Student Rights and Responsibilities
In July of 2016, The University of Nebraska at Kearney adopted a new Student Code of Conduct. This has impacted how Residence Life processes conduct cases and the section “RESIDENCE LIFE AND UNIVERSITY CONDUCT PROCESS” in this handbook. Please see http://www.unk.edu/offices/reslife/know-the-code.php for more information.
- The operation, use, and storage of non-traditional means of transportation including but not limited to bicycles, mopeds, skateboards, scooters, in-line skates, roller skates and recreational electric personal mobility devices is prohibited.
- View the entire policy at UNK Personal Mobility Device Policy
Property which is left by a resident at the end of his/her contract period or when the student leaves an assigned space is considered abandoned and will be packed up by a University official in the presence of a witness. The contents will be inventoried and stored in another location. A letter and a copy of the inventoried items will be sent to the student at the student's home address on file with the University, informing him/her that he/she has sixty (60) days to claim the property. Items not retrieved within this time frame will be donated to a local charity or disposed of at that time. The University has no liability for the loss or damage to a resident's personal property if the property has been abandoned.
- Residents are required to immediately report any fires, accidents, injuries, and property damage occurring in the residence halls to their hall director.
- The possession or consumption of alcohol in any residence hall or on University property is prohibited. Any student or guest in a room who knows that alcohol is present will be held responsible under the alcohol policy unless he/she informs a staff member of the violation or removes him/herself from the room. Residence Life staff reserves the right to contact parents/guardians about any resident who is transported to the hospital for acute alcohol intoxication.
- Possession of alcoholic containers is not allowed in the residence halls. Possession of alcoholic containers, includes, but is not limited to, kegs, party balls, beer bongs, bottles, shot glasses, and cans.
- Only items with enclosed heating or lighting elements are permitted. Both the appliance and any cord used in connection with it must have a UL (Underwriters Laboratories) approved label. Examples of items not permitted for safety reasons include, but are not limited to, toasters, toaster ovens, George Foreman-style grills, electric skillets, electric grills, microwave ovens, infrared ovens, and window mounted air conditioning units. Refrigerators are not to exceed four and one half (4.5) cubic feet. No modification of room switches, lights or electrical outlets is allowed, including the installation of dimmer switches, ceiling fans, etc.
- Surge protectors, heavy-duty power strips, and extension cords are allowed only if UL approved.
- Residents that reside in Antelope/Nester or University Heights are permitted to have and use toasters, toaster ovens, George Foreman-style grills, electric skillets, electric grills, and infrared ovens.
- Residents and guests may only use bathrooms in the residence halls that are designated for their gender identity.
- Candles (including lit and unlit decorative candles) and incense are not permitted in the residence halls. No-flame candle plates are not permitted. Wax warmers, with enclosed miniature light bulbs, are permitted.
- Residential housing, excluding University Heights, is solely reserved for students enrolled at UNK and Residence Life staff members serving such students. Children are not allowed to reside in residential housing, excluding University Heights, unless they are a dependent child of a Residence Life staff member. Any child visiting must have adult supervision at all times. Babysitting is prohibited in the residence halls.
- Residents are expected to cooperate fully by furnishing all the requested information and complying with all requests made by a University official and/or Residence Life staff member. This includes, but is not limited to, providing student ID when requested, meeting with Residence Life staff members as directed, and/or completing sanctions outlined as the result of an administrative disciplinary meeting. Pranks, verbal harassment, swearing, or any similar disrespectful behavior directed toward a staff member will not be tolerated and may lead to further disciplinary action.
- Computer labs are available to all University students. Computer labs located in residence halls are for resident use only. Illegal distribution or downloading of copyrighted materials is expressly forbidden. Improper use of University email addresses or other University resources to publish content that violates the University Code of Conduct or Residence Life policies may result in disciplinary action. Wireless routers are not permitted in the residence halls.
- Please note: When a student shares unauthorized copyrighted materials (i.e. movies, music, programs, etc.) with other computer users, whether on a personal computer or in a computer lab, it is a violation of the University's policies and such actions may result in legal action against the students by the music, film, and/or other industries.
- For further policy details, please refer to the “Policies” tab at its.unk.edu.
