Residence Hall Policies

RH001 - Air Conditioners

Rockford University residence halls are equipped with either central air-conditioning or individual room air-conditioning units.  Residents are not permitted to bring or install personal air-conditioner units.  Window air-conditioners are not to utilized when the outside temperature is below 66 degrees.  Contact Residence Life for maintenance concerns regarding provided air-conditioning units.

RH002 - Alcohol Policy

Rockford University residence halls fall under the alcohol policy listed in the Code of Student Conduct under the University Policies and Regulations.     For further questions please speak with a member of the Residence Life Staff.

RH003 - Appliances in the Residence Halls

Students are allowed to bring certain appliances when they move into the residence halls. The items that are permitted include:

  • Refrigerators that do not exceed 4.0 cubic feet (1 per resident)
  • Microwaves that do not exceed 1.1 cubic feet (1 per resident)
  • Fans
  • Crockpot
  • Coffee maker
  • Electric kettle
  • Scented wax warmers, no candles permitted
  • Toaster: for use in the kitchenette only

All other appliances must be approved by the Assistant Dean/Director of Residence Life or their designee.  Items with open heating elements/coils are not permitted.

Non approved items will be confiscated and may be picked up for removal from campus.  Confiscated items must be removed from campus.  Any confiscated items not picked up by the last day of final exams each semester will be discarded,

Barnes Hall has a two-burner cook top.  The Rockford Fire Marshall does not permit deep fat frying or frying in oil in the residence halls.

Contact the Office of Residence Life for a complete list of approved appliances.

RH004 - Candles/Open Flames/Flammable Liquids

Rockford University prohibits the possession of candles or any other form of open flame, along with the possession and storage of flammable liquids such as gasoline, lighter fluid, etc. in the residence halls.  Items found will be confiscated.

RH005 - Room Capacity Limitations

For fire safety purposes, the following residence hall room capacity limitations are in place as per the Rockford Fire Marshal:

  • Single room – no more than 5 individuals at a time.
  • Double room- no more than 10 individuals at a time.
  • Suite- no more than 15 individuals at a time.

It is expected that residents will return to their assigned rooms at night.

RH006 - Care for Community Spaces

The community of each hall/floor, together with the housekeeping staff, is responsible for maintaining the community areas of the building. Trash and recyclable materials are to be disposed of in the proper containers. Accidents such as broken glass, broken furniture, litter, and vomit, must be cleaned up by the responsible parties. Residence Life will charge the responsible parties for community spaces which are not properly maintained. Times and areas where housekeeping cleaning staff must spend excessive times cleaning will also result in charges for residents. If the responsible party is not found, the entire floor or building will be charged for the costs of the cleaning.

Kitchenette areas are available in each residence hall. The facilities include a sink, refrigerator, and a microwave. Kitchenettes are for resident use only. Residents must keep these areas clean.

Laundry facilities are located in the lower level of the Cummings Complex, the Johnson Center, and the Kent Center and are for residence hall student use only. If any machine is in need of repair, please report it to the Resident Assistant or Residence Life staff. The University is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged personal property. Articles left in laundry facilities for 24 hours or longer will be donated or disposed of properly. Students allowing nonresidents to use laundry facilities will be held responsible.

RH007 - Care for Rooms/Personal Spaces

Residents will be held responsible for the upkeep and cleanliness of their rooms and personal spaces. They are expected to maintain reasonable health and safety standards. Residents in suite style rooms or super singles are responsible for cleaning their bathrooms.

Temporary adhesives (ex. Command Strips, painters tape) may be used in the residence halls. Nails, screws, and staples should NEVER be put into walls, ceilings, or floors. Rooms must be returned to their original condition at the end of the housing term minus normal wear. Residents with tile floor and windows are expected to keep them clean and without damage.

Duct tape, masking tape, scotch tape, are not temporary adhesives, due to the residue and damage they can cause to walls.

