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Housing and Residence Life Policies

1) Air Conditioners

Personal air conditioners or ceiling fans that are not issued by Oklahoma City University are not permitted in the residence halls or apartments.

2) Alcohol and Other Drugs

  1. Oklahoma City University is to be a safe environment free from alcohol and other drugs. It recognizes that the use of alcohol and illegal drugs diminishes the strength and vitality of human resources and the integrity of the institution. It is the intent of the university to educate and encourage students to abstain from alcohol and other drugs. Any student found using or distributing alcohol and other drugs on campus, in on-campus housing, or during campus sponsored activities can face disciplinary action by the administration. The action may include a drug assessment, referral for counseling, and/or treatment as recommended by a university approved counselor or counseling service. Every OCU student is required, upon admission, to read and acknowledge the Alcohol and other Drug policy found in its entirety here. Every OCU student is responsible for the contents of this policy.
  2. Alcoholic beverage containers, including shot glasses, kegs, beer balls, funnels, or other alcohol consumption containers are not prohibited in the residence hall or apartments.
  3. Bongs, hookahs, pipes, and other drug paraphernalia is not prohibited in the residence hall or apartments.
  4. Alcohol or drug packaging, containers, or paraphernalia cannot be used for decoration.
  5. Marijuana possession or use is not allowed on Oklahoma City University campus or within a Residence Hall.
  6. Marijuana paraphernalia use or possession is not allowed on Oklahoma City University campus or within a Residence Hall.

3) Animals

  1. The only animals permitted in University Housing are fish in 10 gallon fish tanks. All other animals are not permitted in any of the residence halls or apartments.
  2. If any unauthorized animal is found there will be automatic $200 fine per occurrence along with any additional fines for cleaning and damages.
  3. Emotional Support Animals/Service Animals
    1. If you have an Emotional Support Animal or Service Animal, it must be registered and approved with the Office of Disability Services before allowed in the residence hall or apartment.
    2. If you have an Emotional Support Animal or Service Animal that is registered with OCU you are mandated to keep your identifying magnet on the front door of your room/apartment.
    3. OCU's Emotional Support Animal Policy can be found here.

4) Antennas

Exterior antennas or satellite dishes are not permitted.

5) Bed Bugs

  1. You must allow Housing staff and our pest control professionals access to the room/apartment at reasonable times to inspect for or treat bed bugs. You and your family members, occupants, guests, and invitees must cooperate and must not interfere with inspections or treatments. We have the right to select any licensed pest control professional to treat the apartment and building. We can select the method of treating the apartment, building, and common areas for bed bugs. You are responsible for and must, at your own expense, have your own personal property, furniture, clothing, and possessions treated according to accepted treatment methods established by a licensed pest control firm that we approve.
  2. You must report any signs of bed bugs within 48 hours of discovery to your RA, Hall Director, or to the Housing Office, or you may submit a maintenance request. Do not wait to report evidence of bed bugs. Even a few bugs can rapidly multiply to create a major infestation. When an infestation is caught early, treatment is often much quicker and less disruptive than when the infestation is more advanced.
  3. Successful treatment of a bed bug infestation is dependent on your full cooperation. If we confirm the presence of bed bugs, you must cooperate and coordinate with us and our pest control professionals to treat and eliminate the bed bugs. You must follow all directions from us and our agents to clean and treat the apartment or building that are infested. Follow-up treatments or inspections may also be necessary. You shall not treat the apartment for a bed bug infestation on your own. You must remove or destroy personal property that cannot be treated or cleaned before we treat the dwelling.
  4. If we confirm the presence or infestation of bed bugs in your dwelling, we have the right to require you to temporarily vacate the dwelling and remove all furniture, clothing, and personal belongings in order for us to perform pest control services.
  5. If you do not comply with the preparation of the apartment as required by the pest control professional or us and the treatment is unsuccessful because of such lack of cooperation, you will also be responsible for subsequent treatments to the apartment and for any treatment to adjoining units that are infested with bed bugs.
  6. If you fail to pay us for any costs you are liable for you will be in default, and we will have the right to terminate your right of occupancy.
  7. If for any reason the student brings in any bed bugs into the room/apartment they need to follow bed bug policy set out in the housing polices and be charged a treatment/cleaning fine along with any furniture or materials that need to discarded that is property of Oklahoma City University.
  8. Neither Owner nor Owner’s agents and employees shall be responsible to you for any losses, damages, or expenses including special, consequential, or punitive arising out of a bed bug infestation, inspection, or treatment. Failure to promptly report bed bugs, failure to comply with treatment instructions, or any other violation of any other policy are grounds for eviction. The student will remain liable for any costs and damages incurred.

