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Housing and Residence Life

Policies for Residence Hall Living

Resident’s Bill of Rights | Resident’s Responsibilities | Policies | Standards of Conduct

THE RESIDENT BILL OF RIGHTS

  • To live in a clean and secure environment.
  • To study without interruption or interference.
  • To have written copies of the Residence Life policies that governs individual and group behavior.
  • To be free of intimidation or harassment.
  • To have access to facilities and programs that support the pursuit of academic success.
  • To express themselves freely within the established guidelines.
  • To host guests within established guidelines.
  • To have access to individual and group social, educational, and their living community.
  • To expect that a roommate will respect one's own personal belongings.
  • To discuss conflicts and/or concerns with any Residence Hall staff member.

RESIDENT RESPONSIBILITIES

  • To abide by the rules and regulations set forth by The Oracle and the policies listed below.
  • To comply with reasonable requests made by staff, university officials, or fellow residents.
  • To meet all payment schedules.
  • To monitor and accept responsibility for personal behavior and the behavior of your guest.
  • To report violations of rules and regulations to appropriate staff.
  • To respect the rights and diversity of others.
  • To be serious in academic pursuits.
  • To participate actively in self-governance.
  • To contribute positively to the community by participating in educational and developmental activities.
  • To assist the university in safety and security measures

POLICIES

A. ABANDONED ITEMS

In those instances where items are left in residence hall rooms or storage rooms for as long as one semester after the owner has moved from the hall, or where the items are not marked as to ownership, the Housing and Residence Life Office shall declare them abandoned and dispose of them.

B. ALCOHOL

The following policy will be enforced by the Housing and Residence Life Office:
Alabama law prohibits possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages by those under the legal drinking age (21 years of age) and prohibits making alcoholic beverages available to persons under the legal drinking age. Underage students found in possession of alcoholic beverages will be asked to surrender the alcohol to the Residence Life Staff Member and a Residence Incident Form will be filled out.
Residents of legal drinking age may consume alcohol only in the privacy of their room. No alcohol is to be consumed in any other areas of any residence hall. No open containers of-alcohol are permitted outside of residence hall rooms.
Monies collected or generated by the group may not be used to purchase alcohol. Alcoholic beverages may not be sold, under any circumstances, or given away at organized student functions within the residence halls.
Common source containers (kegs, punches, or other containers) will not be allowed in or around the residence halls.
5. Alcohol and other drug misbehavior are at any time prohibited.
No student shall furnish or cause to be furnished any alcoholic beverage to any person under the legal drinking age.

C. APPLIANCES

Residence halls have limits on the capabilities of their electrical systems. Overloading these systems can present fire and safety hazards. The following guidelines shall govern the use of electrical appliances, outlets, and extension cords in residence hall rooms:

  • Any electrical appliance with an exposed heating element is prohibited.
  • Extension cords may be used under the following conditions:
  • Only one extension cord is permitted to connect an appliance with an electrical outlet (cords may not be used in a series).
  • Only grounded extension cords may be used with appliances requiring grounding.
  • Multiple-outlets with built-in breakers are recommended when the required number of outlets is greater than the number of outlets in the student's room.
  • Privately owned air conditioners are not permitted.
  • Room Microwaves and Refrigerators
    • Microwaves and room size refrigerators will no longer be provided in the residence halls. Students may bring their own microwaves and small refrigerators for their own personal use. Microwaves should be 0.7 cu and between 600-800 watts, 700 watts preferred, but not to exceed 800 watts. Refrigerators should be 1.7 cu preferred with 2.4 cu maximum. Units exceeding the recommendation may be declined for usage. If in doubt please contact the Housing Office before purchasing. Students will be expected to keep micro-fridge units clean and these units are subject to cleanliness inspections.
  • Other appliances, such as radios, CD/Cassette players, desk lamps, computers, TV's and electric blankets, are also permitted provided the total electrical requirements do not exceed the capability of the system.
  • All electrical equipment and cords must be kept in safe operating condition.
  • Outside antennas are prohibited.
  • Irons may be used with ironing boards only.
  • Cooking in residence hall rooms (excluding those with kitchen facilities) is limited to the following appliances which may be used for the intended purposes: sealed unit coffee makers and popcorn poppers; hot pots; crock pots; and toasters.
Residence hall staff have the responsibility to ensure compliance with this policy and to stipulate any necessary changes in use of appliances and/or outlets.

