- Community Living
- General information
- Residence Hall Offices
- Residence Hall Services
- General Hall Policies
- Emergency and Safety Procedures
A college residence community is one in which the bonds that unite the members are common habitation and the objective is to further one’s education. A community environment is first and foremost the interaction of individuals, and the root of developing community is the individual student’s interaction with others.
This living-learning community complements classroom learning and provides for holistic student development. Wartburg recognizes that its students are adults and must assume responsibility for their behavior. Mutual respect and consideration, coupled with an awareness and sensitivity to the needs of others, shape the standards for group living. Behavior that infringes on the rights of others or violates the standards of the college will be handled in an educational and developmental manner.
The following suggestions may help you adjust to living in the Wartburg College residence hall system:
- Try to get to know everyone on your floor/house.
- Be open — ask, listen, and discuss with other members on your floor.
- Treat others as your equals. Don’t give orders, make unreasonable demands, or expect favors.
- Respect others’ right to privacy. Don’t pry into private affairs.
- Be sensitive to other people’s moods.
- Remember that enjoyment of life in the residence hall will depend, to a large extent, on the consideration that you and other students demonstrate for each other.
Students RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Consider others’ right to read and study free from undue interference in their room. Unreasonable noise and other distractions inhibit the exercise of this right.
- Consider others’ right to sleep without undue disturbance from noise, guests of a roommate, etc.
- Consider others’ right to expect that a roommate and others will respect personal belongings.
- Consider others’ right to live in a clean environment.
- Consider others’ right to free access to their room and facilities without pressure from a roommate or others.
- Consider others’ right to privacy.
- Consider others’ right to host guests, with the exception that guests are to respect the rights of the host’s roommate or other hall residents.
- Consider others’ right for redress of grievances. Residence hall staff members are available for assistance.
- Consider others’ right to be free from fear of intimidation or physical and/or emotional harm.
- Consider others’ right to be free from peer pressure or ridicule regarding their personal choices.
- Consider others in the care of the building and common areas.
Information Desk 8200 or “0”
ITS Help Line 8767
Student Life Office 8745
Residential Life 8260
Security 8372, 9999
Counseling Center 8596
Noah Campus Health Clinic 8437
Residence Hall Offices
The residence hall offices are utilized by the RHDs during the day. The RAs hold duty hours each evening. During these hours, the following services are available:
- Directory information
Available by calling:
- Centennial Office — 8459, serving Centennial, Vollmer, and Hebron
- Clinton Office — 8451, serving Clinton and Founders
- Grossmann Office — 8319, serving Grossmann and Löhe halls and The Residence
- Knights Village — 8553 days and 8268 evenings, serving Knights Village and the Manors
Each office has a variety of equipment and recreational supplies for residents to use, such as vacuums, kitchen utensils, tools, and games.
- Vending refunds
If you lose money in one of the vending machines, the RA will complete a refund card, and you will receive the money back.
Within each residence hall, people are employed specifically to provide assistance and service to students.
RESIDENT ASSISTANT (RA)
Each floor/house has an upper-class student who lives with the residents, provides leadership and information, and assists the residents in creating an environment conducive to group living. The RA is responsible for articulating and enforcing college policies and procedures. The RA is trained to handle crisis situations, make appropriate referrals, and provide social and educational opportunities in the hall.
RESIDENCE HALL DIRECTOR (RHD)
The RHD is a professional member of the residential life staff who lives in and administrates the residence hall, supervises the RAs, advises the Hall Council, and is available to all residents. The RHDs work together to create and implement a comprehensive residential life program that includes the development of the RA staff, coordinating the programming efforts of the Hall Councils and residential life staff, and maintaining an environment that will enhance the college experience.
ASSOCIATE DEAN/DIRECTOR OF RESIDENTIAL LIFE
The director supervises the residential life staff and coordinates the development of policies, programs, and services. Students are welcome to meet with the director to voice concerns and offer ideas for improvement and change.
Each hall has its own custodial team, supervised by Maintenance. Custodians are responsible for cleaning the bathrooms, hallways, and other common areas. They greatly appreciate residents’ cooperation in accommodating and accepting any brief inconvenience caused by their daily cleaning routine. Residents are asked to be considerate of their custodians, as well as other residents, in keeping their shared living space clean and pleasant.
