Frequently Asked Questions

For incoming students, parents or even students currently enrolled, there will surely be questions. Below is a list of links, each one leading to a section with information that you may find helpful. Remember, if you have any questions feel free to contact the Office of Residential Life and Housing at 423-614-6000 or housing@leeuniversity.edu.
 
General Questions

Does the University have a curfew policy?
Curfew is checked for all freshman (29 hours and below) nightly by a Resident Assistant. Students 20 years of age or older do not have curfew.

When will I find out about my residence hall assignment?
Assignments letters are mailed in February, May and throughout the summer for the fall semester and in November for the spring semester.

How are roommate assignments made?
Specific roommate assignments are made by each Resident Director (RD) who attempts to find a compatible roommate for you by using specific indicators of personal information given on your residence hall application.

What if I don’t get assigned to one of the residence halls I preferred?
Once you receive your housing assignment, you can contact the Residential Life and Housing office to be placed on the waiting list for your preferred residence hall. We will try our best to accommodate your request; however, due to limited openings, we cannot always guarantee a move.

What if I need special accommodations?
Special accommodations should be communicated to the Admissions Office upon applying to the University.

May I have my own room?
Residence hall rooms are double-occupancy rooms only.

What furniture is provided in my room?
Each room has a twin bed, chest of drawers, desk and chair.

Are the twin beds regular size or extra-long?
All the beds on campus are extra-long twins.

Can I raise my bed for extra storage space?
Yes. You can raise your bed for extra storage space. However, concrete blocks may not be used because they damage the furniture.

How many people share a bathroom?
In the community style residence halls (Medlin, Simmons and Nora Chambers) students share a community bathroom (with privacy separators) located on each floor. In the suite style residence halls (Atkins-Ellis, Cross, Davis, Sharp, Tharp, New Hughes, O’Bannon and Bowdle) two rooms are connected by one bathroom, with four people sharing that bathroom. In the apartment style (B.L. Hicks, Keeble, Livingston, and Storms Hall) there is a bathroom for every two students. In Brinfield Row and Livingston East, four students share a full bath and a half bath.

Are there facilities for washing and drying my clothes?
Every residence hall has laundry facilities. It costs $1.25 for washer and $1.00 for dryer. Each townhouse in Brinsfield Row has a washer and dryer at no expense to the student.

What about extension cords or multi-plugs?
Extension cords are not permitted in the residence hall rooms due to fire safety regulations. Power strips with surge protectors are allowed.

Are pets allowed?
Pets are not allowed in the halls or on the premises.

Is purchasing a meal plan mandatory?
Freshmen (29 credit hours or below) living on-campus are required to purchase a meal plan option. Students with 30 credit hours and higher or 21 years of age or older are not required to have a meal plan.

What if I need something repaired in my room?
You may submit all of your maintenance requests through your residence hall team. It is their responsibility to report items to the Physical Plant department. Your Resident Director will outline the specific procedures for your residence hall during the residence hall meeting at the beginning of each semester.

What about bringing my own refrigerator or microwave?
Students can bring a small refrigerator and a small (700 watt or less) microwave. However, the refrigerator cannot exceed 4.5 cubic feet and only one refrigerator & microwave is allowed per room. Most residence halls have community microwaves and refrigerators. Students can elect to bring two smaller refrigerators, but the combined cubic feet cannot exceed 4.5.

What is the alcohol and smoking policy?
Lee University is a drug and alcohol free campus. Please review the Student Handbook (http://www.leeuniversity.edu/publications/student-handbook.aspx) for specific guidelines and expectations.

May I bring a car to campus?
Due to the growing demands for campus parking, freshman are discouraged from bringing automobiles to the Lee University campus. Those who choose to bring cars will be assigned to auxiliary parking lots which are not contiguous to residence halls but are within walking distance.

How will I receive U.S. mail while I live on campus?
Each student will be assigned a campus post office mail box at registration.

What is visitation…may I have visitors in my residence hall room?
Students of the opposite sex are allowed in the main lobbies of the dormitories until curfew. No members of the opposite sex will be permitted beyond the lobby of any dorm or in the bedroom of any apartment unless given permission from the Resident Director. This applies during all breaks as well.

For Brinsfield Row, Livingston East, Livingston, Keeble, Storms and B.L. Hicks- Male/Female visitors will be allowed to visit in the apartment living room on the following days and times only:

Monday-Thursday 4:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

Friday 12:00 noon-1:00 a.m.

Saturday 12:00 noon-1:00 a.m.

Sunday 12:00 noon-9:00 p.m.

