2002-2003 UAF Catalog

Residence Life

Single student housing

You are embarking on one of the great adventures of your life. At UAF, Residence Life is an important part of your total educational experience. The community you live in will help foster close friendships and academic achievement and develop individual leadership ability as well as provide avenues for personal growth.

Our Residence Life program is designed to offer you a comfortable, energetic environment in which to live and learn. Our residence halls are some of the best in the state and the only residence halls in the nation that boast a view of the Alaska Range and Mount McKinley -- Denali -- the highest peak in North America.

No matter what your interests, UAF offers residential environments to meet your needs. Living/learning options include: coed buildings by floor, coed buildings by suites, small community atmospheres for rural Alaskans, apartment style options, single rooms, healthy life-style environments, substance free environments, quiet life-style environments and first year experience environments. All of our residence halls are smoke free.

Residence hall students have fewer worries, more time and all the conveniences of home within walking distance to class. Consider some of the benefits of living in our residence halls:

  • 30 channel cable television service included
  • Local telephone service included
  • Included Internet connections via ethernet
  • Included laundry facilities provided on site
  • Trained staff on call every night (24 hours)
  • And there's always something to do: 400+ programs are offered each year

Who is Eligible?

All UAF students are eligible for campus housing but you are not guaranteed housing until approved by the Department of Residence Life. To better manage occupancy, Residence Life may establish occupancy priorities and eligibility/credit hour requirements.

What is the Application Process?

An application for on campus housing will be sent to you upon request, can be found in the UAF Trail Guide, and is available on the web. Please complete the Application/Agreement and return it with $250 ($225 damage/reservation deposit, $25 non-refundable application fee). Upon acceptance, a written confirmation and a receipt for your deposit will be sent to you. Please see Where can I get more Information? for how to contact Residence Life by mail, telephone, e-mail and on the web.

What are the Costs?

On campus costs are very comparable to off campus living costs. This is especially true once the free amenities -- telephone service, cable television, computer connections and laundry facilities are added in. Along with all other fees, residential fees (room and board) are due in full at registration.

Current residence hall and board plan fees are listed in the UAF Expenses section of this catalog. All room and board costs are subject to change. If rates increase after a student applies, students with accepted agreements will be given the opportunity to withdraw their application without penalty (less application fee). Please see Where can I get more Information? for how to contact Residence Life by mail, telephone, e-mail and on the web.

What if I Cancel my Agreement?

After August 1, students who have submitted a housing contract are expected to live on campus and pay appropriate housing fees for their reserved space. Students who fail to occupy their reserved space by the first day of classes or cancel their reserved space after August 1 will be assessed a fee equal to 25 percent of the appropriate charge and forfeit their deposit.

On-campus housing agreements are for the academic year, which means that students living on campus for the fall semester are obligated to live on campus for the remainder of the academic year, so long as they are UAF students. Exceptions may be granted for the conditions listed under the "termination/forfeits" section of the agreement.

Room charges and refunds will be processed according to the following schedule:

Withdrawal Period Refund Amount
August 1 through class day 5 75 percent of semester housing charge
Class days 6-15 50 percent of semester housing charge
Class days 16-30 25 percent of semester housing charge
Beyond 30 class days No refund will be issued

Board plans will be refunded based on a weekly prorated schedule less an additional $75 administration fee.

Damage/reservation deposits will be carried forward to subsequent academic years for students with agreements. Deposits will be forfeited for several reasons, including but not limited to:

  1. failure to complete proper check-in by 9 a.m. on the first day of classes;
  2. termination of occupancy during the first 60 days after the official hall opening;
  3. canceling room reservations after July 1; and
  4. failure to properly check out of the room or apartment.

Please refer to the residence hall agreement for other specific regulations.

What About Food Service?

University food service is provided by a private contractor. All residence hall students are required to participate in the meal plan program, except graduate students and students living in the Cutler Apartment Complex and Wickersham Hall. Meals are served in the Lola Tilly Commons located on the lower part of campus. Food service in the Lola Tilly Commons is not available during winter or spring break, but other campus food services are open during these breaks.

Students may choose from among several meal plans. Many have additional "Bear Bucks" which can be used to make purchases at any food service establishment on campus. Other meal plan options may be available in fall 2002. If you don't live on campus, you may still purchase a meal plan from our office. For additional information contact the Food Service office, Eielson Building room 106, or telephone (907) 474-7033.

