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Residence Halls
Whitworth requires each student to live in a residence hall for the first two years after graduation from high school. Research shows that students living on campus tend to earn higher grades, express higher levels of satisfaction, and experience greater personal growth; they are also less likely to drop out. In short, the residence experience contributes significantly to a student’s education. If you have questions about the residency requirement, please contact us at 509.777.3271 or visit www.whitworth.edu/housing requirement.

Roommate Conflicts
While we make meticulous effort to match your student with the best possible roommate, conflicts can occur. If a roommate conflict does occur, please encourage your student to communicate with his/her roommate about the problem. If this fails to resolve the issue, your student should seek help from his/her resident assistant. The resident assistant (RA) is a student leader who has been trained to help roommates work through their differences. We have found that most students learn to resolve conflicts and live together successfully, with very few roommate conflicts necessitating a room change. For more information, please visit www.whitworth.edu/roomassignmentprocess.

Furniture and Supplies
Students living on campus should familiarize themselves with what furnishings Whitworth provides, what students should bring to their rooms, and what they should leave at home. More information is provided on the Whitworth Residence Life & Housing webpages:
What is provided: www.whitworth.edu/whatsprovided
What to bring: www.whitworth.edu/whattobring
What not to bring: www.whitworth.edu/whatnottobring

Storage Space
Each residence hall has limited summer storage space for students’ belongings. This space is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. While the storage space is locked at all times, students store items at their own risk; the university assumes no responsibility for lost, stolen or damaged items.

Housing Contracts
Policies pertaining to housing and occupancy are stated in detail in the Whitworth Housing Contract and in the student handbook. This contract must be signed by all students planning to live on campus. Students and parents are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the housing contract and with the student handbook. To view the current housing contract, please visit www.whitworth.edu/housingcontract.

Off-Campus Residence
The board of trustees has made living on campus part of Whitworth’s educational design. Exceptions to the residency requirement include students within commuting distance living at home with their parents, as well as students living at home with a spouse or dependent child. For more information, please visit www.whitworth.edu/housingrequirement.

Visitation
Students may visit the rooms of other students, including those of the opposite sex, in the residence halls. Individual halls determine specific policies for quiet hours and visitation hours. All members of the hall are expected to understand and comply with university policies and to make these policies known to their guests.

Guests
Students may have guests of the same sex in their rooms for up to three days without charge. Each student is required to notify the resident director of the presence of all guests and to take responsibility to inform guests of all residence-hall and university policies.

Food Services
All students living on campus are required to purchase a meal plan provided by Sodexo Food Services. Students make meal-plan selections when they submit their housing preference forms. Each meal card can be used only by the person who has paid for the plan. Sodexo allows a grace period of 10 days at the beginning of each semester, during which a student may switch meal plans as desired. All meal-plan changes must be made through www.whitworth.edu/mealplanchanges. Sodexo also provides meals for students who are unable to make it to the dining hall, such as students who are very sick, who have special diets, or who require a sack lunch. Visit www.whitworthdining.com or call 509.777.4643.

Computers
Each student has access to email and the Internet through computer labs located in various buildings around campus, and through network connections in each residence-hall room. In order for students' personal computers to be connected to the campus network, the systems must meet the following requirements.

  • Systems running in the Microsoft Windows environment will be required to run Windows Vista, 7 or 8. All Windows platforms must be updated with current Microsoft security updates.
  • Macintosh platforms must be running version OSX 10.4 with all current updates, as well.

For information about the process through which students connect to the campus network, see  www.whitworth.edu/Administration/InformationSystems/HelpDesk/StudentResources.htm.
Anti-virus software is not provided by the university. We have decided it’s best to let students choose and install the antivirus software of their choice. Our security agent, installed on all student computers to ensure that they are running antivirus software, will allow the following: Authentium / Avast / AVG / AVGuard / Bitdefender / Comodo / EZAntivirus / Faronics / Fortinet / F-Secure / Gdata / Gdata / Iolo / Kaspersky /Landesk / LightSpeed / McAfee / Microsoft / Nod32 / Panda / Sopho / Symantec Corp / Symantec / SpySweeper AntiVirus / TrendMicro / Vipre Antivirus /  ZoneAlarm. (Each student MUST be running one of these programs in order to gain access to the network.)

The campus is set up with an 802.11 b/g/n wireless network, with all public areas wired for access. If you are considering a notebook purchase, we recommend that you purchase a unit with a built-in 802.11/n wireless adapter. We will be adding more access points in the residence halls to enhance coverage for these buildings. Student-installed wireless-access points and routers are not allowed on our network; when we find them, we will disable them. They compete with our wireless system and create support issues by issuing incorrect network addresses to other computers in the residence halls. Please do not bring a wireless-access device to campus.

