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How do I choose a roommate?

For new students, mutual requests for specific individuals are honored when possible. Otherwise, roommates are assigned on the basis of information supplied by the student on the Roommate Preference Form. No room assignments are made on the basis of race, color, religion, disability, sexual orientation, age, national origin or ancestry. Returning students have the opportunity to select a specific room and roommate during the lottery process each spring.

How safe is campus?

Although Frederick has a relatively low crime rate, everyone should be concerned about personal safety. Residence halls are locked 24 hours a day and students are issued a keycard to gain access. In addition, the campus is staffed 24 hours a day by campus safety and security officers and Residence Life staff members are on duty every evening.

How safe is off-campus, College-leased housing?

Crime can occur anywhere, however the crime rate in the areas surrounding campus, where this type of housing is located, is relatively low. As with on-campus housing, residents should take common-sense steps to ensure safety, including locking exterior doors and windows, not walking alone and being aware of their surroundings. Campus Safety officers routinely patrol the Sunset Apartments and duplex housing areas and are able to provide safe-ride service between campus and the off-campus housing areas at nighttime. All off-campus housing spaces are equipped with deadbolt locks on exterior doors and locking mechanisms on all windows. Additionally, Frederick police are aware of the areas in which the College has leased housing and communicate regularly with Campus Safety officials. The Sunset complex also employs a number of courtesy officers (off-duty police officers who live on-site) to assist residents of this area.

Can I choose where I wish to live?

As a new students, you are asked to list on the Roommate Preference Form your preferences regarding several different types of living arrangements and the order of importance of those preferences. You are given the opportunity to request the hall that you prefer. Due to space limitations on campus, we may not be able to always provide your first choice of residence hall. Requests are prioritized by the date you turn in your Roommate Preference Form and submit your housing deposit. Returning students have the opportunity to select a specific room and roommate during the lottery process each spring.

What's there to do on campus?

Plenty! Every residence hall offers a constant variety of activities such as movie nights, pizza parties, tournaments and the opportunity to participate in a multitude of other programs offered by the resident assistants and House Councils. In addition, the Campus Activities Board and other student organizations feature comedians, musicians, movies, parties, trips and many other activities. Rarely a day goes by without a notable event on campus.

How secure is my property?

You should lock your room door whenever you are gone. Don't leave cash, jewelry or other valuable items in the open. To guard against theft, record serial numbers of your personal property and mark all items such as TVs, stereos, cameras, etc. with your name.

What about drug enforcement?

Possession or use of illegal drugs is prohibited by state law and College policy. Violators may be subject to serious disciplinary action, as well as criminal action.

Can I bring my pet to school?

No dogs, cats, birds, snakes, gerbils, etc. are allowed in any housing area. Fish and hermit crabs (in tanks of 10 gallons or less) are the only pets allowed.

Is alcohol allowed in the halls?

Alcohol is permitted in individual student rooms/apartments/duplexes where all roommates are of legal drinking age in accordance with the Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy. Persons under the legal drinking age are not permitted to possess or consume alcohol and may not be present in any room/apartment/duplex where alcohol is being consumed. Those found in violation of the policy may be cited by Campus Safety or documented by Residence Life staff members. Students may be cited for underage drinking, misrepresentation of age, underage or prohibited possession of alcohol (including possession by of-age individuals in a room where not all roommates are of-age), being underage and in the presence of consumption, and providing alcoholic beverages under the legal drinking age. Students who violate the alcohol policy will also go through the Residence Life Judicial System.

Whom do I contact in case of an emergency?

In case of an emergency, contact any Residence Life staff member and Campus Safety immediately. A hall staff member is on duty in each residence hall every night and an area coordinator is on call for the campus at all times. Campus Safety officers are on duty 24 hours-a-day and can be reached at 301-696-3548.

How to I make a maintenance request?

Speak with your RA or area coordinator, who will be happy to put in work order for you.

May I bring my car or bicycle?

You may bring your car, but because the residence halls, apartments and duplexes are all within easy walking distance of campus buildings, many students find them unnecessary. A parking permit must be purchased from Campus Safety for on-campus parking of automobiles. Bicycles may be stored in designated areas in and around the residence halls; locks are the responsibility of the student.

Will I have a private bath?

Each wing or floor has one or more common bathrooms with a number of sinks, toilets and showers. All showers are partitioned. Robes and shower shoes are recommended.

What about banking?

