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Community Living/Civility Guidelines

Residence Hall Community Living and Civility Guidelines

   A series of specific guides to good social standards in the Residence Halls is included below. Obviously, it is neither possible nor desirable to outline specifically all of the dos and don’ts of residence hall living. Rather, the individual should recognize their responsibility towards themselves, his/her fellow students and the total college community.

   Certain actions of an individual, which might be perfectly desirable in private living arrangements, are impossible in a residence hall situation where so many people live closely together. (An example of this would be the restriction on pets, certain types of furniture in rooms, etc.)

   Legal and ethical standards are not different in the college community than anywhere else. Racism, sexual harassment, harassment and other forms of discrimination will not be tolerated. A resident is expected to maintain proper health and hygiene; one that is conducive to community living, at all times.

   Students must not classify certain anti-social/offensive actions as “college pranks”, even though in other circumstances, they would recognize them as less serious. We expect our Residence Hall Students to be good neighbors and respect the personal and property rights of fellow students, the College and the community. The College will not ask civil/criminal authorities to give any special consideration to students.

   The Dormitory Corporation reserves the right to enter/inspect rooms for health, safety and maintenance reasons. This includes the right to enter a student’s room and/or suite, or any other area, whenever there is reason or cause to believe that there exists therein a danger to person or property or a violation of College and/or Residence Hall rules which may have the potential of negatively impacting on the educational goals of yourself, others or the College.

   The College reserves the right to reassign a resident to a different room when their conduct has jeopardized their roommate’s right to a pleasant living and learning environment.

Failure to comply with Residence Hall rules and regulations and/or the College code of conduct policy will result in disciplinary action as outlined in the code of conduct.

Good Samaritan Policy

   The spirit of the Good Samaritan is that we all have an ethical responsibility to help people in need. Mohawk Valley Community College expects that students will take an active role in protecting the safety and well-being of their peers and the College community. In order to promote this, when a student assists an individual who is intoxicated or under the influence of drugs in procuring medical assistance,  students may be granted amnesty from formal disciplinary action by the College for violating the alcohol or drug policies. The caller may be required to meet with a Conduct Officer to discuss the incident and participate in educational programs.

Medical Amnesty Policy

   When a student is intoxicated or under the influence of drugs and seeks or has sought on his/her behalf medical assistance, s/he may be granted amnesty from formal disciplinary action by the College for violating the alcohol or drug policies. Upon receiving a report that a student needs medical assistance, staff will respond and use standard procedures for documenting information and collecting identification of all persons involved. Judicial charges will be deferred, and will be dismissed upon successful completion of any recommended alcohol and or drug intervention. 

   Amnesty and Good Samaritan will not extend to other conduct violations associated with the incident, including but not limited to distribution of drugs, vandalism, or sexual assault.

Alcohol

   In keeping with New York State law and because the vast majority of our students are below 21 years of age, the possession or use of alcoholic beverages in the Residence Halls is prohibited. Non-alcoholic beer is considered alcohol if it contains any percentage of alcohol. Students who are found in an area where alcohol is present are considered to be involved in usage by implication. In a group situation it would be impossible to ascertain the level of involvement of each individual.

   No alcoholic beverage containers or alcohol paraphernalia (e.g. funnels) are allowed in the Residence Halls or on Dormitory Corporation property, not even those of sentimental value. Empties will be confiscated and further disciplinary action will be taken.

   Any negative behavior resulting while under the influence of alcohol could result in disciplinary sanctions or counseling.

