Saint Louis University

2010-2011 Residence Life Community Living Principles

Table of Contents

4.1 Being a Community Member
4.2 Respect for Others
4.3 Noise
4.4 Guests
4.5 Alcohol and Drugs
4.6 Health, Safety and Welfare
4.7 Property and Theft
4.8 Keys and Residence Hall Access

4.1 As a student living on campus, and as a student in our residential community, your participation is a vital and important contribution in enhancing the community and the SLU experience.

As a member of our community you will experience

  • a residential community that creates and promotes service, social engagement, personal responsibility and acceptance for others that are different than yourself. By living in the residential community you will experience social and educational opportunities to explore that will enhance your SLU experience.
  • a residential floor/ area that establishes relationships that will remain beyond your SLU experience. A floor creates a learning environment outside of the classroom that engages you in discussion and challenges you to explore yourself and the world around you. A floor that is disciplined, compassionate, just and able to promote mutual respect fosters bonds that will strengthen the community and its members.
  • a personal residential space for you to relax, refresh and reflect on your SLU experiences and to give you the energy to go out into the community to live out the university mission of being a man and woman for others.

As a member of your residential community we hope you embrace the principles of respect, civility, fairness and support the common good for the entire community.

To maintain a unique community living experience you as a member are expected to exercise responsibility and to abide by established community standards.

Community standards are designed to promote and preserve an atmosphere conducive to community living. All residents are responsible for knowing and adhering to these standards. These standards are a supplement to the Student Code of Conduct, Residence Life Handbook, and the Residential Contract. Any violation of the standards may result in disciplinary action. Standards that duplicate Student Code of Conduct Violations are noted after the standard with the appropriate code of conduct violation. When possible, allegations involving violating these standards will be charged under the Student Code of Conduct. Any housing community standard, not duplicating a Student Code of Conduct, may be treated as an administrative violation for failing to meet Housing Standards, Residential Contract, or the Residence Life Handbook or referred to Student Conduct for violating Student Code of Conduct 2.4.26 "Violation of any University policy, rule, or regulation published in hard copy or available electronically on the University Website."

4.2 Respect for Others

4.2.1 Students must be mindful of the rights of other residents and avoid
activities that unnecessarily disturb individuals or groups, or interfere with the normal activities of the University. This includes, but is not limited to intimidating behavior, physical assault, hazing, and unsuitable conduct. (S.C.C. 2.4.4 & 2.4.14)

4.2.2 Housing and Residence Life, in alignment with the Jesuit mission,
respects and celebrates the diversity and dignity of all our residents. Acts of intolerance and/or harassment due to race, ethnicity, gender, religion, disability or sexual orientation are neither acceptable nor tolerated. (S.C.C. 2.4.2, 2.4.4, & 2.4.7)

4.2.3 Students will refrain from the harassment and verbal abuse of other
students. (S.C.C. 2.4.2 & 2.4.12)

4.2.4 Students will comply with reasonable requests from residence hall staff,
including identifying themselves when asked, providing true and accurate information when asked and students will refrain from the harassment and verbal abuse of staff members. (S.C.C. 2.4.2, 2.4.5, 2.4.6c & 2.4.10)

4.2.5 At no time, should a student should use any recording or photography devices, (including but not limited to, cellular phone cameras, video cameras, digital and 35mm cameras, etc.) in or around any restroom, shower, or other private (i.e. resident rooms) or semi private space (i.e. lounges) without the consent of any and all involved parties. The University reserves the right to use video recording in residential areas, as it sees fit to maintain safety and security. (S.C.C. 2.4.24)

4.3 Noise

4.3.1 Quiet hours are in effect from midnight to 8 am, Monday through Friday, and from 2 am through 10 am, Saturday and Sunday, in all buildings. Each floor may establish additional quiet hours, so that residents may count on undisturbed quiet activities such as relaxing, studying, and sleeping. (S.C.C. 2.4.7)

4.3.2 Moderate noise levels that promote an atmosphere of academic success should be maintained during all hours other than those designated as quiet. Students should be considerate by observing these hours and responding appropriately to requests to lower noise volume. (S.C.C. 2.4.7)

4.3.3 Noise that can be heard outside of a room or in the courtyard of a building by placing a stereo out the window, yelling out the window, or using amplification devices is prohibited at all times. (S.C.C. 2.4.7)

4.4 Guests

4.4.1 In respect for the privacy of others, visitors are permitted during specified hours only in accordance with housing visitation policies and any roommate agreement.

4.4.2 Hosts are expected to meet and register their guests at the building
entrance or desk and escort them at all times while in the building. At no time should any resident provide entrance to the building to anyone who is not his or her guest.

4.4.3 Hosts are responsible for all actions of their guests.

4.4.4 At no time should individuals be in a restroom facility designated for the opposite gender.

4.4.5 Residents may have overnight guests in the halls in accordance with the
visitation guidelines in place for their particular building. Such guests,
however, may not stay for more than 3 days without expressed permission from the Residence Hall Coordinator.

