POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

University Policy

Standard of Conduct

Residents and their guests are expected to respect the rights of all other residents, guests, and staff while adhering to the rules set forth in the University Standard of Conduct.  A violation of these rules could result in disciplinary action taken by the university.

Please be sure to familiarize yourself with the Collected Rules and Regulations of the University of Missouri, Chapter 200: Student Conduct.

In addition to complying with the university’s alcohol, drugs, smoking and gambling policies, students are expected to abide by Residential Life policies specifically related to:

Alcohol

Missouri law prohibits possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages by those under the legal drinking age and prohibits making alcoholic beverages available to persons under the legal drinking age.

Regardless of age, students and their guests are not permitted to consume, manufacture, use, possess, sell or distribute alcohol in or on the premises of university-owned or -operated residential or dining locations (including common areas, such as Virginia Avenue Amphitheatre).

Drugs, Paraphernalia and Controlled Substances

The consumption, manufacture, use, possession, sale or distribution of any controlled substance in or on the premises of any Residential Life-owned or -operated facility or dining location is prohibited without proper prescription, required license or as expressly permitted by law or university regulations.

Any possession of drug paraphernalia is not permitted.

Smoking

Smoking is not permitted on any university-owned or -operated property. Use of products including, but not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, e-cigarettes (and or personal vaporizers), hookahs, pipes and water pipes are prohibited. Safe storage of such products is permitted, provided the product is not used on university-owned or -operated property.

For more information on MU’s smoking policy and assistance with quitting, visit smokefree.missouri.edu.

Gambling

Illegal or unlicensed gambling in any form is not allowed in university-owned or -operated housing, including, but not limited to, sports betting, sports pools/brackets, Internet gambling and at-home poker games or other activities where money or anything of value is exchanged.

Residential Life Policies

Academic/Community Environment

Residential Life is committed to helping students succeed both academically and personally. Research has consistently shown that students who live on campus achieve greater levels of academic success, learning, personal growth and satisfaction with their college experience. On-campus living provides greater access to resources and a supportive environment during the student’s transition to college life.

Therefore, students residing in the residence halls are expected to help create an environment that promotes the academic mission of the university. Residents will assist in the promotion of the academic environment by upholding policies related to noise, visitation and responsibility for the behavior of guests.

Community Standards

Residents know best their needs, concerns and abilities to contribute. When residents work together to identify mutual expectations, they are able to build a more effective Learning Community, as well as to develop skills needed to learn how to live with other people. Therefore, residents in each Community will decide what it means to live there by developing community standards. Each member of the community must follow these standards, which will be discussed throughout the year. Floor student staff and/or community government leaders will help residents determine the community standards, which may focus on topics such as study hours, how to help each other academically, whether or not to sponsor any RecSports teams and/or how to help a resident not living up to the set community standards.

The community standards must follow all local, state and federal laws and university and departmental rules.

Guests, Visitation and Escorts

Doors to residential living areas are locked at all times. Residents will use their TigerCards to enter their hall’s residential living area.

Residents and guests are expected to comply with Residential Life’s visitation guidelines and policies. The visitation policy allows residents to have guests in the room/suite at any time for studying, discussion or appropriate socializing.

Residents are responsible for their guests’ actions and behavior. Visitation may be restricted for guests who violate hall policies, and their hosts may be subject to conduct action.

Residents must meet their guests at the exterior door to let them into the hall, register them and accompany them throughout the hall at all times.

Do not allow anyone else to use your room key or student ID.

The visitation policy does not allow for guests staying for an extended (more than two days) or frequent basis. It does not allow cohabitation.

Room-/suitemates are expected to respect each other's reasonable requests for privacy and must have permission from their room-/suitemate(s) before hosting a guest overnight. A resident's right to privacy supersedes the privilege of having overnight guests.

Missing Persons

If Residential Life staff have sufficient cause to believe a resident is missing, staff will notify MUPD and a designated contact.

Noise/Quiet Hours/Disruptive Conduct

Residents are required to limit noise during quiet hours established by Residential Life and through community standards discussions. Quiet hours begin no later than 11 p.m. and end no earlier than 9 a.m. daily.

At the end of each semester, from Reading Day (the day after classes end) until the residence halls close, there is an expectation of continuous quiet hours.

If a community creates a quiet floor standard, there is an expectation that, noise will not exceed a low level at all times.

Residents should not engage in disruptive or disorderly conduct or lewd, indecent or obscene conduct or expression. This includes activities that are excessively noisy or otherwise disruptive to other residents. Participants in the planning or execution of pranks maybe subject to conduct action, and students may be charged for any damages.