As a resident of your halls, you are a participating member of the student government, a member with privileges and responsibilities. The extent to which members of the hall can plan and carry out activities and succeed as an organization depends upon cooperation. Residents are urged to attend and participate in Hall Council meetings. In this way, you will have an opportunity to have a voice in hall government, participate as a leader in group activities, aid in making decisions, and learn to work with others with similar interests.
Each residence hall floor/house contains its own community. Floor/house meetings are scheduled on a regular basis to discuss issues of common concern and to plan activities. Floor/house presidents direct the meetings.
The Hall Council consists of representatives from all the floors in the hall. It provides members an opportunity to participate in all phases of resident government. The council plans and facilitates hall-wide programs and assists with hall issues and concerns. Involvement in Hall Council offers the opportunity to meet other residents and do something positive for the hall while gaining invaluable leadership skills.
Roommates play an integral part in your college experiences. Communication is the key in living with roommates. Your room is the personal living space that you share and use for relaxing, studying, entertaining, and sleeping. For the most effective and enjoyable use of your room, it is important that you and your roommate(s) talk and work together to find mutually agreeable solutions when conflicts arise. Living with others requires some give and take on everyone’s part, but the lasting friendships and memorable experiences will be appreciated long after you leave Wartburg.
Residence Hall Services
Each hall provides study lounges, recreation areas with cable TV and vending machines, kitchen facilities, and laundry rooms with dryers and coin-operated washing machines.
Wartburg College’s Residential Network (ResNet) connects all residence hall students to the campus network and the Internet. ResNet enables access from each residence hall room to email, the college library online catalog, and the Internet.
For more information on how to get connected to the ResNet, check out the following website: www.wartburg.edu/resnet. It is recommended that you print out the installation instructions for your operating system to assist you in getting connected. This site provides general troubleshooting advice as well as information on how to contact a ResNet technician for advanced problems or questions.
The college supplies a bed, desk and chair, dresser, shades or blinds, and closet. In addition, the Manors, Knights Village, The Residence, Löhe Hall, and Grossmann Hall are furnished with carpet. The college’s furnishings must remain in the room at all times. The college does not allow the use of furniture in any other way than its original design and intent. If alterations are made, the college will not take responsibility for the student’s safety.
Routine repair and replacement work should be requested on forms available from the residence hall staff. When you have a maintenance emergency on your floor, call your RA or RHD. The RA or RHD will coordinate the appropriate response.
No storage of personal belongings is available in the residence halls. If storage is needed, the resident must make other arrangements.
College furniture provided in your assigned room must remain in the room throughout the duration of your stay. Removal of college furniture at any time is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct.
Telephones are provided on each floor of large residence halls, and either in each building or a central location for smaller residential areas. These phones may be used for emergency and personal use. Resident Assistant offices also contain landline phones. Cell phones are encouraged and daily review of Wartburg email is important.
For Credit Card/Operator-Assisted Calls
Dial 9-1-800-telephone number on back of card and follow instructions.
For local calls, dial 9-telephone number.
To dial 800 numbers, dial 9-1-800-telephone number.
For an emergency, dial 9-911 or 9-352-5400 (local Law Center).
Each residence hall is equipped with vending machines in the recreation room. Selections vary, but most contain beverages and snacks or candy.
Housing Contractual Conditions
The residence halls at Wartburg house more than 1,400 students in eight distinctly different settings, ranging from double-occupancy rooms to group living situations for up to eight persons.
All full-time students must live on campus. Representatives of the Off-Campus Review Committee review all submitted applications for off-campus approval. Criteria that is heavily considered include the student being married, having dependents, living with a parent or legal guardian within 30 miles of the campus, being 23 years old by Sept. 1 or having applied and received a special exemption from the Off-Campus Housing Review Committee, which is extremely rare. Students who move off campus without permission will continue to be charged for campus room and board.
Be sure you fill out all check-in forms completely. The Room Condition Report is especially important to review. This report will be checked against the condition of your room when you check out, and you will be financially responsible for any damage not cited on the report. Please report any maintenance or other problems in your room to the hall office immediately so they can be taken care of as soon as possible.
