Housing Policies & Regulations

HOUSING POLICIES & REGULATIONS

The following individual policies have been developed to help insure that students can exercise their rights as individuals, while at the same time insure the rights of those around them in a community living setting.  Community guidelines facilitate mutual respect and consideration for maintaining community standards; it is not simply the job of the Housing Staff to enforce policies.  Violations of Housing or University policies are seen as a breach of the terms of the Housing and Dining Lease Agreement, therefore subjecting the student to cancellation of the agreement and removal from residence.

The University reserves the right to deny housing to students who have violated Housing or University regulations, who have damaged facilities or property, or who have displayed behaviors that pose a risk to themselves or others in the Housing community.

Alcohol/Illegal Drugs
As listed in the Housing and Dining Lease Agreement, students shall not drink dispense, possess or process alcoholic beverages on University property or at University functions on campus.  However, persons of legal age as prescribed by state law regarding alcoholic beverages (21 years of age) may possess and consume these beverages in the privacy of their own room, provided all persons sharing the space are of legal age.

To drink, dispense, or possess alcoholic beverages in a common area or on the grounds of the Housing complex is not allowed, even if you are of legal age.  (see laws below)  Anyone found with an open container of alcoholic beverages in a common area or on the grounds will be asked to pour out the contents immediately and will be subject to disciplinary and/or legal action.  Any remaining alcoholic beverages found in a common area and/or on the grounds will be confiscated by a staff member.  Kegs, pony kegs, party balls, etc. are not allowed in the residence halls or on the grounds, and any found will be confiscated by a Housing Staff member.  Irresponsible behavior of residents and/or their guests while under the influence of intoxicants will result in disciplinary action.

If Housing Staff has reason to believe illegal substances such as marijuana is present or being used in a residence hall.  Public Safety will be contacted and may utilize the Little Rock Canine Drug Enforcement Task Force to assist in searching and investigating.  DPS officers do have power of arrest and may exercise that power in the residence halls.  Any student found in violation of alcohol or illegal drug laws will be subject to arrest, immediate removal from residence, and punitive action by the Office of the Dean of Students.  In accordance with federal law, the University reserves the right to contact parents if a student under 21 years of age is found responsible for a drug or alcohol violation.

*Drinking in Public and Public Intoxication are Class C misdemeanors, punishable by a $100 fine for a first offense.  A minor in possession of alcohol may receive a $500 fine for a first offense.  Knowingly furnishing alcohol to a minor may result in a $500 fine and ten days in jail for a first offense.  A second offense is a Class D felony with a $5,000 fine and five years in jail.  Distributing within 1,000 feet of a University carries an enhanced penalty of an additional ten years imprisonment.

Alcohol Containers
Bottles, cans, and any other containers packaged as an alcoholic beverage container may not be displayed in a room where alcoholic beverages are not allowed (in a room/suite/apartment with minors).  Because of health and sanitation reasons, students may not collect empty open beverage containers.

Alcohol Signs
Signs, posters, and any other advertisement of alcoholic beverages or signs of questionable taste will not be displayed in windows of a residence hall or on the wall in a student’s room/suite/apartment that can be seen from the hallway.

Appliances
UL (Underwriters Laboratories) approved electronics such as computers, stereos, televisions, DVD players, study lamps, clocks, irons, fans, electric blankets, heating pads, hair dryers, and other small kitchen appliances are allowed for use in student rooms.  West Hall rooms are limited to mini-refrigerators, small coffee makers, and microwaves that are 900 watts or less.  Sun lamps and electric heaters may NOT be used.  Overloading circuits or using any appliance that poses a danger or fire hazard may not be used.

All cooking appliances must have UL approved cords.  Appliances with open coil heating elements (i.e. hot plates) are not allowed.  In North, South, & East Halls, residents may use toasters and toaster ovens, electric skillets, Foreman grills, electric woks, crock pots, and other small kitchen appliances.  Because of potential fire hazard and because of limited ventilation, cooking with grease or oil (i.e. deep drying) is not allowed in East Hall.

Bicycles
Bicycles may not be stored or chained in the hallways, walkways, or any other public location of the residence halls.  Bicycle storage areas are located on the west sides of North and South Halls.  Bicycles chained to handrails will be removed at the owner’s expense.  Bicycles may not be ridden inside the buildings; they should be carried.  Motorcycles should be parked in the parking lot.

Business from Residents’ Rooms
Because of the campus solicitation policy, residents are not permitted to carry on any organized business (i.e. haircutting, tailoring, baby-sitting, etc.) from their rooms or use their room telephone numbers for business purposes.