6) Bed Risers

  1. Only bed risers that are 8 inches and under will be permitted.
  2. Bed risers can not be stacked, cinder blocks or wood can not be used as bed risers.

7) Bicycles/Scooter/Hover boards/mopeds

  1. Bicycles may not be stored or placed in stairwells, hallways, fire exits, or chained/locked to stair railings, lamp posts or shrubbery. Bicycles should be properly secured to bicycle racks provided outside of residence halls.
  2. The operation and charging of hover boards are banned in all residence halls and apartment communities.

8) Candles/Incense/Wax Warmers

All candles, candle warmers, and flammable incense are prohibited from the residence halls and apartments. Candles cannot be used as decoration.

9) Communication Services

  1. Cable TV service and individual data ports are provided in all University Housing rooms. Cable TV service, and Internet access through the Oklahoma City University data system are all provided as a part of the Housing Contract. Residents may not alter the existing wiring for any of these services and must provide their own devices.
  2. Wireless Routers or splitters are not allowed within any room in a residence hall or apartment.

10) Cooking/Food Preparation and Storage

  1. Cooking in Residence Hall rooms is limited to what can be prepared within a microwave.
    1. Banning Hall, Draper Hall, and Walker Hall are permitted to have one microwave per room. Max Wattage of 700 Watts.
    2. Methodist Hall provides microwaves to residents and students are not able to bring additional microwaves.
    3. Cokesbury Apartments residents are permitted to have one microwave per apartment with Max Wattage of 700 Watts.
  2. Mini-fridges:
    1. Have a max size of 4.4-Cubic Feet or Smaller
    2. Walker Hall, Banning Hall, and Draper Hall are permitted to have one per bedroom.
    3. Methodist Hall and Cokesbury Apartments residents are permitted to have one per resident.
  3. Appliances that are not permitted in the Banning Hall, Draper Hall, Methodist Hall, and Draper Hall:
    • Slow Cookers
    • Crock pots
    • pressure cookers
    • rice cookers
    • hot plates
    • toaster ovens
    • deep fat fryers
    • air fryers
    • George Foreman grills
    • electric grills/skillets
    • instant pots
    • freezers
    • outdoor grills (gas or charcoal)
    • Coffee pots without an auto shut-off feature.
  4. Appliances that are not permitted in Cokesbury Court Apartments:
    • deep fat fryers
    • air fryers
    • George Foreman grills
    • outdoor grills (gas or charcoal)
    • instant pots
    • pressure cookers
    • personal freezers
    • hot plates
    • toaster ovens
  5. Blenders are allowed in Methodist Hall and Cokesbury Apartments only.
  6. Food must be stored in a proper manner to comply with sanitation standards and not attract pests.

11) Decorations

  1. Nails, screws, or other devices that are inserted into the walls are strictly prohibited.
  2. Only 3M adhesive strips are to be used when hanging decorations.
  3. No sticky paper, wall paper, or decorative paper may be adhered, glued, or attached to the walls.
  4. Combustible decorations including cotton batting, dry/cut vegetation, moss, straw, hay, vines, leaves, or twigs are prohibited.
  5. Real Christmas trees are not permitted in residence halls or apartments.

12) Decorative Lights

  1. Decorative light sets should not be anchored/taped or allowed to touch metal items such as window or door frames.
  2. Cords may not be run through doorways, under doors, or across hallways.
  3. Only the below models of decorative lights are approved. Any other models are prohibited in the residence halls.
  4. Decorative light sets that are powered by batteries
  5. Light strings that plug into the wall outlet if they are LED lights.

13) Electrical Equipment

  1. Residents may not alter or repair any electrical equipment or fixture provided by the University. Defects in electrical equipment or wiring should be reported to a university housing staff member and a work order must be put in by the student.
  2. If more than two appliances or two appliances with a cumulative wattage of more than 1500 watts are plugged into a single wall outlet, a U.L. approved power strip with built-in circuit breaker must be used.
  3. Only one power strip per outlet and one additional in the living room space.
  4. Extension Cords:
    1. Extension cords are permitted to use in rooms but they must be UL Certified.
    2. Extension cords must not be used in succession, or in conjunction with, power strips. Extension cords shall not be used as a substitute for permanent wiring.
  5. Space heaters, window unit air conditioners, ceiling fans, heated blankets, heats sheets/mattress pads, and similar items are not allowed. Students violating this policy are subject to fines and/or disciplinary action.
  6. Irons are allowed to have in rooms but must have auto shut off feature.

