Residence Hall Policies

As a student of Marshall University, you are responsible for abiding by all policies and procedures outlined in the Student Code of Conduct, Housing and Food Service Contract, Residence Hall Guide, as well as all federal, state, county, and municipal ordinances. Should you be charged with a violation, you have the right to due process. Refer to the Student Handbook and Code of Conduct for complete information on your due process rights and responsibilities. Each student is expected to read, follow, and understand the following campus living policies.

A1.0 Abandoned Property
Students who vacate the halls should take all personal belongings with them. Should any residents leave any belongings behind, whether intentional or not, those residents will be notified of a $25.00 removal of item charge. This charge is applicable regardless of whether or not residents claim property. Property will be bagged and held for 30 days.
A2.0 Alcohol
Regardless of age, the possession or consumption of alcohol is prohibited on Marshall University’s campus, including but not limited to all residence halls rooms, public spaces, and grounds.

A2.1 Empty alcoholic beverage containers, packaging, and consumption devices (cans, bottles, bottle caps, kegs, beer balls, beer funnels etc.) are not permitted in the residence halls. Shot glasses, wine glasses, beer mugs, etc. that evinces consumption are considered alcohol containers and will be required to be immediately removed or disposed of. Alcohol containers or packaging may not be displayed as decoration in any area of housing (even if a resident is 21 years of age or older). Empty containers can lead to a trash problem and create a breeding ground for insects and pests. They are also considered acceptable evidence of consumption.

A3.0 Air Conditioners and Window Fans
Residents are prohibited from installing air conditioning units (floor and window) in residence hall rooms. Portable fans are permitted with the exception of those with exposed heating/cooling elements.

A3.1 Residents are required to keep all items, including furniture, from obstructing
access to the air handler/conditioner. Items placed in front of any AC or heating unit may cause damage to or interfere with the unit’s operations.

A4.0 Appliances
For safety reasons, the following restrictions are placed on appliances and electrical equipment in the residence halls:

A4.1 The possession of Nu Wave ovens, hot plates, toaster ovens, barbecue grills, any appliance with an open/exposed heating element or any other heat producing cooking appliances are not permitted.

A4.2 Electrically amplified items, including musical instruments, microphones, surround sound, etc. may not be used in resident rooms.

A4.3 All electrical appliances in operation cannot exceed 20 amps of power at one time. Appliance amperage is usually specified in the owner’s manual or on the equipment itself. Overloading the capacity of circuits can cause damage to your appliances as well as to the building’s electrical system. Please contact the Housing and Residence Life office for assistance.

A4.4 Extension cords are not permitted.

A4.5 Multi-outlet electrical plugs that are attached to a permanent outlet are not permitted. Surge protectors that are UL listed and have re-settable circuit breakers are permitted and recommended, especially for TVs, computers, stereos, etc. All electrical appliances should be plugged directly into a permanent outlet or a surge protector that is plugged directly into a permanent wall outlet.

A4.6 Halogen lights/lamps are not permitted in any of the residence halls.

A4.7 Refrigerators rated at more than 2.5 amps are not permitted.

A4.8 Microfridges (refrigerator and microwave combo) are prohibited in TTE, TTW, Holderby, and Buskirk Halls. In the First Year Residence Halls and Marshall Commons, microfridges rated at more than 2.5 amps are not permitted.

A4.9 The use of microwaves is prohibited in TTE, TTW, Holderby, and Buskirk Halls. Gibson, Wellman, Willis, and Haymaker Halls have been designed with an outlet dedicated for microwaves only. Microwaves cannot be plugged into any other outlet in the entire suite. In the First Year Residence Halls, microwaves may be plugged in to any outlet. All microwaves must be plugged directly into a wall outlet and not to a surge protector. Suites are only allowed to have one microwave, which cannot exceed 700 watts. Not adhering to these specifications could result in power outages and restriction of microwave usage.

C1.0 Cameras
Any tampering with Housing and Residence Life and Marshall University owned and operated cameras placement, footage, or equipment is strictly prohibited.
C2.0 Candles and Incense
Candles and/or incense are not permitted to be used or stored in any residence hall rooms. Wax burners that do not have an exposed hot plate and/or use light bulbs are permitted.
C3.0 Cleanliness
While Housing and Residence Life staff recognizes the right to privacy, for health and safety reasons, residents are expected to maintain a sanitary and hygienically clean environment within their room and common areas.

