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Housing Agreement - Handbook Version

The AMC Undergraduate Housing Agreement is for room and board for the full academic year. New students occupy their rooms as of the first day of Fall Orientation (or, if entering in January, January Orientation).  Returning students occupy their rooms after 9 A.M. on the day before undergraduate classes begin. All students must leave their rooms 24 hours after their last exam or by closing time on the last day of final exams, whichever is earlier.  Seniors in good standing who have paid the Senior Class Fee may stay until 6 P.M. on the day of undergraduate graduation.  The residence halls are closed during the following: Thanksgiving Break, Semester Break, Spring Break and Easter Break.  There is no food service when the residence halls are closed.

All requests for cancellation of this Agreement must be made in writing to the Residence Life Office.  Current students may cancel this agreement as follows:

  • Up to May 1 (in advance of housing year) with no penalty
  • May 1 – June 1(in advance of housing year) with $100 charge
  • June 1 – Opening Day (in advance of housing year) with $500 charge.
  • Cancellation by new students must be prior to opening day of their first semester.

A student may not cancel this agreement after opening day of either semester unless he/she withdraws from Anna Maria College. The Director of Residence Life determines the rate of refund if any.  There is no refund for a student leaving housing thirty (30) days after the beginning of that semester.  Students leaving AMC, graduating, student teaching, or participating in an exchange program or full-time internship may terminate this agreement without penalty for the spring semester by notifying the Residence Life Office in writing by December 1(of the housing year). Students wishing to cancel this agreement for the spring semester prior to opening day but after December 1(of the housing year) and/or for other reasons than above must have the approval of the Director of Residence Life and will be assessed a minimum fee of $500. 

The College reserves the right to reassign rooms as it deems necessary for reasons including but not limited to: health, safety, consolidation of resources, maintaining full specialty rooms, or conduct of its students.  Specific housing placement is not guaranteed.  If at any time a vacancy occurs in a room, a student may be assigned to fill it or be asked to move to maintain his/her occupancy rate. Students may not change rooms without the permission of the Director of Residence Life.  Students occupying specialty rooms should refer to the Guidelines for Residence Hall Living for complete occupancy and payment requirements for their specific room type. AMC may provide one roommate's name, home address, home and/or cell phone number, major, class and email address to the other roommate(s) as needed for housing purposes.

By signing or submitting electronically this agreement or by taking occupancy of a room, a student agrees to abide by the policies of the residence halls and of Anna Maria College as stated in the AMC Student Handbook, on the AMC website and as posted. During this agreement, a student is obligated to remain in good academic, financial and disciplinary standing with the College. The College has the right to remove a student from housing without notice for the following: his/her conduct could be dangerous to him/herself or others; he/she fails to conduct him/herself in accordance with College policies and guidelines; he/she violates local, state or federal laws; and/or he/she takes, damages or destroys College property or property of other College members.  Students removed from housing shall receive no room or board refund.  A student is to return his/her room key immediately upon vacating his/her room.  Students failing to immediately turn in the room key are responsible for the cost of a replacement lock, replacement keys and the labor charges of the locksmith. 

The College reserves the right to allow authorized personnel to enter a student’s room at any time for purposes of rule enforcement, inspection, inventory, safety, maintenance, or other official business.

The College provides rooms for residential living only.  No business may be run out of student rooms.  A student may not allow unauthorized persons to reside in his/her room. Animals, with the exception of fish, assistance and service animals, are not permitted in the residence halls at any time.  Please refer to the ADA: Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act earlier in this document for the policies and procedures concerning assistance and service animals.

Students are responsible for the care of College property in their rooms and in the common areas of the residence halls.    Damage not assessed to a particular student will be charged to the appropriate part of the residential community as determined by the Director of Residence Life.   Students are responsible for keeping their rooms free of unsanitary conditions. Students are expected to leave their rooms clean with all original furniture present.  There will be a charge for damaged or missing furniture and cleaning. 

The College assumes no liability for loss of or damage to a student’s personal property.  Students are encouraged to review their family's personal property insurance coverage.

