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					                                     2011 – 2012

                    WATSON PODS




    COMMUNITY GUIDE
                                Georgia Southern University
                     Department of University Housing
                   A Division of Student Affairs and Auxiliary Services
                      Post Office Box 8102, Statesboro, Georgia 30460
               Central Office: Phone (912) 478-5406 ~ Fax (912) 478-1148
         Residential Education Office: Phone (912) 478-1730 ~ Fax (912) 478-1722
                                   www.gsuhousing.com
                               housing@georgiasouthern.edu




        * All residents of this facility are responsible for the information contained in this guide *
    ** Please refer to www.gsuhousing.com for the most current information or revisions available **
 
 




    V    oices
         Every voice has the right to be heard, and every word will be spoken with respect.




    A    ccountability
         It is an expectation that we will hold each other accountable.




    L    asting Traditions
         We will continue to pursue greatness while embracing our lasting traditions.




    U    nity
         Our community is united in celebrating our diversity in all its varied forms.




    E    thical Behavior
         We will display ethical behavior and do what is right.




    S   cholarship
        As a community of scholars, we will pursue academic distinction through learning,
        teaching, and research.




 
 



                       MISSION STATEMENT
     The Department of University Housing is committed to the support of
      student learning in a residential community; and, Georgia Southern
         University’s larger mission to be one of the best comprehensive
                            universities in the Nation.

    University Housing fosters the development of respect, responsibility, and
        accountability in students by providing engaging living/learning
         environments within safe, affordable and comfortable housing.

        The Department educates students in order that they may become
                  productive citizens and life-long learners.



                   VALUES AND PRINCIPLES
                                     Students
    We make daily decisions that are guided by what is best for our students.
    We provide services and facilities that support the students as individuals,
     as members of the housing community, and within society as a whole.

                                    Learning
      We focus on education and learning opportunities for our students and
     staff. We provide opportunities for learning that create a nexus with the
    academic classroom. We ensure that learning is a life-long process and is
                 part of daily interactions for students and staff.

                                 Responsibility
       We promote responsibility to one’s self and one’s community. We
      acknowledge that individual decisions affect the whole. We strive to
      assist students and staff in making responsible decisions, and we hold
    students and staff accountable for their actions, emphasizing educational
                           outcomes when appropriate.

                                    Openness
    To foster civic responsibility, we strive to create a community that accepts
       and celebrates others. We encourage interaction within our diverse
      community that enhances the quality of experience for our students.

                                   Involvement
    We encourage involvement of everyone in University Housing. We work
     to engage students in their development by being active participants in
           their community through study, leadership, and dialogue.




 
 



                                       TABLE OF CONTENTS
    Georgia Southern VALUES.................................................................................... 2
    Mission Statement, Values and Principles................................................................ 3
    From the Director of University Housing................................................................ 7
    The Watson Pods Community................................................................................ 8

    University Housing Offices and Staff........................................................ 9
       Administrative Services Office.......................................................................... 9
       Central Housing Office..................................................................................... 9
       Community Assistant....................................................................................... 9
       Community Leader........................................................................................... 9
       Coordinator of Academic Initiatives and Assessment......................................... 9
       Coordinator of Student Development Programming and Leadership.................. 9
       Coordinator of Residential Education................................................................ 9
       Custodian......................................................................................................... 10
       Director of Residential Education/Associate Director of Housing...................... 10
       Maintenance Worker........................................................................................ 10
       Peer Tutor........................................................................................................ 10
       Resident Director.............................................................................................. 10
       Residential Education Office............................................................................. 10
       Residential Facilities Office............................................................................... 10

    General Information............................................................................ 11
       Air Conditioning, Heating, and Ventilation....................................................... 11
       Animals........................................................................................................... 11
       Appliances....................................................................................................... 11
           Approved Appliances and Other Items........................................................ 11
           Non Approved Appliances and Other Items................................................. 11
       Bed Bunking..................................................................................................... 12
       Bicycles............................................................................................................ 12
       Business Operations.......................................................................................... 12
       Cleaning Your Unit.......................................................................................... 12
       Cooking and Kitchens....................................................................................... 13
       Common Area Room Reservations................................................................... 13
       Computer Labs................................................................................................. 13
       Damages and Vandalism................................................................................... 13
           Responsibility for Student Property..............................................................13
           Group Damage Billing................................................................................ 14
           Damage, Cleaning, and Replacement Charges............................................. 14
           Appeal of Damage, Cleaning, and Replacement Charges............................. 15
       Eagle Dining Services/Food Services................................................................ 16
       Email Communication...................................................................................... 16
       Environmental Sustainability............................................................................ 16
       Fire Safety Systems........................................................................................... 16
       Health and Safety Inspections........................................................................... 17
       Internet Connectivity........................................................................................ 17
           Impulse Safe-Connect................................................................................. 17
           Connection Assistance/ResNet................................................................... 18
       Keys................................................................................................................. 18
           Proximity Cards.......................................................................................... 18
       Key Lockouts................................................................................................... 18



 
 



                                       TABLE OF CONTENTS
             Misplaced Keys...........................................................................................18
             Lost or Damaged Keys................................................................................ 18
             Grace Period...............................................................................................19
         Laundry........................................................................................................... 19
         Lofts.................................................................................................................19
         Mail/Packages................................................................................................. 19
         Maintenance Requests/Work Orders.................................................................19
         Mold/Mildew...................................................................................................19
         Panic Button..................................................................................................... 20
         Parking............................................................................................................. 20
         Pest Control......................................................................................................20
         Recycling..........................................................................................................20
         Residential Education Office............................................................................. 20
         Room Decorations............................................................................................ 21
         Room Inspections/Room Entry........................................................................ 21
             Family Access to Student Spaces................................................................. 21
         Roommate Agreements.....................................................................................21
         Smoking........................................................................................................... 21
         Special Needs Accommodations....................................................................... 22
         Student Conduct Code...................................................................................... 22
         Student Employment........................................................................................ 22
         Student Leadership........................................................................................... 22
             Hall Councils.............................................................................................. 22
             Residence Hall Judicial Board..................................................................... 22
             Residence Hall Association......................................................................... 23
             National Residence Hall Honorary.............................................................. 23
         Telephone Service............................................................................................. 23
         Television......................................................................................................... 23
             Georgia Southern TV Channel Line Up....................................................... 24
         Tornado Safety/Severe Weather....................................................................... 25
         Trash................................................................................................................ 25
         TWIRL............................................................................................................ 25
         Vending Machines............................................................................................ 25

    Community Living Standards................................................................. 26
      Introduction..................................................................................................... 26
      Rights and Responsibilities............................................................................... 26
      Policies and Regulations................................................................................... 26
      Quiet Hours..................................................................................................... 26
      Room Furnishings............................................................................................ 27

    Housing Assignments Information........................................................... 28
       Residence Hall Contract................................................................................... 28
           Cancellation Policy..................................................................................... 28
       Housing Fee Payments..................................................................................... 28
       Yearly Housing Calendar.................................................................................. 28
       Breaks.............................................................................................................. 28
       Break Stay Over................................................................................................ 28
       Eligibility......................................................................................................... 29
       Room Assignments........................................................................................... 29



 
 



                                      TABLE OF CONTENTS
         Check-In/Check-Out Procedures.......................................................................29
         Room Changes/Hall Transfers.......................................................................... 29

    University Housing Policies and Regulations.............................................. 30
       I. University Housing Violations..................................................................... 30
            1. Noise.................................................................................................... 30
            2. Fire Safety............................................................................................ 30
            3. Animals................................................................................................ 30
            4. Athletic Activities..................................................................................30
            5. Bicycles, Rollerblades, and Skateboards................................................. 30
            6. Motorcycles, Mopeds, and Scooters....................................................... 31
            7. Guests and Visitation............................................................................ 31
            8. Furniture.............................................................................................. 31
            9. Littering/Trash Disposal....................................................................... 31
            10. Facilities and Equipment....................................................................... 31
            11. Smoking............................................................................................... 32
            12. Sanitation and Cleanliness..................................................................... 32
            13. Posting..................................................................................................32
            14. Room Change....................................................................................... 32
            15. Room Decorations................................................................................ 32
            16. Improper Behavior................................................................................ 32
            17. Community Living................................................................................ 32
            18. Residence Hall Computer Labs.............................................................. 33
            19. Signage Theft........................................................................................ 33
       II. University Housing Disciplinary Procedures................................................ 34
            University Housing Hearings....................................................................... 34
       III. Inspection, Search, and Seizure................................................................... 35

    Administrative Regulations.................................................................... 37
      IV. Institutional Penalties (Housing Violations)................................................. 37
          1. Fire Safety............................................................................................ 37
          2. Animals................................................................................................ 37
          3. Bicycles.................................................................................................37
          4. Littering and Trash................................................................................37
          5. Smoking............................................................................................... 37
          6. Theft of Signage.................................................................................... 37

    Important Numbers.............................................................................. 38
                                                    
                                                    




 
 



               From the Director of University Housing

Dear Residents,

We are so pleased that University Housing is going to be a part of your experience this year,
hopefully an integral one. We are committed to providing you with the best living
experience possible. Our facilities are second to none, and we are a dedicated staff of
student leaders and professional staff motivated to providing you with diverse opportunities
to grow, learn, and make this experience as impactful as possible.

Along with over 4,000 peers, you will have ample opportunity to engage in intellectual,
developmental, and social pursuits while living on campus. Nothing is more important to
us than to ensure you a safe community that encourages your learning outside the
classroom and provide the avenues for you and your fellow Eagles to be as successful as
possible.

