Community Living Standards
The Community Living Standards were developed by the Department of Residence Life 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 housing agreement cancellation, and are considered violations of the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) Student Rights, Freedoms, and Responsibilities provision in the Student Code of Conduct. Residents may report Student Code of Conduct violations by submitting an information report on the Dean of Students website. The development of a successful community requires that students follow community guidelines and processes and approach interactions with honesty and respect.
The Community Living Standards serve in conjunction with the Department of Residence Life and Dining Agreement and the Student Code of Conduct. Students are expected to be knowledgeable of all University policies and signed agreements, including, but not limited to, the Student Code of Conduct, the UAA Student Handbook, the Community Living Standards, and the Department of Residence Life and Dining Agreement.
Special Policies and Procedures Related to COVID-19
In order to prioritize safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, the following residential policies will be in place temporarily and until further notice.
- Limitations for Social Distancing
In order to enforce social distancing guidelines and to prioritize safety, several modifications will be made to housing during the fall semester. These include, but are not limited to:
- All apartments and suites will be single occupancy
- Hall kitchens will be closed
- Hall lounges will be closed
- The Cama-i Room will be closed
- Hall front desks will be closed and equipment will be unavailable for check out
- Laundry facility access will be staggered
- Bear Necessities convenience store will be closed
- The Seawolf Shuttle will not be in operation
- Residents will not have the opportunity to check out of their rooms with a staff member; instead, all check-outs will be express check-outs
- COVID-19 Health Disclosure Requirement
In an effort to keep our community safe, residents will notify the Department of Residence Life (DRL) under the following circumstances:
- If you test positive for COVID-19
- If you were exposed to an individual who has symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or who has tested positive for COVID-19
- If you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, including a fever in excess of 100 degrees.
During business hours, residents should contact the Student Health & Counseling Center (SHCC) if they fall into any of these categories. Residents can contact SHCC at 907-786-4040. SHCC will then notify DRL to coordinate the quarantine or isolate of the student. Outside of business hours, residents should contact the RA-On-Duty for their area.
Residents who fall into any of these categories will be required to quarantine or isolate themselves in their housing assignment. See the information on isolation or quarantine on the COVID-19 Protocols webpage.
- Items to consider for Fall Housing
- Residents are encouraged to be mindful of the amount of items they move onto campus. Given the unpredictable nature of COVID-19, the possibility does exist of a full closure of the residential community should an outbreak occur. This could require residents to move out over a short period of time. If this occurs, residents will be responsible for all costs related to travel, move out, and relocation due to the closure.
- Residents should identify an alternative, local housing option they could relocate to in 72 hours or less should this be necessary.
- Residents should come to UAA with adequate financial support to return to their permanent residence or an alternative housing option should this become necessary.
- Residents who have an approved assistance animal that needs to go outside should have a plan to have an emergency contact care for the animal in the event they are quarantined on campus.
- The Department of Residence Life's ability to approve room moves once residents have moved-in will be very limited.
- The Department of Residence Life strongly encourages residents to be highly aware
of implications for out of state travel during the academic year. Residents who travel
out of state may be required to comply with rigorous testing or quarantine requirements
upon arrival back into the state of Alaska. Compliance with these requirements may
impact your ability to participate in classes or other collegiate obligations.
- Additionally, residents who choose to travel during the Thanksgiving break may not be allowed to return to residential campus if they are not returning to UAA's residential community in the spring semester.
- Cleaning Guidelines
- Common area, high touch points in residence halls and the Gorsuch Commons will be
cleaned four times per day (early morning, late morning, afternoon, and evening).
Touch points include, but are not limited to:
- Stairwell handrails
- Door push bars and handles
- Elevator buttons
- Laundry rooms
- Touch pads
- Vending machines
- MAC 1 laundry and mail room
- Restrooms in the Gorsuch Commons and residence hall lobbies will be cleaned at least once per day.
