Guide To Residential Life: Living in a Residential Community
Your floor/apartment will create a community contract, including guidelines for community life. Students must be aware of how their behavior affects the community at all times. Disruption of smooth community living or infringements on the rights of others may result in disciplinary action, including removal from that community. Your Resident Assistant will assist in the facilitation of the community contract when needed. The Residential Life staff is committed to making the halls and apartments genuine learning communities and helping residents be active participants in this process.
Damages, vandalism, or the need for additional cleaning in the common areas (hallways, lounges, community bathrooms, courtyards, etc.) of the residential facilities, which cannot be directly attributed to an individual, will be charged pro rata in addition to disciplinary action. Residents are responsible for paying any common area damages billed to them. Please help us prevent these types of charges by respecting the facilities and property of the University. Students can also help by reporting the person(s) responsible for common area damage to the Residential Life staff or to the Stockton Police.
Students with questions regarding any Residential Life rule, regulation, policy or procedure should discuss them with their Graduate Coordinator.
The Guest Visitation and Registration standards are designed to foster a living learning environment in an open campus while recognizing privacy interests of students living in University housing. The University’s housing areas are not open to the public and are open to non-residential students on a limited basis as articulated below. The standards are anchored in a concern for safety and security where guest registration will provide invaluable information to the University in emergency situations
Stockton University considers a guest any individual that does not reside within the residential space in question. This includes residential Stockton students residing in other residential space, non-residential Stockton students, non-Stockton students, family members or any individual invited to Stockton by a resident. Any guest of a Stockton University Student must:
- Register with Residence Life by visiting a housing office location for any guest who
is going to be present in the residence halls past 10:00pm.
- During the summer,Guests must be registered by 5:00pm in the A-100, Lakeside, or Atlantic City residential life office.
- During the Fall and Spring, Guests must be registered by 9:00pm in the A-100, Chris Gaupp, Lakeside, or Atlantic City residential life office.
- Carry identification with proof of age and full legal name
- Be with their host at all times. Students with guests visiting must keep the guests with them. A guest cannot remain in a residential space while the host leaves for extended periods of time (i.e. attending class or work).
- Have the consent of all roommates of the host in order to visit the residential space
Stockton University students are required to be responsible for their guests and the actions of their guests. This includes any violation of university policy, local and state law. Additionally Guests who violate policies including the alcohol and other drug policies are subject to a ban from all residential areas. The Office of Residential Life reserves the right to change, modify, or restrict guest procedures for all residential students.
Stockton University considers a guest any individual that does not reside within the residential space in question.
All guests must be mutually agreed upon by all assigned roommates as negotiated through roommate or community agreements prior to visitation. Where a roommate does not consent, students and guests may meet in common areas including residence hall lounges prior to 10:00 p.m.
The exception is during the guest freeze period which is, two weeks prior to the first day of classes, and two weeks after the first day of classes and last two weeks of the semester. During the guest freeze, guests may be permitted to visit residents during day time hours and until 10:00 p.m. only with advanced consent from all roommates. However, during the guest freeze, overnight guests are not permitted.
Residents are required to register all guests who plan to remain in residential complexes between the hours of 10:00p.m. and 8:00 a.m. Students can register a guest with Residence Life by visiting a housing office location for any guest who is going to be present in the residence halls past 10:00pm. Guests must be registered by 5:00pm in the A-100, Lakeside, or Atlantic City residential life office during the summer. During the Fall and Spring semesters, guests must be registered by 9:00pm in the A-100, Lakeside, Chris Gaupp, or Atlantic City residential life office during the summer.
Guest Registration serves as a means of providing the University information as to those in housing should there be a health, fire or national emergency.
- Any individual banned from campus and any individual, including Stockton students, banned from housing.
- Minors under 18 without prior knowledge and consent of roommates and written approval of the Executive Director of Residential Life. In the event the roommate(s) does not consent, students and their child guest may meet in lounges or other common areas. The student host is responsible for all actions of their guests. Minor guests are not permitted to visit in the residence halls/apartments after 10 p.m. Only one child guest may be entertained at a time per student. Baby-sitting is not permitted in any residential facility.
Registration serves as validation of roommate endorsement. It serves as a means to contact your guest in family or health situations and provides the University information as to those in housing should there be a health, fire or national emergency.
