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a. 1st violation - a verbal warning will be issued and the incident
documented.

b. 2nd violation - the student will be referred to the Assistant Director
of Residential Life. A decision will then be made whether to refer
the student to the Student Judicial Officer for disciplinary action
which could include:

1) Removal from the residence facility.

2) Adjudication with appropriate penalties.

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Our disciplinary process has been designed by members of the Residential
Education staff with your RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES in mind.



What happens if your RIGHTS are violated?

Any violation of community standards is a violation of your rights and
you are encouraged to make reasonable attempts to correct the situation.

If the matter remains unresolved, you are expected to report the viola-
tion to a Residential Education staff member. The matter will then be refer-
red to the appropriate person(s).

What happens if you violate the RIGHTS of others?

It is our hope that students will not violate the standards of our com-
munity. However, this depends on the cooperation and willingness of each
student to respect the rights of others and the rights of the University. Should
a student violate the rights of others in the area included above, then the
University of necessity finds itself in a position where the severe actions listed
will have to be taken. These actions mean that a student cannot be a part
of the University community and must be asked to leave.

Noise, visitation, problems with floormates, entry of rooms by peers, etc.,
are issues that your living unit can resolve, using collective decisions to
establish standards of behavior. For example, your floor/living group may
want to establish specific quiet hours, or even specific prohibitions on other
behaviors covered under mutual respect and consideration.

Our intention in publishing "Six Great Excuses" has been to communicate
to you an understanding of the uniformity that we want our rules and stan-
dards to have, as well as the consequences of aberrant behavior. For pro-
cedural information, refer to the judiciary sections of this handbook.

Our efforts in dealing with rule infractions will be as consistent as possi-
ble. Moreover, we are dedicated to helping students grow and develop;
therefore, decisions on discipline will vary according to the nature and fre-
quency of offense.



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RESIDENCE HALL POLICIES
APPLIANCES

Certain appliances — coffee makers, hot pots, hot air popcorn poppers
and microwave ovens — are permitted in the rooms. However, the following
appliances are NOT permitted: hot plates, toaster ovens, crockpots, open coil
appliances and electric woks and/or skillets.

Additionally, burning candles or open flames (i.e., potpourri or incense
pots) will not be permitted.

No extension cords will be allowed in the residence facilities. If there is
a need for multiple plugs (i.e., over and above those outlets provided), residents
must provide a strip outlet which meets the following specifications:

1. Must be UL approved and include a circuit breaker;

2. Must be 15 amps, 14 gauge;

3. Must be 120-125 volts;

4. Cannot have more than six (6) grounded power outlets per strip.

These strip outlets are available in the Stetson University Bookstore and
in area department stores.

Small refrigerators are permissible but cannot be larger than 5 cu. ft. The
Department of Residential Life rents refrigerators at a cost of $35.00 per year
(plus a $10.00 deposit, which is refundable at the end of the year when the
unit is returned).

BELONGINGS BETWEEN SEMESTERS

Residents may leave their belongings in their rooms at the end of Fall
Semester and Winter Terms only, during the Housing Agreement period when
the student is in residence. All belongings must be removed at the end of
Spring Semester and at the end of Summer Semester. The University can-
not be responsible for any lost or stolen objects. If belongings are left in your
room during the allowed periods and you decide not to return to Stetson,
you must remove them by the day prior to the official opening of the residence
facilities or you will be billed for moving them into storage. Articles left in
storage 20 days without the student being enrolled will be disposed of.

BICYCLES/MOTORCYCLES

Bicycles/motorcycles are NOT ALLOWED in stairwells or hallways and
must be kept outside. This is a standard fire safety procedure. You would
be wise to bring a cover for whatever kind of two-wheeler you ride, as well
as secure locks. Bike racks are available. Covered bike lockers, located behind
Chaudoin Hall, are also available for rent, and can be reserved by contact-
ing the Operations Assistant in the Department of Residential Life located
in Room 211, Carlton Union Building.



