Welcome Guide!

Welcome to University Village!

The Department of Housing and Residential Education staff and student leaders are excited about starting the 2014-15 academic year with you!

We are committed to creating and sustaining an environment that encourages students’ academic success as well as enhances their personal growth.  Our staff members focus on creating and developing educational programs, social activities, and community service opportunities that promote academic success and engage students outside of the classroom.

The University Village community and the Purdue University Calumet campus are truly enhanced by our students’ enthusiasm, leadership and participation.  Living on campus is one of the most important decisions that you will make.  The value of the experience will truly be what you make of it!  Students who choose to get involved while pursuing a degree typically excel in their academic studies.

This upcoming year, you can expect many fun activities, including:

  • An array of fun games and events during Welcome Weekend 2014,
  • A variety of weekly social programs
  • An interactive, diversity-driven community thanksgiving dinner,
  • A community festival in the Spring that brings together the surrounding off-campus community and Purdue Calumet in a carnival-like atmosphere, and
  • Educational programs to help residents adjust to college life.  

Our staff and student leaders are looking forward to providing residents with a great experience this year!!!  We encourage students to become involved in activities, apply for leadership opportunities and find ways to give back to The University Village community and the Purdue University Calumet campus.

If you have any questions or wish to make an comment about your accommodations, our staff would be happy to assist you.  You may also reach us at housing@purduecal.edu or by calling (219) 989-4150.

The following information offered in The University Village Welcome Guide is provided to help you prepare for the next exciting step in your academic career!  Please review the information carefully and contact us if you have any questions.  Enjoy the rest of the summer!  We look forward to seeing you soon!

 Wishing you a truly successful academic year,

The Department of Housing and Residential Education Staff

A Checklist for the Move to Purdue University Calumet

  • UV residents need to make sure that they are registered for classes and that all of their financial arrangements are in place before they move in to University Village.
  • The payment deadline and priority registration deadline is August 7, 2014 for Fall 2014.
  • Plan ahead for buying required books for your classes.  The Campus Bookstore in the Student Union & Library will be open for a limited time on Sunday, August 24th from 11:00am to 3:00pm (before classes begin on Monday, August 25th).
  • If you are a new or transfer student, make sure that you attend New Student Orientation.
  • UV residents must have the PUC ID card before moving into the University Village community.  The PUC ID card is a vital part of the check-in process.  PUC ID Cards are issued during New Student Orientation.  The PUC ID Card will be used to access the apartment, and if UV residents are assigned to Griffin Hall, the card will be used for individual access to the assigned bedroom space.  Avoid lock-out charges!
  • Fill out the information card in your assignments packet before you arrive.  Located in the assignments packet you received in the mail is an information card that has your missing person information, general information and vehicle registration information.  To save time on move-in day, please fill this out before you arrive to check-in.
  • Read your room assignment letter thoroughly as it provides important move-in day information.
  • Review the “Basics” Checklist to have an idea of what to bring and what to leave at home.
  • Plan ahead and build a budget.  Think about how much books, school supplies, personal items, food and toiletries will cost every month.  Some students are caught off guard because they do not plan ahead.
  • Contact your roommates to get to know them better and see if you are able to coordinate apartment items that you are bringing.
  • Keep track of activities and get all the most current announcements at the housing Facebook page (Purdue Calumet Housing).  “Like” us today!

The Basics Checklist: What to Bring and What NOT to Bring

Items to Bring With You:

Bedroom (Provided: x-long twin-size bed, dresser, desk and chair)

  • Sheets (Twin Extra Long)
  • Blanket (Comforter) and Pillows
  • Alarm Clock
  • Computer and Printer
  • Ethernet Cord (Wi-Fi is Available)
  • TV
  • Small Lamp

Bathroom (Provided: shower, toilet, sink w/ mirror)

  • Towels
  • Bath Rug
  • Shower Curtain
  • Toilet Brush
  • Bathroom Cleaning Chemicals
  • Rags and/or sponges to clean bathroom

Living Room (Provided: Sofa, Chair, Coffee Table, End Table, Entertainment Center)

  •  Compact Stereo (Quiet Hours at 11pm)
  • TV and Cable Cord (Dish TV Provided)
  • Floor Lamps (no Halogen Bulbs)

Kitchen/Dining Area

  • Plates, Cups, Glasses
  • Utensils (Silverware)
  • Pots and Pans
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Cleaning Supplies (Soap, Chemicals and Rags)
  • Garbage Can and Bags
  • Recycle Bin

