Conduct Standards for Residential Life
The University of Missouri's general Standard of Conduct is applicable to all students at the University of Missouri and incorporates UMKC's residential policies, rules and regulations which thereby provides a suitable environment for learning.
UMKC Residential Policies, Rules and Regulations
Residents who are in the same room/apartment as alcoholic beverages, regardless of to whom the alcohol belongs to, are subject to disciplinary action. Residents who are in the same room as illegal drugs, or who are suspected of recently having used drugs - primarily from a distinct odor or from behaviors/physical symptoms - are subject to disciplinary action. Residents are not allowed to be in possession of prescription drugs that are not prescribed to them. Residents can be found in violation of this policy if they are not present in the room at the time the evidence of drug/alcohol use is discovered. This policy is enforced in order to promote individual responsibility and a substance-free living environment.
Other violations of this policy may include alcohol containers - such as bottles, cans, etc. - and drug paraphernalia - such as pipes, roaches, etc.
Residential Life staff will contact the police if there is a suspicion of drug use. The police may request a search of Residential Life rooms/apartments. Residential Life staff or other University officials may search a resident room at any time if they suspect there is a policy violation.
All students possessing alcohol or drugs in the building; in the same room as alcohol or drugs; entering the complex intoxicated and creating a disturbance; and posting pictures on an on-line forum (such as Facebook and MySpace) displaying prohibited behavior taking place in any of the complexes are subject to judicial sanctions which include a two consultation (B.A.S.I.C.S.) sessions plus a $50 fine for all first-time offenders, two consultation (B.A.S.I.C.S.) sessions plus a $75 fine for all second offenders of alcohol and first offense for drug use. Residents may also be subject to additional sanctions if appropriate. In addition, Residential Life staff members will contact UMKC Police in the event that a resident enters the complex intoxicated and is unable to conduct themselves in a healthy and safe manner. This is a precautionary measure to ensure the safety of the student and others.
Residents should be aware that violations of the alcohol and drug policy may also, in appropriate circumstances, involve the University's rule regarding parental notification of alcohol and controlled substances violations.
Because of fire-safety standards, candles or items with open flames and incense are prohibited in all Residential Life facilities. Possession of these items will result in their removal and student will be subject to disciplinary action.
Intimidating or threatening behavior towards other residents or staff in an online forum or through means of electronic communication is grounds for disciplinary action and may also result in disciplinary action under the general Standard of Conduct for students. This includes, but is not limited to interactions on Facebook, Twitter, other forms of social media, email, and texting. Behavior is not limited to messages directly addressed to a person, but may also include messages, pictures, video, etc. about a person and posted on the Internet.
Residents will be held responsible for any damage they cause to their rooms/apartments or any other part of the Residential Life facilities and its equipment. For this reason it is extremely important for residents to exercise care when filling out their room inventory/check-in forms upon moving into their rooms/apartments. Residents will be held responsible for any damages to their rooms/apartments that are over and above those noted on their forms. Students also may be liable for any unusual housekeeping or maintenance service charges they may incur.
No holes may be made in walls, doors, or ceilings. Students should use removable hanging and adhesive materials on their walls. These materials must be removed prior to the student checking out of the residence halls or apartments. Repair of walls damaged by hanging materials and adhesives will be charged to the resident responsible. Nothing may be placed on the room doors unless it is adhered with drafting tape or dots. Residential Life staff members can help you with identifying appropriate adhesives.
Students found to be responsible for malicious or careless damage to the property of the University or the property of any individual will be sanctioned and pay restitution. If common areas in Residential Life facilities are vandalized or University property is removed, staff members will work with the community responsible for the common area to address the incident and help them identify who is responsible. If the person(s) responsible is/are not identified, the residents of that community will be held collectively responsible for the damage (examples include: theft of furnishings, vandalism to windows/fixtures, carpets, furniture, walls, etc.). Residential Life will determine the appropriate charges for repair or replacement. Residents will be held responsible for any damages that occur in their rooms/apartments. Residents are also responsible for the actions of their guest(s).
