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The residence hall is your basic living environment while attending Stet-
son University. The experiences you gain while living with your peers con-
stitute fundamental parts of your education and growth. In fact, it is within
the residence facility setting that your intellectual and social development
come together and crystallize. Our goal is to help you become a competent,
mature individual, fully responsible for yourself.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

The housing staff seeks to promote a sense of community within each
floor of your residence hall. A community is a group of invididuals which
respects the rights and privacy of each other and functions together to pro-
mote the growth of the community for the benefit of all. It is different from
students' home communities because the on-campus community is largely
comprised o{ seventeen to twenty-year olds who share common goals like
seeking higher education and who are experiencing the transition from liv-
ing at home to living on their own.

This transition is difficult enough before complicating it with the stresses
and pressures of succeeding at college. Building a sense of community in the
residence facilities helps to establish peer support groups among residents.
Peer support groups and support from family and friends significantly im-
prove a student's adjustment and success at college.

To help you build a genuine community, staff and returning student
leaders first provide a variety of opportunities for students to meet and in-
teract. Then, scheduled activities such as recreational intramurals, organiz-
ed socials, and educational programs help create a sense of an identifiable
group. Step-by-step the process continues until, ideally, students take over
the responsibility for planning community activities and begin to provide
growth opportunities for each other.

How are successful communities recognized? Floors and sections that have
built successful communities have very active residents. These residents govern
their floor, halls, and areas, as well as plan social, recreational and educa-
tional activities. Damage to facilities is lower, and students demonstrate pride
in their communities. Most importantly, successful communities foster en-
vironments that give each student the maximum opportunity to develop in-
tellectually, socially, and personally.



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INTRODUCTION TO RESIDENTIAL EDUCATION STAFF

ASSISTANT DIRECTORS OF RESIDENTIAL LIFE
(EAST AND WEST AREAS (AD's)

The Assistant Directors of Residential Life (East and West) are profes-
sional staff members who have the responsibility for providing supervision
and support for the residential life program. The office of the Assistant Direc-
tor of Residential Life, West Area, is located in Chaudoin Hall, and the East
Area's Assistant Director of Residential Life office is in Nemec Hall. The Assis-
tant Directors live in the buildings where their offices are located, which allows
them to be aware of the day to day lives of students within their areas. The
Assistant Directors are available to counsel and advise students, as well as
to help develop programs which will assist in meeting residents' social and
educational needs. They are here to help you in any way they can.

HEAD RESIDENTS (HR's)

Each residence hall is directed by a Head Resident who lives in that
building. He/She has the responsibility of providing leadership for the Resi-
dent Advisors in your building. The Head Resident is a thinking, feeling,
talking, doing, organizing, studying human being — in short, a student just
like you — who enjoys working with, listening to, and helping others. Your
HR will not be a social director, parent surrogate, or minicop. These students
are advisors who are not going to solve life's problems for you but, as an
interested and concerned friend, can help a great deal. You will find that
a HR will confront a student when he/she refuses to act responsibly. Some
of the common ways this can be done are: a reminder to the person(s) in-
volved of their responsibility to the living community; warning of the conse-
quences that a person brings upon himself by ignoring a guideline; involving
upper level staff members; and/or asking for assistance from Public Safety.

RESIDENT ADVISORS (RA's)

An RA is an undergraduate staff member who resides on your floor in
the residence hall. Your RA will quickly become one of the most important
persons you will get to know. His/Her concern is to promote personal growth
among residents of the floor. Each RA is committed to working with students
in developing a sense of community. This is accomplished by him/her being
a combination of friend, programmer, advisor, information giver, counselor,
resource person, and landlord (of a sort). RA's are an integral part of the
residence hall staff.

FRATERNITY COUNSELORS (FC's)

Fraternity Counselors are graduate or upperclass staff members with the
primary live-in responsibility for the student development programming and



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administrative management of a fraternity house. By establishing and main-
taining cooperative relationship with the leadership and general membership
of the fraternity, the fraternity counselor strives to accomplish the educa-
tional goals of Stetson University, the Residential Life Program, as well as
the Greek System.

