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Residential Life Handbook: Rose Hill

About This Handbook

This publication is the official Handbook of the Office of Residential Life, Fordham University, Rose Hill campus, Bronx, New York, 10458.

The Office of Residential Life is located in the basement of Loschert Hall.

All calendar information printed in the publication should be confirmed with appropriate faculty, administrators, and sponsors. Check your course syllabus and postings at the Registrar's office for scheduling and final examination information. The Office of Residential Life is not responsible for any errors found in this handbook.

The policies and procedures found in the handbook are subject to change.

Life in a Residence Hall

Life in a Residence Hall

The Importance of Community

The Office of Residential Life supports an overarching vision of creating community in all its efforts. A residence hall community is comprised of students engaged in social interaction, showing compassion, concern, and sensitivity towards the needs of one another. Residents, accordingly, share in defining the community’s expectations of individual members and are held to these expectations by their peers.

The Office of Residential Life is sensitive to the rights and responsibilities of all resident students. In an effort to make our community conducive to academic, social, and personal growth, policies have been established to ensure that individual rights are protected and responsibilities are understood. Specific policies are outlined in this publication. Fordham is an institution in the Jesuit tradition. At such an institution, the education occurring outside the classroom (through activities, interpersonal relationships, and even the fabric of daily life) is an indispensable complement to that which students receive inside the classroom. Students are expected to:

  • Obey state and federal laws as well as University policies and regulations.
  • Respect the rights and privileges of others.
  • Be forthright and honest in their social and academic conduct.
  • Assert the right to live in an environment where individual actions do not violate principles or guidelines designed to promote a positive learning experience.

Students, therefore, have both the right and the responsibility to constructively confront each other directly. All residence hall staff will support and work with students in an effort to maintain high community living standards. It is the student's responsibility to be informed of these expectations. The University, however, does not attempt to formally define every unacceptable form of behavior. In situations not covered by specific regulations, students are expected to apply common sense and conduct themselves as mature, responsible persons.

Programming has its place in the community-building efforts of each residence hall staff. The programming efforts of the residence hall staff and the Residence Halls Association (RHA) contribute to the stock of shared group experiences. Social, educational, cultural, community service, physical, and spiritual events are designed to address a wide scope of a student's social and educational needs. Students are encouraged and sometimes required to attend community programs and participate in the planning of these events. Consult your Resident Assistants or RHA representatives for details and suggestions.

The following is a brief overview of the staff you may turn to during the year. They are all dedicated to a vision of creating community in the residence halls and strive for a living environment conducive to learning. Feel free to let the staff know how to assist you further.

Office of Residential Life

At the core of the Residential Life management team is the central office staff. This team is led by the Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Residential Life, the Associate Director of Residential Life for Substance Abuse Prevention and Mental Health, the Associate Director of Residential Life for Student Conduct, the Assistant Director for Housing Operations, the Assistant Director for Leadership Development and Training. This team regularly evaluates and develops programs and policies, addressing the concerns of the resident students of Fordham University. The Office of Residential Life seeks to maintain and improve the quality of Fordham's residential environment.

The office is located in the basement of Loschert Hall. Please feel free to visit with suggestions, questions, and concerns or to find further Residential Life information.

Resident Directors and Associate Resident Directors

The Resident Directors (RDs) and Associate Resident Director (ARD) live in the halls and lead the Resident Assistant staff and the hall as a whole. Resident Directors are responsible for the supervision of staff and creation of community in each of the residence halls. O’Hare Hall also has an ARD who supervises and tracks programming, advises the O’Hare Hall RHA co-supervises the RA staff.

An RD or ARD is on-call each night for emergency purposes (and can be reached via the RA on duty). The RDs and ARDs work with the RAs in creating a community that supports and enhances academic achievement throughout the hall, lead the RA staff in their overall programming efforts; in maintaining community standards in the residence hall; advising the residence hall's contingent of RHA representatives; and helping resident students with personal, emotional, and academic concerns.

Resident Assistants

During the first few weeks of the year, you will meet the Resident Assistant (RA) of your hall, wing, or community. All RAs are highly qualified undergraduate or graduate students who are charged with helping their fellow students by working to create a community in their residence halls. They are chosen for their leadership skills from a highly competitive pool of candidates after a lengthy interview process. You will find your RA to be a concerned, friendly, and knowledgeable resource.

The RAs have three main responsibilities: to help resident students with personal, emotional, and academic issues, to work with the students to create and maintain a community environment that supports and enhances academic achievement and procedures, and to ensure that University and Residential Life policies and procedures are upheld.

Each night throughout the year, except during periods when the University is closed, an on-duty RA is responsible for each building. The RA is on-duty from 6:00 PM through 8:00 AM the following morning. Between the hours of 7:00 PM and 11:00 PM on the weekdays and 7:00 PM to 12:00 AM on the weekends, the on-duty RA will be available in the building's Residence Hall Office (RHO). During these hours, you may visit the RHO to sign out guest passes, report concerns, or just visit with the staff.

Desk Assistants

The most effective security measures are those each individual student takes. Students should never prop open residence hall doors, hold open the entrance door for a stranger, or sign in someone they do not know. Desk Assistants (DAs) are undergraduate students employed by the Office of Residential Life to enhance the security of the residence halls and provide a resource for students and guests. Seated at the entrances of each on-campus residence hall from 5:00 PM until 10:00 PM each night, they monitor access to the halls. Residential Life works collaboratively with security and they take over the same function after 10:00 pm until the following morning. Students who wish to enter their own residence hall are allowed to do so by simply tapping their Fordham University identification card against a receiving terminal at the entrance and at the front desk. All students, even those that are confident the DA knows them, must present their ID card and tap the card reader. Students who wish to visit a student who lives in another residence hall should have their host meet them at the desk. The host student signs his or her guest into the building and assumes responsibility for his or her guest’s behavior during the visit. Non-Fordham students who wish to visit a student must have their host meet them at the desk to sign them in and assume responsibility (Please refer to the Visitation Policy for more information).

SILC Tutors

SILC (Science Integrated Learning Community) tutors are undergraduate students living in Martyrs’ Court Jogues assisting the first-year students in their academic studies during their first year of college. Tutors have scheduled hours in the building for science students to ask for assistance and hold study sessions throughout the year.

Jesuit, Faculty, or Staff-in-Residence

Members of the Fordham Jesuit community, faculty, or administrators live in each on-campus residence hall. Through their presence, participation in hall events, and spiritual or personal counseling efforts, these members of the Fordham community are valuable assets to all resident students. Feel free to ask them for advice, assistance, and friendship.

