Residence Life Policies
Table of contents
- Expectations of students
- Scriptural Standards
- Legal Standards
- JBU Community Standards
- Areas of Personal Discretion
- Spiritual Life Expectations
- General Expectations
- Residence Life
- On-campus housing options
- Housing Procedure Details
- Open Lounge Hours
- Residence Hall Specifics
- Room Personalization
John Brown University is committed to not only imparting knowledge but to the total development of its students. Standards have been established to provide the framework for an environment that is conducive to growth of the whole person. In describing the university standard, JBU recognizes that its students are emerging adults and must have ample opportunity to make decisions, which will aid their development and growth. At the same time, JBU has a distinctive Christian nature and has certain standards that identify JBU as a Christian community.
Each student voluntarily chooses to be a part of the JBU community. He or she is required to sign the JBU Community Covenant prior to admission to the university, and again each academic year thereafter, indicating that he/she knows and will observe all community standards and expectations. Enrollment as a student at JBU implies that the student agrees to conform to the policies and regulations of the university and that the student is subject to disciplinary action by the university upon violation, regardless of where the student resides.
Every member of the JBU community is also expected to show responsibility for other members through being an example by their own conduct and in supporting and challenging others to obedience. It is important that every member of the community hold each other accountable for maintaining JBU's behavior standards. A student who is present when another student violates university policy and behaves in a way that constitutes permitting or condoning the violation will likewise be subject to disciplinary action.
Student life expectations at JBU fall into five categories: Scriptural Standards, Legal Standards, JBU Community Standards, Areas of Personal Discretion, and Spiritual Life Expectations. These standards are considered a baseline and are not comprehensive in nature.
The college faculty, staff, administration, and students reserve the right to confront and address any behaviors that are viewed as harmful, destructive, or inconsistent with the mission and educational philosophy of JBU as stated in the catalog (also, as stated in Matthew 18).
Practices forbidden in Scripture should be avoided by JBU students. Included are such activities as dishonesty, occult practices, sex outside marriage, drunkenness, adultery, and theft. Scripture also warns about "sins of the spirit" such as covetousness, jealousy, pride, and lust. Although these "sins of the spirit" are much more difficult to discern, they lie at the heart of relationships with God and with others. Therefore it is important to address such attitudes when they become discernable in order for positive change to occur.
All laws of the nation, state, and local community are to be obeyed. The only exception to this submission to legally constituted authority would be the rare occasion when obedience to civil authorities would require disobedience to the moral law of God. In such cases, individuals must be prepared to submit to the penalty for such behavior.
B. Drugs, Narcotics & Alcohol:
Narcotics and/or any and all controlled substances producing altered states of consciousness such as cocaine, amphetamines, heroin, marijuana, or any hallucinogenic drugs are not to be used or possessed. Exceptions are medications currently prescribed by a physician. Arkansas law does not permit anyone under the age of 21 to use alcohol.
In order to provide a structure which allows for social order and cohesiveness while protecting individual rights, in addition to Scriptural and legal standards, JBU has adopted the following specific community standards.
A. Language: The use of profanity, obscenity, and vulgarity is not permitted.
B. Pornography: The purchase or possession of computer generated or hard copy literature, pictures, images, posters, or recordings presenting an indecent or immoral philosophy inconsistent with the values of a Christian community as indicated in Scripture is prohibited.
C. Sexual Misconduct: "While society continues to debate the definition of sex, John Brown University seeks to foster an environment of sexual purity based upon a Biblical standard which allows sex only within a marriage relationship. Sexual misconduct is defined as any touching of the genital area with or without clothes. This includes but is not limited to oral sex, mutual masturbation and intimate touching. Sexual misconduct also includes more than just the physical body; every effort should be made to protect the mind, spirit and emotions in this area.
D. Sexual or Other Harassment: The university is committed to the preservation of human dignity and the protection of students, and is particularly concerned about the possibility of student harassment, whether sexual, racial, ethnic, or any other type. Harassment in any form: verbal, physical, or visual is strictly against university policy and will result in immediate disciplinary action. Defining sexual or other harassment precisely is not easy but certainly includes slurs, threats, derogatory comments, unwelcome jokes, teasing or sexual advances, and other similar verbal or physical conduct. If you believe you have been the recipient of harassment by any member of the community, you are encouraged to report the alleged occurrence to a member of the Student Development staff, faculty, or administration. Be assured that there will be no retaliation toward anyone choosing to report an alleged occurrence of harassment.
E. Social Dancing: Social Dancing is permitted on campus in the following formats:
- Choreography: as part of a school sponsored production.
- JBU Sponsored Dances: JBU will typically sponsor three dances a year. Conducting these dances, including the selection of music, should be done in a way that upholds the scriptural principles of modesty and respect for others. JBU considers the genres of dances that typically comply with these principles to include folk, square, line, swing, salsa and other recognized forms of ballroom dance. It is generally expected that lessons in a particular genre will be offered prior to and/or during sponsored dances.
