2. Facility & Safety Issues
You are responsible for promoting a clean and well-maintained living environment. It is expected that students will not damage or vandalize university property or remove property from its designated location in the residential communities. You are responsible for promoting and maintaining a safe and secure environment in the residential communities. It is expected that you will not prop open doors and will adhere to fire safety guidelines.
Balconies, Ledges, and Windows:
Furniture, hammocks, and bicycles are not allowed on balconies and residents may not place anything (i.e., furniture, satellite dishes, boxes, signs, etc.) on the roofs or ledges of University buildings. Residence Life staff may remove any object obstructing egress from balconies, ledges, or hallways and charge students for that removal. Students should not remove and/or damage the windows, screens, or window restraining devices in the residence hall rooms, or common areas. Storage on ledges/window sill/trim is not permitted. Throwing or shooting objects from windows or balconies is prohibited. Students may not climb in or out of and hang off of windows or balconies unless it is an emergency. Except in the event of a bona fide emergency, bedroom and common area windows within UAA Housing facilities should never be used as an exit or entrance. Please refrain from leaving windows open during winter months. Students who leave windows open during the winter may be subject to disciplinary action and/or damage fees.
Balconies, hallways, and stairwells must have a clear passage at all times. Hanging of beads, tapestries, banners, flags, sheets, or other items in a manner that blocks egress from the inside of a residential community room is prohibited.
Bicycles may be parked in the racks outside each apartment or residence hall, or stored inside residents’ rooms or in storage areas. For fire safety reasons, please do not park bicycles on sidewalks, in doorways or stairwells, or at the entrances to buildings. Bicycles locked to or parked by any other structure, such as trees, signposts, building entrances, trashcans, or lobbies may be impounded. Bicycles may not be ridden, walked through, or parked inside the Gorsuch Commons. All bikes left on racks, 30 days after check-out is complete, will be removed and donated to various charities.
Tampering with or misuse of University elevators is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, overcrowding, overloading, jumping in, vandalizing, or tampering is prohibited.
In the event of a fire alarm or fire drill, all residents must evacuate the building, completely and immediately. Residents must remain outside, 100 yards away from the building in a designated area, until the "all clear" signal has been given by UPD or the Anchorage Fire Department. Interference with or non-compliance with emergency evacuation procedures in a residential community is prohibited. Residents must exit the building within three (3) minutes of the alarm sounding. DO NOT USE ELEVATORS. Please remember to dress quickly and appropriate for Alaskan weather.
Excessive Uncleanliness or Necessary Room/Apartment Cleaning
In the event that a student’s individual room or common space becomes uninhabitable for a suitemate roommate, DRL/UHDSC reserves the right to go into those spaces for cleaning purposes. If these services are necessary, the student(s) will be charges for the cleaning and/or damages as appropriate. In the event that Housing assigns a previously vacant room to an incoming resident in the middle of an academic semester (fall, spring, or summer), all current residents are responsible for reasonable common area cleanliness. Housing reserves the right to clean common areas of currently occupied apartments and suites on behalf of incoming residents, and assess cleaning fees to the current residents of that apartment or suite.
Repeated lockouts due to not reporting a lost key or choosing not to carry key on self is prohibited. Students who are locked out of their room should go to their area service desk to check out a loaner key or receive a temporary access code/card and should return loaner keys and cards within 24 hours. Students who require the use of a loaner key or a temporary access code/card or need entrance into the building will have to complete an Emergency Unlock Form. All students must be possession of their room key and UAA ID at all times. The first two lockouts are free of charge, however, any more than that will result in a charge to the student’s Accounts Receivable. The charges are as follows: 3rd Lockout and beyond is $25. After a student has reached their 4th lockout they will be in violation of the CLS and a CLS meeting will be scheduled with a Residence Life Staff member. After 5 or more lockouts you will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct and Ethical Development, and a conduct hearing will be scheduled.
