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Policy for Traditional Halls
In all traditional residence halls (Brown, Erickson, Hallett, Hoyum, Livedalen and Park Region), the possession, use, or sale of alcohol is prohibited, regardless of the individual’s age. In addition, students of any age should be aware that destructive or inappropriate behavior (e.g. excessive noise, vomiting, passing out, vandalism, etc.) resulting from the use of alcohol or drugs may also result in college disciplinary action.
Because alcohol is not allowed in these residence halls, the possession of alcohol containers, packaging, bottle tops, etc., are also not allowed.
Policy for College Apartments/Townhouses (Bogstad East, Bogstad Manor, Boe-Olsen, Townhouses, EcoHouse)
In apartment units where none of the occupants are of legal drinking age, the alcohol policies of the traditional halls must be followed (no alcohol or alcohol containers are allowed in the apartment unit by any of the occupants or guests). These apartments are ‘dry apartments’.
In apartments where at least one of the occupants is of legal drinking age, occupants who are of legal drinking age (21 and up) may possess and consume alcohol in their individual apartment units (these apartments are called ‘alcohol eligible apartments').
In order to ensure legal, responsible and low-risk behaviors, the following guidelines must be followed:
- Before alcohol may be possessed/consumed in an alcohol eligible apartment unit, all occupants of the apartment (regardless of age) must apply for an alcohol permit through the Office of Residence Life. Once all occupants have completed the application, a permit will be issued and must be displayed in the kitchen of the apartment unit.
- Residents and guests are expected to follow all local, state and federal laws pertaining to the purchase, possession, and consumption of alcohol.
- No hard alcohol (distilled liquor) is allowed. Examples of approved types of alcohol are beer, wine, hard cider, and malt beverages.
- All alcoholic beverages must be in single serving containers, or bottles not to exceed 1.5 liters.
- No kegs of beer, large volumes of drinks intended to serve multiple individuals, beer bongs or beer pong tables are allowed.
- Residents are not allowed to sell, brew or otherwise produce their own alcohol.
- Alcohol containers (whether full or empty) may not be displayed in windows.
- Alcohol may not be consumed in the presence of minors, with exception for occupants who are of age and have underage roommates, and no other guests are present. Underage roommates are expected to follow civil law and refrain from possession and/or consumption of alcohol.
- In all other circumstances, consumption of alcohol is prohibited when any underage individual is present.
- When alcohol is being consumed, the door of the apartment unit should remain closed. Alcohol is not to be consumed on balconies or in common areas of the apartment buildings.
- When students who are of legal drinking age transport alcohol, they are expected to take the most direct route to their apartment unit. Note that alcohol may not be carried into, or through, any campus buildings besides the EcoHouse, Bogstad East, Bogstad Manor, Boe-Olsen and the Townhouses.
- Residents are responsible for their own behavior, as well as the behavior of their guests. The use of alcohol should not infringe on the rights of roommates, neighbors, or other students.
- Inappropriate or destructive behavior (e.g. excessive noise, vomiting, passing out, vandalism, etc.) resulting from the use of alcohol is considered a disciplinary violation, regardless of age.
A Good Samaritan Exception for violations of the college’s alcohol and drug policies will be honored in situations where a student (who may also be in violation of the college’s drug/alcohol policies) comes to the aid of another student by seeking emergency professional help for the other student’s alcohol/drug use. In these situations the students involved will not be sanctioned for a violation of college policy. This exception, of course, will not be honored by students who flagrantly or repeatedly violate these policies.
This section was last updated on: 2016-12-21
Bathrooms should be used only by individuals of the sex indicated by any signs or placards on or near the door of the facility.
Private, gender neutral bathrooms are located in many residence halls.
Brown: Units 1 and 7 basement Lounges
Erickson: Basement Lounge
Fjelstad: Near the Front Desk
Hallett: Basement Lounge
Park Region: Basement hallway
Residents with special circumstances should talk to their Hall Director to make arrangements.