The details of sponsoring a dance will be worked out between the sponsoring organization and a student development committee chaired by the Vice President of Student Development of the Director of the Student Activities Committee and composed of 2 students, 2 faculty, and 2 staff. This committee will be responsible for approving all JBU sponsored dance. To obtain more information about sponsoring a dance, please contact Student Development.
F. Tobacco and Alcoholic Beverages: Tobacco and/or other smoking products and alcoholic beverages of any kind (including non-alcoholic beer) are not to be used or possessed either on- or off-campus, or at any time while enrolled at JBU.
G. Gambling: It is against Arkansas State law to gamble (Arkansas Code 5-66-101 to 5-16-199; 6-2-113). Therefore, gambling has a broad definition; generally it can be defined as any game of chance which involves the betting of any item of any monetary value in hopes for greater return. The University strongly advises against the visiting of any venue where gambling takes place.
H. Theft of Copyrighted Material: Theft of copyrighted material is not permitted. The Internet has increased the theft of copyrighted material and if any student has questions as to whether something is copyrighted or not, please contact the Dean of Students/Director of Residence Life.
Students are expected to exercise careful judgment based on Scriptural standards when making choices in such areas as movie, video, computer and television viewing; reading material; room decorations; and off-campus entertainment. (See the student handbook about viewing movies on campus, and for appropriate use policies for computing resources at JBU.)
All of our lives are to be lived to the glory of God. This is to be reflected in our private thoughts and actions as well as in our relationships to all Christian brothers and sisters and in our words and actions toward those outside the body of Christ.
Students are encouraged to cultivate a dynamic faith in Christ by loving God with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength and by loving their neighbors as themselves (Mark 12: 29-31). This includes practicing a devotional life through prayer, Scripture reading, corporate worship, participation in a Passion group or other accountability group, and evangelism and service through CAUSE or other ministries. We also encourage all students to regularly participate in a local church body. (See Area Churches for a list of churches in the Siloam Springs area.)
Attire and Etiquette
JBU is concerned about attire and etiquette. Part of the concern is based on moral issues and part is based on a desire to help students function in the world of work after college. Christians should avoid wearing clothing that is immodest, provocative, or that calls undue attention to oneself. As individuals preparing for the world of work, it is important to learn to make decisions about what clothing is appropriate in different settings.
Very casual clothing should be restricted to campus residences and recreational areas. Apparel containing alcohol, tobacco, or drug-related messages, or displaying other themes inconsistent with John Brown University's lifestyle expectations must not be worn on campus.
Clothing standards for classes, meals in the cafeteria, and campus events will vary with the activity. As a minimum, however, shoes, shirts, and other clothing required by modesty should be worn in all public buildings. Sunbathing in swimsuits for females is allowed ONLY behind Mayfield Residence Hall.
In addition to proper clothing, proper behavior is expected in the cafeteria, lounges, snack shops and other locations. Basic courtesy, self-control, sportsmanship, honesty, and concern for the standards of others are among the university's expectations.
Students are expected to adhere to any additional guidelines regarding attire or behavior specified by an instructor for his or her class or by a supervisor in a work-study situation.
Films, Videos, and DVDs
The viewing of films/videos and the use of DVD players call for discretion on the part of the viewer/user. The university is concerned with promoting good stewardship of time and responsible decision-making within a Christian framework.
One concern is the acceptability of viewing material. "X" or "NC-17" rated films may not be viewed by individuals or groups on campus. Films that are exceptionally violent, vulgar, or sexually explicit may not be shown in group settings on campus. Individuals are strongly discouraged from viewing them as well. We expect Christian discretion in these areas.
Solicitation or Money-Making Ventures on Campus
We don't want to curb entrepreneurship, but we do need to protect students from salesmen who view the college student as a prime market. Therefore, no soliciting for money or conducting of enterprises for profit on campus, including babysitting, is allowed without the specific advance approval of the Vice President for Student Development.
There are acceptable practices (such as putting up a poster advertising a line of cosmetics that can be ordered through you) but you must get permission in advance. Door-to-door sales in the residence halls are not allowed.
Vehicles and Parking
You must register your vehicle with Campus Safety as soon as you bring it to campus. Automobile registration is $25, and motorcycle registration is $15. For cars that will be on campus for only a short time, students should receive a free temporary parking permit from Campus Safety.
When you register, you will be given a brochure containing traffic and parking regulations as well as a JBU parking sticker. The sticker should be displayed on the bottom of the front windshield passenger side for automobiles or on the front fork for motorcycles.
The operation of a vehicle on campus is considered a privilege rather than a right. Failure to comply with the traffic and parking regulations as described in the Traffic and Parking Regulations brochure or as indicated on signs around campus may result in loss or suspension of that privilege.
