RESIDENCE LIFE INTRODUCTION
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 promote 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 works in conjunction with the Director of Housing and Operations to provide engaging and transformative living areas on the LETU campus. For more information about Housing (facilities, options, and policy), please see Residency, Housing, & Dining page in the handbook.
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.
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 Department of Student Life, they are also entrusted with the responsibility to see that all regulations concerning housing and conduct are maintained.
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.
The following policies are in place to preserve the facilities and provide for the safety of each student. Failure to abide by these policies may result in disciplinary action.
FULL POLICY INDEX (at bottom of page)
ANTENNAS AND SATELLITES
The University does not provide television service in residential area. Exterior antennas and satellite systems give residence halls and apartments a cluttered appearance and are potentially damaging to roofs and buildings; therefore, they are not allowed. Student are permitted to have a small, indoor, digital TV antenna.
Students are permitted to use microwave ovens, small refrigerators (4.6 cubic feet or smaller with 1.5 amps or less), coffee makers, popcorn poppers, hot pots, slow cooker, and blenders in their rooms. These items must be plugged directly into the wall outlet and, combined, cannot exceed 15 amps. Window air conditioning units, hot plates, and deep fryers are not permitted in any campus building. Other appliances such as George Foreman grills, electric skillets, counter top ovens, and any other high-temperature appliances with or without exposed heating elements are not allowed in rooms due to electrical wiring, smoke damage, and fire hazards but may be used in areas designated by the Resident Director. Questions regarding the use of appliances not specifically mentioned in this section should be directed to the Resident Director.
Irons used in the residence halls must have an automatic-off feature. Ironing must not be done on a bed or on the floor without proper protection from the heat. Extension cords are not permitted; however, outlet center/power strip surge-protectors that are UL-rated are allowed. If a student’s use of any power cord is considered a fire hazard, the Residence Life staff will instruct the student accordingly.
Students must register their bicycles with the University Police Department for protection and identification in case of theft. Registration can be arranged by contacting UPD at 903-233-4440 or registering online. Students will need to provide the make, model, and serial number (see Vehicle Registration). The University also provides bicycle racks outside each residence hall and in several areas around campus. All bikes must remain outside of buildings.
Because of the possibility of theft, the University strongly recommends that bicycles be locked with a heavy-duty lock when not in use. LeTourneau University assumes no liability for loss of or damage to bicycles while they are on university property.
At the end of each spring semester, all bicycles (except those used by students attending Summer Sessions) must be removed from the campus. During the summer, University Police will dispose of any bicycles remaining at bicycle racks that do not belong to summer residents.
All requests for a bonfire or campfire on-campus must be approved in advance by Student Life and University Police. The City of Longview prohibits most forms of these type of fires, and dry conditions often cause Gregg County to establish a burn ban in the region.
Use of a portable fire pit is acceptable, provided appropriate approval has been received through Student Life and University Police in advance. Once approved, the following are general safety guidelines:
- Set up your fire bowl and maintain at least two buckets of water nearby for extinguishing the fire in an emergency or once finished.
- Your fire must be made with clean firewood. Scrap lumber, old furniture pieces, etc. are not allowed.
- It may not be started with accelerants such as gasoline, Coleman fuel or other combustible fuels. (A starter log or other commercially available fire-starter may be used.)
- The flames may not exceed three feet above the rim of the bowl, and the wood may not extend beyond the rim of the bowl.
- The fire may not be placed within 30 feet of any structure or under the branches of any tree.
- You are personally responsible for the COMPLETE extinguishing of the fire and embers BEFORE you leave the bowl.
- You are personally responsible for the clean-up and removal of all evidence of the fire and the gathering within 12 hours after the event.
- The fire must be strictly supervised at all times.
- Contact RD for appropriate storage of fire pits/bowls.
Grills / barbecues may be used on campus but must remain 30 feet of any structure or under the branches of any tree while in use. Grills/BBQs may not be brought indoors, but may be stored outside of living areas as approved by Resident Directors. Propane tanks and lighter fluid may not be brought inside any living area.
Camping on university property is strictly prohibited.
COMMUNICATION WITH STUDENTS
Students are responsible for reading emails sent to their LETU account and for letters sent to their home address, local address, and/or campus post office box. Faculty, staff, and administrators have access to students’ contact numbers in order to conduct official university business. It is the student’s responsibility to receive and respond to this communication in a timely manner.
