Top Ten Questions for Residence Life:

When will I receive my housing assignment?

Freshman will receive their assignment near the beginning of July and upperclassman will receive their assignment when they sign up for housing at the end of the spring semester.

How do you choose who is going to live where?

Each new student fills out a Housing Questionnaire prior to their arrival to Wingate.  The Housing Questionnaire can be found on OrgSync and specific information about how to sign in and complete the form will be included in the Orientation packet.  Roommate pairings are based on the compatibility of the answered questions.

I want to commute.  How does that process work?

If students would like to commute, they need to communicate their interest in commuting to the Office of Residence Life prior to the start of the semester that they would like to commute. Students will need to fill out a commuter application stating their reasons for commuting to the Office of Residence Life. The application will go through an approval process. Link to Commuter application: Here

May I move into my residence early?

If absolutely necessary, students may move in a few days before their scheduled move-in day; however, there is $75 a day charge for students who arrive early. Check-in takes place in the lobbies of residence halls, the Dickerson Palmer Student Center, and the library.

How many students live in a room?

Cannon Residence Hall offers 2-person rooms as well as 3-person rooms.

J M Smith Residence Hall offers 2-person rooms.
Alumni Residence Hall offers 2-person rooms as well as 4-person rooms.

Helms Residence Hall offers a suite style living where each suite has 4 rooms with up to 2 people to a room.

Watson Village, like Helms, offers 2 people to a room with 4 rooms in the suite.
South Village buildings 1, 2, 3, and 5 offer 4 bedrooms with one person to a room.
South Village buildings 4 and 6 offer 2 bedrooms with 2 people in each room.
Faculty Drive Apartments offers a two bedroom two person apartment.

 

Can residents have a vehicle on campus?

Yes, any student may have a vehicle on campus, but they are restricted to parking in areas that are assigned to their specific residence hall or apartment. Parking decals can be picked up in the Office of Campus Services for those students returning to Wingate.  Students who are new to Wingate University will be able to complete the paperwork for a parking decal during their summer orientation session prior to moving to Wingate University in August. 

Is alcohol allowed on campus?

There is absolutely no alcohol allowed in underclassmen traditional residence halls (Cannon, Alumni, and J M Smith).  All other apartments are allowed to have alcohol if all current residents are of the legal age of 21.

What is the alcohol policy?

There is no alcohol allowed in the residence hall rooms or buildings. If you are 21, you may have alcohol in your own apartment. If you are 21 and your roommates are not of age, you must label your alcohol in your fridge or keep it in your personal bedroom. If you are 21, you may not take alcohol into another apartment or residence on campus if those residents are under age. If you are under 21, you are not allowed to consume or possess alcohol on campus.

Can first year students drive their car on campus?

Yes. All students with cars must acquire a parking pass from Campus Services, located behind Helms Residence Hall.

Are students allowed to have pets on campus?

Students living on campus are allowed to have fish that can survive in a five gallon tank.
The discovery of a pet, such as cats, dogs, snakes, turtles, rabbits, etc. are not permitted. Pets that do not fall under the above guidelines results in a $100 a day fine until the animal has been removed from campus. 

Housing Process

Are students guaranteed housing?

All undergraduate students are guaranteed housing. First year students live in traditional-style Residence Halls.  Sophomores, juniors, and seniors have the opportunity to live in the apartment or suite-style residential areas provided on campus. They can choose from 4-person or 8-person apartments or a 6-person suite.
The traditional first year areas are Cannon Residence Hall, Alumni Residence Hall, and J M Smith Hall. Suite and apartment-style areas for sophomores and upperclassmen are South Village, Watson Village, and Helms Residence Hall.

What happens if a resident doesn't get along with his/her roommate?

Students can talk to their CA/RA about roommate concerns. The residence life staff is trained to resolve roommate conflicts; and they also conduct Community Expectation meetings during the first few weeks of school so all roommates can sit together and talk about their expectations of each other for their new living environment. If problems continue the Office of Residence Life hosts an open room change week where students can switch rooms/roommates two weeks after the start of each semester.  

Why do residents have to purchase a meal plan if they live in the residence halls?

