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Chapter Four: Residential Life

Welcome to Residential Life at the University of Bridgeport!

Mission Statement
Staff
Student Employment Positions in Residential Life

Residence Hall Living from A to Z

OUR MISSION STATEMENT

The Office of Housing and Residential Life promotes residents’ learning, growth, and success.

College students typically spend 90% of their time outside the classroom and living on campus is an important and transformative part of students’ development at the University of Bridgeport. Our knowledgeable staff is committed to promoting residents’ academic excellence and personal growth. Residents are:

  • ENGAGED as active, contributing community members;
  • ENCOURAGED to develop their leadership, communication, and human relations skills; and
  • EMPOWERED with the critical thinking abilities that will help them serve as responsible, productive members of their local and global communities.

OUR STAFF

The Office of Housing and Residential Life employs over 125 student and professional staff with one goal in mind — to provide residents with secure, stimulating, attractive living environments that promote building connections with other students and employees within the university community. The Director of Housing and Residential Life (DHRL) is responsible for overseeing the entire residential living community structure, coordinating a diverse staff which consists of Professional Staff (ProStaff), Graduate Assistants (GAs), Resident Assistants (RAs), Office Assistants (OAs), and front desk staff to ensure that residents are receiving the high-quality programs and services they need and deserve. Our professional staff includes:

Director of Housing and Residential Life (DRL) - The DHRL assists in the overall supervision and direction for the department, directly supervises and mentors professional staff, coordinates staff training, and leads department-wide residence education and programming efforts.

Housing Operations Coordinator (HOC) - The HOC is a central office staff member overseeing the day-to-day housing operations of the department, while supporting our graduate student population, and managing our graduate housing locations.

Resident Directors (RDs) - The residence hall community is managed by a full-time, live-in professional staff members who assist residents with personal and academic concerns, supervises the hall’s student staff, promotes intentionally designed programs, responds to policy matters, and provides skilled response to a variety of student issues.

Graduate Assistants (GAs) - GAs are graduate level staff members traditionally enrolled in the College Student Personnel program who assist with the overall operations and programming efforts of the department.

The Office of Housing and Residential Life is open from 8 a.m.‑7 p.m., Monday‑Friday and is located at the rear of Seeley Hall. Contact Information:

Mailing Address: Seeley Hall, Rear Entrance, 490 Waldemere Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06604

Telephone: 203-576-4228; Fax: 203-576-2536; Email: reslife@bridgeport.edu

STUDENT EMPLOYMENT POSITIONS IN RESIDENTIAL LIFE

There are dozens of student leaders working within our residence halls with one goal in mind — to provide our students with a secure, stimulating, and enjoyable living environment during their time at the university. Through these leadership positions within the department, students gain valuable professional experience, learn and grow within a diverse community, and make personal and professional connections that will last a lifetime. Each position offers a unique perspective, focusing on a different aspect of the overall on-campus living experience.

Resident Assistant (RA) - RAs are undergraduate and graduate paraprofessional staff members who work to build a residential community conducive to student success by encouraging students to become engaged in campus programs, referring students to needed campus services, and helping students with whatever concerns they may have in the residence halls.

Community Assistant (CA) - CAs are undergraduate paraprofessional staff members who will have the same requirements and basic job responsibilities as a Resident Assistant with additional functions and responsibilities. This role is a support to their RA team, their department, and their supervisor.

Office Assistant (OA) - The OAs are undergraduate/graduate paraprofessional staff that assist in the daily operations of either the main Residential Life Office or the office within each residence hall.

Front Desk Assistant (FDA) - These undergraduate and graduate paraprofessional staff members serve as greeters for families/guests in the residence halls, promote visitation policy compliance, and respond to guest and student concerns, and enforces policy.

Residence Hall Association (RHA) - RHA consists of an executive board which advocates for the needs of our residential students and creates traditional late night and weekend programming and events on campus. Every resident who lives on campus is a member of RHA and along with being welcome at each meeting is eligible to become an RHA delegate representing the dorm building and fellow residents.

Hall Council - The Hall Council for each residence hall is the representative body for that building. Elected officers chosen each year represent their peers and create educational and social events in the residence hall under the guidance of RHA and their RD. Hall Council members may also represent their building in the Residence Hall Association.

RESIDENCE HALL LIVING FROM A TO Z – POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

The Residence Hall Experience

Students have many privileges as members of the residence hall community, which are dependent on how students work together to create a respectful community.

  • We strive to provide students with a living environment that is safe and secure. We expect students to work together to protect themselves, their belongings, and other residents by always locking the door, abiding by residence hall policies designed to protect all residents, keeping the community secure by never letting unknown individuals into the hall, and following instructions provided by Campus Security and Residential Life staff.
  • We strive to provide students with the ability to sleep, study and socialize in a space conducive to personal and academic success. We expect students to work together to observe the Quiet and Courtesy Hours Policy, to act in a manner which is respectful of others, and to be aware of how actions impact roommates and other hall residents.
  • We strive to provide students privacy within each room, to freely use the designated space provided in the dorm room, and to be free from unwanted guests within the room. We expect students to work together to speak with their roommates about personal preferences regarding sleeping, studying, and guests in the room and to work respectfully with roommates to establish mutually agreeable guidelines for each room.
  • We strive to provide a variety of programs and events designed to promote personal growth and to live in a supportive living environment. We expect students to work together to be active, contributing members of the residence hall and to promote a positive campus community.
  • We strive to provide a community where students can speak with others about how their behavior may be impacting others within the residence hall. We expect students to work together to communicate in a respectful manner and to be aware of how their actions and behaviors may be impacting others.
  • We strive to provide students with the knowledge about what items and behaviors are allowed and not allowed in the residence halls and as students of the University of Bridgeport. We expect students to read and know all information provided by the University in the Key to UB: Student Handbook, in the Housing/Meal License, and any other official documents related to time as a UB student.
  • We strive to aid, as members of the University Staff and Administration, including student staff members of the Office of Housing and Residential Life, to answer questions and resolve concerns. We expect that students will appropriately notify staff of concerns, to cooperate with them as they respond to the issue, and to have realistic expectations regarding what can be done to resolve concerns.
  • We strive to provide a space for students to be treated fairly and respectfully by university staff. We expect that students will work together to comply with reasonable instructions given by University and Residential Life staff, including providing access to the room if it is necessary for them to perform their duties.

The Office of Housing and Residential Life seeks to provide each student with a living experience that supports their engagement and academic success. In order to maintain a strong community, there are guidelines for appropriate behavior. All students are responsible for abiding by all University policies and procedures, including those stated throughout this handbook and in the Housing Agreement.

ACCOMMODATIONS AND ROOM ASSIGNMENTS

While the Office of Housing and Residential Life makes every effort to assign students into requested residence halls, we cannot guarantee that all requests will be possible. Since the University celebrates diversity, the Office of Housing and Residential Life does not make or change any room assignment based on race, creed, religion, national origin, sexual orientation or gender expression, language, or any other difference.

ALCOHOL

Alcohol consumption is strictly prohibited in all common areas of residence halls. Students may not possess alcohol or alcohol containers, or drink from open containers of alcohol, in common areas of the residence halls. Students under the age of 21 may not possess alcohol or alcohol containers or consume alcohol anywhere on the University of Bridgeport campus. Students 21 and over may not consume or possess alcohol in the presence of anyone under the age of 21. UNDER CONNECTICUT LAW, THE USE BY A MINOR OF ALCOHOL ON PRIVATE PROPERTY IS ILLEGAL AND THE OWNER AND/OR OPERATOR OF THE LOCATION MAY BE HELD CRIMINALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CONSEQUENCES.