Students presenting a medical need as reason for a specific type of room must contact the Director of Health Services, Linda Aronson, to discuss the need and requested accommodation.  Requests for accommodations must be submitted by returning students by March 15(in advance of housing year) and by new students by June 1(in advance of housing year). 

Meal Plan Choice

  • 10 meals per week & $90 flex (with 6 guest passes)
  • 10 meals per week & $150 flex (with 6 guest passes)

o          New Internship/Student Teaching Plan

  • 15 meals per week & $25 flex (with 6 guest passes)
  • 19 meals per week & $50 flex (with 6 guest passes)

o          Additional fee applies

Updated July 2017

Guidelines

The residence halls are an integral part of the academic community of the College.  Living on campus is a privilege, not a right.  Resident students are expected to adhere strictly to the guidelines set forth in this document.  As residency is a privilege, the College reserves the right to revoke such privilege for any behavior which it regards to be inappropriate, disruptive or not in keeping with the values and traditions of the College.

The Residence Life program at AMC is designed to provide a living and learning, safe and comfortable environment where students may live and study within the community of peers.  By agreeing to live in the residence halls, students agree to support and practice AMC community standards.  Each student is responsible for what takes place in his/her own room and consequently may live the way chosen as long as he/she abides by state and federal laws, AMC policies and procedures, respects the rights and property of others and abides by health and safety rules.  As a member of the residence hall community, each student has a responsibility to respect the rights of other members of that community.  The residence hall staff assists students in creating this environment.  As members of floors and of residence halls, students share responsibility for what takes place on their floors and in their residence halls.

This document, the AMC Housing Agreement, AMC Alcohol and Drug Policy, Sexual Harassment (Title IX) Policy, and other College policies provide the guidelines for residence hall living at AMC.   All State and Federal laws are in full effect on College grounds.

Violation of College policy within the residence halls falls under the jurisdiction of the Residence Life Department.  In addition, the student may be subject to disciplinary action by the College pursuant to the AMC Conduct Code and/or by State or Federal officials. The severity of the imposed sanctions will be appropriate to the violation.  A student suspended or dismissed from the AMC residence halls shall vacate his/her room by the deadline set by the Director of Residence Life and will not receive a refund or credit of his/her academic year’s room and board fees.  As a result, students are strongly urged to adhere closely to all College policies to retain their residency.

The Residence Hall Agreement between the student and the College specifies certain responsibilities and obligations on the residence hall student.  Administration and interpretation of the residence hall policies shall be within the jurisdiction of the Director of Residence Life (or designee) under the procedures set out in the Student Code of Conduct. 

Discipline notices will be done through AMC email.  All students are strongly encouraged to regularly check their AMC email.  Deadlines and Notifications will be assumed upon the email being sent.

Not all action taken by the Director of Residence Life (or designee) constitutes “discipline.” The Director of Residence Life (or designee) will define and interpret these situations.  Situations include, but are not limited to, room change policies, Room Lottery policies, enforcement of the AMC Housing Agreement, resolution of roommate conflicts, Summer Hall policies, and damage billing. Such situations are considered “administrative” and are not subject to the procedures outlined in the Student Code of Conduct. 

Alcohol and Illegal Drugs in the Residence Halls

The Alcohol and Drug Policy of AMC in its entirety is enforced in the residence halls.  This Policy may be found in the Student Handbook.  Any resident who feels jeopardized by the actions of his/her roommate(s) should seek assistance from the Residence Life staff or Paxton Police.  Residents are subject to all state and federal laws while on campus.

Anna Maria College has resources available to assist students who wish help around issues of drug or alcohol use. The Health and Counseling Center personnel are available to talk with students in a confidential setting about concerns and can refer students to appropriate off-campus agencies for assistance if needed.  If you have any questions about your own or someone else’s drug and/or alcohol use, please utilize these confidential, free services.  The Health and Counseling Center is located in the east annex of Trinity Hall.