- The Office of Residence Life reserves the right to confiscate property identified as a policy violation in this handbook and in the residence hall contract. Items that are legal to possess, but are in violation of residence hall policy (i.e. certain cooking equipment) may be confiscated by Residence Life staff. The hall director will hold these items and the resident will be responsible to collect them.
- A resident will receive written confirmation of any items confiscated from his/her room. Items that are confiscated and returned must be removed from the residence hall and campus as directed by the hall director.
- Using, abusing, possessing, selling, distributing, manufacturing, transferring, or being in the presence of narcotics, illegal drugs, or any controlled substance, (including marijuana, inhalants, and abuse of over-the-counter drugs and prescription drugs), is prohibited.
- Possession of drug paraphernalia that can be demonstrated to be linked to illegal drug activity is also a violation of this policy. Students and their guests are not permitted to possess paraphernalia such as bongs, rolling papers, deseeding trays, roach clips, scales, or any item used to inhale/ingest illegal substances or any item used to disguise the use of drugs. Misusing legal substances to obtain an unnatural reaction is prohibited.
- Federal and state laws forbid the sale and use of drugs that are not prescribed by a physician for personal use or are not available on the legal open market. Any person known to be in possession, using, or distributing such drugs is subject to disciplinary action and possible arrest, imprisonment, or fine according to state law.
- Cooking is prohibited in resident rooms. Cooking may only be done in hall kitchens or in the individual kitchenettes in the Antelope/Nester complex and University Heights apartments.
- Behavior that is disruptive to orderly community living is prohibited. This also includes threats or acts that may affect the health, safety, or welfare of the campus community.
- Items deemed disrespectful or offensive by Residence Life staff is prohibited on room doors or when visible through the window or open room doors. Some displayed items may also violate the harassment policy and will not be allowed.
- When elevators are out of service because of misuse by students, those students identified as being responsible for the misuse will be charged for the service call of the elevator company employees. Defacing or vandalizing elevators is also prohibited and will result in charges to the individual or individuals found responsible. If the individual(s) cannot be identified, all community members will be charged at checkout for an equal portion of the damages.
- It is an extremely serious offense to falsely activate the fire alarm or tamper with alarm equipment (heat detectors, pull stations, fire extinguishers, exit/emergency lights and sprinkler heads) or smoke detectors and is a violation of federal, state, and local law.
- Starting or attempting to start a fire, or acting in a manner that disregards the fire safety policies which results in a fire, is prohibited in or around the residence halls. Negligent behavior, such as causing smoke or fire resulting in a fire alarm, may be subject to disciplinary procedures and sanctions. Any student who discovers a fire, no matter how insignificant he/she thinks it is, should sound the alarm by pulling the nearest pull station and notify the front desk staff, a resident assistant (RA), or hall director immediately. The building must be evacuated before attempting to contain the fire.
- Furniture purchased for the use of residents living in University residence halls and designed for the common areas (lounges) shall remain in the common areas; it is not to be taken by students to their rooms for personal use. There is a $10.00 per day per item charge. Furniture provided in residence hall rooms must remain in the assigned space.
- Unlicensed gambling is a violation of state law. Gambling is not permitted on state property.
- A resident may only host one same-gender identity guest at a time and for a limit of three consecutive nights in a month for a limited total number of times per semester. Approval to have an overnight guest must be obtained in advance from the host’s roommate. Keys will not be loaned to guests. The host resident is responsible for the actions of their guests and must be with them at all times.
- Sports activities inside the residence halls are not permitted, with the exception of Residence Life provided table sports. This includes, but is not limited to, roller-blading, skateboarding, having water fights, bike/scooter riding, rough housing, and playing pranks.
- Harassment in any form, threats, demands, and retaliation is prohibited. The University maintains a strict policy prohibiting sexual misconduct and harassment on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, age, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law, ordinance or regulation. All such harassment is unlawful and will not be tolerated.
- The UNK Sexual Misconduct Policy applies to all persons involved in the operations of the University and prohibits unlawful harassment by any student or employee of UNK. Any attempt by a student or guest to physically or verbally harass a resident/student, or other University staff member because of the performance of his/her duty will be viewed seriously and result in disciplinary action, including the possibility of University suspension or expulsion.
- The University of Nebraska at Kearney is committed to providing an academic environment free of harassment. Any incidents of harassment should be reported to a Residence Life staff member and Police and Parking Services immediately. Depending on the circumstance, incidents of harassment will be handled through the appropriate office.
