A community that is conducive to living, learning, and personal growth requires an atmosphere of cooperation among its members and a respect for self, others, and property. The policies and procedures described below have been designed to ensure a positive residential experience for students at Fordham University. While every residence hall staff accepts part of the task of educating residents and enforcing these policies, ultimate responsibility for compliance rests with every resident student. The privilege of living in a residence hall is founded upon the expectation that resident students will exercise good judgment and self-discipline by taking responsibility for their decisions and conduct. When resident students approach these policies in a spirit of good faith, they are creating and supporting a positive community atmosphere in the residence hall.
All students are bound to observe the policies and procedures of the Office of Residential Life, including those policies and procedures found in the Residential Life Handbook, the Student Handbook, the Residence Hall Agreement, and the University Code of Conduct, found on the following page. Students who choose not to respect the established guidelines will be subject to the conduct process. Policies regarding behavior may apply to commuters and or guests visiting our campus and residence halls. Anyone incurring repeated violations may be subject to serious disciplinary action. Any violation of the regulations found below is also a violation of the University Code of Conduct, as stated below and in the Student Handbook.
Please be aware that although most policies are consistent on all three campuses, slight variations do exist. It is the student’s responsibility to learn and abide by policies at each individual campus.
Fordham University Code of Conduct
The following actions are considered violations of the University Code of Conduct and are punishable by outcomes imposed in accordance with the published Student Conduct of the University.
- All forms of dishonesty, including cheating, plagiarism, supplying false information to any University official, as well as forgery or use of University documents or instruments of identification with intent to defraud.
- Theft from or damage to University property and/or theft of or damage to the property of another while located on the property of the University. Knowingly receiving, retaining, or disposing of the lost or mislaid property of a member of the University community or of the University itself.
- Unauthorized entry, use, or occupation of University facilities, as well as the unauthorized possession, duplication, or use of keys to University facilities.
- Tampering with or misusing fire alarms, fire-fighting equipment, or safety equipment.
- Harassment of another person, whether physical, sexual, or verbal, either oral or written.
- Physical abuse, sexual abuse, threats, intimidation, coercion, and/or other conduct which threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person.
- The unauthorized selling, purchasing, producing, or possession of any lethal weapons, explosives, fireworks, or incendiary devices.
- The unauthorized selling, purchasing, producing, possession, or the use of barbiturates, amphetamines, marijuana, hallucinogens, opiates, or other addictive and illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia.
- Engaging in or inciting others to engage in conduct which interferes with or disrupts any University function, or which prevents or limits the free expression of the ideas of others, or which physically obstructs or threatens to obstruct or restrain other members of the University community or visitors.
- Failing to surrender the University Identification Card upon request of clearly identified University personnel (this includes campus security personnel) in the performance of their assigned duties. All members of the University community are required to have the University Identification Card in their possession while on campus.
- Engaging in lewd, licentious, or disorderly conduct.
- Failing to comply with the direction of the clearly identified University personnel (this includes campus security guards) in the performance of their assigned duties.
- Violation of the published University regulations including but not limited to those regarding Motor Vehicles, Residence Halls, and the McGinley Student Center.
Fordham University's Student Conduct Process
One of the primary goals of the residential community at Fordham University is to support and aid the personal development of all students. Toward this end, the Residential Life staff assists students in learning to accept responsibility for their actions. Taking on certain responsibilities within the community should be viewed as a positive, educational process through which residents become mature, self-controlled citizens -- citizens whose actions are based upon enlightened understandings of how their actions influence the well-being of each individual within the community.
As such, a positive community atmosphere develops when students assume responsibility for their actions. Students are, therefore, more likely to accept this responsibility when they clearly know what is expected and the reasons why certain policies exist. Through the cooperative efforts of students, their respective governing bodies, and the Office of Residential Life, a set of expectations and standards for student behavior has been established. In choosing to live in the residence halls at Fordham University, students agree to abide by these expectations and standards of acceptable behavior. In turn, the Residential Life staff continuously works to provide the necessary rationale for these community expectations.
Each resident is, therefore, responsible for knowing and abiding by the expectations and policies established by the Office of Residential Life (covered in this Handbook), as well as the University Code of Conduct (covered in the Student Handbook), city ordinance and state law. The Residential Life Student Conduct System exists as an educational system to foster behavioral change by reviewing alleged violations and holding the resident(s) accountable for his/her actions when violations have occurred. All policies and procedures included stem from the University Code of Conduct and University Handbook.
Student Conduct Process
Behavioral concerns are communicated to the Office of Residential Life through the completion of an Incident Report. Any member of the Residential Life staff or campus community may write Incident Reports. An Incident Report does not dictate a student's responsibility or culpability. It is simply a factual statement of the circumstances surrounding an incident, and includes the names of all persons associated with the situation.
The Incident Report is forwarded to the appropriate Residential Life staff members (Resident Directors, Assistant Directors of Residential Life, Associate Directors of Residential Life, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Residential Life or Dean of Students) for investigation. In most cases, the Incident Report is handled and investigated by the Resident Director of the building in which the incident occurred. As such, the Resident Director of each residence hall serves as the primary Conduct Officer for incidents that occur in each residence hall. The Resident Director will, however, consult with fellow Resident Directors when incidents involve students from multiple buildings.
