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Designated Spaces for Religious and Cultural Practices

OUR POLICY OF INCLUSION

Amongst the 4000+ individuals living in our halls and apartments we have a diversity of represented belief systems.  Whether our residents worship one, many, or no gods we want them to be welcomed and included as equal members in our community. Acknowledging that several of the religions represented in our community utilize candles, incense, or burnt offerings as an element of their worship, we offer our prayer space policy as an effort to better welcome all belief system expressions.

For the safety of all individuals sharing our buildings we do not allow the use of candles, incense, or other open heating elements in NDSU residence halls and apartments. In order to balance religious inclusion with safety concerns we have identified space in each of our residence halls that can be used periodically for worship or meditation involving an open flame. Additionally, we have designated select locations amongst our apartment complexes to be utilized for the same purpose. None of these spaces are designed to be used solely for worship throughout the year but each can be reserved, with Residence Life Staff approval, by submitting a request beforehand.  

WHERE IS THE DESIGNATED SPACE IN MY HALL OR APARTMENT AREA?

Hall

Room

Burgum

Basement Kitchenette /Lounge

Churchill

Basement Study Lounge

Dinan

Kitchenette (any floor)

LLC East

Small Classroom (126)

LLC West

Small Conference Room (118)

N. Weible

Basement Kitchenette/Lounge

S. Weible

Basement Kitchenette/Lounge

Niskanen

Community Center

Pavek

Basement Conference Room

Reed

Basement Kitchenette/Lounge

Johnson

Basement Lounge

Seim

Basement TV Lounge

Sevrinson

Basement Kitchenette

Stockbridge

1st floor Kitchenette

Thompson

Basement Lounge

 

Apartment

Room

Nisk Expansion

Niskanen Community Center

University Village   

Niskanen Community Center

Bison Court

East Bison Court Conference Room

 

WHO CAN USE A DESIGNATED PRAYER/CULTURAL SPACE?

Residents of NDSU residence halls or apartments can utilize this policy. Requests are not approved/denied on the basis of religion, but requests may be denied based on space availability, improper prior use, staff availability, or substantial safety concerns. Students who do not live in a residence life facility may use the space if they are escorted as a guest of one of our residents. All space reservations requests must be submitted by a hall or apartment resident.

STORAGE OF CANDLES AND INCENSE

Since open heating elements such as candles and incense are not allowed in NDSU residence halls and apartments we have designated storage space in each residence hall, a space in Bison Court Apartments, and a shared space for the rest or our apartment areas. Speak with your Hall Director or Complex Manager for more information.

SAFETY PRECAUTIONS

To help ensure the safety of all parties involved, each space has a fire extinguisher available for use. Additionally, each reservation is assigned a residence life staff member who will check the condition of the room before and after use.

HOW TO RESERVE A SPACE

Residents who would like to reserve the designated space in their hall or apartment area can download the corresponding form below and speak with their Hall Director or Complex Manager.

University Village, Niskanen Residence Hall, Niskanen Expansion Apartments

Bison Court Apartments & Residence Halls (with the exception of Niskanen Hall)


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North Dakota State University
Phone: +1 (701) 231-7557 / Fax: (701) 231-7599
Campus address: Bison Court West 
Physical/delivery address: 1415 14th St N, Fargo, ND 58102
Mailing address: NDSU Dept. 5310 / PO Box 6050 / Fargo, ND 58108-6050
Page manager: Department of Residence Life

Last Updated: Monday, October 14, 2013 4:32:00 PM