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Residence Life & Housing

Always visit the Residence Life and Housing webpage for up-to-date information and policies.

Residence Halls

Whitworth requires each student to live in a residence hall for the first two years after graduation from high school. Research shows that students living on campus tend to earn higher grades, express higher levels of satisfaction, and experience greater personal growth; they are also less likely to drop out. In short, the residence experience contributes significantly to a student's education. If you have questions about the residency requirement, please contact us at 509.777.3271 or visit

Roommate Conflicts

While we make meticulous effort to match your student with the best possible roommate, conflicts can occur. If a roommate conflict does occur, please encourage your student to communicate with his/her roommate about the problem. If this fails to resolve the issue, your student should seek help from his/her resident assistant. The resident assistant (RA) is a student leader who has been trained to help roommates work through their differences. We have found that most students learn to resolve conflicts and live together successfully, with very few roommate conflicts necessitating a room change. For more information, please visit

Furniture and Supplies

Students living on campus should familiarize themselves with what furnishings Whitworth provides, what students should bring to their rooms, and what they should leave at home. More information is provided on the Whitworth Residence Life & Housing webpages:

Storage Space

Each residence hall has limited summer storage space for students' belongings, and each building manages its own storage space. This space is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. While storage space is locked at all times, students store items at their own risk: The university assumes no responsibility for lost, stolen or damaged items.

Housing Contracts

Policies pertaining to housing and occupancy are stated in detail in the Whitworth Housing Contract and in the student handbook. This contract must be signed by all students planning to live on campus. Students and parents are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the housing contract and with the student handbook. To view the current housing contract, please visit

Off-Campus Residence

The board of trustees has made living on campus part of Whitworth's educational design. Exceptions to the residency requirement include students within commuting distance living at home with their parents, as well as students living at home with a spouse or dependent child. For more information, please visit


Students may visit the rooms of other students, including those of the opposite sex, in the residence halls. Individual halls determine specific policies for quiet hours and visitation hours. All members of the hall are expected to understand and comply with university policies and to make these policies known to their guests.


The housing office has established a policy and guidelines regarding overnight guests of Whitworth students living on campus. All student hosts of overnight guests must register their guests within 12 hours of the guests' arrival. To register a guest, use the form found at The right of a student to live in reasonable privacy takes precedence over the privilege of his or her roommate to entertain a guest. Additionally, the university provides and maintains its residences for the use of legitimate rent-paying students. Visit the Guest Visitor Policy page for details.

Food Services

All students living on campus are required to purchase a meal plan provided by Sodexo Food Services. Students make meal-plan selections when they submit their housing preference forms. Each meal card can be used only by the person who has paid for the plan. Sodexo allows a grace period of 10 days at the beginning of each semester, during which a student may switch meal plans as desired. Changes must be made through Sodexo also provides meals for students who are unable to make it to the dining hall, such as students who are very sick, who have special diets, or who require a sack lunch. Visit or call 509.777.4643.


Each student has access to email and the Internet through computer labs located in various buildings around campus, and through network connections in each residence-hall room.

For information about the process through which students connect to the campus network, see

The campus is set up with an 802.11 b/g/n wireless network, with all public areas wired for access. Student-installed wireless-access points and routers are not allowed on our network; when we find them, we will disable them. They compete with our wireless system and create support issues by issuing incorrect network addresses to other computers in the residence halls. Please do not bring a wireless-access device to campus.

See for answers to additional questions. If you have questions that the site does not address, please feel free to call or email Technical Support Manager Jerrod Jackson at 509.777.4208 or

Campus Behavioral Policies

In addition to our adherence to civil and criminal laws, we have established the following policies that represent the behavioral expectations of the Whitworth community.

As with all behavioral policies, Whitworth's goals are 1) to end the offending behavior; 2) to prevent its recurrence; and 3) to remedy its effects on the complainant and the university community. 

Visit the Campus Behavioral Expectations page to learn more about our policies.

