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					2011-2012
Community Living
    THE RESIDENCE HALLS HANDBOOK
                   SAFE civil                                                               Community Living Principles
    be aware...                                                 be courteous...
    immediate safety                                            disagree without            A healthy academic community is made up of individuals who are actively learning



                           safe
    is first concern...                                         disrespect...




                          BE
    hold ourselves                                              address differences
                                                                                            how to be citizens, scholars and leaders. Each and every member has a part in the
    and others                                                  in a civil fashion...
                                                                                            success of our community.
                                     n t o f re s id e
                              tm e
    accountable...
    BE


                                                                                            In choosing to live in the residence halls you have accepted an opportunity and an


                                                   nt
                     r
                    d ep a




                                                         l ife
                                                                                            obligation: the opportunity to enjoy and benefit from a healthy academic community,
     involved




                             Community




                                                                                   civil
                                Living

                                  just be...
                                                                                            and the obligation to conduct yourself in ways that help other citizens to do the




                                                                                  BE
                              Principles
                                                                                            same.
    be invested                                                        be flexible...
                                                                                            We who live at Maryland do so with a set of living principles constantly in mind.
                                                         BE
                                                         cooperative


    or serve...
                                                                       we’re all in
    contribute...                                                      this together...     These principles guide each citizen’s conduct and actions to promote the best of
    socialize,                                                         if you have
    learn and                                                          a right, you         what the community has to offer. They also teach us what we can contribute to our
    celebrate...                                                       have the responsi-
                                                                       bility...            future communities.
        involvedCOOPERATIVE

Be Safe                                                                  Be Civil                               Be Cooperative                        Be Involved
Each of us must have the sense                                           Each of us must feel that he or        Living together as closely as we      By choosing to be safe, civil and
that we are safe from danger and                                         she has a rightful and recognized      do requires communication and         cooperative, we allow our com-
harm. At no time should we have                                          place in this community. This          compromise on the conflicts that      munity to exist and function.
to fear for our welfare or the                                           sense of belonging is reinforced       will likely occur. Our different      When we get involved in our
security of our possessions or liv-                                      when we act toward one another         schedules, the varying ways in        community, we invest in it; we
ing space. The immediate physi-                                          in a civil fashion which affirms       which we like to rest, study or       help it grow, flourish and reach
cal safety of each and every citi-                                       the dignity and respect that is        socialize, and the need to share      its potentials, and each of us gets
zen must be the first concern for                                        due each citizen, regardless of his    bathrooms, lounges and lobbies        a great return.
all of us.                                                               or her race, ethnicity, gender, sex-   means that no one of us can have
                                                                         ual orientation, religion, disabili-   everything exactly the way he or      Our involvement brings about
This sense of safety depends                                             ty or nationality.                     she sees fit.                         activities and improvements. We
largely on the commitment of                                                                                                                          socialize, learn, and celebrate
each citizen and his/her under-                                          The importance of civility in a        These are the demands of group        together. We provide service to
standing of the utmost impor-                                            healthy community does not             living, and we are all responsible    help ourselves and others. We use
tance of safety to community.                                            demand that we agree with,             and accountable to one another        and develop our abilities as lead-
The loss of the feeling of being                                         endorse, or support the values,        for the flexibility and coopera-      ers, planners and collaborators.
safe interferes with everything                                          beliefs or lifestyles of every other   tion that will make this work.
else; rest, study, recreation, and                                       citizen. However, our disagree-        Our individual rights are directly    When we involve ourselves in
relationships.                                                           ments, objections or differences       tied to our responsibilities to the   these ways, not only do we have
                                                                         can be addressed in a civil fash-      community, which include              fun and enjoy the fellowship, we
Any act that creates a threat to                                         ion. The health of the communi-        reaching agreements on mutual         learn things about ourselves that
the safety of others or to one’s                                         ty demands nothing less than           expectations, listening carefully     we wouldn’t learn any other way.
self, or the failure to act to stop a                                    this, and the basic level of toler-                                          Finally, by investing ourselves,
                                                                                                                to other individuals when con-
threat to safety, poses the most                                         ance that is required of each of                                             we educate our newest members
                                                                                                                flicts arise, and coming together
immediate and serious conceiv-                                           us.                                                                          about our community, and they
                                                                                                                as a group to solve community
able injury to our community.                                                                                   problems when necessary.              learn to perpetuate its best traits.
                                                                         If we treat others with abuse,
We must be mindful of this
                                                                         harassment and intolerance, we
before anything else, and we
                                                                         can injure their dignity and sense
must hold ourselves and our fel-
                                                                         of their rightful place in this          if you have a right,
low citizens accountable to the
                                                                         community, while also hurting
most stringent standards for
                                                                         our ability to focus on those
behavior that affects our safety
                                                                         things we have in common. Our                           you have the responsibility...
and security.
                                                                         commonalities are extremely
                                                                         important to our community
                                                                         and our civil behavior toward
                                                                         one another in all our interac-
                                                                         tions insures our ability to return
                                                                         to our common interests.
Table of Contents
 University Neighborhoods . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2

 Your Hall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4

 Safety and Security . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6

 Rights and Responsibilities . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10

 Unit Agreements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23

 Academic Success . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25

 Room Changes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26

 Computer Use in Your Room . . . . . . . . . . . .32

 Quick Reference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34

 Housing Commitments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36

 Telephone List . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37

 Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39
                    University Neighborhoods
    North Campus                                                       • College Park Scholars faculty offices and classrooms in all
                                                                         five halls of this community;
    The North Campus neighborhood consists of three high rise          • 24-hour service desks in Cumberland and Centreville halls;
    communities. The twelve buildings provide traditional style        • air conditioned housing in Cumberland Hall;
    and semi-suite housing for more than 5,500 students.               • the Community office located in Cumberland Hall;
    Recreational and fitness facilities are in the adjacent Eppley     • a convenience store serving North Campus;
    Recreation Center and North Gym.                                   • colloquia rooms and other multi-purpose facilities in
    Denton Community includes...                                         Cambridge Community Center; and



                                                                     South Campus
     • coeducational Denton, Easton, Elkton and Oakland Halls;         • quiet study locations in each hall.
     • the Community office located in Easton Hall;
     • a 24-hour service desk in every hall;
     • located across from the Clarice Smith Center for              The South Campus neighborhood consists of four residential
       Performing Arts;                                              communities: North Hill, South Hill, Leonardtown, and South
     • Math Success Program in the Oakland Hall Academic             Campus Commons. The 42 buildings provide traditional-style
       Enrichment Center;                                            and suite/apartment-style housing for more than 5,500
     • FLEXUS and VIRTUS Living Learning Programs;                   students. The South Campus Office is located in 0200 Calvert
     • Syn*Quest Collaborative Program; and                          Hall.

                                                                     North Hill
     • quiet study locations in each hall
     • 251 North Dining Facility, 24 Hour Shop and Cafe;
                                                                     The North Hill Community offers about 1,200 students a
     • Basement recreation rooms in each of the four halls;
                                                                     variety of housing options. These nine residence halls are
     • North Campus Office and Academic Enrichment Center
                                                                     centrally located conveniently close to McKeldin Library, the
       in Oakland Hall
                                                                     Stamp Student Union and many classroom buildings.
                                                                      The 24-hour North Hill Service Desk is located in Queen
    Ellicott Community includes...
                                                                     Anne’s Hall. Closest recreational and fitness facilities are in
      • coeducational Ellicott, Hagerstown and LaPlata Halls;
                                                                     Ritchie Coliseum, Cole Student Activities Building and
      • the Community office in LaPlata Hall;
                                                                     Reckord Armory. A 24-hour Workstations at Maryland
      • a 24-hour service desk in each hall;
                                                                     (WAM) lab is located in Worcester Hall.
      • Honors Programs in all halls;
      • Gemstone in Ellicott Hall;                                   Carroll, Caroline, Wicomico, and Worcester Halls include...
      • the offices of the Gemstone and Women in Engineering           • location conveniently close to Van Munching Hall and the
         program staffs in Ellicott Hall;                                Architecture Building;
      • Gemstone Program Team rooms in Ellicott Hall;                  • coeducational, traditional, low rise housing;
      • air conditioned housing in LaPlata Hall;                       • all top-floor rooms of Carroll, Caroline, and Wicomico
      • The Diner, which is located in the center of the                 Halls are singles;
         community;                                                    • housing for Honors Humanities students in Wicomico
      • basement recreation room in LaPlata Hall; and                    Hall; and
      • quiet study locations in each of the three halls               • Honors Humanities Office in Wicomico Hall

    Cambridge Community includes...                                  Anne Arundel and Queen Anne’s Halls include...
      • Cambridge, Chestertown, Cumberland, Bel Air and                • Housing for Digital Cultures and Creativity in Queen
        Centreville Halls;                                               Anne's Hall and the Honors College in Anne Arundel
      • College Park Scholars housing;                                   Hall.;


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  • 24-hour service desk in Queen Anne’s Hall serving all           Leonardtown includes...
    North Hill residents;                                             • a 24-hour service desk in the Leonardtown Community
  • location overlooking McKeldin Mall;                                 Center;
  • air conditioning in both halls;                                   • multi-purpose room, study lounge, laundry, and
  • Digital Cultures and Creativity Office in Queen Anne's              convenience store located in the Leonardtown Community
    Hall; and                                                           Center; and
                                                                      • carpeted, furnished and air conditioned apartments.
  • University Honors College Office, gallery, classrooms,

                                                                    South Campus Commons
    faculty offices, and computer lab located in Anne Arundel
    Hall.
                                                                    South Campus Commons is a community of seven apartment
Dorchester, St. Mary’s and Somerset Halls include...                buildings with rooms for 2,195 students.
 • air conditioning in all three buildings;
 • Jiménez-Porter Writers’ House and Global Communities             South Campus Commons includes…
   programs located in Dorchester Hall;                               • Predominantly two and four bedroom apartments, fully
 • a multi-purpose room and computer lab in Dorchester Hall;            furnished and air-conditioned with a washer and dryer in
 • Language House in St. Mary’s Hall;                                   each unit;
 • a language lab and Language House office in the St. Mary’s         • 24-hour service desks in buildings #1, #3, and #6;
   basement;                                                          • RAs and RDs on site and Community Offices in Building
 • CIVICUS program in Somerset Hall; and                                #1;
 • classroom, computer lab, and CIVICUS Program Offices               • Smoke free throughout the complex, including apartments;
   in the basement of Somerset Hall.                                  • Building #1 is home to the Beyond the Classroom Living

South Hill
                                                                        Learning Program;
                                                                      • Building #2 is home to the Hinman CEOs Living
The South Hill Community provides a variety of housing                  Learning Program;
options for about 1,500 students in 14 small residence halls.         • Open year round with residents signing an 11.5-month lease;
The halls house residents in apartments, suites, and traditional      • University voice, data and cable for each student; and
style housing. Residents in kitchen-equipped apartments are           • Seminar room, computer room, and Capstone
not required to be on a campus meal plan. Closest recreational          Management and leasing offices.
and fitness facilities are in the Ritchie Coliseum and Reckord
Armory.                                                             South Campus Commons is a privately owned and operated
                                                                    apartment facility built on University of Maryland property.
South Hill Community includes...                                    The Department of Resident Life provides the residence life
  • a 24-hour service desk in Annapolis Hall;                       program at South Campus Commons. Students who lease at
  • multi-purpose room in Annapolis Hall;                           South Campus Commons must be pre-approved by Resident
  • laundry center and mailboxes in Harford Hall (for               Life. Students in South Campus Commons must adhere to the
    South Hill residents);                                          rules and regulations set forth in the Rights and Responsibilities
  • carpeted, furnished and air conditioned suites and              section of Community Living, the University Code of Student
    apartments; and                                                 Conduct as well as the South Campus Commons Lease and Rules
  • traditional style housing with limited visitation hours         and Regulations documents.
    (self-governed) in Cecil Hall (all women).

Leonardtown
The Leonardtown Apartment Community, located on the east
side of Route 1 directly behind Fraternity Row, houses about
625 students. Each apartment houses 4-6 students in
combinations of single, double, and triple rooms. Residents in
kitchen-equipped apartments are not required to be on a
campus meal plan. Closest recreational and fitness facilities are
in the Ritchie Coliseum and Reckord Armory.


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                         Your Hall
    Roommates                                                               Quiet Hours
    Remember, you do not just HAVE a roommate, YOU ARE a                    Designated quiet hours in all residence halls are from 10:00pm to
    roommate. Having a roommate may be a new experience for many            8:00am, weekdays, and midnight to 10:00am, weekends. “Quiet
    residents, and you will need to learn to negotiate and open the lines   hours” refer to those periods when the residence halls must remain
    of communication to have a successful relationship.                     especially quiet. Quiet hours are maintained to provide an atmos-
                                                                            phere conducive to relaxation, study and sleep. During designated
    Discuss these issues with your roommate(s):                             quiet hours it is expected that all residents will contain noise so it
      • Privacy needs                                                       cannot be heard outside of their room with the door closed.
      • Hours you sleep, hours you study
      • Television, stereo, computer use                                    We expect that each student will take responsibility for
      • Sharing of personal property                                        developing a community which fosters scholarship, citizenship and
      • Guests in the room during the day and evening                       leadership. It is not possible to accommodate the needs of every res-



    Resolving Conflict
      • Overnight guests                                                    ident regarding sleep and study time. However, through your unit
                                                                            agreement process, quiet hours may be extended to meet the needs


    Through Mediation
                                                                            of your unit.

                                                                            Reasonable quiet is maintained 24 hours a day throughout the res-
                                                                            idence halls. These are referred to as “courtesy hours.” When asked
    If you have roommate issues that seem unresolvable there are medi-
                                                                            by another resident to reduce noise/lower the volume of your
    ators available to help you both work through your dispute. Your
                                                                            music, or conversation, you will be expected to immediately do so
    Resident Assistant, Resident Director and Community Director are
                                                                            out of courtesy to your neighbors.


                                                                            Visiting Hours
    trained to help you work out your difficulties.

    To begin the mediation process:
      • Contact your RA and request assistance.
      • Be willing to clearly state your issues.                            With the exception of Cecil Hall (all women, limited visitation
      • The mediator will facilitate discussion.                            hours), residents may have guests of either sex visit in their rooms
      • You will work to develop a mutually agreeable                       24 hours a day, so long as their roommate(s) agrees. Other provi-
        compromise.                                                         sions for visiting hours vary from building to building. Your RA
      • An agreement is designed to address all resolved issues.            will review any specific policies which exist within your building.
      • If the agreement is violated administrative action may be           You and your guests are expected to be respectful and considerate
        taken.                                                              of your roommates’ study and rest.