Residential College Masters

In the residential colleges of Loyola Hall, Queen’s Court, Tierney Hall and O’Hare Hall, Masters, Assistant Masters, and/or Tutor-Chaplains reside. The Masters and Assistant Masters work with the Office of Residential Life staff to oversee the residential college, most directly in the areas of programming, academic support, and counseling. This cooperative relationship serves to strengthen involvement in the community and to assure that each residential college’s traditions are passed to each generation of residents.

Residence Halls Association

Every residence hall is represented by the Residence Halls Association (RHA). RHA is dedicated to improving the quality of residence hall living at Fordham University. Through its services, social events, interaction with the community, and communication with administrators, RHA allows students of diverse interests and backgrounds to develop personally and to participate in the Fordham community.

RHA plans campus-wide social events, some of which include the very popular Benefit Auction during “A Series of Fortunate Events”, and the Under-the-Tent Spring Semi-formal. RHA networks throughout the country and brings national recognition to Fordham through membership in the National Association of College and University Residence Halls.

The Executive Board is comprised of seven members is elected each spring and includes the Executive President, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Chief of Staff, Publicity Director, Executive Programmer, and Communications Director. The General Board consists of representatives from each residence hall, and is elected by the students living in the respective halls during the fall semester. The general board attends weekly meeting led by the executive board to plan upcoming events, allocate RHA funds, discuss topics vital to resident students, and prepare for regional and national conferences. RHA general and executive board members must be in Good Standing, as defined by the Residential Life Handbook. Look for advertisements in each residence hall for election dates and procedures in early September. Elections for the General Board take place in mid-September. Further information can be obtained in the RHA office, McGinley 201, x4359, or by emailing at

Emergency Procedures

Emergency Procedures

Living with Terrorism

Unfortunately for all Americans, life has forever changed after September 11, 2001. Fordham University’s priority is the safety and well-being of those who live, study and work at the University. The Office of Public Safety works closely with and obtains information from the New York Police Department on a continuing basis in the interest of safety for our community. In the highly unlikely event that an act of terrorism was to occur on campus, we would obviously rely on police, fire and the Office of Emergency Management for guidance and resources.

New York City has essentially been operating at a certain United States Department of Homeland Security national security alert level since 9/11/01. Should an incident away from campus cause a change in the security alert level or other action, the University will relay the appropriate information that impacts our campus through established channels of communication including a state of the art emergency notification system, security alerts, or residence hall floor meetings. Please be aware of the following safety guidelines:

  • Be aware of suspicious or unusual behavior such as unanticipated deliveries, people asking directions to sensitive areas such as utility rooms or HVAC systems, or people asking questions regarding security force capabilities.
  • Do not accept packages from strangers or leave personal belongings unattended. Report unusual behavior and suspicious packages to the security department by dialing 2222 from any campus phone.
  • If you receive a telephone call regarding a suspicious package or explosive device, get as much information from the caller as possible and relay the information to the Office of Public Safety.
  • In the event of a chemical or biological attack, follow instructions. Public Safety staff, in conjunction with NYFD or NYPD, will make a determination as to remaining in place or evacuation. In most instances, you will be instructed to remain in your residence hall, academic building or other shelter. If the appropriate response is evacuation, we will follow the evacuation procedures as outlined below.

Fire Safety and Prevention

Every member of the University community has an obligation to be prepared for emergencies. It is important for all resident students to familiarize themselves with the location and use of fire extinguishers, fire alarm boxes, emergency exit routes, and alternative exits. At the very moment a fire alarm sounds, the building must be evacuated in an orderly manner. Students may wish to keep a coat, a pair of shoes, a set of keys and a flashlight readily available for such emergencies.

What to Do in Case of a Fire
If the combustion is confined to a wastebasket or trash can, you should use a fire extinguisher located in a student suite or a corridor. Follow the instructions found on the outside of the extinguisher. Remember to only fight a fire if you have a clear path of escape.

If the fire is not limited to such a container, activate the fire alarm pull station located in the corridor of each floor and call Security at ext. 2222. Off-campus residents should call both the Fire Department at 911 and Security at 718-817-2222. Students should then proceed to leave the building while alerting all the people in the immediate area of the danger. If there is sufficient time and human life (including one's own) would not be endangered, one may attempt to extinguish the fire with whatever equipment is available. However, before making such an attempt ensure that you know what is burning, the fire is not spreading rapidly, smoke and heat has not filled the area and most importantly, that you have a clear means of escape.

Fire Extinguishers
Care must be taken in operating a fire extinguisher properly. Fire extinguishers are generally operated by pulling out a locking pin, aiming the nozzle at the base of the fire, squeezing the handle and sweeping the hose over the area of the fire. An explanation of each extinguisher's operating instructions is located on the nameplate of the extinguisher. Note that there are two types of extinguishers available in the residence halls: (1) large, silver-colored Type A for trash and paper fires only and (2) smaller, red Type ABC for grease, electrical, chemical, and trash fires.

When a fire extinguisher is discharged, even partially, do not return it to its place. Report the matter to the Office Campus Operations at ext. 4848 and your residence hall staff. The unit will be recharged and returned.

Fire Drills
A fire drill is an exercise in discipline that requires a prompt, complete, controlled, and orderly response. New York State law requires a minimum number of fire drills for University buildings each academic year. The time and date of the first fire drill will be announced. This trial run introduces residents to their building's evacuation procedures. At the sound of the alarm, it should be assumed that an emergency exists and the signal should not be taken as a sign of a practice drill or false alarm. If the alarm stops ringing after having already sounded, students should continue to evacuate. No one is permitted to remain in the residence hall during a fire drill. Failure to evacuate the building may result in a fine and possible further Student Conduct action. Residential Life staff will check each room to ensure thorough evacuation.

Fire Alarm Tests
The Office of Public Safety tests each residence hall fire alarm system daily. During the daily tests, the alarm rings once and students are not required to evacuate.

>Housekeeping efforts are most important in the prevention of fires. Do not allow ordinary combustibles to accumulate in any area. Students shall remove old papers, rags, wood, and packing materials as soon as they are finished with them. Students should remove garbage and recyclables from rooms, apartments, and suites on a daily basis.

Keep all corridors and fire doors free of debris, furniture, bicycles, and other obstructions at all times. Residents should refrain from resting or sleeping in hallways or other areas not intended for this purpose.

