College and Residence Hall Policies


Alcohol

Appliances
Care of Facilities
Disruptive Behavior
Drugs
Fire Safety
Fire Drills and Evacuation
Fire Detection/Fighting Equipment
Furnishings and Decorations
Electrical Load
Fire Safety Inspections
Fire Safety Information and Education
In Case of Fire
Setting fires is prohibited...
Guest Policy - NEW starting FALL 2018!
Guns, Explosives, Flammables
Housekeeping
Keys
Lock Change Requests
Lofts
Noise
Pets
Security
Smoking
Solicitation and Sales in Residential Facilities
Telephones
Windows

Alcohol
The residential alcohol policy is governed by the "Alcohol and Other Drugs" policy as stated in the Student Handbook. The College permits individual consumption and possession of alcoholic beverages by individuals who have attained 21 years-of-age and prohibits consumption and possession by persons under 21; this includes, but is not limited to, possession of empty alcohol containers. If, at any time, alcohol is found in a residence hall, room, suite or apartment, all individuals in the presence of alcohol (i.e., guests, visitors, residents, etc.) may be found in violation of this policy. Drinking contests/games and all other forms of excessive drinking are prohibited in residential facilities. Consumption from or possession of open containers of alcohol is prohibited in public areas of residential facilities. Group consumption of alcohol in residential facilities may occur only at registered events as explained in campus guidelines. Refer to the "Alcohol and Other Drugs" policy of the Student Handbook for the complete policy description.

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Appliances
The department’s policy on appliances reflects an effort to find a balance between the typical resident's use of their assigned room and the need for health and safety standards. Residence hall rooms are more than bedrooms; however, they are not appropriate for meal preparation. The appliances appropriate for use in resident rooms are those such as lamps, computers, hair dryers, compact refrigerators, televisions, stereos, etc. Appliances used for meal preparation (such as microwave ovens) which operate at cooking temperatures are prohibited because they compromise the health and safety of the residents of the building. Residence hall residents may not possess any food-preparation appliances except blenders, popcorn poppers, coffee makers and hot pots and those appliances are permitted only if they do not have exposed heating elements and are UL approved. Because all Village townhouses have full kitchens, Village residents are allowed to possess other food preparation appliances, provided they are UL-approved.
All electrical appliances must be UL approved and must be in good working order. Air conditioners, space heaters and baseboard units of any type, except as may be provided by the College, are prohibited.
Any prohibited appliance found in resident rooms, suites or apartments will be confiscated by Residence Life and Housing staff and will not be returned to the owner.

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Care of Facilities
It is the residents’ responsibility to care for the condition of their assigned living units as well as other public areas including, but not limited to, bathrooms, elevators, corridors, laundry rooms, lounges, and their furnishings and equipment. Theft or littering of, or damage to, College property is prohibited. Students engaging in such behavior may be subject to College disciplinary action and/or arrest and will be held financially and legally responsible. Residents will be held financially and legally responsible for the condition of their assigned living units and assigned contents. The removal of College-owned furniture from a resident’s living unit or from a public area without staff authorization may result in a replacement charge and/or other disciplinary action. Structural modifications to the residential facilities, including the installation of wires or cords outside resident living units, are prohibited without prior written authorization from the Assistant Vice President for Residence Life and Housing. As part of their responsibility, residents of a facility are responsible for the actions of their guests whether or not those guests are students of SUNY Oswego.

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Disruptive Behavior
Disruptive behavior including: 1) harassment or creating a hostile environment through discrimination, intimidation, ridicule, or insult toward any person; 2) acts of bias targeted toward a person or group; 3) physical abuse, assault and/or battery; 4) threats toward or intimidation of any person, or intentionally or recklessly causing harm or reasonable apprehension of harm; 5) creation of a condition or situation that endangers mental or physical health; 6) conduct which inhibits the peace or safety of members of the College community*; 7) conduct related to the use, possession, or distribution of alcohol or other drugs are unacceptable and subject to disciplinary action. *Students are prohibited from playing sports or rough-housing in the halls as this may disrupt the living/learning environment. Hall sports include, but are not limited to, tossing, bouncing, or kicking a ball or frisbee, roller blading, biking, using a scooter, using nerf guns, water guns or water balloons.