- Electro-static cleaners will be used at least once per week.
- Residents will be provided a welcome package from UAA Residence Life including cleaning supplies. Residents are responsible for cleaning their individual apartments and suites. Residents should follow current CDC guidelines to ensure their spaces remain disinfected and clean.
- Common area, high touch points in residence halls and the Gorsuch Commons will be cleaned four times per day (early morning, late morning, afternoon, and evening). Touch points include, but are not limited to:
- Policy Addenda and Additions
The following policies are meant to either supplement or replace on a temporary basis the rules and regulations found in the Housing & Dining Agreement or the Community Living Standards listed below. Violations of the Student Code of Conduct, Community Living Standards, quarantine & isolation expectations, and other rules and regulations could result in the revocation of your approval to live on campus and the termination of your housing agreement.
The following language replaces the Guests policy in the Community Living Standards until further notice:
- No visitors or guests from outside the UAA residential community are permitted. Further, we are encouraging our residents to limit entering the personal spaces of others and practice social distancing.
- Guests from within the residential community must adhere to the following:
- You may have no more than 3 guests (residents of campus housing) at one time.
- An individual is defined as an overnight guest if they are present in a building as a guest any time after 1:00 a.m.
- Residents may not act as a guest to another resident in the UAA residential community for more than three nights consecutively or eight nights total in a month.
- Residents found abusing the guest policy are subject to disciplinary action, which may result in removal from the residential community.
The following language is supplemental to the Emergency Response policy in the Community Living Standards:
- The Department of Residence Life reserves the right to contact the emergency contact of residents who test positive for COVID-19.
The following language replaces the Kitchens in Residence Halls in the Community Living Standards until further notice:
- The kitchens in the lobbies of each residence hall are closed and are not to be accessed without written permission from the Department of Residence Life
The following language is considered to be part of the Community Living Standards until further notice:
- Residents are required to wear masks in all common areas on residential campus, including inside residence halls outside of individual suites and in the Gorsuch Commons. Exceptions to this policy must be granted in writing by the Department of Residence Life.
Residential Communities Policies
Facilities and Safety
Bicycles may be parked in the racks outside each apartment or residence hall, or stored inside residents' rooms or apartment/suite 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, or left for longer than 30 days, may be removed from campus. Bicycles are prohibited inside the Gorsuch Commons.
Residents must keep all common areas within their suite or apartment clean and orderly. Individual rooms, suites, or apartments are prohibited from being excessively unclean (i.e. poses a health and/or safety risk, facility damage, pest control issues, etc.). In the event that a student's individual room or common space becomes excessively unclean, DRL 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, and may face Student Code of Conduct violations. Failure to remove trash and/or recycling to designated trash containers may result in charges to the resident's student account following removal by staff.
Residents are prohibited from constructing structures on residential campus. This includes, but is not limited to, the installation of hammocks, rock walls, or snow forts.
The preservation of student housing public areas is the joint responsibility of all residents assigned to a specific area (hall, wing, floor, apartment, stairwell, etc.). Residents are responsible for all damages. If individual responsibility cannot be determined, all residents of a specific room, hall, wing, or building may be held financially responsible. Financial responsibility extends to abandoned belongings, excessive cleaning, and damages. Please see Room/Suite/Apartment Modification and Storage below for more details..
Balconies, hallways, windows, doorways, and stairwells must have a clear passage at all times, including clear passage to exits within residents’ bedrooms. OCL staff may remove any object obstructing egress from balconies, ledges, or hallways and charge students for that removal.
Tampering with or misuse of University elevators is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, overcrowding, overloading, jumping in, vandalizing, tampering, blocking, or leaving unattended items and/or trash inside.
In the event of an emergency, such as incapacitation, inability to independently care for self, or transport to hospital, University personnel may notify a resident's emergency contact or other individuals as deemed necessary.
