Frequently Asked Questions

Alcohol
Appliances
Bikes/Bike Storage
Billing for Public Area
Damage/Fire Code
Violations
Conduct
Fire Safety
Guests and Visitation
Housing Contract
Housing Costs
Keys
Laundry Facilities
Meal Plans
On-Campus Living Requirement
Personal Property
Pets
Professional Live-In Staff
Receiving Mail on Campus
Room Decoration
Room Furnishings
Roommate Conflicts
Safety and Security
Smoking
Storage
Student Staff
Weekend Activities

All students and visitors are expected to observe the regulations set forth in the Alcohol Policy, which can be found in The Compass. Allegheny’s policy follows the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, which state that no one under the age of 21 is permitted to possess or consume alcoholic beverages.

Students may have a microwave and a refrigerator as long as each is under 750 watts, UL approved, and in good condition. Toasters, coffee makers and hot pots are also allowed. Only one of each type of appliance is allowed per room. Any appliances with an exposed heating element (hot plates, toaster ovens, “electric grills,” George Foreman grills, etc.) are not permitted for safety reasons. If extension cords are needed, please make sure that heavy-duty cords with a minimum of 14-gauge wire are used. If a power strip is necessary, please make sure that it is heavy duty with a self-tripping breaker. In order to help ensure that there is a clear exit from the room in case of emergency, tapestries cannot be hung from the ceiling or in front of the door. Finally, we do not allow halogen lamps due to fire safety concerns.

Bikes are permitted on campus. While a few halls have indoor bike storage areas, most require bikes to be parked outside at the bike racks provided.

From time to time, additional charges may appear on your student’s Statement of Account from the College. These charges are assessed following an incident where a violation of our College fire policies occurs or when property is damaged. If the responsible person(s) cannot be found, the amount is divided evenly among all the residents of the floor or building (whichever is appropriate). It is our hope that this policy minimizes the number of violations in the halls and encourages all of the residents to be responsible for the place where they live. This policy is further explained in the housing contract that students sign before moving into the residence halls.

Depending on the nature of the charge, the amount is established in different ways. For violations of state or local fire codes, the Office of Security assesses a fine for each violation. These fines are collected in a safety/security account that is used to purchase items to help prevent similar situations from occurring in the future (propped door alarms, fire pull station covers, safety videos, etc.). For damage to property, our Physical Plant establishes the charge based upon replacement cost including materials and labor as well as a deterrent fee. These charges go into an account for the repair or replacement of the damaged items.

It is also important to realize that a number of proactive steps are taken to reduce or eliminate these situations. First, our security officers and Residence Life staff members complete safety and security checks of the halls on a regular basis. These staff members are expected to confront all behaviors that violate campus policies. Second, we actively educate our students about the dangers/consequences of tampering with fire equipment and the cost associated with damaging College property. We address these issues at meetings held throughout the year and by posting educational signs, especially in areas where damage/fire violations have been a problem. Third, we are constantly exploring new technology that can help eliminate these issues. To date, we have added security phones at the main doors to all residence halls, installed fire pull station covers in areas where patterns of abuse have occurred, and tested door alarms that sound if the door is propped open. It is our hope that these efforts reduce the disruption caused by fire violations and damage.

All members of the Allegheny College community are expected to act in a manner that demonstrates consideration and regard for the rights, privileges, and sensitivities of others. This is especially true for those individuals who contract for and occupy the College’s residential facilities. Upon signing a housing contract or accepting the terms of the contract online, the student agrees to respect other residents’ desires for a reasonable degree of privacy and sufficient quiet, as well as to show consideration for the property of fellow residents and the College. Specific regulations and policies related to residence facilities are clearly outlined in the housing contract and in The Compass, Allegheny’s student handbook.

