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POLICIES (A-Z)

Housing and Residence Life is a multi-faceted community committed to providing a safe, inclusive, and supportive learning environment where academic success, personal development, and civic responsibility are fostered. We expect students to abide by the policies and procedures outlined (in alphabetical order) below.

A - B - C - D - F - G - H - I - K - L - N - O - P - R - S - T - U - V - W

A

Alcohol

Possession or use of alcoholic beverages in the course of a University activity or student organization activity is prohibited when the possession or use is contrary to law and/or University policy.

  • Alcohol is prohibited in Cook, Meijer, and South Halls for all resident or guest(s) regardless of age
  • In Panther Woods Apartments, only residents and guests who are 21 years of age or older may consume and store alcohol in the privacy of their room/apartment. Residents or guests under the age of 21 are not to be present when alcohol is being consumed. Kegs, bongs, open parties, and mass quantities are prohibited. Possession of unreasonable quantities of alcohol is prohibited
  • Open containers of alcohol are not permitted in any public areas in or outside the on-campus housing system including elevators, hallways, breezeways, lobbies, balconies, entryways, parking lots, etc.
  • Possession or use that creates a danger to self or others, including but not limited to excessive intoxication, is prohibited
  • The sale, gift, or transfer of alcohol to minors is prohibited
  • Public intoxication, defined as being under the influence of alcohol or other drugs regardless of age, in circumstances where such behavior causes a disturbance or other concern to the University is prohibited
  • The possession of alcoholic beverage containers is prohibited on campus; this includes collectable empty or full alcohol containers and dispensing paraphernalia
  • The possession of alcoholic beverage containers is prohibited on campus. This includes collectable, empty or full alcohol containers; dispensing paraphernalia; or in the course of a University activity or student organization activity, when the possession or use is contrary to law and/or University policy is prohibited
  • The use of University or organizational monies to purchase alcoholic beverages is prohibited

B

Bicycles, Skateboards, Motor Scooters

Bicycles, skateboards, and any scooter (motorized or non-motorized) are prohibited in the residence halls.

C

Candles

Candles with or without a wick, incense and other objects with an open flame are prohibited.

Common Areas

All regulations pertaining to room decorations must be followed in decorating common areas. Residents must receive permission from the Director or his/her designee before decorating public areas. If any of the policies are violated, the Residence Life Staff reserves the right to remove such violations and violators could face disciplinary action.

Common Area Furniture

Furniture found in common areas must not be removed or relocated.

D

Damages / Residential Community Repair and Replacement Fees

Residents are responsible for all damages that occur in their rooms/apartments/suites as well as damages that occur as a result of their actions in common areas. Damage charges to common areas will be divided among residents if the responsible party cannot be identified.

Dishonesty

Acts of dishonesty are prohibited, including but not limited to the following:

  • Furnishing false information to any University official, faculty member, or office; this includes, but is not limited to, false information on an admission application, or any other document submitted to the University
  • Forgery, alteration, or misuse of any University document, record, or instrument of identification
  • Tampering with the election of any University-recognized Student leader or Student Organization
  • Falsification of University records; each Student is expected to complete any University record accurately and honestly
  • A student shall not at any time make a false or misleading statement to any person charged with investigating or deciding the responsibility of the accused, reviewing a finding of responsibility, or determining or reviewing the appropriateness of the sanction or sanctions to be recommended or imposed
  • Representing or acting on behalf of the University or another individual when not authorized to do so

Disorderly Conduct

Engaging in intentional expression or conduct that substantially disrupts or interferes with the University's normal functions, the rights of others or causes substantial disorder is prohibited. Disorderly conduct may include any of the following:

  • Taking action that threatens or endangers the safety, health, or life of self or others, or behavior that creates the impression of such endangerment
  • Conduct or behavior that the student knows or should know is reasonably likely to be considered obscene under the standards of the local community. Such behavior includes but is not limited to public exposure of one's own sexual organs and voyeurism, including but not limited to video voyeurism. Video voyeurism means recording, or using, disclosing or distributing a recording of others in a location or situation where there is a reasonable expectation of privacy (including, but not limited to, a residence hall room, locker room, or bathroom), without knowledge and consent of all individuals involved
  • Abusive or offensive language inherently likely to provoke an immediate violent reaction, whether or not it actually does so or is grossly indecent or offensive to a reasonable member of the University community
  • Aiding any unlawful act or violation of any University policy. Students are responsible for the behavior of their guests and visitors to the University premises
  • Conduct which adversely affects the Student's suitability as a member of the University community, as defined by the Office of Student Affairs
  • Damage to University property or the property of another
  • Intent or commission to attempt a violation

Door Propping

Doors are not allowed to be propped open when residents are not present and visible in the common room as it compromises safety and security. Objects are not allowed to be put in/on the door jamb to avoid keying in.

Drugs

The term "controlled substance" is defined by Michigan law, and includes, but is not limited to, substances such as marijuana, cocaine, narcotics, certain stimulants and depressants, and hallucinogens. The following actions are prohibited:

  • Use or possession of any drug, controlled substance or any substance used as a drug contrary to law
  • Production, manufacture, distribution of any drug, controlled substance or any substance used as a drug contrary to law
  • Inhalants - Intentionally or recklessly inhaling or ingesting substances (e.g., nitrous oxide, glue, paint, etc.) that will alter a student's mental state is prohibited
  • Prescription drugs - Use of a prescription drug if the prescription was not issued to the student, the distribution or sale of a prescription drug to a person to whom the prescription was not originally issued, or use of prescription drug which use or possession violates local, state, or federal law
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia including but not limited to bongs, baggies, glass pipes, grinders, kief, rolling papers, scales, seeds, shake or stems, regardless of ownership
  • Sale, gift or transfer of drugs, controlled substances, or drug paraphernalia, whether or not such sale, gift, or transfer occurs on or off campus

F

Fire Alarms

When activated, smoke alarms within the building will sound and the strobe lights will flash. Students must evacuate immediately via stairwells, exterior doors, and/or fire doors. All residents and current occupants must move a minimum of 300 feet away from the building. All students are expected to adhere to these procedures, regardless of weather, time of day, or perception of the legitimacy of the alarm.

Fire Safety Equipment

Tampering with or disabling alarms, extinguishers, and smoke detectors is a violation of local, state, federal, and University laws and may result in disciplinary action and/or prosecution.

Fish Tanks

Fish tanks for non-predatory fish must be kept clean and are limited to 10 gallons or less. If a fish tank causes clean-up problems, odors, aggravates allergies, or otherwise constitutes disturbances to health and sanitary conditions, the student will be asked to remove the fish tank from University Housing. During vacation periods, fish must be cared for in an appropriate manner by their owner. This means taking the fish home for a vacation of considerable amount of time.

G

Guests

In regards to this policy, a “guest” is defined as a currently enrolled Davenport student who is not assigned as a resident of that particular room and/or building. A “visitor” is an individual who is not currently enrolled at Davenport University.

Guest Policy for South Halls

  1. Being a guest or visitor of any of the residence halls is a privilege. Staff reserve the right to question, refuse entrance to, or to ask any visitor or guest to leave if their presence is or has the potential to negatively impact residential operations.
  2. Residents are responsible for the actions of their visitors and may be held accountable for said actions should they violate a DU policy.
  3.  Visitors between the ages of two to seventeen must have written consent from their parent(s) or legal guardian and must be pre-approved by the Director of Housing and Residence Life to stay overnight in the residence halls.
  4. Children under the age of two are prohibited from staying overnight in the halls. During special weekends such as Family Weekend or Sibs n’ Kids Weekend, the Director of Housing and Residence Life may waive this restriction if asked to do so by a resident.
  5. All visitors in the residence halls must be registered at the front desk of the hall where their DU host resides after 10:00 p.m. The visitor must provide picture identification which will be copied and retained by the front desk personnel. A resident host must escort any visitor within a residence hall at all times. Residents who fail to register their visitors are subject to conduct review and sanctions.
  6. Between 10:PM and 6:AM, no more than two visitors or guests per resident will be permitted and only if in alignment with the roommate agreement.
  7. Visitors and guests are not allowed to reside in any student room or communal space within the residence hall without the presence of the resident and the permission of the suitemates.
  8. Guests or visitors may stay a maximum of three consecutive nights and no more than six nights per semester.

