Community Living Standards

There are four compelling Community Living Standards (CLS) that guide both our daily interactions with students and the formal Housing and Residence Life (HRL) conduct system. The four compelling CLS are broken down into specific residential community policies that residents are expected to abide by. These CLS were developed to help provide a safe and secure community. Violations that compromise the success, safety, or security of residents may result in appropriate disciplinary sanctions, including up to contract termination and are considered violations of the Tulane Student Code of Conduct.


Residential Communities Policies

Residents are responsible for and/or prohibited from the following things:

  1. Intellectual Environment

    You are responsible for creating an environment that promotes the academic mission of the university. This includes upholding the noise and visitation policies in the residential communities, and being held responsible for your visitors' and guests' behavior.

    • Business: Running a business from your residential communities is prohibited.
    • Cohabitation: Cohabitation or continual residing of two or more students who are not roommates is prohibited.  Residents must notify their roommates at least 24 hours in advance of an overnight guest.  An overnight guest cannot stay more than 72 hours.
    • Gambling:  Gambling and sponsoring raffles or pools in or adjacent to residential communities is prohibited.
    • Guests: Residents may only host a maximum of 2 guests at any given time.  Residents are also responsible for the behavior of guests or visitors and must escort their guests at all times.  Residents are responsible for registering their guest with hall staff. ** Please note, during special events (such as Mardi Gras) additional guidelines may apply.
    • Hall Sports: Playing of sport games in hallways or balconies, including but not limited to: basketball, bicycle riding, frisbee, skate boarding, football throwing, running, Nerf activities, squirt gun/water fights is prohibited.
    • Instruments and/or Speakers: Use of amplified instruments in residential community rooms is prohibited.  Placement of sound equipment or speakers in windows and common areas of the residential communities without the express permission of HRL professional staff is prohibited.
    • Loitering:  Loitering is not allowed in front of any residential communities’ entrance or exit and can pose as a fire/safety hazard.
    • Noise: Quiet hours are from 9pm-8am Sunday through Thursday and 11pm-9am Friday and Saturday. Courtesy hours are 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  24 hour quiet hours go into effect during final exam periods.  Creating excessive noise which is disruptive to other students both inside and outside of residential communities is prohibited.  Noise may be deemed disruptive if it can be heard through a closed door and/or two doors down. Excessive noise at any hour is unacceptable and at no time should amplified sound or yelling be directed out of or towards residents’ windows. Reasonable quietness in areas near residence halls must be maintained. Students must respond positively and courteously to requests to reduce noise and to respectfully approach others with requests for noise reduction.
    • Overnight Visitation: Residents are responsible for upholding and abiding by the visitation policy and hours in all residential communities. A guest may visit no more than 2 consecutive nights per week, unless previously authorized by the Area Director.

  2. Facility Issues

    You are responsible for promoting a clean and well-maintained living environment. It is expected that students will not damage or vandalize university property or remove property from its designated location in the residential communities.  You are responsible for promoting and maintaining a safe and secure environment in the residential communities. It is expected that you will not prop open doors and will adhere to fire safety guidelines.  You are expected to fill out your Room Condition Report (RCR) and return to your RA within 48 hours.

