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Residence Life at Shorter University is an integral part of your education and university experience. As a university founded in the liberal arts tradition, we believe that every corner of the campus can be educative. The lessons learned through relationships and interactions in the residence halls are of immeasurable value. You are encouraged to take part in programs offered by the Residence Life Staff and to get to know those on your hall.
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How are housing assignments made? Housing assignments are made on a first come, first served basis according to when the housing application and deposit were received. No assignments will be made until both are received.
How can I guarantee the room that I want? We are not able to guarantee any specific room or building to new students, but will make every effort to accommodate preferences of students. Getting your deposit and questionnaire in early increases your chances of getting your top choice. Keep in mind that residence halls that are popular with new students are also popular with returning students. If you're not familiar enough with the residence halls, you may wish to visit the campus. Tours can be arranged through the Admissions office by calling (706)233-7319. Please allow one week advance notice for a tour. Also, you may see below for specifics about the residence halls.
How are roommates assigned? We use the information provided by you on the housing questionnaire to identify pairs of roommates who will be compatible. After initial assignments are made, results are available electronically in the student’s university issued Scholar account. It is important to note that early application for housing may also impact roommate matching. Fewer roommate options are available for late applicants, and it becomes more difficult to match students based on personal preferences at that point.
What do I do if I already know with whom I want to room? The housing questionnaire provides a space for you to request a preferred roommate. The requests will be honored only when both students have requested each other in writing. A room assignment cannot be made until both roommates have paid the deposit and returned their questionnaires. The Office of Residence Life is not always able to honor preferred roommate requests.
What if I prefer to live by myself? There are a limited number of single rooms available on campus. These rooms are assigned on a first come, first served basis. In most cases, all available single rooms are assigned to returning students during the Spring sign-up period. New students should anticipate having a roommate for at least their first year on campus.
Do I have to live on campus? Shorter University requires all full-time students to live in campus residence halls unless married, living with parents, 23 years of age, or having received written authorization from the Vice President for Student Affairs due to special circumstances. Living on campus provides students with more opportunities to interact with faculty and friends, get involved in campus activities, access campus resources, and increase the likelihood of his or her overall success.
Who should I contact if I want more information on housing issues at Shorter? Questions about living on campus should be directed to the Office of Residence Life at (706)233-7233. Completed housing questionnaires should be sent to: The Office of Admissions, 315 Shorter Avenue, Rome, GA 30165. The deposit should be returned to the Admissions Office along with your Intent to Enroll form.
What meals are provided to on campus students? All first year students are required to purchase an unlimited meal plan. The main dining hall on campus will be open from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. each day, and students with the unlimited meal plan may enter the dining hall as many times as they wish during those hours. After a student completes one full year, he/she may opt for the 15 meal plan option. Only students in apartment housing (which includes a kitchen inside his/her room) may opt for the 10 meal plan option. There is also a five meal plan available for students assigned to the university-provided off-campus apartments.
May I loft the bed provided in my residence hall room? The office of residence life permits all second semester freshmen and returning students to loft their beds, as long as they follow specific building guidelines. First semester students cannot loft their beds until they have lived in the residence halls for one full semester. A copy of the loft guidelines and contract can be received in the office of residence life. Beds may be lofted only after a completed loft contract and building plans has been submitted to, and approved by the office of residence life.
May I remove furniture from my assigned room? At no time may the furniture provided in the assigned room be removed. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure that the provided furniture remains in the room at all times. Lost or stolen items are the responsibility of the students assigned to the room.
What is a health and safety inspection?
Health and safety violations include, but are not limited to, the following: prohibited items (such as weapons, drugs or alcohol, drug or alcohol paraphernalia, sexually-explicit materials, pets, candles or appliances with exposed heating elements, etc.), overloaded electrical outlets, unauthorized loft, less than twelve inches clearance between heat pump and furniture, bathroom exhaust vent covered, inflammables (paints, lighter fluids, etc.), smoke detector missing or damaged, furniture missing or damaged, or excessively dirty (trash, inadequate cleaning, etc). Students will be given up to twenty-four hours to correct a violation, at which time a follow-up inspection will be performed. Prohibited items will be removed immediately and may result in disciplinary action. Failure to comply with health and safety regulations may result in loss of housing privileges.
