Residence Hall Violations and Consequences

The purpose of this section is to present Central Michigan University´s Residence Hall Violations and Consequences. It consolidates the policies by which residence hall students are governed and outlines the possible consequences for students found in violation of  Residence Hall Violations and Consequences and Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities and Disciplinary Procedures. The behavioral procedures outlined in this document do not replace or substitute for filing charges through law enforcement agencies if it is determined that such action is appropriate.

Disciplinary sanctions are imposed for behavior that is in violation of written policy. The following are a range of behavioral sanctions, which may be imposed for violation of the Residence Hall and University regulation:

  • Verbal Warning
  • Letter of Warning
  • Letter of Reaffirmation
  • Referral to Assistant Director
  • Referral to Counseling Center or Counselors in Residence
  • Referral to Alcohol Intervention Program
  • Referral to Civil Disobedience Program
  • Educational Programs
  • Moving a Resident to a New Floor or Residence Hall
  • Removing a Resident from the Residence Hall System
  • Referral to the Office of Student Conduct

Requirements for Due Process and Fair Judgement

  • The staff member should provide a description of the problem/situation and recite the policy and alleged violation.
  • The staff member should provide an opportunity for the student to respond to the allegations.
  • The staff member should make a judgement and impose a sanction, explaining both to the student.
  • The staff member should explain to the student the possibility of a more serious sanction if the offensive behavior continues and should make sure the student knows exactly what is expected of him/her.
  • The staff member should make the student aware of the appeals process. The student has the right to one appeal.
  • Decisions made by the Residence Hall Director may be appealed to the Assistant Director.
  • Decisions made by the Assistant Director may be appealed to the Associate Director.
  • Decisions made by the Associate Director may be appealed to the Office of Student Conduct. 

Residence Life Alcohol and Controlled Substances Policy

Residence Hall Violations and Consequences: "All students and guests are subject to all State of Michigan Laws concerning consumption, possession and transportation of alcoholic beverages…Consumption of alcoholic beverages will be permitted in the residence halls only as follows:

  1. A resident who is 21 or older may possess alcohol and drink responsibly in his or her room at any time.
  2. A resident who is 21 or older may drink in the room of another 21-year-old resident if that resident is present.
  3. All guests must conform to the residence hall alcohol policy. Example: If a 21-year-old guest visits a room where the residents are not 21, no alcohol is allowed, even by the 21-year-old guest. Residents are responsible for the behavior of their guests.
  4. No alcohol is allowed in any room at any time unless at least one resident of that room is 21 or older. Alcohol in a room may only be purchased, stored and consumed by a resident 21 or older.
  5. Anyone under 21 present in a room where an alcohol infraction has occurred will be considered in violation of the alcohol policy.
  6. No alcohol, which is open, is allowed at any time in any public area of a residence hall by residents or their guests. Anyone under 21 may not possess alcohol in any public area of the residence hall. A public area may be a hallway, lounge, lobby, or any other area not contained in a specific residence hall room.
  7. Any alcohol being transported by someone who is 21 or older must be completely covered from open view and be taken directly to the resident’s room.
  8. Anyone present in a room where a controlled substances infraction has occurred will be considered in violation of the controlled substances policy.

 

Residence Hall Agreement: "Resident agrees not to possess or consume intoxicating beverages in a residence hall except as allowed by law and pursuant to regulations promulgated by the Office of the President."

Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities and Disciplinary Procedures: Section 3.2.13 "A student shall not possess, consume or furnish, aid in the consumption or furnishing of, alcoholic beverages except as permitted by law and University policy." "Violations of the Residence Life Alcohol and Controlled Substances Policy are considered a violation of this section."

Alcohol Free Areas

All of the above as well as: Residence Hall Violations and Consequences: "Students who live in alcohol free rooms and wish to continue to do so cannot drink in their rooms or be a cause of disruption in any alcohol free environment because of possession or consumption of alcohol on or off campus. Students who violate this policy or allow guests to violate this policy may be moved to another room following their first offense."