RH008 - Check In/Check Out

Room Condition Reports (RCRs) are completed for each room prior to move-in.  When a resident moves into the residence hall they will complete a Room Condition Report with a Resident Assistant. The resident has 48 hours to inspect and report any discrepancies between the RCR and actual room conditions to their Hall Director. After 48 hours the RCR will be considered finalized.

At the time of check out, any damages not recorded on the finalized RCR from check in will result in additional charges to the residents account. Failure to complete the check-out process will also result in additional charges. A detailed instruction sheet will be made available at least two weeks before the residence halls close each semester.

When a resident moves out of the residence hall, they need to remove all personal items, sweep the room, remove any temporary adhesives, close all windows and blinds, remove trash, return furniture to its original location, return Direct TV equipment, and return any room or suite door keys as they check out with their Resident Assistant. Residents are responsible for scheduling an appointment for check out with their Resident Assistant at least 24 hours in advance.

Failure to properly check out will result in the following fines:

  • Improper Checkout: $75.00
  • Failure to return key(s): $150.00 – $365.00 dependent upon room style and locks.
  • Excessive mess and/or removal of personal property: $25.00 per hour

Any personal items left in community spaces or residence hall rooms after check-out/hall closing will be discarded. Rockford University is not responsible for any lost or stolen items. All residents are expected to vacate their rooms within 24 hours after their final exams are completed or by the day and time halls close for the semester or break. If a resident needs to remain beyond this period, they must contact the Assistant Dean/Director of Residence Life, or their designee, for permission at least one week prior to the buildings closing.

RH009 - Drugs and Other Controlled Substances

Federal and state laws, and Rockford University policy, prohibit the sale, re-sale, possession, use, or distribution of any controlled substances or prescription medicine. The sole exceptions to this policy are (1) the use of prescription medications by the patient for whom the medication was prescribed where such medication is used only as directed by the physician who prescribed the medication; and (2) the sale and/or dispensing of prescription medications by healthcare professionals within the scope of their licenses to do so and in accordance with the law.

Students found in violation of this policy are subject to serious University disciplinary action (suspension or dismissal) and arrests under the state and federal laws.

Medications used at the University must be taken and/or disposed of properly and according to safe and acceptable medical practices. The University will facilitate counseling and referral to treatment as appropriate.

The University has the authority to enter and search any room or area of the campus where there is reason to believe that established standards of conduct or health and safety regulations are being violated or when there is a reason to believe that illegal drugs or controlled substances or paraphernalia may be stored, used, sold, or otherwise distributed.

Finally, Rockford University reserves the right to notify the Rockford City Police Department whenever illegal drugs or controlled substances or drug paraphernalia are found on campus. Therefore, in addition to University related action, students who violate drug policies risk arrest and prosecution for violations of drug related laws by city, state, or federal offices. According to Illinois State statutes, penalties for the delivery of controlled substances are increased if conducted on school grounds or within 1,000 feet of school grounds (720 ILCS 550/4, Section 5).

For further information please refer to the University Policies and Regulations in the Code of Conduct in the Student Handbook.

RH010 - Eligibility to Live On-Campus during the Academic Year

To qualify for a space in the residence halls during the academic year, a student must meet the following guidelines:

  • Acceptance into Rockford University
  • Registered for minimum of 12 semester hours per semester in a regular academic program at Rockford University
  • Health insurance registered with Lang Center for Health, Wellness, Counseling, and Disability Services
  • Sign housing contract through Student Administrative Services
  • Provide a nonrefundable housing deposit of $100.00

Approval to waive any of these requirements must be obtained from the Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Residence Life. The Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Residence Life will have final determination regarding eligibility. For more information please contact Residence Life at

RH011 - Furniture

Residents assume responsibility for furniture assigned to their room. Residents will be billed for the full-replacement price for any furniture that is damaged or not present at the time of the checkout.

Residents may arrange furniture to suit individual tastes including bringing personal furniture, provided such additions do not jeopardize the health and safety of roommate(s). Residents will also be charged for any damage caused by furniture brought in by the resident. Furniture in the residence hall lounges, study rooms, etc., may NOT be used in private rooms. A $50 fine will be assessed for the misuse or appropriation of community area furniture.