    • Balconies, Ledges and Windows: Furniture, hammocks, and bicycles are not allowed on balconies and residents may not place anything (i.e., furniture, satellite dishes, boxes, signs, etc.) on the roofs or ledges of University buildings. Residence Life Staff may remove any object obstructing egress from balconies, ledges or hallways. Student should not remove and/or damage the windows, screens or window restraining devices in the residence hall rooms, or common areas.
    • Blocking Egress: Balconies, hallways, and stairwells must have a clear passage at all times. Hanging of beads, tapestries, banners, flags, sheets, or other items in a manner that blocks egress from the inside of a residential community room is prohibited.   
    • Bicycles and Motorized Vehicles: Bicycles should be stored outside in appropriate bike racks provided by Tulane University. With the exception of Winter Break, students may not store bicycles indoors. All bicycles must be registered with the Tulane Police Department (TUPD) and properly display a valid Tulane bicycle registration sticker. Registration is free of charge and required by the University. Unregistered bicycles will be removed by TUPD, and may be returned to the student upon registration.   
    • Damage: Damage or vandalism to university owned furniture or property is prohibited.  Community damage will be shared among members of that specific community. 
    • Elevators: Tampering with or misuse of University elevators is prohibited.  This includes, but is not limited to, over-crowding is prohibited.
    • Evacuation Procedures: In the event of a fire alarm or fire drill, all residents must evacuate the building, completely and immediately. Residents must remain outside, 100 yards away from the building in a designated area, until the "all clear" signal has been given by University Police or New Orleans Fire Department. Interference with or non-compliance with emergency evacuation procedures in a residential community is prohibited. 
    • Excessive Lockouts: Repeated lockouts due to not reporting a lost key or choosing not to carry key on self is prohibited. Students who are locked out of their room should go to their area service desk to check out a loaner key or receive a temporary access code/card and should return loaner keys and cards within 24 hours. Students will be assessed a $100 charge for lost keys or a $30 charge for lost access cards or failure to return loaner keys or cards within 24 hours. Students who require the use of a loaner key or a temporary access code/card or need entrance into the building will have to complete an Emergency Unlock Form.  All students must be possession of their room key and Tulane ID at all times.  The first two lockouts are free of charge, however, any more than that will result in a charge to the student’s Accounts Receivable.  The charges are as follows:  3rd Lockout is $20, 4th Lockout is $40 and 5th or more lockout is $50 each.  After a student has reached their 4th lockout they will be in violation of the CLS and a CLS hearing will be scheduled with a Residence Life Staff member.  After 5 or more lockouts you will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct, and further action may be taken.     
    • False Fire Alarms: Starting a fire, pulling a fire alarm without due cause, tampering with or disabling smoke detectors, falsely reporting a fire emergency to police or fire department, University administrators, and the unauthorized use or damage done to any emergency or safety equipment, are all prohibited. These are considered serious violations because of the risk they pose to the residential community. Interference with or non-adherence to emergency evacuation procedures in residential community are prohibited and will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct.
    • Fire Safety Equipment: Tampering with pull stations, smoke or heat detectors, fire extinguishers, sprinkler heads, or other life safety equipment is prohibited.                                                                                                                                          
    • Furniture: Removal of residential community furniture from its original location is prohibited.
    • Hanging from windows and/or climbing: Hanging outside of or climbing from windows or balconies is prohibited.
    • Hanging Items: Hanging items that are visible from the outside, internally or externally from your room such as flags, banners, or signs out of or obstructing residential communities’ windows is prohibited.  This includes items that may be offensive to members of the Tulane community.
    • Illegal Use of Emergency Exits: Emergency exits are to be used during emergency evacuations only. Any misuse of emergency exits is prohibited.
    • Installations:  Installation of air conditioners, ceiling fans, wall shelves, hanging lamps, or other non-approved items in residential communities’ rooms are prohibited.                                                                                        
    • Key Use and Access: Delivering, surrendering, or otherwise relinquishing possession of room or outside keys to an individual, or permitting the keys to be duplicated or modified is prohibited.  Students are responsible for keys/access cards and should not lend or permit others to use their keys or Tulane ID at any time.  Students should immediately report lost or damaged keys/access cards according to Housing procedures.
    • Occupancy Regulations: More than three times the designed occupancy in a residential community’s room is prohibited.
    • Painting Rooms: Painting of residential community rooms without prior approval from HRL is prohibited.       
    • Pets: Possession of a pet, except for non-poisonous freshwater fish (not exceed 10 gallons) and service animals for persons with a disability, is prohibited.        
    • Postings: Posting materials on bulletin boards or other common spaces without approval is prohibited. University-sponsored and University-affiliated groups may submit materials directly to HRL. Groups and individuals are not permitted to post materials directly to residential community bulletin boards; instead, only HRL staff are authorized to post materials. Materials from non-affiliated groups are not allowed to be posted in the residential communities. Announcements (meetings, birthdays, etc.) using any media (chalk, paint, etc.) on residential community property are prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to: walls and sidewalks. Individuals will be charged accordingly for any damages/clean-up costs incurred as a result of improper posting. Violators will be documented by HRL and posting privileges may be revoked.                   
