In a residence hall setting, the concern of the residential life staff is the community living environment. Every effort is made to develop an atmosphere where students may learn and develop positive academic and social habits. Rules and regulations have been established to ensure that the rights of the individual, as well as those of the community, are upheld. Students are required to adhere to all policies and regulations outlined in this Policy Manual and in any publications designed for specific residence areas.
- Alcohol Policy – The College adheres to all New York State laws regarding the distribution, possession, and consumption of alcoholic beverages. Persons under the age of 21 are prohibited from purchasing, possessing or consuming any type of alcoholic beverage anywhere on campus at any time, including all residence hall rooms and apartments. Persons who are under the age of 21 may not possess empty alcohol containers, including but not limited to beer bottles/cans, wine bottles/boxes, and liquor bottles. Students age 21 or older may possess and consume alcohol in any residence hall room or apartment, but they are prohibited from purchasing alcohol for or providing alcohol to minors. The following are prohibited in residence halls and apartments, for all persons, regardless of age: high risk drinking paraphernalia, including but not limited to beer pong tables and beer bongs/funnels; and all drinking games, with or without alcohol. Students are also required to comply with the Ithaca College Student Conduct Code (section 7.1.2) and the Ithaca College Campus Event Policy (Volume II, section 220.127.116.11), contained in of the Ithaca College Policy Manual. (Also see Volume II, section 2.8.8, "Drug and Alcohol Policies".)
- Drug Policy – The College adheres to federal and New York State laws that prohibit narcotics and drugs not prescribed by a physician. The possession, use, manufacture, purchase, distribution, or sale of prohibited and controlled substances—including, without limitation, illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia, or prescription drugs without a prescription—is prohibited and is cause for disciplinary action. The Ithaca College Office of Public Safety is authorized to investigate alleged violations of state, federal, or local laws with respect to the possession, use, manufacture, purchase or sale of drugs. (See section 2.8.8 of Volume II of the Ithaca College Policy Manual.) Although New York State law now permits the use of medical marijuana under certain conditions, federal law prohibits all use, possession, and/or cultivation of marijuana at U.S. educational institutions. Federal law also requires any institution of higher education which receives federal funding to have policies in place which prohibit possession and use of marijuana on campus. Therefore, the use, possession, and/or cultivation of marijuana for medical purposes is not allowed in any Ithaca College residence hall or on any other Ithaca College property. No exceptions can be made for any student based on their possession of a medical marijuana certification, registry ID card, or any other proof of medical marijuana eligibility.
- Community Responsibility – Students are members of a residence hall or apartment community and are expected to act responsibly and not interfere with the rights, comfort, or safety of their roommate(s) and other students.
- Guests – Off-campus guests are not permitted within the residence halls. Students are not permitted in a residence hall that is not their assigned building. There are no exceptions to this rule.
- Visitation – Visitation between residence halls and within residence hall rooms is prohibited. Residents may visit in common spaces of their own buildings while social distancing and wearing face coverings only.
UPDATES = from March 1, 2021 Beginning the week of March 1, students will be able to visit one another’s residence hall rooms on the same floor with a limit of one guest per resident. Please be mindful that your roommate may not be comfortable with a guest in the room, and the expectation is that students are having a conversation with their roommate before guests are invited into a room. Additionally, it remains important to keep six-feet of physical distance and your face covering on while in another resident’s room. Beginning the week of March 15, students will be able to visit residence hall rooms across different floors of the same residence hall, still with a limit of one guest per resident.
- Use of Room – Residence hall rooms, apartments, or common areas may not be used for illegal purposes. Residents are responsible for ensuring that their personal conduct and the conduct of their guests is not in violation of College policies or local, state, or federal laws. Ithaca College reserves the right for personnel acting in the performance of their duties to enter student rooms, apartments, and suites in order to ensure that all health, safety, and fire codes are being followed, provide maintenance and repairs, respond to emergencies, and to locate missing property and/or prohibited articles. Such entries may reveal violations of the Ithaca College Student Conduct Code or the Residential Life Rules and Regulations, which may result in fines and/or disciplinary action being taken against the student(s).
- Quiet and Courtesy Hours – Students have the right to study or sleep in their rooms without being disturbed by excessive noise. It is expected that the students in each residence hall will identify appropriate quiet hours, regular times during which all students keep noise to a minimum so that fellow residents can sleep or study. The minimum established residence hall quiet hours are Sunday through Thursday, 10:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m.; Friday and Saturday, 1:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Every residence hall observes "courtesy hours" 24 hours a day as a way to set activity and noise standards. Residents should always comply with requests from their neighbors to cease bothersome noise or activity.
- Solicitation and Advertising – Solicitation, sales, and advertising are not permitted in residence or dining halls without authorization from the appropriate College office or staff member. No door-to-door solicitation is permitted. Residents are not permitted to run private businesses from their campus residence. See the Ithaca College Solicitation and Advertising Policy in section 2.12 of Volume II of the Ithaca College Policy Manual for specific information, or contact the Office of Residential Life.
- Residency Requirements and Room Changes – The specific room, apartment, or suite to which a student is assigned must be that student's primary place of residence. All room changes must be made through the Office of Residential Life. Students must follow all proper procedures for room check-in and checkout. They may not at any time move off campus without specific written approval from the Office of Residential Life. For subletting information in the Circle Apartments, see www.ithaca.edu/reslife/checkin.htm.
- Prohibited Activities and Articles in Residential Life Facilities - The following are prohibited in or around residence halls and apartments and are subject to immediate action and/or removal by College personnel:
- Pets of any kind, except for fish and guiding eye dogs. Please note: If you have fish that require electric tank systems, they must be taken home during recesses because electric appliances must be unplugged during these periods.
