All communities develop standards of conduct to help achieve a positive living environment. The residence hall is no exception. The following principles apply to all residents:
- Respect the physical and emotional rights of fellow residents, whatever their race, sex, religion, or national origin.
- Respect the educational mission of the University, helping to maintain an environment conducive to academic achievement.
- Exercise care and consideration when using university facilities.
- Be concerned with your own personal development and purpose for residing in this community.
- Accept responsibility for your behavior and that of your guest(s) at all times.
Discipline is viewed by the Department of Residence Life as an acceptance of one's responsibility within a community with respect for the rights of others, and as an educational means of correcting inappropriate behavior.
Procedures for Residence Hall Discipline
The conduct of campus residents and their guests is governed by the Terms and Conditions for Student Occupancy (Residence Hall Contract), The Uncatalog (student handbook), applicable civil law, and Residence Life policies and procedures described in this publication. In general, the University must enforce any restrictions or regulations necessary for the maintenance of its property or the general welfare of residents.
When a violation is committed by a student, the following steps will be taken:
- He/She will be approached by a residence life staff member (RA, Resident Director or Residence Life Coordinator).
- The Staff member will document the incident, whether or not any disciplinary action is taken, and the case will be referred to the RLC who is responsible for investigating disciplinary incidents in the specific hall in which the violation occurred.
- If the RLC determines that disciplinary action is necessary, he/she will meet with the student to discuss the pending charges.
- Residence Hall students who disrupt the community environment by violating community standards may be referred to the Campus Community Standards Board for a disciplinary conference. Cases are referred by a Residence Life Coordinator who has the final authority in issuing sanctions.
Residence Hall Violations
The following specific behaviors are prohibited under section 22.00 of the Student Conduct Code, as published on page 38 of The Uncatalog.
.01 Excessive noise/violation of quiet hours.
.02 Violation of the visitation policy .
.03 Improper disposal of trash.
.04 Possession of unapproved electrical appliances or flammable substances.
.05 Throwing objects from windows or balconies.
.06 Obstructing a public area with personal property.
.07 Removing window screens or running wires out windows.
.08 Playing sports in the building.
.09 Disorderly conduct .
.11 Unauthorized cooking in a residence hall .
.12 Breaching residence hall security.
.14 Possession of an unauthorized pet.
.15 Unauthorized alteration of any residence hall space .
.16 Violation of specific policy.
A student may be transferred to a different area of the residence halls if it is determined that the student may be able to live more productively in a new environment.
Residence Hall Probation
A student on residence hall probation will be subject to removal from the residence hall if further violations of residence hall policy occur.
A student will be assessed the repair/replacement cost for any damage he/she causes to university property.
Termination of Housing Contract
When a student has committed a serious violation, has a record of repeat violations, or demonstrates an inability to abide by the Student Conduct Code and Community Standards of Residential Living, his/her housing contract may be terminated.
Other Possible Sanctions
Additional sanctions include but are not limited to loss of visitation privilege, performance of community service hours, loss of stereo privilege, assist with or conduct an educational program, write a letter of apology or paper, being banned from hall, and participating in mandatory counseling. See page 38 of The Uncatalog for more sanctions which may be imposed.