Residence Policy

The policies outlined in the Residence Policy apply to all students living in campus residential facilities. These policies are primarily designed to protect the rights, health, and safety of all individuals living in the community. At the same time, they place responsibility upon resident students to live in a manner that respects the rights of others and fosters a strong community. Failure to comply with these guidelines is a violation of the Student Integrity Code, and will be adjudicated through the normal student discipline process.

Policies for On-Campus Residences

In order to ensure a living environment that develops in students responsible citizenship and behavior which is consistent with community values, there is a need for defined expectations to serve as standards for student conduct. These standards are primarily based on the need to recognize and respect the rights of others and the need to comply with local, state and federal law.

The specific policies outlined below apply to all residents of university-owned living facilities (i.e. Residence Halls, Union Avenue facilities, Langlow House, Residence Houses and Trimble Hall). They are designed to complement the behavioral guidelines outlined in other university standards. All conditions stipulated in student housing contracts are enforced by this policy; a violation of those conditions is therefore a violation of this policy.

Prohibited Conduct

Residents are prohibited from:

  1. Obtaining university keys illicitly, duplicating university keys, loaning keys, retaining keys beyond authorized dates for returning them to the university, or altering door safety closures or locks;
  2. Causing loud or disturbing sounds which may interfere with the rights of other students or members of the surrounding community including, but not limited to, the right to rest, study, or be free of unnecessary or unwarranted distractions;
  3. Changing the physical structure or appearance of residences (including constructing lofts); removing or dismantling furniture; using any unauthorized risers to raise furniture (i.e. cement blocks, other furniture); unauthorized painting of rooms or furniture; tampering with facility equipment (including elevators, electrical power boxes, accessing roofs, etc.); possessing or using waterbeds or devices that pose a threat to the structural integrity of the facility; tampering with or unauthorized use of fire safety equipment;
  4. Unauthorized use, possession, or storage of ammunition, weapons (including air soft and paintball guns), gasoline, explosives (including fireworks), internal combustion engines, hover boards, also referred to as smart boards or self-balancing boards, or any other flammable object or substance (including candles and incense) in any residential facility including the breezeways, storage areas, or other exterior areas of facilities ["weapons" include replica or facsimile guns or knives that a reasonable person may perceive as real weapons];
  5. Using refrigeration units in excess of 2.5 amps or cooking on open-flame or exposed-coil cooking appliances;
  6. Allowing pets, excluding fish, into any facility;
  7. Using sports equipment, engaging in water/snowball fights or any activity in a facility or within or upon an exterior area of a facility that may endanger the well-being of others or the facility;
  8. Possessing a keg, or other large container of alcoholic beverage, either full or empty, in any residential facility. Large containers of alcohol may include but not be limited to "spiked" punch bowls, beer balls, beer bongs, spodies, etc.
  9. Consuming alcoholic beverages at a function/party in any residential facility without obtaining a signed "Application to Host an Event with Alcohol in a Student Facility" and a Washington State Liquor Control Board banquet permit.

    Note: Individuals and/or groups residing in exclusive-use residences are permitted to sponsor functions at which alcohol is consumed provided that the individuals hosting the event and those consuming alcohol are of legal drinking age. Individuals or groups hosting functions involving alcohol are required to complete and submit the above mentioned forms. University applications are available from the Associate Dean of Students Office.  Banquet permits must be obtained from a State liquor store. Hosting functions at which alcohol is consumed without obtaining the necessary permits is a violation of the university's alcohol policies.

    The university requires "alcohol permits" to ensure that activities comply with university policy and state law. The university attempts, through the permit, to make individuals and groups aware of their responsibilities in sponsoring the activity.

Other Policies

  1. Rooms are to be occupied only by the persons assigned by the Residence Life Office. Rooms are reserved for students of the same sex only.  Any overnight guests must be of the same sex as the resident student who is hosting them and must stay no longer than three (3) nights unless otherwise approved by the Residence Life Office. Residents shall be responsible for ensuring that their guests abide by all University policies.
  2. Residents are required to follow proper check-in and checkout procedures as issued by the Residence Life Office. These include the turning in of keys, thorough cleaning of rooms, and checkout completed no later than the posted time for any given term. Residents who do not follow the proper checkout procedures will be assessed damage/cleaning charges and possibly an improper checkout fee (minimally $75). Residents will be held financially responsible for any keys not returned at the time of checkout and any unclaimed public-area damage to facilities through a process of equal distribution among all residents of their living area for the cost of the repairs.
  3. Residents may not occupy for any reason unauthorized or unapproved areas within any residential facility or its exterior areas, such as roofs, windows or window ledges.
  4. Residents must comply with requests of resident assistants, community coordinators or other university officials charged with responsibility for guaranteeing community standards, this policy, the Student Integrity Code, or other university policies.
  5. Residents must maintain and contribute to community standards of health and cleanliness.
  6. Residents are required to comply with all local, state and federal laws.
  7. Storage of personal property during the school year and over break periods is at the resident's own risk. Specific storage guidelines are available in the Residence Life Office.  All stored items must be labeled with university stickers. Only students who plan to return to campus housing after summer recess may be granted storage. Stored items will not be accessible during summer recess. Storage is limited to boxed items only, and is available in limited quantities.
  8. All students will comply with the escort policy.  All non-residents must be escorted by a member of the Residential Community.
  9. All residents must comply with fire regulations, including responding to fire alarms (this includes not tampering with door closures).
  10. Residents must abide by all fire safety requests of the university staff. Staff will regularly check for fire safety issues.
  11. It is university policy to respect each resident's right to maximum privacy in his or her room. In most cases, twenty-four-hour notice will be given prior to entering a student room. However, professional staff from Residence Life and/or Security Services, or their authorized designees, may enter a resident's room with less than twenty-four-hour notice to respond to an emergency, to perform maintenance work or a fire safety inspection, to conduct fire drills, to ensure compliance with health standards, or to search the room if there is reason to believe there have been violations of university policy or state or federal law. Rooms may also be entered during break periods for safety inspections.
  12. Residents may not alter or adjust existing telephone service, cable television connections with out prior approval from the Associate Vice President for Business Services.  Additional cable service may be obtained at cost from the university cable vendor, provided the residents room has been previously wired for cable.  Mounted receivers such as Satellite dishes and antennas are not allowed.  Residents are not permitted to utilize outside vendors for additional telephone lines
  13. Residents may not alter or adjust existing computer/network connections with out prior approval of Technology Services.  Residents may not attach unregistered equipment to the network.  Attached equipment must be registered in accordance with policies of the Residential Network (ResNet).
  14. Operating any personal or private business out of any university owned residence is prohibited.  This includes the use of telephone, computer and network connections.

Questions regarding the university Residence Policy should be directed to the Residence Life Office (3209 N. 15th St.), 253.879.3317.

Smoking Policy

The university protects the public health by prohibiting smoking in all university facilities so that non-smokers are guaranteed smoke-free air.  It is the policy of the University of Puget Sound that students, faculty, staff, and visitor to the university are entitled to live, study, work, etc., in areas that are free of tobacco smoke.  In applications of this policy, responsibility rests with faculty, staff, students, and visitors who do smoke to defer to the health and preferences of other faculty, staff, students and visitors.  It is the responsibility of department heads and supervisors and Residential Programs staff to enforce this policy.  Smoking is prohibited in all academic, administrative, residential and public buildings of the university.  This includes all offices, classrooms, restrooms, Facilities Services shops, vehicles and all common areas within buildings and residences.