While some might say “good things come to those who wait,” I challenge you to “make the
change you want to see happen.” Become a part of community by taking advantage of the
many leadership opportunities, and share yourself and your service to benefit your
community. Our hope is that you will utilize your Community Leaders, Community
Assistants, Resident Directors, and any other staff members as resources, and recognize that
each is looking for a chance to assist you, share information, or laugh with you.

I hope you have a fantastic 2011-2012, and do not hesitate to contact any member of the
Housing team for help.

Welcome home,

Chris MacDonald
Chris MacDonald
Director of University Housing




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                   THE WATSON PODS COMMUNITY
Centrally located on the Georgia Southern University campus, Watson Pods is home to a
community of both freshmen and upperclassmen.

Watson Pods is a traditional style hall with two people per bedroom and community
bathrooms placed strategically on each floor.

A micro fridge is in every room in Watson Pods as well a full community kitchen. A
laundry room and multipurpose room with pool table and big-screen television are located
on the first floor of neighboring Watson Commons.

Each bedroom in both the traditional rooms and connected suites sleeps two people. In
Watson Pods, two bedrooms are connected by a large bathroom with a sink outside of the
bathroom in each bedroom. In the traditional style hall there are male and female
community bathrooms on each floor. A limited number of private rooms are available at
Watson Pods.

Named after Georgia Brown Watson (1912-1993), Emeriti Professor of Psychology and
Emeriti Head of the Department of Psychology. Ms. Watson was a pioneering educator,
Major in Women’s Army Corps in WWII, and author in retirement. She also attained a
record of “firsts” for women during her tenure at Georgia Southern University (1949-1976).
She was the first to earn full professor rank and to chair a department and a division; first in
the University System awarded two Emeriti titles. Ms. Watson keynoted the celebration of
the College’s historic passage to University status in 1990.

Watson Pods is located at 1620 Chandler Road.




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          UNIVERSITY HOUSING OFFICES AND STAFF
The Department of University Housing is responsible for all matters in the residence hall, including
safety and security, physical facilities, staffing, programming, social events, room assignments,
policy development and hall government. The following is a brief overview of the individual areas
of University Housing as well as the student and professional staff roles within the Department.

ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES OFFICE
The Administrative Services staff members coordinate assignments, transfers, cancellations, room
changes, and technological support for the Department of University Housing. Their offices are
located in the Central Housing Office in Watson Commons at 1630 Chandler Road.

CENTRAL HOUSING OFFICE
The Central Housing Office is located on the first floor of Watson Commons at 1630 Chandler
Road.

COMMUNITY ASSISTANT
Community Assistants are student staff members responsible for staffing the clubhouse or hall desks.
They serve as a resource to residents who have questions or are in need of a service within the
residence hall. They are supervised by the Resident Director while assisting with all administrative
tasks.

COMMUNITY LEADER
The Community Leader is a live-in student staff member who is responsible for a designated section
within a residence hall and is supervised by the Resident Director. Community Leaders serve as the
primary resource person for residents; answering questions, sharing University information, while
being aware of safety and security. These student staff members also assist in crisis management,
responding to facility concerns, and staffing the hall office.

COORDINATOR OF ACADEMIC INITIATIVES AND ASSESSMENT
The Coordinator of Academic Initiatives and Assessment is a full-time, professional staff member
who guides all academic support and programming in the residence halls. This includes
coordinating reserved classes, living-learning communities, academic programming, tutoring, and
assessment activities. This staff member is located in the Residential Education Office in Kennedy
Hall.

COORDINATOR OF STUDENT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMING & LEADERSHIP
The Coordinator of Student Development Programming and Leadership is a full-time, professional
staff member who is responsible for all leadership development in the residence halls, including the
Residence Hall Association, and the Hall Councils. The Coordinator of Student Development
Programming and Leadership oversees recruitment, training, and advisement of residence hall
student groups. This staff member is located in the Residential Education Office in Kennedy Hall.

COORDINATOR OF RESIDENTIAL EDUCATION
The Coordinator of Residential Education is a full-time, professional staff member who manages
day-to-day operations for half of the residential campus - either Eagle Court or Southern Heights.
This individual, working with Resident Directors, oversees student conduct, programming, facilities
management, crisis intervention, and any other related happenings in the residence halls. This staff
member is located in the Residential Education Office in Kennedy Hall.




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CUSTODIAN
Custodians are full-time staff members who work to keep the residence halls clean and looking nice.

DIRECTOR OF RESIDENTIAL EDUCATION/ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF HOUSING
The Director of Residential Education/Associate Director of Housing is a full-time, professional
staff member who provides overall leadership and vision for the creation, administration, and
evaluation of Georgia Southern's residential living/learning program, serving over 4,000 students.

Through the direct supervision of four Coordinators and the indirect supervision of nine full-time
Resident Directors, this individual will administer the department’s comprehensive approach to
student learning and development. General areas of responsibility include staff selection; training
and evaluation; counseling; academic initiatives and programming; as well as judicial matters. This
staff member is located in the Residential Education Office in Kennedy Hall.

MAINTENANCE WORKER
Maintenance workers are full-time staff members who respond to facilities issues in rooms and
common areas. They provide maintenance support services to all residents through upkeep of
residence hall systems and infrastructure, including plumbing, heating/cooling, electrical, and
appliances.

PEER TUTOR
Peer Tutors are student staff members who provide tutoring services to residents but do not
necessarily live in the residence hall that they work in.

RESIDENT DIRECTOR
The Resident Director is a full-time, live-in professional staff member who supervises the day-to-day
activities within a particular residence hall. This individual, working with Community Leaders,
oversees the programming, safety and security, crisis management, room assignments of hall, and
responds to any resident concerns. This staff member is located in the clubhouse or lobby of the
residence hall.

RESIDENTIAL EDUCATION OFFICE
The Residential Education Office staff members supervise day-to-day activities within the residence
halls, including academic support, programming, crisis management, student conflict, and hall
government. The Residential Education office is located in Kennedy Hall on the corner of Harvey
Street and Knight Drive.

RESIDENTIAL FACILITIES OFFICE
The Residential Facilities Office staff members coordinate the renovations of residence halls,
supervise custodians and maintenance workers; and respond to all custodial/maintenance requests
submitted by residents. The Residential Facilities office is located on Old Register Road.




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                            GENERAL INFORMATION
AIR CONDITIONING, HEATING, AND VENTILATION
A thermostat is located in each unit which monitors heating, ventilation, and air conditioning for
that unit. Residents are allowed a range of control for the thermostat. Questions on how to operate
your thermostat can be directed to the Facilities office by calling (912) 478-5728. Maintenance needs
should be reported by submitting a work order request to: gsuhousing.com/workRequest/.
Tampering with a thermostat will result in sanctions and/or judicial action.

ANIMALS
Animals within a residential facility are prohibited; with the exception of service animals and non-
dangerous fish in a properly maintained aquarium with a capacity of ten gallons or under.
Additionally, feeding of stray animals in or around residence halls is not allowed. Violation of this
policy will result in sanctions and possible judicial action.

APPLIANCES
Major appliances, such as washers, dryers, freezers, refrigerators, micro-fridges, dishwashers, and air
conditioners that are not already provided by University Housing are prohibited in individual rooms
or units. Plumbing, water heating, and electrical systems were not designed to accommodate utility
demands resulting from additional appliances

Approved Appliances and Other Items
The following list contains items that are pre-approved for use in Watson Pods:
• Coffee pot with automatic shut-off
• Holiday decorations (Only 2 strands of lights may be strung together)
• Hot pot
• Iron with automatic shut-off
• Power strip – one per resident (Not allowed in bathrooms or kitchens)
• Toasters

Non Approved Appliances and Other Items
The following list contains items that are not allowed for use in Watson Pods:
• Air conditioning units                            • Live (cut) trees (holiday decorations)
• Candles/candle wax burners                        • NuWave ovens
• Charcoal, gas, or open flame grills               • Parachutes
• Deep fryers (gas or electric)                     • Personal freezers/microwaves
• Electric frying pans                              • Personal refrigerators/micro-fridges
• Electrical equipment with exposed wiring          • Personal washers/dryers
• George Foreman-type grills/appliances             • Plug-in (electric) air fresheners
• Halogen lamps                                     • Portable space heaters
• Hookahs                                           • Potpourri burners
• Incense                                           • Rope lighting
• Large flags/banners                               • Slow cookers
• Lava lamps                                        • Toaster ovens

Violation of this policy will result in sanctions as well as possible criminal charges. The violator will
then have two days to remove the un-approved appliance or item and provide University Housing
with verification of compliance.




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BED BUNKING
Bunking your beds will provide more livable space in your unit. If you would like to participate in
the    bed    bunking     program,     please    submit     a    work    order      request     to:
www.gsuhousing.com/workRequest/. Bed bunking requests must be submitted by all residents in
the unit.

BICYCLES
Students who intend to ride and secure their bicycles on campus should register their bicycle with
the University Police Department. To register your bicycle, you may either bring your bicycle
information, including serial number and description, to the Public Safety Office or register on-line
at: welcome.georgiasouthern.edu/publicsafety/bikereg_form.php.

Bicycles are not allowed in any area of the residence hall or grounds other than in the provided
bicycle racks. Bicycles chained to trees, shrubs, stairs, rails, or other prohibited areas will be removed
immediately. Bicycles are not allowed in residence hall rooms. Violation of this policy may result in
possible sanctions and/or judicial action.

BUSINESS OPERATIONS
The Department of University Housing prohibits the operation of any type of business from a
residence hall room. For more information, please call (912) 478-5406.

