Regulations pertaining to the possession, use, misuse or distribution of controlled substances within or on grounds immediately adjacent to the On-Campus Housing facilities include the following:
Chemicals, explosives, or highly combustible materials that are potentially dangerous or damaging to the buildings or their occupants are prohibited in and around the residence halls. These include, but are not limited to, firecrackers, gasoline, vehicle batteries and/or unauthorized pesticides.
Students are required to comply with directions of University personnel (such as Resident Assistants, Professional Staff, Campus Safety Officers, etc.) while in the performance of their duties.
Resisting or interfering with University personnel while in the performance of their duties is prohibited and will result in a conduct meeting and appropriate sanctions.
Students are required to evacuate residence halls immediately upon the sound of an alarm and may not re-enter until authorized by University personnel. Room doors, fire doors, hallways and stairwells may not be obstructed. Activating false fire alarms or misusing or safety equipment is strictly prohibited. Persons found remaining in the halls during an evacuation, because of a drill or imminent danger will go through the conduct process.
Illegal gambling in the residence hall is prohibited, including activities played for money, checks, credit, or any other item representative of value (e.g., chips or markers to be traded in later for cash).
All persons within the residence hall community must be in possession of and present valid photo identification to University personnel upon request. Residents and RU students must present RU student identification and guests must present a government issued ID that is kept at the security desk. RU ID cards are the property of RU and are non-transferable. Persons who fail to provide appropriate identification may be required to leave the residence hall community. Children 17 years of age and under must be accompanied by their legal guardian or resident host who has valid photo identification are the exception. Misuse of RU ID cards (i.e. “pass back” of card to gain entry to the residence halls or use of RU ID in the dining center) is strictly prohibited.
Unauthorized possession, use or misuse, removal, defacing, tampering, damage or destruction of university property or the property of others is prohibited.
All residents and guests are expected to be considerate of noise levels, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Noise (including but not limited to voices, amplified music, televisions, musical instruments, radios) must be maintained at a level which does not disturb any other resident at all times. Residents are expected to comply with the requests of others to reduce noise levels at all times. Specifically designated Quiet Hours: Monday– Thursday: 10:00 PM to 9:00 AM; Friday–Saturday 12:00AM to 9:00 AM. During Quiet Hours, it is each resident’s responsibility to be certain that no noise can be heard outside of their room/suite or in neighboring rooms, halls, or outside of the building. Exceptions may be made for Office of Residential Life approved programs.
Conduct that threatens the health and safety of oneself or any other person in or around the residence hall community is prohibited.
Projecting objects or substances from or within the residence hall is prohibited.
Unauthorized use or possession of firearms or replicas, ammunition, knives (with the exception of culinary knives that do not exceed 6 inches in total length), potentially dangerous sporting equipment (including but not limited to pellet guns, paint guns, sling shots, air soft guns, swords, foils, archery equipment), or other weapons is prohibited within residence hall community. Martial arts weapons and such potentially dangerous sporting equipment may not be stored in the residence hall.
Bicycles, scooters, skateboards, and roller skates/ blades may not be ridden in buildings and may only be stored in designated areas (bicycle racks for bikes, student rooms for small “Razor” scooter, skateboards, and roller skates/blades). The aforementioned items may not be stored in stairwells, lounges, lobbies or hallways or attached to handrails. Outside, these items are prohibited for purposes other than transportation from one place to another. You must register your bike at the Chicago Campus to use the Bike Room.
Residents may not use or share any cable signal outside the room in which it is provided.
Residents agree to abide by acceptable use agreements when they activate the computer port in their room or when they get a computer lab account. Residents also agree to abide by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act Policies.
Room furniture (including mattresses) may not be removed from the original assignment in the On-Campus Housing facilities without proper authorization from the Office of Residence Life.
For health and safety reasons, hallways, stairwells, and walkways are to be kept clear of furniture, equipment, trash, and any other obstacles that might obstruct passage. Games and other recreational activities are prohibited in these areas, as are skateboards.
Residence Life staff reserves the right to inspect all rooms in order to ensure compliance with occupancy, maintenance, and health and safety regulations. Residential Life staff members conduct two routine Health and Safety Inspections per room each academic semester. Additional checks will be conducted as needed. Failure of a healthy and safety inspection, scheduled or unscheduled, will result in referral to the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities.
A room key is the responsibility of the assigned resident. A room key is not to be duplicated, modified, loaned, or furnished to any other person. Doors, door jambs, and locking mechanisms are not to be altered or tampered with, especially in ways that would prevent doors from latching. This includes, but is not limited to, doors on resident rooms, lounges, bathrooms, and exits/entrances.
Lost and missing keys and altered or damaged locks can result in lock replacement at the expense of the resident. Installation of additional door locking mechanisms (e.g. deadbolt latches, chains, etc.) is prohibited and will be removed at the expense of the resident. Residents must notify the Office of Residence Life (or Campus Safety) immediately if their key is lost or damaged, as this is a safety concern for the resident, for other residents of the suite, and the floor community. A fee of $50.00 is assessed to students for every lost key. The fee is added to the student’s account.
