Community Living

Community Living

—Current Students


Policies, Forms, & Break Schedules


General Policies

Campus Residency Requirement

From the Trustees to the professional staff in Student Development, the College believes deeply in the educational and personal benefits of being a residential campus.

It is for these reasons that the College has a four-year residency requirement. However, we do recognize that there are some cases when a student should be considered for exemption.

Approved reasons for consideration of an exemption from the residency requirement are:

  • to be at least 23 years old prior to the semester you are requesting to live off campus
  • to be married or have custodial children
  • to live with your custodial relative in their primary residence, within a 30 mile radius of the campus.

 Off Campus Housing Request Form

First-Year Housing

The transition issues of first-year students are different than those of returning or transfer students. As a result, Florida Southern has created first-year living environments to aid students with the social, academic, and personal growth that will occur during the freshman year. The first-year housing areas have a lower student-to-staff ratio, typically around 20 students per RA as compared to upper-class housing, which is approximately 35 per RA. The Community Living staff also plans social and educational programming that centers around the transition issues of the first semester and year of college. Students transferring with fewer than 15 hours will be placed in first-year housing as space allows. Students who completed college course work while still in high school will be considered a first-year student, regardless of the amount of college credits earned. Students living in first year housing will be expected to complete the academic year within the first-year housing environment. Students enrolling in the January term will live in first-year housing as space allows. Students may not return to the first-year housing environment in the Fall of the following academic year or any subsequent term unless hired as a Community Living staff member. First-year students who move on campus for the Fall semester will live in first-year housing for two semesters. First-year students who move on campus for the Spring semester will live in first-year housing for one semester.

Moving to Another Room

Residents are not allowed to change rooms without the approval of the Assistant Director of Community Living (or designee). It is imperative that in case of emergency, the Community Living and Campus Safety offices have an accurate listing of room assignments. Students who illegally change rooms may be required to relocate back to their original assignment and/or be adjudicated for Failure to Comply.

Living Off-Campus

You may elect to live off-campus if you meet the following criteria: You are 23 years of age; you are married, or you live within a 30-mile radius with your custodial parent or guardian. If you feel you meet the above requirements, please complete the Off-campus Housing Request and return to the Office of Student Development.


Quiet hours are
from 11 PM to 8 AM

Each resident is responsible for keeping noise levels to a reasonable level at all times. Noise levels should be low enough so as not to disturb others.

Courtesy hours are 24 hours a day.

During midsemester and final exam weeks, quiet hours are 24 hours a day.


Smoking inside all college buildings is prohibited including the use of electronic cigarettes, vaporizers, or any device that emits smoke or vapor.


The throwing, dropping, pouring, or hanging of anything (to include keys) from windows, balconies, ledges, and landings is strictly prohibited. Residents are responsible for damages and/or clean-up charges that result from this action.

Roofs, Ledges and Balconies

Residents are not allowed on roofs, ledges or balconies at any time.


Guests are welcome in student rooms provided the guest is escorted at all times and has the approval of the student’s roommate. Residents and their guests are required to conform to the guidelines and policies established by the college. All campus residential facilities work on the honor system. Abuse of the visitation policy may result in a revoking of the honor system in any campus residential facility. Residents are responsible for the behavior of their guests and must inform them of Community Living and College policies. Cohabitation is prohibited; only the residents assigned to a room may live there. Roommate approval is required for any guest(s). Guests must have a valid state issued ID. Overnight guests must be 17 years of age or older.

Residents and/or guests may only use campus residential facility bathrooms designated for use by their respective sex.


No pets are allowed in the residence halls, except for small fish. Aquariums must not exceed 10 gallons.


Each resident is responsible for the proper care of his/her room and shared space including the guidelines for break/holiday periods and checkout. Individual residents will pay for any charges assessed for damages in their room and shared spaces. All residents may be responsible for floor or community damages and will equally pay for any charges to the floor or community. All campus residential facility rooms and shared spaces must remain clean throughout their occupancy and must be returned to the original condition upon vacating the space.

