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Part 6. Student Affairs

Section VII. Residence Life

A. Housing

1. Introduction

The purpose of these rules and regulations is to provide for a safe, clean and orderly environment in Idaho State University on-campus living units. Equally important, however, is the purpose of providing for an educational environment that emphasizes community spirit, cooperative problem solving, and protection of the rights and privileges of all students.

Any set of guidelines for regulating student behavior is only as good as the commitment the parties are willing to make to these rules. It is hoped that students agree to the fundamental reasons why these rules were established and that they willingly and earnestly agree to accept and abide by them. Student cooperation in these matters will assist in making living on campus exciting, worthwhile, and fulfilling.

For more details please consult the “Residence Hall Handbook.”

2. Admission and Occupancy

a. Students must be admitted to Idaho State University before a housing assignment will be made.

b. Residents must be full-time regularly enrolled students at Idaho State University. Other students may be housed with special permission from the Office of Residence Life.

c. The University reserves the right to make housing assignments and may reassign a student at its discretion at any time during the academic year.

d. Unclaimed housing will not be held beyond the first day of classes (see move-in closing date, On Campus Rules and Regulations) unless the resident has advised the Office of Residence Life in writing and has prepaid the minimum down payment.

3. Financial Policy

a. Delinquent Accounts.

The cancellation of registration and the withholding of academic credit of any student with a delinquent account or an unsatisfactory financial relationship with the Business Office is authorized by the State Board of Education. Every effort will be made to contact students to advise them of their financial obligations. When this is not successful in getting a student to respond, a hold will be placed on the student’s records.

b. Refund of Rental Fees.

Refunds are allowed only in the first three weeks of each semester. Consult room contract for more detailed information.

4. Behavior in the Residence Halls. Safety and Sanitation

The residence hall environment is vital, dynamic and is defined by the behavior of the residents within the community. It is impossible to make contingencies and sanctions for all unacceptable behaviors. Those who display blatant disregard for the rights of members of the residence hall community will meet the most severe sanctions endorsed by the ISU Student Code regardless of whether or not a specific violation is stated as an infraction of behavior.

a. Alcohol

The possession and consumption of an alcoholic beverage is not allowed on ISU property. The only exception is for those students who are at least twenty-one years of age and only then in the privacy of their assigned room or apartment.

A residence hall student found to be in violation of the alcohol policy will be given a written warning by the Director of Housing and invited to attend an alcohol education class sponsored by University Housing. A student in second violation of the alcohol policy, will be placed on Residence Hall Probation and attendance at the alcohol class becomes mandatory. If within the academic year, the student has a third alcohol violation, the student will be evicted from University Housing and not be eligible to reenter the residence halls as a guest or for the remainder of this semester and the next full academic semester.

Alcohol Violations are:

(1) Possession or consumption of alcohol in or around the residence halls by any student under the age of twenty-one.

(2) Consumption of alcohol (open container) of any student 21 years or older, outside of the privacy of their room.

(3) Providing alcohol to a minor or a student under the age of twenty-one and or having that student present while alcohol is being consumed.

(4) Involvement in other residence hall policy violations while intoxicated.

(5) Possession or consumption of alcohol on a floor or in a residence hall designated as “No Alcohol”.

b. Illegal drugs and controlled substance are not allowed on the ISU campus. Full cooperation will be given to local law enforcement agencies towards the prosecution of any violators of this policy.

c. Motorcycles are not permitted in residence facilities.

d. Bicycles are not permitted in residence halls except in designated areas. Individual’s rooms are considered designated areas.

e. Firearms, bows and arrows, knives, knumbchucks, and other weapons or ammunition are not permitted in residence halls.

f. Explosives (fireworks, gun powder, etc.) are not permitted on campus. These items will be confiscated and students found in possession of them will be sanctioned.

g. Dangerous chemicals, including gasoline, kerosene, motor oil, etc. are not permitted in University housing as they constitute a serious fire hazard.

h. The draining of motor oil onto parking lot surfaces and/or into storm sewers is prohibited. Violators will be prosecuted in accordance with Pocatello City Ordinance 8-10-1, and other established state and federal laws.

i. Windows must not be used as a means of entering or leaving a room. Safety chains on windows are not to be tampered with or removed. Residents are responsible for all damage that occurs as a result of removal of window chains.

j. Under no circumstances are items to be thrown out of residence hall or apartment windows.

k. Persons are not allowed on ledges, catwalks, roofs, or balconies at any time. Violators may face suspension from University housing.

l. Lighted candles, burning incense, or the ignition of other flammable materials is prohibited.

m. Pets

No pets of any kind are allowed in University housing. This includes birds, reptiles, and animals such as dogs or cats. This policy includes the harboring and/or caring for these pets. Violation of this policy constitutes breach of contract and will result in the resident’s eviction from on-campus housing within 72 hours.

n. Sales and Solicitations

Sales and solicitations are prohibited unless authorized in writing by the Director of Housing. This includes students, organizational representatives and commercial salespersons of any kind. Students are prohibited from using living units for commercial purposes.

