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KENNESAW STATE UNIVERSITY RESIDENTIAL CODE OF CONDUCT

As a resident at KSU, you assume an obligation to conduct yourself in a manner compatible with the university's function as an educational institution. This
residential code of conduct defines the institution's expectations of all residents. Any violations of these codes of conduct will be reported to the Coordinator of Residence Life. Jurisdiction of these violations shall be held by the Department of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity (SCAI) and the Vice President for Student Success and Enrollment Services or his/her designated representative, and handled in the manner stipulated for non-academic grievances. All Kennesaw State University residents shall abide by the following rules and regulations:

1. Alcohol
Students who are of legal drinking age (21) may possess and consume alcoholic beverages in designated communities, but only as a private activity in private
living areas (i.e., room and/or apartment). Students are legally responsible for their actions in all mental and physical conditions including those induced by alcoholic beverages. Kennesaw State University also prohibits:
a. The use or possession of alcohol by anyone under the legal drinking age of 21;
b. The transport and/or consumption of alcohol in open containers in any public area including any property that surrounds an apartment and is considered
housing property;
c. The manufacture or selling of alcohol;
d. Failure to abide by the institution's policy on student organization use of alcohol;
e. Public intoxication;
f. Common containers of alcohol (kegs, party balls, trash cans, funnels, beer hats, etc.) are not permitted. Beverages must be used in individual containers;
g. Guests and/or visitors consuming or possessing alcohol in the room/apt/surrounding area of a host (resident) under the age of 21;
h. Alcohol not being clearly consumed by those 21-years of age or older in a room shared by students over and under 21 years of age;
i. The use or possession of alcohol by any resident or guest, regardless of age, in a substance-free community;
j. Being present where an alcohol violation is occurring, regardless of whether the resident/guest is using or possessing alcohol;
k. Alcohol paraphernalia is prohibited in substance free communities and residential units of underage residents. For health and safety reasons, empty alcohol containers are not permitted to be used for decorative purposes within the residential facilities.

2. Drugs
Kennesaw State University prohibits:
a. Selling, possessing or using any substance currently classified as a dangerous drug by the Georgia Controlled Substance Act or classified as illegal by state or federal law;
b. Possession of drugs that may be used to incapacitate other Individuals;
c. Possession and/or use of drug paraphernalia, including but not limited to any form of bong or smoking device, such as a hookah, even if not used or used for tobacco products;
d. Being present where a drug-related violation is occurring, regardless of whether the resident/guest is using or possessing drugs.

3. Weapons
Kennesaw State University and Housing regulations prohibit the use or possession of any weapon that can cause bodily harm either to the bearer or another
individual. In unclear cases of definition, the context in which a particular object was used will determine whether it is a weapon. Items that can be easily
confused as weapons, including but not limited to pellet, BB, paintball, or air guns, are prohibited.

4. Pets/Animals
The University does not permit students to have pets/animals in or around the residential communities. This includes pets belonging to outside guests; pets/
animals may not “visit” at any time. The only exceptions are: 1. Fish in a properly maintained aquarium not to exceed 10 gallons; and 2. Service animals
determined to be necessary for persons with disabilities.

5. Smoking
Smoking and the use of tobacco products is prohibited inside all residential facilities. A resident may smoke on a private balcony (only available at University Place) if agreed upon by all residents of the apartment. Smoking is prohibited on all common area balconies and stairwells. Students may only smoke outside in designated smoking areas around the residential communities.

6. Cooperation
Residents and guests are expected to cooperate with all reasonable requests made by members of the community, both on-campus and in the surrounding neighborhood. Likewise, residents must comply with all reasonable requests of any person acting in an official capacity as a representative of the university, including, but not limited to, Residence Life staff (including RAs), campus police, faculty, and property management staff. Cooperation includes, but is not limited to, participating in required residential activities (i.e., mandatory meetings, judicial hearings, learning communities, rules, payment of rent/fees, etc.). Cooperation also includes compliance with all rules and regulations established by KSU Residence Life and/or KSU Housing not included within this code of conduct but distributed through other printed and electronic means (housing contract, newsletters, etc.).

7. General Safety and Well-Being
Residents are expected to take responsibility for the overall general safety and well-being of themselves individually and the residential community as a
collective. Engaging in any behavior that impedes the general safety and/or wellbeing of self and/or others is prohibited. This may include, but is not limited to; causing physical or psychological harm to oneself and/or others; creating an unsafe environment by leaving doors unsecured, particularly common use doors; failing to notify the appropriate authorities when knowledge exists of a situation that may impede the general safety and/or well-being of individuals and/or the community. General safety also includes maintaining your living environment and your own person in accordance with reasonable health, cleanliness, and safety expectations.