Pet policy

I. General guidelines and restrictions

A. Only small animals (must not exceed 5 pounds adult weight) which are normally kept in a cage, aquarium, or similar appropriate container are allowed. The Hall Coordinator (HC) can request certification of an animal's weight at any time.

B. One container per resident will be allowed, in which up to two approved animals other than fish may be kept. Animals may not be taken from their containers except for direct handling. Unattended or free roaming pets are not permitted and can result in loss of pet privilege. One ten-gallon aquarium per resident is allowed, larger aquariums need approval of the roommate and HC.

C. The adequacy and size of the container will be approved by the student staff member in consultation with the HC.

D. Pets which make noise which is excessive or disruptive, as established by community members or staff, will not be permitted.

E. The student staff member in consultation with the roommate and HC will verify roommates’ and suitemates’ approval. An un-coerced signature granting permission from the roommate is required prior to acquisition of the pet. New roommates and suitemates (due to room changes, etc.) must also grant permission without coercion. Note: Roommates and/or suitemates may review and reconsider their approval of the pet contract at any time.

F. Communities must decide whether or not to permit pets under this policy as a part of community standards. The community may choose to implement restrictions beyond those listed in the general policy. The same standards used to decide other issues for a given community should apply for decisions pertaining to pets.

G. All city, county, and state laws regarding pets must be followed. Any portion of this proposal found to be in conflict with city, county, or state laws will be deemed invalid.

H. A signed contract must be filed with the HC prior to the acquisition of a pet, with the exception of fish. Failure to register your pet prior to its acquisition can result in denial of ownership privilege.

I. All pets must be removed from the building whenever the building is closed and/or whenever the owner is absent for more than 9 days, and all pets except fish must be removed whenever the building is closed for fewer than nine calendar days. Staff will check rooms during all breaks and report pet violations to the HC, who will decide appropriate actions to insure health and safety of the animal, up to and including removal of the animal without the owner's knowledge. Owners of animals abandoned over a break or otherwise mistreated can be reported to proper authorities. Such owners can be charged with neglect and cruelty to animals.

J. Owners with pets in violation of the policy will be notified in writing and given a reasonable amount of time to remedy the problem and/or get rid of the pet. When pets need to be removed, it will be the owner’s responsibility. Owners are subject to disciplinary action and will be charged a minimum of $10.00 for each day a pet is kept in possession after removal deadline has been set by an RHA Representative or MU staff member.

II. Types of animals permitted

A. Most rodents, including mice, rats, hamsters, guinea pigs, and gerbils.

B. Many reptiles, including non-venomous snakes, lizards and turtles.

C. All animals not listed above will be considered on an individual basis depending on their conformity to the restrictions in sections I & II & III. No animals over 5 lbs or likely to grow to over 5 lbs during their time in the residence hall are permitted. (See III.A)

D. Any of the animals listed above which are in violation of the guidelines listed in section I will not be permitted.

III. Restricted animals

A. Dogs, cats, birds, arachnids, rabbits, ferrets, venomous snakes, and sugar gliders will not be permitted in the residence halls due to noise, allergy, size, poison, and sanitation concerns. Animals used by individuals with disabilities such as "service animals" will be exempt from this restriction upon registration, submission of required documentation and certification of disability with the office of Disability Services at MU.

IV. Concerns

A. If there is a problem at any time, it is the right and privilege of the community and/or hall government and/or Residential Life Staff to decide which measures need to be taken to protect the residents.

B. Pet owners have a responsibility of maintaining odor levels that are acceptable to the community. All complaints about odor must be taken seriously and responded to with increased animal hygiene. Failure to do so can result in removal of the animal. (See #I. J)

C. Animals must be cared for in a manner that is consistent with maintaining their good health and the good health of the community. Animal waste and dead animals must be disposed of in sealed plastic containers or bags and placed immediately in outdoor dumpsters or trash containers. If at any time, the community or hall government or Residential Life Staff suspects an animal is being mistreated, it has the right to take whatever action is deemed necessary, up to and including removal by the owner of the animal, to ensure the health and safety of the animal and the community. Failure to do so can result in a daily fine (see #I. J.).

D. Aquarium gravel, animal bedding shavings and other unneeded supplies are not to be washed down sink or shower drains or toilets. They must be placed in sealed plastic containers or bags and placed in outdoor dumpsters or trash containers.

E. Pet owners are responsible for any damage done by their pet to University property and will be billed accordingly. The pet owner will also be responsible for any damage by the pet to the person or property of others. The University of Missouri, the Board of Curators and Residential Life Staff assume no responsibility or liability for damage or injury resulting from an individual's pet ownership. The above said parties assume no responsibility for damage, injury or death of a pet while housed in a residence hall.

