FAQs

 

 

What is McKendree's residency requirement?

What is McKendree’s visitation policy?

What is McKendree’s alcohol policy?

Are Internet services provided?

Are there laundry facilities on-campus?

How do residents receive their mail?

Do residents have to buy renter’s insurance?

What should I bring?

What are the microwave and refrigerator wattage suggestions?

Are residents required to purchase a meal plan?

When will room assignments be made?

What are the policies on decorating and furnishing my room?

What size are the mattresses?

What if my key is lost, stolen, or damaged?

What if my ID card is lost, stolen, or damaged? 

How do I register my car for campus parking? 

What will my address be at McKendree?

Can I change my meal plan? 

Can I have an assistance animal?

 


 

What is McKendree's residency requirement?

McKendree University's residency requirement stipulates that all full-time (12+ credit hours) undergraduate students must live in University housing or University-certified housing.  Primary goals for this policy are to extend the college educational experience for students and to create a residential community. Residence hall staff work with students toward making the residence halls an attractive place to live in order to facilitate student growth and development. Each hall develops its own sense of identity and community spirit which becomes an integral part of the overall campus living environment.

To be eligible for a waiver, the student must, at the beginning of the term for which the application is being submitted, meet one of the following criteria:

  • Commuting from a permanent residence of a legal guardian that is within 30 miles of the University 
  • 21 years of age or older and hold senior class status (90+ credit hours)
  • Married
  • Custodial care for dependent child
  • Veteran with at least two years of active military duty
  • Financial Hardship - must be verified through the Office of Financial Aid first
  • Taking all online courses
  • Student Teaching, Co-oping, Interning, etc. outside a 30-mile radius of McKendree University

Students wishing to live off campus must submit an Application to Waive the Residency Requirement, including any required documentation to support the exemption requested, for verification by the Office of Residence Life.  If denied, students may submit an appeal letter with their original documents for consideration by the Housing Waiver Committee.

Waiver applications can be obtained from the Residence Life website and must be turned in to the Office of Residence Life (Clark 111) on or before July 1 for the following Fall Semester or January 1 for the following Spring Semester.  The Office of Residence Life reserves the right to deny waivers submitted after the deadlines listed.  Students should not consider themselves released from this contract nor the Residency Requirement policy prior to receiving written approval from the Office of Residence Life.

Residence Life recommends that before making the decision to reside off-campus that you speak with a Financial Aid counselor as there may be an adjustment to your financial aid package. 

The Housing and Meal Plan Contract is on-going, continuous, and binding. Returning students are expected to request their rooming preference on an annual basis and should understand that until they are officially released from the residency requirement, they are bound by the provisions of their Terms and Conditions of the Housing and Meal Plan Contract.

General rules and regulations governing residence on campus are included in the Student Handbook, which is available on the McKendree website. Students submitting an application for housing or renewal understand and agree to abide by the rules and regulations which govern campus residency, particularly as they apply to McKendree’s status as an alcohol and drug free campus.

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What are McKendree's University Regulations and Policies? 

University Regulations and Policies govern what is and is not acceptable student behavior in campus spaces; they can be found in the Student Handbook.

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Are Internet services provided?

Yes, the University will make every reasonable effort to provide students with access to Wi-Fi but it is not a guaranteed amenity to the student as part of this contract. Interruptions in Wi-Fi may occur on a temporary basis.  McKendree’s IT department helps to supply wireless internet connection to all McKendree University Locations.  Support for internet questions can be found on the Information Technology page.  

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Are there laundry facilities on-campus?

Yes. Each residential area provides students with the means to do laundry their building/residential area.  Students are required to pay to do their laundry and are encouraged to utilize the laundry app or bring quarters to do so.

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How do residents receive their mail?

Mail is delivered by Residence Life Staff to student mailboxes Monday-Friday.  For more information on having mail sent to the University, please view the Printing and Mail Services page.

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Does the University provide insurance for residents' property?

No.  The University does not provide insurance for residents' property and is not responsible for any damaged, stolen, or lost items.  It is highly encouraged that residents buy renter’s insurance.

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What should I bring?

