Residence Hall Handbook

Welcome to Morrison Hall

Article I. Residence Life Program

We are pleased that you have selected Spalding University to pursue your educational goals and welcome you to Morrison Hall.

The Morrison Hall experience provides opportunities to challenge you in the areas of leadership, personal, physical, and spiritual development. You will receive personal attention from the Resident Assistant (R.A.) on your floor and from Residence Life and Student Development and Campus Life team members.

This handbook answers many questions you may have concerning the Residence Life Program at Spalding University, and outlines the services available to all residents of Morrison Hall. Questions for which you do not find answers should be directed to your Resident Assistant (R.A.) or another member of the Residence Life staff.

Student Development and Campus Life

Dr. Richard Hudson

Dean of Students

Residence Life Staff

Heather Drake

Director of Residence Life

Ann Barnett Tony Cox

Front Desk Attendant Front Desk Attendant (3rd Shift)

Resident Assistants – R.A. Staff

Rachel Reliford

Adrian Fernandez de las Heras

Eric Eisenbrey

Andria Newsom

Yesenia Carbajal

Bethany Davidson

Raven Strickland

Article II. Morrison Hall Services

Section 2.01 Announcements and Messages

Information regarding University events and events of local interest are posted on bulletin boards throughout the residence hall. Messages for residents may be posted on the bulletin board in the main lobby of Morrison Hall. Residents are encouraged to use the lobby bulletin board as a means of communication between fellow residents and hall staff members.

Section 2.02 Bookstore

The University Bookstore, operated by Follett, is located on the first floor of the Egan Leadership Center. The bookstore offers textbooks, supplies, clothing and gifts.

Bookstore Operational Hours:

Monday – Thursday 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM

Friday 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Saturday 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM


Spalding Bookstore – (502) 585-7108

Online textbook purchases –

Section 2.03 Computer Lab and Copier

A small computer lab, located off the first floor lobby of Morrison Hall is available to residents 24 hours a day. Printing for non-resident students is .05 cents per page. A copier is also available in the lobby area. Photocopies are .10 cents per page. Additional computers and copiers are available in the University Library and may be accessed during normal operational hours.

Section 2.04 Food Service

All residents of Morrison Hall must participate in Spalding University’s Board (Meal) Plan. The meal plan provides ten meals per week at a charge of $150.00 per month. Meals are served in the Dining Commons located on the lower level of the University Center Building. Residents must present their Spalding University Student ID card to the cashier when dining.

Meals for visitors and guests are also available for purchase.

Dining Commons Operational Hours:

Monday – Friday

Breakfast 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Continental “Grab-n-Go” 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Lunch 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Section 2.05 Health Services

Spalding University is within close proximity of the metropolitan health center complex. Injuries or illnesses should be reported immediately to the RA on duty or residence life staff person.

Residents are required to complete a health information form and emergency contact form. All residents must have proof of immunization on file in the Residence Life office. Information about student health insurance is available from the Student Development and Campus Life Office.

University of Louisville – First Care

530 South Jackson Street (2 miles from Morrison Hall)

Louisville, KY 40202

(502) 562-3000

Open Monday thru Saturday, 9 a.m. until 12 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. until 9 p.m.

Norton Immediate Care Centers

1602 East 10th Street (6 miles from Morrison Hall)

Jeffersonville, IN 47130

(812) 280-9355

Open every day, 9 a.m. until 8 p.m.

7926 Preston Highway (11 miles from Morrison Hall)

Louisville, KY 40219

(502) 964-4357

Open every day 9 a.m. until 8 p.m.

Section 2.06 Kitchen Facilities

A small kitchen is located on the lower level of the north wing of Morrison Hall.

Residents are responsible for cleaning up after themselves.

All food items & kitchen utensils must be stored in resident rooms.

Storage is not permitted in any kitchen or dining area.

Personal property left in kitchen or dining areas will be disposed of.

Bathroom facilities throughout the residence hall complex are not equipped to handle the disposal of food or the cleaning of dishes. Food waste should be bagged and placed in waste receptacles. The kitchen sink is available for cleaning dishes and kitchen utensils. Residents must provide their own cleaning supplies (dish soap, brushes, etc.). Students who are found leaving the kitchen in a mess, or those who damage property in the kitchen or bathroom facilities will be fined $50 as replacement/repair fees.

