HEALTH AND LIVING ENVIRONMENT - Upon the discovery of any disorder or illness that may create a health or learning risk to any student, the student’s family must remove the student from the residence hall until an assessment of the student has been completed, a plan of support/treatment is developed by University officials, resources for the support/treatment have been reviewed, and a consistent accountability plan has been established. All conditions of the plan must be met by the student in order to remain enrolled at the University.
HOUSEKEEPING -Each residence hall (except for Flex Housing) has a housekeeping staff that is responsible for the cleaning of public lounges, hallways, and bathrooms. They are only expected to clean that which is a result of normal everyday residential living. Additional cleaning beyond the norm, such as the results of pranks or carelessness, will be the responsibility of these residents in that living area. Please note that all hair following haircuts should be cleaned up immediately. Flex housing apartments are to be cleaned by the occupants.
IMPEDIMENT TO THE GROWTH OF OTHERS – PLNU reserves the right to remove students from housing and/or the institution if they are an impediment to the growth, health or safety of other students, faculty or staff.
MANDATORY HALL MEETINGS – Students are expected to participate in any mandatory hall meeting called by a Residential Life staff member – RDs and/or RAs. Mandatory meetings are primarily called to discuss, promote and educate residents about safety and other important community issues. Failure to attend these meetings can endanger the resident, as well as other hall members in the event of an emergency. Because of the extreme importance of these meetings, failure to attend will result in disciplinary action. Each student is responsible to report any scheduling conflicts to his or her Residential Life staff member in advance of the meeting, and to schedule an alternate meeting.
NO PETS OR ANIMALS ARE PERMITTED -The only exception are fish in a tank that is no larger than ten gallons (Keep in mind that tanks must be unplugged over Christmas and Spring breaks).
OBJECTS THROWN FROM WINDOWS – Do not throw, shoot, bat, sling, or hang any objects from residence hall windows. This includes items such as water balloons, water, debris, bottles, or cans. Such objects may seriously injure someone. A damage fee will also be assessed for removal of screens and any damage to public spaces.
OCCUPANCY - Residence halls are closed during Christmas and Spring breaks. The right of occupancy does not include these periods.
QUIET AND COURTESY HOURS POLICY – Courtesy and Quiet Hours have been designated in the residence halls because people study, work, play and think at varying times of the day or night. Residents have the right to expect others to maintain an environment conducive to growth and learning.
In addition, Quiet Hours have been established to help residents study and to enable them to get uninterrupted sleep. Quiet Hours are in effect from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. in all residence halls and apartments.
The Residence Hall staff will enlist the cooperation of all residents in maintaining Quiet and Courtesy Hours. Please do not play your stereo, radio or television so loudly that it disturbs others (during Courtesy Hours) or so that it can be heard outside your rooms (during Quiet Hours). Residence Life staff have the right to confiscate stereos, radios, televisions, or any other noise-producing device, which is played above acceptable noise levels.
If the offending noise is the result of a gathering of people, one verbal warning will be given. If the noise persists, the group will be asked to disperse. Students who violate the Quiet and Courtesy Hours Policy may face disciplinary action.
RESIDENCE HALL DAMAGE - Damage of PLNU property will result in a charge to the individual, as well as possible disciplinary action.
RESIDENCE HALL OPEN HOUSE - The residence halls are designed and provided for the accommodation of registered students at Point Loma Nazarene University, and only at the residence hall to which they are assigned. Visitors will be permitted to stay overnight in a residence hall for a maximum of three nights per semester. In all cases, the Resident Director of the residence hall must be advised in advance, and register the guest. The residence halls are assigned by gender. Open House in the residence hall rooms or units by persons of the opposite sex is permitted only in designated areas and during specified hours.
Open House Hours are:
Sunday through Thursday (9:00am - 12:00am)
Friday and Saturday (9:00am - 1:00am)
Sunday through Thursday (12:00pm - 11:00pm)
Friday and Saturday (12:00pm - 12:00am)
Wiley, Finch and Nease West (floors 7 - 8)
Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday (7:00pm - 11:00pm)
Hendricks, Klassen, Nease East (floors 1 - 6) and Young:Tuesday, Friday and Saturday (7:00pm - 11:00pm)
All Resident Hall Lobby's close at 11:00pm. When the lobby is closed, persons of the opposite gender and non-PLNU students are not allowed in the building. The exception is the co-ed lobby/lounge of Goodwin Hall, which is closed to non-PLNU students after 11:00pm.
Open house violation: The first violation is a $50 fine for each student involved. The second violation is a $100 fine and loss of open house privileges for the remainder of the year for each student involved.
*All visitors must check in and out at the Residence Hall box.
RESIDENTIAL LIFE HEALTH AND SAFETY INSPECTIONS – Residential Life Health and Safety inspections may be conducted two or more times each semester in the residence halls and apartments. Additional inspections may be conducted at the discretion of the Resident Director.
A Residential Life Inspection is principally to discover and eliminate health and fire hazards in order to ensure the well being of the resident. However, the staff may also take note of, and follow up on, violations of the student conduct code. It is also an opportunity to communicate any room or building concerns directly to the Resident Director and Resident Assistant. Residents are encouraged to be present during the inspection. However, if a resident is absent, the inspection will still proceed at the scheduled inspection time.
Residential Life Inspections are generally preceded by at least a twenty-four hour posted notice. However, such notice is not required.
Any health and safety violations found in an inspection will be re-addressed within twenty-four hours in a follow-up inspection.
ROOM CHANGE – When a real need is deemed to exist, and if the space is available, residents may change rooms or roommates. The Resident Directors in each respective building AND the Dean of Students, must approve all room changes prior to move. Room change forms may be obtained from Student Development or your Resident Director.
No room changes can take place during the first two weeks of each semester, and are strongly discouraged after the fifth week of school. Students requesting to change rooms after the fifth week will be charged a $50 administration fee. RDs and Student Development staff reserve the right to move students when necessary for emergency or administrative reasons.
ROOM REASSIGNMENT - The university reserves the right to move students at any time. The reasons for changing a student's room include, but are not limited to:
- Consolidating space following the withdrawal of other students
- Resolving conflicts that could not be mediated
- Improving a student’s chance of success at PLNU
- Improving the health of a resident area
- Creating space for on-going housing improvement or construction
SPORTS AND RECREATION - With the many intramural and other informal recreational opportunities provided by the Athletic Department, it is not permissible for students to participate in these activities in the residence halls and apartments. All damages that occur as a result of hockey, baseball, basketball, soccer, golf, etc. in the residence hall will result in punitive, as well as compensatory, fines.
WINDOW SCREENS – Most residence halls/houses are equipped with window screens. For reasons of health, safety, and security, DO NOT remove them. You and your roommate are solely responsible for damage to screens in your room. A fine will be assessed for any screen that is removed.