2.1 Disruptive Behavior
Behavior that is disruptive to orderly community living is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to: throwing items in the hallways, bouncing balls, engaging in horseplay, or creating a health or safety hazard. Riding a bike or scooter, skateboarding, rollerblading, and other sports are prohibited inside M Housing. Possessing, storing, or using any motor-driven or electric vehicle inside M Housing is also prohibited, except for assistive devices utilized by a person with a disability. The use of devices such as laser pointers with the purpose or result of causing irritation, injury, or anger is not permitted. Additional prohibited behavior includes, but is not limited to, public nudity, urinating in public, screaming or yelling, and sexual activity in common areas. Common areas include, but are not limited to, community centers, bathrooms, lounges, multipurpose rooms, computing learning centers, and kitchens.
2.2 Health and Safety
The importance of providing a safe, clean and healthy environment for residents is the responsibility of all members of housing communities including, but not limited to, bathrooms, community kitchens and lounges. M Housing may remove students from their residential space, temporary or permanently, if they pose a safety or health risk to community members. Residents are forbidden to possess potentially hazardous materials, to conspire to damage the sanitary and safe environment, or to engage in activities that do so. Leaving biohazards (e.g., urine/feces/vomit) in trash cans/trash closets/recycle bins/shower stalls or a bottle is a serious community health hazard and is prohibited. Biohazards must be disposed of in appropriate methods such as the toilet or sharps container. Maintaining a clean residential bathroom space is expected of all residents.
2.3 Creating an Unsafe Environment
Any behavior or action that inadvertently causes or could reasonably cause life-threatening physical injury, unreasonable disturbance to others, or serious property damage is prohibited. For example, propping open outside doors or tampering with locking mechanisms allows a potential unauthorized entry, promoting an unsafe living environment, and is prohibited. Tampering with elevator equipment, prying open or propping open elevator doors, jumping up and down in an elevator and riding on top of an elevator, or jumping from a stairwell are unsafe and prohibited. Tampering with or damaging security devices, including but not limited to security cameras, locking mechanisms, card readers, is prohibited. Excessive room occupancy and pranks that create a safety hazard are not permitted. Leaving items, such as boots or floor mats, in hall corridors is also prohibited. Not stopping for school buses with red lights flashing and driving/parking on lawns also contributes to creating an unsafe environment for guests and residents.
2.4 Fireworks, Explosives, Weapons, or Dangerous Chemicals
Possession, manufacture, use, sale, or distribution of weapons, fireworks, ammunition, explosives, flammable liquids and all other hazardous materials is not permitted in M Housing.
2.5 Roofs, Roof Decks, and Ledges
The presence of individuals or objects on a roof, roof deck, or ledge is strictly prohibited at all times. Use of doors and windows that lead to roofs, decks, and ledges for purposes other than maintenance or University staff entry is prohibited.
2.6 Window Systems
Tampering with or removing any window screens, latches, stops, or apparatus in any part of M Housing is prohibited. Except in an emergency, it is prohibited to enter or leave through a window.
2.7 Throwing or Hanging Items from Building or Attaching Items to Outside of Building
The throwing, dropping, propelling, pouring, or hanging of anything from windows, interior pipes, balconies, ledges, and landings is strictly prohibited. Nothing may be attached to or hung over any part of the outside of the building or hung on an outward facing window, regardless of content.
Immediate evacuation when a fire alarm sounds is mandatory, and re-entry into a building before an all-clear signal is prohibited.
2.9 Fire Hazards
It is prohibited to keep any item, including room decorations, which may pose a fire hazard. These items include, but are not limited to, lit cigarettes, vaporizers, e-cigarettes or other lit smoking devices; lit or unlit incense; lit or unlit candles; natural cut trees, branches or greens; halogen lamps; multiple power strips plugged into each other; and any open flame source (see Prohibited Items and policy on Celebratory Candles and Incense). Additionally, no more than 20 percent of a M Housing door may be covered, and doors may not be wrapped in paper or fabric.
2.10 Failure to Report a Fire
All members of the community are expected to be conscious of the welfare of others at all times and may not knowingly or recklessly set a fire, falsely report a fire (e.g. activate a false fire alarm), or fail to report a fire.
2.11 Tampering with Fire Safety Equipment
Tampering with any fire fighting equipment, including, but not limited to, fire alarms, fire extinguishers, fire hoses, exit lights, smoke detectors, and sprinkler systems, is prohibited. This would include covering or removing smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, unauthorized use of fire extinguishers, or hanging items on sprinkler heads.
2.12 Personal Rights and Freedoms
Misconduct enumerated in Section A through V of the Statement are strictly prohibited by Residents under this CLS, including engaging in misconduct motivated on the basis of a person’s identity as protected by the University of Michigan’s Nondiscrimination Policy.
2.13 Obstruction of Interior and Exterior Grounds
Entrances, sidewalks, passages, hallways, stairways, landings, vestibules, and planter areas, as well as all other common areas of the grounds, may not be obstructed or used for storage of personal property (shoes/boots, outdoor equipment, toys and outdoor equipment or other items), particularly when it jeopardizes ingress, egress, University property, or the health and safety of the community. The University reserves the right to remove personal property left in public areas, at your expense, if in violation of this requirement. Personal possessions should be stored in areas specifically designated for storage, such as storage bins and closets. Outside clotheslines, whether temporary or permanent, may not be installed by residents. Hammocks are prohibited from being attached to university property such as trees, light poles, and other fixtures.
2.14 Housekeeping and Pest Control
In order to reduce fire hazards, prevent insect or rodent infestation or other health concerns, and increase the longevity of the facilities, you are asked to maintain high standards of housekeeping and cleanliness. The assigned space and furnishings must be kept clean and sanitary. To avoid fire or attracting pests, do not wrap kitchen walls, cabinets, or stoves with foil or other coverings. Garbage should not be placed in stairways, breezeways, vestibules, patios, storage lockers, or anywhere other than in the dumpsters (for Northwood Community Apartments) and designated trash closets (in residence halls and Munger Graduate Residences). You are expected to call the Plant Operations Call Center (POCC) (734-647-2059) promptly if insect or rodent activity is discovered and cooperate fully with the University’s prevention and/or treatment program for the elimination of pests on the premises. Repeated reintroduction of pests (e.g., bedbugs) may be grounds for restitution or contract termination.
The University of Michigan is committed to creating a community free from violence, which is a serious violation. Violence of any type, including those enumerated in the Statement is equally prohibited in the CLS, whether against family members, visitors, or other residents and whether conducted in person, via forms of electronic communications or by other means.
2.16 Sleeping in Unauthorized Assignments
It is against fire code to sleep in an unauthorized space. Spaces where sleeping is not allowed include any Northwood basements, residence hall space not contracted as a bedroom, such as a lounge, Community Learning Center (CLC), The Connector, and/or other public or restricted spaces.
Bicycles may not be left in public areas (e.g., hallways, stairwells, balconies) or attached to banisters or access ramps. Bicycles that are illegally parked or chained to something other than a bike rack may be impounded. Throughout the year, bicycle racks are cleared of abandoned bikes and bicycle parts. Bicycles removed by the University will be held for 30 days and are then considered abandoned.