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					           2009-2010
      RESIDENTIAL STUDENT HANDBOOK
        ESIDENTIAL TUDENT ANDBOOK
OFFICE OF HOUSING AND RESIDENCE LIFE
 FFICE OF OUSING AND ESIDENCE IFE
            GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY
              EORGE ASON NIVERSITY
                                                                   Table of Contents
P.R.I.D.E. ......................................................................................................................................................................3
GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY MISSION ..........................................................................................................4
OFFICE OF HOUSING AND RESIDENCE LIFE ..................................................................................................4
     Our Mission ........................................................................................................................................................... 4
   OFFICE STAFF AND LOCATION....................................................................................................................................4
WELCOME TO THE COMMUNITY ...................................................................................................................... 7
   LEADERSHIP AND INVOLVEMENT OPPORTUNITIES .....................................................................................................8
     Resident Student Association (RSA) ...................................................................................................................... 8
     Resident Advisor (RA)............................................................................................................................................8
   LIVING AND LEARNING .......................................................................................................................................9
   RESIDENTIAL AREAS ......................................................................................................................................... 10
     Presidents Park.................................................................................................................................................... 10
     DUCC .................................................................................................................................................................. 10
     TAP ...................................................................................................................................................................... 11
     York River Corner (YRC)..................................................................................................................................... 12
ROOMMATE BILL OF RESPONSIBLITIES AND RIGHTS............................................................................. 13
OFFICE OF HOUSING AND RESIDENCE LIFE PROCEDURES ................................................................... 15
   MOVE-IN .................................................................................................................................................................. 15
   ROOM CONDITION REPORTS (RCRS)........................................................................................................................ 15
     Academic Year Closing........................................................................................................................................ 16
     Proper Check-Out................................................................................................................................................ 16
     Express Check-Out .............................................................................................................................................. 16
     Abandoned Items ................................................................................................................................................. 17
   2009-2010 RESIDENCE HALL LICENSE AGREEMENT ................................................................................................ 17
     The Process for Requesting a Release ................................................................................................................. 18
     Necessary Documentation ................................................................................................................................... 18
   RAP 2010................................................................................................................................................................. 21
     RAP Housing Deposit .......................................................................................................................................... 21
     Applications ......................................................................................................................................................... 21
   ROOM CHANGES ....................................................................................................................................................... 22
   VACANCIES .............................................................................................................................................................. 23
   MAINTENANCE ......................................................................................................................................................... 24
   LOCKOUTS AND LOST KEYS ..................................................................................................................................... 24
OFFICE OF HOUSING AND RESIDENCE LIFE POLICIES ............................................................................ 27
   ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES .......................................................................................................................................... 27
     Alcohol-free “Dry” Areas ................................................................................................................................... 27
     Legal Drinking Age Residents ............................................................................................................................. 27
     Alcohol and Underage Roommates ..................................................................................................................... 28
     Underage Residents ............................................................................................................................................. 28
   ASSAULT AND BATTERY........................................................................................................................................... 29
   BATHROOMS AND SHOWERS .................................................................................................................................... 29
   BARBEQUE GRILLS ................................................................................................................................................... 29
   BICYCLES ................................................................................................................................................................. 29
   CAMPING .................................................................................................................................................................. 29
   CHALKING POLICY ................................................................................................................................................... 29
   CHRONIC MISBEHAVIOR ........................................................................................................................................... 29
   COMMUNICATION ..................................................................................................................................................... 30
   COMPLIANCE ............................................................................................................................................................ 30
   CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES/DRUGS/ MEDICATION ................................................................................................... 30
   COOKING IN THE HALLS ........................................................................................................................................... 31
     Residence Hall Rooms ......................................................................................................................................... 31
     Apartments/Units/Suites with kitchens ................................................................................................................. 31
   DAMAGE BILLING .................................................................................................................................................... 31
   DAMAGES/VANDALISM ............................................................................................................................................ 32
   DECORATIONS .......................................................................................................................................................... 32
   DISRUPTIVE BEHAVIOR ............................................................................................................................................ 33
   ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES......................................................................................................................................... 34
   EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION ..................................................................................................................... 34
   ENDANGERMENT ...................................................................................................................................................... 35
   FIRE ALARMS & EVACUATION ................................................................................................................................. 35
   FIRE ALARMS & EVACUATION OF MOBILITY CHALLENGED RESIDENTS .................................................................. 35
   FIRE SAFETY ............................................................................................................................................................ 36
   FIREWORKS .............................................................................................................................................................. 37
   FURNITURE ............................................................................................................................................................... 37
   GAMBLING ............................................................................................................................................................... 38
   GUESTS .................................................................................................................................................................... 38
   HARASSMENT ........................................................................................................................................................... 39
   HEALTH AND SAFETY INSPECTIONS ......................................................................................................................... 40
   KEYS/CARD ACCESS ................................................................................................................................................ 40
   MOTORIZED VEHICLES AND PARKING ...................................................................................................................... 40
   NOISE ....................................................................................................................................................................... 40
   PARTY/SPECIAL EVENT POLICY ............................................................................................................................... 41
   PETS AND ANIMALS .................................................................................................................................................. 44
   POSTING POLICY ...................................................................................................................................................... 45
   PROHIBITED TECHNOLOGY ....................................................................................................................................... 46
   PUBLIC NUDITY ........................................................................................................................................................ 46
   SAFETY..................................................................................................................................................................... 46
   SEXUAL OFFENSES ................................................................................................................................................... 46
   SMOKING .................................................................................................................................................................. 47
   SOLICITATION........................................................................................................................................................... 47
   STUDENT GROUP SPACE USAGE POLICY .................................................................................................................. 48
   THEFT....................................................................................................................................................................... 49
   TRASH REMOVAL ..................................................................................................................................................... 49
   UNAUTHORIZED ENTRY............................................................................................................................................ 50
   UNIVERSITY RIGHT OF ENTRY .................................................................................................................................. 50
   WATER BALLOONS ................................................................................................................................................... 50
   WEAPONS ................................................................................................................................................................. 50
   WINDOWS AND BALCONIES ...................................................................................................................................... 51
   WINTER BREAK HOUSING ........................................................................................................................................ 51
STUDENT SERVICES ............................................................................................................................................. 52
   COUNSELING & PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES ............................................................................................................ 52
   DINING SERVICES ..................................................................................................................................................... 52
   EMERGENCIES .......................................................................................................................................................... 52
   MAIL AND POSTAL SERVICE ..................................................................................................................................... 52
   RESIDENTIAL SECURITY STAFF ................................................................................................................................ 53
   UNIVERSITY POLICE/ ESCORT SERVICE .................................................................................................................... 53
RESIDENCE LIFE STANDARDS .......................................................................................................................... 54
RESIDENCE LIFE STANDARDS 2009-2010 ........................................................................................................ 55
   STATEMENT OF COMMUNITY VALUES: ..................................................................................................................... 58
   RESIDENT RIGHTS .................................................................................................................................................... 59
INDEX ........................................................................................................................................................................ 62
                           P.R.I.D.E.
Welcome to a new year at George Mason University (Mason)! The Office of Housing and
Residence Life (OHRL) would like to take this opportunity to challenge you to take P.R.I.D.E. in
Mason this year. What does P.R.I.D.E. mean? For the OHRL it means:

Pursuit of your academic goals: We are committed to creating a supportive environment for
your academic pursuits. Throughout the year, our Residence Life staff will make opportunities
available for you to get academic skills training, guidance, and the opportunity to meet professors
outside of class!

Respect for your community: Pride begins with respect for one‟s community.           Your Resident
Advisor (RA) will help to develop and maintain a strong community in your area. Community
begins with you and respect for yourself, your fellow residents, and the living area itself.

Individual Responsibility: This Guide to P.R.I.D.E. contains important policies and procedures, as
well as responsibilities and rights that will assist you in successfully transitioning to life in the
residence halls at Mason. As stated in your Residence Hall License Agreement, it is YOUR
responsibility to familiarize yourself with the information contained within this handbook.

Diversity: Mason has a very diverse population. Throughout the year you will have opportunities
to learn about different cultures and lifestyles. The OHRL is committed to providing you with these
opportunities.

Excellence in programming for residents: The OHRL is committed to educating the whole
student. Residence Life staff will offer opportunities where residents can learn about themselves,
their academic and career goals, and the Mason community.

We are excited about this upcoming academic year and look forward to assisting you in bringing the
P.R.I.D.E. goals to fruition. If you need any help, please feel free to contact your Resident Advisor
or stop by your Area Desk.




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                         GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY MISSION

George Mason University, also referred to as the University, will be an institution of international
academic reputation providing superior education for students to develop critical, analytical, and
imaginative thinking and to make well-founded ethical decisions. It will respond to the call for
interdisciplinary research and teaching, not simply by adding programs but by rethinking the
traditional structure of the academy.

The University will prepare students to address the complex issues facing them in society and to
discover meaning in their own lives. It will encourage diversity in its student body and will meet the
needs of students by providing them with interdisciplinary and innovative undergraduate, graduate,
and professional courses. The University will energetically seek ways to interact with and to serve
the needs of the student body.

The University will nurture and support a faculty that is diverse, innovative, excellent in teaching,
active in pure and applied research, and responsive to the needs of students and the community.
The faculty will embody the University‟s interactive approach to change both in the academy and in
the world.

The University will be a resource of the Commonwealth of Virginia, serving private and public
sectors. It will be an intellectual and cultural nexus between Northern Virginia, the nation, and the
world. (Adopted January 1991)

                      OFFICE OF HOUSING AND RESIDENCE LIFE

Our Mission
The Office of Housing and Residence Life (OHRL) strives to provide a student centered
community focused on supporting the academic mission of the University. By providing a variety of
safe and comfortable living options, the Office promotes personal growth and an appreciation for
diversity among residents. Our commitment to address the needs of the on-campus student is also
represented through supportive programming efforts and professional ethical standards.

                                     Office Staff and Location
CENTRAL OFFICE STAFF: The following full-time staff members are located in the OHRL,
which is located on the ground level of Potomac Heights, Wing A. The operating hours are 8:30
a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday.

The Director of Housing and Residence Life manages the entire Housing system and works
closely with a staff of professionals to promote the academic growth of resident students.

The Associate Director for Facilities is responsible for maintaining a comfortable environment in
the residence halls. The Associate Director for Facilities is also responsible for planning and
overseeing major renovations to the residential facilities.

The Associate Director for Housing Services is responsible for supervising the
assignment/billing process and the supervision of the Central Office Support Staff.


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The Associate Director for Residence Life is responsible for the professional, graduate, and
student residence life staff, as well as overseeing programming, judicial, and communication of
information to residents.

The Business Manager is responsible for overseeing recruiting efforts, hiring, human resources,
accounting, and budgeting within the OHRL.

The Assistant Director for Marketing and Summer Conferences is responsible for recruiting
students to on-campus housing, advertising, and the organization of our summer Housing intern
and conference programs.

The Assistant Director for Facilities is responsible for working with maintenance and custodial
staff, and administering various departmental procedures.

The Assistant Manager of Information Technology assists with the managing of technology for
the department, including the web-site, student database and card access system.

The Assistant Director of Staff and Student Development is responsible advising the Resident
Student Association, professional staff training, and Resident Advisor training, recruitment,
evaluation, and selection.

The Coordinator for Residential Safety is responsible for creating and implementing fire safety
programs for the students that live on campus. The Coordinator for Residential Safety works in
collaboration with the Office of Environmental Health & Safety and the Office of Housing and
Residence Life to develop and manage fire safety practices, evacuation plans, educational campaigns
and events, emergency preparedness plans, and safety and security training.

The Conference and Guest Housing Coordinator is responsible for recruiting and
accommodating summer conference groups and interns.

Assignments Coordinators are responsible for assigning rooms to students, the room change
process, and the Room Assignment Process.

The Residential Conduct Coordinator is responsible for managing the data within the residential
student conduct process, case file management, and collaborating with the Office of Judicial Affairs
with issues of student misconduct.

The Graduate Assistant for Conduct is responsible for assisting the Residential Conduct
Coordinator in administrating student conduct processes.

The Graduate Assistant for Residence Life is responsible for coordinating and assisting in
communication and recognition efforts for students and staff. Also serves as co-advisor for the
Resident Student Association.

ACUHO-I Summer Intern is a graduate student in higher education seeking experience in
Housing and Residence Life. Responsibilities include assisting in the summer conference program
or other residence life projects.


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The Office Manager is a full time staff member that provides support for the day-to-day operations
of the Central Office along with the supervision of the Receptionists and Office Assistants.

The Receptionists are responsible for maintaining the front desk in the Central Office, assisting
OHRL staff members, and directing individuals to appropriate personnel.

RESIDENCE LIFE STAFF: Residence Life staff is located in each individual area. Residents
who need to speak with a Residence Life staff member should contact their Area Desk.

Area Coordinators (AC) are full-time professionals, who supervise the Resident Directors (RD)
and area staffs. ACs typically hold a Masters degree in Student Affairs or a related field and have
been trained in all aspects of residential living. They are responsible for the day-to-day operations of
their respective residential communities, including judicial matters and coordinating administrative
processes.

Resident Directors (RD) are full time professionals, generally with an advanced degree in Student
Affairs or related fields. They have special skills in supervision, meeting student needs, and
managing a residential area. They are trained in many areas, including counseling, programming,
administration, and crisis intervention. While serving as a resource for all residents, the RDs directly
supervise the RA staff in their area. They also work closely with the AC to perform other duties for
the OHRL.

Resident Advisors (RA) are student staff members pursuing either undergraduate or graduate
degrees. Residents will have immediate and frequent contact with their RA. RAs are trained to
assume many roles: resource and referral person, peer helper, program facilitator, mentor, policy
enforcer, and administrator. They work to promote an inclusive, positive atmosphere that is safe,
friendly, and supportive of the University‟s academic objectives. They also serve as a liaison
between the residents and the OHRL. Please refer to the next page for information on becoming a
RA.

The Receptionists are responsible for maintaining the Area Desk, assisting OHRL staff members,
and directing individuals to appropriate personnel.




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                                        WELCOME TO THE COMMUNITY

Over 5,000 students live in the residence halls at Mason. During college, students experience
continuous intellectual, emotional, and physical growth. This out-of-classroom learning is very
important to the students‟ level of academic achievement and personal development. Educational
support programs that focus on enriching the lives of students are offered throughout the year.

Living in a residential community will give residents the opportunity to meet and learn about people
from different cultures, religions, geographical areas, and backgrounds. Through community
programs and other activities, students will have a chance to explore Mason‟s rich diversity within
their residential community. The OHRL staff is committed to creating an environment that allows
each individual to explore his/her interpersonal relationships freely and without bias.




Overview

The CORE model is designed to enhance the learning experience of residential students at George
Mason University and to instill in them key values such as personal growth, empowerment,
collaboration, civic responsibility, and social change. These values are summarized by the four
guiding principles of the model.*

Community | Giving Back to the World
The process of building community instills a sense of belonging and responsibility to something
greater than oneself. Through community service, civic engagement, and learning about the
community outside of George Mason University, individuals connect to the larger society and
develop the value of caring for each other and the greater good.

Opportunity | Educating for Life
Personal enrichment occurs through opportunities to explore new ideas and differing beliefs and
values from one‟s own. Through exposure to experiences that challenge one‟s existing views, the
individual broadens their perspective of the world and shapes their own sense of self.

Reflection | Exercising for Strong Body and Mind
Achieving balance in one‟s life requires the development of a strong mind and body. Individuals
who take the time to reflect on their current and future situations enhance their health and wellness
while developing a greater sense of achievement and self-esteem.

Environment | Promoting a Green Lifestyle
Through service initiatives and environmental education, individuals develop global awareness and
personal responsibility for their world around them. Collaborative efforts to affect positive change
lead to strengthened communities and lasting results in the protection of our world.
* This model is adapted from the Campus Living Village‟s CORE model




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                             Leadership and Involvement Opportunities
It is up to each resident to create a valuable and meaningful college experience! By living on
campus, residents have access to a wealth of opportunities and resources. Direct involvement is the
best way to experience all that on-campus living has to offer. Early in the fall, residents will find
programs and activities to help them adjust to college, succeed academically, and develop new
relationships. Throughout the year, additional programs are offered to support classroom learning,
provide personal challenges, and create and maintain a sense of community with neighbors.

Resident Student Association (RSA)
All students who live in residence halls are members of the RSA. Student representatives plan
events, provide advocacy for residential students and information sharing, and learn about current
issues on campus. RSA focuses on developing leaders through programming activities, campus
spirit, and recognition. Activities designed by RSA are fun and promote community fellowship
between the students. Involvement in RSA is an exciting opportunity to make a positive, long lasting
impression on the resident student population, while also gaining valuable leadership experience.

