Community Guidelines & Policies
Each resident is responsible for upholding the Board of Regents' policies, University regulations, UAA rules and procedures, Department of Residence Life community guidelines and policies, and municipal, state, and federal laws. Residents are expected to adhere to the Student Code of Conduct, established to provide guidelines for student behavior at UAA. Residents may report Student Code of Conduct violations by filling out an information report, by speaking with a Residence Life staff member, such as a Resident Advisor or Peer Mentor.
Mutual Respect and Responsibility
Your living arrangement decisions affect you and your roommates. We encourage you to consider and respect the feelings, attitudes, safety, welfare, and interests of others. The opportunity to interact with residents of different ages, abilities, ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, and religious affiliations is a strength of our community.
It is important to avoid infringing upon others' rights and equally important to stand up for your rights. Repeatedly disrupting others' free exercise of academic or personal pursuits, or their ability to sleep or study is a Residence Life policy violation. Examples may include: frequent phone calls, disrupting others during quiet hours, failing to relay telephone messages to roommates, or failing to perform agreed upon cleaning. If you are not able to resolve the problem by speaking with your fellow resident, please bring these issues to the attention of your Resident Advisor or Residence Coordinator.
Your RA can assist in ensuring your rights are protected. He/she is available to assist with problems but will not solve them for you. Should a situation arise in which you and your roommates are having difficulties living together, it is important that you strive to make the situation better by adhering to the following steps:
Talk to your roommates. Failure to communicate is often the primary reason roommates do not get along. If you go to your Resident Advisor with a roommate problem, the first question he/she will ask you is whether or not you have spoken with your roommate(s) about your concerns. Putting off talking with your roommates will often only make the situation more uncomfortable.
If talking to your roommate(s) does not alleviate the problem, then contact your Resident Advisor or Residence Coordinator. He or she will direct the residents in your apartment/suite to come up with a time for a roommate meeting. During this meeting you and your roommates, in conjunction with the Resident Advisor, will discuss issues in a relaxed atmosphere and create alternatives to help work through the difficulties in your apartment/suite. Failure to participate in a roommate meeting is a Department of Residence Life policy violation and may result in a referral to the judicial process.
A Roommate Agreement is often a necessary tool you will develop and use in your roommate meeting. The agreement will specifically note the conditions by which you and your roommates have agreed to live. All residents of the apartment/suite will sign the agreement and be held to its contents. Failure to uphold a Roommate Agreement is a Residence Life policy violation and may result in disciplinary action. Should a Roommate Agreement be broken, or should the situation in the apartment/suite escalate, a second roommate meeting may be held with a Resident Coordinator and a Resident Advisor. Following this meeting, the Senior Staff member will take action to resolve the situation. This may include administrative room moves and/or disciplinary action. It is more productive for you to attempt to work through your roommate problems first before seeking staff assistance. Communicating about and understanding different lifestyles can help a great deal in solving roommate problems.
Cooperation and Honesty
The development of a successful community requires that students follow community guidelines and processes and approach interactions with honesty and respect. Providing false information to University officials such as forging or altering documents or providing false information in a judicial proceeding is prohibited. Interfering with University officials in the performance of their duties, failing to comply with staff directives, or preventing or attempting to prevent staff from conducting their administrative or disciplinary responsibilities is also prohibited and a violation of Residence Life policies. University departments can serve students in a safer and more efficient manner when students cooperate with administrative procedures. Failing to follow published administrative procedures, such as the snow removal or the intention processes, is a violation of your housing agreement.
Residence Hall Alcohol and Drug Policy
All students are encouraged to make responsible and informed choices regarding the use of alcohol. In the state of Alaska, the legal age for the consumption and possession of alcohol is 21. Anchorage municipal ordinance prohibits public consumption of alcohol and possession of open containers of alcohol on property owned or controlled by the Municipality of Anchorage (i.e. streets and sidewalks).