D. BICYCLES

Non-motorized bicycles are permitted in student rooms, but may not be ridden or stored in hallways, stairwells, or any other areas in the hall itself. Bicycles left unattended anywhere in the halls other than the student's rooms should be turned over to the University Police (670-1999). Motorcycles and similar vehicles are not permitted in the residence halls.

Bicycle/motorcycle racks are available adjacent to each residence hall. Residents should be encouraged to take their bicycles home with them during breaks to prevent the possibility of theft. Additionally, residents should take other precautions against theft, such as registering their bicycles with the University Police through Operation I.D. (670-1999).

E. COOKING

Kitchens are provided in some residence halls for student use. Students are reminded to use extreme caution when cooking. Cleanliness is also essential due to sanitation concerns (odors, ants, roaches, rodents, etc.). When several people share a kitchen, students will be held responsible for any damages or excessive clean-up charges resulting from cooking in the residence halls. See also "Appliances"

F. DAMAGES

The Housing and Residence Life Office holds each resident financial responsible for the condition of their assigned room and for all the furnishings which are assigned to their room. The office holds each resident financially responsible for their share of the expense of replacing or repairing any property in common areas (such as hallways, studies, lobbies, etc.) when such losses or damages are determined to be above and beyond normal wear and tear.

The office, at its sole discretion, will determine the charges for damages and cleaning. Repairs or replacement of items may not be done by residents. The office will place the charges on the student's account.

Any damages that have occurred during the course of the academic year need to be reported as they occur. All work orders that are turned in bring about an investigation of the circumstances surrounding the work order. All legitimate work order requests (items that are a result of normal expected wear and tear) will be forwarded for completion while others will result in a charge to the student(s) responsible for them. Your assistance in identifying the individual(s) responsible may be requested. If student(s) responsible cannot be identified, the damage will be billed to the entire floor/wing/building. It is to your advantage to report malicious damage as it occurs to avoid the entire floor/wing/building from assuming the responsibility for damage.

A price list for assessing damages is included at the end of these policies.

G. DECORATIONS

Residence Hall Rooms

The efforts to individualize student rooms is encourage, however we must ensure that any decorating or construction does not create any safety or fire hazards, make periodic maintenance impossible, or cause damage to the residence halls. The resident will be held responsible for any damages to a room with the exception of normal wear and tear. In view of these facts, all residents must ensure that the following conditions are met when decorating rooms. Residents will be required to change the design of all structures and decorations which do not meet standards set by the Housing and Residence Life Office and/or any judgments rendered by the Fire Marshall of the State of Alabama. If these required changes are not made, the Housing and Residence Life Office reserves the right to remove all construction from the room. Residence Life staff will make periodic checks.

General Requirements

  • No holes should be placed in the walls or any furnishings belonging to the University. The use of non-approved tape or adhesive is also prohibited.
  • When necessary to place something on a painted surface, a good grade of masking tape will normally not result in damage to a painted surface as long as the masking tape is carefully removed. No stickers other than the University inventory numbers are to be placed on room doors, furniture and glass surfaces. Contact paper, stickers or other objects may not be affixed to the metal cabinets or other surfaces or furnishings in the room.
  • Electrical accessories must be UL approved. Electrical devices will not be spliced into existing wires.
  • Any mess made in public decorating projects will be the student's responsibility to clean up. Excessive piles of lumber or other construction materials in hallways are prohibited. Failure to properly clean up will result in the students being assessed a clean up charge.
  • When the students move out of a room, it must be returned to the original condition at check in. All construction must be removed by the residents one week prior to the first day of final examinations of the student's last semester of the regular school year. Residents may not leave the construction erected over the summer semester. Any damage to the room will be the resident's responsibility.
  • All residents of the room must agree to any decorations or construction.
  • All carpets are to be of the fire retardant Class A or B.
  • All drapes are to be made of fire retardant fabric.


Holiday Decorations

  • No candles or other open flame may be used.
  • No live (natural) trees are allowed in student rooms. Metal, artificial trees may not be wired with tree lights.
  • All lights or other electrically operated decorations must be in good condition, carry an Underwriter's Laboratory (UL) Certification, and be approved by the Community Director or the Assistant Director of Housing and Residence Life:
  • Student room doors and windows may be decorated as long as the decorations do not deface or damage property or create a fire hazard. Any materials that are difficult to remove or will result in damage upon removal are forbidden. Any materials placed on these surfaces must be in good taste and in compliance with University Policy.
  • All trees and other decorations are to be taken down and removed from the premises by students prior to the closing of the halls for the holiday break.