8. Fire Safety
Tampering with, vandalizing or misusing fire safety equipment is prohibited and constitutes reasons for eviction from the apartments and possible suspension or expulsion from the University. Fire safety equipment includes, but is not limited to, alarms, extinguishers, smoke detectors, door closures, alarmed doors, and sprinklers. Failure to evacuate during a safety drill will result in disciplinary action. Items that are flammable such as fuel, etc., may not be stored in a resident's room or apartment. Items that require an open flame to operate or which produce heat (i.e., Bunsen burners, lit candles, alcohol burners, grills) are not allowed in resident's rooms. Residents must further agree to abide by the safety regulations as stipulated in the Housing Safety Regulations (located in this handbook).

9. Noise
All students are expected to respect the rights of others by refraining from making loud noises or causing other disturbances that interfere with study or sleep.
a. All residents are expected to respect 24-hour courtesy hours. If a student makes a reasonable request of another student to be less noisy, that student
should comply. No noise should be heard outside of a student room;
b. Quiet Hours will apply to noise regulation in the public areas of the residential communities. Quiet Hour adjustments may be voted on by the Community
Councils. Until this occurs, residence-wide quiet hours will be in effect. Quiet Hours are 10pm until 10am Sunday through Thursday and 12am to 10am Friday
and Saturday;
c. During exam periods, quiet hours will be extended to 24 hours. This regulation also applies to areas surrounding the residential communities, and public areas; and
d. In the event that a group makes a disturbance (e.g., game playing, watching TV, or yelling loudly), staff may request violators to leave immediately.

10. Guests and Visitation
Residents may allow guests (those of the same or opposite sex) to visit their room/apartments with agreement from the other residents in their room/apartment. Guests are defined as any person not assigned to live in that specific space (even if the person is a resident of another on-campus space). Community Councils and roommates may develop rules that are supplementary to but not in conflict with the established guidelines. In order to facilitate safety and privacy, the following are prohibited:
a. Use of the bedroom or bathroom of another resident without his or her prior consent;
b. Guests (including other KSU students) staying in a resident's room more than three nights within any seven night period, staying in a resident’s room on a
frequent basis, or cohabitating in any room/apartment;
c. Proceeding or allowing guests to proceed through the residential facilities unescorted;
d. Students are expected to accompany their guests at all times and accept responsibility for their behavior. At no time should any resident provide entrance
to their room to someone who is not their guest, or provide access to a guest who is unaccompanied by the resident (e.g., lending/copying a key or access card).
e. While hosts are held responsible for the actions of their guests, legal action will also be taken against a guest for violating campus policies, including but not limited to, criminal trespass, or prosecution. Guest must park in designated visitor spaces only, and hosts may lose parking privileges if guests park illegally.
f. Minors who are not enrolled KSU students must be escorted by a parent/guardian in addition to the host resident at all times. These minors may not visit
overnight without advance permission from the Director of Residence Life or designee.
g. General occupancy, as recommended by management and the fire marshal, is two persons per bedroom (i.e., a four person apartment equals a total occupancy
of eight people at any given time). Residents are expected to comply with occupancy guidelines. Visitation privileges may be revoked for individuals or
groups who violate the visitation policies.

11. Collective Liability/Damage and Vandalism
Residents are responsible for the condition of their rooms and any shared spaces. While the University and KSU Housing will strive to attribute damage and
vandalism charges to the individuals responsible, when it cannot do so, all members of an apartment or building may be charged equally for any damages.
Affected residents should provide information to housing staff to assign these charges to the individual(s) responsible. Damage, vandalism, theft, inappropriate use of facilities, and/or use of facilities/furnishings in a manner other than that for which they were intended, are prohibited. There are no appeals of a Collective Liability charge.

12. Enforcement and Grievances
Any complaints or grievances should be directed to the respective residence hall staff member. Residents have the right to file charges directly against another student through the appropriate Residence Life staff member. If the staff member cannot rectify the situation, then the matter shall be referred through the appropriate channels, and ultimately submitted for action or consultations to the SCAI Department. SCAI shall handle all matters arising from this code as any nonacademic violation. Grievances against Residence Life staff members shall be submitted in writing to the Director of Residence Life.

13. Modifications and Revisions
Any modifications or revisions to these codes of conduct shall be submitted to the Kennesaw State University Residence Hall Association (RHA). After discussion, the RHA shall forward its recommendations to the Director of Residence Life. Upon his/her approval, the Director of Residence Life shall forward the approved recommendations to the Director of SCAI, and Vice President for Student Success and Enrollment Services.

