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Residential Life & Student Living

Get the full Phoenix experience by living on campus! The residential student experience is a critical component for the success of our campus and for many of our students at Florida Poly.
Florida Poly’s Department of Residential Life oversees residence hall programming and initiatives, supervision of resident assistants (student employees), resident emergency and crisis response, and student conduct to offer students a living-learning environment that supports and promotes leadership, collaboration, innovation, adaptability, and development.
 

The department's goal is to provide students living in university housing with safe, well-maintained facilities, and programs that are conducive to student learning and success.

Student Living handles the leasing and maintenance for the on-campus residence halls. The buildings are owned by Vestcor Communities. 

 

Pricing and Application

Move-in Days Information

Residential Life Handbook

 

End of Semester Communication (Fall 2020)

The last day of classes is December 3, Reading Days are December 4 and 5, and final exams will take place December 7 – 11. Class instruction and final exams will be held remotely (not in-person) from November 30 through December 11. The University will remain open during these dates, and students are welcome to be present on campus and in the residence halls.

The residence halls at Florida Poly remain open throughout the Thanksgiving break (November 25-29) and throughout remote class instruction/final exams (November 30 – December 11). The University will be closed November 26 – 29 and will reopen on Monday, November 30. Dining and University resources/services will be closed and unavailable when the University is closed.

The Fall 2020 semester ends on Friday, December 11. Students depart by 5:00 PM December 12. The University will be closed from December 25, 2020 through January 3, 2021 and will reopen on Monday, January 4, 2021. Dining will be closed and unavailable from December 12, 2020 through January 8, 2021. Dining and some University resources/services will begin operations on Saturday, January 9, 2021. It is encouraged that residents return to their homes during the winter break, as Dining and University resources/services will be closed and unavailable when the University is closed.

To ensure the safety and security of our residence halls, the Department of Residential Life would like to know when you are looking to depart campus at the end of the semester. Students depart by 5:00 PM December 12. Please let us know when you are looking to depart from campus for the Fall semester by completing the form posted to your unit door starting Tuesday, November 10. We ask that ALL residents complete this form by 8:00 PM Sunday, November 15. For safety and security, if you are choosing to remain on campus when the University is closed (Thanksgiving and/or winter break) or if you have any questions or concerns please contact Paul Carey, Assistant Director of Residential Life and Student Experience.

You do NOT need to move out all of your belongings at the end of the Fall semester if you are returning to the same unit/room for the Spring 2021 semester. Your belongings can remain in your unit/room over the breaks, so please only take what is necessary with you when you leave campus; this will make for an easier Spring check-in.

When moving and checking back into the residence halls for the Spring 2021 semester residents will be asked to check in at their respective residence hall, where they will revisit and reaffirm the Campus Commitment to ensure we begin the Spring semester on a healthy note. Spring 2021 check in will take place January 8 – 10, 2021. To ensure social and physical distancing is taking place during check-in we ask all residents to sign up for a check-in date and time. We will be limiting the amount of residents checking in at one time to ensure we are maintaining social and physical distancing guidelines. Residents can sign up for their check-in date and time by completing the following survey. We ask you sign up for a check-in date and time no later than December 11.

At this time, non-residential guests (e.g. commuter students, parents, and anyone else who does not live on campus) cannot enter the residence halls and a proper face covering must be worn at all times within the residence halls during the Spring 2021 semester. Residents are encouraged to bring their own moving carts and bins with them when they return as Residential Life has a very limited supply to provide residents. For questions or concerns, please contact Paul Carey, Assistant Director of Residential Life and Student Experience, or call 863-874-8763.

The Department of Residential Life will be CLOSED during the following dates:

  • November 26 – 29, 2020
  • December 24, 2020 through January 3, 2021
  • The Residential Life front desk, located in the Phase 2 residence hall, will be closed November 25 – 29, and December 21, 2020 through January 3, 2021.

During the Thanksgiving break (November 25-29) and throughout remote class instruction/final exams (November 30 – December 11), residents can continue to contact the Resident Assistant (RA) on-call for your respective building (Phase 1: 863-398-9348 / Phase 2: 863-209-5989). In case of an emergency, please call 911 immediately. For non-emergency related concerns, please call the Florida Poly Police Department at 863-874-8472 (select option #2).