Leadership Opportunities
The RSA at Mason is an organization on campus that discusses various needs of residential students
and can be active in making sure residential students' needs are met. In addition, RSA is a way for
students to become actively involved in the campus‟ residential community, develop leadership
skills, and plan activities and events, and meet student leaders from other areas of campus.

Conference Attendance
RSA participates in the National Association of College and Residence Halls, Inc (NACURH), the
South Atlantic Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls (SAACURH), and the Virginia
Association of Residence Halls (VACURH). All resident students, especially those actively involved
in RSA, are invited to apply to attend conferences sponsored by these organizations. Contact your
area‟s RSA president or representative for information about dates and applications.

How can residents get involved in RSA?

        Run for an Executive Board or Hall President position or be selected as an Area
        Representative
        Talk to the RA about meeting times and events
        Visit RSA online at http://housing.gmu.edu/rsa or on Facebook
        E-mail RSA at rsa@gmu.edu

Resident Advisor (RA)

An outstanding way to become involved in the community is to become a Resident Advisor (RA).
A RA is:
       A student selected through an application and interview process, who lives in the residence
        halls and acts as a resource for the students on their floor or area of the building.
       RAs play a key role in creating an environment for students that is conducive to academic,
        personal and social growth.



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       RAs are responsible for developing social, academic and cultural opportunities for their
       residents.
       A RA is a resource, mentor, role model, and community leader.
       RAs develop strong leadership and interpersonal skills which they use for the rest of their
       lives.

In order to be considered for a RA position, students must have a 2.5 G.P.A. to apply, have
completed two academic semesters at Mason by the time of employment, be a full-time student, and
be in good judicial standing. Interested students should visit http://housing.gmu.edu/ra for detailed
information about the RA position and the application process.

                                   LIVING AND LEARNING

Living Learning Communities:
At Mason, the OHRL is committed to providing residents with a stimulating and active community
that promotes learning outside the classroom. We offer a wide variety of initiatives that encourage
intellectual development in the residence halls.

Our Living Learning Communities (LLCs) provide a seamless academic and residential community.
Students walk away from this experience with a high level of involvement and a sense of belonging.
Through dialogue, personal interactions, and perspective sharing with peers and faculty, the
residents of these communities gain valuable skills through a diverse and varied curriculum inside
and outside of the classroom. There are several opportunities for students to work closely with their
professors in a collaborative community with their peers.

A complete list of Mason Living Learning Communities can be found at http://housing.gmu.edu.
For further questions about Living Learning Communities and Academic Initiatives in the residence
halls please contact Kara Danner, Director of Living Learning Community Development, at
kdanner@gmu.edu or (703) 993-8910.




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                                     RESIDENTIAL AREAS

Presidents Park
Adams, Eisenhower, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Kennedy, Lincoln, Madison, Monroe,
Roosevelt, Truman, Washington, and Wilson Halls

“The Park” houses approximately 1,200 first-year students in a cluster of three-story buildings that
surround the Eisenhower Community Center. Laundry facilities are located in Adams Hall,
Harrison Hall, and Lincoln Hall. The Eisenhower Community Center features Ike‟s Diner,
individual study rooms, a multimedia theater, a TV lounge, professional staff offices, a service desk,
and a vending area.

As Presidents Park is comprised of first-year students, it is designated to be an alcohol-free
community. Neither residents nor their guests are permitted to possess alcohol within the residence
halls, regardless of age.

The Presidents Park Area Desk (703-993-2750) is open 24 hours a day during the academic year
and is located in Eisenhower Hall with limited hours during holidays and breaks.

DUCC
Dominion Hall, University Commons, and Commonwealth Hall

University Commons houses approximately 500 students in seven buildings. Approximately 26
residents live on each floor sharing a community bathroom. Two-story and three-story buildings
surround Hanover Hall, which houses the Area Desk, a TV lounge, a study lounge, a kitchen,
professional offices, laundry facilities, and vending machines.

Carroll Hall, Dickenson Hall, Essex Hall, Franklin Hall, and Grayson Hall are designated alcohol-
free and smoke-free communities. Neither residents nor their guests may possess alcohol on the
premises, regardless of age.

Commonwealth Hall and Dominion Halls are adjacent to the University Commons. These halls
have multipurpose first floors that include a reception area, lounges, vending machines, and laundry
facilities. Each building houses approximately 250 residents. Each floor is comprised of two wings
separated by elevators and a study lounge. The rooms are suite-style, double occupancy units.

The DUCC Area Desk (703-993-2736), located in Hanover Hall, is open 10:00 a.m.-2:00 a.m.
Monday-Friday, 12:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Chesapeake
Blue Ridge, Shenandoah, Piedmont, Tidewater, Northern Neck, Eastern Shore, and
Hampton Roads Halls

The Chesapeake Area is the newest residential area at Mason. Chesapeake offers a variety of
housing options through suite and apartment style living and contains approximately 1224 bed
spaces. In addition to student housing, the Chesapeake area contains a variety of services including
Star bucks Coffee, The Corner Pocket Game Room, The One Stop Patriot Shop convenience store
and the Southside Dining and Fitness Center.


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Blue Ridge, Shenandoah, Piedmont and Tidewater Halls house 714 students in suite style
living units. The 40 students who live on each floor have access to study rooms and lounges
outfitted with couches and chairs that are conducive to study and leisure time. Laundry facilities,
vending machines and meeting spaces are located on the first floor of each building. The
connection between Blue Ridge and Shenandoah is home to the Corner Pocket game room that is
open to all Mason students. Additionally, the One Stop Patriot Shop convenience store is located
on the first floor of Blue Ridge Hall. Piedmont and Tidewater halls have community kitchens
located on the first floor open to all residents in the area. The connection between Piedmont and
Tidewater contains additional study rooms

Northern Neck Hall houses 318 students in 4 or 6 person apartments. Each apartment has a full
kitchen including a refrigerator, microwave, range, and sink with garbage disposal. Approximately
70 students live on each floor and have access to study rooms and lounges outfitted with couches
and chairs conducive to study and leisure time. Northern Neck contains a Starbucks Coffee, as well
as currently houses The Office of Family Programs and Services, and the MMRC.

Eastern Shore Hall (Opening October 2009) houses 192 students in cluster style living units. Each
cluster houses 16 students in suite style rooms and a small community living area. Each cluster has
their own community living area which includes: a full kitchen including a refrigerator, microwave,
range, and sink with garbage disposal, as well as, a living room, and study rooms. Laundry facilities,
vending machines, and meeting spaces are located on the first floor of the building.

Hampton Roads Hall will provide space for an additional 400 students when it opens in the Fall
of 2010.

The Chesapeake Area Desk (703-993-9880) is located on the 1st floor between Piedmont and
Tidewater Halls. The Chesapeake Area Desk is open 8:30 a.m.-2:00 a.m. Monday-Friday and 12:00
p.m.-2:00 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

TAP
Townhouses/Student Apartments/Front Royal (CRC)

The University Townhouses are located one-eighth of a mile from the Fairfax Campus
and house over 130 students. They include a full-sized kitchen with a dishwasher, and a washing
machine and dryer. Students receive mail services through the U.S. Postal Service and must arrange
their landline phone service through Verizon (www.verizon.com). The University provides wireless
connection to the internet. Residents do have the option of arranging broadband internet
connection through Cox Cable (www.cox.com). All townhouses are non-smoking.

The Student Apartments are comprised of nine three-story, fully furnished buildings, housing
approximately 500 students. Each unit has a kitchen, bathroom, common area, and its own outside
entrance. Kitchen amenities include a refrigerator, electric stove and oven, garbage disposal, and
microwave. Laundry and trash facilities are located in Apartment Buildings 2, 4, and 8. The Student
Apartments is a non-smoking community.

The Front Royal campus (Conservation Research Center) is located in Front Royal, VA at the
National Zoological Park Conservation and Research Center. There are beds for approximately 15


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students at this 3200 acre facility. The Conservation Research Center houses some of the rarest
species in the world. Students live and learn alongside some of the most prominent and
distinguished researchers and practitioners within the field of conservation.

The TAP Area Desk (703-993-2797), located on the first floor of Student Apartment Building 5, is
open is open 10:00 a.m.-2:00 a.m. Monday-Friday and 12:00 p.m.-2:00a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

York River Corner (YRC)
Liberty Square and Potomac Heights

Liberty Square houses 496 students in 144 fully furnished apartments. Located between Presidents
Park and the Aquatic Center, Liberty Square features two- and four-person apartments, each with
single bedrooms and one bathroom for every two students. Each apartment contains a full kitchen
and living area. Kitchen amenities include a refrigerator, electric stove and oven, garbage disposal,
microwave, and dishwasher. Residency in Liberty Square is limited to upper-class students. Liberty
Square is a non-smoking housing area.

Potomac Heights houses 504 students in 128 fully furnished apartments. Apartments
accommodate two, four, or six students in single and double bedrooms. Located between Liberty
Square and the Aquatic Center, Potomac Heights generally offers one bathroom for every two
students (except for the six-person units which have an extra half-bath). Each apartment contains a
full kitchen and living area. Kitchen amenities include a refrigerator, electric stove and oven,
microwave, garbage disposal and dishwasher.

The Liberty Square Desk (703-993-9240), located near the main entrance in the lobby, is open
limited hours throughout the week. Residents of Liberty Square may get assistance from the
Potomac Heights desk during non-business hours or by calling the RA duty cell phone.

YRC Area Desk in Potomac Heights (703-993-9250), located in the middle tower, Wing C, on
the first floor, is open 10:00 a.m.-2:00 a.m. Monday-Friday and 12:00 p.m.-2:00a.m. Saturday and
Sunday.




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                  ROOMMATE BILL OF RESPONSIBLITIES AND RIGHTS
Being a roommate and having a roommate can be one of the most important experiences of a
residential student. How residents approach this new experience, what they put into it, what they
expect from it, and what they learn from it are equally important steps in determining the success of
any roommate relationship.
According to the Residence Hall License Agreement, any behavior that infringes upon the rights or space
usage of others is strictly prohibited and will result in disciplinary action. If a residential student
does not allow for the assignment of roommates into a vacant space by utilizing the space or not
vacating it appropriately – that student‟s non-compliance may result in judicial or financial charges.
The “Roommate Bill of Responsibilities and Rights,” reveals what room/apartment/suite-mates can
reasonably expect from one another. Residence Life staff is available to assist, as requested.

        YOU HAVE THE RIGHT to a safe and secure residence hall living environment;
        YOU HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY to keep your room door and hall doors locked, and
        to not prop them open or allow in strangers. You also have a responsibility to uphold all
        security policies and procedures. Violations of these security policies and procedures put you
        and others at risk.
        YOU HAVE THE RIGHT to a reasonably peaceful and quiet space in which you can sleep
        and study;
        YOU HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY to observe quiet hours, to keep your stereo,
        television, computer and your voice at a reasonable volume in your room and on your floor,
        and to remind your guests and others that you expect the same of them.
        YOU HAVE THE RIGHT to privacy and to the proportionate use of your room, both in
        terms of space and time, and the right to be free of unwanted guests in your room;
        YOU HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY to let your roommate know of your wishes and
        preference for hours of sleep, study, and visitation, and to work through any difference you
        may have in a peaceful manner. You also have a responsibility to make sure your guests do
        not violate your roommate's rights or interfere with his/her use of your room.
        YOU HAVE THE RIGHT to confront another person's behavior when it infringes on your
        rights;
        YOU HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY to examine your own behavior when confronted by
        another and to work toward resolving conflicts.
        YOU HAVE THE RIGHT to the assistance of your Resident Advisor, Resident Director,
        Area Coordinator, or other OHRL staff members when you need help with a problem;
        YOU HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY to notify a staff person of your problem and request
        assistance in a timely manner and to cooperate with those involved as they work with you as
        you solve your problem.
        YOU HAVE THE RIGHT to know what is appropriate and inappropriate behavior in your
        living environment;
        YOU HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY to read the information provided to you by George
        Mason University. This includes, but is not limited to, your Residence Hall License
        Agreement, Dining Service Agreement, Guide to P.R.I.D.E. and University Judicial Code. You
        may report any violation, whether or not you were personally affected by it.

*Adapted from the University of Delaware, http://www.udel.edu/reslife/students/randr.html




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                                  POLICIES AND SERVICES

The OHRL is committed to fostering the best environment possible for the pursuit of academic
goals, personal growth, and community development within the residence halls. As a public
institution of higher education, Mason has as its primary mission the development of students into
productive citizens and critical thinkers, who contribute to the well being of society. It is the
purpose of the University‟s judicial/conduct system to promote a climate that facilitates behaviors
supportive of learning and protects the university community from conduct that is destructive to the
learning environment.

This section of the Guide to P.R.I.D.E. describes procedures, policies, and services designed to
preserve the safety and academic environment of the residence halls. Although not all-inclusive, this
section explains the practices that most directly impact the residential experience while at Mason.

Appliances, Equipment and Personal Items
Many of the items listed as prohibited below create safety hazards and may cause fires or damage
property in the residence halls. Any of the items listed below as prohibited may not be brought to
the residence halls. Residents found in possession will be required to remove the item from the
residence halls immediately and may face disciplinary action. In addition, residents may be
responsible for any cost accrued in the removal of the item. Residents are responsible for all
damages from permitted and/or prohibited items.

Prohibited:
     Drug-related paraphernalia (e.g. bong, pipe, hookah)
     Firearms, fireworks, explosives, weapons
     Fuels or other combustible items
     Incense, candles, oil-lamps- lit or unlit
     Cinder blocks
     Electrical appliances with an exposed heating element
     Resident owned air conditioners
     Live trees
     Extension Cords, Multiple Plugs, Multiple Plug Converters
     Plug-In Air Fresheners with or without an Additional Plug Adaptor
     Pets, except some fish (See Pet Policy)
     Halogen Lamps, Black Light, and “Spider” Lamps
     Outside antennas and satellite dishes
     Water propelling devices, including squirt guns
     Waterbeds
     Unauthorized inflatable pools and slip n‟ slides
     Refrigerators greater than 118 volts, 60 Hz, and do not draw more than 1.5 amps or 180 watts
     All cooking appliances are prohibited in rooms/units without a kitchen (DUCC, Chesapeake,
     and Presidents Park)


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     Wall mounted televisions
     NERF and NERF-style guns and projectiles
     Non-fire retardant curtains
     Lofts

Permitted:
   Computers/laptops
   Curling irons
   Coffee pots without an exposed heating element
   Electric razors
   Fans
   Fish in tanks 10 gallons or smaller
   UL approved Holiday lights
   Portable hair dryers
   Power strips with a surge protector
   Microwave ovens and “Micro fridge” units are permitted. If interested in obtaining a “Micro
   fridge” please contact Palladium Campus Services at 443-812-1815 or http://www.microcold.com

            OFFICE OF HOUSING AND RESIDENCE LIFE PROCEDURES

Move-In
Residents are required to follow the established procedures when moving in and out of the halls. To
ensure a safe and orderly move, follow the procedures communicated by the Residence Life staff.

Room Condition Reports (RCRs)
During their occupancy, residents are financially responsible for damages to their rooms, including
furnishings. Upon check-in, residents should ensure they receive a Room Condition Report (RCR),
which is an inventory listing the contents of the room and the condition of each item. It is the
resident’s responsibility to verify the inventory and condition of his/her room, then return
the RCR to his/her RA (or Area Desk) within 48 hours after check-in. Record any damages
not noted accurately on the RCR as the residents will be responsible for damages not noted.

Students living in the TAP area, YRC area (Liberty Square/Potomac Heights), and Northern Neck
must also complete the Common Area Condition Report section of the RCR. Otherwise, the
residents may be held responsible for all the charges noted at check-out, even if the charges are
disputed. Residents are also held responsible for damages in shared lounges, laundry facilities, and
common areas within their residential community. Charges for damages to shared lounges and
common areas will be placed on students‟ accounts via community billing.




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Academic Year Closing
All residence halls close for the academic year no later than noon on Wednesday, May 12, 2010.
Residents are expected to vacate the residence halls 24 hours after their last final exams. The
following groups may stay in their assigned rooms beyond the time and day that the halls close:

       Graduating Seniors receive an automatic extension, and will be required to move-out no
       later than 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 15, 2010. Certain stipulations may apply.
       Interns and Summer School students who will be living on-campus for the first summer
       session. These students must request an extension when they complete their Summer
       School Housing or Intern Application.
       Residents that have been approved for extended stay by their RD, AC or assignments
       staff.

Proper Check-Out
Residents are required to vacate their rooms 24 hours after their last exams, or by the time the halls
officially close for that term. Failure to complete a “proper” check-out may result in an improper
check-out fee placed on the resident‟s student account, plus any related charges. Regardless of the
time of year, all students are expected to complete the check-out procedures detailed below.