Resident Initiated Fire Alarms
Starting a fire, pulling a fire alarm without due cause, tampering with or disabling smoke detectors, falsely reporting a fire emergency to police or fire department, University administrators, and the unauthorized use or damage done to any emergency or safety equipment, are all prohibited. These are considered serious violations because of the risk they pose to the residential community. Interference with or non-adherence to emergency evacuation procedures in the residential community are prohibited and will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct and Ethical Development. Templewood and MAC residents- Please be mindful when cooking as excessive smoke will set off the fire alarms in your apartment. Residents should never leave their cooking unattended. Please do what is necessary to mitigate setting off the detectors. Should your apartment set off the alarm, this may result in a $250 fine (part of cost AFD charges UAA for emergency fire services).
Use outside ashtrays and be sure ashes, matches, and cigarette ends are cold before you dispose of them in a trash receptacle. Portable appliances with open coil burners, containers of flammable fuels such as gasoline, kerosene or propane, and gasoline powered engines, are also prohibited in student rooms and common areas. Gas grills or charcoal grills must be used a minimum of 15 ft. from all UAA buildings and cannot be stored within 15 ft. of buildings until they are completely cooled and cleaned. Please refer to the Room Modification and Storage section of this guide for a list of approved appliances. For the safety of our residents, if a recall notice comes to our attention from an organization such as the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission for an item that may be used by students in UAA Housing, the student will be asked to comply with the recall by not using the item in UAA housing. The item must be disconnected and stored at a minimum or completely disposed of.
Fire Safety Equipment
Tampering with pull stations, smoke or heat detectors, fire extinguishers, sprinkler heads, or other life safety equipment is prohibited. The Residence Halls, Templewood, and MAC buildings are equipped with automatic sprinkler systems. These sprinklers are provided for your safety and the safety of those around you. Do not tamper with or hang items from the sprinklers or pipes; it is a fire code violation and may cause the sprinklers to malfunction. Students who tamper with the sprinkler system may be subject to disciplinary action and/or damage fees.
There are fireplaces located in Templewood Apartments. Before using a fireplace, permission is required from the Housing and Residence office, Staff and Residents have to follow the UAA Fireplace Safety procedures. Failure to have Permission, follow procedures or misuse of fireplaces may result in referral to the University Conduct System.
For safety reasons, the fireplace located in commons must be used with prior permission from the Gorsuch Commons Staff and University Official.
All private furniture must be removed at the time of move-out. Furniture left/abandoned in the residential areas will be stored, at the student’s expense, for up to 30 days. After that time period, all remaining private furniture will be disposed, including TVs. University furniture may not be removed from the residence halls or apartments at any time. This includes moving furniture from common areas such as lounges to your room. Storage is available within each apartment and some suites, but not outside of the suites in the residence halls.
Hanging items that are visible from the outside, internally or externally from your room such as flags, banners, or signs out of or obstructing residential communities’ windows may prohibited. Prohibited items may include things that may be offensive to members of the UAA community. See Civility section of CLS.
Illegal Use of Emergency Exits
Emergency exits are to be used during emergency evacuations only. Any misuse of emergency exits is prohibited.
Installation of air conditioners, ceiling fans, wall shelves, hanging lamps, or other non-approved items in residential communities’ rooms is prohibited.
Keycard/WOLFCard Use and Access
Delivering, surrendering, or otherwise relinquishing possession of room card to an individual, or permitting the card to be duplicated or modified is prohibited. Students are responsible for access cards and should not lend or permit others to use their UAA ID at any time. This is for your safety and the safety of your fellow residents. After you check into your room or apartment you will be issued a PIN number. The security of your apartment or suite depends on you and your fellow residents. Report lost keys, WOLFcards, PINs or keycards immediately to the UHDCS office at 751-7202. Lost keycards will be replaced at a charge of $25.00 each. Broken keycards will be replaced via work order at no charge only when an identifiable piece of the original card is turned in to the Housing office. Lost WOLFcards will be replaced at a charge of $10.00 at the WOLFcard Office in the UC or in the Library.
