An environment that is conducive to living, learning and personal growth requires an atmosphere of cooperation among residents and a respect for self, others, and property. The policies and procedures listed below are designed to ensure that the residential experience is a positive one. While the residential life staff assumes some of the responsibility for educating residents about these regulations and enforcing them, ultimate responsibility for compliance rests with every resident. The privilege of living in the Residence Hall requires that residents exercise good judgment and self-discipline by taking responsibility for their decisions and their behavior, as well as for creating and supporting a pleasant living environment.
All residents and guests of the Residence Halls are required to observe the policies and procedures of the Office of Residential Life, including but not limited to those policies and procedures found in the Residential Life Handbook, Lincoln Center Student Handbook, the Residence Hall Agreement, and the University Code of Conduct. 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. 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. Students who choose not to respect the established guidelines will be subject to disciplinary action and may be asked to leave the Residence Hall. Residents who incur repeated violations will be liable for serious disciplinary action. Any violation of the regulations published in the Residential Life Handbook is also a violation of the University Code of Conduct, as stated in the Student Handbook.
“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, The President of Fordham University
The primary goal of Fordham’s alcohol policy is to promote an environment in which the misuse of alcohol is not tolerated. This goal can best be achieved by campus-wide involvement in comprehensive and ongoing alcohol education awareness programs. A Fordham University education also includes due respect for the laws of the State of New York. The University cannot condone or remain neutral to the flouting of state laws. Further, all members of the University community must recognize that the campus is not a sanctuary from the laws of the State of New York. Each student, therefore, must assume full personal responsibility for his or her compliance with the New York State Alcoholic Beverage Control Law, the New York General Obligations Law, and with the University policy on alcohol.
Students who procure alcoholic beverages for, or who serve alcoholic beverages to underage persons, who falsify documents, or who contribute in any way to illegal alcohol consumption, are not conducting themselves in a responsible manner. Further, a student who contributes in any way, however minor, to the intoxication of another person may be held personally liable for any injury or damage that the intoxicated person causes or in which he or she becomes involved.
Effective Dec. 1, 1985, New York State amended its laws and statutes concerning use of alcoholic beverages by persons under 21 years of age. Since the University is chartered by New York State, it is the University’s obligation to make every reasonable effort to ensure that the state law is observed on University property and at any University-sponsored events off campus. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted on University property except as specified in this policy. Only students and their guests who are 21 years of age or older may purchase, possess or consume alcoholic beverages on University property as specified in this policy. Please refer to the Student Handbook to review New York State law. All residents of the Lincoln Center Residence Halls are bound to observe the Fordham University Alcohol Policy.
Violations of the alcohol policy, whether they occur on or off campus, include, but are not limited to, the following:
- No person under the age of 21 may possess, consume, purchase, or be in the presence of alcohol.“Possession” means having an alcoholic beverage under one’s charge or control. University staff possesses the authority to require any person to show legal proof of age.
- Students age 21 or older may not possess or consume alcohol in McKeon Hall.
- In rooms/apartments where all residents are over 21, individuals of legal drinking age may possess and/or consume alcohol in their rooms, provided all roommates and suitemates, present or absent, are of legal drinking age. All guests and students under the legal drinking age may not be in the presence of alcohol in the residence hall. The purchase, sale, distribution, consumption, association with, being in presence of, or possession of alcoholic beverages by any residents or guests, regardless of age, is prohibited in apartments where any resident is under 21.
- Fordham University prohibits inappropriate behavior that is a direct result of alcohol consumption. Any student who is observed to be intoxicated may be found in violation of the alcohol policy.
- The University prohibits the possession of items used for common distribution of alcohol on leased or owned university property. Such items include, but are not limited to, kegs and party balls. Kegs or beer balls, full or empty, along with all associated hardware are prohibited in every residence hall and will be permanently confiscated. Students in possession of such material will receive a $250 fine per keg or beer bong per person, and will be placed on residence hall probation or dismissed from residential life.
- Drinking games and rapid consumption techniques and devices (e.g. funnels, shot glasses, beer pong tables, bars, bar signs, 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), or charging a fee when hosting parties. Possession of empty alcohol containers, even for decorative purposes, is prohibited.
- The University prohibits the possession and consumption of alcohol within public areas and administrative and academic buildings, without permission from the Dean of Students or his designated representative. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed in the lounges, hallways and any other public areas of the Residence Halls.
- It is prohibited for an underage student to be in the presence of any other person legally or illegally possessing, consuming or selling alcoholic beverages, except when authorized at a registered event.
- It is prohibited for anyone over the age of twenty-one to consume/possess alcoholic beverages in the presence of individuals under the age of twenty-one, except when authorized at a registered event.