Flammable liquids such as gasoline and paint thinner are not permitted in the residence halls. Candles, kerosene lamps, space heaters, and incense are proven fire hazards and are therefore also prohibited.

General Steps for Evacuation

Evacuate Immediately
When the fire alarm goes off, all Fordham students must evacuate unless previously notified the alarm is being tested. You will not know if someone has pulled a false alarm or if it’s a real emergency.

Do not take chances on it being a false alarm. If you fail to evacuate, you will be taken through the Student Conduct process.

Things to Do
Feel the door. If it’s hot (or if there’s too much smoke in the hallway to evacuate) put a wet towel or blanket at the bottom of the door and wait. Do not open or break the window. Hang a white towel or bright clothing in the window to attract the attention of firefighters. Stay close to the floor and wrap a wet towel around your head to avoid smoke inhalation. If you evacuate, grab a coat and shoes to wear, and close the windows and door behind you. As you exit via the nearest exit/stairwell, knock on doors as you leave to alert neighbors. Never use the elevator in a fire or drill. Exit the hall and gather with other residents where your RA, RD, or Security instructs you to go. Do not congregate in a lobby or near entrances as first responders may require access for personnel or equipment. Every time an alarm annunciates and evacuation is accomplished residence hall staffs are required to check every room, so there may be a wait to re-enter the hall.

Stop the False Alarms
False alarm pulls make the hall less sensitive to real alarms, interrupt sleep, work, and study for hundreds of people. For some reason, some among us continue to pull them. If you know this is happening, please alert your RA or RD.

Be Careful
If you are throwing away cigarettes, extinguish them in water or in a receptacle designed for butts. By New York State Law, there is no smoking in the Residence Halls. Toasters, toaster ovens, candles, incense, halogen lamps, and electric appliances with open heating elements are not allowed for a reason. Keep these fire hazards out of your room. ou bear the responsibility of your actions and have a moral duty to act in a safe manner.

Questions? Speak to your Resident Assistant or Resident Director. Or you can call the Office of Residential Life at Rose Hill at extension 3080.

General Evacuation Information for Residence Halls

Each residence hall’s evacuation plan is updated on an annual basis. Building exits are listed below. All residents must be familiar with their primary assigned exit and alternate exit. They must also be prepared to ensure the safety and cooperation of their guests by directing them to the proper exits. Public Safety personnel, your residence hall staff, and the New York City Fire Department will observe exit procedures. Persons failing or refusing to participate will be removed as necessary and will be subject to fines and/or the Student Conduct process.

  • Alumni Court South, Loschert and Loyola Halls: Students should use the stairwell closest to their rooms and assemble in the courtyard. Do not use elevators. In case of heavy smoke or fire in the courtyard, assemble in front of Queen's Court.
  • Queen's Court Residential College: Exit via the nearest stairwell. Assemble in the courtyard. If students exit the building through doors facing Martyrs' Court or Alumni Court, proceed at a distance from the building to the Collins Hall side of the courtyard.
  • Finlay Hall: Use the stairwell closest to your room. Exit through the doors in the lobby and assemble across from the main entrance. Basement residents must evacuate through the rear door onto the terrace and assemble alongside Walsh Hall. Do not use elevators.
  • Martyrs' Court: Students should use the stairwell closest to their rooms and exit through any of entrance doors on the courtyard side of the building. Assemble in the courtyard.
  • Belmont Community Housing (Off-Campus): Exit by the nearest door (either front or back door). Assemble directly opposite the front of the house.
  • Tierney Hall Residential College: Students should use the stairwell closest to their rooms and exit through the main entrance doors in the lobby, assembling on the front lawn between Spellman Hall and Tierney Hall.
  • Walsh Hall: Using the stairwell closest to their apartments, students should descend to the lobby or basement. Go out the main doors to the sidewalk across from 191st Street. Do not use the elevators.
  • O’Hare Hall Residential College: Use the stairwell closest to your room. Assemble on the lawn in front of the building. Do not use elevators.
  • Campbell and Salice-Conley Halls: Utilize stairwell closest to your room and exit through main entrance in lobby. Assemble in court yard in front of building. Do not use elevators.

Residential Life Policies and Procedures

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Unauthorized entry, use, or occupation of University facilities, as well as the unauthorized possession, duplication, or use of keys to University facilities.
  4. Tampering with or misusing fire alarms, fire-fighting equipment, or safety equipment.
  5. Harassment of another person, whether physical, sexual, or verbal, either oral or written.
  6. Physical abuse, sexual abuse, threats, intimidation, coercion, and/or other conduct which threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person.
  7. The unauthorized selling, purchasing, producing, or possession of any lethal weapons, explosives, fireworks, or incendiary devices.
  8. The unauthorized selling, purchasing, producing, possession, or the use of barbiturates, amphetamines, marijuana, hallucinogens, opiates, or other addictive and illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Engaging in lewd, licentious, or disorderly conduct.
  12. Failing to comply with the direction of the clearly identified University personnel (this includes campus security guards) in the performance of their assigned duties.
  13. 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.

Disciplinary Reprimand
The student is advised (in writing) that future violations will result in more severe disciplinary action.

Educational Projects/Papers
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

Marijuana 101
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.

Alcohol Policy

“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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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).
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Students are not permitted to possess, conspire to obtain, use, produce, sell or distribute false identification or identification that alters one’s age.
  13. 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.
  14. 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:

  1. 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.
  2. will be required to complete BASICS, a two-session brief intervention program provided by the Office of Substance Abuse Prevention program.
  3. 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.
  4. 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:

  1. 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.

Fire Safety

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.

ID Cards

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:

  1. 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
  2. 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).
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Railroad Crossing

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.

Visitation/Guest Policy

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.

Residence Hall Policies and Procedures

The cornerstone of the Residential Life program is developing a sense of community, which necessitates consideration for others and responsibility for one’s actions. The residence halls are communities that are bound by shared beliefs and ethics that offer as a core value an appreciation of the diversity of many individuals living there. A residence hall experience will further one’s education and personal development and will offer challenge and support. Living in a university residence is a privilege offered to students, and carries with it the responsibility for fulfilling the terms of the Residence Contract. The University expects students to become familiar with the policies, to take responsibility for their actions and to be sensitive to and considerate of the community in which they live.

These policies are based on respect for others, the environment, the mission of the University, and the rights and responsibilities of community living. All residents are accountable for any behavior inside or outside of the residence halls that infringes on individual or group rights or jeopardizes the health and safety of individuals and property.

