Each new student pays a $50 deposit with his/her matriculation fee. At the end of his/her senior year, or upon leaving Taylor, the student may apply to the Bursar’s Office to have the money refunded. Charges for damages to residence hall property and/or university administered facilities are deducted from the deposit.
Frequently asked questions
The following information is based upon frequently asked questions. We hope it will help you prepare for the upcoming school year.
What is the housing deposit?
What about student health insurance?
Taylor University has discontinued offering insurance as a result of the federal PPACA legislation. Students should obtain their own insurance if not covered under their family’s plan or another source.
What arrangements are made for medical care?
Health care services are available to Taylor University students at the Health Center located at 1809 South Main Street which is across the street from the main entrance to campus. The Health Center’s hours of operation are M - F 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Students can schedule appointments by calling 765-660-7520; walk-ins are also accepted. Emergency services are provided by Marion General hospital.
Who can we as parents call for help or for information about our student?
The entire Student Development staff at Taylor is dedicated to meeting the needs of students, whether those needs are physical, spiritual, social, or academic. If you have questions, or if your student has a problem, you may call their residence hall director or the Dean of Students (Steve Morley, 765-998-5344). In the event of a serious problem, the school will notify you.
In case of emergencies, how can parents contact their student?
If you are unable to reach your student for an emergency, call Campus Police at 765-998-5555. This number is monitored 24 hours a day by an officer. They will then be able to notify your student’s hall director who will, in turn, contact the student.
What security precautions does the University take on campus?
The University employs a 24-hour police agency. Residence halls are locked each night at 11:00 p.m. with the exception of main entrances, which are locked at 1:00 a.m. and are unlocked at 6:00 a.m.
How is academic advising handled?
In August, prior to arrival on campus for the fall semester, new students are assigned to academic faculty advisors in their chosen field of study. Students may view advisor assignments via TOWER using the Taylor portal. Students are encouraged to attend departmental information meetings during Welcome Weekend where (1) they are introduced to departmental faculty and staff; (2) information is shared about academic programs within the department; and (3) curriculum requirements are described for each academic program.
In the fall, students will assume the primary responsibility for meeting with their academic advisors to develop and schedule their semester-by-semester courses needed to graduate within their chosen majors. For any advising questions, contact the Academic Advising office.
What about behavioral standards?
All students (single and married) are responsible for implementing the relational and behavioral expectations listed in the Life Together Covenant when the University is in session (beginning of first semester through the end of second semester and/or summer sessions), when they are part of a university program, and/or when they are living in University-approved housing. For additional information regarding behavioral and other university policies, see the Student Handbook - The Odyssey.
Where do students go when there is a tornado warning?
Every building on campus has a designated area for people to go to when there is a tornado warning.
Does Taylor accept large shipments for students, such as furniture for their room?
Taylor will facilitate delivery of a large shipment provided the following four conditions are met:
- Advance approval is obtained from Facilities Services (Greg Eley, Director) before delivery is scheduled.
- Taylor University has no responsibility for inspecting the shipment upon delivery or assisting the student in delivery or assembly.
- Taylor University assumes no responsibility for damage or theft between delivery and removal.
- The item is picked up within 2 business days.
What is my student's mailing address?
(Name of Residence Hall)
236 West Reade Avenue
Upland, IN 46989-1001
Does Taylor provide access to any kind of “student homeowner’s insurance” with which to insure our student’s valuables while a student at the University?
Taylor does not provide this type of insurance. What many parents do is check with their insurance agent to see if their individual homeowners insurance has coverage for students away at college.
When will our student find out which residence hall they will be living in this fall?
They should learn their residence hall and roommate during Summer Orientation. For those unable to attend orientation, the Housing Office will notify them in July or August.
Are students allowed to stay in their rooms during school breaks?
Students are not allowed to stay on campus during Thanksgiving, Christmas or Spring breaks. Normally, students who live too far away to go home will go to another student’s home or to the home of a Taylor faculty or staff member.
Are lofted beds permitted in the residence hall room?
Taylor does not allow lofts to be built, however all furniture provided in the rooms is stackable. Students are very creative about arranging furniture vertically and horizontally in their rooms.
Can a student bring a window fan to use in their room?
Window fans are acceptable, but portable air conditioning units of any kind are not permitted.
Can students bring a refrigerator to campus?
Refrigerators are allowed in residence hall rooms but they can be no larger than 4 cubic feet.
Where do students store their bicycles in the winter?
Most of the residence halls have storage space available for storing bicycles. If your student has difficulty finding space, they can always ask a faculty or staff member if they could store them at their house.
Does Taylor have Internet access in the dorms and common areas on campus? Is it filtered?
There is Wi-Fi all across the campus, as well as wired Internet in the residence halls. It is wired in the residence halls is to make it twice as fast as the rest of campus. It is also filtered throughout the campus.
If students have their own computer, is there somewhere they can print or do they also need their own printer? If students do not have their own computer, is there a computer lab where they can type and print their own papers?
Computers are available in the Nussbaum Science building and the Zondervan Library for students to use. They do not need their own printer—printers for student use are available in the Zondervan Library. Many students bring their own printers, but it is not necessary.
Can our student bring a television with them for their room?
Yes, they can bring a television, but no toasters, microwaves, or appliances with open heating coils are allowed. Small refrigerators of 4.0 cubic feet or less are fine to bring.
Is there a cable hook–up for a television in the individual residence hall rooms?
Yes, every room has a hook-up for cable on the Taylor network for televisions.
Are there laundry facilities available? Is there a fee?
The laundry fee is included in the bill for housing. There are facilities available in each residence hall at no additional charge. Washing machines in our residence halls are high-efficiency.
If a student is housed in a residence hall that has a bathroom in the room, do they need to bring their own toilet paper?
No, it is provided.
Do the “community bathrooms” have soap dispensers and dryers/paper towels or do we need to buy hand soap?
The “community bathrooms” have soap dispensers as well as high-energy efficient hand dryers.
Do we need to bring a waste paper basket for our student’s room?
While there will be large waste baskets in each hall, it is advisable to bring one for your student’s room.
Do our students need to bring their own cleaning supplies to clean their bathrooms? Is there a vacuum available to them?
Students do not have to bring cleaning supplies to clean their bathrooms. The cleaning staff regularly cleans them. The exception would be Bergwall Hall where there are bathrooms in the rooms. The bathrooms are cleaned approximately three times per semester; the students are responsible for doing their own cleaning the rest of the time in Bergwall. Every residence hall has vacuums available for students to use.
If you have any questions, please contact Shawnda Freer, Director of First Year Experience, at 765-998-4915 or firstname.lastname@example.org.