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									Residence Hall Handbook
   2012-2013
             Important Housing Numbers                                                                                                                   Table of Contents
                    and Websites
24 Hour Service Desk (Commons) ..................................................................979-845-2821           Important Housing Numbers .................................................................................. 2
Conferences and Interim Housing .................................................................979-845-1279
Corps Housing Office .....................................................................................979-845-3433    Community Living Creed ........................................................................................ 4
Housing Facili es and Opera ons .................................................................979-845-8020
Housing Assignments (Cain Hall) ...................................................................979-845-4744         Residence Life Mission Statement .......................................................................... 5
Light Line (Area Maintenance)*
  All south side halls (except Hart) .................................................................979-845-1916      Residence Life Inclusivity Statement ...................................................................... 5
  Hart and Lege halls only ...........................................................................979-845-1331
  All north side halls (except Lege ) ............................................................979-845-4518          Residence Life Staff................................................................................................. 6
North Area Office (Fowler 118) .....................................................................979-845-4768
                                                                                                                        Services .................................................................................................................. 7
Residence Educa on ......................................................................................979-845-1229
Residence Hall Associa on (Commons Lobby) ..............................................979-845-0689                    Health and Safety ................................................................................................. 12
Residence Life Main Office (Cain Hall) ...........................................................979-862-3158
South Area Office (Commons Lobby) ............................................................979-845-2235                Leadership Opportuni es ..................................................................................... 23
University Apartments ...................................................................................979-845-2261
                                                                                                                        Housing Assignments & Contract Issues .............................................................. 25
                        Residence Life website - h p://reslife.tamu.edu
                    Work Order website - h p://reslife.tamu.edu/aggieworks                                              Academics in the Residence Halls ........................................................................ 31

  *Note: At the me of the prin ng of this handbook, Texas A&M University is undergoing final
                                                                                                                        Roommate Conflicts ............................................................................................. 32
 nego a ons with an outside source to provide cleaning and repairs to the residence halls and
apartments. It is believed that eventually the AggieWorks work order system may be changed to
                                                                                                                        Student Conduct................................................................................................... 33
              another system. If this occurs, advance no fica on will be provided.
                                                                                                                        Residence Hall Rules & Regula ons ..................................................................... 34

                                                                                                                        Campus Resources ............................................................................................... 51
               Scan these QR codes with your
              smart phone for more information.                                                                         Calendar ............................................................................................................... 52

                                                                                                                        Index ..................................................................................................................... 54
    Department of Residence Life            Residence Life Publica ons             University Student Rules


                                                                                                                                         Having trouble?
                                                                                                                             Contact a Resident Advisor or Community
                                                                                                                             Director/Graduate Hall Director for help!
                                                                                                                               NOTE—If an RA or CD is not immediately available, please contact them
                                                                                                                             via email, phone, or leave a message on their door to contact you otherwise
                                                                                                                                  contact the 24 Hour Desk at 979-845-2821 in case of emergency.
    Live at the Heart of the Aggie Experience!
                        Community Living Creed                                                             Residence Life Mission Statement
    Living in a residence hall on-campus at Texas A&M University means living in a             The Department of Residence Life provides welcoming, educa onal, and sustainable
community of students. This community is dynamic, comprised of various people with             community living at the heart of the Aggie experience.
different values, cultures, life styles, and a tudes. As members of the community, we
must strive to understand the individuality and life choices of those among us. We can         We cul vate an environment where students:
best learn from one another in an atmosphere of posi ve encouragement and mutual               • Engage, challenge, and grow together,
respect. We must possess a genuine desire to learn from those around us as well as             • Feel respected and supported,
give others the respect we desire. Each person has a role to play in our on-campus             • Focus on their academic goals, and
community and should be allowed to do so.                                                      • Create posi ve, memorable experiences, and lifelong friendships.
Texas A&M University residence hall communi es incorporate the following:
                                                                                               We provide:
•       Educa on - to ensure teaching and learning takes place beyond the classroom;           • Safe, sustainable, quality physical environments,
•       Openness - so ideas and thoughts can be discussed freely;                              • Well-maintained historic and state-of-the-art facili es,
•       Respect - to ensure individuality is honored so diversity can be pursued;              • Conveniently located cost-effec ve housing op ons, and
•       Responsibility - so the individual accepts obliga ons to the community and is held     • Reliable and responsive service.
        accountable for individual ac ons;
•       Caring - to ensure the individual’s well-being is supported, and that community
        service is encouraged;
•       Involvement - so the individuals have a voice in decisions concerning their                     Residence Life Inclusivity Statement
        community;
•       Ownership - to ensure all individuals care for their building facili es and adjacent        The Residence Life community at Texas A&M University is comprised of a diverse
        property and;                                                                          group of students and staff living and working together in a residen al environment of
•       Celebra on - so Texas A&M University history and culture is promoted and               residence halls, university apartments and administra ve, maintenance and custodial
        residence hall and University tradi ons are shared.                                    staff offices. Together, we strive to include all members of our community; believe
                                                                                               that differences provide opportuni es for growth and mutual understanding; are
     Your rights in our community include: sleeping and studying without disturbance;          commi ed to crea ng a socially just community of respect, caring and support; and
living in a suppor ve and s mula ng community; living in a safe, secure, healthy, and          seek opportuni es to celebrate the community of individuals regardless of ability,
clean environment; socializing in your room; enjoying access to a variety of programs,         religious affilia on,
services and facili es; and involving yourself and others in promo ng an educa onal,           veteran status,
open, respec ul, responsible, caring, involving and celebra ve community.                      socioeconomic
    Your responsibili es in our community include: considering the needs of                    status, ethnicity,
other residents and balancing them with your own needs; promo ng care of the                   na onality, sexual
physical facili es, equipment, and services; communica ng with other residents                 orienta on, age,
and staff members; allowing other residents to know when they are disturbing you;               gender, race or
demonstra ng a commitment to the community by ge ng involved; promo ng campus                  cultural iden ty.
and individual safety, and demonstra ng dignity and respect for all individuals.               Revised May 2011


    Living on campus at Texas A&M University affords you many opportuni es to face
challenges head on, achieve in a variety of areas and grow as an individual. However,
these things only happen when you ac vely par cipate and support the community
ideals stated here.
                             Adapted from: “In Search of Community,” Ernest Boyer
                         and from the “Statement of Community,” Texas Tech University.


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                         Residence Life Staff                                                Custodial & Maintenance
                                                                                                  Full- me custodial and maintenance personnel can be iden fied by their uniforms
                                                                                             and nametags. The custodians are responsible for normal cleaning du es in public
Resident Advisor                                                                             areas, public bathrooms, and student bathrooms. Residents are responsible for cleaning
    A Resident Advisor (RA) is a student staff member who lives on your floor, ramp
                                                                                             their own room. Custodial staff will clean suite and private bathrooms once a week
or wing in your residence hall. As a peer, an RA serves as a basic source of informa on
                                                                                             and will no fy students at least one day in advance when the bathroom is going to
and referral help, and assists residents in adjus ng to campus life. Your RA’s overall
                                                                                             be cleaned. In order to cancel your cleaning, you must speak with your roommate/
responsibility is to provide leadership and support to you and other members of your
                                                                                             suitemates and then the custodial supervisor. If there are issues with your roommate,
community.
                                                                                             speak with your Community Director or Graduate Hall Director.
Community Director/Graduate Hall Director Staff                                                      Maintenance staff are assigned to make repairs in the residence halls and
     A Community Director (CD) (full- me staff member) or a Graduate Hall Director            apartments. Residents should contact a hall staff member in cases of emergency or if
(GHD) (graduate student staff member) has overall responsibility for their assigned           no change occurs within a few days of repor ng a problem. Work orders to request
residence hall(s). The CD/GHD works to establish a suppor ve and posi ve learning            custodial or maintenance work to be done can be submi ed from h p://reslife.tamu.
environment in the hall by guiding the staff and hall council. They are responsible for the   edu/aggieworks. Note: At the me of the prin ng of this handbook, Texas A&M
supervision of all hall staff and the enforcement of regula ons and policies. Feel free to    University is undergoing final nego a ons with an outside source to provide cleaning
talk to them about any personal or school problems as well as ideas or sugges ons to         and repairs to the residence halls and apartments. It is believed that eventually the
improve the hall.                                                                            AggieWorks work order system may be changed to another system. If this occurs,
                                                                                             advance no fica on will be provided.
Coordinator of Residence Life
     A Coordinator of Residence Life is a direct supervisor of the Community Directors.                                         Services
CD’s supervise the GHD’s directly. These full- me professionals play many roles such as      24-Hour Commons Desk
educator, supervisor of residence hall staff, consultant, resource agent, general advisor,        The Commons Lobby has a
and facility coordinator. They help develop student leadership, provide residence            desk opera on which is open and
hall informa on, and help with implementa on of many student-ini ated plans and              staffed 24 hours a day during the
programs.                                                                                    academic year, including summer
Staff on Duty                                                                                 school. Residents can call the desk
    At least one Resident Advisor (RA) per hall and at least two Graduate and one full-      at 979-845-2821 to contact a staff
 me Community Director are “on duty” every night of the week, with the excep on of           member, obtain informa on, request
some holiday periods. Contact the RA on duty between the hours of 5 p.m. and 8 a.m.          maintenance repair assistance, and a
by calling the 24-hour Commons Desk (979-845-2821). If any problem arises, please            variety of other services.
contact the staff member on duty in your hall. Beginning at 5 p.m. Friday and ending          Area Offices
at 8 a.m. Monday, there is 24 hour coverage in all of the halls. During weekday hours,           Coordinators of Residence Life
contact the Area Offices (see Important Housing Numbers), which are open from 8 a.m.           and associate staff are located in the North and South Areas of campus and can answer
to 5 p.m. Monday–Friday.                                                                     any ques ons you might have in the event you cannot locate your hall staff. Lost keys,
The Housing Assignments Office                                                                 access cards, and assistance are services you can obtain from these offices, weekdays
    The Housing Assignments Office is responsible for distribu ng and processing               from 8 a.m. un l 5 p.m. The North Area Office is located in FHK Hall in Fowler 118, and
housing applica ons for students living on-campus. The office maintains housing                the South Area Office is located in the Commons Lobby across from the Commons Desk.
wai ng lists, oversees and coordinates the current residents’ contract renewal process,      The NAO can be reached at 979-845-4768 and the SAO can be reached at 979-845-2235.
room and hall changes, rent billing procedures, and wri en communica ons with                Cable Television
students who have ques ons or concerns regarding on-campus housing. The Housing                  All residence hall rooms are provided with approximately 75 channels of cable
Assignments office is located in Cain Hall B-140 and can be reached at 979-845-4744.           television (residents must bring own television). Complete informa on about the cable
                                                                                             television service can be found at h p://reslife.tamu.edu/housing/ameni es/cabletv/.
                                                                                             Students wishing to purchase premium services such as HBO and TiVo should contact
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CampusTelevideo (CTV) at www.campustelevideo.com/studentservices/texasam.                   residing in a residence hall without a laundry facility. Those facili es are (Northside) the
If students decide to purchase premium services, these services are paid for every          A-3 lounge next to Davis-Gary Hall and (Southside) the Dorm Services Building adjacent
semester directly to CTV.                                                                   to the Adams Band Hall. Cash and coins are not needed to operate the washers and
                                                                                            dryers as the laundry cost is included in the rent. However, students must furnish their
Dining Services                                                                             own laundry supplies. If you no ce a broken machine, report it to a staff member ASAP.
     Dining on campus                                                                       Special note—due to the fact these machines are high efficiency, it is very important to
is an essen al part of                                                                      follow the instruc ons located on the machines so you do not use too much soap, which
the on-campus living
                                                                                            may result in the machine not opera ng properly.
experience. With over
30 loca ons around                                                                          Lock Outs
campus, convenient                                                                             If the occasion arises where a student is locked out of their room, contact a staff
to residence halls and                                                                      member in your hall for assistance or call the Commons Desk (979-845-2821). Charges
classrooms, there are                                                                       may be applied to a student’s bill a er mul ple lock-outs.
many op ons available.
For increased flexibility                                                                    Lost Keys/Access Cards
and value in campus                                                                             If you lose your key or access card, inform your residence hall staff as soon as
dining, students are                                                                        possible so you can have your lock changed and ID deac vated or be issued a loaner
encouraged to purchase a meal plan.                                                         key and/ or card. Loaner keys and cards may be kept up to three (3) days. The charge for
     University Dining offers a variety of plan op ons which include individual meals and    a lock change is $50 (cost may change due to outsourcing), and the charge to replace
“Dining Dollar” components. By purchasing a meal plan, students receive a discount          an access card is $10. ID card cancella on for lost cards is available by calling the Aggie
on all campus dining purchases. For a complete lis ng of meal plan op ons and dining        Card Hotline at 979-862-4884 or they are located in the General Services Complex (GSC),
loca ons, please visit h p://dining.tamu.edu. In addi on to meal plans, University          Suite 280. A loaner card (for hall access only) may be obtained from a staff member in
Dining loca ons also accept cash and major debit and credit cards. Contact University       your hall.
Dining at 979-845-3005 for any ques ons or special requests you may have.
     Note: At the me of the prin ng of this handbook, Texas A&M University is               Mail & Shipping Services
undergoing final nego a ons with an outside source to provide dining on campus.                   On-campus residents may rent mailboxes, buy postage, and ship packages in the
Items are subject to change.                                                                Commons Lobby or at the Northgate Post Office. Box sizes, rental rates, services and
                                                                                            hours of opera on vary. See website h p://www.tamucms.com for informa on about
Internet Connec ons                                                                         mail services in the Commons Lobby. Mail is not delivered to students’ rooms; however,
     ResNet (Residen al Network) allows connec on to the internet as well as other          UPS and FedEx will make deliveries to
campus resources. Each residence hall room has two high-speed network connec ons            your room. Residents must be present
to ResNet. In addi on to the wired connec ons in each room, wireless connec vity            in their room to receive room deliveries.
to ResNet is available in some of the Residence Halls. Connec ng to ResNet requires
network cable to connect the computer to the room’s network connec on or in those           The physical shipping address for FedEx,
halls suppor ng wireless access a computer that supports wireless access. For Fall          UPS, etc., is:
2012, the following residence halls will have wireless: Appelt, Aston, Clements, Davis-     Name
Gary, Dunn, Fowler, Hughes, Keathley, Krueger, Lechner, McFadden, Moses, Mosher,            Residence Hall Name and Room
NeeleyRudder, Schuhmacher, Underwood, Wells. Wireless connec ons are being                  Number
phased-in and eventually all residence halls will have it. You may have a personal router   Texas A&M University
as long as the wireless feature is turned off. For more informa on and technical support,    College Sta on, TX 77840-9500
contact the Texas A&M Compu ng and Informa on Services (CIS) Help Desk Central
(979-845-8300) or select Student Services at h p://it.tamu.edu.                             Microwave Ovens/Combina on
                                                                                            Refrigerator/Microwave Appliance
Laundry                                                                                         Microwave ovens have been purchased by some hall councils and are available for
     Many of the residence halls have high efficiency front loading washers and dryers
                                                                                            residents’ use within the halls. Consult your hall staff for the loca on of the nearest
for resident convenience. There are two laundry facili es available to those students
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microwave. Combina on refrigerator/microwave appliances are available for individuals       Public Hallway Phones
to rent at the beginning of each semester.                                                       Adequate phone service will be available for personal or emergency use, students
    The “Cool Wave” is a patented appliance which combines refrigerator, freezer, and       will have access to at least one “public hallway phone” on every residen al floor of every
microwave into one unit that operates off of one plug. To rent a “Cool Wave”, call Micro     building, with the excep on of Hart and Walton halls, where the phones are located only
101 Solu ons 800-348-0132 or visit www.micro101.com. *For more informa on on                on the first floor of each ramp.
microwaves, see pages 44-45.
                                                                                            Emergency Phones (“Blue Light Phones”)
Parking                                                                                         Emergency or “blue light” phones have been
    The Department of Residence Life is not responsible for the regula on of on-campus      installed at various loca ons across campus.
parking. For more informa on on parking, contact the Department of Transporta on            These are dis nguished by the 12 foot pole
Services (979-862-PARK) located in room 108 of the John J. Koldus Building, or visit them   with the blue light on top. These phones have
online at transport.tamu.                                                                   “EMERGENCY” wri en on the front and sides.
edu.                                                                                        • FOR EMERGENCIES: Press the bu on or dial
                                                                                                911. The University Police will immediately
Recrea on                                                                                       know your exact loca on. Talk directly into
     The campus has a                                                                           the speaker.
beau ful Student Recrea on                                                                  • FOR NON EMERGENCIES: Blue Light phones
Center and golf course which                                                                    may be used for vehicle repair help, calling
all Aggies are encouraged to                                                                    for nigh me shu le escort services, or
take advantage of. In addi on                                                                   calling a friend for assistance.
to this, sand volleyball pits
are located adjacent to the                                                                 TV and Study Lounges
FHK Complex and Hart Hall.                                                                      The majority of the residence halls have
The courts operate on a first-                                                               TV and study lounge facili es for students’
come basis and are available                                                                convenience. Also, the Commons and A-3
to all on-campus residents. To protect the study environment of residents who live          Lounge provides addi onal TV and study room space.
next to the courts, the courts are only open from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. daily. For pool, ping-
pong, and foosball, there is a large recrea on area in the Commons Lobby. Equipment         Vending Machines for Drinks/Snacks
is available for checkout to all residents through the recep on desk in the Commons              Vending machines are located throughout the residence hall areas. Consult your
Lobby. There is no charge for checkout.                                                     hall staff for the loca on of the nearest vending machine. For drink and snack machine
                                                                                            refunds, South Area residents may receive refunds from the Commons Desk. North
Telephone Service                                                                           Area residents may receive refunds from the North Area Office (Fowler 118). To report
     With the increase in cell phone usage, telephone service is only provided in the       repair needs for the drink machines call 1-800-888-3508 and call 979-778-9500 to report
residence hall student rooms and Corps of Cadets student rooms on a paid subscrip on        needed snack machine repairs.
basis. Residents who prefer local land line phone service may request installa on of
the service by submi ng an online Applica on to Connect New Landline Telephone              Work Orders
Service to the Department of Residence Life, Office of Facili es and Opera ons. Phone             Work order requests for residence hall repairs or custodial requests can be
is 979-862-3150, or visit h p://reslife.tamu.edu/housing/ameni es/phone/. There is an       submi ed from your computer. You can access the work order system at h p://
addi onal cost for this service.                                                            aggieworks.tamu.edu. If you do not have access to a computer or the on-line work order
                                                                                            system is not opera onal, contact hall staff to submit a work order. Note: At the me of
Convenience Phones                                                                          the prin ng of this handbook, Texas A&M University is undergoing final nego a ons
    A convenience phone is located near at least one entrance of each residence hall.       with an outside source to provide cleaning and repairs to the residence halls and
These phones are provided for guests to contact residents, who can then open exterior       apartments. It is believed that eventually the AggieWorks work order system may be
doors and properly escort the guest to their room. These phones have a red emergency        changed to another system. If this occurs, advance no fica on will be provided.
bu on, which, when pressed, places the caller in immediate contact with the University
Police Department.

