Guide to On-campus Living

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Guide to On-campus Living St. Edward’s University 2009–2010

Important Phone Numbers Residence Life Office....................................................................................... 448-8419 University Police.............................................................................................. 448-8444 Basil Moreau Hall Residence Director ............................................................ 326-7121 Casa Residence Director................................................................................. 233-1421 Jacques Dujarié Hall Residence Director........................................................ 326-7252 East Hall Residence Director........................................................................... 326-7040 Hunt and Le Mans Halls Residence Director................................................... 326-7158 Teresa Hall Residence Director....................................................................... 326-7045 Johnson Hall Residence Director.....................................................................462-7601 Hilltopper Heights and Maryhill Apartment Director............................................................................. 462-7702 Dean of Students Office................................................................................... 448-8408 Auxiliary Services.............................................................................................448-8601 Counseling Services........................................................................................ 448-8538 Campus Ministry.............................................................................................. 448-8499 Post Office....................................................................................................... 448-8588 Student Life Office........................................................................................... 448-8422 Health Services............................................................................................... 448-8686 Dining Services ............................................................................................... 428-1017

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Table of Contents Important Phone Numbers....................................................................................................... Inside Cover Mission Statement.........................................................................................................................................2 Residence Life Vision Statement.................................................................................................................3 Academic Calendar.......................................................................................................................................4 Residence Life Staff......................................................................................................................................6 Occupancy Procedures — Residence Halls Check-in.........................................................................................................................................7 Room/Hall Changes........................................................................................................................7 Mediation........................................................................................................................................7 Closure Between Semesters...........................................................................................................8 Returning Student Application Process..........................................................................................8 Checkout........................................................................................................................................8 Occupancy Procedures — Apartments Check-in.........................................................................................................................................9 Closure Between Semesters...........................................................................................................9 Apartment Eligibility......................................................................................................................10 Returning Student Application Process........................................................................................10 Checkout......................................................................................................................................10 Payment of Charges.....................................................................................................................11 Contract Terms.............................................................................................................................11 Services and University Information Cable............................................................................................................................................13 Campus Chapel............................................................................................................................13 Computers....................................................................................................................................13 Dining Services.............................................................................................................................13 Health & Counseling Center.........................................................................................................14 Hilltopper Cards............................................................................................................................15 Kitchen Facilities/Microwaves.......................................................................................................15 Laundry Facilities..........................................................................................................................15 Community Areas.........................................................................................................................16 Lofts..............................................................................................................................................16 Lost and Found.............................................................................................................................16 Mail...............................................................................................................................................16 Maintenance.................................................................................................................................17 Meeting Rooms.............................................................................................................................18 Reception Desks..........................................................................................................................18 Recreational Facilities...................................................................................................................18 Residence Life Office...................................................................................................................18 Study Lounges..............................................................................................................................18 Telephones and Service...............................................................................................................18 Vending Machines........................................................................................................................19 Visitors..........................................................................................................................................19 Getting Involved Programs and Events...................................................................................................................20 Policies University Policies.........................................................................................................................21 Residence Hall Policies................................................................................................................21 Apartment Policies........................................................................................................................24 Safety and Security Fire, Theft or Other Damages.......................................................................................................27 Personal Property Protection........................................................................................................27 Liability..........................................................................................................................................27 Fire Safety.....................................................................................................................................27 Safety Features.............................................................................................................................28 Responsibility...............................................................................................................................28 Weather Emergencies..................................................................................................................29

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St. Edward’s University Mission Statement The institutional mission is a broad statement of fundamental purpose that embraces the social and intellectual aspirations of the institution. It is through the mission statement that the institution makes known its aspirations to develop human resources and to serve education and society. St. Edward’s University is an independent Catholic university that welcomes qualified students of all ages, backgrounds and beliefs and serves a culturally diverse student body.The university’s undergraduate programs achieve a balance among the humanities, the sciences and the professions. These programs seek to make graduates competent in a chosen discipline and to help them understand and appreciate the contributions of other disciplines. Graduate and professional development programs prepare individuals to further their life goals and to take advantage of more challenging employment opportunities. Graduates in all programs should be prepared, through training in critical and creative thinking as well as moral reasoning, to analyze problems, propose solutions and make responsible decisions.They should be able to express themselves articulately in both oral and written form. They are encouraged to develop an understanding of the human person that is derived from reason and open to faith. The university promotes excellence in teaching and learning in an environment that encompasses the campus classroom, student life programs and the broader community. A caring faculty and staff, recognizing that learning is a lifelong process, teach the skills needed to be independent and productive. They encourage individuals to confront the critical issues of society and to seek justice and peace. Students are helped to understand themselves, clarify their personal values and recognize their responsibility to the world community. The university gives the example of its own commitment to service. St. Edward’s was founded by the Congregation of Holy Cross, from which it acquired distinguishing characteristics: the courage to take risks, an international perspective, and the commitment to provide educational opportunities for students of varied cultural, religious, educational and economic backgrounds. St. Edward’s expresses its Catholic identity by communicating the dignity of the human person as created in the image of God, by stressing the obligation of all people to pursue a more just world, and by providing opportunities for religious studies and participation in campus ministry. St. Edward’s seeks to provide an environment in which freely chosen beliefs can be deepened and expressed.

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Residence Life Vision Statement Residence Life strives to create quality communities that facilitate the academic and personal development of each student. The staff works to enhance the co-curricular learning environment outside for students. Given this vision, we are committed to: • Offering a quality atmosphere that is caring, fun, friendly and challenging. • Providing outstanding service, nurturing personal values and enhancing social growth. • Developing programs for intellectual, physical, spiritual, ethical, occupational and social growth that complement a wellness lifestyle. • Celebrating and valuing individual and human differences. • Creating an open and diverse environment that promotes understanding and acceptance of cultural, ethnic, racial, physical, sexual and religious differences. • Developing policies that encourage responsible behavior. • Creating campuswide leadership opportunities in which students can significantly contribute to the residential communities.

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Academic Calendar Fall Semester 2009 August 21 Friday 22 Saturday 24 Monday 28 Friday

New students move in (see check-in policy on pg. 7) Returning students move in Classes begin Last day to change sections or add any class

September 7 Monday 9 Wednesday

Labor Day Holiday — no classes Official Headcount Day; Last day for unrecorded drop

October 1 Thursday 5 Monday 9 Friday 13 Tuesday

Deadline to convert Summer 2009 incomplete grades and initiate Spring or Summer 2009 grade appeals December graduation certifications due in the Office of the Registrar Founder’s Day — no classes Mid-Semester

November 3 Tuesday 25–27 Wednesday– Saturday

Last day to withdraw from any class Thanksgiving Break — no classes

December 7–10 10 12 15

Exam/Test Week

Monday– Thursday Thursday Saturday Tuesday

End of semester (see check-out policy on pg. 8) Graduation ceremony for December graduates Final grades due by 11:59 p.m.

