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Davenport Housing and Residence Life is excited that you have decided to take advantage of all that Davenport has to offer by living on campus! We know that students who live on our campus are creating lifelong friendships, developing crucial life skills, becoming more active in our community and most importantly, are succeeding academically. Every student living on our campus is important and the Campus Life office is dedicated to providing each student a living environment that is both comfortable and conducive to academic excellence. Creating a community within our halls is the responsibility of all of us! As you check into your hall this fall, you will have the opportunity to meet your Hall Staff and other students. Housing is more than just providing you a room to sleep in – it is an opportunity for you to get involved and experience all that College has to offer! Welcome!

Read the following pages for important information as you begin to get ready for your arrival in August!


When you move into a Residence Hall at Davenport University, you have chosen to become a part of a unique community. This community is made up of a group of diverse individuals, here to pursue common educational goals and to share a wide variety of experiences.

Our Shared Community

In choosing to live in the residence halls, you have entered a community of peers in which: • We all live together on a floor in a suite or apartment • We are all students so we need to rest and to study • We are all challenged to balance our needs for privacy with the presence of roommates, floor-mates or suite/apartment-mates and their guests • We are all challenged to explore our rights to rest, relax, recreate, and socialize while not infringing upon the rights of others


Living Rights and Responsibilities

The rights and responsibilities of each resident in a room are important. Housing and Residence Life provide the following in an effort to assist students as they are a member of the Housing and Residence Life Community.

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Each member of a community must balance their rights and responsibilities in order to thrive and succeed in any group living environment. Students who disregard their responsibilities or violate the rights of others will be held accountable for their actions.


Moving to Davenport will be exciting, but it takes some preparation. To help you, students and staff have created the following lists of items that you may want to bring.


Pack your appetite, delicious dining is in store for you! Our chef is famous for serving up delectable dishes and creating exotic new pizzas. All students living in the residence halls must have a meal plan. Depending on the hall that you have been selected or been placed in depends on the type of meal plan you will recieve. South Hall Residents: Unlimited meal plan is required for all first time students living in South Hall. This plan allows student unlimited use during dining hall hours. This plan will also include $100.00 dining dollars that may be used at the Victory CafĂŠ in the Student Center or the Panther Den in the Academic Building. Cook/Meijer Residents: The 120 meal block is required for Cook/Meijer residents. It includes meal passes that studens can use anytime throughout the semester. This block does not include any dining dollars. All residents of Cook & Meijer Halls who have a 120 meal block are allowed to upgrade to an Unlimited or 14-meal plan.


Dining Dollars is money that comes with either the unlimited or 14 meal plan and can only be used at dining services locations on the Lettinga campus. This money is non-refundable and runs out at the end of the semester.

Panther Dollars is any money put onto the Panther One Card and can be used for laundry, the bookstore, and at dining services locations. This is a separate account from the debit function of the card. For more information visit DUPosit at: https://duposit.davenport.edu. There is a $10 minimum.


There are many different things around campus that you need to be aware of for a successful start. Read about them below!

The Tyrus R. Wessell Bookstore

The bookstore, located in the main lobby of the academic building, is your one-stop shopping destination for all your school needs. You can access the store online 24/7 at DUspirit.com. You can contact the bookstore at 616-554-4767. Here are some tips for purchasing your books and course supplies: • Shop Early – Previously owned or “used” textbooks are usually available before the beginning of the semester. Used textbooks are first come, first serve. • Bring your class schedule – This will help you or the bookstore clerk find the right book for your class. All books are organized by their course number. • Book vouchers – Eligible students are automatically awarded book vouchers after they complete the payment process. These students should allow 24-48 hours for the funds to reach the bookstore’s system. Voucher funds can be used to purchase textbooks, scrubs for Health courses, calculators, some school supplies, select electronics, and course packs. You may use your voucher in the bookstore, at the online bookstore, or at voucher.DUspirit.com for course supplies and electronics. Your book voucher is a part of your financial aid. For questions regarding a book voucher, talk with your financial aid advisor or email bookvouchers@davenport.edu. • Online classes – The bookstore stocks books for in-seat classes only. If you have any online classes, books can be purchased through our online bookstore: http://davenport.edu/ onlinebooks. The online bookstore offers new, used, “marketplace,” ebooks, and rentals. You can also sell your books back online.


