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Campus Housing Policy

Am I required to live on campus?
All unmarried first-year students, or transfer students not transferring 30 credit hours or more, who are not residing with their parents inside a 50-mile radius of the main campus, are required to live in the residence halls during their first academic year. 

First-year students whose parents reside inside a 50-mile radius of the main campus are required to live either with their parents, on campus in a UC residence hall, or in University-Affiliated Housing*.

First-year Students

 Residence Options

Housing Policy

 UC Under-
graduate
Housing

UC
Affiliated
Housing*

At home
with
parents

Other
Off-campus
Housing

Parents live within 50 miles of campus

YES

 YES

 YES

NO

Parents live more than 50
miles from campus OR you are transferring 30 or fewer
credit hours

YES

NO

NO

NO

Married

NO

NO

YES

YES

* University-Affiliated Housing refers to University Park Apartments, located on campus, but independently managed.

How do I know if I live inside or outside the 50-mile radius of the Uptown campus?
Students who live within the metro area of Cincinnati and immediate surrounding areas are generally considered inside the 50-mile radius.  Students who are unsure of their distance from campus may use the following link to verify their status: https://hfs.uc.edu/in50zip.

What are the benefits of living on campus?
Your success is our success. The university's position is that the support system provided by living on campus enhances the academic efforts and social adjustment of new students-and provides important benefits to all returning students as well. Here's why:

  • You help your odds for academic achievement. Studies have shown that students residing on campus do better academically and are more likely to graduate. Living in a residence hall makes it easier for you to access the library and to connect with study groups. No travel to and from an off-campus residence means you will be less likely to miss classes and you will have more time for study.
  • Meals are nutritious, convenient, and easy. The dining centers and retail food locations on campus provide a variety of healthy foods. Meal plan participation saves you the time of grocery shopping, cooking, and washing dishes.
  • Work and fun are easier. If you plan to work part-time, living in a residence hall makes scheduling time for a campus job easier.

But campus life isn't all about academics and work! Involvement in social and cultural activities on campus is an important and rewarding part of your university experience. Why not participate? You're already here!

Keep in mind, too, that friendships formed with roommates and others who share the residence hall experience enrich each day on campus, and these relationships often last a lifetime.

Did we mention you won't have to find a parking space? Living on campus offers convenience, improved academic achievement, & a rewarding and diverse social experience–Don't miss the opportunity!

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Apply for Housing

Can I pick my room and residence hall? 
Students may indicate first, second, and third floor and hall preferences on your Housing Application. Housing & Food Services will make every effort to accommodate your choices.

Please be aware that room assignments are made on a first-come/first-serve basis. Find out more about the halls in which you may wish to live at Residence Hall Options

When is the deadline for submitting my housing application?
The priority application deadline for fall semester is typically May 1st. All applications received by the set date will be in the first assignment processing. Applications received after the set date will be in subsequent assignment processing. Assignments are made based on the received date of the application. Housing applications are not complete until the $150 deposit is paid.

How do I apply to live on campus? When should I apply?

  • Current UC Students : You must be a registered student in order to be eligible to live on campus.  Click here to get more information. 
  • Students new to UC : You must have confirmed your admission offer from UC (this means you have to send in your matriculation fee before applying for housing). 

Current students may begin applying for the next academic year mid-January through March. New students may begin applying for fall semester beginning February 1st. In addition, you must submit a completed and signed Housing Agreement and pay a room reservation fee of $150.   Housing Agreements cannot be processed until this reservation fee is received.   Fifty dollars of the $150 reservation fee is a non-refundable processing fee.  If your you fulfill your contractual agreement and you have caused no damage to your room,  the remaining $100 will be held as a security deposit against damages and refunded within thirty days of your contract termination date.

You will not automatically receive a copy of the Housing Application with Terms and Conditions if you requested housing information when you submitted your admission information to the university.  The complete Housing Application with Terms and Conditions is available online in the Resident Self Service menu.  However, if you would like to request a copy, please contact the Office of Housing & Food Services at (513) 556-6461 or via email at UChousing@uc.edu.