14) Entrance Gates

  1. Methodist Hall and Cokesbury Apartment vehicle entry and exit gates are meant to be opened and closed for one vehicle each. Once the entrance code or ID card is swipe only one car is permitted to enter and exit at a time. Residents must wait their turn in line and make sure not to follow behind other vehicles in without entering their entry code or swiping their ID.
  2. If damage has occurred to a vehicle entering or exiting the gates due to negligence on behalf of the student and/or not following proper entry procedures Oklahoma City University is not liable for any damages to any personal property.

15) Exterior equipment

  1. Ring Doorbells, personal exterior cameras, or any other type of device are prohibited to use or install on campus.

16) Fireworks/Explosive/Flammables

  1. Any type of firework or explosive is strictly prohibited from the residence halls.
  2. The following are banned from the residence halls and apartments:
    • grills
    • inflammable fluids
    • dangerous chemical mixes
    • Bunsen burners
    • fire pits
    • kerosene heaters
    • electric heaters
    • halogen lamps
    • lava lamps
    • multi-bulb lamps with plastic shades (octopus lamp)
    • electric blankets
    • heated mattress pads
    • three dimensional (3D) printers
    • candle and wax warmers
    • multi-plug adapters or similar items

17) Fire Safety

  1. Evacuation of University buildings is mandatory when a fire alarm sounds. Sounding of false fire alarms or tampering with firefighting or safety equipment to include extinguishers, fire sprinklers and connecting pipes, EXIT signs, and the alarm system is prohibited. Those suspected of such offenses are subject to criminal prosecution, eviction from University housing and/or suspension from the University, and may be required to pay fines and/or restitution.

18) Furnishings

  1. Furniture is not allowed on ledges, balconies, or terraces when not in use
  2. Furniture cannot be stored on ledges, balconies, or terraces
  3. All furniture provided by Oklahoma City University must remain inside the student’s room and/or apartment.

19) Guests and Visitation

  1. Residents are responsible for the conduct of their guests and must be present for the duration of the visit. It is the responsibility of the host to make sure that the guests understand and abide by all Housing and University regulations. If a resident’s guest is involved in any violation of University or Housing regulations, the hosting resident, as well as the guest, may be subject to disciplinary action. Students may be held responsible for violations of University or Housing regulations that occur in their rooms.
  2. Overnight guests may not stay for more than three consecutive nights and a total of ten days in a semester.
  3. Guests may only stay where there is a free bed for them to sleep in. No guest may sleep on the floor of any University Housing building due to fire code.
  4. Overnight guests are not allowed during periods where the University is closed.

20) Holiday Breaks

  1. The University reserves the right, when necessary or practical, to close the residence halls during any official holiday breaks or University vacation periods.
    1. Banning Hall, Draper Hall, Methodist Hall, and Walker Hall will close during winter break.
    2. Students may remain during holiday recesses only with prior approval from the University Housing Office and will be charged a daily rate.
    3. Residence hall students may leave their belongings in their rooms during holiday recesses.
    4. Students not returning to the University after Christmas, spring or fall breaks must remove all their possessions before leaving.
    5. No visitation is allowed during winter break.
  2. Cokesbury Apartments
    1. will remain open during holiday breaks. Apartment residents who are enrolled in the following semester are allowed to continue residing in their respective apartments during holiday breaks.
    2. If you are not enrolled the following semester the student must move out 24 hours after their last final.

21) Inspections and Access

  1. a.The University reserves the right to enter student rooms under certain circumstances including, but not limited to, inspections for:
    • safety
    • health
    • general housing policy compliance
    • cleanliness
    • inventory
    • emergency situations
    • pest control
    • occupancy verification
    • general repair
    If such inspections are of a routine or periodically recurring nature, reasonable effort will be made to give prior notice.

22) Incident Reports

  1. An incident report may be written to document an infraction of University Housing policy. These reports are issued by the Resident Assistants or others designated by the Housing Office. Infractions of University Housing policies may result in disciplinary action.