Weapons, Fireworks, and Explosives
Arkansas State Law prohibits the possession of guns on any campus. This includes all firearms, BB guns, pellet guns, paint pellet guns, and all other devices which expel a projectile through a barrel by using energy generated by an explosion, burning substance, carbon dioxide cartridge, compressed air, etc.
Students are not to store any firearms in their room or vehicle. Appropriate measures should be taken to store such weapons off-campus. In addition, cleaning of all weapons must be done off-campus. Questions about state laws which apply to firearms should be directed to the Campus Safety Director, Scott Wanzer at 524.7403.
In addition, ammunition, martial arts gear, machetes, knives, bows and arrows, slingshots, and similar items that could harm people must be kept off-campus.
Moreover, it is against local ordinances to use fireworks within the city limits. Since these items also pose a fire/safety risk, they are not to be possessed or used on-campus. Students under no circumstances are to have fireworks, bottle rockets, smoke bombs, rocket engines, cannons, or similar explosives (e.g., homemade pyrotechnic or non-pyrotechnic explosive devices) on their person, in vehicles, or in rooms.
Every student at John Brown University not only has student rights but also student responsibilities. The "Expectations" on the preceding pages are responsibilities governing all students. Students who live in the residence halls are subject to additional responsibilities. (See Residence Life for residence hall regulations.)
Failure to meet those responsibilities may result in formal discipline. The processes outlined here are designed to handle infractions as expeditiously, wisely, and fairly as possible. Throughout the entire process, the aim is to be redemptive and to move toward reconciliation by giving direction and encouragement to desirable behavior.
The guiding principle of discipline at JBU is the assumption that discipline may be equated with guidance toward Christian goals and, ultimately, toward self-discipline. Discipline consists of encouraging desirable attitudes and behavior. The university expects students to conduct themselves both on- and off-campus (including over breaks, e.g., Christmas, spring, and summer) in accordance with their commitment to the university's lifestyle expectations and may discipline or dismiss any student who, in its judgment, fails to do so.
Rumors and hearsay are a fact of life on a small college campus. The Student Development staff will not make a decision that affects a student's status at the university based solely on rumors. On the other hand, rumors will be addressed. It is our belief that rumors are detrimental in the community and issues resulting from rumors will be addressed in a manner deemed appropriate. Although various persons and processes are involved in discipline at JBU, the final responsibility for the student's discipline process rests with the Vice President for Student Development.
Ideally, deviations from community expectations are best handled among peers using the redemptive model found in Matthew 18:12-17. We understand this scripture to mean that individuals need to care enough about each other to confront -one student to another- as the first step in dealing with conflict. If the behavior does not change appropriately, it is the obligation of community members to enlarge the circle of confrontation. At this point, members of the Residence Life staff become involved. Those situations that are of serious consequence to the individual or to the campus community may call for an immediate response by someone in a higher level of responsibility. In such cases, members of the student development staff will make that determination in consultation with the Dean of Students/Director of Residence Life and/or the Vice President of Student Development.
Most disciplinary action is initiated by the origination of an incident report completed by a member of the Residence Life staff. The incident report is routed to the Resident Director and then, if necessary, to the Director of Residence Life or to the Associate Dean of Students for appropriate action. Incident reports will be placed in the student's file.
Resident students charged with misconduct will be interviewed by their Resident Director to determine if judicial procedures are necessary. Residence hall violations such as fireworks, water fights, and noise violations will be handled by the Resident Director (RD) or by the Resident Assistant (RA) in conjunction with the RD. (The RD may refer the student's situation to the Director of Residence Life, if necessary.) All-campus violations such as drinking or sexual misconduct, will be adjudicated by the Dean of Students/Director of Residence Life or the All-Campus Judicial Board. Three residence hall violations in one semester will likely lead to the violation being adjudicated by the Dean of Students.
Resident students whose situations have been referred to the Dean of Students/Director of Residence Life, and all off-campus students charged with infractions will be handled in the following manner:
The student will be interviewed to determine if judicial proceedings are necessary. The Dean of Students/Director of Residence Life will choose to hear the case, or, if the alleged infraction is judged to warrant it, the case will be referred to the Vice President, or the All-Campus Judicial Board. (A student directed to the All-Campus Judicial Board can request that the Dean hear the case, but the Dean is not bound to accept the request.)
At a hearing by the All-Campus Judicial Board the student may ask a fellow student or a faculty or staff member to accompany him or her as an advocate or to provide relevant testimony. The student must inform the Vice President for Student Development, who chairs the All-Campus Judicial Board, of all persons attending the hearing on the student's behalf at least 12 hours prior to the hearing. The hearing is closed to all other individuals, including attorneys. The student may be present throughout all presentation of testimony and evidence at the hearing.
