Residence Life strives to create a community in which all members feel safe, comfortable and at home. To aid in creating this environment, it is important that all students understand what is expected of them while living on campus. Residence Life maintains important policies with which residents should be familiar. It is expected that all students living in residence have read and understand the policies of on-campus living. Please take a moment to review these policies.

Policies

Accidental Damage Policy

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Accidental Damage Information

Students are expected to take responsibility for any damage, even accidental damage, which they or their guests cause to University property or the property of another resident or guest.

Animal Policy

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Animal Policy Information

No animals are allowed in residence halls or apartments except service dogs, other service animals in training, and pre-approved support animals.

Disruptive Behavior Policy

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Disruptive Behavior Information

Living in a residential community requires students to take independent responsibility for their own self-care and the impact of their behavior on others. Students whose behavior disrupts the community may be asked to adhere to an action plan and/or leave the residence halls if such behavior continues to disrupt the residential community. If the disruption constitutes a violation of law, the Rutgers University Police Department will be notified.

Fire Safety Policy

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Fire Safety Information

Due to the extreme dangers presented by fire hazards in student rooms, the University will continually monitor all living areas through Residence Life Staff visits and formal, unannounced inspections by representatives of the University Fire Department, the Division of Housing, and Residence Life. Fire extinguishers, smoke and heat detectors, fire alarm bells, and pull stations are critical to life safety and should never be damaged, vandalized, or misused. State and Federal laws require stiff penalties for the abuse of these items.

Guest Policy

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Guest Policy Information

Due to the university guidelines surrounding COVID-19, the residence hall guest policy below is being suspended until further notice.

Harassment and Assault Policy

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Harassment and Assault Policy Information

Intimidation, harassment, and assault in all forms are strictly prohibited on the Rutgers University campus and in all residence halls.

Lounge Use Policy

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Lounge Use Policy Information

Lounges and recreational areas located within residence halls are for the exclusive use of Residence Life Staff including Hall Government officers and section leaders. Those staff members who hold concurrent positions with other student clubs or organizations may not utilize these spaces in their roles within these extracurricular activities.

Noise Policy

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Noise Policy Information

Every student living within a residence hall at Rutgers University has the right to privacy in their own room. Just as a student has the right to reasonable protection against unwarranted physical intrusion, residents also have the right to reasonable protection against the uninvited intrusion of noise. Each student should expect to be able to sleep, study, converse, listen to the music of their choice, etc. within the privacy of their own room, reasonably free from disruption resulting from the activities of others.

Smoking Policy

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Smoking Policy Information

Smoking is prohibited in all Residence Halls, Suites, Apartments or any Residential facility where students sleep. Smoking includes, but is not limited to the burning of any type of lighted pipe, hookahs, cigar, cigarette, electronic devices or any other smoking equipment/devices whether filled with tobacco or any other type of substance. Smoking devices such as hookahs and smoking pipes are not permitted in the residence halls.

Vandalism Policy

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Vandalism Policy Information

Vandalism is defined as any intentional behavior which causes damage, when that behavior violates policy, or is reckless or negligent, in that a reasonable person would know that engaging in that behavior could cause damage.

Ticketing Policy

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Ticketing Policy Information

Only Rutgers University–New Brunswick students with a valid RU ID may purchase tickets. No refunds, no exchanges. All ticket sale purchases are final. Refunds will only be issued if the show/event is cancelled. Refund information for cancelled events will be emailed to ticket holders.

Alcohol Policy

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Alcohol Policy Information

Any student, regardless of age, found to be acutely intoxicated, will be evaluated by Emergency Services for possible hospital treatment. Any student, regardless of age, requiring hospital treatment, will be subsequently evaluated by the Alcohol and Other Drug Alcohol and Other Drug Assistance Program for Students.
All Residents will be held responsible for the behavior of their guest, which includes Rutgers students.

Bullying Policy

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Bullying Policy Information

Any form of bullying is strictly prohibited on campus and in Rutgers University residence halls.

Drug Policy

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Drug Policy Information

Any suspicion of illegal drug use in residence halls, apartments or suites will be immediately reported to Rutgers University Police. Use or possession of illegal drugs may result in arrest, immediate relocation, loss of housing without refund, and mandatory assignment to substance counseling. Distribution of drugs will result in arrest and can result in permanent expulsion from the University.

Gambling Policy

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Gambling Policy Information

In compliance with New Jersey state law, gambling of any kind is prohibited in the residence halls. Wagering activities including, but not limited to betting on poker, card games, sports pools, or any wagering where money or something of value is risked upon the uncertain outcome of a contest or future contingent event, may not be held or advertised within any public space in the residence halls or any residence hall room. Gambling can also be a crime/disorderly conduct offense.

Hall Sports Policy

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Hall Sports Policy Information

For the safety of other students and the integrity of our facilities, residents may not engage in any sporting activities within the residence hall rooms, lobbies, lounges, hallways or other public areas.