CLEANING YOUR UNIT
Residents are responsible for maintaining the interior and exterior of their unit in a safe, clean, and
sanitary manner and are expected to do the following:

•   Floors should be regularly swept and mopped.
•   Periodic cleaning of walls will assist in maintaining the appearance and cleanliness of the unit.
•   Windows should be cleaned with common window cleaner (e.g. Windex) as needed.
•   Blinds and window frames should be regularly dusted and periodically cleaned with soapy water
    or an all purpose cleaner (e.g. Lestoil or Mr. Clean).
•   Care should be taken in opening and closing of windows and exterior doors. Make sure exterior
    doors are securely closed. Residents should be careful not to damage window screens. Screens,
    doors, and windows that are damaged will be charged to the resident or person responsible.
•   To clean the inside of your refrigerator, mix one tablespoon of baking soda per quart of warm
    water. Rinse thoroughly with clean water and wipe dry. The refrigerator may be moved away
    from the wall for easier cleaning of its exterior with a mild soap and water solution. Never use
    abrasive cleaners to clean the exterior of your appliances. If you are going to be away for an
    extended period of time or are vacating the premises, do not turn the refrigerator off or unplug
    it.
•   Vacuum the carpet of the unit on a regular basis to prevent excessive wear. Spot cleaning at the
    time of spills will help prevent stains. Use a clean, dry cloth to blot the spill area to make cleaning
    easier.
•   Sinks, showers, and toilets should be cleaned regularly to prevent dirt and mineral buildup. Sinks,
    tubs, ceramic walls, and the exterior of the toilet should be cleaned with a non-abrasive cleaner
    (e.g. Soft Scrub, Lysol Tub & Tile Cleaner), while toilet bowl cleaners (e.g. Vanish) should be
    used to clean the inside of the toilet bowl.
•   Wipe down vents to help reduce dust accumulation.

The plumbing is not designed to handle the disposal of tampons, sanitary napkins, disposable
diapers, grease, garbage, or other such materials. Facilities staff can be contacted to handle the most
severe clogs.



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Service calls to remove foreign objects from drains and toilets may result in service charges being
assessed to the resident. Units will be inspected at least once per semester and air filters may be
changed.

COOKING AND KITCHENS
Watson Pods is equipped with a full community kitchen. Residents should make sure they are
aware of all guidelines and restrictions as outlined in this document and in the Student Conduct Code.
All residents are urged to exercise extreme caution when cooking and should never leave anything
cooking unattended. Cleanliness is also essential due to the problems associated with unsanitary
cooking areas. No food or dishes are to be left on countertops or in sinks. Residents will be held
responsible for damages or excessive clean-up as a result of misuse of the kitchens.

COMMON AREA ROOM RESERVATIONS
Residents of Watson Hall may reserve some of the common area spaces, including multi-purpose
rooms, kitchens, etc. These spaces are great locations for programs and meetings. Some spaces
include a big screen television, DVD player, public restrooms, appropriate furniture, etc. Staff
events take first priority rights to all spaces, followed by building occupants. For more information,
please contact your Community Leader.

COMPUTER LABS
Watson Pods provides access to a computer lab. Your student technology fee paid for this computer
lab. The computers in this lab are connected to a printer and designated for residents to use for
academic work. It is expected that residents take the same care of the computers in the lab as they
would their personal computers. Also, where appropriate, the computers in the lab have software
installed that is specifically for use by residents of Watson Pods.

DAMAGES AND VANDALISM
Residents will not be charged for normal wear of furnishings; however, misuse or negligent care of
furnishings, including, but not limited to, burns, staining, or cuts on furniture; broken furniture; floor
covering; counter tops; holes in walls, doors or ceilings; broken or damaged windows or screens; and
missing furniture will result in damage charges being assessed. Damage charges will also be assessed
for carving initials, etc. or other graffiti in elevator walls.

Acts of vandalism may result in sanctions and/or judicial action, including restitution for damages.
Damages in a unit may be detected by report of the resident, comparison of inventory during check-
in/check-out, or routine inspections of buildings/units.

Responsibility for Student Property
Although every effort is made to optimize security, the University cannot and will not reimburse
individuals for the cost to replace lost or damaged property in the event of fire, flood, theft,
hurricane, tornado, overflowing tubs, broken pipes, water main breaks, and other incidents that
cause property damage. Additionally, the University does not and cannot protect any personal
belongings against burglary, vandalism, fire, smoke, and other perils.

The Georgia Southern University Residence Hall contract holds residents responsible for the
replacement and repair costs associated with damage caused to University property that occur as a
result of their behavior or actions or the actions of their guests, including accidental damage. Please
familiarize yourself thoroughly with the terms of the housing contract. If you do not have liability
insurance coverage, you may be personally responsible to third parties and/or to Georgia Southern
University for costs related to property damage.




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In the event of flooding, fire, or similarly widespread damage, an individual resident could be held
responsible for substantial costs, including, but not limited to, the costs of other residents’ personal
property, and all damages, relocation costs, etc.

You may already be covered by your parent’s homeowner’s insurance. Please ask your parents to
check with their insurance company for details of their coverage. If you are not covered by a
homeowner policy, you (or your parents) are strongly urged to consider obtaining renter’s insurance
to include coverage for damage to third party and/or University property.

University Housing is not responsible for the value or safekeeping of any property left in the unit or
on the premises by the resident. After 30 days, University Housing will dispose of any such
unclaimed property; unless however, the property was left in a unit where the Express Check-Out
option was utilized; in which case, the property will be disposed of immediately.

Group Damage Billing
Vandalism that occurs in the residence halls that cannot be attributed to a specific person(s) will
result in the charges being evenly divided and billed to the community according to the Resident
Director’s discretion.

If it is determined that refrigerators, floors, walls, carpeting, or furniture must be cleaned, charges to
cover the cost of cleaning the room/unit will be assessed. It is the resident’s responsibility to ensure
that their room is clean (not resulting in excessive cleaning charges) and that all items remain in
similar condition as when they checked in. Damage, vandalism, and excessive cleaning charges will
appear on the resident’s account.

Damage, Cleaning, and Replacement Charges
The chart on the following page contains information on the cost to repair, replace, or clean any
property found to be damaged, destroyed, vandalized, or found to be in need of extensive cleaning.

Please call University Housing at (912) 478-5406 for additional information.




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Damage, Cleaning, and Replacement Charges (Continued)

          FURNITURE AND FIXTURES                                            MISCELLANEOUS
    Item                                  Cost              Item                                  Cost
    Barstools (each)                   $150.00              Florescent light bulb (4 ft.)        $3.75
    Bed                                $175.00              Florescent light bulb (U-Shaped)     $9.38
    Chest                              $710.00              Odor removal (per resident)        $350.00
    Coffee table                       $212.50              Removal of food left in room        $40.00
    Data port                           $31.25              Removal of lofts left behind       $150.00
    Desk                               $710.00
    Desk chair                          $50.00                    DOOR AND DOOR ACCESSORIES
    Desk hinge                          $35.00              Item                              Cost
    Electrical outlet                   $15.00              Bedroom door replacement      $275.00
    End table                          $150.00              Door frame                    $315.00
    Entertainment center               $287.50              Door refinishing and painting $125.00
    Ironing board                       $25.00              Door stop                       $25.00
    Kitchen chairs (each)               $56.25              Exterior door replacement     $500.00
    Light cover                         $31.25              Peephole (door viewer)          $25.00
    Light fixture                       $62.50
    Living room chair                  $562.50                      CEILING, FLOOR, AND WALL
    Mattress                           $175.00              Item                                Cost
    Microwave oven                     $325.00              Carpet cleaning                 Per hour
    Mirror (door)                      $150.00              Ceiling grid (per ft.)          Per hour
    Mirror (over sink)                 $218.75              Ceiling tile (each)             Per hour
    Refrigerator (full sized)          $600.00              Drywall repair                  Per hour
    Refrigerator (small)               $250.00              Painting (touch up/entire room) Per hour
    Shower rod                          $62.50              VCT floor tile                  Per hour
    Side table                         $212.50
    Sign holder                         $28.00                          WINDOWS AND GLASS
    Sink                               $400.00              Item                                   Cost
    Smoke detector                      $62.50              Glass replacement (service call)   Per hour
    Sofa                               $537.50              Screen replacement                   $31.25
    Switch/outlet cover                 $25.00              Window replacement                  $235.00
    Thermostat                         $187.50
    Toilet                             $390.00                       LABOR COSTS (PER HOUR)
    Toilet tissue dispenser             $25.00              Item                                  Cost
    Towel bar                           $43.75              Contractor                          $43.00
    Vent cover                          $68.75              Custodial (general)                 $25.00
    Window blinds                       $62.50              Maintenance                         $28.00


Appeal of Damage, Cleaning, and Replacement Charges
Appeals of damage, cleaning, and replacement charges must be in writing and submitted to the
Resident Director or the Office of Residential Education according to the timeline below. If the
Express Check-Out option is utilized, the student waives the right to appeal any charges.

•      Appeals of charges placed during summer semester must be received by September 15.
•      Appeals of charges placed during fall semester must be received by February 1.
•      Appeals of charges placed during spring semester must be received by July 15.

                                ***No exceptions to this timeline will be granted***



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EAGLE DINING SERVICES/FOOD SERVICES
Campus food services are operated by the University, but are not part of University Housing.
Students may pay cash for meals or they may purchase meal plans. First-year residents are required
to purchase a meal plan. Meal plan and Eagle Express participants may enjoy excellent food and
services at the locations below. For more information about food services, go to:
gsufoodservice.com.