Spring Semester 2010 January 6 Wednesday 9 Saturday 11 Monday 15 Friday 18 Monday 27 Wednesday

New students move in (see check-in policy on pg. 7) Halls open for returning students Classes begin Last day to change sections or add any class Martin Luther King Jr. Day — no classes Official Headcount Day; Last day for unrecorded drop

February 22 Monday

May graduation certifications due in the Office of the Registrar

March

Deadline to convert incomplete grades and initiate Fall 2009 grade appeals

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Monday

15–20 Monday– Saturday 29 Monday

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Spring Break — no classes Last day to withdraw from any class

Academic Calendar April 1–3 Thursday– Saturday 5 Monday

Easter Break — no classes

May 3–6 6 8 11

Exam/Test Week

Monday– Thursday Thursday Saturday Tuesday

No day classes; Evening classes (5:25 p.m. and later) meet

End of semester (see check-out policy on pg. 8) Commencement Final grades due by 11:59 p.m.

Summer Semester 2010 May 17 Monday 19 Wednesday 21 Friday 28 Monday 31 Monday

12-week & Summer I classes begin Last day to change sections or add a class for Summer I Last day to change sections or add a class for 12-week; Official Headcount Day and Last day for unrecorded drop for Summer I Official Headcount Day & Last day for unrecorded drop for 12-week classes Memorial Day Holiday — no classes

June 7 Monday 14 Monday 18 Friday 28 Monday 29 Tuesday 30 Wednesday

Last day to file or withdraw Pass/No Pass declarations for Summer I Last day to withdraw from any class for Summer I August graduation certifications due in the Office of the Registrar; Last day to file or withdraw Pass/No Pass declarations for 12-week Last class day for Summer I No classes meet Summer II classes begin and 12-week classes resume

July 1 Thursday 2 Friday 5 Monday 6 Tuesday 13 Tuesday 21 Wednesday 27 Tuesday

Deadline to convert Spring 2010 incomplete grades Last day to change sections or add a class for Summer II Independence Day Holiday — no classes Official Headcount Day and last day for unrecorded drop for Summer II Last day to withdraw from any class for 12-week Last day to file or withdraw Pass/No Pass declarations for Summer II Last day to withdraw from any class for Summer II

August

Last class day for 12-week & Summer II Graduation ceremony for August graduates Final grades due by 11:59 p.m.

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Wednesday Saturday Tuesday

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Residence Life Staff Director of Residence Life The director of Residence Life coordinates the overall residence life experience, including strategic planning, staffing and administrative direction. Associate Directors of Residence Life (Student Issues) The associate directors for student issues oversee the residential components of programming, judicial hearings, staff selection, staff training, and supervision of student and full-time staff. Associate Director of Residence Life (Operations and Facilities) The associate director for operations and facilities manages hall contracts, room assignments and billing, and coordinates with the Physical Plant on facility issues for all on-campus apartments and residence halls. Projects and Communications Coordinator The projects and communications coordinator provides administrative support for the Residence Life Office. The coordinator organizes marketing, web and purchase order projects and assists with first-time freshman assignments. Additionally, the coordinator manages the Residence Life calendars and customer service communication, and hires and supervises student staff. Administrative Coordinator The administrative coordinator assists with housing assignments, customer service e-mails and staff support for the Residence Life Office. Residence Directors Residence directors are responsible for the overall management of their assigned residence halls and apartments. Residence directors are full-time, professional degreed staff members. Their foremost responsibility is to ensure the environment for residents is reasonably clean, safe, comfortable and conducive to the development of community. Residence directors supervise a student staff consisting of resident assistants and office workers. Residence directors also serve as advisors to hall councils and student organizations and participate on university committees. A residence director is always available to respond to residence hall and apartment emergencies. Resident Assistants The resident assistants are paraprofessional staff members responsible for providing assistance in the operational functions of a residence hall and promoting community and student development within their halls. Resident assistants live on each floor, are on a seven-day rotating on-call schedule, and respond to students’ needs through referrals to other university resources, personal interaction and crisis intervention. Resident assistants plan activities, help students find campus resources, mediate conflicts, enforce policies and assist with emergencies. 6

Occupancy Procedures — Residence Halls Residence Hall Check-in When you arrive at your residence hall, a staff member will meet you. You will receive a room inventory and condition form, registration card and room key. All contents of the room, including floor, ceiling, windows, doors and furniture, are property of the university and are considered room inventory items. Recording their condition in detail at move-in can save you from being charged for damages at the end of the year. Contract All residents will indicate online their agreement to the terms and conditions of the residence hall contract prior to moving in. This is completed when residents accept their housing assignment. keys Each resident will receive one key to his or her room and one key for the mailbox that will be issued at check-in. Parking Permit Each resident who will be bringing a vehicle to campus will be required to register that vehicle with the University Police Department to receive a parking permit. It is valid for parking in the designated residential lots only. The cost of this permit is in addition to the student’s housing costs. It is advised that students register bicycles with UPD. deposit All residents’ student accounts will be billed $150 for a deposit at the beginning of the fall semester. The deposit is refundable, minus the $20 cleaning fee and any additional charges that may be incurred. Room/Hall Changes You will be notified during early summer about your roommate so you can begin getting acquainted and making plans for your room before arriving on campus. Once the residence halls open, any new requests for room changes will be put on hold until after the 12th day of classes. The purpose of this hold is to give roommates a chance to get to know one another and to adjust to community living. The Residence Life staff is available to assist when needed. This time period also gives you a chance to meet and get to know others in the residence hall so that if a change needs to be made, you can select your next roommate. Room changes will be made only if all involved parties agree with the change and the request is approved by the residence director. Students should not move until the residence director has authorized an approval notice. Students who move without authorization will be required to move back to their original room. Mediation If a student is not getting along with his/her roommate, the residents of that room will meet with the residence director. Every effort will be made to work toward a mutually satisfactory decision.

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Occupancy Procedures — Residence Halls Closure Between Semesters All residence halls close between the fall and spring semesters and after the spring semester prior to the summer term. Interim housing is available on a limited basis for housing after the spring and summer terms. There is a charge for interim housing, and it may be available only in one residence hall. Residence halls do not close during the Thanksgiving, Spring Break or Easter holidays. Returning Student Application Process All residents will be notified about the application procedure for applying for on-campus housing for the next academic year. Details will be announced in Spring 2010. Checkout You must officially check out of your residence hall room 24 hours after your last final exam, unless you are given an exemption. If you are a graduating senior, you must officially check out by 5 p.m. the day after graduation. Students who withdraw prior to the end of the semester must vacate their rooms within 48 hours of the date of withdrawal. Any time a resident permanently vacates a residence hall room, he/she must check out with a residence hall staff member or complete an express check-out form. Residents are responsible for the condition of their room and all the furnishings assigned. Charges for damages and/or cleaning assessed to the residents by the university will be deducted from the student’s room deposit. If charges are in excess of the room deposit, the balance will be placed on the student’s account. Determination of the amount of such loss or damages shall be made by the university. In addition, residents who fail to properly check out and turn in their keys to the resident assistant will be billed for keys and an improper checkout.