Candles and Incense
East & West Halls – candles, incense, or any open flames are not permitted due to fire safety reasons.

University Village, North & South Halls – candles and incense are allowed in apartments when used with caution and supervision.

Plug-in air fresheners are discouraged.

Children
Children 12 years of age and under are permitted to visit during regular visitation hours provided they are checked in using the host’s ID card (East and West Halls only) and attended by their host at all times.  They are not permitted to run up and down hallways or stairwells.  Residents who host children that disturb other residents may be asked to remove the children from the building.  For the safety of the child and to maintain an environment consistent with the purposes of a college residence hall, children 12 years of age and under are not permitted to stay overnight in a residence hall.

Cooperation with Officials
Housing employees, such as the hall directors, resident assistants, and security guards, are University Officials.  Residents must immediately comply with directions from any University Official.  Verbal and/or physical abuse directed toward any University staff member will not be tolerated and will be cause for disciplinary action which may include immediate removal from residence.  (See “Disrespect for Authority” in the UALR Student Handbook)

Courtesy Hours
See Quiet Hours

Damage(s)
Charges for student room/suite/apartment damages or necessary cleaning will be assessed to the resident(s) of that room/suite/apartment.  If the identity of the individual(s) responsible for the damage cannot be determined after investigation, the cost of repair may be apportioned to all or part of the residents of the room/suite/apartment and/or building.  Failure to pay assessed damage will result in a flag being placed on a student’s account barring re-enrollment.  Students are responsible for paying damage costs above the amount of the housing deposit.  Residents are also financially responsible for any damage(s) caused by their guests.

Darts and Dart Boards
Darts and dart boards are not permitted at any time in hallways or in student rooms/suites/apartments due to potential for personal injury and property damage.

Disruptive Behavior
Any person (resident or guest) who is causing a disruption to the normal operation of the residence hall may be asked to return to their room or leave the premises for a specified period of time by a Housing Staff member.  Failure to comply with this request constitutes an additional violation and will likely result in cancellation of the Housing and Dining Lease Agreement and/or restrictions on future visits.  If DPS officers are called in for assistance, an arrest for Disorderly Conduct may be administered.

Elevators
Tampering, vandalizing, or misusing the elevator equipment is prohibited.  If misuse of any kind occurs in the elevator(s), the Hall Director has the authority to close them for a specified period.  Signs will be posted.  When this occurs, residents and/or their guests needing the elevators for handicap accessibility may contact the Hall Director and/or the RA on-call.

Exercise Equipment
Exercise equipment such as ankle weights and plastic hand weights up to five pounds are allowed.  Weight stacks, plates, dumbbells, or barbells are not permitted due to excessive weight which may cause damage to floors and/or disturb other residents.  Stationery exercise bikes are allowed in student rooms.

Fighting
See Physical Abuse.

Fire Alarms
Whenever the building’s general fire alarm sounds, residents must immediately evacuate the premises without question or delay, according to the designated emergency path exits.  Fire drills will be scheduled each semester.  It is important to understand that the Housing Staff responds to EVERY alarm and takes them ALL seriously.  During the drills, all rooms will be checked; staff members will key into rooms.  All residents are required to fully participate and cooperate during fire drills in an expeditious manner.  Those who do not will face disciplinary actions.

This is a non-negotiable issue without flexibility because injury and/or loss of life are a very real possibility in a fire situation.   Housing Staff and emergency personnel do not have time to answer questions or engage in debate when minutes are critical in clearing the building.  Your cooperation is a basic expectation and is appreciated.

Fire Equipment
All fire equipment (alarms, extinguishers, emergency lighting, fire hoses, and exit signs) are for the safety of all persons residing in the residence halls.  Misuse of these items is a federal offense and will be prosecuted as such.  Endangering the lives of residents by misusing, abusing, or tampering with the fire equipment is grounds for serious judicial action including removal from residence.  (See “False Reporting of Emergency” and “Interference with Emergency Procedure” in the UALR Student Handbook.)

Fire Safety
Every member of the Housing community is responsible for helping to prevent fires.  There will be at least one fire drill per semester.  All residents in the building at the time of the drill are expected to participate and fully cooperate.  Failure to do so will be cause for disciplinary action.

FIRE SAFETY PRECAUTIONS

  1. Do not abuse the electrical supply – use of electrical devices to obtain an excessive number of outlets can result in an overload of circuits.
  2. Trash should not be allowed to build up; it should be removed daily.  Custodians will remove trash from the buildings daily.  Flammable materials should not be left in trash containers inside the building.  They should be placed securely in the dumpster located between North and East Halls.
  3. Blocking exit paths is prohibited by law.  Doorways, corridors, and stairs must be kept free of obstacles; therefore, no storage is allowed in public areas of the hallways.