Public Areas

Residence hall entrance doors, doors and windows in other public areas may be decorated as long as the decorations do not deface or damage property or create a fire hazard. No decorations may hinder the use of or restrict access to hallways, doorways, stairs, corridors, or fire related equipment. Decorations violating this policy may be removed by the hall staff Decorations in any public area of a residence hall must receive the approval of the Community Director or the Assistant Director of Housing and Residence Life.

Homecoming Decorations

Residence halls may prepare decorations and displays in celebration of "Homecoming". Prior to the construction and erection of homecoming displays, the following procedures will be followed:

  • Community Directors will assist residence hall committees in developing appropriate decorations or displays. The Community Director will approve all display plans.
  • In addition to submitting plans for decorations for approval, the sponsoring group must also present plans for restoring the area after the homecoming weekend. Sponsoring groups will be responsible for removing displays not later than the Monday following homecoming weekend.
  • If there is a cost for the materials to construct the display, a budget must be submitted to the Community Director for approval.

H. DRUGS

Unlawful manufacture, sale, delivery, use or possession of any drugs or drug paraphernalia defined as illegal under local, state, federal, or University guidelines is prohibited.

I. EMERGENCY EQUIPMENT

Malicious or unwarranted tampering with or damage to fire safety equipment belonging to the University is prohibited. This includes but is not limited to: fire alarm equipment, smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, exit signs and locking devices.

J. ESCORT POLICY

All non-residents must be escorted by a resident of the hall to and from the main lobby and anywhere in the building 24 hours a day. All residents have the responsibility for informing guests of the escort and visitation policies.

K. FIREARMS

Students are prohibited from possessing firearms or other dangerous instruments on University property. No firearms will be permitted in the residence halls at any time. Weapons may be stored at the University Police Department.

L. FURNITURE

Each student room is provided with certain items of furniture. Students may not move additional items into their rooms from public areas of the halls or from other student rooms; neither may they remove items from their rooms that are furnished by the University without prior approval of their Community Director. Resident Assistants are to check rooms as assigned by the Director to ensure that furniture is not missing or damaged and that residents have not move furniture from the public areas to their rooms.

M. GAMBLING

Gambling in any form is prohibited in and around all residence halls.

N. GUESTS

Residents are responsible for their guest's conduct in the residence hall, including any financial charges resulting from damages or clean-up caused by the guests.

Overnight guest policy: Non-University student guests may be housed in student rooms provided the following conditions are met:

  • The guest is of the same sex as the occupant and is the occupant's relative or personal friend.
  • There is a bed available for each person staying overnight in the resident's room.
  • The guest's stay does not exceed two consecutive nights; situations requiring addition nights stay must be approved by the Community Director.
  • The resident obtains permission from their roommate for the guest to use his or her bed.

O. HARASSMENT

Discrimination, harassment, exclusion, abusive or insensitive language, or any other manifestation of bigotry with respect to race, ethnicity, gender, religious affiliation, physical or mental ability, age, or sexual orientation are unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Any such acts will be dealt with as a serious violation of housing policy.

P. HAZING

Troy University does not condone hazing in any form. Hazing is defined as any intentional, negligent or reckless action, activity or situation which causes another pain, embarrassment, ridicule or harassment, regardless of the individual's willingness to participate. Such actions and situations include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Forcing or requiring the drinking of alcohol or any other substance;
  • Forcing or requiring the eating of food or any other substance;
  • Calisthenics (push-ups, sit-ups, jogging, runs, etc.);
  • "Treeing"
  • Paddling;
  • Line-ups;
  • Theft of any property;
  • Road trips;
  • Scavenger hunts;
  • Permitting less than six (6) continuous hours of sleep per night;
  • Conducting activities which do not allow adequate time for study;
  • Nudity at any time;
  • Running person errands of the members (driving them to class, cleaning their individual rooms, serving meals, etc.);
  • Forcing or requiring the violation of University, Federal, State, or local law.

Q. LOSS OR DAMAGE

The University is not responsible for loss or damage to the personal property of occupants. Each resident is urged to provide security of their own belongings by locking rooms and carrying personal property insurance. Parents should check their homeowner's policy to make sure that their student's belongings are included in their policy. This type of insurance is available through a private insurance company for which the Housing and Residence Life Office provides a brochure to the residents.
Thefts should be reported to the Community Director and the University Police.

