Living and learning is what we’re here for and it takes a lot of people
with a lot of tools and a lot of care to make sure your home away from home
meets your basic needs. While we can’t guarantee it will always feel just
like home, we can guarantee every effort will be made to keep your new home
safe, clean, and secure! Our staff is on-call 24/7 from the RA living on
your floor to the mechanic who stays awake while you sleep to make sure you
enjoy your experience at Salisbury University.
Your Rights and
Responsibilities Residence Hall policies are guided by the
SU Code of
Conduct. Within our Residence Hall Information Guide is listed many
policies specific to living within our on campus communities. However,
general reference is made to many of these polices in the Code of Conduct,
and many of our policies can be applicable to living off campus as well.
These guidelines for community living are important as they ensure a safe,
secure, and inclusive environment for all residents and students here at SU.
While they may appear to be simple rules, these living standards provide you
with your rights, but along with the privilege of having these rights come
responsibilities which we deem as very important for maintaining the
Documented…Now What? Any alleged violation of University policy will typically be documented
by an RA. Once the RA collects the information and the names of any student
present, the report is submitted to AD/RD of the building for their review.
From there, the report is submitted by the Assistant Director for Judicial
Management to the Dean of Students. The Assistant Director will assign the
incident to an Area Director for judicial action. Please refer to the
for the remaining steps in the judicial process, as it may take different
directions depending on options of the students involved.
If you are documented for a violation of policy, please see your AD/RD
for more information until you’re contacted by a hearing officer. No
decision can be made regarding your guilt or innocence in an incident until
a hearing is conducted, so give it time and trust that the Code of Conduct
provides for a fair judicial process. If 3-5 days pass before you are
contacted regarding a hearing, please contact the Assistant Director of
Housing for Operations and Judicial Management, to learn the status of your
Parents Involvement While we respect the fact that you’re an adult, we also know at times
your parents may call with questions about your involvement in an incident.
If you think your parents might call, then they probably will. Without your
signed permission we can’t release any details about your situation. You can
see your Area Director to sign a student release of information authorizing
us to speak with your parent/guardian regarding your involvement in an
Your parents may also contact the housing office to get more information
or clarification of Residence Life policies and the Code of Conduct.
One important point to remember before your parents call is: make sure
you give them all the details, including any prior disciplinary conduct you
Residence Hall Fines At times you, or your
living area, may be charged for damages and/or misuse of common areas. If
you are notified by your AD/RD that a fine has been imposed, you may appeal
this fine to the Assistant Director of Housing for Operations and Judicial
Roommate, Not Me Living in rooms the size of a standard bedroom in most homes, we know
there will likely be times when the roommate is at fault for what’s taken
place. The experience we have had is that typically a roommate will take
ownership for what they have done without dragging their roommate down with
them. To avoid having to go down this road, it’s important to talk to your
roommate early on when there are issues in the room which could be a problem
later on. A simple conversation about things you aren’t comfortable with,
i.e. alcohol, can be much more productive and save you a headache. In most
cases, your roommate will listen and be careful about their actions.
In the event this doesn’t happen, then you made need to talk with your RA
to get some confidential advice about how to proceed. Every student is
troubled by the thought of getting their roommate in trouble. If
communication happens early on, this won’t likely happen. And, if it’s early
enough, you may be able to privately consult with staff without there being
Be proactive, rather than reactive! A judicial hearing is not a good
place to bring up how long you’ve been dealing with an issue, and at that
point it may not be a good defense for why you shouldn’t be held accountable
for violations in your room.