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Residential Life

Mission:

It is the mission of the Department of Residential Life at Concordia University Chicago to enhance the educational experience for our students through the development of and encouraged participation in programs and activities that aid in social, academic, knowledge and individual development for the student within safe and comfortable living and learning environments.

Goals:

1.  Students tha:t

a.  make a successful transition to college,

b.  actively participate in and show a commitment to community development within the halls and across the greater campus,

c.  meet the enrollment targets of the university

2.  The creation of meaningful, student centered programming and activities that reflect the Department of Residential Life Programming Commitment for student involvement and participation within the residential halls,

3.  Maintaining safe and comfortable residential communities that are conducive to positive individual development and successful academic endeavor,

4.  A department that remains committed to service, professionalism, positive stewardship of resources, assessment and growth,  and the mission and core values of the institution and the Division of Student Life and Development, and

5.  A positive work environment that supports and encourages collaboration, learning, and innovation in the development, application, and assessment of services and programs.

Programming:

The department is committed, through programming efforts both passive and active, to addressing nine areas with our Residential Students in positively aiding their individual development and growth while in our residential communities at Concordia University Chicago:

1.  Developing and enhancing the abilities of critical thought,

2.  Aiding in the establishment of interpersonal relationships,

3.  Exploring identity development and supporting individual growth and maturity,

4.  Aiding in the development of a personal career path,

5.  Educating on and supporting independent, healthy choices and personal wellness,

6.  Offering opportunities for the strengthening of Christian faith, and educating on other spiritual dimensions of life,

7.  Supporting multicultural awareness and their personal involvement in activities that will strengthen their multicultural development,

8.  Developing civic responsibility and a commitment to global citizenship, and

9.  Increasing Concordia pride.

Live- On Housing Requirement

Concordia University Chicago requires all fulltime freshmen, sophomore, and junior year students to live on campus (exemptions to this policy our outlined in the Undergraduate and Graduate Student Academic Catalog.)

All full-time freshmen, sophomore and junior students are required to live in Concordia residence halls. Degree-seeking students taking less than 12 semester hours in a 16-week semester (part-time students) are considered ineligible for campus housing but exceptions will be considered (subject to housing availability) on a case-by-case basis. Concordia, under its parietal rule (for bond revenue projects), reserves the right at any future dates to require all students to live in University housing. Exceptions to the required housing policy are:

1.  Full-time senior students, based upon earned credit hours, (Minimum of 90 Credits)

2.  The student is living with parent(s) or legal guardian(s) and commuting to campus from that residence,

3.  The student can claim “independent” designation as defined by federal aid requirements and standards,

4.  The student is married,

5.  The student, because of a disability, provides the college with appropriate documentation for reasonable accommodations that the university is unable to provide,

6.  The student is twenty two years of age at or before the first day of the semester

7.  The student has children or is the one that provides direct care for a legal guardian.

8.  The student  is a transfer and have completed at least 30 hours of transferrable, academic credit in a collegiate setting, during which time, in the previous semester, have resided in their own off campus housing, or

9.  The student has a documented financial hardship.

Any fulltime freshmen, sophomore, or junior student that does not meet any of these exemptions, but wants to live off campus, must first seek and receive approval from our Dean of Students by completing and submitting the Off Campus Housing Request form.  Students who are at the senior standing are encouraged to complete the same form in order to identify the housing intensions.

Non-Traditional Housing

Graduate student and Non-Traditional Undergraduate (22 years old or older) student housing is available on campus as space permits.  Students looking for non-traditional housing must contact the Department of Residential Life to inquire about and gain approval for on campus housing based upon availability, suitability, and need.  Currently Concordia University Chicago does not offer on campus housing for married students or families.  The Department of Residential Life maintains an off-campus housing binder, accessible at their office on 2nd Krauss, and will work with students to make referrals for off campus housing options as questions arise.

Special Accommodations

The office of Residential Life works with students that have a necessity for special accommodations in relationship to their room or board plan.  The three accommodations we regularly address are: 1) medical single room, 2) medically required air conditioning, and/or 3) a special or waived meal plan.  Additional accommodations that are not listed here might be able to be met.  Please discuss those in person with the Director of Residential Life.

Please Note:

•   While every attempt is made to meet all reasonable accommodation requests, submission of the Special Accommodations Request form does not guarantee receipt of stated request.

•   Medical single rooms are awarded on a space available basis and must be renewed each year with updated documentation on file with the Office of Residential Life. 

•   The room assigned and/or roommates assigned are at the discretion of the Director of Housing for those requiring special accommodations. 

•   Documentation of a disability alone, without justification, does not constitute grounds for a medical single room.

•   Seasonal allergies alone, without justification, do not constitute grounds for an air conditioned room.

•   All requests to waive a meal plan for dietary reasons are first shared with Sodexo.  Sodexo must waive their ability to meet your dietary needs prior to having a meal plan waive request granted.

Process

1.  All requests for accommodation are subject to review and approval prior to any allowable updates to status or account.

2.  Students must have a completed Accommodations request form on file before any requested accommodations will be granted.

3.  Information that is incomplete or that has not been completed will be returned to the student without being approved. 

4.  The accommodation request form is available on the portal in the Form Depository in addition to a link included on the housing application

5.  All completed accommodation request forms must be turned in to, mailed to or faxed to the Director of Housing. 

 

RESIDENCE HALL GUEST POLICY

  • Be registered with hall staff if remaining overnight past 12am Sun-Thur and 2am Fri and Sat. All guests must be registered 1 hour prior to the end of intervisitation in order for the guest to be officially registered.  Carry with them the guest registrations pass (provided when properly registered with hall staff) for confirmation of approval to be in halls overnight.
  • Adhere to the Student Code of Conduct and residential life hall policies and procedures as outlined on CUConnect.
  • Produce a picture ID if requested by hall staff, Campus Safety personnel, or law enforcement.

