Policies and Rules

Please note the following policies and rules are from 2017/2018 academic year's Guide to Campus Living; students, parents, and staff should refer to the PDF file until updates are made.

Listed below are the Residence Hall and Apartment rules and policies. These rules represent details related to living in an on-campus setting.  

All students and guests are responsible for abiding by these as specified.

In addition, the Student Conduct Code and all state and federal laws should also be referred to and abided by at all times.

Read the Student Conduct Code.

UNIVERSITY LIMITS OF LIABILITY. Students shall not hold Eastern Michigan University or Housing & Residence Life liable, financially or otherwise, for any expense, loss, or damage resulting from, or in connection with, a violation of these rules, regulations, or standards, or because of the negligence of any student.

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EMU Student Code of Conduct: Section V. B.  Alcohol Violations

The following acts violate the EMU Student Code of Conduct:

  • Possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages by persons under the legal drinking age in violation of Michigan law.
  • Dispensing, selling or supplying alcoholic beverages to a person under the legal drinking age as defined by Michigan law.
  • Possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages in violation of federal, state and local laws.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) allow the university to notify parents if students are involved in alcohol-related incidents.

Alcohol: Rules specific to Housing & Residence Life

Housing & Residence Life is particularly concerned with behaviors or decisions that may lead to a dangerous misuse of alcohol. Persons who host parties involving alcohol, provide alcohol to underage persons, supply alcohol to persons already intoxicated, or jeopardize the safety of others through a violation of these rules are subject to immediate suspension or dismissal from the halls or apartments, as well as campus, criminal, and civil charges.  Housing & Residence Life staff have been instructed to apply the alcohol regulations in the following manner and will involve the EMU Department of Public Safety (DPS) in doing so:

  1. Persons under the age of 21 may not possess or consume alcohol anywhere in the residence halls or apartments. Alcohol and empty alcohol containers are absolutely prohibited in the first-year residential areas (Putnam and Phelps).   Because these building are predominantly occupied by residents under the age of 21, they are all considered “dry”.
  2. In rooms or apartments where all residents are under 21, no alcohol may be possessed or consumed. This includes possession by guests or visitors who are of legal drinking age. Anyone present in an underage room or apartment where the consumption of alcoholic beverages is occurring will be in violation of this section.
  3. Open alcoholic beverage containers are not permitted outside student rooms or apartments, including, but not limited to, student rooms and public areas, such as lounges, hallways, stairwells, laundry rooms, entry ways or surrounding areas, complex grounds, parking lots, etc., regardless of whether a student is of legal drinking age.
  4. A student living in the residence halls or apartments is responsible for informing guests of rules and regulations regarding the consumption of alcohol and can also be held responsible for any violations of these rules and regulations by their guests.
  5. Use or possession of kegs, beer balls, beer bongs, beer pong tables, tap devices, or funnel devices used for the consumption of alcohol is strictly prohibited in the residence halls and apartments. Any device used for the rapid consumption of alcohol is prohibited.
  6. An underage student who is present in a student room or apartment where some or all of the residents of that room are of legal drinking age may be in violation of this section if there is reasonable evidence that the underage student is or was in the act of consuming alcohol.

Specific considerations for those 21 and over

  1. A student of legal drinking age may not possess more than one case (12 count) of beer, or two liters of wine, or one liter of distilled spirits.
  2. If all the residents of a student room or apartment are not of legal drinking age, those residents over 21 may keep alcohol in the room; however, these students are prohibited from drinking it with or in the presence of, serving, or in any way providing alcohol to, those residents who are not of legal drinking age.
  3. Students who are 21 or older and who reside in a room or apartment with students who are not yet 21 may be held responsible for violating this section if they do not take reasonable steps to ensure the underage residents do not gain access to the alcohol they possess.

EMU Student Code of Conduct: Section V. F.  Drugs

The following acts violate the EMU Student Code of Conduct:

  1. Possession or use of narcotics, prescription drugs or other controlled substances in violation of local, state or federal drug or narcotic laws.
  2. Distribution, delivery or sale of narcotics, prescription drugs or other controlled substances in violation of local, state or federal drug or narcotic laws.
  3. Possession or use of drug paraphernalia.

Drugs: Rules specific to Housing & Residence Life

The use, possession, sale, distribution, or attempted use, possession, sale, or distribution, of illegal drugs, hallucinogens or controlled substances, or the evidence of such, including odor, smoke, residue, paraphernalia or illegal substances, is prohibited in all Residence Halls and Apartment buildings.  Use of prescription drugs by persons other than the person named on the bottle’s label notes is prohibited.  Persons in a room or apartment where there is evidence of such drug use may be held responsible for the use. Drug paraphernalia will be confiscated by DPS. Paraphernalia includes but is not limited to tools for inhalation or injection, bongs, devices created for drug ingestion, pipes, scales, etc.  The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) allows the university to notify parents if students are involved in drug-related incidents.