Part of the on campus residential requirement also seeks to encourage students to get to know others who live on campus.  For many students a natural place to spend time enjoying college life is over food.
Students have a meal plan included as a part of the room and board for students.  
Please see the link below for information about meal plan breakdown: Meal Plan Options

Can students live on campus all four years?

Wingate University is a Four Year Residential University, meaning that all full-time undergraduate students are required to live on campus for their time here at Wingate. However, students can fill out a commuter application if they are living in the principle residence of their parents or legal guardian, are married or a single parent, are 23 years of age or older, or have other compelling circumstances. These applications can be obtained by contacting the Office of Residence Life.

What are the different living options available?

All first year students are required to live in the first year residence halls (Cannon, Alumni, and J M Smith Residence Halls). Once the student has reached sophomore status they have the option of living in one of the apartment style or suite style residential buildings.

What about payment of room and meal fees?

Room costs are included in the room and board tuition fees. All students are required to choose a meal plan that best compliments their schedule. There is no extra fee for meal plan.

When will I receive my housing assignment?

Freshman will receive their assignment near the beginning of July and upperclassman will receive their assignment when they sign up for housing at the end of the spring semester.

I received my housing assignment – can I make a change before I arrive?

Yes, you can change roommates but you can’t change the specific room or residence hall. 

What do I do if I don’t get along with my roommate?

If you do not get along with your roommate, we encourage that you talk to your RA or CA first before coming into the Office of Residence Life. RAs and CAs are equipped to assist with roommate concerns.  The Office of Residence Life strives to help with the situation so that all parties are able to communicate their concerns. Also, the RAs/CAs have roommate conversations with each room/suite/apartment in the first three weeks of school to set roommate expectations to allow the students to communicate their expectations for the room.

How do you choose who is going to live where?

Each new student fills out a Housing Questionnaire prior to their arrival to Wingate.  The Housing Questionnaire can be found on OrgSync and specific information about how to sign in and complete the form will be included in the Orientation packet.  Roommate pairings are based on the compatibility of the answered questions.

What is the cost for housing?  

Room and board is $9,950 for the year based on the 2013-2014 tuition costs.

Mail addresses and boxes

Each residential student is assigned a campus box number that they will have for all four years at Wingate. The address will be written as such:

Student’s Name
211 A. East Wilson Street
Campus Box _______
Wingate, NC 28174

Do first year students have to live in Residence Halls?

First year students are required to live in first year student housing for the first semester and then can be requested to move into other areas on campus by upperclassmen students.

Can I change my meal plan today?

Students can change their meal plans during the first week of classes every semester.  They will be able to go by the cafeteria and talk with an Aramark representative about changing their meal plan. 

Why do I have to live on campus?

Wingate University is a four year residential campus.  As such, we believe that students have opportunities to embrace the full range of college experiences, late night study sessions, sporting events, impromptu hangouts, and outside of the classroom opportunities with professors by living on campus. 

I will not have full time hours; can I still live on campus?

Students who drop below full time hours, less than 12 credit hours, are not allowed to live on campus. Should students have farther questions about this, feel free to contact the Office of Residence Life at (704) 233-8245.

I want to commute.  How does that process work?

If students would like to commute, they need to communicate their interest in commuting to the Office of Residence Life prior to the start of the semester that they would like to commute. Students will need to fill out a commuter application stating their reasons for commuting to the Office of Residence Life. Applications can be requested by contacting the Office of Residence Life.

Move In / Check Out / Staying For Breaks Process

What should students bring to campus?

Residence Halls

Microwave, tv, mini refrigerator, clothing storage/regular storage, curtain for closet (Old Cannon), bed risers.

Apartments

Tv, bed risers, kitchen supplies, cleaning supplies, bathroom supplies, linens.

Command Strips or small thumb tacks ONLY to hang personal items on the walls.

When do students arrive and leave?

First year students typically arrive a day earlier than returning students. At the end of fall semester, students may leave for winter break as soon as they are done with exams. In the spring, students may leave when they have finished exams and have properly checked out through the Office of Residence Life.
Over the December break, students may leave their belongings in their rooms.  

Are there any storage facilities?

There are no storage facilities provided for students on campus. Many students will use storage units located in Monroe, NC to leave belongings over the summer and longer breaks.

