Residence Hall Handbook

All residents of the Center for Global Scholars (CGS) are also subject to the Pierce College Student Code of Conduct. The Residence Hall Handbook is additional and relates specifically to the CGS Residence Hall. The Residence Hall Handbook is subject to change and is posted on the International Education’s website.

1. Alcohol and Other Controlled Substances

The Center for Global Scholars residence hall is controlled substances free. The possession or use of alcoholic beverages and illegal drugs is not permitted in the residence hall. This includes all students regardless of age.

Use, abuse, possession, manufacturing, or distribution of illegal (under federal or state law) drugs including but not limited to marijuana, narcotics, methamphetamines, cocaine, opiates, LSD, mushrooms, heroin, designer drugs such as Ecstasy and GHB, or other controlled substances is prohibited. Use, abuse, or possession of prescription drugs other than for the person prescribed, or for use other than the prescribed purpose is prohibited. Abuse of over the counter drugs or inhalants is prohibited. Possession or use of drug paraphernalia including but not limited to equipment, products, and materials used to cultivate, manufacture, distribute, or use illegal drugs is also prohibited.

Medical and Recreational Marijuana

The possession of a medical marijuana permit does not allow for the possession or use of marijuana in the residence hall. Marijuana obtained for medicinal purposes cannot be stored or used in the residence hall. Recreational marijuana use, possession, and distribution is also a violation of the Residence Hall Handbook and the Student Code of Conduct.

Assisting someone else in concealing alcohol and controlled substances or its effect on an individual, or any other violation of CGS policies due to alcohol consumption on the premises also constitutes a violation of this policy.

2. Smoking

CGS is a nicotine-free facility. No nicotine related products are allowed on the property except for medically prescribed smoking cessation products.

3. Checking In and Out

  1. Opening and closing dates for the residence halls are published on International Education’s Residence Hall web page. Students may not check-in early or check-out late. Additional charges may be incurred in the event such a request is approved or granted.
  2. Students will be provided with a blank Room Condition Form when checking in and they are responsible for checking the room carefully, accurately and thoroughly recording the condition of the room and its furnishings, completing and returning the Room Condition Form, and reporting any preexisting damages to a CGS staff member immediately. Upon check-out, students will be charged for all damages beyond normal wear and tear not recorded on the Room Condition Form.
  3. The residence hall is closed during the summer vacation period.
  4. All residents must check-out by noon the day after their last final exam at the end of the quarter. All residents must schedule their check-out in accordance with their agreement and any guidelines provided by CGS staff. Failure to follow proper check-out procedures will result in a minimum $25 fine.

4. Common Areas and Community Furniture

  1. Furniture: No residence hall common use furniture or property is to be removed from any area without authorization from a CGS staff member. Individuals discovered with common use furniture or property in their rooms or possession will be charged $25 per piece of furniture/property per day and may receive additional disciplinary sanctions.
  2. Walkways: No residence hall furniture/property, personal property, or trash is permitted on the exterior walkways. Individuals or rooms discovered in violation of this policy will be charged $25 per piece of furniture/property/trash per day and may receive additional disciplinary sanctions.
  3. Kitchens: Individuals using the kitchen at CGS must clean up after themselves. No dishes, food, garbage, or other items may be left in the sink or on countertops. Such items will be discarded or confiscated, and individuals or the community may be fined. Continued misuse of the community kitchen may result in its closure to specific individuals or the entire community. All food in common refrigerators or storage must be clearly labeled with name and date. Old and/or un-labeled food will be discarded.
  4. Laundry Rooms: Laundry facilities at CGS are located on site. The laundry machines are operated by a debit or credit card.
  5. When using laundry facilities, students are encouraged to stay with their clothing to protect against theft.
    1. As a common courtesy, residents should remove their laundry promptly when the cycle has finished so others can have access to washers and dryers. Belongings left in the laundry rooms longer than 24 hours may be collected and/or discarded.
    2. The laundry rooms are for resident use only. If non-residents are found using laundry facilities, CGS staff should be notified immediately.

5. Computers, Internet and Wi-Fi

  1. When using the internet, residents should recognize that what they do individually can impact the entire network should worms, viruses, or other harmful programs be introduced to the online community. Likewise, the use of unauthorized routers and wireless devices can disrupt service and are consequently prohibited in the residence halls.
  2. All students utilizing the CGS network are expected to review and adhere to practices in the Residence Hall Handbook.
  3. Sending personally identifiable information across the internet may increase students’ risk of identity theft and they are discouraged from doing so. Entering a room or cell phone number to some sites can result in charges unknowingly being billed to a student or to CGS. Students may be held responsible for charges billed to CGS, even if they are unintentional.

