Living in a residence hall gives you a unique opportunity to meet and live with a variety of people from different cultures. You are provided with unlimited access to learn and grow in a safe and secure environment. In order to accomplish this, the following policies and procedures have been implemented (In Alpha Order):
- Residents under the age of 21 are prohibited from being in the presence of, possessing, and/or consuming alcohol.
- Alcoholic beverages are permitted in residence hall rooms for persons 21 years of age and over and where at least one resident of the room, suite, or apartment is 21 or over.
- It is the responsibility of the resident 21 years of age or over not to put underage residents at the risk of violating the alcohol policy.
- It must be clear that the beverage is the possession of the resident that is 21 years of age or over. Alcohol in a mixed age room/suite should be kept in the private refrigerator or storage space of the overage room/suite mate, not in a shared storage space or refrigerator.
- Residents 21 years of age or over should not consume alcohol in the presence of a resident under the age of 21, consume alcohol with their door open, or leave empty or open containers in their room.
- No alcohol (open or closed containers of alcohol) is permitted in the common and public areas (i.e. hallways, stairways, bathrooms, and balconies etc.) of the residence halls.
- No kegs or other forms of bulk alcohol are allowed in the residence halls.
- No empty containers are allowed (i.e. bottles used as decorations).
- No alcohol is permitted on all Panhellenic Greek floors, regardless of age.
Fire Hazards | Decorating Rooms | Storing Personal Items in RoomsEach resident is responsible for not having furnishings or equipment in their room that creates fire and safety hazards. Such items as candles (even if meant for display only and even if the wick has been removed), incense, bongs, hookahs, and non-fire-retardant material used to decorate are strictly prohibited. No items may be hung on the ceiling or in doorways, including fabric, banners, tapestries, posters, beads, or flags. All curtains must be flame-retardant and have the appropriate designation. The following items are not permitted in residence halls at any time: halogen lamps, lava lamps, scooters, electronic skateboards/hoverboards.
Fire Alarm SoundsWhen a building’s fire alarm is heard, follow these guidelines:
- Always assume an emergency, never assume a false alarm.
- Immediately leave room, close room door, exit the building, and assemble at the appropriate meeting place(s) outside designated by your HRL staff.
- Do not open doors if the doorknob is hot to the touch or if you cannot get out of your room because of a reported disability – stay in room and call the UNCG Police Department (336.334.4444) first to inform authorities of your location. The UNCG Police Department is able to respond and communicate more quickly and effectively with Greensboro emergency personnel. However, if you are unable to call the UNCG Police Department, please call 911 immediately.
- Use stairways to exit. Never use elevators during an emergency evacuation. If smoke is encountered, crawl on floor where air is cleaner.
Smoke or Fire is PresentIf a person smells or sees smoke please do the following:
- Pull the nearest fire alarm.
- Close room door(s) and safely exit the building.
- Call UNCG Police Department (336.334.4444).
- Never attempt to put out a fire.
- Inform staff or the authorities of the exact location of fire or smoke.
Being trapped by Smoke or FireIf a person is trapped by smoke please do the following:
- Sometimes it is safer to stay in place. If all exits are blocked, go back to your room or unit and close the door(s).
- Don’t jump from the windows! The fire department will respond and assist you.
- Call the UNCG Police Department (336.334.4444) and report that you are trapped in your room.
- Keep the door(s) closed: seal cracks under the door with a wet towel or clothes.
- Signal for help: Hang an object from the window (a bed sheet, jacket, or shirt) to attract the fire department’s attention.
Fire PreventionCommon causes of fires in residence halls include: arson, candles, incense, smoking, overloaded electrical outlets and extension cords, cooking equipment, and halogen lamps. Keep the following in mind as you navigate living on campus:
- Do not hang items from the ceiling.
- Keep exits, hallways, and stairwells clean and clear at all times. Shoes, equipment, umbrellas, and trash cannot be left in the hallway.
- Report any fire safety issues to the residence hall staff.
- No more than 10% of the area of room doors or corridors can be covered with NON-combustible items. Combustible items can be treated with non-combustible treatments but the 10% coverage limitation still exists.
- Do not cover room numbers or signs.
- Residents should report damaged or suspected malfunctioning equipment to HRL Maintenance department online by completing a FIXT Work Request.
FurnishingsStudents may not remove or exchange furniture from common areas of the residence hall or between any residence hall rooms. There is no storage available for residents to store University furniture.
- Lofts and waterbeds are not permitted.
- No items should be hung from the ceiling.
- Screens are not to be removed from windows.
- Student owned furniture, including couches, chairs, tables, curtains, and futons must be UL labeled as flame retardant. The tag must remain on items at all times.
- Unless previously mounted by the University, TVs cannot be mounted to the walls.
- Residents are responsible for any damage to the walls or paint in their bedrooms or apartment/suite spaces.
- Command strips are approved for proper use (please read application and removal instructions carefully) in all halls. Thumbtacks can also be used on sheetrock walls (Quad, Jefferson Suites, Spring Garden Apartments, Tower Village, Spartan Village).
- Mirrors, normal size posters, pictures, frames are acceptable assuming they can be properly supported by a Command Strip or thumbtack.
Lighting and Holiday Decorations
- Decorative lighting is permitted but limited to 100 bulbs or less. Turn decorative lighting off when you retire for the evening or if you leave your room for an extended period. Do not use nails, staples or thumbtacks to hang decorative lighting.
- No live greens, trees, wreaths or garlands.
- Any decorative window items such as snow must be removed before residents leave for winter break.