14. Warnings and Documented Incidents
As circumstances warrant, authorized Residence Life and/or SCAI staff may issue warnings to students for behaviors of concern, and violations of housing rules and regulations, even if such behaviors do not constitute a violation of this code. These warnings and/or documented incidents will be recorded within the student’s judiciary file.

15. Solicitation, Posting, and Use of Residential Space
For the residents’ protection against fraudulent sales and annoyance, solicitation is prohibited on university property. Periodically special programs are offered where residents can learn about products and services. Residents are prohibited from engaging in business activities on campus and in housing. All activities, research, and postings within the residential areas must be approved in advance by the Director of Residence Life or designee, even if the activities/postings are sponsored by recognized university departments or organizations.

Revised July 15, 2008

NOTE: Residents are expected to abide by local, state, and federal law and the KSU Code of Conduct, available at www.kennesaw.edu/scai. Students are
afforded appropriate due process, including notification of violations and judicial meetings. Notice forms distributed at the time of violation (typically by RAs) serve as official notice of judicial action and require a response, typically contacting a CRL by the next business day. CRLs adjudicate most violations and their actions are final. More serious and repeat violations are typically adjudicated by Student Conduct and Academic Integrity (SCAI). Email is the official mode of communication for KSU; therefore, all students are expected to check their KSU student email account regularly. While sanctions vary depending on circumstances and severity of specific violations, KSU reserves the right to impose a “two strike” approach and recommend removal from housing upon a second repetitive violation, except drug violations that result in immediate removal.


KSU HOUSING RULES & REGULATIONS

In addition to the Residential Code of Conduct, all residents are expected to comply with the following rules and regulations set forth by the Department of
Residence Life and KSUF Housing Management LLC (hereafter referred to as KSU Housing), both of whom reserve the right to impose independent fees and sanctions. Violations of local, state, or federal laws can also result in off-campus legal action.

Furniture and Fixtures: Removal of furniture from the assigned location, except with permission, is prohibited. Residents will also be charged for any furniture or facilities assigned to their unit and found missing or damaged at move-out. If common area items are found in residents’ units, judicial action and fines will be imposed.

Keys: Residents are provided with keys/access cards to their units and individual bedroom. You are responsible for your keys! Please keep them with you at all times. Residents will be charged if keys are lost and locks must be replaced. Residents are also charged for lockouts. Lending your access card/keys, creating duplicate copies and/or distribution of keys is prohibited and can result in disciplinary action and fines.

Mail Service: Mail is delivered to the designated mailboxes in each community every day except Sundays and holidays. Make sure to use your proper mailing
address provided in the move in letter, including unit letter/number. Mail sent to the university mailroom will not be delivered to you. Packages are accepted in the office as a courtesy by KSUF Housing. Resident authorizes such acceptance and releases the management company from all liability for accepting and storing packages. Due to the liability involved, the communities managed by KSUF Housing will only accept packages from the commercial delivery service (UPS, Federal Express) etc. and United States Post Office. Packages will only be accepted for the resident named on the Housing Contract. Packages may only be picked up by the individual addressed on the package. A photo ID must be presented to pick up a package. No package will be released without the
resident’s signature.

Maintenance Requests: To submit a request, go online to www.ksuhousing.com and enter the Resident Portal. Be as detailed as possible to assist the maintenance staff in resolving the issue. Submit routine requests online, but for urgent and emergency needs, contact the KSU Housing office in your community, or call 770426-0668 after hours for facility emergencies that cannot wait until the next day.

Move-in / Move-out Procedures: Residents are required to follow established procedures when moving in and out. To ensure a safe and orderly move, please
follow these procedures carefully. If you have questions about the process, please contact KSU Housing.

Protection of Possessions: You are urged to purchase renter’s insurance for protection against loss or property damage, or you should check to see if you are
covered by another homeowner’s policy. To protect your personal possessions, we suggest the following in addition to having insurance: lock your room and
apartment at all times; record serial numbers of your possessions; and take valuable items with you if you are gone for an extended period.

Recreational and Service Areas: Residents agree to abide by additional rules and regulations established for use of recreational and service facilities provided by Residence Life and/or KSU Housing.

Room Entry: Residents lease ONLY their own bedroom and a portion of the common area. Residents are prohibited from entering any other space (vacant or
leased, locked or unlocked) without expressed approval from the lessor of that space. Violation may result in judicial action, substantial fines, and possible conviction.