How do I apply for a 12-month contract?
Residents who request Turner or Scheider Halls in the Contract Renewal process have the option of a 12-month contract which will begin with the summer semester and will end after the spring semester.  You may select this option when you complete your housing application.

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Housing Assignments

Can I pick my room and residence hall?
Returning students select their rooms for the next academic year beginning in January 13th-31st.  Following this cycle students may indicate first, second, and third floor and hall preferences on your Housing Application. Housing & Food Services will make every effort to accommodate your choices.

First-year students may begin applying for housing beginning February 1st and may indicate first, second, and third floor and hall preferences on your Housing Agreement.   Housing & Food Services will make every effort to accommodate your choices.

Please be aware that room assignments are made on a first-come/first-serve basis and that the assignment process cannot begin until your completed, signed application and $150 room reservation fee are received.

Visit the Residence Hall Options page to find out more about the halls in which you may wish to live.


Can I pick my roommate(s)?
Roommate requests are honored whenever possible. Roommates must each request the other person on their Housing Agreement. Each roommate's name and student ID number must be indicated on the Agreement.

Requests that are not mutual cannot be honored.

The sooner your application and your roommate(s)' applications are received, the better your chances of rooming together. Please remember it is not always possible to hold a space for a requested roommate whose application has not been received.

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Housing Agreement Terms & Conditions

What if I need to cancel my Housing Agreement?
Prior to Occupancy: You may cancel your Housing Agreement by providing the Office of Housing & Food Services a written notice via mail, fax, or email by the dates and under the conditions identified in your Housing Agreement. Written notice must include your full name and your Student ID number. It must also indicate whether you will still be attending UC.

After Occupancy: Although all residents are expected to fulfill the terms of the Housing Agreement for the full academic year or the portion remaining at the time of assignment, HFS realizes unforeseen circumstances may prevent a student from fulfilling the Agreement. HFS will work individually with you if such circumstances occur. Here are the guidelines:

If you are required to live to campus:

  • Obtain a Petition for Release from the Housing Agreement form from the HFS office in Scioto Hall 2nd floor.
  • You should be prepared to document and then to discuss in specific terms the reason(s) you are unable to fulfill your contractual responsibilities.
  • All petitions must be received by the appropriate deadline, as indicated in your Housing Agreement. After the deadline, only those petitions submitted for the next term or for a condition that has occurred since the deadline will be considered for release.

If you are not required to live on campus:
You may terminate your contract for subsequent terms without cause upon payment of a termination fee of 50% of room price for each term remaining in your agreement and forfeiture of your $100 security deposit. 

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Roommates

Can I pick my roommate(s)?
Roommate requests are honored whenever possible. Each applicant who desires a specific roommate(s) must request the other person(s) on their housing applications.

Each person's name and student ID number (known as an M number) must be indicated on the application. Requests that are not mutual cannot be honored.

The sooner your application and your desired roommate(s)' applications are received, the better your chances of rooming together. Please remember it is not always possible to hold a space for a requested roommate whose application has not been received.

When will I find out my room and roommate assignment?
The first large assignment mailing for fall term will be mailed June 1st. Thereafter, assignment letters are mailed out as soon as assignments are made.

If your room is assigned before your roommate(s) is/are assigned, you will receive a second letter when your roommate assignment is made. You will also receive a letter should any other change become necessary.

After June 15th, if you think you should have received an assignment letter but haven't, please call the HFS office at (513) 556-6461 or email us at UChousing@uc.edu.


What if I don’t get along with my roommate(s)?  Can I change rooms?
First, it’s important to note that most roommate relationships are successful (even if the immediate reaction to one another is anxiety).  Going into the situation with an open mind and an optimistic attitude can make a big difference.

Second, there is usually an “open room change or swap” period each term, generally beginning in the third or fourth week of the term and lasting about four weeks, space permitting.  Open room change period may be suspended for all students, students of one gender or the other, or for particular halls if there are not enough vacant spaces, if there are students still living in “overflow” temporary assignments, or for other special circumstances.  When open room change does occur, students apply to the hall(s) where they would like to live.  Residence coordinators (RCs) notify all applicants of the approval or denial of their request in writing. 

