RESIDENCE LIFE OFFICE

FAQ


What to bring &
What not to bring
What should residents bring to campus?
Does BSC supply phones for our rooms?
Can I have a pet?
Can a student have a car on campus?
Is alcohol allowed on campus?
Decorating &
Arranging Rooms

Can I decorate my room? 
What are the rules for holiday decorations?
Can a resident paint their room?
Can a resident arrange beds in a bunk style?

Room Options

Can I have a single room?
What if I need a medical single?
What are the different living options available to students?

Hall Staff & Assistance How are the buildings staffed?
Where do I go if I'm locked out of my room?
Roommates &
Guests
How do I find out who my roommate is? 
What happens if a resident does not get along with their roommate?
How can I change rooms?
Can I have overnight guests?
Breaks & 
Duration of Residency
  

Are residents permitted to stay in their rooms during vacations and breaks?
Can students live on campus for all four years? 

Quiet &
Study
Are there times when residents have to be quiet on the floor? 
Where can students find a good place to study?
Meals Do I have to have a campus meal plan?
Why do some residents have to purchase a meal plan when they live in residence halls?
How do I add money to my meal card?
Mail What is my campus address?
How long does it take to get mail?
How do I pick up a package?
How do I send mail?
Do I need to do anything about my mail when I move off campus?
Facilities &
Services

Is Cable TV available?
Is HBO available?
How do I request Cable TV repairs?
Is Internet access available?

Rule & Policy
Violations
What happens when a rule or policy is violated?
Safety  May residents keep firearms and other such weapons in their rooms?
What types of safety and security measures are provided for residents on campus?
Laundry &
Storage
Where do I launder my clothes?
Are there any storage facilities on campus?
Payment &
Cancellations

If a resident receives financial aid, what happens if they cannot make their room and board payment when it is due?
Can a housing license be cancelled?

                       

What to bring?

What should residents bring to campus?

Items to bring include:

  • a pillow, blanket, bedspread, mattress pad, sheets to fit a twin extra-long mattress
  • towels
  • wastebasket
  • laundry bag or basket
  • sturdy key ring
  • shower caddy (to carry personal items to shower)
  • toiletries
  • items for storage
  • flash drive
  • hangers
  • alarm clock
  • umbrella
  • flashlight
  • hair dryer
  • study/desk lamp
  • stamps
  • personal items to decorate the room

Rooms are furnished with beds, desks, desk chairs, closets, dressers, window shades, and floor lamps.

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Does BSC supply phones for our rooms?

Students are responsible for providing their own telephone equipment. Each room has one phone outlet. Requests for phone service should be made to Verizon at 890-7100.  For telephone service repairs please contact 890-6611.

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Can I have a pet?

The only pets residents are allowed to have are fish.  Fish must be in a ten gallon tank or less. (Exceptions may be granted for students requiring service animals.)

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Can a student have a car on campus?

Freshman and sophomore residents are prohibited from parking on-campus.  See the link http://www.buffalostate.edu/freshmenparking.xml for further information on parking. For information concerning permit costs and parking locations, please contact the Student Accounts Office at (716) 878-3400.

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Is alcohol allowed on campus?

First Year Areas (Neumann, Perry, & Porter Halls) are dry areas wherein no alcohol is allowed.

Unless you are 21 years of age or older, you are prohibited from possessing and/or consuming alcoholic beverages within the residence halls. All use of alcohol within the residence halls must be consistent with New York State and Buffalo State policies. Consumption of alcoholic beverages within the residence halls is a privilege. The Residence Life Office has formulated policies which foster an atmosphere conducive to individual choice and the responsible consumption of alcoholic beverages. It is our hope that these policies will prevent alcohol-related behavior problems, promote your health and safety, and preserve your living environment. 

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Decorating & Arranging Rooms

Can I decorate my room?

Yes, you can personalize and decorate your room. Posters, plants, removable borders, decorations, and approved fire resistant furniture will make your room, suite, or apartment a home away from home. 

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What are the rules for holiday decorations?

You are not only welcome but encouraged to decorate your hall for all the holidays you and your fellow residents choose to observe. For everyone's safety, we simply ask that you follow these simple guidelines: Only artificial, non-combustible decorations are allowed.

  • All decorations must be easy to remove.
  • Decorations should not cause permanent damage to buildings, fixtures, or furnishings.
  • Unauthorized painting is prohibited.
  • Decorations may not be attached to electrical fixtures, heat or smoke detectors, or exit signs.
  • Building exits and hallways must not be blocked.
  • All decorations, including window decorations, must be removed and areas thoroughly cleaned before hall closing each semester.
  • No holiday lights are allowed.

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Can a resident paint their room?

              No, but there are many approved ways to make your room, suite, or apartment a home away from home.  You may use posters, plants, and decorations to make your living space comfortable.

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Can a resident arrange beds in a bunk style?

Yes, beds can be made into bunks in all the residence halls.  Contact your CD/RD to make accommodations to get your bed bunked.

