Thursday, February 12, 2015

Community Safety Inspections (February 15 - March 15)

The Barnard RA Staff will be conducting Community Safety Inspections (CSIs) from February 15 to March 15.

These inspections are conducted three times per year to ensure the safety of our community.  During these inspections, the RAs will enter student rooms to check for any potential concerns which may pose a danger to the residential community.  This commonly includes fire hazards (candles, extension cords, illegal appliances, etc.) and damages to the room that have not been addressed by Facilities staff (leaks, broken windows, etc.).

While inspecting rooms, staff are obligated to address any violations that they observe.  Each year, the majority of these violations are a result of students possessing items that are prohibited in the residence halls (i.e. microwaves, space heaters, candles, etc.).  We strongly encourage you to review the list of prohibited items here.

If you happen to have items that are prohibited, please be sure to remove these items immediately by either sending them home or donating them to a local charity.  You will want to make sure do this prior to the inspections beginning, as Staff members are required to confiscate any prohibited items they may come across.  Once an item has been confiscated, it cannot be returned to the student.

Any life safety equipment (smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, etc.) and/or window stoppers that have been tampered with, disabled, or removed will result in fines and disciplinary action.

We would like to thank you for working with us to make our community a safer place for everybody to live.  Your cooperation and help with conducting the CSIs is greatly appreciated.

If you have any questions about CSIs, please feel free to reach out to your RA, Associate Director, or the Residential Life & Housing Office.  We're happy to answer any questions that you may have!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Holiday Observances / Candles are Prohibited

As the holiday season begins, all of us in Residential Life & Housing would like to send along our best wishes for a successful completion to your semester and for a happy and healthy holiday season.

The holiday season is filled with special occasions and traditions which have an impact on our entire community. We would like for everyone to be safe in their observance of the holiday season.

With this in mind, please be reminded that the possession and lighting of any candles in the residence halls is prohibited. We will do our best to accommodate as many observances as possible providing they are safe for the entire community.

For example, during Hanukkah (December 16 - 24), the lighting of candles will ONLY be allowed in the following locations and during the following dates/times with the supervision of volunteers from Hillel.
  • Sulzberger Lobby -- 5-7pm Tuesday-Thursday, December 16-18
  • 616 Lounge -- 5-7pm Tuesday-Thursday, December 16-18
  • Elliott Lounge -- 5-7pm Tuesday-Thursday, December 16-18
If you would like to request to arrange something for another tradition, please be in touch with so we can assist you. Thanks for your cooperation and we wish you a very happy holiday season!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Preparing for Winter Break

As the semester is winding to a close, here is some important info about preparing to leave campus for Winter Break (or move out of the residence halls).


  • Clean fridges of food that may spoil over break.  Throw out any open food that may attract mice or bugs. 
  • Wash any dirty dishes, pots, etc.
  • Make sure all faucets, ovens, stoves, and appliances are turned off
  • Empty all trash cans.  Take bagged trash and recycling to the designated area in your building
  • Clean suite kitchens & bathrooms
  • Unplug, defrost, and leave the door open to mini fridges only (please leave kitchen refrigerators plugged in and closed)
  • Unplug all appliances (alarm clocks, lamps, computers, etc.) to save electricity.  These items can use a lot of energy if left plugged in, even when turned off!
  • Take any valuables or necessities with you (computer, jewelry, passport, medications)
  • Turn off lights and lock all doors & windows, and lower blinds to conserve heat


  • The residence halls are closed from 9am on Friday, Dec 19, 2014, through 9am on Saturday, Jan 17, 2015
  • No one may enter during this period, unless they applied and were approved for Winter Break Housing
  • During this time, College staff will check rooms to address maintenance issues & requests


  • Students must check out within 24 hours of their final scheduled exam *OR* 9am on Friday, December 19, 2014 -- whichever is earlier!
  • Extensions past the 9am Friday, December 19, 2014, check out deadline are unfortunately not available
  • Please complete a check-out envelope at your residence hall Front Desk to return your keys (and avoid fines)

We hope you have a happy & safe winter break! Good luck on your exams!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Winter Break Housing applications due Wednesday, December 3

This is a reminder that Barnard residence halls are CLOSED for Winter Break starting at 9am on Friday, December 19, and do not reopen until 9am on Saturday, January 17.