Independent Living Policy

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Independent Living Policy Information

Living in a residential community requires students to take independent responsibility for their own self-care and the impact of their behavior on others. Student self-care includes, but is not limited to the following: getting enough rest, eating well, maintaining personal hygiene, managing illnesses, and seeking the appropriate care wherever necessary.

Mural Painting Policy

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Mural Painting Policy Information

Students who wish to paint murals in the halls in which they reside must submit a written proposal to the Campus Director for Residence Life on their campus. Students must indicate in the proposal that they understand that they are accepting complete responsibility for the proper completion of the mural without damage to that hall.

Recording Devices Policy

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Recording Devices Policy Information

Making, attempting to make, transmitting, or attempting to transmit audio or video of any person(s) on University premises in bathrooms, showers, bedrooms, or other premises where there is an explicit expectation of privacy with respect to nudity and/or sexual activity, without the knowledge and consent of all participants subject to such recordings is prohibited and may result in removal from the university.

Solicitation Policy

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Solicitation Policy Information

No door-to-door soliciting or canvassing is allowed in residence halls or apartments at any time.

Theft Policy

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Theft Policy Information

Taking or attempting to take university property or private property with the consent of the owner or person legally responsible for that property, Obtaining University services through fraudulent or devious means, Knowingly possession private or University property that was stolen will be considered theft and is, therefore, a violation of the law and the Student Code of Conduct.

Weapons Policy

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Weapons Policy Information

All types of weapons are prohibited in residence halls. Any student or guest in possession of an illegal weapon in a residence hall or apartment will face possible arrest. All Residence Life staff members are required to notify the Rutgers University Police Department if they become aware of the presence of any weapon inside the residence halls at any time.

Prohibited Items

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Prohibited Items Information

Living on campus is an integral part of the Rutgers Community. We are committed to creating a safe, welcoming, and inclusive environment where student learning, development, and individuality is championed and supported. As Community members, we must also act in good faith at all times to ensure that they and others are not placed in situations that contradict the spirit or letter of our standards.

Accidental Damage Policy

Students are expected to take responsibility for any damage, even accidental damage, which they or their guests cause to University property or the property of another resident or guest. This could include damages resulting from a cooking fire, playing hall sports, or setting off the sprinkler system by accident. The student who caused the damage will be expected to cover the cost of repair or replacement for the University or other residents. Students who refuse to take responsibility for damages they cause accidentally will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct to determine responsibility. Those who cannot afford the costs will be allowed to enter into a payment plan.

Alcohol Policy

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    1. Alcohol cannot be possessed or consumed in rooms, suites, or apartments where all residents are under the age of 21.
    2. Alcohol may not be possessed or consumed in a public area of the residences. All areas in a residence hall, except for private rooms, are considered public areas. When the door of a private room is open, the room is considered a public area. Only those of legal drinking age may transport closed containers of alcohol.
    3. Individuals under the age of 21 may not consume alcohol. Only those of legal drinking age may be served alcohol.
    4. Individuals may not provide alcohol to anyone under the legal drinking age. Those who do are subject to penalties under University regulations and under New Jersey state law.
    5. To avoid disagreements regarding violations of the alcohol policy, the display of empty alcoholic beverage containers not limited to bottles, cans, and cases are prohibited in public areas and student rooms, which includes containers used as decoration. This applies to all residents regardless of age.
    6. Drinking games (whether or not alcohol is involved) or other behaviors designed for the purpose of rapid and/or excessive consumption of alcohol are prohibited.
    7. At no time should activities which encourage excessive drinking and/or lead to the endangerment of the individual served take place in the residence halls.
  1. Any student, regardless of age, found to be acutely intoxicated, will be evaluated by Emergency Services for possible hospital treatment. Any student, regardless of age, requiring hospital treatment, will be subsequently evaluated by the Alcohol and Other Drug Alcohol and Other Drug Assistance Program for Students.
  2. All Residents will be held responsible for the behavior of their guest, which includes Rutgers students.

Animal Policy

No animals are allowed in residence halls or apartments except service dogs, other service animals in training, and pre-approved support animals.

