Chapter 5 – Residence Hall Standards of Conduct

The Department of Residential Life, Housing, and Food Service (Residential Life) strives to provide a safe and comfortable community for all residents, guests, and visitors.  Thus, Residential Life established these Residence Hall Standards of Conduct (Standards of Conduct).  Residents, guests, and visitors are expected to abide by the Standards of Conduct.  As students of the institution and occupants of the halls, residents are expected to follow policies described in the Standards of Conduct, as well as federal, state, and local laws, and the Student Code of Conduct.

Violations of these Standards of Conduct are addressed by Residential Life staff, the Assistant Director of Conduct and Safety, and/or the Director of Residential Life.  Violations of the Student Code of Conduct are addressed by the Office of Student Conduct and/or the Director of the Equal Opportunity and Title IX Office.  Violations of the Student Code of Conduct that occur in or around the residence halls are generally addressed by Residential Life staff members, who may act on behalf of the Office of Student Conduct. University Police Services will address any criminal activity that occurs on or near campus property.

Violations of the Standards of Conduct are generally addressed through administrative actions. Residents will be required to address the issue or correct the violation as directed by the Resident Director or other Residential Life staff. Failure to comply may result in cancellation of the License Agreement and removal from the halls (which often involves the application of cancellation fees and charges). Residential Life administrative action is separate from the University's conduct process and any city, state, or federal criminal/civil procedures.

The University's conduct process, Residential Life administrative action, and city, state, or federal procedures are separate but may overlap in certain situations. The Standards of Conduct apply to residents, the buildings, and surrounding areas.  The Student Code of Conduct outlines expectations of behavior for all students, including residents.  The Office of Student Conduct retains all jurisdiction over violations to the Student Code of Conduct.  Hence, students who move off campus and are no longer subject to the policies outlined by the Standards of Conduct and their License Agreement, are still accountable for any violations to the Student Code of Conduct. Serious incidents, which may involve violations of law or statute, are addressed by local courts after being investigated by the University Police Services.