Lofting of beds is at a first come basis due to availability of university materials.  Contact your Hall Director for clarification.

University provided furniture cannot be removed from the residence hall room or university property for any reason.

RH012 - Gambling

Gambling is not allowed on Rockford University property.

Students are expected to abide by the federal laws and the laws of Illinois prohibiting illegal gambling, including online gaming. Gambling for money or other things of value on campus or at University-sponsored activities is prohibited except as permitted by law. Such prohibited activity includes, but is not limited to: betting on, wagering on, or selling pools on any University athletic event; possessing on one’s person or premises (e.g., room, residence unit, car) any card, book or other device for registering bets; knowingly permitting the use of one’s premises or one’s phone or other electronic communications device for illegal gambling; knowingly receiving or delivering a letter, package or parcel related to illegal gambling; offering, soliciting or accepting a bribe to influence the outcome of an athletic event; and involvement in bookmaking or wagering pools with respect to athletic events.

RH013 - Guest Policy

Guests are any individuals who are not residential students. Residents wanting to host a guest on-campus for any period of time, or overnight, must register the guest or guests.  Guest registration can be completed on line at the Residence Life website. Guests are allowed to stay on-campus no more than 3 consecutive nights.  Please check with the Hall Director regarding repeated overnight visitors as cohabitation is not allowed.  Maximum number of nights in a semester for a visitor is not to exceed 6 as a courtesy to the roommate.  The hosting student is responsible for their guest at all times while on Rockford University property and will be held accountable if the guest is found to be violating any policies of the University.

Failure to register the guest will result in disciplinary action for the Rockford University student. The University reserves the right to ban any guest from campus if the conduct of the guest endangers the safety and well-being of the University community, including the Rockford Police Department.

RH014 - Identification Cards

All Rockford University students are required to have a Rockford University photo identification card. Rockford University ID cards are the official identification of all students of the University; ID cards also allow access to the resident’s building(s). Students are prohibited from loaning cards to other students and/or guests.

Lost or stolen cards should be reported immediately to SAS – Student Administrative Services (from 8-5 weekdays) or Rockford University Police and Department of Public Safety (weekends and evening hours). A fee will be assessed for the replacement of lost or stolen ID cards.

RH015 - Keys

Room keys, mailbox keys, and outdoor access cards (and keys) are the property of the University. Residents are responsible for all issued keys. Under no circumstances may keys be duplicated or loaned to other individuals. Residents are encouraged to keep unattended rooms locked to avoid theft. The University is not responsible for rooms left unattended and unlocked. Full replacement costs for lost or stolen keys will be assigned to the resident to whom the key was issued by Residence Life.

When a resident gets locked out of their room or building they should first attempt to contact their Resident Assistant. If the Resident Assistant is not available then attempt to contact another Resident Assistant in their residence hall.  If a Resident Assistant is not available then the Department of Public Safety should be contacted.

Students will only be admitted to their assigned rooms.  Students must provide proof of room residency.  The first two lock-outs are free.  Subsequent lock outs will result in a $40.00 charge.

RH016 - Loss and Liability

Rockford University is not responsible for the loss, theft, or damage of any personal property from any cause. For safety purposes, we encourage all students to keep their room and automobile locked at all times. All residents are encouraged to purchase renter’s insurance. Dependent students may be covered under their parent/guardian’s home owner’s policy; please check with insurance agents.

RH017 - Amnesty Policy

Rockford University’s primary concern is the health and safety of its students. RU is aware that students are sometimes reluctant to seek medical attention in alcohol- and drug-related emergencies, out of fear that they may face sanctions related to possessing or consuming alcohol and drugs. Because these emergencies are potentially life-threatening, RU wants to do what it can to reduce barriers that prevent students from seeking assistance.

  • For Victims

The University provides amnesty to victims who may be hesitant to report to University officials because they fear that they themselves may be accused of minor policy violations, such as underage drinking, at the time of the incident. Educational options will be explored, but no conduct proceedings or conduct record will result.

