Be a Great Neighbor
Roommates and Suitemate Policies
- Guest and Visitation Policies
Residents are welcome to invite visitors and guests to Student Housing. All visitors must be accompanied by a resident while they are present in the Housing community. Guests or visitors may not loiter in Student Housing unattended and will be asked to leave. Guests or visitors will be asked to leave Student Housing if they do not have a host and are not allowed to loiter in any area unattended.
Residents hosting these guests or visitors are personally responsible for their actions. As such, guests and visitors are expected to abide by all University regulations and departmental guidelines and may be asked to leave Housing if they violate any of these standards. A guest without a host will be considered an ‘unauthorized guest’ and be asked to leave.
Residents may not have guests under the age of 16 in Student Housing unless that host is a family member.
Any guest who is present in Student Housing between the hours of 10PM-8AM is considered to be an overnight guest. Overnight guests may not remain in Student Housing for two or more nights in succession without being registered as a guest with Housing Desk locations or with the Resident Advisor On-Duty (RAOD).
Guest Sleeping Quarters
Overnight guests are expected to stay in their host’s bedroom, so as not to limit use of the common areas by the other roommates.
Overnight Guest Continuous Chaperoning by Host
Like any guest on premises, it is expected that the hosting resident accompany their guest at all times while they are in Student Housing.
Limitations of Overnight Guests
An individual may not be an overnight guest for more than a total of 10 nights within an academic semester, regardless of who the guest’s host may be.
Residents may not have overnight guests under the age of 16 in Student Housing unless that host is a family member.
Long-term Unregistered Guests
Long-term guests that have not been registered appropriately or who have stayed beyond the limits established for overnight guests will be considered “squatters” or unauthorized tenants. Resident hosts in violation of the guest or overnight guest policies may lose their privilege to host guests and, in the case of “squatters”, have their housing agreement terminated.
Current Residents as Guests
Current UAS housing residents are also subject to the 10 nights per semester limit for staying overnight in other units, as well as all the guidelines for being an overnight guest within a unit that is not their own, including the requirement for registration that demonstrates roommate approval.
Roommates Rights Regarding Guests
If at any time a roommate is uncomfortable with a guest staying in their unit or if they wish to terminate the guest registration of another roommate’s guest, the Student Housing staff will operate in favor of the resident(s) – not the guest or the guest’s host. Therefore, it is in the best interest of both the host and guest to be considerate of the burden extended visitation places on all parties and to work cooperatively with the other residents within the unit to establish guidelines and expectations during the stay.
Guest behavior in common areas including at events and programs is expected to be courteous, respectful, and adhere to Housing policies. If a guest’s behavior in shared spaces creates discomfort among residents, guests may be asked to leave with assistance from Student Housing staff.
Residence Hall Secured Access
The John Pugh Hall and Banfield Hall are locked-entrance facilities accessible only to residents of those buildings via their Student ID. Residents are not to prop entrance doors open or allow access for non-resident individuals that are not their hosted guest.
- Personal Hygiene
Students who elect to reside in a communal environment, such as the one student housing provides, should be conscious of how their lifestyle, habits, and cleanliness might affect those whom they share living space with. In cases where residents have concerns about the hygiene or sanitation habits of a roommate, the roommate will be addressed by a staff member and informed that his or her personal lifestyle is disturbing others. To maintain a communal environment, action items may be suggested or required of the roommate to remedy the concern.
Suggestions/Guidelines for Personal Hygiene
In essence, residents should realize that maintaining relaxed hygiene or cleanliness standards is often not conducive for living in close spaces with others who do not share the same lifestyle. In the interest of helping to promote healthy habits, personal wellness, and a pleasant living environment for all students in unit, the following hygiene and cleanliness standards should be observed.
- Shower and wash hair several times per week, or daily.
- Use antiperspirant and/or deodorant if body odor becomes an issue.
- Clean clothing, bath towels, and bed linens regularly with laundry detergent.
- Do not leave soiled laundry sitting in the room.
- Clean dishes soon after use and remove trash that may contain food or in a reasonable time frame.
- Vomit, blood, and other bodily fluids or biohazards should be cleaned immediately with a disinfecting cleaning solution.
