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Welcome Message

Over the course of this year, you will spend many hours on campus, in class, listening to lectures, participating in group activities and service projects. You will spend many hours studying. You will also spend many, many hours in our community meeting new people, and learning about yourself and the world around you. You will have many opportunities to become involved and engaged in the community and we hope that you take full advantage of those opportunities! You will experience a lot over the course of a year and it is what you do with that experience that matters the most.

By focusing on the total student experience, we reinforce the student's educational goals, as well as our commitment to community service and development. Through cultural and developmental programs coordinated by our staff, residents can participate in a wide variety of activities, including seminars, community outreach programs, social events, and service projects. There are many staff members here to help you throughout the year!

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Facilities

The Clubhouse Common Area Facilities and Amenities

The clubhouse is the place to go for great amenities. Most of the events and activities hosted by the community take place in and around the clubhouse. All rules governing common area amenities will be enforced by management and are subject to periodic review and revision. The facilities available at the community are for the exclusive use of community residents. A resident must accompany all guests at all times. The maintenance and care of these facilities is every resident’s responsibility; therefore, abuses may result in facilities closing. Please report all repair needs or problems to the community office.

Building and Patio Furniture

For your comfort while studying, socializing, or watching TV, the community has provided furniture in the clubhouse/community building and patio area. This furniture is meant to stay in the designated areas so that all residents may enjoy its use. Please do not take the public area furniture into your room; there will be a moving charge for removing furniture from any public area. All missing furniture should be reported immediately to community personnel to assist in recovering the missing furniture.

Fitness Center

The fitness center is located in the clubhouse. No food is allowed in the fitness center. Please limit drinking to water only while in the fitness center. Proper athletic attire is required. Shirts and shoes must be worn at all times. Please report maintenance problems to community personnel immediately. Do not repair equipment yourself. Use equipment in the manner in which it was intended. Use of the fitness center is at your own risk. Anyone beginning an exercise program should consult a physician first.

Study Lounge, Computer Room, and Game Room

A computer room is offered for the convenience of residents. The computer room is located in the clubhouse and has computer terminals with Internet access and printer capabilities. You must supply your own paper after office hours and be familiar with needed software as technical assistance is not always available. Eating and drinking is not permitted in the computer room. Please report any problems to the office immediately.

Mail

Each resident is assigned a mailbox. Mailboxes may be shared by multiple residents. Mail is delivered daily, except Sundays and holidays. Notification of packages and special deliveries will normally be emailed or texted.

Residents receiving packages too large for mailboxes should pick them up in the Leasing Office with Photo ID. If a key is left inside your mailbox, please see the key tag to locate the larger parcel box beneath the mailboxes. The key may not be for the parcel directly underneath your mailbox, again please read the key tag for more instruction. Once retrieving your package from the larger parcel, please leave the key in the key hole. We reserve the right to refuse any package that is too large for our office or is considered suspicious or hazardous in any way.

Payment

You will not receive a bill or invoice for any installment amount due. We do not provide payment slips, payment reminders, etc. It is your responsibility to make your payments each month. If you do not make the payments by the designated due date, you will be assessed a late fee at 9am on the fourth of each month and every five days following. Payments that are mailed must be received by the due date, regardless of postmark, to avoid late fees.

Forms of Payment

You may pay your rent online by credit card or eCheck. You may pay your rent by check, money order, or cashier’s check in the leasing office.

ECheck

ECheck payments will be deducted from a checking account. There are two options for eCheck: the first option is to make a one-time payment at an amount specified by you; the second option is to set up recurrent monthly payments (ACH Payments) that are automatically processed on the first business day of each month. There will be a fee associated with each transaction.

Credit Card

Credit card payments may be made on a one-time basis or set up recurrent monthly payments. This service will include a convenience fee for each transaction.

Late Payment and Returned Checks

If your installment is received after the date specified on the lease agreement, you will be charged late charges as stated in the lease/license agreement. A returned check fee, plus applicable late charges will be assessed on all checks returned by a bank for any reason. Returned checks must be redeemed by money order or cashier’s check within 48 hours of notification. Late charges will be charged from the first late day. After two returned checks, we will no longer accept checks for your rent payment or any other charges owed.

It is your responsibility to ensure that all rent payments and other charges are paid on a timely basis. All monies received from you will first be applied to any outstanding debts such as delinquent rent, late fees, NSFs, utilities, charges for damage repair, etc. Any remaining monies will then be applied to the current month’s rent. If any amounts are deducted to cover a balance, your current month’s rent will not be considered paid in full and late fees will be assessed.

