Dormitory Housing

The following information applies to all HCHC residents. In addition to these regulations, the section entitled "Married Housing Information" in the Student Handbook will offer specific additional regulations for those living in the married student housing complexes.

HCHC's residential program complements the educational mission of the school. Students who live in campus housing have certain freedoms and responsibilities. Regulations exist which are consistent with the educational purpose of the residential area. The residential environment requires those sharing a living unit to be both cooperative and considerate.

HCHC prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, or religion. All students are required to treat all individuals with respect and civility. All resident students must be able to live in a group setting understanding and respecting appropriate boundaries in terms of lifestyle, noise level, safety, hygiene, and common courtesy, and be able to function within the parameters of the resources on campus.

Animals and pets of any kind are prohibited in on-campus housing. Stray animals should not be fed, as they frequently carry fleas and diseases that can cause harm or discomfort to humans.           

The use of electrical appliances is limited for safety reasons.  Items that are prohibited inside individual dormitory rooms include halogen lamps, hot plates, crock-pots, toaster ovens, microwaves, ovens, space heaters, indoor grills or skillets (i.e., George Foreman), etc. Snack foods should be properly stored and disposed of immediately in the dumpster to avoid insect and rodent infestation.

Items permitted include fans, radios, hair dryers, alarm clocks, stereos and personal computers. Power strips should be used instead of extension cords (never plugged into each other or multiple strips plugged into an outlet). Per fire code, refrigerators are required to be directly plugged into the outlet.

Common area bathrooms must be respected and kept clean by all who use them. They shall be free and clear of all personal items. The washing of dishes/cups/silverware is strictly prohibited.

Bicycles must be stored in the covered rack outside the entrance to the Polemanakos Dormitory. Bicycles found inside the dormitory or left unattended may be confiscated. HCHC assumes no responsibility for the security of bicycles.

The lighting and/or burning of any material, including, but not limited to candles, incense, scented oils, potpourri, etc. is strictly prohibited. Anyone found in violation of this policy may be fined and/or realize a loss of housing privileges.

Students may contract with the local cable company for cable service, understanding that the charges will be billed directly to them. HCHC provides cable TV for all to enjoy in the JC Room of the Polemanakos Dormitory.Satellite dishes are not permitted.

Students living in the Polemanakos Dormitory participate in a 19-meal per week plan, allowing for breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday through Friday and brunch and dinner on Saturday and Sunday.

It is essential for the safety of all members of the college community to be particularly careful about fire hazards.  Firearms, fireworks, halogen lamps and heating devices of any type, and any other property or material which has the potential to be dangerous to persons or property, are strictly prohibited from all residence halls.  Students agree to comply with the regulations in the Student Handbook for appliances, computers and fire safety.   At no time may a resident store or bring into any building a flammable, combustible or explosive fluid or material other than cleaning fluids that are customary for residential life.

Offenders of these regulations and abusers of fire alarms and other residence hall fire equipment will be subject to fines, removal from campus housing, disciplinary proceedings and/or criminal prosecution. False reports of fire or other dangerous condition, creation of a fire hazard or other dangerous condition, or activities that interfere with campus safety, civility or environmental health are strictly prohibited.

Adequate furniture is provided in each room:

  1. Furniture is to remain in the room to which it is assigned.

  2. Furniture from public areas is to remain in its intended location.

  3. Items from common areas, such as chairs, lamps, tables, etc., must not be moved into student rooms.

Removal of furniture or property from public areas or student rooms may result in disciplinary action.

Students who desire to make improvements to their residence must receive written approval from the Director of Housing. Any permanent improvement made to HCHC-owned property becomes the property of HCHC. Hanging items on walls in HCHC housing must be done with care. Students are asked not to use tape of any kind or staples to mount items on the walls or doors. Residents will be assessed appropriate fees for damages.

Lofts are permitted; however, they must be constructed of wood that has been pressure-treated with a fire retardant chemical. All loft plans and constructions must be reviewed and approved by the Director of Housing before construction, and must be removed at the time of check-out.

Sporting activities are prohibited inside campus housing buildings because potential harm to students and damage to campus housing could occur. This includes wrestling, biking, rollerblading, skateboarding, water fights, any type of ball games, etc. Students who damage campus housing in any way, even accidentally will be expected to pay for the cost of repairs and may be subject to additional fines.

Students may arrange for service directly with Comcast or similar provider. HCHC does not assume financial responsibility for any aspect of cable/internet service.

All keys must be returned to your Resident Assistant or the Director of Housing at time of withdrawal or time of moving out, whichever occurs first. At no time is it permissible for any resident to change the lock on his/ her room, apartment or housing unit. If this should occur, school personnel will replace the lock and the cost of related labor and materials will be assessed to the student who changed the lock.

