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All policies may be amended or changed at any time at the discretion of the Office of Residence Life & Housing.

The purpose of the residential community at Emory University is to enhance the academic environment and provide students with a well-maintained, safe, and positive living experience. You have the right to expect an environment that is conducive to study, sleep, and socialization. Many diverse individuals comprise the residential community at Emory. As a result of this shared environment, it is necessary for the University to have policies and procedures in place that serve as standards for all residents’ behaviors. These policies are not meant to hinder the student but to protect individual and community rights.  

It is an expectation that once students sign their respective Housing Agreements, they understand the rules and regulations of living in campus housing—regardless of whether residency is within a traditional hall, suite, apartment, fraternity house, sorority house, theme house, or at Clairmont Campus. Throughout the year, publications, brochures, electronic mail messages, and flyers are distributed, sent, or posted in an attempt to convey information to residents. Information is also provided through the use of floor meetings and interaction between hall staff and residents. You are ultimately responsible for knowing about, and are held accountable for, the information listed below as well as information noted in the Emory Campus Life Handbook. Residence hall staff (i.e. Resident Advisor, Residence Hall Director, Area Director, House Director, Complex Director) do not give verbal or written warnings for violations of rules, policies, or procedures outside of what may already be stated in Residence Life & Housing publications or what has been previously stated within the residential facilities. When residents violate policies, the University is obligated to take action. For more information, please refer to the Undergraduate Code of Conduct or contact the Office of Student Conduct (404.727.7190).

Abandoned Possessions
It is important that you remove all personal possessions, furnishings, trash, and discarded items at the time you depart your room/apartment. Property left behind in your room will be considered abandoned and will become the property of the University. You will be charged for the removal of any abandoned items from your former room/apartment.

Acts of Intolerance
Emory University is committed to fostering an environment in which all members of the residence halls can live and study free from acts of intolerance. In conjunction with the University’s discriminatory harassment policy, the Office of Residence Life and Housing and Student Conduct have drafted an Act of Intolerance (AOI) Reporting Protocol.

An AOI is defined as any act (oral, written, graphic, or physical) directed against any person or group as a result of their personage including but not limited to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, ability, or veteran’s status, that has the effect of creating an offensive, demeaning, intimidating or hostile environment for that person in particular or others who may see, hear, or otherwise witness the act. Furthermore, students’ use of epithets or names in a derogatory manner will be constituted as an “AOI.” Acts of Intolerance will be handled through the Residence Life disciplinary procedures or the Conduct Code, depending upon the nature of the act.

For more information, please reference the Act of Intolerance (AOI) Reporting Protocol.

Emory University abides by Georgia State law concerning the sale, possession, and use of alcohol. Students under the age of twenty-one (21) who purchase or knowingly possess an alcoholic beverage violate state law and University policy.

Residents under the age of 21:

  • Are not permitted to be in possession of, consume, or store alcohol in any residence halls, consistent with state law.

Residents over the age of 21:

  • Are permitted to be in possession of, consume or store alcohol in any residence halls, consistent with state law, with the exception of those at Oxford College. Possessing, consuming and/or storing alcohol is prohibited in all residence halls at Oxford College.

Alcohol is not allowed in community spaces (such as lobbies, lounges, study rooms, or hallways) without prior approval from Residence Life and Housing, with the exception of organizations that fall under the Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life. Fraternities and sororities are required to follow regulations from the Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life (OSFL) and from their respective national organizations. Other individuals or groups who wish to serve alcohol in community spaces of residence halls should complete the Campus Life online registration form.

Common containers (such as kegs and punch bowls) are not permitted in residence halls or food service areas of residence halls.

Activities (e.g. drinking games) and paraphernalia (i.e. funnels, beer pong tables, and ice slides) that promote the rapid and unsafe consumption of alcohol are also prohibited within residence halls and contiguous areas.

Brewing or production of alcohol beverages is prohibited.

Residents of university residence halls are required to inform all guests of the aforementioned regulations and to make sure their guests abide by all provisions of this policy. In cases where the guest of a resident violates this policy, the hosting resident will be subject to disciplinary consequences.