    Repairs                                                                 Visitors and Guests
    The Residential Facilities Service Center receives all requests from
    students and staff for repairs in university-owned                      Visitors should notify you of their arrival by using the call box out-
    housing. This is a 24-hour service.                                     side of the entrance door. From the time that they enter the build-
      To request a repair:                                                  ing, your visitors are your responsibility. Although these steps may
       • Call (31) 4WORK                                                    seem inconvenient, they are important to ensure a safe and secure
       • Give your name, campus address, telephone number and a             environment.
         description of the problem.
       • Write down the work order number so you may check on the           There are several guidelines used to address problems which may
         progress of the repair.                                            occur:
                                                                            1. Residents are held responsible for the behavior of their guests.
    South Campus Commons residents should request repairs via the           2. Residents must get the prior approval of their roommates in
    online resident portal or by calling the Commons Building 1                 order to have a guest stay overnight.
    service desk (301-226-0001) and should not call 4-WORK.                 3. Guests may stay in a resident’s room for no longer than three
                                                                                consecutive nights, always with the roommate’s(s’) approval.
                                                                            4. Any individual who does not have a valid Residence
4                                                                               Halls/Dining Services Agreement is not allowed to live or stay in
    a University residence hall; any individual who does not have        your student photo ID to claim packages at your Service Desk.
    a valid, active lease is not allowed to live or stay in South
    Campus Commons.                                                      Mail and packages shipped by U.S. Express Mail, Federal Express
                                                                         (FedEX), United Parcel Service (UPS), and DHL are delivered to
Cohabitation is not condoned; infractions should be reported to a        your attention at your Service Desk, and are not handled by



Staff in Residence Halls
staff member.                                                            Campus Mail Services. All such shipments are made at your own
                                                                         risk, and all postage and shipping charges for such shipments by
                                                                         private carriers must be pre-paid. You will be notified via email
                                                                         that a shipment for you has arrived. After 10 days, packages that
Resident Assistants (RAs) are:                                           have not been claimed at your Service Desk will be returned to
  • Undergraduate students who live on student units                     sender.
  • First point of contact for student concerns
  • Trained in referrals to University resources, leading                Certified mail, insured mail and postage-due letters are not deliv-
     programs and activities for/by unit residents, mediating            erable to your residence hall address. You will be mailed a notice
     conflicts, confronting problems                                     by Campus Mail Services that such items are being held for you at
Resident Directors (RDs) are:                                            their facility, at the intersection of U.S. Route One and the North
  • Full-time professional staff who live on campus                      Gate/Paint Branch Parkway. Hours for pick-up are weekdays 8am-
  • Supervisors of RAs and SAs                                           4:30pm and Saturday 8am-12 noon. Registered mail and COD
  • Responsible for approximately 500 students                           (collect on delivery) mail are held by the North College Park Post
Community Assistants (CAs) are:                                          Office, along U.S. Route One near the Beltway. You will be
  • Undergraduate students who staff the Service Desk(s) in your         mailed a pick-up notice by this office upon their receipt of mail for
     community                                                           you.
  • Trained in providing information, managing keys, mail and
     packages, and activating duty system in emergencies                 The University and Resident Life cannot and do not accept respon-
Customer Service Supervisors (CSSs) are:                                 sibility for the damage, theft or loss of personal property, including
  • Undergraduate students who manage day-to-day                         mail or shipments sent to you, and University and Resident Life
     operations at the service desks                                     employees are not liable for property damage, missing mail, report-
  • Supervisors of CAs                                                   ed theft of mail, or other loss of personal property. Tampering
Community Directors (CDs) are:                                           with or theft of U.S. mail is a federal offense, punishable by up to
  • Full-time professional staff                                         five years in prison and/or a fine of up to $250,000.
  • Supervise RDs, select and evaluate all staff
  • Have two or more years full-time residence halls                     You can help protect yourself from loss by:
     management experience                                                 • Never having cash sent to you


Mail and Package Delivery
                                                                           • Asking family, friends and others to send items of value
                                                                             (e.g., checks, tickets) via certified mail
                                                                           • Checking your University email and your mailbox daily
In order to receive letters, magazines, etc., mail should be addressed     • Taking only your mail from your mailbox; let your
in the following manner and must include a return address:                   roommates get their own mail
                                                                           • Always keeping your mailbox secured/locked
  Your Full Name (no nicknames or parent names)
  University of Maryland                                                   • Never leaving valuables in your mailbox


                                                                         Spare Key & Spare Swipe
  Name of Your Residence Hall & Room Number
  College Park, Maryland 20742


                                                                         Check-out Policy
At the start of each semester, because of limited storage space, no
mail or packages should arrive for you until after you have checked
in to your room.                                                           • A spare room key may only be checked out by the resident of
                                                                             the room.
Your mail is delivered Monday through Saturday and outgoing                • A spare building entry swipe may only be checked out by a
mail is picked up once daily Monday through Friday, except on                 resident of that building.
national and University holidays and during University recesses.           • Spare keys or swipes may only be checked out for 1 hour. If
U.S. Postal Service mail and intra-campus mail is delivered from             you have lost your key or ID, please inform your service desk.
the Campus Mail Facility and placed in a locked mailbox you share            You may hold on to the spare key and/or swipe until your
with your roommate(s). This work is performed by either Campus               locks have been changed or you have obtained a new ID.
Mail Services or Resident Life employees.                                  • If you do not return your spare key by the due date/time or
                                                                             you have lost your key, your locks will be changed. Spare
Packages and other mail that does not fit in your mailbox is logged          swipes not returned by the due date/time will be deactivated.
by your Service Desk staff and held for your pickup. You will be           • There is a fee for lock changes and deactivated spare swipe
notified by email each time a package is being held for you; please          cards. These fees are charged directly to your student account.
claim packages on the same day you are notified. You must show               Check with your service desk for current fees.                       5
                       Safety & Security
    Partners for a Safe and
    Secure Campus
                                                                          • “crime alerts” published when crimes are reported (to
                                                                            encourage crime prevention behaviors and foster a safer
                                                                            environment)
    Each individual resident of the campus residence halls has            • crime prevention programs (personal security presetations, rape
    PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY for his or her own safety and secu-              aggression defense, self-defense awareness, sexual assault awareness)
    rity.                                                                 • crime statistics published every year, in compliance with
                                                                            federal regulations
    The University and the Department of Resident Life take
                                                                        Residence Halls
    certain reasonable steps that contribute to maintaining a safer
                                                                          • entrance doors locked 24 hours
    and more secure environment. Staff, equipment and
                                                                          • access cards or keys are needed to open entrance doors, call
    information resources are provided to encourage behaviors
                                                                            the elevator, open doors leading to stairwells and
    which prevent dangerous situations and to assist if an
                                                                            first-floor rooms and open bedroom doors
    emergency should occur. However, despite these reasonable
                                                                          • telephones near many entrance doors for visitors to
    and good faith efforts, it is impossible to predict individual
                                                                            use, then wait to be accompanied into the building
    actions or guarantee absolute control that will assure that no
                                                                          • 24-hour Service Center [(31)4WORK] for reporting
    unwanted acts or situations will ever occur. All the fire
                                                                            problems with doors, keys, etc. (South Campus Commons
    equipment in College Park cannot prevent a fire caused by a
                                                                            residents should report problems to the Commons Service
    resident’s carelessness with a prohibited appliance or candle.
                                                                            Desk.)
    Nor can all the police in College Park prevent a theft when a
                                                                          • 24-hour housing desk staff for getting immediate help
    resident has left the room door unlocked and a wallet on the
                                                                            from a staff member
    dresser while he or she is away from the room.
                                                                          • repairs/replacements of doors, keys, locks, window screens,
                                                                            etc.
    Remember, when one resident is careless –for example, fails to
                                                                          • nightly roves inside your building by the Resident
    properly close and secure a building entrance door– all residents
                                                                            Assistant(s) on duty
    may be exposed to the consequences of this carelessness: an
                                                                          • periodic safety walk-throughs to check interior lighting,
    intruder slips in the door!


    “What services does the
                                                                            exit signs, fire doors, stairwells, etc.
                                                                          • unit meetings, educational programs, flyers and written


    University provide?”
                                                                            notifications of serious incidents

                                                                        Shuttle-UM Buses
    Police                                                                • stop outside most residence halls every 15-20 minutes
      • 24-hour full-service Police department, including a force of        5:30pm-3am on fixed routes that include libraries, student
         70 uniformed officers and 125 Police Aides                         union, College Park’s shopping district and dozens of
      • 911 emergency calls (police, fire, rescue, ambulance)               campus destinations
      • dusk to dawn patrols by Police officers in marked and             • Shuttle-UM vans [(31)4NITE] provide curb-to-curb
         unmarked cars, motorcycles and bicycles                            service for individual callers
      • security escorts by uniformed Police officers (24 hours) and      • bus drive-throughs of main roads and parking lots
         by Police Aides 5:30pm-12 midnight every night                     5:30pm-7am daily
      • dozens of outdoor Emergency phones to call escorts or
         summon Police
      • surveillance cameras that monitor selected on-campus
         locations

6
Personal Safety
Precautions
                                                                           lamp posts, ramps, hand-rails, etc.
                                                                       •   make sure your lock secures both wheel and frame
                                                                       •   if your bicycle has quick-release wheels and seat, secure
                                                                           front wheel with the back wheel and frame and carry the
• walk with friends or in a group or call for an escort
                                                                           seat with you
• ride Shuttle-UM buses after dark, or after 3am call
                                                                       •   keep a thorough description of your bicycle on hand, in
  (31)4NITE for curb-to-curb service by Shuttle-UM vans
                                                                           case theft occurs
• walk in well-lit and well-traveled areas
                                                                       •   register your bicycle with University Police [(40) 53555]
• constantly be aware of your surroundings
                                                                           to aid in recovery if theft occurs


                                                                     Securing Your
• know the locations of the nearest Emergency phones
  (Police dispatcher answers)


                                                                     Personal Property
• be wary of persons you don’t know
• report suspicious persons or activity to Police
• stay away from relatively isolated areas
• plan what you will do if confronted by a potential assailant       Keep your room door locked whenever you’re not there. Thefts
  (run, scream, fight, try to gain his/her confidence while          happen most often when property is left unattended or
  waiting for safe escape opportunity)                               unsecured. Since the University and Resident Life cannot be


Residence Hall
                                                                     liable for personal accident, injury or illness sustained by you or



Security Precautions
                                                                     your visitors, nor for any theft, loss or damage to your
                                                                     personal property, it’s smart for you to:
                                                                        • lock up and hide your valuables
                                                                        • remove valuables when you’re away during University breaks
• keep your room door locked, when you’re asleep or down
                                                                        • engrave personal property with your driver’s license number
  the hall in the shower or visiting floormates
                                                                        • personalize property (paint, etc.) to help with identification
• carry your keys with you at all times
                                                                        • keep your car locked and personal property in the car trunk
• make sure doors close and latch behind you
                                                                        • make sure your property is covered by your own or your
• confront persons you don’t know; if you can’t confront,
                                                                          family’s homeowner’s or apartment dweller’s insurance
  report
                                                                        • keep receipts/records of purchase price, date, etc., for valuables
• report suspicious persons or activity to Police and to your
  service desk/any staff member
                                                                     Furniture of any kind including couches, tables, chairs, etc., is
• avoid isolated areas inside residence halls
                                                                     not allowed on the landing of apartments (except for lawn
• report damaged or malfunctioning doors, locks, etc. to
                                                                     furniture).


                                                                     Fire Prevention
  Residential Facilities [(31)4WORK]; South Campus
  Commons residents should report problems to the
  Commons Service Desk
• report “salespeople” or “solicitors” to your service desk;           • cook only in designated kitchen spaces
  they don’t belong on your floor                                      • use only power strips that have either 14- or 12-gauge wire,
• don’t let your guests wander the building                              built-in surge protectors and circuit breakers, and which
• don’t prop doors open                                                  have the Underwriters Laboratory (UL) seal.
• don’t open doors for workers; University staff who have              • do not bring or use extension cords
  business in your building should have made arrangements              • limit the number of appliances that are plugged in or in use
  to gain access


Bicycle Security
                                                                         at one time
                                                                       • do not cook in your room


Precautions
                                                                       • do not have open heating elements in your room
                                                                       • do not use or possess fireworks, lighted candles, flammable
                                                                         fuels, space heaters or firearms
•   do not store bicycles in your room without roommate’s(s’) okay     • do not bring torchiere halogen lamps, halogen bulbs or
•   do not store bicycles on landings or stairwells                      gooseneck lamps with plastic shades to your room
•   secure your bicycle outdoors with a high quality bicycle lock      • do not smoke or allow others to smoke in your room or
•   use outdoor bicycle racks; don’t lock bicycle to railings,           anywhere else inside the residence halls

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                                                                             Fire Safety Reminders
      • do not cover over your room’s smoke detector
      • never drape clothes or any paper, wood, cloth, or plastic
        material over a lamp, smoke detector, sprinkler head or pipes
      • only use grills for outdoor cooking which do not require          If you hear your building’s fire alarm:
        lighter fluid or propane gas in approved areas                    • Immediately exit the building
      • when in use, hot or cooling grills must be at least 15 feet       • Always assume an emergency, never assume a
        away from any building, may not be used on garden                   false alarm
        apartment balconies in Leonardtown and must not be left           • Use stairs, not elevators
        unattended until completely extinguished.
                                                                          • Do not open door if knob is warm to the touch;


    Fire Alarm
                                                                            stay in room and call 911
                                                                          • Crawl on floor (where air is fresher) if you
                                                                            encounter smoke
    You must leave the building immediately when a fire alarm is
    sounding. If safe to do so, close your window, room/suite/            If you smell smoke or see smoke or fire:
    apartment doors and safely exit the building at once and call         • Pull the nearest building alarm
    911 from a campus phone (301-305-3333 or #3333 from a                 • Close your room door
    mobile device) once safely outside to report the alarm and as
                                                                          • Safely exit the building
    much information as possible to University Police.
                                                                          • Call 911


    Fire Watch
                                                                          • Never attempt to fight or put out a fire
                                                                          • Tell staff or fire authorities exact location of fire or
                                                                            smoke
    Fire Watch goes into effect if a building’s fire system is
    inactivated. Staff will continuously patrol the buildings affected
                                                                          If you get trapped by fire or smoke:
    and in the event of a fire will sound four air horn blasts on each
                                                                          • Call 911 and report that you are trapped
    wing of each floor.
                                                                          • Keep the doors closed
                                                                          • Hang an object out the window to notify rescuers of
    If there is a fire:
                                                                            your location
       • Sound the alarm
                                                                          • Do not jump, the Fire Department will rescue you
       • Leave the building
       • Call 911


    Automatic Sprinklers
                                                                          What you should do today:
                                                                          • Read emergency/evacuation procedures posted
                                                                            in your room
    All residence halls are equipped with automatic sprinklers.           • Know locations of exit stairwells and doors
    When water flows through the sprinkler heads the building             • Plan more than one exit route
    alarm system will automatically sound. It is important that you
    do not tamper with the sprinkler heads or the system. Students
    tampering with the system, even accidentally, are liable for         University Police will respond to your location and assess the
    damage to University and private property and subject to             bomb threat. Once the Police have assessed the situation, then
    administrative action.


    Bomb Threats
                                                                         the Police will initiate appropriate action. Only the University
                                                                         of Maryland Police will decide if an evacuation needs to occur,
                                                                         when it will occur and how the evacuation will be announced
                                                                         and residents notified to evacuate. The notification to evacuate
    All bomb threats reported to the University are taken seriously.     may be accomplished by the Police activating the building fire
                                                                         alarm system or they may decide to choose an alternate method
    If a bomb threat is received:
                                                                         of evacuation notification (air horns, phone, door-to-door)
       • Call 911 from a campus phone (301-305-3333 or #3333
         from a mobile phone)                                            based on the circumstances and after assessing the situation of
       • Call your service desk                                          the particular bomb threat incident.

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Safety and Security                        Safety Services
    Resources                             N.I.T.E. Ride Service in operation from
                                                    5:30pm to 7:30am
      Medical Emergency                              Shuttle-UM Service
             911                                       5:30pm to 3am
                                                   Police Security Escorts
         Fire Emergency
               911                           University Police patrol buildings
                                                  and campus 24 hours
        Police Emergency
               911                           Blue Light PERT phones directly
                                                linked to University Police
    Police Investigations Unit                  Double Barrier Lock System
            (40) 55770                            in the residence halls
     Police Non-Emergency                       Call boxes on residence halls
           (40) 53555

      N.I.T.E. Ride Service
          (31) 4NITE


                                            Early Warning
                                              Systems
        Crime Reporting
          (40) 53555

        Escorts, Security
          (40) 53555             The campus early warning systems are designed to provide
                                 instant notification to students, faculty and staff of
         Health Center           imminent dangerous conditions.
          (31) 48180
                                 In an emergency, sirens around campus will sound
          Lost Keys              continuously for at least three minutes.
       Your Service Desk
                                 If you ever hear the early warning siren:
     Key & Lock Problems         • If in your residence hall or apartment, stay inside/in your
        (31) 4WORK                 room and seek information from the sources below.
                                 • If outdoors, seek shelter inside the closest building.
     Mental Health Services
         (31) 48106              Instructions for responding to an emergency
                                 should be learned by checking:
        Security Lighting
           (40) 52222            • WMUC 88.1 FM
                                 • Comcast Cable Channel 76 (Terp TV)
        Security Repairs         • X-5-SNOW or (301) 405-7669 (recorded message)
         (31) 4WORK              When danger has passed, a single 30-second siren blast will
                                 sound.
     Sexual Assault Hotline
          (31) 42222             A second means of notification is available to those who
                                 subscribe at www.alert.umd.edu to an alert system that
    Shuttle-UM Bus Service       would result, in an emergency, in text messages being sent
          (31) 4NITE             to your e-mail, mobile phone, pager or other text-enabled
                                 device.



                                                                                                 9
                      Rights & Responsibilities
     Living in a residence hall with other individuals requires
     responsibility, respect and consideration. Resident Life has a set
                                                                           Policies
     of standards that serve as guidelines to foster these                 In your residence hall community the action of each individual
     qualities. The rules listed within this booklet define behaviors      will have an impact on all of the members. As a community
     which are prohibited in and around campus residence halls             member you have an obligation to yourself and others to help
     (including South Campus Commons) and at Resident Life                 support the Resident Life policies that assure a safe, secure,
     sponsored activities. Violations of any of these rules by a           nurturing environment. Residents are expected to obey the
     resident will result in an administrative and/or judicial sanction.   rules of the University and to know and obey the laws of the
                                                                           state of Maryland. Violations of these rules may result in
     This section will also reference the rules set out in the             responsible resident(s) receiving an administrative and/or
     Code of Student Conduct which is found in the Undergraduate           disciplinary sanction. Serious or repeated violations of these



     Bill of Rights
     Catalog and online.                                                   policies could result in responsible resident(s) having his or her
                                                                           Residence Halls/Dining Services Agreement terminated.

