Residence Life and
Housing Services

West Chester University

202 Lawrence Center
West Chester, PA 19383
610-436-3307
fax: 610-430-5945
Housing@wcupa.edu



General Questions

The Office of Residence Life and Housing Services has worked hard to provide a comprehensive list of answers to the most often asked questions. Please take the time to check out this section prior to placing a call to our office! We're sure you'll find the answers you're looking for!

Alcohol Questions:

Visitation/Guest Policy Questions:

Discipline Questions:

LAN (in room computer access) and Internet Questions:

Involvement Questions:

Parking Questions:

Staffing Questions:

Move In Questions:

Security Questions:

South Campus Apartment Complex Questions:

Can I consume alcohol on campus?

West Chester University is a dry campus and as a result, does not permit alcoholic beverages being consumed, regardless of age.

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What happens if I am cited for an off-campus situation regarding alcohol?

If you are cited for an off-campus situation regarding alcohol, your citation will be communicated back to the University and you will be charged for it through the University Judicial Process as per the Student Code of Conduct located in the Ram's Eye View

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What are the consequences for being cited for alcohol on campus or off campus?

There is a range of sanctions for off-campus citations and on-campus violations/citations - Off Campus and On-Campus citations are dealt with through the court system. With each sanction, an educational condition can be imposed as well such as but not limited to: community service, research or reflection papers, alcohol counseling or programs, etc.

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Can I have guests spend the night?

Overnight guests are permitted to stay in University housing for a period of two nights within a seven day period with prior consent from a roommate(s). The rights of the roommate take precedence in issues involving a guest.

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How long can my guests stay?

Overnight guests are permitted to stay in University housing for a period of two nights within a seven day period with prior consent from a roommate(s). The rights of the roommate take precedence in issues involving a guest.

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What is the vistation/guest policy?

The University's Guest Policy is designed to maintain security in the residence halls and apartments.

Students are permitted to host guests in their residence hall rooms and apartments. However, every guest is subject to University rules and regulations and is the responsibility of the resident host at all times. The University reserves the right to deny access to any person if it is reasonably determined that such person presents a threat to the peace, safety and welfare of other residents.

  1. The University does not condone or permit cohabitation or patterns of extended visitation in the residence halls or apartments.
  2. Guests are allowed in residence hall rooms only with prior consent from a roommate(s). The rights of a roommate take precedence in issues involving a guest.
  3. Overnight guests are permitted to stay in University housing for a period of two nights within a 7-day period.
  4. Each student may have no more than 3 guests at a time.
  5. This Guest Policy applies to single, double, and triple occupancy rooms in North Campus residence halls, and at the South Campus Apartment Complexes. The policy applies to all residents regardless of having a roommate or not.
  6. The host is responsible for ensuring that their guests use the appropriate bathroom facilities during their visit. Specifically, male guests should only use designated male bathrooms and female guests should use only designated female bathrooms.

Any guest in a traditional residence hall between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m. (whether that guest is a resident student living in a different residence hall, an off campus student or a non-student) must be signed into that hall by the building resident who he/she intends to visit. The host is required to meet the guest in the lobby and sign the guest in at the security desk. In addition, when the guest leaves, the host needs to accompany the guest to sign out of the building and retrieve their ID. If you and your guest leave the building, you need to retrieve your IDs and sign them out with the Security Guard. Do not leave your IDs in the ID box for storage. If you return later you will need to show your ID and/or sign in any guests. Please note that IDs left in the ID box longer than 3 days will be taken to the SSI Service Desk (WCU IDs) or removed by Public Safety (non University IDs). IDs will not be given to a person other than the person to whom the ID belongs.

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Why does the university have a 24-hour visitation policy?

Our students have widely differing academic schedules and personal "clocks". While we place restrictions on student behavior (specifically noise) after certain hours, we feel that college is the time for students to begin to develop their own lifestyle patterns. However, our guidelines for living on campus clearly state that the rights of the roommate supersede any rights that students have to host guests. Roommates should discuss their desires for visitation very early in the year to help avoid problems and conflicts later.