Appliances/Cooking

   Cooking is not allowed in the Residence Hall rooms or public areas. The possession or use of ANY heat producing cooking appliance is prohibited. Exceptions to this are:

  1. The use of the microwave oven provided in each Residence Hall
  2. The use of a registered with R.A. microwave in the Bellamy Hall Gathering Area; not exceeding 1.1 cubic feet and
  3. The kitchen equipment available for student use.
  4. Air conditioners, space heaters, coffee pots, electric blankets, heating pads, “holiday” lights, microwave ovens in student bedrooms, lava lamps, halogen lamps, neon signs, “plug-in” air fresheners, power tools and any other electrical appliance/device that, in the opinion of the staff, is hazardous to operate in the Residence Halls is prohibited. Clothes irons and “Hair Straighteners/Curling Irons” must be auto-shut off. Any non-prohibited electrical appliance/device used by a student must be “UL” approved.
  5. Any illegal electrical device will be confiscated and stored until the resident leaves the halls. Disciplinary sanctions will follow.
  6. There is no cooking outside, with the exception of an official college sponsored event supervised by Sodexo Dining Service personnel.

   Note: Keurig Brand Coffee Makers: Keurig Brand coffee makers are allowed in the Residence Hall rooms providing that:

  • They are plugged directly into a power strip with a circuit protector.
  • They must be run through one cycle in front of an RA to ensure the auto-shut off works.
  • Nothing can be within 6 inches from the unit.

Bicycles and Motorcycles

   All motorcycles, motorbikes and motorized vehicles must be kept in the student parking area designated for the Residence Halls. Parking of motorized vehicles next to any building is strictly prohibited. Violators will be ticketed and towed. No motorized vehicle may be placed in the interior of any building. It is a very serious fire hazard and will not be tolerated.

   When not in use, bicycles should be kept in student rooms or locked in the bike racks (not recommended for overnight). No bicycles are to be stored in the lounges, stairwells or suite halls at ANY time. Winter bike storage can be arranged by contacting the Supervisor of Residence Hall Facilities.

Courtesy Hours

   When quiet hours are NOT in effect, “courtesy hours” are. All residents are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that is not so loud as to disturb fellow residents. If noise such as loud talking, screaming or music is disturbing to residents at any time, the resident who is disturbed reserves the right to confront the violator and enforce courtesy hours. In addition, Residence Hall Staff reserves the right to enforce courtesy hours. Violators are subject to fines, probation, revocation of privileges (removal of noise creating device) and possible dismissal.

Drugs

   The use or possession of illegal drugs, including pharmaceutical drugs without a medical prescription, misuse of personal pharmaceutical-OTC drugs, or drug paraphernalia is prohibited. Paraphernalia includes any item commonly known to be used as part of drug use.

   Students’ involvement with drugs in the Residence Halls will not be tolerated. Individuals involved in using, possessing or selling drugs on Residence Hall property are subject to judicial procedures, including, but not limited to dismissal from the Residence Halls and will be subject to the standard Room and Fee Reduction Policy.. Students who are found in an area where drugs are present are considered to be involved in usage by implication. In a group situation, it would be impossible to ascertain the level of involvement of each individual. The student may be subjected to criminal charges.

Drug/Alcohol Overdose Policy

   If deemed necessary, Residence Hall Staff may contact emergency medical services for assessment of any student displaying signs indicative of alcohol/drug overdose. In cases where it is necessary to implement this procedure, the student will be responsible for all related costs associated with following the direction of the responding authorities. i.e., ambulance or other means of transportation.

Financial Dismissal

   Students not able to secure payment for their room and board will be dismissed from the Residence Halls and disallowed any future guest passes for at least one month.

Food Delivery

   Students must meet vendors at the main entrance to transact business. No vendors are allowed beyond the building entrance. Please give specific room number and room phone number when ordering.

Guest Pass Policy (Subject to Revision)

  • A guest is any non-resident of the residence halls.
  • Guests in the Residence Halls after 8 p.m. must have a signed guest pass issued by a staff member.
  • Residents hosting guests overnight should have the permission of their roommates.
  • Guests must have legal valid photo identification (driver’s license, military I.D. or college I.D.) that verifies name, age and address in order to obtain a pass.
  • Passes may be obtained weekdays between 1-5 p.m. and nightly from 7–11 p.m. in the Bellamy Hall Office.
  • Guests unable to produce a pass will be removed from the premises.
  • Guests are never allowed to stay more than 48 consecutive hours. e.g., guest cannot stay for weekend and then get a pass for Sunday night.
  • Overnight guests must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Baby-sitting in the Residence Halls is prohibited.