In summary, resident students should be aware that:

Alcohol

  1. Consumption, possession, purchase, or being in control of alcoholic beverages by anyone less than twenty-one (21) years of age is not allowed.
  2. Provision, distribution, sale, or transportation of alcoholic beverages to/for anyone less than twenty-one (21) years of age is prohibited.  This includes providing a place for those less than twenty-one (21) years of age to consume alcohol.
  3. On College property, alcohol may be kept and/or consumed by those twenty-one years of age or older in designated areas only. 
  4. In the residence halls, designated areas include, but may not be limited to, a residence hall room where at least one assigned resident of the room is twenty-one (21) years of age or older. 
  5. In the residence halls, if no resident assigned to the room is twenty-one (21) years of age or older, there is to be no alcohol, shot glasses, alcohol containers (including sealed or empty), and/or alcohol paraphernalia in that room.
  6. In the residence halls, the limit for alcohol possession per twenty-one (21) years of age or older resident assigned to the specific room is: 
  7. one (1) liter of wine OR
  8. one (1) liter of spirits OR
  9. eighteen (18) twelve (12) ounce or smaller containers, or four (4) forty (40) ounce containers of beer, pre-mixed, or malt beverages (including wine coolers, Zima, hard lemonade, frozen pouches, pre-mixed drinks, etc.). 
  10. Students cannot combine personal alcohol limits to be in possession of larger containers (for example, 2 roommates combine 2 liters of spirits to buy a handle; the handle would not be allowed).
  11. Those who are allegedly in violation of the Alcohol and Drug Policy will be asked to remove all alcohol from their possession. This can include a search of and then emptying alcohol from the refrigerator, closet, under beds, backpacks, bureaus, desks, ceilings, and/or other hiding or storage places as deemed appropriate for the situation. 
  12. Open containers of alcohol are not permitted outside of designated areas. 
  13. “Open container” for the purpose of the Conduct Code is defined as a can, package, or bottle not having the original factory seal in place, as well as glasses, cups, water bottles, and other non-sealed containers.
  14. Open containers are not allowed in the public areas of the residence halls (for example hallways, lounges, lobbies, laundry rooms, computer labs, and bathrooms) at any time.  Paxton Police and/or any AMC staff member may check open containers for alcohol.
  15. Not allowed in the residence halls: 
  16. common sources of alcohol such as:
  17. Spiked punch;
  18. Jell-O shots;

iii.        grain alcohol;

  1. powdered alcohol
  2. Alcohol beverages with caffeine added.
  3. Large containers of alcohol including, but not limited to:
  4. beer, malt or pre-mixed beverages in containers over 40 ounces,
  5. Kegs or beer balls,

iii.        boxes over one liter,

  1. handles of alcohol
  2. Such containers shall be confiscated and forfeited, including taps (with or without keg present).
  3. The manufacture of alcoholic beverages in the residence halls is prohibited.
  4. The sale of alcoholic beverages on campus property, with the exception of a sponsored event under the Campus liquor license, is prohibited.
  5. Possession or use of drinking paraphernalia, hosting or participating in drinking games, and/or engaging in behaviors promoting binge drinking are prohibited. 
  6. A person is responsible for his/her behavior.  Having consumed alcohol does not excuse behavior. Behavior which is disruptive, harmful to self or others, and/or which leads to the destruction of property is prohibited and will result in appropriate disciplinary action. 

