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Residence Life Community Standards

A1: Alcohol

a. Possession of visible containers, opened or closed, (e.g., cups, cans, bottles, cases/boxes, on which alcoholic beverage insignia appear) anywhere within or on grounds immediately adjacent to the On-Campus Housing facilities except in an assigned student room when the door is closed and the alcoholic beverage cannot be detected from outside the room/suite, is prohibited. If alcohol possession or consumption can be detected from outside the room/suite, it is considered public, visible and in violation of this policy.

b. Alcohol may only be consumed when everyone in the room is 21 or older. If a person under 21 also lives in the room, alcohol may be consumed only in the presence of people under 21 who are assigned a bed space in the room.

c. Possession of bulk alcoholic beverages, that is, amounts for storage or use that is excessive under the circumstances for personal use is prohibited. Devices used or intended for the rapid consumption of alcoholic beverages are prohibited. Any type of keg or other beverages with an equivalent amount of alcoholic content in any form of container are considered bulk alcohol.

d. Violation of any other regulation while under the influence of alcohol is considered an additional infraction of On- Campus Housing Regulations.

e. Inability to exercise care for one’s own safety, the safety of others, or the safety of property owned by the university or residents due in whole or in part to being under the influence of alcohol is considered an infraction of On-Campus Housing Regulations.

f. Providing, selling, or causing to be sold any alcoholic beverage to any person under the age of 21 is prohibited.

g. If alcohol is present, the hosting of a room/suite gathering (e.g., party, celebration) where there are more than two guests for each resident of that room who is present is prohibited, not to exceed 12 people total including both residents and guests. Hosting of multiple room gatherings, that is, an activity taking place primarily for the consumption of alcoholic beverages where people move from one room to another is prohibited. This regulation applies even if all rooms involved are within allowable guest limits.

h. Staff members may require residents to dispose of alcoholic beverages if the possession of the beverages is a violation of State Law or University/ On-Campus Housing Regulations.

i. The collection of empty alcohol bottles, used as a display, is prohibited.

A2: Controlled Substances/Illegal Drugs

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:

a. Unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession, use, misuse or sale of, or the attempted manufacture, distribution, dispensing, or sale of controlled substances, identified in federal or state law is prohibited. The use of marijuana, including medicinal, is illegal under federal law and is prohibited. In addition, the use of any prescribed medication or over the counter drugs in an abusive manner is prohibited.

b. Possession or use of drug-related paraphernalia is prohibited.

c. Violation of any other regulation while under the influence of a controlled substance is considered an additional infraction of On-Campus Housing Regulations.

d. Inability to exercise care for one’s own safety, the safety of others or the safety of property owned by the university or residents due in whole or in part to being under the influence of a controlled substance is considered an infraction of On-Campus Housing Regulations.

A3: Disruptive Behavior

a. Behavior that disrupts or interferes with the orderly functions of the residence hall community is prohibited. Additionally, acts or behaviors that disrupt or interfere with others; normal use of facilities or privileges are prohibited.

b. Encouraging or permitting others in the commission or attempted commission of misconduct.

A4: Explosives, Chemicals or Highly Combustible Materials

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.

A5: Failure to Comply

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.

A6: Fire Safety

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.

A7: Gambling

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).

A8: Guests

a. Roosevelt housing is provided exclusively for the residents and their authorized guests. Resident hosts are expected to be present with their guests at all times. Allowing a person entrance into a building and leaving them unattended is prohibited. Residents are fully responsible for the conduct of their guests and for informing their guests of University rules and On Campus Housing regulations pertaining to conduct within the On Campus Housing community. Residents may be documented in lieu of the guest for violating University regulations. A guest is any person who accompanies a resident within or around the On Campus Housing community. Guests, or those wishing to be guests, may be required to leave the On Campus Housing community for violating University regulations or causing a disruption within the On Campus Housing community.

i. Residents are allowed to sign in no more than two guests at one time, however the total number of guests permitted in a suite is 12. Residents are expected to communicate with their room/suite mates to ensure gatherings do not exceed this limit.

ii. Residents may accommodate overnight guests. Residents are expected to communicate with their roommates if they are inviting guests over. Roommates have the right to request that no guests are allowed in the room or suite. Residents are allowed no more than nine overnight visits in a month. Overnight hours begin at 12 a.m. and end at 6 a.m. Residents may not host guests for more than three consecutive nights.

b. If a resident has a guest less than 18 years of age, they are required to complete the Minor Visitor Form. This form can be found online or picked up in the Office of Residence Life. Complete forms must be turned into Residence Life seven days in advance of the visit. The parent or guardian of the minor must give permission for the minor to be a guest in the residence hall. Residents will be notified via email or phone call, when the form has been reviewed.

Residents may submit an extended stay request for any guest(s) requesting to stay beyond the permitted three consecutive nights. This request form may be found online or in the Office of Residence Life. The form must be submitted no later than seven business prior to the guest(s) arrival. This timeline remains in effect regardless of business days in which the University may be closed due to national holidays, standard closures or emergency closings.

A9: Identification

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.

A10: Misuse of Property/Theft/Vandalism

Unauthorized possession, use or misuse, removal, defacing, tampering, damage or destruction of university property or the property of others is prohibited.

A11: Noise

a. 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 p.m. to 9 a.m.; Friday–Saturday midnight to 9 a.m. 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.

b. 24-hour Quiet Hours are in effect beginning on the first Sunday proceeding finals or midterms.

c. Floor communities may choose to extend Quiet Hours. They may not reduce Quiet Hours set by Residence Life. Extended quiet hours shall be observed by all residents and guests.

