Florida's hurricane season lasts from June 1st through November 30th, and UCF's hurricane policies and procedures are summarized below.
The National Hurricane Center warns that some part of Florida is threatened by a hurricane or tropical storm each year, and the center provides information about hurricanes and other severe weather at http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/. During any threatening weather, UCF's Office of Emergency Management monitors this site and sends official weather reports to all vice presidents, deans, regional campus directors, and to UCF's President John C. Hitt.
If a serious storm or hurricane threatens our region, the Governor and President Hitt have the authority to cancel classes or close campuses, and they do so in consultation with other area colleges, school districts, and government offices. If they cancel classes or close the university, UCF News and Information will disseminate details to local TV and radio outlets, including WUCF radio 89.9 FM, and they will post this information on the UCF home page at http://www.ucf.edu. Additionally, a list of other media outlets and hurricane resources is available at http://emergency.ucf.edu/hurricanes.html.
When it is necessary - as it was during Hurricanes Charley, Frances, and Jeanne in 2004 - UCF enacts its Emergency Plan, coordinated by William Merck, Vice President for Administration and Finance and Chief Financial Officer. Storm closings typically require UCF to open campus shelters for resident students, essential-operations staff members, and their families. Jeff Morgan, Director of Emergency Management, will establish an Emergency Operations Center to coordinate mission critical services such as security, utilities, dining services, and shelter support. Details of our Emergency Plan are posted on the Office of Emergency Management Website at http://emergency.ucf.edu/plans.html. Updates about information for residents will be on the front page of the UCF Housing and Residence Life website.
While we hope to escape hurricanes this season, we are wise to prepare well and to educate ourselves in case an emergency occurs. Please do your part to keep the UCF community safe.
Moving to college is a big deal. This may be the first time you’ve ever moved or the first time not living under your parents’ roof, so it’s natural to have a lot of questions. Luckily, we have the answers! Here are 10 questions to ask before moving to UNF.
- What is my room assignment, and when will I receive it?
All students will have the ability to participate in Room Selection in early July. It is during Room Selection when students will be able to select their room and assign themselves with their accepted roommate(s). Any students that do not participate in Room Selection will be assigned by the Department of Housing and Residence Life based on their preferences in myHousing. These assignments will be visible in myHousing no later than Aug. 1, 2017.
- Who is my roommate? Can I contact my roommate before we move in?
For students who do not participate in Room Selection, assignment and roommate information will be visible in myHousing no later than Aug. 1, 2017.
- Can I see my room before I move in?
No. The residence halls are closed until move-in. There is, however, a showroom where tours are conducted during Orientation.
- Can minors (under age of 18) live on campus?
Minors who are at least 17 years of age are permitted to live on campus but must submit a “Minors in the Residence Halls” addendum with their signed Housing Contract, which outlines for the minor student and the student’s parents/guardians the shared understanding of how UNF views the presence of minor students in the residence halls, and how UNF staff will approach certain issues, should they arise, in this adult environment.
Minors not yet 17 years of age are not permitted to live in on-campus residence halls, but Housing and Residence Life will work with students and families to plan for on-campus housing at any point each semester in preparation for the student reaching 17 years of age. This includes arranging for a late check-in after each semester begins.
- What is my campus mailing address?
Your campus mailing address will be indicated on your area assignment. Housing and Residence Life will assign you a Housing Box (HB) Number. Your mail should be addressed as follows:
For residents of The Flats at UNF
RESIDENT NAME 4850 First Coast Tech Parkway APT #______ Jacksonville FL 32224
For residents of Osprey Fountains
RESIDENT’S NAME 12800 UNF Drive, #______ Jacksonville, FL 32224-2668
All Other Residents
RESIDENT’S NAME 11800 UNF Drive, #______ Jacksonville, FL 32224-2668
- Can I stay in my room over the break periods?
First-year students are not allowed to stay in residence hall rooms over winter break. Exact dates and times will be posted on the Housing and Residence Life website. All residents are permitted to stay on campus during spring break.
If spring rent has been paid or deferred, your key will automatically reactivate. If not, you must see a housing accountant in the Central Housing Office to be cleared to return for spring.
- Where do I do laundry, and how much does it cost?
Each of the residential areas has its own laundry facility. Osprey Landing, Osprey Cove and Osprey Crossings have one laundry room per building. Osprey Hall and Osprey Village have one central laundry facility. Osprey Fountains has one laundry facility on each floor. Each load costs $1.25 to wash and $1 per load to dry. The Flats at UNF has a washer and dryer in each apartment. For more information on the laundry facilities in each area, visit Resident Resources under the myHousing tab on the Housing and Residence Life website.
- How do I cancel my contract?
Visit Contract Cancelation Policy to view the Terms and Conditions associated with canceling your UNF housing contract.
- Can I bring a small appliance like a microwave, coffee maker or refrigerator?
Refrigerators no larger than 4.5 cubic feet and microwaves that do not exceed 1200 watts are permitted. Each room is allowed as many as two refrigerators. Rooms in Osprey Village and The Flats at UNF apartments come with a full-size refrigerator. But please not, residents should be very careful not to overload electrical circuits. Even approved appliances can be dangerous when not used properly. Students should unplug appliances after use and should be especially careful not to leave any approved appliances unattended.
- Small appliances without exposed heating elements, such as curling irons, blow dryers, sandwich/waffle makers, bread makers, rice cookers, coffee makers, hot pots and crock pots are permitted in student rooms, with proper usage.
- George Foreman Grills and other similar items may only be utilized in lounges (Osprey Landing, Osprey Cove and Osprey Crossings) and kitchens in the Osprey Village Apartments as long as grease is disposed of properly (i.e., not down any drain). George Foreman Grills are not permitted in Osprey Hall.
- Osprey Village apartments have a fully functioning kitchen. Therefore, only Village residents may use toasters, toaster ovens and George Foreman grills in their kitchens.
- Any appliance with an open flame, open heating coil or open heating element (i.e., hot plates and coffee coils) is considered a fire hazard and is strictly prohibited. This includes but is not limited to the following items: toasters, toaster ovens, hibachis (electric or propane), hot plates, space heaters, electric skillets, soup warmers, s’more makers, deep fryers, smoke machines, electric grills and gas grills.
- Charcoal grills are not allowed on campus as there are grills provided in the housing areas. Grilling is not permitted in any of the housing courtyards or on any balconies. Lighter fluid is also strictly prohibited and may not be stored or used within the residence areas.
- Osprey Village residents may not possess or use electric or gas grills.
- If I have other questions, whom can I call or email?
The Department of Housing and Residence Life is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, any day the University is open. You can contact us by phone (904) 620-4663 or email email@example.com.