  • For Those Who Offer Assistance

To encourage students to offer help and assistance to others, the University pursues a policy of amnesty for minor violations when students offer help to others in need. At the discretion of the Vice President for Student Life/Dean of Students, amnesty may also be extended on a case-by-case basis to the person receiving assistance. Educational options will be explored, but no conduct proceedings or conduct record will result.

  • For Those Who Report Serious Violations

Students who are engaged in minor violations but who choose to bring related serious violations by others to the attention of the University are offered amnesty for their minor violations. Educational options will be explored, but no conduct proceedings or record will result.

Abuse of amnesty requests can result in a decision by the Vice President for Student Life/Dean of Students not to extend amnesty to the same person repeatedly.

RH018 - Noise, Quiet, Courtesy Hours

Courtesy hours are in effect twenty-four hours a day. This means that residents may request another resident or group of residents to cease any activity which is interfering with their ability to study, rest, or quietly enjoy the community. Residents are expected to comply with such requests.

Campus quiet hours are Sunday-Thursday 11:00 p.m.-9:00 a.m. and Friday-Saturday 1:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.

Disruption to another room, hall, or floor is considered a violation of the noise policy.

During the officially scheduled mid-term and final exam periods each semester, 24 hour-quiet hours are in effect.  Signs will be posted before each of the mid-term and final exam periods.

24 Hour Quiet Residence Halls:  Svenson & Ekvall Halls


RH019 - Offensive Material

Material which is obscene or violates the University’s nondiscrimination policy is not permitted in community spaces (hallways, room doors, windows, lounges, etc.) Material that is visible through doorways/windows within a resident’s room must also follow the nondiscrimination and Title IX policies.

RH020 - Pets and Animals in the Residence Halls

Fish are the only pet allowed in the residence halls. They must be housed in properly equipped aquariums, no larger than 5 gallons, limit one tank per room (one tank per bedroom in the suites). Possession of any other pets will result in fines, disciplinary action and/or possible confiscation of the animal(s).

Service and Emotional Support Animals are permitted in the residence halls with documentation provided through the Lang Wellness Center.  Arrangements must be made through Lang Wellness Center before the arrival of the animal on-campus.  Arrangements must be completed and approved at least 60 days prior to the start of the semester.

RH021 - Residence Hall Contract

The residence hall contract is issued for the entire academic year (fall and spring semesters). Residents are required to sign a contract which incorporates the policies, procedures and certain additional requirements contained therein.

Cancellation of a residence hall contract requires permission from the Assistant Dean/Director of Residence Life or their designee. There must be a compelling reason to cancel a contract. If the decision of the Assistant Dean/Director of Residence Life is to deny a contract cancellation, the resident will be obligated to fulfill the contract. Residence Life reserves the right to cancel a contract for the following reasons:

  • No longer registered for classes
  • Falling below the minimum 12 credit hours needed to be eligible
  • Nonpayment of a bill
  • Serious or numerous residence hall and/or University policy violations(s)

RH022 - Rockford University Staff Entering Resident Rooms

.Rockford University and residence life staff believe a resident’s right to privacy is important and will be respected whenever possible. However, the University reserves the right for designated authorities* to enter a student’s room/suite at any time without prior notice. The following are reasons for entry into a resident room:

  • Health, safety or personal welfare checks
  • Maintenance work required in the room.  Frequent maintenance work occurs over break periods
  • Reason to believe that illegal drugs or controlled substances or paraphernalia may be stored, used, sold, or otherwise distributed.
  • Clear indication that established standards of conduct are being violated, or to protect University property
  • Semester closing inspections

*Designated authorities include: the Vice President for Student Life/Dean of Students, Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Residence Life, Residence Hall Directors, Resident Assistants with permission from professional staff, Rockford University Department of Public Safety Officers, Facilities staff, Officers of the University and their appointed representatives.

If a University staff member finds it necessary to enter a resident’s room when they are not present, they will leave a note or let them know afterward that the student’s room was entered and the reason.

