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Community Living Standards
There are four compelling Community Living Standards (CLS) that guide both our daily interactions with students and the formal On-Campus Living (OCL) conduct system. The four compelling CLS are broken down into specific residential community policies that residents are expected to abide by. These CLS were developed to help provide a safe and secure community. Violations that compromise the success, safety, or security of residents may result in appropriate disciplinary sanctions, including up to contract termination, and are considered violations of the UAA Student Rights, Freedoms, and Responsibilities provision in the Student Code of Conduct. 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 may report Student Code of Conduct violations by providing an information report to a Residence Life staff member, such as a Resident Advisor, Peer and Academic and Wellness Leaser, Indigenous & Rural Leader or Cama-i Room Host. The development of a successful community requires that students follow community guidelines and processes and approach interactions with honesty and respect. OCL student and professional staff members are required to report issues related to harm to self or others, or situations related to sexual assault/misconduct.
Residential Communities Policies
Residents must be aware of and abide by the following policies and expectations:
- Gambling: Gambling and sponsoring raffles or pools in or adjacent to residential communities is prohibited.
- Guests: Guests are welcome in the apartments and residence halls provided a resident accompanies them at all times. Each resident may have no more than 3 guests at one time. 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 who reside in the residence halls are responsible for checking in their guests at their residence hall front desk. All residence hall 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 18 years old must register their guest. You are responsible for your guest(s) 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. The rights of the resident supersede the rights of the guest. An individual is defined as an overnight guest if he or she is present in a building as a guest any time after 2:00 a.m.. Overnight guests must sleep in the host resident’s bedroom. Non-Residential guests may stay no longer than three consecutive nights in a seven-day period in the residential suites and the apartments. Regardless of the number of residents who host them, an individual who is not a resident may not stay longer than eight nights a month in UAA’s residential community. Guests must be checked out at the end of their stay. Students found abusing the guest policy are subject to disciplinary action, which may result in loss of guest privileges.
- Hall Sports: Playing sport games in hallways or balconies, including but not limited to: basketball, bicycle riding, Frisbee, skateboarding, football throwing, running, Nerf activities, squirt gun/water fights, is prohibited.
- Instruments and/or Speakers: Use of amplified instruments in residential community rooms is prohibited. Placement of sound equipment or speakers in windows and common areas of the residential community without the express permission of DRL professional staff is prohibited.
- Loitering: Loitering is not allowed in front of any residential communities’ entrance or exit and can pose a fire/safety hazard.
- Balconies, Ledges, and Windows: Furniture, hammocks, grills, 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 window ledges, sills, or trims 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 an immediate 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. Windows open during the winter may be subject to disciplinary action and/or damage fees. Metal guards on the windows of first floor rooms should not be opened unless students are using windows as egress in the case of an emergency.
- Blocking Egress: Balconies, hallways, doorways, and stair wells 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: 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, trash cans, 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.
- Constructing Structures: Residents are prohibited from constructing structures on campus.
- Elevators: Tampering with or misuse of University elevators is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, overcrowding to, overcrowding, overloading, jumping in, vandalizing, tampering, blocking, or leaving unattended item and/or trash inside.
- Evacuation Procedures: 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, the Anchorage Fire Department, or On-Campus Living professional staff members. 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 appropriately 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 or roommate, OCL reserves the right to go into those spaces for cleaning purposes. If these services are necessary, the student(s) will be charged for the cleaning and/or damages as appropriate, as well as face code of conduct violations. 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.
- Excesive Lockouts:
- Room access for resident is provided through their Wolfcard ID. All students must
be in possession of their Wolfcard at all times. Repeated lockouts due to not reporting
a lost Wolfcard or choosing not to carry a Wolfcard is prohibited.
When students misplace or forget their Wolfcard, they can gain temporary access to their room in two ways:
- Checking out a temporary keycard between 8 am and 5 pm, Monday through Friday at the Housing front desk in the Gorsuch Commons (temporary keycards are meant for same-day checkout, and failure to return temporary keycards on the same day may result in students being charged for the reprinting of the card).
- Contacting the RA-On-Duty for their community to grant them access into their room after 5 pm and before 8 am on weekdays and on Saturdays and Sundays, as well as holidays and University closures.
- Room access for resident is provided through their Wolfcard ID. All students must be in possession of their Wolfcard at all times. Repeated lockouts due to not reporting a lost Wolfcard or choosing not to carry a Wolfcard is prohibited.
- Students are permitted two lockouts free of charge per semester. Lockouts are accumulated either through checking out the temporary key from the Housing front desk or through contacting the RA-On-Duty to be let into their room.
- When students accumulate three lockouts for a semester, a charge equivalent to the cost of replacing a Wolfcard will be billed to their student account for each lockout during the remainder of the semester. After five or more lockouts, students may be referred to the Office of Student Conduct and Ethical Development for review.
- 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.
- Items must be hung a minimum of 18” from the ceiling.