                                                                           Drug Policy
     As a member of the residence hall community you have certain
                                                                            • Possession/use of any illegal drug is prohibited
     rights and responsibilities. Read the following list, and think
                                                                            • Sale, distribution or provision of any illegal drug is
     about these rights and responsibilities. Make them a part of
                                                                              prohibited
     what you do during your stay.
                                                                            • Drug paraphernalia is prohibited

     You have the Right to ...
                                                                           Students found to be involved with drugs in or around the
       • a reasonably peaceful and quiet space in which you can
                                                                           residence halls will be referred to the Office of Rights and
         sleep and study;
                                                                           Responsibilities. The case will be resolved in accordance with
       • privacy and equal space in your room;
                                                                           the Office’s adjudication process set forth in this document and
       • choose your means of recreation and relaxation;
                                                                           in the Code of Student Conduct. Where applicable, sanctions
       • the assistance of Resident Life and University staff
                                                                           will address both the residence hall status and the student sta-
         members when you need help;
                                                                           tus of the respondent.
       • know the rules of the residence halls.
                                                                           Violations of drug policy, in all likelihood, will result in
     You have the Responsibility to...
                                                                           Immediate Housing Termination and Suspension/Expulsion
       • keep your room and suite/apartment safe–lock doors, don’t
                                                                           from the University. In cases where the respondent is not
         prop them or let strangers in;
                                                                           deemed to be an immediate threat to the campus community,
       • observe quiet hours;
                                                                           an alternate sanction of Suspension Withheld, in conjunction
       • let your roommate know your wishes and preferences
                                                                           with a six-week substance abuse program and random drug
         about sleep, study and guests;
                                                                           testing (at the individual’s expense) may be granted. However,
       • know and abide by the laws of the State of Maryland;
                                                                           this would still include Housing Termination. Additionally,
       • notify a staff person of problems and cooperate with them
                                                                           adjudication reports are routinely forwarded to the University
         on solutions;
                                                                           Police when students are found to be responsible in drug cases.
       • read your Residence Halls/Dining Services Agreement and this
         handbook.
                                                                           Alcohol Policy
                                                                             • Possession/use of alcohol by minors is prohibited
                                                                             • Kegs are prohibited
                                                                             • Parties involving alcohol are prohibited
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  • Sale of alcohol is prohibited                                   program through the University Health Center. For the full text
                                                                    Promoting Responsible Action in Medical Emergencies policy
State of Maryland Law                                               please visit http://www.osc.umd.edu.
  • It is unlawful for any MINOR* to possess or consume
    alcoholic beverages                                             Misconduct Related to University Sponsored Events
  • It is unlawful for any MINOR* to knowingly and willfully        The University of Maryland strictly prohibits misconduct
    make any misrepresentation or false statement as to his or      related to University-sponsored activities including but not
    her age in order to obtain alcoholic beverages                  limited to post athletic event celebrations, whether these
  • It is unlawful for any person to obtain alcoholic               University-sponsored activities occur on or off campus.
    beverages for consumption by an individual who is known         Misconduct that endangers others, damages property, or
    to be a MINOR*                                                  disrupts the community, including rioting, theft, vandalism,
                                                                    setting fires, and breach of the peace, are violations of Section 9
* MINOR is defined as any person under the age of 21.
                                                                    (d) of the University Code of Student Conduct. Students who
                                                                    violate the residence hall rules in a manner that is addressed by
Space Reservation approval will not be granted for group
                                                                    Section 9 (d) will face presumptive dismissal from the
activities which involve the consumption of alcoholic beverages.
                                                                    University.

Resident Life acknowledges, however, that students of legal         Vaccination Policy
drinking age may choose to consume alcohol in their room,           Maryland state law requires every student who resides in the
apartment or suite. If found in possession of any open              on-campus residence halls to be vaccinated against
container of alcohol anywhere else in or around the residence       meningococcal disease. A student may be exempt from this
halls, ALL students will be instructed to pour it out in the        requirement if he or she- or if under 18 a parent or
nearest appropriate receptacle.                                     guardian- signs a written waiver stating that he or she has
                                                                    received the information and has chosen not to be vaccinated
Violations will result in administrative and/or disciplinary        against the disease.
sanctions. Serious or repeated violations may result in the         Additionally, the University of Maryland requires all entering
responsible residents having their Residence Halls/Dining           students to provide documentation of current vaccination
Services Agreement terminated.                                      from Measles, Mumps, Rubella and Tetanus/Diphtheria.

Alcohol Poisoning                                                   Smoking Policy
In the event that a student requires transport to a hospital          • All areas of residence halls are designated non-smoking
emergency room solely due to excessive alcohol consumption,           • Smoking in any form is not allowed within any residence
Resident Life staff may take the following actions:                     hall room or space
  • Notify the student’s parents                                      • Smoking in any area outside of a residence hall which
  • Require an alcohol assessment by the Director of Substance          would cause smoke to enter any residence hall space is also
    Abuse programs at the University Health Center                      not allowed
  • Require a psychological assessment with a mental health
    professional at the University Health Center                    Computer Use and Data Jack Policy
                                                                      • All residents have direct Ethernet access to the UM
Promoting Responsible Action in Medical Emergencies                     computer system and the Internet
The health and safety of University students is of paramount          • Once you activate a data jack in your room or connect
concern. With that priority in mind students are encouraged to          wirelessly to the University network you are responsible for
take responsible action in any situation where there is doubt           all activity on your device(s)
about a person’s physical welfare. Students who summon help           • Should a violation of Residence Hall Rules, the Code of
for themselves or others in a medical emergency will normally           Student Conduct, or the University’s Acceptable Use Policy
be relieved of disciplinary and administrative housing action for       originate from your devices, you will be held responsible for
possession or use of alcohol and will apply to both the student         those actions
who summons help and the recipient of assistance. In lieu of        Since you could be held responsible for any violations, you
disciplinary or administrative charges students will usually be     should take care not to allow any users to access your data jack
required to complete an evaluation and alcohol intervention         or devices from your room or through the Internet.
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     Residence Hall Rules                                                 ATTEMPTS TO COMMIT ACTS PROHIBITED BY ANY

     (through page 14)
                                                                          OF THE RESIDENCE HALL RULES SHALL INCUR
                                                                          SANCTIONS TO THE SAME EXTENT AS
     The rules listed within this booklet define behaviors which are      COMPLETED VIOLATIONS.
     prohibited in and around campus residence halls (including
     South Campus Commons) and at Resident Life sponsored                 Where the terms “INCLUDING...” or “THIS INCLUDES...”
     activities. Violations of any of these rules by a resident will      are used below, they are defined as “including, but not limited
     result in an administrative and/or judicial sanction.                to...”

     In addition to the Residence Halls Rules listed below, as a          Residents charged with violating rules in Section A may be
     resident and a student, you will be held accountable for:            found responsible for violating that rule and/or the
     1. Resident Life policies and procedures (published                  corresponding rule in Section B. While the burden of proving
          throughout Community Living), the Space Reservation             that a violation was committed and where it was committed
          Policy, Unit Agreements and visitation and security policies    always rests with the presenter, once a violation is proven to
          specified in each community.                                    have occurred in a resident’s room/apartment/suite, any
     2. The terms and conditions presented within the Residence           individual present at the time of staff confrontation will be
          Halls/Dining Services Agreement published by Resident Life      presumed responsible for having committed the violation
          and signed by each resident prior to moving into his/her        unless he or she can prove otherwise.
          residence hall.
     3. University Regulations — published in the Code of Student         Section A
          Conduct and enforced by the Office of Student Conduct in        The standard sanction for violation of rules from Section A is
          conjunction with Resident Life. The Code of Student             immediate Administrative Housing Termination. When signif-
          Conduct can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog and           icant mitigating or aggravating circumstances exist, they will be
          Schedule of Classes.                                            considered and may in some cases affect the sanction imposed.
     4. Federal, state and local laws — enforced by University            (See: “Mitigating/Aggravating Circumstances.”)
          Police and officials outside the University.
     5. South Campus Commons leases are additional Rules and              1. Setting or fueling a fire of any size (see also Rules #19 and
          Regulations for residents of those buildings.                      #38).
                                                                          2. False report of a fire or other emergency, including pulling
                                                                             a fire alarm when no safety emergency is evident, and
     Some forms of misbehavior (e.g., use/possession of illegal drugs)
                                                                             misusing or damaging fire safety equipment.
     violate not only Residence Hall Rules and the Code of Student
                                                                          3. Use or manufacture of fireworks, explosives, or any
     Conduct, but also state and federal laws, for which students may
                                                                             substance designed to injure others or damage property
     also be held accountable. Such violations are referred to the
                                                                             (see also Rule #19).
     University Police for possible investigation.
                                                                          4. Use of any weapon, as defined in the Code of Student
                                                                             Conduct (see also Rule #20).
     The rules listed here are written as PROHIBITIONS:                   5. Intentionally or recklessly destroying, damaging or defacing
     they are stated as behaviors which are prohibited in all residence      University or private property (see also Rule #22 and #39).
     halls (including South Campus Commons), buildings and                6. Participating in throwing, dropping or causing to fall from
     grounds. These rules are enforced by Resident Life in                   a residence hall any object which could cause physical
     conjunction with the Office of Student Conduct (if their                harm.
     occurrence is also a violation of the Code of Student Conduct).      7. Intentionally or recklessly causing physical harm, or
                                                                             immediate expectation of physical harm, to any person,
     This section of Community Living is designed to be used in              including assault/battery, intentionally or recklessly
     conjunction with the Code of Student Conduct. Definitions of            provoking and/or engaging in physical fights (see also Rule
     specific terms, interpretations of regulation, the adjudication         #23).
     process, etc., found in the Code of Student Conduct shall be         8. Harassing any person in such a way as to seriously or
     applicable to Rights and Responsibilities.                              repeatedly interfere with that person’s academic pursuits,
                                                                             sleep and/or other personal pursuits. This includes
                                                                             malicious pranks and issuing threats (see also Rule #23).

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9. Possession, use, sale, distribution or provision of inhalants,           gasoline, gas tank (whether containing fuel or empty),
    marijuana or any controlled substance or illegal drug (see              gas-powered vehicles, kerosene, fireworks.
    also Rule #24).                                                   20.   Possession of a weapon, as defined in the Code of Student
10. Distribution, sale or provision of alcoholic beverages to a             Conduct.
    minor (see also Rule #21).                                        21.   Possession or use of alcoholic beverages by a minor. Kegs,
11. Theft of property or services; knowingly possessing stolen              or containers of alcoholic beverages defined as kegs by
    property (see also Rule #25).                                           Resident Life, and open containers of alcoholic beverages
12. Renting/subleasing of residence hall space (see also Rule #26).         in public areas are prohibited for everyone (see also
13. Breaking into any locked/secured residence hall space,                  alcohol policy).
    including: housekeepers’ closet, roof, another resident’s         22.   Negligent destruction, damage or defacement of University
    room/apartment/suite, or computer labs, personal or                     or private property. This includes improperly disposing of
    University computers or any residence hall building (see                trash in or around the residence halls.
    also Rule #29).                                                   23.   Physical confrontation, threats, and/or harassment less
14. Providing false information to Resident Life or the                     serious than those covered by Rules #7 and #8 respectively.
    University. This includes: forgery or unauthorized                24    Use/possession of drug paraphernalia.
    alteration of Department or University documents; lying           25.   Unauthorized removal or possession of furnishings
    in any judicial proceeding; lying to a Resident Life or                 from any residence hall area including student rooms.
    University staff member so as to substantially interfere with     26.   Loan of residence hall space. This includes allowing guests
    the performance of his or her duties (see also Rule #30).               to stay in your room/apartment/suite in your absence for
15. Intentionally or recklessly and substantially interfering               an extended period of time. Additionally, individuals who
    with Resident Life or University officials in the                       have not signed a Residence Halls/Dining Services Agreement
    performance of their duties. This includes: failure to                  are not permitted to reside in the residence halls.
    comply with staff directives or preventing staff from             27.   Failure to monitor guests’ behavior and assuring adherence
    conducting their normal duties in handling administrative               to rules. Residents will be held financially responsible for
    disciplinary matters (see also Rule #30).                               damage caused by their guests.
16. Participating in the provision, distribution, sale or             28.   Failure to comply with published visitation policies.
    manufacture of any form of false identification (see also Rule    29.   Unauthorized entry into any unlocked, closed or restricted
    #35).                                                                   residence hall space, including: housekeeper’s closet, roof,
17. Violations of conditions of Administrative Housing                      ledge, elevator shaft, other resident’s room, personal or
    Probation, including failure to complete a service project              University computers, computer labs or any residence halls
    or other condition(s) specified in a written agreement with             closed for break periods.
    resident’s community office; committing a rule violation          30.   Providing false information to, or noncompliance with,
    while on Housing Probation.                                             Resident Life staff or University officials in the
18. Knowingly allowing guests to violate any “A” level rule (see            performance of their duties less serious than those covered
    also Rule #27).                                                         by Rules #14 and #15, respectively.
                                                                      31.   Noisy, disorderly, or disruptive behaviors which interfere
Section B                                                                   with another person’s or a group’s free exercise of academic
Violations of rules from Section B will normally result in a                or personal pursuits or their ability to sleep or study.
sanction of Housing Probation, written warning, and/or service        32.   Violations of Resident Life safety and security policies
agreement project for first-time violations. Serious or repeated            published throughout Community Living, the Residence
violations of these rules, or violations committed while the                Halls/Dining Services Agreement and posted in each
resident is on Housing Probation, may result in a sanction of               residence hall community. This includes: failure to comply
Administrative Housing Termination. Restitution and/or other                with building access policy and failure to evacuate during a
administrative actions may be imposed as deemed appropriate                 fire alarm. Please refer to the list of prohibited behaviors at
by Resident Life. When significant “mitigating or aggravating”              the end of this document.
circumstances exist, they will be considered and may affect the       33.   Misuse or unauthorized possession of room or building
sanction imposed.                                                           entry keys or access cards. This includes duplication,
                                                                            lending/borrowing or repeated loss (see also Safety and
19. Possession of highly flammable materials including:                     Security Prohibitions).

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     34. Violations of a written agreement with one’s roommate(s),           of each student who lives in your residence hall.
         apartment/suite or floormates developed under the
         supervision of a Resident Life staff member.                        There is a need to prevent a number of potential risks and
     35. Misuse of identification cards. This includes possession            dangers for residence hall students. In order to reduce such
         and/or presentation of false identification.                        risks, it is necessary to prohibit those actions and behaviors
     36. Tampering with/misuse of University-owned computers,                which create hazards or dangers. Certain behaviors are
         telephones or telecommunications system.                            prohibited in order to help prevent or minimize the following:
     37. Unauthorized sales/solicitation activity; use of residence               a. risk of fire hazard
         hall space to conduct a private business enterprise, whether             b. risk of intruders, assault or theft
         legal or illegal.                                                        c. risk of injury from falls, or falling objects.
     38. Cooking or using unauthorized cooking devices in                         d. risk of electrocution
         Residence Hall Buildings (except in designated areas); this              e. damage or overload to electrical circuits
         includes possession of an open-flame or open element                     f. damage to physical facilities or furnishings
         appliance such as toasters, skillets and hot plates, and use of          g. hindrance of staff response to emergency situations
         microwaves (except in designated areas)                                  h. pest, insect or sanitation problems
     39. Unauthorized modification/furnishing of residence halls                  i. risk of exposure to hazardous materials
         space. This includes: installation of any air conditioner or
         unapproved loft; painting; installation of personal lock,           Your choices for behavior are limited in some areas with the
         chain, or alarm system; possession/use of waterbeds; use of         above risks in mind. In order to promote the safety and
         materials which damage the surfaces of the room or prevent          security for you and your fellow residents, specific behaviors
         equipment from working properly; and use of refrigerator            identified in the chart on the following page are prohibited
         equipment or other appliance greater than 1.5 amperes.              within the residence halls.