    • Posting materials: Posting materials that are easily visible to the general public that intentionally/unintentionally harm or incite others is prohibited.                      
    • Prohibited items and Fire Hazards: Use of non-approved appliances in residential communities’ rooms is prohibited. These items include, but are not limited to: any open flame source or flammable liquid, candles, incense, halogen lamps, octopus lamps, kerosene lamps, dartboards, open-coil heaters and cooking elements, waterbeds, hookahs, satellite dishes, grills (indoor and outdoor), hot plate, deep fat fryer, electric griddle, toaster oven, non-university microwaves, non-university installed A/C units, ceiling fans, any item described in the weapons section of the Student Code of Conduct, or pets (non-poisonous fish are acceptable if not more than one tank in a residents room with a maximum tank size of 10 gallons).  Additionally, posting flammable materials covering more than one third of total surface of the outside of residential communities’ room doors is prohibited.  Holiday decorations must not hang from or touch any light fixtures or fire safety equipment. Only three strands of lights can be linked together per electrical outlet, and live holiday trees are not permitted. Decorations should not block doorways or windows. Any organic materials used for holiday decorations (ex. pumpkins/jack-o-lanterns) must be disposed of in a timely manner to avoid damage due to decay. 
    • Smoking: Smoking in a non-designated area in or adjacent to residential communities is prohibited.                                                               
    • Solicitation Policy: Solicitation is prohibited within the residential community lobbies, common areas, or door-to-door. Distributing printed materials in the residential communities is prohibited. This includes items (with the exception of emergency evacuation materials) being slid under doorways. Items must be approved by the Administrative Operations Manager of HRL.  Area bulletin boards are provided in most communities for items to be posted. Items posted are subject to be taken down at the Area Director's discretion. If one is interested in posting throughout the building, you must receive written approval from the Administrative Operations Manager of HRL.
    • Storing Vehicles: Parking or storing a bike, motorcycle, or scooter in an unauthorized area, including but not limited to: stairwells, hallways, lounges, balconies, trees, plants, public seating fixtures, sign posts, electrical fixtures, or railings is prohibited.  All bicycles must be registered with the Tulane Police Department (TUPD) and properly display a valid Tulane bicycle registration sticker. Registration is required by the University. Unregistered bicycles will be removed by TUPD and may be returned to the student upon registration.                                                                                                                                                                   
    • Theft: Theft of university owned furniture or property is prohibited.                                                                                                                                                                       
    • Throwing Objects: Throwing or shooting objects from windows or balconies is prohibited.                                                                       
    • Trash Regulations: Failure to remove trash and/or recycling to designated trash containers is prohibited.                                                            
    • Trespassing: Attempting to gain access or trespassing in a residential community when closed for break periods is prohibited.          
    • Unauthorized Access and Use of Common Areas: Students are prohibited from entering restricted access areas unless specifically authorized to do so by Residence Life Staff. These areas may include, but are not limited to: community front desks, roofs, attics, staff apartments, or machine/storage rooms. Forced or unauthorized entry into any residence halls or residents’ room is prohibited, as well as entering a bathroom designated for the gender/sex. Formal group activities in common areas without proper authorization from Residence Life Staff are also prohibited. Common lounges and study lounges may be reserved through the community front desk.   
    • Unauthorized Room Change: Moving to a residential community room without the written approval from an HRL administrator is prohibited.
    • Window Screens: Intentionally removing screens from windows is prohibited. 
    • Vacating Residence Halls: Residents must vacate their residence hall room according to the posted schedule. It is expected that students evacuate the building no later than 24 hours after their last final exam, or building closure time set forth by Residence Life Staff, at the end of each semester (whichever is sooner). A fine will be assessed to residents if not checked out in the proper manner. An additional fine will be assessed to residents if they have not vacated by the scheduled closing of the residence halls. Please contact your Residence Life Staff if you have questions about vacating your room.  This includes students that withdraw from the University or are placed on residential probation.
    • Vandalism: Residents should take proper care of their building and its furnishings. Vandalism will bring disciplinary actions. Students witnessing any act of vandalism and/or who may know the identity of the responsible person(s) should notify a Residence Life Staff member. Examples of vandalism include, but are not limited to: water fights, removal or destruction of peepholes, tearing, burning or removal of posters or bulletin board displays, public urination/defecation, tampering with door or window locks or any other damage to University or personal property. Housing and Residence Life reserves the right to assess residents collectively or individually for any vandalism to the buildings, grounds or furnishings. Pranks that result in disturbances or distress to others, or cause damage to University or personal property (or those that foreseeably could have caused damage, disturbance, or distress) are prohibited.