IN CASE OF FIRE

  • Do not panic.  Remain calm.
  • If there is smoke in the room, keep low on the floor.
  • Before opening a door, feel the door and its handle.  If they are hot, do not open the door.
  • Before opening the door, brace yourself against it and open it slightly.  If heat or heavy smoke is present, close the door and stay in the room.
  • If you leave the room, close all doors behind you and take your room key.
  • Emergency vehicles and personnel will be maneuvering around the building.
  • If all exits are blocked, stay in your room.  Remain calm.

EVACUATION PLAN
Fire evacuation plans for each floor are posted by the elevators and stairwells.  Please become familiar with the designated routes.

IN CASE ALL EXITS ARE BLOCKED

  • Try to call Public Safety. (569-3400) Tell them where you are and that you need help.
  • Open the window slightly to let in fresh air.  Take care not to draw smoke into the room or feed the fire by creating a draft.
  • Place wet towels and sheets around doors and cracks.
  • Draw water from the bathroom or kitchen to keep towels and sheets wet.
  • Hang an object out the window to attract Fire Department attention (sheet, blanket, jacket, etc.).
  • If heavy smoke is present, place a wet towel over your nose and mouth and keep low to the floor.

Firearms and Weapons
Instruments which could be used in offensive or defensive combat or anything used or designated to be used in destroying or injuring a person or thing is illegal for possession on University property.  These items shall include, but not be limited to: fireworks or explosives, rifles, handguns, BB guns, pellet guns, air soft guns, sling shots, bows and arrows, hunting knives, and crossbows.

Flammable Items
Flammable items, such as fuel or car batteries, may not be stored in student rooms.

Furniture and Fixtures
University furniture is inventoried according to location and may not be removed from student rooms or common areas.  Interior furniture (such as bar stools, ottomans, etc) MAY NOT be used outside. Also, removal of shower heads and other fixtures is prohibited.

Gambling
Gambling using cards, dice, or any wagering with money on campus is strictly prohibited.  (See the UALR Student Handbook)

Grilling
Due to fire safety standards, no personal grills are allowed. Grilling patios are available on the east sides of North and South Halls.  Only UALR provided grills may be used.  Do not leave hot coals unattended.  Dispose of coals in the provided receptacle.

Guests
Guests are defined as individuals who are not contractual occupants of a specific residence hall.  Guests are asked to wait in the lobby areas of East and West Hall until their host arrives and signs them in at the respective reception desk.  Residents of North and South Halls should escort their guests from the entrance of the building.  For added security within the buildings, guests must be escorted by their host AT ALL TIMES, even to sign them out.  Since unattended guests are seen as a threat to the living community, they will be asked to leave the building and/or grounds, and judicial action will be taken against the resident under whom the guest is signed in.  All guests of East and West Halls are required to be signed in by a resident at the respective reception desk, with the guest leaving a valid photo ID for security purposes while in the building.  When the guest leaves the building, he/she must also sign out, at that time retrieving his/her ID.  Any non-resident in the building not checked in or not with the specific resident will be banned from visiting the hall.  Residents are allowed no more than three (3) guests signed in at any given time during regular Visitation Hours.  Children must also be signed in as guests in East and West Halls, although children 12 years of age and under are not allowed as overnight guests.  East and West Hall residents must leave their own photo ID at the reception desk for children.  (See Children)

Residents may sign-in no more than one (1) overnight guest of the same gender per night.  Residents are allowed no more than three (3) overnight guests in any thirty (30) day period; a guest may not spend more than three (3) consecutive nights in the residence hall.  Regardless of the host, the length of stay in the residence hall for ANY non-resident spending the night may not exceed three (3) consecutive nights and/or three (3) nights in any thirty (30) day period.  “Night” begins at the end of established Visitation Hours.  (See Visitation Hours)West Hall residents are only allowed overnight guests on Friday and Saturday nights.

It is the responsibility of the host to inform the guest of building policies.  Guests must abide by all policies.  Guests not observing University policy may be escorted from the premises and restricted from further access to the area.  Guests and hosts are mutually responsible for the conduct of the guest; however, hosts are ultimately responsible for the conduct of their guests, and are subject to disciplinary action for inappropriate behavior of guests.

