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  • Frequently Asked Questions


    For   the inevitable questions that arise concerning student housing, the following has been prepared for your convenience. Each link below leads to a section with information that you may find helpful. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Office of Residential Life and Housing at 423-614-6000 or housing@leeuniversity.edu.

    General Questions  What to Bring   
    Computers, Cable, and Phones     Bed Loft Policies  Security, Fire, and Safety 

    General Questions

    Does the university have a curfew policy?

    Curfew is checked for all freshmen (29 hours or fewer) nightly by a Resident Assistant. Students 20 years of age or older do not have curfew.

    Freshmen curfew hours are as follows:
    Sunday-Thursday 12:00 Midnight
    Friday and Saturday 1:00 a.m.

    When will I find out about my residence hall assignment?

    Residence Hall assignments will be sent via email in February, May, June, and July for the fall semester and in November for the spring semester.

    How are roommate assignments made?

    Specific roommate assignments are made by the Resident Director of each residence hall. He or she will strive to find a compatible roommate for you using the specific indicators of personal information given on your residence hall application.

    What if I don’t get assigned to one of the residence halls I preferred?

    Once you receive your housing assignment, you can contact the Residential Life and Housing office to be placed on the waiting list for your preferred residence hall. We will try our best to accommodate your request; however, due to limited openings, we cannot always guarantee a move.

    What if I need special accommodations?

    Special accommodations should be communicated to the Admissions Office upon applying to the University.

    May I have my own room?

    Residence hall rooms are double-occupancy rooms only.

    What furniture is provided in my room?

    Each student will have a twin (extra-long) bed, dresser, desk and chair. This furniture is not provided for residents of Carroll Courts (married and non-traditional housing).

    What size are the beds in the residence halls?

    All the beds on campus are extra-long twins.

    Can I raise my bed for extra storage space?

    Yes, you can raise your bed for extra storage space. Concrete blocks may not be used to raise beds because they damage the furniture.

    How many people share a bathroom?

    In the community style residence halls (Medlin, Simmons, and Nora Chambers) students share a community bathroom (with privacy separators) located on each floor. In the suite style residence halls (Atkins-Ellis, Cross, Davis, Sharp, Tharp, New Hughes, O’Bannon and Bowdle) two rooms are connected by one bathroom, with four people sharing each bathroom. In the apartment style (B.L. Hicks, Keeble, Livingston, and Storms Hall) there is a bathroom for every two students. In Brinsfield Row and Livingston East, four students share a full bath and a half bath.

    Are there facilities for washing and drying my clothes?

    Every residence hall has laundry facilities. It costs $1.25 per washer and $1.00 per dryer. Livingston East and Brinsfield Row townhomes have a washer and dryer at no expense to the student. With the exception of Carroll Courts, all laundry facilities are both quarter and debit card operated. The laundry facilities in Carroll Courts are coin operated only.

    What about extension cords or multi-plugs?

    Power strips with surge protectors are allowed, however, due to fire safety regulations, extension cords are not permitted in residence hall rooms.

    Are pets allowed?

    Pets are not allowed in the halls or on the premises.

    Is purchasing a meal plan mandatory?

    Freshmen (29 credit hours or fewer) living on campus are required to purchase a meal plan option. Students 21 years of age or older or those with 30 or more credit hours are not required to have a meal plan.

    What if I need something repaired in my room?

    You may submit maintenance requests through your residence hall team. It is their responsibility to report items to the Physical Plant department. Your Resident Director will outline the specific procedures for your residence hall during the residence hall meeting at the beginning of each semester.

    What about bringing my own refrigerator or microwave?

    Students can bring a small refrigerator and a small (700 watt or less) microwave. Students can elect to bring two smaller refrigerators, but the combined cubic feet cannot exceed 4.5. Most residence halls have community microwaves and refrigerators.

    What is the alcohol and smoking policy?

    Lee University is a drug and alcohol free campus. Please review the Student Handbook for specific guidelines and expectations.

    May I bring a car to campus?