EMU has a zero-tolerance policy regarding marijuana usage or possession on campus, even in the case of a licensed patient under Michigan Medical Marijuana Act of 2008 (MMMA). Although the act allows patients to possess and consume limited amounts of marijuana for certain medical conditions, the state law conflicts with federal laws. EMU is subject to the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act amendment of 1989, which prohibit controlled substances on campus.

EMU Student Code of Conduct: Section V.Q.Weapons/Firearms/Explosives

The following acts violate the EMU Student Code of Conduct:

  • Possession, storage or use of firearms and other weapons, including non-lethal weapons. Examples of such weapons may include, but are not limited to pellet guns, air-soft guns and paintball guns.
  • Possession, storage, or use of firecrackers, gunpowder, ammunition, explosives or incendiary devices, or other articles or substances which could endanger health or safety.

Weapons: Rules specific to Housing & Residence Life

Weapons, ammunition, explosive materials, fireworks, gasoline or any other flammable liquids such as propane or butane are not permitted in the residence halls or apartments. In addition, air guns, spring guns, paintball guns, bb/pellet guns, or other instruments in which the propelling force is a spring, compressed air, or CO2, are prohibited. Toy guns, gun look-alikes, and non-functioning replicas of guns are also prohibited. These include including NERF, water guns, and Super Soakers.  Knives, except for those expressly used in food preparation, are prohibited. Decorative or martial arts weapons are prohibited. Possession of bows, arrows and crossbows are also prohibited.  All prohibited weapons and explosive materials will be confiscated by the Department of Public Safety. Violation of this section may result in immediate dismissal from housing.

1.0 General Responsibilities

Residents and their guests are expected to abide by the rules, regulations, and standards of Eastern Michigan University now in effect, including the EMU Student Conduct Code, rules regarding underage possession and consumption of alcohol, and those regarding public intoxication. Residents must also comply with the terms and conditions of occupancy as stated here and in the housing contract and as posted in on-campus living areas. In addition, all Michigan State and Federal laws are in effect at all times on campus. 

Students are expected to conduct themselves in a safe and orderly fashion while residing in the Residence Hall and Apartment community. Any behaviors deemed as disruptive to sleeping, studying or harmonious community living are prohibited. Any behavior deemed threatening to the general health or safety of residence hall or apartment occupants is prohibited. Students and guests who are present when violations occur may be held responsible for contributing to those violations if they knowingly had the opportunity to stop the violation and did not, or if they made the conscious decision to not remove themselves from the situation and/or report it to a staff member.

Residence Hall and Apartment residents and their guests are expected to be tolerant and respectful of the diversity within our community. No person(s) should be discriminated against or harassed due to his or her age, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, ability/disability, and/or socioeconomic status. 

1.10 Campus Living Policies

Listed in the Guide to Campus Living are a series of policies and other recommendations related to living on campus.  The policies explain how to proceed in certain cases.  Students who do not abide by them may be subject to action by the Student Conduct Office.

1.20 Cancellation of Agreement and Dismissal from Housing

Housing & Residence Life may terminate a resident’s Housing Agreement for breach of the agreement’s terms by the resident, or for any of the following reasons or conditions:

  1. The resident ceases to be enrolled as a student and is not involved in a documented legitimate academic activity.
  2. The resident is responsible for a health or safety violation, such as a false fire alarm, illegal discharge of a fire extinguisher, or use or possession of fireworks. Any tampering with or misuse of health and safety equipment is prohibited and punishable by university and/or civil court action. Action can also be taken by Student Conduct Office.
  3. The occupant or any guest, visitor, or invitee of such occupant presents a clear and present danger to the on-campus student population. Examples include arrest for assault and battery, possession or use of a weapon, criminal possession or sale of illegal narcotics, or other conduct as may be determined to have serious or dangerous implications for the students living on campus. Continued and/or serious violations of campus security systems or procedures may also be cause for termination of the housing agreement.
  4. Violation of EMU Student Code Probation, repeat violations of the Student Code, or a single serious violation.

