The University of Alabama
Housing and Residential Communities
Community Living Standards

Residents are held responsible for and/or prohibited from the following:

INTELLECTUAL ENVIRONMENT

1.01 Visitors: Residents are responsible for the behavior of their visitors. Visitors include any student, resident, non-resident, parent, or guardian not assigned to reside in a host's room. Visitors should be escorted by their host at all times. Residents must notify their roommate(s) at least 24 hours in advance of an overnight visitor and the roommate(s) must agree the visitor can stay. An overnight visitor cannot stay more than 72 hours in HRC facilities, while visiting.
1.02 Visitation: Residents are responsible for upholding and abiding by the visitation policy and hours in all residence halls. Visitation hours are: Sunday thru Thursday: 10AM to 12AM and Friday and Saturday: 10AM to 2AM. No visitors are permitted to be in a residents' room after the hours listed above. Visitors should be escorted by their host at all times.
1.03 Cohabitation: The continual residing in a residence hall room or suite of two or more students or visitors who are not roommates is prohibited. An overnight visitor cannot stay more than 72 hours in HRC facilities, while visiting.
1.04 Noise: Creating excessive noise in a residence hall and not upholding 24 hour courtesy hours is prohibited.
Courtesy Hours: Courtesy hours should be observed and recognized at all times; 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Noise originating anywhere in a room or on a floor should not be audible within another room or floor within the building or outside, including boisterous activity in common areas and hallways. A resident or staff member has the right at any time to respectfully request that the noise level be decreased. These requests are expected to be honored. Compliance is necessary to maintain community standards and to ensure an environment for academic success.
1.05 Instruments and Speakers: Use of amplified instruments in a residence hall room is prohibited. Placement of sound equipment or speakers in windows and common areas of the residence hall without the express permission of HRC staff is prohibited.
1.06 Gambling: Gambling, raffles, or betting pools in or adjacent to a residence hall is prohibited.
1.07 Business: Operating a business from your residence hall or room is prohibited.
1.08 Loitering: Loitering is not allowed in front of any residence hall entrance or exit. Loitering can be a fire or safety hazard.

FACILITY ISSUES

2.01 Solicitation and Posting Policy: Without proper prior approval, solicitation and posting is prohibited within the residence hall lobbies, common areas, or door-to-door. If a party or group is interested in posting items in the residence halls follow this link for procedural information.http://housing.ua.edu/on_campus/marketing_info.cfm
2.02 University Property or Furnishings: Removal from its original location, damage, or theft of any residence hall furniture or accessories is prohibited. This includes residence hall common area furniture, individual room furniture and accessories.
2.03 Altering of Internal Space: Installation of any non-approved items, painting a room or suite without prior approval, and damage to interior or exterior surfaces of the residence halls is prohibited.
2.04 Displaying Items from Windows: Hanging Items such as flags, banners, or signs out of or obstructing residence hall windows is prohibited.
2.05 Trash Regulations: Failure to remove trash and/or recycling from rooms or suites to designated trash or recycling container(s) is prohibited.
2.06 Storing Vehicles: Parking or storing a bike, motorcycle, or moped in an unauthorized area, including, but not limited to, stairwells, hallways, lounges, balconies, trees, plants, public seating fixtures, sign posts, or electrical fixtures is prohibited.
2.07 Pets: Except as provided for herein and by University policy, possession of pets is prohibited. One exception is made for freshwater fish contained in a tank ten (10) gallons or less. For persons with a disability, (1) service animals and (2) support animals that have been approved by the Office of Disability Services are permitted.
2.08 Trespassing: Attempting to gain access or trespassing in a residence hall is prohibited.
2.09 Unauthorized room change: Moving to a residence hall room without written approval from an HRC administrator is prohibited.
2.10 Blocking Egress: Hanging beads, tapestries, flags, banners, sheets, or other items in a manner that blocks egress from the inside of a residence hall room is prohibited.
2.11 Evacuation Procedures: In the event of a fire alarm or fire drill, all residents must evacuate the building, completely and immediately. Residents must remain outside in the designated gathering area until emergency personnel allow people to reenter the building. Interference with or non-adherence to emergency evacuation procedures in a residence hall is prohibited. Balconies, hallways, and stairwells must have a clear passage at all times.
2.12 False Fire Alarms: Starting a fire, pulling a fire alarm without due cause, or falsely reporting a fire emergency to emergency personnel is prohibited. These are considered serious violations because of the risk they pose to the safety of other community members.
2.13 Fire Safety Equipment: Tampering with pull stations, smoke or heat detectors, fire extinguishers, sprinkler heads, or other fire safety equipment is prohibited. The unauthorized use or damage done to any emergency or safety equipment is strictly prohibited.
2.14 Occupancy Regulations: Having more than three times the designed occupancy in a residence hall room is prohibited.
2.15 Key Policy: Distribution/Loss/Lockouts Delivering, surrendering, or otherwise relinquishing possession of room or outside keys, including Action Cards and any device that gives access to the exterior of a building(s), to anyone other than a University Official or permitting the keys to be duplicated or modified is prohibited. Failure to report lost or stolen keys is prohibited. Repeated lockouts due to not reporting a lost key or choosing not to carry key on self is prohibited.
From Resident Key Card
LOST KEYS & LOCK CHANGES
If a resident's key becomes temporarily misplaced or a resident is locked out of his or her room, the student must contact an HRC Desk to gain entry to his or her room. The student will need to present ID to verify he or she assigned to the room. Residents will be billed beginning with their second lock out. The second, third, and fourth lock outs will be billed at $25, and on the fifth a lock replacement will be ordered and the student will have to meet with a Housing and Residential Communities hearing officer. A lost key will result in a $100 fee for a lock change and re-issued key. The cost for the lock change ($100) will be billed to his or her student account. More than five lockouts per year will result in a meeting with a designated Housing Hearing Officer and students may be required to complete sanctions.
2.16 Use of Windows: Hanging from windows or balconies and being on roofs is prohibited.
Climbing on or repelling from the exterior of buildings is prohibited.
Removal of window screens is prohibited.
Throwing or shooting of objects from windows or balconies is prohibited.
2.17 Appliances and Safety Hazards: Use of non-approved appliances in a residence hall room is prohibited.
Examples include but are not limited to personal air conditioner, space heater, ceiling fan, self-constructed lofted beds or unapproved lofting materials, and fog/smoke machine. Posting flammable materials (such as posters, art canvas, T-shirts, flyers, flags, blankets, etc.) covering more than one third of total surface of the outside of a residence hall room door is prohibited. It is also prohibited to keep any item, including room decorations that may pose a fire hazard in a residence hall room. These items include, but are not limited to, any open flame source or flammable liquid. Examples include oil lamps, candles, hookah pipes, incense, gasoline, natural cut trees, branches, or greens, and halogen lamps and bulbs, deep fat fryer, electric griddle, electric grill, electric sandwich makers or presses, electric waffle iron, electric wok, hot oil popcorn popper, hot plate, indoor grill or boiler, toaster oven, crock pots or any cooking tool that does not have an automatic shut off feature. Anytime a student is cooking or heating food, they must stay with it to avoid a fire situation.

