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Storage and University Policies

Storage

Each residence hall has a limited amount of small-item storage space. Articles must be clearly labeled. Some summer storage for belongings will be available. Storing items during the summer requires a fee charged to your account.

The University assumes no responsibility and does not provide insurance for students’ personal property. Students should check with their parents to see if a waiver can be added to their home owners insurance OR students may opt to purchase rental insurance (for belongings in your room as well).

Property insurance

Students are responsible for the safekeeping of their property, rooms should be locked. The University is not responsible for personal property that is lost, stolen or damaged at any time OR when it is left behind at the time the student vacates the Residence hall. Students are encouraged to speak with their parents about adding a rider to their homeowner’s policy OR purchasing rental insurance.

University policies and important information

Room and vehicle entry by staff

The University reserves the right to have authorized personnel enter a student’s room or vehicle without student permission during random room searches and when there is reasonable cause to believe that EMU regulations or federal and state criminal laws have been or are being violated. Staff may also enter rooms and vehicles for safety concerns.

Car registration & Parking

All students are permitted to have cars on campus. However, faculty, staff, and students who park a vehicle on campus must register their vehicle and pay and annual $60 parking fee (this includes students residing in EMU-owned housing or apartments.) Vehicle registration is part of academic registration for EMU classes. If you bring your vehicle to campus later in the year, you must register your vehicle within one week. Parking is usually not a problem for students. There are designated parking lots for resident students and several unrestricted lots which students may use.

Room decorations

Room decorating is encouraged within the guidelines (for example, no nails or tacks). Check with your Community Advisor or Resident Director before doing any decorating which may become a cash investment (fine) for you! Posters and other decorations may not pertain to the use of alcohol, tobacco or illegal drugs, nor may it be sexually explicit or degrading of males or females.

Bicycles

Bicycles can be stored in the bicycle sheds or bicycle racks. If you want to keep your bike, please DO NOT leave bikes unchained around campus. Bikes are not to be stored in rooms.

Laundry

Washers and dryers are available in each residence hall free of charge. Clothes cannot be hung in the windows to dry or left on racks in the bathrooms, kitchens or hallways.

Furniture

Student-owned lofts are not allowed in residence halls. Flexible loft units are provided by the university. Units can be arranged on floor level, bunk or loft styles. If you wish to rearrange your room, Community Advisors will provide you with appropriate tools. All room furniture needs to stay in your room.

Television

Each residence hall has at least one television with cable access in each floor lounge. Individual student rooms do NOT have cable access in the traditional halls. Cable outlets ARE available in the suites/apartments.

Computers

You are strongly encouraged to bring a computer to school, but it is not required. As an EMU student, you will have 24-hour access to computer labs. Information Systems recommends that you purchase a new computer to bring to EMU, but a computer purchased within the past two years will likely work.

EMU provides a wired network connection in every dorm room and wireless network access in all residence halls and in the common areas in most major buildings on campus. When you connect to the network, you will be guided through a process to install any necessary security updates and university-provided anti-virus protection. Information Systems staff will be available during move-in weekend to assist you with connecting to the network. Personal wireless access points are not allowed on the EMUnetwork.

Note: Your EMU tuition account (i.e. tuition, room, and board) must be in current status to connect your personal computer to the EMU network. Please contact the EMU Business Office for more information.

Telephones

EMU provides phone service to each residence hall room. Once you arrive on campus you may go to the HELP desk to request phone service. If you choose to have phone service you will need to provide your own phone. All rooms on campus are equipped with a voice-mail box for saving and sending messages. Long-distance calls are billed to your student account (payable monthly). Long distance authorization codes will be assigned at the beginning of the school year and sent through campus mail. Domestic Long Distance Phone Rates (all 50 states) are just 8 cents a minute all day, every day. A $5 service fee will be assessed for lost or replaced authorization codes. Sharing authorization codes is prohibited. You will be held responsible for all calls made with your authorization code.

