ERC Residence Life Policies
At UC San Diego we believe you will find living on campus is an integral part of your education. As a result of your community living experience, we hope that you will develop a concern and respect for others; make responsible choices and decisions about a lifestyle which suits you best; share your academic, social, and cultural experience with other students; and learn to live peacefully in close quarters with a diverse group of people. We encourage you to work toward developing a positive involvement in your community, based on your rights and responsibilities as a resident living on campus.
Please be aware that as part of your housing contract, everyone who chooses to live in our residential communities must abide by the rules and regulations of UCSD, which include the UCSD Student Conduct Code, the UCSD RESNETAcceptable Use Policy,all applicable local, state, and federal laws, and the Housing and Residential Life policies outlined below. All of these guidelines are here to establish a safe and secure living environment and to support your success as a UCSD student. Any student who anticipates or observes a potential violation of policy is expected to immediately remove herself/himself from the environment in which the violation may occur. One's presence during any violation of University or Housing policy ultimately condones, supports, and/or encourages the behavior or potential violation of policy.
It is important to realize that students living in a group environment affect each other's lives in many ways – we strongly believe that one's actions demonstrate one's commitment to respecting differences. In addition, we will not accept ignorance, humor, anger, alcohol or substance abuse as an excuse, reason, or rationale for behavior. Certain shared responsibilities such as mutual cooperation, inclusion and respect are integral to any successful group living situation. It also means accepting personal responsibility for how your everyday actions affect others living with you as roommates and neighbors. Establishing a positive and supportive residential environment means each individual must make occasional adjustments in personal habits, attitudes, and beliefs. Successful on-campus living, whether in the residence halls or apartments, means exercising your rights while recognizing your responsibilities in respecting the equally legitimate rights of the other members in your community.
Housing and Residential Life Policies:
In accordance with the University of California San Diego (UCSD) Single Undergraduate Residential Housing Contract, everyone who chooses to live in our residential communities must abide by the rules and regulations of UCSD: the UCSD Student Conduct Code, the Housing and Residential Life policies contained herein, the UCSD RESNET Acceptable Use Policy, and all applicable local, state, and federal laws. Violations of the rules and regulations may become the basis for disciplinary action.
California State Law, University policies, the UCSD Student Conduct Code, and/or these Housing and Residential Life policies prohibit those under the age of twenty-one (21) from the consumption, possession, or receipt of alcohol. Further, said policies prohibit those over the age of twenty-one (21) from providing alcohol to anyone under the age of twenty-one (21). Residents are responsible for their behavior at all times, and may be responsible for that of their guests (see Guest or Visitor Behavior policy). Listed below are the specific campus-wide, undergraduate, Housing policies regarding alcohol:
- Under twenty-one (21): Persons under the age of twenty-one (21) are prohibited from possessing, purchasing, transporting, distributing, or consuming alcoholic beverages at any time in or around the residential facilities. Persons under the age of twenty-one (21) in the presence of alcohol, with or without objective signs of intoxication, may be in violation of this policy. Alcohol possession or consumption which can be detected from outside the room/suite/apartment, will result in further inquiry and may result in charges of misconduct;
- Over 21: Residents who are twenty-one (21) or older and their guests who are twenty-one (21) or older may consume alcohol within the privacy of their own room or apartment. In such cases the door should be closed and all other policies concerning noise and other common courtesies must be followed;
- Roommates: Residents who are under twenty-one (21) and who have roommates who are twenty-one (21) or over may be present in their residence when their roommate is consuming alcohol, but may not consume nor possess any alcohol at any time;
- Possession/Alcohol paraphernalia: Possession of any open, full, or empty alcohol containers will be interpreted as possession of alcohol. Kegs of beer, cases of beer, and other beverages with an equivalent amount of alcoholic content in any form of container are considered bulk alcohol and are prohibited. Devices and games used or intended for the rapid consumption of alcoholic beverages are prohibited. Alcohol production and alcohol delivery from an outside vendor are prohibited in the residential areas regardless of age;
- Gatherings: Social gatherings, where alcohol is present, are allowed provided all guests are 21 years or older and attendance at the gathering does not exceed two (2) guests per resident of the room/apartment. Hosting of multiple room gatherings where the consumption of alcoholic beverages takes place and where people move from one room to another is prohibited. This regulation applies even if all rooms involved are within allowable guest limits, and;
- Public Consumption: At no time should the consumption of alcohol become public, nor may it occur outside of resident rooms or apartments.
Corridor, room, and common area decorations must conform to the following Environment, Health& Safety standards. Damages resulting from violating these policies may be assessed to the resident(s).
- Door Decorations: Message pads on the exterior of your room, suite, or apartment door must be limited to two pieces not larger than 8 1/2" x 14" each;
- Ceiling Decorations: Items of any kind are not to be affixed or adhered to any ceiling and no ceiling may be altered by painting, and;
- Walls: Walls may not be altered in any way and any item hanging from any wall must be mounted with removable adhesive strips or painters tape.