- Students are not permitted to provide alcohol to any person who is underage. For purposes of this regulation, “provide” means to sell, lend, give, make available, exchange, barter, or furnish in any way. The student social host policy will apply if alcohol is available in the room. Thus, the host is also responsible for misconduct if he/she passively allows prohibited alcohol use to occur within his/her room.
- Individuals who are 21 years of age or older may possess and consume beverages containing alcohol in their rooms in University residential units or at officially-sponsored events. However, conduct resulting from the consumption of alcohol that is in any way illegal or in violation of any other policy is prohibited.
- Students are not permitted to possess, conspire to obtain, use, produce, sell or distribute false identification or identification that alters one’s age.
- Students are not permitted to host an unregistered party as determined by your residence hall staff and evidenced by such factors as the presence of alcohol, excessive noise, or the number of persons present. In the interest of health and safety, parties that have not been duly organized according to the policies outlined in the Private Party Registration policy are prohibited and any alcohol found in the room or suite will be confiscated and/or disposed of by the host student.
- Large amounts of alcohol are not allowed in private rooms and excessive amounts of alcohol may be confiscated at the discretion of the Residence Hall staff. Residents may not have more than one case of beer (or its equivalent) per person assigned to the room.
Alcohol and Other Drug Education Opportunities
The Alcohol and Other Drug Education (AODE) Program operates within the Division of Student Affairs and oversees comprehensive substance abuse prevention at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center campus. Prevention initiatives include education, environmental management and early intervention strategies. Each component is part of an integrated approach that is science-based as well as student centered. For more information, please contact:
Kelsey Thomas, Assistant Director for AODE| Lowenstein room 408
212-636-6250 | email@example.com | www.fordham.edu/aode
Educational and Referral Services
The AODE program is designed to provide individual and population targeted interventions that focus on the reduction of high-risk use of alcohol and other drugs. Individual focused interventions provided by AODE includes the Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS) program, which offers reflective exercises, assessments and personalized feedback sessions to students who violate the University’s alcohol and other drug policy. These interventions are designed to enhance awareness and understanding of personal behaviors and perceptions related to substance use, and develop strategies to reduce the risks associated with the use of alcohol and other drugs.
The goal of the AODE program is to unite faculty, administrators, students and staff alike in creating an environment that fosters healthy lifestyles and reduces the risks associated with alcohol and drug abuse. The program is dedicated to the Jesuit tenet Cura Personalis by helping each student reach his/her potential, both academically and personally. It is believed that the years a student spends in college builds a foundation for career and involvement choices, as well as forming relationship networks. This idea is at the core of the AODE program’s prevention and intervention methods.
Students also play a vital role in the prevention effort. In the Fall, the Office of Alcohol and Other Drug Education will be forming a student wellness committee, responsible for programming with a distinct focus on healthy decision making, social responsibility and general wellness in all aspects of life including relationship health, substance use, sleep hygiene, exercise and nutrition. All students are welcome to join this committee as well as participate in any of their programs.
For more information, please visit our website at: www.fordham.edu/aode for free and confidential alcohol and marijuana online screening and feedback programs, or to learn more about information about the resources, staff and services provided by the Alcohol and Other Drug Education Program at Fordham University.
Because of the fire hazard, barbecues are only permitted when hosted by Aramark and approved and supervised by a Residential Life staff member. Private grills or hibachi barbecues are not permitted for use in the residence hall.
Bicycles, Skateboards, and Scooters
Bicycles, skateboards, and scooters should remain in your residence hall room or be secured to designated racks when not in use and serial numbers should be registered with the University’s Security Office. Due to the threat of injury to pedestrians, bicycles, skateboards, and scooters may not be ridden on campus. Bicycles, skateboards, and scooters are not permitted to be kept in lounges or the lobby, nor should they block building exits, stairways, or hallways. The University assumes no responsibility for bicycles, skateboards, and scooters that are stolen, lost, or damaged while on University property. Motorized scooters are not permitted in the residence halls.
Bulletin Boards and Posting
Throughout the year, notices containing information pertinent to resident students are posted in high-traffic areas. In addition, emails are sent out that reinforce the information found on bulletin boards and postings. All students are urged to read and be aware of these notices. Students who post notices in the Residence Hall must follow the University standards of posting as required by the Office of Student Activities. A full listing of policies is stated in the Lincoln Center Student Handbook. Posters or other signs that have not been approved for posting by the Office of Student Leadership and Community Development or the Office of Residential Life, or which have been placed in inappropriate locations, will be removed, and disciplinary action and/or fines may be levied against the individual or organization responsible. All McMahon and McKeon Hall postings must be left with the Office of Residential Life for distribution. Self-postings in the residence hall are not allowed.