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Why does the university allow opposite gender visitation?

As with the 24-hour visitation, students in college are in a position to begin to define their relationships with everyone, whether of the same or opposite gender. We do restrict the amount of time that any guest can remain in a residence hall room, and once again the rights of the roommate are paramount to the right to host a guest. All residents must be aware of the impact of their actions on their neighbors, and are responsible for the acts of their guests while they are in the building. This applies in particular to the use of restrooms and other facilities when the guests are visiting.

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What happens when we get in trouble?

Any situation that is suspected to be a violation of the Student Code of Conduct will be documented by a University staff member. This could be a student staff member (Resident Assistant) in the residence halls, a Public Safety Officer or Security Guard, or any University official. Students may also document other students if the circumstances warrant. Matters that are a violation of local, state or federal laws may also be referred to the appropriate off campus civil or criminal judicial body by the Department of Public Safety.

Once the documentation is received by the Office of Judicial Affairs and Student Assistance or a University Hearing Officer, a determination is made to handle the case within the judicial process or non-judicially. The judicial process is made up of several steps, each of which allow the student to be educated about the process and make decisions about how the situation is handled. Records of matters that were not referred to criminal or civil authorities remain on campus and can be shared with others only in certain circumstances.

Most judicial cases result in educationally based sanctions. However, there is a fine system set up for alcohol and drug violations, and students with more severe violations could be removed from University housing, or suspended or expelled from the University.

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Do all rooms have LAN (in room computer access) connections?

All of our residence hall rooms have LAN (in room computer) access.

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What are the basics of hooking up to the Internet?

Resnet information can be viewed by clicking here: Resnet Computer System

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Can I have an outside carrier for the Internet?

All students have the right to use Comcast cable modem service, which would be arranged by the student and billed directly through Comcast.

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What is there to do in West Chester?

The Student Activities Council (SAC) is one of the major programming organizations at West Chester University. Totally funded and staffed by students, SAC plans and presents many of the activities and events that you will see on campus. By utilizing students' talents and energies, SAC strives to present a wide variety of programs that meet the needs and interests of the West Chester University Community. For more information on SAC, check out their website.

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Are first year students permitted to park on campus?

First year students are not permitted to have cars on campus. Click here for additional parking regulations.

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How many staff members are in each building?

Each of our housing facilities is managed by a resident director or a graduate hall director. He or she is a staff member dedicated to overseeing the administrative operations and all activities held in the building or complex. Most facilities have a graduate assistant dedicated to aiding the resident director/graduate hall director in the performance of his or her duties. There are between six and 13 Resident Assistants per building, depending on size and roughly seven Desk Assistants per hall.

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Can I move into my hall early?

Students are not permitted to move in before the designated day/time.

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Where do we park to unload?

All residence halls will have staff available to direct traffic for the easiest parking for check in.

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Do the halls provide carts to assist in move in?

There are a limited number of carts in the high rise residence halls to assist with move in. However, due to the volume of people all moving in at the same time, we strongly encourage you to bring your own handcart to eliminate the need to wait for an available cart.

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Does the university conduct room checks?

The Residence Life staff does not monitor a resident's coming and going while they are staying in the building, unless we are given a specific reason to do so. Security staff will check ID's in the lobby during certain times, but only to verify that you are a resident of that particular building (if not, you will have to be signed in by a resident). On a regular basis, the staff will conduct Health and Safety Inspections, which is our opportunity to make sure that the room is being kept in an acceptable condition, that no safety violations exist, and that University property is being respected. However, staff can report anything they find while conducting other business (doing rounds of the building, evacuating for a fire drill, etc.).

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Will staff enter the room using a pass key?