The policies are set forth in writing in order to give students a general notice of expectations and prohibited conduct. The policies should be read broadly and are not intended to define misconduct in exhaustive terms. Violations of these policies also constitute violation of the student Code of Conduct and may be referred for disciplinary action.

The Office of Residential Life has undertaken a number of improvements to the residence halls over the past several years. The following guidelines have been established to reduce unnecessary and costly repairs in the future. With your help and cooperation, the physical quality of the residence halls can be sustained and greater capital developments within the residence hall system will be possible.

Each student is responsible for the care and cleaning of their room, suite, or apartment. The room and its furnishings must be kept in presentable condition at all times. It is expected that students will be considerate of University property and will afford it the same care and treatment as their own personal or family property.

Barbecue Events

Because of safety hazards, barbecues are only permitted when approved by a Resident Director and supervised by a Residential Life staff member. Food must be prepared by Aramark Dining Services. Private barbecues are not permitted. Residents are not allowed to keep grills in the residence halls.

Failure to Comply: Work hours, educational sanctions, or fines will be assigned to those who violate this policy.

Bed Risers

Bed frames in any residence hall can be moved around the room in any configuration that works for the student and roommate(s); however, students are not permitted to raise the bed frame off of the ground using bed risers, cinder blocks, etc. If the bed is too high or too low, student may contact Campus Operations at 718-817-3975 to raise/lower the bed using the existing bed frame.


Bicycles may be stored at designated bike racks outside the building or in the Bike Corral at the main parking garage on campus. Bikes are not allowed in student’s rooms or apartments and may not be stored in hallways or other common areas within the halls. For safety reasons and to meet fire codes, bikes must not be attached to stairways, gates, fences or entry/exit areas. Bikes located outside the buildings may only be locked to designated bicycle racks.

All bikes stored on campus should be registered with the Department of Public Safety.

Winter/Spring Breaks

Students living in University housing must abide by the Winter and Spring break closing policy. Students checking out late may be charged $25 per hour.

The residence halls are closed according to the following schedule:

Winter Break

  • BCH and Campbell and Salice-Conley Halls remain open.
  • Walsh Hall closes during the period between Christmas and New Year's Day, opening shortly thereafter. Postings in Walsh Hall will outline these dates and times.
  • All other residence halls close for the entire duration of the break.

Spring Break

  • BCH, Walsh, Campbell and Salice-Conley Halls remain open.
  • All other residence halls close.

Students who need to reside on-campus during a designated break period must contact a staff member and complete a sign-up form in advance. Walsh Hall, Campbell Hall, Salice-Conley Hall, and BCH residents intending to remain in their units must sign up with their residence hall staff at least two weeks before the break begins. Students from other residence halls must find a willing host (who will be present during that time) from the previously mentioned buildings at least two weeks prior to the vacation and submit this information to the Office of Residential Life.

It is not the responsibility of the Residential Life Staff to find housing for students during break periods, but the office will do its best to help the student seek out viable solutions. It is suggested that students prepare their accommodations well in advance.

Students remaining in a residence hall during a recess period and/or those students who ignore posted times by which they must vacate the hall may be charged a weekly fee to help cover staffing and other costs. It is suggested that students take all valuables home during the recess periods. Resident students should also be aware that visitation and overnight guest privileges are suspended during break periods.

Cable Television

The University maintains cable television outlets in the living rooms of suites and in other campus living units. The cost for cable service on a one- television-per-outlet basis is included in room charges for all on-campus residents. In accordance with the cable television contract, the connection of more than one television unit to a single cable outlet by any means is strictly prohibited. Students are asked to be careful with cable service jacks, outlets, molding, and other items. Students will be assessed charges by the Office of Residential Life and may be subject to student conduct action if cable television hardware in a given suite or bedroom is damaged or modified to splice cable service.

Check-In and Check-Out

Check-In: A student moving into the residence hall is responsible for completing their emergency notification via, a key card, and a Room Condition Report (RCR) in cooperation with the Resident Assistant (RA). This report is kept on file in order to track possible damage during the year.

Check-Out: A student, with approval, who changes rooms or leaves the residence hall, is responsible for notifying the RA and the Housing Coordinator at the Office of Residential Life of the departure date. The student must then arrange to check out of his or her assignment with the RA and return his or her keys. Students must remove all personal belongings at the time of check-out; leaving personal belongings in the care of another student is not permitted.

Failure to Comply: Failure to leave the room as it was found will result in a damage assessment and possible disciplinary action. A charge of $15 will be assessed for each unreturned key, and a $35 charge for lock core changes will be assessed if a bedroom or suite door key is not returned. (See KEYS). Students checking out late may be charged $25 per hour. Improper check out will result in a $40 fee on top of any room damage charges and key charges.

Campus Operations

The University provides Campus Operations for the common areas of each residence hall, including lounges, corridors, stairways, and community lavatories. This cleaning is conducted at scheduled times between the hours of 6 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Students are expected to clean their own rooms and suites. This includes bathrooms, kitchens, and living rooms in Finlay Hall, Walsh Hall, O’Hare Hall, Campbell Hall, Salice-Conley Hall, and BCH.

A Resident Director may assign cleaning charges for public areas that have been unnecessarily, excessively, or repeatedly littered or soiled (See RECYCLING). Both the Offices of Residential Life and Campus Operations conduct room inspections to ensure room cleanliness and safety. Students may be fined for the maltreatment of a room or University property. Large-scale damage or soiling of community areas like bathrooms and halls will elicit community or hall/wing/house meetings to discuss the incident and review expectations and community standards. Students may be required to clean soiled areas.

Bed rails for lofted beds are available from Campus Operations upon request.

Data/Internet Jacks

The University installed data outlets in each bedroom to provide individual access to the Internet through a cable modem. The cost for this service is assessed through the Technology Fee. Students are asked to be careful with the jacks, outlets, molding, and other items. Students will be assessed charges by the Office of Residential Life and may be subject to judicial action if data jack hardware is damaged. Students may not have their own wireless access points including routers, which are subject to confiscation.


Room or suite decorations are certainly encouraged as a means of personalizing a living space. However, safety concerns necessarily limit the repertory of acceptable decorations. Because of the fire hazard, tapestries and other hangings on ceilings, in doorways, over lights, from sprinkler heads, or from fire safety equipment are prohibited. Students should use discretion when considering the size of decorative items.

Students should attach memo boards, posters, and similar items to walls or doors using “fun tack.” All "fun tack" installed in living units must be removed from walls upon check-out.