See www.whitworth.edu/helpdesk for answers to your additional questions. If you have questions that the site does not address, please feel free to call or email Technical Support Manager Jerrod Jackson at 509.777.4208 or jjackson@whitworth.edu.

Vacation Breaks
Residence halls are open during Thanksgiving and Jan Term breaks. Students are required to leave their rooms during Christmas Break and Spring Break, since live-in staff members are not available to assist in emergencies. Before making travel plans, please check the residence-hall opening and closing dates and times for the 2014-15 academic year. If you have questions, please urge your student to check with his/her RA or RD or with the housing office prior to purchasing of non-refundable tickets.

Academic Calendar
This calendar can be accessed on our website at www.whitworth.edu/calendar/academic.

Final Exams and Travel Arrangements
All students are required to take final exams at their scheduled times. Please check with your student before making travel arrangements or buying airline tickets.

Orientation
Orientation Weekend offers seminars for parents of new students. (See the “Sneak Peek” flyer  enclosed in the summer parent mailing.) You’re encouraged to attend one or both seminars.

Family Weekend (Oct. 9-12, 2014)
This weekend gives parents the opportunity to get to know Whitworth better, through faculty-led mini- presentations, varsity athletics events, worship, and Whitworth Theatre’s fall production. Time is also set aside for parents to enjoy on-campus visits with their student. This year’s Family Weekend coincides with Whitworth’s 125th Anniversary Celebration, where the entire Whitworth community is invited to return to campus to celebrate Whitworth’s 125 years of providing a mind-and-heart education. For more information and to register, visit www.whitworth.edu/125weekend.

Car Registration and Vehicle Policies
Vehicle Operations Policy for 2014-15: Whitworth’s campus has been designed as a walking campus. The Whitworth Vehicle Operations Policy provides guidelines for those given the privilege of operating a motor vehicle on campus. The purpose of this policy is to reduce pedestrian risk, promote safe vehicle operation, and generally regulate traffic and parking on campus. The administration of the policy is delegated to Whitworth’s director of facilities services.  For the most up-to-date information, please visit the Facilities Services Vehicle Registration and Parking page by clicking here.

1. General Rules
Campus parking and traffic regulations comply with Washington State motor vehicle laws and Spokane County ordinances. These rules apply equally to all faculty, staff, students and visitors.

  1. These vehicle regulations, Washington State motor vehicle laws, and applicable Spokane county ordinances are in effect on all Whitworth properties, including all campus roads, streets, parking areas, improved and unimproved areas, and athletics fields.
  2. No unlicensed or improperly licensed motorized vehicle (other than special-service/university-owned vehicles) may be operated on the Whitworth campus.
  3. Parking is permitted only in marked parking spaces in designated parking areas. Do not park in parking spaces or lots designated for service vehicles or visitors. There are parking lots on campus in which overnight parking is not permitted; these lots are posted NO OVERNIGHT PARKING.
  4. Unless an area is marked as a designated parking space or is otherwise marked to permit parking, all roadways on campus are considered fire lanes; parking in them is strictly prohibited. (Curb color, or lack thereof, has no bearing on this.) Parking in a fire lane or a disabled space without a required state-issued permit will result in a citation and a $100 fine for each occurrence.
  5. “No Parking” areas include fire lanes, all road and driveway curbed areas, crosswalks, loading zones, service-vehicle zones, assigned or reserved spaces, walks, planted or seeded areas, 15-foot spaces around fire hydrants, areas around trash/garbage collection points, uncurbed areas, and posted “No Parking” and “No Overnight Parking” areas.
  6. The maximum speed limit on campus is 15 miles per hour. Lower speed limits are in effect when posted, or if road conditions warrant.
  7. Pedestrians have the right-of-way at all intersections and pedestrian crossings, except in cases involving emergency vehicles.
  8. Without prior approval of the security supervisor (ext. 3712), no vehicle may be left on campus for longer than 30 days while the owner/operator is absent from campus for any reason. Likewise, no disabled or inoperative vehicle shall be parked on campus for more than 72 hours. In either case, vehicles will be towed away at the expense of their owners/operators. If your vehicle becomes inoperative on campus, notify Whitworth Security promptly at ext. 4444.
  9. Whitworth reserves the right to tow away any illegally or improperly parked vehicle at the owner’s/operator’s expense.
  10. Spaces designated as disabled parking must be honored; vehicles parked in these spaces must display a state-issued disabled-parking permit.
  11. Motorcycles and motor scooters are considered engine-driven vehicles and may not be operated on walks intended for foot traffic.
  12. If you plan to leave your vehicle on campus over a vacation period, you must check with the Whitworth Security/Facilities Services Office (509.777.3254, 509.777.3712 or facilitiesservices@whitworth.edu) for instructions as to the proper parking area for your vehicle.
  13. Anyone suspected of operating a vehicle under the influence of any drug or alcohol will be reported to local authorities.

