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					                         2012 - 2013
CENTENNIAL PLACE
                    SUITES


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 Housing 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
                residentialeducation@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 Centennial Place Suites Community............................................................................... 8
Meet Your Resident Directors................................................................................................ 9

University Housing Offices and Staff..................................................................................10
   Administrative Services Office........................................................................................ 10
   Central Housing Office.................................................................................................... 10
   Community Assistant....................................................................................................... 10
   Community Leader.......................................................................................................... 10
   Coordinator of Student Development Programming and Leadership.............................. 10
   Coordinator of Residential Education.............................................................................. 10
   Custodian......................................................................................................................... 10
   Director of Residential Education/Associate Director of Housing.................................. 10
   Maintenance Worker........................................................................................................ 11
   Peer Tutor......................................................................................................................... 11
   Resident Director............................................................................................................. 11
   Residential Education Office........................................................................................... 11
   Residential Facilities Office............................................................................................. 11

General Information.............................................................................................................12
   Air Conditioning, Heating, and Ventilation..................................................................... 12
   Animals............................................................................................................................ 12
   Appliances........................................................................................................................ 12
       Approved Appliances and Other Items..................................................................... 12
       Non Approved Appliances and Other Items..............................................................12
   Bed Bunking.................................................................................................................... 13
   Bicycles............................................................................................................................ 13
   Business Operations…………………………………………………………………..... 13
   Cleaning Your Unit.......................................................................................................... 13
   Common Area Room Reservations.................................................................................. 14
   Community Desk............................................................................................................. 14
   Computer Lab.................................................................................................................. 14
   Cooking and Kitchens...................................................................................................... 14
   Damages and Vandalism.................................................................................................. 14
       Responsibility for Student Property.......................................................................... 14
       Group Damage Billing.............................................................................................. 15
       Damage, Cleaning, and Replacement Charges.......................................................... 15
       Appeal of Damage, Cleaning, and Replacement Charges......................................... 16
   Eagle Dining Services/Food Services.............................................................................. 17
   Email Communication..................................................................................................... 17
   Environmental Sustainability........................................................................................... 17
   Fire Safety Systems.......................................................................................................... 17
   Health and Safety Inspections.......................................................................................... 18
   Internet Connectivity........................................................................................................ 18
       Impulse Safe-Connect…………………................................................................... 18
       Connection Assistance/ResNet.................................................................................. 19
   Keys…………………………………………………………………………………..... 19
       Proximity Cards…………………………………………………………………..... 19
   Key Lockouts…………………………………………………………………………... 19
                                          TABLE OF CONTENTS
          Misplaced Keys......................................................................................................... 19
          Lost or Damaged Keys.............................................................................................. 19
          Grace Period.............................................................................................................. 20
      Laundry............................................................................................................................ 20
      Lofts................................................................................................................................. 20
      Mail, Packages, and Deliveries........................................................................................ 20
      Maintenance Requests and Work Orders......................................................................... 20
      Mold and Mildew............................................................................................................. 20
      Newsletter........................................................................................................................ 21
      Panic Button..................................................................................................................... 21
      Parking............................................................................................................................. 21
      Pest Control...................................................................................................................... 21
      Recycling Bins................................................................................................................. 21
      Residential Education Office........................................................................................... 21
      Room Decorations............................................................................................................ 22
      Room Inspections/Room Entry........................................................................................ 22
          Family Access to Student Spaces.............................................................................. 22
      Roommate Agreements.................................................................................................... 22
      Smoking........................................................................................................................... 23
      Special Needs Accommodations……………………………………………………….. 23
      Student Conduct Code..................................................................................................... 23
      Student Employment........................................................................................................ 23
      Student Leadership........................................................................................................... 23
          Hall Council…........................................................................................................... 23
          Residence Hall Association....................................................................................... 23
          National Residence Hall Honorary............................................................................ 24
      Telephone Service............................................................................................................ 24
      Television......................................................................................................................... 24
          Georgia Southern TV Channel Line Up................................................................ 25
      Toilets............................................................................................................................... 26
      Tornado Safety................................................................................................................. 26
      Trash................................................................................................................................. 26
      Vending Machines........................................................................................................... 26

Community Living Standards............................................................................................. 27
  Introduction...................................................................................................................... 27
  Rights and Responsibilities.............................................................................................. 27
  Policies and Regulations.................................................................................................. 27
  Quiet Hours...................................................................................................................... 27
  Room Furnishings............................................................................................................ 28