CONSTRUCTING ON CAMPUS/PROJECTS IN THE RESIDENCE HALLS
Students are permitted to construct additional shelving units (bookshelves) for their residence hall room. Such construction must be limited in size so that they can be fully built or assembled outside the residence hall and easily carried directly into your room. Construction should occur in such a way that no object resting on the shelves rests within 18” of the ceiling (except in Tyler Hall and the Trinities where the limit is 24”), and also so that shelves are free-standing. All loft and shelving construction must be completed by the second weekend of the semester. For more information see: www.letu.edu/ResLife and Residence Hall Fire Safety Policies.
All construction projects must occur outside the residence hall unless specific permission has been received from the Resident Director. Students will be held responsible for any damage incurred during construction.
CONSTRUCTION ZONES THROUGHOUT CAMPUS
Due to the numerous risks and potential for serious injury, anyone found inside a fenced-in construction zone will be handed over to the local authorities for trespassing. Furthermore, anyone discovered on any structure or piece of construction equipment inside a construction zone fence will be suspended immediately.
Although the University does not maintain a formal curfew, students are required to sign out with their Resident Assistant prior to leaving overnight or longer. It is an issue of courtesy, providing the ability to make contact in case of emergency and to know when to expect the student’s return to campus. Students are subject to fines or other disciplinary action for failure to sign out. Persons outside the residence halls between 1 am and 6 am may be questioned by University Police primarily for reasons of personal and campus security.
DAMAGE TO SCHOOL PROPERTY
The student is responsible for the cost of repair and/or replacement of any University property damaged regardless of whether the damage was caused by accident, neglect, or intent by the individual causing damage. In accidental damage, the student may wish to contact family members to decide if costs will be covered by their Homeowner’s Policy.
Due to the possible damage to person and property, metal-tipped darts may not be used in the residence halls.
Improvised explosive devices will not be tolerated anywhere on University property. Furthermore, any person using University resources to create explosive, hyper-expansive incendiary, or noxious fume/smoke devices is subject to immediate and severe disciplinary action, whether or not it is activated.
All students are expected to leave the building immediately when a fire alarm sounds, regardless of the cause of the alarm. Students not evacuating for an alarm are subject to disciplinary action. It is important that individuals take precaution to avoid accidentally setting off a fire alarm on campus. It is critical to avoid false alarms, especially in the residence halls. Our primary concern is that a number of false alarms can desensitize students from the importance of leaving the building in potentially life-threatening situations. The secondary reason to avoid false alarms is that the City of Longview allows the Fire Department to charge the University for LFD’s response to our false alarms. Below are descriptions of the differing fines and their amounts:
- Negligent actions that result in the activation of the fire alarm (e.g., burnt food in a microwave) will result a minimum $50 fine.
- Flagrant actions that result in the activation of the fire alarm (e.g., burning a candle) will result a minimum $100 fine.
- Tampering with any components of the fire system (see “Fire Protection”) incurs a minimum $200 fine and further disciplinary action. Please pay special attention not to use an aerosol product directly under a smoke detector, and never leave a microwave or toaster unattended.
Fire drills for each living area will be held once each semester. Evacuation routes and meeting areas are posted in the hallways of each residence hall. Disregard for fire drills will result in immediate disciplinary action.
The following items are considered fire hazards and are not allowed in the residence halls: motorcycles, motorcycle parts, automobile parts, go-kart parts, tires, engines, gas tanks or containers that contain gasoline, space heaters, halogen lamps without protective grill covers, and any other flammable materials/liquids. Prohibited items found in the residence halls may be confiscated, and a fine may be assessed. Storage of flammable liquids in the residence halls will result in a minimum fine of $100 and/or other disciplinary action. Excessive accumulation of newspaper, shredded paper, clutter, trash, or other items in rooms, hallways, or stairwells is also considered a violation of fire code and therefore is prohibited. By order of the Longview Fire Marshal, hallways and stairwells must always be clear of lumber, lofts, boxes, furniture and other obstructions, at all times. (See also “Open Flames”)
All residence hall rooms and hallways are equipped with smoke detectors that will be checked regularly by Residence Life and/or Facilities Services staff. Tampering with or disabling a smoke detector by removing the battery, disconnecting power, or covering in any way will result in a fine of up to $200, and/or other disciplinary action. Emergency flood lights and overhead emergency night lights are located in the hallways of all residence halls. Tampering with emergency lights by disengaging the light bulbs will result in a fine of up to $200, and/or other disciplinary action.
