Guide to Living in the Halls
2012-2013 Housing and Residential Education Policies & Regulations
Described below are the Policies & Regulations, which govern all residence hall occupants. By completing and signing the Student Housing License Agreement, and taking occupancy of a residence hall space you agree to all of these provisions.
Accountability. Each resident is viewed as a responsible person who will be held accountable for their own actions and those of their guests. When misconduct is reported, every incident will receive due process in accordance with campus policy as well as federal, state, and local law, following the appropriate course of action as determined by SDSU Police Department and campus administration. Incident investigation requires adequate time for completion before any action can be taken.
Alcoholic Beverages – Cuicacalli, and Villa Alvarado ONLY.
e) Guests of any age are not permitted to bring alcohol into a residence hall.
f) Residents or guests of any age may not possess alcohol or drug consuming devices/paraphernalia including shot glasses.
Appliances. University-provided microfridges, refrigerators and microwaves are the only permitted appliances for use in the residence hall rooms for food preparation or storage. No hot plates, coffee pots, coffee makers, blenders, popcorn poppers, ovens, grills, electric water coolers, or other cooking appliances are permitted in student rooms or suite areas (except in the kitchen area of Villa Alvarado). Space heaters are also prohibited. No personal refrigerators are permitted in any student room or suite. Excessive electrical equipment is prohibited. Resident rooms or suites found to generate circuit overloads will be investigated. Repeat violations will result in judicial action and any charges for costs attributed to removal or repairs will be the responsibility of the Licensee.
Bathrooms. Residents and their guests are not permitted to enter or use bathrooms designated for the gender of which they do not identify.
Bicycles. Bicycles are not allowed in buildings (including residence hall rooms) or in courtyards, patios or balconies. Bicycles may be stored only in the bike barn, bike lockers or on bicycle racks during occupancy. Bicycles placed or stored anywhere else will be impounded.
Cleanliness, Health and Hygiene. Resident agrees to make reasonable efforts to maintain proper personal cleanliness and hygiene. Rooms and suites must be kept clean and sanitary at all times, including proper disposal of empty food and beverage containers. Residents may not violate these regulations or interfere with the safe and clean environment of others. Residents are prohibited from activities that violate any health code. If room or suite is found to be a health and safety violation, the University may have the room or suite cleaned at the expense of the Licensee and/or the roommate(s) and/or suitemates. Charges for pest control services will be added, if needed.
Close Down Over Breaks. During vacation breaks and closedown, residents must unplug all electrical items, except permitted refrigerators and microfridges.
Commercial Ventures/Solicitation. Licensee agrees to not use Licensee’s room or any area of the residence hall for commercial or non-residential purposes, nor will Licensee participate in or encourage door-to-door solicitation in the housing facility.
Community Living. Residents agree to conduct themselves in a manner that is conducive for fellow residents to study, live, and sleep. Each resident also agrees to demonstrate reasonable efforts to resolve roommate and/or community issues. Residents are expected to report violations of the license agreement.
Damages. Students who accidentally or intentionally damage any residence hall property and/or property belonging to any member of the campus community will be required to make restitution for repairs and/or replacement and will be held responsible.
Decorating/Posting. Posters and decorations may be attached only to walls, and only with materials that will not cause any permanent damage. Charges will be assessed for damages resulting from improper attachment at a minimum rate of $5 per hole or abrasion. Exterior wires, signs, aerials or satellite dishes are not allowed. Painting of rooms is not allowed. Except for name identification and SDSU-approved dry erase message boards, posting of any materials on exterior surface of room doors is prohibited. Posting on windows and ceilings is also prohibited. Holiday decorations inside rooms are permitted only if safe and do not present a fire hazard. Non-UL approved lights are prohibited. Cut trees and foliage are prohibited in student rooms and suite areas.
Doors/Door Locks. Tampering with, disabling or modifying the operation of room or suite doors or door locks is prohibited. Any resident and/or guest of a resident responsible for such violation will be subject to judicial action and any charge for costs attributed to repairs of doors or door locks will be the responsibility of the resident.
Duty to Follow Directives/Failure to Respond. Each resident is expected to respond to and follow all written and verbal directives or requests of University staff promptly and act in an appropriate manner. This includes answering the door and checking voicemail, e-mail, and mailbox on a regular basis. Failure to comply with directions of, or interference with, any University official while acting in the performance of official’s duties will result in judicial action.
Electrical Safety. Extension cords are not permitted. UL approved, grounded power strips with circuit breakers should be used for all electrical equipment including computer and computer related hardware. A maximum of two power strips may be used per room. No modifications to, or changes in, electrical wiring are permitted. No “splices,” “octopuses” or modification devices of any kind may be used to add plugs in Licensee’s room or suite.
Elevators. If an elevator malfunctions, press the alarm and stay inside until help arrives. Do not attempt to pry open or hit doors and climb out. Licensee will be charged the cost to retrieve items dropped down shafts, or repairs due to Licensee or their guests’ negligence, or damage including damages resulting from exceeding the posted elevator capacity.
