Residence Hall Rules and Regulations

Listed below are the rules and regulations that all contracted residents and their guests are expected to uphold when choosing to live in any Indiana University residence hall. These standards are designed to create and maintain an environment of academic achievement, comfort, respect, and safety for all who live in and visit the residence halls. These standards are in addition to university-wide standards expected of all Indiana University students, as outlined in the Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct, hereafter referred to as "the Code". Violations of the Code and/or these Residence Hall Rules & Regulations may result in university student conduct charges.

  1. No person may enter a hall, living unit, or room to which they have not been assigned without a resident escort who is a resident of that hall, living unit, or room. Guests must be escorted at all times within the residence halls. All guests must have a valid photo ID at all times within the residence halls.
  2. Residents may host guests, including overnight, in the residence halls, except during break periods or at the discretion of center management. No more than two guests per resident are allowed to stay overnight in a room, and guests may not stay in the residence hall for more than three (3) consecutive days no more than twice a semester. The professional residence life staff of the center must grant not any exception to this, and the decision should be made in consultation with any roommate/suitemate(s).
  3. Hosts must receive permission from all roommates or suitemates to have an overnight guest, and it is the responsibility of the host to register their guest(s). Guest registration procedures can be obtained by contacting the center desk, or at the RPS Guest Registration Site. Under all circumstances and at all times, the roommate/suitemate(s) have the right to request privacy if needed while the guest is present.
  4. Residents are responsible for the behavior of their guests while guests are on residence hall grounds and can be held accountable for the actions of their guests. Professional residence life staff reserves the right to ban a guest from the center, or to ask a guest to leave the residence hall if their behavior creates a disturbance to center staff or other residents.
  5. Unless otherwise approved by Professional residence life staff and designated with signage, floor restrooms designed for simultaneous use by multiple persons are to be used only by the gender designated for that restroom.

  1. Residents have the right to sleep and study in their rooms at any time without interference from those around them. During quiet hours, the sound must not be audible beyond the limits of any hallway, individual room, or lounge. Residents are expected to demonstrate consideration and courtesy toward others at all times and, if asked to respect this right, are expected to comply immediately.
  2. Quiet hours will be Sunday through Thursday from 10 p.m.–9 a.m. and Friday and Saturday from 2 a.m.–10 a.m.
  3. Quiet hours will be Sunday through Thursday from 8 p.m.–9 a.m. and Friday and Saturday from 2 a.m.–10 a.m.
  4. During final examination periods, 24-hour quiet periods are in effect.

All first-year students at Indiana University are required to comply with the conditions of the residency policy approved by the Board of Trustees. Additional details can be found on the RPS website at the Residency Policy website.

  1. Group or individual activities that result in distress or disturbance to others are prohibited. Group or individual activities that can cause damage or destruction to university property are also prohibited. Types of behavior falling into this category include, but are not limited to, hall sports, hallway disruptions, use of amplified noise producing products in student rooms or lounges, placing trash in public areas, pranks, unsanitary conditions, and use of water guns.
  2. Using or attempting to use university property in a manner inconsistent with its designated purpose is prohibited.
  3. Writing offensive and/or inappropriate language or symbols on dry erase boards, walks, or other areas frequented by the public is prohibited.
  4. Gambling, or the behavior resulting from gambling that results in disruption to the residence hall community, is prohibited.
  5. The distribution or broadcast of undisclosed and unauthorized recording of other individuals within the residence hall center is prohibited.