Bullying Policy

Any form of bullying is strictly prohibited on campus and in Rutgers University residence halls. As outlined in the Rutgers University Code of Student Conduct, Rutgers policy 10.2.11, the following behaviors are considered bullying:  
  • Making, or causing to be made any communication (including electronic or through social media) to another person in any manner likely to cause alarm.
  • Subjecting another person or threatening to subject another person to striking, kicking, shoving, or offensive touching.
  • Threatening to reveal personal information or media about a person electronically or through other means of communication.
  • Engaging in any other course of alarming conduct or repeatedly committing acts with the purpose of seriously alarming another person.
  • A person's behavior should be sufficiently severe, pervasive, or persistent as to substantially disrupt or interfere with the orderly operation of the institution or the rights of a student to participate in or benefit from the educational program.
  • Defamation: Creating a false statement about a University community member and communicating that false statement to a third party, which then exposes that community member to hatred, contempt, ridicule, loss of good will, or loss of reputation as a result of the false statement.
ADDITIONALLY, INVASION OF PRIVACY IS DEFINED IN THE RUTGERS CODE OF STUDENT CONDUCT, RUTGERS POLICY 10.2.11, AS:  
  • Making, attempting to make, transmitting, or attempting to transmit audio, video, or images of any person(s) on University premises in bathrooms, showers, bedrooms, or other premises where there is an explicit expectation of privacy with respect to nudity and/or sexual activity, without the knowledge and consent of all participants subject to such recordings.
  • Viewing or spying on a person(s) on University premises in bathrooms, showers, bedrooms, or other premises where there is an explicit expectation of privacy with respect to nudity and/or sexual activity, without the knowledge and consent of all participants.
UNIVERSITY DISCIPLINE IN CASES OF VIOLATIONS OF LAW Rutgers University students may be held accountable through the University judicial conduct process as well as the local New Brunswick/Piscataway criminal justice system. The University judicial process may be carried out before, simultaneously with, or following any related civil or criminal proceedings. If civil or criminal charges are dropped, or if the student is found not guilty via the criminal justice process, University discipline decisions and/or sanctions will not be subject to alteration or amendment.

Disruptive Behavior Policy

Living in a residential community requires students to take independent responsibility for their own self-care and the impact of their behavior on others. Students whose behavior disrupts the community may be asked to adhere to an action plan and/or leave the residence halls if such behavior continues to disrupt the residential community. If the disruption constitutes a violation of law, the Rutgers University Police Department will be notified. Living on campus is an integral part of the Rutgers Community. We are committed to creating a safe, welcoming, and inclusive environment where student learning, development, and individuality is championed and supported. As Community members, we must also act in good faith at all times to ensure that they and others are not placed in situations that contradict the spirit or letter of our standards. Below is a list of our prohibited actions.

The following are prohibited in and around residence facilities: Propping doors open Tampering the with physical structure of a Residential space Throwing or Hanging Items from Residential buildings or attaching items to outside of a Residential building The presence of individuals or objects on a roof, roof deck, or ledge is strictly prohibited

The following are prohibited in and around residence facilities:

  • Propping doors open
  • Tampering the with physical structure of a Residential space
  • Throwing or Hanging Items from Residential buildings or attaching items to outside of a Residential building
  • The presence of individuals or objects on a roof, roof deck, or ledge is strictly prohibited

 

UNIVERSITY DISCIPLINE IN CASES OF VIOLATION OF LAW

Rutgers University students may be held accountable through the University judicial conduct process as well as the local New Brunswick/Piscataway criminal justice system. The University judicial process may be carried out before, simultaneously with, or following any related civil or criminal proceedings. If civil or criminal charges are dropped, or if the student is found not guilty via the criminal justice process, University discipline decisions and/or sanctions will not be subject to alteration or amendment.

Drug Policy

Click here to view fines and sanctions for alcohol/drug offenses Any suspicion of illegal drug use in residence halls, apartments or suites will be immediately reported to Rutgers University Police. Use or possession of illegal drugs may result in arrest, immediate relocation, loss of housing without refund, and mandatory assignment to substance counseling. Distribution of drugs will result in arrest and can result in permanent expulsion from the University. In addition to the violations listed in the Rutgers University Policy 10.2.11-Student Code of Conduct, the following are considered violations of the Drug Policy within the residence halls:
  • Selling, transferring, or exchanging something in return for narcotics, prescription medications, or illegal substances on University property or between members of the University community.
  • Possessing or using medical marijuana on Rutgers University campus.
  • Sharing medical marijuana with individuals who do not have a medical marijuana prescription.
  • Unlawfully possessing or using drugs, narcotics, controlled substances, counterfeit controlled substances, or paraphernalia.
  • Misusing or misappropriating any prescription, over-the-counter medication, or legal substance.
  • Possessing or intending to use drug paraphernalia to plant, propagate, cultivate, grow, harvest, manufacture, compound, convert, produce, process, prepare, test, analyze, pack, repack, store, contain, conceal, ingest, inhale, or otherwise introduce into the human body a controlled dangerous substance.
  • Possession with intent to use a hypodermic syringe, hypodermic needle or any other instrument adapted for the use of a controlled dangerous substance. Additionally, to sell, furnish or give to any person such syringe, needle or instrument.
    • A person is authorized to possess and use a hypodermic needle or hypodermic syringe if the person obtains the hypodermic syringe or hypodermic needle by a valid prescription issued by a licensed physician, dentist or veterinarian and uses it for its authorized purpose.
    • All hypodermic needles and/or syringes must be destroyed appropriately.
      • A hypodermic needle is destroyed if the needle is broken from the hub or mangled.
      • A syringe is destroyed if the nipple of the barrel is broken from the barrel, or the plunger and barrel are melted.
      • Alternatively, a hypodermic needle or syringe is destroyed if it is discarded as a single unit, without recapping, into a rigid container and the container is destroyed by grinding or crushing in a compactor, or by burning in an incinerator approved by the Department of Environmental Protection, or by another method approved by the Department of Health.
UNIVERSITY DISCIPLINE IN CASES OF VIOLATION OF LAW Rutgers University students may be held accountable through the University judicial conduct process as well as the local New Brunswick/Piscataway criminal justice system. The University judicial process may be carried out before, simultaneously with, or following any related civil or criminal proceedings. If civil or criminal charges are dropped, or if the student is found not guilty via the criminal justice process, University discipline decisions and/or sanctions will not be subject to alteration or amendment.