In order to conduct an investigation, the Resident Director, the Associate Director of Residential Life for Student Conduct, the Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Residential Life, or a designated staff member will notify the student of the potential violation(s) and will schedule a hearing. If a student fails to appear for a scheduled hearing, a decision may be made in their absence and the student may be charged in violation of the Code of Conduct article relating to the failure to comply.
After the investigation has occurred, and if a student is found responsible, an outcome or combination of outcomes is mandated for the student to comply with. In order to further the educational process and foster a positive community, all Conduct Officers are encouraged to utilize their judgment and discretion when issuing outcomes in order to properly relate the outcomes(s) to the alleged violation(s). The Resident Directors may assign outcomes up to and including Student Life Probation, Residence Halls Probation, Disciplinary Reprimands, Research/Reflective Papers, Work Hours, Community Service Projects, Educational Projects, Alcohol and Other Drugs Class, Restitution, and Monetary Fines. In addition to the range of sanctions listed above, the Assistant Directors of Residential Life, the Associate Directors of Residential Life, or the Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Residential Life may impose more serious sanctions, including but not limited to University Disciplinary Probation. If, after the investigation, the student is not found in responsible, the potential violations will be dropped.
Likewise, students are responsible for the behavior of their guests at all times. Students are expected to be honest and forthcoming during all judicial inquiries and proceedings. Truthful information will be taken into consideration at the time of sanctioning. Students with pending potential violations of the Student Code of Conduct who leave the campus temporarily (e.g., study abroad, medical withdrawal, leave of absence) will be required to participate in the judicial process prior to leaving or upon their return to the campus. The Student Code of Conduct is effective throughout the calendar year even when classes are not in session due to break periods or summer sessions, when students are on a leave of absence, when students are participating in a study abroad program or University sponsored trip/event, or when the University is closed.
Failure to meet deadlines or to comply with the requirements of sanctions from prior incidents of policy violation may result in the student being placed on a probationary status or receiving a more serious outcomes. Students who fail to comply with conduct officer requests to attend conferences or who fail to comply with judicial sanctions may receive additional fines. Graduating seniors who do not complete sanctions may have sanctions converted into fines due to framework/time of the year.
Below is a description of some of the sanctions available to the Student Conduct Officers within the Office of Residential Life.
OSAPSS Screening and Briefing Intervention
Students who are found in violation of Residential Life and/or University policy pertaining to alcohol and illegal drug use may be required to participate in a multi-session educational intervention facilitated by the Office of Substance Abuse Prevention and Student Support (OSAPSS). Interventions provided by OSAPSS include educational groups, reflective exercises, assessments and personalized feedback sessions, which promote healthy behavior and provide information on the social and personal impact of alcohol and other drug abuse.
The student is advised (in writing) that future violations will result in more severe disciplinary action.
Student Conduct Hearing Officers may request that a student complete an educational project or paper in order to provide a learning opportunity regarding a specific policy and/or violation. These projects include, but are not limited to: reflective paper, research paper, attendance at a University or Residential Life program, poster/media campaign, program presentation, critique of magazine or newspaper articles, letter of apology, hall improvement project, view and critique a film, follow-up meeting with an administrator, etc. All projects must be completed by the appropriate deadline to avoid additional sanctions and/or removal from the Room Selection Process.
Removal of Items
Any item(s) that are not allowed in the residence halls, or on University grounds, will be removed and potentially discarded. Discussion of returning of confiscated item(s) or returning of item(s) will occur during the student conduct process.
Appropriate fines may be assessed for various policy violations and will appear on the student's Bursar Bill. The student is required to make payment to the University or to the other persons, groups or organizations for damages incurred as a result of policy violations
Students who are found in violation of Residential Life and/or University policy pertaining to illegal drug use may be required to participate in the Marijuana 101 Program. Marijuana 101 is an online course that provides personal feedback and current information about marijuana-related topics, including impact of marijuana on the body, risks of frequent use, and laws related to marijuana. Students will be charged for participation in this online program.
Notification to Parents or Guardians
If the student involved in a Residential Life or University Code of Conduct student conduct violation is claimed as a dependent, the Office of Residential Life reserves the right to inform his/her parents/guardians of the pending disciplinary sanctions, as well as subsequent disciplinary decisions concerning the student. A student is considered a dependent unless he or she establishes proof to the contrary to the Associate Director of Residential Life for Student Conduct, the Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Residential Life or Dean of Students. It is suggested that students inform their parents whenever they are involved in an incident.
Students are encouraged to seek out a staff member (RA or RD) to clarify Residential Life policies and/or student conduct procedures. The Associate Director of Residential Life for Student Conduct and the Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Residential Life welcomes questions, concerns and/or input regarding Residential Life policies and judicial procedures.
Student Life Probation
The commuting student is warned that future violations of the University Code of Conduct or residence hall regulations on- or off-campus may result in further and more serious outcomes, including University Disciplinary Probation (see below).
Residence Halls Probation
The resident student is warned that future violations of the residence hall regulations may result in dismissal from the residence halls. Residents on probation at the time of the housing selection process may automatically be placed in overflow housing.
