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 housing@leeuniversity.edu.

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.

Residence Hall assignments will be sent via email in February, May, June, and July for the fall semester and in November for the spring semester.

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.

In the community style residence halls (Medlin, Simmons, and Nora Chambers) students share a community bathroom (with privacy separators) located on each floor. In the suite style residence halls (Atkins-Ellis, Cross, Davis, Sharp, Tharp, New Hughes, O’Bannon and Bowdle) two rooms are connected by one bathroom, with four people sharing each bathroom. In the apartment style (B.L. Hicks, Keeble, Livingston, and Storms Hall) there is a bathroom for every two students. In Brinsfield Row, Livingston East, and Dirksen Row, four students share a full bath and a half bath.

Every residence hall has laundry facilities. It costs $1.25 per washer and $1.00 per dryer. Livingston East, Dirksen Row, and Brinsfield Row townhomes have a washer and dryer at no expense to the student. With the exception of Carroll Courts, students may pay for laundry via the CSC App or coins. Carroll Court residents are charged a $15 per month fee to cover laundry expenses.
Power strips with surge protectors are allowed, however, due to fire safety regulations, extension cords are not permitted in residence hall rooms.
Pets are not allowed in the halls or on the premises.
Students with fewer than 30 cumulative credit hours (not including Summer Honors, Dual Enrollment or AP/CLEP credits) and are 20 years of age our younger are required to participate in a university meal plan.
You may submit maintenance requests through your residence hall team. It is their responsibility to report items to the Physical Plant department. Your Resident Director will outline the specific procedures for your residence hall during the residence hall meeting at the beginning of each semester.
Students can bring a small refrigerator and a small (700 watt or less) microwave. Students can elect to bring two smaller refrigerators, but the combined cubic feet cannot exceed 4.5. Most residence halls have community microwaves and refrigerators.
Lee University is a drug and alcohol free campus. Please review the Student Handbook for specific guidelines and expectations.
Due to growing demands for campus parking, freshmen are discouraged from bringing cars to the Lee University campus. Those who choose to bring cars will be assigned to auxiliary parking lots which are not contiguous to residence halls but are within walking distance.
Each student will be assigned a campus post office mailbox at registration.

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.

Residence halls stay open during Fall break, Thanksgiving break, Spring break, and Easter break. The residence halls are CLOSED during Christmas break.
Yes, however, bicycles are not to be kept inside the residence halls for any reason, as this is a violation of the fire code. Bike racks are provided for each residence hall, and students are encouraged to lock all bikes appropriately. No storage hooks may be installed in the ceiling. The University assumes no responsibility for lost, stolen, or damaged bicycles.
While the University takes reasonable measures to prevent theft and vandalism, individual students must take responsibility for keeping their room doors and windows locked at all times. University insurance does not cover loss of personal possessions, and the university does not assume responsibility for damaged, lost or stolen items from any part of the residence hall. We do, however, recommend parents check into their existing home owner's insurance plan to see if coverage extends to their student’s residence hall room. Insurance can also be purchased through National Student Services, Inc. (www.nssinc.com) at very reasonable rates.

  • Alarm Clock
  • Backpack
  • 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.
  • Toiletries
  • 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
  • Umbrella/raincoat
  • Small first-aid kit (the residence hall also has a kit on hand)
  • Bed (twin extra-long)
  • Dresser
  • Closet
  • 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
  • Blinds
  • 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
  • Grill
  • Halogen lamps
  • Heaters
  • 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)
All residence halls have wireless internet connection with the exception of Carroll Courts and Auxiliary housing. Students residing in these locations will not be charged a telecommunications fee and may purchase their own internet service.
A lobby phone is located in each residence hall lobby for free local dialing as well as collect and credit card calling.
Cable television is located in most residence hall lounges. Students are permitted to purchase basic cable from the local cable company in their apartments in the following residence halls: Brinsfield Row, Keeble, Dirksen Row, Livingston, Livingston East, Storms, New Hughes and B. L. Hicks.

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.

GUIDELINES/SPECIFICATIONS

  • 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.
Requests can be submitted online starting the last Monday in June and will be available until all bed lofts have been reserved. Please note that you have not officially reserved a bed loft until full payment of $200 has been received by the Office of Residential Life and Housing.
New and transfer students cannot request a bed loft until they have been officially accepted to Lee University.

$200 for academic school year.

