DBU Life

FAQ

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When and how do I register for housing each semester?

During registration each semester, you must take your registration form to the Residence Life Office in the Crowley Complex to secure your housing and meal plan.

What if I want to change rooms after classes begin?

Room changes are made as space is available. All changes must be approved by the Residence Life Office. Any resident making an unauthorized room change may incur a fine and will be required to return to their designated room. In all cases, we recommend that you speak with your current roommate and inform him/her of your intentions.

What if my property is damaged in the residence hall?

DBU is not responsible for theft, damage, or loss of personal property. DBU does not provide insurance coverage for the individual student’s property. Therefore, students should obtain renter’s insurance. You should also consider personal property insurance if you maintain valuable personal property in your room. All residents are reminded to lock their doors.

Am I required to purchase a meal plan?

All students living in the residence halls are required to purchase a meal plan. There are two meal plan options. Students may choose either 14 meals a week or the Unlimited Plan. The meal plan includes a meal allowance with a declining balance. Patriot dollars can be used to purchase food or beverages in the Patriot Café, the Daily Bread Bistro, Study Grounds, the General Store, and other university dining facilities.

Each fall and spring semester, residents of the Colonial Village Apartments and Williamsburg Village Townhomes and Brownstones will be assessed a $150.00 dining services allowance, which can be used as a declining balance credit on his or her Student ID Card at the following on-campus dining facilities:

Crowley Dining Hall
General Store
Chick-fil-A
Cocina Mercado
Papa Johns, The Union
Island Oasis Smoothie, The Union
Daily Bread Bistro
Study Grounds

How can I decorate my room?

Posters, pictures, plaques, and other wall hangings may be placed on residence hall walls if secured by poster putty, tacks, or thin hanging nails. The use of large nails, screws, glue, two-sided adhesive, or tape to secure items to the walls is prohibited. Damages incurred by such items will be charged to the resident(s) of the room affected. Items are not to be displayed in the windows. Lewd and obscene pictures or displays that are in conflict with the school’s Christ-centered mission are prohibited. Students are allowed to bring in carpet for their room, but no tack strips, glue, or other adhesives are permitted in the installation of carpet. If residents have questions about decorating their rooms, they should contact the Residence Life Office or their resident director.

Will my room be checked for cleanliness?

The resident assistants will conduct a weekly room check of each hall. They will evaluate and address cleanliness and general maintenance issues.

Will friends of the opposite gender be allowed to visit my room?

Visitation hours are from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.Sunday - Thursday and 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday. During open house, guests must have ID cards and must sign in and out in the office of the residence hall they are visiting. Those residents hosting guests must leave their door open at all times while the guest is present. Guests must remain with the individual they have registered to visit. Residents are responsible for their guest’s behavior during each visit.

Is there a curfew?

An on–campus curfew exists and begins at 1:00 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 2:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Residence hall doors are locked at this time and are reopened at 7:00 a.m. Students entering the residence halls after curfew must use their student ID to gain access to their residence hall. A record will be maintained of students entering residence halls after curfew.

Will I be able to live on campus during the holidays?

Residents who are taking mini–term classes or are working full time on campus during the holiday period may be allowed to remain in campus housing between semesters and terms.

What if there is something wrong with my room?

If there is a problem with the room (plumbing problems, heater/air conditioner issues, etc.), you should report it to your resident assistant immediately. If the resident assistant is not available, report problems to the resident director or the Residence Life Office.

May a guest spend the night in my room?

Overnight guests may be invited to spend a maximum of two nights in a residence hall during any one month, not to exceed four nights per semester. All overnight guests must be of the same gender as the resident with whom they will be staying. Guests must be registered in the Residence Life Office by their host no later than 4:45 p.m. on the day of their visit. Guests arriving during the weekend should be registered by 4:45 p.m. on Friday. Guests not registered may be turned away by Campus Security. Guests must be at least 17 years of age or older. Each student is responsible for the conduct of his or her guest, including the serving of penalties for infractions committed by the nonstudent guest. Students who fail to comply with the advance registration policy may incur a fine or disciplinary action. There are no family accommodations available on the DBU campus. A list of area hotels is available in the Residence Life Office.

May I have a pet on campus?

To insure a safe environment for all residents, animals, including cats, dogs, birds, insects, and reptiles/amphibians, are not allowed in the residence halls. Residents are allowed to keep fish if their container holds no more than ten gallons of water.