Assessment of damage charges and subsequent payment of charges does not always mean that the damage will be immediately repaired. In many instances the cost of an isolated repair job would be prohibitive (much greater than the damage assessment), making it impracticial to have the repair made until, in the judgment of Residential Life, it can be done at a reasonable cost.
Fighting or physical abuse to another person may result in disciplinary action under the general Standard of Conduct for students in addition to the Residential Life Guide to Group Living. Students accused of fighting or physical abuse may be suspended for a period of time after the investigation has been concluded, and/or may be moved to a different Residential life facility basedon the outcome of the investigation in addition to other possible sanctions.
Weapons are not allowed anywhere on campus. The possession of weapons is a criminal violation and will be prosecuted. "Weapon" includes, but is not limited to, any type of gun, knives of stated dimensions, razors, etc. Students found to be in possession of a weapon may be removed from the property immediately and be subject to arrest.
Gambling is prohibited in the complexes. Violators will be subject to disciplinary action.
Riding skateboards and bicycles, roller skating, rollerblading, playing hackie sack, wrestling and throwing Frisbees or other projectiles in the complexes is inconsiderate of others, can cause sprinklers to activate and is not allowed. Other sports, such as golf, soccer, lacrosse, basketball, football, baseball and racquetball, are also not to be played in the complexes. The use of water guns or water balloons is prohibited. Dart boards and darts are not allowed on the premises. Violators will be subject to disciplinary action and may be found responsible for any damages. Residents are encouraged to take advantage of the campus facilities designed to accomodate these activities instead.
Residents shall not obstruct or use the driveways, sidewalks, courtyards, entry passages, stairs, breezeways, or halls for any purpose other than ingress and egress. Residents shall not allow bicycles or other such vehicles to obstruct the driveways, sidewalks, entry passages, stairs, breezeways, courtyards, or halls of the community. Residents cannot hang bicycles from the ceilings or walls of their rooms/apartments. Bicycle racks/lockers are available for storage outside the residential facilities. Bicycles in common areas shall be deemed abandoned by residents and may be disposed of by Residential Life. Residents may be subject to a fine that must be paid prior to the release of the abandoned bicycle. Bicycles may not be ridden in the hallways or breezeways of the buildings.
Windows and doors in the complexes must not be obstructed by residents. Blinds shall not be removed by residents. Use of foil and other similar unsightly materials, including but not limited to neon/flashing signs, flags, and signs/advertisements, on windows is strictly prohibited. Residents shall not throw anything out of the windows or doors. Residents should not leave windows or doors open during inclement weather. Residents will be liable for any damage to the premises including but not limited to paint, walls, cabinets, carpets, hardware from window treatments and/or floors resulting from failure to exercise reasonable care.
No pets other than fish (in a 10-gallon tank or smaller) are permitted in any Residential Life facility. Visitors may not bring pets into the buildings. The only exceptions to this rule are ADA guide animals and full-time live-in staff.
Students have the right to be able to study or sleep in their rooms. For this reason, quiet hours are in effect for all Residential Life facilities from 10 p.m. to 9 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and from midnight to 11 a.m. on weekends and holidays. Residential life also recognizes 24 hour courtesy hours. Residents are expected to be respectful and courteous of your neighbors who may be trying to study or rest and are not being overly loud during non-quiet hours, as well. Residential Life staff has a shared responsibility with students to ensure that the complex is a positive environment for studying and sleeping. A positive, academically supportive environment is necessary for residents to reach their academic goals.
During quiet hours, residents should be able to study or sleep in their rooms, uninterrupted by extraneous noise. To ensure that an academically supportive environment exists, the following guidlines will be in effect:
- The noise level resulting from stereos, radios, televisions, etc., in any area (rooms, hallways, bathrooms, etc.) should not be heard next door from where it is orignating. Also, stereos should not be able to be heard outside the rooms/apartments or the complex. When using stereos, you are encouraged to use headphones.
