Community behavioral standards are based on a concern for and acceptance of responsibility to educate residents in the University’s residence hall/apartment complexes. This process is a collaborative effort between Housing & Residential Life, staff, and residents. It is a system that is built upon a respect for the rights and the responsibilities of all parties. Community behavioral standards are incorporated into the University Housing Regulations as well as regulations developed for and published by individual residential units. These standards reflect a respect for the rights and responsibilities necessary in community living situations.
Community behavioral standards are intended to ensure a respectful community for all residents and their guests so that community members:
- Develop an acceptance and tolerance for differences that do not produce detrimental effects within the residential community.
- Modify behavior that is or may be harmful to others or destructive to property belonging to other residents, their guests, or the University community.
- Hold their peers responsible for their behavior with a primary emphasis on an educational resolution of complaints against individuals. There is also an understanding that violations may be so detrimental that the housing contract of a resident may be suspended or terminated in order to maintain a respectful residential community environment.
- Continue the development of residents with the understanding that development is: a) Continuous—requiring a continuing, appropriate enforcement of the University Housing Regulations as defined in Living and Learning on Campus and this booklet as well as individual hall/apartment regulations; b) Consistent—requiring a reasonable effort to maintain the regular enforcement of regulations throughout the residential communities. When violations occur, there must be a reasonably consistent and appropriate use of sanctions for those residents who are found responsible for violations; c) Influenced by the environment—requiring immediate definition of standards through the specific regulations by CA staff at initial house/floor meetings, and by staff and residents who work and live with students.
Ensuring the integrity of community behavioral standards is the responsibility of the following people:
- All residents need to accept responsibility for informing other residents of the effect of their behavior on themselves and the rest of the community.
- The resident who is responsible for a violation of standards needs to accept responsibility for the actions and to engage in appropriate behavioral changes.
- The staff of each residence hall/apartment complex needs to ensure fair and impartial enforcement of standards and regulations for all members of the community and to report promptly and accurately all alleged violations.
- The Residence Director (RD) and/or Assistant Residence Director (ARD) needs to ensure prompt investigation and fair and impartial informal resolution (administrative conference) to resolve complaints, to provide sanctions when appropriate, and to supervise staff to ensure that standards and regulations are appropriately, consistently and fairly enforced.
- The Hearing Officers and the Student Conduct Board need to be well trained to ensure that due process is provided, that residents appearing before the Board are heard fairly, and that appropriate sanctions are imposed when responsibility is determined.
- The Coordinator of Student Conduct needs to diligently oversee the operation of the judicial system, train staff and Student Conduct Board members in their roles and responsibilities as part of the conduct system, fairly allege violations of individuals through complaints, and review the resulting actions, holding staff accountable for their actions in this area.
In summary, the philosophy of this system places primary emphasis on an educational and developmental process. The educational or developmental focus is provided in outcomes where residents acknowledge, as appropriate, their responsibility for violation(s) of regulations and infringements on the rights of individuals and the residential community, and has an increased understanding of self and others. A positive change in behavior is the ultimate outcome.
The understanding of the community’s behavioral standards begins with knowledge of the University Housing Regulations that govern our community.
Note: This revision supersedes all published University housing regulations.
Housing & Residential Life is committed to sustaining an academic environment that promotes the health, safety, and well-being of all members of our community. As a department, we recognize that the misuse and abuse of alcohol and the use of illicit drugs poses a threat to our community and the educational mission of the University of Minnesota. While we respect the individual freedom of the members of our community, that freedom comes with an expectation that members of our community will act responsibly and that their behaviors will not endanger their lives or the lives of others. As a department, we believe that substance use is not an acceptable excuse for behavior that violates community standards. As a result, we seek to provide an environment free from the detrimental effects of alcohol and drugs.
We realize that some individuals may decide to use substances in violation of University Housing Regulations, the Code of Student Conduct and state and federal law. Should you choose to do so, we urge you to act responsibly. Be aware of your surroundings, your personal health and safety, and the impact that your choice will have on other individuals, neighborhoods, and the overall community. If you decide to use these substances, be prepared to take responsibility for your behavior, as HRL and the University will hold you accountable. You may also face potential legal consequences imposed by the City of Minneapolis/Hennepin County, the City of St. Paul/Ramsey County or the State of Minnesota.
Acute intoxication is a serious matter. It is the cause of numerous injuries and deaths across the United States every year. If you see another student or member of the University community who is in need of medical care and support related to consumption of alcohol or other chemicals, seek help immediately by calling 911. If the emergency happens in the residential community, contact UMPD at 911 and alert the Community Advisor on duty in the building.
