Jacksonville University Residential Life Policies
Table of Contents
- Residential Life Office: Welcome and Expectations
- Administrative Policies and Procedures
- Community Standards and Hall Policies
- Facility Information and Policies
- Safety and Security
I. Residential Life Office: Welcome and Expectations
to Residential Life at Jacksonville University! We believe that a
positive residential living experience is rooted in the number of
opportunities that students take to engage in the community around them.
The professional, and student, staff members employed in our office are
dedicated to assisting students in having the most positive on-campus
living experience possible. In addition to challenging yourself with new
experiences during your time living on campus, you are expected to
demonstrate the five principles outlined in our Student Code of Conduct:
Respect for Oneself, Respect for Others, Respect for Property, Respect
for Authority, and Honesty.
The below policies and procedures
embody those five principles and are in place to ensure that each
student has the ability to engage in a positive living experience while
residing in, or visiting, our residential facilities. Please take the
utmost care in reviewing our Residential Life policies. We want each
student to be informed on these expectations as ignorance to, or lack of
awareness of, these policies does not constitute a reasonable response
for violations. The office of Residential Life also affords certain
rights and responsibilities to students and expects in return that
students will conduct themselves in a mature and responsible manner that
best represents the institution and themselves.
We hope that you
enjoy your time living on campus and please do not hesitate to reach out
should you need any assistance, as our goal is always student success!
The Office of Residential Life
II. Administrative Policies and Procedures
below Administrative Policies and Procedures are in place to ensure
that each student is aware of the different administrative functions of
the Residential Life office, the protocol for addressing administrative
related issues, and the expectations that both our office and students
will be held to.
Closing of Residential Facilities
facility housing periods end at the conclusion of each semester.
Students must depart from the residence halls and apartments by the
following dates and times:
- December 17. 2016 (10:00am) - Conclusion of fall semester
- April 29, 2017(10:00am) - Conclusion of spring semester
- June 25, 2017 (10:00am) - Conclusion of first summer term
- August 6, 2017(10:00am) - Conclusion of second summer term
to adhere to the posted dates and time will result in a minimum $100.00
fine, in addition to possible disciplinary action.
are required to participate in university sanctioned classes,
activities, or events during periods when housing facilities are
unavailable may request alternative housing accommodations. These
requests should be made in writing at least one week prior to the start
of the academic term and are made at the discretion of the Director of
are responsible for information sent through campus e-mail and campus
mail. Thus, please be sure to check all forms of communication on a
Consolidation of Rooms
placed in Temporary Housing at the beginning of fall semester will be
relocated to permanent room spaces as rooms become available. Students
will be notified via email of their new room assignment and will be
given instructions to pick up their new key from the Residential Life
Office. Room placement will be determined based on the date the Housing
Applications were submitted. Students placed in temporary assignments
are not guaranteed their room type preference or roommate preference.
Room and apartment damage will be assessed for cost of repairs or replacement and charged as follows:
- To any individual who accepts responsibility or is found to be responsible for the damage.
- To occupants of a room where the damage was done and direct responsibility cannot be determined.
damage is deemed to be intentional in nature, disciplinary action will
also be taken. Repeated occurrences or damage by an individual or group
will be investigated to determine whether further disciplinary measures
are warranted, including dismissal from the University.
Gender Neutral Housing
University and the Residential Life Office seek to provide
accommodations to students with diverse needs, including transgender
individuals. Such accommodations are offered based on availability,
compliance with published procedures, and timetables for applications
and contracts. Decisions to offer such accommodations are made on a
case-by-case basis that recognizes the variability of individual needs
and preferences, as well as space availability. Prospective or current
students who desire to discuss such arrangements should contact the
Director of Residential Life. The Director can provide a personal and
confidential assessment of available options.
Life provides holiday housing to university students who have a housing
assignment during the current academic year. Students intending to
utilize holiday housing during the winter holiday break must notify the
Residential Life department prior to beginning of the winter holiday
break. Additional details regarding holiday housing notification will be
communicated to students prior to the winter holiday break:
Winter Holiday Break Housing Dates:
December 17, 2016 (10:00am) - January 6, 2017 (10:00am)
*Residential Life Notification Required
Additional Holiday Break Housing:
November 18, 2016 (5:00pm) - November 25, 2016 (5:00pm)
March 17, 2017 (5:00pm) - March 26, 2017 (5:00pm)
to adhere to the policies and procedures related to holiday housing
will result in loss of holiday housing privileges and potential
facilities are located in each hall. It usually takes 30 minutes to
wash and 60 minutes to dry an average load of clothes. Laundry machine
service in the residence halls are "open use" and do not require payment
Repair problems on washers and dryers should be reported to the Office of Residential Life at (904) 256-7538 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Liability for Losses or Thefts
University does not accept responsibility for loss, theft or damage to
personal property of students. The University assumes no responsibility
for items lost or stolen from student rooms, student automobiles,
storage areas, laundry rooms, all other common areas, etc. The
University strongly recommends that all students carry renter's
insurance coverage for all items or property, as well as take reasonable
steps to prevent losses or thefts, including but not limited to the
- Keep your room locked at all times, and never
leave your keys in your room. The best guard against property loss from
your room is a locked door.