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Room Options

Can I have a single room?

There are a limited number of single rooms available. Most single rooms are given for students with medical needs.  The majority of non-medical single rooms will be awarded in an apartment complex at a higher rate.

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What if I need a medical single?

A limited number of medical singles are available for those students who can document their medical condition through their health care provider and the Wiegel Health Center.

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What are the different living options available to students?

There are a variety of living options available. Neumann, Perry, Porter, and Cassety Halls are corridor style. Towers 1-4 and North Wing are suite style buildings. Moore Complex offers 2 and 3 bedroom apartment units. The Student Apartment Complex (STAC) offers individual rooms in an apartment with four other residents, two bathrooms, a common area, and kitchen. Some floors/buildings focus on special populations and common interests. Campus Living Options

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Hall Staff & Assistance

How are the buildings staffed?

The First Year Mentor (FYM) helps students make the academic adjustment to college.  Resident Assistants (RA) and Apartment Assistants (AA) staff has been trained to provide students with information about the college, advice on personal issues, plan programs and activities for their floor, and ensure safety in the building.  A Resident Director (RD) and Complex Director (CD) assists in the supervision of FYM’s, RA’s, and AA’s.  They hold office hours and their offices are located on the first floor of all buildings with the exception of Moore Complex where the office is located in the basement.

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Where do I go if I'm locked out of my room?

If you lock yourself out of your room, contact an RA from your floor or building or contact your CD/RD. 

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Roommates & Guests

How do I find out who my roommate is?

You will receive a letter from the Residence Life Office prior to the beginning of the semester informing you of your roommate's name and email address.

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What happens if a resident does not get along with their roommate?

Living within your floor/suite community, you will find people who have a variety of backgrounds, values, and lifestyles. Students are encouraged to speak directly to roommates in sharing concerns, expressing feelings in an honest manner, and jointly negotiating a resolution to a conflict. On occasion a student will attempt to resolve a problem in this matter and the roommate is unresponsive. In these situations, students should seek the help of their Resident Assistant or Complex Director/Resident Director. 

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How can I change rooms?

Room changes are generally not allowed until the third full week of each semester or between fall and spring semesters. At this time, students who wish to change rooms within the building he/she lives should contact the Complex Director/Resident Director. All room changes that take place from one building to another must be approved by the Complex Director/Resident Director.

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Can I have overnight guests?

Yes, with the permission of your roommate. Guests may stay for up to 72 consecutive hours, but no more than a total of five days per month.  Residents must register their overnight guests with their RA.

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Breaks & Duration of Residency

Are residents permitted to stay in their rooms during vacations and breaks?

The only halls that remain open during break periods are North Wing, Student Apartment Complex, and Moore Complex.  Residents staying in North Wing will be charged an additional fee for any housing during a break period. The fee is based upon the weekly charge for the semester.   

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Can students live on campus for all four years?

Yes. Students may also choose to live in a different room within the same building or move to a completely different building. Students are only permitted to live in Perry, Neumann, and Porter Halls during their freshmen year. 

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Quiet & Study

Are there times when residents have to be quiet on the floor?

Residents are responsible for maintaining reasonable conditions for studying and sleeping in the residence halls/apartments. The Residence Life Office has established quiet and courtesy hours.  Quiet hours are 10 pm to 10 am Sunday through Thursday and 12 am to 10 am on Friday and Saturday. A 24-hour quiet period goes into effect prior to and during final examinations. Courtesy hours require students to be considerate of the needs of others at all times and to comply with requests for maintaining a reasonable level of noise. 

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Where can students find a good place to study?

All the residence halls have established quiet and courtesy hours. These policies make the residence hall rooms suitable places to study. Other places for studying include residence hall study lounges, the library, and the classrooms in certain academic buildings. 

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Meals

Do I have to have a campus meal plan?

All full-time Freshmen and Sophomore students living in the residence halls are required to participate in a mandatory meal plan.  Residents in STAC and Moore complex may purchase an optional meal plan.

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How do I add money to my meal card?

You can add money to your meal card at any time at Dining Services (Butler Library 108) - (716) 878-5152). Meal card balances for the Fall semester are carried over to the following Spring semester. Balances are forfeited at the end of the Spring semester. 

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Mail

What is my campus address?

In order to get mail sent to your campus address, address your mail in the following manner - exactly (otherwise it may be redirected to the Buffalo Post Office and delayed indefinitely): 

Student's Name
Hall & Room No. 
Buffalo State College
PO Box ______*
Buffalo, NY 14213-(Use the PO Box number here too)

*Based on your hall assignment, insert the appropriate PO Box number in your mailing address:

Cassety Hall

5124

Porter

5120

Perry 

5127

Neumann

5108

North Wing

5121

Student Apartment Complex

5124

Tower 1

5123

Tower 2

5118

Tower 3

5119

Tower 4

5126

Moore Complex

5125                                                          


PLEASE NOTE:  FOR SHIPPERS LIKE FEDEX AND UPS THAT WON’T DELIVER TO A PO BOX ADDRESS, YOU MAY REPLACE THE PO BOX LINE WITH “1300 ELMWOOD AVENUE” SO THE ADDRESS WOULD THEN READ:

Student’s Name
Hall & Room No.
Buffalo State College
1300 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14213-(Use the PO Box Number here too)


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How do I receive mail?

