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To help students adjust and
mature at Vanderbilt, residential staff members are available to offer
advice, counseling, and referral about matters of career, academic, or
The Office of Housing and Residential Education employs upperclass undergraduates
and graduate and professional students as resident advisers and head residents.
The student staff is supervised by seven, full-time assistant directors
and an Assistant Dean who are in residence. The Dean and two Associate
Deans also reside on campus and respond to student needs.
The residence hall staff, in cooperation with the Inter-Residence Hall
Association (Interhall), organizes and coordinates social, educational,
and recreational programs in the residence halls.
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UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT HOUSING
All unmarried undergraduate
students, except those who live at home with their families in Davidson
County, must live in residence halls on campus during the academic year,
May session, and summer sessions. Authorization to live elsewhere is granted
at the discretion of the Director of Housing Assignments in special situations
or when space is unavailable on campus.
Married undergraduate students (and those 21 years of age with University-certified
same-sex domestic partners) may apply for University housing in Family
Housing, Lewis House, or Garrison Apartments. Undergraduate students with
children may apply for housing in Family Housing.
In general, freshmen are housed separately from upperclass students. When
there is insufficient space in the regular freshman housing system or
in special situations, freshmen and upperclass students may be housed
on the same floor, in the same building, or in the same complex. All undergraduates
make housing arrangements through the Office of Housing and Residential
Education in Branscomb Quadrangle.
freshman housing assignments will be posted on this site by no later than
February 1, 2002
Admission to the University
does not guarantee assignment to a particular type of room. Freshmen may
be assigned to singles, doubles, or suite doubles. Further, the University
population is fluid, and demand for housing may change considerably in
a relatively short time. In circumstances in which the number of freshmen
enrolled exceeds the number of spaces for freshmen in regular rooms, it
may be necessary to house students in upperclass areas, in apartments,
or in alternative accommodations (such as study rooms on residential floors)
for a few weeks, for a semester, or for the entire first year.
unmarried upperclass students receive their housing assignments through
a random selection process in the spring. A $200 deposit is required prior
to the random selection. Upperclass students residing in single and double
rooms have an opportunity to reserve their rooms for the following year,
gender requirements permitting. Eligibility for participation is determined
by the Associate Dean of Housing and Residential Education with advice
from the Inter-Residence Hall Association.
Students who participate in any Vanderbilt study abroad programs, or who
graduate, withdraw, or leave, may request cancellation of their contracts
by writing to the Office of Housing and Residential Education sixty days
prior to the beginning of the semester.
Requests to Live in Off-campus
who have been authorized to reside off campus by the Director of Housing
Assignments or his designee may do so. Students should not make deposits
or sign leases until they receive written authorization from the housing
assignments director to reside off campus. The Office of Housing and Residential
Education maintains an off-campus
referral service. The majority of rental property listed is close
to the campus, but cost, furnishings, and conditions of the accommodations
Requests to Live in a Fraternity or Sorority House
Students who want to live in fraternity or sorority chapter
houses must file the necessary forms each semester, May session, or summer
session with the Office of Housing and Residential Education. Requests
for residency in the chapter houses for the spring semester must be filed
thirty days before the beginning of spring semester. A maximum of six
officers, preferably of junior or senior class standing, may live in each
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GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL STUDENT
Graduate and professional
student housing is coordinated by the Office of Housing and Residential
Education in Branscomb Quadrangle. Students should request an application
for campus housing or indicate their interest in off-campus accommodations
as soon as they receive notice of admission.
Returning residents of University housing will be permitted to renew their
leases through May 1. Incoming students in graduate and professional schools
will receive priority for the remaining available housing for the fall
if their applications and $200 housing deposits are received by May 1.
Any returning resident may apply for on-campus housing by filing an application
and making a $200 deposit. The deposit will be refunded if written notice
is received in the Office of Housing and Residential Education sixty days
before the beginning of the semester.