SORORITY COUNSELORS (SC's)

Each sorority house is directed by a Sorority Counselor who is responsi-
ble for the overall management of the house. The SC is available to con-
front, counsel, and advise students, as well as develop programs which will
assist the leadership and membership of the sorority in meeting their social
and educational needs.




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STETSON UNIVERSITY RESIDENCE FACILITIES
EAST AREA

CARSON HALL - Named for Dean G. Prentice Carson who came
to Stetson in 1887 as a professor. He became Dean of the College of Liberal
Arts from 1912-1934 and Dean Emeritus 1934-1946. Carson Hall was remodel-
ed in the summer of 1983 and houses 50 men. This air conditioned facility
also houses a TV lounge, large laundry facility (which is shared with residents
from other halls), and a full kitchen.

GORDIS HALL - Named for Dr. Warren Stone Gordis, who came
to Stetson in the fall of 1888 to serve as a Latin professor. He also served
as Greek professor from 1912-1946, and as Professor Emeritus of Greek from
1946-1956. Gordis Hall is a modern residence hall facility which houses 147
men. Completely renovated in the summer of 1985, facilities include individual
hall lounges, TV lounge, microwave cooking area, and is adjacent to the in-
tramural and soccer fields.

HOLLIS HALL - Formerly a wing of Carson Hall and renovated in
the summer of 1983 to house 51 women, Hollis Hall is named for Nina B.
Hollis, wife, mother and grandmother of three generations of Stetson degree
recipients, and whose son is currently a Stetson University trustee. The hall
is air conditioned and includes individual hall lounges and a formal living
area on the first floor. Residents share a newly renovated laundry area, TV
room and kitchen with Carson Hall residents.

NEMEC HALL - Formerly known as New Men's Hall, this hall was
renamed in 1988 to honor the generosity of Stetson alumni James and Ruth
Nemec, benefactors of the University. Built in 1966, this residence hall has
five modules, each of which houses 15 men and 15 women. Rooms are orga-
nized to open onto a central lounge area which facilitates group unity on
individual floor units. Renovated in the summer of 1988, Nemec Hall is air
conditioned and includes a TV lounge, kitchen, laundry, and study areas.
Nemec is also the home of two of the specialty housing areas.

SMITH HALL - Named for J. Archy Smith, who was a professor of
Mathematics from 1900-1925 and Dean of the University from 1900-1914.
Renovated in the summer of 1986, Smith Hall houses 108 men and 56 women.
It is air conditioned and facilities include individual hall lounges and laun-
dry facilities.

WEST AREA

CHAUDOIN HALL - Named for Dr. W.N. Chaudoin, who was presi-
dent, corresponding secretary and treasurer for the Southern Baptist Con-
vention 1880-1901, and was a trustee of Stetson University 1886-1904. Chau-
doin Hall was originally built in three sections: the center in 1892, the north



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wing in 1894, and the south wing in 1935. Today Chaudoin is a modern
air conditioned residence hall that serves as a "home away from home" for
24: women. The first floor lounge is decorated with turn of the century anti-
ques which reflect the building's heritage. Student facilities include a kitchen,
laundry room, study rooms, an aerobics studio and a sun-deck area.

CONRAD HALL - Built in 1909 and named for J.B. Conrad, a lumber
man who owned a large sawmill near Glenwood, this hall currently houses
85 women. Renovated in the summer of 1983, Conrad is air conditioned and
has laundry facilities, individual study rooms, and a kitchen.

EMILY HALL - Named in honor of Emily (Mrs. J. Ollie) Edmunds,
this hall is the largest residence hall on campus and houses men on the north
wing and women on the south wing. Its multi-level floor plan provides for
group unity on individual floors. Renovated in the summer of 1988, the facility
is air conditioned and includes a full kitchen, laundry facilities, study rooms,
and a TV lounge.

STETSON HALL - The second building erected on campus and named
for Mr. J.B. Stetson, who became interested in the young school and donated
the largest amount of money towards the completion of the building, Stet-
son Hall houses 91 women and 75 men. The building was restored during
the summer of 1984 and is the most centrally located residence hall on cam-
pus. Stetson Hall facilities include air conditioning, laundry facilities, TV
lounge, individual study rooms, and a large kitchen.



