Residence Life & Housing Policy

 

The Residence Life and Housing portion of the Roanoke College Student Handbook contains important information regarding facilities, services, and policies and procedures governing resident students.  In addition to all campus policies and procedures, including the Student Conduct Code, residents are responsible for residence hall policies and procedures. Roanoke College reserves the right to change policies and procedures, with notice, at any time.

RESIDENCE LIFE AND HOUSING MISSION:

The department of Residence Life and Housing is committed to encouraging an inclusive residence hall community that promotes civic and social responsibility, intellectual and personal growth, and physical and emotional well-being in its residents. We strive to achieve this community by fostering within it appropriate challenges and opportunities, guided support and encouragement, respect for community standards, and recognition of its residents' individuality. 

PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY:

Residents are expected to respect the rights and property of other members of the College community and to engage in behavior which is consistent with the mission of the institution.  For most students, college means an opportunity for increased freedom.  With this freedom comes the task of handling it responsibly. Residents are expected to behave responsibly and will be held accountable for their actions.            

RESIDENCE LIFE AND HOUSING STAFF

All residence halls have student and/or full-time staff members living in them.  Staff members are responsible for helping establish and maintain an environment which is supportive of the academic mission of the College and which encourages the development of all residents.  The structure of the Residence Life and Housing staff is as follows:

Director of Residence Life and Housing:  Responsible for the overall operation of the Residence Life and Housing program.

Area Coordinators (AC):  Full-time live-in staff members responsible for the overall operation of the residence halls with other responsibilities within the division of Student Affairs.

Head Resident Advisors (Head RA):  Undergraduate staff members responsible for assisting professional staff with the operations of the department of Residence Life and Housing.

Resident Advisors (RA):  Undergraduate staff members directly responsible for the operation of a specific living area and collectively responsible for contributing to the overall operation of the residence halls in which they work.

Greek Resident Managers (GRM):  Undergraduate staff members directly responsible for the operation of the fraternity or sorority house/area with regard to room inventories, common area inventories, damages, roster reconciliation, and physical plant/housekeeping needs.           

  

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR ROANOKE COLLEGE HOUSING:

RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT                                                                                                                               

Like many private liberal arts colleges, Roanoke is a residential college. That is, the campus living experience is an integral part of the college experience and is highly valued as an integral part of the college experience and as a complement to the classroom experience. We believe that by living together in community provides residents opportunities to interact with other students, faculty, and staff and to enhance their social and interpersonal growth as citizens through shared living experiences.

In support of this philosophy, College policy requires that students live on campus during their full tenure as a student unless they meet one or more of the following criteria:

•a.        have lived in the Roanoke Valley area (within 30 miles of campus) for at least six months preceding the date of first enrollment and continue to reside with their parent(s)/guardian(s);

•b.        are married;

•c.        live with grandparents, or siblings who live in the Roanoke Valley area;

•d.        are 23 years old (before the beginning of the term they desire to live off campus)

•e.        are a military veteran;

•f.         are enrolled part-time (students who claim off campus status due to part-time enrollment and who return to full-time status during the current or a subsequent semester, will be charged the current room and board rate);

•g.        have received and accepted prior approval by the Residence Life and Housing staff and are currently living off-campus.

Students who are otherwise eligible to claim commuter status or have been granted off campus release may choose to live in the residence halls. However, the contract is binding for the full academic year.

Students who do not participate in the off campus housing selection process, but choose to exercise commuter status due to one or more of the above criteria must seek approval from the Residence Life and Housing staff.

Students who drop to part-time status during a term are not permitted to live on campus without approval from the Residence Life and Housing staff. 

Students who are on Disciplinary Probation or have served less than one year of Substance Abuse Probation at the time of the spring term housing selection process are not eligible for off campus release.

 

HOUSING ELIGIBILITY                                                                                                                       

Housing is provided only for currently enrolled students.  The College does not provide housing for non-student family members.  The College reserves the right to deny campus housing to students for just cause, as determined by the Residence Life and Housing staff. 

