Residence Life

Meet The Staff

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Meet Our Staff

Professional Staff


Scott MitchellScott Mitchell
Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Residence Life
M.S.W., University of North Dakota
B.A., Wartburg College
Phone:  815-226-4026
Fax:  815-394-3730

Scott Mitchell is the Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Residence Life and joined the Rockford University staff in September 2016.  Scott is originally from Nevada, Iowa and received a Bachelor of Arts in social work with a minor in psychology from Wartburg College (Waverly, IA).  He holds a Master of Social Work degree with an emphasis in health from the University of North Dakota (Grand Forks, ND).  Scott is currently pursuing an Ed.D. in Higher Education and Organizational Change from Benedictine University (Lisle, IL).  

Scott brings over twenty years of professional experience in residence life and college student affairs to Rockford University.  Upon completion of his Bachelor of Arts degree, he began his professional career in residence life serving as a hall director and residence life coordinator at multiple institutions:  North Dakota State University, University of North Dakota, and the University of Northern Iowa.  Scott went on to serve as an Assistant Director of Education and Development at Missouri State University and most recently as the Director of Campus Student Affairs at Ashford University (Clinton, IA).  These positions also allowed the opportunity to gain experience in academic advising, as well as an instructor of Liberal Arts courses focusing on resident assistants and student development.

Scott is a member of the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International (ACUHO-I); American College Personnel Association (ACPA); Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA); Great Lakes Association of College and University Housing Officers (GLACUHO); and the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA). 


John Nicholson
Residence Hall Director – Small Houses Complex
M.S.E., Fort Hays State University
B.S. Truman State University
Phone: 815-394-5028
Fax: 815-394-3730

John Nicholson is the Residence Hall Director for the small houses, he joined the Rockford University staff in June of 2017. John is originally from Glenview, Illinois and received a Bachelor of Science in justice systems and a minor in economics from Truman State University (Kirksville, MO). He also holds a Master of Science in Education from Fort Hays State University (Hays, KS).

As a new professional John is actively engaged in multiple associations including Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA) and the Association for Orientation, Transition, and Retention (NODA). John is a new member in Great Lakes Association of College and University Housing Officers (GLACUHO).


Molly HutchcroftMolly Hutchcroft
Residence Hall Director – Cummings Complex and Olson Hall
M.S.W., University of Denver
B.A. Psychology, DePaul University
Phone: 815-226-4094
Fax: 815-394-3730

Molly Hutchcroft is the Residence Hall Director for Cummings Complex and Olson Hall. She joined the Rockford University staff in August 2017 after graduating with her Master’s Degree in Social Work, with a concentration on mental health, from the University of Denver. Prior to living in Denver, CO, Molly lived in Chicago for four years while pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at DePaul University. She is originally from Hiawatha, IA.

Working with many different populations over the past six years, Molly brings a new perspective to Rockford University. Molly began working with college students when she was at DePaul University by being a Resident Advisor and being on the executive board for Residence Hall Council. When she graduated and moved to Denver, she began working with children 5-17 years of age with behavioral and mental health concerns in a residential setting providing crisis response. She also worked with college students who had experienced interpersonal violence, brought in discussions about interpersonal violence into the classrooms, and assisted with many other events to bring awareness about interpersonal violence to the college environment. Molly has also worked with adults struggling with substance use and mental health. Molly is a recent member of the Great Lakes Association of College and University Housing Officers (GLACUHO) and hopes to become a member of other Student Affairs organizations.

Resident Assistants

Barnes Hall


Academic Year: Junior 
Major: Anthropology & Sociology-Criminal Justice
Hometown: Rockford, IL


Caster Hall


Academic year: Senior
Major: Biology
Hometown: Dubuque, IA


Dayton Hall



Academic Year: 


Ekvall Hall



Academic Year: 


Emerson Hall


Academic Year: Senior
Major: 2-D Fine Art
Hometown: Davis, IL


Lathrop Hall


Academic Year: Senior
Major: Computer Science
Hometown: Shreveport, LA


Olson Hall


Academic Year: Sophomore
Major: Biology, Pre-Med
Hometown: Pecatonica, IL


McPhail Hall


Academic Year: Sophomore
Major: Biology, Pre-vet
Hometown: Santa Fe, NM


Svenson Hall



Academic Year: 


Talcott Hall


Academic Year: Sophomore
Major: History
Hometown: Rockford, IL


Residence Life
Kent Center--2nd floor
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
fax: 815-394-3730
Scott Mitchell, Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Residence Life

Mon-Fri - 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Residence Life

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We are pleased to welcome you to residential living at Rockford University. Residential living provides students with unlimited opportunities to live and grow during college outside of the classroom. Interacting with peers, assuming responsibility for individual and community standards, and creating a living space that is your own are all benefits of living on-campus.

Between studying, getting involved in student organizations, participating in community service and volunteering, most Rockford students are active and engaged in their community. Residential living adds to your college experience by providing you with an opportunity to do all of these things while living in an active, vibrant community with your peers.

Each Rockford University residence hall provides a community learning-living environment that is as unique as the students that live there. Here are some features common to our residence halls:

  • Internet access in every room
  • Nice-sized rooms (singles, doubles, and suites)
  • Convenient kitchenettes
  • Lounges with televisions
  • Opportunities to make new friends from all over the world

Interested in learning more?
We invite you to check out the Web site as you’ll find information about our residence halls, staff members, policies, safety, and much more. You can also contact a member of the Residence Life staff at


Current Students

Current students need to complete the housing and meal plan contract before they can participate. The housing preference form only needs to be filled out by students who will be new to the Rockford University residence halls.

Complete all three forms below and send a $100 housing deposit to Student Administrative Services (SAS) in order to be placed in housing.

Contact Information

Scott Mitchell, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Residence Life

Molly Hutchcroft, Residence Hall Director, Cummings Complex & Olson Hall

John Nicholson, Residence Hall Director, Small Houses

Roommate Bill of Rights

Roommates have a great responsibility to respect and be respected. We encourage you to discuss the following with your roommate(s):

  • The right to read and study in your room free from undue interference.
  • The right to sleep without undue disturbance from noise, guests of roommates, etc.
  • The right to a clean living environment.
  • The right to access the room and facilities without pressure from a roommate(s).
  • The right to personal privacy.
  • The right to house a guest. We expect that guests respect the rights of the host’s roommate and other hall residents, and are registered through our Safety & Security Office or with their RA if they plan to stay overnight.
  • The right to be free from fear and intimidation, physical and/or emotional harm.
  • The right to confront and resolve situations. Staff members are available to help mediate the resolution of conflicts.


As a member of the Rockford University residential and academic communities, residents assume special responsibility for the University’s conduct regulations and policies. These policies were adopted to ensure that the community is able to maintain a safe environment and an atmosphere conducive to learning and growing. The policies are primarily enforced by the Residence Life and Safety & Security staffs, but residents should also be playing a role in taking responsibility for the living environment in their halls.

Residents are expected to maintain a standard of conduct appropriate to their status as Rockford University students. Living in a community requires cooperation and respect. In the residence hall, individual rights extend to the point at which a person’s activities infringe upon the rights of others. You have the right and responsibility to request consideration from others. You also have the responsibility to respect the rights of others.

Fall 2016

Jane Addams Schedule 


9/23              What do I need to know to Register to Vote

9/27              Voter Registration Day


10/4-10/6      Alan Hutchcroft Alternative Spring Break
Informational Meetings

10/5              Campus Beautification Day

10/9              State Representative Candidate Forum for 68th and
69th Districts

10/16            Winnebago County Candiate Forum for Winnebago
County Chairman and Winnebago County Coroner



11/8              Election Day (transportation to RU Polling Site)

11/11            Veteran’s Day

11/12-11/20  Hunger and Homlessness Week



12/11            Milk and Cookies

Contact Information

Dr. Lisa Hetzel, Dean of Students
Student Life Suite, Burpee Center

Mystiana Guevara, AmeriCorps VISTA
Student Life Suite, Burpee Center

What is the Jane Addams Center?

To advance the ideals of Rockford University through the study and practice of citizenship, service, and lifelong learning, the Jane Addams Center provides community service opportunities, community-based learning, fellowship programs, and civically engaged events for the University and the Rockford community.

