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 University Housing. Possessing or using any motor-driven vehicle inside University 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, bathrooms, lounges 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. 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 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 elevator surfing (riding on top of an elevator) or jumping from a stairwell are unsafe and prohibited. Excessive room occupancy and pranks that create a safety hazard are not permitted. Leaving items in hall corridors is also prohibited.
Note: 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 University 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. Roof, roof deck and ledge areas are restricted for safety reasons and for the protection of property. 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 University Housing is prohibited. These devices are needed to safeguard the community from potential hazards, including unauthorized entry and pest entry. 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, e-cigarettes or other lit smoking devices; lit or unlit incense; lit or unlit candles; natural cut trees, branches or greens; halogen lamps; and any open flame source (see Prohibited Items and policy on Celebratory Candles and Incense).
2.10 Failure to Report a Fire
Failure to report a fire is in violation of the Community Living Standards. 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 firefighting 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 of smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, unauthorized use of fire extinguishers, or hanging items on sprinkler heads.
2.12 Personal Rights and Freedoms
Actions that infringe generally upon the rights, identities and/or freedoms of other individuals are prohibited, regardless of the intention behind the actions. Such actions include, but are not limited to, harassment, intimidation, discrimination, coercion, and threats.
2.13 Obstruction of Interior and Exterior Grounds
Entrances, sidewalks, passages, 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 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 presence of animals in residential spaces is forbidden, including visiting pets, except as required by law or fish as described below. When an unapproved animal is known to be in a unit for any period of time, the resident(s) will be required to promptly remove the animal(s). Non-carnivorous fish in a 10 gallon or 30 gallon tank (in Northwood I, II, IV, & V ONLY) or smaller are permitted. Care must be taken to ensure that the electrical connection to the fish tank is safe and that other potential hazards have been properly accounted for. Owner must ensure the maintenance of the fish and tank. In shared spaces, all residents must agree on placement of tank if in a common area within the space.
The University of Michigan is committed to creating a community free from violence, which is a serious violation. This includes, but is not limited to, physical assault, sexual assault or harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, threats, reckless endangerment to others, intimidation and indecent exposure, whether against family members, visitors or other residents and whether conducted in person, via forms of electronic communications or by other means.
2.17 Prohibited and Regulated Items
Possessing items that are prohibited or regulated within University Housing is a violation of the community living standards (See Prohibited Items and Regulated Items)
2.18 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.