No permanent alterations can be made to a room or apartment. This includes painting the walls. All shelves, beds, tarps, etc., must be free-standing and may not be affixed to walls, balconies, or other permanent fixtures. Ceiling fans, dimmer switches, and other electrical alterations are prohibited. Prior approval by the Office of Residence Life & Housing is required to make any modifications to a room/apartment. When approved, such modifications become the property of Emory University and must remain when the resident departs their room/ apartment.

For your safety, the following items may not be hung, draped, or otherwise affixed to your balconies:

• Flags
• Tarps
• Hammocks
• Other tapestry or large decorative items
• Holiday lights

Throwing any items (including fireworks) off of balconies is also prohibited. This behavior is considered a conduct violation and may result in the termination of your Housing/ Lease Agreement. Balconies include any platforms overlooking an area below, whether they be outside an apartment or in a breezeway.

Bicycles, Motorcycles, and Scooters
We strongly suggest that you register your bicycle with the Emory Police Department and keep it locked when not in use. Bicycles may not be stored in stairwells, hallways or other common areas of residence halls. Those found in the stairwells will be removed for safety reasons, and placed in storage. Bicycles should be parked on the available bicycle racks. When left at the end of the year, bicycles are considered abandoned and will be removed and then disposed of in a charitable manner.

Vehicles with combustion engines may not be stored in or around the residence halls. Motorcycles and scooters should be parked in their designated parking spaces. Vehicles found in violation of this policy will be removed by the University, and all cost associated will be charged to the responsible party’s student account.

Candles and Incense
Candles, incense, and other combustible materials are prohibited in the residence halls, regardless of decorative purposes. Students who desire exemption for religious practices must receive approval in writing from the appropriate Area Director prior to use or possession in the residence halls.

In those residential areas that permit family residency, parents or guardians are expected to ensure supervision of their children at all times and will be held accountable for their children’s actions. Children should not be allowed to play in areas that could be dangerous to their welfare. Children under 12 must be supervised by an adult in all common spaces, including the student programming rooms, computer labs, exercise facilities, laundry rooms, lobbies, the Penthouse, music practice rooms, and the grounds of the Student Activity and Academic Center. Failure to properly supervise children will be considered a lease violation and can affect residential eligibility.

With the exception of the apartment-style residence halls (Clairmont Campus and Clifton Tower), residents may not cook in their rooms. Because of the fire hazards, sanitation problems, and power consumption involved, cooking is restricted to common kitchens provided in each residence halls. Only the following appliances are permitted in your room: blenders, coffee makers, popcorn poppers, and small hot pots (no exposed coils). Except for MicroFridges™, microwaves are only permitted in apartment-style residential facilities. All items must be Underwriters Laboratory (UL) approved. Residence hall staff will confiscate and place in storage anything present in your room that violates this policy.

Residents may use kitchen appliances at their own risk and expense. Residential staff may confiscate any item present in a resident's room or apartment that violates this policy.

Residents are encouraged to personalize their rooms, while still following the guidelines below.

a. Residents may not paint any piece of University furniture or surface in their rooms.
b. Light fixtures and sprinkler heads should never be used to hang things, as they are not mounted to hold additional weight. Additional weight on sprinkler heads will cause them to burst and flood the area.
c. Decorations for your room consisting of sheets, nets, or large pieces of material hung or draped from the ceilings/walls are prohibited. Large pieces of material are considered a fire hazard, especially when draped across the ceiling.
d. Overhead or room lights may not be covered with any material.
e. Though neon lights are permitted within the residential facilities, they may not be placed in windows or be seen from the exterior of the building.
f. Black (or dark) overhead light bulbs are prohibited in student rooms, lounges, houses, and hallways.
g. An easily removable adhesive (3M Command™ Adhesives or white gum-type adhesive) or thumb tacks and small nails (that won't leave a hole bigger than a thumbtack hole) must be used to hang posters, prints, and pictures. Be sure to test the adhesive on a small, hidden area of your room before using. You will be charged at the end of the year for any damage caused by adhesive product. Velcro, double-sided tape, hooks with double-sided tape, etc. will damage surfaces and is prohibited.
h. Alcohol and drug paraphernalia and candles or other incendiary devices may not be present in any residence hall, regardless of decorative purpose.
i. No alterations are to be made to the furniture, fixtures, or surfaces provided by the University and no construction or alteration of any type may take place within a room without the express written consent of the Office of Residence Life & Housing.
j. No live/cut trees are permitted in any residential facility. Artificial trees should not block access to fire safety equipment or exits, and should be treated with fire protection.
k. Only UL approved lights are permitted. Halogen floor and desk lamps are prohibited. Do not overload outlets or hang lights near flammable materials. Be sure to unplug decorative lights at the end of the day. No candles or open flames. Lights may not be hung from sprinkler heads,the exterior of the apartment door, or on balconies.
l. Furnishings are not to be used for any function other than their intended purpose. University equipment, furniture, or furnishing may not be removed or disassembled. Students will be charged for replacement or repair costs.