              • Chick Fil A                         • Oasis
              • Cold Stone Creamery                 • Seasons
              • Einstein Bagels                     • Starbucks
              • Elements                            • Talon’s Grille
              • Lakeside                            • The Market at Centennial Place
              • Landrum Court                       • Zach’s Brews
              • Market Street Deli

EMAIL COMMUNICATION
Email is the official method of communication for Georgia Southern University. The Department of
University Housing regularly distributes official communication to residents via their University
email accounts. Check your account regularly for important information regarding room sign-up,
break schedules, check-out procedures, as well as other announcements. Every student is responsible
for the information sent to him or her via campus email.

If you have an existing email account that you frequently check, you can forward mail sent to your
Georgia Southern address to it.          Instructions for forwarding email can be found at:
services.georgiasouthern.edu/its/tutorials/studentusingemailweb.php.

ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY
The Department of University Housing recommends students develop and maintain ecologically
sustainable living habits. This includes, but is not limited to, turning off unnecessary electrical
appliances, minimizing your use of water, and recycling. For example:

•   Never leave computers, stereos, televisions, or lights on when you are not at home.
•   Use your building’s recycling program. Recycling bins are available in the lobby.
•   Reduce the length of your showers.
•   Report any leaks (dripping faucets, showers, etc.) to: gsuhousing.com/workRequest/.
•   Always use compact florescent light bulbs rather than incandescent bulbs.

Develop good sustainable living habits, encourage your friends to do the same, and everyone will
benefit.

FIRE SAFETY SYSTEMS
Each unit is equipped with a smoke alarm for safety. State law requires that all units are equipped
with smoke alarms. These devices are in the unit to warn residents of smoke or fire. The alarm must
be unobstructed at all times for safety purposes. If the smoke detector is so sensitive that it constantly
alarms or malfunctions in other ways, submit a work order to: gsuhousing.com/workRequest/ so
that it can be inspected and repaired if needed.

Never tape over, cover, or disconnect the smoke alarm. Violation of this policy will result in
disciplinary action. Keep smoke detectors dust free. Your smoke detector is wired to the electrical
system. Be sure that the red signal light is blinking periodically. This lets you know the alarm is
working properly and is active.


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A fire extinguisher is located inside each unit. Familiarize yourself with its location and how it
works. Be sure to check your fire extinguisher to assure it is properly charged (arrow in the green
area). To utilize the fire extinguisher for emergency reasons, use the following guidelines:

    P   Pull the pin.
    A   Aim the extinguisher nozzle at the base of the flames.
    S   Squeeze the trigger while holding the extinguisher upright.
    S   Sweep the extinguisher from side to side, covering the fire with extinguishing agent.

In the event of a fire, everyone should leave the unit immediately, pull an alarm station, and call
University Police at (912) 478-5234.

Fire drills will be conducted twice each semester. These drills will be done at a reasonable hour as
University Housing does not plan fire drills for late night or early morning hours. Regardless of
whether the alarm is planned or actual, please exit through the nearest exterior door and walk
quickly away from the building. Community Leaders will key into all units to ensure all residents
have evacuated the premises.

Failure to evacuate a building during any fire alarm (planned or actual) will result in judicial action
and/or possible arrest. Tampering with any of the fire systems (pull stations, smoke detectors,
extinguishers, etc.) will result in judicial action and possible removal from the residence hall and the
University.

HEALTH AND SAFETY INSPECTIONS
Inspectors from Residential Facilities will be performing Health and Safety Inspections at least once
per semester. It is your responsibility to keep your unit in a reasonable state of cleanliness as required
by your housing contract. Any cleaning or maintenance issues discovered during a Health and
Safety Inspection will be addressed and charges, if any, will be added to your account.

INTERNET CONNECTIVITY
Watson Pods is equipped with a wireless internet connection as well as an Ethernet (direct-wired)
connection. Georgia Southern University has a high-speed network called ResNet. If you have a
personal computer you can connect to ResNet. Most computers purchased in the last few years can
easily connect to this network. You will not need a modem, but rather a standard Ethernet card in
your computer to connect. There is no monthly charge for your internet usage. Residents may
access the wireless network using their ResNet credentials and should have all appropriate
protections and operating system updates as required.

Impulse SafeConnect
To keep the campus network running at optimal speed, Georgia Southern has implemented the
Impulse SafeConnect network security solution. Any Windows computer connecting to the campus
network must be up-to-date with anti-virus software and Windows updates. Macintosh computers
must have anti-virus software installed as well. Impulse SafeConnect ensures that this is done on
your machine. When you open your browser, you will be prompted to authenticate and download
the SafeConnect update. The SafeConnect program runs silently in the background and notifies you
when there is a problem with your computer’s security settings.

Windows users must set Windows Updates to install automatically. We recommend that you set
your computer to check for updates daily at a time when you know that your computer will be
turned on. This will guarantee that you receive the current updates as soon as they become available.
Be aware that your computer might restart to install the updates, so choose a time when you will not
be participating in an online class or taking an online exam. Be sure to save your work before
stepping away from your computer.

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Connection Assistance/ResNet
ResNet, which stands for Residential Network, is a team consisting of student technicians who
support students living in Georgia Southern University residence halls. The scope of work for
ResNet is only to ensure that the student’s computer connects to the Internet in the residence hall.
Techs are not permitted to perform other assistance, configuration, or assembly to student
computers. If you need assistance connecting to the network, here are ways to get help:

Walk-in:     Bring your laptop or PC to the ResNet office located in the University Villas pool
             house. A technician will be available to assist you.
In-house:    Call the ResNet office at (912) 478-7971 and request that a technician come to your
             room and assist you.
E-mail:      Email the ResNet office and request assistance.

The ResNet office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. For more
information, please visit www.gsuhousing.com/resnet or call (912) 478-7971.

KEYS
You have one key that will grant you access to your unit in Watson Pods. The replacement cost for
your room (interior door) key is $50. Please keep your key with you at all times! Installation of
private locks, duplication of room/unit keys, or lending your key to others is strictly prohibited.

Proximity Cards
Proximity cards are used at exterior doors of Watson Hall to gain access to the main, public areas of
your building. Wireless technology is used to allow you to simply hold your proximity card in front
of a card reader to unlock the door. Your card will be programmed to open only the doors you are
authorized to enter. This card also serves as your student ID card and should be treated carefully.
Instructions for the proper care and use of your card are available at the EagleCard Center. If your
card becomes damaged, it can cease to function and a replacement card must be obtained from the
EagleCard Center. There is a replacement charge of $40 that you will be required to pay in order to
obtain a replacement ID card.

A temporary access card may be checked out from the hall desk/office in your residence hall for use
for up to 48 hours. Residents need to obtain replacement ID cards from the EagleCard Center as
soon as possible.

KEY LOCKOUTS
It is an important safety precaution to keep your keys with you at all times. Not only does it assist in
a safe environment, it also allows you the daily convenience of doing what you want within your
residence hall. The cost of each lockout is $10 per occurrence and will be charged to your account.
We recognize that you may lock yourself out of your room/unit or lose your keys. If this happens,
use the following the guidelines:

• Misplaced Keys - If you feel you have simply misplaced your keys, contact the Community
  Leader on duty. The Community Leader will issue you temporary keys. Once you locate your
  permanent keys, you must return the temporary keys immediately. If you have not returned the
  temporary keys within 24 hours, a lock change will be initiated and replacement charges added to
  your account.
• Lost or Damaged Keys – If you know you have lost your keys or they were stolen, contact the
  Community Leader on duty. The Community Leader will initiate a lock change and request for
  new keys. The same process should be followed for damaged keys.




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Grace Period
At the beginning of each semester, freshmen and new transfer students will be allowed a two week
grace period which begins on the first day of classes. Upperclassmen will only be allowed a one
week grace period.

LAUNDRY
Laundry services are included in the residence hall fee paid each semester and residents do not have
to pay to do laundry at the machines. Shared with Watson Commons, the laundry room has a
separate entrance on the side of Watson Commons, closest to Forest Drive. Residents using dryers
should clean the lint filter/screen before and after each load of clothes. Instructions on how to
operate these machines are posted in the Watson Hall laundry room. If you find there is a problem
with a washer or dryer in your hall’s laundry room, please submit a work order request to:
gsuhousing.com/workRequest/.

LOFTS
A loft is a raised frame built up from the floor to hold a bed. The Department of University Housing
does not encourage lofts, although some residents may choose to have a loft in their room to utilize
additional space and individualize their room. For more information regarding loft requirements
and to obtain a loft approval form, go to: students.georgiasouthern.edu/housing/services/lofts.php.

MAIL/PACKAGES
All mail is delivered to the Georgia Southern University Post Office. You cannot receive mail or
packages at your residence hall.

Mail being sent from outside Georgia Southern University should be addressed as follows:
Student’s Full Name
P.O. Box XXXXX (you will be assigned a box number 2 weeks before the semester begins)
Georgia Southern University
Statesboro, GA 30460

For packages from independent carriers such as UPS, FedEx, etc. the address should read:
Student's Full Name
Georgia Southern University
97 Georgia Avenue Bldg 403
Landrum Box XXXXX (Use your P O Box number)
Statesboro, GA 30458

The Department of University Housing cannot be responsible for delivery of student mail or
packages sent to the University Housing Office or residence hall offices.

MAINTENANCE REQUESTS/WORK ORDERS
The Department of University Housing provides routine maintenance to the residence halls.
Residents who wish to request repairs in their room, common area of unit, or public spaces should
submit a work order request to: gsuhousing.com/workRequest/. Be sure to provide your name,
building name, room number, phone number, and a detailed description of the problem. In the event
of an emergency, contact your Community Leader or call the Facilities office at (912) 478-5728.

MOLD/MILDEW
Mold and mildew grow in areas that are dark, cool, and moist. Excessive moisture in the air will
lead to mold and mildew forming on walls and possibly on your belongings. Problem areas
frequently include closet interiors, bathrooms, and surfaces adjacent to windows and doors.



