We’re glad that you have chosen to live in our Residential Housing. By doing so, you have accepted the responsibility of being a member of the Shasta College community. Living in a community can have wonderful benefits if each member follows the guidelines.
These guidelines reflect Federal and State laws, California Community College District policies, and other guidelines deemed necessary by fellow students. These policies are key ingredients to building our community and each member has the responsibility to know and follow them. They should give you, the student, a clear and concise representation of the policies we are all expected to follow.
This is considered a supplement to your Residential Housing License Agreement. Violation of these rules and regulations, or violation of any federal, state, or local law places you subject to judicial and/or disciplinary action.
Please take the time to review this pamphlet as you will be held accountable for all information contained here. Lack of knowledge or unfamiliarity on your part will not be an excuse for a policy violation. If you have questions, please direct them to a Residential Housing Staff Member.
Residential Life Philosophy
Residential Housing is a living and learning environment. It’s our hope that you will increase your academic ability, learn more about yourself, grow in your experiences with other people, and have a better understanding of your local and global community. To accomplish these goals requires respect, tolerance, and cooperation of all residents. An easy way to remember our philosophy is the 3 R’s of community living: respect for self, respect for others, and respect for the community environment.
Head Residents are employees of the District and have the authority on behalf of the District to enforce the rules and regulations throughout Residence Halls by incident reports, “In House” discipline, and are responsible for guiding the efforts of the Resident Advisors.
Resident Advisors (RAs)
Resident Advisors (RAs) are employees of the District and have the authority on behalf of the District to enforce the rules and regulations throughout Residence Halls.
Property left behind when you vacate the premises will be stored for fifteen (15) days at a charge of $5.00 per day. You will need to be prepared to pay this bill when you pick up the property. If not picked up within 15 days, your property will be donated to a charity.
All residents must be a registered Shasta College student enrolled in a minimum of twelve (12) units, and must maintain a cumulative 2.0 GPA or higher to remain in Residential Housing. Low units/GPA may jeopardize your privilege to remain in Residential Housing.
Small appliances/equipment such as clocks, radios, lamps, personal computers, and televisions, are permitted to be used in the student rooms and public areas of the facilities at any time, provided that the resident ensures the wiring is safe, that the items are turned off when not in use, and that concerns from other residents/staff regarding noise from such appliances/equipment are respected. Medium sized appliances such as electric coffee pots, and small refrigerators (under 4 cubic feet) may be used in student rooms. Appliances such as electric frying pans, toasters, Coleman stoves, toaster oven, and any items with an exposed heating element are prohibited in Residential Housing at all times. The only exception to the exposed heating element is a clothes iron. Students are required to use power strips instead of extension cords to protect their equipment during power outages and for fire safety. Space heaters and other heat producing appliances are a fire safety concern and are prohibited in the halls at all times.
Candles / Barbecues / Other Incendiary Products
Burning candles in Residential Housing is prohibited at all times. This is considered a fire hazard. Any candle found with a burnt wick will be confiscated. Candle warmers (basically a small hot plate) are not allowed, these are also a fire hazard. Incense burning is not allowed in the buildings. Portable Barbecues may not be used at any time. A public barbecue with natural gas is provided for student use. Residents assume responsibility for any damages or problems caused as a result of this activity. Flammable liquids such as gasoline or charcoal starter may NOT be in any Residential Housing facility.
Check-in / Check-out Procedures and Room Condition Forms (RCF)
All residents are required to follow designated check-in and check-out procedures. All residents will complete a RCF upon checking into their rooms. It is critical that residents review this form carefully and note, in detail, the condition of each item listed. Once signed, the resident assumes financial liability for any new damages sustained to the room. Residents will be notified when it’s time to schedule a check-out inspection date and time. Details on check-out procedures are distributed prior to final check-out inspection. Failure to adhere to such procedures can result in a $50.00 penalty.
