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Housing License Agreement 2016-17
2016- 2017 Housing License Agreement

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Residence Halls Policy Guide

Welcome Letter

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Dear Students:
 
    Welcome to the residence halls at Marymount University! We look forward to having you join us as an active participant in our community during the 2016-2017 academic year. Living in the residence halls offers tremendous opportunities for interaction with other students with a variety of interests, experiences, backgrounds, and cultures. In addition, you will have access to outstanding community programs, learning opportunities, and resources which will help you reach your full potential during your time at Marymount.
 
    Living in the residence halls offers learning opportunities that in many ways are just as important as the learning you will encounter in the classroom. Through your daily life on the residence halls, as well as through other programs, events, clubs, and organizations readily available to you on campus, you will learn many of the life skills that will contribute to your success both now and in your future.
 
    The Office of Campus and Residential Services (OCRS) is committed to providing you with an outstanding living/learning environment. It is for that reason that we have prepared this document for you. Enclosed in the following pages you will find information about getting involved in residence hall activities, making a difference in our community environment, taking advantage of the variety of services offered to you as a campus resident, and the rules and policies that need to be observed for the well-being of all residents.
 
    The Residence Education staff is here to help you. We look forward to serving you as best we can, and hope you have an enjoyable year.
 

Tina Sheppard
Director of OCRS

Student Learning

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While in Residence at Marymount
Traditionally, attaining a bachelor’s degree has been seen as a significant step by an individual toward becoming a well-rounded, learned person. However, this premise includes much more than simply acquiring a proficiency in a selected academic discipline. It carries with it the understanding that individuals also learn and garner important life experiences from being members of the university community. In pursuit of their degrees, students become aware of the implications societal issues may have upon their field of study through daily life and interactions with students across a variety of majors and interests,. They are challenged to develop an appreciation of how life’s diversity impacts their social environment, and are expected to have learned the important role personal morals and professional ethics play in directing an individual’s application of their academic proficiency in the real world.
 
Successful completion of course work and obtaining a degree shows evidence that the knowledge needed to understand a discipline has been mastered, but a degree in itself does not guarantee that the student understands the interrelationships between their major field of study and other academic disciplines. Similarly, it also does not demonstrate that the student has the ability to comprehend the ethical applications of academic learning in society, nor does it provide any evidence of a student’s ability to apply knowledge through leadership or interpersonal skills.
 
In other words, the student who simply completes the required courses for a degree program understands the subject, but acquiring a bachelor’s degree also entails understanding the appropriate application of knowledge in society and understanding the responsibility associated with the application of that knowledge. A primary objective of the Office of Campus and Residential Services is providing students with the opportunities and direction to master these associated lessons.
 
Marymount University is a residential campus. While we have a large population of students residing on campus, that fact alone does not make us a residential institution. By definition, a residential campus is one where the students live and learn in the university community, rather than limiting their learning to classroom experiences. OCRS is a significant contributor to student learning at Marymount University. Each year we provide students with hundreds of learning opportunities outside the confines of classroom lectures and homework. Many of our students do more than just participate; they play a leading role in the design and implementation of our educational opportunities, our leadership development workshops, and our student/staff training program.
 

Our Mission

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The mission of the Office of Campus and Residential Services is to create an educational environment emphasizing student learning and development. Service, education and engagement are the three tenets that guide departmental programs and operations in order to promote the success of the students engaged in the residence halls.

Service
In order to promote an environment conducive to student learning, the Office of Campus and Residential Services assumes responsibility for providing a comfortable living atmosphere for students. We strive to maintain high standards of cleanliness, security and maintenance.
 
The Office of Campus and Residential Services maintains programs and services that stay up-to-date with the needs of residents. Regular input from students and staff regarding the quality of programs and services is an important element in helping maintain these standards.
 
As a self-supporting department, OCRS is cognizant of its responsibility to be a responsible custodian of resources. We are committed to exploring ways to maintain a reasonable cost of living on campus without sacrificing the quality of services.

Education
OCRS facilities, policies and programming initiatives are intentionally designed to support the historical mission of Marymount University.
 
The residential life experience is intended to develop students personally and professionally. Living on campus provides students with opportunities to experience living independently, to interact with a peer group, and to develop necessary skills to be an industry and community leader.
Marymount University residence halls are not just places to live, but also places to learn. The majority of our residence halls are fully integrated multi-purpose buildings, where students can live, work, learn, and engage with their communities, all in the same space. Each of our living and learning communities strives to provide opportunities for active learning and implementation outside of the classroom environment. Educational opportunities are provided through formal and informal presentations, and interactions among students, staff and faculty.

Engagement
The Office of Campus and Residential Services recognizes that the process of leadership is a skill practiced and learned through a number of experiential activities and roles—employment, community service, student organizations, etc.—that all contribute to a person’s knowledge and understanding of leadership.
 
The Office of Campus and Residential Services promotes the philosophy that leaders are made, not born. As such, departmental resources are allocated annually to develop student leaders within the residence halls, in addition to supporting regional and national leadership opportunities for students.
 
