Policies and Procedures
The University cannot accept responsibility for damage, theft or loss of monies, valuables or personal property. Guests are encouraged to obtain insurance on property and possessions brought into the residence halls. Serial numbers on such articles such as stereos, typewriters, cassette players, and the like should be recorded. To guard against such loss, it is advisable to make special arrangements for the protection of valuables when absent for extended periods. Most thefts occur because of negligence on the part of the owner. Doors should be locked when guests leave the room. Do not leave cloths unattended in the laundry rooms or bathrooms. Books, backpacks and other personal items should not be left unattended in classrooms, libraries or dining areas. Report all thefts to Security as soon as possible. The protection of personal property is the individual’s responsibility.
Every attempt is made to provide secure buildings. Residents and guests must show identification before entering a building. Looking-glass peep-holes are in each door of every room in the halls.
The security programs in the University residence halls are designed to provide protection for residents and their personal property. The success of these programs depends upon the degree to which each guest accepts responsibility for his or her own behavior and recognizes a concern for the safety and welfare of others. If an outside door is propped open, a key is loaned to someone, or a lock on a door is tampered with, the personal safety and property of others are at risk.
No smoking is allowed in any residence hall area including private rooms.
Conduct themselves in a manner, which deprives another resident of the basic rights of group living.
Engage in conduct, which obstructs free access to residents, guests or the facilities and services of the University.
Damage or vandalize University or private property, injure residents or guests, threaten to do the same or endanger the lives of others.
Refuse to comply with appropriate instructions and requests from University personnel or deliberately falsify information.
Display behavior that intimidates, harasses or hazes other students, staff or guests.
Violate state or federal laws.
Residents and guests are subject to Illinois State Law, which prohibits the sale, possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages by any person under the age of 21.
Alcoholic beverages may not be transported or consumed in open view in public or common areas in the residence halls. These areas include lobbies, hallways, stairwells, elevators, suites, lounges and special-use rooms.
Alcohol in excess as determined by Conference Services Staff (including but not limited to kegs of beer) is not allowed in the residence halls, including guest rooms, at any time.
Alcoholic beverages may only be consumed in the residence halls by guests who are 21 years of age or older, in the privacy of their room with the door closed, and in an atmosphere which does not create significant noise or other disturbances.
No one is permitted to serve alcohol to minors (persons under 21 years of age).
The possession, use, sale, distribution or cultivation or manufacture of drugs is prohibited and is in violation of state law.
Possession of alcohol or drug paraphernalia is prohibited and in violation of state law.
Guests may not detach fixed furniture, paint or wallpaper room surfaces, remove University furniture from rooms, add permanent fixtures and/or make structural changes in the room.
Air conditioning units may not be installed in any residence hall room.
The following are not allowed in rooms: hot plates, toaster, microwave ovens, cooking appliances of any nature, cup-type immersion water heaters and major electrical appliances.
The following are not allowed in any residence hall rooms: ceiling fans, dishwashers or major electrical appliances.
Guests are not permitted to keep in their possession of common area furniture is subject to a $50.00 fine per item of furniture.
Individual or group activities that result in disturbances or distress to others, or that cause damage or destruction to property are prohibited. This includes but is not limited to sports activities in the hallways or common areas. In addition, roller skating and roller blading are not permitted in the residence halls.
Guests many not share food or beverage with non-guests or assist a non-guest to obtain food.
Eating or attempting to eat without authorization during non-serving hours is prohibited.
Food, beverage or equipment may not be removed from the dining room (except one ice cream cone or one piece of fruit).
Appropriate attire including shirts and shoes is required.
The university reserves the right to allow authorized personnel to enter dorm rooms. When such entry is deemed necessary, the university will seek within all reasonable bounds to protect the occupant’s privacy. Authorized university personnel may remove items that are in violation of federal, state, local, or university regulations. A reasonable effort shall be made to have the occupant in question present if their rooms are to be searched. The occupant will receive written notification from a university official after such an entry is made and advised if authorized staff has discovered any violations or removed any items.
The possession, display, and/or use of dangerous objects including, but not limited to, firearms (including BB or pellet guns), fireworks, smoke bombs, explosives, ammunition, hunting knives, swords, sabers, or anything that could be perceived or misrepresented as a weapon is prohibited on university property. Employees of government law enforcement agencies who are required to carry firearms at all times are exempt from the university’s policy prohibiting the possession of firearms on campus.
Any projected object that could cause harm to a person or damage to property is considered a dangerous object, whether there was anyone or anything in immediate danger. This includes but is not limited to water balloons, food, cans, and bottles.
Behavior that abuses the dignity of anyone is prohibited. Included in this behavior are ethnic, sexist or racial slurs, unwanted physical advances or intimidations, and the display in public or common areas of visual materials that demean or humiliate.