XI. Health and Safety

A. Residence Hall Access Policy 

Any person who, based upon current medical knowledge and/or the best available objective information, poses an actual danger to the health or safety of themselves or others may not be allowed entry or access to the residence halls. This includes those who exhibit: actions or behavior that indicate a likelihood of physical violence to themselves or others; high levels of alcohol and/or controlled substance impairment; unconsciousness or reduced levels of consciousness; or other physical/ medical conditions that put themselves or others at risk. Should a resident be denied access to the halls due to health or safety concerns, conduct actions and/or health related issues, Residential Life is not responsible for charges incurred by the resident for off campus housing.

B. Distressed Residents

The University has protocols which may restrict a student's access to campus locations in situations where current medical knowledge and/or the best available objective evidence demonstrates that they pose an actual threat to themselves or others. In accordance with these protocols, residents in distress may be denied entry or access to the halls. Any conditions or requirements for reinstatement of access will be based on an individualized assessment of the resident, including consideration of current medical knowledge and/or the best available objective evidence. Careful consideration will be given to the opinions and recommendations of the resident's treating physician or mental health professional, if available.

Before denying any resident with a disability entry or access to the residence halls, the University will do an individualized assessment to determine if there are reasonable accommodations that would permit the resident to continue in their housing status. Any decision to deny entry or access to a resident will be based upon actual risk, and not mere speculation, stereotypes, or generalizations about individuals with disabilities.

Any decision to restrict a resident's access to the residence halls may be appealed to the Assistant Director of Student Conduct and Safety for Residential Life pursuant to the Appeals Process described in these Standards of Conduct.

C. Fire Safety

Tampering with or disabling any part of the fire alarm system, altering door closing or latching hardware, discharging an extinguisher, activating or causing a false fire alarm, or setting a fire can endanger life and property, and may result in cancellation of your License Agreement, restitution, administrative action, and/or criminal prosecution. Items may not be attached to or hung from any smoke detector or any part of the sprinkler system. Failure to report damage to fire or life safety equipment may also be considered a violation.

D. Vaccination Requirements

Regulations passed by the Nevada Division of Health require that, any freshman college student under the age of 23 may not live in on-campus housing unless vaccinated against Neisseria meningitides (Meningococcus) unless excused because of medical or religious reasons. Due to lifestyle factors, such as group living situations and sharing of personal items, college students living in residence halls are more likely to acquire meningococcal disease than the general college population. Residence hall students who do NOT need this vaccination include those who: a) lived on campus last year and are returning to the residence halls, b) are over the age of 23, or c) Upperclassmen. All other residents, including international students enrolled in the IELC or OISS programs, must receive this vaccination as a condition of occupancy in the residence halls.

E. Room Entry 

University officials reserve the right to enter and inspect residence hall rooms at any time without prior notification. Inspections will occur when necessary to protect and maintain the property of the University, the health and safety of its students or whenever necessary to aid in the basic responsibility of the University regarding discipline and maintenance of an educational atmosphere. Police will be contacted in incidents which may involve drugs, weapons, stolen property or other criminal activity. If determined to be an immediate threat to the community, items may be confiscated. In addition, emergency personnel may remove residents or guests from a room if they are unable to care for themselves or when their health or safety is at risk.

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