Policies & Procedures

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Dining Options
Alcohol and Drug Policy
Appliances
Decor Items
Room Checks
Open House
On Campus Curfew
Holiday Accommodations
Room Locks and Keys
Fire and Tornado Safety
Fire Hazards
Smoke Alarms
Maintenance
Guests
Baby-sitting
Pets
Quiet Hours/Noise Control
Residence Hall Meetings
Sign In/Sign Out
Media Entertainment
Telephone Service
Windows

Dining Options
Each dorm resident is required to purchase either a 14 or 20 meal plan. Dining
Services will provide students with a variety of choices during each meal. Students unable to eat during regular dining hall hours may request a box lunch. These requests should be made to the dinning hall staff in advance. In addition to the Dining Hall, students may also choose to enjoy meals in the Patriot Café, located in the Mahler Student Center or the Daily Bread Bistro on the 3rd floor of the Learning Center. Depending on the meal plan that they select, students will have credit to spend in each of these locations during the course of the semester. Students may also enjoy the Fill My Cup Coffee House which is located in the Crowley Complex adjacent to the Dining Hall. Students can purchase Starbucks coffee in the coffee house. Apartment residents are not required to purchase a meal plan.
Alcohol and Drug Policy
Dallas Baptist University prohibits the possession or consumption of alcoholic
beverages and/or illegal drugs on the DBU campus or as a part of any University
activity.
Appliances
The use of certain electrical appliances is permitted in the residence halls. One
refrigerator per student is permitted in each room; however, they must not exceed 2.5 amperes of electricity, 110-120 volts, or 50 watts of electricity. UL listed appliances such as hair dryers, curling irons, and electric fans are acceptable. Heaters, electric blankets, air conditioners, or cooking appliances, including microwave ovens, are not permitted in the resident’s room. Microwaves are available in each dormitory for student use. Cooking of meals inside the residence halls is prohibited for reasons of health, safety, and maintenance.
Decor Items
Posters, pictures, plaques, and other wall hangings may be placed on dormitory
walls if secured by poster putty, tacks, or thin hanging nails. The use of large nails, screws, glue, two-sided adhesive, or tape to secure items to dormitory walls is prohibited. Damages incurred by such items will be charged to the resident(s) of the room that is affected. In selected residence halls, contact paper may be used for decorating lavatory counters. All paper must be removed before the students vacate the room. Items are not to be displayed in windows. Lewd and obscene pictures or displays that are in conflict with the school’s Christian philosophy are prohibited. Students are allowed to bring carpet for the room, but no tack strips, glue, or other adhesives are permitted. If students have questions about decorating their rooms, they should contact the Residence Life Office or their Resident Director.
Room Checks
While striving at all times to respect residents’ personal privacy, the University
reserves the right to authorize entry into a student’s room to evaluate cleanliness
and general maintenance, to investigate a possible violation of University policy or when the welfare of the occupant, another student, or the residence hall is a concern. A Resident Director, Dean of Students, or the Vice President for Student Affairs must approve such entry. Reasons for entry include, but are not limited to, maintenance repairs, facility safety, or to investigate a suspected violation of University regulations.

Open House
With the exception of open house, residence hall residents may not host members of the opposite sex in their residence hall room; however, residence hall lounges and lobbies are open to all students except during curfew hours. Open house applies only to designated dorms on designated nights. Refer to the dorm office for the open house schedule for each hall.

Open house hours are from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. on designated nights. During open house, guests must have an ID card and must sign in and sign out. Those residents hosting guests must leave their door open at all times while the guest is present. Guests must remain with the individual they have registered to visit. Any activity deemed inappropriate or questionable will not be tolerated. Guests may be asked to leave the facility if necessary.

On Campus Curfew
Curfew is at 12:00 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 1:00 a.m. on Friday and
Saturday. Residence Hall doors are locked and the alarms set at this time and are reopened at 5:00 a.m. Students entering the residence halls after curfew must access the residence halls through a campus security officer. A record will be maintained of students entering residence halls after curfew. There is no off curfew
for residents of the Colonial Village Apartments.
Holiday Accommodations
Based on availability, residence halls remain open on a limited basis during campus holidays. Residents who are taking mini-term classes or are working full time on campus during the holiday period may be allowed to remain in campus housing between semesters or terms. Holiday housing should be confirmed with the Residence Life Office, and the bill paid in the Cashier’s Office. Residents who are working full time on campus should have their request to remain on campus approved by the Executive Vice President. The student is responsible for making these arrangements and presenting proof of payment to the Resident Director.
Room Locks and Keys
Residents are issued individual room keys and are encouraged to lock their rooms at all times. Should the resident lose or fail to return a key, a $60.00 charge will be made and a new key will be issued once the lock is changed for security purposes. If the old key is found and returned to the Resident Director, the resident is entitled to a $5.00 refund. Any duplication of a room key is prohibited. Residence Hall students are not allowed to place any type of additional lock or security device on doors or windows without prior approval through the Residence Life Office. Students residing in the Colonial Village Apartments may request additional locks through the Residence Life Office. Students who are locked out of their rooms may be required to pay a small fee in order to have their room opened.
Fire and Tornado Safety
It is the responsibility of the residents to be familiar with safety policies and procedures. Fire and tornado evacuation procedures are listed in the Policies and Procedures section of this Handbook. Routes for exiting each room in case of fire or tornado are posted in the halls. Fire and Tornado drills are conducted several times a year. All residents are required to follow prescribed procedures during fire or tornado drills. Failure to participate in emergency drills is subject to disciplinary action. In the event of an emergency, students should call campus security at extension 5305 or the University switchboard. Campus security will notify 911.
Fire Hazards
The following items are prohibited because they are serious potential fire hazards: open flames, such as candles, or incense; appliances with exposed heating elements; appliances which overload the electrical system; fireworks; use of paints; halogen lamps; and smoking. Residents should not store fuel or other accelerants in their room.
Smoke Alarms
Smoke alarms are placed in residence hall rooms for the protection of the students. A fine of $50.00 will be charged to students for vandalism or removal of these alarms. Batteries in smoke alarms are not to be employed by students for any purposes other than that for which they were installed. Unauthorized removal of batteries will result in a $5.00 fine. Any malfunction of the system should immediately be reported to the Resident Assistant or Resident Director.
Maintenance
If there are problems with a resident’s room (plumbing problems, heater/air conditioner not working, etc.), he or she should report it to their Resident Assistant immediately. If the Resident Assistant is not available, report problems to the Resident Director or the Residence Life Office.

