All students at the University of Iowa are expected to stay safe and have fun. Should you have questions about residence hall Behavioral Standards, they are listed below.  

D.13.a Quiet Hours and Courtesy Hours: Quiet Hours will be established and published by residence hall staff: Sunday - Thursday: 11:00 p.m. - 7:00 a.m., Friday - Saturday: 1:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.  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.

D.13.b Guest Policy: Only students who have signed residence hall contracts are permitted to live in residence halls.  Residents are responsible for the behavior of 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.

D.13.c Smoking: The use of tobacco, including smokeless tobacco products, and legal smoking products is prohibited in all campus buildings.  Residents over 18 years of age may possess and are allowed to store tobacco and legal smoking products in their room.

D.13.d 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.

D.13.e 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.

D.13.f Pets: Pets are not permitted in the residence halls with the exception of fish in tanks no larger than 20 gallons.  Pets are prohibited from entering the buildings at all times 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.

D.13.g Electrical Appliances: All appliances must be in good working order. All extension cords must be UL approved. Rooms are not wired to permit the use of any large electrical appliances including room air conditioners (unless supplied by the University), space heaters, etc.

D.13.h 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.

D.13.i Refrigerators: Only one refrigerator (personal or department issued) is allowed per room/suite/apartment.  Refrigerators brought by residents may not exceed five cubic feet and 9 amps.

D.13.j 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.   

D.13.k Room Decoration: Decorations may not obstruct doorways, corridors, stairways or any other means of exit.  Lighting fixtures or firefighting equipment including sprinkler piping should not be decorated.  Decorations attached to or suspended from the ceiling are prohibited.  Candles (lit or unlit) or other open flames are prohibited.

D.13.l Door Decorations: Flammable and combustible materials on student room doors must be kept to a minimum (no more that 25% of the door may be covered).  Resident may not write on room doors.

D.13.m 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.

D.13.n Hall Sports: Athletic events including using rollerblades, rollerskates, or skateboards, and throwing or bouncing frisbees, footballs and basketballs are prohibited in the residence halls.

D.13.o 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.

D.13.p Furniture: Equipment and furnishings in lounges, study areas, or any other general purpose areas of the residence s halls may not be removed or transferred to individual student rooms.  All furniture issued to a student room must remain in that room.  Loftable furniture may not be placed directly under the sprinkler system and water beds are prohibited.

D.13.q Commercial Activity/Business: Residents are not permitted to utilize their room for any commercial purpose.

D.13.r Trash: Students are responsible for disposing of their own trash in the designated areas within and around the residence halls.

D.13.s Disruptive Event: Individual or group activities within any area of the residence hall that cause a disturbance, obstruct or disrupt disciplinary procedures, University Housing administrative procedures, or any other University Housing authorized function or event.

D.17.a Possession or Consumption of Alcohol in the Residence Halls: Consumption, possession, distribution or sale of alcohol beverages in prohibited in all residence halls regardless of age.

D.17.b In the Presence of Alcohol: Being present in a residence hall space where consumption, possession, distribution, or sale of alcoholic beverages is occurring is a violation of residence hall policy.

D.17.c Empty Alcohol Containers: The possession of empty alcohol containers is prohibited in the residence halls.

D.19.a Possession or Use of Drugs or Drug Paraphernalia in the Residence Halls:  Consumption, possession, distribution, or sale of drugs, narcotics or other controlled substances or the possession of drug paraphernalia is prohibited in all residence halls.

D.19.b 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 occurring is a violation of residence hall policy.

D.22.a Possession of Candles and Incense: Candles and incense (lit or unlit) are prohibited in the residence halls.

D. 22.b Possession of Explosives/Combustibles: The possession, use or distribution of any type of fireworks, ammunition/gun powder, fuses, or any explosives/combustibles of any kind and storage of propane tanks is prohibited in the residences halls.


Residents who have questions about these Behavioral Standards 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.

Any University student, staff, or faculty member may bring a complaint against a residence hall resident based on an alleged violation of policies. Regulation 13 of the Code of Student Life requires that students observe the conduct rules. Therefore, a violation of the Residence Hall Policy also violates the Code of Student Life. Complaints are investigated by the hall coordinator responsible for the building where the alleged misconduct occurred.  A student who has a complaint may speak with the Resident Assistant on their floor about the complaint process.

In some cases, a student sanctioned in accordance with university disciplinary policies may also face criminal charges filed under local, state and federal laws. A student's residence hall status is a separate matter from the question of criminal responsibility. When a student is charged by the police, disciplinary complaints that arise out of the circumstances which led to the arrest are adjudicated according to the standard administrative procedure without delay and without reference to criminal procedure. A student found not guilty in court of a criminal charge may still face administrative sanctions if disciplinary policies were violated.

