Our dedicated staff is committed to supporting the mission of Youngstown State University and the Division of Student Experience by facilitating students’ individual development through creating vibrant, inclusive communities where students can establish a sense of home and succeed academically.
Youngstown State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, disability, age, religion or veteran/military status in its programs or activities. Please visit the EIT Home Page for contact information for persons designated to handle questions about this policy.
This Handbook is intended to inform residents about the important aspects of living in our residence halls. One of your first responsibilities as a resident is to read and become familiar with information in this book. All information contained in the Resident Handbook is subject to change as determined by the Office of Housing & Residence Life and Youngstown State University. The most accurate version of the Resident Handbook can be found online on the Office of Housing & Residence Life’s web page at housing.ysu.edu.
At YSU, we view every facet of the campus experience as educational. This includes the experience of living in the residence hall community. As a member of this community, you are granted many rights and privileges. You will be expected to respect the rights and privileges of others. The Housing & Residence Life staff is here for the purpose of assisting you with problems that might interfere with your progress at YSU. Our programs are aimed at assisting you in every area of college life. With a willingness on your part, we feel that a positive residence hall experience will add a great deal to the quality of your total education.
The Housing & Residence Life staff would like to take this opportunity to wish each of you a safe, enjoyable and successful year.
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The most important staff member to you will be your Resident Assistant. This individual is a full-time student who lives on your floor. The RA has received special training to serve residents as an advisor, peer counselor, leader, and resource person. The RA assists students in their adjustment to college life. They also assist in the total operation of the residence hall. They are given the responsibility of maintaining an atmosphere which will enable you to study without interference and enjoy the residence hall environment without disturbing others or damaging property. Anytime you have a question or problem, please don’t hesitate to talk to your Resident Assistant. If you need an RA and your RA is not on your floor, contact the front desk (by phone or in person).
Housing & Residence Life has two Programming Graduate Assistants. These GAs oversee the living learning community events, as well as a broad range of educational & social programs sponsored by Housing & Residence Life. Graduate Assistants are full time graduate students and are available at various hours.
The program coordinator is responsible for the living learning communities, hall association/student leadership, and educational and social programming. The program coordinator supervises the Graduate Assistants.
Cafaro, Lyden, Kilcawley Houses each have a Housing Coordinator who is responsible for that building. This person is a professional, full-time University employee who lives in the building with you. They are typically available 9:00 am–12:00 pm & 1:00 pm–5:00 pm Monday–Friday in the office near the front desk. Wick and Weller houses are supervised by a graduate assistant and they have varied hours. You will also see your Coordinator at other times chatting informally around the residence hall.
DIRECTOR AND ASSOCIATE DIRECTORS OF HOUSING & RESIDENCE LIFE
The Director and Associate Directors of Housing & Residence Life are typically available 8:00 am–5:00 pm Monday–Friday and other times as necessary. They are responsible for the overall operation of Housing & Residence Life and will help you with questions or concerns that your Housing Coordinator cannot help you with. The Director and Associate Directors’ offices are located in Kilcawley House.
HOUSING & RESIDENCE LIFE OFFICE STAFF
The Office of Housing & Residence Life is in Kilcawley House. It is open 8:00 am–5:00pm Monday–Friday. Office Staff can help you with matters such as your account and signing up for housing for next year.
Each term several students paying for a double occupancy room end up with a single room. This usually occurs because of last minute cancellations by their roommate, but it occurs for other reasons as well. At the University’s option, one of three things will occur to the student remaining in the room:
- A new roommate will be assigned to the room.
- The student may be reassigned to another room.
- The student may be allowed to pay for a single room and remain in the room with no roommate until the University wishes to fill the space. Students without a roommate (or anticipating the loss of their roommate) should contact their Housing Coordinator immediately to discuss their options. Housing & Residence Life will do what we can to minimize any inconvenience caused by this situation. Wherever possible, changes will be made during the first few weeks of the term (or at the end of the term for changes occurring at the start of the next term).
Failure to prepare your room for a roommate or intentional obstruction of receiving a roommate can result in a single room charge.
Computer Labs are provided in Cafaro, Kilcawley, Lyden and Wick Houses for the convenience of our residents. A printer will be available for resident use in accordance with YSU policy.
At the beginning of Fall Semester we could experience more students wanting housing than we typically have spaces set up for. In this situation these students could be assigned to a private lounge or increased capacity in one of our larger rooms. These students will be reassigned a regular space as soon as spaces become available.