Mission: The Jane Addams Center develops transformative leaders prepared to influence the world

Vision: Rockford University through the Jane Addams Center will develop transformative leaders who are active citizens with a global awareness.

Jane Addams Service Fellowship

Students who are entering their sophomore, junior or senior year are eligible to apply for the prestigious Jane Addams Service Fellowship Program. Through the fellowship, students initiate programs on campus that raise awareness about social and political issues. In addition, Jane Addams Service Fellows typically work in meaningful roles with nonprofit agencies that have been identified as Rockford University community partners. There is an application process for Jane Addams Service Fellows and selection is made on a competitive basis. Any full-time student is eligible to apply.

Current Service Fellows

Jasmine Fredricks

  • Class Stadning: Sophomore
  • Hometown: Rockford, IL
  • Major/Minor: Criminal Justice/Psychology

Heather O’Connor

  • Class Standing: Junior
  • Hometown: Rockford, IL
  • Major/Minor: Psychology/Human Development

Vanessa Ostander

  • Class Standing: Junior
  • Hometown: Dubuque, IA
  • Major: Biology

Taylor Pilarczyk

  • Class Standing: Sophomore
  • Hometown: Chicago, IL
  • Major/Minor: Elementary Education/Special Education

Jecenia Saldana

  • Class Standing: Junior
  • Hometown: Rockford, IL
  • Major: Psychology and Spanish

Randi Tucker

  • Class Standing: Sophomore
  • Hometown: Danville, IL

What is Civic Engagement at RU?

Civic Engagement at RU is a host of activities that connect students, faculty, and staff with communities beyond our campus to promote thought and action that serve the greater good. We embrace the Thomas Ehrlich definition: “Civic engagement means working to make a difference in the civic life of our communities and developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values and motivation to make that difference. It means promoting the quality of life in a community, through both political and non-political processes.”

Our aim in using civic engagement as a learning tool is to produce meaningful service experiences for students, faculty, and staff as they engage in local and distant communities.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Are first-year students required to live on campus? Incoming first-year students are not required to live on campus; however, they are encouraged to make Rockford University their home. Resident students that actively participate in the Rockford University community enrich their university experiences.

Do all first-year students live together? First-year students are not required to live in the same residence hall; however, they have the option to do so. First-year housing will provide residents with an opportunity to live, learn and socialize with other students going through similar experiences and enjoy close relationships with first-year advisors, programs and services.

What are the basic room types? There are four available options:

  1. Single (room for one student)*
  2. Super Single (room for one student with a private bathroom)*
  3. Double (room for two students)
  4. Suite (room for four students with two bedrooms, a living room and a bathroom to be shared by suitemates)
    *Availability is limited.

Are the residence halls co-ed? Yes, but each floor is separated by gender. For example, in one building, the guys reside on the first floor so the ladies will be on the second floor. However, floors that have a suite-style set-up may be co-ed.

How many people share a bathroom? Six at most

What is provided in the room? For each student residing in the room, there will be one of the following:

  1. Standard-length twin size bed
  2. Dresser
  3. Desk with chair
  4. Shelf
  5. Closet
  6. Also included: a peep hole in the door, window blinds and tack strips for hanging pictures and posters.

What, other than student rooms, is in a residence hall? Each residence hall has a kitchenette with a microwave, refrigerator, cupboards and a sink. Also, each hall has a lounge with furniture that students are welcome to study or hangout in.

Can students bring a microwave or mini-fridge? Yes, you can bring both! The mini-fridge may not exceed 4.0 cubic feet. It is encouraged to talk with roommates to see who is bringing what so the student doesn’t end up with duplicates in the room.

*Use of stoves or any appliance with an open coil/flame can be a fire hazard and is prohibited.

Can students light candles? No, candles are a fire hazard and are prohibited.

Are the residence halls air-conditioned? Yes! All residence halls have air-conditioning.

Are the residence halls heated? Yes. All residence halls have a central heating system.

Is there Internet access in the residence halls? Every residence hall has wireless internet access. Students whose computer is not wireless-accessible will need to purchase a wireless card.

Where do the students do laundry? Laundry can be done in three places on campus: on the lower floor of Cummings Complex, the basement of the Johnson Center and the basement of the Kent Center. The washer and dryer units are free for all residential students.

Can first-year students have a car on campus? Yes, all students are welcome to have cars and park on campus. The student will need to obtain a parking permit. There is no charge for the permit.

Can students get mail on campus? All full-time students can get a campus mailbox located at the Mail Desk in the Burpee Student Center. Students will be able to send and receive letters and packages from there. During the first day or two at Rockford University, students will be able to pick up the key to the mailbox from the Mail Desk.

Your mailing address at Rockford University will be as follows:


Name: Jane Addams
Rockford University Box #: Box #001
Address: 5050 E. State Street
  Rockford, IL  61108


Residence Life
Kent Center--2nd floor
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
fax: 815-394-3730
Scott Mitchell, Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Residence Life

Mon-Fri - 8:30 am to 5:00 pm


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General Information

A residence hall is more than a place to live; it is a place to learn awareness, consideration, acceptance, and compromise. Residence halls also provide recreational, educational, and cultural programs to enhance students’ learning experience and to contribute to their overall growth and personal development.

Students living in the residence halls are expected to maintain a standard of conduct consistent with the educational objectives and priorities of Rockford University. Respect and consideration for the rights of others, including need for study time and rest, must receive priority. The residence hall staff helps create an atmosphere conducive to studying, socializing and learning to live with other individuals. Each resident is expected to respond appropriately to requests from staff and fellow residents concerning behavior that does not honor this priority. Residents are also responsible for the conduct of their guests. Rooms will be inspected or assessed at any time a University official suspects illegal, dangerous or threatening behavior is occurring in a student’s room.

Residence Life Staff

Resident Advisors (RA) are peer advisors trained to assist students with academic, personal or behavioral concerns. RAs are students selected because of experience, leadership ability and interest in helping others. They help residents grow socially and academically by developing relationships with students and by fostering an effective living-learning environment. All students are encouraged to get to know their RA and to ask for assistance whenever needed. The RAs are supervised by a full-time Residence Hall Director (RHD) who, in turn, are supervised by the Assistant Dean/Director of Residence Life.

Roommate Bill of Rights

Roommates have a great responsibility to respect and be respected. We encourage you to discuss the following with your roommate(s):

  1. The right to read and study in your room free from undue interference.
  2. The right to sleep without undue disturbance from noise, guests of roommates, etc.
  3. The right to a clean living environment.
  4. The right to access the room and facilities without pressure from a roommate(s).
  5. The right to personal privacy.
  6. The right to house a guest. We expect that guests respect the rights of the host’s roommate and other hall residents, and are registered through our Safety & Security Office or with their RA if they plan to stay overnight.
  7. The right to be free from fear and intimidation, physical and/or emotional harm.
  8. The right to confront and resolve situations. Staff members are available to help mediate the resolution of conflicts.

Residence Life Policies

In addition to the Residence Life policies listed below, residents are expected to be familiar with the policies outlined in the Student Handbook .

RH001 – Air conditioners

Olson, Caster, McPhail, Ekvall, Dayton, and Svenson Halls are equipped with air conditioning.

Cummings Complex – Emerson, Barnes, Talcott, and Lathrop Halls, are not air conditioned. However, residents living in Cummings Complex can bring their own window A/C units (Casemant window A/C units only) under the following guidelines:

  • The student must supply a casement window air conditioner as well as all necessary matching attachments
  • The A/C units must be installed and uninstalled by a Rockford University facilities staff member. Students must contact their Resident Assistant or Residence Hall Director to schedule installation through a work order.
  • All A/C units will be removed near the end of fall semester when the heating system is activated. The units must be stored by the resident. The A/C unit can be re-installed in the spring once the heating system has been turned off.
  • If air conditioning is needed for medical reasons, proper documentation must be filed at Lang Center for Health, Wellness, Counseling and Disability Services. Students with medical needs will need to purchase their own A/C unit.
  • A/C units that do not meet conditions stated in the Air Conditioner Policy will not be installed.
  • A/C units that are not installed by facilities could be confiscated until the end of the current semester and will result in disciplinary action and fines.

