F.1 In the Presence of Alcohol. Being present in a residence hall space where consumption, possession, distribution, or sale of alcoholic beverages is occurring is prohibited.

F.2 Empty Alcohol Containers. The possession of empty alcohol containers is prohibited in the residence halls.

F.3 In the Presence of Drugs. Being present in a residence hall space where consumption, possession, distribution, or sale of drugs, narcotics, or other controlled substances or the possession of drug paraphernalia is prohibited.

F.4 Quiet Hours and Courtesy Hours. Quiet Hours will be established and published by residence hall staff.  When Quiet Hours are in effect no noise should be heard from another room or area.  Courtesy Hours are always in effect.  During Courtesy Hours residents must comply with the requests of others to lessen or eliminate noise.  

F.5 Guest Policy. Only students who have signed residence hall contracts are permitted to live in residence halls.  Residents are responsible for the behavior their guests.  Guests who violate residence hall policies will be asked to leave the residence hall and their host will be held responsible for the policy violation.  Residents may host overnight guests as long as they do not infringe on the rights of other residents and are registered at the front desk.  No guest may stay for more than three nights within a fourteen day period.  

F.6 Windows and Screens. Screens are not to be unhooked or removed from windows for any reason.  Residents of a room or building are responsible for any objects ejected from windows, fire escapes or roofs.  Windows are not to be used for entrances or exits.  Windows should remain closed during periods of high winds and/or heavy rains.  

F.7 Keys and Prox Cards. Residence Hall keys and prox cards must remain in the possession of the resident of the room/building at all times.  All residence hall keys and prox cards must be returned when residents vacate their room.  Residents will be responsible for the cost of replacing lost keys and prox cards.  If the misplaced key or card is found after a replacement has been issued the charge will not be refunded. 

F.8 Pets. Pets are not permitted in the residence halls except for fish in tanks no larger than 5 gallons. Pets are prohibited from entering the buildings even on a “visiting” or “temporary” basis. Pets found in the residence halls will be subject to immediate removal and transfer to Iowa City Animal Control authorities.

Residents bringing a service animal, or who may need an emotional support animal due to a medical accommodation, should contact Contracts and Assignments for additional information.

F.9 Electrical Appliances. All appliances must be in good working order. Extension cords must be UL approved. Rooms are not wired to permit the use of any large electrical appliances including air conditioners or space heaters. 

F.10 Cooking Appliances. Appliances that have an exposed heating element, use cooking greases or have an open flame are prohibited. Electric grills (i.e., George Foreman), pizza cookers, and toaster ovens are NOT allowed. Residence hall rooms with a kitchen provided may use toaster ovens in the kitchen area only.

F.11 Refrigerators. Only one refrigerator (personal or department issued) is allowed per room/suite/apartment. Residents living in an apartment styled space (i.e. Mayflower, Parklawn, etc.), where a refrigerator is provided, are prohibited from having additional refrigerator(s). Residents living with more than one other roommate (i.e. triple or quad) may have up to two mini refrigerators. Refrigerators brought by residents may not exceed five cubic feet and 9 amps.

Residents in need of an additional refrigerator due to a medical accommodation should contact Contracts and Assignments for additional information.

F.12 Elevators. Passenger elevators located within the residence halls are provided for use by residents of that building, their guests and departmental staff.  The following actions are prohibited: damage or vandalism of the elevators, use of emergency alarms/stops in situations other than an emergency, unauthorized use of an elevator key, evacuating people from the elevator without trained personnel.  

F.13 Room and Door Decorations. Decorations may not obstruct doorways, corridors, stairways or any other means of exit. Lighting fixtures, ceiling tile framework, pipes, or firefighting equipment including sprinkler piping or sprinkler heads are prohibited to decorate. Decorations attached to or suspended from the ceiling are prohibited. Decorations or furnishings permanently attached (i.e. drilled, screwed, or nailed) to the ceiling, walls, floor, or provided furniture are prohibited. 