Your Housing Contract details your rights and responsibilities while living in University Housing. It is important that you are familiar with this document. Please note that the Housing Contract is a year-long contract (see below for details about release from this contract). This contract is available online at housing.ysu.edu.
Your Housing Contract is for the entire academic year (Fall & Spring semesters). This contract is a legal and binding agreement between you and YSU. YSU has established a review board for students who have a legitimate need to break their housing contract but remain enrolled. Application to Terminate Housing Contract forms are available in the Central Housing Office in Kilcawley House. The Director of Housing is available to assist you with this process. If the Review Board determines that your circumstances do not merit termination of the contract, you will be required to honor the contract. Decisions of this board are final. Students who are no longer enrolled at YSU do not need to be released from their contract, but need to notify Housing & Residence Life of their change in enrollment status.
Residence halls are closed during breaks. Students requiring housing during breaks must register for break housing. Applications are available online at the housing website. Applications are due by the Friday two weeks prior to the break. There is a charge for break housing and students may be required to move to a temporary space during the break. Meal plans are not available during breaks. In addition, restricted guest hours are in effect during breaks. At the end of each semester, students are required to leave within 24 hours of their last final exam with Friday evening at 8 PM being the latest a student can stay. Contact the Associate Director for Contracts and Assignments if you need an exception to this policy.
YSU is not responsible for damage and/or loss of possessions. Each resident should have renter’s insurance to cover any losses or damages that may occur. Many students are covered at school by their parent/guardians’ insurance policy. Please ask your parent(s)/guardian(s) about this.
Each resident is strongly encouraged to have health insurance coverage. Health insurance policies may be available through the Student Health Center or International Programs Office.
Each residence hall has wireless access points throughout the building. In addition residents have wired accessibility in residence hall rooms. Contact BBH tech at 1-855-326-9787 with any questions or concerns.
Every resident will be issued a room key, mailbox key and prox card upon check in. If keys are lost, the room lock will be changed and the resident will be charged $55. Prox cards and mailbox keys will be replaced at an additional fee. Keys/prox card are never to be loaned or given to another person to use.
A laundry room is provided in each residence hall for residents’ use. Washers & dryers are available 24 hours a day. There is no charge to residents for laundry. Non-residents are not permitted to use these areas. Clothes in washers or dryers should not be left unattended. Machines requiring service should be reported immediately to the front desk or via your cell phone. Follow the instructions posted in each laundry room. In addition, YSU participates in the LaundryView program. Signs for this service are also posted in the laundry rooms.
U.S. mail and campus mail is picked up and delivered daily Monday through Saturday. Mail is typically placed in residents boxes by 5:00 pm daily.
Packages/Large Mail Items
Items that don’t fit in your mailbox are held at the front desk. A package notification will be sent to you YSU via email.
Overnight or Express mail should also be sent directly to your address. Items will be placed in your mailbox or held at the front desk if they are too large for your mailbox.
Stamps may be purchased at Pete’s Treats in Kilcawley Center.
No mail is forwarded during Winter or Spring breaks. Mail will not be held for non-residents. Once you move out of University Housing, it is important that you file change of address notices so that your mail will get to you. The U.S. Post Office will not forward magazines so it’s important to send a change of address to magazines you subscribe to.
Youngstown, OH Your Zip
205 Madison Ave
Youngstown, OH 44504-1611
251 Madison Ave.
Youngstown, OH 44504-1611
656 Wick Avenue
Youngstown, Ohio 44502
117 University Plaza
Youngstown, OH 44502-1208
658 Wick Avenue
Youngstown, OH 44502-1215
There are four parking lots located near the residence halls: The R92 lot is located on Madison Avenue adjacent to Lyden House. The R3 & R4 lots are located near Kilcawley House. The M2 lot is located by Wick and Weller. Residents of University Housing are allowed to purchase a parking pass that will allow them access to residence hall only lots, in addition to other parking lots/decks on campus.
When you move into your residence hall room, you will be asked to review an online Room Condition Report for your room. It is very important that you review this very carefully to make sure it accurately reflects the condition of your room. When you move out of your room, the condition of the room will be compared to what is recorded on the Room Condition Report. You will be billed for damages to the room that are not noted on the RCR and that exceed normal wear and tear. You may also be billed for suite (Cafaro House only), apartment (Weller House only), and floor damages when appropriate.