  1. Residents are responsible for any activities, damages, or policy violations that occur in rooms or bathrooms to which they have been assigned when it can be reasonably shown the residents knew or reasonably should have known that the inappropriate activity or damage occurred—including, but not limited to, activities, damages, or policy violations caused by guests.
  2. Residents are responsible for securing/locking their residence hall room. The university is not responsible for items or property that are stolen or damaged. Residents may be responsible for activities, damages, or policy violations that occur in their room if it can be found that such activities, damages, or policy violations occurred due to their failure to secure/lock their room.
  3. Guests or residents who are present on residence hall grounds and know that a violation(s) is/are occurring will be deemed complicit in the activity, unless they immediately report the situation to a university official and/or leaves the area upon discovering the violation(s).
  4. Furniture modification or painting, including the possession of public-area furniture in individual rooms, is prohibited. A user/relocation fee of $5 per day or $25, whichever is greater, may be assessed for the unauthorized moving of furniture.
  5. Storing personal furniture and other belongings, including bicycles, in public areas is prohibited.
  6. Modification of wiring or permanent alteration to the structure of the room within a residence hall or living unit is prohibited.
  7. Window screens must be secured at all times. Tampering with window hardware is prohibited. Residents may be charged a replacement fee for a damaged or lost window screen that results from their failure to keep the window screen properly secured. Windows must not be used as an exit or entrance to the building, except during a building-wide emergency evacuation.
  8. Window surfaces must be kept 25 percent clear of all opaque materials, such as aluminum foil, posters, or signs. All window treatments (blinds and draperies) provided are flame retardant and should not be replaced by residents. If damage occurs to window treatments students should notify professional residence life staff to coordinate replacement.
  9. Room doors must be kept free of flammable materials, particularly loose paper. Doors may not be wrapped or covered with flammable materials.
  10. Displays and/or cloth, corrugated cardboard, dried vegetation, light plastics, or paper decorations determined by Residential Programs and Services staff to be a fire hazard are prohibited.
  11. Electrical outlets must be appropriately used and electronic equipment (computers, hair dryers, stereos, televisions, etc.) must not be improperly wired, left unattended (specifically heat-radiating electronics such as curling irons, flat irons, irons, etc.) or overload circuits.
  12. Residents are prohibited from operating a commercial business, whether online or in physical form, from their rooms or any part of the residence halls. Residence hall rooms may not be used to store items that could be considered inventory/assets in any commercial business, nor may a residence hall address be used for the resident to receive mail/packages for inventory/assets for any commercial business managed by the resident.
  13. Residents may not rent out their rooms or any part of residence halls.
  14. Additionally, decorations of any kind may not be hung from or across ceilings or light or sprinkler fixtures.
  15. Residents must have proper administrative approval to move from their assigned residence hall room to another residence hall room.
  16. The apartment community, co-resident, roommate, and suitemate agreements shall not be violated.
  17. Occupying residence hall space outside the contract period is prohibited. This includes failure to vacate the residence halls when they are closed.
  18. Residents who are living alone in a double room and have not been approved to have the room as a “double as a single” will be expected to keep the uninhabited part of the room clear so that the room is ready for another resident to move in at any time.
  19. Residents may not reconfigure or disassemble beds or furniture on their own. Furniture and bed reconfiguration can only be completed by IU Facilities personnel. If residents bring bed risers, bed risers must be positioned appropriately and be both stable and durable. If bed riser durability, height, or stability poses a risk to safety, residents may be asked to remove the risers.

  1. All residence hall room key cards and keys, including university IDs, are the property of Indiana University and may not be loaned or duplicated by residents.
  2. Lost key cards or keys must be reported immediately to residence hall staff. Found key cards or keys, including university IDs, must be given immediately to residence hall staff at the center desk.
  3. Residents must return room keys and/or key cards upon checking out of the residence hall. Failure to do so could result in a monetary charge.
  4. Residents are expected to be responsible for their key cards and/or keys, including university IDs, at all times. Residence hall staff will assist a resident with room entry when the resident loses or forgets their key and/or key card; however, financial charges may be imposed after the first lockout per semester. Four or more lockouts per academic year constitutes abuse of this privilege and will initiate a meeting with residence life staff. Continued lockouts can also result in student conduct charges under RPS Rules & Regulations in addition to financial charges.

For health, insurance liability, and safety reasons, residents are prohibited from having the following items in their rooms:

  1. Combustible liquids and other similar materials, except for sealed containers not exceeding eight-ounce capacity.
  2. Open-coil appliances and heaters, including, but not limited to, exposed burners (including popcorn poppers without self-contained heating units), grills (charcoal, indoor, or propane), hot plates, immersion coils, pottery water warmers, power tools, stoves and camping stoves, and toaster ovens.
    *Residents of Union Street Center may have cooking appliances such as toasters, rice cookers, and crock pots; however, storage and use of those items are restricted to the resident’s kitchen area only.
  3. Fire or open flame materials, or high-heat producing devices, including, but not limited to, burning candles, charcoal and propane grills, slow cookers, fireworks, halogen lights and lamps, incense and incense burners, sun lamps, tanning beds, and wax warmers/melters.
  4. Smoking devices (pipes, hookahs, etc.).
  5. Antennas, satellite dishes, or wires extending outside room windows.
  6. Air conditioners, full-sized refrigerators, portable dishwashers, and washing machines and dryers (unless these items are provided by or pre-approved by RPS as part of the room furniture).
  7. Portable pools, portable hot tubs, or waterbeds.
  8. Firearms, bb guns, air pellet guns or other weapons, per the Code.
  9. Alcoholic beverages, per the Code
  10. Illegal drugs, per the Code.
  11. Drones.
  12. Hoverboards, mopeds, motorcycles, vendor-owned scooters, and other similar vehicles. Bicycles and/or vendor-owned scooters may not be charged in the residence halls, or kept in hallways, public areas, or stairwells inside the residence halls.
  13. No animals or pets, including birds, laboratory specimens, or guests’ pets are permitted in RPS residence halls or housing units. Crustaceans or fish kept in aquariums are allowed. Aquariums may not exceed a 10-gallon capacity. Requests for emotional support or service animals must be approved. The approval process can be initiated by contacting the Office of Disability Services for Students and by emailing the Housing Assignments Office.
  14. All containers of alcohol are prohibited, even if the containers are empty. This includes beer can or liquor bottle displays that are meant to be decorative. The exception to this rule is in rooms where students are allowed to possess alcohol.
  15. Items that RPS and/or residence life staff, in their sole discretion, considers to be potentially harmful to students and/or others in the housing community.
  16. Non UL-approved, heavy duty, 12-14 guage corded extension cords.

