Campus Life Standards
Selling and soliciting in residence halls is prohibited without permission of the resident director. This includes various kinds of demonstration parties. Building managers, RDs, and RAs are instructed to help enforce this regulation. Questions regarding selling on campus should be directed to the controller, Decker 28. Please report immediately to your RD or to Police/Security Services any situation in which people are selling or soliciting in your hall.
Purchase, possession, or use of alcohol and drugs, on or off campus, is prohibited. Therefore, alcohol and drugs are not allowed in the residence halls. Alcoholic beverages may not be brought onto campus or stored in the residence halls. Empty alcoholic beverage containers found in a room will be considered as evidence of drinking by the occupants of the room. Alcoholic beverage containers, posters, clothing, and other items advertising alcoholic beverages are not permitted in the residence hall, even for decorative purposes (see Judicial Code, 4.20).
The use and/or possession of tobacco in any form is prohibited in the residence halls. This includes smoking, chewing tobacco, dipping snuff, and openly displaying tobacco. Posters, clothing, and other media advertising tobacco are prohibited (see Judicial Code, 4.12).
Bicycles may be kept in rooms or in bicycle racks. They may not be left in stairwells, halls, storage rooms, balconies, or entryways in residence halls. Students will be charged for damage caused by bicycle storage in residence hall rooms and damage to common areas such as hallways or entryways. Bicycles are not to be ridden in the hallways or stairwells. Motorized vehicles may not be stored in the residence halls. Any bikes left in bike racks at the end of the year will be removed by Police/Security Services.
Some food preparation is allowed in residence hall rooms. However, cooking with an open flame, hot plates, electric skillets, grills of any kind, or appliances that do not shut off automatically are not permitted. Care should be taken to ensure carpet or furniture damage does not occur as a result of cooking. Refrigerators no larger than 4 cubic feet and compact microwave ovens are permitted in residence halls. Refrigerators must be removed from residence halls during the summer. Keep food in tightly covered containers. Waste food and empty food containers should be securely wrapped before depositing in waste cans or dumpsters. Food must be removed from refrigerators and refrigerators cleaned out and unplugged during Christmas break.
Students are responsible for treating the facilities and residence hall equipment with care. Please exercise good stewardship of rooms, lounges, halls, and furnishings. Residence halls must be financially self-supporting, and any damage, whether accidental or intentional, ultimately results in higher costs to students.
|Replacing standard room door||$250|
|Replacing fire extinguisher||$75|
|Replacing lost key||$65|
|Replacing smoke detector||$100|
|Replacing desk chair||$150|
|Replacing towel bar||$15|
|Removing extra furniture||$25-50|
|Repairing holes in walls||$5 per hole|
|Furniture not secure or not properly replaced||$15-100|
|Comcast remote only||$5|
Writing, drawing on, or attaching shelves to walls and other surfaces is not permitted. Vandalism, or careless destruction of property, constitutes a severe violation and subjects the violator to restitution, fines up to $100, and disciplinary action with possible dismissal.
Damages to common areas, hallways, restrooms, stairwells, laundry rooms, or lounges may be prorated to all residents of the floor or the hall unless those responsible have been identified and assessed.
Roommates are jointly responsible for room damage. Charges will be shared equally unless one occupant is known to be responsible. Room damage and items needing repair should be reported immediately to the residence hall staff. Students are encouraged to submit a report in writing to the RD or RA when damage occurs. Residence hall staff can inform students of the proper reporting procedure for their halls. The residence hall staff reserves the right to check the rooms for damages. Grades and/or transcripts may be withheld if payment for residence hall damage or fines is outstanding.
Care must be taken when attaching pictures, pennants, and bulletin boards to walls or doors. Only white poster putty should be used. Nails should not be used, and students will be charged for repairing and repainting nail holes. Wallpaper, contact paper, and duct tape are not permitted anywhere in the room or on the door. Furniture should be arranged so as to allow unobstructed visual access to the room.
Report all cases of illness, serious disturbances, room or hall repairs, property loss, and personal problems needing attention to the resident directors. Report life-threatening situations to authorities by dialing 911 (9-911 on campus).
Students are not to enter residence living units of the opposite sex without permission of an RA or RD except during open house hours. Violation could result in disciplinary action and a fine for the occupant and visitor.
Be familiar with fire regulations and know the locations of fire extinguishers, which are located throughout the residence halls. Any of the following actions will result in a $100 fine, disciplinary action which could include suspension or dismissal, and any appropriate charges for cleaning, repair, and replacement:
- unauthorized use of fire extinguishers
- tampering in any way with the smoke detectors
- damage or misuse of other safety equipment or exit signs
- failure to leave a building when fire alarm sounds
Possession and/or use of halogen lights, candles, incense, oil lamps, and other flame-producing lights is prohibited. Cooking with an open flame, grills of any kind, electric skillets, or any appliances that do not shut off automatically are not permitted. Possession and/or use of any type of space heater is prohibited.