In the event of a fire alarm or fire drill, all residents must evacuate the building, completely and immediately. Residents must remain at least 50 feet away from the exterior of the building in a designated area until the "all clear" signal has been given by the University Police Department, the Anchorage Fire Department, or professional residential community staff members. Interference with or non- compliance with emergency evacuation procedures is prohibited. Residents must exit the building within three (3) minutes of the alarm sounding. Do not use elevators. Emergency exits are to be used during emergency evacuations or fire drills only. Any misuse of emergency exits is prohibited. Please remember to dress quickly and appropriately for Alaska weather conditions.
Fire Alarms - Resident Initiated
Starting a fire, pulling a fire alarm without due cause, tampering with or disabling smoke detectors, falsely reporting a fire emergency to police, the fire department, or University administrators, and the unauthorized use or damage done to any emergency or safety equipment, are all prohibited. Residents should never leave their cooking unattended. Should your actions set off the alarm, you may be responsible for all or part of a $500 charge to UAA for emergency fire services.
DRL takes fire prevention seriously. Please abide by the following:
- Residents are not permitted to hang anything from the ceiling. Items must be stored a minimum of 18 inches from the ceiling.
- Wall hangings and/or other items cannot block fire suppression equipment.
- Tampering with pull stations, smoke or heat detectors, fire extinguishers, sprinkler heads, or other life safety equipment is prohibited.
- Items cannot be hung from sprinklers or pipes.
- Residents must comply with all recall notices of products stored on residential campus.
- Posting flammable materials covering more than one third of the total surface of doors or walls is prohibited.
- A maximum of three strands of decorative lights can be linked together per electrical outlet.
- Any organic materials used for decorations (ex. pumpkins/jack-o-lanterns) must be disposed of in a timely manner.
- Extension cords and surge protectors should be UL listed, not overloaded with plug ins, and should not be punctured. Tethering extension cords and surge protectors together is prohibited.
The following items are prohibited on residential campus:
- Personal gas and charcoal grills
- Containers of flammable fuels such as gasoline, kerosene, and propane (outside of small tanks used for quick boil camping grills)
- Gasoline-powered engines
- 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
- Open-coil heaters and cooking elements
- Pressure cookers
- Hot plates
- Deep fat fryers
- Electric griddles
- Toaster ovens
- Full sized appliances (unless provided by DRL), including, but not limited to, washers, dryers, and freezers
- Toasters (unless in Templewood or MAC apartments, or in the residence hall kitchens)
- Living trees indoors, not to include common house plants
Playing sport games in residential buildings, including but not limited to, basketball, bicycle riding, hackysack, Frisbee/disc golf, skateboarding, football throwing, running, Nerf activities, squirt gun/water fights, are prohibited.
Key/Wolfcard Access and Lockouts
DRL takes student access and safety seriously. The following must be adhered to:
- Delivering, surrendering, or otherwise relinquishing possession of your Wolfcard, temporary room card, Templewood garage door opener, or PIN number to an individual, or permitting the card to be duplicated or modified is prohibited.
- Residents must present their Wolfcard upon request of a University official.
- Lost key cards will be replaced at the current replacement rate for a WolfCard identified by the University. Broken key cards will be replaced via work order at no charge only when an identifiable piece of the original card is turned in to the Gorsuch Commons Desk.
- UAA residence halls (North, East, and West) require an ID check for residents and their guests during hall front desk hours.
- Allowing another person into the building who is not your guest is prohibited.
- Students are prohibited from entering restricted access areas unless specifically authorized to do so by DRL staff.
When students misplace or forget their Wolfcard, they may gain temporary access to their room in two ways:
- Checking out a temporary keycard between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday at the Gorsuch Commons Desk. Temporary keycards are meant for same-day checkout and failure to return temporary keycards on the same day may result in being charged for the reprinting of the card.
- Contacting the RA-On-Duty for their community to grant them access into their room after 5:00 pm and before 8:00 am on weekdays and 24 hours a day on Saturdays and Sundays, as well as holidays and University closures or when the Gorsuch Commons Desk is closed.
