The following regulations apply inside all residential areas to all resident students for the purposes of protecting people and College and personal property. Violations of these regulations will be addressed in an administrative hearing as they fall under a violation of the Student Code of Conduct #12: Violation of Other Rules and Policies. Repeated infractions will result in a charge of the violation of #12 and an additional charge of the Student Code of Conduct for #10: Failure to Comply and will be addressed in an administrative hearing or by a Community Standards Board.
RR1 Candles and Incense
Storage and use of flammable substances and items that use an open flame (i.e., candles, incense, oil lamps, potpourri warmers, "s-mores" makers, etc.) are a potential fire hazard and are prohibited from all campus residences. Any evidence that a candle has been burned (i.e. melted wax, burnt wick, soot) will be considered a violation of this policy.
RR2 Electrical Cords and Appliances
Residents may possess or use electrical appliances in their campus residences with certain restrictions. Students may not keep or use any electrical appliance that could endanger the health or safety of campus residents. The College reserves the right to determine if a specific item is a hazard and will confiscate problematic items. Residents are expected to use caution and common sense when selecting electrical appliances. The typical maximum number and type of permissible electrical appliances for a standard double room are: one full stereo system; two clock radios; two hair dryers/curling irons (of fewer than 1600 watts); one television; one small refrigerator; one microwave; two computers with peripherals; one fan; and two lamps.
Students are usually given the opportunity to correct electrical problems within 24 hours. Most prohibited appliances are immediately confiscated. Failure to correct noted hazards endangers residents and property and typically results in a fine and any related costs for correction. The following requirements apply:
- Appliances with exposed heating elements (such as pop-up toasters, toaster ovens, hot plates, etc.) are prohibited as they generate high temperatures and pose a fire and burn hazard. Toasters/toaster ovens are permitted in the kitchens of College apartments/The Commons. Coffee makers are permitted only if they have an indicator light that is illuminated while the coffee maker is plugged in and turned on.
- Items that consume significant amounts of electricity (such as refrigerators or microwaves) are permitted only if plugged directly into an electrical outlet.
- One (1) compact refrigerator is permitted per student room and bedrooms in the apartments/Commons. The approved refrigerator size is no greater than 200 watts or 1.1 amps and must be plugged directly into a wall outlet. Generally any "cube" (approximately 20"x20"' square) refrigerator will meet the acceptable criteria. Since brands and models vary greatly, if you are looking at a unit that is larger than a "cube" you will need to check the manufacturers specifications. Information regarding specifications can usually be found in any of several areas - the packaging, enclosed literature, or on a tag attached to the back of the appliance. Refrigerators need to be plugged directly into an electrical outlet.
- One (1) microwave is permitted per student room; The approved size is no greater than 1.0 cubic feet or less than 1050 kilowatts. Microwaves should be located to insure proper ventilation and air circulation around the unit. A minimum of 4" from walls/furniture is recommended. Microwaves need to be plugged directly into an electrical outlet.
- Hair dryers are limited to 1600 watts (or 12.5 amps) and only one hair dryer should be used at a time to prevent tripping of circuit breakers.
- Extension cords are PROHIBITED in all campus residences.
- Multi-plug adapters with surge protection button/switch are permitted. An multi-plug adapter is an item that allows you to plug several items into one outlet. Multi-plug adapters must be plugged directly into a wall outlet.
- Power strips with surge protection button/switch may also be used for multiple plugs. Power strips must be plugged directly into a wall outlet. Power strips may not be plugged into another power strip.
- Due to Building Codes and wiring capacity, air conditioners are only permitted for medical reasons with prior written approval from the Residential Life Office. Students must submit the required Special Housing Accommodations Request Form and include appropriate medical documentation. If approved, the student will provide the unit, and the College will install and later remove the air conditioner, which may be no larger than 5,200 BTU. There is a nominal monthly fee for use of electricity and the student is responsible for all maintenance of the unit. Some campus residences are not properly constructed for use of air conditioners and students may be required to move to another residence if an air conditioner is medically necessary.
- Space heaters are permitted only when provided by College staff after it has been determined that this equipment is necessary.
- Temporary electrical lights, including Holiday lights, as well as halogen lights pose a severe fire safety hazard and are prohibited from all campus residences.
- Tampering with light fixtures is prohibited in campus residences.
- Electrical cords, all wires, cable TV wires and telephone wires must be in good/safe condition and may not be covered with carpet, rug or other floor covering, nor may they span across door openings at any height. They are permitted above doorways and around the perimeter of the room.
RR3 Furniture and Equipment
All lounge, hall, and public area furniture and College owned equipment is for the use of all residents and must remain in its designated area. If public area items are found in a student room, a fine per item will be assessed to the room occupants for each day the furniture is missing from the public area.