Discrimination and Harassment
It is the policy of Emory University that all employees and students should be able to enjoy and work in an educational environment free from discriminatory harassment. Harassment of any person or groups of persons on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, handicap, or veteran’s status is a form of discrimination specifically prohibited in the Emory University community. Any employee, student, student organization, or person privileged to work or study in the Emory University community who violates this policy will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including permanent exclusion from the University.

Discriminatory harassment includes conduct (oral, written, graphic or physical) directed against any person because of their race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, handicap, or veteran’s status and that has the purpose or reasonably foreseeable effect of creating an offensive, demeaning, intimidating, or hostile environment for that person or group of persons. Such conduct includes but is not limited to, objectionable epithets, demeaning depiction or treatment, and threatening or actual abuse or harm.

Drugs and Paraphernalia
The use, possession, sale, or distribution of paraphernalia, narcotics or illegal drugs (e.g., marijuana, ecstasy, cocaine) is strictly prohibited on the campus and in the residence halls of Emory University. The unauthorized use of, possession, sale, or distribution of drugs sometimes prescribed for medical purposes (e.g., antidepressants, amphetamines, barbiturates, and tranquilizers) is also strictly prohibited. Pipes, bongs, hookahs, and the like are not permitted. The Office of Residence Life reserves the right to confiscate such items, regardless of their decorative purpose. Students are subject to judicial action if they are present in the room when any of the aforementioned drug violations take place.

Electrical Appliances
In order to insure maximum health and safety standards in all residential facilities, several categories of electrical appliances have been established. Any unapproved or hazardous appliace found within any residential facility may be confiscated by a member of the residential staff.

• Approved Appliances (all items must be Underwriters Laboratories (UL) approved): clocks, televisions, musical appliances, electric razors, air purifiers, hair dryers, blenders, coffee makers, irons, hot air popcorn poppers, and fans.
• Prohibited Appliances that may not be used or stored in residential facilities: toasters, toaster ovens, convection ovens, electric skillets, waffle or crepe pans, crock pots, hot plates, hamburger makers, George Foreman Grills (or similar devices), space heaters, electric blankets, or halogen lamps.

Electrical Extensions Policy
In the interest of fire and life safety, and upon the recommendation of national and local fire officials, the use or possession of extension cords, multiple plugs, multiple plug converters, or air fresheners with an additional plug adaptor are prohibited within all University residential facilities. Residents are permitted to use Underwriter’s Laboratories (UL) approved power strips with circuit breakers. Extension cords, multiple plugs, multiple plug converters, or air fresheners with an additional plug adaptor found by staff will be confiscated.

Explosives and Weapons
Possession of any firearms, pellet guns, paint ball guns, Airsoft guns, knives, target rifles, fireworks, nunchaku, and other items that are considered to be dangerous is strictly prohibited. Any item of this nature found in a student room will be confiscated by hall staff and the occupants of the room will be referred to the conduct process for disciplinary action.

Use of fireplaces in any residence hall is prohibited.

Fire Safety
Fire alarms, suppression systems and other safety equipment are located throughout all residential facilities. Residential staff review evacuation procedures during initial floor meetings at the beginning of each acaemic year. These procedures may also be found in hallways/corridors within the residential facility. Residents should be familiar with multiple means of egress in the event the most convenient or traveled path is not available.

Residents should report inoperable equipment or equipment that has been tampered with immediately to a member of the hall staff. Strong disciplinary action, which may include termination of the Housing Agreement and/or suspension from teh University, will result for those residents responsible for starting a fire in/near any residential facility, tampering with fire alarm equipment (including smoke detectors), or refusing to vacate the facility in the event of an alarm activation.