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 judicial action if cable television hardware in a given suite or bedroom is damaged or modified to splice cable service. Do not create tripping hazards within your apartment.
|Channel ||Network || ||Channel ||Network |
|2 ||CBS || ||33 ||BET |
|4 ||NBC || ||34 ||Discovery |
|5 ||FOX || ||35 ||AMC |
|6 ||Channel Guide || ||36 ||C-SPAN2 |
|7 ||ABC || ||37 ||ESPNEWS |
|9 ||MY9TV || ||38 ||ESPN Classic |
|10 ||Library Access Channel || ||39 ||MSG+ |
|11 ||CW/PIX 11 || ||40 ||C-SPAN |
|12 ||Univision || ||41 ||FOX News |
|13 ||PBS || ||42 ||CBS HD |
|14 ||A&E || ||44 ||NBC HD |
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|16 ||CNN || ||46 ||MTVU |
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|18 ||TRUTV || ||48 ||Bravo |
|19 ||TBS || ||49 ||MY9TV HD |
|20 ||MTV || ||50 ||WLIW |
|21 ||TNT || ||51 ||PIX 11 HD |
|22 ||TLC || ||52 ||History |
|23 ||ABC Family || ||53 ||NFL Network |
|24 ||Comedy Central || ||54 ||SNY |
|25 ||Nickelodeon || ||59 ||Food Network |
|26 ||Weather Channel || ||60 ||Food Paradise |
|27 ||MSG || ||61 ||Cartoon Network |
|28 ||ESPN2 || ||63 ||WE TV |
|29 ||USA || ||73 ||FX |
|30 ||Lifetime || ||85 ||HBO |
|31 ||VH-1 || ||86 ||HBO2 |
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Candles and Incense
Due to fire hazard, burning or possession of candles or incense is not allowed in the Residence Hall. Candles or incense found in a residence hall room are subject to confiscation and will be discarded. Violators are subject to disciplinary action and/or a minimum $50 fine per person.
Check-in and Check-out
A student moving into the Residence Hall is responsible for completing an emergency notification card via University portal and a room condition report (RCR) in cooperation with Residential Life policy. Please take the time to thoroughly document your apartment. This report is kept on file.
A student changing rooms with approval, leaving the Residence Hall, or for May closing, is responsible for notifying the Resident Assistant of his or her departure date. The student must then arrange a meeting with a staff member of Residential Life to assess the condition of the apartment/room or follow proper check out procedure. A Room Condition Report (RCR) must be completed with a Residential Life staff member (not a security staff member) unless otherwise communicated. Residents will be held responsible for any damages found during inspection that were not included on the RCR filed at opening.
Residents should clean their rooms, discard trash, remove extra furniture and/or non-University property from their room or suite, and should return all furniture to its original location and position (i.e. return couches and chairs to common room, etc.). If you are the first to leave, clean your apartment/room and/or make arrangements.
Failure to leave the room in the condition in which it was found will result in a damage assessment and possible disciplinary action. Failure to complete these steps in May will result in the assignment of a closing fine, which will be placed on the student’s bursar account. Students failing to check out properly, including cleaning the suite, turning in the room key, meeting with an Office of Residential Life staff member, and completing an RCR, will be fined $100, in addition to any damage or lost key charges. Students who do not submit their room key are not considered officially checked out and may be subject to additional Residential Life charges. Students must move out on the date and time assigned by the Office of Residential Life. Students may only move out prior to the date assigned if they are vacating the Residence Hall. Students checking out late may be charged $25 per hour.
University IDs will be deactivated at the end of each academic year.
Condoning, supporting, or encouraging a violation of university policy is considered a violation of Residential Life 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.
The University provides data outlets in each bedroom and WiFi throughout the building to provide individual access to the internet. The cost for this service is assessed through the Technology Fee. Students are asked to be careful with the jacks, outlets, molding, and other data equipment in their rooms. 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 personal router access points, and will be charged a monetary fine if found having them. If you have any questions or concerns with Internet service, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Drones-Use of Unmanned Aircraft System
Any use of a UAS/DRONE in, from, or above Fordham University's buildings, campuses, or properties is strictly prohibited except under the following circumstances: Commercial or Official institutional use.
The use of commercially owned drones is permitted only for educational or research purposes. All commercial, contract or University owned UAS:
- Must comply with all federal (FAA), State of New York and New York City laws;
- Must provide proof of a Special Airworthiness Certificate/Restricted Category/Section 333 Waiver or Authorization (COA) for civil aircraft;
- Any commercial use must provide a certificate of specific dron use insurance naming Fordham University as additional insured with a minimum of $5 million in general liability insurance;
- Must not operate over areas where people assemble, sports venues/fields/arenas, or areas of construction;
- Must not photograph or video where anyone would have a reasonable expectation of privacy;
- Must obtain permission from the Department of Public Safety, at least 48 hours in advance;
- Must provide Department of Public Safety a flight plan, including the date, time, location, duration and purpose for the flight and name of the UAS operator.