During the winter break (December 12, 2020 through January 7, 2021) in case of an emergency, please call 911 immediately. For non-emergency related concerns, please call the Florida Poly Police Department at 863-874-8472 (select option #2).

 The Student Living (Leasing Office) will be CLOSED during the following dates:

  • November 26 – 29
  • December 24 – 27
  • December 31, 2020 through January 3, 2021

For questions or concerns regarding renewals, leasing, or maintenance please contact Student Living (Leasing Office) or call 863-874-8779.

If you are choosing to remain in the residence halls when the University is closed, please be aware Student Affairs and University personnel will be unavailable during this time. For any student making the decision to remain on campus, we are asking that you to develop a plan for yourself in the event you become ill. Please be aware that there will be no nurse and no respiratory clinic on campus when the University is closed. Additionally, there will also be no on-campus food services available to students who choose to remain on campus when the University is closed. Students are encouraged to return home, should they become ill if they have decided to remain on campus when the University is closed, as on-campus food services and University resources/services will not be available for them while in quarantine or isolation periods.

If need assistance regarding emotional, physical, or mental health concerns please utilize the following resources:

  • Resident Assistant (RA) On-Call: Phase 1 863-398-9348 / Phase 2 863-209-5989
  • BayCare Student Assistance Program: 800-878-5470
  • Peace River Center 24-hour Mobile Crisis Response Team: 863-819-3744
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255
  • University Police Department: 863-874-8472 (select option #2)
  • Call 911 in case of an emergency. 

CARE Services will be closed from November 26 – 29, and December 25, 2020 through January 3, 2021. If you are interested in reaching CARE Services prior to Thanksgiving Break and during the time period up to December 11, please contact Kristin Stokes, Associate Director for Campus Wellness Management, or call 863-874-8599. In case of an emergency, please call 911 immediately. For non-emergency related concerns while on campus, please call the University Police Department at 863-874-8472 (select option #2). 

Please review the following hours of operation for Dining Services during the Thanksgiving Break, remote class instruction/final exams, and winter break:

Thanksgiving Break:

  • Wednesday, November 25 Dining will be open for brunch from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM.
  • November 26 – 28 all Dining facilities will be closed.
  • Sunday, November 29 Dining will be open for dinner from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM.
  • Monday, November 30 regular hours resume for all Dining facilities.

Remote Class Instruction/Final Exams:

  • November 30 – December 10 all Dining facilities open during regular hours.
  • Friday, December 11 Dining will be open for breakfast and lunch, and will close at 7:00 PM for dinner.

Winter Break:

  • Saturday, December 12 Dining will be open for brunch from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM.
  • December 13, 2020 through January 8, 2021 all Dining facilities will be closed.
  • All campus Dining facilities will reopen on Saturday, January 9, 2021.

Any Phoenix Funds (declining balance funds attached to your meal plan) which are unused at the end of the Fall 2020 semester will carry forward to Spring 2021. Any funds left at the end of the Spring semester will carry forward to Fall 2021. These funds will expire at the end of the Fall 2021 semester.

Before each semester begins, students must log into their CAMS Portal to select a meal plan. If students do not select a meal plan before December 12, 2020, they will be assigned a 10 meals per week + 400 Phoenix Funds Plan. 

Students will have until Drop/Add Day (January 15, 2021) to make changes to their meal plans. After this date, students will be billed and locked into their meal plan for the semester. For more information on meal plan memberships visit: https://dineoncampus.com/FLPoly/meal-plan-memberships

If you are graduating from Florida Poly this semester (Fall 2020), congratulations! Please make sure you have documentation from the University Registrar’s Office confirming your graduation date, and please send this documentation to Student Living (Leasing Office).

