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Bikes
Bike racks are provided in convenient locations around each residence hall. Bicycles may not be parked in exit corridors, stairways, beside doors, on patio areas, or hung from the ceiling. Gasoline-powered bikes (mopeds) and motorcycles are not permitted inside buildings. All bikes may be impounded if left in an inappropriate area. Bikes remaining on campus after graduation will be given to a local charity or thrown away.

Cooking
Residents may not cook in their rooms. Because of the fire hazard, sanitation problems and power consumption involved in food preparation, cooking is restricted to the kitchens provided in each area of campus. Only the following appliances are permitted in your room: popcorn poppers and small microwave ovens. No open coil heating units are allowed. Refrigerators are permitted as long as they are apartment-size (less than five cubic feet).

Decorating
The Residence Life staff encourages you to make your room comfortable and representative of your personality. We ask that you please follow these guidelines as you plan your decorating style:

  1. No nails, tape, white "plastic tack" or stick-ums, please! You may use tacks or staples.
  2. Do not hang items from your ceiling or ceiling tiles.
  3. Lofts are not permitted.
  4. Rooms may not be painted

If you have any questions about what is allowable, please ask first to avoid any unnecessary damage charges.

Fire Safety
Evacuation routes are posted in each residence hall, and it is each student's responsibility to become familiar with such routes. All students must evacuate a building if an alarm is sounding. Do not re-enter the building until a staff member indicates it is safe to do so. Fire drills are conducted once per semester and failure to comply during a drill may result in disciplinary action and a fine. For the safety of all residents, candles and incense will not be allowed in the residence halls at any time. Open fires are not permitted anywhere on campus. Any student who willfully compromises the safety of fellow students by tampering with fire safety equipment or sounding false alarms will be subject to fines or suspension from the residence halls and/or criminal prosecution.

Fireworks. Firearms and Explosives
No firearms or weapons (including air, pellet, and paintball guns), ammunition, illegal knives, flammable liquids, fireworks, or explosives of any kind shall be permitted in any building or any student's vehicle on campus. Such items will be confiscated and the student will be subject to strict disciplinary action. Possession or the discharging of fireworks on campus is in violation of the laws of Georgia and is prohibited. Students discharging fireworks or other types of explosives on campus are subject to expulsion from the residence halls.
Furniture You may not remove, store or trade furnishings from your room. Each student is held accountable for the furniture in his/her room and will be assessed charges if an item is missing or damaged. Furniture may not be lofted. Lounge furniture must remain where it was intended -the lounge! Personal furniture remaining on campus after the Residence Halls close for the summer will be thrown away.

Heating/Air Conditioning Units
In order to keep the unit working do not block the air conditioning/heating unit with furniture, beds or debris. AC/heating filters will be changed each semester; a $50 fine will be assessed to occupants of rooms that have blocked the units as outlined above. Residents are not permitted to use window air conditioning units or portable heaters in the residence
halls.

Hall Meetings
Your RA will call meetings from time to time on your hall or in your building. These meetings are never lengthy and are only called when the RA has something important to share or certain issues to discuss. You are expected to make every effort to attend. If you are unable to be there, drop by your RA's residence to learn what you missed.

Insurance, Personal Property
The University shall not be responsible for the theft, loss, or damage to any student's personal property. Students are encouraged to carry adequate personal property insurance. Your parent's insurance may cover your belongings while you are away at school. It would be wise to check their policy.

Obscene or Harassing Calls
It is against the law to make obscene or harassing phone calls. Conviction through the justice system is punishable by a fine and/or prison. If you receive such calls:

  • Hang up immediately.
  • Do not give out any information.
  • If calls persist, call your RA or RLC, the Residence Life Office, Campus Safety or the local police department.
  • Do not give out any information (names, location, etc.).
  • Keep a record of calls (especially dates and times).
  • Attempt to determine a pattern.

If calls persist, the University will contact the BellSouth Annoyance Call Center to put a trace on the phone(s).