Section 2.07 Laundry Facilities

Laundry facilities are located on the lower level of the north wing. Machines accept quarters. Washers cost $1.00 per load to operate, dryers cost .75 cents.

A vendor operates and maintains the machines. Residents should report any malfunction or damage immediately to the front desk.

Do not leave machines unattended while in use. Spalding University is not responsible for theft or loss from the laundry rooms. Items left over 24 hours will be removed and discarded.

If a student damages a machine due to improper conduct, or horse play will be fined $50 as well as the replacement/repair fees.

Section 2.08 Residential Mail Service

Each resident student is assigned a mailbox in the residence hall. Each resident’s mail is deposited daily (except Sundays and national holidays) upon receipt from the U.S. Postal Service. Any questions regarding resident mail service should be directed to Ann Barnett at the front desk. Out-going mail can be placed at the front desk for postal carrier pick-up. The closest full-service post office is approximately 5 blocks away, at the intersection of 7th and York Streets (587-8546). A U.S. Postal Service mailbox is available across 4th Street just north of Morrison Hall. Mail deposited in this box is picked-up daily (Monday – Friday) at 2:30 p.m.

Section 2.09 Messages

A message board is located at the front entrance of the residence hall. Each resident should routinely check the message board. In the event of an emergency, every effort will be made to contact the resident personally.

Section 2.10 Parking

All vehicles parked in University-designated lots must have proper registration and carry a current Spalding University parking permit. Parking permits may be purchased through Enrollment Services through Friday, August 26, 2005, and are also available in the Security office. The cost for a parking permit is $60.00, and allows vehicles to park in any University-designated lot from August 2005 through August 2006. Completion of a parking permit application is required before a parking permit is issued. Vehicle license plate, and vehicle make/model information is necessary to complete the application. Purchase of a permit does guarantee an available space. Vehicles parked in University-designated lots without a valid permit will be ticketed and be towed at the owner’s expense. Temporary parking passes for overnight or short-term visitors to Morrison Hall are available at the front desk, through Mrs. Ann, Tony, or Heather only.

Section 2.11 Reception Desk and Security Service

The front desk at Morrison Hall is staffed 24 hours a day. Resident Assistants and Campus Safety Officers make routine patrols of Morrison Hall on a daily basis. Campus Safety escorts are available to all residents and may be arranged through the front desk. See Volume II, Section 2.3 of the University Policy Manual for additional information and policies regarding campus security.

Section 2.12 Recreation Room and Equipment

A recreation room is located on the lower level of the north wing. Recreation equipment, including pool cues and balls, ping-pong paddles, and board games (MonopolyÒ, ScrabbleÒ, ClueÒ, YahtzeeÒ and others) may be checked out at the front desk. Residents must sign for the equipment and return it in good condition. The user will be held responsible for any damage to recreation equipment. Students must leave a Spalding ID card at the front desk when checking out equipment. A sand volleyball court, located in the Morrison Hall courtyard, is also available. Students who damage equipment due to rough/improper use or horse play will be fined $50 as well as replacement/repair fees.

Section 2.13 Repairs

All repairs and/or maintenance needs should be reported immediately to Mrs. Ann at the front desk. Residents are also asked to report any needed repairs to public areas of the residence hall. Work orders will be generated for all repair requests that are reported to the front desk.

Section 2.14 Telephone Service

Personal telephone service is available to all resident rooms. The phone system is equipped with voicemail. Students must supply their own telephone. Any damage to the phone system connection in the room will be the responsibility of the student. All students need to obtain a calling card for long-distance service. Phone-related issues should be reported to the front desk.

Section 2.15 Vending Machines

Beverage and snack vending machines are located off the first floor lobby of Morrison Hall. Machines accept dollar bills. Additional vending machines are available in the dining area of the Egan Leadership Center (ELC). An ice machine is available on the lower level of Morrison Hall. Operational difficulties with any vending machine should be reported to the front desk. For your convenience, a large selection of beverages and snacks may be purchased in the University Bookstore, located in the ELC. Students who damage the machines due to horse play or improper use (kicking or hitting the machine) will be fined $50 as well as replacement/repair fees.