When possible, a student's case must be heard within seven days of the date when a written statement of charges and notification of hearing is either hand-delivered to the student or posted to his/her campus mailbox. The student may request, in writing, up to a seven-day postponement of the hearing, and the university officer to whom the appeal has been directed shall determine whether the request is for valid cause.
Appeals will be permitted only in the event that one of the following occurred: a procedural error or irregularity which materially affected the decision; new evidence not previously available which materially affected the decision; or bias where it can be clearly demonstrated that the facts were altered resulting in discriminatory action.
The burden of proof lies with the student making the appeal. The statement requesting an appeal must show clear and convincing evidence, relating to at least one of the above reasons for an appeal. Only one appeal is permitted unless a suspension of greater than ten (10) class days or dismissal is involved. The student may request, in writing, up to a seven-day postponement of his or her appeals hearing. The university officer to whom the appeal has been directed shall determine whether the request is for valid cause.
The student will not be eligible to represent the university in any co-curricular activity while he or she is the subject of a disciplinary process or appeal. Where immediate suspension, dismissal, or expulsion is involved, the student's enrollment may be interrupted until the appeal process has been completed.
Students wishing to appeal the decision of the Resident Director, Dean of Students/Director of Residence Life, or the All-Campus Judicial Board may submit a written request within forty-eight (48) hours of the time he or she was informed of the decision.
Appeals of decisions of the Resident Director will be directed to the Dean of Students/Director of Residence Life. Appeals of decisions of the Dean of Students/Director of Residence Life will be directed to the Vice President for Student Development. (The Vice President for Student Development may choose to convene a hearing of the All-Campus Judicial Board concerning the appeal to hear and consider the Board's recommendations. However, the Vice President for Student Development will make the final decision.) Appeals of the All-Campus Judicial Board will be directed to the Vice President for Student Development who will carry the appeal to the appropriate administrator.
The following options for action are a part of disciplinary procedures when students are judged guilty of violating the provisions of the "Behavioral Expectations" and/or residence hall regulations. Other actions or variations of those listed below may be taken at the discretion of the All-Campus Judicial Board or university officials dealing with disciplines.
2. Formal Warning
3. Community Growth Contract
"Elements of discipline" that may be a part of any actions:
5. Denial of Privileges-loss of campus opportunities
6. Removal from Residence Hall
It is important to note that not every disciplinary situation will follow this order. Definitions of these sanctions and further information related to the judicial system are available from the Student Development Office.
The university is committed to ongoing evaluation of this judicial system and the disciplinary procedures in order to ensure that it is effective in rehabilitation, just and fair, educative towards self-discipline, and preventative of unacceptable behavior.
Philosophy of Residence Life
John Brown University is a residential community that emphasizes growth and development within the living/learning environment. We are committed to providing a residence life program that nurtures the integration of the whole person intellectually, socially, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Two of the primary forces for change in this integration process are the Holy Spirit and the influences of one's community. We are committed to making the residence halls positive, healthy places to live.
Our residence halls are the focal point for many challenges that will encourage growth and development. As you meet these challenges, you will receive support from residence life staff who are trained to serve as skilled resources. The residence halls are more than just buildings in which to sleep and study. They are centers for growth and for learning to live with other people. The residence life staff promotes the following basic objectives aimed at helping achieve unity and an atmosphere conducive to community life.
- To explore and experience the concept of a Christian community as it is affected by the diverse backgrounds and patterns of thought in a national and international student body such as ours.
- To help each other learn about living with ourselves as well as with others.
- To promote meaningful communication among students, faculty and administration.
- To learn to make decisions that will positively affect us, as well as those in our living area.
- To develop an understanding of individual and corporate accountability.
Residence Life Mission Statement
The Residence Life department supports the mission of both John Brown University and the Student Development department. As Christ's servants, our specific mission is to contribute dynamically to students' intellectual, spiritual, and occupational development by fostering a positive living environment, creating learning experiences, and through relationships that disciple, challenge, and support.
J. Alvin Residence Hall houses men only. There are three floors consisting of eight to ten suites (four or five on the east and four or five on the west). Each suite contains between four and seven rooms and one bathroom. J. Alvin is most famous for its atrium which is sometimes used for large gatherings.
Mayfield Residence Hall houses women only. This two-story building was built in a U-shape resulting in three wings affectionately dubbed old, middle, and new. All three wings have two floors, each containing approximately 20 rooms, and one large, centrally located bathroom.
Walker is a unique residence Hall built with JBU's head, heart, and hand model in mind, as it is connected by a hallway to the Walker Student Center, which houses many departments, including student development, a few classrooms, and a coffee shop. Walker is home to 166 freshmen, sophomore, junior, and senior men and women. Those who live in Walker enjoy its central location and scenic views from many of the rooms. There are three floors with two wings separated by a lounge on each floor. One of the things unique about Walker is that every two rooms share a bathroom. Walker Hall is an enjoyable and wonderful place to live, as well as a "home away from home."