RH002 – Alcohol Policy

Rockford University follows state and federal law which currently allows students who are 21 years of age or older to consume alcohol responsibly in their residence hall rooms in accordance with the alcohol policy. This alcohol policy includes the following guidelines:

  • Students who are under 21 are not allowed to consume alcohol at any time in the residence halls.
  • Svenson Hall and Dayton hall are alcohol–free housing. (Prohibiting alcohol to be possessed by any residents).
  • Kegs, party balls, and hard alcohol are not allowed to be consumed or present in the residence halls.
  • Alcohol is not permitted in common areas of the campus (ex. hallways, stairwells, lounges, sidewalks, volleyball courts, patios, parking lots, etc.).
  • Alcohol paraphernalia (ex. beer bongs, drinking hats, empty alcohol bottles, etc.) is not permitted in the University residence halls, or common areas of campus.
  • Drinking games (ex. kings cup, circle of death, flippy cup, beer pong, etc.) are not permitted in the University residence halls, or any area of University owned/controlled property.

Please refer to Rockford University Alcohol Policy or a member of the Residence Life Staff with questions or for additional information.

RH003 – Appliances in the Residence Halls

Students are allowed to bring certain appliances when they move into the residence halls. The items that are permitted include:

  • Refrigerators that do not exceed 4.0 cubic feet (1 per resident)
  • Microwaves that do not exceed 1.1 cubic feet (1 per resident)
  • Fans
  • Crockpot
  • Coffee maker
  • Electric kettle
  • Candle warmers
  • Video game consoles
  • Computers, tablets and laptops
  • Small electric griddle – for use in the kitchenette only

All other appliances must be approved by the Assistant Dean/Director of Residence Life or their designee.

Contact the Residence Life Office for a complete list of approved appliances.

RH004 – Candles/Open Flames

Rockford University prohibits the use of candles or any other form of open flame in the residence halls. If candles are found they will be confiscated or the wick will be clipped.

RH005 – Room Capacity Limitations

For fire safety purposes, no more than, 5 individuals in a single room, 10 individuals in a double room, or 15 in a suite style room, are allowed at any time in the residence halls. It is expected that residents will return to their assigned rooms at night.

RH006 – Care for Community Spaces

The community of each hall/floor, together with the housekeeping staff, is responsible for maintaining the community areas of the building. Trash and recyclable materials should be disposed of in the proper containers. Accidents such as broken glass, broken furniture, litter, and vomit, must be cleaned up by the responsible parties. Residence Life will charge the responsible parties for community spaces which are not properly maintained. Times and areas where housekeeping cleaning staff must spend excessive times cleaning will also result in charges for residents. If the responsible party is not found, the entire floor or building will be charged for the costs of the cleaning.

Kitchenette areas are available in each residence hall. The facilities include a sink, refrigerator, and a microwave. Kitchenettes are for resident use only. Residents must keep these areas clean.

Laundry facilities are located in the lower level of the Cummings Complex, the Johnson Center, and the Kent Center and are for resident use only. If any machine is in need of repair, please report it to the Resident Assistant or Residence Life staff. The University is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged personal property. Articles left in laundry facilities for 24 hours or longer will be donated or disposed of properly. Students allowing nonresidents to use laundry facilities will be held responsible.

RH007Care for Rooms/Personal Spaces

Residents will be held responsible for the upkeep and cleanliness of their rooms and personal spaces. They are expected to maintain reasonable health and safety standards. Residents in suite style rooms or super singles are responsible for cleaning their bathrooms.

Temporary adhesives (ex. Poster putty and 3M Command Strips) may be used in the residence halls. Nails, screws, and staples should NEVER be put into walls, ceilings, or floors. Rooms must be returned to their original condition at the end of the housing term minus normal wear. Residents with tile floor and windows are expected to keep them clean and without damage.

Duct tape, masking tape, and painters tape are not temporary adhesives, due to the residue and damage they can cause to walls.

RH008 – Check in/Check out

Room Condition Reports (RCRs) are completed for each room prior to move-in. A copy will be provided to the resident when they receive their room key at check in. When a resident moves into the residence hall, they have 48 hours to inspect and report any discrepancies between the RCR and actual room conditions to their Hall Director. After 48 hours the RCR will be considered finalized.

At the time of check out, any damages not recorded on the finalized RCR from check in will result in additional charges to the residents account. Failure to complete the check-out process will also result in additional charges. A detailed instruction sheet will be made available at least two weeks before the residence halls close each semester.

When a resident moves out of the residence hall, they need to remove all personal items, sweep the room, remove any temporary adhesives, close all windows and blinds, remove trash, return furniture to its original location, return Direct TV equipment, and return any room or suite door keys as they check out with their Resident Assistant. Residents are responsible for scheduling an appointment for check out with their Resident Assistant at least 24 hours in advance.

Failure to properly check out will result in the following fines:

  • Improper Checkout
  • Failure to return key(s)
  • Excessive mess and/or removal of personal property

Any personal items left in community spaces or residence hall rooms will be discarded. Rockford University is not responsible for any lost or stolen items. All residents are expected to vacate their rooms within 24 hours after their final exams are completed or by the day and time halls close for the semester or break. If a resident needs to remain beyond this period, they must contact the Assistant Dean/Director of Residence Life, or their designee, for permission at least one week prior to the buildings closing.

RH009 – Drugs and Other Controlled Substances

Federal and state laws, and Rockford University policy, prohibit the sale, re-sale, possession, use, or distribution of any controlled substances or prescription medicine. The sole exceptions to this policy are (1) the use of prescription medications by the patient for whom the medication was prescribed where such medication is used only as directed by the physician who prescribed the medication; and (2) the sale and/or dispensing of prescription medications by healthcare professionals within the scope of their licenses to do so and in accordance with the law.

Students found in violation of this policy are subject to serious University disciplinary action (suspension or dismissal) and arrests under the state and federal laws.

Medications used at the University must be taken and/or disposed of properly and according to safe and acceptable medical practices. The University will facilitate counseling and referral to treatment as appropriate.

The University has the authority to enter and search any room or area of the campus where there is reason to believe that established standards of conduct or health and safety regulations are being violated or when there is a reason to believe that illegal drugs or controlled substances or paraphernalia may be stored, used, sold, or otherwise distributed.

Finally, Rockford University reserves the right to notify the Rockford City Police Department whenever illegal drugs or controlled substances or drug paraphernalia are found on campus. Therefore, in addition to University related action, students who violate drug policies risk arrest and prosecution for violations of drug related laws by city, state, or federal offices. According to Illinois State statutes, penalties for the delivery of controlled substances are increased if conducted on school grounds or within 1,000 feet of school grounds (720 ILCS 550/4, Section 5).

For further information please refer to the Code of Conduct and Student Handbook.

RH010 – Eligibility to Live On-Campus During the Academic Year

To qualify for a space in the residence halls during the academic year, a student must meet the following guidelines:

  • Acceptance into Rockford University
  • Registered for minimum of 12 semester hours per semester in a regular academic program at Rockford University
  • Health insurance registered with Lang Center for Health, Wellness, Counseling, and Disability Services
  • Sign housing contract through Student Administrative Services
  • Provide a nonrefundable housing deposit of $100.00

Approval to waive any of these requirements must be obtained from the Assistant Dean/Director of Residence Life. The Assistant Dean/Director of Residence Life will have final determination regarding eligibility. For more information please contact Residence Life at

RH011 – Furniture

Residents assume responsibility for furniture assigned to their room. Residents will be billed for the full-replacement price for any furniture that is damaged or not present at the time of the checkout. Residents will also be billed for any furniture which is not fully assembled (i.e. bed frames, desks shelves, etc) at checkout.

Residents may arrange furniture to suit individual tastes including bringing personal furniture, provided such additions do not jeopardize the health and safety of roommate(s). Residents will also be charged for any damage caused by furniture brought in by the resident. Furniture in the residence hall lounges, study rooms, etc., may NOT be used in private rooms. A $50 fine will be assessed for the misuse or appropriation of community area furniture.

Furniture cannot be removed from the residence hall room/university property it is assigned to for any reason.

