WCSU Covid-19 Information Fall 2021

Division of Student Affairs

Housing & Residence Life

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Housing 2021 – 2022 Open / Close / Holiday Schedule

    Finals end.  Fall semester ends.

    First Year & Transfer

    Opening

    Sunday, August 22, 20211:00 pm

    First year/transfer students move in beginning at 1 pm;

    Dining Services will open at 4 pm for Dinner (meal plan begins)

    Returning Students

    Opening

    Wednesday, August 25, 20219:00 am

    Residence halls open for returning students at 9 am.

    Classes for all students begin Thursday, August 26th.

    Thanksgiving Break

    Closing

    Tuesday, November 24, 20216:00 pm

    The residence halls close for Thanksgiving break at 6:00 pm.

    Students who wish to stay for break may do so at no cost, but must register in advance.  Limited food service will be available on both campuses during the break. No meal plans – only cash or Connect Cash accepted.

    Thanksgiving Break 

    Opening

    Sunday, November 28, 202110:00 am

    Residence halls open at 10 am.

    Brunch is the first meal on the meal plan after opening.

    End of Semester

    Closing

    Tuesday, December 14,  20216:00 pm

    Residence halls close for the semester at 6 pm.  Students must leave for the semester within 24 hours of their final exam, or by Tuesday at 6 pm, whichever is first.

    Lunch is the final meal of the semester.

    Intersession

    Wednesday, December 15, 2021 –

    Friday, January 14, 2022

     

    Intersession Housing availability to be determined.

    Spring Semester

    Opening

    Monday, January 17, 202210:00 am

    Residence halls re-open for all students following the intersession break.

    Meals begin with lunch, starting at 12 pm.

    Classes begin Wednesday, January 19, 2022.

    Spring Break

    Closing

    Friday, March 11, 20226:00 pm

    The residence halls close for spring break at 6:00 pm.

    Students who wish to stay for break may do so at no cost, but must register in advance.  Limited food service will be available on both campuses during the break. No meal plans – only cash or Connect Cash accepted.

    Spring Break

    Opening

    Sunday, March 20, 20221:00 pm

    The residence halls reopen for students who did not stay on campus for break.

    Dining services open at 4 pm for dinner.

    End of Year 

    Closing

    Friday, May 13, 20226:00 pm

    Residence halls close at 6 pm.

    Lunch is the last meal for the semester on the meal plan, ending at 2 pm.

    Graduation Ceremony: May 15, 2022 (Tentative)

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  • Am I eligible for housing?

    If you have been admitted to the university as a full-time, matriculated student, you are eligible for housing. If you are a current WCSU student, you need to maintain a 2.0 GPA and achieve 24 credit hours per year to remain eligible for housing.

  • How can I look for housing if I want to live off-campus?

    The Housing & Residence Life department does not provide information on off-campus housing.  Those who wish to look for this kind of housing opportunity should look to local advertising for available off-campus rentals.

  • When should I apply for housing?

    As soon as you have been admitted to the University, you may apply for housing. Generally, we have a May 1 cut-off for guaranteed housing for the following Fall semester. This means those people who have been admitted, paid their housing deposit and admissions binder, and who have provided proof of meningitis vaccine by May 1 will be guaranteed on-campus housing at WCSU.

  • What is the $250 Housing Deposit?

    A non-refundable deposit which secures your space in housing each year.  The deposit is applied toward the cost of your room. This deposit is NOT payable through your financial aid packages nor via the payment plans in which the University participates.

    • How often do I pay this?
      The $250, non-refundable deposit is required once for the year that you intend to live on campus. If you are looking to move to campus for the first time in the Spring semester, a deposit is due at that time, and then would be due again in March if you intend to continue to live on campus in the fall.
    • Is it refundable?
      This is a non-refundable deposit.
    • When is it due?
      The Housing Deposit is due in March (a specific date is determined each year) for students already living on campus who wish to return in the fall.  Students who will be new to campus (new students, transfer students) should pay a deposit by May 1st to guarantee a space for campus for the fall.
  • Gender Neutral Housing

    WCSU offers all students the option of selecting gender neutral housing.  Gender neutral housing refers to a housing option in which two or more students mutually agree to share a multiple-occupancy bedroom, suite, or apartment without regard to the gender of the occupants.

