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Housing and Residence Life

Policies and Expectations

The University of Wisconsin Green Bay seeks to promote a residential community on campus which is conducive to learning, personal growth and development, academic success, safety and wellbeing. Students and University guests residing on campus are required to abide by all University policies, housing rules and regulations, the expectations and procedures outlined below, and the information found in the following documents:

  1. University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Housing Contract and Rate Schedule
  2. University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Computing, Information Technology and Residential Network (ResNet) Policies
  3. University of Wisconsin System Administrative Code and Misconduct Policies (Chapters 17 Student Nonacademic Disciplinary Procedure Chapter 18 Conduct on University Lands)

Notice of other regulations or changes in existing policies may be made by the Office of Residence Life during the term of the Housing Contract by notifying residents through the housing web site, e-mail messages, postings, letters, and/or publications one week prior to the change going into effect. If the health or safety of people using residential facilities on campus may be adversely affected by any delay, implementation may be immediate.

Residents responsible for violations of Housing or University policy may be subject to University disciplinary action and civil penalties by Residence Life or referred to the Dean of Students Office for adjudication. Residents involved in formal disciplinary action for a violation of the rules and regulations that could cause a room change or Housing Contract termination will be accorded the following: 1) a written notice of the charges; 2) sufficient time to prepare a response to the charges; 3) a timely hearing; and, 4) an opportunity to appeal to a higher administrative authority. Assistance and additional information regarding the judicial process is available through the Dean of Students Office.

Policy violations which may result in Housing Contract termination on the first offense     

The policy violations listed below may result in the following sanctions upon the first offense: Housing termination; $200 prepayment forfeiture; and other disciplinary or civil action.

  1. Illegal possession, use, and providing of alcohol or illegal drugs, including marijuana
  2. Possession of weapons, including firearms, stun guns, Tasers, mace, illegal knives, nun-chucks, swords, and bows and arrows
  3. Setting fires or possessing explosives, accelerants (e.g., gasoline, propane), or fireworks
  4. Presenting a fire hazard, including using cigarettes, candles, or open-coil cooking/heating equipment
  5. Tampering with smoke detectors, fire alarms, sprinkler systems, fire extinguishers or exit signs
  6. Tampering with door security locks or trespassing in apartments or residence hall rooms
  7. Throwing objects from windows or entering/exiting facilities through windows
  8. Hacking or attempting to disrupt computer networks
  9. Presenting a public health hazard (e.g., depositing bodily fluids, including but not limited to vomiting, urinating or defecating outside of restrooms)
  10. Bias-motivated behavior, harassment, domestic violence, or abuse of another person
  11. Sexual assault regardless of the degree
  12. Any behavior deemed by University personnel to be dangerous to oneself or others

Policies

  1. Abuse, Bias-Motivated Behavior, Domestic Violence, Harassment, Discrimination, and Sexual Assault

    Discrimination and harassment have no place on our campus. Harassment can be verbal, physical or electronic in nature. Threats, demands for favors, social media posts or constant calling or texting are just some ways individuals can be harassed. Conduct that is intended to demean an individual and creates a hostile, intimidating, or demeaning environment may be sanctioned if the behavior breaches the peace or tends to provoke an immediate violent response. If a student feels he or she is being harassed sexually, for personal characteristics or any other reason, please contact the Dean of Students office at (920) 465-2152 or dosmail@uwgb.edu.

    Discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability or sexual orientation is not acceptable behavior at UW-Green Bay. Our campus works hard to foster acceptance and understanding of all those who bring the many different forms of diversity to our campus. If you observe or are the target of any form of discrimination, please contact the Dean of Students office at (920) 465-2152 for assistance in resolving the matter.

    Sexual assault, including acquaintance rape, is of particular concern to the UW Green Bay community, which affirms respect, responsibility and caring among all persons within the community. Reports of sexual assault will be investigated, and those found responsible may be suspended from the University. Victim support is available from Counseling and Health Services, the Dean of Students Office, and the Office of Residence Life.

    Domestic violence will not be tolerated on campus. Wisconsin domestic violence laws apply to both roommate and other relationships. Specifically, this law applies to: 1) adults who reside or have resided together, 2) adults who share a child in common, and 3) spouses/former spouses. This means if a criminal confrontation occurs between members of these groups and those confrontations meet the requirements as defined by state statute, police are required to arrest the individual deemed the predominant aggressor.