  1. Actions that generally infringe upon the rights and freedoms of other students are prohibited, regardless of the intention behind the action(s). Such action(s) include, but are not limited to, bullying, coercion, discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and threats—communicated in any form—including but not limited to technology (social media, telephone, text messages, websites, etc.).
  2. Harassment based on color, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran’s status, as listed in the Code, is prohibited.

Smoking, and/or the use of electronic cigarettes (such as vapes and juuls), is prohibited inside all residence halls and on Indiana University owned or leased property, except in designated outdoor areas.

Door-to-door sales or solicitation in the residence halls is not permitted. Resident and student organizations registered with the university may obtain permission to sell merchandise or services in the public areas of the residence halls. Such activities must conform with other residence hall policies and standards established by the IU Department of Environmental Health and Safety, as well as university contracts with private vendors or suppliers.

  1. Altering the function of, covering, or tampering with any firefighting equipment, including, but not limited to, exit lights, smoke detectors, heat sensors, fire alarms, fire extinguishers, fire hoses, and/or sprinkler systems is prohibited. Residents and/or their guest(s) will be held financially responsible for any damage done to the residence hall caused by tampering with these systems.
  2. Propping fire doors or outside doors of residence halls is prohibited.
  3. Unauthorized entry to areas of residence halls, including, but not limited to, balconies, dining halls, offices, roofs, and/or window ledges, is prohibited.
  4. Failing to vacate the residence hall when directed to do so by emergency staff, residence hall staff, or the sounding of a fire/smoke alarm is prohibited.
  5. Improper use of kitchen/cooking facilities is prohibited.
  6. Shining lasers or throwing items from residence hall windows is prohibited.
  7. Blocking doors and hallways with personal items is prohibited. Students who choose to store bikes in their room are prohibited from blocking doors or windows.
  8. Bonfires or campfires are prohibited on residence hall property unless specifically authorized. To obtain information and permits, visit theOffice of Insurance, Loss Control, and Claims.

  1. Misuse of a university ID card for dining hall privileges is prohibited. ID cards are not to be used by anyone other than the ID card owner.
  2. Reusable tableware (china, glass, silverware, and trays) are not be removed from the dining area without permission of a dining supervisor. Nothing is to be thrown anywhere in the dining area.
  3. Residents and their guests are to place their table service, trash, and/or trays in the designated areas.

Individual students or subdivisions of residence hall student government are expected to return borrowed student government property at the prescribed time.

Student government property is to be returned in an undamaged condition.

  1. Damage to public areas and furnishings within a residence hall is considered to be the responsibility of the residents of that building, floor, or unit. If individuals responsible for damage cannot be identified, the residents of the building, floor, or unit will become collectively responsible for the cost of repair and/or replacement. The residence life staff will inform the unit of the situation and give community members an opportunity to identify responsible individuals before billing the entire unit.
  2. In situations where the damages are extreme or repetitive and/or the unit is severely disruptive, the building, floor, or unit may be referred to the Residence Hall Association Judicial Board to be considered for further sanctions, which can include the unit being disbanded and the residents reassigned to other residence halls.

Because many residents of Collins-Hillcrest, Union Street Center, and RPS-leased off-campus properties are 21 years of age or older, the university recognizes the need to give special consideration to possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages. Residents 21-years or older in Collins-Hillcrest, Union Street Center, and RPS-leased off campus properties are expected to be aware of, understand, and follow Indiana alcoholic beverage laws, federal statutes about alcoholic beverages, the Code, State Board of Accounts regulations concerning student government organization accounts, and the policies of RPS. The following rules apply to those 21 and older residents of Collins-Hillcrest, Union Street Center, and RPS leased off-campus properties, who possess or consume alcoholic beverages in Collins-Hillcrest, Union Street Center, and RPS leased off-campus properties:

  1. Alcohol and alcohol containers are prohibited in common areas of apartments or suites where not all occupants of that apartment or suite are 21 years of age or older. Persons under the age of 21 are not permitted to possess or consume alcoholic beverages.
  2. Responsible possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages is permitted for those persons 21 years of age or older, except in those manners and areas in which they are prohibited by these rules.
  3. Beer contained in any form of keg is prohibited in rooms or apartments.
  4. Possession of open containers of alcoholic beverages and consumption of alcoholic beverages is not permitted in the centers’ public areas, including, but not limited to, computer rooms, elevators, hallways, laundry rooms, libraries, lobbies, photography rooms, and restrooms, stairwells, or weight rooms.