Payments should be made immediately after receiving confirmation from the Residential Life and Housing office. Acceptable payments: check or money order. Bed lofts will only be reserved after receiving a full payment, otherwise bed loft requests will be terminated. Payments should be made to Lee University, 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 can NOT permit students to use their own personal bed lofts in on-campus housing.
Your bed loft will be set up in your room prior to or during move-in weekend.
No. The bed lofts are designed with built-in ladders at the head and foot of the bed. However, if you require a separate ladder, please notify the Office of Residential Life and Housing at housing@leeuniversity.edu, and one will be provided to you at no additional cost.
Starting in the 2021-2022 school year, bed lofts will only be available for suite and community style dorms. They will not be used in apartments or townhomes.
Our bed lofts are about 70” tall, which is tall enough to comfortably accommodate an average adult seated underneath in a desk chair.
Bed lofts are only available for rent for a full academic year. No refunds or partial refunds will be returned to the student if they decide to return the bed loft partway through the year. To request bed loft removal, contact Residential Life and Housing at housing@leeuniversity.edu or 423-614-6000. Replacement with a standard bed will occur within two weeks of receiving removal request.
In an attempt to be fair to all students - new and returning students are afforded the same opportunity and deadlines to reserve a bed loft.
Once all available bed lofts have been allocated, the online Bed Loft Request form will be shut down, and students will be redirected to the Bed Loft Waitlist Request form. Once you have submitted a Bed Loft Waitlist request, you will receive a confirmation email from the Office of Residential Life and Housing stating that you have been added to the bed loft waitlist. If a bed loft becomes available, you will be notified via email and will be required to pay the $200 rental fee by August 1, 2020.
Once the Office of Residential Life and Housing has received your online Bed Loft Waitlist Request form, you will receive a confirmation email from our office. If you do not receive a confirmation email, first check your spam or junk email folders, then contact the Office of Residential Life and Housing either by telephone at (423) 614-6000 or by email at housing@leeuniversity.edu, and we’ll be happy to follow-up.
If you wish to be taken off the Bed Loft Waitlist, please email your decision to the Office of Residential Life and Housing at housing@leeuniversity.edu.
Nothing. Your bed loft bed will be removed by University staff after you check-out of your residence hall.
Please contact the Office of Residential Life and Housing at (423) 614-6000 or housing@leeuniversity.edu to inquire about bed loft availability. If there is a bed loft available, you may rent it for a $100 rental fee for the spring semester.
Bed loft damage will be handled according to what is stated under “Property Damages” in the Residential Life and Housing section of the Student Handbook.
Please contact the Office of Residential Life and Housing at (423) 614-6000 or at housing@leeuniversity.edu for assistance.

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.
Smoking is not permitted on the Lee University campus.
Cooking is allowed within the apartments, but is strictly prohibited in residence halls except within designated kitchen areas.
Do not place decorations on ceilings. Materials on the ceilings may impede the activation of smoke and heat detection equipment. Wall and ceiling decorations will increase the speed of fire spread. Limit decorations to a maximum of 25% of the available wall space, which in most rooms equates to an area approximately 8’X8’.
Fire safety equipment in residence halls is intended for the protection of all residents and is not to be tampered with. Misuse of this equipment, including the removal of batteries from battery-operated smoke and heat detectors, is a serious violation of university rules and TN law, and may result in disciplinary and/or legal action. Fire safety equipment includes smoke and heat detectors, fire evacuation instructions and maps, fire-alarm pull boxes, fire extinguishers, emergency panels, and electrical panels.
Students are required by Tennessee state law to evacuate their residence hall when a fire alarm is sounded. Students who fail to obey this law may be fined $125 and/or referred to the Dean of Students for disciplinary action. When a fire alarm is sounded in a residence hall, residence directors, resident assistants, and public safety officers will go door-to-door alerting students and checking that all students have left the building. If smoke or fire is present, this duty will be the responsibility of the fire department.
  • 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:

  1. Crawl to the door, staying close to the floor to avoid smoke or super-heated gases that may have entered the room.
  2. 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.
  3. Use the stairwells to exit the building. NEVER use the elevators when an alarm is sounding.
  4. 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.
  5. Once outside, move far away from the building. This is for your safety and it allows the fire department access to the building.
  6. Once you are safe, call 911 and Campus Safety at (423) 303-4444 to report the fire.
  7. 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.
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