In order to maintain an environment conducive to learning, the disciplinary process is guided by the principle of progressive discipline. A student will be held accountable for their actions and given a sanction appropriate to the gravity of the violation.  More serious sanctions are imposed in the event of a subsequent offense. In some cases, a student’s housing contract will be canceled or the student will be suspended from the University altogether.

The following violations could result in a housing contract cancelation even if there are no prior sanctions on record: possession of illegal drugs, possession of large quantities of alcohol, sounding a false alarm, violation of the open flame policy, or possession of weapons, knives, or explosive materials. These examples are not intended to be a complete list. Other types of violations could also lead to contract cancellation, such as misconduct by a resident with a prior disciplinary record. Students found to be responsible for aggravated assault, sexual abuse, or selling illegal drugs may face suspension or expulsion from the University.

The staff member assigned to investigate the complaint will gather relevant evidence to determine whether or not there is a reasonable basis for believing that policies were violated. A student accused of misconduct has the right to present their side of the story to the investigator and present witnesses and evidence on their behalf. If the accused student fails to respond to a request for a meeting, a decision will be made in their absence.

During the period of investigation, the investigator may impose an Administrative No-Contact Order, an Administrative Building Prohibition Order, or a Disciplinary Room Transfer on an interim basis pending the final outcome of the investigation. Interim sanctions will remain in effect until the complaint is resolved.

Depending upon the outcome of the investigation, the complaint may be dealt with in one of five ways:

Dismissal of Complaint. The investigator may determine that sanctions are not warranted and dismiss the complaint.

Deferred Judgment. The investigator may elect to postpone a decision on the merits of a complaint with the option to reopen the investigation later. If no further complaints are made during the remainder of the academic year, then the original complaint will be dismissed.

Policy Reminder Letter. The investigator may elect to remind the accused student, in writing, of residence hall policies and issue a general warning that a violation will result in sanctions. A copy of the reminder letter will be placed in the student’s disciplinary file but will not be considered a finding of responsibility or a formal sanction.

Finding of Responsible and Disciplinary Sanctions. The investigator may find the student responsible for violating policy based on a preponderance of evidence standard.  The investigator may then impose any one or a combination of the disciplinary sanctions listed in the following section. A record of each residence hall violation is maintained in the Student Conduct Office database for a period of seven years.

Referral to the Office of the Dean of Students. The investigator may refer the matter to the Office of the Dean of Students for resolution. Under the Student Judicial Procedure, the Dean may cancel a student’s housing contract and/or suspend the student from campus for one semester or longer. University Housing & Dining reserves the right to refer cases that arise late in the semester directly to the Office of the Dean of Students.

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 & 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 Dean of Students

In the event that the complaint is referred to the Office of the Dean of Students 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.

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 & 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 the Dean of Students. 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.

The following description summarizes the University Housing & Dining procedure for assessing fines for Residence Hall Alcohol and Drug Policy violations. Please note the process is progressive and may involve a monetary fine in addition to standard disciplinary sanctions such as a disciplinary warning or probationary status. The amount of the fine ranges from $100 to $500 depending upon the circumstances of the policy violation. The current fine policy is reflected below:

  • A resident found in the presence of alcohol may be subject to a $100 fine.
  • For a resident found in possession on of a small quantity of alcohol or empty alcohol containers, on the first offense the fine is typically $200 for beer and $300 for liquor if they are not hosting a gathering of residents in their room. Residents are subject to a $200 to $500 fine based on possession or consumption of liquor or number of participants. Administrative fines are not imposed in situations where a resident is cited by police in the residence halls for alcohol and fined through the courts.
  • Discipline is progressive in nature, so a resident who receives a fine on a first offense for alcohol runs the risk of having their housing contract cancelled for a second offense.
  • For a resident found hosting a gathering of residents in their room with any amount of alcohol present, the fine is typically $500 for the first offense.
  • Any second offense of alcohol possession, consumption, or hosting a gathering of residents typically results in a $500 fine if the student is permitted to remain in University Housing. Depending upon the circumstances of the violation, the resident could have their housing contract cancelled for the second violation.
  • Residents may have their housing contract cancelled if (a) found in possession of a large quantity of alcohol on the first offense, (b) found to have hosted a large gathering of residents in their room on the first or second offense; or (c) found in possession of any alcohol on the second or third offense.
  • Residents cited for possession or illegal drugs in the residence halls that are permitted to remain in the halls are subject to a $500 fine for possession of drugs or a $300 fine for possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • In addition to fines, the resident will be required to complete a mandatory alcohol/drug education program. A parental notification letter will be sent by the Dean of Students to the parent's address after the alcohol/drug sanction is imposed.