MISSION STATEMENT, VISION & VALUES
Provide dynamic student-focused learning communities that support development and academic success in clean, safe, and sustainable facilities that meet the needs of the campus community.
Be a premier housing and residence life program that embodies the highest standards of campus housing.
Community - We have an intentional approach to promoting a vibrant atmosphere of student life at JMU that connects students to each other and to the JMU community at large.
Courage - Exhibit confidence and tenacity to make bold decisions despite challenges or difficulties and accept full responsibility for the outcomes.
Inclusivity - Establish a respectful community that seeks multiple perspectives and embraces individual differences.
Integrity - Abide by the highest standards of our profession to instill trust with community members by creating an environment of mutual respect, openness, and truthfulness.
Stewardship - Utilize resources responsibly and creatively to benefit present and future members of the community.
Teamwork - Collaborate to achieve common goals through communication, commitment, and support.
COMMITMENT TO COMMUNITY
John Melvin University is an interactive community in which students, faculty, and staff together strive to pursue truth, advance learning, and uphold the highest standards of performance in an academic and social environment.
It is a community that fosters individual development and the creation of bonds that transcend the time spent within its gates.
To demonstrate my pride in JMU, as a member of its community, I will:
• Accept responsibilities for my actions;
• Hold myself and others to the highest standards of academic, personal, and social integrity;
• Practice justice, equality, and compassion in human relations;
• Respect the dignity of all persons and accept individual differences;
• Respect the environment and the rights and properties of others and the University;
• Contribute positively to the life of the campus and surrounding community;
• And use my JMU experience to be an active citizen in an international and interdependent world.
The continued success of JMU depends on the faithful commitment by each community member to these, our basic principles.
Know your responsibilities and rights as a resident in your community.
Being a member of a community brings a set of rights as well as responsibilities. We encourage you to seek active roles in your community as a leader, student, and peer.
JMU’s residence halls and apartments have established community standards, which are intended to promote the wellbeing and rights of all community members as well as maintain the facilities and physical surroundings in which the community exists. Resident Assistants (RAs) lead their communities in upholding community standards within the residence halls and apartment communities.
Residents are responsible for all material sent to their JMU email account by University Housing, and should check it at least once every 24 hours.
The Office of University Housing is committed to providing a community that is accepting of students and staff of different backgrounds, racial and ethnic identities, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, physical abilities or other aspects of identity. We shall serve as an advocate for diverse interactions of our residents, guests, and staff. All members of our community are responsible for supporting an atmosphere that appreciates individual differences and recognizes each person’s unique contribution to the university. We believe that our students can only achieve their full development as citizens with an environment that supports and promotes the ideas of an inclusive community. University Housing takes a proactive approach to protect our diverse community by providing educational programming that addresses topics of diversity and social justice.
The Office of University Housing is committed to enhancing your total college experience. The purpose of programming is to promote your personal and academic growth. We provide a variety of opportunities for you to get the most from the time you spend outside the classroom. The overall goal is to help you succeed academically and personally while in college and to prepare you for life after graduation.
Making the most of living in your new residence hall or apartment community starts with getting settled in and getting to know your roommate. Begin by discussing with your roommate your ideas, feelings, backgrounds, and opinions on sharing responsibilities in the room. Be clear about what you want and work on compromising. Establishing healthy roommate relationships is the first step in becoming part of the larger on-campus community.
Making the most of living in your new community starts with getting settled in and getting to know your roommate. Living with and among others is one of the most exciting, unique, and potentially stressful aspects of living on campus.
Even if you and your roommate are old friends, developing a healthy relationship will help make living in your new room or apartment comfortable. While you and your roommate are not required to become close friends, sharing a living space will ensure you interact with one another on a daily basis. Great Roommates openly communicate, respect one another, and willfully compromise.
Before You Move In
The relationship you have with your roommates should start before move-in day. Prior to arriving on campus, be sure to discuss what each of you plan to bring and what kind of relationship you’re hoping to have with one another.
Forging this new relationship before living together might include getting to know each other’s sleeping habits, cleanliness standards, and pet peeves. It’s likely that you and your roommate will differ, therefore it is crucial to be clear about what you want and what you are willing to compromise on.
