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LeTourneau University    
 
    
 
  Sep 21, 2017
 
2017-2018 Student Handbook

Residence Life and Housing Guidelines


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RESIDENCE LIFE DESCRIPTION

LeTourneau 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. 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 PERSONNEL

DIRECTOR OF RESIDENCE LIFE

The Director of Residence Life, under the direction of the Dean of Students, is responsible for providing structure to the Residence Life program, leadership to the Resident Directors, and guidance in the conduct process.

RESIDENT DIRECTOR

The Resident Director is a Master’s level, full-time, live-in, professional staff member of the Department of Student Life, under the direction of the Dean of Students, and the immediate supervision of the Director of Residence Life. The Resident Director works directly with students in developing comfortable living environments and assists individuals in their personal development. Each Resident Director is directly responsible for the Resident Assistants within their living area. 

ASSISTANT RESIDENT DIRECTOR & RESIDENT ASSISTANT

Each living area is assigned a student to serve as a Resident Assistant. The responsibility of the RA is to lead members in developing an atmosphere that will help students in spiritual, academic, and social growth. As representatives of the Division of Student Life, they are also entrusted with the responsibility to see that all regulations concerning housing and conduct are maintained.

CHAPLAIN INTERN

Each hall floor has a Chaplain Intern who facilitates and encourages the spiritual life of the students in the living areas. The Chaplain Intern serves as an extension of the Spiritual Life Office in the student living areas of LeTourneau University. The Chaplain Intern will assist in the promotion of Christian faith and life within the LeTourneau community, particularly within the living area in which he or she resides.


HOUSING OPTIONS

We believe it is necessary for students to be immersed in community living for key life-to-life encounters to be possible. In community, students give and receive, are shaped by and contribute to campus life, and are challenged to integrate their classroom learning with their life experiences.

RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT

Therefore, as a condition of attending LeTourneau University, non-married undergraduate students are required to live on-campus in college-owned residence halls, apartments, or houses. The few exceptions are if one or more the following circumstances exist and the Petition to Live Off-Campus has been submitted and approved:

  • Local Residency: students physically residing with parent(s) or legal guardian(s)
  • Age: students 22 years of age or older by the first day of classes each semester
  • Family Status: students who are currently married or custodial parents
  • Super Senior Status: students who have already completed a four-year degree from a college or university or have attended LeTourneau University for 8 semesters
  • Minimal Hours: students enrolled in six (6) or fewer credit hours
  • Military Service: students who have served at least two years of continuous active military duty (please provide a copy of your DD-14 or discharge paperwork)
  • Senior Option: students who have earned at least 90 credit hours and have achieved at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA by the first day of class with no academic, or disciplinary probations for the previous three semesters.
STUDENTS WHO MAY SEEK PERMISSION TO LIVE ON CAMPUS

Conversely, students enrolled in six or fewer credit hours desiring to live in campus housing need special permission from the Director of Residence Life. You may email BenGoller@letu.edu for more information.

STUDENTS UNDER AGE 18

Students who enroll in LeTourneau University under the age of 17 and will not be turning 18 within 6 months of moving on to campus for classes will need special permission from the Director of Residence Life (DRL) to live on campus.  They will need to interview with the DRL who will determine their viability for living in the residence halls.  LeTourneau University reserves the right to refuse on campus housing to minor students who are determined to be unprepared for university residence.

Students who enroll in LeTourneau University at the age of 17 and who will be turning 18 within 6 months of their orientation will not need to meet for special permission.

All students while under the age of 18 are considered minors and will need to follow a few extra guidelines, including curfew hours set by the City of Longview for minors. Weekday curfew hours are:

  • During the months of September, October, November, December, January, February, March, April, May and the first 15 days of June, the period of time commencing at 11:00 p.m. on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, and ending at 6:00 a.m. the following day.
  • During the second 15 days of June, and the months of July and August, the period of time commencing at 12:01 a.m. each day and ending at 6:00 a.m.

Weekend curfew hours are the period of time commencing at 12:01 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and ending at 6:00 a.m.

Students who qualify as minors will also need to sign (along with their parents or guardians) a form allowing Admissions to disseminate information to LeTourneau University Faculty and Staff listing who is a minor.  The minor students and their parent or guardian will also sign underage admission exception procedures, activity release forms, housing contracts, medical release forms and mental health treatments forms.

RESIDENCE HALLS

All rooms have central air conditioning and heat, with laundry facilities available nearby. Residence halls have lounges for study and social activity along with storage rooms that have limited space for personal belongings. Most rooms are designed to house two students and are furnished with beds, dressers, desks, chairs, bookcases and closet space. For more information, including diagrams, dimensions, and descriptions, visit www.letu.edu/ResLife.