Through the leadership initiatives supported by the Office of Campus and Residential Services, the desired outcome is for students to become more effective in solving problems individually and cooperatively, and to develop self-awareness as a member of a greater community. Students are encouraged to contribute to their campus community and engage fully as citizens wherever their paths may take them after graduating from Marymount University.

Why Live in a Residence Hall?

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Community Life
Living in the residence halls is the ideal way to become a part of the Marymount University student community. Campus residents live on hall communities comprised of roughly 30 students, and some floors have multiple hall communities which students may engage with as well. Typically, these hall communities have a diverse student population, comprising a variety of backgrounds and majors. In short, during your time at Marymount, you will live in a university community that has had its policies and services designed with the sole intent of meeting the needs of Marymount University students, and scaffolding their personal, intellectual, emotional and spiritual growth. The guiding principles for the Religious of Sacred Heart of Mary foster the opportunities within the halls to consider global perspectives, dialogue with intellectual curiosity, and learn by serving others.
 

Peer Support
An important factor for most students’ academic success is peer support. You will find that the sense of belonging within residence hall communities encourages friendships that continue beyond one’s college career. A common misconception is that the residence halls primarily house freshmen, when in reality both freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus, and a large number of our junior and senior students continue their residential experiences up until graduation, and sometimes beyond as graduate students as well! You will find that living on campus not only gives you ready access to your peers in a laid back and relaxed setting, but also provides ample opportunities to get acquainted with all levels of students, staff, and faculty.
 

Personal Freedom
Living in the residence halls allows you to live your lifestyle with the assurance that your individual rights are valued and protected. You have the option to become involved in a dynamic student community without having to feel obligated to participate in any activities that do not interest you. Because of the abundance of services provided by residence halls, and the ease of access to all of the amenities available to you on campus, you can make the most of your free time.
 

Activities
Each year there are hundreds of personal development and social programs offered to residence hall students. A few examples of these activities include trips to National’s baseball games, study skills improvement sessions, formal and informal dances, tutoring sessions, slip and slide days, card and board game tournaments, leadership workshops, alternative activity programs, volleyball and dodgeball tournaments, video game tournaments, communications skills improvement programs, picnics, and BBQ’s. These activities are either free or available at a very low price for Marymount students, and provide great ways to relax and form life-long bonds and memories with friends and peers.
 

Leadership
Residence hall living offers students ample opportunities to become active community leaders. The residence halls are student-oriented community environments, where student leaders have significant responsibility for community development and governance. For instance, there is a campus-wide residence hall council which programs to residential students’ needs, addresses resident concerns and works with the Office of Campus and Residential Services to bring about positive change. Students may also choose to apply to be a Resident Assistant, one of the most prestigious and rewarding jobs on campus, serving as a mentor and community leader in the residence halls.
 

Programs
Programs are events that help to facilitate the growth and development of students as individuals or as a group. This is a broad definition of the term and, as you can imagine, the number of potential programs that can be offered is infinite. Through programming in the residence halls, students can develop new ideas, a better sense of themselves and an understanding of the world around them.
 
Because educational, social, recreational, cultural and diversity programs are provided in the residence halls, students have the opportunity to continue their learning experience outside of the classroom. Programming opportunities provide students with an avenue to stimulate intellectual, emotional, spiritual and physical development. By using programming opportunities effectively, we encourage a living environment that is conducive to studying, learning, critical thinking and a more unified and open-minded community.
 
A wide variety of programs are sponsored by the residence hall staff. You can look forward to movie nights, parties, crafts, snacks, educational programs, and more. Don’t miss out on the fun; watch for advertisements for upcoming events on walls and bulletin boards.

Facilities and Services

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As you will observe, the residence halls offer more than just a place to eat and sleep. Residential Life is the housing option that offers the most extensive study and academic assistance resources, as well as the most comprehensive set of meal and support services available.

Accidents/Illnesses
For your protection and assistance you are asked to report any accident or illness to your Resident Assistant, who will be able to assist you with any special needs or accommodations you may have. If you need medical attention, the Student Health and Student Counseling Centers are available to you. You can reach the Health Center at 703-284-1610 or the Student Counseling Center at 703-526-6861.

Building Security
Maintaining a safe living environment is a high priority for Residential Life; however, the most significant factor in maintaining a secure environment is the support and compliance of the residents. Residents can help foster a safe living environment by doing the following:
• Lock rooms when unoccupied or when residents are asleep.
• Promptly report lost or stolen room keys to the front desk.
• Do not prop exterior doors open or leave lounge or hallway windows open.
• Immediately report any strange or unusual behavior or persons to the residence hall staff or to Campus    Safety.
• Keep cars locked when parking on or near university property.

Keys
We take room security very seriously at Marymount, so for your safety and security, room locks are changed following the report of a lost key. There is a $180.00 charge per core each time you lose a key. In the event you find yourself locked out of your room, you can check out a spare key at the Ostapenko or Rowley front desk. A repeatedly lost key will result in multiple $180.00 core changes.

Laundry Facilities
Laundry facilities are conveniently located at in every building, with the exception of St. Joseph’s, which shares a laundry room with the adjacent Butler Hall. Laundry services are covered in your residence hall room fee, providing our students with free, unlimited washing and drying. Laundry rooms are also furnished with folding tables.