Article III. Residence Hall Policies

Morrison Hall Policies

Every attempt has been made to limit the “Rules & Regulations” of Morrison Hall to those necessary to ensure the protection and the rights of individual residents and the harmony of our residential community. Residents agree to respect the rights of others living in the residence hall, to contribute in a positive manner to the Residence Life Program, and to maintain self-discipline. Residents further agree to observe the regulations established by the University and its officials for the operation and governance of the residence hall.

The University extends the opportunity to live in the Morrison Hall community to its students and reserves the right to withdraw this privilege at its discretion. Residents are expected to participate in the promotion of community. Residents deemed disruptive to the community will be subject to Residence Life sanctions.

Residents are responsible for following the Rights and Responsibilities outlined in the University Catalog and the Student Handbook. Residents are responsible for the conduct of their visitors while they are on the premises of the residence hall or other buildings of Spalding University. A breach of conduct by visitors may result in their being refused admittance to the residence hall and residents’ loss of visitation privileges. Residents are financially responsible for property damage and vandalism caused by visitors and/or any activity that puts other residents at risk, including but not limited to, pulling fire alarms, tampering with safety equipment, leaving doors propped open, or opening emergency exit doors.

Section 3.01 Alcohol & Drugs

In addition to federal, state, and local laws governing the use and possession of alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs, Spalding University prohibits the possession, furnishing, or use of these substances by all persons while on University owned or controlled property. This policy applies to all residents of Morrison Hall. Alcoholic beverages, illegal substances and drug paraphernalia will be permanently confiscated. Violations to this policy will be subject to judicial proceedings and sanctions as outlined in the Student Rights and Responsibilities section of the Student Handbook.

Students who are found with alcoholic beverages or illegal substance and/or paraphernalia will be fined $50, and put on probation.

Section 3.02 Bicycles

Bicycles are to be kept locked in the outdoor bicycle rack located in the courtyard area of Morrison Hall, or stored in the resident’s assigned room (space permitting). Bicycles are not permitted to be stored in lounges, hallways, stairwells, or other community areas. The University assumes no responsibility for bicycles that are stolen, lost, or damaged while on University property. Bicycles that are found in unauthorized areas will be removed. If a lock must be cut to remove the bicycle, the student assumes responsibility for its replacement.

Section 3.03 Candles and Incense

Due to the potential fire hazard, the burning of candles or incense, or the use of oil lamps is not permitted in the residence hall at any time. Students found with burnt candles or incense will be fined $50 and put on probation.

Section 3.04 Checkout Procedures/Occupancy

A copy of Morrison Hall’s checkout procedures will be available to all residents at the conclusion of each academic session. A resident may occupy an assigned room in the residence hall 48 hours prior to the beginning of the academic Session through the last Thursday of each academic Session. Residents will have an opportunity to complete the checkout process on the last Friday/Saturday of each academic Session. This is the only time check-out procedures will occur. No special check-out dates will be created for individual residents.

Proper checkout of the residence hall requires the following:

Ensuring that all furnishings are in the room

Removing all trash from room and taking it to the designated disposal site

Cleaning the MicroFridge unit (if applicable)

Sweeping the floor

Clearing walls and other surfaces of all posters, stickers, tape

Removing any items placed on ceilings

Removing all personal belongings

Returning room key to front desk

Section 3.05 Circuit Breakers & Fuses

Contact your RA or a front desk staff member should you experience a power loss in your room due to a tripped circuit breaker or blown fuse. Under no circumstances are students permitted to access hallway electrical panels, reset circuit breakers, or replace fuses. Upon determination of the problem, you may be asked to make adjustments in your use of certain personal appliances.

Any student found tampering with electrical panels or circuit breakers will be fined $50 and put on probation.

Section 3.06 Exits & Entrances to the Residence Hall

All entries and non-emergency exits must be made through the main entrance door of Morrison Hall (Fourth Street lobby entrance). Residents are not to use emergency exits except in the event of an emergency. Any resident misusing these exits, or allowing the unauthorized entry of residents or non-residents will be subject to disciplinary action by the University. Students found using these exits to gain access for unauthorized guest will be fined $50 and put on probation.