Consideration for roommates and suitemates should remain top priority in planning to host an overnight guest.  It is common courtesy for residents to inform their roommate(s) prior to having a guest stay the night.

Excluding West Hall, residents may visit each other at any time.  Guests (residents & non-residents) may be asked to leave if, in the judgment of a staff member, the presence of the guest(s) is contributing to the disruption of the residential environment.

Residence Hall visitation is a fragile privilege, not a right.  It is the responsibility of every resident to be conscious of and promote personal safety and building security.  Breeches of security will be addressed vigorously, including revocation or revisions of the Guest/Visitation policy.  The top priority of the administration will be the safety and security of the residents and the residence hall facility.

Guests may visit students in the residence halls during the following hours:
10 a.m. – 12 a.m. – Sunday-Thursday
10 a.m. – 2 a.m. – Friday & Saturday

All guests must leave the building by the designated time, unless properly signed in as an overnight guest of a resident of the same gender.  Remember, guests must be accompanied by their host at all times.

Health & Safety Inspections
Regularly scheduled health and safety inspections will be conducted by Housing Staff.  They will check smoke detectors, look for maintenance concerns, and monitor general cleanliness, particularly in kitchens and bathrooms.  Residents may be given notice to clean, do laundry, remove garbage, or vacuum/sweep.  Failure to comply within the given time frame will result in cleaning charges and disciplinary action up to removal from residence.

Holiday Decorations
No live trees or greenery are allowed in any of the residence halls; however, artificial trees may be used.  Lights and other decorations should be used with safety in mind.  Nothing should be hung or attached to smoke detectors or sprinklers.  Keep flammable materials away from lights.  All holiday decorations must be removed before the campus closes for the semester break.

Illegal Entry
All residents must use their student ID card to enter the residence halls.  Failure to do so constitutes illegal entry.  Also, illegal entry may refer to entering a resident’s room uninvited, even if the door is unlocked.

Musical Instruments
In consideration of all residents, playing musical instruments in the residence hall is not permitted.  Practice rooms are available for student use in the Fine Arts building.

Painting
Painting walls or any University fixture is not allowed.

Pets
Due to health and safety reasons, aquarium fish are the only pets allowed in campus housing.  One aquarium per room of ten gallons or less is allowed.  There is no grace period for removal of an illegal animal; therefore, the animal may be removed by building staff or animal control authorities immediately.

Physical Abuse
Fighting, battery, assaults by any means such as physical harassment, or conduct that threatens the health or safety of any person on University property is prohibited.  Such behavior is likely grounds for removal from residence, and may result in removal from the University.

Quiet Hours
Minimum quiet hours have been established for the residence halls.  The entire hall or any individual floor may vote to expand, but not shorten, these hours:
Sunday – Thursday – Midnight to 10 a.m.
Friday & Saturday  – 2 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Quiet Hours mean that the noise level in your room/suite/apartment should not be heard from outside your living area, including locations above and below your room.

During final exams, the residence halls will observe 23 Hour Quiet Hours.  Quiet hours will be in effect for 23 hours during this time, but one hour daily will be designated by the Housing Activities Council as the Loud Hour.  HAC and RAs will provide snacks and activities.  Notification will be posted in advance of the beginning of 23 Hour Quiet Hours.

Courtesy Hours are in effect 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, which means that noise level in your room/suite/apartment should not be heard at a significant level outside of your living area as to disturb other residents.  Housing Staff will use their best judgment when determining this noise level.

Quiet and Courtesy Hours are set in order for everyone to have a comfortable atmosphere in which to live and study; therefore, they apply to the common areas and hallways.  Running and yelling in the hallways and stairwells are inappropriate behaviors in a college residence hall.

It is a good idea to determine a volume level that cannot be heard outside of your room/suite/apartment.  The enforcement of Quiet and Courtesy Hours is the responsibility of all residents, with assistance from the Housing Staff as needed.  Some guidelines for handling a noise problem are as follows:

Residents are encouraged to confront the noise offenders themselves.  RAs will ask if this has been done before they will go to the room themselves.

If that does not work, residents may call the on-call RA directly or call one of the reception desks to contact them.  The RAs will inform the room that a complaint was called in and may give them an official warning.

If noise persists, the offending person(s) will be documented for a noise violation.  If the noise is in a common area, the group will be dispersed.

Refrigerators/Freezers
Most freezers are self-defrosting.  It is not necessary to use sharp instruments, such as ice picks, screwdrivers, or knives to defrost freezers.  A punctured freezer cannot be repaired; the entire refrigerator must be replaced, which will be charged to the account(s) of the responsible party, or to the residents of that room/suite/apartment.  The thermostat knob in the refrigerator has been preset and should not be altered, as this may cause damage to the box and will be charged to the resident.