R. LOUNGES

Staff should monitor the use and/or abuse of the lounge facilities. Please remind students that it is not the housekeeping staff's job to clean up unnecessary messes or to have to rearrange furniture every morning.

Lounge furniture is provided for all students to use. Any lounge or other unauthorized furniture found in a student's room should be returned to its' original location and recorded on an incident report. Students who move furniture from its' original location are subject to a $50.00 fine.

S. MATTRESS COVERS

Quilted mattress covers are necessary for health and sanitation and are required in all the residence halls.

T. NOISE

Sound carries easily throughout the residence halls. Voices, stereos, televisions, and bouncing balls in rooms can often be heard in other rooms on residence floors above and below residents. Remember that while residents have a right to listen to music of their choice. Other residents have the right to sleep, study or listen to music of their choice without disturbance. Residents may be asked by other residents or staff to adjust the noise level in their room to reduce the disturbance of others around them. They must be considerate and flexible. Yelling, playing loud music, etc., out of windows is strictly prohibited. The playing of musical instruments in prohibited within the living area. (See Quiet Hour Policy)

U. OPEN FLAME

Open flames or candles are prohibited at all time in all places in the residence halls.

V. PERSONAL SAFETY

The University does all within its power to assure that the residence halls are safe, secure places to live. We recognize, however, that sometimes crimes do occur. Most problems are petty thefts, which occur when students fail to lock their room door. Encourage residents to lock doors at all times. Warn them against propping or tampering with exterior doors. They are not only endangering themselves, but all residents in the building.

X. PETS

No animals, with the exception of fish in properly maintained aquariums of 20 gallons or less, will be allowed in residence halls.

Y. QUIET HOURS

Quiet hours provide a structure to achieve a balance between quiet and privacy. During quiet hours, noise that can be heard one door away from the source is too loud. Quiet hours will be observed during the following times:

7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. with the exception of Friday and Saturday. On those days, Quiet Hours begin at 12:00 a.m. and end at 10:00 a.m. the following morning.

While some areas are designated as 24 hour Quiet/Study Halls, other living units may vote to increase the number of quiet hours if they so choose.
Modified Quiet Hours will be in effect at all other times. During Modified Quiet Hours, noise should not be heard more than three (3) doors from the source. At any time a resident's right to a quieter environment should be honored.

Z. RESPONSIBILITY FOR STUDENT PROPERTY

Although precautions are taken to maintain adequate security, the University cannot assume the responsibility for the loss of or damage to student possessions. Students or their parents are encouraged to carry appropriate insurance to cover such losses. Theft/damage insurance is available to residents through a private insurance company. The Housing and Residence Life Office has brochures concerning this program. Each resident should be encouraged to provide for the security of their belongs by locking their doors. Any thefts should be reported to the University Police and the Community Director.

AA. ROOM CARE

A good standard of room cleanliness is required of all residents. Beds must be made, room swept, and waste baskets emptied as needed. Possessions are to be kept in order. Vacuum cleaners, brooms, etc. must be returned to hall closets/staff members. Room inspections will be done approximately four times throughout the semester. A sample Room Cleanliness/Inventory Form is included in this guide. Staff should knock on the door and ask the resident to enter to complete the room inspection. In the absence of the resident, staff can enter the room but should only do a visual inspection from the doorway. Residents whose rooms are rated "poor" will be given a reprimand and asked to clean their room. It is the responsibility of the RA to follow-up on this matter and ensure the room has been brought up to a satisfactory and sanitary condition.

BB. ROOM ENTRY AND UNAUTHORIZED ENTRY

The University reserves the right to enter student rooms for purposes of safety, improvements, routine maintenance inspections, or to control rooms in the event of an epidemic or emergency which jeopardizes the well-being of the occupant or other students in the hall. Residence Hall staff members should try to do room inspections in the presence of the resident or another staff member. If this is not possible, a door hanger should be left indicating you have inspected the room.

CC. ROOM SEARCHES

If deemed necessary and advisable for the safety, security, and maintenance of an educational atmosphere, a room may be searched. Searches will be conducted only in accordance with the preceding statement or if there is reasonable cause to believe that a student(s) is using his/her room for a purpose in violation of federal, state or local laws, or University regulations. Any room search, except one conducted by law enforcement officers with a duly issued search warrant, must be approved by the Senior Vice Chancellor for Student Services/Administration, the Dean of Student Services, the Assistant Director of Housing, or the Community Director as the case may be.