Drinking and/or transporting alcohol in an open container in public areas.

Residence Hall Violations and Consequences: "Consumption of alcoholic beverages will not be permitted in any public areas nor outside of the residence hall buildings on University grounds." A public area may be a hallway, lounge, lobby, or any other area not contained in a specific residence hall room.

Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities and Disciplinary Procedures: Section 3.2.13 "A student shall not possess, consume or furnish, aid in the consumption or furnishing of, alcoholic beverages except as permitted by law and University policy." "Violations of the Residence Life Alcohol and Controlled Substances Policy are considered a violation of this section." Section 3.2.17 "A student must observe rules and regulations concerning the use of campus buildings and other University-owned or operated facilities, vehicles, equipment and services."

Hosting a keg and/or supplying alcoholic beverages to minors.

Alcohol Policy: Residence Hall Violations and Consequences: "Any student responsible for the distribution of alcoholic beverages within the residence hall to any person under the legal drinking age must assume all responsibility for actions under Michigan law and the CMU Policy and Procedures Relating to Student Rights and Responsibilities ... Michigan law is interpreted to mean that the sale, trade or giving away of alcoholic beverages requires a license. Therefore, each person must supply his or her own alcoholic beverages. No kegs or mass purchases will be allowed.”

Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities and Disciplinary Procedures: (see reference to Section 3.2.13 above). Michigan law is interpreted to mean that the sale, trade or giving away of alcoholic beverages requires a license.

Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities and Disciplinary Procedures: Sections 3.2.13 and 3.2.27 "A student shall not possess, consume or furnish, aid in the consumption or furnishing of, alcoholic beverages except as permitted by law and University Policy." "Violations of the Residence Life Alcohol and Controlled Substances Policy are considered a violation of this section." A student who shall with any one or more persons enter into a combination or agreement, expressed or implied, to commit violation of any of these regulations is in violation of the regulation.”

Attendance at kegs or other pooling of alcoholic beverages

Alcohol Policy: Residence Hall Violations and Consequences: "Michigan law is interpreted to mean that the sale, trade, or giving away of alcoholic beverages requires a license. Therefore, each person must supply his or her own alcoholic beverages. No kegs or mass purchases will be allowed."

Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities and Disciplinary Procedures: Sections 3.2.13 and 3.2.27 "A student shall not possess, consume or furnish, or aid in the consumption or furnishing of, alcoholic beverages except as permitted by law and University Policy ... A student who shall with any one or more persons enter into a combination or agreement, expressed or implied, to commit violation of any of these regulations is in violation of the regulation"

Empties

Minors may not collect/display empty alcohol containers in their room.

Use of Marijuana

Residence Hall Agreement: "Resident agrees not to possess, use, manufacture, produce or distribute, or aid in the use, manufacture, production or distribution of any controlled substance except as expressly permitted by law."   Although Michigan has passed a law legalizing medicinal marijuana, all forms of marijuana continue to be illegal under federal law. Federal law supersedes state law, as a result, institutions are not obligated to accommodate users of medicinal marijuana in residence halls, on campus, or otherwise. CMU does not allow the use or possession of any form of marijuana on campus.

Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities and Disciplinary Procedures: Section 3.2.12 A student shall not possess, use, manufacture, produce, or distribute, or aid in the use, manufacture, production, or distribution of, any controlled substance except as expressly permitted by law. Controlled substances are defined in the Controlled Substances Act of 1971, as amended. Anyone present in a room where a controlled substance infraction has occurred will be considered in violation of the drug policy.

Use or possession of controlled substances/Sale of Drugs/Drug Paraphernalia

Same statutes as those for use of marijuana apply.