Fire Safety Policy

As a University, we are committed to creating and maintaining the most Fire Safe and emergency ready environment for our students and staff. In collaboration with our Fire Safety Officials within the University, we have put together a comprehensive list of prohibited items we feel will aide in the safety of residence hall community. We are committed in making sure you get the most out of living in our halls without the risk or concern of injury.

Prohibited Items: Fire Safety

  • Candles with or without the wick
  • Coffee Makers without an automatic shutoff
  • Cooking appliances such as electric skillets, immersion coils, toaster ovens, rice cookers, hot plates, unapproved hot pots, etc.
  • Combustible lampshades and halogen lamps.
  • Electric blankets or fireplaces
  • Electrical Outlet Extenders (devices that can be screwed into a light bulb socket that has an electrical outlet – the light bulb is then screwed into the extender)
  • Electric scooters
  • Electrical wiring that is homemade or otherwise modified or transformed
  • Firearms and other weapons, chemicals, fireworks, and explosives.
  • Fog machines
  • Gasoline, benzene, alcohol or other flammable liquids.
  • Gasoline powered items, (e.g. motorcycles, mopeds or the components).
  • Hanging items from pipes
  • Heating pads without an automatic shutoff
  • Hot plates or any cooking appliance with exposed elements
  • Hover boards
  • Lights, “dimmers,” or ceiling fans, or any other device that replaces, adds to, or interferes with any building apparatus.
  • Microwaves (apartment residents are permitted to have a UL approved microwave.)
  • Open flames, candles (including decorative candles), incense
  • Oil-based popcorn popper
  • Posters, fishnets, or flags on the ceiling
  • Sleeping in public spaces
  • Space heaters (unless provide by the University
  • Toasters and toaster ovens
  • Torchiere lamps with halogen bulbs
  • Use or possession of a refrigerator or microwave that does not meet University specifications
  • Warmers for candles, oils, or waxes

Gambling Policy

In compliance with New Jersey state law, gambling of any kind is prohibited in the residence halls. Wagering activities including, but not limited to betting on poker, card games, sports pools, or any wagering where money or something of value is risked upon the uncertain outcome of a contest or future contingent event, may not be held or advertised within any public space in the residence halls or any residence hall room. Gambling can also be a crime/disorderly conduct offense.

Guest Policy

Due to the university guidelines surrounding COVID-19, the residence hall guest policy is being suspended until further notice.

Interim No Guests Policy: Guests, defined as anyone not living in your current residence hall or apartment, are not allowed at any time. Students may have one in-hall visitor; the in-hall visitor must be a resident who lives in your current residence hall or apartment community (e.g. Livingston C resident visiting another Livingston C resident).

In-hall visitors are prohibited from spending the night. Roommates and suite-mates should consent to a visitor prior to them coming into the space. Hosts and in-hall visitors are encouraged to wear a face covering when in the room or apartment.

Parents, families, and fellow residential students are encouraged to meet with their students outside of the building in the surrounding outdoor locations around campus.

Residents with children who are residing in family housing are permitted one guest, as needed, to provide child care. If you are subject to a mandated quarantine or self-isolation, in-hall visitors are strictly prohibited. The suspension of the standard guest policy will be reviewed as the year progresses, and will be communicated if modified or rescinded.

GUEST POLICY

Residents permitted to remain on campus may not have guests/visitors in their Rutgers residence areas (including personal space and community spaces such as lounges and playgrounds). We are defining guests as any persons not approved to live in Rutgers University–New Brunswick residential spaces. Further, we are encouraging residents that are permitted to be on campus to limit entering personal spaces of other approved residents and implement suggested practices of self-hygiene and social distancing in common spaces. We recognize this may be difficult for yourself and guests. In the event you are aware of someone that is a Rutgers student without shelter or resources, please contact the Dean of Students staff who will explore resource options with them. University Housing is provided for the exclusive use of Rutgers students as assigned by the campus housing offices. Guests are permitted for no more than three nights within a 7-day period; however, residents are advised that they are responsible for the behavior of their guests. A student may not permit visitors to use the housing facilities for any period of time, over the objection of their roommate(s), if it becomes a source of complaint by other residents or university staff, or when its use becomes, through duration or frequency, a de facto subcontracting of space to an unauthorized person. Violation of the guest policy may result in judicial action and/or termination of the resident’s housing agreement and removal of the guest from university housing.

When you invite a guest to visit you, provide him/her with your telephone number and ask that he/she calls upon arrival. Do not prop the entry door open, an alarm may sound and your convenience could lead to another resident being robbed or injured. It is your responsibility to meet your guest at the building entrance. Don’t allow strangers into your home. Persons making deliveries are not allowed in the facility unless met and accompanied by a resident.

