Membership in the Community
Housing policies and codes are designed to give a clear perception of what is expected of you as a University of Louisville resident. Although policies and procedures may appear and “feel” restrictive, there is no intent to deprive students of an opportunity to make independent decisions. Policies have been established in accordance with other University regulations, local, state, and federal laws. Overall the policies set in place have proven to be in the best interest of the residence hall community at large. With these ideas in mind, Housing and Residence Life has established a number of guidelines that are intended to give you and your neighbors standards by which you can live and learn together.
This is designed to give an overview of the University of Louisville residence hall rules and regulations and help prepare you for the upcoming year. Residents are strongly encouraged to check with staff members ahead of time regarding any questions, perceived exceptions, or interpretations they might have concerning these rules. You may also contact the Assistant Director for Education at 502-852-6636.
Who has the Responsibility?
We believe residence hall students come to U of L understanding that they are responsible for their actions and that living in a densely populated environment requires maturity and good judgment. Unfortunately, there are those who seem only to learn these things after they arrive. Consequently, there are conditions that are part of the residence hall agreement that govern acceptable and unacceptable behavior. These conditions allow the Residence Life staff to terminate that agreement or take other action, including but not limited to restriction of privileges, such as visitation restrictions, if residents do not comply with community standards. The residence hall staff will confront residents if their actions are contrary to policy or community standards. Our sincerest desire is that by calling attention to a resident’s behavior and its consequences, better judgment will be exercised and future misbehavior avoided.
Remember you have voluntarily agreed to live in and become a part of the residence hall community. By signing a housing license agreement you have indicated that you acknowledge and will follow the rules of the community.
Rights and Responsibilities
YOU HAVE THE RIGHT...to pursue your studies in a pleasant and secure environment.
YOU HAVE RESPONSIBILITIES ... that include knowing what the rules and standards for the University of Louisville residential community are and abiding by those rules and regulations.
What happens if YOUR RIGHTS are violated?
Any violation of community standards is a violation of your rights and you are encouraged to make reasonable attempts to correct the situation.
If the matter remains unresolved, you are expected to report the violation to a Housing and Residence Life staff member. The matter will then be referred to the appropriate person(s).
What happens if you violate the RIGHTS OF OTHERS?
It is our hope that students will not violate the standards of our community. However, this depends on the cooperation and willingness of each student to respect the rights of others and the rights of the University. Should a student violate the rights of others in the area included under Codes, then the Housing Office finds itself in a position where the discipline system will be pursued. These actions may mean that a student not continue as a part of the housing community and may be asked to leave.
Noise, visitation, problems with roommates/ suitemates/ floor mates, entry of rooms by peers, etc. are issues that your living unit can resolve, using collective decisions to establish standards of behavior. For example, your floor/living group may want to establish specific quiet hours or even specific prohibitions on other behaviors covered under mutual respect and consideration. If you are documented for a policy violation, refer to this information.
Our efforts in dealing with rule infractions will be as consistent as possible. Moreover, we are dedicated to helping students grow and develop; therefore, decisions on discipline will vary according to the nature and frequency of the offense.
The judicial system is an active approach to problems that may arise in a community environment. As students, you play an important role in its success. Your involvement in every step of the process is vital. Your first step is to know what is expected of you by the campus community. We expect you to read and comply with the following policies. If you have questions, please contact our office.