Code of Conduct

General Code

Conference attendees are  expected to conduct themselves in accordance with the rules and  regulations of the university. Conference attendees, like all members of the university community—trustees, faculty, administration, and  staff members—assume responsibility to conduct themselves in compliance with the objectives and  standards of conduct established by the university. Conference attendees residing in the residence hall assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner compatible with the university’s function as an educational institution. To fulfill its functions of imparting and  gaining knowledge, the university retains the power to maintain order within the campus and  to exclude those who are disruptive to the educational process.

In general, the behavioral norms expected of attendees are  the following:

  1. Common decency and  decorum
  2. Recognition of and  non-infringement upon the rights and  property of others and  of the university
  3. Honesty in academic work and  all other activities
  4. Observance of local, state, and  federal laws

The  following policies and  regulations are  intended to ensure the common good of the residence hall community. Violations of any  of these regulations will result in disciplinary actions ranging from reprimands or fines to the loss of conference housing.

Respect and Protection for Person and Property

Respect for  persons means acting to enhance their safety, well-being, and  freedom to pursue all their legitimate aims. Respect for  property means recognizing not only  ownership rights of the person(s) and  of the university, but also  the dependence of all on the availability and  preservation of necessary facilities and  equipment. The following violations are  specifically prohibited:

  1. Against Persons. No  attendee shall  assault, haze, harass, electronically make any  threats of degradation or otherwise verbally, physically, or psychologically abuse any  other person on the university campus or on any  university property. No  attendee shall  knowingly create a condition that unnecessarily endangers or threatens the safety or well-being of oneself or others. Use  of physical force to resolve a conflict is prohibited. This includes fighting, pushing, or any act of violence. Using the pretext of self-defense to act violently is also  prohibited.
  2. Against Property. No  attendee shall  damage or create a condition endangering the property of the university or others. This also  prohibits the removal of lounge or other furniture from designated areas and  thefts of another person’s property.
  3. Health and Safety. No  attendee shall  refuse to observe any  safety regulation or procedure. No  person shall  tamper with or otherwise misuse fire extinguishers, exit signs, smoke detectors, fire safety systems, or other safety equipment on the campus. Smoke and  carbon monoxide detectors will be  checked regularly by residence life and  housing staff. Evidence of tampering or removal will result in a sanction.
  4. Dangerous Conditions. No  attendee shall  knowingly create a condition which unnecessarily endangers or threatens the safety or well-being of any  attendee/property on the university campus.
  5. Interference. No  unauthorized attendee shall  interfere with the right of any  other persons to go  where they have a right to go  or to remain where they have a right to remain on university property. No unauthorized attendee shall  intentionally prevent any  other persons from doing anything that they have a right to do,  nor  shall  any  unauthorized attendee require any  other persons to do  anything that they have a right to refrain from doing.
  6. Discrimination. No  attendee shall  deny the rights or privileges of the university to another member of the university community for reasons of age, color, creed, handicap, origin, race, sex, or sexual orientation.
  7. Hazing. Hazing in any  form is prohibited. Hazing is considered interference with the personal liberty of others and  includes any  acts of domination by an individual or group over another individual or group, which may lead  to injury, emotional disturbance, physical discomfort, or humiliation. Harassment by banter, ridicule, criticism, abusive playing, humiliating tricks, pranks, or any  activity that involves the consumption of alcohol or drugs is prohibited.
  8. Sexual Exploitation. Sexual exploitation of others is prohibited. This includes sexual activities of force, obscene phone calls, sexual harassment, indecent exposure, courtship violence, and  sexual assault.
  9. Cooperation and Insolence. Failure to cooperate with or insolence toward residence life staff and security personnel will result in disciplinary action.
  10. Electronic Harassment. No  attendee shall  electronically threaten, harass, or psychologically abuse any other person within the residence hall or the university campus based on race, gender, gender identity, or expression, religion, age  national origin, ethnicity, disability sexual orientation, or any  other legally protected status. Electronic harassment includes, but is not limited to, threats, and/or endangering the well-being of others via email, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, text message, and  blogs.
  11. Self-Harm. Any  incidents of self-harm will result in immediate removal from conference housing.

Health and Safety Procedures

Health and  safety regulations are  maintained by LIU Brooklyn for the protection of the entire community. The well-being of the conference attendees cannot be ensured by any  set of regulations, but rather by attendees embracing the concepts of mutual accountability and  respect for  fellow attendees.

