Additional Housing Policies

Residence Life

University Housing Policies

Failure to observe these and all other regulations described in the University Calendar/Student Handbook, the Resident Handbook, the Residence Hall Housing and Dining Agreement, or other documentation may result in disciplinary charges, fees, and/or other actions.

Additional Housing Policies

Please note that the following list is not all-inclusive and that all residents must follow all University policies and communications:

  • Tampering with or altering electrical equipment, door alarms, wiring, fire safety equipment, card access systems, or other safety devices is a serious violation of the Residence Life regulations that will be referred immediately for disciplinary action and may be the basis for criminal charges.
  • Decorations visible from outside of the room (i.e. through windows or on doors) may not be lewd, offensive, or reference alcohol or other drug use. Decorations, signs, etc. may not be suspended from outside the building or in ways that disrupt other students.
  • Alcohol, alcohol containers, and drug paraphernalia are not permitted and will be considered as support for an alcohol or drug policy violation occurring. Alcohol containers may include: empty cans, empty bottles (including non-labeled bottles which contained alcohol), flasks, funnels and tubing, and alcohol-branded cardboard containers used to transport alcohol.
    • Residents may not give their keys or ID cards to other individuals.
    • Residents must obtain approval from the Office of Housing and Residence Life prior to making a room change.
    • When a fire alarm sounds, regardless of the cause, students must immediately evacuate the building.
    • Causing activation of the fire alarm, whether accidental, negligent, or intentional may result in a fine. It costs the University $1000 every time the fire company is dispatched due to false alarms and this cost may be passed on to residents.
    • Fire safety requirements prohibit cooking in the residence halls except in the kitchenettes designed for such use. Free standing microwaves are not permitted in residence hall rooms. Students may opt to arrange to rent or purchase a MicroFridge through MicroFridges are designed to limit energy consumption because the refrigerator turns off when the microwave is in operation, and vice versa.
    • Student owned refrigerators or microfridge units are permitted in residence hall rooms as long as specifications are less than or equal to the MicroFridge specifications listed HERE.  Refrigerators or microfridge units that exceed these specifications are prohibited.
      • University furniture assigned to a student room must remain in the resident's room. Furniture from common areas, such as lounges and study areas, must remain in their designated locations. Removal of furnishings from student rooms, lounge areas, and/or buildings is prohibited and may constitute a theft.
      • Items may not be hung from or attached to ceilings.
      • Items may not be thrown from windows or other parts of the buildings.
      • Items may not be hung in a way that blocks the ceiling light or that create fire hazards, such as placing items such that they transverse sections of the rooms.
      • Pets other than fish are prohibited in the residence halls.  Fish tanks must be 10 gallons or less. 
      • A clear path of egress (at least 36 inches in width) must be available at all times.
      • All electrical appliances must be operated in a safe manner consistent with the manufacturer's instructions.
      • Smoking is not permitted in University Housing. All students are expected to follow the University's Clean Air Policy.
      • Ceiling tiles may not be moved or altered in any way; cords may not go through the ceiling tiles.
      • Electrical cords may not be taped down or covered by anything other than an appropriate conduit material.
      • Solicitation by non-Marywood individuals or groups is not permitted in the residence halls. Marywood individuals who are interested in promoting or implementing an activity, etc., must have prior permission from the Senior Director of Student Conduct and Residence Life, or designee.
      • Resident Assistants will hold meetings that are mandatory for all residents. Residents who miss these meetings without prior notification to their Resident Assistant may be assessed a fine.