 

 

 Guest Policy for Meijer, Cook, Panther Ridge and Panther Woods

 

  1. Being a guest or visitor of any of the residence halls is a privilege. Staff reserve the right to question, refuse entrance to, or to ask any visitor or guest to leave if their presence is or has the potential to negatively impact residential operations.
  1. Residents are responsible for the actions of their visitors and may be held accountable for said actions should they violate a DU policy.
  2.  Visitors between the ages of two to seventeen must have written consent from their parent(s) or legal guardian and must be pre-approved by the Director of Housing and Residence Life to stay overnight in the residence halls.
  3. Children under the age of two are prohibited from staying overnight in the halls. During special weekends such as Family Weekend or Sibs n’ Kids Weekend, the Director of Housing and Residence Life may waive this restriction if asked to do so by a resident.
  4. Between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., no more than two visitors or guests per resident will be permitted and only if in alignment with the roommate agreement.
  5. Visitors and guests are not allowed to reside in any student room or communal space within the residence hall without the presence of the resident and the permission of the suitemates.
  6. Guests or visitors may stay a maximum of three consecutive nights and no more than six nights per semester.

H

Harassment

Harassment of persons with certain characteristics or traits is prohibited at the University and offenders will be subject to disciplinary action in addition to other appropriate repercussions. Harassment or threats on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex/gender, sexual orientation, veteran status, or weight is considered a violation of University policy. Harassment is unprofessional conduct that could reasonably be understood as any of the following:

  • Intimidation - Having the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment
  • Interference - Having the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's participation in or access to educational activities and programs
  • Adverse effect - Otherwise adversely affecting an individual's learning opportunities or access to educational activities and programs

Hazing

Hazing is prohibited. Hazing is defined as any action or situation that recklessly or intentionally, on or off University property, endangers the mental, emotional, psychological, or physical health or safety of a student or willfully causes the destruction or removal of public or private property for the purpose of initiation or admission into, affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership in any Student Organization, including fraternities/ sororities, athletic teams, and other organizations. The term shall include, but not be limited to, any brutality of a physical nature such as whipping, beating, tattooing, branding, paddling, forced calisthenics, exposure to the elements, treasure hunts, scavenger hunts, quests and road trips, forced consumption of food, liquor, drugs, or other substances, and any forced activity that would subject the individual to mental stress, such as sleep deprivation, forced exclusion from social contact, or forced conduct that results in embarrassment or ridicule. For the purpose of this definition, any activity described in this definition upon which the initiation or admission into, affiliation with, or continued membership in an organization is directly or indirectly conditional, shall be presumed to be "forced" activity, the willingness of an individual to participate in such activity notwithstanding.

I

Inappropriate Use of Technology

Theft or other abuse of computers, related computing network, websites, equipment or data, including but not limited to the following:

  • Unauthorized entry into, use, transfer or deletion of a file
  • Unauthorized use of another individual's identification and/or password, or unauthorized provision of a student's identification and password to another
  • Obscene or abusive messages - Use of University technology resources to send obscene or abusive messages
  • Operational Interference - Use of University technology resources to interfere with normal operation of the University computing system
  • Personal Interference - Use of University technology resources to interfere with the work of another student, faculty member, University official or other entity
  • Personal gain - Use of University technology resources for personal gain or profit
  • Pornography - Use of University technology resources to send or view pornographic material
  • Threats or Intimidation - Use of University technology resources to threaten, intimidate, or otherwise violate University anti-harassment or anti-violence policies

K

Key / Key Card

Residents are not allowed to let anyone else use their key or card to gain entry into the building. Loaning building access to another individual is not permitted and violators are subject to sanctions.