Drugs

  1. Use or possession of illegal drugs and/or the abuse or misuse of prescription medicines is prohibited. 
  2. Possession and/or use of drug paraphernalia are prohibited. 
  3. Use or possession of marijuana, including medical marijuana used or possessed under Massachusetts law is strictly prohibited in the residence halls.  Any such use or possession is a violation of the Student Conduct Code.  Federal law, including the Drug Free Schools Act, continues to prohibit marijuana.  Thus marijuana use is prohibited on campus, including in student rooms.  Information about marijuana laws in Massachusetts can be found in MGL c94 and Acts 2012, Chapter 369, section 7D.
  4. Manufacturing, distributing, providing, or selling drugs or drug paraphernalia on campus property or at AMC sponsored events is prohibited.
  5. Misuse of legal substances; use of general products as intoxicants or “means to get high”; and inhaling or ingesting a substance (including but not limited to bath salts, nitrous oxide, glue, paint, gasoline, solvent, etc.) other than in connection with its intended purpose is also prohibited.
  6. Evidence of drug policy violations and actions showing sufficient grounds for full disciplinary actions include but are not limited to:  the presence of a controlled substance/illegal drug; drug paraphernalia; smoke or odors (in the case of marijuana).  All students present at the time of the violation and, if in the residence hall, all residents of the room (present or not) may be held responsible for the infraction.
  7. A person is responsible for his/her behavior.  Being under the influence of any drug does not excuse behavior. Behavior which is disruptive, harmful to self or others, and/or which leads to the destruction of property is prohibited and will result in appropriate disciplinary action. 
  8. Those who are apparently in violation of the Alcohol and Drug Policy will be asked to remove all illegal drugs, prescription drugs for which they do not hold a prescription and drug paraphernalia from their possession. This can include a search of and then removing such items from the refrigerator, closet, under beds, backpacks, bureaus, desks, ceilings, and/or other hiding or storage places as deemed appropriate for the situation. 

See the full AMC Alcohol and Drug Policy in the Student Handbook for complete details.

Guests

  1. A guest is any person who does not currently reside in the building he/she is looking to enter. A resident student visiting a building to which he/she is not assigned is considered a guest of that building and must follow the guest policy for signing in/out of the building with a host of that building.
  2. Guests must be visiting a particular resident of the hall and in the presence of that host at all times. The host must sign all his/her guests in and out of the residence hall regardless of the time of the visit. Guests must sign out of and leave the residence halls by 12am on weekdays and 2am on the weekend. The host must follow sign in/out procedures as posted when RA staff is not on duty.
  3. Guests must have a valid state or federally issued picture ID and show that ID when asked by any AMC staff member, including RAs.  All IDs presented may be scanned and the image retained by the Residence Life Office. 
  4. Each resident is allowed to sign in a total of TWO guests at one time.
  5. The Director of Residence Life (or designee) may restrict the number of guests a host may sign in during specific times of the year. Any bags that may belong to the guest are subject to inspection by the staff at any time.  
  6. Guests must park in the designated guest parking lot. Overnight parking requires a specific parking permit obtained from Public Safety.
  7. A child under the age of 16 is not expected to have ID and will be identified by the host to the staff.  The host may be required to complete additional documentation to sign in the child.  The host must remain with the child at all times during his/her visit. The host will provide emergency contact information for the child to the staff.
  8. A child under the age of 13 may be signed in overnight with a host who is related to him/her regardless of his/her sex.  The host must remain with the child at all times during his/her visit.  The host will provide emergency contact information for the child to the staff.
  9. Residents are responsible for their guest's behavior at all times.   Residents who invite guests to the College must inform them of College policies. AMC students are held personally accountable for violations committed by their guests whether or not that guest is signed in.  Sanctions will be imposed on the AMC host as if he/she had violated the policy him/herself. Abuse of this policy may result in loss of guest privileges by the host and the guest may be banned. 
  10. Any guest who is found in the residence halls at any time without being signed in and/or any guest found to be violating AMC policy may be immediately banned and escorted from the residence halls and/or campus.
  11. An overnight guest is one who will be in the building any time between 12am and 8am weekdays and 2am and 10am on the weekend.  All guest policies apply to overnight guests.
  12. An overnight guest (who is of the same sex as his/her host) may stay overnight if signed in by the hosting student prior to the RA going off lobby duty. Overnight guests may be given a guest pass for identification purposes. Hosting students must obtain their roommate's permission. Overnight guests must be in the presence of a resident student at all times.
  13. Overnight guests may stay up to two consecutive nights on campus per week and no more than a total of four nights per month.  There is a maximum of two overnight guests per resident.
  14. If a guest of any residence hall is visiting a different resident hall, he/she may be asked to sign in and out of that building with his/her host present.
  15. All guest policies are in effect at all times in all residence halls.