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                                                                                             to your hall; therefore, it is important not to admit non-residents without an escort.
                       Health and Safety                                                     Some other features of this system and related security policies are:
                                                                                             •   Doors propped or remaining open longer than 45 seconds will trigger a local alarm
                                                                                                 at the door which will also no fy the University Police that this door is open.
Code Maroon                                                                                  •   Infrared mo on detectors are located on the inside of each door. As you approach
    Code Maroon is an emergency no fica on service which gives Texas A&M                          to exit the hall, the door will automa cally unlock for you. Be careful not to stand
University the ability to communicate health and safety informa on quickly by e-mail,            within 3 feet of the door while wai ng for guests or the door will remain unlocked.
text message, radio, television and website. By enrolling in the text messaging service      •   In case the mo on detectors should ever fail, touch silver handplates located next to
of Code Maroon, university officials can quickly pass on safety-related informa on,                the doors to open the doors and exit the hall.
regardless of your loca on. To find out more informa on and to enroll in the text             •   ID card cancella on for lost cards is available 24-hours a day by calling the Aggie
message service visit h p://codemaroon.tamu.edu.                                                 Card Hotline at 979-862-4884 or by visi ng the ID Card Office located in the General
                                                                                                 Services Complex. A loaner card (for hall access only) may be obtained from a staff
Tell Somebody Campaign                                                                           member in your hall.
     Concerned about someone’s behavior? Tell somebody.
                                                                                             Bacterial Meningi s Vaccina ons
     On a college campus, some mes behaviors of concern have gone unreported un l
                                                                                                 During the last Texas legisla ve session, Texas Senate Bill 1107 (SB 1107) was passed
a tragedy occurs, and then people come forward with bits of informa on which, in
                                                                                             and signed into law by Texas State Governor Rick Perry. Effec ve January 1, 2012, SB
retrospect, may have signaled a larger issue. This informa on, when viewed collec vely,
                                                                                             1107 requires all students (under age 30) entering an ins tu on of higher educa on
may be helpful in preven ng tragic events and ini a ng assistance to an individual. Texas
                                                                                             (public and private) to either receive a vaccina on against bacterial meningi s or meet
A&M University is commi ed to a proac ve approach and needs your help.
                                                                                             certain criteria for declining such a vaccina on before the first day of the semester. For
     As a member of this University community, if you observe any behavior which
                                                                                             more informa on, visit h p://admissions.tamu.edu/meningi s.aspx.
is concerning, please go to: h p://tellsomebody.tamu.edu and provide detailed
                                                                                                 The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends bacterial meningi s vaccina ons
informa on on the report form. This report goes to members of the Special Situa ons
                                                                                             for people who are 19-24 years old. While anyone can get the disease, certain lifestyle
Team. This team is comprised of University faculty and staff charged with helping
                                                                                             factors common among adolescents and young adults increase their risk. These include,
students, faculty, and staff who are exhibi ng concerning behavior.
                                                                                             but are not limited to, irregular sleep pa erns and crowded living situa ons, such as
Alterna vely you may call the following numbers during business hours:
                                                                                             sleep-away camps, dormitories and other student-style housing arrangements. Ac ve
• In reference to student behavior: 979-845-3111 (Offices of the Dean of Student Life)
                                                                                             and passive smoking and social situa ons where there is crowding may also put them at
• In reference to staff behavior: 979-845-3711 (Human Resources –Employee
                                                                                             increased risk for the disease.
     Assistance Program)
• In reference to faculty behavior: 979-845-4274 (Dean of Facul es)                          Bats
     For all emergencies, please call 9-911 (on-campus) and 911 (off-campus). For more            On occasion, bats will get into residence halls, par cularly in the spring months. If
informa on about the Tell Somebody Campaign or the Special Situa ons                         you see a bat, take the steps below to report it and protect yourself and your neighbors.
Team, please visit our website at h p://tellsomebody.tamu.edu.                               • First, do not panic. NEVER TOUCH A BAT OR ATTEMPT TO TRAP/KILL A BAT, as some
                                                                                                 bats can carry rabies.
                                     Access Card System
                                     A                                                       • Call the University Facili es Services Communica ons Center at 979-845-4311. Be
                                         The Department of Residence Life offers                  sure to tell them the specific loca on of the bat in as much detail as possible.
                                     increased residence hall security through the use
                                     i                                                       • Find a residence hall staff member and alert them of the bat’s presence. If you
                                     of the “Aggie Access Card” system. Residence
                                     o                                                           cannot find a staff member in your hall call the Commons desk at 979-845-2821 to
                                     hall exterior doors are locked 24 hours a day
                                     h                                                           have a staff member paged.
                                     with limited excep ons as determined by the
                                     w                                                       • If you come into contact with a bat, are bi en by a bat, or wake up to find a bat in
                                     Department of Residence Life. Each door is
                                     D                                                           your room, it is strongly recommended that you seek medical a en on at Student
                                     equipped with a card reader and by sliding the
                                     e                                                           Health Services or with your health care provider, as some bats can carry rabies.
                                     magne c stripe on the back of your student ID card
                                     m                                                           While rabies can be fatal, a doctor’s treatment a er a bat encounter is very effec ve.
                                     through the reader you will gain access to your hall.
                                     t
                                     Only the residents of your hall are coded for access
                                     O
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Bedbugs                                                                                     Bedbugs are most common in places where many people sleep. These places include
    In recent years, bedbugs have made a resurgence in this country. Unfortunately,         hotels, motels, apartments, cruise ships and residence halls. Bedbugs can easily travel
TAMU residence halls have not been immune. Previously we have had some cases of             on clothing, linens, and furniture. Infesta ons of bedbugs do not necessarily indicate
bedbugs, but were able to effec vely eliminate them. However, there is always the            poor hygiene.
poten al for more to occur. The following informa on is being provided to calm any          Can bedbugs hurt me?
fears about bedbugs and to instruct residents about what to do if bedbugs are suspected         Although bites can cause severe itching, they are rela vely harmless. When a
in your room.                                                                               bedbug bites, it releases a salivary fluid which can irritate skin and cause allergic
What is a bedbug?                                                                           reac ons over me. Scratching the bites can cause secondary infec ons and scaring.
    Adult bedbugs are slightly smaller than a lady bug or about 3/8 of an inch long. They   Washing the bite area with soap and water and applying an an -itch/an histamine
are reddish-brown in color with flat oval shaped bodies. Bedbugs feed on the blood of        cream is recommended. If infec on occurs, seek medical a en on. Bedbugs are not
people and other warm blooded animals. They are nocturnal feeders who unlike lice or        known to transmit any blood borne diseases such as HIV or AIDS.
fleas don’t live on hosts but rather in the “nests” of hosts. Bedbugs do not fly or leap      Do I have bedbugs?
but rather hide in dark crevices close to food sources.                                         Bedbug bites are iden fied by small welts similar to mosquito bites. O en these
    The average lifespan for a bedbug is 12 to 18 months. Bedbugs can live for months       welts occur in rows of three or more and cause itching and discomfort. These bites show
without feeding. Bedbugs are spread by hitchhiking from areas of infesta on on clothes,     up in the morning or middle of the night. If bedbugs are present, ny dark excrement
furniture, bedding and suitcases.                                                           stains will be on the sheets, pillowcases, and ma resses. Molted skins and egg shells
Are bedbugs a concern here?                                                                 may also be present, but look for the crawling or dead adults as well. In cases of severe
    Bedbugs were scarce during the later part of the last century, but their popula ons     infesta on, a musty sweet smell may be detected.
have surged in recent years. Changes in the types of pes cides and their usage; as              Examine areas around the bed and sleeping quarters for signs of bedbug ac vity.
well as an increase in interna onal travel have contributed to the rise of the bedbug.      Bedbugs prefer areas around fabric, wood and paper. Check the folds or seams in
                                                                                            bedding and linens. Check around the headboard and footboard paying special
                                                                                            a en on to corners and crevices. Check baseboards, moldings and carpet seams near
                                                                                            and around the bed. Bedbugs o en travel up so check areas above the level where you
                                                                                            sleep. Check artwork and wall hangings, curtains, and walls. Look for any excrement
                                                                                            spots, skin casings, or live bugs.
                                                                                            What if I have bedbugs?
                                                                                                Please contact your Resident Advisor, Community Director or Graduate Hall Director
                                                                                            as soon as possible. The CD/GHD will contact the proper en ty to evaluate and treat, if
                                                                                            needed, your room. Bedbugs CAN be controlled with vigilance and constant inspec on
                                                                                            and treatment by professional pest control technicians.
                                                                                            How do I prevent ge ng bedbugs?
                                                                                            • Do not bring infested items into your room. Thoroughly inspect any “freebie” or
                                                                                               second hand furniture or accessories before you bring them in.
                                                                                            • Check luggage, clothing and bedding a er trips; especially a er trips abroad.
                                                                                            • Clean up and reduce clu er to eliminate some of their favorite hiding spots.
                                                                                            • Keep rooms clean and dy. Vacuum crevices and upholstery regularly.
                                                                                            • Vacuum ma resses frequently or permanently encase ma ress in a ma ress bag.
                                                                                            • Pull bed away from wall or other furniture. Tuck in sheets and blankets to avoid
                                                                                               contact with the floors or walls.
                                                                                            If you should have any other ques ons or concerns, do not hesitate to ask your Resident
                                                                                            Advisor, Community Director or Graduate Hall Director, or call the Department of
                                                                                            Residence Life Central Administra ve Offices at 979-862-3158.
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Communicable Diseases                                                                         Robertson, and Washington. Links to these plans are provided on the TAMU web site
    Students living in the residence halls who are diagnosed with a communicable              h p://www. tamu.edu/emergency.
disease such as chicken pox, measles, mumps, mononucleosis, Ebola, SARS or any
                                                                                              Area Evacua on for Emergencies
other communicable disease which prove to be a health threat to other residents may
                                                                                                  An Area Evacua on is an organized withdrawal from a building or area to reach a
be relocated to an alternate room on campus un l such me when it is determined
                                                                                              safe shelter. Upon no fica on to evacuate, quickly:
to no longer be contagious. The residence hall staff will maintain the privacy of any
                                                                                              • Dress appropriately for the weather.
student who has knowledge of tes ng posi ve for any communicable diseases. To make
                                                                                              • Take only essen als with you (e.g., eyeglasses, medica ons, iden fica on and cash/
arrangements to temporarily relocate due to having a communicable disease, contact
                                                                                                  checkbook/credit cards).
your hall staff.
                                                                                              • Turn off unnecessary equipment, computers and appliances if me permits.
Emergency Contacts/Missing Persons                                                            • Close and lock the door as you exit your room.
     During the housing applica on and contract                                               • Follow the direc ons provided for safe routes of evacua on.
renewal processes, students living on campus                                                  • Listen to the radio, if available, to monitor emergency status.
are required to provide at least one emergency                                                • Do not use your personal vehicle for evacua on unless specifically instructed to
contact to the Department of Residence Life. This                                                 do so. If cars are used to evacuate, protect against hazardous materials by keeping
informa on will be kept confiden al and will only                                                  windows closed and outside air turned off.
be u lized by Department of Residence Life staff,                                              • If you need special assistance, contact your Resident Advisor, Community Director/
and other TAMU staff members with emergency                                                        Graduate Hall Director, or other appropriate emergency contact. If these persons are
response job responsibili es, or in the case of                                                   not available, call University Police Dispatch at 979-845-2345 for assistance.
emergencies involving students such as death, life                                            Sheltering in Place for Emergencies
threatening injuries or a missing person report.                                                  When emergency condi ons do not warrant or allow evacua on, the safest method
Students may update their emergency contact                                                   to protect individuals may be to take shelter inside a campus building or room and await
informa on at any me by logging in to Housing                                                 further instruc ons. If asked to shelter in place, quickly:
Online Services at h p://reslife.tamu.edu/how/.                                               • Move indoors or remain there. Avoid windows and areas with glass.
Students are also encouraged to register their                                                • If available, take a radio or television to the room to track emergency status.
emergency contact informa on at h p:// howdy.                                                 • Keep telephone lines free for emergency responders. Do not call 9-911 for
tamu.edu.                                                                                         informa on.
     On-campus students have the op on of iden fying at least one of their emergency          • If hazardous materials are involved:
contacts as a person to be no fied in the event the student has been reported as                   • Turn off ven la on systems (if accessible) and close or seal all air inlets and
missing. If a student is less than 18 years old, the parent or guardian of the student will            cracks from the outside.
be no fied regardless of who the student has indicated as an emergency contact.                    • Select room(s) which are easy to seal and, if possible, have a water supply and
     On-campus students should contact their Resident Advisor, Community Director/                     access to restrooms.
Graduate Hall Director, Area Office or the University Police Department if they suspect             • If you smell gas or vapor, hold a wet cloth loosely over your nose and mouth,
another student is missing. Upon receiving a report of a missing student, Department                   and breathe through it in as normally.
of Residence Life staff members will contact the University Police Department with
all informa on provided regarding the missing student so that an inves ga on can be           For more informa on, refer to h p://reslife.tamu.edu/current/safety/emergency.
ini ated. To quickly locate a staff member, call the 24 Hour Desk at 979-845-2821. UPD
can be contacted at 911 or 979-845-2345.
                                                                                              Fire Alarms
                                                                                                  Each building is equipped with a fire alarm system. If a fire alarm sounds, you should:
Emergency Preparedness                                                                        •    Quickly put on appropriate clothing and shoes.
                                                                                              •    Grab a towel to put over your face to prevent smoke inhala on.
General Informa on                                                                            •    Close your windows, if they are open.
    Texas A&M University is a partner with Brazos County and with the Ci es of Bryan          •    Check your door or doorknob with the back of your hand.
and College Sta on in the Brazos County Interjurisdic onal Emergency Management                   • If it is hot, do not open it. Block cracks around the door with wet towels. Call
Plan. We are also involved with the regional emergency response plan for the Brazos                   9-911, giving your name, room number, and situa on. DO NOT leave your room
Valley Region consis ng of the seven coun es: Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Leon, Madison,                un l told to do so.
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    •   If it is cool, exit cau ously and lock your door. Be sure to take your keys and your   •   Igni on Sources/Combus ble Products: candles/incense being present in the room,
        University ID Card.                                                                        flammable liquids in the room, combus ble materials near electrical source, and
•    Walk quickly, in an orderly manner, through the exit for your area and con nue at             excessive fire load in the room
     least 100 feet from the residence hall.                                                   •   Emergency Planning: absence of the evacua on plan on the back of the room door,
•    DO NOT re-enter the building un l you are told to do so by a residence hall staff              window/door obstructed
     member.                                                                                   •   Miscellaneous: poor housekeeping, floor/wall/ceiling penetra ons, and the door
                                                                                                   closure missing/damaged
                                          If you discover a fire, ac vate a pull sta on. Pull
                                      s ons are located near each exit. When you get to
                                      sta                                                      HIV/AIDS
                                      a safe area outside, call 9-911 from a convenience           For informa on rela ng to HIV/AIDS, please see Appendix X: HIV/AIDS in the
                                      phone, blue light phone or 911 from your cell            Workplace and Learning Environment found in the TAMU Student Rules at h p://
                                      phone. Answering their ques ons clearly will ensure      student-rules.tamu.edu/append10.
                                      a quick response from emergency personnel.               Illness and Injury
                                      Whether you believe the alarm to be a drill or actual
                                      W                                                             If you are ill or injured and in need of immediate help, contact EMS at 9-911 from a
                                      fire, everyone, including residence hall personnel,       campus phone or 911 if using a cell phone. TAMU EMS will respond 24 hours a day,
                                      must leave the hall whenever the alarm sounds.           365 days a year and is a service for all enrolled students. The following people may also
                                           Ini a ng a false alarm is a Class A Misdemeanor     be of assistance: a Resident Advisor or GHD/CD, the Area Office, the Health Center (979-
                                      and is punishable by a fine of up to $4,000, one          845-1511) or the University Police Department (979-845-2345).
                                      year in jail or both. Tampering with a fire alarm
                                      y                                                             For all your non-emergency health
                                      device is a Class C Misdemeanor and is punishable        care needs and ques ons, Student Health
                                      by a fine up to $500, 180 days in jail or both. In        Services (SHS) is located in the A.P. Beutel
                                      addi on to viola ng state law, ini a ng false alarms     Health Center and can be reached by
                                      and tampering with fire alarm equipment could             calling 979-458-8316, or by referring to the
                                      jeopardize the safety of all residents in the hall.
                                      j                                                        SHS website at h p://shs.tamu.edu/.
                                                                                                    SHS is an accredited ambulatory
Fire Life Safety Inspec on
                                                                                               health care provider serving the Texas
     Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) conducts fire and life safety inspec ons of
                                                                                               A&M University student body by
all campus residence halls during the Fall Semester. The intent of these inspec ons is
                                                                                               providing primary health care services
to increase the level of safety and safety awareness for all occupants of the residence
                                                                                               and promo ng health through preven on
halls. These inspec ons will include residence hall rooms and staff offices as well as
                                                                                               and educa on. It does not provide major
mechanical and common areas.
                                                                                               hospitaliza on or treatment outside of the
     Inspec ons will begin around the second week of the semester and will con nue
                                                                                               clinic. All current students at Texas A&M
un l all residence halls have been inspected. All inspec ons will be conducted between
                                                                                               University who paid the Student Health
the hours of 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. and will be conducted in the presence of a residence hall
                                                                                               Services Fee may receive services at the
staff member. Advance no fica on of all inspec ons will be provided to hall staff. Safety
                                                                                               health center. Services available at the
prac ces in general, and the fire life safety rules found in the rules sec on will be the
                                                                                               Student Health Center include:
primary focus of the inspec on. Please note, residence hall inspec ons typically check
for the following items and more during room inspec ons:
                                                                                                     Medical Clinic              Dial-A-Nurse                    Physical Therapy
• Electrical: use of extension cords, cover plate missing/damaged, electrical wiring
                                                                                                     Immediate Care              EMS/Ambulance Service           Radiology
     frayed/damaged/crimped, mul adapter without breaker in use, prohibited/
                                                                                                     Preven ve Medicine          Health Educa on                 Women’s Clinic
     unapproved appliances
                                                                                                     Specialty Clinics           Laboratory                      Pharmacy
• Fire Alarm Equipment: smoke detector obstructed (min. 24” clearance), smoke
     detector damaged, sprinklers blocked by furniture
                                                                                                   For charges at the Student Health Center or for treatment by other health care
• Lo s: being less than 30” from the ceiling and/or being placed in an unsafe/
                                                                                               providers, health insurance is recommended.
     unapproved loca on
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Insurance Informa on for Students                                                                 facility (such as a residence hall or University Apartment), but this is not a universal
                                                                                                  truth. Consult with your parents or guardians and their insurance agent to decide
Health Insurance                                                                                  whether or not personal belongings on campus are already covered, and if there might
     For charges not covered by the Student Health Services fee or for treatment by               be any limita ons to the coverage. While reviewing coverage, be sure to review any
other health care providers, health insurance is recommended. Some sources of health              applicable deduc ble. If not covered, or if coverage cannot be added, ask the insurance
insurance are group insurance coverage through employment, parent’s or guardian’s                 agent about purchasing a separate property or renters insurance policy.
health insurance, a student’s individual policy or the Student Health Insurance Policy.                Texas A&M University does not endorse any par cular insurance company providing
     The University endorses a Student Health Insurance Policy. Policy informa on is              property or renters insurance; however, the three (3) insurance providers listed below
available at h p://www.tamuinsurance.com. Any enrolled A&M System student taking                  have been iden fied by the university as offering a variety of coverage op ons from
at least six (6) credit hours of classes is eligible to enroll in this insurance plan. Students   highly rated underwriters.
who are enrolled in special classes and take less than six (6) credit/contact hours of class                Haylor, Freyer, and Coon, Inc. h p://www.haylor-college.com/pp
work will be determined eligible for these insurance programs if the reduced coursework                     Na onal Student Services, Inc. h ps:/www.nssi.com/
meets the criteria for the comple on of a degree plan or interna onal program as                            CSI Insurance Agency, Inc. h p:/www.collegestuden nsurance.com/
defined and approved by The Texas A&M University System. Eligible students who enroll                   If a student’s personal belongings brought on campus are not already covered under
may also insure their dependents. You may want to compare your current coverage with              a homeowner’s insurance policy, Texas A&M University strongly encourages residents
this policy when considering health insurance.                                                    to consider securing property or renters insurance. Students should review the varied
This policy may be useful when:                                                                   plan op ons offered by the three (3) insurance providers listed above, and any other
• A student reaches the age of a ainment on a parent’s policy, (are no longer covered)            insurance provider of their choosing, to determine and choose the coverage that most
• A student gets married                                                                          closely aligns with their needs.
• A student becomes legally independent                                                                For addi onal informa on, contact the Coordinator of Residence Life - Risk
• A student is studying abroad                                                                    Management at 979-862-3158.