ADDITIONAL FACILITIES

FRATERNITY COMPLEX - One-hundred thirty-five members of five
national fraternities reside in five two-story houses. Each house on Fraterni-
ty Row accommodates 28 students and is located adjacent to Edmunds Center
on the northern end of the campus. These air conditioned structures were
built in the 1960's and include large meeting rooms, TV lounges, individual
study rooms, laundry facilities and backyard patios.

SORORITY COMPLEX - The Sorority Row complex was built in 1987
and is located behind the Carlton Union Building. Sorority Row consists
of six two-story houses in which a total of 96 students reside. Each house
is home to 16 national sorority members. These air conditioned houses in-
clude chapter rooms, laundry facilities and study rooms.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE/INTERNATIONAL HOUSE - This uni-
que area is set aside for students who are activitely enrolled in the study of
foreign languages (French, German, Spanish or Russian) and/or are interna-
tional students. Program emphasis will be on activities which comple-
ment/enhance classroom instruction in these areas and allow students to in-
crease their language proficiency. Students will have the opportunity to ex-



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plore various aspects of cultures through interaction with other students, facul-
ty and staff.

The Foreign Language/International House is located in House 3, adja-
cent to Sorority Row and Conrad Hall. Assignment to this area will be con-
tingent upon approval from the Chairman, Department of Foreign Languages.

A RESIDENTS CONTRACTUAL AGREEMENT

The Department of Residential Life desires to provide housing of the
highest quality possible for its students at the lowest possible rate and, for
that reason, must operate the residence facilities on a contract basis for the
full academic year. Printed below for quick reference are some of the major
provisions of the Housing Agreement. Since it is a legally binding document,
please become familiar with all of its provisions.

1. Residence Requirement

All students must live in University residence facilities unless they meet
one or more of the following criteria:

a. The student reaches the age of twenty-one (21) before the effective
date of the Agreement (June 1).

b. The student is married.

c. The student resides with immediate family.

d. The student has earned 60 credit hours before the effective date of
the Agreement.

2. Duration of Agreement

Submitting a housing application that is not cancelled before May 1st
for new students or before June 1st for returning students (if the student meets
the cancellation provisions) legally commits the student to living in Univer-
sity residence facilities through the end of spring semester of that contract year.

3. Cancellation Procedures

The Housing Agreement may be terminated by a student during the
academic year for the following reason: non-enrollment, withdrawal, gradua-
tion, academic suspension, enrolling for less than eight hours, marriage.
Students who meet the residence requirement prior to the signing of the Agree-
ment, or students who meet the residence requirement during the academic
year, are bound to the contract for the full academic year if enrolled. These
students are not eligible to petition for termination of the agreement.

4. Procedure for Termination of Agreement

In order to terminate this Agreement, the student must: (1) submit a
written petition to the Residence Hall Housing Agreement Committee
(RHHAC) at least 30 days prior to the first day of registration for the semester
for which the student desires to terminate the Agreement; and (2) receive
specific written permission from the Residence Hall Housing Agreement Com-



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mitee. Petitions received after the 30 day deadline has passed will not be con-
sidered unless extreme circumstances can be demonstrated.

If an exception is made by having a petition approved after the deadline
due to extenuating circumstances, the student would pay a penalty fee of
$300.00. Otherwise, these students shall be obligated as residents for the re-
mainder of the academic year.

5. Renewal of Agreement for Re-Enrollees

If a student withdraws from the University and then re-enrolls during
the same academic year, the Agreement obligation is continued for the re-
mainder of the contractual period.

6. Cancellation of Agreement by University

This Agreement may be cancelled or room assignments changed by the
Director of Residential Life in the interest of order, health, best use of the
facilities, or discipline. If a student exhibits disruptive, irresponsible, or in-
considerate behavior and constitutes a deterrent to orderly community liv-
ing, the student, after a conference hearing is held, may have the room assign-
ment changed or the Agreement cancelled.