Please keep in mind that students will be billed for any chipping, peeling, or pockmarks that may be sustained to room or suite walls and other surfaces. If a portion of a wall is damaged, the student(s) responsible will be billed for the painting of the entire wall. Nails, thumbtacks, and tape are common causes of these problems. In fact, the use of double-sided tape is not permitted in the residence halls. Nails are never to be used.

Vacating Your Room

At the closing of the residence halls, all residents must clean their rooms and turn in their room keys. Failure to complete these steps will result in the assignment of a closing fine, which will be placed on the student’s bursar account. Residents should not leave trash or extra furniture in their rooms, or non-University property in their room or suite, and they should return all furniture to its original location and position (i.e. lower flipped beds, return couches to the common room, etc.) Failure to do so will result in a closing fine. Failure to turn in all keys at check-out will result in a $15 charge per key and a charge of $35 to cover the cost of a lock core change. Late key returns will be accepted until June 1. All residents returning keys after this date will not be credited. Soon after a room is vacated, Building Operations and Residential Life will conduct an inspection of all rooms or suites. Residents will be held responsible for any damages found during that inspection that were not included on the RCR filed at opening. Failure to depart by the approved dates/times will result in a $25 an hour fine until departure is complete. Improper Check Outs will incur a $40 fine.


Pest control should be everyone’s concern; cleanliness prevents infestation problems. All campus residence halls receive extermination services on a weekly basis for public areas and multiple times a year for student rooms. Off-campus units receive these services only as needed. If you have a problem with pests, call the Office of Building Operations at ext. 4848 to place a work order.

Electrical Appliances

Resident students must limit their choice of electrical appliances to those that are safest and are not likely to overload the electrical system in their residence hall. Acceptable appliances include irons, radios, stereos, small televisions, study lamps, electric razors, hairdryers, personal computers, coffee pots, and hot pots with automatic shutoff elements and enclosed heating units.

Hot plates and other open electrical appliances are not permitted in the residence halls. Halogen lamps, electric blankets without an automatic off switch, deep fryers, indoor grills, deep fat fryers, kerosene or electric or kerosene space heaters, and air conditioners in non-climate controlled residence halls are not permitted except in cases approved for medical reasons and installed by the University. George Foreman-type grills, toasters, toaster ovens, and microwaves are prohibited except in Walsh Hall, Belmont Community Housing, or Campbell and Salice-Conley Halls. Mini refrigerators up to 4.0 cubic feet are allowed in any residence hall where refrigerators are not provided as a part of suite/apartment kitchen. Typically this presents as one mini-refrigerator per room or two less than or equal to 2.0 cubic feet mini-refrigerators per room/apartment. Refrigerators larger than 4.0 cubic feet are only allowed in the kitchens of Walsh Hall, Campbell Hall, Salice-Conley Hall, and Belmont Community Housing units in the form of the provided full-size refrigerator. No other refrigerators are allowed in Walsh Hall, Belmont Community Housing, or Campbell and Salice-Conley Hall. Adapters, which allow many items to be plugged into an outlet at the same time, are prohibited. If extension cords are used, they should be approved and listed with Underwriter Laboratories (UL) and designated "heavy duty." Extension cords may not be hooked together (i.e. multiple cords connected together to generate a longer cord). The use of many electrical appliances at the same time may cause electrical fires. The Office of Residential Life advises the use of surge protectors. The Office of Residential Life does not assume liability for damage caused by electrical surges.

Failure to Comply: Prohibited electrical equipment will be confiscated and a warning, educational sanction, fine, or other student conduct action may be taken.


Elevators are a convenience for all residents in Loschert Hall, Alumni Court South, Loyola Hall, Campbell Hall, Salice-Conley Hall, Finlay Hall, Faber Hall, O’Hare Hall and Walsh Hall. These elevators deserve the best of care, given the fact that large numbers of people depend upon them and use them every day. Overloading or manually holding the doors open will cause the elevators to malfunction. Please observe capacity regulations posted in the elevators and use the "open door" button in order to hold the door. Elevator repairs are expensive and will be assumed by the residents of the building in question in cases of vandalism. Elevators subject to vandalism or misuse may be placed out of operation if necessary.

Campus Operations/Repair Services

The Office of Campus Operations is administered separately from the Office of Residential Life, but this staff is responsible for many of the services you will receive as a resident student this year. The Office of Building Operations is located in Room 106 of Faculty Memorial Hall and is open 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. weekdays. You should call ext. 4848 to complete a work request for the repair of University property or fixtures within your room. Such requests are honored in order of urgency.

Your cooperation with the Building and Campus Operations staffs is important; such efforts make it easier for these personnel to promptly attend to problems and efficiently maintain your building. From time to time, Building Operations staff members require access to student rooms and suites for repair and maintenance purposes. It will not always be possible to notify students in advance of such visits, but staff members will always identify themselves and knock before entering a room.

Furniture/University Property

Students should not appropriate University property for private use in their rooms, apartments, or suites. Lounge furniture and other University property have been purchased for community use and must remain inside the lounge at all times. Students should not place unwanted furniture outside their rooms, as these items block hallways that must remain clear for emergency evacuation. Furniture must remain in the room/apartment, unless special permission is granted by the Office of Residential Life.

Outside furniture is prohibited for space and fire safety reasons; with the exception of small items such as lamps and storage bins/end tables. In addition, students should not tamper with or remove any in-window air conditioning units as this can create a hazard for those outside the building. If students need assistance in this area, they should reach out to Campus Operations. Waterbeds or other water-filled furniture/pools are not allowed.

Failure to Comply: Violators will be given an educational sanction or a $25 fine for the first offense and will be subject to further fines or student conduct sanctions if University property remains in their possession or reappears in personal rooms, suites, or apartments.

Hall Sports

Hall sports are dangerous to participants and bystanders alike. Such activities often result in damage to the residence hall as well. Noise and obstructions negatively impact the community atmosphere of the residence hall. Sports activities in community areas, bedrooms, suites, and apartments are therefore prohibited.

Failure to Comply: Violators will be subject to work hours, educational sanctions, fines, or other student conduct sanctions.

Intent to Vacate

Housing Agreements are binding from August through May. However, circumstances may sometimes necessitate the cancellation of an Agreement after the Fall semester. When this is the case, the Intent to Vacate process must be followed. In November, the Office of Residential Life will distribute information about procedures that enable a resident student to terminate his or her contract prior to January. It is the responsibility of the resident student to complete all the necessary paperwork, meet all deadlines, and complete proper checkout procedures.

