Living On Campus
The policies developed by the University exist to provide students, individually and collectively, as members of a larger community with a frame of reference and specific expectations to promote good judgment and informed decision making. These policies are not simply a list of necessary restrictions or limitations on behavior or use of physical space; they exist to inform students of both their rights and their responsibilities as resident students. Policies are designed to help ensure personal safety, care of University property, and the development of an orderly and respectful environment conducive to academic achievement and personal growth. Resident students should refer to the 2016-2017 Resident Student Housing Agreement and other information distributed throughout the year for a full description of all relevant guidelines, policies, and procedures. Behavior contrary to University policies and/or local, state, and federal laws and ordinances are addressed through established disipline review processes. Refer to your Student Code of Conduct, found in the Student Handbook, for clarification. An additional resource includes the Definitions and Appeal brouchure for the student judicial system.
In the case of emergency, be sure that you are familiar with the evacuation plan for the residence areas and the Emergency Assembly Points.
Western New England University students will have access to the dining halls when they have a meal plan. Meal plans come in different options to best fit the needs of our students. Students living in traditional residence areas are required to be part of a meal plan and students living in Gateway Village, Evergreen Village, and Southwood Hall have the option of a meal plan. In addition to the standard meal plans, students may also purchase Bear Bucks that they can use to make purchases at the Rock Café, Starbucks and Domino's Pizza. The University hopes to reduce the stress of college by making the dining process as easy as possible. Once a student has purchased a meal plan, they have access to the cafeteria from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends. Students simply need to scan their student ID to get their meal. To learn more about the different plans we offer, please see below.
Mandatory (Traditional Residence Areas) Meal Plan Information
All first year resident students participate in the University's 7 Day All Access meal plan. Students have unlimited access to the dining hall every day while it is open. Participation is automatic and is covered through the Room and Board fee.
Sophomore resident students residing in Commonwealth Hall, Plymouth Complex, and LaRiviere Living and Learning Center may elect to participate in an alternate 5 Day All Access meal plan. This plan allows for unlimited access to the dining hall when it is open Monday through Friday. Eligible students can log into their HMA account and go to the "My Room" page to change their meal plan information.
Voluntary (On-Campus Apartment Areas) Meal Plans
Meal plans for students residing in Evergreen Village, Gateway Village, and Southwood Hall differ as these on-campus apartments provide full kitchens for the preparation of meals. Eligible students can log into their HMA account and go to "My Room" to add or change a meal plan.
Once a student has elected to participate in a voluntary meal plan, participation and subsequent biling is binding for the balance of the academic year. There are two "open enrollment" periods at the start of each semeseter during which a student may change or delete his/her voluntary meal plan. Meal plan adjustments must occur by Friday, September 8, 2017 for the Fall 2017 term and Friday, January 26, 2018 for the Spring 2018 term.
Below is a summary of the meal plan options available. Additional Bear Bucks may be purchased from Student Administrative Services (SAS). Reload your Bear Bucks anytime at the Dining Services Office or visit any Aramark (Dining Services) cash register to request an "add-on" form. Meal plans are available for commuter students to purchase. Commuter students should visit the Office of Residence Life for more information.
Available Meal Plans
7 Day All Access ($3199 per semester) - unlimited access to the dining hall 7 days a week during operating hours. Includes 20 magic meals and $100 Bear Bucks.
5 Day All Access ($3116 per semester) - unlimited access to the dining hall during operating hours Monday - Friday. Includes 20 magic meal and $200 Bear Bucks.
115 Meal Plan ($1791 per semester) - 115 meals in the dining hall which can be used at any time during the semester. Includes $350 Bear Bucks and 10 Magic Meals.
85 Meal Plan ($1339 per semester) - 85 meals in the dining hall which can be used at any time during the semester. Includes $300 Bear Bucks.
55 Meal Plan ($856 per semester) - 55 Meals in the dining hall which can be used at any time during the semester. Includes $150 Bear Bucks.
Note: Bear Bucks will transfer from the fall semester to the spring semester, but they will not transfer over to the next academic year. Unused meals will not transfer over to the next semester. ALL MEAL PLANS EXPIRE AT THE END OF THE ACADEMIC YEAR.