The College takes fire safety very seriously. All of our residence halls are equipped with modern alarm systems that alert residents if the possibility of a fire exists. Students are required to evacuate College-owned buildings in the event that a fire alarm sounds and must refrain from tampering with or disabling fire safety equipment. As an additional safety measure, open flames such as candles and incense burners are prohibited. Violations of fire safety policies are subject to judicial action including a fine up to $500 and/or removal from housing.

Guests are welcome to visit their hosts as long as all roommates agree upon the length of the visit and the guest does not stay for more than three nights in any fourteen-day period. Visitation periods may be held in all College residential facilities during those hours established by each floor or section. During those periods, guests of either sex may visit individual rooms and lounges. All students are expected to observe the hours applicable to each floor or section and to individually support the visitation policy. In addition, all buildings have the option of adopting an escort system whereby a resident must escort visitors who are in the building.

Entering residential students are assigned a room in a residence hall and are sent a housing contract prior to enrollment. Returning students can select their rooms and accept the terms of the housing contract online, or they may sign their housing contracts or house leases during the room selection process (Room Draw) held each year. Upon signing or accepting the terms of the contract online, an Allegheny housing contract or house lease, a student will be guaranteed housing in one of Allegheny College’s residential facilities. This guarantee is not for a specific room or with a specific roommate, although every effort will be made to accommodate each student’s individual preference. THE HOUSING CONTRACT IS BINDING FOR THE ENTIRE ACADEMIC YEAR. Students who can show cause can obtain permission from the Office of Residence Life PRIOR TO THE END OF ROOM DRAW for a partial-year contract. With the exception of withdrawal from the College, official Leave of Absence, a College-approved off-campus study program, or other action sanctioned by the Office of Residence Life, signed housing contracts will not be canceled without forfeiture of housing charges. Students who withdraw or take a leave of absence during a semester are entitled to a refund of the room charge as stated in the College’s General Refund Policy. For further details, please see the section of the College Catalogue entitled Residence Hall Contract and Refund Policy.

2013-2014 Housing Rates: http://sites.allegheny.edu/finserv/room-rates/

Each resident will be issued the appropriate keys to gain entry to his/her assigned room. Please report the loss of any College keys to the Office of Residence Life and/or the Security Office as soon as possible. If keys are lost, stolen, or not returned for any other reason, students will be charged $125 per key to cover the cost of lock changes. Failure to return College keys within 24 hours of moving out will also result in an improper checkout charge of $25. Additionally, College keys should not be reproduced; such action is subject to judicial action, including a $500 fine.

In each building there are laundry facilities at no cost to the student.

The Meal Plan policy requires minimum levels of participation based on a student’s class year and College residence. Meal plans can be changed within these levels at the Financial Services Office in Bentley Hall through the first three weeks of classes. A description of all food service options and guidelines can be obtained through the Financial Services Office. Our on-campus dining facilities offer a variety of menu choices and can accommodate most nutritional and medical needs. In those rare cases where we are unable to meet a student’s medical need, exceptions may be granted. The process for requesting such an exception is described in the student handbook.

Allegheny College has an on-campus living requirement for students during their first three years at college; all students must reside on campus for a total of six semesters. Living in a residence hall, College-owned house, or approved fraternity house meets the requirement for on-campus residency. For the Class of 2015 and beyond, there will be a four year residency policy. Students may be exempt from the Allegheny on-campus requirement for the following reasons:

  • The student has lived on campus at other colleges or universities (may be exempt from the Allegheny requirement for the number of semesters he or she lived on campus elsewhere).
  • The student commutes from the primary residence of a parent or a guardian. The residence must be within 50 miles of the College.
  • The student is married, has dependents, or other circumstances that require accommodations not available in College-owned housing.
  • The student is 23 years of age or older.
  • The student is enrolled as a part-time student (11 credit hours or less).

Students who would like to have an exemption from the on-campus requirements should send a written request to the Office of Residence Life.

All goods and property of a student are the responsibility of the student, and the College is not liable for any loss or damage. Students are strongly encouraged to have insurance (through a homeowner’s or renter’s policy) to protect their belongings.