    Gender-neutral housing is an option for any continuing student wishing to choose their roommate(s) regardless of gender, and live in rooms, suites and apartments without a gender designation. Only students who choose to live in gender-neutral assignments will be assigned to these spaces.  Gender Neutral Housing is not exclusive to LGBTQ+ students.  Housing & Residence Life will, however, work with transgender and non-binary students, including freshmen, on an individual basis to find suitable accommodations.

     

    Students may select gender-neutral rooms, suites, and apartments if they have selected to participate in Gender-Neutral Housing when asked in their Student Housing Application. We encourage roommates to communicate with each other about their plans to avoid any confusion.

  • As a new student, can I pick my room?

    This is something new for WCSU for the 2021-2022 academic year.  After your deposits are made (tuition binder and housing deposit) and the housing application is filled out through the WCSU Housing Portal, new students will have the opportunity to select their rooms.  Housing and Residence Life will forward you instructions on how to do this once the selection time is near which should be in early June.

  • Who chooses my roommate?

    You may always request a roommate, and we can almost always accommodate your requests for that roommate if the requests are mutual. If you don’t have a specific request, that’s ok too! You will have the opportunity to look for a roommate who shares your interests and habits. We do not and will not assign (or re-assign) roommates based on race, religion, sexual identity, or ethnicity.

     

    If you do have a roommate request:

    • All roommates must request each other (and accept or reject any requests made via The Housing Portal).

    • All roommates must have completed files (be accepted by the University, paid deposits, applications, and meningitis vaccine proof submitted to Health Services).

    • Requests must be submitted by all parties as soon as possible.  The longer the wait is for roommates to complete the process, the more difficult it is for us to accommodate that request.

  • Is meal plan required?

    All students living in on-campus housing are required to have a meal plan.The  Ultimate Dining plan is the required default meal plan for all students living on Midtown, but these students may opt to select the Platinum or Platinum Plus plan at a reduced price. 

    Centennial  residents are required and assigned to the Platinum plan, but may opt to select the Ultimate Dining plan, which has a slightly higher cost.  

    Pinney Hall and Grasso Hall are required to purchase the Blue  meal plan, or may opt (for higher costs) to purchase the Blue Plus, Gold, Gold Plus,  Platinum, Platinum Plus or Ultimate Dining plans.

I’ll be moving in soon and want to know how to prepare.

  • When do I get to know my roomate and room assignment?

    Roommate information is no longer sent to you.  You have access through the Housing Portal to see your room assignment and roommate(s) information at any time after you have selected a room.  

    To see your information, log into My Housing Portal, and look for the section in your self-service area called: ASSIGNMENTS.  There, you'll find your building and room assignment, and there will be the name(s) and bedroom assignments of your roommate(s).  Clicking on their highlighted name will allow you to email them.

  • Can I smoke in my room?

    No. WCSU residence halls have been smoke-free since 2001, and State law now requires that all colleges and universities have smoke-free residence halls.

  • Room Assignment Changes

    Occasionally, new assignments may be made after you've already received your assignment information.  Whenever a change is made, the department will notify you of the change.  These notices generally go out within a week of the change.

    Other than these rare occasions, which are solely to meet the needs of the university and/or department, we will not make changes to assignments once they've been made.  Students who wish to change rooms or roommates may do so after the first two weeks of class, if space is available for the change to be made.  See your RD if you have questions when you get to campus.

  • What's the alcohol policy?

    If you’re not 21, you may not consume alcohol or be in a room in which it is present or being consumed. For a full explanation of the policy, please read the WCSU University Wide Alcohol Policy.  Underage students in the presence of alcohol, or those who provide alcohol to underage students, may be issued a citation by the WCSU Police under the auspices of State of Connecticut Public Act 06-112.  This citation carries a fine and the possible loss of driver's license for the student(s) charged.

  • Will I have a single, double, or triple room?