Students who terminate their Agreements at this time are also responsible for informing their suitemates or roommates of their intentions to vacate. The Office of Residential Life may not be able to contact roommates during periods of high activity. We encourage continuous communication among roommates and suitemates to avoid misunderstandings.


Each student will be issued a room key and suite key (when applicable), and a front door key (when applicable) upon arrival to the residence hall. Students must return keys to their residence hall staff when they move out of their assignment. A fine of $15 per key will be assigned if a student fails to return room, suite or entrance keys. Students who lose a room or suite key must also pay an additional $35 to cover the cost of replacement for the lock core.

At checkout, credit will not be given for: (1) keys returned after June 1 or (2) keys returned improperly (i.e. mailed to Residential Life or slid under a Resident Assistant's door).

Requests for the replacement of lost keys must be made in person at the Office of Residential Life between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Students need to show proper identification and will be charged $15 per new key and $35 for a lock core change. Students found with duplicate keys or keys other than their own may be subject to fines or student conduct action.

Laundry Facilities

Residence hall 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 that building.


As in life outside the University, students are responsible for carrying their keys at all times. Resident students who are locked out of their rooms on a weekday may sign out a key at the Office of Residential Life (Loschert Hall Basement) from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This key must be promptly returned.

Between the hours of 6 p.m. and 9 a.m. (Sunday evening through Friday morning), the Resident Assistant on duty will honor your lockout request in the Residence Hall Office (RHO). The Resident Assistant on-duty will also be available in his or her room on weekends for lockout services. Lockout policies and procedures for late hours vary by residence hall; you may wish to contact a residence hall staff member about your building's late hours lockout policy.

Students who are repeatedly locked out of their rooms may be subject to fines or judicial action. After the first three lockouts, a student will be given an educational sanction or charged a fine not to exceed $25, which will be placed on the student's bursar account.


Individually constructed lofts, unlike the existing ones in Finlay Hall or in converted triple rooms, are prohibited by law, violate fire codes, and are generally unsafe. In light of these factors, such structures are prohibited in the residence halls. This prohibition includes the creation of lofts through the arrangement of stacked desks, dressers, or other furniture. Any construction that is not University sponsored will be dismantled and repaired at the cost of the student. No cinder blocks or bed risers are allowed in the residence halls.

Lounges/Space Reservations

Lounges and community spaces in the residence halls exist for the benefit of the building's resident students and their residence hall staff. The Office of Residential Life has established guidelines for their use. Registration requests for the use of a lounge must be made in writing to the Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Residential Life. Clubs and organizations are not permitted to use residence hall lounges and may not conduct meetings or other events in the residence halls without permission from the community’s Resident Director.

Moving Carts

A small number of moving carts are owned by the University to assist students moving in and out of the halls at certain time of the year. These carts are provided as a matter of convenience at the beginning and end of each semester when the Resident Assistant is on duty. Please be considerate of other students and return the carts as soon as possible. All carts must be signed out and a form of ID left with the Resident Assistant. Loss of the cart will result in the student having to pay the cost of the cart. Carts should not be given from the student to student, but should be returned to a staff member. Once given a cart, it is your responsibility until returned.


Residential Life relies on the ability to openly communicate and efficiently deliver important information to all residents. Your residence hall staff will, from time to time, announce mandatory floor or house meetings and programs. Students are required to attend such events. Advance notice for such meetings will be given. If you cannot attend the floor meeting or program, arrangements must be made in advance with your RA.

Occupancy Report

Your residence hall staff tracks vacancies in your building. This information would be needed in the event of fire and other emergencies and helps the Office of Residential Life maintain accurate lists and records. Students are therefore required to cooperate with Resident Assistants in accurately completing Occupancy Reports at any time during the semester. Failure to attend mandatory first floor meetings (at which Occupancy Reports are signed) obligate students to seek out their Resident Assistant or the Resident Assistant on Duty.

Failure to Comply: Forging a signature or providing inaccurate information will lead to disciplinary action or dismissal from the residence halls.


While originality is an important value to the residence hall community, it must be limited to spheres of activity that do not include the painting of any University property or facility. This policy includes, but is not limited to, the painting of murals and the hanging of wallpaper or borders.


For the sake of cleanliness and safety in the rooms and hallways, students are not permitted to own, possess, or care for pets or other animals of any kind in the residence halls.

Failure to Comply: Residents found with animals in their custody will be subject to disciplinary action and will be required to immediately remove the pets.


Fordham University has committed itself to New York City's recycling efforts and guidelines. Resident students are in a position to assure or deny University compliance with recycling laws and will, therefore, be held accountable for their actions. The Office of Residential Life hopes you view the recycling policies as ecologically necessary measures.

Each building is equipped with three kinds of refuse receptacles, in garbage rooms as well as some lounges in our residence halls.

The scheme for garbage separation is as follows:

Recyclables (must be washed)

  • Plastic bottles or jugs (detergent, juice, milk, water, etc.)
  • Glass bottles (juice, wine, etc.)
  • Metal cans (tuna, soup, etc.)
  • Aluminum foil trays (pie pans, take-out trays)
  • 5 cent deposit cans and bottles


  • Newspaper, magazines, catalogues
  • Corrugated cardboard, flattened boxes

Trash (all other items)

  • Styrofoam, plastic-coated paper
  • Plastic bags, wrap or film
  • Plastic utensils, trays
  • Cups, bowls, lids, plates
  • Aerosol cans, pump sprays
  • Light bulbs, mirrors, books
  • Smooth gray cardboard, white paper
  • Envelopes and shopping bags

It is the resident student's responsibility (1) to remove trash from his or her room, apartment or suite, (2) to separate the material into the above categories, and (3) to properly dispose of the material in the designated areas. Trash deposited in hallways, bathrooms, or other inappropriate locations will be removed at the cost of the resident(s).

Failure to Comply: Educational sanctions, fines or student conduct measures may be assigned to those who fail to cooperate with the community's recycling efforts. For community billing provisions, see Damage Billing. If a floor, wing, building or area fails to collectively abide with the recycling policy at any given time, a "per person" fine of no less than $5.00 and no more than $50.00 may be assigned.

Room Changes/Roommate Conflicts

Fordham University’s community is one that protects an individual’s rights and ensures that he or she is afforded respect. It is also a community that assigns responsibility to its members. Part of a Fordham education is learning to live with others and this is one of the responsibilities that our community expects its members to uphold. In times when disagreements and conflicts arise, members of the Residence Hall staff are prepared to assist.