After-Hours Payments

Payments may be made after hours by dropping off your check, money order or cashier’s check in the night drop at the clubhouse. Be sure to include your name and unit number on the check, money order or cashier’s check to ensure timely processing. If late charges are applicable, they will be assessed to your account and/or the payment returned. We have the right to refuse any payment that does not pay your balance in full.

Resident Surveys

Periodically surveys are distributed to the residents in an effort to solicit feedback about your experience. Surveys provide you with an opportunity to assist us in providing the best experience possible.

Swimming Pool

The pool is open daily (weather permitting). Please be advised that the pool is not designed for diving. Pool furniture is not to be removed from the designated area. Personal flotation devices or rafts may not be permitted in the pool area. The area may close occasionally for maintenance purposes and during specific community repair projects. Please bring proper ID with you to the pool. Only residents and their guests are permitted to use the pool. Residents must accompany guests at all times.

Vending Machines

Access to snack and drink machines is for your convenience. Machine malfunctions and any loss should be promptly reported to the office.

Quiet Hours

Please be respectful of your neighbors by minimizing noise levels during week days during the hours of 10:30pm-8am. If you have a noise complaint please contact the office immediately.

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Unit Information

General Policies

In order to comply with local fire codes (which are created ultimately for your own protection and safety), certain policies apply toward the condition of your unit. In addition, decorating guidelines have been established in order to prevent damage to the units..

The following must be adhered to:

Damages

Residents are responsible for the condition of their unit. Any repairs needed within units must be performed by authorized maintenance personnel. Residents will be charged for the repair of any damages upon vacating the unit.

Dishwasher

In order to reduce maintenance problems with dishwashers, the following guidelines should be used: scrub dishes first, especially if it will be a few days before you run the load. Be sure the product is advertised as an automatic dishwasher detergent, not one for hand-washing dishes. Once a month, pour a cup of distilled vinegar in the dishwasher and run it empty two times.

Food Waste Disposal

Each apartment is equipped with a food waste disposal in the kitchen sink. Please use common sense when operating this appliance. Care and Operating Instructions: do not insert hand into disposal. Turn on cold water full flow (water should remain on during complete disposal operation and for a sufficient time after grinding is completed to ensure all waste is flushed away). Turn the switch to the “On” position to start disposal. Feed the food waste into the disposal while it is running; do not dispose of huge quantities at once! Do not turn off the motor or water until grinding is complete.

Garbage

All garbage must be properly bagged and placed directly into dumpsters. Storing garbage in units, breezeways, or stairwell is not permitted and will result in a fine. If you are not able to take out your trash right away, please do not leave it in the hallway as it is unsightly to everyone. Instead, please leave it sitting inside your unit until you are able to take it directly to the dumpster.

Heating and Cooling Unit

Efficiency of your heater is dependent upon complete air circulation. It is important to keep all vents in every room open. In addition, please ensure that return air vents are left unobstructed. If you wish to request a new furnace filter, please submit a maintenance request.

Lights and Fixtures

It is the responsibility of residents to replace all standard light bulbs. Please submit a maintenance request if any kitchen light bulbs need to be replaced in your unit.

Maintenance

All maintenance concerns in your bedroom, your unit, or elsewhere on the community should be reported to the office during regular business hours or submitted using our on-line maintenance request form. Please provide us with all the information pertaining to your maintenance request in order for us to most efficiently respond to your issue. For emergency maintenance issues, our maintenance staff is on call. After regular business hours you should contact the community’s answering service. Please use good judgment when deciding to contact staff after hours. Examples of maintenance emergencies include: flood, broken window in a first-floor unit, front door lock malfunction, or fire.

Upon submission of the request, the maintenance staff will undertake corrective measures as quickly as possible. You will be notified when the work has been completed or if more time is needed to correct the situation.

Smoke Detectors

The smoke detectors in your units are very sensitive. When taking a shower, close the bathroom door to ensure the steam does not affect the detector and please do not unplug your bathroom fans. When cooking, be sure to use the fan above the stove. If your detector makes a chirping sound, it means the battery is low. Complete a work order as soon as possible to have the battery replaced. Any time a smoke detector sounds an alarm, you should respond to it as an emergency and proceed in a safe manner. Never disconnect the smoke detectors. Sometimes you may experience a “false alarm.” The smoke detectors may be set off by dust, an insect or just may need routine cleaning. Opening the front door and windows (to allow fresh air into the unit) may stop the false alarm. Tampering with firing safety equipment is a violation of state and federal laws and will result in fines, eviction, and possible arrest.