How do I set up my residence hall telephone?
Press 1 to record the main greeting. In this greeting, you should identify yourself and your roommate and let callers know to press 1 for (owner of box #1) or press 2 (for owner of box #2). Press #. The system will repeat what you recorded. Press # to accept.
There are a number of different options for housing at Shorter University. All residence halls are located close to the center of campus. Bass village is located at the bottom of the hill.
SAMPLE FLOOR PLANS
Bass Village is made up of three apartment style buildings, each with eight apartments per building and each apartment with 4 students. Bass A houses females and Bass B and C houses males. These buildings are reserved for upper-class students. There is cable in the living room. Rooms are carpeted (except kitchen). Desks are provided and dressers are built in. Bathrooms have sink, shower (and tub in common bathroom), and toilet. Kitchens have full-size refrigerators/freezer, sink, oven, and dishwasher. The floor plan for Newman Hall is very similar to Bass Village.
STANDARD BASS APARTMENT (BELOW)
Cooper and Van Hoose Halls have three floors that will house approximately one hundred students each. The rooms are arranged in suites—two bedrooms, a den, and a full bathroom. Each building has laundry facilities.
TYPICAL SUITE IN COOPER/VAN HOOSE
Hazel B. Eubanks Hall has three floors that will house 72 male students. Each floor has a separate entrance and contains two-bedroom suites connected by a shared shower. Each room has its own sink and toilet. There are laundry facilities, a full kitchen, and a community living room on each floor.
Roberts Hall has four floors which will house 152 male students. There are two hall bathrooms on each floor with three showers each. Each room has a built-in desk, vanity, and closet with shelves. There is a laundry facility in the basement.
Townes Hall has two floors which will house 23 female students. There are eight double rooms and seven single rooms each with a private bath. There is a lounge and laundry facilities on the first floor.
Necessities: Desk Chair, Laundry Bag, Pillow, Sheets (Single Bed, 39" X 80"), Waste Can, Pillow Cases, Blankets, Bed Spread, Wash Cloths, Towels, Soap, Clothes Hangers, Toilettes, Mattress Cover (Single Bed, 39" X 80"), Multi-Outlet extension cord with circuit breaker (other extension cords pose a danger)
Necessities (Apartments Only): Pots & Pans, Silverware, Dishes
Nice To Have: Floor Mop, Broom, Cleaning Products (you are expected to clean your own room. Suite bathrooms are to be cleaned by the suite occupants. Community bathrooms are cleaned daily by custodial staff.
Refrigerators: MUST be under the following specifications: 50 lbs., 2.5 cubic feet, 2.5 amperage draw. Full size refrigerators are provided in Apartments
Microwaves: There are two restrictions: 1. Microwave ovens should not draw more than 750 watts of power. 2. Microwave ovens need to be plugged into a multi-outlet power strip with a circuit breaker, NOT directly into the wall plug.
Computers: Internet jacks are located in rooms; however, students should supply their own network patch cable and network adapter if they want to connect their computer to the internet.
Telephones: Phone jacks are located in rooms; however, students should supply their own telephone instrument. Local telephone service is provided. Voicemail services are provided.
What NOT to Bring: Alcohol, shot glasses, alcohol-related posters, sexually-explicit materials, drugs or drug paraphernalia, firearms or airguns, fireworks, large knives or cutting instruments, extension cords without circuit breakers, halogen lamps, pets (can have fish in less than 10 gallon tank ), toasters, toaster ovens, candles (If it glows – it goes). See student handbook (available online in the campus life section) for more details of prohibited items.
PLEASE DO NOT BRING ANYTHING THAT HAS TO BE NAILED OR SCREWED INTO BLOCK WALLS OR WOODWORK. Masking tape is recommended in small quantities for posters on block walls.
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