Mail Boxes
All campus mail is handled by the Mail Room located in the G1 level of Berg Hall. Packages may be picked up here between the hours of 9-5 Monday through Friday and 9am-1pm on Saturdays. Smaller mail items will be placed in your assigned mailbox, located in Rowley, Ostapenko and the Lee Center.

Parking
Campus parking passes are available at the ID and Parking Office in Ireton Hall. Students who wish to apply for parking on campus can contact the ID and Parking Office at 703-284-5700 for more information. Student must have achieved Junior status to be granted a parking pass, or may fill out a parking exemption form which can be found at the ID and Parking Office

Overnight Absences
If you are going to be absent from the hall overnight, you are encouraged to notify your Resident Assistant so that you can be contacted should an emergency arise.

Overnight Guests
Residents are responsible for making their guests aware of the Residence Hall policies, as the resident will be the one held responsible should their guest fail to adhere to the policies. No more than one guest per resident of the room may stay overnight. Guests may not stay overnight more than three consecutive nights in a row, and no more than a total of seven nights during a semester. Guests may only stay in communities or suites designated for their gender. Overnight guests are always subject to the consent of the other residents of the room, suite, or apartment. Residents must get their overnight guests approved through the Office of Campus and Residential Services prior to their arrival on campus, and guests are required to sign in and out at the front desk of the building upon arrival and departure.

Room Repairs
Residents are expected to promptly report any maintenance issues. Any maintenance issues that are not reported may result in damage charges to the resident’s account after the checkout process. As you find it necessary during the year to have repairs made to your room or common areas, please contact your Resident Assistant or fill out this online form:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1DqmVejtJDMU0e1-fQQDZUUeRB72UsjW9ozhYBmIZncA/viewform?usp=send_form  provided to you by your Resident Assistant. A Resident Assistant and Residence Hall Coordinator will assist you in ensuring that the work is completed by the professional maintenance staff.

Stolen Property
In the event of a theft, contact Campus Safety immediately. You will also want to notify your RA. Your RA can support you as you work with the Campus Safety to relocate your missing property. Since Marymount University is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged property, it is wise to either obtain personal property insurance or arrange for coverage under your parents’ homeowners insurance. The best insurance, however, is to keep your door(s) locked.

Dining Services

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Meals
Cafeteria-style meal service is offered at the Gerard Dining Hall. Unlimited portions are provided on all items except special event items. Retail service and a la carte items are provided at Lola's Cafe, World of Wings (WOW) and C-Store.
 
The dining halls are managed by Sodexo Dining Services. Your dining hall managers work with your student food advisory committee in an effort to provide healthy, balanced, delicious, and appealing meals.

Meal Plans
Any member of the Marymount community is eligible to purchase one of the various dining plan options. The different plans are geared to fit the varied needs of today’s students, faculty, and staff:
Meal Plan A 19 meals per week plus $50 Dining Dollars
Meal Plan B 15 meals per week plus $100 Dining Dollars
Meal Plan C 175 block meals with $50 Dining Dollars
Meal Plan D 125 block meals with $175 Dining Dollars
Meal Plan E 75 block meals with $450 Dining Dollars
Meal Plan F Unlimited Dining with $100 Dining Dollars and 5 guest meals
Meal Plan G 225 block meals with $100 Dining Dollars and 5 guest meals

Hours of operation
For hours of service or further information, please visit online at https://marymountdining.sodexomyway.com

Changing Meal Plans
FALL SEMESTER: Students will have until Monday, September 12 to change meal plans.
SPRING SEMESTER: Students will have until Monday, January 30 to change meal plans.
 

Community Standards and Policies

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The following is a description of the general operating policies enforced in the residence halls. These policies have been established by our staff alongside previous residents, with the intention of supporting an environment that allows for individual expression while still maintaining a reasonable academic community atmosphere. These policies are effective at the start of the 2016-2017 academic year; however, in as much as these policies need to reflect the needs of our campus residents, most may be subject to reasonable change upon the recommendation of the Residence Hall Association and the approval of the Director of the Office of Campus and Residential Services. If changes are made, you will be informed of such changes prior to their enactment.
 
If you have any further questions, comments, concerns, or proposed changes about the enforcement or the purpose of the following policies, you are advised to discuss them with your Resident Assistant or bring them to the attention of your Residence Hall Association representative.

Alcoholic Beverages
Marymount University is not a dry campus, however we are concerned about students who improperly use alcohol and other drugs, and the effects such use may have on their health, academic success, interpersonal relationships, and ultimately their future. The misuse of alcohol, the use of illicit drugs, and the misuse of prescription medications are discouraged, disciplined, and not tolerated. We are committed to creating a safe, educated, and healthy community through campus-wide involvement in comprehensive and on-going alcohol and drug education, and the enforcement of Marymount university’s Alcohol and Drug Policy

All Marymount University students are responsible for knowing and following the University’s Alcohol and Drug Policy which may be found in section 9 of the Student Community Conduct Code. This policy provides information specific to university housing and supplements the rules found in the Student Community Conduct Code.
 