- Any hobby or recreational use is not permitted."
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 drug 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, and hollowed out cigars.
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 ministers are available for such help.
Safety concerns also mandate that only certain electrical appliances are allowed in the Residence Halls. Acceptable appliances include: iron, radio, stereo, TV, microwave oven, electric razor, hair-dryer, personal computer and coffee pot. Unacceptable electrical appliances and other electrical devices include: mini- fridges (small refrigerators) in McMahon Hall, hot plates and other open element electrical appliances, halogen lamps and space heaters. McKeon Hall residents are permitted to have mini-fridges. Prohibited electrical equipment will be confiscated and a warning of further disciplinary action will be given.
If extension cords are used they should be UL approved and of a “heavy duty” quality. The use of many electrical items at the same time may cause fires. Since electrical surges may occur periodically, the Office of Residential Life recommends the use of surge protectors and does not assume liability for damage caused by electrical surges. Students will be charged for removal of any appliances left behind.
Elevators are for the convenience of all residents. Because of extensive use, they deserve great care. Overloading, manually holding the doors open, and jumping in the elevator while it is in transit will cause elevators to shut down. Please use the “open door” button to hold the door. Elevator repairs are expensive and in cases of vandalism residents will be responsible for repair costs. Fines from $300 to $700 will be assessed for residents caught jumping while the elevator is in transit.
All residents are expected to enter and exit their respective buildings through the lobby on the first floor or the plaza level entrance when it is open. All guests should be accompanied by a resident and must enter and exit the residence hall through the lobby on the first floor of either building.
Explosives and Weapons
All weapons, knives, firearms, ammunition, hunting arrows, potentially injurious war souvenirs, explosives, fireworks, firecrackers, highly flammable materials, and dangerous chemicals are prohibited in the Residence Halls. Possession or use of such explosives or weapons will result in confiscation and disciplinary action.
Failure to Comply
Students who fail to meet deadlines or to comply with the requirements of sanctions of previous judicial incidents will be found responsible for this violation and may be placed on probation or be subject to a more serious sanction. Students who fail to comply with hearing officer requests to attend hearings or who fail to comply with judicial sanctions may receive additional fines.
The Fitness Center, located on the second floor of McMahon Hall, is equipped with weight equipment, treadmills, and elliptical machines. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends. All faculty, administrators, staff, and students are welcome to use the fitness center. Guests are not allowed. All fitness center users are required to have their ID in their possession. The Fitness Center will be closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:45 - 11:30 a.m. for scheduled cleaning.
Hall sports are prohibited in the Residence Halls. These activities in a residential community may be dangerous to other persons and can result in considerable damage to the Residence Hall, including the fire safety equipment. The resultant noise and obstructions may also negatively impact the community.
All University employees and students are to be treated with respect. Use of abusive language, including but not limited to profanity and threats, or unwanted physical contact are considered harassment and will be dealt with severely as violations of both the Office of Residential Life and University policies. Please refer to the Lincoln Center Student Handbook for further information. All disciplinary cases involving harassment of staff will be handled by the Director or Assistant Director of Residential Life.
Holiday lights of any kind are not permitted to be displayed in the Residence Halls at any point in the year due to hazardous conditions. Students will be fined up to $25.
Housing Lottery and Assignments
A lottery is held 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, posted in the residence halls and communicated via email. To complete your application and enter the lottery process, you must submit the deposit by the deadline. Those residents who were not permitted to participate in the Housing Lottery because of ineligibility, disciplinary reasons, or a late filing of application materials may be assigned a room through the Overflow Lottery process.
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.
Students are required to have their University identification cards with them at all times and are required to surrender IDs to any authorized University official upon request. Resident student ID cards are programmed to allow them access to their respective building. McKeon resident ID cards also allow them access to the residential floors of the hall. ID cards are to be used only by the student to whom the card was issued. Students are not allowed to give their ID cards to another student or guest in order to facilitate unauthorized entry into the building.
Each student will be issued a room key upon check-in. Students must return keys to residence hall staff when they move out or a fine of $25 per key will be issued. A student who loses a key may have to pay a $60 charge to have the lock changed. Replacement keys may be requested by filling out a work order online (www.fordham.edu/reslifelc). During the end of the year checkout, credit will not be given for keys returned after designated move out dates, or for keys returned improperly, such as being slid under the RA’s door, given to security, or mailed to the Office of Residential Life. Students found with duplicate keys may be subject to disciplinary action and a fine. Students will be charged $25 for keys not returned during the check-out process.
