Welcome to Seneca College Residence. The Residence Life staff at the Seneca College Residence is here to provide programming and to ensure you are supported in this transition to Residence so that you have the opportunity to live in an environment that supports academic and personal growth.
Your stay in Residence will be one of the most memorable and rewarding aspects of your College career. Residence is more than just a place to study, eat, and sleep. It is an opportunity for students to build a community with each other through involvement in various academic, social, and recreational activities. In Residence you will learn a lot about yourself and relationships with others. The Residence experience is intended to provide an environment where you gain academic support and an opportunity to establish new and long lasting friendships.
We are committed to providing a safe environment that is supportive and responsive to your needs. We are looking forward to meeting you and hope that you will take advantage of all the opportunities we offer in Residence.
Moving into Residence is an exciting time, but it can also be challenging. Our Residence Life Program offers you the resources and services to help you be successful. There are many resources available to you in Residence and on campus. The Residence website has a list of all resources available to you, including crisis lines, counselling centres, and friendly people you should talk to, like your RA or other Residence Staff.
Counselling & Disability Services
International Student Services
eCHECKUP TO GO programs were developed by counselors and psychologists at San Diego State University to motivate students to reduce their consumption of substances such as alcohol and marijuana.
These programs are used by more than 600 post-secondary institutions in four countries.
Alcohol eCHECKUP TO GO and Marijuana eCHECKUP TO GO are interactive web surveys that allow Seneca residents to enter information about their drinking and or marijuana use patterns and receive feedback.
The assessments take about 10-15 minutes each to complete, are self-guided, and require no face-to-face contact time with a counselor or administrator.
- Seneca King – Alcohol e-CheckUpToGo
- Seneca King – Marijuana e-CheckUpToGo
- Seneca Newnham – Alcohol e-CheckUpToGo
- Seneca Newnham – Marijuana e-CheckUpToGo
What does eCHECKUP TO GO do?
When you access these tools, you are prompted to enter information about yourself. In addition to demographic information, you will be asked information about your drinking and or marijuana habits. Once you have completed a survey, submit the form and eCHECKUP TO GO will calculate a number of variables and compare your responses to national and local college norms.
What do I need to use eCHECKUP TO GO?
Life as a student can be stressful – assignments, part-time jobs, sports, clubs, relationships, family responsibilities. In fact, during your years as a student, you will face some of the most intense pressures of any point in your life. HealthyMinds is a problem-solving tool to help deal with emotions and cope with the stresses you encounter both on and off campus. The goal: Keeping your mind healthy.
Click here to download the app for Android or iPhone: http://www.theroyal.ca/mental-health-centre/apps/healthymindsapp/
Moving into Residence is an exciting time for everyone, and there are many different people to meet! The most important person you are going to meet will be your roommate. In most cases, you will not have met your roommate before this day! You will have many questions about who they are, what they are about, how they spend their time, and will you get along for the next eight (8) months? Many residents come to college with great expectations about their roommate. Hopefully these impressions will be true, but stress levels have a tendency to increase during certain times of the year (e.g. Exams, Holidays, etc.). It is important to be aware and appreciate these stressful times as you and your roommate may experience some rough spots. It is very important that you communicate about things early so you can begin to understand each other.
Communication is key to any relationship and it is no different with your roommate. Remember that communication is an ongoing process and that leaving those “small” things alone will eventually catch up with you. Make sure you discuss the challenges as they arise and deal with them in a mature and responsible way. Remember it is up to you on how much you wish to share and how you choose to share it. Common rule of thumb is being upfront and honest and letting your roommate know what you are about and what limits you have. It is important to know your roommate and develop trust with them.
Things to Remember
- Keep communication open and be honest about how you feel and what you are thinking
- Be willing to make compromises
- Give your roommate the respect, consideration and understanding you want in return
- Discuss problems as they arise with your roommate, and not others.
- If things change, be sure to let your roommate know. It is normal for your ideas, feelings and even habits to change throughout the year. Situations change too!
- If you run into challenges speak to your Resident Advisor – they are there to help
- Ask your RA for help if you need it.
If you have problems with your roommate we recommend that you speak to your RA, they may be able to help mediate the conflict. If this step is unsuccessful please feel free to come to the Residence Life Office and speak with your Residence Life Coordinator. Roommate changes are the last step in the roommate conflict mediation process and are subject to availability of rooms. Roommate changes are put on hold for the month of September.