RH012 – Gambling

Gambling is not allowed on Rockford University property. For further information please refer to the Code of Conduct located in the Student Handbook.

RH013 – Guest Policy

Guests are any individuals who are not residential students. Residents wanting to host a guest on-campus or overnight must register the guest or guests with their Resident Assistant (RA) and with Campus Safety & Security. Guests are allowed to stay on-campus no more than 3 consecutive nights. The hosting student is responsible for their guest at all times while on Rockford University property and will be held accountable if the guest is found to be violating any policies of the University.

Failure to register the guest will result in disciplinary action for the Rockford University student. The University reserves the right to ban any guest from campus if the conduct of the guest endangers the safety and well-being of the University community, including the Rockford Police Department. 

RH014 – Identification Cards

All Rockford University students are required to have a Rockford University photo identification card. Rockford University ID cards are the official identification of all students of the University; ID cards also allow access to the resident’s building(s). Students are prohibited from loaning cards to other students and/or guests.

Lost or stolen cards should be reported immediately to SAS – Student Administrative Services (from 8-5 weekdays) or Campus Safety and Security (weekends and evening hours). A fee will be assessed for the replacement of lost or stolen ID cards.

RH015 – Keys

Room keys, mailbox keys, and outdoor access cards (and keys) are the property of the University. Residents are responsible for all issued keys. Under no circumstances may keys be duplicated or loaned to other individuals. Residents are encouraged to keep unattended rooms locked to avoid theft. The University is not responsible for rooms left unattended and unlocked. Full replacement costs for lost or stolen keys will be assigned to the resident to whom the key was issued by Residence Life.

When a resident gets locked out of their room or building they should first attempt to contact their Resident Assistant. If the Resident Assistant is not available then Campus Safety and Security should be contacted.

Students will only be admitted to their assigned rooms.  Students must provide proof of room residency.

RH016 – Loss and Liability

Rockford University is not responsible for the loss, theft, or damage of any personal property from any cause. For safety purposes, we encourage all students to keep their room and automobile locked at all times. All residents are encouraged to purchase renter’s insurance. Dependent students may be covered under their parent/guardian’s home owner’s policy; please check with insurance agents.

RH017 – Amnesty Policy

Rockford University feels strongly about putting the well-being of students first. Disciplinary action may serve as a disincentive for students to seek medical assistance for themselves or other students in an incident involving alcohol or other drug use even if the students involved are under 21 years of age. The University’s complete amnesty policy may be found in the Student Handbook.

RH018 – Noise, Quiet, Courtesy Hours

Courtesy hours are in effect twenty-four hours a day. This means that residents may request another resident or group of residents to cease any activity which is interfering with their ability to study, rest, or quietly enjoy the community. Residents are expected to comply with such requests.

Campus quiet hours are Sunday-Thursday 11:00 p.m.-9:00 a.m. and Friday-Saturday 1:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.

Disruption to another room, hall, or floor is considered a violation of the noise policy.

RH019 – Offensive Material

Material which is obscene or violates the University’s nondiscrimination policy is not permitted in community spaces (hallways, room doors, windows, lounges, etc.) Material that is visible through doorways/windows within a resident’s room must also follow the nondiscrimination and Title IX policies.

RH020 – Pets and Animals in the Residence Halls

Fish are the only pet allowed in the residence halls. They must be housed in properly equipped aquariums, no larger than 5 gallons, limit one tank per room (one tank per bedroom in the suites). Possession of any other pets will result in fines, disciplinary action and/or possible confiscation of the animal(s).

Service and Emotional Support Animals are permitted in the residence halls with documentation provided through the Lang Center for Health, Wellness, Counseling, and Disability Services.

RH021 – Residence Hall Contract

The residence hall contract is issued for the entire academic year (fall and spring semesters). Residents are required to sign a contract which incorporates the policies, procedures and certain additional requirements contained therein.

Cancellation of a residence hall contract requires permission from the Assistant Dean/Director of Residence Life or their designee. There must be a compelling reason to cancel a contract. If the decision of the Assistant Dean/Director of Residence Life is to deny a contract cancellation, the resident will be obligated to fulfill the contract. Residence Life reserves the right to cancel a contract for the following reasons:

  • No longer registered for classes
  • Falling below the minimum 12 credit hours needed to be eligible
  • Nonpayment of a bill
  • Serious or numerous residence hall and/or University policy violations(s)

RH022 – Rockford University Staff Entering Resident Rooms

Rockford University and residence life staff believe a resident’s right to privacy is important and will be respected whenever possible. However, the University reserves the right for designated authorities* to enter a student’s room/suite at any time without prior notice. The following are reasons for entry into a resident room:

  • Health, safety or personal welfare checks
  • Maintenance work required in the room
    • Frequent maintenance work occurs over break periods
    • Reason to believe that illegal drugs or controlled substances or paraphernalia may be stored, used, sold, or otherwise distributed.
    • Clear indication that established standards of conduct are being violated, or to protect University property
    • Semester closing inspections

*Designated authorities include: the Dean of Students, Assistant Dean/Director of Residence Life, Residence Hall Directors, Residence Assistants with permission from professional staff, Campus Safety and Security Officers, Facilities staff, Officers of the University and their appointed representatives.

If a University staff member finds it necessary to enter a resident’s room when they are not present, they will leave a note or let them know afterward that the student’s room was entered and the reason.

RH023 – Room Assignment

The Assistant Dean/Director of Residence Life oversees all room assignments and makes every effort to see that they are made in the best interest of the resident. The general guidelines used in the assignment process are listed below. Residence Life reserves the right to change this process at any time and will make reasonable attempts to inform students prior to the change.

For New Students:

  • Specific requests for roommates are honored when possible.
  • Personal living styles will be matched as much as possible according to when the Housing contract is received and the responses provided on the housing preference form.
  • Special consideration is given to those preferring a nonsmoking roommate or floor. However, in the event smoking and nonsmoking individuals are assigned to the same room, the nonsmoker’s rights prevail.
  • Requests for particular room types (i.e. single rooms) will be considered as space allows, only after a completed housing contract, meal plan contract, and preference form, and $100 housing deposit (SAS). Room and floor/hall assignments are made at the discretion of the Residence Life Staff with preference first being given to returning residents and earliest deposit dates.


For Returning Students:

  • Housing selection information will be made available by Residence Life prior to selection dates.
  • Students unable to participate in Housing Selection may select a room for the next academic year any time after the selection process, so long as they meet the requirements to live on-campus.
  • Students’ currently living off-campus may select a room for the next academic year any time after the selection process so long as they meet the requirements to live on-campus. Students must submit a housing contract, meal plan contract, preference form, and $100 housing deposit to Student Administrative Services

All contracts received after June 1st will be processed according to the guidelines established for new residents.

RH024 – Roommate Change or Room Reassignment

Room changes require permission from the Assistant Dean/Director of Residence Life, and can be approved until the last day to add/drop courses for the semester. Any moves requested after the last day to add/drop courses for the semester will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Unapproved resident moves will result in disciplinary action and/or fines for the resident. If a room change is approved, residents will be given instructions and proper paperwork to complete and return to a Residence Hall Director before moving. Roommate conflicts are not a compelling reason for an immediate room change. If the reason for a request is a roommate conflict, residents will be asked to try and resolve the problem independently. If no resolution can be reached, residents should contact their Resident Assistant (RA) for assistance with mediation. Room changes are a last resort solution for roommate conflicts.

RH025 – Room Consolidation

Room vacancies occur throughout the semester leaving open spaces. Room consolidation is the process of uniting roommates with vacancies to open up rooms for new residents. Residence Life reserves the right to reassign students who are without roommates, whose roommate withdraws or is dropped from the University, or who have not registered for classes in the specified length of time. Room consolidation will occur from move-in until the last day to add/drop courses for the semester. If a resident has their roommate move-out, the remaining resident has the following options:

  • Move to a different room type to avoid getting a new roommate
  • Consolidate into another room with a vacancy

After the last day to add/drop courses for the semester Residence Life reserves the right to consolidate residents on a case by case basis. If a resident does not choose any of the above options, then Residence Life reserves the right to reassign them without resident input. Failure to comply with any parts of the room consolidation process will result in disciplinary action and/or fines.

