Community Standards

What is a community?

In the simplest terms, a community is a group of people who live commonly and interact on various levels. Importantly, the reasons such a group is formed or comes together to a common location may be belief, preference, need, interest, or resources. In the case of residence hall communities, students and staff are joined by the goal of learning and development as life-long learners.

In order to form an educational community where civility and citizenship pervades the actions and statements of its members, Community Standards have been established:

Community Standards

The following list of Community Standards is based on the SUU Student Handbook and also includes University Housing (UH) specific expectations. These standards are intended to be the minimum level expectation regarding conduct for all members of our community. All behavior not conducive to academic success and community may result in action through the UH Judicial System or be referred to the Vice President for Student Services. UH reserves the right to change or amend these Community Standards in consultation with the Residence Hall Association, the Vice President for Student Services, or as deemed necessary to fulfill its established mission.

Abusive Conduct

Any use of words or acts against one's self or others that causes physical injury (See UCA76-5-102) or that demeans, intimidates, harasses, threatens or otherwise interferes with another person's rightful actions or comfort. This includes but is not limited to, verbal abuse, physical batteries, and sexual misconduct.

Intimidation is using words or gestures or committing acts with the intended or actual result that a reasonable person feels bullied or fearful, where such words, gestures or acts serve no legitimate purpose. This includes but is not limited to unlawful coercion, extortion or duress.

Conduct that is harassing is defined as any words, gestures or actions directed at an individual or group that may cause a reasonable person to experience fear or intimidation.

Sexual misconduct (See UCA 76-9-702 (3)) is sexual contact without consent. To constitute a lack of consent, (See UCA 76-5-406) the act(s) must be committed either by force, intimidation, or through the use of the victim's mental incapacity or physical helplessness (which includes the victim being voluntarily or involuntarily under the influence of alcohol or other incapacitating substances).

Alcohol

Alcohol is strictly prohibited in the residence halls. No residents or guests of any age or citizenship may possess, consume, or be under the influence of alcohol in or on University property.  Residents of University Housing may not consume or possess alcohol in the residence halls, whether in their own room, suite, apartment, or a common area. Under age students who are found under the influence will be considered in possession by consumption.

Alcohol Beverage Containers

Alcohol beverage containers of all types are prohibited in the residence halls. This prohibition includes, but is not limited to shot glasses, empty beer cans, beer and liquor bottles or kegs of any size. This includes containers used for decorative purposes.

Balconies, Banisters and Elevated Walkways

Sitting on, sliding down or climbing over balcony railings or banisters is unsafe and is therefore prohibited. Balconies may not be used to store bicycles, trash, paper or other combustible items. Use of charcoal grills or other sources of flame is prohibited on balconies due to the possibility of fire.

Bicycles

Bicycles are prohibited from use or storage in the common and private spaces within the residence halls and should not be in the residence halls for any reason for any duration of time. Public, covered and uncovered, bicycle storage is provided around campus for your convenience. Registering a bicycle is free of charge and should be done through Parking Services at www.suu.edu/parking/bicycles.

Compliance

Residents are required to comply with all reasonable and lawful requests made by UH staff, University staff (e.g. University Police staff members and faculty members), or other residents. This may include, but is not limited to, providing a T-Card or other identification, completing required paperwork or assigned sanctions based on a violation of the Community Standards. Failure to comply may result in additional judicial action including fines, community service, or removal from the residence halls.

Courtesy Hours

Any noise or distraction that disturbs residents is not conducive to academic success and personal health and, therefore, Courtesy Hours are in affect 24 hours a day and seven days a week. Please reference this Community Standard when requesting that your fellow residents cease any loud or distracting practice.

Damage

Damage to the UH facilities or property and that of fellow residents is prohibited and may result in sanctions and/or restitution. Residents are responsible for the room, suite or apartment, and the furnishings within assigned to them by UH. Any damages that must be repaired or untidiness that must be cleaned at the time of check-out or Health and Safety Inspection will incur charges.

Disorderly Conduct/Conduct Infringing on the Rights of Others

This includes all behavior that either intentionally or recklessly (without prudent regard) disrupts or interferes with the orderly functioning of the University or disturbs the peace and/or comfort of persons or interferes with the performance of duties by University personnel. (See UCA 76-9-102)

Doors and Building Access

It is vital that community members are able to gain appropriate access to their buildings and room or apartments whenever necessary and that they feel safe and secure within the same. Building exterior doors may not be propped at any time. For fire safety and security reasons, it is not advisable that interior doors (room, suite or apartment doors) be propped; such matters may be governed by the Roommate Agreement.