    Due to growing demands for campus parking, freshmen are discouraged from bringing cars to the Lee University campus. Those who choose to bring cars will be assigned to auxiliary parking lots which are not contiguous to residence halls but are within walking distance.

    How will I receive U.S. mail while I live on campus?

    Each student will be assigned a campus post office mailbox at registration.

    What are the visitation policies? May I have visitors in my residence hall room?

    Students of the opposite sex are allowed in the main lobbies of the dormitories until curfew. Members of the opposite sex will not be permitted beyond the lobby of any dorm or in the bedroom of any apartment unless given permission from the Resident Director. This policy applies during all breaks as well. Brinsfield Row, Livingston East, Livingston, Keeble, Storms and B.L. Hicks- Male/Female visitors will be allowed to visit in the apartment living room on the following days and times only:

    Monday-Thursday 3:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
    Friday 12:00 noon-1:00 a.m.
    Saturday 12:00 noon-1:00 a.m.
    Sunday 12:00 noon-9:00 p.m.

    Do residence halls stay open when Lee University is closed?

    Residence halls stay open during Fall break, Thanksgiving break, Spring break, and Easter break. The residence halls are CLOSED during Christmas break.

    May I bring a bicycle to campus?

    Yes, however, bicycles are not to be kept inside the residence halls for any reason, as this is a violation of the fire code. Bike racks are provided for each residence hall, and students are encouraged to lock all bikes appropriately. No storage hooks may be installed in the ceiling. The University assumes no responsibility for lost, stolen, or damaged bicycles.

    Will the University pay for any property loss resulting from theft or maintenance issues in the residence hall rooms?

    While the University takes reasonable measures to prevent theft and vandalism, individual students must take responsibility for keeping their room doors and windows locked at all times. University insurance does not cover loss of personal possessions, and the university does not assume responsibility for damaged, lost or stolen items from any part of the residence hall. We do, however, recommend parents check into their existing home owner's insurance plan to see if coverage extends to their student’s residence hall room. Insurance can also be purchased through National Student Services, Inc. (www.nssinc.com) at very reasonable rates.

    Suggestions and Ideas on What to Bring

    What to bring

    • Alarm Clock
    • Backpack
    • Bed sheets (twin size extra-long), pillow, bedspread
    • Computer, printer, USB drive
    • Cleaning supplies
    • Desk lamp
    • School supplies (stapler, dry erase markers, pens, etc.)
    • Small wastebasket
    • Fan/dehumidifier (if desired)
    • Flashlight and batteries
    • Flip flops for shower
    • Shower caddy
    • Towels, washcloths, bathrobe, etc.
    • Toiletries
    • Hair dryer, curling iron, etc.
    • Iron (ironing allowed only in designated areas)
    • Laundry supplies (H/E liquid detergent only)
    • Laundry basket/bag
    • Clothing hangers
    • Room decorations
      *Please refer to the student handbook for room decoration policies
    • Stereo system (headphones required, no amplifiers, floor-standing speakers, or subwoofers)
    • Television, DVD/Blu-ray player, Gaming system (if desired)
    • Power strip with surge protector
    • Microwave and compact refrigerator (see specific guidelines)
    • Basic cutlery, bowl, plate
    • Can opener
    • Important documents (e.g., Driver’s license, Health Insurance Card, etc.)
    • Sewing kit
    • Umbrella/raincoat
    • Small first-aid kit (the residence hall also has a kit on hand)
     

    What You’ll Find in Your Room

    • Bed (twin extra-long)
    • Dresser
    • Closet
    • Desk and chair
    • Wireless internet connection
        * Ethernet connections are also available in Brinsfield Row, Livingston East, B.L. Hicks, Bowdle, Keeble, Livingston, O’Bannon, Storms, Sharp, Davis, New Hughes, and Atkins-Ellis.
    • In apartments (B.L. Hicks, Livingston, Livingston East, Keeble, Storms, and Brinsfield Row) microwave, oven, and refrigerator/freezer combination unit
    • Smoke detector
    • Blinds
    • Telephone connection
    • Toilet paper (supplement)
    • The following residence halls (Cross, Davis, New Hughes, Tharp, Simmons, Sharp) have lounges which include:
      • Refrigerator, freezer
      • Oven, microwave
      • TV, DVD Player
      • Ironing Board/ Iron
       