Overnight guests cannot stay more than three consecutive days. Extended overnight visitation beyond three consecutive days is not permitted without written approval from the Director of Residential Education and Student Services. Residents may host guests for a maximum stay of three times per calendar month per guest.
For residential Stockton students, overnight visitation to another residential space may not exceed three days per calendar week, starting each Monday. Visitation in excess to this may be found to be in violation of the Cohabitation standards below.
Guests shall be permitted in housing complex areas during Welcome Week, until 10 p.m. During the first two weeks of the semester and the last two weeks of the semester no overnight guests will be permitted.
The Stockton residential student is responsible for the behavior of their guests and overnight guests, and is subject to disciplinary action if their guest or overnight guest violates Stockton University’s policies and/or procedures. If a residential Stockton student is found in violation of university standards while in another residential area, they may be subject to the code of conduct and the campus hearing board process due to their actions.
Students with guests visiting must keep the guests with them. A guest cannot remain in a residential space while the host leaves for extended periods of time (i.e. attending class or work).
Violators of the guest and Overnight Guest Registration Standards will be subject to the code of conduct and the campus hearing board process. Residential guests may be arrested for trespassing and resident students subject to disciplinary action for failing to register a guest. Stockton Police and the Office of Residential Life reserve the right to suspend guest privileges when it is in the interest of the University community. Guests, including family members, who violate university policies may be subject to a ban from all residential areas.
Residents with complaints regarding the visitation standards or enforcement of the standards are asked to contact the Office of Residential Life at 609-652-4332 in A-100, or at 609-652-4697 in the Lodge at Lakeside, the Atlantic City Residential Office 609-761-1232 or Stockton Police at 609-652-4390 (non-emergency).
It is the University’s philosophy that students are responsible citizens of the Stockton community. Therefore the rules and regulations under which students live are designed to promote individual and group responsibility, as well as to establish base community standards. The spirit of these regulations serve to promote the health, safety and security of persons and/or property; to support local, state and federal laws; and to support the basic guidelines essential for community living. It is expected that the student understands what constitutes acceptable behavior without a written rule to cover every situation.
The regulations specific to campus living are listed in the Student Code of Conduct, Student Handbook (available online), Guide to Residential Life (available online), in the Residential Life contract and the University Bulletin. Additionally, as appropriate, campus living rules and regulations are communicated by the Office of Residential Life. Stockton students are responsible for being familiar with these regulations.
Student Bill of Rights
The Resident Student Bill of Rights is a document to remind each resident of their responsibility to their roommates and suite-mates. The bill is intended to complement the Campus Code of Conduct, which all community members are expected to uphold. Your enjoyment of life on campus will depend, to a large extent, on the thoughtful consideration you demonstrate toward others. Basic rights of a roommate/suite-mate include the following:
- Read and study in one’s room free from undue interference.
- Sleep without undue disturbance by noise, guests of roommates, etc.
- Expect that roommates will respect one’s personal property.
- Live in a clean environment.
- Free access to one’s room and facilities without pressure from roommates.
- Host guests (with roommates’ agreement) with the understanding that guests are to respect the rights of roommates, suite-mates and other students.
- Freedom from intimidation and physical or emotional harm.
- Address conflicts; the Residential Life staff is available to assist.
- A living environment free from alcohol (if under the legal drinking age of 21) and illegal drugs.
Remember, part of being a responsible community member involves accepting responsibility for the welfare of others. Only you can ensure that you, your roommates/suite-mates, and your neighbors enjoy these rights. Students are encouraged to address and resolve problems through roommate contracts, suite agreements and mediation, with assistance from the Residential Life Staff. Please remember, a guest is any individual that does not reside within the residential space in question. This includes residential Stockton students residing in other residential spaces, non-residential Stockton students, non-Stockton students, family members or any individual invited to Stockton by a resident.
Quiet Hours / Courtesy Hours
As an educational community, a primary goal of Residential Life is to provide an atmosphere conducive to and supportive of the academic achievement of residents. A student’s right to study and sleep is given priority at all times. Each resident should be considerate of the rights of others by keeping noise to a minimum, especially during quiet hours.
- Quiet Hours are Daily from 10 p.m. to 9 a.m.