Can students stay in their rooms during vacations or breaks?

Christmas/winter break is the only break in which ALL residents MUST leave campus. If you must stay over Christmas, students will be informed of a fee per day or per week and must communicate their intentions to stay, due to the closure of the residential campus over the Christmas break. All other breaks allow students to remain on campus with the expectation of prior communication with the Office of Residence Life.  

When can students check in, register, etc., and when do the halls close for the semester?

New students can check into their residence halls on August 22, 2014.
Continuing students can check into their residence halls on August 24, 2014.
Class registrations start for the Fall 2014 semester are as follows:

Senior Registration
March 24

Junior Registration
March 27

Sophomore Registration
April 2

Freshman Registration
April 9

May I move into my residence early?

If absolutely necessary, students may move in a few days before their scheduled move-in day; however, there is $75 a day charge for students who arrive early.

May I see my room prior to arrival?

During orientation, there is an option for residential area tours. This would be your opportunity to see the residence halls in person, but not necessarily the specific room you have been assigned. There are also pictures available online for each residential area.

Room Specifics / Area Questions

What is provided in the room?

Residence Halls come with two beds, desks, chairs, and closets. In Cannon and Alumni there is a 4-drawer dresser for the residents to share.  J M Smith and Cannon residence hall rooms have a sink. Washers and dryers are provided for each residence hall; washers and dryers are located throughout the buildings allowing for various points of accessibility.
Apartments come with beds, desks, chairs, and a dresser for each resident in the bedroom. The common area consists of an entertainment center, side table, coffee table, two couches, dining table with chairs, full kitchen, and a washer and dryer. Each apartment also comes with a bathroom that is shared between two people.

What can be done about the level of noise on the floor?

If the noise continues after a student has talked to those who are causing the disturbance, they should then go to their RA/CA and inform them of the problem or call Campus Safety at 704-233-8999.

How does a resident get a room change?

If students already have an empty space they would like to move into and the roommate/roommates agree with the move, the students with the empty space must notify the Office of Residence Life to begin the process for moving.   
If students do not know of a space that they would like to move into, then they can contact the Office of Residence Life to talk about the availability of spaces to move into.

Can a resident arrange beds in bunk or loft style?

Yes.  The Office of Residence Life provides bunking pins, but does not provide lofting kits.
If residents do loft their beds, then the Office of Residence Life will check the lofted bed.

Are the rooms carpeted?

Cannon, Alumni, and J M Smith have carpeted rooms along with the upperclassmen bedrooms.

What kinds of appliances are allowed in the room?

Residence Halls

Refrigerators and microwaves.

Apartments

They come with appliances: oven, refrigerator, stove, and dishwashers. 

Is there a laundry or linen service?

Each residential building comes equipped with free laundry. The only thing that needs to be provided by the student is their personal laundry detergent or softener.

What are the different food options on campus?

The main dining hall, LaVerne Dining Hall, also called the “Caf” has home cooked meals, a salad bar, and daily specials.  The Klondike, a take-out restaurant has burgers, Chicken tenders, subs, and wraps. Subway in located in the Pharmacy building and an Einstein's Bagels is located in the library.  There are several LaVerne supported grab and go options which offer salads, sandwiches and wraps.

Is there telephone service in the room?

In Cannon, Alumni, and in the upperclassman areas there are telephone jacks.  Each room that comes equipped with a telephone jack has a number that is specific to that room if a student chooses to bring a landline telephone.

What are the average measurements of the rooms?

The measurements for the residence hall rooms and the apartments can be found here: Residence Hall Information.

Is there co-ed housing?

There are co-ed buildings with men on one floor and women on another or in apartments next to each other; however students of opposite sexes may not room together in the same apartment or residence hall room. 
For buildings that have a traditional residence hall layout, access to floors is provided by ID cards unique to each individual. 

Is there air conditioning?

Each room and apartment comes equipped with individual AC and heating units to be controlled by the residents.

May I bring a bed, my own mattress, or desk?

You can bring your own bedding, but you are not allowed to remove university provided furniture from the room.

Where is wireless Internet access available?