- Roommate Assignment
Student Housing makes placements using student's reported gender identity unless a Gender Inclusive Housing form is submitted prior to assignment. Roommate and room assignments are made a the sole discretion of the University. Students may request a speciific roommate but these requests are never guaranteed. The University makes every effort to ensure that all roommate requests are mutual, however, there are limited roommate options on a small campus. If you would prefer to not live with a specific person, you should contact Residence Life.
- Roommate Agreements
UAS Student Housing requires all residents to complete a Roommate Agreement in order to ensure proper communication regarding expectations within shared units. Please meet with your roommate within the first week of move in to complete your roommate agreement. All residents are expected to approve their roommate agreement, and Student Housing staff will be able to view and suggest changes, if needed.
Neighbors and Residence Hall Policies
- Kitchen Communal Use in Residence Halls
Our Residence Hall kitchens are available for resident use only. Residents should clean up after themselves immediately as these kitchens are shared with 80 to 120 other residents. The Student Housing custodial staff will not clean up personal messes in this area. Staff reserves the right to restrict access to the kitchen when lack of cleaning becomes a continual, persistent problem. Cleaning up one’s own mess quickly to allow others access is a communal living obligation.
- Quiet Hours
Quiet hours are observed and enforced community-wide from 10PM until 8AM each day. Staff patrol the exteriors to enforce Quiet Hours outside on Student Housing grounds and within public areas of the Housing Lodge and Residence Halls. During this time, loud noise from inside a unit should not be audible outside of the unit. Noise levels should not interrupt others choosing to sleep or study. Be aware that sound carries easily between the apartment buildings and parking lots, and especially from the pavilion into the nearby apartments and suites. Residents may call the Resident Advisor On-Duty (RAOD) to report noise issues for further investigation.
- Courtesy Hours
Courtesy Hours are to be considered, respected and upheld all hours of the day, meaning that common courtesy regarding noise within a communal living environment is expected at all times. Our goal is to maintain a living environment that is conducive to academic success and personal wellbeing. At any point of the day, a resident may request that other residents or guests adjust their volume output to an acceptable level if they are being overly loud. Courtesy Hours also means that residents have a right to utilize their assigned private and communal spaces throughout the day and that a certain level of noise is to be expected within the Housing community, provided the noise is not unduly disruptive. Examples may include the sounds of doors opening and closing, walking, cooking, subdued conversations, etc.
- Sound Equipment and Musical Instruments
Stereos are permitted in student rooms, but residents are expected to exercise the utmost consideration in their use. Every resident is responsible for maintaining an atmosphere within the residential environment that is conducive to study and respectful of the needs of others. Stereos, radios, and musical instruments should be played at moderate volume levels.
Drum sets may not be played in Student Housing due to the high degree of noise disturbance they create, even when muffled, but they may be stored in units for off-campus use. Drummers are encouraged to use practice pads separate from the drum set.
Electric amplifiers and keyboards may be used at a reasonable volume and bass level until Quiet Hours. During Quiet Hours, residents may use headphones with these devices.
Non-electric musical instruments such as guitars and wind instruments, etc., may only be played before Quiet Hours at reasonable volumes.
If at any time during the day musicians and those with bass-rich sound systems are asked by neighbors or staff to cease or quiet their playing, they are expected to comply.
Housing Wide Policies
- Soliciting and Other Commercial Activity
Solicitation is prohibited in UAS Student Housing. Solicitation includes the act of seeking by persuasion, plea, or formal application of one’s audience, money, or influence. This may include door-to-door visitations by individuals selling merchandise, sharing religious or political beliefs, or requesting participation in surveys or petitions. This policy helps protects the privacy and security of residents. Report any solicitation in Student Housing immediately to the Student Housing staff or to the RA On-Duty. Solicitation for the benefit of a recognized student club or organization on campus must be approved by Student Housing in advance.
Selling merchandise in Student Housing is prohibited. Residents may not operate a business out of their rented Housing unit. They may not create a display in a common area, receive customers at their door, or approach residents in an attempt to sell their wares. They may not purchase food or other items and sell them at a profit to their neighbors. Residents wishing to sell personal items, such as books, furniture, computers, and vehicles may do so as a one-time sale by advertising these items on the public posting bulletin boards on campus or in the Lodge.