In general, when a conflict arises in the room/suite, you should:

  • Make an effort to resolve the conflict yourself. Take the time to share the problem with your roommate(s). If this is an uncomfortable situation or if you run into problems, seek out your Resident Assistant (RA) for advice. The RAs are trained to help with these situations.
  • If your efforts are still unsuccessful, approach your RA about mediating the conflict. RAs are trained to help mediate and can set up a meeting with you and your roommate(s) to help get a dialogue started about the problem. RAs will consult with your hall’s Resident Director (RD) about the mediation. RDs may also conduct more serious mediation themselves.
  • If the above steps are unsuccessful, ask your RD about securing a Room Change. It is the Resident Director who must authorize any room change, and he or she will consult with your RA and with you about your request only after the above-described steps have been taken.
  • Once the RD has come to a decision about whether your request for a room change is warranted, the RD helps you begin the administrative process through the Office of Residential Life. Your RD will do her or his best to come up with an agreeable new living situation for all parties concerned. Please keep in mind that the RD can only entertain requests from students who are themselves interested in moving, not in having others moved on their behalf. Exceptions to this policy are made in situations which Office of Residential Life staff members determine as threatening. In addition, room change requests made for reasons of race, creed, color, religion, age, parental status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, veteran status, disability, or nationality will not be examined.
  • Parents and others concerned with specific roommate conflicts should contact the Office of Residential Life’s Associate Director for Student Conduct. Hall Staff (Resident Assistants and Resident Directors) will refer all queries to the Associate Director. Requests for assistance with roommate conflicts made by parents or others on behalf of students will elicit approach to the student by hall staff. The Associate Director will also answer questions and explain the roommate conflict mediation process. Students seeking authorization for room changes must obtain the Resident Director’s signature on a Room Change Request form. Students should bring the signed document to the Office of Residential Life in order to explore available room options with the Housing Coordinator. When a new room is selected, you must arrange with your new Resident Assistant to complete a check-in RCR and with your former Resident Assistant to complete a checkout RCR. The Housing Coordinator will assign a date for picking up keys to the new assignment. Old keys must be returned promptly. Students moving into a new residence hall must report to the ID Office in Faculty Memorial Hall to update their ID card. (Please bring a copy of your Room Change Form.)

Students may not change bedrooms within a given suite or residence hall without properly applying for and receiving a room change via the Office of Residential Life.

Failure to Comply: Student Conduct sanctions will be allocated against those who have changed their housing units without proper permission from the Resident Director and the Office of Residential Life.

No Room Change requests can be examined between opening day and October 1. This “room freeze” period is set aside so that residents take the time to thoroughly appraise their residence hall environment before making a change. Experience has shown that taking the time to think about a change, to get used to a living situation, and to work on any early disagreements that may arise with roommates is of greater benefit than a quick decision to change housing.

Learning to live in new surroundings and with new people is part of the education Fordham affords. RAs and RDs are trained to help with this educational process. Later, in the weeks before and during Room Selection, room change requests will again be deferred to facilitate the orderly allocation of new housing assignments for the upcoming academic year.

Room Entry

In order to ensure a safe and secure living environment for all students, the University (Residential Life staff, Security, etc.) reserves the right to make reasonable entry to a student’s residence unit without consent for the following purposes:

  • safety inspections, facility repairs, general housekeeping, occupancy/room checks and other similar administrative or operational purposes;
  • evidence of emergency situations such as screams for help or present danger, smoke, fire, flooding, unusual odors;
  • reasonable suspicion of medical emergencies;
  • replacement or movement of University property, including that which has been misappropriated or relocated without authorization;
  • disorderly conduct, unreasonable noise levels, and activities/conduct that are prohibited by the Residential Life Handbook, Student Handbook and Residence Hall Agreement.

Any authorized University official or agent can make entry after knocking and after no response for a reasonable lapse of time.

Room Inspection

Residential life and Building Operations staff members must inspect each residence hall room several times a year. We will do our best to notify you when we will be inspecting rooms, however, we may need to enter your room when you are not present. In addition to the Room Condition Report (RCR), this establishes in writing the physical state of a room or suite at check-in, three mid-year room inspections are conducted by your residence hall staff. The following policy violations may result in fines assessed without a student conduct meeting: presence of unauthorized university property, candles/incense, cable splice, smoking, halogen lamps, dartboards, tapestries, and illegal appliances. The unauthorized appropriation of community property, such as lounge furniture, for personal use in a private room or suite would also constitute grounds for a fine or other judicial sanction. All such fines and charges will be placed on students’ bursar account and students will receive a letter detailing the charges. Fines from violations found in the common areas within the suite will be split among all suite residents; fines from violations found in bedrooms will be split among all bedroom residents.

During the Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Spring Breaks, Resident Assistants (RAs) will perform an inspection of every room and suite. Students will be held responsible for any policy violations, uncleanliness and/or damages to University property that might be identified during these inspections. Should any of these be identified, a follow-up inspection will occur.

Room Selection - Housing

Room Selection occurs each spring to determine the allocation of space for the following year. The established guidelines for obtaining housing are published by the Office of Residential Life early in the spring semester. Watch carefully for notices distributed and posted in the residence halls. To complete your application and enter the room selection process, you must submit the deposit and complete the online housing application by the deadline.

Those students who were not permitted to participate in the Room Selection because of ineligibility, disciplinary reasons, or a late filing of application materials will be assigned a room through the Post-Room Selection.

Room Vacancies

The Central Office staff arranges changes in housing assignments, including the allocation of empty beds. The Housing Coordinator on an ongoing basis will assign any openings in rooms, suites, or apartments to new students. Students living in a unit with an opening may request roommate(s) to assume the empty place(s). When such requests are not submitted to the Housing Coordinator, a new student(s) will be assigned to move-in with resident(s) already living in the unit.

In keeping with the principles of fairness and social concern that guide community living in the residence halls, resident students should welcome new roommates or suitemates. In fact, if a student is found to be difficult with a new roommate or suitemate or actively seeks to create a hostile environment for a new roommate or suitemate, the resident may be subject to disciplinary action, including possible relocation or dismissal. In the event of vacancies in a multi-person occupied room, the remaining students may be required to vacate the current room/suite and be assigned to another room/suite. In such an event, charges and fees may be adjusted accordingly.