RH023 - Room Assignment

The Assistant Dean/Director of Residence Life oversees all room assignments and makes every effort to see that they are made in the best interest of the resident. The general guidelines used in the assignment process are listed below. Residence Life reserves the right to change this process at any time and will make reasonable attempts to inform students prior to the change.

For New Students:

  • Specific requests for roommates are honored when possible.
  • Personal living styles will be matched as much as possible according to when the Housing contract is received and the responses provided on the housing preference form.
  • Special consideration is given to those preferring a nonsmoking roommate. However, in the event smoking and nonsmoking individuals are assigned to the same room, the nonsmoker’s rights prevail.
  • Requests for particular room types (i.e. single rooms) will be considered as space allows, only after a completed housing contract, meal plan contract, and preference form, and $100 housing deposit (SAS). Room and floor/hall assignments are made at the discretion of the Residence Life Staff with preference first being given to returning residents and earliest deposit dates.

For Returning Students:

  • Housing selection information will be made available by Residence Life prior to selection dates.
  • Students unable to participate in Housing Selection may select a room for the next academic year any time after the selection process, so long as they meet the requirements to live on-campus.
  • Students’ currently living off-campus may select a room for the next academic year any time after the selection process so long as they meet the requirements to live on-campus. Students must submit a housing contract, meal plan contract, preference form, and $100 housing deposit to Student Administrative Services

All contracts received after June 1st will be processed according to the guidelines established for new residents.

RH024 - Roommate Change or Room Reassignment

Room changes require permission from the Assistant Dean/Director of Residence Life, and can be approved until the last day to add/drop courses for the semester. Any moves requested after the last day to add/drop courses for the semester will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Unapproved resident moves will result in disciplinary action and/or fines for the resident. If a room change is approved, residents will be given instructions and proper paperwork to complete and return to a Residence Hall Director before moving. Roommate conflicts are not a compelling reason for an immediate room change. If the reason for a request is a roommate conflict, residents will be asked to try and resolve the problem independently. If no resolution can be reached, residents should contact their Resident Assistant (RA) for assistance with mediation. Room changes are a last resort solution for roommate conflicts.


RH025 - Room Consolidation

Room vacancies occur throughout the semester leaving open spaces. Room consolidation is the process of uniting roommates with vacancies to open up rooms for new residents. Residence Life reserves the right to reassign students who are without roommates, whose roommate withdraws or is dropped from the University, or who have not registered for classes in the specified length of time. Room consolidation will occur from move-in until the last day to add/drop courses for the semester. If a resident has their roommate move-out, the remaining resident has the following options:

  • Move to a different room type to avoid getting a new roommate
  • Consolidate into another room with a vacancy

After the last day to add/drop courses for the semester Residence Life reserves the right to consolidate residents on a case by case basis. If a resident does not choose any of the above options, then Residence Life reserves the right to reassign them without resident input. Failure to comply with any parts of the room consolidation process will result in disciplinary action and/or fines.

RH026 - Room Modifications

Room modifications are not permitted in the residence halls. Examples of room modifications that are not allowed include, but are not limited to:

  • Drilling
  • Gluing down, stapling, or other permanent means of carpet installation/carpet laying
  • Painting
  • Removal of University issued/owned furniture
  • Drawing on the floor, walls, ceiling, or furniture
  • Pulling up tiles/carpet

Please contact a Residence Hall Director or the Assistant Dean/Director of Residence Life for further questions.

RH027 - Room Repairs/Maintenance Requests

Concerns or issues in the residence halls requiring the services of the facilities department at Rockford University should be brought to the attention of Residence Life. Once a staff member is notified a work order will be submitted. Maintenance will follow up and work to correct the issue.

Repairs as a result of damage to Rockford University property will be handled according to the vandalism policy.

RH028 - Exterior Doors, Windows, and Screens

Exterior doors to residence halls must be securely closed at all times. Under no circumstances should exterior doors be propped open; doing so poses a large threat to community security. Residents should never admit persons into their building unless they know for certain that they are a resident or member of the University staff.

