The safety of our students is a top priority at UnionWest. Experience the peace of mind that comes with having UCF staff support available 24/7.
Safety features at UnionWest include:
An effective residence hall security program depends on:
We have taken many steps to provide you with a safe and secure place to live at UnionWest. We call upon all members of our community, including you, to help keep UnionWest safe and secure.
By following a few common sense precautions to safety, UnionWest will remain a safe place for everyone to live. If one resident chooses to prop a door or forgets to close it, they are leaving the rest of the hall exposed to dangers.
We have taken steps such as placing video cameras outside of building exits to monitor against intruders, placing smoke detectors in each room and requiring University employees and service personnel to wear IDs. However, any amount of prevention can go only so far. All the fire equipment in UnionWest will not prevent a fire that is caused by carelessness with an illegal candle or appliance. Nor can residence life staff and the UCF Police Department prevent thefts from your room if the door is left unlocked.
Please take the time to follow a few simple suggestions to make your stay with us an enjoyable and safe one.
Once each semester, the residence hall staff will conduct health and safety inspections. Notice will be posted at least 24 hours in advance. These inspections are designed to protect you from conditions that may be harmful to the community. If there are unsafe or unhealthy conditions in your room, you will be asked to correct these. During health and safety inspections, staff members may not open closed closets, drawers, refrigerators, or luggage. If you feel like your room has been inspected inappropriately, contact your community’s Coordinator of Residence Life and Education.
You will be issued a key at the beginning of the year during check-in, and you are responsible for that key the rest of the year. You should keep your key with you at all times.
Some important notes about your keys:
If you lose your key, a new lock core and new keys will be ordered for your room. Your account will be billed for the cost of a new lock core. Note: residence hall staff members will not open another resident’s room for you at any time!
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the University will provide reasonable accommodations for a student residing in University housing who has a qualifying physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities and has a record of such impairment or is regarded as having such impairment.
Housing and Residence Life is committed to ensuring that, to the greatest extent possible, housing facilities, programs and services are available for all students. Reasonable accommodations may be requested to meet an individual’s accessibility needs. Examples of accommodations include, but are not limited to:
Students requesting a residential accommodation due to any physical, psychological, or health disability/impairment should follow the procedure outlined below:
Some important tips and additional information are listed below:
A student who wishes to bring an assistance animal to live in student housing must make a request to Housing & Residence Life which includes documentation of need. This information will allow the university to assess the request. Students can begin the process either by completing the medical accommodation request process or by emailing the department of Housing and Residence Life to request information about an assistance animal. Before contacting the department, it is very important to review the information below:
In order to provide the most healthy environment possible for our residents, we do offer housing room assignment consideration based on dietary restrictions resulting from religious believes (ex. Kosher or Halaal) or lifestyle choices (ex. vegetarian or vegan). Specific accommodations may include apartment style housing with a kitchen, access to a community kitchen, or roommates with similar dietary restrictions.
Students who have specific dietary restrictions should answer “Yes” to the question “Do you have a dietary restriction that may require a specific housing accommodation?” on the “Important Information” page of the online housing agreement. You will then be prompted to enter additional information about your dietary request on the “Additional Information” page.
Submitting the Dietary Accommodations Request form does not guarantee a space in housing, or the specific accommodation requested, but we will do our best to honor as many requests as possible. Our ability to honor the dietary accommodation requests depends on the space available and the number of students requesting accommodations.
Please note that the Dietary Accommodations form is NOT intended for students with life-threatening or very severe food allergies or sensitivities (ex. peanut allergy resulting in anaphylaxis, diabetes, celiac disease). If you have a condition that requires dietary restrictions and can be verified by a healthcare provider, you should complete our Accommodations Request Form instead.
UCF Housing and Residence Life works with self-identifying trans students on an individual basis to find the living situation that will work best for each student. On the “Personal Information” page of the housing application, you may answer ‘Yes’ to the question “Does your gender identity differ from your legally assigned gender?” (your legal sex as listed on your admissions application is shown on the ‘Important Information’ page).
Students checking “Yes” will be prompted to enter additional information on the “Additional Information” page regarding their needs and requests.
Some previous accommodations for students have included informing residence staff of preferred names and/or pronouns upon request, being paired with another trans student, and being paired with roommate(s) who are allies. We cannot guarantee that any or all of these options will be available, as options depend on space and student self-identification, but we try our best to make sure all students feel comfortable and safe in their living environments.
For additional resources and campus support for transgender students, please contact Social Justice and Advocacy at: http://sja.sdes.ucf.edu/lgbtq
UnionWest is committed to creating and maintaining a campus free from all forms of discrimination, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking and retaliation. Sexual harassment and violence is not tolerated at UnionWest. When reports of sexual harassment and violence are made, UCF takes them seriously and will respond. As a University, we are dedicated to ensuring compliance with all federal and state laws and University policies and regulations that prohibit discrimination based on the sex and gender identity of employees and students.
UCF designed the Let’s Be Clear website to provide every UCF student, employee and community member with information regarding what constitutes sexual harassment and sexual violence, as well as what support and resources are available should such misconduct occur. Through this website, the university is raising awareness about UCF’s nondiscrimination policies, employees’ reporting obligations and individuals’ options, and UCF’s extensive prevention programming.
The federal government launched Not Alone, a website featuring information for students, schools, and anyone interested in finding resources on how to respond to and prevent sexual assault on college and university campuses and in our schools. Find a crisis service, learn more about your rights and how to file a complaint, and view a map of resolved school-level enforcement activities.
Click here to learn more.
According to the EPA, there is no practical way to eliminate all mold and fungal spores in an indoor environment. Mold spores waft through the indoor and outdoor air continually. When the fungal spores land on a damp spot indoors, they may begin reproducing, creating an environment for mold to form. Mold can be found almost anywhere, and can grow on virtually any substance where moisture is present. Along with damp conditions and a necessary food source such as wood, dry-wall, fabrics carpet, groceries, etc., mold may grow. The way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture, which requires diligence living in Florida. Here is what you can do:
To reduce the potential of mold indoors, water problems or leaks should be reported, identified, and corrected as soon as possible. These include dripping pipes, leaks, floods, and rainwater coming in through windows, etc. Submit work orders by clicking here.
In order to reduce the possibility of spores reproducing, relative humidity indoors should be kept at or near 60%. In order to accomplish this, all residential students should:
If you observe mold present in your room, it should be reported immediately by submitting a work order here.
For more in-depth information on mold visit EPA Mold Resources.
In the event of a hurricane residents are encouraged to check emergency information that can be obtained via the University of Central Florida website. The Department of Housing and Residence Life staff will inform residents of necessary preparations in the event of a hurricane.
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 President.
If a serious storm or hurricane threatens our region, the Governor and UCF President 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.
The University is not responsible for damages to, or for loss of, personal property as a result of a hurricane or any weather-related event.
If you have questions, please see a UCF staff member or ask an RA.
Please utilize the following sites to educate yourself on the ways you can be safe at UCF.