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UMBS Community Living Standards

Corresponding Community Living Standards

Specific and additional behavior which contradicts the values of the special environment of the UMBS and University Residence Community is outlined below:

A.1 Assault/Attempted Battery
Assault is defined as an attempted battery or an act, which threatens immediate physical harm. Assault places an individual in reasonable apprehension of receiving an immediate battery.

A.2 Battery
Battery is defined as a willful unwanted touching of another by an aggressor or by some substance put in motion by the aggressor.

B.1 Sexual Assault
Sexual assault in its various forms is defined under Michigan’s Criminal Sexual Conduct Statutes and includes, but is not limited to, forced or coerced sexual penetration or sexual contact.
In compliance with state law, sexual assault and sexual misconduct, including, but not limited to, indecent exposure, are prohibited.

B.2 Sexual Harassment
Sexual harassment is prohibited in the educational context by state and federal law, and at the University of Michigan. Sexual harassment is defined as follows:

Sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when: (1) submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment, education, living environment, or participation in a University activity; (2) submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for or a factor in decisions affecting that individual’s employment, education, living environment, or participation in a University activity or; (3) such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s employment, or educational performance or creating an intimidating. Hostile, offensive, or abusive environment for that individual’s employment, education, living environment, or participating in a University activity. (See The University of Michigan, Standard Practice Guide 201.89-0, Sexual Harassment section, last updated August 25, 2011, for the most up-to-date policies.)

The University of Michigan and UMBS consider harassment in all its various forms to be a serious offense and incompatible with community membership at UMBS. This includes, but is not limited to, harassment in person, harassment by an accomplice, and harassment by the use of technology such as the telephone, voice mail, answering machine, fax machine, computer e-mail, or other electronic communication media.

If you experience incidents of harassment, assault, or discrimination, please know that your concerns will be handled in confidence and in accordance with the University of Michigan policies as described in full at:  

The following are specific examples of harassment. Additional kinds of harassment, which are not detailed here, may also be protected by this standard.

C.1 Stalking
Stalking is prohibited. It is a form of harassment which is a willful course of conduct involving repeated or continuing harassment of another individual that would cause such a reasonable individual to feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated, threatened, harassed, or molested, and that actually cause the victim to feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated, threatened, harassed, or molested.

C.2 Harassment and Threats
Any physical force, violence or other behavior (such as threats) that has the purpose or effect interfering with an individual’s personal safety, academic efforts, employment, or participation in University –sponsored activities, and causes the person to reasonable apprehension that such harm is about to occur, is prohibited.

Harassing behavior also includes threats or damage to another person’ property, with the purpose or effect described above.

C.3 Discriminatory Harassment
The University of Michigan, in compliance with all applicable federal and state laws, is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination for all persons regardless of race, gender, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status, or other protected status. Harassment based on any of these categories that is perpetrated against any member of the University community is prohibited.

D.1 Weapons
Possession, manufacture, use, sale, or distribution of firearms, ammunition, BB and pellet guns, paint guns, knives, martial art weapons, slingshots, and all other dangerous weapons is prohibited on all University property. Exception at UMBS are: 1) the approved use of firearms for purposes of lawful hunting area areas of UMBS property where it is not prohibited and 2) for collection of samples using an protocol approved by both UMBS and any other relevant committee (e.g. UCUCA).

D2 Fireworks, Explosives or Dangerous Chemicals 
Transport, possession, manufacture, use, sale, or distribution of fireworks, ammunition, explosives, flammable liquids, and all other hazardous materials is not permitted in residence cabins.

E.1 Fire
Deliberately setting or causing a fire is prohibited.

E.2 Life Safety Equipment
Misuse or tampering with fire alarms, hoses, extinguishers, sprinklers, and/or detection equipment is prohibited.

F. All UMBS facilities and residents are required to be in compliance with state and local law regarding alcoholic beverages and all federal, state, and local laws regarding illegal drugs will be strictly enforced. In addition, the federal “Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989” require the University to have a specified alcohol and drug policy. The University’s Student Policy on Alcohol and Other Drugs serves as the overarching document on this topic. The UMBS policy on Alcohol and other drugs follows that of the University of Michigan.

It is the University’s goal to educate members of the University community about the health risks associated with the use and abuse of alcohol and other drugs and about the campus and community resources available for counseling and therapy. It is the intent of UMBS to encourage individual, responsible decision-making regarding alcohol by stressing moderation, safety, and individual accountability for those who choose to drink, and fostering an atmosphere free of coercion for those who choose not to drink.

Because of the special nature of alcohol and other drugs, violations involving these substances may receive special attention. For example, cumulative infractions receive progressive sanctioning; that is, if you violate the University’s alcohol policy, you will receive attention from University officials for any infraction that comes to our attention. Also, if a resident is in physical danger from using alcohol or drugs, University officials may intervene. Under a provision of an amendment to the federal Higher Education Act which went into effect in October, 1998, UMBS, as an agent of the University, may directly contact the parents or legal guardians of any resident under the age of 21 who is transported to a medical facility due to alcohol poisoning, drug overdose, or any emergency situation related to alcohol or drug use that requires emergency transportation and hospital medical treatment.