APPLIANCES

The only approved appliances that are permitted in the residence halls are electric razors, fans, Keurigs, auto-shutoff coffee makers, auto-shutoff irons, radios, stereos, computers, TVs, and lamps (Halogen and torchiere-type floor lamps are strictly prohibited). Because they are safety hazards, students are not permitted the use of broilers, toasters, George Foreman grills, waffle makers, rice cookers, hot plates, candles, halogen lamps, torchiere floor lamps, deep fryers, or other items specified by residence life staff (exception: cooking appliances are permitted in areas with full kitchens, such as the undergraduate and graduate houses, University Hall Apartments, University Place Apartments, Health Science Living Community, and community kitchens in all other residence halls). Storage for cooking appliances in the residence halls consists of the appliance being placed in its original box or a storage bin. Unauthorized use of such items is subject to fines and removal. Personal air conditioners and space heaters are also prohibited due to their power loads and our concern for fire safety. Since micro-fridge units are provided in each room, additional units are prohibited. For additional items not allowed within the residence halls, please see Prohibited Items in this chapter.

BICYCLES, MOTORCYCLES, MOPEDS, and HOVERBOARDS

Bicycles, motorcycles, and mopeds are not permitted within any residence hall and must be stored outside of the building. Students are responsible for supplying their own locks when using the bicycle rack. Hoverboards are expressly prohibited on campus and at any University property.

BREAK HOUSING

Housing is available during the winter and summer terms for students living in the residence halls. There is an additional charge for winter and summer housing. Monthly and weekly rates vary; however, the daily rate is a minimum of $26 per day and can be higher depending on accommodation type. For more information about Break Housing please visit the housing portal through the UB Portal.

CHECK-IN/CHECK-OUT PROCEDURES

Returning residents must be registered for classes for the current semester, be up to date on all financial obligations and medical/immunization records and provide picture proof of identity before moving into the residence hall. New residents must be fully registered within one week of the beginning of classes. All residents must maintain full-time status, a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher, and meet all health requirements to be admitted to and remain in a residence hall. Permission must be granted from the DHRL or designee to waive any of these requirements.

Checking In

Students may check-in for the semester shortly before classes begin (dates will be stated in published literature and on our webpage).

No one is admitted prior to that time without permission from the DHRL or designee. For information on requesting an early arrival, and the associated charges, please contact Housing and Residential Life.

Forfeiture of a student’s assigned room is effective if the occupant(s) fail(s) to check-in by the end of the first week of classes. Another room will be assigned if one is available after that time. The occupant is still financially responsible until such time as s/he is determined to be a “NO SHOW” by Residential Life staff.

Non-Traditional/Graduate Housing students will need to outline their expected date of arrival within their Housing Application. Further directions of arrival will be sent via email.

Checking Out

Whenever a resident leaves an assigned room to move to another room, when the semester ends or when the student withdraws from university housing and/or the University, Residential Life staff must inspect the room for cleanliness, damage, and missing furniture. At this time, a checkout form will be completed by Residential Life staff and compared to the check-in form.

Any damages, excessive cleaning, or missing furniture will be billed to the student responsible, including lock changes and other charges associated with lost keys. Any questions concerning damage charges should be directed to Residential Life staff immediately. Both occupants will share charges if there is a dispute over who caused the damage(s). Personal property left behind will be disposed of or donated to charity. For additional information please see policy on Personal Property, Abandoned Property, and Storage in this chapter. If a student fails to check out properly, a $200 fee will be assessed to the student’s account and the student cannot contest any applied charges.

COMMUNITY SPACES

Each residence hall includes community spaces which residents are encouraged to utilize including:

  • Community Kitchens - Stovetops located conveniently in each hall allow students to do light cooking.
  • Community Lounges - With their large flat-screen TVs, the community lounges are popular spaces for students to come together and enjoy themselves in the hall.
  • Recreation Rooms - Offering pool, ping pong or Foosball tables, these are great places for students to hang out; Residential Life also offers the free use of an XBOX One, PlayStation 4, or Nintendo Wii.
  • Laundry Facilities - Each hall has multiple washer/dryer units for students to use at no charge.

COMMUNITY STANDARDS

Residence Halls are vibrant communities filled with students from throughout the nation and the world. As such, residents will meet people who come from different cultures, backgrounds, and belief systems. We expect that all students will act in a respectful manner to each other and toward everyone they meet during their time at the university. We also expect that all students will abide by University and Residential Life policies to help ensure that our UB community remains a safe, secure and enjoyable environment for all those who live on campus.

CUSTODIAL STAFF

Custodial staff clean the common areas of the residence hall daily, including bathrooms, kitchens, and lounges. Students are expected to bring all garbage to the garbage room and take care of keeping the common areas clean out of respect for their hall mates. Residents are responsible for the cleanliness and upkeep of their room including taking out all garbage and keeping the room in a clean, presentable condition. A room cleaning schedule can be a helpful tool to prevent issues from occurring throughout the semester.

DAMAGE POLICY

As indicated in the Residence Hall Contract, residential students will be held responsible for room and public area damage. Public area damage will be assessed for each student in a particular hall or floor/wing on a prorated basis. Charges for anonymous damage to community spaces that cannot be attributed to a responsible person will be divided among occupants and affected floor and/or hall residents respectively. Common area damages such as flooding caused by intentionally vandalized plumbing, intentional elevator vandalism, and the pulling of false fire alarms, will be billed equally to all residents of that hall/floor unless the responsible parties can be determined or take responsibility for their actions.

DINING AND MEAL PLAN OPTIONS

Residence hall students may select one of four meal plans which is automatically included in the price of on campus housing. Students may request a meal plan through Residential Life, at an additional charge, or they may elect to put Dining Dollars on their UB ID card for use in the dining venues on campus. Each meal plan includes a set number of meals per week that the student can use at Marina Dining Hall. Additionally, each meal plan includes an amount of Dining Dollars which can be used in place of cash at a variety of dining locations on campus. Students may request to change their meal plan online through the MyUB Portal, during the first three weeks of the semester ONLY.

  • UB On the Go 50 – includes 50 meals and $100 flex points per semester. (Only for University Hall Apartments)
  • Café Scribe – Located on the 1st floor of Wahlstrom Library, Café Scribe offers a variety of prepared sandwiches, coffee/tea, soft drinks, juices, and light food choices. Students can purchase items at Café Scribe with cash, credit cards, or dining dollars.
  • Marina Dining Hall – As the main dining facility on campus, Marina Dining Hall is open daily. Meals at Marina Dining Hall are included as part of the meal plan. Students may “pay” for guests by using their Dining Dollars.
  • The HUB – Located in Marina features the UB Grill. The refreshed grill at The HUB @ Marina offers classics, old favorites, and new innovative menu items.

DOUBLE AS SINGLE CONVERSION PROCESS

The process of a double as single conversion means that a student chooses to purchase the entire double room as a single. If a student has decided to purchase the room, an email must be sent to stating that they have communicated with Student Financial Services as well as family and are aware of the charge but would like to proceed with the purchase.

If students do not wish to convert the room into a double-as-a-single they must contact ResLife at reslife@brideport.edu. By not converting, a student should understand that the following applies:

  1. A resident student must only use their 1⁄2 of the room and keep it in a state allowing for easy access by a potential new roommate.
  2. Be aware that the occupying student will receive a roommate, or will be relocated to a room with a roommate.
  3. If the resident is found to have the other side in use, they will be subject to a fine of $200 per day that the room is kept in an unacceptable condition.