1.30 Care and Use of Facilities

The university requires proper care and use of campus facilities at all times. Assigned residents of each living unit are financially responsible for keeping their and its contents in good order and free from damage by themselves and others. Students may not engage in any activity that can damage residence hall or apartment facilities or property. Any such action is cause for financial liability for any damages and the possibility of other sanctions in accordance with these rules. Specifically:

  1.  Beds may not be raised using personally built lofts.  Residence hall beds can be requested to be put in a “raised” position (only utilizing the provided notches in the bed posts). For safety reasons, only Physical Plant staff may raise or lower beds.  Apartment beds must be used as is.  Use of cinder blocks or commercially available bed risers is prohibited.
  2.  Recreational equipment such pool tables, ping pong tables, Foosball tables, pools, etc. are not allowed in student rooms, apartments or floor lounges. Sports or similar activities (including Frisbee, rollerblading, skateboarding, bicycling, bouncing balls, or water sports) are not allowed in any residence hall or apartment building.
  3. Hover boards, self-balancing scooters, battery operated scooters, hands-free Segways and similar devices are prohibited in residence halls and apartments.  They may not be used, stored or possessed in these areas due to safety concerns they present.
  4. University-owned furniture and equipment (such as furniture, stereos, televisions, microwaves, and recreational equipment) may not be taken from, or moved within, the building without written permission from Housing & Residence Life.
  5. No one may tamper with (or alter) the electrical system or any other cables or wiring in the building. This includes circuit breakers, switches, wiring, and any data/telecommunication cables.
  6. Screens, windows, and window railings must remain in place at all times. Students are prohibited from hanging out of their windows or throwing or handing any items out of their windows. Students are prohibited from entering or exiting the residence halls or apartments through windows.
  7. No one may enter restricted areas. Restricted areas include but are not limited to: Residence hall or apartment roofs, mechanical rooms, janitor closets and internet closets, etc. No one may tamper with roof doors or roof locks or climb sides of buildings.
  8. Students are not allowed to enter residence halls that are closed over breaks unless they have been given permission.
  9. No one may improperly access or use fire escapes or fire ladders.
  10. No one may paint, wallpaper, write on room walls and doors, or remove any door within their room or apartment.
  11. In the Residence Halls, no one may make holes of any kind in their room walls, doors, or ceilings. In the apartments, a few well-placed picture hangers in walls are acceptable.  Excessive damage or holes in the apartments will be charged.  No holes or nails in ceilings or doors.
  12. No one may damage, vandalize or deface common areas, including hallways, bathrooms, lounges, laundry rooms, elevators, and stairwells.
  13. No one may damage, vandalize, alter or deface their room/apartment or furniture provided.
  14. No one may interfere with the operation of smoke detectors or any other life safety systems or devices.  Dismantling smoke detectors is prohibited.
  15. Lounges are not to be slept in by residents or their guests.
  16. Stove tops and ovens cannot be used for room heating purposes.
  17. Grills-CC/Westview - Cornell Courts and Westview residents are allowed to have gas-powered grills. All grills must be stored outside of the apartment, but cannot be secured to the railings, nor attached to the building. Grills may not be stored and/or used on balconies. The grill must be located far enough away from the building that it does not cause damage to the building and/or any other property. Residents need to inspect the valves, gages and hoses on propane grills to make sure that they are not leaking propane gas. Residents must close the valve on propane tanks when they are not in use. Charcoal grills are strictly prohibited. This policy will remain in effect until July 1, 2017 at which point all grills will be prohibited.
  18. All grills are prohibited in the Residence Halls including The Village and Brown/Munson Halls.
  19. Falsifying Work Orders - The Physical Plant prioritizes the order in which work orders are completed. Exaggerating the severity of a facilities issue in an attempt to expedite the process is prohibited.  Residents should not misrepresent the source of a facilities issue in an attempt to avoid being assessed replacement/maintenance costs.
  20. Health and Safety Inspections - Housing & Residence Life will conduct health and safety inspections of each resident room as needed. Residents and their guests are required to maintain an appropriate level of cleanliness and orderliness within their room. Unsanitary conditions, such as garbage, dirty or improperly stored dishes, spoiled perishable food items, dirty clothes, or other clutter, etc., must be corrected. Common courtesy and common sense should be the guide. Please contact your Graduate Hall Director/Area Complex Director if you have questions on how to meet these standards.
  21. Each room must have clearly defined passage areas to be used in case of emergency. 

Violation of this section will result in financial liability for all custodial or maintenance charges as well as damages that may result. Criminal charges may also be incurred. Since violation of this section may create a clear danger to members of the Residence Hall and Apartment community, dismissal from housing is a possible sanction for creation of such a hazard.

1.40 Entry Into Student Rooms and Apartments by University Officials

The university reserves the right to enter any assigned room. Students’ privacy rights are given important consideration before entering a room or apartment. When practical, university officials will give 24-hour advance notice to occupants before such entry.