F. If a pet other than a fish dies the HC should be notified. Replacement pets need to go through the same application procedure as the initial pet.

V. Conclusion

It is the conclusion of the Residence Halls Association that the ownership of certain, designated pets be allowed as long as the rules and stipulations are carefully followed. However, residents should be aware that pet ownership in a hall is a privilege and not a right. It is the right and duty of any community, hall or HC to set disciplinary procedures for those who may violate the guidelines. It is also the right of any house to choose not to participate in the privilege of pet ownership.

Service Animals

Students who wish to bring a service animal to MU are covered by Title II of the ADA; thus, students may bring their service animals to campus – including to Residential Life facilities. Students are strongly encouraged to reach out to the Disability Center and to inform Residential Life that they plan to have a service animal living with them. Residential Life requires the resident serving as the handler of the service animal to read and accept the Procedures and Requirements section of the university’s Service Animal Policy and further acknowledge and accept the information detailed in the Service Animal Guidelines and Responsibilities.

Assistance Animals

The MU Disability Center is responsible for evaluating whether to grant or deny requests for reasonable accommodations for students living in Residential Life facilities, including the ability to bring an Assistance Animal or Emotional Support Animal. Residents wishing to request an Assistance Animal as an accommodation MUST follow the Disability Center’s general procedures for requesting an accommodation. This request should be submitted and the approval process completed prior to bringing the animal into the apartment. Residential Life requires that the owner acknowledge and accept all the terms in the Assistance Animal Guidelines and Responsibilities. For more information, contact the Disability Center at 573-882-4696 or visit disabilitycenter.missouri.edu.

For more information, see “Pets” and “Service Animals.”

Sports in the Residence Halls

Neither outdoor activities nor the use of outdoor equipment is permitted in Residential Life-owned or operated buildings.

Soliciting, Photography, Videography

Video/audio recording and photography in the residence halls must not interfere with residents' and guests' rights to a reasonable expectation of privacy in their living space or to the routine activities of the hall. All subjects must consent.

Recording and photography for publication, news/social media, commercial and education projects will be permitted if approved in advance and if in accordance with the Filming, Photography and Audio Recording Policy.

Sale or solicitation (including the distribution of samples) of anything is prohibited without prior authorization from the Business Services Office or the Associate Director for Residential Academic Programs (RAP) within university and departmental guidelines.

News media may approach people in the outdoor public areas around buildings.

Facilities

Beds, Bunk Beds and Lofts

Residential Life provides all residents in the residence halls with a single bed. Loft beds are provided in Brooks, Gateway, Gillett, Hudson, Johnston, Mark Twain, Bluford Hall and Wolpers. Loft beds cannot be bunked and are only designed to support one mattress. Do not place two sets of springs on one set of loft bed ends.

Bunk beds are provided in remaining residence halls. Residents may bunk their beds if both roommates are interested.

Residential Life does not permit the construction or use of resident-supplied lofts.

Bicycles, Mopeds and Motorcycles

The use of bicycles, mopeds, and motorcycles are strictly prohibited in the residence halls. With the exception of bikes that can be stored in your room (with approval from roommate) these modes of transportation must be parked/stored in the appropriate areas designated on campus. Failure to comply will result in removal.

If you own or operate a bicycle or moped on the MU campus, you are required to register/license it with MUPD, which is a free service. The MUPD registration fulfills the City of Columbia's registration requirement. For more information, contact MUPD at 573-882-7201 or visit mupolice.missouri.edu.

Candles and Incense

Candles (with or without wicks), incense, oil lamps, oil/wax diffusers that sit on light bulbs or other items with the capability of an open flame or burning ember are not permitted in any residence hall. Possession or use of one of these items poses a significant fire hazard, and will result in the confiscation of the item by Residential Life and maybe subject to conduct action.

Students may observe holidays or special celebrations with the use of candles by making arrangements with the Residence Hall Coordinator. The use of the candles will be in a designated location at an approved time as part of the approved observance. Battery-operated or electric UL-approved candles are allowed

Damages

Students found responsible for damage to the property of the university, including individual rooms, will be held financially responsible.

If common areas in the residence halls are vandalized or university property is removed, staff members will work with the community responsible for the common area to address the incident and help them identify who is responsible. If the person(s) responsible is/are not identified, all residents of that community will be held collectively responsible for payment/restitution for the damage (examples include theft of or vandalism to artwork, furnishings, windows, window treatments, fixtures, kiosks, carpets, furniture, walls, etc.).

