5. Occupancy

Availability

  1. Biola undergraduate housing is available only to unmarried undergraduate students enrolled full-time at Biola University. Exceptions may be considered for part-time undergraduate students based on availability and community impact.
  2. Students who are involved only in student teaching or practicum assignments may be eligible for housing on a space-available basis.
  3. Married undergraduate students and single or married graduate students may contact the Graduate & Married Housing Office for information and availability. Single graduate students may occasionally be housed in double-occupancy undergraduate housing on a space-available basis.
  4. Adult Degree Program students and students enrolled in part-time graduate programs are not eligible for housing.

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Residence Requirement

  1. Students under 20 years old as of the first day of Fall classes are required to live in University housing for the entire academic year unless commuting from their parents’/legal guardians’ home. This is called the Biola University Residence Requirement.
  2. Students who contract for housing and who turn 20 after the first day of Fall classes are required to fulfill their Housing Contract for the entire academic year.
  3. If at any time the Housing Office learns that a student who falls under the Residence Requirement is not living (a) at their parents’/guardians’ home or in (b) University housing, that student may be assigned to and billed for University housing.
  4. Students who plan to commute from their parents’ home must complete an online Commuter Request form, available on MyBiola > Student Tab > MyHousing link > ApplyOnline > Request to Commute.

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Placement

  1. Students are housed in specific locations based on biological sex at the time of birth.
  2. Housing is provided only in same-gender environments, either by Hall floor, or by self-contained suites or apartments.

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Apartments & Thompson Hall Residency Restrictions

Apartments

  1. Students who are at least 20 years old as of the first date of Fall classes, or who have 85+ academic credits (earned and in progress at Biola) are permitted to live in Biola apartments.
  2. Students with certain sanctions from Residence Life may not be eligible to live in the Biola apartments.

Thompson Hall

  1. Thompson Hall (residence hall) is reserved for students who are Sophomores, Juniors, or Seniors as of the first date of Fall classes.
  2. Student with certain sanctions from Residence Life may not be eligible to live in Thompson Hall.

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Room Use

  1. Only students officially assigned by the Housing Office to a room or apartment may reside in that room or apartment.
  2. University housing may only be used for residential purposes. Selling goods or services or conducting a business, even without exchange of payment, is prohibited from rooms or apartments.
  3. No videographic filming may be conducted in University housing, whether for personal or class projects. No furnishings or other University property may be removed from housing or used in film projects.
  4. No tattooing or piercing is to be performed on any campus property.

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Housing during Holidays, Christmas Break, Interterm & Summer

  1. As established in IMPORTANT DATES, academic year housing fees do not include charges for Christmas Break, Interterm or Summer. Housing for these periods must be arranged for separately at separate cost.
  2. Residents are welcome to stay in housing during Thanksgiving Break and Easter Break at no additional cost. Meal service may be limited during these holiday periods.
  3. CHRISTMAS BREAK (December 17, 2016 – December 31, 2016; 15 days)
    1. All Residence Halls close for the entire Christmas Break, and all Residence Hall residents must vacate housing by the applicable deadline defined in CHECK-OUT PROCEDURES > FALL CHECKOUT.
    2. All residents must properly complete end-of-Fall checkout as defined in CHECK-OUT PROCEDURES.
    3. Apartment residents may elect to participate in Apartment Christmas Housing and remain in their apartment over Christmas Break at additional cost of $338. Residents must apply for Apartment Christmas Housing by December 8, 2016 to be eligible. Late applicants are subject to terms issued by the Housing Office.
    4. Residents returning for Spring housing may leave their belongings in their rooms over the break, but they will not have access to their rooms.
    5. Any student not signed up for Apartment Christmas Housing who is found inside a residence hall or apartment over Christmas Break without permission from the Housing Office will be removed and may be subject to disciplinary action.
  4. INTERTERM HOUSING (January 2-22, 2017; 21 days)
    1. Interterm housing is available only for students who are enrolled for Spring semester, are contracted for Spring housing, live outside of local commuting distance, AND who (a) are enrolled in Interterm class(es), (b) are international students, (c) have a local job continuously during Interterm, or (d) are members of a Biola Interterm athletic, musical or theater program.
    2. Interterm housing is provided at no additional cost.
    3. Students must apply for Interterm housing by December 31, 2016 to be eligible. Late applicants are subject to terms issued by the Housing Office.
    4. See IMPORTANT DATES for Interterm housing check-in dates and times.
    5. Any student not registered for Interterm housing who is found inside a residence hall or apartment over Interterm without permission from the Housing Office will be fined at least $100 and may be required to vacate housing for the remainder of Interterm.
    6. Fall residents who will not be staying for Spring housing and who are interested in Interterm housing may request an exception from the Housing Office. Exceptions are evaluated on a case-by-case basis and are subject to availability.
  5. SUMMER HOUSING (2016: May 28 – August 18; 83 days)
    1. Summer housing is available for students who are (a) enrolled in Summer classes, or (b) pre-registered for Fall classes. Summer housing is not available for students who have graduated or withdrawn from the University at in Spring.
    2. Students must apply for Summer housing no later than the deadline publicized by the Housing Office to be eligible.
    3. Summer 2016 housing costs $1,000 for the 83-day period.
    4. Students may apply for the entire Summer housing period at full cost or for one consecutive portion of the Summer housing period at a daily prorated cost.
    5. Students will be billed based on the desired housing dates they provide on their Summer Housing Application. Any modification of these dates must be requested in writing in advance to the Housing Office and must be approved by the Housing Office.
    6. See IMPORTANT DATES for Summer housing check-in dates and times.
    7. Students contracting for Summer housing will complete a supplemental Summer Housing Contract with additional Summer housing-specific terms and conditions.