                                                                             Noncompliance and Staff
     40. Use of any sports/recreational equipment except in



                                                                             Entry Into Student Rooms
         designated areas. Prohibited equipment use includes:
         football, basketball, lacrosse, field hockey, baseball, nerf ball
         and frisbee.
     41. Harboring a pet or stray animal. Animals are prohibited
                                                                             University staff respect your right to privacy and work to assure
         from entering residence hall space. Only fish in aquariums
                                                                             that no unwarranted or unauthorized entry into your room
         no larger than 10 gallons are permitted.
                                                                             occurs.
     42. Violations of Resident Life policies and procedures
         including those published in the Residence Halls/Dining
                                                                             Designated University staff do have the authority to enter your
         Services Agreement, the Space Reservation Policy and else-
                                                                             room without your knowledge or consent:
         where in Community Living.
                                                                               • for routine or emergency repairs or replacements,
     43. Causing obstruction or impediment to hall entrance or
                                                                                 inspections for maintenance or sanitation problems,
         egress on disabled access ramps. This includes locking
                                                                                 assessments of damage from flooding, improvements, etc.;
         bicycles to ramp hardware.
                                                                               • at the start of Thanksgiving, Semester and Spring breaks,
     44. Smoking in any form within any residence hall space.
                                                                                 when staff visually inspect rooms to determine whether
         Smoke which enters any residence hall space from outside
                                                                                 safety, security or sanitation deficiencies exist;
         is also not permitted.
                                                                               • during Semester Break if weather warrants checking that


     Safety and Security
                                                                                 heating units are working properly;
                                                                               • at the end of Spring semester or a resident’s occupancy in a


     Prohibitions (see chart on page 15)
                                                                                 given room as check-out inspections for cleanliness and
                                                                                 damages occur; and
                                                                               • in any emergency when appropriate staff are responding to
     The safety and security of students in the residence halls                  a reported incident or believe there is serious physical or
     is the first and most fundamental concern of the staff; it should           psychological distress or imminent danger to the room’s
     also be your first and most fundamental concern. Your indi-                 occupants or contents.
     vidual actions can have a direct impact on your safety and that

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             Prohibited Behaviors                                                  Associated Risk
Using any device that creates an open flame, has an exposed heating element or                    a, f
a torchiere lamp with a halogen bulb; using any substance/device which can
smolder and/or create smoke, including gooseneck lamp with plastic shades

Bringing or storing flammable material in a residence hall                                        a, f

Using cooking appliances in student rooms other than apartment kitchens and                      a, e, f
designated areas

Removing or unlocking security grates or any window screen                                      b, c, f, h

Propping entrance doors open                                                                      b, f

Allowing strangers to follow you into a residence hall through an                                   b
entrance door

Entering or exiting a residence hall through a window                                           b, f, h

Climbing or scaling the exterior wall of a residence hall                                           c

Installing a satellite dish, antenna, or any hardware which protrudes from a                     c, f, h
window or attaches to the exterior of a residence hall

Hanging any objects out of windows                                                               c, f, h

Altering electrical outlets or circuits in a residence hall room                               a, d, e, f

Tampering with entry door buzzers in suite and apartment units                                    b, f

Tampering with, obstructing, or affixing objects to hardware for fire alarms,                    a, f, g
exit signs, fire sprinklers, fire hydrant valves or building systems pipes

Tampering with or disabling electronic door security devices such as card access                  b, f
readers, horns, locks, and prop monitors

Installing ceiling fans or air conditioners                                                    c, d, e, f

Using microwave ovens or refrigerators larger than 3.6 cubic feet (except in                        e
designated areas)

Installing locks or chains on room doors                                                          f, g

Installing lofts other than those provided by the Department of Residential                      a, c, f
Facilities or Bedloft (approved vendor)

Tampering with or covering smoke alarms in residence hall rooms                                   a, f

Drilling into window sill surfaces, ceiling or floor tiles, or puncturing                         f, i
insulation on pipes

Stacking/arranging furniture in an unsafe manner                                                 a, c, f




Violation of any of the above prohibitions constitutes a violation of your Residence Halls/Dining Services Agreement and the
               Residence Hall Rules, and may result in referral for disciplinary and/or administrative action.

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     The situations in which a Resident Assistant or other staff          Referrals
     member may enter and/or inspect/search a resident’s room             The first step in the adjudication process is a referral. To have a
     without his/her consent or knowledge or without a search             referral made you may either:
     warrant are those situations described above. In all other           1. Report the violation to your RA or RD.
     situations (i.e., when a staff member has probable cause to          2. Make the referral yourself (Contact the Rights and
     believe that a violation of campus rules and/or laws exists in a          Responsibilities Office at (31)47598).
     particular room but that purported violation does not present
     an imminent threat or danger to University property or to            Referrals for administrative/disciplinary action are made by
     residents) a Resident Assistant or other staff member shall ask to   Resident Life staff, residents, University Police or other
     speak with you and shall ask for your consent to enter your          members of the campus community. Those charged will be
     room and conduct a search. You shall respond to such a request       referred to the Manager for Resident Student Conduct. The
     by stepping into the hallway within a reasonable period of time      time period from the referral to the issuing of a sanction
     and speaking with the staff member. If you fail to step outside      normally ranges from a few days to a few weeks.
     promptly and speak with the Resident Assistant or other staff
     member, he/she may initiate administrative and/or disciplinary       Preliminary Interviews
     action against you for noncompliance. You should immediately         For students who have been referred, the preliminary interview
     report any concerns you have about the appropriateness of a          is the second step in the adjudication process. Students have
     particular request to enter a room or a specific entry and/or        three (3) days to schedule their preliminary interview with the
     inspection/search to the Associate Director for Student & Staff      Manager for Resident Student Conduct or designee after they


     Documentation
     Development at (31) 47608.                                           receive their referral letter.

                                                                          The preliminary interview with the Manager for Resident
                                                                          Student Conduct or designee serves to review the Resident Life
     Resident Life staff are required to document any event that
                                                                          and University charges, lay out hearing options and explain
     occurs in the residence halls (including South Campus
                                                                          possible consequences of the violations.
     Commons). This includes routine fire drills, rule violations or
     serious medical emergencies. Staff may document events in a
                                                                          Failure to schedule an interview may result in:
     Log or in an Incident Report. These both serve as official
                                                                          1. A Disciplinary Conference or Judicial Board Hearing


     Adjudication Process
     documentation for administrative/disciplinary proceedings.
                                                                              automatically being scheduled, and/or
                                                                          2. A holding/blocking of the resident’s Room Selection
                                                                              materials (housing) and/or class registration or tran-
     Infractions that occur in residence halls often violate the rules        script/diploma release(if a violation of the Code of Student
     set forth in both the Residence Halls/Dining Services Agreement          Conduct).
     and the Code of Student Conduct. Students found responsible
     for a violation may have their status as a resident and/or as a      Disciplinary Conferences
     student affected.                                                    Disciplinary Conferences are held with the Manager for
                                                                          Resident Student Conduct or designee when a case would nor-
     The following information outlines the process that occurs           mally not result in a sanction of suspension/expulsion from the
     when residents violate the prohibitions listed within this           University, although the full range of sanctions may be
     booklet or the other terms listed in the Residence Halls/Dining      imposed, including Administrative Housing Termination. The
     Services Agreement.                                                  Manager acts as a fact finder and makes the administrative
                                                                          housing sanction recommendation to the Community
     These procedures are designed to serve two purposes:                 Director. The recommended sanction is reviewed by the
     1. To provide an orderly process in which cases of rule              Community Director who makes the final decision. Students
         violations can be handled fairly and expediently, and            will normally receive a letter from the Community Director to
     2. To provide reasonable procedural protection for                   inform them of the sanction before the case is closed.
         individual students accused of violating the Residence           Additionally the Manager will impose a disciplinary sanction
         Halls/Dining Services Agreement and/or the Code of Student       for violations of the Code of Student Conduct which will be
         Conduct.                                                         reviewed by the Office of Student Conduct.
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                                                                    Resident Life
                                                                    Administrative Sanctions
Any individual whose Residence Halls/Dining Services Agreement
is terminated as a result of a Conference may petition to have
his or her case reviewed. The review request should be
addressed to the Director of Resident Life and delivered to         Violations of residence hall rules can result in a resident having
Rights and Responsibilities Office in 3020 South Campus             to face a range of administrative sanctions. Sanctions 1-3 may
Commons #3 within three business days.                              be implemented at the community level or as a result of a
                                                                    Conference or Hearing.
Failure to request a review within the allotted time will render
the original decision final and conclusive.                         1. Warning Letters- Further violations may result in a referral
                                                                        or a more serious sanction. The letter is kept on file for one
Judicial Board Hearings                                                 calendar year.
Judicial Board hearings are held when a case would normally         2. Administrative Housing Probation – Probation is a serious
result in suspension/expulsion from the University. The Board,          Administrative Sanction and is deemed as the Final
which includes at least three students and one non-voting               Warning. In conjunction with this sanction two (2)
advisor, acts as a fact finding body and makes the                      housing priority points will be permanently deducted from
administrative sanction recommendation to the Community                 a resident’s total number of housing priority points.
Director who makes the final decision. The Board also makes             Committing any violation while on active Housing
a disciplinary sanction recommendation to the Manager for               Probation is an automatic “A” level violation. Probation
Resident Student Conduct who makes the final decision                   letters are kept for one year after the end of the
regarding the student’s disciplinary sanction. Like the                 probationary period. A resident will be precluded from
Disciplinary Conferences, students involved in hearings will            employment with the Department of Resident Life as a
normally receive letters from both staff members to inform              Customer Service Supervisor, Resident Assistant or Staff
them of the sanctions before the cases are closed.                      Assistant and from serving as a Judicial Board member. A
                                                                        resident may be precluded from employment, including
For more specific information on the Hearing procedures
                                                                        but not limited to the positions of: Community Assistant
students may consult the Code of Student Conduct, part 33.
                                                                        and office Clerical Assistant.
                                                                    3. Community Service Project – A community service project
Procedural Protection
                                                                        is assigned in addition to, or in lieu of, other sanctions or
Residents having their cases resolved in Conferences or
                                                                        referrals. The project will be completed under the
Hearings are accorded the following protection:
                                                                        supervision of Resident Life staff.
                                                                    4. Administrative Housing Termination O - This sanction
  • Written notice of charges prior to the Conference
                                                                        may be implemented only after a Conference or Hearing.
    (3 days)/Hearing (5 days)
                                                                        Records on those students whose housing has been
  • Reasonable access to their case file prior to the
                                                                        terminated are kept for three years. The conditions of
    Conference/Hearing
                                                                        Administrative Housing Termination are as follows:
  • Opportunity to present their version of the incident and
                                                                      • Residents are notified that the Residence Halls/Dining
    call appropriate witnesses
                                                                        Services Agreement is terminated. The current assignment
  • The opportunity to rebut the testimony given by
                                                                        must be vacated, usually within forty-eight (48) hours.
    witnesses against them
                                                                      • Residents may also be prohibited from re-entering their
  • The right to be accompanied and assisted by a representative.
                                                                        former residence hall or any/all University of Maryland
                                                                        residence halls. This additional sanction is called Denial of
Representation
                                                                        Access and, if violated, can result in suspension/expulsion
Students have the right to be represented in a Conference/              from the University.
Hearing by a person of their choice. Representation may be            • The period of Housing Termination is stated in the
provided by the Legal Aid Office, located in the Stamp Student          sanction letter from the Community Director. Students
Union, free of charge to students. Students may also be                 who wish to return before the date stated in the sanction
represented by an attorney from outside the University. If you          letter must write to their Community Director. The
choose to be represented by an attorney, we request that you            Community Director will make a recommendation to the
inform the Manager for Resident Student Conduct in writing              Director of Resident Life who will review the
three days before your Hearing/Conference.                              recommendation and notify the student of the decision.
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     O   Students receiving these sanctions can be rendered ineligi-       interest of the individuals and/or the community involved.
         ble to lease space in The Courtyards at University of             Such a room move normally would be expected to occur
         Maryland, South Campus Commons apartment commu-                   within 24 hours of notification from the Community Director,
         nities, and University owned Fraternity and Sorority              and therefore may occur prior to the initiation of a Conference
         Houses.                                                           or Hearing or independent of other actions which may be taken


     Other Administrative
                                                                           in adjudicating a violation of University and/or residence hall


     Actions
                                                                           rules. Normally, the space vacated by the student will remain
                                                                           unassigned, pending the outcome of any adjudication process.
                                                                           Questions may be directed to the student's Community
     Individual or group behavior within the residence halls               Director.
     occasionally warrants other administrative actions described
     below. Such actions are apart from Resident Life Administrative       Administrative Room Move: Group
     Sanctions and may be pursued independently or in conjunction          Under the authority of the Residence Halls/Dining Services
     with the initiation of the judicial process, at the discretion of     Agreementa Community Director may reassign a group of
     one’s Community Director. Resident Life staff members are             residents when it has been determined that a group has been
     available to discuss the administrative actions with the residents.   disruptive in a serious or repeated manner, or that they pose a
                                                                           threat to their current living environment. All members may
     Billing: Individuals
                                                                           be moved to other residence hall assignments. Such a room
     Residents will be assessed charges for damages, loss or special
                                                                           move normally would be expected to occur within 24 hours of
     services required due to abuse of the assigned space and/or the
                                                                           notification from the Community Director, and therefore may
     University property within it. When the assigned space is
                                                                           occur prior to the initiation of a Conference or Hearing or
     shared, and where the responsible resident cannot be
                                                                           independent of other actions which may be taken in
     determined or fails to assume responsibility, an equal portion of
                                                                           adjudicating a violation of University and/or residence hall
     the charges may be billed to each resident. Residents may also
                                                                           rules. Normally, the space vacated by the student will remain
     be billed for damage or theft for which their guests are
                                                                           unassigned, pending the outcome of any adjudication process.
     responsible. Questions or disputes of charges should be
                                                                           Questions may be directed to the student's Community
     directed to the resident’s Coordinator for Administrative
                                                                           Director.
     Operations.
                                                                           Emergency Removal From Housing
     Billing: Group
                                                                           The Director of Resident Life or an authorized designee may
     Residents may be held collectively responsible for damage,
                                                                           temporarily suspend an individual from the residence halls
     theft, loss or special service costs required for the common areas
                                                                           pending initiation or implementation of administrative or
     or to University property within the residence halls when
                                                                           disciplinary action when the resident constitutes a threat to
     individual responsibility cannot be determined, and when
                                                                           him/herself or others. Similar action may be initiated pursuant
     deemed necessary by Resident Life staff members. Charges
                                                                           to Parts 15 and 16 of the Code of Student Conduct.
     would be divided equally among all residents. Questions or
     disputes of charges should be directed to the resident’s              Denial of On-Campus Residence for the Following
     Community Director.                                                   Academic Year O
                                                                           Residents can be prohibited from renewing their Residence
     Removal of Appliances/Instruments/Lofts
                                                                           Halls/Dining Services Agreement and/or have any existing
     Residents will be directed to remove any appliances and/or
                                                                           Agreement signed at the end of the Spring semester voided for
     instruments which are deemed unsafe or create a disturbance.
                                                                           the upcoming academic year. This sanction is used
     Failure to remove the appliance or instrument may result in
                                                                           in lieu of Housing Termination when violators can be
     judicial or administrative referral. Lofts and other structures are
                                                                           identified clearly and when Hearings/Conferences are not
     prohibited and must be removed within 48 hours. Questions
                                                                           possible. This sanction is imposed at the end of the academic
     should be directed to the resident’s Community Director.
                                                                           year only.
     Administrative Room Move: Individual
     Under the authority of the Residence Halls/Dining Services            This action involves the following steps:
     Agreement a Community Director may reassign a resident to a           1. Community Director informs the resident that he/she will
     location on campus when that relocation would be in the best              not be allowed to return to the halls during a specified

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     period of time.                                                         6.     Suspension/Expulsion from the University O. The student is
2.   The resident receives a letter from the Community                              informed that he or she is temporarily or permanently severed
     Director stating the decision and the reason for the                           from University services (see also Code of Student Conduct,
     decision.                                                                      paragraphs 10 (a) (b)). Permanent notation may be placed on the
3.   A resident may appeal the decision of the Community                            student’s official transcript.
     Director by writing to the Community Director’s                                Practices regarding University disciplinary records are detailed
     supervisor, the Associate Director. This appeal letter must                    within the Code of Student Conduct, paragraphs 48-51. These
     be received by the Associate Director within 10 days of                        records are maintained in the Office of Student Conduct and are
     receipt of the decision letter.                                                kept for a minimum of three years.
4.   The Associate Director will review the appeal and, at his or            O      Students receiving these sanctions can be rendered ineligible to
     her discretion, meet with the resident.                                        lease space in The Courtyards at University of Maryland, South
5.   The Associate Director will then notify the resident of his                    Campus Commons apartment communities, and University
     or her final decision in writing within 10 days of the                         owned Fraternity and Sorority Houses.