- activate the building fire alarm
- call the Anderson Fire Department (dial 9-911)
- call the campus operator (dial 3333)
- check for smoke around the door cracks
- feel the inside door surface; if it is hot, don’t open it
- if door seems cool, cautiously open it with your body braced solidly against it; with one hand on the knob, hold your other hand over the door opening to detect any blast of in-rushing heated air
- if it is safe to do so, close all windows and doors behind you, and proceed rapidly to a clear exit
- leave the building and go to your designated area
- seal up cracks around the door using sheets, pieces of clothing, or whatever is handy; this can hold back deadly heat and smoke
- open window slightly to let in fresh air and let out bad air
- hang a sheet out the window to signal rescuers
- wear hard-soled shoes
- place a wet towel or cloth over your head and face; breathing through the wet towel will help to cool the air and filter out much of the smoke
- take short breaths through your nose; avoid inhaling large amounts of smoke
- cover your body with something that can easily be discarded if it catches fire, such as a blanket
- heat and smoke rise, and dangerous gasses settle to the floor, so move quickly in a crouching position to the nearest exit
When the weather service is predicting heavy storm activity and the possibility of tornadoes developing, the Campus Police/Security officer on duty will direct the campus operator to notify all building managers of the weather conditions and advise them to listen to WQME 98.7 FM for information and updates on the weather.
In the event of an approaching tornado, a “take cover” warning will be issued by Emergency Management and the Civil Defense siren near campus will be activated for three minutes. A second siren will indicate there is a second tornado. There will be no siren for all-clear. Listen to WQME for all-clear information.
When a warning to take cover is made, everyone is instructed to go indoors to basements, lower levels, and/or interior hallways and to stay away from glass. These instructions may also apply during high winds, lightning, or hail. Do not leave the building until notified all is clear.
Overnight guests are allowed, but they must be of the same gender as the residents, be registered with the RD or RA before the visit, and adhere to all policies and regulations of Anderson University. For the safety and security of all students and guests, students should notify their RD or RA when they are hosting overnight guests. Because many students have rigid study and work schedules, overnight visits should be limited. Guests staying more than three nights must obtain permission from the RD and may be charged a fee. Former students who have been barred or who are not in good standing with the university for academic or disciplinary reasons are not allowed to stay overnight in the residence halls. The university reserves the right to deny any guest, including students living in another residence hall, if such action is determined to be in the best interest of the residents or the university. Roommates are jointly responsible for conduct and property in their room.
The residence hall staff is concerned with students’ health and reserves the right to confront students regarding serious health problems or potential problems. The university reserves the right to deny housing to students whose health needs have not been or cannot be satisfactorily met and if such action is determined to be in the best interest of the university and the occupants of the hall.
Students are responsible for room keys and for locking their room doors. The university does not assume responsibility for loss of money or valuables. If a key is lost or left in the room, contact the RA to have the door opened. There is a $65 charge for changing locks and re-keying.
Coinmach owns and operates all washers and dryers in residence halls. For service, notify the Business Office at ext. 4001. Laundry facilities are intended for residents only. Do not leave laundry unattended.
Lounges are to be used by hall residents for educational endeavors and for relaxing, socializing, and entertaining visitors and friends. They should not be monopolized by small groups nor should loud noise or inappropriate behavior create an undesirable atmosphere. Individuals are responsible for cleaning up and throwing away their own trash. Haircutting and other activities that could damage furniture and carpets are prohibited. Videos and video games may not be shown or used in lounges unless as part of hall programming. Students and visitors may not spend the night in the lounges. Non-residents must vacate lounges at 1 a.m.
Students are responsible for cleaning their own rooms and are expected to follow common-sense standards of cleanliness. All furnishings must remain in residence hall rooms. Furniture is not to be removed from lounges. A fine will automatically be assessed if lounge furniture is found in your room or in your possession. Items may not be taken from storage rooms without permission. If a personal emergency or maintenance problem makes it necessary for the RD, RA, or maintenance personnel to enter a student’s room, privacy and personal belongings will be respected. However, items that appear to be stolen (street signs, road signs and lights, milk crates, etc.) or which are not consistent with university policy or standards may be confiscated by residence hall staff.
Roommates will be held accountable for activities in their room and will be subject to disciplinary action for violations of university regulations of which they are aware even if they did not participate in such violations.
Musical group or instrument practice in the residence halls is discouraged. The use of headsets, when possible, is encouraged. Residents are expected to regulate their noise level out of respect for others.
Offensive or questionable pictures, posters, videos, CDs, cassettes, printed materials, or clothing, as determined by the RA or RD, are prohibited in residence halls. Failure to remove such materials when asked could result in removal of the materials by staff and/or a $25 fine.
Doors to residence hall rooms must be at least half open when visitors are present during open house. Violations could result in fines and disciplinary action. It is the resident’s responsibility to see that guests of the opposite sex leave when open house is over (see Judicial Code).
- Residence Halls: Tuesday and Thursday, 5-10 p.m.; Friday, 5 p.m. to midnight; Saturday, 1 p.m. to midnight; Sunday, 1-9 p.m.
- Fair Commons/South Campus/Tara East/Mansfield (kitchen, living room, and dining room only): Sunday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to midnight; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.
