2012-13 Undergraduate Catalog
RESIDENCE LIFE AND HOUSING
Living on Campus
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.
In addition to the community standards for all students, students living on campus have the responsibility to uphold residential policies, which 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 student’s 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 housing (six consecutive quarters) is given to first-time freshmen. SPU strongly encourages students to live 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 2012–13 academic year, students are required to live on campus unless:
If you do not fulfill one or more of these requirements and believe you have a situation that warrants special consideration, you may petition the Office of Residence Life for an exemption. Approval is granted for only exceptional need or hardship.
Any student living off campus without the approval of the Office of Residence Life will not be permitted to register until he or she is in compliance. Petitions must be received no later than July 15 for the subsequent academic year. For more information, call the Office of Residence Life at 206-281-2043.
Ashton, Hill, and Moyer are traditional residence halls, consisting of two- and three-person rooms and common-bathroom facilities. Emerson Hall features suite-style rooms; the typical configuration is a double room on either side of a connecting bathroom. All rooms are furnished and include cable television service and Internet access. Residence halls are closed during Christmas and Spring Breaks.
Campus houses and apartments accommodate one or more residents, depending on the size. Each unit is fully furnished and includes 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 the campus apartments.
Beginning in April, 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 student’s admission date. For more information, call Housing and Meal Plan Services at 206-281-2188.
Families and Graduate Students. SPU also has housing options available for students with families, graduate students, and non-traditional aged students (25 years and older).
Family, Graduate, and Non-Traditional Aged 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 Non-Traditional Aged Learner Housing must be admitted to the University. Only the student, his or her spouse and/or dependent children under age 18 (age 24, if attending college full time) 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 executive committee 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 serve as a floor representative at meetings within the hall.
Our main dining facility, 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 the coffee shop in Weter Lounge.
Gwinn Commons 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 Gwinn Commons or Falcon’s Landing (including Academic Perks) during Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Spring breaks. Retail hours are subject to change.
Residence Halls. All students who reside in Ashton, Hill, Emerson, and Moyer are required to choose a quarterly meal plan, either the Unlimited or a Weekly Block plan. Each plan combines access to 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.
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.
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 Gwinn Commons), Block 50 (50 entrances into Gwinn Commons), or Advantage Points. Advantage Points are used in the same manner as SPU Points but are not linked to a quarterly meal plan. A minimum purchase of $15 is required.
Unused Block 25 meals, Block 50 meals, and Advantage Points will roll from quarter to quarter and year to year until no activity is recorded for three consecutive quarters. Block 25, Block 50, and Advantage Point plans are nonrefundable.
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 9 credits or more each quarter. Students enrolled for 3-8 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.