FAMILY APARTMENTS

  • For the family apartments, the term “resident” refers to the contract holding student and the resident’s spouse, domestic partner, and/or children as approved by Residence Life through the Housing Contract.
  • Parents, relatives and significant others of the student or spouse may be allowed extended stays only with prior approval of the Residence Life Office.  The request, however, cannot exceed the maximum occupancy limit, which is as follows:
  • Nichols, Johnson, and Marvin Apartments:  limited to 6 people
  • Overnight guests are permitted to visit for a short period of time, up to three nights every two weeks as long as the total number of overnight occupants does not exceed the maximum occupancy limit.

Hall Sports Policy

For the safety of other students and the integrity of our facilities, residents may not engage in any sporting activities within the residence hall rooms, lobbies, lounges, hallways or other public areas. Sporting related activities include but are not limited to the following: rollerblading, Frisbee, hockey, golf, bowling, as well as the use of skateboards, scooters, bicycles, hover boards and other motorized vehicles, or water guns of any kind. Students found in violation of this policy will be responsible for any damage caused by their conduct. In accordance with the Residence Life Accidental Damage Policy, students will be held accountable for any damages to the facility as a result of any in-hall sporting activities.   Violations of this policy will be adjudicated by the Office of Student Conduct.

Harassment and Assault Policy

Intimidation, harassment, and assault in all forms are strictly prohibited on the Rutgers University campus and in all residence halls.   Intimidation and harassment: a person acts with the purpose to intimidate and harass another by:
  • Making, or causing to be made, a communication or communications (including the use of electronic and/or social media) anonymously or at extremely inconvenient hours, or in offensively coarse language, or any other manner likely to cause annoyance or alarm to another student.
  • Subjecting another to striking, kicking, shoving, or other offensive touching, or threatening to do so.
  • Engaging in any other course of alarming conduct or of repeatedly committed acts with purpose to alarm or seriously annoy another person, such that the behavior substantially disrupts or interferes with the orderly operation of the institution or the rights of other students to participate in or benefit from the educational program.
  • Use of force against the person or property of any member of the university community or against the person or property of anyone on university premises, or the threat of such physical abuse. (Verbal assault may be prosecuted as a "threat of physical abuse.")
ASSAULT CAN BE IN THE FORM OF SIMPLE ASSAULT OR AGGRAVATED ASSAULT:   According to New Jersey State Law N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1, simple assault is defined as when a person attempts to cause or purposely, knowingly or recklessly causes bodily injury to another; or negligently causes bodily injury to another with a deadly weapon; or attempts by physical menace to put another in fear of imminent serious bodily injury. Aggravated assault is defined as when a person attempts to cause serious bodily injury to another, or causes such injury purposely or knowingly or under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life recklessly causes such injury; or attempts to cause or purposely or knowingly causes bodily injury to another with a deadly weapon; or recklessly causes bodily injury to another with a deadly weapon.   Defamation, which is judicially defined to mean, and here means, the unprivileged oral, written, or electronic publication of a false statement of fact that exposes the person about whom it is made to hatred, contempt, or ridicule, or subjects that person to loss of the good will and confidence of others, or so harms that person's reputation as to deter others from associating with her or him. Defamation is considered a separation offense under the University Code of Student Conduct as a "heinous act."   ADDITIONALLY, INVASION OF PRIVACY IS DEFINED IN THE RUTGERS CODE OF STUDENT CONDUCT, RUTGERS POLICY 10.2.11, AS:
  • Making, attempting to make, transmitting, or attempting to transmit audio, video, or images of any person(s) on University premises in bathrooms, showers, bedrooms, or other premises where there is an explicit expectation of privacy with respect to nudity and/or sexual activity, without the knowledge and consent of all participants subject to such recordings.
  • Viewing or spying on a person(s) on University premises in bathrooms, showers, bedrooms, or other premises where there is an explicit expectation of privacy with respect to nudity and/or sexual activity, without the knowledge and consent of all participants.
Students are expected to respect the reasonable expectations of privacy of other individuals within the University community. Accordingly, students are not permitted to make or attempt to make an audio or video recording of private, nonpublic conversations and/or meetings on University premises, without the knowledge and consent of all participants subject to such recordings. In such circumstances the uses of undisclosed hidden recording devices is prohibited, as is the transmission and/or distribution of any such recordings. This provision does not extend to the recording of public events or discussions, or to recordings made for law enforcement purposes.   Students who believe they are victims of verbal assault, intimidation, bullying, harassment or defamation should also report such incidents to the Dean of Students. In addition, the following individuals have been identified to handle complaints:   Director of Student Conduct 115 College Avenue, Rm 104 New Brunswick, NJ 08901 (p) (732) 932-9414   Director of Compliance for Student Affairs 83 Somerset Street, Rm 101 New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1281 (p) (848) 932-2406   Individuals who wish to discuss any matter with the police or if they feel they are in need of immediate police attention may contact the Rutgers University Police Department at (732) 932 -7111. Some complaints can be and should be resolved by informal methods, while others will require the implementation of formal procedures. All complaints are treated confidentially; complainants are encouraged to report incidents even if they do not wish to pursue the matter beyond the reporting stage.

