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Residence life

Residence Life strives to provide living-learning facilities that support students in their educational goals while providing a safe and secure living environment.

Who Lives On Campus? 

All single first and second year students with fewer than 59 credit hours (including transfer credits) are required to live in University housing. The following exceptions apply with verification:
  • students who will be residing with parent(s) within commuting distance (50-miles of Beckley, WV) (see Commuter Students below);
  • married students;
  • students with children;
  • students with 59 or more earned credit hours;
  • students 21 years of age or older;
  • students who are classified as veterans
The above students are required to live on campus but we also have a large number of junior and senior students that choose to live on campus. Nationwide, students that live on campus connect better to their college and make higher GPAs than those students that commute from home or live off campus. Give yourself the best opportunity to succeed and move on campus.

Commuter Students

If you qualify and wish to commute, please fill out the housing application at: and make sure that you are selecting that you are interested in a housing exemption, please indicate that on the application. Even as a commuting student, you are welcome to stop by the residence life office and we will help you, if we can.

505 S. Kanawha Street
Beckley, WV 25801

Residence Hall Staff 

Each hall will be assigned a Resident Director (RD), and a paraprofessional student staff of 5 to 8 Resident Assistants (RA) to help facilitate students’ personal growth and aid in their adjustment to college. 

Room Inspections

The University reserves the right to enter and inspect rooms without notice for purposes of (1) repairs, maintenance, facility improvements; (2) recovery of University/state/local government owned property not authorized for use in the assigned space; (3) fire, health, and safety inspections made periodically, as well as at hall closing/vacation periods; (4) when there is a reasonable basis for believing that an emergency exits (including but not limited to fire, accidents, sickness, or danger to the health and welfare of residents); and (5) when there is a reasonable basis for believing that a University policy is being violated. 

Rules and Regulations 

The residence hall policies of WVU Tech are designed to protect the individual within an environment that promotes personal and academic achievement. The following policies, procedures, and guidelines are designed to enhance your living environment. Violation of these policies, procedures, and guidelines may result in disciplinary action against the resident. These policies are in addition to the policies previously outlined in the Student Code of Conduct. 
    1. Alcohol and Other Controlled Substances: Possession and consumption of beer, wine, and other alcoholic beverages is prohibited. Dangerous drugs, narcotics, and other harmful materials, as defined and prohibited by state and federal statutes are also prohibited.  This includes any paraphernalia (bottles, bongs, etc) used to consume alcohol and other controlled substances paraphernalia 
    2. Appliances: Personal electrical equipment authorized for use in the residence halls includes UL-approved lamps (no halogen lamps), hairdryers, computers, radios, stereo equipment, fans, and coffeemakers with a lighted on/off indicator. Use or possession of open flame and open element appliances including but not limited to toasters, hot plates, crock pots, and hot pots in residence hall rooms or unauthorized areas is prohibited. Microwave ovens and refrigerators are not permitted in student rooms. Each residence hall room is equipped with a Microfridge.
    3. Computers/Date Connectivity: Residents who wish to use the WVU Tech computer network must first follow certain policies and procedures as outlined in the Bear Facts. 
    4. Fire Safety: Arson or the setting of fire, tampering with or misuse of fire safety equipment (including automatic door closures, smoke detectors, sprinkler heads), fire-alarm systems, fire-fighting equipment, or building security systems is prohibited, extremely dangerous, and illegal. Immediate evacuation when an alarm sounds is mandatory, and reentry into a building before an alarm is silenced or staff authorization is given is prohibited. The burning of candles and incense is prohibited. Tapestries and other room decorations affixed or suspended from the ceiling and the use of extension cords or multi-receptacle outlet, with the exception of UL listed power strips with surge protectors, are prohibited.
    5. Firearms/Weapons: The possession of firearms, ammunition, and any weapons including but not limited to knives, hunting bows, guns, BB guns, slingshots, paintball guns, nunchakus, or launching devices is prohibited in the residence halls. This also extends to any projectile objects, firecrackers, gunpowder, and other explosive or similar and potentially dangerous objects. 
    6. Furniture: Misuse of University property, including possession of common area furniture in Resident rooms, is prohibited and will result in a minimal charge of $25 to return the property.
    7. Gambling: Gambling in the residence halls is prohibited. The conducting of any business or commercial enterprise for personal profit is prohibited in University-owned facilities unless conducted by recognized student activities and student government or under the sanction of properly designated University personnel.
    8. Harassment of Students and Staff: Physical or mental harassment, which may be verbal or written, or conduct that intimidates, threatens, or endangers the health or safety of self or others, is prohibited.
    9. Identification/Failure to Comply: Residents are expected to provide proper identification when requested by a staff member or other University officials and comply with their directions in the performance of their official duties, Residents are further expected to comply with the terms and sanctions imposed as a result of disciplinary action.
    10. Guest visitation: In all residence halls, guests must be escorted throughout the hall in order to ensure the right to a reasonable degree of privacy for each resident. Residents are responsible for the conduct of and adherence to policies by any guests or visitors. Inappropriate behavior and damage caused by guests becomes the responsibility of the host Resident. Residents inviting guests/visitors should consult with their roommates concerning any possible objections. No Resident student will be allowed more than two guests at one time.
      1. Overnight Guests: Residents are permitted to have overnight guests in the residence halls by advance arrangement through residence hall staff. All Residents and guests must follow appropriate registration procedures, and any overnight guest requires the approval of the roommate(s). The Resident must accompany his/her guest at all times. Overnight guests may be registered for no more than two consecutive nights.  No overnight guests under the age of 17 are permitted without the prior approval of the Resident Director. Persons who have been removed from the residence halls for any reason may not return as overnight guests following their removal.
    11. Lounges and Recreation Areas: Lounges and recreation areas are for the exclusive use of the hall Residents and their guests. Community kitchens must be kept clean. Kitchen supplies and equipment may not be stored in the kitchens. While cooking, a resident must remain in the room.
    12. Tobacco Use: WVU Tech is a "tobacco free" campus. Accordingly, the use of tobacco products in residence halls is prohibited, this includes the use of chewing tobacco, e-cigs, or vapor pens. 
    13. Pets: Pets and animals of any kind (with the exception of fish kept in a maximum 10-gallon aquarium) are prohibited for health, safety, and sanitation reasons.
    14. Quiet Hours: Residents must observe reasonable courtesy hours at all times, both inside and outside the residence halls. Quiet hours in the residence halls are 10pm - 8am (Sunday - Thursday) and 11pm - 10am (Saturday - Sunday). 24 hour quiet hours are in effect during the last week of classes and during finals week of each semester.
    15. Roofs, Ledges: Unauthorized presence on rooftops, ledges, or areas marked for restricted access in any residence hall facility is prohibited.
    16. Security: Residence hall security is a shared responsibility of the University staff and students. The front (main) door of each hall will be secured 24 hours per day. Visitors to residence halls must be met outside the building. Residents who leave by locked exterior doors are responsible for leaving the doors in a locked position. (For reasons of safety and security, it is important that Residents do not engage in leaving room doors unlocked, lending keys, “propping” of doors, etc.) 
    17. Solicitation: Door-to-door solicitation and operating a business within the residence halls is prohibited. See the Bear Facts for further details.
    18. Theft: Theft or possession of stolen goods, including the illegal possession of or damage to University property or property of a person in residence halls, is prohibited.
    19. Windows, Screens, and Objects from Windows: Window screens are not to be removed under any circumstances for safety reasons. Dropping, throwing, or projecting solid or liquid objects out a window is prohibited.
    20. Prohibited Items: Command Strips or other 'removable' hooks/tape, LED Strip lights, Toasters, Microwave ovens, Refrigerators, Electric ovens, Alcohol containers (full or empty), Waffle irons, Small extension cords/multi-receptacle outlets, Sandwich makers , Crockpots/Instant Pots, Weapons, Waterbeds, Pets (except for one 10 gallon tank with fish), Portable Heaters, Free weights over 20 pounds, Electric or charcoal grills, Paintball guns, Incense, Halogen lights, any appliance/item with an open flame or open coils, Subwoofers, Candles, Drums and amplified equipment, water beds/furniture, Air conditioners, Gasoline or any combustible or flammable liquid, Portable clothes washer/dishwasher, Hookahs