Community Cooperation Expectations

The cohesiveness of any community depends upon the willingness of its members to cooperate to promote community values and ideals. While this cooperation should extend to all members of the community, it is especially important that we cooperate with those members of the Whitworth community who have been entrusted with responsibility for the enforcement of behavioral policies. At a minimum, such cooperation must include a willingness to identify oneself when asked to do so and a commitment to avoid all actions clearly identifiable as hostile or threatening. Members responsible for enforcement of behavioral policy include security personnel, residence-life staff and HUB personnel. Students who fail to cooperate with community employees as prescribed in this policy are subject to disciplinary action, which may include suspension from the university for the remainder of the academic term and for the term following any violation.


Visit to view academic, event, and residence-hall opening-and-closing calendars.

Vacation Breaks

Residence halls are open during Thanksgiving and Jan Term breaks. Students are required to leave their rooms during Christmas Break and Spring Break, since live-in staff members are not available to assist in emergencies. Before making travel plans, please check the residence-hall opening and closing dates and times for the 2015-16 academic year. If you have questions, please urge your student to check with his/her RA or RD or with the housing office prior to purchasing non-refundable travel tickets.

Final Exams and Travel Arrangements

All students are required to take final exams at their scheduled times. Please be sure to check with your student before making any travel arrangements or buying airline tickets.

Orientation Weekend

Orientation Weekend offers seminars for parents of new students. (See the "Sneak Peek" flyer enclosed in the summer parent mailing.) You're encouraged to attend one seminar or both.

Family Weekend (Oct. 13-15, 2017)

This weekend gives parents and families the opportunity to get to know Whitworth better, through faculty-led mini- presentations, varsity athletics events, worship, and Whitworth Theatre's fall production. Time is also set aside for parents to enjoy on-campus visits with their students. For more information and to register, visit

Car Registration and Vehicle Policies

Whitworth's campus has been designed as a walking campus. The Whitworth Vehicle Operations Policy provides guidelines for those given the privilege of operating a motor vehicle on campus. The purpose of this policy is to reduce pedestrian risk, promote safe vehicle operation, and generally regulate traffic and parking on campus. The administration of the policy is delegated to Whitworth's director of facilities services. For the most up-to-date information, please visit the Facilities Services Vehicle Registration and Parking page by clicking here.

Whitworth reserves the right to revoke driving and parking privileges when a student has abused these privileges. Repeat offenders' vehicles or unauthorized vehicles are subject to towing or impoundment at the expense of the owner/operator. Please read the Vehicle Operations Policy carefully. If you have any questions, please contact Whitworth Facilities Services at 509.777.5254 during business hours, or Whitworth Security at 509.777.3712 or ext. 4444 day or night.

Personal Property Insurance

Whitworth University is unable to insure the personal property of students and will not reimburse students for losses associated with their personal property. We simply cannot define in advance the limits on the value of student property. If items are stolen from a student's room or from student storage, or if they are damaged because of a ruptured water pipe, etc., the university will not pay to replace those items.

Personal-property insurance may be purchased for residence-hall-room contents through numerous insurance companies. We also encourage students and parents to check their homeowners' policies, as many include coverage for on-campus belongings when students are away at school. If you have questions regarding this option, please contact the student life program assistant at 509.777.4532.

Safety and Security

The Whitworth Office of Safety and Security is here to serve students, faculty and staff of the campus community, ensuring their safety and security around the clock. The office's stated mission is attainable only with the support and assistance of the entire campus community: "Providing a safe and secure environment where students can learn and teachers can teach."

Visit the Safety and Security webpage for more information.

Emergency Response

The safety and well-being of the campus community is the highest priority of Whitworth University. We have put in place the staff, planning and resources necessary to respond effectively to a broad range of possible emergencies. A foundational principle of our crisis-communications plan is to be proactive and open in communicating with students, parents, employees and others.

Visit the Emergency Response webpage for detailed information and plans.

Title IX

Whitworth University strives to ensure an educational environment conducive to equity and fairness for all students and employees. Our mission – to provide our students with an education of mind and heart, equipping them to honor God, follow Christ, and serve humanity – denotes a commitment to equality that we wholeheartedly embrace.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. § 1681) is an all-encompassing federal law that prohibits discrimination based on the gender of students and employees of educational institutions that receive federal financial assistance. It states the following:

"No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance..."

Our willing compliance with this law is managed by Vice President for Student Life, Dean of Students, and Title IX Coordinator Rhosetta Rhodes, who can be reached at 509.777.4238 or

For more information about Title IX at Whitworth, visit the Title IX webpage.