Rules

Introduction

To achieve a balance between the responsibilities of management and the comfort of the residents, rules and regulations are in place to facilitate the smooth functioning of the Halls. The University urges students to accept them in that spirit, and assist by conforming to them. At the beginning of each academic year, an orientation programme is conducted for resident students to complement the general orientation programme. Students are encouraged to use these opportunities to ensure that all their concerns and questions regarding housing are dealt with.

Some requirements for those provided places on Halls include:

  • Compliance with the accompanying rules and regulations;
  • Acceptance of the stated fees and agreement to pay them by the deadline established by the University;
  • Agreement to be part of the regular Hall work roster, which includes on-going kitchen and bathroom duties and upkeep of the surroundings;
  • Agreement to discourage "ragging" during orientation and throughout the year;
  • Active participation in Hall activities; and
  • A signed agreement to take care of University property and replace or repair any damage caused.
  • Students may suggest rules governing the well-being of residential life, but their suggestions must conform to the general pattern of Hall regulations and be approved by the Accommodation Officer.

Each resident is responsible for knowing and complying with all regulations. Students' rights and privileges extend only so far, as they must not infringe upon those of another individual or breach the rules of the University.

General Rules

All students are expected to abide by the Statutes, Ordinances, and Regulations of the University as outlined in the University's Student' Handbook, available during Registration. Prohibited practices include but are not limited to the following:

  • Unauthorized Occupancy - No unauthorised person will be accommodated in the dormitories. Authorised persons are Hall residents, or persons with the necessary permission from the assigned Resident Manager;
  • Lending of keys or access cards to any other person
  • Water throwing
  • Fighting Smoking on the Halls
  • Offensive Language should not be used in any communication on the Halls or within the University
  • Inappropriate attire
  • Illegal drugs, including marijuana
  • Alcoholic beverages - The consumption of alcoholic beverages and drunkenness
  • Sexual indiscretion
  • Sexual harassment of students, visitors, employees of the University, and
  • Abuse of any kind physical, spoken/or written.


Observation of Quiet Periods

Courtesy, respect and consideration for others are expected each day. Students are expected to show consideration for roommates and other occupants of the Residence Hall by observing quiet periods, especially after 9:00 p.m. from Monday to Thursday, after 12 midnight on Friday, each Saturday morning, and all day on Sunday to enable those who need to sleep or study to do so. The volume of radios and similar equipment must be controlled, so as not to affect the regular routines of the Halls and other University activities.

Indoor and outdoor activities should at all times be conducted in a manner that is not disruptive to the residents and the general public. In addition, activities that would create disturbances should not be conducted during special functions, e.g., ceremonies.

N.B: There should be no activity on the Volleyball court after 11:00 p.m.

Care of Facilities

The facilities in each room are to be shared equally by all students assigned to the room. Residents are expected to keep their rooms, the cooking/dining areas, and all areas of their Hall in a clean and tidy condition. The Resident Managers will inspect the rooms at regular intervals during the year. It is mandatory that all residents perform their specific duties as stated in the weekly duty roster.

Students are required to have a key to their room. At the end of residence, the key is to be returned to the Resident Manager, Resident Assistant or designate. Each student is encouraged to properly secure their personal belongings at all times in order to ensure their safety and security. THE UNIVERSITY IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE LOSS OF ANY PERSONAL BELONGINGS. Lost keys/swipe cards must be reported immediately to the Resident Manager, so that a replacement can be provided at the expense of the student.
On vacating rooms, students are expected to remove all their belongings and leave the rooms thoroughly cleaned. No alterations are to be made to furniture and fittings in the rooms, dining areas, sitting areas, bathrooms, kitchens, etc. University property should be kept in good condition and should not be removed from the Hall or tampered with, unless prior written permission has been obtained.

Particular care should be exercised in the use of utilities, such as light and water, in order to avoid waste and increased cost. Tampering with utility lines is strictly prohibited. Any fault in installation or other defects should be reported immediately to the Resident Manager or Assistant. All residents are expected to cooperate with the University in maintaining standards of tidiness and orderliness, within residences and throughout the University. Students are to ensure that a signed checklist of the state of facilities in their respective sections is forwarded to their respective Resident Manager at the commencement of their boarding period

Visitation Rules

Restricted visitation hours exist to support students' rights to personal privacy and equal access to their room and floor facilities. THE RIGHTS OF ROOMMATES SHOULD NOT BE INFRINGED UPON.

The University expects students to act in a decent and acceptable manner when hosting guests. Emergency visits will be considered on their own merit and must be cleared with the Resident Manager or the Resident Assistant.

Hall Visitation

Non-residents are allowed on the halls subject to the following conditions:
Visiting hours are between 12:00 noon and 12:00 midnight.
Visitors are not allowed in the utility areas.
The Resident Manager or the Resident Assistant reserves the right to expel any visitor whose behaviour is considered inappropriate.
Members of senior administrative staff have the right to visit the halls at any time in consultation with the Resident Manager.


Room Visitation

Visitors to rooms are subject to the following conditions:
Student should not entertain visitors in room without the consent of their room-mates.
Visitors must be accompanied by a resident to and from the room.
Visiting hours to rooms are between 4:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. daily.
The Resident Manager or the Resident Assistant reserves the right to expel any visitor whose behaviour is considered inappropriate.

Disciplinary Procedures

Residents who fail to comply with the rules and regulations of this handbook, or the general rules of the University pertaining to discipline, will be subject to the University's disciplinary procedures as found in the current Student Handbook.

The University reserves the right to terminate boarding privileges at any time, for any student whose conduct is contrary to the rules and regulations and/or whose conduct is considered detrimental to other students or the University.