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Drugs
The residential drug policy is governed by the "Alcohol and Other Drugs" policy as stated in the Student Handbook. The use, possession, distribution or manufacture of controlled substances is prohibited on College premises. The possession and/or use of marijuana in one’s living unit is a violation of New York State Law, and any consumption of marijuana in a public area is a criminal offense. If, at any time, drugs are found in a residence hall, room, suite or apartment, all individuals in the presence of drugs (i.e., guests, visitors, residents, etc.) may be found in violation of this policy. Prohibited drugs or drug-related paraphernalia can be confiscated and may be used as evidence in campus conduct and/or criminal proceedings.

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Fire Safety
Residential Fire Safety is a serious issue due to the population density and the potential for injury and loss that could occur as a result of a fire. In order to reduce fire hazards and comply with state fire codes, the College has established the following policies and procedures. Residents are expected to know and follow these procedures. Violators may face disciplinary action and/or arrest.

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A. Fire Drills and Evacuation
Each residential community will conduct periodic fire drills to familiarize students and staff with the proper evacuation procedures and escape routes. Evacuation procedures and routes are posted on the inside of each door in residential rooms and throughout the buildings. All students should familiarize themselves with the evacuation procedures, know the location of all the exits in their living area and how to reach them in case they need to evacuate in total darkness. When the alarm sounds, all persons in the building are required to exit the building immediately and remain outside until informed by Residence Life staff members that it is permissible to return. There is a designated alternative shelter location for each residential community; in instances of inclement weather and/or prolonged evacuation, residents will be directed to the appropriate shelter facility. Failure to evacuate a building during a fire alarm is a violation of residential community rules and can result in disciplinary action.

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B. Fire Detection/Fighting Equipment
Each residential facility is equipped with heat and smoke sensors, fire extinguishers and fire alarm pull boxes. Residents should familiarize themselves with the location of this equipment upon moving into a residential community. Tampering with any fire protection equipment is prohibited. Intentional activation of alarm systems for any reason other than reporting a fire is strictly prohibited.

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C. Fire Evacuation Procedures
In order to ensure the safety of all residents and visitors of the residential community, the following guidelines must be followed. When an alarm is sounded, all residents and visitors should:
1. Immediately put on hard-soled shoes and clothing appropriate to weather conditions, as evacuation may be for an extended period of time. Take a towel to cover the face. This will aid breathing if there is smoke.
2. Close all windows.
3. Check room door before opening to see if it is hot. Smell for smoke. If the door is hot or you smell smoke, it should not be opened. Seal the cracks at the bottom and sides of the door with a towel or clothing. If trapped, call University Police (x5555), give the hall and room number and then go to the window to attract the attention of the fire department.
4. If there is no sign of prohibitive heat or smoke, leave the hall by the nearest exit, using the stairwells. Do not use elevators.
5. Vacate the building by the shortest, safest route, and gather at the designated area (at least 100 feet from the building). Follow instructions given by Residence Life staff, University Police, Fire Marshal and Fire Department Personnel. Remain outside until directed to reenter or proceed to designated alternative shelter.

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D. Furnishings, Decorations, and Other Prohibited Items
Furniture, decorations and other items which increase the flammability of residents’ rooms or public areas may be prohibited at the discretion of Residence Life staff. Excessive amounts of combustible decorations are particularly dangerous because they can promote rapid spread of flames in the event of a fire. Suspending combustible materials, such as tapestries, curtains, flags, fishnets, etc., is strictly prohibited. Window curtains must meet NFPA 701 standard. Additionally, any personal furniture must meet NFPA 701 standard. In common areas (i.e. bathrooms, hallways, and lounges) similar fire code regulations exist.
Possession and/or ignition of combustible materials is prohibited. Examples include, but are not limited to, candles, wax burners, incense, sterno, microwave ovens, rice cookers, hoverboards and certain types of lamps (including oil-burning, halogen, torchiere- and tree-style, as well as multi-head or “octopus-style” and lava lamps). Prohibited items that are found will be confiscated by Residence Life staff and will not be returned to the owner.
The illustrations below show examples of some prohibited lamps. The list of prohibited lamps (above) and examples below are for reference only and are not intended to show every possible lamp that is prohibited in the residence halls.

