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Residence Hall Policies

Alcohol & Drugs

Alcohol

The University of Montana follows all state and federal statutes. In accordance with state law, students under the age of 21 cannot consume or possess alcohol. Alcohol is not allowed in any public areas of the building or in rooms occupied by underage residents. Please keep in mind, most alcohol situations are brought to our attention because of disruptive behavior. This behavior is addressed through student conduct and may require the Behavioral Health Options (Options) educational programs or other educational sanctions. The cost of the Options program is the responsibility of the student. Alcohol violations carry with them the prospect of MIP and other criminal charges and more severe consequences dependent on the behavior displayed at the time of documentation.

Drugs

Drugs are prohibited in University housing at all times. The Residence Life staff is instructed to call the Office of Public Safety and let law enforcement take over a situation if drugs are suspected to be present. The University has strict policies regarding the illegal use and abuse of substances. Federal Student Financial Aid is immediately withdrawn if a student is criminally convicted of a drug crime.

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 of medical marijuana is therefore prohibited in University of Montana housing facilities on The University of Montana premises. Even if a student, faculty or staff member possess documentation for permitting the use, possession, and/or cultivation of medical marijuana, this activity cannot occur on University of Montana premises.

Facility Usage

General Usage

All residence halls facilities are reserved for the exclusive use of students who reside in the residence halls and their guests. Nonresidents may not use any hall facilities for any reason. Unauthorized use of residence halls' facilities (bathrooms, lounges, study rooms, laundry rooms, computer rooms, etc.) may result in disciplinary action and/or criminal action.

Decorations & Room Displays

Because this will be your new home, we encourage you to make it your own. Decorate the interior with plants, poster, and rugs that you and your roommate agree upon. You are free to display posters and other things in your room including either side of your door and the inside of your window except for content unprotected by the First Amendment such as pornographic, obscene, defamatory, or fraudulent messages. You are not allowed to display posters or messages in public areas of your residence hall, including outside balconies, without prior consent from the Director of Residence Life. We do ask that you consider removing materials visible to other residents in response to any resident complaint in the interest of maintaining a collegial and civil residence hall environment.  Decorations must not cause damage to walls or furniture, nor should they cover or hang from fire sprinklers.

Elevators

Some residence halls have elevators. Residents should not tamper with or vandalize these elevators. Residents responsible for damage to elevators will be billed and the resident may be subject to disciplinary action and/or criminal charges.

Electronic Monitoring

All outside doors and certain public access areas within the residence halls will be monitored using electronic devices such as video cameras and door access readers. This monitoring is for the protection and safety of the residents and Residence Life property.

Keys & Locks

The University of Montana assists students in protecting their personal property as well as the property of the residence halls by providing each student with a room key. The outside doors to the hall are unlocked with the Griz Card and room keys will only be issued when the student checks into the residence hall. Students are required to return the key at semester break and at the time of moving out of the residence hall. The outside doors of all residence halls will be locked at 8:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m., Monday-Friday. Students are advised to have their keys and Griz Card with them at all times after 8:00 p.m.

By locking residence halls during the evening and at night hours, holidays, breaks, and weekends, and offering periodic personal security programs, The University helps provide a safe and secure community for its residents. We, together with the student, are jointly responsible for safety in our communities. Residents can take responsibility for their own security and the security of the hall by locking their room doors, reporting suspicious behavior, and not propping building doors open.

If a resident loses his or her room key and/or access card, a temporary key/card may be obtained at the hall desk. The temporary key/card fee is $10.00, which will be charged to the student account. The resident has a week in which to locate the lost key/card. After the week is over if the student does not locate the lost key/card, the locks will be changed. This re-keying policy is for the student's protection and security. The student will be charged for missing room keys ($100), mailbox keys ($25) and/or access cards ($25).

Residents should not loan their keys to others as you are responsible for all activity that takes place within your assigned hall room.

Room Cleanliness

The upkeep of your room is your own responsibility. The University requires residents to maintain their room in a safe and healthy condition at all times. The hall office has vacuums to check out for your use; there are trash receptacles on each floor for emptying your wastebasket. Recycling is strongly encouraged and there are central recycling stations outside each residence hall. Some cleaning equipment is also available on each floor or hall desk. Work orders to replacement overhead lights can be completed by notifying your hall desk.

Room Inspection

The University recognizes the right of privacy of all residents living in the residence halls, but reserves the right to inspect its property at any time for necessary reasons. For health, safety, or emergency reasons it is sometimes necessary for a University staff member to enter a resident's room when he or she is not present. Every effort will be made to have one or both occupants of the room present when an inspection is made. Periodic inspection of rooms will be made by the Resident Assistant on each floor to check for cleanliness and safety and to be sure that health standards are being maintained. Written notification will be made at least 24 hours before these health/safety inspections.

