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Residence Life

     

    Residence Life

    About Us

    Residence Life is a department within the office of Student Affairs, reporting to the Dean of Student Affairs. Simply, Residence Life is responsible for the community building aspects of living on campus. We oversee the Residence Life Coordinator (RLC) team, Resident Assistant (RA) teams, community events and programs, and residential student conduct as well as the room application, assignment, and billing processes.

    Guiding Principles

    Mission

    Our mission is to create opportunities to live, learn, and lead. Committed to creating these opportunities, Residence Life works collaboratively with students, parents, faculty, and staff to help residents navigate their DKU journey in a safe, diverse, inclusive, stimulating, and vibrant community. Along the way, we challenge and support residents to develop their potential, achieve their goals, and prepare for global citizenry.

    Core Values

    • Mutual Respect
    • Responsibility
    • Interdependence
    • Understanding
    • Wellness
    • Resilience

    Core Beliefs

    • We believe every person is valuable
    • We believe every person has belonging and esteem needs that must be met to realize their full potential
    • We believe every person can make a profound difference in the world

    Strategies

    Living

    We guarantee room accommodations for all undergraduate students and we are able to accommodate most graduate students who apply for a room. Our options include high quality hotel-, suite-, and apartment-style accommodations, which the DKU Housing department keeps safe, clean, and maintained. Aside from the physical place to sleep, our close-knit communities give students a place to simply and truly enjoy life by having fun with friends as they develop a sense of belonging. Resident Assistants hold events which help students get to know each other and build a sense of belong while also serving in a duty rotation which keeps the building safe and secure.

    Learning

    We’ve designed out residence halls with learning in mind. Our facilities all have study space within them and many of our procedures, events, and intentional interactions are focused on learning. To promote diversity and inclusion, we assign first-year students from different countries together in the same room. While this may invite challenges, our team is trained to support students and their learning through mediations. Resident Assistants collaborate with faculty for educational programs, to extend learning beyond the classroom. Residence Life also helps students learn about the consequences and impact of their actions through student conduct adjudications.

    Leading

    We encourage students’ active participation in, and ownership for, their experience. Our office employs students in multiple positions which allow them to impact and influence their experience and the experience of others living on campus. We also encourage residents to share their event and community development ideas with other residents and their Resident Assistants to enhance everyone’s experience. Lastly, our office coordinates the Global Leadership Academy.

    Contact Us

    Our Office

    Our business hours are 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM daily from Monday – Friday, and we are located in the Student Residence Hall 202 suite on the 2nd floor. Additionally, our office phone number is +86 (0512) 3665.7020 and our office email account is residencelife@dukekunshan.edu.cn.

    Our Staff

    Charlie Clausen
    Assistant Dean of Residence Life
    Student Residence Hall 202A
    +86 (0512) 3665.7277
    charlie.clausen@dukekunshan.edu.cn

    Echo Zhao
    Senior Coordinator for Residential Education
    Student Residence Hall 202B
    +86 (0512) 3665.7317
    echo.zhao@dukekunshan.edu.cn

    Emmie Faro
    Residence Life Coordinator – Talent Apartments A2 & A4
    Student Residence Hall 302A
    +86 (0512) 3665.7801
    emmelancia.faro@dukekunshan.edu.cn

    Jenny Yao
    Residence Life Coordinator – Canadian International School of Kunshan
    Student Residence Hall 302A
    +86 (0512) 3665.7543
    han.yao@dukekunshan.edu.cn

    Maranda Cox
    Residence Life Coordinator – Conference Center
    Student Residence Hall 202B
    +86 (0512) 3665.7721
    maranda.cox@dukekunshan.edu.cn

    Patrick Dayton
    Residence Life Coordinator – Student Residence Hall
    Student Residence Hall 302B
    +86 (0512) 3665.7901
    patrick.dayton@dukekunshan.edu.cn

    Yaning Cao
    Residence Life Coordinator – Talent Apartments A3
    Student Residence Hall 302B
    +86 (0512) 3665.7342
    yaning.cao@dukekunshan.edu.cn

    FAQs

    What is the difference between Residence Life and Housing?

    Residence Life (学生住宿生活部) is a department within the office of Student Affairs, reporting to the Dean of Student Affairs. Simply, Residence Life is responsible for the community building aspects of living on campus. We oversee the RLC team, RA teams, community events and programs, and residential student conduct as well as the room application, assignment, and billing processes.

    Housing (校内住房部) is an office within Operations, reporting to the Director of Operations. Simply, Housing is responsible for the facility aspects of living on campus. They oversee housekeeping, maintenance, work requests, room inspections, indoor air quality, water drinkability, and rental refrigerator coordination.

    What is Mercury?

    Mercury is the system used to manage on campus room applications, assignments, and bills. It also includes other important forms such as updating personal information, requesting a rental refrigerator, and reporting maintenance issues. To access Mercury:

    1. Log into http://in.dukekunshan.edu.cn (you need to be on a DKU Wi-Fi network or connected to the DKU VPN through Cisco AnyConnect)
    2. Click “Applications Portal”
    3. Click the Mercury app
    4. Log in with your NetID

    Do I have to live on campus?

    All undergraduate students are required to live on campus all four years. On campus includes main campus as well as any buildings offsite that are owned, leased, or operated by the University. Graduate students are encouraged but not required to reside on campus. Limited spaces prevents us from guaranteeing graduate students a room. Graduate students intending to live off campus should still complete the room assignment application, to answer the question about their decision to live on or off campus.

    What amenities are in my room and building?

    See the Residence Halls website and find your building to see the amenities within or our general Amenities website.

    What do I do if I lost my student ID card?

    Students should immediately report the loss and request another ID by filling out a Maintenance Issue form in Mercury and select the “Lost Student ID Card” request type. The cost will be billed to the student’s Bursar account. Once processed, Operations will reach out about when, where, and how to pick up the new ID.

    Do I need a power converter or adapter for my electronics?

    It depends, Chinese outlets are 220 Volts and types A, C, and I.

    How can I shop for things I need?

    There are many shopping options. The mini-mart in the Academic Building (AB) is open 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM daily and sells snacks, toiletries, and DKU apparel. Dayu Bay is walkable from campus and has several restaurants and shops. Auchan Mall is a great place to buy anything and it is a stop on both the campus shuttle and Kunshan bus route 32. Campus shuttles, the Kunshan bus system, and DiDi (ride share app) will help you get anywhere else who want or need to go. Taobao is a major online shopping company that has an app, sells many things, and can deliver quickly to campus. 

    Can I store things during breaks?

    For all breaks and closures during the time you have a room assignment with Residence Life, you can keep your property in your room. However, if you don’t have a room assignment (e.g., summer break, study abroad) you need to remove your property from your room. On campus storage is not available but the University is working to develop a partnership with an off campus service provider to whom we will refer students.

    Is there storage space on main campus for those who don’t live there?

    Yes, Campus Services (campus-services@dukekunshan.edu.cn) has lockers available for use in the Academic Building.  Any loss of password, malfunctions, damages, and vandalism should be reported immediately.

    Is there a process to request an accommodation in a physically accessible room?

    Yes, to do so, a student should contact Residence Life by the deadline posted online or in their email about the room assignment application to begin the review process.

    Is there a curfew?

    No, there is no time that you need to be back in your residence hall or bedroom.