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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
No baby-sitting is allowed on the University campus.
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 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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
service will provide a more effective method to announce
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
“all-user” messages to be sent out through
the phone mail system will require the approval of the
Student Affairs Office.
of the phone mail system will not be tolerated. Actions
specifically prohibited include, but are not limited
to the following:
of another student’s account
harassing, or obscene messages should not be sent
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
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.