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Residential life at Lebanon Valley College is seen as an integral part of the College learning experience. Working in partnership with students and collaboratively with other members of the College community, the residential life staff strives to provide a safe and supportive residential environment that compliments and extends the student’s learning experience.
The College believes that an LVC education is the result of distinctively curricular and co-curricular experiences in class, on campus, and in the residences. As such, all first-year students, sophomores, juniors, and seniors are required to live on campus, unless they are enrolled as a commuting student. All resident students must have a residential meal plan. More information about the residency and commuter policies is available in the FAQ below.
The College desires to create strong, positive learning communities where the students accept personal and collective responsibility within their communities. Emphasis is placed on helping students understand how their actions impact those around them and their responsibilities to their communities. Students share the responsibility for maintaining a residential community that supports the academic mission of the College and respects the individual rights and freedoms of fellow students.
Student housing, meal plans, and dining options may have to be modified before and/or during the semester to address health and safety concerns and/or to comply with risk mitigation strategies. Students accept full financial responsibility for housing and meal plan charges, regardless of any such changes. In the event that the College is unable to provide housing or meals during a portion of the semester due to the effects of COVID-19 or other circumstances beyond the College’s reasonable control, the College will determine the amount of any housing or meal plan charges to be refunded.
Director of Residential Life
The director of residential life is responsible for the operation of all residential facilities and/or administering all residential life policies. In addition, the director supervises the student and professional residential life staff and develops programs designed to enhance student learning within residence halls.
Associate Director of Residential Life
The associate director of residential life (AD) is a professional residence life staff member who lives on campus and supervises residential facilities and the student residential life staff (RAs). In addition, they are responsible for overseeing educational programming and assessment for the department as well as RA Selection.
The area coordinator (AC) is a professional residential life staff member who lives on campus and supervises residential facilities and the student residential life staff (RAs). In addition, the AC is responsible for developing positive residential communities, and programs within the residence halls that will enhance the educational opportunities for students.
Resident assistants (RAs) are undergraduate students who receive training and are employed by the College to help promote and enhance a positive academic and social environment. Resident students are encouraged to get to know their RA. These undergraduate students live on each floor of the residence hall and are well informed about the College. They can answer questions about College services, activities, and programs.
Additionally, the RAs help to manage and maintain physical facilities and resident student behavior in support of the rights of all residents to live, sleep and study in their rooms. RAs assist residents with roommate problems, and in planning and carrying out special floor or residence hall activities. Other major responsibilities include getting to know each person in their area; facilitating interactions between students and between students and faculty/staff; assisting in the development of social and educational programs; and familiarizing new students with residence hall policies, College policies, and the rationale behind such policies. RAs hope to form positive floor communities, which have a significant impact on student life. Lifelong friendships are frequently mentioned as one of the significant outcomes of residential living.
Interference with or harassment in any form directed to any member of the residential life staff will result in judicial/student conduct action and could lead to loss of residency.
How are rooms and roommates assigned?
All new students reside in traditional residence halls designated as first-year residential communities. After an accepted student pays the enrollment deposit, the student is notified of their access to the housing information form which will be posted on the student portal.
New residential students complete the online Housing Interest Form used to identify compatible roommate pairings. LVC offers a Facebook group for accepted students to connect and numerous athletic teams facilitate connections between incoming players to help with choosing a roommate. New student housing assignments and requests are honored according to the enrollment deposit paid date. The Residential Life staff attempts to honor requests from new residential students to live together but there are no guarantees.
New students receive their room assignments and roommate information by mail in mid-July. New students are not required to pay the $100 room deposit. New students are housed in double and triple rooms in coeducational halls.
Returning students select their rooms by a lottery system for the next academic year in late March or early April. All returning students must pay a nonrefundable $100 room deposit in March to select a room or be assigned to a room. Room selection procedures are sent to all returning students in late February. For more information, see our Room Sign-Up page.
How are freshmen assigned roommates?
New residential students complete a Housing Interest Form used to identify compatible roommate pairings. LVC offers a Facebook group open to all accepted students and athletic teams offer connections to help facilitate the roommate selection process. The Residential Life staff attempts to honor requests from new residential students to live together.
How do you deal with roommate problems?
The sharing of living space with another person is part of the educational experience of residential living. Both roommates are expected to invest in the relationship. Communication, compromising, and mutual respect are the keys to a successful residential living experience. The resident assistants, and the professional residential life staff, are available to mediate roommate conflicts. All room changes must be approved by the Residential Life Office.
Students who have roommate problems should discuss their concerns with their roommates as early as possible. If they need assistance in addressing their concerns with their roommate, they should talk to their Resident Assistant or contact their Area Coordinator. Students in rooms with vacancies should expect to be assigned a roommate at any time.
Will there be first-year residence halls?
Incoming first-year students are assigned rooms in traditional residence halls designated as first-year residential communities. Students will be provided with all of the resources and support they need to successfully transition to LVC academically, emotionally, and socially. Students will experience shared courses (first-year seminar), in-hall tutoring, and programs designed to assist in their daily transitions.
What are upperclass housing options?
In addition to select traditional halls, upperclass students have the option of choosing from apartment style, suite style, or special interest housing. For further insight, we encourage all interested to view the housing options section of our website.
When a vacancy occurs in a room, suite, or apartment, the remaining students(s) have the opportunity to identify a student to fill that vacancy. Should the student(s) not be successful in identifying a student, the Residential Life staff will fill the vacancy. The Residential Life staff may also consolidate vacancies and relocate students to other rooms on campus.
Special Needs Housing?