Health, Safety & Responsibility

  1. The College expects that students will respect the security of the building, be knowledgeable of the proper use of all fire and other safety apparatus and refrain from creating fire or other safety hazards.  Smoke, CO, and heat detectors are a vital part of the fire safety system.  Students are not to tamper with this equipment in any manner or attempt to block the proper working of the detectors.  Tampering with fire safety equipment carries a severe penalty. Students are expected to report any disabled fire safety equipment to the staff immediately. The Residence Life Staff will conduct random room inspections throughout the year to ensure that detectors are functioning properly and other health and safety requirements are being met.
  2. Students are expected to respond immediately to the building fire alarm by evacuating the building in an orderly and timely manner. Students are expected to respond to room smoke detector alarms in a timely manner. Activation of and/or causing the activation of a fire alarm under false pretenses is cause for immediate suspension from the residence halls.  Random room inspections occur as part of the procedure in response to a fire alarm.
  3. All ceilings, room doors, fire doors, stairwells and hallways in the residence halls must be kept free of loose flammable materials. Hallways and stairwells must be kept clear of obstructions.  There must be a clear egress in each student room to the doorway and the door must open to at least a ninety-degree angle.
  4. Except in case of emergency, entering upon, crossing or using rooftops or stairwell roofs, using windows as a means of ingress or egress, and/or scaling the exterior of any building is strictly prohibited.
  5. Screens, screen guards, and window guards are not to be removed from windows.  Students will assist in the securing of the building by immediately reporting any missing screens to the residence life staff or Paxton Police.
  6. The residence halls are locked at all times.  Residence hall exterior doors may not be propped open or unlocked.  Students will assist in the securing of the building by immediately reporting any propped or disabled exit doors to the residence life staff or Paxton Police.
  7. For security reasons, students should not open the doors of the residence halls to persons unknown to them.
  8. If a resident loses his/her AMC ID, he/she may obtain a new one at the Student Affairs Office during regular office hours.  There is a charge for replacement of the AMC ID.  Residents may not loan their AMC ID to others. 
  9. Students are responsible for carrying their keys and AMC ID card at all times. If a resident becomes locked out of his/her room, he/she contacts the RA staff (any RA during the day, the Duty RA 8pm8am and weekends.)
    1. There is a minimum $100 charge for lost keys which require presence of locksmith.  Students should expect to produce a picture ID when asking to have their room opened. 
  10. Abuse of the lockout policy may result in disciplinary action.
  11. No person shall be allowed entry into a room to which he/she is not assigned. Under specific circumstances, with written or verbal permission from the assigned occupant, the Director of Residence Life or designee may make exception to this policy.
  12. Laundry facilities are only for use by and for current resident students.  Residents are expected to keep the laundry area clean and to report any issues promptly to Residence Life staff.  The College is not responsible for laundry left unattended.                       
  13. There is no smoking in any residence hall, including student rooms.  Smoking is not permitted outside within 30 feet of any window or door of the residence halls.
  14. For safety reasons, the following items are not permitted in the residence halls:
  • Air conditioners
  • Pets, with the exception of fish and college approved service animals
  • Blenders
  • Candles and incense
  • Oil Lamps
  • Cinderblocks
  • Coffee pots (Keurig-like Brewing systems are permitted)
  • Electric blankets
  • Halogen lamps
  • Hot plates, Including NuWave and other induction plates
  • Space heaters
  • Toasters
  • Lava lamps
  • All electric appliances must be U.L. approved and have, if applicable, self-contained, thermostatically controlled heating units.
  • Microwaves over 700W and no more than one per room
  • Extension cords that are not surge-protected
  • Live/natural trees or greens except those nursery grown with root systems in containers
  • Explosive devices (including, but not limited to, fireworks and compressed gas canisters)
  • Firearms, ammunition, and other weapons (including, but not limited to, all types of guns, electrical weapons (stun gun/Taser), toy guns, paint ball guns, BB guns, cap pistols, laser targeting devices, slingshots, martial arts weapons, knives, pepper spray, brass knuckles, and other weapons)
  • Launching devices & fuels (including propane, charcoal, charcoal lighter fluid)
  • Cable boxes (also called “black boxes”) or other similar devices that allow viewing of cable channels that are not part of the College’s contract with the cable company
  • Homemade Lofts (including beds placed on cinder blocks)
  • Hall sports are not permitted in the residence halls to insure the safety of others, to decrease unnecessary building damages and to enhance a cooperative community environment
  1. Students are responsible for keeping their room free of unsanitary conditions.  Students are expected to be respectful of others when using public areas and bathrooms.  Students will refrain from creating unsanitary conditions in public areas including exposing others to bodily fluids or wastes.
  2. Students are expected to be able to carry on student responsibilities while in the residence halls.  The intentional attempted physical harm or injury to oneself, or the intentional, attempted or threat of physical harm to others, or the assault or battery, sexual assault, harassment, or hazing of another member of the College community is grounds for immediate suspension from the residence halls.
  3. Students are expected to immediately identify themselves and show proper identification when asked by any Anna Maria College staff person, including the RAs.  Students are expected to confirm the identity of their guests.
  4. The student’s right to privacy in his/her room is recognized and will be protected by the College.  However, the College reserves the right to inspect all rooms for the purpose of inventory, fire protection, sanitation, safety, maintenance and rule enforcement.  This will be done whenever possible in the presence of the student but may occur in his/her absence or without his/her approval.  Staff may confiscate evidence of violations of College policy during any room entry.  The College will take disciplinary action against any violators of College policy, even if the violation is observed as part of a routine operation.
  5. When staff has reason to suspect that a violation of College policy is occurring, they reserve the right to investigate the situation and confiscate evidence of such violation(s).  The staff may make a superficial search of the location of the incident including, but not limited to, refrigerators, furniture, closets, storage cupboards, clothing, bags, trunks (locked or unlocked) and boxes.  Material evidence such as alcoholic beverages and containers, drug paraphernalia, suspicious odors or noise, disruptive behavior or behavior which is suspect will generally be considered the basis for a search.  A thorough search may be undertaken with the permission of the Director of Residence Life in situations where there is reasonable suspicion that a serious violation of College policy is occurring. 
  6. As it can be difficult to accurately determine degrees of culpability, all residents in the area/room in violation will be held responsible for the violation(s).  Students are advised, in advance, to avoid such situations as they may put them at risk of inadvertent disciplinary action.  When responsible parties cannot be identified, entire groups, rooms, floors, wings and/or residence halls may be held collectively responsible for certain infractions.

