Community Standards

community-standards-headerWelcome to University Housing at NC State! 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 University Policies, Regulations and Rules; the Code of Student Conduct; Raleigh Laws; State Laws; and Federal Laws.

Advertising

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 Poster/Painting/Sidewalk Chalk Regulation (Reg. 11.55.4).

Unattached materials, handouts, and handbills are not allowed, except those materials distributed in Student Government Elections and by individuals or organizations that have a solicitation permit from the Student Involvement office in accordance with the official University Solicitation Policy. All materials not conforming to these guidelines and all outdated material will be removed.

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 by those of legal age in any University building is prohibited except in the resident’s residence hall room or within the confines of Wolf Village, Wolf Ridge, E.S. King Village or Western Manor Apartments. 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 student rooms, suites or apartments. Students 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 for further information.

The following residence halls are alcohol-free:

  • Bagwell Hall
  • Becton Hall
  • Bowen Hall
  • Berry Hall
  • Carroll Hall
  • Gold Hall
  • Lee Hall
  • Metcalf Hall
  • Owen Hall
  • Sullivan Hall
  • Syme Hall
  • Tucker Hall
  • Turlington Hall
  • Welch Hall
  • Wood Hall

Appliances

Because of fire and safety standards, only UL listed and approved coffee makers, popcorn poppers, toaster ovens, dehumidifiers and George Foreman-type grills may be used in resident rooms or apartments. To prevent fires, never leave food unattended while cooking.

Damage and Vandalism Charges

Students 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, university-owned furniture, and inside or outside University-owned buildings (including elevators). 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).

Disciplinary Procedures

For a full explanation of University Housing’s disciplinary procedures, click here.

Drug Rule

University Housing has zero tolerance for the use, possession, trafficking, paraphernalia or manufacturing of illegal drugs in any campus residential facility.  Alleged drug violations result in an Office of Student Conduct Hearing which may lead to sanctions including removal from campus housing.  Drug violation sanctions are in keeping with the University’s  educational mission. Any resident removed from University Housing related to a drug violation will be responsible for payment of the remainder of the current term’s room rent.  After one year, students may request a review of their eviction status and possibly return to living in campus housing.

Fire Safety

Residential buildings are equipped with state-of-the-art smoke detection and fire suppression systems that are linked to Campus Police. All residence halls and most of our apartment facilities are made of concrete and steel construction. Fire drills are conducted twice each semester to test the fire safety equipment and to give residents practice in responding to an alarm. Students 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, students involved in any of these 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.

Hall Closings

All residence halls will be closed, meaning residents will be required to leave their rooms, during Thanksgiving Break, Winter Break, and Spring Break. However, Wolf Village and Wolf Ridge apartments remain open during these times. Specific hall closing dates and check-out instructions will be provided by University Housing before each break.

Limited guest housing is available during each break. Email guestservices@ncsu.edu or call (919) 515-4398 to sign up.

Break Closing Steps (for breaks longer than 5-days)

  • Defrost and clean refrigerator
  • Unplug everything except refrigerator and fish tank (if applicable)
  • Remove all seasonal decorations
  • Turn off all faucets
  • Close blinds and shades
  • Do not store mopeds or motorcycles in room, suite, or hallway
  • Empty all garbage
  • Take all valuables
  • Turn off all lights (overhead, desk, mirror)
  • Lock room doors

Please Note: The heat will be turned off during extended breaks, except in open halls.

Heating and Cooling Systems

If you experience any problems with the heating unit(s) in your room, contact your Resident Advisor (RA). North Hall and Avent Ferry Complex have separate heating systems which allow residents to control the temperature in their rooms. Building heating systems are lowered during Winter Break to save energy.

NC State’s residence halls, Wolf Village and Wolf Ridge apartments are constructed using concrete and steel masonry. This type of construction is sometimes susceptible to condensation and mildew issues. Therefore, we ask you to take the following steps to help control moisture in your room:

  • Keep bathroom windows and doors closed when not in use. Bathrooms contain exhaust fans that pull air from throughout the living space. When windows and doors are left open, outside air is pulled in, adding extra humidity to an already damp room.
  • Keep bedroom doors closed. Leaving bedroom doors open forces the fan unit to work harder to cool or heat outside air from the hallway and bathroom. Keeping doors closed makes it easier for your unit to heat and cool the room.
  • Avoid setting thermostats at the extremes. Excessive cold or heat forces the system to work overtime. If you feel your living area is not hot enough or cold enough for your comfort, adjust the thermostat in small increments. Minor adjustments have just as big an impact as large temperature swings.
  • Keep it in the middle. Set your thermostat to the center when you are not in the room. Heating or cooling an empty room is wasteful and unnecessary. This especially applies during times of above normal heat or below normal cold.