Third, outside of open room change time, room changes are viewed as a last resort.  Managing conflict, compromising, and adapting to situations are important skills for students to develop.   RCs have the ability to make administrative changes for emergency circumstances or in circumstances where all parties have made a legitimate effort to build a successful relationship and no other reasonable resolution can be identified.  Room changes are only granted in response to behavioral situations, not on the basis of race, religion, sexual orientation, ability, or other dimensions of diversity.

Finally, if you have any roommate-related issues, the first person to discuss them with is your roommate.  Open, respectful communication goes a long way to resolving most problems.  After that, the first resource is the floor’s resident advisor (RA), the peer leader.  He or she will assist by mediating the conflict and often by re-negotiating the roommate agreement.  If those measures prove unsuccessful, the next step is to meet with the RC of the hall for additional help.

Is there a Transgender/Genderqueer policy in the Residence Halls?
Traditionally students are placed with a roommate based on natal sex. A limited number of two-person suites (two twin beds in one room, with an adjoining private bathroom)  in the Stratford Heights Village Complex are designated as gender-neutral spaces and held for availability upon request for as long as possible depending upon housing demand.  These spaces are intended to provide an on-campus housing option for transgender or opposite-gender students who should not or cannot be assigned to room with a (not mutually requested) person of the same natal sex.  Gender-neutral housing options are not intended for romantic couples.  Students seeking gender-neutral housing accommodations should contact Housing and Food Services directly at (513) 556-6461 or UCHousing@uc.edu prior to receiving a housing assignment.

Who can help me if I have a problem or concern?
Students’ first line of assistance is the resident advisor (RA), a peer leader assigned to each floor or unit.  RAs are experienced students who are trained to have knowledge of the University, to serve as a source of information, and to help address a broad range of student concerns.  For additional help, students should see their residence coordinator (RC), the professional staff member who manages each hall, or the assistant residence coordinator (ARC), a graduate-level staff member who helps manage the hall.  RCs and ARCs can be reached through the hall’s front office. 

Parents should direct any inquiry they have to the RC of the hall. 

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Meal Plans

Am I required to have a meal plan? If so, why?
Participation in the meal plan is an important part of the support system provided by living on campus. It is one element that enhances the academic efforts and social adjustment of new students and provides health and convenience benefits to all students.

All first-year students living in residence halls are required to participate in a meal plan. Second year and upper-class residents can opt out of having a meal plan.

Co-op students may choose not to participate in any meal plan during their work sections, providing they complete a Petition Release form prior to the beginning of their work section.

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Complete a Meal Plan Change Form prior to the beginning of their work section or within 5 days of the first day of class each term.

I want a different meal plan. How do I change it?
Requests for meal plan changes must be received by HFS within 5 business days from the first day of the term to be effective for that term. You may submit a Meal Plan Change Request online through the Resident Self Service portal or via email to UChousing@uc.edu.

Petitions to be released from the Meal Plan must be received by the Housing Office by the dates specified in the Housing Agreement to be considered for the following quarters. Release from the meal plan is considered for financial and dietary concerns.  Dietary issues include medical or religious concerns.  The Medical Documentation form included in the petition packet must be completed and submitted by your physician.  Other release requests with appropriate documentation will be considered on an individual basis.

Can anyone eat at the Dining Centers?
YES!  Dining Centers allow students, faculty, staff, parents, and the community to meet and enjoy all-you-care-to-eat dining in one easy location.  Dining Centers accept Meal Plans, the Bearcat Campus Card, and cash.