     

    What to leave behind

    • Most food preparation appliances (except for a refrigerator and small microwave, limits apply). George Forman grills, toaster ovens, crock pots and coffee pots may be stored in the rooms but can only be used in designated kitchen areas.
    • Floor-standing speakers and subwoofers
    • Concrete blocks of any kind
    • Candles and incense
    • Ceiling fans
    • Firearms or weapons of any kind
    • Grill
    • Halogen lamps
    • Heaters
    • Pets (of any kind)
    • Electric blankets
    • Powder or single-use laundry detergent
    • Extension cords
     
     

    Computers, Cable, & Phones

    Is there wireless access in the residence halls?

    All residence halls have wireless internet connection with the exception of Carroll Courts and Auxiliary housing. Students residing in these locations will not be charged a telecommunications fee and may purchase their own internet service.

    Is phone service provided by the University?

    A lobby phone is located in each residence hall lobby for free local dialing as well as collect and credit card calling.

    Is cable television available in the residence halls?

    Cable television is located in most residence hall lounges. Students are permitted to purchase basic cable from the local cable company in their apartments in the following residence halls: Brinsfield Row, Keeble, Livingston, Livingston East, Storms, New Hughes and B. L. Hicks.

    Bed Loft Policies and Usage

    What is a bed loft?

    Bed lofts provide a convenient way to maximize the space in your room, lifting your bed off the floor to create useable space for other furniture and accessories. Most bed lofts are generally tall enough to comfortably accommodate an average adult seated underneath in a desk chair.

    Policy

    The University rents high quality factory-made wooden single lofts that are designed specifically for the bed (XL twin size) in your hall. Bed lofts are rented for the entire 2014-2015 school year for $150, no exceptions. There are a limited number of bed lofts available; therefore, bed lofts will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis,

    Bed Loft Request Form & Payment

    The Bed Loft Request form is available here. Please note it is an online only form. The form will be available for students to request a bed loft for the 2014-2015 school year beginning on July 1, 2014 and ending on August 1, 2014, or until all bed lofts have been allocated. Due to the limited number of available bed lofts, the University cannot guarantee every student a bed loft

    After you have received email confirmation from the Office of Residential Life and Housing that your request has been received, full payment must be made by August 1, 2014, or your bed loft request will be terminated and given to a student on the bed loft waitlist. Cash, check, or money orders are accepted.Checks, or money orders are accepted. Checks or money orders should be made out to Lee University and mailed to the Office of Residential Life & Housing, P.O. Box 3450, Cleveland, TN 37320-3450. Please do not mail cash.

    Constructing the Loft

    In order to comply with improved safety standards, the University cannot permit residents to construct their own bed lofts for use in the residence halls. The only bed lofts permitted in the residence halls are those provided by the University through the bed loft reservation process.

    Terms and Conditions

    • The student assumes all related risks and responsibilities of using a bed loft.
    • The University does not sell, endorse, or permit the use of bed lofts sold by private vendors or personally constructed bed lofts in any University residence hall.
    • University bed lofts are non-transferable to other students.
    • Each resident must submit their own bed loft request. Students may not make requests for their roommates.
    • New and transfer students may not request a bed loft until they have been officially accepted to Lee University and the Office of Residential Life and Housing has received their $200 housing deposit.
    • No refunds after August 1, 2014, no exceptions.

    Guidelines/Specifications

    • Flammable decorative materials, such as paneling, netting, curtains, etc., are not to be attached to the loft.
    • Only University staff members are allowed to install, adjustment, or remove University bed lofts.
    • A loft must not block a potential fire exit, including window(s) and doors. An access lane to the window, at least as wide as the doorway, must be unblocked and uncovered at all times.

    Taking it Down

    • Your bed loft will be taken down by University staff after students check-out in the spring semester.

    Loft FAQ

    How do I reserve my bed loft?