Telephone Hardware, Antennas, and Cable TV

Splicing or splitting into existing television cables or outlets, wrapping TV cable, or otherwise adding to the existing cable is prohibited. Tampering with telephone hardware is prohibited. Residents are not permitted to set up outside antenna or satellite systems.

Each residence hall room is equipped with one cable jack. Cable service is provided by Bright House Networks as part of the room fees.


Residents may not enter or exit a building through windows. Leaning out of windows for any reason is not allowed. No unauthorized decorations (including alcohol signs/neon signs or cans) may be displayed in room windows. Authorized decorations are limited to greek letters affiliated with the college (must be on a removable item not affixed to the window) and FSC apparel/flags purchased through the bookstore. Windows may not be covered except with the blinds installed by the college or personal curtains. Window blinds may not be removed.


Tampering with or removing screens is prohibited. Residents will be billed for screens that must be replaced.

Disruption of the Community Living Environment

Behavior which is disruptive to orderly community living is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, throwing items in the hallway, bouncing balls on the floor/hallways, fighting, pranks, or any other behavior that may cause physical injury or is potentially dangerous to the health and well-being of residents.

Intimidation/Invasion of Privacy

Threatening or abusive behavior will not be tolerated. This includes, but is not limited to, sexual, racial or religious harassment, intimidation, hazing, pranks, or unwanted telephone calls, or invasion of privacy.


Failure to respect FSC property and any other property that is not your own is prohibited. Residents may be assessed restitution for any damages incurred.

Failure to Comply

Residents and guests must present proper identification when requested. Students must comply with an FSC official’s request (including Resident Advisors, Community Directors, Community Living Staff, Student Development Staff and Campus Safety Officers) when such official is working within the performance of his/her duties. A notification to schedule and/or maintain an appointment or meeting with a staff member must be honored.

Room and public area decorating policy

Residents are encouraged to personalize their rooms and decorate public areas within established guidelines and policies. These guidelines and policies are available through the Community Director for each campus residential facility. The use of contact paper and stickers is prohibited in all residence and public area locations.

Christmas Trees/Holiday Decorations

Live cut Christmas trees are prohibited in all campus residential facilities. Artificial Christmas trees are allowed in all campus residential facilities. Other holiday decorations must be approved by the Community Director for the campus residential facility or the Office of Community Living.

Decorative Lighting

String or rope lights are prohibited in Dell/Miller/Hollis Halls, Joseph Reynolds Hall, Allan Spivey Hall, Publix Commons/Jenkins Hall, Wesley and Nicholas Halls. All other campus residential facilities may have string and rope lights that are UL approved.

Halogen lamps, neon signs, and lava lamps are prohibited in all campus residential facilities.


Any personal or commercial solicitation (including door-to-door and distribution of advertising circulars) within campus residential facility areas or public areas is prohibited (violators should be reported to Campus Safety). Residents or official student organizations may use public and common areas with approval from Student Development. Guidelines and approval forms are available at Student Development.

Posting Signs and Information in Public Areas

The Office of Community Living reserves the right to limit the number of materials posted per event or organization to ensure equitable access to limited bulletin board space. Posters are not permitted on walls, doors or windows. All signs must be approved and stamped by the Center of Student Involvement and posted by Community Living staff.

Alcohol & Other Drugs


FSC is an alcohol prohibited campus. No alcohol is allowed in campus residential facilities or on campus. Prohibited items include empty alcohol containers (bottles, boxes, cans, kegs, or any other items that once held alcohol as packaged), and paraphernalia (including, but not limited to, items set up for water pong, items set up for flip cup, keg stands, alcohol luges, beer bongs, and drinking games materials). Shot glasses, beer steins, wine glasses and other drinkware related to alcoholic beverages are permitted (listed items will be removed and discarded if being used as part of an alcohol violation).


