The university provides two residence halls accommodating 210 men and three residence halls/efficiency apartments accommodating 412 women that are single sex halls for undergraduates. There are five residence halls/appartments for undergraduates that accommodate 1725 that are co-educational facilities by room/floor. There are 1522 residents in rooms that have a private bathroom within suite, room, or apartment.
Buccaneer Ridge Apartments accommodates 734 residents/staff/guest in 385 apartments consisting of efficiencies; one; two; and four-bedroom apartments. These apartments are avalible to sophomors and above, as well as, married couples or single parents with a small child.
Off-campus housing information is located in the Center for Adult, Commuter, and Transfer Services. The Center provides a handbook and rental listings from the Chamber of Commerce, the local newspaper and individuals who list rentals with the university. All persons interested in off-campus housing are told via the Off Campus Housing Handbook and the rental listing that East Tennessee State University does not inspect living accommodations and accepts no responsibility for the condition or acceptability of the units listed with the Center or with other listings provided. Landlords listing accommodations directly with the university have agreed to abide by the nondiscrimination policy of the university.
The university provides the maximum amount of student housing permitted by institutional resources. Students residing in the residence halls (see ETSU Residence Hall Student Handbook) are given first choice for fall housing during a designated period. Space for new students in housing is assigned on a "first come, first served" basis, regulated by the date the housing application and deposit is received. Hall and room assignments are made according to the date the completed housing application and deposit are received by the Office of Financial Services, the student's stated preferences for a particular hall and/or roommate and space availability. Students applying for fall housing, whose applications are received prior to April 1, will be given priority. Applications received after July 1 will be assigned according to the date received and geographical location (not within commuting distance). Moves may be requested through the Resident Director or Housing and Residence Life for unusual and/or special circumstances.
Assignments within the Buccaneer Village (see Buccaneer Village) are based on the date the completed application and deposit are received and upon the size of the family. One-bedroom units are assigned to couples without children. Two-bedroom units are assigned to couples with one or two children. The university does not have appropriate housing for families with more than two children. Assignments in Buccaneer Ridge are made for sophomores and above based upon date of application and deposit and availability of desired space.
The Department of Housing and Residence Life strives to provide affordable, enjoyable, safe, and well maintained services and facilities for students living on campus. It is also a goal to establish interactive and inclusive learning communities within the halls through the participation and involvement of all members. A variety of lifestyle options provide opportunities for students to engage in active social learning in a structural environment such as the residence halls. This environment can allow for lifestyle choices, yet set high expectations for students and encourage value clarification, independence, and autonomy.
All residents are expected to contribute to the development of the community by demonstrating respect for themselves and others. Visitation policies state the time, place, and manner in which residents may host visitors of either sex in their rooms or other living areas of the residential units. These policies cover the room/apartment, hallways, lobbies, and all other common areas of the residence facility/apartment and are in effect at all times throughout the year.
The procedures are designed to accommodate visitors in a manner that is respectful and responsive to resident concerns for safety and privacy, while ensuring an appropriate balance between academic and social needs within the residence community. At no time should the presence of visitors disrupt the community or supersede a roommate's right to privacy.
Students residing in the residence halls are required to follow the Student Housing Rules, Residence Hall Conduct and Disciplinary Sanctions (Residence Hall Student Handbook).
All residence halls are secured 24 hours a day and have been equipped with a card access system. Residents may gain entrance only to their residence hall via their student I.D. card. All other doors are locked 24 hours a day and are equipped with an indicator that alerts the Campus Police and hall staff, if left ajar for a designated period of time. The residence halls have interior doors leading to the hallways that are equipped with a key card access lock and remain locked at all times. Security cameras are located within and around most housing facilities.
In Buccaneer Ridge Apartments, each bedroom is furnished with a switch, when activated, will sound an alarm indicating an emergency within that particular apartment unit. The alarm is activated at the Public Safety Building immediately when the switch is pulled. Each apartment has a key/card for the front door entrance, and each bedroom has a separate and individual key.
The Department of Public Safety and Housing and Residence Life operate a Night Patrol from approximately 12:00 a.m. until 4:00 a.m. each night in the vicinity of the residence halls, apartment complexes and parking areas. These individuals are not police officers, but are equipped with two-way radios and have a uniform. Duties include checking for propped doors, checking locked doors, watching for any unusual event, providing a walking escort, and checking parking lots around the residence halls. A full-time officer, a full-time security guard, along with privately contracted night patrol, patrols Buccaneer Ridge during late night and early morning hours.
Students residing in the residence halls are required to follow Student Housing Rules, Resident Responsibilities (Residence Hall Student Handbook).
