Residence Hall Policies

Where applicable, policies are in effect for all students, those who live in campus housing, as well as those who live off campus. Alleged violations of the residence hall policies will be adjudicated as outlined in the conduct procedures of the Standards of Student Conduct.

The following is a list of Residence Hall policies:

RH 1: Active Sports

Participating in active sports in areas not designated for that purpose is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to playing with sports balls, Frisbees, nerf guns, and other thrown or projected objects in the residence halls.

RH 2: Alcohol

Possession of alcohol in any residence hall regardless of age is not allowed.  Alcohol is only permitted in university operated apartments whose assigned resident(s) are at least 21 years of age.

*Residents who are 21 years or old may possess and/or consume alcohol in the university operated apartments in their assigned room. Alcohol may be consumed or stored in common areas of university operated apartments provided all residents are 21 years or older 

Students under the age of 21 may not be in the presence of alcohol, in a residence hall or university operated apartment, regardless of whether they are consuming alcohol or not. 

Bulk quantities (i.e. quantities that can not reasonably be consumed by one individual), games or devices used for the rapid consumption of alcohol, and common containers (e.g. kegs, punch bowls) are prohibited. 

RH 3: Appliances

All appliances must be in good working order, used responsibly and attended to at all times.  Prohibited appliances include, but are not limited to: toasters, toaster ovens, crock pots, hot air popcorn poppers, hot plates, waffle irons, rice cookers, Forman grills, broilers and any device with exposed coils/heating elements. 

Microwaves and Refrigerators – Refrigerators, and other electrical devices, that draw more than two amps are prohibited.  Microwaves that are rated as more than 700 watts are prohibited.  Microwaves in Muse hall are prohibited unless they are attached to a microfridge unit. 

Halogen Lamps are prohibited in all residence halls.

Portable heaters and portable air conditioners are prohibited in all halls.

RH 4: Bicycles and Skates

Bicycles may only be parked in designated bicycle parking areas or stored in designated bicycle storage rooms in the residence halls.

Skateboards, inline skates, roller skates, scooters and other items with wheels are permitted only on sidewalks and parking lots unless otherwise noted.  These items may not be worn or used inside the residence halls. Hoverboards are prohibited from the grounds and facilities of Radford University.

RH 5: Building Access, Room Access, ID Cards

Building access is limited to building residents and their invited guests. 

Entering or exiting buildings in any way other than through an authorized doorway is prohibited. 

Propping or attempting to force open an exterior building door, or tampering with door locking mechanisms so as to allow access to a building is prohibited.

Loaning or giving a key or student ID card to another person or using a key or student ID to admit an unescorted or unregistered non-resident is prohibited. 

Entering another student’s room without the invitation of the room resident at the time of entry is prohibited.

RH 6: Cleanliness and room condition

Residents must keep rooms and bathrooms clean and acceptable condition, including when preparing for university breaks.  Residents must regularly dispose of trash into designated locations. 

Residents must keep their room in a condition that is ready to accept a roommate when a vacancy exists within that room. This includes keeping a bed, closet, drawer space, and desk clear from belongings.

Odors originating from inside a student room must not be detectable outside the room.

RH 7: Display of Alcohol or Other Drug Memorabilia 

Possession of alcohol containers in residence halls is prohibited.  Plastic, glass, or metal vessels which contained alcohol at time of purchase that are decorated or on display in a student residence are not permitted.

Students may not display alcohol or drug signs or other related alcohol or drug memorabilia so that they are visible from outside university-operated housing.

RH 8: Fire Safety

Electrical Safety

Students may not possess multiple-outlet connections unless they are a “temporary” power strip with a built-in circuit breaker that is clearly marked, carry an Underwriter‟s Laboratory (U.L.) approval, have a maximum load of 15 amps, and are plugged directly into a wall electrical outlet. Possessing an extension cord or configuring cords to function as extension cords is prohibited.  Electrical cords cannot be placed under items other than a rubberized cord protector. All electrical items must be directly plugged into a wall outlet or “temporary” power strip (with built-in circuit breaker) marked with UL approval and carry no more than 15 amps.

Lightbulbs for any lamps should not exceed the recommended wattage.

Safety Equipment

Where required, all residents must check and/or verify that smoke detectors are fully functioning and record the checks, in accordance with state regulations and university policies.

Room Decorations

Wall Coverings, such as, but not limited to: paper, posters, pictures, tapestries, wreaths, etc,, cannot cover more than 25% of walls within student rooms. All wall decorations must be hung at least 12” lower than the ceiling. Items which are capable of burning may not be placed on student room doors or other areas restricted by state fire code.  One dry-erase board, not more than 12inches x 16 inches in size, is permitted on each student door that leads to the main hallway.