When a student chooses to only use half of the room and not relocate to a room with a roommate, the following applies:

  • The room will be randomly checked by the RA staff to confirm that the student in fact is only using half of the room.
  • If a resident is found in violation and is utilizing both sides of the room, they will be fined $200 the first two times. In addition, they will be left a notice that they have 24 hours to resolve the issue.
  • If the student is found in violation a third time, they will be left a notice that ResLife will automatically be converting the room to a Double as a Single and the resident account will be adjusted with the new amount of $10,635 for the remainder of the semester.

ELEVATORS

University Hall is equipped with passenger elevators for regular use by residents. Barnum, Chaffee, and Seeley are equipped with small freight elevators. Access to these is limited to hall openings and closings. Students who have short or long-term medical necessities are required to submit a request to the Student Accessibility Office. Housing relocation can be an option for a student during any time of the year or may be a requirement to relocate. A student observed operating the freight elevator in improper manner before it becomes defective, can be billed the cost of repairs up to $1,500.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS TO LIVE WITHIN THE RESIDENCE HALLS

Students living in the residence halls must meet the following requirements:

  1. Must be a full-time, matriculated student at the University of Bridgeport. Full-time status is defined as being registered for 12 or more credits as an undergraduate and 9 or more credits as a graduate student. Current residence hall students must be registered for the spring semester prior to the end of the fall semester or they: (a) must remove all belongings from the residence hall at the end of the term, (b) will be removed from on-campus housing for the spring term and (c) will have to pay the $250 housing deposit and reapply for on-campus housing for the spring term once registered for classes.
  2. Residents must pay all charges owed to the University by their respective due dates. Outstanding tuition bills and/or housing deposits, housing charges, and damage bills not paid on time may result in a student being denied an assignment within the residence halls.
  3. Must be 100% compliant with Health Services regarding all immunizations required to attend the University and live within the residence halls. Pursuant to Connecticut State General Statute 10a-155b, all students residing in a college residence hall MUST be vaccinated for meningitis. Please contact Health Services regarding all other vaccinations required to attend the university.
  4. The University reserves the right to remove students from the residence halls and/or university community if they demonstrate an inability to abide by the rules of the University, the Code of Community Standards and/or the rules of the Office of Housing and Residential Life.

Should a student withdraw from the University or obtain permission to move off campus, the student must remove all belongings from, and officially vacate, the residence hall within 24 hours after withdrawal. Failure to do so will result in fines and/or the disposal of all items left within the residence hall at the expense of the student.

EMERGENCY BROADCAST SYSTEM - LIVESAFE APP

The University of Bridgeport has established an Emergency Broadcast System through LiveSafe. LiveSafe will allow the University of Bridgeport to transmit messages to users, informing them of an event that may have a direct impact on health or safety.

LiveSafe is the personal UB Security and information phone application for all students, faculty and staff. It is available for Android and iPhone devices. LiveSafe allows the user to send tips and message to Campus Security, share location with friend or family, and locate building on campus and access emergency services and preparedness information. The information is easy to obtain directly from a hand-held device by scrolling through the information tab provided and opening the tab to reach Campus Security while on campus or 911/police when off-campus. Other features available include the SafeWalk feature where the user can allow a family member or friend to follow them on the application to ensure the safe arrival to the destination of choice. If looking for a specific building on campus, the LiveSafe application can give walking or driving directions from the user’s current location to the university destination address of choice.

FIRE SAFETY

A. Fire Alarms

When a fire alarm sounds in a residence hall, all residents must evacuate the building(s) immediately and completely. Evacuation is expected every time the fire alarm sounds. Failure to evacuate the building promptly during a fire alarm will result in a $50 fine and disciplinary action. Please wait for Security to give the OK before reentering the building. In cases where it is determined that a false fire alarm has been triggered, each resident of that hall will be billed $25 each time the intentional false fire alarm is caused unless Residential Life or Security staff is able to identify the individual perpetrator(s).

B. Fire Alarm Evacuation Procedures

Student cooperation in the following procedures may be important in saving the lives of other residents of the community if a fire or similar disaster should occur. It is the responsibility of every resident to be familiar with these procedures and standards and to observe them fully.

  1. When the alarm sounds, leave immediately.
  2. If you are in a burning building:
    • Call x4911 to report an emergency from a campus phone, or call (203) 576- 4911 on a cell phone to report your location and the nature of the emergency.
    • Stay calm and report the emergency accurately.
    • If there is smoke in the room, keep low to the floor.
    • If possible, put a wet towel over your mouth and nose.
    • Before passing through any doors, feel the metal doorknob. If it is hot, do not open the door. Attempt to exit through a window if it is low enough to the ground.
    • If exit out the window is impossible, wave something out of the window, such as a pillowcase or shirt, to attract the attention of the Fire Department.
    • Open the window from the top, if possible, (to let out the smoke and the heat) and from the bottom (to let in fresh air).
    • If the door CAN open, brace yourself against the door and open it slowly to make sure there is no heat or heavy smoke on the other side. If there is, then close the door again.
    • If able to leave the room through the door, close after exiting.
    • Go to the nearest exit or stairs. DO NOT USE THE ELEVATORS.
    • If it has not already been activated, activate the fire alarm system by pulling on the bar marked “PULL” or following the directions as stated on the alarm station.
    • If the nearest exit is blocked by fire, heat, or smoke, go to an alternate exit.
    • If all exits on the floor are blocked, go back to the room, close the door, open the window as described, wave something out the window, and shout for help.
    • After evacuating the building, stand clear of it by crossing the street or evacuating to a SAFE ZONE. Allow the fire-fighters and fire-fighting equipment to maneuver around the building, as necessary.

C. Safety Standards

  1. Always close and lock the door to the room when going to bed.
  2. Make a habit of keeping a towel and slip-on shoes near the door.
  3. Only UL approved power strips with surge protectors (internal breaker or GFI) are permitted for use within the residence halls. All other types of extension cords are prohibited. Do not string wires or extension cords under rugs, over hooks, or in any place where these may be subject to wear or mechanical damage. All electrical cords should be checked periodically for wear or damage. Use only authorized appliances and only those that are Underwriter Laboratories (UL) listed.
  4. Due to fire safety concerns, candles and incense are not allowed within the residence halls.
  5. To ensure that students and guests have clear access throughout the residence halls in an emergency, no items may be stored in the hallway including, but not limited to, clothing, boxes, books, shoes, etc.
  6. Fire doors in halls and stairwells must be kept closed at all times; do not prop open doors.
  7. Know the location of all fire exits, fire alarms, and fire extinguishers before needing to use them. Make it a practice to know the emergency exit or pathway from any room and count how many steps it would take to get from the room to a hall door if blinded by smoke.
  8. Upon waking up at night and smelling smoke, do not open the door until feeling it carefully with a hand. If it is hot, leave it closed. Use a cell phone to call for help or go to the window and call for help unless able to get through other rooms that do not lead into the corridor. DO NOT JUMP!
  9. Do not take any chances with fire. Even a small one can get out of control within seconds. In case of a fire, the alarm should be activated, the building evacuated, and Campus Security called.
  10. If in a room where a fire starts, leave quickly. Close the door to confine the blaze to that one room for as long as possible and do not lock the door.

D. Misuse of Fire Safety Equipment

If a fire alarm system is intentionally activated as a false alarm or if a fire is set in a residence hall, violators will be subject to severe disciplinary action including arrest, suspension, expulsion, and damage billing. The person responsible for the removal or misuse of fire extinguishers, standpipe hoses, valves, horns, emergency exit signs, glass coverings, tampering/covering of smoke detectors, covering/blocking door entrances, etc. will be subject to severe disciplinary action including arrest, expulsion, and damage billing. Persons having information relating to the setting of fires or false alarms are expected in all cases to notify a university staff member. Any person who knowingly withholds information from university staff that relates to setting fires or false alarms will be subject to disciplinary action.