Octopus (Tree-style), oil burning, multi-head, torchiere, lava, halogen

Left to Right: Octopus (Tree-style), oil burning, multi-head, torchiere, lava, halogen.

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E. Electrical Load
The following guidelines have been developed to prevent the overloading of electrical circuits which can create a life-threatening hazard.
1. The use of electrical extension cords is strictly PROHIBITED. However, circuit-breaker-protected multi-outlet power strips that are UL-approved can be used. "Daisy chaining" (connecting one or more of these power strips to each other) is not permitted. All cords must be UL approved and recommended for intended use, in perfect condition, and either 12 or 14 gauge.
2. Circuit-breaker-protected multi-outlet power strips that are Underwriter’s Laboratory (UL)-approved can be used. These must be plugged directly into a wall receptacle and may not be joined together to extend their reach. They must be in perfect condition, recommended for the intended use and either 12 or 14 gauge.
a. If the appliance using the power strip requires grounding (three-pronged plug), only grounded power strips shall be used.
b. Cords may not pass through wall openings, doorways, partitions, or under rugs.
c. Cords may not be spliced, tied in knots, wrapped around metal fixtures, or draped over pipes.
3. Heavy load appliances, such as refrigerators and blow dryers, must be plugged directly into permanent outlets by the cord attached to the appliance.
4. Multiple outlet adapters (exclusive of power strips permitted in 2. above) are not permitted.

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F. Fire Safety Inspections

Residence Life staff inspect all residential living units (including bedrooms) with advance notice at least once each semester. Residents are advised of any fire safety and health problems and the required remedy.

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G. Fire Safety Information and Education
The College offers a variety of opportunities and resources for students to learn about the various aspects of fire prevention. Students are encouraged to educate themselves about their personal fire safety needs. In addition to the information contained in theResident Student Handbook, additional information can be found at www.oswego.edu/residence-life-and-housing/fire-safety. Fire safety discussions will be a part of meetings conducted by Residence Life staff. Residence Life staff can also be considered as resources for such information. Any fire concerns should immediately be brought to their attention so proper preventative action can be taken.

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H. In Case of Fire
Should a fire occur, the standard procedure for fires should be followed:
1. Notify the Fire Department by using the pull boxes. This notifies all residents of the need to evacuate the building.
2. If the fire is very small (wastebasket, smoldering matter) and you have been trained, you may try to fight it. Keep near the doors so you can escape. Stay low, away from heat and smoke. Aim extinguisher stream at base of fire. For floor level fires, sweep from edge of the room inward. If it is a wall fire, sweep from the bottom of the wall upward. Stay outside closets, etc. and shoot inward. Ventilate only after fire is completely out.
3. Use good judgment. The above responsibilities should be undertaken with due attention to your own personal safety.
4. Fire Extinguisher Use. The following information clarifies extinguisher type and use should it be necessary to put out a fire:
a. Pressurized water extinguisher: Wood, paper, textiles, and other ordinary combustible materials.
b. Carbon Dioxide (CO2) extinguisher: Flammable liquids such as oils, solvents, grease, paint, etc. Live or energized electrical or electronic equipment.
c. ABC (All-Purpose) Dry Chemical extinguishers: Wood, paper, plastic, combustible and flammable liquids, grease, paint and energized electrical.

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I. Setting fires is prohibited with the exception of designated fireplaces.
Note: Possession and/or ignition of combustible materials is prohibited. Examples include, but are not limited to, candles, wax burners, incense, sterno, microwave ovens, rice cookers, hoverboards and certain types of lamps (including oil-burning, halogen, torchiere- and tree-style, as well as multi-head or “octopus-style” and lava lamps). PROHIBITED ITEMS WILL BE CONFISCATED AND NOT RETURNED.