Lobbies, hallways, stairwells and elevators must remain clear and secure at all times. Please report any area that is not accessible to your RA or another UH staff member.

Adding or changing locks, deadbolts, chain locks or other access control hardware to any door is prohibited.

Drugs and Drug Paraphernalia

The use, abuse, possession or consumption of illegal or controlled substances is prohibited within the residence halls. Being under the influence constitutes possession. Likewise, the misuse, abuse, or unauthorized possession, sale or distribution of prescription or over-the-counter drugs is also prohibited. Possession of drug paraphernalia is also prohibited. Violation of this standard will subject you to removal from the residence halls and referral to the Vice President for Student Services office for further University action. Drug possession may include:

  • The physical presence of drugs in your assigned residence hall room;
  • Holding or transporting drugs on University premises;
  • Your presence in any room or area on University premises where drugs are available;
  • Purchasing or procuring drugs and subsequently selling, giving or furnishing drugs to another person in and around your residence hall;
  • Being under the influence of drugs is considered to be in “possession”;
  • Physical presence of drug paraphernalia with or without drug residue on your person, your guest’s person or within the belongings located in your room;
  • Growing or making drugs; and
  • The discernable odor or scent of drugs.

Additionally, use of natural or synthetic compounds (including but not limited to: Salvia, Spice, bath salts, chemicals, gases etc.) to achieve hallucinogenic mind-altering side effects is a danger to the individual and community and therefore prohibited in the residence halls.

False Information

Providing false information whether intended or otherwise, verbally, in writing, or on falsified documents (e.g. false identification cards or advertisements) to UH staff, University personnel or other residents is strictly prohibited. Therefore students must keep their Tcard on their person at all times in the event that they may be asked to provide it.

Fire Safety

Tampering with or removing any fire safety device such as a smoke detector, sprinkler head or relevant signage is strictly prohibited. Nothing may be attached to or hung from any fire safety device. All permitted electrical appliances must meet UL (Underwriters Laboratory) safety standards. Substandard equipment will be required to be removed.

Furniture

Residents may not bring personal furniture into their room, suite or apartment without written authorization of the Facilities Manager. Each apartment and room is fully furnished. Furniture should not be moved or relocated unless authorized.

Guests and Visitors

All guests must be escorted by a resident at all times in order to be present in the residence halls. This includes the use of community bathroom facilities and during the move-in and move-out process. Non-resident guests will never be issued keys by UH. Residents will only be issued keys specific to their assigned space and residents are prohibited from lending their keys to their guests. A guest is defined as: any person in a room, suite, or apartment to which he/she is not assigned. Hosts are responsible for their non-resident guests at all times.

Overnight Guests

Residents must receive written permission from all of their roommates to have guests for each overnight stay. The Overnight Guest Request form is available from any RA. Completed requests must be turned in to the floor’s Resident Assistant 24 hours prior to the guest’s anticipated arrival. Residents may not have overnight guests during the first two weeks and last two weeks of the fall and spring semesters. An overnight guest is defined as any person(s) present in a residence hall room, suite, or apartment between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. Residents may not entertain overnight guests more than five nights in a month and no guest may stay more than three consecutive nights regardless of roommate permission. This policy applies to private and shared rooms alike.

*Occasionally, University Housing will grant specific permission in conflict with this portion of the policy for official recruitment or other University events.

UH reserves the right to rescind permission of any guest to remain in a UH facility if the guest’s presence is determined to be a disturbance to the community or a threat to the property or safety of any resident(s) or the University. Residents are responsible for the actions of their guests and will be held accountable for their behavior through the UH Judicial Education System.

Keys and Key Cards

Keys are issued to specific residents and therefore keys cannot be shared or loaned to friends, family members, students, or other residents – even your roommate. Keys may not be duplicated under any circumstance. Adding or changing locks, deadbolts, chain locks or other access control hardware is prohibited.

