Code of Conduct
Conference attendees are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with the rules and regulations of the university. Conference attendees, like all members of the university community—trustees, faculty, administration, and staff members—assume responsibility to conduct themselves in compliance with the objectives and standards of conduct established by the university. Conference attendees residing in the residence hall assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner compatible with the university’s function as an educational institution. To fulfill its functions of imparting and gaining knowledge, the university retains the power to maintain order within the campus and to exclude those who are disruptive to the educational process.
In general, the behavioral norms expected of attendees are the following:
- Common decency and decorum
- Recognition of and non-infringement upon the rights and property of others and of the university
- Honesty in academic work and all other activities
- Observance of local, state, and federal laws
The following policies and regulations are intended to ensure the common good of the residence hall community. Violations of any of these regulations will result in disciplinary actions ranging from reprimands or fines to the loss of conference housing.
Respect and Protection for Person and Property
Respect for persons means acting to enhance their safety, well-being, and freedom to pursue all their legitimate aims. Respect for property means recognizing not only ownership rights of the person(s) and of the university, but also the dependence of all on the availability and preservation of necessary facilities and equipment. The following violations are specifically prohibited:
- Against Persons. No attendee shall assault, haze, harass, electronically make any threats of degradation or otherwise verbally, physically, or psychologically abuse any other person on the university campus or on any university property. No attendee shall knowingly create a condition that unnecessarily endangers or threatens the safety or well-being of oneself or others. Use of physical force to resolve a conflict is prohibited. This includes fighting, pushing, or any act of violence. Using the pretext of self-defense to act violently is also prohibited.
- Against Property. No attendee shall damage or create a condition endangering the property of the university or others. This also prohibits the removal of lounge or other furniture from designated areas and thefts of another person’s property.
- Health and Safety. No attendee shall refuse to observe any safety regulation or procedure. No person shall tamper with or otherwise misuse fire extinguishers, exit signs, smoke detectors, fire safety systems, or other safety equipment on the campus. Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors will be checked regularly by residence life and housing staff. Evidence of tampering or removal will result in a sanction.
- Dangerous Conditions. No attendee shall knowingly create a condition which unnecessarily endangers or threatens the safety or well-being of any attendee/property on the university campus.
- Interference. No unauthorized attendee shall interfere with the right of any other persons to go where they have a right to go or to remain where they have a right to remain on university property. No unauthorized attendee shall intentionally prevent any other persons from doing anything that they have a right to do, nor shall any unauthorized attendee require any other persons to do anything that they have a right to refrain from doing.
- Discrimination. No attendee shall deny the rights or privileges of the university to another member of the university community for reasons of age, color, creed, handicap, origin, race, sex, or sexual orientation.
- Hazing. Hazing in any form is prohibited. Hazing is considered interference with the personal liberty of others and includes any acts of domination by an individual or group over another individual or group, which may lead to injury, emotional disturbance, physical discomfort, or humiliation. Harassment by banter, ridicule, criticism, abusive playing, humiliating tricks, pranks, or any activity that involves the consumption of alcohol or drugs is prohibited.
- Sexual Exploitation. Sexual exploitation of others is prohibited. This includes sexual activities of force, obscene phone calls, sexual harassment, indecent exposure, courtship violence, and sexual assault.
- Cooperation and Insolence. Failure to cooperate with or insolence toward residence life staff and security personnel will result in disciplinary action.
- Electronic Harassment. No attendee shall electronically threaten, harass, or psychologically abuse any other person within the residence hall or the university campus based on race, gender, gender identity, or expression, religion, age national origin, ethnicity, disability sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status. Electronic harassment includes, but is not limited to, threats, and/or endangering the well-being of others via email, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, text message, and blogs.
- Self-Harm. Any incidents of self-harm will result in immediate removal from conference housing.
Health and Safety Procedures
Health and safety regulations are maintained by LIU Brooklyn for the protection of the entire community. The well-being of the conference attendees cannot be ensured by any set of regulations, but rather by attendees embracing the concepts of mutual accountability and respect for fellow attendees.
- Safe Conditions. No attendee shall intentionally or recklessly create a hazardous condition within the complex or surrounding areas.