Housing & Residence Life staff may enter rooms for the following:

  1. During any fire alarm or other building evacuation.
  2. To make a repair or check on immediate facilities issues, including work orders put in by a student. Such entries can also be made in anticipation of a problem such as a leak or flood.
  3. When an alarm clock or device is left on and unattended, disrupting the community.
  4. To prepare for new occupants or to determine if vacant space is prepared—in the apartments during turnover and in the halls throughout the year, if there is a vacancy.
  5. Health and Safety inspections are an opportunity for staff to ensure your safety, notify residents of potentially hazardous conditions, and allow residents the opportunity to correct any infractions or advise them in advance of any potential financial costs you may incur.
  6. If there is an immediate concern for a student’s safety. In such cases, the staff member is required to announce their need to enter and clearly identify themselves. Refusal to cooperate may lead to referral to the student conduct process.

1.50 Failure to Comply

A person is responsible for failure to comply when they, know, or have reason to know, that the requesting person is a Housing & Residence Life official, and fail to comply with a reasonable request, including attending a conduct meeting or providing accurate and true ID when required. Housing & Residence Life officials include, but are not limited to Resident Advisors, Community Programmers, Office Managers, Night Watch Staff, Graduate Hall Directors, and Area Complex Directors.

1.60 Fire Alarms and Fire-Safety Equipment

All students are required to follow fire evacuation procedures. EMU requires that all residents exit the building within 3 minutes of an alarm sounding. If a fire alarm is set off by a resident’s actions they may be dismissed from housing. Department of Public Safety, Fire Department, and Housing & Residence Life personnel are authorized to enter rooms to ensure that they have been evacuated properly. Failure to evacuate is a violation of Ypsilanti city ordinance and subjects a resident to arrest and/or disciplinary action. State fire laws prohibit the use of elevators for fire evacuation. Individuals must remain outside of the building until the ACD or DPS makes an “all clear” determination.

  1. Any tampering with smoke and fire detection systems, fire alarms or fire-safety equipment is prohibited. This includes alarms, fire extinguishers, fire hoses, heat and smoke detectors, sprinkler systems, fire escapes and fire doors.   It is against state law and University policy to use this equipment for any purpose other than extinguishing fires.
  2. Pulling false fire alarms, causing a fire, interfering with firefighters, or removing firefighting equipment (smoke sensors, fire extinguishers, etc.) is prohibited. Offenders may be removed from on-campus housing, prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, and referred to student conduct and community standards for disciplinary action.
  3. Fire Egress: Students residing at 600 and 601 W. Forest are responsible for keeping fire egresses clear and accessible.
  4. It is prohibited to hang items from or disturb heat and smoke detectors or sprinkler systems.

1.70 Guests

Guests are expected to abide by all of the EMU and housing policies. If  guests of a resident are found in violation of policies, the resident may be held responsible for their guest’s actions. If a resident opens the door for someone, that person becomes the resident’s guest and the resident is to escort them at all times while the guest is in the hall. If a resident opens the door for others and leaves them alone in the building, the resident is still responsible for the behavior of that person. 

Residents are allowed up to three guests per person, per night. Roommates should discuss visitors and be in agreement on guests and visitation. Residents with guests and their roommates and suitemates reserve the right to ask guests to leave. Guests may stay up to three consecutive days and no more than six days per month in the residence halls. Overnight guests are not permitted in first year halls during Orientation and finals weeks. 

Guests need to be signed in properly during the hours of Night Watch and must present a state ID card, driver’s license, military ID, or passport with intact pictures and birthdays, to gain admittance after 10 p.m., when the hall closes, or when requested by staff members. Library cards, high school or other University IDs are not acceptable IDs for guests. On campus students who are visiting a residence hall or apartment where they do not reside or off campus visitors must be escorted by a resident of the visited building at all times. If a violation of policy takes place by a guest in a residential room, the resident(s) of that room can be held responsible for the guest’s violation under this policy.  Non-EMU guests must be at least 18 years of age or older unless approved by the professional staff of Housing & Residence Life. 

In the apartments, non-student residents that are permanent guests such as dependents and spouses must be registered with Housing & Residence Life and appear on the agreement.  These guests are only allowed at the discretion of Housing & Residence Life and the hosting student.  Should the student no longer be registered for classes, permanent guests must move out.  

In Apartments, where youth residents are registered with Housing & Residence Life, child care providers are permitted to stay in the apartment without the resident present.  The child care provider is still responsible to follow all campus and housing rules.  It is the responsibility of the parent to alert the child care provider of these rules and be available by phone in case of an emergency.  A child care provider may stay in an apartment for up to 8 hours without the presence of the resident.