There is a wireless connection offered around the whole campus, mainly in the lobbies of residence halls, the Dickerson Palmer Student Center, and the library.

Are housekeeping services provided?

Housekeeping cares for the community style bathrooms and the common spaces in the first-year residential areas.  Housekeeping is not responsible for cleaning the residents’ rooms.

What are health and safety checks?

CAs/RAs and RDs go through apartments/halls and rooms and check for safety violations (pets, candles, tobacco etc) monthly. CAs/RAs and RDs do not go through residents’ belongings; they simply check the surface or what’s in plain sight for violations. Students are not informed as to when checks will be performed.

Do you offer XL twin mattresses?

No, all twin mattresses are regular sized twin mattresses.

How are bathroom facilities set up?

In the freshmen halls there are community bathrooms that include showers. In upperclassmen areas there are bathrooms that are shared between 2-3 people.

Can I remove furniture from my room?

As policy, we do not remove University furniture from any room or apartment, unless the furniture is damaged or defective in some way.  Students who bring their own furniture should not expect the University to remove any furniture they have rendered "additional" by bringing their own.  

Can I loft my bed?

Students may loft their beds, however, there is to be a two part approval process.  Students are required to receive permission from the Residence Director before lofting, and then the Office of Residence Life will also follow up to ensure that the loft is constructed in a responsible (and structurally sound) way.  Students who do not construct satisfactory lofts will be required to dismantle them.  Once again, we will not remove any other furniture from the apartment.  We do not offer University owned lofting kits to students, though students are permitted to construct or buy their own.  As well, students are responsible for any and all other furniture associated with a loft, i.e. ladders, stools, etc.

Can I bunk my bed?

You are allowed to bunk your bed. 

Does Residence Life have tools for bunking/lofting?

The Office of Residence Life does provide bunking materials for students.  Students will need to come by the Office of Residence Life to obtain bunking pins for beds.
The Office of Residence Life does not provide lofting materials to students.  It is recommended that students purchase their own lofting kits if they would like to loft their bed.

Ethernet versus wifi in rooms

For residential students it is recommended that they purchase an Ethernet cord to use while in the residence halls and apartments.  Personal wireless routers are prohibited as they disrupt the wireless signals for all students in each building.  Also, wireless printers need to have the wireless setting deactivated as they also interfere with the wireless signal for other students.  

Campus Policies / Safety

What types of safety and security measures are provided for residents on campus?

Campus Safety services are available 24/7 and may be reached via telephone at (704)233-8999.
There are emergency posts located around campus that may be used when there is any personal concern for safety.

What kind of visitation polices are in place?

Residence Halls          

Weeknights, Sunday through Thursday, guests of the opposite sex must be out of the residence hall by 12am and may not enter the buildings until after 12pm. Weekends, Friday and Saturday nights, guests of the opposite sex must be out of the residence hall by 2am.
Overnight guest visitation: guests of the same sex are limited to three consecutive nights to visit.  

Apartments

Guests of the opposite sex may visit from 10am-2am every night, but must return to their apartment or residence hall from 2am-10am.

May residents keep firearms and other such weapons in their room?

No. Weapons and firearms, including paintball and airsoft guns and large hunting knives, are not allowed on Wingate University’s campus at any time.   

Are there staff members who work with students?

Yes, there are student staff members, called Resident Assistants (RAs) in the first year areas and Community Assistants (CAs) in the apartment areas, who live on each floor or oversee a building and are present to assist with concerns and the development of community. 
There are five para-professional staff members who are graduate students, Residence Directors (RDs), who work with the student staff members to oversee specific areas on campus and reside in part of the area that they oversee.
The Office of Residence Life has a Director and two Assistant Directors of Residence Life who have offices located in the Dickerson Palmer Student Center (DCP) and work to support the RDs, RAs, and CAs.  

How are residence halls supervised?

In the first year areas (Cannon, Alumni, J M Smith) each hall has a Resident Assistant (RA) that oversees a floor. In the apartment style areas, each building has one to two Community Assistants (CAs). The RA and CA staffs for each area are supervised by a Resident Director (RD) who is a Graduate Assistant for the Office of Residence Life.

Can residents have a vehicle on campus?

