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, 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 to make your living experience both educational and enjoyable.

 

Your first year in college can be both an exciting and adventurous time in your life.  Outside of the classroom, you will have the opportunity to participate in numerous activities and meet many new people.  The people you meet and the experiences you share will probably become some of the most previous memories of your college career. 

 

One excellent way to take advantage of these opportunities is to live in a residence hall. Research demonstrates that living in the residence halls provides students with a unique experience that fosters success during college years.  These students are more likely to graduate from college and generally feel more “connected.”  After fulfilling their academic commitments, resident students have the opportunity to gather in their buildings and discuss many of the activities of the day with one another.  Resident Assistants (RA’s) facilitate a comprehensive range of activities to enhance community objectives and encourage interactions among residents which support intellectual, emotional, physical, and cultural growth.

 

All unmarried students (traditional age undergraduates) who have not received prior permission to commute are required to reside on campus in the University’s residence halls as long as space is available. Permission to commute is granted only to those students who will reside with their parent(s) or legal guardian(s) in their parents’ primary place of residence within a reasonable driving distance (45 minutes or less according to MapQuest or Google Maps) from Concord University. Applications for a housing exception should be obtained from, and must be submitted to, the Office of Housing and Residence Life. Applications will be reviewed by the Director of Residence Life and/or a designated committee that will evaluate the evidence of exemption criteria.

 

NOTE: Students should never sign a lease for an off-campus dwelling until they have been approved to live off-campus. Signing a lease with another entity is not grounds for exception approval. Any student denied an off-campus exception will be charged room and board, regardless of having signed a lease for an off-campus dwelling.

Room Reservation/Deposit

The Room Reservation Form and Off-Campus Exception/Commuter Request Forms can be found under the "Forms & Resources" tab at the top of the Residence Life webpage. They can be submitted electronically or printed out and mailed to the Housing Office. Should you have any difficulty locating or completing these forms feel free to call us at (304) 384-5231 and we will be happy to assist you.

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.

Valuing Diversity

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.

Disability Accommodations

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.

Harassment/Assault Statement

It is policy at Concord University that harassment or assault, in any form, will not be tolerated. The University affirms that students have a right to study in a positive atmosphere free from harassment and abuse.

Sexual Assault Prevention Tips:

  • You should always carry room keys with you, be aware of where you are going, and know a quick and safe way home whenever practical.
  • Be aware an unknown attacker on the street does not always perpetrate sexual assaults. About 90% of sexual assault victims are familiar with the perpetrator.
  • Have a friend go with you so you can watch out for each other.
  • Take a self-defense class. Most people who take self-defense courses feel empowered to handle more serious situations.
  • Know alcohol and drugs can impair the ability to make good decisions. It can also lower inhibitions.
  • Know your sexual limits. Communicate them clearly and effectively.
  • Know that you have a right to say “No” to sexual activity.
  • Stop what you are doing if you receive unclear or conflicting messages.

(Prevention Tips provided by Connie Kirkland, Director of Sexual Assault Services, George Mason University)

Safety

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.