SPECIAL HOUSING ACCOMMODATIONS*                                                                                        

Students requesting special housing accommodations or off campus release due to medical, psychological, or other conditions must submit required and acceptable documentation to the Residence Life and Housing staff before the request will be considered.  If the appeal is due to medical or psychological conditions, the students' doctors or healthcare providers are also required to provide detailed documentation which supports the request, and which demonstrates how the condition impacts the students' ability to succeed in their current living environment. 

Additionally, in order for requests for special housing accommodations to be considered, students may be requested to register with the Coordinator of Disability Support Services.

Instructions for submitting requests for special housing accommodations or off campus release due to medical, psychological, or other conditions can be found on the Residence Life and Housing page of the Roanoke College web site. 

Once all documentation is received, relevant College personnel will review a request and make an assignment based on availability of space, the individual's needs, and the College's ability to reasonably accommodate the student.

*Temporary requests for use of a specific room for medical reasons for under 30 days do not require documentation from a healthcare provider. 

CONTRACT PERIODS

Rooms in residence halls are rented only for those periods of time when the College is in regular session, during the Intensive Learning Term, and during summer sessions. With the exception of Afton, Catawba, and Elizabeth Halls, residents may not stay in the residence halls during fall, Thanksgiving, winter, or spring breaks. With the exception of Afton, Catawba, and Elizabeth Halls, residents may not stay in the residence halls during the time period between hall closing at the end of spring term and the start of the Intensive Learning Term or summer term; the time period between hall closing at the end of summer term and the start of fall term. 

With the exception of Afton and Catawba Halls,  residents' belongings must be removed from all residence hall rooms at the end of each spring term, at the end of the Intensive Learning term, at the end of the second Summer Session, or upon termination of the Housing Agreement.

At the end of each term residents must leave 24 hours after their last exam.  Residents may be fined $50 for each evening they reside in the halls outside of the regular contract period. 

 

BREAK PERIODS  
With the exception of Afton, Catawba, and Elizabeth Hall residents, students must vacate the residence halls during fall, Thanksgiving, winter, and spring breaks and during the time period between hall closing at the end of spring term and the start of the Intensive Learning Term or summer term; and during the time period between hall closing at the end of summer term and the start of fall term. 

Residents who do not live in Afton, Catawba, or Elizabeth Hall should make arrangements to vacate their rooms during the breaks unless they are asked to stay for a College related event such as athletics or student employment. However, residents who wish to remain during the breaks for personal reasons, such as employment off campus or late travel arrangements, may request to remain for one or more nights and if approved may stay for a fee of $35 per night.

Afton, Catawba, and Elizabeth Halls remain open during all breaks in the regular academic year. Residents of these halls simply need to inform the Residence Students who reside in Afton and Catawba Halls during spring semester and plan to remain in that room/apartment for the subsequent fall semester may remain during the interim summer. Summer rent will apply.

Residents, who plan to stay during all or part of the breaks, whether at the invitation of the College, for personal reasons, or because they are residents of Afton, Catawba, or Elizabeth Hall, should submit the request form which may be found on the Residence Life and Housing page of the Roanoke College website. An additional charge of $50 per day may be assessed for those students staying in the halls after closing, or returning before opening without permission from the Residence Life and Housing staff. Residence hall card access will be disabled during break periods. Without approval to remain during the breaks, access will be prohibited.

Residence hall staff does a safety and security check during closing for fall, Thanksgiving, winter, and spring breaks.  Violations of the Student Conduct Code discovered during security checks are dealt with in accordance with the standard referral procedure.  Closing violations are recorded and fines are issued where appropriate. 

For specific break dates refer to the Residence Life and Housing page of the Roanoke College web site. 

 

MEAL PLAN

With the exception of Elizabeth Hall, residents are required to purchase a meal plan. First year residents are required to purchase a 19 meal per week plan. Upper-class residents may choose either a 14 or 19 meal per week plan. Residents of Afton Hall and New Hall apartments  may choose a 14, 19, or 9 meals per week plan.  Residents of Elizabeth Hall are not required to purchase a meal plan.

 

MOVE-IN/MOVE-OUT

Residents will be issued a room key and exterior door card access or an exterior door key when checking into a specific residence hall.  Residents are responsible for the condition of their room and room furnishings belonging to the College and must complete and sign a Room Inventory Card that indicates the condition of the room and its furnishings upon their first arrival.  At the end of the year or upon vacating the room, the Room Inventory Card will be used by a staff member to determine what damages, if any, have occurred during the residents' stay. When completing your Room Inventory Card it is of utmost importance that you work with your RA, GRM, Head RA, and AC to accurately record the contents and condition of your room at the time you check in.  This card will be the basis from which all necessary charges are made.