Sales in Residence Halls

With the exception of local newspaper delivery, general sales and solicitation are prohibited in residence halls. In order to guarantee the privacy of all residents, no agents or solicitors are allowed to enter the residence halls. Residents bothered by unauthorized persons should report them to the hall staff immediately. As a general rule, residence hall mailboxes may not be used for any mailings other than those acceptable to the U.S. Post Office. Exceptions to this rule may be granted subject to the approval of the Director of Residence Life.

Windows & Window Screens

Do not unlatch screens, remove windows, or throw items from the windows for any reason. Room occupants will be charged for the total cost of reinstalling, repairing, or replacing damaged or destroyed screens. Additionally, residents and their guests may not enter or exit the building through the window.

Fire Safety

General Safety

All possible measures are taken to assure the safety of the residents. This includes having established fire evacuation rules and regular fire drills. Tampering with fire alarms and firefighting equipment is prohibited. Prosecution by the criminal authorities and/or disciplinary action under UM student conduct code up to, and including dismissal from the University, is the penalty for intentionally setting off false fire alarms, or the unauthorized use of fire equipment, and for starting fires.

Candles

Candles have been found to be a severe fire hazard and their use is prohibited in the residence halls. Wickless candles are a nice alternative to have the fragrance with out the flame.

Cooking

Cooking appliances are not allowed in the halls except for coffee pots and popcorn poppers. In hall kitchens baking can be done, but the cooking of meals or meat is prohibited. No appliances with open elements or George Foreman grills are allowed.

Decorations

All natural trees and branches to be used as ornamentation in residence halls or rooms must first be fireproofed and all decorations must be nonflammable. Resident may not hang items from the ceiling, from sprinkler heads, or create holes in the walls.

Flammable Liquids

Gasoline, kerosene, alcohol, cleaning fluids, etc., constitute a serious danger and are prohibited in residence halls, as are vehicles containing such fluids.

Halogen Lamps and Lights

The Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a warning about the dangers of halogen lamps and the excessive operating temperatures of 970 to 1200 degrees F, that they produce. Curtains, clothing, paper items and so forth burn quickly when they come in contact with 300W or 500W bulbs. Therefore, light bulbs greater than 150W, either incandescent or halogen, are not allowed.

General Behavior

Gambling

To conform to state laws, no form of gambling is permitted in the residence halls.

Guests

You may have overnight guests of the same sex stay in your room, not to exceed three days, and with your roommate's permission. You may only have an overnight guest of the opposite sex stay in your room if the guest is a relative, not to exceed three days, and with your roommate's permission. The resident host is completely responsible for the activities and behavior of the guest and will be subject to disciplinary action should the guest violate University regulations. Due to fire code regulations, placing mattresses, mats, or sleeping bags on the floor is prohibited.

Pets

We love our Grizzlies, but when it comes to other pets -- there are no facilities to appropriately care for them on campus. They constitute a health hazard in our communities. Pets are not allowed in residence halls. Aquariums with fish and a capacity of 10 gallons or less are permitted.

Telephone & Email

Anyone making abusive, obscene or harassing telephone/E-mail messages will be subject to prosecution and/or disciplinary action.

Theft or Intentional Damage

Theft of or intentional damage to hall furnishings or property of persons in the residence halls is prohibited and will result in severe disciplinary action and/or prosecution.

Tobacco Free

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. Smoking and the use of tobacco products (ex. chew, snuff, etc) are not allowed in 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 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.

Quiet Hours

Quiet hours are from 8:00 PM to 8:00 AM beginning Sunday evening through Friday morning and from 11:00 PM to 9:00 AM beginning Friday evening through Sunday morning. During this period, all activities that might be disturbing to others must be suspended. During finals week and on the "quiet floors," quiet hours are in effect 24 hours a day. All residents are expected to be reasonably quiet at all hours in the residence halls. Guidelines for Behavior During Quiet Hours Include:

  •  Radios and stereos quiet enough so they cannot be heard outside the room.
  • Musical instruments can only be played in music rooms available in certain residence halls, in the music building, or outside the residence hall.
  • The right of a roommate to study and sleep has priority over your right to entertain guests in your room.
  • Because of disturbances to hall residents and the potential for injury to bystanders, outdoor games are limited to the lawns south of Pantzer Hall, east of the second sidewalk in front of Craig Hall, and on the River Bowl. Drumming activities should be taken to the River Bowl area.

Safety

Hypodermic Needles

Some students have medical conditions requiring the use of needles. Improper disposal of hypodermic needles is dangerous because these needles may carry blood borne pathogens. Proper disposal of hypodermic needles is mandatory. A disposal container can be received at no charge by simply asking for one at the Curry Heath Center. Please keep our campus and staff safe by properly disposing of needles.

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, Firearms, Chemicals, Fireworks & Explosives

Because of the physical danger, annoyance to residents, and the possibility of fires, possession or discharge of fireworks, noxious chemicals, burning incense, or explosives in the residence halls or on the campus is prohibited. The University of Montana offers weapons storage through the Office of Public Safety. Weapons can be stored or checked out Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm; special appointment are available upon request. Please contact 406-243-6130 or 406-243-6131 (Office of Public Safety Dispatch) for additional information or to speak with an officer.