The McMahon Hall laundry rooms are located on the 2nd, 10th, and 16th floors. The McKeon Hall laundry room is located on the 11th floor. It is advised that all students watch their clothing while it is in the laundry room. In consideration of fellow residents, all clothes should be promptly removed upon completion of the wash or dry cycles. The University is not responsible for lost items left in the laundry room unattended. In an effort to maintain a clean, orderly facility, items left over one week will be removed and donated. Problems with equipment should be reported online using the work order form.
It is a student’s responsibility to carry his/her key at all times. Students who find themselves locked out of their room may come to the Office of Residential Life from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday to be allowed access to the room. From 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Friday and 10 to 2 a.m. on weekends, the RA on duty will handle lockouts. At other times, see security at the front desk. Students who have repeated lockouts may be subject to disciplinary sanctions or fines. After the first 3 lockouts, the student will be charged a fine of $25. Excessive lockouts are subject to additional fines.
McKeon Hall has lounges on each floor. However, the lounges on the 18th and 20th floors are designated quiet lounges for the purpose of individual study. Special lounges include the Dance Studio on the 12th Floor, Game Lounge on the 14th floor, Movie Lounge on the 16th floor, Mini Kitchen on the 17th floor, and full kitchen on the 22nd floor.
McMahon Hall has four lounges. The lounges on the 5th and 17th floors are quiet lounges designated for individual study. The lounges on the 8th and 14th floors are soft lounges.
Around-the clock “consideration hours” are in effect in all lounges. Light fixtures, bulbs, and furniture are not to be removed from the lounges. Fines will be issued to those students found in possession of lounge furniture. Additionally, no alcoholic beverages may be served or consumed in any lounge regardless of age.
All resident mail for students living in McMahon and McKeon Halls will be delivered directly to the campus mailroom, located in McMahon Hall. Each student will share a mailbox with his or her roommates. All mail should be addressed as follows:
155 West 60th Street, (Student’s Room Number)
New York, NY 10023
Residents receiving packages will receive a text message when their package has arrived. In order to retrieve packages,students must present their Fordham ID to the mailroom clerk. Students can contact the mail room at x7117 and the package room at x7848. While we do not encourage parents to mail monetary gifts, we do ask that any gifts with monetary value should be sent via certified mail in order to track said mail. We are not responsible for any untraceable letters or packages.
Your residence hall staff will, from time to time, announce mandatory floor meetings and programs. Students are required to attend such events as important information about residential life policies and procedures will be discussed. Advance notice for such meetings will be given when possible. If you cannot attend the floor meeting or program, arrangements must be made in advance with your RA.
Moral Growth and Responsibility
The faculty, students, staff, and administrators of Fordham University are informed by the Jesuit, Catholic tradition of responsible moral living. Residence hall life 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. Cohabitation may lead to sanctions ranging from Residence Hall probation to dismissal from the Residence Hall.
Moving carts are owned by the University to assist students in moving in and out of the Residence Hall. These carts are provided as a matter of convenience during hours when the Office of Residential Life or the RA Office is open. Please be considerate of other students and return the carts within one hour. All carts must be signed out and your Fordham ID left with a Residential Life staff member.
Noise Consideration/Quiet Hours/Amplified Noise
Fordham promotes an environment conducive to study in the Residence Halls at all times of the day and night. To assist in maintaining this environment, resident students must therefore make every effort to respect the right of other individuals to study. An around-the-clock consideration policy exists, and quiet hours are enforced between 11 p.m. and 9 a.m., Sunday through Thursday, and between 1 a.m. and 9 a.m., Friday and Saturday. Maintaining these policies is the responsibility of all students. Staff members are available for enforcement when residents’ efforts are unsuccessful in resolving a situation. Stereo speakers and audio equipment may not be aimed out of the windows and doorways because of disruption to others. Any noise clearly heard beyond the confines of a student’s room represents a breach of the consideration policy. There is a minimum $25.00 fine for noise violations, or an equivalent educational sanction, with the possibility of further disciplinary action and removal of stereo speakers or audio equipment.
Fordham University reaffirms its policy of non-discrimination. The University is an academic institution that, in compliance with federal, state and local laws, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, age, gender, national origin, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, alienage or citizenship status, veteran status, or disability.
No otherwise qualified person shall be discriminated against in any program or activities of the University because of disability. Likewise, no person shall be discriminated against on the basis of sex. A compliance officer is available to address any complaints alleging discrimination on the basis of disability or sex. Georgina Arendacs may be contacted in the Office of Legal Counsel, Administration Building, Room 223, Rose Hill Campus, or by phone at 718-817-3112. Fordham University does not knowingly support or patronize any organization that engages in discrimination.