Help Your Neighbor
You are encouraged to Step Up when you see a friend or community member in need by calling UMPD for help. This includes helping friends who are underage, who have been consuming alcohol and are in need of medical assistance. The state of Minnesota has a Medical Amnesty Law that provides protection to the calling party (and up to one additional helping person), and the person who needs medical attention when alcohol has been involved. For more information about amnesty go to safe-u.umn.edu/alcohol-emergencies.html. Gophers are active bystanders, help keep each other safe by visiting stepup.umn.edu.
Please know that the responsibility and care that you demonstrate by taking the appropriate action to ensure the safety and well-being of another member of the community will be considered in determining what action, if any, is taken against you when reviewing the matter within University housing.
We care about each one of our residents. Nonetheless, we must always consider what is in the best interest of the entire residential community and take those actions necessary to protect that community so that all its members, including students and staff, may feel free to pursue personal, professional and academic enrichment in a healthy environment that promotes and supports health, safety and learning.
The Residential Life Conduct System has jurisdiction over any and all violations that occur in the University housing communities. This jurisdiction includes violations that occur in the buildings, on property owned or operated by University housing or that occur using University housing technology. This also includes violations that occur in the buildings provided by online evidence from blogs or social networking websites. When a staff member, resident, or any community member observes what they believe is a violation of University Housing Regulations, she/he will complete an Incident Statement (IS) describing the behavior observed. Residence hall/apartment complex staff will identify themselves, communicate what behavior has been observed that may be a policy violation, ensure that the behavior has ceased, and request identification from all present. If you find yourself in such a position, you should remember two things:
- Don’t panic. The conduct system is an educational process and is very protective of your rights.
- Always cooperate. Produce your U Card or state ID immediately upon request.
When an IS is written, it should include the details of what the writer observed while the incident is confronted. Each individual involved in the incident has the right to complete an IS giving his or her perspective. The RD/ARD then reviews the IS and acts upon it, if deemed appropriate.
If a Housing & Residential Life professional staff member, after reviewing the incident statements and/or police reports, determines that regulations have allegedly been violated, you will receive a notification letter describing the alleged violation(s). You will be asked to attend an Administrative Conference with the RD/ARD to attempt to informally resolve the matter. Should you wish to dispute the decision made during the informal resolution, you may request a subsequent formal hearing before a board of your peers or the Coordinator of Student Conduct.
The administrative conference takes much less time and preparation than a formal hearing. Additionally, an administrative conference can feel much less stressful and allow students to acknowledge mistakes they may have made with minimal negative attention. It allows for a candid, educational conversation with a professional staff member who can either dismiss the charges if inaccurate or help challenge the student to take responsibility for their actions and, when charges are accurate, learn how to better live within a community.
During the administrative conference, you will meet with the RD/ARD to review the incident statement reports and discuss the incident. You will be asked if you are responsible for the alleged violation and be given the opportunity to discuss your perspective on the incident. Based on the information presented, the RD/ARD will make a decision. If you are found responsible, a sanction(s) will be imposed. An administrative conference can be advantageous to students for several reasons.
In accepting the outcome of an administrative conference, a student is agreeing to attempt to informally resolve the allegation without going through the full due process offered to him/her. Because of its fair, non-threatening, and educational manner, 99 percent of the time students utilize the administrative conference to resolve complaints. As this is an administrative conference, the student has the option to accept or reject the decision. If a student chooses to decline the decision, that student must do so in writing within three business days of this decision. If a student does not request a formal resolution within three business days, the administrative conference resolution becomes official. Should the student wish to have a formal hearing, the written request for a formal hearing can be obtained from your RD/ARD and must be presented to the RD/ARD, who will then forward the request to the Coordinator of Student Conduct.
The accused student may request a formal hearing at any time in the judicial process. Generally, a hearing is only requested when the student and RD/ARD cannot reach agreement about the facts or severity of an incident. A formal hearing gives the student the full due process to which all residents are entitled to under our conduct system. If a student is eligible for a hearing, that hearing must be conducted as part of the formal resolution. Whenever possible, a Student Conduct Board serves as the hearing body in formal hearings. When a Student Conduct Board is not available, the Coordinator of Student Conduct or designee serves as the hearing officer. The Student Conduct Board or Coordinator of Student Conduct strive to complete hearings within two weeks of the students request for a hearing, not including periods when the University is not in session. The Student Conduct Board will not hear cases the first three weeks of school, over breaks, or during finals week.