Students in partially filled rooms or apartments should not occupy the vacant space. Should that space be occupied in the event of inspection or the placement of a roommate, the infringing student will be charged for cleaning of that half of the shared space, and the pro-rated super-single rate for the time the space is occupied.
Possession of a pet, except for non-poisonous/venomous freshwater fish (in a tank not exceeding 10 gallons) and service animals for persons with a disability, is prohibited. Other pets or animals are not permitted in the residence halls or apartments, including visiting pets. Should an animal be found in a living unit, the animal will be immediately removed from the premises and the resident(s) responsible may be sanctioned under the UAA Student Code of Conduct and will bear all cleaning costs. For questions on approved service animals, see section titled “Accommodations for Students Who Experience Disabilities.”
Posting materials on bulletin boards or other common spaces without approval is prohibited. University-sponsored and University-affiliated groups may submit materials directly to DRL/UHDCS. Groups and individuals are not permitted to post materials directly to residential community bulletin boards; instead, only DRL/UHDCS staff are authorized to post materials. Materials from non-affiliated groups are not allowed to be posted in the residential communities. Announcements (meetings, birthdays, etc.) using any media (chalk, paint, etc.) on residential community property are prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to: walls and sidewalks. Individuals will be charged accordingly for any damages/clean-up costs incurred as a result of improper posting. Violators will be documented by DRL/UHDCS and posting privileges may be revoked.
Posting materials that are easily visible to the general public that intentionally/unintentionally harm or incite others is prohibited.
Prohibited items and Fire Hazards
Use or possession of non-approved appliances in residential communities’ rooms is prohibited. These items include, but are not limited to: any open flame source or flammable liquid, candles (the use of candles for birthdays or religious purposes is permitted if given written permission in advance), incense, halogen lamps, octopus lamps, kerosene lamps, dartboards, open-coil heaters and cooking elements, waterbeds, hookahs, satellite dishes, grills (indoor and outdoor), hot plate, deep fat fryer, electric griddle, toaster oven, toaster, any item described in the weapons section of the Student Code of Conduct. Additionally, posting flammable materials covering more than one third of total surface of the outside of residential communities’ room doors is prohibited. Holiday decorations must not hang from or touch any light fixtures or fire safety equipment. Only three strands of lights can be linked together per electrical outlet, and live holiday trees are not permitted. Decorations should not block doorways or windows. Any organic materials used for holiday decorations (ex. pumpkins/jack-o-lanterns) must be disposed of in a timely manner to avoid damage due to decay. Arrange your furniture and store belongings so that exits, heat vents, or water heaters are not blocked. Do not store bicycles, sporting equipment, unwanted furniture, luggage, etc., in hallways, lounges, stairwells, entrances, or any area that is a means of escape during an emergency.
University keycards and garage door openers assigned to you should be kept with you at all times and never with a friend, in your mailbox, or otherwise out of your possession. Please only enter by those doors, which can be opened by your keycard. Be sure any door you enter, exit, or pass by is closed, latched and locked behind you. Never allow an individual access who is not your guest. Access to residential community living spaces is restricted to residents of a specific residence hall or apartment and their escorted guests. To ensure the safety and privacy of the residential community, UAA Residence Halls (North, East, West) require a 100% ID check for residents and their guests during hall front desk hours. Do not let someone in the building who is not your guest. Even though you may not think it is a big deal, un-escorted guests compromise your own safety and the safety of every other resident in the building. Suspicious persons and individuals who cannot explain their presence should be asked to leave and immediately reported to University Police at 786-1120 or a Residence Life staff member.
Solicitation is prohibited within the residential community lobbies, common areas, or door-to-door. Distributing printed materials in the residential communities is prohibited. This includes items (with the exception of emergency evacuation materials) being slid under doorways. Items must be approved by DRL/UHDCS. Items posted are subject to be taken down at the Residence Coordinator's discretion. If one is interested in posting throughout the building, you must receive written approval from DRL/UHDCS. “No Solicitation” placards are visibly displayed on each building.
