Courtney Reese ’15

Major: Marketing
Hometown:Cleveland, Ohio

I chose to attend Mount Union because of the small class sizes and the one-on-one attention students receive from professors. At the University, you aren’t just a number. Professors really care about you and your progress in and outside of the classroom. They also are really approachable and personable.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are all freshmen required to live on-campus?

What should I bring, and not bring, with me to college?

What is an ARM and ARD?

What is a CE?

What is the role of an ARD?

What is the role of an ARM?

What is the role of a Community Educator?

What is the role of a Resident Director?

Is there someone available that I can go to for assistance at any time?

What are the dimensions of my room?

What is provided in the residence hall rooms?

What items are not allowed in residence halls/house rooms?

How are roommate assignments made?

How are roommate changes made?

Do the halls have 24-visitation policies?

How long may a guest stay in my room?

How many people live on campus?

Do I have to use a special number to dial out when calling someone?

Do I get a phone in my room?

Is there a voicemail options available?

How should I have my mail addressed?

Can I bring a pet to school?

Are all freshmen required to live on campus?
Mount Union believes that the residential experience can significantly contribute to a student's overall collegiate experience. Indeed, much of the learning that takes place on an college campus takes place outside of the classroom. Therefore, the Office of Residence Life strives to create residence hall and house communities which focus on the living and learning process that is at the core of our mission to prepare student for fulfilling lives, meaningful work and responsible citizenship. So Yes, all freshman and sophomores are required to live on campus, unless they are commuting from their parents' or guardians' permanent home address. In addition, all students living on campus are required to be on a meal plan.

What Should I Bring to College?
Necessities

  • Bed Linens - twin size (extra long sheets are recommended)
  • Towels and washcloths
  • Alarm Clock
  • Bucket or some sort of carrier to hold your bathroom items
  • Sandals or slippers (to walk to the bathroom and for showers)
  • Personal Items (soap, mirror, toiletries, etc.)
  • Laundry Detergent/dryer sheets and Laundry Basket or Bag Iron (Ironing Boards are available in some residence halls)
  • Hangers for clothes
  • Basic kitchen needs (silverware, manual can opener, plate, bowl, cup, microwave-able dish, dish towel, dish soap)
  • Basic cleaning needs (cleaner, paper towels, etc.)
  • Kleenex
  • Desk lamp/study lamp
  • School Supplies (paper, pens, scissors, tape, stapler, notebooks, etc.)
  • First Aid Items (bandages, aspirin, and any necessary medications)
  • Umbrella and rain gear
  • Strong key chain (Bookstore has key chains with ID holders which are ideal)
  • Flashlight
  • Phone
  • Power strip/surge protector

Optional Items

  • Refrigerator (no larger than 4.0 cubic ft.)
  • Stereo/Radio
  • Television/VCR
  • Small microwave
  • Computer (and data storage devices)
  • Typewriter or Word Processor
  • Fan
  • Answering Machine
  • Camera
  • Bicycle and bicycle lock
  • Carpeting or rugs for your floor
  • Hot pots or coffee makers (NOT hot plates)
  • Storage containers
  • Sports equipment and various games (board games, cards, etc.)
  • Stationary, address book and stamps (for writing family and friends)
  • Dry erase board for room door
  • Small sewing kit
  • Posters/pictures
  • Room decorating items (plants, etc.)

What should I not bring to college?
Due to fire safety and other concerns, the following items are prohibited from residence hall rooms*:

  • Air conditioners
  • Bread Machines
  • Candles (decorative or otherwise)
  • Deep fryers
  • Electric Grills
  • Electric Frying Pans
  • Firearms, or other weapons
  • Firecrackers
  • Any flammable decorations made of cotton batting, straw, vines, leaves, shrubbery or foam plastic
  • Halogen lamps
  • Hot Dog Cookers
  • Hot plates
  • Hot pots for water
  • Incense
  • Live Christmas trees
  • Oil based popcorn poppers
  • Oil Burners
  • Pets (other than fish)
  • Pine roping or garland
  • Potpourri cookers
  • Refrigerators larger than 4.2 cubic ft.
  • Rice cookers
  • Slow cookers / Crock Pots
  • Space Heaters
  • Sun lamps
  • Toaster ovens / Toasters
  • Waterbeds
  • Woks (electric)

*This list is not exhaustive; students may not have any cooking devices other than microwaves.