Laundry (Provided: 3 washers and 3 dryers per floor)

  • Detergent
  • Fabric Softener
  • Basket
  • Hangers

Items to Leave at Home…

  • Amplifiers
  • Candles
  • Halogen Lamps
  • Incense
  • Mini fridge taller than 20 inches
  • Pets (except fish in 10 gallon tanks)
  • Sub woofers
  • Furniture (Sofas, Mattresses, etc.)
  • Weapons

Please refer to your University Village Resident Handbook for more information about policies and procedures of The University Village community.  You can find a copy on our housing website at http://webs.purduecal.edu/housing

Residence Hall Linen

For extra long sheets and other items for your bedroom, please visit RHA’s Residence Hall Linens website .

 What to Expect on Move-in Day and Welcome Weekend

  • Check-in Process
    • The UV Resident Check-in Process will take place in the lobby of your assigned building.  Residents who are moving in will need to bring the paperwork received in their assignments packet.
  • Welcome Weekend, August 22-24 2014
    • The Residence Hall Association, National Residence Hall Honorary and Resident Assistant staff members have worked very hard to plan fun activities during opening weekend.
    • Welcome Weekend will include
      • An Ice Cream Social and Club PUC Dance on Friday, August 22nd!
      • Fun Expo and Casino Night on Saturday, August 23rd!
      • Scavenger Hunt and Entertainment on Sunday, August 24th!
  • UV Resident Orientation
    • Attend your designated UV resident Orientation session during the first week of classes.  Also, RAs will be stopping by your apartment to go over such things as kitchen safety and expectations.  This is an opportunity to get to know other residents and staff members, learn about the apartment itself and the community, and to ask additional questions.  UV residents are required to attend these orientation appointments.

Fall 2014 Student Convocation

August 28, 2014, from 11am-2pm on Founders Plaza will be the annual Student Convocation.  All students should plan to attend this fun and informational campus event!

Student Leadership in University Village

Do you want to get involved but don’t know how?

How can being involved on campus help you?

Students who are active on campus and in their residence halls have the opportunity to gain these benefits:

  • Do better academically!
  • Integrate & become connected to community!
  • Learn university policies & procedures!
  • Meet students with similar interests!
  • Develop healthy interpersonal relationships!
  • Connect with faculty/staff!
  • Develop your Co-curricular Transcript (CcT)!*
  • Attend leadership conferences!
  • Build your self-confidence!
  • Develop time management & prioritization skills!
  • Make a difference!!
  • Have FUN!!

*CcT is a document that complements your academic transcript by verifying your co-curricular involvement.

Residence Hall Association (RHA)

The Residence Hall Association (RHA) is a student organization that serves to provide educational and social programming while representing the residents of the University Village community.  RHA provides students with excellent leadership opportunities.

Want to Get Involved & Make Change?  Here’s How…

  • Let Your Voice Be Heard…Become a Hall Representative!

Hall Representative Packets will be available on move-in day, Friday, August 22nd!

Be sure to review the position description to learn more about what it means to be a Hall Rep.

Look for signs when you move-in about upcoming hall representative elections!

  • Take Your Place at the Table…Become a Resident Active Member!

Attend four consecutive General Assembly meetings and actively serve on one RHA committee to get your voting rights at all subsequent General Assembly meetings.

National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH)

The National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) is a national organization comprised of over 200 chapters on college/university campuses.  A NRHH’s chapter’s focus is to recognize the top 1% of residence hall leaders for their leadership, academic success, and service to the residential community every year.  The NRHH chapter, with the support of RHA, will recognize the excellent work of all student leaders within the University Village community.  NRHH is founded upon four academic pillars: Leadership, Academic Success, Recognition, and Service.

  • Nominations shall be solicited from HRE staff, student leaders, and residents.
  • Nominated residents shall receive an induction packet explaining the purpose of NRHH.
  • Induction packets will also be available at each service desk.
  • Current NRHH members shall consider each qualified nominee and make selections.
  • The chapter shall select no more than the 20 inductees allowed by the cap.
  • Inductees shall be considered active members after inductions take place each semester.

If you are interested in learning more about NRHH, send an email to mkdnrhhpresident@gmail.com.