- Two weeks prior to the first day of classes, and two weeks after the first day of classes there is a guest freeze and 24 hour quiet hours to permit students to focus on their academics to build a strong foundation for the rest of the semester. There is also a guest freeze and 24 hour quiet hours two weeks prior to the last day of classes, and throughout finals week.
- Residents are expected to show respect for one another by reducing noise levels when requested by another resident, Residential Life personnel, University officials or Campus Police.
- Courtesy hours are in effect at all times. During courtesy hours, when a resident asks another resident to reduce the noise that they are making, compliance with the request is expected. Failure to comply with these requirements may result in disciplinary action.
- No bands, DJs or amplification equipment are allowed in the courtyards, interiors or exterior areas without a written permit from the Office of Residential Life. Musical instruments are permitted in residence hall rooms and apartments as long as they do not constitute a noise or fire safety problem.
- Any request by a resident for the noise to cease must be honored.
Care of Room and Facilities
It is a student’s responsibility to check the condition of a room during the check-in process. Students must inform the office of Residential Life of any discrepancies in writing within 48 hours of checking into your room at Housing@stockton.edu. Damages committed to an individual room will result in an assessment to an individual room’s occupant or both/ all occupants jointly. In the event that ownership cannot be determined of any items prohibited by university regulation or state or local laws and discovered in university residences, each of the assigned occupants of the unit having knowledge of the presence of or access to the contraband are considered to be in possession of the items.
Students should also submit a work order so action will be taken to repair or replace damages.
It is expected that all residents will maintain a reasonable standard of cleanliness in their rooms and that rooms will be kept clear of trash and waste. Other conditions that contribute to substandard health and safety of the residence and that necessitate subsequent maintenance attention may result in disciplinary action.
Alteration or relocation of any university owned physical structure or property is prohibited. This includes:
- Alteration of room or apartment door/room number tags
- Lofts or any other wooden structures. if constructed they will be immediately disassembled and discarded at the cost of the student
- Unauthorized furniture elevation devices including rack raisers or cinderblock
- Items installed to, painted, affixed, hung from or attached to any part of the outside of the buildings or windows. this includes, but is not limited to, signs, antennas, wires, clothesline, etc.
- Removal of furniture or other items from university common areas and lounges
- Removal of student room furniture or fixtures from rooms or campus including but not limited to curtains/drapery, window screens, desks, beds, and couches.
- Addition of any non-university bedding or additional seating
- Students are not allowed to bring additional furniture expect for bedding or additional seating in to their space as long as it does not become so crowded in the room that it blocks egress.
- Blocking windows, doorways, and vents
- Propping open building, suite or room doors
- Painting, patching, wallpapering, installing of wood paneling or refinishing any walls
- Paining or refinishing any furniture
- Use nails, screws, or adhesive substances such as contact paper, glue, double sided tape, or decals on walls, ceilings, floors, doors, or furnishings in order to prevent damage to surfaces. Painter’s tape is permissible
- Storage of any personal belongings in any common spaces, hallways, bathrooms or any space that is not the residence of the owner
- Tampering with thermostats or any fire safety devices including the covering or detatching of smoke detectors.
- Changing or placing additional locks
- Blocking or preventing egress through a room or apartment doors, hallways, exit doors and stairwells
Students engage in any of the above behaviors are subject to a fine in addition to disciplinary action and the immediate remedy of the violation by staff, which will be charged back to the student.
Various items are prohibited for use because they pose a risk for the health and safety of our students. Residential Life conducts regular health and safety checks monthly and will inspect rooms with or without residents being present to ensure prohibited items are not in rooms or apartments. For example the residence hall complexes are equipped to handle only a certain electrical load so some items are prohibited to prevent fire in addition, appliances within each room must be limited. Additionally items may be prohibited because they are violations of the student code of conduct. The following are items that are prohibited for use and storage within the residential facilities:
- Additional microwaves in housing 2, 3, 5, chris gaupp, and atlantic city (these are already provided), or additional refrigerators in any housing location.
- Microwaves exceeding ul listed regulation 120 volts 68hz and 1.1 kilowatts and/or more than one microwave in housing 1 and 4.
- String lights, fairy lights, lava lamps, halogen lights, heat lamps, himalayan salt lamps, neon and black lights.