Men’s Living Areas

Women’s Living Areas

Honors Commons (Davis Hall, First North and Second Floor) Honors Commons (Davis Hall, Third Floor)
Mabee Hall Gilbert Hall
Evelyn LeTourneau Hall (ELH) South Hall (First East and Third Floor)
Tyler Hall East and West Carpenter House (Private, Upper-Division/Grad)
Thomas Hall Village Apartments
South Hall (First West and Second Floor)  
Durham & McKinley Houses (Private, Upper-Division/Grad)  
Society (AO, KZX, LAS)  
Village Apartments  
APARTMENTS ON CAMPUS

LeTourneau University offers two types of University-operated apartments: “Family and Married Student Housing” and upper-division student housing in the “Village Apartments.” Both sets of apartments are in high demand, and interested students are encouraged to apply early. Family and Married Student Housing apartments are available for LeTourneau’s married students and/or students with children. These apartments are available for both graduate and undergraduate students. Apartments are determined on a first-come, first-served basis, so early applications are critical for this area. Based on current applications, we suggest applying at least 6 months prior to your desired move-in date. The 850-square-foot unfurnished apartments offer a kitchen, dining room, living room, two bedrooms, one bathroom, and an attic for storage space. The kitchen is equipped with a refrigerator and an oven/range. A phone jack, cable TV jack (and service), and network connections are also provided in each apartment. Laundry facilities, a playground, and lounge are located in the Village Center, a community facility adjacent to the apartments. Applications for Married Student Apartments may be picked up at the Division of Student Life or by visiting www.letu.edu/ResidenceLifeforms. More information for Family and Married Student Housing can be found at www.letu.edu/ResHalls.

Our upper-division Village Apartments are designated as a transitional living area and are available to our qualified, non-married, undergraduate students. One of the greatest advantages of these apartments is the quiet and mature environment they provide. As upper-division students who have demonstrated self-discipline and academic success, more privileges and freedoms are provided to our apartment residents. With that in mind, we expect apartment residents to act with the highest degree of common courtesy and respect for others in maintaining a particularly mature environment. Applications are distributed to those students who qualify each February and may also be obtained online at www.letu.edu/ResidenceLifeforms.

Qualifications for Upper-Division Village Apartments
  • A minimum total of 60 credit hours
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50
  • No Disciplinary Probation during the past two semesters
Conditions for Upper-Division Apartments
  • If a student’s cumulative GPA drops below 2.5, he/she may have one semester to raise it above 2.50.
  • If a student is placed on Disciplinary or Chapel Probation while living in upper-division Village Apartments, he/she may be reassigned to another living area.
SOCIETIES

Residential areas Alpha Omega (AO), Kappa Zeta Chi (KZX), and Lambda Alpha Sigma (LAS) are chartered as society organizations located on the LeTourneau University campus. Societies operate under an elected group of officers with the president serving as a member of the Residence Life staff. A Resident Director is designated to serve the societies, and the faculty sponsor(s) for each society works alongside the Residence Life Staff to provide mentoring, discipleship, and direction for the societies.

SUMMER HOUSING

Limited summer housing is available each year, primarily for students taking LETU courses on-campus. As space allows, those taking online courses or working in the community may also reside in summer campus housing. Applications are available in the Department of Student Life after Spring Break in March or through the housing portal online at starrez.letu.edu. Students are not required to reside on campus during the summer sessions.


HOUSING PROCEDURES AND POLICIES

OPENING AND CLOSING DATES

Fall 2017

Residence halls open Thursday, August 17 at 9 am for new students (after check-in). Residence halls open for returning students Saturday, August 19 at 9 am. Meal plans begin with breakfast on the first day of classes: Monday, August 21.

PLEASE NOTE: The residence halls will close for Christmas break, Friday, December 8, at 5pm to students not participating in Commencement activities. Residence halls close Saturday, December 9 at 5 pm for all Commencement participants. All residence halls are closed over Christmas break.  The Apartments and the Private/Grad Quads remain open over the break.

Spring 2018

Residence halls open Saturday, January 6 at 9 am. Meal plans begin with breakfast on the first day of classes: Monday, January 8. Residence halls close Friday, May 4 at 5 pm for all students not participating in Commencement or residing in summer housing on-campus. Residence halls close Saturday, May 5 at 7 pm for all Commencement participants or students moving into on-campus housing for summer terms.

NO STUDENT WILL BE ALLOWED TO STAY IN THE RESIDENCE HALLS BEFORE THE OPENING DATE OR AFTER THE CLOSING DATE WITHOUT PRIOR PERMISSION. PLEASE MAKE TRAVEL PLANS ACCORDINGLY.

