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Residential Life is a Meaningful Way to Engage in the Campus Community
Our four residence halls empower students to excel academically, develop into student leaders, and to become globally aware all within an inclusive Christian community. As a resident, you will have knowledge of and faster access to our many on campus events and you will find yourself growing even closer to our tight-knit, vibrant community.
Residence Life Mission
Our mission in Residence Life is to globally impact lives of students by creating an opportunity in which residents are immersed in an environment that teaches valuable life skills, integrates academic knowledge with experiences outside of the classroom, and engages them in the Rochester College community in order to instill a lifelong desire to mature intellectually and spiritually.
Alma Gatewood Hall
Constructed in 1970, Alma Gatewood Hall is our historic, three-story residence hall located in the heart of campus, making it ideal housing for freshmen. Alma Gatewood Hall houses up to 132 students, with both male and female floors. Located on each floor is a laundry room/kitchenette area with three washing machines and three dryers, one sink, one stove, and one microwave.
Alma Gatewood Hall rooms are arranged in suites with double occupant rooms connected by a shared bathroom. Furnishings for each room include two beds, with loft and bunk capabilities, a walk in closet or wardrobe option, two desks, two hutches, a dresser, and a chair for each resident. Residents will enjoy the cable and Internet network services, which are included in the cost of residential support fees.
The Alma Gatewood Hall Lobby is open to both genders and is a popular hangout and homework hub. The lounge area has a TV with cable, board games, and tables for studying. A computer and printer are also provided for student use. Each resident is assigned a mailbox located in the students residence hall. The residents of Alma Gatewood will find their mailboxes in the Lobby.
Ferndale / Hoggatt Hall
Ferndale/Hoggatt Hall was constructed in 1997 and has two separate wings. Hoggatt Hall, one wing, houses male students while Ferndale Hall, the other wing, houses female students. There are two floors for each hall, and each floor houses approximately 35 students. Ferndale/Hoggatt has a total capacity of 138 students.
Ferndale/Hoggatt Hall typically houses students who have completed at least 30 credit hours or two semesters at Rochester College and who are under the age of 25. Transfer students who meet the same criteria may also have the opportunity to live in Ferndale/Hoggatt if space is available.
The rooms in Ferndale/Hoggatt Hall are arranged in suites with double occupant rooms connected by a shared bathroom. Furnishings in each room include two beds, with loft and bunk capabilities, two wardrobes, two desks, two hutches, two dressers, and a chair for each resident. Residents will enjoy the cable and Internet network services, which is included in the cost of residential support fees. Located on the first floor of each wing is an kitchen area with a table, chairs, one stove, one sink, and counter space. Ferndale/Hoggatt residents share a laundry facility with Palmer Hall Residents. The laundry facility has plenty of room to accommodate all residents with its five washing machines and six dryers.
The Ferndale/Hoggatt Hall Lobby, known as Dearborn Commons, connects the two wings of the residence hall and is the ideal place for residents to relax, watch television, study, and hang out. A computer and printer are provided for student use. Each resident is assigned a mailbox located in the students’ residence hall. The residents of Ferndale/Hoggatt will find their mailboxes in the Dearborn Commons Lobby.
Two-story Barbier Hall is the home of our Living/Learning communities, currently focusing on our Leader Dog Training Program. Students approved to live in Barbier enter the program as either a raiser or sitter for specially selected puppies. Residents will be working alongside the local Leader Dog center in specifically chosen programming and curriculum to bring these puppies up to be future Leader Dogs for the disabled. All participants must be pre-approved, so contact Assistant Dean of Student Engagement Scott Cagnet (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Furnishings in Barbier include two beds with loft and bunk capabilities, a walk in closet or wardrobe, a desk, a hutch, a chest of drawers, and a chair for each resident.
Cable and network Internet services are included in the cost of room and residential support fees. Each floor has a large community bathroom with private showers and individual vanities, with laundry facilities on the first floor and a coffee kitchen on the second floor. Each floor also has a lounge area perfect for studying, relaxing or meeting a dog!