    The Student Health Insurance Policy may be purchased locally through Dunlap                   Internet Communi es: Your Digital Image
Financial Services, 111 East University, Suite 110, College Sta on, TX 77841;                         In today’s digital world, here are a few things to keep in mind when you post on
1-800-452-5772. The policy may also be purchased via the internet at h p://www.                   Facebook, Twi er or other virtual communi es:
TAMUINSURANCE.com.                                                                                • Even if your profile is private, there are ways around it so be mindful of what you
                                                                                                      post. Inappropriate pos ngs or behavior may be a viola on of the Student Rules.
Property/Renters Insurance                                                                            For specific informa on, visit h p://student-rules.tamu.edu
    Occasionally, incidents such as fire, the , flood and other occurances may cause                • Employers may search Facebook, Twi er, Google, etc for more informa on about
damage to residents’ property stored in campus residence hall rooms. The Department                   you. Google yourself so you are aware of how you could be portrayed.
of Residence Life strongly encourages students to either (1) make arrangements                    • Remember the Aggie Honor Code. Aggies do not lie, cheat or steal nor tolerate
                                                               w their parent’s or
                                                               with                                   those who do.
                                                               g
                                                               guardian’s homeowners
                                                               in
                                                               insurance company                   Like us! Texas A&M University Department of
                                                               to insure coverage for                   Residence Life - Residence Hall Living at
                                                               p
                                                               personal belongings, or                  h p://www.facebook.com/tamuReshalls
                                                               (2 purchase separate
                                                               (2)
                                                               p
                                                               property or renters                Self-Closing Room Doors
                                                               in
                                                               insurance.                             According to the Na onal Fire Protec on Agency (NFPA) 101-Life Safety Code, each
                                                                    In some instances,            resident’s room that opens into an interior corridor shall be self-closing. Self-closing
                                                               a parent’s or guardian’s           devices have been installed on all residents’ room doors to reduce the chance of a fire
                                                               h
                                                               homeowners insurance               extending into the rest of the building. Do not tamper with or remove these devices.
                                                               w cover damage to
                                                               will                               Damage to these devices will be treated as a serious discipline ma er and replacement
                                                               p
                                                               property of a dependent            costs will be billed back to the responsible resident(s).
                                                               c
                                                               child in a state owned