Residence Halls is an environment based upon the creation of an atmosphere where all residents are safe and secure in their home. Bigotry or hatred have no place within our community and no one has the right to degrade or denigrate any human being based upon their age, physical ability, national origin, race, sexual orientation, gender, or religious affiliation. We will not tolerate verbal or written abuse, threats, intimidation, violence, or any other forms of harassment against any member of our community. Likewise, we will not accept alcohol, ignorance, ridicule, or substance abuse as an excuse, reason, or rationale for such behavior. Such behavior will result in severe disciplinary action, which may include removal from Residence Halls, expulsion from the College, and the filing of criminal complaints.
Three computers with internet capability and Microsoft Office 2007 suite are located in the Commons for your use. You may sign up for computer usage time through the Resident Advisor’s Office. Residents may reserve a computer for two hours per day, up to three days per week. Residents may reserve a computer no earlier than one week in advance, for example; if a resident wants to reserve computer time for April 11th @ 9:00pm then they may sign up no earlier than 9:00pm on April 4th. Obviously, if no one is using a computer a resident may feel free to do so. While we support academic freedom, we do expect a sense of taste and responsibility when accessing various web sites. Residents found to be irresponsible will be restricted from computer lab usage. A printer is available, but you’ll need to supply paper.
The college reserves the right to change room assignments, assign a new licensee, re-assign a current licensee, and/or consolidate vacancies at any time in the interest of health, discipline, occupancy, or for the general welfare of the licensee. Residents directed to consolidate that are paying at the double occupancy rate, may ask permission to keep their current double room as a single occupancy room. If permission is granted, those residents will pay a higher fee for the balance of the academic term. For further information regarding assignments or consolidations, see the Director of Residence Life.
Please see the Residential Housing Contract for conditions of termination.
Curfew / Noise / Quiet Hours
The Residential Housing Office is committed to providing an atmosphere conducive to sleep and study as well as academic and social achievement at all times. The right to sleep and study supersedes the privilege to entertain oneself or others AT ALL TIMES. Curfew – Curfew hours have been established as 10:00 pm to 10:00 am Sunday through Thursday nights and from Midnight Friday and Saturday nights to 10:00 am. Curfew refers to when visitors must leave the dormitory buildings. All guests, regardless of gender, remaining after 10:00 p.m. (12:00 a.m. on weekends) are required to visit in the Commons Building (until quiet hours begin), so others in the wing are not disturbed. Violations of curfew policy will result in judicial action.
There are several rules regarding noise.
- When curfew is in effect, noise that emanates from any room into the hallway or common area or vice-versa is prohibited. Noise in areas adjacent to facilities is expected to be kept at a minimum level as well.
- During times when curfew is not in effect, “courtesy hours” are considered to be in effect. Courtesy hours mean that any resident has the right to request that your noise level be lowered. Residents are expected to comply with such requests. Failure to comply will result in disciplinary actions being taken. Stereo speakers may never be positioned so music is directed out windows doorways to exterior or public areas of buildings. Failure to comply with the noise restriction policy will result in the confiscation and storage of the offending equipment and/or components.
- On the last day of regular classes through finals week, up to the closing of the dormitories, noise will be restricted 24 hours a day to allow all students the optimum advantage for study and sleep.
Quiet Hours –
Quiet hours refers to the common area located between the two dormitories and the area outside of the dormitories. Weeknight quiet hours will begin @ midnight each evening and end @ 5:00 a.m. the following morning. On Friday night, Saturday night and the night before a holiday, the quiet hours will begin @ 2:00 am and end @ 5:00 am. This means that the TV room and recreation room in the Commons are restricted during quiet hours. However, movies are available for check out. The Head Resident on staff during quiet hours will control access to, and activity in, the kitchen.