Students will be assessed for all damages (see Damages, page 37), improper check-out, and loss of keys. These charges may be appealed in writing. Failure to check out properly will result in a $25 charge. Please follow these steps when checking out:
- Contact your RA to schedule a check-out time when your room can be checked for damages and cleanliness.
- Remove all personal belongings.
- Clean your room, sweep and mop the floor, clean your desk and closet drawers, close and lock the window.
- Place all garbage in the dumpsters outside the building.
- Be sure all college-owned furnishings are returned to their original condition (reassemble bed frames, etc.).
- Sign your check-out forms.
- Turn in your key(s) to your RA.
Students may request a room change after the first week of the Fall Term. All room changes are done on a space-available basis. Applications are available from your RHD. Room changes cannot take place prior to permission from your RHD. All students who change rooms without permission will be charged $25 for improper check-out and may be required to return to their previous room.
A student contracts for a space, not a specific room. The Residential Life Office reserves the right to assign or reassign students. If, during any term, circumstances result in a student being in a room not fully occupied, the student must assume the responsibility of locating a roommate. The Residential Life Office will assist the student. If a roommate is not located within two weeks of when the under-occupancy began, the Residential Life Office may (1) charge the student the single room rate, (2) move the student to another room, or (3) move someone into the open space. Room change requests must be directed to appropriate residence hall director(s). In all cases, final determination of room assignment rests with the college.
Students occupying single rooms will pay a 30 percent surcharge of the regular room rate. Students occupying double rooms that are used as a single room for the term will pay a 40 percent surcharge of the regular rate. When the single room is requested, the single-room rate will be charged from the date the student begins occupying the room as a single. A student occupying a single room in a Knights Village apartment will be assessed a 25 percent surcharge of the apartment double-room rate.
HOUSING SIGN-UP INFORMATION
Room selection priority is based on anticipated graduation date and a random drawing of numbers. All returning students who are enrolled full-time are eligible.
In order to reserve a room for the coming year, a student must have a $200 deposit on file in the Business Office. This deposit will be refunded to a student for any of the following reasons:
- Graduation from Wartburg College.
- Dismissal from Wartburg College.
- Completion of the withdrawal process.
Further information will be provided as part of the housing sign-up process.
Single rooms. Single rooms have limited availability. These rooms are assigned on a priority based on lottery number. A housing deposit must be paid and a lottery number drawn.
Off campus. Students interested in living off campus for any portion of the school year must apply for permission each year, regardless of their on- or off-campus status in prior years or if they meet any of the criteria for release from the housing requirement. Applications are available in the Residential Life Office. Deadlines posted on the application are in effect and students who apply by the deadline will be considered for release prior to those applying after the posted deadline. Off-campus release is never guaranteed and permission will be granted based on recommendations from the Off-Campus Housing Release Committee through evaluation of the criteria listed in the Housing Requirement section. Only those students with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher will be considered. The number of off-campus students is limited by the college’s commitment to provide a residential environment.
The Residence and Löhe Hall. The underlying philosophy of The Residence and Löhe Hall is that of
a living-learning environment in which residents come together as a community of scholars to live within a framework that provides for both personal and social awareness. Groups are chosen annually, on the basis of their proposals, by a committee made up of students, faculty, and administrators.
BREAK HOUSING (Vacation)
The residence halls close and are generally not available for occupancy during breaks. When leaving for vacations, students must close and lock windows, unplug electrical appliances, shut off lights, and lock the room door. It is important to note that during breaks, room inspections by Residential Life and Security staff will verify that room vacancy procedures have been followed. Students will be notified of these inspections beforehand. Any policy violations may result in referrals to the student conduct process.
During Fall Break, Thanksgiving Break, and Easter Break, the residence halls will not close. There is no additional charge for staying during these break periods.
Students may request permission from the Residential Life Office to stay on campus during Christmas, Winter Term, and Tour Week breaks. If permission is granted, they will be allowed to stay on campus, generally in their permanent location. In rare instances, students may have to temporarily relocate to more heavily populated residence halls as a safety precaution. Room charges will be applied during these breaks.
Students must meet the following criteria to be allowed to stay over Christmas, Winter, and Tour Week breaks.
- The student lives more than 500 miles from campus.
- The student is required to stay for academic reasons — verified by instructor or academic adviser.
- The student is required to stay for a campus activity — verified by coach or adviser.
- The student must work on campus — verified by supervisor.