DD. SALES AND SOLICITATION

Sales and solicitations in the residence halls/apartments are prohibited. University related sales must be approved by the Assistant Director of Housing and Residence Life prior to the sale beginning.

EE. SIGNS

Possession of state, federal, local or miscellaneous signs illegally obtained is prohibited in the residence halls. Residents must be able to prove the purchased the sign(s) legally.

FF. SMOKING

All areas of the residence halls are smoke-free. Penalties for residents breaking the no smoking policy are as follows: 1st offense-letter of reprimand and a monetary fine of$50.00; 2nd offense-referral to Student Services Judicial Officer for adjudication; 3rd offense-referral to Substance Abuse Program and additional sanctions from the Student Services Judicial Officer and the 4th offense removal from residence hall for disciplinary reasons.

GG. STORAGE

Storage facilities are limited in the residence halls. However, some space is available for those of special situations. Please contact the Housing and Residence Life Office for more details concerning storage.

HH. STUDENTS' RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

As students at this university, residents are guaranteed all of the rights, privileges, and freedoms granted to every United States citizen. However, with these rights come responsibilities. The University is not a place where students can escape the responsibilities imposed by law upon all citizens. As students at Troy University, residents are expected to abide by all Federal, State, and local laws. Alleged violations of these laws will be referred to the appropriate court of police authority. Violations of these laws may also lead to disciplinary actions by Troy State University. When students enroll at Troy University they assume special responsibility for the University's conduct regulations. They were not made to deny any of the rights guaranteed previously, rather they were adopted to ensure that this university is able to maintain an atmosphere conductive to learning and growth.
The University Standards of Conduct are explained in The Oracle. It is the student's responsibility to know these regulations.

II. TELEPHONES

The Troy Telecom Office provides on campus phone service in each residence hall room. Residents desiring long distance service must apply for a personal authorization code number from the Telecom Office in Bibb Graves Hall. This code is authorized for use in the resident's room only. Confidentially and safeguarding of an authorization code is the sole responsibility of the resident. All inquiries concerning authorization codes should be referred to the Telecom Office.

JJ. THEFTS

All thefts should be reported to the University Police Department (670-3215) as well as your Community Director. A Police Report and a Resident Incident Form is to be completed on all thefts (student thefts, University property, etc.).

KK. TRASH

Occasionally, situations created by the residents occur which create excessive trash or mess in the residence hall. Unfortunately, some residents take the attitude that cleaning up after such incidents is the housekeeping staff's responsibility or "that's what they get paid to do". This simply is not the case.
All trash must be taken to the appropriate receptacle provided for each building. When trash is left in public areas (lounges, halls, and restrooms), the staff member should first attempt to determine the individual(s) responsible. If identified, staff should contact the individual(s) and request that the problem be corrected. If the student is not cooperative and fails to remove the trash or clean up the mess, an incident report should be filed and the resident should be assessed the $50.00 fine. If trash cannot be traced, the fee may be assessed against all residents of the hall or building, as the case may be.

LL. VACATION PERIODS

Residence halls are closed between semesters. Only those students who have been approved to stay in the halls during an interim period may remain after the hall is closed. Students requiring housing during an interim period should come by the Housing and Residence Life Office prior to the period and make application. Students not approved to stay cannot re-enter the building during breaks without permission from the Housing and Residence Life Office. Students may be asked to take their person possessions home if work is being done in the residence halls and are encouraged to do so between long breaks. Students not attending summer semester must remove all personal possessions from their room regardless of the fact that they may be returning to the same room in the fall. The University cannot be responsible for lost or stolen property left in the residence halls during the interim periods and school breaks.

MM. VIDEOTAPE GUIDELINES

Due to the copyright laws, Troy University residence halls will not be able to show videotapes in lounges or public areas without specific authorization from the owner of the copyright. The U.S. Copyright Act grants to the copyright owner the exclusive right, among others, "to perform the copyrighted work publicly." Any willful infringement of this right is a Federal crime. The first offense is punishable by up to one year in jail or a $25,000 fine. In addition, each innocent or inadvertent infringes are subject to substantial civil penalties.
Because of this, the residence halls can no longer rent video tapes to show in residence hall lounges, without infringing the copyright law, unless authorization is granted. Only authorized distributors have a license to distribute videos for non-theatrical release on college campuses. Video stores are not authorized distributors. Renting tapes to show in lounges or public areas is a violation of the copyright. If you have further questions, please contact your Hall Director or the Coordinator of Residence Life.