In compliance with state law, the illegal possession, sale or use of drugs is prohibited. Possession of drug-related paraphernalia is prohibited in any campus residential facility and is subject to confiscation. Drug paraphernalia includes any item or device which can be used to ingest or smoke an illegal substance, including but not limited to hookahs, bongs, or pipes.

Appliances & Furniture


Residents should not leave items unattended on the stove or in the oven at any time. Residents are responsible for the proper use of approved cooking appliances and attention to food items while using the appliances.


Residents of Dell/Miller/Hollis Halls, Joseph Reynolds Hall, Allan Spivey Hall, Publix Commons/Jenkins Hall, Wesley and Nicholas Halls may use the following items in their room or kitchen areas: Hot pots, electric crockpots, coffee pots, drip coffee makers, microwaves, and small George Foreman grills. Any item must have an automatic shut off feature. Any item that has an open coil (including but not limited to toasters, hot plates, and toaster ovens) is prohibited. 

All other campus residential facilities are permitted to have any kitchen appliance. 


Microwaves are allowed in residence hall rooms. They should be no larger that 4 cubic feet. All microwaves are subject to inspection by the Community Living staff.

A MicroFridge has been provided in all first year rooms and we ask that students in these areas do not bring a refrigerator or microwave to campus.


Students may bring a refrigerator provided the following guidelines are met:

The refrigerator is not to exceed 3.6 cubic feet. Full-size refrigerators are not allowed. All refrigerators must be UL-approved. Door gaskets must be in good condition. All refrigerators must be equipped with a (3) three-prong grounded outlet.

Students must maintain refrigerators in a safe and sanitary condition.

A MicroFridge has been provided in all first year rooms and we ask that students in these areas do not bring a refrigerator or microwave to campus.


There are multiple student computer labs on campus so a student shouldn’t feel obligated to bring a computer to campus. Each of the residence hall rooms is however wired for the Local Area Network (LAN). To connect to the network the computer would need a network card and a CAT 5 cable to connect.

Air Conditioners

Residents may not install air conditioners or ceiling fans in their campus residential facility room. Residents may not plug AC units into any other outlet not designed specifically for the unit. Residents may not open windows when air conditioning units are in use.

Barbecue Grills

Residents are permitted to use barbecue grills at a safe distance (15 feet or more) from all campus residential facilities. The use of grills is not permitted under covered walkways, landings, or balconies.

Propane tanks, charcoal, or lighter fluid may not be stored within the campus residential facilities.


All furniture assigned to student rooms and apartments must remain in the room. This includes bed frames, springs and mattresses. No furniture is to be removed from floor lounges or other public areas. Beds may not be elevated from the floor by cinder blocks or any means other than bunk bed units provided by Facilities Maintenance. Bunking pins can be obtained from the Office of Community Living.


Tampering with or damaging lock mechanisms is prohibited. Additional locks may not be added to doors or other college property or equipment.


It is certainly our hope that everything in your room will function properly upon your arrival and throughout the year, however, sometimes things need a little attention. Students may submit work requests to Facilities/Maintenance.

After hours emergency repairs should be called in to the Office of Safety and Security or reported to a member of the Community Living staff.


Storage space is not available on campus. If you would like to store your belongings during the summer, check out:

Metro Self Storage
624 Robin Road
Lakeland, FL 33803

Century Storage
Six Locations in Lakeland

Cubesmart (formally Ustoreit)
2200 Heritage Drive
Lakeland, FL 3380l


Residence Hall Safety & Security


Campus residential facility security is a shared responsibility of the FSC staff and residents. Do not prop open or allow doors to be propped open for any floor or building exit door. Residents should never allow people who are not their guest into the building or onto the floor. Residents should always lock their doors and carry their keys and student ID cards. Residents may not borrow or loan keys or student ID cards from each other or any other person. Residents must return keys immediately upon check-out or reassignment and must report any lost or stolen keys or student IDs.

