B. Duties, Standards and Obligations

  1. All applicable rules and regulations prescribed by the State of New York, the State University of New York, the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York, and SUNY Brockport, are hereby incorporated into this document and made a part hereof as though specifically set forth herein.
  2. Student-licensees shall be held responsible for and charged with full knowledge of all applicable Residential Life/Learning Communities rules and regulations explained on the Residential Life/Learning Communities webpage. Policies as well as all University rules and regulations contained on the Student Policies webpage. Students must obey all laws and take personal responsibility for their conduct.
  3. It is expressly understood and agreed to that the subject matter of this document is a license for a student to occupy an on-campus housing facility and that student occupancy of such a university housing facility is a privilege and not a right.
  4. The student-licensee agrees to conform to generally accepted standards of considerate behavior, including respect for the privacy of others and the maintenance of an atmosphere conducive to study and harmonious living in keeping with the function and purpose of each on-campus housing facility. Students are under a continuous obligation to be considerate of each other. Disruptive behavior at any time, such as excessive noise from a stereo, placing a speaker in a window, or any other disruptive action is strictly prohibited. Students with stereo equipment are urged to have a set of headphones and use them when appropriate. The right of a student to study will be maintained over the right to entertain. Study (quiet) hours for each on campus housing facility are:
    • Sunday–Thursday: 7 pm – 7 am
    • Friday–Saturday: midnight – 7 am
    • Courtesy hours are in effect at all times in on-campus housing facilities. Students must comply with reasonable requests to lower the noise level during courtesy hours. At the end of each semester, starting the Saturday before finals, 24 hour quiet hours will remain in effect until the end of the semester.
  5. Use of alcohol in designated areas on-campus housing facilities, including bedrooms, suites, townhome units, and shared common living areas is governed by NYS law and University policy. The possession, consumption, purchase and/or presence of alcohol by persons under twenty-one (21) years of age is prohibited in ALL on-campus housing facilities. This restriction does not apply to residents of legal age; however, students under the age of 21 may not consume, possess, or be in the presence of alcohol in on-campus housing facilities at any time. Students and guests that are of legal drinking age must not consume alcohol in areas where an individual under the age of 21 may reasonably be. Students are under a continuous strict obligation to use alcohol responsibly. Irresponsible and/or illegal use of alcohol (including but not limited to, the use of beer bongs, drinking games of any kind and beer/water pong) is strictly prohibited. Alcohol consumption is not an excuse for inappropriate behavior. Each student licensee is required to abide by the provisions of the Code of Student Conduct.
  6. The possession, use, or distribution of cannabis, cannabis oil, and/or cannabis edibles, is prohibited on-campus and in on-campus housing facilities, per the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act. Students may never be in the presence of cannabis, cannabis oil, and/or cannabis edibles in on-campus housing facilities at any time.
  7. The unlawful possession, use, or distribution of any controlled substance (as defined in NYS Public Health Law 3306, Schedules I-V) and/or alcohol on University property or at official University functions, and/or possession of drug paraphernalia (as defined by Title 21 of the United States Code) that contains controlled substance residue is strictly prohibited. Students may never be in the presence of controlled substances in on-campus housing facilities at any time.
  8. The student-licensee agrees to comply with any and all rules, regulations, and directions of on-campus housing staff which the University may prescribe for the safety, care, and cleanliness of all areas in an on-campus housing facility, and the furniture, fixtures, furnishings, and equipment provided by the University as a whole for the preservation of good order therein; and for the privacy, quiet, comfort, and convenience of all occupants of the facility as a whole. Students must thoroughly clean all living areas before each break period.
  9. The following are strictly prohibited anywhere in an on-campus housing facility (unless stated otherwise):
    1. gambling;
    2. storage or display of empty alcohol containers if resident is under 21 years old;
    3. possession or use “beer bongs,” “funnels” or other paraphernalia that may promote irresponsible consumption of alcohol;
    4. sales, distribution or solicitation of goods without permission from Residential Life/Learning Communities. All requests for tabling and/or donations in any on-campus housing facilities must be approved by Residential Life/Learning Communities. Please visit our Residential Life Policies for our tabling and donation request form;
    5. possession, sale or use without a physician’s prescription therefor, of any “controlled substance” and/or related paraphernalia under NYS law;
    6. water beds, hot tubs, or Jacuzzis;
    7. possession of any rifle, shotgun, revolver, BB gun, pellet gun, paint ball gun, air-soft gun, tactical or military-style knives, or other firearm or weapon without the written authorization of the chief administrative officer regardless if the weapon is licensed;
    8. possession or use of air conditioners and outside television antennas of every nature and description;
    9. possession or use of washers, dryers, dishwashers, and other similar devices of every nature and description if not provided by the University for such use;
    10. possession or housing of pets, including birds, cats, dogs, or other animals (except fish in small containers not exceeding 1.5 gallons,) without the permission of Residential Life/Learning Communities;
      • During campus breaks, it is expected that residents properly care for their fish. Reports of lack of care for fish will be reported to Student Conduct.
