The Residential Life Handbook
4) Residential Life Policies
Radios, stereos, and televisions must be operated at volume levels which do not disturb other residents. Hot pots, hot plates, microwave ovens, toasters, and similar appliances are not permitted in Agee, Kerr, Taylor, Howard, or WMU Dorms. Refrigerators must not exceed 5 cubic feet nor use more than 2 amps.
Generally, appliances should require no more than one thousand (1,000) watts. Appliances used in the residence halls must be UL approved and should be properly maintained. Before leaving for breaks and holidays, residents must unplug all electrical appliances to guard against fire hazard.
Extension cords and multiple outlets are designed for minimum use for short periods of time. Multi-plug outlets and improper use of extension cords create fire and safety hazards. Therefore, the following information is the guideline when using this equipment:
- Too many appliances on one extension cord can cause the cord to overheat and result in a fire. (Note: Two or more cords plugged together are theoretically still only one cord.)
- Extension cords placed in or through doorways that have metal or put in areas where they may be walked on, create the added risk of shock or electrocution.
- The outlets in each room were designed for either one or two appliances. Multi-plug covers, cords, or other splitters to increase the number of appliances on one outlet are prohibited due to fire and safety hazards as well as possible circuit overloads. However, a multi-plug "power strip" with an internal fuse is permissible.
All furniture must remain in your room/apartment. You are responsible for any damage to the furniture in your room/apartment. During room inspections, RAs will be checking to determine if all furniture is in your room. If any item is missing, you will be subject to disciplinary action and will be required to return the furniture to the room immediately. Lobby, lounge, and study room furniture is provided for the use of all residents. Do not move this furniture or take it to your room or apartment.
Extreme caution is to be used while charcoaling or grilling on campus. Charcoal grills are only to be used in the grassy areas around the apartments and no grilling is to be done within 25 feet of any building on campus. In addition, grills should not be used on walkways or underneath overhangs on buildings. Do not store grills on walkways.
All overnight guests must be of the same gender as the resident and at least 15 years old. All guests must be registered at the RA desk. Guests may stay two nights free of charge. Each night thereafter will be $5. OBU student guests will be responsible for their own behavior and any infractions of university regulations. The OBU student is responsible for the behavior of the non-student guest including the serving of penalties for any infractions committed by the non-student guest.
Halogen lamps are not permitted in any university owned housing due to the extreme fire risk that they present. Any student bringing a halogen lamp to campus will be asked to take it home immediately.
If you are locked out of your room/apartment, contact the RA Desk or a member of the Residential Life Staff. It will cost $1 or your ID (until you have $1). We will open your door only for you. We will NOT open any door for anyone (including friends and family members) who is not a resident of that room/apartment. You must leave written permission at the RA desk if you want someone else allowed into your room/apartment. If you lose your key, it will cost $25 to replace that key.
No student is allowed to paint his/her room or apartment at any time for any reason. Rooms and apartments are painted by OBU's physical plant only. Violation of this policy will result in the student being required to pay the amount that it costs the university to re-paint the area that the student painted. Under no circumstances should you paint your room or allow others to paint it for you.
Posters publicizing any events must be approved by each Residence Director. Please leave all flyers and posters for approval at the RA Desk. The Director will approve them at his/her earliest convenience and assure that they are hung. Posters can be no larger than 14 inches X 22 inches (half of a normal poster board). Posters/flyers which are not approved by the Residence Director, the Dean of Students, or the Director of Housing will be removed. All posters/flyers will be removed and discarded immediately following the date and time of the event. Flyers which are advertising items for sale or that are of a personal nature can be posted for two weeks and will be removed at the RD's discretion following that time.
RVs can be given by RAs, night security or the Director to anyone violating university rules found in the Green Book or this handbook. RVs are monetary fines ruled on by a Judiciary Committee. You may appeal an RV within two (2) days of receiving it by submitting a written statement of appeal to your Residence Director. Repeated incidents can result in increased fines.
When you moved in, you signed a Residential Life Agreement Form that grants permission for university officials to enter your room/apartment and search it for anything the university deems "illegal," including, alcoholic beverages, drugs, weapons, and members of the opposite sex (after curfew and/or in "restricted areas").
The Board of Trustees has adopted the following Tobacco-Free Environment Policy concerning the use of tobacco on campus: In keeping with the mission and purpose of the University, and in order to encourage a clean and healthy environment, Oklahoma Baptist University promotes a tobacco-free environment on campus. The use of tobacco in any form is expressly forbidden on campus. Look at the Green Book for the policy on Tobacco. http://www.okbu.edu/campuslife/greenbook/section_2.html#2-d-xxii-22
Solicitation by off-campus groups and/or individuals must be approved by the Residential Life office in writing. If someone knocks on your door selling or soliciting support for an organization, ask for identification and their written approval. Report individuals without identification and written approval to Campus Safety and the Residential Life Office immediately. If an OBU student wishes to sell something in the residence facilities, they must also have written approval from the Residential Life office.
OBU is not obligated in any way to store student belongings outside of their room/apt during the school year nor at any time during the summer months. Students need to take responsibility for locating adequate storage for any items that they find it necessary to leave in the Shawnee area during the summer or that will not fit in their room during the academic year (see contact information at end of this section). West University Apartments 1-24 each have a storage closet within the apartment. During the summer months the closet can be shared by the former and previous residents of that apartment. The previous residents are only allowed to store their belongings in that closet if they will be returning to OBU campus housing in the fall semester. It is expected that students will store all their belongings in their own room/apartment during the school year. All residents must clear their belongings out of their room/apartment upon checking out for the summer unless they have been assigned to summer housing (See Holiday Housing in Section One: Moving In and Moving Out).
SHAWNEE AREA STORAGE FACILITIES
|Allied Mini Storage||Hwy. 177 & MacArthur||273-7580|
|Apex Mini Storage||1100 E. Independence||275-6004|
|Craig Self Storage||4131 N. Harrison||275-8709|
|Foresee Mini-Storage||1900 N. Kickapoo||273-9855|
|Harrison Self Storage||4204 N. Harrison||273-3531|
|Kickapoo Self Storage||3929 N. Kickapoo||275-2022|
|MacArthur Street Storage||39300 W. MacArthur||273-9400|
|Mini-Storage of Shawnee||1522 N. Harrison||273-1978|
|Shawnee Self Storage||37803 45th Street||275-6401|
|Shawnee Self Storage||4131 N. Harrison||275-8709|
|Star Security Storage||13303 Hwy.177||273-8284|
Members of the opposite sex are allowed in the apartments from noon until 1 a.m. each night. They cannot go into the bedrooms. Violating this regulation will result in strict disciplinary action for everyone in the apartment. A restroom is provided for men in the lobby of Howard Dorm and in the WUA Center Building. Dorm lobbies are opened until 1 a.m. for opposite sex visitation. Members of the opposite sex are allowed into the dorm rooms every Tuesday from 4pm-10pm and every Friday and Saturday from 2pm-11pm. Students of the opposite desk are required to check in and out of the facility they are visiting with the use of your ID card.
Each resident is responsible for the window screens on the window(s) in his/her room/apartment. There is no reason for the removal of a screen except for in an emergency. Residents will be charged for missing or damaged screens. Disciplinary action can result if a student removes his/her screen at any time. Please do not tamper with window screens unless there is an emergency situation which necessitates such action. If at any point in time you discover a screen missing when one was there upon checkin, you should notify your RA or RD immediately.