General Decoration Policies
- No extension cords are allowed. Instead, bring plug strips with surge protection and an integrated circuit breaker. No cords are permitted to pass through doorways.
- Do not hang anything from any fire protection equipment (i.e. sprinkler heads, smoke detectors, etc.). Do not hang anything within a two
- foot diameter of a sprinkler head or within two feet of the ceiling.
- Do not hang anything from the suspended ceiling systems. These are the ceiling systems that have a grid system and tiles in place. They are a component of the fire protection for the building.
- Do not restrict egress routes in your room or hallways. Egress is defined as the path you take to exit or enter your room or building.
- Do not place anything in the stairwells of any building.
- Decorations around the door within the main corridor should be kept to a minimal level.
- No lights, garland, wreaths, etc. are permitted on the room door or on the walls of the hallway.
- No more than 10% of the area of room doors or corridors can be covered with NON-combustible items. Combustible items can be treated with non
- combustible treatments, but the 10% coverage limitation still exists.
- Do not cover room numbers or signs
- Do not place anything in the corridors that would protrude more than 4 inches into the corridor.
- TORNADO WATCH means that conditions are right for a tornado to develop.
- TORNADO WARNING means a tornado has been sighted. Locate the evacuate sign! Students and staff should be ushered to a safe area: lower floors of the residence halls, basement, or other centralized protected areas. STAY INSIDE!
- Keys and access cards must be in the possession of and/or only used by the resident to whom they were issued. Failure to adhere to this policy may result in conduct action.
- University keys may not be duplicated or altered.
- Lock Change Policy: Residents who check into their assigned living spaces are issued a key. It is the resident’s responsibility to maintain and turn in a key upon vacating the room to HRL. A fee will be assessed for all keys that are not returned properly.
- Failure to Return Key: A $35 charge will be applied against the resident’s account for failure to return a room key. A $75 charge will be applied against the resident’s account for students living in Jefferson Suites, Lofts on Lee, the Suites in Moore/Strong, Tower Village, and Spring Garden Apartments.
- Sunday–Thursday, 10 p.m.–8:30 a.m.
- Friday–Saturday, 12 a.m.–8:30 a.m.
- Courtesy Hours are in effect 24 hours a day in the residence halls.
- To read and study free from undue interference in one’s room.
- To sleep without undue disturbance.
- To have one’s personal belongings respected.
- To have a clean environment in which to live. Optimal physical conditions are essential to sharing space with others.
- To have free access to one’s room and facilities.
- To have personal privacy.
- To host guests in common areas of the residence halls (e.g. lounges, recreation areas, parlors, etc.).
- To address grievances. (HRL staff members are available for assistance in settling conflicts.)
- To be free from intimidation and/or physical or emotional harms.
- To respect and appreciate differences in individuals.
- With permission of the occupant in his/her presence if possible, or
- With authorization of the Director or Associate Director for HRL, the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs or another Vice Chancellor, or
- With authorization of the highest residence hall administrative official available, if time is of the essence, and the individuals named in 1 and 2 above are not available.
- Never let someone into your building or your room that you do not know.
- Never prop open an exterior door or tamper with door alarms.
- Keep your key and Spartan card with you at all times.
- Always lock your room door, including when you are in the room, if you go across the hall to visit with friends, if you go to take a shower, or when you go to sleep. It only takes a few seconds for a thief to enter a room and steal property.
- Walk in groups when traveling outside the residence halls, especially at night. If this is not possible, utilize the University services available to you such as Spartan Chariot, Safety Escort and HEAT buses. Always travel in well-lighted, heavy traffic areas.
- Immediately call the UNCG Police Department (336.334.4444) if you see suspicious activity.
- Assault or Battery: Physical violence or conduct that threatens the health and safety of one’s self or any other person in or around the residence hall community is prohibited.
- The Elliott University Center “L” or other reserved areas in the Student Center
- The Dining Hall entrance
UNCG Residential Guest PolicyA “guest” is defined as a person present in a particular residence hall, apartment, or residence hall room with the consent of a hosting resident of that hall, apartment, or room. UNCG residential students only have access to the specific residential space to which they are assigned and are considered guests in all other residential communities. A resident should consult with roommate(s), suitemate(s), or apartment-mate(s) before inviting a guest to their space and should have approval from the roommate(s) for all guests. All residence halls have 24-hour visitation. Each resident is allowed to host 2 guests in the Residence Hall at a time.
- A maximum of 2 overnight guests are permitted to a resident at a time. A guest can stay overnight only if that resident’s roommate(s) has no objection. No guest may stay more than three consecutive nights or three nights in a calendar month.
- Cohabitation is prohibited; only residents assigned to a room or apartment may live there.
- Cohabitation is defined as living together or sharing the same space for longer than 3 consecutive days or regularly repeated multiple overnight visits.
- The resident host must escort their guest(s) at all times throughout the building. Guest(s) should not be left alone in the residence hall room.
- Guests must contact their resident host from outside the building in order to be escorted into the building.
- The resident host will assume all responsibility for the actions of the resident's guest(s).
- Residents are responsible for ensuring that their guest(s) abide by all University Policies and Housing policies. If a guest is involved in any violations of University or Housing policy, the hosting resident, as well as the guest, may be subject to disciplinary action. Residents may be held responsible for violations of University or Housing violations that occur while in the building.
- If, at any time, the number of guests present in a room poses an issue in the community due to noise or other violations of University or Housing policies, staff may direct them to leave the residence hall.