The Student Conduct Board is a peer board that will resolve a complaint against a resident in a structured setting that will permit the full presentation of evidence and witnesses. This educational and developmental process will permit discussion of the alleged behaviors and enable the board to arrive at a decision that will be beneficial to the resident and the residential community.
Hearings are formal and are recorded to provide an accurate and complete transcript should an appeal be filed from the hearing. The “Complainant” (presenter) for each case is usually the RD/ARD. The “Respondent” (resident) has the opportunity to present evidence and witness(es). Both parties and the board shall have the opportunity to question evidence and testimony of witness(es). Hearings will follow the operational guidelines given below. All hearings are confidential and all notes made during any meeting will be given to the Coordinator of Student Conduct.
The board will decide, in closed session, whether the resident is responsible or not responsible for the allegations based on the preponderance of evidence and by a majority vote. Any sanctions (described below) may be imposed by the board and will be decided by majority vote.
An advisor/advocate of the resident is permitted. The advisor’s role is to provide support and advice during a formal hearing. Advisors/Advocates for residents may present evidence for the resident, but the resident is expected to speak on his/her own behalf for any questions directed towards him/her. An attorney cannot serve as advisor in Conduct Board hearings. At any time during the hearing, should either the Conduct Board or the advisor/advocate make a determination that the meeting is becoming too adversarial, consequently not meeting the intended goals of an educational/developmental process; either party may adjourn the meeting and refer the complaint to the Coordinator of Student Conduct for resolution. If necessary, a language interpreter or interpreter for the hearing impaired can also assist the resident.
If a resident is not satisfied with the process or outcome of the hearing, an appeal may be filed. An appeal of the formal decision to the Provost’s Appeals Committee must be filed in writing within ten (10) days of the receipt of the decision. The Provost’s Appeals Committee is appointed by the Provost from names recommended by the Senate Committee on Committees. Membership includes six faculty/professional-academic employees, one of whom will serve as Chair, four undergraduate students, and four professional/graduate students. Appeals can be sent to the Provost’s Appeals Committee Secretary at 232 Morrill Hall or 612-625-0051.
Some complaints of an extremely serious manner will be forwarded to the Office for Student Conduct and Academic Integrity for adjudication rather than going through the above process outlined in the Safety and Community Standards. These cases will be forwarded to the Office for Student Conduct and Academic Integrity at 211 Appleby Hall, 128 Pleasant St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455; (office: 612-624-6073) (fax 612-626-2298). The specific grounds of appeal can be found at www.umn.edu/oscai.
The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) allows Universities to notify parents/guardians when students violate student conduct codes pertaining to the use or possession of alcohol or a controlled substance. The University of Minnesota respects student rights to privacy. However, we will exercise our right to notify parents/guardians when our policies in regard to use and possession of alcohol or other controlled substances are violated. Notification of parents/guardians will typically occur when a student is hospitalized for alcohol/substance use or sent to detoxification, or has repeated alcohol/substance violations that may impact their success at the University. The student will be informed and consulted with prior to notification of the student’s parents/guardians.
Whenever you are accused of violating a residence hall/apartment complex regulation, you have the following rights:
- A timely hearing.
- Presumption of innocence unless responsibility can be established by weight of evidence.
- Notification of exact nature of complaint, time, date, and place of hearing.
- Knowledge of complainant’s identity.
- A formal hearing by peers, when available or applicable.
- To be informed about the range of sanctions.
- To be represented by a procedural advisor during a formal hearing (not a lawyer).
- To question adverse testimony during the hearing.
- To present your case, including the personal or written testimony of witnesses on your behalf.
- Formal notification of decision made.
- In a responsible finding, notification of appeals procedure.
Your room/apartment is considered private, and the residence hall/apartment staff may not enter it without your consent unless there is reasonable cause such as in the following cases including: (1) for prearranged health and safety checks, maintenance, or repair; or to turn off electrical devices i.e. alarm, radio, TV; (2) in case of emergency; (3) when there is a clear and present indication that a crime is being committed; or (4) when University regulations are being violated.
When a staff member enters your room to protect University property or under unusual circumstances, they must leave a notification of entry stating who was in the apartment and when. Such notification will not be left if you request that work be done or for normal periodic service requirements (e.g., by the Department of Environmental Health and Safety, insurance underwriters, or apartment personnel during semester breaks).