For residents who are graduating from Florida Poly in December 2020, you will be required to vacate the residence halls by December 19. To ensure a proper move-out, please complete the following steps:

  • Collect a move-out envelope from the Residential Life front desk in Phase 2.
  • Fill out all of the information on the front of the envelope, and sign and date it.
  • Place your room and mailbox key inside the envelope.
  • On your move-out date turn in the completed and sealed envelope, with your keys inside, back to the Residential Life front desk in Phase 2. Please note, if the front desk is closed when you are moving out there will be a “bin” at the front desk where you can place your move-out envelope.
  • Finally, make sure to read and review any emails sent to you, from Student Living (Leasing Office), regarding your residence hall move-out. Please contact the Student Living (Leasing Office) if you have questions or concerns.

If you are looking to withdrawal from Florida Poly at the end of this semester (Fall 2020) or for the Spring 2021 semester it is imperative that you complete the appropriate paperwork with the University Registrar’s Office immediately. Once you have decided to withdrawal from the University, please inform Paul Carey, Assistant Director for Residential Life and Student Experience, immediately.

For residents who are looking to withdrawal from Florida Poly this semester (Fall 2020) or for the Spring 2021 semester, you will be required to vacate the residence halls within 48 hours of us receiving your withdrawal confirmation from the University Registrar’s Office. To ensure a proper move-out once you have withdrawn, please complete the following steps:

  • Collect a move-out envelope from the Residential Life front desk in Phase 2.
  • Fill out all of the information on the front of the envelope, and sign and date it.
  • Place your room and mailbox key inside the envelope.
  • On your move-out date turn in the completed and sealed envelope, with your keys inside, back to the Residential Life front desk in Phase 2. Please note, if the front desk is closed when you are moving out there will be a “bin” at the front desk where you can place your move-out envelope.
  • Finally, make sure to read and review any emails sent to you, from Student Living (Leasing Office), regarding your residence hall move-out. Please contact the Student Living (Leasing Office) if you have questions or concerns.

Auxiliary Enterprises, who oversees the University Mail Center, will be closed November 26 – 29, and from December 25, 2020 through January 3, 2021. During the winter break, the University Mail Center will hold onto all mail and packages students may receive. No mail or packages will be able to be picked up or given out to students when the University is closed.

Students are welcome to stop by the University Mail Center, in Wellness, when the University is open to pick any mail and/or packages they may have received. The University Mail Center is open from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Monday through Friday.

For any questions or concerns regarding mail or packages, please contact Stephen Horner, Auxiliary Services Coordinator, or call 863-874-8734.

During final exam week, in the residence halls we observe 24-hour quiet hours throughout Reading Days and final exams (December 4 – 11). When you are finished with your exams, please do not disrupt others who are studying. If you are disruptive during this time, you may be asked to leave campus immediately and will be required to report to Student Conduct.

Please review the following important Student Living (Leasing Office) information regarding rental payments and information for the end of the Fall 2020 semester and Spring 2021 semester.

End of Fall 2020 semester:

  • December 1, 2020: 5th rental installment is due. This is the final installment of the Fall 2020 semester.
    • Contact Student Living if you are unsure what you owe.
    • Student Living does not accept cash or Western Union money orders (found at Public, Winn Dixie, etc.).
  • December 5, 2020: Late fee of $75.00 will be charged to accounts with outstanding balances.
  • December 19, 2020: Fall 2020 Graduate move-out deadline. Graduate must move-out by 5:00 PM.

Spring 2021 semester:

  • January 1, 2021: 6th rental installment is due. Residents are encouraged to pay the entire semester (total of 4 installments) in full but may make monthly payments instead. 
    • Contact Student Living if you are unsure what you owe.
    • Student Living does not accept cash or Western Union money orders (found at Public, Winn Dixie, etc.).
  • January 5, 2021: Late fee of $75.00 will be charged to accounts with outstanding balances.
  • January 8-10, 2021: Resident (new and returning) can begin to move/check in for the Spring 2021 semester.

