Rights and Responsibilities
Residence Hall Policies
Alcohol Policy
  • Possession/use of alcohol by minors is prohibited.
  • Kegs and other common sources of alcohol are prohibited.
  • Parties involving alcohol are prohibited.
  • Sale of alcohol is prohibited.
  • Possession of alcohol in common areas is prohibited for all.
State of Maryland Law
  • It is unlawful for any MINOR* to possess or consume alcoholic beverages.
  • It is unlawful for any MINOR* to knowingly and willfully make any misrepresentation or false statement as to one's age in order to obtain alcoholic beverages.
  • It is unlawful for any person to obtain alcoholic beverages for consumption by an individual who
    is known to be a MINOR*.

* Minor is defined as any person under the age of 21.

Space Reservation approval will not be granted for group activities that involve the consumption of alcoholic beverages.

Resident Life acknowledges, however, that students of legal drinking age may choose to consume alcohol in their room, apartment, or suite. If found in possession of any open container of alcohol anywhere else in or around the residence halls, ALL students will be instructed to pour it out in the nearest appropriate receptacle. Violations will result in administrative and/or disciplinary sanctions. Serious or repeated violations may result in the responsible residents having their Residence Halls/Dining Services Agreement terminated.

Alcohol Poisoning

In the event a student requires transport to a hospital emergency room solely due to excessive alcohol consumption, Resident Life staff may take the following actions:

  • notify the student's parents
  • require an alcohol assessment by the Director of Substance Abuse programs at the University Health Center
  • require a psychological assessment with a mental health professional at the University Health Center

Promoting Responsible Action in Medical Emergencies

The health and safety of University students is of paramount concern. With that priority in mind, students are encouraged to take responsible action in any situation where there is doubt about a person's physical welfare. Students who summon help for themselves or others in a medical emergency will normally be relieved of disciplinary and administrative housing action for possession or use of alcohol and will apply to both the student who summons help and the recipient of assistance. In lieu of disciplinary or administrative charges students will usually be required to complete an evaluation and alcohol intervention program through the University Health Center (at the student's expense). For the full text Promoting Responsible Action in Medical Emergencies policy please visit: http://www.president.umd.edu/policies/docs/V-100J.pdf.

Computer Use and Connectivity Policy
  • All residents have direct Ethernet and wireless access to the University of Maryland information technology (IT) resources and the Internet.
  • Once you activate a data jack in your room, suite, or apartment, or log onto the University Wireless system, you are responsible for all activity on your data jack or wireless access.
  • Should a violation of the Residence Hall Rules, the Code of Student Conduct, or the University's Acceptable Use Policy originate from your data jack or wireless access, you will be responsible for those actions.

Care should be taken to monitor the access your computer, network enabled devices, data jack, or wireless account, as you will be held responsible for any violations that occur.

Drug Policy
  • Possession/use of any illegal drug is prohibited.
  • Sale, distribution or provision of any illegal drug is prohibited.
  • Drug paraphernalia is prohibited.

Students alleged to be involved with drugs in or around the residence halls will be referred to the Office of Rights and Responsibilities. The case will be resolved in accordance with the Office's adjudication process set forth in this document and in the Code of Student Conduct. Where applicable, sanctions will address both the residence hall status and the student status of the respondent.

Violations of drug policy may result in Immediate Housing Termination and Suspension or Expulsion from the University. In cases where the respondent is not deemed to be an immediate threat to the campus community, an alternate sanction of Suspension Withheld, in conjunction with a substance abuse intervention that may include classes and random drug testing (at the individual's expense) may be granted.

Noncompliance and Staff Entry Into Student Rooms

University staff respect your right to privacy and work to assure that no unwarranted or unauthorized entry into your room occurs.