- Templewood Fireplaces: There are fireplaces located in the Templewood Apartments. Before using a fireplace, permission is required from the Housing and Residence Life departments. Staff and residents must 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.
- Commons Fireplace: For safety reasons, the fireplace located in the Commons must be used with prior permission from the Gorsuch Commons. Do not place items for burning inside of fireplace.
- University keycards/WOLF cards 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, and 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, unescorted 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 911 or a Residence Life staff member.
- 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 and sage burning
- Halogen lamps
- Octopus lamps
- Kerosene lamps
- Open-coil heaters and cooking elements
- Pressure cookers
- Satellite dishes
- Grills (indoor and outdoor)
- Hot plates
- Deep fat fryers
- Electric griddles
- Toaster ovens
- Toasters (unless in Templewood or MAC apartments, or in the residence hall kitchens)
- Fish tanks greater than 10 gallons (one tank per resident)
- Personal washing machines
- String lights that are not LED
- Living trees, not to include common house plants
- 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.
- Conducting a private enterprise, whether legal or illegal including operating a private business using university address or property of any kind.
- Promotion and/or advertisement of a private enterprise or event.
- Door-to-door solicitation within the residence halls or apartment complexes or in
public areas without prior written authorization from the Residence Life office.
Posting is permitted on public use bulletin boards in the MAC mailrooms. Prior approval is required from a Residence Life or UHDCS professional staff member. All approved postings will bare the On-Campus Living approval stamp, which will include a date that the posting is allowed to go up, and the date that it will need to come down.
- Confidentiality: Although Residence Life staff members may form bonds with students residing in the residence halls, any information presented to a Residence Life staff member relating to the violation of University policy and/or the threat/harm to oneself or another member of the University community must be reported to the Residence Life staff member’s supervisor.
- Discriminatory or Inflammatory Language: Residents are to refrain from using discriminatory or inflammatory language, including, but not limited to: online, telephone, verbal, non-verbal, or written communications with the intent to harm or incite.
- Failure to Comply: Residents must comply with any lawful order or reasonable request of a clearly identifiable University official/Campus Safety Authority acting in the performance of his or her duties in the enforcement of University policy. Residents must present their WOLFcard upon request of a University official (in appropriate situations). These requests are expected to be honored. Failing to follow published administrative procedures, such as snow removal or the intention process, is a violation of your housing agreement. Campus Safety Authorities include, but are not limited to: University Police, Department of Residence Life (DRL) professional staff, Housing (UHDCS) professional staff, DRL student staff (RAs, PAWs, IRLs, Cama-I Room Hosts), UHDCS student staff (Maintenance, Housing Resource Assistants).
- Furnishing False Information: Residents must disclose, to the best of their knowledge, full and truthful information to University officials. Residents shall not withhold information or present false information with the intent to deceive, including but not limited to: names, dates and times, location or number of residents or guests, location, consumption, or possession of illegal, prohibited, or controlled substances, WOLFcards or numbers, telephone numbers, addresses, emergency contacts, or allergies.
- Inciting or Participating in a Fight or Riot: Residents shall not incite or participate in a physical fight, or riot regardless of reason. Fighting is defined as, but not limited to: inciting a fight through physical, online, sexual, telephone, verbal, non-verbal, or written communications; or fighting through hitting, striking, slapping, kicking, throwing or shooting an object; or contacting or attempting to contact any other person with the intent to harm.
- Intimidation, Harassment, Bullying, and Threats of Violence: Residents, students, DRL/UHDCS staff, and any other person should be able to learn, work, and live in an environment that is free from all forms of intimidation, harassment, bullying, and threats of violence, including, but not limited to, physical harm or threats of physical harm, via online, telephone, verbal, non- verbal, and written communications. Behavior violating this provision is also prohibited by the Student Code of Conduct and/or UAA’s Equal Opportunity, Harassment and Anti-Discrimination Policy.
- Interference with University Official(s): 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.
- Joint Responsibility: Students are responsible for the actions of people in their residence hall room. If a student is present in their own or any other residence hall room or area where university policies are being violated, they are subject to the same disciplinary action as the resident of that room. In some situations, this may also include violations that occur within an adjoining room in a suite, regardless of whether or not the student is present in the room in which the violation(s) occurred.
- Noise: Quiet hours are from 10:00 pm-8:00 am Sunday through Thursday and 12:00 am-10:00 am Friday and Saturday. Courtesy hours are 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please note 24 hour quiet hours go into effect during final exam periods. Creating excessive noise which is disruptive to other students both inside and outside of residential communities is prohibited. Noise may be deemed disruptive if it can be heard through a closed door and/or two doors down. Excessive noise at any hour is unacceptable and at no time should amplified sound or yelling be directed out of or towards residents’ windows. Reasonable quietness in areas near residence halls must be maintained. Students must respond positively and courteously to requests to reduce noise and to respectfully approach others with requests for noise reduction.
- Sexual Misconduct: See Student Code of Conduct and Title IX.