Housing Assignments Information...................................................................................... 29
   Residence Hall Contract................................................................................................... 29
       Cancellation Policy.................................................................................................... 29
   Housing Fee Payments..................................................................................................... 29
   Yearly Housing Calendar……………………………………………………………… 29
   Breaks/Break Stay Over………………………………………………………………... 29
   Eligibility......................................................................................................................... 30
   Room Assignments.......................................................................................................... 30
       Returning Student Sign Up....................................................................................... 30
                                      TABLE OF CONTENTS
     Check-In/Check-Out Procedures..................................................................................... 30
     Room Changes/Hall Transfers......................................................................................... 30

Institutional Penalties for University Housing Violations................................................ 31

Important Numbers.............................................................................................................. 32
        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 5,000 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 2012 - 2013, and do not hesitate to contact any member of the
Housing team for help.

Welcome home,

Chris MacDonald
Chris MacDonald
Director of University Housing




FY13 Centennial Place Suites Community Guide                                               Page 7
           THE CENTENNIAL PLACE SUITES COMMUNITY
Centennial Place is the newest of Georgia Southern University’s residential communities.
Centennial Place houses over 1000 first-year and upper-class students and has over 30 staff
members who assist with floor activities and clubhouse services. Each building in Centennial Place
is staffed by two full-time Resident Directors who supervise a staff of Community Leaders and
Community Assistants.

Centennial Place also houses the Honors community. The Honors Program is housed on the 3 rd and
4th floors of Building 1. This community allows Honors students the opportunity to connect and
interact with those in their own program. Students in this community have the option of sharing a
room with another Honors student or an individual not enrolled in the Honors Program. Students in
this program have been accepted into the University Honors Program.

All residents in Centennial Place have access to numerous services and resources. There is a
mixture of both apartment and suite style living within the community. The suite style living
options in Centennial Place are in Buildings 1 and 2. All suites in Centennial Place feature both
wireless and Ethernet internet access, cable television, and the option to incur the expense of having
a telephone line installed in their room.

Suite style units range in size from a one bedroom unit in which two residents share a bedroom,
bathroom, and kitchenette (no stove). Residents who choose the option of living in the two
bedroom suite have a private bedroom, but share a kitchenette (no stove) and bathroom. Residents
living in the four bedroom suite have private bedrooms, share a bathroom with one other individual,
and share a common living area and kitchenette (no stove) with their suitemates. Residents living in
Centennial Place Suites have access to a centralized laundry facility in their building.

Within each building of Centennial Place, residents have access to a community room and study
rooms. Located in Building 2, a centralized common area houses a full kitchen, game room, big
screen television, lounge area, academic classroom, and a computer lab/classroom equipped with a
printer which can be used throughout the day. Peer tutors are also available in the Tutoring Center
located on the ground floor of Building 2.

Centennial Place is also home to several of the retail spaces on the Georgia Southern University
campus. Optical Express and The Market at Centennial Place are located in Building 1. Eagle Print
Shop, Cold Stone Creamery, and Einstein Bagels are located in Building 2, adjacent to the common
areas of the building. Additionally, Centennial Place is just a short walk away from dining options
at Landrum and in the Russell Union.

Community Leaders are located on each floor of each building. The offices of the Resident
Directors for Centennial Place are located on the ground floor of Building 2 between the common
area and the classrooms. A community desk is located on the ground floor of Building 2 and is
open during scheduled hours throughout the day.




FY13 Centennial Place Suites Community Guide                                                 Page 8
                       MEET YOUR RESIDENT DIRECTORS

                                               Matt begins his fourth year here at Georgia
                                               Southern as a Resident Director. Matt is originally
                                               from Charlotte, North Carolina but was raised in
                                               upstate New York. (You will see clues of this in his
                                               sports team choices!) Matt attended Western
                                               Carolina University where he earned his Bachelor
                                               of Music, Commercial and Electronic Music; and
                                               his Master of Education, College Student
                                               Personnel. Matt has been married to his wife,
                                               Claire, for three years and they recently welcomed
                                               their first child, Gavin, into the world! Matt and
                                               Claire have a beagle named Mia who is named
                                               after Mia Wallace from the movie Pulp Fiction.
                                               Matt is very excited about the upcoming year here
                                               Georgia Southern.
               Matt Brigner