RH026 – Room Modifications

Room modifications are not permitted in the residence halls. Examples of room modifications that are not allowed include, but are not limited to:

  • Drilling
  • Gluing down, stapling, or other permanent means of carpet installation/carpet laying
  • Painting
  • Removal of University issued/owned furniture
  • Drawing on the floor, walls, ceiling, or furniture
  • Pulling up tiles/carpet

Please contact a Residence Hall Director or the Assistant Dean/Director of Residence Life for further questions.

RH027 – Room Repairs/Maintenance Requests

Concerns or issues in the residence halls requiring the services of the facilities department at Rockford University should be brought to the attention of the Resident Assistant. Once a staff member is notified a work order will be submitted. Maintenance will follow up and work to correct the issue.

Repairs as a result of damage to Rockford University property will be handled according to the vandalism policy.

RH 028 – Exterior Doors, Windows, and Screens

Exterior doors to residence halls must be securely closed at all times. Under no circumstances should exterior doors be propped open; doing so poses a large threat to community security. Residents should never admit persons into their building unless they know for certain that they are a resident or member of the University staff.

Windows may not be used as an entrance to or egress from the building. Window screens, stops or seals (where applicable) must remain secured to the window. Dropping, throwing, or in any manner allowing objects, liquid or solid, to be ejected from windows is strictly prohibited. Residents of a room are considered responsible for any object ejected from their window. Screens must not be removed from windows. Residents found to have removed the screens or to have entered or exited the building via any window, or to have allowed visitors or guests to do so, will be subject to disciplinary action.

RH029 – Fire Safety – Smoke Detectors, Sprinklers Systems, Extinguishers, Pull Stations

Fire prevention in the residence halls is taken very seriously by the University and is the shared responsibility of all students living in the residence halls. For safety reasons, the interference with the operation of the smoke detector or any other fire safety equipment (e.g. fire extinguishers, pull stations, sprinkler heads, etc.) is prohibited.  Each residence hall is equipped with a building fire alarm system, and each student room has a smoke detector which is periodically checked by residence hall staff. Items must not be hung on, from or obstruct the room’s smoke detector.  When the fire alarm sounds, all residents are required to leave the building.  Residents cannot re-enter a building until permitted by University staff and/or Emergency Personnel.  Remaining in a residence hall during a fire alarm is a violation of the Code of Student Conduct and will be dealt with as a disciplinary matter.

Fire suppression sprinkler heads are located in some student residence hall rooms across campus. These sprinkler heads contain significant water pressure and are capable of discharging hundreds of gallons of water per minute. It is strictly prohibited to obstruct or prevent the sprinkler head from operating properly. You are not permitted to use the sprinkler head as a “hook” on which to string holiday lights, hangers, clothing, hats or any other item. Please be aware that setting off the sprinkler head due to a person’s inappropriate use or horseplay may result in University discipline in addition to being held financially responsible for associated repairs, damages and flood water clean-up.

Tampering with fire alarm systems and extinguishers, misuse or tampering of sprinkler systems and any other fire safety equipment is a violation of Illinois law and the Student Code of Student Conduct. Anyone unnecessarily setting off or tampering with a fire alarm system, sprinkler system or fire extinguisher will be subject to judicial action, financial responsibility and/or referral to the civil authorities for prosecution under Illinois law. Removal from the residence hall community may also be considered for the individual(s).

RH030 – Smoking

Smoking is not permitted in any residence halls, including individual rooms, community areas, or restrooms. Smoking is also prohibited within 20 feet of building entrances, exits, air intake ducts, vents, and windows of buildings. A list of prohibited smoking products includes but is not limited to:

  • Tobacco products
  • Bongs
  • Electronic cigarettes
  • Hookah
  • Vaporizers

RH031 – Statement of Responsibility and Social Host

A Statement of Responsibility (SOR) is needed by residential students who are at least 21 years old and who want to host a party/event with alcohol for 10 or more people. Those who obtain the statement of responsibility must remain sober for the entirety of the party/event. Statement of responsibility permits must be obtained through the Assistant Dean/Director of Residence life no later than 48 hours prior to the day of the party/event. For more information on the SOR and the responsibilities of the host(s) please refer to the Alcohol policy.

Residential students who allow guests and other residential students under the age of 21 to consume alcohol will be found responsible for those guests and students actions. The students responsible for furnishing alcohol will also be fined and/or face disciplinary action.

RH032 – Semester Break(s) and Summer Housing

Limited housing on campus may be available during semester breaks and summer. Living on campus during semester breaks and summer will require an additional fee/cost. During semester breaks students are expected to comply with the opening and closing schedules indicated in the official Rockford University academic calendar. To be able to remain on campus during semester breaks students must register with Residence Life on or before posted deadlines. Failure to register will result in fines or loss of space.

Refunds will not be given for any “unused” days. Students who remain on campus during breaks are reminded that break times are used for hall maintenance. The University reserves the right to control the use of all residence hall facilities and rooms during breaks.

Limited summer housing may be available on campus. To be eligible for summer housing, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Complete a summer housing contract
  • Be enrolled in the academic summer session and/or work on campus to be given first priority
    • Students working in town will also be given consideration, but not a discount.
    • Be enrolled full time for the following fall semester.
    • Be in good judicial, financial, and academic standing with the University.

If summer housing is assigned, occupancy of the room can take place one day before summer classes begin, and close the day after the last class.

All students are reminded that all University policies and regulations are still in effect during all semester breaks and summer housing.

RH033 – Unauthorized Entry

Only residents and their escorted guests have authorized access to their assigned residence hall. Forcible or unauthorized entry into any building, structure, facility, or room through a door, window or other means on the premises of University owned or controlled property is prohibited and will result in disciplinary action.

RH034 – Vandalism

Any malicious damage to private or University property is prohibited. Persons responsible for damage will be billed for repair and replacement and will face disciplinary action. When two or more residents occupy the same room/space and responsibility cannot be determined, the cost of repair or replacement will be divided evenly between the residents of the room/space. If damage or loss occurs in a community area (lounge, hallway, etc.) and no one can be identified as the responsible party, all residents in the living unit (hall/floor) will be charged for the repair/replacement costs. Residents will be notified of any community area fines or damages.

RH035 – Cohabitation

Cohabitation exists when a person who is not assigned to a particular room/hall uses that room/hall as if they were a resident of that space. Cohabitation is not permitted in University owned residences.

Examples of cohabitation include, but not limited to, accessing the room or apartment while the assigned occupants are not present, utilizing a key to enter a room/hall to which one is not assigned, keeping clothing and other personal belongings in the room/hall, sleeping overnight on a regular basis, and using bathroom and shower facilities as if they lived in that room/hall.

RH036 – Weapons/Explosives and Weapon Lookalikes

All weapons/explosives and weapon facsimiles are not allowed in University residence halls. The full list is located in the Student Code of Conduct located in the Student Handbook.

RH037 – Hover Boards, Drones, and Wheeled Devices

The use, possession, or storage of electronic skateboards including self-balancing boards/scooters and other similar equipment is prohibited in all University owned and managed property and buildings. These devices batteries’ can burst into flame especially while being charged resulting in a fire that can burn with intense heat.

Drones/unmanned aerial vehicles are to be used according to University guidelines/instructions.  Guidelines/instructions are available in the Student Life Office.

Skateboards, longboards, roller blades, roller skates and other methods of wheeled transportation may be stored in residence halls but not used in the buildings.

Bicycles may not be stored or used in residence buildings, but may be used on campus.

Skateboards, longboards, roller blades, roller skates, bicycles and similar wheeled devices are not to be used/ridden inside University buildings, residence halls or on tennis courts. Additionally, skateboards and other wheeled items may not be ridden on railings, curbs, benches, or any such fixtures that may be damaged by these activities, and individuals may be liable for damage to University property caused by these activities.

RH038 – Pool and Water Activity Use

Due to the risk of injury and property damage, residents are prohibited from planning and/or participating in events and activities that involve the use of water and water devices within or adjacent to campus residences, i.e. swimming pools, water balloons, water guns, or slip and slides.