What are the Halls and Rooms Like?

Every residence hall has common areas designed to help foster academic and personal growth. These areas include recreation lounges, study lounges, small kitchens and laundry facilities. Recreational lounges typically have couches, tables, chairs and pool tables or ping-pong tables. Most lounges also have large screen television sets. Hall kitchens generally include a range/oven, microwave, sink and table and chairs. Kitchens are intended for preparation of snacks and are not designed for food preparation to replace the university meal plan.

All student rooms have ethernet computer connections, local telephone service and cable television service. Each student needs to furnish their own linens, blankets, pillows, towels and telephone. Custodial service is provided for all common areas such as hallways, lounges, and centrally located bathrooms.

EDGE Program

The Education, Development, Growth and Experience (EDGE) program provides support and resources to traditional first-time freshmen to help them achieve academic success. The EDGE program is mandatory for all first-time freshmen under 20 years of age who opt to live on campus. The program creates a living environment that has twice the number of resident advisors, live-in tutors, and is alcohol-free. In addition, participants receive instruction in academic success skills, campus resources and other topics designed to help them succeed in college.

May I Stay in my Room during Vacation Periods?

All halls are open during Thanksgiving and Spring Break. During the winter break, all halls are closed except one or two halls. All students living on campus in the fall and spring are eligible to remain on campus over the winter break provided they apply and pay the Winter Break fee. Summer housing assignments are made through the Department of Residence Life.

Immunization Policy and Housing

It is your responsibility to have immunization records on file with the UAF Center for Health and Counseling before you move into campus housing. See the immunization policy in the "Undergraduate" section of this catalog.

Student Family Housing

UAF offers a variety of on campus housing to meet the needs of student families. The university owns and maintains 130 apartments on campus, ranging in size from efficiency to four-bedroom units. They are affordable, comfortable and conveniently located near the center of campus.

Who's Eligible for Family Housing?

Residence Life gives priority to students who are married and accompanied by their spouse, single parents with full legal custody of their children, and financially interdependent domestic partners. At least one adult family member must be enrolled as a full-time UAF student. Students planning to be married by the time they move in may still apply. However, students may not sign an occupancy agreement until they present a marriage certificate or obtain financial interdependence approval.

What is the Application Process?

An application for family housing will be mailed to you by Residence Life upon request (also available on the web). Complete the application and return it with a non-refundable application fee of $25. The application is not a guarantee of accommodations, but will provide Residence Life with information to help us meet your needs.

Residence Life encourages you to return your application as soon as possible. Waiting lists are established on the basis of receipt of application. All apartment preferences are honored on a first-received, first-served basis. Usually, three-and four-bedroom units are in high demand.

What are the Costs?

Costs for families living on campus are comparable to those living off campus. On campus student family apartment rental rates include all utilities except telephone. Current monthly rental rates are listed in the UAF Expenses section of this catalog (page 46).

Damage/reservation deposits for family housing are $600. Upon acceptance of your assigned apartment, $300 of the deposit is due. The balance of your $600 deposit and your first month's rent is due when you check in. Although your occupancy agreement is for the entire academic year, you may request cancellation of the agreement for spring semester without forfeiting your deposit if you graduate or are not enrolled at UAF. Cancellation requests must be submitted in writing to the Department of Residence Life by December 1. See the cancellation/termination section of your agreement.

What are the Apartments Like?

The Fairbanks campus maintains four apartment complexes: Stuart Hall and Walsh Hall offer one-bedroom apartments (400 square feet), available for couples without children. Hess Village offers one-bedroom (425 square feet), two-bedroom (720 square feet) and three-bedroom (900 square feet) apartments for families with children. Hess Village also maintains a recreation room for community use. Garden Apartments is a six-plex offering two-bedroom apartments for families. All complexes are equipped with laundry facilities.

Most on-campus apartments are fully furnished and may include ethernet computer connections and basic cable television service.

Where can I Obtain More Information?

Department of Residence Life

P.O. Box 756860

Fairbanks, Alaska 99775-6860

Telephone (907) 474-7247

Fax (907) 474-6423

e-mail: fyhsg@uaf.edu

web: www.uaf.edu/reslife/