Anna Maria Student Handbook
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The AMC Undergraduate Housing Agreement is for room and board for the full academic year. New students occupy their rooms as of the first day of Fall Orientation (or, if entering in January, January Orientation). Returning students occupy their rooms after 9 A.M. on the day before undergraduate classes begin. All students must leave their rooms 24 hours after their last exam or by closing time on the last day of final exams, whichever is earlier. Seniors in good standing who have paid the Senior Class Fee may stay until 6 P.M. on the day of undergraduate graduation. The residence halls are closed during the following: Thanksgiving Break, Semester Break, Spring Break and Easter Break. There is no food service when the residence halls are closed.
All requests for cancellation of this Agreement must be made in writing to the Residence Life Office. Current students may cancel this agreement as follows:
A student may not cancel this agreement after opening day of either semester unless he/she withdraws from Anna Maria College. The Director of Residence Life determines the rate of refund if any. There is no refund for a student leaving housing thirty (30) days after the beginning of that semester. Students leaving AMC, graduating, student teaching, or participating in an exchange program or full-time internship may terminate this agreement without penalty for the spring semester by notifying the Residence Life Office in writing by December 1(of the housing year). Students wishing to cancel this agreement for the spring semester prior to opening day but after December 1(of the housing year) and/or for other reasons than above must have the approval of the Director of Residence Life and will be assessed a minimum fee of $500.
The College reserves the right to reassign rooms as it deems necessary for reasons including but not limited to: health, safety, consolidation of resources, maintaining full specialty rooms, or conduct of its students. Specific housing placement is not guaranteed. If at any time a vacancy occurs in a room, a student may be assigned to fill it or be asked to move to maintain his/her occupancy rate. Students may not change rooms without the permission of the Director of Residence Life. Students occupying specialty rooms should refer to the Guidelines for Residence Hall Living for complete occupancy and payment requirements for their specific room type. AMC may provide one roommate's name, home address, home and/or cell phone number, major, class and email address to the other roommate(s) as needed for housing purposes.
By signing or submitting electronically this agreement or by taking occupancy of a room, a student agrees to abide by the policies of the residence halls and of Anna Maria College as stated in the AMC Student Handbook, on the AMC website and as posted. During this agreement, a student is obligated to remain in good academic, financial and disciplinary standing with the College. The College has the right to remove a student from housing without notice for the following: his/her conduct could be dangerous to him/herself or others; he/she fails to conduct him/herself in accordance with College policies and guidelines; he/she violates local, state or federal laws; and/or he/she takes, damages or destroys College property or property of other College members. Students removed from housing shall receive no room or board refund. A student is to return his/her room key immediately upon vacating his/her room. Students failing to immediately turn in the room key are responsible for the cost of a replacement lock, replacement keys and the labor charges of the locksmith.
The College reserves the right to allow authorized personnel to enter a student’s room at any time for purposes of rule enforcement, inspection, inventory, safety, maintenance, or other official business.
The College provides rooms for residential living only. No business may be run out of student rooms. A student may not allow unauthorized persons to reside in his/her room. Animals, with the exception of fish, assistance and service animals, are not permitted in the residence halls at any time. Please refer to the ADA: Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act earlier in this document for the policies and procedures concerning assistance and service animals.
Students are responsible for the care of College property in their rooms and in the common areas of the residence halls. Damage not assessed to a particular student will be charged to the appropriate part of the residential community as determined by the Director of Residence Life. Students are responsible for keeping their rooms free of unsanitary conditions. Students are expected to leave their rooms clean with all original furniture present. There will be a charge for damaged or missing furniture and cleaning.
The College assumes no liability for loss of or damage to a student’s personal property. Students are encouraged to review their family's personal property insurance coverage.
Students presenting a medical need as reason for a specific type of room must contact the Director of Health Services, Linda Aronson, to discuss the need and requested accommodation. Requests for accommodations must be submitted by returning students by March 15(in advance of housing year) and by new students by June 1(in advance of housing year).
Meal Plan Choice
o New Internship/Student Teaching Plan
o Additional fee applies
Updated July 2017
The residence halls are an integral part of the academic community of the College. Living on campus is a privilege, not a right. Resident students are expected to adhere strictly to the guidelines set forth in this document. As residency is a privilege, the College reserves the right to revoke such privilege for any behavior which it regards to be inappropriate, disruptive or not in keeping with the values and traditions of the College.
The Residence Life program at AMC is designed to provide a living and learning, safe and comfortable environment where students may live and study within the community of peers. By agreeing to live in the residence halls, students agree to support and practice AMC community standards. Each student is responsible for what takes place in his/her own room and consequently may live the way chosen as long as he/she abides by state and federal laws, AMC policies and procedures, respects the rights and property of others and abides by health and safety rules. As a member of the residence hall community, each student has a responsibility to respect the rights of other members of that community. The residence hall staff assists students in creating this environment. As members of floors and of residence halls, students share responsibility for what takes place on their floors and in their residence halls.