Fake IDs. The use/display/production/possession of fake or fraudulent forms of identification, including Identification that belongs to another person, is prohibited; such ID will be turned over to the SDSU Police Department.
Fences. Fences are designed for the safety of the residential community. Students are not permitted to climb over/under fences or prop gates open, thereby, compromising the safety of the community.
Fire Alarms/Fire Safety. Tampering with, disabling, deactivating, or improperly activating fire safety detection equipment including fire alarms, sprinklers and smoke detectors is prohibited. Any resident and/or guest of a resident responsible for violation are subject to eviction and criminal and civil penalties. Door closers must not be removed. Use of prohibited cooking or other devices that cause activation of the system will result in judicial action and a charge for costs attributed to the alarm. During a fire alarm or other emergency where evacuation is required, residents must swiftly exit the building.
Food Service. While in any campus restaurant, Licensee agrees to bus dining table and to pick up any trash left behind in order to promote a more pleasant dining environment. Shoes and shirt are required. Licensee may not allow others to use Licensee’s meal plan.
Furnishing False Information. Residents must provide accurate and truthful information, including properly identifying themself, upon request by University staff.
Gambling. Gambling is prohibited in all residence halls and all university grounds.
Guests. A guest is any person, other than a Licensee who is permitted by a Licensee and approved by the Residential Education Office to occupy and/or reside in any housing facility. Guests, including residents of other halls, must present a photo ID – driver’s license, state ID or non-SDSU school ID. No other form of identification will be accepted. Visitors and guests, including residents of other halls, must be escorted and in attendance by Licensee at all times. Licensee accepts responsibility for the behavior of Licensee’s guests and must inform guests of University regulations. Licensee is allowed no more than three guests in Licensee’s room at any given time (two guests per Licensee in Cuicacalli and Villa Alvarado). Residents living in designated over-the-break housing may have only one guest at a time during break periods. Overnight guest(s) privileges are extended to all residents on a temporary and occasional basis only after securing approval from any and all roommates and registering the guest(s) at the hall desk. Overnight guests must be housed only in the hosting student’s room. An overnight guest is considered anyone whose visit begins between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. or a visit that lasts more than 6 hours that begins or ends within those hours. The same guest may not stay in a residence hall for more than four (4) nights per calendar month and may only stay two (2) consecutive nights per calendar month. Judicial action will be taken and a guest fee will be charged to the resident for any guest whose stay exceeds this limit. The University reserves the right to deny access to any person.
Halogen Lamps. Halogen lamps of any type are prohibited in the residence halls.
Illegal Drugs. No drugs, narcotics, or controlled substances, including medical marijuana, may be possessed, used, sold nor distributed at the University or in the residence halls. No drug paraphernalia, including bongs, pipes, and the like, may be possessed, used, sold nor distributed at the University or in the residence halls. No person may be in the presence of drugs, narcotics, controlled substances or drug paraphernalia, including bongs, pipes, and the like, at the University or in the residence halls. Prescription drugs may only be used as prescribed, by the person they are prescribed to. The sharing of prescription drugs is against policy and the law. Use of drugs and the results of such use (such as disruptive or destructive behavior, vomiting or urinating on floors and hallways, incidents or conditions necessitating extra care by staff, and other such acts) are prohibited.
Lockout Key and Swipe Card Policy. When the Licensee moves into the residence hall they are provided a room key(s) and swipe card. Lost or stolen keys/swipe cards must be immediately reported at the hall’s front desk and a lock change will be ordered. Resident will be billed $144 for lost/stolen keys in all the residence halls except Cuicacalli and University Towers as locks must be changed and new keys made. Replacement of Cuicacalli and University Towers keys will be billed $80. The cost to replace a lost swipe card is $25. Residents must exercise care in key and card use. Staff will assist residents in room entry and the resident will be charged $25 per entry, regardless of reason for lock out. Staff may not be readily available and the resident may be required to wait. Repeated incidents may result in judicial action.
Mistreatment of Staff. Threats, harassment, abusive language, obscene gestures, unwanted touching, and any other mistreatment of staff are grounds for University judicial action, eviction and criminal prosecution.
Noise. Noise is any sound, human or otherwise.
Online Social Networks. Licensee will be held accountable for postings depicting or describing violations of residence hall regulations and campus policies.
Passive Involvement. Residents are responsible for choices they make. In the presence of a policy violation, residents may attempt to stop the violation, contact residential staff and/or immediately remove themselves from the situation and the vicinity of the violation. If a resident chooses to remain at the scene of a policy violation, Licensee will be included on the Incident Report and may be held accountable for a policy violation.
Pets. Animals of any kind, except fish in a bowl up to 2-gallon capacity, are not allowed in the residence hall rooms, in the hall common areas, or on the premises (except by faculty or full-time professional staff when approved by the Director of Housing Administration and Director of Residential Education). Residents may not feed/shelter stray animals. Residents are obligated to tell hall staff about stray animals so appropriate action can be taken to remove and protect the animal.