If an invited guest desires to stay with a resident overnight, he/she must sign the register on the Resident Assistant’s door as well as notify the RD (in person or by phone/email). A guest may stay a maximum of five nights within one semester (consecutive or not). The guest’s first three nights of stay are at no cost; the cost for the fourth and fifth nights is $5.00 per night. The hosting resident is responsible for their guest’s actions.
Texas State Law and the University do not allow initiation activities which can do mental or bodily harm to any person, or which is offensive to the dignity of an individual. No person may be forced against his/her will to do anything he/she does not want to do. Violations of this principle may result in loss of University status for the individual or group, in University discipline, and/or in State prosecution.
STATEMENT FROM THE TEXAS STATE PENAL CODE:
“Hazing” means any intentional knowing, or reckless act, occurring on or off the campus of an educational institution, by one person alone or acting with others, directed against a student that endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student for the purpose of pledging, being initiated into, affiliating with, holding office in, or maintaining membership in any organization whose members are students at an educational institution. The term “hazing” includes, but is not limited to:
- Any type of physical brutality, such as whipping, beating, striking, branding, electronic shocking, placing of a harmful substance on the body, or similar activity.
- Any type of physical activity, such as sleep deprivation, exposure to the elements, confinement in a small space, calisthenics, or other activity that subjects the student to an unreasonable risk or harm or that adversely affects the mental or physical health or safety of the student.
- Any activity involving consumption of a food, liquid, alcoholic beverage, liquor, drug, or other substance which subjects the student to an unreasonable risk of harm or which adversely effects the mental or physical health or safety of the student.
- Any activity that intimidates or threatens the student with ostracism that subjects the student to extreme mental stress, shame, or humiliation, or that adversely effects the student from entering or remaining registered in an educational institution, or that may reasonably be expected to cause a student to leave the organization or the institution rather than submit to acts described in this subsection.
- Any activity that induces, causes, or requires the student to perform a duty or task that involves a violation of the Penal Code.
A person commits an offense if the person:
- Engages in hazing;
- Solicits, encourages, directs, aids, or attempts to aid another in engaging in hazing.
- Intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly permits hazing to occur; or
- Has firsthand knowledge of the planning of a specific hazing incident involving a student in an educational institution, or firsthand knowledge that a specific hazing incident has occurred, and knowingly fails to report said knowledge in writing to the Dean of Students or other appropriate officials of the institution.
Beyond the laws of the state of Texas, our desire is for every organization and living area on campus to create an atmosphere of love where we can live well together and outdo each other in showing honor to those around us (Romans 12:10).
ASSUMPTIONS ABOUT COMMUNITY LIVING AT LETU
- We value students’ desire to enhance the sense of belonging and community in your living area, and we believe team-building activities—along with intentionally practicing relationship skills, participating in spiritual formation exercises together, etc.—can play a significant role in that process.
- Building community is an integral component of LETU’s educational mission—where students, faculty, and staff can help each other to cultivate aspirations, nurture commitments, and practice what we profess as Christians.
- At its best, LETU seeks to weld community members together around the beliefs that all are made in God’s image and that members of Christ’s church need one another, such that our educational endeavors, interpersonal relationships, and personal actions all reflect God’s mercy and grace more closely.
- We are part of this community because God has placed us together; therefore, no one on our campus may be required to earn the right or prove their worth to be a part of our community.
- Building community does not occur automatically; it requires commitment and perseverance; it suggests intentionally striving to enact self-control (not succumbing to a desire to suppress and exert influence/power over others), integrity (involving being above reproach in dealings with others), and justice (a desire to pursue righteousness, compassion, and peace in private and public settings).
- Diversity of strengths, gifts, desires, beliefs, and personality enhance community.
- While certain aspects of the beginning of the school-year facilitate intensive interaction, the tasks of building community and interacting with members of the floor or organization should take place throughout the entire year.
- A key role of the organization leader is that of guardian/protector/warrior for “the weakest among us” (1 Corinthians 12:21-26).
- As members of a greater Community, students who choose to leave one group or residential living area for another should be respected and honored in that choice.
SPECIFIC GUIDELINES FOR TEAM-BUILDING ACTIVITIES
- Guidelines are maintained by the Office of Residence Life and will be provided upon request.
ID CARDS/IDENTIFICATION & BUILDING ACCESS
As a means of ensuring the safety and security of the University community, all students, faculty, and staff are required to present their University-issued ID card upon request by University Police officers, guards, or University officials. ID cards are created in the Student Life Office or during SWARM and Orientation events.