Damages / Alterations to Premises
Once you vacate your room, due to a room change or final checkout, an inspection of your room will be performed by the Housing Staff. Any new damages unaccounted for are subject to charges. If you wish to contest a charge, you will have 30 days to file an appeal with the Director of Residence Life. Damage, destruction or vandalism is prohibited at all times. Financial liability for damage, destruction or loss in/to “common area” facilities and equipment, may be borne by all members of the living group unless specific responsibility can be identified. Any damage charges owed by a resident will be taken from their $200 deposit. If damages exceed the $200 deposit, the resident will be billed for the balance. The balance will be due in full within 30 days. If not paid within 30 days, the balance will be sent through collections. This may have an adverse effect on your credit rating and may affect your eligibility to register for the next semester and/or the privilege to live in Residence Halls. No alterations, additions or improvements will be made by the Resident at any time. All items listed on the inventory sheet must remain in the Resident’s room. The Resident agrees to exercise reasonable care in the use of the premises and to keep areas free from dirt and litter. The Resident also agrees not to litter or damage the common areas of the buildings. The cost of repairs caused by the Resident, Resident’s guests, or persons under the Resident’s control will be paid for by the Resident. Repair costs will be charged to the Resident(s) responsible for the damage.
It is a security, fire and safety hazard to prop open exterior doors. Students found propping the doors will be fined $25.00. The only exception is on move-in or move-out day, doors should be un-propped after you are finished moving items in or out, with no extended break in time. Residents are reminded that financial liability for propping doors and any damage, destruction or loss in common area facilities and equipment may be borne by all members of the living group unless specific responsibility can be identified. If you wish to contest a charge, you will have 30 days to file an appeal with the Residential Housing Coordinator.
Residents must wear shoes and proper attire in the commons building and around the exterior of the buildings and grouds.
Fire and Safety Equipment
Removal or tampering with the smoke alarm in the resident’s room is cause for immediate dismissal from Residence Halls. Smoke detectors must be visible from the front door into your room. Fire and safety equipment is installed in the halls for emergency use only. Tampering with such equipment including pull stations, fire extinguishers, fire hoses, smoke detectors, alarm horns and bells, or any other items is a threat to life and safety and is strictly prohibited at all times. Violations of this will result in severe judicial action. Fines for false alarms will be charged directly to the student(s) responsible. We conduct a fire drill at least once each semester, announced or unannounced. Residents are required to vacate the facilities in the event of a fire alarm. Failure to do so is a violation of state law. Residents are also required to vacate the facilities when directed to do so by staff members (in the event of other emergencies). Driving or parking on service roads around the buildings are limited to a 30 minute loading/unloading time. Unattended vehicles will be ticketed. Any room decorations, which create a fire hazard, hang from the ceiling, block fire detection units, facilitate ignition, or create dangerous barricades must be removed. Behavior which endangers the safety of residents or facilities is prohibited.
Firearms and Other Prohibited Items
No person may bring to Residence Halls, or possess while in Residence Halls, firearms such as, but not limited to; pistols, rifles, fireworks, explosives, shotguns, air rifles, BB-guns, potato guns, ammunition, bows, arrows, or similar weapons. (Penal Code Section 626.9) RESIDENTS are not permitted to have the following; illegal drugs, poisons, alcoholic beverages, (including empty cans, bottles, containers, i.e., cartons/boxes as displays), waterbeds, inflammables, candles (with burnt wick), incense (oil lamps, sticks, etcetera) burnable pellets, pets, amplifiers, martial arts weapons, combustibles, gambling equipment or games of chance. Any items of this nature will be confiscated from the RESIDENT(s), and the RESIDENT(S) is/are subject to discipline.
Guests must be signed in and sponsored by a host resident. Residents may not host more than two (2) guests to a room at one time. Residents may invite same sex non-resident guests to stay overnight with them in their room provided all such guests are registered with the office, they are not in an intimate partner relationship, and they meet the requirements listed below. Guests discovered to be staying overnight who are not registered will be asked to leave.
