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Residence Life Conduct Overview

In order to ensure the rights of all students are upheld each member of the UW-River Falls community is responsible for knowing and abiding by the policies of the residence hall system as well as the policies of each hall entered. Residents are also expected to play an active role in enforcing community standards for behavior by confronting others who are violating residence hall policies and reporting any actions that are not in keeping with acceptable standards of student behavior. Violations of Residence Life and University policies can be confronted and documented by staff and fellow residents both inside and outside the residential facilities.

The mission of the Department of Residence Life is to create residential communities where students can live civilly, learn effectively and discover success. In order to help foster this environment our dedicated staff is committed to providing a safe, comfortable and clean environment for residence hall students to pursue their academic and personal goals.  Both Residence Life and the University have some expectations about student behavior in terms of how they manage their own lives and how they interact with other members of the community. Some guidelines are required to assure a healthy living environment where student rights will not be infringed upon. Residence Life has the responsibility for developing and enforcing policies in the residence halls and works with the Residence Hall Association to establish these policies.

These policies, together with those mandated by the University and state/federal laws, constitute the expectations of the residence hall community. Failure to abide by these policies will result in disciplinary action.


The Department of Residence Life's official means of communication with current residents is through their UW-River Falls email. Residents are expected to check their UW-River Falls email account frequently and consistently. Failure to monitor your UW-River Falls email account will not exempt you from adhering to the information and deadlines communicated.

Student Conduct and Community Standards Referrals

Depending on the severity of the violation students may be referred to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards for adjudication through the University conduct system. These behaviors include, but are not limited to:

  • Possessing, using or intending to deliver narcotics or dangerous drugs including the delivery of marijuana. The use or possession of controlled substances as defined in Chapter 961 Wis. Stats. Is prohibited on all University property. Wisconsin Administrative Code, UWS 18.10″
  • Setting fires. Violations of this rule include setting fire to items on a room door or bulletin board or any other flammable material in the halls, and fires caused by a lit candle or cigarette.
  • Assault/battery against another individual. Violations of this rule include, but are not limited to: threatening another person with physical harm verbally or physically, or touching another person, with or without a weapon, in a manner that is aggressive and threatening.
  • Possessing and/or using firearms (guns – include pellet guns, BB guns, airsoft guns), bows and arrows, swords or any other dangerous weapons. Individuals may not display or portray as real any object that resembles a weapon.
  • Harassment is prohibited. Harassment is defined as verbal threats, intimidation, or conduct which: tend to cause or incite a breach of the peace; or are severe or pervasive enough to substantially interfere with a reasonable student's educational performance, opportunities or benefits, or mental, emotional or physical well-being and which actually do so interfere. The presentation of any idea, regardless of the idea's nature or perceived value, may not be considered harassment unless it is accompanied with verbal threats, intimidation, or conduct as previously defined.
  • Sexual assault regardless of the degree.
  • Theft from roommate or community.
  • Being on the roof of any university building without the proper authorization.

Alcohol and Other Drugs Policies 

  • Possession or consumption of alcohol beverages by persons under 21. Persons under 21 years of age, the legal drinking age in Wisconsin, are not permitted to consume alcohol, or possess alcohol, empty alcohol containers or paraphernalia (such as a beer bong). Guests of an individual who is under the legal drinking age are not permitted to possess alcohol, regardless of the guests' age.
  • In the presence of alcohol by persons under 21. Students under the legal drinking age are not permitted to be in the presence of alcohol in the residence halls. Any student, regardless of age, is not permitted to be in the presence of underage consumption or possession.
  • Manufacturing/Distribution/Sales of alcoholic beverages. Distribution of alcoholic beverages to an underage person is prohibited. No person is permitted to manufacture or sell alcoholic beverages in the residence halls.
  • Possession or consumption of alcohol beverages by persons over 21. Persons who are the legal drinking age are permitted to possess and consume alcohol in a responsible manner, which means:
    • Alcohol must be consumed in a student room with the room door closed. 
    • Alcohol must be transported to and from student rooms in sealed containers. 
    • Possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages in floor lounges, basements, stairwells, or other common areas is prohibited.
    • Not endangering the safety of self or others, incapacitation, and/or the need for medical attention as a result of overconsumption of alcohol is considered a violation of policy.
    • Not participating in drinking games such as, but not limited to beer pong, flip cup, drinking card games, etc.
    • Not consuming or providing large amounts of alcohol (e.g. kegs, party balls, half-kegs, etc). Paraphernalia used to deliver large quantities of alcohol or rapid intake of alcohol (e.g. funnels, beer bongs, etc.) are not permitted in the residence halls.
Drugs and Other Controlled Substances

The following list is prohibited:

  • The use, possession, distribution, manufacturing or dispensing of illicit drugs.
  • The use or possession of drug paraphernalia (including, but not limited to, bongs, bowls, one-hitters, dugouts, and grinders).
  • The misuse, including but not limited to improper possession, sales and distribution, of prescription medication.
  • The misuse of over-the-counter medication.