- Residential students are advised against keeping large sums of money or other valuables in their rooms.
- Record the serial numbers of all of your personal property and mark it with your name.
- Do not leave property unattended in lounges, laundry rooms, study spaces, etc.
- Report any property loss immediately to the Campus Security Office.
locked out of their room or apartment may visit their specific
Hall/Area Office during normal business hours (8:30am – 5pm, Monday
If a student is locked out after-hours (5:00pm –
8:30am, Monday through Friday) on the weekends, or on a University
holiday, the student may contact the Resident Advisor (RA) on Call for
their building to access to their room. A student ID card is required
before a student will be allowed back into his/her room. After 3
"after-hours" lock outs, students will be charged $15.00 to their
student account for each additional after-hours lock-out. Lock out
counts will reset at the end of each academic year.
keys are not to be duplicated or loaned. Students are prohibited from
placing their own locks on individual doors.
a key is lost, the lock(s) to the student's room or apartment will be
changed and occupants of the room will need to obtain new keys from the
Residential Life Office. Additionally, a $55.00 charge will be posted to
the student's account in relation to the lock change and replaced keys.
Students who duplicate a room key or do not return their room key at
the end of the academic year will also be assessed a $55.00 charge.
new students to Jacksonville University are required to live on-campus
at Jacksonville University for three (3) academic years.
students are required to live on-campus for this period of time because
Jacksonville University is committed to the educational development of
its students both in the classroom and in the residential facilities.
Studies show that students who live on-campus earn better grades, are
more involved in student organizations, and graduate at higher rates
than students who live off-campus.
You are not required to live
on-campus during your first three years at Jacksonville University if
you meet any of the following criteria:
- You are at least 22 years old.
- You are legally married.
- You are currently serving on active duty in the military.
- You live with an immediate family member in Duval county.
- The Residential Life Office defines "immediate family member" as a parent, legal guardian, or sibling.
- You are a student at least three years removed from high school who is transferring credits from another university.
you meet any of the criteria listed above, and are interested in
requesting a Residency Exemption, please complete the form located on
the Residential Life website. This form can be emailed (email@example.com),
faxed (904.256.7582), or returned in person to the Residential Life
Office located in the Village Apartments Cascone Hall (Building 1).
Room and Roommate Changes
and roommate changes will typically be permitted only during designated
periods. Room change requests are only considered as space is available
and are processed on a first come first serve basis. The first room
change will result in a $25 processing fee. All subsequent requests will
be $50. A student who wants to change rooms should follow these
- Room Change Request Forms which can be found at
the Residential Life Office must be completed and signed by all students
involved in the room change.
- All students involved must check
out properly and a room inspection will be completed during the change
process. Students will be held responsible for damages not noted on
their original Room Condition Report (RCR).
- Key Exchange must take place in the Residential Life Office.
and/or roommate changes that do not follow this procedure are
considered unauthorized room changes and all students involved in the
change are subject to an immediate $100.00 fine at the time the
unauthorized room change is confirmed. Forcing, or attempting to force,
resident students to move out of a room, suite or apartment is
prohibited and may result in disciplinary action against the student.
Room Condition Reports (RCRs)
will be completed by Residential Life Staff prior to move-in. Upon
move-in, students will be informed to check their email for a Damage Log
Report. Students can fill this form out to report any damages or issues
with their rooms or furniture and email it back to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If access to email is limited or the electronic copy is not accessible,
paper copies will be available at the Residential Life Office located
in the Village Apartments (Building 1). It is the student's
responsibility to ensure that All Room Damage Reports are submitted within 7 days of moving into the room. All undocumented damages can be assessed for charges upon move-out.
Village Apartments Eligibility
Students are eligible to live in the Village Apartments if they meet one of the following criteria:
- Are 21 years of age or older by the first day of the term.
- Earned 45 or more credit hours by the first day of the term.
1st year students are not eligible to live in the Village Apartments
during their 1st year residing on campus, regardless of incoming credit
hour amounts or totals.
- Have lived on-campus at Jacksonville University for at least two years (four semesters, excluding summer).
The Residential Life Office may make exceptions to this policy in order to keep vacancies to a minimum.
a mid-term vacancy occurs in the Village Apartments, the Residential
Life Office will find an eligible student to occupy the open room.
Current residents may not be consulted during this process.
severe weather may affect Jacksonville University, the President, or
designee, will activate the University's Emergency Preparedness Task
Force to take any precautionary measures needed.
In the event of a
Hurricane Warning, all residential students will be encouraged to
evacuate campus. Any remaining students will be consolidated to Oak
Hall. Students who choose to leave campus must notify a Residential
Life staff member before leaving campus. The Residential Life Office
will devise and coordinate procedures for housing remaining students.
