Research has shown that students who live on campus are more likely to
get higher GPAs, be more involved in campus life, and to stay in school
and/or graduate. The residence halls become an extension of your classroom.
You will learn skills here that will benefit you throughout your life,
regardless of your chosen career. You will have the opportunity to learn
or improve communication skills, the art of negotiation, the importance
of compromise, appreciation and/or tolerance for different lifestyles
and opinions in addition to potentially forming lifelong friendships.
The DWU residence halls and apartments are more than a place to sleep,
they teach invaluable life lessons that can’t be measured in terms
of cost. Remember, though, you will get out of this experience what you
put into it. We welcome you to the DWU residence halls.
RESIDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
As a member of DWU’s residence hall community, you are afforded
certain individual rights that your roommate(s) and those living around
you should respect. However, these rights carry with them a reciprocal
responsibility for you. Your responsibilities ensure that your roommate(s),
suite/apartment mates, floor mates, and other residents are afforded the
same rights regardless of their gender, race, creed, religion, sexual
orientation, cultural background, beliefs, values or attitudes. When you
meet your responsibilities, you will be helping to make the university
and residence halls a great place to live and work.
You share the responsibility. You can help ensure that these
rights will be honored through thoughtful discussion and open communication
with roommates, suite/apartment mates, floor mates, and other residents.
The residence life staff is committed to offering you an
inclusive environment that will allow you to take healthy risks, grow
and participate in enriching and challenging activities. The choice is
yours: you can choose to passively exist or to take full advantage of
your living environment by participating in activities, standing up for
yourself and others and speaking up for what you believe has value.
These rights and responsibilities are not legally binding,
but they are meant to complement other university publications and to
positively impact your residential experiences. You have the right to
a safe and secure residence hall living environment. You have the responsibility
to keep your room door, hall doors, and windows locked, and to not prop
them open or allow in strangers. You also have a responsibility to uphold
all security policies and procedures and to close propped exterior doors
if you encounter them. Violations of these security policies and procedures
put you and others at risk. You have the right to a reasonably peaceful
and quiet space in which you can sleep, study, and live. You have the
responsibility to observe quiet hours, to keep your stereo, television,
computer and your voice at a reasonable volume in your room and on your
floor, and to remind your guests and others that you expect the same of
them. You have the right to privacy and to the proportionate use of your
room, both in terms of space and time, and the right to be free of unwanted
guests in your room. You have the responsibility to let your roommate
know of your wishes and preference for hours of sleep, study, and visitation,
and to work through any difference you may have in a peaceful manner.
You also have a responsibility to make sure your guests do not violate
your roommate's rights or interfere with his/her use of your room. You
have the responsibility confront another person's behavior when it infringes
on your rights and to examine your own behavior when confronted by another
and to work toward resolving conflicts. You have the responsibility to
notify a staff person of your problem and request assistance in a timely
manner, and to cooperate with those involved as they work with everyone
to solve the problem(s). The sooner you report the problem, the sooner
it can be addressed to reach a solution.
To a significant extent, your success will depend on your
ability to understand and balance the rights and responsibilities aspects
of your college experience. The university staff does not assume the role
of campus parent, and you will seldom be told what to do or what not to
do with regard to your personal behavior. The obvious exception, as with
society at large, is when individual behavior threatens the health and
safety of others or the community or begins to disrupt the legitimate
pursuits of others within the residence halls.
TIPS, SUGGESTIONS, AND EXPECTATIONS
FOR RESIDENTIAL STUDENTS
BUNK BEDS AND LOFTS
Many students find that they can increase the living space of their rooms
if they bunk or loft their beds. Residents of Dayton Hall may choose to
create bunk beds using materials provided. Metal lofts may be used in
the women’s wing of Dayton Hall and are available for rent. Contact
the director of residential life for more information. Wooden lofts and
platforms are not permitted due to safety concerns.
During the summer, students will receive notification of their assigned
room/apartment with details about moving in. In order to provide the best
service possible to all residents, please plan to arrive and/or move in
only during assigned dates and times. If you are with a group, such as
certain athletic teams, which requires additional dates/time, your coach
will coordinate those arrangements with the residence life staff and contact
you regarding these arrangements. Students should contact their resident
assistant or resident director for details regarding check-in, keys, mailboxes,
etc. Students are responsible for inspecting their rooms, apartments,
or suite before signing the check-in sheet.