What is an ARM and ARD?
They stand for Assistant Resident Manager (ARM) and Assistant Resident Director (ARD). These senior staff members are returning students who have served as Community Educators or Program Administrators for at least one year and have distinguished themselves through their job performance and exemplify the desire to go above and beyond in serving their fellow students. As part of their position they also serve and mentor the residence life staff as well as the residents within their buildings.

What is a CE?
A CE is a Community Educator. These staff members are returning students who have distinguished themselves through their leadership abilities and interpersonal skills as well as their desire to assist their fellow students. CEs participate in an extensive and continuous training program that prepares them for the many different roles and responsibilities they hold: helper, problem-solver, programmer, campus liaison, policy enforcer, mediator, and role model. The CE is a live-in student staff responsible for promoting a positive living and learning environment by planning and implementing activities that advance community, academic excellence, diversity awareness, wellness, and meaningful relationships.

What is the role of an ARD?
The Assistant Resident Director is a member of the Student Affairs staff and reports to an Assistant Director of Residence Life or Resident Director.  The Assistant Resident Director (ARD) is an experienced member of the student staff assigned to live in a hall which does not have a Resident Director in residence in that hall.  The (ARD) is responsible for the administration of a residential area of campus that houses up to 160 students, and the indirect supervision the student staff who reside in that area.

What is the role of an ARM?
The Assistant Resident Manager (ARM) is a live-in student staff member of the Office of Residence Life, responsible for promoting a positive living and learning environment by advancing community, academic excellence, diversity awareness, wellness, and meaningful relationships.  The ARM is responsible for assisting students individually and in groups.  The ARM’s primary role is to facilitate the creation of a positive environment within the apartment complex that supports students’ academic and personal success. 

What is the role of a Community Educator?
The Community Educator is responsible for assisting students individually and in groups. The Community Educator's primary role is to facilitate the creation of a positive environment on an assigned floor or house that supports students' academic and personal success. In order for this environment to develop, Community Educators must make significant connections with their residents, help residents know each other, and connect residents to the resources and opportunities of the campus community. Some strategies for success will include maintaining individual and group contact, possessing a thorough knowledge of campus resources, responding to community and individual concerns, establishing and enforcing community standards, initiating and mediating discussions between roommates, etc.

What is the role of a Resident Director?
There are nine Resident Directors (RDs), some of who also serve the university in other professional roles. These professional staff members are individuals who reside on-campus in the residence halls. They have significant experience with regard to residence hall management and knowledge of college student development. There is a Resident Director on call (RD on Duty) 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The RD on Duty is available to assist students with any residence hall emergencies or after-hour situations that may occur.

Is there someone available that I can go to for assistance at any time?
Yes, there is a resident director on call (RD on Duty) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The RD on Duty is available to assist students with any residence hall emergencies for after hour situations that may occur. The RD on duty cell phone number is (330) 428-3500.

What are the dimensions of my room?
Below are dimensions of standard double rooms

Bica-Ross

15' x 12'

Cunningham

15' x 12'

East

15' x 14'

Elliott

12' x 13'

Hoiles-Peterson

15.5' x 10.5'

Ketcham

15' x 9'

King

15' x 10'

McCready

15' x 12'

McMaster

10' x 13'

Miller

11' x 14'

Shields

15.5' x 11'

What is provided in the residence hall rooms?
Each room is equipped with single beds, mattresses, study desks or tables, desk chairs, closets or wardrobes, dressers, a ladder (for use while lofting) and drapes or blinds. There may be some difference in the type of furnishing (built in or free standing) based on location. All of the beds on campus are loftable/bunkable. Students are no longer permitted to build lofts in any of the residence halls or houses. Furniture cannot be removed from the rooms. Additional information is available at the Resource Fair during Preview.