Residential students will be granted 24/7 access to the building where they reside, plus visitation access. Commuter students must request that visitation access be added to their cards each semester. Commuter students will not be granted resident-level access. All traditional students are also granted student-access to the Allen Family Student Center. Access at the Abbott Aviation Center is managed by Airport campus staff. Access will remain under proper usage.
Students living in a Residence Hall must have and should always carry an active and operational student ID card for access to their building. If a student identifies an access issue with their student ID card, they should contact their RD or the Office of Student Life as soon as possible to have the issue corrected.
All individuals at the Abbott Aviation Center (AAC) campus must be identified by a name tag or ID card as specified below. All tags and/or ID cards must be clearly displayed on or above the waist AT ALL TIMES when on the AAC campus.
- All LeTourneau University faculty, staff, and students must have their university name tags or ID cards clearly displayed.
- Aviation and law enforcement personnel (e.g. TSA, FAA, Lakeport Police Department, Gregg County Sheriff’s Office, airport management personnel, etc.) are not required to have LETU identification, but must have their personnel badge or ID card clearly displayed.
- All others must check-in at the receptionist desk, admissions office, or dispatch counter and be issued a visitor tag (e.g. visitor, vendor, admissions, alumni, etc.).
- All children must be accompanied by an adult with appropriate identification at all times.
- No one may enter the Airport Operations Area (AOA) unless escorted by an authorized person wearing a blue identification badge issued by the Gregg County Sheriff’s department.
LETU reserves the right to remove from the residence halls and/or campus any student whose behavior and/or action impedes the success of other students, staff, or faculty.
KEYS AND LOCKS
Only University-approved locks are to be used on residence hall rooms and within the residential societies. If a lock does not work properly, the Resident Assistant should be notified immediately to initiate repairs or replacement. Tampering with locks, replacing existing locks with personal ones, or adding personal locks to University equipment is strictly prohibited. The Resident Director, University Police, and Facility Services must have a key to any door locks (building, room, and any storage area) in any residence on campus. The possession or use of unauthorized copies of keys, keys created by persons other than designated University staff, or any lock-picking equipment will result in disciplinary action that may include suspension. (See also “Security Systems”)
Lounge areas are provided for enjoyment and fellowship and are to be kept neat and orderly. Lounge furniture must not be removed from the lounge for any reason without prior approval from the Resident Director. Lounges are open according to posted schedules; they are available for special events and reservations through the Resident Assistant or Resident Director.
The main lobbies for the residence halls (including the Village Center) are open to members of the opposite sex from 8 am to 12 midnight, Sunday through Thursday, and from 8 am through 1 am, Friday and Saturday. Please note that hours may vary slightly from building to building.
University mattresses are not to be removed from rooms for any reason. Sheets must be used at all times and washed on a regular basis. Mattress pads are recommended. Our mattresses are 39” x 80” and require Twin-XL (extra-long) bedding.
Waterbeds are prohibited in the residence halls. Exceptions may be considered for individuals who display a specific need for a waterbed that can be verified by a physician.
There are certain copyright laws that govern the use of rented or purchased video-recorded materials, limiting the use of these materials to personal and/or home settings. These laws are ambiguous as to whether a residence hall or its lounges qualify as a “home setting,” so it is important that caution and restraint are exercised in using rented or purchased video-recorded materials on campus. Therefore, campus residents must abide by the following guidelines concerning a video that is not purchased through a licensing agency and is categorized as “home use only.”
- Printed materials must not be used to advertise the video showing and it may not be a fundraiser.
- A fee must not be charged (either formally or informally) and donations must not be requested from the viewing audience.
- The video must only be viewed in a student’s room or in a floor/wing/house lounge.
- The video must not be viewed in any area that would be considered public, such as a residence hall main lobby.
- The viewing audience must be limited to residents of the floor/wing/house in which the video is being viewed, and the residents’ invited guests.
MICROWAVES AND REFRIGERATORS
Students may bring their own microwave and mini refrigerators for their rooms. These items must be plugged directly into the wall outlet. Refrigerators must not exceed 4.6 cubic feet in size or use more than 1.5 amps of electricity (all items requiring electricity cannot total more than 15 amps in one room). Students are expected to clean these units regularly as part of room inspections. Refrigerators are to be unplugged, and perishable food/beverage items are to be removed from these units during Christmas break each year. (See also “Appliances”) We do not offer storage for refrigerators anywhere on campus over summer.
Open flames or incense is not allowed in the residence halls and are allowed in other areas only as approved by the Director of Residence Life. Open flames or heating coils of any kind without administrative approval will result in a fine of up to $100, and/or other disciplinary action. (See also “Fire Hazards”)
Paintball guns may not be used or stored on campus, though they may be stored in the trunk of a personal vehicle for off-campus recreational use.