Steps for completing a “proper” check-out are:
    1. Contact the RA to pre-arrange a time to check-out. Residents are required to sign up at least
        48 hours before they want to check-out of the residence halls and must be ready at the
        scheduled time. Failure to meet residence life staff at the pre-arranged check-out time may
        be considered an improper check-out.
    2. Remove all personal belongings, trash, decorations, and/or alterations. The RA will not be
        able to check-out a resident until all personal items and trash are removed. Any items left
        behind will be considered abandoned and discarded at the owner‟s expense.
    3. All furniture must be returned to its original location.
    4. The residence must be cleaned, vacuumed and returned to the condition in which the
        resident moved into the space. Residents may be billed for damage not considered “wear
        and tear.”
    5. Meet the RA at the scheduled time and accompany him/her for formal assessment of the
        residence via the relevant Room Condition Report(s) and check-out verification. Students
        who fail to schedule a check-out, or are not ready at the scheduled time must wait until there
        is staff available to assist and may be charged an improper check-out.
    6. Residents must return their key to the Area Desk, not to the RA. Residents will also have
        their card access turned off at that time, although residents do not have to surrender their
        Mason ID. Students still must visit the desk at check-out.
    7. Once a resident has been checked out of their residence hall room, or the move-out deadline
        has passed, they may not remain in the residence halls without prior approval from the
        OHRL, and must follow the appropriate guest/escort policy.

Express Check-Out
Residents may also opt to use the Express Check-Out option. For the appropriate procedures for
Express Check-Out, the resident must attend the floor meeting held by his/her Resident Advisor. If
the resident, chooses Express Check-Out he/she does not have to check out with a RA, but signs an
Express Check-Out agreement. Read the terms and conditions of this agreement carefully.


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Abandoned Items
Any items that remain in the room/apartment/suite after any of the following will be considered
abandoned and disposed of at the owner‟s expense:
      • After a check-out
      • After the published hall closing deadline
      • After an eviction, relocation, or room change deadline
      • For non-approved extensions (extensions must be requested and approved in writing, in
      advance)

As stated in Section 5 of the Residence Hall License Agreement:
“The OHRL reserves the right to discard or store at no liability for a limited period personal
property remaining in an assignment after the assignment has been reassigned to another resident or
is not vacated at the prescribed time.”

                         2009-2010 Residence Hall License Agreement

The Residence Hall License Agreement (herein the “Agreement”) is a binding contract for the full
academic year. Residents are responsible for the terms and conditions of the signed Agreement.
Returning keys and checking out of one‟s assigned space does not release a resident from the terms
of the Agreement. Rent charges will remain on a student‟s account and a space on campus will be
reserved for the student, unless he or she requests (in writing) and is approved for release by the
OHRL. An Agreement Release Request form and third party documentation must be submitted at
the OHRL for consideration for release.

Guidelines to Apply for an Agreement Release Request (ARR)
The Residence Hall License Agreement is binding for the full academic year. This Agreement is
strictly adhered to with exceptions made only under special circumstances. Students who wish to
request a release may do so by completing the Agreement Release Request form and submitting it to
the Office of Housing and Residence Life (OHRL). Submitting a request for a release does not
guarantee release nor should acceptance of the re-quest by the OHRL be construed as a
commitment to release.

Agreement Release Requests will NOT be granted for the following reasons:

       Financial aid need
       Delay in receiving a housing assignment
       Desire to commute from home
       Lack of understanding that the Agreement is binding
       Medical reasons (other than as required by law)
       Changing circumstances or opinions about housing
       Incompatibility with your roommate(s)/suitemate(s)
       Involvement in a lease off campus

Consideration for release from the Agreement falls into the following categories:
       Participation in an approved study abroad program



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        Graduation
        Withdrawal from GMU
        A medical condition that precludes the possibility of living on campus
        A significant and unforeseen change in financial status.

Residents requesting a release must establish, through supporting third party documentation that:
       A significant, uncontrollable, and unforeseen change in circumstance has occurred, since the
       time the Agreement was signed, which has created a special need (categories stated above)
       And that GMU has no other form of housing that will meet this need.

All approved cancellations will incur a cancellation fee in addition to pro-rated costs for the period
of residence. Rent charges will continue to accrue until the resident has properly checked out and
returned his/her room keys and forms to the appropriate Area Desk.

The Process for Requesting a Release
Applicants must obtain, complete, and submit an Agreement Release Request and all necessary
documentation to the Office of Housing and Residence Life. The request will be reviewed and a
decision will be communicated to the applicant via e-mail within ten business days. Applicants may
choose to check out of their on campus space pending a decision, but if the request is denied, they
will still be responsible for paying rent charges for a space on-campus.

The Process for Requesting an Appeal of Denial

        A resident who is making the request must do so officially in writing to the Associate
        Director for Housing Services as outlined in the Guide to Pride and/or the Office of
        Housing and Residence Life website (http://housing.gmu.edu).
        Appeal letters must be typed and include the name and G Number of the resident. The
        Resident is required to submit any official documentation to support their request of an
        appeal.
        The merits of any appeal will be based solely on the written letter, supporting documentation
        provided, information conveyed verbally, electronically, and in writing, and records
        maintained by the Office of Housing and Residence Life and the University.
        Appeal decisions will be communicated to the student electronically via the students George
        Mason University email account.

Necessary Documentation
The following is a list of the reasons for which a student may request release from the Agreement and
the third party documentation that is required for support. Requests submitted without third
party documentation will not be considered. Generally, personal letters from family and friends
are not considered to be valid forms of third party documentation.




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Reason                  Information Required/Regarding
Study Abroad            Residents accepted in an official study abroad program will be
                        eligible for release of this Agreement.

                        Residents that are accepted to an official study abroad program for
                        the Fall semester will be removed from their assignment selected
                        during the Room Assignment Process (RAP). If the Resident is
                        returning to on campus housing for the Spring semester, they must
                        complete a Spring housing application and will be assigned based on
                        the room type preferences on the application.

                        Residents that are accepted to an official study abroad program for
                        the Spring semester will be granted a release of this Agreement. If
                        the Resident is returning to on-campus housing for the next
                        academic year, they will be able to participate in the Room
                        Assignment Process (RAP).

                        Residents that are accepted in an official study abroad program that
                        are not returning to the residence halls will be assessed the Housing
                        Cancellation Fee as outlined in Section 3 of the Agreement.



Suspensions/Evictions   Residents who are not permitted to continue in housing due to
                        violations of the University Drug Abuse Policy will be held
                        responsible for the full cost of this Agreement.

                        Residents that are expelled or suspended from the University or are
                        not permitted to continue in housing for disciplinary reasons will be
                        held responsible for the full cost of this Agreement.

                        Residents who are not permitted to continue at the University for
                        academic reasons, are denied services from the University because of
                        outstanding debts, or for any other reason loses status as a student
                        will be released from the Agreement and will be charged the
                        cancellation fee plus the pro-rated cost for the period of residence.

                        Charges will continue until the Resident has removed all personal
                        belongings from the room and returned keys/cards to his/her area
                        desk.




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Financial/Medical       A release for either a financial or medical hardship will be approved
                        by the University, in its sole discretion, only if the hardship is
                        substantial, is beyond the Resident‟s control and is documented and
                        verifiable.

                        Residents who gain approval will be charged the cancellation fee plus
                        the pro-rated costs for the period of residence, if any. Residents who
                        must withdraw from the University due to claimed hardship will be
                        approved for release and charged the cancellation fee plus the pro-
                        rated cost for the period of residence.

                        Charges will continue until the Resident has removed all personal
                        belongings from the room and returned keys/cards to his/her area
                        desk. Supporting documentation should include a complete history
                        of the financial issue/illness and an explanation of how living in the
                        residence halls constitutes a hardship




Withdrawal/Graduation   Residents are released from this agreement if a Resident officially
                        withdraws himself/herself from the University at any time during any
                        semester of the academic year.

                        Residents who withdraw will be charged the cancellation fee plus the
                        pro-rated cost for the period of residence.

                        Residents must notify the Office of Housing and Residence Life in
                        writing regarding their withdrawal. Residents are released from this
                        agreement if a Resident graduates from the University prior to the
                        end of the academic year or if the Resident does not re-enroll at the
                        University for the Spring semester. Residents who graduate or do
                        not re-enroll at the University will be charged the cancellation fee
                        plus the pro-rated cost for the period of residence.

                        Residents must notify the Office of Housing and Residence Life in
                        writing regarding their withdrawal.




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                                           RAP 2010

The Room Assignment Process (RAP) is the procedure where current on-campus residents may
choose an on-campus room for the next academic year.

RAP Housing Deposit
     A NON-REFUNDABLE $300 Housing deposit must be made to the Office of Housing
     and Residence Life.
     The non-refundable deposit indicates a commitment to reside on campus for the full 2010-
     2011 academic year.
     The deposit is applied toward the spring semester rent for 2011.
     In order to secure a room for the 2010-2011 academic year, students must complete an on-
     line application and submit a non-refundable deposit by 4:00 p.m. Friday, March 5, 2010.
     Once submitted, the deposit is non-refundable regardless of whether or not the student
     participates in RAP or decides to select a room.
     All of the guidelines on the RAP application apply.

Applications
      Applications will become available on-line on Wednesday, February 10, 2010.
      In order to secure a room for the 2010-2011 academic year, students must complete an on-
      line application and submit a non-refundable deposit by 4:00 p.m. Friday, March 5, 2010.
      Due to the overwhelming demand for on-campus accommodations OHRL will not
      be accepting late applications for RAP.

Room Selection
     RAP applicants will select their room assignment for the 2010-2011 academic year after
     Spring Break in late March/early April 2010.
     Detailed information about this process will be available in mid-February.




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                                          Room Changes
The room change process will begin on Monday, September 14, 2009. Room changes will
not be granted prior to this time. The following procedures govern room changes:
   1. Obtain a Room Change Request form from http://housing.gmu.edu or OHRL.
   2. Complete the form (including Resident Director‟s signature) and return it to the OHRL.
       Please Note: Due to the high demand for housing, Room Change Requests are not
       guaranteed.
   3. When a space is found that meets the indicated space preferences, the resident will be
       notified via email and asked to confirm the request for room change.
   4. After the room change is approved, the resident will be notified. Residents will not be called
       prior to reassignment.
   5. After notification, the resident will receive a specified deadline by which to complete the
       move.
   6. If the resident has not moved by the specified deadline, then the reassignment will be
       revoked and the resident will remain in his or her current space. If the resident has not
       completed checking out of his or her old space by the specified deadline, then the
       lock on the previous assignment will be changed and the charge will be applied to the
       resident‟s student account, and the resident will be assessed a financial penalty.
   7. Once a room change has been approved and processed, a student is no longer a resident of
       his or her old assignment.

Residents may cancel their Room Change Requests only in writing and only prior to
reassignment.

Important: After a resident has been reassigned, he or she must accept the new assignment.

If a resident has been approved for a room change, then he or she must adhere to the following
procedures in order to properly check-out of his or her original assignment:
     1. Checking into a new assignment:
                 Bring Walk-In form to the Area Desk for the new assignment.
                 Complete, sign and date a Room Condition Report for the new assignment.
                 Pick up new key(s) for DUCC, Presidents Park, TAP, and Potomac Heights. ALL
                 York River Corner and DUCC/Chesapeake residents must also have their Mason ID
                 card coded for the appropriate access. Students moving into Chesapeake do not
                 receive a new key, but will need to make sure their card is appropriately coded at the
                 front desk.
                 After the room change has been approved, residents will have a specified deadline to
                 complete the move.
                 Complete the move.
                 Restore the old assignment to its original condition.
     2. Check-out of the original assignment with the RA:
                 Arrange a check out time with the RA.
                 Remove all of belongings from the old assignment.
                 Clean the room/apartment/suite.
                 Meet with the RA and check out of the old assignment.
                 Sign and date the Room Condition Report.


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               Return the key to the Area Desk and/or have the Mason ID deactivated.

Failure to adhere to these guidelines may result in an improper check-out fee. This will be charged to
the resident‟s student account.

Daily room rate charges will continue to accrue on the student‟s account until he or she has returned
his or her keys, regardless of when he or she moved out.

Room Change Time Line:
August 23-September 14                  Room change freeze
10:00 a.m. September 14                 Room change request forms accepted at OHRL; changes will
                                        be processed based on availability of vacancies
5:00 p.m. December 1                    Deadline to submit a room change for fall Semester 2009.
                                        Approved moves must be completed with keys returned by
                                        10:00 a.m. Monday, December 7, 2009.
December 1-February 1                   Room change freeze
10:00 a.m. January 15                   Halls open for Spring Semester 2010
10:00 a.m. February 2                   Room change request forms accepted at OHRL; changes will
                                        be processed based on availability of vacancies
5:00 p.m. March 1                       Deadline to submit a room change for Spring Semester 2010.
                                        Approved moves must be completed with keys returned by
                                        10:00 am Monday, March 8, 2010.
5:00 p.m. March 2-April 16              Room changes processed on a case-by-case basis
April 16-May 12                         Room change freeze

Stipulations for Room Changes:
       Failure to adhere to room change guidelines, properly check-out, and/or vacate the old
       room assignment at the end of the Agreement will result in an improper check-out fee.
       Residents may not change rooms without receiving prior written authorization from the
       OHRL.
       If a resident moves without permission from the OHRL, he or she will be required to move
       back to his or her original room assignment immediately and he or she will be referred for
       disciplinary action.

                                                Vacancies
The University reserves the right to consolidate or change room assignments, fill vacancies, require
residents to move to different assignments when the University deems it expedient, in which event
the resident‟s account will be credited or charged the difference in room rate. Any behavior by
residents that infringe upon the rights or space usage of room/apartment/suite-mates is strictly
prohibited and will result in disciplinary action. In addition, if such behaviors result in the use of
additional space or a private room by a resident, the resident may be charged for such additional
space.




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                                                    Maintenance

Placing a Work Order
       If a resident has a maintenance or housekeeping concern, he or she is responsible for
       placing a work order on the 4-WORK automated system. Simply log on to the Housing
       website at http:// housing.gmu.edu and follow the prompts.
       To phone in a work order, simply call 4-WORK (703-994-9675) and report the problem.
       Townhouse residents and mobile phone users must call (703) 993-2793 for work orders.
       If there is an emergency, such as flooding, or another maintenance concern that directly
       impacts the safety and security of the residence hall, please contact the Area Desk or RAs on
       duty.
       When reporting problems, please give the building, room number, and a complete
       description of the problem.

Heating and Air Conditioning
It is not possible to change from heat to air-conditioning on a daily basis in most facilities. These
services are turned on/off once a year through the Physical Plant when there is a consistent weather
pattern and the change is warranted. Units in Liberty Square, Potomac Heights, the University
Townhouses, and Chesapeake have individual heating and air conditioning equipment and may be
converted as needed by the resident.

                                            Lockouts and Lost Keys

Students are not permitted to replace or add locks to their doors. Locks found on residence hall doors will be removed
and the cost of the removal will be added to the resident’s student account. If a resident has a concern about his or her
safety or privacy, please contact his or her RA or RD for assistance.

All keys must be returned at the time of check-out. If a resident fails to return his or her keys, the
lock will be changed and the student‟s account will be charged.

Presidents Park and TAP residents
General Lockouts
The charge for lost or unreturned keys is $50 to $75 for changing the door core, depending on the
area, plus $2 for each key needed. A resident may borrow keys up to three times per semester at no
charge. On the fourth time, the door will be re-cored and the resident billed. Residents who lock
themselves out of their rooms should adhere to the following procedure:
        Step 1: Go to the Area Desk. Please note, a resident may have to wait for assistance.
        President Park: (703) 993-2750, TAP (703) 993-2797
        Step 2: Present student ID card or proof of identity.
        Step 3: Keys will be loaned for no more than 24 hours.

NOTE: If the loaned keys are not returned within 24 hours, the locks may be changed (recored) and
a fee will be assessed.




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The following charges will be added to your student account:
        1st Lockout                   No Charge
        2nd Lockout                   No Charge
        3rd Lockout                   No Charge
        4th Lockout                   Door will be re-cored and student billed the cost

York River Corner, DUCC, and Chesapeake residents
Residents of the York River Corner, DUCC and Chesapeake areas who lock themselves out should
adhere to the following procedures.