Toilets

Do not flush paper towels; they do not degrade. Never flush feminine hygiene products, regardless what the packaging states. If your toilet does overflow or clog up, turn off the water supply immediately. There is a water shut-off valve next to the toilet on the lower left side of the wall. Residents are required to plunge their own toilet prior to calling in maintenance. Residents will be responsible for any toilet damages/overflows that are the result of improperly disposed articles.

Unit Entry

We respect your right to privacy. Without prior written consent, no one is given access to your unit. However, our staff may enter your unit as follows:

Except in cases of emergency and as required by law, we will provide you with reasonable written notice of our intent to enter and entry will be during normal business hours. You may be present; however, entry is not conditioned upon your presence. In case of emergency, we may enter the unit at any time without prior notice. In such situations, you do not have the right to refuse to open a door and you must allow access.

Utilities

If your utility use exceeds the allotted amount, you will be invoiced for and required to pay the overage. Whenever you save energy, you not only save money, you also reduce the demand for such fossil fuels as coal, oil, and natural gas. Less burning of fossil fuels also means lower emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), the primary contributor to global warming, and other pollutants. You do not have to do without to achieve these savings.

The average American produces about 40,000 pounds of CO2 emissions per year. Together, we use nearly a million dollars worth of energy every minute, night and day, every day of the year. By exercising even a few of the following steps, you can cut your annual emissions by thousands of pounds and your energy bills by a significant amount. These steps include:

Utility Closets

The utility closets housing water heaters and HVAC equipment are not to be used for storage. Each utility closet is locked and only office personnel may access them.

Vacant Bedrooms

Current residents must make every effort to welcome a new roommate as long as there are empty bedrooms or bed spaces in the unit. It is a violation of your license/lease agreement to tell a potential roommate that you do not want a roommate or that there are no vacant beds. It is also a violation of your license/lease agreement to double occupy a bed space. You may have the opportunity to lease open bed spaces. Please contact the office for more details.

Washers/Dryers

Laundry machines are provided for your use in each apartment. All appliances should only be used in the manner for which they were intended. No dying of fabric or other materials is ever permitted. In the event you should need instruction on how to use the machines, please contact your office staff. In order to avoid mildew from forming in your front load gasket, please vent the washing machine by leaving the front door open after each use to ensure the gasket dries completely.

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Safety And Emergency Procedures

Your Personal Safety

Personal safety measures are just as important to your well-being as those previously mentioned. Crimes, injuries, and personal assaults all occur outside of our control, but there are steps that may be taken to decrease your likelihood of being a victim. Your unit has a dead bolt lock so that it cannot be opened without a key. Please keep your apartment door locked at all times!

Safety Tips:

Tips on Preventing Auto Crime:

Earthquake

Residents should maintain an emergency supply kit in his/her unit consisting of a three-day supply of water, non-perishable food, closed toe shoes, a flashlight and fresh batteries, a battery operated radio, gloves and any medication that might be required by the resident. At the sign of an earthquake, residents should immediately seek cover and when safe, should evacuate the building.

Fire Safety

Fire warning devices and safety equipment are to be used only in case of emergency. The sounding of a fire alarm should be taken seriously and residents should proceed according to the instruction posted in and about the community. The intentional sounding of an alarm outside of an emergency situation will be considered a criminal offense and the person or persons responsible will be treated accordingly.

Multiple outlet “octopus” plugs are not permitted. Surge protector power strips with circuit breakers are permitted. All extension cords must be of the grounded, three-prong type and be UL approved. Live holiday decorations such as trees/wreaths are prohibited. Hot plates, candles, incense, space heaters, cooking grills, lighter fluid, and other combustibles are prohibited due to the increased risk of fire hazard. For more information, please refer to the rules and regulations portion of your lease/license agreement.

If there is a fire or the alarm sounds, feel your door with the back of your hand before exiting. If it is cool, exit the unit, close the door, and proceed to evacuate the building. If the door is hot, don’t open it; fill any cracks with wet towels, signal from your unit by hanging a sheet out your window and wait to be rescued by the fire department. Upon leaving your unit, close your door. If smoke is present in the breezeways, lie down and crawl to safety; fresh air will be near the floor.