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Occupancy Procedures — Apartments Apartment Check-in You will meet with an apartment staff member to complete the following steps when you arrive on campus to move into your apartment. Move-in Inventory and Condition Form You will receive this form in your check-in packet. A thorough inspection of the apartment should be made to identify any pre-existing conditions, which should be noted on the form. The completed form should be checked for accuracy, signed by the resident(s) and returned to the apartment staff. Residents will have 48 hours to report any additional damages after the condition form is signed at move-in. A signature from any one resident on this form authorizes acceptance of the apartment’s condition. Any damage that is not recorded on the form will be the responsibility of the resident(s). Contract All residents living in an apartment will indicate online their agreement to the terms and conditions of the apartment contract prior to moving in. Keys Each resident will receive one key to his or her apartment and one key for the mailbox that will be issued at check-in. Parking Permit Each resident who will be bringing a vehicle to campus will be required to register that vehicle with the University Police Department to receive a parking permit. It is valid for parking in the designated residential lots only. The cost of this permit is in addition to the student’s housing costs. Laundry Room CODE The doors of the laundry rooms and the fitness room have combination locks to allow apartment residents access 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Each resident will be given this code at check-in. Deposit All residents’ student accounts will be billed $300 for a deposit at the beginning of the fall semester. The deposit is refundable, minus the $50 cleaning fee and any additional charges that may be incurred. Electric Bill One resident in each apartment will be responsible for setting up service with the city of Austin and for paying the electric bill. Call 512-494-9400 within 48 hours of move-in to set up this service. If the electric bill is not transferred to the student’s name, Residence Life will bill the student along with adding a $20 administrative charge to each bill. Closure Between Semesters The university apartments do not close between the fall and spring semesters. Students are not required to move out during the break. 9

Occupancy Procedures — Apartments Apartment Eligibility All students at St. Edward’s who have 30 or more credit hours are eligible to live in the university apartments. All international students regardless of classification are also eligible to live in the apartments. All residents must be St. Edward’s University students. Contracts will be granted to students of the same gender within each apartment with the exception of apartments leased to siblings or married couples who both attend St. Edward’s. A copy of the marriage certificate will be required at the time of application. Students who have minor children living with them are not eligible to live in the apartments. Pets are not allowed. Fish in tanks up to 30 gallons are allowed. The Residence Life Office is committed to creating a quality living-learning environment at the university apartments. We believe in an open, caring, purposeful, celebratory and disciplined community. According to the apartment leasing guidelines, students requesting to live in the St. Edward’s University apartments or to renew their contracts may be ineligible based on: • Repeated violations of university and/or apartment/hall regulations • History of incident reports Payment history, an inspection of the apartment for damages, disciplinary records with the university and prior disciplinary records will be taken into consideration when determining eligibility for the apartments. Returning Student Application Process Students wishing to live on campus during the 2010–2011 academic year will have an opportunity to apply for housing in February 2010. Information will be available through the Residence Life Office in January 2010. Checkout All students must check out by the date specified in the contract. Residents must check out of their apartment 24 hours after their last final exam unless they have been granted an exemption or approved by their residence director. Residents should complete an express check-out form. Apartment Keys Keys must be returned to the apartment staff member when checking out. Failure to return a key will result in a reduction of the deposit to cover a lock change and new key charges. Forwarding Addresses Residents are responsible for changing their address with the U.S. Post Office and the university through EdWeb. Electric Bill Residents are required to cancel their electric service when they move out. St. Edward’s University staff is not permitted to process the information. Call 512-494-9400 prior to move-out to switch service back to St. Edward’s. Residents are responsible for their portion of the bill. The electric company will refer delinquent accounts to a collection agency. 10

Occupancy Procedures — Apartments Move-in Inventory and Condition Form The move-in inventory and condition form, submitted by the residents at move-in, will be reviewed by university personnel when the condition of the apartment is assessed after the resident vacates the apartment. Damage charges in an apartment will be divided equally among the residents and deducted from the deposit, unless a resident indicates otherwise to the apartment director in a written statement. This includes damages due to neglecting to report maintenance problems (e.g., damages caused by plumbing leaks). Although residents are responsible for maintaining clean apartments, each student will be charged a mandatory $50 cleaning fee after checkout. Further charges will be assessed based on the condition of the apartment. A complete list of damage charges is available at check-in. Payment of Charges Charges for university apartments are posted to the student account every semester along with tuition and fees. Payment plans can be set up through the Office of Student Financial Services. Students have the option of paying charges in full or in installments. The cost to participate in a payment plan is $35 per semester. For further information, please contact Student Financial Services at 512-448-8523. Contract Terms The following information represents a summary of the lease contract terms: Contract Duration An apartment contract will be granted when the occupant(s) of an apartment has selected an available apartment by participating in the Online Housing Fair or by assignment from Residence Life. Residents have the option of an academic-year or summer contract based on availability. Semester contracts may be available if an apartment becomes vacant for the spring semester. Change of Residents Changing residents within an apartment is allowed only when approved by the associate director of Residence Life. The resident who replaces the outgoing resident will be required to submit a request for approval. If the request is approved, the new resident will be required to submit a security deposit and sign a contract. Mediation If a student is not getting along with his/her roommate(s), the residents of that room will meet with the apartment director. Every effort will be made to work toward a mutually satisfactory decision. Breaking the Contract Residents are allowed to break their apartment contract if they withdraw from the university, study abroad, are scheduled for military service or are asked to leave the university for disciplinary reasons. The departing resident will forfeit his/her deposit to cover damage charges. For all other contract situations, residents must see the associate director of Residence Life. If occupants of the apartments are having roommate difficulties, they must go through conflict 11

Occupancy Procedures — Apartments mediation with the help of the Residence Life staff. Moving to a new location without mediation is not permitted and will constitute a contract violation. If a space in an apartment becomes available, the university reserves the right to assign students to the vacancy. Reservation of Rights The university reserves the right to make changes in the apartment rates at any time, effective at the end of the residents’ contract term. The university further reserves the right to make changes in the apartment policies at any time and to reassign apartments prior to move-in. The university will communicate changes to the apartment residents in a timely manner. To maintain a positive learning environment, the university may temporarily or permanently remove residents from the apartments without warning for any destructive and disruptive behaviors.