To protect the interests of residents and the College, it is the residents' responsibility to contact a Residence Life and Housing staff member should a damage occur while occupying a room. A Residence Life and Housing staff member will contact maintenance or housekeeping and work with the resident until the issue is resolved.

Before vacating their rooms, all residents must: (a) remove all personal belongings, (b) properly dispose of trash in the dumpster outside of their building/area, (c) check out with a Residence Life and Housing staff member, and (d) return all College issued keys.  Charges will be assessed for damage, missing furniture or keys, and any necessary excessive cleaning.

Residents are responsible for damages to their rooms and furnishings belonging to the College.  Damages will be assessed by comparing the condition of the room at the time of check-in with the condition at the time of checkout.  It is the individual's responsibility to be sure that everything is recorded on the inventory card both at check-in and checkout.  Anything missing or damaged at the time of checkout that was not recorded at the time of check-in will be charged to the individual(s) who reside in that room. 


ROOM CHANGES
 

Room changes must be approved in advance by the AC of the area(s) involved.  Appropriate paperwork (room change form, inventory card, key card, etc.) must be completed before the move is made.  Unauthorized room changes may be subject to a fine of a minimum of $50. 

There is a one-week period at the start of each semester during which room changes are not available. Room changes may be made until one week prior to the spring term housing selection process, and then afterwards at the discretion of the Residence Life and Housing staff. 

The Residence Life and Housing staff reserves the right to make changes in room assignments at any time during the year. 

INDIVIDUAL ROOMS

Students are not permitted to remove College-issued furniture from their rooms.

Furniture and other items must be arranged in such a way so that a clear path from the bed to the door is maintained. 

Individual rooms must be maintained in a safe and sanitary manner.  To reduce the risk of fire, residents may not allow an excessive amount of combustible material (cardboard, paper, wood, etc.) to accumulate in their rooms.  Residents must refrigerate perishable food items and store non-perishables in sealed containers.  Occupants of a room not meeting this standard, as determined by the Residence Life and Housing , Campus Safety, and/or Maintenance staffs, will be given a designated period of time to correct the situation. Disciplinary action may be taken if the situation is not corrected within the designated time.

Room doors must be kept free of any writing or other damages.  Memo boards may be put on doors as long as they are removed at the end of the year.  Nothing should be put on room doors that will create a fire hazard, or cannot be removed by the residents of the room.  All items must be removed from the door before vacating the room.

Inspections will be made of each residence hall on a regular basis and as needed.  Please let the staff members in your hall know if there is anything the College can do to help you maintain your room.

 

WAITING LIST (ON AND OFF CAMPUS)                                                                                                              

A waiting list is offered for those who desire a room/housing change within or between terms. Waiting list requests are honored on a first-come-first-served basis. 

•a.        The waiting list for fall assignments begins at the completion of the spring term housing selection process and continues throughout the fall semester.

•b.        The waiting list for spring assignments begins at the beginning of the fall semester and continues until one week prior to opening of the spring term housing selection process. Room changes between then and the close of the spring semester will only be considered in extenuating circumstances.  

•c.        Waiting list requests expire at the end of the semester for which they are submitted. 

•d.        It is the residents' responsibility to resubmit a request if they wish to remain on the waiting list beyond that time.

Waiting list requests may be submitted at www.roanoke.edu/waitinglist.

 

DEFAULT SINGLES 

When a default single (a double room with one occupant) develops, the Residence Life and Housing staff will notify the residents they have two business days to select one of the following options:

•a.        Prepare to accept a roommate assigned by the Residence Life and Housing staff at any time. If the space is not available when needed, the student may face disciplinary consequences;

•b.        select a roommate from another default single;

•c.        move into someone else's default single room;

•d.        move into an available single room and pay the single room rate;

•e.        remain in the double room and pay the single rate. This option is available on a case-by-case basis with approval from the Director of Residence Life and Housing.