                                               This is Malerie’s first year as a Resident Director
                                               of Centennial Place 1 & 3, but she began her
                                               journey with Georgia Southern last year as a
                                               summer graduate intern for Residential Education.
                                               Malerie grew up in New York and completed her
                                               Masters degree in College Student Personnel
                                               Administration at Canisius College. Prior to that,
                                               Malerie received her Bachelors degree in Interior
                                               Design from the Rochester Institute of Technology.
                                               She enjoys spending time with family and friends,
                                               watching movies, photography, cooking, and
                                               pretending that she can sing! She also enjoys the
                                               outdoors: running, bike riding, kayaking, going to
                                               the beach, and snowboarding.
              Malerie Hervey




FY13 Centennial Place Suites Community Guide                                                    Page 9
               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 and sharing University information, while being aware of safety
and security. Community Leaders assist in crisis management, respond to facility concerns, and staff the hall
office.

COORDINATOR OF STUDENT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMING AND 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 the 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.

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 5,000 students. Through the direct
supervision of three Coordinators and the indirect supervision of ten full-time Resident Directors, this
individual will administer the department’s comprehensive approach to student learning and development.


FY13 Centennial Place Suites Community Guide                                                         Page 10
General areas of responsibility for the Director of Residential Education 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 the 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 by residents. The
Residential Facilities office is located on Old Register Road.




FY13 Centennial Place Suites Community Guide                                                         Page 11
                                  GENERAL INFORMATION
AIR CONDITIONING, HEATING, AND VENTILATION
In Centennial Place Suites, thermostats have been preprogrammed to run between specific temperature
zones. Maintenance requests or 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. If you see a stray animal, please contact Residential
Facilities at (912) 478-5728. 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 Centennial Place Suites.
 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 Centennial Place Suites:
 Air conditioning units                                  NuWave ovens
 Candles                                                 Parachutes
 Candle wax burners                                      Personal appliances, including:
 Charcoal, gas, or open flame grills                       Freezers
 Deep fryers (gas or electric)                             Refrigerators
 Electric frying pans                                      Micro-fridges
 Electrical equipment with exposed wiring                  Microwave ovens
 George Foreman-type grills/appliances                     Washers
 Halogen lamps                                             Dryers
 Hookahs                                                 Plug In (electric) air fresheners
 Hot plates                                              Portable space heaters
 Incense                                                 Potpourri burners
 Large banners                                           Rope lighting
 Large flags                                             Slow cookers
 Lava lamps                                              Stripper poles
 Live (cut) trees (holiday decorations)                  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
Bed bunking is not available in Centennial Place Suites. The rooms are equipped with a junior loft that
allows the storage of a dresser and other items underneath the raised bed. To change the height of your bed,
please submit a work order to www.gsuhousing.com/workRequest.

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 rooms. Violation of this policy may result in additional action taken, including
fines and/or judicial action.

BUSINESS OPERATIONS
The Department of University Housing prohibits the operation or contracting of any type of business from a
residence hall room. Please call (912) 478-5406 for additional information.

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 as needed.
   Blinds and window frames should be regularly dusted and periodically cleaned with soapy water or an all-
    purpose cleaner.
   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, while toilet
    bowl cleaners 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. 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.




FY13 Centennial Place Suites Community Guide                                                           Page 13
COMMON AREA ROOM RESERVATIONS
Residents of the facility may reserve some of the common area spaces, including multi-purpose rooms,
kitchens, etc. These spaces are great locations for programs and meetings and in most cases include a big
screen television, DVD player, public restrooms, etc. Staff events take first priority rights to all spaces,
followed by building occupants. For more information, contact your Community Leader.

COMMUNITY DESK
A community desk is located in Building 2 of Centennial Place and is staffed by Community Assistants and
Community Leaders. The staff member on duty at this location can assist residents with various needs such
as answering questions, key issues, and equipment/item check out (games, movies, and kitchen equipment).
A picture ID must be presented in order to check out items. The hours of operation for the Centennial Place
Community Desk are:

                              Monday – Thursday:      8:00 a.m. until midnight
                              Friday:                 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 a.m.
                              Saturday:              10:00 a.m. until 2:00 a.m.
                              Sunday:                10:00 a.m. until midnight

COMPUTER LAB
Centennial Place residents have access to a computer lab in Building 2. The hours for the computer lab are
determined according to need. Please check the lab for posted hours of operation. 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 Centennial Place.

COOKING AND KITCHENS
Each suite in Centennial Place is furnished with a kitchenette (no stove); and there is a full community
kitchen on each floor in Buildings 1 and 2. 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.

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.

