Eating on Campus
All on-campus residential students (those that live in the residence halls, houses, and apartments) are required to participate in the meal/board plan provided by the University. Further information on board plans can be obtained from Campus Dining Services.
You can visit the ARAMARK Heidelberg website for more information.
- Students may decorate the residence hall rooms, apartments and houses with the following guidelines and policies:
- Students will be charged for damage caused by adhesives, tacks or nails.
- Painting or other like alteration of student rooms, facilities or equipment is not permitted.
- Decorative lights must be UL approved.
- Carpeting must meet DOC-FF specifications. The use of carpet tape and foam or rubber-backed carpeting is prohibited.
- Nothing should be hanging from or covering the ceiling, sprinkler heads, lights, or any other life safety equipment in the room.
- Room doors may be decorated as long as it does not hinder the function of the door. Items placed on the door must be easily removable without causing damage to the door/frame finish.
- Any offensive decorations posted in or near a room will be removed.
- Each resident is permitted to have a 4.1 cubic feet or less refrigerator in his/her room.
- With the exception of air corn poppers, microwaves, and auto-off coffee makers, all other cooking appliances are prohibited.
- Multiple taps, devices plugged into wall receptacles, and electrical extension cords are prohibited. Power strips with surge protectors are acceptable for use. (1 per resident only).
- All electrical equipment must be UL approved.
- Window air-conditioning units are not permitted. (For air conditioning required due to medical need, see Special Residential Accommodations.)
- Space heaters are not permitted in any residential facility, unless specifically issued by Krammes Service Center on an emergency basis.
- Halogen Bulbs - Due to the high risk of fire associated with halogen bulbs/lamps, use of halogen lighting within University-owned housing is prohibited.
- Students may not remove or exchange furniture from common areas of the residence hall (or house) or from any residence hall room.
- Lofts may be built for rooms in Miller Hall only.
- Lofts must be built according to the specifications published and available from the Residence Life Office.
- Lofts are not permitted in the University-owned houses or apartments.
- Lofts must be inspected by the Residence Coordinator within the first two weeks of school.
- Maintenance staff will immediately remove non-inspected lofts that are discovered in student rooms and the residents will be charged $100.
- Screens are not to be removed from windows.
- Waterbeds are not permitted unless a serious medical condition requires it and permission is received from the Disabilities Intervention Team.
- Student owned furniture, including couches, chairs, tables and futons are not permitted in Williard Hall. Small TV stands are acceptable in Williard Hall.
- Student owned furniture, including couches, chairs, tables, and futons are not permitted outside of campus owned apartments or houses, including porches or patios.
- All University furniture must stay in the designated room in which it was intended.
All types of incense, candles, heating elements, and open flames are prohibited in the University-owned houses, apartments, and residence hall rooms.
Lofts are permitted in Miller Hall only! No other residence hall, CLC House, or other campus housing may have lofts, nor may any University owned furniture be removed from the rooms.
Loft Construction Policies
A Loft Construction and Inspection form MUST be obtained from a Miller Resident Assistant or Residence Coordinator and submitted to the resident's building Residence Coordinator before Friday of the second week of classes in the Fall semester. As a component of the Loft Inspection form, all residents must sign a statement verifying that the loft was constructed of fire retardant wood and painted with fire retardant paint. (See reverse for further information.) Loft construction must be completed before Friday of the second week of classes in the Fall semester. Construction may not occur during designated quiet hours. The Residence Coordinator will inspect lofts during September. Storage of the University owned bed frame must be completed properly and with permission. The University bed frame may not be placed in hallways or lounges at any time. The bed frames may be stored in the appropriate storage area with the permission from the Residence Coordinator, and the frame must be properly tagged. It is expected that all room furniture remain in the room at all times. Failure by the resident to complete all of the above steps may result in immediate removal of the loft and/or associated charges for removal and failure to comply.
Loft Removal Policies
All lofts must be deconstructed and removed by the Friday before the final exam period. Lofts may not be deconstructed or removed during quiet hours. Students are responsible for returning stored bed frames to the room upon checkout. There is a $100.00 charge for failure to return a stored bed frame to the room. The construction and installation of a loft within any residence hall room is subject to final approval by the Director of Residence Life.