RH039 – Hallway Sports/Behaviors

Frisbee, golf, kickball, and other games are prohibited in all community areas; including hallways, lounges, kitchenettes, laundry rooms, etc.; these activities within the building may be harmful to residents and/or to the condition of the building. Residence hall corridors are designed as passageways and not for recreational activities.

RH040 – Posting Policy

All posters or flyers that are to be put up within the residence halls must be approved by the Assistant Dean/Director of Residence Life. All posters or flyers must follow the University Posting Policy. Posters and flyers are allowed in specified locations and will be posted and removed by a member of the Residence Life staff.


Residence Life
Kent Center--2nd floor
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
fax: 815-394-3730
Scott Mitchell, Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Residence Life

Mon-Fri - 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Jane Addams

10/28/2016 2:06 pm

Jane Addams and children


Today, the spirit of alumna Jane Addams, Class of 1881, lives on at Rockford University. We believe each and every one of us has the ability to change the world, just as Jane did through her many societal contributions.

Her father was an Illinois legislator, a friend of Abraham Lincoln, and a Rockford University trustee. It is not surprising then, that John Addams insisted that his youngest daughter attend Rockford University (then Rockford Female Seminary), even though she begged to attend an “eastern school.” At Rockford University, she was elected president of her class and was chosen to deliver the 1881 valedictory address. With these words, she presaged the remarkable impact she would one day make: “We stand today united in a belief in beauty, genius and courage, and that these can transform the world.”

Jane Addams began her lifelong crusade for justice and equality not long after she graduated from Rockford University when, in 1889, she established Hull-House in Chicago. There, she created a myriad of programs – nurseries, university courses, art classes, sports leagues – for people of all beliefs and ethnic backgrounds. During the 1890s, Hull-House gained a national and international reputation as a radical, innovative, successful institution, and Jane became known as the nation’s leading change agent. She prodded America to respond to the terrible ills of industrial development: child labor, infant mortality, urban crowding and unsanitary conditions, unsafe workplaces, juvenile delinquency, unemployment and poverty wages.

As a social reformer, Jane was a force to be reckoned with. Her efforts led to Illinois’ first child labor law, the first eight-hour work day law for women, and the first juvenile court. As a suffragette, she championed women’s right to vote. As a humanitarian, she devoted her life to the causes of peace, freedom and justice. At one point, then FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover proclaimed Addams to be “the most dangerous woman in America,” in part for her peace efforts.

Students at Rockford University today, like Jane Addams before them, are asked to think critically, act compassionately, and embrace the ideals of citizenship. Only time will tell if any will win the Nobel Peace Prize like Jane Addams did in 1931. In the meantime, they are learning how thoughtful, active citizens can make a very real difference in the world.

Biographies of Jane Addams

Jane Addams (1860-1935) was from Cedarville, near Freeport, Ill. Her father was a prominent businessman and a trustee of Rockford Female Seminary where Jane’s two older sisters also attended.


Since 1963, Hull-House has been maintained as a museum by the University of Illinois at Chicago. Toynbee Hall in London, which Jane Addams visited in 1888, was the first “settlement house.” It was the inspiration for her founding of Hull-House the following year. Funding and Development of Hull-House >>

The settlement house movement began in England as a way of meeting the needs of the poor at a time before government had accepted a role in social welfare. Until then, the poor, when they were considered at all, were often only considered subjects of charity. The settlement house movement helped give rise to social work as a profession.


Colleagues from Rockford University

Ellen Starr and Julia Lathrop met Jane Addams as students at Rockford Female Seminary. Starr went on to co-found Hull-House with Jane Addams. Lathrop joined them a short time later.

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

This organization was founded by Jane Addams with other peace activists in 1915. Her book, “Peace and Bread in Time of War,” describes the birth of the organization. It was her work with the WILPF that earned her a Nobel Prize in 1931. Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom >>


The Writings of Jane Addams

Jane Addams found time among her many other activities to author 11 books and numerous articles. A few are available in full-text online.


Jane Addams Center for Civic Engagement
Burpee Center, Student Life Suite
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108

Parent Resources

10/28/2016 1:57 pm


Dear Rockford University Families,

We are pleased that your student has chosen to live on our campus! Living in a residence hall provides several opportunities for growth and development outside of the classroom. We know that you are placing a great deal of trust in us to provide these opportunities for your student while they are living with us. Their safety and experiences in our residence halls are very important and we make it our goal to provide them with the very best in programs and services while they are living under our roof!

As we welcome them into our community, they will be treated as adults who have chosen to live with their fellow students. We will work with them as they navigate the uncertain waters of being “on their own.” It is our desire to provide them with the opportunity to spread their wings and take on full responsibility for their future. Therefore, we recognize the important role that families play in helping us help your student.

The residence life team at Rockford University seeks to develop a strong partnership with our residents’ families. We know that your student is going to come to you with questions regarding roommate conflicts, classes, feelings of being homesick, and possibly even some discipline issues. It is our hope that you will review our Web site with your student as we hope that many questions can be answered here. If you cannot find the answer that your student has, we encourage you to send them to the appropriate person on-campus to assist them in finding and understanding the answers. We also hope that you will look over the resources provided on this page that we designed specifically for you!

We look forward to working with and getting to know your student!! We hope to see you at Family Weekend!

Rockford University Residence Life Team


Additional Information

Parental Notification Policy. From the moment students enroll at Rockford University, they are considered an adult. It is their responsibility to take care of their bills, go to class, and follow through on expectations and requirements including the Academic Honor Code and Student Code of Conduct. As much as we want to partner with you for your student’s success, there are some times when we will not be able to tell you everything. Your student’s educational record is protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) which sets pretty strict parameters for Colleges and Universities. Please refer to the United States Department of Education FERPA link for more information at


Understanding the Student Experience. Much research has been done about the cycle of the student experience. While every student is unique and very much an individual, we felt that it would be helpful to provide you with a general overview of what it’s like to be a Rockford University student today. Below you will find a general overview followed by points for each year your student is with us.

  • August/September – Students are generally excited at the start of the year. Returning students are excited to be back at school and catch up with friends that they didn’t see as much over the summer and yes, even to start their classes. New students are looking forward to testing their freedom. You may initially receive lots of phone calls to talk about anything and everything. At some point homesickness will begin to set in. The newness wears off and anxiety about roommates, course work, how and where to get involved, and finding that balance in social/academic schedules begins to set in. Elections for Student Senate take place and students begin to form clubs/organizations for the upcoming year.
  • October – As October rolls around and mid-terms approach it’s natural for students begin to question more and more if they belong at Rockford University. Those first papers/exams are returned and some students are confused as to why their grades aren’t as good or come as easy as they did in high school. Roommate problems may begin to arise. Homecoming and Family Weekends are approaching giving students an opportunity to show off their campus and community to loved ones. Fall Break will hit giving students a chance to breathe.
  • November – Mid-term grades are in and students begin to see the impact of there early semester habits. With many papers and exams taking place right before Thanksgiving break students begin to feel the pressure of juggling all of their course work and a social schedule. Study skills and time management practices begin to have a larger impact on them. This is also the time that campus-wide illnesses start to set in.
  • December – Final exams are approaching and testing anxiety can be at an all-semester high point. Some students will become apprehensive about returning home for the holidays and become sad at the idea of parting from friends for several weeks.
  • January – Returning students will come in with either satisfaction or disappointment of the previous semester’s grades. Friends may have graduated the previous semester, or decided to travel abroad for the spring semester leaving some students with a feeling of loss. Some students will miss home while others will be relieved to be back.
  • February – Winter weather may or may not play into the student’s general attitude. Students will begin thinking about possible internships for the summer. Seniors will start thinking about life after Rockford University…job? Grad school? Valentine’s Day may cause sadness or loneliness for students. Spring Break is on the horizon though!
  • March – Mid-term exams are back and so is the stress that comes with the exams/papers. More and more students are thinking about summer employment and internship opportunities. Information about housing selection for the fall semester is posted. Opportunities to get involved as a Resident Advisor and/or as an Orientation Leader for the next year will also be made available. Some students begin to become concerned about winter weight gain as the weather gets warmer.
  • April – Spring weather is beginning to set in bringing new life to the campus community. Seniors begin to detach themselves more and more as graduation looms. Students start to feel the weight of their coursework as the end of the semester approaches. April Weekend arrives and as students have one more celebration before finals hit.
  • May – Graduation, end of the semester, and final exams. Everything begins to wrap up and shut down as students prepare to move out of the residence halls and finish up their course work. Sadness will begin to set in as students say good-bye to friends for the summer. Some will grow apprehensive about summer jobs/internships and returning home.


