University Housing’s standards provide a safe environment conducive to sleep, study, and socializing. Residents must comply with University Housing standards. Violations may result in fines, removal from University Housing, and other disciplinary action by University Housing or the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards. To ensure Resident awareness of these standards, and for ease of reference, below are the current Housing Standards for the 2018-2019 academic year. Housing Standards for 2019-2020 will be finalized by June 1. University Housing will also provide information regarding these standards upon Check-In. University Housing’s required standards include:
- The University Student Conduct Code
University Housing Standards pertaining to:
- Prohibited activities
- Prohibited devices
- Entry into the residence halls and Rooms
- Student identification
- Care and maintaining residence halls and Rooms
- Fire safety
- Health and personal safety
- Quiet hours
- Alcohol, drugs, smoking, and tobacco
- University Policies
- The City of Eugene’s noise ordinances
The key to a safe community is you! We all have to take the responsibility to keep ourselves and our halls safe, share information about problems, and look out for each other. The University of Oregon's highest priority is the safety of all persons who participate in university programs and activities. You are encouraged to report to University Housing staff any unsafe or illegal behaviors. In doing so, it is important to note that all University Housing staff may share the information with the appropriate university officials including the University of Oregon Fire Marshal’s Office, and University of Oregon Police Department. This includes but is not limited to the following: unwanted sexual behavior, sexual assault, suicidal thoughts and attempts, alcohol poisoning, drug abuse, trespassing, weapons, eating disorders, harassment and discrimination, domestic violence, theft, vandalism, tampering with fire service feature and fire protection features, initiating false alarms, and playing with or setting fires. All University Housing employees, including student leaders and staff, are mandated reporters of child abuse. Some University Housing employees are also required to report prohibited discrimination, including sexual harassment and assault. For information regarding who is required to report prohibited discrimination and confidential resources, please visit: https://safe.uoregon.edu or https://titleix.uoregon.edu/employee-reporting- responsibilities-policy-overview.
We expect that you will share in the responsibility of creating a safe community for all its members.
The following community standards are in place to provide everyone a safe environment conducive to sleep, study, and socializing within University expectations. Violations of the community expectations or conduct standards outlined below could result in disciplinary action by University Housing and/or the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards. Residents are required to comply with the below community expectations and conduct policies, the Student Conduct Code, which is expressly incorporated into this agreement and the City of Eugene ordinance regarding excessive noise. The housing community expectations and conduct policies are subject to review and will be provided to residents upon check-in.
PROHIBITED ACTIVITIES OR DEVICES
- Unauthorized entry into, or use of, institutional facilities, including buildings and grounds, is prohibited. Use of University of Oregon residence halls is limited to the residents, their escorted guests, and other persons specifically authorized by University Housing.
- Use of roofs, sides of buildings, or outside ledges of the buildings. Nothing is to be placed, stored, or exhibited on the outside ledges of the buildings. Windows are to remain in their tracks. No one is allowed to sit on windowsills or extend any part of his or her body outside the windowsills. Removal of any window screen is prohibited. Nothing is to be thrown, dropped, or spilled from the roofs, ledges, or windows. Nothing is to be thrown at windows or through doorways. Residents may not jump from or climb onto inside or outside balconies at Barnhart or Riley halls. Violations of this policy may result in sanctions ranging from a $50.00 charge to immediate removal from the residence halls.
- The presence in a residence hall of any person not authorized by University Housing constitutes as trespass. Those trespassing may be removed from the residence halls and arrested under the ordinances of the City of Eugene and are also subject to discipline under the university's Student Conduct Code.
- Commercial solicitation, advertising, promotion, and commercial transactions are prohibited in all areas. In order to sell or promote any merchandise or service for private profit on state property, a sales permit must be purchased from the University for each Sales Location. There is to be no solicitation on University Housing property (including dining venues) by non-University Housing groups without the express, written, permission of University Housing.
- Authorized personnel may enter a resident's Room and bathrooms for purposes of maintenance, routine inspections, cleaning, or in response to emergencies. Bathroom facilities may not be used while being serviced by custodial and maintenance staff. Residents are responsible for the cleaning of in-room bathrooms; there will be regular inspections to assure that bathrooms are cleaned and maintained properly.
Equipment and Facilities Use
- Residence hall equipment, supplies, and furnishings must not be dismantled or removed from their designated area. Charges will be assessed for misuse, removal, damage, and/or theft.
- The use of any sports equipment, including, but not limited to bicycles, skates, skateboards, balls, and Frisbees are prohibited within the residence hall and dining venue buildings including porches, hallways, lobbies, stairs, public areas, and posted areas.
- Sports equipment must be kept in designated areas or in Rooms. Sports equipment is considered abandoned and may be discarded if left in unauthorized areas.