C3.1 Residents may not create a health hazard in any common areas (kitchens, lobbies, study lounges, etc.) by improperly disposing of trash or exhibiting other unsanitary behavior.

C4.0 Cohabitation
Cohabitation is defined as “a non-resident on a regular basis using a room as if they were a resident of that room, which includes: the presence of clothing and/or other personal belongings in the room, studying in the room and using the bathroom facilities as if they lived in the hall/room.” Furthermore, minor children or dependents of residents are not permitted to permanently reside within the residential community.
C5.0 Communication
Residents should never give out or post their room number, location, birthdate, phone number(s), email addresses, names of roommates, etc. While Internet sites are used by many residents to establish social connections, not everyone will use them for honest purposes.

C5.1 Any form of bigotry, harassment, intimidation, or threat that jeopardizes the personal safety of another is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, text messages, comments, messages made on whiteboards, websites, social media, blogs.

C5.2 Use of cameras, camera phones, digital recording devices, and/or video equipment without the specific consent of the persons(s) being photographed or recorded is prohibited. Furthermore, residents may face criminal prosecution and/or referral to the University’s Student Conduct Office if such images or recordings are placed on the Internet and/or are used as part of a business operation.

C6.0 Computer Labs
During use, computer lab keys are not to be taken anywhere other than the labs. No food or drinks are permitted. Quiet hours are enforced 24-hours a day. Academic work takes priority over playing games, e-mail, internet surfing, etc.
D1.0 Damage/Vandalism
Residents are responsible for their assigned rooms and residence hall common areas, including the cost of repair or replacement of all University property that is lost or damaged regardless of their actions or the actions of their guests.
D2.0 Dangerous or Hazardous Materials
Dangerous or hazardous materials are strictly prohibited. Dangerous or hazardous materials are defined as, but not limited to, ammunition, fireworks, combustible materials (including lighter fluid, propane, gasoline or petroleum derivatives, butane torches, and canned heating units) or other dangerous articles or substances deemed as unsafe by a university official.
D3.0 Decorations
Residents are allowed to personalize their rooms through the use of, posters, wall hangings, draperies, etc. Students are held responsible for any decorations or adhesive strips (i.e. 3M Strips) that damage or deface any University property. Restrictions are as follows:

D3.1 Combustible materials such as straw, hay, vines, branches, or leaves are prohibited.

D3.2 Adhesive substances such as contact paper, glue, bumper stickers or decals are prohibited on all surfaces.

D3.3 Dartboards and darts are prohibited.

D3.4 Residents may not use nails on any surface.

D3.5 All decorations must be placed 18 inches or lower from the ceiling to meet Fire Code which requires this clearance to be maintained to ensure proper sprinkler operation.

D3.6 Stringed lights are permitted in all halls with the exception of the First Year Residence Halls. Stringed lights that are used in other halls must be made for indoor use and cannot be draped over any material that could be flammable.

D4.0 Disorderly/Disruptive Conduct
Residents are to refrain from any activity in the residence halls that might endanger their own safety, the safety of other people or the residence hall facilities.
D5.0 Doors/Locks
Propping open residence hall doors with automatic closers, fire doors, any exterior residence hall doors, or using emergency exits in non-emergency situations is prohibited. Manipulation of locks in any way is prohibited.
D6.0 Drugs
Unauthorized possession, distribution, delivery, sale, storage and/or use of a controlled substance (drugs or narcotics) are prohibited. This includes any drug for which the required prescription has not been validly obtained, as well as the possession of drug paraphernalia including but not limited to, bongs, needles, and/or pipes.
E1.0 Elevators
Tampering with or defacing elevators is prohibited.
F1.0 Failure to Comply
Failure to follow a directive or comply with a member of the Housing and Residence Life Staff and/or other policies as outlined in the MU Student Code of Conduct, Federal and State Law, and the Residence Hall Guide is prohibited. Residents are expected to comply with directives of any University officials when acting in the performance of their duties, including administrative instructions and deadlines. These include but may not be limited to:

1. Unauthorized room changes.
2. Knowingly misusing, altering or mutilating a card, using the card of another, or allowing one’s own card to be used by another student.
3. Being verbally abusive with a University official.
4. Failure to leave premises when asked to by any University official.
5. Failure to complete sanctions assigned from a disciplinary hearing.
6. Failure to show University ID.

