Living in residence is a key component of Realize Tacoma programming as it allows participants to build relationships that extend beyond the daily academic programming. The residential staff support participants in this space and expect participants to be aware of and adhere to the following:
Each participant has their own room, and each dorm room comes with a bed, desk, desk chair, dresser, and closet.
Required Items for Dorm Rooms
participants are asked to bring the following items for their personal use during the program. All items should be indelibly marked with the owners’ names. Realize Tacoma is not responsible for the loss or damage of personal items.
Shower items – toiletries, shower caddy, shower shoes, and bathrobe
Bedding – pillow(s), blanket, or comforter and optional bedspread
Bath towels – two sets
Prohibited Items in the Dorms
The following items are not allowed in the dormitory, and participants found in possession of any prohibited items may face expulsion from Realize Tacoma:
Animals (of any kind)
Weapons, simulated weapons, or potentially dangerous items of any kind, including knives, martial arts equipment, and fake guns.
Any heat producing or cooking devices, such as hot plates, hot pots, electric kettles, toasters, coffee makers, microwave ovens, space heaters, etc.
Any items that create flame, such as matches or lighters.
Any flammable materials, such as candles, lighter fluid, fireworks or incense.
Non-fusible power strips or extension cords
Halogen or incandescent bulb lamps
Prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, or herbal supplements
Recreational drugs, alcohol, tobacco products, or associated paraphernalia
Posters, pictures, banners or other items that reference alcohol, drugs, tobacco, violence, hate speech, or other inappropriate themes.
The residential faculty reserves the right to search student rooms at any time and to confiscate any prohibited items. Realize Tacoma assumes no liability for personal property, and participants should not bring expensive personal items to school or keep cash exceeding $20 in their rooms.
Room and Dorm Cleanliness
participants are expected to keep their rooms, the hall spaces outside their rooms, and dorm lounges presentable, clean, and clutter-free at all times.
No visitors of any kind are allowed during the program.
Security Doors, Fobs and Keys
The AWS building and the residence halls are protected by electronically locked security doors. participants are provided with security fobs that give them access through these doors during pre-determined hours. Fobs are individually assigned, and their use is automatically recorded. To protect themselves and maintain security, participants should never lend their fobs to anyone. participants are not allowed to prop open security doors under any circumstances. Doing so is a serious security risk. Participants are supplied with individual room keys and should lock their doors whenever they are out of their rooms. participants are expected to carry their keys and fobs with them at all times. participants are expected to report lost fobs and keys to the residential staff as soon as they realize these items are missing.
Restrooms and Showers
participants are expected to bring their own toiletries to and from the bathrooms as needed, to pick up trash, and to wipe down and rinse out sinks and showers when finished with them. This includes removing one’s own hair from the drain traps after each shower. participants are encouraged to wear shower shoes or slippers in the restrooms and showers to promote community hygiene.
The dorm has free laundry machines for participant use. The laundry rooms are community resources, so participants should share the machines fairly and treat the facilities with respect. Realize Tacoma provides detergent pouches, baskets, irons, and folding and ironing tables.
Whenever there are maintenance problems with student rooms or shared spaces, participants report it to a dorm staff so the issues may be addressed as soon as possible. Any facility emergencies, like leaking, flooding or smoke, should be reported immediately and directly to the dorm staff.
Annie Wright Schools (AWS) security is responsible for student and campus safety and protection. AWS security has a staff of conscientious and helpful personnel who are on campus nights and weekends and who conduct late-night rounds. All AWS community members are expected to be respectful to security personnel and abide by their guidelines and requests.