As excited or nervous as you may be to meet your new roommate, keep in mind that social media may not provide an accurate illustration of others. Grant yourself the opportunity to get to know this new person for who they truly are.
Once you have made it to campus, take time to get to know your roommates—this can be as simple as sharing a meal in the cafeteria, attending a campus event together, or spending time with one another in your room or apartment. In the first weeks of the semester, roommates will be asked to work together with their RA to complete a roommate agreement. The Resident Assistant will facilitate the conversation, covering topics including ideal room temperature, guest preferences, privacy and more. It is important to take this process seriously, and to be honest and realistic during your roommate agreement. These agreements serve as a conversational starting point and should be revisited frequently as relationships between roommates grow.
ROOMMATE RIGHTS & RESPONSIBILITIES
The JMU University Housing is committed to providing students an environment that promotes academic success, personal growth, and connection to community. As a resident in our community, you have rights. These rights can only be achieved through collective efforts by the Housing staff, community members, residents, and guests.
The right to be treated with civility and mutual respect.
The right to a safe and secure room or apartment, without fear of harm, intimidation, and/or distress.
The right to sleep without undue disturbance.
The right to study, read, and learn in your room free of interference.
The right to adequate privacy.
The right to respect the property of other and to have your property respected.
CONFLICT RESOLUTION STRATEGIES
Throughout the year, there may be times when you and a roommate may come to some sort of conflict. Conflict is normal and part of even the healthiest of relationships. Your success as roommates is not based on whether or not you’ve experienced conflict, but rather how you and your roommate respond to it.
The first, and most important step to conflict resolution is sharing concern with your roommates; it is possible that your roommate may not be aware that you have this concern. When speaking to your roommate regarding the issue, be sure to keep these tips in mind.
Be Calm – The ways in which you approach the conflict can make the issue easier to address or escalate the conflict. Remaining calm and using appropriate language will help working to solve the issue.
Go to the Source – It’s best to address problems with your roommate, rather than complain to others. Talking to others may only intensify the issue, instead of resolving it.
Use “I” Statements – By using simple “I” statements, you can decrease any implied blame and increase your roommate willingness to talk. “I” statements are simple and convey how you feel about the situation. For example, saying “I feel annoyed when you have guests over at night, because I can’t get enough sleep,” rather than, “You and your guests always wake me up and I can’t get enough sleep, it’s so annoying.”
Even if you are the one initiating the conversation about a conflict, it is important to realize your role in the situation. Work with your roommate to solve the conflict and make a commitment to listen to one another.
Listen – Even if you are the one bringing up the issue, it is important to listen to what your roommate has to say. Often, conflict is a two-way street, be willing to hear out their concerns too.
Compromise – More than likely, you and your roommate will not have identical preferences on the room. Be willing to compromise, but stay true to yourself and your preferences.
Think for the Future – Dwelling on a past issue will not help make the relationship with your roommate better. Create a plan to address any conflicts that may arise in the future.
You are not alone when living on campus, your resident assistant and other Housing staff are here to support and assist you in resolving roommate conflicts.
Meeting the Staff
The Office of University Housing employs full-time and student employees. Staff members help you in your personal and academic endeavors by providing opportunities for growth and development, mentoring, and support.
Director – The Director of Housing and Residence Life is a full–time professional that provides direction and leadership for both business operations functions and residence life functions of the community. The Director oversees all residence life functions of the community, programming, crisis management, staff development, and more. The Director supervises a staff of Resident Assistants. He or she is available as a resource for personal and group concerns during office hours.
Resident Assistants (RA) - RAs are students assigned to individual buildings or communities. RAs are the primary contact for discussing resident questions and concerns, addressing problem resolutions, and establishing community atmospheres. RAs hold building meetings, distribute information, plan programs, work at the office, and enforce policies.
Maintenance- Maintenance workers make sure that the facilities are in working condition. They maintain and clean facilities, including the grounds and breezeways.
The rationale for all policies is that every resident has the opportunity to take advantage of the academic and co-curricular opportunities offered at JMU. In order to ensure that basic right for all residents, we need cooperation. Rules – whether they are state or federal laws, city ordinances, university regulations, or departmental policies – are created for the purpose of clarifying the rights and responsibilities of each individual.