Wartburg recognizes students’ rights to privacy in their rooms. However, the college reserves the right to authorize entry of a student’s room under the following circumstances:
- When permission has been granted by the occupant(s).
- When maintenance requested by the occupant(s) or college personnel is being performed.
- For routine inspections of rooms for safety, health, and general upkeep purposes upon institutional initiative and preceded by 24 hours written or posted notice to occupant(s).
- When there is perceived imminent danger to the safety, health, or property of occupant(s) or to institutional property.
- If there is reasonable cause to believe that a student(s) is using his or her room for a purpose in violation of federal, state, or local laws or college regulations. “Reasonable cause” is defined as facts and circumstances sufficiently strong to warrant a reasonable person to believe beyond mere suspicion that the room is being used for such a purpose.
- During break closures, to verify if the break closure requests of all students leaving the halls has been followed accordingly, such as refrigerators being unplugged and windows being locked. Any policy violations noted during these inspections may result in referrals to the student conduct process.
The following procedures are designed to augment the college’s existing policy on “The Right to Privacy.” These procedures do not nullify the existing policy; they are designed to provide guidelines if and when the need to search a student’s room should arise.
To implement this policy, the following procedures will be complied with:
- Involuntary residence hall room searches, except those conducted by the police with a legally obtained search warrant, must be approved by the Vice President for Student Life. Voluntary room searches apply only to that portion of the room the student giving search authorization has control over. Only hall directors and Campus Security, with a witness, may conduct a voluntary search, but may include RAs as witnesses.
- All room searches, other than those performed by police officers, will be carried out by the college staff. When staff members feel such “reasonable cause” exists, they will complete a search authorization form, specifying the applicant date, room to be searched, occupants, facts and circumstances constituting “reasonable cause,” material to be seized, and names of two staff members who will conduct the search (Form A). If the Vice President for Student Life feels such “reasonable cause” does exist, he or she will authorize in writing or by telephone an administrative search.
If, at any time in the judgment of the staff, the circumstances based upon the above statement of “reasonable cause” warrant immediate entry to the student’s room, the hall director may approve the search. After such an occurrence, the hall director should contact the Vice President for Student Life as soon as possible. Such circumstances should be included in writing in the report filed with Student Life.
- Before a search is conducted, the occupant(s) should be: (a) given the reason for the search and material to be seized; (b) presented a copy of the administrative search form; and (c) informed that any material found may be used in a judicial hearing, in a court of law, or both. If the occupant(s) is not present, the searchers may use their discretion, depending on the urgency of the situation, in determining whether to enter the room.
- If, in the process of searching for specified material, the searchers should uncover other material indicating illegal activity or violation of college regulations, the material should also be seized. This means that once the specified material has been found, all search activity shall cease.
- When the search is concluded, the staff should complete the search inventory form, specifying the room searched, names or occupants, staff members authorized to search, and detailed explanation of materials seized and ownership (Form B). This form, together with all materials confiscated by the staff member who is authorized to search, should be forwarded to the Vice President for Student Life. Entry, search, and seizure by civil officers shall be governed by civil law.
General Hall Policies
All students are expected to conduct themselves as responsible members of the Wartburg community. Any student may confront inappropriate behavior, policy violations, and/or initiate judicial proceedings through the Student Conduct System.
Residential life staff members have the responsibility to enforce college policy. Noncompliance or physical or verbal abuse of staff members will not be tolerated.
The following guidelines are designed to help students and organizations in their efforts to publicize activities in the residence halls.
- Advertisements to be posted in the residence halls must be approved. This approval may be obtained at a residence hall office or the Student Life Office.
- All advertising in the residence halls must conform to the Wartburg advertising policy.
- A limit of one sign/poster per floor/house will be approved. For your convenience, the following number of signs/posters may be approved:
- Centennial Complex —15
- Clinton Hall — 10
- Grossmann Hall, Löhe Hall,
- The Residence — 18
- Manors — 8
- Founders — 3
- Knights Village — 1
These are not allowed unless you have a written statement from a medical doctor on file in Residential Life Office and the Noah Campus Health Clinic.
Bicycles, skateboards, or scooters may be stored in individual student rooms but may not be ridden in hallways. Bikes may not be kept or stored in lounges, hallways, stairways, or other public areas. Care should be taken in the storage of bikes to ensure that the room is not damaged. Campus Security offers free bicycle registration.