What are magic Meals? Magic meals are extra meals that you can use to scan a visitor or a friend without a meal plan into the dining hall so that a guest can eat with you without you having your use your points.
Building Experiences Among Residents, or BEAR, is a year-long program that provides opportunities for first year students to get involved in the Western New England community, and to become acclimated as a member of the student body. A monthly calendar is produced that offers specific program opportunities selected intentionally to get students involved in the campus community. By attending and checking-in at these programs, students earn points that are applied towards their sophomore year housing selection. Two larger scale programs, in the fall-BEAR OLYMPICS and in the spring-BEAR BBQ, are also put on to provide first year students the opportunity to create an initial interaction with one another, and then to celebrate their successful completion of their first year on campus.
GET READY FOR BEAR OLYMPICS!!!
BEAR Olympics will be September 5, 2016
What are the benefits of the BEAR program?
BEAR introduces students to new opportunities to get involved in both on-campus and community-wide programming, while providing flexibility to explore their interests within their learning interest communities.
BEAR programs provide experiences that engage students in self-exploration in order to maximize strengths, challenge limitations, and enhance personal success goals.
BEAR programs include opportunities for students to connect their “in-class” learning with “real life” experiences outside the classroom environment.
What can you do in the BEAR program?
Make connections to peers and campus community
Take initiative through established opportunities, programs, and communities
Explore current interests and learn about potential new interests
Make Friends faster through common interests and Learning Interest Communities
Influence Your Future by developing leadership skills as well as by earning points toward future housing options
Tools and Resources to establish academic and personal success
For more information about the BEAR Program please contact Kymberley Hendricks, Assistant Director of Residence Life for Programming.
Where Living and Learning Merge
The Office of Residence Life offers a unique experience for students. Each member of the residential community engages in intentional learning outside of the classroom and is given the opportunity to provide feedback and participate in assessment of the program. Through this process, each student becomes a partner and facilitator, assisting each student in becoming an integral member of the Western New England University community.
Our educational priority is direct and pointed. Upon completion of residing on campus, the student will demonstrate personal responsibility and engagement within the community. This is achieved with the following outcomes in mind:
1. THE STUDENT WILL FOSTER THEIR ROLE AS A CITIZEN.
Students will recognize that responsible citizenship includes a personal commitment to respect others and actively engage in their community. The student will develop and practice skills essential for productive living as a community member. Through these experiences, the student will be prepared to craft their role as a citizen in order to positively contribute to the betterment of society.
2. THE STUDENT WILL BE ABLE TO THINK INDEPENDENTLY AND MAKE DECISIONS FOR THEMSELVES.
The student will compare and evaluate various thoughts, opinions, and beliefs in order to continuously develop their personal value system. The student will be able to articulate this value system and the perspectives it generates in order to participate in meaningful discussions in which individual viewpoints are treated with respect.
3. THE STUDENT WILL PARTICIPATE IN EXPERIENCES THAT FOSTER ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AND STIMULATE INTELLECTUAL ACTIVITY.
The student will engage in opportunities to capitalize on academic success while also recognizing learning is more than classroom performance. In doing so, they will gain the ability and desire to seek out knowledge for both its practical implications and intrinsic value. Utilizing the resources to support lifelong learning, students will be positioned to succeed in the global workforce and as contributing members of society.
With independent goals based on class year, residents will engage in well-developed and intended programs, discussions and opportunities (independently and in groups) to develop and further enhance their personal character and identity.
Senior Success Series
In collaboration with Student Activities, the Senior Success Series is the fourth installment in the Leadership Series for Western New England University students. The Senior Success Series provides programming throughout the year to aid seniors in their transition to the next step in their lives. The Senior Success Series will be holding the fourth annual "Senior Symposium" in November.
The "Senior Symposium" is an event that will help Western New England University seniors on their path to graduation. The event will feature speakers and presentations on topics which will help seniors find success in their final year and beyond, such as: Business Etiquette, Graduate School, "The Real World", Motivation, Networking, and Financial Literacy. Students will be able to get help with resume reviews as well.
Please stay tuned. More information is forthcoming. If you have questions, please contact Kymberley Hendricks at email@example.com