    Requests can be submitted online here starting July 1, 2014 until August 1, 2014, or until all available bed lofts have been reserved. Please note that you have not officially reserved a bed loft until full payment of $150 has been received by the Office of Residential Life & Housing.

    Can I request a bed loft if I have not been accepted to the University yet?

    New and transfer students cannot request a bed loft until they have been officially accepted to Lee University.

    Can I request a bed loft if I have not paid my $200 housing deposit yet?

    New and transfer students cannot request a bed loft until they have reserved their spot on campus by submitting their $200 housing deposit.

    I am a new student to Lee University, but I have not received my housing assignment. Can I still request a bed loft?

    Yes. As long as you have been officially accepted to Lee University and have paid your $200 housing deposit, you may request a bed loft.

    What will my bed loft cost?

    $150 for the entire 2014-2015 school year, no exceptions.

    When do I pay for my bed loft and how?

    You pay for the bed loft immediately after receiving the confirmation email from the Office of Residential Life and Housing. Payment can be made by personally dropping off $150 cash to the Office of Residential Life and Housing or by mailing a check or money order, made out to Lee University, to the Office of Residential Life and Housing, P.O. Box 3450, Cleveland, TN 37320-3450. Until full payment is received, a bed loft cannot be officially reserved for you. Full payment must be received by August 1, 2014, or your bed loft request will be terminated.

    I am a returning student who would like to use the bed loft that I purchased/built last year. Can I still use it this year?

    In order to comply with required safety standards, the University can no longer permit students to use their own personal bed lofts in on-campus housing.

    What if I submit my online Bed Loft Request form, but I don’t send in the required $150 payment?

    Until full payment is received by the Office of Residential Life and Housing, a bed loft cannot be reserved for you, even if you have submitted your Bed Loft Request form. Full payment is required in order to officially reserve a bed loft.

    I submitted my Bed Loft Request form and never received an email confirming that my payment was received.

    Separate confirmation emails will be sent to you once the Office of Residential Life and Housing has received your online Bed Loft Request form AND your $150 payment. If you do not receive a confirmation email, check your spam or junk email folders first, then contact the Office of Residential Life and Housing either by telephone at (423) 614-6000 or by email at housing@leeuniversity.edu, and we’ll be happy to follow up. You must receive to official confirmation emails for this process to be finalized – one for the receipt of your online request form and the other for the receipt of your $150 rental fee. Please keep these emails for future reference.

    When will my bed loft be in my room?

    Your bed loft will be set up in your room prior to your arrival on check-in day.

    Will bed lofts fit in every residence hall?

    Yes, bed lofts will fit in every residence hall.

    About how tall is the bed loft?

    Our bed lofts are about 70” tall, which is tall enough to comfortably accommodate an average adult seated underneath in a desk chair.

    I paid $150 to reserve a bed loft, but I will no longer be attending Lee/living on campus in the fall. Can I get a refund?

    For students who reserved a bed loft but then realized that they will either not be attending Lee or not be living on campus in the fall, full payment is refundable by submitting a Bed Loft Refund Request form to the Office of Residential Life and Housing by August 1, 2014. Please email housing@leeuniversity.edu for a Bed Loft Refund Request form.

    What if I am not satisfied with my bed loft after I arrive on campus?

    There are no refunds after August 1, 2014, no exceptions. However, if you would like the University to replace your bed loft with a standard University-provided bed (XL twin), please contact the Office of Residential Life and Housing at (423) 614-6000 or housing@leeuniversity.edu , and your bed loft will be replaced with a standard University-provided bed within two weeks.

    I asked to be placed on a waitlist for a different residence hall and was reassigned! Is my bed loft request still valid?

    Your bed loft request will remain active, and your bed loft will be set up in your new residence hall assignment prior to check-in. If you no longer want your bed loft due to your new assignment, then you must notify the Office of Residential Life and Housing prior to August 1, 2014 in order to receive a full refund and to release your bed loft to the next student on the bed loft waitlist.

    If I am permitted to move rooms/residence halls mid-year, can my bed loft move with me?