The following specific activities are expressly prohibited:
Failure to remove trash and/or recycling to designated trash containers is prohibited. This includes disposing of cigarettes ends not in designated area ashtray or in non-designated areas.
Attempting to gain access or trespassing in a residential community when closed for break periods is prohibited.
Unauthorized Access and Use of Common Areas
Students are prohibited from entering restricted access areas unless specifically authorized to do so by Residence Life Staff. These areas may include, but are not limited to: community front desks, roofs, attics, staff apartments, or machine/storage rooms. Forced or unauthorized entry into any residence halls or residents’ room is prohibited, as well as entering a bathroom designated for the gender/sex. Formal group activities in common areas without proper authorization from Residence Life Staff are also prohibited. Common lounges and study lounges may be reserved through the Residence Coordinator of that area.
Unauthorized Room Change
Moving to a residential community room without the written approval from a DRL/UHDCS administrator is prohibited.
The University provides a gun safe for residents to store all legal firearms. Storing a weapon anywhere in the residential community is prohibited, except in the gun safe or in a locked vehicle. University police supervise registration of weapons and provide 24-hour access to the gun safe. Call the University Police non-emergency line, 786-1120, for access. The following weapons are prohibited in UAA’s residential community: sporting or hunting knives, spears, swords, sling shots, bows and/or arrows, nunchucks, potato cannons or guns, ammunition, Taser/stun guns, BB guns, and all CO2 or compressed air weapons, and other dangerous devices including fireworks. Alaska state law prohibits the possession of butterfly knives, brass knuckles, and switchblades.
UAA’s residential community is surrounded by wooded areas, a creek, and protected wetlands. We often have the unique opportunity to witness up close, various species of wildlife including moose, ducks, geese, and beavers. Please respect our coexistence with these and other creatures that may visit. Do not pet, feed, or approach any of these animals for any reason. Moose, especially mothers with a nearby calf, have been known to charge. Feeding animals disrupts their search for food and endangers their survival. Enjoy our unique setting from a safe distance, but please do not disturb the animals. Examples of prohibited behavior include, but is not limited to: touching, petting, feeding, inciting, etc.
Intentionally removing screens from windows is prohibited. For your safety, residence hall window screens must remain in place at all times. Costs to replace missing or damaged screens range may be assessed. A maintenance request form should be completed if your screen has blown off. Screens will be replaced depending on availability.
Vacating Residence Halls
Residents must vacate their residence hall room according to the posted schedule. It is expected that students evacuate the building no later than 24 hours after their last final exam, or building closure time set forth by Residence Life Staff, at the end of each semester/year (whichever is sooner). A fee will be assessed (Late Checkout Fee) to residents if not checked out in the proper manner. An additional fee will be assessed to residents if they have not vacated by the scheduled closing of the residential community. Please contact your Residence Life Staff if you have questions about vacating your room. This includes students that withdraw from the University or are placed on residential probation.
Residents should take proper care of their building and its furnishings. The preservation of student housing units is the joint responsibility of all roommates assigned to a specific suite or apartment, and all residents assigned to a specific building or residence hall. Vandalism will bring disciplinary actions. Students witnessing any act of vandalism and/or who may know the identity of the responsible person(s) should notify a Residence Life staff member. Examples of vandalism include, but are not limited to: water fights, removal or destruction of peepholes, tearing, burning or removal of posters or bulletin board displays, public urination/defecation, tampering with door or window locks or any other damage to University or personal property. Housing and Residence Life reserve the right to assess residents collectively or individually for any vandalism to the buildings, grounds or furnishings. Pranks that result in disturbances or distress to others, or cause damage to University or personal property (or those that foreseeably could have caused damage, disturbance, or distress) are prohibited.