                                                                             Mitigating Circumstances
     review.
O    Students receiving these sanctions can be rendered ineligi-
     ble to lease space in The Courtyards at University of
     Maryland, South Campus Commons apartment commu-                         If a resident is found responsible for violation of any
     nities, and University owned Fraternity and Sorority                    residence hall rule(s) the individuals and/or Board involved in the
     Houses.                                                                 judicial or sanctioning process (i.e., Manager for Resident Student



University Sanctions
                                                                             Conduct, Judicial Board, Community Director, Associate Director of
                                                                             Resident Life) may consider mitigating and aggravating circumstances
                                                                             in recommending or imposing a sanction.

Violations of University Code of Student Conduct rules can                   Factors which may be considered after responsibility has been
result in a student having to face a range of disciplinary                   determined are:
sanctions. Disciplinary sanctions are imposed by the Office of
Student Conduct or the Manager for Resident Student                               • Present attitude of the respondent.
                                                                                  • Past administrative or disciplinary record of the
Conduct and affect an individual’s student status. Disciplinary
                                                                                    respondent.
sanctions include:
                                                                                  • The severity of damage, injury or harm resulting from the offense.
                                                                                  • Whether the violation involved an action directed at another
1. Disciplinary Reprimand. Student is informed that the behavior is
                                                                                    because of his or her racial, religious, sexual orientation, disability,
   a minor violation of University rules. Further violations may result             ethnic background or gender.
   in more serious sanctions.                                                     • Whether the respondent promptly took responsibility for his or
2. Disciplinary Probation. Student is informed that the behavior is                 her violation.
   a serious violation of University rules. Further violations will result        • The respondent’s honesty (or lack thereof) and cooperation with
   in separation from the University. Disciplinary probation may                    staff during investigation of the violation and subsequent adminis-
   result in restriction of the student’s on-campus activities,                     trative/judicial proceedings.
   University-related off-campus activities and/or access to one or
   more residence hall buildings (see Code of Student Conduct, para-         Mitigating circumstances for violations of the “A” category rules are far
                                                                             less likely to affect sanctions than violations of the “B” category rules.
   graph 10(c)).


                                                                             Appeals
3. Work Project. The student is given the opportunity to do a work
   project instead of having the disciplinary file remain open indefi-
   nitely or being referred for further judicial action. The work assign-
   ment may involve tasks in and around the residence halls super-           A case resolved in a Judicial Board hearing will normally result
   vised by the Department of Residential Facilities or Community            in a finding of fact (student is responsible or not responsible)
   Office staff.                                                             and, for those found responsible, Resident Life administrative
4. Restitution/Charitable Contribution.                                      sanctions (which affect housing status) and/or University
5. Disciplinary Housing Termination O. The student is removed                disciplinary sanctions (which affect student status). Judicial
   from housing as a result of a disciplinary sanction (see                  Board decisions regarding finding of fact and/or sanctions may
   Administrative Housing Termination).                                      be appealed for good cause. An appeal addressing findings of fact,
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     Judicial Board decisions regarding violations of Residence Hall          Door-to-door, telephone and other personal solicitations are pro-
     Rules and the Code of Student Conduct, and/or both Resident Life         hibited by all persons, whether students or commercial salespeople.
     sanctions and Code of Student Conduct sanctions should be                Problems should be reported to your Community Office or to
     submitted, in writing, to the Rights and Responsibilities Office         (31)45906.


                                                                              Where to Find Official
     within seven business days of the date on the letter notifying the



                                                                              University Policy
     student of the sanction imposed.



                                                                              Statements
     Appeals of Resident Life Judicial Board decisions only regarding
     violations of Residence Hall Rules and associated administrative
     sanctions or findings of fact should be addressed to the Director of
     Resident Life. Appeals may be decided by the Director or her             One of your responsibilities as a student at Maryland is to know
     designee. These appeals must be submitted, in writing, to the            and abide by the University’s policies, rules and procedures.
     Rights and Responsibilities Office within three days of the student’s
     receipt of the sanctioning letter from his/her Community Director.       The Schedule of Classes – available online at:
                                                                               http://www.testudo.umd.edu/ScheduleOfClasses.html – is where
     Appeals of Resident Life Judicial Board decisions only regarding         you can find official statements of these University
     violations of the Code of Student Conduct and associated University      policies and procedures:
     disciplinary sanctions or findings of fact should be addressed to the
     Director of Student Conduct and will be reviewed by a student              •   Academic Calendar and Deadlines
     appellate board or the Senate Committee on Student Conduct.                •   Course Registration
     These appeals must be submitted, in writing, to the Rights and             •   How to Use VENUS and TESTUDO
     Responsibilities Office within seven business days of the date on          •   Schedule Adjustment
     the letter notifying the student of the sanction imposed (see Code         •   Billing Information and Deadlines
     of Student Conduct, paragraphs 40-47).                                     •   Final Exam Schedules
                                                                                •   CORE (general education/liberal arts and sciences study
     Questions on appeal procedures may be directed to the student’s                program)
     Community Office, the Office of Student Conduct (2118 Mitchell             •   Advising Policy
     Building) or to the Manager for Resident Student Conduct.                  •   Repeat Policy
                                                                                •   Attendance Policy
     Failure to appeal within the allotted time will render the original        •   Policy on Tests, Quizzes and Exams
     decision final and conclusive.                                             •   Academic Dishonesty


     Administrative Records                                                   These policies and procedures, and all of those named below, also
                                                                              are published in the Undergraduate Catalog, which is available in
     The records of administrative actions are kept on file by Resident       libraries and the Mitchell Building or at http://www.umd.edu.
     Life. Access to the files is given to the resident, the individuals to      • Code of Academic Integrity
     whom he or she has given specific written permission and to                 • Human Relations Code
     University officials who have legitimate educational interests.             • Policy on Sexual Harassment
     Access is subject to the terms stated within the Department of              • Code of Student Conduct
     Resident Life’s Statement of Information Practices (a copy may be           • Policy on Disclosure of Student Records
     reviewed in 2101 Annapolis Hall, the Director’s Office). When               • Smoking Policy and Guidelines
     access to a judicial record is granted, a notation of that access is        • Undergraduate Student Grievance Procedure


                                                                              Selling/Conducting
     made and placed in the file.


     Soliciting                                                               a Business
     Soliciting is restricted to printed materials which:
                                                                              Residence halls cannot be used for commercial activity, so
       • bear a stamp showing they’ve been approved by Resident Life,
                                                                              residents may not conduct a business or other commercial activity
       • are posted in approved areas of your residence hall such as
                                                                              using their room, room address, room phone or data jack without
          lobby tables and some bulletin boards, and
                                                                              the prior written permission of the Department of Resident Life
20     • are not placed in your mailbox or under your door.
                                                                              (31) 45906.
Parties and Group Events
                                                                          Emergencies:
                                                                          RAs are trained in emergency procedures for situations involving
Socializing with a group of friends is important, but you should          serious physical illness and injury, psychological crisis, and threats
know that:                                                                to physical safety such as fires, major power failures and dangerous
                                                                          weather.
  • parties/events involving alcohol are not permitted                    Peer Advising and Counseling:
  • floor lounges and other common areas need to be reserved in           RAs assist students with questions, and personal and academic
    advance, either through the process discussed in your Unit            problems, and can provide referrals to resources on campus for
    Agreement or through a Space Reservation form (available in           more in-depth assistance.
    your Community Office).
                                                                          Behavior Management:
Whether in rooms, suites, apartments or other gathering spots,            RAs ensure that students receive the Residence Hall Rules, and
parties/events must not:                                                  they assist students in deciding upon mutual expectations by
                                                                          creating Unit Agreements. RAs also confront students when rules
  • become too large for the host resident(s) to exercise                 are broken and assist fellow students in learning how to confront
    responsible control over the behavior of residents and guests         and enforce expectations with peers.
  • expand beyond the boundaries of the individual room,                  Administrative Tasks:
    apartment or suite                                                    RAs work with students on some basic administrative tasks that
  • be open to all or advertised in any way.                              concern assignments and physical facilities.

You can expect Resident Life staff, and University Police if              Planning Activities:
necessary, to intervene and instruct the host(s) to end the event         RAs work with students, faculty members and others to plan
when gatherings:                                                          social, recreational and educational activities for Unit residents.

  • result in excessive noise, damage or destruction, fighting or         These are the most important roles in which RAs serve on your
    other disruptive behavior,                                            behalf. You will have an opportunity to evaluate your RA’s
  • exceed the normal boundaries, with persons gathering in               performance through the use of a written evaluation during the
    hallways, stairwells, lounges, entrances, and other common            year.
    areas or,
                                                                          In the course of their work, RAs, like all students, are expected to
  • have been advertised or promoted through flyers, posters or
                                                                          conform to the policies described in this handbook. Should you


“What if I feel I’ve been
    other means.
                                                                          ever have questions about your RA’s performance or his/her



treated unfairly?”
                                                                          behavior toward you, or if you feel that your RA’s actions have been
                                                                          unfair or inappropriate, several options are always available to you
                                                                          for consideration and resolution of your concerns:

You have a right in the University of Maryland community to be            1.  Contact the Resident Director (RD) for your hall or the
treated with dignity, respect and fairness by every person you               Community Director (CD) for your residence Community.
encounter, whether roommate, floormates, other students,                     Both of these staff members can be reached at your
faculty, Resident Life staff or other University employees.                  Community Office (phone numbers are listed in the last two
                                                                             pages of this handbook).
If you feel you’ve been treated wrongly or unfairly by another            2. Contact the Associate Director of Resident Life for your side
student, you should report the incident to your Resident Director            of campus. The North Campus Associate Director's Office is
or to staff in your Community Office. Staff will advise you on               in Oakland Hall and can be reached at (22) 64830. The
informal means, often with their help, of    resolving the matter.           South Campus Associate Director’s Office is in Garrett Hall
Staff also can advise you on ways to make formal complaints                  and can be reached at (31) 47484.
through the University’s judicial process, Police or housing              3. Contact the Associate Director of Resident Life for Student
administrative action process.                                               and Staff Development whose office is located in Room 2101


Satisfaction with Your RA
                                                                             Annapolis Hall and can be reached at (31) 47608.



Your Resident Assistant serves in several important roles which are
meant to assist you in your educational and social pursuits; these are:                                                                            21
     Incidents of Discrimination                                             • submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or
                                                                                implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment or
     The University’s Office of Diversity Education and Compliance -
                                                                                participation in a University-sponsored educational program or
     1130 Shriver Lab, East Wing, (40) 52838) also will help you if you
                                                                                activity; or
     feel you have been treated unfairly. Maryland’s Human Relations
                                                                             • submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is
     Code prohibits discrimination within the University community
                                                                                used as the basis for academic or employment decision affecting
     on the basis of:
                                                                                that individual; or
        • race
        • personal appearance                                                • such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably
        • color                                                                 interfering with an individual’s academic or work performance,
        • national origin                                                       or of creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive educational or
        • age                                                                   working environment.
        • political affiliation
        • creed                                                              A report of the incident should be made to the University Legal
        • sexual orientation
                                                                             Office, 2101 Main Admin Building, (40) 54945, or to any
        • marital status
        • mental or physical disability                                      University official or faculty member who will report it to the Legal
        • gender                                                             Office.
        • the exercise of rights secured by the First Amendment of the
           United States Constitution.                                       In addition, the University recognizes two levels of sexual assault:

     The University of Maryland is an equal opportunity institution          Sexual Assault I:
     with respect to both education and employment. The University           By stranger or acquaintance, rape, forcible sodomy, or forcible sex-
     does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national   ual penetration, however slight, of another person s anal or genital
     origin, sex, age, or handicap in admission or access to, or treatment   opening with any object. These acts must be committed either by
                                                                             force, threat, intimidation or through the use of the victim s men-
     or employment in, its programs and activities as required by
                                                                             tal or physical helplessness of which the accused was aware or
     federal (Title VI, Title IX, Section 504) and state laws and            should have been aware.
     regulations. Inquiries regarding compliance with Title VI of the
     Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, Title IX of the 1972              Sexual Assault II:
     Educational amendments, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of        By stranger or acquaintance, the touch of an unwilling person’s
     1973, or related legal requirements should be directed to:              intimate parts (defined as genitalia, groin, breast, or buttocks, or
                                                                             clothing covering them) or forcing an unwilling person to touch
       Executive Director                                                    another s intimate parts. These acts must be committed either by
       Office of Diversity Education and Compliance
       1130 Shriver Laboratory, East Wing                                    force, threat, intimidation or through the use of the victim’s
       University of Maryland                                                mental or physical helplessness of which the accused was aware or
       College Park, MD 20742                                                should have been aware.
       Telephone: 301-405-2842
                                                                             If you feel you have been subjected to any form of sexual
     Inquiries concerning the application of Section 504 and part 34 of
                                                                             harassment or sexual assault there are several resources available to
     the C.F.R. to the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland,
                                                                             you:
     may be directed to:
                                                                                • Your RA or the Community Staff member on call
       Director                                                                 • The Sexual Assault Response and Prevention Program
       Disabled Student Services
       0126 Shoemaker Hall                                                        (SARPP) - (301) 314-2222 (main number), (301) 741-3442
       University of Maryland                                                     (24 hour crisis cell phone)
       College Park, MD 20742
       Telephone: 301-314-7682 or 301-314-7683 (TTY)                            • The Department of Public Safety (911 from campus phones,



     Sexual Harassment/
                                                                                  301-405-3555 from any off-campus phone, #3333 from
                                                                                  mobile phones)


     Sexual Assault
                                                                                • Advising on procedures can be obtained by calling the
                                                                                 Office of Diversity Education and Compliance [(40)52838],
                                                                                 the Office of Rights and Responsibilities (31)47598 or the
     Sexual harassment by University faculty, staff and students is              Office Student Conduct (31) 48204.
     prohibited. Sexual harassment is defined as: (1) unwelcome sexual
     advances; or (2) unwelcome requests for sexual favors; and (3)
22   other behavior of a sexual nature where:
                      Unit Agreements

    Common Concerns
    In choosing to live in the residence halls, you have entered a community of peers in which:
    • we all live together on this floor, or in this semi-suite, suite, or apartment
    • we are all students, so we all need to rest and to study
    • we are all challenged to balance our needs for privacy with the presence of roommates, floormates, semi-suite, or
        suite/apartmentmates and their guests
    • we are all challenged to explore our rights to rest, relax, recreate and socialize while not violating the rights of others




Unit Agreements:
Creating a Cooperative
                                                                         •    What kinds of issues or topics are considered private
                                                                              between roommates?


Community                                                                •    What kinds of things should roommates learn to cooperate
                                                                              on so as not to have a negative impact on other members
Whether you are one of six students living in a suite or one of               of the unit?
sixty students living on a floor, a minimum level of cooperation
is necessary in order to live comfortably and prevent                    •    How should unit residents control the amount of noise
frequent conflicts. Much of this cooperation results from a set               they make in order to avoid disturbing other residents?
of generally agreed upon rules and understandings that will                   What will you expect of others that will allow you to sleep
exist among the residents of your unit. So how is it that these               and study effectively?
understandings come to be?
                                                                         •    How do your habits in keeping your room clean and your
Your RA will work with you and the other residents in your unit               personal hygiene have an impact on your roommate and
to discuss and arrive at the terms that will bring about                      on other unit residents? What will you expect of others in
cooperation and community. These terms will be contained in                   terms of personal hygiene?
a document called the Unit Agreement. This agreement will be
reached through discussion of issues of common interest and              •    What, in your view, are desirable activities that may occur
concern involving you and your fellow residents.                              in the unit lounge? What activities would you prefer not
                                                                              to have in the lounge? What will you expect of fellow
Your RA will schedule a special unit meeting in order to discuss              residents in order to keep the lounge clean and orderly
the Unit Agreement. You can help prepare for this discussion by               during and following activities that occur there?
considering some important questions which concern
cooperation on the unit, such as:

•     How will you work with other residents to keep the
      common areas of the unit clean and orderly? What will
      you expect of others in this effort?
•     What do you expect of other unit residents in order to
      make the unit safe and secure?

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     Unit Agreements in
     Semi-Suites, Suites and
                                                                        discussions will be held in small groups which are assigned
                                                                        specific questions. These small groups will generate options


     Apartments
                                                                        which will be taken back to the large group for decisions.