- Electronic skateboards including self-balancing boards/scooters, and other similar equipment, are prohibited from being used, stored and/or charged in any University of Oregon owned, operated or leased property due to their potential fire and fall injury hazards.
- Bicycles kept on university property must be registered with the University of Oregon Police Department. Due to limited bike space, each resident is restricted to the use of one bicycle-rack space. Bicycles must be parked in bike rack or cage.
- Residents may use bathroom facilities that identify with their gender identity, including same-sex or gender-neutral bathroom facilities.
- Sleeping in the lounges and common areas is prohibited.
- Reservation of lounges is prohibited to outside groups.
- Displays in windows that are outwardly/publicly facing (e.g. posters, signs, post-its, etc.) are prohibited.
- White boards/Dry erase boards on outside of resident room doors and signs in the hallway are prohibited.
- Posting of unapproved signs or erecting antennas or any other objects on the exterior of buildings is prohibited.
Keys and Student Identification
- All residence hall keys and key cards remain the property of the university and must not be duplicated.
- Residents are not allowed to loan, sell, or transfer a university key, residence hall key, key card, or UO ID card to any person. This includes tossing keys out of windows.
- Residents must report lost or stolen keys, key card, or UO ID card immediately to their Housing Service Center.
- All assigned keys and key cards must be returned at Checkout or removal from the residence halls, whichever occurs first.
- Fees will be assessed to the resident's university account for any unreturned keys or key cards.
- Residents who are locked out of their Rooms can check out temporary keys or key cards at their Housing Service Centers. A resident can check out a temporary key or key card or be given access by a Student Leader up to three times during an Academic Year before a $5.00 key loan charge is assessed per checkout of key.
- Any violation of this key policy constitutes misuse of university property and is a violation of the Student Conduct Code.
Room, Wing, and Hall Care
- Residents agree to reasonably care for their Room and its furnishings and to maintain sanitary and safe conditions acceptable to University Housing. To prevent custodial charges, residents are responsible for the removal of their own trash and recycling to a centralized trash or recycling collection area outside of their Hall.
- Residents must agree to take out their trash and leftover food regularly to avoid pests and odors.
- Lofting, stacking, or removal of any freestanding beds is prohibited. For those beds that can be lofted, it is the resident's responsibility to keep all parts in the Room and return the Loft Bed to the lowest height adjustment upon Checkout.
- Cinderblocks and construction of loft or bunk beds are prohibited. Only bed risers made of high-density polyethylene that hold up to 1,200 pounds are permitted. Bed risers with electrical plugs are prohibited.
- All furniture must be kept in the Room to which it is assigned. Residents are responsible to restore the Room to its original condition and configuration prior to Checkout. This requires that all components, equipment and furnishings, are in the Room and assembled. Residents are financially responsible for any damage to their Room and furnishings other than normal wear and tear. Any costs to return the Room to its original condition will be charged to the residents. If there is more than one resident in a Room, each resident may, in the discretion of the university, be deemed to be jointly and severally liable.
- Waterbeds are prohibited.
- Refrigerators larger than 4.6 cubic feet are prohibited.
- Residents are not permitted to make or contract for painting, repairs, or lighting or electrical changes; University Housing will make all repairs and changes. Residents are required to notify University Housing immediately of any needed repair to their Room, bathroom, or common areas.
- Residents are not permitted to remove or alter window limiters. These devices limit the distance a room window may be opened. These limiters are in place to limit the risk of a resident or guest falling out of a window.
- Security is a shared responsibility between residents and university staff members. Residents are encouraged to take all reasonable steps to ensure their personal safety and security. Students who jeopardize the safety or security of other residents by propping open or disabling exterior doors, or letting unauthorized individuals into the building (intentionally or carelessly) will face disciplinary action.
- Propping open residence hall entrance doors and fire doors is prohibited. Residents are responsible for keeping their Room and Hall doors locked and for not propping doors open. It is the responsibility of the residents to keep their Room doors locked and carry keys at all times.
- Residents are prohibited from allowing anyone who is not their guest into any residence hall building and are responsible for reporting suspicious activities to the University of Oregon Police Department or residence life staff, and for locking residence hall Room doors at night, when asleep, or out of the Room.
- Upon request, University Housing will furnish a resident's telephone number, e-mail address, and mailbox number. Residents may request privacy restrictions to be placed on their student information by contacting the Office of the Registrar at 541-346-2935.
- Fire drills will be held periodically to ensure that residents are aware of the alarm and the emergency building evacuation plan. The building evacuation plan for each building is posted on every floor and should be reviewed by each person.
- Every alarm signal must be treated as an emergency, and all persons must evacuate the building immediately. Exceptions to evacuating will be in the event of fire alarm testing or repair. Notices will be posted on the entry doors to each residence hall at least 24 hours prior to testing or repair.