Theft/Unauthorized Use of Property or Services

Theft of any kind or the possession of stolen property (including street signs, safety cones, and hazard barriers) is prohibited.

Firearms, Weapons, Fireworks, Explosives and Flammable Liquids

Possession and/or use of these items or look-a-likes (including but not limited to, bottle rockets and any other firework, chemical bombs of any kind, BB guns, stun guns, firearms, rifles, bayonets, bows and arrows, switch blades, knives, nunchucks, martial arts weapons, medieval weapons and slingshots) is not permitted anywhere on campus or in campus residential facilities.

No paint, paint cans, spray paint, paint thinner, tiki torches, tiki torch fuel, propane canisters for BBQ grills, charcoal lighter, cigarette lighter fluid, gasoline or gasoline cans, etc., are allowed in any campus residential facility.

Fire Safety

Arson or the setting of fire, tampering with fire safety equipment, falsely pulling fire alarms, stopping existing fire alarms, or failing to immediately evacuate during a fire alarm are all violations of state fire codes. Immediate evacuation when an alarm sounds is mandatory and re-entry into a building before the alarm is silenced is prohibited.

 Download the Emergency Action Plan for more information


All candles, candle warmers, and incense are prohibited in the residence halls. Wax warmers are permitted if it uses a light bulb as the heating source.

Halogen Lamps

Halogen lamps are prohibited in the residence halls.

Extension Cords/Multi-Plug Adapters

No extension cords are permitted in campus residential facilities. UL approved power strip with an on/off switch and surge protection are the only multi-plug adapters permitted in campus residential facilities. The power strip must be plugged directly into the outlet and may not be plugged into another power strip. Only one power strip may be used per double outlet.

Vehicles on Campus

All students are welcome to bring a car to campus as long as they obtain a parking decal from the Office of Safety and Security and properly register their car.

 Download Vehicle Registration Form


Bicycles may not be parked in the walkways, hallways, stairways, or entranceways. Bicycles may be stored in student rooms. Illegally parked bicycles will be impounded at the Campus Safety Office.

Skates & Boards

Skate boards, inline skates, hover boards, self-propelled scooters or similar devices may not be ridden anywhere inside campus residential facilities or any campus building. Persons may use these devices on walkways adjacent to the campus residential facilities for transportation only (i.e. no acrobatics) and with due regard for pedestrian walkways.

Recreational Vehicles/Transportation

Motorcycles, mopeds, scooters, and jet skis must be parked in designated areas. Under no circumstances are they allowed in the buildings.

Break Schedules


Fall Break

Communities Close

Friday, October 14 at 5:00 PM

Communities Open

Sunday, October 23 at noon

In order to stay, all residential students must register by Wednesday, October 12 at 5:00 PM.

There is a $75 late fee if received after deadline.

Register Today

Thanksgiving Break

Communities Close

Tuesday, November 22 at 5:00 PM

Communities Open

Sunday, November 27 at noon

If you need to remain on campus, you must register by Friday, November 18 at 5:00 PM. 

There is a $75 charge for Thanksgiving Break and an additional $15 late fee if received after deadline.

Register Today

Winter Break

Communities Close

Thursday, December 15 at noon

Communities Open

Sunday, January 8 at noon

Only Apartment and Off Campus House residents are able to stay over Winter Break.

If you need to remain on campus, you must register by Friday, December 9 by 5:00 PM.

There is a $150 charge for winter break and an additional $15 late fee if received after deadline.

Register Today

December Graduates Check-Out - Sunday, December 18 by noon with a Community Living Staff member.

Spring Break

Communities Close

Friday, March 3 at 5:00 PM

Communities Open

Sunday, March 12 at noon

In order to stay, all residential students must register by Wednesday, March 1 at 5:00 PM.

There is a $75 late fee if received after deadline.

Register Today