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Severe Weather
Lightning Predic on System                                                                                  Leadership Opportunities
     TAMU has a lightning predic on system which is designed to alert outdoor ac vity
par cipants who are in the vicinity of the predic on system when lightning is likely to            Historically, the leadership of the residence halls has played an integral part in
strike. In the event of dangerous condi ons, the system will give one long horn blast         maintaining the posi ve aspects of recognized Aggie tradi ons while upholding the
(approximately 15 seconds) accompanied by a flashing light. Once the dangerous                 core values of Texas A&M University. These include going to Yell Prac ces as an en re
condi ons have passed, three (3) short horn blasts (approximately five (5) seconds             hall community, gathering for Silver Taps and Muster, dining together on established
each) will sound that all is clear and the flashing lights turn off. In the event of a system   nights, and hos ng programs which encourage unity and Aggie Spirit. You are strongly
warning, please consider the following:                                                       encouraged to par cipate in the leadership opportuni es within your hall as well as
• Seek Shelter in: campus buildings, cars/trucks and lightning shelters.                      other areas of the Department of Residence Life.
• Avoid: open areas, elevated ground, water, flagpoles, tall trees, metal fences, golf         Residence Hall Community Councils—Leading and Serving where you live
carts or mowers, cellular phones and radios.                                                       Every residence hall has a community council. The level of energy and engagement
                                                                                              within your community council depends on your level of involvement. Community
                                                                Watches and Warnings          councils are the representa ve student organiza on of the residents of each residence
                                                                    The Na onal Weather       hall. Promo ng Aggie Spirit, inclusive leadership, cohesion of all community members,
                                                                Service and local radio       academic success and the realiza on of a vision for each year are all ac vi es of a solid
                                                                and television sta ons will   community council. These community councils also create much of the energy of our
                                                                announce watches and          na onally recognized Residence Hall Associa on (RHA). This is an Aggie tradi on that
                                                                warnings about severe         spans 40 years.
                                                                weather. Two good sources
                                                                for local weather news are    Residence Hall Associa on (RHA) - Developing Leaders for 40 years
                                                                KBTX-TV (CBS – campus             Founded in the 1972-1973 school
                                                                cable channel 2), and         year by the Civilian Student Council, the
                                                                KAMU-Radio (90.9 FM),         Residence Hall Associa on (RHA) is one
                                                                as they both broadcast        of the most inclusive student leadership
                                                                Na onal Weather Service       organiza ons at Texas A&M University. All students who live on campus, outside of
                                                                watches and warnings.         the Corps of Cadets, are automa cally members of RHA. Opportuni es to serve fellow
                                                                                              students and the community, create engaging programming for residents, provide
                                                                                              funding for hall improvements, and learn what it takes to be an inclusive leader and
    If a tornado watch or severe storm watch is issued, you should:                           community member are what RHA is all about.
    1. Review emergency plans.                                                                    RHA is a state, regional, and na onal award winning organiza on which focuses
    2. Be alert for changing weather condi ons.                                               on leadership development and community development. Presented the Na onal
    3. Be prepared to act. If a tornado warning or severe storm warning is issued, you        Commitment to Diversity Award by the Na onal Associa on of College and University
         should immediately take the following precau ons:                                    Residence Halls, Inc. (NACURH) in 2007 and winning NACURH’s na onal sustainability
         • Move into the smallest interior space without exterior windows or doors,           case study compe on in 2009, RHA focuses on empowering students and crea ng
             such as inner hallways, interior stairwells, bathrooms, or closets.              posi ve change at Texas A&M University. RHA sends a very spirited delega on of
         • Avoid the top floors of the building, any area that may be glass-enclosed           students to the SWACURH (Southwest Affiliate of College and University Residence
             and/or has a large unsupported roof.                                             Halls) and NACURH conferences each year, where students from across the region
         • Do not go outside.                                                                 and na on present programs that exemplify social jus ce, building strong community,
         • If you are unable to move to a small interior place of shelter, get under a        and developing leaders. With its sister organiza on NRHH (Na onal Residence Hall
             sturdy piece of furniture.                                                       Honorary), RHA is a very intense student leadership experience, commi ed to enhancing
         • Monitor local radio or television sta ons for announcements of any                 the lives of our on-campus residents and the community.
             addi onal ac ons to take and/or for cancella on of the warning.                      To become an ac ve student leader in RHA, visit the RHA website at:
         • Occupants of the building should remain in the place of shelter un l the           h p://rha.tamu.edu/, call the RHA Office at 979-845-0689, or stop by the RHA office in
             warning has been officially li ed.                                                 the lobby of the Commons.
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Na onal Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) – Top 1% Giving Credit & Giving Back             Wellness Living Community
    The Na onal Residence Hall Honorary has local,                                      The Wellness Living Community creates an environment which encourages students
regional and na onal opportuni es for student leaders                                   to develop and maintain a healthy body, mind, and spirit. Students par cipa ng in this
to serve (through SWACURH and NACURH – see RHA).                                        program agree with Residence Life not to use or possess any illegal drugs, alcohol or
Once an ac ve NRHH member, students can serve on                                        tobacco products while on the floor or return to the floor under the influence of such
the regional board of directors and even seek and hold                                  substances. The community will focus on academic success, learning, and leadership
a posi on in the na onal organiza on. NRHH                                              poten al through crea ng an environment of op mal health. The Wellness Living
membership is selected through a nomina on process                                      Community is offered in Krueger Hall. For more informa on, contact Dr. Craig Ro er,
each semester. One percent of the total number of                                       Assistant Director of Residence Life, in Cain Hall at 979-862-3158.
students who live in our residence halls is eligible for
membership within this honor society.
So, what does NRHH do?
    NRHH is the primary way to recognize students
and staff for outstanding service and excep onal                                              Housing Assignments & Contract Issues
leadership. Every month, awards are given at Texas A&M University to praise those who
have made an impact (large and small) in the lives of our on-campus students and our    Check-In
residence hall communi es. Write an “Of the Month Award” bid for someone who                 During check-in, you received an inventory card which you will need to review, sign,
makes a difference. These “OTM” awards are eligible for recogni on at the regional and   and return to your RA within 24 hours of check-in. Residents who do not check into their
na onal level once they are selected.                                                   room by 5 p.m. the day before classes begin will forfeit their housing deposit and room
ERASE - Encouraging Respect, Acceptance & Support through Educa on                      assignment. If a student is unable to check in by the deadline, their space will be held
     The mission of ERASE is to provide bulle n boards, programs and consulta ons to    only if they no fy the Housing Assignments Office, Area Office, or CD/GHD of their
increase diversity awareness in the residence halls.                                    late arrival.
The objec ves of the ERASE Program are to:                                              Check-Out
• Introduce, present, and educate on the concepts surrounding diversity and social          Students will be expected to check-out of their residence hall, with their RA, or 24
     jus ce.                                                                            hours a er the last University final exam. Students who need to stay past 5 p.m. the day
• Allow on campus student leaders to become more competent and ac ve in the areas       a er the last final exam because of compelling circumstances (i.e., working, later plane
     of diversity and social jus ce.                                                    flight, later ride, and gradua on) should complete an Extended Stay Request Form and
     ERASE was created to establish a self-sustaining peer diversity educa on system    discuss their situa on with their CD/GHD. The CD/GHD will make these forms available
in the residence halls. It is also designed to allow on campus student leaders to       and will approve or deny such requests as provided by established deadline.
take an ac ve role in                                                                       In addi on to being charged for any room damages or missing furniture at the me
diversity efforts that                                                                   of check-out, residents can be billed for failing to return the room key, not following
are in compliance with                                                                  proper check out procedures, not removing all personal belongings from the room, and
commitments to diversity                                                                not completely cleaning the room. Your hall staff will provide you with a detailed charge
by Residence Life,                                                                      sheet and detailed instruc ons on how to properly check-out prior to finals week to help
Mul cultural Services, and                                                              you avoid being charged at the me of check-out.
Texas A&M University.
     To become an ERASEr, ERASE members must be on-campus student leaders with a        Cancella on of Room Assignment
2.5 GPR or higher. ERASE members must agree to commit to conduc ng/organizing a         HOUSING FEE CHARGE/REFUND SCHEDULE
minimum of five diversity workshops, forums, seminars, etc per semester. All members          The housing contract is for the en re academic year. Housing charges are billed
must a end the semester training session, weekly mee ngs and other opportuni es for     each semester and are subject to change without no ce. If a student terminates this
development.                                                                            contract during the fall semester (or during the spring semester if the Spring semester
     For more informa on on ERASE, visit h p://erase.tamu.edu.                          is the student’s first semester at the University), the student will be responsible for the
                                                                                        following:


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CHARGES FOR THE FALL SEMESTER:                                                                 Consolida on
  • 25% of housing charges for termina on between July 15th and the 15th class day.                 The Department of
  • 50% of housing charges for termina on between the 16th class day and the 20th              Residence Life reserves
    class day.                                                                                 the right to require single
  • 75% of housing charges for termina on between the 21st class day and the 25th              occupants of rooms,
    class day.                                                                                 except those who have
  • 100% of housing charges for termina on a er the 25th class day.                            reserved their rooms on a
    If a student terminates this contract a er July 15th but before classes start, the         private or single basis, to
student will forfeit the deposit, plus will be billed for 25% of their fall semester housing   move together when to
charges if the student is enrolled in classes at the University.                               do so will: (1) make room
                                                                                               for students housed in
CHARGES FOR THE SPRING SEMESTER (only applies if the student did not live on campus
                                                                                               temporary assignments,
for the fall semester):
                                                                                               (2) facilitate cleaning, (3)
 • 25% of housing charges for termina on between October 31st and the 15th class
                                                                                               make space available for
     day.
                                                                                               the housing of special
 • 50% of housing charges for termina on between the 16th class day and the 20th
                                                                                               groups, or (4) support the
     class day.
                                                                                               private room policy.
 • 75% of housing charges for termina on between the 21st class day and the 25th
                                                                                                    If you are in a room without a roommate and all temporarily assigned residents
     class day.
                                                                                               have been placed, your residence hall staff will give you the Room Consolida on Form.
 • 100% of housing charges for termina on a er the 25th class day.
                                                                                               This form gives you the op on of ren ng the room at the private room rate, reques ng
     Addi onally, if a student terminates this contract a er the semester starts but           a specific student be consolidated into your room, or moving in with another resident
before the 16th class day, the student will be charged a prorated per diem rate for those      who does not currently have a roommate. Should consolida on not occur and you are
days (in addi on to the 25% of housing charges).                                               allowed to stay in your current room without a roommate, you are required to leave 1/2
     Excep ons will be granted for students who will graduate at the end of the fall           of the room free of your belongings, and to accept the next roommate who is assigned
semester or who will par cipate in coopera ve educa on, student teaching, or study             to your room. This will only happen if you are the last person in your living unit without
abroad programs for the spring semester, provided wri en no fica on is received in the          a roommate. Be aware that you may receive a new roommate at any me during the
Housing Assignments Office no later than 5:00 p.m., December 1. Wri en verifica on                semester. If a student is assigned to your room and cannot move in because of lack
for excep ons must be provided. Excep ons will also be made for students who are               of space, you will automa cally be billed for a private room from the first day of the
academically restricted from re-enrollment or who become medically unable to return            semester.
for the spring semester as long as wri en no fica on and verifica on is received prior to
the beginning of classes for the spring semester.                                              Contract Renewal and Cancella on
                                                                                                   Contract renewal and contract cancella on for current residence hall students for
Changing Addresses                                                                             the next academic year will take place in late February or early March. If students wish
    Always be sure to update                                                                   to remain on campus for the next year, they will be requested to go online and complete
any address changes with                                                                       a housing contract and form lis ng their housing preferences. This same online process
the Admissions and Records                                                                     also allows students to cancel their contract for the next academic year if that is their
Office. It is vital you keep your                                                                inten on. This form can be filled out electronically by visi ng the Residence Life website.
address current in order to                                                                    Your residence hall staff will hold mee ngs to inform you of this process during the spring
receive your class schedules,                                                                  semester.
fee statements, and other
University communica ons in a                                                                  Co-oping/Study Abroad
  mely manner.                                                                                     If you plan to par cipate in the Coopera ve Educa on or Study Abroad Program
                                                                                               at Texas A&M University, you will need to contact the Housing Assignments Office for
                                                                                               specific guidelines regarding your future housing reserva on or refund. You must have a
                                                                                               le er from the related University office confirming your employment or trip.