Housing and Occupancy

  1. All housing at AMC is for the full academic year.  AMC does not provide housing without board. Please refer to the AMC Housing Agreement for details regarding occupancy and canceling the Housing Agreement. 
  2. Housing is intended for full-time students; students who change their status from full-time to part-time may petition to live in AMC Housing by contacting the Director of Residence Life.
  3. Student rooms are to be used only as student-living rooms and no commercial operation shall be carried on therein, except as provided under a written agreement from the Director of Residence Life.  
  4. The College reserves the right to reassign rooms as it deems necessary for reasons including but not limited to: health, safety, consolidation of resources, maintaining full rooms, or conduct of its residents. If at any time a vacancy occurs in a room, a student may be assigned to fill it or the resident with the space may be asked to move to maintain his/her occupancy rate or status.
  5. A student may “buy out” a regular double room that falls below occupancy if the space is not needed.  First year students may not have a double/single in the fall semester and so may be required to move to maintain the double room occupancy.  The Director of Residence Life sets the rate for a double/single. Under very specific conditions, the Director of Residence Life may choose to offer the student in the room the use of half of the room (“half room option”).  The student would accept a roommate at any time one is assigned.  If a roommate is refused, then the resident using the half room option is billed the entire double/single charge for the semester and may not choose the half room option again. A student may only use the half room option one semester out of four consecutive semesters.
  6. Students may not change rooms without the permission of the Director of Residence Life or designee.  Specific housing placement is not guaranteed.
  7. Specialty rooms are defined as any room that is not a standard double size in the residence halls.  These rooms include, but are not limited to suites, quads, triples, singles, and all rooms in Alumni Hall, Coghlin Hall, South Hall and St. Anne Hall. Rooms must be full to be chosen in Room Lottery.
  8. The Residence Life Office reserves the right to reassign students to other rooms if the specialty room falls one or more residents below full capacity at any time before opening day. The specialty room would then be filled from the preference list.  If there is no request for the space, the room will be filled at the discretion of the Director of Residence Life.
  9. Should the specialty room fall one resident below capacity after opening, the resident(s) of the room may, within the timeline set by the Director of Residence Life, select another roommate or move out of the specialty room.  If the specialty room falls more than one student below capacity, the remaining student(s) must move out of the room.  When moving from a specialty room, no specific housing is guaranteed.  If the specialty room becomes empty, it will be posted and be given to the group that fills the room under the rules of the Room Lottery.  If no group wishes the specialty room, then the residents who would have left the room may choose to “buy out” the room or use the half room option.  The Director of Residence Life must approve all moves and moves that are designed to “beat” the lottery system will not be approved. 
  10. In the Spring Semester, the students of a specialty room that is under occupancy by only one student may have the option to “buy out” the room if the space is not needed.  Rates for “buying out” the room are set by the Director of Residence Life. 