Each student is provided a bed with an extra-long twin mattress, a dresser, a desk, a chair, and closet space.  Residence Halls East and West are also furnished with some common area furniture, such as a small couch, chair, and coffee table. 

Here is a suggested list of items to bring:

Bedding for an extra-long twin mattress, pillows, blanket, mattress pad, power strip that is UL approved, alarm clock, television, small trash can, stereo/headphones, laundry detergent, area rug, iron/board, toiletries, shower shoes, thumbtacks, shower caddy, cleaning supplies, towels, gaming consoles, clothes hangers, coffee maker, photos of family and friends, quarters, desk lamp, laptop/computer, a thermometer

Here is a list of things NOT to bring:

Guns, knives, air soft guns, candles, incense, space heaters, halogen lamps, heating blanket, hot plate, very large stereos, bass stereos equipment, toasters/toaster ovens, crock pots, air fryers, George Foreman grills, pets, alcohol, and drugs.  Residents in apartments may have toasters/toaster ovens, crock pots, air fryers, George Foreman grills, etc. in their kitchen areas.

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Can I have a microwave or refrigerator in my room?

Yes, students can have one microwave and one refrigerator per bedroom.  The University suggests that residents limit their total watt usage of these items to 900 watts so receptacles are not overloaded.  Full size refrigerators are not permitted. 

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Are residents required to purchase a meal plan?

Students living in the following areas are required to purchase a meal plan:  Baker hall, Barnett Hall, Walton Hall, Residence Hall East, Residence Hall West, Suites.  Students living in other areas have the option of purchasing a meal plan, though it is not required.

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When will room assignments be made?

Housing is assigned first to returning McKendree students who complete the housing renewal process during the spring semester.  New students are then placed on a first come, first served basis and are only eligible for a placement once the following requirements are met:

  • Admitted to the University and registered for classes
  • Submitted a $200.00 Housing Fee to the University Business Office
  • Completed Housing Application with Housing & Meal Plan Terms & Conditions
  • Submitted the Medical Records Immunization Form to the Health Services Office

Students renewing their housing will select their own assignments.  Incoming students will be assigned housing based on the preferences they provided on the housing application.  However, since space is granted on a first come, first served basis, there is no guarantee that we are able to provide all students with their first choice in residential area or roommate

Incoming students will be able to view their housing placement online beginning in mid-June.

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What are the policies on decorating and furnishing my room?

The University provides basic furnishings for all residential areas, which may include a bed with mattress, desk, chair, closet space, and dresser.  Some facilities include additional furnishings.  Students are encouraged to bring additional decorations and furnishings with consideration for the following guidelines:

  • Furnishings provided by the University may not be removed from the residence hall room/apartment.  Storage space is not available for these items. 
  • Furnishings that are attached to the walls may not be separated and moved. 
  • Waterbeds are not permitted. 
  • Beds may not be lofted but can be bunked with the approval of the Resident Director or Area Coordinator of the residential area.

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What size are the mattresses?

The mattresses in all residential areas are twin extra-long, 80” x 36”.

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What if my key is lost, stolen, or damaged?  

Notify your Residence Life staff immediately.  Resident Directors and Area Coordinators will work to get you a new key, although it will cost $200.00.  This fee can be paid to the Business Office in Wildy Hall.

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What if my ID card is lost, stolen, or damaged?  

See the Information and Technology department (IT) in Piper Academic Center.  They will be able to make a new ID card for you, although it will cost $10.00 per card.  This fee should be paid to the Business Office in Wildy Hall first and then the student will take their receipt to IT where the new ID will be made.

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How do I register my car for campus parking?  

Visit the University Public Safety webpage to register your vehicle.  Their office will contact you about how to obtain your parking sticker.

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What will my address be at McKendree?  

Residential addresses can be found on the Printing and Mail Services page.

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Can I change my meal plan?  

Yes.  Student’s have up until the end of the second week of classes to change their meal plans for that semester.  In order to change your meal plan, students must submit the Meal Plan Change Request Form

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Can I have an assistance animal?

Yes.  The University supports students in need of service or assistance animals on campus.  Students who wish to have an assistance animal on campus must have their animal registered with the Office of Disability Services before bringing the animal into any residential area.  For help with this process, please visit the Office of Disability Services.

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