1.80 Lounges & Meeting Spaces

Residence hall lounges and lobbies are for the use of residence hall students.   Outside groups may not use lounges unless invited to do so by a Housing & Residence Life staff member or Community Council/RHA member.  Should the staff or a Community Council member be hosting a program with a student organization, the staff or council member must be present during the program and during set-up/clean up.  If a student organization or group uses a lounge in collaboration with a staff member/community council or without permission, they will be held accountable for damages or service charges as a result of their use of the lounge.  Hall lounges are not open to the public.  

1.90 Medical Amnesty

The purpose of a medical amnesty policy is to remove barriers and increase the likelihood that students who require emergency medical assistance as a result of high risk alcohol consumption will seek and receive the medical attention they need. The Michigan medical amnesty law is designed to promote responsible decisions and protects minors from receiving a minor in possession charge if they seek medical help for themselves or another person. For more information on the medical amnesty policy, contact The Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards.

2.00 Nonrenewal of Housing Agreement

Students found in violation of University policies, Student Conduct Code or Residence Hall and Apartment Rules, at the discretion of the Director of Housing & Residence Life, or a designee, may have their housing agreement deemed nonrenewable. Living on campus is not a requirement after the first year; therefore, any student who is continually disruptive to the community will be considered for nonrenewal. This includes, but is not limited to, students who commit acts of vandalism, students found responsible for multiple violations of the rules, students on probation for any violation, students who hinder the studying or sleeping of other members of the community, and students who are found to have endangered the health and safety of themselves or others.

2.10 Pets

Only fresh-water, non-flesh eating, fish are allowed in the residence halls including The Village and Brown/Munson Halls. Fish tanks should not exceed 10 gallons. This does not apply to residents who need a service animal or therapy animal as defined on the Disability Resource Center webpage. Residents found in violation of this policy will be instructed to remove their animal and subject to referral to the University conduct process. 

Residents of Cornell Courts and Westview Apartments are permitted to have up to two cats for a fee. If a resident has a confirmed booking/assignment to live Cornell Courts or Westview and indicate they will be bringing a pet cat, they will be billed an additional $100 per semester. If they bring a pet cat and do not register the pet with Housing & Residence Life, they will be retroactively billed an additional $200 per semester for the term of your contract. Cats may only be kept with the consent of all residents of an apartment. The owner of the cat(s) will be responsible for any applicable cleaning fees or damages relating to the cat(s). Both residents must confirm their agreement by filling out the applicable paperwork with Housing & Residence Life.  The only other type of pet allowed in Cornell and Westview is non-flesh eating fish in a tank that does not exceed 10 gallons. 

Housing & Residence Life reserves the right to immediately remove a pet from a University residence hall or apartment, when it is determined that the pet is abandoned and/or abused, and turn it over to an appropriate animal care agency.

2.20 Prohibited Activities

Actions that endanger the health, safety, or welfare of a person or group are prohibited within the halls and apartments. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Sports, running, riding of bicycles, rollerblading or roller skating, skateboarding or other similar behavior including hover boards within the hallways or rooms.
  • Gambling is not allowed (Also see EMU Student Conduct Code Section V. J.)
  • EMU’s Tobacco-Free Policy prohibits all smoking and use of tobacco in or on all university owned buildings and property.
  • Use of hookahs, vapor or electronic cigarettes and other smoking devices is not allowed.  Students may possess cigarettes or electronic smoking devices for use off campus.  Students may NOT possess hookahs.
  • Aiding or abetting another person in committing an act that violates the Student Conduct Code, Guide to Campus Living Policies and Rules or State of Michigan law is prohibited

Residents and guests should make an effort to discourage another person from engaging in prohibited behavior and/or to report a violation of which one has knowledge. Guests must follow any reasonable request of Department of Public Safety and Housing & Residence Life staff acting in the performance of their duties.

2.30 Prohibited Items

These items are prohibited in Residence Halls and Apartments but not outlined in other policies:

  • Routers: for residents of Best, Brown, Buell, Downing, Munson, Phelps, Putnam, Sellers, Walton, and the Towers (Hill, Hoyt, Pittman).
  • Pools of any type
  • Waterbeds
  • Candles, candle warmers, incense, and wax/oil melting devices
  • Bunsen burners, alcohol burners
  • George Foreman grills, induction cook tops, hot plates, electric woks, and other direct heat source appliances (Microwaves, toasters, and coffee pots are allowed)
  • Drapes/curtains
  • Space heaters
  • Air conditioning units*
  • Hookahs

*Excluding Cornell Courts, Westview, and 601 W. Forest apartments. This does not apply to residents who have an accommodation approved by the Disability Resource Center. In this case, the unit may not be window mounted, but must be portable and self-contained (see Campus Policies section regarding AC installation).