Withdrawal from Housing
A student who has decided to leave the residential facilities must follow the following procedures:
- Inform the Residential Life Office of his/her intent to leave.
- Coordinate a time with a Resident Advisor to complete the "Room Condition Report."
- Return keys to the Residential Life Office.
the week of move-in, additional refunds are based upon the refund
schedule stated in the housing contract. Students who are removed from
the residence halls or apartments for disciplinary reasons will not be
eligible for any room or board refunds.
III. Community Standards and Hall Policies
below Community Standards and Hall Policies are in place to ensure that
each student is aware of their residential Rights and Responsibilities,
the protocol for addressing Community Standard and Hall related issues,
and the expectations that both our office and students will be held to.
Rights and Responsibilities:
rights to study, read, relax and sleep without measurable interference,
noise or distractions, and the responsibility to help others have these
- The right to feel safe in the residence halls, and the responsibility to help ensure the safety for others in the building.
- The right to have respect shown for one's privacy, and the responsibility to respect the privacy of others.
right to have respect shown for one's personal property, and the
responsibility to respect other's personal property as well as community
- The right to have visitors within the hall,
apartment, or house during visitation hours, and the responsibility for
the behavior of those guests.
- The right to live in an area free
of intimidation and physical or emotional harm, and the responsibility
to ensure this right for others.
- The right to a clean living
environment and the responsibility to help keep it clean and report
maintenance issues as they arise.
- The right to maintain one's personal beliefs and values, and the responsibility to respect the beliefs and values of others.
ability to possess, consume, and be in the presence of alcohol is a
privilege afforded to those students of legal age living within the
residential facilities. This privilege is subject to restrictions to
ensure the safety and wellbeing of all residents.
- Students are expected to obey all local, state, and federal laws governing the possession, use, and distribution of alcohol.
student under the age of 21 is prohibited from being in the presence of
alcohol at any time. If a student is under the age of 21 and in a space
where alcohol is present, all students present are in violation of the
student code of conduct (regardless of age).
- A student over the
age of 21 is not permitted to possess or store alcohol at any time when a
roommate under the age of 21 is present.
- Students over the age
of 21 are not permitted to possess or store alcohol at any time in
common space areas of their room or apartment when any roommate,
suitemate, or apartment-mate is under the age of 21.
over the age of 21 may not permit students under the age of 21 to be in
the presence of, possess, store, or consume alcoholic beverages in the
legal students' rooms (hosting).
- Alcoholic beverages are not
permitted in public areas of residential communities, including, but not
limited to, hallways, breezeways, lobbies, lounges, stairwells,
elevators, balconies or public areas adjacent to a residential facility.
- Being intoxicated is a violation of the Code of Student
Conduct. Any student whose behavior evidences intoxication on the campus
will be in violation of the JU Alcohol Policy, and is subject to the
sanctions of the JU Alcohol Policy.
- "Drinking games" and other
activities which promote excessive consumption of alcohol are
prohibited. Any paraphernalia associated with such activities,
including but not limited to "beer pong tables" and "beer funnels", will
be confiscated—and not returned to—students. Sheets of plywood and
rectangular tables decorated in such a way as to indicate a "beer pong"
playing surface will also be confiscated.
- Mass quantities of alcohol are prohibited. Students over the age of 21 are permitted to be in possession of one of each of the following quantities of alcohol, as long as they do not exceed the following packaging amounts:
- Beer: 72 fluid ounces ("6-pack")
- Wine: 750 milliliters ("traditional" wine bottle size)
- Liquor: 750 milliliters ("traditional" wine bottle size)
of packaged alcohol quantities that exceed the above outlined amounts
will constitute a violation of the university alcohol policy.
10. Kegs and associated paraphernalia will be confiscated from, and not returned, to students.
Alcoholic Beverage Containers and Displays
beverage containers and/or packaging are not permitted to be stored,
displayed or collected for any reason, regardless of the contents.
Promotional signs or posters for alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs
are permitted in student's rooms, but may not be displayed on windows,
external doors, balconies, or any surface that can be viewed from
outside the room or apartment. Decorative shot glasses and flasks may be
displayed in rooms, but are subject to confiscation if used in a manner
that violates the university policy on alcohol use.
order to maintain the aesthetic integrity of the Village Apartments and
to ensure the safety of students, the following rules apply to the
- No university-provided furniture may be located, at any time, on the balcony
- No more than six (6) people may be on the balcony at any one time
- Throwing of objects off the balcony is prohibited
- Grills are prohibited.