Network Usage

Use of peer-to-peer software and the University or UH network to illegally download copyrighted material is against the University’s acceptable use policy and is prohibited. SUU’s Acceptable Use Policy governs all computers in the residence halls. This policy can be viewed at: www.suu.edu/pub/policies/pdf/pp52computing.pdf. You can also find information about the acceptable use of the computer labs in the License Agreement (Section 12.4).

Obscene Conduct

Any conduct or expression that is lewd, repulsive, deeply offensive to decency or indecent. Additional sanctions may apply when such conduct or expression occurs in a place or under circumstances which does or reasonably could cause a breach of the peace or disorderly conduct. (See UCA 76-10-1506)

Parking

Any student or resident who parks a vehicle in violation of the posted sign or approved University policy or UH Community Standard may face judicial action and a fine assessed by Southern Utah University Department of Police or Parking Services.

Personal Responsibility

Residents are responsible and accountable for their own behavior and for the choices they make as members of the residence hall community. As such, residents may not engage in behaviors that are illegal or could endanger themselves or others in the community.

Pranks and Hazing

Pranks and hazing are prohibited within the residence halls, especially as it relates to the use of Unauthorized Access in performing the prank or hazing behavior. Hazing is defined in Utah Code (76-5-107.5) as behaviors that “endanger the mental of physical health or safety of another” and “is for the purpose of initiation admission into, affiliation with, holding office in, or as a condition for continued membership in any organization.”

Presence during a Violation

Being present in a student room, residence hall or at a University Housing function where a violation of University policy or a community standard is occurring will ordinarily constitute a violation of University policy. If you find that you are present and realize a violation is occurring, you have the responsibility to:

  • Confront the behavior you observe;
  • Report the violation(s) to a UH staff member immediately; and
  • Leave the room and/or area immediately.
  • All persons present when UH staff or police confront a violation will be included in the situation assessment.

Roommate Agreement

The Roommate Agreement outlines specific skills and things roommates must consider when living together. It is a useful tool that will help you get to know your roommate(s) better and to establish mutual expectations. It promotes communication, assertiveness, effective listening and compromise, all of which are essential to successful roommate relationships.

Screens and Windows

Using a window as an entrance or exit is prohibited. Also, removal of any screen or window is prohibited as they exist for your safety and convenience.

Smoking

Smoking is prohibited within the residence halls and up to 25 feet from any building on campus. There are designated smoking areas outside each building and these locations are posted within your community. Smoking in or too close to a residence hall as well as improper disposal of cigarettes or cigarette butts may result in judicial action. Any request by a UH staff member or community member to move farther away from a building or group of residents should be honored. The use of electronic cigarettes does not exempt an individual from this policy.

Solicitation

Door-to-door sales, solicitation, ecclesiastical door-to-door visits, canvassing or inquires by residents, guests, or third parties is not permitted within the residence halls. RAs and members of RHA may go door-to-door with permission of an Area Coordinator or Community Coordinator to advertise programs or inform residents of pertinent residence hall information. SUUSA and other campus groups may be granted an exception during elections and other campus events after they have obtained approval from the Director of University Housing. In such an event, notification will be given to residents. Tupperware®, Mary Kay®, and other similar “parties” are strictly prohibited as they are not conducive to the academic and community building environment. Being a resident or being escorted by a resident does not give one license to go door-to-door for any reason.

Sports and Physical Play

To prevent damage to our facilities and any persons residing in our facilities, you may not participate in any activity, sport, horseplay, or physically active game inside the residence halls. This includes, but is not limited to, bouncing balls, skateboarding, rollerblading, throwing a Frisbee, tag, wrestling, or water fights.

Stalking

"Stalking" is behavior directed at a specific person that frightens, intimidates, or harasses and serves no legitimate purpose. The course or pattern of behavior may be directed toward that person or a member of that person's immediate family and must cause a reasonable person to experience fear, intimidation, or harassment. Such behavior need not be conducted personally and will be considered a violation if carried out in whole or in part using a computer, e-mail, telephone, cell phone, or other communication device.

Theft

Theft of University, UH, or personal property in the residence halls is not permitted and may lead to criminal prosecution. Theft includes the possession of stolen property or unauthorized borrowing. (i.e. borrowing not outlined in the roommate agreement.)

Unauthorized Access

Areas that are designated as off limits to residents and guests include, but are not limited to: mechanical rooms, storage and custodial closets, roofs, and window ledges. Climbing or scaling the outside of any building or structure not specifically designated for that purpose is dangerous and prohibited.