Palmer Hall is our one-story building with 8 studio apartment units which are ideal for residents who are 25 years or older and married couples seeking to live on campus. Palmer Hall offers independent, transitional living for residents still seeking the benefits of being apart of our campus community. The Palmer Hall units are carpeted studio apartments, with a walk in closet and a small bathroom. Each living unit has an external entrance and one assigned parking space located in front of the building. Five of the Palmer Hall units offer kitchenettes with one refrigerator, one stove, counter space, and kitchen cabinets. All units have cable and Internet network connection, which is included in the cost of monthly rent. The Palmer Hall residents share a laundry facility, which is located in Ferndale/Hoggatt Hall, with Ferndale/Hoggatt residents. The laundry facility has plenty of room to accommodate all residents with its five washing machines and six dryers. Each resident is assigned a mailbox located in a residence hall. The residents of Palmer Hall will find their mailboxes in the Dearborn Commons Lobby located in Ferndale/Hoggatt Hall. Students interested in living in Palmer Hall must apply in advance, as units are in high demand, with priority is given to married couples. Those interested can contact email@example.com for more information. Please note, no meal plan is required for Palmer Hall residents, but a meal plan may be purchased upon request.
Residence Hall Guidelines
Quiet Hours: Quiet hours are 10pm to 8am and there are 24 hour courtesy hours.
Opposite Gender Guests: Residents may not have a person of the opposite gender in their room at any time—including family members—without permission of the AC or CL. Failure to obtain permission may result in disciplinary action, suspension, or loss of housing privileges.
Single Palmer Hall residents may have non-family guests of the opposite gender during the hours of 6:00am to 1:00am. No overnight non-family guests of the opposite gender are permitted in the apartments.
Open House: Rochester College allows visitation privileges for its residents, enabling students to interact with one another for academic and social purposes. These privileges permit guests of the opposite gender in one’s room, and may be revoked at any time to any and all parts of a living area. The Area Coordinator in each building reserves the right to terminate an open house in any part of the residence halls due to excessive disruptive behavior, disrespect for others, or any other circumstance deemed an interference.
Open House hours are 7pm to 10pm Sunday through Saturday. No person is permitted on the wing/floor, hallways, or stairwells of a living area of the opposite gender except during Open House visitation hours. The door to the student’s room must be wide-open at all times, no individual is allowed to lay on any bed in rooms with guests, and there must be adequate lighting in all rooms when visitors of the oppose gender are present. Finally, all students’ guests must be escorted to and from rooms while in the building. The student hosting a visitor is responsible for all actions of his/her guest.
All lobbies are open for co-ed visitation at all times. Lobbies may be closed at certain times at the discretion of the Residence Life staff.
Overnight Guests: Residents may have overnight guests of the same gender. All overnight guests must be registered no later than 24 hours the night of their stay in the case of a personal emergency that necessitates contacting the guest in a timely manner, or in the case of a safety emergency such as fire or natural disaster leading to an evacuation of the residence halls. A guest registration form for all minors should be requested from the Residence Life staff at least 48 hours in advance of the stay. Rochester College reserves the right to refuse permission for overnight guests. Residents are responsible for the behavior of their guests and any damages they cause. Guests should be at least 15 years old and comply with College guidelines. Guests may not stay more than one night per calendar week without advance permission from the Coordinator of the residence hall.
Hall & Floor Meetings: Meetings are mandatory and will be held at a time when most residents are naturally present in the hall. They provide an opportunity for information sharing and problem solving. Absences must be approved in advance by the Coordinator of your residence hall. Residents who fail to attend without granting permission from their Coordinator may be subject to a fine.
Holiday Breaks: The residence halls will be closed during the Thanksgiving break and Christmas break. Alma Gatewood will be closed over Spring Break. Ferndale and Hoggatt halls will be open over spring break for Ferndale and Hoggatt residents and their guests who are working or taking classes off site. Students on behavioral probation will not be permitted to stay in the hall over Spring Break. All guests must be accompanied by their host(s) to enter the halls and stay overnight. When the halls close, residents must vacate the residence hall no later than the announced closing time and return no earlier than the announced opening time. International students, or students living a significant distance from the campus needing assistance in securing local housing during the breaks, must submit a written request at least one week in advance to the Assistant Dean of Community Living.
