Residents of the residence hall community at Emerson College have the following rights and responsibilities.

Bill of Rights

The Basic Rights of a Resident include:

  1. The right to read, study, and live free from undue interference, unreasonable noise, and other distractions that inhibit the exercise of this right.
  2. The right to expect that others will respect one’s personal belongings.
  3. The right to a reasonably clean environment in which to live.
  4. The right to free access to one’s room and to the facilities provided in the residence hall.
  5. The right to a reasonable degree of personal privacy.
  6. The right to redress of grievances through the College disciplinary procedure.
  7. The right to be free from physical or psychological intimidation, harassment, and/or harm.

The Social Contract

The Basic Responsibilities of a Resident include:

  1. Treating other residents with respect and consideration and guaranteeing them their individual rights.
  2. Understanding all policies and regulations necessary for the hall community to function, and abiding by those rules (contained in the housing contract, Student Handbook, and other official College publications and postings).
  3. Being responsive to all reasonable requests from fellow residents.
  4. Being responsive and cooperative in all dealings with residence hall staff members and other College officials.
  5. Accepting responsibility for personal and community safety, e.g., refraining from misusing safety equipment; propping open security doors; and losing, forgetting, or duplicating front door/room keys.
  6. Recognizing that public areas and their furnishings belong to everyone, and abuse of those areas and furnishings violates the rights of the community.

Residence Hall Policies

In addition to the policies cited elsewhere in the Student Code of Conduct, all resident students and their guests are expected to adhere to the policies cited below.

A. Alcohol And Other Drug Policies

Refer to the Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy listed under Appendix C: College Policies.

B. Fire Safety Policies

Fire safety equipment is installed on each floor for the protection of the residents. This equipment is for emergency use only and the misuse of such equipment may result in the lack of protection in the event of an actual emergency.

The College will take very strong action against students found in violation of any fire safety policy. Individual students found engaged in such behavior will be subject to severe disciplinary action up to and including expulsion from the residence hall, and/or monetary fines, and maybe exposed to criminal prosecution.

If the particular individuals involved in damage to fire safety equipment cannot be identified, the residence hall or floor will be subject to the monetary charges on a pro-rated basis.

Students may not:

  1. Use or possess unauthorized appliances including, but not limited to: sun lamps, heating coils, air conditioners, water beds, electric frying pans, hot pots, coffee makers (Keurig–type coffee makers are permitted), toaster ovens, popcorn poppers, and heating elements or cooking elements in any area of the residence hall. Refrigerator/freezer combinations are permitted provided the total size of the unit is no larger than a three cubic foot capacity. Microwaves are allowed, but are limited to 700 watts of cooking power. Clothing irons with an automatic shut-off are permitted. 
  2. Possess halogen lamps. 
  3. Store or use highly combustible items (e.g., gasoline, refill containers of cigarette lighter fluid, propane gas). 
  4. Hang tapestries or other large flammable items from ceilings or walls or near doors or other means of egress, or hang anything from ceilings or pipes. 
  5. Excessively cover walls or doors. 
  6. Intentionally, negligently, or recklessly misuse, disable, or damage fire safety–related equipment (e.g., fire extinguishers, alarmed doors, exit signs, sprinkler systems, smoke detectors). 
  7. Possess or use items capable of producing an open flame (e.g., all candles, torches, incense, sterno, refill containers of cigarette lighter fluid). 
  8. Tamper with electrical wiring, circuit panels, or related equipment. 
  9. Build lofts/platforms in student rooms. 
  10. Obstruct any entrance, exit, corridor, or stairwell by placing any furnishings, property, or electrical wiring in these areas. This includes student rooms. 
  11. Possess light strings without a label indicating the product has undergone independent testing by a nationally recognized testing laboratory such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL).
  12. Fail to evacuate the building and follow directions from College officials during the sounding of a fire alarm. 
  13. Intentionally, recklessly, or negligently cause the sounding of the fire alarm without evidence of fire. 
  14. Possess non-College-issued upholstered furniture or window treatments: In accordance with the City of Boston fire code regulations, upholstered furniture and window treatments (such as curtains) are not permitted in College residence halls. Area rugs not exceeding 20 square feet are permitted on non-carpeted floors.
  15. Violate other fire safety policies as noted in the Student Handbook or other official College publications or postings.