                                                                        It is important that you consider these questions prior to your
     Semi-suite, suite, and apartment residents may request             Unit Agreement meeting. If you are interested in helping your
     assistance from their RA in establishing a Unit Agreement, and     RA lead portions of the meeting, or if you have any questions
     will discuss some more specialized questions than residents of a   about the Unit Agreement, be sure to see your RA before the
     traditional floor unit. Many semi-suite, suite, and apartment      meeting.
     residents make the mistake of assuming that because there are a
     smaller number of people involved, it is not necessary to create
     a Unit Agreement. This assumption nearly always results in


                                                                                  Our Multicultural
     conflicts that range from minor annoyances to full-fledged



                                                                                    Community
     disputes. Semi-suite, suite, and apartment residents should
     consider the following questions:

     •   How will we reach agreement on the use of the thermostat
         to control the heating and air conditioning of the unit?          Our community is a dynamic, active multicultural
                                                                          community. Our citizens identify themselves in many
                                                                          different ways with distinctions that include but are not
     •   How will we cooperate to keep the living room, bathrooms,        limited to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation,
         and the kitchen (in apartments) clean? How do we each            national origin, religion, age, physical ability, mental ability,
                                                                          class, cultural history, and life experience.
         define “clean” as it applies to each of these rooms?
                                                                           Out of this diversity, we seek to build a community where
                                                                          we are able to balance our desire to explore individual
     •   How will each of us control the amount of noise we make
                                                                          differences with our desire to celebrate common bonds; a
         in order that the others can sleep and study effectively?        community that is equally concerned with our rights as
                                                                          individuals and our responsibilities as members. Our
     •   What will be our rules concerning guests who visit our           success in this effort depends on each citizen’s understanding
                                                                          of those rights and responsibilities as well as one’s adherence
         semi-suite, suite, or apartment? Can guests stay overnight       to the principles upon which our community is built.
         in the living room?
                                                                           We seek to create an environment in which:

     •   How will we cooperate in making sure that trash is                • each citizen feels he or she rightfully belongs;
                                                                           • one’s dignity and membership is recognized and respected
         removed from the unit regularly?                                    regardless of distinctions in identity;
                                                                           • the moral and legal rights to free thought, speech, and
     •   What kinds of issues are considered private between                 opinion are encouraged in an atmosphere of mutual
         roommates? What kinds of things should roommates learn               acknowledgement and respect; and
                                                                           • judgments by others are made solely on one’s conduct,
         to cooperate on so as not to have a negative effect on other        character, and exercise of citizenship and intellect.
         suite/apartment mates?
                                                                           Your rightful membership as a citizen of this community is
                                                                          directly tied to your fulfillment of the responsibilities of
     •   What expectations will we have of each other in order to         citizenship. First among these is to recognize the rightful
         ensure that the unit is secure? What rules will apply to the     place of every other citizen in our community, and to abstain
                                                                          from acts of abuse, harassment or assault towards others.
         locking of the front door, of bedroom and bathroom doors,
         and windows?                                                      Our community and our principles foster multicultural
                                                                          skills in our citizens. We believe that these skills are a
                                                                          fundamental and necessary capacity for every citizen in any
     •   What are desirable and undesirable activities which are          pluralistic, multicultural, and democratic society.
         agreed upon for the living room?
                                                                          Students and family members should view our philosophy in its
                                                                          entirety at www.resnet.umd.edu.
     Discussion among the residents in your unit will be devoted to
     arriving at answers to the above questions which are agreeable
     to all. On traditional floors, it is likely that some of these

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                   Academic Success
Within your residence hall you have access to academic
assistance, support resources, faculty, staff and your peers.
                                                                   On Campus Employment
Access to
                                                                   Researchers have found that working up to 20 hours a week,


Faculty and Staff
                                                                   particularly in an on-campus job, positively correlates with
                                                                   grade point average and student persistence. Many students
                                                                   find it necessary and practical to find a part-time job during
Programs in the residence halls provide access to the university   their college career. Extra money and experience are benefits of
faculty. There were hundreds of educational programs in the        part-time work.
residence halls last year on a range of topics as diverse as the
interests of our faculty. Residents are given additional           You can stop by the Resident Life Student Employment Center
opportunities to interact with faculty outside of the classroom.   in Annapolis Hall for more information or call:
                                                                     • Department of Resident Life (31) 45111
The Resident Life staff provides a support network for resident      • Department of Dining Services (31) 48050
students. The Resident Assistants (RAs) act as resource persons      • Department of Residential Facilities (40) 57440
and peer advisors. Resident Directors (RDs) are trained in           • Campus Student Employment (31) 47225
counseling and crisis management. Community Directors



Creating Environment
(CDs) provide leadership in developing a sense of community.




You’ll find the residence hall environment alive with
opportunities for learning, socializing and personal growth. To
create an environment conducive to the academic success of
students we provide monitored study rooms, computer labs and
classrooms in the residence halls. Quiet hours, usually
beginning at 10pm on weeknights, and 24-hour courtesy hours,
when residents immediately comply with requests for quiet,



Services
help you to be more successful.




We help you to succeed by providing academic support services.
We provide a Math Success Program whose peer “coaches” can
help you with homework and exam preparation; review sessions
in math to help you at mid-term and final time; Ethernet
connections in every room, which provide access to the Campus
Data Network, the World Wide Web and the Internet; and
workshops on stress management, test taking and personal
development presented by RAs with faculty and staff support.




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                        Room Changes

     “How can I change rooms?”
                                                                         (b) Roommate Swaps
                                                                         No vacancy is required, because the residents of the rooms
     You’ll keep your same room from semester to semester unless         involved agree (and then ask for Resident Life staff permission)
     you ask for a change. Every room change must be approved in         to switch roommate assignments. In some cases, all students
     advance and in writing by Resident Life staff.                      involved must give their consent to Resident Life staff.


                                                                         What New Residents
                                                                         Should Know About
     “Room Freeze”
     No room changes are allowed for the first two weeks of each


                                                                         Single Rooms
     semester. Interested residents will receive notification from
     Resident Life when the reassignment process is available, and
     may request room changes by visiting www.resnet.umd.edu.
     “Freezes” let Resident Life “take attendance,” move any students    1. Returning residents get them all. You will have to wait
     out of their temporary assignments and move in students who            your turn (probably a year or two), based on the seniority
     have been waiting off campus. Room assignments also are                system we call Priority Numbers.
     “frozen” toward the end of each semester to allow Resident Life     2. No one gets a single because of medical reasons,
     staff to prepare for any upcoming transitions.                         displacements, roommate conflicts, etc.
                                                                         3. Singles don’t cost any more than double rooms.
     “Pull-Ins”
     Except for “room freezes,” when a vacancy occurs in your room       Single Room Reassignments
     you’ll usually have 48 hours to name an eligible “pull-in”          Whenever a vacancy occurs in a single room, the room will be
     student of your choice from on-campus. If there’s no “pull-in,”     offered to the next resident with priority for that single.
     another roommate will be assigned. Resident Life reserves the       Residents usually have 48 hours to accept and move to their
     right to override any “pull-in” for circumstances such as           new singles.
     administrative moves, displacements and extensions of the
     “room freeze.”


     When a “room freeze”
                                                                         Priorities for single room reassignments are:
                                                                         1st Current residents in that unit in their Priority Number (or


     has been lifted, two
                                                                              contract received date) order.



     types of room changes
                                                                         2nd All other current residents in the building of that unit, in



     can be considered:
                                                                             Priority Number (or contract received date) order.
                                                                         3rd All current residents in the community of that unit, in
                                                                             Priority Number (or contract received date) order.
     (a) Moves to an Open Space                                          4th Interested residents of other units, buildings, or
     A vacancy is required. The resident moves to a different floor or       communities in Priority Number (or contract received
     building and becomes the new roommate of someone he or she              date) order.
     may not know. There is very little chance that vacant double
     rooms will be available for roommates to move into together.
     Resident Life staff can tell you where vacancies exist in the        Note: Room change information on these pages generally
     residence halls.                                                     does not apply to residents of South Campus Commons
                                                                          apartments. These residents should consult their leases
                                                                          and/or South Campus Commons management staff for
                                                                          information.


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Room Changes at
Mid-Year
                                                                      Please consult the Rights and Responsibilities section for more
                                                                      information on these sanctions and the adjudication process.

                                                                      Fall Reassignment Requests
The best opportunity to change buildings or change rooms on           Complete a reassignment request to be moved to a different
your floor is between semesters. This is because of the vacancies     room/building for Fall if you couldn’t choose the room you
caused by residents who graduate, transfer, make room changes         wanted at Room Selection.
or for other reasons leave their assignments at the end of Fall
semester. The spring reassignment process generally begins at         The fall reassignment process generally begins at the end of
the end of November. Resident will notify residents to visit          May. Resident Life will notify residents to visit
www.resnet.umd.edu to submit their spring reassignment                www.resnet.umd.edu to submit their fall reassignment request
request forms. Approved room changes are reported via email in        forms. Approved room changes are reported by email in June.
December. Requests are processed in Priority Number order,            Requests are processed in Priority Number order, based on
based on availability.                                                availability.


                                                                      What is Meant by the
If approved to move, you must vacate your Fall room before you


                                                                      Term “Unit?”
leave in December. You may move into your new Spring room
in December if its Fall resident has vacated by the time you need
to leave.


Room Selection/
                                                                      Our definition of “unit” is important to understand when you



Agreement Renewal for
                                                                      talk about reassignment requests, singles reassignments, Room
                                                                      Selection and Unit Agreements.


Next School Year
                                                                      “Unit” has five meanings:
                                                                        • If you live in a high-rise traditional hall on North Campus,
Choosing your room and roommate for the next school year                  your unit is your Individual Floor (e.g., Elkton 3,
will occur in March-May. This is the best opportunity for all             Hagerstown 7)
eligible returning residents to change buildings, including             • If you live in a low-rise traditional hall on South Campus,
moves to openings in suites and apartments. Instructions will             your unit is your Entire Building (e.g., all of Worcester, all
be emailed in early March.                                                of Cecil)
                                                                        • If you participate in a Living Learning Program and cur-
Eligibility for The Courtyards and South Campus Commons                   rently live within your program, your unit is defined by the
Apartments                                                                Floors associated with your Program (e.g., Life Sciences
Resident Life, in cooperation with The Courtyards and South               floors in Cumberland, Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Campus Commons apartment communities, will announce                       floors in LaPlata, Writers’ House floors in Dorchester)
general eligibility criteria for on-campus students who wish to         • If you live in a suite or apartment, your unit is your
move to those communities for the following year. These crite-            Individual Suite or Apartment (e.g., Howard 1101,
ria are published online annually in conjunction with leasing             Leonardtown 243-06)
application instructions.                                               • If you live in a semi-suite in Oakland Hall, your unit is
                                                                          your Individual Semi-Suite (e.g. Oakland 2210)
On-campus residents who have received any of the


                                                                      “What’s a Priority
administrative/disciplinary sanctions listed below as a result of a


                                                                      Number?”
judicial board hearing or an administrative conference will not
be eligible for leases at The Courtyards or South Campus
Commons:
• Administrative Housing Termination                                  Priority Numbers are used to decide who gets first choice of
• Denial of On-Campus Housing for the Following                       room changes when there are vacancies in single rooms, suites,
  Academic Year                                                       apartments, and other popular locations in the residence halls.
• Disciplinary Housing Termination                                    Residents with the lower numbers get first choice of rooms,
• Suspension or Expulsion from the University                         residents with the higher numbers choose last.

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                                                                         Special Room
                                                                         Assignment Situations
     Priority Numbers are assigned once a year — in April — and
     are used throughout the following school year. New-to-
     housing students who move into residence halls during the Fall
     or Spring semesters don’t have Priority Numbers until they’re
                                                                         If There’s a Vacancy in Your Room
     assigned for use during Room Selection.
                                                                         Don’t get too used to the extra space and privacy — if you don’t
                                                                         name an eligible “pull-in,” a roommate can be assigned by
     Your Priority Number is what determines your ranking for:           Resident Life at any point in the school year and with as little
       • selecting your room for the following fall during Room          as 24-48 hours’ notice (less in some cases).
         Selection                                                       If there’s an opening in your room at the end of the fall
       • single room reassignments within your unit                      semester, you’ll have a new roommate at the start of Spring
       • moves to open/vacant rooms within your unit                     semester. Out of courtesy to this student, please leave your
       • mid-year room and building changes                              room in “clean, move-in” condition when you depart in
       • reassignment requests                                           December, so that check-in day in January for your new room-


     “How is my Priority
                                                                         mate can be a pleasant experience.


     Number Created?”
                                                                         Temporary Assignments
                                                                         At the start of a semester, we may have new-to-housing students
     Priority Numbers are based on a seniority system — the closer       temporarily assigned to rooms in the residence halls or in a
     you are to graduation and the longer you’ve been living in UM       nearby off-campus facility. When this happens, priority for the
     residence halls, the better (lower) your Priority Number.           use of all spaces that become vacant is given to dissembling
                                                                         these temporary spaces.
     Your Priority Number is always four digits — #0001 is the best
     Priority Number on campus, #4000 is about the worst. Priority       You could be affected by this situation if there’s an unexpected
     Numbers are split by gender.                                        vacancy in your room at the start of a semester. In this event,
                                                                         priority will be given to relocating students from temporary
     Your Priority Number is determined by the number of “points”
                                                                         assignments and we may not be able to honor any “pull-in”
     that you accumulate as you build up your seniority at UM.
                                                                         requests.
     Points are accumulated:

       • 2 points for every consecutive semester that you have lived     Emergency Relocations
         in UM residence halls                                           In an emergency (such as fire, flood, storm damage or
       • 2 points for every consecutive semester that you have been      extended power outage) that forces you from your room
         enrolled at UM                                                  temporarily, if you do not choose to stay with another student,
       • 1 point for every 12 credits that transfer to UM from           you may be offered emergency shelter in an on-campus
         another college or university and show on your UM               facility such as a community center or recreation center.
         transcript. (NOTE: Advanced Placement and summer
         session credits do not count)                                   In an emergency that results in a closing of the campus (such
       • 2 points forfeited for each sanction of Administrative          as approaching hurricane or pandemic flu), you will be
         Housing Probation.                                              expected to vacate your room within 24-48 hours. Individuals
                                                                         who are unable to leave by the time the campus is closed may
     For residents who are “tied” with the same number of total          petition Resident Life for permission to temporarily occupy a
     points, the “ties” are broken and Priority Numbers are              designated temporary emergency shelter, either a newer
     randomly assigned by computer within each point total. For          Leonardtown apartment (if “social distancing” is advisable to
     example, when first-year students are “tied” with 8 points at the   contain the spread of illness or disease) or a community center
     end of their freshman year, the computer randomly decides           or recreation center if there is no indication of communicable
     Priority Numbers for all 3,500 to 4,000 such students,              illness or disease. Residents of newer Leonardtown apartments
     meaning that freshman roommates could find a big difference         should be aware that their bedrooms could be reoccupied by
     between their Priority Numbers.                                     other students within 24-48 hours after a campus closing is
                                                                         announced.


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Displacement                                                        earned. This provision does not apply to residents who leave
This is our term for the rare occasions when students are forced    the University and/or the residence halls for other reasons (e.g.,
to relocate from their rooms because their floor or building is:    personal, financial, medical) and later return to residence halls.



                                                                    “Can I get out of
  • scheduled for renovation or closing,
  • being converted for use by the opposite sex,


                                                                    my housing contract?”
  • being converted for students in a special University
     program, or
  • uninhabitable because of an emergency.
                                                                    Release from the Agreement
Normally, announcements can be made several weeks or                Your Residence Halls/Dining Services Agreement is for the entire
several months in advance. Under normal circumstances, no           academic year and cannot be cancelled by you. Releases will be
student has to leave on-campus housing and there is an              approved solely at Resident Life’s discretion. A resident
opportunity to select one’s new room using the regular room         submitting our Petition for Release form (available at
change, Room Selection and “pull-in” procedures.                    www.resnet.umd.edu) will also be required to submit
                                                                    supporting documentation in support of the request.