The telephone connection fee is $75 per semester. This fee appears as a telecommunication fee separate from the housing bill. All student rooms are configured with one active telephone jack (supporting a telephone or modem/fax) as well as a cable modem /jack. Residents must use their own telephone instruments. Telephones used on the system must be touch-tone and utilize standard MF/outpulsing; any AT&T phone has these options. The university phone service allows students to call other extensions on campus or at the Lincoln Center and Westchester campuses. To call a number off campus, students must call collect or use a calling card.

A Voice Mail Help Line (x5111) has been established to assist with questions regarding Call Forward features, Voice Mail, and Call Waiting.

Damage Assessment and RCRS

Community Living

Fordham University operates its residence hall system under the premise that resident students are a part of a community within the residence hall; resident students are much more than boarders. As members of a residential community, students engage in social interaction, pursue common educational and other goals, and demonstrate concern and sensitivity for their peers.

Social responsibility plays its part in the damage assessment process. If someone damages something and another resident student knows about it, it is the student's responsibility as a member of the building’s community to report the matter to the residence hall staff. The maintenance of a vandalism-free environment is, in the final analysis, the task of individuals living in each building, not a far-off external authority. Resident Assistants (RAs), Desk Assistants (DAs) and Watchman Guards are dedicated to facilitating safety and security within the residence hall, but residents must do their parts by confronting or reporting situations such as the following: strangers in the building, students or others damaging the building, and/or University policy violations, as outlined in this publication or the Student Handbook.

The Process of Damage Assessment - RCR

Each resident student is responsible for examining and signing a Room Condition Report (RCR) upon arrival to the residence halls. The RCR is a record of the conditions of a student’s room or suite at move-in. The form is initially filled out by a Resident Assistant prior to the resident's arrival. At check-in, the student will receive a copy of the RCR. At this time, the student is to examine his or her room, suite, or apartment and compare its conditions with the comments found on the RCR form. If the student feels anything on the form is incorrect or any information about the room's condition is missing, this data should be added to the form. In the event that new data is added to the form, the Resident Assistant must initial next to the new entry to confirm that the damage is present. Within the first 48 hours of arrival, a resident must sign his/her RCR form.

The RCR document protects the student from charges for damages that precede the student’s arrival and ensures that the student can be held responsible for any damages incurred during occupancy. At opening, the Office of Residential Life will distribute a list of approximate costs for the replacement or repair of University fixtures, furniture, and other items. This list of charges is also available at the Office of Residential Life. The charges outlined in this document are subject to change as repair and replacement charges change. These charges may also vary by residence hall, as repair and replacement cost factors vary in each building. General charges are listed at the end of the “Damage Assessment” section of this publication. Copies of contractors’ bills will be made available to students with any questions about the billing process. Fines, in addition to damage charges, may be levied in damage cases that adversely affect the safety of a building. Fire and security equipment is an example of University property that would fall under this mode of protection. Over the course of the academic year, the residence hall staff conducts several inspections of student rooms and suites. These inspections will usually be announced a few days in advance. Residents need not be present at the time of inspection. Staff members will note any damage as well as illegal appliances (as defined in this publication), pets, excessive uncleanliness, etc. Damage charges and/or student conduct fines will be placed on the student’s bursar account.

Following these inspections, Campus Operations may employ contractors to correct or repair any damages. If damage occurs in a room or suite during the semester, it must be reported to a Resident Assistant immediately. He or she will work with all of the residents in the room or suite to identify the individual(s) responsible for the damage.

Immediately following the closing of the residence hall in the Spring, Building Operations, Campus Operations, and Residential Life personnel will conduct a round of closing inspections. Students will be held responsible for damages found in this round of inspections that are not cited on the opening RCR. All residents assigned to the room or suite area are responsible for any damage found. If specific individuals are responsible, they must submit a letter to the Administrative Manager claiming complete responsibility, otherwise every resident will be billed an equal amount. Residents will be billed for damages found in the room to which they have been officially assigned. Any room changes must be reported to and approved by the Office of Residential Life.

Residents are not given the option of executing their own repairs to University rooms or suites. Spackling, painting, re-carpeting, carpentry, and other repairs are to be conducted by University contractors or staff only. Anyone attempting unauthorized repairs in a suite or room will be charged the full cost of replacement or repair of the item(s) in question, regardless of the progress of the undertaking.

Community Billing

If a student or group of students can be identified as responsible, in whole or in part, for any act of vandalism against community or University property, they will be held accountable for damage charges. Stairwells, lobbies, entrance doors, lounges, laundry rooms, offices, basements, and elevators are examples of community areas. If a specific individual or group cannot be identified as the cause of physical damage to a residence hall, the assessments must be made against all individuals living in or near the area in question. For purposes of community billing, “area” is defined as building, house, wing, floor, suite, or room, depending on the circumstances and the residence hall. For example, if there is anonymous damage to a bathroom in a clearly defined wing, all individuals living on that wing will be charged standard or actual repair costs and a punitive fine. In cases of floors with no clearly defined wings, the entire floor will be billed.

Residents who damage community areas of a residence hall are strongly encouraged to present themselves to the residence hall staff and accept responsibility for their actions, thereby sparing their peers of unfair and unnecessary costs. Any resident who does come forward in such a manner may be billed solely for the cost of replacement or repair of the property in question.

Upon discovery of community damage or vandalism, the residents of the area in question will be informed of the activation of the community billing process through fliers posted throughout the area. The fliers will cite a deadline for the presentation of any evidence to the residence hall staff. If no individual(s) accepts responsibility by the date posted on these fliers, applicable fines and/or charges, as outlined in fliers, will be distributed among all the residents of the area.

Resident students may be required to attend a mandatory wing, floor, or building meeting called by a Resident Assistant (RA) or Resident Director (RD) for purposes of addressing ongoing vandalism or damage patterns or incidents and to review community standards. Repeated acts of vandalism by unidentified parties may result in the allocation of work hours or other judicial sanctions against every resident of an area. Non-cooperation or obstruction of an investigation of an incident of vandalism may result in judicial sanctions ranging from residence halls probation to dismissal from the residence halls.

The Assistant Director of Residential Life for Housing Operations welcomes your ideas on facilitating a damage-free living environment.


Billing for damage assessments will take place after inspections, after the closing of the residence halls in the Spring, or on an as-needed basis. If a student leaves mid-semester the billing will occur at the end of that Fall semester. All charges will be placed directly on the student’s bursar account; bills will be sent to the student’s permanent address. Appeals for damage charges should be forwarded to the Administrative Manager for Damage Billing at

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