23) Keys

  1. Keys are issued at check-in by the area desk where the resident is assigned. Keys must be returned when occupancy is terminated.
  2. If a key is lost or not returned when occupancy is terminated, or if a temporary key is not returned within the stated time, the resident will be charged a fee. All keys remain the property of the University.
  3. Students will be charged $100 for a lost room/apartment key and $50 for a lost mail box key.
  4. Students found to be in possession of a key to any room other than that assigned to them will be subject to disciplinary action.

24) Lockouts and Locks

  1. Each time a student calls a housing staff member, or the University Housing Office for a lock out to be performed to their bedroom, apartment, or building/complex they will be charged $20 per lock out.
  2. No additional locks can be added to entry doors, bedroom doors, and bathrooms doors in an apartment or residence hall room.
  3. There will be no lock out charges within the first two weeks of classes each semester.

25) Mail

  1. Each Residence Hall student shall be provided mail service at the mail center located within the McDaniel University Center. Mail is not delivered to individual rooms.
  2. Cokesbury Apartments residents will be assigned a mailbox outside their assigned building to share with their roommates and their packages will be sent to the Cokesbury Housing office to be picked up.

26) Photographing or Videotaping

  1. Photographing, videotaping, filming, digitally recording, or by any other means, secretly viewing with or without a device, another person without that person’s consent in any location where the person has a reasonable expectation of privacy, or in a manner that violates a reasonable expectation of privacy.This section does not apply to lawful security surveillance filming, or recording that is authorized by law enforcement or authorized University officials.
  2. security cameras, ring door bells, or any other monitoring system is prohibited on university property.

27) Quiet and Courtesy Hours

  1. Common courtesy requires all Residence Hall occupants to keep noise levels in all residential areas to a minimum, 24 hours a day.
  2. Quiet hours: Sunday – Thursday are 10 p.m. to 9 a.m. and Friday and Saturday midnight to 9 a.m.
  3. Beginning 24 hours before the first final through closing, 24-hour quiet hours will be in effect.

**Students shall observe and respect the rights of other students occupying the residence halls. Students will avoid excessive noise levels and will observe quiet hours for studying in each residence hall. At all times, residents need to be considerate of others' needs and respect the rights of others by being aware of the noise level on the hall. Noise that can be heard beyond two doors down from a room is likely excessive and potentially bothering other residents in the building. **

28) Restricted Hours

  1. The roofs, ledges, attics, and mechanical/electrical equipment rooms of all University-owned buildings are strictly “off-limits” to all students. Violators of this policy will be subject to fines and/or disciplinary action.

29) Tobacco & Vaping

  1. Tobacco and Vaping use are prohibited on the campus of Oklahoma City University. Violators are subject to fines and/or disciplinary action.
  2. Tobacco and vaping products are allowed in the residence halls but cannot be used within the residence hall or on Oklahoma City University property.

30) Solicitation and Sales

  1. Soliciting, canvassing, or the use of University housing as a location for selling, advertising, or running a personal business enterprise is strictly prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, web-based and/or e-commerce businesses, hosting parties for Tupperware, Pampered Chef, Avon, Mary Kay, etc.
  2. Off-campus individuals and organizations are not allowed to conduct or solicit commercial sales or distribute commercial pamphlets, handbills, circulars, newspaper, magazine and other written material in University Housing property.

31) Waste Disposal

  1. All waste paper and other trash must be deposited in dumpsters. Littering or improper disposal of trash is not permitted. Trash sitting outside of room, apartments, or in hallways will be subject to disciplinary action. Students found littering in and around University Housing will be subject to fines and/or disciplinary action.

32) Water-Filled Furniture

  1. Water-Filled furniture of any kind if prohibited in University Housing.

33) Weapon, Explosives, Fireworks, and Inflammables

  1. The possession or use of firearms on campus is strictly prohibited within any residence hall or apartment and result in eviction from University housing and/or up to expulsion from the University.
    1. Weapon is defined as any pistol, revolver, shotgun or rifle, whether loaded or unloaded, or any imitation or toy gun, airsoft or pellet gun, or any electronic control devices commonly known as Tasers, or any machete, dagger, bowie knife, dirk knife, switchblade knife, spring-type knife, sword cane, knife having a blade which opens automatically by hand pressure applied to a button, spring, or other device in the handle of the knife, blackjack, loaded cane, billy club, hand chain, metal knuckles, any knife with a blade measured greater than 4 inches, or any other offensive weapon, whether such weapon be concealed or unconcealed.
    2. Realistic weapon replicas such as airsoft or similar type weapon are prohibited from the residence halls and apartments.
    3. Water balloon launchers are prohibited from the residence halls and apartments.