Windows are not be utilized for building access. As apart of evening security checks, the security officers on campus will inspect lower level windows. This inspection is to ensure the safety and protection of all of our residents. Students found using lower level windows to allow unauthorized guest into the building will also be fined $50 and put on probation.

Section 3.07 Furniture Arrangement

Room furniture shall not be placed so that it blocks the entrance to the room. Furniture is to be arranged such that the door opens freely to the extent that it is perpendicular to the doorway. Furnishings (beds & chairs) must be returned to their original placement within the room prior to checkout. Ceiling tiles, grids, and fire suppression devices (smoke detectors & sprinklers) are not to be disturbed. Students who cause damage to ceiling tiles, grids, or fire suppression devices will pay for the damage they inflict. This means being responsible for any water damaged caused by the sprinkler system. Students will also be fined $50 and put on probation for tampering/damaging room furniture and safety equipment.

Section 3.08 Hall Sports/Horseplay

Hallways, lobbies, and lounges are not be used as recreational areas. Any hall sport can be dangerous, and may result in physical injury and/or damage to residence hall property. The resulting noise and obstruction from such activity may also negatively impact the community. Therefore, sports and recreation activities (including food & water fights, football, soccer, rollerblading, skateboarding, bike riding, etc.) are prohibited in the Morrison Hall. Students are responsible for any damages they cause in the residence hall.

Section 3.09 Halogen Lamps

Due to the heat generated by halogen bulbs and the risk of fire, halogen lamps are not permitted in the Morrison Hall. If they are found in a student’s room student will be placed on probation.

Section 3.10 Heating and Cooling

Heating and cooling systems in Morrison Hall provide only one service at a time (either heat or air conditioning). The systems do not allow for a rapid switch from heat to air conditioning or vice-versa (the transition process takes a few days). Daily assessments of long-term weather forecasts are made to determine when the heat or air conditioning is turned on or off. Because of weather fluctuations, particularly in late fall or early spring, some residents may express discomfort. Please be patient and prepare accordingly for days when you may be too warm or cold.

Section 3.11 Incident Reports

An “Incident Report” is the means by which an R.A. or other staff member along with Campus Safety will document violations to Morrison Hall or University policies.

Fines levied against residents found to be in violation of Morrison Hall or University policies are payable immediately. Any unpaid fines will be turned over to the Registrar and Business Office for collection, and may result in delaying class registration, or the withholding of official transcripts or grades.

Section 3.12 Insurance of Personal Property

Spalding University does not assume any legal obligation or responsibility for injury to any person (including death) or loss of personal property. Residents are encouraged to purchase appropriate insurance to cover losses.

Section 3.13 Keys

Each resident is issued a key to an individual room at the time of check-in to Morrison Hall Residents may not create duplicate dorm room keys, and should not lend their keys to others. All room keys issued to residents must be returned at checkout.

Failure to return dorm room keys will result in the forfeiture of the resident’s housing/damage deposit

Loss of a room key should be reported immediately to your Resident Assistant (R.A.) and to the front desk. A charge of $10 is assessed for key replacement.

Should a resident lose a key a second time, the resident must pay to have the room re-keyed, to protect the safety and security of the building.

Spalding University encourages residents to keep room doors locked at all times.

Spalding University does not assume any legal obligation or responsibility for injury to any person (including death) or loss of personal property. Residents are encouraged to purchase appropriate insurance to cover losses.

Section 3.14 Overnight Guests

Residents of Morrison Hall may invite, if they chose, to have an overnight guest of the same gender to stay with them.

Students may not have a guest of the opposite gender spend the night. If a resident is found signing in a guest for another resident then both residents will receive a $50 fine and be put on probation.

If any guest is found in the hall not signed in, or without permission the guest will not be allowed to return to the building for that academic year, the resident(s) entertaining the guest will be fined $50, and will lose guest privileges for the academic year.

Residents who abuse the guest policy will lose visitation privileges. If any guest does not follow the rules and regulations of Spalding University or Morrison Hall they will not be allowed back on campus and the resident signing in that guest will lose or be on restricted guest visitation.

During normal visitation hours any resident may sign in any gender guest.

Section 3.15 Painting

Students, if they desire, may paint their room. Paint must be a light color that can be covered in 1 coat of paint, or the resident must paint the room white before they check out for the year. Students who fail to paint their room back will be fined $50 and for the amount of paint needed, and the cost of labor to have the room repainted.