    The vast majority of students here are assigned to standard double rooms. We do, however, have a handful of rooms that are over-sized and designed to accommodate three students. The fee for these rooms is slightly less. These rooms are not double rooms that have been converted to triples to accommodate overcrowded conditions.

    Single rooms are scarce in most of our buildings. Singles other than those in  the Pinney 5-bed apartments) will be assigned for need as determined by the Department of Housing & Residence Life, in consultation with Health Services, the Counseling Center, AccessAbilities Services and/or your private physicians. If you believe you require such accommodations, please make touch with the appropriate office, and complete the Special Housing Accommodations form, located in the FORMS section of this website. General learning disabilities such as ADHD/ADD or issues like asthma are not generally considered as sufficient evidence of the need for a single room assignment.

  • What size are the mattresses?

    Mattresses are regular twin sized mattresses.

    What about a waterbed? 
    Waterbeds are not permitted.

    Can I bring my own bed and/or mattress?
    Fire code laws do not allow for students to supply their own mattresses or beds.

  • What furniture or services come with my room?

    Each room on campus comes with a bed, desk, desk chair, dresser, and wardrobe or closet. Rooms all have overhead lights. Basic cable TV service (no special channels) is provided in each room. Internet can also be accessed through each room on campus, through wired or wireless access.  All buildings have a wireless printer available to students as well.

  • What phone services are provided?

    Phone service is no longer provided in residence hall rooms at WCSU.  House phones and emergency phones are located throughout the building and campus.  Students are strongly encouraged to have a personal cell phone.

  • Can I switch rooms?

    Once assignment letters have been sent, no room changes will be made (other than for departmental needs) until after the second week of classes. If you believe you have a problem, do not wait to deal with it, but speak to your Resident Assistant or Resident Director immediately.

  • May I move in early?

    Early move-in is sometimes possible for students who:  are athletes on a recognized sports team, have an academic-based internship or class, live more than 5 hours from campus, are employed by a campus office, are an international student, or have a special AccessAbility request.  Forms are generally available on our website about 1 month before move-in, and must be approved by the HRL office before you may plan to move in.

  • Do the buildings have sprinkler systems?

    We fortunately have very good fire suppression and alarm systems throughout our campus. Each building is fully sprinkled, and has state of the art fire annunciation equipment. The Danbury Fire Department is contacted immediately when an alarm is sounded, regardless of reason.

  • I live in an apartment or suite. What do I need for cleaning supplies?

    Our apartment-style halls are designed to offer nearly independent living.  Therefore, students living in these buildings are required to care for (clean) their own apartments (including the bathrooms) following move-in.  Students should provide cleaning tools and supplies for their own apartments, such as vacuums, brooms, spray cleaners, etc. in order to keep them clean.

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  • Can I paint my room?

    Rooms are painted by our facilities personnel. If you believe your room needs to be painted, please make a request through your building’s resident director to accomplish this. Maintenance will make a determination if the room is in need, and will schedule according to their work priorities.

  • Can I remove furniture from my room?

    Furniture that is provided in your room must stay in your room. The University does not have adequate storage to accommodate furniture removed from student rooms.

  • What if I need my bed bunked or de-bunked?

    University staff will not debunk or bunk beds in student rooms.  (* If medical need requires a change, the staff will attempt to make necessary changes as time permits).

  • What are the parking rules, and can I park on campus?

    For a complete guide to parking on campus, please see the Parking web page which details parking rules, regulations, maps and permits. Shuttle service provides transportation between the campuses because parking is limited on each campus.

  • How do I get something fixed that’s broken or not working properly in my room?

    Maintenance Request Forms are online and available here.  

    When completing your form, please make sure to put a complete description of the issue and location (e.g., the overhead light in the left (A) bedroom needs replaced).  You'll also be asked for 3 possible times for the maintenance staff to schedule to come to your room to evaluate and correct the problem.  

    Once you've done that, you'll submit the form, and it will be sent to your RD, who will inform maintenance.  If your issue is an emergency (like an overflowing toilet or non-working lock), please find the RA on duty or let the Info Desk staff know so that it may be resolved more quickly, as the RDs will not be reviewing these emails after their office hours.