Hutcheson Hall is a hybrid environment housing two-room suites with a shared bathroom as well as 4 room suites with a shared bathroom. The building has been designed to foster community by creating many places for students to gather.
The townhouses are for upperclass students who meet certain requirements (2.5 GPA, 60 hours completed, and a clean disciplinary record). These six apartment-like dwellings are home to over 100 students in all (both male and female students, in separate buildings). Each townhouse has two sides; each side has four or five rooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen, and a living/dining area. Space is limited to qualified upperclass students.
Broadhurst Village (Duplexes)
This small community atmosphere is found on the west side of campus. The duplexes offer homes to married students (including children, or single parents and their children), and upperclass students. Each duplex apartment has one or two bedrooms, a bathroom, kitchen, and living/dining area.
During one week each spring, students are given a chance to reserve their room for next year. Students who choose to keep their current room sign up first; those who wish to change rooms are allowed to sign up later with priority given to upperclass students. Students who wish to live in university housing must pay a $100 deposit to the Business Office and bring a receipt of this payment in order to reserve a room.
Students who do not plan to return to JBU and are assigned to university housing must so inform the Director of Residence Life by July 1 or they will lose their deposit. All students must have a roommate or be compelled to sign up for housing last.
See Off-Campus Policy for related information.
Occasionally a student desires to move to another room after classes have begun. Permission must be obtained from the RD prior to moving, and no room changes will be made until September 15. A room change request form is available from your RD, and failure to fill it out may result in denial of permission to move.
At the end of each school year, set a time for your Resident Assistant (RA) to check you out before vacating your room. (This applies to changing rooms during the year, as well as moving out at the end of the spring semester.) All personal belongings must be moved out of the room. The floor, desk, dresser, bookshelves, closet, and drawers need to be empty and clean. The room key should be given to the RA, and both the resident and the RA must sign the checkout form.
The residence hall officially closes at 12:00 noon (7:00 p.m. for graduating seniors) on the day of graduation. Students will be charged $25 for late check-out. There is a $50 fine for failure to check out. If necessary, clean-up costs may be charged for room and suite areas.
It is under the discretion of the RA or RD to levee additional fines for those who abuse check-out. All university housing (residence halls and townhouses) will be closed during Christmas and spring break vacations. Residents who need to remain in town must make arrangements to stay elsewhere.
Residence Hall Damages
The only fair way to handle charges for damage within the residence hall is for the individual responsible to come forward and pay for it. If no one takes responsibility then the charges will be shared by residents according to the following areas:
Personal common : Residents of each room share responsibility for their individual room including furnishings.
Suite common : Residents of each suite share responsibility for all areas outside the rooms (including the outside of their room door) but within the suite door.
Residence hall common : All residents within a residence hall share responsibility for all areas outside suite doors including but not limited to laundry room, TV room, lobbies, lounges, conference room, offices, fire/safety equipment, and hall furnishings.
Appropriate charges shall be made against students' accounts.
Research supports our belief that the residence life experience is a vital part of the students' development as a whole person (head, heart, hand). Therefore, all unmarried students who are enrolled for twelve (12) or more hours of academic credit are required to live in on-campus university housing. Those who are 22 years old prior to the beginning of the semester in which they would live off-campus are eligible to do so without application.
Students who are not yet 22 and wish to move off-campus must complete an application process and receive approval from the Student Development office. Students who wish to live with a parent or an approved relative do not need to complete this process, but must contact the Director of Residence Life to inform him.
Only qualified students should apply to live off-campus. Qualifications are:
- Cumulative GPA is 2.5 or better
- Student has lived in on-campus housing for six semesters.
- Senior student has transferred to JBU after living on campus at another institution and has lived in JBU housing for a minimum of two semesters.
To begin the approval process, pick up an application in the Student Development Office, fill it out appropriately, and return to Student Development. (Watch campus publications for pick-up and due dates.)
Many students wish to apply for both off-campus and on-campus housing in the event their off-campus application is not approved. This is permissible. Simply follow both procedures (including payment of the $100 deposit). As soon as you know where you will be living, please notify the Student Development office. If you are approved to move off-campus and do so, the $100 deposit will be refunded to you.
The Director of Residence Life will consider all applications concerning housing. Items that determine a student's eligibility include:
- Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better
- Clearance from the Financial Aid Office
- A clean disciplinary history while at JBU
- Two references (one from RD, one from advisor)
The Director of Residence Life will inform students via mail whether or not they have been approved.
Students who are approved must inform the Student Development Office by April 15 if they will be moving off-campus the following semester. (After April 15, no student will be approved to move off-campus until the following semester when the approval process repeats itself.)