items should be hung from balcony rails (including, but not limited to:
towels, rafts, signs, hammocks clothing, flags and lighting). Signs
related to "school spirit" shall be permitted pending the approval of
the Residential Life office. Each sign shall be evaluated on a "case by
- Balconies may not be used for storage purposes (including, but not limited to: garbage, indoor furniture, and bicycles)
- Smoking is prohibited, along with candles, fireworks, or any items that are combustible or utilize an open flame
- Alcohol consumption is prohibited
is not permitted in residence halls and apartments. Cohabitation exists
when a person who is not assigned to a particular residence hall room
or apartment uses that room or apartment as if he or she were living
Examples of cohabitation include‚ but are not limited to:
- Accessing the room or apartment while the assigned occupants are not present
- Utilizing a key to enter a room or apartment to which one is not assigned
- Keeping clothing and other personal belongings in the residence hall or apartment
- Sleeping overnight in the room/apartment on a regular basis
- Using the bathroom and shower facilities as if they lived in that room/apartment
a guest's continual presence hinders a roommate's ability to study‚
sleep‚ and/or occupy their room‚ this will also be considered a
violation of this policy
have access to community kitchens in the North Campus Residence Hall
and the lobby of Oak Hall. Kitchen use is for building residents only.
In order to ensure a safe and clean environment, students are required
to clean up after themselves in the kitchen, including throwing away any
trash, wiping down the counters, cleaning all dishes, and turning the
oven off. Residents are responsible for their own food and personal
belongings left in the kitchen or fridge.
Fire Safety Rules for the Kitchen:
- Never leave cooking food unattended.
- Never put foil or metal in the microwave.
- Turn the oven OFF when you leave the room.
- Do not use any additional kitchen appliances in the space. Please see 'Cooking Appliances' for a list of approved appliances.
- Failure to adhere to these policies may lead to loss of kitchen privileges or disciplinary action.
order to promote health and sanitation, as well as prevent fire
hazards, the following restrictions and rules apply to cooking
- Microwaves must be 800 watts or less
- Coffee makers and electric kettles must be equipped with automatic shut-offs
presses such as "George Foreman" style grills, panini presses,
quesadilla makers, and waffle irons are not permitted in the residence
halls, but are permitted in the Village Apartments.
toaster ovens, and other appliances with exposed heating coils are not
allowed in the residence halls, but are allowed in the Village
- Full sized refrigerators are provided in the village
apartments as well as community kitchens in the residence halls. Only
those university-provided full-sized refrigerators are permitted on
campus. Students may bring their own "mini fridge" so long as it does
not exceed 3.5 cubic feet in volume
Hours are in effect 24 hours a day, 7 days a week both inside and
outside the residence halls. Consideration for others is a primary
component of community living and students agree to uphold this
expectation when they become residents. Noise level must not deter
students who want/need to study or sleep at any time. Students must
comply with any student or staff member's request to observe courtesy
Speakers may not be placed on windowsills/balconies, and pointed
outside the room. This behavior is considered to be in direct violation
of courtesy hours and will be addressed by Residential Life and Campus
Dangerous and Disruptive Activities
The following activities are deemed dangerous/disruptive, and are prohibited in residential facilities:
- Accessing rooftops or ledges
- Climbing from windows
- Scaling or rappelling from balconies or exterior walls
bouncing or kicking of any object in or from a window, ledge, roof,
stairwell, balcony, hallway or any other common area.
- Playing sports in individual rooms, hallways, or lobbies
- Skateboarding, Rollerblading, using scooters, biking, etc.
engaging in any of the previously listed behaviors will be subject to
disciplinary action. In addition, any damages to facilities resulting
from these activities will result in charges to either the individual or
items are not permitted in the residential facilities (Residence Halls
and Village Apartments), or on balconies, and will be confiscated if
- Candle Warmers (operating with a heated plate)
- "Scented wax warmers" operating with a "bulb" are permitted.
- Flammable Liquids or Gasses
- Halogen Light Bulbs
- Decorative or Holiday Lights, excluding LED "rope lights"
- Live Christmas and Holiday Decoration Trees
- "Fireworks" or any other explosive/incendiary devices
gas, and electric grills are prohibited from being used or stored in
any of the residence halls and apartments or within any of the
surrounding areas. George Foreman Grills are also prohibited in the
residence halls, but may be used and stored in the Village Apartments.
Community grills are located in the following areas:
- Adjacent to Building 4 in the Village Apartments
- In the Village Apartments 5-8 courtyard
Guests in Residential Facilities
University has open visitation; students may have guests (student or
non-student) twenty-four hours a day, however the following rules and
- All guest visits must be approved by all roommates/suitemates and the office of Residential Life.
- Approved guests are permitted to stay no longer than 3 days in Residential Facilities.
- Guests must be escorted at all times while in the residential facilities.
visiting students of the opposite gender must use the restroom
facilities in the lobby, unless the resident being visited has a private
- At no time may a resident or a resident's guest deny a
roommate access to his/her room or behave in a manner that causes the
roommate to become uncomfortable.