7. Rightful Occupancy of Student Rooms

Rooms may be occupied only by students to whom they are assigned.
Rooms may not be sublet to other persons. Room transfers may be made
only after written approval by the Department of Residential Life. Monetary
charges and/or disciplinary action will be taken against violators of this
provision.

8. Legal Liabilities of University

The University shall not be liable for loss or damage of personal proper-
ty or failure or interruption of utilities. Students are encouraged to provide
their own personal property insurance. Every attempt will be made by the
Department of Residential Life to give advance notice to occupants of utility
interruption, repairs, etc., and to work expeditiously for the restoration of
services.

9. Care of Residence Hall Space

The care of the individually assigned rooms in the residence halls shall be
the responsibility of each occupant. Upon initial occupancy of an assigned
room, each resident shall sign a Room Inventory Form attesting to the con-
dition of the room and its furnishings at that time. Each student will be check-
ed out by a member of the Residence Hall Staff at the end of the period of
residency. Failure to check out in this manner will result in a $50.00 assess-
ment. Damage occurring within the room will be the responsibility of the
assigned occupant(s). Damage occurring to a common area as a result of the
action of students shall result in a recovery assessment to all students respon-
sible. Where insufficient evidence exists to charge individual student(s),
assessments for damage may be made to all students assigned to a hall, floor,
or an entire building, as appropriate.



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STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
WHO HAS THE RESPONSIBILITY?

The Residential Education staffs relationship with students is based on
the assumption that residents are in fact adults, capable of initiating reasonable
decisions to ensure their own rights and to respect the rights of others. Because
we regard residents as adults, we do not have a long list of rules and regula-
tions to which you must conform, and we do not have residence hall discipline
boards to sentence violators. Instead, we emphasize freedom, self-direction
and responsibility. To be sure, whereas many residence facilities are obedience-
oriented and attempt to control behavior, we at Stetson University are
responsibility-oriented and encourage you and your group (floor) to handle
your own problems. However, when a few individuals choose to behave more
like children than adults, the residence facilities take on a "childish image,"
and many people expect the staff to function as a parent and control the
childish behavior. The real issue here is that the residence facility is YOUR
home, and you must determine the kind of home it will be. We are hopeful
that you will not break the rules.

As a member of the Stetson University residential commuity, you have...



RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

YOU HAVE THE RIGHT. ..to pursue your studies in a pleasant and secure
environment.

YOU HAVE RESPONSIBILITIES... which include knowing what the rules
and standards for the Stetson University residential community are all about,
and then abiding by those rules and standards.



SIX GREAT EXCUSES FOR BREAKING THE RULES...
...THAT WON'T WORK!!!!

I. VANDALISM/PROPERTY DAMAGE

"IT'S JUST SOMETHING THAT HAPPENED. WE DIDN'T MEAN
TO BREAK ANYTHING. IT JUST GOT A LITTLE OUT OF HAND."

Every unnecessary repair to the residence facilities ultimately gets passed
on to you in the form of higher housing costs. As members of this communi-
ty, you are expected to protect what is essentially your own property. If you
choose not to do so, acts of vandalism and property damage (including van-
dalism/damage to vending machines) will be responded to as follows:



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1 . Any student who accidentally causes damage to any Stetson proper-
tv (including vending machines) must immediately report such damages to
his/her staff member (RA, FC, SC). If the student's staff member is not
available, it is the student's responsibility to contact another RA, FC, or SC,
or HR or Assistant Director of Residential Life, in that order. If the incident
is determined by the staff member to be an accident and the above procedure
has been followed, the incident will not be considered a first-time vandalism
offense. The occurrence of any second incident of damage by accident within
the same academic year will be considered a first-time vandalism offense and
thus subject to administrative review by the staff in the Department of
Residential Life. Such review may include disciplinary action being taken
against the student.

2. Any student who fails to follow the above procedure shall be subject
to the disciplinary action indicated below and the incident will be considered
a first-time offense of vandalism.

3. Any student cited for a second act of vandalism for damage to Stet-
son University property (including vending machines) within any one
academic year will be removed immediately from the residence facility and:

a. Referred to the Student Judicial Officer for adjudication.