Mason ID Lockouts
       Step 1: Go to the Lobby/Area Desk. If the lockout occurs after hours call the Liberty
       Square Area Desk at (703) 993-9240, Potomac Heights Area Desk at (703) 993-9250, DUCC
       Area Desk at (703) 993-2736, or Chesapeake Area Desk at (703) 993-9880. Locked-out
       residents can also call the RA duty cell phone for their respective area. Please note: There
       may be a wait for assistance.
       Step 2: A temporary card that will expire within 48 hours will be issued. This card must be
       returned to the Lobby/Area Desk once the missing Student ID is found. In order for the
       found Student ID to work again, the resident must bring it to the Lobby/Area Desk for
       activation.

A resident may borrow a temporary card up to three times per academic year at no charge. The
following charges will be added to your student account for lock outs:
         1st Lockout                  No Charge
         2nd Lockout                  No Charge
         3rd Lockout                  No Charge
         4th Lockout                  $10
         5th Lockout                  $15
         6th Lockout                  $20
For each subsequent lockout, a charge of $20 will be assessed. Lost/not returned temporary card
will result in a $10 charge.

Key Lockouts
The charge for lost or unreturned keys is $50 to $75 for changing the door core, depending on the
area, plus $2 for each key needed. A resident may borrow keys up to three times per semester at no
charge. On the fourth time, the door will be re-cored and the resident billed. Residents who lock
themselves out of their rooms should adhere to the following procedure:
        Step 1: Go to the Lobby/Area Desk. If the lockout occurs after hours call the Liberty
        Square Area Desk at (703) 993-9240, Potomac Heights Area Desk at (703) 993-9250, DUCC
        Area Desk at (703) 993-2736, or Chesapeake Area Desk at (703) 993-9880. Locked-out
        residents can also call the RA duty cell phone for their respective area. Please note: There
        may be a wait for assistance.
        Step 2: Present student ID card or proof of identity.
        Step 3: Keys will be loaned for no more than 24 hours.




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NOTE: If the loaned keys are not returned within 24 hours, the locks may be changed (recored) and
a fee will be assessed.

The following charges will be added to your student account:
        1st Lockout                   No Charge
        2nd Lockout                   No Charge
        3rd Lockout                   No Charge
        4th Lockout                   Door will be re-cored and student billed the cost

Lost Mason ID Cards
Residents should notify the Area Desk or RA on duty if they lose their Mason ID card. It is the
responsibility of the resident to get a new Mason ID card from the Photo ID office (located on the
lower level of Student Union Building II) during normal business hours, Monday through Friday. If
the loss occurs during the weekend (Friday after 5:00 p.m. through Sunday), residents will be issued
a temporary room access card from their Area Desk and will be expected to acquire a new Mason
ID the next business day. Residents need to contact Dining Services to deactivate their meal plan.




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                OFFICE OF HOUSING AND RESIDENCE LIFE POLICIES

All residents are expected to know and conduct themselves in accordance with the terms and
conditions set forth in the Residence Hall License Agreement and University Judicial Code. It is each
resident’s responsibility to know and abide by all University and Housing policies and
procedures. For additional information regarding University Regulations, please refer to the
University Judicial Code and MASON Student Handbook.

In addition to adherence to the University Judicial Code and OHRL policies and procedures, Mason
students are expected to abide by all federal, state, and local laws. Alleged violations of the law will
be referred to the appropriate official, including applicable court or law enforcement authority, the
Dean of Students Office, the Office of Judicial Affairs, and the OHRL. Thus, violations of
applicable laws may also result in administrative action by the University and the OHRL, regardless
of the outcome of criminal investigations and proceedings.

                                         Alcoholic Beverages
The OHRL prohibits the illegal or otherwise irresponsible use of alcohol. Residents are accountable
for their decisions regarding their use of alcohol as well as their behavior that occurs as a result of
these decisions. In this context, members of the University community are reminded of the
following information: Virginia State Law prohibits possession or consumption of alcoholic
beverages by those under the legal drinking age of 21, and prohibits making alcoholic
beverages available to persons under the legal drinking age.

Since alcohol abuse poses a significant threat to all residents of the residence halls (drinkers as well
as non-drinkers), community members must assume responsibility for the compliance and
enforcement of the alcohol policy. Therefore, any student in a location containing alcohol may
be considered to be in possession of alcohol. In order to maintain conditions conducive to a
learning environment, possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages is only permitted according
to the following provisions.

Alcohol-free “Dry” Areas
Alcohol possession or consumption is prohibited in Presidents Park, Carroll Hall, Dickenson Hall,
Essex Hall, Franklin Hall, Grayson Hall, designated freshmen rooms in DUCC and Chesapeake, and
all designated Healthy Living floors. In addition, any room/suite/apartment where all residents are
under the age of 21 is considered “dry.”

Legal Drinking Age Residents (21 years-old or older) in TAP, DUCC, Chesapeake, and YRC
Any alcohol possession and/or use not in compliance with State law and policies contained within
this handbook and/or inappropriate behavior related to the consumption of any alcoholic beverages
will not be tolerated regardless of age or residential status.

Residents of legal drinking age found intentionally or inadvertently providing alcohol to underage
students may be removed from the residence halls. Students of legal-drinking age are responsible
for accurately verifying that those in their presence are also of legal drinking age.

Residents of legal drinking age may only possess and store in their assigned living space alcohol in
quantities that reasonably can be considered for personal consumption (no more than twelve 12 oz.
beers OR 1500 ml of wine OR 750 ml of distilled liquor). Residents of legal drinking age may only


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consume alcohol in living spaces assigned to residents 21 years of age or older when those residents
are present.

Drinking games, common source containers and/or containers designed for rapid
consumption of alcohol (punches, “beer pong” tables, beer bongs, funnels, tubing, etc.) are
prohibited in or around the residential communities. Unauthorized kegs containing alcohol
are prohibited in residence halls. Possession of excessive amounts of alcohol, and/or
common source containers, regardless of age, may result in eviction.

Virginia State Law prohibits open containers of alcohol in public areas. Therefore, no open
containers of alcoholic beverages are permitted outside of individual residence hall rooms,
apartments, townhouses, or on porches, balconies, landings, corridors, in study lounges or
courtyards, with the exception of approved parties in the authorized OHRL event locations.
Residents found with open containers will be asked to dispose of the alcohol under the supervision
of Residence Life staff and face disciplinary actions.

Alcohol and Underage Roommates
In the instance in which one resident is 21 years of age or older and one is under the age of 21, the
resident of age 21 may possess alcohol for individual reasonable consumption (see above). At no
time should residents of 21 years of age or older provide alcohol to underage residents/roommates.
Under these circumstances, the resident 21 years of age may store alcohol for individual reasonable
consumption in the common area refrigerator. Empty alcohol containers as decorations are
prohibited in areas where any of the residents are under the age of 21. Guests of legal drinking age
may not possess or consume alcohol if no residents of legal drinking age assigned to that living
space are present.

Underage Residents
Any student in a location containing alcohol may be considered to be in possession of
alcohol. Underage students found in possession of alcoholic beverages will be asked to dispose of
the alcohol under the supervision of Residence Life staff, Security or University Police and face
disciplinary action.

Students under the legal drinking age of 21 may not possess or consume alcoholic beverages.
Inappropriate behavior related to the consumption of any alcoholic beverages will not be tolerated
regardless of age. Residents who consume alcohol off-campus and return to the residence halls will
be considered to be in possession of alcohol.

Alcohol is prohibited in rooms where the residents are under the legal drinking age of 21, even if the
alcohol is brought by a guest of legal drinking age.

Residents under the legal drinking age of 21 may not possess empty alcohol servers and/or
containers, even for decorative purposes or ashtrays (i.e. shot glasses, wine glasses, martini glasses,
etc.).

Residents are responsible for their guests‟ compliance with the alcohol policy, including not
consuming in dry areas regardless of age.
 [Please refer to the University Judicial Code, Behavioral Expectations # 1 and the University’s Alcohol and Drug Policy
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                                     Assault and Battery
The University strongly condemns physical and/or verbal assaults of any nature and will not tolerate
those who engage in such behavior.

Assault is defined as behavior that would cause apprehension of harm. Words can also constitute
assault when they are accompanied by the ability to inflict immediate harm.

Battery is defined as the use of physical force against an individual.

           [Please refer to the University Judicial Code, Behavioral Expectations #8 for more information]

                                   Bathrooms and Showers
Bathroom/shower use is only for the specified gender/sex indicated on the bathroom door.

                                           Barbeque Grills
The use of barbecue grills is not permitted under any covered walkways, landings, balconies, or
within 25 feet of any building, wooded area, or combustible construction. In the Townhouses, grills
can only be in the back of the townhouse and positioned on grass. Open flame cooking devices
cannot be stored or utilized within the residence halls or surrounding areas, hence propane grills are
prohibited from the residence hall areas and only charcoal is allowed as the fuel source. All used
charcoal must be disposed of in a proper manner. Residents are responsible for any damage
resulting from using their grill. Combustible materials including BBQ supplies, such as lighter fluid
and propane tanks, cannot be stored within the residence halls.

                                              Bicycles
Bikes may be stored in the provided bike racks and in a resident‟s individual room in the residential
areas. Bikes stored anywhere else will be considered abandoned and will be removed.

                                            Camping
Unauthorized camping, defined as erecting a tent/shelter or sleeping overnight in the lounges, is
prohibited in residence hall areas.

                                          Chalking Policy
The use of chalk to advertise or decorate is limited to students and recognized student groups at
Mason, and must be approved in advance by the Area Coordinator. Students, or recognized student
groups, who use chalk to advertise or decorate buildings, sidewalks, walls, and columns are
responsible for promptly removing the chalk advertising or decoration. The OHRL reserves the
right to remove any chalk advertising or decoration and may bill the student or student group for the
cost of removal. Chalking is only permitted in areas where it may be washed away by rain.

                                       Chronic Misbehavior
A resident establishes an unacceptable pattern of misconduct when he or she is involved in/around
policy violations, even though individual offenses might be minor. A pattern of recalcitrance,
irresponsible conduct, or manifest immaturity may be interpreted as a significant problem.
Generally, involvement in a third violation of policy will result in eviction from university
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                                                  Communication
The OHRL utilizes Mason campus mail and MEMO e-mail systems for communicating relevant and
important information to its residents. Residents will be held accountable for all information
communicated by Mason MEMO e-mail and Campus mailbox. Students who block/filter emails
from Mason will miss important information. Please note: Failure to properly set up his or her Mason e-mail
account and check it on a regular basis, does not absolve the resident from adhering to the information that is
communicated through these systems.

                                             Compliance
Students in the residence halls are expected to comply with and respond truthfully and respectfully
to reasonable requests of any Housing, Security or University officials when acting in the
performance of his/her duties, including administrative instructions and deadlines. Examples of
noncompliance include the following.

Being verbally abusive or argumentative with a Residence Life staff member, Security, or University
official.

Failure to leave premises when asked to by a Residence Life staff member, Security, or University
official in the performance of his/her duties.

Attempts to bribe or bribing university representatives.

             [Please refer to the University Judicial Code, Behavioral Expectations #10 for more information]

                                 Controlled Substances/Drugs/ Medication
Since the use or possession of a controlled substance poses a significant threat to all residents of the residence halls,
community members must assume responsibility for the compliance and enforcement of the Controlled Substance policy.
Therefore, any student in a location containing a controlled substance (and/or paraphernalia) will be considered in
possession of the controlled substance (and/or paraphernalia).

Any student found consuming, in the possession of, manufacturing, or distributing controlled
substances, or drug paraphernalia, will face sanctions, including but not limited to, eviction from
University Housing for two full semesters.

Residents are responsible for the conduct of their guests and visitors while in the residence halls.
Therefore, the host will be held responsible if a guest or visitor is found in the possession of,
consuming, manufacturing, or distributing controlled substances and may be evicted from the
residence halls.

Misuse of over-the-counter drugs or prescriptions, and inhaling dangerous substances (i.e. huffing) is
illegal as well as prohibited in the residence halls.

Any object or device (homemade or otherwise) that reasonably can be assumed for use as a
consumption or concealing device for controlled substances are not permitted in the residence halls,
including Hookahs, water-pipes, needles, or syringes (unless there is a documented medical need).




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Beginning July 1, 2008, the herb Salvia divinorum or Salvia became illegal in the state of Virginia.
Possession of, manufacturing, or distribution of Salvia divinorum in any form will be a violation of the
controlled substance policy.

If a student is removed from the residence halls for Use/Possession of a Controlled Substance, the
student may not return to the residence halls as a guest without written approval from the OHRL.
Furthermore, if a student is removed from the residence halls for Use/Possession of a Controlled
Substance, the student may be eligible to apply to return to Housing after two semesters. Residents
removed from the residence halls for violating the Use/Possession of a Controlled Substance policy will forfeit all
Housing fees and deposits. Please refer to the Residence Hall License Agreement for more information.

 [Please refer to the University Judicial Code, Behavioral Expectations # 2 and the University’s Alcohol and Drug Policy
                                                 for more information]

                                        Cooking in the Halls
Microwaves and refrigerators are permitted in all residential areas. Resident-owned microwaves
must not exceed 0.6 cubic feet and must not exceed 900 watts of running power. Resident-owned
refrigerators may be no larger than 3 cubic feet and draw no more than 1.5 Amps due to restrictions
and fire codes.

Residence Hall Rooms
Generally, cooking is not permitted in residence hall rooms; however in recognition of the busy
lifestyles of today‟s college students, basic convenience appliances are permitted. These include
refrigerators, microwaves, hot air poppers, and sealed-unit coffee makers. Any appliance with
exposed elements or items capable of burning anyone who passes by it (e.g. George Foreman Grill)
is prohibited. Residents will also be responsible for removing all unapproved electrical appliances
and cooking appliances.

Apartments/Units/Suites with kitchens
Typical kitchen appliances are permitted in apartments/units/suites with full kitchens (stove,
refrigerator, sink with garbage disposal, microwave, and oven). Typical kitchen appliances include
but are not limited to sealed-unit coffee makers, hot pots, air popcorn poppers, crock pots, toasters,
and blenders. Any kitchen appliances utilizing oil or grease or resulting in greasy residue should use
appropriate disposal methods (cool and throw away, do not pour down drain). All residents are
expected to be attentive to food preparation. Residents will be held responsible for damages
resulting from negligent cooking practices and may be charged with a violation of the cooking
policy.

                                            Damage Billing
The condition of a resident‟s assigned space will be assessed by the RA at move-in and move-out.
Any damage done will be assessed against the Room Condition Report (RCR) and billed to the
student‟s account. It is the responsibility of all residents to ensure the room is clean once all
residents have moved out. Establishing a roommate agreement and identifying the cleaning
responsibilities of all roommates is encouraged. Common area damage will be divided among all
residents and assessed to each individual student account. Damage bills will be emailed after closing.
If a resident wishes to appeal a charge, he or she must adhere to the timeline and procedures set
forth in the damage bill. Damage Billing Appeals must be submitted in writing to the Area
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Charges for damages and cleaning will be determined by the Resident Director during the floor
inspections which take place after check-out. The damages and cleaning are communicated to the
Area Coordinator who adds the amount to the student‟s account per the University‟s timeline and
procedure. In all cases, the verified University assessment is conclusive. This includes any and all
charges related to actual damages, cleaning, vandalism and actual costs in preventing areas from
being vandalism in the future.

                                       Damages/Vandalism
Vandalism is defined as the intentional or reckless destruction, defacement, or damage of property.

Residents found responsible for vandalism will be referred to the Office of Judicial Affairs and
University Police. Possible sanctions include restitution for damage and eviction from the residence
halls.

Residents are responsible for their guests while in the residence halls. Therefore, the host will be
held responsible if a guest is found vandalizing or damaging property belonging to the University or
to any member of the University community.

Residents of an individual room or residence community will be required to share the expense of
repairing or replacing damaged/vandalized property if no individuals are found responsible for the
damage.

Residents found tampering with, damaging, and/or driving through the York River Corner or
Chesapeake parking gate(s) will be charged the expense of repairs or replacement.

                                          Decorations
The OHRL must ensure that no safety and/or fire hazards are created through decorations and
must be able to perform periodic maintenance. Furthermore, all residents of the room, suite,
apartment, and townhouse must agree to any decoration.

Residents in dry wall areas such as York River Corner and Chesapeake should utilize the
hangers/hooks provided by the OHRL, as a means of preventing damage. These hangers/hooks
must be removed properly for check-out or may be left in the wall if resident is concerned about
damage to the wall by removal.