It is advisable for students to maintain personal checking accounts. Many students keep their hometown account, but others find it more convenient to open an account in Frederick.

What are the room assignment procedures?

Every effort is made to honor the preferences marked on the Roommate Preference Form. However, it is not possible to guarantee that each request will be met. The following procedures will be used. Returning students (current residence hall students) are given first priority to sign up for fall housing accommodations during room lottery each spring. New residents (incoming first-year, transfer, re-admit, continuing students not currently in housing and those continuing students who failed to participate in room lottery) are assigned to the remaining spaces based on: 1) Date the completed Roommate Preference Form is received by the Office of Residence Life, 2) Date the housing deposit is received (for new students), 3) Roommate preference (requests must be mutual to be considered), and 4) Other preferences (including hall preference).

When will I know my room assignment?

Assignment letters for new students are generally mailed in mid-July. Along with your assignment, you will receive the name, home address and phone number of your roommate, if assigned. New students moving into the halls for the spring semester will not be notified of their assignment information until early January. Returning students receive their room assignment information during room lottery and should make note of the building and room chosen.

What if I prefer a different room?

Room changes are allowed at the end of the semester. Students are required to work through any interpersonal conflicts with roommates prior to this period. Resident assistants and area coordinators are trained and available to assist in mediating conflicts. Room changes prior to the formal change period (end of the semester) require approval from the director of residence life and evidence that the student has sincerely engaged in all available steps to resolve the conflict.

After the room period change begins, who do I need to see about changing rooms?

Room changes are coordinated through the area coordinator for the building in which the student currently resides. Generally, this will require a meeting with the area coordinator to discuss the reason(s) for the request and to discuss the options available to the student. If the room change is approved, the area coordinator will discuss with the student the procedures for changing rooms.

Can I live off campus?

Per Hood policy first-year and sophomore students are required to reside on campus or commute from the home of a parent or legal guardian. Exceptions to this requirement are at the discretion of the dean of students.

To be eligible to reside in Hood-leased, off-campus housing, a student generally must have obtained junior standing or above, and must be approved by the director of residence life, chief of campus safety and dean of students. Exceptions for sophomores to reside in Hood-leased, off-campus housing are at the discretion of the director of residence life and are accommodated on a case-by-case basis after all approved upperclassmen have been housed.

What will my Hood address be?

A mailbox will be assigned to each Hood resident student. Please include your mailbox number on all correspondence. New students are assigned a mailbox number when they arrive on campus—the box number remains the same throughout your time at Hood. You can tell family, friends, etc., that your address will be:

(Student Name)
Hood College
401 Rosemont Ave.
Whitaker Box #XXX
Frederick, MD 21701-8575

May I send some of my belongings to Hood before I arrive?

Yes. You may send things to Hood after August 15 via U.S. Mail or UPS, and the College will hold them for you until you arrive. You should address your boxes this way:

(Your Name)
(Your Residence Hall and Room Number)
Hood College
401 Rosemont Ave.
Frederick, MD 21701-8575

You should bring sheets and towels with you to use until your boxes arrive. Please note that while it is not possible for us to personally deliver all your mailed belongings to your room, special arrangements can be made for larger items.

Can I have a refrigerator and microwave in my room?

Yes, if the refrigerator is three cubic feet or smaller. You may bring your own refrigerator or microwave. Students are permitted to have one microwave and one refrigerator per room.

What items should I bring with me?

A list of recommended residence hall items will be provided to new students as part of the Orientation Resource Notebook (mailed prior to summer orientation). Residents are encouraged to discuss larger items (such as refrigerators and televisions) with roommates prior to arrival as it is not usually necessary to have two of such items.

Are any items prohibited in the residence halls?

Please do not bring the following items, as they are not permitted in the residence halls:

  • Pets (other than fish and hermit crabs in tanks of 10 gallons or less);
  • Halogen lamps; 
  • Candles and/or incense; 
  • Hot plates, toaster ovens, space heaters, electric blankets, potpourri burners and cooking appliances; 
  • Extension cords and outlet splitters (prohibited by fire code), except "power strips" with a "UL Approved" label and a built-in circuit breaker switch;
  • Firearms, hunting knives, ammunition, bows, arrows or any other items that are or could be classified as weapons; and 
  • Your own desk, dresser, bed, mattress or desk chair (all College furnishings must remain in the student rooms – any additional furniture must fit in the room without creating a fire/egress hazard and without removing any of the provided furnishings).