Loyola University Maryland

Student Life

Frequently Asked Questions

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Room Selection

When do I sign up for housing/roommate preferences?

Freshmand and transfer students will attend a session at summer orientation where they will have the opportunity to request housing and roommates.

My parents/guardians want to know if they will have the chance to learn about housing during my summer orientation...will they have that opportunity?

Yes, the Student Life Office will have sessions both with the parents and with the students to answer questions about our office and the housing process. We will also have representatives present at the information fair during the second day of orientation, and will answer questions by phone or email during regular business hours (8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.). Feel free to contact our office at 410-617-5081 if you have any questions. If it is not during business hours, please leave us a message and we will try to get in touch with you as soon as possible.

When will I find out where I am living?

Shortly after the final orientation session, the housing assignments will be determined. We will then send you a letter via email with your housing assignment and roommate information so that you may contact your roommate to prepare for the upcoming school year. You should receive all of this information by early August.

What to do if you have roommate problems?

Contact your RA, Graduate Residence Coordinator (GRC) or the Assistant Director of Student Life are the best contact to help resolve roommate problems. Contact them before a small issue leads to a bigger one.

What if I need housing accommodations?

If you require housing accommodations because of a disability please let us know. You should also make sure you are registered with Disability Support Services and please visit this website for more information www.loyola.edu/dss .
 

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Residence Hall

Who do I call if I am locked out of my room?

Between the hours of 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday thru Friday, go to the Student Life Office in Secton Court 08B.  after 5 p.m. contact your RA or campus police at (410) 617 - 5010.

Who do I call if my computer/cable doesn't work?

Contact the technology services help desk at ext. 5555.

Who do I call if something else in my room doesn't work?

If you have maintenance concerns, call Facilities at ext. 2200.

What furniture is provided for me?

All students will have a bed, dresser, wardrobe or closet, and desk with desk chair.

What size sheets are needed for the beds?

The beds are extra long and therefore need extra long (80") sheets for a twin bed. You will receive information from the Loyola University Maryland Residence Hall Association. if you would like to order sheets from them please click on this link. You may also purchase sheets from department stores, etc.

I will be living in a double, do I need to bring a fridge?

You may want to bring a small fridge with you for your room. You can also rent a fridge for the year through MyFridgeRental.com.

My roommate and I both have computers, are we both able to bring them?

Yes, there is an internet connection available for every resident in the room as well as wireless access across campus. To access the internet, make sure that your computer has an ethernet card or a wireless card so that you will be able to access our network. If you have specific computer questions, please contact the technology services office at 410-617-5555.

Is it true that Student Life does room inspections?

Yes, scheduled and unscheduled room inspections are done to assure the health and safety of our residents. For this reason, students are to bring along their own cleaning supplies and are responsible to maintain a clean room/apartment.

What items should I bring for my room?

While it depends on your needs as a student, this list of items may help you get started. It is important to note that for safety reasons Loyola does prohibit some items, so please make sure you do not bring these items with you.

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Incoming Students

What do I do first?

Make sure your housing deposit is in on-time. It will not be accepted late. Those students who miss the deposit deadline will have to go on the Housing Wait List.

Why can’t my housing deposit be late?

The process is based upon the number of students who have indicated with their housing deposit that they will be living on-campus. This number is determined immediately after the deadline and is then used to plan for the number of people who will participate in the process and who need to be housed. Late deposits adjust that number and potentially remove housing from other people.

When does the process begin?

The online process begins for rising juniors and seniors in March. The in-person online process begins for rising sophomores in early April.

What does “online” or “in-person online” mean?

For our rising juniors and seniors who have participated in room selection, you will be able to select your room from the privacy and comfort of your own room or of the most convenient computer lab. For our rising sophomore, you will need to attend room selection “in-person” and with our friendly, helpful staff to assist you, select your room from the Newman computer lab.

How do I know when to select my room?

Students will receive an email with the date and time when they can select their room. In roommate groups, the student with the earliest date and time will select.

How can I find a roommate?

The ever-popular roommate social is back again but better than ever and will be held in the spring. The roommate ads will then be available on blackboard.

Now that I’ve found my roommates – what do we do now?

You will need to register your roommate group by early spring. Forms must be submitted in person to the Student Life Office, Seton Court 08B. Once registered, only one person needs to participate in the room selection. All of the other roommates will receive an email directing them to confirm the completed selection process.

How do I know where I want to live?

We will be holding residence hall tours so that you can view the room types available.

What if I have more questions?

You can call the student life office at 410-617-5081 or email us at roomrez@loyola.edu.

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Student Conduct

What is an "Administrative Hearing"?

According to the Community Standards book, an Administrative hearing generally occurs when one or more of the following situations exists: 1) a resolution does not occur during the educational conference, 2) the student fails to attend an educational conference or to respond to a request for an educational conference, or 3) the severity of the alleged violation or the student's prior conduct history warrants an administrative hearing. The student will be notified in writing of the charges of violations of the Code. In the letter, the student will be given the date, time and location of the hearing or will be asked to schedule an appointment. Administrative hearings are held before either the Peer Conduct Board, an administrative panel, or before an administrative hearing officer.