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Hall Changes and Room Changes                                                               Housing Deposit
     A hall change request (a request to move to a different building) will be accepted          A $300 deposit must accompany all housing applica ons and is retained by the
beginning the first day of class. However, room changes within the same hall can be          University as long as the student resides on campus. Upon comple on of the contract,
requested with the CD/GHD when the halls open. The CD/GHD will approve room changes.        the full deposit or any remaining por on will be refunded. The deposit is used to
Hall and room changes made without approval will be subject to disciplinary charges and     ensure against damages and contract viola ons (i.e., late cancella ons, no-shows, etc.).
the loss of future moving privileges.                                                       Deposits are refundable if the student is denied admission or requests a refund before
                                                                                            the cancella on deadline. Students who are removed from housing for disciplinary
Hall Change Process and Procedure                                                           reasons automa cally forfeit their housing deposit. Damages or billing charges will be
     The Housing Assignments Office will process all hall changes. New students will be       deducted from the housing deposit as necessary.
unable to request hall changes a er assignments are made un l the start of classes. Hall
change requests must be made on-line on the first day of classes. Community Directors        Interim Housing
will receive a lis ng of everyone approved to move in and out of their hall. They will           Interim housing is temporary housing available for the summer school residents who
also receive approval le ers that are distributed to the residents within three days a er   need a place to live or store their belongings when halls are not open. Interim housing
requests are made. CD/GHDs are not able to make hall changes.                               is only available during two me periods: Between spring and summer semester, and
                                                                                            between summer and fall semesters. All interim housing students live and/or store
General Informa on
                                                                                            their belongings in one hall for the period, and they must sign up and pay for the en re
   1. Priority is given according to housing applica on date.
                                                                                                                                                              interim period. To sign
   2. Students approved to change halls must pay any difference in rental fees, or will
                                                                                                                                                              up for Interim Housing,
        receive a refund if the rent is lower.
                                                                                                                                                              and for informa on on
   3. All students receiving an approval slip MUST make the hall change because their
                                                                                                                                                              cost, go to the Housing
        current room will be reassigned. If a student does not want to accept the hall
                                                                                                                                                              Assignments Office at
        change, he/she MUST go to the Housing Assignments Office and fill out an appeal.
                                                                                                                                                              Cain Hall or online at
   4. A er the deadline, hall change requests will only be accepted for students with
                                                                                                                                                              h p://reslife.tamu.edu.
        extenua ng circumstances. These students will need to discuss their reasons for
        needing a hall change with their respec ve Community Director and Coordinator                                                                        No fica ons and
        of Residence Life.                                                                                                                                   Refunds
   5. During the semester, a student doing a hall change MUST have a “Hall Change                                                                                 Generally, housing
        Approval” form from the Housing Assignments Office to check out of their old hall                                                                        no ces and housing
        and into their new hall.                                                                                                                               correspondence will be
                                                                                            mailed to the student at the address designated by the student in his/her housing file.
Room Change Process and Procedure
                                                                                            All refunds will be mailed to the address listed in the Student Business Services Office.
     Room changes may take place from the day the halls open through the end of the
                                                                                            Students who have changed addresses need to no fy the Admissions & Records Office in
first week of classes. Requests for room changes are submi ed to the CD/GHD by filling
                                                                                            the General Services Complex and the Housing Assignments Office.
out a “Request for Room Change” form. Room changes will be made only if all par es are
present and agree to the change, provided the change is approved by the CD/GHD of the       Private Rooms and Single Rooms
hall. Room changes may be made a er the end of the room change period, but only with            Private rooms are rooms designed to hold two occupants, but are rented by
the approval of the Coordinator of Residence Life. Approval/disapproval no ces will be      one occupant. Private rooms are available, as space permits. The cost is 1 1⁄2 mes
distributed by the hall staff for room changes. No student will be allowed to move un l an   the regular room rate. Private rooms are given on a semester basis only. Any person
approval no ce has been issued.                                                             receiving a private room must reapply at the beginning of the next semester. At the end
                                                                                            of each semester 1⁄2 of the room must be cleaned and made available in the event the
Housing Accommoda ons for Students with Disabili es
                                                                                            second space is assigned to another student.
    Specially equipped rooms are available for students with disabili es in a majority of
                                                                                                Single rooms are rooms designed specifically for one occupant. Single rooms can be
the halls on campus. For informa on, contact Disabili es Services located in room B118
                                                                                            rented for the en re academic year and the cost is dependent upon hall type. A small
of Cain Hall or call 979-845-1637.
                                                                                            number of single rooms are available in Hughes Hall, Davis-Gary Hall and Hart Hall;
                                                                                            you must request these halls and indicate you want a single room when renewing your
                                                                                            contract in the spring.
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Room Assignment                                                                              Withdrawal
    The Department of Residence Life reserves the right to make all hall and room                 If you are thinking of withdrawing from the university, talk to your residence hall
assignments and to make any subsequent changes considered advisable or necessary.            staff. If a er talking to hall staff you have decided to withdraw from the University,
Once a contract is offered and signed, the Department of Residence Life guarantees            contact the dean of your college. You must check out of your room within 48 hours,
students a space (not a par cular room or residence hall) on campus. During all              unless an extension is granted by your Coordinator of Residence Life. Be sure to
semesters, the Department of Residence Life reserves the right to require single             contact your residence hall staff to check-out properly and return your room key. When
occupants of rooms (except those who have reserved their rooms on a private basis) to        you withdraw from the University, a refund of your tui on and fees will be added in
move in together.                                                                            accordance with the schedule outlined in the University Student Rules Handbook.
                                                                                             Be sure to go to the Housing Assignments Office to cancel your on-campus housing
Room Rent                                                                                    contract.
     Your room rent will be included on your invoice from Student Business Services               Students will be expected to become familiar with and responsibly follow all
at the me of registra on, and is payable to the University according to the published        published procedures, policies, rules and regula ons in this handbook and in the TAMU
deadlines. Room fees may be paid either in full prior to the beginning of classes or may     Student Rules. It is also expected that residents will respect the rights of other residents
be paid through an installment plan of three equal payments. Failure to pay room rent        in the residence hall community. Each resident is responsible and held accountable for
accordingly could result in immediate removal from housing, loss of future housing           his or her behavior, as well as for the behavior of their guest(s). Rules and regula ons
priority, and/or registra on and transcript blocks. The housing contract is for the full     will be consistently and strictly enforced by University officials. Viola on of any of the
academic year but room rent is billed each semester.                                         following rules and regula ons may result in disciplinary ac on. The TAMU Student
Summer School Housing                                                                        Rules can be found at h p://student-rules.tamu.edu.
     Summer school housing for each session is usually available for all applicants. A
separate housing applica on for summer school is available beginning March 1 and
is accepted un l the beginning of classes. Although there is no deadline for summer              Academics in the Residence Halls
applica ons, early applicants receive priority concerning hall requests. Applicants should
be certain of their plans if applying a er summer cancella on deadlines. Cancella ons            The residence halls are a vibrant part of the Aggie community. The Department
a er these deadlines will result in a forfeiture of the housing deposit and loss of future   of Residence Life is commi ed to helping you succeed in your academic pursuits.
housing reserva ons. Hall assignments for summer school are completely independent           Throughout the year, you will have the opportunity to take advantage of a wide array
of fall/spring assignments. In addi on to a single room op on during the summer,             of programs, resources, and services in the halls which will help you meet the academic
there may be a variety of rental price ranges. Students may contract to live in summer       standards of Texas A&M University. Do not hesitate to seek out your hall staff for
on-campus housing as long as they are enrolled in a minimum of one class hour per            assistance with class-related problems, and do not be surprised if the staff approaches
summer session. To request summer housing informa on, please contact the Housing             you about your academic progress. We care about your success, and we hope to be of
Assignments Office.                                                                            assistance to you throughout the academic year.

Temporary Assignments
     At the beginning of each fall and spring semester, the occupancy of the halls may
need to be expanded through the assignment of students to study rooms, recrea on
rooms, and/or the “tripling” of what are normally double occupancy rooms. All first year
students and other new assignments should be prepared to have a third person in their
room at the beginning of each semester. Normally, within the first three (3) weeks of
classes these over-assigned students are relocated to permanent assignments as rooms
become available. In some instances, rooms have remained over assigned for longer
than three weeks. If this does occur, all students will receive a prorated rent adjustment
for the period of me the student and roommates remain over assigned. Students
assigned into over-assignment accommoda ons are responsible for the over-assignment
furniture in their room. This furniture should not be removed from the room.



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                    Roommate Conflicts                                                                             Student Conduct
     The Department of Residence Life strongly encourages roommates to work to             Philosophy Statement
resolve any conflict themselves. If needed, assistance can be given by the residence            Residence hall students must understand that they are responsible for their
hall staff, or the staff at Student Conflict Resolu on Services in Cain Hall, 979-847-        ac ons and that living in a densely populated environment requires maturity and good
7272; h p://studentlife.tamu.edu. Roommates are encouraged to use a “Roommate              judgment. To maintain a posi ve educa onal environment, there are condi ons that are
Agreement” as a means of communica on and compromise regarding poten al                    part of your residence hall contract which govern acceptable and unacceptable behavior.
personality and life style conflicts which need to be discussed and resolved. The           These condi ons allow the Residence Life staff to terminate your contract or take other
residence hall staff can provide you with a copy.                                           ac on if you don’t live up to your part of the contract. The residence hall staff will
     Generally, it is the responsibility of the student, if conflicts cannot be resolved    confront you if your ac ons appear contrary to regula ons or community standards. Our
between roommates, to contact a staff member to issue a formal complaint for                sincerest desire is that by calling a en on to your behavior and its consequences, be er
addi onal staff follow-up and interven on to occur. In situa ons where roommates            judgment will be exercised and future problems can be avoided. The conduct system is a
are unable or unwilling to resolve conflicts, it is the discre on of the CD/GHD and/        proac ve approach to problems that may arise in a community environment.
or Coordinator of Residence Life to relocate one or both residents to other available
residence hall spaces. This alterna ve is considered only a er residents have tried to     Residence Hall Conduct Procedures
resolve the conflict themselves.                                                                 When an apparent viola on of Texas A&M University student rules or residence
                                                                                           hall regula ons occurs, an incident report is filed. Viola ons which would warrant
You Are Your Roommate’s Roommate
                                                                                           minor sanc ons are forwarded to the CD/GHD for review and adjudica on. Viola ons
     In the event that you have a problem with your
                                                                                           which may warrant more severe sanc ons are forwarded to Student Conflict Resolu on
roommate or a guest during your me as a resident,
                                                                                           Services for co-adjudica on by a University Conduct Officer and a representa ve from
please follow the procedures as outlined below to
                                                                                           Residence Life. For a complete lis ng of rights and responsibili es go to: h p://student-
resolve your concern.
                                                                                           rules.tamu.edu/rule26.htm. For a complete lis ng of sanc ons go to h p://student-
Step 1 - Address your concern directly with the                                            rules.tamu.edu/rule27.htm.
individual(s) involved. Be specific about what you want
to happen or change as a result of your concern and your
                                                                                           Student Conflict Resolu on Services Conduct Proceedings
expecta ons for the future.
                                                                                               When a resident is alleged to have been involved in a major infrac on, he/she will
Step 2 - If you do not get the results you want or the                                     be referred to Student Conflict Resolu on Services for a student conduct conference.
change that you desire, take your concern to your
                                                                                           The purpose of the conference will be to determine responsibility and an appropriate
RA. Explain the steps you have taken to resolve your
                                                                                           sanc on, if any. The atmosphere of the conference is as informal as possible while
concern. Be specific about what ac on you want your RA to take. Please know that RAs
                                                                                           respec ng the student’s rights to due process. Regardless of the type of conference, a
have a variety of tools at their disposal to help you.
                                                                                           Student Conduct Officer and a representa ve from the Department of Residence Life will
Step 3 - If you are s ll not sa sfied, take your concern to your CD/GHD. Be specific         be present for conduct conference. For a list of types of proceedings, sanc ons, rights
about what ac on you want your CD/GHD to take. The CD/GHD reports to a Coordinator         and responsibili es go to h p://studentlife.tamu.edu/scrs/scs.
of Residence Life who can also be of assistance.
     If your concern is of a sensi ve nature and you do not feel comfortable sharing
                                                                                           Appeals
your concern directly with your residence hall staff, please call or send a note marked
                                                                                                Every student is en tled to one appeal conference. An appeal must be submi ed in
“personal and confiden al” to the following address and your concern will be addressed
                                                                                           wri en form to the appropriate university official within five (5) working days of being
in the proper manner. Please understand that some things you share (i.e. hazing, suicide
                                                                                           no fied of the sanc on by the conduct officer. An appeal must be based upon some
threat, criminal act, etc.) may not be held confiden al and must be acted upon.
                                                                                           specific aspect of the previous conference, for example, unjust sanc on, or viola on of
                                                                                           due process. Appeals based on a student’s standing with the Department of Residence
For students living on the Southside:    For students living on the Northside:
                                                                                           Life or their housing status will be heard by the Director of Residence Life or his/her
Residence Life South Area Office            Residence Life North Area Office
                                                                                           designee.
 1253 TAMU; Phone: 979-845-2235           1253 TAMU; Phone: 979-845-4768


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                                                                                                    6. Alcohol found in a room where alcohol consump on is prohibited will be
              Residence Hall Rules and                                                                   disposed of, and ALL persons present in the room will be subject to disciplinary
                    Regulations                                                                          charges. If alcohol bo les or containers appear empty but contain small
                                                                                                         amounts or alcohol residue, they will be treated as a viola on of the alcohol
Abandoned Property                                                                                       policy.
     Texas A&M University, the Department of                                                        7. Open access to alcohol may be considered to have occurred when bulk or
Residence Life or any of its staff are not responsible                                                    common source alcohol containers are available or when more open containers
for any student property le in residence hall rooms                                                      exist than legal age persons present.
or public areas of residence halls. In the event that                                               Those found in viola on of Texas A&M University Student Rules regarding alcohol
student property is le in residence halls a er the                                             will, at a minimum, receive a disciplinary sanc on (most likely conduct proba on or
housing contract period is over, the property will                                             higher) and be required to meet with Student Conflict Resolu on Services (SCRS) or their
be removed at the owner’s expense. The student                                                 CD/GHD. Those found in viola on will also be referred to the Alcohol and Drug Educa on
will be no fied by email to arrange a pick-up date.                                             Program (ADEP) for required par cipa on in an alcohol educa on program. If an
The Department of Residence Life will maintain                                                 underage student is found responsible for viola ng an alcohol or drug rule on campus,
abandoned property for at least 30 days, a er which the property will be turned over to        a le er indica ng as much will be sent to their parents or legal guardian by the Dean of
the University Lost and Found or to a charitable organiza on in the community.                 Student Life.