If you are billed for damages that you are not responsible for, you may appeal the charges. You must submit an appeal in writing to the Housing Office explaining why you are not responsible for the damages. An Associate Director will either grant or deny the appeal. Appeal decisions made by the Associate Director are final.
If you feel you need a room change, contact your Housing Coordinator. If you are having a problem co-existing with your roommate, see your RA immediately to discuss the problem.
The following Roommate Bill of Rights is a reminder to each resident of his/her responsibility to his/her roommate. Your enjoyment of life in a residence hall will depend, to a large extent, on the thoughtful consideration that you demonstrate for each other. If you are having difficulty with your roommate, contact your RA immediately. Basic rights of a roommate include:
- The right to read and study free from undue interference in one’s room. Unreasonable noise and other distractions inhibit the exercise of this right.
- The right to sleep without undue disturbance from noise, guest of roommate(s), etc.
- The right to expect that a roommate will respect one’s personal belongings.
- The right to a clean environment in which to live.
- The right to free access to one’s room and facilities without pressure from the roommate(s).
- The right to privacy.
- The right to host guests with the expectation that guests are to respect the rights of the host roommate(s) and other hall residents.
- The right to address grievances. Your Resident Assistant is available for assistance.
- The right to be free from fear of intimidation, physical and/or emotional harm.
- The right to expect reasonable cooperation and the use of “room shared” appliances.
If you see something that is a concern, please contact the front desk or University Police at 330-941-3527). Our public areas (including corridors) are equipped with video cameras to deter criminal or problem behavior. All fire exit doors are alarmed. Each room has a peephole and a deadbolt lock. Students are encouraged to keep their doors locked at all times. All buildings have modern fire alarm and sprinkler equipment.
Single rooms may be available in some residence halls, depending upon occupancy. There is an additional charge for single rooms. If you require a single room, please contact the Housing Office.
Valuable items should be kept in a secure place. Student rooms should be deadbolt locked at all times. Textbooks are particularly susceptible to theft. Students should not leave textbooks unattended.
If theft/damage occurs, please report any theft/damage immediately to the Front Desk. They will contact University Police to take a statement and begin an investigation.
In the event of severe weather watches/ warnings, YSU Police will notify Housing & Residence Life Staff. If a tornado is reported, YSU Police will sound the Tornado Alarm in your residence hall. Residents should report to the lowest level or tornado shelter immediately and wait for the all clear signal from YSU Police.
The following immunizations are required for all students applying to live in University Housing at Youngstown State University.
T-dap: One (1) adult dose in the last 10 years
Hepatitis B: Three (3) doses of Hepatitis B OR lab report confirming immunity
MMR: Two (2) doses of MMR (second one must have occurred on or after first birthday) OR Two (2) doses of Measles, Two (2) doses Mumps, and One (1) dose of Rubella OR lab reporting confirming immunity for each.
Varicella: Two (2) doses of varicella OR Lab report confirming immunity
Polio: Four (4) doses of IPV or OPV. Only required for those students who will be younger than 18 at the start of the semester.
Meningococcal conjugate (ACWY): One (1) dose since age 16
Vending machines are conveniently located in each residence hall. If you notice that a machine is out of stock, please inform the front desk.
- Sheets (extra long twin)
- Pillow/Pillow Case
- Soap, Shampoo, Toothpaste, Deodorant, etc.
- Shower caddy to carry toiletry items to the bathroom
- Flip-flops to wear in the shower
Things to make your room more comfortable
- Posters, Pictures of Friends/Family
- Personal Mementos
- Rugs (Cafaro and Lyden House rooms are not carpeted)
- TV, Computer, Gaming systems
- Keurig (or similar) Brewing System, toaster, hot air popcorn popper, and/or hot pot. These are the only allowed appliances.
Please note: Each room is provided with a micro/fridge which is to be shared by the occupants of the room.
- Laundry Items (laundry bag, soap, dryer sheets, etc.)