- Stalking: Residents shall not stalk any other person physically, online, by telephone, verbally, non-verbally, in written communications, or any other manner. Stalking is defined as, but not limited to: the intentional, unwanted, repeated contact or attention by the stalker to the victim. Residents must honor other’s requests to stop undesired contact.
- Theft: Residents shall not take or possess another's property without permission of the owner. This includes, but is not limited to: property of a roommate, resident, any other individual, company, or the University.
- Violation of University Policies and Government Laws: Residents must follow all University policies, municipal ordinances, and state and federal laws.
DRUG AND ALCOHOL POLICY
UAA is committed to promoting healthy lifestyles and encourages all students to make responsible and informed choices.
You are responsible for upholding federal, state, and local laws dealing with alcohol, tobacco (smoking and all forms of tobacco are not permitted in any residential communities) and other drugs. All forms of tobacco are not permitted including (but not limited to) cigarettes, cigars, snuff, e-cigarettes, chewing tobacco on UA properties. Alcohol is not permitted for students less than 21 years of age, and illegal drugs are not permitted for anyone within the on-campus communities.
- Alcohol Policy:
- Alcohol limit: Alcohol is not permitted for students under 21 years old. Residential students, who are a minimum of 21 years of age, may possess and consume limited quantities of alcoholic beverages in certain apartments or suites. An individual resident and his/her/ze's 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.
- Drinking with others: 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).
- Underage Access and Consumption: The purchase, possession, consumption, or disruptive behavior due to public intoxication of alcohol by a person under the age of 21 is prohibited. No one over the age of 21 is allowed to have alcohol that is accessible to, or in the presence of, any person under the age of 21. Alcohol paraphernalia is also prohibited. Parents/guardians of residents who are under the age of 21 will be notified of alcohol and/or drug policy violations.
- Alcohol Containers and Displays: 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.
- Alcohol Distribution: Sale or distribution of alcohol by a person to another person is prohibited. Sale of alcoholic beverages on campus, including indirect sales is prohibited.
- Alcohol in Common Areas: Possession or consumption of alcohol in common areas of residential communities is not allowed, including but not limited to: lounges, hallways, stairwells, balconies, laundry rooms, bathrooms, study areas, and courtyards.
- Common Sources of Alcohol: Use of common sources of alcohol, including but not limited to kegs, party balls, beer pongs, trash cans, and punch bowls is prohibited.
- Drinking Games: Playing drinking games within residential communities is prohibited. The definition of drinking games includes but is not limited to: the rapid consumption of shots of any liquid, the practice of consuming shots equating to one’s age, “beer pong”, “century club”, “dares” or any other activity involving the consumption of water, alcohol, or any other liquid which involves duress or encouragement related to the consumption of alcohol or water.
- Perceptively Under the Influence: It is prohibited to be perceptibly under the influence of alcohol, marijuana, or other illegal drugs regardless of one's age within the residential communities.
- Production of Alcohol: Production of alcoholic beverages, or possessing materials used in the production of alcoholic beverages, is prohibited.
- Hosting Parties Involving Alcohol: A party is defined as a group of nine (9) or more individuals who are present to participate in a social event involving alcohol. Students are considered hosts if they organize or co-organize a party at their residence, participate in a party at their residence, or invite guests to the residence to join the party. Additionally, providing alcoholic beverages to minors or hosting a party where alcohol and minors are present is prohibited. 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/ze’s housing agreement immediately terminated as a disciplinary sanction, whether or not the resident has a prior UAA disciplinary record.
- Breathalyzer Notice: A resident who denies a request from UPD to receive a breathalyzer test will not be eligible to stay on campus for 12 hours immediately following the request for the breathalyzer test. The resident will need to meet with the RC-On-Duty prior to returning to their room.
- Any student deemed excessively intoxicated by Residence Life staff and or UPD will not be allowed to stay on campus and will be asked to leave campus for the night or transported to Anchorage Sleep Off Center. The student will need to meet with the RC-On-Duty upon return to regain access to their room.
- Drug Policy:
- Prohibited Items: 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 (including prescription medications being distributed to someone to whom the medication is not prescribed), 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 whether or not the resident has a prior UAA disciplinary record. Residents who have their housing agreements terminated for disciplinary reasons will be assessed any charges in accordance with the mid-term release schedule
- Drug Paraphernalia: Possession of paraphernalia for intended or implied use of controlled substances or paraphernalia possessing illegal drug residue, including but not limited to: devices and/or materials used to prepare, use, or cover up the use of drugs is prohibited (ex: glass pipes, hookahs, etc.)
- Smoking Tobacco, E-Cigarettes, & E-Hookahs: Smoking and all forms of tobacco are not permitted inside any residence hall or apartment. Smoking and the use of all forms of tobacco outdoors are not permitted on the UAA campus and all UA properties. Smoking in residence hall or apartment rooms or common areas may result in cleaning fees being assessed to student accounts.