Alcohol                                                                                        Appliances and Equipment
    Residents and their guests are required to comply with state and local statutes as             Prohibited appliances and equipment include but are not limited to the following:
well as university and residence hall rules concerning possession, sale, and distribu on           • Air condi oners (with the excep on of Walton Hall and Hart Hall where the
of alcoholic beverages. Public intoxica on by residents and their guests that disrupts                University provides permanently installed window units)
others will not be tolerated. This behavior will be confronted by the residence hall staff          • Camping stoves
and residents may be found responsible for viola ng the residence hall and university              • Ceiling fans
rules and regula ons. In addi on to this,                                                          • Electric skillets
     1. In order for alcohol to be allowed in the room, all of the residents assigned to           • Electric power tools (with
         the room must be of legal age (21 or older). In addi on to this, all guests present          the excep on of storage for
         when alcohol is being consumed must be of legal age, which is defined as an                   use outside the halls)
         individual of the age of 21 or older.                                                     • Gas power tools
     2. Alcoholic beverages may be possessed or consumed, but not sold or                          • Griddles
         manufactured in the privacy of eligible rooms by those residents of legal age and         • Grills (George Foreman type,
         their invited guests who are of legal age.                                                   charcoal or propane)
     3. All alcohol transported through public areas must be unopened. Possession                  • Halogen torchiere lamps
         of open containers or consump on of alcoholic beverages is not permi ed in                • Hot oil popcorn poppers
         hallways, balconies, lounges, stairways, courtyards, community bathrooms,                 • Hot plates
         parking lots, or any public areas on campus.                                              • Oven broilers
     4. Bulk or common source alcohol containers (for example, kegs or party balls)                • Sandwich makers
         are not allowed in the residence halls. Residents will dispose of ALL alcohol in          • Space heaters
         bulk or common source containers in the presence of staff members. Kegs, even              • Toasters
         when empty, are not permi ed in the residence halls.                                                                       the University
                                                                                                   • Wireless routers not issued by th U i      it
     5. If any minor is found consuming and/or possessing alcohol in the room of                  Prohibited or misused appliances or equipment will be confiscated by the hall staff,
         legal age residents, ALL alcohol in that room will be disposed of. Any alcohol        and individuals responsible will be subject to disciplinary ac on.
         belonging to the individuals of legal age may be claimed from the CD/GHD a er
         student conduct proceedings have been completed unless it is determined that
         the alcohol was being distributed by the legal age resident(s) to minors. In the
         la er case, disposal of the alcohol will occur.
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Arson/Campfires                                                                                   •   Common Computer Viola ons (h p://i m.tamu.edu/policy_info.html)
    Star ng a fire within a residence hall or within the immediate surroundings outside               The “Common Computer Viola ons” webpage lists several types of compu ng
a residence hall is strictly prohibited at all mes. Viola ons of this rule, which may also           viola ons and provides links to the specific guidelines which address each
be considered viola ons of state law, include se ng fire to items on a room door or                   viola on.
bulle n board or any other flammable material in the hall, as well as star ng outdoor             • Student Rules on Compu ng Resources (h p://student-rules.tamu.edu/
fires in non-designated areas. Grilling in designated grill areas is acceptable.                      append5.htm) The Texas A&M University Student Rules also set forth
                                                                                                     expecta ons about
Bicycles/Motorcycles                                                                                 responsible computer use.
    Bicycle and motorcycle parking should be restricted to available motorcycle lots             • Repor ng Inappropriate
and bicycle racks. These vehicles may be impounded if they are le in walkways,                       Use (h p://cis.
breezeways, sidewalks, or hallways. Motorcycles and other motor vehicles are not                     tamu.edu/~qapcm/
allowed to be driven on any non-roadway area, pathway, sidewalk, handicapped                         ComplaintForm/)
ramp, etc. Mopeds are considered the same as motorcycles and should follow the                       To report inappropriate use
same regula ons. Although bicycles may be stored in residence hall rooms with the                    of computer resources or
consent of the roommate, motorcycles, mopeds, motor scooters, and other internal                     suspected illegal ac vity.
combus on engine vehicles should never be brought into the residence halls. Gasoline             • File Sharing (h p://www.
cans should never be stored in the residence halls.                                                  tamu.edu/scip/filesharing.
Campaigning                                                                                          html)
    Campaigning rules and regula ons are governed by the Student Government                      Students should also be aware of the poten al liabili es in using Texas A&M
Associa on and the Residence Halls Associa on. If you have any ques ons or concerns          compu ng resources for file-sharing ac vi es. U lizing programs to swap songs, movies,
with campaigning in the residence halls, please contact your residence hall staff or visit    or other forms of media may place one at risk of viola ng both copyright protec on laws
the RHA website at h p://rha.tamu.edu.                                                       and Texas A&M University Student Rules.

Candles/Incense/Wax Warmers/Open Flames                                                      Contact Paper
    Candles, candle warmers, incense, oil lamps, and other devices which use an                   With signed permission from your CD/GHD, contact paper may be applied to all non-
open flame (including potpourri pots) are prohibited in residence halls. Items will           painted wooden or Formica surfaces in the room. Contact paper may NOT be applied
be confiscated and residents will be subject to disciplinary ac on. Wax warmers               to the floors, windows, doors, ceilings, walls or any other painted surfaces. A residence
are allowed to be used, but the wax used must be manufactured for use in the wax             hall contact paper agreement form must be signed by both residents and approved by
warmers and it must be heated with a 25 wa light bulb that is housed in a ceramic            the RA by the end of the second week of classes before any paper may be applied. All
enclosure. Wax warmers should never be le una ended.                                         contact paper must be removed prior to checkout. In addi on, all s cky residues must
                                                                                             be removed from the contact papered surface. Contact your residence hall staff for more
                                                                                             informa on.
Chalking
    The use of chalk on any surface other than an approved chalkboard is strictly            Cooking
prohibited. Students should refrain from using chalk on sidewalks, walls of buildings,           Residents are responsible while cooking in the residence halls to ensure that proper
and residence hall room doors. Necessary clean up may be billed back to the residents        sanita on, ven la on, and fire safety precau ons are taken. Any damages resul ng from
of the hall.                                                                                 improper food disposal will be billed to the individuals responsible.
Christmas or Holiday Trees                                                                   Coopera on with University Officials
    Cut/live Christmas/holiday trees are not permi ed in residence hall rooms. Hall              Your residence hall staff members are University officials. Residents must
Councils may purchase one live/cut tree for common area display, provided it is treated      immediately comply with any lawful direc ons from any University official. Verbal and/
with a flame-retardant substance. Contact your Hall Staff for more informa on.                 or physical abuse directed toward any University staff member will not be tolerated and
                                                                                             viola ons may result in disciplinary ac on being taken.
Compu ng Guidelines
    Abusers of compu ng privileges may lose their computer access or be subject to
more serious penal es, including disciplinary ac on by the University and referral to
law enforcement agencies.
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Damage to University Property                                                                 Electrical Power Strips and Extension Cords
     Damage to or li ering on University property is not permi ed. Damage will be billed          When addi onal electrical outlets are needed, residents must use U.L. approved
to individuals or groups as necessary and may also result in University discipline and/or     electrical power strips with built-in circuit breakers. Mul ple plug adapters and
criminal charges being pursued. Your assistance in properly u lizing the grounds outside      extension cords are not permi ed. A power strip should never be plugged into another
the residence halls is expected. This is best accomplished by avoiding large scale ac vi es   power strip. Power strips should never be placed above the ceiling les, underneath
on the grounds during wet or                                                                  carpet or stapled or pinched in any way. Running power strips underneath ma resses is
rainy periods when the turf is                                                                also prohibited.
likely to be damaged.
                                                                                              Emergency/Safety Equipment
Decora ons                                                                                        Tampering, damaging, or inhibi ng the use of emergency/safety equipment,
    No decora ons may                                                                         including exterior residence hall doors, in any residence hall is prohibited. Residents may
hinder the use of or                                                                          not use emergency equipment for any purpose other than emergency use. Residents
restrict access to hallways,                                                                  involved in such ac vi es will be subject to disciplinary ac on and may be removed from
doorways, stairs, corridors,                                                                  University housing. This regula on includes, but is not limited to, fire ex nguishers, heat
or fire related equipment.                                                                     and smoke detectors, exit signs, fire alarm pull sta ons, automa c door closures, and
Do not a ach anything to                                                                      locked exterior doors.
or tamper with light fixtures
or exit signs. Flammable                                                                      Exterior Door Locking
material (posters, cloth)                                                                         All exterior residence hall doors are locked 24 hours a day. Propping of exterior
should not be a ached to room ceilings. Wall decora ons should be at least 12 inches
                                    l       ll d            h ld b      l          h          doors and/or tampering with locks is considered a serious security viola on. Residents
from the ceiling. Do not cover your en re door with decora ons; This serves as a fuel         involved in such ac vi es may be removed from University housing.
source for fires. Decora ve ligh ng should never be a ached using tacks and nails. These       Figh ng and Physical Abuse
restric ons apply to student rooms, as well as public areas. Contact the residence hall           Physical figh ng, a emp ng to, or causing injury to an individual will not be
staff for further details. Decora ons viola ng this regula on may be removed by the hall       tolerated in the residence halls.
staff and/or billed to the student for removal.
                                                                                              Fireworks/Explosives/Hazardous
Disorderly Conduct                                                                            Materials
    Conduct which is disorderly, lewd, indecent, or a disturbance of the peace on                  Students may NOT possess or use
University premises or at University-sponsored ac vi es will be confronted by the             any fireworks, explosives, sparklers,
residence hall staff and may be addressed through the student conduct process.                 ammuni on, gun powder, gasoline,
Disrup ve Ac vity                                                                             hazardous chemicals, flammable
    Par cipa on in any ac vity which interferes with teaching, research, administra on,       liquids or any other related materials
disciplinary proceedings, other University missions, processes, or func ons including         in the residence halls. Possession of
public-service func on or other University ac vi es will be confronted by residence hall      fireworks or explosives implies intent
staff and when appropriate referred to the student conduct process.                            to use them. If found, these items will
                                                                                              be confiscated by residence hall staff
Drugs                                                                                         and disciplinary ac on will be taken.
    Residents and their guests are required to comply with state and local statutes as
well as University and residence hall rules concerning possession and use of prescrip on      Gambling
and illegal drugs. The University prohibits the manufacturing, possessing, selling,                 The Texas Penal Code, Title 10, Chapter 47, states that a person commits a gambling
transmi ng, using or being a party to any illegal drug, controlled substance, or drug         offense if he/she “plays and bets for money or other thing of value at any game played
paraphernalia on University premises, including the residence halls, or at University-        with cards, dice, balls, or any other gambling device.” The only defense to prosecu on
sponsored ac vi es. Please refer to the Texas A&M University student rules (h p://            is if the game is held in a private place, there is no financial gain except for personal
student-rules.tamu.edu) for the full regula on and sanc ons for viola ons. Residents          winnings, and all players have equal odds of winning.
found viola ng this rule may be removed from University housing.                                    In accordance with the TAMU Residence Hall Rules (as found in the Residence
                                                                                              Hall Handbook) and by Texas State Penal Code defini on, gambling of all forms is not
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permi ed in any public area of any residence hall. A public area is defined as, but not       Cohabita on
limited to: all lobbies (including the Commons Lobby), lounges, television rooms, study          Cohabita on is not allowed in the residence halls. Cohabita on is defined as a
rooms, laundry rooms, kitchens, computer rooms, mee ng rooms, hallways, stairways,           person using a residence hall room as if that person were living in the room but not
and any outdoor spaces adjacent to the residence halls.                                      actually being assigned as a resident of that room/suite. Examples of this may include,
                                                                                             but are not limited to, keeping clothing and other personal belongings in the room/suite,
Guest Policies & Visita on Hours                                                             and sleeping overnight in the room/suite on a regular basis and using the bathroom and
     A guest is defined as a person who does not live in the residence hall room or           shower facili es as if they lived in that room/suite. Viola ng a roommate’s right of entry
residence hall they are visi ng. This includes other students/residents, friends, parents,   into their room or hindering a roommate’s ability to study and/or sleep within their
siblings, or other rela ves of the residents of that room. Residence hall students are       room because of a guest’s con nual presence, is considered a viola on of this rule.
allowed to host guests in their residence hall rooms according to the policies outlined
below. However, viola ng a roommate’s or suitemate’s right of entry into the room,           Visita on Hours for Single Gender Halls
or hindering a roommate’s/suitemate’s ability to study and/or sleep within their room             Beginning with fall semester opening week, in single gender halls, the maximum
(because of a guest’s presence) is considered a viola on of guest privileges.                hours during which a residence hall room or public area is open to members of the
                                                                                             opposite gender are 9 a.m. un l 2 a.m.
Host Responsibility                                                                               A visita on op on vote will be conducted by the residence hall staff during the fall
    Hosts are responsible for the                                                            semester hall opening week and will be completed by the end of the first day of classes.
behavior of their guest(s) at all mes                                                        Residents will be given the op on to choose “Open Visita on” (24 hour a day visita on)
and are obligated to inform the guest(s)                                                     or “restricted visita on” (9 a.m. un l 2 a.m.). It is very important to cast your vote.
of all University and residence hall rules                                                        75 percent of your residence hall must vote in order for the vote to count as valid.
and regula ons. Viola on of any rule                                                         Of the people that vote in your hall, 75 percent must vote “In favor of a policy change”
or regula on by a guest may result in                                                        to change the policy to 24-Hour Visita on. If a residence hall does not gain 75 percent
disciplinary ac on being taken against                                                       approval of 24-Hour Visita on, then the maximum visita on hours of 9 a.m. un l 2 a.m.
both the host and guest.                                                                     for the opposite gender will con nue to be applied to all student rooms and public areas
Escor ng Guests                                                                              for the remainder of the academic year.
    Guests in a residence hall must be                                                            It is important to note that open (24 hours a day) visita on is for visita on purposes
escorted at all mes by a resident of the                                                     and does not permit an opposite gender guest to sleep over. The cohabita on policy,
building (host). The following guidelines apply to escor ng guests:                          escort policy, and overnight guest policy s ll apply to residence halls with open (24 hours
  1. Residents must escort all guests into and out of the building.                          a day) visita on.
  2. Residents must remain with all guests at all mes while in the residence hall.           Visita on for CoEd Halls
    Guests le una ended or found to be unescorted may be documented and escorted                  CoEd residence Halls will have 24 hour visita on star ng on the opening day of
out of the building. In addi on to this, their hosts may be documented for leaving guests    the academic year. 24 hour visita on is for visita on purposes only. The cohabita on
una ended. Residents should never agree to escort a person they do not know personally.      policy, escort policy, and overnight guest policy s ll apply to residence halls with 24 hour
This includes opening the door to allow unknown visitors to enter a residence hall.          visita on.
Bathrooms and Showers                                                                        Visita on Hours for Hall Opening, Hall Closing and Break Periods
    In residence halls with community bathrooms, opposite gender guests must use                  During hall opening week and hall closing week (finals), visita on will begin at 8 a.m.
the bathroom designated for their gender. Showers in residence halls with community          (in halls with restricted visita on) to allow family and friends to help residents move in
bathrooms are not available for opposite gender guests.                                      or out of the halls. During Thanksgiving Break and Spring Break, visita on hours might be
Overnight Guests                                                                             limited in all residence halls. The exact visita on hours will be posted prior to the break
    Overnight guest(s) spending the night (sleeping over) must be of the same gender,        period.
only with the permission of the roommate and only if they do not create a disturbance        Group Billings/Assignment of Communal Damage Charges
or violate any rule or regula on. Overnight guest(s) may not stay in a room for more             Financial charges rela ng to the cleaning of, damage to, or the of University
than two (2) consecu ve nights, without the approval of both the roommate(s),                property are billed to the specific individual(s) responsible whenever such individuals
suitemates, and the CD/GHD.                                                                  can be iden fied. However, when damage or the cannot be assigned to a specific
                                                                                             individual(s), the charges may be divided equally among the residents of the affected
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floor, ramp, building, or area. Monthly damage lis ngs are posted in each hall when              direc ng, or in any way causing others to par cipate in degrading behavior and/
there are damage billings to report. If you have informa on concerning any of                   or behavior that causes ridicule, humilia on, or embarrassment; and/or engaging in
the damages or stolen property listed, please contact your hall staff. At the end of             conduct which tends to bring the reputa on of the organiza on, group, or University
each semester, residents will be billed on their student account their share of any             into disrepute. Previously relied upon “tradi ons,” (including Corps, residence hall,
unaccounted damages.                                                                            fraternity/sorority, or any other group or organiza on ac vity, prac ce or tradi on)
                                                                                                intent of such acts, or coercion by current or former student leaders of such groups,
Halogen Torchiere Lamps                                                                         or former students will not suffice as a jus fiable reason for par cipa on in such acts.
   This type of torchiere lamps can pose a serious fire hazard and therefore is not              It is not a defense that the person (or group) against whom the hazing was directed
permi ed inside the residence halls. Halogen torchiere fixtures found in student rooms           consented to, or acquiesced to, the behavior in ques on.
may be confiscated and residents may face disciplinary charges.                                        Examples of such behavior include but are not limited to:
Harassment                                                                                            • Misuse of authority by virtue of one’s class rank or leadership posi on
    Texas A&M is commi ed to the fundamental principles of academic freedom,                          • Striking another student by hand or with any instrument
equality of opportunity and human dignity. To fulfill its mul ple missions as an                       • Any form of physical bondage of a student
ins tu on of higher learning, Texas A&M encourages a climate that values and nurtures                 • Taking of a student to an outlying area and dropping him/her off
collegiality, diversity, pluralism and the uniqueness of the individual within our state,             • Forcing a student into a viola on of the law or a university rule such as indecent
na on and world. All decisions and ac ons involving students and employees should                         exposure, trespassing, viola on of visita on, etc.
be based on applicable law and individual merit. Texas A&M University, in accordance                  • Any form of “quadding”
with applicable federal and state law, prohibits discrimina on, including harassment, on              • Having firsthand knowledge of the planning of such ac vi es or firsthand
                                                                   the basis of race, color,              knowledge that an incident of this type has occurred and failing to report it to
                                                                   na onal or ethnic origin,              appropriate university officials (The Dean of Student Life and/or the University
                                                                   religion, sex, disability,             Police Department) is also a viola on under this sec on.
                                                                   age, sexual orienta on,      The hazing rule is not intended to prohibit the following conduct:
                                                                   or veteran status.                 a. Customary public athle c events, contests, or compe ons that are sponsored
                                                                     Individuals who believe              by the University or the organized and supervised prac ces associated with such
                                                                   they have experienced                  events
                                                                   harassment or                      b. Any ac vity or conduct that furthers the goals of a legi mate educa onal
                                                                   discrimina on prohibited               curriculum, a legi mate extracurricular program or a legi mate military training
                                                                   by this statement are                  program as defined and approved by the university
                                                                   encouraged to contact              Hazing is also a viola on of Texas state law. See the Texas Educa on Code, sec ons
                                                                   the appropriate offices        37.151 and 51.936 and/or Appendix VI of the Student Rules, h p://student-rules.tamu.
                                                                   within their respec ve       edu/append6.htm.
                                                                   units.                       Iden fica on
                                                                     Students should contact        All Texas A&M University students are required to have their University I.D. in their
their Resident Advisor, CD/GHD, or Student Assistance Services (979-845-3113) with              possession at all mes. Failure to iden fy yourself to a University staff member upon
ques ons or to report an incident of harassment.                                                request is a viola on of Texas A&M University Student Rules.
For further informa on, please consult the Texas A&M University Student Rules at
h p://student-rules.tamu.edu.                                                                   Keys and Access Cards
                                                                                                     Any assigned keys, I.D.’s and access cards should be kept in your possession at all
Hazing                                                                                            mes; do not lend them to anyone. Giving your key or access card to others may result
    Hazing is defined as prohibited acts commi ed for the purpose of ini a on,                   in disciplinary ac on. Duplica on of University keys is strictly prohibited.
admission into, affilia on with or as a condi on for con nued membership in a group
or organiza on, or as part of any ac vity of a recognized student organiza on, student          Lo s
group, Corps of Cadets, Corps ou it, Corps unit, or Corps special ac vi es. Prohibited              All beds in the residence halls have the ability to be lo ed. Therefore, students may
behavior includes any act which endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a          not build or rent their own lo s.
student; the deconstruc on or removal of public or private property; and/or assis ng,
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Lounge Furniture                                                                               inside a room closet.
    Lounge furnishings must remain in their designated areas. If lounge furniture is       •   Microwaves and refrigerators must be plugged directly into a wall outlet. Residents
missing and a empts to locate it fail, the Department of Residence Life reserves the           in balcony style halls are the only excep on to this due to the loca on of the outlets
op on to do a residence hall room search. Any such searches will be publicized at least        in the balcony style halls.
24 hours in advance. Students who are found in possession of public area furniture will    •   For informa on regarding ren ng a combina on refrigerator/freezer/microwave
be subject to University disciplinary ac on. Any lounge furniture not accounted for will       appliance, contact your residence hall staff.
be assessed as a group billing. Do not move lounge furniture.
                                                                                           Noise
Lounge Usage and Facility Guidelines                                                       Quiet Hours
     Lounges are community space and are considered public areas. Lounges have                  Designated quiet hours are posted in each
been provided so that residents may study, work on class assignments, watch TV, hold       hall, and are from 8 p.m. un l 7 a.m. daily,
community events, and visit with friends. Lounges are not intended for such uses as        Sunday through Thursday. The residents of the
sleeping, weekly club mee ngs, gaming or other such ac vi es that dominate the             hall may select to extend these quiet hours
lounge for long periods of me and prevent use by the greater community, unless they        on a permanent or temporary basis, but the
are Department of Residence Life sponsored. Please properly dispose of trash in these      residents may not decrease the amount of
lounges.                                                                                     me designated for quiet hours. During quiet
     Only Resident Advisors, Hall Councils, and Living Learning Community staff may         hours, residents should keep the level of noise
reserve the lounges located inside the residence halls. This may be done through the       to a point where it cannot be heard in another
Hall Offices, and only for mee ngs and events related to the residence halls and the         student’s room or hallways. For direc ons on
learning communi es. However, several mee ng and/or event spaces are available             the process for changing quiet hours, refer to
for any residence hall student to reserve in the Commons Lobby and in the University       pg. 40 in the Guest Policies & Visita on Hours
Apartments Community Center. Please call 979-845-2235 (Commons) or 979-845-2261            sec on.
(University Apartments) for more informa on about reserva on rules and for specific         Courtesy Hours
informa on about what spaces are available to be reserved.                                      Courtesy hours are in effect at all mes. It is important that residents are aware of
                                                                                           their responsibility to monitor their behavior, regardless of the me of day, so as not to
Microwaves/Refrigerators                                                                   interfere with the life-styles of others. If a student or hall staff member asks you to be
    Residents may have a maximum of one microwave and two refrigerators per                quieter, regardless of the me of day, your compliance is expected.
room. A combina on refrigerator/freezer/microwave appliance will be counted as             24 Hour Quiet Hours
one microwave and one refrigerator. In addi on, the following condi ons apply to                During finals week, 24-hour quiet hours are observed to facilitate a study
microwaves and refrigerators in the residence halls:                                       atmosphere. Students remaining in the halls a er their last final exam and alleged to
• Microwaves must be U.L. approved and may not exceed a stated FCC ra ng of 700            be responsible for causing a disturbance may be required to leave the residence halls
    wa s (FCC ra ng placard must be intact).                                               immediately.
                                                     • Refrigerators must be U.L.          Offensive Odors
                                                     approved and the total size of the        An offensive odor is ANY odor or aroma of such intensity that it becomes apparent
                                                     refrigerator and freezer combined     and is offensive to others. Any odor can become offensive when it is too strong. Some
                                                     may not exceed 4.4 cubic feet.        examples are: perfume, air freshening spray, or large amounts of dirty laundry. Offensive
                                                     • Refrigerators must be kept          odors will be addressed by residence hall staff when complaints are received. Residents
                                                     clean for sanita on reasons.          iden fied as being responsible for the offensive odor will be asked to eliminate the cause
                                                     • Refrigerators must be cleaned,      of the odor. (Note: incense is not permi ed in the residence halls.)
                                                     defrosted, and unplugged between
                                                     semesters.                            Offensive Printed Materials
                                                     • Refrigerators must be removed           If printed material and/or posters of an offensive nature are displayed in the
                                                     from the room prior to check-out      hallways, stairwells, study lounges, student’s door or student’s bathroom, and create
                                                     unless rented from the University.    a threatening or otherwise degrading environment for custodial staff working in the
                                                     • Microwaves and refrigerators        building, the student(s) will be asked to remove the objec onable item from display or
                                                     may not be plugged in and placed      cover the item on the days the bathroom is scheduled to be cleaned.
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    Residents choosing not to remove the item will not be charged with a rule viola on.        Recycling
Residents are encouraged to be aware that while it is one’s right, the informa on posted            Any collected materials
may offend other Aggies. Also, items can only be posted in the halls with the permission        in residence halls should be
of the Community Director or Graduate Hall director.                                           washed out properly and stored
                                                                                               in area(s) approved by the CD/
Pain ng                                                                                        GHD. Excessive amounts of
    With the approval of your CD/GHD, pain ng is permi ed in all buildings. All pain ng
                                                                                               empty cans or newspapers
must be completed by the end of the second week of classes. Rooms that have been
                                                                                               should not be kept in student
painted within the past two (2) years are not eligible for repain ng. Paint is available, in
                                                                                               rooms. For fire and life safety
limited supply, in the Area Offices during check-in week. You must use interior semi gloss
                                                                                               reasons, paper and glass may
latex enamel acrylic paint in Aggie White or pastel colors. Before buying any materials,
                                                                                               not be collected in public areas.
please obtain a copy of the Residence Hall Pain ng Regula ons and Guidelines from the
                                                                                               Many of the halls have been
Residence Life website: h p://reslife.tamu.edu.
                                                                                               approved to par cipate in the
Personal Furniture/Items and Clothing                                                          University paper recycling effort.
    All personal items should be kept within the                                               Recycling baskets will be issued
student rooms and should not be stored or kept in                                              as part of the room inventory for
any public areas. Personal items or clothing le in                                             halls approved for par cipa on
public areas will be treated as trash items and may                                            in the recycling program. For
be removed.                                                                                    addi onal informa on, please contact a hall staff member.