Suspension, Dismissal, or Ban from the Residence Halls
The student shall not reside in or visit any of the University residence halls (both on and off campus) on either a temporary or permanent basis. Additionally, the student may not attend Residential Life social functions in or around any of the University residence halls. The student is required to leave the residence halls with his/her belongings within 24 hours unless otherwise specified. In certain circumstances there will be suspension of privileges, specifically, but not limited to: weekend suspension, restriction of contact, banned from other halls, banned guest(s), study hall, and reassignment of residence hall.
Under the Influence
Students who are found in violation of Residential Life and/or University policy pertaining to alcohol use may be required to participate in the AlcoholEdu for College Program. This program is an online alcohol education course providing personal feedback and current information on alcohol, street drugs, and relevant behavioral health topics through a series of interactive lessons. Students will be charged for participation in this online program.
University Disciplinary Probation
The student may participate in, but shall not represent the University in any extracurricular activity or run for, or hold office in any student group or organization, and/or represent the University in any varsity or club sports. Additional restrictions or conditions may also be imposed. Further, modifications to the standard restrictions of disciplinary probation may be made on a case by case basis and only for extenuating circumstances.
Work Hours/Community Service Projects
Certain violations of Residential Life policy directly affect and detract from the residence hall community. As such, work hours and in-hall community service projects are utilized as a means of asking students to give back to the community in which they live. These projects include, but are not limited to: working with Campus Operations and/or Building Operations to clean and/or improve the condition of the residence hall, working with Food Service or another office on campus, etc. Work sanctions and community service projects are usually related to the actual violation. These hours and/or projects must be completed by the specified date in order to avoid additional sanctions and/or removal from the Room Selection Process.
Community Standards, Policies, and Procedures
The following policies describe types of conduct for which students (resident or commuter) may be held accountable. The University may hold students accountable through the University Student Conduct System for any actions listed or for comparable actions not specifically listed. The influence of drugs or alcohol will not in any way mitigate the consequences of inappropriate behavior or limit the responsibility of individuals involved. A student attending a university function or living or visiting in the area surrounding the University is subject to the same standards of conduct expected on campus.
“Since it is a Jesuit and Catholic university, Fordham seeks to educate the whole person. Therefore, it provides its students with a value-laden curriculum that challenges them both to stretch themselves intellectually and to develop the capacity for mature moral judgment. We are not content, however, merely to challenge our students in the classroom. Far from it. Realizing that much of their education (perhaps even the majority of it) takes place outside of the classroom, we seek to provide them with a supportive campus environment that will enable them to grow into the full possession of the many talents that they have been given.
Since we understand the role that out-of-class activities play in the spiritual, intellectual, moral and social development of our students, the Fordham community has for years been concerned with the adverse effects that alcohol has on the lives--and on the academic performance--of our students. In order to confront the challenges that substance abuse poses to the University's educational mission, Fordham will continue to offer counseling services and medical referrals to students who present themselves for help. At the same time, the University will continue to challenge its students to lead healthy lives and to develop those mature patterns of behavior that will enable them to become men and women of conscience, competence, compassion and commitment to the cause of the human family."
Rev. Joseph M. McShane, SJ
President, Fordham University
A Fordham University residential experience includes due respect for the laws of the State of New York. The University cannot condone or remain neutral to the breach of such laws. Further, all resident students must recognize that the campus and the residence halls are not sanctuaries from the laws of the State of New York.
Effective December 1, 1985, New York State amended its statutes and limited the sale and legal consumption of alcoholic beverages to persons 21 years of age or older. Since the University is chartered by New York State, it is the University's obligation to make every reasonable effort to ensure that state law is observed on University property and at University-sponsored events. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted on University property except as specified by policy. Please examine the Student Handbook to review the implications of the Alcohol Beverage Control Act, the New York General Obligations Law, and other pertinent information.
Violations of the alcohol policy, whether they occur on or off campus, include, but are not limited to, the following:
- No person under the age of 21 may possess, consume, purchase, or be in the presence of alcohol (except in officially designated spaces). “Possession” means having an alcoholic beverage under one’s charge or control. University staff possesses the authority to require any person to show legal proof of age.
- Students age 21 or older living in first year residence halls may not possess or consume alcohol in the building (Loschert Hall, Loyola Hall, Alumni Court South, Queen’s Court Residential College, Martyr’s Court LaLande and Goupil, and Martyrs Court Jogues Residential College).
- In rooms/apartments where all residents are over 21, individuals of legal drinking age may possess and/or consume alcohol in their rooms, provided all roommates and suitemates, present or absent, are of legal drinking age. All guests and students under the legal drinking age may not be in the presence of alcohol in the residence hall. The purchase, sale, distribution, consumption, association with, being in presence of, or possession of alcoholic beverages by any residents or guests, regardless of age, is prohibited in apartments where any resident is under 21.
- Fordham University prohibits inappropriate behavior that is a direct result of alcohol consumption. Any student who is observed to be intoxicated may be found in violation of the alcohol policy.
- Violation of the alcohol policy includes games involving drinking and rapid consumption techniques. It also includes unauthorized games and techniques not involving alcohol, and the use of devices (e.g. funnels, shot glasses, beer pong tables, etc.) which, by their very nature, promote abusive alcohol consumption. The University prohibits organizing and/or participating in activities that encourage excessive drinking (e.g. beer pong, drinking games, or contests, etc.). It is strictly prohibited for students to charge a fee when hosting a party. Possession of bars, shot glasses and/or empty alcohol containers, even for decorative purposes, is also prohibited.