E. University Reward for the Identification of a Person making a False Fire Alarm

The University will credit $1,000 to the account of any student who gives information regarding anyone creating a false fire alarm, providing that information leads to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible. This may require testifying in a court of law.

F. University Reward for the Identification of a Person making a Bomb Threat

The University will award a full semester’s tuition for information leading to the identification, arrest, and conviction of any student or students making bomb threats.

FLOOR/HALL MEETINGS

Throughout the semester, Residential Life staff will hold floor/hall meetings. These meetings are mandatory for all residential students to attend, sincethey include a variety of important topics related to living in the residence halls. Students must communicate their attendance to the RA, because they are held accountable for the information discussed. Failure to attend without advance communication may result in RA and/or ProStaff follow-up.

FOOD STORAGE

To maintain a healthy environment within the residence halls, students are strongly encouraged to make good decisions regarding the storage of food in their rooms. Food and beverages should be stored in Micro-fridges or in sealable containers within the room.

GUEST POLICY

Definitions

  • A visitor is a University of Bridgeport student who lives in a UB residential building other than the one being visited.
  • A guest is a person who does not live on campus, regardless of their affiliation to UB. An overnight guest is any off-campus guest (either a UB student who lives off-campus or a person who is not a UB student) who will be remaining in the hall after midnight.

General Policies

  • Upon entering the hall, a visitor/guest must have a valid picture ID. Any visitor/guest/overnight guest without a valid photo ID will not be allowed to enter the residence hall. The only forms of valid ID accepted from a visitor/guest/overnight guest for visiting residence halls are:
    • A current state issued driver’s license or identification card including a photo;
    • A current passport;
    • A current military ID; or
    • A current, valid University of Bridgeport ID (Residential students must have a security sticker for the current term).
  • Guests/overnight guests who plan to come into UB residence halls need to be registered by the host using the online system for the first initial visitation within 72 hours before the date of visit. This registration occurs only once.
  • Each resident host is permitted to sign-in no more than two (2) guests/visitors at any one time.
  • Each resident host may have only one (1) overnight guest at a time.
  • A resident host is responsible for the escort and conduct of a visitor/guest/overnight guest during the entire visit and any situations or damages they may cause.
  • Before inviting any visitor/guest/overnight guest to the dorm room, students should be considerate of their roommates and discuss it with them. For overnight guests, if any roommate does not consent, a student cannot have a guest stay in the room.
  • The minimum age to visit the residence hall is 18 years old unless prior approval is received for Athletic recruitment or University special events by the Director of Housing and Residential Life or designee.

Visitor Policies

  • The resident host, in person, must sign a visitor in and out of the residence hall at the front desk every time they enter and leave the residence hall.
  • The resident host must always escort their guest throughout the building.
  • The status of all visitors living on campus will be verified prior to being admitted into the residence hall as a visitor.
  • Visitors from other halls have no hourly restriction of when to visit. Be sure to review the last bullet of this section.
  • A visitor is not required to officially sign in as an overnight guest; however, they are allowed to stay overnight as a visitor. This should not exceed more than two (2) days in a week. A week is defined as Sunday‑Saturday.
  • In addition to any authorized overnight guest, a resident host can also have one (1) on-campus visitor visit at any time.

All double occupancy rooms are strongly encouraged to complete a roommate agreement form at the start of the semester All first-year students are required to complete a roommate agreement.

Guest Policies

  • A guest must be signed into the residence hall, using one of the valid forms of ID listed above, at the front desk every time they enter and leave the building.
  • A resident host who wishes to have a guest stay past midnight (12 a.m.) needs to submit an Overnight Guest Request Form through the housing portal.
  • If a guest unexpectedly will not be leaving before midnight, the resident host must register them using the online system before midnight AND check in with the in-hall duty staff to explain the change in plans.
  • Violating these policies will subject the host to loss of guest privileges and possible student disciplinary action.

Overnight Guest Restrictions

  • A resident may have no more than one (1) overnight guest at a time.
  • A guest may only stay up to two (2) times per week in the residence halls. The week is defined as Sunday-Saturday. Specifically, this means that within any seven-day period, a guest may only stay for two nights within the residence hall system as anyone’s overnight guest.
  • If the guest (either an off-campus student or non-student) is staying more than one night in the week, the resident must include the request for each night of the stay on the online form.
  • If a student is expecting a guest for more than a two-day period, they must obtain special permission in advance from their roommate and the building’s ProStaff or the DHRL. The guest must not stay the additional day(s) until approval is received from the ProStaff of that building and the DHRL before spending another night in any residence hall on campus.
  • If a guest stays more than two nights in a seven-day period (Sunday‑Saturday) without permission, the resident host will be billed $32 per night and may face student disciplinary action. Repeat offense(s) may result in arrest for trespassing and the student’s guest privileges will be revoked for the remainder of the school year.
  • The University, at its discretion, reserves the right to limit the number of overnight guests in any residence hall or on campus. Residential Life professional staff and Campus Security supervisors reserve the right to deny any individual access to the residence hall, revoke previously approved access, and/or modify our guest policy due to public safety or public health visitors, guests, and overnight guests.
  • Overnight guests are set for Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday if the following Monday is a federal holiday. Overnight guests can stay maximum 3 days and 2 nights.
  • During 24-hour Quiet Hours periods at the end of each semester, overnight guest privileges are suspended in order to promote an environment focused on maximizing residents’ academic success.
  • Other limitations on overnight guest policies may be put in place at specific times such as breaks, grad week, commencement, any disciplinary action assigned, and emergencies; or to respond to issues within the section, hall, or campus. The University will make every attempt to notify residents of such policy adjustments in a timely manner.

HOUSING FEES

As an incoming new undergraduate or graduate student, a one-time Housing Deposit is required to apply for housing. Returning students do not have to pay a housing deposit. After participating in room selection, students will have until June 15 to cancel housing and receive credit to their student university account. Requests must be sent via email. If students decide to withdraw from the institution, housing deposits are not refundable.

Students residing in non-traditional/graduate housing are required to pay a non-refundable maintenance fee of $125 (one-time payment) at the time of assignment. In addition, students must pay one month’s rent as a security deposit. The security deposit is credited to the student, minus any deduction for damages to their housing assignment. The expected timeline is typically within 30 days of the expiration of their final housing license.

Students have within 60 days to dispute any housing fees or charges that have been incurred from the day that the bill is placed onto the account. These disputes must be sent in writing to reslife@bridgeport.edu.

IDENTIFICATION CARDS (UB ID CARD)

All students, faculty, and staff of the University of Bridgeport are issued official UB ID Cards and are expected to carry this card at all times while on university grounds and provide it to university staff/campus security upon request (as stated on the back of each ID card). Furthermore, the UB ID Card provides access to campus buildings and must be presented by all students when entering a residence hall, if they live there. Residential student IDs are only valid if they have the correct building sticker for the semester. No person may falsify, alter, or duplicate their ID card, nor even may someone use another individual’s ID card to gain access to the residence hall, to enter university buildings/offices, or to utilize dining options on campus. These actions may result in disciplinary action and/or a fine.

INAPPROPRIATE/DISRUPTIVE BEHAVIOR

Since the residence hall is a community with several hundred people living together in one space, it is important that all residents are aware of their personal behavior and how it affects others. It is important that they conduct themselves in a respectful and appropriate manner. Any inappropriate and/or disruptive behavior, which is deemed to negatively affect the hall or campus community, will be addressed through the Student Conduct process and may result in sanctions up to and including removal from the residence halls or university.