Overnight guests are allowed to stay provided that the host resident:
- Receives permission from their roommate;
- Registers the guest with the staff member on duty;
- Does not have guests staying overnight more than five (5) nights per month;
- Does not have more than one overnight guest at a time; and
- The guest does not “homestead,” meaning that the guest doesn’t go from the room of one resident to another.
- Similarly, the resident may not “sublease,” meaning they may not assign or transfer their agreement or premises to any other party.
Health and Safety Checks / Rooms and Bathrooms
We conduct health and safety checks of all rooms three to four times a semester. Residents are notified three days in advance of planned inspections. Rooms are expected to be neat, clean, safe and healthy. We enter each room to see that proper safety, health and hygiene are being adhered to. We leave an inspection form for each resident with the results of the inspection. Any violations need to be corrected within 48 hours and the room will be re-inspected. It’s to your advantage and convenience if you contact a resident staff member for re-inspection and sign off as soon as you correct the violation. Near the end of a semester, a memo is sent out instructing residents of how the room should be left for semester closure. The Director of Housing, Housing Coordinator and Resident Staff Members have the right to enter any room at any time where a health and safety concern is suspected or in the event of an emergency.
Please refer to your Residential Housing Contract. You are responsible to pay housing fees in accordance with your contract. Nelnet payment plans must be maintained per your Nelnet agreement. Past due amounts or the inability to pay may result in late fees and possible eviction.
Insects and Pesticides
Since we are located in the country, you may encounter ants and other insects attempting to enter your building or room in an effort to get in out of the elements. In May 2010 we were able to establish a pest control program. A local contractor sprays around the exterior of the buildings once per month and can spray inside a room if occupants are experiencing problems with pests. Residents are asked to store food properly, don't leave used dishes sitting around in rooms, and empty trash often.
Judicial/Disciplinary Procedures / Non-Compliance
If you violate Residential Housing community guidelines, you will be subject to disciplinary actions. Residents should report violations directly to Residential Housing Staff Members. Staff members who become aware of community guideline violations, either through observation or through reports, must document such circumstances via an incident report. Once an incident report is filed, it is given to the Director of Housing. Should disciplinary action become necessary, you will be notified in writing. This notification will request your attendance at a discipline hearing with the Director of Housing. In most cases, you will be given 48-72 hours advance notification to schedule a hearing. During the hearing, you will be given an opportunity to present facts on your behalf concerning the incident. After hearing the case, a decision will be rendered and sanctions (if applicable) will be imposed. Please note: failure to attend a discipline hearing does not prevent the case from being heard. The case will be conducted without any additional input from you. Any of the following sanctions may be imposed based on the severity of the guideline violation and the student’s overall attitude and behavioral pattern: written warning, community service hours, residential housing probation, removal of personal property creating the violation, (i.e. stereo equipment) referral to a higher authority, relocation of the student within Residence Halls, removal from Residence Halls without release of financial obligations, legal action though the police, college probation, and suspension or expulsion from the college. If a student is removed he/she will have in most cases 24 to 72 hours to move out of Residential Housing.
Residents are given an exterior entrance key card, a room key, and a mailbox key. Sharing keys can place the residents’ safety at risk. Lost keys or key cards incur a $35 replacement fee that is taken from the resident’s $200 security deposit.
The kitchen in the recreation room is available for use by student residents except during quiet hours. Residents must provide their own cooking utensils and leave the kitchen facility clean after each use. Students who use the kitchen and do not clean it will be served a warning. In the event that the cleanliness of the kitchen becomes an ongoing problem, the kitchen may be closed down on a temporary or permanent basis; residents are reminded that the use of the kitchen is a privilege, not a right, and that this privilege carries with it the responsibility to maintain the kitchen in a clean condition.
Laundry Room Use
Laundry rooms are provided for the convenience of the residents. Tampering with laundry equipment is prohibited. It is important that you report all machine malfunctions or problems to the Housing Office. The college is not responsible for any damage or loss of items. You will need to supply your own laundry soap, bleach and fabric softener. Laundry cost is .75¢ to wash and .50¢ to dry.