Listed below are the current University Housing regulations. Please note that they are subject to change. When changes are made to these regulations, the changes are published and shared with students who live in University Housing.
For the comfort of all residents, pets (animals) are not permitted within the residence hall/apartment complex. Fish in aquariums (10 gallons or less), certified service animals, and emotional support animals approved through Disability Services are the only exceptions.
You may not possess guns, ammunition, or any other weapons (including, but not limited to knives, darts, BB/pellet guns, bow and arrows, paintball guns, airsoft guns, mace spray, and swords or any blade longer than 4 inches) anywhere on University Housing premises. Guns may be stored at the University Police Department.
3. Gambling and Games of Chance
Gambling or activities involving the use or exchange of money during or at the close of playing a game is strictly prohibited within the residence hall and University apartments. This includes sports pools, entertainment pools, online gambling using the University’s network, etc.
4. Electrical Appliances
The residence hall rooms are not wired to support the use of large electrical appliances (air conditioners or large fridges). All appliances brought to campus must be in good working order. Please be sure not to overload the electrical outlets with adapters or extension cords (all extension cords must be UL approved).
a. Residents may use electrical appliances in Residence Halls if the appliance does not have an open heating element, use grease or cooking oil, or have an open flame. Appliances with automatic turn-off timers are highly encouraged. Items that are not allowed include, but are not limited to: electric grills, hot plates and toaster ovens. Apartment buildings (University Village, Yudof and Wilkins) may use the items listed above in the designated kitchen area only.
b. Students may bring one (1) refrigerator per residence hall room. The refrigerators must be 4.3 cubic feet or smaller. Students may also bring one (1) microwave oven per room. The microwave must use no more than 700 watts. Extension cords must be UL approved. No other major appliances, including air conditioners or dishwasher units, are permitted in any hall.
Residence hall rooms are not equipped for students to safely or sanitarily cook. For the safety of all students, cooking is NOT permitted in residence hall rooms. Cooking is permitted only in University-designated kitchen areas (e.g., apartment kitchens in Yudof Hall, Wilkins Hall, University Village, or residence hall kitchenettes).
To create a healthier, cleaner, and more inclusive environment for everyone smoking any substance or creating smoke is not permitted in resident rooms and/or public areas in both residence halls and apartments. This includes electronic cigarettes and tobacco. Smoking and tobacco use is not allowed on the University of Minnesota campus. For more information review the Share the Air policy here.
7. Fire Hazard
a. For the safety of all students living in the halls, it is prohibited to have open flames or other materials that constitute fire hazards on University housing property including candles, candle warmers, incense, or other materials (such as live fresh cut evergreen trees, and wreaths). Any candles or incense found may be confiscated or destroyed. Residence life staff will not store these items for you. Motorized vehicles (e.g., mopeds, motorcycles, hoverboards, etc.) may not be brought through or stored within the residence halls/apartments.
b. Hookahs or any smoking paraphernalia that has the potential for an open flame are not allowed in the residence halls.
c. Due to hazardous materials in various lighting devices, and the potential for fire, and chemical safety hazards, the following items are not allowed: halogen lamps, torchiere lamps, neon lighting, black lights, strobe lights, and lava lamps. Lighting fixtures and devices must be UL listed, in good working condition per original manufacturing, and of no greater than 75 watts.
d. Due to potential for fire, concealed extension cords and multiple outlet adapters are also prohibited. Residents may possess multiple strip outlets that are fused with at least 14 gauge wire, are UL approved, and are grounded.
e. In the event of a building alarm, the Minneapolis and St Paul fire departments cannot begin their job until everyone is out of the building. Failing to leave the building puts others at risk. In compliance with Minnesota State Fire Code and state law, everyone is required to leave the building in the event of a building alarm.
8. Keys, Fobs and UCards
All HRL provided keys or key fobs from University Village are property of the University of Minnesota, and building authorization is granted to residents on their UCard/Fob. Unauthorized use, possession, duplication or tampering of HRL locks/keys/fobs/UCard access/meals is prohibited. Residents are advised to keep their keys and UCard/Fob with them, and may not lend their key or UCard to any other individual for the purpose of allowing that person to enter the residence hall or room unescorted.
Residents who are locked out of their room or apartment may borrow a temporary key from the Information Desk for 15 minutes. The key must be returned promptly to avoid a replacement fee. If a key has been lost or stolen, it must be reported to the information desk immediately for the security of the student’s room. A replacement fee will be charged for the key and to re-core the lock on the door.