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CHECK IN/CHECK OUT PROCEDURES

The care of the individually assigned rooms in the residence facilities shall
be the responsibility of each occupant. Upon initial occupancy of an assign-
ed room, each resident is required to sign a Room Inventory Form attesting
to the condition of the room and its furnishings at that time. Each student
will be checked out individually by a member of the Residence Education
staff at the end of the period of residency. Failure to check out in this man-
ner will result in a $50.00 assessment as well as a $25.00 cleaning charge, if
appropriate. Damages occurring within the room will be the responsibility
of the assigned occupant(s).

CHECK OUT INFORMATION

In order to facilitate a residence facility check out procedure which is
both expedient and complete, we are requesting your assistance with the
following check out procedures.

1. Sign up with your Resident Advisor, Fraternity Counselor or Sorority
Counselor for a check out time. Remember he/she is taking finals, too!

2. Restore the walls, ceilings, doors and windows to their original state
by removing posters, shelves, decals, etc., and touching up.

3. Dresser drawers must be emptied and dusted out.

4. All personal property and trash must be removed from the building.

5. University beds which have been disassembled must be reassembled
and returned to your room. Upside down beds must be returned to
rightside up position.

6. Windows should be locked, with air conditioning and room lights
turned off.

RESIDENTS WHO FAIL TO CHECK OUT PROPERLY WILL BE
CHARGED $50.00 FOR IMPROPER CHECK OUT, PLUS ANY
OTHER CHARGES PENDING.

DAMAGES TO COMMON AREAS

A "common area" within a University residence facility for purposes of
damage control and monetary assessment shall be defined as follows: any area
or facility other than a resident's room, made available for use by all students
living on a floor, hall, or within an entire building. Damages which occur
to the common area as a result of the action of the student(s) shall result
in a "recovery assessment" to the student(s) responsible. Where insufficient
evidence exists to charge any individual(s), assessment for damage may be
made to all students assigned to a hall, floor, or an entire building as
appropriate.



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FIRE AND SAFETY EQUIPMENT

When an alarm goes off, everyone must leave the building. At this time,
your staff member will account for each resident.

Any student who, in an unauthorized manner, tampers with or improper-
ly handles fire and/or safety equipment (including but not limited to fire ex-
tinguishers, fire hoses, smoke alarms and fire alarms) shall be removed from
the residence facility and shall be subject to University disciplinary action.

For your information, please understand that the University is strictly
enforcing the appliance policy, and should a student or students trigger a
fire alarm by violating that policy or for any other inappropriate action (in-
cluding but not limited to excessive smoke or steam from cooking appliances,
etc.), the student(s) will be fined $125.00 each and adjudicated.



HOLIDAY PERIODS

All residence halls shall be closed during official University holiday
periods. The right to grant occupancy of the residence facilities during these
periods by current resident students is reserved by the University. At the
discretion of the University, residents may remain in the residence facilities
during Thanksgiving Break and Spring Break ONLY, by securing approval
in advance of such periods, and by moving into a specified consolidated area,
by the Department of Residential Life.



LOST KEYS

Residents reporting lost room key(s) will have their room rekeyed (new
tumbler combination) and supplied with one key per occupant. Each time
a key is lost, the resident responsible will be charged $25.00 for replacement
of the room key(s).

Maintenance will notify the resident when the new key is ready for pick
up by placing a sticker on that resident's room door. It will then be the resi-
dent's responsibility to pick up the new key(s) from the Physical Plant within
three (3) business days. If the resident fails to pick up the new key(s) by the
end of the third day, he/she will be charged an additional $25.00.

Residence facility keys should not be commercially copied as the use of
copy keys results in excessive wear and damage to the entrance door locks.
If a resident is found to be using a commercially copied key (i.e., other than
a Stetson-issued key), he/she will be fined $50.00 in addition to the $25.00
for a University replacement key. At the time of check out, students must
turn in their room key or be subject to an improper check out charge and/or
lost key charge of $25.00.



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MISAPPROPRIATION OF FURNITURE

The furniture in public areas is put there for public use and is not to
be moved from these public areas into student rooms. Any student(s) found
to have this furniture in their rooms will be subject to disciplinary action.

OVERNIGHT GUEST POLICY

Stetson University encourages prospective students and friends of cur-
rent students to visit the campus. In order to provide accommodations for
guests, we require that all guests be registered with the respective Head Resi-
dent, Fraternity Counselor or Sorority Counselor and that they limit their
stay to two nights on campus (unless special permission is granted). If the
guest brings their car on campus, it must be registered with the Public Safety
Office. Guests are subject to the same regulations as are students, therefore
residents bear equal responsibilities with their guests for conduct on campus.

