2018-2019 Student Handbook 
    
    Feb 25, 2020  
2018-2019 Student Handbook

Residency, Housing, & Dining


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CAMPUS RESIDENCY

We believe it is necessary for students to be immersed in community living for key life-to-life encounters to be possible. Within 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. A few exemptions exist for this policy.  If one-or-more of the following circumstances exist and the Petition to Live Off-Campus has been submitted and approved, a student is considered exempt from residency while those conditions are met.  For more information on exemptions and exceptions, see: OFF-CAMPUS LIVING.

  • 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. The City’s 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.

Longview’s 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.

For students who qualify as minors, their parent(s) or guardian(s) will be required to sign other documents along with their student, including but not limited to: housing contracts, medical release forms, and mental health treatments forms.


HOUSING OPTIONS

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 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 Howe House (Private, Upper-Division, Nursing)
South Hall (First West and Second Floor) Village Apartments
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 typically 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 custodial 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 the history of 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 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 these apartments are available at http://starrez.letu.edu/. 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 qualified students early each Spring semester and may also be obtained online at www.letu.edu/ResLifeForms.

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 2.5.
  • If a student is placed on Disciplinary 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 locally may also reside in summer campus housing. Applications are available online at http://starrez.letu.edu/ and are typically published in early March. The Residency Policy does not apply to the summer term, and therefore students are not required to reside on campus if enrolled for summer sessions.


HOUSING PROCEDURES AND POLICIES

OPENING AND CLOSING DATES

Fall 2018

Residence halls open Thursday, August 16 at 9 am for new students (after check-in). Residence halls open for returning students Saturday, August 18 at 9 am. Meal plans begin with breakfast on the first day of classes: Monday, August 20.

PLEASE NOTE: The residence halls will close for Christmas break, Friday, December 7, at 5pm to students not participating in Commencement activities. Residence halls close Saturday, December 8 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 2019

Residence halls open Friday, January 11 at 9 am. Meal plans begin with breakfast on the first day of classes: Monday, January 14. Residence halls close Friday, May 10 at 5 pm for all students not participating in Commencement or residing in summer housing on-campus. Residence halls close Saturday, May 11 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 are 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 community 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.


ROOM AND BOARD

All students living on-campus at LeTourneau University are provided a meal plan as part of “room and board” costs. This is one fee and we are not able to separate these charges. Students who have reached Junior status may be able to elect to not have a meal plan when living in the Village Apartments.  Meal plans are not included for “rental” students, and are not available over the summer term.

ALLERGIES AND DIETARY RESTRICTIONS

The Office of Student Life will work with students who require a specialized diet due to issues such as food allergies/intolerances. Students with dietary concerns should contact the Director of Housing and Operations, or Bon Appetit’s Manager or Head Chef. Bon Appetit will work with the student to determine what options and accommodations they can provide before discussing the possibility of a meal plan exemption with Student Life. If applicable, medical documentation may be requested to verify an allergy/intolerance or for further guidance.

See also: Dining Services