The assigned living space is designed to meet the needs of current and future residents. When
personalizing an assignment space, please adhere to the following guidelines:
       Electrical accessories must be UL-approved. Electrical devices may not be spliced in
       existing wires. Use power strips with built in circuit breakers. Remember, no extension cords are
       allowed and all strips must have an on/off switch.
       Residence hall entrance doors, doors and windows in common areas, and doors in student
       rooms may be decorated in a manner that does not deface or damage property or create a
       fire hazard.
        No more than 20% of the side of a door facing the main corridor may be covered at
        any time. No more than 20% of a single wall can be covered or decorated at any



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       time. No decoration or other objects shall be placed to obstruct access to or visibility of
       exits.
       Do not attach materials to walls in a way that damages the surface; do not use tacks, nails, or
       certain tapes, and coverings, such as wallpaper or contact paper.
       Do not hang materials from the ceiling or smoke detector, sprinkler heads, or other fire
       prevention equipment.
       Do not paint any part of the room.
       Do not remove any of the room‟s original furnishings or alter the physical structure of the
       room in any way.
       Students working on room decoration projects are responsible for clean-up. Failure to do so
       will result in a clean-up charge.
       When students move out of a room that they have modified, the room must be returned to
       its original state or students will incur charges.
       Any student furnishing (including but not limited to curtains/window hangings, furniture,
       decorations, and carpets) must have proof supporting flammability requirement (fire
       retardant Class A or B). If no such proof exists, the item(s) are not permitted and the
       resident will be asked to remove said item(s) immediately.
       Candles, incense, or other open flames are not permitted in residence halls, even as
       decorations.
       Windows and Balconies: Residents are prohibited from hanging anything out of windows or
       balconies. Posters, flags, or other decorations are prohibited from facing out of any window.
       Overhead or room lights may not be covered with any material.

Holiday/Special Event Decorations
      Garbage bags or other flammable material may not be used for decorations.
      All lights and cords must be in safe operating condition and be UL-approved.
      Room/apartment/suite and individual lights may not be covered for any reasons. Any
      questions regarding lamps and lighting brought by residents should be clarified by the Area
      Coordinator.
      Artificial trees made of aluminum or any other metal may not be wired with tree lights. Live
      trees are prohibited.
      No decoration or other objects shall be placed to obstruct access to or visibility of exits.
      Artificial snow or any other material that is difficult to remove or might result in damage is
      not permitted.
      Decorations that violate the University Judicial Code are prohibited.

Any structures or decorations that do not meet the standards set by the OHRL and the Fire Marshal
of the State of Virginia will be taken down immediately. If the required changes are not made, the
OHRL reserves the right to remove all structures from the room and bill the student for the cost of
removal. Failure to remove or redesign items may result in fines and/or a disciplinary referral
including eviction from the residence halls.

                                       Disruptive Behavior
Disruptive Behavior is defined as behavior that infringes upon academic pursuits or is disruptive to
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Hall sports such as throwing items in the hallways, rollerblading, wrestling or bouncing balls inside
the residence halls are prohibited. Sports/recreational equipment is not to be utilized in the
residence halls, except in designated areas, as they can lead to injury, activation of sprinkler system
or damage to person or property. Skateboarding is prohibited in/around the residence halls or in
parking lots.

A prank is defined as any behavior or action that occurs for amusement. Oftentimes what is
amusement for one is physical, financial, or emotionally harmful to another. Students who engage
in such behavior will be subject to disciplinary action.

                                         Electrical Appliances
The capacities of the residential areas‟ electrical systems are limited. Overloading the system can
result in fire hazards. Additionally, there are certain types of electrical appliances that are dangerous
in residents‟ rooms. The following guidelines govern the use of electrical appliances, outlets and
extension cords in residence hall rooms, apartments, and townhouses:

    1. Multiple-outlet adapter “strips” with built-in circuit breakers are required when the desired
       number of appliances exceeds the available number of outlets. These surge protectors must
       be plugged in directly to a wall outlet and UL approved. Surge protectors may not be
       plugged into other surge protectors. Extension cords may not be used with the power strip.
       All strips must have an on/off switch.
    2. Multiple-outlet adapter “strips” must be approved by University Life or Facilities and
       Maintenance. Seals should be left on the devices for proof. Strips and flexible cords shall
       not be affixed to structures, extended through walls, ceilings or floors, or under door or
       floor coverings, nor shall such cords be subject to environmental damage or physical impact.
    3. Extension cords may not be used under any circumstances. Only adaptor strips with built in
       circuit breakers may be used plugged directly in to the wall outlet. Appliance must be then
       plugged in directly to the power strip.
    4. Resident-owned refrigerators are allowed in residence hall rooms provided they do not
       exceed the following sized electrical requirements: they operate at 118 volts, 60 Hz, and do
       not draw more than 1.5 amps or 180 watts of power and are 3.0 cubic feet or smaller in size.
       Please refer to the Agreement for more information.
    5. Other appliances, such as radios, microwaves, desk lamps, computers, and TVs are
       permitted provided the total power requirements do not overload the room‟s electrical
       capacity and they do not require use of an extension cord. These and other appliances may
       be prohibited at the discretion of the OHRL staff and/or the University Safety Office staff.
    6. Wall mounted TVs are prohibited except in common areas and lounges where provided and
       installed by the OHRL.
    7. Lights: Halogen lights, black lights, and spider lamps (lamps with more than two light bulb
       sockets, using 150 watts) are prohibited.
    8. Overhead, or room, lights may not be covered with any material.

                              Emergency Contact Information
The Office of Housing and Residence Life collects emergency contact information from all residents
upon check-in. Residents may update their emergency contact information throughout their
occupancy at George Mason University. This confidential information may be used in compliance
with the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, which stipulates that institutions of higher


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education must contact a student‟s designee no later than 24 hours after a student has been
determined missing by campus security or law enforcement personnel.

                                        Endangerment
Endangerment is any behavior that poses a perceived, potential, or immediate safety threat to
persons or property.

Behaviors which represent a threat (perceived or actual) to the health and well being of residents
and/or guests, including threats or acts of self injury (such as attempted suicide) or injury to other
residents are prohibited.

Active or passive behaviors which may cause physical injury including but not limited to verbal or
physical altercations, pranks, entrapment, behaviors under the influence of alcohol or a controlled
substance, or hall sports are prohibited.

                                     Fire Alarms & Evacuation
When the fire alarm sounds, residents must always immediately evacuate the building, report to
their predetermined evacuation site, attempt to report to their RA, and follow the instructions of
emergency personnel and/or OHRL staff. It is against the law to remain in a building during a
non-scheduled/emergency fire alarm. Residents who do not evacuate in a timely manner,
or fail to adhere to instructions given by emergency personnel and/or OHRL staff, will be
subject to disciplinary action.

Any resident activating a pull station under false pretenses, or who makes any false report that may
cause building evacuation will be subject to disciplinary action and criminal prosecution. Activating
a fire alarm under false pretense is considered a Class I Misdemeanor that is punishable by one (1)
year in jail, $2500 fine, or both.

Residents are responsible for their guests while in the residence halls. Therefore, host will be held
responsible for familiarizing guest(s) with fire alarm and evacuation procedures.

Fire Alarms & Evacuation of Mobility Challenged Residents
To aid in the safety of residents with mobility challenges, either permanent or temporary, residents
should report their special needs to the Resident Director (this may include residents with physical
impairments and psychological conditions). A list of rooms occupied by residents with disabilities
and/or mobility challenges is provided to the Environmental Health & Safety Office for the sole
purpose of notifying University Police and City of Fairfax Fire & Rescue. These first response units
should be alerted prior to an emergency to adequately prepare for special rescue, if necessary.

 If resident with disability or mobility challenge is unable to safely evacuate during when a fire alarm
is activated:

         If he or she is in a room when the alarm sounds, he or she may remain there. The resident
        should close the door and windows and dial 911 from a landline. He or she should inform
        the dispatcher that a mobility-challenged student is calling, that there is a fire alarm sounding
        in the building, give his or her name and room number, and state that he or she needs




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        assistance in evacuating the building. The dispatcher will inform the responding fire
        department of the resident‟s location.
        If he or she is in a room other than his or her own when he or she hears the alarm sounding,
        follow the steps outlined in the previous bullet.
        Many buildings have areas of refuge, equipped with telephones for communicating with
        emergency personnel about location. Persons who are mobility challenged are encouraged to
        know these areas and go to these areas when possible.
        If he or she is in a common area bathroom when he or she hears the alarm sound, he or she
        should return to his or her room or to the nearest available room, and follow the steps
        outlined in the paragraph above. In some cases, stairwells have been constructed to be safer
        alternatives, as well.
        If safe to do so, resident is to remain in self-determined location until help arrives.

                                               Fire Safety
Each resident is ultimately responsible for his or her safety. Tampering with any fire safety
equipment including but not limited to fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, sprinklers, heat detectors,
or fire doors is grounds for any and all disciplinary action, including eviction from the housing area
and criminal prosecution.

Residents are responsible for their guests while in the residence halls. Therefore, hosts will be held
responsible for familiarizing guest(s) with fire safety practices.

Section 1: The possession of any highly flammable objects is prohibited in the residence halls. This
includes but is not limited to the possession of candles, incense, or any other open flame object,
even as decoration, and Plug-In Air fresheners. “NoFlame” candles are permitted.

Section 2: Misuse of Fire-Fighting Equipment is defined as tampering, removing, or discharging a
fire extinguisher, fire alarms, or any other fire emergency equipment except when responding to a
fire. Misuse of such equipment is considered a Class 1 Misdemeanor that is punishable by law with
one year in prison, a $2500 fine, or both.

Section 3: False Fire Alarm: Any resident activating a pull station under false pretenses, or who
makes any false report that may cause building evacuation may face criminal prosecution in addition
to penalties imposed by the University and the OHRL. Activating a fire alarm under false pretense
is considered a Class I Misdemeanor that is punishable by one year in jail, $2500 fine, or both.

Section 4: Smoke Detectors and other fire safety equipment-Removing or tampering with smoke
detectors, batteries, or heat detectors within the residential communities is prohibited. Hanging
anything from or on the sprinkler system is forbidden.

Section 5: Arson is maliciously setting fire to anything, or aiding, counseling or procuring the setting
of fire to anything, shall be guilty of a felony. This is a crime punishable by fines, jail time, and/or
eviction.

Section 6: Fire hazard is any situation in which there is a greater than normal risk of harm to people
or property due to fire. Fire hazards can take the form of, but are not limited to: the obstruction of
a fire exit in a residence hall or at a hall-sponsored activity or event, obstructing or compromising


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adequate exit (path of egress), overloading electrical systems, possessing materials that produce toxic
fumes when heated, etc.

Section 7: The propping of fire, corridor and/or stairwell doors is prohibited.

Section 8: Halogen Lamps, black lights, and spider lamps (lamps with more than two light bulb
sockets, using 150 watts) are prohibited within the residence halls.

Section 9: Failure to evacuate (and/or remain evacuated) during or following an alarm is prohibited.
(See Fire Alarm section above for more information.)

Section 10: Failure to immediately resolve or correct violations resulting from Fire Marshal and/or
Health and Safety Inspections will result in disciplinary action, fines, and/or eviction.

While the OHRL tries to cover most living circumstances in this handbook, please
remember that as a state property, all student housing is subject to annual inspections from
the Virginia State Fire Marshal's office. All residents must comply with all Virginia State
Fire Codes as interpreted by the State Fire Marshal's Office. Any violations must be
corrected before any re-inspection by the Fire Marshal. If not corrected, students may be
subject to fines, judicial procedures and/or eviction from the halls.

           [Please refer to the University Judicial Code, Behavioral Expectations #13 for more information]

                                               Fireworks
The possession and/or use of fireworks inside a residence hall, on residence hall property or at a
residence hall-sponsored event or activity is prohibited.

Residents found possessing or using fireworks in or around the residence halls may be immediately
removed from the residence halls.

The host will be held responsible if a guest is found using or possessing fireworks.

                                               Furniture
Furniture placed in student rooms and common areas are for the sole use of the residents assigned
to that location/community. Residents are responsible for leaving clear, accessible paths of exit
(egress) of a minimum of three feet. Residents may not obstruct any windows with screens,
furniture, or other objects/materials in such a way that will compromise the potential exit in the
event of an emergency. In accordance with the State Fire Marshal, absolutely no furniture is
permitted in main corridors.

Common Area and Lounge Furniture
The furniture is intended for the sole use of residents assigned to the floor/community and may not
be removed from the lounge area for any reason. Residents found with lounge area furniture in
their room/apartment/suite may face disciplinary action. Further, residents are financially
responsible for lounge area furniture and any damage or theft of lounge area furniture will be billed
to the floor/community. Residents of apartment style residence halls who share common area
furniture (living rooms) are financially responsible for the common area furniture. Any damages to



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the furniture will be billed to the residents of the apartment. (See Damage Billing section for more
information).

Student Rooms
Residents are responsible for all pieces of furniture within their room assignment and assume all
financial responsibility for the furniture in their room and common areas within that shared unit.
Although residents may personalize their assignments by rearranging furnishings, the removal of
furniture is prohibited regardless of the reason. This includes, but is not limited to, placing furniture
in hallways, porches, balconies, breezeways; and removing doors from wardrobes. Residents found
placing furniture outside of their rooms, for any reason, will be required to return the furniture to
their room immediately and may face disciplinary charges. Please note: Ladders are available for
lofted or top bunks, upon request.

Lofts
Resident-owned lofts are not permitted within the residence halls. Residents found in possession of
lofts will be required to remove them. Failure to comply with this policy will result in disciplinary
action.

                                               Gambling
Gambling, wagering, gaming, or bookmaking on University premises or with University equipment,
as defined by federal, state, and/or local law is prohibited.

                                                Guests
Students residing in University Housing are responsible for informing their visitors of the residence
hall policies. Guests are required to adhere to all of these policies and the hosting resident is
responsible for his/her guests‟ behavior. A guest is defined as any person who is not assigned by
the OHRL to live in the room, even if that person is a Mason student. A resident who hosts a
guest assumes full responsibility for his/her guest while he/she is in the resident‟s assigned
room/apartment/suite regardless if the resident is present at the time of the incident or not. The
resident will be accountable for the guest’s policy violations.

Non-Resident Guests
 1. Residents who host a non-resident guest assume full responsibility for his/her guest while the
    resident is in the residence hall areas.
 2. All guests must adhere to the guidelines set up in the Roommate(s) Contract.
 3. All guests must be escorted at all times and carry a valid photo I.D.
 4. Residence Life staff may ask guests to leave at any time to which they are required to comply.

Overnight Guests (resident and non-resident)
 1. Residents must get prior permission from their room/apartment/suite-mates to host an
    overnight guest. In cases where room/apartment/suite-mates cannot agree, the right of the
    resident to occupy his/her room without the presence of an overnight visitor shall prevail.
 2. A guest‟s stay may not exceed two nights within a seven-day period; situations requiring
    additional nights must be approved by the Area Coordinator. A guest who stays after 2:00
    a.m. will be considered an overnight guest.
 3. The host is prohibited from giving his or her keys or access card to the guest. In order for a
    guest to gain access to the building or room, he or she needs to be accompanied by his or her
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 4. Each room may host no more than two overnight visitors per night. Reasonable sleeping
    accommodations should be made in such a way that paths of exit (egress) are not obstructed.
 5. Cohabitation and/or loan of residence hall space are prohibited at Mason. This includes
    allowing guests to stay for an extended period of time in a room/apartment/suite while
    regardless of whether or not the resident assigned to the space is present.

Guests Under the Age of 18
Resident students who host minors as visitors or overnight guests take on a special and extra
responsibility. Minors, defined as non-students under the age of 18, require greater supervision and
guidance than an adult guest. The following rules also apply to minors and their hosts:

Guests who are 16 or 17 years old may remain overnight with a resident student host. Guests of
this age must provide the Resident Director with written permission from their parent/guardian for
this stay over. The Resident Director must approve the stay over prior to the visit.

Guests under the age of 16 may visit overnight only in rare circumstances. Parental/guardian
permission must be provided and the Area Coordinator approves or denies these requests.

                                             Harassment
The OHRL supports a community that encourages residents to develop personal skills and
perspectives necessary to become positive and productive members of society. A key component of
future success is the ability to acknowledge individual differences and ideas. Residents living in
University Housing are expected to treat each other with respect and dignity.

Section 1: The OHRL will not tolerate any form of bigotry, harassment, intimidation or threat,
whether verbal, written, psychological, direct, or implied. This includes written statements and
drawings/ suggestions on message boards, voice messages, and electronic communications.

Section 2: The OHRL will not tolerate any form of sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is defined
as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, non-verbal, or physical
conduct of a sexual nature.

Section 3: Any form of bigotry, harassment, intimidation or threat that occurs as a result of use of
any Internet service is prohibited. This includes threats made on electronic mediums including the
World Wide Web, MySpace, Facebook, and instant messaging services.

Section 4: Mason defines a Bias Incident as an act of discrimination, harassment, violence, or
criminal offense committed against any person, group, or property that appears to be intentional and
motivated by prejudice or bias. Such acts are usually associated with negative feelings and beliefs
with respect to others‟ race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual
orientation, age, social class, political affiliation, disability, veteran status, club affiliation, or
organization membership.