Curtains or items functioning as curtains must have a manufacture’s label stating that it is flame-retardant.  Valances, or items functioning as a valance, must not be longer than eight inches.

Attaching items to the ceiling of the room or hanging items in such a way as to cover the ceiling is prohibited.

Candles, Incense

Possession and/or use of candles, incense, oil lamps, or any items that produce an open flame are prohibited in all university housing.

Paths of Egress/Entrance

Students in no way can obstruct the safe and efficient egress or entrance in rooms in any way, including the corridor and windows.

RH 9: Furniture

Students may not remove University property from its designated location.  This includes residence hall furniture and furnishings from rooms, lounges, or other spaces. Residents may have non-University issued furniture in their rooms provided it does not create a fire hazard or other safety hazard. Residents may not make repairs, modifications, or alterations, to any University property or furniture. Residents must follow all guidelines for lofting beds as established by the Office of Housing and Residential Life.

Students are not permitted to have waterbeds or beds larger than twin-size in the residence halls.

RH 10: Guests/Host Responsibilities

Note: Due to current COVID restrictions, guest permissions are currently limited. In the residence halls, no guests outside of those currently living in the hall are permitted. In the University Operated Apartments, no guests outside of current residents of the apartment are permitted.

A guest is any person who visits a room, suite, apartment, or any residence hall/university operated apartment facility where they do not live or have an assigned space. A host is a resident of a room, suite, apartment, or building who has invited guests. Hosts are responsible for the actions of their guests and are expected to remain with their guests at all times. Guests may not be in a building or room unaccompanied. Hosts must have permission of all room occupants to have a guest over. If a guest is asked to leave by an occupant who is not the host, the guest must comply. Hosts may not have overnight guests for more than two consecutive nights and may not have more than two guests at one time. Residents may not host guests who have been restricted from any residence hall/university operated apartment. Under no circumstance will guests be issued keys, access cards, or mattresses.

All guests who will be in a residence hall between midnight and 8:00am must be registered as an overnight guest with an RA by midnight.  All registered guests will be issued a registration confirmation.  Guests must keep this registration confirmation with them at all times and it must be shown upon request to any University personnel.   

RH 11: On-Campus Boarding Policy (Housing Policy)

All first time, first semester students under the age of 21 are required to live on campus at Radford University for at least four consecutive full semesters.

Exemptions to this policy may be granted if the student:

1.    Lives with relatives (immediate family members such as grandparent or sibling) or legal guardians who are age 21 or over and are permanent residents within commuting distance of the University (1 hr. drive time or 60 miles).

2.    Is currently or previously married.

3.    Has served at least one year active duty in military forces.

4.  Is student teaching or participating in a University sponsored internship that requires the student to live outside of the commuting radius.

5.    Has received permission from the Director of Housing & Residential Life or appropriate designee.         

RH 12: Noise

As the residence halls are part of an academic environment, residents and guests must be considerate of noise, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Noise, including but not limited to voices, amplified music, televisions, musical instruments, computers, alarm clocks, and radios, must be maintained at a level that does not disturb other residents. Residents may not amplify sound from windows to the outside. Residents are expected to comply with staff to lower noise levels.

During Quiet Hours, noise that can be heard outside of a room or building is prohibited. All other times are considered Courtesy Hours.

Normal designated Quiet Hours are as follows:

Sunday-Thursday: 8:00 pm – 9:00 am

Friday – Saturday: 12:00 am – 9:00 am

Quiet Hours at other times, such as finals week, may be designated and posted by the Office of Housing and Residential Life.

RH 13: Roofs, Balconies, Ledges and Restricted Areas   

Students are not permitted on any roof, balcony, ledge, or other restricted area. Students may not climb on, or over balconies, to enter or exit a room, apartment, or building. Students may not throw, drop, or otherwise dispose of anything from elevated locations.

RH 14: Room Assignment
Students many not live in or occupy any residence hall room or university-operated apartment space other than one’s assigned location.

RH 15: Room Responsibility
Students are responsible for behaviors which are in violation of the Standards of Student Conduct that occur in a student room or common area.

RH 16: Room/Suite Capacities
Students may not have more than 6 people present per residence hall room and/or 12 people present per residence hall suite. The maximum capacity for a university- operated apartment is 12 individuals.

RH 17: Screens, Windows

Screens may not be removed from windows in any residence hall. Students may not enter or exit rooms, suites, or apartments through windows. Students may not hang items out windows. Students may not throw, drop, or otherwise dispose of anything out a window.

RH 18: Smoking

Smoking is prohibited in University buildings, designated non-smoking areas on campus or at entrances or within 25 feet from the perimeter of any residence hall. Smoking is to include any type of lighted or heated tobacco product as well as smoking substances that are not tobacco.  This includes hookahs, vaporizers, and electronic smoking device or instruments.