Residents of facilities with a building sprinkler system should take special precautions to avoid tampering with, molesting, or accidentally activating the sprinkler system. For example, sprinkler heads should not be used as a way to hang items in the room. Students may be held liable fo damages that occur in rooms/common areas as a result of sprinkler activation.

Fire Evacuation Policy
For proper procedure:
• Activate the fire alarm.
• Call Emory Police, 911 from on campus or 404.727.6111 via cell telephone and report your name. Report the name of the building, location of fire (wing, floor, and room), nature of fire (laundry equipment, mattress, etc.). Stay on the line for questions if it is safe to do so. The police communications officer will contact the local fire department.
• Close all doors leading to the area (do not lock them).
• Meet the students from your area as arranged in advance.
• Wait for further instructions from your hall director, resident advisor, or safety personnel.

Flammable Materials Policy
Flammable materials such as lighter fluid, grill briquettes, propane, kerosene, gasoline, oil-based paint, tiki torches, and paint thinner are not allowed in any residential facility. Anything that could either start or rapidly accelerate a fire is restricted from the hall. If students have questions about whether something is allowed, please contact the residential staff. While we do not require any furniture students bring to be fire-retardant, students should do everything to keep their rooms as risk-free as possible.

Removal of University furniture from student rooms is prohibited. No alterations are to be made to University furniture and all furniture must be returned to the original configuration upon check-out from the room. Additional furnishings brought into the room must be freestanding and clear of all existing fixtures, furniture, or walls. Removal of common area furnishings or equipment from their proper locations constitutes theft of University property.

Grills/Outdoor Grilling
Residents may only grill on external grills already installed on campus by Emory. Portable gas or charcoal grills will be confiscated. Grilling is not allowed in any other locations. Please be respectful of nearby residents when using the grills.

Halogen Lamps and Other Lighting
Halogen floor and desk lamps, and other hazardous lights (such as tube lighting), are not permitted in the residence halls for fire safety reasons. Any hazardous light found in a room or on a balcony may be confiscated by the residence hall staff.

Homeowners' and Renters' Insurance
The University is not responsible for damage, loss, or theft of property in any residential facility (or for personal injury). Students are encouraged to obtain insurance through their parent’s or guardian’s insurance company or purchase individual renter’s insurance to cover possible losses.

Keys and Temporary Access Cards are property of the University and must be returned to the Office of Residence Life and Housing upon termination of residence. If a key is lost or not returned, the locks to that room will be changed and a lock change fee will be incurred. This price is dependent on the number of bedrooms for each residence.

Keys should be carried at all times and never be loaned or duplicated. Additional locks may not be installed, nor may residents tamper with an existing lock.

Residents are issued one room/apartment key for their residence. Where buildings are equipped with proximity access readers, residents will use their EmoryCard to gain access to the building. Residents in buildings without proximity access readers will be issued a building entrance key.

Lock Out Policy
There will be a $10 charge placed on the student’s OPUS account for each lock out. Contact information for assistance with lock outs are posted in each building.

Central Campus residents should first contact the hall staff available in their building. The RA On Call is available between 5:00pm – 8:00am and can be contacted on the On-Call phone. Assistance is also provided by the front desk in the central Housing Office (located in Alabama Hall) between 8:00am – 5:00pm on regular business days.

Eagle Row residents should first contact their chapter president. If the president is unavailable, the House Director On Call serves as a secondary resource.

Clairmont Campus residents should go to the Information Desk at the SAAC between 8:00 am – 8:00 pm or call the phone carried by the RA On Call between 8:00 pm – 8:00 am.

It is required that the Residence Life and Housing staff member seek identification from the resident (e.g. Emory Card) to confirm that the individual is gaining access to the proper room. Upon entering the room it is advised that the staff member request the resident to display the room key to ensure the key is not lost or missing.

Lofts/Raised Beds
The University does not permit residents to build or install their own lofts or raised bed structures. Residents may rent or purchase lofts from approved vendors, listed on the housing website.

Due to health and safety hazards and sanitation problems, pets are not allowed in the residence halls. Fish are permitted with the mutual consent of roommates. The maximum allowed capacity of a fish tank is two gallons.

