Residence Hall Policies
Two types of animals are permitted in the residence halls:
- Fish are permitted in a tank no larger than 10 gallons.
- Service animals that have been approved by the Dean of Students or designee.
All other animals are prohibited.
Only University approved appliances are permitted in the residence halls. Unapproved appliances include, but are not limited to, hot plates, George Foreman Grills®, BBQ’s, broilers, toaster ovens, candle or mug warmers, fog machines, or space heaters. This includes any appliance with an exposed heating element. Please note: Traditional sliced bread toasters are allowed in the Upper Quad and Lower Quad residence halls (must be unplugged when not in use) but not in the Sigma or Rho residence halls.
For questions about any appliance or device, see the Office of Residential Education and Services.
Riding bicycles in Concordia buildings is prohibited. Storage of bicycles in hallways is prohibited. Storage of bicycles in residential rooms is permitted under the following circumstances:
- The egress is unobstructed at all times.
- All roommates approve.
Candles, incense, incense burners, flammable liquids (e.g. gas/oil) or other items that present a fire hazard are prohibited. For questions about any device, see the Office of Residential Education and Services.
Guests are only permitted with the consent of the resident’s roommate. Cohabitation by members of the opposite sex is prohibited. Residents may spend no more than three nights per month as a guest in any room to which they are not assigned. Non-residents of the University Housing System may spend no more than three nights as a guest per month anywhere in University Housing. No overnight guests are permitted during the first two weeks of the academic year and during final examination periods.
All decorations or objects must be arranged safely so that they do not cover or block exits, exit signs, walkways, elevators, lights, fire panels, or fire extinguishers. No item should be attached to or hung from any fire safety equipment, including sprinklers. Fresh cut Christmas trees are not allowed in the residence halls. All electrical materials and decorations must be Underwriter's Laboratories (UL) approved. No attachments can be made to the exterior of buildings without prior approval. For further clarification on decorations and the use of extension cords, please contact the Office of Residential Education and Services.
The following displays are prohibited:
- Any alcohol container or collection thereof;
- Any drug paraphernalia;
- Any display that would constitute a hostile environment.
Entry and Search of Rooms
The University recognizes residents’ desire for privacy, particularly in the context of their living situation, and will do all it can to protect and guarantee their privacy. However, the University’s designated staff member reserves the right to enter a resident’s room at any time for the following purposes:
- To determine compliance with all relevant health and safety regulations (e.g. fire alarms, lock downs, health and safety checks, etc.);
- To provide cleaning and/or pest control;
- To perform maintenance work;
- To search for missing University property;
- To silence unattended loud alarms, music, or disruptive devices;
- When a building lock down and inspection is required during a closing period;
- To show vacancies without prior notification;
- Where there is a reasonable cause to believe that a violation of University policies is occurring or has occurred;
- Where there is an indication of danger to life, health, and/or property.
- A room search by a designated CUI staff member is possible but rare. For such a search to take occur, the conditions for room entry must exist and only staff members authorized by the Dean of Students may search a room. Items that violate University or housing regulations may be confiscated. A room search by law enforcement officials must be accomplished through the use of a valid search warrant, or the student may sign a release (or give verbal permission) to allow the room to be searched by law enforcement.
Resident students are accountable for any and all violations their guests may commit while visiting them.
Any student who permits a student who has been expelled, suspended, removed from housing or otherwise banned from the residence halls or campus to gain access to the campus, a building or a room will be subject to immediate removal from housing and possible additional sanctions.
In addition to the University Computing/Technology Policy, residence hall students are prohibited from installation of any hubs or other devices that may affect network activity. For questions about any device, see the Office of Residential Education and Services.
Anytime individuals live together in a community, a reasonable level of noise is expected. However, loud or disturbing sounds such as, but not limited to, yelling, stereos, television, video games, bass, musical instruments, etc., which interfere with others’ ability to sleep, study, or work are prohibited.
Quiet Hours: Each night between 10:00 p.m. – 10:00 a.m., a greater degree of quiet is expected during “Quiet Hours”. The right to quiet supersedes the privilege to make noise, even outside of the designated hours of 10:00 p.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Finals Week Quiet Hours: 24-hour quiet hours are in effect throughout final exams. The Residential Education staff will designate and publicize the days/times when 24-hour quiet hours begin and end.
The primary purpose for privacy hours is to ensure that privacy is maintained within the residence halls. During privacy hours, students of the opposite gender are not allowed to visit inside residence hall rooms/apartments. Privacy hours are as follows:
- Sunday through Thursday: Midnight – 8:00 a.m. *(12:01 Sunday until midnight Friday)
- Friday and Saturday: 2:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. *(12:01 Friday until midnight Sunday)
- Holidays and School Break Periods: 2:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Students in any given room or apartment may desire privacy beyond these hours. These students may establish more restrictive hours through a roommate agreement. Twenty-four hour co-ed visitation is permitted in the residence hall lounges.
Unauthorized room or hall changes are prohibited.
Tampering, blocking, or opening windows that require tools to open are prohibited. Throwing or dropping items from any window is prohibited. Hanging items outside windows without prior permission is also prohibited. Accessing or attempting access through a window is prohibited. Screens must remain in place.