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What is living on campus like?
How are students matched up as roommates?
How long will I be able to live on campus?
Who must live on campus?
How is the residence hall staffed?
How do I go about changing my room?
Are there any rules about off-campus housing?
What if I lose my room key?
How do I request a repair in the Residence Hall?
What is provided for me in my Residence Hall Room?
Will I live with people of the opposite gender?
Who cleans my room?
Where can I do my laundry?
How is the food in the dining hall?
Do I need to have a meal plan?
How is security on campus?
What is your policy on alcohol?
What happens if I get in trouble? Will you tell my parents?
What sorts of health services are there at Hartwick?
What is there to do on weekends?
How many people stay for weekends?
Is there a Greek scene at Hartwick?
What’s the average amount of time students study each week?
Can first-year students have cars on campus?
How are the winters at Hartwick?

Q: What is living on campus like?
A: Living on campus is a major part of the college experience, especially during your first year. There’s always something to do: go to movies, create a social event, or hang out with friends. More about residential life at Hartwick

Q: How are students matched up as roommates?
A: Students fill out an online housing and roommate preference questionnaire answering a variety of questions. The Residential Life staff then pairs students based on the answers, to help provide a successful living and learning environment.

Q: How long will I be able to live on campus?
A: Hartwick provides guaranteed housing all four years. Students are required to live on campus through their junior year. Many seniors choose to live on campus in the Townhouses or Leitzell (a residence hall of suites). Some students also choose to live in the cabins at Pine Lake Environmental Campus.

Q: Who must live on campus?
A: Hartwick College is a residential college campus. All students are required to reside in College-owned housing through the end of their junior year. Only seniors, commuter students (living with a parent or guardian in their home that is no more than 60 miles from campus), students that are 23 years of age or older, or recognized fraternity/sorority members living in a recognized fraternity/sorority house may request to live off-campus. Hartwick College does not offer family housing, so students who are married or who have dependent children are not required to reside on campus.

Q: How is the residence hall staffed?
A: Each floor of our traditional halls is staffed with at least one resident advisor or community development advisor, who is responsible for individual floors. Area Coordinators are responsible for the overall administration of these halls. Resident Advisor and Community Development Advisor positions are filled by upper-class students who have been chosen because of their leadership ability. They receive special training in areas such as community building, conflict resolution, and crisis intervention.

Q: How do I go about changing my room?
A: Students are able to change rooms as space allows. If students are experiencing difficulty in establishing their roommate relationship, Resident Advisors and/or professional staff will mediate a discussion about the problems and possible solutions. We believe that a large part of our responsibility as educators is to help students learn to communicate effectively and to appreciate people different from themselves. If this mediation is unsuccessful, we can then look at the availability of space and a room change could be an option. All room changes must be approved by the Director of Residential Life and Housing or their designee.

Q: Are there any rules about off-campus housing?
A: Hartwick College is a residential campus, and as such all students are required to live on campus through their junior year. Students who are eligible to live off-campus may request off-campus housing, but must meet published requirements and deadlines. Late applications are not accepted.

Q: What if I lose my room key?
A. At check-in, each student is issued a key to his or her room which they are responsible for keeping as long as they are assigned to that room. In the event a student moves out of that room, the key is to be returned to the Resident Advisor on his/her floor. The cost of a new key in the event it is lost is $50. If there is a problem after hours, please contact Campus Safety at 607-431-4000. Students who have lost their room key can get a replacement at the Residential Life and Housing Office, 4th floor of Dewar Union.

Q: How do I request a repair in the Residence Hall?
A. If a student needs to report a routine (non-emergency) repair, click on the “Work Order” link and enter the appropriate information. For emergency repairs, contact your Resident Advisor or Residence Director.

Q: What is provided for me in my Residence Hall Room?
A. Students are provided with standard furnishings: a dresser, a desk and chair, a bed frame, a mattress, a wardrobe/closet. Each student in a room also has their own computer jack, phone jack and cable connection for a television. Each room also comes with overhead lighting and at least one window with window blinds.

