Residential Life Frequently Asked Questions
For the inevitable questions that arise concerning student housing, the following has been prepared for your convenience. Each link below leads to a section with information that you may find helpful. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Office of Residential Life & Housing at 423-614-6000 or email@example.com.
Curfew is checked for all freshmen (29 hours or fewer) nightly by a Resident Assistant. Students 20 years of age or older do not have curfew.
Freshmen curfew hours are as follows:
Sunday-Thursday 12:00 Midnight
Friday and Saturday 1:00 a.m.
Specific roommate assignments are made by the Resident Director of each residence hall. He or she will strive to find a compatible roommate for you using the specific indicators of personal information given on your residence hall application.
Once you receive your housing assignment, you can contact the Residential Life and Housing office to be placed on the waiting list for your preferred residence hall. We will try our best to accommodate your request; however, due to limited openings, we cannot always guarantee a move.
Special accommodations should be communicated to the Admissions Office upon applying to the University.
Residence hall rooms are double-occupancy rooms only.
Each student will have a twin (extra-long) bed, dresser, desk and chair. This furniture is not provided for residents of Carroll Courts (married and non-traditional housing).
All the beds on campus are extra-long twins.
Yes, you can raise your bed for extra storage space. Concrete blocks may not be used to raise beds because they damage the furniture.
Students of the opposite sex are allowed in the main lobbies of the dormitories until curfew. Members of the opposite sex will not be permitted beyond the lobby of any dorm or in the bedroom of any apartment unless given permission from the Resident Director. This policy applies during all breaks as well. Brinsfield Row, Dirksen Row, Livingston East, Livingston, Keeble, Storms and B.L. Hicks- Male/Female visitors will be allowed to visit in the apartment living room on the following days and times only:
Monday-Thursday 3:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
Friday 12:00 noon-1:00 a.m.
Saturday 12:00 noon-1:00 a.m.
Sunday 12:00 noon-9:00 p.m.
- Alarm Clock
- Bed sheets (twin size extra-long), pillow, bedspread
- Computer, printer (students are not permitted to use the wireless function on printer as this slows down the internet connection for the dorm), USB drive
- Cleaning supplies
- Desk lamp
- School supplies (stapler, dry erase markers, pens, etc.)
- Small wastebasket
- Fan/dehumidifier (if desired)
- Flashlight and batteries
- Flip flops for shower
- Shower caddy
- Towels, washcloths, bathrobe, etc.
- Hair dryer, curling iron, etc.
- Iron (ironing allowed only in designated areas)
- Laundry supplies (H/E liquid detergent only)
- Laundry basket/bag
- Clothing hangers
- Room decorations *Please refer to the student handbook for room decoration policies
- Stereo system (headphones required, no amplifiers, floor-standing speakers, or subwoofers)
- Television, DVD/Blu-ray player, Gaming system (if desired)
- Power strip with surge protector
- Microwave and compact refrigerator (see specific guidelines)
- Basic cutlery, bowl, plate
- Can opener
- Important documents (e.g., Driver’s license, Health Insurance Card, etc.)
- Sewing kit
- Small first-aid kit (the residence hall also has a kit on hand)
- Bed (twin extra-long)
- Desk and chair
- Wireless internet connection
* Ethernet connections are also available in Brinsfield Row, Livingston East, B.L. Hicks, Bowdle, Keeble, Livingston, O’Bannon, Storms, Sharp, Davis, New Hughes, and Atkins-Ellis.