4.4.6 Cohabitation is not permitted.

4.4.7 Sales or solicitation (including, but not limited to, running a business out of your room, magazine sales, pizza sales, etc) is not permitted in the residence halls/apartment living units. All materials to be distributed to the residence halls/students must be approved by SGA advertisement guidelines and be sent through the Housing and Residence Life Office.

4.5 Alcohol and Drugs

4.5.1 No person under the legal age in the state of Missouri may consume or possess alcoholic beverages in the residence halls/apartment living units. (S.C.C. 2.4.3)

4.5.2. No alcohol is permitted in the presence of an underage student. (S.C.C. 2.4.3)

4.5.3 Students who display intoxicated behaviors or students who require staff assistance due to their consumption of alcohol or illegal drugs shall be subjected to disciplinary action. (S.C.C. 2.4.3)

4.5.4 Residents over the legal age in the state of Missouri are allowed to bring alcoholic beverages in closed containers into the upper-class residence halls/apartment living units. However, they are not permitted to have open or unopened containers of alcohol in a common area (including, but not limited to, hallways, lounges, kitchens, bathrooms, elevators, or game rooms) or in outdoor public areas. No alcohol is permitted on a balcony/patio at any time.

4.5.5 Alcohol containers that promote irresponsible drinking, large parties, or binge drinking (including, but not limited to, kegs, beer balls, funnels, beer bongs, beer pong tables, etc.) are not permitted in the residence halls/apartment living units.

4.5.6 Alcoholic beverage container collections or "trophies" (including, but not limited to, bottles, cans, bottle caps, etc.) are not permitted in the residence halls/apartment living units.

4.5.7. Possession or use of illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia (including, but not limited to, bongs, pipes, etc) is prohibited in the residence halls/apartment living units. (S.C.C. 2.4.9)

4.5.8 Possession or use of prescription medications for which you do not have a valid prescription in your name is not permitted in the residence halls/apartment living units. (S.C.C. 2.4.9)

4.6 Health, Safety, and Welfare

4.6.1 Students are prohibited from keeping or using firearms, fireworks, explosives, weapons (including, but not limited to, knives, pellet guns, air guns, spring loaded or paintball guns), or other dangerous articles or substances in university housing. (S.C.C. 2.4.27)

4.6.2 Activating a false fire alarm is strictly prohibited. (S.C.C. 2.4.10)

4.6.3 Students are not to tamper with or remove any fire or safety equipment (including, but not limited to, smoke detectors, sprinkler systems, fire extinguisher, etc) in the residence halls/apartment living units. Items may not be hung from the sprinklers. (S.C.C. 2.4.11)

4.6.4 Students must vacate the building whenever the fire alarm system is activated. (S.C.C. 2.4.11)

4.6.5 Open flame or open element devices (including, but not limited to, candles-wick or no wick, incense, George Forman grills, toasters, toaster ovens, barbeque grills, etc) are not permitted in the residence halls/apartment living units (kitchen items exempted in apartments with kitchens) or in building courtyards.

4.6.6 The propping open of residence hall exterior doors is strictly prohibited.

4.6.7 Throwing or dropping objects from windows or balconies is prohibited. 

4.6.8 Pets are not permitted in the residence halls/apartment living units except for fish or hermit crabs in small bowls or an aquarium that is limited to 10 gallons.

4.6.9 Students are prohibited from being out on a ledge, windowsill, or a building roof.

4.6.10 Elevator abuse (overloading, etc.) poses a serious threat to the safety of all and may result in disciplinary action with a minimum fine of $100.

4.6.11 In order to maintain reasonable occupancy levels, gatherings in a residence hall room or apartment should not exceed more than four times the designed occupancy level.

4.7 Property and Theft

4.7.1 Students are expected to respect university property, as well as the property of other community members. Students shall be financially liable for damages, alterations, or removals that they cause (including damage caused by their guests), to residence hall rooms, buildings, and other community member's property. (S.C.C. 2.4.5)

4.7.2 University property may not be removed from student rooms or from public areas.

4.7.3. Out of respect for others property and university facilities, sports or general rough-housing are not permitted in the hallways or lounges. Additionally, wheeled transportation (including, but not limited to, bikes, roller blades, skateboards, etc.) are not permitted in the hallways or lounges of residence halls/apartment living units.

4.7.4 Screens must remain on windows at all times.

4.7.5 Students may not remove, alter, or tamper with door closures, locks, etc.
Additional locks may not be added to the room or bathrooms doors.

4.8 Keys and Residence Hall Access

4.8.1 Students are not allowed to give their SLU ID, room and/or entrance keys to others. (S.C.C. 2.4.17)

4.8.2 Students are expected to abide by all university housing lockout policy procedures, including reporting lost or missing residence hall keys or access cards immediately.

4.8.3. Falsification of information in an attempt to obtain a back-up key is strictly prohibited. (S.C.C. 2.4.6 & 2.4.17)

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