- Cohabitation is prohibited. (see Cohabitation policy)
- Residents are not permitted to assign, sublease, or rent their assigned spaces, or other residential spaces, to other people.
residents will be held accountable for the behavior and conduct of
their guests while they are in the residential facilities. All resident
guests are expected to adhere to all University and Residential Life
- Children 17 years and younger are not permitted as
guests in University residence halls without a parent/legal guardian,
and are not permitted to stay as guests in University residence halls
- Children 17 years and
younger are not permitted as guests in University residence halls earlier than
8am and later than 10pm.
rooms in Oak Hall and North Campus Residence Hall contain loft beds.
Requests may not be made to have beds placed in, or removed from a
student's room. Only loft beds provided by the University are permitted
in the residential facilities.
Students who would like to raise
or lower their loft beds in Oak Hall and North Campus Residence Hall are
asked to place a work order with their Resident Advisor or the
Residential Life Office. DO NOT attempt to raise or lower a bed
yourself, as doing so without the proper tools can result in damage to
the frame. Students whose beds are damaged for this reason are
responsible for such damages.
Residents are not permitted to construct or install lofts.
Musical instruments may not be played in student rooms except for electronic instruments with headphones.
pets, other than university approved service animals and
non-carnivorous fish, are prohibited in and around residential
facilities. This includes, but is not limited to, all courtyards,
breezeways, common spaces and parking lots within the residential
communities. Fish must be stored in tanks of 15 gallons or less while in
the residential facilities.
Any student who is observed, or any
student whose guest is observed, with a dog, cat or other prohibited
animal – visiting or residing – on residential premises will incur a
$100.00 fine. If the pet is not removed within 24 hours, students are
subject to increased fines, further disciplinary action, and removal of
the animal by the University.
Students are also discouraged from feeding any stray animals around campus.
will not be made for any temporary keeping of pets. Professional
Residential Life Staff members who live on-campus are allowed to keep
pets when approved by the Director of Residential Life.
Designated quiet hours are as follows:
- Sunday – Thursday: 11:00pm – 9:00am
Friday-Saturday: 12:00am – 10:00am
Residential Life Office may modify designated quiet hours for specific
periods as the situation may arise, including, but not limited to,
finals week, when quiet hours are in effect 24 hours per day. Students
who violate quiet hours will be referred for appropriate disciplinary
total responsibility for their room/suite/apartment and for the behavior
and activities which occur within all assigned living areas. This
includes, but is not limited to, the common living spaces (living
room/kitchen) in university apartments and suite restrooms in Oak Hall.
residential facilities, including student rooms, balconies, and
breezeways are smoke-free. Smoking is prohibited within 30 feet of any
entrance or exit to a residential facility or any designated community
gathering space. Violation of this policy by a student may result in an
immediate fine and additional disciplinary action.
Fines for violating this policy are as follows:
- First offense: $100
- Second offense: $300
- Third and additional offenses: $500
are not permitted on campus or in the residential facilities.
Possession and/or use of a hookah in the residential facilities will be
considered a violation of this policy and will result in confiscation of
the hookah. If confiscated, hookahs will not be returned to their
The use of electronic vapor and/or smoking devices
including, but not limited to, electronic cigarettes are not permitted
in any campus buildings including residential facilities. Use of an
electronic cigarette in the residential facilities will be considered a
violation of this policy and will result in the above outlined fines and
additional disciplinary action.
Solicitation and Sales
and solicitors are not permitted in residential facilities at any time.
Unauthorized salespersons should be reported to the Residential Life
Office (x7538) or Campus Security (x7585) immediately.
postings, flyers, or other materials authorized by the Residential Life
office can be distributed in (or on) any of the residential facilities
Unauthorized Use of Space
use of space is not permitted in residence halls and apartments.
Unauthorized use of space occurs when a person who is not assigned or
authorized to have access to a particular residence hall room,
apartment, common space, secured space, or storage area gains access
through means not approved by the university.
Examples of Unauthorized Use of Space include‚ but are not limited to:
- Accessing a room or apartment while the assigned occupants are not present
- Entering a room or apartment (utilizing a key or through other means) to which one is not assigned
- Occupying a room or apartment to which one is not assigned
- Accessing an adjoining empty suite room through the restroom
- Accessing an assigned room or apartment before a check in process has been completed
- Accessing university storage areas or other maintenance areas for any reason.
Vehicles in the Residence Halls
may either be stored in a student's room, or on bike racks provided by
the university, and are prohibited from being stored in any other
location. Bikes, skateboards/longboards, and other items may be stored
in a student's room as long as all roommates agree to storage of the
items in the room.
Bike racks can be found in the following locations:
- Behind Oak Hall
- North Campus Residence Hall
- In front of specific Village Apartment locations
Storage of bikes (or other items) underneath the stairwells in the Village Apartments is prohibited.
Bicycles found abandoned in or around residential facilities at the close of the semester will be confiscated.
with combustion engines may not be stored in or around residential
facilities. Motorcycles and scooters should be parked in an appropriate
parking lot. Vehicles found in violation of this policy will be removed
by the University, and all costs associated will be charged to the
responsible party's student account.