Occupancy Reports are completed by Residential Life staff in order to keep an accurate list of residents. This information is also required by law for use in the event of fire or other emergencies. Students are required to cooperate with Resident Assistants in completing this report at any time during the year. Failure to attend mandatory first floor meetings (at which Occupancy Reports may be completed) obligate students to seek out their Resident Assistant or the Resident Assistant on duty. Providing inaccurate information will lead to disciplinary action.
No parties will be permitted in McKeon Hall. To sponsor a party at which alcohol will be served in McMahon Hall, an event registration form must be completed and returned to the RD at least seven days in advance. If approved by the RD, the following apply:
- Sponsors must meet with the RD to discuss state laws, the Office of Residential Life and University policies and additional responsibilities.
- The RD will decide if an event is appropriate and establish guidelines pertaining to acceptable quantities of food, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
- Kegs and beer balls (full or empty) are prohibited in the Residence Hall and will be confiscated. Students in possession of such materials will receive a $250 fine per keg or beer ball and may be placed on probation or dismissed from the Residence Hall.
- There may be 3 guests for every 1 person assigned to an apartment, with a maximum of 9 guests in a 3 person 3 bedroom suite, 12 guests in a 4-6 person 2 bedroom suite or a 4 person 3 bedroom suite, and 18 guests in a 6-9 person 3 bedroom suite. All hosts are responsible for the behavior of their guests.
- The host(s) agree(s) to abide by all regulations listed on the party registration form.
- Failure to abide by the Office of Residential Life policies regarding the use of alcoholic beverages is considered a violation of the University Code of Conduct.
- If other Residential Life and/or University regulations are allegedly violated because a student is under the influence of alcohol, a judicial hearing will be conducted both for the incident itself and for the alcohol policy violation.
- All illegal use of alcohol will result in its confiscation and disposal by Security or Residential Life staff and further sanctions, which may include but not be limited to disciplinary reprimand, work hours, and Residence Hall probation.
- Anyone with an open container of alcohol in a public area will face disciplinary action.
For the sake of cleanliness and safety, residents are not permitted to have pets or animals of any kind, including fish and reptiles, in the Residence Hall. Residents found with animals in their custody will be subject to disciplinary action and will be required to immediately remove the pet. Any students found with a pet will be charged a $350 fine.
Public safety is responsibility shared by the entire University community. Resident students have a special responsibility to keep apartment and bedroom doors and bolts locked at all times, and to deny entrance to unauthorized individuals. Residents should immediately notify the Residential Life staff and Public Safety of any suspicious person or other emergency in the building. A security guard provides coverage twenty-four hours per day for the Residence Halls. The security guards greet students and guests and check their ID’s. The security guard will be supervised by the Public Safety Department, but will work in conjunction with the Residential Life staff members. Resident students must show their ID to gain entry into the residence hall. Public Safety staff can be contacted at all times at x7111.
The rock garden and the McMahon Hall meeting rooms may be reserved for special functions sanctioned by the University through the Office of Residential Life. Individuals reserving any spaces must provide contact information when reserving this space. The Office of Residential Life reserves the right to hold these rooms, when needed. Meeting rooms must be returned to their original conditions. No smoking is permitted. The first floor meeting room, McMahon Hall room 109 may be reserved for functions sanctioned by the University. Reservation of the first floor meeting room is handled through the Conferences Services Office for day events. Evening events in room 109 are reserved for student events through the Office of Residential Life; room is used as is. No alcoholic beverages may be served or consumed in any lounge or in the rock garden.
Roofs, Balconies, and Unauthorized Areas
In the interest of safety, resident students and their guests are prohibited from entering the roof and restricted areas of the residence halls. 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 lounge amenities and laundry facilities are funded by the residents of the building. Access to these facilities is limited to resident students living in the hall. Violation of this regulation may result in dismissal from the Residence Hall.
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) or Resident Freshmen Mentor (RFM) for advice. The RA/RFMs are trained to help with these situations and have the experience of living in the halls behind them.
- If your efforts are still unsuccessful, approach your RA/RFM about mediating the conflict. Staff members 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. RA/RFM will consult a Resident Director (RD) about the mediation. RDs may also conduct more serious mediations themselves.
- If the above steps are unsuccessful, ask your RA/RFM about securing a Room Change. The RA/RFM can describe the process and contact the Resident Director. It is the Resident Director who must authorize any room change, and he or she will consult with your RA/RFM 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 if a room change is approved. Your RD will do his or her 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 to be threatening. In addition, room change requests made for reasons of race, creed, color, religion, age, parental status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, veteran status, disability, and/or nationality will not be examined. If a room change is granted to students, all residents with new suitemates must complete a Suitemate Agreement Form that can be obtained through their Resident Assistant.