Lost, Stolen, or Damaged Property
Shasta College is not liable for property that may be lost, stolen, or damaged. Keep all valuables under lock and key. In the event that something is lost, stolen, or damaged make a report immediately to the Housing Office and Campus Security. Shasta College does not provide personal property insurance. It is advisable that you insure all property kept in your room. Residents should check with their parents or personal insurance provider regarding family household insurance or renters insurance. Lost & Found is located in the Campus Safety Office, Building 6500, (530) 242-7910.
If something breaks or malfunctions in your room, ask a Head Resident, a Resident Advisor or the Director of Residence Life to complete a work order. Work orders give college staff and maintenance technicians your permission to enter your room in order to complete the required repairs. Staff will attempt to make repairs while residents are in their room. Repairs not completed within 5 working days should be brought to the attention of residential housing staff.
Your mailing address is:
19733 Shasta College Drive
Redding, CA 96003
Please be sure that all mail is addressed properly. All incoming mail will be sorted and placed in the resident’s mailbox by 4:30 pm Monday through Friday. Outgoing mail is to be dropped in the white mail box in front of the Commons building by 10:30 am for pick-up. If you receive a package, a notice will be placed in your mailbox and you can pick it up at the Resident Advisor Office. Use the address above for UPS deliveries. No mail will be accepted for non-residents; mail for non-residents will be returned to the Post Office.
Mail procedures when checking out of Residence Halls for winter break, summer or permanently:
You should contact each company or person you deal with and change your address directly with them. It is recommended you do this two weeks prior to check out.
We do not forward your mail and the Postal Center will not (is not allowed to) forward it. We send it back to the Postal Center and they will send it back to the sender as undeliverable. You may miss some very important mail if you do not coordinate with all of your sources of mail in a timely manner.
You should change your address at the Admissions and Records Office so that all mail sent to you from various Shasta College departments is properly addressed. The various departments access your record to obtain your address prior to mailing out information.
Note: Of course you need to do the opposite procedures from the steps above if you return for another semester.
Lastly, you should check your mail box every day. This is one of our means of communicating information to all residents. Just because you do not anticipate receiving mail from outside sources, you may miss some very important information internally, if you do not check your mail box daily.
Residents may request a parking sticker (at no charge to the student) allowing you the use of Residence Hall Parking areas only. To request a parking sticker see the Director of Residence Life. The Resident must show proof of registered ownership of the vehicle, insurance and valid driver’s license. A replacement parking sticker will cost $25.00 each. There are parking lots provided for each Residence Hall, because parking is limited, only women are allowed to park in the women’s parking lot and men in the men’s. All automobiles, motorcycles and other vehicles are to be parked solely in those areas designated by the DISTRICT. You are to obey all college driving and parking regulations while on campus. Your residential housing parking sticker is only valid in the Residential Housing lots. If you wish to use the campus parking lots, you must purchase a permit allowing you to do so. Do not give your parking permit to anyone! All handicapped and staff parking zones are enforced 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Pets are strictly prohibited. This includes warm-blooded, feathered, fish, amphibians, and reptiles. It also includes the pets of guests who are only staying for a short time. The only exception is for residents or guests who require a service or emotional support animal under the Americans with Disabilities Act who have the pet prior to move-in or with recent medical diagnosis. Students requesting to have an emotional support animal will be required to provide documentation from a medical professional which states that the animal has been prescribed to alleviate one or more identified effects of a resident’s disability. Violators will be subject to costs of fumigation and/or potential disciplinary action.