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Check-In Procedures

  1. All residents must check in with appropriate Housing or Residence Life staff during the Fall check-in period, and during the Interterm or Spring check-in period.
  2. Check-in dates, times and deadlines for each term are defined in IMPORTANT DATES. Check-in locations will be publicized by the Housing Office in advance.
  3. Students are considered officially checked in when they have proven their identity with photo identification, been recorded by Housing staff as being present, and received their room or apartment key and check-in paperwork. Students must return their Room or Apartment Condition Report form to the Housing office by the publicized deadline to avoid a $25 fine for incomplete check-in.
  4. Students must officially check in each term prior to the Room Claim Deadline as defined in IMPORTANT DATES. Students who cannot check in prior to this deadline must notify the Housing Office in writing in advance for late check-in approval.
  5. Failure to officially check in by the Room Claim Deadline without written permission from the Housing Office will result in a $100 fine and may result in the student’s assignment being cancelled.
  6. No residents may check in prior to the official check-in date Opening Day without approval in advance from the Housing Office.
  7. Contracted students who know they will not be coming to or returning to Biola must notify the Housing Office in writing by the Housing Claim Deadline. Those who do not do so will forfeit their Housing Deposit and pay one month’s prorated “No Show” Housing Charge. Students must not rely on any office, department or personnel to inform the Housing Office that they are not coming.