Bicycle racks are provided outside the residence halls and distributed throughout the academic buildings. While bicycles should be locked when unattended, it is not permissible to lock them to railings, trees, sign posts, or anywhere they could hinder access by others.
BURNING CANDLES, POTPOURRI POTS, INCENSE, ETC.
This is not allowed in the residence halls due to possible fire hazard. Any candle with a burned wick will be viewed as a violation of policy. Soot may also build up on the walls of the room, which would result in your having to pay for additional cleaning and painting at the end of the year.
Live Christmas trees are not permitted in student rooms due to fire safety reasons. Students should exercise caution when decorating for the holiday season. Christmas lights shall be plugged in only when residents are present during the holiday season from Nov. 15 to Dec. 15.
COMMON AREA DAMAGES
In the case of loss or damage to a common area of the building — defined as those areas not assigned to an individual — the cost of repair and/or replacement may be assessed to each resident on a pro-rated basis. Residence hall staff will inventory the condition of the common areas of each building prior to occupancy of the building in the Fall Term.
Study or lounge furniture is to stay in the studies or lounges. If it is found in student rooms, a charge will be assessed, and the furniture will be immediately returned.
In the event the responsible individual(s) is not found, it is appropriate for the residents to pay such damages, because the floor or house as a community is responsible for the common areas adjacent to the rooms. It would not be fair or appropriate to charge future residents increased room rates because of these damages.
Residents are responsible for any damages, lost property, or unnecessary service costs caused to the residence halls through accident, neglect, or intent. When more than one resident occupies the same room and responsibility for damage or loss in the room cannot be ascertained by the college, the cost of damage or loss will be divided and assessed equally among the residents of the room.
Wartburg students are responsible for informing their guests of college rules and policies. Students are also responsible for the behavior of their guests and may be called upon to assist in dealing with inappropriate behavior on the part of such guests. Students are responsible for obtaining visitor parking passes for their guests if they bring a vehicle to campus overnight. Visitor passes are free. Review the visitation policy for additional information pertaining to permitted durations of stay and additional guest rules.
Activities such as skateboarding, water fights, bike or scooter riding, golf, basketball, hackeysack, and throwing frisbees, water balloons, or balls, are not permitted in or near residence halls due to safety and noise concerns. Skateboarding, rollerblading, scooter or bike riding are not allowed on outside steps, stairways, or inside buildings. Special care should be taken in engaging in activities adjacent to the buildings.
A loft is defined as an elevated sleeping area constructed of wood or steel that is securely fastened into a single unit. Lofts may be constructed in all residence halls except the North and South Residence, Founders Hall, Knights Village, Grossmann Hall, and Löhe Hall. Lofts must conform to the following guidelines:
- Lofts must be free-standing and not attached to the wall, ceiling, or floor.
- Lofts must be placed against a windowless wall and not constructed across an exit.
- It is recommended for fire safety that a distance of at least 30 inches be maintained from the top of the mattress to the ceiling.
- Lofts must be constructed using nuts and bolts or screws rather than nails.
- Existing bedsprings and mattresses must be incorporated into the loft design.
- Decorative coverings, tapestries, lights, fans, etc., may not be suspended from the loft or bunk.
- Ladders are encouraged so that a student can safely get in and out of the loft. College furniture should not be used as a “step stool,” nor as a support for loft construction.
- Lofts must be completely dismantled and removed from the halls at the end of the academic year. Storage space is not provided for lofts.
- Original bed frames must be reassembled prior to check-out.
- Students are responsible for any damage caused by the loft.
The college will not take responsibility for the student’s safety while the loft is in the room. Removal and/or damage charges will be assessed to those who do not follow the stated requirements.
Sound equipment such as radios, stereos, and television sets should be played softly to avoid disturbing other residents. You are encouraged to use headphones during quiet hours. Under no circumstances may speakers be placed so that music is played out of the windows. If you violate the guidelines, your privilege may be forfeited and your stereo, or television set can be confiscated and stored.
Courtesy hours are in effect at all times and residents are expected to be aware that their actions and behavior do affect other community residents. There should be no shouting, loud talking, loud music, TV, etc., that is disruptive to other residents.
