Common Conduct Violations

The following violations of the Residential Code of Conduct are common in the residence halls, especially among first-year students. You can save yourself a lot of trouble by avoiding these behaviors.

Hanging out in restricted areas
Tampering with fire safety equipment and violating fire safety rules
Disrupting quiet hours
Smoking
Being disruptive, especially by using sports equipment inside
Locking yourself out after hours too often
Drinking alcohol in common areas, or drinking alcohol at all if you are under 21
Accessing (or allowing guests to access) residence hall common areas or rooms without proper identification or permission

Hanging out in restricted areas

To avoid this violation, don’t go to restricted areas, such as fire escapes, the roof, ledges, and so on.

There are plenty of places designed for talking, walking, studying, and socializing in the residence halls.

Residential Code of Conduct Section

A19.B: Accessing known or marked restricted areas is prohibited. This includes roof access doors, rooftops, ledges, seismic bracing, fire escapes, construction areas, and any other area or space that a residential staff member declares to be restricted.

Tampering with fire safety equipment and violating fire safety rules

Leave all fire safety equipment in tact. This includes smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, sprinklers, and so on.

In addition, halogen lamps and decorative string lights are huge fire hazards, so use other approved alternatives.

Residential Code of Conduct Sections

B2.A, B3.D: Misuse or interference with fire safety equipment such as smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, sprinklers, door closures, or exit signs is prohibited. Halogen lamps and decorative string lights are not permitted in any residential facility.

Disrupting quiet hours

Keep the noise level down at night.

Quiet hours are:

Sunday–Thursday, 11 p.m.–8 a.m.
Friday–Saturday 1–10 a.m.

Also, don’t be extra loud during the day. All hours are considered Courtesy Hours, so keep down the noise level so that it doesn’t disrupt the sleep or study time of others.

Residential Code of Conduct Section

A11.A, A11B: Disrupting quiet hours, defined as the time between 11 p.m. to 8 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 1 a.m. to 10 a.m. Friday through Saturday, with unreasonable noise is prohibited in all residential facilities, courtyards, and surrounding areas. Unreasonable noise is any noise that disrupts or potentially disrupts the lives of residents or neighboring community members. Disrupting Courtesy Hours, which are in effect 24 hours, 7 days a week, and which can be broken by any unreasonable noise that disrupts or potentially disrupts the sleep or studying of other students at any time is prohibited.

Smoking

Smoking (of any kind) is not permitted in the residence halls or anywhere on campus.

If you would like help to quit smoking, go to uhs.berkeley.edu/bewell.

Residential Code of Conduct Section

A14.A: In accordance with the UC Berkeley Tobacco Free Policy, smoking of any kind is not permitted within University housing or within properties owned or leased (e.g., courtyards, parking lots, etc.) by UC Berkeley. This prohibition is inclusive of the use of all tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco, electronic cigarettes, and vaporizers.

Being disruptive, especially by using sports equipment inside

Use your skateboards, scooters, bicycles, and rollerblades outside, not inside or in exterior walkways.

The same with throwing and kicking footballs, soccer balls, and other objects.

Residential Code of Conduct Sections

A5, A18: The use of sporting equipment (e.g., skateboards, scooters, bicycles, rollerblades, etc.) is prohibited in residential facilities, including interior and exterior walkways. Throwing and/or kicking objects or engaging in any other behavior that interferes with, or prohibits, reasonable use of the space by others is also prohibited.

Locking yourself out after hours too often

If you lock yourself out after hours more than four times, this will be considered a code violation and you will be charged $25 for each additional lockout.

Residential Code of Conduct Section

B5.B: Each resident may receive four after-hours lockouts per academic year. Additional lockouts are considered excessive and a violation of policy that may be subject to a $25 service fee per lockout.

Drinking alcohol in common areas, or drinking alcohol at all if you are under 21

If you are under 21, it is against the law to drink alcohol.

If you’re 21 or older, you can drink alcohol in your room, not in common areas.

For resources, go to the University Health Services website and search for “alcohol and other drugs.”

Residential Code of Conduct Sections

A1.A, A1.B: Possession, consumption, distribution, or being in the presence of alcohol by residents under the age of 21 is prohibited. This includes all other use of alcohol in violation of state law or University policy. Consumption of alcohol by residents who are 21 or older is permitted only in the resident’s assigned room, and with the provision that the door is closed and no individuals under the age of 21 are present. All other use of alcohol in violation of state law or University policy is prohibited.

Accessing (or allowing guests to access) residence hall common areas or rooms without proper identification or permission

You need your Cal 1 Card to properly follow security procedures to access the residence hall common areas, private rooms, dining commons, and much more. Keep it with you at all times.

Be ready to show your Cal 1 Card to security monitors when requested, and follow all security procedures (such as properly signing in guests who visit you in your room).

Residential Code of Conduct Section

A19.A: Entrance to any private room or normally locked building/common area without following security procedures, or obtaining appropriate permission from a Residential staff member or other approved University staff, is prohibited. This includes failing to show proper identification at designated security booths.