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Residence Life

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Information for Parents

The residence life staff understands how important it is for parents to be reassured that their child is leaving home for an environment that has their child's best interest at heart. We understand that sending your child off to college, especially for the first time, sparks a whole host of emotions. We have created this page to address some of the questions and concerns with a parent's point of view in mind.

Move-in Day

New students will move in on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, from 7–11:30 a.m. Your student should report to his or her assigned residence hall either in Bonaventure or Marian. An orientation leader and a resident assistant will be there to greet your student and help him/her transition into his/her room. For more information, see Move-in Day.

Substance-free environment   

Viterbo University is committed to providing a safe and healthy learning environment free of illicit drugs and the unlawful use or abuse of alcohol. We recognize that the use or consumption of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs can adversely impact academic achievement, personal development, health and safety. Individuals who violate university policy, local, state or federal regulations are subject to arrest and/or disciplinary sanctions including, but not limited to, required assessment, treatment, restrictions or expulsion.

Health Services

The student health services office is located in the Student Development Center. Health services is staffed by a full-time registered nurse who is here to provide your student with the best possible care.

Safety and Security

We take campus safety and security seriously. The main entrances to each of our halls are locked 24 hours a day/seven days a week. Students assigned to a particular hall use their university student identification card to gain access to their assigned hall. Only residents and their authorized guests are allowed to be in the halls. Students may be escorted across campus or to/from parking lots by contacting the security office at 608-796-3911. A security officer and residence life staff member are on campus or on-call at all times. Fire drills are conducted each semester to familiarize residents with evacuation procedures. For more information, see Campus Safety. 

Staying in Touch, Showing You Care 

Although most students will never admit it, they appreciate it when loved ones stay in touch with care packages, phone calls, email, etc. Send letters, pictures, and little notes of encouragement around high stress times such as finals week. Our Residence Hall Council offers a finals care package special at the end of each semester; information will be sent to your home prior to finals week.

Mailing Address for Bonaventure, Marian, McDonald, Treacy, Rose, and Theme House:
Name of Student
702 Franciscan Way, Mailbox #
La Crosse, WI 54601

Mailing Address for Clare Apartments:
Name of Student
710 Eighth St. S., Apt. #
La Crosse, WI 54601

Hall Staff Interaction With Your Student 

The Resident Assistant (RA) is encouraged to get to know every student on his/her floor. The RA serves as a peer resource person and will work to share important information with your student. Each RA is expected to be very observant and help university staff with the success of residence hall living. The residence life staff will sponsor activities designed to foster interaction among hall members. There are three staff members providing overall leadership within the halls and will make themselves available for one-on-one conversations with residents.

Dining Services 

Viterbo University dining services staff is dedicated to providing each student with as much personalized service as possible. Students who have special dietary needs may meet with the appropriate staff member to discuss menu options. Dining services is open seven days a week.

Parent Newsletters   

The Office of Residence Life produces a monthly parent e-newsletter for the parents of our resident students. The newsletters are filled with helpful tips, important dates, what's happening in the halls and around campus, and much more.

Questions and Answers

If you are looking for more information, feel free to check out our Top 20 Questions Parents Ask.   

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