The measure used to determine if a student violated the alcohol and other drug policy is a preponderance of evidence. A preponderance of evidence is reached when a hearing officer determines that it is more likely than not that the alleged violation occurred.

Assault and Harassment Policies 

Assaultive Behavior

No person may intentionally strike, shove, hit, punch, kick or otherwise subject another person to physical contact or cause bodily harm without the consent of the person.

If an assault occurs between two roommates and the police are called, the State of Wisconsin domestic violence laws require the police to arrest the resident who committed the physical assault.


No person may intentionally make verbal threats, intimidate, or engage in conduct which: tends to cause or incite a breach of the peace; or are severe or pervasive enough to substantially interfere with a reasonable student's educational performance, opportunities or benefits, or mental , emotional or physical well-being and which actually do so interfere. The presentation of any idea, regardless of the ideas' nature, or perceived value, may not be considered harassment unless it is accompanied with verbal threats, intimidation, or conduct as previously defined.

Behaviors and actions, as outlined above, exhibited via electronic media including email, text messaging or social networking websites may be in violation of the harassment policy.


Verbal abuse that involves an expressed or implied threat to interfere with an individual's personal safety, safety of property, academic efforts, employment, or participation in the University sponsored extracurricular activities is prohibited.

Sexual Assault

Any sexual contact with a person without the consent of that person is prohibited.  

Sexual Harassment

Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when

  • submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's employment or academic achievement,
  • submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment decisions or academic decisions affecting such individual,
  • such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work or academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment.
Unauthorized Audio/Video Recording and Photographs

Making unauthorized audio or video recordings or photographic images of a person in a location in which that person has a reasonable expectation of privacy, including, but not limited to, shower/locker rooms, residence hall rooms, and restrooms, is prohibited.  

For more information about sexual assault, harassment or the University's guidelines please visit the Student Rights and Responsibilities web page on Sexual Assault and Harassment.

Computer Policy

All residence hall students must abide by the Division of Technology Services (DoTS) Acceptable Use Policies regarding acceptable use of University computers and campus networks.

Copyright Infringement

The unauthorized distribution of copyrighted materials, including peer-to-peer file sharing, violating copyright laws on published works, music, graphics, or software; and obtaining or making available to others, commercial software via the Internet in violation of the licensing agreements on such software on University networks is prohibited.

Community Standard Policies

Air Conditioners

Personally-owned air conditioners are not allowed. Window air conditioning units may be requested only for verified medical conditions. Approved window units are university property and must be installed by Department of Residence Life staff. The installation fee associated with an air conditioners is $150. The unit will be installed for the entire academic year.


Riding or storing bicycles in a residence hall building is prohibited

Residence Life provides bike racks outside residence hall buildings. Students can rent a bike locker for the academic year (as space is available) for $60.


Fire safety and sanitation requirements prohibit cooking within the residence hall rooms.  

Community Cleanliness

Disposal of Garbage

Leaving garbage in bathrooms or other containers other than dumpsters, located near the residence halls, is prohibited. Hallways should be kept free of furniture, garbage, or other personal items.

Room/Pod/Apartment Cleaning

Students are expected to clean their living environments on a regular basis.

Bodily Fluids

Depositing of bodily fluids, including but not limited to, vomit, urine and feces in public areas or other inappropriate locations is prohibited.

Community Bathroom

Community Bathroom use is for the specific sex indicated on the bathroom door. Entering a bathroom designated for another sex is prohibited.  

Compliance with University Staff

Residents and their guests are expected to comply with the reasonable request(s), written or verbal, of a University official (i.e. Residence Life staff, faculty/staff, University Police), acting in accordance with their job duties.

