Sunday, January 31, 2016

Disability Housing Accommodation Request Deadline (Thur, Feb 18)

If you will be returning to Barnard for Fall 2016 and need a housing accommodation for a diagnosed disability and/or medical condition, you must submit a Disability Housing Accommodation Request (DHR).

Types of accommodations may include: accessible spaces for mobility needs, room with a strobed fire alarm, assignment to a building with central air-conditioning, assignment to a single room, etc.

The deadline to submit a DHR to the Office of Disability Services (ODS) is 4PM THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2016.

Students who may have received accommodations in the past must re-apply each year to be reconsidered. Previous accommodations are not automatically extended without submitting an updated request for the upcoming academic year.

For more information, please visit

Friday, January 22, 2016

Spring Room Change Requests (Due Thur, 1/28)

Spring Room Change Request forms are now available online and are due to the Residential Life & Housing office (110 Sulzberger) before 4pm on Thursday, January 28, 2016.

For full information about the Spring Room Change Request process, please visit

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Music Practice Room Sign-Ups for the Spring

Spring Semester Sign-Ups for the Music Practice Rooms in the basement of Sulzberger Hall will take place on the following dates. Sign-up takes place at the Res Life office (110 Sulzberger):

  • Tuesday, January 19, 9am-1pm & 2-4pm
  • Wednesday, January 20, 9am-1pm & 2-4pm
  • Thursday, January 21, 9am-1pm & 2-4pm
  • Friday, January 22, 9am-1pm & 2-4pm

The sign-up schedule is *renewed each semester*. That means that the schedule students signed up for in Fall 2015 is no longer active. Students who wish to use the practice rooms this semester must sign up for new times.

  • Declared music majors may reserve up to *10* practice hours per week in any one of the 3 practice rooms.
  • All other students may sign up for up to *5* practice hours per week in any one of the 3 rooms.

Practice hours are chosen on a first-come, first-served basis. They go fast, so the earlier you sign up the better your chances are for choosing desirable hours!

If all of the times you were interested in choosing are taken when you arrive, you can sign up as a "non-scheduled user" -- this would allow you to use a practice room if the scheduled user has not shown up 15 minutes after the hour (i.e. you could use the remaining 45 minutes of the timeslot).

Note: students who live in the Quad are the only students permitted to sign guests in to share their practice hours. All College guest policies apply.

If you have any questions, please contact Res Life at 212-854-5561, or stop by our office (110 Sulzberger).

Monday, December 14, 2015

Preparing for Winter Break / End of Semester

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 if you're not returning for the Spring).


  • 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).  You will *not* be able to retrieve items during the break.
  • Turn off lights and lock all doors & windows, and lower blinds to conserve heat

  • The residence halls are closed from 9am on Thursday, Dec 24, 2015, through 9am on Saturday, Jan 16, 2016
  • Students may NOT enter during this period, unless they are approved for Winter Break Housing or Early Winter Return (so please make sure you take important items with you that you will need over the break!)
  • During this time, College staff will check rooms to address maintenance issues / requests.  Any prohibited items will be confiscated.   Any fire safety equipment or windows stoppers that have been tampered with will result in fines & disciplinary action.


  • Please make sure that you cancelled your housing for the Spring!
  • You must finish moving out before 9am on Thurs, Dec 24, 2015.  Extensions are *not* available.
  • Complete a check-out envelope at your residence hall Front Desk to return your keys (and avoid fines)

For more information and/or copies of the Check-Out Reminder Signs that RAs posted on room/suite doors, please visit

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

Monday, December 7, 2015

Holiday Observances / Candles are prohibited

As the holiday season begins, 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 & 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 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.

  • December 6 - 13, 5-7pm
    • Sulz Lobby
    • 600 Lounge
    • 616 Lounge
    • Elliott lounge
  • No more than 2 menorahs may be lit in each location.

If you would like to request to arrange something for another tradition, please be in touch with as soon as possible so we can assist you.

Thanks for your cooperation and we wish you a very happy holiday season!

Monday, November 23, 2015

December Room Change Requests

DECEMBER ROOM CHANGE REQUEST FORMS are now available to download at

Completed forms are due to the Res Life office (110 Sulzberger) before 4pm on Monday, December 7, 2015.

If a vacancy opens up in your room / suite for the Spring, you may encourage a friend to request to move in by submitting a December Room Change Request form *OR* by specifying your room/suite on their housing application (i.e. students returning from abroad, readmitted to the College, commuters wanting to move on-campus).  You will also need to submit a ROOMMATE / SUITEMATE REQUEST FORM ( mutually requesting your friend, before 4pm on Monday, December 7, 2015.

NOTE:  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.

70+ visiting international students are coming to Barnard this Spring from Australia, China, Denmark, Ireland, Italy, Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Russia, Spain, the United Kingdom, and Venezuela.  If you have a space opening up in your room / suite and would be interested in living with a visiting student, please email

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

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Winter Break / Applying for Early Winter Return

The residence halls will close for Winter Break at 9AM ON THURSDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2015.  For a list of important reminders & tasks re: closing up your room for the break, please visit

The residence halls reopen for students to return for the Spring semester at 9AM ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 16, 2016.

Students with valid needs may apply for EARLY WINTER RETURN, i.e. to return to campus housing early starting at 9am on Sunday, January 10, 2016.

The Early Winter Return Application form is now available now to print out at  Students must additionally provide documentation with their application to support their request to return early to campus housing.

The deadline to submit the Early Winter Return application to the Residential Life & Housing office (110 Sulzberger) is 4PM, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4 2015.

Please note that Early Winter Return is not guaranteed and approval should not be assumed.  Students should plan accordingly in case their request cannot be approved.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Apply to be an RA for the 2016-17 Academic Year! (mandatory info sessions)

What do Hillary Clinton, Katie Couric, & Kerry Washington all have in common?  They were all resident assistants (RAs) in college!

Do you want to make a difference in other students' lives at Barnard?  Being an RA is your chance to have an impact and be part of a team of hardworking, caring, and dynamic individuals.

To apply to be an RA for the 2016-17 academic year, you must attend one of the following information sessions:

Fri, Nov 132pmElliott, 1st Fl Conference Room
Sun, Nov 156pmSulz Tower, 17th Fl North
Mon, Nov 167:30pmSulz Tower, 17th Fl North
Tue, Nov 178pmSulz Tower, 17th Fl North

For more information (including application materials), please visit

We hope to see you at one of the upcoming Information Sessions!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Community Safety Inspections (October 1-31)

The Barnard RA Staff will be conducting Community Safety Inspections (CSIs) through the end of October.  Residential Life & Housing conducts CSIs 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 dangers to the residential community. This commonly includes fire hazards (candles, extension cords, illegal appliances, etc.) and concerns that need to be addressed by Facilities staff (leaks, broken windows, etc.).

While inspecting rooms, RAs 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 items that students may not possess in the residence halls.

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. RAs are required to confiscate any prohibited items that they 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.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Fall Room Change Requests (Due Thur, 9/17)

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 17, 2015.

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