All keys/fobs must be returned upon checkout. The contract holder is responsible for the replacement costs for the core and key for any unreturned room key.
The environment in the residence halls is for the benefit of all residents. Vandalism and damages in the halls and apartments impacts everyone through increased rates and a loss of facilities. Vandalizing, damaging, or destroying University property, or the property of students living in the hall, is prohibited.
Items may not be affixed to the external structure of the halls/apartments. The use of nails is not permitted in rooms or apartments.
Residents will be held accountable for the cost of vandalism through the residence hall conduct system. Residents are also responsible for any damage or vandalism their guests may commit.
Fees may be charged to your university account for damages that occur in your room/apartment, and/or for any excessive clean up, repair, or replacement required due to student behavior (i.e. removing screens from windows, or bodily fluid clean up).
Due to potential for injury or damage, playing sports in public areas or hall/apartment ways is not allowed in the residence halls or University apartment complexes. This includes, but is not limited to in-line skating, skateboarding, and bicycle riding and throwing, kicking or hitting any type of object including, but not limited to soccer balls, footballs, nerf balls, darts, etc. Due to the potential for injury and damage, sports, including, but not limited to soccer, Frisbee, golfing, Frisbee golf, etc. are not permitted in residential courtyard areas.
Tampering with any mechanical or electrical unit within the residence halls/apartments is not permitted. Specifically, you must not tamper with or use without authorization any part of a residence hall/apartment complex elevator system; hall/apartment locking systems; life safety equipment including, but not limited to smoke alarms, fire alarm mechanisms, fire sprinkler mechanisms, and life safety signage; refrigeration; heating; cooling; or computer/ethernetjack and cable connections.
Tampering with computers, including but not limited to the following, is prohibited:
a. unauthorized entry into a file to use, read, or change the contents or for any other purpose
b. unauthorized transfer of a file i.e. music, videos, media using peer-to-peer software
c. unauthorized alteration of a system configuration
d. unauthorized use of another individual’s identification or password
e. use of computing facilities or networks to interfere with the work of another student, faculty member, or University official
f. use of computing facilities or networks to engage in disorderly conduct as defined in Regulation 15; including violation of copyright law
g. use of computing facilities or networks in ways that interfere with the normal operation of residential community or University computing systems (i.e. personal wireless routers or wireless printers).
Housing & Residential Life view the halls and apartments as a home, and are protective of resident privacy. Soliciting or conducting business in the residence hall/apartment complex, including from within your residence hall room/apartment unit, is not permitted. This includes approaching students with product(s), sliding information under doors, stopping students in the hall/apartment way, calling students, etc. Students are also prohibited from conducting business on the University computer, internet or telephone systems.
Explosive devices are not allowed in the residence halls/University apartments or surrounding grounds. Possession, use or distribution of fireworks (firecrackers, smoke bombs, sparklers, etc.), or any explosive/combustible material will constitute a safety or fire hazard.
14. Quiet/Courtesy Hours
All residents deserve an environment in which to study, sleep and socialize comfortably – and everyone has a different schedule. Courtesy Hours are always in effect and mean that no noise coming from your room or apartment should be significantly disturbing or have the potential to significantly disturb other residents. Noise levels must also comply with agreed upon or published and posted policies created within each room/apartment, and in each community. Amplified sound, instruments, equipment, groups of people should all be monitored to be at a reasonable level. Any request made by other residents to reduce or stop noise during courtesy hours should be followed immediately.
Quiet hours are in effect to give students reliable times to sleep and study. While quiet hours are in effect, no one should be able to hear noise outside of the room, apartment or study area.
Quiet Hours are:
Sunday – Friday, 11pm – 7am
Saturday – Sunday, 1am – 9am
Residents can always address noise related requests on their own. During Quiet Hours, hall staff can be reached by calling the CA on Duty or the Information Desk to assist with quiet hour violations.
All residents and visitors are expected to adhere to Quiet and Courtesy Hours. Residents are responsible for the actions of their guests.