Students in residence halls are billed for long distance calls directly to their residence hall phone number (i.e. 3rd party calls). There is a $10 handling charge to student accounts for any collect calls received. If the responsible individual cannot be identified, the cost will be split between all residents of the room or suite.

Making abusive, harassing or obscene calls is in violation of EMU rules and regulations. The Information Systems Office gives full cooperation and technical assistance to both the EMU Residence Life judicial procedures and legal authorities in enforcing the law regarding these calls. Students who receive annoying, harassing, or obscene phone calls should initially discuss the problem with their Residence Director. Note the date, time, content and any other pertinent details of the call.

Mail

All students living on campus have the same address. US mail is delivered to the Post Office in the Campus Center daily. Deliveries from Federal Express, Express Mail, United Parcel Service, etc. are also made to the Post Office. If you wish to lighten your packing load, send packages ahead of time to your name and address as listed below.

Your correct mailing address will be:

Your name
Eastern Mennonite University
1200 Park Road
Harrisonburg, VA 22801-2462

(The EMU post office prefers that you do not indicate a mailbox.)

Food & floral deliveries

Food orders are only made to the MAIN door of the residence hall where vendors have access to the outside phone. On arrival, vendors will alert the resident of arrival by dialing the resident room extension. Floral deliveries may be sent to the Information Office in the Campus Center (432-4000).

Damage assessments

Students are responsible for any and all damage to their assigned room or suite and will be assessed by the University for the cost of repair and replacement. Damage to common living areas (such as hallways, lounges or bathrooms) will be divided equally among residents occupying that living area unless the individual responsible for the damage can be identified.

Fire/electrical safety

Alterations to any kind of electrical or wiring system are strictly prohibited. Extension cords may be used if they are U.L. listed and have a wire size equal to, or greater than, the wire size of the connected items (the smaller the wire gauge, the larger the wire size) . A minimum size of 14 gauge is required. Extension cords can not be located under rugs or carpets, nor can they be woven through the bed springs. Multiple outlet strips are permitted if they are U.L. listed, have a maximum ampere rating of 15, and have an integral circuit breaker or fuse. The multiple outlet strips cannot be plugged into one another.  Flammable items such as fuel may not be stored in residence hall rooms. Items which require an open flame, operate on fuel, or which produce heat (i.e. Bunsen burners, lighted candles, incense) are prohibited. All matches, candles, incense and other uses of open flames are strictly prohibited.

Tampering with, or the misuse of fire-safety equipment is prohibited. Fire-safety equipment includes, but is not limited to, smoke detectors, sprinkler system equipment, alarm pull stations, and extinguishers. Students and/or guests found causing a false alarm may face arrest and/or stern University action.

Room smoke detector

Most residence hall rooms contain a battery powered smoke detector. VA Fire Safety codes require weekly smoke detector testing. Each resident is responsible for testing the smoke detector in his/her room. If you have any questions, or your smoke detector fails to operate properly, contact your Community Adviser or Residence Director. Unauthorized removal of a smoke detector and/or batteries will result in disciplinary action.

Northlawn and Cedarwood Residence Halls and Hillside Suites are fully equipped with sprinkler systems. Students must not hang anything on the sprinkler head or the units will discharge. Residents found to have caused damage to rooms because of sprinkler system misuse will be disciplined appropriately.

Weapons, tobacco, alcohol, and drugs

The use and possession of weapons, tobacco, alcohol and drugs are prohibited on campus or at university related functions. Misuse off-campus is also a violation of university policy. Please refer to the student handbook for more information.

All university polices are in place to create a safe environment and for students to be successful.

Safety around campus or city

  • Avoid walking alone at night. Use the “buddy system.”
  • Use well-lighted and well-traveled routes. Don’t walk through dark areas alone.
  • Make sure someone knows where you are and when you expect to return.
  • Always attempt to park your car in a well-lit area.
  • Be aware of what is going on around you.
  • Familiarize yourself with emergency telephone numbers.
  • Lock your door.
  • Never prop exterior doors.
  • Keep record of serial #’s of expensive items.