Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Summer Storage Options

As we approach the end of the academic year, we hope that you are able to find a bit of time to consider your possible summer storage needs.  As a reminder, the College is unfortunately not able to provide any storage for returning students' belongings over the summer.

For the past 19 years, Barnard has worked with SummerStorage.org to facilitate storage options for returning students.

The SummerStorage.org team will be on campus from 10am-4pm on Wednesday-Friday, May 11-13, 2016, and will be set up outside of Sulzberger (or inside Barnard Hall if it's raining).

They will have boxes, tape, packing supplies, and staff to assist you in moving very heavy items.  For information about prices and other questions, please visit summerstorage.org, email the owner Angelo Reda at avreda@aol.com, or call 516-729-5169.

Students who plan to make use of the SummerStorage.org service are encouraged to email the following information to avreda@aol.com as soon as possible:

  • Your LAST Name
  • Your Mobile Phone #
  • The number of boxes you anticipate needing

By doing so, empty boxes will be pre-labeled with your name and ready for you to pick up from them during the date/times above to pack your belongings!

Please note that there are other vendors who provide summer storage services and if you elect to choose one that comes to your room/suite to retrieve your items, you MUST be present to meet the person(s) at the front desk & must sign them in as a guest.  No vendors will be given permission to go to your room/suite without you being present.  A list of some additional summer storage vendors is available online at barnard.edu/reslife/services/storage.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

2016 Summer Housing Applications (due 4/29)

Information about applying for 2016 Summer Housing at Barnard is now available online.

Housing is available for Summer Session 1 (May 22 - July 1) and Session 2 (July 4 - August 12).  May & August Interim Housing is also available for students with Spring and/or Fall room assignments in Barnard housing.

The deadline for Summer Housing applications is 4PM on FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2016.  Priority will be determined by date of application.  Late applications cannot be accepted.

Students must pay a $50 non-refundable APPLICATION FEE to the Bursar Office (Milbank 015) before the deadline in order for their application to be considered.  

Students eligible for College-Subsidized or Summer Research Institute (SRI) Housing must additionally submit the required APPROVAL SIGNATURES FORM before 4pm on Wednesday, April 27, 2016.

Students who may need a housing accommodation for a disability or chronic medical condition must submit a Disability Housing Request before 4pm on Friday, April 22.  Students are required to re-apply for accommodations each summer, even if they have received an accommodation in the past (or have already submitted a request for the following academic year).

NOTE: Residential Life & Housing does not grant approvals for College-Subsidized Summer Housing and cannot answer questions regarding the eligibility of specific positions.   If you will be working for/with an office/program that you believe may qualify you for College-Subsidized or SRI Housing, please speak to your supervisor as soon as possible.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Summer Office Assistant Positions available

Residential Life & Housing is looking to hire 2-3 Office Assistants for Summer 2016!

If you are interested in staying at Barnard this summer, connecting with amazing people, and gaining valuable work and life experience, look no further!

More information about the position and a link to the application can be found at https://barnard.edu/reslife/employment/summer/.

Summer OAs must be able to work 30-35 hours per week and will qualify to pay the subsidized rate for summer housing.

The online application must be submitted by this Friday, March 25th at 4pm. Applicants must also submit a hard copy of their resume to the Residential Life & Housing Office (110 Sulzberger) before March 25th at 4pm.

Thank you for your interest!   We look forward to hearing from you!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Spring Break Information

All residence halls remain open during Spring Break; however, some campus offices may be closed or have reduced hours or services.

  • Hewitt Dining Hall & the Diana Cafe will close after lunch on Friday, March 11.  Hewitt will reopen on Sunday, March 20, for Late-Night, and the Diana Cafe will reopen on Monday, March 21.
  • Primary Care & Furman Counseling Services will be closed.  If you need to speak to someone regarding medical or psychological concerns, please contact the Clinician-On-Call at 855-622-1903 or contact Barnard Public Safety at 212-854-6666.
  • The Barnard Library (Lefrak Center) will be open 10am-6pm Monday-Friday (March 14-18).  It will be closed Saturday & Sunday, March 12 & 13, and Saturday, March 19, before opening for regular hours on Sunday, March 20.  For more information, please visit http://library.barnard.edu/access/hours
  • The Student Mail Room window in Altschul will be open Monday-Friday, 11am-4:45pm (i.e. will not be open late on Monday or Thursday).
  • Barnard Public Safety (212-854-6666, Barnard Hall Lobby) remains open 24 hours a day through Spring Break.  Additionally, there will be a Res Life staff person on-call during the break (who can be contacted through Barnard Public Safety or your residence hall front desk).

As a reminder, Minors (16 years old and younger) may NOT enter the residence halls as guests during Spring Break (http://barnard.edu/reslife/policies/guests/minors).

We hope you have a safe & relaxing Spring Break! 

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Community Safety Inspections (through March 15)

The Barnard RA Staff will be conducting Community Safety Inspections (CSIs) through March 15, 2016.

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!

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 http://barnard.edu/reslife/roomselection/disability.

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 http://barnard.edu/reslife/roomchanges/spring.

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).

BEFORE YOU LEAVE FOR BREAK...

  • 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
ALL RESIDENCE HALLS ARE CLOSED FOR WINTER BREAK

  • 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.

IF YOU ARE NOT RETURNING TO CAMPUS HOUSING FOR THE SPRING...

  • 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 http://barnard.edu/reslife/winterbreak/.

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 housing@barnard.edu as soon as possible so we can assist you.

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