What are my meal plan options?
Residential packages include two meal plans options: Unlimited (15 guest passes/semester) or Block Plan (12 meals/week, unlimited guest passes). The Unlimited Plan includes $150 BC dollars that can be used on in the food court, laundry machines and various off-campus vendors.  Depending on your eating habits, schedule, and lifestyle, you can pick the right plan for you.  For more detailed information about
Residential Meal Plans, visit http://www.uc.edu/food/meal_plans/res_meal_plans.html

If I don't live in on-campus housing, can I still get a meal plan?
YES!  We offer the Campus Dining Pass to upper-class students living in the residence halls, commuting students, faculty, and staff.  These plans offer a great value with combinations of all-you-care-to-eat meals and Bearcat Card money. Visit the Food Services website for more detailled information about Campus Dining Pass options.

If I don't use all of my meals in one week, do they carry over to the next week?
The residential meal plans carry over week to week but do not carry over from semester to semester.

Can I treat a friend by using my Meal Plan?
The Unlimited Plan offers 15 guest passes to use throughout the semester, whereas, the Block Plan offers unlimited guest passes.

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Co-op Students

Are co-op students required to live in the residence halls?
If you are a co-op student, you may opt to stay in the residence halls during your work sections, but you are not required to do so. You must, however, follow an established check out procedure. Before leaving the residence hall for your co-op assignment you must:

  • Provide the Office of Housing & Food Services (HFS) a letter from your Professional Practice advisor confirming your co-op assignment and dates (term) of your co-op. A confirmation letter on the employer letterhead from the co-op employer will suffice in the absence of notification from your co-op advisor.
  • Complete a Proper Check-Out at the end of the term, scheduling it in advance with your RA.
  • Indicate on the Proper Check-Out Form the reason your are leaving ("Co-op work assignment"), the specific term and year of your return, roommate requests (if any), and room and/or hall preference, if any. (All roommate requests must be mutual and must include student ID number.)
  • Provide a forwarding address.

If your co-op assignment is in the Cincinnati area, you may opt to stay in the residence hall. If so, you must:

  • Provide HFS a copy of your assignment letter from your Professional Practice advisor.
  • Complete a Meal Plan Release Form if you wish to drop the meal plan for your co-op quarter. 


How does the Housing Agreement work for co-op students?
The university is committed to the co-op experience, and for that reason, has designated the co-op academic year to be Fall through Spring Semesters, inclusive. Although co-op students residing on campus may opt to live off-campus during their work terms, they are expected to return to campus residence during their academic terms. However, as upper-class students, they may buy out the remainder of their contracts (50% of room price for each remaining semester).

If you choose not to live in the residence hall during your work section(s), please be aware that HFS cannot guarantee your return to the same room or hall upon your return. However, every effort will be made to assign you a room in the same hall, if that is your preference.

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Phone Service

Can I bring my own phone?
Beginning Summer 2007, the residence halls no longer provide land line phone service in the residence rooms.  Land lines can be rented through UCit and you can order through the Student Get It order system.

To learn more about the services that UCit offer for residential students, visit www.uc.edu/ucit/students.html

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Daily Life

When I move to campus, what should I bring?

Alarm Clock Desk lamp Computer
Small storage trunk Comforter/Pillow TV
Extra long twin sheets (80") VCR/DVD Eating utensils
Fan Coffee maker Radio & headphones
Toaster Toiletries Hair dryer
Fish (20 gallon aquarium or less) Iron Carpeting (see floor plans)
Poster & pictures Umbrella Hypoallergenic, zippered mattress cover-- extra long twin size
Shower bucket & shower shoes (Dabney, Daniels, Calhoun, Siddall) Hanging soap dish/shower caddy (Turner, Schneider, Rec Center)  

What shouldn't I bring?

Halogen lamps Power tools Air conditioners
Space heaters Broilers Lofts
Candles Incense Explosives/fireworks
Hot plates Hot-oil popcorn poppers Waterbeds and waterchairs
Toaster ovens Woks Grills (including George Foreman)
Electric skillets Pets (except fish) Alcohol (except residents of Schneider and CRC who are 21 years old or older)
Weapons (real or toy, including water guns) Weights over 10 pounds Wall mounts for flat-screen TVs

Do I need to bring a microwave and/or refrigerator?
The safety and comfort of residents require the careful and balanced use of electrical appliances.  The University of Cincinnati’s practice is to provide one combination microwave-refrigerator (“microfridge”) in every room or suite.  The policy states:

Additional microwaves, refrigerators, or microfridges are prohibited in Calhoun, Dabney,  Daniels, and Siddall Halls due to the electrical capabilities of those residence halls.  Residents who, for medical circumstances, need to request an exception to this policy should direct their request, in writing, to the residence coordinator (RC) of their residence hall.  In the case of approved exceptions, no additional refrigerator may exceed 4.0 cubic feet, and no additional microwave may exceed 600 watts.

