Community Standards

Living in a residential community is an exciting experience but it also comes with some guidelines to ensure a safe and productive learning community. These policies complement but do not replace NC State’s Policies, Regulations, and Rules (PRR); the Code of Student Conduct; Raleigh laws; state laws; and federal laws. Additional university-wide COVID Community Standards are also in place, until revised or rescinded by NC State senior administration.

Advertising and Solicitation

Read our submit publicity page for information about posting flyers and posters in our residence halls and apartments. To post in public areas outside the residential facilities, attach posters to display panels and bulletin boards only. Displaying any material on the exterior of the buildings, trees, light posts, or other surfaces not specifically designated as a poster display area, is not allowed. All exterior advertisement must follow the University Regulation for Painting, Chalking, Posters, and Temporary Outdoor Signs (Reg. 11.55.4).

Residents of University Housing facilities are not permitted to use their rooms for commercial solicitation, to have product demonstrations or parties, to advertise their room number for sales purposes, or to regularly conduct a business from their rooms per the University Solicitation Regulation (Reg. 7.25.12).

Alcohol and Beverage Container Rules

For those younger than 21 years of age, North Carolina state law forbids you to possess or consume alcoholic beverages. For those 21 years or older, the possession and/or consumption of alcoholic beverages is permitted in one’s own room or the room of another person who is of legal drinking age with the consent of the other person. The consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited in the common areas of University Housing facilities, including, but not limited to, hallways, stairwells, elevators, and courtyards. Possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages by those 21 and older is prohibited in the rooms/apartments of persons under the age of 21. Collection or display of alcohol containers will not be permitted in resident rooms, suites or apartments. Residents of legal drinking age, who choose to consume alcohol, must dispose of their empty alcohol containers in a timely and appropriate manner. Kegs, empty kegs, and party balls are prohibited. Use of student fees for purchasing alcohol is prohibited, consistent with state law. The sale of alcohol on university property is prohibited. Please check the University Alcohol Policy (REG 04.20.01) for further information.


Pets: Pets are not permitted in any residential buildings, except fish in properly maintained, clean aquariums, maximum not to exceed ten gallons total capacity per person per room. If a pet is found in a residential facility, the animal should be removed and the resident is responsible for all damages the animal may have caused. 

Assistance Animals: Service animals and emotional support animals are permitted in residential facilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Fair Housing Act. Residents should first register their assistance animal with the NC State Disability Resources Office and complete the University Housing registration form located on the University Housing website. Please read the policy regarding Service and Emotional Support Animals (PRR 11.30.07).

Common Space

Space outside the interior of one’s assigned room is considered common space and is maintained by University Housing. Signs, decorations, or other materials are not permitted on common space walls, the exterior of windows, or common access doors, such as suite doors. Residents may post signs or decorations on their own room doors using non-damaging adhesive. Furniture in common space is provided for the comfort and convenience of all residents and should remain in the common space.


In addition to the University Housing Community Standards, please keep up-to-date on the University’s response to COVID-19 on the Protect the Pack Website.

Damage and Vandalism Charges

Residents who are responsible for accidental damages and vandalism to residential furnishings, structures or equipment will be charged the appropriate labor and material for the expenses incurred. This includes vandalism of state property. Residents should not interfere or tamper with safety and security systems. Charges for loss or damages, which cannot be assessed to a particular individual, will be charged to the responsible residential unit (floor, suite or apartment).

  • Out of consideration for others and because of the potential for damage to people and property, the following behaviors are prohibited: throwing or dropping any object from a balcony, breezeway, window or roof; and propping exterior building doors.
  • Residents are not permitted to engage in hall sports like frisbee, golf, soccer, riding skateboards or bikes, etc. within the buildings.
  • Because of safety concerns, all common areas must be kept free from clutter and objects (bicycles, trash cans, boxes, etc.) that could interfere with a passage from the building during an emergency.

Disciplinary Procedures

Visit the university’s PRR for a full explanation of University Housing’s disciplinary procedures (RUL 11.31.01).

