Campus Residency Requirements:
As a residential college, Roanoke students are required to live on campus, space permitting, during their full four years as a student, unless they meet one or more of the following criteria:
- have lived in the Roanoke Valley area (within 30 miles of campus) for at least six months preceding the date of first enrollment and continue to reside with their parent(s)/guardian(s);
- are married;
- grandparents, or siblings who live in the Roanoke Valley area;
- are 23 years old (before the beginning of the term they desire to live off campus);
- are a military veteran;
- are enrolled part-time (students who claim off campus status due to part-time enrollment and who return to full-time status during the current or a subsequent semester, will be charged the current room and board rate);
- have received and accepted prior approval by the Residence Life and Housing staff and are currently living off-campus.
Part-time students may reside on campus, under certain circumstances, if space permits. Students who drop to part-time status during a term are not permitted to live on campus without approval from the Residence Life and Housing staff. The College reserves the right to deny campus housing to any student for just cause, as determined by the Residence Life and Housing staff.
It is the responsibility of the student to become familiar and comply with all regulations as contained in the Roanoke College Student Handbook. Particular note is made of the following:
- Individual rooms must be maintained in a safe and sanitary manner.
- Smoking is not permitted in Roanoke College Residence Halls.
- Students are expected to respect the rights and property of other members of the College community, and to engage in behavior that is consistent with the mission of the institution.
- A charge of $50 per day may be assessed for those students staying in the halls after closing, or returning before opening without permission from the Residence Life and Housing staff.
- Rooms in residence halls, with the exception of Afton, Catawba, and Elizabeth Halls, and the apartments in New Hall are rented only for those periods of time when the College is in regular session. Summer school housing is only provided for times when summer school is in session. With the exception of Afton, Catawba, and Elizabeth Halls students may not stay in the residence halls during fall, Thanksgiving, winter, or spring breaks; the time period between hall closing at the end of the spring term and the start of summer term; the time period between hall closing at the end of summer term and the start of fall term; the time period between hall closing at the end of the spring term and the start of the intensive learning term; and the time period between hall closing at the end of the intensive learning term and the start of summer session without the approval of the Residence Life and Housing staff. Residents of Catawba and Afton Halls who return to those halls for a subsequent academic year, may remain in their rooms during the summer period, whether enrolled or not, in exchange for rent in the amount to be determined on an annual basis. Student's belongings must be removed from all residence hall rooms at the end of each spring term, each intensive learning term, and at the end of the second summer session, as applicable. At the end of each term resident students must leave 24 hours after their last exam.
- Authorized College officials may enter and/or search residents' rooms at any time for the purpose of conducting College business or in the event of an emergency. To ensure compliance with College policies, the Student Conduct Code, Residence Life and Housing policies, and fire safety guidelines, room inspections by College personnel are made regularly and may be made at any time, with or without notice. Residents need not be present during room entry, inspections, or searches. Unauthorized or illegal items found during an entry, inspection, or search may be confiscated. Additionally, law enforcement agencies are notified of criminal offenses that are discovered during room entry, inspections, or searches.
- All residents are issued a room key and an exterior door key or access card. A $25 fee per key or access card will be charged for keys/ access cards that are lost or not returned. All keys/access cards remain the property of the College and are not to be duplicated, loaned, or given away. Lost or stolen keys/access cards are to be reported immediately to the Residence Life and Housing office.
- The College assumes no obligation to pay for the loss of, or damage to, personal property in College residence halls unless the loss or damage is due to the negligence of College personnel. Students should check their insurance coverage to determine whether or not their personal belongings are covered under their current homeowner's/renter's policy.
- The occupants of each residence hall room are responsible for all activities taking place in their room, whether they are present or not. They are also responsible for any items found in the room.
- Students may not change rooms during the first week of the fall semester. All room changes must be approved in advance by the Area Coordinator of the building(s) involved, or another Residence Life and Housing staff professional member. Unauthorized room changes may result in a fine of up to $50. Roanoke College reserves the right to make changes in room assignments at any time during the year.
- When a situation arises that there is only one occupant in a double room, the College may move individuals together at any time in order to make better use of the spaces available.
- The housing agreement is terminated when an individual:
- withdraws officially from the College during the academic year;
- does not re-enroll for the subsequent term;
- is granted an exemption by the Residence Life staff;
- is expelled from housing for good reason, in the judgment of College officials;
- is suspended or expelled from the College;
- fails to comply with any of the requirements herein.
Students must vacate their living areas within 48 hours of termination of the housing agreement. All personal belongings must be removed. Personal belongings not retrieved within 30 days of termination of the housing agreement will become the property of the College and will be disposed of as College officials deem appropriate.
Elizabeth Campus Residency Requirements:
Residents of the Roanoke College Elizabeth campus are required to provide their own transportation to and from main campus.
Greek Housing Requirements:
If a member of a social fraternity or sorority is living in a non-Greek area on campus and there is a vacancy in the respective Greek area at the beginning of fall or spring term, that member may be required to relocate to the Greek area in order to fill the vacancy. Residence in a designated Greek area is conditional on the resident's status in the fraternity/sorority. In the event a resident's membership within the fraternity/sorority is altered, the resident may be required to relocate to another on campus residence. All students living in College owned fraternity and sorority areas are held responsible for the terms and conditions as set forward in the Fraternity/Sorority Designated Housing Agreement.
With the exception of Elizabeth Hall residents, residents are required to purchase a board plan. First year students are required to purchase a 19 meals per week plan. Upper-class students may choose either a 14 or 19 meals per week plan. Residents of Afton Hall and the apartments in New Hall may choose a 14, 19, or 9 meals per week plan.