Section 5: Use of cameras, camera phones, digital recording devices, and/ or video equipment will
be considered harassment if it is utilized without the specific consent of the persons(s) being
photographed, recorded, and/or videoed. Further, residents may face criminal prosecution and/or
referral to the Office of Judicial Affairs if such images or recordings are made public or placed on
the Internet.


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    [Please refer to the University Judicial Code, Behavioral Expectations #8 and/or #16, and Special Procedures For
                          Adjudicating Charges Of Sexual Misconduct for more information]

                                    Health and Safety Inspections
For the health and safety of each resident, OHRL staff members (in collaboration with the State Fire
Marshal and the Office of Environmental Health & Safety) will periodically inspect rooms for fire
safety hazards, damages, and cleanliness throughout each semester. Residents are not required to be
present for these inspections. Health and Safety Inspection timelines will be posted no later than 24
hours prior to inspections taking place. Failure to correct violations resulting from Health and
Safety Inspections will result in disciplinary action.

                                          Keys/Card Access
Residents will either be issued keys and/or have their Mason ID cards programmed to grant access
to their assigned residential space. The keys issued upon move-in are property of Mason. They may
not be duplicated or loaned. Keys assigned by the OHRL and Mason ID cards should be kept with
residents at all times and never left with a friend or otherwise let out of their possession.
Students using another resident‟s key or Mason ID card may face disciplinary action.

                                        Liability and Insurance
The University does not assume obligation or liability for loss, theft or damage to personal property
(or personal injury) that occurs in its buildings or on its grounds before, during, or after the terms of
the Agreement regardless of the cause. Insurance carried by the University covers the building and contents that
are state property. Students are urged to purchase renter’s insurance for protection against loss
or property damage or check with their parents’ homeowners insurance for coverage.
Information on Student Personal Property Insurance is available from OHRL.

                                  Motorized Vehicles and Parking
Automobiles, motorcycles, mopeds, and gas powered motorized vehicles including unauthorized
golf carts are not permitted in or around the residential communities.

Parking of motorized vehicles must comply with the University Parking Services regulations.
Residents of the YRC Area are not allowed to use their ID cards to swipe in guests and non-
residents of YRC into Lot R.

Parking is strictly prohibited in fire lanes. Parking in fire lanes will result in fees from University
Police, as well as, State Fire Marshal. If the vehicle is not removed from the fire lane immediately, it
will be towed and impounded at the expense of the vehicle operator/owner.

                                                Noise
Courtesy Hours
Courtesy hours are observed 24-hours a day throughout residence halls. When asked by another
resident or staff member to reduce noise level, residents are expected to immediately comply as a
courtesy to fellow community members.

Quiet Hours
A quiet hours violation occurs when noise from a room/apartment/suite is audible outside the door
and may result in disciplinary action. The following times have been designated as quiet hours in all


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residence halls. Many living learning communities have 24 hour quiet hours regardless of the day or
time. Failure to comply with a request to reduce noise levels by a resident may result in disciplinary
action. Quiet hours will be observed during the following times: 10:00 p.m.-8:00 a.m.
Sunday-Thursday and 12:00 a.m. (midnight)-10:00 a.m. Friday-Saturday.

24-Hour Quiet Hours
On Sunday, December 6, 2009 and Sunday, May 2, 2010, beginning at 10:00 p.m. Twenty-four
hour Quiet Hours will be observed throughout the duration of final exams. Residents violating the
24-hour quiet hours may be asked to leave the residence halls and lose Winter Break or Summer
Housing privileges.

                                          Party/Special Event Policy
Residential students may entertain/socialize with other Mason students in their room/suite/
apartment, provided that a) no policy violations occur (including but not limited to alcohol and
noise), b) occupancy regulations are not exceeded, and c) there is no disturbance to the academic
residential area. Events in which violations occur or which do not adhere to the party guidelines will
be considered an unauthorized party. Such events are prohibited in residential rooms/suites/apartments and
participating students may be evicted from University Housing.

Designated Event Locations
Residential students may register and host an “event” in a location designated by OHRL. These
locations provide space for residential students to celebrate or congregate with fellow students.
These areas are reserved on a first come, first served basis.

Who may reserve an Event Location
Students who are current residents may register for an event. All students involved in sponsoring an
event MUST be listed as a host. OHRL recognized organizations, individual students, and
residential halls and floors are permitted to reserve the event location.

Consequences for Misuse
Consideration and community values are important. Therefore, event participants are expected to
be considerate of the surrounding academic/residential environment, and not to wait for neighbors
to complain regarding noise.

Students in violation of the party policy may face disciplinary action, including eviction from
housing. This includes students who host events in their individual rooms/apartments/suites or
using the event locations provided by housing.

OHRL reserves the right to discontinue or alter the party/event policy should isolated incidents or
patterns of behavior become a concern.




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Special Events Registration Includes
   1. Time and date of event
   2. Location requested (DUCC or York River Corner)
   3. Name, G number, and contact information of host(s)
           a. If no alcohol will be served, approximate number of people expected.
           b. If alcohol will be served, a typed guest list. (Two days prior to event)
           c. Name of individual(s) responsible for clean-up
   4. Name, G Number(s), and contact information of individual(s) checking guest list and IDs (if
       alcoholic beverages are served).
   5. A schedule of who will be performing these duties and at what time.
   6. List of what non-alcoholic/alcoholic beverages and food will be served (include amount).

Dates and Times Available
Friday       7:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Saturday     12:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Sunday       12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Party/ Special Event Locations will NOT be available during 24 Hour Quiet Hours.

If alcohol is approved to be served at an event, alcohol service must be stopped one hour prior to
the conclusion of the event (Friday and Saturday at 1:00 a.m. or 9:00 p.m. on Sundays).

Social Event/Party Guidelines
   All Events
       The registration form must be completed SEVEN days in ADVANCE of event. An OHRL
       staff member will contact a resident within three days of receiving the registration regarding
       the approval of the event. Each event will be approved based on guidelines that include:
           1. the environment being set for the party
           2. information contained in the registration
           3. the past history of the host(s) prior usage of housing space (abuse, damage, etc.)
           4. the availability of the event location
       Host(s) must be current residential student(s). Guests must be current Mason students.
       Office of Residence Life and Housing (OHRL) staff members and or University Officials
       may visit the event to ensure compliance with these policies. At any time during an event
       Housing/University staff may terminate an event if violations are observed or suspected of
       occurring.
       Host(s) must meet with the RD or AC prior to the event to ensure understanding of polices
       and procedures for hosting a party within the residence halls.
       The registered host(s) is responsible for all guests that attend, invited or not invited. This
       includes escorting to and from the party area. Students are not allowed to roam the
       residence halls of which they are not a resident. REMINDER: PLEASE DO NOT PROP
       DOORS!
       The event location must be cleaned and vacated by 2:00 a.m. (10:00 p.m. on Sundays). The
       registered host(s) is responsible for any and all violations that occur.
       The registered host(s) is responsible for all aspects of the party including but not limited to:
       limiting attendance/crowd control; clearing trash and setting room back to original setting;
       ensuring that no loitering occurs at the end of the event; ensuring that nearby restrooms and


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       kitchens are kept clean and returned to original condition; making reasonable
       accommodations to ensure fire and life safety for attendees; and abiding by state and federal
       law and university and housing policies.
       Bands with amplified noise are prohibited. Music may be provided via sound systems, but
       speakers may not be directed out of the windows, bass volume must be low, and overall
       volume must not disrupt others. Acoustic and a capella music is permitted.
       A host must be present at all times.
       The registered host(s) may not have disciplinary violations within the last nine months.
       Each event must have an established beginning and ending time.
       Party noise should not be audible outside the event area.
       Non-student minors (under the age of 18) are prohibited from attending the event.
       Admission, cover charges, and the sale of alcohol are prohibited. No money or donations
       may be collected as a result of entrance into the party.
       Students are expected to compile an accurate guest list of residents and send invitations to
       specific individuals in order to maintain some control of who gains entrance. Therefore,
       general advertisements for the gathering/party are prohibited.
       If damages result from a party, the group hosting the party will pay for damage which cannot
       be assessed to individuals. The groups may be asked to pay a damage deposit for subsequent
       parties.
       The party/event locations have a maximum occupancy of 50 people. Events in excess of
       the designated maximum occupancy violate Housing and Fire Safety polices, and the event
       will be terminated.
       No smoke machines may be used.
       Decorations may not block exits or smoke detectors, or create obvious hazards for members
       or guests.
       Please follow the guidelines for decorations as described in the Guide to P.R.I.D.E.
       Only one entrance may be used, to act as the sole entrance and primary exit for the entire
       event. However, there must be at least one alternate exit provided for and communicated to
       attendees.

Events involving alcohol
The quantity of alcoholic beverages authorized to be present at the event location and available
during the event is dependent on the number of expected guests. The quantity and container type
must be submitted with the authorization form. The quantity must never exceed 36 ounces of beer
(equivalent to three cans/bottles) or 15 ounces of wine (equivalent to three glasses) for each guest.
Hard liquor, punch bowls, coolers, or kegs are never permitted.

       Guest lists must be submitted TWO days prior to the event. No names may be added to the
       guest list once the list has been verified.
       Only students with a valid ID showing they are of age and who are on the guest list will be
       allowed to enter.
       All host(s) and guests must be of legal drinking age for alcohol to be permitted.
       The presence of alcohol shall be incidental to the purpose of the event.
       Substantial food (pizza and sandwiches, not just chips or pretzels) and non-alcoholic
       beverages (other than water) must also be available for the duration of the event.


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        Alcohol must stop being served one hour prior to the end of the event.
        Only beer and wine may be served. All alcohol service must comply with Virginia ABC
        rules and regulations.
        Alcoholic beverages are not permitted outside of the registered event location. Doors must
        remain closed. Anyone with an open container of alcohol in a public area may face criminal
        charges and university disciplinary action.
        During and after an event, excess beer and wine must stay at the approved site.
        Drinking games are prohibited.
        The only alcoholic beverages which may be served are those provided by the host(s).
        Any alcoholic beverages served must be managed. Designated host(s) must be identified and
        agree not to consume alcoholic beverages when serving as the designated host to verify the
        age of all guests, supervise the guest list, ensure that no one enters or leaves with alcohol,
        and to monitor who is being served and how much individuals are consuming.
        Any violations of the Alcohol Policy or illegal use of alcohol will result in immediate
        termination of the event/party.
        Any individual(s) providing alcohol to an underage person will be subject to disciplinary/
        criminal action. This would include each host for an event.
        By signing the party registration, the host(s) assumes full responsibility of the party.
        At any time during an event Housing/University staff may end the event if policies are being
        violated such as alcohol being consumed by an underage drinker and/or if activities signify a
        problem or potential problem. The Housing/University official may respond by giving a
        warning, closing the bar, or ending the event.

Failure to abide by the policies outlined within the Guide to P.R.I.D.E. and university will place the
event in violation, and the event will immediately be dispersed.

                                           Pets and Animals
Animals are prohibited within the residence halls except for fish in a properly maintained aquarium
of 10 gallons or less, and service animals.
        No pets are allowed in the residence halls for visits.
        Since pets are prohibited from the residence halls, residents should not be in possession of
        related items such as litter boxes, leashes, and pet food.
        For residents sanctioned with removal of pet, the Residence Life staff will determine an
        appropriate timeframe.
        Residents found violating this policy will be required to remove the animal(s) and have their
        carpets cleaned at their expense and be responsible for any other charges resulting from
        possession of a non-approved pet.
        Students registered with the Office of Disability Services may have service animals reside
        with them for documented needs. This includes providing veterinarian verification that the
        animal has all veterinary recommended vaccinations to maintain the animal‟s health and
        prevent contagious disease and the designation of an alternative caregiver for the animal if
        the owner becomes ill or unavailable. Please contact the Office of Disability Services and
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                                             Posting Policy
Posting items in residence halls is limited to recognized George Mason University offices,
departments, and student groups.

Prohibited Postings
Clubs, bars, and non-Mason related businesses are prohibited from posting or distributing items in
the residence halls.
        Residents found distributing such prohibited items will face disciplinary action and be held
        responsible for the cost of removing items.
        Non-resident students found posting or distributing prohibited items will be referred to the
        Office of Judicial Affairs for trespassing.
        Non-students found posting or distributing prohibited items will be referred to the
        University Police.

No materials may be posted on the exterior surface of any university building, or interior or exterior
pillars, breezeways or walkways, trees, light and lamp posts/poles, traffic control signs, or other
existing permanent signs on posts. In addition, nothing shall be affixed to any walls, windows,
doors, doorframes, glass panels, or painted surfaces either inside or outside.

Posting Procedure in/around the residence halls
Contact the Area Coordinator or the OHRL at (703) 993-2720, to drop off flyers. Non-approved
fliers will be discarded without notification to the department/student organization.
         All signs and posters will be referred for review by the AC to determine approval or non-
         approval for positing, dissemination, or display.
         If approved, posters, signs, etc. can only be posted in non-public areas by RAs. Posting or
         displaying of items is not allowed in windows.
         All approved postings (in public areas) must be removed by the group posting the signs on
         the day after the event.
         Students and organizations violating the positing policy may face disciplinary action and will
         be responsible for the cost of removing these items.
         Organizations are prohibited from posting information for events which involve alcoholic
         beverages or occur at off-campus bars.

Posting Violations
       The OHRL will file a complaint with the university offices whose groups do not comply
       with these procedures.
       The OHRL reserves the right to remove posted materials that are not in accordance with
       this policy.
       Violation of these provisions constitute potential grounds for removal of material, denial of
       approval to post materials by the organization for specified period of time, loss of access to
       duplicating or other facilities use restrictions, and charges for the cost of removal of the
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                                         Prohibited Technology
Residents documented for violations of the GMU Computer Policy while residing in the residence
halls will be referred for disciplinary action. This policy includes the prohibition of setting up and
utilizing wireless networks not authorized by the University. Please refer to the ITU website for
more information, http://itusupport.gmu.edu/.

           [Please refer to the University Judicial Code, Behavioral Expectations #16 for more information]

                                           Public Nudity
Any act of public nudity, including but not limited to, streaking, mooning, and public urination is
prohibited.

                                                Safety
Safety is a partnership dependent upon each individual community member and his/her guests. In
order for residential communities to be safe places to live, study and grow, cooperative efforts by all
residents are essential. Our approach to safety and security rests on one simple notion: Each
individual observing a few common-sense precautions contributes to a safe and secure place
for all to live. These include:
         Not tampering or vandalizing any fire alarm equipment
         Keeping one‟s key and Mason ID card with him or her at all times
         Not loaning one‟s key or Mason ID card to friends
         Always locking one‟s room/apartment/suite
         Never propping open any doors, especially exterior ones, or ground floor windows
         Informing one‟s roommate(s) of his or her whereabouts
         Not leaving personal property unattended
         Creating an inventory and inscribing valuable items
         Never walking alone on campus after dark
         Not allowing anyone into a residence hall that is not escorted by a hall resident

Above all, be alert and observant, and report all suspicious people or activities to the University
Police and Residence Life Staff.

                                                Screens
The removal of screens is prohibited and may result in a $25 charge assessed to one‟s student
account, in addition to the cost of a new screen if required. Residents are prohibited from installing
screen doors and other screens that alter the structure of the area.

                                             Sexual Offenses
The University condemns sexual offenses and will not tolerate sexual offenders. Sexual assault is a
crime punishable by both civil and criminal legal action and is a serious violation of University
policy. Previous sexual contact does not nullify the need for consent.
        Forcible Sexual Assault: The involvement in any sexual act with another person, without
        the consent of the other person, in which there is force which overcomes reasonable
        resistance, or the threat of force, expressed or implied, or the use of duress or deception.




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         Non-forcible Sexual Assault: The involvement in any sexual act with another person,
         without the consent of the other person, particularly when the other person is incapacitated
         by drugs, alcohol, mental deficiency, emotional state, or disability.
         Non-consensual Sexual Contact: The intentional touching, either of the victim or when
         the victim is forced to touch, directly or through clothing, another person‟s genitals, breasts,
         thighs, anus, or buttocks.
         Sexual Related Offenses: Behavior that is sexually motivated, including but not limited to
         indecent exposure, voyeurism, and Internet activities.

According to the Sexual Assault Services Center, “These acts constitute sexual assault when they are
attempted or committed through force, threat, or intimidation; when the perpetrator has been
informed that his/her actions are unwanted: or through the use of the victim's incapacity or
helplessness caused by alcohol or other drugs (e.g., when the victim is too intoxicated to consent).
Alcohol or other drug use by the perpetrator does not diminish his or her responsibility for the
assault. There are other forms of sexual misconduct that are not only offensive, but also are against
the law. This includes obscene phone calls, „flashing‟ or indecent exposure, and voyeurism or
„Peeping Tom‟ behaviors. Victims of these actions are often traumatized. Perpetrators of these
crimes often progress to more serious sexual assaults.”