- Power Strips (with breaker switch for electrical items)
- Pets (including fish)
- Coffee Pots (Keurig brewing systems are permitted)
- Refrigerators and Microwaves – as they are supplied
- Hot plates
- All cooking devices not listed above
- Air Conditioners (all of our buildings are air conditioned)
- Halogen Lamps
- Alcohol and Illegal Drugs (as deemed by the State and Federal Governments)
- Extension Cords (power strip is OK)
- Candles, Incense, Hooka, e-cigarettes and vaping pens
- Bed lofts, lofting kits and/or bed risers
- Medusa lamps with plastic shades
- Additional beds, sofas, armchairs
Living in campus residence halls is an opportunity to be enjoyed by students at Youngstown State University. As a member of this community, you will be granted many rights and privileges. In return you will be expected to respect the rights and privileges of others. These rules and regulations and The Code (YSU’s code of conduct for each student) are intended to facilitate a comfortable living environment for all resident students. Both of these materials are available to you via the YSU web site. Your responsibility is to become familiar with and observe these rules and regulations. Violation of these rules and regulations constitutes a breach of your housing contract and can result in disciplinary action. All residents are expected to cooperate with members of the residence hall staff and to respect their requests.
RESIDENCE HALL STUDENT CONDUCT
Residence hall conduct is intended to be educational. It is also a method of maintaining a positive community living environment. When your behavior is disruptive to the community environment you will be subject to the student conduct process.
Typically a reminder from your Resident Assistant will be sufficient to correct minor concerns. For situations where a reminder is not successful, the following action will take place:
- A Resident Assistant will write a description of what occurred in an Incident Report
- A Housing Coordinator will notify you via email that a complaint has been received about you. You are expected to meet with the Housing Coordinator for a conference to discuss the incident and determine if the matter can be concluded or if you should be referred to the University Conduct Board.
- If you are found responsible for a violation, sanctions will be issued. Non-compliance with sanctions will result in further disciplinary action.
Continued inappropriate behavior beyond the initial conference becomes a serious problem. Corrective action is normally progressive in nature; that is, repeated violations resulting in student conduct action should lead to progressively stronger sanctions. Infractions normally start with verbal warnings, then progress to a conference, restitution, probation, and up to and including removal from the residence hall, suspension and/or expulsion. It is expected that most cases will be disposed of in this manner; however, the seriousness of certain offenses justifies immediate removal from the residence hall pending the outcome of a conduct hearing. These offenses may include violent behavior, possession of a weapon, possession of illegal drugs, and any form of intimidation of other residents.
The use or possession of alcoholic beverages in the residence hall and/or disorderly conduct due to consumption of alcohol is strictly prohibited. Empty alcohol bottles are also prohibited. Residents are held responsible for any alcohol containers in their room. Underage drinking is a violation of state laws and will be treated as such by Housing & Residence Life officials and YSU Police. Please note that residents will be held responsible for the actions of their guests. Housing staff may inspect your packages if they suspect you have alcohol. Alcoholic beverages will be confiscated and disposed of. If you are so intoxicated that you may be a danger to yourself or others you will be transported to the hospital for treatment. Underage drinking and other criminal violations may be subject to criminal prosecution. Parents of students under 21 will be informed of alcohol violations.
Each resident room is equipped with a micro/fridge unit. Additional refrigerators or microwaves are not permitted. Other cooking appliances are prohibited with the exception of Kuerig (or Keurig-like) systems, hot air popcorn poppers, hot pots and toasters. Kuerig Systems, hot air popcorn popper, hot pots, and toasters are allowed. Each residence hall has a kitchen. It contains a stove, oven, and refrigerator. You are responsible for cleaning the kitchen when you are finished. If you are irresponsible regarding fire safety (repeated fire alarms due to burnt food), you may be subject to disciplinary action.
The bathroom facilities located on gender specific floors or within gender specific suites may only be used by students of the specified gender. (i.e. the bathroom on a female floor will be designated an all female bathroom). Entering opposite gendered bathrooms is prohibited. There are guest bathrooms in each hall.
CARE OF YOUR ROOM
It is your responsibility to take care of your room, suite, apartment and its furnishings. This includes keeping your space clean. This includes refraining from defacing the walls, ceilings, floors and room doors by the use of paint, nails, tape, glue, screws, or other damaging fasteners. We recommend that you use blue painters tape. It is a good idea to ask a staff member if there is some question about what can or cannot be done in a room. Staff members may ask you to refrain from hanging anything from the ceiling.