Residents may not move into empty double rooms unless a roommate moves with them. 

 

TERMINATION OF HOUSING AGREEMENT

The Housing Agreement is terminated when a resident:

•a.        finishes a regular academic year, Intensive Learning term, or summer term;

•b.        withdraws officially from the College during any term;

•c.        graduates before the end of the academic year;

•d.        does not re-enroll for the subsequent term;

•e.        is granted an exemption by the Residence Life and Housing staff;

•f.         is removed from housing in consideration of the welfare of the student or other residents as determined by College officials;

•g.        is suspended or expelled from the College.

Unless arrangements are made otherwise, residents must vacate their living areas within 48 hours of termination of the Housing Agreement.  All personal belongings must be removed.  Personal belongings not retrieved within 48 hours of termination of the Housing Agreement will be considered abandoned and are subject to donation or disposal at the residents' expense.

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT LIVING ON CAMPUS:

BICYCLE STORAGE                                                                                                                                                                               

Bike racks are located outside of the residence halls.  Bikes should be stored either in the bike racks outside the hall or in the residents' rooms.  Bikes should be registered with the Campus Safety Office.  It is recommended that a high security shackle lock be used to secure bikes. Unregistered bikes left on the racks after the academic year closes are considered abandoned and are subject to removal and disposal unless arrangements are made otherwise.

 

BUILDING SECURITY                                                                                                                                                                   

Leaving room and apartment doors unlocked when not present or when sleeping creates security and safety risks. Residents should keep their doors locked during these times.  Residence halls will remain locked 24 hours.  Residents have access to their respective residence halls via either card access or an exterior door key.

 

COMMON AREA ALTERATIONS AND DECORATIONS                                    
Residence hall common area alterations (painting, decorations, etc.) must be approved in advance by the Director of Residence Life and Housing and the manager of physical plant operations.

 

COMMON AREAS

A common area is defined as any space and/or area outside a student room. This includes, but is not limited to stairwells, hallways, restrooms, lounges, quads, lobbies, kitchens, elevators, entrance ways, and study rooms. Community members share responsibility for ensuring that common areas are properly utilized. Please help discourage damages to rooms or common areas, and identify individuals responsible to a Residence Life and Housing staff member, Campus Safety staff, or the Silent Witness program which can be found on the Campus Safety page of the Roanoke College website. Damage charges resulting from the misuse or abuse of common areas may be assessed to all residents of the area. If the individuals responsible for the damage are identified, then only those persons are charged.

The College shall provide housekeeping service for the basic upkeep of the building. This will include the sweeping, mopping, and waxing of floors, cleaning of bathrooms (with the exception of Marion, Elizabeth, and Afton Halls), etc. 

The residents of the hall are responsible for keeping the building in an acceptable condition. The residents may be billed for housekeeping/grounds services beyond those needed for basic upkeep. 

Examples of resident housekeeping responsibilities include:

•a.        All trash in common living areas is to be disposed of properly. Trash must be placed in receptacle or into dumpsters.

•b.        Spilled liquids and excessive dirt on floors should be swept and mopped.

•c.        Stickers, writing, and other marks on walls should be cleaned.

•d.        Kitchen clean up - including taking care of dishes used, wiping up spills, and putting dishes away.

•e.        Bathroom floors and shelves above sinks should be free of personal items. Personal items may be stored in storage units (cubbyholes, shelves) supplied in bathrooms, or in individual rooms.

•f.         It is the responsibility of each individual to remove personal items from common areas.  If items are left out, the housekeeping staff will not be able to properly clean the area.  Items left out for an extended period of time will be removed by the residence hall staff.

 

EMERGENCY/COURTESY PHONES                                                                                                    

Yellow phones are located at designated residence hall entrances and can be used to call any campus number. Additionally the phones are equipped with a 911 button which connects callers to Salem Emergency Services in the event of an emergency.  

 

FURNITURE REMOVAL                                                                                                                                       

Only bed frames may be removed from rooms in those halls where lofts are allowed and only if proper procedures are followed during designated furniture removal times, usually within the first few weeks each semester. 

INSURANCE                                                                                                                                                          

The College assumes no obligation to pay for the loss of, or damage to, personal property in College residence halls unless the loss or damage is due to the negligence of College personnel.  Residents should check their parents'/guardians' insurance coverage to determine if  their personal belongings are covered under the current homeowners'/renters' policy. 