Students should report damages or missing furniture to hall staff immediately. Residential Life will determine the appropriate charges for repair or replacement to be charged to appropriate parties.

Residents must clean up any mess, and any damages will be documented and billed to the student’s account.

Damage or service cost due to overloading or tampering with elevators may be considered damage that requires restitution by an individual or the community.

Room furniture must remain in its designated room/suite at all times. Any missing pieces of furniture will be considered damage to the room, and the resident will be charged for replacement of these items.

Decorations

Residents are encouraged to personalize their rooms/suites to make them feel like home and are required to comply with published decorating policies. Please cooperate with your room-suitemates’ interests, and make sure that all decorations are safe.

Residents may decorate common areas after receiving prior approval from the Residence Hall Coordinator.

Crafting projects with the potential to be messy are not allowed in or around the residence hall without advance coordination with the Residence Hall Coordinator.

Lighting: Residents may use decorative holiday lights in common areas with the coordination and approval of the Residence Hall Coordinator. Decorative lights may be used within students’ rooms but must not be attached to door frames, metal bed frames, windows, fire alarms, sprinkler heads or life safety equipment. All lights must be UL-listed.

Holidays and Religious ceremonies: If celebrating practices or traditions violate policies, students may consult their Residence Hall Coordinator to identify ways to observe within the policy’s specifications.

Any and all decorations in common areas must be removed - and the space returned to its original condition - before students leave for scheduled university breaks.

Doors and Security

Your TigerCard serves as your room/suite key. Do not allow anyone else to use your TigerCard, and do not share your PIN or other private information.

You will use your TigerCard for 24-hour access to your residence hall and room. If you misplace or lose your TigerCard/key, visit the hall desk for assistance. Loss of your TigerCard/key may result in a charge. For more information, visit doit.missouri.edu/services/id-card.

Do not prop open any doors in the residence hall, even for a short period of time. Fire and Life Safety codes require doors to remain closed, locked, and latched when not in use. Tampering with locks and latches, including those on bedroom and bathroom doors of unoccupied rooms, is not permitted and may result in financial responsibility.

Entering Resident Rooms

Although the university will make reasonable efforts to respect the privacy of a student's room/suite/restrooms, Residential Life reserves the right to enter a student's room/suite/restrooms, with prior notice if possible, for purposes of inspection, verification of occupancy, improvements or repair.

The university reserves the right of entry without notice in situations posing a threat to life or property, violation of policy and for such purposes as are reasonably necessary to preserve resident and community safety. Prohibited items in plain view may be confiscated at any time, and student may follow up with Residence Hall Coordinator.

Fire Equipment/Life Safety

Tampering with or theft of fire or life safety equipment jeopardizes the safety of the residents and the residence hall.

Automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) are located near the main entries of each residence hall, in upper Pershing, lower Bingham, and the Residential Life main office.

Restricted Items

Any item that is not approved, is a violation of university policy or is illegal under local, state, or federal law is subject to confiscation. Some items will be disposed of (e.g., alcohol).

When feasible, items will be held until residents have the opportunity to meet with their Residence Hall Coordinator. Confiscated items will be considered forfeited by the resident. Disposal or situational return of the items is at the RHC's discretion.

Parking

Residents need authorization to park in a non-metered campus lot or garage space. Contact Parking & Transportation at 573-882-4568 or parking.missouri.edu to purchase a permission.

Storage

There is no storage space available to residents in any university-owned or -operated facilities. Residents must store personal belongings within their assigned room/suite

Recycling and Trash

Residents are not to leave trash in the hallway or common areas. Trash and recycling bins are located throughout each residence hall.

Residents must not leave trash in the hallway or other common area of the hall.

Repairs and Maintenance

If you notice a facilities-related problem in your room or elsewhere in the residence hall, please report it by submitting a Maintenance Request. You may also call 573-882-8211. Ask your student staff member if you aren’t sure what to do with a facility related problem.

Restricted Areas

Some areas in and around the residence halls are restricted at all times for safety reasons. Residents are not permitted to climb the outside of building walls. Other areas, such as fire escapes or emergency doors, can only be used in an emergency.

Windows and Window Screens

Window screens must stay in place at all times. Window safety stops must be left intact at all times. Hanging, dropping or throwing anything out of an open window or using the window for entry or exit purposes is prohibited (except in case of emergency).

University Resources

Counseling Center

Disability Center

Office for Civil Rights & Title IX

Office of Student Accountability & Support

Relationship & Violence Protection (RSVP) Center

Student Health Center

University Police