Articles and Activities Prohibited in the Residence Halls
The following activities and articles are prohibited in or around the residence halls. Failure to comply with these regulations is a violation of residence hall policies. An incident report will be filed against individuals found in violation of such regulations and a residence life disciplinary meeting will be held with a Graduate Resident Director or Residence Life professional staff member to discuss any necessary disciplinary action, including possible residential fines. Residence Life staff members will confiscate any item found to be in violation of these policies. Confiscated items will be returned at the end of the academic term when a student leaves campus upon the student's request. Failure of the student to claim a confiscated item by the end of the term will lead to disposal of the item.
Articles and activities prohibited in the residence halls include:
- Bicycles, except when stored in students' rooms or in designated areas outside of the residence hall where they do not block exit routes. Bicycles cannot be stored in public entryways, hallways, or lounges.
- Waterbeds, lofts, or stacking of furniture. Bed lifts no higher than 12 inches can be used to elevate bed height but only when lifts are purchased at a store and made for this specific purpose. Under no circumstances can bricks, blocks of wood, etc., be used to elevate furniture.
- Possession of or use of explosives, ammunition, flares, or other dangerous weapons (i.e. pocket knives larger than 2 ½ inches in length) or substances.
- Storage of any flammable liquids or gases.
- Possession of halogen lamps, hot plates, toasters, toaster ovens, large refrigerators (larger than 4 cubic feet), and other expressly prohibited electrical appliances in residence hall rooms as outlined in the electrical appliance policy (see electrical equipment and appliance policy). Toasters and toaster ovens are permitted in Chatham Apartments and public residence hall kitchens only.
- Possession and/or use of candles (decorative or otherwise), incense, potpourri burners, space heaters (unless provided by the University), or anything with an open flame.
- Tampering with or misuse of fire and safety equipment or elevators (e.g. fire alarms, fire extinguishers, exit signs, fire doors, smoke, or heat sensors).
- Failure to evacuate the residence hall area during fire alarms.
- Propping open residence hall entrance and exit doors as well as fire doors. Building alarms will sound if residence hall entrance doors are propped.
- Engaging in any other activity determined to be in violation of health, fire, safety, and/or maintenance codes.
- Damaging or misusing residence hall property and/or furniture including the removal, relocation, or disassembling of furniture from individual rooms and/or public areas. Under no circumstances are students permitted to remove University furniture from student rooms/apartments without approval from their Graduate Resident Director.
- Throwing or suspension of articles, objects, or persons from residence hall windows. This includes sitting on window ledges.
- Presence on building roof areas, window ledges, fire escapes, or in other unauthorized areas.
- Theft or unauthorized possession of University property or property that belongs to another individual or group. This includes moving public lounge furniture items to student rooms/apartments.
- Sleeping in common areas of residence hall spaces is not allowed unless approved by the Office of Residence Life & Student Activities - Student Affairs.
- Watching pornography or other commonly offensive materials on University provided televisions or in common areas. This is not limited to multimedia played through a VCR or DVD player.
- Failure to comply with the directions of any residence life staff member or University officials performing her/his duties, including but not limited to the failure to provide proper identification to a staff member upon request or giving misleading or false information to a staff member performing her/his duties.