After you check into your room you will receive instructions on how to review your online RCR (Room Condition Report). You should carefully compare the condition of your room to the RCR and note discrepancies before accepting the RCR as you will be responsible for leaving your room in the same condition you found it. If damages are noted at check-out that were not indicated on the RCR, you will be responsible for applicable charges. Belongings left in a room after check-out or at the end of the year will be donated to a local charity or disposed of. Intentional damage or defacement of University property (i.e. your room, residence hall public areas) will be considered an act of vandalism. If you fail to clean your room prior to checkout you will be charged to have it cleaned. If roommates do not identify the responsible individual, the cost will be equally split between roommates.
Items, including posters, signs etc. that may be hurtful, derogatory or obscene to a reasonable person are not allowed in public areas (suite common area doors & walls, hall walls and outside of room doors).
Tampering with the wireless access point/ports is prohibited.
CLEANLINESS AND ROOM INSPECTIONS
You are responsible for maintaining the cleanliness of your room/suite/apartment. Food must be kept in refrigerators or closed containers. Inspection of rooms will be held periodically to ensure healthy and safe conditions. Should you develop a problem with insects, etc., notify your Housing Coordinator immediately so appropriate measures can be taken to correct the problem. The University reserves the right of entry into any room for the purpose of inspection, cleaning, repair, or discipline.
COOPERATION WITH STAFF
You and your guests are expected to cooperate with Housing & Residence Life Staff. You will be expected to show proper identification when requested by Housing & Residence Life Staff if not already obtained by the front desk. Falsification or misrepresentation of yourself or refusal to provide such information to staff is prohibited. If you or your guests fail to comply with reasonable requests from staff in the performance of their duties, you and/or your guest will be subject to disciplinary action. Your guest may be told to leave and may not be allowed to visit in the future.
Courtesy hours are in effect 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Courtesy hours mean that you will respect the rights and privileges of other residents. The noise level must not interfere with those students who want and need to study at any given time. If you are asked to be quiet, you should respond promptly and courteously.
**If an speaker or television is left on at a high volume and the resident is not present in the room, Housing & Residence Life reserves the right to enter the room and turn off equipment.
Bicycles, skateboards, scooters, rollerblades, hall ball, or other similar behavior that may cause damage to the halls or cause a disturbance to other residents is not permitted in the residence halls.
DOOR POLICY (ENTRANCE/EXIT)
For your security and protection, all exterior doors to the residence halls are locked 24/7. You must enter the residence halls through the main lobbies. You should be prepared to show your identification if asked by Housing & Residence Life personnel. If you assist anyone enter the residence halls through any entrance other than the main lobby entrance you are subject to disciplinary action. The person you let in will also be subject to disciplinary action.
The use, possession, dispensing, distribution, manufacture, being under the influence of controlled substances, paraphernalia and/or illegal drugs is strictly prohibited and is a violation of state and federal laws. Medical marijuana is prohibited. Intentional misuse or abuse of prescription and/or over the counter drugs including, but not limited to taking somebody else’s prescription drugs or using drugs in a manner other than intended, is strictly prohibited. YSU Police will be notified immediately. Parents of students under 21 will be informed of drug violations.
The following items are prohibited and include but are not limited to hot plates, microwave ovens (except as provided by housing), space heaters, air conditioners, refrigerators, toaster ovens, extension cords, halogen torchiere’ lamps (above 50 watts) and George Foreman grills. Equipment not in compliance with safety standards will not be permitted in rooms. If you have a question about an item, you should ask your Housing Coordinator.
Depending on the volume of use, the elevator may take a few seconds or several minutes to arrive. Nothing you do will make the elevator respond more quickly. Pulling on doors or bouncing on the floor of the elevator will damage it and can be dangerous. Students are expected to follow all posted elevator guidelines/ notifications.
Charges to repair the elevator will be borne by the individual(s) damaging the elevator. If the individual(s) cannot be identified the cost will be paid by all residents.
You must meet your guest at the front desk to sign them in. You will be expected to stay with your guest at all times. All guests must leave picture identification (a current driver’s license, college ID, or military ID only) at the desk. Your guest must sign out at the desk every time they leaves the residence hall. Their ID card will be returned at this time.
Illegal or unauthorized use of any fire-warning or fire-fighting equipment on University-owned or -controlled property is prohibited.
All fires must be reported to YSU Police or Housing & Residence Life staff. The fire alarm should be sounded regardless of the nature and the size of the fire. The building will be evacuated each time an alarm sounds even if a false alarm is suspected. You should not return to the building until an authorized all-clear signal is given or you are told by a police officer that you can return.