- Certain electric
motorized vehicles, including self-balancing two-wheeled boards and any
other self-powered vehicles which are deemed unsafe by the office of
Residential Life are prohibited from all Residential facilities at all
- The devices covered, commonly referred to as
"Hoverboards" are manufactured in a way which lacks regulation and
oversight and are a fire hazard. As a result they may not be stored,
ridden, or brought into or around any residential facility at any time.
Any device found in a residential facility will be confiscated and its
owner/operator will face disciplinary action.
- This policy does not prohibit motorized mobility devices such as electric wheelchairs.
IV. Facility Information and Policies
below Facility Information and Policies are outlined to ensure that
each student is aware of the different services the Residential Life
office and the University provide, and the expectations that both our
office and students will be held to.
thermostats in Oak Hall and the Village Apartments are very sensitive.
For this reason, students should adhere to the following guidelines for
use of the AC units:
- DO NOT turn off the A/C system to the OFF setting, even if leaving the room for an extended period of time.
- If you are leaving the room leave the fan setting in the AUTO position.
thermostat temperature setting should ALWAYS remain between 68 and 74
degrees. Setting the temperature outside this range could cause the unit
to stop working, or damage the unit.
- The fan AUTO setting will cycle air flow on as off as needed. ON will provide continuous airflow. DO NOT turn the unit OFF.
residents experience any problems with temperature, they should place a
work order with Residential Life. The charge for replacing a damaged
thermostat is $150.00. In the Village Apartments, opening a window while
running the air conditioner can upset temperature control for the
entire apartment. Opening windows also creates conditions conducive for
mold growth. Students should keep windows closed while the air
conditioner is operating.
Please note the North Campus Residence
Hall employs individual heating and cooling systems in each student
room. If residents experience any problems with temperature, they should
place a work order with Residential Life. Students will be held
financially responsible for any damage to a room heating/cooling unit
incurred through misuse or intentional damage. In many buildings,
opening a window while running the air conditioner can upset temperature
control for the entire floor. Opening windows also creates conditions
conducive for mold growth. Students should keep windows closed while the
air conditioner is operating.
Cable & Movie Channel
Jacksonville University buildings receive cable channels from a cable
TV service provider with a selection of both High Definition and
Standard Definition channels. For more information on Digital QAM
Service, Making Your TV Campus Cable Ready, Frequently Asked Questions,
and Repair Procedures and Service Issues, please visit the Residential
Life page on the JU website.
Jacksonville University provides
students access to new-release movies via the JU Movie Channel. The
channel is available on campus cable via channel 10.1 and online in any
residential facility at movies.ju.edu. Movies are added monthly and
students can help decide which movies are available by attending hall
council meetings. For more information about the movie channel please
Common Area Damages
assume responsibility for the condition of their assigned
room/suite/apartment and for the damage which occurs within all assigned
living areas. This includes, but is not limited to, the common living
spaces (living room/kitchen/bathrooms/study rooms) in Village
Apartments, Oak Hall, and the North Campus Residence Hall. Unless the
students responsible for damages to these spaces can be identified,
damage charges for common space areas will be collectively billed to all
students assigned to room/suite/apartment.
the convenience of students and JU personnel, Oak Hall and the North
Campus Residence Hall are equipped with passenger elevators. Use of the
elevators is a privilege and students are expected to make use of them
in a responsible, safe and respectful manner. In keeping with this
expectation, tampering with the alarm, misuse or defacing of the
elevators, or entering the elevator shaft is prohibited. Students found
responsible for tampering with the alarm, misuse or defacing of the
elevators, or entering the elevator shaft may be subject to disciplinary
action and/or fines. Additionally, students who enable the entry of an
unauthorized person into the elevator may be subject to disciplinary
Note: Availability of the elevators may be limited on
occasion in order to accommodate residents or guests with a disability,
the moving of belongings, or for emergencies.
Flyers may not be posted in elevators.
no time is any University-issued furniture allowed on the Village
Apartment balconies, or otherwise outside of the room, apartment, or
common area in which it was found. Charges will be assessed for any
damages made to university furniture.
Individual Room Furniture:
are responsible for the condition of their rooms and all furniture
assigned to it. University provided room furnishings must remain in
students' individual rooms. Charges will be assessed if furniture is
found to be missing. Students may rearrange furniture, but must use it
only for its intended purpose. Upon checking out of a room, all
furniture must be reassembled as it was originally found. Should a
student choose to bring additional room furniture (mattress, bedframe,
desk, etc.), the student furniture must be arranged and used in a way so
that all university furniture safely remains in the room. Waterbeds are
not allowed in residence halls. If additional furniture is brought into
the residential facilities, it must be removed when the residence halls
close or the student leaves the University. Students will be charged
for the removal of any furniture or other personal items left after
vacating their rooms/apartments.