Yes, any student may have a vehicle on campus, but they are restricted to parking in areas that are assigned to their specific residence hall or apartment. 
Parking decals can be picked up in the Office of Campus Services for those students returning to Wingate.  Students who are new to Wingate University will be able to complete the paperwork for a parking decal during their summer orientation session prior to moving to Wingate University in August. 

What happens when a rule or policy is violated?

When a rule or policy is violated, the student will meet with a staff member of the Office of Residence Life and go through the Community Standards process; in this hearing they will discuss disciplinary action if found responsible for the policy violation. 

What are the phone numbers for RA's and Residence Hall Directors?

Each RA will give their phone number to their residents during their first hall meeting of the year so that the residents can get in touch with their RA for any needs, concerns, or questions that may come up during the year.
RDs also work as on call staff members and are on call for a week at a time; they can be reached by contacting Campus Safety.  Because the RDs live in the areas that they serve, many students will stop by and talk with their RD if they have specific questions or concerns.  All RD staff members are expected to be in the Office of Residence Life for 20-25 hours every week.

Who is responsible for the residence halls?

In first-year areas, each hall has a RA (Resident Assistant). In the apartments, each building has a CA (Community Assistant). RAs and CAs are undergraduate student leaders that ensure health and safety and build community in the residential areas. Each area is over seen by a Resident Director (a graduate-level position) and each RD is overseen by the Assistant Director of Residence Life (a master’s-level professional).

May I smoke in the residence halls?

Wingate University is a tobacco free campus. Smoking tobacco or using any type of tobacco product is not allowed anywhere on campus.

When are quiet hours in the residence halls?

Quiet hours are from 11pm-8am Sunday through Thursday. Friday and Saturday, quiet hours are from 2am-8am. There is a 24-hour courtesy policy; and the quiet hours are 24-hour during final exams at the end of each semester.

Can first year students drive their car on campus?

Yes. All students with cars must acquire a parking pass from Campus Services, located behind Helms Residence Hall. 

Do students bring bikes, skateboards, scooters?

Yes.  Many students, depending on the weather will use many different means of pedestrian transportation to get to and from classes and on-campus housing.

Is there a campus curfew?

No.

How close are parking lots to respective residence halls?

Cannon parking lot is located besides the Stegall building. The FDA parking lot is located directly outside of the resident facilities. All other parking lots are located across the street from the residential areas.

Where does Cannon, Alumni, Watson Village, and J M Smith park?

Cannon and Alumni park in the lot located by the Stegall Administration Building.  Students living in Beam, Byrum, and Welborn park in the lot located by Byrum and the lot by the Batte Center coded for residential students. 
Students living in J M Smith park in the lot diagonal to the building located behind the Sander-Sykes Gym.

Where do commuting students park?

Commuting students can park in the designated commuter parking lots located in the LaVerne parking lot, by South Village, and by the Batte Center. 

Where do parents and guests park?

Parents and guests can park in the LaVerne parking lot during the day.  Students need to contact Campus Safety if a guest will be parking a vehicle on campus overnight.

What to do for fun

What kinds of programming activities take place in the residence halls?

Each RA is responsible for putting on programs for their individual halls. These programs are used as a tool to build community among the residents of that hall and cover different aspects of students’ transition to college and connection to Wingate University. The programs are social, educational, or community service focused.

What restaurants are nearby?

In Wingate there is a McDonalds, Burger King, Great China, Tokyo Bistro, Subway and Ginos. Monroe has several more options, some of which are Papa Johns, Pizza Hut, O’Charley’s, Chili’s, Applebees, Chicka-Fil-A, Olive Garden, and Longhorn steak house.

What are the closest shopping locations?

Monroe mall is located 15 minutes away in Monroe, NC.  Monroe also offers a Super Wal-Mart and a shopping center which includes Target, TJ Maxx, and Ross.  There are many other small shopping areas to be found in Monroe, both the downtown area and along Route 74.   

What is there to do for fun?

Clubs, intramurals, programs, Greek life, organization parties, trips through organizations, and fitness classes.  Go to this Campus Life website to learn more: Campus Life. Also, the RA/CAs put on programs based on their residents needs in their respective residential areas. Programs are events based on social engagement, education, and community service provided for residents.