Students are permitted two lockouts, free of charge, per semester. Each additional lockout will result in a charge equivalent to the cost of replacement Wolfcard being placed on the student's account.
Kitchens in Residence Halls
North, East, and West Halls have community kitchens in the lobbies that are available for resident use. In order to gain access to the kitchens, students must first watch a kitchen safety training video and then pass a kitchen safety test. Additional information and test links are available on the DRL website. The stovetops require specific cookware that is required to use and provided in each kitchen. Students are expected to clean up after themselves when using the kitchen. Failure to do so may result in the loss of kitchen privileges.
Each resident is permitted one ten-gallon tank, for a non-poisonous/venomous freshwater fish. Possession of any other pet, even if the pet is visiting, is prohibited. 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 be charged any removal and/or cleaning costs.
Room/Suite/Apartment Modification, Personal Items, and Storage
OCL allows for room personalization in accordance with the following policies:
- Residents are not permitted to apply permanent or nonpermanent color (paint) anywhere inside the residence hall rooms and apartments.
- Personal furniture is allowed, but must be removed upon move-out.
- University furniture and/or appliances may not be removed from the residence halls, apartments, or any common area at any time.
- Wall hangings are allowed, but please use removable Command strips or hooks. Do not remove Command strips. Do not use push pins, thumbtacks, tape, or nails as they may damage the walls.
- Drawing on walls with markers or chalk is prohibited.
- Personal items 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 and belongings will be disposed of.
- Installation of air conditioners, ceiling fans, wall shelves, hanging lamps, TV wall mounts, or TV/cable antennas or satellites, other non-approved items in residential communities' rooms is prohibited.
- Personal washing machines, waterbeds, and dartboards are prohibited.
- Decorative string lights must be LED.
- Current residents must provide reasonable storage for incoming residents if there is an unoccupied assignment in their apartment or suite. OCL reserves the right to fill vacant spaces at any time.
- Residents are not permitted to set up guest accommodations in storage areas.
- Residents are not permitted to hang any item from the exterior of any residential building.
- The University does not assume responsibility for lost, stolen, or damaged personal belongings.
Charges will be applied to the responsible student's account for excessive cleaning, wall repairs and painting for excessive wall damage, and/or other maintenance/facility upkeep beyond normal wear and tear. If individual responsibility cannot be determined, all residents of a specific room, hall, wing, or building may be held financially responsible.
Resident safety is a priority. The following policies assist in maintaining safety:
- Do not prop open apartment/suite doors unless a resident is present in the common area and all roommates agree to the propping.
- Do not tape/modify apartment/suite/bedroom doors in order to prevent complete closure.
- Fishing from bridges on residential campus is prohibited.
Solicitation and Posting
The following activities are prohibited:
- Conducting a private enterprise, whether legal or illegal, including operating a private business using a 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 OCL.
- Postings on window glass areas and painted surfaces in the Commons.
- Postings in the Commons, residence hall, and apartment areas that promote the use of alcoholic beverages or other drugs.
- Handbills, leaflets, pamphlets, or other similar materials may not be placed on vehicles or other UAA property such as building exteriors, doors, elevators, painted surfaces, bathrooms, stairwells, landscaping, benches, bus stops, emergency call boxes, sidewalks, floors, poles, railings, or other unauthorized areas.
- Postings that use obscene or offensive language or illustrations, or are insensitive to social concerns such as sexism, racism, and gender identity.
For additional details, please visit the Residence Life Posting & Solicitation Policy
Stairwells, Ledges, Roofs, and Windows
The following must be adhered to:
- Residents may not place anything (i.e., furniture, satellite dishes, boxes, signs, etc.) on or under the stairwells, roofs, or ledges of University buildings.
- Students are not allowed on any roof structures. If personal property accidentally lands on a roof (such as a Frisbee, ball, etc.), please request assistance for retrieval from DRL.