The UAA Student Code of Conduct and Residence Life policy prohibit students from possessing, using, selling, distributing or providing marijuana or any other illegal drugs, prohibited,substance, or drug paraphernalia. Residence Life policy also prohibits students from possessing, using, selling, distributing, or providing synthetic cannabinoid products, such as K2 and Spice. Being found responsible for violating UAA's drug policy may result in immediate termination of the student's housing agreement. Residents who have their housing agreements terminated for disciplinary reasons will be assessed charges in accordance with the mid-term release schedule.
In addition, it is prohibited to be perceptibly under the influence of alcohol, marijuana or other illegal drugs regardless of one's age.
The alcohol policy for UAA's Residential Community permits some residents who are a minimum of 21 years of age to possess and consume limited quantities of alcoholic beverages in certain apartments or suites in accordance with Department of Residence Life policies. Please refer to the Student Code of Conduct for additional policies regarding alcohol consumption.
An individual resident and his/her non-roommate guests who are of legal drinking age may collectively be in possession (opened or unopened) of up to 144 ounces of beer or 750 milliliters of other alcohol in the resident's room, apartment or suite. In an apartment or suite where two or more students of legal drinking age reside, there may not be more than 288 ounces of beer or 1500 milliliters of other alcohol (opened or unopened) anywhere within the apartment or suite at any given time.
Empty alcohol containers count towards the limit of alcohol per person, suite, or apartment. Each resident is responsible to keep under the individual, personal, and collective limit within the apartment or suite. Collections of alcohol containers are prohibited. While you are permitted to possess alcohol/drug signage, it is a community expectation that it is not visible from the exterior of buildings, i.e. outside windows or balconies, as to promote our Wellness Initiative-Substance Free Housing.
Residents of legal drinking age who bring or allow guests to bring alcohol into their rooms, apartments, or suites are responsible for coordinating with their roommates, in advance, to ensure that they collectively (resident, roommates, and all guests) do not exceed the alcohol limit permitted in their apartment or suite. Residents who are not of legal drinking age may not be in possession of alcohol at any time in their room, apartment, or suite nor may they allow guests to bring alcohol into their room, apartment, or suite regardless of the age of their guest(s).
Students may not possess or serve alcoholic beverages from any common container sources (such as kegs, party balls, beer bongs, punch bowls, or trash cans), produce alcoholic beverages, or possess materials used in the production of alcoholic beverages. Drinking games or other activities that involve or encourage rapid and/or excessive consumption of alcohol are prohibited. Providing alcoholic beverages to minors or hosting a party where alcohol and minors are present is prohibited, as is being perceptibly under the influence regardless of one's age.
Any resident found responsible for hosting a gathering that exceeds the above stated alcohol limitations and/or hosting a gathering in which one or more minors consume alcohol in the resident's room, apartment or suite may have his/her housing agreement immediately terminated as a disciplinary sanction, whether or not the resident has a prior UAA disciplinary record.
The Residence Hall Alcohol Policy is subject to annual review by the Residence Hall Association and the University administration.
The Department of Residence Life and UHDCS provide healthy and academically supportive living environments for students. The following communities are designated as substance free housing:
Substance free housing prohibits residents and their guests from possessing or consuming alcohol, use or possession of drugs or other intoxicants, and possession of drug paraphernalia. All residents, including those 21 years of age and older, living in a designated substance free housing community must adhere to the substance free housing expectations.
The Department of Residence Life has a strongly enforced expectation that all residents and their guests comply with all federal, state and university regulations related to the use or possession of alcohol and other drugs. All residence halls and apartments are non-smoking indoors and smoking of tobacco products must be done 50 feet away from buildings.