Section 3.16 Pets

Residents may have the following pets: hamsters, breeder rats, gerbils, and fish. Prohibited pets include, but are not limited to: cats, dogs, rabbits/bunnies, birds, and feeder rats. If a student is found with a prohibited pet they will be (insert fine or punishment here). Students must be aware of any allergies other residents may have to the animal they keep. Animals may not run freely around the room, and must be secured in a cage/bowl at all times. Residents will be financially responsible for any damages their pets cause. Any resident found with a restricted pet will be fined $50 and will have 48 hours to remove the pet from Morrison Hall. If in 48 hours the pet has not been removed it will be taken to a local shelter.

Service animals are permitted, but must be registered with Student Development and Campus Life.

Section 3.17 Personal Property & Damage

Residents are responsible for personal property left in public areas of Morrison Hall. These areas include rest rooms and showers, hallways, lounge and recreation areas, kitchen and the laundry room. Any personal property left in the public areas will be disposed of immediately.

Residents are responsible for any damage to residence hall property, the building and its furnishings, which results from their actions. In the event the identity of the resident(s) in violation is not known, the entire floor will be held accountable.

All furnishings of Morrison Hall are assigned to specific areas of the residence hall and are to remain in their assigned areas. Moving of furnishings from one public area to another public area or to an individual’s room is considered damage to the residence hall.

Students and/or guests are not permitted to sleep in public areas (lounges, lobbies, hallways, etc.).

Section 3.18 Physical Contact/Use of Force

Physical contact/use of force against any person will not be tolerated. Residents, students, employees, and guests of the University are entitled to be free of intimidation, fear, or the threat of physical contact or the use of force. Violations of this policy will result in a $50 fine, as well as any damages caused by a resident, placement on probation, and referral to Student Counseling Services, and potential criminal prosecution.

Section 3.19 Posting Signs and Notices

Signs and notices may only be posted on individual hall or lobby bulletin boards.

Glass surfaces (windows, entrance doors), painted, and wood-paneled surfaces are not to be used for posting signs and notices

Residence hall staff will remove all improperly posted notices and signs

Individuals posting signs or notices are responsible for their content and may not post signs or notices that are objectionable in nature or not in keeping with Spalding University standards and expectations.

Students found positing objectionable or obscene materials or posting signs on surfaces other than message board spaces will be fined $50 and placed on probation.

Section 3.20 Prohibited and Restricted Items

For health, safety, and insurance liability reasons, residents are prohibited from possessing the following items either in their rooms or on their person:

1. Alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs/drug paraphernalia;

2. Firearms, ammunitions or other weapons;

3. Fireworks;

4. Flammable liquids and other similar materials;

5. Open-coiled appliances and heaters, including, but not limited to, immersion coils, pottery water-warmers, toaster ovens, hot plates, stoves, exposed burners, woks, and large power tools;

6. Fire/open flame materials, or high-heat producing devices, including, but not limited to, lit candles, incense, incense burners, oil lamps, halogen lights and lamps, camping stoves, charcoal grills, and sunlamps;

7. Antennas or wires extending outside room windows or doorways;

8. Waterbeds;

9. Mopeds, motorcycles, motorized scooters, or other similar vehicles. Vehicles of this type should display a current Spalding University parking permit and be parked in designated parking spaces only.

Students who are in possession of any restricted item on this list, or any other item deemed unsafe or illegal will be fined $50 and placed on probation.

Section 3.21 Quiet and Courtesy Hours

Residents will respect the rights and choices of other residents in their areas regarding quiet hours. Quiet hours are from 10 am to 11 pm Sunday through Wednesday. Thursday through Saturday, the quiet hours are from 10 am to 2 am. The 4th floor North side and the 3rd floor South side are 24 hour quiet hours.

Quiet is defined as no shouting, talking, or other loud activity in the hallways. Radios, televisions, and stereos should be played only with doors closed, and quietly enough that the sound does not disturb others in adjoining rooms. Use conversational tones in rooms so that voices are not heard in surrounding rooms.

During exam periods, 24-hour quiet is maintained and expected of all residents.

Quiet designations may be modified for other special periods. Residents will be notified when modifications occur.