- Extension cords
- Candles, ignitable lanterns, incense, flammable accelerants, wax warmers, fragrance plugins, wickless candles or similar products
- Electric heating or cooling appliances
- Fireworks, combustables
- Combustible decorations such as straw, hay, palm fronds, vines, branches, etc
- Curtains besides those provided by the university
- Large wall coverings including posters, tapestries and flags
- Unmanned aircraft system, (uas), also known as drones
- Wall covering deemed a fire hazard by residence life staff including excessive party decorations, construction paper coverings etc.
- Any devices with external heating plates including but not limited to coffee makers and coffee pots, hot plates, etc. (coffee pots with internal heating elements such as keurig coffee makers are acceptable)
- Air fryers
- Artificial or real christmas trees
- Dart boards (magnetic tipped or nerf dart boards are permitted)
- Possess empty alcohol containers, funnels, empty kegs or beer balls in housing facilities for safety and sanitary reasons regardless of age
- Illegal drugs, misused prescription drugs, or presence of drug residue or drug paraphernalia
- Tattooing kits or paraphernalia
- Waterbeds, hot tubs, spas and jacuzzis (both inside and adjacent to the residential complexes)
To request approval, please contact email@example.com for more information.
In addition to the actions outlined in the student code of conduct, students should be aware that taking any of the actions listed below may result in a residential life administrative action which could include but is not limited to fines, and/or loss of housing privileges.
- The projection or dropping of any object or materials that litter university property or that may cause injury to persons or property. Students may not throw, discard, place or deposit litter in campus buildings or campus grounds except in receptacles provided for such purposes. Littering may result in a fine and may include disciplinary action
- Using a window as an entrance or exit, or to dispose of any items
- Vaping, using electronic cigarettes, hookahs, pipes, shishas and the use of other smoking devices outside of designated areas
- Presence on any building ledge or roof
- Playing games that encourage the consumption of liquids (alcoholic and non-alcoholic)
- Playing any athletic games in a room, apartment, or common area of a residence hall without proper authorization; this includes rollerblading, biking, skateboarding and surfing.
- Use of trampolines in the residence facilities or on campus.
- Use of Residential Life’s fire place or grill without authorization from a representative of Residential Life and/or a fire permit.
- Defacing or vandalizing any university property
- Posting unapproved advertisements or signage
- Driving on walkways and service/emergency access roads
- Cohabitation for example hosting a guest in a space for more than three nights a month
- Occupying more than one residential space for example placing belongings in both dressers, beds, and desks because a roommate is not currently assigned.
- Hosting or being present in a space that violates occupancy constraints
- Providing a student id to another person who its not the owner of the id including guests
- Accessing the residential building without using
- Storing bikes in common areas (Lounges, landings, stairwells, of buildings)
The Office of Residential Life Reserves the right to deny or remove non-university furniture and equipment when necessary for health, safety or sanitation reasons.
In order to maintain the academic atmosphere of the residence halls, students are expected to conduct themselves in a considerate manner with regard to the rights, obligations and safety needs of others. Accordingly, students are obliged to live in a cooperative manner with their roommates and other community members.
Trained and caring staff members provide assistance to students experiencing a temporary emotional crisis or psychological need. Students seeking counseling services should contact the counseling center. Residential Life also partners with Stockton Cares staff who will provide support should students need it.
In order to provide students with timely and quality assistance, the office of Residential Life staff is required to follow standardized procedures whenever a student alludes to or engages in self destructive or disruptive behaviors. These behaviors include but are not limited to remarks about suicide, threats of suicide, suicide gestures or attempts, eating disorders, cutting behaviors, threats of violence or related behavior. Residential Life staff will report all situations in which potential suicide may be a factor so that arrangements for psychological consultation can be made. Similar behavior, which disrupts the residence hall community, may result in disciplinary action, mandated counseling, parental contact and/or removal from the residential community.
Alcohol Responsibility & Restrictions
Stockton University and the Office of Residential Life place an emphasis on the importance of alcohol education, as well as the impact alcohol use has on the Stockton community. The Office of Residential Life will educate residents by providing alcohol educational programming.