*Possession of items that endanger the health and safety of the community is prohibited. 2.18 Illegal use of emergency exits: Emergency exits are to be used during emergency evacuations, only. Any misuse of emergency exits is prohibited.
2.19 Firearms, Weapons, Ammunition and Fireworks: Residents are not permitted to possess or use any weapon, firearm, fireworks, or explosives. The University policy on firearms and weapons can be found at http://policies.ua.edu/weapons.html

GENERAL CONDUCT

3.01 Failure to Comply: Residents must comply with any lawful order or reasonable request of a clearly identifiable University Official (e.g., Housing and Residential Communities Staff) acting in the performance of their duties in the enforcement of University policy. Residents must present their Action Card upon request of a University Official.
3.02 Furnishing False Information: Residents must disclose, to the best of their knowledge, full and truthful information to University Officials. Residents shall not withhold or present false information with the intent to deceive, including, but not limited to, names, dates and times, location or number of residents or guests, location, consumption, or possession of illegal, prohibited, or controlled substances, Campus Wide Identification Cards (CWID) or numbers, telephone numbers, addresses, emergency contacts, or allergies to medicine.
3.03 Compliance with the Law and University Policies: Residents must follow all University policies, including, but not limited to, the Code of Student Conduct, which is located here:http://www.sc.ua.edu/conduct.pdf. Additionally, Residents will at all times comply with federal, state, and local laws and ordinances. Any violation of these Community Living Standards, law, or University policy may be referred to the Office of Student Conduct.
3.04 Imposition on Community: Residents, students, HRC staff, and members of the University community have a right to live within an educational environment conducive to academic success. Any action or disruption by any resident that reasonably violates this right is prohibited.
3.05 Behavior of Residents and Visitors 21 or Over While Intoxicated: All residents and visitors age 21 and over will conduct themselves in a respectful manner at all times. This includes respect for roommates, visitors, Housing and Residential Communities Staff, and all other constituents of the University.

SUBSTANCES

4.01 Under Age Usage of Alcohol: Purchase, possession, consumption, or disruptive behavior due to public intoxication of alcohol by a person under the age of 21 is prohibited. No person under the age of 21 can have access to alcohol and no one over the age of 21 is allowed to have alcohol that is accessible to any person under the age of 21. Alcohol paraphernalia (i.e. empty cans and containers) is also prohibited.
4.02 Alcohol in Common Areas: Possession or consumption of alcohol in common area of residence hall, University apartment, or a University residence houses, including, but not limited to, lounges, hallways, stairwells, balconies, laundry rooms, bathrooms, or study areas, is not allowed.
4.03 Alcohol Distribution: Sale or distribution of alcohol by a person over 21 years of age to a person under the age of 21 is prohibited. No one over the age of 21 is allowed to have alcohol that is accessible to any person under the age of 21. Sale of alcoholic beverages on campus, including indirect sales (e.g., collection of money at a campus gathering to be used to defray the cost of alcoholic beverages provided at the gathering) is prohibited.
4.04 Common Sources of Alcohol: Use of common sources of alcohol, including, but not limited to, kegs, party balls, and punch bowls is prohibited.
4.05 Tobacco: Possession or use of tobacco products within the residence hall by those under the legal age of 19 is prohibited. Smoking is prohibited on the UA campus. Smoking includes inhaling, exhaling, burning or carrying any lighted or heated cigar, cigarette, water pipes (hookah), E-cigarette, or pipe. Tobacco products refers to all forms of tobacco, including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, pipes, water pipes (hookah), E-cigarettes, and smokeless tobacco products.
4.06 Drugs: Possession, delivery, sale, use or manufacture of any illegal drugs or controlled substance is prohibited. This includes possession, delivery, sale, or use of prescription medication without a prescription or by distribution of medication to an individual other than the individual for whom the medication was prescribed.
4.07 Drug Paraphernalia: Possession of paraphernalia for intended or implied use of controlled substances or paraphernalia possessing illegal drug residue, including, but not limited to, devices and/or materials used to prepare, use, or cover up the use of drugs is prohibited.

Updated 2015

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