Absences of 1-2 Semesters                                           Approved reasons for release from the Housing Agreement
If you leave the residence halls because you have been registered   include:
to participate in one of the following programs, you can be           • graduation in December
assured of having another room assignment when you return, so         • withdrawal from all classes after check-in
long as you otherwise are eligible, if you follow the proper          • cancellation of Spring semester course registration
guidelines for securing a residence hall space:                       • failure to register for classes after check-in
                                                                      • transfer to another university or college after Fall
  • Study Abroad                                                         semester
  • Student teaching                                                  • academic dismissal after Fall semester
  • Approved internship/co-operative education programs               • Study Abroad, student teaching placement, or Cooperative
                                                                         Education assignment arranged by a UM department
If your absence starts in the Spring semester, you must petition
                                                                      • call from a fraternity or sorority “wait list” to fill an avail-
for release from your Agreement by our December 1 deadline by
                                                                         able vacancy in a chapter house (new pledges not
visiting www.resnet.umd.edu.
                                                                         eligible)
If your absence starts in the Spring or Fall semester, you should     • election as approved officer with live-in requirement in a
not participate in the Spring Room Selection process. At the             fraternity or sorority: President, Vice President, Pledge
beginning of your last semester away from the residence halls,           Chair, Social Chair, House Manager, or Secretary (no more
you should contact the Assignments staff to:                             than four such officers per chapter)
  • provide your contact address and phone number,                    • sudden and unexpected hardship, or sudden and
  • indicate where you had been living and where you would               unexpected medical condition or physical or emotional
    like to be reassigned,                                               disorder, that prevents participation in the Agreement and
  • indicate whether any resident should be “pulling” you into           cannot be accommodated within residence halls
    a vacancy, and                                                    • unexpected and unpreventable loss of financial assistance
  • ensure that your online Housing Agreement is submitted by            (excluding loans) awarded by the campus that prevents
    the required deadline.                                               continued participation in the Agreement and cannot be
                                                                         accommodated within residence halls
Attempts will be made to assign you where and with whom you           • completion of or withdrawal from the Maryland English
prefer, within the limitations of available space and time, so           Institute or Institute of Applied Agriculture*
long as you submit your Agreement by the required deadline.
Once you’re back on campus, you can ask to have a Priority          Detailed information is in the Procedures for Petition for
Number assigned to you. You will get points for continued           Release from the Residence Halls/Dining Services Agreement
college/university enrollment and will keep all housing points      available at www.resnet.umd.edu.


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     Mid-Year Releases
                                                                             Withdrawal From All Classes
                                                                             If you withdraw from all classes at any time during a semester,
     If a release is desired for the end of Fall/start of Spring semester,   you are expected to immediately submit a Petition for Release.
     your Petition must be submitted to Assignments by 12                    Your move-out should occur within 48 hours after your
     midnight December 1, to avoid financial penalty.                        withdrawal is processed. Pro rata credits for the unused portion
                                                                             of the semester’s housing and meals are made through the 14th
     Petitions received after December 1 will be subject to release
                                                                             week of the semester. Credits will not be made until you have
     fees as outlined in the Terms and Conditions.
                                                                             officially checked-out of your room and returned your keys. If
     No petitions will be accepted or approved, except for reasons of        you withdraw in the last few weeks of a semester with the
                                                                             intention of being enrolled for the next semester, you
     disenrollment, after the first day of classes.
                                                                             normally must reapply for housing without priority and wait to


     When Your Release
                                                                             be reassigned from any housing waiting list.



     is Approved...
                                                                             Academic Dismissal
                                                                             If you are dismissed, your housing assignment will be held until
       • Move-out and return of keys/check-out may not occur                 your involvement in the University’s reinstatement process has
         until your release has been approved.                               been completed. If you are readmitted after a semester or more
       • Your space will be assigned to another student.                     of non-enrollment, you must reapply for housing without
       • You forfeit all priority for room selection earned                  priority and wait to be reassigned from any housing waiting list.


                                                                             When You’re Checking Out...
         during your entire stay in residence halls.


     When Your Release
     Cannot be Approved...
                                                                             Out of courtesy to your roommate and those who follow you
                                                                             into your room...
       • Resident Life staff will work with you to resolve any                 • Wait until your room change, release from Agreement, etc.,
         difficulties that led you to seek a release. Options include            has been officially approved.
         room changes and workships and other forms of financial               • Carry all trash and unwanted items to the outside dumpsters.
         assistance.                                                           • Make sure walls, doors, windows, etc., are clean and
       • You will be held financially responsible for the remainder              without damages.
         of the Agreement (if you remain enrolled), even if you do             • Clean, broom-sweep or mop the floor, and restore the
         not physically occupy your assignment.                                  room to its “move-in day” condition, including



     Part-Time Status,
                                                                                 repositioning all furniture.
                                                                               • Return all keys and access cards to your Service Desk, and


     Withdrawals and
                                                                                 sign and keep a copy of your Room Condition Report



     Dismissals
                                                                                 (traditional halls).
                                                                               • Reset your VoiceMail password to 1-2-3-4-5 and delete
                                                                                 your personalized greeting and any messages.
     Part-Time Student Status                                                  • Contact Dining Services at (31) 48068 to determine your
                                                                                 actual charges/credits for point plan services during the
     You are expected to maintain full-time student status (12                   rest of the semester/year.


                                                                             Breaks in North Campus
     credit hours or more) each semester. If you drop below 12
     credits after Schedule Adjustment ends, you normally may
     remain in residence halls that semester, although Resident Life
     reserves the right to have you move out if your reduced credit          All North Campus halls are closed and locked for the three
     load would pose issues with roommates or create other                   University closings — at Thanksgiving, between semesters and
     problems within your living environment.                                during Spring Break in March.
                                                                             During these times, North Campus residents must plan in
                                                                             advance to be away from campus and to stay out of their
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buildings and rooms:                                                 observable violations of the Residence Hall Rules (see pages
  • 7pm Wednesday before Thanksgiving to 10am the next               11-14). Staff are expected to report those violations including
    Sunday                                                           presence or evidence of pets, weapons, fire crackers, illegal
  • 7pm the last day of final exams in December through 10am         substances, lounge furnishings, fuel, lofts or other prohibited
    on reopening day in January                                      items.
  • 7pm Friday before Spring Break starts through 10am two
                                                                     Administrative action, billing, and/or judicial referral can result
    Sundays later.
                                                                     if unauthorized items or unsafe or unclean conditions are
                                                                     found. University, State, and private property which is not
As you pack to leave for each Break:
                                                                     authorized for student rooms may be removed. If damages,
  • Take with you valuables such as money, jewelry,
                                                                     missing furnishings, deficiencies requiring maintenance or
    computer, etc. and clothing, medications, tickets, etc. you
                                                                     housekeeping attention are found, the room’s residents may be
    will need during the Break
                                                                     billed the costs of corrective action.
  • Unplug all electrical appliances and move belongings off the
    floor as precautions against fire, flood, etc.                   During visual inspections, staff are instructed not to open
  • Clean your refrigerator. Get rid of food that could spoil.       drawers or closets or search through personal belongings and
  • Check your mail and your VoiceMail.


Breaks in South Campus
                                                                     will observe only those things which are in plain sight in the
                                                                     room.


                                                                     Work Performed
                                                                     Inside Student Rooms
All South Campus halls (North Hill, South Hill, and
Leonardtown Communities) remain open during the
Thanksgiving, Winter, and Spring breaks.                During
Thanksgiving and Spring Break, South Campus residents can            When Residential Facilities staff respond to work requests or
come and go as they please and there is no additional fee to stay    emergencies or conduct inspections, they will knock and
in their rooms during these times.                                   announce themselves by name and department. They should
                                                                     be admitted to your room; they will honor a short delay. Most
For the month-long Winter Break, South Campus residents              work requested by residents and staff is performed
have the option to register to stay in their rooms for a fee         weekdays 8am to 4pm. If students would prefer to schedule a
(Deadline: two days before the Break starts), in which case they     time for the work to be performed, they can request this
must pay an additional fee equal to one-half the normal rate for     service when they report the work to Residential Facilities at
the extra month’s worth of housing services.                         x4WORK. Residents will need to be available during a block
                                                                     of time for the schedule, due to unplanned requirements that
South Campus Commons remains open all year. Residents
                                                                     normally occur daily.
must vacate at the end of the lease period per instructions
provided by Capstone management staff.                               Sometimes the work to be performed in a resident’s room


Safety Inspections
                                                                     involves space around, behind or under the resident’s



at Breaks
                                                                     belongings. Repairs to closets, dressers, desks, etc., may call for
                                                                     staff to open or enter these spaces and to move aside the
                                                                     resident’s belongings. Residents should move their belongings
                                                                     away from work areas when they know work is to be done in
Since North Campus halls close for each break period, residence
                                                                     their rooms.
hall staff conduct visual safety inspections inside all student
rooms prior to each break. On South Campus, given
low-occupancy and the length of the winter break, residence
hall staff conduct visual safety inspections inside all student
rooms at the end of the fall semester prior to the start of the
winter break period. Staff will visually inspect every room
regardless of whether or not students register to stay in their
rooms over the winter break.
During these visual inspections, staff are instructed to watch for
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                         Computer Use in Your Room
     With your laptop or PC, you can connect to the University              • You must ensure that your computer is equipped with appro
     network and access the Internet in your residence hall room              priately updated anti-virus software and definitions. Please
     through your personal wired connection and through the                   see http://helpdesk.umd.edu/virus for more information.
     wireless network. Your wired connection is fast and secure, and        • You must ensure that your computer is automatically updated
     access is simple...just plug your computer into your data jack           with the latest security patches and hot-fixes appropriate to
     using a CAT 5 Ethernet cable, open up your Web Browser, and              your operating system and applications.



                                                                            University of Maryland
     follow the onscreen instructions.



                                                                            Policy on the Acceptable
     For wireless access, please visit www.oit.umd.edu/nts/noc/



                                                                            Use of Information
     wireless/connect.html for information on connecting to the
     "umd-secure" wireless network. Please note, residence hall


                                                                            Technology Resources
     students may not use, connect or bring to campus their own
     wireless routers or similar access points. The on-campus use of
     such personal devices is prohibited by University policy. Please
     visit http://nethics.umd.edu/policies/network_guidelines.html          (Approved as amended by the University Senate on April 3, 2006;
     to view the entire University policy regarding student guide-          signed by President Mote on April 5, 2006)
     lines for campus network computer usage.
                                                                            Primary Principles: Freedom of Expression and Personal
     You may also visit www.resnet.umd.edu/isu, email                       Responsibility
     resdata@umd.edu, or call (301)314-3282 for further information.        Freedom of expression and an open environment to pursue


     Wireless Access
                                                                            scholarly inquiry and for sharing of information are
                                                                            encouraged, supported, and protected at the University of
                                                                            Maryland. These values lie at the core of our academic
     As part of the University’s initiative to provide wireless service     community. Censorship is not compatible with the tradition
     to students, faculty, staff and guests, wireless access was made       and goals of the university. While some computing resources
     available throughout campus within general public areas, in all        are dedicated to specific research, teaching, or administrative
     residence halls and academic buildings, and in many non-               tasks that would limit their use, freedom of expression must, in
     academic buildings. Please visit www.oit.umd.edu/nts/noc/              general, be protected. The university does not limit access to
     wireless/map.html for a comprehensive map of campus wireless           information because of its content when it meets the standard
     coverage.


     Things to Know about
                                                                            of legality. The university's policy of freedom of expression
                                                                            applies to computing resources.


     Computer Use
                                                                            Concomitant with free expression are personal obligations of
                                                                            each member of our community to use computing resources
     You are responsible for all network activity originating from your     responsibly, ethically, and in a manner which accords both with
     data jack, with or without your knowledge. Therefore, you              the law and the rights of others. The university depends first
     should be aware of the following:                                      upon a spirit of mutual respect and cooperation to create and
     • You may not provide network access to anyone who is not a            maintain an open community of responsible users.
        member of the University of Maryland community.
     • You may, if installed and set up properly, operate server            General
        software on your computer as long as it is not a source of          This policy sets forth standards for responsible and acceptable
        persis tent traffic to the network as the result of running         use of university information technology (IT) resources. These
        server services (e.g., sharing files with a peer-to-peer network,   resources include computer systems, computer labs,
        operating a streaming web cam, operating a public                   applications, networks, software, and files.
        FTP or IRC server).
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IT resources are provided to support the academic, research,            • Ignoring individual departmental or unit lab and system
instructional, and administrative objectives of the university.           policies, procedures, and protocols.
These resources are extended for the sole use of university             • Facilitating access to university IT resources by unauthorized
faculty, staff, students, and all other authorized guests to              users.
accomplish tasks related to the status of that individual at the        • Exposing sensitive or confidential information or disclosing
university, and consistent with the university’s mission.                 any electronic information that one does not have the
                                                                          authority to disclose.
Those using university IT resources, whether at the university
                                                                        • Knowingly using IT resources for illegal activities. Criminal
or elsewhere, are responsible for complying with security
                                                                          or illegal use may include obscenity, child pornography,
standards set forth by the Vice President and Chief Information
                                                                          threats, harassment, copyright infringement, university
Officer (VP/CIO), safeguarding identification codes and
                                                                          trademark infringement, defamation, theft, identity theft,
passwords, and for using them solely for their intended
                                                                          and unauthorized access.
purposes. Individuals are solely responsible for their personal
use of IT resources and are prohibited from representing or             Enforcement
implying that statements related to such use constitute the             Violation of the provisions of this policy constitutes
views or policies of the university.                                    unacceptable use of IT resources, and may violate other
The maintenance, operation, and security of IT resources                university policies and/or state and federal law. Known or
require responsible university personnel to monitor and access          suspected violations should be reported to the appropriate
systems and networks. To the extent possible in the electronic          university computing unit. Reports may also be sent to the
environment and in a public setting, a user’s privacy will be           security unit within the Office of Information Technology
preserved. Nevertheless, that privacy is subject to applicable          (abuse@umd.edu). If possible, reports should include a copy of
federal and state law, including the Maryland Public                    any non-sensitive information relevant to the putative violation.
Information Act, and the needs of the university to meet its            Violations will be acted upon by the appropriate university
administrative, business, and legal obligations.                        authorities and/or law enforcement agencies. Violations may
                                                                        result in the restriction or revocation of access to IT resources;
Prohibited Conduct                                                      faculty, staff, or student disciplinary action; academic
The following provisions describe conduct prohibited under              dishonesty proceedings through the Student Honor Council; or
this policy:                                                            legal action.
• Altering system software or hardware configurations without
   authorization; disrupting or interfering with the delivery or        The VP/CIO or designee may suspend, block, relocate to a
   administration of IT resources.                                      secure location, or restrict access to information and network
• Attempting to access or accessing another's accounts, private         resources when necessary to protect the integrity, security, or
   files, e-mail messages, or intercepting network communica            functionality of university IT resources or to protect the
   tion without the owner's permission except as appropriate to         university from liability. Notice of such action will be provided
   your job duties and in accordance with legitimate university         to the designated security contact for the affected unit.
   purposes.
• Misrepresenting oneself as another individual in electronic           Administration
   communication.                                                       Individual areas within the university (including divisions,
• Installing, copying, distributing, or using digital content           colleges, schools, and departments) may elaborate upon this
   (including software, music, text, images, and video) in viola        policy with unit-specific policies as long as they do not violate
   tion of copyright and/or software agreements or applicable           the spirit and intent expressed elsewhere in this policy.
   federal and state law.
                                                                        Consistent with University System of Maryland requirements,
• Engaging in conduct that interferes with others’ use of shared
                                                                        this policy will be reviewed and updated annually or as needed
   IT resources.
                                                                        based on the recommendations of the VP/CIO.
• Using university IT resources for commercial or profit-mak
   ing purposes or to represent the interests of groups unaffili        Questions, comments, or suggestions regarding this informa-
   ated with the university or unassociated with the normal pro         tion can be directed to the Office of Information Technology
   fessional activities of faculty, staff or students without written   Project NEThics staff, 301-405-8787, or via e-mail to
   authorization from the university.                                   nethics@umd.edu.

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                              Quick Reference
     Service Desk                                                                   Call your Community Office if you have questions about:
                                                                                      • Hall governance opportunities
     The service desks for all of the communities are open 24 hours.                  • Blood Drive information
     To reach your service desk dial 4 and the first four numbers of                  • Check-out procedures
     the building name, for example to reach Easton Desk dial                         • Mid–semester inspections
     (31) 4EAST [(with the exception of the North Hill which is                       • Visitation policies
     (31) 4HILL)].                                                                    • Issues with roommates, floormates
                                                                                      • Suggestions for improving your community or floors
     Call your Service Desk for:                                                      • Space reservations


                                                                                    Annapolis Hall (31)42100
       • Immediate assistance by Resident Life staff
       • Loaner keys
       • Package pick–up
       • Equipment loans                                                            The Resident Life Director’s Office and offices for Assignments,
       • Phone numbers to area restaurants                                          Design and Publications, Student and Staff Development,
       • Phone numbers for residents                                                Student Employment Center, Payroll and Accounting are all
       • General information                                                        located in Annapolis Hall. Call ahead to make appointments
       • Contact with Resident Life staff on duty                                   with staff members that you would like to see. Hours are



     South Campus
                                                                                    weekdays 8:30am-4:30pm.




