If your roommate moves out, you must keep the vacant side of your room clean and empty for a new roommate. A new roommate may be assigned to your room anytime during the remainder of the academic year. Building staff will make every effort to provide advance notification that a new roommate is coming, however a new roommate may arrive without notice. You may be subject to disciplinary action and charged additional room rent if the vacant side of your room is not clean and empty when a new roommate arrives, if you turn away a newly assigned roommate, or if you discourage a prospective roommate.
University Residences is committed to supporting the University's educational purpose and mission, and works in partnership with Disability Resources for Students to provide students access to all levels of the residential experience. While pets are not allowed in University Residences, service dogs and assistance animals are allowed in compliance with the Fair Housing Act. Please note the following requirements for student residents (‘handlers’) with service/assistance animals (‘animals’):
Balconies and sundecks are available in some buildings for common use. Community guidelines apply to these areas as well. Smoking is not allowed on any sundeck or balcony. Sundecks are not available during inclement weather. Staff may restrict use and availability as deemed necessary.
Barbecue grills are a potential fire hazard in a community living environment. BBQ grills may be used on balconies and patios in Birnam Wood and on the Edens Hall deck. You must monitor your barbecue grill at all times. You must extinguish charcoal and disposed of it properly. If you live in a community other than Birnam Wood and you wish to barbecue, contact your Resident Director and will direct you to an appropriate grilling location. Gas grills are prohibited.
All residential buildings have bicycle racks. Bicycles found in hallways, stairwells and residential public areas are subject to impound; this includes bicycles locked to hand railings, posts and other structures not designated for bicycle storage. Bicycles left in racks and storage rooms after the halls close in June are considered abandoned property and disposed of accordingly.
Burning candles, incense, torches or open-flame devices are prohibited in University Residences. Careful use of candles or incense for birthdays or religious purposes is allowed with advance permission from your Resident Director.
Every student with access to University network and computing resources has accepted the terms of the User Agreement for Network and Computing Resources. Violations of the User Agreement that occur in University Residences may fall under the jurisdiction of University Residences, Academic Technology and User Services (ATUS) and/or University Judicial Affairs. Violations include, but are not limited to, the following activities:
Creating your own pace to study, relax, and socialize is essential to the college experience; however, the following ways of personalizing your space may result in disciplinary action:
Demonstrations that materially or substantially disrupt the normal operation of University Residences will result in conduct action.
Disruptive behavior will result in disciplinary action. Disruptive behavior includes (but is not limited to), physical abuse, verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, coercion, obstruction or other conduct which threatens or endangers the health or safety of self or others, failure to complete sanctions, failure to cooperate or comply with University officials, or providing false identification or information.
Any electrical device used within University Residences must be certified by Underwriters Laboratories as UL Listed. University Residences reserves the right to remove any dangerous electrical appliance brought by a student into a residential building.
Anyone found responsible for tampering with an elevator or engaging in reckless or dangerous behavior that places themselves or others at risk, will face disciplinary action.
Unless authorized by the University, possession of explosives, weapons, firearms, dangerous chemicals, and fireworks is prohibited on campus, on property supervised by the University, or at University-sponsored activities. Weapons include, but are not limited to:
Tampering with, disabling or damaging any fire safety apparatus, equipment or smoke detector is prohibited under RCW 43.44.110. This includes willfully and falsely activating a fire alarm. Such violations likely result in eviction and referral to the University Police.
Use of any fireplace in a residential building requires permission from the Resident Director.
Gambling in University Residences is prohibited by University policy and Washington State law. Gambling includes online gambling, betting on athletic events, and the possession of gambling devices.
Harassment and threats of violence are prohibited behaviors that create a hostile or threatening educational or working environment. These behaviors include but are not limited to:
Pets of any kind, with the exception of fish, are prohibited in or around University Residences. Please note animals approved for ADA accommodation are not considered pets.
To prevent physical injury or property damage, the following activities are strictly prohibited in or around University Residences:
COURTESY HOURS: Courtesy hours are in effect 24 hours a day. During courtesy hours any noise you make is not to be excessive or disruptive to your community. If you are asked by anyone to quiet down, you are expected to comply immediately. Excessive noise is a violation of student rights and is unacceptable in University Residences. To minimize impact on others, students with amplified instruments, game systems audio equipment are advised to use headphones.
QUIET HOURS: While the purpose of courtesy hours is to minimize disruptive or excessive noise, quiet hours are meant to maintain an atmosphere for studying and sleeping. The quiet hours below apply to all residential communities. Individual residence halls, by action of their hall councils, may choose to implement stricter policies. Again, whenever you are asked by anyone to quiet down, you are expected to comply immediately.
QUIET FLOORS: Highland Hall (stack one) and Buchanan Towers (fifth floor) are designated quiet floors. Quiet hours on these floors begin at 9:30 p. m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights, and continue each day until 9 a.m. Residents on designated quiet floors sign a Quiet Floor Contract agreeing to comply with these hours and acknowledging that noise violations in may result in removal from the community.
QUIET HOURS DURING DEAD WEEK & FINALS WEEKS: Each hall council is responsible for designating extended quiet hours for the week before finals week. Every hall has 24-hour quiet throughout the week of finals, starting at 7 p.m. on Sunday evening and ending at noon on Friday.
NOISE VIOLATIONS: While it is each student's responsibility to control noise, it is also the responsibility of those impacted by noise to contact the community member and request that the noise be reduced. If this approach does not succeed, contact a residential staff member. When the efforts of residential staff are not sufficient, University Police may be called to resolve noise complaints.
Unauthorized access to any roof (apartment or residence hall) will result in disciplinary action and a $35 charge. Climbing through windows, or on building exteriors, balconies or ledges is prohibited. Suspending any object from windows, building exteriors, balconies or ledges is prohibited. Residents who need to retrieve an item from any of these areas must contact their Residence Director for assistance.
Uniform Fire Code (1982 Edition, Section 11.415) and University parking regulations prohibit the storage of scooters, motorcycles and other gas powered vehicles in your residence hall or apartment. If any such vehicle is discovered inside University a residence hall or apartment over the break, it will be subject to impound at the student's expense.
It is the policy of the University to provide an environment in which students, staff, and faculty can work, live and study free from sexual misconduct. Sexual misconduct includes sexual harassment, sexual intimidation, sexual coercion, sexual assault, and rape. Residential staff act to prevent sexual misconduct and will respond appropriately to all reported incidents of sexual misconduct. Individuals who engage in such behavior will be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with University Residences and the University; this may include removal from University Residences, expulsion from the University, and civil or criminal prosecution. You can report sexual misconduct to your building staff, the University Police at 360-650-3911, the Counseling and Sexual Assault Support Services (CASAS): 360-650-3700, or the University's Title IX Coordinator at 360-650-3307. See also Harassment & Threats of Violence and Sexual Harassment including Sexual Violence.
Smoking is prohibited in all University Residences buildings and within 25 feet of doors, windows, and ventilation intakes. This includes but is not limited to all balconies and all public spaces such as lounges, stairwells, hallways, food service areas, and laundry rooms. Smoking is also prohibited at any outside area that may affect the air supply of residential buildings. Residents and guests who smoke must respond to requests to move to another location. Residents and guests who smoke must dispose of smoking refuse properly.
Taking, attempting to take, aiding another in taking or possession of property belonging to another member of the University community, the University or its guests is prohibited. Please note that taking food, dishes or utensils from the dining commons is considered theft and may result in disciplinary action.