Residents are either issued a key to their room/apartment or their ID card is activated for access to the building and /or room/apartment as they check into facility. If the key is lost, stolen or misplaced, a resident may sign out a "temporary key" from the Resident Director until the lock can be re-keyed. If a resident fails to return the issued key when checking out or withdrawing, the lock will be re-keyed. If an ID card is lost, stolen, or misplaced, the resident must notify hall staff, Public Safety, and ID Services immediately for deactivating the card and securing a replacement.
Residents are required to guard their I.D. card/room key for their security and protection. It is the responsibility of the resident to keep up with his/her I.D. card/room key and to have it available to gain access to the building/room when needed.
In most residence halls, and some apartments, the windows are non-operable. Window screens are health and safety equipment. Residents are informed that window screens should not be unhooked or removed from the windows. If a screen is damaged, it should be reported to the Resident Director. NOTE: Windows are equipped with standard window locks. All doors and windows are checked each break to see if they are functioning properly.
Students residing in Buccaneer Village are required to follow Buccaneer Village Rules, Resident Responsibilities (Buccaneer Village Lease Agreement). Students residing in Buccaneer Ridge Apartments are required to follow the terms and conditions as set forth in the Agreement of Lease.
A key is issued to each resident upon checking into the apartment. If the key is lost, stolen or misplaced, a resident may sign out a “temporary key” from the manager of Buccaneer Village/Ridge.
Residents must guard their apartment key for their security and protection. It is the responsibility of the resident to keep up with his/her apartment key and to have it available to gain access to his/her apartment when needed.
The residence halls are staffed with eight Resident Directors (RD), five Assistant Resident Directors (ARD), seventy-one Resident Advisors (RA's) and five full-time Area Coordinators/Managers who provide on-call coverage 24 hours per day 7 pays a week. The RA's are undergraduate students who are hired on student work programs. The residence hall staff receives security related training prior to the beginning of school each fall/spring from the professional staff of Housing and Residence Life and Department of Public safety. RAs/RDs provide coverage in all housing facilities from 4:30 p.m. - 8:00 a.m. each day from Monday - Thursday and 24 hours coverage on the weekends.
The Department of Housing and Residence Life employs personnel to provide area coverage for all residence halls from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Area coverage personnel carry a telephone and receive training similar to hall staff. Buc Ridge and Governors Hall employs students assistants to staff the desk area during selected hours.
The Department of Public Safety/Housing and Residence Life provide supervision to privately contracted Night Patrol staff that patrol within and around the residence halls and residence hall parking lots between the hours of 12 a.m. and 4:00 a.m. when the residence halls are open and during breaks/holidays. One full-time security guard along with a part-time contracted night patrol, provides security from 9:00 p.m. - 4:00 a.m. at the Buc Ridge /Buc Village apartment complex. Public Safety provides the security training for these individuals.
The housing staff is provided with copies of police reports concerning housing incidents and appropriate follow up is taken on any security problems.
Public Safety and the Department of Housing and Residence Life conducts a crime prevention program presented at the beginning of each semester in each residence hall. Residence Hall staff conducts floor meetings at the beginning of each semester and reviews the security and enforcement procedures with the residents. Additionally special programs are presented throughout the semester on such topics as Rape and Assaults. Information is also provided to residents through the Orientation programs and the Preview program for new students prior to the start of fall semester. In addition, the Residence Hall Association sponsors a self protection program each year. Residents are informed via staff posters, memorandum, etc. of any particular problems that occur. Residents are encouraged to register for emergency alerts and they are asked to provide an emergency contact and number.
Guidelines for the use of residence halls during holiday and vacation breaks are maintained in the Office of Housing and Residence Life . These guidelines are set up for the smooth operation of the residence halls and to maintain the safety and security of everyone. These guidelines include safety precautions:
Students residing in the residence halls are required to follow the Student Housing Rules, Visitation Policy, previously discussed (#3, Policies concerning the identification and admission of visitors in student housing facilities). Residents are responsible for their guests, and guests are expected to follow all rules and regulations.
Residence facilities may be occupied by ETSU staff and may be leased to other persons in connection with programs and activities. Guests residing in housing facilities are generally placed in areas separate from students. Guests are not placed in the same room or apartment of a resident. Guests are issued access cards/keys to gain entrance to the hall/room.. If the card(s) are not returned, it is deactivated in the access system. If a key is not returned, the lock is rekeyed.
For special camps and conferences held on campus, groups must register with the Office of Campus and Conferences. Guests are advised to lock their room doors and to safeguard the access card/room key.. Entrance doors are secured 24 hours a day. Guests are informed that drugs, alcoholic beverages, firearms, fireworks, combustible engines, weapons and explosives are not allowed in the residence halls or on campus. Residence halls/apartments are staffed with Resident Directors, Assistant Resident Directors, Camp Managers, Resident Advisors, and Area Coordinators.