Housing & Residence Life
Through partnerships, UTC Housing and Residence Life seeks to unify students in an engaged learning community that provides opportunities for growth, diversity and responsible living.
UTC Housing and Residence Life partners with students to enhance their college experience by providing:
• A variety of clean, safe, and convenient housing options
• A dynamic community that recognizes and celebrates diversity
• Opportunities for student engagement through active learning and leadership
• A supportive environment which appropriately challenges residents to develop academically and socially
We are all Members of the Community!
Member Of the Community “MOC” CREED
As a MOC I shall…
• Value all members of the community and respect them.
• Think before I act and accept responsibility for my words and actions.
• Resolve conflicts in a non-violent manner.
• Read and follow all university policies and report any violations (i.e. Drugs, alcohol, tobacco, weapons).
• Maintain a safe and clean living learning environment.
• Afford myself the best opportunity to succeed by learning both inside and outside the classroom.
As a MOC “I Shall Achieve”
Residence Life Staff
Housing and Residence Life employs full time live-in staff known as Assistant Directors and Resident Directors. The RDs supervise a team of Resident Assistants (RA). Their primary objective as a team is to assist residents in any way possible.
Douglas and Vine Street
Boling Apartments is very conveniently located near the McClellan gymnasium, racquet center, tennis courts, and the UTC McKenzie Arena. These facilities help provide a healthy balance of physical activity, entertainment and academic studies for the residents living in Boling Apartments. Another convenient feature, unique to Boling, is the mini shopping market located in the heart of the complex.
Vine and Houston Street
Johnson Obear Apartments is one of the largest housing complexes on North Campus. It offers more modern facilities with external entrances to apartments with private bedrooms. A central courtyard allows residents to socialize, hold activities, or just enjoy the pleasant Chattanooga weather. The quiet and friendly environment provides the right setting for the pursuit of academic excellence. This pursuit of excellence also includes the occasional break for fun and social interaction.
Palmetto and Oak Street
Lockmiller Apartments provide single and double occupancy bedrooms in an apartment setting. The spacious living/dining areas allow ample space for entertaining friends or quiet study. Residents enjoy the convenient location of Lockmiller with easy access to the Fine Arts Center, the Guerry Center and the library. Many of the students are very active in campus organizations, programming, clubs, and extracurricular activities. Lockmiller is an exciting place to live during events such as fraternity and sorority rush and Oak Street Roast.
Campus and McCallie Renovated Fall 2012
Stagmaier offers its residents a unique opportunity, the chance to live in a traditional residential hall but with a little more privacy. Stagmaier is a suite-style residence hall consisting of two double-occupancy rooms with a bath connecting the two rooms. Stagmaier has a full size kitchen on the main floor, a lounge area, and microwaves for residential use. The complex is conveniently located near Hunter Hall, Crossroads dining services, and the Lupton Library. Experience the excitement of live events such as fraternity and sorority running out the doors, the annual Oak Street Roast and more from the comforts of your front lawn.
Houston and Vine Street New Construction Opening Fall 2018
West Campus will open Fall 2018. The complex features 2 bedroom, 2 bath for 4 residents, 2 bedroom, 1 bath for 4 residents with a living area and a 1 bedroom, 1 bath for 2 residents. All rooms are suite style. The main floor has multiple meeting rooms, dining options, lounges, offices, laundry room and kitchen. On each residential floor (2nd-7th) there are 4 community rooms, 1 lounge and 1 conference room. The building has 4 elevators located in the center of the building.
8th and Douglas
Guerry Apartments complex is comprised of two bedrooms, one bath and three bedrooms, two bath units. All units have their washer and dryers located in inside the apartment. Guerry has parking on both sides of the building.
8th and University Street
Decosimo Apartments is designed around a beautiful courtyard that has permanent tables, benches and workout station. While the majority of the Decosimo building is four bedrooms, two bath units; it is the only South Campus apartment complex that has the one bedroom studio style apartments. Although washer and dryers are not located inside the units, they are conveniently located inside the complex. Two South Campus parking lots are located behind the building.