L

Laser Pointers

Davenport University is located in a safety zone due to the proximity of the local airport, and therefore, does not permit the use of laser pointers at any time.

N

Noise/Courtesy Hours

Residents will be courteous with respect to noise 24 hours a day. A 24-hour quiet hour policy is enforced beginning the Sunday before final exams each term through the end of exam week.

O

Obstruction or disruption

Acts of obstruction or disruption, including but not limited to the following are prohibited:

  • Obstructing or disrupting activities such as teaching, research, disciplinary procedures, and/or other University activities
  • Participation in a demonstration that disrupts the normal operations of the University, infringes on the rights of other members of the University community, or violates reasonable time, place, and manner restrictions
  • Leading or inciting others to disrupt scheduled and/or normal activities within any building or area
  • Obstruction of traffic such as the free flow of pedestrian or vehicular traffic on University premises

P

Pets

For health and sanitary reasons, only non-predatory fish are permitted in University Housing. In cases of violations to this policy, residents will be required to remove the pets from the halls within a 24 hour period. It may be necessary to undertake extermination or deodorization procedures. If so, the violator will be required to pay for such procedures.

R

Room Decorations/Personalization

Residents may decorate or personalize their living space to make it more comfortable and appealing. However, the following guidelines must be followed

  • Combustible materials are prohibited; all materials must be non-flammable
  • Items such as flags, fishnets, beaded curtains and/or sheets are prohibited
  • The use of screws, tacks, contact paper, glue, duct tape, or decals are prohibited
  • Residents are responsible for any decorations that alter, ruin, or otherwise damage University property
  • The use of paint, wallpaper, and contact paper is prohibited in all residential areas
  • Only dart boards that use plastic safety tips are permitted
  • Decorations deemed inappropriate will be removed

S

Sexual Conduct

Inappropriate sexual conduct is prohibited and may result in disciplinary action, including suspension or discharge from the University, as well as criminal prosecution by an appropriate law enforcement agency. The following are examples of prohibited sexual conduct:

  • Sexual assault - Any sexual act or attempt to engage in any sexual act with another person without the consent of the other person or in circumstances in which the person is unable, due to age, disability, or alcohol/chemical or other impairment, to give consent
  • Sexual misconduct - Any intentional intimate touching of another without the consent of the other person or in circumstances in which the person is unable, due to age, disability, or alcohol/chemical or other impairment, to give consent
  • Consent - It is the responsibility of the person initiating sexual activity to make sure the other person is capable of consenting to that activity. Consent is given by an affirmative verbal response or acts that are unmistakable in their meaning. Consent to one form of sexual activity does not mean consent is given to another type of activity or any subsequent sexual activity

Sexual harassment

Harassment on the basis of sex is a violation of state and federal law. Unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature, including unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when:

  • Conditional Term - Submission to or rejection of such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly as a term or condition of an individual's participation in or access to educational activities and programs
  • Hostile Environment - Such conduct is unprofessional and has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or educational environment
  • Sexual harassment also encompasses nonsexual conduct, if the behavior is unwelcome, is based on sex or sexual stereotyping

Smoking and Tobacco Use

Tobacco use is prohibited in all Davenport facilities. Tobacco products include any product or device intended to simulate smoking, cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, electronic cigarettes, vapes, and/or smokeless tobacco including snuff, chewing tobacco, smokeless pouches, or loose leaf tobacco. Designated tobacco use areas exist 25 feet outside each building.