Quiet hours are in effect Sunday through Thursday, 11 p.m.-8 a.m.; Friday and Saturday, 1 a.m.-8 a.m. Individual floors/houses may extend quiet hours if they so desire. During the final exam weeks, there is a 24-hour quiet policy.
Students are not allowed to paint their rooms or any common area of a residence hall.
For reasons of health and sanitation, pets/ animals of any type, except fish, are not permitted in any area of the residence halls. Fish-tank capacity may not exceed 30 gallons per room.
In accordance with the Fair Housing Act, emotional support animals are allowed if deemed necessary after completion of the Emotional Support Animal application. For more information, visit the Residential Life Office or call ext. 8260.
RESIDENCE HALL ACCESS
Residence hall entrance doors are locked during the evening and on weekends. Residents must use their ID to gain access. Tampering with or propping open locked doors is prohibited. Emergency exits must only be used for emergencies, and interior fire doors must be closed at all times. No one except maintenance staff is allowed on roofs.
ROOM CARE AND CLEANING
Room care and cleanliness are the responsibility of residents. Rooms must be kept clean for health and safety reasons. Cleaning of common areas is done by custodial staff. Please contact your RHD with any praise or concerns.
The Residential Life Office, while encouraging individual expression through room decorations, does have concerns for student safety and damage to college property. Accordingly, follow these guidelines before decorating a room:
- Residents should not hang items from their ceilings — this includes plants, sheets, netting, etc.
- Wood paneling is not permitted.
- Double-sided carpet tape is prohibited.
- Students are not permitted to put nails, screws, or hooks into woodwork, walls, or ceilings.
- Decals, bumper stickers, and contact paper may not be affixed to college property.
- It is recommended that removable adhesive devices be utilized to hang posters and pictures.
- Dart boards and darts are not permitted in the residence halls.
- If students have questions regarding the appropriateness of decorations, please contact the RHD.
- The exterior of room doors and windows are visible to all members of the community. Therefore, residents will be asked to remove any offensive or inappropriate items.
- Possession of stolen road signs or exit signs, barricades, or other public property is a violation of the law. Should discovery of such items occur, it can be reported to local authorities.
- Antennae and satellite dishes are not to be placed on the exterior of any residence hall.
SALES AND SOLICITATION
The following policy exists to protect the rights of community members to privacy and personal security. Without reasonable regulation, residence hall communities could be subject to a constant barrage of individuals promoting their own or their group’s aims.
- Sales/solicitation on residence hall floors are prohibited except by sanctioned student organizations with prior approval from Residential Life.
- Student organizations may receive permission to use tables in designated public areas to solicit support for their organization or cause or to sell approved items.
- An area is provided in each residence hall for the dissemination of flyers and public information. This information cannot violate the college’s advertising policy.
- Some fundraising or purchase of services that benefit the residence hall community and that is done in connection with a residence hall program/activity may be permitted. Residence hall directors shall review and approve these activities.
The Iowa Smokefree Air Act prohibits smoking anywhere on campus property, both inside buildings and outside. Smoking in vehicles parked on college property is also prohibited. Smoking is only allowed on public streets and on public sidewalks within city easement. Hookahs are not permitted on college property. Chewing tobacco is permitted only in student rooms and outdoors.
Visitation hours in the residence halls are 8 a.m.-1 a.m. Members of the opposite sex may be on a floor and in student rooms only during these hours. Guests — students and non-students of the same sex — may visit for a maximum of 72 hours at any one time. Wartburg College reserves the right to revoke visitation rights for specific hosts or visitors when the policy is abused and/or the visitation is negatively impacting the living-learning environment. Main lounges in the residence halls are not subject to these hours. Floors/houses may choose to restrict hours further (see Guest Policy).
Waterbeds or water furnishings are not allowed due to safe weight-load regulations.
Window screens are not to be removed or tampered with. Students who damage or remove their window screen will be assessed a $25 minimum charge. Windows may not be used to enter or leave the building, nor may materials be thrown from or into the window.
Emergency and Safety Procedures
Residents are responsible for their room key(s). Keys may not be given to other individuals. Students should contact their RA immediately when keys are lost. Lost keys will result in a lock change and a $35 charge per key.