- Removal of and/or damage to the windows, screens, or window locks in rooms or common areas may result in charges to the responsible student's account.
- Throwing or shooting objects from windows or stairwells is prohibited.
- 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. Metal guards on the windows of the first floor rooms of residence halls should not be opened unless students are using windows as egress in the case of an emergency.
- Refrain from leaving windows open during winter months.
The preservation of student housing units is the joint responsibility of all residents. Vandalism includes, but is not limited to:
- Actions that cause damage to University or personal property (or activities that foreseeably could have caused damage, disturbance, or distress)
- Public urination/defecation/vomiting
- Tampering with door or window locks
- Tearing, burning, or removal of posters or bulletin board displays
- Removal or destruction of peepholes
- Water fights
- Any other damage to University or personal property
Students witnessing any act of vandalism and/or who may know the identity of the responsible person(s) should notify a DRL staff member. DRL reserves the right to assess charges to residents collectively or individually for any vandalism to the buildings, grounds, or furnishings.
The following is a list of weapons prohibited in UAA's residential community. This list includes, but is not limited to:
- BB guns
- Bows and/or arrows
- Brass knuckles
- CO2 or compressed air weapons
- Potato cannons or guns
- Sling shots
- Sporting or hunting knives in excess of 5 inches (excluding fish fillet knives)
- Taser/stun guns
- Any other device that could reasonably be determined as dangerous to an individual or the facility
The University provides a gun safe for residents to store all legal weapons/firearms in the Gorsuch Commons. Storing a weapon elsewhere in a residential community building is prohibited. A resident may store a legal weapon in a locked vehicle (as long as the vehicle is not parked within a Templewood Townhome garage). UPD supervises registration of weapons and provides 24-hour access to the gun safe. Call the University Police non-emergency line, 786-1120, for access.
Wildlife and Vegetation
Do not pet, feed, or approach any animals for any reason. Residents are not permitted to cut down trees or disturb the ecosystem on campus. Please alert an DRL staff member if you see an animal on the residential community trails.
Any information presented to a DRL staff member related to the violation of University policy and/or the threat of or harm to oneself or others will likely be shared with other University entities. Depending on the nature of the report, the University Police Department, the Office of Equity & Compliance/Title IX, the Student Health & Counseling Center, and/or the Dean of Students Office may be contacted.
Intimidating, Hostile, or Offensive Expression
The Department of Residence Life prohibits the use of verbal, non-verbal, written, or other expression by residents or their property that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive learning environment.
Failure to Comply
Residents must comply with any lawful order or reasonable request (written or verbal) of a clearly identifiable University official acting in the performance of their duties in the enforcement of University policy. University officials include, but are not limited to, University Police officers, OCL professional or student staff, or Dean of Students staff.
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, date of birth, location, consumption, or possession of illegal, prohibited, or controlled substances, Wolfcards or Student ID numbers, telephone numbers, addresses, or emergency contacts.
Gambling and sponsoring raffles or pools in or adjacent to residential communities is prohibited.
Residents may host a guest(s) according to the following policies:
- You are responsible for accompanying your guest(s) at all times. It is your responsibility as a resident to ensure your guest(s) follow(s) all University regulations.
- DRL staff members may ask any guest to leave UAA’s residential community.
- Each resident may have no more than 3 guests at one time.
- Hosts who reside in the residence halls are responsible for checking in their guests at their residence hall front desk when the desk is staffed. Guests must be checked out at the end of their stay when the desk is staffed.
- When requested by University officials, 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.
- The rights of the resident supersede the rights of the guest. Overnight guests are permitted only if all residents of the apartment/suite have been informed and have given their consent.
- Guests may stay no longer than three consecutive nights in the residential suites and/or apartments. Regardless of the number of residents who host them, a guest may not stay longer than eight nights in a 30 day period in the UAA residential community.
- Students found abusing the guest policy are subject to disciplinary action, which may result in loss of guest privileges.