Limits

Sunday – Thursday Nights

   A resident or a guest can only obtain one guest pass any Sunday – Thursday. Any Guest Pass obtained for a Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday night is valid for one night only.

Friday/Saturday Nights

   A resident may obtain a guest pass for up to two guests. Any pass issued on a Friday or Saturday night is valid until a maximum of Sunday, 8 p.m. (Reminder: a 48-hour maximum time limit is given for any guest. Therefore, any weekend guest cannot have a Thursday or Sunday night pass).

   No overnight guests are allowed during the first or last week of classes or finals. Guests must carry I.D. and their guest pass at all times and the host must be present in the same building as their guest. Socializing and the entertainment of guests shall always be secondary to study. Any student who is inconvenienced by a guest must submit a written complaint. The current host is responsible for their guest’s actions. Any guest involved in policy violations or who fails to cooperate with Residence Hall Staff will be asked to leave immediately.

  Residence Hall Student Visitation:  A Residence Hall student may not stay overnight in another Residence Hall room, nor may any Residence Hall student allow another resident(s) to stay overnight in their room more than three consecutive nights.  A period of three or more days must pass between stays. 

   A resident must not allow any person to remain in their room unattended without their roommate’s permission.

   A resident who is aware of continuous violation of the Guest/Visitation Policy or excessive daytime visitation may submit an anonymous HawkEye Tip.

Heating Equipment

   Students are not to tamper with heating equipment.  Violators will be held responsible for any damages, and may face disciplinary action. 

Lewd Acts

   Acts of lewdness will be considered grounds for judicial action.  The Residence Hall community will not tolerate behavior, which compromises its standards of conduct.

Maximum Occupancy

   For safety reasons, no more than the following number of people, including room occupants, can be in a room at one time.  Students may request to exceed this limit by contacting a professional staff member in Bellamy Hall Office.

Any double occupancy room:10
Any triple occupancy room:10
Any single occupancy room:5
Total number in a Bellamy Hall Suite:18

 

Music

   The use of any musical instruments or using any electronic device in a manner that creates excessive noise, by design or use, is strictly prohibited inside and outside the Residence Halls. Drum sets and amplifiers, for example, because of their size and potential for disruption, are expressly prohibited. Please speak to the Student Activities Office in ACC 208 to secure an appropriate practice location. Speakers may not be directed to outside the Residence Halls.

Pets

   No pets are allowed in the Residence Halls. Non-carnivorous fish kept in bowls requiring no filters, heaters or lights are an exception.

Quiet Hours

   Quiet hours are established in order to ensure a residence hall environment that is conducive to study and sleep. It is up to all residents to help enforce quiet hours in their community. It cannot be expected that staff will hear all noise. With everyone’s cooperation, we can ensure a proper study atmosphere in the halls. When a student’s door is closed, the noise volume from within is not to be potentially disturbing to other students. All residents are encouraged to bring headphones for their music. During quiet hours, students, out of respect for fellow students, are required to keep noise to a minimum, including loud talking, music, televisions and door slamming. Noise that can clearly be heard outside of a closed room door is considered a violation.

Quiet Hours are: 
Sunday through Thursday 9 p.m. - 10 a.m.
WeekendsSaturday, 12:00 a.m. - Saturday, Noon
 Sunday, 12:00 a.m. -  Sunday, Noon

 

 

 

  

   Quiet hours extend to the area outside the Residence Halls. Due to the disturbance caused by noise close to the buildings, excessive noise outside the residence halls during quiet hours is prohibited.

24-Hour Quiet Hours:  “Extended Quiet Hours”

   At the discretion of the Residence Hall Staff, quiet hours will be extended during finals. During 24-hour quiet hours, violators will be subject to judicial action.

Smoking

  Smoking and all tobacco and tobacco-related products are prohibited on all College premises, which are defined as all buildings, facilities, and grounds owned, used, leased, operated, controlled or otherwise supervised by the College. All tobacco-derived or containing products including but not limited to cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, vape pens, cigars and cigarillos, hookah smoked products, pipes, clove cigarettes (kreteks), bidis, smokeless tobacco, and oral tobacco (smokeless, chew, snus, and snuff). This policy does not extend to tobacco cessation products. Student repeated violations will be treated as violations of Student Conduct Regulations.   