34) Window Treatments

  1. All curtains must be hung using tension rods. Permanent hardware may not be attached to walls, windows, or ceilings.

35) Other Policies

  1. The University reserves the right to prohibit any item or activity deemed by the University to be harmful, unadvisable, or not in the best interest of the University or it's students. Addenda to the contract may be distributed as needed. Residents are required to know and comply with all policies and regulations contained within the Student Handbook and the Student Code of Conduct.

Student Behavior

The following policies and regulations are in place for the safety and security of all residence hall students, and acceptance of the Contract binds the Student to abide by these policies. Failure to abide by the listed policies may result in disciplinary sanctions and/or removal from the residence hall.

Occupancy

Occupancy is limited to only the Student(s) properly assigned to the room. Occupancy is established when the Student is issued a key to a specified room by OCU Housing and Residence Life and does not require physical presence by the Student and his/her possessions. The Student is required to present a picture ID when they check into a residence hall room. The Student may not transfer, assign, or sublet the assigned space to another person for any reason. The Student may not make a change in their assigned space without permission. If the Student seeks to make a room change, the Student must request such a change after the first two weeks of classes of the fall or spring semester through the University Housing portal. If the Student makes an unauthorized room change, that student will be required to return to the Student's originally assigned space, may be denied the opportunity to participate in any other room changes for the academic year, and may be assessed a $200 administrative charge.

Animals

a. The only animals permitted in University Housing are fish in bowls. Aquariums and filtered containers of any size are prohibited. All other animals are not permitted in any of the residence halls or apartments.

b. If any unauthorized animal is found there will be automatic $200 fine per occurrence along with any additional fines for cleaning and damages.

c. Emotional Support Animals/Service Animals

i. If you have an Emotional Support Animal or Service Animal, it must be registered and approved with the Office of Disability Services before allowed in the residence hall or apartment.

ii. If you have an Emotional Support Animal or Service Animal that is registered with OCU you are mandated to keep your identifying magnet on the front door of your room/apartment. OCU Emotional Support Policy can be found at the following link: https://www.okcu.edu/campus/re...

Drugs

The Student is expected to abide by the drug policy as listed in the Code of Student Conduct .

Alcohol

In accordance with state law and University policy, no alcohol is allowed in residence halls, apartments, or on OCU Campus.

Smoking

Oklahoma City University is a tobacco free campus and is not permitted on campus or in the residence halls and apartments. Electronic cigarettes and vapes are not allowed to be used in any residential housing facility.

Visitation and Guests

The residence halls are considered private property, reserved for the exclusive use of resident students, invited guests, and authorized University personnel. Residents are responsible for abiding by all University and residence hall policies and for informing their invited guests of said policies. Residents are held responsible for the behavior of their guests and all activities originating from their assigned rooms.

The University permits visitation of guests in a student's residence hall room under certain conditions. All non-residents of a particular residence hall must be escorted whenever present in the building by a current resident of that residence hall. Guests are permitted if the residents of the room are agreeable to having guests. The host must remain with the guest at all times while in rooms, public areas, lounges, hallways, etc. Residents are responsible for any acts or activities that take place in their residence hall room. University Housing staff is allowed access to the entire building as necessary to perform their duties.

Guidelines

The following guidelines should be used for visitors/guests:

  • Residents are responsible for the conduct of their guests and must be present for the duration of the visit. It is the responsibility of the host to make sure that the guests understand and abide by all Housing and University regulations. If a resident’s guest is involved in any violation of University or Housing regulations, the hosting resident, as well as the guest, may be subject to disciplinary action. Students may be held responsible for violations of University or Housing regulations that occur in their rooms.
  • Non-resident guests (anyone who does not live in University housing) who stay overnight must be registered with University Housing and will be charged accordingly.
  • Overnight guests may not stay for more than three consecutive nights and a total of 10 days in a semester.
  • Guests may only stay where there is a free bed for them to sleep in. No guest may sleep on the floor of any University Housing building due to fire code.
  • Overnight guests are not allowed during periods where the University is closed.

