DEAKIN HALL 2009 IMPORTANT NOTE – It is important to read the General Handbook in conjunction with the Hall specific Handbook. Deakin Hall is the oldest of the Halls of Residence at Monash University. It is named after Alfred Deakin who is remembered for the important role he played in the early days of Federation. He was born in 1856 and became Australia's second (1903), fifth (1905) and seventh (1909) Prime Minister. His friends called him "Affable Alfred". Welcome, both new and old residents, to Deakin Hall for 2009. Every effort will be made to make your stay a pleasant and memorable one. Living in a hall such as Deakin is the best way to profit from university life. Deakin residents form a community that offers a wide range of academic, social, cultural and recreational pursuits. Every member is encouraged to contribute to all aspects of hall life to make our community an active, interesting one. If you have any ideas about activities that you would like to see promoted in Deakin this year, please bring them to the attention of either the College Head, the Deputy College Head, Residential Support Assistant, the Resident Advisors or the Deakin Hall Society Committee. THE STAFF COLLEGE HEAD: Mr Jason Whitaker DEPUTY COLLEGE HEAD: Mr Brian Gilbert RESIDENTIAL SUPPORT ASSISTANT: Ms Alice Peebles RESIDENT ADVISORS - Resident advisors are usually senior students. They are involved in the social and intellectual life of the hall and may, when necessary, act with the authority of the College Head in any aspect of hall life. They also have responsibilities such as taking a special interest in the students on their floor and generally helping with the smooth operation of the hall. A list of the names of the Hall Senior Resident Advisor and Resident Advisors will be circulated on a separate sheet. SERVICES PERSONNEL – Every night, services personnel patrol the Halls of Residence. They are the first point of call in the event of any inquiries, reports of disturbances, illnesses or accidents. The telephone number for contacting them is ext 53059. HALL RULES - Experience has shown that our community will only work properly if all members show consideration for each other. The few rules set out below are intended to ensure the general good of all hall members. The basic rule is to be considerate and to avoid disturbing others, especially when they want to work or sleep. The following specific rules are also needed: 1) Excessive noise is not allowed at any time — this is a generally accepted rule, for obvious reasons, and everyone needs to cooperate. Directions from Services Personnel or Resident Advisors concerning noise must be complied with. 2) Drinking games such as ‘sculling’ and ‘centurion’ are forbidden. In addition, the possession of implements such as ‘funnels’ designed to facilitate such activities will be grounds for eviction from the Hall. The possession, sale or consumption of illegal drugs is also strictly prohibited. 3) Ball games are not allowed in the courtyard, the buildings or on the roadways. 4) Water fighting, etc., is not allowed in or around the Hall. 5) Riding of motorbikes in the courtyard is not permitted. 6) In accordance with Health Regulations, cooking of food is not permitted in student rooms. Students are required to keep communal cooking areas clean and dirty plates and utensils will be confiscated and disposed of without any notification to you or compensation. 7) Smoking is prohibited inside Deakin Hall, and within 10 metres of any entrance to Deakin Hall. This prohibition includes individual student rooms. Anyone who breaks any of these rules is liable to be directed to leave Halls or receive a formal warning. If noise or unruly behaviour disturbs you, please ask those disturbing you to quieten down. If a direct approach does not work, then please contact the Services Personnel. If that still does not work, please contact a Resident Advisor, Residential Support Assistant, the Deputy College Head or the College Head. Residents must comply with any specific instructions from Security Personnel or Resident Advisors. In the event that disciplinary action may be needed, Services Personnel or Resident Advisors will report the matter to the College Head. STUDENT ROOMS - The Deputy College Head allocates rooms and should be approached with a written request concerning a change or swap of rooms. Each resident is responsible for cleaning his or her own room. The cleaning contractors clean the public areas. It is particularly important that rooms be left clean at vacation time so that conferences can come in immediately. If this is not done, the residents concerned will be charged for extra cleaning costs. Students should report any defects in the furniture in their room when they arrive or they may later be charged for damage. 