    Bias-motivated behavior will not be tolerated on campus. Bias-motivated behavior includes activity motivated by an offender’s bias against a victim’s age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or any other physical or cultural characteristic. Bias-motivated behavior may include, but is not limited to social media, graffiti, vandalism, destruction of personal property, threatening phone calls or text messages, verbal harassment, or physical abuse.

    Residents who feel they are the victim of, or witness to, harassment, discrimination, domestic violence, bias-motivated behavior, or physical or sexual assault are encouraged to report the matter to Counseling and Health Services, the Dean of Students Office, Public Safety, or the Office of Residence Life.

  2. Alcohol and Other Drugs

    The use and abuse of alcohol and other drugs in ways which are illegal, harmful to self, or disruptive to others negatively impacts the residential community on campus. Residence Life staff is required to: a) confront residents consuming alcohol in a manner that is harmful or disruptive; b) notify Public Safety if they have reason to believe alcohol or drugs are being illegally consumed in a residential facility; and c) contact emergency personnel including a rescue squad if a resident or guest is believed to be incapacitated. An incapacitated person is defined as one who is unconscious, incoherent or unable to react or make rational decisions. The cause of incapacitation may be due to a health condition, physical injury, or substance abuse including alcohol.

    Alcohol and empty alcohol containers are strictly prohibited in the residence halls and residence hall rooms (including Downham, Lenfestey, Long, Schaefer, Small, Temp, Vanderperren, Walter, and Warren halls).Residents of legal age may only consume alcohol in the privacy of their apartments or apartments where the hosting resident is of legal age (including apartments in Haevers, Harden, Liebl, Pamperin, Robishaw, and Thompson halls, and apartments located at 3312 through 3334 Walter Way).

    The possession of alcohol paraphernalia (e.g., beer bongs), and large quantities of alcohol are prohibited in all residential facilities. Persons providing alcohol to underage people, and hosting or participating in gatherings where underage consumption occurs, will be referred to the Dean of Students Office and Public Safety for disciplinary and civil action.

    The following is also strictly prohibited: the illegal possession, use, or providing of drugs, including marijuana and narcotics; 2) the misuse of prescription drugs or over-the-counter drugs; 3) the misuse of legal substances with intent to achieve a recreational high or hallucinogenic effect; and 4) the possession or use of drug paraphernalia (e.g., marijuana bongs).

    Assistance and additional information regarding alcohol and other drugs is available through Counseling and Health Services and the Dean of Students Office.

  3. Appliances and Extension Cords

    For fire safety reasons, cooking and heating appliances with open coils, exposed heating elements, or open-flames are prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to convection ovens, hot plates, indoor grills, propane-powered appliances, toaster/pizza ovens, cup-type immersion heating coils, space heaters, or any other appliance deemed by Residence Life staff to be unsafe or of excessive wattage. Small refrigerators (no larger than 4 cubic feet) and small microwaves are permitted. Stand-alone freezers, window air conditioners, and personal clothes washers/dryers are prohibited. Only three-prong (grounded) extension cords are permitted. Overloading electric receptacles or using multiple-socket plugs is prohibited.

  4. Bicycles, Rollerblades, Motor Vehicles, and Parking

    The UW Green Bay Campus is a great place for bicycles. Residents are advised to register their bicycles with Public Safety and lock their bicycles when not in use. Bicycles parked outside must be parked in bicycle racks and may not be attached to trees, street signs, light poles, handrails, etc. Bicycles may be stored in resident rooms and apartments, provided all roommates agree. Riding bicycles inside residential facilities is strictly prohibited; as is using rollerblades, skates, skateboards, etc. Furthermore, bicycles may not be left in entryway vestibules/breezeways, hallways, stairways, lounges, and other public areas within the residential facilities on campus. Bicycles left abandoned in bicycle racks will be removed and disposed of annually during the month of June.

    Residents are permitted to bring motor vehicles to campus, including mopeds, motorcycles, and automobiles. Motor vehicles are not permitted on walkways and lawns surrounding residential facilities. For safety reasons, mopeds and gasoline are not permitted inside residential facilities.

    Motor vehicles must be parked in designated parking areas. Parking permits are required for motor vehicles, which may be purchased from the Bursars Office. Residents who bring cars to campus are encouraged to keep a shovel in their car during the winter months.

