Residence Hall access is programmed through your SHUcard. Your ID gets you into the exterior of your hall and serves as your room key. In addition, by showing your ID to security personnel in each building, you'll be able to visit your friends in other residence halls on campus.
As you make your way through the buildings, you are bound to hear music playing, smell microwaved popcorn, and see different ways students have set up their rooms and decorated their doors. As long as it feels like home, that's what really matters!
Apart from roommates and neighbors, some of the first people you will meet will be the hall staff. Each Residence Hall has a Residence Hall Director (RHD) and a staff of undergraduate Resident Success Assistants (RSA). These people are selected from a group of highly-motivated individuals based upon their leadership abilities. There is a Resident Success Assistant on duty in each residence hall every Sunday through Wednesday from 8:00 PM until 1:00 AM, Thursday through Saturday from 8:00 PM until 2:00 AM, and remains on call until 8:00 AM the next morning. The RHD is available during posted office hours and to respond to emergencies at any time. While on duty, the RSAs make sure that the halls remain conducive to sleep and study by reporting maintenance needs, talking with residents, and enforcing University policies if it becomes necessary.
The Residence Life Staff also provides programming throughout the different living areas. The RSAs create and implement programs based on a model that reflects the Sacred Heart University Mission Statement and is intended to guide residential students as they become:
educated in mind
knowledgeable of self
compassionate in heart
rooted in faith
responsive to social and civic obligations
able to respond to an ever-changing world
At Sacred Heart University, we take a holistic approach toward educating the students in our residential facilities by targeting these six characteristics that Sacred Heart University has identified as traits to which each of our community members should aspire. The RSAs provide various programs on a regular basis and strive to program around their residents' interests. There is ongoing leadership training provided for all residents and RSAs through Leadership Institutes, In-services, Campus Wide programming, and community service activities promoted by the Office of Residential Life and Housing Services. Opportunities for involvement and leadership abound at Sacred Heart University!