Noise

  1. Consideration is to be observed at all times in the Residence Halls.  Consideration is defined as courteous and careful thought of the residents on the floor, in the building and in the surrounding buildings. Students have the right to request and receive a reasonable degree of quiet at all times. 
  2. Quiet hours are from 11:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m. Sunday – Thursday and 1:00 to 9:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday in all residence halls.  
  3. Quiet hours for exams shall be extended to 24-hours a day from 8:00 p.m. the night before reading day through closing.  Violations of quiet hour policy during this time will result in the immediate and non-appealable loss of residency for the duration of the semester and other appropriate disciplinary action.
  4. Noise coming from open windows is to be monitored to assure it is not disturbing others.  At no time may speakers be placed to play through windows. 
  5. Noise from gatherings outside of the residence halls must be monitored as to not disturb others.  All quiet hours are in effect immediately outside of the residence halls including smoking areas.

Rights of Others

  1. It is expected that students will respect the rights of people in their residence hall community.  The AMC residence halls are within the larger Anna Maria College and Paxton communities.  As such, students are expected to recognize and respect the rights of these communities.
  2. Any incident of discrimination or bias will be considered a violation of this policy and the Student Code of Conduct and will be administered under the guidelines of the Hate Crime, Bias and Discrimination policy found on page 37 of this document.
  3. In accordance with guidance issued by the Department of Education, students who self-identify as transgender will be assigned access to facilities consistent with the gender with which the student identifies.