    University staff will relocate your bed loft to your new room. If you decide that you do not want your bed loft in your new room, or if you do not return to on-campus housing for the spring semester, no portion of your rental fee will be refunded. You will need to notify the Office of Residential Life and Housing that you do not want your bed loft moved prior to checking out of your current room.

    What if I want to rent a bed loft for only one semester?

    Bed lofts are only available for rent for the entire 2014-2015 school year. If you rent a bed loft in the fall and decide in the spring that you no longer want your bed loft, you can contact the Office of Residential Life and Housing at (423) 614-6000 or at housing@leeuniversity.edu to request to have your bed loft removed, but no portion of your rental fee will be refunded. Replacement of your bed loft with a standard University-provided bed will occur within two weeks of your notification to us.

    What if I want to request a loft, but there are no more bed lofts available for rent?

    Unfortunately, the University has a limited number of bed lofts available for rent. Once all available bed lofts have been allocated, the online Bed Loft Request form will be shut down, and students will be redirected to the Bed Loft Waitlist Request form. Once you have submitted a Bed Loft Waitlist request, you will receive a confirmation email from the Office of Residential Life and Housing stating that you have been added to the bed loft waitlist. If a bed loft becomes available, you will be notified via email and will be required to pay the $150 rental fee by August 1, 2014.

    I submitted my Bed Loft Waitlist Request form, but never received a confirmation email.

    Once the Office of Residential Life and Housing has received your online Bed Loft Waitlist Request form, you will receive a confirmation email from our office. If you do not receive a confirmation email, first check your spam or junk email folders, then contact the Office of Residential Life and Housing either by telephone at (423) 614-6000 or by email at housing@leeuniversity.edu, and we’ll be happy to follow-up.

    How do I remove myself from the Bed Loft Waitlist?

    If you wish to be taken off the Bed Loft Waitlist, please email your decision to the Office of Residential Life and Housing at housing@leeuniversity.edu.

    What do I do with my bed loft at the end of the year?

    Nothing. Your bed loft bed will be removed by University staff after you check-out of your residence hall.

    I didn't live on campus in the fall but will be on campus in the spring. Can I only rent a bed loft for the spring semester?

    Please contact the Office of Residential Life & Housing at (423) 614-6000 or housing@leeuniversity.edu to inquire about bed loft availability. If there is a bed loft available, you may rent it for the $150 rental fee for the spring semester.

    I accidentally damaged my bed loft. How will this be handled?

    Bed loft damage will be handled according to what is stated under “Property Damages” in the Residential Life and Housing section of the Student Handbook.

    Who should I contact about questions I have about my bed loft or the bed loft policy?

    Please contact the Office of Residential Life and Housing at (423) 614-6000 or at housing@leeuniversity.edu for assistance.

    Security & Fire Safety Information

    The University maintains a Campus Safety staff to provide protection for students, staff, and property. Safety officers perform a variety of duties including regulating traffic and parking, filing vehicle accident reports, securing all buildings, maintaining order, providing assistance in times of emergency, and contacting local law enforcement authorities when needed. Students can also be escorted from parking lots to the residence halls by calling Security ten minutes before escort services are needed. Residence halls are secured 24/7. Each resident is assigned a student ID card that must be scanned in order to have access into his or her residence hall.

    Fire Safety Overview

    Fire safety is of preeminent concern at Lee University, and the tips on this page will help you live safely in the residence halls. Be aware that reckless behavior and destruction of fire safety equipment could cause serious injury or death. This page summarizes the state of fire safety at Lee, particularly as it applies to students and Lee residence halls.

    University Fire Safety Practices

    • There are smoke detectors in the residence halls, all student rooms, lounges, and hallways. In the residence halls, all student rooms, lounges, and hallways have smoke detectors.
    • These smoke detectors are checked every two weeks in the Residence Halls by the Resident Assistants (RA’s).
    • If any smoke detectors are found to be malfunctioning, they are reported to our Physical Plant department and are replaced right away.
    • Fire extinguishers in the residence halls are inspected monthly by the Senior RA’s. Defective or discharged extinguishers are replaced immediately.
    • All residence hall rooms are checked by the RA’s weekly for fire hazards including wiring overloads, unauthorized appliances, blocked fire detectors, and other unsafe conditions.
    • The Resident Directors (RD’s) execute three formal fire drills during the fall semester and two formal fire drills during the spring semester within each of their residence halls.
     