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Services and University Information Cable Every residence hall room and apartment bedroom is equipped with a cable outlet. To receive cable services, students should bring a cable-ready television and cable cord. Basic cable service is included in the cost of the room. Extended service can be ordered by calling Time Warner at 512-485-6000. Extended service charges will be the responsibility of the resident who orders the service and will be paid directly to Time Warner. Campus Chapel Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel is open for individual reflection 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Sunday morning Mass is at 10:30 a.m., and Sunday evening Mass is at 9 p.m. Daily Mass is held Monday through Friday at noon. Computers residence Halls Each room is equipped with two computer jacks, which allow students to access the university’s computer system. Students will receive an instruction packet at check-in with information on procedures to be connected to the university’s system. Computer labs are located in each residence hall and are available 24 hours a day. Residents may call the Computer Help Desk for lab assistance at 512-448-8443. Most residence hall common areas are wireless. Apartments All apartments are equipped with computer data ports in each bedroom, and the connection to the university computer system is included in the housing costs. Residents will be provided with information on accessing the university’s system during check-in. The Clubhouse, located at the back of the apartment complex, has computers available for use by apartment residents during regular Clubhouse hours. Apartment staff members are responsible for monitoring the use of the computers. Dining Services All dining services at the university are provided by Bon Appétit and are located in the Robert and Pearle Ragsdale Center and the residential village. All students, faculty and staff are welcome to dine in South Congress Market or Hunt Hall Café (the university’s dining facilities) or Meadows Coffeehouse, which offers a wide variety of pastries and beverages. The Huddle offers burritos, tacos, and quesadillas from breakfast to midnight. South Congress Market offers a wide variety of options, including a full-service dining hall, prepared-to-order-items and takeout service. The adjoining Cullen and Kresge dining rooms provide a comfortable space to dine or study. Meadows Coffeehouse, which is run by Texenza, serves espresso, cappuccino, granitas and other specialty drinks as well as fresh-baked goods. Guests in both dining facilities may pay cash at the register or open a Topper Tender account and save five percent on purchases. 13

Services and University Information Meal Plans for Residence Halls Residence hall students are required to purchase a dining plan, which is automatically charged for both the fall and spring semesters to the student’s account with a confirmed residence hall reservation. The costs of available plans are $1,600 or $2,000 per semester. After students have completed 31 hours at St. Edward’s, they are eligible to purchase a $600 meal plan. Dining plan funds can be used in South Congress Market, Hunt Hall Café, The Huddle and Meadows Coffeehouse. Dining plans operate on a declining balance system, where each item is priced separately and is deducted from the account balance. If students do not use the entire fall meal plan allotment by the end of the fall semester, the balance will be rolled over to the following spring semester for use. Students may bring guests to dine and may pay for their meals with the meal plan. The Hilltopper Card holder must be present at the cash register whenever his/her meal plan card is used. Identification cards presented by people other than their owners may be confiscated by university staff to protect students from possible theft. If a residence hall student withdraws from classes, dining plan refunds will be based on the university’s traditional undergraduate refund dates and policies. The percentages will be applied to the unused portion only. Date of Withdrawal Percent of Unused Dollars Refunded First week of classes 100% Second week of classes 75% Third week of classes 50% Fourth week of classes 25% After the fourth week of classes, no refunds will be given. Health & Counseling Center The Health & Counseling Center at St. Edward’s University provides one-stop service for students by trained medical and counseling professionals. The center is conveniently located in Lady Bird Johnson Hall, right in the heart of campus in the university’s residential village. HEALTH SERVICES Health Services is able to treat a majority of the illnesses, injuries and medical concerns of students who seek services. Health Services is staffed by licensed, medical professionals and provides confidential no-cost and low-cost services to St. Edward’s University students. For a confidential appointment, call Health Services at 448-8686. After-hours Care If illness or injuries occur after hours, a registered nurse may be contacted at 512-324-3467 to discuss the situation. If emergency care is needed, please call 911 or University Police at 512-448-8444. Twenty-four hour emergency care is provided at South Austin Hospital, 901 W. Ben White Blvd. (512-447-2211) or University Medical Center at Brackenridge, 601 E. 15th St. (512-324-7000). Texas Urgent Care Center, 2100 W. William Cannon (512-326-2243) is open 9 a.m.–9 p.m. for walk-in urgent care.

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Services and University Information COUNSELING SERVICES The counseling service providers address a multitude of concerns through short-term counseling and consultation to help students adjust to and succeed in college. All appointments are free and confidential and scheduled with licensed professionals, supervised trainees and post doctoral psychologists. For a confidential appointment, call Counseling Services at 448-8538. Hilltopper Cards The Hilltopper Card is the university’s official form of identification. It entitles students to services and privileges such as access to dining plan funds, the library, admission to events, recreational facilities, check cashing and voting in campus elections. Hilltopper Cards also provide access to the student’s assigned residence hall. Hilltopper Cards are issued by Auxiliary Services. Lost or stolen cards should be reported immediately to Auxiliary Services during regular business hours and the Ragsdale Center information desk after business hours. Reporting a lost or stolen card will allow staff to suspend privileges on the card immediately, avoiding unauthorized use. Privileges can be reinstated to a card unless a new card has been issued. There is a $10 charge for a replacement card. Students are responsible for unauthorized use of a lost card until the card has been reported as missing. Using the Hilltopper Card of another person, allowing another person to use your Hilltopper Card, and altering or intentionally tampering with the Hilltopper Card may result in disciplinary action. Cards may be confiscated by university officials in cases of misuse. Topper Tender An option for all residents, Topper Tender is valid in South Congress Market, Meadows Coffeehouse, the university bookstore, the Quick Dip convenience store, and many on-campus vending and copy machines. Topper Tender may also be used in some off-campus restaurants and other venues. Topper Tender is valid on a year-round basis. The Topper Tender Plan is purchased through Auxiliary Services with a minimum deposit of $25. Payments can be made online by parents and students. If a student withdraws from the university, a refund can be requested in Auxiliary Services. A $10 account closing fee will be deducted from the account balance before a refund check is given. Kitchen Facilities/Microwaves Residence Halls All residence halls have kitchens available for use by residents. Students who use the kitchen facilities are expected to keep them clean. Microwaves are also available for residents’ use. Laundry Facilities Washers and dryers accept coins and/or Topper Tender. In case of machinery malfunction, please contact Auxiliary Services at 512-448-8601 so it can be repaired. You should also contact Residence Life so that an “Out of Order” sign can be placed on the machine. Refunds are made through Auxiliary Services in Main Building, Room 212.