Students should arrange a checkout time with a resident assistant. The
RA will check the student's room, apartment, or suite using the Room Inventory
& Condition Form that each student signed when he or she moved in.
Residents will be assessed for damages above normal wear and tear and
for common hall share charges. It is important for students to remember
to return the room/area to its original condition before checkout. Each
room must contain all the furniture that was originally in there upon
check-in. Students should not leave lumber, construction materials, bricks,
blocks or personal furnishings in rooms, lounges or hallways. Hall rooms
and apartments should be clean at the time of the student's checkout.
If a student's room/apartment requires extra cleaning, he or she will
be assessed labor costs. Students will continue
to incur room and board costs until properly checked out and will be assessed
a $50 fine for failure to check out properly. Dakota Wesleyan
University reserves the option to dispose of any property not removed
within two weeks following separation from the university or conclusion
of the current academic session without prior notification.
Students failing to check out properly risk losing/forfeiting their housing
deposit. We know that you probably have plans for your deposit and are
counting on getting it back. In order to increase the odds of having your
deposit returned in a timely manner, you should do the following:
sign up for checkout with residence life staff member
remove all personal items from your room
return all original room furniture to original condition
clean the room (sweep, mop, empty trash)
close all windows
sign the check out sheet after RA's inspection
lock room door
turn in room key
leave forwarding address with DWU Central Services
COMMON HALL SHARE (CHS) CHARGES
As in any community there are instances when damages or vandalism may
occur. When these damages occur in the residence halls, the staff will
make every effort to identify the individual or group responsible. When
they are unable to identify the person or group responsible the costs
of repair/replacement are divided equally among the floor/building where
the damage occurred. These charges are known as common hall share charges
(CHS) and will be deducted from each resident's housing deposit at the
end of each semester. Charges in excess of this deposit will be billed
to the student and must be paid prior to the start of the next semester.
We would rather work with the student or group responsible than to bill
everyone but when that isn’t possible, we have to bill everyone
on the floor or in the building, depending on the location and extent
of the damage. You can reduce these charges by being proactive, being
aware of your surroundings and reporting those individuals that you observe
damaging your living area.
Students are welcome to cook in designated kitchens in each residence
hall. It is the student's responsibility to clean the area when finished.
Limited cooking may be done in the rooms with appliances that are permitted
by the South Dakota State Fire Marshal. Appliances with open elements
are prohibited, including but not limited to “fifth” burners,
toaster ovens, toasters, electric woks/skillets/grills, etc. The only
appliances allowed in the rooms are popcorn poppers, coffeepots, microwaves
and micro-fridges except in the campus apartments where toaster ovens,
toasters, and electric grills are permitted.
Residential students pay a $50 deposit prior to being assigned
a room and/or being allowed to move into residence halls and a housing
deposit of $150 for students moving into the apartments. Each room, apartment
and suite is inspected before occupancy to insure that it is in adequate
condition and contains a full complement of furnishings. At that time,
existing damages are noted so that the new occupant is not held accountable.
When vacated, the room is checked a second time and all damages occurring
during the intervening period are charged against the housing deposit.
After all charges have been calculated, a refund of the student's housing
deposit will be applied to any outstanding university balance. If there
is no balance, the deposit will be returned to the student by the business
Students need to know that failure to check out of their
living area properly may result in forfeiture of their housing deposit.
Check with the residence life staff or the director of residence life
for additional information.
Students should feel free to decorate their rooms, suites, and
apartments according to their personal interests and needs. You may find
it helpful to discuss and/or coordinate your decorating ideas with your
roommate(s). Regardless of how you decide to decorate, all students are
asked to use good judgment and caution. The residence halls and apartments
do not have elevators and the stairs may be an important factor in deciding
which items to bring and which ones to leave at home. Be especially careful
not to overload existing outlets. We know that students tend to bring
more electrical items now than in the past and recognize the limited number
of outlets available in each living area. To accommodate your electrical
needs and for the safety of all our residents, we require students to
use power strips with built-in circuit breakers instead of extension cords.