You will pick up any regular letter mail you receive in your assigned mailbox. Hall mail should be sorted and in your mailbox no later than 7:00 pm Monday through Friday.  
There is no Campus Mail Room service on weekends, holidays, or Semester Breaks. As such, no letter or packages are delivered during these times.

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How do I pick up a package?

Packages with no signature required:

  • If you receive a package slip stating you have a package in your hall, you can pick that package up (with your package slip and identification) from the Resident or Office Assistant while they are sitting desk hours in the evening. (M-F 5:00 pm – 12:00 am) (Weekends from 7:00 pm – 12:00  am) 
  • If you receive a package slip stating you have a package in the Residence Life Office, you can pick that package up (with your package slip and identification) at the Residence Life Office located in Porter Hall during business hours (M-F 9:00 am - 4:30 pm). 

Packages with signature required:

  • If you receive a package requiring a signature, you can pick that package up (with identification) at the campus mail room located in Moore Hall during business hours (M-F 8:00 am – 3:30 pm).  The campus mail room is Building #28 on the campus map and the door is located on the Iroquois drive side of the building * There is no access to the mail room through the Moore Complex Lounge Side.

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How do I send mail?

If you have outgoing mail that you would like to send, you can drop it in an appropriate mail slot on campus. If you have large packages to mail, you will need to go to the closest post office which is located close to campus at the following address:

US Post Office
465 Grant St Buffalo, NY 14213
(716) 883-8032

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Do I need to do anything about my mail when I move off campus?

Please be sure to add your forwarding address at:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dDRsRzhyRnRHX1YwS0ttMkc4UzhSUkE6MQ

 

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Facilities & Services

Is Cable TV available?

A basic cable TV package is provided to each student at no cost. The student must provide his or her own cable cord.

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How do I request Cable TV repairs?

Cable TV repairs are maintained through an external contractor.  For repairs please submit a work order request .

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Is HBO available?

Yes. It is included in your on-campus cable package. You can view the channel listings at http://www.buffalostate.edu/residencelife/x694.xml

 

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Is Internet access available?

Yes! For more information see the Internet Service page. 

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Rule & Policy Violations

What happens when a rule or policy is violated?

Students who commit violations of Residence Hall or College policies may be referred to the Residence Life Judicial Process.  Students may be given a Residence Hall Warning; Residence Hall Community Service, Residence Hall Probation, Residence Hall Removal in Abeyance or Residence Hall Dismissal in addition to other applicable sanction (based on the policy violated) as a result of the judicial process.  Students who fail to complete sanctions assigned by residence hall staff through the Residence Hall Judicial Process may be referred for further judicial action within Residence Life or they may be referred to the College Judicial System.  If a student does not arrive for his or her judicial hearing in the residence halls, the hearing will be adjudicated in the student’s absence and the appropriate sanctions will be applied.

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Safety

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

No, neither firearms nor any other weapons are permitted anywhere in the residence halls. 

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

University Police is located in Chase Hall and can be reached 24 hours a day at (716) 878-6333. In addition, the Residence Life Office provides on-call coverage by the Hall Directors at all times when the central office is closed. All of the residence halls are staffed by RAs from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. every day of the week. Additionally, University Police Safety Aids (UPSAs) provide additional coverage in the lobby of various residence halls between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m.  Each residence hall is locked 24 hours a day. Fire alarm systems and smoke and heat detectors are located in all of the halls and are linked directly to the Buffalo Fire Department. 

The Residence Life Office has installed security cameras in the lobbies of each residence hall and an exterior door alarm monitoring system for added security.  

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Laundry & Storage

Where do I launder my clothes?

There are washers and dryers in each hall. Washers and dryers are free. You can use http://www.laundryalert.com/ to view when your load is done and also check for open washers and dryers. Login information is available upon request from your RAs.

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Are there any storage facilities on campus?

Since storage space is not available to students in the residence halls, students should plan to have boxes, luggage, and trunks returned home on arrival day.

Payment & Cancellations

If a resident receives financial aid, what happens if they cannot make their room and board payment when it is due?

All bills, including tuition and housing fees, are payable as specified on the billing notice. Generally, the fall semester is due in August and the spring semester is due in December. However, students have several options for payment plans, i.e., installment plan.  Please contact the Financial Aid Office (716) 878-4902 or Student Accounts Office (716) 878-4121 for further information.

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Can a housing license be cancelled?

The license is binding for the full academic year. Students will be held responsible for both the fall and spring semesters. Exceptions will be made for withdrawal from college, transfer, graduation, or study abroad.