General Provision
Students who are 21 years of age are permitted to possess and consume alcohol in Marymount University residence halls. Alcohol may ONLY be consumed by students who are of age, and ONLY in the rooms of students where at least one resident 21 years old or over, and is present. Students under 21 years of age may be present in rooms where alcohol is being consumed, but are not allowed to consume any themselves. It is also a violation of policy to remain in a situation where policy is being broken, so even if a student is over 21, if they are in the presence of an underage student who is consuming alcohol, they are in violation of Marymount University policy.
The possession of empty alcohol containers by persons under the age of 21 is also prohibited. Individuals who consume are expected to have control over their physical and mental faculties and behave in a respectful and orderly manner. Drinking games, real or simulated, are not permitted to be played in the residence halls.

Limits to Quantity and Type of Alcohol
The University believes that students of legal drinking age should be allowed to consume alcohol, but only in moderation. Students are not permitted to possess common sources of alcohol, which include alcoholic punch bowls, kegs, or similar items. Alcohol is limited by room type, regardless of the number of 21 year old students living or present in the room. The limit in an Ostapenko Apartment is two 750ml bottles of hard liquor, two 750ml bottle of wine, OR twenty-four 12oz beers. This amount is for the entire apartment. The limit in all other residential rooms is one 750ml bottle of hard liquor, one 750ml bottle of wine, OR twelve 12oz beers. This amount is for the entire room. This limit only applies if at least one of the residents assigned to the room is 21 years of age or older. No alcohol is permitted in rooms where all of the residents assigned to the room are under 21 years of age.

Bicycles
Residents may store bicycles in their rooms if done in a fashion that does not cause damage to the room or its furnishings. Bike racks are provided in several locations throughout campus. Bicycles will be removed from bicycle racks after the close of Spring Semester.

Candles, Incense and Smoking
The Office of Campus and Residential Services is committed to providing students the latitude to define their personal living environment; however, it is also concerned about potential fire safety hazards.
One of the most common causes of fire in residence halls is from the use of candles and incense. Because of the threat this poses to persons and property, we do not allow any possession of any fire or incendiary materials in the residence halls except for smoking materials.
Marymount is a Tobacco Free campus, so absolutely no tobacco products may be used on campus. Additionally, e-cigarettes and e-hookahs are also prohibited. Please see the University’s tobacco policy for more details.

Cooking in Rooms
Microwaves are only permitted as part of a micro fridge unit rented through the university partnership, or as provided in Ostapenko residence hall rooms. Residents may operate hot pots, popcorn poppers, and coffee pots in their rooms, provided that they operate with an enclosed heating element. Student rooms are not equipped to accommodate the electrical and sanitary demands of other forms of cooking, such as George Foreman grills, toasters, or toaster ovens - thus they are prohibited.
 
Corridors and Hallways
Games and other activities conducted in residence hall corridors present potential for accidents. It is for this purpose that the corridors cannot be used for any other purpose than a passageway. Prohibited activities include playing sports, riding bikes, skate boards, scooters, or any other means of transportation, other than devices that assist persons with disabilities.

Lamps
Halogen lamps pose a threat to the safety of the residence halls when cloth, paper, or other flammable items are placed in contact with the halogen bulb. It has been shown that such contact can result in rapid ignition and combustion. Halogen lamps are prohibited in residential areas.

Mechanical and Emergency Facilities
Residents are not permitted to have access to any custodial, supply, or mechanical equipment rooms. Residents also are not permitted to be on roof tops, in building attics or on the outside faces of buildings. Hallways, stairwells, and exits designated for emergency use may be used only for such.

Musical Instruments, Stereos, TVs and Radios
Musical instruments may be played quietly in residents’ rooms except during quiet hours. If at any time such activity results in a complaint, residents must stop playing.
Residents with stereos, TVs, or radios should remember to be courteous to their neighbors. The volume should be kept low enough that it does not disturb fellow members of the community. To avoid such disturbances, speakers are not to be placed in windows or doorways. Quiet hours will be determined by each hall at the beginning of the year, and students are expected to be respectful of those community quiet hours. Failure to be cognizant of noise levels may result in disciplinary action.
 
Room Cleanliness
The relative cleanliness of your room is largely a matter of your own disposition, to be negotiated between yourself and your roommate. Nevertheless, reasonable sanitary and safety standards must be met. If a room’s condition presents a reasonable threat to the comfort and safety of the residents of that room, those residents will be given a prescribed period of time to correct the condition. If this is not done they may face disciplinary action and/or be required to pay the cost of correcting the problem.

Some specific guidelines that must be observed are the following:
● Rooms may not have an excessive odor that impacts other residents.
● Food and other items that could attract pests and other nuisance animals may not be left out for unreasonable periods of time.
● Fish, game, or lab animals may not be stored, cleaned or dismembered in the residence halls.
● Mechanical or electrical equipment not intended for indoor residential use may not be cleaned, disassembled, assembled, or stored in the residence halls.
● Only non-hazardous, commercially sold cleaning products intended for residential use may be used in the residence halls.
● Chemicals from university labs and other hazardous materials are prohibited in the residence halls.