   A typical sanction for smoking in a Residence Hall room is $10.  Additional violation would result in increased sanctions.  Covering a smoke detector in a room to mask smoking is considered tampering with the Fire Alarm System.

Solicitation/Commerce

   No student is to use or permit his/her room to be used for any commercial purpose, except as approved by the Associate Dean of Student and Residence Life. Solicitation in the Residence Halls is strictly limited as a protection to those living in the halls. All solicitors must have written permission from the Associate Dean of Student and Residence Life before they may approach students. Please do not deal with anyone unable to produce proof that he/she has permission and report any such person to Residence Hall Staff or Public Safety at once.

   No piercing or tattooing activity is allowed in the Residence Halls.

Sports

Interior: All sports are strictly prohibited within the Residence Halls (i.e. lounges, rooms, suites, stairwells, etc.). Any activity of this nature may be destructive to Hall property and a nuisance to your fellow residents.

Exterior: Rollerblades, roller-skates, scooters, skateboards and similar items must be used in a responsible manner and only on campus sidewalks and in such areas the college may designate. Anyone using these items on MVCC property must at all times give right of way to pedestrians and shall travel at a reasonable, safe and prudent speed. No one is allowed to be on any stairway, bench, table or any other Residence Hall property with the above items.

   Rollerblades etc., are not to be used/worn in the Residence Halls. Student is responsible for cost of any damage caused by violating this policy. Football (except Flag) and any type of boxing is prohibited on Dormitory Corporation property.

   Any activity, which in the opinion of the Residence Hall staff has the potential of injury or damage, is prohibited. Hover boards are not allowed in the Residence Halls or in the Residence Hall Quad.  Any student who arrived on campus with a Hover Board must remove it from the Residence Halls/Quad.  Students may contact the Residence Life Office to arrange for temporary storage.

Theft

   Individuals are liable for loss or damage to their personal property, except where legal negligence of others applies. Therefore, all residents are encouraged to be certain that arrangements have been made for desired insurance protection. Residence Hall students have been pre-enrolled in a personal property insurance policy. To file a claim please visit the MVCC housing website for instructions.

   All cases of theft should be reported to Public Safety, located in AB 109.

   A student always has the right to contact the police department, but preferably after Public Safety has been informed. Students should keep a record of serial numbers of your valuables. You are required to keep your room door locked whenever you leave, even just for a moment.

Weapons, Flammables and Explosives

  • Possession or fabrication of any item that can be used/perceived/simulated as a weapon is prohibited on campus, including, but not limited to, firearms (guns), Taser guns, BB/pellet guns, laser guns, bows and arrows, throwing stars, brass knuckles, unauthorized knives, straight edge razor, or ammunition. The only acceptable knives are small manual pocketknives or small kitchen knives. No blade may exceed 3”.
  • No one shall possess or use any spring loaded or air-powered “weapon”/item which is capable of producing a projectile that can or may cause injury or damage.
  • Possession of a flammable liquid, combustible, or dangerous chemical in the Residence Halls or on Residence Hall property is prohibited. Fireworks of any type or smoke bombs are prohibited in the Residence Halls or on Residence Hall property.
  • Paintball guns and paintballs are strictly prohibited.
  • The use or possession of incense and candles is prohibited. These are a fire hazard. Any student found burning a candle are subject to judicial proceedings.

   Any item used for educational purposes that can be considered a weapon must be registered with Public Safety and checked there.

Windows/Room Screens

   Removal/damage to windows of screens or placing any object outside the window is prohibited. No screen, except the small access mini-screen in Bellamy Hall windows, is to be raised. Leaning/jumping/entering/exiting out of any window is prohibited. For safety reasons, window glass cannot be covered. Neither ID Cards nor any other item may be transferred from one person to another through a window.