The Student Affairs staff and the Director of Disability Services evaluate documented conditions and make reasonable housing accommodations. Special housing accommodations will be made only in situations where the documentation clearly indicates that the accommodation is medically necessary. Returning students should contact the Student Affairs Office prior to room sign-up in March and new students should contact the office in early June.
Is my student required to live on campus each year?
Yes. LVC is a four-year residential college and believes than an LVC education is the result of distinctively curricular and co-curricular experiences in class, on campus, and in the residences. As such, all first-year students, sophomores, juniors, and seniors are required to live on campus, unless they are enrolled as a commuting student.
All resident students must have a residential meal plan.
The College will provide housing to currently enrolled full-time undergraduate students who have not completed an undergraduate degree. Ninth-semester seniors who have not completed an undergraduate degree may appeal to the director of residential life for on-campus housing.
What is your commuter policy?
To be considered a commuter, a student must live within a 30-mile radius of campus and commute from their parent(s)/guardian’s home or permanent residence daily. The change of housing status form can be obtained from the Office of Residential Life.
The form requires a parent or legal guardian’s signature and must be received in the Office of Residential Life by July 1 for the fall semester and by December 1 for the spring semester.
Students listed as a commuter and later found living in off-campus quarters will be assigned a room and meal plan on campus and charged accordingly.
How are residence halls supervised?
Residential life staff include professional staff and student resident assistants who are responsible for promoting a residential environment that provides educational opportunities for students. There are resident assistants, carefully selected upperclass students who have been trained in a variety of areas, living on each residence hall floor and professional staff members who live across campus. Professional staff have major responsibilities in the administration and operation of residence halls and in the supervision of the resident assistants.
Are student rooms cleaned by the college?
Housekeeping personnel clean residence hall lounges, bathrooms, hallways, and all public areas. Students are responsible for cleaning their own rooms and taking their recyclables and trash to the appropriate containers in their hall. Vacuums are available in each residence hall.
Are student rooms furnished?
All student rooms are furnished with a standard bed (bunkable), dresser, desk, desk chair, and most rooms have a shelf to place their books. In addition, each room has appropriate closet space for each occupant of the room. Room furnishings must remain in their designated room at all times.
What types of electrical appliances are permitted?
Televisions, stereos, computers, small personal items (e.g., blow dryers, curling irons, etc.), refrigerators (maximum capacity of 4.9 cubic feet) and microwaves (max 700 watts) are permitted. Halogen lamps and cooking appliances of any kind are prohibited. If you are supplying an extension cord or multiple outlet, please use only UL approved cords which have their own internal fuse and act as a surge suppressor. Only one refrigerator and one microwave per room.
Is smoking permitted in the residence halls?
For health and safety reasons, all college-owned residential facilities are clean air communities. There is to be no burning of any substance (candles, incense, tobacco, etc.) in any residential facility.
Are candles permitted in residence halls?
For safety reasons candles are not allowed in residence halls. Fabric also may not be hung from ceilings or draped on walls.
Are members of the opposite sex allowed to visit in rooms?
The College sets the maximum hours for room visitation. Roommates must approve of all guests visiting the residence hall room.
What activities are held in the residence halls?
Programming is initiated by the resident assistants, area coordinators, and residents. This includes social, cultural, and educational programs such as outside speakers, campus presenters, movies, discussions, games, and study breaks, etc.
How does my student secure on campus housing each year?
Each year, students receive housing information from Student Affairs early in the spring semester outlining the overall housing selection process. Each student must pay a $100 non-refundable room deposit by late February or early March in order to participate in the housing selection process.
Students select housing based on a randomly generated lottery number, which is based on completed credit hours. Only students who have paid the room deposit will be in the lottery.
Do student rooms have individual locks?
Yes. Each room in College-owned housing has an individual lock. Additionally, each building has its own outdoor locking system. Students are issued both a room key and a front door key. Where card access is available, rather than issue a front door key, students use their student ID card to gain access to their specific residence hall.
What if personal items are damaged or stolen?
Students are responsible for the care and safety of personal property. The College is not responsible for loss, theft, or damage to personal property. Insurance coverage by each student against loss or damage of personal property is recommended. Students should record all serial and model numbers of valuable equipment. When students leave their room, they should lock the door.
What about residence fire safety?
For the protection of students living in the residence halls, periodic fire drills are conducted. In addition, each semester formal Fire, Health, and Safety Inspections (FHSI) are conducted by members of the Residential Life Staff. In conjunction, residence hall fire safety equipment is periodically inspected by Facilities Services. Students are asked not to bring halogen lamps to campus and not to burn candles in their rooms.
Are residence halls safe?
At all times, residential facilties are locked. Students are issued a key for their rooms and in halls that have yet to change over to card access, one for the entrance door of their residence hall. When leaving their rooms, students should lock their room door and never prop open the exit doors of their residence hall. Any lost key should immediately be reported to an area coordinator or resident assistant so the room door lock can be changed and a new key issued to the student. Security within a residence hall is the responsibility of each resident.
How safe is the campus at night?
Public Safety personnel regularly patrol campus grounds at night and provide personal safety escorts for students. Emergency blue light phones which are located throughout campus are connected directly to public safety personnel’s phones. The College is continuously assessing its environment and completes a campus lighting and shrubbery audit each year.
Are there laundry facilities?
Yes. Every residential facility has coin-less operated machines. All washing machines on campus are high efficiency and require high-efficiency detergent.
Are there storage areas in the residence halls?
There are no storage areas in the residence halls. Students may only store items in their rooms and must remove all of their personal items at the end of each academic year. Students may rent storage space from a local storage vendor.