Facilities and Student Rooms
Out of their generosity, the people of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles have supplied buildings, grounds and furnishings for the stated purpose and objectives of St. John’s Seminary. The principles of justice and charity demand that all of the seminary community exercise a proper responsibility in the use and upkeep of the buildings, grounds and furnishings. Moreover, it should be kept in mind that, while a student has a right to what
is necessary for his proper training and formation for the priesthood, according to the stated purpose and objectives of the seminary, the institution itself has responsibilities and obligations with regard to safety and maintenance.
It is in view of the above that the following guidelines are presented. It should be realized that the Facilities Manager
or Director of Students can impose other guidelines over and above the ones stated here, should circumstances so require.
Students new to the campus are assigned their dormitory rooms by the Director of Students. Returning students are involved in a process of selecting their own rooms for the following academic year. At any time a student may request permission from the Director of Students to move to another available vacant room that better fits his needs and desire. No student is transferred to another room without the permission of the Director of Students.
Students are assigned a residence room. They are expected to regularly clean their room with the supplies provided for them by the seminary. When vacating a room, the Director of Students or his delegate, will inspect the room. The room must be judged clean and in adequate condition before the seminarian leaves the seminary either for the summer or at the end of his formation.
Students are issued keys to their rooms. If a key is lost, a fee of $5.00 must be paid to replace it. The Director of Students maintains keys to all student rooms and has the right, for serious reasons, to inspect a student’s room at any reasonable time.
The Facilities Manager of the seminary has overall responsibility for the physical property of the seminary, and therefore, has responsibility for the condition of the rooms and their furnishings.
The Director of Students has charge of the student responsibility in the use of seminary property. He will inspect rooms at the end of each year, in keeping with these guidelines.
Each student has responsibility for the room designated for his use, i.e. for the upkeep of the room and its furnishings according to these guidelines. Moreover, his room is to be kept clean and, at the end of the year, he is to give his room a general cleaning. Any breakage or other damage should be reported in writing to the Facilities Manager. Broken parts should be saved for the Maintenance Department. At the end of the year, the student is to arrange the furniture as it was in August and to vacate his room by the last day of the school year or as otherwise specified by the Director of Students. Each student will be held accountable for any damage done through his misuse of the seminary property; irresponsible use of seminary property cannot be overlooked in terms of one’s readiness for priesthood.
Room and Corridor Fixtures
Since unassigned student rooms are used as guest rooms throughout the year, the furnishings in these rooms are not to be disturbed. No furniture or furnishings are to be dismantled or removed from any room or transferred to another room without the explicit knowledge and consent of the Director of Students. All other seminary furnishings and fixtures are not to be moved from any space on campus without similar permission.
Students may bring into their rooms furniture of their own, to a reasonable degree, provided it is removed from the room by the last day of the school year. Books and small items that can be boxed may be stored in the trunk rooms over the summer months.
Nothing may be hung from the ceilings or walls, except on the corkboard, hangers or clips provided. Adhesive materials that may damage the painted surfaces are not to be used on any painted or varnished areas, including doors. Nails are not to be used on the walls, doors, or other areas of the room, with the exception of the cork board area. Failure to comply with these regulations will result in the surrender of all or part of the annual room fee.
Special decorations may not be set up in the dormitory corridors without the explicit permission of the Director of Students.
Radios, compact disc players, and other sound equipment are permitted. Two televisions are available for student viewing in the recreation rooms along with those found in the viewing rooms on each of the upper floors of the dormitories. Students should be conscious of not overloading circuits and of using excessive electricity in their rooms.
Student rooms have a telephone and internet connections. Each room has an assigned telephone number. Local calls are free but a calling card is necessary for all long distance calls. Calling cards are available in the student canteen.
Each seminarian is assigned and may access voice-mail private messages from room phones. Student messages are generally not taken over the seminary’s switchboard, except in cases of emergency. Students are expected to check voice-mail messages daily.