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Excessive room moisture from the use of humidifiers, frequent steamy showers, and cooking all
contribute to mold and mildew growth. Ventilation is important in preventing mold and mildew
growth and residents are strongly encouraged to ensure adequate ventilation is provided in their
unit. When mold and mildew appear, prompt treatment is essential before it has an opportunity to
accumulate and cause significant damage. Contact University Housing for cleaning suggestions and
additional preventive strategies.

PANIC BUTTON
Your unit is equipped with a panic button which gives you automatic access to Public Safety. This is
for emergencies only! Panic alarms are silent alarms and do not provide direct two-way
communication to the office of Public Safety. Instead, an officer is dispatched immediately to
investigate the alarm. If the panic button is used for non-emergency reasons, sanctions and judicial
action, including a monetary fine, will result. Unless a particular resident accepts responsibility for
the infraction, all occupants of the unit will be held responsible.

PARKING
All students operating or parking a motor vehicle on campus must register their vehicle with Parking
and Transportation Services. Parking lots are located at each facility. For student parking
regulations, go to: services.georgiasouthern.edu/park/.

PEST CONTROL
The initial step in the elimination of insects in your residence hall is sanitation. All insects need
food, moisture, and harborage in order to survive. The pest control operator’s success at an
individual’s residence will be partly determined by the resident’s housekeeping habits. The two most
troublesome insects found in residence halls are ants and roaches. These pests can be completely
eliminated, but not with pesticides alone. Below are some steps each resident must practice in order
to be free of insects:

• Wash dirty dishes immediately after using them. Do not leave dirty dishes on table, counter or in
  sink. After washing dishes, drain the sink and do not leave water standing.
• Vacuum floors on a regular basis.
• Do not leave chips, cookies, cereal, etc. with interior bags left open. Store in a sealed plastic
  storage bag or place in the refrigerator.
• Rinse used beverage containers and dispose of in the appropriate manner.

By following these simple steps, you will be able to assist in your pest control success. If your
problem is still not resolved after following the above recommendations, submit a work order
request to: gsuhousing.com/workRequest/ to have a professional treat your living space.

RECYCLING
Residents are encouraged to participate in recycling efforts of paper, aluminum, and plastic
containers by utilizing the recycling bins located in the lobby.

RESIDENTIAL EDUCATION OFFICE
The Residential Education office provides assistance with matters such as holds on an account for
judicial- related matters, approval of flyers or posters for hall distribution, and equipment (snow
cone machine, popcorn popper, and cotton candy machine) check-out for student leadership events.

The Office of Residential Education is located in Kennedy Hall on the corner of Harvey Street and
Knight Drive. The office is open from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. You may
contact this office by calling (912) 478-1730, or by fax at (912) 478-1722.



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ROOM DECORATIONS
All allowed posters and decorations must be at least six inches from the ceiling and/or floor. Any
item affixed to a wall must be done so as to not create excessive damage. Use of push pins to affix
approved items to a wall is allowed but should be used within reason. Please note that “push pin art”
is not allowed and over-use of push pins may result in damage charges being assessed. Additionally,
items displayed in windows or suspended from ceilings of any residence hall are prohibited, as well
as collections and displays of alcohol paraphernalia, empty or full.

ROOM INSPECTIONS/ROOM ENTRY
The University reserves the right to enter resident units for safety purposes; facility improvements;
routine maintenance; unit inspections during break periods; to manage rooms in the event of an
emergency that jeopardizes the well-being of the occupant or other residents; or to maintain a quiet
environment where residents sleep and study.

For safety related reasons, building wide inspections take place a minimum of once per semester and
will be publicized in advance. Residents will not be given access to any unit which is not their own.
Resident units may be searched for legal cause by civil authorities. In the case of suspected criminal
violations, a search warrant issued by the magistrate or permission by a representative of Judicial
Affairs will be used to authorize the search.

Family Access to Student Spaces
At times, a serious incident may occur when a student resident will not be physically able to remove
items from their room and may need family members to do so for them. Some examples of this
would be if the student is in the hospital, in jail, or at home. If this situation occurs, the family
member must be able to provide written permission from the student to enter their space. The
permission form must include the following information:

        •   Date
        •   Name of student resident
        •   Last 4 digits of Eagle ID number
        •   List of items to be removed
        •   Date items are to be removed
        •   Name of person permission is being granted to
        •   Signature of student

In situations that are not described here, please contact your Area Coordinator of Residential
Education for instructions.

ROOMMATE AGREEMENTS
Roommate Agreements are an excellent tool to effectively open communication between residents.
Failure to abide by these agreements may result in judicial action. Please contact your Community
Leader for more information.

SMOKING
All residence halls are designated as non-smoking. Smoking is not permitted inside the buildings,
including student rooms. Students who smoke are permitted to live in residence halls, but may only
smoke when they are at least 50 feet away from buildings, or at designated smoking areas. The
designated smoking area for Watson Hall is the covered pavilion between Watson Commons and
Watson Pods. Violation of this policy may result in sanctions and/or judicial action.




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SPECIAL NEEDS ACCOMMODATIONS
University Housing provides the following accommodations for students with special needs:

• University provided mini-refrigerators for medications that require storage under controlled
  refrigerated conditions.
• Approval to use service animals within residence halls for students with documented needs.
• Electronic opening devices at exterior doors.
• Window and door reflectors are provided to assist emergency personnel for quick identification.
• Smoke detectors used in ADA living spaces (excluding University Villas) and are independently
  programmed to fire alarm system and emergency response personnel.
• Strobe lights are used in ADA living spaces (excluding University Villas) and are independently
  programmed to fire alarm system.
• Door bells in ADA living spaces are available upon request.
• All directional signage used in residence halls are fabricated with raised lettering and Braille to
  assist visually impaired students.

Requests for any of these accommodations must be submitted to the Residential Facilities office at
(912) 478-5728. All special needs requests will be cleared through the Student Disability
Resource Center prior to approval.

STUDENT CONDUCT CODE
The complete Georgia Southern University Student Conduct Code can be found on-line at:
students.georgiasouthern.edu/judicial/. The Department of University Housing will enforce all of
these policies and regulations. (See the University’s Student Conduct Code for complete information
regarding the University Judicial process.) Any student found responsible for violation of the Student
Conduct Code will be subject to University sanctions.

STUDENT EMPLOYMENT
The Department of University Housing is one of the largest employers of students on campus.
Student positions include Community Assistants, Office Assistants, Community Leaders, Peer
Tutors, Maintenance Staff, and Graduate Assistants. For more information about these positions,
which have specific application procedures, see your Community Leader, or you may search job
postings at the Student Employment Center at: jobs.georgiasouthern.edu/SEC/.

STUDENT LEADERSHIP
Being part of a student organization on campus is an essential part of the college experience. There
are several housing-related, student-led organizations that any on-campus resident can be a part of.
They are:

• Hall Councils - Each residence hall on campus will elect a Hall Council. The Hall Council is
  made up of a core group of elected officers. Members of the Hall Council are residents of the hall.
  Each council will be made up of executive officers and general members. The Hall Councils meet
  once each week to make decisions affecting the hall community and to plan events that will
  promote better residence hall living.

• Residence Hall Judicial Board - The Residence Hall Judicial Board (RHJB) is a volunteer peer
  judicial board composed of seven voting members and one non-voting chairperson. In order to
  serve on the board, students must have at least a 2.0 GPA, clear judicial record, and live in
  University housing. There is an application and interview process that students must go through
  in order to get a position on the board.




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    The RHJB hears cases of students that live in residence halls that are of a non-suspendable nature.
    Students may choose to have their case heard by RHJB rather than having a Coordinator of
    Residential Education or Resident Director, adjudicate the case. If a student is found to be in
    violation of the Student Conduct Code, the RHJB can sanction them with a warning or probation,
    community service hours, or other educational components; as well as recommend removal from
    University housing. The RHJB hears cases on a weekly basis, usually on a set schedule, one or
    two evenings per week.

• Residence Hall Association - The Residence Hall Association (RHA) is a campus-wide student
  leadership organization charged with representing each residence hall on campus. This
  organization meets weekly and is composed of voting members from each residence hall on
  campus. They coordinate programs and events for all residence halls, serve as a voice for students
  to the Department of University Housing, and guide the utilization of the residence hall activity
  fee.

• National Residence Hall Honorary - Residential campuses across the United States have the
  option of establishing a chapter of the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) for on-campus
  residential students. Members of NRHH are charged with recognizing their student leaders in an
  effort to build a cohesive community within their residence halls. The NRHH recognizes
  outstanding student leaders through membership in their university’s chapter. NRHH chapter
  membership is restricted to 1% of the on-campus student population. The NRHH’s national office
  is responsible for chapter affiliation, Of the Months (OTM) selection, and other various duties.

TELEPHONE SERVICE
In Watson Pods, no telephone service is available. Panic alarms have been installed in every unit for
emergencies only, giving residents automatic access to Public Safety. However, panic alarms are
silent alarms and when activated, an officer is dispatched immediately to investigate the alarm. If
the panic button is used for non-emergency reasons, sanctions and judicial action will result.

TELEVISION
Established in 2010, the Georgia Southern TV cable TV network is a 24 hour-a-day service delivered
to every student bedroom, apartment, and residence hall lounge on the Georgia Southern campus.
In addition, Georgia Southern TV is available at a variety of academic and administrative locations
including the Russell Student Union, Recreation Activity Center and other selected locations
throughout campus.

The chart on the following page is the Georgia Southern TV Channel Lineup for easy reference and
can also be found at www.georgiasouthern.edu/tv/index.php. Please note that the Georgia
Southern Channel TV lineup is subject to change without notice.