Getting the conversation started with your student. The transition from the home environment to university and then back home for visits/breaks can be challenging. As your student begins to spread their wings, you might find it difficult to get the conversation rolling. Relax, this is normal! Here are what we hope are some helpful conversation starters as well as some examples for you to explore as you make the transition with your student.

Budget and Finances
Many students come to university and will begin experimenting with credit cards, student loans and other budgetary items for the first time. Before your student leaves for university, it might be helpful to sit down with them and discuss financial basics and practices including:

  • Credit cards and student loans are not free money. Talk with your student about their financial aid package, demonstrate for them how to budget money each month for expenses, and show them how to review a bank or credit card statement.
  • It is important to pay credit card bills in full so they should only charge what they can pay back in the immediate future.
  • They should keep a record of purchases and reviewing bank and credit card statements for accuracy. They should also shred credit card offers, receipts, and statements that have account numbers printed on them.
  • Encourage your student to keep PIN numbers confidential. They should not give them out to anyone even close friends or roommates.
  • Bills that are paid late will result in a financial penalty being incurred. Also, loans and unpaid balances on credit cards accumulate interest that must be paid.

Conversation starters:

  • How and what have you decided to spend money on?
  • How do you decide how much to save? Are you able to do this consistently within your budget? What are you saving for?
  • Where are you with your student bill in SAS?
  • Have you filled out all of your paperwork to receive your financial aid?

Rockford University Resources for your Student:

  • Student Administrative Services – Nelson, 1st floor

Classes and Grades
As your student begins to get settled into their academic courses and schedule it is natural for apprehension to take hold. Studying for the first round of exams or turning in their first paper may not always yield the results they were hoping for or that they are used to getting in high school. This is normal, but the earlier your student can identify the additional steps they need to take to succeed the better they’ll be. Rockford University faculty and staff are always willing to work with your student to help them succeed academically, but your student must seek out the assistance and follow through on their recommendations. Here are some signs to watch for:

  • Workloads for each class can vary depending on the course and the instructor. Encourage your student to look at each course, due dates for assignments, and figure out a schedule that will help them avoid pulling “all nighters” or getting behind in their readings
  • Students should meet regularly with their assigned academic advisor to discuss the courses they are currently taking and what courses they should be looking for in the upcoming semester(s)
  • If your student hasn’t decided on a program of study, they should also meet with faculty and their academic advisor to discuss areas of interest and what Rockford University can offer them
  • The further along in a program of study the higher degree of academic challenge. As students move into upper level course work, their work load will also increase. Students may find it more and more difficult to balance all that they want to do with what they need to do
  • Graduate school exams and job searches can sneak up on students. It is best for them to take advantage of the programs and services offered by our Career Services Office and in internships through their program of study

Conversation Starters:

  • How do you feel about the courses you are currently taking? What’s coming up that you’re excited about?
  • Have you discussed with your professor their comments on your last paper, or the questions you missed on your last exam?
  • What are you enjoying about your classes this semester? What is difficult about your schedule and coursework?
  • What kind of research projects are you working on? Are they group projects? How is that process going?
  • What activities are you involved in outside of the classroom? How do they relate with what you’re learning inside the classroom?
  • What programs have you attended or participated in? What was the issue they were discussing?

Rockford University Resources for your Student:

  • Their professors!
  • Faculty advisors
  • First-year advisors
  • Office of Student Retention
  • Rockford University Center for Learning Strategies
  • Counselors at Lang Center for Health, Wellness, and Counseling
  • Writing Center, Math tutors, and other tutors for their course work
  • Student Government Academic Affairs Committee

Mid-Term Exams
Mid-term exams will generally hit midway through the semester. They are often marked on the syllabus by the professor. This can be a stressful time for all students as it may be the first time that they become aware of where they really are grade-wise in their classes. Inquiring with the students a few weeks out can help make sure that they manage the stress brought on by exams better, as well as make sure that your student is planning adequate time to meet mid-term demands.

Conversation Starters:

  • Mid-term exams should be coming up soon, what does your schedule of work look like?
  • What are some exams or projects that you are worried about?
  • Have you checked out any resources like the writing center or tutors to help you prepare?
  • How are you studying for the exams? Do you have a quiet study area?

Rockford University Resources for your Student:

  • Professors
  • Academic Advisors
  • Writing Center
  • Tutors and study sessions put on by professors
  • Counselors at Lang Center for Health, Wellness, and Counseling
  • Rockford University Center for Learning Strategies
  • Residence Life Staff

Final Exams
Final exams can sometimes become the last effort by a student to bring up their grades. Preventing this kind of stress at the end of the semester is important. Helping your student brainstorm ways to avoid the stress or pressure that comes with final exams can assist them in better managing the workload. It is important that the conversation not focus in on grades, but rather how the semester went, what they anticipate the result to be, and what they’ve learned about themselves that semester.

Conversation Starters:

  • How do you feel about how you did this past semester? Any surprises?
  • When do you expect grades to be posted, I understand you can access them online?
  • What classes went well? Why?
  • Were there some that you didn’t enjoy? Why?
  • Is your professor holding any study sessions that you can take advantage of? Have you sought them out for additional help on the side?
  • How are you studying for the exams? Do you have a quiet study area?

Rockford University Resources for your Student:

  • Professors
  • Academic Advisors
  • Writing Center
  • Tutors and study sessions put on by professors
  • Counselors at Lang Center for Health, Wellness, and Counseling
  • Rockford University Center for Learning Strategies
  • Residence Life Staff

Getting Involved
A major part of the university experience is the opportunity and ability for students, residential or commuter, to take part in organized activities. Whether they are involved in a student club/organization, student government, hall council, athletics, service projects, or other programs, there is an unlimited number of opportunities for your student to connect in-class material with their out-of-class experiences. Academics do come first, and so it is important for your student to understand how to manage their time.

Conversation Starters:

  • What clubs or organizations have you seen that interest you?
  • Have you visited the Student Activities office to find out what’s going on?
  • What types of activities and programs (dances, concerts, game nights, etc) have you attended recently?
  • I heard that there is always a pre-planned program going on at the Lion’s Den at night, have you checked any of those out?
  • How did your first residence hall meeting go? What did you discuss?

Rockford University Resources for your Student:

  • Student Activities
  • Jane Addams Center for Civic Engagement
  • Student Government Association
  • Athletic Department
  • Resident Assistant or other member of the Residence Life staff
  • Professors

Maintenance Concerns for Residence Hall Rooms
Your student may have questions or concerns about their residence hall room. The first person that the resident should speak with is their Resident Advisor. If University property is broken, or in need of repair, the resident advisor will assist your student by filling out a work order that will alert maintenance to the area of concern. The Residence Hall Director or the Director of Residence Life can also assist your student if they are unable to locate their RA.

Please remember that your student is responsible for any damages to Rockford University property. When your student moves into their residence hall room they will be asked to fill out a Room Condition Report (RCR). This report is for them to mark any damages to the items provided to them by Rockford University. When your student moves out at the end of the academic year, the RA will go through their room and determine if any property is damaged beyond what is marked on the RCR and will report it to the Director of Residence Life who will assess fines as needed. The University is not responsible for any damages to your student’s property. We encourage all residents to obtain additional insurance for personal items. If you are able to claim the student as a dependent, their possessions may be covered while at the university; however, it is important to check with your homeowner’s policy.

Conversation Starters:

  • Have you alerted your RA to the problem?
  • Are there any damages to Rockford University property that you might be fined for?

Rockford University Resources for your Student:

  • Resident Assistant
  • Other members of the Residence Life Staff

Roommate Conflicts
One of the great things about living in a residence hall is the opportunity to meet new people and learn to live in a social, communal setting. As in any living situation, conflicts can arise over topics like noise levels, guests, cleanliness, food and even personalities. The Residence Life staff is trained in assisting residents in mediating conflicts between roommates and other residents. Our goal is to help your student and other residents learn how to successfully communicate their needs and respect the needs of others. This can take some time and patience. Families can help their students navigate these relationships by supporting and coaching their student in developing their conflict resolution skills by letting them take control of the situation.

