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Decorations & Room Modifications

Because each resident's room is his or her "home away from home", the University permits and encourages students to create a comfortable and pleasant living space. Residents may not structurally alter their rental units in any way. Cosmetic alterations should consist entirely of approved decorations as permitted in the preceding section of this handbook. Students may not paint the walls or cabinetry, hang wallpaper or decorative borders, or remove or change fixtures such as overhead lights or appliances. Students may not construct walls or partitions within the unit. Bolts and hooks may not be used to secure personal furnishings to walls, floors, or ceilings.

Decoration Restrictions & Recommendations

  1. Nails, screws, and plant hooks may not be put into the walls or ceilings. Posters and artwork may be hung on the wall with thumb tacks, staples, or preferably, non-marring adhesive. Students should refrain from using duct, transparent, double-sided, or packaging tape, etc., as they may damage the paint and leave adhesive residue, which will result in charges for repair to the damaged area. Scotch tape and rubber cement work well for affixing photos and small posters to walls and doors. Products such as 3M’s Command Adhesive hooks work well for mounting bulletin boards, banners, etc., and are non-marring and easily removable. To install posters, pictures, etc., removable adhesive putty is recommended.

  2. Apartment residents should not hang anything outside their apartment door with nails or screws.

  3. While students are permitted, and encouraged, to decorate their personal space in a way that is reflective of their personality, interests, and self-expression, decorations that may be offensive or obscene may not be displayed in an area that others can see without entering the personal living space of the roommate or neighbor. For instance, political or religious propaganda that may be offensive to others, as well as sexually explicit material or profane images, should be kept on walls or surfaces within bedrooms rather than being displayed on doors and walls that can be seen in the hallway or in the common living areas of the apartment or suite. Additionally, such materials should not be displayed in windows or on exterior doors or hallway bulletin boards that subject passersby to the images or material. Students should be aware that offensive materials made visible to others may make for an uncomfortable or hostile living environment, and might even constitute harassment. Ultimately, the Residence Life Staff may remove such materials that are readily visible to others, or ask residents to do so.

  4. Residents are expected to keep decorations portraying drug and alcohol use or advertisements from being visible outside their rental unit. This means that beer and alcohol merchandising material, as well as posters depicting marijuana leaves, or any such related materials, should not be displayed in windows or on exterior doors or walls. Likewise, alcohol bottles are not to be used as decorations, displayed in window sills or atop refrigerators and shelves. Empty bottles should be recycled and removed from the apartment in a timely fashion after the alcohol has been consumed. Residents under the age of 21 found to have alcohol bottles in their suites or apartments, even if the items are displayed only as decoration, will be disciplined for an alcohol offense, as possession of empty containers still violates the Alcohol Policy.  See Alcohol Policy.

Aquariums

Aquariums should be 25 gallons or less. See Pet Policy for more information.

Bed Lofting

For safety purposes, only furniture that has been designed for elevation or lofting, i.e. Banfield Hall beds, should be elevated, with use of proper tools and staff support.  The use of concrete blocks or any other materials for the purpose of elevating and/or stacking unit furniture are prohibited. Only Banfield Hall beds can be lofted.

Ceilings

Items should not be hung from or attached to ceilings  In Banfield Hall and the Lodge, it is especially important NOT to tamper with sprinkler heads as the damages associated with inadvertently setting those off could be very costly.

Darts & Dart Boards

Darts and dart boards are not permitted in the Housing community.

Furniture

Furniture located in units may be moved within the suite or apartment in which it is located so long as no damage results from its movement and the furniture is being used according to its intended purpose. Residents will be fully accountable for the condition of the room and furnishings within their room during their period of occupancy.

Personal Furnishings

Residents may bring in additional furnishings so long as items are removed at move-out. At no time should common area furnishings be taken into students private residences. Examples of this might include Banfield common area furniture being pulled into a suite or apartment living area furnishings, meant for all occupants' use, being moved to one person's bedroom against the wishes of the other roommates.

Porches & Facility Exteriors

To maintain a neat and aesthetic appearance within the student housing complex and to prevent clutter from creating fire code violations, the university limits the amount and type of personal belongings that may be stored on porches or on the grounds. Porch items are limited to planting containers, BBQ grills, all-weather outdoor seating, and seasonal decorations (including miniature light strands). Bicycles, children’s toys, garbage, furniture, tires and auto parts, and other such items may not be left on porches, alongside the buildings, in the parking lot, or on the grounds. Additionally, at no time should any of the University-owned interior furnishings, including chairs, be left on porches or on the grounds. Political propaganda and messages that may be considered offensive should also not be displayed on the exterior of the buildings or on the grounds. Residents may not alter landscaping or create flowerbeds or gardens outside their apartments or elsewhere on the grounds.

Resident Communal Responsibility

All resident of a unit are responsible for the condition of common area furnishings, including carpet, vinyl flooring, walls, cabinets, and doors.  At checkout, in situations where individual responsibility for damages cannot be determined, repair and/or replacement charges may be split amongst all residents.  See Damages – Damages to Common Areas Within Units.

Grills

Apartment residents may use personal grills outside of their unit provided they follow safety guidelines.  Charcoal grills, smokers, or any gasoline or liquefied petroleum gas-fired stove or similar device should be used safely - not less than 15 feet from any structure, including roof overhangs.  Electric grills are exempt from this distance requirement; however, please note that smoke allowed to enter into the unit from the porch area may set off the fire sensors in the entry areas.

Restitution for damages to one's room or furnishings will be taken from the $300 security deposit, and any additional costs will be charged outright to the student's account. Upon check-out, or when a resident has been found to vacate his or her room, the condition of the room and its contents will be compared to the conditions documented in the Room Condition Form that was completed when the resident assumed occupancy of the unit. Anything other than regular wear and tear will be charged to the student's account. This might include damages to walls, broken desk or dresser drawers, torn or stained mattresses or draperies, burn marks, broken windows or mirrors, carpet stains, smoke and other odors, etc. Additionally, missing items, i.e. trash cans, lamps, mattresses, chairs, will be charged to the student's account. Damages identified during the semester may be charged to a residents student account at the time the damages are discovered.

Damages to Common Areas Within Units

For damages to common areas within the living unit, such as to apartment living rooms, kitchens, halls, and bathrooms, as well to Banfield suite entryways and bathrooms, the roommates will be questioned and the resident responsible for the damages will be charged. If the staff is unable to determine responsibility, the replacement or repair costs will be split between all residents of the suite or apartment and assessed accordingly. Residents are responsible for the behavior of their guests, so damages caused by non-residents will be charged to the resident who was hosting the individual(s) who caused the damage. Residents are encouraged to report such damages to their CA when they occur to avoid being held financially responsible, in part, for the damages. Additionally, any resident found to be responsible for damages to or defacement of common areas such as lobbies, porches, the exterior of buildings, or any structures or grounds on university property will be charged accordingly.

 
 

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