INDOOR SPORTS

Due to concerns regarding potential damages or injury, indoor sports are not allowed. “Indoor Sports” are defined as, but are not limited to, using balls, bats, Frisbees, skateboards, rackets, or other objects in the halls. Additionally, racing, wrestling, play-fighting, or other sport-like behaviors are not allowed in the residence halls.

INSPECTIONS

Health and Safety

Residential Life staff conduct regular Health and Safety Inspections of all residence hall rooms. These inspections will occur once a month and will be announced prior to inspections. These inspections permit Residential Life staff to verify the status of maintenance requests, inspect rooms for health/safety concerns, and interact with residence hall students that are present at the time — though it is not required that students be present during them. Residents are expected to work to keep the residence hall environment clean and safe of hazards. Excessive garbage, prohibited items, unclean rooms and any behaviors which contribute to an unhealthy living environment are not allowed. Failed Health and Safety Inspections require staff to re-inspect within 24 hours of notice. More than two failures can result in a fine and further disciplinary action. This applies to non-traditional/graduate housing as well.

Life Safety

Residential Life staff conduct regular Life Safety Inspections of all residence hall rooms. These inspections will occur once a month and will be announced. These inspections permit Residential Life staff to verify the status of all life safety equipment such as exit signs, emergency exit maps, smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, etc. Residents are expected to report if any of this equipment is damaged, not working properly or missing. Failed Life Safety inspections require work orders to be submitted and therefore follow-up will be done by our Facilities team to correct the situation. This applies to non-traditional/graduate housing as well.

INTERNET CONNECTIONS AND NETWORK USAGE

All residence hall rooms are equipped with the ability to connect to the internet through a standard Ethernet cord which students must provide. Wireless access is also provided within the residence halls. Wireless routers are not permitted on campus. All residents and guests who access the campus computer network must abide by the Computer Network: Acceptable Use Guidelines stated in Chapter 6: Policies of the University of Bridgeport in the Key to UB: Student Handbook. University Place Apartments are responsible for obtaining their own internet service provider.

KEY CONTROL AND LOCKOUTS

Students are issued a UB identification card that also acts as a meal and access card for those living on campus. Residents who lose their proximity/UB ID card may be issued another for a charge and must contact Campus Security immediately to get a new card. Occasionally, a student may need to be let into their room. If so, the student should contact a Residential Life Staff member to gain assistance. Residential Life staff can open residents’ room doors, but only for an occupant of that room with proof of identity. After three lockouts students will be billed $15 for each additional time they need to be let into their room.

The Office of Housing and Residential Life wants to make sure that students always have access to their rooms. If a key gets lost, stolen, broken, or a student is locked out of their room, we have worked to make it quick and easy for atudents to regain room access. The following are the procedures to get help:

FOR LOCK OUTS

  • During the hours of 8 a.m.‑7 p.m. contact the Office of Housing and Residential Life at 203‑576‑4228. The Office Assistant will log all student information and then assist.
  • During the hours of 7 p.m.‑8 a.m., contact the RA of the Hall. Phone number is located at the RA office and Front desk.
  • RAs are on duty in each hall every night from 7 p.m.‑8 a.m., with the duty phone.

BROKEN, LOST OR STOLEN KEY

  • Visit the Office of Housing and Residential Life, located at the rear of Seeley Hall, during office hours Monday‑Friday 8 a.m.‑7 p.m., to receive a key.
  • The resident will have to sign documentation and charges will apply for key replacement.
  • If a student left the key at home or just needs a replacement key for a couple of days, the Reslife Office can assist in completing a Borrowed Key Form. This form allows students to “borrow” a key for a maximum of 5 days. If by 5 p.m. on the 5th day the borrowed key hasn’t been returned, a Replacement Key charge will be added to the student’s account.

KITCHENS

Each residence hall has a full kitchen or kitchenette style area for use by residents. Residents are responsible for cleaning up after using the kitchen including wiping down counters, and washing and removing utensils, dishes, and pots/pans. All items left in the kitchens overnight or for extended periods of time will be disposed of by university staff.

LAUNDRY SERVICES

Each residence hall offers laundry machines for use by students free of charge. Washers and dryers are in one designated laundry room of the residential locations and are accessible 24/7 by students. While there is no charge for use of the machines, we ask students to use them responsibly and not waste water/electricity by washing laundry excessively. It is also vital that no dishes, pots, and pans are placed in a washer or dryer. Sneakers must be in a delicate mesh laundry bag. Students can access, in real time, an online system showing washer/dryer usage in the residence halls.

Visit www.laundryview.com/bridgeport from any internet connected device. In addition, students are encouraged to download the laundry machine app called CSC Service Works Service App to submit work orders. This enables students to quickly scan the barcode on the laundry machine and enter the description of the issue. Within 24 hours, a representative will respond to the work order which will assist the community in paying attention to those issues quickly.

MAINTENANCE AND HOUSEKEEPING

The housekeeping staff assigned to each building are responsible for cleaning bathrooms and public areas only. The following is a sample list of maintenance and repairs that should be reported to ResLife Staff immediately:

  • Plumbing repairs: clogged drains, toilets, repairs to toilet stalls, repairs to toilet seats
  • Electrical repairs: changing lights (incandescent bulbs and fluorescent types), replacement of switch and outlet plates, changing of plastic fixtures and globes, etc…
  • Carpentry repairs: cabinets, desks, drawers, access panels, curtain and drapery rods, Venetian blinds or shades, hung and fixed ceiling tiles, windows, glass and screens, etc…

Residents may submit non-emergency maintenance requests at any time by completing an online work order. Please note that any issue should always be reported. Work Order Requests are also available within the Housing Portal.

MEDICALLY RELATED HOUSING REQUESTS/REQUESTS FOR SPECIAL HOUSING ARRANGEMENTS

Students with documented medical conditions may request special housing arrangements. These requests may relate to having special room assignments (example: 1st floor or a single room). Students must directly connect with Student Accessibility Services for any of these requests or arrangements. Upon receipt of required materials by the Office of Student Accessibility Services, the request will be reviewed to determine its urgency and medical necessity and such determinations will be communicated to both the student and the Office of Housing and Residential Life.

OFF-CAMPUS HOUSING

Students eligible to live off campus and non-traditional/graduate students may reside off campus. The University does not arrange for off-campus housing. Undergraduate students who are eligible for off campus living who have resided on-campus, must complete a Move-Off Request form before doing so.

PARKING ON CAMPUS

Students may choose to bring their vehicle to campus and park for no additional charge but they must have a valid UB parking permit displayed. Any student with a vehicle on campus, must officially register it with Campus Security so they may contact the student if needed (e.g. student left car lights on). To register any vehicle on campus, the student must show a valid vehicle registration, valid insurance card and a UB ID. Since the University of Bridgeport campus includes streets controlled by the City of Bridgeport, students with vehicles understand that they may need to move their vehicles at certain times as required by the City of Bridgeport due to inclement weather or other needs. Any vehicles parked on streets controlled by the City of Bridgeport must comply with all local parking rules and regulations or risk being ticketed by the City of Bridgeport.

PERSONAL PROPERTY

The University does not assume responsibility for personal property loss due to theft, damages, floods, or any other cause. Any loss should be reported immediately to Campus Security at 203‑576‑4913. All residents are encouraged to obtain homeowners or renter’s insurance before residing on campus. If a student leaves items behind after officially checking out of the residence hall, or if they do not properly check out of the residence hall and leaves behind items, the items will be considered abandoned and disposed of by University staff. Students will be subject to an improper check-out fee of $200 and any additional costs associated with the disposal of items. Residential Life does not store items for students at any point in time.

