Residence Community Policies
Living on campus is a great opportunity to begin to practice skills of independence and to learn about the process of self-governance.It takes a delicate balance to meet the needs of the individual and community in every case, and, as such, students are encouraged to bring ideas or concerns to the attention of Community Living staff.
- Residents should not prop any exterior door.
- Always lock your door.
- Keys and OneCards issued to the student may not be loaned or transferred to others.
- Door-to-door solicitation is prohibited in the residence halls. Contact the Student Activities Office for guidelines on campus sales. The Office of Public Safety should be contacted when a solicitor is observed in the residence halls.
- Student grilling is permitted only at the permanent outdoor grills at Donnybrook II and the Heubeck patio, which must be reserved in advance through SAO.
- The house must agree, by consensus, to any personal gathering in a commons room. In addition, Community Living must approve any gathering of more than fifteen people within the commons room, due to fire and safety issues. The commons room remains a public area even when personal gatherings are held there.
- Hallways are not public assembly areas and should not be used as such, according to fire and safety regulations.
- A student must be at least 21 years old to consume, purchase, possess, or transport alcohol at any time.
- No one, including those of legal drinking age, may provide alcohol to individuals under the age of 21 or consume alcohol of any kind in public areas of the residence halls, including hallways, bathrooms, commons rooms, and lounges.
- Even if they are not drinking, students who are under the age of 21 are not permitted in rooms where alcohol is being consumed.
- No multi-quart (mass consumption) containers or kegs are permitted in the residence halls at any time.
- State and federal laws and college policy prohibit the possession, use, distribution, or sale of illegal drugs in the residence halls.
- The college will hold hosts responsible for their guest's use of alcohol or other drugs.
The house must agree by consensus to any personal gathering in a commons room. In addition, the Office of Community Living must approve any gathering of more than fifteen people within the commons room, due to fire and safety issues. Clubs are prohibited from meeting in any commons room area. The commons room remains a public area even when personal gatherings are held there. In addition, hallways are not public assembly areas and should not be used as such, according to fire and safety regulations.
- Upon the activation of an alarm, all residents are expected to:
- Evacuate the residence hall immediately
- Report to the house's agreed upon meeting location
- You will be subject to disciplinary action and/or fines if you do not evacuate
- Students should re-enter the building ONLY when instructed to do so by a Security Officer.
- Tampering with or misusing fire equipment (including smoke detectors) is prohibited. Such action may be referred to the legal authorities in addition to college action.
- Candles and incense are not permitted in the halls.
- No trash should be left in hallways at any time. Trash should be taken to the appropriate trash room.
- The use of irons, hot pots, and coffee makers without an auto shut-off feature is prohibited.
- Halogen lamps are not allowed in student rooms.
- Only approved cooking appliances (ie. MicroFridge units) may be used in student rooms.
- Only UL approved extension cords in good condition may be used.
- Smoking is not permitted in any residence hall. Smoking is not permitted in the Stimson breezeway.
- No decorations or other items may be hung from the ceiling, as they may interfere with the room's smoke alarm system.
- No decorations or postings are permitted in hallways or public areas unless previously approved by Community Living. Exceptions to this policy include bulletin boards on individual room doors and House Council/Community Assistant bulletin boards in the residence halls.
Residents are responsible for the conduct of their guests or for any individual present in the room. Any individual, including a Goucher student who is not a resident of the house, is considered a guest. Hosts must escort their guest at any time the guest is in the residence halls. Private behavior is not permissible in a group living environment that is necessarily public (ie. hallways, bathrooms, stairwells, commons rooms/lounges, etc.). Visitation must not interfere with roommates' or neighbors' sleep or study. All residents of the room or apartment MUST approve overnight guests. No guest is permitted to stay overnight in a room or apartment for more than three consecutive nights, unless the Director of Community Living grants special permission. Gatherings in individual rooms or apartments should not exceed the following standards, according to fire safety regulations:
- Singles: 4 people
- Doubles/Triples: 6 people
- Suites/Apartments: 13 people
As stated in the Community Living Contract, College personnel may enter rooms in the event of an emergency, for health/safety reasons, or because of suspected violation of the law or school policy. Room inspections are conducted periodically and during each break period by Community Living and/or security personnel. In instances where work requests are made to Facilities Management Services (FMS), the residents should state in advance if they wish to be present when the room is entered, and an appointment will be arranged. If no statement is made to this effect, the work will be completed in the residents' absence at the earliest possible time.
The college is not responsible for the loss of or damage to students' personal property. Students are urged to:
- Purchase surge protectors to guard against occasional electrical surges.
- Record the serial numbers of valuable personal items.
- Secure appropriate insurance.
As a precaution, students are also encouraged to take valuable belongings home during break periods. Residents are urged to confirm existing coverage under the homeowner's policy of their parents or guardians and, if not covered, to secure individual property insurance.
Damage within residence hall rooms/apartments is assigned to the occupants of the room (split equally unless someone acknowledges responsibility). At check-in, each resident should review a blank Room Condition Report (RCR) for his/her room. Residents are urged to complete this form carefully to protect them from being assessed charges for prior conditions. If any changes need to be made, the resident must contact the Office of Community Living within 48 hours of check-in. These changes will be noted on the master copy of the RCR, which is kept in the Office of Community Living.