The following Community Living Standards support the philosophy described above.

F.1 Alcohol
No person under 21 years of age may possess or consume alcoholic beverages. In accordance with state law, anyone with alcohol in the bloodstream is considered to be in possession of alcohol. Students who violate the Statement of CLS in situations where alcohol appears to be a contributing factor for their behavior may be further charged with possession.

No person of any age may possess open containers, or consume alcoholic beverages in public areas of UMBS or adjoining property.

The following further explanations may help you understand the extent of the alcohol policies in effect at the University of Michigan. The policy covers, but is not limited to, the situations described below.

  • Residents who are 21 years of age or older may bring small amounts of alcohol to their residence areas for personal consumption. Students who are legally permitted to drink are expected to consume alcohol in a responsible manner. Irresponsible and inappropriate behavior, where alcohol is a contributing factor, will not be tolerated. Intoxication will never be accepted as an excuse for misconduct or for infringement upon the rights of others.
  • Kegs or other common sources of alcohol are not permitted in residence rooms or areas, even when the residents are over the age of 21.
  • No resident council funds or funds generated by house dues may be used to purchase any kind of alcoholic beverage. House councils that violate this regulation will forfeit their charters to operate in the residence hall.
  • Sale of alcoholic beverages (or cups or mixers to be used for alcohol) is prohibited anywhere in a University residence hall. State law restricts alcohol sale and the charging of alcohol-related cover charges to state-licensed establishments.
  • Advertising that implies or explicitly cites the availability of alcohol at any function or party, private or otherwise, is expressly forbidden. Advertising a cover charge to be collected at the event or an admission payable in advance is also prohibited.

F.2 Drugs
All federal, state, and local laws regarding illegal drugs will be strictly enforced. Specifically, the transport, possession, possession with intent to deliver, delivery, manufacture, purchase, sale, distribution, or use of illegal drugs or controlled substances is prohibited. Prescription drugs must be taking by patients only for the intended use and in the prescribed manner as directed by their doctor.

F.3 Inhalants
All chemicals, substances or other products that have mood-altering capabilities are prohibited except for their singularly and legally intended use.

G.1 False Fire Reports
False reporting of a fire, including pulling a false fire alarm, is prohibited.

G.2 Failure to Report a Fire
Failure to report a fire is in violation of the Community Living Standards.

H.1 Theft and Possession of Stolen Goods
Theft of any kind or the possession of stolen property is prohibited. Theft includes the unauthorized possession, use, or removal of University property or the unauthorized use of any service (e.g., phone calling cards or authorization codes, ID cards, computer services, etc.).

It is also prohibited to enter dining hall and eat without paying for the food.

H.2 Destruction, Damage or Tampering with Property
Destruction, damage or defacement of University, vendor, or other residents’ property in the residences is prohibited. This prohibited behavior encompasses any type vandalism, including writing or spray painting graffiti on an internal or external surface.

H.3 University Furniture
It is illegal to posses or remove, without prior written permission, any pieces of University furniture that are assigned to residence rooms.

H.4 Removal of Food and Equipment from Dining Hall
Residents are not permitted to remove from the dining hall any food items for later consumption, or to remove any dining room equipment such as silverware, plates, glasses or cups. Such removal will be considered theft. Residents are permitted to leave the dining hall with a small amount of hand-held food, such as an ice cream cone or fruit that they are in the process of eating.

H.5 Field trip lunches
Only those residents that will be off campus during normal lunch hour are to pack a sack lunch.

I.1 Obstructing or disrupting classes, seminars, group or organization meetings, and other administrative functions at UMBS is prohibited.

J.1 Illegal Entry
Unauthorized entry into any Housing property, including restricted access areas of residences, is strictly prohibited. These areas include, but are not limited to, any place that is officially closed, restricted only to designated persons (including other resident rooms), or where the safety and welfare of residents could be endangered.

K.1 Violating state or federal law if such action has serious impact on the UMBS community is prohibited.

M.1 Failure to Comply
Failure to comply with verbal, written, or published instruction by housing staff, when such officials are working within the appropriate performance of their duties, is prohibited. Excessive abusive language or other behavior which is threatening and directed toward University staff, including resident staff, is prohibited and subject to disciplinary action. Additionally, residents are required to present proper University identification to University staff in a cooperative manner when requested.