  • All residents and guests in the halls are expected to comply with requests from staff members (i.e., presenting identification). If you have a concern about the validity of a request, you should ask to speak with the Complex Director or Area Coordinator immediately.
  • All residents are expected to comply with disciplinary sanctions issued through conduct conferences and hearings.
  • All residents are expected to open their door when asked by a staff member.
  • Creating a hostile environment by engaging in verbal or written abuse, physical contact, intimidation or menacing behavior directed at a staff member is prohibited.
  • Providing false or misleading information (lying) to a staff member is prohibited.
  • Intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly obstructing or delaying University proceedings is prohibited. Failing to cooperate with an investigation or fleeing an incident is prohibited.

Being present during any policy violation in such a way as to condone, support, or encourage a violation of University/Residence Life policy is prohibited. Students who anticipate or observe a violation of policy are expected to remove themselves from the situation and are encouraged to report the violation to the appropriate UW-River Falls personnel. If the violation is occurring in one's own room, they must either stop the violation or bring the violation to the attention of residence life staff in order to not be complicit.  

Courtesy and Quiet Hours

Courtesy Hours

Courtesy hours are in effect from 8:00am – 9:59pm Sunday through Thursday and 8:00am-12:59am Friday and Saturday. During courtesy hours it is expected that behavior and noise levels are respectful to the community and conducive to studying and learning.

Quiet Hours 

Quiet hours are in effect between 10:00pm -8:00am Sunday through Thursday and 1:00am -8:00am Friday and Saturday. During Quiet hours it is expected that noise should not be loud enough to disrupt residents of the community, including students on floors above and below.

Exam Week Quiet Hours 

The Saturday before finals week each semester, Exam Week Quiet Hours will be in effect starting at midnight (12:00am) on that Saturday until 7:00pm the Friday of finals week. During this time it is expected that noise should not disrupt residents of the community, including students on floors above and below. Between the hours of 5:00pm – 6:00pm daily courtesy hours will be in effect.

Musical Instruments, Stereos, Amplification or Bass Systems

Guidelines for playing musical instruments in student rooms follow the same guidelines as for noise; however, some musical instruments, by their nature, are virtually impossible to play at a level that does not disturb others. These instruments include, but are not limited to: amplified musical instruments (i.e. electric guitars, keyboards, and subwoofers), drums, and brass instruments.

Playing music from student room windows to the outside is not permitted.

Electrical Appliances

The University provides every room with a 5.6 cubic foot microfridge unit (which includes a microwave). Students are not allowed to bring their own refrigerator, freezer or microwave.

For fire safety reasons, space heaters, halogen lamps/lights, toasters, toaster ovens, George Foreman type grills, quesadilla makers, and pizza ovens are not permitted in residence hall rooms. Residence Life reserves the right to remove any unauthorized or dangerous electrical appliances.

Students can check out a number of items needed for food preparation at the front desk of their hall that can be used in the residence hall kitchen/kitchenette areas.

Furniture Misuse/Possession

University-owned furniture must be left in rooms and common areas to which it has been allocated. Student are prohibited from removing furniture items from their room. Lobby, lounge, study room or basement furniture, or other University-owned property is not allowed in student rooms. Students may be held responsible for damage incurred and daily charges for possession of University property.


The exchange of money in gambling ventures is prohibited, including, but not limited to penny poker, games of chance, betting on athletic events and online gambling from the residence halls.  

Guest Policy

"Guest" is defined as any person who is not assigned by the Department of Residence Life to live in the room, even if that person lives elsewhere on campus.

It is the hosting resident's responsibility to inform guests of the policies and procedures of UW-River Falls. Guests must have a valid Photo ID on them at all times and are expected to abide by all residence hall policies. The host resident is responsible for and will be held accountable for the behavior of their guest(s). Guests must be escorted by a resident of that particular residence hall (preferably the host) at all times. University personnel reserve the right to direct guests to leave the premises if they are creating a disturbance within the community.

Overnight guests may be allowed to stay a maximum of three (3) nights in a row, and no more than eight (8) nights per month Roommate approval is required before any visitation occurs. In cases where roommates cannot agree, the right of the person not to have overnight guests in the room will take precedence over the privilege of the roommate to host guests overnight.  

Due to fire safety regulations the number of people in a double room should not exceed 8 during the day and 4 overnight (including residents of the room). In George R. Field South Fork Suites the number of people should not exceed 10 during the day and 8 overnight (including residents of the room). For extended housing study lounges, the number of guests in the room at one time should not exceed 10 (including occupants).

Children are not allowed to live in the residence halls.