Candles and Incense
It is the policy of the Moorhead Fire Department to restrict the use of candles or anything else with an open flame in high-density housing structures, such as residence halls, because of the increased risks for significant damage and potential loss of life.
Because of the college’s interest in promoting an environment which is sensitive to health concerns associated with air quality (especially allergies), the use of incense is prohibited in the residence halls.
Displays and Decorations
You are encouraged to use and decorate the interior of your room/apartment in a manner that reflects your individual preferences, provided that you do not make any physical modifications to the room/apartment (including moving ceiling tile) or cause damage to campus property.
The college reserves the right to restrict the external display of any material(s) from your room/apartment windows, items plainly visible in your room from the outside or materials on your door. Also, you may not hang anything on the outside of the building.
Finally, the college also reserves the right to confiscate items from rooms/apartments that are illegal or contraband. A common example of contraband is a street, exit or highway sign. If you are in possession of such a sign, please be sure to have a receipt confirming proof of purchase.
Ethernet, Wiring and Antennas
Ethernet, TV/radio antennas or wires may not be used in any manner on the exterior of the residence halls, nor may they extend outside your room into the hallway. Antennas or wires found in violation of this requirement will be confiscated.
The use of private wireless internet routers is not permitted by Information Technology Services, and may not be allowed in residence hall rooms.
This section was last updated on: 2015-07-15
Current policy allows one small refrigerator and microwave oven in each room. However, we strongly discourage the use of other appliances that utilize heating elements (such as hot pots, popcorn poppers, toasters, etc.).
The Department of Residence Life reserves the right to consider appliances with heating elements as a violation of policy for safety concerns on a case-by-case basis. Refer all concerns of safety relating to appliances and electricity to your hall director.
This section was last updated on: 2015-07-15
Fire and Safety Regulations
There are several fire and safety regulations of which you should be aware.
First, you should not tamper with fire- or safety-related equipment (fire alarms, smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, exit alarms, door closures, etc.) as this may compromise your safety as well as the safety of others on your floor/unit or in your hall. Tampering with fire alarms and fire equipment is against the law, because such practices may endanger the lives of others. Misuse of fire safety equipment will be handled seriously!
Second, you should not use electrical "octopuses"; or multiple-headed extension cords to increase the number of outlets in your room. If you require additional electrical outlets, we recommend you purchase an outlet extender that includes a fused circuit breaker.
Third, you should not use space heaters. If you are experiencing heating problems, contact a staff member.
Fourth, please do not use rubber-backed carpeting as this can create poisonous gases in the event of fire.
Fifth, do not use halogen lights or lamps in your room. The high temperatures created by these fixtures have resulted in fires.
Finally, you should not alter or in any way tamper with the electrical outlets, light switches, cable television outlets or phone jacks in your room.
If you become aware of any problem with the fire/safety equipment (fire alarms, smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, exit alarms, door closures, etc.) in your room or residence hall, please report it to a staff member immediately.
It is against college policy to be in possession of a firearm of any kind in the residence halls. Please refer to the college’s weapons policy outlined under Office of Public Safety on the college’s Web site. It is also against hall policy to be in possession of toy or look-alike weapons such as paintball or air soft guns.
All the furniture in your room when you arrive must remain in your room. For example, if you dismantle beds, pieces must be stored in the room. You are free to move the furniture around in your room and in most cases add pieces of personal furniture. In Brown Hall, couches and/or hide-a-beds more than 78 inches long may not be added because of the potential for increased damage to corridor and stairway walls. Secured furniture (like desks or wardrobes) should not be altered in any way.
Study Room and Lounge Furniture
These furnishings are intended to be used by all residents and should not be removed. Noncompliance will result in charges for unauthorized use or theft.