Apple Education Discounts are Available! Davenport students, parents purchasing on their behalf, faculty and staff can save on any Mac computer and many other Apple products by purchasing online through the Davenport University Apple Store for Education! You’ll get fast, free shipping, free engraving on iPad and iPod, the option to buy online and pick up at an Apple Store near you, as well as financing options. Keep in touch! Like us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/DUSpiritStore to gain access to the latest fashions, promotions, contests, and bookstore news.


Academic Advising

Davenport University’s academic advisors are here to assist students in various ways whether scheduling classes for the next year or helping determine what degree path to pursue. More information can be found at http://www.davenport.edu/advising.

Center for Campus Life

The Center for Campus Life, also known as the CCL, includes many different departments that directly work with students. Such areas include: Student Life, Housing and Residence Life, Student Rights and Responsibilities, Health and Well Being, Student Affairs, Counseling, etc. We are here for students and encourage them to stop by and visit us. We may even have some free popcorn!

Security Services

Security Services are here 24/7 - 365 days a week. They are here to ensure your safety and security. They assist students with parking, reports, and other various things. More information can be found at http://davenport.edu/risk-management/security-service or by calling 616-554-5041 or 616-446-7098.

Financial Aid

This is a team of individuals well versed in the forms and rules that make up the financial aid process. If there are questions regarding what kind of aid is available and how to qualify these are the people to see. More information can be found at http://www.davenport.edu/financial-aid.

Accounting

The Bursar’s Office can be contacted in regards to how to pay for your education, Panther OneCard, Student Refunds, and other things. You can contact them by emailing DUAR@davenport.edu or calling 1-800-266-6158.

Remember

You must have paid your total balance in full or have set up a payment plan before you will be allowed to move into your room. Please contact the Accounting Office if you have any questions.


The Housing and Residence Life Team is here to make your on campus living experience a success! Take a brief look at how these individual people can help make your transition the best ever! Residence Life Coordinators - The Residence Life Coordinators are full-time professionals who live in the Residence Halls. They manage the day to day operations of the residential community. This position includes supervision, student development, and housing functions in an effort to provide a residential environment reflective of the University’s values. The RLC coordinates and participates in departmental initiatives including, but not limited to staff recruitment, training, programming, housing operations, technology. The RLC also participates in an on call duty rotation for the campus for after-hour crisis response and assists with other departmental committees and initiatives as assigned.


Director of Housing and Residence Life - The Director is responsible for providing vision, leadership and overall direction for Housing and Residence Life through management of residence facilities, programs and processes to intentionally create safe, comfortable and educationally purposeful environments focused on student learning and development. Campus Life Coordinator – The Campus Life Coordinator oversees many aspects of the Housing office, including occupancy management, room access, Housing Card support, communication, and serving as a resource for student care, questions, and concerns. Resident Assistants – A Resident Assistants (RA) is a student who is a member of each residence hall floor. RAs are student staff members who are carefully selected and trained. Their job is to assist the residents in their adjustments to community living and to Davenport University. RAs are a source of information about activities, events, and policies. They also assist residents with roommate conflicts, homesickness, or academic concerns. They are responsible for maintaining a floor environment that is conducive to studying and promotes a sense of community among its residents. Each RA also plans activities for the residents of the building and floor!


It is important that you know what standards and expectations you will be held accountable to while living on campus at Davenport. Below is a snap shot of some of the policies and procedures. A full view of all the policies can be found in the Housing Guidebook online.