  • Decorative Lights: Lights on metal trees or artificial decorations that are made of combustible materials are prohibited.  Rooms must not be left unattended with holiday or decorative lights on.
  • Flammable and combustible materials (i.e. paper, posters, wrapping paper, ribbon, tinsel, post-it notes, etc.) on student room doors must be kept to a minimum (no more that 25% of the door may be covered).  Resident may not write, drill or permanently damage room doors.
  • Candles (lit or unlit) or other decorations with an open flame are prohibited

F.14 Hall Sports. Athletic events including using rollerblades, roller skates, or skateboards, and throwing or bouncing frisbees, footballs and basketballs are prohibited in the residence halls.

F.15 Improper Room Change. Students wishing to change/transfer rooms must be approved by University Housing and Dining staff.  Failure to complete all necessary paperwork before moving is prohibited.  Residents with unoccupied space in their room must keep one half of the room ready for a new roommate to move in at any time. 

F.16 Room and Building Furnishings. All furniture issued to a student room must stay in that room (i.e. chair, dresser, bulletin board, mattress, bed, trash can, recycling container, etc.). Equipment and furnishings in lounges, study areas, or any other general-purpose space of the residence halls may not be removed or transferred to individual student rooms.

  • Lofting a bed must be facilitated by appropriate Housing and Dining staff by submitting a work order for adjustment.
  • Water beds are prohibited.

F.17 Commercial Activity/Business. Residents are not permitted to utilize their room for any commercial purpose.  

F.18 Trash. Students are responsible for disposing of their own trash in the designated areas within and around the residence halls.  

F.19 Disruptive Event. Individual or group activities within any area of the residence hall that cause a disturbance, obstruct or disrupt disciplinary procedures, University Housing procedures or events, or the residence hall community. 

F.20 Possession of Candles and Incense. Candles and incense (lit or unlit) are prohibited in the residence halls. 

Questions?

Residents who have questions about these policies can contact a Residential Education staff member for clarification and/or further information. For a more complete view of the operation of student discipline, this information should be read in conjunction with the Code of Student Life.

 

If a student violates policies, rules, or regulations within University of Iowa Housing and Dining facilities, they are generally subject to the procedures followed by Housing and Dining. However, the Director of OSA may choose to transfer the matter to the Office of Student Accountability.

Questions?

Residents who have questions about the student accountability process can contact a Residential Education staff member for clarification and/or further information. For a more complete view of the operation of student discipline, this information should be read in conjunction with the Code of Student Life.

Please visit the Code of Student Life for complete investigation procedures.

The Associate Director or their designees are authorized to impose one or more of the following sanctions upon students found responsible for misconduct.

STATUS SANCTIONS:  One of these sanctions will always be imposed when a student is found responsible for a policy violation.

Written Warning: A strongly written warning stating that if there is a repetition of the same action or any other action in violation of the rules and regulations of residence halls, the student can expect additional disciplinary action. A record of the disciplinary warning is kept on file in the Student Conduct Office database.

Disciplinary Reprimand: A written notice to the student explaining that the student’s violation of institutional regulations warrants an official record be kept in the Student Conduct Office database.  Any further violation may lead to a Housing Contract Cancellation.  This sanction is considered a Step 1 University sanction for purposes of progressive university discipline.  A student charged with a subsequent violation inside or outside of the residence halls may face a Step 2 or Step 3 sanction. A student who has received a Disciplinary Reprimand is not ordinarily eligible for employment with Housing and Dining and is not ordinarily eligible to hold office in residence hall organizations.

University Probation:  A written admonishment for a violation of specified regulations. With respect to the non-academic disciplinary system, a student on disciplinary probation is not considered to be in good standing for a designated period of time. If the student is found to violate any institutional regulation(s) during the probationary period, more severe disciplinary sanctions may be imposed. Once the designated period of time has elapsed, the student will be considered in good standing; however, a record of the sanction will be kept in the Student Conduct Office database.