F2.0 Fire Safety and Equipment

F2.1 All residents are required to evacuate their residence hall when the fire/emergency alarms sound. This includes routine safety drills required by law. Elevators are not to be used during emergency evacuations. Failure to vacate may result in a citation by the Fire Marshal, a fine, and disciplinary action.

F2.2 Tampering, altering, disabling or any other misuse of fire safety equipment is strictly prohibited and illegal. This includes but is not limited to sprinkler heads and smoke detectors. There is at minimum a $25 fee for each occurrence.

F2.3 Hanging objects from sprinkler heads or smoke detectors is strictly prohibited. Any damage to sprinkler heads, ceiling tiles, or water damage to any personal property shall be the responsibility of the resident.

F3.0 Furniture
Unauthorized possession of university property other than furnishings assigned to a room is prohibited. Items not assigned to the room, including but not limited to, lounge and cafeteria furniture, cafeteria utensils, signs, and fire/safety equipment will be removed if found.

F3.1 Furniture, except for bunk beds, may not be disassembled or detached from walls.

F3.2 All furniture must remain in the room at all times.

F3.3 Furniture may not be placed on cinder blocks or other items to elevate it.

F3.4 Residents in double occupancy rooms should only use furniture meant for their
assigned bed space as you may receive a roommate at any time.

H1.0 Harassment
Harassment is strictly prohibited. Harassment is defined as committing, conspiring to commit, or causing to be committed any act which causes or is likely to cause physical or mental harm which tends to injure or actually injures, intimidates, stigmatizes, frightens, demeans, degrades, or disgraces any person or group.
I1.0 Identification (Marshall ID)
Residents are required to show their stickered Marshall ID when entering their residence hall 24 hours a day. Improper use of stickered Marshall ID is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, giving ID to individuals who do not reside in the hall or allowing a non-resident to use your ID to enter your residence hall. In the event a resident needs to secure a temporary ID due to their student ID being lost or stolen, the resident will be required to show their key to the front desk to prove they live in the residence hall they are wanting to enter.
K1.0 Keys
Improper use of room or building keys is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, giving keys to individuals who do not reside in the hall or allowing a non-resident to use your room key to enter your room.
L1.0 Loitering
Students should refrain from loitering in entrances of the residence halls where prohibited.
N1.0 Noise
Residents and guests must abide by the quiet hours as outlined below both inside the residence halls and in the vicinity. Residents must comply with requests to reduce excessive noise that interferes with a resident’s right to study or sleep in their room. At no time should any amplified sound be directed out resident’s windows. During exam weeks, Housing and Residence Life staff will institute and enforce 24-hour quiet hours.

Quiet Hours: Noise should not be heard outside of a resident’s room including voices, music, etc. Hours are 9:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 12:00 midnight until 10:00 am on Friday and Saturday.

Courtesy Hours: As residents you should be respectful of others and maintain a reasonable noise level as determined by housing staff.

P1.0 Pets
The only pets permitted are fish in tanks up to 10 gallons.
R1.0 Recreational Equipment
Equipment checked out from the front desk should be returned promptly after use. Residents who fail to return items or return them damaged will be billed for the replacement of these items.
R2.0 Recreational Transportation

R2.1 With the exception of the First Year Residence Halls bicycles may be stored in resident rooms. Residents in the First Year Residence Halls must use the outdoor racks to store bicycles. Bicycles may not be chained or stored in the lobbies, walkways, rails of sidewalks, stairwells, laundry rooms, or other public areas. University personnel will remove bicycles stored in areas where a safety hazard is created.

R2.2 Rollerblading, skateboarding and the riding of bicycles and hover boards are prohibited in the residence halls.

R2.3 The use, charging, and storage (if battery is in device) of Hoverboards, and similar devices, are prohibited in all residence halls. You may store it in your room with the battery removed. If you are unable to remove the battery you must remove the Hoverboards, and similar devices from your residence hall. If the item is found with battery intact it will be confiscated by the Housing Office and disposed of immediately.