Independent Living Policy

Living in a residential community requires students to take independent responsibility for their own self-care and the impact of their behavior on others. Student self-care includes, but is not limited to the following: getting enough rest, eating well, maintaining personal hygiene, managing illnesses, and seeking the appropriate care wherever necessary.   Students are encouraged to use the many resources on campus prepared to assist them in this goal of independent living. Students who are unable to care for themselves or whose behavior disrupts the community may be asked to adhere to an action plan and/or leave the residence halls if such behavior continues to disrupt the residential community.   Violations of this policy will be adjudicated by the Office of Student Conduct.

Lounge Use Policy

Due to the university guidelines surrounding COVID-19, there will be no organized gatherings in residence hall lounges until further notice.

Lounges and recreational areas located within residence halls are for the exclusive use of Residence Life Staff including Hall Government officers and section leaders. Those staff members who hold concurrent positions with other student clubs or organizations may not utilize these spaces in their roles within these extracurricular activities.

All social programs must be sponsored by Residence Life Staff, Hall Government, and/orSpecial Interest Section Leaders. Social events must meet the following guidelines:

  • Events cannot be advertised outside the building.
  • Admissions fees may not be charged at the door.
  • Audience size may not exceed fire regulations.
  • If more than 100 people are expected to attend, the event must be approved by the Residence Life Coordinator and Rutgers Police.
  • The sponsoring staff and Graduate Supervisor must determine together who will be responsible to monitor the event.
  • The event must be in compliance with all Rutgers University and Rutgers Residence Life
  • regulations including (but not limited to) maximum occupancy, fire regulations, security
  • requirements, and alcohol restrictions.

 Outside organizations may co-sponsor educational programs with Residence Life Staff and other in-hall leadership positions in accordance with the following criteria:

  • Submission and approval of a proposal for co-sponsorship to the Residence Life Coordinator responsible for that area.
  • All advertising must include the co-sponsorship of the Residence Life Staff and must be approved by the Residence Life Coordinator.
  • The event must be open to all building residents and may not be limited to members of the co-sponsoring organization.
  • The event must be in compliance with all Rutgers University and Rutgers Residence Life regulations including (but not limited to) maximum occupancy, fire regulations, security requirements, and alcohol restrictions.

Mural Painting Policy

Students who wish to paint murals in the halls in which they reside must submit a written proposal to the Campus Director for Residence Life on their campus. Students must indicate in the proposal that they understand that they are accepting complete responsibility for the proper completion of the mural without damage to that hall. The residents of each hall may be allowed to paint one mural in the public area of their hall. This mural may only be painted in the space designated by the Campus Director of Residence Life and the Manager of Housing, to be the appropriate place for the mural. This space will then be covered by the Division of Housing with greenboard. The image painted on the wall must receive prior approval by the Residence Life and the Division of Housing. An image will not be judged solely by its artistic value. The most important criteria in judging an image will be its appropriateness for a diverse residential setting. Once students have begun the painting of the approved mural, they have one month in which to complete the mural. If the mural remains unfinished at the end of that time, the mural wall will be painted over and the cost of the repainting will be billed to the students who were approved to paint the mural. Purchasing of paints and supplies must be approved by Residence Life. Painting must be supervised by building Residence Staff. It is the responsibility of the student painters to obtain the support from the Residence Staff to provide that supervision. Any damages caused by the student painters will be billed to the students who received approval to complete the mural. Each mural must remain on the wall for at least three years from the time it is painted. No mural proposals will be accepted prior to the end of that period of time.  

Noise Policy

Every student living within a residence hall at Rutgers University has the right to privacy in their own room. Just as a student has the right to reasonable protection against unwarranted physical intrusion, residents also have the right to reasonable protection against the uninvited intrusion of noise. Each student should expect to be able to sleep, study, converse, listen to the music of their choice, etc. within the privacy of their own room, reasonably free from disruption resulting from the activities of others.  

A uniform noise policy has been adopted by Residence Life and is summarized here:

  • Noise, particularly sustained, must not be readily audible within the private living quarters of other students.
  • Instruments or amplification devices producing excessive volume, including, but not limited to subwoofers, are prohibited in the residence halls outside of designated practice rooms.
  • Sustained, loud noise originating outdoors but audible within residence halls or other University buildings will not be allowed.
  • Noise emanating from within one hall must not be audible within any other hall or University building.
  • No amplified sound is permitted at outside events without the prior permission of the Assistant Director of Residence Life.
  • The general noise level within the hall must be such that it does not interfere with the above-mentioned rights.
 

As for specific hours and times:

  • Courtesy hours are in effect 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Quiet Hours are in effect, Sunday through Thursday from 11pm to 10am.
  • Quiet Hours are in effect on Friday and Saturday from midnight to 10am.
  • 24-hour Quiet Hours are in effect during reading days and exam periods.
Note: In apartment settings, there may be an extended quiet hour period for registered parties. Students living in those areas will be notified beforehand.