Parents and others concerned with specific roommate conflicts should contact the student’s Resident Director. Requests for assistance with roommate conflicts made by parents or others on behalf of students will result in staff approaching the student. The Resident Director will also answer questions and explain the roommate conflict mediation process. Students seeking authorization for room changes must obtain the Resident Director’s approval and should explore available room options with him or her. When a new room is selected, the student must arrange with his/her new Resident Assistant to complete a check-in RCR and with his/her former Resident Assistant to complete a check-out RCR.
Students may not change bedrooms within a given suite or anywhere in the building without properly applying for a room change with the Office of Residential Life. Judicial 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. A roommate responsible for creating conflict through inconsiderate actions or harassment will be subject to disciplinary action and a possible mandatory room change.
No Room Change requests will be examined during the first four weeks of the semester. 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, RFMs, and RDs are trained to help with this educational process. Later, in the weeks before and during Housing Lottery, room change requests will again be deferred to facilitate the orderly allocation of new housing assignments for the upcoming academic year.
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, noxious 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 Office of Residential Life Handbook, Student Handbook or Residence Hall Agreement.
Entry can be made by any authorized University official or agent after knocking and after no response for a reasonable lapse of time. Residential Life and facilities staff members must inspect each residence hall 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. Students will be held responsible for uncleanliness, damages, or policy violations found during these inspections. The following policy violations may result in fines assessed without a judicial hearing: presence of unauthorized university property, candles/incense, cable splice, smoking, halogen lamps, dartboards, tapestries, and illegal appliances. All such fines and charges will be placed on students’ bursar accounts and students will receive a notice detailing the charges. Fines from violations found in the common areas within the suite will be issued to all suite residents; fines from violations found in bedrooms will be issued to all bedroom residents.
Changes in housing assignments, including the allocation of empty beds, are arranged through the Associate Director for Housing Operations. Any openings in rooms/apartments will be assigned to new students on an on-going basis. Students living in a unit may request roommate(s) to assume any empty space(s); however, a request is not a guarantee such moves will occur. In keeping with the principles of fairness and social concern that guide community living in a residence hall, resident students should welcome new roommates/suitemates. If a student is found to be difficult with a new roommate/suitemate or actively seeks to create a hostile environment for such people, the student may be subject to disciplinary action, including possible relocation or dismissal.
Second Floor Access for Non-Residents in McMahon Hall
Access to the Fitness Center, the Counseling Center and Health Center in McMahon Hall are via stairway A, located in the east wing of the building.
All individuals seeking access to McMahon Hall residential facilities should enter through the first floor entrance, including McMahon Hall residents with valid ID. Non-resident students using the lounge or exercise room cannot gain entry to the building via the second floor elevators. Please respect this security setup, the purpose is to keep non-residents out of the residential section of the building.
Smoking and E-Cigarettes
Smoking is prohibited in all Fordham University buildings. This includes 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. Clove, beedee cigarettes, and cigars are prohibited. Smoking paraphernalia, such as ashtrays and hookahs are prohibited. E-cigarettes are permitted in the residence hall, but should not be smoked inside any Fordham University building. To implement and enforce this policy, common courtesy and consideration towards others should be exercised. Smokers should show consideration towards individuals entering McMahon Hall when smoking under the awning entrance to McMahon Hall at 155 West 60th Street. When smoking outside, please do not litter, and properly dispose of your cigarette butts. Failure to comply will result in verbal or written warnings, educational sanctions, or fines ($50). Repeated violations could result in dismissal from the residence halls.
It is the responsibility of any student who hosts a visitor or guest on campus to insure 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.
No solicitors, sales people, or agents, whether students or others, are permitted to personally contact students for commercial purposes except when authorized by the University. In these cases, permission must be obtained from the Office of Residential Life. Students are not allowed to use their rooms for commercial purposes. Additionally, students may not post fliers on room doors or visit rooms for advertising or promotional purposes (i.e. promoting parties or websites).
The telephone connection fee is included in the room rate for all on-campus residence halls. All student rooms are configured with one active telephone jack (supporting a telephone or modem/fax). If residents wish to connect and use the telephone system, they must provide their own telecommunications device. 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 Rose Hill campus. To call a number off campus, students must call collect or use a calling card.
Theft and Damage to Personal Property
Money, clothing, and valuables can be stolen from Residence Hall rooms that are left unoccupied and unlocked. The University cannot be responsible for any loss due to theft, fire, vandalism, accident, or students’ negligence and does not provide insurance for personal property. Students are strongly encouraged to inventory all personal belongings and to record serial numbers where possible. Students are strongly advised to have their parents’ homeowner’s/renter’s insurance cover their personal property or obtain apartment insurance. In the event of theft, a Residential Life staff member or Public Safety officer should be immediately advised. If a room lock is not operating properly, please report it using the work order form. Students will be subject to disciplinary action if they are involved in any theft and/ or damage to the property of another person or the University.
