2008–09 Undergraduate Catalog
Residence Life and Housing
Living in community offers many opportunities for fulfillment and growth. Students will meet many different people and have the chance to form lasting friendships. They will also have the opportunity to nurture their faith as they consider viewpoints other than their own. Our hope is that they will develop an appreciation and respect for their peers as they find their own unique ways to contribute to the group. Living on campus also carries with it the responsibility to uphold community standards that are designed to provide a positive learning environment for all students. (Please refer to the Residential Student Guidebook, which is received when contracting for campus housing.)
The Residential Living Requirement. Since it was founded in 1891, Seattle Pacific University has been committed to the education of the whole person. For this reason, the residential experience is considered an integral part of a studentís education. Research shows that students who belong to a campus residential community have a more productive, and ultimately more satisfying, college experience than those who live off campus.
A two-year guarantee of six consecutive quarters is given to incoming freshmen. SPU strongly encourages students to reside on campus subsequent quarters as space is available. The Residential Living Requirement is evaluated yearly to support the residential experience, as well as respond to housing demand.
For the 2008–09 academic year, students are required to live on campus unless:
Infrequent exceptions to this policy are made if unusual circumstances warrant such a decision. Students who believe they have a situation warranting special consideration to live off campus must obtain approval from the Office of Residence Life by submitting an Off-Campus Petition form, which provides the opportunity to describe the studentís situation and reason for the request. The office must receive petitions for off-campus housing no later than July 15 for the subsequent academic year. For more information, call the Office of Residence Life at 206-281-2043.
Campus houses and apartments offer a typical setting of kitchen, living room, bathroom, and bedroom(s) and accommodate two or more residents, depending on the size. The Wesley at Seattle Pacific offers another option for apartment living at SPU. Each unit is fully furnished and comes with a washer/dryer, SPU telephone service, Internet, cable TV, and utilities. Returning and transfer students are given priority for these units.
Students must be admitted to the University before applying for housing. First-time freshmen and transfer students are prioritized separately by the date their admissions applications are received — the earlier your date, the higher your priority. First-time freshmen have priority for the residence halls. Transfer students have priority for Robbins Apartments and other campus apartments.
Beginning in early April, all admitted undergraduates will receive a Campus Living booklet with instructions on how to apply for housing. If a student is admitted after April 1, the packet will be mailed within two weeks of the studentís admission date. For more information, call Housing and Meal Plan Services at 206-281-2188. For information on applying for the Wesley, call 206-378-5302.
Families and Graduates. SPU also has housing options available for students with families, graduate students, and adult learners (students 25 years of age and older).
Family, Graduate, and Adult Learner Housing consists of houses, apartments, and duplexes, located on campus or within walking distance. Units range from one to three bedrooms. Water, sewer, garbage, and basic cable are included in the rent. Each tenant is responsible for electricity, gas, and phone. Students who would like to apply for Family, Graduate, and Adult Learner Housing must be admitted to the University. Only the student, his or her spouse and/ or legal dependents may occupy campus housing. For more information, call Housing and Meal Plan Services at 206-281-2188.
Housing Accommodations for Students
Residence hall students elect a hall council each year to oversee the hall budget, plan activities, and represent them at the Student Senate. Students may choose to become a hall council member and represent their floor at the meetings.
Our main dining facility, Crossroads at Gwinn Commons, offers a restaurant-style atmosphere and menu to accommodate student preferences. SPU also has a campus convenience store (Corner Place Market), and a retail restaurant and grill (Falcon’s Landing). Espresso drinks and snacks are served at Academic Perks in Falcon’s Landing and Pura Vida coffee house in Weter Lounge.
Crossroads provides food service beginning with the evening meal the day residence halls open and ending with the evening meal on the last day of finals. Food service is not provided in Crossroads or Falcon’s Landing during Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Spring breaks. Corner Place Market and Pura Vida operate on a limited schedule during breaks. Retail hours are subject to change.
Residence Halls. All students who reside Ashton, Hill, Emerson, and Moyer are required to choose one of five “metal” meal plans: Platinum, Gold, Copper, Silver, or Bronze.
Each plan combines access to SPU’s main dining facility, Crossroads at Gwinn Commons, with a set amount of SPU Points to spend at any dining location. SPU Points are worth a penny a point and save the user sales tax. Unused SPU Points will roll from quarter to quarter, but not from year to year.
Campus Apartments. Although not required to have one, students living in campus apartments may choose any meal plan, including a Block 25 (25 entrances into Crossroads at Gwinn Commons), Block 50 (50 entrances into Crossroads at Gwinn Commons), or Advantage Points.
Advantage Points are used in the same manner as SPU Points but are not linked to a metal meal plan. A minimum purchase of $15 is required. Unused Advantage Points will roll from quarter to quarter and from year to year. Blocks and Advantage Point plans are nonrefundable.
Theme Housing. Theme housing residents must choose a minimum of one Block 25 plan per year, but may choose an expanded meal plan if desired.
Meal plans are nontransferable. There are no refunds or adjustments made for meals missed. Meal-plan changes may be made at the end of each quarter to be effective the following quarter. Please refer to the Residential Student Guidebook for specific dates. Additional information regarding meal plans is available from Housing and Meal Plan Services at 206-281-2188.
Room and Meal Plan Contract
The Residential Student Guidebook is incorporated in and is binding as part of the Room and Meal Plan Contract. The University reserves the right to make changes to the contract as appropriate. It is the student’s responsibility to read and comprehend the University regulations including those in the Room and Meal Plan Contract, Residential Student Guidebook, and this document.
A Room and Meal Plan Contract remains in effect until the end of the contract period, but may be terminated under the following conditions:
A student contracts for a space on campus but not for a specific hall, room, apartment, or roommate. The University reserves the right to the following:
Priority for University housing is given to matriculated (admitted) students registered for nine credits or more each quarter. Students enrolled for three to eight credits are housed as space permits. Dropping to part-time status from full-time status does not automatically cancel the Room and Meal Plan Contract.
Room and meal plan costs are listed under the Tuition and Fees section of the Catalog. Refund schedules and cancellation charges are outlined in the Refunds and Account Adjustments section of the Catalog.