Room Changes
If you desire a room change, there are certain steps that must be completed before you can switch rooms.
PLEASE NOTE THAT NO ROOM CHANGES MAY OCCUR UNTIL AFTER THE SECOND WEEK OF EACH SEMESTER.
  1. To request a room change, visit the Area Coordinator for your side of campus (offices are located in Rowley Lobby for residents living in Butler, St. Joes, or Rowley and Ostapenko Lobby for residents living in Berg, Gerard, or Ostapenko).  The Area Coordinator will help you complete the required paperwork and give you your timeline to move.
  2. Once your room move is approved, arrange a time for your RA to check you into your new room and out of your old room. You will need to return your key, and sign off on your RCR, in addition to picking up a new key and completing a new RCR for your new space.
  3. Your room move must be completed within the time allotted by the Office of Campus and Residential Services. Additional charges may apply if your move is not completed within the allotted time.

Room Inspection and Right of Entry
Residents can expect a reasonable right to privacy in their rooms. Please note that this is not an absolute right, but is granted out of respect for our students, allowing them to feel comfortable and at home in our residence halls. Generally, the University may enter any student residential space when the student is given a notice of one calendar day. The typical reason for this type of entry is health and safety inspections, long-term maintenance projects, and space planning. Please be aware that any requests for maintenance of your room are considered permission to enter and the University will not provide additional notice.
 
Health and Safety inspections are conducted routinely each semester and during holiday breaks after students have left campus. Students will be notified by their Resident Assistant in advance of when they can expect their rooms to be inspected during the semester. One purpose for these inspections is to monitor student compliance with all safety precautions. All inquiries and concerns regarding this policy may be submitted to the Office of Campus and Residential Services at 703-284-1608 or to the Area Coordinator.
 
Access to residents’ rooms is restricted to the assigned residents and authorized university personnel. Other residents, guests and the public are not permitted in a resident’s rooms unless invited by a resident of the room. As a general matter of practice, residence hall staff members will not open or enter a resident’s room without the approval of the Director of Office of Campus and Residential Services, Dean for Student Services, the Vice President of Student Affairs, or their designees.
 
Exceptions to the above room entry policy are made by staff members for the following reasons:
• To respond to apparent health, safety or mechanical emergencies.
• To respond to a significant behavioral and/or student conduct concern.
• To do facility inspections during university breaks.
• To complete maintenance work and/or to perform health and safety inspections.
• To respond to visually observed violations of policy.
• If circumstances dictate the need, residence hall staff may conduct sanitation and/or safety
inspections while the university is in session, or as follow-up inspections to rooms which fail to pass the basic standards set forth in the “Customizing Your Living Environment” policy.
 
Please note that occasionally persons will ask residence hall staff members to open another resident’s room (i.e. to retrieve articles left by a person who does not reside in the room). This request will not be honored unless there is an emergency, and the student in question is able to obtain proof of permission from the room’s resident.

Soliciting
This is a nuisance that you do not have to put up with! Soliciting is prohibited in the residence halls and university property without prior authorization. If you see anyone violating this regulation, please report it to your Resident Assistant, Residence Hall Coordinator (RHC) or Area Coordinator (AC).

Quiet Hours/Quiet Areas
All residents should be able to sleep or study in the residence halls at any time. For this reason, priority is given to honoring these needs over other activities. Because there are times that quiet hours are seen as a priority by most residents, certain hours each day are designated as “Quiet Hours.” Courtesy hours are in effect at all times not designated as quiet hours. Times designated as quiet hours on all floors are the following: Sunday-Thursday 10pm-7am, Friday-Saturday midnight-8am.
 
NOTE: When situations arise where residents are repeatedly involved in quiet hour policy violations through the use of musical instruments, radios, stereos or other sound generating instruments, the resident may be required to remove the item from the residence hall or the item may be confiscated and stored by Office of Campus and Residential Services for a prescribed period of time.

Vandalism
The Office of Campus and Residential Services enforces the following vandalism policy (not limited to the following). Vandalism is defined as: discharging fire extinguishers, activating the sprinkler system, purposefully triggering or tampering with fire alarms, destruction of personal property, damaging the elevators, and defacing or destroying the grounds, equipment, furnishings, and buildings of the residence halls (i.e. breaking walls, breaking signs, writing on walls, doors, whiteboards, etc.)

Penalties that may be applicable include, but are not limited to the following:
1. Activating the sprinkler system—paying for any damaged items and any clean-up costs.
2. Discharging fire extinguishers—paying for any damaged items and any clean-up costs.
3. Triggering or tampering with the fire alarms—paying for any repair costs. 4. Destruction of personal property—paying to repair or replace any damaged item.
5. Painting graffiti—paying for the paint and supplies to repaint and providing or paying for the labor to paint it.
6. Defacing or destroying the grounds, equipment, furnishings, or buildings—paying the cost to repair or replace any damaged items.
 
Please be aware items 1-3 may also result in federal offenses and individuals who engage in these activities could be referred to law enforcement.
If damage in a common area cannot be attributed to an individual, each resident of the community will be financially responsible for a pro-rated share of the loss or damage. It is, therefore, in your best interest to immediately report to your Resident Assistant all vandalism and damages.
 
Interpretations of this policy will be made by the Director of the Office of Campus and Residential Services.