PETS

No pets of any kind (except fish) are allowed in the residence facilities,
or on property immediately surrounding these facilities, due to safety and
sanitation concerns. Students who violate this policy will be subject to
disciplinary actions which may include removal from the facility. Students
will also be held financially responsible for extermination services made
necessary by a pet's presence.

ROOM CHANGES

Room or roommate changes will be made ONLY in the event of
special/unusual circumstances. To petition for a change, all residents involv-
ed must first meet with their HR, FC or SC. All efforts will be made to resolve
the problem without necessitating an actual room/roommate change. No one
will be permitted to make a room/roommate change without the written ap-
proval of the HR(s), FC orSC and the Assistant Director of Residential Life.
If one of the residents of a double room moves from that room (or does not
show up at the beginning of a semester), the Department of Residential Life
may: assign a roommate for the remaining resident; consolidate available
spaces; or, if space allows, at the student's request, assign a double room as
a single by adding an additional fee.

ROOM ENTRY

Members of the Campus Life staff, which includes the residence educa-
tion staff, maintain the right to enter a student's room if there is reasonable
cause to believe that the safety and/or welfare of the occupant(s) is at stake
or the physical property of the University is in jeopardy. They also have the



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right to enter the room if there is reasonable cause to believe that Universi-
ty, local, State or Federal laws are being violated, and for routine maintenance
and property inspection (Art. XI, Sec. 1, Judiciary Council Constitution).

SMOKING POLICY

There is a no-smoking policy in effect throughout the campus (see Policy
on Smoking in the Campus Life Handbook section of this book). However,
smoking is permitted ONLY in individual resident rooms, if agreeable to both
occupants. There is absolutely NO SMOKING in the halls OR lounges of
the residential facilities.

SOLICITATION

No door-to-door peddling is permitted in the residence facilities. Permis-
sion must be obtained from Campus Life by anybody desiring to conduct
commercial solicitation on the Stetson University campus. If permission is
granted, a written permit will be issued containing all the information perti-
nent to the solicitation after which the person conducting the solicitation
may conduct his/her business according to the following guidelines:

1) Presentations will be conducted on a one-to-one basis; there will be
no group presentations allowed in the residence facilities.

2) No consummation of sales allowed in individual residence facility
rooms or halls.

3) Presentations will not be allowed in public areas of residence facilities.

4) Group presentations are allowed only in designated areas of the
Carlton Union Building.

5) The Department of Public Safety must be contacted and the permit
presented each time a new presentation is made on campus.

VISITATION

Visitation hours for the residence facilities are as follows:

Carson-Hollis, Chaudoin, Conrad, Gordis, Nemex and Smith Halls;
Fraternity Houses and Sorority Houses:

Sunday through Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 a.m.
Friday and Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.

Emily Hall and Stetson Hall:

Monday through Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 a.m.
Weekends 10:00 a.m. Friday through 12:30 a.m. Monday

Specialty housing areas which include the Honors Area, the Environmen-
tal/Social Concern Area and the Language House will have traditional visita-
tion hours as described above for Nemec Hall, Sunday through Thursday.
Weekend visitation hours for individual floor lounges in specialty housing
areas will be 10:00 a.m. Friday through 12:30 a.m. Monday.



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FIRE PROCEDURES

IF A RESIDENT SEES OR EVEN SUSPECTS A FIRE IN:

CARSON, CHAUDOIN, CONRAD, EMILY, HOLLIS,
NEMEC, STETSON HALLS, SORORITY HOUSES OR
LANGUAGE HOUSE

All have automatic alarms which should already be activated, in which
case you need to follow steps 3 and 4 below. However, if alarm should
NOT be activated, follow steps 2 , 3 and 4 below.

GORDIS, SMITH HALL AND FRATERNITY HOUSES

These facilities have individual room battery-operated smoke detectors
and if one is activated, follow steps 1, 2, 3 and 4 below. Facilities also
have pull station alarms and residents should learn locations of these sta-
tions, and then follow steps 1 through 4 below.