Residents and guests are responsible for becoming familiar with and adhering to policies outlined within the JMU Code of Student Conduct, the Living on Campus Handbook, the housing contract, and University Housing and JMU policies outlined on the JMU website.
Air Conditioners/Heating Units
Heating and cooling units within the apartments must be accessible by Residential Life staff members at all times.
Items must not block the heating and cooling unit at any time, including air vents.
Alcohol is not permitted in campus apartments or parking lots regardless of age of resident or guest.
In accordance with University Housing’s Decoration policy, residents are not permitted to use containers that previously contained food or beverage as decorations within their room/apartment.
Alterations to Apartments
Residents may not alter, repair, model, or paint any apartment. Appropriate maintenance requests may be submitted with the front desk within the apartment office.
Pets - All pets, including visiting pets, are not permitted within on-campus housing communities. A fee will be assessed to the resident’s university account for cleaning costs associated with animals documented within on-campus apartment communities.
Service and Emotional Support Animals - In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, service animals and emotional support animals are allowed in all parts of campus housing.
Both service and emotional support animals must be registered with the Office of Disability Services and University Housing. The Office of Disability Services may be contacted at 337-550- 1204.
Appliances & Electronics
Appliances and electronics may be present within on-campus communities under the following conditions:
• Appliance does not have an open heating element or flame
• Appliance does not emit grease laden vapors
• Appliance does not override the room/apartment’s electrical outlet
• Appliance does not interfere with the Wi-Fi signal
• Appliance does not need to be professionally installed and/or replaces an appliance provided by the Office of University Housing
The following items are not allowed in University Housing:
• Air conditioning units
• 2.4GHz cordless phones
• Candle/wax warmers
• Ceiling fans
• Hot Plates
• Coffee makers without automatic shut-off
• Electronic skateboards, including self-balancing boards/scooters
• Halogen lamps, light bulbs
• Lava lamps
• Microwaves over 1,200 watts
• Multi-headed lamps, Medusa lamps
• Refrigerators larger than 5-cubic feet
• Space heaters
• Technology used to mine bitcoins or other cryptocurrency system
The following items are allowed in residence halls and apartments as long as they are properly cleaned and stored:
Beverage and coffee makes, such as Keurig, with an automatic shut-off
Microwaves under 1,000 watts
Slow cookers/Crockpot with automatic shut-off
Items need to be cleaned in the vicinity of either a kitchen sink or a non-bathroom sink. Food particles, such as noodles, rice, and grease must be disposed of in the garbage and not in a sink. Residents who are uncertain if an appliance or electronic is allowed on-campus should contact Residential Life Regarding the item prior to bringing it to campus.
Residents are expected to keep all provided appliances clean and in good condition. If a problem arises at any time with provided appliances, please contact the office to report the issue.
The following items are allowed ONLY in the apartments’ kitchen area:
• Indoor grills with automatic shut-off(i.e. George Forman Grill)
• Rice cookers
• Coffee Maker
• Slow Cookers
• Toasters, toaster ovens
• Waffle irons
Candles & Incense
Candles, incense, and candle/wax warmers are not permitted in on-campus communities. Potpourri, oil scented reed diffusers, room sprays, and scented electrical plug-ins are permitted within residence halls and apartments. If found in violation of this policy, a $50 fine will be assessed.
Residents are fully responsible for maintaining the cleanliness of their apartment, including regular vacuuming, sweeping and general cleaning. Residents are asked to not use bleach or wax.
The apartments are not cleaned during the academic year by custodial staff members. If an area is found to be dirty, the resident will be notified of the violation and given a deadline to clean the area. If the resident does not clean the space in the allotted time, the resident will be fined $100. Residents who receive this notice and are unclear about the expectations of the inspecting staff member should contact the staff member who issued the notice to inquire. If upon second inspection the area is not cleaned to the inspecting staff member’s expectations, a fine will be applied to the student’s student account.
Residents are authorized to cook in apartment kitchens and designated grilling areas.
All cooking with grease, such as frying, is not permitted in apartments or anywhere on the campus housing premises. Residents are responsible for maintaining the appearance and cleanliness of all used cooking areas.