PETS/ANIMALS IN THE RESIDENCE HALL
For sanitary reasons, and for protection of private and school property, fish are the only pets allowed in campus housing. LETU does not allow cats, dogs, birds, rodents, or reptiles to be kept in campus housing. This also includes feeding and temporarily keeping animals in or around living areas.
Students may have aquariums. An aquarium is defined as a self-contained ecological tank that houses living organisms in a totally aquatic environment of up to, but no more than, 10 gallons. Some plants and animals that may be found in aquariums include, but are not limited to, fish, crabs, anemones, corals, various mollusks, algae, and other elodea. This does not include amphibians, reptiles, or any organisms that live in a semi-aquatic environment.
To have an aquarium in the residence hall, all of the following must be followed:
- The student is fully responsible for proper maintenance of the aquarium at all times, including holiday breaks.
- The student is financially responsible for any damage that occurs in the room because of the aquarium. Charges will be made to student’s account.
- Students with aquariums must respect the rights of their roommates. If the roommate(s) of the aquarium owner complain about the use or misuse of the aquarium, Residence Life Staff have the authority to either modify/restrict use of the aquarium or remove the aquarium from the room.
- If a routine inspection by the Resident Assistant reveals that an aquarium is not being properly maintained, the owner of the aquarium will be ordered to improve aquarium maintenance or remove the aquarium from the room.
- Aquariums are limited to personal rooms, and only one per room is allowed.
- Gravel in tanks must be disposed of properly, not dumped down the toilets or in the sinks. Students will be assessed for damages resulting from aquariums.
- Screens or hoods are required on top of the tank.
- Tanks will be unplugged during Winter Break and arrangements made for fish to be taken care of in a location other than LETU housing.
- Only aquatic animals and plants listed in this policy are permissible.
LeTourneau University asks students, faculty, staff, and guests with Service Dogs to register with the Director of Student Achievement to allow the University to provide adequate support. Residents with an appropriately prescribed Emotional Support Animal (ESA) must begin their ESA approval with the Director of Student Achievement.
Quiet hours are from 11 pm to 9 am for all living areas. Additional evening quiet hours will be decided by each floor at the beginning of the year and should correspond to those set elsewhere in the residence halls. During quiet hours, noise and music must be contained within one’s room.
Throughout the rest of the day, students are expected to observe “courtesy hours” by being sensitive to the quiet needs of those around them. Each student is encouraged to confront his/her neighbor when noise or music volume is excessive. Further complaints concerning excessive noise and music volume should be directed to the Resident Assistant or Resident Director. Continued problems with excessive music volume may result in sanctions such as the confiscation of the student’s equipment.
RIGHT OF ENTRANCE
The University reserves the right of entrance by approved University personnel into students’ rooms at any time for the purpose of maintenance, repairs and/or inspection. Such inspections may routinely take place during scheduled breaks and at other times during the semester. A room search, conducted by Student Life personnel, is authorized when there is reason to believe that an individual is violating University community standards or using the room to conduct illegal or immoral activity. Access for such a search will be gained in accordance with Residence Life policies for room entry. If an illegal activity is discovered in such a search, it will be stopped and University Police will be notified. The search may then be resumed in accordance with the laws of the State of Texas concerning search and seizure. In the case of an emergency involving clear and present danger that life or property is in immediate or imminent danger, any University personnel may also enter a room immediately.
Due to the high risk of personal injury and the accelerated deterioration of the roofs, no student is allowed on the roof of any building without permission from the Dean of Students.
ROOM FURNISHINGS AND WALL HANGINGS
University-provided furnishings are not to be removed from a room without permission from the Resident Director, nor are they to be stored anywhere other than the room or apartment. In the Village Apartments, University furniture may not be stored in the attic or moved outside of the apartment at any time.
In living areas with sheet rock walls (Gilbert Hall, Thomas Hall, Davis Hall, the Quads, South Hall, Village Apartments and Societies), posters may be attached to the walls with straight pins or brad nails. Use brad nails or straight pins with moderation. In these residence halls, Plasti-tac should be used on all wood surfaces. In Tyler Hall and the Trinities, no items of any kind may be attached to any surface of the room other than with Plasti-tac. The use of 3M Brand Command Strips and Mavalus Brand Dorm Tape is recommended as another method of hanging items on either drywall or cinder block. Other items are allowed only as approved by the Resident Assistant or Resident Director. Please seek counsel from your RD if you have questions.
