Residence Life FAQ

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What is my address?

Room # Bridgeway Commons
1200 Southwest Road
Platteville, WI 53818

Room # Brockert Hall
1455 Circle Drive
Platteville WI 538l8-3098

Room # Dobson Hall
1200 Greenwood Avenue
Platteville, WI 538l8-3097

Room # Hugunin Hall
1355 Circle Drive
Platteville, WI 538l8-3096

Room # McGregor Hall
1000 Greenwood Avenue
Platteville, WI 538l8-3095

Room # Melcher Hall
50 S. College Drive
Platteville, WI 538l8-3094

Room # Morrow Hall
1300 Greenwood Avenue
Platteville, WI 538l8-3093

Room # Pickard Hall
1555 Circle Drive
Platteville, WI 538l8-3092

Room # Porter Hall
60 S College Drive
Platteville, WI 538l8-3091

Room# Rountree Commons
800 S Chestnut St.
Platteville, WI 53818

Room # Southwest Hall
1100 Southwest Road
Platteville, WI 53818-3354

Room # Wilgus Hall
1100 Greenwood Avenue
Platteville, WI 538l8-3090

How do I connect my computer to the network?

Please visit the ResNet website for current requirements and information. A computer lab is provided in each residence hall for the convince of our residents. Each lab houses 5 PCs connected to the internet and a laser printer located at the hall's main desk.

What do I need to bring for check-in?

  • Your housing assignment letter
  • Photo identification
  • Money for hall activity pass (optional, but required to use most items at the front desk)
  • Completed Personal Data Form (mailed with your assignment information)

What items should I bring for my room?

    •    Personal health and beauty items
    •    Towels
    •    Washcloth
    •    Twin Extra Long Sheets
    •    Pillow
    •    Comforter/Blankets
    •    HE Laundry Detergent
    •    Laundry basket/bag
    •    Alarm Clock
    •    Paper
    •    Pens
    •    Stamps
    •    Stuff to decorate your room
    •    Posters
    •    Pictures
    •    Paper Towels
    •    Kleenex
    •    Food
    •    Radio
    •    Television
    •    Other school supplies you may need

What items should I not bring to UW-Platteville?

  • Candles
  • Toasters
  • Space Heaters
  • Ceiling Fans (even if attached to bunk)
  • Halogen Lights
  • Pizza Oven
  • Firearms / weapons (besides the obvious, this includes, sling shots, bb guns, decorative swords, paintball guns, and airsoft guns.  Please contact University Police if you wish to utilize our on-campus gun storage.
  • Pets (other than fish)

Do I have to live in a Residence Hall?

University of Wisconsin System Board of Regent policy states that all freshman and sophomore students must live in university residence halls unless they meet established criteria for exemption.  Exceptions to this requirement are authorized for the following reasons:

  • Students who commute daily from the home of their parent / legal guardian
  • Students who are 21 years of age or older
  • Students who have been out of high school for at least two years
  • Students who have 60 or more university credits
  • Students who are married

Other circumstances may be considered, but students must submit documentation in addition to completing the Request for Exemption form provided by the Department of Residence Life.  Students are not released from the requirement until they receive written authorization.

When do the halls open for the fall semester?

Move in dates for Fall 2013-14 begin with new and transfer students checking in Friday, August 30, 2013 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Returning students may check in between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday and Monday, September 1 and 2, 2013.

When do the halls close during the academic year?

The traditional style residence halls close between the Fall and Spring semesters and again over Spring Break. Rooms may not be occupied at these times, however, you may leave your personal belongings in your room during these vacation periods. Contact the Department of Residence Life if you have questions regarding possible alternate arrangements during those times.

When do the halls close for the fall and spring semesters?

Fall
The halls close Friday, December 20, 2013 at 6 p.m. Residents needing to stay Saturday morning must see their Resident Director. All residents must check out by 11 a .m. Saturday, December 21. Bridgeway, Rountree, and Southwest Halls remain open.
Spring
The halls close Friday, May 16, 2014 at 6 p.m. Residents needing to stay Saturday morning must see their Resident Director. All residents must check out by 11 a.m. Saturday, May 17, 2014.

Is my personal property insured?

The University takes precautions to help residents protect their individual possessions. However, situations do occur when belongings disappear or become damaged. As the University cannot accept liability for this type of loss, we strongly urge that you determine if you are covered by your parents' insurance or invest in adequate personal property insurance if necessary.

Is it possible to change my room and/or hall?

Yes, if you wish to change your location for any reason, you may do so by contacting the Resident Director regarding the specific arrangements. Changes will be allowed contingent upon available space. Room changes may not begin prior to approximately 14 days after the start of the semester. Please note that while you may move as soon as your paperwork has been processed by the RD, your Internet/Network connection is not automatically activated in your new room. You will need to contact ResNet Support Office (608.342.1990) and notify them of which side of the room you want activated. As soon as confirmation of the move is received through proper channels, your network connection will be activated. Room changes made at the end of the Fall semester will be processed over Winter break.