- Fines, restitution, and immediate removal will be imposed for any of the following: smoking within a housing facility, failure to evacuate during fire alarms, activating false alarms in residence halls, propping open fire doors, creating a fire hazard, malicious burning, or tampering with fire equipment (fire extinguishers, plastic ties securing valves, fire alarm pull stations, smoke detectors, fire hose connections, sprinkler heads, sprinkler pipes, hoses, connections, valves, emergency exit signs, etc.).
- University Housing will pay a $100.00 reward for information leading to the person(s) responsible for tampering with fire equipment, activating false alarms, malicious burning, and possession or lighting of fireworks within University Housing property.
- Residents are not to deface, modify, obstruct, or remove “life safety” stickers placed on the inside of every residence hall Room door.
- Health and safety inspections will be conducted periodically for hazards. Spot inspections will also occur. Residents will be given at least 24 hours’ notice and must grant access for these inspections.
- A $50.00 charge per violation will be imposed for not abiding by the received citation or verbal instructions of the inspector or university staff regarding the correction of fire hazards.
- Residence Hall Rooms should have visibility from door to window and wall to wall in order to prevent fire and other health concerns. This also allows for emergency responders to gain unimpeded access to the room if needed.
- Items under recall by the manufacturer, UL and/or other government agencies are prohibited (e.g., hover boards, Samsung Galaxy Note 7).
- No fuel-powered motor vehicles or associated parts are permitted within the residence halls for any purpose.
- All appliances or electrical devices are required to be compatible with 110 volts 60 cycle voltage and be UL approved. Extension cords, multi-plug adapters, and the chaining together of power strips (daisy-chaining) is prohibited. When power strips are used, circuit breakers and reset buttons are required. Household appliances, such as lamps and bed risers, which include unprotected electrical outlets on the device are prohibited. Halogen lamps are prohibited. Household appliances, such as alarm clocks or computers, with low voltage USB charging ports are acceptable.
- Microwave ovens are prohibited. Appliances with open heat sources (toaster ovens, coffee pots/makers and bread toasters for example) or no thermostat control (hot plates and grills for example) are prohibited.
- Decorative lighting (string lights) may not be plugged into each other (daisy-chained). A maximum of one set of decorative lights shall be plugged into one approved circuited power strip or wall socket.
- Ceiling lights and lamps of any type including disco lamps cannot be covered with hats, towels, or any other fabric.
HEALTH AND PERSONAL SAFETY
- Except as provided by UO Policy 571-050-0025 and other applicable laws, animals are not allowed in University residential buildings. Residents may keep fish as pets; however, residents who keep fish as pets may not exceed one, 10-gallon aquarium to accommodate the fish, and the fish must be kept in the aquarium at all times, except as necessary for proper maintenance of the aquarium. In no event may the fish or gravel from the fish's aquarium be placed in sinks, showers, toilets, or any other water fixture or common water source in the University's buildings. Students with disabilities who may require an exception to this policy should contact Accessible Education Center.
Courtesy and Quiet Hours
- Students have a right to sleep and study in their residence halls. Therefore, disruptive or loud noise is prohibited. Minimum quiet hours are Sunday through Thursday, 11:00 p.m. to 10:00 a.m., and Friday and Saturday, midnight to 10:00 a.m. Modified Quiet Hours will be in place before and during finals. The right to sleep and study supersedes the right to make noise. Staff may enter a resident's room (if the resident is not present) to eliminate disruptive noise.
- Guests and visitors are defined as any individuals who are not contracted residents of the specific room or building in question. No persons other than escorted guests, residents, or University staff on University business may enter a residence hall.
- Residents may have an overnight guest by obtaining, in advance, roommate (if resident has a roommate) and Residence Life Professional Staff approval. Guest requests are submitted through https://housing.uoregon.edu/myhousing. Visits are limited to six nights per term.
- Guests under the age of 16 may visit overnight only in rare circumstances. Parental/Guardian permission must be provided and the Director of Residence Life and Educational Initiatives or their designee approves or denies these requests.
- Hosts of minor guests must sign and agree to the Guest Request Guidelines Form prior to approval being granted for their guest. The host agrees to be with the minor guest at all times.
- University Housing policies apply to all guests. Residents are responsible and accountable for the conduct of their guests while on residence hall property or immediately adjacent areas, or at residence hall-sponsored or supervised activities. This is true when guests are there by the resident's explicit invitation and also when the guests are present with the resident's permission.
- Residents must accompany their guests at all times.
- The cost of repairing any damage to university property caused by guests of a resident will be charged to the hosting resident.
- Guests may use bathroom facilities that identify with their gender identity, including same-sex or gender-neutral bathroom facilities.