Residents are not permitted to keep animals as guests even for brief periods of time. Full-time, professional live-in Residence Life & Housing staff members are permitted to have pets provided that they receive approval from the Office of Residence Life & Housing. Feeding stray animals is prohibited. If discovered, pets will be removed and residents will be assessed a cleaning charge.

Service/assistance animals with completed university documentation are permitted in all residential facilities.

Posting Policy
All items posted on in residence halls should be placed on the bulletin boards provided. The staff in the Office of Residence Life at Alabama Hall must approve posters, flyers, etc. before distribution or posting in the residence halls.

Quiet Hours and Courtesy Hours
In order to provide an environment that is conducive to sleeping and studying, quiet hours will be maintained Sunday to Thursday from midnight till 8:00 am, and Friday and Saturday 1:00 am till 8:00 am. These times will be extended during exam periods. The staff retains the right to uphold and implement these policies. All residents are required to respect their neighbors by maintaining twenty-four-hour courtesy hours. Residents violating this policy will be referred to the conduct process for disciplinary action.

Refrigerators that meet University standards (maximum 10 amps/3 cubic feet) are permitted. Additionally, only one refrigerator/Micro- Fridge™ may be used within individual student rooms.

Residential Meeting Spaces
The Office of Residence Life & HOusing permits Emory University academic departments, administrative departments, and SGA-chartered student organizations to reserve certain residential spaces during the academic year.

Central campus spaces may be reserved through the Office of University Conferences located in Alabama Hall. A reservation form must be submitted at least fourteen (14) days, but no more than thirty (30) days in advance of the event. Information regarding the available spaces, the associated costs to reserve each space, complete reservation polities, and the reservation form may be made accessed online at

The Clairmont Campus Community Office handles reservations at Clairmont Campus. Please visit for more information.

For space reservation information at the Student Activity & Academic Center (SAAC) at Clairmont Campus, please visit

Room Entry
While the College makes every reasonable attempt to respect students' privacy, it reserves the right to enter a room and, if deemed necessary, to conduct a search of a room. Typically, University personnel will limit room entry to the following instances:
A. Administrative Searches - Administrative searches are those conducted due to suspicion that a University rule or regulation has been violated and that evidence of a violation will likely be found in a particular place. Authorization is given by the Associate Dean of Campus Life (or designee). The student whose room/belongings are in question shall be present whenever possible; however, administrative searches may take place without a room's occupant(s) being present. At the conclusion of a search the student will be notified of the outcome and the names and titles of all persons conducting the search. Administrative searches are not done in conjunction with nor under the direction or on behalf of the Emory University Police. Administrative searches are not generally conducted for the purpose of criminal prosecution. If it is believed that potential criminal violations exist, either before or during a search, the Emory University Police will be contacted and a criminal search warrant may be obtained.
B. Facility Work - to provide routine, emergency, or preventative custodial and/or maintenance work.
C. Personal Emergencies - to respond to an indication of danger to life, health, or property.
D. Policy Violation – to respond when there is reasonable cause to believe that a violation of University or Housing policy is occurring.

Room Usage
Any resident who occupies a room with a vacancy must be prepared to receive a roommate at any time during the academic year. Inappropriate use of vacant space will be addressed by the Residence Life & Housing staff. Attempts to maintain or create a vacancy in a room or apartment by discouraging new residents from moving in, or encouraging current residents to move out will not be tolerated. Such violations of residential facility policy will be addressed by the appropriate Area Director. Residence Life & Housing reserves the right to place any resident in any unassigned bed at any time.

Safety and Security
Students are expected to take an active role in maintaining safety and security on campus. Failure to do so jeopardizes the safety of everyone concerned. Therefore, the following practices must be observed:
A. objects may not be dropped or thrown from windows nor may screens or windows be removed;
B. students are not permitted on roofs, banisters, or on any other structure that is not designed for common traffic;
C. only designated entrance/exit doors are to be used;
D. doors are to be returned to a secured (locked) position after use;
E. windows and doors should always be locked when students leave their rooms or when asleep;
F. students must carry their EmoryCard and keys at all times;
G. University-owned keys are never to be loaned out or duplicated;
H. anyone or anything that appears suspicious should be reported to Emory Police immediately; and
I. students should always use caution when traveling on or around campus, especially after dark. Call EPD for an escort at 7-PARK.

