Residential Conduct & Standards on College Campuses

Students who live in college or university housing have likely signed documents that require they conduct themselves in accordance with the school's regulations. These standards are referred to as residential community conduct guidelines and are located in a school's code of conduct.

Here is a list of general residential guidelines that are commonly imposed upon students by higher education institutions:

Alcohol

Schools prohibit students from possessing, storing and consuming alcoholic beverages on campus residencies. There is an exception for student residents who are 21 years of age or older, but there are restrictions. Most schools empathize that underage students who are in proximity of alcohol are considered violators of this policy, even if they have not been discovered consuming or having possession of an alcoholic beverage.

Drugs and Paraphernalia

In accordance with federal, state and city ordinances, the use, cultivation, manufacture, sale, distribution and/or possession of drugs is not tolerated, especially not in residential areas. Items linked to drug use, such as hookahs, bongs, dugouts, pipes, blow tubes etc. are also prohibited and will be confiscated. School authorities may suspect that a student is using inappropriately if a student uses prescription medication. In these cases, students must have proof that this medication was properly acquired and that they are authorized to use it. If the school can prove that a student was aware of the drug use of an acquaintance and did not report it, he or she could be charged as an accomplice.

Environmental Safety

It's no surprise that student dorms get a little messy. However, being too messy could lead to disciplinary action. According to most codes of conduct, students who are found negligently or intentionally exposing another person to “hazardous waste” could lead to harsh repercussions. Bodily fluids, biological waste, the accumulation of mold and pests are several forms of hazardous waste. Other regulations involving the storing of food and drinks vary from school to school.

Fighting

Assaulting another person is not permitted on campus residencies. Most students may be surprised about what constitutes as assault. Pushing or shoving a person in a way that you perceive as harmless could lead to a criminal assault charge and a violation of your school's guidelines.

Noise

During the school year, colleges set guidelines that enforce a duration of time that students occupying residencies are expected to be quiet. During these hours, noise from television, stereos, musical instruments, laptops or conversations must not be audible outside dorm rooms. If neighboring students or fellow dorm mates complain that the noise created by a student is interfering with sleep or studying time, students will be asked to turn it down. Multiple complaints could potentially lead to a disciplinary action carried out by your school.

It's important to note that these guidelines are general and may vary depending on the college or university a student attends.

How Can A Violation of My College's Residential Conduct Policy Affect my Standing as a Student of the College?

If a higher education institution decides that they need to contact law enforcement authorities for any violation that occurs on campus housing, students may face criminal charges as well as disciplinary action taken by the school.

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If you have been accused of violating your school's residential guidelines, you should consult with an experienced attorney. Joseph D. Lento is here to protect your rights and preserve your academic future. Contact him today.

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