Violent behavior directed at another person

Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities and Disciplinary Procedures: Section 3.2.7 "A student shall take no action which threatens or endangers the safety, health, or life, or impairs the freedom of any person, nor shall a student make any verbal threat of such action. This includes actions commonly understood to constitute assault, battery, or sexual assault. Sexual assault includes, but is not limited to, inflicting sexual contact upon another person or sexually penetrating any person without that person´s consent. Conduct will be considered without consent if no clear consent is given, or when the inflicted person is unconscious or otherwise without the physical or mental capacity to consent. Inflicting sexual contact on someone under the influence of alcohol drugs may be considered ´without consent."´
Section 3.2.19 "A student shall not haze, harass or stalk any person or group of persons. Telephone harassment, e-mail or computer harassment, stalking, racial and sexual harassment are included under this policy."

Failure to comply with a staff member performing duties

Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities and Disciplinary Procedures: Sections 3.2.2, 3.2.4, and 3.2.15. "A student shall not furnish, or attempt to furnish, false or misleading information to University officials or on Official University records. Furthermore, he/she shall not forge, alter, or misuse the University name, the name of any University employee, documents, records or attempt to do the same.

A student shall not obstruct, disrupt or interfere, or attempt to disrupt or interfere with another student’s right to study, learn, participate, or a teacher’s right to teach during class. This includes but is not limited to such behaviors as talking at inappropriate times, drawing unwarranted attention to him or herself, engaging in loud or distracting behaviors, or displaying defiance or disrespect to others.

A student shall comply with the directions of University agents acting in the performance of their regular or delegated duties and must identify himself or herself to these agents upon request."

Disruptive behavior and excessive noise (including loud music)

Noise and Quiet Hours Policy: Residence Hall Violations and Consequences: "Each Hall Council may establish specific quiet hours by a majority vote of the residents. All students are expected to give 24 hours per day consideration for the rights of others. 

The use of sound equipment, including, but not limited to, musical instruments, radios, stereos, subwoofers, televisions, and other sound amplification devices must not infringe upon the rights of others. Such equipment should never be played so loudly as to disturb other residents. At no time should amplified sound be directed out windows or room doors Should disruption(s) occur, students may be required to remove the equipment from the residence halls. Remember that while you have a right to play/listen to the auditory entertainment of your choice, other residents have a right to play/listen to their choice of auditory entertainment without disturbance. Headphones are highly recommended. Loud voices, sounds, and other activities may also constitute a violation of this policy."

Residence Hall Agreement: "Resident agrees to use and occupy the premises leased in a careful and lawful manner, for residential purposes only, with it being expressly understood that the resident will not use the premises in any manner which will cause a nuisance to other persons housed by the University, Entertainment by the resident on the premises shall be allowed; however, loud, noisy parties, or any other activities or actions which are disturbing to other residents are prohibited and violation of this prohibition shall be considered a material breach of this Residence Hall Agreement, allowing the University to declare the Agreement forfeited for any one or more such breaches. If the University determines that the resident has carried on such activities for the purpose of having the lease forfeited, the University may elect that the resident:

  1. Lose the right to live in the leased premises
  2. Pay all fees in Resident´s housing agreement (where applicable).

Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities and Disciplinary Procedures: Section 3.2.26 Violation of Residence Hall Rules. Violation of "Residence Hall Rules" may be treated as an offense under these regulations.´

Destruction of University property (Unintentional and/or as a result of mischievousness)

Residence Hall Agreement: The resident agrees to keep the premises leased clean and free from dirt, garbage, trash and to be responsible for the repair of and replacement of any item damaged by the resident, or the resident´s guests, invitees, or agents. If repairs are made necessary because of breach of this agreement or because of acts of omissions of the resident, or resident´s guests, invitees, or agents, the repairs will be made by the University and paid for by the resident ... resident agrees to care for the room in which the resident lives and to exercise reasonable care in the use of common facilities in the residence hall... Residents shall abide by the University Damage Control Policy and shall pay for damages when billed."

Destruction of University property-malicious (vandalism)

Same statutes as those for unintentional destruction applies (see above).

Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities and Disciplinary Procedures: Section 3.2.9 "A student shall take no action which damages or tends to damage property not the student´s own."

Removal of University property from public areas for students own use

Residence Hall Violations and Consequences: "Students who remove furniture from public area will be charged.

Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities and Disciplinary Procedures: Section 3.2.10 "A student shall not appropriate for the student´s own use, sale, or other disposition any property not the student´s own without consent of the owner or person legally responsible for it."

Theft of private or University property

Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities and Disciplinary Procedures: Section 3.2.10 "A student shall not appropriate for the student´s own use, sale, or other disposition any property not the student´s own without the consent of the owner or person legally responsible for it.”

Possession and/or firing off of firecrackers or other combustibles

Residence Hall Agreement: "Resident agrees to keep firearms, firecrackers, gunpowder or other materials or substances which might endanger the health and safety of any person in the residence hall, registered and stored with the CMU Police Department. Only items and substances which are lawfully kept in a residence hall may be kept in the residence hall and the UNIVERSITY reserves the right to refuse the keeping of any item or substance which it feels unreasonably endangers persons in the residence hall."

Storage of dangerous equipment in a student room

Residence Hall Violations and Consequences: "All guns including shotguns, rifles, and handguns brought to campus must be checked and stored with the CMU Police Department. State law requires that all handguns be registered and University regulation requires that all firearms be registered with the CMU Police. Hunting knives, bows and arrows, or other types of dangerous equipment must be checked for storage. Fireworks, gasoline and other combustible materials are prohibited. The possession or use of other pyrotechnics is forbidden by law in Michigan."

Residence Hall Agreement: "Resident agrees to keep firearms, firecrackers, gunpowder or other materials or substances which might endanger the health and safety of any person in the residence hall, registered and stored with the CMU Police Department. The university reserves the right to refuse the keeping of any items or substance which it feels unreasonably endangers persons in the residence hall. Fireworks, gasoline and other combustible materials are prohibited. Law in Michigan forbids the possession or use of other pyrotechnics." 

Please refer to the University Weapons Policy at: https://www.cmich.edu/Documents/General%20Counsel/manual/p03005.pdf

Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities and Disciplinary Procedures: Section 3.2.14 "A student shall not possess or use firearms, explosives (including fireworks), dangerous chemicals, weapons, or items that forcibly eject projectiles and are injurious to others, except as part of an approved educational activity and under the supervision of a university official. Firearms (including BB, pellet and air soft guns) may not be stored in university residences. Firearms used for hunting must be properly registered with the CMU Police Department and stored in compliance with the University regulations. "

Pulling of a false fire alarm

Residence Hall Agreement: "Resident agrees not to tamper with or misuse the fire alarm system or fire fighting equipment."

Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities and Disciplinary Procedures: Section 3.2.7 "A student shall take no action which threatens or endangers the safety, health, or life, or impairs the freedom of any person, nor shall a student make any verbal threat of such action. This includes actions commonly understood to constitute assault, battery, or sexual assault. Sexual assault includes, but is not limited to, inflicting sexual contact upon another person or sexually penetrating any person without that person´s consent. Conduct will be considered without consent if no clear consent is given, or when the inflicted person is unconscious or otherwise without the physical or mental capacity to consent. Inflicting sexual contact on someone under the influence of alcohol or drugs may be considered ´without consent."´

Tampering with fire safety equipment

Intentional breaking of firebox glass.
Same statutes as those for pulling of false fire alarm apply (See above)

Residence Hall Violations and Consequences: "Tampering with fire extinguishers or fire alarm pull stations is a violation of state law and University policy and carries stiff penalties."

Non-participation in fire drills

Residence Hall Violations and Consequences: "State law prescribes that fire drills must be conducted for your safety. You are required to actively participate. When a fire alarm sounds, students should close windows; grab a towel and put on a coat and slippers or shoes; go out the nearest exit; and proceed quietly and orderly away from the building at least 50 feet beyond the outside door. The building should not be re-entered until the all-clear is given."