  1. Safe Conditions. No  attendee shall  intentionally or recklessly create a hazardous condition within the complex or surrounding areas.
  2. Health and Safety Inspections. The  Office of Residence Life  & Housing will conduct announced health and  safety inspections of each unit throughout the year. The  purpose of the inspection is to ensure there are  no conditions in the apartment that violate our  health and  safety codes. It is not the purpose of the inspection to check on conference attendees or in any  way to violate their privacy. Conditions observed by staff that violate safety or health standards will be  recorded and  the resident(s) of the room will be  instructed on how to rectify the condition, such as accumulated  garbage, piled-up dishes and  other unsanitary kitchen conditions, overloaded electrical sockets, and  tampered with or disconnected fire safety equipment. The staff members are  not required to obtain the approval of conference attendees in order to conduct a room inspection. All apartments must be  entered and  none can be  exempt. Staff will use  a master key  in order to enter every room if there is no answer or no one  is home. Violators of the health and  safety rules, if not corrected within the stated amount of time, will be  handled through the judicial process. attendees found in violation of residence hall policies will receive an appropriate disciplinary sanction. The Office of Residence Life & Housing reserves the right to conduct unannounced inspections of all rooms when there is reason to believe the health and  safety of conference attendees is being compromised.
  3. Safety and Security. In cases of emergencies, call Public Safety at ext. 2024 who will contact a R.A. on duty. Public Safety will assist in deciding whether or not additional assistance is necessary. When experiencing a problem that does not necessarily require Public Safety, you  should contact either your R.A. or the R.A. on duty. Also  when there is a medical emergency requiring EMS to be  called it is imperative that you  notify Public Safety. This will facilitate the arrival of the EMS vehicle to the necessary location. Please note that failure to do  so will result in a delay and  confusion. This campus has  several entrances and  buildings and  without notifying your campus Public Safety can result in jeopardizing valuable time.
  4. Fire Safety. In case of a fire in your room, call Public Safety immediately at 718-488-1078 or ext. 2024 from a campus phone and  give  your name, location, and  what is burning. IF you  cannot put the fire  out safely by yourself—leave immediately and  pull the closest fire  box as you  exit the building. AS YOU LEAVE  YOUR  ROOM, BE SURE TO CLOSE  THE DOOR  BEHIND YOU;  this will help  prevent the fire  from spreading. DO NOT  USE ELEVATORS; proceed to the nearest stairwell. The  Fire Evacuation Sheet is posted on the back of all attendee room doors. If this sheet is not on the back of your door, please inform your R.A.  This important instruction sheet will indicate evacuation paths in case of a fire emergency. Each room is equipped with a smoke detector. Apartments are  additionally equipped with a carbon monoxide detector.
  5. Fire Equipment. Tampering with fire  safety equipment is a federal offense and  will not be  taken lightly. The  equipment is there for  your safety and  the misuse of it can result in severe injuries. attendees who tamper in any  way with any  fire  safety equipment will face judicial charges resulting in your immediate expulsion from the residence hall.  No  exceptions will be  made.
  6. Fire Drills/Alarms. On occasion you  will experience a fire  drill or alarm. Regardless of which it is, it is important that you  evacuate the building immediately. Those who fail to evacuate in a timely manner may be  judicially disciplined. During times where the weather is raining, cold, or snowing, Public Safety will facilitate a location where you  can enter and  wait while the alarm or drill has  been completed.

Doors and Locks

No  other unauthorized construction/renovation to the door or doorway is allowed. Propping doors or placing
items in locks or door jams is prohibited. attendees are  not allowed to change or add locks to their main apartment or bedroom door.

Damage and Cleaning

Cleanliness and  upkeep of attendee rooms and  apartments are  the shared responsibility of apartment mates. All conference attendees are  responsible for  damages in their own rooms. In addition, all conference attendees are collectively responsible for  damages done on their floor or in the public areas of their residence hall.  Before any common area damage charges are  administered, Residence Life  & Housing will attempt to identify the individual or individuals responsible for  such actions. Failure to discover individual responsibility for  the damages will result in a shared charge among the conference attendees who share the common area. Common areas include, but are  not limited to, community bathrooms, lounges and  hallways, stairwells, etc. Vandalism, including graffiti, found in the halls  and  stairwells is not tolerated and  will be  addressed with charges as indicated above. attendee responsibilities for  damages and  cleaning:

  1. Agree not to damage rooms/suites/apartments, common areas, common bathrooms, and  lounges. B. Maintain cleanliness standards; empty garbage, do  dishes, dust, sweep, and  mop floors.
  2.  Maintain room/suite/apartment safety: no excess storage, no overloading of circuitry, report fire  safety equipment malfunctioning (smoke detectors, fire  extinguishers, and  carbon monoxide detectors).
  3.  Report maintenance repairs needed. Complete a Work Order form, available from your R.A.
  4.  Report any  pest problems that need to be  controlled. An exterminator is available twice a week to tend to any  reported problems. An appointment log  is available in the Office of Residence Life  & Housing.