Solicitation/Operating a Business

Solicitation is defined as all activities conducted that involve the sale of goods or services, raising of fund/donations/prizes, selling of advertising, distribution of literature/products, and posting of literature (other than approved advertisements). Residents are not permitted to use rooms or other Housing and Residence Life facilities for any commercial purposes nor are they allowed to operate a business, tangible or virtual, via a residence hall room or address.

Space Heaters

Space heaters are prohibited.

Sports Equipment and Athletic Recreations

All athletic events and/or activities are prohibited inside residential buildings. This includes, but is not limited to, bouncing or throwing of equipment or "practicing" any sport. Roller blades, skates, cleats, and any other footwear that has potential to damage flooring are prohibited. It is expected that these items will be carried to and from student rooms. Additionally, sporting equipment (hockey stick, lacrosse stick, baseball bat, etc.) may not be used inside residential buildings. Housing and Residence Life reserves the right to confiscate any equipment used in the violation of this policy and individuals involved may face disciplinary action or fines due to damages.

Storage

No storage is provided for university or personal property. All university furniture must remain in its assigned location.

T

Theft

Unauthorized possession or use of University property or the property of another is strictly forbidden.

Trash and Room Cleanliness

Residents are responsible for maintaining a clean space. This includes taking trash to the dumpster. At no time should a resident leave trash in common areas. If trash is found in a common area and no resident is identified as the source of the trash, an entire hall, floor, or area of residents may be charged as deemed appropriate by Housing and Residence Life.

Trees

Live or cut greens are not permitted in the residential communities. Artificial trees are permitted if they are no taller than four feet.

U

Unauthorized electronic or digital recording

Making, using, disclosing, or distributing a recording of a person in a location or situation in which that person has a reasonable expectation of privacy and is unaware of the recording or does not consent to it; or any other conduct that constitutes an invasion of the privacy of another person under applicable law or University regulation is prohibited. Such conduct includes, without limitation, unauthorized recording of personal conversations, images, meetings, or activities.

Unauthorized entry

Unauthorized entry, occupancy, or use of physical or virtual University premises or property is prohibited.

Unauthorized use of University property, including online property

Students are authorized to use University property only as consistent with their coursework and related educational activities as provided for under this Student Code. Students enrolled in online classes and students using online learning tools or services agree to accept the terms and conditions placed upon the use of these materials. Specifically, online materials (including syllabus documents, lectures, discussion threads, and other course- and University-related materials found online) are the property of the University, and the only authorized use is for the purposes of completing University-related course work or educational activities. University online materials shall not be disclosed, directly or indirectly, to any person or entity outside of the University, and in the case of online classes, to anyone otherwise not involved in teaching or who is enrolled in the particular class.

V

Violation of campus, program and other University policies

Residents are also subject to all policies outlined in other applicable University publications, including but not limited to those related to University guidelines, Athletics, the Student Athlete Handbook, those related to the School of Health Professions, the School of Health Professions Manual, and those related to Student Employment, Anti-Violence, Anti-Harassment, and the Student Employee Handbook.

Violation of laws

Violation of federal, state, or local laws is prohibited. This also includes any conduct that is disorderly, lewd, or indecent; breach of peace; or aiding, abetting, or procuring another person to breach the peace.

W

Weapons

Possession, use, control, or distribution of any firearms, or any other weapons on University premises or at a University function is strictly prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, rifles, shotguns, handguns, tasers and stun guns, BB and pellet pistols and rifles that are spring, gas, or air powered, facsimile weapons, paint guns, sling shots, whips, hunting knives, throwing stars, swords, and bows and arrows. Illegal or unauthorized possession of firearms, explosives, other weapons or dangerous chemicals on University premises or use of any such item, even if legally possessed, in a manner that harms, threatens, causes fear to others, or concern to members of the University is forbidden.

Windows

Windows are designed for ventilation purposes and should never be used as a point of entry or egress, except in an emergency. Nothing may be dropped from windows. In the event that a screen is removed (South Hall), the resident will be charged for replacing the screen.