- Drinking games, even when played without alcohol (except at an approved university program), and rapid consumption techniques and devices (e.g. funnels, beer bongs, shot glasses, beer pong tables, etc.) by their nature promote abusive consumption of alcohol and thus violate the alcohol policy. The University prohibits organizing or participating in activities that encourage excessive drinking (e.g., beer pong, drinking games or contests).
- The University prohibits the possession and consumption of alcohol within public areas and administrative and academic buildings without permission from the authorized University official, which for students and student groups is the Dean of Students or his designated representative. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed in the lounges, hallways, or any other public areas of the Residence Halls.
- It is prohibited for an underage student to be in the presence of any other person legally or illegally possessing, consuming or selling alcoholic beverages, except when authorized at a registered event.
- It is prohibited for anyone over the age of 21 to consume/possess alcoholic beverages in the presence of individuals under the age of twenty one, except when authorized at a registered event.
- Students are not permitted to provide alcohol to any person who is underage. For purposes of this regulation, “provide” means to sell, lend, give, make available, exchange, barter, or furnish in any way. The student social host policy will apply if alcohol is available in the room. Thus, the host is also responsible for misconduct if he/she passively allows prohibited alcohol use to occur within his/her room.
- Individuals who are 21 years of age or older may possess and consume beverages containing alcohol in their rooms in University residential units (refer for specific policies to the Office of Residential Life handbook) or at officially-sponsored events. However, conduct resulting from the consumption of alcohol that is in any way illegal or in violation of any other policy is prohibited.
- Students are not permitted to possess, conspire to obtain, use, produce, sell or distribute false identification or identification that alters one’s age.
- Students are not permitted to host an unregistered party as determined by residence hall staff and evidenced by such factors as the presence of alcohol, excessive noise, or the number of persons present. In the interests of health and safety, parties that have not been duly organized according to the policies outlined in the Private Party Registration policy are prohibited and any alcohol found in the room or suite will be confiscated and/or disposed of by the host student.
- Large amounts of alcohol are not allowed in private rooms and excessive amounts of alcohol may be confiscated at the discretion of the Residence Hall staff. Residents may not have more than a 12 pack of beer (or its equivalent) per person assigned to the room.
If Residential Life or Public Safety staff suspect that there is alcohol in a student’s bag or room, the bag or room of the student can be thoroughly searched (including a search of the refrigerator).
Failure to Comply: Failure to abide by Residential Life policies regarding the consumption, possession, association with, and distribution of alcoholic beverages is considered a violation of the University Code of Conduct. If other Residential Life and/or University regulations are violated while a student is under the influence of alcohol, compound potential violations will cover the intoxication itself and any other offenses that may have occurred.
Medical Amnesty Policy
As a Catholic and Jesuit institution, Fordham University considers the safety and personal well-being of the student body a priority. The University recognizes that there may be alcohol or other drug-related medical or safety emergencies in which the potential for disciplinary action could act as a deterrent to students who want to seek assistance for themselves or others. The Medical Amnesty Policy is designed to enable dangerously intoxicated or impaired students, or their guests, to receive the professional medical treatment they need.
When a student aids an intoxicated or impaired individual by contacting Public Safety or Residential Life staff for assistance, neither the intoxicated individual nor the individual or student reporting the emergency will be subject to formal disciplinary action for the consumption or possession of alcohol or other drugs as a first offense. In rare circumstances such as cases where other violations occur, students may be adjudicated. Examples include, but are not limited to, physical abuse, conduct which threatens safety, verbal or physical harassment, disorderly conduct or property damage. The Medical Amnesty Policy does not apply for subsequent alcohol or other drug intoxications or impairments.
Intoxicated or impaired students who are medically evaluated or hospitalized for alcohol or other drug use:
- will be required to have a follow up meeting with their Resident Director or a member of the Student Life staff. Following this meeting, the student will receive a letter that will describe the guidelines of this policy in more detail.
- will be required to complete BASICS, a two-session brief intervention program provided by the Office of Substance Abuse Prevention program.
- will have their parents contacted by the University. In these cases, parental notification is not taken as a disciplinary action but as a precautionary measure.
- may also be referred to Counseling and Psychological Services, University Health Services or an outside program for substance abuse evaluation and appropriate treatment.
The student(s) aiding an intoxicated or impaired individual by contacting Security or Residential Life staff:
- in circumstances described above will not be subject to formal disciplinary action for the consumption or possession of alcohol or other drugs as a first offense, but may be required to have a follow up meeting with the Associate Director of Residential Life for Student Conduct and/or staff from Office of Substance Abuse Prevention and Student Support.
Condoning, supporting, encouraging or choosing to remain in the presence of a violation of the University policy. Students who anticipate or observe a violation of University policy are expected to remove themselves from the situation. Students are encouraged to contact University officials should they find themselves in such a situation.
Fordham University strictly prohibits the unauthorized possession, use, distribution, sale, facilitation in the sale, purchase, or production of barbiturates, amphetamines, marijuana, opiates, hallucinogens, or any other addictive or illegal drugs and/or drug paraphernalia. Such conduct violates the University Code of Conduct, as well as state and federal laws.
