Benefits of Living on Campus
There are numerous benefits to living on campus including convenience, opportunities to develop life-long friendships, and to live in an environment that fosters the educational and personal growth of students.
The mission of the department of Residence Services is to create safe and inclusive communities that foster student success. Our goal is to offer residential facilities, programs and services that enhance student learning and support student success.
While living in an environment that promotes safety, students also benefit from the opportunity to learn about other cultures and lifestyles, form lifelong friendships and make lasting memories. The concepts of self-respect and respect for others, tolerance of and celebration of diversity, ethical behavior and personal growth are fostered via staff intervention, community-based educational and social programs and the expectation that hall residents hold one another accountable.
The convenience of living on campus provides students easy access to numerous campus resources such as faculty and academic advisors, the library, computer labs, residence hall dining halls and other campus eateries, the health center, recreational facilities, and student organizations. Additionally, students have the opportunity to interact with university faculty outside the classroom by participating in a variety of campus-wide and residence hall programs.
The benefits of on-campus living can also be measured quantitatively. Students who live in the residence halls vs. commuting to campus do better academically and also are more likely to remain enrolled.
RA and RHD STAFF
The residence hall staff's primary responsibilities are to provide residents with valuable information, create a positive community through educational programming, promote safety and security and a high quality living environment, and serve as a resource whenever a student has a question or concern. All halls are staffed with a resident director and several student resident assistants.
Safety and Security
Kent State's Security Aide program is recognized for its excellence. Student Security Aides, attired in yellow shirts and black pants, are in direct contact with the University Police Department via two-way radios. Every residence hall complex is patrolled from 8 p.m. until 2:30 a.m. Sunday – Wednesday, and from 8:00 p.m. until 4:00 a.m. Thursday – Saturday. The Security Aides receive 100 hours of intense training prior to assuming their duties. They learn CPR, first aid, fire prevention and emergency procedures. The most widely used service offered by the Security Aide program is the escort service. Security aides provide escorts anywhere on campus during their working hours.
Residence Services maintains five residence hall computer clusters. The computer labs are located in Tri-Towers, Twin Towers, Manchester, and Verder. All labs are open 24-hours and are monitored by cameras.
University Dining Services provides students dining options in several dining facilities across campus, including: Tri-Towers Rotunda, Prentice Hall, Eastway Center and the Kent Student Center. Every student receives a flashcard, which is accepted at all dining areas (if sufficient funds are on the student's food plan).
The Department of Residence Services provides every student living in the residence halls the opportunity to use the residential network. ResNet provides in-room access to the internet and Kent State's computing resources. Students using ResNet must agree to abide by Residence Service's Acceptable Use Policy, Virus Removal Fee Policy, and all university, local, state and federal laws and regulations regarding internet use.
Campus Bus Service/PARTA is an integral part of Kent State. It provides transportation to students, including campus bus routes, and services for students with disabilities- Student Disability Transportation Services (SDTS). For more information go to www.partaonline.org/.
Employment and Leadership Opportunities
On-campus residents are offered a variety of leadership opportunities within their living environment. Student employment opportunities within Residence Services include resident assistant, desk receptionist, and security aide. Additionally, students have opportunities to gain leadership skills through involvement in their individual House Councils, the governing body of their respective hall, as well as through Kent Interhall Council, the governing body to all the halls on campus.
Mattresses in our residence halls are extra-long (36"x80"). The National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) has partnered with Residence Hall Linens to provide our students with a convenient, affordable way to purchase extra-long sheets and bedding items, as well as other campus-living necessities. Proceeds from this program go to the NRHH and are used for programming in the residence halls. Please visit the RHL website http://www.rhl.org/ken or call 1-866-847-7365 to order.
A refrigerator/freezer/microwave unit features a microwave oven and compact refrigerator/freezer combination that offers convenience and cost effectiveness. Refrigerator/freezer/microwave units are part of the standard room furnishing in all residence halls except Leebrick Hall.
Note: Engleman Hall does not offer refrigerator/freezer/microwave units, but contains a full size refrigerator/freezer for each single apartment or suite.