Code of Citizenship
Therefore, each student shall…
be honest at all times.
respect the rights of all people, especially those that pertain to...
– physical and emotional safety and security;
– views and beliefs;
– pursuit of personal and educational goals.
treat others with kindness and empathy.
act in a civil manner in all settings, including but not limited to:
– on campus: for example, in classrooms and residences, on the fields and in the stands;
– off campus: especially in our neighborhood and at University events;
– in cyberspace.
respect the physical and intellectual property of others, including the University and
respect the environment, both human-made and natural.
read, know, and comply with all published University policies, procedures, rules, and
cooperate and comply with the requests and directives of University officials as they
fulfill their duties.
comply with all federal, state, and local laws.
Code of Citizenship
Every student has a degree of responsibility for and to the
University community. Therefore, when a student encounters a
situation in which one or more other students’ or guests’ behaviors
are not consistent with our code, the student is responsible to take
one of these actions: address the situation in question so that the
behavior ceases, report the situation to a University official, or, at
very minimum, leave the situation. The presence of any student
who does not take at least one of those three actions during an
incident that violates the Student Code of Citizenship shall be
addressed by our Community Standards system.
A guest is defined as anyone
who does not live in that
residence (even if they live in
another AU residence hall).
A student’s right to have a
guest is superseded by the
roommates’ right to
uninterrupted use of the
Sun-Thurs: 9:00 am-12:00am
Fri & Sat: 9:00am-3:00am
Residents must escort guests
when in residence halls at all
The host is responsible for
ensuring that guests are
familiar with and comply with
Visitation Policies-Overnight guests
Guests must be the same gender
as the host (unless s/he is a
sibling under the age of 13).
Residents may have only two (2)
overnight guests per night. B/T
roommates, there can be no more
than three (3) guests per room
Limited to three (3) consecutive
nights and may not stay for more
than fifteen (15) nights per
Overnight guests must be
registered by completing the
Overnight Guest Form.
The guest is issued an overnight
guest pass which must be carried
at all times.
Overnight guests must be
registered with the University;
guest may be registered on the
Residence Life page on
MyAlvernia. The guest will be
issued an overnight guest pass,
which must be carried at all times.
If the guest is not properly
registered the guest will not be
permitted to reside overnight in a
Each resident is obliged to maintain an environment
conducive to studying and sleeping therefore courtesy
hours are in effect at all times.
Students are expected to respond cooperatively to
staff/others who make a request for quiet.
Electronic equipment that is causing the noise violation
may be confiscated.
Sun-Thurs: 10:00 pm-9:00am, Fri & Sat- 1:00am-
Items with the underwriters Seal
of Approval are permitted in
rooms: radios, stereos, televisions,
clocks and hairdryers.
String lights are permitted in any
residence hall as decoration.
– Lights must not be hung
around doors or obstruct
One microwave only is permitted
per room (max 120v/10amps).
Only university provided
microwaves are permitted in living
unit with kitchens. Not in
Toasters, Toaster ovens, hotpots,
slow cookers, and indoor or
induction grills are only in living
units with kitchen area. Students
must be physically present and
monitor cooking activities
-Deep fryers, Outdoors turkey
fryers, coal or gas grills,
Sunlamp, Halogen lamps, 5-
light octopus lamps, Space
heaters, Exterior antennas,
antennas, aerial, satellites
Unauthorized/dangerous items will
be confiscated and will not be
All candles (burnt or unburnt), incense,
incense burners and any open flame
materials are prohibited in residence halls.
Live Christmas Trees are prohibited.
No hazardous materials, ammunition,
explosives may be stored in a students’
Fire Safety (cont.)
Residents are expected to familiarize themselves with
the emergency evacuation plans. At the sound of a fire
alarm, residents are to evacuate immediately. Fire drills
will be conducted periodically.
Personal items/room furniture must not block or inhibit
egress from a room, hallway or building.
All new students at AU are issued their first ID
card at no charge and are required to carry their
card at all times.
Failure to produce a valid card when requested,
fraudulent use, transfer of an ID to another
person may result in confiscation, loss of
privileges and/or disciplinary action.
Lost cards must be reported to Public Safety
ASAP. Lost or stolen money on the card can not
Posting & Advertising Policies
Approval of the Director of Residence Life or designee is required to post
materials in residence halls.
Approval of the Associate Dean of Students & Director of Student Activities or
designee is required to post material anywhere else by students
Flyers must not
– be “socially offensive” set for by the mission of AU. Advertising may not
depict characterization of alcohol or other drugs.
– be posted on painted surfaces, departmental bulletin boards, attached to
light fixtures, statues.
– be stairwells or on glass surfaces if doing so blocks visions or causes a
– Contain the who, what, when, where or the program or club meetings
– be removed by those who post them
Chalking is not permitted on the exterior of buildings, light fixtures, benches,
statues, trash receptacles.
Any solicitation undertaken by a student or registered student organization must be approved by
the Associate Dean of Students & Director of Student Activities, conducted in compliance with the
Student Handbook and procedures established by the Office of Student Activities, if any, including
compliance with all applicable laws and University policies.
Before granting approval, the Office of Student Activities may require a review of any contract
existing between the student organization and its fundraising partners.