You may build lofts in your room unless you live in Brown or Park Region halls or the college apartments and townhouses. The use of plasterboard walls in these halls makes loft construction inadvisable because of the high potential for damage. In other halls, if you build a loft or otherwise alter the configuration of the beds supplied by the college, you must first sign a liability waiver. Lofts must be designed to be free-standing (not suspended or attached), and must include the college’s bedspring or a full length of five-eighths inches of plywood under the mattress. Remaining portions of the college-owned bed must be stored in the room to reduce the likelihood of misplaced or lost pieces. We strongly recommend placing the loft away from the exterior walls as most are constructed of plasterboard and are easily damaged.
Keep in mind that room platforms are not allowed.
Marijuana and Other Drugs
The the use or possession of non-prescribed drugs, marijuana, or other illicit narcotics or drugs is a violation of campus and residence hall policy and will result in disciplinary sanctions.
Use of Marijuana
Physical evidence of marijuana such as residue on belongings, persons, or in a resident’s room is a violation of the Marijuana and Other Drug policy.
In the event of a policy confrontation relating to the suspicion of marijuana use, the strong scent of marijuana in a residence hall room or on the persons of a student, as well as inappropriate behavior relating to drug intoxication can be considered a violation of the Marijuana and Other Drug policy.
The possession of paraphernalia relating to the use, manufacturing, or possession of illicit drugs may result in disciplinary sanctions.
This section was last updated on: 2015-07-15
The occupants of a room are considered primarily responsible for violations occurring in their room — whether they are present or not. Furthermore, all students who are present in a room where a college policy is being violated may be subject to disciplinary action. If you inadvertently find yourself in the presence of a violation, leave immediately. Keep in mind, too, that you are responsible for the conduct of your guests.
Sanctioning and the conduct process
If a representative of the Department of Residence Life, or of Concordia College, believes you have violated a policy, a member of the professional staff will communicate and meet with you. In this meeting, you will have the opportunity to share information about the alleged incident. If the staff member finds you responsible for the policy violation, a written formal charge will be presented to you. The staff member will explain the reasoning for their action, review likely sanctions, and discuss plea options with you.
Sanctions for policy violations vary from monetary fines to educational sanctions such as essays, or presentations.
Any inappropriate or disrespectful behavior or communication during the conduct process will be taken in consideration during sanctioning.
This section was last updated on: 2015-07-15
Promotions and Solicitation
Complete guidelines about promotions and solicitation are found within the college’s promotions policy. One of the primary principles of this policy is that, with the exception of candidates for political office or their representatives who must make prior arrangements with the dean of students life or his designee, all door-to-door solicitation or promotion is prohibited. The policy also prohibits displaying, selling, distributing (including leaflets), advertising or soliciting in public areas of the residence halls. Any exception to this expectation must be approved in advance by the director of Residence Life. If you encounter someone soliciting or promoting in your hall, please contact a staff member immediately. Distribution or sales may occur in individual student room at their invitation (during established hours of visitation, if applicable).
Quiet and Courtesy Hours
Common courtesy demands that anyone wishing to study may do so at any time without undue interference from others. Primary responsibility for maintaining acceptable standards for noise levels rests with each floor/hall community.
Courtesy hours: 24 hours a day.; quiet hours: 11 p.m.-8 a.m.
Extended quiet hours are in effect during final exam times - watch for signs.
One refrigeration unit (in good condition) of up to 4.5 cubic feet and with a maximum electrical draw of up to 1.5 amps will be allowed in each residence hall room (this excludes the college apartments and townhouses). The college reserves the right to require any refrigeration unit that does not appear to be in good condition be repaired or replaced.
Inspection of refrigeration units may occur by college staff whenever student rooms are entered to investigate any violation of college policy. This inspection may include items in the refrigerator in which there is probable cause to suspect a violation of policy. Inspections for policy violations occur whenever reasonable cause exists to suspect a violation (e.g. sounds, empty containers, the odor of alcohol, etc.). The Residence Hall Accommodations Agreement also permits room inspections “to provide routine maintenance, to investigate possible fire hazards or other safety-related conditions, to quell a disturbance, or to protect the health and well-being of an individual.” Refrigerators may be inspected at these times as well.