Acts of vandalism will not be tolerated. Vandalism to bulletin boards, door decorations, or any type of
signage or signage holders will 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.

FY13 Centennial Place Suites Community Guide                                                         Page 14
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. 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.

For more information, please call University Housing at (912) 478-5406.




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                           DAMAGE, CLEANING, AND REPLACEMENT CHARGES

                                           FURNITURE & FIXTURES
      Item                                       Cost Item                                           Cost
      Barstools (each)                        $150.00 Microwave oven                              $325.00
      Bed                                     $175.00 Mirror (door)                               $150.00
      Chest                                   $710.00 Mirror (over sink)                          $218.75
      Coffee table                            $212.50 Refrigerator (full-size)                    $600.00
      Data port                                $31.25 Refrigerator (small)                        $250.00
      Desk                                    $710.00 Shower rod                                   $62.50
      Desk chair                               $50.00 Side table                                  $212.50
      Desk hinge                               $35.00 Sign holder                                  $28.00
      Electrical outlet                        $15.00 Sink                                        $400.00
      End table                               $150.00 Smoke detector                               $62.50
      Entertainment center                    $287.50 Sofa                                        $537.50
      Ironing board                            $25.00 Switch/outlet cover                          $25.00
      Kitchen chairs (each)                    $56.25 Thermostat                                  $187.50
      Light cover                              $31.25 Toilet                                      $390.00
      Light fixture                            $62.50 Toilet tissue holder                         $25.00
      Living room chair                       $562.50 Towel bar                                    $43.75
      Mattress                                $175.00 Vent cover                                   $68.75

           DOOR & DOOR ACCESSORIES                                  CEILING, FLOOR & WALL
      Bedroom door replacement  $275.00                      Carpet cleaning                 Per hour
      Door frame                $315.00                      Ceiling grid (per ft.)          Per hour
      Door refinishing/painting $125.00                      Ceiling tile (each)             Per hour
      Door stop                  $25.00                      Drywall repair                  Per hour
      Exterior door replacement $500.00                      Painting (touch up/entire room) Per hour
      Peephole (door viewer)     $25.00                      VCT floor tile                  Per hour

                   MISCELLANEOUS                                         WINDOW & GLASS
      Florescent light bulb (4 ft.)              $3.75       Glass replacement (service call)     Per hour
      Florescent light bulb (U-shaped)           $9.38       Screen replacement                    $31.25
      Odor removal (per resident)              $350.00       Window replacement                   $235.00
      Removal of food left in room              $40.00       Window blinds (each)                  $62.50
      Removal of loft left behind              $150.00

                                         L A B O R C O S T S (P E R H O U R )
      Contractor     $43.00                 Custodial (general)     $25.00          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 following
locations:

            Chick Fil A                      Market Street Deli      Talons Grille
            Cold Stone Creamery              Oasis                   The Market at Centennial Place
            Einstein Bagels                  Seasons                 The Nest
            Elements                         Starbucks               Zach’s Brews

For more information about food services go to: gsufoodservice.com.

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 email 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.
   Participate in the recycling program. Recycling bins are in every building of Centennial Place.
   Reduce the length of your showers.
   Report any leaks (dripping faucets, showers, etc.) to: gsuhousing.com/workRequest/.
   Always use compact fluorescent light bulbs as they last longer than incandescent bulbs.

Develop good sustainable living habits and encourage your friends to do the same. 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 request 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. Smoke detectors should be kept 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.

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).




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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 conducted 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. During any fire drill, residents are expected to cooperate and follow instructions given by any
University Housing staff member. 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
Centennial Place is equipped with totally wireless internet and data ports are available in each room as well.
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 (same as your mygeorgiasouthern log-in) 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 resident’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 assistance.

      E-Mail:       Send an e-mail to helpdesk@georgiasouthern.edu 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 the ResNet website at www.gsuhousing.com/resnet or call (912) 478-7971.

KEYS
You have one key that will grant you access to your suite in Centennial Place. This key will get you into the
main door of your suite and into your own specific bedroom. The replacement cost for this key is $150.
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 Centennial Place to gain access to the main, public areas of your building and
therefore, no key is needed. 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 and ceases to function, a replacement card must be obtained from the EagleCard Center.
There is a replacement charge for damaged cards that you will be required to pay in order to obtain a new ID
card. Please check with the card center for information regarding the cost to obtain replacement ID cards.