Visitation and Fire Procedures

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Visitation
The residence halls have a visitation policy. During visitation hour, off-campus guests and guests of the opposite gender are permitted when accompanied by their host. After visitation hours, off-campus  guests must comply with the overnight guest policy and guests of the opposite gender are not permitted. Visitation hours are:
Monday-Sunday:
10 a.m.-2:00am

 
This policy does not allow cohabitation in the residence hall rooms. Cohabitation is defined as any behavior indicating that a room occupant is sharing his/her assigned space with any person not assigned to the room. Cohabitation is further defined as use of the room as a living environment or engaging in behavior that infringes upon community members right to privacy, sleep, or study.
 
Infractions of the cohabitation policy may result in the guest being immediately escorted from university property and/or sanctions on the host.

Reporting Fires
When a resident becomes aware of a fire in the residence halls he/she should immediately activate a fire alarm pull station; then, if possible, inform the complex front desk of the exact location and nature of the fire.

Fire Safety Equipment
In most cases, residents should not attempt to use the fire safety equipment to extinguish fires. The hoses and extinguishers are designed to be used to either put out very small fires or to clear an exit through a fire. Any person who is found to be tampering with any residence hall fire safety equipment will be considered to be in violation of the residence hall misconduct policy. These incidents will be resolved by using the procedures defined in the “Resident’s Behavior” section of this publication.
 
Example of tampering with fire safety equipment would include but not be limited to the following:
• Activating a fire alarm when no fire emergency actually exists.
• Using fire hoses or extinguishers at any time other than during a fire emergency.
• Opening a fire extinguisher cabinet at any time other than during a fire emergency.
• Vandalizing any fire safety related equipment.
• Tampering or rendering ineffective any smoke detector or fire alarm equipment.
• Knowingly acting as an accomplice with any person involved in the above mentioned activities.

Fire Alarm Procedures
Any time a fire alarm is activated, all residents are expected to immediately leave the building. The following are some procedures to follow during fire alarms:
1. Once you hear an alarm, immediately prepare to leave the building. If possible first put on a pair of shoes, and if the weather is cold, take along a coat or a blanket.
2. Before opening any doors first use the backside of your hand to feel them for heat. Never open a door that is hot to touch.
3. If a hallway or corridor is partially filled with smoke, crawl with your head about three feet above the floor. Never proceed into a hallway that is entirely filled with smoke.
4. Never attempt to use the elevators. Always exit through the stairs. While using stairs, always stay next to the interior stairwell wall.
5. After you are out of the building, stay clear of all exits and stay at least 50 feet away from the building. If you are aware of any persons who were unable to get out of the building, report this to a residence hall or university staff member.
6. If you cannot leave the building because you are trapped by smoke or fire, you should then enter a resident room, stuff a towel or cloth under the bottom of the door to prevent smoke from entering. You should then drape a sheet or towel from the window as a signal, and close the window.

Customizing Your Room

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Customizing Your Living Environment
While on campus, your room will be your home. OCRS encourages creativity in customizing rooms in a fashion that will make it the most comfortable to you and your roommate. These guidelines are established to protect the furnishings and physical facilities as well as to prevent any unnecessary safety risks. These guidelines are as follows:
1. Rooms must be returned to their original condition prior to a resident checking out of the room. How you find the room at the beginning of the year is how the room must be at the end of the year when you move out. This includes mid semester moves.
2. Students wishing to bunk or loft beds should arrange with their RA for Physical Plant to complete the task for them. Bunking or lofting your own bed is not permitted.
3. A resident’s personal possessions may be stored only in the resident’s room. Personal items may not be stored in the hallways, or in study rooms or maintenance closets
4. Items may not be hung from the ceilings.
5. Holes cannot be bored into the walls, floors, ceilings, halls or furnishings. This prohibition includes the use of screws, nails, hooks and hangers.
6. Glue or adhesive materials that may damage walls, floors, ceilings, doors or woodwork may not be used in rooms.
7. Electrical, telephone, T.V. cable and Ethernet wiring or outlets may not be tampered with or altered.
8. All university furnishings supplied with the room must remain in the room.
9. Lounge and common area furnishings cannot be brought into rooms.
10. Only fish are allowed in the residence halls. Per residence hall room, residents are allowed one aquarium each, with the total of the volumes being no larger than 10 gallons.
11. Windows may be opened only to ventilate a room. Throwing debris from windows, removing the screen, storing food or beverage containers, and placing stereo speakers or radios in windows are all prohibited.
12. All extension cords used in the residence halls must be surge-protected (have an on/off switch), and extension cords may not be plugged into one another.
13. Students may bring their own mini-fridges, or rent one from the school, but the refrigerator must be plugged directly into a wall outlet, not an extension cord.
14. Microwaves are not allowed in residents’ rooms, unless they are part of the micro-fridge rented from the university.
15. Students may not have candles, incense, or electrical appliances with exposed heating elements in their rooms.
16. Residential Life acknowledges the significance of affording residents the opportunity for freedom of expression. However, the Residential Life Department reserves the right to regulate the times, the manners and the places that residents use to express personal opinion, beliefs and perspectives.
 
Residents who are in violation of the policies on customizing rooms may be subject to disciplinary action and/or be billed for related damages.
 