Reporting Facility Problems: Residential facilities are maintained in a cooperative effort between Residence Life and the Maintenance and Housekeeping departments. Residents should assist these departments by reporting maintenance or housekeeping problems. This can be accomplished by reporting the needed repair or problem via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or to the Area Coordinator via email. If we do not know something is broken, we cannot fix it. College maintenance, housekeeping and security personnel reserve the right to enter rooms for repairs and for safety inspections. Residents will be notified by maintenance by leaving a written notice or email indicating repairs were completed. In case of emergency involving water or electrical outages please contact Maintenance at 248.765.8013 or x2911 from on campus or during office hours, x2080 or x2072 and your Area Coordinator immediately.
Emergencies: In the event of an emergency on campus please call 8-911 if using an on-campus phone to reach local or county emergency services. Also contact Campus Security at 248.765.8013 or x2911 from any on campus phone and, if residence hall related, also contact the CL or Area Coordinator immediately.
Weapons & Hazardous Materials: For the safety of the campus community, students may not use or store any weapons or dangerous materials on their persons, in their rooms, or vehicles parked on campus. All weapons including but not limited to firearms, air, spear, pellet or paintball guns, ammunition, knives with blades longer than three inches, slingshots, bows and arrows, martial arts weapons, swords, toys that replicate or could be mistaken for real guns, explosives, fireworks, flammable or hazardous materials and the like are strictly forbidden. Violations will result in disciplinary action, suspension or dismissal.
Fire Prevention: Candles, incense, grills, toaster ovens, space heaters, halogen lamps or any open flame devices must not be used in the halls. Residents found violating this policy will be fined and/or disciplined, including possible loss of housing privileges. Mandatory fire drills will occur each semester in each hall. Other fire safety measures and policies will be outlined in opening meetings each semester.
Animals and Pets: For health and sanitation reasons, all pets except small tropical fish in a 10 gallon tank are prohibited. If animals or pets are found in a resident’s room the animal(s) will be removed and all the occupants of the room may be required to pay fines.
Electrical Appliances: Residents are permitted to use light electrical appliances and electronics such as small refrigerators (4 cubic feet or less), clocks, radios/stereos, televisions, DVD/Blu-Ray players, games systems, computers, printers, etc. Larger appliances such as microwaves, ovens, broilers, hot plates, fryers, heaters or air conditioners are not permitted. There is limited electrical service, and these are potential fire hazards. George Foreman grills are only permitted in public kitchens and must be accompanied the entire time they are plugged in.
Right to Search and Enter: Rochester College is a private institution on registered private property. The College reserves the right to search any room or vehicle on campus at any time if there is a reasonable cause to believe a violation of College, local, state or federal regulations or laws has occurred. A College administrator must approve any such searches. College personnel also have the right to enter a room for routine safety and cleanliness inspections and maintenance.
Solicitation: To ensure the safety and privacy of all residents, solicitors including students are not permitted to post flyers, to canvass or market any product or service on campus without prior permission from The Center for Student Life. The Center for Student Life must stamp all flyers for approval in order for them to be posted.
Fines and Special Fees: Charges and fines, which may be assessed to a student’s account, include some of the following: excessive noise, unassembled furniture upon check out, screen tampering or removal, improper facilities use, failure to clean, lost or improper key usage, room change fees, late check-out, improper check-out, damage, etc. More information on these and other fines and special fees can be found in the Student Handbook or College Catalog. Fines for repeat offenses will be assessed on a graduating scale, doubling with each offense. For example, if a resident fails cleanliness check, the initial fine will be $25. If the resident fails cleanliness check a second time, the second fine will double to $50. If the resident fails cleanliness check a third time in a school year, the fine will double again to $100. Second time offenses will also result in a meeting with the Area Coordinator to clarify expectations. Third time offenses will result in a meeting with the Area Coordinator or the Assistant Dean of Community Living and may also result in loss of housing privileges. Damages to the facilities due to inappropriate usage will result in a $25 fine plus the cost of repairs to the facility. Continued misuse of the facilities will result in the doubling of fines and possible loss of housing privileges. The fine and cost of repairs may be waived at the discretion of the Area Coordinator and/or the Assistant Dean of Community Living.