Pets                                                                                           Roofs/Exterior Walls
    Because of the poten al health hazards and                                                    University building roofs and exterior walls are considered restricted University
inconvenience to the other hall residents, pets are                                            property and are off limits to students. If something is lost on a roof, contact the area
not allowed. The only excep ons are the official                                                 office to have it recovered.
University mascot, guide/service dogs, and fish
                                                                                               Room Entry/Room Search
(maximum aquarium size 20 gallons).
                                                                                                   The University recognizes residents’ desire for privacy, par cularly in the context of
Pos ng                                                                                         their group living situa on, and will do all it can to protect and guarantee their privacy.
     The pos ng of signs, handbills, and flyers in                                              However, the University, through a residence hall staff member, reserves the right to
the residence halls at Texas A&M University will                                               enter a resident’s room at any me for the following purposes:
be limited to residence hall staff, recognized student organiza ons, departments of the             • To determine compliance with all relevant health and safety regula ons
University, and other groups as approved by the Department of Residence Life.                      • To provide cleaning and/or pest control
     To obtain approval for pos ng, a representa ve of the sponsoring group must bring             • To conduct an inventory of University property
all materials to be posted to the area office. RHA and Community Councils may obtain                 • To silence una ended loud alarms and music
approval from their advisor.                                                                       • There is an indica on of imminent danger to life, health, and/or property
                                                                                                   • There is a reasonable cause to believe that a viola on of University or Housing
Prac cal Jokes/Pranks                                                                                   Regula ons is occurring
    Prac cal jokes and pranks may damage property or injure other students. Prac cal               • To search for missing university property
jokes and pranks can also increase the noise level and disturb non-involved residents.             • To perform maintenance work
Students who engage in prac cal jokes and pranks will be held responsible for damages              A room search by a designated Residence Life staff member is possible but rare. For
and disciplinary ac on may be taken.                                                           such a search to take place, the condi ons for room entry must exist. Permission for a
                                                                                               room search is determined at the Coordinator of Residence Life level and above. Items
Projec les
                                                                                               that violate university or housing regula ons will be confiscated.
    Propelling devices, such as rockets, catapults, slingshots, Nerf guns or any
                                                                                                   A room search by law enforcement officials must be accomplished through the use
homemade device for the purpose of launching an object, are prohibited. Objects may
                                                                                               of a valid search warrant, or the student may sign a release to be searched at his or her
not be thrown into or out of windows or onto or off of balconies.
                                                                                               own approval.
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Room Furniture                                                                                Solicita on
    The residence halls are equipped with movable and lo able furniture, which                    The term “solicit” is defined as adver sing, the taking of orders, sales, dona ons,
allows residents the flexibility to arrange furniture crea vely within their rooms. When       prosely zing, campaigning (poli cal or other), collec on and distribu on of literature.
rearranging furniture, students should not block access to windows, air vents, air            Door-to-door solicita on by individuals, non-residence hall organiza ons or companies,
condi oning or hea ng units. Students may be billed if these items have to be moved.          however, is prohibited in the residence halls. If you are approached by sales personnel,
Water beds are not allowed in any style residence hall. Under no circumstances should         do NOT allow them to enter your hall or room and inform the UPD or residence hall staff
residents remove any University property from their room. Students will be billed for any     immediately.
missing furniture at the me of their check-out from their residence hall room.
                                                                                              The
Room Modifica ons                                                                                  Stealing of public or private property is not tolerated. Individuals accused of the
    All modifica ons must be approved by the CD/GHD. Permanent fixtures and                     of public or private property as well as university services may be referred to both the
construc on are not permi ed. All items in the room must be free standing. Modifying          University Police Department and Student Conflict Resolu on Services. Please assist in
electrical, cable or telephone wiring, the ceiling, walls, doors, plumbing, HVAC, Ethernet,   protec ng the community by repor ng suspicious behavior, and securing exterior and
and closet doors are prohibited. Under no circumstances should nails, screws or wall          room doors.
anchors be used to affix items to walls. Any materials used to affix items to walls or
doors must be completely removed upon checkout (including all tape residue).                  Video Copyright Guidelines
                                                                                                  Due to federal copyright laws and court cases concerning viewing videos in public
Room Occupancy                                                                                areas, the Department of Residence Life does not permit group viewing of copyrighted
    The Department of                                                                         videos (tapes, DVD, downloaded, etc.) in lounges or public areas without specific
Residence Life reserves the                                                                   authoriza on from the owner of the copyright. However, you may view videos in the
right to limit the number of                                                                  privacy of your room.
individuals in a room or at a
residence hall event in cases                                                                 Water Fights
where the safety of occupants                                                                     Water fights, water balloons, or any ac vi es historically associated with water
may be a concern or where                                                                     fights (throwing mud, rocks, or use of scalding water) are not allowed in or near the
the noise level in the room                                                                   residence halls. Water shall not be thrown inside the hall, onto or from balconies,
violates either the quiet hours                                                               stoops, or windows. Addi onally, ins ga on or par cipa on in such ac vi es could
or courtesy hours rules.                                                                      result in disciplinary ac on and/or billing of damages.