Severe Weather / Tornado
The risk of a tornado striking the Emory community is low, but its consequences can be catastrophic. It is critical to be prepared.

Tornado Watch: Conditions are favorable for the development of a tornado. Be aware of your surroundings and be alert, should the watch be upgraded to a warning.
Tornado Warning: A tornado has been spotted or indicated by radar in your immediate area. Action should be taken to ensure your safety.

If a tornado warning is issued for portions of Dekalb or Newton counties (which include the Emory/Oxford campus), outdoor sirens, emergency text messages to enrolled users, and Emory's cable TV system will notify students, faculty, and staff. An Emory community email may also be sent to your Emory email address and an announcement will be posted on Emory's Emergency Announcements page at You may also turn on your NOAA weather radio and monitor for information in your local county (Dekalb, Fulton, Newton).

If you are outside, seek shelter immediately on the lowest floor of a sturdy nearby building. If you are outside with no shelter available, lie flat in a nearby ditch or depression and cover your head with you hands. Watch out for flying debris. Flying debris causes most fatalities and injuries associated with a tornado.

If you are in a vehicle, exit the vehicle and go to the lowest floor of a sturdy nearby building; vehicles offer little to no protection. If shelter is not available, lie flat in a nearby ditch or depression and cover your head with your hands.

Smoking is prohibited in all residential housing facilities, including all living areas, common area spaces, hallways, lounges, lobbies, stairwells, laundries, vending areas, balconies, breezeways, connectors, courtyards, and porches. Smokers are expected to smoke outside only and remain at a reasonable distance (at least 25 feet) from building entrances while smoking, such that second-hand smoke does not interfere with access or the rights of others. All smoking materials should be disposed of appropriately in provided containers.

Groups who wish to sell tickets or goods must receive prior approval from the Office of Residence Life. Approved solicitation usually is limited to an area in the lobby of the residence hall and requires a written notice verifying permission from the Office of Residence Life. Students and student groups are not exempt from this policy. No commercial business (including regular day care) may be conducted on the premises. If you encounter persons soliciting in your hall, please report them to a RA or the Emory Police immediately. Residence Life reserves the sole right to approve or deny any collection boxes for philanthropic activities. Any unapproved boxes will be removed and their contents will be discarded.

Sports and Games
Sports in the residence halls are prohibited due to the potential danger to individuals and property, including safety equipment, such as sprinklers or fire extinguishers.

Stairways, Hallways, and Breezeways
For reasons of fire safety and security, stairways and common hallways must be kept free of combustible items and all other objects that would contribute to the intensity of a fir or prevent free and clear access to or egress from the apartments. This includes plants, boxes, bicycles, shelves, toys, and other items. Do not use stairwells or hallways for storage of any kind. Nonflammable door decorations are permitted; however, holiday lights are not permitted on the exteriors of doors.

The University does not assume any responsibility for articles lost or stolen from rooms. Residents need to take precautions to ensure, to the best of their ability, that theft does not occur. The University cannot assume responsibility for personal property stored in, delivered or shipped to a residence hall. Report any theft or loss to your RA, RHD, or Community Office, and to the Emory Police. Remember to inquire about homeowners’ insurance coverage or obtain renter’s insurance for your personal property.

Trash and Recycling
Improperly disposed of trash is a nuisance for other residents and custodial staff. All trash and recycling materials should be disposed of in properly marked containers. Residents should dispose of their trash and recycling on a regular basis to avoid creating health hazard. Large items (such as boxes, rugs, or other heavy/bulky items) should be removed to the exterior dumpsters located near each residence hall.

Vacating Residence Halls
Residents must vacate their residence hall room according to the posted schedule; it is expected that students vacate no later than 24 hours after their last final exam. Residents who do not check out by the posted time and date will be assessed a $50/hour fine for each hour (up to $300/day) until they vacate.

Vandalism and Pranks
Residents should take proper care of their building and its furnishings. Vandalism will bring strong disciplinary action. Students witnessing an act of vandalism or who know the identity of the responsible person(s) should notify a Residence Life staff member immediately. The University reserves the right to assess residents collectively or individually for damage to their building or its furnishings. Pranks that result in disturbances or distress to others, or cause damage to University or personal property (or those that foreseeable could have caused such disturbance or distress) are prohibited. Examples include: water fights, shaving cream fights, penny locking, removal of peepholes, etc.