Housing Agreement

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Check-in, Check-out, and Damages
When you arrived, you were asked to sign a room condition report (RCR). This form is used as written documentation of the room condition prior to your move-in. You were given an opportunity to review your room condition report and to change the status of the report to reflect any damage that you may have seen prior to moving in. The Office of Campus and Residential Services will use this form to determine any damages that may occur while you occupied the room. You will receive a pink copy of the room condition report after you and your Resident Assistant (RA) have signed and dated the form.
 
Your room should be left the way it was when you moved into it, with all of the furniture in the room in good shape and in the original position. After noting any new damages on your room condition report, you and your RA sign and date the inventory and you will be given a copy of your checkout form.
 
If you do an Express Check-Out, you will need to complete the Express Check-Out Form at the front desk. When you turn in the Express Check-Out form, you must turn in all of your keys at the front desk. Please note that if you do an Express Check-Out, you will lose some privileges, so please read the Express Check-Out Form carefully. At your RA’s convenience, he or she will check your room and, if necessary, assess any damages. The room condition report will be turned in to the Area Coordinator for a final assessment.
 
All rooms are double checked and final damages are assessed by the Area Coordinator. Your Area Coordinator may note damages that your RA did not. If you would like an assessment of total damage(s) before you leave, you will need to contact the Area Coordinator of your building.
 

Residence Hall Behavior Standards

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Review of Behavior Standards
The policies and procedures that are enforced in the residence halls have been established to help maintain a cooperative living environment that supports both the academic mission of Marymount University, as well as allows individuals enough freedom to maintain a comfortable lifestyle. All members of the residence halls will be held accountable for observing the rules and policies contained in this publication, the Student Community Conduct Code, and the terms and conditions of each housing agreement.
 
A resident of the residence halls is expected to abide by the terms and conditions of the residence hall housing agreement, including the behavior standards listed in this section.
 
The residence hall behavior standards are enforced with the procedures described in this section. They apply to students living in the residence halls, and their guests, and are in addition to the university’s general Standard of Conduct for students. The focus of these rules is to create a comfortable, quiet community living environment that supports the pursuit of academic and personal goals of students, rather than to restrict freedoms. A secondary focus of the residence hall behavior standards is to assist students in becoming more responsible community members.
 
It is important to realize that formal rules attempt to set standards to ensure that community members live together in a cooperative fashion. These rules, however, constitute only a small portion of what is necessary to ensure that residents respect each other and are considerate of each other’s feelings, needs and concerns. Successful residence hall operations require the residents of each community to take the time regularly to discuss the positive and negative effects of happenings in their community with their peers and residence hall staff, and come to a consensus of actions needed to solve problems.
 
Appropriate Residence Hall Conduct
Participating in any conduct covered by the following policies will subject individuals to action taken as described in this following section. These policies apply to the behavior of all residents and their guests while in the residence halls, the grounds adjacent to the residence halls, and all residence hall sponsored on- or off-campus activities.
 
In addition to those policies outlined in the Student Community Conduct Code, the following actions and behaviors are specifically prohibited in the residence halls:
1. Violations of the University guest and/or visitation policies;
2. Exceeding six people in a traditional residence hall room or 12 people in an apartment;
3. Creating excessive noise in a residence hall that impedes another’s ability to sleep or study no matter the time of day, and/or creating any noise that can be heard outside of a resident’s room after posted quiet hours;
4. Placement of sound equipment or speakers in residence hall windows;
5. Playing sports or games in the residence hall hallways or lounges including, but not limited to, bouncing basketballs, riding bicycles or scooters, playing Frisbee, playing lacrosse, rollerblading, skateboarding, throwing footballs or other objects, running, or participating in water fights;
6. Possession or use of non-approved appliances, appliances in excess of 1000 watts, oversized/non-approved refrigerators;
7. Possession or use items determined to be a fire hazard, including but not limited to two-prong extension cords, non-surge protected extension cords, halogen lights or lamps, high-heat or open-coil appliances;
8. Possession or use of an open-flame source or flammable liquid in the residence halls including, but not limited to, oil lamps, candles, incense, gasoline and lighter fluid;
9. Removing screens from residence hall room windows;
10. Hanging banners, flags, or signs out of a residence hall window or between the window covering and the glass of the window;
11. Covering more than one-third of the wall or door space of a residence hall room;
12. Altering a residence hall room in any way not authorized by the Housing License Agreement;
13. Failing to place trash and/or recycling in designated containers;
14. Using a residence hall room for business purposes;
15. Changing residence hall rooms without approval from the Office of Campus and Residential Services;
16. Improper use and/or removal of University furniture including lounge and residence hall room furniture;
17. Possession of a pet, except for freshwater fish in a small aquarium (10 gallons or less) and service animals for a person with a disability;
18. Tampering with building windows, exits, locks, or corridors;
19. Failing to maintain appropriate care over one’s residential space;
20. Unauthorized possession, use, or duplication of any means of access (e.g. keys or student identification) to a university residential space;
21. Throwing, dropping, or causing any object to fall from a building;
22. Failure to comply with the directions of an Office of Campus and Residential Services staff member acting in the performance of his/her duties;
23. Violations of the Marymount University Housing License Agreement.
 