Health and Safety

Fire Safety: Residential buildings are equipped with building and fire code compliant smoke detection and fire suppression systems that report to a UL listed alarm monitoring station at the University Police Department. Most residence halls and most of our apartment facilities are constructed of non-combustible materials. Fire drills are conducted twice each semester to give residents practice in responding to an alarm and to meet US Dept. of Education requirements. Life Safety systems are tested and maintained according to NC Fire Code and NFPA standards at the required intervals. Residents are always required to leave the building and the immediate area around the building for the duration of all fire alarms.

Because some actions endanger the safety of the residential community, residents involved in any of the following behaviors are subject to disciplinary action: falsely reporting a fire, bomb threat, or serious injury; activating a fire alarm when no fire is evident; setting a fire; possessing or using flammable or highly combustible materials; tampering with or misusing (whether accidental or intentional) any fire or safety equipment; failure to vacate the building when a fire alarm sounds. Residents are asked to report all problems concerning fire and safety equipment to a University Housing staff member immediately.

Kitchens and Cooking: If you live in the residence halls, please use community kitchens rather than your room for cooking. Always remember to clean up after yourself. When cooking in the kitchen, never leave food unattended. For grease fires, remove items from heat and cover the fire to smother the flames. Do not use water to put out a grease fire. Dishes should be cleaned and stored to avoid unwanted pests. 

Toasters are only permitted in the kitchens in University Apartments. To prevent fires, never leave food unattended while cooking and cook with the necessary level of heat. It is recommended that heat resistant/insulating mats be used under toasters, Instapots, and rice cookers while in use and as a precaution under curling irons/straighteners/flattening irons while in use and while cooling off. These mats can be either fabric based padded mats or silicone based heat resistant mats.

Health and Safety Inspections: University Housing conducts health and safety inspections of all residential rooms/apartments each semester. The inspections will include a check of potential fire hazards, prohibited items, and cleanliness of spaces. All appliances must be UL listed and approved. Violations should be corrected within a 24- hour period and follow-up inspections will be conducted to determine if corrective action has been taken. Failure to correct safety violations will result in disciplinary action.  NC State University Fire and Life Safety Office assists University Housing as a resource during these checks and completing spot checks of residential spaces periodically throughout the year.

Smoking Rule: Per North Carolina State Law, all residential facilities (including E.S. King Village and Western Manor Apartments) are smoke-free spaces. Smoking and vaping, including e-cigarette devices, is prohibited within 25-feet of any residence hall/apartment building. The university community shares the responsibility for adhering to and enforcing the smoking policy.

Weapons and Combustibles: Residents may not, for any reason, bring into the residence halls or apartments any weapon for use, possession or storage. This includes, but is not limited to firearms (including rifles); ammunition (bullets, shells, etc.); projectile devices (such as bows and arrows); blades (such as swords, switchblades or knives with a blade longer than 5″); or other such devices perceived as weapons. Pepper spray is allowed provided it is used solely in a defensive manner.

Weapons, fireworks, and explosives are not permitted in residential facilities (or anywhere else on campus). Residents may not possess any fireworks, sparklers, combustible/explosive material, hazardous chemicals, or flammable liquids (Including charcoal, lighter fluid, or small propane cylinders).


University Housekeeping, a department within NC State Facilities Operations, is responsible for the proper maintenance and appearance of all residence hall and apartment public areas, such as lounges, halls, suite and corridor bathrooms and stairwells. 

Community Baths: Residents who live in buildings with hall or suite bathrooms should store the following items in their room to assist with the cleaning schedule of our housekeepers: soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, and other personal items.

Deep Cleaning: Residents who live in Wolf Village and Wolf Ridge will receive deep cleaning once a semester for the kitchen, living room, and bathrooms in each apartment. Residents will receive prior notification of when deep cleaning will occur and how to prepare their spaces.

Cleanliness of assigned living space: It is the responsibility of residents to keep their living space clean and free from waste. Trash, food containers, and unsanitary situations can attract pests as well as create unpleasant living situations for the community. Such items should not be stored in excess within the room/apartment.  Residents are also responsible for placing their trash in the nearest dumpster and recycling items in the nearest recycle bin. Storing trash along breezeways is not permitted.