This document, the AMC Housing Agreement, AMC Alcohol and Drug Policy, Sexual Harassment (Title IX) Policy, and other College policies provide the guidelines for residence hall living at AMC. All State and Federal laws are in full effect on College grounds.
Violation of College policy within the residence halls falls under the jurisdiction of the Residence Life Department. In addition, the student may be subject to disciplinary action by the College pursuant to the AMC Conduct Code and/or by State or Federal officials. The severity of the imposed sanctions will be appropriate to the violation. A student suspended or dismissed from the AMC residence halls shall vacate his/her room by the deadline set by the Director of Residence Life and will not receive a refund or credit of his/her academic year’s room and board fees. As a result, students are strongly urged to adhere closely to all College policies to retain their residency.
The Residence Hall Agreement between the student and the College specifies certain responsibilities and obligations on the residence hall student. Administration and interpretation of the residence hall policies shall be within the jurisdiction of the Director of Residence Life (or designee) under the procedures set out in the Student Code of Conduct.
Discipline notices will be done through AMC email. All students are strongly encouraged to regularly check their AMC email. Deadlines and Notifications will be assumed upon the email being sent.
Not all action taken by the Director of Residence Life (or designee) constitutes “discipline.” The Director of Residence Life (or designee) will define and interpret these situations. Situations include, but are not limited to, room change policies, Room Lottery policies, enforcement of the AMC Housing Agreement, resolution of roommate conflicts, Summer Hall policies, and damage billing. Such situations are considered “administrative” and are not subject to the procedures outlined in the Student Code of Conduct.
Alcohol and Illegal Drugs in the Residence Halls
The Alcohol and Drug Policy of AMC in its entirety is enforced in the residence halls. This Policy may be found in the Student Handbook. Any resident who feels jeopardized by the actions of his/her roommate(s) should seek assistance from the Residence Life staff or Paxton Police. Residents are subject to all state and federal laws while on campus.
Anna Maria College has resources available to assist students who wish help around issues of drug or alcohol use. The Health and Counseling Center personnel are available to talk with students in a confidential setting about concerns and can refer students to appropriate off-campus agencies for assistance if needed. If you have any questions about your own or someone else’s drug and/or alcohol use, please utilize these confidential, free services. The Health and Counseling Center is located in the east annex of Trinity Hall.
In summary, resident students should be aware that:
iii. grain alcohol;
iii. boxes over one liter,
See the full AMC Alcohol and Drug Policy in the Student Handbook for complete details.
Health, Safety & Responsibility
Housing and Occupancy
Rights of Others
Room and Building Physical Condition
All postings in the residence halls must be approved by the Director of Residence Life or designee. Flyers about on-campus events that do not exceed 8 ½ x 11 in size may be posted in the residence halls on bathroom doors or designated bulletin boards. Larger posters about on-campus events may be posted in the lobby areas on the appropriate bulletin boards. No postings are allowed in stairwells or on doors, walls, or windows. Posters that are fire hazards will be removed without notice and destroyed.
Posters and notices about major on-campus events may be placed on the front doors of the residence halls with the permission of the Director of Residence Life or designee and generally not more than 1 day prior to the event. Flyers may not be placed under room doors.
Postings during election times by candidates for SGA or other campus leadership positions shall be limited to space provided by the Director of Residence Life in the lobby area of each residence hall. To make sure that there is space for all candidates, one poster per candidate (whether singularly or as part of a group poster) will be allowed in each hall. Posters for candidates will be posted no more than 10 days prior to the election and shall not exceed standard poster board size. Only posters that are in the spirit of the College shall be accepted. Posters that are placed outside of the designated posting area or that are in violation of the election posting policy shall be removed without notice and destroyed.
Flyers from off-campus individuals, groups or organizations must be approved by the Office of Residence Life and, after approval may be posted in the main lobbies on the appropriate bulletin boards. Flyers must be appropriate to the Mission of the College. No flyers advertising alcohol or events where alcohol will be served shall be approved. Unapproved posters from off-campus individuals, groups or organizations will be removed and destroyed without notice.
During the academic year, lounges in the residence halls may be used for small events hosted by AMC students, SGA, Class Officers, Residence Life and the offices of Campus Ministries and Student Activities. Contacting the Residence Life Office, , reserves the spaces on a “First-come, first-served” basis. The host of the event is responsible for the cleanup of the area reserved and any damages occurring due to the event. Other on-campus groups may be accommodated at the discretion of the Director of Residence Life.
On-campus groups may solicit within the residence halls with the permission of the Director of Residence Life.
Off-campus individuals, groups or organizations will not be allowed to place flyers under room doors, leave materials in common areas, or to in any manner solicit within the residence halls. AMC students hired by or volunteering for off-campus individuals, groups or organizations will fall under the “off-campus” solicitation restrictions.