Failure to return all keys issued will result in a $100 lock charge and a $50 improper checkout fee. Loss of key(s) at any time after the initial issuance is subject to a $50 fine per key.

The lounge on each main floor as well as the lounge in the JC Room are common areas designed to encourage students to gather for group activities. Please remember that all furniture and fixtures, including the television, are to be shared accordingly. It is the responsibility of the residents to leave these areas in the same condition in which they were found and to remember they are not to be used as an extension of your room.

In keeping with the propriety expected of an Orthodox Christian community, there are male and female floors in Polemanakos Dormitory. There are "open dorm" hours when all lounges are free for visitation from 12 pm until 6 pm on Saturdays, Sundays, holidays, and snow days. Visitation hours during the week and evenings are restricted to the first floors lounges from 6 until 10 pm on "school nights" and until 11 pm on Friday and Saturday or a night preceding a holiday. Although located on a male floor, the Saint John the Theologian Chapel is available for all students for services and individual devotion. 

Per the Brookline Fire Department, only one person is allowed to occupy each dormitory room. Overnight guests are not permitted.

Students who have medical conditions which require the use of hypodermic needles are required to dispose of them in the proper manner. “Sharps” containers are available from the Director of Housing at no charge to students. Any other specific medical needs should be discussed with the Director of Housing immediately upon arriving on campus.

Returning students may occupy residence hall rooms three days prior to the beginning of classes in the fall semester and three days prior to the spring semester. New students may occupy rooms beginning on the first day of orientation. 

Residence halls are closed during the winter vacation period and students are not permitted to remain in rooms during these times unless approved in writing by the Director of Housing. The exceptions may include:

  1. Those students who are required to participate in the trip to Greece (students must vacate the dorm no later than 48 hours after returning from Greece).

  2. Those students who are enrolled in an HCHC summer class (summer school students must vacate the dorm no later than 48 hours after the last day of class).

  3. Eligible foreign national students who have received prior permission from the Director of Housing to remain.

Any student who fails to check-out of his/her room by the established checkout date may have his/her belongings packed and stored by a third- party company at the student’s expense and risk or disposed of at the discretion of the Director of Housing. HCHC assumes no liability for the removal of the student’s belongings.

The designated quiet hours from Sunday to Thursday are from 10:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m. and Friday to Saturday from 11:00pm to 9:00am in and outside of the Polemanakos Dormitory. During this time all conversations, radios, stereos, televisions, musical instruments, chanting, etc., are to be held at a level that cannot be heard outside the door of the room. Students who repeatedly show disregard for quiet hours may be subject to disciplinary consequences.

Students who play guitars, keyboards or other potentially loud musical instruments are expected to abide by quiet hour rules and to keep the music to a respectable level. Students who have stereos, TV’s, computers, IPods, etc., must use them without disturbing others.

All garbage must be wrapped or bagged and placed in the dumpster located nearest the residence facility. If the dumpster is full, residents must take the trash to another dumpster. Personal trash should not be placed in hall trash containers.  Do not place refrigerators, air conditioners, microwaves, computers, batteries, metal, wood or furniture of any kind in the dumpsters. Improper disposal of these types of items will result in the student paying the fines assessed by the dumpster company.

Polemanakos Dormitory must comply with the Town of Brookline’s Lodging House Regulations and Article II of the State Sanitary Code. This code mandates that all residents maintain their room in a clean and orderly condition and without violation of regulations pertaining to obstruction of egress.

Each student is responsible for securing his/her personal belongings. It is recommended that students with expensive personal items such as jewelry and other items bring in a personal lock box to ensure the safekeeping of the items. HCHC suggests that you secure your belongings and lock your door when you are away. HCHC is not liable for any items that are lost or stolen on HCHC property. Students are strongly encouraged to insure valuable personal possessions.

Smoking is prohibited in any building on campus. All students agree to comply with this rule by virtue of residing in campus housing. The disposal of cigarette butts anywhere on the grounds of HCHC is prohibited. Cigarettes must be put out and safely disposed of in a fire-safe container.

Solicitations, sales or promotions of any goods or services by any person or company are prohibited within the residence halls without approval from the Housing Director.

Limited storage for personal belongings is available.  HCHC accepts no liability for these items and reserves the right to discard any items deemed to be abandoned or improperly stored.

To prevent water pipes from freezing and heating systems from becoming overworked, dormitory residents should not open room windows for prolonged periods of time during the winter months. Damages incurred by failing to comply with this regulation will be the financial responsibility of the student.


Antonios A. Papathanasiou
Dean of Students