Heading to Campus
Are You Heading to Campus in the Fall? Here Are Some Things You’ll Want to Consider!
Room Decorating Tips
Decorate with things that make you feel comfortable, but remember that your taste is uniquely yours! Leave anything questionable or offensive at home.
The walls are the most obvious place to start creating your new home, and posters are the easiest items with which to decorate. They are an inexpensive way to create an atmosphere that reflects your personality. Favorite photographs can be enlarged and used as posters. Please note that tape or nails may not be used. Instead, you will need to purchase poster putty to affix items to your walls and doors.
Another way to make your room a little more homey is by adding a touch of color to the floor. If your budget allows, you may choose to purchase a large carpet remnant that can be cut to fit your room for instant wall-to-wall warmth.
Just about anything can be turned into a table, shelving or storage. Trunks make great tables or plant stands. Plastic milk crates can serve as a perfect storage area. Why not set aside an hour or so this summer to create a book shelf or stereo unit out of plywood and decorative bricks?
Guidelines on Decorating
Decorations are encouraged in residence halls as long as they do not create health or fire hazards or cause structural damage. To meet safety standards the following criteria must be adhered to:
- Only non-combustible materials are permitted in student rooms.
- Attachment of paper to light fixtures is not permitted.
- Any materials used to decorate must be of a type that can be easily removed. Nails, tacks, 3M Command strips and other fasteners which leave permanent holes are not permitted. Tape is not permitted because it leaves a sticky residue. Sticky-tack/poster putty, a look-a-like to modeling clay, holds fast and is easy to remove. It can be found in hardware and department stores.
- The provided contents of a room must remain within the room (i.e. desks, chairs, beds, and bed frames).
- Any modification to the existing electrical system is not permitted.
- Painting of rooms by students is not permitted.
The occupants assigned to each room are financially responsible for keeping the room and its contents in good order and free from damage, whether caused by themselves or others. The cost of any room damage (such as nail holes, broken screens, tape damage, etc.) or extra custodial services will be charged to the students living in that room.
If you have any questions concerning room decorations, please ask your Resident Assistant or Hall Director.
Residence Hall Policies
The residence halls are governed by the policies found in the Student Handbook. These policies have been developed to uphold the rights of each student and all students are expected to be familiar with them. For example, alcoholic beverages are not permitted in the residence halls or on campus unless at a university sponsored event. Another policy is regarding visitation of opposite gender people in a room. Visitation of the opposite gender is permitted in rooms beginning at 9:00 A.M. until 12:00 A.M. Sunday through Thursday and until 2:00 A.M. the evenings of Friday and Saturday.
The size of the refrigerator may not exceed 4.0 cubic feet, 3 amps and 100 watts. The refrigerator should be maintained and operated in full compliance with sanitation and safety standards. Grounded extension cords may not be used. Only one refrigerator per room is allowed.
Electrical Appliances Policy
Televisions and stereos, electric razors, clocks, hair dryers, lamps, electric blankets and fans are permitted in rooms providing their use does not disturb other occupants of the building and their state of repair is not a fire hazard. Safety and insurance standards require that certain restrictions be placed on the use of electrical appliances in the residence halls. Use of hot plates, George Foreman grills, skillets, toaster ovens, or any other cooking devices are only permitted in the kitchen areas of the residence halls. In addition, sun lamps, halogen lamps, microwave ovens and gas appliances may not be used. Please leave these items at home. The use of personally owned electrical irons is limited to the laundry rooms only.
One part of your room that you may not have thought about is your closet. A college closet will probably be much smaller than the one you presently use at home. Therefore, the better you use the space in your closet, the more room you will have to store things.
Since closet space is limited even for hanging clothes, purchase pant and skirt hangers that attach to one another to minimize the amount of room that your clothes take up in your closet. If closet and dresser space isn’t sufficient even after you organize them, buy a plastic, metal or cardboard storage compartment that fits under your bed to store out-of-season clothing.
Services are contracted through Redimed. Your health fee covers basic medical services offered by Redimed. You will receive more information about the services offered when you receive your housing assignment information over the summer.
In addition to the items that you surely will remember to bring (clothes, toiletries, etc.) we have listed some things which you may not have thought of. Keep in mind that although many students find these items handy, not all of them are necessary.
Remember, you will be able to buy school supplies, personal toiletries, laundry detergent, food, and other necessities in Fort Wayne. Many students find it easier to pick up some of these items once they get to campus, rather than bring them from home.
Because you won’t need winter clothes until November or December, you may wish to leave them at home for the first part of the semester. Thanksgiving is a convenient time to take your summer clothes home and return to school with your warmer clothes.