Residents who violate this will be asked to change their behavior and noise level. After the request, if the student continues behavior/noise level they will receive a $50 fine and be placed on probation.

Section 3.22 Room Condition & Resident Responsibilities

Residents are responsible for the neatness and cleanliness of their rooms and for the proper use of room furnishings in the rooms they occupy.

Residents may not deface the walls, floors, ceilings, or other surface areas of the rooms they occupy. Residents may decorate their rooms according to personal tastes, providing that doing so does not cause permanent damage or alteration to the room itself or its furnishings. Drilling or nailing into cinderblock, laminate, or wood surfaces is prohibited. All decorations (posters, photographs, etc.) should be mounted in a manner so as not to deface walls, doors, or other surfaces. All posters should be mounted in such a way so that they may be removed easily.. Carpeting may not be permanently affixed to room floors by gluing or tape. Permanent damage to any room will be the financial responsibility of the resident

Appliances such as compact, dorm-sized refrigerators, small microwaves, and coffeepots are permitted in resident rooms. Computers must have proper electrical grounding and surge protection. Spalding University is not responsible for electrical problems that may damage such equipment.

Section 3.23 Room Entry and Search

The University may enter student rooms without notice if it has reason to believe a health or safety emergency exists, or if there is reasonable cause to believe that a violation of University policy, State, or Federal Law is occurring. Entry into rooms for routine maintenance will be made only with prior notice. University staff members may conduct room inspections to ensure rooms meet fire and safety requirements.

Prohibited items (pets, firearms, candles, unauthorized appliances, and etcetera) may be removed at the student’s expense. Students will be notified in writing if any item is removed. These inspections shall not involve intrusion into the student’s personal belongings. However, if violations of the Student Handbook or University Catalog are found in “plain view” appropriate judicial procedures may be initiated.

University officials are legally obligated to report evidence of unlawful acts in “Plain View.” This means that if illegal or dangerous items such as alcohol, marijuana, firearms, or hazardous materials are found in a residence hall room, evidence may be obtained and used against the student in a campus hearing or turned over to the Louisville Metro Police Department.

Section 3.24 Smoking

Morrison Hall is a smoke-free facility. Smoking is prohibited in all resident rooms. Smoking is also prohibited in all public or commonly shared areas of Morrison Hall, included, but not limited to hallways, stairwells, restrooms, laundry rooms, lobbies, lounges, labs, study rooms, and indoor recreation areas.

Students found smoking in prohibited areas will be reported to the Honor Board and have a Class “A” violation of the Student Handbook charged against them. Students found smoking will be subject to fines and other sanctions.

Section 3.25 Solicitation and Commercial Activity

No solicitors, sales persons, or agents, whether students or others, are permitted to personally contact students in the residence hall for commercial purposes. Door-to-door solicitation is prohibited. Additionally, students are not allowed to use their rooms for commercial purposes.

Section 3.26 University Property

Residents may not have University property other than room furniture in their rooms. Furniture located in hall lobbies, lounges, or other community areas is not to be moved to resident rooms. Unauthorized possession of University property is considered theft, and may be subject to severe disciplinary action.

Section 3.27 Visitation Policy

Anyone who is not a resident of Morrison Hall must register as a visitor at the front desk and present photo identification. Residents receiving visitors at the front desk must also present photo identification (Spalding ID preferred), sign in the visitor, accompany the visitor while he or she is in the residence hall, and sign out the visitor. Visitors are not allowed to sign themselves in or out of the residence hall, nor are they allowed to enter any part of the hall (other than the lobby or computer lab) unless accompanied by a resident.

All visitors are required to follow the same policies and procedures as the residents of Morrison Hall, and are subject to receiving disciplinary action if warranted.

Visitors are permitted in residential rooms from 10:00 AM until 11:00 PM Sunday through Wednesday and from 10:00 AM until 2:00 AM Thursday through Saturday. No visitor, regardless of gender, will be allowed on residential floors before 10:00 AM. University personnel may be on the floors anytime services are needed.

Parents of the same gender as the resident may visit a resident’s room at any time. Parents of the opposite gender of the resident must follow regular visitation hours. Parents are required to follow the visitor sign-in procedure. Violation of these visitation policies will result in disciplinary sanctions and possible expulsion from the residence hall.

