Residential Code of Conduct Section A

Section A: General Policies

A1. Alcohol

A. 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. 
B. 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. 
C. Bulk quantities, common containers, and the manufacturing of alcohol as well as games and/or devices used or intended for the rapid consumption of alcohol are prohibited. 
D. Violating any other policy while under the influence of alcohol is prohibited. 

A2. Computer Use 

Residents must abide by the residential and campus computing policies. Wireless routers are prohibited in residential facilities, and sharing copyrighted materials is prohibited by law. 

A3. Controlled Substances 

A. Possession, use, manufacture, sale, distribution, consumption, or being in the presence of illegal drugs, controlled substances and/or medical marijuana, including paraphernalia containing controlled substances or residue of controlled substances, is prohibited 
B. Prescription medication may only be used by the person to whom it is prescribed for its intended purposes. Over the counter drugs may only be used in the manner in which they are intended. 
C. Violating any other policy while under the influence of a controlled substance is prohibited.

A4. Disorderly & Lewd Behavior 

A. Engaging in disorderly and/or lewd conduct is prohibited. This behavior may include urination/defecation outside of designated restroom areas, invasion of another’s privacy, and/or exposing private body parts in public. 
B. Students are expected to respect the reasonable privacy of other individuals within University housing; thus, audio or video recording without the knowledge and consent of all participants is prohibited. In particular the use of cameras, cellphones and video equipment in University Housing restroom facilities and/or other areas that could be considered sensitive in nature is also prohibited.

A5. Disruptive Activities 

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. 

A6. Dress Code within Dining Facilities 

Shirts and shoes are required for entrance and use of University dining locations.

A7. Failure to Comply 

A. Resisting or interfering with the directives of a University staff member acting within the scope of their duties, such as failure to open room doors or produce identification is prohibited. 
B. Failure to comply with the terms of sanctions imposed as a result of conduct action is a further violation of policy. 
C. Failure to respond to a University staff member’s reasonable request for meeting or information, when that staff member is acting within the scope of their duties is prohibited.

A8. Furnishing False Information 

Providing false and/or dishonest information for reasons such as gaining unauthorized entry into a residential or dining facility, a sponsored event, or to access restricted equipment is prohibited. 

A9. Gambling 

All gambling prohibited in the State of California is also prohibited in all residential facilities. 

A10. Guests 

A. Residents must sign in their guests following security procedures, escort their guests within residential facilities at all times, and assume responsibility for guests’ adherence to the Residential Code of Conduct. 
B. Overnight guests are only permitted to sleep in residential rooms, with permission from all roommate(s), or inside suite common areas with permission from all suite-mates. A guest cannot stay for more than three days in a two–week period without approval of a Residential staff member. Overnight group visits must be approved by professional staff in Residential & Student Service Programs. 
C. Persons who have been evicted/excluded from the residence halls for any reason are not permitted to return to the facilities as guests. 

A11. Noise 

A. Disrupting quiet hours, defined as the time between 11pm and 8am Sunday-Thursday and 1am and 10am Friday-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. 
B. 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. 
C. Use of amplified sound, which may include subwoofers and musical instruments, in outdoor areas without permission of a Residential staff member is prohibited. 

A12. Physical Harassment & Abuse

A. Physical abuse or harassment of another student or person is prohibited. This may include physical assault and threatened or completed actions resulting in physical or emotional harm. 
B. Physical abuse or harassment of staff is prohibited. This may include physical interference with a staff member’s ability to participate fully in the residential community or perform their university job functions, physical assault, and threatened or completed actions resulting in physical or emotional harm. 

A13. Removal of Dining Hall Resources 

Removal of utensils, dishes, cups, trays or any food or beverage other than a dessert or to-go meal from the dining commons is considered theft and is prohibited. 

A14. Smoking & Tobacco Products 

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. 
B. Violating any other policy while smoking or using other tobacco products is prohibited. 

A15. Supervision of Children in Family Housing 

Parents and guardians are responsible for the supervision and actions of their children. Parents and guardians are financially responsible for any harm or damage caused by their children to others and/or to property. Children are not permitted to play in parking lots, garbage dumpster enclosures, laundry rooms, the community garden, or on stairwells. Abusive language, teasing, and physical abuse (e.g., hitting, kicking, biting, etc.) constitute unacceptable behavior by children when that behavior is directed toward other residents of the residential community. Dangerous, disruptive or unacceptable behavior by children is not permitted on the University’s premises. 

A16. Theft & Unauthorized Use 

A. Theft, unauthorized use, or possession of any property when the resident had knowledge or reasonably should have had knowledge that it was personal or University property, equipment and/or resources is prohibited. This includes removal of equipment/furniture from, and sleeping overnight in, common areas, and being in possession of any other property.. 
B. Use of any University resource (e.g., common area, University logo, etc.) for a for-profit activity is prohibited unless as part of a Residential & Student Service Programs sponsored event. 

A17. Threat to Health & Safety 

A. Participation in activities or disturbances that threaten the health and safety of yourself or others is prohibited. 
B. Inability to exercise care for one’s own safety due to consumption of alcohol or other controlled substances is prohibited. This includes need for medical attention, inability to function without assistance, unconsciousness, incoherent or disoriented behavior, and loss of control of bodily functions. 

A18. Throwing Objects 

Throwing, dropping or projecting any object or substance from, into, or within any residential facility is prohibited.

A19. Trespass & Restricted Access 

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. 
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. 
C. Entrance to or exit of a residential building through a window or emergency exit door during non-emergency situations is prohibited. 

A20. Verbal Harassment 

A. Verbal or written statements that intimidate, harass, coerce or threaten others or their property are prohibited. This includes images, all modes of electronic communication, and social media. 
B. Verbal or written statements that intimidate, harass, coerce or threaten a staff member or their property are prohibited; this includes verbal or written statements that may prevent or interfere with a staff member’s ability to perform their work. This includes images, all modes of electronic communication, and social media. 

A21. Weapons & Dangerous Instruments 

Possession of weapons, firearms (with or without a permit), tasers, knives with a blade over 2.5 inches in length, dangerous instruments, or any other weapon prohibited by state, local, or federal law, within all residential facilities is prohibited. This includes use or possession of sporting items such as BB guns, paintball guns, and archery equipment. Also included are similar items used for decorative purposes and items rendered inoperable.