     

  • How can guests visit me?

    Guest policies are explained in the Policies section of this website. Generally, you may have visitors over the age of 18 while the Information Desk is in operation. Guests are required to provide valid identification – Driver’s license, State-issued ID card, Military ID, or a Passport.

    Friends or family under 18 years of age must provide parental consent be allowed to visit in the halls.  Permission forms are available by clicking above, or in the FORMS section of this website, and must be submitted 24 hours in advance of the visit, or if a Saturday or Sunday visit, no later than noon on Friday.

    Please check with the Resident Assistants or Resident Director of your respective building for more detailed information on obtaining parental consent for guests who are minors.

  • When are the buildings closed, and what if I need to stay?
    The residence halls are closed:
    • Thanksgiving (Wednesday through Sunday).  Students who wish to may stay for no additional charge.  However,  any student wishing to stay must pre-register.
    • Following finals in December through the opening of the semester — the Intersession.  There is an additional charge to stay on campus during this period, and not all buildings will be open.
    • The week of Spring Break.  Students who wish to may stay for no additional charge for Spring Break, but any student wishing to stay on-campus must pre-register.

    Not all buildings remain open for the Dec./Jan. Intersession Break.  However, there may be unassigned spaces available if you do not live in a building which remains open.  These spaces would be available to students who can not find anywhere else to live, but there is no guarantee that any space will be available.  Generally, students are required to receive permission from other students living in the halls that remain open during the breaks.

  • How can I use the shuttle services between campuses?

    Shuttles generally run every 15 minutes between the Midtown and Westside campuses during the week, from 7 am – 12:30 am, and on a more limited basis on the weekends. A full schedule is available from the Shuttle Bus website.

  • How do I get involved in my hall council?

    Show up and show interest! As a resident student, you are a member – you just need to get involved. And remember, your participation and leadership in these organizations will reward you with priority points in the CULTURE™ program.

  • How do I join clubs or organizations on campus?

    Check out the WCSU Clubs website and The Student Life/Student Activities office for more information about student clubs and organizations.

  • How can I apply for a job on campus?

    Take a walk to the Financial Aid & Student Employment office (first floor in Old Main). Even if you don’t get work study, the office has a list of departments and offices that need student workers. If you’re interested in working at your Information Desk in your hall, please see your RD or the Student Administrative Assistant.

  • Can I be an RA?

    If you are a sophomore with a 2.5 GPA and you want to have a very rewarding experience, consider applying to become a part of this great team of student leaders. More information regarding application availability and selection will be available periodically on this website on the Housing homepage, and on its EMPLOYMENT and ANNOUNCEMENTS pages.

  • What is required to become an ARM?

    You must have a 3.2 GPA, Junior status, and a real desire to work with students. ARMs get a room, paycheck, and a lot of fun helping students focus on their academic success. Visit this website often for information about applications and the selection process.

  • How do I join the PASS program?

    If you have a 3.0 GPA , a desire to help your fellow students, and have a subject or two that you feel comfortable tutoring someone in, you can be a PASS member. Simply see your building’s ARM to sign up!

  • What should I do if I am sick and Health Services is closed?

    On a small campus such as ours, there are times when the Health Services Office is not staffed - primarily nights and weekends. During these times when Health Services is closed, students are encouraged to go to Danbury Hospital Emergency Room for treatment. There is also a list of urgent care facilities located on the Health Services web page.

  • I’m hungry! Where can I eat on campus?

    Student Restaurant [Student Center Cafeteria (1st Floor)]  Hours subject to change.
    Monday – Thursday                       
    Friday                                            
    Saturday                                       
    Sunday        

     

    Einstein's Bagels [Haas Library (1st Floor)].

    Monday – Thursday                        
    Friday                                             

    Saturday & Sunday                                                      

     

    Westside Market Place         Hours subject to change.

    Monday – Thursday                        
    Friday                                             
    Saturday & Sunday                        

     

    The Daily Grind [Westside Campus Center (Ground Floor)]. Hours subject to change.

    Monday – Thursday                       
    Friday                                             
    Saturday & Sunday