Policies

Alcohol: The use, possession, or sale of alcoholic beverages by students is prohibited by Davenport University on all University property regardless of age. Illegal Drugs: The term “controlled substance� is defined by Michigan law, and includes, but is not limited to, substances such as marijuana, cocaine, narcotics, certain stimulants and depressants, and hallucinogens. Smoking: All buildings at all Davenport University campuses are designated as tobacco free. Under FDA guidelines electronic cigarettes are regulated as tobacco products and therefore are not permitted on campus. Weapons: Possession, use, control, or distribution of any firearms, or any other weapons on University premises or at a University function. Candles: Candles with or without a wick, incense, and other objects with an open flame are prohibited.


Residence Hall Visitation and Overnight Guests: A guest is defined as any person who is not an assigned occupant of a residence hall room. All roommates must agree in order to allow overnight guests. When roommate conflicts arise over guests, the needs of the residents take precedence over the needs of the guests. The total number of nights a guest may stay on campus is six nights with a maximum of three consecutive nights. Keycards/Building Access: Residents are not allowed to let anyone else use their card to gain entry into the building. Loaning a key card to another individual, even if it is another student, or allowing another individual to use your key card, is not permitted.

Procedures

Room Lock Outs: Residents are responsible to take their room keys with them at all times. If a resident is locked out of their room, the resident may either request a Resident Assistant to open the room or the resident may call Security Services. A student will be given three times to request a key-in, after that students will be charged $25.00 per key-in. Room Changes: Room changes cannot occur during the first two weeks of classes for each semester. The Housing and Residence Life Office must approve all room changes prior to a student moving. A room change is the last resort if a roommate conflict arises. There is a $25 room change fee.


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There are many services in the Residence Halls that are at your fingertips for success. Take a look at the list of them! • Cable: Each room is equipped for cable television, which includes HBO and other specialty channels. Residents are responsible for providing their own televisions and cable cords. • Laundry: The residence halls have laundry facilities with washers and dryers. It costs $1 per wash and $1 per dry. To use the washer and dryers, students can use PantherDollars or quarters (please note – there is a limited number of machines that allow quarters). PantherDollars can be added to their card via DUposit. Laundry machines are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. • Lofts: There are a variety of different ways that residents can set up their rooms. If a student would like to have a loft, they can rent one upon check-in to the Residence Halls. These are available on a first come first serve basis. The lofts that are provided are the ONLY lofts allowed in the Davenport Housing System. There is a $25.00 charge for renting a loft kit per semester. • Mail: All mail will be handled through the Mail & Copy Center located at the lower level of the Academic Building. Each student will be notified via email when a piece of mail has been delivered to campus. Students will need to show identification upon picking it up in the mail room. The mail is usually delivered by 3:00 p.m. on weekdays. The mail center is closed on the weekends. The mailing address is: Your Name Residence Hall Name and Room Davenport University 6191 Kraft Ave. SE Grand Rapids, MI 49512


• Parking: Students are allowed to bring a car on campus at no cost. However, students are required to register all vehicles with security. They will provide a sticker for you that hangs on the back of the rearview mirror. Students may go to: http://www.davenport.edu/risk-management/security-services/parking-registration for more information. • Room Furnishings: Rooms are furnished with a bed, dresser, student desk and chair, closet area for clothing, and a cable ready outlet. Residence hall furniture must remain in the students’ room at all times. If such items are removed, students are subject to additional charges. Residents may bring personal furnishing such as chairs, bookcases and futons. The HRL staff may prohibit personal furnishings that are considered too large or potentially dangerous for the residence hall room. • Student ID Card: All students are provided with their Davenport University keycard upon checking into the Residence Halls. Residents are not allowed to let anyone else use their cards to gain entry into the building. If a card is lost or stolen, it can be replaced for a $25.00 fee from the Center for Campus Life. Cards will be issued upon 1st year move-in and are expected to be used for the students’ duration of on campus housing.