CHECK-IN AND CHECK-OUT INFORMATION

When a student arrives on campus, and before items are moved into the student’s room, each resident must complete the online room condition form (StarRez.letu.edu) by logging into his or her account and confirming the recorded the condition of listed furniture, furnishings, and room surfaces. When he or she leaves, in order to avoid damage fines, the resident will be responsible for seeing that the room is in the same condition as when he or she arrived. Each resident must check-out in person through the appropriate methods and/or with the appropriate Residence Life staff member at the end of each semester and in the case of a room change or withdrawal. Upon check-out, residents must again review the online room condition form and turn in their room key. A fine will be charged if a student fails to check out in the proper manner unless specifically excused by the Resident Director.

CHANGES IN ROOM ASSIGNMENT

The changing of rooms and/or roommates may be permitted during Christmas break between the fall and spring semesters but must be approved and administered by the Residence Life staff in advance. We understand that conflicts between roommates can arise during the semester, and residents experiencing distress are encouraged to seek counsel from the Resident Assistant or Resident Director as early as possible. Please note that changing rooms is not seen as the first option for resolving roommate conflict.  Our residence life staff is trained and equipped to walk through these situations with residents and seek to provide a positive resolution, in whatever form that may take.

SINGLE ROOM REQUESTS

If a room is (or becomes) vacant, and the Office of Residence Life identifies that space as available, a student can apply to move into that private room at an increased room rate of $750 per semester (or $1500 per semester in the Village Apartments). If accepted, the amount will be pro-rated based on the date the student moves in. Students will not be permitted to move into single rooms without receiving permission and agreeing to pay for the private rate. Single Room Requests are available online at www.letu.edu/ResLifeForms and must be signed by the appropriate Resident Director before a move is permitted. Students will not be charged a single-room fee if their room becomes vacant due to an assigned roommate move or withdrawal from housing.

OFF-CAMPUS LIVING

All students taking 7 or more credit hours on-campus must reside on-campus unless one or more the following circumstances exist and the Petition to Live Off-Campus has been submitted and approved:

  • Local Residency: students physically residing with parent(s) or legal guardian(s)
  • Age: students 22 years of age or older by the first day of classes each semester
  • Family Status: students who are currently married or custodial parents
  • Super Senior Status: students who have already completed a four-year degree from a college or university or have attended LeTourneau University for 8 semesters
  • Minimal Hours: students enrolled in six (6) or fewer credit hours
  • Military Service: students who have served at least two years of continuous active military duty (please provide a copy of your DD-14 or discharge paperwork)
  • Senior Option: students who have earned at least 90 credit hours and have achieved at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA by the first day of class with no academic, or disciplinary probations for the previous three semesters.
Expectations for Off-Campus Living

Students who are living off-campus must:

  • Commit to living out the Behavioral Guidelines from the Student Handbook in their homes and neighborhoods while enrolled at LeTourneau University.
  • Live in apartments, town houses and houses at or under the occupancy limit set for that residence by the homeowner, landlord, or by city ordinance.
  • Represent LeTourneau University well in how they care for the home and property.
  • Obtain the appropriate “Commuter” parking permit from University Police to replace any previous parking permits from other living areas.
  • PROVIDE LOCAL ADDRESS AND CONTACT INFORMATION TO THE OFFICE OF STUDENT LIFE BY THE END OF THE FIRST WEEK OF CLASSES. FAILURE TO DO SO WILL RESULT IN A $50 FINE, ADMINISTERED EACH FRIDAY AFTERNOON.
OFF-CAMPUS PETITIONS

The Petition to Live Off-Campus is available online at StarRez.letu.edu. Submitted petitions that do not meet one of the qualifications listed above will be processed as an appeal. The deadline for such petitions is four (4) weeks before the end of the previous semester in order to allow time for the Committee to meet.

Should your request be denied by the Committee, you have the opportunity to appeal in written form. Appeals should be submitted to the Director of Housing and Operations within (5) business days after the student receives notification of the denial.  The Dean of Students and the Director of Housing and Operations will provide a final ruling on the appeal.

Appeals must meet appropriate standards to be considered.  Appeal letters should clearly indicate the student’s desire to appeal, should contain any and all additional information that should be considered related to the petition, and present clear reasoning/evidence relating to a valid reason for an appeal.  Valid grounds for an appeal are:

  1. A procedural error or omission.
  2. New or previously non-considered information that could alter the outcome of the petition.

Disagreement with the denial is not a valid reason for appeal.