 

Registering Guests

  • Any guest that you plan to host past the end of intervisitation hours in the halls must be officially registered with hall staff.  This can include your Resident Assistant, your Resident Director, or the Resident Assistant on Call.  The Resident Assistant on call can be contacted by calling switchboard.  The registration will require that your guest provide a photo id an emergency contact number.  Registered guests cannot accede three consecutive nights.
  • Guests will only be registered to one resident host, for one residence hall, and with only one residential room.  Receiving permission to be a guest in one hall with one host does not give the right for the guest to enter unauthorized halls or to sleep in unauthorized rooms.  They may visit other communities within the host’s hall and other room’s within the host’s room, but only with the host present.  Sleeping in unauthorized halls, communities, or rooms is strictly prohibited for guests. 
  • Upon registering, this guest must keep on them at all times a photo ID and their guest registration card.  If asked to produce these items by appropriate personnel and unable to do so, it could result in their immediate removal from the residential hall. 
  • If the guest has an overnight vehicle and a guest vehicle registration is needed, that can only be done through the Resident Assistant or hall staff for registered guests. 
  • Residents that fail to appropriately register a guest will be documented and face appropriate sanctioning through the Student Code of Conduct.  

The right of a student to live in reasonable privacy (to be determined by Office of Residential Life) takes precedence over the right of her/his roommate to entertain guests. Opposite gender guests are only allowed in your community 10am until 12am on Sunday thru Thursday and 10am until 2am on Friday and Saturday.  We ask that regardless of gender, students and their guests are expected to respect their roommates and fellow community members.

Overnight guests need advance and explicit consent from all other roommates in the room  and must be registered with the communities Resident Assistant or Resident Director.  These guests may not remain in the room for more than two consecutive nights and only in accordance with set visitation policies (i.e. following all the Residence Hall rules that are followed by regular students). Residents are directly responsible for the actions of their guests and face disciplinary sanctions, as well as financial responsibility for the improper behavior of their guests when it results in property damage and/or other violations.

Concordia University Chicago Resident Students’ Visitation Policy 

Gaining Access to visit one resident does not authorize a student to visit another resident or to roam the resident halls without resident host. The Resident host assumes full responsibility for guest. There may be no more than two guests per resident at any given time. If you are a residential student, you are considered a “guest” when you are visiting a residence hall or community in which you are not a resident. 

*OVERNIGHT PASSES CAN BE OBTAINED FROM YOUR BUILDING STAFF.

Any violation of the policy will result in the immediate removal of the visitor from the premises. The University reserves the right to deny access to any guest if it has been determined that such a person has disturbed, endangered or disrupted any resident or the contents of the building. Violators may be placed on a “banned list” prohibiting them from entering any or all of the halls.    Any questions or concerns can be brought forward to the Office of Residential Life. Mail notification will not be provided to visiting guess.   The following are not permitted:

  • Only siblings or immediate relatives under the age of 18 and accompanied by a parent at all times are allowed in the residential halls.
  • Children under the age of 18, that are not a sibling or immediate relative of the host student, without prior approval from the Office of the Dean of Students and specifically related to official university events such as Careers for Christ, admissions events, athletic recruitment activities, Family and Sibling weekends, and check-in or move out periods are not allowed in the residence halls.  Passing keys and cards from one resident to another person.
  • More than two guests per resident (maximum of 4 individuals per room).
  • Leaving guest unattended.
  • Babysitting of any kind is strictly prohibited in the residential communities or lounges.

Restricting Access to the Residence Halls (Getting Banned) 

The Dean of Students, Director of Campus Safety, and/or the Director of Residential Life or designee may impose restriction(s) upon a student pending disciplinary proceedings. Interim restrictions become effective immediately without prior notice whenever the Director of Residential Life or designee, believes the student may pose a serious threat to self or others, property or cause serious disruption to the University community.

Restrictions may be extended if determined as appropriate.

Note: Interim restrictions may include, but are not limited to: suspension from specified residence areas; relocation of residence; restriction to designated University residence areas or restriction of contact with named individuals or groups within the Residence Life community.

 

 

For more information regarding Residential Life and Housing at Concordia University Chicago, please visit the Residential Life and Housing section of the Student Life Tab on the Concordia Connect Portal, or contact one of our professional staff members:

•   Andrew Pollom, Assistant Dean of Students for Residential Life and Student Conduct

     Location: Krauss Hall 211

     Phone: (708) 209-3248

     andrew.pollom@cuchicago.edu

•   Scott Hendricks, Director of Housing/Resident Director of Mary Martha Hall and Thomas Apartments

     Location:  Krauss Hall 207

     Phone: (708) 209-3505

     scott.hendricks@cuchicago.edu

•   Kati Jendraszak, Coordinator of Freshman Residential Experience (FRE)/Resident Director of Kohn, Lindeman, Brohm, and Krauss Halls

     Location:  Krauss Hall

     Phone: (708) 209-3006

     kati.jendraszak@cuchicago.edu

•   Corey Miller, Resident Director of Gross Hall and Coordinator of Student Programming

     Location: Krauss Hall 206

     Phone: (708) 209-4075

     corey.miller@cuchicago.edu

     •      Dirvelys Allen, Resident Director of David Jonathan Hall / Coordinator of Academic Support Services

     Location: Klinck Library – Lower Level #025

     Phone: (708) 488-4109

     dirvelys.allen@cuchicago.edu