15. Disorderly Conduct
Disorderly conduct within or immediately surrounding the residence halls/University apartments is not permitted. Residents will be responsible for guest behaviors. Behavior that causes harm, alarm, or disturbance is prohibited and further outlined below:
a. Harm to Others/Self: engaging in conduct that endangers the physical and/or mental health, safety, or welfare of another person, including, but not limited to physical assaults, threatening, stalking, harassing, intimidating, brawling, fighting, domestic/relationship violence or physical assault;
b. Pranks: engaging in prank activities;
c. Public Disturbance/Disruptive Behavior: engaging in conduct that incites or threatens to incite a breach of the peace; breaching the peace; or obstructing or disrupting the normal operations of the University and infringing on the rights of others, including disrupting the living or learning environment.
d. Threats: making threats of harm directed at others or at self;
e. Bullying: aggressive behavior directed at another person, either in person or through electronic means, that causes stress or harm and that is repeated over time, including but not limited to assaulting, defaming, terrorizing, making obscene gestures, or invading privacy.
f. Sexual assault. See Board of Regents Policy: Student Conduct Code, http://regents.umn.edu/sites/regents.umn.edu/files/policies/Student_Conduct_Code.pdf; and Administrative Policy: Sexual Assault, Stalking, Relationship Violence http://www.policy.umn.edu/Policies/Operations/Safety/SEXUALASSAULT.html;
g. Sexual harassment: see Board of Regents Policy: Sexual Harassment http://regents.umn.edu/sites/regents.umn.edu/files/policies/SexHarassment.pdf; or
h. Other discriminatory harassment: Engaging in unwelcome conduct against a person on the basis of that person’s race, ethnicity, or other protected status, which has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with the person’s academic performance or participation in University programs, or creating a hostile, intimidating, or offensive learning or living environment.
16. Illegal Entry/Exit
Entering or exiting illegally, improperly, without authorization, or during non-contract periods without proper permission, your or other resident’s room/apartment or any room/apartment or facility that you are not authorized to enter/exit, including alarmed exit doors or any windows, is not allowed. Propping emergency exit doors without authorization is not allowed. Nonresident guests are prohibited from using residence hall/apartment complex laundry facilities. Residents will be held responsible for their guests’ behavior if they utilize these facilities.
17. Illegal Possession/Theft
It is prohibited for residents in the hall/apartments to possess without authorization, goods belonging to other residents or the residence hall/apartments (e.g., lounge furniture), including food items not designated as a carryout item by dining services.
18. Controlled Substances
a. The possession, consumption of controlled substances, being in the presence of, or being under the influence of controlled substances (e.g., illegal drugs, drug paraphernalia e.g., bongs, pipes etc.) is strictly prohibited and may result in contract termination of residence hall/apartment complex contract.
b. The odor of marijuana or any other controlled substance is sufficient to warrant an alleged violation of this policy.
19. Failure to Comply
a. Failing/refusing to correctly identify yourself or your guests is prohibited.
b. Failure to comply with the directives of University officials and their authorized agents acting in the performance and scope of their duties, including the directives of Community Advisor, Residence Director, Administrative and Facilities staff, University staff, or law enforcement official(s), or another resident is prohibited.
c. Failure to complete or adhere to sanctions resulting from a judicial outcome will be considered failure to comply. Sanction reviews will be completed each month by the RD/ARD. If you are found in violation additional sanctions may be added.
d. Providing false information or obstructing an investigation is strictly prohibited.
e. Failure to return hall property on time i.e. Information desk items/equipment.
Any person involved in an incident that is not an assigned occupant of the apartment, room or suite space where the incident occurred will be deemed a “guest”. Guests who are also residents of HRL will be directly held responsible for their behavior.
a. Students are responsible for the activities that occur in their residence hall/apartment complex rooms and shared living space, where applicable. Therefore, students are expected to properly secure their living area(s) at all times. (All assigned occupants of a room, suite, or apartment may be subject to the same behavioral response as the actual violators, which includes sanctions received if found responsible for violation(s).)
b. Students are responsible for ensuring that all guests know and behave consistently with housing regulations. Students are responsible for the conduct/behavior of their guest(s) while in the hall/apartment community.
c. Overnight guests are permitted in the residence hall/apartment complex for no more than five (5) consecutive nights or fifteen (15) nights per semester, and must abide by all housing and University policies.
d. All guests must be escorted at all times and should not be unaccompanied in the room/apartment without prior approval of the roommate(s).
e. All overnight guests in the residence hall/apartment complex must be sixteen (16) years of age or older. In incidents (including but not limited to policy violations, medical emergencies and/or incidents of sexual misconduct) involving non-resident guests under the age of 18 in the on-campus communities, police will be called to respond to the incident.
f. Guests may be asked to leave at any time.
