At Blackburn College each residence hall has a distinct personality.Blackburn students are justifiably proud of their residence halls, in part because students have had a hand in the construction and/or maintenance of each one. Feelings of ownership and finding a real “home away from home” run deep as students quickly adopt their halls and rooms as their own. Many request the same room year after year. Each residence hall has social and cultural differences, deeply rooted in years of tradition, but they all share similar physical facilities:
- Rooms furnished with extra-long twin beds, dressers, desks with chairs and wardrobes or closets
- Free local telephone service, with long distance plans available
- Common areas for socializing and/or studying
- In-room internet access
- Basic cable TV service
- Laundry facilities
- Community microwave access
- Vending machines
+Residence Hall Directors & Assistants
Management of each residence hall is the responsibility of one Resident Director and two to three Resident Assistants. These individuals are members of the Student Life staff.
Resident Directors (RDs) have primary responsibility for the overall management of the halls. Upper class students who have distinguished themselves academically and demonstrated maturity often serve as Resident Directors.
Resident Assistants (RAs) are upper class students who are responsible for working with residents to program activities, provide support on personal, academic and social matters, and assist with various aspects of life within the residence hall community.
+Students Rights & Responsibilities
The members of the Blackburn College community take pride in displaying civility, respect, and responsibility. Each student is responsible for learning to apply general standards of community conduct outlined in the Student Handbook.
Rules governing life in the residence halls are designed to enhance students’ academic work and personal performance while simultaneously supporting the social, emotional, spiritual, and physical development of all residential students.
+College Alcohol Policy
In compliance with the laws of the State of Illinois, students who are not 21 years of age are restricted from possessing or consuming alcoholic beverages on campus. College policies governing the use of alcohol by students who are 21 or older are strictly enforced and supersede rights permissible by law.
+What’s in your Room
Each room has basic residence hall furniture: beds, mattresses, dressers, desks, chairs and mirrors. Most rooms have tile floors. Window sizes are listed below.
- Butler Hall: 79″ long x 45″ wide; rooms ending in 01, 02, 19 & 20 have two windows
- Challacombe Hall: 38″ long x 112″ wide; rooms have mini-blinds
- Graham Hall: 38″ long x 112″ wide; rooms have mini-blinds
- Jewell Hall: 60″ long x 48″ wide
- Jones: 50″ long x 112″ wide; rooms 103, 104, 108, 109, 203, 204, 208, 209, 302, 303, 306, 307 have a second window 38″ long x 54″ wide; rooms have mini-blinds
- Stoddard Hall: 79″ long x 45″ wide; rooms 108, 109, 201, 202, 219, 220, 301, 201, 319, 320 have two windows
+Things to Bring
Plan to bring all bed linens and towels, a pillow, a wastebasket, a reading lamp, and a bed board if you need one. When purchasing sheets for your room, note that most mattresses on campus are extra long (80″). You’ll also want to bring anything else that makes you feel at home and gives your room personality, like rugs, pictures, plants, and posters. No nails are allowed in the walls. Some Butler rooms have tack-friendly walls.
It’s a good idea to check with your roommate before buying things like window coverings and refrigerators. You may be able to share expenses. The college does not provide curtains or curtain rods. We suggest that students living in Butler, Jewell and Stoddard bring a 56″ tension rod for each window in their room.
Blackburn College does not carry insurance for any of your private property. Check with your parents to see if your property would be covered by their homeowner’s policy for theft and damage. If not, you should consider supplemental coverage.
+What You Should Not Bring
We want students to take pride in their rooms, and to personalize their space with all the comforts of home. Or at least most of them.
For safety reasons, cooking in individual residence hall rooms is prohibited. Appliances like microwaves, refrigerators over 3.1 cubic feet, hot plates, barbecue grills, electric frying pans, toasters/toaster ovens, etc. are not allowed in residence halls. Each residence hall has a microwave in a common area for student use.
The following items are also banned from residence halls for fire/safety reasons: candles, incense, halogen lamps, other combustibles, flammable liquids and any space heating equipment (electric, propane or kerosene).
The following items are approved for use in residence halls: hair dryers, curling irons, hot rollers, coffee makers, popcorn poppers, rice cookers, hot pots, heavy duty extension cords and George Foreman grills. We encourage you to consult with your roommate to keep appliances to a minimum.
These lists are not exhaustive. Please contact the residence life office with any specific questions.