A temporary access card may be checked out from the hall desk/office in your residence hall for use for up to
48 hours. Failure to return a temporary access card will result in a $40 charge. 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 key 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 key. If this happens, use the following guidelines:

 Misplaced Keys - If you feel you have simply misplaced your key, contact the Community Leader on
  duty. The Community Leader will issue you a temporary key. Once you locate your permanent key, you
  must return the temporary key immediately. If you have not returned the temporary key 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 key or it was stolen, contact the Community
  Leader on duty. The Community Leader will initiate a lock change and request for a new key. 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, beginning on the first day of classes, for replacement key charges to be assessed. Upperclassmen will
only be allowed a one week grace period.

LAUNDRY
Laundry services are included in the residence hall fee paid each semester. Residents in Centennial Place
have access to a centralized laundry facility in their building and do not have to pay to do laundry at a
machine. All residents using dryers should clean the lint filter/screen before and after each load of clothes.
Instructions on how to operate the equipment is posted in the laundry facility. If you find there is a problem
with the equipment in your laundry facility, 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 beds in Centennial Place are junior lofts,
which are adjustable to three different heights. No other lofts are allowed in Centennial Place.

MAIL, PACKAGES, AND DELIVERIES
All mail is delivered to the Georgia Southern University Post Office. You cannot receive mail, packages, or
deliveries (such as flowers) 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 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, PACKAGES, OR DELIVERIES (SUCH AS FLOWERS) SENT
TO THE UNIVERSITY HOUSING OFFICE OR RESIDENCE HALL OFFICES.

MAINTENANCE REQUESTS AND 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 suite, public spaces, etc. should submit a work order
request to: gsuhousing.com/workRequest/. Be sure to provide your name, building name, suite/room number,
phone number, and a detailed description of the problem. In the event of an emergency, contact your
Community Leader on duty or call the Facilities office at (912) 478-5728.

MOLD AND 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. 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.


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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.

NEWSLETTER
A weekly newsletter is provided by University Housing which shares information about upcoming housing
programs, important announcements, due dates, and campus-wide programs. For more information, please
contact your Community Leader.

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 BINS
Residents are encouraged to participate in recycling efforts of paper, aluminum cans, and plastic containers
by utilizing the recycling bins provided in each building of Centennial Place.

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 and is open from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. You may contact this office by
phone at (912) 478-1730.

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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. Items displayed in windows and items suspended from ceilings or attached to floors, permanently
or temporarily, such as flags or stripper poles; as well as collections or displays of alcohol paraphernalia,
empty or full, are prohibited.

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
    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 for instructions.

ROOMMATE AGREEMENTS
Roommate Agreements are an excellent tool to effectively open communication between residents. Since the
majority of roommate conflicts occur during the first six weeks of school, all freshmen residents are required
to complete a roommate agreement within their first month of living on campus. Once signed, the roommate
agreement will become a binding contract between the residents.

When a conflict arises, we encourage residents to communicate their feelings about the incident with each
other after a “cool-down” period has occurred. If issues continue to arise, it is the responsibility of the
resident(s) to contact a Housing staff member so a meeting can be held between the roommates involved.
During this meeting, the staff member will mediate a conversation and assist residents in establishing
compromises in order to resolve issues. Failure to comply with the written roommate agreement may result
in judicial action. For more information, please contact your Community Leader.


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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.

Cigarette butts must be disposed of properly by utilizing the “smoker stations” provided. Violation of this
policy may result in possible sanctions and/or judicial action.

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 and strobe lights are used in ADA living spaces (excluding University Villas) and are
  independently programmed to fire alarm system and emergency response personnel.
 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 Student Conduct 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, 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 Council - 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.




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 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. NRHH’s national
  office is responsible for chapter affiliation, Of the Months (OTM) selection, and other various duties.

TELEPHONE SERVICE
Each bedroom and the common area of your suite are equipped with a telephone line and number; however
the telephone lines are not activated, nor are the charges included in semester fees. Residents have the option
to connect the telephone line through service with the local telephone company and will be responsible for all
associated charges.

To activate the bedroom telephone line, contact Frontier Communications directly by calling (800) 435-1504
or (912) 764-9131, or go to: frontieronline.com. Services available include local and long distance service,
voice mail, caller ID, call waiting, and call forwarding. Students must provide their own telephone.

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.

Additionally, 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. This chart can also be found
on-line at: georgiasouthern.edu/tv/index.php.