8th and University Street
Stophel Apartments is the largest South Campus complex. It is composed of four bedrooms, two bath units and two bedroom, one bath units. All units in this complex have a washer and dryer located inside each unit. The Stophel Apartments are located in the center of South Campus and encompasses a beautifully landscaped courtyard. Stophel Apartments contain a two level parking garage.
8th and Campus Drive
Walker Apartments is composed of only of four bedrooms, two bath units. All units in this complex have a washer and dryer located inside each unit. The top floor of this complex is reserved for the Business Living Learning Community.
McCallie and Campus Drive
UC Foundation Apartments is mostly four bedrooms, two bath units and has 4, two bedroom, 2 bath units with shared bedrooms. All units in this complex have a washer and dryer located inside each unit. UC Foundation complex contains a study room and activity room that has a pool table, ping pong table and airhockey table, as well as meeting space.
Residence Life’s Community Activities
RHA is the governing body for all students living in the residence halls. The purpose of RHA is to foster a sense of community between the complexes by planning social and educational programs and to serve as a link between the residence hall students and administration.
Students living on campus generally spend far more time in their residence hall than they do in the classroom. With that in mind, UTC Housing and Residence Life fulfills a prime opportunity for learning, in support of the overall mission of the institution, by way of a residential curriculum. The residential curriculum is an outcomes-based learning model that offers support for student success, our educational priority. The residential curriculum is centered around three educational goals: personal development, community engagement, and diversity and multicultural competence.
This program creates a dedicated UTC television channel (channel 2.3) that we will not only show movies each month, but be able to provide other video programming and messaging to all residents.
There is a $25 non-refundable application fee that is due upon completion of the Application (one time fee, per student). Every student is required to complete an application before being assigned.
Prospective resident must remit a four hundred dollar ($400) pre-payment to retain a room assignment. The $400 pre-payment will be deducted from the full fall balance of the rent owed for the room. The remaining balance will be assessed at the time other University charges are billed, typically the second week of July and early December for fall and spring semesters respectively, and will appear on Resident's Mocs Express statement. The pre-payment may be refundable in full if cancellation is received prior to May 1, 2018. If cancellation is received prior to June 1, 2018 student will be refunded 50% of the prepayment. After June 1, 2018 there are no refunds. Failure to pay university fees (including housing) or confirm attendance at the University will result in classes being dropped and potentially a late fee.
When a student agrees to the electronic housing contract, the agreement covers occupancy for an entire academic year, unless specifically indicated otherwise on the contract itself. A student, who for any reason wishes to alter the terms of the contract, must apply in writing to the Housing Office at least thirty days prior to the anticipated change. If their contract is modified, notification will be sent to all parties concerned prior to the action. Unless written exception is received by the student, (s) he is liable for the full extent of the original contract.
Students will not be able to check-in before the beginning of the contract period and are expected to check-out by the contract end date. Failure to do so will result in additional charges.
When a student ceases to be enrolled at UTC he/she may be required to vacate the premises within 24 hours of withdrawal from the University. Contract penalties will apply, please see your contract for details. All residents must be enrolled as a full-time student unless exempted by the Housing Office.
Housing facilities are rented for the academic year beginning. No resident may withdraw from housing except in case of extreme necessity and approved by the University. Cancellation of registration or academic suspension does not automatically release the Resident from the contract. Subletting by the resident is not permitted.
Students should submit their request to break their nine month housing contract by filling out the online "Housing Cancellation" form located on our website. Residents who break their housing contract may be subject to a fee.
Residents must also complete an official room checkout with a member of the housing staff before leaving. Be aware that if you do not follow the above steps for checkout, you will be assessed charges in addition to rent.
The University expects students to continue residency in the room to which they are assigned. However, it realizes that changes are sometimes mutually beneficial.