Residents are encouraged to decorate their living space by adhering to the following guidelines:
• Decorations may not be permanently affixed to any surface within a residence hall room or apartment
• Decorations hung on walls must not leave marks of any kind including nail holes or paint chips
• Decorations may not be hung from a room’s ceiling
• Residents are not allowed to mount electronics to walls
• Empty food and beverage containers of any kind must be disposed of and are not to be used as decoration
• Live trees and wreaths are not permitted in or near residential communities
• Door decorations cannot obstruct the room number, peephole, locking mechanism, and/or doorknob
• It is not permissible to hang or place anything in or on windows that may be viewed from the outside of the building other than blinds or curtains
• Decorations on the door of rooms are subject to approval by the Office of University Housing
• It is not permissible to hang or place anything in or on windows that may be viewed from the outside of the building other than blinds or curtains.
Tampering with, forcing or disabling a door’s locking mechanism, or propping a main entrance or locked door and leaving it unattended, is prohibited.
Illegal use, possession, distribution, or manufacture of drugs or controlled substances is not permitted within or near on-campus communities. Possession or use of drug related paraphernalia (including bongs, grinders, and pipes) is also prohibited. Violators will be subjected to the student conduct action.
Residents are responsible for all material sent to their JMU email account by University Housing, and should check it at least once every 24 hours.
Residents and guests are required to evacuate a building when an alarm sounds, emergency flashing lights have been activated, or when instructed to do so by JMU staff members or emergency personnel. Re-entry into a building is prohibited until approved by JMU staff members or emergency personnel.
All extension cords must have the UL label approval, have a minimum conductor size of 16 AWG copper, and be three-pronged (three-conductor). There is a limit of one extension cord per electrical outlet. Extension cords may not be plugged into one another. Residents may not run cords under rugs or mattresses, over sinks, through doorways, or through windows.
Items with an open flame, heating source and/or flammable items, such as lighters, charcoal, and lighter fluid, are not allowed within or near on-campus residential communities.
Residents are responsible for all furniture and its condition upon checkout of their space. All University Housing provided furniture must remain within the assigned room or apartment. Removing furniture is strictly prohibited and will result in a fine and possible student conduct action.
Residents are prohibited to bring their own furniture that would replace University Housing’s provided furniture. Violators would be called to speak with the Director and will be given a fine of $100 per furniture.
Any broken furniture would be the responsibility of the resident and charges will depends on what furniture may have been broken.
Residents are responsible for placing their garbage in trash dumpsters located outside of the apartments. Garbage may not be kept in the grounds area, doorway area, stairwells, or covered exterior areas. Residents will be charged for trash found in any of these areas.
Grills & Grilling
Grills are required to be used at least 25 feet away from JMU University Housing buildings. Charcoal grills may be stored within a resident’s room or apartment only if it has been properly cleaned and cooled down. Storage of flammable items, including but not limited to, charcoal, lighter fluid, and propane tanks, are not permitted within or near apartment communities at any time.
The presence of a guest in an apartment must not compromise the personal or academic well-being of roommates or other building residents. Guests are welcome in a resident’s apartment only upon agreement of all roommates. A roommate has the right to ask a guest to leave at any time. Guests may be present in common areas within a community as long as they are escorted by a resident of the community and it is within visitation hours.
Visitation hours: 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM on Weekdays and 8:00 AM to 12:00 AM on Weekends.
Guest registration: Residents must register all guests during University Housing office hours (Monday to Friday, 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM, closed Saturday and Sunday). Both the resident and the guest must be present. The Office of University Housing will be making a copy of the resident’s student ID and a copy for the guest’s government issued ID.
If a guest was not checked in properly, the responsible resident will be assessed $100 for violating policy.
Cohabitation: Cohabitation exists when a person who is not assigned to a particular room uses that room as if they were living there. Cohabitation is not permitted.
Guest behavior: Residents are responsible for educating their guests on all JMU University Housing policies, rules, and procedures, and they are responsible for their guest’s behavior while within University Housing community. Guests will be asked to leave the building or community by Housing staff members if they are found to be disrupting the community or in violation of the Housing or JMU policy.