1 . PULL THE CLOSEST FIRE ALARM (only in buildings with pull
stations).

2. CALL THE DELAND FIRE DEPARTMENT - 9 - 91 1.

3. CALL STETSON PUBLIC SAFETY - 7300.

4. TRY TO NOTIFY A STAFF MEMBER OF YOUR SIGHT-
ING OR SUSPICION.

FIRE SAFETY

Should an emergency situation develop in your residence facility, students
will be notified by the residence education staff. Because of the variations
in physical design of the residence facilities on campus, instructions will be
given according to the particular facility's requirements.

Besides being an annoyance, a false fire alarm can endanger the safety
and lives of fellow residents.

Florida state law strictly prohibits anyone from tampering with fire and
safety equipment in the residence facilities or any campus building. This means
that pulling false fire alarms, discharging fire extinguishers, removing exit signs,
and activating fire hoses are not tolerated and a student doing such is sub-
ject to removal from the residence facilities and possible criminal prosecution.

In addition, it is against University regulations for any residents to possess
firearms, fireworks or explosive devices in the residence facilities.

Because several fires have been caused in the residence halls by burning
candles and/or the use of open coil electrical appliances or open flames, these
types of appliances are not allowed in student rooms in any of the residence
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Because of the potential danger to other residents, trash, bottles, bicycles
or other property are not to be left in the facility corridors or stairwells.
Hallways should be kept clear of any obstructions, in case of fire.

FIRE PRECAUTIONS



Here are a few things to keep in mind to prevent the possibility of a fire:

1) Avoid using flammable room decorations.

2) Always use an ashtay when smoking. Be sure to extinguish cigaret-
tes before leaving area or when emptying ashtrays. Do NOT smoke
in bed.

3) Do not use candles or open flames. They are prohibited in residence
facilities.

4) Do not overload circuits — never use multiple plugs or extension
cords.

5) Do not place electrical wiring under rugs, carpets, mattresses, bed
springs, or around door and window casements.

6) Never use frayed or broken wires.

7) Use of live Christmas trees is prohibited in residence facilities. No
Christmas trees of any type should ever be placed in corridors and
stairways.

8) Never store gasoline, oil, oilbase paint or oily rags in residence
facilities.

9) Report any fire or empty fire extinguishers to the residence educa-
tion staff.

10) If fire alarms sound, leave the building immediately by the nearest
fire exit.



FIRE ALARM INSTRUCTIONS

Familiarize yourself with the fire evacuation plan for your residence facility.
Residents should do the following when the fire alarm sounds:

1) Proceed immediately to the nearest designated exit. When possible:

• Wear a jacket and shoes.

• Take a large bath towel with you (to cover your face in the event
of intense heat and dense smoke).

• Close your room windows.

• Leave the ceiling light on.

• Leave your room door closed but unlocked.

2) Residents who are in rooms other than their own at the time of the
alarm should evacuate the building with the wing on which they
are visiting.

3) Once out of the facility, stay away from the area immediately sur-
rounding the building.

4) Do not reenter the building until given permission by the Fire
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If there is a fire, certain precautions should be taken.

a) Stay low to the floor to protect yourself from smoke and toxic gases.

b) Check your door before opening it. If it is hot, DO NOT OPEN
the door. If the door is cool and your path is clear to the exit, leave
the building as soon as possible, closing your door behind you.

c) If you cannot leave your room, DO NOT panic. Sheets and towels
placed at the base of the door will help keep smoke out of the room.
Signal for fire fighters by hanging a sheet or blanket out of a window
or use a flashlight, then stay low. All rooms in a fire area are im-
mediately searched by fire fighters who arrive only minutes after an
alarm is turned on.

RESIDENCE HALL FACILITIES
CARSON HALL HEALTH CLUB

Located on the ground floor of Carson Hall, the Health Club facility
provides students with access to Olympic weights, assorted barbells, dumb-
bells, squat rack, power benches, incline board, a heavy bag for boxing, and
a custom built Swedish (in rock) sauna. The Health Club is staffed by students
who provide assistance to members. There is a nominal membership fee and
interested students should sign up with the Operations Assistant, Depart-
ment of Residential Life, located in Room 211 of the Carlton Union Building.