2.40 Property Insurance/Renter’s Insurance and Liability

The University does not assume responsibility for, or carry insurance covering the personal property of students. Students should check for coverage provided by existing family policies or make arrangements to purchase their own rental insurance policies.

2.50 Quiet/Courtesy Hours

Courtesy hours are in effect 24 hours a day. Reasonable requests by fellow residents or staff to lower noise levels within a room, public area, or areas surrounding the buildings should be honored at all times.  Regular quiet hours on campus are: Sunday-Thursday 10 p.m. to 10 a.m. and Friday-Saturday midnight-noon. During final exam week, 24-hour quiet hours take effect. Residents who interfere with the rights of others to sleep and study may face immediate suspension from the residence halls and apartments. 

2.60 Removal from Campus Housing

Students residing on campus are required to follow all University policies and must comply with requests or instructions provided by Housing & Residence Life staff members or other University Officials. In the instances in which a resident’s continued presence in on-campus housing jeopardizes the health, safety, welfare, or poses a significant disruption to the on-campus housing community, the Director of Housing & Residence Life or their designee reserves the right to remove the resident or guest from the halls or apartments on a temporary or permanent basis.  The Director may also move the student to another location on a temporary or permanent basis.

2.70 Room and Apartment Modifications & Decorations

 Rooms and apartments may be decorated to assist in the personalization of the rooms. Restrictions do apply:

  1. Prohibited Decorations – Decorations may be used but must not interfere with fire safety equipment and may not be placed in an area creating a health/safety hazard. Use of lights and other electrical decorations must be UL approved and may not interfere with the electrical circuitry of the facility. Decorations may not be hung out of windows. Students may be required by staff to take down any decoration. Students may be held financially liable for any damage or cost for decorations improperly placed or disposed of.
  2. Holiday Decorations – Holiday lights may only be used for their intended purpose of decorative, seasonal use; not as an alternative light source or year-round use.  Holiday lights must be in working condition, and UL certified.  LED lights are highly recommended.  Live-cut trees are strictly prohibited.  Residents are permitted to use holiday lights during the period starting the first Monday following the Thanksgiving break through the first Sunday after the first full week of the Winter Semester.
  3. Room/Apartment Doors, Walls and Ceilings – Doors of student rooms or apartments may be decorated but are considered public areas. Door decorations may not damage door surfaces or create health/safety hazards. Room numbers on doors or door frames must not be covered. Residents are not allowed to tape doors, or stuff towels or sheets under doors. Doors and door closers are not to be removed. Decorations or furnishings may not obstruct or obscure the visibility of an exit door. Nothing is permitted to be hung from the ceiling, sprinkler piping or sprinkler heads.
  4. Bottles and Cans – Bottle or can collections are prohibited. Alcohol bottles, even empty, are prohibited from being used as decoration.  For recycling purposes, bottles or cans may be collected but limited to 25 cans or bottles. The recyclables must not constitute a fire or safety hazard.
  5. Halogen and Upward-Facing Lamps – Any lamp requiring or utilizing a halogen or halogen-type bulb is strictly prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, torchiere and desk lamps. Also prohibited are all types of “upward-facing” bowl lamps.
  6. Extension Cords and Power Strips – Extension cords are not permitted. If additional outlets are necessary, surge protected outlet adapters and power strips with circuit breakers may be used.  These must be UL certified and the cord must be 6 ft. or less in length. Each power strip must be individually plugged into a wall outlet; they may not be daisy chained (plugged into another power strip). Electrical power cords may not be placed under carpets or rugs.

2.80 Room Assignments and Room Changes

In accordance with the Housing Agreement, only a license is granted with respect to room accommodations, and no tenancy is created. Only the registered occupant(s) of a room are permitted to maintain residence therein. Students may not “sublet” rooms, nor may a student permit any other unauthorized occupancy of residence hall or apartment space.  Housing & Residence Life reserves all rights with respect to the assignment and reassignment of room accommodations and may, at its sole discretion, terminate such accommodations, making an appropriate financial adjustment of the charges.

Voluntary room changes must be approved by Housing & Residence Life Staff (ACD, Assignments Staff or designee).  RAs cannot approve room changes. Impeding a room change into a vacant space is prohibited.  Residents in under-assigned rooms and suites need to keep the room or suite ready to accept a new roommate and may not refuse such an assignment or request.  Residents may be charged the single-room rate if they continue to impede a newly assigned student from moving into their room.