NN. VISITATION

Visitation violations involving a guest who is also a student at TROY will result in both the guest and the resident being fined for a visitation violation. All guests are expected to abide by Visitation Policies which include observing visitation hours, proper guest check-in, escorted by resident at all times and cooperation with residence life staff.

All guests should have a picture ID, either University ID or drivers' license, to present if requested by residence life staff or university police for identification purposes. Guests who refuse to cooperate with residence life staff or who refuse to follow visitation policy will be escorted from the building and may be banned from on-campus visitation. Fines will increase with each additional violation.

1st violation $50, second violation $100, 3rd violation $150- additional violations would result in loss of visitation privileges and will be referred to the Student Conduct Board for appropriate action.

Troy University's residence hall visitation policy seeks to balance the rights and wishes of individual students with those of other students living nearby. The continuation of the policy depends upon a demonstration of maturity and responsibility by those participating in visitation. Cooperation within the regulations is essential to all residents.

All concerned must recognize the importance of the guidelines being strictly adhered to if the program is to be successful. Visitation in the residence halls will be conducted according to the following guidelines.

  • The right of privacy must be maintained; visitation will not be permitted in any room or suite without the consent of all assigned occupants, regardless of the visitation policy in effect.
  • Measures for enforcement of the visitation regulations and for residence hall security shall be maintained. The privilege of visitation shall be revoked for individuals or for residence units where the rules governing visitation are violated.
  • Visitation is permitted in designated halls daily from 12:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
  • All persons participating are required to use the outside phones to call the residents before entering the building. The resident will then escort the guest into the building.
  • No guest will be permitted in the corridors or bedroom areas of a residence hall unless escorted by a resident.
  • Only one guest will be allowed per resident unless special permission is given by the Hall Director for study purposes.
  • Only lobby doors will be used for entering and leaving the building.
  • Guests will not be allowed in any resident's room at times other than the times set aside for visitation.
  • So as not to cause anyone any embarrassment, all residents using public areas and corridors during visitation hours

OO. WATERBEDS

For safety and facility reasons, waterbeds are not permitted in student rooms.

PP. WINDOWS AND SCREENS

No objects should be thrown or hung from windows. Screens are not to be removed from any window.

Whenever there is a broken window, staff should do the following:

  • Try to discover what happened and if possible who was responsible for the damaged window. The resident(s) responsible will be billed for the damage.
  • Clean up the broken glass. Do not leave the area unattended before the glass is cleaned up and the remaining glass fragments in the window frame are disposed. This is to protect residents unaware of the danger.
  • If the broken window is on an upper floor, do not leave the area without posting a sign or placing tape across the window opening to forewarn of the danger.
  • If the window has been broken during regular business hours (8:00-5:00, Monday-Friday), staff should follow the work order procedures for repairs. If after 5:00 p.m. or on a weekend, staff should notify your Community Director to access the need for emergency maintenance.
  • Emergency maintenance should be called if:
  • The window is on the ground floor of the building and it is a breach of the building security.
  • Inclement weather is pending

QQ. WIRING; ETC.

Residents should not splice or otherwise tamper with any existing wire in the building. Should there be a problem with the wiring; a work order should be created to have a trained technician examine the problem. Additionally, residents must not have television aerials, masts, or other radio transmitting equipment stuck or mounted outside their room.

STANDARDS OF CONDUCT

By publication of these “STANDARDS OF CONDUCT,” the University calls to the special attention of students and organizations the standards by which they are expected to abide. Students and organizations should be aware of the STANDARDS and should know they will be held accountable for their provisions.

General

All students enrolling in Troy University assume an obligation to conduct themselves at all times as responsible members of the campus community and in accordance with standards of common decency and decorum, with recognition and respect for the personal and property rights of others and the educational mission of the university.

Authority For Rules And Regulations

The Board of Trustees of Troy University is vested with the authority to promulgate rules and regulations regarding the conduct of students while enrolled at Troy University by Title 16-56-6, Code of Alabama, 1975. The University Trustees have delegated full authority to the University administration to prepare and administer rules and regulations for the welfare and discipline of its students.