Phone in Rooms (Private)
The District provides Wi-Fi service to the dorms and commons at no charge to the residents. If you wish, you and/or your roommate may consider the installation of a phone and DSL router for your room. The resident must contact AT&T @ (1-800-310-2355) to request private phone and DSL service. The installation charges will vary depending on your credit and previous service. Should you choose to have a DSL router in your room, you must ensure that it is not used in the wireless mode; for this will interfere with the District’s wireless service that is provided to the dorms and commons. Should you be found using the router in wireless mode it will be confiscated.
Physical and Verbal Abuse
A climate of fear or intimidation will NOT be tolerated at Shasta College. Physical and verbal abuse towards staff members or fellow students will not be tolerated and will be grounds for immediate removal. Physical abuse includes but is not limited to pushing, restricting someone’s ability to move, hitting, choking, or kicking. Verbal abuse includes but is not limited to name calling, derogatory remarks, put downs, profanity, or racial remarks at staff members or fellow students. California State Law has strict guidelines covering such violations, the resident and/or guest(s) will be subjecting themselves to possible arrest and/or prosecution.
Posting on Exterior Doors and Windows
Surfaces, which are visible to the public, including exterior doors and windows, must be free from postings, markings and other alterations. Any damages done to these spaces will subject the individual to repair charges to restore these surfaces to the original state. If you have information that you would like to make available to the residents please see the Housing Coordinator for proper display.
Right to Enter
The District will respect the Resident’s right to be free of unreasonable searches and intrusions into their living quarters. The District, however, reserves the right to have its authorized personnel announce themselves and enter rooms to make necessary inspections for purposes of health, safety, security, service and repair, and with reasonable cause, the enforcement of applicable rules and regulations. The Director of Housing, the Student Housing Coordinator, and Staff Members have the right to enter any room at any time where a health and safety concern or violation of a law and/or ordinance is suspected, or in the event of an emergency.
All rooftops to the Residence Halls buildings are off limits. If you lose an item on the roof such as a ball or Frisbee; contact the staff member on duty for assistance.
Room changes will only take place if coordinated through and approved by, the Coordinator of Student Housing. Failure to do so may result in forfeiture of your security deposit. Room mates are encouraged to resolve any differences they may have in an effort to avoid room changes. Staff members can assist with this mediation. No room changes will take place within the first three weeks of the semester. The District may change room assignments during the semester for reasons of health and/or student welfare. The District has the right to require a Resident who is renting at a double rate but living alone, to move to a room with a roommate. A Resident who refuses to move will be held accountable for the single rate until the Resident moves to a double-occupancy room with a roommate.
Room Condition Form (RCF)
The Room Condition Forms must be filled out and returned to the Housing Office within 24 hours after you occupy your room. This form protects you from being held responsible for any prior damages to your room. Please be detailed about any problems you find. If you do not return the Room Condition Form to the Housing Office you will be held responsible for all damages discovered at the end of a semester(s) and this may result in forfeiture of your security deposit.
Security and Emergency Response
All Residents will be issued a traditional key for their room door and a key card for the exterior door to their dormitory. Residents will be held accountable for the proper use of these keys. Residents are expected to take an active role towards ensuring adequate security. In the interest of security, the Resident should report suspicious persons or activities to the Housing Office or Campus Security. Any Resident putting foreign objects in the doorways to keep them from closing or locking will be held financially accountable for any damage and will be referred for disciplinary action. The District assumes no responsibility for any property of the Resident that is stolen, damaged or destroyed, including when the Resident is not in occupancy. The District’s authorized, on behalf of the Resident, to request ambulance service and emergency medical service for sickness or injury. The Resident is responsible for all charges.
Skateboards / Roller-Skates / Roller Blades / Bicycles
Bicycles, skateboards, roller blades and skates are prohibited in the interior of buildings, or in any areas, which create safety issues or damage to the facilities. The college reserves the right to confiscate such items should problems be reported. These items are allowed in resident rooms as long as they do not create a safety concern and the resident has approval from their room mate.
Unauthorized selling or solicitation is forbidden on the Shasta College campus as well as in Residential Housing.