Furniture: Furniture has been specifically placed in rooms and common spaces with student’s comfort and convenience in mind. Therefore, all furniture must remain in the room to which it has been assigned. The college does not take any responsibility in storing unused room furniture. Lobby, laundry or kitchenette furniture may not be taken into individual rooms. Furniture may not be moved outside of the building. A fine will be assessed if furniture has been relocated. All room furniture must remain in the room to which it is assigned even if only one person is living in a double occupancy room. In such cases when a resident is not paying for a private room and is awaiting a possible roommate, they must keep all furniture assembled and ready for the new occupant. All furniture must be fully assembled upon checking out of the room.
Room Decorations: Residents are encouraged to tastefully decorate their room to reflect their own personality. Nails, tacks and tape damage the walls and should not be used. Residents will be charged for such damage. Residents may use 3M Command Picture Hanging Strips and sticky-tack/mounting tape, some of which may be available in the campus store. Only spring-loaded rods may be used for curtains. Students may not paint their rooms nor use wallpaper or border trim. Décor that may be considered inappropriate must be removed. Continued violation of décor regulations may result in fines and/or discipline. Students must remove all decorations and tape or other residue upon check out
Vehicle Owners: All students with vehicles on campus must register them and receive a parking tag. This can be done during registration or at any time through The Center for Student Life. You will need your license plate number and vehicle specifications (i.e. color, year, make, and model). There is no extra fee for parking decals. Students are not to park in fire lanes, reserved locations, or restricted areas. Vehicle violation fines are outlined in the Course Catalog and must be paid to the Business Office. Unpaid vehicle violation fines may be put on a student account, and neither registration nor transcripts will be allowed until these fines are paid. Questions concerning violations should be directed toward Campus Security.
Bicycle Owners: Students bringing bicycles should register them with The Center for Student Life and obtain a registration sticker in order for them to be allowed on campus. Registration stickers should be affixed to the bicycle appropriately. Bicycles must be stored in your room or at a bike rack located behind one of the residence halls. It is recommended that all bicycles be locked or otherwise secured when stored outside of the student’s room to avoid theft or “unapproved borrowing.” No bicycles may be stored in stairwells or hallways.
Storage: Rochester College has no space for residents to store items outside their assigned room. No college furniture or items belonging to residents may be stored outside the room. Items left or stored outside a room will be disposed and residents will be charged and/or fined for disposal and/or violation of housing regulations. No items may be placed under the stairs or in the hallway per fire code regulations. There are companies in the area that rent storage spaces. For more information contact The Center for Student Life.
Resident Responsibility: The housekeeping staff cleans public areas within the residence halls and throughout the campus. Residents are responsible for picking up after themselves in all areas and within their own rooms, suites, and baths. Room checks to determine cleanliness, damage and maintenance needs are done periodically. Unsatisfactory conditions will be reported and an unsatisfactory cleanliness check may result in a $25 fine. In addition to the fine, further costs or discipline may be used for damages incurred or to encourage cleanliness or cooperation. Continued uncleanliness or room damage may result in a resident being required to move off campus. All residents are jointly responsible for the protection of the residence hall, its furnishings and its equipment. The College will investigate unidentified damages and costs may be passed on to the residents if responsible parties cannot be determined. Disciplinary action may be taken if appropriate.
Trash: Residents are required to dispose of their personal trash by bagging it and taking it to the appropriate trash receptacle. Halls, walkways, and common spaces are to be kept clear of trash, boxes, shoes, and other obstructions. Failure to do so will result in a fine to the person(s) responsible.
Violations of Housing Regulations: Students who violate any housing regulations or expectations will receive notification from a Community Leader, Area Coordinator, or the Assistant Dean of Community Living. Forms of disciplinary action taken include verbal and written warnings, fines, required community service/ work detail, early curfew, suspension and/or dismissal. Students who receive two or more violations may be referred to the Housing Committee. This committee deals specifically with residential students who have received multiple disciplinary actions in regard to campus housing regulations. The purpose of the committee is to conduct hearings that will fairly and consistently deal with repeat problems within the residence hall community and help maintain a healthy, mature, peaceful, encouraging and livable environment. See Student Handbook for further detail.
Alma Gatewood Hall Floor Plan Ferndale/Hoggatt Hall Floor Plan
Twin XL Beds
Please note that the mattresses measure 80” and are considered to be extra-long. XL twin sheets will fit best.