  5. Campaigning, Canvassing, Solicitation, and Posting

    Political campaigning and distribution of political literature is permitted in accordance with established time, place and manner rules, available through the Office of Residence Life. All forms of door-to-door canvassing, soliciting and selling in residential facilities or on the residential grounds is prohibited, whether for commercial, political or informational purposes. Likewise, the use of the University network, phone lines, and mailboxes for such activities is prohibited.

    Only University offices and recognized student organizations are permitted to have information posted in residential facilities or distributed in student mailboxes via the Office of Residence Life. Outside organizations, private businesses, and political candidates/campaigns are required to send their information directly to resident students through the mail.

    Items posted on the outside of room/apartment doors or in room/apartment windows which are intended to demean an individual and create a hostile, intimidating, or demeaning environment may be sanctioned if doing so breaches the peace or tends to provoke an immediate violent response.

  6. Candles, Incense, and Smoking

    For fire safety reasons, possession or use of candles and incense is strictly prohibited and will result in disciplinary action. Smoking in residential facilities or within 30 feet of residential facilities is prohibited and will result in disciplinary action. Residents are required to dispose of cigarette butts in cigarette disposal containers.

  7. Disabilities and Service Animals

    It is the policy of UW Green Bay that service animals assisting individuals with disabilities are generally permitted in all facilities and programs on campus. Service animal is defined as an assistance dog, and may include other animals specifically trained to perform physical tasks to mitigate the effects of an individual's disability. Assistance dogs include guide dogs that guide individuals who are legally blind; hearing dogs that alert individuals who are deaf to specific sounds; and service dogs for disabilities other than blindness or deafness. Service dogs are trained to perform a variety of physical tasks including but not limited to pulling a wheelchair, lending balance support, picking up dropped objects or providing assistance in a medical crisis. The presence of an animal for comfort or protection does not qualify as training to mitigate the effects of an individual’s disability and therefore does not qualify as a service animal. Service animals must be trained, licensed, vaccinated, leashed in public, and under control at all times.

    A service animal may be asked to leave a UW-Green Bay facility or program if the animal’s behavior or presence poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others. For example, a service animal that displays vicious behavior toward people may be excluded.

    Students with disabilities or special accommodation needs who wish to live on campus should contact both the Office of Residence Life and the Office of Disability Services. All students living on campus, including residents with disabilities, are responsible for developing personal evacuation and escort plans for their use in the event of a fire, tornado, snow storm, or power outage.

  8. Emergency Contacts, Missing Student Notification, and GB Alert Emergency Notification Service

    Residents are encouraged to provide the University with an Emergency Contact by entering this information into the Student Information System (SIS). Residents may also provide a Missing Person Contact if they want the University to notify someone other than their Emergency Contact in the event that they are reported and determined to be missing for 24 hours. For minors, the University will notify parents unless residents have been legally emancipated from them. Emergency and Missing Person Contact information remains confidential and is only shared should the need arise to make such a contact. Additional information regarding Emergency and Missing Person Contact notification is available through the Dean of Students Office or Public Safety.

    GB Alert allows residents to register to be notified via text message or email in the event of a campus emergency. GB Alert is voluntary, and will be used for emergency notification purposes only. Emergencies include credible, on-going incidents that pose a threat to the University Community. At no time will GB Alert be used to distribute advertising or other unsolicited content. Subscribers to GB Alert will pay no fees for service, other than the normal fees charged by their mobile service provider for receiving text messages. Additional information about the GB Alert emergency notification service is available through the Public Safety Office.

  9. Fire Safety

    For fire safety reasons, the following is strictly prohibited in all residential facilities on campus: 1) smoking; 2) possessing or using candles or incense; 3) overloading electric receptacles or using two-prong non-grounded extension cords or multiple-socket plugs; 4) using open-coil cooking or heating appliances; 5) disconnecting smoke detectors or removing fire-resistive draperies; 6) possessing fireworks, explosives or accelerants (e.g. gasoline, propane); 7) engaging in any activity which presents a fire safety hazard (e.g. leaving items on top of the cooking ranges); 8) tampering with fire safety equipment (e.g. fire alarms, sprinkler systems, fire extinguishers, exit signs); and 9) triggering activation of false fire alarms.