Use of candles or open flame devices in the Residence Hall

Residence Hall Violations and Consequences: "Keep posters and other combustible decorations at a minimum. Candles, incense, oil lamps and other open-flame objects should not be used in suites."

Excessive accumulation of trash that constitutes a fire hazard

Residence Hall Agreement: "To keep the premises leased clean and free from dirt, garbage, trash..."

Removal of food or utensils from the Residential Restaurants

Residence Hall Violations and Consequences: "The food contract provides for meals served and eaten in the dining rooms. Unless special arrangements such as a sack lunch or floor dinner have been made, no food or beverage may be taken from the dining room except one piece of fresh fruit."

Smoking

Residence Hall Violations and Consequences: No smoking is allowed in any residence hall building. Persons smoking must be at least 25 feet away from the building in order to smoke. The ability to smoke outside should never interfere with the rights of non-smokers.

Cooking in a student room

Residence Hall Violations and Consequences: "Kitchenettes - combination kitchens, pressing room and utility rooms - are available on each floor for preparing light snacks. Students are encouraged to use these facilities since cooking in student suites is prohibited for fire safety, damage, and ventilation reasons."

Refrigerator

"Refrigerators are permitted in student suites. They must not exceed 4.3 cubic feet per suite. You may bring your own or rent one from one of the rental firms approved by the Office of Residence Life and Dining Services Office.”

Microwaves

"Popcorn poppers, George Foreman grills, and other heating and cooking devices may not be used in student rooms except university approved microfridges. All other devices should be used in the kitchenettes available on every floor ... all other microwave ovens are prohibited for reasons of safety and energy conservation with the exception of Campbell, Kesseler, Kulhavi, Celani and Fabiano Halls where microwaves are allowed. All electrical appliances must be UL approved. This seal must appear on both the appliance and the cord."

Overnight guests

Residence Hall Agreement: "The RESIDENT will not allow any person other than another RESIDENT assigned to the room to sleep or reside in the room without the permission of the Residence Hall Director of the residence hall in which the room is located. The UNIVERSITY may require such permission to be in writing via the Overnight Guest Waiver form and may revoke this permission. The resident will not violate the Overnight Guest Waiver that he/she completed for his/her room.

Violation by resident´s guest/visitor

All residents are responsible for the actions and behaviors of their guests/visitors.

Removing screen from window

Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities and Disciplinary Procedures: Section 3.2.9 "A student shall take no action which damages or tends to damage property not the student´s own."

Gambling

Residence Hall Agreement and Residence Hall Violations and Consequences: “The resident agrees not to participate in illegal gambling of any sort on premises leased or controlled by the UNIVERSITY."

Keeping a pet in a residence hall

Residence Hall Agreement and Residence Hall Violations and Consequences: “The resident agrees not to keep or permit in the residence hall any dog, cat, mouse, bird, or other animal, except tropical fish."

Unauthorized waterbed

Residence Hall Agreement and Residence Hall Violations and Consequences: "Some students ask about bringing waterbeds to campus with them. They are allowed under the following conditions:

  1. Waterbeds will be allowed only on ground level because of weight.
  2. All mattresses must be of 24 ml. gauge plastic.
  3. Waterbeds; must have at least a four-board frame and liner at least 5 ml. thick.
  4. Waterbeds must be drained and the heater disconnected for winter and spring breaks.
  5. Students are responsible for any damage that results to University private property.

Unauthorized loft

Residence Hall Violations and Consequences: "Lofts are permitted but must conform to specifications available from the Office of Residence Life. Lofts not conforming to specifications must be removed. The University has no provision for storing lofts over the summer, so they must be removed at the end of the year. If you decide to build a loft, the University-provided room furniture must be stored in your own residence hall room."  Personal lofts are not allowed in Campbell, Kesseler, Kulhavi, Celani, Fabiano and Robinson Halls because the furniture provided may be used as a loft. ​​​​​

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