Windows may not be used as an entrance to or egress from the building. Window screens, stops or seals (where applicable) must remain secured to the window. Dropping, throwing, or in any manner allowing objects, liquid or solid, to be ejected from windows is strictly prohibited. Residents of a room are considered responsible for any object ejected from their window. Screens must not be removed from windows. Residents found to have removed the screens or to have entered or exited the building via any window, or to have allowed visitors or guests to do so, will be subject to disciplinary action.

RH029 - Fire Safety - Smoke Detectors, Sprinkler Systems, Extinguishers, Pull Stations

Fire prevention in the residence halls is taken very seriously by the University and is the shared responsibility of all students living in the residence halls. For safety reasons, the interference with the operation of the smoke detector or any other fire safety equipment (e.g. fire extinguishers, pull stations, sprinkler heads, etc.) is prohibited.  Each residence hall is equipped with a building fire alarm system, and each student room has a smoke detector which is periodically checked by residence hall staff. Items must not be hung on, from or obstruct the room’s smoke detector.  When the fire alarm sounds, all residents are required to leave the building.  Residents cannot re-enter a building until permitted by University staff and/or Emergency Personnel.  Remaining in a residence hall during a fire alarm is a violation of the Code of Student Conduct and will be dealt with as a disciplinary matter.

Fire suppression sprinkler heads are located in student residence hall rooms across campus. These sprinkler heads contain significant water pressure and are capable of discharging hundreds of gallons of water per minute. It is strictly prohibited to obstruct or prevent the sprinkler head from operating properly. You are not permitted to use the sprinkler head as a “hook” on which to string holiday lights, hangers, clothing, hats or any other item. Please be aware that setting off the sprinkler head due to a person’s inappropriate use or horseplay may result in University discipline in addition to being held financially responsible for associated repairs, damages and flood water clean-up.

Tampering with fire alarm systems and extinguishers, misuse or tampering of sprinkler systems and any other fire safety equipment is a violation of Illinois law and the Student Code of Student Conduct. Anyone unnecessarily setting off or tampering with a fire alarm system, sprinkler system or fire extinguisher will be subject to judicial action, financial responsibility and/or referral to the civil authorities for prosecution under Illinois law. Removal from the residence hall community may also be considered for the individual(s).

Smoke detectors that have been covered or removed by the occupants of the room will be found responsible for the policy violation:

  • First offense:  $100.00 Fine
  • Second offense:  $200.00 Fine
  • Third offense:  $300.00 Fine and may be removed from University Housing.


RH030 - Smoking

Smoking is not permitted in any residence halls, including individual rooms, community areas, or restrooms. Smoking is also prohibited within 15 feet of building entrances, exits, air intake ducts, vents, and windows of buildings. A list of prohibited smoking products includes but is not limited to:

  • Tobacco products
  • Bongs
  • Electronic cigarettes
  • Hookah
  • Vaporizers

RH031- Semester Break(s) and Summer Housing

Limited housing on campus may be available during semester breaks and summer. Living on campus during semester breaks and summer will require an additional fee/cost. During semester breaks students are expected to comply with the opening and closing schedules indicated in the official Rockford University academic calendar. To be able to remain on campus during semester breaks students must register with Residence Life on or before posted deadlines. Failure to register will result in fines or loss of space.

Refunds will not be given for any “unused” days. Students who remain on campus during breaks are reminded that break times are used for hall maintenance. The University reserves the right to control the use of all residence hall facilities and rooms during breaks.

Limited summer housing may be available on campus. To be eligible for summer housing, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Complete a summer housing contract
  • Be enrolled in the academic summer session and/or work on campus to be given first priority
    • Students working in town will also be given consideration, but not a discount.
  • Be enrolled full time for the following fall semester.
  • Be in good judicial, financial, and academic standing with the University.

If summer housing is assigned, occupancy of the room can take place on the communicated date, and close the day after the last class.

All students are reminded that all University policies and regulations are still in effect during all semester breaks and summer housing.

RH032 - Unauthorized Access

Only residents and their escorted guests have authorized access to their assigned residence hall. Forcible or unauthorized entry into any building, structure, facility, or room through a door, window or other means on the premises of University owned or controlled property is prohibited and will result in disciplinary action.