If you use a fire extinguisher for any purpose you must report it to Housing & Residence Life Staff so that the extinguisher can be refilled. Tampering with or disabling smoke detectors is prohibited. You should familiarize yourself with all building exits so that you can vacate the building by the nearest exit.
Two fire drills will be conducted each semester. Failure to evacuate the building during a fire alarm will result in disciplinary action.
FIRES, FIREWORKS, FIREARMS, WEAPONS
You may not burn or ignite any object. Candles, incense, etc. are a fire hazard and are prohibited. Live Christmas trees and most other holiday decorations (except small lights) are also prohibited. E-cigarettes, vape pens, hooka are not permitted due to the sensitivity of our fire safety equipment.
The possession or use of firearms, ammunition, knives (with the exception of a foldable pocket knife with a blade less than 2 inches which is primarily used in the furtherance of a student’s education in their chosen program, trade or usage for an student’s current employment or a kitchen knife used expressly for preparing and consuming food), swords, explosives (e.g., firecrackers) or other dangerous weapons or use of hazardous or combustible materials is prohibited in the residence halls.
In addition, paintball guns, pellet/BB guns, handcuffs, stun guns/tasers or any similar object that may be used to do harm are not permitted in the residence halls. Pepper spray may not be used recreationally, or without proper cause, in the residence halls. Pepper spray or similar items should be used for emergencies only. Housing & Residence Life reserves the right to confiscate any object that may be used for inappropriate behavior.
Soft pellet guns, toy guns and water guns are also prohibited from the residence halls.
FURNITURE AND EQUIPMENT
You should not modify the furniture (beds, dressers, etc.) in any way. Non-university lofts, loft kits and bed risers are strictly prohibited. Furniture and equipment should not be taken from public areas of the building to your room without prior consent of the Housing & Residence Life staff. Existing bedroom furniture must remain in bedrooms. This includes all pieces of loft kits. No additional beds/furniture may be added to rooms/suites without permission from your Housing Coordinator. It is the responsibility of the student to loft/de-loft/reloft beds.
INSPECTION OF PACKAGES
Housing & Residence Life reserves the right to have any staff or front desk attendant search any items / packages / bags that enter the residence halls. This applies to guests as well as residents.
You have been issued a key/prox card to your room and for admittance to the building. It is illegal to copy University keys. You should deadbolt lock your door whenever you leave your room. Do not leave your door open, do not lend your key/prox card to anyone, and report any unauthorized persons found in your room. If your key/prox card is damaged, lost or stolen, report it immediately to your Housing Coordinator. All lost keys must also be reported to YSUPD. Do not alter the lock or room door and/or rig the room door to open without using your key/prox card.
If you lock yourself out of the room, the front desk can assist you. You will have a limited amount of time to return the spare key and show proof of your room key.
Each resident of University Housing (excluding Weller residents) is provided with a meal plan as part of their room & board. Pete’s Points/ Flex Dollars are provided with each resident’s meal plan. These points may not be used to purchase alcohol, tobacco or other designated non-food items. Residents may not give their YSU ID to anyone with the purpose of having them use their meal plan. A meal plan may only be used by the resident it is assigned to.
Residents have two weeks at the beginning of each semester to change their meal plan. Balances may be checked on the GET App – down load it here: https://get.cbord.com/ysu/full/login.php 
Any student on a meal plan who is permitted to leave University Housing (whether remaining a student at YSU or not) is responsible for the cost of Pete’s Points/ Flex Dollars used that goes beyond the prorated weekly allotment. Unused Pete’s Points/ Flex Dollars are not refunded.
PHOTOGRAPHIC AND RECORDING EQUIPMENT
Unauthorized use of video, photographic, listening device, and recording equipment (including but not limited to web cameras, cell phones, and audio recorders) in common areas (including but not limited to hallways, lounges, stairwells, and restrooms) of residence halls is prohibited. Recording people without permission is not allowed.
Housing and Residence Life have cameras throughout the halls that are used for safety and investigation of policy violations.
PHYSICAL OR VERBAL ABUSE
You are expected to treat all persons with respect and dignity. You are not permitted to physically or verbally assault any resident including yourself. This includes sexual assault, harassment and/or threats. Slurs regarding a person’s racial, ethnic, or sexual orientation are considered verbal abuse. All forms of physical or verbal abuse are prohibited, including over the phone or via the internet/social media.