    11. weights and weight benches;
    12. use of any musical instrument or electronic device such as a stereo system, subwoofer or air horn to create excessive noise;
    13. throwing or hanging of any object or projectile out of a window or stairwell;
    14. use of bicycles, scooters, skateboards, roller skates or roller blades;
    15. Electronic skateboards, including self-balancing boards/scooters, and any other similar equipment are prohibited from being used, stored and/or charged in any on-campus housing facility due to a potential fire hazard;
    16. throwing snowballs;
    17. possession of illegally obtained federal, state, University, local or other signs;
    18. water fights;
    19. detaching/removal of any window screen or the breaking of a security screen seal for non-emergency purposes;
    20. lofts of any type (unless provided by the University);
    21. climbing in or out of any window or onto any roof;
    22. metal-tipped darts;
    23. failure to recycle or tampering with any recyclables;
    24. tampering with any technology equipment or connection;
    25. use of drones, laser pens or beaming lights;
    26. computer routers of any type;
    27. In the Student Townhomes, the storage and/or use of gas grills with a propane tank greater than 2.5lbs. (Portable mini/table top gas grills which use a 1 lb. propane cylinder are allowed, but may not be stored outside of the Townhome or in the Townhome’s vestibule area). Charcoal Grills of any size are not allowed. Only (2) 1 lb. tanks are allowed in a Townhome at a time. Storage of tanks/grills of any kind, are strictly prohibited in the traditional residence halls.
    28. Tampering with the thermostat;
    29. Swimming or any other activities in the Student Townhomes and Eagle Hall Retention Ponds;
    30. Lava lamps.
  10. All prohibited materials, devices, objects, and animals will be confiscated and appropriate action will be taken under applicable laws and/or University rules and regulations. This list may be updated at any time by the Office of Residential Life/Learning Communities. For a list of prohibited items as it pertains to fire safety please refer Section D: Fire Safety.
  11. Athletic activities of all types, including the indoor use of any athletic equipment are strictly prohibited in any on-campus housing facility. Students are strongly encouraged to use existing University facilities for this purpose.
  12. Residents may keep bicycles in their assigned room space. Use of hangers and other means of suspending bicycles to any wall, ceiling or door is prohibited. Bicycles are not permitted in other areas of the on-campus housing facilities such as common rooms, bathrooms, hallways, stairwells, study rooms, and entrances. Fire codes prohibit bicycles and scooters from being secured to railings, signs, stairwells, benches, trees, light posts, ramps, etc. Bicycles found in unauthorized areas may be removed without notice. The University is not responsible for damage to bicycles or devices used to secure them. The Office of Residential Life/Learning Communities reserves the right to remove bicycles that violate this policy at any time. Bicycles that are removed will be stored for pickup in the University Police office (Lathrop Hall) until the end of the academic year.
  13. Commercial use (i.e., the selling of any goods or services) of any part of a University housing facility or any part of the University’s grounds or other facilities, and solicitation anywhere on said premises by students residing in an on-campus housing facility or by any other persons, is strictly and expressly forbidden except as may be specifically authorized in writing by the Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs or designee.
  14. Each student is responsible for the key(s) to their assigned room/suite/townhome, mailbox, and to the outside door(s) of their assigned Residence Hall or Student Townhome. Replacement of lost keys or failure to surrender all appropriate keys when the on-campus housing facility is vacated will result in a charge to the student’s account.
  15. Unauthorized possession of any key by any student which admits entrance to an area other than that student’s assigned room, suite, or other area will result in disciplinary action. Any student licensee allowing an unauthorized person, to take possession of their assigned key(s) will be subject to disciplinary action. Duplication of keys, altering or replacing existing locks, and installing additional unauthorized locks are all strictly prohibited.
  16. The University reserves the right to use any on-campus housing facility at any time for emergency purposes (i.e. epidemic, pandemic, etc.) or during academic recess periods. When possible, notice shall be given to the affected student(s).
  17. Except to the extent authorized and/or required by New York State law and decisions thereunder, the State of New York, the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York, the State University of New York, SUNY Brockport, and all officers and employees thereof, shall not be responsible for injury to persons, loss of or damage to personal property, or other financial loss or damage arising out of the establishment, maintenance, operation, or occupancy of any on-campus housing facility.
  18. Use of laundry facilities is a privilege to residential students ONLY. Non-residents and/or their hosts will be referred to Student Conduct for disciplinary action if non-residents use a Residence Hall or Townhome laundry facility.
  19. Service Animals: The Office of Residential Life/Learning Communities complies with all state and federal laws as well as University Policies as they relate to the presence of service animals on campus.
  20. Therapy Animals/Emotional Support Animals: Requests for therapy/emotional support animals are reviewed by the Office of Residential Life, the Office of Student Accessibility Services, The Hazen Center for Integrated Care, and the Office of Affirmative Action. Eligibility is determined on a case-by-case basis. Official documentation of need must be submitted with each request. Please visit our Policies web page for more information. Requests can be submitted through the Housing Accommodation Process.