In Turner, Schneider, and Campus Recreation Center (CRC) Halls, one additional microwave per suite is permitted.  The microwave may not exceed 600 watts.  Within the suites of these halls, one small refrigerator per bedroom is permitted, regardless of how many residents are assigned to that bedroom.  Any additional refrigerator may not exceed 4.0 cubic feet.

Please remember, residents are responsible for the cleaning of all microfridges, microwaves, and refrigerators in their rooms or suites throughout the term of their housing agreement. 

Where can I park when I live on campus?
Various parking garages and lots are available close to the residence halls. However, you must contact Parking Services to apply for your parking decal. Parking Services can be reached at (513) 556-2283, or via their website, www.uc.edu/parking. Please keep in mind that the earlier you apply, the better chance you have of obtaining a decal. Parking is limited during peak times. 
 
What's the Bearcat Card?
The Bearcat Card is the debit-card feature of your Student ID card and is very convenient. Students, faculty, and staff who open a Bearcat Card account can use their UC ID card to make purchases on and off campus.   On campus, the card can be used at all campus retail food locations, the Dining Centers, all UC Bookstore locations, campus vending machines, laundry machines, library copiers, and Student Health Services. Off campus, the Bearcat Card is accepted at an ever-growing number of retail and restaurant locations. Just by opening an account and carrying your Student ID, you will eliminate the need to carry cash for most of your everyday campus needs. A Bearcat Card account can be opened at the Connection Center in TUC, any of the campus Value Transfer Stations (VTS) (cash only), or when using a credit card, online at www.uc.edu/bearcatcard.  The website also provides additional information about the Bearcat Card program, including a current listing of off-campus locations accepting the card.

Do I have to move all of my belongings out at the end of each semester?
No.  While most residence halls close for breaks between terms and students must leave those halls, you may leave your belongings in your room over break.  You must turn in your residence hall key(s) at the end of each term and throw away food and clean out your refridgerator and microwave units.   It is important that you take all necessary items (medication, plane tickets, credit cards, money, etc.) with you, as the front door locks are changed during breaks and students are unable to re-enter the building.  In addition, we recommend that you consider taking home anything of extreme value, such as computers or stereos.  While the residence halls are locked and secured, with so few people present to be “eyes and ears,” any would-be thief who did manage to gain access is much less likely to be seen.  In addition, unless you are the last person to leave your room for the term, you are depending on your roommate(s) to protect the security of your room in your absence by keeping the door locked at all times.  Remember, the university does not assume any liability for loss or damage to residents’ personal property, and regardless of what you will choose to take or leave at breaks, all residents are strongly encouraged to make sure that their possessions are insured, either by a parent’s homeowners insurance policy or by their own tenant’s insurance policy.

How can I get involved in residence hall activities or leadership roles?
Great question!  The many ways for involvement include Hall Opening Team (email RED at resedev@uc.edu), floor officer roles (see your RA as soon as you move in), hall government roles (ask your RC or assistant residence coordinator—ARC), community commission membership (email Resident Development at resedev@uc.edu), and desk clerk positions (see your front desk or ARC).  Our process for selecting the next year’s resident advisors (RAs) typically begins in late fall or early spring term.  Once you have moved in, you will consistently see tons of advertising for programs, events and many student groups at UC.  For information on groups and opportunities outside the residence hall, consult the Office of Student Activities & Leadership Development at http://www.uc.edu/sald/orgs.html.

How do I get moved in? 
We are as excited about your arrival as you are!  For an arrival and move-in that is hassle-free, follow these steps:

In late summer, you will receive arrival instructions from Resident Education and Development.  These instructions will include a map and a special parking permit for move-in.  Keep these materials and bring with you.