For more information or assistance, contact a Resident Director or Area Coordinator, the Sexual Assault
Coordinator Connie Kirkland at (703) 993-4364, or the University Police at (703) 993-2810.

    [Please refer to the University Judicial Code, Behavioral Expectations #8 and Special Procedures For Adjudicating
                                  Charges Of Sexual Misconduct for more information]

                                                 Smoking
ALL residential areas are smoke-free. Smoking is prohibited within all residential buildings
including stairways and entrances. Outdoors, smoking is permitted 25 feet or beyond a residential
building, unless it is a hazardous area or if otherwise posted. Proper disposal of cigarette butts is
required. Residents and/or guests smoking in prohibited areas will face disciplinary action, including
possible relocation.

                                              Solicitation
Solicitors and salespeople, except on official business with the University, are not permitted on the
campus without prior approval from University Services located in Student Union Building II,
Room 2028. Please report any unauthorized solicitors or salespeople to a Residence Life Staff
member or to the University Police.

Soliciting and selling in the residence halls is strictly forbidden. Students are not allowed to conduct
private businesses or to use their hall telephone line and/or computer connections for this purpose.
Any students engaged in such activities will be subject to disciplinary action. Fund raising activities
by recognized student groups may be authorized within specific guidelines by the Director of
Housing and Residence Life or designee.




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                            George Mason University Stalking Policy
Stalking is prohibited and will not be tolerated by George Mason University.

Stalking is defined as any behaviors or activities which when taken as a whole cause the victim to
reasonably believe that his or her safety is at risk; and/or materially affects the learning experience or
participation in the University community.

This policy applies to students, faculty, staff, contractors and visitors and to behaviors and activities
that occur both on and off campus.

COMMENTS:

The University is committed to protecting the rights of all individuals to pursue their intellectual,
vocational, and personal interests without harassment or interference. The University is also
committed to providing an environment in which visitors to and members of the campus
community are treated with dignity, respect and regard for their welfare, privacy, and learning needs.

Depending upon the context, stalking may take many forms, including but not limited to:

        Unwanted communication or contact (whether face-to-face, telephone, voice mail, email, US
        mail, unwanted gifts or otherwise)
        Use of threatening gestures
        Pursuing or following
        Surveillance or other observation
        Obtaining or tracking private information without permission
        Trespassing
        Vandalism
        Non-consensual touching of person or property
        Use of a third party

Victims of stalking are encouraged to report incidents of stalking to the campus or local police.
Some of these behaviors or activities are illegal under Virginia law (Code Section 18.2-60.3) and may
be prosecuted as a misdemeanor or a felony. Other options available to the victims of stalking
include utilizing the campus judicial processes or seeking a remedy through civil proceedings.
Support is available at the University Sexual Assault Services Office at (703) 993-4364.

                             Student Group Space Usage Policy
Designated OHRL meeting spaces and outdoor areas may be utilized by Mason recognized student
groups to hold meetings and/or limited special events.

Until formal written approval is given by professional Residence Life staff, the desired space should
NOT be advertised as the location of the event. The following criteria must be met to utilize the
residence hall meeting spaces and/or the outdoor areas at Mason:
        Groups requesting use must be recognized by Mason. This process is completed through
        the Student Activities Office in Student Union Building I.




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         Recognized student groups interested in utilizing a meeting space or outdoor area, must
         submit a Meeting/Special Event Request form (available at the Area Desks) to the AC, five
         business days before the meeting, or special event is to take place.
         Special Events cannot occur until the second full month of school in the fall semester, or the
         second full month of school in the spring semester.
         Special Events and meetings must be properly facilitated, supervised, and if necessary have
         the proper security coverage.
         All groups will be held accountable for all activities that take place and possible
         actions/situations that may occur after the event.
         All groups must properly clean the area being used and return the area to its previous
         condition once the event or meeting is finished.
         An enrolled Mason student, who resides in the area the event and/or meeting takes place,
         must sign the Meeting/Special Event form. This resident will be held accountable, along
         with the sponsoring organization, for escorting all participants to/from the event, all
         activities and damages that may occur during the meeting and/or special event.
         All groups must adhere to the occupancy requirements as not to create safety hazard.

                                                Theft
The OHRL supports a safe and secure living environment. Theft is defined as the taking of
property without the owner‟s consent, depriving the rightful owner the use of his/her property.
Incidents involving theft may be referred to the Office of Judicial Affairs and the University Police.

Possessing stolen property, including University-owned property, is prohibited. Possessing lounge
furniture and street signs may be considered possession of stolen property.

Unauthorized use of account/password information, identity information, computers, University
services, equipment, and/or card access is prohibited.

If a resident believes that a theft has occurred, he or she should contact the University Police at
(703) 993-2810 and complete an incident report at http://housing.gmu.edu.

The University does not assume obligation or liability for loss or damage to personal property that occurs in its
buildings or on its grounds before, during, or after the terms of the Residence Hall License Agreement regardless of the
cause. Students are urged to purchase renter’s insurance for protection against loss or
property damage.
             [Please refer to the University Judicial Code, Behavioral Expectations #12 for more information]

                                                  Trash Removal
Students residing in the residence halls are required to properly dispose of personal garbage in trash
receptacles, located on each floor or within each area. Trash is to be placed in the identified
receptacles, not in recycling or cigarette butt bins. Residents of an individual room or residence
community will be assessed the charges for removing excessive garbage or trash that is left in areas
other than trash rooms or trash areas. This charge will be determined solely by the OHRL. It is not a
function of housekeepers and staff to remove personal garbage from any space other than designated trash areas.




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                                        Unauthorized Entry
Unauthorized entry is defined as entry into a room or property without the express approval of the
resident or University.

No student shall make unauthorized entry into any residence hall room.

No student shall make unauthorized entry into any University facility, building, office, closet,
workspace, attic, elevator shaft or other University property including computer labs or any
residence halls closed for break periods.

No student shall make unauthorized entry onto any roof of a residence hall or community building.

No student shall prop open any doors, or disable/alter any locks.

No student shall be in possession of unauthorized room and hall keys/access card(s).

            [Please refer to the University Judicial Code, Behavioral Expectations #5 for more information]

                                      University Right of Entry
The University reserves the right to enter the premises for housekeeping or maintenance or
inventory purposes, to verify occupancy, to abate a public nuisance, and to protect interests related
to the University‟s educational mission. The University further reserves the right to inspect a room
and its contents when probable cause exists to indicate a violation of University or residence hall
regulations, including but not limited to possessing illegal substances, or conducting activities that
could endanger the life, safety or welfare of members of the University community. The University
shall not be liable for loss or damage from such necessary entrances. Advance notice will be given
when possible and practical.

                                            Water Balloons
The use of water balloons, and other water propelling devices (e.g. squirt guns, water balloon
launchers), constitute a disruption to the academic pursuits and privileges of the community and are
prohibited.

                                             Weapons
Students may not possess or create firearms, water guns, paintball guns, pellet guns, knives,
slingshots, stun guns, or other items deemed to be dangerous, inflict a wound, or cause injury on
University property. A weapon may be a substance, instrument, or object.

Firearms are defined as any gun, rifle, pistol, or handgun designed to fire bullets, BBs, pellets or
shots (including paint balls), electrical charges, regardless of the propellant used. Possession of
realistic replicas of weapons on campus, including air soft guns, is prohibited.

Dangerous instruments may be defined as: any explosive or incendiary device; any object carried or
created for the purpose of inflicting or threatening bodily injury (even if only the perception of
threat); any instrument of combat, including, but not limited to knives with fixed blades or pocket
knives with blades longer than four inches, razors, metal knuckles, blackjacks, hatchets, bows and
arrows, and other martial art weapons or blunt instruments.
           [Please refer to the University Judicial Code, Behavioral Expectations #16 for more information]



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                                      Windows and Balconies
Throwing anything, solid or liquid, through or out of a window, or off a balcony, is extremely
dangerous and is prohibited.

Dropping, throwing, or causing the fall of anything, solid or liquid, through or out of a window, or
balcony, is prohibited.

Entering and/or exiting any residence hall through a window is prohibited.

Residents are prohibited from hanging anything out of windows or balconies.

Posters, flags, or other decorations are prohibited from facing out of any window.

Windows may not be blocked or obstructed.

                                        Winter Break Housing
Residents should note that not all residence areas are open during the break. Presidents Park and
Carroll Hall, Dickenson Hall, Essex Hall, Franklin Hall, Grayson Hall, and all designated freshmen
spaces are closed. Residents who are unsure of the status of their area during winter break should
consult with an OHRL staff member before finalizing travel plans. Desk services during the Winter
Break, including staffing, will be reduced. Nevertheless, all policies will be enforced during the
Winter Break.

Students involved in policy violations during the fall semester, on Housing Probation, or whose past
disciplinary records show behaviors which are not conducive to a more independent living
environment may not be permitted to remain on campus during Winter Break. Similarly, students
who are granted permission to remain on campus during Winter Break may have that permission
rescinded at any time, without prior notice, if they exhibit any unacceptable behavior during final
exams or during the actual break period itself.




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                                     STUDENT SERVICES
                              Counseling & Psychological Services
Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) provides a wide range of services to faculty, staff, and
students. Services are provided by a staff of professional counseling and clinical psychologists and
professional counselors. CAPS provides individual counseling, group counseling, workshops, and
outreach programs. For more information, please call (703) 993-2380. CAPS is located in Student
Union Building I, Room 364 and appointments are available 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday, Thursday,
and Friday, and 8:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m. Tuesday.

                                           Dining Services
There are many places to eat on campus. Southside in the Dining and Fitness Center provides all-
you-care-to-eat options in Mason's first sustainable dining facility. Jazzman's Café offers great
coffee, gourmet quality food to fly, and atmosphere, while The Bistro features all-you-care-to-eat for
lunch, both on the ground floor of the Johnson Center. The main level of the Johnson Center
provides convenience with La Patisserie, Express, and the Center Court which offers a Taco Bell,
Burger King, La Vincita, and Sub Connection, World of Greens, Freshens, Sangam, and Yaya's.
George's Restaurant is located on the Johnson Center's third floor. Student Union Building I also
offers dining options in the form of the Rattskeller, Jazzman's Café, and Chik-Fil-A. Ike's Diner is
located in the Eisenhower Hall in Presidents Park to provide a late-night dining option. If a student
is living in a community that is equipped with cooking facilities, Mason Money provides a flexible
debit card to meet a resident‟s dining needs, and meal plans for students with kitchens can save him
or her cash and add convenience. For more information, please call (703) 993-2870. For more
information on dining services visit http://dining.gmu.edu or http://mealplans.gmu.edu.

                                             Emergencies
Each residential community has a Resident Advisor and professional staff that may provide
assistance in times of crisis or emergency. Mason also has a state-accredited police force on campus.
For non-emergencies, the George Mason Police can be contacted at (703) 993-2810. In case of
emergency, please dial 911. The dispatch officer will need the student‟s name, location, and the
nature of the emergency. Follow instructions of hall staff, medical or police personnel. For added
safety, there are emergency call boxes located throughout the University. These call boxes are
identified with a blue light and connect the caller directly with the George Mason Police
Department.

                                       Mail and Postal Service
The Johnson Center mailroom houses an on-campus post office where one can purchase stamps,
send packages, and fulfill other postal needs. All mail, including packages, can be obtained from the
Mail Center in Student Union Building II. Most resident students are assigned mailboxes in the Mail
Center for the entire time they are resident students. Each student must go to the Mail Center in
Student Union Building II to pick up a key to an assigned mailbox. The exception to this pertains to
students living in the University Townhouses. These students receive their mail directly from the
USPS. Regular student mailboxes use key locks. The cost for replacing a key is $10. At the end of
the academic year, or upon leaving the residential system, residents are responsible for completing a
Change of Address form to ensure continued postal service and allow for mail to be forwarded.
Residents must turn in their mailbox key to the Mail Center in SUB II.




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The best way to ensure that personal mail arrives at a student mailbox is to use the following
address:
                                            PMB ####
                                               Name
                                        4450 Rivanna Lane
                                     Fairfax, VA 22030-4441

Please remember NOT to use the designation “P.O.” and always include the nine-digit zip
code.

Hours of Operation:
        Mail Services Center:                                          7:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday
        Student Package Pick-up:                                       8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday
        Stamp Window Sales (Johnson Center):                           8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Monday-Friday
Mailboxes are accessible at all times during which Student Union Building II is open. For more information call
(703) 993-2691 or go to www.gmu.edu/univserv/mail.html.

                                             Recycling
The George Mason Recycling Center is run by Mason staff and is open to all faculty and staff and
students to drop off recycling materials. The Recycling Center is located in the Physical Plant and is
open 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Monday-Friday. For questions call (703) 993-3671 or visit
http://www.gmu.edu/gmu/recycling.

Materials that may be recycled include: #1 and #2 plastics, laundry detergent bottles, milk jugs, juice
containers, glass, soup cans, aerosol cans. Paper products include newspapers, junk mail, white
ledger, paperback books, and magazines.

Check with your RA or Resident Director to learn about your area’s recycling options.

                                      Residential Security Staff
Securitas Security officers are responsible for patrolling the residence halls and serving as a support
system for RAs. Although holiday hours may vary, during the academic year, Securitas operating
hours are 9:00 p.m.-5:00 a.m. daily. The officers have many purposes, but their priority is helping
maintain a safe environment for students. Other functions include securing common areas,
providing assistance to the Mason Police, and helping to maintain an environment that is conducive
to sleeping and studying. There are several ways to reach Security, including calling the Security
Office directly at (703) 993-2780, contacting the Area Desk, or by contacting the RA on duty.

                                  University Police/ Escort Service
The University Police may be reached directly by dialing (703) 993-2810. Students who require a
walking escort on campus may call (703) 993-HELP (4357). University Police train Mason students
to provide late-night escort service throughout campus that is available during the fall and spring
semesters from 6:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. During finals, the hours are extended to 2:30 a.m. If a
student requires an escort outside of these hours, please contact the University Police directly.




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                                      RESIDENCE LIFE STANDARDS


The Residence Life Standards are set forth to provide residents notice of prohibited conduct in the
residence halls as described in the Guide to P.R.I.D.E. All Mason residents are responsible for
abiding by the University Judicial Code, as well as the following Residence Life Standards. The
following acts when conducted by a resident or a resident‟s guest(s) will constitute a violation. For
detailed information regarding the Residence Life Standards, please refer to the policies and
procedures outlined in this Handbook.

Complicity in Prohibited Acts
Knowingly, recklessly, or willfully encouraging or assisting others to commit such acts that are prohibited by Office of
Housing and Residence Life policies or procedures may be sanctioned to the same extent as if one had committed the
prohibited act. Students living in the residence halls and any event sponsors are accountable for the behavior of their
guests and may be sanctioned under this provision as if they had committed the violations themselves. When in the
presence of a potential violation of policy and/or procedure, residents are expected to do one or more of the following: a)
personally confront and stop the violation, except in cases of violence or threat of violence; b) bring the violation to the
awareness of a staff member, Security, and/or University Police; c) leave the scene of the violation, if not assigned to
the unit in which the violation is occurring.

    ATTEMPTS TO COMMIT ACTS PROHIBITED BY ANY OF THE RESIDENCE HALL
      RULES SHALL INCUR SANCTIONS TO THE SAME EXTENT AS COMPLETED
                               VIOLATIONS.

As stated earlier, the OHRL is committed to supporting the academic mission of Mason. To this
end, the OHRL reserves the right to take action if a student is found in violation of the University
Judicial Code or Residence Life Standards. Violations may result in various sanctions (refer to the Judicial
Processes section for more information) including eviction from the residence halls, and referral to
the Office of Judicial Affairs, Dean of Students, and/or the University Police. Residents may be
evicted from the residence halls for violating a policy if the instance is egregious or repeated. All
cases will be resolved in a case-by-case manner.




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                    RESIDENCE LIFE STANDARDS 2009-2010

Alcohol and Drug Policies

RL01. Possession of alcohol paraphernalia, including empty containers and vessels designed for

       alcohol consumption (i.e. wine, shot, and martini glasses), by residents under 21 years of age

RL02. Possession of large quantities of alcoholic beverages that are not reasonable

       consumption for an individual including amounts for storage or use that is excessive under

       the circumstances for personal use.

