Rights and Responsibilities
Students are expected to be mature and responsible and will be held accountable for their behavior and the choices they make. For security, legal and social reasons, there are time-proven community standards for you and your guests (for whom you are responsible). Violations of these standards can result in disciplinary action and forfeiture of your housing assignment.
- Don't drink or possess alcoholic beverages on campus.
- Don't smoke on campus.
- Room visitation of the opposite sex is allowed, but cohabitation is not.
- All guests must be escorted.
Consequences of Inappropriate Behavior
There are serious consequences for breaking the rules. Review the policies and the Behavioral, Alcohol and Drug Intervention Plan in the Housing Contract Booklet.
As a member of the residence hall community, it is your responsibility to let others know if you think they are violating your rights, just as someone may let you know if you violate their rights. Staff members will also address inappropriate behavior when necessary. We view student conduct as another part of the learning process. Students who choose to violate University or Housing policy will be referred to the Residence Director or to the Office of the Dean of Students.
Possible sanctions include:
- Verbal warning
- University probation or warning
- Educational requirement
- Unit reassignment
- Contract termination
While we hope you will not find yourself involved in such a hearing, should you need more information, please refer to the Student Code of Conduct found in the Undergraduate Bulletin, which addresses sanctions and the appeal process.
Certain regulations have been developed to assist in protecting your rights and the rights of other community members. Many policies are a matter of courtesy. Inappropriate behavior or unlawful activities may result in immediate termination of your residence hall contract (regular cancellation fees will apply), your relocation to another hall and/or referral to the Office of the Dean of Students or the appropriate law enforcement body. Such violations include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Possessing, using, or selling drugs (including alcohol, marijuana, narcotics, or prescription drugs intended for use by another individual)
- Arson or tampering with fire equipment (i.e. fire extinguishers, alarms, exit signs, smoke detectors, sprinkler systems, speaker system, strobe lights, etc.)
- Abuse (physical or verbal) and/or battery of a resident or staff member
- Possession of firearms or weapons, possession of explosives (including fireworks).
- Throwing or dropping objects out of windows
- Trespassing in residence hall rooms or opposite sex bathrooms
- Possession of stolen property
- Tampering with the mail or mail boxes
- Other inappropriate behavior deemed so by Housing personnel