F. Residence Hall Regulations

 

1. All students are required to live on campus unless given permission by the Office of the Dean of the College to live elsewhere.

2. The Office of the Dean of the College makes all first-year student room assignments and supervises room draw for enrolled students and all other room assignments. Switching rooms and keys or changing residences without authorization may result in disciplinary action. (See I. Room Change Policy)

3. The Commons dean has jurisdiction in the first instance to hear and determine violations of the regulations in this section concerning residential life at the College and to impose penalties. The imposition of a penalty by the dean may be appealed to the Community Judicial Board.

4. Conduct that violates the principles stated in the Student Conduct chapter of this Handbook, or that creates a public disturbance in a residence hall, may lead to disciplinary action. The College is a community established to facilitate the pursuit of learning, and the residence halls should be places where students can study in their rooms. Interference with another student's right to study may lead to disciplinary action.

5. The College reserves the right to reassign student housing where that decision will serve a compelling community interest, or in instances where a student has demonstrated a flagrant and/or repeated disregard for the principles set forth in the College Handbook.

6. Students are expected to be considerate of others with respect to noise in the residence halls. (See I, Noise Issues, listed below.)

7. The College does not accept responsibility for loss of money or other personal property or damage thereto which may occur in residence halls and elsewhere on campus. Students may wish to insure their property against such loss.

8. Students may occupy their rooms at the beginning of the term on the date approved by the dean of the College. At the end of fall and spring terms, students must vacate their rooms within 24 hours after their last exam or by the posted deadline. Keys must be returned to the Department of Public Safety (see Keys and #11 and #12 below for more information). Students who are staying on campus prior to their approved arrival date or students who fail to leave on time are subject to a $400-per-day fine.

9. Graduating seniors must vacate their rooms by 11:00 p.m. on the night of graduation. A fine of $400 per day will be imposed on those who fail to comply.

10. Only students who are registered for winter term may reside on campus during winter term.

11. Room keys are issued by the Department of Public Safety. Students must report lost or stolen keys to the Department of Public Safety immediately. The student will be allowed to sign out a second key from Public Safety for a 24 hour period. There is a key charge and a lock change fee for lost and stolen keys (see #12 below). If a student locks the key inside his/her room, he/she will be allowed to sign out a second key from Public Safety for a 24 hour period. On occasion a student may not be able to come to Public Safety to obtain a replacement key at the time of the lock out. If the student requests a Public Safety officer to assist with unlocking his/her dorm room door, the lockout service will result in a $10 charge.

12. When a student housing assignment ends, the student must move out of the room and immediately return the key to the Department of Public Safety. This includes students who are going abroad, graduating, or changing rooms. Students may not occupy a room after the housing assignment ends or once the room key has been returned. (See explanation of fine in #8 above.) Failure to return a room key within 3 days of the move-out date will result in a $50 nonrefundable key charge being billed to the student. An additional $50 will be charged for a lock change. Students returning to the same dorm room during an academic year only need to return their key at the end of that academic year.

13. A room inventory is made at the time of occupancy and signed by the occupant. Another inventory is made at the end of the period of occupancy. Students will be charged replacement costs for missing items and for damage not noted on the first inventory. Students who do not leave their room in neat condition will be charged $200 plus labor. A neat room contains no trash, recycling, cinder blocks, or non-College furniture. Students who have failed to pay an assessment for damages at the time of any College registration will not be permitted to register. Students who live in suites, quads, and other residential spaces with lounges or common areas who do not leave these shared spaces in neat condition will be charged $200 plus labor, the cost to be divided among the residents.

14. No College-provided furniture may be removed from a student’s bedroom for any reason, including but not limited to bedframes, mattresses, dressers, bookcases, chairs, desks and wardrobes. Room furniture may not be placed in a dormitory hallway at any time; it will be removed, and the student to whom it was assigned will be charged full replacement costs. Limited medical or ADA exceptions may be granted with appropriate approval.

15. Walls and floors may not be paneled, painted or physically altered. If a room needs paint, it should be reported to the resident assistant. Only two walls of any rooms may be draped. Ceilings may not be covered with tapestries. Other wall hangings and posters may be prohibited if a fire hazard is created. Nails, cellophane tape, and screws may not be used on dormitory walls. Pictures may be hung from moldings or, in some cases, with tacks or masking tape. Because the rules vary from one dormitory to another, the resident assistant will explain the rules in each residence hall.

16. Nothing may be hung from a sprinkler apparatus. The room entry and exit must be clear. Nothing may be built or placed over or around a room radiator that will interfere with the free flow of air around the radiator or with easy access to service it.

17. The following guidelines need to be followed for small house common spaces and suite lounges:

Nothing can be hung from the ceiling or from any sprinkler apparatus.

Furniture from a room can be taken out of the room and placed in other areas of the house if it does not block an exit and the size of the path of the escape route is still maintained. Students will be responsible for returning the furniture to its original room.

Furniture in common spaces cannot block an exit, and additional furniture will affect the capacity size of the room. That means the more furniture the room contains the more it will reduce the capacity for social events.

Only one wall per common space can be decorated (but no painting), and the decorations cannot be near an ignition source (e.g. lamps, fireplace, etc.). The only exception to the one-wall rule applies to posters or pictures framed in glass, then more than one wall may be decorated.