- Health and Safety Inspections. The Office of Residence Life & Housing will conduct announced health and safety inspections of each unit throughout the year. The purpose of the inspection is to ensure there are no conditions in the apartment that violate our health and safety codes. It is not the purpose of the inspection to check on conference attendees or in any way to violate their privacy. Conditions observed by staff that violate safety or health standards will be recorded and the resident(s) of the room will be instructed on how to rectify the condition, such as accumulated garbage, piled-up dishes and other unsanitary kitchen conditions, overloaded electrical sockets, and tampered with or disconnected fire safety equipment. The staff members are not required to obtain the approval of conference attendees in order to conduct a room inspection. All apartments must be entered and none can be exempt. Staff will use a master key in order to enter every room if there is no answer or no one is home. Violators of the health and safety rules, if not corrected within the stated amount of time, will be handled through the judicial process. attendees found in violation of residence hall policies will receive an appropriate disciplinary sanction. The Office of Residence Life & Housing reserves the right to conduct unannounced inspections of all rooms when there is reason to believe the health and safety of conference attendees is being compromised.
- Safety and Security. In cases of emergencies, call Public Safety at ext. 2024 who will contact a R.A. on duty. Public Safety will assist in deciding whether or not additional assistance is necessary. When experiencing a problem that does not necessarily require Public Safety, you should contact either your R.A. or the R.A. on duty. Also when there is a medical emergency requiring EMS to be called it is imperative that you notify Public Safety. This will facilitate the arrival of the EMS vehicle to the necessary location. Please note that failure to do so will result in a delay and confusion. This campus has several entrances and buildings and without notifying your campus Public Safety can result in jeopardizing valuable time.
- Fire Safety. In case of a fire in your room, call Public Safety immediately at 718-488-1078 or ext. 2024 from a campus phone and give your name, location, and what is burning. IF you cannot put the fire out safely by yourself—leave immediately and pull the closest fire box as you exit the building. AS YOU LEAVE YOUR ROOM, BE SURE TO CLOSE THE DOOR BEHIND YOU; this will help prevent the fire from spreading. DO NOT USE ELEVATORS; proceed to the nearest stairwell. The Fire Evacuation Sheet is posted on the back of all attendee room doors. If this sheet is not on the back of your door, please inform your R.A. This important instruction sheet will indicate evacuation paths in case of a fire emergency. Each room is equipped with a smoke detector. Apartments are additionally equipped with a carbon monoxide detector.
- Fire Equipment. Tampering with fire safety equipment is a federal offense and will not be taken lightly. The equipment is there for your safety and the misuse of it can result in severe injuries. attendees who tamper in any way with any fire safety equipment will face judicial charges resulting in your immediate expulsion from the residence hall. No exceptions will be made.
- Fire Drills/Alarms. On occasion you will experience a fire drill or alarm. Regardless of which it is, it is important that you evacuate the building immediately. Those who fail to evacuate in a timely manner may be judicially disciplined. During times where the weather is raining, cold, or snowing, Public Safety will facilitate a location where you can enter and wait while the alarm or drill has been completed.
Doors and Locks
No other unauthorized construction/renovation to the door or doorway is allowed. Propping doors or placing
items in locks or door jams is prohibited. attendees are not allowed to change or add locks to their main apartment or bedroom door.
Damage and Cleaning
Cleanliness and upkeep of attendee rooms and apartments are the shared responsibility of apartment mates. All conference attendees are responsible for damages in their own rooms. In addition, all conference attendees are collectively responsible for damages done on their floor or in the public areas of their residence hall. Before any common area damage charges are administered, Residence Life & Housing will attempt to identify the individual or individuals responsible for such actions. Failure to discover individual responsibility for the damages will result in a shared charge among the conference attendees who share the common area. Common areas include, but are not limited to, community bathrooms, lounges and hallways, stairwells, etc. Vandalism, including graffiti, found in the halls and stairwells is not tolerated and will be addressed with charges as indicated above. attendee responsibilities for damages and cleaning:
- Agree not to damage rooms/suites/apartments, common areas, common bathrooms, and lounges. B. Maintain cleanliness standards; empty garbage, do dishes, dust, sweep, and mop floors.