For purposes of this policy, “drug” includes, but is not limited to, marijuana, heroin, LSD, cocaine, mushrooms, ecstasy, ketamine, and prescription drugs. Drug also includes any substance that is used to change mood or alter reality and is not used in accordance with a medical prescription (e.g., household chemicals/agents, steroids, naturally derived substances). “Drug paraphernalia” includes, but is not limited to, hookahs, pipes, bongs, hollowed out cigars, and vaporizers.
All illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia are subject to confiscation and the University reserves the right to refer potential criminal violations to local law enforcement authorities. Students who have used or are using drugs may wish to seek counseling, and are reminded that physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, and priests are available for such help.
Failure to Comply: The University will apply appropriate internal Student Conduct processes should a student violate criminal statutes with regard to illegal drugs. The University will apply the proper procedural safeguards and will determine those disciplinary sanctions that may be relevant to one's status as a student of Fordham University. Students are subject to severe disciplinary action by Residential Life and by the University ranging from Residence Hall probation to dismissal from the residence halls and expulsion from the university. The University also reserves the right to notify parents of students of pending violations or subsequent disciplinary decisions.
Fordham University strictly prohibits the improper use of fire alarm systems or fire safety equipment, whether intentional or reckless. Prohibited actions include tampering with, removal of, setting off alarms, reckless use of fire extinguishers, or damaging of fire safety equipment or alarm systems in any university building where no fire or immediate danger of fire exists. Fire drills are conducted at various times during the year to ensure that all residents are familiar with evacuation procedures and to ensure that all safety equipment is functional.
- Fire Safety Equipment: Fire equipment is placed in the residence halls for students’ protection and the protection of property in the event of a fire or emergency. Anyone who causes damage to this equipment or renders it unusable or ineffective is endangering the safety of all residents. This includes tampering or misuse of any fire safety equipment, including setting off false fire alarms, unauthorized use of air horns, or the unintentional causing of an alarm, sprinkler, or fire extinguisher discharge due to careless or reckless behavior, the student will be subject to student conduct action.
- Intentionally or recklessly starting a fire is a serious violation subject to disciplinary sanctions including suspension or expulsion from Fordham University as well as penalties described by law.
- Fire Evacuation: During a fire drill or alarm, every student is expected to evacuate the building and follow emergency procedures as well as comply with instructions and/or directives from University Security and Residential Life staff. Students cannot return to a building until an “all clear” signal is given by an appropriate University official.
- Unintentional False Alarms: Causing a false alarm due to inappropriate, careless, and or reckless use of cooking equipment.
- Burning or possession of candles or incense, lit or unlit, is not allowed in the residence halls for any purpose.
The University fountain located adjacent to Dealy Hall has been installed to resemble the historic space once enjoyed by students, staff and faculty, and visitors. Stepping into, wading, or swimming in the fountain, or placing objects, substances, or chemicals into the water is strictly prohibited as such actions can easily damage the fountain’s pump system and surrounding site, resulting in costly repairs and cleanup. Any student who engages in such prohibited conduct will be subject to disciplinary action, and sanctions will include, but not be limited to, a $250 fine and the cost of any repairs and cleanup.
All students and University employees are to be treated with respect. Harassment of another person, whether physical, sexual, or verbal, either orally, written, or online, is not permitted. Use of abusive language, including, but not limited to, profanity and threats or physical contact are considered harassment and will be dealt with severely as violations of both Residential Life and University policies. The Assistant Director for Leadership Development and Training or the Associate Director for Student Conduct may handle adjudication in cases of harassment of University staff (Resident Assistants, Resident Directors, Desk Assistants, or Watchman Guards). Please refer to the Student Handbook for further information regarding Information Technology usage.
Failure to Comply: Students who harass University staff members will face Student Life or Residential Life Probation for two semesters, dismissal from housing, expulsion from school, contact restriction, and/or other student conduct sanctions.
For safety and security purposes, students are required to have their University identification cards with them at all times and are required to surrender ID cards to any University official upon request. Within the first two weeks of the academic year, students must have a valid ID card. ID cards are only to be used by the student to whom the card was issued. Students are not allowed to give their ID cards to another student or guest for their own purposes.
Failure to Comply: Failure to cooperate with a University official constitutes a violation of Residential Life policy and the University Code of Conduct and warrants University and Residential Life outcomes including, but not limited to, educational sanctions, residence halls probation, and possible dismissal. Misuse, improper use of an ID card, or the alteration of an ID card may lead to educational sanctions, fines, or Residence Halls Probation. Students found with duplicate ID cards may also be subject to disciplinary action.
Moral Growth and Responsibility
Fordham's mission as an institution of higher learning is closely tied to its rich Jesuit Catholic heritage. The faculty, students, staff, and administrators of Fordham University are informed by the Jesuit, Catholic tradition of responsible moral living. Residence hall life, of course, is an integral part of the Fordham student's education, and community life in the residence halls is necessarily based upon the University's founding principle.
One such principle holds that sexual intercourse is to be reserved for marriage. Cohabitation is therefore prohibited in the residence halls. Furthermore, a student is not permitted to request or cajole a roommate to leave his or her room, suite or apartment in order to facilitate sexual activities.