C. Guest/Visitor Policies

Emerson College grants resident students the privilege of hosting guests in the residence halls. The right of a student to live in reasonable privacy takes precedence over the privilege of his or her roommate or suitemate to entertain a guest in their room or suite. A resident’s ability to host guests is, in fact, a courtesy extended by roommates and/ or suitemates.

A guest is any individual who is present in a campus residence hall room or suite at the invitation of a resident student of the room or suite. This definition includes Emerson students, family, and friends. For safety and security reasons, all guests must have photo identification and residents are expected to only host individuals with whom they are familiar.

Residents may host overnight guests in Emerson’s residence halls for no more than three (3) nights per seven-day period Resident students who violate this privilege may have their overnight guest privileges terminated.

Guests may stay no longer than three (3) nights in a seven-day period. Guests who violate this privilege may have their overnight guest privileges terminated.

The intent of guest privileges is to allow limited and temporary lodging or visitation for a resident’s personal friend or relative at no additional cost, not a place of residence. Detailed arrangements for having guests must be worked out and mutually agreed upon by all roommates and/or suitemates. If an agreement cannot be reached, a staff member may be called upon to help mediate the conflict.

Guests that are disruptive or involved in a policy violation of any kind may be asked to leave the residence hall immediately and may be banned from returning.

All residents are requested to be aware of unescorted guests on the floor and to report their presence to the RA on duty or to the desk receptionist. You are responsible, along with the staff, for maintaining a safe living environment. Call ECPD at 617-824-8888 if you notice a person acting suspiciously.

Please Note:

  1. The host is responsible for ensuring that the guest(s) follows College rules and regulations. The host assumes the consequences for the violations committed by the guest(s). 
  2. Any person entering the residence hall must report to the main reception area. If the person does not live in on-campus housing, he or she must wait for his or her host to be signed in and escorted in the building. 
  3. A guest must be signed in with the desk receptionist by the host before entering the residence hall and must be signed out by the host when leaving. 
  4. The guest must be escorted by the resident who signed him or her in at all times. 
  5. Residents may not check in more than five (5) guests at any given time. No more than five (5) non-residents of a given room may be present in that room at any time. No more than 15 non-suite residents may be present in a residential suite at any given time. 
  6. Failure to check guests in/out at the front desk by established procedures is prohibited. 
  7. Abuse of the hosting policy. 
  8. Abuse of guest privileges. 

D. General Safety Policies

For the safety of individuals and all community members, a number of general safety policies are to be observed in the residence halls. Each community member is encouraged to hold others accountable to the community’s general safety policies.

Students may not:

  1. Throw or drop objects from windows or down stairwells or place objects on ledges or fire escapes. 
  2. Remove or tamper with window stop hardware and/or screens. 
  3. Throw or toss objects in hallways or play “hall sports,” including in-line skating, skateboarding, bike riding, etc. 
  4. Access the roof, roof ledge, window ledge, or fire escape (without evidence of fire) of any residence hall. 
  5. Possess, store, manufacture, or use firearms, dangerous weapons, weapons used for sparring or fighting, or fireworks. This includes nunchakus or karate sticks, switchblades, knives, pistols, mace, pepper spray, guns, ammunition, firecrackers, tear gas, or other dangerous weapons or articles. Knife exception: Butter/table knives without a serrated edge or non-locking pocket knives with a single edge no larger than 2” in length. 
  6. Possess realistic replicas of dangerous weapons. 
  7. Students are to carry their keys at all times. 
  8. Keys issued to an individual are not to be given/lent to others at any time. 
  9. The unauthorized use or duplication of keys is prohibited. 
  10. Lost keys must be reported immediately to the residence director of the hall. 
  11. The unauthorized use of student property, residence hall property, or equipment is prohibited. 
  12. Failure to comply with the directions of residence hall staff members in performance of their duties is prohibited. 
  13. Failure to present ID upon request to staff members in performance of their duties is prohibited. Students are required to carry College ID at all times. 
  14. Resident students are required to present their IDs to the desk receptionist each time they enter a residence hall. 
  15. Dart boards utilizing metal or sharp object tips may not be used in the residence halls. 
  16. The propping of any stairwell door or security door/ grate is prohibited. 
  17. Students may not change the locks on their doors or add other locking devices including, but not limited to, deadbolts, chains, or padlocks. 
  18. Violate other general safety policies as noted in the Student Handbook or other official College publications or postings.