Need help finding extra-long bedding to fit the mattresses in our halls? Rochester College has partnered with Residence Hall Linens for several years to provide our students and families with a convenient, affordable way to ensure you have sheets that will fit all of the beds on campus. Proceeds from this program are used for programming in the residence halls! Your order arrives neatly packed and ready to move-in, at low prices and full of value! You can order here or call 800-957-4338.
No nails, screws, sticky tape or glue may be used on any walls. Command strips are permitted as long as properly removed without damaging the wall. The walls are painted neutral colors and may not be painted.
Under strict guidelines, the only pets allowed are fish in ten-gallon tanks or less. For the further guidelines and more information, please visit the Center for Student Life.
The only appliances allowed in rooms are one small refrigerator (no taller than 3 feet), coffee pots, and irons. Coffee pots and irons must have a functioning automatic shut-off switch. All other appliances (i.e. microwaves, toasters, ovens, hot plates, sandwich makers, etc.) are prohibited. Kitchenettes are provided for student use of these items.
All residents are expected to keep their rooms clean and safe. The residents must maintain the private bathrooms and suites. Occasionally the Residence Life Staff will check the students’ rooms regarding safety and cleanliness.
Sample Rooms with Measurements
Cost of Living
*All costs are per semester*
Residential Fees and Deposits
Room- Ferndale, Hoggatt, Gatewood, Barbier: $1,798.00
Board – 19 meals/week: $1,890.00
Married/25+ Housing (as available)
Palmer Studio Apartments (per month): $465.00
Private Room Fee (nonrefundable)
As available to upperclassmen, in addition to Room and Board: $700.00
Room Security Deposit (for all residential locations): $190.00
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Rochester College recognizes the experience of living on campus as a valuable part of every students’ college experience. The residential experience at Rochester College provides students with opportunities to grow and examine issues including value development, decision making, problem solving, leadership development, and personal faith commitment. All first and second year students are required to live on campus in the residence halls. Third- and fourth-year students have the opportunity to live on-campus or off-campus. Please be aware that many scholarships are granted based on living on campus in the residence hall so check with Financial Services to ensure no loss of scholarship will occur if you choose to not reside on campus.
The campus residency requirement is determined by the years out of high school, not the number of college credit hours earned. First-year students who have recently graduated from high school will live in residence halls designated first year students. Students completing their second year of post-secondary education will live in residence halls designated for upperclassmen. The exceptions to the residency requirement are as follows:
Local Residency: students physically residing with parent(s) or legal guardian(s) (Please complete the commute from home application)
Age: students 21 years of age or older by the first day of classes each semester
Family Status: students who are currently married or custodial parents (please provide a copy of your marriage license or child’s birth certificate)
HS Graduation Date: A student has graduated from high school more than two years prior to the beginning of the fall semester. (Home schooled students and high school students enrolled in college classes earning dual credit are not exempt from the residency requirement.)
Minimal Hours: students enrolled in fewer than twelve (12) credit hours
Military Service: students who have served at least two years of continuous active military duty (please provide a copy of your DD-14 or discharge paperwork)
Medical/ADA Concern: A student has a documented medical/ADA concern submitted and verified through the Accommodations Officer
**Students living off campus who are not eligible will be subject to disciplinary action for non-compliance with the Rochester College Residency Requirement and charged for the current value of two semesters of on-campus housing (example: for 2018-19 fine would equal $3,595.04).**
Applying for Off-Campus Living
If a student prefers to live off-campus and one of the above qualifications applies to his/her situation, the student would need to complete an Off Campus Application Form. **All students who live off campus are required to complete off campus information every year**
If a student feels he/she has extenuating circumstances which deserves consideration for off-campus residency, that student must complete the following steps prior to seeking accommodations off-campus:
1. Complete an Off Campus Appeals Form
2. Complete the questions in the Off-Campus Application addressing the student’s reasoning for needing an exemption of the residency requirement.
3. Submit the Off-Campus application by the deadline to be reviewed by the Housing Appeals Committee. If you are choosing the “Local Residency” option, you will need to fill out a Commute from Home application as well.
After the Housing Appeals Committee has met, the student will be contacted by the Office of Residence Life regarding the request.