Arrive only after the official opening of the halls, which will be communicated to you in your instructional letter from Resident Education & Development.  This helps us to be fully prepared to give the best service possible to you and to all other students. Arriving on a Saturday when your paperwork says Sunday won't get you in earlier.

When you arrive at your hall, display your special permit, park in a posted unloading zone, and proceed to the front desk.  You will complete check-in paperwork and be issued keys to your room. Plan for 1-3 hours move-in.

Unload your vehicle as quickly as possible.  Many move-in helpers will be available to assist during peak times; please allow people to help you so that everyone’s process is accelerated.  A limited number of carts will be available to make moving easier; you will need to leave some form of picture ID in order to borrow a cart. 

Once you have unloaded your car, immediately move your vehicle to one of the designated garages on campus.  Depending on the particular garage, date, and time of day, a small fee may be required, but we will do our best to minimize any cost for move-in parking.  If you arrive on the designated move-in date, there will be no charge.

If you are keeping a car on campus for the year and have a decal for the coming academic year, that academic decal may be honored between residence hall opening and the first day of classes.  Whether you have a decal or not, once your move-in is complete you will need to adhere to parking regulations and procedures.  For more information on this topic, contact Parking Services via the web or at (513) 556-2283.

If you have a University commitment or special circumstances that require you to arrive before the official opening time, please contact Housing and Food Services via the website or at (513) 556-6461 in advance to discuss your needs.

Can my little brother or sister come visit me for the weekend and spend the night?
Actually, visitation is permitted 24 hours per day in all the halls by both family and non-family guests.  On weekends, IDs of all entering persons are checked and all non-resident guests (including parents, guardians, and other family members) must be checked in.  Guest check-in requires both the host and guest to leave a state- or college/university-issued picture ID at the check-in point.  If you have a guest who is an immediate family member and is too young to have a driver’s license for check-in purposes, a guest pass can be prepared for that person.  Guests are limited to staying three nights (consecutive or non-consecutive) in any seven-day period, and the number of guests that can be checked in varies from hall to hall based on room size and fire safety regulations.  While hosting guests is a right, you also have a responsibility to see that your guest adheres to all rules and to be considerate of your roommates’ rights to privacy and security.

Where do I get my mail or packages sent?
Mail and packages are delivered to the halls six days a week and are available for pick-up seven days a week during posted service hours.  Residents receive written notice whenever they have a package, flowers, or other item too big for their mailbox; package pick-up requires the presentation of a University ID.  Resident Education and Development’s webpage for Mail & Packages contains detailed information on addresses for each hall and on mail and package safety.

Where can I keep my bicycle?
You are permitted to store your bike in your room if you wish.  Most halls have bike racks immediately outside them.  Please do not ride your bike (or skateboard or roller blades) indoors as these activities are unsafe and also tend to damage our floors.

Where do I do laundry?
There is at least one laundry room with washers and dryers in every hall; in Daniels Hall there are two laundry rooms.  Laundry rooms are accessible 24 hours per day.  The machines accept Bearcat Campus Card and coins.

 

Washer Dryer
Cash $1.75 $1.50
Bearcat Card $1.50 $1.10

How are rooms and bathrooms cleaned?
In halls with community bathrooms (Calhoun, Dabney, Daniels, and Siddall), the community bathrooms are cleaned by our custodial staff once per day on school days (usually in the overnight hours).  On weekends and holidays, the restrooms are re-stocked with soap, paper towels and tissue, and any large messes are cleaned up.  In halls where bathrooms are contained in suites (Campus Rec, Turner, and Schneider), the bathroom is cleaned and re-stocked with tissue weekly on a pre-determined day.  Residents of the suites are responsible to remove all personal items from the bathroom in advance.  Declining bathroom cleaning service is not an option.

Students are responsible for cleaning their own living/bedroom areas and in halls with bathrooms in the suites, and for providing their own soap and hand towels.