The Courtyard area is open 24 hours a day to residents, but quiet hours will be enforced. This means no loud activity (e.g. music and volleyball) will be permitted after 10:00 PM.

Article IV. Procedures and Sanctions for Violations of Student Responsibilities

Judicial proceedings begin when a student, staff, faculty, community member, or University safety officer witnesses an incident, situation, or questionable behavior, which appears to violate the standards expected of University students. An individual wishing to report an incident should contact an official in the Department of Residence Life, Campus Safety, or Student Development and Campus Life. A written report is prepared describing pertinent facts and the names of persons involved. If the incident is deemed sufficiently serious and a representative of the appropriate office considers the report to indicate probable violation of the code of student rights and responsibilities, the incident will be investigated by the designated staff member.

Section 4.01 Residence Life Disciplinary Procedures

The student charged shall be notified in writing of the alleged violation(s) and the procedure to be followed for the disciplinary conference. The student shall be notified of the time and place of the disciplinary conference and the procedures at least three business days in advance. Serious allegations may warrant interim suspension of the individual involved prior to the conference.

The staff member investigates the matter, meets with the parties involved, meets with witnesses, and documents findings in an effort to become fully informed. University Counsel may be consulted at any point during the investigation.

The Student Life staff member with responsibility for overseeing student behavior meets with the student to discuss the allegation.

The staff member makes a judgment as to the degree of responsibility on the part of the student and the sanction, if a sanction is called for. A record is made for the student’s file, retained in the Dean of Students’ Office.

Section 4.02 Residence Life Sanctions

Students who violate the policies of the Residence Hall are subject to all the sanctions outlined in the Student Handbook, and those outlined below.

1. Warning: Oral notice to a student that he or she has failed to meet the University’s standard of conduct. The warning includes caution that the continuation or repetition of the specific action involved or other misconduct may result in the imposition of a more serious sanction. A record of this oral warning is placed in the student’s file.

2. Reprimand: Formal, written notification censuring a student for failure to meet the guidelines of the Student Rights and Responsibilities code. Written reprimands are sent to the student by the official taking the action and copies retained in the file.

3. Creative Projects: Special project designed to meet the needs of the student or to address the specific situation, employed independently or in conjunction with other sanctions.

4. Restitution and Fines: Requirement to make restitution or to pay a fine for damage to or misuse of University or other property or in the case of personal injury.

5. Student Life Probation: Formal action establishing the fact that a student’s continuance at the University is in jeopardy as a result of serious or repeated misconduct. Notification of probation will be in writing, as will any conditions limiting the student’s participation in co-curricular activities or the loss of other privileges during the probationary period. Disciplinary probation puts the student on notice that any further misconduct could result in suspension or expulsion from the University.

6. Suspension: Temporary withdrawal of student status for serious violation of Student Responsibilities. Notification of suspension is in writing and indicates the term of suspension and any special condition that must be met before decision. There is no refund of fees for the semester in which the action is taken, but any fees paid in advance for a subsequent semester are refunded. Except in unusual circumstances, after the period of suspension, the student will be on probation for a period of time to be determined by the Dean of Students.

7. Interim Suspension: A student may be suspended from attendance at classes and presence on the campus during the period prior to any informal or formal conference for reasons relating to the student’s physical or emotional well being, to prevent the disruption of the normal academic and administrative functioning of the University or for the health and/or welfare of other members of the University community. In such an event, the conference on the charges will be held at the earliest possible date, not to exceed five class days from the day of notification of suspension.

8. Expulsion: Termination of student status for serious violation of Student Responsibilities. The same policy will be followed regarding notification and the refund of fees as in the case of suspension.

Section 4.03 Appeals Procedure for Student Life Issues

This section outlines the process to be followed when a student perceives that the student has a legitimate reason to appeal the application of one of the student life sanctions.

The student discusses the situation with the Student Life staff member involved and seeks a solution at that level within five business days of receipt of sanction.

If an impasse is reached, the student prepares a written statement of the issue. The staff member documents a response, and both parties sign a statement that they have met and discussed the problem, but that no solution could be reached. This must be completed within five business days of the discussion noted in #1.