Failure to produce either a University identification card or a driver's license upon request by any University staff member, in the performance of their duties is prohibited.  Impersonating a University staff member, including student staff is not permitted.

Inappropriate Behavior

Behavior that would reasonably be considered inappropriate conduct for a residence hall community.

  • Disorderly Conduct
    • No person shall display behavior that disrupts or interferes with the performance of duties by University personnel
    • No person shall display obscene, lewd, or indecent conduct. Examples included (but are not limited to) voyeurism, public urination/defecation, or public exposure of private body parts.
    • No person may engage in violent, abusive, indecent, profane, boisterous, unreasonably loud, or otherwise disorderly conduct.
  • Horseplay, pranks, the making of messes, or any other action which damages property or disturbs others is inappropriate for the residence hall environment and surrounding area and is not allowed.
Keys/Locks/Electronic Access

Under no circumstances is any student permitted to have duplicate keys made for any University lock. Keys assigned to students should not be loaned to others. Students should not be in possession of University keys that do not belong to them.

Tampering with locks is not permitted. Students must have a valid campus ID card to enter the buildings. Students may not tamper with locked doors or admit unauthorized people into residence halls.


Kitchens/kitchenettes are available for resident use. Cleaning supplies are provided for residents to check out at the front desk to keep the kitchens clean. Students are expected to:

  • Wash, dry and return or store dishes in their room. Washing dishes in bathroom sinks and drinking fountains is prohibited.
  • Wipe down all surfaces (including the inside of the microwave).
  • Remove food from sink.
  • Sweep the floor. 

All items in the refrigerator must be clearly labeled with resident name and room number.


Tampering with official mailboxes and the intentional possession or disposal of mail other than a student's own is prohibited.  


Students are not permitted to keep any animal, except harmless fish, in the residence halls. In order to protect health and safety, fish and tanks may be 20 gallons or less. Students are responsible for any damage incurred to the facility. Students who require the use of an Assistance Animal should contact the Department of Residence Life and the Student Ability Services Office prior to moving into the residence halls. Residence Life is not responsible for injuries or harm caused by authorized or unauthorized animals.  


Non-University affiliated businesses and organizations will not be approved to have posters, brochures or other advertisements displayed in the residence halls.

University sponsored organizations/departments requesting to have promotional materials posted in the residence halls must get approval from the Department of Residence Life and Residence Life staff. 

All approved posters, flyers, or announcements must include the name of the organization and contact information, and will be posted by Residence Life staff on a space-available basis.  

Materials promoting the use of alcohol or other drugs, using profanity or implying sexual, racial, or other harassment will not be approved.   

Residence Hall Association, Complex Councils and Residence Life staff may post announcements in the residence halls. These announcements may be posted in hall lobbies and corridors on a space-available basis. 

Recreational Activities

Sports are prohibited in the residence halls. No games or equipment designed for outdoor athletic use are permitted to be used in any residence hall facility including but not limited to bicycle riding, footballs, Frisbees, rollerblading, skateboards, scooters or wheeled shoes. Weight lifting equipment (such as barbells, dumbbells, resistance bands, etc.) may not be kept or used in student rooms.  

Room Decoration/Remodeling

Students are permitted to decorate their living space (room, room door, and room window) within the following guidelines:

  • No items may be hung from the ceiling. 
  • Room doors cannot be more than 33% covered with decorations. 
  • Barn wood, paneling, enclosed multi-level structures, natural holiday trees or wreaths, and any construction which creates a fire, safety or health hazard is not permitted. 
  • Running electrical cords under room doors or mattresses is prohibited. 
  • Construction, decoration or arrangement of furniture in a manner which hinders exit from the room door or window is not permitted. 
  • Foam back carpeting or foam padding underneath carpeting is prohibited. 
  • Waterbeds are prohibited. 
  • Residents posting items that target specific individuals in a harmful, harassing, or intimidating manner will be asked to remove the items.

Removal of screens or windows is prohibited. Students are prohibited from hanging or throwing objects or discarding liquids from open windows.  


Smoking or the use of other tobacco products (see list below) is prohibited on and within all campus residence halls, campus grounds (college owned, controlled, and/or leased); college owned or leased properties; and campus owned, leased, or rented vehicles. This includes but is not limited to all university streets and sidewalks, parking lots, landscaped areas, outdoor athletic facilities, and recreational areas; at lectures, conferences, meetings, and social and cultural events held on campus property or campus grounds.