Please see HRL’s statement on Alcohol and Other Drugs. More information about medical amnesty can be found here.
a. Possession/consumption or being in the presence of alcoholic beverages is not permitted by any individuals in 17th Avenue Hall, Bailey Hall, Comstock Hall, Frontier Hall, Middlebrook Hall, Pioneer Hall, Sanford Hall, or Territorial Hall, even if such persons are 21 years or older.
b. Possessing, consuming, or being in the presence of alcohol under the age of 21 is strictly prohibited. The possession or use of alcohol is permitted in Centennial Hall, Yudof Hall, Wilkins Hall, and University Village ONLY by residents who are 21 years of age or older.
c. Possession, providing or serving of large quantities or “Common Source” quantities of alcohol (kegs, party balls, beer bongs, punch bowls, boxes of wine, etc.), or creating or participating in drinking games is not permitted in the residence halls or apartment complexes.
d. Possessing, providing, or consuming alcohol in common areas of a residence hall or apartment facility is not permitted.
e. Purchasing, providing, or serving alcohol to or for an underage person is prohibited.
f. Being intoxicated to the point where state law remands you into custody is strictly prohibited.
g. Being under the influence of alcohol under the age of 21, as demonstrated through one’s actions, behaviors or the results of a BAC reading is strictly prohibited.
h. Residents or guests of legal drinking age may not possess, consume or provide alcoholic beverages if any resident of that room/apartment is not of legal drinking age or if any person under the age of 21 is present in the room.
i. Possession of empty alcohol containers is prohibited.
22. Other Violations
To violate the Student Code of Conduct, Board of Regents Policies, any local, state or federal law within the residence halls/University apartments, or at any housing sponsored event off campus is prohibited.
23. Posted Regulations
To violate published and posted individual residence hall/University apartment specifications and regulations or stated contract conditions is not permitted.
24. Persistent or Recurring Behavior
Persistent or recurring behavior that violates any of the above listed regulations may impact your continued residential status.
Loitering in residence hall/apartment complex entryways, lobby areas or blocking entry or exits is strictly prohibited. Residents may not assemble in lobby areas; as such assembly may constitute a fire, health or safety hazard.
26. Riot Policy
University of Minnesota students are prohibited from inciting or participating in a riot on campus, in areas in proximity to campus, or in a location where a riot occurs in response to a University sponsored event. Violations of this policy may result in disciplinary sanctions up to and including expulsion.
Hazing is any method or activity on Residential Life property or in connection with any Residential Life-related group that endangers the mental or physical health or safety of an individual (including, without limitation, an act intended to cause personal degradation or humiliation). Students are prohibited to engage in this behavior.
Any group of students acting together may be considered an organization for purposes of this section whether or not they are officially recognized. Neither the express or implied consent of a victim of hazing, nor the lack of active participation while hazing is going on is a defense.
Apathy or acquiescence in the presence of hazing is not a neutral act, and is also a violation of this section.
The Board of Regents policy on sexual harassment is as follows:
Section i. Definition
Subd. 1. Sexual Harassment. “Sexual harassment” means unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and/or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:
(1) submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment or academic advancement in any University activity or program;
(2) submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis of employment or academic decisions affecting this individual in any University activity or program; or
(3) such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or academic environment in any University activity or program.
Subd. 2. Member of the University Community.
“Member of the University community” or “University member” means any University of Minnesota faculty member, student, or staff member, or other individual engaged in any University activity or program.
Section ii. Policy
Subd. 1. Prohibition. Sexual harassment by or toward a member of the University community in prohibited.
Subd. 2. Responsibility to Report. Department heads, deans, provosts, chancellors, vice presidents, and other supervisors or managers must take timely and appropriate action when they know or should know of the existence of sexual harassment. Other persons who suspect sexual harassment should report it to an appropriate person in their unit or to the University equal opportunity officer.
Subd. 3. Administrative Responsibility.
Each campus must adopt procedures for investigating and resolving complaints of sexual harassment in coordination with the director of equal opportunity and affirmative action.
Subd. 4. Disciplinary Action. A violation of this policy many lead to disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment or academic dismissal.
Residential Life Conduct System sanctions are official actions at the University. Failure to comply with sanctions that are imposed by the Residential Life Conduct System, or with specific conditions related to the safety and security of any person or property while a case is pending may result in immediate removal from the residential community.
The following sanctions, or any combination of them, may be applied to any individual resident or group of residents, for violations of University Housing Regulations.
In instances of less serious deviations from Housing and Residential Life norms of conduct, the student may be formally warned of the possible consequences of continuing such behavior and informed that continued inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated.