2. Registration of Vehicles

  1. Students are required to register their vehicle and to display a current registration decal for each vehicle that they will operate or park on campus. Vehicle registration will be submitted via the online registration form; the cost is $40 per vehicle per year. Each vehicle to be operated on campus must be registered at the beginning of the fall semester. If a student acquires a different vehicle during the academic year, s/he must register that new vehicle. New students will register their on-campus vehicles at the beginning of the entering semester. Failure to register a vehicle or to display its current registration decal properly will result in a citation and a fine of $50.

    Vehicle registration is a two-part process:
    1) Purchase the registration decal online.
    2) Obtain and properly attach the decal to the inside lower-left corner of the windshield.

    After purchasing the decal online, the student is required to complete the process without further notification by picking up the decal at the HUB Information Desk and displaying it promptly. If a vehicle, license plate, or windshield is replaced, the student must contact facilities services at 509.777.3254 to arrange for a no-cost vehicle re-registration or replacement decal. Switching decals between vehicles is not permitted.
  2. Registration decals must be affixed to the in INSIDE FRONT WINDOW, DRIVER’S SIDE of the registered vehicle. Vehicles without windows or windscreens, such as motorcycles or motor scooters, must display the decal in a conspicuous place.
  3. Unregistered vehicles that are driven on campus temporarily due to damage or breakdown of a registered vehicle may be issued a temporary parking permit for a limited period of time as determined by Whitworth Facilities Services, ext. 3254, or Whitworth Security,
    ext. 4444.
  4. GUEST/VISITOR VEHICLES: Guests can obtain temporary parking authorization from facilities services or security.

3. Parking Areas

  1. Parking on campus, due to limited space and concern for the environment, is a privilege and is permitted only in marked parking spaces in designated areas.
  2. Areas immediately adjacent to some buildings and marked as such by signs are reserved for service and delivery vehicles only. All other vehicles parked in these areas may be cited and/or towed away at the owner/operator’s expense.
  3. Some parking spaces are marked “Visitors.” These spaces are to be used by visitors only. All other vehicles parked in these areas are subject to citations and/or towing at owner’s/operator’s expense.
  4. Parking along streets – all are fire lanes – is not permitted.
  5. Parking is prohibited within 15 feet of a fire hydrant.
  6. VACATIONS: Vehicles left on campus when the residence halls are closed for Christmas or Spring Break are to be parked in the Baldwin-Jenkins rear parking lot or in the parking lot north of Westminster Hall, unless owners are directed otherwise. During these breaks, campus parking lots are cleaned. If a student’s vehicle is not parked in one of the two above-listed parking lots, it may be towed to an alternate parking lot at the owner’s/operator’s expense.

4. Administration Enforcement

  1. The director of Whitworth Facilities Services is responsible for the following:
    1. reviewing the administration and enforcement of these regulations;
    2. recommending revisions of campus traffic and parking regulations.
  2. The security department, under the director’s supervision, shall do the following:
    1. administer and enforce campus traffic and parking regulations;
    2. supervise the installation of appropriate traffic signs;
    3. maintain a registration record system;
    4. issue permits and citations;
    5. patrol the university campus;
    6. keep records of violations and fines;
    7. provide for appeals.
  3. Persons observed violating traffic regulations, as well as vehicles parked illegally, will be cited.
    NOTICE: Vehicles parked in fire lanes or other areas where the location threatens the safety of the campus community will be towed. Vehicles whose owners/operators have received multiple citations without acknowledging and responding as instructed may also be towed. Vehicles may be towed off campus at the expense of the registered owner.
  4. Fines
    1. Fines will be billed to the individual’s campus account.
    2. Types and amounts:
    a) Citations issued for failure to register any vehicle or properly display its current registration decal: $50
    b) General parking violations: $30
    c) Citations for moving violations such as speeding, failure to stop for a stop sign, right-of-way violations, and operating a vehicle in a reckless/negligent manner: $40 for each violation
    d) Citations for parking in fire lanes and disabled spaces: $100. Vehicles in violation will be subject to immediate towing at the owner’s/operator’s expense.

5. Appeal Procedures
Whitworth’s president has authorized the facilities services department to provide processing for the appeals of all citations and requests for the release of impounded vehicles. This procedure assures an impartial evaluation of circumstances relating to the appeal and assists in appraisal of parking and traffic problems. The appeal procedure is as follows:

  1. Vehicles must be registered for appeals to be considered.
  2. The initial appeal must be made within 15 days of the violation(s).
  3. The appellant must submit an electronic citation appeal.
  4. After the review has been completed, the appellant will be notified as to the outcome of the appeal.
  5. These rules and regulations are designed to promote safety and mobility and not to generate revenue. Administration of the regulations will be courteous and equitable at all times.