Again we advise students to use both caution and common sense when using
the power strips. Do not plug one power strip into another as that may
defeat the built-in safety features and could compromise the entire electrical
system. Students are encouraged to hang posters and other items on their
walls with masking tape or removable poster putty. Nails, double-stick
tape, duct/packaging tape, and other adhesives will damage the walls and
doors and result in charges. Decoration of public access areas (e.g. outside
room doors, hallways, lounges) shall be left to the discretion of the
resident director. Items considered offensive, harassing or pornographic
are not permitted and will be removed.
We encourage students to express their religious/personal
beliefs and to decorate accordingly. No live trees are permitted in the
residence halls or apartments by order of the Fire Marshall. Residents
are asked to unplug all seasonal lights when leaving the room or sleeping.
Students are expected to remove all holiday decorations before leaving
for semester break. While we understand that some people prefer to display
holiday decorations year round these items may be damaged or fall during
the break as a result of building temperature fluctuations that may occur
during these times.
The following items are not permitted in the residence halls
or apartments. Students possessing these items will face disciplinary
- air conditioners, including both window and portable room units (electrical
requirements tend to result in overloaded circuits and buildings are
not equipped for these items)
- linoleum or foam-backed carpeting (adhesive residue results in charges,
foam is a potential fire hazard)
- waterbeds (weight of beds may challenge structure of building and
potential water damage to several rooms if punctured)
- electric heaters/blankets (potential fire hazards with this many
people/units in one place)
- halogen lights (have been linked to numerous fires across the country)
- traffic/construction signs (possession of these items may also result
in criminal charges)
For the protection of our residents, the residence hall doors will remain
locked 24 hours a day. Residents will need to use their key card to gain
entrance to the residence halls. Emergency exits are alarmed and will
remain locked 24 hours a day. Unauthorized use will activate the alarm
and may result in disciplinary action.
Each room is equipped with a basic complement of furniture, which
normally includes a desk, desk chair, bed frame, mattress, closet and
drawers for each student. Students will be billed for items that were
present at check-in but are not upon check out. To prevent damage to the
furnishings and charges for missing items,
no furniture, including bed frames and springs, may be removed from students'
rooms/apartments. Additional furniture or furnishings
placed in an assigned room/apartment by the resident is subject to the
approval of the resident director for health and safety control. Built-in
furniture may not be dismantled or moved. Lounge, classroom and other
university furniture are not to be moved to student rooms/apartments for
Students have expressed a desire to personalize the apartments
according to their needs and interests and thus these units are largely
unfurnished. We provide a bed frame and a mattress per resident and encourage
residents to coordinate additional furnishings with their roommate(s).
Residents are reminded to use common sense when choosing their furnishings
and consider apartment size as well as the physical design of the building.
Items that look fantastic in the store may not fit around corners or through
doorways and unless you are fortunate enough to be assigned to the first
floor, you will have to haul everything upstairs.
We encourage guests to visit their family and friends living in the residence
halls. We ask that guests abide by the guidelines we have established
in order to protect the rights and privacy of our residents. Nonresidents
may visit residents in the residence halls during open visitation hours,
10 a.m. to 12 a.m. Sunday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and
All nonresidents must sign in and out at the Dayton Hall front desk from
7 p.m. to 12 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday
and Saturday. Nonresidents are expected to leave by 12 a.m. Sunday through
Thursday and by 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Guests must legibly write
their first and last name and that of the resident they are visiting in
addition to his/her room number. Non-DWU students must be escorted at
all times within the hall. Visitors may be asked to leave ID before entry.
Minors must leave photo ID, get permission from residence life staff to
enter and/or visit residents, and be escorted by a resident while in the
building unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. Residents are responsible
for any visitors signed into their room.
Students in Dayton Hall will be found to be in violation of the DWU visitation
policy if they have a visitor of the opposite sex in their room or are
present in a room where visitation is being violated.
Allen Hall and Apartment residents have the privilege of 24 hour visitation
for guests of the same gender as the room occupants. Normal visitation
hours apply for the opposite gender. Guests may not spend more than three
consecutive nights in the same room. Violations and abuses of this policy
can and will result in the privilege being revoked.