R3.0 Roofs
Residents are not permitted on the roofs or awnings of residence halls. No objects may be thrown, dropped or otherwise deposited on or off roofs or awnings.
S1.0 Sales and Solicitation
Door-to-door solicitation, sales, surveys, and canvassing are not permitted in any area within the residential community. Door-to-door distribution of flyers or leaflets or the placement of these items on doors or cars is prohibited. The exception to this policy is for Housing and Residence Life staff in carrying out the duties of their position. Flyers and other forms of publicity may not be distributed without the consent of the Director of Housing and Residence Life, or their designee. Students may not engage in any sales or business activities within any public area of the residential community.

S1.1 All advertising in the residential community must be pre-approved, including student groups, events, or sale of personal items that may benefit others in the community (such as textbooks). Approval can be sought at the Housing and Residence Life office.

S2.0 Smoking/Tobacco
Smoking and the use of tobacco products in all residence halls, including resident rooms, common areas, and stairwells is prohibited. This includes vapor/e-cigarette products. Residents will be charged a $25.00 fine if caught smoking for each occurrence.
V1.0 Visitation (General Guests)
The residence halls have visitation for of-age guests’ 24-hours a day, seven days a week, regardless of gender. Guests are defined as any individual that is not a resident of the community they are visiting. Residents and signed in guests of residents of the First Year Residence Halls and Marshall Commons have inter-hall visitation, and do not have to be registered at the front desk to visit other halls in their community. Residents are limited to three (3) guests at a time. Guests may only be signed into one community at a time.

V1.1 All guests must be properly signed in with their host at the front desk upon entering a residence hall. Proper photo identification (Driver’s license, state-issued ID card, school ID card, or military ID) is required by the guest and their host in order to be signed in. Guests without photo identification will not be signed in. Personal care attendants for residents who are disabled or physically challenged must have their names provided in writing by their employer or university representative, present a photo ID, and sign in at the front desk before entering residential areas. The host resident does not need to be present to sign in the attendant.

V1.2 Host and guest must show their ID to the front desk every time they enter the building to confirm they are still signed in. All guests must be properly signed out at the end of their stay at the front desk. A guest’s stay may not exceed a consecutive 72-hour period. If a guest’s stay exceeds 72-hours they must wait seven (7) days before they will be permitted to stay again.

V1.3 Guests must be escorted at all times by their host. A host is defined as the resident who has signed them in to the community.

V1.4 Residents are responsible for their guests and their behavior at all times.

V1.5 Guests must use the common bathroom facilities that correspond to their gender.

*Housing and Residence Life staff reserve the right, at their discretion, to refuse to allow any guest the privilege of visiting the residence halls or may alter or amend visitation and guest policies as necessary.

V2.0 Visitation (Minors Under 18)
Underage guests (minors) are permitted to visit the residence halls. To stay overnight within the residence halls the following conditions apply:

V2.1 No minor who is not a Marshall student or accompanied by an adult member of their immediate family may visit the residence halls overnight (12:00 midnight-8:00 am) without written parental or legal guardian consent, including contact information for verification.

*Housing and Residence Life staff reserve the right, at their discretion, to refuse to allow any guest the privilege of visiting the residence halls or may alter or amend visitation and guest policies as necessary.

V3.0 Visitation (Overnight)
Overnight visitation within the residence halls is permitted for of-age guests. This is defined as having a guest signed in for more than 2 hours between the hours of 2:00 am – 8:00 am under the following conditions:

V3.1 Overnight guests are restricted to three nights in a 7-day period.

V3.2 No guest may stay more than three (3) nights at any time. If a guest stays 3 nights they must wait seven (7) days before they will be permitted to stay overnight again.

*Please note that Housing and Residence Life staff may request written acknowledgement of overnight visitation consent at their discretion.

W1.0 Weapons
Possession or storage of any weapon, dangerous devices or substances, including but not limited to, any firearm, pellet gun, illegal knife (blade longer than 3 inches), sling shot, ammunition, dangerous chemicals, fireworks or explosive device, or other dangerous weapon. Certain weapons can be stored at Marshall University Police Department, for more details call 304-696-4357.
W2.0 Windows
Tampering with, damage to or misuse of windows or window screens is prohibited.

W2.1 Placing objects or offensive materials on windows or outside window ledges is prohibited.

W2.2 Throwing or dropping objects from windows is prohibited.

W2.3 Sitting, standing or leaning out windows is strictly prohibited. This includes
attempting to enter or exit a room through a window.

W2.4 Screens, retaining locks, screws, sealed windows must remain in place at all
times. There is a minimum fine of $25.00 per occupant, per occurrence.