Common Area Furniture:
in the common areas of the residential facilities, including apartment
common areas, are provided for the use of all the students and may not
be taken into individual rooms. Protection of public areas and equipment
is the shared responsibility of all students.
Mildew and Mold
inside buildings in Florida is often high which encourages the growth
of mold and mildew. Mildew is a fungus that produces spores that grow
and spread easily through the air. These spores can cause allergic
reactions and other health issues. Mold and mildew grow in areas that
are dark and moist.
The following are suggestions for preventing and treating mold and mildew:
- The key to prevention is to keep everything clean, well lit and dry.
- Hang up damp towels and clothes to dry completely.
- Leave the bathroom door and shower curtain open to allow the walls to dry after showering.
- Select cleaning products specifically designed to treat/prevent mold and mildew.
- A weak solution of bleach and water can also be effective in cleaning mold and mildew.
Most shower curtains can be cleaned in a washing machine with bleach, detergent and warm water.
are not permitted to paint any of the interior or exterior surfaces of
their assigned residential space. This includes, but is not limited to:
- A/C units or vents
will be charged for any costs associated to returning the assigned
space to its original painted condition. Residents will also be held
responsible for any corresponding conduct violations related to damaging
services are provided in all residential facilities. Students are
encouraged to recycle the following items by placing them in a
designated recycling bin locations:
- Plastic bottles and containers
- Aluminum cans
Below is a list of trash disposal areas in each of the residence halls:
- Oak Hall - Trash room across from the stairwell in the A & D wing of each floor
- North Campus Residence Hall – Trash room across from elevators on each floor
Below are the nearest dumpster locations for each residential facility:
- Oak Hall - River Road across from the Parking Garage
- Village Apartments 1, 2, 3, & 4- Back corner of the parking lot closest to Shircliff Hall (Building 2)
- Village Apartments 5, 6, 7, & 8 - Parking lot closest to Building 8
- North Campus Residence Hall – Parking lot located on northeast side of the building
may not at any time, be placed in hallways, breezeways, on doorsteps,
balconies, or in other public areas of the apartments.
trash in the residential facilities or failure to properly dispose of
trash will result in fines being placed on students' accounts as well as
possible disciplinary action for repeated offenses.
V. Safety and Security
below Safety and Security policies are in place to ensure that each
student is aware of the partnership between themselves and University to
ensure that they are provided with a safe and healthy living
environment. The below policies are expectations that both our office
and students will be held to.
of the obligation of community living is to help safeguard the living
environment. Students are reminded that they share in the
responsibility for the security of their rooms and the buildings in
which they live. Students are expected to keep their rooms/apartments
locked at all times and also to report individuals who appear to be
tampering with locks, damaging facilities, harassing students, or
behaving suspiciously. Students need to be particularly security-minded
at times of check-in, holiday breaks, check-out, or when fewer residents
are in the residential facilities.
The following behaviors can compromise the security of other students, and are prohibited:
- Giving one's personal keys or ID card to another person.
- Leaving keys or ID card in a public space.
- Propping open lobby doors or card swipe doors.
- Attempting to force open any secure access door.
- Interfering with the locking mechanism of any door.
- Allowing individuals who seek entry to "tailgate" (allow others to enter the building without using their own entry card).
found responsible for any of the behaviors above will be subject to
disciplinary action, including fines to cover the costs of door repair
Fire Alarm Procedures
a fire alarm sounds act as if there is a real fire. Assuming the alarm
is a mistake or a fire drill is extremely dangerous. To ensure your
safety take the following steps:
- Proceed immediately to the nearest designated exit (do not use elevators)
- Upon exiting the building, follow further instructions given by Resident Advisors or Security Officers
- Do not re-enter the building until given permission by a university official.
the event of a fire alarm, please make reasonable efforts to assist any
students with a physical disability. Wheelchair-bound students should
be transported to the nearest stairwell, and emergency personnel should
be informed of the student's location upon their arrival.
found responsible for not evacuating a building during a fire alarm
will be immediately fined $100.00 on each occasion, and may face further
Health & Safety Inspections
ensure the health and safety of all residents, residence hall rooms and
apartments are checked periodically by the Residential Life staff. Room
cleanliness, arrangement, and hygiene issues that interfere with the
comfort, safety, security, health or welfare of the residential
community will be addressed during these inspections. The Residential
Life Office will distribute expectations for these inspections prior to
Residents must adhere to the following:
windows must remain closed when the air conditioner is in operation.
The air conditioning equipment does not function properly when windows
- Window screens may not be removed at any time.
Students who have removed a window screen will be required to pay for
any damages or replacement costs.
- Stickers, transparent tape and
double-sided tape may not be used on floors, walls, woodwork or doors.
Non-marring adhesive materials are permitted. The Residential Life
Office recommends properly used 3M Command Strips as an adhesive
material. Charges may be assessed for any damage caused by improperly
used or removed adhesives.
- Built-in shelves and unauthorized
lofts (see "Loft Beds" policy) are not permitted. Students who have
constructed these items will be given written notice to remove them.