What items are not allowed in residence hall rooms?
Due to fire safety and other concerns, the following items are prohibited from residence hall rooms:

  • Air conditioners
  • Bread Machines
  • Candles (decorative or otherwise)
  • Deep fryers
  • Electric Grills
  • Electric Frying Pans
  • Firearms, or other weapons
  • Firecrackers
  • Any flammable decorations made of cotton batting, straw, vines, leaves, shrubbery or foam plastic
  • Halogen lamps
  • Hot Dog Cookers
  • Hot plates
  • Hot pots for water
  • Incense
  • Live Christmas trees
  • Oil based popcorn poppers
  • Oil Burners
  • Pets (other than fish)
  • Pine roping or garland
  • Potpourri cookers
  • Refrigerators larger than 4.0
  • cubic ft.
  • Rice cookers
  • Slow cookers / Crock Pots
  • Space Heaters
  • Sun lamps
  • Toaster ovens / Toasters
  • Waterbeds
  • Woks (electric)

This list is not exhaustive, students may not have any cooking devices other than microwaves.

How are roommate assignments made?
On the New Student Housing Application, students are asked to indicate their personal interests, living habits, and expectations that would be helpful in selecting a roommate. These responses are used to assist in assigning roommates. The Associate Director of Residence Life assigns roommates, and when all assignments are complete, each student receives a letter with the name and address of his or her roommate. Requests for roommates will be honored whenever possible and must be reciprocal. In other words, students wishing to room together must both indicate the same preference on their New Student Housing Application which is available online at http://myhousing.mountunion.edu/myhousing.

Notification of roommate assignments are mailed around August 1.

How are roommate changes made?
If there is a conflict between roommates, they are encouraged to work out the problem between themselves. If needed, a Community Educator (CE) is available to facilitate discussion. There is a two-week freeze on housing assignments at the beginning of each semester. After the second week of the semester, students may contact their Resident Director (RD) to request a change of rooms. All students involved in the room change must be in agreement with the change.

Do the halls have 24-hour visitation policies?
Yes. Students may (with the mutual consent of their roommate) entertain guests of the opposite gender in their rooms Sunday through Thursday from 11 am to 11 pm and will have extended visitation hours on the weekends, with 24 hour visitation starting at 11 am Friday until 11 pm Sunday.  Students must also escort their guests at all times.

How long may a guest stay in my room?
Students may entertain guests in their room for no longer than three consecutive nights.

How many people live on campus?
Over 1,300 students live on the campus of Mount Union in eleven residence halls and as many as nineteen houses making it a largely residential university.

What happens if I want to have my own room?
Singles are not available to incoming students. A student living alone in a standard double room may be offered the opportunity to buy out that room as a "super single." If that opportunity is either not made available (due to space constraints) or that student does not want to pay the additional price for a single room, they may either be moved into a double room with another student who does not want to pay the additional cost, or may have another student moved in with her/him.

Do I have to use a special number to dial out when calling someone?
If you are calling someone on campus, you simply need to enter the last four digits of their phone number. All on-campus local and toll free calls are free. To dial long distance, students must use a calling card. To dial outside of the University, for a local or long distance calls, you must first dial 9.

Do I get a phone in my room?
No, while telephones are not provided , we strongly encourage students to bring a land-line phone for their rooms as their room telephone number is the only local number published through the online student directory for faculty, students, and staff. Due to the implementation of our wireless infrastructure the use of 2.4GHz cordless phones is prohibited. We strongly recommend 5.8GHz or 900MHz phones as an alternative. All on-campus local and toll free calls are free.  

Is there a voicemail option available?
Yes. All residential rooms A person can check their voicemail from on campus or off campus by way of their personal identification code. If students do not want voicemail, they can still use an answering machine. Voicemail automatically picks up after the fourth ring, so if using an answering machine, just set the answering machine to pick up before the fourth ring. However, keep in mind that voicemail will automatically pick up if someone is talking on the phone as another phone call comes in. 

How should I have my mail addressed?
All students have a campus mailbox and mail should be addressed as follows:

Name
Mount Union Box ####
1972 Clark Ave
Alliance, OH 44601

Can I bring a pet to school?
For safety and health reasons, the only pets allowed in residence halls are fish. No other pets are permissible.

 

 

 

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