Throwing of Objects
In the interest of safety, it is unacceptable to throw or drop 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 are not allowed to 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. Students found in violation of this policy are subject to serious disciplinary action, including possible dismissal from the Residence Hall.
Public signs, public fixtures, and non-university furniture are prohibited in the residence halls due to overcrowding and cleaning issues. Examples include beds, couches, etc. Students should not have unauthorized University property in their apartments. Violators will be fined for the first offense, and will be subject to further judicial action and/or full repair and replacement costs. University property will be removed if not authorized to be in student rooms.
Vandalism to any building, to any University property, or to any individual’s personal property is prohibited. Tampering with windows and/or window locks is a serious offense and is subject to fines and/or dismissal from the residence hall.
Videotaping, Recording, and Photography
A student’s right to privacy is important in a community setting. In an effort to uphold this right, students must have consent from all individuals being videotaped, recorded, or photographed. Videotaping, recording, and/or photography may not incite violence or violation of University and/or the Office of Residential Life policy.
Visitation and Guest Policies
The Visitation and Guest Policies in the Residence Hall provide resident students the opportunity to permit guests in their room. While providing for this interaction, the policy is also sensitive to residents’ needs for a level of privacy in a community environment, the balancing of rights among resident students and the need for safety and security.
Roommates/suitemates should always confer about all visitors and guests (especially overnight guests) in advance of a visit and agree that a visitor or guest is not an imposition. Guests over the age of 16 can obtain a guest pass and are required to observe Residential Life and University policies and regulations. The resident student, as host, is responsible for the guest’s behavior and assumes this responsibility by informing the guest of Residential Life and University policies. If guests violate Residential Life or University policy, the home school and/or parents will be notified, and the guest will be asked to leave the campus immediately and/or be banned from campus. Guests must show a valid picture ID when signing into the residence hall and overnight guests must show their guest pass upon entrance to the residence hall and when requested by the residence hall staff and security.
- Visitation Policy: A Visitor is a person who gains access and leaves the Residence Hall with a resident as their host between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 3:30 a.m. Residents can only have two visitors at one time. All visitors, including Fordham commuters, must sign in and display a form of identification at the security desk. All visitors must leave McMahon by 3:30 a.m. and it is the resident’s (host) responsibility to sign the visitor out. Hosts that sign their visitors out after 3:30 a.m. or not at all will be charged a fine. Please note, fines start at $15 and increase relative to the severity or habitual nature of the violation(s). Continuous violations will result in losing visitation and guest privileges determined in judicial meetings with the Resident Director for Law Students and/or the Assistant Director of Residential Life. Residents can appeal their visitation violation within 7 days of receipt of their fine. Appeals need to be turned into the Office of Residential Life between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. with the original fine slip and any additional supporting documentation.
- Guest Policy: Undergraduate residents may host no more than 2 overnight guests of the same sex at a time for two nights within a seven-day period. Law residents may host no more than 2 overnight guests of either sex for two nights within a seven-day period. Regardless of host, a guest cannot obtain a guest pass for more than nine nights within a thirty day period. Guest passes must be obtained 24 hours in advance in the RA on Duty office from 7 - 10 p.m. each night with the exception of Tuesday’s (7 - 8:45 p.m.). In order to obtain a guest pass, a resident must present their valid Fordham ID, must know their guest’s full name, home address, date of birth, and emergency contact number. Law and graduate students are permitted to request same night guest passes.
The host (resident) must accompany their guest at all times. If the guest is found in violation of University policy they may be asked to leave immediately and/or be banned from the campus. Please note that students are not permitted to host overnight guests during final examination periods.
A host (resident) found in violation of the guest policy will be subject to disciplinary action and/or fines. Disciplinary action can include dismissal, warnings, probation or further fines. The Office of Residential Life reserves the right to limit or restrict guest visitation. Guests signed into the residence hall who later receive a guest pass must still sign out of the building.
Extended Guest Passes: For upperclass residential students wishing to host guests for more than two nights there is a different process. Students must stop by the Office of Residential Life and fill out an extended guest pass form. Forms must be submitted at least one week in advance of their guest’s arrival. Moreover, all roommates and suitemates of the host must sign the extended guest pass form, noting that they agree to share their living space with the visitor. The extended guest pass form is available in McMahon 108 and online in a PDF format at www.fordham.edu/reslifelc.
|Room ||Guests ||Total |
|2-person room ||4 guests ||6 people |
|3-person room/suite ||6 guests ||9 people |
|4-person suite ||8 guests ||12 people |
|6-person suite ||12 guests ||18 people |
Please remember that only two people (guests or visitors) may be signed in per resident.