CHAUDOIN HALL AEROBICS STUDIO

The Chaudoin Hall Aerobics Studio is located on the first floor of Chau-
doin Hall, just off the Fireside Lobby. The aerobics studio is equipped with
a stationary bicycle, a ballet bar, and stereo system. Each semester a schedule
of classes is organized, featuring a variety of skill levels, including STEP
aerobics. The studio has a maximum capacity of 20 persons, with the excep-
tion of STEP aerobics which is limited to 12 participants, and classes are fill-
ed on a first-come, first-served basis.

LINEN AND LAUNDRY FACILITIES

A dirty subejct, but the savings you receive from the laundry
facilities. ..coin operated washers and dryers in every residence facility (ex-
cept Gordis, which shares the large facilities in Carson). ..brighten the topic.
Students are responsible for providing their own linen.

VENDING MACHINES

Every residence facility has several mechanical hunger and thirst quen-
chers. They are quite handy to have around when the late night munchies



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strike. If a machine gets greedy, see the Operations Assistant, Department
of Residential Life, located on the second floor of the Carlton Union Building
in Room 211, for a refund. Don't get angry with the machine if it malfunc-
tions - just report the problem to the Operations Assistant, and should you
see someone else vandalizing/damaging a vending machine, please report the
incident and/or person immediately to Public Safety.



STRATEGIES FOR SURVIVING A ROOMMATE

Congratulations! You've moved into your residence facility, your new
home. Feeling a bit uneasy? Wondering what your new roommate will be
like? Your new roommate may be an old high school friend, distant cousin,
friend of a friend, somebody's brother or sister, or a total stranger. The Depart-
ment of Residential Life staff has made a concerted effort to pair you with
a roommate with whom you have much in common. But regardless of how
well you know or don't know your new roommate, it will take a lot of work
for the two of you to develop a good relationship.

Living with another person has so much potential for personal growth.
It's important to note that roommates do not have to be best friends. It is
not necessary to share every aspect of college life together. In fact, learning
to accept each other's differences — without infringing on one another's rights
— can be a valuable part of your education. It will be one of the best oppor-
tunities you ever have to learn the skills needed to live successfully with
anyone, anywhere.

Remember, developing a good relationship is a process — it does not take
place overnight — it takes time and effort.

QUESTIONS TO ASK EACH OTHER (AND YOURSELF!)

Will smoking be allowed in the room?

What about guests dropping by? How often? How late? Weekend
visitors?

What time do you go to sleep? What time do you get up? Are you
a light or heavy sleeper? DO YOU SNORE?

How much do you study? When do you study? How quiet does the
room have to be for you to be able to study?

What kind of music do you like? How loud? Will you use headphones?

How hot or cold do you like the room?

Which things of yours are OK to borrow? Which things are strictly
off-limits?

How neat and clean do you want the room? How do we decide who
cleans what and when? What is clean? What is messy?

How will we decorate the room?

What about food in the room? Do we share?



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SURVIVAL TIPS

Never assume your roommate is just like you — you are both
individuals.

Always ask permission — don't just borrow the sweater or eat the
cookies, even if you think it's probably OK.

Listen to your roommate — make sure you understand how your room-
mate feels.

Realize there is no such thing as a perfect roommate. Concentate on
making this roommate relationship work out.

Take good telephone messages.

Appreciate your roommate — praise and common courtesy can help
any close relationship. Never take your roommate for granted.

Don't let little things build up — talk about minor things when they
happen. Don't wait for the "last straw."

Avoid being judgmental — you aren't your roommate's keeper!

Be willing to compromise — set the tone to solve a problem, not com-
plain about it.

Be assertive! If you don't stand up for yourself, nobody else will.

Ask your staff member for advice. They are trained to help mediate
conflicts.



RESOLVING DIFFERENCES

If problems or concerns between you and your roommate seem to be ir-
resolvable, seek objective assistance from your staff member and take the
following steps.

Get together everyone who is involved.

Allow everyone to take a turn describing his/her perception of the
situation, how he/she feels about it, and what he/she wants.

Come to an agreement on what the conflict is.

Everyone should take a turn describing a possible solution to the


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