The Office of Residential Life will also require all first-year residential students to participate in an alcohol and other drug education online module. The educational models allow students to look at their own drinking habits, learn tips on how to drink in moderation and avoid high-risk drinking, as well as tips on how to deal with others who are disruptive or in danger. Information on this course will be emailed to each eligible student with additional instructions and deadlines.
Education is also the objective when disciplinary action is prescribed in alcohol use or abuse situations. Residents will be expected to understand the consequences of their decisions regarding alcohol use. This may include sanctions to attend alcohol education seminars or written assignments regarding the effects of alcohol in addition to sanctions including probation.
The Office of Residential Life will attempt to help those members of the Stockton Community who may have an issue with alcohol use. Residential Life will act as a referral agent to attempt to get the student to appropriate counseling, when the department becomes aware of a problem.
Residents are expected to abide by all New Jersey state laws and statutes regarding the possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages. In order to consume alcohol legally in the state of New Jersey, you must be 21 years of age. Additionally engaging, encouraging or promoting others to consume illegal substances, to illegally consume alcohol, purchasing and drinking large quantities of alcohol, or permitting such to occur in your residence is prohibited. Participating in the following behavior violates these standards and will result in disciplinary action that may include permanent loss of housing. Violations and fines are cumulative throughout an individual’s on-campus residency
- Consume and possess alcohol responsibly in their room (excluding housing 2 & 3 and any other residential area designated for first-year students). If all residents of an apartment are 21 students who are 21 may possess and consume alcohol in their common area.
- Transport alcohol, excluding large quantities, in closed containers before 10 p.m.
- Provide alcohol to any minor under 21 years old.
- Allowing the possession or consumption of alcohol by a minor(s) in one’s room/apartment
- Provide large quantities of alcohol to any person
- Collect money from any person to purchase and/or provide alcohol
- Transport alcohol in any residential area after 10 p.m.
- Participate in any drinking game or other irresponsible alcohol consumption
- Consume alcohol in any housing location that does not house only 21 year old students. For example if a 21 year old student shares an apartment with an under 21 year old student they may not consume or store alcohol in any common spaces. Only in their room or the room of another 21 year old roommate.
- Possess empty alcohol containers, funnels, empty kegs or beer balls in housing facilities for safety and sanitary reasons
- Possess or consume alcohol in public areas of the campus except when special permits are obtained through the university’s food service vendor. This includes lounges, student centers, courtyards, parking lots, or walkways.
- Consume alcohol to excess. this includes, but is not limited to, participating in or encouraging and/or coercing drinking games, alcoholic consumption against one’s will and binge drinking. Non-alcohol-based drinking games, including those using water, are also prohibited in the residence halls since they may cause harm to an individual.
Be present at any location on campus where there is an alcohol violation
- Consume alcohol in any area on campus
- Be in possession of an alcoholic beverage
- Accept an alcoholic beverage from any person
- Possess empty alcohol containers, funnels, empty kegs or beer balls in housing facilities for safety and sanitary reasons
- Be present at any location on campus where there is an alcohol violation
- Consume alcohol in excess. This includes, but is not limited to, participating in or encouraging and/or coercing drinking games, alcoholic consumption against one’s will and binge drinking. Non-alcohol-based drinking games, including those using water, are also prohibited in the residence halls since they may cause harm to an individual.
Residential Life Staff, Stockton Police or Other University Officials reserve the right to inspect and/or immediately cancel an event involving alcohol if deemed necessary. Cooperation and assistance is expected from the host on such occasions.
A guest is any individual that does not reside within the residential space in question. This includes residential stockton students residing in other residential space.
- Must be registered through residence life staff in the community staff office
- Must be with their host at all times
- Are responsible for providing identification indicating proof of age. Individuals, including guests, providing false identification will be subject to prosecution by local and state law enforcement officials in addition to the university’s judicial system.
- Are required to abide by all university policy as outlined above regarding alcohol. For example, if there is a guest of an under 21 year old student they may not possess or consume alcohol in a residence hall room of a student who is under 21.
- Shall be liable for any injury or damage occurring to any person or property in which the consumption of alcohol was a contributing factor.
Guests who violate alcohol and other drug policies are subject to a ban from all residential areas.
It is a violation of policy at the university to collect money in return for alcoholic beverages regardless if the individual involved is of age or underage. Individuals involved in the collection of monies in return for alcoholic beverages will be referred to the campus hearing board for disciplinary action.