Visitation and Guests
Visitors must abide by the rules and regulations of the College. You are responsible for the conduct of your guests and visitors. Visitation refers to the privilege of having visitors to your room and residential area. The rights of other residents, especially your roommate, take precedence over this privilege. Visitors are not permitted to take up residence in rooms to which they are not assigned. Students must exercise good judgment when having a gathering in their room to not disrupt the community. The residence hall staff reserves the right to intervene.

A visitor is defined as any person not assigned to live in a given room and/or residential area, whether they are residential students, commuting students, or other guests. Each residential area has a standard 24-hour visitation policy, meaning that with roommate consent, a resident may have other persons in their room at any time. Long-term visitors (three nights or longer) are prohibited. Residents of a floor may vote to establish restrictive visitation hours with a majority vote by the floor.

Waterbeds are prohibited in all University housing.

Residential Facility Standards & Policies

1. Residential staff and custodial/maintenance personnel may enter assigned rooms at reasonable hours for purposes of inspection, maintenance, or to repair rooms and turnishings, or for reasons of health and safety. Students should be aware that room inspections will take place at winter break, as well as pre-announced mid-semester periods.

2. Search of residence hall rooms may be made by authorized University officials, including Residential Staff, in emergencies when life or property appear to be in danger or to investigate suspected violations of state or federal law or University policy where reasonable cause has been established.

3. Prohibited items found in residential facilities may be confiscated. Residents may receive confiscated items after checking out of the residential facility. Confiscated items deemed to be illegal shall be turned over to the Emory Police Department.

4. The Office of Residence Life and Housing has the right to levy and collect fines for unauthorized use or alterations of rooms, equipment, or buildings, for special cleaning necessitated by improper care or use of rooms, common areas/spaces, and equipment, and for noncompliance with registration or check-out procedures.

5. The Executive Director of Residence Life and Housing, or their designee, reserves the right to require single occupants living in double rooms to move together in order to open double rooms for others.

6. The University furnishes each student living in University housing with a bed, chest of drawers, a closet (or wardrobe), a desk, and a chair. Students may provide draperies or other decorations. The University does not provide linens or pillows. Custodial service is provided for residence hall areas other than students’ rooms (and within apartments). Students are responsible for keeping their rooms orderly and sanitary and for cooperating in the upkeep of common areas. Residents living in apartment-style living are responsible for cleaning and maintaining sanitary conditions in their bathrooms and kitchen areas. The Office of Residence Life & Housing reserves the right to levy and collect fines for unsanitary conditions or severe neglect in the upkeep of a room; it also reserves the right to levy and collect group bills for common area damages.

7. The University reserves the right to disallow furniture and fixtures which residents add to the rooms if it is determined that those items present a health or safety hazard. All University and student property must remain within students' rooms/apartments and items found in common areas/hallways will be considered abandoned – thus, may be discarded.

8. The University does not provide facilities for students to store personal belongings. Students are encouraged to only bring to campus what they will need until there is an opportunity to return home. Though there may be some common area closets in some residential facilities, the University cannot take responsibility for personal items that are lost, stolen, or damaged.

9. On-campus housing for admitted students who are less than 18 years old is subject to the approval of both the Executive Director of Residence Life & Housing and the Director of Admission. The University is concerned about providing all students with a safe and secure residential environment and experience. The University’s residential facilities, however, were not designed with students under the age of 18 in mind. The University will not provide custodial care for minors who reside in the University’s residential facilities and does not have the resources to provide individual monitoring for these students. Students who are not 18 at the time of matriculation are expected to comply with all of the University’s policies and procedures as they apply to the residential community and otherwise.

Residence Life Services and Amenities

Any questions regarding these services or amenities should be directed to the Residence Life staff or Community Office.

Air Conditioning
All residence halls are air-conditioned. Some buildings have individual thermostats in the rooms. All residential areas prohibit the unauthorized use of personal air-conditioning units.

Cable Television
Cable service is provided to all students in campus housing. All that is required is a cable-ready television and coaxial cable Check for up-to-date channel listings.