What if something in my room breaks?
Students can request repairs to University property in their rooms and in common areas by asking the front office staff to put in a work order.  Please speak directly with the front desk staff or RC, providing specific floor, room number, and information about the repair. A maintenance staff member will be assigned to your request and  visit the room promptly, usually within two business days.

What is your smoking policy?
All residence halls are smoke-free facilities, so no smoking is permitted anywhere in any residence hall. There is an area outside the buildings that is designated a smoking area. We still do our best to match roommates according to smoking preference since smoke tends to linger on clothing and personal belongings.

What about decorations in my room or adding items shelves?
Residents are encouraged to personalize their space within limits.  Good items to consider using for those “personal touches” include rugs, bedspreads, throw pillows, posters, photographs, desk lamps (non-halogen only) and small plants.  Items can be affixed to walls only with “sticky-tac” where there is drywall (Turner and Schneider) or masking tape in rooms with painted cinderblock walls (other halls).  We ask that you refrain from using nails, tacks, pins, double-adhesive tape, double-stick stars, wallpaper, or anything else that breaks the surface of the walls or leave a residue on walls, floors, ceilings or furniture.  You may bring free-standing items (e.g., shelves or stacked crates) but please do not affix anything to the walls using nails, bolts, screws, anchors or other semi-permanent or permanent devices.  In order to ensure facilities that are in good condition for future residents, if any personal touches cause damage to university property, residents will be billed or have costs deducted from their deposit.

What if I get locked out of my room or lose my keys?
Five-minute loaner keys are available at the front desk of your hall if you become locked out of your room, and temporary keys or access cards are available from the front desk of your hall for short-term use if you misplace your keys but expect to find them.  If your keys are lost or stolen, report this to the front desk immediately and lock changes will be ordered. Refer to your Housing Agreement for replacement cost.Keep your keys and your University ID securely with you at all times for your own convenience and for everyone’s safety. 

Who can help me if I have a problem or concern?
Students’ first line of assistance is the resident advisor (RA), a peer leader assigned to each floor or unit.  RAs are experienced students who are trained to have knowledge of the University, to serve as a source of information, and to help address a broad range of student concerns.  For additional help, students should see their residence coordinator (RC), the professional staff member who manages each hall, or the assistant residence coordinator (ARC), a graduate-level staff member who helps manage the hall.  RCs and ARCs can be reached through the hall’s front office. 

Parents should direct any inquiry they have to the RC of the hall.

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Computer Info

I don’t have a computer of my own.  Do you have some in the halls?
There are computer kiosks in the lobbies of Calhoun, Daniels, and Dabney for residents of those halls; residents have 24-hour access using their ID.  Residents of any residence hall can use any of the computer labs available on campus. There are several 24-hour computer labs on campus.  For more information, please visit http://www.uc.edu/housing/ResHall_Options1.html.

I'm bringing my computer to campus. What about internet access?
Internet access via LAN network jacks are provided for each student resident. Please indicate that you are bringing your computer when completing your Housing Application. That way, the jack can be live when you arrive. Otherwise, you may find your datajack not active, and it takes a few days to activate through UCit. Your computer must be equipped with an Ethernet card that can be configured for the network.   

The University of Cincinnati provides individual high-speed computer network connections in student rooms. The use of your UCNet connection is subject to your compliance with the terms and conditions set forth by UCit.  These terms and conditions of use may be seen at General Use. UCNet is provided to all enrolled students, faculty and staff to support the mission of the University of Cincinnati.

All computers using the university network must be registered.

Network Login Process:

UCit has a process to secure the integrity and availability of the university's network to each computer.  Each computer that is using an Internet connection in a residence hall will be required to go through a login process.

The 4-step process:

1)   Login with your Central Login Credentials
2)   Read and accept the Residential Hall IT Policy and General Use policies
3)   Allowing a scan of your computer for the latest Microsoft vulnerability (if a Windows computer)
4)  Have appropriate Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware software installed

  • If your computer does not pass the scan or have Anti-Virus/Anti-Spyware installed, you will be given the opportunity to download and install the patches or appropriate software.  If you have difficulties installing the needed patches or software, call the UCit HelpDesk  (556-HELP).  Detailed instructions can be found in the Student Handbook.