5. Administrative Concerns

a. Keys

The following key charges will apply to on-campus housing units:

Lost room key $25.00

Lost outside door key $25.00

Illegal duplication $25.00 and disciplinary sanction.

The only authorized source of keys for on-campus living units is the Office of Housing Maintenance. Keys may be checked periodically to ensure that no illegal duplications have been made.

b. Fire Drills

Fire evacuation procedures are posted. Please, for your safety and the safety of others, familiarize yourself with them and follow them. Fire drills will be held regularly using the following scheme: you will be talked and walked through a fire drill. One announced drill will be conducted, after which an unannounced drill will be held. If the unannounced drill is satisfactory that is all the drills that will be held that semester. If it is unsatisfactory, more drills will be conducted until a satisfactory drill is done.

(1) Exercise extreme caution with matches and cigarettes.

(2) Obey all publicized and common sense fire safety rules.

(3) Do not, under any circumstances, tamper with fire safety equipment, fire extinguishers, or fire alarms. Any resident caught doing so may be suspended from University housing and prosecuted through civil authorities.

c. Security

Each resident is responsible for the security of his/her possessions while residing on campus. Protection of personal property through insurance is highly recommended and must be arranged for at the student’s expense.

There are no facilities for the storage of student property during the summer vacation period or at other times when the student is not a resident of the system. Therefore, when a person moves from a living unit, all personal property must be moved also. Storage during regular enrollment periods is limited.

All residents should realize the importance of keeping their rooms locked any time that they are not actually in the rooms.

d. Inspections

The University respects the student’s right to privacy. However, when the safety and welfare of the student is at issue, for maintenance purposes, or when authorized to enter a room by the issuance of an internal search warrant as provided for in Article 1, Section 6, of the Student Code of Rights and Responsibilities, we reserve the right to enter a student’s room.

There may be an inspection of students’ rooms during each semester. Staff will post notification of pending inspections.

Should a resident’s unit be found to be below a reasonable standard of cleanliness, she/he will be advised that corrective measures should be taken. Failure to make the suggested corrections may result in eviction proceedings being initiated. The resident will be given 72 hours to make the corrections.

Student responsibilities for room care include:

(1) Vacuuming carpeted rooms regularly;

(2) Maintaining reasonable standards of cleanliness;

(3) Assisting in maintaining the public areas of the facilities;

(4) Reporting damages and unsightly or unsanitary conditions to the residence hall staff.

Prior to moving out, all residents are required to have the appropriate staff member inventory the room or apartment. Failure to do so will result in the assessment of the improper checkout fee. Also, each student is responsible for properly cleaning his/her residence facility and returning room furniture to its original location. If this is not done, cleaning charges will be billed directly to the student.

e. Damages

Living units are assigned to students for their use and the use of their guests. Residents are responsible for the condition of the units to which they are assigned and any damage that takes place to the room or its furnishings.

f. Public Area Damage

Residents are also responsible for helping maintain the public areas of the facilities. Any damaging, mutilating, or defacing of the public areas is also a violation of the Student Code of Rights and Responsibilities.

Where responsibility for damage to University or private property of individuals can be determined, the individual(s) responsible will be charged and prosecuted.

Students are not authorized to repair damages. Repairs must be performed by the Office of Housing Maintenance or by their designee.

6. Student Government

During the spring semester of each academic year, each residence hall or contiguous unit is required to elect an executive council: president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer. The council serves as the representative body for students residing in these halls and acts in an advisory capacity to the residence hall staff and the Office of Residence Life. In addition, the council serves to budget residence hall programming funds, organize social and educational programming, and as an appeals judicial body in cases involving infractions of residence hall rules and regulations.

Residence hall councils oversee floor representatives, food representatives, and other committees that serve in advisory capacities to other components of the University, such as Marriott Food Service and the Intramural Department.

A significant leadership program is part of the training offered to residence hall officers.

The Residence Hall Association (RHA) is an executive body made up of the presidents and vice presidents in each residence hall. RHA serves as immediate advisor to the Office of Residence Lifeand Marriott Food Service and as a resource for residence hall councils. It also funds educational and social programs on a system-wide basis.


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