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Guest Policy - NEW starting FALL 2018!
Resident Students may host Guests in their residential community according to the policy outlined below. The policy is in place to aid in protecting personal safety, personal property and the right to privacy. Definitions

  • Resident Student – A currently enrolled SUNY Oswego student who is officially assigned to a specific residential community
  • Host – Resident Student receiving a guest in their residential community
  • Guest – Any person entering the premises of a residential community to which they are not assigned
  • SUNY Oswego Student Guest – a currently enrolled SUNY Oswego student visiting a Resident Student in the Resident Student’s assigned residential community
  • Non-SUNY Oswego Guest – a person who is not affiliated with SUNY Oswego in any way who is visiting a Resident Student in their assigned residential community
  • Overnight Guest – Any guest who is hosted by a Resident Student after 12 midnight.

Guest Access Resident Students may host Guests from 7 am to 12 am, Monday through Sunday. Guests hosted by Resident Students between the hours of 12 am and 7 am are considered Overnight Guests. Overnight Guests are:

  • permitted for up to 72 consecutive hours and a maximum of two such visits per month.
  • equired to sleep in the Host’s assigned bedroom, suite or townhouse; sleeping in common areas of residential communities, such as lounges, is prohibited.

The maximum number of Overnight Guests allowed at one time is:

    • 2 Overnight Guests in a double room.
    • 4 Overnight Guests in a suite.
    • 6 Overnight Guests in a townhouse.

Hours/Times of Visitation Guests are not permitted during reading days, early arrival, final exam periods, or break periods. Approval and Registration

  • All Guests must be registered according to the established Guest registration process.
  • Resident Student Hosts must obtain the written permission of all room/suite/housemates prior to the arrival of any Guest.
  • Overnight Guests will receive an identification card that must be carried at all times.
  • All Guests must observe the registration procedure as outlined in the General Residential Information section of this Handbook.
  • Host Responsibilities
  • The Host is responsible for assuring that all Guests know and adhere to College and residential community rules and regulations.
  • Hosts and Guests are subject to disciplinary action for failure to comply with College policies.
  • The Host may be held responsible for the actions of his/her Guest which may include receiving disciplinary charges when their Guest violates College policy and/or residential community rules and regulations. Further, the Residence Life staff may ask the Guest to leave the building whenever that Guest’s presence is determined by the staff member to be disruptive to the residential community.
  • It is the College’s position that Resident Students have the right to use their assigned room for the purposes of studying and sleeping. If a conflict arises between room/suite/housemates regarding the use of the residence hall room, this established priority should be recognized by all mates. Resident Students should attempt to resolve room/suite/housemate conflicts stemming from Guests on a personal basis; however, mediation support will be provided by the Residence Life staff as needed.

Guest Responsibilities Guests are to use residential community restroom facilities as designated for the gender with which they identify. Enforcement

  • Guests will not be permitted if staff determine that their presence prohibits reasonable access to and use of the room/suite/townhouse by roommates/suitemates/townhousemates, or the guest’s presence is determined to be disruptive to other members of the community.
  • Each residential community government has the option to further restrict Guests.

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Guns, Explosives, Flammables
Firearms, illegal weapons, firecrackers, explosives, harmful chemicals, and flammable liquids (i.e., oil-based paints, turpentine, lighter fluid and gasoline) are not to be stored or used in or around residential facilities. Internal combustion engines are prohibited within the buildings. Refer to the "Weapons and Dangerous Materials" section of the Student Handbook for the complete policy description.

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Housekeeping
Residents are expected to maintain a level of cleanliness in their living unit compatible with reasonable health and safety and College standards. The College reserves the right to establish and enforce those expectations for individuals in order to insure reasonable compatibility with roommate(s) as well as health and safety. All residents are required to participate in the residential community recycling program.

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Keys
Each resident is assigned keys, lock combinations and/or access codes when checking into residential facilities and is responsible for the return of assigned keys upon termination of residence. Loss of keys will result in charges for replacement. Unauthorized duplication of keys is prohibited. Residents are prohibited from using, or having unauthorized possession of keys or identification/access codes which have not been assigned to them by the College.