After you have exited, please be sure to move away from the building in order to avoid falling debris and to give the fire department personnel room to operate. Notify a member of the community staff upon exiting the building. The fire department will give an “all clear” when it is safe to re-enter the building. Finally, for safety sake, always let your roommate know where you are, a practice commonly known as the buddy system.

In the event of fire, residents should proceed away from the community and meet in the parking lot at the furthest point from your building. You are required by law to evacuate the buildings when the alarm sounds. Failure to do so is not only dangerous and illegal, but it also may result in criminal prosecution and the initiation of eviction proceedings. Persons involved in tampering with smoke detectors, extinguishers, sprinklers, or any of the protective casings around the fire safety equipment will be subject to criminal prosecution. Upon your exit, please report any information that you know to the office staff dialing the office and contacting them via the on-call phone (extension 5).

Hurricanes

A hurricane watch is issued when a storm threatens to hit the area within 24-36 hours. A hurricane warning is issued when a storm is expected to hit a specific area within 24 hours. In the situation that a hurricane warning is in effect, you should follow these steps:

Tornadoes

Know the difference between a tornado watch and a tornado warning. A tornado watch simply means that conditions are favorable for the formation of a tornado. A tornado warning is issued when a tornado has actually been sighted or is indicated on radar.

In the situation that a tornado warning is in effect, you should open your unit windows approximately ½ inch. Doing this will relieve internal pressure and lessen the possibility of injury should a tornado strike. Go to your bathroom. The safest place for you to stay during the tornado warning is in your bathroom. We suggest you take a portable, battery operated radio with you to keep you updated on the current status of the tornado. Once the tornado warning has been lifted, the immediate danger is over and you may resume normal activity.

Personal Property Insurance

Please be aware that the community takes many precautions to maintain the safest living environment possible, but we are not liable for any losses or damages that may occur to your personal property. If you are a dependent, you may be covered under your guardian’s personal property insurance.

The community takes many precautionary measures in attempting to aid the well-being of our residents. These include: strongly urging you to keep your apartment/suite and bedroom locked at all times and having an extensive preventive maintenance program designed to detect and cure any problem areas throughout the physical facility. We strongly recommend that you obtain personal property insurance for all of your valuables.

Thank you for taking time to read the community’s resident handbook. Please remember that you are an important part of our community and we hope you invest time and interest in keeping our community a great place to live!

You agree that we do not promise, warrant or guarantee the safety and security of you, your guests or your personal property against the criminal actions of other residents or third parties. Furthermore, we shall not be liable for any damage or injury to you, your guests or your personal property or to any person entering the Apartment or the Community, for injury to person or property arising from theft, vandalism or casualty occurring in the Apartment or the Community. You agree to indemnify and hold us harmless from all claims, costs, and expenses arising from injury to person or property to you or any of your guests regardless of the cause, unless the injury is due to our negligent or intentional conduct.

You have the responsibility to protect yourself and to maintain appropriate insurance to protect you and your belongings. It is a fact that no security system, including video cameras, controlled access gates, courtesy patrol services or electronic intrusion safety devices, can guarantee protection against crime. We do not monitor any security video cameras or other photographic surveillance that may be installed at the community. As to any and all security measures taken at the community, you may not rely for your personal safety upon any measures we may take to secure the building/s. Even elaborate security systems are subject to mechanical malfunctions, tampering, human error or personnel absenteeism, and can be defeated or avoided by clever criminals. Further, repairs to such devices cannot always be completed immediately. Therefore, you should always proceed on the assumption no security systems exist.

You acknowledge that you have read, understood and agree with the above notice. You have received no representations or warranties, either expressed or implied, as to the overall safety of the Apartment and Community and/or any security system at the Community. We have not in any way stated or implied to you that the security of person or property is provided, promised or guaranteed or that the Community was or will be free from crime.

For the purpose of this paragraph, Owner shall include EdR, its officers, agents and employees.

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Community Living

Introduction

Learning to live in a community environment requires maturity, an examination of values, and assessing how one’s behavior affects others. The specific rules and regulations that exist at the community are detailed in the rules and regulations section of your lease/license agreement and this handbook. Take time to review your lease/license agreement and familiarize yourself with the rules and regulations. You and your guests are responsible for following them. Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action including termination of residency.

The underlying assumption at the community is that residents have the capacity and desire to be self-directing and responsible members of their community. Residents enter the community as young adults who are responsible and in search of opportunities for development and learning. Your unit is yours to use, but not to abuse. You have the freedom to make it work for you, coupled with the responsibility to keep it working for others.