Designated University staff do have the authority to enter your room without your knowledge or consent in the following situations:

  • for routine or emergency repairs or replacements, inspections for maintenance or sanitation problems, assessments of damage from flooding, improvements, etc.;
  • at the start of Thanksgiving, winter, and spring breaks, when staff visually inspect rooms to determine whether safety, security, or sanitation deficiencies exist;
  • during semester break if weather warrants checking that heating units are working properly;
  • at the end of spring semester as check-out inspections for cleanliness and damages occur;
  • at the time a resident vacates a given room as an inspection for cleanliness and damage; and
  • in any emergency when appropriate staff are responding to a reported incident or believe there is serious physical or psychological distress or imminent danger to the room's occupants or contents.

The situations in which a Resident Assistant or other staff member may enter and/or inspect/search a resident's room without the resident's consent or knowledge or without a search warrant are those situations described above. In all other situations (i.e., when a staff member has probable cause to believe that a violation of campus rules and/or laws exists in a particular room but that purported violation does not present an imminent threat or danger to University property or to residents) a Resident Assistant or other staff member shall ask to speak with you and shall ask for your consent to enter your room and conduct a search. You shall respond to such a request by stepping into the hallway within a reasonable period of time and speaking with the staff member. If you fail to step outside promptly and speak with the Resident Assistant or other staff member, the staff member may initiate administrative and/or disciplinary action against you for noncompliance. You should immediately report any concerns you have about the appropriateness of a particular request to enter a room or a specific entry and/or inspection/search to the Associate Director for Student & Staff Development at (301) 314-7608.

Parties and Group Events

Socializing with a group of friends is important, but you should know that:

  • parties/events involving alcohol are not permitted;
  • floor lounges and other common areas need to be reserved in advance, either through the process discussed in your Unit Agreement or through a Space Reservation form (available in your Community Office).

Whether in rooms, suites, apartments, or other gathering spots, parties/events must not:

  • become too large for the host resident(s) to exercise responsible control over the behavior of residents and guests;
  • expand beyond the boundaries of the individual room, apartment, or suite;
  • be open to all or advertised in any way.

You can expect Resident Life staff, and University Police if necessary, to intervene and instruct the host(s) to end the event when gatherings:

  • result in excessive noise, damage, destruction, fighting, or other disruptive behavior;
  • exceed the normal boundaries, with persons gathering in hallways, stairwells, lounges, entrances, and other common areas or;
  • have been advertised or promoted through flyers, posters, or other means.

Pet Policy

With the exception of fish in aquariums no larger than 10 gallons, pets are prohibited due to potential problems with allergies, odors, sanitation, and noise.

Quiet Hours

Designated quiet hours in all residence halls are from 10:00pm to 8:00am, Sunday through Thursday evenings, and midnight to 10:00am on Friday and Saturday evenings. "Quiet hours" refer to those periods when the residence halls must remain especially quiet. Quiet hours are maintained to provide an atmosphere conducive to relaxation, study, and sleep. During designated quiet hours, it is expected that all residents will contain noise so it cannot be heard outside of their room with the door closed. During final exam periods, 24 hour quiet hours are in effect.

Reasonable quiet is maintained 24 hours a day throughout the residence halls. These are referred to as "courtesy hours." When asked by another resident to reduce noise and/or lower the volume of your music or conversation, you will be expected to immediately do so out of courtesy to your neighbors.

Selling/Conducting a Business

Residence halls cannot be used for commercial activity. Thus, residents may not conduct a business or other commercial activity using their room, room address, room phone, data jack, or wireless access without the prior written permission of the Department of Resident Life. For more information, please contact the Resident Life Assignments office at (301) 314-2100.

Residents may invite a commercial sales representative as a personal guest in their rooms, but these representatives cannot solicit others or use the residence hall facilities to advertise their presence or products. Problems should be reported to Resident Life Assignment's Office at (301) 314-2100.

No-Smoking Policy

The University of Maryland is a smoke-free campus. Smoking in any form is not allowed within any residence hall room or space. Smoking is only permitted in designated outdoor locations on campus at all times. Designated locations for smoking may be found at https://uhr.umd.edu/wp-content/uploads/Smoking-Area-Map.pdf.