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Georgia Southern TV Channel Line Up
     #                     CHANNEL     #                  CHANNEL
     2       TV Guide Channel          44    MTV 2
     3       WSAV NBC Savannah         45    MTVU
    3.1      WSAV NBC HD               46    VH1
     4       WJCL ABC Savannah         47    VH1 Classic
    4.1      WJCL ABC HD               48    CMT
     5       WVAN PBS Savannah         49    Nickelodeon/Nike at Night
     6       WTGS FOX Savannah         50    NickToons Network
    6.1      WTGS FOX HD               51    Cartoon Network
     7       WTOC CBS Savannah         52    Boomerang
    7.1      WTOC CBS HD               53    Disney
     8       WGSA CW Savannah          54    Disney XD
     9       Weather                   55    ABC Family
     10      CNN                      55.1   ABC Family HD
    10.1     CNN HD                    56    Comedy Central
     11      CNBC                     56.1   Comedy Central HD
     12      C-SPAN                    57    FX
     13      C-SPAN2                  57.1   FX HD
     14      FOX News                  58    USA
    14.1     FOX News HD               59    TBS
     15      Headline News            59.1   TBS HD
     16      MSNBC                     60    TNT
     17      ESPN                     60.1   TNT HD
    17.1     ESPN HD                   61    Bravo
     18      ESPN 2                    62    A&E
    18.1     ESPN 2 HD                 63    Lifetime
     19      ESPN U                    64    Oxygen
     20      EPSN Classic              65    Hallmark Channel
     21      NFL Network               66    Women’s Entertainment
     22      NBA TV                    67    Spike TV
     23      Fox Sports South          68    SyFy
     24      Fox Soccer Channel        69    TV Land
     25      Turner Sports South       70    G4
     26      ESPN Espanol              71    E!
     27      Speed                     72    Chiller
     28      Discovery Channel         73    IFC
     29      Discovery Health          74    TV One
     30      The Learning Channel      75    Logo
     31      Biography Channel         76    Trinity
     32      Animal Planet             79    AMC
     33      BBC America               80    Fox Movie Channel
     34      National Geographic       81    Turner Classic Movies
     35      The History Channel       82    Lifetime Movies
     36      History International     83    HBO E
     37      The Science Channel       84    HBO Comedy
     38      Food Network              85    HBO Family
    38.1     Food Network HD           86    HBO Signature
     39      Cooking                   87    HBO Plus
     40      The Travel Channel        88    Showtime E
     41      HGTV                      89    Showtime 2
     42      BET                       90    GSU Information
    42.1     BET HD                   90.1   GSU Information HD
     43      MTV                       97    ARTS
    43.1     MTV HD



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TORNADO SAFETY/SEVERE WEATHER
In the event of a tornado, there are two stages one should be familiar with:

• Tornado Watch - A tornado watch signifies conditions are favorable for tornados and one should
  remain alert for approaching storms. Listen for area updates from local media listed below.

• Tornado Warning - A tornado warning signifies a tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather
  radar. If a tornado warning is issued, you should seek shelter immediately. University Housing
  has outlined measures residents are required to take in the event of a tornado warning.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency identifies the lowest building level as the most secure
area. For those residents living in open courtyard areas, residents on the first floor units are required
to allow those above them to seek shelter in a protected area within their unit. Once inside, get as
far away from corners, windows, doors, and outside walls as possible. Suggested safe areas include
bathrooms and closets.

Once the tornado warning has passed, an “all clear” message will be relayed by staff members and
residents will be allowed to return to their rooms. A tornado drill will be conducted once per
semester.

The University will communicate emergency information through the following media outlets:

      GSU Contacts                          Television                              Radio
University Police 478-5234      Channel 3    WSAV     Savannah          91.9 FM    WVGS      Statesboro
                                Channel 4    WJCL     Savannah          96.5 FM    WJCL      Savannah
www.georgiasouthern.edu         Channel 6    WTGS     Savannah         97.3 FM     WAEV      Savannah
                                Channel 7    WTOC     Savannah         100.1 FM    WMCD      Statesboro
                                                                       102.1 FM    WZAT      Savannah
                                Channel 90 GSU TV                      102.9 FM    WPMX      Statesboro
                                Channel 90.1 GSU TV HD                   850 AM    WPTB      Statesboro
                                                                        1240 AM    WWNS      Statesboro

TRASH
Residents are responsible for the removal and transport of all trash to the dumpsters, which are
located in close proximity to your residence hall. Should bagged trash, pizza boxes, or other large
items be found in any location except the appropriate dumpster, including indoor and outdoor
community waste baskets and other small trash receptacles, an attempt will be made to identify the
owner of the trash. Improper or inappropriate trash removal will result in sanctions and/or judicial
action.

TWIRL
TWIRL (This Week in Residence Life) is a weekly newsletter provided by University Housing that
shares information about upcoming housing programs, important announcements, due dates, and
campus-wide programs. To access the latest issue of TWIRL, go to: gsuhousing.com/TWIRL/.

VENDING MACHINES
Vending machines may be found throughout the facility. Problems with vending machines should
be reported to the hall office.




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                   COMMUNITY LIVING STANDARDS
INTRODUCTION
Living in a residence hall at Georgia Southern University means living in a community that puts you
in the heart of the campus physically, academically, and socially; which means you are involved and
surrounded by people who care about you. Residence hall living gives you the opportunity to meet
people from all over the world and make lifelong friends.

Residence hall living also provides you with choices. You can choose the community, the activities,
the programs, and the lifestyle that you prefer. There are many great reasons to live on campus, but
possibly the two most important outcomes that living in a residence hall provides you are developing
(1) important relationships; and (2) life skills that will be with you the rest of your life – skills and
relationships that will help you succeed long after you have graduated!

As members of the community, we must strive to understand the individuality and the life choices of
those among us. We can best learn from one another in an atmosphere of positive encouragement
and mutual respect. We must possess a genuine desire to learn from those around us as well as to
give others the respect and tolerance we desire. Each person has a role to play in our residence hall
community and should be allowed to do so.

RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Your rights in our community include the right to live in a safe, secure, healthy, and clean
environment; the right to socialize in your room; sleep and study without disturbance; live in a
supportive and stimulated community; enjoy access to a variety of programs, services, and facilities;
and to involve yourself and others in promoting an educational, open, respectful, responsible, caring,
involving, and celebrative community.

Your responsibility to our community is to consider the needs of other residents and balance them
with your own; promote care of physical facilities, equipment, and services; communicate with other
residents and staff members; let other residents know when they are disturbing you; demonstrate a
commitment to the community by getting involved; promote campus and individual safety; and to
demonstrate dignity and respect for all individuals.

Living on campus at Georgia Southern University provides you with many opportunities to face
challenges head on, achieve in a variety of areas, and grow as an individual. However, these things
only happen when you actively participate in and support the community ideals stated here.

POLICIES AND REGULATIONS
As a Georgia Southern University student, you are responsible for knowing and adhering to all
policies and regulations as outlined in the Georgia Southern University Student Conduct Code and all
policies and regulations established for on-campus living as outlined in University Housing Policies
and Regulations, the housing contract, and this guide. Failure to abide by the listed policies and
regulations will result in University documentation and a meeting with a University Judicial Officer.

QUIET HOURS
It is expected that there will be more noise than you experienced at home because of the large
community you will now be living in. However, it is your responsibility to work with hall staff to
maintain an academic atmosphere. You and your neighbors must keep noise at a level that allows
for both sleep and study. Quiet hours will be enforced.



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A general rule is that if the noise is audible one door away from the source; or if a roommate or
neighbor is impacted by the amount of noise, it is too loud. If a neighbor’s noise is bothering you,
tactfully ask the person to keep their noise down. If the noise persists, you can search out a staff
member for assistance.

Quiet hours begin everyday at 10:00 p.m. and continue until 10:00 a.m. the following morning. All
other times are considered “courtesy hours” and a resident’s right to request a quiet environment
should be honored at all times. During final exams, quiet hours may be extended to 24 hours a day.

ROOM FURNISHINGS
Each unit/apartment is furnished with items such as a bed, desk, chair, table, refrigerator, cabinets,
dining area, phone jack, internet service, etc. Specific items vary depending on the residence hall.
Residents are not permitted to move additional items into their rooms from public spaces nor are
they permitted to remove University-furnished items from their unit.




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              HOUSING ASSIGNMENTS INFORMATION
RESIDENCE HALL CONTRACT
All students living on campus must sign a University Housing Residence Hall contract. This
contract provides guidelines for community living, length of the contract, rates, and the terms and
conditions of housing occupancy. It is the responsibility of each student to read the housing contract
before signing it and seek clarification for any provision they do not understand.

Cancellation Policy
Students who sign the housing contract are responsible for all terms and conditions. One of these is
the cancellation policy. Students may only cancel their housing contract if they are not going to be
enrolled in classes at GSU and they must do so by the dates indicated on the contract as there may
be cancellation fees associated with terminating the contract. Students who remain enrolled at GSU
and do not wish to continue living on campus will still be responsible for all housing fees associated
with the entire contract (fall and spring). Students MUST cancel their contract in writing at
www.gsuhousing.com/cancel. Telling your Community Leader or Resident Director is NOT
acceptable.

Residence hall contracts are not reciprocal with Greek Letter organizations on campus. Therefore,
moving into the organizations’ house does not release a student from their obligations under the
housing contract.

HOUSING FEE PAYMENTS
Students applying to live on campus for the first time are required to pay a non-refundable
registration fee when they apply for University housing. This fee is not required for students who
continue to live on campus for future semesters as long as they maintain residency on campus.
Students who move off campus or are not in residence housing for a semester or more (excluding
summer) will be required to pay the application fee again.