Getting Along With Your Roommates

Living with others requires maturity, patience, open communication, willingness to compromise, and respect for others. No matter how compatible roommates are, there is always the potential for conflict. Culture, cleanliness, sleeping patterns, habits, and hobbies are some examples of things that may be different among roommates. These differences may serve to be positive learning opportunities for people living together, or they may create a negative atmosphere within the unit that may seem intolerable. You and the attitude that you take in communicating with your roommate will determine whether your situation will be positive or negative. Work with your roommates to accomplish this goal; it may make the environment in your home even better!

Communication Guidelines

One of the many tips and tools we can recommend is a Roommate Agreement. This is an agreement between roommates to ensure that basic needs have been discussed. Roommates should discuss each topic and come up with guidelines all roommates may live with. If you are having problems, or need help with a roommate contract, please see the office staff for help. Here are some questions to consider:

Cleaning Up

Alcohol/Tobacco

Noise

Personal Activities

Sharing Things

Sleeping

Study Habits

Visitors

What if there is a problem?

The community has several programs in place to intervene if you and your roommates are not getting along as well as you would like. The most important step you can take is to discuss your concerns with your roommate. Frequently, conflict occurs because one roommate assumes the other should know why she/he is upset, but the roommate doesn’t actually realize there is a problem. It is difficult to commit the time necessary to work through the conflict, but the skills learned in the process will serve you for the rest of your life. Take advantage of the situation to become more skilled at working with others. If you do not feel you are able to handle the situation yourself, consider talking with your office staff.

Personal Affirmation

By choosing to live with us you agree to reside in a living and learning community. As members of this community, we all have certain rights as residents and as students. Please recognize that other members of the community have the same rights and that one's rights stop where another's begin. For this reason, it is important to learn and compromise with others in order to maintain an environment in which all are respected and have the opportunity to grow and pursue their educational goals.

Community standards are established to assist in shaping our community. They protect our rights and assert the responsibilities we have to one another. As a member of our community, you agree to abide by local, state, and federal laws, as well as by these community standards which include the following statement:

I agree not to be or remain present during any violation of the Resident Handbook. My presence may infer that I condone, support or encourage a violation. I understand further that I am responsible for what behavior and activity occurs in my unit. I understand that if I anticipate or observe a violation of the Resident Handbook, I am expected to remove myself from the situation and am strongly encouraged to report the violation. I also understand that if I am aware of a violation and choose either to not report it or lie about it, I am passively participating in the violation and may be subject to conduct proceedings.

We reserve the right to relocate a student on a temporary or permanent basis in the event of substantive conflict with other members of our community. If a student is occupying a unit that has vacant bed spaces, it is expected that the room is ready for their arrival at any time. Intentionally interrupting and/or preventing another student from moving into a unit will result in consequence, which may include relocation to a new unit.

Thank you for taking time to read the Resident Handbook. Please remember that you are an important part of our community and we hope you invest time and interest in making this community a great place to live.

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Affirmation and Acceptance

Personal Affirmation

By choosing to live with us you agree to reside in a living and learning community. As members of this community, we all have certain rights as residents and as students. Please recognize that other members of the community have the same rights and that one's rights stop where another's begin. For this reason, it is important to learn and compromise with others in order to maintain an environment in which all are respected and have the opportunity to grow and pursue their educational goals.

Community standards are established to assist in shaping our community. They protect our rights and assert the responsibilities we have to one another. As a member of our community, you agree to abide by local, state, and federal laws, as well as by these community standards which include the following statement:

I agree not to be or remain present during any violation of the Resident Handbook. My presence may infer that I condone, support or encourage a violation. I understand further that I am responsible for what behavior and activity occurs in my unit. I understand that if I anticipate or observe a violation of the Resident Handbook, I am expected to remove myself from the situation and am strongly encouraged to report the violation. I also understand that if I am aware of a violation and choose either to not report it or lie about it, I am passively participating in the violation and may be subject to conduct proceedings.

We reserve the right to relocate a student on a temporary or permanent basis in the event of substantive conflict with other members of our community. If a student is occupying a unit that has vacant bed spaces, it is expected that the room is ready for their arrival at any time. Intentionally interrupting and/or preventing another student from moving into a unit will result in consequence, which may include relocation to a new unit.

Thank you for taking time to read the Resident Handbook. Please remember that you are an important part of our community and we hope you invest time and interest in making this community a great place to live.

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