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Services and University Information Residence Halls All halls are equipped with laundry facilities for students’ convenience. Laundry facilities are for the use of residents only. Students are encouraged to stay with their laundry; the university is not responsible for items lost or stolen. Apartments There are two laundry facilities located in Community Building 2 and next to the Residence Life Office for apartment residents with 24-hour access. Each resident will be given the combination access code to the laundry room lock during check-in. Residents who give the combination to nonresidents will jeopardize the security of all residents and their belongings, as well as the availability of laundry machines to apartment residents. Residents should stay with their laundry. The university is not responsible for items lost or stolen. Community Areas Residence Halls All residence halls offer living rooms and community areas for social and recreational purposes. Residents should not leave guests alone in these areas. Since the lounges are community areas, residents are asked to dispose of all trash properly and to remove dishes or food from sinks and counters. Apartments The Clubhouse in the student apartments features a game room with a pool table and television, kitchen and laundry room along with a computer lab with printers. Hours are posted at the Clubhouse. Lofts Lofts are not permitted. Lost and Found Any items found should be turned into the residence hall front desk, Residence Life staff member or University Police in Holy Cross Hall, Room G-13. Items not claimed by the end of the semester will be donated to charity. Mail Residence Halls Students residing in Teresa and East halls are assigned mailboxes at the post office on the ground floor of Main Building. Post office hours are Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Students in Basil Moreau, Jacques Dujarié, Johnson, Hunt, and LeMans halls and, the Casa and the Casitas are assigned a mailbox in the residence hall building. Mail is delivered Monday–Friday to the hall after 4 p.m.

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Services and University Information Mail should be addressed as follows: Name St. Edward’s University Box # ____ or Residence Hall Box #_________ 3001 South Congress Avenue Austin, TX 78704 Packages can be picked up at the post office in Main Building and in Moreau, Dujarié, and LeMans halls. Stamps and UPS shipping are also available through the post office. Apartments There is one mailbox assigned to each apartment, located outside of the laundry room entrance near the Residence Life Office. Mailbox keys are available for each apartment resident and issued during check-in. Mail is delivered to boxes by the apartment staff. Package slips will be used to notify specific residents that they have a package in the apartment office. Residents should be prepared to show identification to pick up packages and should pick up their packages within two days of the package notice. If you are experiencing problems getting your mail, contact the post office in Main Building at 512-448-8588. Mail should be addressed to: Name St. Edward’s University Apartments 520 Woodward St., #____ Austin, TX 78704 Prior to departure, each resident is responsible for entering a change of address through his or her EdWeb account. Maintenance For emergency repairs such as broken water pipes, power outages, lock difficulties, or other safety and security hazards, residents should contact a Residence Life staff member immediately. In the event that a staff member cannot be located, please contact University Police at 512-488-8444. Residence Halls For routine repairs, residents may obtain a maintenance request form from their front desk or resident assistant. The form should be filled out completely and returned to the front desk. Apartments For routine repairs, residents should first submit a maintenance request in person to their apartment director. Physical Plant will not process requests sent to their office unless it comes from Residence Life. Residents are responsible for replacing their own light bulbs* and using a plunger to unclog their toilets. It is important to report minor problems before they become major problems. If a condition becomes worse because of failure to report the problem in a timely manner, residents may be assessed damage charges. Residents are asked to cooperate with the maintenance staff so repairs can be made as quickly as possible. The university reserves the right to enter an apartment to make needed repairs. (*Fluorescent bulbs are replaced by physical plant.) 17

Services and University Information Meeting Rooms Residence Halls Meeting rooms are available in some residence halls. To reserve a meeting space, please contact the front desk or residence director. Reception Desks Residence Halls The reception desks are open seven days a week. Available in each hall are the following: vacuums, brooms, dustpans and maintenance request forms. Students are responsible for the care of these items and must present their Hilltopper Card to check out the equipment from the reception desk. Recreational Facilities All halls are equipped with barbecue grills and pingpong and pool tables. In addition, there are sand volleyball courts and basketball courts in front of Teresa Hall. Equipment is available at the front desk of the hall. Residence Life Office Community Building I, located adjacent to the student apartments, houses the central staff for Residence Life, student staff, a mail distribution center, application and contract processing, and a laundry room. Office hours are 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Study Lounges Residence Halls Study lounges have been provided to serve as a place for studying other than one’s room. Provisions have been made so that students can study in a quiet and comfortable environment that is conducive to learning. Students not using a study lounge for its intended purpose will be asked to leave. Telephones and Service An outside line for local calls is accessed by dialing “9” before calling the number. All lines are equipped with call waiting and conference call capabilities. The university has an internal phone system, which does not accommodate third-party or collect calls. Individual long distance service is arranged by the residents with a long-distance carrier. The university contracts with Austin Bestline to make 1-plus dialing available. Information on this service is provided to students during check-in. Students may also contact Auxiliary Services for more information. In the event that a telephone charge from a specific apartment or residence hall room is registered on a university phone bill, the residents of that space will be responsible for payment of those charges. 18

Services and University Information Residence Halls Each residence hall room is equipped with one telephone jack. Local phone service is included in the cost of the room. Residents will need to provide their own telephone. University numbers can be accessed by dialing the last four digits of the phone number. Apartments All apartments are equipped with telephone jacks in each bedroom and near the kitchen counter; local phone service is included in the cost of the apartment. Residents will need to provide their own telephones. Apartment residents can participate in the Phone Service Options program through Auxiliary Services. This service allows students to obtain a second phone line or subscribe to voice-mail services. Contact your resident assistant or residence director for telephone assistance. Vending Machines Soft drink and snack machines are located in each residence hall and in the laundry rooms at the university apartments. These machines are serviced by independent companies and provide an array of products. They accept both cash and Topper Tender for payment. Problems with the machines or loss of money should be reported to Auxiliary Services in Main Building, Room 212, or by calling 512-448-8601. Visitors Guests must be escorted at all times. Visitors disrupting others or violating policies will be asked to leave. In accordance with the Code of Conduct, residents may be held accountable for the actions of their guests.