Administrative Responsibility and Authority

The Student Services Division of the University has primary authority for the supervision of student conduct and administration of discipline. The Senior Vice Chancellor for Student Services and Administration and campus staff are responsible for working with students and student organizations to encourage support and compliance with University standards. The Senior Vice Chancellor may delegate specific responsibilities to members of his respective staffs, and in some instances, to student government agencies. It is permissible for the Student Services Judicial Officers on each campus to handle disciplinary decisions administratively if both the student or student organization and the Judicial Officer agree to an administrative hearing. The Student Services Judicial Officer is responsible for coordinating all disciplinary procedures and maintaining appropriate records of student conduct and disciplinary actions.

Notification of Parents/Guardians due to an Alcohol and/or Drug Violation

Under federal legislation adopted in 1998, the University may notify parents or guardians of students under the age of 21 who are found guilty of an alcohol or other drug violation. This option will be exercised as necessary to ensure the safety and well being of all students.

Misconduct Defined

By enrollment at the University, a student or organization neither relinquishes rights nor escapes responsibilities of local, state, or federal laws and regulations.

The “STANDARDS OF CONDUCT” are applicable to behavior of students and organizations on and off the university campus if that behavior is deemed to be incompatible with the educational environment and mission of the university. A student or organization may be disciplined, up to and including suspension and expulsion, and is deemed in violation of the “STANDARDS OF CONDUCT”, for the commission of or the attempt to commit any of the following offenses:

  1. Dishonesty, such as cheating, plagiarism or knowingly furnishing false information to the University, faculty or other officers or employees of the University.
  2. Forgery, alteration or misuse of university documents, records or identification.
  3. Issuance of a worthless check made payable to Troy University.
  4. Actual or threatened physical abuse, threat of violence, intimidation, hazing, harassment, or any other act that endangers the health or safety of any person.
  5. Destruction, damage, or misuse of university property, public, or private.
  6. Theft, attempted theft, burglary, attempted burglary, accessory to these acts, and/or
    possession of stolen property.
  7. Unauthorized manufacture, sale, delivery, use, or possession of any drug or drug
    paraphernalia defined as illegal under local, state, or federal law.
  8. The unlawful possession, use, or distribution of alcoholic beverages, public drunkenness, driving under the influence, or the public display of alcoholic beverages and the use or display of such in public areas of the residence halls and all other public areas of the campus.
  9. Participation in any form of gambling.
  10. Use, possession, or distribution of firearms, bows, illegal knives, fireworks, any incendiary, or any type of explosive device or material. Only duly-constituted law enforcement officers may possess firearms on campus.
  11. Disorderly conduct, including rioting, inciting to riot, assembling to riot, raiding, inciting to raid, and assembling to raid university properties.
  12. Lewd, indecent, obscene behavior or expression.
  13. Trespassing or unauthorized entry to or use of university facilities.
  14. Unauthorized use or attempted use of any services belonging to or provided by the
    University, including but not limited to, computer, telephone, cable television, copying
    facilities, or any other such service.
  15. Unauthorized possession of a key to any university facility.
  16. Interference with the use of or access to university facilities, obstruction or disruption of teaching, research, administration, service, disciplinary procedures, or other activities on university property by either university or non-university person or groups.
  17. Failure to promptly comply with directions of university officials or law enforcement
    officers acting in the performance of their duties as such officials and officers.
  18. Entering false fire alarms, or bomb threats, tampering with fire extinguishers, alarms, or other safety or fire-fighting equipment.
  19. Any activity which creates a mentally abusive, oppressive, or harmful situation for another is a violation. Use of the mail, telephone, computer and electronic messages, or any other means of communication to insult, threaten, or demean another is prohibited.
  20. Conviction of any misdemeanor or felony that adversely affects the educational environment of the University.
  21. Violation of any university policies or regulations as published or referred to in the Student Handbook, including, but not limited to, those governing the time, place and manner of public expression; the registration of student organizations; the use of university facilities; occupation and visitation of residence halls and other housing owned or controlled by the university; and the use and parking of motor vehicles on the campus.
  22. Conduct in violation of public law, federal and state statutes, local ordinances, or university regulations or policies whether or not specified in detail, that adversely affects the student’s suitability as a member of the academic community and regardless of whether such conduct has resulted in a conviction under a statute of ordinance.
  23. Any other activity or conduct not specifically stated herein that impairs or endangers any person, property, or the educational environment of the University.

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