- Maintain room/suite/apartment safety: no excess storage, no overloading of circuitry, report fire safety equipment malfunctioning (smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, and carbon monoxide detectors).
- Report maintenance repairs needed. Complete a Work Order form, available from your R.A.
- Report any pest problems that need to be controlled. An exterminator is available twice a week to tend to any reported problems. An appointment log is available in the Office of Residence Life & Housing.
In order to maintain a pest-free complex, conference attendees must be conscientious of their surroundings and should maintain their rooms free of unwrapped foods and crumbs. Also, dishes must be washed promptly after each use and garbage emptied regularly.
Commercial activities (sale of products or services) are not appropriate in a residential setting. Exceptions to this include sale of room apartment material (small furniture or appliances) that one would sell in a “yard sale” situation.
- Signs, Posters, and Flyers. Signs or handbills that involve solicitation of any type will be considered a policy violation unless they are officially stamped and approved by the Office of Residence Life & Housing. When permission is granted, posting may take place on public bulletin boards with the permission of Residence Life staff. Excessive or damaging postings will result in charges and possibly disciplinary action.
Responding To Residence Life/University Official(s)
It is expected that all attendees will respond to directives given by a residence life staff or other college officials. This includes, but is not limited to, emergency instructions and instructions to cease certain behaviors or activities.
Residence Hall Policies
All conference attendees receive a copy of the Conference Community Standards upon checking in. It is the responsibility of each resident to be familiar with and adhere to the community standards. These standards exist to protect the rights of all conference attendees and to insure a residence hall environment that is conducive to your academics and overall socialization. Violations of these standards may result in disciplinary action ranging from reprimands and or fines, to the loss of conference housing.
The Office of Residence Life & Housing functions in collaboration with other university offices to facilitate residential attendees’ successful adjustment to and subsequent transition through their college experience. The overall concern of the residence life staff is the welfare of the conference attendees: each member of our community is important. It is expected that each resident will show respect, consideration, and be sensitive to the needs of other community members at all times. The university recognizes and abides by all county, state, and federal laws with the expectation that attendees adhere to them. Specifically, the university puts attendees on notice, which the campus property offers no haven from applicable laws regarding personal behavior and attendees are liable for any violations of city, state, and federal laws.
Dress Code Policy
Our dress and grooming communicates a great deal to others about our personal values and attitudes. Accurately or not, others form first impressions about our character by the way we dress and present ourselves. The way we dress and carry ourselves speaks to who we are and who we hope to become as citizens in the overall community where neatness, good taste, and maturity play a major role. Conference attendees should take pride in their own personal grooming and hygiene. Conference attendees should strive to maintain high hygienic standards at all times.
- Undergarments should not be visible in any public areas of the residence hall.
- For safety and hygienic reasons bare feet, pajamas, and other sleepwear are not permitted to be worn in any public area.
- The wearing of bathing suits or swimming attire is prohibited in all public areas of the residence hall. D. Clothing worn in public areas must adequately cover anatomical areas, including the buttocks/lower back, breast/chest, stomach, and pelvic area.
- Wearing pants that do not fit properly and below the buttocks is prohibited (belts should be worn to prevent pants from falling down and/or off).
- Conference attendees should be sensitive to the wearing of clothing with explicit sexual depictions and/or vulgar or profane language.
- Sheer clothing should be worn only when the garment underneath conforms to standard dress practices.
Guest & Visitation Policies
Conference attendees are not allowed guests on campus or in their room without written approval from the Office of Residence Life & Housing.
Consumption of alcohol within the residence hall is strictly forbidden by conference attendees.
Narcotics/Controlled Substance Policy
The use, offer for sale, distribution, possession and/or being under the influence of, manufacture of any controlled substance and/or paraphernalia, including prescription medications, except as expressly permitted by law is prohibited.
Any illegal substance is prohibited anywhere on campus or in residential facilities. Usage of, or possession of, narcotics and/or other controlled substances may result in disciplinary sanctions of suspension or expulsion from on-campus housing. Water pipes, bongs, hookahs, and other paraphernalia commonly associated with drug use are prohibited in the residence hall(s). No smoking of any kind is allowed in the building.