This status is a statement to the resident that their status within the residential community is no longer in good standing. Further violations may result in a transfer to different building, contract termination, and/or indefinite trespass from one or all University residential and/or dining facilities. Probation is for a period of no less than one academic semester.
3. Required Compliance
The resident must carry out an agreement or conditions for there to be no further disciplinary action on the matter. These conditions are often educational in nature.
4. Restriction of Privileges
The conduct officer or board can restrict the use of facilities within the residential community or immediate grounds. They can also restrict the resident’s use of personal facilities. For example, if the offense was noise infraction (such as the stereo), the adjudicative body can restrict the hours at which the stereo may be played or if information desk policy is violated, equipment check out privileges can be revoked.
Confiscation of goods used or possessed in violation of Housing or University Regulations.
6. Community Service
The conduct officer or board may require the resident to perform community service for the hall, or for a nonprofit organization/community agency outside of the hall community.
7. Educational Sanctions
The conduct officer, or board may design sanctions that are specific to an individual case when it is determined that educational or remedial value may result and the interest of the University community is maintained. Examples of educational sanctions include, but are not limited to: reflective essays, research papers, workshops, programs, etc.
8. Restorative Justice Community Conferences
For students who take responsibility for their actions and want to make amends to their community, RJCCs bring community members and the student together to work to restore the harm created and supporting those who caused it. The community and the student work together to find an appropriate resolution and build a respectful contract to repair any harm.
9. Deferred Removal
This status indicates that the resident’s status in University housing is now in jeopardy. Deferred Removal results in a decision by the RD/ARD in consultation with Coordinator of Student Conduct or a designee to reassign a resident’s living unit within housing to another residence hall assignment and usually prohibits the resident from returning to the residential area associated with the former assignment. Any additional violation will result in termination of the student’s housing contract. This status may be extended for a specific period of time, until the completion of a specific condition, or permanently.
This status indicates that a resident is not eligible to live in or visit some or all of the residential and/or dining facilities. This restriction is enforced both by residential staff and University police. This status may be extended for a specific period of time, until the completion of a condition or indefinitely and may be limited to a specific facility or all facilities owned and operated by Housing & Residential Life.
11. Contract Termination
Notification that the student’s contract within Housing & Residential Life has been terminated. This status may be extended for a specific period of time, until the completion of a specific condition, or permanently. Residents terminated from University Housing will be held financially responsible for 30% of the remainder of the room and meal plan contract. In addition, contract terminated students are trespassed from all University Housing and placed on University Probation.
Accompanies any combination of the above-mentioned sanctions. A resident will be responsible for paying the cost for damages incurred.
Accompanies any combination of the above-mentioned sanctions. The student may be referred to Boynton Health Service or University Counseling & Consulting Services for additional intervention.
The below listed actions are administrative decisions that are afforded to Housing & Residential Life as a function of each resident’s contract with University housing. As a result of these actions being contractual agreements, they are not subject to disciplinary appeal.
1. Sanction Review
Sanction Reviews are done monthly by conduct officers to evaluate a student’s completion of assigned sanctions. If a student has failed to complete the assigned sanctions by the due date, additional sanctions are assigned, which may include relocation or contract termination if deemed appropriate. Sanction Reviews cannot be appealed.
Housing and Residential Life Staff has the authority to reassign a student when deemed necessary. Housing & Residential Life reserves the right to reassign a student to a different room/apartment based on, but not limited to, change in room designation, safety and security concerns, consolidation, etc.
3. Interim Suspension
Notification to the student that their contract has been suspended until a decision can be made by a judicial authority such as the Coordinator of Student Conduct, the Assistant Director of Residential Life, or The Office for Student Conduct and Academic Integrity.
4. University Probation
Students who are contract terminated from Housing & Residential Life will also be placed on University Probation by the Coordinator of Student Conduct or designee. The student’s file will be forwarded to and maintained by the Office for Student Conduct and Academic Integrity. This type of probation status impacts a student’s University status. Further violations of the Student Conduct Code may result in suspension or termination of studentship at the University.
Residents who have questions about this material can contact a Residential Life staff member for clarification and/or further information.
For a more complete view of the operation of student discipline, this information should be read in conjunction with the Student Conduct Code. Copies are available from the Office for Student Conduct and Academic Integrity, and are published in The Minnesota Daily. A copy may be viewed at anytime by going to the Office for Student Conduct and Academic Integrity website.