Failure to Comply: Cohabitation may lead to sanctions ranging from the loss of visitation privileges to residence halls probation or dismissal from the residence halls.
A student’s right to privacy is important in a community setting. In an effort to uphold this right, videotaping is prohibited in every part of the residence halls. You may request permission in writing in advance from your Resident Director for special circumstances.
Students are also prohibited from any unauthorized use of electronic or other devices to make an audio or video record of any person without his/her prior knowledge, or without his/her effective consent. This includes, but is not limited to, surreptitiously taking pictures of another person in a gym, locker room, or bathroom.
Failure to Comply: Violation of the policy will lead to educational sanctions, fines or other student conduct sanctions; repeated violations can result in dismissal from the residence halls.
Nondiscrimination Policy and Title IX Coordinator
Fordham University is an academic institution that, in compliance with federal, state, and local laws, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, gender, national origin, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, veteran status, disability, or any other basis prohibited by law. No otherwise qualified person shall be discriminated against in any programs or activities of the University because of disability. Likewise, no person shall be discriminated against on the basis of sex. Fordham University does not knowingly support or patronize any organization that engages in unlawful discrimination.
This policy is strictly enforced by the University and alleged violations receive prompt attention and appropriate corrective action. The University will take steps to prevent discrimination and harassment, to prevent the recurrence of discrimination and harassment, and to remedy the discriminatory effects of discrimination on victims and others, as appropriate.
Complaints of discrimination by students against other students should be brought to the complainant’s Dean of Students for handling. All other complaints involving students and employees, only employees, or third parties should be brought to the Director of Institutional Equity and Compliance for handling.
The Director of Institutional Equity and Compliance is the University’s compliance officer for all forms of discrimination and is specifically designated as the University’s Title IX Coordinator, responsible for the University’s Title IX compliance efforts, including sex and gender discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault and violence, stalking, intimate partner violence, retaliation and athletics. Inquiries concerning the application of Title IX and its implementing regulation may be referred to the designated Title IX coordinator(s) or to the Office for Civil Rights.
For more information, please visit the Gender Equity & Title IX Office.
Private Party Registration
Resident students of Walsh Hall, Belmont Community Housing (BCH), Campbell Hall, and Salice-Conley Hall may exercise the privilege of registering private parties scheduled for weekend evenings at which alcohol will be present. Registration is limited and conducted at the discretion of the Resident Director. To register a party, the prospective host(s) must follow these procedures:
- Retrieve from the RHO, complete and sign the following forms:
- Registered Party Regulations and Registration
- Registered Party Absence Agreement (if any suitemates are under 21)
- Registered Party Guest List and Limited Visitation Policy Waiver
- Residents must meet with the Resident Director. The registration is on a first-come, first-served basis and is generally limited to two (2) parties per weekend evening, for a total of no more than four (4) parties per week(end).
- At this meeting, the Resident Director reviews New York State Law, the University Code of Conduct and Residential Life Policy relating to Alcohol and Private Party Registration.
- Prospective hosts with suitemates who are underage may still apply, but must first complete a Registered Party Absence Agreement. This form is a guarantee to the RD that the underage suitemate(s) will not be present on campus at the time of the registered party.
- The prospective hosts present a completed and signed Registered Party Guest List.
The Resident Assistant staff on Duty and/or the Resident Director will visit the registered party at the start of duty (between 6:15 and 6:30) on the night it is scheduled to place a copy of the Registered Party Regulations on the door of the suite. This sign also identifies the party as having been registered. The Resident Assistant staff on duty and/or the Resident Director will also visit the suite fifteen minutes in advance of the 1:00 am end-time to remind hosts that the party must end by that hour.
Disciplinary action will be taken should drinking in private rooms become an illegal, non-registered party or public event, as determined by your residence hall staff and evidenced by such factors as the presence of alcohol, excessive noise or the number of persons present. In the interests of health and safety, parties that have not been duly organized according to the policies outlined above are prohibited and any alcohol found in the room or suite will be confiscated and/or disposed of by the host student(s).
Party Registration is meant to strike a healthy balance between the rights and responsibilities of the host students. Respect for the community and for the Office of Residential Life staff must be maintained in order to enjoy this privilege. Hosts must be observant of Registered Party Regulations, all Residential Life policies, as well as the University Code of Conduct. Failure to do so subjects the party to immediate shutdown, possible confiscation of alcohol and the hosts and their guests to documentation by the Office of Residential Life staff. Please consult the Registered Party Regulations available in the RHOs of participating halls for the complete policies governing registered parties.
Propping of Residence Hall Doors
The propping open of, or intentional jamming or tampering with the locking mechanisms of a residence hall entrance, residence hall room door, and/or fire door is considered a serious breach of safety and security. This includes tampering with the locking mechanism of residence hall room doors. As a community, it is important to maintain the safety and security of our residence halls by keeping these doors locked.
Failure to Comply: Verbal or written warnings, educational sanctions, or fines may be assigned to students in violation of this policy. Repeated violations could lead to probation or removal from housing due to continuous breach in security for our community.