Quiet Hours

Common courtesy requires all Residence Hall occupants to keep noise levels in all residential areas to a minimum, 24 hours a day.

Quiet hours are as follows:

Sunday–Thursday 10 p.m. to 9 a.m.

Friday & Saturday midnight to 9 a.m.

  • Students shall observe and respect the rights of other students occupying the residence halls.
  • Students will avoid excessive noise levels and will observe quiet hours for study established in each residence hall.
  • All persons who are present in the residence halls will observe quiet hours.
  • At all times, residents need to be considerate of others' needs and respect the rights of others by being aware of the noise level in the hall.
  • At no time should there be an excessive amount of noise that will disrupt others. Noise that can be heard beyond two doors down from a room is likely excessive and potentially bothering other residents in the building.
  • Beginning 24 hours before the first final through closing, 24-hour quiet hours will be in effect.

Community Standards

To maintain the academic and community atmosphere of the residence halls, the Student is expected to conduct themselves in a manner that is conducive to the establishment of community standards that promote a cooperative living environment, the health and safety of all residents, inclusiveness, and preserves the rights of their fellow residents. The following policies apply to the Student and any guests:

    • Behavior that is abusive or harassing of another person may constitute a violation of the Code of Student Conduct
    • Threats or acts of bodily harm are prohibited.
    • The Student is expected to recognize and respect the authority of University staff and to comply with directives made in the performance of their duties.
    • The Student is expected to comply with the Quiet and Courtesy Hours policy.
    • The Student is expected to comply with the Visitation and Guest policy.
    • The Student is encouraged and may be required to complete a roommate agreement.
    • The Student is expected to comply with the restrictions stated on the University Housing website regarding items that are not permitted in the residence halls. Any changes to housing policies will be communicated to the Student electronically (via email and/or social media) and the Student may be given reasonable time to make corrections.

Liability

The Student party to the Contract shall indemnify and hold harmless Oklahoma City University and its Trustees, agents, and employees from all liabilities, losses, costs, damages, claims, or causes of action of any kind or nature whatsoever, and expenses, including attorneys' fees, arising or claimed to have arisen out of any injuries or damages received or sustained by the Student as a result of negligence on the part of Oklahoma City University Trustees, agents, or employees, in the execution, performance, or enforcement of the Contract, and any injuries or damages received or sustained by any third party as a result of any intentional or negligent acts or omissions on the part of the Student, whether any such injuries or losses occur in residence hall rooms, public areas, or elsewhere on the campus. The Student is encouraged to carry insurance of the Student's choice for protection against such losses and claims.

Elevators

ATTENTION: Residents or students who tamper with or abuse any of the residence hall elevator equipment or controls, or who create an unsafe environment for themselves or others in or around the elevators are in violation of university housing policy and will be subject to the University conduct process.

When using elevators, you should:

  • Watch your step when entering or exiting an elevator
  • Stand aside and allow exiting passengers to get off before entering
  • Push and hold the 'DOOR OPEN' button if doors need to be held open for longer than the normal timing sequence allows or if someone is approaching the elevator to get on
  • Use the stairs if there is a fire in the building or another situation that could lead to a disruption in electrical service - elevator shafts are often not sealed and act as a chimney when fire is present
  • Check the posted capacity of elevators and do not board an elevator that is already at capacity - if the car is full or if there is not enough room to stand comfortably in the elevator cabin wait for the next elevator to arrive
  • Actively discourage others from cramming into an elevator that is at or has already exceeded its posted capacity
  • Discourage unsafe behavior by others in and around elevators
  • Report elevator vandalism promptly to University Housing staff; reports may be submitted anonymously
  • Report elevator-related accidents promptly to University Housing staff
  • Push the 'ALARM' button and as many floor buttons as possible if you suspect trouble or are attacked so that the elevator will stop quickly at the next floor - do not get into an elevator with someone who makes you feel uneasy

You should NEVER:

  • Interfere with closing doors - wait for the next elevator
  • Attempt to pry open elevator doors
  • Attempt to enter the hoistway outside the elevator cabin
  • Jump up and down inside of the elevator cabin
  • Cram into an elevator that is at or has already exceeded its capacity
  • Hold the doors open with any kind of equipment, your foot, or arm

If the elevator is not working and you are inside:

