On a weekly basis, Residence Hall Directors conduct a maintenance/housekeeping walk-through of all residence facilities in order to establish any maintenance concerns and maintain University property. Residents of the Cedar Creek Apartments, Courtyards 8-20, and Townhouses are responsible for the cleaning of their own units. If the unit is found in an unacceptable condition, the residents will be given 48 hours to clean or an outside agent will be contracted and the residents will be held responsible for the cost. Any resident who fails to keep up his/her living environment risks the removal or denial of his/her resident status. Residence Life staff will also perform walk-throughs during vacation holidays and breaks. As a result of disciplinary action, unannounced walk-throughs may occur at any time.
Naber Hall Door Alarms
Activation of the door alarms will be 24 hours a day. Setting off the alarms will result in a $100 fine for the responsible party.
The University coordinates all exterior and interior painting. Students are not permitted to paint their individual rooms. Special circumstances require permission from the Director of Residence Life.
Fish are the only animal permitted in University housing units. However, fish tanks may be no larger than 20 gallons (dimensions for high fish tanks may not exceed 24¼” × 12½” x 16¾” and dimensions for low fish tanks may not exceed 30¼” × 12½” × 12¾”). Proper maintenance of fish tanks is expected. Only marble or glass bead bottoms are allowed in fish tanks (gravel bottoms are prohibited). Please see the Comfort Animals policy if you require more information about a pet that acts as a comfort animal.
University-wide quiet hours begin at 10:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 1:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights and end every morning at 8:00 a.m. Those hours not designated as quiet hours will be considered courtesy hours during which students extend courtesy to their neighbors by restricting the noise level of conversation, stereos, and any other electronic devices. Specific quiet hours may change at the discretion of Residence Life staff. Inherent in this policy is the understanding that students are chiefly responsible for holding one another to the established community standards. The City of Fond du Lac noise ordinance begins at 9:00 p.m. Students should be aware of this and respect surrounding neighbors.
Silent hours (24-hour quiet hours) are in effect during the week of final exams. Courtesy hours are designated from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. during the week of final exams. Students are to operate on “normal noise levels” to vacuum or complete other tasks. If a resident student confronts another asking to be quiet, students are required to comply and respect the request.
Residence Facility Entry
The University’s right to enter or search a residence facility is exercised with discretion. A reasonable effort will be made to have the resident present if it is appropriate and necessary. Before entering, authorized University personnel should knock, announce their name and position, and receive permission to enter (if the resident is present). In cases where personnel suspect the violation of a University policy, he/she may enter after knocking and announcing himself/herself. The following personnel may enter a student’s room:
- Maintenance or housekeeping staff for routine maintenance or housekeeping functions.
- Residence Life staff, Student Life Staff, or Campus Safety Officers
- To resolve emergency situations (including, but not limited to: fire, accidents, sickness, or danger to student health and welfare).
- When there is evidence or reasonable information suggesting the violation of a University policy.
- Residence Life and Campus Services staff for facility opening and closing and general housekeeping inspections.
- Residence Life Personnel may enter common areas in an effort to build, develop, and sustain community throughout the day. Between the hours of 7 pm and 2 am, Residence Life Personnel (Resident Assistants) will enter common areas to maintain safe and civil living and learning environments.
Whenever a room is entered without the presence of the resident, University personnel will leave a note stating that the room was entered, by whom, and for what purpose.
When it is necessary for University personnel to enter a resident’s room for inspections (facility closings, vacation-time general housekeeping inspections, and regular maintenance checks) the student is given advance notice. The inspection may take place without the presence of the resident.
Resident Business Ventures
Residence facility rooms or common areas may not be used to carry on any organized business ventures (i.e. selling Avon, Tastefully Simple, or illicit substances of any kind).