Quiet Hours/Noise Considerations
Since the University expects the residences to be conducive to academic pursuits, noise must always be kept at a reasonable, courteous level so as not to disturb neighbors or roommates (Courtesy Hours 24 hours a day). Residents are not permitted to play their stereos at loud volume or play musical instruments within the buildings unless specified by a Residential Life staff member. Stereo speakers and audio equipment are not to be aimed toward or placed near open windows; such behavior would disturb a large number of people. Any noise clearly heard beyond the confines of a student’s room represents a breach of the consideration policy. One’s choice of entertainment or relaxation should not negatively impact or disturb people in other buildings, corridors, lounges, and nearby rooms.
In addition to normal courtesy hours, quiet hours have been established to ensure that students are able to sleep and study according to their own needs and preferences. During quiet hours, each student is responsible for making sure that his or her noise is not at a level that disturbs anyone else who may be studying or sleeping. The minimum campus-wide quiet hours for all residences are as follows: Sunday through Thursday 11 p.m. to 9 a.m. Friday and Saturday 1 a.m. to 9 a.m. Quiet hours are in effect 24 hours a day during the final exam period. In order to meet the needs of each residence hall, quiet hours may be expanded upon at the discretion of the Resident Director.
Failure to Comply: Verbal or written warnings, educational sanctions, or fines may be assigned to students in violation of the Noise Consideration Policy. Repeated violations could lead to removal from housing due to continuous disruptive behavior.
Crossing the Metro-North railroad tracks is prohibited by law and University policy. Trespassing on railroad property not only risks the life of the trespasser, but also constitutes a misdemeanor subjecting the violator to the issuance of a summons and possible criminal proceedings.
Failure to Comply: Any Fordham student who fails to abide by the law and this University policy shall be subject to a $250 fine and University student conduct action.
Smoking is prohibited in all Fordham University buildings. This prohibition applies to all indoor air space including all residence hall rooms and common areas, private faculty and administrative offices and dining facilities. It is the responsibility of all faculty, staff and students to observe and enforce the non-smoking policy. To implement and enforce this policy, common courtesy and consideration towards others should be exercised. Smoking is permitted only in designated areas outside a specific radius from outside the halls. Students should refer to the signage specific to the residence halls and consult with the Office of Residential Life staff to locate the designated smoking areas appropriate distance. No smoking is permitted in the immediate entrance of the halls. Pipes are not allowed in the Residence Halls. The smoking of electronic, clove or beedi cigarettes is prohibited.
Failure to Comply: Violation of the smoking policy may lead to educational sanctions, fines or other judicial sanctions; repeated violations could result in dismissal from the residence halls.
Social Host/Guest Behavior
It is the responsibility of any student who hosts a visitor or guest on campus to ensure that the person knows and adheres to the Residential Life and Student Handbook. In instances where guests violate rules or codes, the student host will be held responsible. Residents of a room, apartment or suite, on or off campus, are responsible for all that occurs within that dwelling including any guest misconduct. Whether a visitor is a student or non-student, the student host will be held responsible for violations of the Residential Life and Student Handbook. Responsibility under these rules may occur even if the host is not a participant in the activity or has left the visitor(s) alone.
Solicitation, Signs, and Posting
No solicitors, sales persons or agents, student or otherwise, are permitted to contact students in Fordham University residence halls for commercial purposes except when contracted by the University. In such cases, permission must be obtained from the Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Residential Life. Students may not use their room for commercial purposes.
Signs that protect and/or inform the public may not be tampered with or relocated to resident rooms, suites, or apartments. Educational sanctions, significant fines and/or other student conduct sanctions will be assessed in such cases and the signs will be confiscated.
Throughout the year, notices containing information pertinent to resident students are posted in high traffic areas. Please read and be aware of the content of these notices. These notices should never be tampered with or altered in any way. Students who post notices in the residence halls must follow the University standards for postings, as required by the United Student Government and the Office of Student Leadership & Community Development. A complete listing of the policies is stated in the Student Handbook. Posters that are not approved by the Office of Student Leadership & Community Development or that are placed in inappropriate locations will be removed, and fines may be levied against the responsible organization. Please refer to provisions stated in the Student Handbook.
Theft or Damage to University Property
Theft from or damage to University property and/or theft of or damage to the property of another while located on the property of the University is a violation of the Code of Conduct. This includes knowingly receiving, retaining, or disposing of the lost or mislaid property of a member of the University community or of the University itself. The University is not responsible for any loss due to theft, fire, vandalism, accident, or student negligence and does not provide insurance for your personal property. Students are strongly encouraged to inventory all personal belongings and to record serial numbers where possible.
Intentionally or recklessly damaging or destroying exit signs, graffiti writing, defacing or tampering with University or public property or the property of another.
Standard sanction: Suspension from the residence halls. This includes the tampering with or destruction of security equipment maintained by the University.
Students are advised to: (1) arrange for their family’s Home Owner's insurance to cover personal property or (2) obtain renter’s insurance. In the event of theft, immediately report the incident to Security and your residence hall staff. Students will be subject to disciplinary action if they are involved with any theft and/or damage to the property of another person or the University. Students subject themselves to both criminal action and University disciplinary action if they commit theft, injure anyone, or damage property.
Throwing/Passing Objects through Windows/Removal of Window Screens or Locks
In the interests of safety, it is unacceptable to throw, drop or pass anything in or out of a window of a University building. Such conduct severely jeopardizes the health and well-being of other members of the University community. Students may not hang out of windows and/or pass things into or out of residence hall windows. In the same way, students may not hang items out room and/or suite windows. Window screens should not be removed from windows.