During the hearing, the charged student will be asked to enter a plea concerning the charges that have been filed. After an initial plea, the student will be able to make a statement and present information relevant to the incident being adjudicated. Charged students have the right to bring incident witnesses to the hearing.  An incident witness is a person who has direct knowledge of the incident and/or of its details. The student charged also has the right to bring an advocate, who can provide personal support through the hearing.  The advocate must be a member of the College community (faculty, staff, student, or administrator).

Administrative hearings are closed to the public and are considered confidential. Charged students are also able to provide character witnesses (limited to two and must be submitted in writing). A character witness is a person who can speak to a students overall character and sense of integrity.

Do I have the right to Appeal?

Yes. You do have the right to appeal any conduct decision given three specific criteria:

  1. Procedural Due Process - Student alleges that their due process rights as outlined in the Community Standards handbook were violated.
  2. Absence of sufficient evidence to support a decision - Student alleges that there was not enough evidence to support a responsible finding.
  3. Discovery of New Evidence - Student alleges that new evidence discovered since the original hearing might impact the decision of responsibility or determination of the sanction.
  4. In the event a student is suspended from housing or the University, a student may appeal based on the ground that she/he feels the sanctions is grossly disproportionate to the offense.

How do I file an Appeal?

Appeals must be made in writing to the Director of Student Life via email or a hand delivered letter to the Student Life Office in Seton Court no later than 48 hours after you receive your decision letter.  Your appeal must clearly state your grounds /rationale for the appeal.

Who can I ask to be an advisor?

You can ask any member of the University community (Faculty, Staff, or Student) who does not have a law degree.

What are the possible sanctions?

Sanctions are situation specific but the standard sanctions for most violations can be found in the Community Standards handbook.

What if I still have questions?

You can contact the Office of Student Life at x5081 and receive specific information anytime.

Who has access to my discipline report?

The privacy of your record is protected.  Only your parents, legal guardians, and University officials can access your record without your permission under specific conditions.  A signed release is necessary to disclose any information to outside parties.

Does my disciplinary record start over every year?

No. Your record is cumulative over the course of your academic career at Loyola University Maryland.

What happens if I forgot to complete my sanctions as assigned? Will someone remind me?

No one will remind you of your conduct sanctions. The responsibility for their completion is yours alone. If a student fails to complete their sanctions without prior approval of an extension, they face additional sanctions.

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Health

 

Who do I call if I'm sick?

Call the Health Center at ext 5055. If it is a health-related emergency after hours, the same number will give you information about how to get assistance.

Questions about personal problems?

The Counseling Center can help you with questions or personal concerns about a wide variety of issues, including homesickness, bereavement, stress management, test anxiety, making friends, roommate problems, depression, body image, disordered eating, and many others. You can talk with a counselor confidentially by calling ext. 5109.

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Emergency/Illegal Activity

 

Who do I call if I have an urgent emergency?

Campus Police can be reached ext. 5010.

What to about illegal activity on your floor or in your room?

All students should report any suspicious activity immediately to Campus Police at ext. 5010. The department of public safety also has a silent witness form on its website. Information obtained this way is collected anonymously.

What to do about hate or bias-related incidents?

Our community recognizes and values the similarities and differences among students, faculty, staff and recognized student organizations at Loyola University Maryland. Discrimination, sexual and bias-related harassment, and other violations of rights disrupt the educational process and will not be tolerated.  If you are a member of the Loyola University Maryland community and have experienced, witnessed, or have knowledge of, a hate or bias-related incident, you may report bias to bring the incident to the attention the office of student life. If you have any questions regarding the Bias-Related Incident report, please contact Michelle Cheatem, Associate Dean of Students at (410) 617-5171.

Questions about alcohol or other drug use/abuse?

The office of alcohol and drug education support services offers a variety of opportunities for education, assessment, and discussion around the issues of alcohol and drugs. They can be reached at ext. 2928.

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Miscellaneous

 

Who do I call if I want to know the weather?

The current local weather conditions can be obtained by calling ext.4444.

What to do about academic problems?

The Dean of First-Year Students and Academic Services, Dr. Ilona McGuiness, provides the appropriate resources and guidance needed to acclimate in-coming students to Loyola University Maryland and to the demands of college-level study. She can be reached at ext. 5547. Your core advisor is a great resource as well.

Questions about spiritual guidance?

Jesuits and campus ministers live in most residential areas and they are a great resource to seek out and utilize. The office of campus ministry is also a great resource for your spiritual needs, available by contacting ext. 2768.

Nothing to do?

Contact the office of Student Activities at ext. 2713. They will help you find a variety of activities to become involved in like Late Night, See More, B-More!, Best of Baltimore, and a large number of clubs. This will help you meet people with similar interests.

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