Welcome to Residence Hall Living
We are glad to have this opportunity to welcome our new students to Concord University's residence hall community and to help prepare you for life in a residence hall. One meaningful part of a University education is the learning that comes from living with others. A good deal of adjustment occurs in the transition from high school to college and from home life to residence hall life, and sometimes even from freshman to sophomore year. Concord's Residence Life Program is designed to help you make personal, social and academic adjustments in as healthy a way as possible, and to make your living experience both educational and enjoyable.
Residence Hall Community
The residence hall is a community in which students are the main ingredient. We believe a residence hall is more than a place to relax between classes. Ideally, it is a vibrant and active community, the center of student life. The residence life staff encourages you to develop an awareness of the many opportunities that this special living arrangement presents daily, and challenges you to utilize this setting to increase strength in citizenship and leadership.
To make a community function, it is very important to ensure that the rights of individuals are respected. We urge each resident to act responsibly toward the rest of the community as well as to himself or herself. It is important that each person's actions contribute to the development of a strong, balanced community within the residence halls.
The Office of Housing and Residence Life cannot and will not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, disability, religion, sexual orientation, or age. Beyond the law, we are strongly committed to providing an environment free of discrimination, prejudice, or harassment. In order to grow and develop, students must be respected and valued by other members of their community for the person they are and what they want to become.
If you have a diagnosed condition covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act which warrants special housing accommodations, you are strongly encouraged to notify the Director of Housing and Residence Life as soon as possible after you have been officially accepted to Concord University.
Sexual Harassment/Assault Statement
It is policy at Concord University that sexual harassment or assault, or any other form of harassment or assault, will not be tolerated. The University affirms that students have a right to study in a positive atmosphere free from sexual harassment and abuse.
Sexual Assault Prevention Tips:
- Students should always carry their room keys with them, be aware of where they are going, and know a quick and safe way home whenever practical.
- Be aware that sexual assaults are generally not perpetrated by an unnamed attacker on the street, usually it is someone you know; more often than not, sexual assault victims are familiar with the perpetrator.
- Have someone go with you when going out, so that you can take care of each other.
- Enroll in a self-defense class. Most people who take self-defense classes typically feel more empowered to handle serious situations than they did previously.
(Prevention Tips provided by Connie Kirkland, Director of Sexual Assault Services, George Mason University)
Concord University and the Offices of Public Safety and Housing and Residence Life take great measures to build on the safety record of the community of Athens and the State of West Virginia. The University believes that members of the Concord campus community can assist in keeping themselves from harm by utilizing prescribed safety precautions and by educating themselves about the frequency and type of security breaches which occur on University property. Public Safety will record and annually publish statistics on crime.
For additional Concord University Crime Statistics go to http://www.ope.ed.gov/security/search.asp
Students are encouraged to exercise common sense regarding personal safety. Each student must take an active part in his or her own personal safety and the safety of other community members.
Public Safety Officers work closely with professional and paraprofessional Housing and Residence Life staff personnel. Both the Officers and the Student Life staff members on duty are available to receive emergency telephone calls from anyone on campus or associated with the University. All Public Safety Officers have direct radio contact with local law enforcement agencies. To encourage accurate reporting of crimes and incidents, a formalized "Incident Report" is completed after each known event (when the victim allows us to report the crime).
What YOU can do to enhance YOUR OWN personal safety.
Personal Safety :
- avoid walking alone, especially at night
- walk in well lighted areas
- walk clear of any area with heavy foliage
- be alert and aware of your surroundings
- refrain from propping open locked residence hall doors
- use the viewing porthole provided in each residence hall door
- have strangers identify themselves before unlocking any room door
- keep your room door locked at all times
Vehicle Security :
- remove property from plain view
- roll up vehicle windows
- remove keys
- lock all doors
- park in a well lighted area whenever possible
Personal Property Safety :
- secure valuables left in your room
- print your name on valuables when appropriate
- remember to lock the door(s) and window(s) to your personal room each time you leave and when you are sleeping
- lock your room door when you are in the bathroom (traditional halls)
- pre-plan a course of action in the event of lost or stolen credit cards, checks or money
The most recent comprehensive data concerning crime rate statistics for West Virginia was disclosed to the public by the West Virginia State Police.
Concord University and the Office of Housing and Residence Life encourages students to take all precautions toward their own personal safety and the security of their possessions.