Extermination

In order to maintain a pest-free complex, conference attendees must be  conscientious of their surroundings and should maintain their rooms free of unwrapped foods and  crumbs. Also, dishes must be  washed promptly after each use  and  garbage emptied regularly.

Commercial Activity

Commercial activities (sale of products or services) are  not appropriate in a residential setting. Exceptions to this include sale  of room apartment material (small furniture or appliances) that one  would sell in a “yard sale” situation.

  1. Signs, Posters, and Flyers. Signs  or handbills that involve solicitation of any  type will be  considered a policy violation unless they are  officially stamped and  approved by the Office of Residence Life  & Housing. When permission is granted, posting may take place on public bulletin boards with the permission of Residence Life  staff. Excessive or damaging postings will result in charges and  possibly disciplinary action.

Responding To Residence Life/University Official(s)

It is expected that all attendees will respond to directives given by a residence life staff or other college officials. This includes, but is not limited to, emergency instructions and  instructions to cease certain behaviors or activities.

Policies

Residence Hall Policies

All conference attendees receive a copy of the Conference Community Standards upon checking in. It is the responsibility of each resident to be  familiar with and  adhere to the community standards. These standards exist to protect the rights of all conference attendees and  to insure a residence hall environment that is conducive to your academics and  overall socialization. Violations of these standards may result in disciplinary action ranging from reprimands and  or fines, to the loss  of conference housing.

The Office of Residence Life & Housing functions in collaboration with other university offices to facilitate residential attendees’ successful adjustment to and  subsequent transition through their college experience. The  overall concern of the residence life staff is the welfare of the conference attendees: each member of our community is important. It is expected that each resident will show respect, consideration, and  be  sensitive to the needs of other community members at all times. The  university recognizes and  abides by all county, state, and  federal laws with the expectation that attendees adhere to them. Specifically, the university puts attendees on notice, which the campus property offers no haven from applicable laws regarding personal behavior and  attendees are  liable  for any  violations of city, state, and  federal laws.

Dress Code Policy

Our dress and  grooming communicates a great deal  to others about our  personal values and  attitudes. Accurately or not, others form first impressions about our  character by the way we  dress and  present ourselves. The  way we dress and  carry ourselves speaks to who we  are  and  who we  hope to become as citizens in the overall community where neatness, good taste, and  maturity play  a major role. Conference attendees should take pride in their own personal grooming and  hygiene. Conference attendees should strive to maintain high  hygienic standards at all times.

  1. Undergarments should not be  visible in any  public areas of the residence hall.
  2. For  safety and  hygienic reasons bare feet, pajamas, and  other sleepwear are  not permitted to be worn in any  public area.
  3. The  wearing of bathing suits or swimming attire is prohibited in all public areas of the residence hall. D.  Clothing worn in public areas must adequately cover anatomical areas, including the buttocks/lower back, breast/chest, stomach, and  pelvic area.
  4. Wearing pants that do  not fit properly and  below the buttocks is prohibited (belts should be  worn to prevent pants from falling down and/or off).
  5. Conference attendees should be  sensitive to the wearing of clothing with explicit sexual depictions and/or vulgar or profane language.
  6. Sheer clothing should be worn only  when the garment underneath conforms to standard dress practices.

Guest & Visitation Policies

Conference attendees are  not allowed guests on campus or in their room without written approval from the Office of Residence Life  & Housing.

Alcohol Policy

Consumption of alcohol within the residence hall is strictly forbidden by conference attendees.

Narcotics/Controlled Substance Policy

The  use, offer for  sale, distribution, possession and/or being under the influence of,  manufacture of any controlled substance and/or paraphernalia, including prescription medications, except as expressly permitted by law  is prohibited.

Any  illegal  substance is prohibited anywhere on campus or in residential facilities. Usage of,  or possession of, narcotics and/or other controlled substances may result in disciplinary sanctions of suspension or expulsion from on-campus housing. Water pipes, bongs, hookahs, and  other paraphernalia commonly associated with drug use  are  prohibited in the residence hall(s). No  smoking of any  kind  is allowed in the building.