Student Living and Residential Life will be working together to perform simple safety checks of each unit and room. Staff will be checking specifically for cleanliness (trash and perishable items/food are thrown away), open windows, electronics that may not have been unplugged (which may cause an electrical fire that could go unnoticed), and unlocked doors and windows (to prevent theft). Staff will document any policy violations that are in plain view. As a reminder, the following items are prohibited in the residence halls:

  • Firearms (including, but not limited to, handguns, rifles, pellet guns, BB guns, etc.)
  • Any weapons (including, but not limited to, swords, bow and arrows, balloon slingshots, martial arts weapons, hunting knives, etc.)
  • Dartboards and darts
  • Fireworks or other explosives
  • Candles or incense
  • Animals/pets (unless approved by the Office of Disability Services, the Department of Residential Life, and Student Living)
  • Any open-heating element appliances (including, but not limited to, countertop burners/stoves, barbecue grills, George Foreman-type grills, toaster ovens, etc.)
  • Kitchen stove/range
  • Washer/dryer (in addition to the ones already provided for the unit)
  • Personal Internet/Wi-Fi routers

You do NOT need to move out all of your belongings at the end of the Fall semester if you are returning to the same unit/room for the Spring 2021 semester. When you depart campus please make sure to leave your unit and room secure and clean. Please follow these helpful tips and reminders before you depart campus:

  • Check your laundry “room” and bring any laundry that belongs to you to your assigned room.
  • Clear items from the floor, especially electronic devices.
  • Sweep and/or vacuum the floor and dispose of all dust and debris in a trash can.
  • Empty all trash into the appropriate trash rooms.
  • Empty out and clean personal refrigerators within your unit and/or room. This is to prevent unwanted pests.
  • Student Living-owned appliances located within the unit should be emptied of perishable items that may expire over the breaks, but left plugged in.
  • Remove any personal perishable items from Student Living-owned appliances located within the building common areas. Student Living-owned appliance located within the building common areas will be emptied over the breaks.
  • Unplug all electrical equipment including computers, alarm clocks, wireless charges and lamps.
  • Secure all valuables out of sight and/or take them with you for the break.
  • Close and lock all windows.
  • Turn off your room and common area lights within the unit.
  • Lock your bedroom door and make sure all doors are shut completely.
  • We recommend bringing in any bicycles you have outside into your unit/room for safety reasons or take them home with you.
  • Make sure to pack your cell phone and computer chargers, student ID, wallet, medication, and any flight/passport or any travel information you will need.
  • If you are leaving your vehicle on campus, please make sure it is locked. 

As a reminder, the contents of student units/rooms are not covered by Student Living insurance. Student Living, Residential Life, and Florida Poly are not responsible for, nor do they insure, the loss of, or damage to, any person property. Please make sure to check your renter’s insurance or your family homeowner’s policy for coverage.

We wish you the best of luck on the remaining weeks of this semester!

 

Residence Halls

Our residence halls are steps away from the main classrooms and share similar amenities including study lounges, computer centers, an entertainment room with billiards and ping pong, gaming areas and more. 
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Residence Hall I

From high-speed, wireless Internet access to a fitness facility and game room, the 90,000-square-foot Residence Hall I is designed with the modern student in mind. Comfortable, secure and fully furnished, the three- and four-bedroom suites have the latest technology and accommodations to make learning and living outside the classroom comfortable and easy. There are two bathrooms per four-person suite.

4520 Polytechnic Circle
Lakeland FL, 33805 

Group in dorms

Residence Hall II

The majority of Residence Hall II is made up of “Semi Suites,” two double bedrooms furnished with two twin beds, a desk and chair, sharing a common bathroom. It was designed with a more traditional residence hall feel and features twice as much communal space as Residence Hall I, encouraging students to leave their rooms and create their own social hub. 

4540 Polytechnic Circle
Lakeland FL, 33805

 

Working for Residential Life

The Department of Residential Life employs a number of students on campus in various positions. Help us enhance the Phoenix residential experience by joining our team!
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Residential Assistants (RA)

Resident Assistants (RA) are live-in para-professional staff who work to make the residential student experience in the residence halls at Florida Poly the best experience it can be.

The Resident Assistant (RA) recruitment and selection process will begin January 2021. More information to come! 

 

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Residential Life Desk Assistants (DA) 

Residential Life Desk Assistants (DA) are para-professional staff serve as front line staff members while promoting an inclusive, safe, and academically conducive environments for all students living on campus.

The Residential Life Desk Assistant (DA) recruitment and selection process will begin March 2021. More information to come! 

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