PEST CONTROL

A licensed pest control company provides preventive treatments and extermination services on campus. Should students have a pest control related concern, they should contact their residence hall staff and submit a work order. Residents requesting services will be responsible for preparing the room properly based on the pest control company’s recommendations. Rooms not properly prepared may not be treated. Residents are required to comply with all steps of the Pest Control process. Students cannot refuse inspections or treatments of any reports even if unknown to them.

PETS

The only pets allowed in the residence halls are fish, sea snails, African dwarf frogs, and sea hermit crabs maintained in aquariums no larger than 10 gallons in size because they are unable to survive outside of water. This policy does not apply to students with a Service Animal under the Americans with Disabilities Act or an approved Emotional Support Animal. Please see Service Animal and Assistance Animal Policies in Chapter 6 for more information. Residents bringing other animals into the residence halls will be subject to adjudication under the Student Conduct process.

Some important information to also consider in regard to pets:

  • Damage caused by the pet must be treated like any other student damage. Students will be charged if damage occurs.
  • A good faith dialogue/interactive conversation will be required between students and their roommates about caring for pets.

PROGRAMS AND EVENTS

Housing and Residential Life Staff regularly provide educationally and culturally focused programs and social events to promote community and connections within the residence halls. It is highly recommended to students that they participate in these events to meet their peers, network, and grow on the personal level as a member of the campus community. Students are also encouraged to inform their residence hall staff of ideas for programs and events. Throughout the year, Housing and Residential Life Staff provide a series of large-scale programs including a variety of programming series, focusing on important topics. One of these events includes the Hall Olympics competition which gives each residence hall the ability to take part in a friendly competition consisting of several athletic events.

PROHIBITED ITEMS

The following are considered safety violations and are not allowed within the traditional residence halls and where outlined in the graduate housing locations. This list should not be considered an all-inclusive list and the Office of Housing and Residential Life reserves the right to alter/change the status of any item as prohibited/allowed within the residence halls. An immediate $50 fine will be imposed on room occupants for these violations. Residential Life staff may also immediately confiscate the objects listed below. The following are not allowed in the undergraduate residence halls and graduate housing locations at any time.

  1. Animals, other than approved aquatic species, approved service animals and approved emotional support animals
  2. Air conditioners (except University Place Apartments)
  3. Bulk furniture that is not approved
  4. Christmas or string lights not “Underwriter’ Laboratories” listed
  5. Christmas trees larger than three feet in height (allowed in housing lobbies)
  6. Cinder blocks
  7. Cloth, paper, or wood draped under or covering the ceilings, ceiling lights, radiators, or electrical outlets
  8. Cloth and/or paper that covers or surrounds outlets or electrical appliances
  9. Cooking units or hot plates with exposed heating elements
  10. Coffee Maker without auto-shut off
  11. Electrical appliances with frayed or damaged cords
  12. Electric blankets
  13. Electronic cigarettes (Juuls, vape pens)
  14. Extension cords (without integrated UL approved surge protectors)
  15. Extra microwaves (allowed in graduate housing kitchen)
  16. Extra refrigerators (allowed in graduate housing kitchen)
  17. Flammable decorations, including hanging wall and ceiling products, such as tapestries, posters, and flags, which may not cover more than 50% of any one wall space to prevent any item from igniting and spreading a fire faster
  18. Halogen/floor torchiere lights
  19. Hoverboards
  20. Immersion coils of any type
  21. Lit and unlit candles and incense
  22. Octopus-like electrical cord arrangements
  23. Oversized electrical scooters
  24. Pressure cookers, air fryer, rice cookers, toaster ovens, and deep fryers (allowed in graduate housing kitchens)
  25. Space heaters of any type
  26. Wireless routers

Repeated failure to comply will result in disciplinary action in addition to fines. Unapproved or unacceptable materials may be confiscated, stored and returned at the end of the semester to ensure the item is no longer in the building. Confiscated items not retrieved by the last day of finals will be disposed, recycled, or donated within 7-days. Small electrical appliances that generate heat such as hair dryers, curling irons, clothes irons, and the like are permitted if equipped with auto-shutoff. Students shall properly maintain and use equipment and may not leave items unattended while powered on. Students need to examine their own appliances periodically for faulty wiring. If students are unsure if a specific appliance is permitted, ask the ResLife Staff before bringing it into the room. Not knowing an item is prohibited will not be accepted as an excuse for having a prohibited item in the room.

QUIET HOURS AND COURTESY HOURS POLICY

24-hour courtesy hours are in effect all the time, seven days a week. Courtesy hours require that noise and activity be maintained at a level that does not disturb other residents. As a rule, if a resident’s door and window are closed, other residents should not be able to hear the noise, music, etc., from outside that room.

Quiet hours are not negotiable. Quiet hours are 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and Midnight to 10 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Noise that can be heard outside of a room at a level that disturbs residents is not permissible. Students are strongly encouraged to speak with Residential Life staff may enter a room that is the source of a present noise disturbance if the occupant of that room fails to open the door. The sole purpose of this entry is to stop the noise, but any other violations witnessed in plain sight during this entry will be addressed as appropriate. Residents may have to remove sound systems or television sets if they continue to be the source of disruptive noise.

During such periods as mid-terms and final exams, 24-hour quiet hours will be enforced from the end of classes until the end of finals. A zero-tolerance policy will be enforced throughout the residence halls. Students violating this policy will be immediately fined $25 and face disciplinary sanctions. Repeat offenders may be progressively fined larger amounts or be separated from housing until after the semester concludes.

RECYCLING AND SUSTAINABILITY

Containers are located throughout each of the residence halls and allow for “single-stream processing,” which means students can dispose of glass, plastic, cardboard and mixed paper all in one location. That helps UB help the planet and recycle. Plus, don’t forget to turn off the lights and electrical devices when leaving a dorm room.

Students should dispose their trash directly in the dumpsters located outside of each their residential buildings.

RESIDENCE HALL PUBLIC AREA USAGE

Please obtain the guidelines for using a Residence Hall Public Area from a professional Residential Life staff member before planning an event.

No signage may be hung within the residence halls without express approval from Housing and Residential Life. All signage, for approved events, must be delivered to the Office of Housing and Residential Life for processing. It will then be hung by the Residential Life staff.

To utilize a Residence Hall Public space, you will need to request use of the room 72 hours (3 business days) prior to the event that you are planning. Requests can be sent to reslife@bridgeport.edu to request the space. These locations which are available for use include: Activity Room (University Hall), Conference Room (University Hall), Study Room (University Hall), Compass Room (Barnum Hall), Game Room (Barnum/Seeley Hall).

RESIDENCE HALL REFUND POLICY

No reduction in charges is made for temporary absence from the residence halls nor is any refund made if a student is suspended, dismissed, or leaves the residence hall for any reason during the academic year, September to May, or the summer session, May to August. Students living in the residence halls who withdraw from the University will be refunded housing fees based on the following schedule. Residential Life staff will use the official withdrawal and/or check-out date to determine the refund the student is entitled to receive:

  • Prior to the 1st day of classes: 100% refund
  • Prior to the end of the 1st week: 80% refund
  • Prior to the end of the 2nd week: 60% refund
  • Prior to the end of the 3rd week: 40% refund
  • Prior to the end of the 4th week: 20% refund
  • After the start of the 5th week: No Refund

Students have 60 days to dispute any housing fees or charges that have been incurred from the day that the bill is placed onto the account. These disputes must be done in writing to reslife@bridgeport.edu.