Housing Contract Cancellation: A student may be involuntarily separated from the residence halls on a permanent basis or for a stated period of time after which readmission is possible. Students removed from living in a University residence hall shall automatically forfeit residence hall privileges, be assessed a Contract Recovery Charge, and may be excluded from University activities and University facilities. A Housing Contract Cancellation is considered a Step 2 University sanction for purposes of progressive discipline.  A student removed from the residence halls involuntarily is not in good standing with the University and is considered on non-academic probation. A student on probation who is charged with a subsequent Code of Student Life violation, in the Residence Halls or outside of the Residence Halls, may face a Step 3 sanction (i.e., suspension or expulsion from the University).

ADDITIONAL SANCTIONS:  These sanctions may be paired with any of the above sanctions:

Disciplinary Room Transfer: A student may be transferred to a different area of the residence halls.

Restitution: A student may be assessed reasonable expenses related to the misconduct. This assessment may include, but is not limited to, the repair/replacement cost for any damage they cause to residence hall property or medical or counseling expenses incurred by the victim.

Fines: In cases involving violations of the alcohol or drug policies, fines ranging from $200 to $500 will be imposed. Fines are assessed based on the amount of harm to self and others.  Hard liquor is assessed fines at a higher level than beer.  Funds from fines will be used to support the University's alcohol and drug education and awareness programs and provide social programs for residence halls.

Educational Sanction: A student may be required to provide a specific service or participate in a specific program, receive specific instruction, or complete a research assignment. Students are often referred to Health Iowa for substance abuse education or counseling. The student is responsible for related expenses, including expenses for education, counseling, or treatment, if any expense is entailed.

Administrative Building Prohibition: A student may be prohibited from entering a specific building(s) or area.

Administrative No Contact Order:  A student may be prohibited from contacting a student(s).

Sanctions Imposed by the Office of Student Accountability

In the event that the complaint is referred to the Office of Student Accountability for resolution, students found responsible for misconduct prohibited by the Code of Student Life are subject to the following sanction in addition to the sanctions listed above:

Suspension or Expulsion: A student may be involuntarily separated from the University permanently or for a stated period of time after which re-admission is possible.

Questions?

Please visit the Code of Student Life for complete investigation procedures.

Compliance with University Officials

Students requested to meet with residence hall staff members regarding a disciplinary complaint are expected to comply with the request in timely and cooperative manner. Furthermore, students who have been disciplined are expected to comply in a timely manner with the sanctions imposed. Non-compliant students are subject to additional disciplinary action, including the possibility of suspension from the residence halls or from University classes.

Review of Actions Taken by the Investigator

Any student who receives sanctions from a University Housing and Dining staff member under the procedures set forth above may appeal by filing a written petition within ten calendar days following the Investigator's decision. The appeal should specify the grounds for the appeal.  In the event that a timely appeal is filed, an administrator will review the contents of the student’s disciplinary file.

In cases where University procedures were not followed or substantial rights of the student have been prejudiced, the administrator conducting the review may reverse or modify the sanction(s) imposed. In the alternative, the administrator may sustain the Investigator's decision, impose a more serious sanction, or refer the complaint to the Office of Student Accoutability. A meeting with the student is not required.

Students with any questions about the disciplinary process may contact the Associate Director for Residence Education at 319-335-3700.

Questions?

Please visit the Code of Student Life for complete investigation procedures.

The following description summarizes the University Housing & Dining educational outcomes for policy violations involving Alcohol and/or Drugs in the Residence Hall. Please note that our discipline process is progressive and may involve a monetary fine in addition to status sanctions and educational sanctions. Our monetary fine ranges from $50 to $350 depending upon the circumstances of the policy violation.

  • A resident found responsible for being in the known presence of alcohol, alcohol containers, or drugs will be assigned a status sanction, educational sanction, and may be subject to a $50 fine.
  • A resident found responsible for possession and/or consumption of alcohol or drugs will be assigned a status sanction, educational sanction, a parental notification letter, and a fine that ranges between $150 - $350.
  • Fines are not imposed in situations where a resident is cited by police in the residence halls for alcohol and fined through the courts.
  • Our discipline process is progressive and ranges from a warning to housing contract cancellation. For more detailed information about our progressive discipline process, please visit the Code of Student Life.