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. You are encouraged to take an active role in your environment by disengaging from interactions that may be violating policy, speaking up for others, and engaging in positive community building.
The University of Oregon's highest priority is the safety of all persons who participate in university programs and activities. You are required 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 features 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. All University Housing employees are mandated reporters of any fire activity, no matter how small, inside or on the immediate vicinity of Housing buildings. 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 University Housing 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.
University Housing Standards
- Care and maintaining residence halls
- Entry into the residence halls and Rooms
- Facilities use
- Fire safety
- Prohibited activities
- Prohibited behavior
- Prohibited devices
- Quiet and Courtesy Hours
- Student identification
- Residents under the age of 21 consuming or possessing alcohol is prohibited.
Residents under the age of 21 being in the presence of alcohol is prohibited.
- The only exception is when the minor’s roommate is at least 21 years of age and the roommate possesses or consumes alcohol within their shared room.
- Possessing, consuming, being in the presence of, or furnishing alcoholic beverages in public areas and in all areas of Wellness and Substance-Free Halls (including resident's rooms is prohibited.
- Displaying or possessing alcohol beverage containers is prohibited.
- Possession or use of rapid-consumption devices, including but not limited to: funnels/beer bongs, ice luges, etc. are prohibited.
- Group drinking activities (including but not limited to beer or water pong, flip cup, “Kings,” etc.) are prohibited. Consuming alcohol with 5 or more people in a room is also considered a group drinking activity.
Consuming alcohol in the presence of minors is prohibited.
- The only exception is when the minor’s roommate is at least 21 years of age and consuming in their shared room.
- Being under the influence of alcohol, regardless of age, in the residence halls is prohibited.
- 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.
- Any fish kept it in the halls must be removed for any extended absence of the owner including scheduled breaks in the absence of accommodations to care for the fish. All Accommodations need to be approved by the Community Director prior to leaving the hall. Fish will be disposed of if left behind.
Care and maintaining residence halls and Rooms
- 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.
- General Room organization—residents must be able to exit the Room safely.
- Residents must agree to take out their trash and leftover food regularly to avoid pests and odors.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- Waterbeds are prohibited.
- Refrigerators larger than 4.6 cubic feet are prohibited.
- Removing or altering window limiters is prohibited.
- Illegal use, possession, or furnishing of any controlled substance, including cannabinoids, is prohibited.
Possession or use of drug paraphernalia is prohibited.
- Drug paraphernalia includes, but is not limited to: bongs, pipes, vaporizers, dabs, oils, and other devices that may be used to facilitate the consumption of illegal drugs. Any drug paraphernalia will be confiscated.
- Being under the influence of any controlled substance, including cannabinoids, regardless of age, in the residence halls is prohibited.
- Being in the presence of illegal drugs and/or paraphernalia is prohibited.
Entry into the residence halls and Rooms
- 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 to enter or exit a building is prohibited.
- 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 their 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.
- 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.
- Residence hall equipment, supplies, and furnishings must remain in their designated are and must not be dismantled. Charges will be assessed for misuse, removal, damage, and/or theft.
- Residents may use bathroom facilities that identify with their gender identity, including same-sex or gender-neutral bathroom facilities.
- Reservation of lounges is prohibited to outside groups.
- 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.
- Sleeping in the lounges and common areas is prohibited.
- Displays in windows and the surfaces of doors that are outwardly/publicly facing (e.g. posters, signs, white boards, dry erase boards, chalkboards, post-its, etc.) are prohibited. This applies to items placed by individuals other than the University.
- Posting of unapproved signs or erecting antennas or any other objects on the exterior of buildings is prohibited.
Residents are required to evacuate during fire drills, unless explicitly told otherwise by professional staff.
- 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.
- University Housing may impose fines, restitution, and immediate removal 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.
- Not abiding by the received citation or verbal instructions of the inspector or university staff regarding the correction of fire hazard is prohibited.
- Residence Hall Rooms should have visibility from door to window and wall to wall in order to prevent fire and other health concerns.
- Barbecues must be conducted fifty feet away from every building.
Power strips are ONLY permissible when they have a built-in overcurrent protection (circuit breaker). Power strip cords and room receptacles shall be polarized or grounded type. Power strips with built in overcurrent protection shall be listed or labeled and used in accordance with the listing or labeling instructions from the manufacturer
- This is NOT the same as a “surge protector.”
- Power strips shall be directly connected to a permanently installed receptacle.
- Power strips may not be plugged into or “daisy chained” into another power strip.
- All allowable personal use electrical devices, including but not limited to: hair dryers, coffee pots with an automatic shut off, and an electric water kettle with an automatic shut off, are required to be compatible with 110 volts 60 cycle voltage and be UL approved and used per manufacturer’s instructions.