Guests are welcome in the apartments and residence halls provided a resident accompanies them at all times. Guests in the residence halls may use the vestibule house phones to call their host for an escort from the main lobby to their host's suite. Hosts are responsible for checking in their guests at their residence hall front desk. All guests must present a valid form of identification (government issued) listing their date of birth, a photo ID, and card identification number. Residents who wish to host guests who are under the age of 17 must register their guest with the Residence Life office during normal business hours, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. You are responsible for your guest at all times! It is your responsibility as a resident to ensure your guest(s) follow all University regulations. Guests who violate the privacy of roommates or any community guidelines may be asked to leave.
Overnight guests are permitted only if all residents of the apartment/suite have been informed and have given their consent. An individual is defined as an overnight guest if he or she is present in an apartment or suite anytime during quiet hours. Overnight guests must sleep in the host resident’s bedroom. Guests may not stay longer than three consecutive nights in a residential suite or apartment. Regardless of the number of residents who host them, an individual who is not a resident may not stay longer than nine nights per semester in UAA’s Residential Community. Students found abusing the guest policy are subject to disciplinary action which may result in loss of guest privileges.
In an academic community such as the residence halls and apartments, noise should be kept to a minimum 24 hours a day in order to ensure that others may pursue their educational goals.
Hours are as follows:
During quiet hours, noise should not exceed a level appropriate for sleeping. At the end of each semester, extended quiet hours are enforced.
Students shall be free from unreasonable search and/or seizure regarding their person and their personal property. If a situation should occur such that a student is interviewed and/or arrested by University Police officials, students have the right to remain silent, the right to be free of coercion and to be advised of these rights.
University personnel may enter a student housing residence with prior notice but without contemporaneous permission when they have reason to believe there is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct in progress. Such entry must be done by, or have the authorization of, university personnel designated by the chancellor or senior student services officer or designee. Prior to entering, university personnel must knock on the door of the student housing residence and announce their names and titles and their need to enter the residence for such purposes. When feasible, the university personnel will knock twice and announce that they are entering prior to actually entering the student housing residence.
When feasible, University personnel entering a student residence to enforce the Student Code of Conduct or under emergency situations should be accompanied by at least one other person. University personnel may enter a student housing residence without prior notice or contemporaneous permission when they have reason to believe there is imminent danger to persons or property. Such entry must be done by, or have the authorization of, university personnel designated by the Chancellor or senior student services officer or designee. When feasible, the University will provide reasonable notice of housing entry for routine or preventative maintenance and repair and health and safety inspections by maintenance and other authorized personnel. Notice of routine entry will include the reason for entry, who will be entering the residence, and an approximate time the entry will occur. Two attempts to contact the affected students should be made within the 24-hour period preceding the routine entry; such attempts may constitute, for example, knocking on the door. Residents need not be present at the time of routine entry. If present, residents are entitled to request identification from the authorized personnel.
University Student Judicial System
Living in a residential community with other individuals requires responsibility and respect. Students who anticipate or observe a violation of the Student Code of Conduct are expected to remove themselves from association or participation and are encouraged to report the violation. Residents are encouraged to take responsibility in holding their peers accountable and confront individuals violating policy, procedure, or regulations. When residents fail to respect the rights of others or make irresponsible choices within the community, the Residence Life staff acts to hold residents accountable. Any resident may fill out an information report regarding Student Code of Conduct policy violations. Information reports are available at all front desks or from a Residence Life staff member. Each student is responsible for policies, procedures, and deadlines. Please refer to the Student Code of Conduct located in the Guide to Living on Campus for additional information.
For your safety, Resident Advisers, employed by DRL, are on duty from 5:00 pm to 8:00 am weekdays and 24 hours a day on weekends and University holidays. The RA on Duty for your community may be reached by dialing the number listed below:
RA Duty Numbers:
Twenty-four hour police service is provided on campus by UPD. Uniformed officers, commissioned by the State of Alaska, routinely patrol campus buildings, parking lots and the on-campus living community. To contact University Police, dial 6-1120 from any on-campus phone, or 786-1120 from an off-campus, cell, or public pay phone.