    Residents are advised to take responsibility for fire prevention; participate in planned fire drills; and know how to protect oneself in the event of a fire. This includes: knowing the location of fire extinguishers, and fire alarm pull stations; 2) checking smoke detectors regularly; 3) taking all fire alarms seriously; and 4) confronting or reporting anyone violating fire safety policies. All residents, including residents with disabilities, are responsible for developing personal evacuation and escort plans for their use in the event of a fire. Should a fire occur, residents are advised to: 1) make survival your top priority; 2) notify others near the fire - if safe to do so; 3) activate the fire alarm system; 4) call 911 or 9+911; 5) quickly decide if the fire can be safely extinguished; 6) exit the facility, closing all doors behind you; and 7) if you are unable to exit the facility, get someone’s attention for help. Additional information regarding fire safety is available through the Public Safety Office.

  10. Gambling

    Gambling of any kind is prohibited in residential facilities on campus.

  11. Guests and Visitors

    Residents may host one overnight guest of either gender for up to 72 hours (three consecutive nights), providing all roommates agree. For safety and security reasons, hosts are required to register their guests online via the Residence Life website. Hosts are responsible for their guest’s conduct at all times during their visit, and must accompany their guest whenever they are outside of their room or apartment. Residents may not allow guests to use their ID card/PIN for building/room access purposes. Residents who abuse this policy will forfeit the privilege of hosting guests on campus.

  12. Inclusivity

    The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is committed to a vision of diversity that is broadly inclusive, warmly welcoming, and equitable in its treatment of all members of the campus community. Through engagement, reflection and action, we will be an institution committed to diversity in thought and practice moving beyond labels and categories that put up barriers and keep us fragmented.

    Behavior unbecoming to our campus commitment to inclusivity should be reported to the Office of Residence Life or the Dean of Students Office. Behavior that rises to the level of a crime should also be reported to Public Safety.

  13. Noise

    Residence Life strives to maintain a vibrant student life on campus and a residential living environment conducive to sleep, study and recreation. In order to maintain an environment conducive to academic study and sleep, courtesy-hours are enforced twenty-four hours per day in residential facilities. It is the responsibility of all residents to ensure that noise generated from their room, by them or their guests, does not infringe on the living-learning environment and others rights to sleep and study - regardless of the time of day or night. Examples of excessive noise include yelling, running, or playing music at a volume which emits disruptive noise through walls/floors/ceilings and out of windows. Tolerance for noise is both individual and situational in nature. Specific concerns related to the noise policy being enforced too conservatively or too liberally should be reported to the Office of Residence Life.

  14. Pets

    Only small non-dangerous fish in aquariums no larger than 29 gallons are permitted in the residential facilities on campus. All other pets are prohibited. i

  15. Power Outages, Severe Weather, and Snow Removal

    Residents are encouraged to keep battery operated radios and flashlights in their rooms and apartments. Power outages occur occasionally due to a variety of reasons (e.g. inclement weather, car accidents, and mechanical failures. When a power outage occurs it may take a few hours or longer to remedy the cause; during which time residents are encouraged to remain calm and safe.

    Residents are encouraged to participate in annual tornado drills. A Tornado Watch means weather conditions are favorable for a tornado to develop. A Tornado Warning means a tornado has been sighted. In the event of a Tornado Warning, sirens will sound and residents should: 1) evacuate to an interior room or hallway, and on the lowest level if safe to do so; 2) take a battery operated radio, flashlight, and cell phone with you; 3) stay away from windows, glass, and large open areas; 4) protect your head and face, and get under a sturdy surface or structure if one is available; and 5) monitor weather conditions. In the event of snow, Residence Life Staff will remove snow from walkways leading from the residential facilities to the main walkways. University Facilities Management staff will remove snow from the main walkways, roads and parking lots. When University Facilities Management staff is preparing to remove snow from parking lots, University Parking Services will send an email message to residents and display red flags on roadways to notify residents when it is time to move their cars to alternative parking areas. Residents who fail to move their cars may receive parking citations. Residents who bring cars to campus are encouraged to keep a shovel in their card during the winter months All residents, including residents with disabilities, are responsible for developing personal evacuation and escort plans for their use in the event of a power outage, tornado, or snow storm.

  16. Recycling and Trash

    Recyclables and trash must be placed inside of the dumpsters located outside of the residential facilities. Recyclables and trash may not be placed in the public areas of residential facilities or on the grounds outside of designated dumpsters. Residents responsible for inappropriate disposal of recyclables and trash may be assessed a $50 charge.