- See “Prohibited Devices” for items not allowed.
- 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.
- All guests must be approved by all roommates to be in the room at any point.
- Residents must accompany their guests at all times.
- 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.
- 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.
- University Housing is committed to creating a residential experience that contributes to the health and wellbeing of all residents. Should a resident become ill with a suspected, presumptive, or confirmed communicable disease that poses a potential health risk to the community, University Housing staff will work with University Health Center staff to identify and offer appropriate resources such as temporary housing assignment for any student who is ill and may need a more private or isolated space during their illness, meal delivery, and/or extra cleaning by custodial staff.
- 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.
- Duplicating residence hall keys and key cards is prohibited.
- All residence hall keys and key cards remain the property of the University. 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.
- 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.
Bicycles are not allowed in residence hall rooms and must be parked in bike rack or cage.
- 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.
- The removal of, hanging of any items over, or covering of smoke detectors
- Tampering with any fire service features and fire protection systems
- Behavior that requires an inordinate attention from staff members, roommate or community members;
- 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;
- Behavior that is disruptive;
- Lying or misrepresenting facts to a university official.
- The University Student Code of Conduct prohibits the possession, use, or threatened use of weapons on University property. In addition, the following items are prohibited from possession, use, or threatened use in the Residence Halls: 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).
- Possession, displaying or burning of flammable materials is prohibited inside of the residence halls. This includes, but is not limited to fireworks, candles, incense, gasoline, and kerosene lamps.
- Personal wireless routers/printers
Items that jeopardize the safety of residents due to their fire hazard nature are prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Microwaves (except in lounges, as provided by Housing)
- Candles of any type (with or without a wick, including candle warmers), matches, or burning any materials, including evidence of candles, matches, or burning
- Burning of incense, sage, or any object within the buildings, or evidence of these items
- Open coil items, such as toasters and hot plates are prohibited
- Microwave ovens are prohibited.
Appliances with open heat sources (toaster ovens and bread toasters for example) or no thermostat control (hot plates and grills for example) are prohibited
- “Kitchen” appliances are prohibited in a residence hall Room, except for electrical coffee pots or electric tea kettle with an automatic shut off AND thermostat control. They shall be UL-listed or labeled and used in accordance with the listing or labeling instructions from the manufacturer.
- Liquefied petroleum gasses, compressed and/or flammable gasses or liquids, except for personal care products with use per manufacturer’s instruction
- Butane lighters/torches and/or butane fuel
- Space heaters and halogen lamps
- Electric blankets
- Any item on ceiling lights and lamps of any type including but not limited to fabric, hats, towels, and clothing
- Any item hanging over the sprinkler pipes or sprinklers
- Any item, including tapestries, hanging over interior entries that block the natural exit pathway
- Any item too close to the Room heaters (within six inches of a heater)
- Excessive amounts of combustible materials on exterior Room doors
Multi-plug adaptors are prohibited
- See the “Fire Safety” section for allowable power strip
- Extension cords are prohibited
Lamps, bed risers, or household appliances with electrical outlets are prohibited
- Risers or lamps with ONLY low voltage USB charging ports are acceptable (combination low voltage USB and an electrical outlet makes it an unacceptable item)
- Lava lamps
“Daisy chained” decorative lights (strings of lights plugged into each other)
- Only one strand of lights may be plugged into a wall outlet or approved circuited power strip
Smoke producing items 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.
- 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 Housing property.
- Items under recall by the manufacturer, UL and/or other government agencies are prohibited (e.g., hover boards, Samsung Galaxy Note 7)
- Fuel-powered motor vehicles or associated parts are not permitted within the residence halls for any purpose.
- Couches and furniture without flame retardant upholstery (original documentation on furniture is required)
- Other items prohibited by University policies or rules as updated from time to time.
Quiet and Courtesy 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 9:00 a.m., and Friday and Saturday, midnight to 9:00 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.
- 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.
- Propping open or disabling residence hall doors, exterior doors, or fire doors is prohibited.
- Leaving Room and Hall doors unlocked or propped open is prohibited
- Residents are responsible for ensuring access to their assigned Room and ability to lock and secure their Room. The University reserves the right to change the locks on a Resident’s Room and charge the Resident a fee if the University has reason to believe that a Resident has lost an assigned key.
- Letting anyone who is not their guest into any residence hall building (intentionally or carelessly) is prohibited.
- Residents 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.
- 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.
- Smoking in a residence hall is expressly prohibited.
- Residents must provide University identification upon request by a University official.
- Residents under the age of 21 consuming or possessing tobacco is prohibited.