Do residence halls stay open when Lee University is closed?
Residence halls stay open during Fall break, Thanksgiving break, Spring break, and Easter break. The residence halls are CLOSED during Christmas break.

May I bring a bicycle to campus?
Bicycles are not to be kept in the residence halls for any reason, as this is a violation of the fire code. Bike racks are provided for each residence hall, and students are encouraged to lock all bikes appropriately. No storage hooks may be placed in the ceiling. The University assumes no responsibility for lost, stolen, or damaged bicycles.

Will the University pay for property loss that results from theft or maintenance issues in the residence hall rooms?
While the University takes reasonable measures to prevent theft and vandalism, individual students must take responsibility for keeping their room doors and windows locked at all times. University insurance does not cover loss of personal possessions, and the University does not assume responsibility for damaged, lost or stolen items, from any part of the residence hall. We do, however, recommend parents check into their existing home owner's insurance plan to see if coverage extends to their child's dorm room. Additional insurance can also be purchased through National Student Services, Inc. (www.nssinc.com) at very reasonable rates.

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Policies
Anytime there are people living in communities there is a need for universal values and an orderly way of doing things. At Lee University, many of these values are based upon Biblical precepts or absolutes as outlined in Scripture. These apply in all places at all time and are not subject to social change. Other values at Lee are prudent in nature. They reflect sound discipline and stewardship and frequently involve concern for one’s influence upon others. The University prohibits personal behavior, whether on or off campus, that fails to exhibit regard for the rights of others, or shows disrespect for the safety of persons and property.

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What to Bring

  • Alarm clock

  • Backpack

  • Bed sheets (twin size extra long)

  • Bedspread, blanket, and pillow

  • Bike (park in designated areas only)

  • Cables (TV, telephone, DVD, VCR, etc.)

  • Computer, printer

  • Cleaning supplies

  • Desk lamp

  • Desk/school supplies

  • Fan (portable)

  • Flashlight

  • Flip flops for the shower

  • Hair dryer, curling iron, etc.

  • Iron (ironing allowed only in designated areas)

  • Laundry supplies

  • Padlocks (desk, laptop, and bike)

  • Room decorations (adhere to physical plant policies for hanging pictures, etc.)

  • Stamps and envelopes

  • Stereo system (no amplifiers; no speaker systems—floor standing speakers and subwoofers; headphones required)

  • Telephone and cord

  • Television, VCR, and DVD

  • Towels and washcloths

  • Toiletries

What you’ll find in your room

  • Bed (extra-long twin size)

  • Bookshelves (in some rooms only)

  • Chest of drawers

  • Closet

  • Desk and chair

  • Ethernet connection (Available in Atkins-Ellis, B.L. Hicks, Bowdle, Davis, Sharp, Keeble, Livingston, O’Bannon, and Storms Halls)

  • Microwave/refrigerator/freezer combination unit (Available in B.L. Hicks, Livingston, Keeble, Storms, and Brinsfield Row townhouse apartments)

  • Smoke detector

  • Telephone connection

What to leave behind

  • Most food preparation appliances (except for a refrigerator and small microwave, limits apply).  George Forman grills, toaster ovens, crock pots and coffee pots may be stored in the rooms but can only be used in designated kitchen areas.

  • Floor standing speakers and subwoofers

  • Concrete blocks of any kind

  • Candles and incense

  • Ceiling fans

  • Firearms

  • Grill

  • Halogen lamps

  • Heaters

  • Pets (of any kind)

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Computers, Cable, Phones

Is there wireless access in the residence hall?
All residence halls have wireless connection with the exception of Carroll Courts and Auxiliary housing. Students residing in these locations will not be charged a telecommunications fee and may purchase their own internet.

Are there computer labs available?
Computer labs are available in various academic buildings throughout campus and in the Paul Conn Student Union.

Is phone service provided by the University?
A “lobby phone” is located in each residence hall lobby for free local dialing as well as collect and credit card calling.

Is cable television available in the residence halls?
Cable television is located in most TV lounges. Students are permitted to purchase basic cable from the local cable company in their apartments in the following residence halls: Brinsfield Row, Keeble, Livingston, Livingston East, Storms, New Hughes and B. L. Hicks.

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Loft Guidelines
What is a loft?
Lofts provide a convenient way to maximize the use of space in your room and are allowed in all Lee Residence Halls. Lofts are usually constructed of wood and must be free-standing to avoid damage to the University furnishings and wall space.