Computers/Computer Labs
Residence Hall Computer labs are located in Harris, Thomas, Turman Center, Woodruff, Clairmont Tower Penthouse, and Clairmont H-Space. Any student is permitted to use the labs. Students also may bring their own computers to campus. Remember to get insurance for your computer; Emory will not take responsibility for theft or damage to your property. Because of the resent onslaught of computer worms, trojans, and viruses, Emory UTS will be certifying all residential computers before they may connect to the Emory network. An unprotected computer can be infected within 45 seconds of connecting to the internet. Please be sure that your computer is properly certified before attempting to connect to the Emory Network.

Last Lecture Series
Each year Emory students nominate faculty to address them as if they were giving their very last lecture to undergraduates. This program began in 1981 and continues to receive enthusiastic support from students and faculty. We strongly encourage you to attend.

Laundry Services
Coin-operated and/or EmoryCard-operated washers and dryers are located in each residential complex. Please report any mechanical difficulties or lost funds to Mac-Gray at 1-800-622-4729. If out-of-order machines are not reported, they cannot get repaired!

Lost and Found
Report all lost or found items to your RA, RHD, or the Clairmont Campus Community Office (if a resident at Clairmont) and to the Emory Police.
Mail and Packages

All undergraduate students are assigned mailboxes in the post office, located in the DUC. Whenever possible, packages should be sent directly to your assigned P.O. Box through United States Postal Service (USPS) and not to your residence hall. Shipping companies will deliver to the post office, when school is in session, and you will be notified by email that the package has been received. The University is not responsible for packages that are not claimed within three days of notification. Residents of Clairmont should contact the Clairmont Community Office for shipping instructions.

Maintenance and Repair
Please report all maintenance and repair requests to your RA or the Clairmont Community Office (if a resident at Clairmont). Allow one week for the repair or work to be completed. If, after that time, a problem still exists, contact your RA, RHD, or the Clairmont Community Office and he/she will follow up. In the case of an emergency, please call the Office of Residence Life (404.727.7631). NOTE: Do not pour drain cleaner down any drain, this can cause injury.

Pest Control
The University has a contract with a firm that handles pest control problems, and the halls are sprayed regularly. If your room needs further attention, please report this to your RA, RHD, or the Clairmont Community Office (if a resident at Clairmont).

The Residence Life staff promotes and supports a variety of hall programs throughout the year. In addition to social and recreational activities, RHDs, RAs, and SAs sponsor educational and cultural programs. Past programs include Super Bowl Party, faculty lectures, test-anxiety workshops, discussions about opportunities for study abroad, and volunteering at a Habitat for Humanity home site. At the beginning of the year, your RA will solicit your interests and ideas for program activities.

All Residence Halls at Emory are locked twenty-four hours a day. The Emory University Police Department is responsible for the general security of the campus. However, residents must also assume responsibility for safety and security on campus. Blue Light Phones can be found around campus and near residence halls and connect directly to the Emory Police. Escorts are available through Parking and Community Services. Call 7-PARK or 7-8005 for more information.

Space Reservations
A number of residence halls have rooms which may be reserved for social and educational functions. Guidelines and reservation information are available in the Office of Residence Life. Approval is given by the appropriate Residence Life staff member. For reservations at the Clairmont Campus, please contact the Clairmont Community Office at 404.727.8830.

Student Health Services
Illnesses or accidents should be reported immediately to your RA or another Residence Life staff person. Transportation to Student Health Service is the responsibility of the individual student. In an emergency, you, your RA/RHD, or Emory Police may contact an Emergency Medical Service ambulance for transportation by dialing 911 from a campus phone.

Summer Housing
Summer housing is not part of the regular academic year and requires an additional housing application. Applications are available online in early spring at

Theme Halls
Emory offers unique houses for students who wish to experience and pursue special interests through programs and discussions with students having similar interests. There is a required application procedure for each house, with most houses accepting applications early in the spring semester. Please contact the appropriate Area Director for more information.

Vending Machines
Various vending machines are available in the residence halls. Should you lose your money in any of the machines, report to DUC 222E. Please report any machines that are out of order to your RA or Residence Hall Director. Machines that are vandalized may be removed and not replaced