- In apartments (B.L. Hicks, Livingston, Livingston East, Keeble, Storms, Brinsfield Row and Dirksen Row) microwave, oven, and refrigerator/freezer combination unit
- Smoke detector
- Telephone connection
- Toilet paper (supplement)
- The following residence halls (Cross, Davis, New Hughes, Tharp, Simmons, Sharp) have lounges which include:
- Refrigerator, freezer
- Oven, microwave
- TV, DVD Player
- Ironing Board/ Iron
- Most food preparation appliances (except for a refrigerator and small microwave, limits apply). George Foreman grills, toaster ovens, crock pots, and electric tea kettles may be stored in the rooms but can only be used in designated kitchen areas
- Coffee pots and full-size Keurigs are not permitted in traditional-style residence halls. They are, however, permitted in the apartment-style residence halls which include kitchens. Mini-Keurigs that do not include a hot plate or water reservoir are permissible in traditional-style residence halls
- Floor-standing speakers and subwoofers
- Concrete blocks of any kind
- Candles, incense, and wax warmers
- Ceiling fans
- Firearms or weapons of any kind
- Halogen lamps
- Pets (of any kind, including fish)
- Electric blankets
- Powder or single-use laundry detergent
- Extension cords
- Mattress (mattresses are provided by the university. Special permission is required if students wish to bring their own)
- Bed lofts (see information below regarding bed loft policy)
Lee University residence halls have received national recognition as having the most inviting, comfortable, and affordable rooms in the country. While every room offers a sufficient amount of space, a few of our students prefer to maximize the space in their rooms with a bed loft, which lifts the bed off of the floor to create usable space for other furniture and accessories. Most bed lofts are generally tall enough to comfortably accommodate an average adult seated underneath in a desk chair.
The University rents high quality factory-made wooden single lofts that are designed specifically for the bed (XL twin size) in each hall. Bed lofts are rented for the entire academic school year for $200. There are a limited number of bed lofts available; therefore, bed lofts will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, dependent upon the receipt of your online Bed Loft Request form and $200 rental fee (due no later than August 1).
To reserve a bed loft, you must complete the Bed Loft Request Form below.
Bed Loft Request Form
Please note that this form is online only. The form will be available for students to request a bed loft for the upcoming school year on the last Monday in June. The form goes live at 10 AM EST until all bed lofts have been allocated. Due to the limited number of bed lofts available, the University cannot guarantee a bed loft for every student.
After you have received email confirmation from the Office of Residential Life & Housing that your request has been received, full payment must be made by August 1, 2020, or your bed loft request will be terminated and given to a student on the bed loft waitlist. Cash, check, or money orders are accepted. Checks or money orders should be made out to Lee University and mailed to the Office of Residential Life and Housing, P.O. Box 3450, Cleveland, TN 37320-3450.
In order to comply with required safety standards, the University cannot permit residents to construct their own bed lofts for use in the residence halls. The only bed lofts permitted in the residence halls are those provided by the University through the bed loft reservation process.
- The student assumes all related risks and responsibilities of using a bed loft.
- The University does not sell, endorse, or permit the use of bed lofts sold by private vendors or personally constructed bed lofts in any University residence hall.
- University bed lofts are non-transferable to other students.
- Each resident must submit their own bed loft request. Students may not make requests for their roommates.
- New and transfer students may not request a bed loft until they have been officially accepted to Lee University and the Office of Residential Life and Housing has received their $200 housing deposit.
- No refunds after August 1, 2020.
- Flammable decorative materials, such as paneling, netting, curtains, etc., are not to be attached to the loft.
- A bed loft must not block a potential fire exit, including window(s) and doors. An access lane to the window, at least as wide as the doorway, must be unblocked and uncovered at all times.
$200 for academic school year.
Full payment is refundable by submitting a Bed Loft Refund Request form to the Residential Life and Housing office. Deadline to submit this request is August 1, 2021.
Bed loft request will still be active and relocated to your new assignment at the discretion of the Housing staff. The status of your request will be contingent on your assignment, as priority is given to suite style and community style dorms. If new assignment is an apartment or townhome, it is likely your bed loft will be forfeited.