- Conversation in the hallway must be held in a lowered voice.
- The primary responsibility for enforcement of quiet hours shall rest with individuals who are bothered by the noise. We encourage students to take the first step to confront others about noise concerns.
- Residential Life staff will intervene to support quiet hours in those situations when they personally know of noise or when a resident has been unable to accomplish a successful intervention. Students may be asked to turn down stereos, etc. during courtesy hours if complaints are received.
- Quiet hours will be in effect 24 hours a day during finals week. Quiet hours will begin two days prior to the first scheduled exam.
Students should not be on building roofs, sunshades, or exterior walls at any time.
The complexes are smoke-free buildings. Smoking is not permitted in any part of the complexes, including student rooms or apartments. Smoking is only allowed in designated areas at the University. Improper disposal of butts may lead to disciplinary action.
Residents may not tamper with fire alarms, smoke alarms, or other equipment. Violators will be subject to disciplinary action and potential fines.
Intimidating or threatening verbal abuse of other residents or staff members is grounds for disciplinary action and may result in disciplinary action under the general Standard of Conduct for students.
Visitation is allowed seven days per week in student rooms/apartments. For safety and privacy reasons, the following regulations must be followed and will be firmly enforced:
- The visitation program does not include the housing of a guest for a night or longer in lieu of other housing, nor does it include cohabitation. All guests must be escorted at all times (both inside and outside rooms) by the resident with whom they are visiting. There should never be guests on floors or in rooms/apartments without escorts.
- Roommates and suitemates must establish their own visitation rules for their rooms/apartments, within the University established guidelines.
- All guests who are not residents of the hall must be escorted from the lobby by the person they are visiting. Guests must remain in the lobby until their escort comes to pick them up. Nonresident guests must be signed in and out at the reception desk by the person they are visiting. Residents must sign guests in and the guest must leave a valid state ID or University issued ID at the desk as identification. The person they are visiting must escort resident guests from the entrance of the floor.
- Residents' guests may utilize their own bathrooms. All suitemates within a suite must agree upon bathroom use of guests in their suite.
- Residents are responsible for the behavior of their guests, making sure they follow Residential Life/University regulations.
Failure to comply with these regulations could result in a loss of all visitation privileges or other disciplinary action. The success and continuation of these regulations will depend on how effectively and responsibly residents work within the regulations.
Residents are responsible for their own personal property at all times. When residents have not vacated assigned space as scheduled (internal transfers as well as the end of a contract period) and have not removed personal property, Residential Life staff will make a reasonable attempt to contact the residents. Forty-eight hours after this attempt to contact, the personal property will be removed and stored at the resident's expense. This includes bicycles left in bike racks.
Residents will be billed a minimum labor charge of $50 plus $20/hour per employee involved in removal and/or storage of abandoned personal property, and a monthly storage fee of $50. Personal property removed by Residential Life staff will be stored for 30 days. After 30 days, the items will be considered abandoned and donated to charity. Residential Life is not liable for damage to or loss of property that might occur during the course of removal or disposal. Residents will be billed for all costs incurred in removing personal property and restoration of the unit to usable space.
Displaying alcohol containers (cans, bottles, etc.) or signage in windows and in resident rooms, regardless of whether or not the container(s) is/are empty is strictly prohibited.
Window screens are provided and are a part of each operable room. Windows are operable without removal of any screen. Window screens are not a safety device. Screens are designed to keep bugs out, to allow fresh air in, and to facilitate ventilation of the building. It is important that the screens remain in place. There is no acceptable reason to remove the screen from the window except in case of a designated building emergency.
Residents who remove their screens will be subject to disciplinary action under the UMKC Residential Life Judicial Procedures and will be assessed a standard minimum charge for the replacement of each screen.
Stereo speakers should not be placed in windows. Residents should refrain from yelling, leaning out of windows, or climbing out onto sunscreens. Finally, residents throwing anything out of windows are subject to disciplinary action under the UMKC Residential Life Judicial Procedures.