The RESIDENT will not assign or transfer this Agreement, or sublease the dwelling unit to any other party.
“Shasta College is a drug and alcohol free institution with a zero tolerance policy, per Board Policy 3551. That means that it is illegal to possess, consume, or be under the influence of drugs or alcohol at any time while on college grounds, this includes Residential Housing.” The campus drug and alcohol policy has been mandated by campus officials as well as state and federal laws. Although we understand that this will be your home, the Housing Department is not at liberty to change or make an exception to any part of the Campus Drug and Alcohol Policy. This policy applies to persons over the age of 21 as well as those who are under 21.
Empty alcohol containers, beer caps, and alcohol boxes are also prohibited in students’ rooms or in any person’s possession while on campus. These items will be confiscated and the student will be held responsible and he or she will receive a drug and alcohol violation.
The use, possession, cultivation, production, sale, gift, or exchange of illegal drugs is prohibited on campus at all times. Possession of drug paraphernalia, i.e. smoking devices, is prohibited on campus at all times. If any items are found they will be confiscated and the student will be subject to discipline. The college will not tolerate violations of the drug and alcohol policy in the Residential Housing environment. We will actively pursue such violations and take judicial or disciplinary action, up to and including removal from Residential Housing.
Residents may reserve the big screen TV in the TV lounge for two hours per day, up to three days per week. Residents may reserve the TV no earlier than one week in advance, for example; if a resident wants to reserve TV time for April 11th @ 9:00 pm then they may sign up no earlier than 9:00 pm on April 4th.
Shasta College is also a tobacco-free campus. Residents are not allowed to smoke, chew, or vape inside the dorms, the common building, or any other area on campus, including parking lots.
The District provides Wi-Fi service in the men and women's dorms as well as the common areas at no extra charge to the residents. You will not need a password to logon. Residents may obtain DSL service through AT&T (1-800-310-2355); however, you must ensure that it is not used in the wireless mode because this will interfere with the District's wireless service that is provided to the Shasta College campus.
Absolutely nothing, including trash, bottles, paper, or liquids may go out of or into any window. This includes climbing in or out of the windows. You may not remove screens from windows at any time. If any damages occur, repair costs will be charged to the Resident(s).
Wooded areas near the campus close at dusk, entering these areas after dark causes safety and security concerns. These areas are not lighted and they are adjacent to a heavily traveled highway.
Students Rights and Responsibilities
Now that you are aware of the guidelines and disciplinary procedures, that govern Residential Housing, it is important that you understand what your responsibilities, as a resident are, if infractions occur. When you encounter another resident violating community guidelines, or when/if someone’s behavior is disturbing you, you are expected to request that the offender comply with community expectations. If you are uncomfortable with this interaction, you may want to seek some advice from the Residential Housing Staff as to how to approach the situation. If you do approach someone and that person does not comply, you should then let the Residential Housing Staff Member on duty, or Campus Security know of the situation. It is important that you realize that the Residential Staff is not solely responsible for maintaining your environment and enforcing guidelines. The residents will generally establish the living group environment. While staff is expected to respond to infractions which others have been unsuccessful in handling, they are not there to solve all problems. As a member of the residential community, you are responsible for responding to and reporting violations. If you are unwilling to do so, then you are contributing to the problem rather than assisting with resolving the problem. It is your responsibility and choice to remove yourself from a situation when a violation is occurring, or you are subject to being held responsible for the violation even if you weren’t the one in violation. For example, if you are in a room where alcohol is being consumed, you are not drinking (maybe you’re studying) and others are drinking, you need to make a choice to leave the room or ask them to stop or go elsewhere. If you remain, and the situation is documented, you can be held responsible for an alcohol violation. You need to learn to make choices, however difficult, and be responsible for them. It is our hope that you can develop these personal skills and be a productive member of your community. Remember, the quality of your experience while living on campus is up to you! Only you can choose to make it as fun as it can be.