Q: Will I live with people of the opposite gender?
A. Only one gender is assigned to an individual residence hall room with the exception of townhouse apartments and the PRIDE Theme Community. You may have students of the opposite gender living down the hall. We also offer co-ed buildings by floor.

Q: Who cleans my room?
A. Students are expected to clean their rooms. Housekeeping staff will clean the public areas (bathrooms, stairwells, hallway, and lounges).

Q: Where can I do my laundry?
A. Each residence hall is equipped with washers and dryers located in the laundry rooms.

Q: How is the food in the dining hall?
A: It’s good! We have a great variety, served by ARAMARK Food Services in our main cafeteria, The Commons, and the Table Rock and John Christopher’s cafés. More about campus food services

Q: Do I need to have a meal plan?
A. Hartwick College believes that a residential college atmosphere offers unique opportunities for students. One of these is the sociability of coming together for meals. The College views meals as an important part of each student’s day, not only for nutrition, but also for personal growth through interaction with others. All students living in residence halls must participate in a board plan. Students living in Townhouses, Fraternities/Sororities, Pine Lake housing, or off campus may take the option of no meal plan.

Q: How is security on campus?
A: Hartwick has a campus safety staff of 10 officers and are all fully trained and certified as required by New York State law. The campus safety staff conducts both foot and mobile patrols of the entire campus year-round, 24 hours a day. More about campus safety

Q: What is your policy on alcohol?
A: It is illegal in the state of New York for anyone under the age of 21 to possess, consume, or be under the influence of alcohol. It is illegal for students who are of age to sell or serve alcohol to minors. Our policy supports this law, but does allow students 21 and over to consume alcohol in on-campus houses, Townhouses, and Leitzell suites. All other residence halls are dry, regardless of the student’s age. In addition, Hartwick upholds a city ordinance that prohibits drinking alcohol in public places.

Q: What happens if I get in trouble? Will you tell my parents?
A. If you are involved in a situation in which policies may have been violated, you will have the opportunity to meet with a College staff member who is investigating the incident. Most cases are resolved at this level. If you don’t accept responsibility, the staff member will refer you for a disciplinary hearing. Hartwick College believes it is good practice for students to have open communication with parents about their experience, and we always recommend that students talk to their parents about the disciplinary process. Parents are routinely notified of student involvement.

Q: What sorts of health services are there at Hartwick?
A: Perrella Health Center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday while the College is in session. Doctor and physician assistant visits are available by appointment. When the Wellness Center is closed, care is available at Fox Now (607-431-5052), or Fox Hospital Emergency Department (607-431-5000). In case of a life-threatening emergency dial 911 for assistance.

Q: What is there to do on the weekends?
A: Lots! There are athletic events, bands, and comedians on campus, social events hosted by various clubs and campus groups, movie theatres in town, and different events in the downtown area. There are 1,500 students to get to know — so there’s always plenty to do! More about events, visit Hartlink

Q: How many people stay for weekends?
A: The majority of students stay on campus, although some go home every now and then. We aren’t a “suitcase school” – many of the students who leave campus on weekends are participating in athletic events or other school-related activities.

Q: Is there a Greek scene at Hartwick?
A: There are three fraternities and three sororities here, and about 12 percent of our students are involved in Greek Life. Fraternity and sorority members are typically involved in a wide range of other campus and community activities in addition to their organization’s events. The Greek system is dedicated to the key principles of service, academic success, fostering social involvement, encouraging leadership development, and building positive relationships. More about Greek Life at Hartwick

Q: What is the average amount of time students study per week?
A: This depends on your area of study. Departments focus their work in different areas — the arts has studio work, business administration focuses on group work, and English relies on papers and readings, which are more individualized. Our college advisors suggest an average of four to six hours per week for each class, but keep in mind that this can vary with each student and each course.

Q: Can first-year students have cars on campus?
A: No, first-year students are not permitted to have cars on campus. See our parking regulations webpage for more information.

Q: How are the winters at Hartwick?
A: It snows in central New York, but Hartwick’s maintenance staff is out at all hours shoveling, plowing, and salting the campus, which is usually cleared before the streets of Oneonta.

 

 

 

 

 

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