Community & Diversity

Statement of Community and Diversity

Living in a residence hall at The University of Iowa means living in a community of learners. This community is a dynamic place comprised of various people with different values, cultures, lifestyles, and attitudes. As a member of this community, we must strive to understand the individuality and life choices of those among us. We can best learn from one another in an atmosphere of positive contact and mutual respect. Therefore, we must possess a genuine desire to learn from those around us as well as give others the respect and tolerance we desire for ourselves.

University Housing & Dining is committed to the principles of free inquiry and free expression. We believe individuals have the right to hold, defend, and express their ideas and opinions. Each of us has the right to our own personal beliefs; however, these beliefs in no way give us the right to discriminate against or harass another. Intolerance has no place within our residence hall community.

We are individually and collectively responsible for our behavior and accountable for our actions; harassment, stalking, intimidation, or violence against persons or property in violation of University policies and/or the "Code of Student Life" will not be tolerated. We will not accept ignorance, one's upbringing, anger, or substance abuse as an excuse, reason, or rationale for such behavior. Each of us must take the initiative and responsibility for our own learning and awareness of the differences that exist in our community and avoid all actions that diminish others because of these differences.

The University of Iowa is committed to preparing its students to be leaders in an ever changing, diverse society. The residence halls provide a unique experience for learning to live and work beside people different than ourselves. Each person has a role to play in our residence hall community and will be allowed to do so. Take advantage of the learning opportunity to develop yourself into a leader of tomorrow.

Statement of Resident’s Rights and Responsibilities

Residents in University Housing & Dining facilities possess specific individual and group rights while engaged in activities that are part of university life. With these rights, residents have reciprocal responsibilities to ensure these same rights for other residents. Housing personnel should educate residents regarding these rights and responsibilities that are associated with community living and use them as a guide in making decisions concerning resident welfare and behavior. The following statements define minimal expectations regarding these rights and responsibilities.

Residents have the right…

  • To have reasonable access to their living accommodations based on a published schedule of occupancy.
  • To live in a clean and secure environment.
  • To access facilities and programs that support the pursuit of academic success.
  • To expect a regionally competitive price on housing accommodations and/or food service.
  • To have access to written/online copies of university housing rules and regulations, or individual building policies that govern individual and group behavior.
  • To the respect and safety of personal property.
  • To study without interruption or interference.
  • To be free from unreasonable noise.
  • To be free of intimidation or harassment.
  • To express themselves freely within established guidelines.
  • To expect enforcement of housing agreement/contract.
  • To have direct access to staff who provide assistance, guidance, and support as needed.
  • To host guests, within established guidelines.
  • To receive equitable treatment when behavior is in question.
  • To enjoy individual freedoms regardless of race, ethnicity, sex, national origin, disability, age, religion, sexual orientation, or political affiliation.
  • To participate in resident governmental bodies, and housing departmental committees.
  • To have access to individual and group social, educational, and developmental opportunities in their living community.

Residents have the responsibility…

  • To adhere to rules and regulations.
  • To comply with reasonable requests made by staff, or university officials, or fellow residents.
  • To meet payment schedules for room, board, and other required housing fees.
  • To monitor and accept responsibility for behavior of guests.
  • To report violations of rules and regulations to appropriate staff.
  • To respect the rights of others, as stated above.
  • To respect the diverse backgrounds and interests of those others who are different from them.
  • To treat others in a civil manner and manage conflict in a mature manner.
  • To be serious in their academic pursuits.
  • To participate actively in self-governance.
  • To participate in housing departmental committees as requested.
  • To express themselves individually, or by association with groups.
  • To participate in judicial proceedings to determine appropriate standards of behavior.
  • To contribute positively to the community by participating in educational and developmental activities.

Source:  Association of College and University Housing Officers - International