Quiet hours are in effect Sunday–Thursday from 11:00 pm–9:00 am in Kilcawley, Wick, Weller, Cafaro and Lyden Houses. On Friday and Saturday quiet hours are from midnight to 10am in all houses. During finals week, 24-hour quiet hours are in effect in all residence halls.
The following regulations are in effect during quiet hours:
- The volume of speakers will be kept at a level that cannot be heard outside the suite/room or outside the building.
- There will be no loud talking or other noise which will disturb residents who wish to study or sleep.
- Running, yelling, or other disruptive behavior is not permitted in the corridors.
For health and safety reasons, no more than 3 guests are permitted in a room at one time. Housing Staff has the right to monitor the number of guests and room capacity at any given time.
ROOM ENTRY/ ROOM SEARCHES
Entering rooms other than your own without the permission of a resident of that room is not allowed and resident of that room must be present. No RA is authorized to let you enter any room other than your own. The University reserves the right of entry to any room for the purpose of inspection, cleaning, maintenance, repair or determine if University policy is being violated. Health & Safety Inspections will be held at least once a semester and additionally as necessary. Housing & Residence Life staff may perform visual searches of any resident room.
Residence hall public areas (including corridors) and exterior areas are equipped with security cameras. Security cameras may never be covered or turned off for any reason. Tampering with security cameras and/or interfering in security camera equipment’s normal operating function in any way is prohibited.
YSU Residence halls are smoke and tobacco free therefore, no smoking or tobacco use is permitted in the residence halls. Smoking is only permitted in outdoor areas at least 50 feet away from the building. Hooka, electronic cigarettes and vaporizers may not be used in residence halls.
SOLICITING OR SELLING
Door-to-door or other solicitations, selling, or non-university event advertising is prohibited in the residence halls and Christman. Student organizations who wish to promote their organization or event in residence halls must get permission to do so from the Vice President of Student Affairs or their designee. Personal Services including but not limited to tattoos, piercings, haircuts, etc are not permitted in the residence halls.
Sports equipment, bicycles, skateboards, scooters, Segway’s/monorovers, roller blades or other similar equipment and behavior that may cause damage to the halls or cause a disturbance to other residents is not permitted to be used in the residence halls. Hoover boards are not allowed in any residence hall.
Your room has a trash container. Room trash from your container should be dumped in the trash containers in the hallway. Items that do not fit in the hallway trash container must be taken by residents to the nearest dumpster. Weller residents must take their trash to the dumpster. Recycling is encouraged when available.
Unauthorized possession or use of University property, or property of a member of the University community, or property of a campus visitor is prohibited. This includes taking public area furniture into residence hall rooms. Unauthorized entry into restricted areas ( e.g. residence hall maintenance rooms) is prohibited.
VANDALISM AND DAMAGES
You are responsible for damages to, or loss of, University property in your room, suite and/or apartment. In addition, you are expected to report stolen or damaged property. In the case of damages in the hallways or other public areas of the building, charges will be assessed to those responsible. In the event that it is impossible to determine responsibility, the charges may be divided equally among all residents. Requests for maintenance or repair should be reported immediately to your RA or front desk.
A visitor is defined as any individual who visits a residence hall in which they are not assigned. In the interest of the rights of roommates and other hall residents, there are limits to the frequency and duration of visitors. Visitors must be at least 16 years old and must present a valid photo I.D. All visitors must be accompanied by the host at all times which includes rooms, suites apartments, corridors, floor lounges, study lounges or the basement. You will be held accountable for the conduct of your visitors, and visitors are expected to abide by all Housing policies. Whenever you see a non-resident unaccompanied by a resident host, you should report it to the front desk or an RA.
Visitors may stay in University Housing facilities a maximum of 3 nights in any 7 day period. This includes all buildings. Parents are expected to sign in as visitors. A maximum of 3 visitors may be signed in per room at any given time. Residents are expected to sign in visitors accordingly.
Visitation policy is in effect 24 hours, however visitors must adhere to overnight restrictions. Overnight visitors are permitted. However, in a shared bedroom, permission from all roommates must be gained before a visitor may remain overnight. In the case of visitors who are visiting, but not remaining overnight, care must be taken to allow for the rights of all roommates to enjoy the privacy of their shared room. Students are expected to respect the rights of their roommates, suitemates, etc. whenever present, be it overnight or not. The privilege to host a visitor does not supersede the rights of the assigned roommates.