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Check-Out Procedures

  1. All housing residents must complete both end-of-Fall and end-of-Spring check out with a Housing office or Residence Life staff member.
  2. Check-out dates, times, and locations will be publicized by the Housing Office or Residence Life in advance.
  3. Failure to properly complete check out as defined below will result in fines issued by Residence Life, as defined in CHECK-OUT PROCEDURES > CHECK-OUT FINES.
  4. No resident may remain in housing after the official checkout date without approval in advance from the Housing Office.
  5. Residents involved in behavior which violates the Student Handbook or Housing & Food Service Handbook or which is deemed by the Residence Life staff to be disruptive may be asked to leave prior to the checkout deadlines below.
  6. A Biola University staff signature on a checkout form does not release the student from liability for damages or cleaning costs for which the student is responsible.
  7. University staff will perform damage inspections after both annual checkouts. Any room or building damage found during these inspections which were not noted as pre-existing damage on the student’s Room or Apartment Condition Report form submitted to the Housing Office at check in will be billed to the responsible resident(s) of the room, apartment, hall, floor, or building.
  8. Check outs may only be completed by the contracted student, not by any other party.
  9. Students are expected to be physically present to remove their own belongings. A proxy to remove belongings may be designated to the Housing Office in advance in writing if the student is unable to be present for medical reasons.
  10. FALL CHECK OUT
    1. Fall Check-Out Deadline
      1. All non-graduating residents must complete check out and vacate housing before 10:00 pm on Friday, December 16, 2016.
      2. All residents graduating in December must complete check out, remove their belongings, and vacate housing before 10:00 am on Saturday, December 17, 2016.
    2. Apartment residents who are signed up for Apartment Christmas Housing are not required to check out.
    3. Students are considered officially checked out when they have returned their room/apartment key to an appropriate Housing or Residence Life staff member and have vacated housing. Students graduating in December must also move their belongings out. Additional required check-out procedures will be publicized by the Housing Office in advance.
    4. Residents returning for Spring housing may leave their belongings in their room over Christmas Break, but they will not have access to their rooms during the break.
    5. Students not returning for Spring housing must officially cancel their housing with the Housing Office in advance and move their belongings out prior to the Fall check-out deadline.
  11. SPRING CHECK OUT
    1. Spring Check-Out Deadline:
      1. All non-graduating residents not moving to Summer housing must complete check out, remove their belongings, and vacate housing before 10:00 pm on Friday, May 26, 2017. Exceptions for late check outs (no later than Saturday, May 27) may only be given by the appropriate R.D. or R.C., at their discretion.
      2. Graduating residents and authorized commencement workers must complete check out, remove their belongings, and vacate housing before 2:00 pm on Saturday, May 27, 2017.
      3. Residents who are signed up for Summer housing must complete check out of their Spring housing assignment, remove their belongings, and vacate Spring housing before 3:00 pm on Saturday, May 27, 2017. See IMPORTANT DATES for Summer housing check-in times.
      4. Residents of buildings designated for Summer housing may be asked to check out prior to the check-out deadline to accommodate Summer housing resident check in.
    2. Students are considered officially checked out when they have returned their room/apartment key to an appropriate Housing or Residence Life staff member, have removed all of their belongings and trash from their room and building, and have vacated housing. Additional required checkout procedures will be publicized by the Housing Office in advance.
  12. Check-Out Fines
    1. Students who do not return their room/apartment key at check out will be billed a rekey charge. An additional $25 Incomplete Check-Out fine will be billed if the rekey must be ordered within ten days of the Fall check-out deadline.
    2. Students who miss their check-out appointment or who check out after the check-out deadline will be fined at least $25 for improper check out.
    3. Residents who fail to complete all check-out terms defined above and in supplemental check-out instructions issued by the Housing Office or Residence Life will be fined at least $50.
    4. Residents who fail to check out altogether will be fined $100. Additional fines for rekeying and/or cleaning may also be assessed as applicable.
    5. Residents who leave personal belongings, including furniture or trash, anywhere in a University room or building (a) after Spring check out, (b) after vacating Summer housing, or (c) after moving out due to cancellation will be charged $100 per item for removal and disposal.
    6. Additional cleaning and/or damage charges will be assessed to the responsible resident(s) of a room, apartment, hall, floor, or building for any damage or required cleaning not noted as pre-existing damage on the student’s Room or Apartment Condition Report form submitted to the Housing Office at check in.
    7. Fines may be increased at the discretion of the Housing Office based on the degree of failure to comply with stated check-out procedures.

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Room Types

Permanent Single Rooms

  1. Permanent singles are rooms that are designed in size for one occupant, or which have been determined to be too small for two occupants. Permanent singles are located in Hope Hall and Horton Hall.
  2. All permanent single rooms in Hope and Horton Halls are reserved for use by residents needing special housing accommodations for medical or psychological reasons and are assigned in conjunction with The Learning Center, which may need to evaluate medical documentation for the student.

Designated Triple Rooms

  1. Each year, if the University deems it necessary in order to accommodate new incoming students, rooms normally designed for double occupancy will be designated as three-to-a-room occupancy. These rooms are known as designated triples.
  2. Students living in designated triples receive a discount of 25% off the double-occupancy room rate for that building for as long as the room is considered a designated triple by the Housing Office.

Permanent Triple Rooms

  1. Permanent triples are rooms that are designed in size for a minimum of three occupants. Permanent triples are located in Hope Hall and Horton Hall. Permanent triple rooms have the same per-person room rate as double-occupancy rooms in the same building.

