Community Standards Policy

 

(Applicable to any student, undergraduate or graduate, residing in University-owned housing)

 

Educational Atmosphere - Behavior that affects the peace and quiet of other residents, that interferes with the rights, responsibilities and/or duties of other persons, or that creates circumstances that could jeopardize person or property, is unacceptable and prohibited.

 

Guest Policy - Guests and visitors are always welcome. Guests must abide by the policies and procedures of the University and of the Housing and Residence Education Department. Students who host a guest are responsible for his/her guest's behavior and to inform them of the policies and procedures. Visitors and non-resident students may be asked to leave the campus if behavior is inappropriate. A student may have guests of the same sex stay overnight (2) nights max within a two-week period). The guest must observe the same hours and rules as their host. No more than 20 people are allowed to occupy an apartment or suite, and no more than 5 in the residence halls, at any given time. Residents documented with more people than the maximum number permissible will face disciplinary charges.

 

All overnight Guests must be registered with the GRD. Children (Under the age of 12) are not permitted in residential facilities without the permission of the Director of Housing and Residence Education. Babysitting and overnight stays are prohibited. Underage siblings of residents can only visit when the parent(s) of the resident are present.

 

Hall Hours/Security - To provide greater security, residence hall entry doors are locked 24 hours a day. Each student is required to carry his/her University ID for access to authorized areas. Anyone entering or leaving a residential facility by any other means will be fined and subject to disciplinary action.

 

Flammable Items - Flammable items, incense candles, and grills are not permitted in the residential facilities.

 

Noise/Activities - It will be expected that the overall atmosphere be conducive to study and rest. Stereo, radio and television volumes are to be heard only in one's room. Conversational voice levels must be used, and recreational activities must take place in areas designed for that purpose. Excessive noise is prohibited at all times. In order to provide a study time for students to pursue their individual goals, quiet hours are in effect.

 

Sunday - Thursday ..................................................................................10:00 p.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Friday & Saturday ..................................................................................midnight - 10:00 a.m.

 

During these hours a student must remain quiet enough to provide an atmosphere in which others may study and sleep. At all other times, courtesy hours are in effect, which means one is expected to be considerate of neighbors at all times. Inconsiderate behavior will be subject to student conduct review.

 

Personal Decor/Clothing - Any decorating accessories that do not meet recognized safety standards are considered a risk or offensive according to the mission and/or affiliation of the University are prohibited. In addition clothing that is deemed offensive or not congruent with the mission of the University is prohibited.

 

Pets - Animals, birds, or reptiles of any type are not allowed in the residential facilities. Non-carnivorous fish are allowed in rooms provided that the aquarium is less than 10 gallons. Students are not allowed to feed animals in, around, or outside of any residential facility.

 

Smoking/Tobacco Use -The University is a tobacco-free campus and the use of any tobacco product including electronic cigarettes is prohibited on campus.

 

Viewing of Movies - In accordance with the “Home Use” law regarding the showing of copyrighted movies, movies can be shown in the public areas of residential facilities when specially licensed. Movies considered pornographic and not consistent with the University mission (not rated G, PG, PG-13 or R by the Motion Picture Association of America) may not be displayed/possessed on campus.

 

Refrigerator and Microwaves - They are both permitted in the residential facilities. They are also permitted in individual rooms in the suites and apartments. Refrigerators can be no more than 4.5 cubic feet and microwaves are recommend at 700 watts. Housing and Residence Education encourages the use of Energy Star Rated appliances.

 

Visitation Policy - The visitation program permits guests of the opposite sex to visit a student room during the designated time period only. Visitation is not permitted in the laundry rooms, stairwells, or restrooms. Apartments and suites follow the same visitation policy as residence hall rooms.

 

Room visitation Hours:

 

Room Hours:

 

Sunday - Thursday ............................................................................................(11:00 a.m. - midnight);

Friday & Saturday ..............................................................................................(11:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.)

 

Lobby/Living Room Hours:

 

Sunday - Thursday............................................................................................ (11:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.);

Friday & Saturday ..............................................................................................(11:00 a.m. - 3:00 a.m.)

 

Guidelines

 

1. Guests who are non-students must carry a valid state ID prior to entering a Housing and Residence Education  Facility.

Parents are excluded from registration.

 

2. Guests must wait in lobby until the resident arrives to escort him/her to the room.

 

3. A resident must escort his/her guest at all times while in the residence hall. This includes to the water fountain, etc.

 

4. The guest must “sign-in” on the floor where he/she is visiting. The sign-in form is located on or near the RA’s door. Guests must also sign out upon departure.

 

5. Students participating in visitation must keep their doors open/ajar at all times when a guest is present in the room. An RA or GRD has the right to request a visitor leave at any time if the guest is unruly or causing a disturbance in the residence hall.

 

6. The use of bathroom facilities for the opposite sex is at the discretion of the GRD. Please check with the GRD or RA of the building to find out the policy to escort the guest to a building that contains appropriate facilities.

 

7. A person visiting or socializing in the area where a violator is present is in violation of visitation regulations.

 

8. Every student must be appropriately dressed (clothes you would wear in public) and guests should not change or remove clothes while visiting.

 

9. Parents and siblings are permitted to visit the student outside of traditional visitation hours with the approval of the GRD or the Department of Housing and Residence Education. A parent must accompany siblings when visiting during “non-visitation” hours or approved by the GRD. During non-visitation hours, students need to notify the GRD of their intentions before going to the student's room.

 

10. Exceptions must be approved in advance by your GRD.