Community Living Standards

The Community Living Standards are a set of policies all residents and their guests agree to abide by to help provide a safe and secure community.  Violations of the Community Living Standards  may result in appropriate disciplinary sanctions, including housing agreement cancellation and a restriction from being present on any University of Alaska residential campus, and are considered violations of the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) Student Code of Conduct. 

 Residents may report Student Code of Conduct violations by submitting an information report on the Dean of Students website or by notifying a Residence Life staff member. Any information presented to an Residence Life 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, the Student Health & Counseling Center, and/or the Dean of Students Office may be contacted. Every effort will be made to keep a resident’s information confidential by only sharing with offices and individuals at the institution who need to know to ensure the safety of our residents and the community.

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 Housing and Dining Agreement. The development of a successful community requires that students follow community guidelines and processes and approach interactions with honesty and respect.

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. 

  • COVID-19 Health Disclosure Requirement

    In an effort to keep our community safe, residents will notify Residence Life 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 Residence Life to coordinate the self-quarantine or isolation 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 self-quarantine or isolate themselves in their housing assignment. See the information on isolation or self-quarantine on the COVID-19 Policies and Procedures webpage. Violations of isolation, self-quarantine or strict social distancing guidelines are considered violations of the Community Living Standards and therefore the Student Code of Conduct. 

  • 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 and the Community Living Standards listed below.  

    The following language is supplemental to the Emergency Response policy in the Community Living Standards:

    • Residence Life reserves the right to contact the emergency contact of residents who test positive for COVID-19.

    The following language is considered to be part of the Community Living Standards until further notice:

    • Masks are required to be worn in all common areas on residential campus, including inside residence halls outside of individual suites and in the Gorsuch Commons.Masks may be removed when actively eating or drinking while seated in the Creekside Eatery. Exceptions to this policy must be granted in writing by Disability Support Services for students or by UA Human Resources for visitors/employees.


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, hallways, 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 should not be  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, Residence Life  reserves the right to coordinate the  cleaning of those spaces. 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.

    Constructing Structures

    Residents are prohibited from constructing structures on the residential campus. This includes, but is not limited to, the installation of hammocks, rock walls, or snow forts.

    Damages and Vandalism

    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 damages. If individual responsibility cannot be determined, all residents of a specific room, suite/apartment, hall, wing, or building may be held financially responsible. Financial responsibility extends to abandoned belongings, excessive cleaning, and damages. Examples of damages or vandalism include, but are 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 damage or vandalism and/or who may know the identity of the responsible person(s) should notify a Residence Life staff member. Please see Room/Suite/Apartment Modification and Storage below for more details.


    Hallways, windows, doorways, and stairways must have a clear passage at all times, including clear passage to exits within residents’ bedrooms. Residence Life staff may remove any object obstructing egress 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.

    Emergency Response

    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.

    Evacuation Procedures

    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 until the "all clear" signal has been given by the University Police Department, the Anchorage Fire Department, or Residence Life professional staff members. Interference 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, or 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.

    Fire Prevention

    Residence Life 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 the 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 the residential campus (this is not an exhaustive list, and Residence Life reserves the right to evaluate individual items and determine their eligibility to be present on campus. Generally, the rule Residence Life follows is: if a piece of paper would catch fire should it land on a heating source, then the item would be prohibited):

    • 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
    • Hoverboards
    • 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 pots
    • Hookahs
    • Hot plates
    • Deep fat fryers
    • Electric griddles
    • Toaster ovens
    • Full sized appliances (unless provided by Residence Life), 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
    • Space heaters that are not equipped with a tip-over safety switch

    Hall Sports

    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

    Residence Life 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 Residence Life front desk in the Gorsuch Commons.
    • 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 Residence Life staff.

    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. 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 cleaning charges and the loss of kitchen privileges. For more information and the safety quiz link, visit our Dining page.


    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

    Residence Life 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; students should use removable Command strips or hooks. Do not remove Command strips as this is handled by Maintenance staff to avoid damaging the walls. Do not use push pins, thumbtacks, tape, or nails because 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, they will be disposed of.
    • Installation of air conditioners, ceiling fans, wall shelves, hanging lamps, TV wall mounts, TV/cable antennas or satellites, or other non-approved items in suites or apartments 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. Residence Life 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.


    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 Residence Life.
    • Postings on window glass areas and painted surfaces in the Commons.
    • Postings in the Gorsuch 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 create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive learning environment are prohibited.

    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 Residence Life.
    • 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 following is a list of weapons prohibited in UAA's residential community. This list includes, but is not limited to:

    • Ammunition
    • Guns/Firearms (including BB guns, Taser/stun guns, potato cannons or guns, etc.)
    • Bows and/or arrows
    • Brass knuckles
    • CO2 or compressed air weapons
    • Nunchucks
    • Sling shots
    • Spears
    • Sporting or hunting knives in excess of 5 inches (excluding fish fillet knives)
    • Swords
    • 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 a Residence Life staff member if you see an animal on the residential community trails. Please alert University Police of aggressive animals on campus or situations that threaten the safety of the community.

  • Civility


    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 living or 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, Residence Life professional or student staff, or Dean of Students Office 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, dates of birth, locations, 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 on residential campus  is prohibited.


    Residents may host  guests according to the following policies:

    • You are responsible for accompanying your guests at all times. It is your responsibility as a resident to ensure your guests follow all University policies and procedures. 
    • Residence Life 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 government-issued identification that includes a photo, their date of birth, and card identification number.
    • The rights of residents 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.
    • 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.
    • Guests may stay no more than three consecutive nights on residential campus. Regardless of the number of residents who host them, a guest may not stay longer than eight nights in a 30-day period on residential campus.
    • 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 visit and also 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 (permission can be granted for up to one semester)
      • the DOB of the minor
    • Online permission form: for ease, parents or guardians may complete this online permission form.
    • A staff member with Residence Life will contact parents or guardians who submit permission forms to verify the information in the form. The minor guest is not permitted to visit campus until the permission has been submitted by the parent or guardian and verified by a Residence Life staff member.
    • This provision does not apply to approved camps and programs using our residential buildings for approved activities.
    • 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 be a guest or stay overnight on residential campus.

    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 8:00 am to 10:00 pm.

    Please note: This provision does not apply to approved camps and programs using the residence halls for approved activities.

    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.

    Joint Responsibility

    If a student is present in their own or any other suite or apartment or area where University policies are being violated, they are subject to the same disciplinary action as a resident who is responsible for the violation. 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.

    Excessive Noise/Quiet Hours

    Creating excessive noise which is disruptive to other students either inside or 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 Residence Life professional staff is prohibited.

    Roommate Conflicts

    Residents are expected to resolve conflicts amongst themselves to the best of their abilities. Residents may get assistance from Residence Life 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 the residential campus and its facilities are subject to the University of Alaska Smoke & Tobacco Free Campus Policy. Smoking and all forms of tobacco, including but not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, snuff, e-cigarettes, e-hookahs, vaping devices, and chewing tobacco, are not permitted in any residential communities, on the UAA campus, and all UA properties. Smoking in a residence hall or apartment rooms or common areas may result in cleaning fees being assessed to student accounts. 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.