Whitworth reserves the right to revoke driving and parking privileges when abuse of these privileges has occurred. Repeat offenders’ vehicles or unauthorized vehicles are subject to be towed or impounded at the expense of the owner/operator. Please read the Vehicle Operations Policy carefully. If you have any questions, please contact Whitworth Facilities Services at 509.777.5254 during business hours, or Whitworth Security at 509.777.3712 or ext. 4444 day or night.

Personal Property Insurance
The university does not carry insurance to cover, and in no way accepts responsibility for, personal articles and possessions of students, whether in the residence halls, public buildings, or vehicles. However, personal-property insurance can be purchased. Information on personal property insurance can be obtained through the Whitworth Student Life Office.

Behavioral Policies
In addition to our adherence to civil and criminal laws, we have established the following policies that represent the behavioral expectations of the Whitworth community.
As with all behavioral policies, Whitworth’s goals are to:  1) end the offending behavior, 2) prevent its recurrence, and 3) remedy its effects on the complainant and the university community.

Community Cooperation Expectations
The cohesiveness of any community depends upon the willingness of its members to cooperate to promote community values and ideals. While this cooperation should extend to all members of the community, it is especially important that we cooperate with those members of the Whitworth community who have been entrusted with responsibility for the enforcement of behavioral policies. At a minimum, such cooperation must include a willingness to identify oneself when asked to do so and a commitment to exclude all actions clearly identifiable as hostile or threatening.

Public Intoxication 
No student should be publicly intoxicated on campus; Whitworth believes the effects of intoxication (e.g. behaviors, smells, noise) are disruptive to the educational community. Public intoxication is defined as being under the influence of alcohol, marijuana, or other mood-altering substances or controlled medications. Evidence of public intoxication could include:  engaging in behavior that is offensive or causes a community member to voice concern or requires the assistance of others. The typical consequence for public intoxication will be an educational opportunity (e.g. an online informational seminar paid for by the student, or a debrief opportunity with a counselor or other designated staff member). The sanctions may increase if public intoxication accompanies other policy violations.

The Big Three

1. There is to be no on-campus possession, consumption, or distribution of alcohol, illegal drugs or mood-altering substances, or controlled medication without a prescription.

2. There is to be no cohabitation on campus. We understand the term “cohabitation” to include genital sexual contact outside marriage, and/or the spending of a night together by two people engaged in a romantic or sexual relationship or encounter.

3. There is to be no violent or destructive behavior or other conduct that threatens or endangers the safety or emotional well-being of any person on campus. This prohibition includes, but is not limited to, such behaviors as fighting, vandalism, and any behavior that results in destruction or loss of property (including theft), or disruption of community life. This prohibition also includes, but is not limited to, physical abuse, verbal abuse, threats and/or intimidation, as well as behaviors including assault, sexual assault, harassment, and other forms of sexual misconduct.

To view the full behavioral policies, please visit www.whitworth.edu/studenthandbook.

Right to Privacy
It is important that you and your son or daughter communicate clearly about matters such as financial aid, academic performance, health records, behavioral records, and payment of your student’s account. Although this information is important to you, if your child has reached 18 years of age or attends school beyond the high-school level, you cannot legally obtain such information without your child’s consent. The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) identifies the types of student information that may be disseminated: www.whitworth.edu/Administration/RegistrarsOffice/FERPA/Index.htm.

Directory information: information that is generally not considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if released. This information may be disclosed by the university to outside organizations without a student’s prior consent. Such information includes a student’s name, address, telephone number, email address, date and place of birth, major field of study, date of attendance, class standing, full- or part-time status, degrees and awards received, most recent previous educational agencies or institutions attended, photographs, denominational affiliations, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, and height and weight, if the student is a member of an athletics team. Students who wish to have their directory information withheld must notify the registrar’s office in writing. Additional information about directory holds is available in the registrar’s office.

Parents who wish to access non-directory information need the approval of their student. Students may provide a signed release allowing their parent(s) access to non-directory information. The Permission to Release Educational Records form is available on the Whitworth website by clicking here. This permission remains in effect until revoked by the student. At your student’s discretion, s/he may provide you with her/his WhitNet password. WhitNet is an information system available on the Whitworth website that provides such information as class schedule, transcript, account balance, and financial aid awards. Whitworth encourages its students to develop open lines of communication with their parents regarding financial and academic issues.

Whitworth University Office of Alumni & Parent Relations
509.777.3772, 800.532.4668
parents@whitworth.edu

 

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