Once on campus, a resident may submit a Request for Room Change. Requests made require a meeting with the Resident Director to establish the need for a room change. If the request is granted, a room change fee of twenty-five dollars ($25.00) will be assessed. Room changes are contingent upon room availability. Failure to obtain the written prior approval of both the Resident Director and Housing Office will result in a minimum $25 assessment for administrative costs and also could result in the imposition of disciplinary sanctions.
Housing expects all students to leave within 24 hours of their last exam, or by the expiration date, whichever comes first. Graduating seniors are required to check out by noon on the day after graduation. Students moving into summer campus housing assignment may be consolidated until their summer assignment is available.
When vacating your room, all residents must complete an official checkout with a member of the housing staff. Be sure to sign-up for a check out time with your RA or in your complex office. Before a resident can be checked out of his/her room, it should be clean and all personal belongings removed. During a checkout, the condition of the room is evaluated and noted on a RCR. The resident is given the opportunity to review and comment on this evaluation before being asked to sign it. A final walk through of the apartment is done by the Resident Director after all residents have checked out. Damage charges will be assessed at this time (Note: No staff member, including an RA, can make verbal guarantees of an absence of charges).
In the event that a resident loses his or her key, the resident should report it to the Resident Director. The resident may be given up to 24 hours to find their key before changing the core.
If the resident knows where his or her key is, the Resident Director may choose to give the student up to 72 hours to recover the key and notify their RD. In the meantime, a loaner key may be issued. If the resident doesn’t know where his or her key is, the Resident Director will request a lock core change. It is expected that cores will be changed on the same business day.
Custodial services are provided by the housing to clean public areas. Residents have the responsibility for hanging up and putting away their clothes, making their beds, and generally keeping the rooms neat. No one may remove screens from windows or move furniture out of the unit.
Misappropriate furnishings will be the responsibility of the residents of the room or apartment and they will be billed immediately for either recovery or returning the articles to their original place.
All residents are encouraged to decorate their living space. We hope that you and your roommate enjoy working together to create a mutually satisfying living environment. As you decorate, remember to follow the guidelines to ensure that your creative efforts do not cause hazards for you or others. State Fire Code Regulations must be adhered to at all times.
It is not permissible to hang or place anything in the window that may be viewed from outside the building other than blinds or curtains (hung with a tension rod).
Window screens should never be removed. If a window screen is missing, it should be reported to a Resident Director immediately. If a window screen is discovered to be missing, the resident(s) will be charged for replacement. Residents should never throw anything from a window. Doing so may result in disciplinary action.
When decorating your room door, you are not allowed to cover the room number, door knocker, or peephole. Decorations should allow residents access to the locking mechanism and doorknob. Exterior doors are public space and if decorations do not comply with Housing and Residence Life’s mission they may be removed at the discretion of the University.
If something in a resident’s room, apartment, or complex community is not working properly, then the resident may complete a work order online at www.utc.edu/housing by clicking on ”Manage my Housing". A work order provides important information about a repair that is requested and the date that the request was made. Every attempt will be made to complete repairs in a prompt manner (Note: In order to ensure that work order is properly submitted, follow all instructions online. This includes clicking and confirming the submission – you may be required to click submit twice. You will know the process is complete when you receive a confirmation number).
Work orders are distributed to the maintenance staff every weekday morning and repairs are completed with priority going to more pressing repairs. Emergency situations, regardless of the date they are filed, will be handled first. Routine repairs will follow emergencies in the order that the work order was filed and according to the availability of materials. Service repair persons with legitimate work orders for an area are allowed access to that area. If the occupant is not in, the maintenance worker will enter for the stated purpose only and the privacy of the resident will be respected.
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UTC is a DRY campus. “Use, possession, or being under the influence of alcoholic beverages on
University-owned property” is forbidden. This includes alcohol containers whether empty or decorative.
Possession of items that are determined to be fire hazards are not allowed in the residence hall apartment, rooms and/or public areas, include, but are not limited to, heaters/heating units, hookahs, halogen lamps, fog machines, candles (with or without wicks), outside antennae, flammable fluids , candle warmers, oil burners, or incense.
Due to fire regulations, hot plates, microwaves, and other cooking appliances may not be used in bedrooms. Students should instead use the kitchen area provided.