Please submit an online work order if your heating and cooling system does not seem to be working. Let us know if there is a problem, so we can fix it right away.

Housekeeping/Cleaning

University Housekeeping, a department within 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. Residents are responsible for the cleanliness of their rooms.

To assist with housekeeping schedules, students who live in buildings with hall or suite bathrooms are not allowed to leave personal items in those bathrooms. Soap, shampoo, toothbrushes and other personal items should be stored in the student’s room.

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.

Kitchens

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.

Laundry

Laundry facilities are located in each residence hall and apartment complex. Wolf Village apartments have laundry facilities within each apartment. Laundry fees are included in your housing payment. Use your campus ID to activate a machine; no quarters needed! Your housing payment includes 5 loads of laundry per week.

Lofts

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All residence hall rooms have loftable bed furniture. No additional loft kits are needed. Rooms in North Hall have beds which can be raised or bunked, but they are not loftable in the traditional sense.

Mail and Packages

Mail and parcels sent through the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to NC State University halls are delivered daily Monday through Friday, except during holidays and student breaks. USPS delivers mail to the NC State Campus Mail Center, where it is then distributed throughout campus. However, USPS delivers mail directly to Wolf Village, Wolf Ridge, E.S. King Village, and Western Manor Apartments.

Outgoing domestic mail placed in the U.S. mail slot located near the residence hall or apartment mailboxes is picked up daily. USPS mailboxes are also located near Poe Hall. Stamps are available for sale near 24-hour service desks and at the bookstore.

Check our Mail and Packages page for all the details on addressing mail and packages to students.

Maintenance

University Housing and Facilities Operations share responsibility for maintenance services. Work order requests should be submitted by students through our online work order system. Do not use the online work request system to report emergency issues like flooding, sparking electric outlet, etc. Report these situations immediately to the 24-Hour Service Desk or RA on Duty. If you have maintenance issues with phone or the internet, contact OIT directly.

University Housing and Facilities Operations staff members may need to enter your room for routine or emergency repairs at any time.

Keys and Access Devices

When you check into your residence hall or apartment, you will receive keys that allow you appropriate access to your building, mailbox, and room. In some 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(s) whenever you leave your room or apartment and carry your keys at all times. Unauthorized duplicating, lending or borrowing room or building keys is prohibited.
  • Do not prop open entry doors. If you discover that an entrance door is propped open, shut it or seek assistance from a staff member.
  • Do not let others into residence halls or apartments unless they are your guest.
  • 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.

The Code of Student Conduct 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 staff member acting in the performance of his/her duties;
  • Vandalizing any University property; interfering or tampering with safety/security systems

Pest Control

All public areas are treated at least monthly for pests. If you have a pest problem, submit an online work order or contact your 24-Hour Service Desk. A pest control professional will treat your room as soon as possible.

If you suspect bed bugs have entered your space, immediately read our bed bug information page for detailed information.

Pets

Pets are not permitted in any residential buildings, except fish in properly maintained, clean aquariums, maximum not to exceed 10 gallons total capacity per person per room/apartment.

Prohibited Items

  • Drugs and alcohol
  • Pets other than fish (10-gallon tank limit per person)
  • Dartboards
  • Water beds
  • Weapons
  • Extension cords
  • Air conditioners
  • Lava Lamps
  • Ceiling fans/lights
  • Toasters, burners or hot plates
  • Heaters
  • Fireworks
  • Explosives or unsafe chemicals
  • Candles and incense
  • Halogen lamps (any model or style)

Public Space

Space outside the interior of one’s assigned room, like windows and door exteriors, is considered public space and is maintained under the jurisdiction of University Housing. Residents have the right to approach anyone who displays a decoration which they believe to be offensive or obscene to discuss their concern. Students will be asked to remove material in violation of the law or University policy from public view. Furniture in common areas, apartment shared space (kitchen and living rooms) and a lounge is provided for the comfort and convenience of all residents and should remain in the designated public space.

Quiet Hours

  • Sunday-Thursday: 8 pm-8 am
  • Friday-Saturday: 12 am-10 am
  • 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. Hall 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 students 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 RA or the RA on duty. Periodically, Hall Council-sanctioned activities (indoor or outdoor) may receive an exception from the quiet hours guidelines with prior approval from University Housing staff members.

Recycling

Students are responsible for sorting their recyclable materials (glass, plastic bottles, aluminum cans, paper, and newspapers), and depositing them in the recycling bins located outside of the buildings. Learn more about what you can recycle here.

