Office for Residential Life
& Housing Services

General Information

Residence Hall Rules

There are some official rules in the residence halls, and all that exist are there to make your life and the lives of your fellow residents as pleasant and productive as possible. Many of the important rules include, but are not limited to:

  • The only pets allowed in freshman housing are fish in a small aquarium (not larger than a five-gallon tank).
  • Not allowed in residence halls are illegal drugs (controlled substances) and related paraphernalia; alcoholic beverages except in accordance with federal, state, local, and University regulations; etc.
  • Expressly forbidden are firearms, ammunition, knives, and other weapons; explosives; fireworks; candles, incense, or any item with an open flame; gasoline or other hazardous liquids; chemicals or hazardous materials; motorcycles or other fuel-powered vehicles; and any other material or item representing a danger to the University community.
  • Other items not allowed by New York State fire code include most types of electric cooking equipment and appliances except as specifically designated; all upward-facing bowl lamps; appliances that are not UL listed; portable heaters; window air conditioners; non-switched, lightweight extension cords; decorative string lights; flammable room decorations; curtains; etc.
  • Behaviors not allowed include vandalism; any form of threat or intimidation to persons or property; excessive noise or disruptive behavior; tampering with facilities or equipment; being on roofs or ledges; removal of window screens; throwing objects from buildings; leaving or storing bicycles or other items in stairways, stairwells, hallways, or other public areas; and any behavior that constitutes a perceived or actual danger or threat to persons or property.
  • Failure to comply with fire and life safety rules and regulations or the directions of safety personnel will be treated seriously, as well as any of the following behaviors: setting a fire; damaging or disabling fire safety or fire alarm equipment; intentionally activating a heat or smoke detector; failure to remove illegal appliances; turning in a false alarm; failure to evacuate or reentering buildings during a fire alarm or fire drill; interfering with a safety officer performing his or her duties; or other safety violations.
  • If you damage or lose residence hall property, you will usually be charged the full replacement costs, unless there is evidence of previous significant wear and tear to justify prorated charges. Labor charges may be assessed at regular or overtime rates depending on the repair.
  • Public area damage or theft of residence hall property that no one claims responsibility for is charged equally to all members of the involved living area.