RL03. Participating in drinking games (i.e. beer pong or beer pong tables)

RL04. Possession of unauthorized common source containers and/or containers designed for

       rapid consumption of alcohol (i.e. kegs, funnels, tubing)

RL05. Possession or use of drug paraphernalia including hookahs

Prohibited Items

RL06. Possession or use of items prohibited in the Guide to P.R.I.D.E.

RL07. Improper usage or storage of barbeque grills

RL08. Improper usage or storage of bicycles, Scooters, and other self propelled or motorized

       transports

RL09. Improper use of lofts

RL10. Violation of the published pets policy

RL11. Use or possession of water balloons or water guns

RL12. Possession of prohibited cooking appliances

RL13. Improper decorations

Community Living Violations

RL14. Disruptive behavior (individual or group) which is disruptive to orderly community living

RL15. Noise violation


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RL16. Unauthorized party/ special event

   a) Hosting an unauthorized party

   b) Attending an unauthorized party

RL17. Damages/Vandalism: Destroying, damaging, vandalizing, or defacing property

RL18. Failure to adhere to the guest policy including failure to monitor guest‟s behavior

RL19. Violations of a written agreement with one‟s roommate(s), apartment/suite or floor mates

       submitted to Residence Life staff members

RL20. Physical Confrontation

   a) Placing a person in fear of imminent physical danger or bodily harm

   b) Causing bodily harm to a person or engaging in aggressive contact

RL21. Chronic Misbehavior: Serious pattern of misconduct in residence hall communities

RL22. Public nudity

RL23. Gambling, wagering, gaming or bookmaking within the residence halls

RL24. Not adhering to the Health and Safety Inspections policy or failure to correct violations

RL25. Unauthorized room change (including the occupation of vacant spaces or preventing

       vacancies to be filled)

RL26. Communication or failure to set up MEMO e-mail system

RL27. Unauthorized sales/solicitation activity within the residence hall areas

Residential Health and Safety

RL28. Possession of highly flammable objects or open flames

RL29. Inappropriate utilization of fire safety equipment, tampering with or vandalizing fire

       safety equipment, or inappropriate activation of a fire alarm

RL30. Failure to evacuate any housing facility immediately upon the sound of an alarm or

       reentering prior to being authorized



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RL31. Violation of the published cooking policy

RL32. Violation of the published smoking policy

RL33. Unauthorized entry or entry into a room or property without consent

RL34. Violation of the published windows and balconies policy

RL35. Failure to adhere to the bathroom/showers policy

RL36. Violation of published key/access card policy

RL37. Violation of the published chalking policy

RL38. Violation of the published posting policy

RL39. Violation of the published furniture policy

RL40. Violation of motorized vehicles and parking

RL41. Improper trash removal

                                           JUDICIAL PROCEDURES

All students alleged to have violated the policies and/or procedures are subject to judicial
proceedings. The model for judicial procedures is that of an administrative proceeding, rather than a
criminal or civil trial. Because the administrative proceeding is not intended to become excessively
legalistic, the Residential Conduct Coordinator/Hearing Officer(s)/C.A.B. may find it necessary to
remind parties, counsel, or advisors that the proceedings are not criminal or civil trials, that criminal
or civil trial procedures and rules of evidence are not controlling and that the Residential Conduct
Coordinator/Hearing Officer(s)/C.A.B. shall have discretion to interpret, vary, and adjust
procedural requirements in order to promote a fair and just decision, as long as student rights as
outlined are not abused. To be found responsible for a violation, the standard of evidence is that a
policy was “more likely than not” violated by the resident (a preponderance of evidence). Further, if
a resident is aware of, or in the presence of, a policy violation and does not report or immediately
leave the situation they are assumed to be passively participating in the violation and may be subject
to disciplinary action.

Students accused of violating OHRL policy may have a hearing with the student-run Community
Adjudication Board (C.A.B.) or Residence Life staff member(s), depending on the type of violation.
C.A.B. consists of students and serves as a hearing option for students. Students who do not elect a
C.A.B. will have hearing scheduled with professional staff member (including but not limited to
Resident Directors, Area Coordinators, and the Residential Conduct Coordinator).

          The University Judicial Code and student disciplinary policies and procedures may be found at:
                                         http://judicialaffairs.gmu.edu




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Statement of Community Values:
The following community values underscore the University‟s mission and are indispensible to a
flourishing residential community.
        The importance of personal integrity.
        The right of every individual to be treated with respect and dignity.
        The freedom of intellectual inquiry in the pursuit of truth.
        The freedom of speech and open exchange of ideas.
        The acceptance and appreciation of diversity with regard to race, gender, age, sexual
        orientation, culture, and creed.
        The freedom from discrimination on the basis of gender, religion, sexual orientation, age,
        disability, ethnicity, and political views.
        The freedom from violence aimed at limiting freedom, interfering with or disrupting
        University activities.
        The recognition that public service is an important component in the intellectual
        development of students.

Interim Measures
The following actions may be taken to facilitate student conduct processes:

Interim Eviction:
A student may be evicted from University Housing for an interim period not to exceed 14 days,
pending administrative proceedings or medical evaluation. The interim eviction shall become
immediately effective without prior notice whenever there is evidence that the continued presence of
the student in University Housing poses a substantial and immediate threat to himself or herself or
to others‟ persons or property, or to the stability and continuance of normal Housing functions. A
student evicted on an interim basis will be granted a hearing with Housing staff members or referral
to the Office of Judicial Affairs as soon as it is practical.

Interim Relocation:
A student may be relocated from one residential area or building to another. This relocation is
temporary until a permanent space is located. The interim relocation shall become immediately
effective without prior notice whenever there is evidence that the continued presence in the current
residence poses a substantial and immediate threat to him- or herself, to others‟ persons, property,
or to the stability and continuance of normal OHRL functions. A student relocated on an interim
basis will be granted a hearing or conference as soon as it is practical.

Counseling Referral/Mental Health Evaluation:
The Director of the OHRL, or designee, may require a student to meet with a member of the Mason
Counseling & Psychological Services and/or University Life when the student demonstrates
evidence of a detrimental physical and/or emotional condition. Results of the meeting(s) may be
used to determine the status of a student within the residence halls.

Note regarding RETALIATION:
Retaliation of any kind against witnesses, informants, is considered egregious, and may result in, but
is not limited to: interim eviction; permanent eviction; trespass; and referral to the Office of Judicial
Affairs, and involvement of University Police. If you are unable to maintain amicable roommate



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relationships during this process, please contact the Residential Conduct Coordinator to assist you in
finding an alternate location to reside during the administrative process.

Resident Rights
   1. The right to written notice of charges and a statement of the information supporting each
      charge.
   2. The right to examine applicable documentation and/or witnesses and to produce evidence
      on his/her behalf, per written request. Please note the OHRL reserves the right to edit
      and/or restrict documentation(s) for the following reasons:
               Revealing information will adversely impact an active police investigation or is from
               a police report or CAD entry.
               Revealing information will endanger the health and/or safety of other residents.
               Revealing information violates the rights protected under the Family Educational
               Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
               Revealing information releases the room assignment, location, e-mail address, and/or
               phone number(s) of complainant(s).
   3. The right not to be compelled to be a witness against oneself or to have his or her silence
      taken as an indication of responsibility. Please note that students are expected to participate
      honestly in all administrative proceedings. Students will have the opportunity to reply to all
      reports and offer additional statements that may help in the settlement of the proceeding.
   4. The right to a decision based on a preponderance of the evidence; “more likely than not”
      that a violation occurred.
   5. The right not to be sanctioned unless the Residential Conduct Coordinator /Hearing
      Officer(s)/C.A.B., on the basis of the evidence, is/are persuaded that the student is
      responsible for violation of the policy.
   6. The right to be accompanied by an advisor of his or her choosing and at his or her expense.
      The advisor does not act as an advocate (or character witness) for the resident and is not
      authorized to address the Residential Conduct Coordinator /Hearing Officer(s)/C.A.B. The
      advisor must indicate relevant professional affiliation (if any) as well as name and
      relationship to the Responding Student. RAs are not permitted to serve as advisors. The
      process will not be delayed due to the unavailability of an advisor. The Residential Conduct
      Coordinator /Hearing Officer(s)/C.A.B. must be informed of any advisor(s) or witness(es)
      one full business day in advance of the hearing.
   7. The right to appeal the original decisions to a higher authority or hearing body within the
      administrative channels provided by the OHRL within the Mason Judicial System.
   8. The right to have his or her case processed without prejudicial delay.
   9. The right to take written notes during the hearing, but not to use recording devices.




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Release of Confidential Records
The OHRL adheres to Federal law in relation to the release of educational records, which includes
administrative/judicial documentation. Students may submit specific written requests to view, or
receive copies of their case file(s). Forms are available from the OHRL. However, certain
stipulations exist, including, but not limited to:
         Based on Federal regulations, the OHRL has up to 45 days to provide an opportunity to
         view the records.
         A copy will not be released to anyone but the student, who must retrieve and sign for the
         packet from the OHRL.
         Judicial proceedings and outcomes will not be delayed while requested copies are being
         prepared.
         The necessary redactions will be made to the copies in order to comply with Federal
         guidelines.




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                                                     Need Info?

                                     Important Phone Numbers
Office of Housing and Residence Life                                               (703) 993-2720
Securitas Security Office                                                          (703) 993-2780
George Mason University Police (non-emergency)                                     (703) 993-2810
George Mason University Police (emergency)                                         911

                                           Area Desk Information
                                    Hours may change during breaks and holidays
Chesapeake Area Desk               (703) 993-9880               TAP Area Desk                    (703) 993-2797
Monday-Friday                 8:30 a.m.-2:00 a.m.               Monday-Friday               10:00 a.m.-2:00 a.m.
Saturday and Sunday           12:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m.              Saturday and Sunday         12:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m.
Chesapeake RA Duty Phones          (571) 308-4499               Student Apartments RA Duty Phone (571) 308-4501
                                   (571) 308-4500               Townhouse A RA Duty Phone        (703) 344-1398
                                                                Townhouse B RA Duty Phone        (703) 344-1399
DUCC Area Desk                    (703) 993-2736                Townhouse C RA Duty Phone        (703) 344-1400
Monday-Thursday               10:00 a.m.-2:00 a.m.
Friday                        10:00 a.m.-2:00 a.m.              Potomac Heights Area Desk       (703) 993-9250
Saturday                      10:00 a.m.-2:00 a.m.              Monday-Friday               10:00 a.m.-2:00 a.m.
Sunday                        12:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m.              Saturday and Sunday         12:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m.
DUCC RA Duty Phones               (571) 308-4497                Potomac Heights RA Duty Phone (571) 308-4505
                                  (571) 308-4498
                                                                Liberty Square Area Desk          (703) 993-9240
Presidents Park Area Desk          (703) 993-2750               Monday-Thursday              2:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Monday-Sunday                      24 hours a day               Liberty Square RA Duty Phone      (571) 308-4504
Presidents Park RA Duty Phones     (571) 308-4502
                                   (571) 308-4503


                                              Work Orders
                       Go online to http://housing.gmu.edu or dial 4-WORK (9675)
                               Townhouse residents must call 703-993-2793

                                                 Online Resources
                                                 Guide to P.R.I.D.E.
                                       http://housing.gmu.edu/policies/
                  We encourage all to peruse the above website for updates to the Guide to P.R.I.D.E.

                                              University Judicial Code
                                          http://judicialaffairs.gmu.edu




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                                                          INDEX

A                                                               D

Alcohol · 27                                                    Damages/Vandalism · 32
  Dry Areas · 27                                                Decorations · 32
  Kegs · 28, 56                                                   Candles · 33
  Underage · 27, 28                                               Paint · 33
  Virginia State Law · 28                                       Deposit · 21
Appeals                                                         Dining Services · 52
  Damage Billing · See Billing                                  Discrimination · See Harassment
Area Coordinators · See Office of Housing and Residence         Disorderly Conduct/Endangerment · 33, 35
  Life                                                          Doors · 33, 46
Area Desk                                                         Fire Doors · 37
  DUCC · 10                                                     Drinking Games · See Alcohol
  Liberty Square · 12                                           DUCC · 27
  Potomac Heights · 12                                          Due Process Rights · 58
  Presidents Park · 10, 24
  TAP · 11, 24
Arson · See Fire                                                E
Assault and Battery · 29
Assignments Coordinators · See Office of Housing and            Email, MEMO · See Communication
  Residence Life                                                Emergency Contact Information · 34
                                                                Endangerment · See Disorderly Conduct, See Disorderly
                                                                  Conduct
B                                                               Event Policy · 48
                                                                  Recognized Student Groups · 49
Bathrooms and Showers · 29                                      Eviction
Bias Incident · 39                                                Interim · 58
Bicycles · 29                                                   Evidence · 59
Billing                                                         Explosives · See Weapons
   Damage · 31, 32                                              Extension Cords · 34


C                                                               F

Candles · 33                                                    Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) ·
Cars and vehicles · 40                                             59
Chalking Policy · 29                                            Fire · 36
Check-Out · 16                                                     Arson · 36
Chronic Misbehavior · 29                                           False Fire Alarm · 36
Communication                                                      Fire Marshal · 37
  Email · 30                                                       Fire Safety · 36
  Free Speech · See Community Values                               Misuse of Equipment · 33, 36
Community Values · 58                                           Fireworks · 37
Compliance · 30                                                 Free Speech · See Community Values
Controlled Substances · 30                                      Furniture · 33, 37
Cooking · 31                                                       Common Area Furniture · 37
  Grills · See Grills                                              Lofts · 38
  Refrigerators · See Refrigerators
Counseling & Psychological Services · 52
                                                                G

                                                                Gambling · 38
                                                                Grills · 29



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Guest/Visitor · 32, 38                                N
 Controlled Substances · 30
 Overnight · 38                                       Noise · 40
 Roommate · 38                                         Courtesy Hours · 40
 Under the age of 17 · 39                              Quiet Hours · 40
                                                      Nudity · 46
H
                                                      O
Health and Safety Inspections · 40
Hearings                                              Office of Housing and Residence Life
  Hearing Officer · 57                                  Area Coordinators · 6
  Resident Advisor · See Resident Advisor               Assignments Coordinators · 5
Heating and Air Conditioning · See Maintenance          Director · 4
                                                        Graduate Assistants · 5
                                                        Hours · 4
I                                                       Resident Advisor
                                                           How to apply · 8
Instant Messenger · 39                                  Resident Directors · 6, 24
                                                        Residential Conduct Coordinator · 57
K                                                       Staff · 4

Kegs · See Alcohol                                    P
Keys/Card Access · 40, 46
  Unauthorized · 50                                   Paint · See Decorations
                                                      Parking · 40
L                                                       YRC Gate · 32
                                                      Parties · 41
Leadership and Involvement Opportunities · 8          Pets · 44
Liability · 40                                        Police · 50, 53
License Agreement · 17                                Posting Policy · 45
  Terms and conditions · 27                           Presidents Park · 27
Lights · 33, 34, 37                                   Providing False Information · See Compliance
Lockouts · 24
Lofts · See Furniture                                 Q
  Ladders · 38
Lost Keys · 24                                        Quiet Hours · See Noise

M                                                     R
Mail and Postal Services · 52                         RAP · 21
Maintenance · 24                                      Records · 60
  Heating and Air Conditioning · 24                   Recycling · 53
  Work order · 24                                     Refrigerators · 31, 34
Mental Health Evaluation · 58                         Relocation
Microfridge · 31                                        Interim · 58
Microwave · 31                                        Repairs · See Maintenance
Mission Statements                                    Resident Advisor · See Office of Housing and Residence Life
  GMU · 4                                               Hearings · 59
  OHRL Mission · 4                                    Resident Directors · See Office of Housing and Residence
Multiple-outlet adapters · 34                           Life, See Office of Housing and Residence Life
                                                      Resident Rights · 59
                                                      Resident Student Association (RSA) · 8
                                                      Room Changes · 22, 23
                                                      Room Selection · 21


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Roommates                                                   Trees · 33
  Guests · See Guest/Visitor

                                                            U
S
                                                            Unauthorized Entry · 50
Security Staff · 53                                         University Judicial Code · 27, 33, 54
Sexual Assault · See Sexual Offenses                        University Right of Entry · 50
Sexual Assult Services Center · 47
Sexual Harassment · See Harassment
Sexual Offenses · 46                                        V
Smoking Policy · 47
Solicitation · 47                                           Vandalism · See Damages
Streaking · See Nudity
                                                            W
T
                                                            Water Balloons · 50
Technology                                                  Weapons · 50
  Prohibited Use · 39, 49                                   Windows and Balconies · 51
  Theft · 49                                                  Screens · 46
  Use without consent · See Harassment                      Winter Break · 51
Televisions · 34                                            Witnesses · 59
Theft · 49                                                  Work Order · See Maintenance
  Technology equipment and services · See Technology
Trash · 49




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