Only fish are permitted as pets in our residential facilities. Any fish kept in a student room must be removed from the residential facility at the conclusion of each semester and at the start of all vacation periods lasting more than 24 hours.

Area Coordinators (ACs) are full time professional staff members who are available to meet a variety of student needs. Area Coordinators have supervisory responsibilities for the RA and RD staffs and help provide a link between students and College resources. Specially trained to advise students on a number of residential, academic and personal concerns, Area Coordinators live on campus and maintain an office within the residence halls.

All mail sent to you should include your name, your campus box number and the following address: Allegheny College, 520 North Main St., Meadville, PA 16335.  So, for example:

John Smith
Box #1000 Allegheny College
520 North Main St.
Meadville, PA 16335

Mail and packages may be picked up in the post office located in the Campus Center.

Allegheny students are encouraged to decorate their rooms within the guidelines established by the College’s policies. These policies allow students to make changes to their room that will make it a more comfortable and attractive place to live, while maintaining standards necessary for community living. Students are welcome to hang posters and other items on walls, doors and closets with white hanging putty, but should not use double-sided or duct tape, as these will leave a heavy residue and/or remove the paint. Also, because of the damage caused by self-adhesive decals, nails/bolts, and dartboards with metal-tipped darts, students must refrain from using them. Finally, please note that all furniture provided by the College must remain in the assigned room.

By signing a housing contract, students accept responsibility for room damage beyond normal wear and aging and will be charged accordingly.

All rooms come with a bed, desk, chair, dresser and a closet. All windows come with horizontal blinds. Sizes vary so if you want to purchase additional treatments you should wait until you move in and measure the exact size. There are many retailers within minutes of campus.

Sharing a room with another person can sometimes result in situations that are stressful. If a student is having a roommate conflict, he or she can talk with the Resident Advisor, who can make suggestions and help mediate the conflict. Other resources are the Community Advisor and the Area Coordinator. If mediation does not help the situation, room switches are allowed, provided that space is available. Room changes should occur after the Office of Residence Life grants permission and will be allowed only during approved room change periods.

During posted hours, a Residence Life staff person is on duty to assist residents with concerns. The on-duty staff persons make regular rounds through the buildings to help ensure that the needs of residents are being met.

Phones outside each residence hall enable visitors to contact residents, or in an emergency, to contact the Safety & Security Office. In an effort to protect the security of residents and their belongings, students who prop open residence hall doors will be fined $25. The Safety and Security Office offers “Operation Identification,” a program designed to guard against theft. Serial numbers are recorded and engraved on personal property such as stereos, cameras, etc. In the event that your student is the victim of a theft, please notify the Residence Life staff and the Safety & Security Office immediately.

All campus buildings, including all residential facilities, are nonsmoking. Students are welcome to smoke outside of the buildings as long as it does not interfere with others.

Storage is available on a limited basis. Students placing items in storage do so at their own risk. The College will not assume any liability for belongings left in storage. For complete information please contact the Office of Residence Life.

We have Resident Advisors (RAs)/Community Advisors (CA’s) who live in our residence halls. These are students who have undergone extensive training to become knowledgeable in the rules and regulations of the college and to create programs that educate and entertain. These student staff members are able and willing to talk to students, confidentially, about anything. They are trained to respond to many different situations and problems. In the event that there is something that they cannot personally handle, they are trained to either refer the students to the appropriate campus resources or contact professionals who will ensure the safety and well being of the students.

Campus organizations such as Gator Activity Programming (GAP) and Late Night provide numerous activities for students to partake in. Examples of past entertainment includes comedians, hypnotists, movies, academic and athletic competitions, card games, concerts, arts and crafts and video games. The Outing Club frequently has trips to do things such as hiking, canoeing and camping. In addition to all of that fraternities regularly hold alcohol free campus wide dance parties. If that is not enough Meadville has much to do and Erie, Pittsburgh and Cleveland are all with in driving distance.