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Safety

What about security in the halls?
Safety and security are a shared responsibility between the staff and the residents of the halls.  We provide safety features, but there’s no substitute for everyone in the community taking responsibility for not allowing unescorted persons to enter and roam the hall, for being alert to suspicious activity, and for keeping your room door locked whenever you are out, sleeping, showering, or otherwise unable to monitor who is coming and going.  All halls are locked 24 hours per day and require a key or key card to enter. On weekends, IDs of all entering persons are checked and all non-resident guests (including parents, guardians, and other family members) must be checked in.  Guest check-in requires both the host and guest to leave a state- or college/university-issued picture ID at the check-in point.  We provide some kind of personal lockable space for each person (you may need to bring a padlock or bike lock to use the space effectively) but you still need to be cautious with your credit cards, bank cards, cash, and so forth.  We also encourage you to keep a record of the serial numbers of your valuables and to engrave your property.  The #1 crime in residence halls is opportunity theft, which far outpaces all other crimes reported in the halls.  Again, keeping your room door locked appropriately and not leaving valuables unattended go a long way to deterring crime.

What is your policy on entering student rooms?
Rooms may be entered by the staff without notice as needed if there is imminent threat of harm to people or property or a substantial disruption to the community (such as a loud stereo left playing).  In these cases, staff members leave a note explaining their presence.  Our maintenance staff also enters rooms where repairs have been requested via a “work order” at the front desk.  Rooms are entered monthly by technical staff from Public Safety for fire safety inspections and equipment tests, in accordance with local ordinances.  Otherwise, we give advance notice, generally at least 48 hours, of room entry.  Residents are responsible to open their door upon request of the staff in cases related to enforcing University policies such as but not limited to quiet hours.  Rooms are entered over each break period for health and safety inspection and to assure the readiness of any vacancy for new arrivals.

What if I get locked out of my room or lose my keys?
Five-minute loaner keys are available at the front desk of your hall if you become locked out, and temporary keys are available from the front desk of your hall for short-term use if you misplace your keys but expect to find them.  If your keys are lost or stolen, report this to the front desk immediately and lock changes will be done at a cost of approximately $60. Keep  your room keys and your University ID securely with you at all times for your own convenience and for everyone’s safety.

What about fire safety in the halls?
Our residence halls include smoke detectors and sprinkler heads in student rooms, smoke detectors and sprinkler heads in every common area, and extinguishers in common areas of the halls.  Our alarm systems (and you) will generally be tested with monthly drills, but you should assume any and every fire alarm is real.  You should familiarize yourself with the locations of pull stations, extinguishers, and areas of rescue assistance (if applicable) in your hall.  To help minimize the risk of fire, residents are expected to comply with prohibitions of smoking, candles, incense, and various appliances that are disallowed, especially toaster ovens, hot plates, grills, and George Foreman grills as well as others (see “What should I bring?” for more information).  Rooms are entered monthly by the Public Safety staff for inspection of fire safety equipment and code compliance.  In the event of any fire alarm, evacuation is required.

Who can help me if I have a problem or concern?
Students’ first line of assistance is the resident advisor (RA), a peer leader assigned to each floor or unit.  RAs are experienced students who are trained to have knowledge of the University, to serve as a source of information, and to help address a broad range of student concerns.  For additional help, students should see their residence coordinator (RC), the professional staff member who manages each hall, or the assistant residence coordinator (ARC), a graduate-level staff member who helps manage the hall.  RCs and ARCs can be reached through the hall’s front office. 

Parents should direct any inquiry they have to the RC of the hall.

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Internet Connection

Each resident has an internet connection in the room. Some rooms may have more data connections than persons in the room. Check each connection to see which are live. You are responsible for your own ethernet cable. Problems with connections can often be resolved with a call to the Help Desk: 513-556-HELP (4357). Connections that need to be turned on require a Student Get-It order through UCit.

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