Key Rules and Policies

What is the residence hall visitation policy?

What is the purpose of the five lock outs rule?

What items are not allowed in the residence halls?

Is smoking allowed in residence hall rooms?

What is the alcohol policy?

What are quiet hours? When are they?

May I paint or decorate my room?

May I stay in my room during academic breaks?

What happens if I violate a community guideline or student code of conduct policy?

 

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What is the residence hall visitation policy?

Definition of Visitor: Visitors or guests are students or non-students who are not assigned to the specific residence hall. This includes visitors of the same gender. Each person assigned to a room may sign-in two visitors at a time. Visitation hours for freshmen halls (Georgia, Langdale, Reade, Brown, Lowndes and Patterson) are Sunday-Thursday 10:00am-12:00am, Friday -Saturday 10:00am-2:00am. All visitors must sign-in at the front desk. The visitor will be required to show a drivers license or Government-issued ID and will receive a visitation pass, which he/she must keep in his/her possession at all times. The visitor must remain in the presence of his/her host at all times, including during check-in and check-out. Cohabitation is not allowed. Cohabitation is defined as any visitor staying more than 20 consecutive hours. Hosts are responsible for the actions of their visitors and guests, and it is the host’s responsibility to inform the visitor of residence hall and university policies. Violations of the policy may result in the immediate removal of the visitor, revocation of the host visitation privileges, and subsequent disciplinary action.

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What is the purpose of the five lock outs rule?

Locks are changed after the fifth lock out because this generally means that the student has lost his/her key. Therefore, the lock is changed so that the room door can be locked for the safety of the students who live there as well as their belongings.

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What items are not allowed in the residence halls?

Please see Bring or Not to Bring for a list of items prohibited in residence halls.

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Is smoking allowed in residence hall rooms?

There is no smoking in the residence halls. All smoking must be 50 feet away from building entrances.

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What is the alcohol policy?

Alcoholic beverages are not allowed in any public area or if you are under age. Public intoxication is prohibited on campus. Students 21 years and older may have alcoholic beverages in their room with the doors closed. Everyone in a room with alcohol present must be 21 years of age. Any alcoholic containers used for decorations must be cleaned thoroughly, filled with a non-liquid substance, and not displayed in public sight. The University's alcohol policy is printed in the Student Handbook.

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What are quiet hours? When are they?

Students are expected to respect the right of others by refraining from the production from loud volumes of noise (i.e., stereos playing out the windows, excessive noise from within a suite/room, etc). Noise during quiet hours detailed below should be at a level that cannot be heard two doors down from your room: a. Quiet Hours – During quiet hours audible noise must not be heard from the room with the door closed. Residence halls follow the following quiet hours: 10pm - 8am Sunday through Thursday 12am – 10am Friday through Saturday b. Courtesy Hours – Courtesy hours are in effect 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Courtesy hours are provided to encourage students to be considerate of other students’ individual needs beyond the established quiet hours. Students are expected to comply with these reasonable requests. c. Quiet Zones – The area surrounding the residence halls and apartments have been designated as quiet zones from 7pm until 10am daily. During this time period, students and guests are expected to respect the residence hall and apartment residents' right to a quiet environment.

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May I paint or decorate my room?

Contact paper, masking tape, nails, foam tape, hooks, funtack, handitack, and painting are NOT allowed. You can use removable mount tape only to hang items in your room. If you have questions, ask a staff member before putting something up in your room.

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May I stay in my room during academic breaks?

Students living in Centennial Hall, which is open all year, may stay in their rooms during academic breaks. Traditional and suite-style halls close during break periods lasting more than two days.

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What happens if I violate a community guideline or student code of conduct policy?

Possible violations of community guidelines or student code of conduct policies are documented on an incident report. Incident reports can be filled out by anyone within the university community. Once an incident report has been filled out it is submitted to a Hall Director who will then meet with the parties involved. If a student is found in violation of a policy the consequences would be determined by the use of the Disciplinary Ladder.

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