The university reserves the right to refer any offense, herein described, to the campus hearing board and/or proper authorities for civil and/or criminal action. Students violating these standards who do not reside on campus will be subject to being banned from the residential areas and/or referral to The Campus Hearing Board for appropriate disciplinary actions. repeat offenders may be subject to additional sanctions. please refer to the university’s campus conduct code on the policy and procedures website.
Individuals involved with violations of other university policies (fights, vandalism, etc.) while under the influence of alcohol may be required to attend an alcohol education program as part of their disciplinary sanction. When alcohol is deemed to be a contributing factor in other violation(s) of university or Residential Life regulations, the student involved may receive consequences related to their drinking in addition to the sanctions relative to the initial violation(s).
In an effort to promote responsible student behavior and respect for the health and welfare of all members of the collegiate community, campus hearing board panel members may take into account whether an accused student attempted to take remedial action to assist a victim in a life-threatening situation when determining the appropriate sanction. Providing students with necessary medical assistance due to over-consumption of alcohol and/or other drugs takes priority over judicial or criminal considerations. Students are encouraged strongly to seek immediate assistance for themselves or their friends without regard for possible disciplinary or criminal concerns. Consideration for disciplinary leniency will be given to students who require medical support or who request medical support for others due to dangerous consumption of alcohol or drugs.
Stockton University has a zero tolerance stance as it relates to the possession, use or distribution of any illegal drugs. All students, faculty and staff must adhere to the campus conduct code, which supports a drug-free university. All state and federal laws regarding the possession, use and distribution of drugs, both legal and illegal, are to be adhered to by all campus residents and their guests. Violation of the campus conduct code (including its statement regarding drugs) by a resident’s guest becomes the responsibility of the resident.
Illegal drugs, misuse of prescription drugs, or presence of drug residue or drug paraphernalia is a violation of the Residential Life drug policy. In addition, repeated suspicion of drug use could also result in violation of the code of conduct and be referred the campus hearing board process. Housing privileges of students charged with possession with intent to distribute or with selling drugs may be temporarily suspended pending results of the campus judicial process. Students convicted of selling drugs will be held accountable through the student code of conduct, and the campus hearing board process. Students arrested and criminally charged with possessing and using drugs or possessing drug paraphernalia are subject to the campus code of conduct and the campus hearing board process. Please refer to the university’s Campus Conduct Code on the policy and procedures website.
Smoking poses a significant risk to the health of both the smoker and non-smokers. The New Jersey Legislature finds tobacco to be the leading cause of preventable disease and death and that tobacco smoke constitutes a substantial health hazard to the non-smoking majority. The “New Jersey smoke-free air act,” N.J.S.A 26:3d-56, prohibits smoking of tobacco products and the use of electronic smoking devices in all enclosed indoor places of public access and workplaces, with few exceptions. Therefore, smoking is prohibited in all university buildings, vestibules (wings a through m), all connect ways between buildings and university-owned or leased vehicles. Designated areas where smoking may be permitted will be indicated by appropriate signage.
All buildings in the residential hall complexes are designated as smoke-free; therefore, all residents and guests are prohibited from smoking in any residence hall or apartment-style building. Vaping, electronic cigarettes, and the use of other smoking devices are prohibited. Residential students and their guests must only smoke in designated areas. No smoking shall take place in front of or around entrances to buildings or apartments. In addition, no candles, ignitable lanterns, incense, flammable accelerants or similar products are permitted in any buildings.
All Stockton employees, students and visitors are required to comply with these standards. Student violators will be called before the campus hearing board. Violators may be subject to civil penalties of $250 for the first offense, $500 for the second offense and $1,000 for each subsequent offense (N.J.S.A 26:3d-62) and/or criminal penalties of a fine up to $200 (N.J.S.A 2c:33-13).
Solicitation by off-campus businesses or individuals or by campus clubs and organizations is prohibited in residential areas. Exceptions will only be granted in writing by the Director of Residential Education and Student Services. Campus clubs and organizations, as well as off-campus vendors may request permission to sell items in the Lodge at Lakeside, Townsend Residential Life Center, or the Atlantic City Residential Complex common areas information is available through the Office of Event Services, Campus Center, suite 241, 609-652-4878.