Participation in any type of sporting activity in the hallways, balconies and/or any indoor area of the residence halls is prohibited. Any damages incurred as a result of hall sports will be assessed to the residents responsible.
Hover Boards: an email has been sent to students regarding fire safety precautions. Most airlines and at least a dozen colleges have banned hoverboards in recent weeks, after fires were reported to the federal government. Although UTC is currently reviewing the policy, there is no ban on hoverboards in place at this time. Residents who own hover boards are encouraged to exercise caution and educate themselves on the proper use and charging of these devices. We do encourage residents to consider leaving these devices at home but if you choose to bring a hover board to campus please take time to review this information from the National Fire Protection Association.
As stated in the housing contract, UTC does not insure residents’ personal possessions against fire or other losses. Residents are encouraged to obtain renters insurance to protect their personal possessions.
Health and Safety Inspections are a necessary part of on-campus housing to help in maintenance and ensuring a safe environment. Health & Safety Inspections will be announced via fliers, email, and/or banners 24 hours in advance, so that the residents can be at home if possible.
The following steps must be taken to ensure the health and well-being of the on-campus community.
- Fire extinguishers should be in proper working order and should not be blocked by any items. Exits and hallways should be unobstructed.
- Smoke detectors should not be tampered with (which includes removing battery, disconnecting, or covering it).
- All trash must be properly disposed of in a timely manner and in proper locations.
- Extension cords must be Underwriter Laboratory approved. Do not put cords under rugs, clothing, trash, books, or near heat sources.
- Storage of gasoline, fuels, or vehicles containing them is prohibited.
Residents are responsible for following all safety rules promulgated by the Department of Public Safety and Housing Department.
- Students should take extra care to insure that their entrance doors are secured/locked at all times and that common doors are not propped.
- Failure to follow fire evacuation procedures and directives from safety officers or residence life staff is also a violation of safety rules.
Entry by University authorities into occupied rooms of residence halls is divided into three categories: inspection, search, and emergency.
- Inspection is defined as the entry into an occupied room or apartment by University authorities in order to ascertain the health and safety conditions in the area, to check the physical condition of the area, to make repairs on the facility, or to clean an area.
- Search is defined as the entry into a room or apartment by on-campus authorities for the purpose of investigating suspected violations of campus regulations and or city, state, or federal law. On-campus authorities will not enter a room or apartment for the purpose of search except in compliance with state law and with the permission of the resident, or with the written permission of the Dean of Students or his/her designee. University officials shall have, if possible, the Resident Director accompany them on a search.
- An emergency situation exists when a delay necessary to obtain search authorization constitutes a danger to persons or property. The “on call” cell phone should be called during all emergency situations.
Residents are welcome to place small plant containers and outdoor patio furniture on the balcony and porch areas, so long as the items do not impede ability to safely exit the apartment building. A clearance should be maintained from doors, breezeways, and stairs. Balconies and porches are not to be used as storage areas or for entrance or exit from the apartment unit.
Due to safety regulations, the following items are not permitted on balconies and porches:
- Indoor furniture
- Bicycles, scooters, or mopeds
- Flammable liquids
- Garbage bags, containers
- Grills or grilling accessories, such as charcoal lighter fluid, charcoal, propane
- Recycling bins
Final decisions rest with the Resident Director.
When reserving a room in housing, resident must agree to a visitation policy, regarding when members of the opposite sex may or may not visit. Resident acting as a host may have an individual overnight guest of the same gender provided permission is secured at least one day in advance from the Resident Director. Guests are not permitted unless the host is present. Guests are subject to the rules of the University and visits are limited to no more than three days. Hosts are responsible for the actions of their guest(s). Overnight visiting by members of the opposite sex is not allowed.
Visitation options are listed below:
- TYPE A – Visitation privileges are allowed in the living-dining area from 12:00 noon until 12:00 midnight.
- TYPE B – This plan involves minimal rules, regulations, and supervision. This option is available to upperclassmen students only