Resident Assistants (RAs), Building Assistants (BAs), Community Assistants (CAs) and Central Office Assistants (COAs)

  • RAs – Student staff who are responsible for establishing and maintaining a welcoming and caring atmosphere.  RAs promote the educational, social, cultural and personal development of residents and project a sense of caring and concern for each resident on their respective floors.
  • BAs - Student staff who support the work of the Department of Housing and Residential Education by providing nightly duty coverage and support with various other responsibilities in the department.
  • CAs – Student employees who work at the service desk and serve as a resource to the residents of the community.  CAs are the front line of the community, checking guests in and out of each building, answering the telephones and more.
  • COAs - Student workers who work on days when the main office is open and support the function of the main office through various clerical services.  This position is open to all workstudy students.

Things to Know About the University Village Community

The University Village community is a living and learning environment.  Staff members work to provide activities that educate and/or build community.  Residents have the responsibility to be productive, contributing members of the community.

Who to See about Questions/Concerns

We encourage all UV residents to address questions and/or concerns as soon as they arise.  There are staff members available to help you address the questions/concerns or make a proper referral to a staff member who is able to do so.  Please do not wait until the problem worsens to bring the question or concern forward.

Housing and Residential Education (HRE) Staff Members

Here are staff members to see for different types of questions/concerns.  Examples of questions/concerns are listed below each staff member.  If you can’t decide who to ask, talk to your RA or go to the front service desk.

  •  Service Desk Staff (CAs, COAs & Allied Barton Security Staff [2am-6am])
    • General Questions
    • Mail Process
    • Checking guests in and out
    • Checking into computer lab and meeting rooms
    • Emergency assistance that may be needed (after University Police have been notified), etc…
  • Resident Assistants
    • General Questions
    • How to get involved in programs and events
    • Roommate agreements/concerns/ mediation
    • Concerns regarding guests and other policy concerns
    • Emergency assistance that may be needed (after University Police have been notified)
  • Residence Life Coordinator (Amy Wulf)
    • How to get involved in programs and events
    • Persistent roommate concerns and mediation
    • Persistent guest and other policy violations concerns
    • Facility concerns
    • Health and Safety questions
    • Resident Assistant/Community Assistant concerns
    • How to get involved with student leadership opportunities: Residence Hall Association (RHA) and the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH)
  • Assignments Coordinator (Carolyn Dildine)
    • Room assignment question
    • Room switch process facilitation
    • Contract conversion or cancellation process
    • ID card/key/mail key access questions/concerns
    • Initial move-in facilities and cleanliness issues
  • Assistant Director (Kara Latopolski)
    • Resident conduct questions/concerns/information
    • All concerns that have been unresolved by the student and/or professional HRE staff
    • Questions or concerns about programming
    • Questions about technology (wireless, computer labs, cable tv)
  • Director (Scott Iverson)
    • All concerns that have not been resolved by the student and full-time administrative staff.  Unresolved situations meaning that a solution has not been put into place.  We encourage on-going communication.  Some situations may be resolved but all parties may not be in agreement with the solution.
    • All conduct and room charge appeals

House Rules

Please note that all rules and regulations for the University Village community are noted in the HRE Resident Handbook.  You can find it online .)

  • Alcohol is not allowed in University Village except in the graduate student wing in Peregrine Hall in rooms designated for that community.  Other than the designated rooms on the graduate wing, Residents and guests may not possess or consume alcohol in or around University Village.
  • Always keep your PUC ID and keys with you at all times.  YOU MUST SHOW YOUR ID EACH TIME YOU ENTER THE HALLS.  Lockouts can be very expensive for those who continuously forget their keys/cards.
  • Be courteous to your suitemates and neighbors.  Keep in mind the type of learning environment you would like to live in.  Courtesy hours are in effect 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Check your PUC email address and UV mailbox!  UV residents are responsible for the correspondence that they receive in their mailboxes and PUC email addresses.
  • Be Civil.  Residents are expected to be respectful and civil to one another.  We can agree to disagree without violating civility standards.
  • Cooperation is expected and truly appreciated.  Residents are expected to follow the directives of student and full-time staff members during non-emergency and emergency situations.
  • Illegal Drugs (use/possession) and/or misusing prescription medication are zero tolerance offenses.  This means that if you are found responsible, your housing contract may be cancelled.  If drug paraphernalia or alcohol is found in an apartment, The University Police will be called to confiscate the items/substances.
  • Guests cannot stay for extended periods of time (no more than 48 hours at a time).  Residents are expected to inquire with roommates about their comfort with guests staying for limited times in the apartment suite.
  • Safety is important!  Residents may not prop open any exterior/security door of the UV community.  If you do choose to prop open your apartment or bedroom door, please ensure that your roommates agree and that someone is home and aware so that the safety of your living environment is not compromised.  During power outages, apartment doors are not allowed to be propped.
  • Smoking is not allowed in the University Village community or anywhere on campus.
  • Residents must complete a Roommate Agreement with their roommates.  Roommate agreements can be very helpful throughout the year if residents complete them thoughtfully.
  • Weapons are not permitted on campus (including parking lots).  This is a zero tolerance offense.  Weapons include, but are not limited to: BB guns, guns/rifles, knives, or ceremonial/decorative weapons.  This means that if you are found responsible, your housing contract may be cancelled.