  3. Civility

    You are responsible for respecting the rights of all others in the residential community and to act with civility at all times. Fighting, threats, and intimidation of any person for any reason will not be tolerated.  You are responsible for developing and maintaining an atmosphere that promotes social awareness, social appreciation and appreciation and support of those who may be different from you. It is an expectation that you actively participate in conflict resolution.  You are responsible for attending floor/hall meetings as set forth by your Residence Life Staff. All members of campus communities are expected to fill out/ review roommate lifestyle agreements at the beginning of each semester.

    • Confidentiality: Although Residence Life Staff members may form bonds with students residing in the residence halls, any information presented to a Residence Life Staff member relating to the violation of University policy and/or the threat/harm to oneself or another member of the University community must be reported to the Residence Life Staff member’s supervisor.
    • Discriminatory or Inflammatory Language: Residents are to refrain from using discriminatory or inflammatory language, including, but not limited to: online, telephone, verbal, non-verbal, or written communications with the intent to harm or incite. 
    • Failure to Comply: Residents must comply with any lawful order or reasonable request of a clearly identifiable University official acting in the performance of his or her duties in the enforcement of university policy. Residents must present their Splash Card upon request of a University official (in appropriate situations). These requests are expected to be honored.
    • Fireworks and Weapons: Residents are not permitted to possess or use any weapon, firearm, fireworks, or other explosives.
    • Furnishing False Information: Residents must disclose, to the best of their knowledge, full and truthful information to University officials. Residents shall not withhold information or present false information with the intent to deceive, including but not limited to: names, dates and times, location or number of residents or guests, location, consumption, or possession of illegal, prohibited, or controlled substances, Splash Cards or numbers, telephone numbers, addresses, emergency contacts, or allergies.
    • Inciting or participating in a fight or riot: Residents shall not incite or participate in a physical fight, or riot regardless of reason. Fighting is defined as, but not limited to: inciting a fight through physical, online, sexual, telephone, verbal, non-verbal, or written communications; or fighting through hitting, striking, slapping, kicking, throwing or shooting an object; or contacting or attempting to contact any other person with the intent to harm.
    • Intimidation, Harassment, Bullying, and Threats of Violence: Residents, students, HRL staff, and any other person should be able to learn, work, and live in an environment that is free from all forms of intimidation, harassment, bullying, and threats of violence, including, but not limited to, physical harm or threats of physical harm, and online, telephone, verbal, non-verbal, and written communications.  Behavior violating this provision is also prohibited by the Code of Student Conduct and/or Tulane's Equal Opportunity, Harassment and Anti-Discrimination Policy.
    • Joint Responsibility: Students are responsible for the actions of people in their residence hall room. If a student is present in their own or any other residence hall room or area where university policies are being violated, they are subject to the same disciplinary action as the resident of that room. In some situations, this may also include violations that occur within an adjoining room in a suite, regardless of whether or not the student is present in the room in which the violations occur.
    • Sexual Misconduct:  Sexual Misconduct: Residents are expected to abide by the Code of Student Conduct’s provisions regarding sexual misconduct.  Under the Code of Student Conduct, Sexual Misconduct includes, but is not limited to, nonconsensual sexual behavior. Lack of consent may result from, among other things, use of force, threats, or intimidation or from use of the victim’s mental or physical helplessness of which the accused was or should have been aware.
    • Stalking: Residents shall not stalk any other person physically, online, by telephone, verbally, non-verbally, in written communications, or any other manner. Stalking is defined as, but not limited to: the intentional, unwanted, repeated contact or attention by the stalker to the victim. Residents must honor other's requests to stop undesired contact.
    • Theft: Residents shall not take or possess another's property without permission of owner. This includes, but is not limited to: property of a roommate, resident, any other individual, company, or Tulane University. Students are not permitted to remove property from community spaces or other residents' rooms.
    • Violation of University Policies and Government Laws: Residents must follow all university policies, city, parish ordinances, and state and federal laws.
    • Equal Opportunity Policy is available here.

  4. Substances

    You are responsible for upholding federal, state, and local laws dealing with alcohol, tobacco (smoking is not permitted in any residential communities) and other drugs. Alcohol is not permitted for students less than 21 years of age, and illegal drugs are not permitted by anyone within the on campus communities.

    • Alcohol Distribution: Sale or distribution of alcohol by a person over 21 years of age to a person under the age of 21 is prohibited. Sale of alcoholic beverages on campus, including indirect sales is prohibited.
    • Alcohol in Common Areas: Possession or consumption of alcohol in common area of residential communities is not allowed, including but not limited to: lounges, hallways, stairwells, balconies, laundry rooms, bathrooms, study areas, and courtyards.  
    • Common Sources of Alcohol: Use of common sources of alcohol, including but not limited to kegs, party balls, and punch bowls are prohibited.
    • Drinking Games: Playing drinking games within residential communities is prohibited.  The definition of drinking games includes but is not limited to:  the consumption of shots of any liquid, the practice of consuming shots equating to one’s age, “beer pong”, “century club”, “dares” or any other activity involving the consumption of  water, alcohol or any other liquid which involves duress or encouragement related to the consumption of alcohol or water.
    • Drugs: Possession, delivery, sale, use or manufacture of any illegal drugs or controlled substance is prohibited. This includes possession, delivery, sale, or use of prescription medication without a prescription or by distribution of medication to an individual other than the individual for whom the medication was prescribed.
    • Drug Paraphernalia: Possession of paraphernalia for intended or implied use of controlled substances or paraphernalia possessing illegal drug residue, including but not limited to devices and/or materials used to prepare, use, or cover up the use of drugs is prohibited.
    • Smoking Tobacco: Smoking in a non-designated area in or adjacent to residential communities is prohibited, or inside residential communities is prohibited.
    • Underage Usage of Alcohol: Purchase, possession, consumption, or disruptive behavior due to public intoxication, of alcohol by a person under the age of 21 is prohibited.  No one over the age of 21 is allowed to have alcohol that is accessible to any person under the age of 21. Alcohol paraphernalia is also prohibited.


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