Student safety is a top priority at UCF. There are a number of systems and programs in place to ensure an environment that is welcoming, secure, and fosters learning. Each residence hall has staff available 24 hours a day to assist residents with any concern that may arise. Our Residence Life staff is among the first responders for any student concern and have been trained to handle concerns throughout the school year. The first step in anyone’s safety is learning how best to protect themselves.
An effective residence hall security program depends on:
We have taken many steps to provide you with a safe and secure place to live on campus. We call upon all members of our community, including you, to help keep ours halls safe and secure. By following a few common sense precautions to safety, the residence halls and apartments will remain, as they are, a safe place for everyone to live.
We have taken steps such as placing video cameras outside of building exits to monitor against intruders, placing smoke detectors in each room and requiring University employees and service personnel to wear IDs. However, any amount of prevention can go only so far. All the fire equipment in the halls will not prevent a fire that is caused by carelessness with an illegal candle or appliance. Nor can residence life staff and the UCF Police Department prevent thefts from your room if the door is left unlocked.
Once each semester, the residence hall staff will conduct health and safety inspections. Notice will be posted at least 24 hours in advance. These inspections are designed to protect you from conditions that may be harmful to the community. If there are unsafe or unhealthy conditions in your room, you will be asked to correct these. During health and safety inspections, staff members may not open closed closets, drawers, refrigerators, or luggage. If you feel like your room has been inspected inappropriately, contact your community’s Coordinator of Residence Life and Education.
You will be issued a key at the beginning of the year during check-in, and you are responsible for that key the rest of the year. You should keep your key with you at all times.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the University will provide reasonable accommodations for a student residing in University housing who has a qualifying physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities and has a record of such impairment or is regarded as having such impairment.
Housing and Residence Life is committed to ensuring that, to the greatest extent possible, housing facilities, programs and services are available for all students. Reasonable accommodations may be requested to meet an individual’s accessibility needs.
A student who wishes to bring an assistance animal to live in student housing must make a request to Housing & Residence Life with documentation of need. This information will allow the university to assess the request. Begin the process by completing the medical accommodation request process or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to request information about an assistance animal. Before contacting the department, it is very important to review the information below:
Pets are not permitted at UCF or in student housing accommodations, except as authorized by the University. UCF will consider requests for a “reasonable” accommodation from a student with a documented disability to permit the presence of a service animal or an emotional support assistance animal if the animal is both necessary because of a student’s disability and reasonable under the circumstances.
Assistance animals can be either a service animal or an emotional support animal.
Under the ADA, a service animal is defined as a dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability. The task(s) performed by the dog must be directly related to the person’s disability.
Under the Fair Housing Act, an ESA is a companion animal in the housing environment that provides emotional support or other therapeutic benefit to an individual with a disability, such as alleviating or mitigating one or more identified symptoms or effects of a person’s disability. While dogs are commonly used as service animals, other types of animals may serve a person with a disability as an emotional support assistance animal.
In order to provide the most healthy environment possible for our residents, we do offer housing room assignment consideration based on dietary restrictions resulting from religious believes (ex. Kosher or Halaal) or lifestyle choices (ex. vegetarian or vegan). Specific accommodations may include apartment style housing with a kitchen, access to a community kitchen, or roommates with similar dietary restrictions.
Students who have specific dietary restrictions should answer “Yes” to the question “Do you have a dietary restriction that may require a specific housing accommodation?” on the “Important Information” page of the online housing agreement. You will then be prompted to enter additional information about your dietary request on the “Additional Information” page.
Submitting the Dietary Accommodations Request form does not guarantee a space in housing, or the specific accommodation requested, but we will do our best to honor as many requests as possible. Our ability to honor the dietary accommodation requests depends on the space available and the number of students requesting accommodations.
Please note that the Dietary Accommodations form is NOT intended for students with life-threatening or very severe food allergies or sensitivities (ex. peanut allergy resulting in anaphylaxis, diabetes, celiac disease). If you have a condition that requires dietary restrictions and can be verified by a healthcare provider, you should complete our Accommodations Request Form instead.
UCF Housing and Residence Life works with self-identifying trans students on an individual basis to find the living situation that will work best for each student. On the “Personal Information” page of the housing application, you may answer ‘Yes’ to the question “Does your gender identity differ from your legally assigned gender?” (your legal sex as listed on your admissions application is shown on the ‘Important Information’ page).
Students checking “Yes” will be prompted to enter additional information on the “Additional Information” page regarding their needs and requests.
Some previous accommodations for students have included informing residence staff of preferred names and/or pronouns upon request, 1 bed/1 bath apartments, being paired with another trans student, and being paired with roommate(s) who are allies. We cannot guarantee that any or all of these options will be available, as options depend on space and student self-identification, but we try our best to make sure all students feel comfortable and safe in their living environments.
For additional resources and campus support for transgender students, please contact UCF Social Justice and Advocacy.
UCF is committed to creating and maintaining a campus free from all forms of discrimination, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking and retaliation. Sexual harassment and violence is not tolerated at UCF. When reports of sexual harassment and violence are made, UCF takes them seriously and will respond. As a University, we are dedicated to ensuring compliance with all federal and state laws and University policies and regulations that prohibit discrimination based on the sex and gender identity of employees and students.
UCF designed the Let’s Be Clear website to provide every UCF student, employee and community member with information regarding what constitutes sexual harassment and sexual violence, as well as what support and resources are available should such misconduct occur. Through this website, the university is raising awareness about UCF’s nondiscrimination policies, employees’ reporting obligations and individuals’ options, and UCF’s extensive prevention programming.
The federal government launched Not Alone, a website featuring information for students, schools, and anyone interested in finding resources on how to respond to and prevent sexual assault on college and university campuses and in our schools. Find a crisis service, learn more about your rights and how to file a complaint, and view a map of resolved school-level enforcement activities.
Click here to learn more.
According to the EPA, there is no practical way to eliminate all mold and fungal spores in an indoor environment. Mold spores waft through the indoor and outdoor air continually. When the fungal spores land on a damp spot indoors, they may begin reproducing, creating an environment for mold to form. Mold can be found almost anywhere, and can grow on virtually any substance where moisture is present. Along with damp conditions and a necessary food source such as wood, dry-wall, fabrics carpet, groceries, etc., mold may grow. The way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture, which requires diligence living in Florida.
Water problems or leaks should be reported, identified, and corrected as soon as possible. These include dripping pipes, leaks, floods, and rainwater coming in through windows, etc. Submit work orders by clicking here.
In order to reduce the possibility of spores reproducing, relative humidity indoors should be kept at or near 60%. In order to accomplish this, all residential students should:
For more in-depth information on mold visit EPA Mold Resources.
Residents are encouraged to monitor emergency information via the University of Central Florida website. The Department of Housing and Residence Life staff will inform residents of necessary preparations in the event of a hurricane.
Depending on the level of severity of the hurricane, the Department of Housing and Residence Life may initiate Ride-Out plans. Residents will be notified in advance of Ride-Out locations. If Ride-Out locations are designated, students living in the Orlando main campus housing facilities will be required to leave their residence and report to a designated Ride-Out. A photo ID is required during check-in at Ride-Out locations.
Residents unable to go home must comply with the following directions.
The University is not responsible for damages to, or for loss of, personal property as a result of a hurricane or any weather-related event.
If you have questions, please see a UCF staff member or ask an RA.
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