Resident Advisors (RA), are student staff members, that support the communities transition to Residence. Their job is to provide guidance and support to students where needed, uphold the Residence Community Living Standards and plan educational and social activities in the Residence. Resident Advisors have scheduled shifts to complete nightly duties, and get to know their community!
Residence Council provides students with opportunity to become leaders amongst their peers. Residence Council serves a number of purposes committed to ensure a successful Residence Life Program.
If you are a passionate advocate for community involvement who is looking for new and exciting experiences Residence Council is a great way to keep active and involved with student issues and a chance to gain experience both personally and professionally.
Council members represent the student body living in Residence and provide a venue to voice their concerns in an open and welcoming environment.
The Residence offers great security from the moment you pass through the controlled main entrance, until you slide your electronic card into your suite door to let yourself in. We believe the safety and security of our students and staff is paramount. To that end, we require that all visitors in the building be registered prior to entry and provide a valid piece of photo-identification. All of the common areas are video recorded and we have staff on duty 24 hours a day.
Safety and security is also the responsibility of every resident. All the safeguards and rules put in place by the Residence management and the Institution are for your safety and protection. Circumventing rules by lending key cards or letting in visitors without permission can only lead to problems. Lock your suite door at all times and do not leave your valuables unattended as neither the Residence nor the Institution is responsible for missing items. Do not leave your suite door open at anytime. This would include having your door “propped open”.
If there is a fire in your suite:
- Advise all suite occupants to leave
- Close all doors behind you
- Pull the fire alarm on your floor and yell “FIRE”
- Leave the building using the nearest stairwell
- Contact the fire department
- Meet the firefighters at the front entrance and tell them where the fire is located
If you Hear the Fire Alarm:
Check the door to your suite. If smoke is entering from around the door, do not open it. Protect yourself from smoke inside your suite as described under the Alarms/Smoke Detectors section. If there is no smoke, brace yourself, and open the door a little. If you see smoke or feel heat, close the door quickly and protect yourself. If the corridor is clear, take your keycard, close your door behind you and leave the building using the nearest exit.
DO NOT USE THE ELEVATOR!
Check the nearest stairwell door for heat and smoke, if not hot to touch, open the door carefully and use the stairwell to leave the building. If there is smoke or the door is hot, do not enter. Close the door and try other stairways. If there are no other stairways, return to your suite and protect yourself from the smoke. Never go to the roof. Smoke usually rises to the top of the stairway. Doors leading to the roof are locked and you could be trapped. Remember, if there is smoke stay low and crawl under it.
If you Remain in Your Suite:
You must protect yourself from smoke by staying low. Stay in your suite until you are rescued or until you are told to leave. This may take time. Do not try to leave your suite a long time after the alarm has sounded because there is greater the risk that heavy smoke has spread into the hallways. To keep smoke from entering your suite, use duct tape to seal the cracks around the door, air vents and ducts, and place wet towels at the bottom. If smoke enters your suite, phone the fire department and tell them where you are. If there is no smoke coming in from outside, open the window for fresh air. Show your rescuers where you are by hanging a sheet from the window.
DO NOT RETURN UNTIL IT IS DECLARED SAFE DO TO SO BY A FIRE OFFICIAL.
Residents With Disabilities
For residents with mobility impairments, please contact the Residence management upon move-in to discuss evacuation procedures. Residents with a hearing impairment will be placed in a suite that is equipped with a strobe light that will notify them of a fire alarm.
Residence suites are equipped with two types of fire alarms, both an audible smoke detector and a heat detector. The smoke detector is activated by minor smoke within the suite. Once the smoke detector has been triggered, only the alarm within the suite will be activated. Do not open the door to the hallway. Open your windows and turn on the bathroom fan to clear the smoke from the room. If the smoke is serious, exit the room and inform the Front Desk. The heat detector is set off by excessive heat within the suite. Once the heat detector has been triggered, it will set off the main building alarm.
The Residence hallways are equipped with a smoke detector/heat sensor. Minor smoke or excessive heat will activate the building alarm. Everyone must evacuate the Residence immediately. If someone activates the building alarm; under the Provincial Fire Code, a fine could be applied.
The Fire Department has a zero tolerance regarding smoke alarms that are tampered with. Please note the Residence staff will be testing the smoke detector bi-weekly in your suite. Testing the smoke detector ensures that it has not been intentionally disabled. Any occurrence could result in disciplinary sanctions from Management and/or a charge under the Fire Protection and Preventions Act with a maximum fine of $25,000.00.