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Policies

In general, students are expected to behave in a considerate and responsible manner, which respects the rights of the University and of any other person who may be affected by their actions. All University Villages tenants are expected to abide by the Student Conduct Code. The Lewis and Clark Village Office reserves the right to develop other rules and regulations as necessary for the safety, care and cleanliness of the premises and for the security, comfort and convenience of all occupants.

In addition to the Student Conduct Code, Residence Life has outlined the following policies for residents living in and visiting Lewis and Clark Villages:

Alcohol and Drugs

Alcohol Use

The Lewis and Clark Village rules regarding alcohol follow the University of Montana, and state and federal statutes regarding use of alcohol. The use and possession of alcohol is permitted in the privacy of the apartments. Keggers and parties involving large amounts of alcoholic beverages which would involve large numbers of people and an excessive amount of noise are prohibited. This type of activity is disruptive to the environment necessary for residents to pursue their academic goals. Disruptive behavior will be dealt with under the Student Conduct Code, city ordinances and/or state statutes.

Medical Marijuana

Although the State of Montana law permits the use, possession, and cultivation of medical marijuana, federal law prohibits use, possession, and/or cultivation in educational institutions and other recipients of federal funds. The use, possession, and/or cultivation is therefore prohibited in University of Montana housing facilities or anywhere else on The University of Montana premises. Even if a student, faculty, or staff member possesses documentation permitting the use, possession, and/or cultivation of medical marijuana, this activity cannot occur on The University of Montana premises and is subject to disciplinary sanctions outlined in The University of Montana Student Conduct Code.

Fire Safety

Fires

In case of a fire, call 911. Fires are potentially a serious problem in all apartment communities due to the high concentration of individuals living in each building. Most fires are begun due to carelessness. At the top of the list is cooking related fires. Next on the list are fires that are caused by cigarettes. Please use caution and common sense to avoid a disaster.

Prevention can save your life and the life of others. Explore your community and familiarize yourself with all exits. Keep exits and access areas clear of all debris and storage. This includes:

  • Keeping sidewalks, porches, common hallways and outside landings clear of all items including trash, furniture, toys, appliances, car parts and exercise equipment. Failure to do so will result in a cleaning/removal fee that will be charged to the offending apartment resident.
  • Not using balconies, porches, fences, sidewalks or any common area as a laundry drying area.
  • Not chaining bikes, motorcycles or trailers to gas piping, stair rails, electrical conduit or plumbing pipes. Keeping Bar-b-que grills at least 10 feet away from all buildings, landings or porches.
  • Bar-b-que grills (propane or briquette) are not permitted on the second and third floor balconies due to fire hazard. Permanent grills have been installed on the grounds for your convenience.
  • Test your smoke detector(s) once a month. Notify maintenance if you have any problems with it.
  • No Halogen Lamps, Candles or incense

Fireworks and combustibles

Fireworks, gunpowder and other combustible materials or substances which endanger health and safety in the Lewis and Clark Village area are not permitted.

General Behavior

Freezing Weather

In the event of severe, freezing weather, "FREEZE ALERT" signs will be posted or distributed. Please follow these instructions as soon as you see or receive these signs:

  • Drip all the faucets in your apartment - both hot and cold. Leave the faucets dripping until the "FREEZE ALERT" signs are removed.
  • Turn your heat on to a minimum of 65 degrees.
  • Open your closet and cabinet doors to expose plumbing fixtures so that these spaces will be heated.
    If you are going to be away for an extended time period during the winter months, please alert the office. Be sure that your windows are closed and do not turn off your heat. Instead, leave the thermostat on 60 degrees. These precautions are essential in order to avoid substantial damage to your apartment from broken pipes. If you negligently fail to take these precautions, you may be held liable not only to the damage in your own apartment, but also to any damage to your neighbor's apartment.

Gambling

To conform to state laws, no form of gambling is permitted in Lewis and Clark Village apartments.

Health Inspections

Life safety and health inspections will be held once each semester. Residents will be notified in advance of the inspections times. The staff will be looking for such things as destruction of property; fire hazards (ie. Spare tires, overloaded outlets, fireworks, flammable liquids, black powder), health hazards (ie. Odors, filth, accumulation of garbage), pets or signs of animals, signs of unauthorized guests, weapons which have not been reported, etc.

Loss, Theft, and Insurance

Residents should immediately report any missing property to the Village Assistant, providing a complete description of the items and their value, where they were located, when was the last time the item was seen and is any person suspected of the theft. Any theft should also be reported to the Campus Safety Office.

