DEPARTMENT OF RESIDENCE SERVICES MISSION AND VALUES
Mission: The Department of Residence Services strives to create safe and inclusive communities that foster student success.
To accomplish our mission, Residence Services grounds decisions and priorities in the following Core Values:
- Community – we are committed to safe and inclusive communities that foster student success. We create these communities by building relationships, assessing community needs and providing opportunities for all members to get involved and be invested in their communities.
- Integrity – we pride ourselves on being honorable, trustworthy and credible. We strive to provide quality service, to treat everyone with respect and to provide timely responses.
- Relationships – we strive to develop healthy and positive interactions with every member of our community. These relationships are the cornerstone of our work.
- Responsible Decision Making – we aim to be good stewards of our resources, and responsible citizens of the university as well as local, regional, and global societies. We are dedicated to the efficient and effective use of resources and using reliable and diverse forms of information to support our decisions.
- Restorative Justice – we commit to approaching conflict situations with a restorative lens. In doing so, whenever possible, we aim to provide the opportunity for individuals to identify the impact of their actions and actively work to repair the harm they created.
- Social Justice – we value and appreciate our diverse community. We challenge ourselves to listen, actively engage, and take action to ensure all identities within the community are considered.
Living on campus provides students with extraordinary opportunities for personal growth. Residential students benefit from the opportunity to meet and live with students from diverse backgrounds and share different ideas and experiences. Sharing late night study groups, eating together or just spending time talking with other students allows students to build relationships that will last a lifetime. Research shows that students who live in the residence halls transition more easily to campus life, graduate faster, are more involved in co-curricular activities and feel a stronger connection to the university than those who live off campus. The convenience of living on the Kent Campus provides students with easy access to numerous campus resources such as classrooms, the University Library, computer labs, residence hall cafeterias and campus eateries, the Student Recreation and Wellness Center and other recreational facilities. Students have the opportunity to interact with university faculty outside of the classroom by participating in a variety of campus-wide and residence hall programs. An excellent regional bus service provides a convenient way to get around campus and the local areas. On-campus housing has more than 6,500 students living in 25 residence halls. Many residence halls have a Living-Learning Community affiliation and tend to fill up quickly! Most residence hall rooms are double rooms. While a limited number of singles, triples, and rooms with private or semi-private bathrooms are available, these types of rooms also fill up quickly. Students are encouraged to apply for on-campus housing as early as possible. Students are not guaranteed a preferred roommate. However, mutual roommate requests are more likely to be accommodated if students apply for on-campus housing early and submit mutually requested roommate applications prior to the assignment process in early July. You must apply online for housing.
UNIVERSITY HOUSING POLICY
While all students are welcome to live on campus, the University Housing Policy requires all freshmen and sophomores to live in the residence halls and participate in the food plan. Students who commute from the home of a parent or legal guardian within a 50-mile radius of campus may be exempt from the University Housing Policy. Students must complete the necessary Mandatory Housing Policy Exemption Form and receive written notification of approval from the Department of Residence Services in order to be officially exempt from the University Housing Policy. On-campus housing and the food (board) plan is optional for students who have lived on campus for at least two academic years, have completed 60 semester credit hours or are 20 years of age by the first day of classes of the academic year. Please note that the Residence Hall Contract for Room and Dining Plan may be canceled only under the terms set forth in the contract.
Creating Communities that Support Student Success
Please read your contract carefully prior to electronically signing and submitting it. Cancellation may occur until the opening day of the residence halls in August. Once a student picks up his or her residence hall keys, the contract becomes binding for the full academic year. Further details are fully explained in the contract.
Your Residence Hall Room
Students are encouraged to decorate their rooms individually and may do so by adding furniture and building or renting lofts. Every residence hall room is equipped with an extra long twin-size bed, desk and chair, dresser and closet for each student occupying the room. Rooms in some halls come equipped with loftable furniture and MicroFridge units. Please refer to the residence hall viewbook or website (www.kent.edu/housing) for information specific to each residence hall. All residence halls are fully wireless and each student room is equipped with a cable television outlet. More than 120 channels of educational and entertainment programming are available at no additional charge.
Please refer to the available fact sheet regarding the residential Living-Learning Communities or visit the Residence Services website at www.kent.edu/housing-livinglearning-communities for further information.
Residence Hall Computing
Residential Technology partners with Information Services to provide technology resources and support for students in the residence halls. A few of the services provided are listed here. Wireless network connectivity is provided throughout all the residence halls. Cable television service is provided in all residence hall rooms. Computer Labs located in the Tri-Towers Rotunda, Twin-Towers and Verder Hall are open 24 hours per day, seven days per week. The Residence Services website provides the residential student with information on housing, hall activities and staff contact information. Students can visit the TechHelp Service and Repair Center located in the Tri-Towers Rotunda for technology support. Also, Tech4You staff are available at scheduled times in the residence hall buildings. In addition, students may enter a helpdesk ticket at any time by going online to support.kent.edu.
Safety and Security
Security for residence hall students and their property is maintained through existing residence hall policies, procedures and the deployment of trained student security staff. Access to each residence hall is controlled, as all halls are locked 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Residents are able to enter the residence hall building by using an entrance key card. To ensure security, residence hall keys may not be duplicated, transferred or given to any other individual. All non-resident guests must be escorted at all times by the resident the guest is visiting. Security aides patrol the halls between the hours of 8 pm until 2:30 Sunday through Wednesday nights and 8 pm until 4 am Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. They are also responsible for providing an on-campus escort service. All security aides are equipped with communications equipment that places them in direct contact with Police Services.
Four area desks are located across campus to assist students. They are open from 8 a.m. to midnight, with the exception of Tri-Towers, which is open 7 days a week, 24 hours per day. On the weekends, the other area desks are open until 4 a.m. Students who need to check out a temporary key, obtain general information, borrow equipment or pick up a package may do so at the area desk. Student mail is also distributed from each of the area desks. A full-time clerical coordinator works Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and supervises a staff of student desk receptionists who are trained to manage the area desks during evening and weekend hours.
Residence Hall Room Sign-Up
Residence hall room sign-up is prioritized by the date of receipt of the $40 non-refundable application fee and a $200 pre-payment to finalize the application. Once a student has been accepted to the university, residence hall information is sent to the student beginning mid-January. Students must submit the completed application and prepayment online. Students can start applying for housing starting February 1 at www.kent.edu/housing. Assignments are made based on the date of application.
Residence Hall Resources
Each residence hall develops a Hall Council, allowing students to become actively involved in addressing issues as well as planning events at the hall level.
Kent Interhall Council (KIC) (http://www.kent.edu/kic)
KIC provides a number of services to students such as programming, administration, advocacy, committees and great leadership opportunities.
National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH)
The National Residence Hall Honorary is the recognition branch of the National Association of College and University Residence Halls (NACURH). NACURH is the leading national organization advocating for the interests and welfare of residence hall students while also providing opportunities for their personal growth and development.
Resident Assistants (RAs) are undergraduate or graduate student leaders who live in the residence halls and act as a resource for the residents on their floor or wing and throughout the hall. www.kent.edu/housing/ra