Given the transient life of most college attendees and the inherent differences that exist in communal living, pets are not permitted in the residence hall or on campus. That includes, but is not limited to, fish, hamsters, gerbils, snakes, turtles, etc. Pets may not “visit” at any time.
Fire Safety Policy
Tampering with fire/safety equipment is in violation of the state. To ensure as safe an environment as possible for our residential attendees, attendees must follow the following fire safety policies:
- Penal code and prohibited in the graduate apartments. Such equipment includes alarm systems, hoses, extinguishers, pull stations, heat and smoke detectors, exit signs, etc.
- Everyone including residential attendees and visitors must evacuate when the building alarm sounds, and/or when instructed to do so by emergency personnel and/or university officials.
The following items and activities are prohibited within the graduate apartments due to the fire hazard they present to the community. Health and safety inspections will be conducted on a regular basis to ensure that conference attendees are following the health and safety related policies in this handbook. The following items may be confiscated and kept in storage in the paraprofessional office until which time a attendee departs the residence halls or returns home.
- Non-thermostatically controlled appliances and/or appliances without automatic shut-off, including, but not limited to, George Foreman-type grills, hot pots, electric burners and/or griddles, toasters, toaster ovens, sandwich makers, irons (without automatic shut-off), etc.
- Furniture and equipment not provided by the university, including, but not limited to, upholstered or wicker furniture, halogen lamps, five-light multi-colored lamps, futons, wooden structures (i.e., bars, lofts, etc.), personal mattresses, and waterbeds
- Firecrackers or explosives of any type
- Combustible and/or noxious chemicals and/or gases
- Mechanical machinery and any other fuel-powered equipment
- Extension cords and multi-plug outlet splitters. UL approved surge protectors are permissible, but cannot be plugged into one another
- Tapestries or curtains hung on walls/ceilings/closets or over windows unless labeled as fire retardant
- No lava lamps or holiday lights are permitted
- Activating fire and life safety systems (i.e. fire alarms, smoke detectors) in the complex due to negligence or malicious intent
- Cinder blocks
- Wall decorations which cover more than 20 percent of each wall
- Covering or disabling of fire alarm detection devices
- Discharging fire extinguisher or fire sprinkler equipment
The smoking of cigarettes, cigars, etc., is prohibited in all residential facilities. Smoking outside the complex may not occur unless 15 feet from any building entrance or window.
Conference attendees are not allowed to keep on their persons or in their room weapons of any kind, including but not limited to:
- Knives of any kind
- Mace/pepper spray
- Tasers/brass knuckles
- Air- or spring-loaded rifles and pistols as well as any other weapon or projectile-firing devices
- Decorative or martial arts weapons are prohibited. Possession of bows and arrows are also prohibited
- Or any other item that may pose to oneself or to harm or potential harm to others
Conference attendees may not paint any section of their bedroom, apartment, or bathroom. Conference attendees will be held financially responsible for all labor and maintenance costs to repair and repaint.
Unauthorized Video/Computer/Internet Cable Use
Any unauthorized use of university video equipment, cable system, internet, or computers is prohibited. Impermissible use of any video equipment or computer technology in a manner that infringes upon another’s person’s right to privacy is also prohibited.
Every resident has a right to reasonable protection against unwarranted physical intrusion. Conference attendees also have the right to reasonable protections against excessive noise. Each attendee should expect to sleep, converse, study, and listen to music of their choice reasonably free from disruption resulting from the activities of others. These rights remain effective 24 hours a day, seven day a week. A uniform noise policy has been adopted by the residence life staff and hall’s community as outlined here:
- Noise, particularly sustained electronically amplified sound, must not be readily audible within the private living quarters of other attendees. Conference attendees will be accountable for noise-producing activities from within their quarters.
- Noise emitting from within the apartment must not be audible from any other university building.
C. The noise level on the grounds surrounding the apartment must not reach a level that is disruptive to others. Loud talking, playing loud music, and yelling up to conference attendees in windows are prohibited. Conversations on the grounds outside the apartments must be kept at a level that is conducive to study and sleep for others.