- The loft may not block or obstruct doors or window egress as stated in Section FM-601.0 Hazards of the Fire Safety Codes.
- The loft may not block or obstruct electrical wall switches.
- If the loft is in the center of the room, there must be at least a 4-foot egress from the window to the loft and from the door to the loft.
- The loft may not exceed a maximum height of 72 inches, or extend higher than 12 inches from the top of the door.
- The loft must be free standing. The loft may not be nailed or fastened to the wall, window frame, doorframe, desk, etc. in any way.
- Platform lofts are prohibited.
- Rubber or foam backed carpet or padding is prohibited. These requirements apply for all floor material. Carpeting may not be used as a door or wall covering.
Fire Safety Construction Specifications
Wood material used must be either pretreated or stamped indicating that it is flame resistant material or dipped or coated with a UL flame retardant coating that has been rated for a flame spread of 25 or less. All surfaces must be treated. Combustible building material (post, joint, supporting members and decking) must be rendered fire-retardant, using the recommended application of intumescent paint (as specified by the manufacture). Certified Fire-retardant treated wood meets these requirements. Residents must sign a statement indicating that the loft meets fire-retardant specifications. Flame retardant additive can be purchased from hytechsales.com. The product is Flame Guard. The construction may not restrict exit from the windows or doors of the room. Windows and doors must be completely operable. There may be no change in the permanently installed electrical system. Electrical wiring must not be included in or attached to the loft construction. The loft may not be enclosed in any way including drapery, beads, wallboard, fishnet, etc. Construction materials may not be stored in corridors, stairwells or any public area. Debris resulting from construction must be removed from the building and placed in proper waste containers.
NFPA 703 - To be classified as Class A fire retardant finish, the coating as applied to building materials, must reduce the flame spread to 25 or less.
O.F.C. - Chapter 6 - Means of Egress 1301: 7-1-05 - Orders to Eliminate Dangerous Or Hazardous Conditions Hazardous Conditions. O.B.B.C. - Chapter 8 - Means of Egress
F-601.1 OBSTRUCTIONS: A person shall not, at any time, place an encumbrance of any kind before or upon any fire escape, balcony or ladder intended as a means of escape from fire. The means of egress from each part of the building, including stairways, egress doors and any panic hardware installed thereon, aisles, corridors, passageways and similar elements of the means of egress, shall at all times be maintained in a safe condition and shall be available for immediate use and be free of all obstructions.
Emergency Escape Windows
F-603.1 MAINTENANCE: Emergency escape windows and doors shall be maintained operational and available to occupants of sleeping rooms in residential uses.
Maintenance of Exits
805.1 OBSTRUCTIONS: It shall be unlawful to obstruct, or reduce in any manner, the clear width of any doorway, hallway, passageway or other means of egress required by the provisions of this code.
Loft may not be stored at Heidelberg University at the conclusion of the academic year. Residents must return all stored furniture to the room upon check out.
Charges Associated with Loft Non-Compliance
- Re-inspection - $10.00
- Failure to file a loft permit with the Office of Residence Life - $100.00
- Removal of a loft from a room by Krammes Service Center - $100.00
- Failure to retrieve stored university bed frame from storage - $100.00
All charges will be billed to the student account with the Business Office.
The University will not accept responsibility for the theft, damage or loss of property of a student. It is strongly recommended that students secure insurance coverage under their family homeowner’s policy.
Pets are not permitted to live in student rooms or University-owned housing with the exception of non-carnivorous fish in aquariums of 10 gallons or less capacity and/or approved guide dogs. Fish may be kept in private rooms, with the agreement of all roommates/housemates. Students may be assessed a non-negotiable charge for the disinfecting or cleaning of a room or residential area where a pet has lived. All approved guide dogs must be approved by the Disability Intervention Team.
Storage is extremely limited in the residence halls and is generally unavailable. Exceptions are sometimes made for international or out-of-state students upon request. Any item found in storage without an official storage tag issued by campus life staff will be removed and disposed. The Campus Life Office will notify students when storage is available. The University is not responsible for any personal item stored on campus. Students should make sure that their homeowner’s insurance covers property in storage. Unclaimed items left in storage after the beginning of school will be removed and disposed.