RR4 Health and Safety
The health and safety of all residents is of paramount concern to all members of the College community. Residents are not permitted to keep or use any item that could jeopardize the health and/or safety of campus residents. The College reserves the right to determine whether a specific object or behavior poses a health or safety problem.
- Residents are expected to maintain basic sanitation standards in their campus residence (including rooms, bathrooms, and public areas.) Trash must be disposed of properly and food items stored appropriately.
- Cooking or preparing meals other than through use of a microwave is not permitted in student rooms. Preparing food in your room provides opportunities for insects and other health concerns to develop. Kitchenettes are available in most halls and all apartments/Commons units, and you are encouraged to use these facilities.
- Motorized vehicles (i.e., motorcycles, mopeds, motor scooters, etc.) are not permitted in the residence halls or inside apartments.
- Safety standards prohibit bicycles from hallways, stairwells, in any entrances or exits, restrooms, lounges or other public areas. Bicycles may be secured in your room or in the bicycle storage room located in Williams Hall. The Residential Life Office can provide you with a key to the bike storage room in which storage racks are available. You must provide your own locking mechanism and storage is at your own risk. The College does not guarantee the safety of any personal belongings.
No pets except (non-carnivorous) fish are permitted in campus residences. One fish tank (less than 10 gallons in size) per student room is allowed. If a resident(s) is (are) found to be in violation of this policy, the resident(s) will be responsible for immediately removing prohibited animals from campus. (The Residential Life Office will provide information on local animal shelters where the resident can take the animal and pay to have it housed until s/he can take it home). The College will not provide care or feeding services for any animal. Items indicating past or current presence of an animal will be confiscated. A $50 fine will be assessed on the initial day that the resident(s) is (are) found to be in possession of an unauthorized animal. An additional $25 fine will be assessed for every day thereafter that the resident(s) remains in possession of the animal in campus housing. The resident(s) may also be subject to a disciplinary hearing and further sanctions.
RR6 Room/Area Personalization
The Residential Life Office recognizes that students may wish to decorate campus residence for a variety of holiday celebrations. When decorating any public area, students must consult with their Student Life Coordinator, the Director of Residential Life or the Director of Safety and Security to insure proper precautions has been taken. Residents must remove all Holiday decorations one week after the Holiday or before each campus residence closing, whichever comes first.
Personalization should be done with consideration towards your safety and no item may hinder proper egress from the residence in case of fire or other emergency. You are encouraged to decorate and furnish your campus residence to your own tastes and preferences, within the following guidelines:
- Setting-up rooms up as "Combined Living Quarters" (i.e., setting one room up as a living room and another as a bedroom) is prohibited in campus housing with the exception of Asbury 10, Wesley mini-suites, and Williams 105.
- Some types of beds provided by the College can be bunked or lofted with minimal hardware. Bunk pegs are available through the Office of Residential Life. Note that there is no campus storage. If furniture is removed you must store it at an off campus location (i.e., parents, rented storage unit). All furniture that the College provides must be intact and in the residence when a student checks out. If a chair or bed frame is removed or disassembled to accommodate personal furniture at the beginning of a semester/year, it must be reassembled and replaced when the resident leaves campus.
- You may place stereo and TV antennas inside your room provided they leave no permanent mark or damage. Items (i.e., flags, signs, banners, antennas, etc.) may not be attached to the exterior of the building, outside your residence, or in hallways. An exception is made for Greek organizations to hang flags from their housing area.
- You may move freestanding furniture within your residence. Built in furniture may not be removed or disassembled at any time or for any reason. We recognize that residents frequently wish to remove freestanding furniture from rooms to accommodate lofts or other personal belongings. Residents are responsible for any and all damaged or missing furniture, regardless of circumstances and will be charged for damage, missing parts, or fully missing furniture as assessed at the time of check out. If College furniture is found unattended in a public area or outside of a campus residence, the furniture will be removed for safety reasons. The occupants of that room will be charged the cost of replacing the furniture, which can exceed $200 per piece.
- Personally constructed lofts are permitted within very specific guidelines. See Loft Guidelines for these standards. Lofts are not permitted in College Apartments.
- Waterbeds are not allowed in campus residences.
- Decorations must be nondestructive to walls, floors, ceilings, and furniture. You will be assessed repair costs for any permanent damage to your residence, so be careful.
- You may not hang anything including fabric over or around bed/sleeping areas, across doorways or walkways, over lights, or from the ceiling in any way to prevent serious situations in case of fire. Fabric hangings or similar items found in violation will be confiscated.
- Painting of windows, walls, doors, floors, ceilings, and furniture is not permitted.
- Rugs and carpeting are permitted but should not be taped to the floor to prevent adhesive build-up and damage to floor surfaces.
- Temporary electrical lights including holiday lights are prohibited in all campus residences (RR2-11).
- Natural Holiday trees are not permitted in campus residences. Artificial trees are permitted but only without lights.
RR7 Window Screens
Window screens are not to be moved or removed.