Emergency Protocol

Important: Residents are not allowed to remove the Emergency Preparedness or Evacuation Plan Placards on the back of their apartment door.

  • Weather Advisories
    • Please note weather advisories when they are posted on the white boards by the Service Desks in each building.  It is the responsibility of University Village residents to be aware of the weather, but staff members will do their best to post timely information regarding the weather.  In the case that a Tornado warning is in effect, all UV residents will be notified through the Emergency Notification System in University Village and directed to proceed down to the Storm Safe Areas of each building, which are the first floor hallways of each building.
  • Fire Alarm Activation
    • If the fire alarm is activated in Peregrine or Griffin Halls, University Village residents in the hall where the alarm is sounding are REQUIRED to leave the building and meet in the front of Peregrine Hall.  University Police and Housing and Residential Education staff members will inform UV residents of information in the designated location as soon as information is made available.
  • Evacuation plans
    • Evacuation Plans for apartments, meeting rooms, and computer labs are located on the back of the respective doors and may not be removed at any time, for any reason.
  • ALERT ME!
    • As stated on the ALERT ME website, “”ALERT ME!” PUC’s …text messaging service, provides the capability to communicate brief, urgent information/notifications that affect the status of campus operations to students, faculty, staff and the community.”  To sign up for the service, please visit the ALERT ME website .
  • Silent Witness (University Police Website)
    • In cases that University Village residents do not wish to become involved in officially reporting a concern that may involve a Housing and Residential Education policy violation or alleged criminal act, we encourage UV residents to use the Silent Witness reporting mechanism on the Purdue University Calumet Police Department website to report the concern anonymously. 
    • As stated on the University Police website: “Community involvement is the key to any quality Community Oriented Policing Program.  Prompt, informative and responsible reporting of criminal incidents and suspicious activity by the community is essential to an effective and efficient response to these incidents.  We urge the campus community to contact the University Police if they witness a crime or have been a victim of a crime.  We realize and recognize an individual’s need to remain anonymous.  Therefore, you can report criminal incidents and/or suspicious activity anonymously by completing the [silent witness report form] or by calling the anonymous hotline at 219-989-2912.”

Recycling Program

Purdue University Calumet’s recycling program is managed through the Building Services and General Services Departments.  It was developed to provide a means for the University to minimize solid waste and promote recycling.

How you can help the community and make a difference:

  • Reduce the amount that you consume!
  • Reuse “waste” materials constructively!
  • Recycle by placing recyclable materials in designated recycle dumpsters or Green Toters!

When recycling, please remember these important notes:

  • Rinse food from containers
  • Breakdown large items to maximize space
  • Aerosol cans must be empty
  • Plastic containers must be empty
  • Glass containers must be empty

You can also find information regarding recycling on our website.

Important Resources on Campus

Student Academic Support, Gyte 102, (219) 989-3227

Commonly referred to as the tutoring center, Student Academic Support (formerly known as the Academic Resource Center) is a division of the Center for Student Achievement (CSA).  They provide a variety of services for the campus community. All of these services have their roots in our desire to foster community, success, and intellectual and technological competence.  Some of the ways in which we achieve this goal are through offering tutoring and supplemental instruction.

Counseling Center,  Gyte 5, (219) 989-2366

The Counseling Center is a comprehensive service established to serve the Purdue University Calumet campus community. The Counseling Center’s mission is to encourage, support, and assist students in their educational pursuit by providing a broad range of psychological counseling and educational services to deal with personal, interpersonal, vocational, and academic issues. Counseling services are provided by licensed mental health professionals and are confidential, as protected by law, and not part of the student’s academic record.