Please note that the Georgia Southern TV Channel 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/Nick at Nite
         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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TOILETS
An emergency shut-off valve for the water flow of each toilet is located near the floor on the wall beside the
toilet. To shut off the water, simply turn the valve clockwise to the right as illustrated below.


                                                      Turn
                                                    Clockwise



Residents will be responsible for the cost to repair any damages resulting in failure to utilize the shut-
off valve in a timely manner in the event of an emergency.

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 11    WTOC     Savannah          96.5 FM    WJCL       Savannah
  www.georgiasouthern.edu            Channel 28    WTGS     Savannah          97.3 FM    WAEV       Savannah
                                     Channel 22    WJCL     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 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.

VENDING MACHINES
Vending machines are located on the first floor of buildings 1, 3, and 4 and on the 2nd floor of building 2.
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 with 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 gives 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 needs; 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 gives you 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 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 Student Conduct 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.

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.
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Quiet hours begin every day 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 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: 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 their 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, spring break), but do close for
winter break – the time between fall and spring terms.

Break Stay Over
Residents of University Villas, Centennial Place 2, and Freedom’s Landing are permitted to stay over the
winter break period. To participate in Break Stay Over, residents must sign up on-line at:
gsuhousing.com/winterbreak in order to keep their proximity card access active.

A list of residents staying on campus for any portion of the break is provided to the Office of Public Safety
so that University personnel are aware of where our students are located. This information will help us to
maintain a more secure environment on campus. For more information please contact your building’s desk
staff at (912) 478-4400 or the Central Housing office at (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 their 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.

Returning Student Sign Up
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
Information regarding check-in is mailed to students with their housing assignment explaining the process.
For detailed information about fall check-in, please consult the Operation Move-In brochure or go to:
gsuhousing.com/omi.

Information regarding check-out procedures will be sent to students at the end of each semester. In addition,
detailed information is given out at mandatory floor meetings, can be found on-line, or through your
Community Leader or 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, students may request a room change by completing the on-line room
change request form at: gsuhousing.com/roomchange. Once the halls open on August 17th, students will
need to wait until Room/Hall Change.

On August 23rd, students 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. All room changes are based on available space.

On August 28th, students 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.

During spring semester, an additional room change opportunity will be available on January 17th and an
additional hall transfer opportunity will be available on January 22nd. For more information or for
information regarding room changes/hall transfers during other times of the year, please contact your
Community Leader or hall office.




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   INSTITUTIONAL PENALTIES FOR 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 from the residence hall without refund and/or
       suspension from Georgia Southern University.
   b. Second Offense: $200 fine and possible removal from the residence hall without refund 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
    Assignments Office.................................................................................................................. 478-5406
    Centennial Place Community Desk......................................................................................... 478-4400
    Eagle Village Community Desk.............................................................................................. 478-8200
    Freedom’s Landing Community Desk.................................................................................... 478-8100
    Kennedy Hall Community Desk.............................................................................................. 478-4091
    Residential Education Main Office.......................................................................................... 478-1730
    Residential Facilities Dispatch................................................................................................ 478-5728
    Residence Hall Association..................................................................................................... 478-8464
    Southern Courtyard Community Desk..................................................................................... 478-4139
    Southern Pines Community Desk............................................................................................ 478-7700
    University Housing Central Office.......................................................................................... 478-5406
    University Villas Community Desk......................................................................................... 478-2010
    Watson Hall............................................................................................................................. 478-3130

    OTHER CAMPUS NUMBERS
    Academic Success Center........................................................................................................ 478-5371
    Athletics................................................................................................................................... 478-5376
    Career Services........................................................................................................................ 478-5197
    Counseling and Career Development Center........................................................................... 478-5541
    Dean of Students...................................................................................................................... 478-3326
    Financial Aid............................................................................................................................ 478-5413
    Fraternity and Sorority Relations............................................................................................. 478-5185
    Health Services........................................................................................................................ 478-5641
    International Studies................................................................................................................ 478-0332
    Student Leadership and Civic Engagement............................................................................. 478-1435
    Multicultural Student Center.................................................................................................... 478-5409
    Parking and Transportation Services....................................................................................... 478-7275
    Postal Services......................................................................................................................... 478-6245
    Registrar................................................................................................................................... 478-5152
    ResNet...................................................................................................................................... 478-7971
    Student Activities..................................................................................................................... 478-7270
    Student Conduct.…..……………………………….………………………………………... 478-0059
    Student Disability Resource Center........................................................................................ 478-1566
    University Store....................................................................................................................... 478-5181




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