Residence Life FAQ
Indiana Tech currently has eight residence halls on campus that house freshmen through seniors.
To help you make the most of your college experience, all freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus. Exceptions may be made if you:
- Are 21 or older prior to the start of your first semester.
- Live with a responsible relative within 50 miles of the university.
- Are married and live with your spouse within 50 miles of the university.
- Are a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces.
- Have special circumstances requiring additional consideration.
Students enrolling through a recruitment agency are required to live on campus their first two semesters regardless of the exceptions above. To request an exemption from living on campus, please complete the Housing Release/Exemption Request form.
Since each of our residence halls is slightly different, the room and meal plan rates vary. For current housing costs and other university fees, visit the tuition and fees page.
If a specific roommate is not requested, the residence life office assigns a roommate using personal background information furnished on the housing application. Initial requests for specific roommates are honored if the deposits and applications are made prior to May 1 and both applicants request each other as roommates.
Fall room assignments are made in late May and information on the assignments will be sent via email by June 1. Assignments to campus housing are made based on the date of application with deposit and availability of space. The university reserves the right to make changes in the room assignments when it is in the best interests of the residents and/or the university.
Your mailing address will be included on your housing assignment email. Each student living on campus is assigned their own mailbox. The mailing address is as follows:
1600 E Washington Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46803
How do residents get bedbugs?
Anyone can pick bedbugs up from a location where they presently exist – someone’s apartment, other dorm rooms, movie theaters, etc. Bedbugs are equal opportunity pests – they will infest anyone, anywhere, and are partial to residential places such as residence halls. Having bedbugs does not indicate poor hygiene or a lack of cleanliness.
Bedbugs are small nocturnal insects that live by feeding on blood of humans/other warm-blooded hosts and are generally active only at dawn, with a peak feeding period about an hour before sunrise.
What do bedbug bites look like?
Bedbug bites consist of a raised red bump or flat welt, often accompanied by intense itching and are usually aligned three in a row. The red bump or welts are the result of an allergic reaction to the anesthetic contained in the bedbug’s saliva, which is inserted into the blood of the host. Bites look like mosquito bites, but tend to last longer and may not become immediately visible and can take up to several days to appear.
Do bedbugs cause diseases?
There are no known cases of bedbugs passing disease from host to host. Laboratory testing suggests that bedbugs are unlikely to pass disease from one person to another.
What happens when the exterminator comes to a resident’s room?
If your room is confirmed to have bedbugs, an exterminator will come to treat your room. Residents will be required to clean and bag all clothing, bedding, books and personal items prior to the treatment. The treatment will likely consist of a few different approaches:
- A pesticide will be applied to locations within the resident’s room that may harbor the bugs.
- The exterminator may place glue boards in the resident’s room. These boards can be good detectives and show the degree of success of the treatment. If the glue board collects bedbugs after its placement, then another treatment may be warranted. If this is the case, residents should contact Housing as soon as possible.
What SHOULD residents do if they believe they have bed bugs?
- Don’t panic! Although bedbugs can be annoying, they can be battled safely and successfully if residents follow all guidelines given to them by Housing and Facilities.
- Notify Residence Life ASAP.
- Be prepared to follow the written instructions to the letter and in a timely manner (within 24 hours).
What SHOULDN’T residents do if they believe they have bed bugs?
- If a resident believes they have bedbugs, they should not wait until after 5 p.m. on Friday to notify someone. It is not possible to get service from the exterminator after hours or on weekends.
- Residents should not apply pesticides on their own. Facilities hire a licensed pest control operator to confirm the infestation and to develop an integrated pest management plan.
- Residents should not move their mattress or any furniture out into the hallway. Infested furniture can be cleaned and treated. Placing infested furniture (particularly mattresses) into common areas or on the street may simply help spread bedbugs to the rooms and suites of other students.
- Residents should not go sleep in a friend’s room or in places off-campus. If a resident actually has bedbugs, they will only spread them to others.
**Adapted from Columbia University
Indiana Tech requires residential students to obtain immunizations for MMR, Meningitis, and Chicken Pox. The athletic department also requires vaccinations to participate and a record of those vaccinations will be requested by the athletic trainer. It is the responsibility of the student to obtain the appropriate vaccinations prior to the start of their initial semester.