Students who are not approved may submit a written request for special consideration by the Off-Campus Appeals Committee, which meets only once per semester. Reasons for special consideration must be included in the written request. Financial difficulties related to continuing as a full-time student are not considered as valid reason for exception. Further information about the process may be obtained in the Student Development Office.
Dorm Lobby and Visitation Hours
All students, faculty, and staff can access the front lobby doors of dorms from 10:00 am – Midnight, 7 days a week. A valid JBU ID card will open the doors at these times. These ‘front’ doors are-
J Alvin Quad side
Mayfield Main lobby door
Hutcheson South door toward BGA
Walker Parking lot and 2nd Floor into Student Center
The other dorm doors follow a visitation schedule, which varies by dorm-
J Alvin Visitation 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Tuesday; 7:00 pm – Midnight, Friday and Saturday
Mayfield Visitation 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Thursday; 7:00 pm – Midnight, Friday and Saturday
Hutcheson Visitation 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Monday; 7:00 pm – Midnight, Friday and Saturday
Walker Visitation 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Wednesday; 7:00 pm – Midnight, Friday and Saturday
These expectations are in place to help ensure safe, secure, and harmonious community living.
Students are permitted to use coffee makers, popcorn poppers, and blenders in their rooms. Hot plates, fry pans, breadmakers, crock pots, Foreman grills, counter top toasters, ovens, or microwave ovens, or Fry Daddy are not permitted in a student's room due to consideration of wiring and fire hazards. These appliances can be used only in kitchens or areas designated by the Resident Director. (Each residence hall has one or two full kitchens available for students' use. Questions concerning cooking need to be directed to the Resident Director.)
Air conditioners, space heaters, and halogen lights are not permitted. Facilities Services may check-out space heaters to some students as needed. Irons should have an automatic-off feature. Ironing must not be done on a bed or the carpeting.
Students may keep a mini-refrigerator (maximum size of 4.0 cubic feet) in their room. It is expected that these units will be cleaned regularly and that no food/beverage will be stored in them during Christmas break. All items must be unplugged during breaks.
Students should enter and leave the building by the main lobby doors. Crawling on/over the roof or through the windows or using the fire escapes is prohibited except in the case of fire. Violations will be subject to discipline and a $100 fine.
Bicycles, Roller Blades, Skates, Skateboards
Students are not to ride bicycles, skateboards, or wear roller blades or skates inside any campus building due to safety and building upkeep concerns.
Bicycles are to be stored in designated areas of the residence hall. For security purposes, they should be locked at all times. Over extended breaks, students should find more secure areas to store their bikes, since the university cannot be liable for their safety. If bicycles are left over the summer, they will be removed and sold. Skateboards are not authorized on campus, either inside or outside of campus buildings, steps, sidewalks, or roadways. Students who are in violation of this policy may have these items confiscated and may be returned at the end of the semester.
Candles, Incense, Open Flames
Candles (including birthday candles), open flames, and incense are not permitted in the residence halls, townhouses, or duplexes due to fire safety regulations. Students are subject to fines, or other disciplinary action for their use. A $50 fine will be assessed for those who violate this policy.
Metal-tipped darts must not be used in the residence halls due to the damage that they create.
Doors, Locks, and Keys
All residents are urged to keep their doors locked, especially when no one is in the room. Moreover, students should never prop open an exterior door to a living area since it creates a security breach for the other residents. Students found propping doors are subject to fines or other sanctions.
If a student loses a room key, he or she needs to report it to the Resident Assistant (RA) or Resident Director (RD) immediately. The student will be charged $25 for replacing each lost key. The RD in turn will notify Facilities Services so that the lock can be re-cored.
Contact an RA if you are locked out of your room. Security officers are not responsible for unlocking student doors or houses unless there is an emergency. Depending on the situation, there may be a charge to unlock your room. In addition, if a door jams, notify the RA.
Firearms, Fireworks, Explosives
Guns, ammunition, weapons, and fireworks are not allowed on campus, and therefore are not permitted in any residence hall for any reason.
Each living area will have a fire drill each semester. Evacuation routes are posted in each living area by the bulletin board. Anytime the alarm sounds, the building must be evacuated. Students must remain outside the building until the Residence Life staff has searched the building and disengaged the alarm. Disregard for a fire drill will result in disciplinary action.
The following items are considered fire hazards and are not permitted in the residence halls: motorcycle parts, automobile parts, tires, engines, and containers that contain any flammable materials/liquids. Prohibited items found in the residence halls will be confiscated and a fine will be imposed.
In order to maintain a safe environment for students in the residence halls, a number of guidelines have been developed concerning fire safety. Evacuation routes are posted in each room or suite. All of the residence halls are equipped with fire protection devices including smoke detectors, emergency lights, fire alarms, fire extinguishers, and exit lights.