Substances in Residence Communities

N.1 Smoking
The University of Michigan and UMBS are smoke-free campuses, except as defined below. All common area spaces in UMBS, including hallways, lounges, lobbies, stairwells, dining rooms, are smoke-free environments. All common area spaces in University Housing residences, including hallways, lounges, lobbies, stairwells, dining rooms, are smoke-free environments. Resident rooms are designated as non-smoking. Some cabins are available for smokers. Residents must specifically request a smoking cabin in order to receive such a placement. Otherwise, it is assumed that cabins, like rooms, are non-smoking, and all residents and guests are expected to observe the no-smoking regulation.

In addition, smokers are expected to remain at a reasonable distance from building entrances while smoking, such that second-hand does not interfere with access or the rights of others.

Smokers are also to dispose of cigarette and cigar butts appropriately in provided containers. Littering with cigarette butts is not acceptable. The sandy soil of UMBS dries very fast and there is usually a moderate to high fire risk through the spring and summer sessions. Care with cigarettes, matches, and all forms of smoking materials and other combustibles is especially important to avoid ground and forest fires.

N.2 Substance-Free Areas
Rooms and cabins are designated as “substance-free” as defined as follows:

  • A substance-free room is a room where all roommates and their guests agree to keep the room free from substances at all times. Substances include, but are not limited to alcohol, cigarettes, and other smoking and tobacco materials.

Residents who request and/or are assigned to a substance-free room may be transferred or have their residence privileges terminated if they or their guests use substances, as defined above, in a substance-free room.

O.1 Gambling
Gambling anywhere on UMBS property that is in violation of federal, state and local laws is prohibited.

Noise and Quiet Hours

R.1 Noise in Residence Areas
Excessive noise and other conduct, which disrupts study, sleep and “quiet hours” (as described below), or other excessively loud activities, are prohibited in the residence areas.

During quiet hours, residence areas should be free from interfering noises. Electronic sound equipment, musical instruments, and room activities should not be heard outside the room. Within a room, study or quiet time takes priority over the right to use electronic equipment. Quiet hours are: Daily: 10 pm – 7am.

Some individual buildings may have additional quiet hours.

During study days and final exam periods, 22 hour/day quiet hours (6pm-4pm) are in effect. Study days begin the Friday before the first day of final exams.

Non-quiet hour periods do not necessarily mean “noisy” periods. Courtesy hours are in effect 24 hours a day. Residents are expected to occupy all parts of the residence areas in a quiet, peaceful and lawful manner that does not interfere with the enjoyment and use of the premises by other residents.

R.2 Noise from Windows
At no time should amplified sound be directed out of windows.

R.3 Musical Instruments
Musical instruments (traditional instrument as well as computer-assisted music systems) may be used in residence rooms (with the consent of all roommates) during posted non-quiet hours as described in R.1 Courtesy hours are in effect 24 hours a day. Practice areas or dorm lounge may be available at the Discretion of UMBS Administration.

R4. UMBS Pianos
UMBS has pianos in the Lecture Hall and Dorm Lounge; they are to be used for education and enjoyment of residents and their guests. Specific residence regulations regarding use and hours for piano playing should be respected at all times.

R.5 Vehicles
Residents are given assigned parking when checking in at UMBS. Vehicles may be parked in front of housing to be unloaded, then the vehicles are to be parked in their assigned spots. Vehicles are not to be driven in camp after 10pm. Residents are expected to park only in their assigned spot.Speed limit at UMBS is 10 mph at all times.

The only vehicles to be driven in the center of UMBS are service vehicles, delivery trucks and emergency vehicles if the need arises.

Drug Paraphernalia

Possession of drug-related paraphernalia (e.g., bong, roach clip, hookah/water pipe, hash-style pipe) is prohibited.

University Services and Property

S.1 Keys
Unauthorized use, possession or duplication of UMBS building keys is strictly prohibited. No additional locks or locking devices attached to room doors are permitted without prior authorization by UMBS.

Visitation and Overnight Guests

These regulations apply to all the residents of UMBS, regardless of housing type.

T.1 Visitation Hours
Residents and their guests are required to conform to visitation guidelines and policies established for UMBS residence areas in which they live or are visiting. 

T.2 Guests and Behavior
Guests are defined as family members, friends, or other persons related to or affiliated in any way with the resident. Residents are responsible for the behavior of their guest(s) and must inform them of Housing policies. Residents are not permitted to host any individual who has an active trespass restriction prohibiting entry onto UMBS property.

T.3 Guests and Roommate Rights
Overnight guests are only allowed with the consent of other roommates. It is important for roommates to discuss their preferences with respect to all visitation in the room, whether overnight or not. Visitation or overnight guests of one roommate should not infringe on the rights or access of other roommates.

Note: Guest accommodations are available on a limited basis. Residents need to submit a housing request to UMBS Administration Office at the earliest opportunity. Housing is not guaranteed, it is reserved on first come, first served basis.

T.4 Registering Guests/Parking
Residents need to have their guests sign in at the UMBS Administration Office upon arrival, if the office is open. Parking is available for guests on Lower Road Parking spots 1 to 10. Parking is not to take place on the road in front of cabins.