Office of the Dean of Students, SUL 313, (219) 989-4141

The Office of the Dean of Students is an advocate for students and assists in problem solving any concerns a student may encounter. We promote responsibility honesty, integrity, and respect for self and others. The Office of the Dean of Students has a welcoming and helpful staff to serve students and their supporters through the experience here at Purdue University Calumet.  Please feel free to stop by and visit them!

International Affairs Office, CLO 176, (219) 989-2502

The International Affairs Office is responsible for Education Abroad, International Admissions – undergraduate and ESL (English as a Second Language) students, International Student & Scholar Services, International Programs (cultural programming), the English Language Program (ESL instruction), World Bridge (global outreach and alumni engagement), and international partnerships and contracts.

International Affairs is committed to further diversifying the Purdue University Calumet campus and supporting global awareness through the development of international partnerships, education abroad opportunities, increased international student enrollment, and cultural programming. We are the primary campus resource and point of contact for all students, faculty and staff, on all international endeavors.

Office of Disability Resources, SUL 341, (219) 989-2455

Increasing numbers of students with documented disabilities are enrolling at Purdue University Calumet, where all classroom buildings are accessible by wheelchair and equipped with power doors. The Student Support Services’ Office of Disability Resources offers a variety of accommodations to meet the needs of students with disabilities.

  • Eligibility
    • Students with a documented physical, learning or emotional disability are eligible for appropriate accommodations once they provide the Office of Disability Resources with acceptable disability documentation. Accommodations are provided at no cost to the student.  To apply, visit or contact the office using the information above.

  • Accomodations Available after Review of Documentation and Personal Interview:
    • Notakers, scribes
    • Coordination of classroom accommodations
    • Coordination of testing accommodations
    • Assistive technology
    • Alternative formt of text
  • Other Services
    • Academic Counseling
    • Referrals for personal and career counseling
    • Referral to community resources
    • Referral to campus resources
    • Disability resources

Purdue Calumet Police Department, (219) 989-2220 (non-emergency) 9-911 (Emergency Line)

The Department of University Police is responsible for campus security at Purdue University Calumet.  They are located in the Central Heating and Cooling Facility (H-Building) located on the north section of campus and operate on a 24 hours a day, 7 days a week schedule.  Under Indiana Law, University Police Officers possess full police powers including the power of arrest under (IC29-12-3.5) on all property owned or occupied by the University. The department also has a written mutual aid agreement with the City of Hammond Police, although primary jurisdictional areas are routinely respected.

 Students, faculty, staff and guests of the University are encouraged to report emergencies and criminal activity to the Department of University Police immediately.  To report any emergency on campus, dial 9911 from any campus phone.  Emergency phones have been placed in each academic building on campus.  Additionally, outside call boxes are located in each campus parking area.  The call boxes have an automatic dialing system that will connect the calling party to the police emergency phone line.  To report criminal activity in which there is no immediate danger to persons or property, dial extension 2220 from any campus phone or 989-2220 from off campus phones.  A police officer will be dispatched to investigate and take a report.

Health Services Center, Gyte 34, (219) 989-1235

The Student Health Services Center (SHSC) at Purdue Calumet offers students primary care and prevention services. The services include but are not limited to: acute and chronic care for non-emergent conditions such as pharyngitis, bronchitis, allergic rhinitis, asthma, hypertension, and diabetes. Services also include general physicals, gynecological exams, laboratory analysis, minor surgical procedures and health screenings. Laboratory services will include testing by an outside lab as well as some analysis onsite such as strep screens, pregnancy testing, and urinalysis.  There is a $20 charge for all office visits as well as charges for all immunizations, pap smears, pregnancy tests, strep tests, and some blood tests.  

Campus Life, SULB 104B, (219) 989-2369

The office of Campus Life oversees more than 80 student organizations, along with the Student Government Association and the Chronicle Newspaper.  Campus Life sponsors over 100 events throughout the year, including Movie Mondays with free popcorn, Tunes on Tuesdays, Welcome Week, dances, PUC’s Got Talent, Campout for Hunger, Campus Scavenger Hunt and many more!  The office of Campus Life also manages the Co-curricular Transcript program, an official University document for students to document involvement in student organizations, community and campus service, honors and awards, workshops and trainings, and athletics and intramural sports. Forms are online.  Campus life also provides student IDs and coordinates New Student Orientations for incoming students.