- Any complaints of sexual misconduct, including dating violence, domestic assault, domestic violence, rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment, and stalking, should be reported immediately to the Title IX Coordinator. Please see the UNK Sexual Misconduct Policy for further details.
- Any act which intentionally or recklessly endangers the health or safety of an individual or produces mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule is prohibited, willingness not withstanding. Hazing is illegal in the state of Nebraska.
- Since many holiday decorations are highly combustible, special care must be taken in decorating. Cut live trees are NOT permitted in student rooms. Light cords used on artificial trees or in room decorations (including lights used in windows) must be Underwriters Laboratory (UL) approved and should be checked for safety. Lights must be turned off when leaving the room. Window decorations celebrating the current holiday are permitted to be displayed but cannot obstruct the window. Room doors may not be completely wrapped in paper due to fire hazard.
- Misrepresentation or misuse of student identification is prohibited. Residents, visitors, and guests are required to produce their UNK ID or other picture ID (i.e. driver's license) immediately upon request to a University official to verify their identity. Those who cannot show appropriate identification may be asked to leave the residence halls immediately. Misuse of the University ID card by allowing others to gain hall access is prohibited.
- Presentation of a false ID is considered criminal impersonation, which is a violation of Nebraska state law (Nebraska Rev. Stat. §28-638).
- Student keys may not be loaned or duplicated for another person’s use.
- If a resident loses keys, the following points will apply:
- Check with the hall director to see if the key(s) has been turned in.
- If not found, the hall director will start the replacement process. The lock will be re-cored and re-keyed and the resident will be assessed the replacement costs listed below.
||All halls and University Heights apartments
||Antelope/Nester, CTE, CTW, Mantor, Men's and Randall Halls
||Antelope/Nester and Men's Hall
Residents are responsible for carrying their room keys at all times. If a resident should find themselves locked out of their room, they first should contact their residence hall front desk for assistance. If the desk is closed, the Resident Assistant on Duty should be contacted. The following points will apply:
- All students will be required to show the assisting residence hall staff member a picture ID either before or immediately after being let in the room to ensure the safety and security of all residents.
- Students will be required to produce their key to the assisting residence hall staff member. If the key cannot be produced, the staff member will notify the Hall/Complex Director. The next business day, the Hall/Complex Director will initiate a lock change at the resident’s expense.
- The Office of Residence Life is not liable for loss or damage to personal property in resident rooms or public areas. It is the responsibility of all residents to keep their rooms locked at all times. Residents may be covered by their family’s personal property insurance and are encouraged to carry a private insurance policy to cover their property against loss.
- The Office of Residence Life is not responsible for the continuation of food, mail, custodial, heating, maintenance, or security service at normal levels in the event of a natural disaster, strike, or lockout of public employees or suppliers’ employees, power-water-sewer interruptions from on-or-off campus sources, or in the event of other catastrophic events beyond the control or reasonable anticipation of Residence Life.
- Improper disposal of personal trash is considered littering. Residents are responsible for the proper disposal of their trash in the dumpster located outside their building. In the event that a resident litters a public area (i.e. hallway, stairwell, lounge) or the surrounding grounds of the building, that student will be responsible for the cost of the clean up. Cigarette butts need to be placed in an outside receptacle specifically designated for cigarettes. Room trash and litter found in common areas will result in disciplinary action.
- Only non-dangerous fish are permitted in the residence halls; all other pets are prohibited. Each room is allowed to have one aquarium no larger than 10 gallons. The cost of pest control and cleaning will be assessed to the student(s) responsible if this policy is violated.
- All posting material must be approved and stamped by the Associate Director of Residence Life BEFORE copies are made for distribution. No posting is to be done by individuals, but will be distributed from the Office of Residence Life to each hall director for posting. The number of copies to be made can be obtained at the Office of Residence Life.
- Unauthorized individuals are not allowed on the roof, overhangs, or awnings of any residence hall building or adjoining facilities.
- Unauthorized occupation and entry into any residence hall facility or student room is prohibited.
- Quiet hours are established to provide periods during which noise and other disturbing activities are prohibited to allow residents a peaceful time to sleep and/or study. Courtesy hours are in effect twenty-four (24) hours a day and require that all residents and guests keep their noise to a level that does not interfere with others. Residents responsible for excessive noise and/or disruptive behavior will be subject to disciplinary action. Sound equipment may not infringe on the rights of others. At no time may amplified sound be directed out of windows.