The document and all documentation related to the incident are forwarded to the Dean of Students for a decision within fifteen business days of the impasse noted in #2. An alternate will be appointed if the Dean of Students is the staff member involved in the initial process. Decisions made at this level are final.

Section 4.04 Offenses

Offenses to University policy include but are not limited to:

1. Violations of the guest curfew;

2. Failure to sign guests in/out;

3. Excessive noise during quiet hours;

4. Unreasonable noise during courtesy hours;

5. Possession or consumption of alcohol on University property;

6. Tampering with safety or security features: tampering with or pulling the fire alarm, improper use of fire extinguishers, disarming smoke detectors;

7. Assault or verbal threat of assault – ZERO TOLERANCE FOR VIOLENCE;

8. Verbal or written harassment of any kind;

9. Destruction/damage to University property;

10. Overnight visitation violations;

11. Possession or use of illegal drugs on University property;

12. Failure to respond to notifications or requests, oral or written, from the Director, Associate Dean or Dean of Students.

Section 4.05 Disciplinary Actions

Include but are not limited to:

1. Verbal Warning;

2. Written Reprimand;

3. Creative project related to the violation, which may include an educational component;

4. Restitution and fines;

5. Probation;

6. Suspension;

7. Dismissal from University Housing;

8. Dismissal from the University.

Article V. Emergency Procedures

Section 5.01 Fire

A sophisticated fire alarm system has been installed in Morrison Hall. Each dorm room and public area is equipped with smoke detection devices and fire suppression equipment (sprinklers). Periodic testing and evacuation drills will be conducted throughout the year. When the fire alarm is sounded, all residents and guests are to evacuate Morrison Hall immediately, and gather at the predetermined evacuation point. Use stairways, not elevators as a means of evacuation. DO NOT GATHER IN THE ENTRANCE LOBBY AREA OR BLOCK ACCESS TO THE BUILDING (entrance/exit doors, stairways). Further instruction will be communicated at the predetermined evacuation point. Failure to respond appropriately to a fire alarm or other emergency directive will result in disciplinary action and/or fines.

Tampering with, disabling, removing, or misuse of any fire-fighting equipment, including, but not limited to fire alarms, fire extinguishers, fire hoses, exit lights, smoke detectors, and sprinklers is strictly prohibited.

Unwarranted use of the residence hall fire alarm will result in a fine of no less than $100 levied against the responsible party or parties (which may include the entire floor), payable immediately, and the matter will be reported to local law-enforcement authorities and the Fire Marshall.

Intentional discharge of fire extinguishers, when not used to contain a fire, will result in a fine of no less than $50 levied against the responsible party or parties (which may include the entire floor), payable immediately. In addition, the responsible party/parties will be incur the cost of having the discharged fire extinguisher recharged or replaced.

At the first sound of the fire alarm, everyone must evacuate the building immediately. Use the designated exits and meet at assigned locations.

Remain at these locations until officially directed to return to the residence hall.

Refer to the “FIRE EVACUATION PROCEDURES” for detailed instructions.

Fire Evacuation Procedures

When the Fire Alarm Sounds

Carry a towel and place it over your face in case of smoke.

As you exit the hall please hit doors as you pass to help alert residents.

Do not use or open an elevator.

Proceed to the nearest stairwell and/or exit door – walk, do not run!

Assemble outside of the building in the lot north of Morrison Hall.

Once outside, do not go near the building.

Do not return to your room until the signal is given.

Section 5.02 Bomb Threat

Evacuation must take place. Evacuate according to the “Fire Evacuation Procedures.”

Remain there until officially directed to return to the residence hall.

Section 5.03 Health Emergencies

Contact the RA on duty or the Hall Director. In extreme emergency, contact the Emergency Medical Service (telephone 911). All health emergencies must be reported to the Hall Director as soon as possible.

Section 5.04 Safety Standards

Fire doors in halls and stairwells must be kept closed at all times.

Never use an elevator in case of fire.

If you are in a room where a fire starts, leave quickly. Close the door to but do not lock the door. Pull the nearest alarm station and notify the front desk immediately of the location of the fire.

Section 5.05 Tornado

When the continuous siren sounds, everyone must move immediately to the basement level and meet in the large lounge/recreation area. DO NOT USE THE ELEVATOR.

Remain in this area until hall staff directs you to return to your room.