II. ALCOHOL

"JUST SIX MONTHS AGO, BACK HOME, I WAS DRINKING
LEG ALLY... THIS RULE IS RIDICULOUS."

Stetson has a long-standing policy which prohibits unlawful possession,
use, or distribution of illicit drugs and possession, use or distribution of alcohol
by students and employees on the campus. This policy expresses our ideal
for an alcohol-free learning environment. Therefore, Stetson University does
not condone or sanction the possession, use, or distribution of alcoholic
beverages on or off the campus. The staff of each residence facility does not
play the role of being a "police officer" by searching individual resident rooms
for alcoholic beverages; however, if residents are seen violating this policy,
the resident then forces staff member confrontation.

The consequences for this behavior include:

a. 1st violation - a verbal warning will be issued and the incident
documented.

b. 2nd violation - the student will be referred to their respective Assis-
tant Director of Residential Life. A decision will then be made
whether to refer the student to the Student Judicial Officer for
disciplinary action, which could include:

1) Immediate removal from the residence facility.

2) Adjudication with appropriate penalties.



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III. DRUGS



"EVERYONE DOES IT.. .YOU MIGHT AS WELL BUST THE
WHOLE CAMPUS."



Despite changing values and social patterns, strict and clear laws regulate
the purchase, possession, and use of all drugs not prescribed by a physician,
including marijuana. These laws apply here on campus as well. The residence
education staff will not search individual rooms without sufficient cause.
However, if sufficient evidence is known, a room search will be made. Should
evidence be found to warrant staff action, the Head Resident, Fraternity
Counselor or Sorority Counselor will refer the matter through the respec-
tive Campus Life professional staff member to the Student Judicial Officer
for disciplinary action which will include immediate removal from the
residence facility and suspension from Stetson University.

It is also possible a warrant for the student's arrest will be issued for the
use, possession, or sale of drugs (the possession and/or sale of drugs is a viola-
tion of Florida State Law and could result in prosecution).



IV. DISRUPTIVE BEHAVIOR



"I LIVE HERE, TOO... I'VE GOT THE RIGHT TO DO WHATEVER
I WANT TO."



The Residential Education staff strongly advocates students taking care
of their own problems. When fellow residents make conscientious efforts to
deal with students displaying disruptive behavior and those efforts are futile,
the staff will become actively involved. Disruptive behavior includes excessive
noise, the possession or use of fireworks, harrassment of another individual,
and non-cooperation with University staff members.



The results of engagement in disruptive behavior will be:

a. 1st violation - a verbal warning will be issued and the incident
documented.

b. 2nd violation - the student will be referred to the Assistant Director
of Residential Life. A decision will then be made whether to refer
the student to the Student Judicial Officer for disciplinary action,
which could include:

1) a room reassignment OR removal from the residence facility.

2) Adjudication with appropriate penalties.



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V. THEFT

"IT'S THE UNIVERSITY'S... HEY, IT REALLY DOESN'T BELONG
TO ANYONE."

If students insist on leaving their rooms unlocked and bikes unchained,
there will always be thefts occurring. It is a shame that people desire to be
volunteer victims in this manner. We must then deal with those residents
who choose not to be honest. Therefore, the taking of University property
or property belonging to any member of the Stetson community is prohibited.
If a student is suspected of theft, evidence will be pursued in order to clear
or convict the student. If evidence indicates that the person is responsible
for the theft, the resident will be referred to the Student Judicial Officer for
disciplinary action which could likely include suspension from Stetson
University.

VI. VISITATION

"WHAT'S THE BIG DEAL? WE WERE ONLY 30 MINUTES LATE
IN LEAVING."

Along with visitation in the men's and women's housing areas come cer-
tain restrictions. Members of the opposite sex are allowed in the residence
facilities only within the established visitation hours. If residents are seen
violating this policy, the resident forces staff confrontation. If evidence in-
dicates that the person remained, or intended to remain, overnight, the inci-
dent will be referred to the Student Judicial Officer for disciplinary action
which could include immediate removal from the residence facility as well
as disciplinary probation and appropriate penalties OR suspension from Stet-
son University.

The consequences for non-overnight violation of visitation include:


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