For complete room set-up safety guidelines (as coordinated with the Fire Marshal of Longview), please review the Residence Hall Fire Safety Polices and the ResLife FAQ web page.
For reasons of hygiene, personal responsibility, and community safety, rooms are to be kept clean at all times. Each Resident Director will work with his or her Resident Assistants to complete regular room inspections to insure that the room is clean and orderly. A majority of the room inspections will be held at regular intervals (in residence halls, these will occur every two weeks; in the Village Apartments, once a month) and should be announced well in advance. A member of the Residence Life Staff will hold regularly scheduled room/safety inspections. In addition, “spot” inspections may be held without prior notice. Each room should be maintained in a clean and orderly manner. The neatness and cleanliness of a living area are the responsibility of each student.
There are limited storage areas in most residence halls. The maximum allowable number of boxes for storage will be communicated to each resident by their Resident Assistant or Resident Director. There is no provision for storage of junk vehicles or furniture; those items are the responsibility of the student. When the residence halls close, all items stored in the floor storage room must be prepared as follows:
- Stored within a closed box: use a rigid carton with flaps intact. If reusing a carton, be sure it is in good condition with no holes. Wrap items separately and use adequate cushioning material.
- Boxes must be completely closed and taped with a strong tape designed for shipping.
- The box must be labeled as if it were being shipped. The student’s permanent delivery address must be written clear and complete.
- Stored items may not include food or any other perishable item likely to cause mold or other decomposition damage. If a student does not return to LeTourneau University, his/her items in floor storage will not be held longer than 30 days.
It is the student’s responsibility to retrieve the items in person or request that the stored items be mailed. The Mail Center will mail the student’s items only after payment is received from the student to cover shipping costs. The Mail Center will not mail stored items that are not ready to be shipped as described above.
PLEASE NOTE: Storage service is provided for convenience only and is offered at the student’s risk. The University accepts no responsibility for loss or damage to items stored in residential storage areas.
Abusing and/or vandalizing the security or access system is considered injurious to fellow students and compromises the safety of the building’s residents. Serious disciplinary action (including fines, the possibility of suspension, and the potential for criminal prosecution) will be taken in the case of a student who compromises the safety of residents. (See also “Keys and Locks”)
In order to assure compliance with state law, students may only possess and display street, construction, or traffic signs if he or she has a proof of purchase, or can demonstrate that the sign was formally discontinued by traffic authorities.
Surveys for any purpose, including those academically related, may be administered only after the originator of the survey has submitted a copy to the Dean of Students and has obtained subsequent approval. (See also “Student Research Policy” in the Special Policies section)
*updated after 2018 publication
LeTourneau University does not provide telephone service to our on-campus housing facilities. Students who desire to have a “land-line” are able to connect a service such as Vonage in their room. Please see wiki.letu.edu/display/itkb/Residence+Area+Phone+Service+Options for additional information.
Students are not to accept collect calls, charge long distance calls to any telephone number on campus, or charge telegrams through Western Union to any telephone number on campus. Any student responsible for a charge to a campus telephone number will be billed for the charge and fined. These restrictions are discussed in detail in the University’s telephone policy. Copies of the policy may be obtained from the Department of Student Life.
Any student found committing telephone fraud in any way with the intent of using service without being charged for the usage or by using an authorization code that does not belong to them to obtain service will be subject to disciplinary action or prosecution by LeTourneau University.
Students may have televisions in their rooms and LeTourneau University expects discretion in students’ viewing behaviors. The University does not provide televisions for Residence Hall common areas. The AFSC Media Room, Corner Cafe, and Solheim Center Cardio room have televisions for student usage.
See also “Antennas and Satellites”; Selcted University Policies | #5 Media Restrictions ; and wiki.letu.edu/display/itkb/TV+Services.
VAPING & E-CIGARETTES
E-cigarettes, e-liquid and other vaping paraphernalia is not permitted for use or storage on campus.
Due to the potential damage to residents, their belongings, and the facility as a whole, water fights are not allowed in the residence hall or between non-consenting individuals anywhere on campus. Fines will be imposed and students held responsible for any damage that occurs.
LeTourneau University is a weapons-free campus except to the extent allowed under applicable federal and state law.
No person may:
a) enter into any building of the University bearing a firearm;
b) possess, on campus, any weapon otherwise prohibited under state or federal law;
c) enter into any sporting venue where a University-sanctioned or UIL event is in progress while bearing a firearm;
d) possess a firearm on any grounds or building on which an activity sponsored by a school or educational institution is being conducted; or
e) possess a firearm while on board a passenger transportation vehicle owned, operated, or leased by the University.