  17. Room and Apartment Entry

    University officials may enter resident rooms and apartments for serious life or health threatening emergencies at any time including over break periods. Authorized personnel may enter to perform requested, preventative, prescheduled or emergency maintenance. When possible, advance notice of entry will be given. Residence Life employees are required to report any policy violations they may observe when in student rooms and apartments. Rooms and apartments may be searched by appropriate legal agencies with your permission or with a warrant. Inspections will be limited to those times when you have given your permission or when staff have reasonable evidence to believe a search is necessary to resolve a life or health threatening situation. Property may be seized and removed when it constitutes an imminent danger or when it is University-owned property.

  18. Safety and Security

    While the University of Wisconsin Green Bay and the surrounding community are relatively safe places, it is important to recognize that no place is without certain dangers. Residents are advised to practice the following safety precautions: 1) use the "buddy system," especially at night; 2) if you choose to consume alcohol, do so in a legal and responsible fashion; 3) be especially attentive to your personal safety during non-routine times of the year (e.g., semester break); and 4) report crimes and suspicious or unusual behavior immediately to Public Safety, and then to the Office of Residence Life. Additional information regarding personal safety is available through the Public Safety Office.

    All residential facilities remain locked 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. Tampering with any door access system is strictly prohibited. Residents gain access to the residential facility in which they reside in via use of their University ID card. They also gain access to their rooms and apartments via use of both their ID card and a confidential Personal Identification Number (PIN). Residents are encouraged to practice the following security precautions: 1) do not compromise building security by propping outside doors or letting strangers into the facility; 2) keep room and apartment doors locked, even when home; 3) report lost ID cards immediately University ID Services; and 4) reset the door access PIN if its confidentiality has been compromised. Residents who are locked out of their room or apartment may obtain an emergency access code from the Office of Residence Life (for which there is a charge for every emergency access code provided after the third request). Additional information regarding door access security is available through the Office of Residence Life.

  19. Staff Assistance

    The Office of Residence Life is staffed during regular business hours; and has staff serving on-duty during the4 evening, weekend, and holiday hours. Students in need of staff assistance are encouraged to contact the Office of Residence Life, their Resident Assistant (RA), or staff serving on-duty. Assistance needed in response to crises and emergencies should also be reported to Public Safety.

  20. Vandalism, Theft, and Insurance Coverage

    Malicious or intentional vandalism of residential facilities, theft of University property, and theft of personal belongings is a criminal offense. Theft of University property and vandalism in public areas of residential facilities including entryways, hallways, stairways, lounges, kitchens, and laundry rooms will result in disciplinary action and restitution. If individuals responsible for theft of University property or vandalism are not identified, all residents of the facility where the theft or vandalism occurred may be charged for the theft or vandalism.

    For public health reasons, depositing bodily fluids, including but not limited to vomiting, urinating; or defecating outside of restrooms is strictly prohibited and may result in Housing Contract termination.

    UW Green Bay assumes no responsibility for resident's personal belongings that have been damaged, stolen, or lost. Residents are encouraged to: 1) secure their personal belongings by locking doors; 2) not leaving belongings in parked cars; and 3) purchasing renter's or homeowner's insurance. Residents who are victims of, or witnesses to, acts of vandalism or theft are encouraged to report the matter to Public Safety or the Office of Residence Life.

  21. Weapons

    Possession of dangerous weapons or facsimile weapons or use of items intended to be used as weapons is strictly prohibited in all residential facilities on campus. Dangerous weapons are defined as any firearm whether loaded or unloaded; any device designed as a weapon and capable of producing death or great bodily harm; any electric weapon; or any other device or instrument which could cause death or great bodily harm. Specific prohibited weapon examples include but are not limited to firearms, bb/pellet/paintball/airsoft/replica guns, bows and arrows, illegal knives, swords, nun-chucks, mace, stun guns, and Tasers. Inappropriate use of pepper spray is also prohibited in all residential facilities on campus.

  22. Weights, Exercise Equipment, and Waterbeds
  23. To prevent facility damage, heavy weight lifting equipment, large exercise equipment (e.g., treadmills), and waterbeds are prohibited in all residential facilities on campus

  24. Windows and Window Screens

    For health, safety, and security reasons removal of window screens is prohibited and may result in a $50 charge. Hanging items out windows (i.e., antennas, bird feeders); throwing objects from windows; and entering or exiting facilities through windows are prohibited and may result in disciplinary action.

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