Prohibited Items

Living on campus is an integral part of the Rutgers Community.  We are committed to creating a safe, welcoming, and inclusive environment where student learning, development, and individuality is championed and supported.  As Community members, we must also act in good faith at all times to ensure that they and others are not placed in situations that contradict the spirit or letter of our standards. Below is a list of our prohibited items.

The following are prohibited in and around residence facilities:

  • Air conditioners
  • Cooking appliances such as electric skillets, immersion coils, toaster ovens, rice cookers, hot plates, unapproved hot pots, etc.
  • Deep freezers of any kind
  • Dishwashers of any kind
  • DSL lines
  • Electrical wiring that is homemade or otherwise modified or transformed; possessing or using an electrical extension cord over six feet long or a multiple plug into which more than two cords are attached
  • Firearms and other weapons, chemicals, fireworks, and explosives.
  • Gasoline powered items, (e.g. motorcycles, mopeds or the components)
  • Gasoline, benzene, alcohol or other flammable liquids.
  • Humidifiers of all types unless there is documented medical need
  • Lights, “dimmers,” or ceiling fans, or any other device that replaces, adds to, or interferes with any building apparatus.
  • Locks, latches, or similar devices (for interior or exterior doors) beyond what is provide by the University
  • Loft beds without proper approval from Residence Life
  • Microwaves (apartment residents are permitted to have a UL approved microwave)
  • Pets without proper approval from Residence Life or laboratory animals
  • Posters, fishnets, or flags on the ceiling
  • Refrigerators not owned by the University unless there is a medical need
  • Satellite dishes, exterior radio or television masts or aerials.
  • Sleeping pods, capsules, or enclosures that interfere with hearing a fire alarm or evacuating a room or building
  • Space heaters and open flame devices
  • Tanning beds
  • Trampolines
  • Traffic signs
  • Use of cinder blocks
  • Washing Machines & Dryers
  • Waterbeds/water chairs

Recording Devices Policy

In accordance with the Code of Student Conduct, the following behavior is prohibited and may result in removal from the university: Section 10 (u): Making, attempting to make, transmitting, or attempting to transmit audio or video of any person(s) on University premises in bathrooms, showers, bedrooms, or other premises where there is an explicit expectation of privacy with respect to nudity and/or sexual activity, without the knowledge and consent of all participants subject to such recordings. Similarly, the following conduct is also prohibited: Section 10 (aa): Undisclosed and unauthorized recording of other individuals within the University community* *Students are expected to respect the reasonable expectations of privacy of other individuals within the University community. Accordingly, students are not permitted to make or attempt to make an audio or video recording of private, nonpublic conversations and/or meetings on University premises, without the knowledge and consent of all participants subject to such recordings. In such circumstances the uses of undisclosed hidden recording devices is prohibited, as is the transmission and/or distribution of any such recordings. This provision does not extend to the recording of public events or discussions, or to recordings made for law enforcement purposes.

Smoking Policy

Smoking is prohibited in all Residence Halls, Suites, Apartments or any Residential facility where students sleep. Smoking includes, but is not limited to the burning of any type of lighted pipe, hookahs, cigar, cigarette, electronic devices or any other smoking equipment/devices whether filled with tobacco or any other type of substance. Smoking devices such as hookahs and smoking pipes are not permitted in the residence halls. In accordance with Rutgers University Policy 10.2.14-Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy for Students: "Smoking of tobacco products and the use of electronic smoking devices is prohibited in any portion of a building that is owned and operated by Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (N.J.S.A. 26:3D-17). This includes classrooms, lecture halls, auditoriums, residence halls, gymnasiums, playing fields, and other recreational areas. Smoking is also prohibited in all university-owned or leased vehicles. In addition, smoking and the placement of ash urn receptacles is prohibited in areas deemed to be main entrances to buildings owned and operated by the university. (Section 60.1.10, Smoking Policy)." Smoking is only permitted outside of the building, and must happen at least 30 feet from the entrance. Any resident that is found to be smoking inside the apartment will be documented and required to meet with the Office of Student Conduct. Violations of this policy will be adjudicated by the Office of Student Conduct.

Solicitation Policy

No door-to-door soliciting or canvassing is allowed in residence halls or apartments at any time. University recognized student groups may request permission to have a table for solicitation in the main lobby of each hall by contacting the Campus Director of Residence Life on their respective campus. Public area solicitation is prohibited without explicit permission and instructions from the Campus Director. Resident students are responsible for reporting violations of this Solicitation Policy to the appropriate Residence Life staff member. Violations of this policy will be adjudicated by the Office of Student Conduct.