Room and Building Physical Condition

  1. Students are responsible for maintaining their Room Inventory.  If a student moves, it is his/her responsibility to sign out of his/her old room and, if applicable, into his/her new room.  If a student does not sign out of a room, then he/she is held responsible for all damage in that room at the end of the academic year.
  2. A student is responsible for immediately returning his/her key when moving out of a room. 
  3. Students assigned to a given room will be held financially responsible for damage beyond normal wear and tear to the room and its furnishings.  The use of Scotch tape, masking tape, duct tape and/or other non-approved adhesive agents and/or tacks, nails, staples and/or hooks on walls, doors and/or ceilings will exceed normal wear and tear.  The use of these items by residents will result in a minimum $150 fine.  The approved adhesive agent is “3-M Command” brand adhesive products (used according to manufacturer’s instructions). Students shall not paint, alter, repair damage in, or remove permanent features from the room.  No building of furniture or other construction within the residence hall is allowed. 
  4. Furniture is not to be stacked on other furniture, any room structure (such as windowsills, radiators or cabinets) or upon blocks.  Beds may be raised only by using one set of approved “bed raisers” that may be purchased at bed and bath stores for that specific purpose.  Cement blocks and/or homemade blocks are not allowed.
  5. Furniture owned by the College and located in public areas or in storage is not to be moved from those areas unless authorized by the Director of Residence Life.
  6. College-owned student room furniture may not be removed from rooms.  All furniture assigned to the room is expected to remain in the room in good condition.
  7. College-owned student room furniture found in common areas will be removed from those areas.  If the furniture can be traced to its room, each resident of that room shall be charged $75/item and for any damage to the furniture.  Rooms missing furniture shall be assessed the replacement cost of the missing furniture.
  8. Residents are allowed to bring their own furniture into their rooms.  It is the responsibility of the resident to remove that furniture, including rugs, from the campus when he/she leaves the residence hall.  The residence life office reserves the right to collect and maintain an inventory of any resident-owned furniture.  Resident-owned furniture found in common areas at any time or in rooms after closing shall be removed and disposed of at the discretion of the Director of Residence Life.  A fee is charged to the resident(s) for the college removing resident-owned furniture. The College is not responsible for resident-owned furniture while it is on campus.
  9. A student must leave the room in the condition it was upon occupancy.  A cleaning charge of a minimum of $150 will be assessed if the student(s) does not clean his/her room before leaving. 
  10. Damages in common/public areas will be charged to the individuals responsible whenever possible.  If responsibility is not accepted or known, then the repair/replacement fee and/or fine will be distributed amongst the residents of the floor or hall at the discretion of the Director of Residence Life.

Visitation

  1. Persons are not allowed on the residence hall floor of the opposite sex between 1:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. Monday – Friday. Children under the age of 13, Residence Life staff and AMC staff performing their job duties are exempt.
  2. No resident may host an overnight guest of the opposite sex.

Advertising, Lounge Reservation, and Solicitation

Advertising

All postings in the residence halls must be approved by the Director of Residence Life or designee. Flyers about on-campus events that do not exceed 8 ½ x 11 in size may be posted in the residence halls on bathroom doors or designated bulletin boards. Larger posters about on-campus events may be posted in the lobby areas on the appropriate bulletin boards. No postings are allowed in stairwells or on doors, walls, or windows. Posters that are fire hazards will be removed without notice and destroyed.

Posters and notices about major on-campus events may be placed on the front doors of the residence halls with the permission of the Director of Residence Life or designee and generally not more than 1 day prior to the event. Flyers may not be placed under room doors.

Postings during election times by candidates for SGA or other campus leadership positions shall be limited to space provided by the Director of Residence Life in the lobby area of each residence hall. To make sure that there is space for all candidates, one poster per candidate (whether singularly or as part of a group poster) will be allowed in each hall. Posters for candidates will be posted no more than 10 days prior to the election and shall not exceed standard poster board size. Only posters that are in the spirit of the College shall be accepted. Posters that are placed outside of the designated posting area or that are in violation of the election posting policy shall be removed without notice and destroyed.

Flyers from off-campus individuals, groups or organizations must be approved by the Office of Residence Life and, after approval may be posted in the main lobbies on the appropriate bulletin boards. Flyers must be appropriate to the Mission of the College. No flyers advertising alcohol or events where alcohol will be served shall be approved. Unapproved posters from off-campus individuals, groups or organizations will be removed and destroyed without notice.

Lounge Reservation

During the academic year, lounges in the residence halls may be used for small events hosted by AMC students, SGA, Class Officers, Residence Life and the offices of Campus Ministries and Student Activities. Contacting the Residence Life Office, , reserves the spaces on a “First-come, first-served” basis. The host of the event is responsible for the cleanup of the area reserved and any damages occurring due to the event. Other on-campus groups may be accommodated at the discretion of the Director of Residence Life.

Solicitation

On-campus groups may solicit within the residence halls with the permission of the Director of Residence Life.

Off-campus individuals, groups or organizations will not be allowed to place flyers under room doors, leave materials in common areas, or to in any manner solicit within the residence halls. AMC students hired by or volunteering for off-campus individuals, groups or organizations will fall under the “off-campus” solicitation restrictions.