If students are locked out, they need to contact their RA or the RA on duty to be let into their room. When RAs are not on duty, contact Campus Security.
THEFT AND LOSSES
The college assumes no responsibility for theft, damages, or loss of money, valuables, or personal property. We strongly encourage students to check with their family concerning coverage under their homeowner/renter insurance policy.
The best safeguard against theft is to always keep your door locked. Report all losses to a residential life staff member, who will assist you in contacting Campus Security and the Waverly Police Department. For purposes of insurance claims, it is recommended that a police report be filed with the Police Department.
Students are required to evacuate the building whenever an alarm sounds. Upon hearing a fire alarm, exit the building and call Campus Security to report the alarm or fire.
Tampering with emergency equipment, such as fire extinguishers, fire alarms, smoke detectors, or emergency exit signs, is prohibited by state law and college policy.
Fire drills and fire evacuation instructions for each floor or house are conducted at the start of the year. All students must leave the hall during a drill.
Open burning, including candles, is not permitted on campus.
Hot plates, broilers, space heaters, ovens, or kerosene heaters are not allowed in rooms due to possible fire hazards.
Failure to observe fire safety regulations will result in a minimum fine of $100.
WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU HAVE BEEN ALERTED BY THE ALARM:
- Evacuate the building immediately.
- Keep low to the floor if there is smoke in the room.
- Feel the metal door knob before opening any doors. If it is hot, don’t open the door. If it isn’t, brace yourself against the door, open it slightly, but if heat or heavy smoke is present, close the door and stay in the room.
- If you can’t leave the room, seal up the cracks around the door using sheets, pieces of clothing, or whatever is handy. Then hang an object out of the window (bed sheet, jacket, or shirt) to attract the fire department’s attention. If there is a phone in the room, call Campus Security and report that you are trapped. Be sure to give your room number and location.
- Call Campus Security at 9999 as soon as you are away from the building under alarm. Use an emergency phone, phone in a safe building, or cell phone if available.
Firearms (including, but not limited to shotguns, rifles, handguns), air guns, Air Soft guns, Nerf guns, paint-ball guns, pellet guns, bows and arrows, ammunition, explosives (includes fireworks), incendiary devices, blade weapons (swords, sabers, knives, etc.) and other deadly weapons are prohibited on campus. There are three exceptions to this policy. Law enforcement officers, on campus in performance of their duties, are permitted to possess firearms. Students who hunt may store firearms and archery equipment in the Campus Security office for safekeeping and to check in and out when going hunting. Prior coordination is required, as Campus Security escort is mandatory between the Campus Security office and the campus boundary when checking in or out weapons. Students and faculty/staff may bring antique or special weapons or replicas of those weapons as part of a class, show, or display. When not being used as such, they must be secured in the Campus Security office. Campus Security escort is mandatory in these cases as well.
The capacity of the electrical system in the residence halls is limited. Overloading those systems can present fire and safety hazards. Use of electrical “octopi” (multiple-head plugs) to obtain a greater number of outlets can overload circuits and cause fire.
The use of light extension cords should be kept to a minimum. We highly recommend that students purchase a UL-approved multiple outlet with its own fuse. Extension cords may not run under carpets, between room furniture, or be hung from ceilings.
Refrigerators are not to exceed 5 cubic feet or 1.5 amps. Reasonable standards of sanitation must be followed. Refrigerators must be plugged directly into the wall outlet or into a UL-approved, three-prong, grounded extension cord containing its own fuse. The refrigerator must be kept in open view and not placed in a closet or other enclosure that restricts adequate ventilation.
One microwave oven, not to exceed 1.5-cubic-foot capacity or draw more than 750 watts, is permitted per student room. Microwaves must be plugged directly into the wall outlet or into a UL-approved, three-prong, grounded extension cord containing its own fuse.
Popcorn poppers, coffee pots, and hot pots are allowed. In general, any appliance with an open, exposed heating element and without an automatic shut-off is not to be used in the residence halls.
Whenever possible, the college encourages the use of the most energy-efficient appliances (Energy Star).
All types of explosives, including explosive ingredients with potential to create an explosive, are prohibited on campus. Explosives include, but are not limited to, firecrackers and fireworks, gasoline, and any combustible materials. Grills are not allowed inside residence halls. Compressed tanks that contain fuel for gas grills may not be stored on campus. Students found possessing or using any type of explosive will be fined a minimum of $50. Other sanctions in accordance with the Social Conduct policy may be applied.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU DISCOVER OR SUSPECT A GAS LEAK:
- Contact Campus Security (ext. 9999).
