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In the realm of on-campus living, you are an integral part of a closer community that extends beyond the confines of your assigned room. This collection of community policies delineates various aspects of communal living, encompassing areas such as bathroom use, furniture use, guests and visitors, kitchens, etc.

By understanding and adhering to these policies, you contribute to a safe, respectful, and enriching environment for all residents at Ohio University.

Bathroom Use
  • Only one person is allowed in a bathroom stall or shower stall at any time.
  • Any incidents of more than one person in a bathroom stall or shower stall, at any time, will be reported to the Office of Equity and Civils Rights Compliance.
  • Be respectful of space: throw away trash, clean up after yourself, report any issues to hall staff or RCS.
  • Personal room trash (i.e., pizza boxes, mail, drink containers, etc.) is not to be thrown away in bathroom trashcans.
  • Bicycles may not be stored in public areas, such as mods, lounges, stairwells, entrances/exits, building handrails, or other undesignated areas. Any bicycles found in these areas are subject to removal. They can be stored in your room or on a bicycle rack.
  • Bicycles should be registered with the Ohio University Police Department. You will need to fill out a description and serial number of the bicycle to register. OUPD or authorized personnel may remove bikes that are in unapproved areas.
  • Do not store bikes outside on bike racks over winter or summer break. Bikes must be removed from bike rooms or bike racks over the summer.
Common Spaces

Residents are not permitted to store personal items in common spaces such as hallways, lounges, and lobbies. All personal items must be kept within the student’s assigned room.

Residents in the Convocation Center, suite style halls (Bromley, Adams, Tanaka, Luchs, Carr, and Sowle), and within mod style housing are permitted to leave toiletries and bathroom items within the shared bathroom space for the respective rooms.

  • Any University-issued furniture in your room may not be removed and should not be moved between a suite or Front Four quad rooms. Removing furniture from the room may result in a fine.
  • Disassembling University furniture is not permitted.
  • Furniture is provided for residence hall public areas (e.g., lobbies, lounges, mod areas, rec rooms) for the use of all residents in the building/complex. It is important to take care of the furniture so it can be enjoyed by all residents of the building. Furniture must remain in these areas and may not be moved into student rooms.
  • Furniture removed from the common spaces is considered theft of university property, which could result in criminal and/or university conduct charges.
  • Your residence hall community may be billed if public area furnishings are vandalized or stolen. If you notice missing furnishings or damage, contact a Housing and Residence Life staff member.
Games and Sports
  • Physical recreational activities (i.e., ball playing, bicycle/skateboard/scooter riding, water gun/water balloon fights) in residential buildings and on South Green catwalks are prohibited.
  • Outdoor activities near building entrances/exits, windows, and vehicles are prohibited.
  • Recreational use of green spaces is permitted with concern for those walking through the areas.
Guests & Visitors

Guests are individuals who are not affiliated with Ohio University, such as parents, siblings, etc. Visitors are individuals who are affiliated with Ohio University, such as students, staff, etc.

  • All guests and visitors must comply with COVID-19 protocols set forth by Ohio University. If a guest or visitor does not, they will be asked to leave the building.
  • Unescorted guests and visitors are prohibited. Guests and visitors must always be escorted while in the hall, even to the bathroom or to another room.
  • Residents are personally and financially responsible for any violations of the Housing and Residence Life policy caused by their guests.
  • Guests and visitors must utilize bathrooms designated for their gender.
  • Allowing guests and visitors to use resident keys or access devices is prohibited.
  • Guests and visitors in a room should not have more than two times the standard occupancy for that room.
  • Failing to provide adequate notification to roommates regarding overnight guests or visitors is prohibited.
  • Guests and visitors may stay overnight no more than 3 nights in each 7-day period with permission from your roommate.
  • Only the student(s) assigned to a room are allowed to live in that room.
  • All roommates must grant permission for a guest or visitor to be in the room.
  • You may not sublet your Housing and Residence Life room.
  • Parents are considered “guests” and must adhere to the same conditions listed above.
Kitchens, Food Preparation, Clean-Up

To limit the likelihood of insects becoming a problem you should not store perishable food items in open containers. Cooking in residence hall rooms is restricted to only those foods that can be heated using the microwave unit. Make sure that waste is taken to the dumpster to prevent insects from finding their way into your room.

There are student kitchens in Bryan Hall, Carr-Sowle Complex, Jefferson Hall, Gamertsfelder Hall, Hoover House, James Hall, Sargent Hall, Tanaka-Luchs Complex, Washington/Read, and Voigt Hall. These kitchens are available to students living in those buildings/complexes. The kitchens will not be supplied with cooking utensils. Personal items are not to be stored in the kitchen but should be taken back to your assigned room upon leaving the kitchen.

Please contact the GRD/RD/ARD in that building to learn more about kitchen access. Each area is subject to regular inspections by Environmental Health and Safety. Any violations of food preparation and clean-up expectations can result in the indefinite closure of the kitchen.

Posting Policy

Promotion of non-residence hall events will be limited to an activity sponsored or co-sponsored by an Ohio University registered student organization and/or Ohio University department. All unauthorized and unapproved signs will be removed. No material may be distributed door to door. Non-compliance with this posting policy may result in the loss of posting privileges.

Trash & Recycling
  • Leftover foods, food waste, and food containers should be disposed of appropriately and taken outside to trash dumpsters, NOT in the lounge, mod, or bathroom receptacles.
  • Bathroom sinks and mop sinks should NEVER be used for disposal of food scraps. This waste will create plumbing and sanitation problems. Likewise, toilets should not be used for scrap disposal.
  • It is your responsibility to keep your room clean and to take your recycling and trash to the appropriate dumpster on a regular basis. Room trash containing food waste should be removed to a trash dumpster daily. Leaving personal trash in hallways, common areas, bathrooms, mods, etc. is prohibited.
  • All clean bottles, cans, paper, and cardboard should be placed in blue bins as mixed recycling.
  • Blue bins for mixed-recycling and tan bins for trash are provided in every room. Recycling and Landfill (trash) dumpsters are located near every residence hall.
Vandalism and Theft

Willful destruction, defacement, or theft of any public or private property is prohibited. When damage occurs to common space facilities, an investigation will occur, and the responsible individual(s) will be billed; conduct action is also possible depending on the situation. When damage occurs outside of a student room which cannot be attributed to the responsible individual(s), all students in the hall, floor section, mod or suite may be held responsible for the cost of the repair. Should you become aware of those responsible for the damage, contact your RA, RD, ARD, or GRD.