In rare cases, students may receive exceptions to remain in housing during this time. However, housing during Winter Break is not guaranteed and approval should not be assumed. Students should plan accordingly in case their request is denied.

The Winter Break Housing Request form must be submitted before 4pm on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 (note: the original deadline was moved up in order to give the College time to provide a response to students as early as possible).  Students will need to provide a valid reason to be in housing during this time and most students will need to additionally provide supplemental documentation from a supervisor, advisor, coach, etc. using the required PDF form.

From Friday, December 19, through Monday, January 5, PLIMPTON will be the *ONLY* residence hall open for approved students during Winter Break (including extensions).  616, 620, and Elliott will continue to be closed completely until Monday, January 12.  In order for requests to be considered from students whose residence halls are completely closed, they will need to submit the Winter Break Host Room form to show that they would have permission to stay in a friend's room in an open residence hall if their Winter Break request is approved.

For more information about Winter Break, please visit

NOTE:  The residence halls do not close for Fall, Thanksgiving, or Spring breaks (although most College offices, including Health Services and the dining halls, will be closed for all or part of those breaks).

Friday, November 14, 2014

December Room Change Requests

December Room Change request forms are now available to download at

Completed forms are due no later than 4pm on Wednesday, December 3, 2014, to the Residential Life & Housing office (110 Sulzberger).

If a vacancy opens up in your room / suite for the Spring, you may either recruit another student to apply for a December Room Change to your space OR encourage a student applying for Spring housing (ex. returning from abroad, applying for readmission, etc.) to request your space on their application.  In either case, you would then need to submit a Roommate / Suitemate Request Form (available at the URL above), mutually requesting your friend, before 4pm on Wednesday, December 3, 2014.

Due to the number of anticipated Spring housing applications, it is NOT possible to request to "buy out" a double as a single.  If your current roommate is leaving housing or receives a room change, you will receive a new roommate as a result of the December Room Change Request process or through Spring room assignments.

For more information about the December Room Change Request process, please visit

Monday, October 20, 2014

Heat in the Residence Halls

The weather has begun to turn cold and the heating systems in all college-owned residential buildings have been activated.

The heating system (boiler) in your building is set to automatic operation and will turn on to provide heat whenever the outside air temperature falls below 55 degrees.  During the heating season mandated by NYC (Oct – Apr), we try to maintain interior room temperatures in a range of 68-70 degrees.

In buildings with air conditioning (Sulzberger & Tower, Plimpton, Elliott, and Cathedral Gardens), AC is no longer available when the building is in the heating mode.

Please follow these helpful hints to help conserve heat:

  • Close all windows to prevent drafts and heat loss. If you are having trouble closing a window or if you feel air entering around a window, please submit a Work Order (on My.Barnard.Edu) or contact the Facilities Office.
  • Keep radiators clear of furniture, bedding, and clothing to allow unrestricted air flow around your radiator. This helps keep warm air circulating and distributes heat throughout the room.
  • If your room feels cold or a radiator appears not to be working properly, please contact the Facilities Office at 854-2041 (8am-5pm).  After 5pm and on weekends, please call 854-3362 (Public Safety) to report a cold complaint.  A Facilities mechanic will be dispatched to check and address the problem(s).
  • If you live at 601 W 110th St and your room feels cold or a radiator appears not to be working properly, please contact the 110th St Front Desk or dial 0 on your intercom (facilities concerns are handled by 110th St personnel).

Thanks, Dan Davis (Director of Barnard Facilities Services)

Friday, October 17, 2014

Important info about Winter Break

The Barnard residence halls are closed for Winter Break starting at 9am on Friday, December 19, and do not reopen until 9am on Saturday, January 17.

NOTE:  The residence halls *do not* close for Fall, Thanksgiving, or Spring breaks (although most College offices, including Health Services and the dining halls, will be closed for all or part of those breaks).

Students may not return to or live in the residence halls over Winter Break unless they have been approved for Winter Break Housing in advance.  Only students living in the residence halls for both the Fall & Spring semesters may request Winter Break Housing.

The Winter Break Housing Request form will be available online ( starting Monday, November 17, and must be submitted no later than 4pm on Wednesday, December 3, 2014.  Approval is not guaranteed.