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Getting Involved Programs and Events The Residence Hall Association is made up of students living in the residence halls and apartments. RHA provides a voice for all residents and represents the residents to Residence Life and other university administrators. RHA also serves as a coordinating body for the individual hall councils. All students living on campus are automically members of the Residence Hall Council or the Apartment Council. These organizations promote a positive living and learning environment by working with university faculty, staff and administration to coordinate and create educational, social, recreational and cultural opportunities within the residence halls and apartments. They may also assist the residence director on issues that affect the community environment. Some of the events organized by the hall councils may include: • Barbecues • Weekend programs • Sports and events • Movies, music, dance and art shows • Educational and safety awareness programs

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Policies University Policies Students at St. Edward’s University are bound by the expectations and policies outlined in the Student Code of Conduct and Policies. This code can be found on the web at www.stedwards.edu/stubook. All students are encouraged to become familiar with the information contained therein. COMMUNITY DAMAGES All students are responsible for the environment in which they live. When damage occurs in a community area such as lobbies, community bathrooms, hallways and lounges, every attempt is made to identify the person(s) responsible. If the person(s) responsible cannot be identified, the entire community (floor, apartment, wing or hall) is held accountable. Community damages such as broken ceiling tiles, missing furniture, discharged or missing fire extinguishers, graffiti, holes in walls, and incidents that require additional custodial services are billed to the entire community (apartment, floor, wing or hall) if the responsible person(s) cannot be identified. FIRE AND SAFETY EQUIPMENT The following are prohibited: failure to evacuate when the fire alarm is activated; setting a fire in the residence halls or areas associated with the residence halls; falsely reporting a fire; using fire equipment for other than the prevention or control of a fire; and damaging or removing the fire equipment, including but not limited to fire alarms, fire extinguishers, fire extinguisher boxes, smoke detectors, fire hoses and any other safety devices. NOISE Causing or otherwise contributing to excessive noise in the apartment complex or residence halls or areas associated with the apartment complex or residence halls is not allowed. Excessive noise interferes with or has the potential to interfere with the legitimate rights of others. Contact the residence hall or apartment staff to report excess noise. TERMINATION OF HOUSING CONTRACT Students who have entered into a contract with Residence Life will not be allowed to terminate their contract unless they withdraw from classes or are required to leave the university for student conduct reasons. If a student terminates the housing contract but does not withdraw from all classes, the student may be required to pay that semester’s room fees. Students who withdraw from the university will be required to vacate their residence hall within 48 hours of withdrawing. By accepting a room or apartment assignment (through the online sign-up process), students agree to all St. Edward’s University policies and regulations. Residence Hall Policies • Baby-sitting: Baby-sitting is not permitted in the residence halls because it may create a disturbance to other residents. Residential facilities are not designed to accommodate children. • Bathrooms: Residents are responsible for the regular cleaning of private bathrooms in Le Mans, Hunt, Johnson, Teresa, Basil Moreau and Jacque Dujarié halls, as well as the Casa. Students who share community bathrooms are responsible for cleaning up after themselves. Do not leave trash or personal items in the showers or toilet area. 21

Policies • Bicycles: Bicycles must be stored in the student’s room or placed in bicycle racks provided outside of the buildings. Storing bicycles in hallways, stairwells or other common areas is prohibited. • Candles, Incense, Halogen Lamps and Cooking Appliances: All open heating elements and open flames are prohibited in the residence halls. Exceptions include coffee makers, small refrigerators and low-wattage microwave ovens. Halogen lamps are also prohibited. • Chemicals: Possessing or using any chemical or other dangerous substance in the residence halls that may cause injury or damage is not permitted. • Cohabitation: Cohabitation is defined as a nonresident of the opposite gender (not assigned to the room) dwelling with a resident. Cohabitation is strictly prohibited because it may negatively affect the roommate and residence hall community. Overnight guests (defined as non-St. Edward’s students) of the same sex as the resident or siblings of the resident may stay no longer than three consecutive nights in a one-week period with advance approval from the roommate. • Community Areas: Students share responsibility for the general condition and cleanliness of the public areas including furniture, carpet and fixtures. Housekeepers are responsible for routine cleaning only and are not expected to clean up excess trash or other messes. • Damages: Residents are responsible for the general condition of their room. Rooms must be left in the same condition as at the time of move-in. Normal wear and tear excluded, charges will be assessed for damages incurred during the resident’s stay. If neither student in a semiprivate room accepts responsibility for damages, both students will be charged the cost of damages. Please report any damages or spills to residence hall staff immediately. Early reporting of damages may preclude damages becoming worse — for example, early reporting of spills may facilitate removal of rug stains that otherwise could not be removed. • Furniture, Carpet and Fixtures: Residence hall staff take inventory of furniture, carpet and fixtures. Furniture must remain in the room to which it was assigned and be treated with care. Please report any damages or spills to the hall staff. • Guests: Guests are welcome to visit residential facilities at St. Edward’s. Guests must be escorted at all times by the resident they are visiting. Residents are responsible for their guests. • Heaters: Space heaters, whether electric or kerosene, are not allowed in the residence halls. • Keys and Lockouts: Students will be issued a room key when checking into the hall. This key is not to be loaned or duplicated for any reason. If a student loses a room key, a replacement key will be issued by a resident assistant or residence director and must be returned within 48 hours. If the lost room key is not found within 48 hours, the lock will be changed and the students will be charged a $35 lock-change fee, plus $15 per key. If a student is locked out of his or her room, the student should contact a resident assistant or residence director. If a hall staff member cannot be reached, the student should contact Residence Life at 512-448-8419. • Lounge Furniture: The furniture in the lounges is for everyone’s use. Students are expected to care for — not abuse — furniture. Lounge furniture is not to be moved from its designated area without permission from the residence director. • Overnight Guests: Overnight guests (defined as non-St. Edward’s students) of the same sex as the resident or siblings of the resident may stay no longer than three consecutive nights in a one-week period with advance approval from the roommate. (All siblings must be at least 12 years old to stay in a residence hall.) The residence director must be notified of any guest under the age of 17 staying in the hall. These underage guests must be registered with the residence director. Overnight guests are expected to abide by all residence hall policies and must be escorted by their host at all times. Hosts are responsible for their guest’s behavior while in the hall. Students are not allowed to host overnight guests of the opposite sex. 22