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Room Change

  1. Students are assigned to one specific room or apartment for the duration of the academic year and are not permitted to change rooms unless they elect to do so during scheduled Room Change periods.
  2. Room Change periods may be offered at the discretion of the Housing Office based on availability.
  3. Room Change may be offered once per semester, approximately three weeks into the semester.
  4. Any requests for a “special exception” room change outside of a Room Change period must be approved by the appropriate Resident Director or Resident Coordinator and by the Housing Manager. Approval is not guaranteed and is considered on a case-by-case basis.
  5. Students who change rooms without permission in advance from the Housing Office will be fined at least $100 and may be required to move back to their original housing assignment.
  6. Students with certain sanctions from Residence Life may not be eligible to participate in Room Change.
  7. Room Change opportunities are subject to terms, conditions and deadlines publicized in advance by the Housing Office.

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Open House Hours

  1. Open Housing hours help our students value, develop, and maintain healthy friendships with the same sex as well as to develop healthy, Christ-honoring relationships in sexual purity with students of the opposite sex.
  2. Students of the opposite sex may only be on floors and in room/apartments during designated Open House hours.
  3. RESIDENCE HALLS (excluding Thompson Hall)
    1. 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm Wednesdays and Fridays
    2. 2:00 pm – 11:00 pm Saturdays and Sundays
  4. THOMPSON HALL
    1. 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm Mondays through Thursdays
    2. 12:00 pm – 12:00 am Fridays and Saturdays
    3. 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm Sundays
  5. APARTMENTS
    1. 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm Sundays through Thursdays
    2. 12:00 pm – 1:00 am Fridays and Saturdays
  6. Alpha Hall lobby closes to male visitors daily from 1:00 am until 8:00 am.
  7. Open House hours will begin on the first day of classes or later, as publicized by Residence Life.
  8. Open House hours are suspended except in Thompson Hall and the apartments during Interterm, Thanksgiving Break, Spring Break and finals week of both semesters.
  9. All doors will remain wide open while guests are present.
  10. Any behavior that is considered compromising, sexually inappropriate, or causes others in the community to be uncomfortable is prohibited.
  11. Any violation of Open House hours or standards is subject to disciplinary actions, including fines and loss of privileges.
  12. All residents who are present at the time of the violation will be held responsible for the violation, regardless of whose guest was involved.

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Visitors & Overnight Guests

  1. Students of the opposite sex may only be on floors and in rooms/apartments during designated Open House hours.
  2. Residents must receive the permission of all roommates to have an overnight guest in their room or apartment.
  3. Overnight guests must be of the same sex as room/apartment occupants and may only stay in University housing a total of three (3) nights per semester.
  4. Overnight guests must be registered with Residence Life via the appropriate online guest registration form on my.Biola.
  5. Students who have not completed enrollment by the enrollment deadline or who were required to move out of University housing may not stay as any other student’s guests or store their belongings in University housing.
  6. Residents are responsible for the behavior of their guests.
  7. Non-Biola visitors must be accompanied by a Biola student while in the residence halls or apartments.
  8. Unaccompanied minors may not use use vending machines.
  9. The University reserves the right to require guests to leave if they are in violation of University rules and regulations or of federal, state or local laws, or are disruptive to the University community.

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Vacancies

  1. All vacancies in rooms or apartments are available for student assignment at any time at the discretion of the Housing Office. All vacancies are equally available for assignment, and no space is available for “last priority” or “protection” unless the vacancy has been “bought out”.
  2. The Housing Office will attempt to notify residents in advance of new roommates, though the notification may be on the same date in which the new student moves in.
  3. All furniture assigned to a room must remain in that room for the entire academic year, even if fewer students live in the room than the planned occupancy for that room.
  4. Each semester after all students desiring housing have been assigned and afer the Room Change period concludes, the Housing office may allow residents in rooms or apartments with a vacancy to preserve the vacancy in their room for the remainder of the semester if (a) there is no waiting list for that building and (b) all remaining residents agree to pay the additional 30% “vacancy buy out” fee.
  5. Any resident who makes it impossible or undesirable for a new roommate to fill a vacancy in the room through their behavior or attitude or by moving personal belongings into the vacant space will be considered to have “bought out” the vacancy and billed retroactively to the date the space became vacant. The student may also be subject to disciplinary action.
  6. Students are not expected to fill empty spaces in their room created by student cancellations.

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Absence & Illness

  1. To keep staff informed in case of an emergency, students should notify their roommate and the Residence Life staff and provide an emergency contact number and expected return date if they anticipate being absent for more than 24 hours from their room or apartment.
  2. Students should immediately notify Campus Safety or Residence Life staff in case of serious injury or illness.

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