- Weight-lifting equipment (weighing more than a total of 25 pounds) in rooms, apartments, or suites.
- Bicycles, except when stored in students' rooms or in designated areas where they do not block fire exit routes.
- Motorcycles, except in authorized locations outside the residence halls.
- Smoking: Smoking is defined as inhaling, exhaling, burning, or carrying any lighted or heated cigar, cigarette, pipe or other device designed to accomplish, enable, or imitate teh act of smoking, including but not limited to, electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), hookahs, and all vapor/vaping devices. Smoking outside must occur at least 20 feet from the building.
- Water beds, lofts (except those provided and installed by Ithaca College), and illegal elevation or stacking of furniture.
- Unauthorized decoration of room, apartment, or suite surfaces or doors with paint or adhesive-backed wall coverings such as wallpaper or contact paper.
- Possession or use of firearms, ammunition, fireworks, use of open flames, and/or other dangerous substances, weapons, or materials that are being used as or could be used as weapons at College sponsored activities or on College-owned or -operated property unless previously approved by permit through the Office of Public Safety. Ithaca College adheres to all New York State laws regarding firearms, ammunition, fireworks, and other dangerous substances or weapons.
- Storage or use of flammable or explosive liquids or gases including lighter fluid (except for artists' tube paints).
- Possession and/or use of electrical equipment and appliances in prohibited areas.
- Tampering with or misuse of elevators or fire and safety equipment (e.g., fire alarms, door alarms, fire extinguishers, exit signs, emergency phones, fire doors, sprinklers, or smoke or heat sensors) and/or failure to respond to fire alarms.
- Propping open residence hall fire or exit doors.
- Engaging in any other activity determined to be in violation of health, fire, safety, and/or maintenance codes.
- Possession or use of candles, incense, potpourri burners, charcoal or gas grills, space heaters, or anything that uses an open flame. However, apartment residents may store charcoal grills for outdoor (non balcony) use only.
- Damaging or misusing residence hall property and/or furniture (e.g., moving furniture from public areas into individual rooms, relocating or removing College property from a room or building, or nailing hooks into College furniture, walls, ceilings, or doors).
- Removing room screens or safety bars, suspending articles from windows and/or ledges, or throwing objects from buildings, or throwing objects or jumping from internal or external balconies.
- Presence on building roof areas and window ledges or in other unauthorized areas.
- Playing ball, Frisbee, or any other sports in residence hall rooms, apartments, suite corridors or other indoor areas.
- Disruptive behavior or excessive noise of any kind.
- Physical, verbal, or mental harassment of any individual.
- Duplicating College keys or changing or adding locks to room, apartment, or suite doors or any other residence hall property.
- Amplification (electrical or otherwise) of any musical instrument, or playing of drums.
- Theft or unauthorized possession of College property or property that belongs to an individual or group.
- Unauthorized entry into, tampering with, or use of facilities, property, services, or resources belonging to the College, its community members, guests, or licensees.
- Hover boards will not be allowed to be charged, operated, or stored in any residence hall or apartment on the Ithaca College campus.
- Failure to comply with directions of any residential life staff member or College official performing duties, including refusing to accept a roommate or impeding the Office of Residential Life's efforts to make an assignment to a vacant space; failure to comply with a study hall agreement or other special housing agreement; failing to provide proper identification to a staff member upon request; giving false or misleading information on housing preference forms; failing to be in possession of room keys; giving misleading or false information to staff members performing their duties; and breaking agreements reached at a roommate conflict resolution meeting with a residential life staff member.
If in the residence hall living environment an individual's behavior interferes with or infringes on the rights of others, the residential life staff must intervene. Administrative or conduct action will be taken to ensure that the living environment is not disrupted by the individuals involved. Administrative actions are outlined below in sections 18.104.22.168 and 22.214.171.124. Inappropriate behavior will be dealt with in a constructive and educational manner with the intent of helping students understand the impact they have on others in the community.
Violations of residence hall regulations are handled through the Ithaca College Student Conduct Code, section 7.1.2.
The director of the Office of Residential Life and Student Conduct & Community Standards (or designee) may, subject to prompt review, administratively reassign a student from his or her present room to an alternative room pending the outcome of a conduct hearing. The action may be taken to protect the health, safety, or welfare of campus residents or to prevent excessive damages to the residence hall or apartment facilities. Persons administratively reassigned from their housing assignment may be restricted from another person or building until the conclusion of the conduct hearing. If, as a result of the conduct hearing, it is concluded that the student's behavior warrants reassignment, the student may be permanently reassigned to a different space. If not responsible, the student may be allowed to return to his or her original assignment.
The director of the Office of Residential Life and Student Conduct & Community Standards (or designee) may, subject to prompt review, remove a student from any facility owned, leased, or operated by the College and require the student to live off campus when, in the judgment of the director of the Office of Residential Life and Student Conduct & Community Standards, such steps must be taken to protect the health, safety, and welfare of campus residents or property. Persons summarily removed from the College housing system shall not be allowed in any Ithaca College residence hall or other College-owned or -leased housing facility unless given permission by the director of the Office of Residential Life and Student Conduct & Community Standards (or designee).
The conduct review board must review a summary removal within six (6) College business days. The decision of the conduct review board will be subject to final review and decision by the senior associate vice president for student affairs and campus life (or designee). All procedures for this hearing are outlined in section 126.96.36.199 of the Student Conduct Code. The student may waive in writing the student's right to a hearing before the conduct review board and request the director of Student Conduct & Community Standards (or designee) to adjudicate the case. If, as a result of the conduct hearing, it is concluded that the student's behavior warrants immediate termination of the student's housing agreement, the student will not be refunded any room fees.
For additional residence hall regulations, see www.ithaca.edu/reslife/handbookindex.htm.
Last Updated: March 1, 2021