RESIDENCE HALL SECURITY

All residential hall exterior doors are locked 24/7. Students have access to their residence hall by using their UB ID cards and showing them to the front desk staff for verification when entering the residence hall. Each front desk is supervised 24/7 with specially trained staff members who coordinate the guest visitation process and respond to student concerns. Residents must always escort their guests within the residence hall and properly sign them in/out through the guest visitation process. At no time should students/guests open an exterior emergency exit to let someone into the residence hall.

Each of the residence halls are equipped with closed circuit cameras in public areas of the residence halls and the surrounding grounds. Additionally, knowing that fire safety is an important concern, all residence halls are equipped with smoke detectors that feature voice evacuation systems.

Of course, no matter how secure we strive to make the residence halls, the best thing residents can do to help is to be aware, proactive, and responsible regarding their safety and the safety of all those in the residence hall. NEVER let anyone borrow an ID card or room key. NEVER let someone you do not know into the residence hall. NEVER sign in someone you do not know. ALWAYS let a staff member know when something is wrong or concerning. ALWAYS say something if you see something wrong.

RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT AND REQUEST TO MOVE OFF CAMPUS

All full-time undergraduate students are required to live on campus unless they meet one of the following qualifications:

  • They are living at a residence within a 30-mile driving distance from the University with a mother, father, grandmother, grandfather, aunt, uncle, U.S. court-appointed legal guardian, sister, and/or brother over the age of 21,
  • They have completed more than 90 credits of academic work,
  • They are married and provide a copy of the marriage license, or
  • They are over the age of 21 as of the first day of classes. Students turning 21 after the first day of classes and who wish to move out may do so at the end of that semester only.

Plans for off-campus release by any student in any of the above categories must be approved by the Director of Housing and Residential Life prior to the first day of classes. Residents moving off campus permanently, if not transferring, graduating, or asked to leave, must contact the Office of Housing and Residential Life for authorization and completion of appropriate forms. Students requesting to live off campus with a qualifying relative, under option #1, must provide proof of relationship (copies of birth certificates) and a notarized letter explaining, in detail, their request, with whom they will live, where they will live and the relationship between all parties. Permission from the Office of Housing and Residential Life must be granted before moving off campus. Failure to do so will result in charges for the full housing cost contracted. Housing contracts are for at least one semester. Please refer to the Residence Hall Refund Policy as stated in the Key to UB.

Part-time students may live in a residence hall during any term if they request in writing and provide details for request (for example: going on a Co-op or falling below a 2.0 cumulative GPA). The request is not valid until the Director of Housing and Residential Life or designee has granted approval to enter or remain in the Residence Halls. Violation of this contract may result in financial penalties. Failure to obtain approval may result in loss of deposit, a semester’s charge, and/or the ability to matriculate.

ROOM AMENITIES AND FURNISHINGS

Each student is provided with a twin bed, desk, desk chair, closet or wardrobe, an overhead light, and a bureau. Each room has a Micro-Fridge, a one-unit combination refrigerator, a microwave, and a freezer. No items/furniture are allowed to be removed from the room by students. Students must provide their own Ethernet cords. Common area or hall televisions are available in the social and main lounges of each residence hall, but this varies from hall to hall.

ROOM CHANGE PROCEDURES

Because adjusting to a new roommate takes time, communication, and compromise, students desiring a roommate change must wait until the beginning of the second week of classes. This is also the grace period students have to arrive on campus to retain their room assignment. If a student feels their roommate situation is not conducive to their academic or personal success, they should do the following:

  1. See the RA on the floor or on duty to discuss roommate concerns.
  2. If not already done, residents will be asked to complete a “Roommate Agreement” to work toward resolving their differences.
  3. After meeting with the RA, if a room change is still desirable, students can seek out their Prostaff for a room change within the building or an external building. Students may not change rooms except when approved by the Prostaff of their building and only after all the proper requests have been completed. Keep in mind that housing charges are prorated to the new housing cost once keys are issued to the new room.
  4. A room change is not officially approved until the student has received an email from the ResLife office which will include the next steps as listed below. Failure to follow the room change process may result in disciplinary action.

Once Approved By the Prostaff To Change Rooms

A student must meet and speak with a ResLife staff member to discuss the reason(s) for a room change. Once approved, follow the steps below.

  1. Student will pick up their new keys from the RA on duty between the hours of 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. All items must be completely moved into the new location by 10:30 p.m.
  2. After the student has moved their belongings into the new room, they must contact the RA on duty to complete the old room check-out form and return the old room key within 24-48 hours. Residents may not have keys to two rooms for more than 48 hours. Students who do not return keys or have a check-out form completed will be fined for improper check-out, may be forced to move back to their former room, and may be referred to their Residential Life staff for disciplinary action.
  3. Any damages or repairs noted on the room check-out form will be reported on a maintenance form and the student responsible will be billed.

Students who convert their room to a double-as-a-single understand that they are responsible for the additional charges that are placed on their account with the university. Students who decide to keep their room as a double-as-a-double with no roommate understand that they may be requested to consolidate within the first 2-3-weeks of the semester and move into a new housing assignment. They may also be assigned a roommate at any point during the remainder of the semester; therefore, the resident must keep half of the room clear and ready for a potential roommate. Failing to do so will result in a fine if the room is not in proper condition. Refer to VACANCY CHECK section for further details.

ROOM ENTRY AND SEARCH

The right to inspect rooms is retained by the University. Rooms may be searched without notice to the student if the University reasonably believes that there is the presence of property or activity in the room that violates any University policy or criminal law or constitutes an immediate hazard to the safety, health, or welfare of any occupant of the residence hall. Upon reasonable notice, or without notice at the University’s sole discretion, rooms may be entered by University personnel for extermination, maintenance, and repair and/or to turn off loud noise.

Residential Life staff members are obligated to report evidence of policy violations based on a “plain view” doctrine. This means that if hall staff discovers any violations of University/Hall policies, State law, and/or Federal law during the course of executing official routine business, the Prostaff must be contacted immediately and a report filed. This includes the confiscation of illegal property (weapons, candles, drug paraphernalia, etc.) that may be used as evidence. For confiscation, hall staff must comply with this policy. Evidence will be turned over to Campus Security for documentation until disposition of the incident. In some cases, the police will be called. Items collected by housing and residential life staff can be processed as a prohibited item. Items confiscated by security will neither be stored nor returned to owner.

In cases when there is probable cause, except for maintenance and noise elimination situations, the Dean of Students, Director of Housing and ResLife, or designee must grant verbal and/or written approval prior to inspecting a student’s room. In addition, to preserve a safe and pleasant living community and to ensure that rooms are being taken care of, residence life staff will conduct periodic room inspections to check the overall condition of the room.

ROOM, WALL, AND DOOR DECORATING

Damage free hanging command strips or similar are recommended for decorating dorm rooms. Decorations that stick to doors or walls permanently or require metal fasteners or anything that might leave permanent markings are not permitted. No holes may be drilled in any wall within the residence hall. Students may not paint residence hall rooms or any public space in the building. Students will be billed for any damage or repairs needed as a result of room and door decorations. Flammable decorations are not permitted. Posters must have at least four inches of space around their perimeters to prevent the spread of fire. All decorations must be completely removed when a student checks out or charges will be placed on the student’s account. All residents of each building will have a door dec on their door to indicate the name of the person(s) who reside in the room. At least one door dec per resident must remain on the door at all times. Doors may not be painted. Door numbers must be visible at all times. At no time can more than 50% of the exterior or 50% of the interior of any residence hall room door be covered with decorations or materials. This is to prevent the door from becoming engulfed in flames, which would prevent easy egress from the room. The interiors of residential rooms must conform with all university policies including, but not limited to, the policies against sexual and other harassment, hazing, discrimination, and hate crimes.