Liability
Please understand that there are dangers and hazards in the construction, assembly, use and disassembly of a bed loft. The student assumes all related risks and responsibilities. Students will be required to pay the repair or replacement costs of any University property lost or damaged as a result of loft construction or use. Residential Life and Housing does not sell or endorse lofts sold by private vendors. Some lofts may or may not fit our residence hall rooms. Room dimensions vary from hall to hall so check with the residence hall you are assigned to ensure a loft you purchase fits your room. The University will not provide installation and construction services of any personal lofts and at no time accepts the responsibility for the loss of or damage to any loft, or parts thereof, that have been erected in the residence halls. The University assumes no responsibility for any injuries that may occur from using a loft.

Possible Fines/Charges

  1. Students will be required to pay the repair or replacement costs of any University property lost or damaged as a result of loft construction or use.

  2. All wood scraps, trash, sawdust, etc. must be taken directly to disposal sites outside the buildings and not left in the hallways or deposited in hall trash cans. Builders who fail to clean up will receive a bill for cleaning services.

  3. If you do not take apart your loft and dispose of it according to the guidelines, the Residential Life office will charge you to have it removed.

Guidelines
If you intend to build your own loft, you must use the following construction guidelines and specifications. These guidelines and specifications must be followed exactly—for your safety and the safety of others—they are not negotiable.

Specifications
The loft must be totally self-supporting and free standing, with no attachments to walls, ceilings, floors, shelves, woodwork or University furnishings. No nails, bolts or screws can be used in room walls, ceilings, floors or University-owned furnishings. All residence hall furnishings, including the provided bed springs and frames, must remain in the residence hall room; therefore most loft structures are built to hold the bed frame intact. A ladder or some safe way of getting onto the loft structure must be included in all loft systems and must be securely fastened to the loft. Side rails are also encouraged since they provide extra assurance from injuries caused by accidentally falling out of the bed. Loft systems must be built and located so that they do not interfere with access to heating, ventilation or air-conditioning units, thermostats, plumbing, pipe chase doors, sinks, or fire sprinklers. Residents are cautioned to take all possible precautions against damage to walls, paint, floor tile, woodwork, and other furniture. Damages will be charged to the resident.

Flammable decorative materials, such as paneling, netting, curtains, etc., are not to be attached to the loft. Any strong wood in good condition, with a minimum of knotholes can be used. It is recommended that you use, at least, construction grade #2 pine and have sufficient horizontal or diagonal bracing on the sides and rear to prevent the unit from swaying. The wood used in the construction of the loft must be flame retardant and designed for indoor use. Pressure-treated or chemically-treated lumber (generally green in color) may not be used. Treated lumber is designed for outdoor use only and can create a serious health hazard in an enclosed environment. No PVC pipes or concrete blocks are allowed in the construction of the loft. Due to fire regulations lofts may not block any room windows (must have 2.5’ clearance) and doors must be able to swing fully open. In the interest of personal safety, the height from the top of the mattress to the ceiling may be no less than 30”.

Constructing the loft
If you plan to build a loft, we suggest you wait until you arrive on campus to do so. The height of the ceiling and the location of room fixtures and furnishings often cause problems when you try to fit the loft into place. If you build it ahead of time, be prepared to make modifications to your loft when you arrive on campus. All painting/staining or fireproofing must be completed before you bring the lumber or materials on campus. All construction/assembly must be completed during the check-in period between the hours of 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Before, during and after construction, building materials may not be stored in public areas, hallways, lobbies or other areas outside the immediate area of the builder’s room. All wood scraps, trash, sawdust, etc. must be taken directly to disposal sites outside the building and not left in the hallways or deposited in hall trash cans. Builders who fail to clean up property will receive a bill for cleaning services. All University owned furniture and equipment must remain in the student’s room.

Taking it down

You may not take apart your loft during strict quiet hours unless the Residential Life and Housing office tells you otherwise. All materials must be removed from University property. You must put the room and furnishings back to the way they were when you came, and they must be clean. Bed frames must be put back together and fully secured. If you do not take apart your loft and dispose of it according to the guidelines, the Residential Life and Housing office will charge you to have it removed. If you discard your loft, please use the disposal sites on campus.

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Security & Fire Safety Information
The University maintains a safety force to provide protection for students, staff, and property. Safety officers perform a variety of duties including: regulating traffic and parking, filing vehicle accident reports, securing all buildings, maintaining order, providing assistance in times of emergency, and contacting local law enforcement authorities when needed. Students can also be escorted from parking lots to the residence halls by calling Security ten minutes before escort services are needed. Residence halls are secured twenty-four/seven. Each resident is assigned a student ID card that must be scanned in order to have access in to their residence hall.

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