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Lock Change Requests

  • Room Key...$15
  • Code Change...$15
  • Mailbox Key...$10
  • Room & Suite Key (Onondaga)...$25
  • PIN Change (Village)...$15

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Lofts
Many students wish to raise the height of their beds to allow for more storage or living space. Our residence hall beds can be positioned at several different heights, creating more storage and/or greater flexibility for room configuration. You can find more information about having your bed positioned at a specific height under "Optional Forms" on our "Forms" web page. APPLY ONLINE at myHousing.oswego.edu under the "Application" tab.

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Noise
Sunday through Thursday nights, quiet hours begin at 10:00 p.m. and end at 10:00 a.m. the following morning. Friday and Saturday nights, quiet hours begin at 12:00 a.m. (midnight) and continue until 10:00 a.m. the following morning. Courtesy hours are observed 24 hours per day. Individual halls and living units may extend quiet hours or establish specific additional quiet hours at their discretion and/or through the Community Living Agreement. Quiet hours are observed 24 hours per day during the week before and the week of final examinations. Residents are expected to defer to approved activity at all times.

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Pets
Residence Life and Housing prohibits residents and their guests from bringing pets/animals into residential communities. Fish in aquariums up to 20 gallons are permitted.

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Security
Security is a community issue which depends upon the complete cooperation of all residents and their guest(s). Residents are responsible for the general security of their residential community. Acts which compromise building security are prohibited (i.e., propping open exterior doors normally locked for security purposes). Entering rooms assigned to other students or non-public areas such as mechanical rooms or desk areas without appropriate authorization is prohibited.
Access to residential facilities beyond the lobby/Commons areas is limited to residents, residents' invited guests and authorized College staff. When students become residents of a community, they are issued an I.D. sticker for placement on the front of their student I.D. This sticker provides for easy verification as a resident of that community, thus facilitating easy entry into their assigned community. When moving from a residential community, students must present their student I.D. card so the residential community sticker can be replaced (keys to that community must also be surrendered at sign-out).
All exterior doors are locked 24 hours a day/7 days a week. Persons who leave a locked exterior door open are endangering the security of residents and their property. Anyone observed or proven to have done so is subject to disciplinary action.
It is the obligation of every resident to immediately report to the Residence Life staff or University Police the presence of any nonresident not hosted by a resident and not complying with these regulations.

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Smoking
SUNY Oswego is a tobacco-free and smoke-free campus. Smoking of any kind and other uses of tobacco products on campus, at extensions campuses, at all indoor and outdoor events, College-sponsored programs and activities off campus, in personally-owned vehicles parked on campus, and all vehicles and equipment owned, leased or operated by the College and its affiliate organizations is strictly prohibited. Use of tobacco products other than smoking products and other smoking apparatus such as pipes, hookahs, and e-cigarettes, etc. is also prohibited. For more information, go to OzQuits.

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Solicitation and Sales in Residence Halls
All kinds of sales and solicitation by students or private commercial enterprise in residential facilities are prohibited without the prior approval of the Residence Life and Housing Office and the appropriate residential community student government. Included in this ban is the use of a residential community telephone number as the contact for responding to an advertisement. Exceptions to this ban are limited to activities conducted by the residential community governments and charitable sales or collections approved by the Assistant Vice President for Residence Life and Housing.
Neither residents nor non-residents are allowed to advertise, solicit, or sell in campus residential facilities except by direct mail to residents and posting on designated bulletin boards. Unauthorized solicitors will be confronted by the Residence Life staff and asked to leave the premises immediately.

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Telephones
The College no longer provides active phone lines in individual residence hall rooms. If you would like phone access in your room, contact the Campus Technonlogy Services (CTS) Help Desk at help@oswego.edu. By default, this phone service provides on-campus service only. If you would like to place off-campus calls, you will also need to arrange for long distance services.

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Windows 
The removal, loss of, or damage to a window, screen or window stop from student rooms or public areas in a residential facility is prohibited and may result in an installation and/or replacement charge and disciplinary action. The placing of any objects outside the window, including aerials and similar equipment, is prohibited. Residents are prohibited from being on building ledges or roofs. Throwing objects from windows is prohibited. Opening of security screens except in emergency situations is prohibited. Refer to the Student Conduct section of the Student Handbook for the complete policy description.


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