Residence Life and Housing looks forward to welcoming your student into housing!
Otis College parents, guardians, and family members are a vital part of a student’s successful transition into and through the college experience. While this is an exciting time for students, we know that it may be challenging for parents and families. Residence Life and Housing has a holistic approach that cares for the mental and physical well being of your student, inside and outside of the classroom. We have gathered information to help you understand different policies and procedures, important dates, and other resources to assist you with this transition.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
FERPA is a federal law that protects a student’s right to privacy, which includes housing records. Learn more about the College’s FERPA policy here. In accordance with FERPA guidelines, Residence Life and Housing staff will not share any resident information with anyone outside of the college’s system. Housing administrators are authorized to contact confidential contacts and emergency contacts. While these may be the same person, we do require the person to be listed for both. Please read the following information for more details:
Confidential Contact - On the Housing Application, residents list a friend, relative, or parent as their confidential contact. If you are listed as the Confidential Contact, you will be notified within 24 hours if a resident is determined to be missing by Otis College or a local law enforcement agency.
Emergency Contact - On the Housing Application, residents list a friend, relative, or parent as their emergency contact. Emergency contact information is used for situations deemed as emergencies, such as: medical emergencies, physical injury, and if the reported missing person is less than 18 years old and not legally emancipated.
March 22-28 | Spring Break (housing remains open, dining is closed)
May 11 | Last Day of Class
May 12 | Housing Move Out
May 15 | Commencement
May 16 | Housing Move Out for Seniors
March 1 | 2021-22 Housing Application is available for new students
March 1 | 2021-22 Housing Application is available for continuing students
April 2 | Continuing Student Housing Priority
May 4 | New Student Housing Priority
We understand that you may have questions around some specific aspects of housing. Please learn more through the menu items below.
Safety and Security
Your student's safety is very important to us! Our Resident Assistants and live in professional staff maintain an active presence in both locations. In addition, Campus Safety is present on campus 24/7. Students can contact the office at 310.665.6965.
While we are in a safe neighborhood within Los Angeles, we still recommend the following to keep our community safe:
- Sign up for Live Safe. Live Safe is an app that allows students to share information with Campus Safety, provides notifications of emergency situations, and allows for SafeWalk (someone can view your walk to another location).
- Always close and lock your door when leaving your apartment/suite.
- Do not let any unrecognized individuals into the building. If a person lives there, they should be able to access it.
- Use the buddy system when exploring Los Angeles beyond the campus.
Students are assigned Resident Assistants (RAs) in each housing location. The RAs serve as a resource for students as they transition to their new home and navigating Otis College. In addition, the RAs have an engagement model to offer programming, events, and ways to connect with other residential students. We encourage students to attend these events to connect with other students.
Another way for students to be involved is to join a campus club/organization. Students can learn more about the different opportunities to join here. Students can also check out Otis Owl Events to see the upcoming events and programs taking place around campus.
Although the roommate matching process helps students find a compatible roommate, there is never a guarantee to find the perfect roommate. Even the best roommates may experience conflict because people from different backgrounds, identities, and values are sharing space. In addition to differences, college age students are still developing and learning how to communicate through conflict. Housing's goal is to help students grow their conflict management skills that will benefit them the rest of their life.
As parents, you can assist Housing by encouraging your student to address the issues themselves. Housing has processes in place to help empower students to resolve their own conflict with support and guidance from the Housing staff. Housing asks you to please refrain from contacting our staff without your student’s knowledge. Instead, please use the resources below to guide your student through conflict resolution.