Additionally, no person may carry on or about their person or store on any property owned, operated or leased by the University any of the following: ammunition, BB/pellet guns, blow guns, paint-ball guns, AirSoft guns, 3D printed weapons, sling shots, facsimile weapons, fixed-blade knives, long-blade knives, swords, spears, martial arts weapons, explosives, archery bows and arrows, or any other non-firearm weapons as defined by Chapter 46 of the Texas Penal Code.
The following are exceptions to this policy:
a) A licensed peace officer may be in possession of weapons/firearms in accordance with applicable laws and departmental policies.
Especially due to its destructive, disrespectful, and dishonoring nature, acts of vandalism will not be tolerated and participation in acts of vandalism will result in disciplinary action. Vandalism is defined as “a deliberate act of property destruction; the severe disruption of normal University operations; or the malicious, intentional, and willful destruction or defacing of public or private property.”
*Updated since 2018-19 publication
Members of the opposite sex are not allowed in rooms or hallways without permission from the Resident Director. The exceptions to this policy are during scheduled visitation hours or open houses held periodically throughout the year. The visitation hours below are in effect only on days when classes are in session and do not include days before or after classes each semester or holiday breaks throughout the semester unless specifically noted by postings in the residence halls.
- Residence Halls
- Thursday, Friday, and Saturday: 6 – 11 pm
- Sunday: 5 – 9 pm
- Apartments, Quads, and Societies
During visitation hours or open house, a resident’s door must be completely open with a light on when a member of the opposite sex is in the room. Failure to comply with these visitation policies will result in loss of visitation privileges and/or other disciplinary action.
RESIDENCE HALL FIRE SAFETY POLICES
It is the intent of the University to maintain safety for all students as well as to provide residents the opportunity to enhance the function of residence hall rooms. The following guidelines represent the latest collaboration between the Fire Marshal of Longview and the LETU Residence Life staff, all with the intent to protect our residents, the emergency responders, and the facilities. Given these purposes, the guidelines are not intended to be all-inclusive: the ResLife staff may provide other specific instructions based on individual circumstances.
The University provides each room with two desk chairs. Additional seating in each room is limited to 1 sofa/loveseat/futon or 2 chairs/recliners provided such items fit without violating other safety considerations outlined below.
Furniture in residents’ rooms and in floor lounges/lobbies must be resting on the floor as intended with the following exceptions:
- Standard beds may be bunked or lofted with provided loft kits only two high; that is, bed ends (whether bunked or extended with a loft kit) may only be two pieces high. Taller bed ends, such as those found in South Hall, may not be bunked or lofted.
- Two dressers may be stacked on each other.
- Standard University bookcases may be stacked on each other, on the desks, or on the dressers.
There is a limit regarding the distance individuals and personal belongings must be from the ceiling. In Tyler, Penn, and Mabee Halls (Residence Halls without fire sprinklers), nothing may be within 24” of the ceiling. In ELH, Gilbert, Thomas, Davis, and South Halls, the Village Apartments, the Quads, and the Societies, nothing may be within 18” of the ceiling. (This policy excludes permanent University fixtures, bunked bed-ends, or built-in furniture that might extend into this area.)
OPEN VIEW OF BEDS
Due to specific procedures of the fire department and the limitations of thermal imaging, at least 50% of each bed (or mattress on the floor) must remain unobstructed by large furniture. For example, sofas, bookcases or shelving may not be situated in front of a mattress in a way that blocks more than half the view of a sleeping individual. Hanging blankets or sheets that cover a sleeping area to minimize light are acceptable.
INGRESS AND EGRESS
There must be a clear pathway from the window to the hallway door (though not necessarily in a straight line). No furniture or appliances—including shelving or constructed items—may be situated within 48” of the window, from floor to ceiling, since those items can become obstacles for residents exiting or firefighters entering a room. In Mabee and Pennsylvania Halls, this applies to the center two windows. In Evelyn LeTourneau Hall, this applies to the window that opens and one of the adjacent windows. In all areas, window coverings and small decorative items on the windows or in the window sills are acceptable. Also, caution should be taken not to build or purchase items which could fall and obstruct the door or window during an emergency. Door stops must be removed from doors when the room is unoccupied or residents are asleep.