 

KEYS                                                                                                                                                                     

Residents are issued a room key and an exterior door key or card access.  College keys are obtained from the Office of Campus Safety.  No deposit is required for keys, but a $35.00 fee per key will be charged for keys that are lost or not returned.  Keys remain the property of the College and should not be duplicated, loaned or given away.  Lost or stolen keys should be reported immediately to the Office of Campus Safety.

 

KITCHENS                                                                                                                                                             

The College is not responsible for food or other personal belongings left in common kitchen areas.  Food and trash must be properly disposed of and residents should confirm that the stove/oven is turned off after using the kitchen area.  Residents who do not clean the kitchen after each use may be subject to disciplinary action.

 

LAUNDRY FACILITIES

The laundry facilities located within the residence halls are for Roanoke College residents only. During the regular academic year and the Intensive Learning term, the cost of the laundry is consumed in the room fee. During the summer terms, the laundry facilities are coin operated.

 

LOCK OUTS                                                                                                                                                          

Residents should carry their room key at all times and lock their rooms when not present.  Residents who are locked out of their rooms should contact the Office of Campus Safety.  Residents credited with one unlock during the academic year (mid-August to mid-August), and will be charged a $10.00 fee, payable to the Office of Campus Safety, for subsequent unlocks.

 

LOFTS                                                                                                                                                                    

Residents with a homemade loft in their room must read the Loft Guidelines and sign the Statement of Responsibility.  These documents are available on the Residence Life and Housing page of the Roanoke College website. Lofts must be freestanding and not attached to the walls or ceiling in the room.                Homemade lofts are not permitted where liftable furniture is provided, or in any building renovated or constructed after 2003.

 

MAINTENANCE/HOUSEKEEPING                                                                                                      

Maintenance and housekeeping concerns are handled by division of Business Affairs staff members. However in a collaborative effort, RAs and GRMs receive and report maintenance work orders for their residents. All residence hall maintenance/ housekeeping problems should be reported promptly to your RA or GRM.

 

ROOM ENTRY, INSPECTIONS, AND SEARCHES                                                                               

Authorized College officials may enter and/or search residents' rooms at any time for the purpose of conducting College business or in the event of an emergency.   To ensure compliance with College policies, the Student Conduct Code, Residence Life and Housing policies, and fire safety guidelines, room inspections by College personnel are made regularly and may be made at any time, with or without notice.  Residents need not be present during room entry, inspections, or searches.  Unauthorized or illegal items found during an entry, inspection, or search may be confiscated. Additionally, law enforcement agencies are notified of criminal offenses that are discovered during room entry, inspections, or searches.

SPACE CONSOLIDATION                                                                                                                                    

When the situation arises that there is only one occupant in a double room, the College may move individuals together at any time in order to make better use of the spaces available.

See also DEFAULT SINGLES.

 

STORAGE                                                                                                                                              
Storage is not available in residence halls other than Afton and Catawba. Residents who reside in either Afton or Catawba Halls during spring semester and plan to remain in that room/apartment for the subsequent fall semester may store their belongings during the interim summer for a minimal fee.

 

RESIDENCE HALL POLICIES:

 

BICYCLES

Bikes may not be stored in public areas, hallways, stairwells, or near exit doors. Bikes found in these areas will be removed, and a $25 fee will be charged and must be paid in order to regain possession of the bike.   

 

DAMAGES                                                                                                                             
Residents are responsible for damages they cause in their rooms and to their room furnishings. For shared room items and space, roommates will divide the cost of repair or replacement equally, unless one roommate accepts full responsibility in writing.

When damage occurs in common areas, lounges, stairwells, etc, the responsible residents will share the cost equally.  In cases where the responsible party cannot be identified, the College reserves the right to bill all floor/hall residents as appropriate.

Damages should be reported to a Residence Life and Housing staff member specifically an RA or GRM, in a timely manner. 