A12: Security and Emergency Systems

Tampering with, or bypassing the safety and security systems of residence hall facilities (including but not limited to, propping open, forcibly opening, or unauthorized use of emergency and exterior doors) is prohibited.

Room doors must be closed and locked when the room is unoccupied and no resident of that room is in the immediate vicinity or when occupants are sleeping. Residence Life staff will lock the aforementioned doors, when they are found open or unlocked.

Residents’ personal safety and the safety of personal belongings are put at risk when doors are left unlocked.

A13: Threatening Behavior

Conduct that threatens the health and safety of oneself or any other person in or around the residence hall community is prohibited.

A14: Throwing Objects

Projecting objects or substances from or within the residence hall is prohibited.

A15: Weapons

Unauthorized use or possession of firearms or replicas, ammunition, knives, 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.

Facilities Regulations

B1: Bicycles, Scooters, Skateboards, Roller Skates/Blades

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" scooters, 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.

B2: Cable Use

Residents may not use or share any cable signal outside the room in which it is provided.

B3: Computer Use

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.

B4: Fire Hazards

Open flames (including candles and incense), internal combusting decorations and chemicals, and multiple (“octopus” or “daisy chain”) electrical adapters and ungrounded electrical appliances are prohibited in student rooms. Electrical heating or cooking appliances that contain a hot plate or hot coils are not permitted; this includes but is not limited to: coffee makers, crock pots, hot pots, hot plates, deep fryers, toasters, toaster ovens, open heating coils and rice cookers. Electrical heating appliances, such as space heaters, as well as portable air conditioning units, are also prohibited. Halogen lamps and string lights are not permitted for fire safety purposes. No cooking other than use of a microwave unit, no larger than 700 watts, is allowed. Refrigerators greater than 6 cubic ft. are not permitted. Micro-fridges are permitted.

B5: Furniture/Lofted Beds

Furniture (including mattresses) may not be removed from student rooms of original assignment in the On-Campus Housing facilities without proper authorization from the Office of Residence Life.

Furniture may not be assembled atop bricks, bookcases or other structures not originally designed to support it. Lofted or bunked beds may only be assembled by certified On-Campus Housing Staff and manufacturer trained installers/movers assigned by the University. No other person or entity may install or construct lofts or bunk beds in a roomTo ensure proper stabilization and anchoring for safety, lofts in rooms must not be altered. Removal of guard rails on elevated beds is prohibited. If the guard rail breaks, residents must immediately notify the Office of Residence Life. Armoires in suites must remain secured to the wall in order to prevent injuries. Waterbeds are not permitted in the residence halls/suites.

B6: Hallway Use

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.

B7: Room Inspections

Residence Life staff reserves the right to inspect all rooms in order to ensure compliance with occupancy, maintenance and health and safety regulations. Failure of a healthy and safety inspection, scheduled or unscheduled, will result in referral to the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities.

B8: Keys and Locks

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.

B9: Motor Vehicles

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.

B10: Pets

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.

B11: Public Area Care

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.

B12: Refrigerators

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.

Restricted Areas

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.

Room/Suite Behavior

a. Residents are responsible for all behavior which occurs in their respective Residence Room/Residential Suite. Room/suite occupants will be required to pay for any damage or excessive cleaning to any part of their room or suite, including but not limited to furniture, fixtures, doors and screens. Report any damages promptly so that repairs may be made.

b. Residents are required to complete a roommate agreement upon moving into their On-Campus Housing room or suite. Roommate agreements are designated to facilitate discussion and compromise around issues of individual preference. Stipulations in the roommate agreement supplement the On-Campus Housing Regulations; in any conflict between the terms of a roommate agreement and the On-Campus Housing Regulations, the On-Campus Housing Regulations will prevail. A roommate agreement is to be completed each time there is a change in roommates. The completion and signing of a roommate agreement is facilitated by designated Resident Assistants. These same regulations apply to Suitemate Agreements.

B15: Room/Suite Changes

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.

B16: Room/Suite Occupancy

a. Unauthorized gatherings of more than 12 people are prohibited in suites.

b. The Office of Residence Life reserves the right to assign new students to any open bed or room at any time during the academic year or summer session. Residents are required to keep the open space clean and ready for the new student assigned to the space.

B17: Smoking

The residence halls are smoke free. Smoking of any kind is not permitted inside the building or within 25 feet of all entrance doors.

B18: Walls, Doors and Vents (Decorating)

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.

B19: Windows and Exterior Surfaces

Lasers or other types 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.

Dining Center Regulations

Meal Plan Use

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.

Activities Regulations

D1: Campaigning

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.

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.

D2: Donations

RU funds, properties, and materials may not be donated to charitable or other organizations.

D3: Posting, Advertising and Distribution of Materials

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.

a. Materials may only be posted on designated bulletin areas.

b. Materials not posted on bulletin boards will be removed.

c. No obscene or libelous material will be posted.

d. All postings must clearly identify the sponsoring organization, affiliation, date/time/location, and contact email or phone number. Any programs co-sponsored with the Office of Residence Life must list the Residence Life sponsor in a format no smaller than the name, trademark, logo or symbol of the non-Residence Life entity.

e. The maximum duration allotted for publicizing an event is two weeks prior to the event with the exception of long-term programs sponsored by or through the Office of Residence Life. All posted materials will be removed within 24 hours of the conclusion of the event.

The University reserves the right to take necessary and appropriate action to protect the safety and well-being of the campus community. Such action may include taking conduct action against those students whose behavior off University premises constitutes a violation of this Code.

To view Roosevelt's complete Student Code of Conduct, please visit the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities website.