  • When the elevator stops, first try the 'DOOR OPEN' button - if the doors will not open press the “phone Call” button and wait for assistance
  • Remain calm and communicate with those outside - if you have a cell phone and it is receiving a signal, call University Police at (405) 208-5911 (if you do not have a cell phone, or have no signal, ask those outside to make the call)
  • Sit down and stay in the elevator, away from the doors, in case rescue personnel open them - NEVER attempt to crawl, jump, or climb out of an elevator between floors
  • Never attempt to get off of a stalled elevator without emergency personnel present
  • Do not attempt to exit an elevator that is not properly aligned with a floor unless there are emergency personnel present to assist in evacuation

Facilities & Furnishings

The following policies and regulations are in place for the safety and security of all residence hall students, and acceptance of the Contract binds the Student to abide by the policies. Failure to abide by the listed policies may result in disciplinary sanctions and/or removal from the residence hall.

Reasonable Care

The Student shall exercise reasonable care in the use of the facilities including, but not limited to:

    • Properly ventilating and cleaning bathrooms
    • Cleaning of common shared space such as kitchens and living areas
    • Timely removal of trash and recycling into the appropriate receptacles

Furnishings

  • Furnishings provided by the University may not be altered from their intended design or removed from the room by the Student or guests.
  • Any room furnishing added by the Student must be free-standing.
  • Direct access to doors and windows cannot be obstructed by an item or furnishings in the room.
  • No part of the Student's personal furnishings may be attached, wedged, or secured in any manner to the ceiling, floor, or walls of the room.
  • Objects may not be attached to or hung from the ceiling, sprinkler pipes, or sprinkler heads at any time.
  • No personal property may be stored in a public area (lobby, lounge, hallway, etc.).
  • Repairs to a room or the University's furnishings must be completed by University Housing staff.
  • No furnishings from common areas may be taken from the lounges or other areas and placed in the Student's room or moved to other locations.

Care and Maintenance of the Facilities

The Student is expected to maintain their room, room furnishings, and the shared living spaces in the residence halls in an orderly, safe, and sanitary condition including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Keys & ID Cards -
    • The Student is issued a room key at the time of occupancy at no charge. If a key is lost or stolen, the Student's account is billed $100. When a room is vacated, it is the responsibility of the Student to return the key to University Housing staff and see that the check-out form is reviewed. Failure to return the room key upon check-out or withdrawal will result in a charge being placed on the Student's account for the cost of $100. The Student is not permitted to loan or give their room key to another individual, and the Student must keep their room key on them at all times.
    • The University will issue the Student an identification (ID) card for use while enrolled at the University. The Student should keep their ID card on them at all times. Their ID card will be used to gain access to their assigned residence hall. The Student is not permitted to give or loan their ID card to another individual to gain access to a residence hall.
  • Paint Policy - Painting of the residence halls are not permitted;
  • Maintenance - Requests for maintenance repairs should be submitted via the School Dude work order system. Repairs made for damage beyond normal wear and tear may be billed to the Student (parts and labor costs). Maintenance services may be reduced during University holidays and prolonged breaks.
  • Air Flow of HVAC Units - An unobstructed distance of 24" must be maintained in front of all vents in the residence hall rooms, including both the vent on the Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) unit and the air return vents in the walls. If vents are obstructed, the temperature of the room cannot be regulated appropriately. Obstructions negatively impact air quality, temperature, and humidity in the room. Any personal belongings (clothes, trash, furniture, lamps, etc.) should be moved away from vents to prevent obstructions that will impact air flow. The 24" clearance in front of vents should be maintained at all times.
  • Housekeeping - The Student is expected to clean and maintain their living space. University personnel will provide housekeeping services in common areas such as lounges, hallways, and common area bathrooms. Housekeeping services may be reduced during University holidays, inclement weather, and prolonged breaks.
  • Appliances - The University reserves the right to impose reasonable requirements with respect to the use of appliances or equipment in the residence halls.

Damage Charges

  • Room Condition - The Student is responsible for loss of or damage to furnishings or equipment in the residence hall room to which they are assigned. The Student will be billed for the replacement or repair of any University property they damage or lose. At the time the student occupies a room, a Room Inventory form is completed. This form indicates the Student's responsibility for the room condition, and furnishing. It includes an inspection report which must be checked and signed by both the Student and a staff member upon moving into the room and checking out. Any damages (beyond normal wear and tear) upon checkout will be charged to the Student and all charges will be placed on the Student's account. Students who officially withdraw are expected to vacate rooms, remove all personal belongings from rooms, and be officially checked out by University Housing staff within 24 hours.
  • Community Billing - In public areas, including, but not limited to, lounges, hallways, kitchens, elevators, and bathrooms, the replacement or repair costs for damages are assessed to an individual when responsibility can be determined. When individual responsibility for damages cannot be identified, the residents of a floor or entire hall are collectively responsible for the costs. Charges that are assessed will be placed on student accounts.