Nothing can be posted in an exit route (i.e., posters in the hallways, stairways, etc.).

18. Lofts meeting the criteria established by the College safety officer, may not be larger than 4' wide and 8' long, must be free-standing and independent of walls (6" from the wall), and may not block sprinkler heads, smoke detectors, or room exits. No more than one loft to a room is permitted. Storage of materials on the loft must be at least 18" from a sprinkler head. Lofts must be removed before the room is vacated, or the student will be charged $25, in addition to the cost of removal, and other applicable charges. Lofts are not permitted in Weybridge, Painter, Starr, Coffrin, Battell, Stewart, the Modular Homes, LaForce, or Halls A and B.

19. Ping pong tables are allowed in designated areas of social houses and some block draw senior houses only. Tables are never allowed in rooms, suites, or lounges of residence halls. Tables found in unauthorized areas will be considered in violation of fire safety regulations and will be confiscated and disposed of by College officials. Students will be charged for the cost of removal. Violations will be referred to the student's Commons dean or the IHC adviser.

20. Water beds are not permitted.

21. Every dormitory has a kitchen unit. Appliances that have exposed heating elements, such as toasters, hot plates, electric frying pans or grills, and irons without automatic shutoffs may not be used in student rooms. Only small refrigerators (approximately 24-inch cubes) and microwaves are permitted.

22. Fire Safety inspections will be organized and conducted on an on-going basis as deemed appropriate. Students will be reminded that inspections will occur at the beginning of each semester, and will be advised of the conditions following the inspections. Any material in violation of the fire safety guidelines will be confiscated at the time of the inspection and the necessary penalties will be assessed in accordance with the Handbook guidelines.

23. Smoking is prohibited in all residence halls, including the small houses. Failure to observe this policy will be treated as a fire safety violation and subject to the penalties described below (in 24).

24. Fire Safety violations include: possession of candles, incense, halogen lamps, portable heaters, or Christmas tree lights (with the exception of "ropelights"), dangerous chemicals, or hazardous materials (see Safety & Emergency section of Handbook). Fire safety violations also include: smoking, blocking the means of egress, or hanging tapestries on more than one wall and/or the ceiling. Discovery of any of these violations will result in confiscation and disposal of the prohibited item, and a minimum fine of $50 and the possibility of additional disciplinary measures as deemed appropriate by the Commons dean or the dean of the College. These measures may include judicial proceedings.

25. Students must maintain clean and sanitary conditions in dormitory rooms, and must clear common space after personal use. Damages to common areas or adjacent hallways will be billed to the residents of the entire dormitory unless the individual(s) responsible can be identified. Charges for dorm damage may be appealed to the Dorm Damage Appeals Committee. This committee consists of one member of Facilities Services, a representative from the Controller's Office, and a representative of the students' Commons.

26. Tampering with fire- or life-safety equipment is forbidden and carries a minimum $50 fine and additional charges to repair or replace equipment. These charges will be borne collectively by the residence hall if the responsible individual(s) cannot be identified. When an individual is identified, the fine is $300 plus the cost to repair or replace equipment, and the individual is subject to disciplinary action. This equipment includes smoke detectors, smoke detector batteries, carbon monoxide detectors, and sprinklers. Any problems with smoke detectors must be reported to the Department of Public Safety or Facilities Services immediately, as nonfunctioning detectors endanger the lives of all residents.

27. Students must exit a building when a fire alarm sounds. Failure to do so is considered dangerous behavior and can result in disciplinary action, as well as a $200 fine.

28. Tapping or tampering with the cable television system is illegal. Students who tamper with the cable jeopardize the College's cable service, may be subject to disciplinary action, and will be fined $100 by the College. Those who are responsible may also receive up to $100 in additional fines and be held "liable in a civil action for three times the actual amount of damages sustained thereby" in accordance with the Vermont law on tapping cable television. Please note: seniors living in spaces where cable is permitted in the lounge areas, are prohibited from tapping cable to individual rooms.

29. Satellite dishes are not permitted and may be removed by Facilities Services. Charges for removal will be incurred by the student.

30. A guest of a student may stay in a dormitory no more than three days in any one term. The resident assistant must be told in advance where the guest is staying. No guests may stay overnight in residential lounges. No guests may stay overnight on campus when the College is closed. Students are responsible for the behavior of their guests. The College reserves the right to remove any guest whose behavior is not cooperative.

31. Solicitation in residence halls for any purpose by persons outside the College community is prohibited.

32. Storage for some student belongings during the academic year is provided in College buildings. Interested students should consult with their resident assistant and see College Storage Policies in Section J (below) for additional information.

33. Students have a right to privacy in their dormitory rooms. Department of Public Safety and other College officials should enter a student's room only under certain circumstances and in conformity with the procedures outlined in Residential College Facilities, Section G. In the event that stolen property or illegal goods are observed, the items will be confiscated, notice will be sent to the Commons for appropriate action, and the occupants of the room will be notified.

34. The roof or outer surface of any College building is not to be used for activities or storage of objects. Accessing a roof in any manner or climbing on a building is considered dangerous behavior and can result in disciplinary action, as well as a $100 fine.