Activity (verbal, written, graphic, and/or physical) that is threatening in nature or any form of harassment is prohibited. Violators will face student conduct actions.
Keys and Locks
For the safety of all residents and their belongings, residents must lock the front door of the apartment when not present. Students are NOT permitted to install their own locks or alter the existing locks. Residents must have their keys and JMU ID card on their person at all times. The key/key card to a resident’s room is to be used/possessed only by the resident. Residents are responsible for all keys/key cards issued to them by the Office of University Housing.
Residents are liable for fees to replace any key not returned to the Office of University Housing upon checkout.
Copying of Keys
Copying of keys or key cards issued by the Office of University Housing is prohibited.
Lost or Damaged Keys
Residents must immediately report a lost or damaged key to the University Housing office for proper replacement. A lock and key replacement charge will be assessed to the resident’s account. Residents are liable for fees to replace any key not returned to the Office of University Housing upon checkout.
Lock Out Policy
University Housing staff members may assist residents accessing their room and/or apartment if they are locked out for a charge that will be assessed to the student’s account. When a resident is locked out during office hours, a charge of $15 will be applied. If a resident is locked out after office hours, a charge of $25 will be applied.
Trash left outside of living areas (in hallways, outside of doors, in stairwells, etc.) is prohibited. A charge of $50 per bag will be assessed to the individual(s) responsible for the trash or a charge will be assessed to the entire community to encourage community-wide accountability for maintaining the beauty of the premises.
Mattress Pads or Toppers
Mattress pads and/or toppers are allowed to be used within on-campus communities. However, residents are responsible for the cleaning and care of the mattress pad and/or topper, including periodically removing the mattress pad or topper to allow the mattress to air out.
Residents are responsible for properly disposing of hypodermic needles, syringes, or other biohazardous materials needed for medical reasons.
Noise & Quiet Hours
Courtesy Hours - Courtesy hours are in effect 24-hours a day within the on-campus community.
Quiet Hours - Quiet hours are observed from 10:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. within the apartment community. Quiet is defined that sound cannot be heard in another room with the door and windows closed.
Personal Safety Items
Residents and guests are allowed to possess items such as pepper spray and mace for personal safety within on-campus residential communities. The use of these items to intimidate or harm another person is prohibited.
Skateboards, Skates - Skateboarding and skating is only permitted outside of the apartments. These items must be stored within a resident’s room or vehicle.
Electronic Skateboards - Electronic skateboard, including self-balancing boards/scooters, and any similar equipment are prohibited from being used, stored and/or charged in any JMU Housing building/community.
Scooters, Motorcycles - Scooters and motorcycles must follow parking and traffic rules and are not permitted on sidewalks. Scooters and motorcycles are not permitted inside of any University Housing building. Scooters and motorcycles must be parked in accordance with regulations set forth by Parking & Transportation Services.
Residents are not permitted to operate a business from their room, apartment, or on-campus community. Personal solicitation for tickets, apartments, books, etc. is prohibited.
Property Misuse & Damages
Vandalism - Vandalizing university property or other residents’ property is prohibited.
Damages - Residents are responsible for damages incurred accidentally, carelessly, or maliciously to their room and apartment. Appropriate damage charges will be assessed to the resident’s student account.
Room/Apartment Entry by Staff
Authorized personnel may enter a resident’s room or apartment under the following circumstances:
• When occupant in a room/apartment provides permission.
• When there is an immediate threat, or reason to believe that there is a threat, to the health and/or safety of residents or property.
• When it is necessary to preserve campus order, security, or discipline.
• By search warrant issued by a university official pursuant to the JMU Code of Student Conduct or agency of the law.
• During fire drills, alarms, or severe weather evacuations for purposes of routine maintenance repairs or inspections.
• To shut off unattended loud stereos, radios, alarm clocks, telephones, or other noise- producing devices, after attempting to contact the residents of the room/ apartment.
• To conduct health and safety inspections after sending at least 24-hour notice.
• To conduct quarterly pest control treatments.
• To complete maintenance requests or repairs when needed.
• To conduct end of the semester room inspections.
• To conduct room inspections after a resident moves out.
• To verify occupancy.
University Housing staff members will lock any unsecured doors found during the room/apartment entry process.