 

ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES                                                                                                                 
Electrical appliances have the potential to be hazardous if misused or not kept in proper repair and should always be used with caution and supervision. Appliances should be UL approved and have an automatic shut off system whenever available (coffee makers, curling irons, irons, etc.) The following appliances may not be used in the residence halls:

•a.        sun lamp/tanning bed

•b.        broiler/toaster oven

•c.        electric fry pan

•d.        refrigerators larger than 3.9 cubic feet (with the exception of apartment and common area kitchens)

•e.        microwave ovens with greater than 900 watts

•f.         halogen lamp

•g.        lava lamp

•h.        multi-colored floor lamp

•i.         any appliance with an open flame or open coil or heating element

FALSE ALARMS

Discharging a false fire alarm jeopardizes the safety and welfare of residents, other members of the Roanoke College community, and members of the Salem community. Residents found in violation of this policy are subject to disciplinary action.  

 

FIRE/EXTERIOR DOORS

Propping fire doors or exterior doors creates fire and security risks and is prohibited. 

 

FIRE DRILLS                                                                                                                                                         

In compliance with mandated fire codes, the staff will conduct regular fire drills in order to insure orderly and safe evacuation in case of fire or other emergencies.  Failure to evacuate during a fire drill or actual fire emergency or re-entry into the building before permission is granted may result in disciplinary action. 

FIRE SAFETY                                                                                                                                                        

The following fire safety guidelines must be followed to help ensure fire safety and to be in compliance with local and state fire codes. Infractions may result in disciplinary action and removal of the prohibited item(s):

•a.        nothing (e.g., tapestries, fishnets, posters, etc.) may be hung from or attached to ceilings or other horizontal surfaces above the head;

•b.        nothing may be hung or draped over electrical outlets, smoke detectors, lamps, or other items with the potential to ignite the item through excessive heat exposure;

•c.        nothing may be hung from sprinkler pipes, or within 18" of any sprinkler head;

•d.        electrical outlets and extension cords may not be overloaded;

•e.        all extension cords must be UL (Underwriter Laboratory) certified and should not run across open areas of the floor.  Extension cords used for refrigerators and air conditioners must be of the heavy-duty type with circuit breakers;

f.          surge protectors should be UL approved. Instead of extension cords, use surge protectors for multiple plugs.  Surge protectors should not be linked to other surge protectors or be placed underneath carpets; 

•g.        the smoke detector battery must remain in the smoke detector.  In the event the battery needs replacing,  residents should contact a Residence Life and Housing staff member immediately;

•h.        burning candles, oil lamps, and/or incense is prohibited in residence hall rooms or common areas.  Birthday candles on cakes and candles necessary for the observation of religious holidays may be burned with prior approval of the Area Coordinator and under supervision of a Residence Life and Housing staff member;

•i.         lava, halogen, and multi-colored floor lamps are prohibited in residence hall rooms or common areas;

•j.         flammable materials or equipment that contains flammable materials (such as camping stoves, lanterns, etc.) may not be stored in residence halls;

•k.        live Christmas trees or wreathes are not allowed in residence halls;

•l.         strung lights and electrical apparatus must be removed from all flammable materials and may not be hung across open areas;

•m.      strung lights should be in good repair; Cords with frayed insulation or taped repairs are prohibited;

•n.        keep room clear of fire hazards that are created through the accumulation of potentially flammable materials such as newspapers, magazines, boxes, cigarette butts, etc.;

•o.        it is the responsibility of residents to become familiar themselves with the location of all building exits, smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, and fire alarm pull stations;

•p.        residents should familiarize themselves with fire safety policies and exit procedures, and always cooperate with staff conducting fire drills or dealing with actual fire emergencies.                   

 

MISUSE/TAMPERING/DESTROYING BUILDING SAFETY EQUIPMENT

Any misuse, tampering, or destroying building safety equipment jeopardizes residents' safety and should be reported immediately to Campus Safety or a Residence Life and Housing staff member. Fire equipment includes, but is not limited to, room and hallway smoke detectors, exit signs, fire alarms, breaker panels, fire extinguishers, etc. Students are reminded that removing batteries or obstructing smoke detectors is a violation. Residents found in violation of this policy are subject to disciplinary action. Report any problems with fire equipment to Campus Safety or a Residence Life and Housing staff member. 