Recycling: Residents are asked to separate their recyclable materials (glass, plastic bottles, aluminum cans, paper, and newspapers), and deposit them in the recycling bins located outside of the buildings. Learn more about what you can recycle by clicking here.

Composting: Composting is available in some of our communities across campus. Residents who choose to participate in our composting program are given composting bins and instructions on proper disposal. Talk with a staff member in your community to see if composting is available.

Keys and Access Devices

When you check into your residence hall or apartment, you will receive keys that allow you appropriate access to your room and mailbox. Areas in buildings with electronic access systems, your Campus ID Card will be activated to allow access. All exterior entrances to buildings are kept locked for security purposes.

For your own security:

  • Lock your door whenever you leave your room or apartment and carry your keys at all times. Duplicating, lending or borrowing room or building keys is prohibited.
  • Do not prop open exterior doors. If you discover that an exterior door is propped open, shut it or seek assistance from a staff member if the door is not closing appropriately.
  • Do not allow individuals into residence halls or apartments unless they are your guest.
  • Do not give your key(s) and/or access devices (e.g. ID cards, building fobs, etc.) to anyone else.

The Code of Student Conduct (POL 11.35.01) addresses other safety issues including the following:

  • Unauthorized entry to a restricted, locked, or closed building space, or entry into a building when closed for a university break;
  • Failure to provide proper ID when requested to do so by a residence hall/apartment staff member acting in official capacity;
  • Vandalizing any university property; interfering or tampering with safety/security systems

Photograph and Publicity Release

Residents of University Housing give NC State permission to record their participation and appearance on videotape, audiotape, film photograph or any other medium; use the resident’s name, likeness, voice and biographical material in connection with such recordings; exhibit or distribute such recordings in whole or in part without restrictions or limitation for any legal purpose, including educational or promotional purposes, which NC State deems appropriate. NC State can copyright images and recordings in its own name to publish, to market, and to assign without consideration, compensation or report to the resident. The full release can be viewed on the University Brand website.

Prohibited Items

  • Appliances
    • Heaters
    • Air conditioners
    • Refrigerator/Freezers
    • Washing Machines/Dryers
  • Cooking Related
    • Burners or hot plates
    • Toasters (allowed in apartments only)
    • 3rd Party Listed and Approved coffee makers, popcorn poppers, dehumidifiers, induction cooking surfaces, Instapots, microwave ovens, and air fryers may be used in resident rooms or apartments.
  • Lighting and Electrical
    • Extension cords
    • Lava Lamps
    • Ceiling fans/lights
    • Halogen lamps (any model or style)
  • Room Decorating
    • Collection or display of alcohol containers
    • Deceased animals and/or animal parts, including taxidermied animals
    • Dartboards
    • Waterbeds
  • Transportation Devices
    • Hoverboards, electric scooters, electric skateboards, or similar devices
  • Weapons and Combustibles
    • Fireworks, explosives, or unsafe chemicals
    • Gasoline, kerosene, etc.
    • Candles, gas/oil lanterns, or any device producing open flames (such as incense and Sterno)
    • Weapons such as firearms (including rifles); ammunition (bullets, shells, etc.); projectile devices (such as bows and arrows); blades (such as swords, switchblades or knives with a blade longer than 5″); or other such devices perceived as weapons.

Quiet Hours

  • Sunday through Thursday: 8 p.m. – 8 a.m.
  • Friday through Saturday: 12 a.m. – 10 a.m.
  • Courtesy Hours: 24 hours a day
  • Final Exam Period: 24 hours a day

It is your right, as well as your responsibility, to let offenders know if their activity is too loud and interrupts your studying or sleep. Stereos, radios, TVs, musical instruments and conversations must be kept to reasonable levels that will not interfere with the study or sleep of other residents. Residential Councils have the option to establish more restrictive quiet hours for their buildings. Those hours will not be less restrictive than those listed here. In the event that a hall declines to establish more restrictive quiet hours, the hours listed above will be in effect. These hours recognize the rights of all residents to have an environment which supports academic success.