2 FACILITIES IN DEAKIN HALL - Various rooms and equipment are available for general use by Deakin residents. Spend some time learning what the Hall has to offer. The J A McDonell Room is the main Common Room in Deakin. It is named after the first college head of Deakin and is a focal point for all activity in the hall. The room is also equipped with a television projector and stereo system and is used for large meetings and special entertainment. Wireless internet is available. Food, drink and alcohol may be consumed in this room; noise should be kept at moderate levels. The D M White Room, named after Deakin's second college head, is a lounge on the first floor of Old Deakin. The pool table is here as well as a plasma television. Food, drink and alcohol are not permitted to be consumed in this room. The room closes at 12.00midnight sharp and opens again at 8.00am. Noise should be kept at low levels in this room. The Stafford Kay Library, on first floor, Old Deakin and named after Deakin's third college head, contains the computers and the Deakin Hall library. This room is kept locked but any residents may use it by unlocking it with their magnetic key. Food and drink and alcohol are not allowed in the Computer Room. Noise levels should be kept to a minimum. The "Flight Deck" or "Logan's Loft", named after Deakin's fourth college head, on the third floor of New Deakin, is also equipped with a plasma television. It was extended in 1996 and a kitchen was also built as part of that extension. Food and drink may be consumed but not alcohol. Noise levels should be kept low in this room. The Shirley Trembath Room, named after Deakin's fifth college head, is located on first floor, Old Deakin. It is available for quiet study and meetings. It is also used as a prayer room from time to time. No food, drink or alcohol permitted in this room. Noise levels should be kept to a minimum. The Old Deakin foyer is used for group study, group eating or quiet conversation. Whilst food and drink is permitted, alcohol is not. A drink vending machine and a snack vending machine are situated in the lobby outside the Common Room. The Projector Room is located at the rear of the McDonell Room. Foxtel is available here. Food, drink and alcohol are permitted in this room. Noise levels can be higher in this room. This is the place to go late at night for noisy activities. Excessive noise that can be heard outside this room is not permitted. The Kitchens are popular facilities. Students wishing to make use of these facilities need to provide their own cooking utensils. All kitchens must be left clean and tidy after use. Dirty utensils will be confiscated. They may also be disposed off without notice to you or compensation as they constitute a health hazard. Individual cooking should be done on the respective small floor kitchens and meals taken back to your room. Group cooking should be done in the larger kitchens with nearby eating room. These are the Loft kitchen, the Old Deakin foyer kitchen and the ground floor kitchen. The Music and Prayer Room located in the basement of New Deakin is available for playing music or quiet study or prayer. There are some rules concerning its use, as the room is not completely soundproofed. These rules are posted in the music room. This room is also used for communal prayers and from time to time. No food, drink or alcohol is permitted in this room. The barbecue facilities provided in the courtyard are used for functions throughout the year. Groups or individuals wishing to utilise these facilities may also use them if a function is not in progress. Food, drink and alcohol permitted at the BBQ. Each floor has a laundry equipped with automatic washing machines and dryers. The facilities are intended for use only by Deakin residents, strictly between the hours of 8am and 11.30pm. Each laundry has ironing boards and an iron. Vacuum cleaners can be borrowed from the Operations Office. These should be emptied in an appropriate way after use. Each floor has a refrigerator, intended only for residents and there is a deep freezer in the Ground Floor Kitchen next to the Common Room. 3 MAINTENANCE - Should any damage or breakage occur in either student rooms or public areas, please report it promptly so that the appropriate repairs can be made. Fill in a brief report on the maintenance cards located on the MRS website at www.mrs.monash.edu.au SECURITY AND SAFETY - Wherever possible, steps have been taken to ensure both the safety of persons living in Halls and the security of their personal possessions. However, past experience has shown that residents need to exercise certain precautions and a good deal of commonsense. If you leave your room even for a short time it is wise to lock the door. Do not leave valuable articles in unlocked rooms or in cars in the car park. Bicycles should be stored in the bicycle enclosure located near the BBQ in the courtyard. The lock for the enclosure uses a combination lock. The combination can be obtained from the Resident Advisor allocated this task. If you are disturbed by any strangers, either within or around the Halls, please notify a member of staff immediately. If you are threatened by anyone, a good loud scream will usually bring people to your aid quickly. When walking between the Halls and the University, particularly in the evening, it is safest to go in pairs or groups. A safe alternative is the campus bus service, which operates in the evenings. The bus routes and timetable are posted in the foyer. Should anyone disturb you, report it immediately to either a member of the Hall's staff or a University security officer. WE HOPE THAT YOUR TIME IN DEAKIN HALL WILL PROVE TO BE PROFITABLE, ENJOYABLE AND MEMORABLE.