After space is assigned to returning residents and incoming students,
returning students will be assigned. A waiting list will be maintained
only for spaces that become available during the academic year.
Only full-time Vanderbilt students are eligible for housing. An apartment
must be vacated within twenty-four hours if the occupant ceases to be
With the approval of the assistant director in charge of the area, residents
in graduate and professional student housing may have guests for up to
Graduate and professional students living on campus are housed in Lewis
House, Garrison Apartments, and Family Housing. Units are assigned to
married students, students with University-certified domestic partners,
or single students who want to share an apartment. The apartment buildings
are normally open twelve months of the year. (Maintenance or renovations
may require that some buildings, or parts of buildings be closed for periods
of time.) Major appliances and utilities are provided in all apartments,
and occupancy is subject to the terms and conditions of a lease executed
by the occupant. Local telephone service is included in the rental charges.
However, because handsets are not provided, students should obtain their
own handsets. Because they interfere with wireless access to data networks,
2.4GHz cordless phones are prohibited.
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RESIDENCE HALL REGULATIONS
Rooms are rented (and students are liable for the room) for the entire
academic year, exclusive of Thanksgiving break, semester break, spring
break, and May session activities. Students who graduate or withdraw in
the first semester are not liable for the spring semester rent if written
notice is given sixty days before the opening of the spring semester.
Students who graduate or withdraw from the University during the semester
must vacate their rooms within twenty-four hours. Students who withdraw
for medical reasons may receive a pro rata refund. Students who
withdraw or who are suspended or expelled during the semester may be entitled
to partial refunds of rent. Rooms may not be sublet or used for any purpose
other than as a residence for those to whom they are assigned. Student
rooms may not be used for publicized events, including meetings of organizations,
Bible studies, social events, etc.
Residence halls are generally open for occupancy on the day before
registration begins for each semester. Residence halls close at 9 a.m.
on the day following the last day of classes before holidays and at 9
a.m. on the day following the last day of examinations at the end of the
semester. Residence halls reopen after holidays at noon on the day prior
to the first day of classes.
Expiration and Termination
A room contract will be terminated upon a students graduation,
completion of his or her program, or withdrawal or dismissal from the
University. The apartment or residence hall room must be vacated within
twenty-four hours. Resident contracts may be terminated only when, at
the discretion of Director of Housing Assignments, unanticipated and major
changes occur in a students situation which would justify such termination.
Contracts may not be broken to allow students to obtain lodgings elsewhere.
The Office of Housing and Residential Education must approve room
changes before students may move.
Gender designations of buildings, floors, or apartments are made on
an annual basis. Single students who share apartments or residence hall
rooms must be of the same gender.
A search of a student, a students possessions, or a students
premises may be authorized by the Vice Chancellor for Student Life or
the Dean or an Associate Dean of Housing and Residential Education if
there is reasonable cause to believe that a violation of University policy
is occurring or has occurred.
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RESIDENTIAL LIFE GOVERNMENT
All students in residence are members of the Inter-Residence Hall
Association (Interhall), the governing body of the residence halls that
serves as the liaison between the residents and the Office of Housing
and Residential Education. Interhalls concerns include facilities
improvement, recycling, residential autonomy, residence hall damage, and
social, recreational, and educational programming.
Residential Judicial System
In the fall, each residence hall selects a judicial vice-president
whose duties are as follows:
Publication of regulations and responsibilities in the residence
hall, in cooperation with the residence hall staff.
Counseling or referring to the appropriate judicial body, those
students who violate University residential regulations.
Residents are expected to become familiar with the procedures and options
of autonomy regulations, and to recognize their individual responsibility
for the enforcement of regulations in both legislative and judicial matters.