Student room keys are issued through the Office of Community Living. When a student checks into the residence halls, he/she is issued a room key and his/her OneCard is activated is activated for access through residence hall exterior doors. Keys and OneCards are non-transferable, are not to be duplicated, and should not be loaned to others. Doing so jeopardizes one's personal safety and the safety of the entire community.
In the case of lost or broken keys, residents should notify the Office of Community Living immediately. All keys must be returned prior to departure from campus when a student withdraws, moves off campus, changes rooms, or checks out of the residence hall at the close of the academic year. For safety reasons, a lock change is required unless a broken or bent key is returned to Community Living. Charge for lost keys or keys not returned (includes lock change when necessary): $105. Replacement of bent or broken keys (with return of key): $15.
A resident who has been locked out of his/her room should report to the Office of Safety and Security. An officer will accompany the resident to the room to unlock the door. If the resident has lost his/her key, the same procedure will be followed, but the resident will be authorized to keep the temporary key overnight. The resident should notify the Office of Community Living of the loss no later than the next business day. If the resident is concerned for his or her safety and has reason to believe that his/her room might be accessed with the lost keys, he/she should notify Security immediately. Security will, upon request, loan the resident a supplemental locking mechanism (glove lock) to offer additional security until the lock can be changed.
When an item in the room, hall, or bathroom needs repair, the resident should notify FMS as soon as possible. This can be done by going to http://www.goucher.edu/fixit. Residents are not responsible for normal wear and tear in the residence halls, but are responsible for maintaining a community where individuals appropriately respect the physical facilities.
All bicycles which are used on campus by any member of the Goucher community must be registered with the Public Safety Office. There is no charge for bicycle registration. To register a bike, you will need a valid Goucher I.D. and a complete description of the bicycle. Bicycles may not be parked in stairwells, breezeways, hallways or other public areas inside of any campus building, per Baltimore County Fire Code Regulations. Goucher College is not responsible for lost or stolen bicycles.
For reasons of safety, humaneness, and group hygiene, students may not keep pets in the residence halls, except for birds and fish (in aquariums of ten gallons or less). All roommates must agree to allowing the aforementioned pets in the room/suite/apartment.
The college reserves the right to limit the type and number of birds or fish permitted.
For more information, see the college's official pet policy.
Each student is responsible for an equal share of the cost of damages incurred in the individual room/apartment (split among roommates). Following the closing of the residence halls, Facilities Management Services (FMS) inspects all residence hall areas and generates a list of damages and cost estimates. Each proposed charge is compared to the RCR completed during check-in, which noted any pre-existing damage. Items not noted on the RCR will be charged to the student.
- Confront community members and guests about inappropriate behavior to decrease the occurence of senseless vandalism.
- Speak up. When an act of vandalism is observed, the information should be brought immediately to the attention of the Office of Safety and Security. In virtually all incidents of vandalism, there are individuals who have observed the actual incident or know others who did. Community members should not tolerate others who choose to allow the group to suffer for thei actions.
- The Office of Residence Life should be consulted during the year to check the status of house damages. Residents should assist the Resident Assistant and House President in strategizing about ways to address such issues.
- All pre-existing conditions and damages to the room should be documented in specific terms on the RCR during check-in.
- Nails should not be hammered into the walls (use only removable items, such as Fun Tack).
- All residues should be carefully removed from walls and doors prior to departure.
- All problems in the room or apartment should be reported to the RA at move in, so that a work order can be filed with Facilities Management Services.
- Rooms, apartments, and public areas of the house should be left in the condition that they were found.
For safety and energy conservation, limits are placed on the possession and use of electrical appliances in the residence halls. Residents should be sensitive to the demands placed on the electrical circuits.
These items are allowed in residence hall rooms:
- MicroFridge units
- Hair dryers/ curling irons
- Electric toothbrushes
- Electric curlers
- Lamps (NOT halogen lamps)
- Four cubic foot or smaller refrigerators
- 14-gauge wire U.L. approved extension cords.
- Irons (with auto shut-off feature ONLY)
- Coffee pots/ hot pots (with auto shut-off feature ONLY)
These are allowed only in house kitchens or commons rooms:
- Popcorn poppers
These are prohibited from residence halls:
- All other electrical appliances, including but not limited to:
- Hot "coil" pots (without auto-shut off feature)
- Electric frying pans
- Toaster ovens
- Inadequately wired appliances
- Microwave ovens
- Space Heaters
- Personal air conditioners
- Halogen lamps
Please Note: Goucher reserves the right to place any unauthorized or dangerous appliances in storage at the student's expense until the student can arrange to have it removed from campus
- Electrical wiring must not be disturbed, including wiring leading to fire safety equipment. Installation or alteration of electrical equipment is to be done only by Facilities Management Services personnel or college-approved contractors.
- All electrical lighting fixtures must be U.L. approved.
- Students are urged to purchase surge protectors and to limit their concurrent use of electrical appliances. The college reserves the right to limit the wattage used in each room.
- Outside aerials and radio-sending equipment re not permitted.
- Unauthorized access to cable television is prohibited.