Motorized vehicles may be parked in designated areas only. No motorized vehicle may be parked or stored inside or adjacent to the residence halls. Improperly stored vehicles will be removed and the removal cost, along with any related charges, will be the responsibility of the owner.
Students may not bring or maintain pets in residence halls/suites except fish in small tanks not to exceed 10 gallons. Roommates/ Suitemates must agree to have a fish tank. There cannot be more than one fish tank per bedroom and tanks may not be kept in bathrooms.
This policy does not apply to assistance animals since assistance animals are necessary as an accommodation for people with disabilities with the approval of the university disability services office. The assistance animal/service animal policy is available online.
Persons are to place waste products in appropriate recycling and waste receptacles. Residents may not use the public area trash receptacles to dispose of their room trash. Residents must empty their personal trash cans in the designated trash and recycling rooms located on each floor. Furniture, and other public area furnishings, (i.e., floor mats, etc.) should only be used in the manner for which it has been designed and must remain in the public areas to which it has been assigned. Residents with public area furniture found in rooms are subject to Housing fines.
Furnishings which are not officially designated as part of the residential room’s accessories may not be moved into resident rooms at any time. Residents who observe facilities being damaged or furnishings being removed have a responsibility to seek staff assistance. Damage charges not readily assignable to a particular individual may be charged to a group or floor of residents. Sleeping in lounges or other public areas is not permitted.
All refrigerators must not exceed six cubic feet, be U.L. & Energy Star Approved, and be in good working condition. Residents not residing in the residence hall during the winter break are responsible for properly defrosting their refrigerators. Refrigerators are the sole responsibility of the resident. Additional information is available at the Office of Residence Life regarding rental micro- refrigerators while supplies last.
Unauthorized presence on rooftops, in other resident’s rooms or suites, in administrative offices, service areas, or University facilities after business hours, or areas marked as restricted within the On Campus Housing community is prohibited. Unauthorized entrance into and presence in construction sites in the vicinity of the On- Campus Housing community is prohibited.
Residents who wish to change their accommodations must make proper arrangements with the Office of Residence Life prior to any move or change to their assignment, including switching sides of the room. Resident may only occupy their assigned furniture. Use of vacant spaces and furniture in an assigned suite is strictly prohibited. Occupancy changes include room or suite changes, roommate changes, and termination of housing contracts. All of these changes are regulated by specific procedures. Some changes are limited to certain time periods and some changes require an administrative fine. Students who participate in unauthorized room/ suite changes may be subject to disciplinary action. It is important to consult with ORL well in advance of your anticipated occupancy change in order to clarify procedures and receive authorization to initiate the process.
The residence halls are smoke free. Smoking of any kind is not permitted inside the building or within 25 feet of all entrance doors.
To prevent any damages, scotch tape, nails, or screws may not be applied to any part of the premises. TVs may not be mounted on walls. Painter’s tape, mounting putty, or non-marking adhesives, such as 3M Command strips are recommended for attaching items to walls.
Laser or other type of light displays through windows, as well as the positioning or attachment of any materials on windows, or outside walls is prohibited. Exiting or entering or dropping objects through windows is prohibited.
To minimize damage to residential rooms, decorations are regulated as follows.
The following use of residence facilities is strictly prohibited.
The only person authorized to use a Meal Plan card is the owner of the card. Meal Plans are non-transferable. Meal plan holders may not pass, loan or sell meals or their ID card to anyone for any reason.
Campaigning is defined as any display on the part of any person for the purpose of convincing another to vote for a candidate, initiative, referendum or recall. Distribution of materials, posting literature, speeches, and debates are examples of campaign activities.
Campaigning in the residence hall is limited to Wabash Community Council, National Residence Hall Honorary, and undergraduate and graduate student governments only. Candidates are responsible for their campaign conduct and activities, and they are responsible for the conduct and activities of the others who campaign for them. Specific campaign activities regulations include the following:
Campaigning may occur in public areas. Campaigning may only occur on residential floors as part of a program sponsored by the Office of Residential Life. Campaign literature must conform to regulations determined by the appropriate election committee. Campaign posters may only be posted on bulletin boards. Posters may not be attached to painted, wooden or carpeted surfaces.
Campaign posters may not exceed 24 inches by 22 inches in size. Candidates must remove campaign materials from the halls/suites within 24 hours after the voting results are reported. Campaign procedures within each residence area must apply consistently to all candidates. Additional campaign activities regulations that apply to undergraduate and graduate student governments include the following:
Campaign activities are restricted to the public areas, except during meetings upon the specific invitation of the Residents’ Association. Campaign posters in the public areas must be approved by the ORL. Posters will be limited to one per candidate and may not exceed 24 inches X 22 inches in size. Campaign posters are not permitted on residence floors, with the exception of a resident’s door. Use of residents’ mailboxes is permitted only through the regular US Mail postage and distribution process.
RU funds, properties, and materials may not be donated to charitable or other organizations.
All materials for posting, advertising, or distribution within the residence hall community must comply and be approved by the Office of Residential Life. All materials from outside of Residence Life must be approved, stamped and disseminated by the Office of Residential Life and must be received at least five business days prior to the event date. Residence Life materials must be approved by appropriate Residence Life staff members.