Subject to the approval of the Dean of Housing and Residential Education,
residents of a unit (residence hall, or floor) may, upon petition by 15%
of the residential unit, and subsequent endorsement vote by a two-thirds
majority of the same unit, modify the rules and regulations in the following
areas [The default policies follow in brackets]:
Areas, occasions, and times for the use of alcoholic beverages
(upperclass residence halls only; not applicable to substance-free areas)
[Alcoholic beverages are restricted to individual rooms where the residents
are of legal age for purchase, possession, and consumption of alcoholic
Visitation hours (in University residence halls) [Visits of a relatively
short duration in residents rooms by members of the opposite sex
are permissible at any time within a given 24 hour period.]
Provisions for quiet hours [7pm-7am,
Sunday through Thursday; midnight-10am Friday and Saturday; 24/7 during
reading days and examination periods.]
Responsibility for guests [Resident hosts bear disciplinary and
financial responsibility for their guests.]
Requirements for the scheduling and attendance of residents at
residence hall or floor meetings [Attendance at meetings of residential
units is required; such meetings are scheduled by elected officers in
consultation with residential staff.]
Sale of condoms [Condom vending machines are installed and stocked
in undergraduate residence halls, as practicable.]
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Care, Cleaning, and
Repair of Rooms
Students are expected to keep their rooms clean. Students
may be required to clean their living accommodations, including appliances,
if the assistant director for the area determines that the room, apartment,
or specific appliance presents a health hazard. Announced inspections
for damage and/or cleanliness will be conducted by the University staff.
Students are expected to clean rooms and appliances, sweep floors or vacuum,
and remove all trash and personal items prior to vacating a room or apartment.
The housekeeping staff will clean the bathrooms and general public areas
of residence halls on a weekly basis.
In certain residence halls, students may paint their rooms with approval
(an application must be filed) from the Office of Housing and Residential
Education, but furniture and headboards may not be painted. Fluorescent
paint and adhesives (e.g., glow stars) are prohibited. Pictures and bulletin
boards may be hung only from the picture rail. (Hooks for picture rails
may be purchased in the University bookstore.) Any tape, staples, adhesive
holders, screws, brackets, tacks, and nails are not to be used on the
walls, woodwork, floors, or ceilings. Non-staining putty may be used.
The use of over-the-door hangers is prohibited due to the damage that
these devices produce. Only tension rods may be used for curtains or other
treatments at window openings.
Concrete and cinder blocks, as well as bricks, are prohibited from University
residence halls because of the potential damage to walls, floors, and
carpets caused by their use. Plastic crates are acceptable substitutes
as long as their use does no damage. The height that one may elevate a
bed is limited to 13" from the bottom of the bedspring to the floor.
Wooden bed-risers are permitted as long as they conform to
the specifications established by the Director of Housing Facilities,
and may be purchased at the University bookstore and other locations.
Weightlifting equipment is not permitted in the residence halls. Water
beds, hot tubs, lofts, and bunk beds, other than those provided by the
University, are prohibited. The unauthorized construction of walls and
partitions in University housing is prohibited.
Residents are individually and collectively responsible for any damage
in their residences for any reason except negligence on the part of the
University, and are expected to maintain and leave the residence at checkout
in the same condition of repair as it was when they checked in, normal
wear and tear excepted.
Students will be charged for any damage to residence hall rooms and public
areas that results from misconduct or misuse. Charges for damages for
which responsibility cannot be determined will be prorated among the residents
of a residence hall or living unit. In order to control the quality of
the craftsmanship in campus living areas students may not make repairs
to avoid damage charges. Residents should report needed repairs to the
supervisor, the Office of Housing and Residential Education, or the
buildings residential staff members. The University will make all
needed repairs and do all redecorating, including painting, at its discretion.
Authorized University personnel may enter at any reasonable time, or in
emergencies, to inspect and repair property and equipment or to investigate
allegations of policy violations.
The common areas of suites, apartments, and lodges are intended as joint
living space for the residents. Students are not permitted to use these
rooms as bedrooms. Furnishings in these rooms may not be moved to individual
Residents must report immediately to the Student Health Center any
case or suspected case of communicable disease.