Photography. Persons in bedrooms, bathrooms, and dressing areas may not be filmed, recorded or photographed without specific written resident consent.
Physical Abuse and Harassment. Abusive physical and verbal behavior, and threats of physical abuse toward residents, guests, or staff, are violations of policy and will not be tolerated. Such conduct may be grounds for immediate judicial action, removal from the residence hall, eviction, and/or criminal prosecution. Examples of prohibited conduct include, but are not limited to sexual and racial harassment, threats of violence, sexual assault, fighting, punching, slapping, kicking, scratching and pushing. Practical jokes and pranks or other disruptions are prohibited in the campus community.
Public Health and Safety. The University reserves the right to close the residence halls if the State of California or the Chancellor of the California State University system determines that such a closure is required to protect the public health and/or safety of residents.
Safety/Security. Residents must present their SDSU RedID card every time they enter their residence hall. Keys and swipe cards are for residents only; lending a key, swipe card, or RedID is not allowed. Possession of a swipe card for a building that Licensee does not live in is against policy.
Skateboarding and Scooters. The use of scooters, roller skates, roller blades, and skateboarding within the residence halls and on or adjacent to university property is prohibited and such users are subject to citation and fine by the SDSU Police Department.
SDSU Residential Housing Network Acceptable Use Policy. The University provides high-speed Ethernet connections to all of the residence halls. Internet access is not guaranteed and may not be available to some residents under certain circumstances. University policy describes what use is acceptable and appropriate for your residential network connection. By connecting to or using a network connection in your residence, you agree to abide by University policies. We strongly recommend that you review the University’s Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) at http://security.sdsu.edu/policy/housing-aup.html, which is incorporated into this License Agreement. Judicial Procedures, Business Affairs, Academic Affairs, SDSU Human Resources, or law enforcement officials, as appropriate, will adjudicate violations of the Acceptable Use Policy. The SDSU Computing Security Officer may temporarily suspend network privileges of any University user while suspected violations are being investigated or adjudicated, even if it affects network services of roommate(s) and/or suitemates. If Licensee’s network privileges are suspended, Licensee must pay $50 to be reconnected after the first violation and $75 after the second violation. Licensee’s network privileges will be permanently revoked after the third violation. Depending on the severity of the violation, Licensee’s network privileges may be revoked after one violation. Sanctions as a result of violations of these policies may result in the following:
Smoking. Smoking, hookahs, and water pipes are prohibited in all University buildings, including residence halls, student rooms, lounges, recreation rooms, public areas, hallways, stairwells, balconies, walkways and pool areas. Smoking is prohibited in outdoor areas including courtyards and community centers (pool areas, Cuicacalli Seminar rooms and the Cholula Tula, and Villa Alvarado community centers). Smoking is prohibited within 20 feet of entranceways, windows and ground level air intake structures.
Solicitation. Solicitation of any kind, without prior approval by the Director of Residential Education or designee, is prohibited. Door to door solicitation is prohibited at all times. Therefore, residents are prohibited from knowingly or willfully permitting solicitors from entering the residence halls to solicit.
Surveillance Cameras. Surveillance cameras may be located in the residence hall elevators and other common areas (e.g., lobby, lounge, laundry room, hallways, dining facilities, etc.) for the protection of residents. Exterior cameras may monitor outside areas near the residence halls. Covering, breaking, damaging or tampering with surveillance cameras is a violation of policy and will result in judicial action.
Swimming Pools. Swimming in the three residence hall pools is limited to residents and their guests (each resident is allowed one guest). No lifeguard is on duty at any time and swimming is at your own risk. Pool use hours are dawn to dusk each day except during Hall Council sponsored events that must end by quiet hours. Portable swimming pools are prohibited in all residence halls and all university grounds.
Theft. Theft of, or non-accidental damage to campus property, or property in the possession of, or owned by, a member of the campus community, is prohibited. This includes borrowing without specific prior approval and includes the relocation of lounge or common area furniture.
Throwing Objects. Balls, sports equipment and any other item may not be used inside the residence halls and fire lanes. No object may be thrown or dropped from a window or opening.
Unauthorized Entry or Use. Unauthorized entry into, unauthorized use of, or misuse of personal or campus property is prohibited.
Weapons. Firearms, ammunition, fireworks, explosives, highly flammable materials, weapons, projectile devices, guns or knives, tasers, or replica weapons, or any other weapon or material or instrument which poses a risk of damage or injury is strictly prohibited and a violation of the law.
Windows, Balconies and Patios. Window screens are not to be removed, loosened, or altered. Residents will be billed $15 for breaking the seal on an operable screen and will be billed the cost to replace, re-install, or repair damages (when applicable) to any screen. Residents may not enter or exit a room or suite through the windows except for emergency, safety, and/or security purposes. Hangings, partitions or curtains of any type may not be used on balconies or patios. Unauthorized entry to other resident’s rooms, windowsills, roofs, ledges, and locked balconies is prohibited. Furniture, barbecues or bicycles may not be stored on balconies.