Policies • Personal Belongings: Tampering with or borrowing the personal belongings of others without permission is against residence hall policy. • Pets: Having an animal in the residence halls is prohibited. Fish and guide dogs are the only exceptions. Fish tanks may not exceed 30 gallons. Guests are prohibited from bringing animals into the building. • Rooftops and Windows: Propulsion devices such as rockets, catapults, slingshots or any homemade device for the purpose of launching an object are prohibited. Objects may not be thrown into or out of windows or off roofs. Storage of the above items in vehicles parked on campus is also prohibited. Throwing or dropping anything from residence hall windows, ledges or roofs or being on any of the roofs in the residence halls is prohibited. (Roofs with railings are not exceptions.) Windows must remain closed and locked. • Room Changes: Moving from an assigned room in the residence halls without authorization is prohibited. There is a $75 charge if an unauthorized move occurs. • Room Decorations: Please use only painter’s tape in all buildings except Basil Moreau Hall and Jacques Dujarié Hall. In Basil Moreau Hall, Jacques Dujarié Hall and the Casa, only tacks may be used to hang items on the walls. Walls may not be painted or wallpapered. Nothing should be attached to the ceilings. For fire safety reasons, fabrics, flags, netting and other materials should not be hung from ceilings or draped over or near lights and lamps. • Room and Lounge Sinks: Resident rooms and some floor lounges are equipped with sinks. Please do not put food or other foreign objects down the drain. This creates plumbing problems for Physical Plant staff, as well as inconveniences for hall residents. • Solicitation: Solicitation by students and/or outside agencies is prohibited in the residence halls. Door-to-door selling or recruitment is also prohibited. Report solicitors to your resident assistant or residence director. • Sports: Engaging in any sports or sport-related activities within the residence hall rooms, lounges, hallways, stairwells or other public areas is prohibited. • Stickers: Stickers mounted on residence hall property such as doors, windows, walls, ceilings and floors are not allowed. Damage charges will be assessed for the removal of the items. Nothing is allowed on the room doors. • Tobacco: Smoking is prohibited in the residence halls. This regulation is in compliance with the city of Austin’s smoking ordinance. The use of all other tobacco products is prohibited in public areas of the residence halls. All smoking must occur at least 15 feet from any building. • Traffic Signs: Traffic signs as well as state and city directional or informational signs are not allowed in students’ rooms since possession of these items is illegal. Signs found will be turned over to University Police. • University Property: Removing, without proper authorization from the residence director, any property from its assigned place, including sofas, chairs, tables, microwaves, TVs, etc., is prohibited. All residence hall furniture must remain in residents’ rooms. Damaging, defacing or destroying any property of the university is prohibited. This includes painting the rooms or using any adhesives that damage residence hall property. • Visitation: In keeping with the development and perpetuation of a caring, respectful community, the following policies are in effect: • Freshman Visitation: Sunday–Thursday, 11 a.m.–midnight; Friday–Saturday, 11 a.m.–2 a.m. the following morning • Upperclassmen Visitation: Sunday–Thursday, 11 a.m.–midnight; Friday–Saturday, open visitation (ends Sunday at midnight) • Quiet Hours: 10 p.m.–8 a.m. daily • Courtesy Hours: 24 hours a day 23

Policies • Water Fights: Water fights, water balloons and water guns are not allowed in or near the residence halls. Water shall not be thrown inside the hall, into or from windows, or from roofs. Instigation or participation in such activities may result in disciplinary action and/or community damage charges. Apartment Policies • Apartment Care and Decoration: All apartment facilities including walls, carpets, doors, appliances, light fixtures, downspouts, etc., are property of the university. The apartment should be left in the same condition in which it was found at check-in, with reasonable allowances for wear and tear. Painting or wallpapering is not allowed. Students are not allowed to install ceiling fans. Nothing should be attached to the ceilings. For fire safety reasons, fabrics, flags, netting and other materials should not be draped over or near lights or lamps. • Bicycles: Residents must park bicycles on the bicycle racks provided throughout the apartment complex or store them in their own apartments. Bicycles should not be parked on apartment stairwells or railings. The university will not be liable for any missing bicycles. The University Police Department will remove improperly secured bicycles. • Candles, Incense and Halogen Lamps: Due to fire and safety reasons, candles, incense and halogen lamps are not allowed in the university apartments. This includes unlit candles. • Changing Residence: Changing residence in an apartment without written authorization from the apartment office is prohibited. Only those residents listed on the contract are authorized to reside in the apartment. • Chemicals: Possessing or using in the apartments any chemical or other dangerous substance which may injure residents or cause damage is not allowed. • Community Areas: All residents share responsibility for the environment in which they live. This includes the general condition and cleanliness of the public areas such as the Clubhouse, courtyards, parking lots and grounds around each building. Housekeepers and groundskeepers are responsible for routine cleaning and upkeep only. They are not expected to clean up excess trash or other messes. Residents or visitors not using community areas for their intended purposes will be asked to leave. Residents and visitors should dispose of all trash and use equipment properly. In the interest of the safety of the entire apartment community, any suspicious activity in community areas should be reported to an apartment staff member or University Police immediately. • Grills: Outdoor cooking is not permitted on the apartment patios or balconies due to fire hazard, but it is allowed on the grills provided by the university in the courtyard area. No cooking grills of any kind — including gas, charcoal or electric grills — can be used or stored in any university apartment or apartment balcony or patio. If a grill is observed on the balcony or patio or in any apartment, all apartment residents are subject to a $50 fine and $10 per day for additional days until the owner can arrange to remove the grill from university property. The fine will be deducted from the residents’ deposit. Any damages caused by the grill will be deducted from the residents’ deposits in addition to the above fines. • Keys or Lockouts: Each resident will be issued an apartment key during check-in. This key is not to be loaned or duplicated for any reason. If a resident loses an apartment key, a replacement key will be issued by an apartment staff member and must be returned within 48 hours. If the key has not been returned to the apartment office within 48 hours, the apartment lock will be changed, and the resident will be charged a $35 lock-change fee, plus a $15 per key replacement fee. If a resident is locked out of an apartment, he or she should contact the 24

Policies resident assistant on duty between the hours of 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. or his or her apartment director during business hours. • Overnight Guests: Guests are defined as those who are not a St. Edward’s University student and are welcome to visit the university residential facilities. Residents are responsible for their guests. Allowing persons not listed on the contract to reside in the apartment for more than three consecutive days or more than six days out of any month constitutes a violation of the lease contract. Residents found violating this policy will be subject to removal from housing. All siblings must be at least 12 years old. The apartment director must be notified of any guest under the age of 17 staying in the apartment. • Parking: Residents who have vehicles must go to University Police to be issued a parking permit for a fee that is additional to tuition and housing costs. Parking is provided at the entry side of all apartment buildings. Visitor parking is provided in designated areas. Please only park compact cars in spaces designated for them. University Police publishes guidelines for parking lots and vehicle registration. This publication is available from University Police. • Pets: Pets are not allowed in the apartments and all areas associated with apartments and residence halls at any time. Fish in tanks less than 30 gallons and guide dogs are the exceptions. Visitors are not allowed to bring their pets onto the premises. Violators are subject to a $200 fine and $10 per day for additional days until the pet is removed from the premises. The fine will be deducted from the resident’s deposit. Any damages caused by the pet will be deducted from the resident’s deposit in addition to the above fines. • Solicitation: Solicitation by residents and/or outside agencies is prohibited in the apartment complexes. Door-to-door selling or recruitment is an invasion of residents’ privacy and is also not allowed. Solicitors should be immediately reported to the apartment office. • Theft: The taking of another’s property violates state laws and university policies. Any person caught stealing property from another will be subject to disciplinary action. • Tobacco: Smoking is prohibited in all buildings in the apartment complexes. Smoking is allowed on the patios, courtyard and other outdoor areas. Please dispose of cigarette butts appropriately. Cigarette butts are not biodegradable and detract from the appearance of the grounds. It is the responsibility of smokers to dispose of their own cigarette butts, not the grounds staff. • Traffic Signs: Traffic signs, as well as state and city directional or informational signs, are not allowed in the apartments since possession of these items is illegal. Signs found will be turned over to University Police. • Vandalism: Removing without proper authorization any property from its assigned place including furniture, recreational equipment, TVs, computers, etc., is prohibited. Tampering with mailboxes, telephones, laundry equipment, vending machines, etc., is also prohibited. • Water Furniture: Water furniture of any kind is not permitted. • Weapons and Explosive: Students may not possess any fireworks, explosives, ammunition, gunpowder or any other related materials in the apartments. Possession of weapons or potentially dangerous sporting or recreational equipment (including projectile devices such as pellet guns, paint guns, sling shots, etc.) and other harmful instruments is prohibited. Additionally, any item used or brandished in a manner that threatens the health and safety of any person or causes damage or extra clean-up in and around on-campus housing facilities is a violation of this policy. • Windows, Patios, Balconies, Apartment Grounds and Entryways: Windows, patios and balconies must be maintained in acceptable conditions at all times. Hanging items from balcony and patio railings, throwing items from balconies, and leaving items on balconies and patios that create unsafe or unsightly conditions are prohibited. Cooking on patios and 25