Damage to Property
Damaging, littering, or theft of University property or property of
a University community member or a campus visitor, by students or student
groups, may result in disciplinary action as well as their being held
responsible for the cost of repair or replacement. For example, a student
responsible for starting a fire might have his or her actions ruled accidental
for disciplinary purposes, but would be subject to financial responsibility
to any parties suffering loss as a result of the accident. Students
who suffer losses under these circumstances must make their claims to
their own homeowners or renters insurance carriers. These companies will
subrogate the claims to the carrier of the responsible student's insurance.
Small items such as radios, sound systems, electric blankets, clocks,
lamps, and coffee makers with enclosed heating units are permitted in
rooms, but no appliances with exposed heating elements, or grills (for
either outdoor or indoor use, including "George Foreman" grills
and like devices), are allowed. Appliances that draw a large amount of
current from each circuit, such as hot plates, popcorn poppers, air conditioners,
electric heaters, and instant water-heating elements, are prohibited.
In addition, washers, dryers, and dishwashers are heavy consumers of utilities
and are not allowed. Microwave ovens less than six years old, having a
maximum power of no more than 600 watts and an interior capacity of no
more than one cubic foot are permitted. Refrigerators less than six years
old that have no more than 4.0 cubic foot capacity may be used. The head
resident of a building may require that any appliance be placed in storage
if there is abuse in the manner in which the appliance is used.
In the case of microwaves, refrigerators, and appliances in general, the
student is advised that the densely populated residence hall environment
is not the place for older home appliances which have been recently replaced.
All appliances used in the residence halls must be in good condition,
with special attention given to seals, electrical cords, and plugs. Only
power strips with circuit breakers may be used as extension cords. In
consideration of fire safety, any halogen lamps or light source will not
be permitted for use in any housing or residential facility at Vanderbilt
University. The Dean of Housing and Residential Education reserves the
right to revoke authorization for the use of any appliance in individual
buildings or throughout the residential campus.
Resident hosts must escort visitors of the opposite sex on their floors
at all times during a visit (i.e., into the building, on the floor and
in stairwells, and out of the building). Individuals may not visit a floor
designated for the opposite sex without an escort from a resident host.
(Individuals visiting floors designated for the same sex as their own
do not require escorts, but do require resident hosts.) Resident students
(or their same sex visitors) who must pass through a portion of a floor
designated for the opposite sex in order to get to their own floors (or
the floors they are visiting), must take the most direct route possible,
and should remain mindful of the rights of the residents of the opposite
sex through whose floors they must pass.
No furniture, plants, or other furnishings, including those in lounges
or reception areas, may be exchanged with anyone, stacked, or moved from
one room to another. Headboards and footboards may not be removed from
beds. Anyone who moves furniture or mattresses without authorization will
be responsible for the costs incurred in moving these items back to their
proper positions (or the cost of repair or replacement, if an item is
damaged or lost) and will be subject to disciplinary action. Doors and
window screens may not be removed.
Upon arrival, nonresident, overnight guests must register at the residence
hall desk (or with residential staff when a residence hall either has
no desk, or the desk is not staffed), and must check out upon departure.
If there is a receptionist, a nonresident guest may be given an identification
slip for admittance to the building. Arrangements for temporary housing
of overnight guests must be authorized by the head resident or staff official
on duty, at the earliest possible date. There is a three-night limit on
visits by guests in undergraduate residence halls.
Guests may occupy the vacant half of a double room with the written authorization
of the absent occupant. Guests of the opposite sex from that of their
hosts must be accommodated in space appropriate for their sex. (I.e.,
the host must secure an "official," same-sex host from the floor
on which the guest will be staying.) No one may serve as host in absentia.
The University reserves the right to require that a guest vacate a room,
a residence hall, or the campus, for any reason and at any time.
Guests during breaks: A Vanderbilt student who lives in a residence
hall that closes during breaks may be invited to stay as a guest in the
room of a student who lives in one of the buildings that remains open.