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 student rooms.
  • Wood paneling, particle board, room partitions, and decorations (such as parachutes, fishnets, ceiling fans 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 hallway.
  • 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.
  • Only decorative LED holiday lights are permitted.

Roommate Relationships

What does it take for roommates or apartment mates to get along? Our staff works with students to provide an agreeable living and learning environment for everyone and this environment begins with you.

All students are expected to complete the University Housing Roommate Agreement, Suitemate Agreement or Apartment Agreement as appropriate. This mandatory agreement between roommates, suitemates or apartment mates ensures that each individual’s rights are respected and that roommates have discussed their expectations while sharing a room. Clarifying expectations, for example, a time preference for lights out or how to share refrigerator space, talking about concerns before they develop into conflict, and being willing to compromise help pave the way for successful relationships. This agreement is by no means all-inclusive, but it can assist in establishing expectations. Individuals of the room, suite or apartment discuss each section and develop guidelines that all can agree on and live with. Once completed, the terms of the agreement can be renegotiated at any time during the year with the assistance of the RA. Feel free to ask your RA for assistance if needed.

Steps to Resolve Roommate Conflict

  1. Speak to your roommate, suitemate or apartment mate directly. Review and discuss the Roommate,Suite or Apartment Agreement that was completed. State issues neutrally. Relate and discuss feelings and then offer resolutions. Be prepared to listen and to compromise.
  2. Ask the RA on your floor to intervene by meeting with you and the other person(s) involved. In his or her role as a neutral mediator, the RA will try to help you resolve the problem.
  3. Roommates, suitemates or apartment mates may ask a Residence Director (RD) or Assistant Director to serve as the arbitrator in resolving the conflict. Individuals may be asked to sign additional behavior or room, suite or apartment environment contracts. If agreements cannot be reached, room changes may be arranged.
  4. The Assistant Director of your campus housing area may intervene if roommates, suitemates or apartment mates are unable to resolve a conflict at other levels.

Roommate Rights and Responsibilities

As an NC State campus community member, you have a responsibility to maintain the following rights:

  • The right to live in a clean environment.
  • The right to personal privacy.
  • The right to sleep with as little disturbance as possible.
  • The right to have your personal belongings respected.
  • The right to free access to your room and facilities without interference.
  • The right to study which supersedes the right to have guests.
  • The right to have guests.
  • The right to veto a roommate, suitemate or apartment mate’s guest(s) for justifiable reasons.
  • The right to be free of intimidation, physical and/or emotional harm.
  • The right to seek reasonable cooperation from your roommate, suitemates or apartment mates.
  • The right to speak out openly and constructively on ideas, opinions and grievances.

Safety Inspections

University Housing asks Environmental Health and Safety’s Division of Fire Protection to conduct periodic inspections in student rooms throughout the year. The inspections will include a check of areas such as electrical, heating and cooling appliances, combustibles, housekeeping, health hazards and pest control. 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.

Smoking Rule

Per North Carolina State Law, all residential facilities (including E.S. King Village and Western Manor Apartments) are smoke-free spaces. Smoking, 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.

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 University 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 the issue of a Campus Appearance Ticket and judicial procedures.

Visitation Policy

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 he or she does 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. Guests 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.

For the coming year, the following residence halls and apartment complexes will have 24-hour visitation:

  • Alexander
  • Avent Ferry Complex
  • Bagwell
  • Becton
  • Berry
  • Bowen
  • Bragaw
  • Carroll
  • Metcalf
  • North
  • Sullivan
  • Syme
  • Turlington
  • Watauga
  • Wood (building A only)
  • Wolf Village
  • Wolf Ridge

Limited-Visitation Halls – In all other residence halls, visitation shall not exceed 9 am-1 am, Sunday through Thursday, and 9 am-2 am Friday through Saturday.

Residents may permit a visitor of the same sex to remain in the hall as an overnight guest only if that resident’s roommate has no objection. No visitors in either category may be an overnight guest for more than 3 consecutive nights or for more than 10 nights total during the academic year.

For additional information on the visitation policy, visit the NC State policies website.

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); projectile devices (such as bows & 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. Residents may not possess any fireworks, sparklers, combustible/explosive material, hazardous chemicals, or flammable liquids.

Candles, gas/oil lanterns, or any device producing open flames (such as incense and Sterno) are not permitted. Students who wish to burn incense for religious reasons need to get approval from their Assistant Director or Residence Director.

National studies have shown that torchiere-style halogen lamps present a significant risk of starting fires. As a result, these lamps are not permitted in residential rooms.