Should I contact my roommate before arriving to campus?

We encourage all roommates to contact each other before arriving to the residence halls. We provide every resident with the name, address,and phone number of their roommate. This information is sent with your housing assignment.
What should I talk to my roommate about when I contact them?
The Residence Hall Association has compiled a list of 11 questions that will help you get to know your new roommate better and to help break the ice.
  • What do you plan to bring to campus that wouldn't need to be duplicated? (TV, VCR/DVD, Stereo, Playstation etc.)
  • What time do you like to go to sleep?
  • What time do you like to wake up?
  • What do you own that would be ok for me to borrow?
  • How do you want messages to be taken when you are not home?
  • Can you study with... the door open? the stereo or TV on?
  • How often will you have friends come to visit?
  • How do you feel about me having guests?
  • Why did you choose to go to UW-Platteville?
  • How will the room "chores" be split?
  • How do you plan to communicate all your thoughts on the above with your roommate?

Who are the staff of the residence hall?

Each residence hall is staffed by a Resident Director, a full time professional staff member. The hall is also staffed by a Senior Assistant and a team of Resident Assistants who are undergraduate student staff. For a list of the staff members in your residence hall, check out the residence hall page specific to your building.

What is a Resident Director?

Each hall has a Resident Director (RD) who is a full-time professional staff member who lives within the building. The Residence Director Office can be found off the main lobby in each building. The Resident Director has had previous staff experience and is provided with ongoing training. Many of the RD's daily responsibilities deal with the general management and operation of the hall as well as interpersonal areas such as advising and counseling individuals and groups. Specifically, each RD is responsible for training and selecting the Resident Assistant staff, handling discipline, making referrals, and establishing an environment conducive to academic and personal development.

What is a Senior Assistant?

The Senior Assistant (SA) has the primary responsibility to serve as an overall support in the day to day operation of the residence hall under the supervision of the Resident Director. The SA is a student who has previously been employed as a Resident Assistant and has been selected to serve in this role based on their leadership and organizational skills as well as their previous performance.

What is a Resident Assistant?

The Resident Assistant (RA), typically an undergraduate student, lives right on your wing. The RAs major focus is to aid residents in their adjustment to university life. As a member of the Student Housing staff, the RA is responsible for informing you of university resources and programs, working with various aspects of hall government, offering and receiving personal feedback, developing an educational atmosphere, encouraging involvement (wing, hall, and university functions), and dealing with personal and disciplinary concerns. Most important, the RA's work to develop community--where each student can develop a sense of identity, find growth experiences, and feel a sense of responsibility toward others.

May I have visitors?

Visitation in the residence halls is defined as the privilege of individual students to entertain guests of the opposite gender in their rooms and designated hall areas. Current policy allows a maximum of 24 hours of visitation a day as determined by vote on each wing or floor.

May I have overnight guests?

The Residence Hall Association, the representative group for all residence hall students, has worked diligently to create an overnight guest policy that stresses each individual's right to privacy and the right to decide if guests are allowed and under what circumstances. On nights that precede class days, overnight guests of the same gender as the resident host are allowed, if the roommate agrees and the roommate agrees to the specific date(s) for the guest. On Thursday and nights that do not precede class days (typically Friday and Saturday nights) the overnight guest policy allows either a male or female guest with the permission of the roommate and the agreement of the roommate for the specific date(s) for the guest. All overnight guests must be registered at the main desk and must comply with university rules and regulations. The resident is responsible for the actions of his/her guest. A complete overnight guest policy and accompanying roommate agreement form is distributed to each residence hall student at the beginning of the year.

May I loft my bed?

Yes. At the University of Wisconsin-Platteville we allow our residents the option of lofting the bed in their room. A resident may build their own loft or may utilitze the popular loft rental program offered through the University of Wisconsin-Platteville chapter of NRHH. You may find out more information about lofts here.

What does it cost to live in the residence halls?

The 2013-2014 fees for living on campus are proposed to be (pending Board of Regent approval):
Traditional Room (double occupancy) - $1,850 per person per semester.
Porter Hall (renewed traditional double occupancy) - $1,950 per person per semester.
Bridgeway Commons (semi-suite style) - $2,550 per person per semester.
Southwest Hall (suite style) - $2650 per person per semester.

What are the activity fees?

These memberships are optional for residents to purchase, although a majority of our residents have these memberships. You may purchase them when you arrive or throughout the year at the Hall Desk. With this membership residents are allowed to check out items at the front desk including cooking utensils, sports equipment, tools, games, etc. Without the purchase of the activity membership the items available to the resident to check out are limited to the vacuum cleaner. The activity membership is the main source of fundraising for our residence halls and is used to provide programming as well as to purchase new items to be available to our activity card members. Activity fees are $8 per semester or $15 for the entire school year.

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