Residential students only have access to their assigned residence hall.  Individuals found forcing open exterior doors without using their ID card to scan and enter, or found tampering with door closure devices and latches will be referred to student conduct.

  • First offense of pulling open an exterior door (forced entry) or tampering with door closure devices and latches:  $250.00 fine.
  • Second offense of pulling open an exterior door (forced entry) or tampering with door closure devices and latches:  $500.00 fine.
  • Third offense of pulling open an exterior door (forced entry) or tampering with door closure devices and latches:  $1,000.00 fine, and may be removed from university housing.

RH033 - Vandalism

Any malicious damage to private or University property is prohibited. Persons responsible for damage will be billed for repair and replacement and will face disciplinary action. When two or more residents occupy the same room/space and responsibility cannot be determined, the cost of repair or replacement will be divided evenly between the residents of the room/space. If damage or loss occurs in a community area (lounge, hallway, etc.) and no one can be identified as the responsible party, University staff will determine the designated living area as the floor/hall/complex to be charged for the repair/replacement/labor costs of the community damage.  Residents will be notified of any community area fines or damages.

RH034 - Cohabitation

Cohabitation exists when a person who is not assigned to a particular room/hall uses that room/hall as if they were a resident of that space. Cohabitation is not permitted in University owned residences.

Examples of cohabitation include, but not limited to, accessing the room or apartment while the assigned occupants are not present, utilizing a key to enter a room/hall to which one is not assigned, keeping clothing and other personal belongings in the room/hall, sleeping overnight on a regular basis, and using bathroom and shower facilities as if they lived in that room/hall.

RH035 - Weapons/Explosives and Weapon Lookalikes

All weapons/explosives and weapon facsimiles are not allowed in University residence halls.

Possession, use, or distribution of explosives (including fireworks and ammunition), guns (including air, BB, paintball, facsimile weapons and pellet guns), or other weapons or dangerous objects such as arrows, axes, machetes, nun chucks, throwing stars, or knives with a blade of longer than three inches is prohibited on campus.


RH036 - Hover Boards, Drones, and Wheeled Devices

The use, possession, or storage of electronic skateboards including self-balancing boards/scooters and other similar equipment is prohibited in all University owned and managed property and buildings. These devices batteries’ can burst into flame especially while being charged resulting in a fire that can burn with intense heat.

Drones/unmanned aerial vehicles are to be used according to University guidelines/instructions.  Guidelines/instructions are available in the Student Life Office.

Skateboards, longboards, roller blades, roller skates and other methods of wheeled transportation may be stored in residence halls but not used in the buildings.

Bicycles may not be stored or used in residence buildings, but may be used on campus.

Skateboards, longboards, in line skates, roller skates, bicycles and similar wheeled devices are not to be used/ridden inside University buildings, residence halls or on tennis courts. Additionally, skateboards and other wheeled items may not be ridden on railings, curbs, benches, or any such fixtures that may be damaged by these activities, and individuals may be liable for damage to University property caused by these activities.

RH037 - Pool and Water Activity Use

Due to the risk of injury and property damage, residents are prohibited from planning and/or participating in events and activities that involve the use of water and water devices within or adjacent to campus residences, i.e. swimming pools, water balloons, water guns, or slip and slides.  Those seeking to host such activities on campus must register and receive approval from Student Life and Facilities to identify an appropriate location and time frame for approved activity.


RH038 - Hallway Sports/Behaviors

Frisbee, golf, kickball, and other games are prohibited in all community areas; including hallways, lounges, kitchenettes, laundry rooms, etc.; these activities within the building may be harmful to residents and/or to the condition of the building.  Residence hall corridors are designed as passageways and are not for recreational activities and gatherings.  No personal items are permitted to be left in hallways due to fire safety as per the Rockford Fire Marshal.

RH039 - Posting Policy

All posters or flyers that are to be put up within the residence halls must be approved by the Assistant Dean/Director of Residence Life. All posters or flyers must follow the University Posting Policy at