- Lobby Hours (residence halls and Fair Commons): Sunday through Thursday, lobbies close to non-residents at 1 a.m.; Friday and Saturday, lobbies close to non-residents at 2 a.m.
Room EntryThe university reserves the right to inspect students’ rooms for damage or to enter to make repairs. The university also reserves the right to enter students’ rooms given reasonable cause, to insure adherence to univeristy policies or to protect the health and safety of the residents (see university Judicial Code).
Fire code dictates that NOTHING be left in the hallways. Personal belongings are to be kept in your room. We encourage you to keep your room locked. Personal property left in the lounges, halls, study rooms, bathrooms, laundry rooms, or on stairways will be removed. The university assumes no liability and provides no insurance for damaged, lost, or stolen personal items. Students should check parents’ homeowner’s insurance for coverage. The university recommends that students purchase renter’s insurance if not covered by their parents’ homeowner’s insurance (see Section 9 of the Housing Agreement).
Fish are the only pets allowed in the residence halls. Aquarium owners will be asked to remove aquariums left unattended during vacations or other times and to pay for damages occurring from improper use.
Quiet hours are generally 11 p.m. to 9 a.m., though these may be extended by agreement of the residents of a hall or floor. All other times should be considered as courtesy hours, during which residents are considerate of those who are ill, studying, sleeping, etc. Students not honoring courtesy hours related to the use of electronic equipment may be required to use headphones.
For the safety and security of residents, all residence hall exterior doors are locked 24/7. Residents may enter the hall with card access. Side doors are room key access only during daylight hours. Exiting locked doors without leaving the doors secured will result in fines and disciplinary action. Entering a residence facility through undesignated doors or windows or opening doors to allow others into residence halls will result in $50 fines and disciplinary action for all those involved.
When leaving campus overnight, residents are to inform the RA or RD where they may be contacted in case of an emergency. Failure to do so could result in disciplinary action or a fine. Emergency forms/sign-out sheets are available from the RAs in each hall. Residence halls have self-regulating campus housing hours which should not be abused by frequent overnight absences or entry after lock-up.
All items stored in the residence hall should be clearly labeled. Storage is not available for furniture, bed parts, refrigerators, or bicycles. Storage areas in Martin and Dunn Halls are secured and may not be entered after specified storage dates. If storage items are not claimed within one year, Anderson University reserves the right to dispose of them. The university is not responsible for stored items; students store at their own risk.
There will be telephones provided in the hallways on each floor. The number of phones that will be available will be different for each hall depending on the size. These phones will only be available for local calls. For more information, contact Kenny McCoy, Physical Plant, ext. 4249. Room phones may be requested by contacting your RD.
Residents are expected to place their own trash in the dumpster outside their residence hall. Personal trash should not be left in the hallway or deposited in bathroom waste cans. Leaving trash or any other personal items in residence hall hallways is a violation of safety codes and is punishable by a fine.
Students may not enter closed residence halls after the stated dates or times or during vacation periods for any reason. Students may not occupy rooms during vacation periods except in the residence halls that are open over that specific break. Arrangements for alternate housing must be made at least three days before the beginning of each vacation period. Students must apply to stay in the traditional hall over break and have the final responsibility for finding vacation period accommodations.
- Mid-fall Holiday: All halls will remain open.
- Thanksgiving Break: Mansfield, South Campus, Fair Commons, and Tara East will remain open during break. All other halls will close Wednesday, Nov. 21, at 10 a.m., and reopen Sunday, Nov. 25, at noon.
- Semester Break (Christmas): Mansfield, South Campus, Fair Commons, and Tara East will remain open during break. All other halls will close Friday, Dec. 21, at 10 a.m., and reopen Sunday, Jan. 13, at 2 p.m.
- Spring Break: Mansfield, South Campus, Fair Commons, and Tara East will remain open during break. All other halls will close Saturday, March 16, at 10 a.m., and reopen Sunday, March 24, at 1 p.m.
- Easter Weekend: All halls will remain open.
- Year End: Rooms must be vacated by 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 11. Graduating seniors have until Sunday, May 12, at noon
Outside window ledges should be kept free of personal items. Stereo speakers placed on room window ledges must not face out. Nothing should be thrown out of and no one should enter or exit through windows. Screens may not be opened or removed from the windows except in an emergency or by permission of the residence hall staff. Screen removal subjects room occupants to fines of up to $50.
Please check to see that screens are on windows and are properly attached. Damaged or missing screens will result in a charge for repair or replacement to the responsible individuals. Damaged or missing screens in common areas such as restrooms, lounges or hallways could result in all residents of the floor or hall being charged for repair or replacement. Record missing or damaged screens on the room inventory form and report them to your RA.
Residents are not to move out of the halls or to another room in the same hall without first contacting the RD and completing a room inventory/room condition form. Vacating a room without checking with the RD could result in fines or continued charges for rent until formal arrangements have been made. A $65 charge is assessed for each lost or unreturned key. Extra cleaning or damage to rooms is subject to extra charges.
Residence hall students enrolled in less than 12 hours must complete a form and obtain permission from their resident director and the associate dean of students for residence life to remain in the hall.