Students who are approved for housing during Winter Break will be charged $400.

From Friday, December 19, through Monday, January 5, Plimpton will be the only residence hall open for approved students during Winter Break.  616, 620, and Elliott will continue to be closed completely until Monday, January 12.

Students who wish to be in housing when their residence hall is completely closed must secure permission to stay in the room of a student whose residence halls is open for approved Winter Break Housing students.

For more information about Winter Break, please visit

Friday, September 5, 2014

Fall Room Change Requests (Due Thur, 9/11)

Fall Room Change Request forms are now available online and are due to the Residential Life & Housing office (110 Sulzberger) before 4pm on Thursday, September 11.

For full information about the Fall Room Change process, please visit

Monday, August 25, 2014

Music Practice Room Sign Up

Student may sign up for Music Practice rooms in the Quad starting on Tuesday, September 2.  Students who are declared music majors may schedule up to 10 practice hours per week and all other students may schedule up to 5 practice hours per week.  Hours are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The room reservations are renewed each semester, so if you had a reserved time for Spring 2014, that time is no longer valid, and you must reschedule your practice room time.

Registration for practice room space will take place:

  • Tuesday, September 2, from 9am-1pm & 2-4pm 
  • Wednesday, September 3, from 9am-1pm & 2-4pm 
  • Thursday, September 4, from 9am-1pm & 2-4pm 
  • Friday, September, 5, from 9am-1pm & 2-4pm 

Registration takes place in the office of Residential Life & Housing located in 110 Sulzberger Hall.  If all of the times you were interested in choosing are taken when you arrive, you can sign up for a "non-scheduled user card."  With this card, you can go to the front desk of Sulzberger Hall 15 minutes into any hour (between 7am to 2am) and if no one has shown up for their scheduled practice time, you may use the remaining 45 minutes of that hour.

Students who live in the quad are the only students permitted to sign guests in to use or share their practice hours.  All guest policies apply.  Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Res Life at or at (212) 854-5561.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Give-N-Go Green (Barnard EcoReps)

It's that time of year again...  GIVE-N-GO GREEN!

  • May 8-16 (& through 9am, May 22 for graduating seniors)
  • Please do *NOT* donate any items after 9am on May 22!  We have groups coming to do pick-ups so please be courteous of the system! :]

For those of you who may not be familiar with this event, GIVE-N-GO GREEN provides Barnard students with an opportunity to donate items that you don't need any more, don't have room to pack, or you would rather not be wasteful and donate to an organization/person who can use it!  Barnard donates your stuff to a couple of great organizations including Rock and Wrap it Up, Goodwill, and Project Grad bag!

As EcoReps, we coordinate GIVE-N-GO GREEN and work in collaboration with Facilities and Residential Life to provide you multiple drop-off locations throughout campus.

Starting today, we will be collecting clothes, appliances, non-perishable food, electronics, partially used toiletries, and other items of the same sort.  All items must be clean, washed, and in good condition as we are donating these to other people.

There will be collection stations in the following locations:

  • Sulzberger Lobby
    (only through 5pm on Fri, May 16 only -- items may not be left after that date/time)
  • Elliot Lounge (3rd floor lounge)
  • 616 Lounge
  • Plimpton TV Lounge
  • Cathedral Gardens 10th Floor Lounge
  • 110th Street (area off lobby)

What you can donate:

  • clean, washed clothing, sheets, and towels
  • canned, unopened, non-perishable food stuffs
  • working appliances and housewares
  • usable furniture
  • full or half-used cleaning supplies, toiletries or hygiene products
  • plastic bags

What not to donate (should go in the trash or recycling)

  • anything broken, dirty, ripped, or unusable for other people
  • your old chemistry notes, trash and recycling, etc.

Remember that these things are going to people who need them. THIS IS NOT TRASH!

Past GIVE-N-GO GREENS have generated:

  • 3 full 17ft moving trucks of items donated to the Salvation Army
  • 1 pickup truck full of food donated to the church soup kitchen on 114th & Broadway
  • 15,000 plastic bags to be recycled via Fairway grocery store

If you have any questions about GIVE-N-GO GREEN or want to get involved, email us!!