Residents and escorted guests must use only designated entrances and exits of any building to enter and exit a residence hall. Use of an emergency exit only door in cases other than an emergency is strictly prohibited.

University Policy

Students must adhere to University policies governing conduct as defined in Southern Utah University policy number 11.2 and violations of these policies within the residence halls may result in University or UH judicial action.

Quiet Hours

From 10:00 p.m. to 10:00 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 12:00 a.m. to 10:00 am Friday and Saturday, you must ensure that noise of any kind that can be heard by your fellow residents is discontinued. Please remember that other residents may live above, below, and beside you in either direction.

  • 24 Quiet Hours will be in affect from the day before Study Day at 10:00PM through the last final exam time block--after which normal quiet hours will take effect. These hours will be posted and strictly enforced.
  • It is important that you make an attempt to confront any resident in a respectable manner that may be creating a disturbance before contacting your RA or CC.
  • Excessive noise will never be tolerated no matter the time of day or night and will be subject to documentation without warning.

Prohibited Items

The following list of items is not permitted in the residence halls under any circumstances and is not intended to be an all-inclusive list. Any item deemed to be a safety or security concern may be confiscated or be required to be removed immediately.

Candles

Since candles, incense, and the like constitute an extreme fire hazard they are not permitted within the Residence Halls. This includes, but is not limited to, candles or similar devices (e.g. Scentsy candles, candle warmers, etc.) that have not been lit previously, have had the wick removed or trimmed, or have been given as gifts, and are being used for decorative purposes only.

Cinder Blocks

Cinder blocks, bricks, blocks of wood and any other materials which may damage flooring in the residence halls are not permitted to lift beds or for any other use. Several local and national retail chains carry plastic risers (they look like small square traffic cones); these may be used to lift beds. Beds may not be lifted more than 12 inches.

Electric Heaters and Personal Air Conditioners

Based on fire safety, electric heaters and personal air conditioners (e.g. window fans) are not permitted in the residence halls. Each residence hall has a fully operational heating and cooling system. If you find that the system is not operating as you expect, please submit an online maintenance request and consult your RA if the problem continues.

Explosives, Firearms, and Other Weapons

Except as expressly permitted by law, UH strictly prohibits the use, possession and storage of explosives (including fireworks, firecrackers and other incendiaries), firearms, and other weapons on campus.

Fuels and Hazardous Chemicals

Any combustible fuel or material (e.g. propane or kerosene) or hazardous chemical is strictly prohibited and subject to confiscation.

Microwaves

Microwave ovens are provided in each community; some are in specific rooms and others in common areas. Additional personal microwaves are not permitted under any circumstance.

Open Heating Elements

Any appliance or device typically used at home or in an office environment that has an open heating element and does not have an automatic shutoff feature is prohibited. Common items in this category are: hot plates; toaster ovens and electric woks.

You may bring small countertop appliances (i.e. coffeemakers, toasters, crock pots, rice cookers, tea boilers, etc.) that do not disrupt the academic environment, have an automatic shut-off feature engaged at all times, and meet the approval of your RA and/or CC. These kitchen-type appliances may only be used in units with kitchens, and are prohibited from use in bedrooms.

Pets

No pets are permitted in residence hall rooms or apartments with the exception of fish contained in a single 20 gallon or smaller tank (per room or apartment). A fish is defined as legless, cold-blooded, aquatic vertebrate animal with fins, gills and scales. Service animals and therapy animals for documented disabilities are permitted by law.

Refrigerators

Personal refrigerators are prohibited in all communities where refrigerators are provided. Refrigerators are provided in Eccles, Stratford, and Ponderosa Terrace. Residents in Cedar Hall are permitted to furnish one refrigerator per room so long as it does not exceed 2.0 cubic feet and is approved by Underwriters Laboratories.

Should you require special accommodation for a documented health related reason, please contact the Director of University Housing.

Wireless Routers and Internet Switches

Given the quality and convenience of the provided high speed internet connection throughout the residence halls, no student shall bring or setup an additional wireless router or internet switch in their room or apartment. It is likely that a private network setup through the connection provided by UH will disrupt network connectivity for others and may be a violation of the University’s acceptable use policy.

The acceptable use policy can be found at www.suu.edu/it/comp.


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Last Update: Wednesday, July 25, 2012