Guests planning to stay overnight must sign in and out. Guests who choose
to stay overnight must be the same sex as the room occupants and may not
stay more than two consecutive nights without permission from the director
of residence life. For the safety and comfort of all residents and guests
a maximum of three guests per room may stay overnight. Minors are not
allowed in the residence hall overnight without permission from parents
and the director of residence life. Each resident is expected to limit
overnight guests to six stays per semester. Students with exceptional
circumstances must contact the director of residence life. Guests are
expected to use gender specific restrooms.
Students who entertain guests in their residence hall have full responsibility
for themselves, as well as for their guests, and for any damages and/or
violations that may occur. It is expected that in regulating your visitation
hours you will recognize that everyone deserves consideration. Your nonresident
guests are welcome in the residence hall provided they adhere to university
policies during their visit. If a guest is disruptive and/or fails to
adhere to university policies, they may be asked to leave. Rights of residents
supersede those of guests within individual residence hall rooms.
Safety and security measures for the entire campus, including
the residence halls and apartments are only as effective as the people
who use them. Each resident is provided with a room key which will open
the interior door of their room or apartment. Your ID card will provide
access to locked residence hall exterior doors. Lost keys undermine the
safety of all residents of a particular room or apartment and residents
are encouraged to take all reasonable steps to safeguard any keys assigned
to them to minimize the likelihood of loss or theft. If a key is lost
or damaged beyond use, please notify your resident assistant or resident
director immediately to make arrangements for a replacement. We suggest
that you notify your roommate(s) about the lost key as a courtesy and
to allow them to protect any items that might be at risk in the event
that the lost key ends up in the wrong hands. There is a standard charge
of $50 for each lost room key to cover replacement costs. Additional charges
may be assessed if the lock needs to be re-cored for any reason. Since
your ID card provides access to exterior doors, the cost for this replacement
is $10 for a new ID card. Charges for lost keys are nonrefundable even
if the key or ID is later found or returned. Residents
are prohibited from giving their room key or ID to anyone under any circumstances.
Note: It is unlawful to duplicate or attempt to duplicate university keys
including residence keys.
Laundry rooms are located in the basements of Allen and Dayton Halls and
are provided for resident students only. The cost is 50 cents per load
to wash and 25 cents per load to dry. Overloading dryers will result in
higher dryer time and cost. If you have never done laundry before or are
unsure how to do it, you might find it helpful to get some pointers before
you do your first load or you may end up with an odd assortment of colors
MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR REQUESTS
DWU personnel make every effort to repair or replace damaged or malfunctioning
equipment and furnishings as quickly and as efficiently as possible. In
the event that you discover an item which requires repair or replacement,
contact your resident assistant or director as soon as possible to report
the problem. He/she will make arrangements to repair or replace the item
as soon as practical. When a problem is reported promptly the chances
are better that the staff may be able to fix it before it gets more serious
and/or takes longer to repair. Request for maintenance gives consent for
university personnel to enter room.
If you encounter or observe a serious maintenance situation, such as
water overflowing from a sink, toilet, or broken pipe, contact the resident
assistant or director immediately to minimize injuries and irreparable
damage to personal items and/or the facility. If you are not sure whether
or not a problem is serious, notify the residence life staff and they
will determine the immediacy of the problem. Your help can prevent minor
problems from becoming serious and will create a safer and more comfortable
environment for everyone.
The most common complaint from residents tends to deal with noise,
including amount, type, or frequency. Noise is defined as any sound that
can be heard outside the confines of a room/apartment. As a general guideline,
if any sound can be heard two rooms away it is too noisy and should be
adjusted accordingly. Students are expected to be considerate of other
residents at all times. This means respecting another's right to sleep,
study or not to be disturbed. Effort should be made to keep the sound
level confined to the individual's room/apartment. Each resident is expected
to initially address any noise problem that is of concern to him/her and
to call upon an RA if assistance is needed.
Quiet hours extend from 10 p.m. to 10 a.m. Residents are expected to
turn down volume on televisions, stereos and computer games and to refrain
from loud talking and other noises during these hours.
"Jam hours," periods when no regulations apply to noise, exist
from 5 to 7 p.m. daily, except during finals. Courtesy hours, periods
when students are asked to be considerate of others' rights to study,
are enforced from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.