Minor Guest Visitation Policy: Guests 16 & 17 Years of Age
- Any individual 16 or 17 years of age may check in and stay overnight in a residence hall or apartment if their parent or guardian provides written permission to Residence Life a minimum of 2 business days in advance of the guest’s arrival.
- Written permission from the parent or guardian must include a parent or guardian’s phone number; the full name of the minor, parent/guardian, and host; specified dates of the proposed stay; and the DOB of the minor.
- Online permission form: for ease, parents or guardians may complete this online permission form.
- This provision does not apply to approved camps and programs using our residential buildings for approved activities and authorized adults are in-place as chaperones.
- Please note: this provision applies only to 16 & 17 year old guests of UAA students. UAA students residing on campus who are under 18 years of age are not subject to this parent/ guardian permission policy.
Minor Guest Visitation Policy: Guests 15 Years of Age & Younger
Any individual younger than 16 years of age is not permitted to check in or stay overnight in the residence halls.
Visitors younger than 16 years of age may only enter the residence halls accompanied by a parent or guardian, who must accompany them during their entire visit and only between the hours of 8 am to 10pm.
Please note: This provision does not apply to approved camps and programs using the residence halls for approved activities and authorized adults are in-place as chaperones.
Inciting or Participating in a Fight or Riot
Residents shall not incite or participate in a physical fight or riot. Fighting is defined as, but not limited to, inciting a fight through physical, online, telephone, verbal, non-verbal, or written communications; fighting through biting, scratching, hitting, striking, slapping, kicking, throwing or shooting an object; contacting or attempting to contact any other person with the intent to harm.
Interference with University Officials
Interfering with University officials in the performance of their duties or preventing or attempting to prevent staff from conducting their administrative or disciplinary responsibilities is prohibited.
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 a 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.
Missing On-Campus Residents
As required by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, DRL has established policy and procedures for reports of missing on-campus residential students. A student shall be deemed missing when the student is absent from the University for more than 24 hours without any known reason. You should report missing students by filing a missing person report with UPD.
Residents 18 years or older: residents are requested to identify a confidential contact to be notified no later than 24 hours after the time the resident is determined to be missing. Students register the confidential contact information upon check-in to housing.
Residents younger than 18 years old: University personnel will notify the resident's custodial parent or guardian no later than 24 hours after the time the resident is determined to be missing. Students provide parent/guardian contact information upon check-in to housing.
In conjunction with UPD, DRL will gather information about the missing person and reason for the report from the individual reporting the missing person and/or witnesses and roommates. University personnel (UPD and DRL) will use any or all resources to assist in locating the student. The designated missing persons contact will be notified within 24 hours after the student is determined missing.
Creating excessive noise which is disruptive to other students both inside and outside of residential buildings is prohibited. Noise may be deemed disruptive if it can be heard through a closed door and/or two doors down. Students must respond courteously to requests to reduce noise and to respectfully approach others with requests for noise reduction.
Quiet hours are from:
- 10:00 pm - 8:00 am Sunday through Thursday
- 12:00 am - 10:00 am Friday and Saturday
- Courtesy hours are 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
- 24-hour quiet hours go into effect during final exam periods
Use of amplified instruments in residential community rooms or common spaces 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. Residents may receive a warning but violations of these policies may be addressed through the Student Code of Conduct process.
Residents are expected to resolve conflicts amongst themselves to the best of their abilities. Residents may get assistance from DRL staff for mediating conflict. When conflicts are unable to be resolved amicably, all residents involved in the conflict may be required to relocate to new living spaces.
Smoke and Tobacco Free Campus Policy
The entirety of residential campus and its facilities are subject to the University of Alaska Smoke & Tobacco Free Campus Policy. Please refer to this website for the entire policy: smoke-free campus policies.
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 Policy and Government Law
Residents must follow all University policies, municipal ordinances, and state and federal laws.