Room Inspection and Search Policy: KSU officials and KSU Housing staff reserve the right to enter student apartments under certain conditions. Entry into
occupied apartments or rooms is divided into three categories.

A. Inspection: entry to ascertain health and safety conditions, or to check physical
condition, typically done monthly with advance notice.

B. Search: entry for the purpose of investigating suspected violations of University regulations and/or city, state, or federal law. Campus authorities will not enter the room or unit for purposes of search without permission from the resident(s) or prior permission from the Director of Residence Life, Vice President for Student Success and Enrollment Services, or designees, or in compliance with state law.

Note: Permission to search is not required when contraband to be confiscated is in view of the University authority. A request for permission to search may be made when reasonable cause exists to suspect that a violation is occurring or has occurred. A copy of the authorization form shall be presented to the resident(s) or left in the room/apartment if the resident(s) is absent. The authorization form contains the place searched, name of the person giving authorization, descriptions of items sought, and name of requestor.

C. Emergency: entry when the delay necessary to obtain authorization constitutes a danger to persons, property, or the building. In such cases, campus authorities may enter immediately.

Should a resident believe a University staff member misused or abused his or her authority to inspect a room, the resident should submit a written complaint to the Director of the Residence Life or his/her designee via email to reslife@kennesaw.edu.

Vehicles and Parking: All residents are required to park in the designated parking areas for each community. Residents may park one authorized vehicle on
campus, and must register that vehicle with KSU Card Services. A parking decal for the appropriate lot/deck will be provided and must be displayed at all times in the vehicle. Please note that this decal only allows parking in the designated area and not elsewhere on campus. Guests must park in designated guest parking, and must comply with any designated time limits.

Recreational vehicles, boats, jet skis, etc., are prohibited on campus. Management reserves the right to remove or refuse parking to any vehicle, which may endanger life or property, or is not properly maintained or legally registered. Non-operable, abandoned, or unauthorized vehicles will be removed by
Management at the expense of the resident or other owner, for storage or public or private sale, at Management’s option, and resident or owner shall have no right of recourse against Management. Management shall determine the definition of non-operable, abandoned, or unauthorized vehicles.

The term “vehicle” includes, but is not limited to, both motorized and non-motorized vehicles such as automobiles, trucks, vans, motorcycles, boats, trailers,
campers, mobile homes, motor homes, commercial trucks, buses, and heavy motorized or mechanized equipment or vehicles.

An “abandoned motor vehicle” shall include, but is not limited to, any vehicle, motor vehicle, or trailer that has been left unattended on the community property for a period of not less than thirty days without anyone having made a claim. Vehicles parked in spaces with time limits may be removed prior to thirty days.

Vehicle Maintenance and Cleaning: Washing vehicles and performing mechanical work is strictly prohibited on the premises unless special areas are designated at the management’s sole discretion.


HOUSING SAFETY REGULATIONS

General Safety: Following a few common sense precautions can help keep our communities safe for everyone.
− Lock your doors and vehicles at all times.
− Report suspicious persons or activities immediately.
− Be alert and take responsibility for your community.
− Do not allow strangers into your apartment/community.
− Do not be alone with people you do not know well.
− Do not put yourself into compromising situations.

Decorations: Decorative items such as fishnets, parachutes, and other items that are flammable are not permitted in residents’ rooms and are prohibited unless they have been fireproofed. Only UL approved lights may be used. Decorations may not be visible from outside the apartment, with the exception of holiday decorations, which must be:
− appropriate for the holiday being celebrated;
− displayed only during the time period immediately surrounding the
− holiday;
- appropriate for a community living environment; and
− in compliance with all fire and facility regulations.
− Due to fire/facility damage risk, live cut tree are not permitted.
− For health and safety reasons, objects once containing food or drink
− cannot be displayed for decoration, such as empty alcohol bottles.

Extension Cords and Multiple Plugs: An extension cord must be UL approved, 16 gauge, and not exceed an un-spliced length of six feet with a polarized plug and a single outlet. It may not be placed under floor coverings or furnishings and may not be secured by penetrating the insulation.

Flammable Items: Items such as fuel, etc., may not be stored in residents’ rooms or apartments.

Fire Lanes: Emergency lanes are strictly reserved for use by emergency vehicles only. Unauthorized vehicles parked in these areas will be towed at the owner’s risk and expense.

Fire Equipment: Equipment is provided to monitor fire safety conditions. Misuse of these items or other emergency equipment constitutes a danger to the safety of the community. Tampering with, vandalizing, or misusing fire safety equipment is prohibited and constitutes reason for eviction and up to expulsion from KSU. Familiarize yourself with the location and operation of fire equipment and evacuation routes. Fire equipment is also located throughout the corridors and includes, but is not limited to, alarms, extinguishers, smoke detectors, door closures, alarmed doors, and sprinklers. Safety drills will be conducted in accordance with state law. Failure to evacuate when alarms sound is grounds for disciplinary action and fines.