When a student signs the housing contract for the academic year, they are required to pay a $250
contract prepayment fee. This prepayment fee will then be posted to the student’s account on
WINGS and is released as a payment on their account on August 1st.

YEARLY HOUSING CALENDAR
Residence halls are open starting the first day of move-in until the last day of closing for both the fall
and spring semesters. For a full listing of these calendar dates, please visit the registrar’s website at:
students.georgiasouthern.edu/registrar/.

BREAKS
Residence halls do not close for mid-semester breaks (Thanksgiving holidays or spring break), but do
close for winter break – the time between fall and spring terms.

Break Stay Over
Residents of University Villas and Centennial Place Building 2 are permitted to stay over the winter
break period and must sign up on-line at www.gsuhousing.com/winterbreak in order to do so.
Residents will have their proximity card access removed unless they sign up to stay during the break.

A list of residents staying on campus for any portion of the break is provided to the Office of Public
Safety so that official University personnel are aware of where our students are located. This
information will help us to maintain a more secure environment on campus. If you have any
questions regarding Break Stay Over, please call (912) 478-5406.


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ELIGIBILITY
To be eligible to live in University housing, a student must be registered for at least nine credit hours
per semester. Students who enroll in less than the minimum number of hours must obtain approval
from the Coordinator of Occupancy Management and Assignments. Students participating in
academic related work outside normal coursework (e.g. research with a professor) may be
considered in meeting this requirement.

ROOM ASSIGNMENTS
Assignments for new, incoming students are made according to the application completion date
which is the date that the student has completed the on-line application and their housing
application fee has been processed. Students are then assigned to rooms, in that order, based upon
the stated preferences on their application. Students who select halls that are not available when
their application completion date is reached by the system are assigned to other halls.

Students who select a specific roommate are assigned using the average application completion
date of both students only if both students mutually request each other and their hall preferences are
the same. Students who do not make the same selections may be assigned to different spaces.

Roommate Agreements
Roommate Agreements are an excellent tool to effectively open communication between residents.
Failure to abide by these agreements may result in judicial action.

Returning students will participate in the Returning Student Sign Up process that occurs at the
beginning of spring semester. Additional information will be available on the housing website and
at your residence hall office by December 1st.

CHECK-IN/CHECK-OUT PROCEDURES
Check-In information is mailed to students with their housing assignment and explains the process
in detail. For detailed information about fall check-in, please consult the Operation Move-In
brochure or go to: gsuhousing.com/omi.

Check-Out procedures will be sent to students at the end of each semester. Additional information
will be available on-line and through your Community Leader and hall office. Students are required
to abide by all policies and procedures regarding room check-out. Failure to follow the guidelines
may result in sanctions and/or judicial action.

ROOM CHANGES/HALL TRANSFERS
During the summer prior to opening, residents may request a room change by completing the on-
line room change request form at: gsuhousing.com/roomchange. Once the halls open on August
19th, residents will need to wait until Room/Hall Change.

On August 25th, residents will be able to make changes within their current residence hall by going
to the hall office between 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.

On August 30th, residents may request a change to a different hall by going to the hall they wish to
live in between 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. During both of these nights, residence hall staff will be
available to assist you with any room/hall change requests.

All room changes are based on available space. During spring semester, an additional room/hall
change opportunity will be available. Check with your Community Leader or your hall office for
more information.



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UNIVERSITY HOUSING POLICIES AND REGULATIONS

In addition to the University’s Student Conduct Code, the Department of University Housing
mandates and enforces policies and regulations specific to on-campus living. The policies and
regulations outlined in this section are not to be regarded as all-inclusive and will be enforced by the
Department of University Housing. Any student found responsible for the following types of
misconduct is subject to University sanctions.

I.   UNIVERSITY HOUSING VIOLATIONS

1. NOISE

     A. creating excessive noise inside or around a residence hall during quiet hours, as defined in
        the Residence Hall Community Guide;
     B. failure to abide by the Courtesy Hours policy as defined in the Residence Hall Community
        Guide;
     C. creating noise during the final exams period of the semester when 24 hours quiet hours are in
        effect.

2. FIRE SAFETY

     A. tampering with any life safety equipment (including, but not limited to, smoke detectors, fire
        alarm pull stations, panic alarms, fire extinguishers, fire hoses, and sprinkler systems);
     B. possession or use of candles in any residential facility;
     C. failure to comply with allowed and disallowed appliances lists, as outlined in the Residence
        Hall Community Guide;
     D. engaging in unsafe cooking practices that create or increase the risk of fire;
     E. activating a residence hall panic alarm when emergency assistance is not required.

3. ANIMALS

     A. possession of any animal within a residence hall, with the exception of a service animal; or
        fish in a properly maintained aquarium with a capacity of ten gallons or under, for any
        length of time;
     B. feeding of stray animals in or around residential facilities.

4. ATHLETIC ACTIVITIES

     A. failure to keep a safe distance from residential facilities while participating in athletic
        activities that involve objects which may cause damage to persons or property;
     B. participation in any athletic games or activities within hallways or common areas of a
        residential facility without prior approval from the Resident Director.

5. BICYCLES, ROLLERBLADES, AND SKATEBOARDS

     A. storing or riding a bicycle or similar object within a residence hall;
     B. securing a bicycle or similar object to anything other than bicycle racks provided by the
        Department of University Housing;
     C. using rollerblades, skateboards, or similar devices within a residence hall.




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6. MOTORCYCLES, MOPEDS, AND SCOOTERS

    A. storing or operating any motorized vehicle within a residence hall;
    B. parking of any motorcycle, moped, scooter, or other motorized device anywhere that is not a
       designated parking area.

7. GUESTS AND VISITATION

    A. residents assume responsibility for their guests and their behavior upon the guest’s arrival at
       a residence hall;
    B. guests within or around a residence hall must abide by all Student Conduct Code and Housing
       policies;
    C. guests must be escorted within residence halls at all times;
    D. permission of all residents assigned to a unit must be obtained before allowing entry to a
       guest;
    E. overnight guests must be of the same gender as their host;
    F. no guest may stay within the residence halls for more than three consecutive nights.

8. FURNITURE

    A.   removing furniture from a residential facility, either a student unit or common area;
    B.   suspending any furniture from the ceiling;
    C.   possession or use of a waterbed in a residence hall;
    D.   constructing a loft or any other structure within a residence hall without the prior approval of
         the Department of University Housing.

9. LITTERING/TRASH DISPOSAL

    A. discarding trash of any kind on the grounds of the residence halls other than in appropriate
       receptacles;
    B. disposing of non-recyclable trash within a receptacle designated for recyclable materials;
    C. disposing of bags of personal trash in a public or common area trash receptacle.

10. FACILITIES AND EQUIPMENT

    A.   tampering with or removing window screens from residence hall windows;
    B.   throwing or dropping any item out of a window;
    C.   propping open any exit or fire door;
    D.   unauthorized use of cable, computer access, or telephone access (including the splicing of
         wires);
    E.   painting any surface of a residence hall room or common area;
    F.   loaning or transferring University-issued keys to any person for any period of time;
    G.   entering or exiting a residence hall through windows or unauthorized doors;
    H.   entering or attempting to enter any restricted area (including, but not limited to, attics,
         basements, mechanical rooms, and roofs);
    I.   tampering with, adding, or removing any locking device on any residence hall door or
         window;
    J.   removal of any door from its hinges.




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11. SMOKING

    A. smoking in any on-campus residential facility, public area, living facility, or entryway to a
       residential facility;
    B. violating any provision of the smoking policy outlined in the Residence Hall Community
       Guide.

12. SANITATION AND CLEANLINESS

    A. failure to observe acceptable standards of cleanliness and sanitation in rooms, bathrooms,
       and common areas of residential facilities;
    B. disposal of any waste material on floors;
    C. deliberately clogging or attempting to clog plumbing fixtures;
    D. use of cooking facilities for purposes other than food preparation.

13. POSTING

    A. posting any material inside common spaces or outside of on-campus residential facilities
       without prior approval from the Department of University Housing.

14. ROOM CHANGE

    A. residents may not change their current room assignment to another without prior approval
       from the appropriate Department of University Housing staff member.

15. ROOM DECORATIONS

    A. failure to keep posters or decorations at least six inches from the ceiling and/or floor;
    B. suspending any item from the ceiling (including, but not limited to, fishnets, parachutes, and
       flags);
    C. possession or displaying of alcohol paraphernalia (including, but not limited to, funnels, beer
       bongs, shot dispensers, or other methods of alcohol delivery) or empty alcohol containers
       within a residence hall;
    D. affixing any item to a wall in a manner that may create damage to the surface;
    E. display of any item (facing outward toward public spaces) in windows of on-campus
       residential facilities.

16. IMPROPER BEHAVIOR

    A. participating in behavior that is disruptive to the community (including, but not limited to,
       water fights, food fights, and shaving cream fights) in on-campus residential facilities or
       parking lots without prior approval from the Resident Director;
    B. participating in conduct and/or expressions which are obscene, socially inappropriate,
       intimidating, or which are offensive to the prevailing standards of an academic community.

17. COMMUNITY LIVING

    A. violating any provision of a Residence Hall Community Guide;
    B. violating any provision of a signed Roommate Agreement;
    C. failure to abide by the specific housing arrangements and requirements of a special
       residential community (such as RIGS).




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18. RESIDENCE HALL COMPUTER LABS

    A. bringing food or drink into a residence hall computer lab;
    B. changing, removing, reconfiguring, or physically damaging any workstation hardware or
       software;
    C. changing, or attempting to change, the settings on computer lab printers;
    D. changing, or attempting to change, network connections for computer lab workstations or
       printers.