Retaliation
Any attempt to intimidate, threaten, or create a hostile environment for any person involved in reporting an incident is strictly prohibited.  Sanctioning for retaliation may include removal from residence.

Sexual Assault Policy
The University of Arkansas at Little Rock has a policy prohibiting sexual assault and/or harassment.  If you have questions concerning the policy or would like more information about it, consult the UALR Student Handbook or talk to your RA.

Signs, Pictures and Posters
Pictures, posters, and other material that may be considered objectionable, such as alcohol advertisements, those containing profanity, or sexually explicit material are not to be displayed in areas that may be visible outside of the student’s room.

Smoking
Effective August 1, 2010, smoking at any state-supported institution of higher education in Arkansas, including UALR, is in violation of Arkansas law, according to the Clean Air on Campus Act of 2009.  The law prohibits smoking tobacco or “other lighted combustible plant material” anywhere on campus, including buildings, grounds, and parking lots.  The penalty for violating the law is a fine not less than $100 or greater than $500.

Solicitation
Organizations or individuals may not solicit, advertise, sell, slide under doors, place on vehicles, or distribute material of any nature on University-owned property without approval from the Office of Campus Life.  In student housing, approval should be obtained from the Housing Office or the Hall Director.

Sound Equipment
Musical or other sounds must be maintained within the resident’s room.  This includes disturbances of rooms above or below the resident.  Stereo speakers are not allowed to be placed in open windows.  Offensive sound as determined by affected residents must be quieted.  Offending sound equipment, such as excessively loud stereo speakers, may be confiscated by Housing Staff and/or banned from the building.

Personal Harassment
This includes annoying, abusive, or obscene communication designed to irritate, anger, frighten, or threaten someone.  Individuals found responsible for or associated with the harassment of a resident of staff member are subject to disciplinary action.

Threats to Community
There are many behaviors that can potentially endanger the safety of the campus community.  Realizing that not every situation can be listed here as a general policy, no student shall engage in any activity which endangers the safety, well-being, or property of another member of the University community.

Some examples include, but are not limited to: permitting unauthorized access to a residence hall, entering restricted areas, not following fire safety guidelines, possessing explosives, attempting to pry open electronically controlled exterior doors, or any action as determined by University officials as compromising the safety and security of the residents.

Tornado Safety
In case of a tornado alert, staff members will direct residents to designate safety areas.  Further instructions will be issued as needed.

Storm Safe Rooms are located in the basements of North, South, and West Halls.  East Hall residents should go to the appropriate apartment building as specified by their RA.

For general tornado safety in your room, stay away from windows, shut bedroom doors, and take cover in your bathroom, as this is the safest place in your room/suite/apartment.

Trash Rooms
Trash Rooms and recycle containers are located on every floor.  All trash must be disposed of in these rooms in closed containers (i.e. plastic trash bags).  Trash should not be placed on the floor.  Containers are located in East Hall trash rooms, and trash chutes are located in North, South, and West Halls.  White paper, plastic bottles, and aluminum cans should be placed in the designated recycle containers.  The staff has the authority to close the trash rooms and direct residents to carry trash outside directly to the dumpster if sanitation and health standards in common areas or student rooms are violated by residents and/or their guests.

Vandalism
Students will be held accountable for intentional or accidental damage to building furnishings, equipment, or grounds.  Residents are also responsible for damages caused by their guests.

Visitation
See Guest/Visitation.

Wall(s)
Use of nails, screws, tape, poster putty, or other fastening devices on walls, furniture, or fixtures that may cause damage to University property is discouraged.  Residents will be responsible for the costs of repairing walls, furniture, or fixtures due to damage.

Water Fights
Water fights, water balloons, and water weapons of any kind in or around the residence halls is prohibited, except as planned and supervised by the Housing Activities Council or Housing Staff.

Windows
In East Hall, as a safety feature, the bedroom windows are equipped with stop-arms designed to prevent them from opening all the way.

In University Village, North & South Halls, the window screens are not to be removed.

In West Hall, windows cannot be opened.

In general, attempting to force the window open may cause damage or damage the window frame.  Window damage may result in restitution and punitive action.  Also, nothing is to be thrown, dropped, tossed, or similarly ejected from residence hall windows.  Residents of a room from which objects were thrown will be held responsible.  Windows may not be used to enter or exit a building.  Window displays deemed inappropriate by Housing Staff must be removed