Guests
Overnight guests may be invited to spend a maximum of two nights in the residence hall during any one month, not to exceed four nights per semester. All overnight guests must be of the same gender as the residents with whom they will be staying. Guests must be registered in the Residence Life Office by their host no later than 5:00 p.m. on the day of the visit. Guests arriving during the weekend should be registered by 5:00 p.m. on Friday. Guests not registered may be turned away by campus security.

Guests must be at least 17 years of age or older. If a guest stays in a student’s
room and has registered in advance with the Resident Director, no fee is charged. All guests are subject to University regulations. Each student is responsible for the conduct of his or her guest, including the serving of penalties for infractions committed by the non-student guest. Students who fail to comply with advanced registration policies may be subject to a $20.00 fine. There are no family accommodations available.

Baby-sitting
No baby-sitting is allowed on the University campus.
Pets
To insure a safe and healthy environment for all residents, animals, including cats, dogs, birds, insects, and/or reptiles are not allowed in the residence halls. Residents are allowed to keep fish if their container holds no more than 10 gallons of water.

Quiet Hours/Noise Control
Quiet hours are from 10:00 p.m. until 8:00 a.m. Residents are to observe posted
signs and keep the volume on TVs, radios, and stereos low. A student’s right to
study or sleep during quiet hours must be respected.

Sound from stereos and/or any type of amplifying equipment should be no louder
than to be heard within the extent of the room walls. Noise should also be kept to
a minimum on the front porch and areas around the residence halls.

Residence Hall Meetings
When mandatory meetings are called in the residence halls, all residents are required to attend. Students will be given timely notice to make arrangements to attend these meetings. Announcements regarding upcoming hall meetings will be posted on the residence hall bulletin boards. If a student is prevented from attending, he/she is to inform the Resident Director. Failure to attend without excuse from the Resident Director may result in disciplinary action.
Sign In/Sign Out
All students must sign out if they anticipate being off campus during the overnight
hours. Sign-out sheets are located at the dorm office in each residence hall. If the student is going to be off campus for an overnight visit, he/she must sign out with designation and expected time of return and the destination of their visit. A student may not have another person sign in or sign out for him/her. When this procedure cannot be followed, students must contact the Resident Assistant or Resident Director. Residents in the Colonial Village Apartments are not required to sign out.

Media Entertainment
Due to the availability, content, and influence of entertainment in our culture, it is
crucial that personal decisions regarding television viewing, choice of video and
theater films, and use of computer reflect discernment, or careful judgment, based
on thoughtful application of the principles/values of Scripture.

The educational or entertainment value of media should not supersede the application of biblical principles relating to thought life, sexual purity, honesty, kindness, justice, wholesome and constructive language, etc. It follows that individuals are to avoid media that promote, or otherwise present as desirable, behaviors that violate these and other biblical values.

Telephone Service
Phone mail service is available to all residential students. Each room will be assigned a password at the beginning of each semester. The students are
encouraged to personalize the password. The password will be changed by the
University at the beginning of each semester.

This service will provide a more effective method to announce campus and/or
regional news and emergencies. “All-user” phone mail messages will only be sent out by the Residence Life Office and the Office of Student Affairs. Approval for
“all-user” messages to be sent out through the phone mail system will require the approval of the Student Affairs Office.

Misuse of the phone mail system will not be tolerated. Actions specifically prohibited include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Use of another student’s account
  • Fraudulent, harassing, or obscene messages should not be sent or stored.
    Disciplinary action will be taken in accordance with the provisions of the
    Student Code of Conduct. Any fraudulent, harassing, or obscene message
    should be reported immediately to the Resident Assistant or Resident
    Director.

Windows
Windows must be closed when air-conditioning units are in use. No one is permitted to stand or loiter outside the residence hall windows. Clothing, banners, flags, etc. may not be hung in the windows without permission. Window coverings of any kind should be hung on the interior side of the blinds. Students should not enter or exit rooms through windows or use windows as a portal to pass items to the outside.


The University reserves the right to terminate a resident’s housing contract for disciplinary reasons or in cases of delinquent financial accounts.


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