- Quiet hours are Sunday-Thursday 11:00 p.m.-10:00 a.m., Friday and Saturday 1:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m..
- All residence halls will begin twenty-four (24) hour quiet hours on the Sunday prior to the start of finals week. Policy violations may result in immediate removal from the residence hall.
- The unauthorized changing of rooms is prohibited.
- Residents are required to keep their rooms clean and orderly. Routine and spontaneous Health and Safety Inspections will be held periodically throughout the year. Residence Life reserves the right to clean and charge for the cleaning of rooms deemed unsanitary. Residents will receive a minimum of twenty-four (24) hours notice prior to inspections, and given 24 hours to correct any problems or violations.
- The University reserves the right to enter and search rooms in order to serve institutional purposes, which include protecting the health and safety of students, enforcing University rules and regulations, and other reasonable purposes. For example, the University may need to inspect a room for damage or stolen property, to make repairs, and to check rooms at break periods. Searches generally will not be conducted unless there is an emergency requiring immediate action (i.e., medical concern, extreme community disruption, or danger to the campus community) or unless there is a search warrant. Police and Parking Services may also assume responsibility for a search.
- Students are responsible for locking their room, even if just going down the hall, during sleep, or leaving the room unattended. Exterior doors and doors leading to living areas are locked twenty-four (24) hours a day. However, each resident entering and leaving the hall should make sure that doors are secured and locked. Doors may not be propped open. Unauthorized entry is not permitted. Also, students are not allowed to exit a residence hall through the emergency doors/fire exit except during an emergency.
- Suite bathroom doors may not be tampered with in any way.
- It is important that students are security conscious in the halls, on the campus, and in the community. Students should be familiar with safety precautions. Also, residents should be aware of their actions and the potential danger that could be inflicted on other persons or property. The violation of a safety policy will result in residence hall probation and/or termination of the housing contract.
- Canvassing or solicitation of funds, sales, votes, memberships, literature, signatures, or subscriptions - whether it is UNK related or not, is not permitted in the residence halls.
- This includes going door-to-door in the residence halls for the above reasons. Also, putting door hangers on doorknobs and/or sliding flyers underneath doors into students rooms is not permitted. Residence hall rooms are not to be used for any commercial purposes or selling via personal business.
- Theft is a violation of local, state and federal laws and is prohibited.
- The use of all forms of tobacco products is prohibited on University of Nebraska at Kearney property with the exception of parking lots. The prohibition extends to vehicles and venues owned, operated, leased, occupied or controlled by the University. “Tobacco products” includes all forms of tobacco, inclusive of but not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, pipes, water pipes (hookah), electronic cigarettes and similar devices, and smokeless tobacco products.
- Damages, destruction or defacement of University property is prohibited. Common area damages are charged equally to all students residing in that area. If, however, an individual student or group of students is responsible for damage to the hall and can be identified, the responsible party will be required to pay the cost incurred.
- Violation of federal or state law, or a county or municipal ordinance or regulation within residential premises will not be tolerated.
- Threats of violence (verbal, physical, sexual, etc.), assault, bullying, or conduct that threatens the health, safety, or welfare of any person in or around the residence hall community will not be tolerated. Posts via social media are also included under this policy.
- Weapons are not permitted in the residence halls. This includes, but is not limited to, firearms, ammunition, explosives, tear gas, large knives, pellet guns, wrist rockets, catapults, dart guns, and devices that propel objects through the air. Recreational weapons such as, but not limited to, sling shots, electronic stun guns, pellet guns, air soft guns, etc., are not permitted in the residence halls. Objects that are used in the martial arts, such as nunchakus, throwing stars, and bolas, and those used in hunting, such as bows and arrows, are not permitted in the residence halls. Students who use an object in the form of a weapon to injure someone are subject to disciplinary action under this policy. Residence Life staff may search a room if there is reason to believe a weapon is located in the room. Violation of this policy may result in termination of the housing contract. The only exception to this policy is legal chemical dispensing devices, such as pepper sprays, that are sold commercially for personal protection.
- Throwing, dropping, hanging, etc., of any object from a residence hall window is prohibited. Removal of window screens and entering or exiting a residence hall by way of a window is prohibited.