The safety of the residents lies heavily on the quality and effectiveness of this equipment. Misuse of fire protection equipment only increases the chance of injury or death to hall residents. Disregard for, tampering with, or misuse of any fire protection device will result in immediate disciplinary action and appropriate fines.
All residence hall rooms and hallways are equipped with smoke detectors. If the detector battery goes out, please contact a member of the Residence Life staff who will assist in getting a replacement. The Residence Life staff will periodically inspect all rooms to be sure that the smoke detectors are working properly. Tampering with or disabling a smoke detector will result in a $50 fine. Students failing to comply with this policy can expect up to a $200 fine.
Students are allowed to have overnight same-sex guests in their rooms, however, certain procedures are necessary to ensure the security of the hall and maintain good relationships among the other residents. Therefore, each student should follow these guidelines when hosting an overnight guest:
Be sure you arrive at an agreement with your roommate before inviting a guest.
Inform the RA that you have a non-student guest.
Long-term overnight guests are not permitted (three nights maximum).
If your guest is a prospective student, check with the Admission office prior to your guest's arrival.
Guest keys, bedding, towels, etc. are not supplied by the university. If the guest is using another student's bed, prior approval must be obtained. Mattresses will not be provided by the university, nor should lounge furniture be used for sleeping purposes.
Guests may not use the resident's meal plan or ID.
The host is totally responsible for the behavior of guests and shall be charged for damages that might occur. It is also the responsibility of the host to inform the guest of residence hall and university policies.
For insurance, safety, and fire code reasons, the hallways must remain clear throughout the year. At the beginning of the semester, a one-week limit is set to have all storage items (boxes, suitcases, etc.) moved to storage.
Excessive accumulation of newspaper, shredded paper, clutter, trash, etc. in the rooms, hallways, or stairwells is also considered a violation of the fire code and therefore is not permitted.
Laundry service is available through coin-operated washing machines and dryers located in each residence hall. You are responsible for furnishing your own linens (sheets, pillowcases, towels, washcloths, etc.) and your own laundry detergent. If you have any problems with laundry machines, contact your Resident Director. When you have a problem with a washer and dryer, please place an "out of order" sign on the machines. Change machines are available in the laundry room of each hall. If it is out of quarters, contact your Resident Director.
Loss and Theft Liability
John Brown University assumes no responsibility for any loss or damage to personal possessions resulting from theft, fire, power outages, or other disasters. Residents are urged to take all possible precautions to protect their belongings (including locking the door, proper surge protection for electronics, and taking valuable personal belongings home over breaks). Residents are responsible for obtaining their own personal property insurance. If you are a victim of a theft, contact Campus Safety (215.5000) to file a theft report.
All maintenance needs should be reported to the Resident Assistant (RA) or Assistant Resident Director (ARD). Work orders are processed by the ARD, and maintenance personnel leave a response slip in your room when work is completed. If you do not receive prompt service, please notify the Assistant Resident Director. DO NOT contact the Facilities Services staff yourself. Any emergency repairs such as water leaks should be reported to your RA immediately. Let your RA know immediately when you need a smoke detector battery or light bulb.
Maintenance personnel will announce their presence on the women's wings. (It is a good habit to wear a robe when you are not fully dressed and are in the hall.)
Music, Noise, and Quiet Hours
Although your room is your home away from home and a place for you to relax and enjoy yourself, remember that not everyone's lifestyle is the same as yours. For this reason, the hall must be reasonably quiet at all times, allowing for work or study as desired.
Each living area, under the direction of the Resident Assistants and Resident Director, will be allowed to set specific expectations for that area during certain periods of the day. It is a general expectation for the residence halls to have "quiet hours" between 10:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. the next morning so that students can get a reasonable amount of undisturbed study and rest.
During the day and evening, you need to keep in mind that the acceptable level of volume for stereos, televisions, radios, and noise is exceeded when it is audible to anyone outside the walls of your room or suite. Each student is expected to exercise caution and consideration for others in this area. In addition, your choice of music needs to be appropriate not offensive to other community members or contrary to the lifestyle expectations of the university.
No electric pianos, guitars, or drums are allowed in the residence hall unless played with headphones. Stereo speakers should not be directed outside due to the disturbance that they can create on campus. Remember that consideration of those living around you is key in determining your choice of music, level of horseplay, and volume of noise emitted from your room at any time during the day or evening. Always be courteous and respectful with your noise level. Even outside of "quiet hours," you do not have the right to make as much noise as you like. At all times, those around you have the right to a quiet, peaceful environment for study and sleep.
In order to increase security in the residence halls, building access is limited to one entrance from midnight to 6:00 a.m. on Sunday-Thursday, and from 1:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Student workers are posted to monitor the access of non-residents. If you are not recognized as a JBU student, you may be asked to show your student ID to gain entrance to the hall. The night watch worker has direct access to Campus Safety if there is a problem and you cannot locate your RA.