Policies balconies constitutes a fire hazard and is prohibited. Tinfoil, posters, flags or any offensive materials are not permitted to be displayed in windows at any time. Birdfeeders are not allowed. Residents are expected to keep balconies and patios in a safe and presentable condition. They cannot be used to store the following: boxes, broken furniture, garbage, and hanging items such as signs or clothes. Trash should not be left outside of apartment entrances. This can attract insects and rodents. There is a $25 charge for trash left on balconies and entryways. The Residence Life Office at St. Edward’s University strives to maintain a safe and secure environment for all residents. All residents are encouraged to maintain a safe environment for themselves and the other members of their community.

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Safety and Security Fire, Theft or Other Damages The university will not be responsible for the loss of, or damage to, any personal property of a student. The university strongly recommends that all residents have their belongings covered by renter’s insurance. Personal Property Protection The Residence Life Office encourages all students or their parents to have personal property insurance that covers students’ personal possessions. Students are responsible for protecting their personal items from theft and vandalism. We recommend that residents: • Identify their personal property. Keep receipts of valuable items in a safe place. Engrave valuables with your driver’s license number and mark clothes with a permanent marker. • Record the following information about property and keep the list in a safe place: • Item type • Brand name • Model number • Serial number • Description Engravers and permanent markers are available from the University Police Department. Residents should keep their room door (and bathroom door in Teresa Hall) locked at all times. Any losses should be immediately reported to University Police at 512-448-8444 and to a residence hall staff member. Liability St. Edward’s University will not be liable to residents or residents’ guests for personal injury or for damage to or loss of their personal property from fire, flood, water leaks, rain, etc., unless such injury, loss or damage is caused by the negligence of St. Edward’s University. The university recommends that residents secure their own insurance to protect against such occurrences. In the event the room or apartment assigned to a student is destroyed or rendered wholly uninhabitable and the university does not elect to furnish other accommodations, the contract shall be terminated. In the event of such termination, any prepaid room and board fees or rent shall be refunded to the student. Fire Safety For fire safety reasons, candles, incense, simmering potpourri and appliances with open heating elements are not permitted in the halls or apartments. Fireworks and gasoline-powered items are prohibited as well. Residence Halls Fire drills are conducted periodically in every hall. Procedures for these drills vary for each hall, so check the policy posted in your room. Smoke detectors have been placed in each room. If a smoke detector starts to beep, do not remove the battery. Report the problem immediately to a hall staff member. 27

Safety and Security Apartments Fire safety equipment includes smoke detectors and fire extinguishers in each apartment in case of fire. Tampering with fire extinguishers and smoke detectors compromises the safety of the entire apartment community, is a violation of university policy and is subject to serious disciplinary action. Safety Features University Police patrols the campus 24 hours a day, and an officer is always available to assist students with their concerns. University Police can be reached at 512-448-8444. Residents are responsible for the actions of their guests at all times, as well as escorting them while they are in the building. Room numbers, phone numbers and mailbox numbers are not given out by residence hall staff. Residence Halls All exterior doors to the residence halls are locked 24 hours a day to protect the safety and privacy of hall residents. Only residents residing in a particular hall have access to that hall. Anyone needing to contact a resident may use the courtesy phone located outside each hall. Students can be reached by dialing the last four digits of their phone number. In accordance with Residence Life policy, please do not let anyone into the halls unless they are your guests. For the safety of all residents, do not prop open any doors to the residential facilities. A person who props a door may be subject to disciplinary action. Also, do not let anyone in the building who is not a resident. This protects everyone who lives in the hall from danger. Please ask guests to call their friends in the hall from the courtesy phones available outside the front doors. Apartments The apartment units are equipped with safety equipment as required by building codes and Texas law. Each entry door is equipped with a keyed deadbolt lock and a keyless deadbolt lock. The sliding glass doors have handle latches and drop bars, and all windows also have latches. The apartment complex is located inside the main St. Edward’s campus. The apartment complex cannot be accessed from Woodward Street or South Congress Avenue, as the only entrance to the apartments is within the campus. Responsibility The safety and security of the residence halls and apartment complexes is dependent on the cooperative efforts of the residents, the staff, the Residence Life Office and University Police. Residents are expected to cooperate with university staff members performing their job functions. Residents are expected to practice safe behavior such as keeping doors and windows locked, being aware of and reporting suspicious behavior, and not walking alone. Residence hall and apartment staff will make routine health and safety inspections of all rooms and apartments. These will be made on all major university breaks and at other times during the 28

Safety and Security semester at the discretion of Residence Life staff. Residence Life staff reserves the right to enter apartments and rooms. Residents are expected to respect the rights of the community by using equipment and facilities in a safe manner, not inviting strangers into the community, not duplicating or loaning keys or combinations, and exhibiting safe and socially acceptable behavior in public areas. Weather Emergencies In the event that the university experiences a weather emergency, staff will notify residents through posted signs, e-mail and, if necessary, the use of a public-address system. Please follow the directions of all Residence Life staff members. They have been trained for such emergencies and are looking out for the safety and security of all residents. In cases of weather emergencies, please stay tuned to a local news or weather channel. University weather updates and information are available on the inclement weather hotline at 512-416-5800.

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Residence Life 512-448-8419 www.stedwards.edu/reslife