Residence Life Policies

In addition to all campus policies and procedures, including the Student Conduct Code, resident students are expected to know and follow the policies and procedures that have been established to help create a safe and respectful living environment. Roanoke College reserves the right to change policies and procedures, with notice, at any time.

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.

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 staff member, specifically a Resident Advisor/Greek Resident Manager, in a timely manner.

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:

  • sun lamp/tanning bed
  • broiler/toaster oven
  • electric fry pan
  • refrigerators larger than 3.9 cubic feet (with the exception of apartment and common area kitchens)
  • microwave ovens with greater than 900 watts
  • halogen lamp
  • lava lamp
  • multi-colored floor lamp
  • any appliance with an open flame or open coil or heating element

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.

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

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.

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):

  • nothing (e.g., tapestries, fishnets, posters, etc.) may be hung from or attached to ceilings or other horizontal surfaces above the head;
  • 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;
  • nothing may be hung from sprinkler pipes, or within 18" of any sprinkler head;
  • electrical outlets and extension cords may not be overloaded;
  • 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;
  • 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;
  • the smoke detector battery must remain in the smoke detector. In the event the battery needs replacing, residents should contact a Residence Life staff member immediately;
  • 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 staff member;
  • lava, halogen, and multi-colored floor lamps are prohibited in residence hall rooms or common areas;
  • flammable materials or equipment that contains flammable materials (such as camping stoves, lanterns, etc.) may not be stored in residence halls;
  • live Christmas trees or wreathes are not allowed in residence halls;
  • strung lights and electrical apparatus must be removed from all flammable materials and may not be hung across open areas;
  • strung lights should be in good repair; Cords with frayed insulation or taped repairs are prohibited;
  • keep room clear of fire hazards that are created through the accumulation of potentially flammable materials such as newspapers, magazines, boxes, cigarette butts, etc.;
  • 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;
  • 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.

Any misuse, tampering, or destroying building safety equipment jeopardizes residents' safety and should be reported immediately to Campus Safety or a Residence Life 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 staff member.

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 only be used outdoors at the discretion of the Residence Life and Housing staff. 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 staff. At check-out, room furniture should be returned to original positions.

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 staff. Residents must seek approval from the Residence Life staff prior to hosting a minor. Residence Hall common areas are not available as sleeping space.

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 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.

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:

  • waterbeds;
  • firearms or other weapons (such as BB guns, air rifles, slingshots, knives, swords, martial arts equipment, etc.) capable of inflicting injury;
  • items resembling guns or other weapons;
  • fireworks, firecrackers, and other explosives;
  • dart boards.

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 staff.

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

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 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.

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.

Placing or permitting objects to rest or hang from the exterior of individual residence hall room windows is prohibited. Curtains must be made of flame-resistant materials.