For the purpose of this policy, "tobacco" is defined to include any lighted cigarette (including but not limited to cloves, bidis, kreteks), cigars, pipes, and hookah products; any other smoking products (such as e-cigarettes); and any smokeless, spit or spitless, dissolvable, or inhaled tobacco products, including but not limited to dip, chew, snuff or snus, in any form (such as orbs, sticks, pellet, etc.).


Commercial activities or door-to-door solicitations are never allowed in residence halls, but designated members of approved campus organizations, service organizations or political campaigns can utilize public lounge or lobby areas on first floors and basements of residence halls to present their viewpoints by discussion or materials following approval of the area, method, and time by the Department of Residence Life. The manner of presentation must not interfere with the flow of traffic, not constitute harassment to residents, and must be done in a responsible fashion so that the information/discussion is conducted on a voluntary basis to student residents. Unauthorized posting of advertising materials on student room doors, including door hangers and slipping materials under doors, are prohibited.

Substance-Free Rooms

Residents who are committed to a substance-free environment have agreed to observe a standard that prohibits the use of tobacco products, alcohol, and illegal drugs as defined by Wisconsin law and University policy. In addition, residents have agreed and have made a commitment that the use of any of these substances outside the hall that has an effect on the environment in the hall is prohibited (i.e. consuming alcohol off-campus and disturbing others while intoxicated).

Residents are required to sign a substance-free agreement when they move into the substance-free environment. Guests who visit must adhere to these standards as well. Residents who fail to live up to these standards have failed to abide by the substance-free agreement; they may be moved from the hall on the first offense, and can expect to be moved on the second offense. A Residence Life staff member will review policies and reiterate community expectations with residents who choose to violate the substance-free agreement.


Possession of another person's or the University's property, without prior consent, is prohibited. This includes property from student rooms and all common spaces in the residence halls. Possession of illegally obtained road or campus signs is prohibited.


Individuals who have been banned from residence hall facilities will be reported to University Police.  

Unauthorized Access

No person, unless authorized, may be present in residence halls during closed periods (i.e. J-term and summer). Utilizing residence space for any activity other than intended use is prohibited.

No person may climb onto or walk upon the roof of a University building; except when emergency access to a fire escape is necessary.


Damage to any residence hall furniture, fixtures, or facilities or damage to property of students living in the residence halls is prohibited. Tampering with vending machines is prohibited.  

Weapons and Firearms

The possession and/or use of weapons is strictly prohibited on University lands or in University buildings or facilities. Prohibited weapons included, but are not limited to, firearms of any type, ammunition, pellet guns, BB guns, Airsoft guns, paintball guns, TASERs, swords, spears, switchblades, hunting knives or sporting knives.

  • No person may display or portray as real any object that resembles a weapon.
  • Using any object to threaten or cause harm is prohibited

Weapon storage is not provided on campus.

Fire Safety Policies  

Items which require an open or smoldering flame to operate are not allowed in resident rooms or anywhere else in the residence halls. Residents and guests are expected to leave the building by the designated exit whenever the fire alarm sounds.


The possession and/or use of candles and candle warmers is prohibited. The burning of incense is also prohibited.  

Fire Alarms
  • It is prohibited to tamper with or misuse any fire alarm system (including smoke detectors).
  • It is prohibited to tamper with or misuse any firefighting equipment (such as fire extinguishers).
  • Residents and guests must leave the building by the designated exit during a fire alarm.

Emergency Alert System tests are announced and happen each month. During the Emergency Alert System testing residents may remain in the residence halls.

Fire Pits

Residence Life has two fire pits available for students' use. One is located between Jesse H. Ames Suites and Crabtree Hall, the other is located by the Ann Lydecker Living Learning Center. Please contact the Department of Residence Life for more information.  

Flammable Materials/Explosives

The possession or use of fireworks, propane, gasoline, lighter fluid, and explosives is strictly prohibited in the residence halls.  


Grilling is permitted in designated outdoor areas in accordance with the following policies:

  • Residents must only use the outdoor grills provided. Additional grills cannot be brought into the grilling/fire pit areas.
  • Charcoal and a fire source is the responsibility of the student.
  • Residents must properly dispose of ashes in provided ash cans located near grills.
  • Residents are responsible for cleaning the grilling area and disposing of all trash appropriately.
  • Due to close proximity to the residence halls, residents should be considerate of others and keep noise to a minimum, especially during quiet hours.

Residents are not permitted to store flammable items in their rooms including charcoal or lighter fluid.