To ensure safe operation, any inspection will verify that refrigeration units are properly ventilated. Refrigeration units are explicitly prohibited from being placed in closets or covered. Failure to follow this guideline will result in the refrigeration unit being confiscated for the balance of the academic year and a monetary fine.
Any refrigeration unit used in conjunction with a policy violation (e.g. storing alcohol or other contraband) could be subject to confiscation and loss of privileges for the balance of the academic year. (Additional disciplinary sanctions, of course, will also be imposed for the specific policy violation.)
In cases of multiple violations or flagrant abuse of this privilege, the college reserves the right to revoke the privilege indefinitely.
This section was last updated on: 2015-07-15
Concordia is a tobacco-free campus. The use of tobacco products is prohibited in all college buildings and on campus grounds. Tobacco products are defined as any lighted cigarette, cigar, pipe, clove cigarette, hookah smoked product, electronic cigarette, and any other smoking product, as well as smokeless or spit tobacco, also known as dip, chew or snus. Promotion, sale, and distribution of such products are also prohibited on campus or at college-related events.
Use of Hallways
There are several limitations to the usage of hallways:
1) Fire codes prohibit leaving anything in hallways or stairways. This includes such things as shoes, rugs, boxes, bikes, etc.
2) For safety reasons, athletic events (broomball, frisbee, rollerblading, biking, etc.) may not occur in hallways.
3) For health and safety reasons, no ironing or cooking (including popping corn) may be done in hallways.
4) If you use a message board, please attach it to your room door only.
5) Please do not post things on hallway walls as this often causes damage.
Concordia does not restrict the hours when residents may have guests of the opposite sex (with the exception of designated visitation-restriction floors). However, all non-Concordia guests must call the person they wish to visit and be escorted to and from the room.
One of the primary goals of the Department of Residence Life is to provide a safe and welcoming environment for students and guests of the College. An additional goal is to help students balance the privilege of entertaining guests with the rights of roommates or other residents to study, sleep, or have a private space. To assist in accomplishing these goals, residents and their guests are expected to follow the guidelines listed below. For the purposes of this policy, “guest” is defined as any person who is not an assigned resident of the particular room or apartment. This includes both members of the campus community or off-campus visitors. (Concordia employees who enter the residence hall to carry out job responsibilities are not considered guests).
- Guests are permitted in residence halls and residence hall rooms as long as they do not constitute a problem for roommates or other residents. Residents are responsible for the behavior of their guests. It is the responsibility of the host to inform guests of all the appropriate Concordia policies.
- Residence hall rooms are considered the primary residence of the students assigned to the room, and are not designed to provide long-term accommodations for guests. In addition, frequent or long-term guests can create an uncomfortable environment for roommates and other floor members. Therefore, guests may not remain in the residence hall for more than three consecutive nights within a given week. Each student should not host guests for more than 15 nights per semester.
- Residents in non-apartment halls are required to register their overnight guests at the front desk at the start of their stay. Registration helps to ensure the security of the residence hall as well as helping the staff account for all students and guests in the case of an emergency.
- Guests are expected to use the bathroom of the appropriate sex.
- Violation of the guest policy may result in restriction of the ability to host guests in the future.
Because damage has frequently occurred to screens, window cranks and draperies where screens have been removed, and in order to provide additional security for residents of lower-level floors, most screens have been attached with security screws. Removing your screen is a violation of hall policy.
In addition, there may be times when the college prohibits the opening of windows, particularly in very cold weather. Each year, significant damage is caused by windows being left open for extended periods of time. Please follow the guidelines set forth regarding windows during the year. Failure to follow these guidelines is a violation of hall policy.
Window Air Conditioners
The addition of cooling/air conditioning devices in windows or rooms (other than fans) is not permitted.