Smoking                                                                                       Weapons/Firearms
    Texas A&M University is a smoke-free campus, which means smoking is not                        Students may NOT bring into the residence halls, for any reason, any firearm,
permi ed in any indoor space, including residence halls. While smoking outside near           illegal knife, club, or any other weapon (not restricted to legal defini ons) that may be
entry ways, please be considerate of others. You may be asked to move if your smoke           hazardous to the health or safety of residents. This includes, but is not limited to: rifles
begins to travel indoors. Smoking is prohibited on the balconies (including first floor) of     (including drill rifles), pistols, shotguns, pellet guns, BB guns, taser/stun guns, bows and
the balcony-style halls. Furthermore, smoking is prohibited in the following loca ons:        arrows, sling shots, mar al arts weapons such as nun chucks or throwing stars, axes
    A. All buildings and vehicles, regardless of loca on, that are owned or leased            machetes, swords, spears, switchblades, or knives with a blade four inches or longer.
        under the administra ve purview of the president of Texas A&M University, will        Residence hall staff or University Police may confiscate these items. In addi on, items
        be en rely smoke-free. This smoke-free rule will apply to all indoor air space,       which are legally defined as weapons may not be stored in vehicles that are parked on
        including foyers, entryways and classrooms, individual faculty and administra ve      University property.
        offices.                                                                                     In addi on, the following items are prohibited from being used inside of any
    B. All indoor air space of university-owned athle c facili es will be smoke-free.         residence hall room or public area: Airso guns, paintball guns and nerf guns. These
        Outdoor public sea ng areas in athle c arenas and theaters will be smoke-free.        items may be stored in a residence hall room, but may not be used anywhere inside of a
    C. University-owned and leased housing (apartments, residence halls) and ea ng            residence hall.
        areas (dining halls, cafeterias, food courts, snack bars, University Club) will be         Residents found viola ng any part of this rule may be subject to both University and
        smoke-free.                                                                           criminal charges and may be removed from University housing.


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Windows
Windows in air-condi oned buildings are not to be opened except in Lege and the                           Campus Resources
corridor/balcony halls. Window screens are not to be removed so as to minimize
damage and/or loss. Nothing should be propelled or thrown out of a window. Any    Absence from class no fica on Contact Student Assistance Services at 979-845-3113,
a achments outside room windows must be approved in advance by the Director of                                 h p://studentaffairs.tamu.edu/SAS.
Residence Life.
                                                                                  Acts of insensi vity             Contact your hall staff; the Department of Mul cultural
                                                                                                                   Services, 979-845-4551, h p://aggieculture.tamu.edu/ ;
                                                                                                                   or Women’s Resource Center, 979-845-8784, h p://wrc.
                                                                                                                   tamu.edu.
                                                                                  Alcohol or drug issue            Contact Student Life’s Alcohol and Drug Educa on
                                                                                                                   Programs for informa on regarding AA, NA, ACOA or
                                                                                                                   other support groups and resources, 979-845-0280,
                                                                                                                   h p://studentlife.tamu.edu/adep/.
                                                                                  CARPOOL                          Call 979-845-3051, h p://carpool.tamu.edu.
                                                                                  Counseling                       Student Counseling Service at 979-862-4383, h p://scs.
                                                                                                                   tamu.edu.
                                                                                  Difficult personal situa on        Contact a residence hall staff member, Student
                                                                                                                   Counseling Services, 979-845-4427, h p://scs.tamu.
                                                                                                                   edu/ or HelpLine at 979-845-2700.
                                                                                  Harassment (sexual, racial, etc.) Contact your hall staff or Student Assistance Services at
                                                                                                                    979-845-3113, h p://studentaffairs.tamu.edu/SAS.
                                                                                  Hazing incident                  Visit h p://stophazing.tamu.edu.
                                                                                  Illness or Injury                For emergencies, call 9-911 from campus phone or 911
                                                                                                                   on a cell. For non-emergencies, call Student Health
                                                                                                                   Services at 979-458-8316, h p://shs.tamu.edu.
                                                                                  Intramural informa on            Call Recrea onal Sports at 979-845-7826,
                                                                                                                   h p://recsports.tamu.edu.
                                                                                  Mentor                           ATMentors at h p://atmentors.tamu.edu.
                                                                                  Sexual assault or rape           Contact the University Police Department, 979-845-
                                                                                                                   2345; Green Dots at h p://greendot.tamu.edu; Texas
                                                                                                                   A&M Student Counseling Center’s Helpline, 979-
                                                                                                                   845-2700; Residence Hall Staff; Student Assistance
                                                                                                                   Services, 979-845-3113; Sexual Assault Resource Center,
                                                                                                                   979.731.1000; or Women’s Resource Center, 979-845-
                                                                                                                   8784, wrc.tamu.edu.
                                                                                  Student escort                   Contact the Corps Guard Room at 979-845-6789.
                                                                                  The                              Contact your Residence Hall Staff and the University
                                                                                                                   Police Department, 979-845-2345, to file a report.
                                                                                  Withdrawing from school          Contact the dean of your college for authoriza on and
                                                                                                                   appropriate paper work.
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     Academic and Residence Life Calendar                                                               Academic and Residence Life Calendar
Fall Semester 2012                                                                                   Summer I 2013
Halls open                                                          Sunday, August 19 at 8 am        Halls open                                                         Friday, May 31 at 8 am
Room change requests                                              Starts on Sunday, August 19        First day of Summer I and 10-week classes                                  Tuesday, June 3
Freshman Convoca on                                                          Sunday, August 26       Last day for adding/dropping courses for Summer I and 10-week classes    Monday, June 21
First day of Fall Semester classes/Hall changes                            Monday, August 27         Independence Day                                                           Thursday, July 4
Last day for adding/dropping courses for Fall Semester               Friday, August 31 at 5 pm       Last day of Summer I classes                                                 Friday, July 5
Academic Convoca on                                                     Thursday, September 6        Final exams                                                                 Monday, July 8
Last day to officially withdraw from the University                 Friday, November 2 at 5 pm         Halls close                                                        Tuesday, July 8 at 5 pm
Last day for all students to drop courses w/ no penalty (Q-drop) Friday, November 2 at 5 pm
Preregistra on for 2013 Spring Semester                           November 15 - December 4
Thanksgiving holiday                                          November 22 and November 23            Summer II 2013
Last day of Fall Semester Classes                                        Tuesday, December 4         Halls open                                                           Monday, July 8 at 3 pm
Reading Days                                                     December 5 and December 6           First day of Summer II classes                                               Tuesday, July 9
Final Exams                                                               December 7, 10 - 12        Last day for adding/dropping courses for Summer II                          Monday, July 12
Halls Close                                                    Saturday, December 15 at 7 pm         Last day of Summer II and 10-week classes                               Monday, August 12
                                                                                                     Final exams                                                                August 13 and 14
                                                                                                     Halls close                                                       Friday, August 16 at 5 pm
Spring Semester 2013
Halls open                                                         Thursday, January 10 at 8 am
Room change requests                                             Starts on Thursday, January 10
Last day to register for Spring Semester classes and pay fees                 Friday, January 11
First day of Spring Semester classes/Hall changes                           Tuesday, January 14
Last day for adding/dropping courses for the Spring Semester                Monday, January 18
Mar n Luther King, Jr. Day                                                  Monday, January 21
Spring break                                                               March 11 - March 15
Reading Day, No classes                                                         Friday, March 29
Preregistra on for the 2013 Fall Semester                                      April 11 - April 26
Muster                                                                           Sunday, April 21
Last day of Spring Semester classes                                            Tuesday, April 30
Reading Days                                                                   May 1 and May 2
Final exams                                                                  May 3, 6 through 8
Commencement                                                                    May 12 - May 11
Halls close                                                   Saturday, May 11 at 12 pm (noon)




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                                                                                                                                         Insurance Informa on ...............................20                Residence Life Staff......................................6
                                                               Index                                                                     Interim Housing .........................................29           Resident Advisor..........................................6
                                                                                                                                         Internet Communi es ...............................21                 RHA............................................................23
24 Hour Commons Desk ..............................7                 Damage to University Property .................38                   Internet Connec ons ...................................8              Roofs..........................................................47
Abandoned Property .................................34               Decora ons ...............................................38        Keys ...........................................................43    Room Assignment .....................................30
Abuse, Physical ..........................................39         Digital Image..............................................21       Laundry........................................................8      Room Changes ...........................................28
Academics in the Residence Halls .............31                     Dining, University ........................................8        Leadership Opportuni es ..........................23                  Room Entry ................................................47
Access Card System ...................................12             Disabled Student Accommoda ons ..........28                         Lightening Protec on ................................22               Room Furniture .........................................48
Access Cards .......................................... 8, 43        Disorderly Conduct ....................................38           Lock Outs .....................................................9      Room Modifica ons ..................................48
Addresses, Changing .................................26              Disrup ve Ac vity .....................................38           Lo s ...........................................................43    Room Occupancy.......................................48
Alcohol.......................................................34     Doors, Self-Closing.....................................21          Lost Keys ......................................................9     Room Rent .................................................30
Appliances .................................................35       Drugs .........................................................38   Lounge Furniture .......................................44            Room Search .............................................47
Area Offices .................................................7        Emergency Contacts, personal ..................16                   Mail Services ...............................................9        Roommate Conflicts ..................................32
Arson .........................................................36    Emergency Equipment ..............................39                Meningi s Vaccina ons, Bacterial .............13                      Safety Equipment ......................................39
Bathrooms & Showers, Guests ..................40                     Emergency Preparedness ..........................16                 Microwave Ovens ..................................9, 44               Services ..................................................7-11
Bats............................................................13   Equipment .................................................35       Microwave/Fridge Combina ons ................9                        Shelters, Emergencies ...............................17
Bedbugs ................................................14-15        ERASE ........................................................24    Missing Persons .........................................16           Shipping Services .........................................9
Bicycles ......................................................36    Escor ng Guests ........................................40          Motorcycles ...............................................36         Single Rooms ............................................29
Cable Television ...........................................7        Evacua on Areas .......................................17           Noise .........................................................45     Smoking .....................................................48
Calendars ..............................................52-53        Explosives ..................................................39     No fica ons ..............................................29           Solicita on .................................................49
Campaigning ..............................................36         Extension Cords .........................................39         NRHH .........................................................24      Staff on Duty................................................6
Campfires ..................................................36        Exterior Door Locking ................................39            Offensive Odors .........................................45            Study Abroad .............................................27
Campus Resources ....................................51              Exterior Walls ............................................47       Offensive Printed Materials .......................45                  Summer School Housing ...........................30
Cancella on of Room Assignment.............25                        Facility Usage .............................................44      Open Flames..............................................36           Table of contents .........................................3
Candles ......................................................36     Figh ng ......................................................39    Overnight Guests .......................................40            Telephone Service ................................10-11
CARPOOL ...................................................51        Fire Alarms ................................................17      Pain ng......................................................46       Tell Somebody Campaign ..........................12
Chalking .....................................................36     Fire Life Safety Inspec on..........................18              Parking.......................................................10      Temporary Assignments ............................30
Check-In/Check-Out ..................................25              Firearms.....................................................49     Personal Items ...........................................46          The ..........................................................49
Christmas Trees .........................................36          Fireworks ...................................................39     Pets ............................................................46   TV Lounge ..................................................11
Code Maroon.............................................12           Gambling ...................................................39      Police Department.....................................51              University Officials, Coopera on with .......37
Cohabita on ..............................................41         Group Billings ............................................41       Pos ng .......................................................46      Vending Machines .....................................11
Communal Damage ..................................41                 Guest Policies ............................................40       Power Strips ..............................................39         Video Copyright Guidelines .......................49
Communicable Diseases ............................16                 Hall Changes ..............................................28       Prac cal Jokes/Pranks ...............................46               Visita on during special mes ..................41
Community Councils, Residence Hall ........23                        Halogen Lamps ..........................................42          Private Rooms ...........................................29           Visita on for CoEd Halls ............................41
Community Director/GHD ...........................6                  Harassment ...............................................42        Projec les ..................................................46       Visita on for Single Gender Halls ..............41
Community Living Creed .............................4                Hazardous Materials..................................39             Property Insurance ....................................20             Visita on Policies.......................................40
Compu ng Guidelines ...............................36                Hazing ........................................................42   QR Codes .....................................................2       Water Fights ..............................................49
Conduct Procedures ..................................33              Health Insurance .......................................20          Quiet Hours ...............................................45         Wax Warmers ............................................36
Conduct, Appeals ......................................33            HIV/AIDS ....................................................19     Recrea on .................................................10         Weapons ...................................................49
Consolida on ............................................27          Holiday Trees .............................................36       Recycling....................................................47       Weather.....................................................22
Contact Paper ............................................37         Host Responsibility ....................................40          Refrigerators ..............................................45        Wellness Living ..........................................25
Contract Renewal and Cancella on...........27                        Housing Assignments & Contract Issues ...25                         Refunds......................................................29       Windows....................................................50
Cooking......................................................37      Housing Assignments Office ........................6                  Renters Insurance ......................................20            Withdrawal ................................................31
Coopera on with University Officials ........37                        Housing Deposit ........................................29          Res Life Mission & Inclusivity Statement .....5                       Work Orders ..............................................11
Co-oping ....................................................27      Iden fica on .............................................43
Coordinator of Residence Life .....................6                 Illness and Injury .......................................19
Courtesy Hours ..........................................45          Important Numbers .....................................2
Custodial & Maintenance ............................7                Incense ......................................................36
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Living at the Heart of the Aggie Experience
                     Department of Residence Life
                Texas A&M University • 1253 TAMU
                  College Station, Texas 77843-1253
                (979) 862-3158 • Fax (979) 862-2434
    Website: http://reslife.tamu.edu/ • E-mail: housing@tamu.edu
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