19. SIGNAGE THEFT

    A. possession or use of any signage which is property of University Housing or Georgia
       Southern University.




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II.     UNIVERSITY HOUSING DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES

UNIVERSITY HOUSING HEARINGS

The following rules of procedure for adjudicating alleged violations of the Student Conduct Code are
established for use by on-campus residential staff for violations of University Housing Regulations:
1. Written notification of the alleged violation(s) shall be filed with the University Housing Hearing
    Officer.
2. The University Housing Hearing Officer shall notify the student involved of a possible violation
    of the Student Conduct Code and request that he/she report to the University Housing Hearing
    Officer for a conference or a judicial letter will be sent to the student. The letter will outline the
    charge and the sanction. If the student accepts responsibility for his/her actions, he/she will
    sign the letter and return to sender.
3. Prior to adjudication, the University Housing Hearing Officer must answer three questions:
    A. Does the accused student have a previous disciplinary record? This information is available
         in the Office of Judicial Affairs and the University Housing Office.
    B. Is the alleged offense serious enough to result in possible suspension or expulsion? The
         University Housing Hearing Officer may consult with the Director of Judicial Affairs in
         making this determination.
    C. Does this incident involve alcohol?
    If the answer to any of these questions is “yes,” the case may be referred to the Office of Judicial
    Affairs for adjudication.
4. If the case is not referred to the Office of Judicial Affairs and the student accepts responsibility
    for the violation, he/she may waive all further hearings and accept the decision and sanctions of
    the University Housing Hearing Officer as final and binding for all purposes.
5. If the student denies the charge, he/she may request a formal hearing before the Residence Hall
    Judicial Board.
6. When unusual circumstances exist and during periods when the Residence Hall Judicial Board
    cannot meet, the case will be referred to the Office of Judicial Affairs.
7. The University Housing Hearing Officer and the Residence Hall Judicial Board may impose all
    disciplinary sanctions except suspension and expulsion.
8. In cases involving disciplinary action, all documents and materials will be kept in the University
    Housing Office for inclusion in the student’s disciplinary record.
9. For cases referred to the Office of Judicial Affairs for adjudication, all documents and materials
    will be maintained in the Office of Judicial Affairs.




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III.    INSPECTION, SEARCH, AND SEIZURE

Students are guaranteed the rights of any citizen and therefore will not be subject to unreasonable
searches and seizures. The courts, however, have recognized the right of the University to conduct
reasonable inspections, searches, and seizures in order to enforce University regulations. Georgia
Southern University reserves the right to conduct such inspections, searches, and seizures within
limits of the law.

INSPECTIONS
(1) The University reserves the right to inspect rooms for possible damage, health, and safety
    concerns.
(2) The University reserves the right to enter rooms or other facilities at reasonable hours.
(3) The University reserves the right to enter rooms or other facilities at any time there is reason to
    suspect a violation of University regulations is occurring.

SEARCH
(1) The University reserves the right to conduct searches of individual rooms and lockers in a
    residence hall or other facility on campus if there is reason to believe that a University regulation
    has been violated.
(2) Law enforcement officials may search facilities with or without authorization from the
    University by means of a search warrant.
(3) Efforts will be made to have the student available when a facility is searched.
(4) Evidence seized during a search can be used in disciplinary procedures concerning a violation of
    University regulations.
(5) In addition to the above, the University reserves the right to conduct searches of individual
    rooms and lockers in a residence hall or other facility on campus if a University official
    determines that an emergency situation exists.

Room Search Procedure/Guidelines
(1) The need for a search must be established by a University staff member (suspicion of drugs,
    weapons, fireworks, stolen items, etc.)
(2) When the need for a search is established, the University Police will be contacted.
(3) If the University Police establish the need for a search, they will talk with the student(s) and
    request that the evidence (drugs, weapons, fireworks, etc.) be turned in to them immediately. If
    the University Police determine that a search is warranted, they will request consent from the
    student to search the room. If the student denies the request, the University Police may request
    legal authorization to conduct a search or University officials may seek approval from the Dean
    of Students or his/her designee to conduct a search.
(4) If consent to search the room is granted by the student, University Police will conduct the room
    search. A report will be filed with the Office of Judicial Affairs.
(5) If the search produces evidence that constitutes a felony, the student will be arrested. If the
    search produces evidence that is not considered to be a felony, it will be the judgment of the
    University Police whether or not to file charges and send a report to the Office of Judicial
    Affairs.
(6) If consent to search a room is not granted by the student, University Police may request a search
    warrant (see other option in #7). If the warrant is granted by judicial order, University Police
    will search the room.
(7) A report will be filed with the Office of Judicial Affairs. If the search produces evidence that
    constitutes a violation of law, the student may be arrested.
(8) If consent to search a room is not granted by the student, University Housing staff members may
    request permission from the Dean of Students or his/her designee.




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(9) If permission to search a room is authorized by the Dean of Students or his/her designee, a
    room search will be conducted and a report will be filed with the Office of Judicial Affairs.
    During a search authorized by the Dean of Students or his/her designee, the University Police
    will remain outside the room.




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                    ADMINISTRATIVE REGULATIONS
IV.    INSTITUTIONAL PENALTIES (HOUSING VIOLATIONS)

Many violations of University Housing Policies come with standard minimum sanctions.

1. Fire Safety – Students found responsible for tampering with any life safety device will be subject
   to at least the following sanctions as well as possible criminal charges:
   a. First Offense: $100 fine and possible removal without refund from the residence hall and/or
       suspension from Georgia Southern University.
   b. Second Offense: $200 fine and possible removal without refund from the residence hall
       and/or suspension from Georgia Southern University.
2. Animals – Students found responsible for violating the Animals Policy will be subject to at least
   the following sanctions:
   a. First Offense: $250 fine and a disciplinary warning.
   b. Second Offense: $500 fine and disciplinary probation.
   c. Third Offense: removal from the residence hall without refund for the entire term of the
       contract, and further judicial action.
3. Bicycles – Students found responsible for violating the Bicycles Policy will be subject to at least
   the following sanctions:
   a. First Offense: removal of the bicycle from the unit by University Housing and a disciplinary
       warning.
   b. Second Offense: removal of the bicycle from the unit by University Housing and a $20 fine.
   c. Third Offense: further judicial sanctions and fines.
4. Littering and Trash – Students found responsible for violating the Littering/Trash Disposal
   Policy will be subject to at least the following sanctions:
   a. First Offense: $25 fine and a disciplinary warning.
   b. Second Offense: $50 fine and disciplinary probation.
   c. Third Offense: referral to the Dean of Students office and further judicial sanctions,
       including possible removal from the residence hall without refund.
5. Smoking – Students found responsible for violating the Smoking Policy will be subject to at least
   the following sanctions:
   a. First Offense: $25 fine and a disciplinary warning.
   b. Second Offense: $50 fine and disciplinary probation.
   c. Third Offense: referral to the Dean of Students office and further judicial sanctions,
       including possible removal from the residence hall without refund.
6. Theft of Signage – Students found responsible for signage theft will be subject to at least the
   following sanctions:
   a. First Offense: $100 fine per sign and disciplinary probation.
   b. Second Offense: referral to the Dean of Students office and further judicial sanctions,
       including possible removal from the residence hall without refund.




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                                         IMPORTANT NUMBERS
    Off campus numbers: Dial 9, then the full number.                            Unit to unit calls: Dial 8 + last 4 digits.

    EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION
    Statesboro-Bulloch County Law Enforcement, Fire, Ambulance................................ 9-911
    University Police/Public Safety................................................................................ 478-5234
    East Georgia Regional Medical Center..................................................................... 486-1000
    Rape Crisis Line....................................................................................................... 531-1771
    Poison Control Center................................................................................ 1-800- 222-1222

    UNIVERSITY HOUSING STAFF
    Academic Initiatives and Assessment Coordinator.................................................... 478-7521
    Assignments Office.................................................................................................. 478-7224
    Centennial Place Community Desk.......................................................................... 478-4400
    Eagle Village Community Desk............................................................................... 478-8200
    Kennedy Hall Community Desk.............................................................................. 478-4091
    Residential Education Main Office........................................................................... 478-1730
    Residence Hall Association...................................................................................... 478-8464
    Southern Courtyard Community Desk..................................................................... 478-8100
    Southern Pines Community Desk............................................................................ 478-7700
    University Housing Central Office........................................................................... 478-5406
    University Villas Community Desk...........................................................................478-2000
    Watson Hall............................................................................................................ 478-3130

    OTHER CAMPUS NUMBERS
    Academic Success Center........................................................................................ 478-5371
    Athletic Services...................................................................................................... 478-5376
    Bookstore, The University....................................................................................... 478-5181
    Career Services........................................................................................................ 478-5197
    Counseling Center....................................................................................................478-5541
    Dean of Students..................................................................................................... 478-3326
    Disability Resource Center....................................................................................... 478-1566
    Eagle Entertainment................................................................................................ 478-7270
    Financial Aid........................................................................................................... 478-5413
    Greek Life............................................................................................................... 478-5185
    Health Services........................................................................................................ 478-5641
    International Studies................................................................................................ 478-0332
    Judicial Affairs......................................................................................................... 478-0059
    Leadership Development Center.............................................................................. 478-5307
    Multicultural Student Center................................................................................... 478-5409
    Parking and Transportation Services........................................................................ 478-7275
    Postal Services......................................................................................................... 478-6245
    Registrar................................................................................................................. 478-5152
    ResNet................................................................................................................... 478-7971
    Russell Union........................................................................................................ 478-0399
    Student Government Association............................................................................. 478-0655
    Volunteer Services................................................................................................... 478-1435




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