Animals/Pets Policy

Given the transient life of most college attendees and  the inherent differences that exist in communal living, pets are  not permitted in the residence hall or on campus. That includes, but is not limited to, fish,  hamsters, gerbils, snakes, turtles, etc. Pets may not “visit” at any  time.

Fire Safety Policy

Tampering with fire/safety equipment is in violation of the state. To ensure as safe an environment as possible for  our  residential attendees, attendees must follow the following fire  safety policies:

  1. Penal code and  prohibited in the graduate apartments. Such equipment includes alarm systems, hoses, extinguishers, pull stations, heat and  smoke detectors, exit signs, etc.
  2. Everyone including residential attendees and  visitors must evacuate when the building alarm sounds, and/or when instructed to do  so by emergency personnel and/or university officials.

The  following items and  activities are  prohibited within the graduate apartments due  to the fire  hazard they present to the community. Health and  safety inspections will be  conducted on a regular basis to ensure that conference attendees are  following the health and  safety related policies in this handbook. The  following items may be  confiscated and  kept in storage in the paraprofessional office until which time a attendee departs the residence halls  or returns home.

  1. Candles
  2. Incense
  3. Non-thermostatically controlled appliances and/or appliances without automatic shut-off, including, but not limited to, George Foreman-type grills, hot pots, electric burners and/or griddles, toasters, toaster ovens, sandwich makers, irons (without automatic shut-off), etc.
  4. Furniture and  equipment not provided by the university, including, but not limited to, upholstered or wicker furniture, halogen lamps, five-light multi-colored lamps, futons, wooden structures (i.e., bars, lofts, etc.), personal mattresses, and  waterbeds
  5. Firecrackers or explosives of any  type
  6. Combustible and/or noxious chemicals and/or gases
  7. Mechanical machinery and  any  other fuel-powered equipment
  8.  Extension cords and  multi-plug outlet splitters. UL approved surge protectors are  permissible, but cannot be  plugged into one  another
  9. Tapestries or curtains hung on walls/ceilings/closets or over windows unless labeled as fire retardant
  10. No  lava  lamps or holiday lights are  permitted
  11. Activating fire  and  life safety systems (i.e.  fire  alarms, smoke detectors) in the complex due  to negligence or malicious intent
  12. Cinder blocks
  13. Wall  decorations which cover more than 20 percent of each wall
  14. Covering or disabling of fire  alarm detection devices
  15. Discharging fire  extinguisher or fire  sprinkler equipment

Smoking Policy

The  smoking of cigarettes, cigars, etc., is prohibited in all residential facilities. Smoking outside the complex may not occur unless 15 feet from any  building entrance or window.

Weapons Policy

Conference attendees are  not allowed to keep on their persons or in their room weapons of any  kind, including but not limited to:

  1. Firearms
  2. Knives of any  kind
  3. Mace/pepper spray
  4. Tasers/brass knuckles
  5. Air- or spring-loaded rifles  and  pistols as well  as any  other weapon or projectile-firing devices
  6. Decorative or martial arts weapons are  prohibited. Possession of bows and  arrows are  also  prohibited
  7. Or any  other item that may pose to oneself or to harm or potential harm to others

Painting Policy

Conference attendees may not paint any  section of their bedroom, apartment, or bathroom. Conference attendees will be  held  financially responsible for  all labor and  maintenance costs to repair and  repaint.

Unauthorized Video/Computer/Internet Cable Use

Any  unauthorized use  of university video equipment, cable system, internet, or computers is prohibited. Impermissible use  of any  video equipment or computer technology in a manner that infringes upon another’s person’s right to privacy is also  prohibited.

Noise

Every resident has  a right to reasonable protection against unwarranted physical intrusion. Conference attendees also  have the right to reasonable protections against excessive noise. Each attendee should expect to sleep, converse, study, and  listen to music of their choice reasonably free from disruption resulting from the activities of others. These rights remain effective 24 hours a day, seven day  a week. A uniform noise policy has  been adopted by the residence life staff and  hall’s community as outlined here:

  1. Noise, particularly sustained electronically amplified sound, must not be  readily audible within the private living  quarters of other attendees. Conference attendees will be  accountable for  noise-producing activities from within their quarters.
  2. Noise emitting from within the apartment must not be  audible from any  other university building.
    C. The  noise level  on the grounds surrounding the apartment must not reach a level  that is disruptive to others. Loud talking, playing loud music, and  yelling up to conference attendees in windows are prohibited. Conversations on the grounds outside the apartments must be  kept at a level  that is conducive to study and  sleep for  others.