Failure to do so within 48 hours will result in additional fines being
assessed directly to the student's account, as well as potentially
affect the status of the student's on-campus housing.
- Airflow vents should never be obstructed. Blocking the airflow can create a fire hazard.
with any of the fire safety equipment is prohibited. All smoke alarms,
fire detectors and other safety devices must be in proper working
condition at all times. At no time should a smoke detector be found
turned off, covered, modified, or impaired in any way. Any issues with
malfunctioning smoke detectors, fire alarms or other safety equipment
should be reported immediately to the Residential Life Office.
- Installation of ceiling fans or air conditioning units is prohibited.
that the display of certain items may be considered offensive and
disrespectful to some community members, the University requires the use
of discretion concerning the content of pictures, posters or written
materials displayed in rooms and hallways. Residents possessing any
materials the University deems questionable will be asked to move such
items to a more discreet posting location, or remove them entirely.
- Daily room care and cleaning are the responsibility of each student. Rooms should be orderly at all times.
- Trash must be taken to the appropriate trash receptacles.
- Trash bags may not be stored temporarily in hallways, breezeways or other high-traffic areas.
- At no time may trash be kept on Village Apartment balconies.
Health Care for Residential Students
University recommends that students who are in need of health care
visit Care Spot - Arlington. Students requesting treatment must present
a valid Jacksonville University ID card and a valid health insurance
card at the time of service. Claims will be filed against the student's
health insurance on all medical and emergency procedures.
Spot - Arlington is located at 1021 Cesary Blvd., Jacksonville, FL.
Students may seek medical treatment at Care Spot –Arlington during the
following times: Monday - Saturday: 8:00am - 8:00pm; Sunday: 8:00am -
The University provides free transportation to and from
Care Spot - Arlington for residential students without their own
transportation. Please contact the Residential Life Office (x7538) or
the Resident Advisor (RA) staff on Call in your building [after-hours]
for access to this service.
RA on Call #'s by Building (M-Fri 5pm – 8:30am, Weekends, university holidays)
(904) 307-0788 & (904) 305-1220
North Campus Residence Hall:
(904) 305-0030 & (904) 302-3999
(904) 302-1903 & (904) 254-4698
advised by community health professionals, students diagnosed with a
communicable disease, such as measles, mumps or chickenpox, will be
quarantined in their room or in an unoccupied residence hall room when
available. They will be asked to remain in their room as much as
possible during the period in which they are contagious. Arrangements
will be made to bring them their meals. All efforts to stop the spread
of the disease will be made. The best protection against such diseases
or common infections like the flu is a current immunization.
Search and Seizure Policy
University officials have the ability to enter students' rooms for
reasons related to normal inspections, maintenance purposes, general
safety and security of the community, and to address policy violations
in progress or that may have occurred. Staff members who need to enter a
room during the performance of their duties will knock and identify
themselves. A resident need not be present for a staff member to enter
Students are reminded that the Jacksonville University
campus is the private property of the University. When a designee of
the Student Life Office, including Residential Life Staff members and
Campus Security Officers, reasonably suspects that suspect items are
contained among a student's possessions, the student shall be required
to make such possessions (including but not limited to backpacks, locked
containers, motor vehicles, electronic communication via text/email,
etc.) accessible. If a student refuses to give access to his/her
possessions or communication, the suspect items may be confiscated for
investigation, and used in any disciplinary proceedings. Furthermore,
any student who refuses to give such access to his/her possessions may
also be immediately banned from University property.
prohibited by law or University policy that are present in a student
room will be confiscated by the staff member and used in a disciplinary
proceeding. Such items will not be returned to students.
If a University staff member, who enters a room to perform his or her duties, has reason to believe:
- Items prohibited by law or University policy are concealed from view,
- There is a violation of public law or of University regulations or standards, or
- There is a possibility of imminent hazard to persons or property;
staff member may contact the Dean of Students, or designee who shall
have the right to conduct or order a search on University property and
premises under emergency circumstances, and/or when violations of civil
or criminal law or University regulations are in question. Reasonable
effort shall be made to have the student present during any search, and
the student shall be informed as to the reasons for the search and the
objects or information sought, except when the Student Life Office or
designee believes that a serious emergency exists.
Smoke Detectors & Life Safety Equipment
safety equipment and devices, such as smoke detectors, fire
extinguishers, exit signs, and fire alarm pull stations are placed in
student rooms and throughout the residential facilities for safety. Any
student found tampering with such equipment in any way will be subject
to a $100.00 fine in addition to the cost of any necessary repairs, with
the possibility of further disciplinary action.
Report any damaged or inoperable fire safety equipment to the Residential Life Office or a Resident Advisor.
policies were updated on and effective from July 1, 2016. The
University reserves the right to adjust the Residential Life Policies as
it determines necessary in order to assure fairness, order, efficiency,
or the physical and emotional security of individuals*