Are there any quiet hours in the residence halls?

Quiet hours are in effect from 10:00 p.m. until 8:00 a.m. Residents are to observe posted signs and keep the volume of TVs, radios, and stereos low. A student’s right to study or sleep during quiet hours is to be respected. Students interested in 24–hour quiet halls are encouraged to contact Residence Life or indicate this preference on the Roommate Questionnaire Form included in the Residence Life Housing Packet.

Where can I find out what is going on in my residence hall?

When mandatory meetings are called in the residence halls, all residents are required to attend. If a student is unable to attend, he/she must inform the resident director in advance. Failure to attend without excuse from the resident director may result in disciplinary action or a fine. Important notices will also be sent to your DBU email account. In addition, information will be available on your resident assistant’s door and on the bulletin boards in the residence halls. Voicemail accounts should be checked on a regular basis and purged of any old messages.

How do I access and operate the phone mail system?

Phone Mail is a feature on all residence hall telephones. Messages are often left for all residents. It is important that you check your phone mail on a regular basis.

To Create a Greeting

  • Dial 5356 (your passord is 111)
  • Choose 8 to change options
  • Choose 1 to change greeting
  • Press * and # to save the greeting

    To Check Messages
  • Dial 5356 (your password is 111)
  • Choose 3 to listen to messages
  • Choose 4 to save or 6 to delete the message
  • To check messages from off campus, dial 214-333-5356 and repeat the previously
    listed steps.
What if I have special needs and require a handicapped room?

Students requiring special accommodations need to contact the Office of Student Affairs in order to identify the proper accommodations needed. The Office of Student Affairs is located in the Crowley Coed on the second floor of the Crowley Complex, or you can reach them by phone at 214.333.5101.

Are there Study Rooms available in the residence halls?

There is a computer lab for students living on campus located on the fourth floor of Spence Hall. This computer lab is open for female students at all times. Male students may use the lab from 6:00–9:00 p.m. Monday–Friday after first checking in at the front desk of Spence Hall. Study rooms are also available in Lange Hall and Williams Hall.

Special Parking for Freshmen/Call Security and Ride

During the week, first-year students are expected to park in lot 3 and 16. Campus Shuttle Service operates continuously Monday–Thursday from 7:30 a.m.–11: 00 p.m., Friday from 7:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m. and Sunday from 5:00 p.m.–11: 00 p.m. No shuttle service is provided on Saturday. On the weekends, (Friday at 6:00 p.m. to Sunday at 6:00 p.m.) first-year students may park in lots 7, 8, and 9 by the residence halls. Failure to park in the correct lot will result in a $40 parking citation.

DBU Parking Decals

Students choosing to park on campus are required to have a valid DBU parking decal. Students can register their vehicles at no cost through the DBU Campus Security Department.

What do I need to do as I leave DBU?

All non–graduating students must be checked out of the residence halls within 24 hours of their last final exam. When vacating a room, you must make an appointment with your resident assistant or resident director to check out of your room and return your key. Residents are responsible for cleaning the room before they check out. Residents must remove carpet, personal furnishings, wall decor, and any other nonuniversity property. Personal belongings which are left in the residence hall after check out will be discarded. Resident assistants will inspect the condition of the room at this time and assess any charges that are necessary. Failure to check out properly will result in a loss of the housing deposit and a cleaning/damage charge; if the room key is not turned in, a $75.00 fee will be charged in order to replace the lock for security purposes. Students returning to the same room may leave their possessions in their rooms between the fall and spring semesters. DBU assumes no responsibility for any personal belongings lost due to theft or damage. Oncampus storage space is not available.

If there was damage done to my room, who will be charged?

At the beginning of each semester, residence hall personnel take inventory of each room, check the condition of the room, and make certain that all furnishings are in place. Each resident must examine and sign this inventory. Residents should bring to the attention of the resident assistant any damaged or missing items noticed on move–in day and make certain that notation is included on the inventory sheet at the beginning of the semester. Otherwise, the student may be charged for those damages. Students who enroll or withdraw from the residence halls at times other than the official beginning and end of school are subject to the same process. At the end of the semester, residents will be held responsible for removal of furnishings and/or damages made after the original inventory. Roommates are equally responsible for the condition of their room. When damages occur, they will be charged equally for the cost of repairs, unless specific responsibility can be determined. Any damage occurring during the year should be reported immediately to the resident assistant or the resident director so action can be taken to repair the problem.