ROOMMATE TIPS

One key to building a successful roommate relationship is communication. Feeling a little awkward talking with a new roommate is natural. Stay positive and respectful of your roommate’s right to their opinions, expect some differences, and talk honestly so you can create an open line of communication between you. Once you’ve started talking, it’s important to come to some agreements about life in the room.

To guide you through this process, get a roommate agreement form from the RA and complete it together. Using this form is required for first-year students and highly encouraged for other residents. Thoughtful participation in this process will help everyone respect each other’s rights relative to topics like:

  • When do you like to sleep? When do you like to study?
  • How clean does the room need to be? How do we coordinate the cleaning?
  • What concerns you about having a roommate? How can we work on that?
  • What are your feelings about alcohol, tobacco or other drugs that are prohibited in the residence halls?
  • What can we borrow from each other and what would you prefer be left alone?
  • How will I know if I’ve done something to upset you?
  • When can my friends call me?
  • When can we have guests in our room?

Of course, there might be times when roommates will disagree with each other. It’s important that residents speak honestly and respectfully to one other when discussing these things. Treat them as you would like to be treated and remember, RAs and other Residential Life staff are here to help as needed.

ROOM SELECTION PROCESS

Each spring semester, current students living in all residence halls (except for non-traditional/graduate housing locations) are able to participate in the Room Selection Process for the upcoming academic year. Room Selection gives students the ability to select their room and roommate(s) for the upcoming year based on space availability and any requirements of specific residence halls/living communities. Students who do not complete their housing application on time may not participate in the room selection process and will be assigned to housing after the housing selection has occurred.

SAFETY POLICIES AND PROCEDURES IN RESIDENCE HALLS

Important residence hall policies and procedures are listed below. The University reserves the right to change these policies and procedures as conditions warrant.

Hazardous Property

The following hazardous items are prohibited in all residence halls, graduate housing locations and anywhere on campus. Possession or use of such hazardous substances may result in disciplinary actions, fines, immediate confiscation, suspension, dismissal and/or expulsion. Hazardous items are not stored and will not be returned to owner. Any hazardous property found on campus will be confiscated and destroyed by University officials.

  1. Explosives of any kind: Gasoline, kerosene, lighter fluid, or other flammable liquids
  2. Fireworks
  3. Guns, firearms, or replicas thereof, fireworks, explosives, ammunition and weapons of all types, including, but not limited to: pellet guns, BB guns, paint ball guns, cross bows, bows and arrows, spear guns, hunting knives, fighting knives, butterfly knives, throwing knives, knives longer than four inches, slingshots, clubs, brass knuckles, ice picks, and straight razors, stun guns, tasers, etc.
  4. Incense
  5. Illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia
  6. Motorcycles, motor scooters, or other gas-powered motors
  7. Potentially hazardous quantities of biological or chemical agents
  8. Stolen property of any kind
  9. Weapons or any items which could be reasonably considered a weapon

Solicitation Policy

Merchandise may be displayed in lobbies or presented to groups in lounges with permission from the Office of Housing and Residential Life. Door-to-door sales and/or canvassing are not permitted by a student, club, or organization. Student or club sales and advertising must be cleared through the Office of Housing and Residential Life. Non-students wishing to sell or advertise must be cleared through the Office of Housing and Residential Life. Residents may not use the residence halls, or any part thereof, to operate private enterprises. Personal/non-personal gain services cannot be conducted in any on-campus housing location. Anyone found violating these policies may be escorted out of the building by residential life staff and/or Security. Outside violators may be banned from entering residence halls and University-owned facilities in the future, and/or arrested.

NO POSTING IS ALLOWED FOR PERSONAL SERVICES.

Surveys, Polls, etc.

All surveys, polls, etc., by any University staff, faculty, group, or person must be approved by the Office of Housing and Residential Life before being used or distributed to residents. Surveys, polls, etc., will be evaluated for value, content, appropriateness, etc.

Safety and Security Policies in the Residence Halls and Other Residences Owned or Operated by UB

The following actions are violations of the Code of Community Standards and are cause for disciplinary action and/or fines:

  1. Water fights in the residence halls.
  2. Frisbee or ball-playing in the halls.
  3. Propping doors.
  4. Throwing items off roofs or out of windows.
  5. No person or items entry through any resident or building window.
  6. Littering inside, outside, or by throwing garbage out of windows.
  7. Not maintaining healthy living conditions.
  8. Moving off campus improperly (one semester’s housing cost).
  9. Switching rooms without authorization.
  10. Failure to check out properly or return keys.
  11. Living in the residence hall illegally over vacation periods: whole rate of stay will be charged.
  12. Inappropriate housing of guests.
  13. No room may be occupied by eight or more people at any one time (including guests and other residents of the building). University Hall Apartments maximum is no more than 16 people at any given time.
  14. Furniture may NOT be removed from any residence hall room except by residence hall staff. Removal of furniture from the building will be considered theft of University property.
  15. Furniture may not be removed from common areas and brought to student rooms.
  16. Misuse of University property.
  17. Not keeping kitchenettes, stoves, ovens, and/or microwaves clean. All kitchenettes and University-owned cooking appliances must be maintained and monitored by residents. Failure to maintain these may result in the area being shut down and the appliances being removed indefinitely.
  18. Affixing anything to a university housing structure with the intent of making it permanent without the express written consent of the Director of Housing and Residential Life or designee.
  19. Unauthorized painting or decorations.
  20. Fish, sea snails, African dwarf frogs and sea hermit crabs are the only pets allowed in the residence halls. Only fish tanks with a capacity of up to ten gallons of water are permitted. Fish tanks must be shut off during vacation periods unless the resident has paid to live in residence: $100 fine for possessing other animals that are not service animals or approved assistance animals.
  21. Ignoring Quiet Hours: Students are obliged to maintain an academically conducive atmosphere in the residence halls.
  22. Public Area Policy violation includes but not limited to public urination, drug use, sexual relations.
  23. Continued violation of any residence hall or University policy.
  24. Failure to present University ID. Students are required to carry their UB ID at all times and to provide it to University staff/campus security upon request.
  25. Interference with Residential Life and/or Campus Security staff while carrying out their responsibilities.
  26. Withholding information related to incidents that place residents’ safety at risk.
  27. Falsely reporting an emergency or policy violation.
  28. The use of skateboards, bicycles, unicycles, hands-free scooters (Segway style devices), roller-skates, inline skates, hover boards, etc. is strictly prohibited within the residence halls.
  29. Violation of any other act as found elsewhere in this handbook.

TOBACCO AND SMOKING POLICY

Smoking in all residence halls and cafeterias is against Connecticut State law. Smoking is also prohibited within 25 feet of the entrance to any campus building. Use of chewing tobacco is also prohibited on campus for anyone under 21 years of age. Students in violation of this policy and State law will be fined and face disciplinary action.

VACANCY CHECKS

The University reserves the right to assign additional roommates or change room assignments if necessary. Students in less-than-fully-occupied double or triple rooms must keep the empty bed(s), desk(s), drawer(s), closet(s), etc., free and available at all times throughout the year so that a new student may move in at any point during the year or semester break. This helps us to make all students feel welcome by keeping each room’s unoccupied space(s) available. Residential Life staff will make every attempt to communicate with students when a new roommate is assigned; however, this may not always be possible. Students who improperly take over the unoccupied portion of their room will face fines, housing relocation, and Student Conduct action. Refer to Double as Single Conversion Process section for more details of potential consequences.


Revised 8/26/22