The University reserves the right to enter any student room for the purpose of maintenance, inspection, repair, enforcement of University rules and regulations, or in cases of emergency (see the Student Occupancy Agreement, item #13). Generally, these "visits" are done with prior notification. However, prior notification may not always be possible, although University staff would never enter a student room without announcing themselves first. We respect the right of residents not to have their privacy unreasonably disturbed.

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What safety measures are in effect?

There are a number of safety measures in effect, both on campus and in the residence halls. Each building has security coverage (see item below). There are also closed circuit video cameras monitoring the main entrances to each building. Emergency telephones that connect directly with our Department of Public Safety are distributed all across campus. University personnel, with student participation, conduct a lighting survey each year to identify locations on campus that might need additional illumination at nighttime. Current campus lighting is also monitored by Public Safety and Security staff members and work orders are submitted as necessary to correct problems. An Escort System is in place, where students may request a walking escort to and from any location on campus.

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Is there security in the housing facilities?

A security staff is on duty in each traditional residence hall from 8:00 pm to 4:00 am. They monitor entry into the hall from the main front door, since all other doors are locked and alarmed during this time. Residents of a particular building are given a sticker for their ID card, allowing them easy entry to the building once the card is shown to the guard. All other people wishing to enter the building, whether residents of other halls, off campus students, or guests to the University, must be signed in by a resident of the building, and picture ID for both parties must be left with the guard. In addition to the guards in the building, the University has a staff of Public Safety Officers who are on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. These Officers are duly commissioned Pennsylvania police officers who carry firearms and are responsible for the overall safety and security of the campus. Public Safety Officers will respond to the residence halls if circumstances warrant.

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How does the South Campus Apartment Complex compare to off-campus housing?

Benefits of the South Campus Apartment Complex are an apartment and off-campus feel, but with an on-campus experience. In addition to this, there are many benefits or pros regarding the inclusion of apartment furniture, cable, LAN connections, staff assistance, etc.

Some students view a con as the location and having to take the bus to and from North Campus, however, many students realize that this small commute is not a difficult one if you plan it in to your schedule.

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What are the pro's/con's of living at the South Campus Apartment Complex?

Benefits of the South Campus Apartment Complex are an apartment and off-campus feel, but with an on-campus experience. In addition to this, there are many benefits or pros regarding the inclusion of apartment furniture, cable, LAN connections, staff assistance, etc.

Some students view a con as the location and having to take the bus to and from North Campus, however, many students realize that this small commute is not a difficult one if you plan it in to your schedule.

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Are you removed from the rest of campus life by living at the South Campus Apartment Complex?

Since the location is 3/4 of a mile from the North Campus area, it is physically located or removed from other parts of North Campus life. However, you still are informed about everything that goes on at North Campus and you are closer to the Health Sciences area and all of the Athletic Fields and games, since these areas are on South Campus.

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Are the policies different at South Campus than North Campus?

No, all of the policies are the same whether you live at South Campus or North Campus. Policies can be found in the Guide to Residential Living and the Ram's Eye View (Student Code of Conduct).

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Are the South Campus Apartment Complex fully furnished?

Yes, all of the apartments come furnished with a bedroom set (bed/mattress, desk, desk chair, dresser, bookshelf) a living room set (two two-seat couches, coffee table) and a dining room set (table and four chairs).

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Do you have to pay separately for utilities at the South Campus Apartment Complex?

No, utilities (heat, AC, cable TV) are included in the room rate.

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Is the meal plan mandatory for South Campus Apartment Complex residents?

No. Meal plans are not required at the South Campus Apartment Complex. Students can choose from all of the meal plan's we have available. Click here to view: On Campus Housing and Meal Costs.

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What are the requirements to living at the South Campus Apartment Complex?

First year, first semester students are not permitted to live at South Campus Apartment Complex.

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Do you have to buy a parking permit to park at the South Campus Apartment Complex?

Yes, there is a specific parking permit for the South Campus Apartment that you can purchase at the Public Safety Office.

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