Residents are expected to inform their guests of the policies governing behavior in the residence halls. Also residents should make their guests aware that guests who fail to observe residence hall policies may be denied access to the residence halls and are subject to action through the Office of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity.
Residents are responsible for their guests’ actions and may be held accountable for their guests actions through the student conduct process.

Review and Resolution of Misconduct
The Office of Campus and Residential Services may take reasonable action in regards to a student when the evidence indicates that the student has been involved in a violation of a residence hall policy. When determining a reasonable resolution to an incident, the Office of Campus and Residential Services will take into consideration the interests of the residence hall community, the university community, the student who violated the policy, and previously documented incidents involving each student and residence hall policy violations.
When a residence hall policy violation occurs, one or more of the following processes of resolution may be followed:
● The Resident Assistant or Senior Resident Assistant may discuss the problem with those involved and informally resolve the matter. Often this will be sufficient to resolve the problem;
● The matter may be referred for resolution to the Area Coordinator or Residence Hall Coordinator, who will review the incident and make a determination as to what would be an appropriate resolution;
● More serious or repeated violations or violations of the Student Community Conduct Code may be referred to the Office of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity for review and resolution;
● Matters that involve possible criminal behavior also may be referred to Campus Safety and the Arlington County Police Department. This action can result in the issuance of citations or criminal prosecution.
 

Residence Policy

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The Marymount University college experience is much more than academic preparation. It also includes opportunities outside of the classroom for personal development and community involvement. Campus residency is the most effective way for students to experience these extra-curricular learning experiences. Our student and campus communities promote and encourage member participation in a broad range of services, support programs and personal growth opportunities.
 
Campus residency also positively affects academic achievement. Resident students have access to academic resources and learning assistance programs that are only available through campus residence. Resident students live in communities that encourage creation of peer support networks. This combination of learning resources with peers pursuing similar academic goals results in a highly effective academic living environment.
 
Campus involvement enhances students’, particularly freshmen and sophomores, well-being. Involved students tend to be more academically successful, experience more personal growth, and are generally more satisfied with their college experience. Evidence also shows a relationship between campus community involvement and a student's likelihood to achieve a bachelor's degree.
 
National studies demonstrate that campus residence positively effects student retention, participation in student government, student involvement in social organizations and a student's personal development. However, of all the implications, three merit special attention.
 
  • Academic persistence. Resident students are more likely to maintain higher grade point performances and more frequently attain their bachelor's degree
  • Satisfaction with the faculty. Resident students generally have more frequent contact with faculty and tend to be more satisfied with their interaction with faculty.
  • Willingness to re-enroll. Resident students are less inclined to withdraw or transfer to other institutions before attaining a degree.

Marymount University Campus Residency Policy
Undergraduates attending Marymount University who have not yet achieved junior status or who have not completed the equivalent of four full semesters of academic work are required to reside in University housing or University approved housing. Exceptions to the campus residency policy may be granted to students under certain conditions. The eight (8) conditions that can exempt a student from the campus residency policy are:
1. Residing with immediate family within 26 miles of campus.
2. Completion of four semesters of full-time academic work
3. Students with physical or psychological circumstances such that the university cannot provide appropriate housing
4. Enrolled as a part-time student
5. Students who are married
6. Students with one or more dependent children in their custody
7. Students who are military veterans who completed at least two years of full-time, active military service
8. Students over the age of 21

Non-Compliance
The campus residency requirement is a university policy. As such, compliance is a condition of a student’s admission to Marymount University. Students who are included in the Campus Residency Policy must do one of the following:
• Complete a university housing agreement.
• Be accepted to live in a university approved residence.
• Complete and have approved by the Director of OCRS, a Campus Residency Waiver Request.
 
Students who do not follow one of the three compliance options by the stated deadlines will be given an administrative double room assignment in university housing. The semester rate of the assigned room as well as the cost of a meal plan will be charged to the student’s account.
 
 
 

Basic Rights of Residents

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1. The right to read and study free from unreasonable interference in one’s room. Unreasonable noise and other distractions inhibit the exercise of this right.
2. The right to sleep without unreasonable disturbance from noise, guests of roommate, etc.
3. The right to expect that a roommate will respect one’s personal belongings.
4. The right to a reasonably clean living environment.
5. The right to free access to one’s room and facilities without pressure from a roommate.
6. The right to reasonable privacy within a shared living environment.
7. The right to host guests with the expectation that guests are respectful of the rights of the host’s roommate and other hall residents.
8. The right for address of grievances in a respectful and appropriate manner.
9. The right to expect reasonable cooperation in the use of “room shared” space.
10. The right to expect reasonable cooperation in the use of “room shared” appliances (telephone, refrigerator, etc.).
 
The Residence Hall staff is available for assistance in settling conflicts and disagreements, and residents are highly encouraged to utilize their Resident Assistants and Residence Hall Coordinators to address any issues they find themselves experiencing. The development of strong interpersonal communication and conflict resolution skills is an integral part of residential living environment based in the Catholic educational tradition. In most cases, conflict coaching and mediation are the appropriate means of resolution within a shared living environment.
 
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