Safety equipment including sprinklers, smoke detectors, emergency doors, heat sensors, fire exit signs, fire extinguishers, pull stations, hoses, alarm bells, and any other safety equipment is necessary to safeguard residents. Activating, handling, using, or interfering with any fire or safety equipment for any reason other than an emergency is prohibited. A fine of $200 will be assessed to the individual responsible for tampering with safety equipment.
Smoking is not permitted on campus, including within or near on-campus housing units. Students have violated this policy are subject to fines, removal from campus housing, and/or student conduct action.
Commercial solicitation is prohibited within on-campus residential communities.
Residents are prohibited from hanging items from, cover, or otherwise tamper with fire sprinkler devices and emergency doors. If any resident purposefully or inadvertently activates the sprinkler system, he or she will be charged for at minimum a portion of the damage that results.
Residents are prohibited from subleasing their room/apartment to another person.
Tobacco, Vaporizers & Electronic Cigarettes
The use and possession of tobacco and tobacco products, vaporizers/vapes, and electronic cigarettes is prohibited on campus. This includes, but is not limited to, cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, electronic cigarettes, and vaporizers. Residents and guests must move to off-campus locations or a personal vehicle with closed windows for the use and storage of tobacco products. A fine of $200 will be assessed to the individual suspected of smoking.
Within each on-campus community, there are areas that residents are not allowed to enter such as the roof and maintenance closets/hallways. Residents are also not allowed to enter another resident’s room without permission from that resident. Residents are responsible for contacting a University Housing staff member to determine the areas that are off limits within their community.
Possession and use of firearms (including but not limited to air pistols, BB guns, and paint guns), facsimile weapons, ammunition, explosives, fireworks, knives (other than kitchen utensils), or dangerous weapons is prohibited in or around University Housing properties.
Residents are not permitted to throw anything from windows within on-campus communities. Screens must remain on windows at all times.
Title IX and Sexual Misconduct
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a comprehensive federal law that prohibits discrimination based on the gender of students and employees of educational institutions that receive federal financial assistance.
In accordance with Title IX and other applicable law, JMU is committed to providing a learning, working, and living environment that promotes integrity, civility, and mutual respect in an environment free of discrimination on the basis of sex and sexual misconduct which includes sex discrimination, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and retaliation. JMU prohibits sex discrimination and sexual misconduct. This policy applies to all persons without regard to sexual orientation, gender identity and/or gender expression.
Sex discrimination and sexual misconduct violate an individual’s fundamental rights and personal dignity. JMU considers sex discrimination and sexual misconduct in all of its forms to be serious offenses. This policy has been developed to reaffirm these principles and to provide recourse for individuals whose rights have been violated. This policy establishes a mechanism for determining when rights have been violated in employment, student life, campus support services, JMU programs and/or an academic environment.
The Office of University Housing Academic Year Contract states, “The term of this contract is the academic year.” Exceptions may be made for those students who have a significant and/or documented medical reason. All requests for living off campus for medical or other reasons will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Information regarding requests to cancel Housing contracts can be on the Office of University Housing website at www.johnmelvinuniversity.org.
Return to Housing from Medical or Behavioral Treatment or Care
In the event that a student is transported, voluntarily or involuntarily, to a medical or behavioral health treatment center, the student will be required to provide information to University Housing in order to return to his/her on-campus housing assignment.
When a resident’s behavior endangers the life of a person, threatens the functionality of a safe and comfortable community, or a resident has a history of conduct violations, the Office of University Housing may review the resident’s contract for housing. During this process, a decision to terminate the housing contract, relocate to another on-campus location, or allow the resident to remain in his/her current location is made.
IMPORTANT NUMBERS & ADDRESSES
All numbers listed below begin with area code 337.
Numbers with an * denotes numbers managed 24 hours, 7 days per week
Office of University Housing..............................................................398-7102
*Crowley Police Department..............................................................788-4114
*Crisis Intervention Center (24 hour crisis line)…................................924-3900
*Sexual Trauma Awareness & Response Center (STAR)…....................383-7273
Dorms: 138 Roller Road Crowley, LA 70526
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The PIT: 1504 N. Parkerson Ave. Crowley, LA 70526