Placing all 4 beds in one room and using the other room as a study space/living room is available in ELH, Thomas, Davis, and South Halls; however, no infrastructure (physical or technological) will be altered to accommodate these power suites. Those choosing to power suite, must comply with all other regulations.
- The only approved extenders of electrical outlets are UL-certified surge protectors. Surge protectors may not be connected to themselves—there may be only one surge protector used per outlet.
- No extension cords of any kind may be used inside the residence hall rooms. For questions regarding temporary use in the residence hall, please contact your Resident Director.
- All electrical components must be used according to the manufacturer’s specifications. Residents may not alter the electrical wiring in the residence hall in any way, nor may a purchased or home-made product’s wiring be altered for use in the rooms. (This does not include low-voltage wires like speaker wires.)
- Stringed lights - including rope lights in the incandescent or LED variations (i.e. Christmas lights) - may only be in place and used from November 1 through the end of the Fall semester. Any other time, such lights may be used as lighting for a specific event, and must be removed and stored away immediately following the event. When used, they must be installed according to the manufacturer’s specifications. No more than three strands may be connected, and no nails or staples or other metal objects may be used to secure them.
- LED light strips may be used throughout the year, but must be unplugged when the room is unoccupied or residents are asleep. When used, such lights must be installed according to the manufacturer’s specifications. No more than three strands may be connected, and no nails or staples or other metal objects may be used to secure them.
- Lamps with halogen bulbs are not allowed in the residence halls.
- Care should be taken not to have electrical wiring on or near combustible items (for example, do not run electrical wires under carpet; do not stack papers near an outlet; etc.)
- Soldering irons may be used, but with extreme caution. Soldering must not take place near or under any fire detection units, near any combustible materials, and care must be used to avoid damage to room furnishings. Students will be held responsible for any damage or fire alarms.
CONSTRUCTION OF SHELVES AND FURNITURE
Bookshelves and small tables (such as coffee tables or end tables) are the only personally constructed furniture permitted in the residence halls (desks, lofts, and raised beds are not permitted). DO NOT BEGIN CONSTRUCTION, ASSEMBLY, OR INSTALLATION UNTIL YOU HAVE RECEIVED APPROVAL FROM THE RESIDENT DIRECTOR. You are subject to a fine and removal of construction if you begin construction without approval or build contrary to the approved design.
- Any additional furniture and shelving must also comply with all other regulations in this document.
- All additional furniture and shelves must be free-standing and not attached (i.e. by bolt, nail, screw, glue, adhesive tape or hooks, etc.) to any permanent surface or piece of University furniture.
- No (University-owned) furniture or furnishing may be altered.
- Only non-treated lumber may be used in your construction.
- The air conditioning unit must be fully accessible for maintenance and airflow.
- The total combined length of all constructed shelves must not exceed 32 feet in length and 18 inches in depth. For example, a 6’ wide bookcase with 5 shelves totals 30’ of shelving, allowing 2’ to use elsewhere in the room.
- In the Residence Halls with cinderblock construction (Tyler, Penn, ELH, & Mabee Halls) shelving unit construction is also permitted with additional restrictions.
- In Penn and Mabee Halls, shelving placement is limited to the side walls (from the back wall by the window, over the beds, to the end of the desks). It is acceptable for the shelves along the wall to cover a portion of the outer two windows; the two middle windows must remain unobstructed.
- No cross room support may be used.
- All sides and corners of the shelving that touch the walls must be padded with carpet or a similar material. No wood may touch the walls or University furniture/furnishing.
All construction (sawing, drilling, sanding, finishing, painting, etc.) must be completed outside the residence halls. You may connect or attach shelves with screws inside the building. No construction may be done in buildings or in courtyards, and you must thoroughly clean your work area immediately as you finish each work session.
During the installation or removal of your furniture/shelving, DO NOT STORE ANY WOOD OR OTHER MATERIALS IN THE HALLWAY. Hallway and stairwell congestion of any kind is considered a high risk safety hazard. Furthermore, any and all furniture and materials must be brought into the building through one of the main doors, not through a window. The ResLife Staff will inspect furniture/shelving during and/or after construction to ensure that the structure adheres to these guidelines. Failure to comply with this policy may result in fines and/or the need to modify or remove the furniture/shelving.
Storage and Responsibility
All personal items, including furniture and shelving cannot remain in the room/building over the summer and must be removed before checkout. All materials must be stored off campus, and the student is responsible for storage. The student is also financially responsible for all damage caused by the construction, presence, and/or removal of personally constructed furniture and shelving. Any charges will be assessed to the student’s account by the ResLife staff.