- During Interim Breaks, Dead Weeks, and Finals guests are not permitted.
- University Housing reserves the right to deny access to any guest whose behavior is deemed inappropriate.
- Residents may not host anyone who is known to be trespassed, unwelcome or unapproved to be in the residence halls.
- The guest policy is not meant to apply to media requesting access to the building. All media must coordinate visits with the University of Oregon Housing marketing department.
- Behavior that requires an inordinate attention from staff members, roommate or community members is prohibited.
- Behavior that endangers your health, safety or welfare or the health, safety or welfare of other residents or campus community members, whether on or off campus is prohibited.
- Behavior that is disruptive is prohibited.
- Behavior, including but not limited to, lying or misrepresenting facts to a university official is prohibited.
- Possession, use, or threatened use of firearms (including but not limited to BB guns, air guns, any projectile weapon, water guns, water balloon launchers, Nerf guns, and paint guns), ammunition (live or empty), explosives, dangerous chemicals, martial arts weapons, or any other objects as weapons (i.e. metal knuckles, blackjack, sap, or similar instruments) on university property is prohibited.
- Possession, displaying or burning of flammable materials including, but not limited to, fireworks, candles, incense, gasoline, and kerosene lamps is hazardous to the health and safety of residents and is prohibited inside the residence halls. Barbecues must be conducted fifty feet away from every building.
Examples of items and conduct prohibited in the residence halls, which University Housing and/or University of Oregon Fire Marshal’s Office staff will review, require removal of and/or initiate conduct charges against a resident for, are the following:
- Candles of any type (with or without a wick including candle warmers), or evidence of
- Burning of incense, sage, or any object within the buildings, or evidence of
- Possession and use of objects that produced smoke including, but not limited to: Smoke machines, smoke bombs, chemical de-foggers, fog machines, signal smoke makers (flares), dry ice smoke or fog, smoking paraphernalia or materials, and electronic cigarettes is prohibited in residence halls.
- Drapes or tapestries hanging over interior entries that block the natural exit pathway
- Hanging items from the ceilings
- Placing any object too close to the Room heaters (within six inches of a heater)
- Microwaves, George Foreman® or other electric cooking grills
- Open coil items or hot plates without an auto timer such as coffee pots
- The hanging of any items over the sprinkler pipes or sprinklers
- The removal of, hanging of any items over, or covering of smoke detectors
- Flammable or combustible materials on the ceiling or covering ceiling lights
- Evidence of tampering with any fire service features and fire protection systems.
- Excessive amounts of combustible materials on exterior Room doors
- Multi-plug adaptors
- Extension cords
- Lamps, bed risers or household appliances with unprotected 110v electrical outlets
- Lava lamps
- Couches and furniture without flame retardant upholstery (documentation is required)
- Space heaters and halogen lamps
- Liquefied petroleum gasses, compressed and/or flammable gasses
- Butane lighters/torches and/or butane fuel
- General Room organization—residents must be able to exit the Room safely (see “Room and Hall Care” section below)
- “Daisy chained” lights or surge protectors
- Electric blankets
- Personal wireless routers or personal wireless printers
UNIVERSITY HOUSING POLICIES
In addition to the behavior prohibited by the Student Code of Conduct and other University Policies, the following are prohibited and apply to residents and their guests.
- Residents under the age of 21 consuming or possessing alcohol.
- All residents possessing, consuming or furnishing alcoholic beverages in public areas and in all areas of Wellness and Substance-Free Halls (including resident's rooms.)
- Displaying alcoholic beverage containers.
- Possession of rapid-consumption devices, beer bong, ice luge, etc.
- Group drinking activities, this includes but is not limited to beer pong (including water pong) and flip cup. This also includes drinking alcohol with 5 or more people in the room.
- Consuming alcohol in the presences of minors. The only exception is when the minor's roommate is at least 21 years of age and consuming in their shared room.
- Minors being in the presence of alcohol. The only exception is when the minor's roommate is at least 21 years of age and consuming in their shared room within policy.
- Illegal use, possession or the furnishing of controlled substances, including but not limited to marijuana.
- Possession or use of drug paraphernalia. Drug paraphernalia includes “bongs,” pipes, vaporizers, and other devices that may be used to facilitate the consumption of illegal drugs. Any drug paraphernalia found will be confiscated.
- Under the influence of alcohol or any controlled substance, including by not limited to marijuana, regardless of age, in the residence halls.
- Being in the presence of illegal drugs and/or paraphernalia.
Tobacco and Smoking
- Residents under the age of 21 consuming or possessing tobacco.
- The UO campus is tobacco and smoke free. This includes the use of e-cigarettes, hookahs and vaporizers. Although smoking is not permitted anywhere on campus, smokers, if over the age of 21, may return to campus after having smoked.