Each approved solicitor must carry an approval form issued for the activity.
Any solicitation undertaken by (i) a student or student organization at a University athletic event
either on or off University property; or (ii) a student athlete or varsity athletics program must also
be approved by the Director of Athletics.
Students are not permitted to conduct any solicitation on University property, which includes but
is not limited to door-to-door sales, sales meetings with groups, placing hand-flyers on cars or
under residence hall room doors.
The use of University equipment whereby a student would serve as an agent for an outside
business firm is prohibited.
Activities that require a professional license are expressly prohibited. Such activities include but
are not limited to: tattooing, body piercing, sales parties (Tupperware, Avon, etc.), book buy-
back, and hair cutting.
Student inquiries regarding the Non-Solicitation Policy should be directed to the Office of Student
Each resident is issued a room key and a mail box key.
Loss/Failure to return will result in re-core and
replacement key charges.
It is prohibited to duplicate keys, students may not lend
keys to others. Routine lock outs may be subject to
Students may not lend their keys and/or their ID card to
Lost/missing keys should be reported to Public Safety
Office or Residence Life Office.
All items which are forbidden, illegal, or
inappropriate by law, rule or policy can be
confiscated by RAs, PS Officers or anyone
else representing the administration.
Confiscated items will not be returned.
Room Inspections/ Entry by Staff
The University reserves the right for authorized representatives or University officials to enter student residences
and/or to conduct searches, whether a student is present or not. The following is a list of some of the reasons
entry and room searches occur:
– Rooms and/or townhouses may be entered for regular or emergency housekeeping and maintenance purposes, for the
establishment and maintenance of good order. Rooms may be routinely inspected at any reasonable time (ordinarily 7:00 a.m.–
9:00 p.m.) for fire hazards, testing of fire safety equipment, maintenance, health and sanitation. Rooms will also be entered for
pest control on a scheduled basis.
– Rooms and/or townhouses may be entered when there is information that University policies are being violated. In cases where
there is information that alcohol is being consumed and/or present in a residence hall room or townhouse, Residence Life staff
and/or other University officials may request that the resident(s) open any refrigerator present in the room or house in order to
confirm that there is no alcohol. If the student refuses, the staff member may then open the refrigerator. Failure to comply with
this request violates University policy, and the University will expect that the item in question will be removed from campus.
– Rooms and/or townhouses may be entered for inspection at any time. Prohibited items and/or evidence are subject to
documentation and confiscation. This may include, but is not limited to, weapons, alcohol bottles/cans, shot glasses, ashtrays,
candles, pet food dishes, etc. These items will not be returned to students. Items are donated to a local charity or deposited in
– Rooms and/or townhouses may be entered when there is reason to believe there is a danger to the health, safety or welfare of
– In cases where there is information or other reason to believe that an individual is bringing/carrying prohibited items into a
residence hall or townhouse, Residence Life staff and/or Public Safety personnel may ask an individual to open grocery bags,
book bags, boxes, covered laundry baskets, etc.
A search and inspection involves the close physical examination of all areas, which may include, but is not limited
to thoroughly going through an individual’s personal belongings. A student wishing to file a complaint relating to
an inspection or search should do so in writing to the Vice President for University Life or the Director of Public
Safety. Except in emergencies, a member of the Residence Life staff will accompany any University
representative or official during searches of residences.
When damage occurs in the residence hall or townhouses, repair
and/or replacement costs are billed to the student(s) responsible.
Students found to have created damage in residential facilities
subject themselves to the loss of on-campus housing privileges and
other community standards actions.
All residents share responsibility with others in their floor, hall or
townhouse for the care and protection of common areas
(entryways, emergency exits, lounges/lobbies, hallways, stairwells,
screens, bulletin boards, restrooms, etc.). This includes, but is not
limited to, the removal of common area furniture. Group damage
assessments are made for damages to common areas if a
responsible party cannot be identified.
The hallways of residence halls are considered “public access”
therefore limitations may be imposed. The following apply to room
– Nothing may be displayed in public space that is considered in poor
taste, lewd or offensive
– No sheets, banners should be hung outside windows or the exterior
portion of any residence hall.
No item may be hung from a light fixture/safety device, no
decorative candles or potpourri burners, no stickers or glow in the
dark stars may be affixed to walls, ceilings etc…
Finally, no resident can paint, wallpaper, panel rooms, construct
attached structures in rooms. However, students are allowed to
bunk or stack beds.
No student shall possess alcohol displays made up of empty
alcoholic beverage containers. All alcohol containers must
be disposed of after each use. (Taken form the Alcohol Policy)
Pets are NOT permitted in the residences for the
following reasons: inhumane in close quarters,
potential health problems, cause destruction to
property, disruptive to other students.
One exception: students may have non-
aggressive fish in an aquarium no larger than
fifteen (15) gallons
Students may be assessed a non-negotiable
charge for the disinfecting of a room.
Pets may also be confiscated by the Office of
Smoking anywhere in residential facilities is not
Smokers are required to be 25 feet from
residence halls for courtesy and to avoid having
smoke drift into the buildings. Smokers are
expected to use the receptacles outside of
Please note we will cover the major
policies during training.
Please note that some minor changes may
be made to the handbook over the
summer. These changes will be
highlighted during training.