 

FURNITURE

Furniture belonging to the College may not be removed from lounges or residence hall rooms except in accordance with the procedures stated under FURNITURE REMOVAL. Residents are responsible for the damage, loss or theft of residence hall furniture. Furniture designed for the purpose of indoor use should not be placed in outside areas. Residents may bring in additional furniture but are prohibited from removing College furnishings from their rooms except as described in Furniture Removal above. Additionally, all other College furnishings must remain in their assigned location. This requirement also prohibits residents from "swapping" College-provided furnishing with other residents. Charges may be assessed at any time during the year for furniture that is missing or has been moved without approval from the Residence Life and Housing staff. At check-out, room furniture should be returned to original positions.

 

GUESTS
Residents may host student or non-student guests overnight in their rooms with the expressed permission of their roommates.  In designated residence halls, overnight guests of the opposite sex are prohibited and must vacate between the hours of 3 am and 10 am.  Residents are afforded this privilege with the understanding they will make responsible decisions regarding their behavior, which includes respecting the rights of roommates and other hall residents.  Roommates or other hall residents who believing their rights are being violated or they are being imposed upon should first discuss the matter with the other party. If this does not lead to a resolution of the problem, residents should contact their RA or AC.

Residents should inform their RA/GRM when they plan to have overnight guests.  Residents are responsible and accountable (including disciplinary action, restitution, etc) for their guests' behavior while on College property or at College-sponsored events.  Guests may not stay in any residence hall room for more than 3 days and 2 nights without permission from the Residence Life and Housing staff.  Residents must seek approval from the Residence Life and Housing staff prior to hosting a minor.  Residence Hall common areas are not available as sleeping space.   

 

HALL SPORTS

Games, sports, and sports-related activities that are otherwise played outdoors or in a specific sports arena are not permitted to be played in the residence hallways, stairwells, or common areas.

 

PETS                                                                                                                                                      
Pets or animals, other than fish kept in suitable tanks not exceeding 10 gallons, are prohibited.  When considering whether to keep fish, residents should be aware that during break periods residence halls are closed and feeding may be disrupted.

 

PROHIBITED ITEMS

In addition to other prohibited items listed in the residence hall policies, possession and/or use of the following items is not permitted in the residence halls:

•a.        waterbeds;

•b.        firearms or other weapons (such as BB guns, air rifles, slingshots, knives, swords, martial arts equipment, etc.) capable of inflicting injury;

•c.        items resembling guns or other weapons;

•d.        fireworks, firecrackers, and other explosives;

•e.        dart boards.

QUIET HOURS                                                                                                                                      

Quiet hours are in effect from 9:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, and midnight to 9:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.  During exam periods (reading day through residence hall closing) quiet hours are in effect at all times.  Parties registered or otherwise, are not allowed during this time.   There should be no noise heard outside of individual rooms during quiet hours.  Courtesy quiet hours are always in effect, i.e., excessive noise at any time is not permitted.  Excessive noise is described as any type of noise at such a level that it may disturb other individuals.  This regulation also applies to excessive noise during work/class hours that possibly disturbs classrooms and offices.  Amplified musical instruments or drums of any kind may not be played in the residence halls without prior approval from the Residence Life and Housing staff.

 

ROOFS/LEDGES                                                                                                                                    

Being on the roof/ledge of any building is prohibited.

 

ROOM RESPONSIBILITY                                                                                                                     

The occupants of each residence hall room are responsible for all activities taking place in their room, whether they are present or not.  They are also responsible for any items found in the room.

 

SMOKING                                                                                                                                                              

Smoking is prohibited inside or within 25 feet of the residence halls, including fraternity houses.  Evidence of cigarette use, i.e. soiled ashtrays, cigarette butts, etc., in residence hall rooms or common areas may result in disciplinary action.

 

UNAUTHORIZED ENTRY/EXIT

Residents and their guests must enter and exit the residence halls through the exterior doors. Doors designated as emergency exits are for emergency use only. Unauthorized use of emergency exits may result in disciplinary action.

 

WINDOWS                                                                                                                                                             

Placing or permitting objects to rest or hang from the exterior of individual residence hall room windows is prohibited. Objects or materials displayed on the interiors of windows should be in good taste and not offensive to others.  Curtains or other items displayed in window interiors must be made of flame-resistant materials.