     Commons (SCC) #3 (31)47598
                                                                                    Call Annapolis Hall with questions about:
                                                                                      • Room assignments information
                                                                                      • Resident Life publications
     Hours are weekdays 8:30am–4:30pm.                                                • Overnight Stay Program information
                                                                                      • Academic Support programs
     Call SCC #3 for questions about:                                                 • Billing appeals
       • Disciplinary conferences                                                     • Petition for release from housing agreement
       • Research findings


     Community Offices
                                                                                      • Tutoring programs
                                                                                      • Program development
                                                                                      • Student Employment Center
                                                                                      • Summer jobs
     South Campus..............................................(31) 47484
                                                                                      • Work Study Program
     (North Hill, South Hill, and Leonardtown)
                                                                                      • Jobs with Resident Life
     Denton .........................................................(31) 44645
     Ellicott .........................................................(31) 47399
     Cambridge ...................................................(31) 47925
     South Campus Commons ...........................(31) 46621

     Your RD and CD can be reached at the Community Office.
     Call ahead to make an appointment with the staff member you
     would like to see. Hours are weekdays 8:30am-4:30pm.




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Residential Facilities
(31)4-WORK

The Department of Residential Facilities is responsible for
maintenance, housekeeping, and pest control in the residence
halls. They have a 24-hour Service Center (301-314-9675) to
direct your repair requests to the appropriate work crew.

Call Residential Facilities’ Service Center for requests about:
• Loss of power, lights, heat
• Problems with window screens
• Security deficiencies, damages to security hardware
• Changing light bulbs
• Pest control
• Plumbing problems
• Painting requests
• Furniture repairs
• Key or lock or door problems
• Housekeeping inquiries
• Snow removal

To find out information about the services provided by
Residential Facilities, you can refer to their Services Guide (one
copy per resident to be found in your room at the start of the
fall semester), or you can reach them at www.4service.umd.edu.
Comments, compliments or complaints can also be sent via this
website.

The University also contracts with several non-University
vendors to provide the following services to residents within
residence halls: Comcast for cable television, Collegiate
Marketing for Bedloft kit rentals, Quality Products and Services
for carpet sales, ASI/Coinmach for laundry services, Pepsi for
beverage vending machines, and Custom Vending for snack
machines. Local newspaper delivery agencies and parcel
delivery services are permitted to enter residence halls lobby
areas only to make drop-offs at our service desks. Except as
described above, the University has not authorized other
vendors to provide goods or services within residence halls.
Questions regarding these contracted services described above
may be directed to the Department of Residential Facilities at
301-314-7512.

For South Campus Commons, housekeeping, facility
maintenance, and repairs are provided by South Campus
Commons staff, not by the Department of Residential
Facilities. To request service or assistance, complete an online
work order or visit your South Campus Commons 24-hour
service desk.

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                          Housing Commitments
     For a year that Resident Life cannot guarantee that all interested      Seventh
     and eligible residents will be able to return to the residence halls,   Returning Residents for a Fall semester who drop from
     available spaces in the residence halls will be allocated in the        Commitment groupings 2, 3, 5 and 6 above because they:
     following order:
                                                                             •   are dismissed for academic reasons after Fall but are
     First                                                                       reenrolled and in residence halls Spring, and/or are
     New Freshmen for a Fall semester who meet the University’s                  dismissed after Spring;
     housing and admissions deadlines                                        •   withdraw from all classes (except for medical reasons and
                                                                                 sudden or unforseen circumstances) at any time during
     Second                                                                      either semester but are re-registered, in good standing and
     Returning Residents for a Fall semester for whom the previous               living in residence halls at March 1;
     Spring was their first or second semester of enrollment at any
     college or university and at least their first semester in              •   drop below 11 credit hours (12 hours is minimum for
     University of Maryland, College Park residence halls (also                  full-time status) at any point during Fall or Spring, except
     includes returners from Study Abroad, approved co-ops,                      that a resident may drop as low as 8 credit hours once
     student teaching and medical absences)                                      during his/her undergraduate housing experience without
                                                                                 housing penalty; or
     Third                                                                   •   drop below 8 credit hours at any point after Schedule
     Returning Residents for a Fall semester for whom the previous               Adjustment ends in a semester
     Spring was their third or fourth semester of enrollment at any
     college or university and at least their first semester in              Eighth
     University of Maryland, College Park residence halls (also              Spring semester residents who miss Room Selection deadlines
     includes returners from Study Abroad, approved co-ops,                  but ask to return to residence halls for Fall semester and New
     student teaching and medical absences)                                  Freshmen for Fall who sign up for housing and/or
                                                                             confirm enrollment after their deadline
     Fourth
     Students coming to the University of Maryland, College Park             Ninth
     from other colleges and universities for one year or one                Spring semester residents seeking housing and not in good
     semester through a Study Abroad or approved exchange                    financial standing as of March 20 or any date thereafter and all
     program                                                                 returning applicants, in the order their housing and
                                                                             dining agreement requests are received, including:
     Fifth
     Returning Residents for a Fall semester for whom the previous           •   Spring residents who are not full-time undergraduate
     Spring was their fifth or sixth semester of enrollment at any               students but are living in residence halls Spring and
     college or university and at least their first semester in                  seeking Fall housing (e.g. part-time or special under
     University of Maryland, College Park residence halls (also                  graduate students, graduate students, University College
     includes returners from Study Abroad, approved co-ops,                      students),
     student teaching and medical absences)
                                                                             •   new Transfer students for Fall and, later, for the following
                                                                                 Spring,
     Sixth
     Returning Residents for a Fall semester for whom the previous           •   students desiring to re-enter residence halls and/or the
     Spring was their seventh or more semester of enrollment at any              University after a semester or more absence (excluding
     college or university and at least their first semester in                  approved Study Abroad, co-ops, and student teaching
     University of Maryland, College Park residence halls (also                  programs and medical absences), and
     includes returners from Study Abroad, approved co-ops,                  •   students who live off campus Spring and/or Fall but want
     student teaching and medical absences)                                      to live in residence halls Fall and/or Spring




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                      Telephone List
Emergency Numbers                                                            Global Communities Program.........................(31) 47100
                                                                             Hinman CEOs Program .................................(40) 53677
Fire, Police or Medical Emergency ...................911                     Honors College................................................(40) 56771
Police (non-emergency) ....................................(40) 53555        Jiménez-PorterWriters’House Program.............(40) 50671


Resident Life
                                                                             Language House...............................................(40) 56996



Service Numbers
                                                                             Syn*Quest Collaborative……....................…..(31) 47399
                                                                             Virtus: Success in Engineering …...............…(40) 58308



                                                                             Administrative Numbers
Annapolis Service Desk ....................................(31) 4ANNA
Assignments Office, Resident Life....................(31) 42100
Cambridge Community Office ........................(31) 47925
                                                                             Administrative Operations,
Centreville Service Desk...................................(31) 4CENT
                                                                               North Campus .............................................(31) 44645
Cumberland Service Desk ................................(31) 4CUMB
                                                                             Administrative Operations,
Denton Community Office .............................(31) 44645
                                                                               South Campus..............................................(31) 47484
Denton Service Desk........................................(31) 4DENT
                                                                             Bursar’s Office ..................................................(31) 49000
Easton Service Desk .........................................(31) 4EAST
                                                                             Campus Programs ............................................(31) 47174
Educational Programs and Outreach.................(31) 4HALL
                                                                             Diploma Office ................................................(31) 48270
Elkton Service Desk .........................................(31) 4ELKT
                                                                             Financial Aid, Student......................................(31) 49000
Ellicott Community Office ..............................(31) 47399
                                                                             Graduate Minority Affairs Office .....................(40) 54183
Ellicott Service Desk.........................................(31) 4ELLI
                                                                             Greek Affairs ....................................................(31) 47174
Hagerstown Service Desk .................................(31) 4HAGE
                                                                             Hillel Information ............................................422-6200
Information Systems, Resident Life..................(31) 4DATA
                                                                             Human Relations Programs, Office..................(40) 52838
LaPlata Service Desk ........................................(31) 4LAPL
                                                                             International Education Services ......................(31) 47740
Leonardtown Community Office.....................(31) 47484
                                                                             Multi-Ethnic Student, Office ...........................(40) 55615
Leonardtown Service Desk ...............................(31) 4LEON
                                                                             Off Campus Housing, Office...........................(31) 43645
North Hill Community Office.........................(31) 47484
                                                                             Registrations Office ..........................................(31) 48240
Oakland Service Desk.......................................(31) 4OAKL
                                                                             Residency Classification Office.........................(31) 49596


                                                                             Campus Recreation
Queen Anne’s Service Desk ..............................(31) 4HILL
Rights and Responsibilities,


                                                                             Services
  Resident Life.................................................(31) 47598
Residence Hall Association...............................(31) 48346
South Hill Community Office .........................(31) 47484
Student and Staff Development,                                               Eppley Recreation Center (ERC) .....................(40) 5PLAY
  Resident Life.................................................(31) 47608   Campus Recreation Services.............................(31) 45454
South Campus Commons Service Desk Blgs 1& 2.(22) 60001                       Intramural Sports .............................................(22) 64444
South Campus Commons Service Desk Blgs 3& 4.(22) 60003


                                                                             Computer Assistance
                                                                             Ritchie Coliseum..............................................(22) 64400



Academic Programs
South Campus Commons Service Desk Blgs 5& 6.(22) 60006


                                                                             Office of Information
Academic Community Experience ...................(31) 49423
                                                                               Technology Help Desk .................................(40) 51500
Beyond the Classroom ......................................(31) 46621
                                                                             Resident Life Information Systems...................(31) 4DATA
CIVICUS Program ...........................................(40) 58759
College Park Scholars ........................................(31) 42777
Digital Cultures & Creativity.............................(40) 52866
FLEXUS: Women In Engineering ...................(40) 53931
                                                                                                                                                            37
     Diamondback                                                                         Tranportation Services
     Diamondback...................................................(31) 48200


     Dining Services
                                                                                         Parking, Campus..............................................(31) 4PARK
                                                                                         Shuttle-UM: N.I.T.E. Ride Service,
                                                                                         Escorts Service..................................................(31) 4NITE



                                                                                         Information
     Dining Services, Contract Office......................(31) 48069
     Dining Services, Nutritionist............................(31) 48058
     Dining Services, Lost Meal Card......................(31) 48064
     Dining Services, Director’s Office ....................(31) 48054                   Information, Campus Telephone......................(40) 51000


     Employment Offices
                                                                                         Mail Services, Campus .....................................(40) 54473/4
                                                                                         Time.................................................................(40) 5UMCP
                                                                                         Weather............................................................(40) 55393
     Career Development Center.............................(31) 47225                    Comcast Cable .................................................(31) 4CATV
     Employment, Job Referral Service....................(31) 47225
     Employment Center, Resident Life ..................(31) 45111



     Health Services
     Employment Office, Residential Facilities ........(40) 57440



     Alcohol and Drug Programs,
     University Health Center .................................(31) 48126
     Counseling Center ..........................................(31) 47651
     Disability Support Services (Voice)...................(31) 47682
                                   (TTY) ...................(31) 47683
     Health Center, Appointments ..........................(31) 48184



     Libraries
     Help Center, Crisis Line...................................(31) 4HELP




     Architecture......................................................(40) 56317
     Art....................................................................(40) 59061
     Chemistry.........................................................(40) 59078
     College of Library Information Services ...........(40) 52066
     Computer Science ............................................(40) 54261
     Engineering and Physical Sciences....................(40) 59157
     Hornbake .........................................................(40) 59236



     Registration
     McKeldin .........................................................(40) 59075




     Residential Facilities
     See Testudo at www.Testudo.umd.edu




     Director’s Office, Residential Facilities .............(31) 47512



     Stamp Student Union
     Residential Facilities, Service Center.................(31) 4WORK




     Book Center, University ...................................(31) 4BOOK
     Hoff Theater, Stamp Student Union ................(31) 4HOFF
     Student Union Information Desk ....................(31) 4DESK

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                    Index
          A                               F                          O                                   S
Adjudication Process 16       Fire 12                      Other Administrative Actions 18    Safety 7
Administrative Records 20     Fire Alarm 8                                                    Safety & Security 6
Air conditioner 14, 15           Sprinklers 8                                                    Bomb Threats 8
Alcoholic beverages 13        Fire Prevention 7                      P                        Safety Services 9
Annapolis Hall 37             Fire Watch 8                                                    Securing Your Personal Property 7
                                                           Parties and Group Events 21
Appeals 19                    Fireworks 12                                                    Safety and Security Prohibitions 14
                                                           Petition for Release 29
                              Flammable materials 13                                          Sanctions 17, 19
                                                           Pets 14
                                                                                              Schedule of Classes 20
          B                                                Policies 10
                                                                                              Service Desk 37
                                       G                     Alcohol Poisoning 11
                                                                                              Sexual Harassment 22
Bicycle 7                                                    Alcohol Policy 10
                                                                                              Shuttle-UM Buses 6
Bill of Rights 10             Guests 13                      Distribution 13
                                                                                                 4NITE 6
Billing 18                                                   Computer Use and Data Jack
                                                                                              Soliciting 20
Breaks 31                                                           Policy 11
                                       H                                                      South Campus 2
   North Campus 31                                           Drug Policy 10
                                                                                              South Campus Commons 27
   Safety Inspections 31                                     Smoking Policy 11
                              Housing Commitments 36                                          Space Reservation form 21
   South Campus 31                                           Vaccination Policy 11
                              Housing Contract 29                                             Staff Entry 14
Building Access 6                                          Paraphernalia 13
                              Housing Termination 12                                          Staff in Residence Halls 5
                                                           Possession 13
                                                                                                 CommunityDirector 5, 20, 22
                                                           Preliminary Interviews 16
          C                                                                                      Customer Service Supervisor 5
                                          I                Procedural Protection 17
                                                                                                 Head Resident 5
Cambridge Community 2                                                                            Resident Assistant 5, 21
                              Illegal drugs 13
Cecil Hall 3                                                         Q                           Resident Director 5, 22
                              Incident Report 16
Checking Out 30                                                                               Suites and Apartments 24
Code of Student Conduct 19.                                Quiet Hours 4
See University Police                     J
Community Offices 37                                                                                     U
Computer                      Judicial Board Hearings 17             R
                                                                                              Unit Agreements 21, 23, 24
  Ethernet 32
                                                           Referrals 16                       University Courtyard 27
  Guidelines 32
                                       K                   Refrigerators 15                   University Police 6, 7, 12
  Modem 32
                                                           Release from the Agreement 29
Cooking appliances 15
                              Keys 6, 30                      Mid-Year 30
                                                           Representation 17                             V
          D                                                Residence Halls/Dining
                                          L                                                   Violation 12
                                                           Services Agreement 5, 11, 13,
                                                                                              Visiting Hours 4
Denton Community 2                                         15, 17, 29
                              Legal Aid Office 17                                             Visitors and Guests 4
Destruction 12, 13                                         Residence Hall Security 7
                              Leonardtown 3
Disciplinary Conferences 16                                Residence Hall Rules 12
                              Lofts 14, 15
Discrimination 22                                          Residential Facilities 4, 31, 35
                                Removal of Lofts 18
Displacement 29                                               4WORK 4, 6
                              Lounge 23
Diversity 24                                               Repairs 4
Documentation 16                                           Room Changes 26, 27
                                                              Pull-Ins 26
                                       M                   Room Freeze 26
          E                                                   Single Rooms 26
                              Microwaves 14, 15            Room Condition Report 30
Ellicott Community 2
                                                           Room Selection 27
Employment 25
                                                              Priority Number 27
Explosives 12                          N                      Roommates 4
                              Noncompliance 14
                              North Campus 2
                              North Hill 2,3

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                We Want To
               Hear From You
Whenever you need information or have a comment to make about the residence
halls at Maryland, there are lots of ways you can have your questions answered and
learn more about us at the same time!

•   Call 301.314.2100, where staff are available weekdays 8:30am to 4:30pm
•   Visit our Website at http://www.resnet.umd.edu
•   E-mail reslife@umd.edu
•   Write or visit Annapolis Hall, UM, College Park, MD 20742
•   FAX 301.314.9750

				
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