The host may, or may not, be present during the break. In either case,
the host must obtain the authorization of all the roommates, suitemates,
lodgemates, or apartmentmates, in order to offer a place to stay during
a break, to a student who is not a resident of the unit. The guest must
register at the appropriate desk in compliance with posted or published
At certain hours, students may be required to show Vanderbilt identification
to gain entrance to the residence halls. (See also "ID Card Access
ID Card Access Readers
Most University residence halls have ID card access readers at one or
several entrances. Access schedules vary by building and by entrance.
For reasons of safety and security, students should not permit residence
hall access to persons they do not know to be residents.
Lost ID cards should be reported immediately to the Vanderbilt University
Card Office, 184 Sarratt Center, 322-2273 (C-CARD on campus phones), or
to any facility that accepts the Vanderbilt Card, such as dining halls
or Varsity Markets. Lost cards may also be reported to the University
Police Department at 322-2745.
Keys to residence hall rooms and other necessary keys, if any, are issued
to residents upon check-in to the room. Residents may not duplicate keys.
No deposit is required, but if a key is lost or not returned when a room
is vacated, the lock may be changed and the resident charged for the replacement.
The decision to replace the lock and/or issue a new or replacement key
is made by the assistant director in charge of the area.
Interruption or curtailment of services maintained in a residential building,
if caused by strikes, mechanical difficulties, or other causes, does not
entitle residents to any claim against the University or to any reduction
Linens and Laundry
The University does not supply towels, washcloths, linens, blankets, or
pillows. Coin- or Vanderbilt Card-operated washers and dryers are provided
for campus residents in Branscomb Quadrangle, Vanderbilt/Barnard, Kissam,
Lewis and Morgan Houses, Gillette Hall, Garrison Apartments, Family Housing,
West Hall, and Carmichael Towers East and West.
Loss of Property
The student is responsible for his or her own property and should consider
obtaining personal coverage or having coverage under his or her parents
homeowners policy for any and all items brought to campus.
The University reserves the right to make other regulations as necessary,
without notice to secure maximum comfort, safety, and convenience for
Students may not have pets and other animals in University residence halls.
Students are also prohibited from keeping or providing for animals on
University property, and visiting animals must be kept outdoors and leashed.
Students who violate this policy are subject to disciplinary action and
will bear any associated costs in rooms where animals are found in violation
of this policy. Fish may be kept in aquariums.
The University Police Department has responsibility for removing stray
animals from campus.
Students who are found to be in violation of University policy may be
required to change room assignments or vacate University housing as directed
by the Office of Housing and Residential Education.
Certain rooms in the residence halls have been designated for use as practice
rooms. Due to their proximity to residential space, their use requires
policies that preserve the quiet of the halls for the residents. Policies
and specified times for the use of these spaces will be posted in each
space. No amplified or percussion instruments are permitted. Use of these
rooms may be terminated by the Office of Housing and Residential Education.
Quiet hours are in effect from 7 p.m. until 7 a.m., Sunday through Thursday,
and midnight until 10 a.m., Friday and Saturday. During these hours, residents
must cease all activities that might disturb study or sleep. Radios, televisions,
etc., should be turned to low volume and other noisy activity curtailed.
During examination periods, quiet hours may be
extended. In addition, the residents may vote to alter quiet hours,
in accordance with the provisions for residential autonomy.
The use of electric guitars, other amplified instruments, and other instruments
producing loud volume, is prohibited in the residence halls.
Because of their propensity to be heard and felt through solid materials,
subwoofers in stereo speakers or other audio equipment are also prohibited.
Due to the capacity of certain automotive speaker systems to disturb the
quiet of the campus, use of these systems at sufficient volume to be heard
outside of the vehicle is prohibited.
Residence Hall Solicitation
In general, solicitation in the residence halls is prohibited. Room-to-room
solicitation for any reason is not allowed. Those students or student
organizations who wish to organize clothing, food, blood, or book drives
in the residence halls must request authorization from the Dean of Housing
and Residential Education.
Safety and Security
Residents must agree to abide by the security and safety practices and
regulations listed below:
Combustible materials may not be stored on the premises.