Resident students are required to check their assigned mailboxes on a daily basis. Mail for resident students, as well as student organizations, is distributed Monday through Saturday by 4:00 p.m. to the mailboxes located in the Hornung Student Center. Students are requested to include 750 E. Division St. and their mailbox number for their mailing address to send and receive mail. Packages too large for mailboxes may be picked up at One-Stop. The student’s ID card must be presented to collect the package. No mail will be forwarded during the winter and spring interim breaks. Upon completion of the academic year and/or termination of the housing contract, resident mail will be forwarded to a designated address for 30 days, after which it will be returned to sender. If a resident is not returning to University housing, then the resident is responsible for providing the Office of the Registrar with his/her forwarding address. It is also the student’s responsibility to notify businesses from which they receive mail (i.e. banks, credit card companies, magazines) of their change of address.
When a student occupies and vacates a room, the student is responsible for completing a Room Condition Report in conjunction with a Residence Life staff member. Failure to complete the report or note prior room condition issues will result in the student being held responsible for all room condition issues when the room is vacated. When vacating a room, it must be returned in the same condition as when it was first occupied. Damages to a room or failure to remove belongings subject all students in the room or housing unit to common area charges, unless a specific student is identified as responsible for the damages.
The University reserves the right to enter and search a residence facility if there is reason to believe that:
- There is a possibility of imminent harm to a person or property.
- There is a possible violation of University policy, or state or federal law.
- Contraband items are present, but may be concealed from view.
Reasonable suspicion is defined as knowledge suggesting that a violation of University policy or public law has occurred or may occur.
- Authorization for a room search must be obtained from the Director of Residence Life (or designee).
- University personnel make every effort to have one or all students present during the search and inform the students of the purpose of the search.
- Searches may be conducted of rooms or belongings that may contain items in violation of University policy or state or federal law. This includes, but is not limited to: backpacks, bags, closets, desks, packages, or refrigerators.
- The student will have the opportunity to cooperate and turn over any items under reasonable suspicion. If a student chooses not to cooperate, he/she will be informed that the search of the room and belongings will occur.
Roommate/Housemate Conflict Resolution
When roommates/housemates develop differences or conflicts that are adversely affecting their living environment, the following steps should be followed to aid in resolving the disagreement:
- A meeting should be held by all of the students involved in the conflict. Residence Life staff may be present at this meeting. A verbal and written agreement will be crafted at this time. All roommates involved should agree to comply with and sign the terms of the roommate agreement.
- If the meeting agreement is broken, the students involved in the conflict should schedule a formal meeting with the Residence Hall Director.
When roommates/housemates have followed the appropriate steps and it has been determined that they have irreconcilable differences, they may request to no longer live together. The following policy will be upheld if the students choose to move: the resident whose paid contract was received the earliest will be permitted to remain in the room/house in question. The other resident will move out of that room and into another room on campus. In the event that both contracts were received the same day, the student with the longest resident status will be given the first opportunity to remain in the room/house. In the event that the students have the same status, higher total credit hours as stated on the student’s Marian transcript will determine placement priority.
In order to avoid damage to screens and for safety reasons, students may not remove or tamper with window screens. In the event that a window screen has been removed or tampered with, the students of the room will face disciplinary action.
Smoke detectors are located in all residence facilities as required by law. Fond du Lac City Ordinance requires each resident to sign a form at the beginning of his/her residency as to the working condition of each smoke detector. Willful and/or malicious tampering with any smoke detector or fire safety equipment is prohibited. False activation of fire alarms will result in a fine up to $500 for the responsible party.
Sports in Residence Facilities
Athletic activities are strictly prohibited in residence facilities due to the potential danger to students and facility damage. Such activities include, but are not limited to: basketball, baseball equipment, cycling, football, golf, hockey, skating, throwing objects, and water fights.
Vacuum cleaners are available for resident use and can be checked out through the Resident Assistant. To check out a vacuum, the resident must leave his/her student ID with the Resident Assistant, which will be returned upon return of the vacuum. All vacuuming should occur before quiet hours.