Pets
With the exception of small, harmless fish, no pets are allowed in the residence halls due to health and sanitation regulations. Residents found to be keeping pets will have 24 hours to remove them from campus. Further disciplinary action and a $100 fumigation fee may also be invoked.

Quiet Hours
Courtesy quiet hours are in effect at all times in the residence halls. Mandatory quiet hours are from 10:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 2:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on the weekends. On the third and fourth floor of Dempsey Hall extended quiet hours are from 8:00p.m. to 8:00 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10:00p.m. to 10:00 a.m. on the weekends. During final exam week, strict quiet hours are in effect 24 hours a day. During quiet hours, noise should not be heard outside your door or one door down from you.

Restricted Areas
Students are not allowed in the electrical service rooms, boiler rooms, or on the roofs of campus buildings.

Room Entry
The University reserves the right to enter a student's room for inspection or repair, disciplinary purposes or whenever there is a reasonable cause to suspect violations of University and Residence Life policies. University personnel will enter a student's room if there is a strong suspicion of illegal drug activity!

Room Inspections
Room inspections by Student Affairs Staff may be held periodically to insure compliance with community living standards and/or health and fire safety guidelines. Advance notice of these inspections will normally be given. Students whose rooms are deemed "unsanitary or a health hazard" will be given 24 hours to correct the situation or suffer disciplinary action.

Roommate Rights
In this community, as in any other, everyone has rights and responsibilities. Problems develop when one person fulfills his/her responsibilities and another does not. Please respect the following:

  1. The right to read, study, and sleep in the room with as little disturbance as possible.
  2. The right to have personal belongings that are used by no one else.
  3. The right to live in a clean and orderly room
  4. The right to have guests, provided they respect the rights of the roommate.
  5. The right to enter the room whenever one wants to -unless other provisions are made and agreed upon by both parties.
  6. The right to be free of physical or emotional harassment.
  7. The right to speak out openly.
  8. The right to be treated with consideration and thoughtfulness.

These rights and responsibilities apply not only to roommates but also to suitemates and others living in the building or residence halls.

Smoking
Smoking is not permitted indoors in any of the buildings on campus with the exception of Greek Row housing as determined by their individual policies. Residents may smoke outside, but room doors must be closed.

Solicitation
No solicitation is permitted in the residence halls. Please report any solicitors to a member of the Residence Life staff or Campus Safety at extension 1998.

Storage Rooms
The University does not have the space to provide any on campus storage. For those who need storage there are numerous storage facilities in the Atlanta area. Personal property left or abandoned on campus after the Residence Halls close will be thrown away. Furthermore, storage companies may only temporarily leave storage sheds/containers on campus in pre-approved areas for no more than 48 hours.

Storms, Inclement Weather
In case of strong winds or in the possibility of a tornado, students are asked to open their windows and move to the interior walls of their building or to the lower floor interior walls if time permits. Should damage occur, a Residence Life staff member will be on hand for directions and to contact the proper authorities.

Residents must leave their heating units on low and their windows shut whenever the outside temperature is below freezing. This will avoid frozen pipes that may break, causing damage to personal and University property. Students failing to comply with this request will be held responsible for any damages that occur. Students should keep furniture and debris away from their heating/ac unit to maximize its performance.

Theft
The University does not assume responsibility for articles lost or stolen from rooms. Residents need to take precautions to insure, to the best of their ability, that theft does not occur. Remember to lock your door whenever you leave your room, do not loan or duplicate your keys, report lost room keys as soon as possible, and take valuables home with you during break periods. Report any theft or loss to your RA or RLC and Campus Safety.

Trash Disposal
Please keep your community looking attractive by placing all trash in appropriate outside containers. Residents must take their trash to the dumpster or use the garbage chutes in Bowden-Magbee and Jobe-Hansen Halls. Students discarding their trash outside their rooms or littering may face the following sanctions: community service and fines up to $50 per bag of trash. Students who continue to disregard this policy may lose their privilege to live on campus.

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