As stated in your agreement contract , UM is not responsible for any personal losses due to theft, fire, water damage or any other incidences specifically mentioned in the agreement. For this reason we strongly urge you to obtain renter's insurance coverage for your personal belongings. If you own an automobile or bicycle, make sure that you have adequate coverage against loss, vandalism, etc.

Noise

All residents must keep all noise to a low level so as not to disturb or bother neighbors. Missoula City Ordinance requires lowering of noise level at 10:00 PM
If you do have a noise complaint concerning a neighbor, we recommend the following procedures:

First, we recommend getting to know your neighbors as soon as possible. That way if there is a problem you can approach them as a friend, not as a stranger. When the problem arises, go talk to them and try to reach an agreement. If the noise problem is extremely disruptive or is after normal business hours, contact the VA on duty at 406-544-8724.
Contact the Lewis and Clark Village Office via e-mail of the problem.

Pets

Pets or animals, except certified Service Animals, of any kind are strictly prohibited in the Lewis and Clark Apartments. This includes pets belonging to visitors. Pets will not be permitted to "visit" or be on the premises for any reason. Violation of this policy will result in eviction procedures being implemented and the tenant will be given 30 days notice to vacate. The entire damage deposit will be automatically forfeited if a pet is found on the premises. Additionally, any damages incurred above the deposit will be billed to your student account.

Services animals must be registered and approved through the Disability Services Office of UM.
Do not feed stray animals. Stray animals may carry disease or bring fleas and other pests. It is for our residents' safety that we restrict feeding animals.

Trash

All trash must be properly disposed of timely in the dumpster provided. Trash must not be set beside the dumpster or outside of your apartment door(s). If the dumpster is full, then take the trash to another dumpster. If trash is discovered in the common areas of buildings and/or outside your door and has to be removed by the Lewis and Clark Village Maintenance personnel, the responsible apartment resident(s) will be charged the appropriate clean-up/removal fees.

Tobacco Free UM

Residence Life supports The University of Montana’s tobacco free campus policy, and does not permit the use of tobacco products in any of our residence halls and apartment buildings. All buildings are designated “No Smoking” in all areas including student rooms or apartments. Smoking and the use of tobacco products (ex. chew, snuff, etc.) are not allowed in any public areas including study rooms, restrooms, hallways, stairways, lobbies, elevators, lounges, student rooms, etc.

In accordance with The University of Montana’s tobacco free policy, students may also not smoke or use tobacco products outside the residence halls and apartment buildings on campus property. Tobacco use is allowable at the following locations: Sidewalks along Beckwith, Arthur, 5th and 6th Streets west of Maurice, Maurice north of 6th, Kim Williams trail, and all properties outside of those borders and beyond boundaries of any property of The University of Montana.

Safety

Security

In an emergency dial 243-4000. For non-emergency situations dial the UM Office of Public Safety 406-243-6131.
Anything that seems unusual or "out of place" could be criminal activity. Every resident has a responsibility to report any suspicious behavior, working as a partner with the police. Not every stranger who enters your property is a criminal, but criminals do take advantage of activity in apartment communities by pretending to be legitimately involved in sales, repairs and service. If you see any solicitors in your community or suspect that any service or repair person is involved in illegal activity, please contact either the Lewis and Clark Village office and/or the UM Police Department.

Never attempt to apprehend a person committing a crime or to investigate suspicious activity. Leave any confrontations or investigations to the police.

Do not allow strangers into your apartment. UM cannot restrict access of door to door solicitors to the apartment community. You may post a no soliciting notice on your door. If you are bothered by solicitors, please contact the UM Police Department.

Violent and Sexual Offenders

Any student or student dependent who has been designated as a violent or sexual offender by a county, state, or federal court and who is requesting housing in University facilities must notify the Residence Life Office of this information prior to execution of the contract.

The Residence Life Office must also be notified when a student or student's dependent residing in University residence halls or University Villages is designated as a violent or sexual offender within 24 hours following such designation by a county, state, or federal court. The University reserves the right to review the student tenant's or student tenant dependent's offender status and the potential risk to the community due to the tenant's or tenant dependent's residence in the University residence halls or University Villages. After such review the University may deny occupancy to a tenant or a tenant's dependent based on either offender's designation status. A student's failure to provide this required notification may also result in the student's unauthorized occupancy of University premises or other University of Montana Student Conduct Code violations, subjecting the student to Student Conduct Code disciplinary proceedings.

Weapons and Firearms

After registering your firearms with the Lewis and Clark Village office you may store them in your apartment. No firearms, explosives, explosive devices or unlawful weapons of any kind are permitted on or in any other University property or facility or at any University function. Weapons of any kind are strictly prohibited on the UM campus. Violators will be dealt with to the fullest extent of the law.