E. Care and Treatment of Property Policies

Students may not:

  1. Remove College furniture from the residence hall room to which it is assigned. 
  2. Dismantle residence hall furniture. 
  3. Tamper with thermostat boxes in residential facilities. 
  4. Paint any residence hall structure or furnishing. 
  5. Make any renovation/addition or attachment (e.g., building shelves, making holes in the wall, the use of nails) that may cause damage. NOTE: Students are reminded that cellophane tape and other strong adhesives will cause damage to walls and/or doors by removing paint. The Office of Facilities Management recommends reasonable use of removable mounting squares or stick pins as items less likely to damage walls and/or doors. 
  6. Place room furnishings in such a way that they are supported by College furniture or residence hall structure. All room furnishings must be free standing and self supporting. 
  7. Prop bed legs on any objects other than commercially manufactured bed risers (6” maximum height). Concrete blocks are not approved for bed raising. 
  8. Place postings in residence hall common areas, except on authorized posting boards. Fliers or other postings may not be placed on hallway walls, lobbies, stairwells, doors, or other unauthorized areas in the hall. Postings may not be placed on any window. Postings must be stamped as registered through the Office of Student Life. 
  9. Students are required to maintain rooms and suite common areas in a sanitary, safe, and healthy condition at all times. Residence Life staff will make periodic inspections of student rooms and suites to ensure compliance with this policy. 
  10. Store personal belongings in public area (e.g., hallways, lounges, and lobbies). 
  11. Dispose of any products, other than toilet paper, in residence hall toilets. Products such as paper towels, condoms, and tampons do not dissolve and will cause plumbing problems if flushed. As you would in your own home, please discard these items properly in a trash receptacle. 
  12. Violate other care and treatment of property policies as noted in the Student Handbook or other official College publications or postings.

F. Community Living Policies

  1. Residents assigned to a room and/or suite are responsible for taking reasonable actions to responsibly address acts of misconduct and/or prohibited items in these assigned spaces. Residents who knowingly allow acts of misconduct and/or prohibited items in their room and/or suite may be held responsible, in part, for the behavior and/or the item(s).
  2. Courtesy hours are always in effect. All residents and guests are expected to be courteous of one another at all times. Residents should be able to sleep and study in their rooms. All students should honor reasonable requests by any resident or staff member when asked that stereos, amplifiers, musical instruments, etc., be discontinued or toned down. 
  3. Quiet hours exist on Sunday–Thursday evenings from 11:00 pm to 9:00 am the following mornings, and on Friday and Saturday evenings from 1:00 am to 10:00 am the following mornings. Additional quiet hour guidelines for each floor will be discussed at floor meetings and at hall council and/or Residence Hall Association meetings. The Office of Housing and Residence Life reserves the right to adjust quiet hours on the advisement of floor communities, hall council, or the Residence Hall Association, as well as during finals. During quiet hours, noise should not be heard outside any room or between rooms. Any noise or sound that can be clearly heard outside one’s room or any excessive noise heard in common areas (i.e., hallways, elevators, bathrooms, laundry rooms, lounges, and suite common areas) is prohibited. 
  4. Lounges and common areas on residential floors are available for the use of the building residents including floor meetings and programs, RHA and/or hall council meetings and programs, study, relaxing, etc. Lounges and common areas may not be reserved or used for student organization meetings, rehearsals, or programs, or any meetings or activities that are disruptive to the living environment of the residence hall. 
  5. For health reasons, no pets are allowed in College residence halls, with the exception of fish. Fish tanks are not to exceed 10 gallons. PLEASE NOTE: Fish tanks, as well as all other electrical appliances, must be unplugged during periods when the hall is closed. 
  6. The unauthorized change (switch) of residence hall room is prohibited. 
  7. The College does not permit the use of its residence or dining facilities for the solicitation of membership or contributions for religious, charitable, or political organizations or activities. This includes direct solicitations by members of the College community on behalf of such agencies. This prohibition includes the selling of goods or services, recruitment meetings and/or efforts, and tickets of chance on behalf of such agencies. 
  8. The violation of other community living policies as noted in the Student Handbook or other official College publications or postings is prohibited.