2.90 Security Procedures

Housing & Residence Life has taken many steps to provide a safe and secure environment; however, the ultimate responsibility lies with those who live in the community. Residents and their guests will be subject to disciplinary action if they attempt to bypass the security system in the following manner: failure to respond to requests by designated personnel including Night Watch staff, propping doors, entering a secured area behind someone, allowing access to someone the resident does not know, and forcing open locked doors.

  1. Students are not permitted to copy or loan to any other person any key or access card that has been issued by a university official.
  2. For security purposes, lock change will be completed for any room door where a copy of the key was made.
  3. Residents must identify themselves when asked by Housing & Residence Life staff members (including RAs & NWPs) acting in the performance of their duties. The preferred form of identification shall be a current, valid, and intact University identification card with hall specific sticker, or another state ID or federally issued identification.
  4. For the safety and security of all residents, altering door locks in any way is prohibited. This includes but is not limited to changing locks, adding locks, and altering locking mechanisms. Any work performed on locks must be completed by the Physical Plant.
  5. Every residence hall door opening onto a hallway or the outside is fitted with an automatic door closer. Door closers are mandated by the State Fire Marshall. Tampering with or removing a door closer is prohibited.

3.00 Solicitation and Posting

Any information that is to be posted in more than one residence hall must be approved by either the Director of Housing & Residence Life or a member of the central office staff.  Any materials posted without approval or posted in an inappropriate location will be removed.  Postings for events at bars and nightclubs or without student organization/departmental sponsorship will not be approved. 

Solicitation in residential buildings or on the grounds is prohibited. Students may not use any rooms or apartments, or permit rooms to be used, for any commercial purpose whatsoever. Door-to-door solicitation is regarded as an invasion of privacy and is therefore prohibited. This restriction applies to both commercial and non-commercial solicitation, and to distribution or posting of written materials as well as personal contact, which includes “Dorm storming.” Tabling by a student organization or department may be approved by the ACD of a building, but must not be solely for recruitment and must not interrupt traffic flow or day-to-day operations.  On a limited basis, Housing & Residence Life will authorize door-to-door contact as it relates to specific housing issues or programs such as “House Calls;” see the Director for more information.  Any non-resident found soliciting in the halls or apartments is subject to arrest for criminal trespass.

Housing and Residence Life Policies Air Conditioner Unit Policy

Residents of Cornell Courts, Westview and the West Forest property may have air conditioning units (AC).  Residents must purpose the appropriate unit themselves but it must be installed by EMU Physical Plant staff.  To maintain a safe environment, a few specific regulations must be followed.

  • One installation and one uninstallation will be performed free of charge. Any further services regarding the unit (including installation, uninstallation, and repair) will be done at the expense of the owner.
  • Residents are encouraged to confirm their apartment location, window measurements, and BTU requirements below before purchasing an air conditioning unit.
  • 600/601 West Forest residents may have units installed only in approved locations.
  • Westview residents may have two air conditioners in a two-bedroom unit while maintaining the BTU limit described below. One-bedroom apartments are only permitted one air conditioner.
  • Cornell Courts residents must use the small window under the living room picture window and/or the kitchen window. Residents in Cornell Courts are responsible for keeping the walkways/sidewalks in front of their apartments clear of moss/mold that forms as a result of their air conditioner usage.
  • Residents are encouraged to winterize their AC unit by covering it with plastic or AC unit covers available at a hardware store.
  • Please consult the Disability Resources Center for approval of an AC unit due to a medical condition in other on-campus locations. 

Air conditioning units may not exceed 10,000 BTUs where one unit per apartment is allowed. Where two AC units are allowed, the combined maximum is 15,000 BTUs. 

If an AC unit is removed for storage, it should be stored in the apartment and/or in your storage unit where applicable. Areas such as walkways, balconies, and/or laundry room common areas are not approved locations for storing AC units.  Units should be plugged directly into the wall sockets or in a surge protector with no other electrical devices plugged into them.

Bed Bug Protocol

Bed bug infestations are a very serious situation that can spread easily from room to room, vehicle, classroom, and home. At the start of each academic year, all vacant residence hall rooms and apartments are certified bed bug free through the use of careful inspection and professional pest control service animal. 

Eastern Michigan University provides aggressive treatment when alerted to the potential of bed bugs in a residence hall room or apartment. All residents affected are required to follow prescribed preparation checklists and minimize risk of re-infestation. In the event of a bedbug infestation during the term of the resident’s contract, EMU will undertake eradication to the residence hall room or apartment, including the appliances and fixtures. The resident shall be solely responsible for all bedbug eradication with respect to his/her personal property. Failure by the resident to comply with preparation instructions or a re-infestation of a room by resident or guest will result in conduct charges and billing for cost of eradication services. 

