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VIII. Prohibited Activities

The following activities create a risk of damage, injury or other intrusion on the rights of others and will result in administrative action: 

A. Vandalism. Vandalism, damage to, tampering with university or personal property. Residents are required to immediately report accidental damage of university or the personal property of others. Causing damage or failure to report damage may result in administrative action.

B. Theft. Unauthorized borrowing, stealing, or removal of another's personal property.

C. Throwing Items. Throwing or discharging anything from, toward, or inside the building including water balloons, bottles, cigarette butts, litter, food, balls, rocks, spit, etc. 

D. Water Games. Water fights in or around any part of the building's structure. Such activities can cause damage and injury and tend to escalate beyond what one or more of the parties intended. This includes using water guns of all types, buckets, cups or any other item that may be used in a water fight. 

E. Elevators. Playing in or around elevators or causing damage to elevators. Accidents can result in serious injury or death. 

F. Building Exterior. Being on any part of the building's outside structure, including window sills, window ledges, roofs, attics, walls or railings. Entering or assisting others in accessing any unauthorized areas such as mechanical rooms and or other restricted areas.

G. Electrical Overload. Overloading electrical outlets and/or altering existing power or communication infrastructure. Residents will be held responsible for damages caused by these actions. Residents are also responsible to provide surge protection devices for any sensitive electronic equipment they use in the facilities.

H. Sports/Activities. Any activities or games in hallways, common areas, balconies, rooms or suites, or adjacent parking lots which can cause or contribute to injury, damage or excessive noise, such as Frisbee, darts, wrestling, tossing balls, bouncing balls, etc. 

I. Doors. Attaching any items to the door of your room or hallway area. A small memo board may be attached beside the door, on the wall, using masking tape. Items attached to doors typically cause more damage/wear & tear than post-it notes on the wall. 

J. Ceiling/Fire Devices. Attaching any items to the ceiling, water pipes, sprinklers, smoke detectors or other items on or near the ceiling in your room. 

K. Painting. Painting or drawing on the walls of your room. Unauthorized murals will be subject to charges and repainting. 

L. Common Area Items. Removing furniture from common areas (charges for removing, repair and replacement will be assessed). Furniture in common areas, including suite common areas, is there for the common good. Removal of it is, in short, theft. In addition, removing items (cups, trays, silverware, etc.) from the dining hall is prohibited. 

M. Room Furniture. Removing furniture from residence hall rooms or bringing unauthorized furniture (couches, beds, chairs, etc.) into the building or room. Residence hall furniture may not be stored elsewhere, on or off campus.

M.1. Removing university furniture from residence hall room is prohibited. Residence hall furniture may not be stored on or off campus.

M.2. Outside/Additional Furniture. Residents are not permitted to bring upholstered furniture into the halls. For health and safety of the residence hall, residents must request to bring additional furniture into the residence halls. The furniture approval form is located on the website (when we decide where). Additional furniture must be approved before items are brought into the residence hall. Unauthorized furniture found within the residence hall will be removed and discarded. Residents responsible for the items may be charged for furniture removal.

N. Windows. Many of our screens are custom made and not easily replaced. Removing or tampering with window screens or blocks. Residents will be charged for damage to windows to cover the cost of repair or replacement.  Secured screens are for security and there are no valid reasons to remove one except in case of fire or other emergency. 

O. Cooking. Cooking using a flame or open element, barbecuing or grilling food inside buildings or in unauthorized exterior areas is prohibited. Grills or devices used to cook outside the building must meet department guidelines and are only allowed in designated areas.

P. Storage. Storing or placing items outside rooms, windows, on ledges, on balconies or on railings. 

Q. Posting. All posted signs and objects in the room/suite, including those which are visible from outside, must be in accordance with the roommate/suitemate agreement and Violent-Obscene Speech policy in Section V Disorderly Conduct/Unacceptable Behavior.  All signs for posting in public areas must be consistent with the time, place and manner guidelines and the posting policy of the department. 

R. Electronics/Wiring. Connecting cable, speaker, phone or other wire between rooms, inside or outside the building. Attaching devices such as flat screen monitors or televisions to walls or furniture is prohibited. Our halls do not have walls designed to hold such devices, and residents will be charged for any damages caused by installing these or similar items.

S. Action Games. "Assassin"-type games. In addition, shining flashlights, including laser lights into another room or building is prohibited. 

T. Wheeled Activities. Activities such as cycling, roller-blading, roller skating or skateboarding in the buildings, on balconies, building entrances and exits, & hall parking lots. Motorized vehicles such as mopeds are also prohibited on the walkways and sidewalks around the residence halls.

U. Tobacco. In accordance with University policies, neither tobacco products nor smoking is allowed in residence halls, including residence hall rooms, public areas, hallways, balconies, lounges, laundry rooms, lobbies, and outside areas. Any and all forms of smoking are prohibited inside residence halls. This includes traditional methods (cigarettes, cigars, varieties of pipes, etc.) as well as non-traditional devices (e-cigarettes, vapor pens and similar items). For more information see:

V. Parking or Driving. Parking or driving in unauthorized areas near the residence halls Parking in fire lanes, etc., may obstruct emergency vehicle access, threatening the safety of the entire residence hall community. 

W. Hall Equipment. Misuse of residence hall games or equipment. Failing to return checked-out equipment promptly. 

X. Activities Prohibited by Law.  Any item, activity or behavior that is illegal under local, state or federal law, or deemed by University Staff as not conducive to community living is prohibited. In addition, as a condition of continuing occupancy, a resident may be required to authorize the University to conduct a background check of any possible arrest record or other possible criminal history. 

Y. University Conduct. Any actions or activities prohibited in the University Student Code of Conduct or this Handbook. 

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