Conversation Starters:

  • How are things going with your roommate? What have you found that you have in common?
  • Have there been any conflicts between the two of you? Anything that’s getting on your nerves?
  • Have you let your roommate know what your expectations are? Have you asked about theirs?
  • How have you addressed these issues with your roommate? Were you able to achieve resolution?
  • I understand that your RA has been trained in helping to resolve these types of situations. Have you sought out their assistance?

Rockford University Resources for your Student:

  • Resident Assistant
  • Other members of the Residence Life Staff

Alcohol Use
Some students choose to consume alcohol when they go to the university while others do not. Residents at Rockford University are allowed to consume alcohol in their rooms if they are 21 years of age. It is important that as a parent you are familiar with the alcohol policy so that you can speak with your student about the University’s expectations as well as your own. Rockford University offers alternative on-campus activities almost every weekend for all students that are alcohol-free. There are also plenty of students in the residence halls who choose not to consume alcohol.

Families should also be aware of the difference between high-risk drinking and low-risk drinking. Getting to know more about alcohol use and abuse can assist you in shaping your conversations with your student about their alcohol use. Here are some tips:

Low-Risk Drinking:

  • Thinking about what and how much you plan to drink before going to a party
  • Making sure to eat a full meal before starting to drink
  • Keeping consumption down to 1 drink per hour
  • Mixing in non-alcoholic beverages throughout the evening like water
  • Making plans with friends ahead of time as to what parties they will or will not be attending, designating a driver (if heading off campus) ahead of time, and sticking together as a group

High-Risk Drinking:

  • Planning to get drunk
  • Playing drinking games
  • Drinking too much, too fast. Doing shots
  • Consuming alcohol while on any type of medication
  • Drinking and driving while under the influence, or getting into a car with someone else who has been drinking

Conversation Starters:

  • What is the Rockford University environment like when it comes to parties with alcohol?
  • How will you decide whether or not to drink?
  • What will you do (or have you done) if your roommate feels differently about partying and drinking than you?
  • What else is there to do on-campus besides go to parties on the weekends?
  • What will you do if a friend of yours wants to drive home and they are intoxicated? What if they don’t listen to you?
  • What will you do if your designated driver has been drinking that night?
  • How can you go to the parties and be social without having to drink?
  • What are the campus resources to help you or a friend if you have concerns about alcohol?
  • Are you aware of the Rockford University alcohol policy and potential consequences?
  • What’s your plan if you or a friend get in over your heads regarding alcohol, will you agree to contact us no matter what? A member of the residence life staff?

Rockford University Resources for your Student:

  • Campus Safety and Security
  • Residence Life Staff
  • Professionals from Lang Center for Health, Wellness, and Counseling (nurses and counselors)

Additional resources are available to parents and students at the following Web sites:
Be Responsible About Drinking (BRAD) – –
Center for Substance Abuse Prevention –
Bacchus & GAMMA Peer Education Network –


Physical and Emotional Health
Rockford University provides health service to all enrolled students through the Lang Center for Health, Wellness, Counseling, and Disability Support Services. Students can experience a variety of personal, social, academic and relational issues during university that they cannot resolve on their own. Our professional counseling staff is a great resource for students to talk about their concerns.

Coming Home

As your student prepares to return home for the first time or even after a challenging semester, there can be, and often is, a period of re-adjustment for the student and their families. It is important to talk with your student ahead of time about your expectations as well as theirs. Students are often times on a completely different sleep, social and even meal schedule than their families back home. Talking ahead of time about those boundaries and expectations can aid in making the transition much smoother as they return to your home.

Conversation Starters:

  • What are your plans while you’re home? Are you looking to reconnect with friends from high school?
  • What are your expectations for social activities while you’re home? Do you remember our family rules (i.e. curfew, guests, drinking, etc.)?
  • Are you thinking about bringing any of your university friends back with you for the weekend? What is their understanding of our house rules?
  • What time do you plan on arriving home? When do you plan on heading back?
  • Are you bringing home any laundry?

Rockford University Resources for your Student:

  • Residence Life Staff
  • Lang Health Center Counseling Staff

Residence Life
Kent Center--2nd floor
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
fax: 815-394-3730
Scott Mitchell, Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Residence Life

Mon-Fri - 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Alternative Spring Break

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Spend Spring Break in Starkville (Mississippi, that is.)

The Alan Hutchcroft Alternative Spring Break (AHASB) provides students the opportunity to participate in Habitat for Humanity’s Collegiate Challenge. This alternative to more traditional spring break activities has become an important part of the Rockford University experience. In 2005, the trip was named in honor of the late Dr. Alan Hutchcroft, Rockford University Professor Emeritus of Chemistry. The Collegiate Challenge is an alternative spring break program that provides opportunities for university students to spend their school break building a house in partnership with the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate. It is a tradition of Rockford University to partner with Habitat for Humanity in Starkville, Miss. AHASB lives out the mission and vision of Rockford University by providing a life-changing experience as students serve the community of Starkville.

A Collegiate Challenge trip may be the best spring break trip you will ever have. Not only do you help people in need — it’s also fun! You’ll have the chance to improve your carpentry skills, connect with new people while making a real difference in Habitat for Humanity’s work of eliminating substandard housing.

Commemorative Videos of Past Alan Hutchcroft Alternative Spring Break Trips 

Like the Alan Hutchcroft Alternative Spring Break (AHASB) Facebook page


Jane Addams Center for Civic Engagement
Burpee Center, Student Life Suite
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108

Housing Selection and Forms

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Housing Selection

Housing Section always takes place in the Spring semester of each academic year.


New Students

Complete all three forms below and send a $100 housing deposit to Student Administrative Services (SAS) in order to be placed in housing.

Mail to: Rockford University, Student Administrative Services, 5050 E. State Street, Rockford IL 61108

Current Students

Information regarding housing selection for the 2017-2018 academic year will be coming soon. See Residence Life for more details.

Current students need to complete the housing and meal plan contract before they can participate. The housing preference form only needs to be filled out by students who will be new to the Rockford University residence halls.

Residence Life
Kent Center–2nd floor
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
fax: 815-394-3730
Scott Mitchell, Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Residence Life

Mon-Fri – 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Residence Halls

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E.A. Cummings Center


Cummings Complex

This three-story complex encompasses four buildings suitable for undergraduate students. The four halls are connected but maintain their individual community environment. In the center of Cummings Complex is an upper and lower lounge that proves to be a great space for people to get together with amenities that include: 2 fireplaces, pool table, 2 flat screen televisions, ping pong, shuffle board, and comfortable furniture.

  • Buildings: Emerson Hall, Barnes Hall, Talcott Hall, Lathrop Hall
  • Room Options: Double, Single, Suite, Super Single

Small Houses

The small houses consist of 6 undergraduate halls, all of which are self-contained halls that are co-ed by floor. The small houses’ atmosphere is more homey with each hall having its own common area lounge that is unique and includes a kitchenette.

  • Buildings: Dayton Hall, Svenson Hall, Caster Hall, Ekvall Hall, Olson Hall, McPhail Hall
  • Room Options: Double, Single, Suite
  • First-Year Experience: Dayton Hall
  • 24 Hour Quiet Hall: Svenson Hall

Residence Hall Schedule

We invite you to check out our current Residence Hall Schedule for the 2017-2018 academic year. All dates are subject to change and it is the responsibility of students to be aware of any changes. Dates for opening and closing of buildings will be posted at least two weeks in advance. Students who need to stay in housing over breaks will be required to register. Failure to register may result in removal from the halls for the remainder of the break.

Please be aware that meal plans are not active during university breaks. It is the responsibility of the student to plan their own meals during university breaks. During times when the residence halls are still open, but the university closes, dining service will switch to the 2 meals a day schedule.


Residence Life
Kent Center--2nd floor
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
fax: 815-394-3730
Scott Mitchell, Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Residence Life

Mon-Fri - 8:30 am to 5:00 pm