Theft Policy

Any one of the following will be considered theft, and is therefore a violation of law and the Student Code of Conduct:
  • Taking or attempting to take university property or private property with the consent of the owner or person legally responsible for that property.
  • Obtaining University services through fraudulent or devious means.
  • Knowingly possession private or University property that was stolen.
UNIVERSITY DISCIPLINE IN CASES OF VIOLATION OF LAW Rutgers University students may be held accountable through the University judicial conduct process as well as the local New Brunswick/Piscataway criminal justice system. The University judicial process may be carried out before, simultaneously with, or following any related civil or criminal proceedings. If civil or criminal charges are dropped, or if the student is found not guilty via the criminal justice process, University discipline decisions and/or sanctions will not be subject to alteration or amendment.

Ticketing Policy

  • Only Rutgers University–New Brunswick students with a valid RU ID may purchase tickets.
  • No refunds, no exchanges. All ticket sale purchases are final. Refunds will only be issued if the show/event is cancelled. Refund information for cancelled events will be emailed to ticket holders.
  • Tickets are offered on a first come, first served basis until sold out. All attendees (guests included) must be 18 years of age or older and comply with all Rutgers University and Residence Life policies.
  • Students, faculty & staff members of the University must present a valid RUID at check in. Rutgers affiliated guests, when allowed, must also present valid RUID at check in. Failure to do so will result in denied entry or participation to the program.
  • No smoking, drugs, or alcohol are permitted at Residence Life events.
  • If using personal transportation to get to event/bus pick up location, event attendees must adhere to all Rutgers University parking regulations and policies. For information on parking and policies visit the Parking and Transportation website.
  • If you are unsure of a ticket policy please email: oncampus@rutgers.edu

Vandalism Policy

Vandalism is defined as any intentional behavior which causes damage, when that behavior violates policy, or is reckless or negligent, in that a reasonable person would know that engaging in that behavior could cause damage. Students are expected to refrain from behavior which can damage their residence or the belongings of others, including Rutgers University property. In addition, students should choose their guests carefully, as they are responsible for the behavior of their guests in their residence. Students will be billed for the costs of any vandalism which they cause, or may be caused by their guests. In addition, students responsible for vandalism are subject to residence hall discipline which can include mandatory service to their community. Behavior coupled with substance use will also include mandatory substance counseling. Large scale, bias-motivated, or dangerous vandalism is antithetical to community and will result in eviction and referral to the University Conduct office. FACILITY VANDALISM
  • If similar damage occurs a second time in the same building, floor meetings will be held to discuss the issue with residents in an attempt to get the behavior to stop and/or find out who is responsible.
  • If damage occurs a third time in the same building, the Campus Director and Student Conduct Assistant Director will work with the appropriate Residence Life Coordinator to develop a plan of action for the community.
VENDING MACHINE VANDALISM Damage to vending machines in residence affects all residents. Students found responsible for vandalizing a vending machine will be held financially responsible and referred to Student Conduct for discipline. Continued vending vandalism will also be responded to by Dining Services, who manages RU vending. Second time damage to the same machine and/or another machine in the same building, the following will occur:
  • The machine will not be refilled for two weeks from the date of the vandalism. A poster explaining why the machine has not been refilled will be posted on the machine to inform the community.
  • Floor meetings will be held to discuss the issue with residents in an attempt to get the behavior to stop and/or fin d out who is responsible.
  • If damage occurs a third time to the same machine and/or another machine in the same building, the machines will be removed/ emptied for the remainder of the semester.
UNIVERSITY DISCIPLINE IN CASES OF VIOLATION OF LAW Rutgers University students may be held accountable through the University judicial conduct process as well as the local New Brunswick/Piscataway criminal justice system. The University judicial process may be carried out before, simultaneously with, or following any related civil or criminal proceedings. If civil or criminal charges are dropped, or if the student is found not guilty via the criminal justice process, University discipline decisions and/or sanctions will not be subject to alteration or amendment.

Weapons Policy

A "weapon" can be defined as any object or substance designed to inflict a wound, cause injury or incapacitate, or create a reasonable fear of harm, including but not limited to, all firearms, including air rifles and pellet guns; bow and arrows; ammunition; knives (other than kitchen knives); martial arts weapons; brass knuckles; explosives; and dangerous chemicals or poisons that are possessed with the intent to injure another or to cause damage to property. All types of guns (including paintball guns, airsoft guns, pellet guns, etc.), bows and arrows, tasers, and all other weapons are prohibited in residence halls. Any device that has the appearance and/or function of a serviceable weapon or is being used in a manner of a real weapon is also prohibited in residence halls. Any student or guest in possession of an illegal weapon in a residence hall or apartment will face possible arrest. All Residence Life staff members are required to notify the Rutgers University Police Department if they become aware of the presence of any weapon inside the residence halls at any time.   UNIVERSITY DISCIPLINE IN CASES OF VIOLATION OF LAW Rutgers University students may be held accountable through the University judicial conduct process as well as the local New Brunswick/Piscataway criminal justice system. The University judicial process may be carried out before, simultaneously with, or following any related civil or criminal proceedings. If civil or criminal charges are dropped, or if the student is found not guilty via the criminal justice process, University discipline decisions and/or sanctions will not be subject to alteration or amendment.