Irons: Ironing is permitted, but irons must always be used with ironing boards that have a fire resistant cover. Irons should never be plugged in when not in use, or left unattended. Irons with automatic cutoff mechanisms are encouraged.

Open Flames: Items which require an open flame to operate or which produce heat (e.g., Bunsen burners, lighted candles, alcohol burners) are not allowed in
the facilities. Unlit candles may be used for decorative purposes only.

Weather Safety: KSU Police provide all guidance during weather emergencies. Cobb County Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) operates a Tornado siren
on campus, which is tested at noon on selected Wednesdays. If a non-test tornado warning sounds, move to the lowest level interior area available, stairwell,
or an interior bathroom without windows. Crouch down and cover your head. If outside, move at right angles to the tornado as you seek shelter.


ARCHITECTURAL STRUCTURES

Antennas: Radio/television antennas or other objects shall not be placed or erected on the roof or exterior of buildings.

Buildings: No defacement of the outside or inside of any building within the communities is allowed. Such defacement will result in fines and disciplinary action.

Balcony or Patio: The balcony or patio shall be kept neat and clean at all times. No rugs, towels, laundry, clothing, appliances, or other items shall be stored, hung, or draped on railings or other portions of balcony or patio. Outdoor furniture only is allowed on patio/balcony. The University Village has NO balconies, even though some units contain decorative features with operable doors that may resemble a balcony. Storage/use of cooking grills is not permitted on balconies or patios. Fines will be assessed if inside furniture or any other unauthorized items are found on the patio.

Cleaning: Residents are expected to appropriately clean and maintain the units, including but not limited to bathrooms, kitchens, and bedrooms. Lack of cleaning can result in unhealthy living conditions, odor, mildew, mold, pests, etc. Residents are expected to clean regularly and comply with all requests made to maintain a healthy environment. Failure to clean can result in fines and judicial action.

Entrances, Hallways, Walks, and Grounds: Entrances, hallways, walks, lawns, and other public areas shall not be obstructed, used for bicycles, motorcycles and other vehicles, or any purpose other than ingress and egress.

Fixtures: Residents shall not display any signs, exterior lights, or markings. No awning or other projection shall be attached to the outside of buildings. No satellite dish or other signal receiving equipment may be attached to the balcony or building exterior.

Fountains: The fountains are located on the property for aesthetic purposes. Bubbles or soap of any kind, gelatin, vehicles, dye, trash, or people is not allowed in the fountains at any time. Violations will result in disciplinary action.

Internet/Cable: Residents must not tamper with any internet/cable wiring/ fixtures, and must comply with all usage rules as outlined in any management
documents.

Locks: Locks may NOT be changed/installed by residents. Locks and all original keys/key cards must be returned upon vacating the premises, including
temporary move-outs if applicable.

Painting: Management maintains all paint and finishes throughout the residential communities for aesthetic consistency and appropriate condition. Residents may not paint or alter in any way the walls or finishes in any on-campus housing facilities.

Trash: All trash and garbage will be placed in designated trash receptacles located in or near the community. Residents must deposit trash and refuses
directly into designated receptacles and not leave in the units or the common areas, hallways, balconies, or similar places. Residents agree to place trash
Inside the receptacle, not outside the receptacle or in the surrounding area. Management reserves the right to impose fines for violation of this policy as well as for littering, and residents will face judicial action.

Walkway: All walkways are intended for pedestrian use only. No cars or motorized vehicles are allowed on the pedestrian walkways at any time with the exception of emergency or maintenance vehicles. Skateboards and bicycles should be used with great caution, always yielding to pedestrians. In additional to management and university action, violating this policy can result in police and legal action.

Windows and Structures: All windows and similar structures may only be used for their intended usage, and any safety or security devises installed must remain in place at all times. Use of foil and other similar unsightly materials, including but not limited to, neon or flashing signs, advertisements on or over windows is strictly prohibited. Windows and doors shall not be obstructed. Management provides blinds on windows, and such blinds shall not be removed. If residents install draperies over the blinds, any damage will be repaired, and draperies will be removed by residents at their own expense. Damage to property, including but not limited to paint, plaster, cabinets, carpets, floors, furniture or damage to any part of the premises caused by leaving windows or doors open during inclement weather will be the responsibility of the residents.

 

   
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