Any amplified sound or other noise reaching beyond the limits of an individual room is considered an infringement on others’ personal space and may be addressed through the disciplinary process. Quiet hours and a 24-hour courtesy policy are practiced to support this philosophy. If you encounter a noise problem, bring it to the attention of the offender. If the problem persists, contact your Resident Advisor or the Resident Advisor on-call. Periodically, University-sanctioned activities (indoor or outdoor) may receive an exception from the quiet hours guidelines with prior approval from University Housing staff members.

Room Decorating

Residents are encouraged to make their residence hall or apartment rooms a home away from home. Add your personal design touches to create a place to study and live comfortably. Follow these guidelines to keep you and your belongings safe:

  • All carpet, furniture and other miscellaneous personal items used in the buildings should be fire retardant.
  • Candles are not permitted in resident rooms unless they are battery operated LED candles.
  • Wood paneling, particle board, room partitions, and decorations (such as parachutes, fishnets, and an excessive number of posters) are not allowed.
  • Extension cords are not permitted; instead, power strips with built-in circuit breakers are recommended.
  • No furniture or decorations should inhibit entry or exit in any manner.
  • Room furnishings may only be used in ways appropriate to their construction.
  • Decorations should not cover more than 75% of the wall space in any residential space.
  • Spray paint or aerosol may not be used inside campus residences.
  • Decorations may not attach to or hang from room ceilings, lights, or pipes.
  • Artificial holiday trees are permitted in the room but live holiday trees are not permitted.

Street Signs: Removal of signs from University property and city, county or state property poses a potential safety hazard for citizens. Possessing these signs constitutes theft. University Housing staff who see these signs in your room will either ask you to take your signs to NC State Transportation and/or will notify Campus Police that you possess these signs. You will have 24 hours to return the signs, usually with no penalty. Failure to return the signs will result in a disciplinary referral.

Holiday lights: Per North Carolina Building Code, ‘holiday’ lights are only allowed to be displayed in state owned buildings for 90 days at a time. Given the diverse nature of the University population we have been allowed by the NC State Insurance and Risk Management Director to allow string type lights to be used in residents rooms for ‘decorative’, ‘holiday’, or ‘religious’ purposes when the rooms are occupied for the semester schedule as long as all lights are LED bulbs and 3rd party listed. Light strands must not exceed manufacturer directives on the number of strands connected together and they must be plugged directly into an appropriate wall outlet or surge protected multi-plug. Other items may not be hung from the light strands. They should be unplugged when not in use.


A “visitor” is defined as a guest present in a particular residence hall, apartment, or residence hall room with the consent of a hosting resident of that hall, apartment, or room. While in a residence hall in which they do not reside, a visitor must be escorted by the resident host at all times. Residents are responsible for ensuring that visitors comply with all residence hall and apartment policies and will be held accountable for the behavior of their visitors. Visitors are expected to conduct themselves in a considerate manner with regard to the rights and needs of roommates and other residents. Visitors may be hosted in designated common areas at any time. 

A resident should consult with roommate(s) or apartmentmate(s) before inviting a visitor to their space and should have approval from the roommate(s) for all visitors.

All residence halls and apartment complexes have 24-hour visitation.  Residents may permit a visitor to remain in their room overnight only if that resident’s roommate(s) has no objection. No visitors may be an overnight guest for more than three (3) consecutive nights or for more than ten (10) nights total during the academic year. 

Prior to hosting an overnight guest, residents should complete a roommate agreement and discuss visitation. Residents may choose to be more restrictive than 24-hour visitation for their individual spaces through Roommate Agreements. Roommate Agreements may be amended as needed with the agreement of each resident. If there are problems, it is the responsibility of the roommate who is concerned with the situation to enlist the aid of the University Housing staff to assist in resolving the problem.  

For additional information on the visitation policy, visit the NC State policies website (REG 11.30.06).