• Computer Networking: All of the residence halls have internet connections in the rooms, via wired ethernet and wireless access. DU provides internet to all residence halls which we call the ResNet service. Please leave your personal networking equipment such as wireless access points, routers, and switches at home. DU doesn’t allow these as they may create a network disruption or a security issue.


• Technology: All residents must register their computers and other wireless devices. You may learn more about the wireless connection process by visiting www.davenport.edu/ wifi. PC’s may be connected via ethernet cable and will automatically be directed to a registration page. Furthermore, ethernet devices such as game consoles and DVRs may be registered by visiting console.davenport.edu. Students may not register their computer prior to their arrival. Please note that not every wired port in the residence halls is active. Please make a request through the Student Support Center if you need your Ethernet port activated. A ResNet bandwidth has been designed to provide residents access to Davenport networks and the internet for academics and recreation. The network is designed to share the bandwidth equally among all users. Users that abuse the network will be slowed down so that other users can get on. Please consider downloading large files during non-peak times. Also note that the users of the ResNet must adhere to the University Acceptable Use policy found in your academic catalog. If you experience network problems, please contact the Student Support Center at 1-877-899-1499 or direct dial extension x1200 from an on campus phone. You can also send an e-mail to csc@davenport.edu. • Computer Labs: In addition to the computer labs in the academic building, residence hall students have access to computer study labs located in the halls. Many of the computers are loaded with specialized academic software. • E-Mail: All Davenport students will be issued a DUmail e-mail address. E-mail is the official method of communication by university departments, including housing. It is our expectation that their email is checked on a daily basis. Any official correspondence from the university will be sent to your DUmail account. It is very important to check this account on a regular basis. If you wish, you can set up your DUmail account to forward all mail to a personal account. Most personal e-mail providers can be set up to forward to your DUmail address as well.


Academic Advising ............................................13 Accounting ..........................................................13 Alcohol .................................................................16 Apple Education Discounts................................12 Around Campus / Get Involved!.......................11 Book Vouchers ....................................................11 Cable.....................................................................18 Campus Life System Coordinator......................15 Candles ................................................................16 Center for Campus Life ......................................13 Computer Labs.....................................................20 Computer Networking.........................................19 Contents..................................................................1 Cook / Meijer Hall Meal Plans ..............................9 Dining Dollars vs Panther Dollars ........................10 Dining Services.......................................................9 Director of Housing and Residence Life ...........15 E-Mail.....................................................................20 Financial Aid ........................................................13 General Supplies ..................................................8 Getting Ready for the Big Move! ........................6 Illegal Drugs..........................................................16 Important Dates...................................................21 Index .....................................................................24 Items to leave at home ........................................8 Keycards/Building Access ..................................17 Kitchen Items (Cook/Meijer) ................................7 Kitchen Items (South) ............................................7 Laundry.................................................................18 Linens ......................................................................6 Living in a Residential Community.......................3

Living Rights and Responsibilities ................4 Lock Outs ....................................................17 Lofts ..............................................................18 Mail ..............................................................18 Online classes .............................................11 Our Shared Community...............................3 Parking .........................................................19 Paper Pounce.............................................23 People you should know! ..........................14 Personal Care ...............................................7 Policies .........................................................16 Procedures ..................................................17 Residence Life Coordinators.....................14 Resident Assistants......................................15 Responsibilities ..............................................5 Rights..............................................................4 Room Changes ..........................................17 Room DĂŠcor Suggestions ............................6 Room Furnishings ........................................19 School Supplies .............................................8 Security Services .........................................13 Shop Early....................................................11 Smoking .......................................................16 South Hall Meal Plan ....................................9 Student Id Card ..........................................19 Technology..................................................20 Tips ....................................................6, 8, & 10 The Tyrus R. Wessell Bookstore ...................11 Visitation & Overnight Guests ...................17 Weapons .....................................................16 Welcome.......................................................2



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