Please note that any student who moves off-campus without an exemption from the institution will be charged the equivalent of a double room each semester that the student does not honor the residency requirement policy (example: for 2018-19 fine would equal $3,595.04).
All residential students must remain registered as full-time students (at least 12 credit hours). If a student wishes to drop below 12 credit hours and desires to continue living on-campus, he/she must first complete a Part Time Student Agreement Form with the Office of Residence Life. If a student stops attending classes without completing a formal withdrawal through the academic center, that student will be asked to move out of the residence halls. For more information about Rochester College’s housing policies, please refer to the Student Life Handbook and/or Residence Life website.
For further information regarding Residence Life at Rochester College, please call the Office of Residence Life at 248.218.2207, and we will be happy to assist you.
Welcome to our campus! The Residence Life team will be working hard during the summer to make sure you have the best possible housing assignment in our residence halls! Here is what you can expect from the housing process during that time:
Step 1 – Once you have been accepted to RC, please fill out a Room Request form here. Make sure you fill it out as completely and accurately as possible, so we can ensure you the best fit for your room!
Step 2 – Once your Room Reservation Form has been processed, we will send you a confirmation email with your building assignment.
Step 3 – When we find the best roommate match for you based on the information in your Room Reservation Form, your Area Coordinator will contact you both with your roommate assignment and include a contact email for each of you so you can begin discussing your room.
Step 4 – The week before move-in you will receive your room number assignment along with further move-in instructions.
If you have any questions or concerns, you can reach out to us at email@example.com and we will do our very best to answer your questions.
ADA Housing Accommodations
Students who need ADA accommodations for housing will need to make those requests with the Accommodations Officer. These students will still need to complete an online housing application and contact RCs Accommodations Officer, Allyson Stinnett (firstname.lastname@example.org), directly with their ADA request. The Accommodations Officer will work in concert with the Center for Student Life to make any necessary modifications, especially as it applies to assigning students to spaces that meet their needs.
Private Rooms are only available to students with approved ADA accommodations and a few upperclassmen. Please keep in mind that the private room fee for the 2018-2019 school year will be $700 per semester IN ADDITION TO regular housing costs. This fee is exempt to ADA rooms.
We are excited to have you on campus! To help you prepare for your big move, please review the move-in dates and times below. In order to move into the residence halls, all students must first be registered for classes and be given “Official” status by Student Financial Services (email@example.com)
2018-2019 School Year
Move-in date for First Year Students for Fall 2018:
August 22, 2018 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Move in date for Returning Students for Fall 2018:
August 24, 2018 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
What to bring:
Winter AND summer clothes – it’s Michigan, you’ll encounter every weather condition.
Bedding – In order to make sure all of your bedding matches the size of our mattresses, you will want to visit http://www.rc.ocm.com
Bathing supplies and towels
Desk and Floor Lamps with Bulbs (Non-Halogen)
Personal Computers and Accessories
Power Strip w/Surge Protector
Video game systems
What NOT to bring:
Microwaves and toasters – We have them in the kitchens
Candles and wax heaters
Weapons of any kind
Alcohol – we are a dry campus
Waterbeds or other water-filled furniture
Live trees (e.g, holiday trees)
Large Potted Plants
Pets (caged or uncaged)
Dart boards and darts
Pressurized canisters (i.e. CO2 and scuba equipment, helium tanks, and spray paint)
Area Coordinators are full-time employees who live in each residence hall and are responsible for working alongside student Residence Life staff to build community and encourage residents in their educational, physical, psychological and spiritual development. Community Leaders are employed by the college to assist the Area Coordinator. While embodying the typical Resident Advisor position, Community Leaders are called on to go above and beyond, creating community and encouraging unity within the residence halls and on their floors through programming that is socially-oriented and co-curricular. Trained in peer mentoring, Community Leaders are available to answer many of your questions about campus life.
Alma Gatewood: Sarah Sager Ferndale/Hoggatt/Barbier: Brandon Langeland
2018-2019 Community Leaders
(left to right:) Emily Levine, Rhys Siegel-Hinson, Marlena Booth, Damon Alexander, Jillian Abuan
(left to right:) Joshua Phipps, Makenna Calkin, Joel Boyd, Shelby Kurschat, Jacob Jenema, Lauren Weiss