Housing & Residence Life highly discourages bringing furniture of unknown origins or furniture which has been out of the possession of the resident. Secondhand furniture can be a contributor to bed bug infestation. If bed bugs are suspected or discovered, please contact the Housing Staff immediately.  Students will be given an Instruction Sheet that must be adhered to for proper eradication.


Each complex has bicycle racks for securing bicycles. We recommend you use a high quality U-style lock through the frame and wheel to make theft as difficult as possible. Bicycles (non-motorized) may be brought into your living space, but cannot be left on balconies or stairwells for any period of time; they are considered a safety hazard in these locations. 

Bicycles that are improperly stored or chained to something other than a bicycle rack (such as a tree or post) may be removed and put into 30-day storage. In the event that bicycles are abandoned, they may be removed during periodic maintenance of the bicycle racks. 

Bicycles removed by the University will be held for 30 days and disposed of if not claimed. Housing & Residence Life is not responsible for lost, damaged, or stolen bicycles.

Children’s Toys-Apartments

Large toys should be stored under the staircases in Cornell Courts and not be chained to balconies and guardrails. Westview residents may store items directly outside their apartment. In all complexes, the items stored outdoors should be labeled with both the resident’s last name and apartment number. Items must not impede accessibility to the apartment or passage around the building.  Housing & Residence Life is not responsible for lost, damaged, or stolen toys.

Disability Resource Center and Service Animal Policy

Housing & Residence Life collaborates with the Disability Resource Center (DRC) to coordinate housing accommodations for students with disabilities that impact one's living situation. Students must schedule a meeting or phone conversation with the DRC Staff to initiate this process. The DRC is located in 246 Student Center, the phone number is 734.487.2470, and the email address is drc@emich.edu. Documents may also be faxed directly to the DRC at 734.483.6515. Please note the housing accommodation process will take 5 business days once the DRC receives all needed information and/or documentation. Students must schedule a meeting with the DRC about a need for housing accommodations as soon as possible, and prior to completing a housing application. If a student is assigned a room through the typical process before notifying the DRC of their request for housing accommodations, it will lead to a delay in the implementation of accommodations. Requests for therapy animals should be made to the DRC directly, as separate forms are required in these cases. 

Requests for on-campus housing accommodations should be made to the DRC as soon as possible. Students are encouraged to complete the Special Housing Related Request [PDF] prior to contacting the DRC but this can be done during the conversation as well. The DRC staff meets with the student, reviews documentation, and collaborates with H&RL regarding approved accommodations.

Reasonable and appropriate accommodations depend upon the disability, the housing environment and the steps necessary to create equal access for one's living situation. Requested accommodations need not be granted if it is deemed unreasonable, if alternative accommodations are available, and/or if the student has already received desired placement through normal assignment processes. Please be advised that single rooms are reserved for individuals with specific living needs and for whom living with a roommate is not viable. The housing accommodation process considers access for living purposes only, and not for other aspects of the college experience, such as studying. There are many options on campus where a student can study in an environment suitable for one's situation. 

The DRC and Housing & Residence Life are committed to assisting students in order to make the  campus accessible, and welcome the chance to coordinate accommodations with students as appropriate.  For more information, see the DRC website.

Service Animal Policy

Students who are bringing service animals to campus do not need to contact the Disability Resource Center (DRC) or Housing & Residence Life, but it is highly recommended to ease everyone's transition. 

A service animal means any dog or miniature horse (as recognized by the ADAAA) that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. Other species of animals, whether wild or domestic, trained or untrained, are not service animals for the purposes of this definition. The work or tasks performed by a service animal must be directly related to the handler's disability. Animal waste must be disposed of properly, animals need to be on a leash at all times and the University's facilities cannot be used for cleaning or grooming.  The Assistant Director for Housing & Residence Life (Colleen Tompkins, ctompkins1@emich.edu) is available for consultation.

EMU Tobacco Free

As of July 1, 2015, the EMU campus has adopted a tobacco free policy. Under the policy, all smoking and the use of tobacco products in or on all university owned, operated or leased buildings, facilities and grounds, including vehicles is prohibited. The policy extends to any sidewalk that cuts through the campus or between buildings, and extends up to the perimeter sidewalks bordering the exterior of campus. As a result, all smoking and the use of tobacco products in any university-owned residence hall or apartment is prohibited.  Get more information on the tobacco free policy.

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