- Appliances: Every electrical appliance must be UL-listed and may only be used within the limitations of that listing. Any appliance not specifically listed for use "where exposed to the outside elements" is prohibited on an outdoor balcony or patio. In addition, flexible wiring (i.e., wiring not in a conduit) shall not be extended through walls, ceilings, floors, under doors or floor coverings, or be subject to environmental or physical damage. Wiring, including but not limited to telephone, cable, or computer wiring, from apartment to apartment or from room to room is prohibited. All appliances (e.g., cooking, portable heaters) with exposed heating elements are prohibited. Microwaves must be 600 watts or less and refrigerators must be 5.0 cubic feet or less. Burned food may activate the building fire alarm and the resident responsible may be financially responsible for the costs of the response to the alarm, including fire suppression;
- Electricity: All extension cords must have the following components: 1) Grounded with three wires; 2) Terminate in single receptacle; and/or, 3) Sized adequately to handle load. Multi-tap adapters, "cube taps," zip type extension cords, and similar devices are prohibited;
- Evacuation Maps: Evacuation maps may not be removed or altered;
- Failure to Evacuate: It is each resident's responsibility to evacuate to designated assembly areas when the fire alarm sounds. Failure to evacuate immediately is prohibited;
- False Fire Alarms: False alarms (pulling fire alarm stations without cause, tampering with smoke detectors, etc.) are prohibited;
- Fire Doors: Residents should not bypass or disable safety by propping doors or blocking latches;
- Fire and Emergency Equipment: It is a misdemeanor to tamper with or interfere with fire alarm pull stations, smoke and heat detectors, fire extinguishers, hoses, fire sprinkler systems and EXIT signs and lights. Violators are subject to disciplinary action as well as legal prosecution;
- Flammable or Corrosive Materials: Storage or use of any flammable liquids, fireworks, photo developing chemicals, or corrosive materials in any quantity is prohibited in or around the residential facilities. No vehicles or machines with flammable or corrosive materials can be brought into or stored in or around the residential facilities;
- Halogen Lamps: Halogen lamps are prohibited;
- Open Flames: Use of candles, charcoal grills, incense, tiki torches, or any other open flames are prohibited in or around the residential facilities. Propane gas and charcoal for BBQs may not be stored in or around any residential facility. Gas BBQs can be used 25 feet away from all buildings, and;
- Smoke Detectors/Sprinkler Heads: Hanging items on, damaging, dismantling, deactivating, covering, or otherwise altering smoke detectors and/or sprinkler heads is prohibited.
property. As such, gambling in or around the residential facilities is illegal and thus prohibited.
posting policy for further detail. Posting on exterior balconies or railings of apartment rooms or residence hall suites is prohibited. Postings inside bedrooms or on the inside of exterior-facing bedroom windows or doors may not interfere with the operation of doors or windows or otherwise endanger health or safety. Posting of material in common living areas of apartments or residence hall suites not open to the general public is permitted provided that none of the residents of adjoining rooms with access to the common area object to the material. Any material posted in the common area of apartments or residence hall suites must be removed in the event that any resident of an adjoining room with access to the common area objects to the posting of such material.
- Alterations/Damage/Theft: Residents will be held responsible for theft, loss or damage of university fixtures, furnishings, equipment, or decorations or damage to the facility, if either the resident or a resident's guest is the cause of such loss, theft or damage. The University, at its sole discretion, shall determine such costs, and payment for such costs shall be made by the resident and is due upon receipt of the notice. Damage should be reported immediately to Housing's Customer Service Center 858-534-2600. Do not attempt to repair damages; doing so may result in additional charges;
- Closet/Cabinet Doors: Removing doors is prohibited. If doors are removed, they will be re-installed immediately and the student will be assessed an administrative charge for their reinstallation/repair;
- Doors/Walls: Written messages, tacks, or tape (other than painter's tape) placed directly on any door or wall is prohibited;
- Door Closure Devices: State law requires that door closer devices be in working order. If a door closure device has been tampered with, it will be repaired and the residents charged;
- Elevators: Tampering with, misuse of, or vandalism of elevators is prohibited by law and University policy. Those responsible for such activities will be charged for cleaning or repair;
- Unauthorized Events: All organized and/or publicized events in or around the residential facilities must have the prior approval of the Resident Dean;
- Unauthorized Facility Use: All residential facilities, including the grounds immediately surrounding the facility, is reserved for the use of residents, the college Office of Residential Life, and residential activities. Use of these facilities by outside organizations is limited and determined by the Resident Dean of her/his designee;
- Furnishings: Moving furniture from any rooms/suites/apartments is prohibited. Students who move furniture from public areas or use furniture for purposes other than its original intention are subject to disciplinary action which will include any labor costs associated with returning the furniture to its appropriate location or its replacement. Outdoor use of University-owned furniture from rooms/apartments/suites is prohibited;
- Keys: Residents are responsible for all University-issued keys. Students may be charged for the costs associated with a lost or stolen keys or keys that are unreturned after a resident vacates a space. It is against policy to duplicate or use, without authorization, any University-issued key. Providing false information to obtain a University key is a breach or security and grounds for disciplinary action;
- Pets: Pets and animals are prohibited in the residential facilities. This includes pets or animals of visitors regardless of length of stay;
- Exception: Personal 'Service or Assistance Animals' that assist with a disability as certified by the Office for Students with Disabilities.
- Exception: Aquarium fish in tanks not to exceed 10 gallons Limit of one tank per person.
- Recycling: Recycling is each resident's responsibility and should be regularly be discarded to designated areas. If trash from a resident's room is found in a non-designated areas, residents will be held accountable for its appropriate disposal and all administrative charges associated with its removal and cleaning; and
- Unauthorized Entry: Unauthorized entry into any HDH-owned space and/or facility is prohibited. During University breaks, all residence halls are closed and unavailable for occupation or use.