Note: The Housing Contract, along with the student’s housing Application/Contract, serves as a legally binding commitment to Residence Life and Dining Services. 

Consolidation Policy 

For a number of reasons, some people who may have signed up for a double room find that they are without a roommate during the course of the school year. In that instance, Residence Life expects that students will abide by a consolidation policy (also stated on the Housing and Food Service Contract.) This policy requires that a resident who signed up for a double room, but has no roommate, to select one of the following three options: 
  • Find another person to move into their room. 
  • Move into another room either through personal choice or by Residence Life placement, 
  • Reside in the room as a private and pay a prorated single room occupancy rate for that room. 
Staff from the department of Residence Life will notify you if it becomes necessary for you to comply with this policy. 

Keys and Lock Outs 

Each residence hall student is issued a room key upon check in. The key must be turned in at the end of each academic year or whenever the student vacates the room. Failure to return the key will result in a lock change and the resident responsible will be assessed a $75.00 lock change and new key charge. Similarly, a $75.00 lock change fee will be initiated for lost room keys. Lost mailbox keys will be $25.00. New keys may be picked up at the residence hall office. Duplicating ANY Tech key is strictly prohibited and grounds for judicial action. Student room keys are not transferable.

Students locked out of their residence hall room should contact the RA Duty phone number for assistance. An RA will respond to the RA Duty Office and meet the locked out student to complete paperwork. Lock out services are $10 each, charged to a student's account. No charges for lock-outs will occur during the first two weeks of each semester.  


When residence halls are officially closed because of semester breaks or end of the year closings, residents may not remain in the building without special permission from the department of Residence Life.  Residents failing to comply with this regulation will be subject to disciplinary action. In addition, after an official close date and time, students will be given, with special permission, a grace period of 24 hours to vacate their room. After this grace period, students will be charged a $25 per evening lodging cost. When Tech is not officially in session, it is the policy of the University to allow use of the residence halls only by special contractual arrangement and permission by the department of Residence Life. 

Fire Emergency Policy 

Whenever you hear the fire alarm sound you are to vacate the building immediately -IT IS THE LAW.  Failure to leave not only endangers your life and the lives of others, but also could result in disciplinary and legal action.  Here are the procedures to follow when a fire alarm sounds: 
  1. Close the windows and turn off electrical appliances. 
  2. Turn off lights and leave draperies open. 
  3. Put on substantial shoes, not just slippers. 
  4. Carry a towel in case you encounter smoke. 
  5. Close and lock your room door. 
  6. Quickly exit building but do not run. 
  7. Stay at least 50 feet from the building and do not block street so fire equipment can get through. 
  8. Comply with the directives of law enforcement officials, fire safety professionals and residence life and other university staff.
  9. Above all else -DON'T PANIC. When there is a fire alarm, the RD may have the RA's check residents' rooms. No one may re-enter the building until given clearance

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