During breaks no overnight visitors are permitted.
Housing & Residence Life officials reserve the right to deny any visitor the right to visit the residence halls.
We do not provide a bed or bedding for visitors of our residence halls.
WINDOWS AND SCREENS
Windows and screens are an important part of building security and appearance. Tampering with windows and screens will not be tolerated. Screens may not be removed from windows for any reason. Any damage to windows or screens should be reported immediately. Nothing should ever be thrown from your windows or brought in through them.
- Do not connect anything to the campus network but your PC. (No wireless access points, no hubs, etc.)
- Do not configure a modem to auto-answer.
- Do not download copyrighted materials. This is illegal.
- Do not impair or interfere with another person’s use of the campus network or the internet.
- Do not harass others or send threatening or obscene materials or messages to others. Altering of email headers is prohibited.
- Do not leave your PC unattended after you have logged on to the Housing network. Sharing accounts is prohibited. You are responsible for all activities that transpire under your password and user ID. Promptly logoff when finished to limit your liability.
- Do not use Housing Network, University network or PC lab facilities as a base for a personal business.
- Do not access a machine or service for which you have not been authorized.
- Do not scan one or more machines to see what is running.
- Do not participate in peer-to-peer file sharing programs. This is prohibited.
- Do password protect any local file sharing that you may do.
- Do conduct yourself in a professional manner and seek to conform to a high moral standard.
For questions regarding this protocol, contact the BBH at 855-326-9787
STEP BY STEP GUIDE FOR CONNECTING DEVICES TO HOUSING WIRELESS NETWORK.
Step 1: Connect to the YSU Housing wireless network from device
Step 2: Visit www.ysuhousingwifi.com
Step 3: Enter login credentials provided to you at move in.
Step 4: Add or Manage devices
HOUSING & RESIDENCE LIFE DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS
Students found in violation of Housing & Residence Life policies will be subject to the University Student Conduct process. Housing & Residence Life disciplinary actions are a part of the University Student Conduct process.
DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS INCLUDE ANY OF THE FOLLOWING PROCEDURES:
Incident Report: When a violation of policy occurs in the residence halls, the violation is documented, typically by a Residential Assistant, in the form of an incident report. This report is given to Housing & Residence Life staff.
Email Notification: This is a written notice from Housing & Residence Life Staff that a report has been received indicating you may have violated a University regulation. You will be asked to schedule an appointment with Housing & Residence Life Staff to discuss the alleged violation.
Conduct Conference/Hearing: A meeting between the alleged violator(s) and either Housing & Residence Life staff or the University Conduct Officer/Board.
DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS MAY INCLUDE ANY OF THE FOLLOWING SANCTIONS:
Removal/Restriction of Property: You may be asked to remove objectionable property (or it may be taken from you) such as a stereo that has been repeatedly played too loudly, unsafe electrical appliances, etc.
Education/Community Service Assignment: You may be given a supervised community service/educational assignment appropriate to the situation.
Room/House Transfer: You may be required to transfer houses and/or rooms.
Termination/Restriction of Privilege: Your privileges may be terminated or restricted for violating certain regulations. For instance, your visitation and/or your guests’ visitation privileges may be restricted or terminated for violation of visitation regulations.
Restitution: You may be asked to make compensation for any loss, damage, or injury your violation causes. This may take the form of additional service as well as monetary or material replacement.
Warning: You may be given a written notification that you have violated institutional regulations. This written warning means that further problems may result in more serious sanctions being placed on you. You may be placed on disciplinary warning for a period not to exceed one academic year.
Disciplinary Probation: You may be placed on disciplinary probation which is notice in writing that any subsequent violation(s) of University regulation may result in suspension or expulsion and/or imposition of restrictions or conditions consistent with the offense committed and your rehabilitation.
Removal from University Housing: You may be removed from the Residence Hall for a specified period of time. You may not be allowed to visit the Resident Halls or Dining Facilities following your removal. You will not receive any refund of housing fees.
Disciplinary Suspension: You will be separated from the University for a specified period of time (not to exceed one academic year) after which time you are eligible to return. You will not receive any refund of housing fees.
Disciplinary Expulsion: You will be separated from the University under circumstances in which readmission would be rare. You will not receive any refund of housing fees.
Parental Notification: The University may notify parents of students who are under 21 years old when they are found responsible for violating alcohol and/or drug policies.