Failure to Comply: Sanctions range from, but are not limited to, a $250 fine and residence halls probation to residence hall dismissal.
Unauthorized Entry or Exit
Unauthorized entry, using keys to enter a room or facility without proper authority and forcible entry or trespass into any building structure, facility, student room, roof, balcony, or other areas are prohibited. Trespassing within the private room of another or use of keys without the proper authority will be considered serious violations. Students are not allowed access to the roofs of buildings at any time. Students are not permitted to use exit doors marked “emergency” for any use other than in an emergency evacuation or allow others to use these doors for entry/exit. Resident students and their guests may only enter and exit a building through designated entrance doors; windows may not be used as a means of entering or exiting a University building or residence hall. Residence hall computer labs and laundry facilities, where available, are funded by the residents of the building in which they are located. Access to these facilities is limited to resident students living in the appropriate building.
Failure to Comply: Violation of this regulation may lead to serious student conduct action, educational sanctions and/or a possible fine. Students found on the fire escape or roof of any building will face Residence Halls Probation and a possible $200 fine.
Update for Fall 2020 in regards to the ongoing health emergency:
The visitation policy in the residence halls provides resident students the opportunity to permit guests in their rooms. While providing for this interaction, the policy is also sensitive to every resident's need for a level of privacy in a community environment, the balancing of rights among resident students, and the need for safety and security. DURING THE ONGOING HEALTH EMERGENCY: for the 2020-2021 academic year and during the period residence on campus is resumed, this revised and updated policy will be in effect and visitation and guests in residence halls will be strictly limited to maximize health and safety, to assist in conducting in-person classes and in maintaining student residence, and to adhere to applicable New York State laws and guidelines.
After your move-in date NO GUESTS (persons not affiliated with the University) or student visitors (students who do not reside in a given residence hall) will be allowed inside any residence hall or housing area. Residents assigned to a specific residence hall will be permitted inter-room/suite/apartment visitation inside that hall.
Roommates are expected to confer about all visitors and guests in advance of a visit and agree that a visitor or guest is not an imposition.
A Watchman Guard and/or Desk Assistant provide security coverage for each residence hall and in order to greet students and visitors and check their identification as they enter the building. The Watchman Guards are supervised by the Office of Public Safety and work in conjunction with your residence hall staff. The Office of Residential Life supervises the Desk Assistants.
During the ongoing health emergency: Watchman Guards overseen by the Department of Public Safety and Desk Assistants will manage entry and exit at each residence hall and housing area entrance 24 hours a day.
During the ongoing health emergency: all students at all hours must swipe their identification cards at the front entrance to the residence hall to which they are assigned upon entry.
All Fordham University students, including the residents of a given building, must present their ID as they enter a residence hall. Residence halls may only be entered or exited through designated entrance doors; windows and fire escapes are not to be used for this purpose.
Students who wish to enter their own residence hall are allowed to do so by simply scanning their Fordham University identification card. Hosts assume responsibility for the conduct of guests and commit themselves to explaining Residential Life and University policies to the guest. All visitors must leave rooms to which they are not assigned in residence halls before 3:30 AM.
As a guideline and in light of the ongoing health emergency, the number of visiting students from other rooms/suites/apartments that may enter another living unit is limited to one per resident at any time, excluding the hosts/occupants of the unit. Resident student hosts must limit the amount of time spent with visiting guests. The residence hall staff reserves the right to exercise discretion in applying this guideline, which caps overall visitation in all residence hall living areas at no more than 10 people at a time. Refer to this table for guidance:
Guest Guideline Table
|Room ||Guests || |
|2-Person Room ||2 guests ||4 persons |
|3-Person Room ||3 guests ||6 persons |
|4-Person Room ||4 guests8 ||6 persons |
|4-Person Suite ||4 guests ||8 persons |
|6-Person Suite ||4 guests ||10 persons |
|7-Person Suite ||3 guests ||10 persons |
Failure to Comply: In light of the ongoing health emergency, guests found in University housing areas during the time of curtailed visitation or who appear otherwise to be in violation of University or Residential Life policies will be directed by staff to leave campus immediately and/or may be banned from campus. Resident hosts will be held accountable for guest presence and behavior and may be subject to loss of guest privileges, educational sanctions, probation, or other disciplinary sanctions. The Office of Residential Life reserves the right to limit or restrict guest visitation privileges during high activity periods and during break/close-down periods (i.e. Homecoming, Spring Weekend, Special Events, Mid-term and Final Exams).
Violations of the revised Visitation/Guest Policy will be referred to the Student Conduct Process and sanctions will reflect the importance of this policy in safeguarding the health and well-being of our residence hall communities.
Weapons, Ammunition, and Explosives
All weapons, knives, pellets, BB guns, firearms, ammunition, hunting arrows, potentially injurious war souvenirs, explosives, fireworks, firecrackers, highly flammable materials, dangerous chemicals and the like are prohibited.
Failure to Comply: Possession or use of such explosives or weapons will lead to confiscation and sanctions ranging from a disciplinary warning, work hours, residence halls probation, or dismissal from housing or more serious sanctions.