    Prohibited Items

    The following information is distributed to students each year and published in the Lee University Student Handbook, which is the student guide to University rules and regulations. To protect the safety and welfare of students, the following items are prohibited in all residence halls. The items listed are specifically related to fire safety and are not inclusive of all items prohibited in residence halls.

    These prohibited items include:
    • Fireworks, incense, electric blankets, candles, and flammable/volatile liquids including fuels, cans of paint, paint thinner, and turpentine.
    • Microwaves over 700 watts.
    • Hot plates, deep fat fryers, toasters, open flame, or open-coil appliances. Illegal appliances will be confiscated and may result in disciplinary action. (Note: George Foreman grills, toaster ovens, crock pots, and coffee makers are permitted to be stored in student rooms but can only be used in designated kitchen areas).
    • Air conditioners, space heaters, ceiling fans, or refrigerators larger than 4.5 cubic feet or exceeding 7 amps. Roommates may bring two compact refrigerators, but the combined cubic feet cannot exceed 4.5.
    • Halogen Lamps
    • Dimmer switches and ceiling fixtures may not be installed.
    • Nothing is allowed to obstruct any window, hallway, corridor, or stairwell. Doors must be able to open fully.
    • Fire doors and any door with a closing mechanism must not be propped open or disabled.
    • Students cannot install paneling or partitions in their rooms or suites.
     

    Smoking

    Smoking is not permitted on the Lee University campus.

    Cooking in Rooms

    Cooking is allowed within the apartments, but is strictly prohibited in dormitories except within designated kitchen areas.

    Decorations

    Do not place decorations on ceilings. Materials on the ceilings may impede the activation of smoke and heat detection equipment. Wall and ceiling decorations will increase the speed of fire spread. Limit decorations to a maximum of 25% of the available wall space, which in most rooms equates to an area approximately 8’X8’.

    Fire Safety Equipment

    Fire safety equipment in residence halls is intended for the protection of all residents and is not to be tampered with. Misuse of this equipment, including the removal of batteries from battery-operated smoke and heat detectors, is a serious violation of university rules and TN law, and may result in disciplinary and/or legal action. Fire safety equipment includes smoke and heat detectors, fire evacuation instructions and maps, fire-alarm pull boxes, fire extinguishers, emergency panels, and electrical panels.

    Fire Alarms

    Students are required by Tennessee state law to evacuate their residence hall when a fire alarm is sounded. Students who fail to obey this law may be fined $125 and/or referred to the Dean of Students for disciplinary action. When a fire alarm is sounded in a residence hall, residence directors, resident assistants, and public safety officers will go door-to-door alerting students and checking that all students have left the building. If smoke or fire is present, this duty will be the responsibility of the fire department.

    Evacuation Procedures

    • Know the location of all fire extinguishers on your floor
    • Know at least two routes to get out of your building
    • Keep fire doors closed at all times
    • Never ignore a fire alarm

    If a student suspects a fire, or if the alarm sounds:

    1. Crawl to the door, staying close to the floor to avoid smoke or super-heated gases that may have entered the room.
    2. Feel the door. If it is hot, do not open it because the fire may be on the other side. If it is not hot, open the door carefully. If the hall is clear, move quickly to an exit door.
    3. Use the stairwells to exit the building. NEVER use the elevators when an alarm is sounding.
    4. If you have to exit through your window, either open it manually or break the glass with a chair or drawer. Put a blanket over the sill to protect you from the broken glass. Hang from the window by your hands before you drop in order to shorten the distance to the ground.
    5. Once outside, move far away from the building. This is for your safety and it allows the fire department access to the building.
    6. Once you are safe, call 911 and Campus Safety at (423) 303-4444 to report the fire.
    7. If you are trapped, put a wet cloth under the closed door to help prevent the spread of smoke. Dial 911 and Campus Safety at (423) 303-4444, and tell the operator your residence hall name, your room number, and that you need help.