Personal Property Storage
Limited storage space is available in each residence hall for students living 500 or more miles away, although the university cannot accept responsibility for personal items stored. All stored items must be clearly labeled with the student's name and address. All items must personally be put in storage.
Experience has shown that in a close-quartered community, pets can create an uncomfortable, inconvenient, and unhealthy environment. Therefore, keeping pets in the residence halls, townhouses, and auxiliary housing is not permitted. Fish are the only exception. A fine of $25/day is assessed for having any other type of pet in your room.
Public Displays of Affection
Public Displays of Affection (PDA) must be discreet and in consideration of others in the community. Behavior by couples should be such that they always appear approachable. Couples are asked to remain in an upright position. Resident Assistants may issue warnings, or the Resident Director may suspend visitation rights of the offending couples, or take other appropriate disciplinary action.
Right of Entrance
The university reserves the right to enter a student's room for reasonable inspection of health, safety, and sanitation standards, or for the purpose of maintenance and repairs. Every attempt will be made to allow the resident to be present when entrance is necessary. These rights include search and seizure when sufficient reason is shown.
Room and Hall Cleanliness
In order to maintain harmony among residents, every student needs to do his or her part in maintaining a clean, healthy community environment. Keeping your room clean and assisting in keeping the residence hall common areas in order are important contributions to these efforts.
Pictures and posters are permitted, but discretion should be used in the selection. Ask your RD and roommate about any questionable items. The RD reserves the right to have students change room decor. Items displaying alcohol, tobacco, drug-related messages, the objectification of men or women, or other objects inconsistent with JBU's lifestyle expectations may not be used as decorative items in one's room. Live Christmas trees are not permitted. Students will be asked to remove these items if they are displayed.
Hanging Items, Stick-Ons
All room doors, woodwork, and windows are to be free from any stick-ons, hooks, tacks, or nails. (This includes new wooden furniture as well.) Two-sided tape should not be used on carpet installation, and contact paper is not to be used as a decorative device. Residents should use Plasti-Tak (white only) to stick pictures, posters and wall hangings on the walls. Use of anything other than Plasti-Tak on wood surfaces is prohibited. Fines will be assessed if necessary. No wallpaper borders are permitted. Hanging chairs and hammocks are not permitted in the residence halls.
Each room is equipped with university furniture. This furniture can be arranged in a way so that the room is most comfortable for the student, but must be used in the way it was designed. Students are not allowed to bring in any lumber or construct furnishings on which to sleep or live. Due to storage limitations, this furniture is not to be moved from your room. The furniture in your room at the beginning of the year may not be removed at any time and must be in the same condition (exactly) when you check out. Furniture from Mayfield triple rooms is not to be moved when students move from a triple room. When a room is un-tripled, the loft unit and one desk will be removed from the room by the maintenance department.
2.4 Ghz phones cordless phones are not permitted in the residence halls due to the wireless computer technology.
There are stringent federal laws governing the use of video recorders on college campuses and in residence halls. "Home Use Only" videos are not to be shown in public areas, but in the privacy of one's own room. Therefore, rented or purchased DVDs are not to be viewed in common area lobbies. If a student chooses to show a movie, it must be viewed in his/her own room or in a reserved and approved area where public access is limited. The university expects students to use discretion in the movies and television programs that they select.
Satellite Television Network Services
The university provides a satellite television system with up to 40 channels. Students are not allowed to secure or provide their own television programming. Each student has access to the university computing network (see Appropriate Use Policy in the student handbook).
Visitation and Visiting
Open house, visitation, and common area visiting hours are privileges at JBU. They provide opportunities for students to socialize and study with members of the opposite sex in their own living area.
Members of the opposite sex are not permitted in residence hall rooms, stairwells, or hallways unless they have the permission of the Resident Director or it is an open house visitation period.
Each residence hall has its own respective visiting hours for common areas (lobbies). These common areas are open only to residents of the respective hall once visiting hours are over. Couples should remain upright and any display of affection should be tasteful and should reflect the nature of JBU (see Public Display of Affection on page 47). Students may reserve the common areas by talking to their RD. No one is allowed to sleep in these lobby areas.
Waterbeds are prohibited in the residence halls due to weight considerations and possible leaks.
Water fights are not permitted in the residence halls. Fines will be imposed and students will be held responsible for any damage that results.
Wiring, Extension Cords
Students are not allowed to alter or supplement the wiring in their rooms due to safety concerns. Any electrical needs must be directed to Facilities Services via a maintenance work order processed by your ARD.
It is recommended that students use an outlet center/power strip extension cord with a surge protector, which must be UL-rated. If a student's use of power cords is considered a fire hazard, the Residence Life staff will instruct the student accordingly.
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