IX. Prohibited Activities

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

A. Vandalism/Theft. Vandalism, damage to, tampering with, or theft of university or personal property. If you accidentally cause damage, report it immediately.  Otherwise, it may become a disciplinary issue. 

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

C. 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. 

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

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

F. 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.

G. 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. 

H. 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. Our experience has been that items attached to doors cause significantly more wear and tear than do memo pads attached to the wall next to the door. 

I. 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. 

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

K. 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. 

L. 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. Windows. Removing or tampering with window screens or blocks. Charges as high as $300-$400 may be assessed. Many of our screens are custom made and not easily replaced. Secured screens may serve a security function and there are no valid reasons to remove one except in case of fire or other emergency. 

N. 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.

O. Balconies. Balconies are essentially external hallways. Balconies and hallways are walkways and must be kept clear of all objects at all times. This includes attaching signs or objects. 

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. Smoking. Smoking is not allowed in any of the residence halls, including residence hall rooms, public areas, hallways, balconies, lounges, laundry rooms, lobbies, and outside areas closer than 25 feet from building entrances, open windows, etc.  Any and all forms of smoking are prohibited. This includes traditional methods (cigarettes, cigars, varieties of pipes, etc.) as well as non-traditional devices (e-cigarettes, vapor pens and similar items).

V. Parking. Parking illegally in areas adjacent to the residence halls. Parking in reserved spaces denies fellow residents a right they have paid for.  Parking in fire lanes, etc., may obstruct emergency vehicle access, threatening the safety of the entire residence hall community. 

W. Inappropriate Access. Entering any unassigned room or location will result in serious disciplinary action. Your license agreement entitles you to qualified use of the particular room currently assigned to you. Attempting to utilize or enter any unoccupied room is strictly prohibited. 

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

Y. 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. 

Z. General Conduct. Any actions or activities prohibited in the Student Code of Conduct or this Handbook. 

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