Motorcycles, mopeds, and other internal combustion machines may
not be kept in University housing. (Bicycles may be stored in student
Nothing may be thrown from windows.
Open flames, including but not limited to burning candles, oil
lamps, or incense, are prohibited in the residence halls.
Walkways, stairs, and corridors must be kept clear.
Fire doors may be used by residents or guests only for emergency
exit or practice drills.
Failure to evacuate a building when a fire alarm sounds is prohibited.
Tampering with fire extinguishers and other fire-safety equipment
is prohibited and will result in disciplinary action, including possible
suspension from the University or a prorated charge of $100 among the
residents of a particular area if the responsible person(s) cannot be
Tampering with smoke detectors, emergency phones, building access
systems, or other safety, security, or fire-safety equipment is prohibited.
The Metropolitan Nashville-Davidson County Fire Code prohibits
the use and storage of outside grills within ten (10) feet of any combustible
materials on any balcony or patio of a multifamily dwelling. Noncompliance
It is essential that residents cooperate with the University in every
way to safeguard the property of all residents. Students should keep room
doors locked, keep money and other valuables out of sight, and report
thefts immediately to the Head Resident or the Department of Security.
Students must not prop open exterior doors or remove screens.
From time to time, officers from the Vanderbilt Police Department may
enter residence halls, Greek houses, and other campus facilities to assess
their safety, security, and compliance with University policies.
Smoking is prohibited in University residence halls, apartment buildings,
apartment complexes, and Greek houses, including private residential space.
There are storage facilities in most residence halls for large luggage.
(Students are expected to keep weekend bags in their rooms.) Each item
must be labeled with the students name, room number, and home address,
using the storage stickers provided on site. Charges may be assessed for
special handling. The University does not accept responsibility for any
loss or damage for items students placed in storage.
Items may be stored in trunks or metal tartans with lids. Fire regulations
require that no cardboard boxes be used for storage of items. Each student
may store a maximum of three storage containers.
Summer storage is permitted, but any personal property remaining in the
assigned room at the closing of the current housing contract or in the
storage rooms past the removal times will be deemed abandoned and may
be disposed of without notice at the discretion of the Dean of Housing
and Residential Education.
Substance Free Residences
All freshman residence halls and certain floors in upperclass residence
halls have been designated as substance free by the Office of Housing
and Residential Education. The consumption of tobacco products and the
possession or consumption of alcohol or other illicit drugs in these substance-free
areas (in either private rooms or common areas) by residents or their
guests are prohibited. In upperclass halls, substance-free floors are
designated in advance in consultation with the Inter-Residence Hall Association.
Students present in a room in a substance-free residence (or on a substance-free
floor), when a prohibited substance (alcohol, tobacco, or drugs) is present,
are subject to disciplinary action.
The University does not provide telephone handsets. Students may use handsets
that are FCC registered. Use of nonFCC registered phones, or other
non-compatible devices using telephone lines, is prohibited. Because they
interfere with wireless access to data networks, 2.4GHz cordless phones
are also prohibited. Devices questionable with respect to these guidelines
should be presented to the Information
Technology Services for approval.
Visits of a relatively short duration by members of the opposite sex in
residential rooms are permitted during visitation hours. In most residence
halls, a visit may occur at any time during a given 24-hour period. (Students
are expected to know the hours of visitation in their own living units,
and in the units of those they may visit.)
However, overnight and extended visits by members of the opposite sex
are not allowed by the visitation policy. If a visitor has not been escorted
from the residential area of a hall by the close of its visitation hours,
both the resident and the visitor will be subject to disciplinary action.
While in a residence hall, a visitor of the opposite sex must be escorted
at all times by his or her resident host. (See also "Escorts,
It is inappropriate (and unauthorized) for persons to use bathroom facilities
designated for the opposite sex. Common bathroom facilities on residential
floors are designated for the sex assigned to the floor, unless otherwise
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