The University maintains a Campus Safety staff to provide protection for students, staff, and property. Safety officers perform a variety of duties including regulating traffic and parking, filing vehicle accident reports, securing all buildings, maintaining order, providing assistance in times of emergency, and contacting local law enforcement authorities when needed. Students can also be escorted from parking lots to the residence halls by calling Security ten minutes before escort services are needed. Residence halls are secured 24/7. Each resident is assigned a student ID card that must be scanned in order to have access into his or her residence hall.
Safety officers perform a variety of duties including regulating traffic and parking, filing vehicle accident reports, securing all buildings, maintaining order, providing assistance in times of emergency, and contacting local law enforcement authorities when needed. Students can also be escorted from parking lots to the residence halls by calling Security ten minutes before escort services are needed. Residence halls are secured 24/7. Each resident is assigned a student ID card that must be scanned in order to have access into his or her residence hall.
- There are smoke detectors in the residence halls, all student rooms, lounges, and hallways. In the residence halls, all student rooms, lounges, and hallways have smoke detectors.
- These smoke detectors are checked every two weeks in the Residence Halls by the Resident Assistants (RA’s).
- If any smoke detectors are found to be malfunctioning, they are reported to our Physical Plant department and are replaced right away.
- Fire extinguishers in the residence halls are inspected monthly by the Senior RA’s. Defective or discharged extinguishers are replaced immediately.
- All residence hall rooms are checked by the RA’s weekly for fire hazards including wiring overloads, unauthorized appliances, blocked fire detectors, and other unsafe conditions.
- The Resident Directors (RD’s) execute three formal fire drills during the fall semester and two formal fire drills during the spring semester within each of their residence halls.
The following information is distributed to students each year and published in the Lee University Student Handbook, which is the student guide to University rules and regulations. To protect the safety and welfare of students, the following items are prohibited in all residence halls. The items listed are specifically related to fire safety and are not inclusive of all items prohibited in residence halls.
These prohibited items include:
- Fireworks, incense, electric blankets, candles, and flammable/volatile liquids including fuels, cans of paint, paint thinner, and turpentine.
- Microwaves over 700 watts.
- Hot plates, deep fat fryers, toasters, open flame, or open-coil appliances. Illegal appliances will be confiscated and may result in disciplinary action. (Note: George Foreman grills, toaster ovens, crock pots, electric kettles, Keurigs, and coffee makers are permitted to be stored in student rooms but can only be used in designated kitchen areas).
- Air conditioners, space heaters, ceiling fans, or refrigerators larger than 4.5 cubic feet or exceeding 7 amps. Roommates may bring two compact refrigerators, but the combined cubic feet cannot exceed 4.5.
- Halogen Lamps
- Dimmer switches and ceiling fixtures may not be installed.
- Nothing is allowed to obstruct any window, hallway, corridor, or stairwell. Doors must be able to open fully.
- Fire doors and any door with a closing mechanism must not be propped open or disabled.
- Students cannot install paneling or partitions in their rooms or suites.
- Know the location of all fire extinguishers on your floor
- Know at least two routes to get out of your building
- Keep fire doors closed at all times
- Never ignore a fire alarm
If a student suspects a fire, or if the alarm sounds:
- Crawl to the door, staying close to the floor to avoid smoke or super-heated gases that may have entered the room.
- Feel the door. If it is hot, do not open it because the fire may be on the other side. If it is not hot, open the door carefully. If the hall is clear, move quickly to an exit door.
- Use the stairwells to exit the building. NEVER use the elevators when an alarm is sounding.
- If you have to exit through your window, either open it manually or break the glass with a chair or drawer. Put a blanket over the sill to protect you from the broken glass. Hang from the window by your hands before you drop in order to shorten the distance to the ground.
- Once outside, move far away from the building. This is for your safety and it allows the fire department access to the building.
- Once you are safe, call 911 and Campus Safety at (423) 303-4444 to report the fire.
- If you are trapped, put a wet cloth under the closed door to help prevent the spread of smoke. Dial 911 and Campus Safety at (423) 303-4444, and tell the operator your residence hall name, your room number, and that you need help.