HOW TO LEAVE THE BUILDING:
- Go to the nearest exit or stairway. If the nearest exit is blocked by smoke, heat, or fire, go to another exit. Close all doors behind you.
- Go to a higher floor; find a window and signal for help if you enter a fire stair and find it blocked below you.
- Go back to your room if all exits are blocked. Close the door, wave something out the window, and shout for help.
- Move quickly in a crouching position to the nearest clear exit if you are trying to escape through a smoke-filled room or corridors. Place a wet towel or wet cloth over your head and face. Breathe through the wet towel by taking short breaths through your nose. Cover your body with something that can be easily discarded if it catches fire.
- Stand clear of the building after evacuating. Emergency apparatus will be maneuvering around the building. Stay away from the main entrance.
- Follow the directions of fire and police personnel and residence hall staff.
Always try to remain calm. Never try to re-enter a burning building to try to save personal possessions.
Iowa is prone to severe weather in terms of tornados, strong winds, hail, flooding, and blizzards. Always be conscious of existing weather conditions. When the National Weather Service announces a storm watch, announced when conditions are conducive for severe weather, monitor the weather through radio, TV, or on the Internet. When a weather or storm warning is issued immediately:
- Take cover in the basement or lowest level of your residence hall or the nearest building you are in. If you are in Knights Village, go to the ground floor of the Centennial Complex. The next best protection may be found on the lowest floor or an interior corridor. Avoid window areas and corridors of one-story buildings.
- The severe weather take-cover signal is a steady blast or tone for three minutes. Listen to the radio for the “all clear” announcement or wait for Campus Security or public safety officials to inform you it is safe to leave the shelter. Be sure to cooperate with all directives from the residence hall staff and Campus Security. Never use the fire alarm for notification of a tornado or storm.
- When time allows, Weather Service and City tornado warnings are also announced on WartburgAlert. WartburgAlert is Wartburg College’s primary means of notifying the campus community of an emergency or catastrophic event that may affect their safety or welfare. To learn how to sign-up for WartburgAlert and additional information, see page 67 of the Security section.
IN CASE OF LIFE-THREATENING EMERGENCY, CHECK THE PATIENT’S AIRWAY PASSAGE, BREATHING, AND CIRCULATION AND CALL 9-911.
Emergencies that are not life-threatening should be referred to Noah Campus Health Clinic, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 319-352-8436.
If you need care after hours, the Walk-In Clinic at Waverly Health Center provides high-quality medical care for routine or urgent medical conditions. Hours at the Walk-In Clinic are Monday through Friday,
5 to 8 p.m., and weekends, noon to 8 p.m.
Care is also available at the emergency room at Waverly Health Center 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.
Although Wartburg and the City of Waverly are considered relatively safe places to live, it is important for students, as well as the members of the community, to take responsibility for their own safety and well-being. Crime prevention is essentially being aware of your environment and avoiding those situations that could make you vulnerable to crime. We strongly encourage students to use common sense and take steps to ensure the safety and security of their belongings, themselves, and others. Some suggestions:
- Lock your door and carry your keys. Do not leave your keys (or any valuables) in your mailbox.
- Do not open your door to strangers or let strangers into a hall.
- Do not prop doors open.
- Do not give your name, address, or phone number to strangers.
- When going out, let your roommate, a friend, or your RA know where you are going and when you expect to return.
- At night, travel in well-lighted areas. Don’t take shortcuts through dark or deserted areas. Avoid walking alone.
- Do not keep large sums of money or items of high monetary value in your room. Avoid advertising your valuables. Keep them out of sight in your room.
- Keep a record of the serial numbers of your personal possessions.
- Don’t carry large amounts of cash.
- Never lend your keys to anyone.
- Do follow fire safety regulations and be careful when using appliances in your room.
Residence hall staff and Campus Security are concerned about your safety and security. They can help if you have a problem with theft, harassing phone calls, etc. Each residence hall has a staff member “on duty” every evening. The RA on duty is the person to contact if you need assistance and the RA on your floor is not available.