Safety, Security, & Inspections

Security

The University will make all reasonable efforts to provide a living environment that is safe and secure for all resident students. The Student is also responsible for contributing to the safety and security of the residence halls by:

    • Securing room doors anytime they leave their room and at night while asleep
    • Keeping their room key and ID card on them at all times and being prepared to present their ID to staff upon request
    • Only entering and exiting the residence halls through approved entrances and exits
    • Utilizing their ID to enter the residence hall and only allowing themselves and their guests to enter with them; not allowing unknown individuals to follow into the residence halls
    • Cooperate with University Housing staff and University Police officers in completion of their duties

Fire Safety & Other Safety Policies

  • Firefighting, detection, and alarm equipment is provided for the protection of all residents. Misuse or tampering with this equipment is a violation of University regulations and state criminal statutes, and may result in any one or a combination of the following: immediate termination of the Contract, University disciplinary sanctions, and criminal fines.
  • The Student is required to vacate a residence hall when a fire alarm is activated or during other emergencies.
  • No objects are to be thrown or dropped from balconies, roofs, or windows.
  • Propping corridor or stairway fire/smoke doors open, opening a secured outside door of a residence hall to allow access to a non-resident, improperly using or vandalizing elevators, or circumventing other safety or security measures is prohibited.
  • Threats or acts of bodily harm are prohibited.
  • Blocking or obstructing corridors, breezeways, or stairways are prohibited.
  • All outdoor/indoor sport activities are prohibited in the residence halls including, but not limited to, throwing Frisbees, inline skating, scooters, skateboards, etc.
  • Sprinkler systems are for the Student's safety. Sprinkler heads are not to be used to hang anything, including clothing or decorative lights. The Student responsible for activating the fire alarm system by breaking the sensor or otherwise cannot hold the University liable for any related damages. The Student responsible may face disciplinary sanctions and be held financially responsible for damage to their personal belongings as well as the belongings of other residents, their guests, and the University.
  • Video surveillance cameras are installed at the entrances and exits of each residence hall. Footage may be used to determine responsible parties in the event of policy violations. If the Student is found to be tampering with video surveillance equipment the Student may face disciplinary sanctions and be financially responsible for damages.

Right of Entry/Search & Seizure Policy

The University reserves the right to enter student rooms at anytime including, but not limited to, inspections for safety, health, general housing policy compliance, cleanliness, inventory, emergency situations, pest control, occupancy verification and/or general repair. If such inspections are of a routine or periodically recurring nature, reasonable effort will be made to give prior notice.

Confiscation Policy

If an item that violates the Contract or Code of Student Conduct is found in the Student's residence hall room the Student will be documented and instructed to remove the item if the student is present. If the student is not present the item will be confiscated. The confiscated item will be stored with the University Housing for 30 days from the date of confiscation and, if it is not claimed by the 30th day, it will be disposed of without further notification. If drugs, weapons, alcohol, or other evidence of crime are found in the Student's room the incident will be documented and reported to the University Police for investigation. University Housing staff will not confiscate drugs, drug paraphernalia, alcohol, and/or weapons, but will contact the University Police to intervene.

Solicitation Policy

To protect the privacy, safety, and time of on-campus residents, solicitation in the residence halls is prohibited. Types of solicitation include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • Door-to-Door Solicitation - Individuals selling items door-to-door in the halls are violating housing policy. For the safety of residents and their belongings, the Student should immediately report anyone soliciting in the halls to a University Housing staff member or the University Police. Non-University solicitation is not allowed in the residence halls.
    • Operating a Business - The Student may not operate a business or other commercial enterprise from their residence hall room or any other part of the campus without express written consent of the University.
    • Distribution of Literature - The University distinguishes between free printed material, the primary purpose of which is to inform or educate members of the University community, and printed material that is primarily commercial. The University reserves the right to limit or deny the distribution of material that is primarily commercial or is in some other way designed to solicit the purchase of goods, services, or real property.