6. Damage and Vandalism

  1. CGS does not assume financial responsibility for damage caused by students. Damage in a student’s room or common area is the responsibility of the occupant(s) or community. Damage to the corridors, landscaping, entrances, bathrooms, lounges, and other common areas may be the responsibility of an individual, room, or the entire hall, as circumstances dictate. If the person responsible for damage or vandalism cannot be identified, the repair charges and/or fines may be assessed to the smallest possible denomination of students who should be held responsible. By the same token, if those responsible for damage to public areas of the halls cannot be identified and there is no clear “sub-community” associated with it, the cost of repairs will be divided among all residents living in the hall and additional fines or penalties may be imposed.
  2. Normal wear and tear to CGS property is expected; however, excessive damage, filth, or vandalism will be billed directly to the student(s) responsible and further disciplinary action may be taken. Each student is responsible for any damage that occurs in their own room/common area or damage they cause in public areas. Damage or cleaning charges in shared rooms will be split evenly between roommates unless the person responsible comes forward. If an individual who does not live in the room causes damage and can be identified, that person will be billed. If the person responsible cannot be identified for any reason, the resident(s) of the room will be billed.

7. Guest and Visitation Policy

All guests need to check into the front desk during desk hours. No guests are permitted on site outside of desk hours and during quiet hours. All guests must be accompanied and with the resident they are visiting at all times.

Residents must bring their guest(s) visiting during designated times to the CGS front desk staff to present a valid photo ID to receive a guest pass. The photo ID will remain at the desk with staff until the guest(s) departs. Guests need to retrieve their identification from the desk staff and return their guest pass. No guests can be in the building at CGS during quiet hours. Sunday-Thursday night, all guests must leave CGS by 10:00pm. Friday-Saturday night, all guests must leave CGS by 11:00pm. No guests are permitted in CGS before 8:00am Monday-Friday or before 10:00am Saturday-Sunday.

8. Maintenance and Custodial Services

  1. If something in a residence hall room, or common area needs repair or replacement (light bulbs, smoke detector batteries, etc.), a work order can be submitted to your Resident Assistant (RA). Items that are a potential danger to residents’ health or safety such as a broken window or an electrical or plumbing problem, however, are cause to contact a Resident Assistant or CGS staff immediately.
  2. Residents are responsible for the cleanliness of their own rooms and bathrooms, for cleaning up after themselves in the common areas, and are required to deposit all personal trash in the dumpsters.

9. Noise and Quiet Hours

  1. The realities of living in a community require that individuals respect the community’s needs for the moderation of noise, regardless of quiet hours. Courtesy quiet hours are in effect at all times. Excessive noise is an infringement on the rights of other students. Music from a stereo, for instance, should not be heard outside of one’s room. If students choose to listen to music at a higher volume, they are encouraged to use headphones.
  2. Official quiet hours for all halls are:
    1. Sunday Night-Friday Morning: 10:00 pm to 8:00 am
    2. Friday Night-Sunday Morning: 11:00 pm to 10:00 am
    3. All other hours are considered courtesy hours.
  3. One week prior to and throughout finals week, 24 hour quiet hours are in effect. Any noise heard outside of rooms during this time may be a violation.

10. Quiet Room Use

  1. The quiet room is for personal spiritual, devotional or meditation use only. The quiet room must be used in the most respectful manner possible and should have an atmosphere of reasonable calmness and quiet at all times.
  2. Misuse of the quiet room will result in disciplinary sanctions and possible loss of use privileges.

11. Prohibited Items

  1. The following items are prohibited in the residence halls:
    1. Hot pots, hot plates, toaster ovens, space heaters, halogen lamps, lava lamps, candles, incense, hookahs, and any open element heating device or other fire hazard.
    2. Personal appliances not authorized by CGS.
    3. Weapons are not allowed in the residence halls or on campus as restricted by the College’s weapons policy.
      • In accordance with the WAC 132K-126-190 Student Code of Conduct Rules and regulations. Possession or use (to include exhibiting, displaying or drawing any weapon) of firearms, explosives, other weapons or dangerous chemicals or any other device or substance which can be used to inflict bodily harm on college premises or at college-sponsored or supervised activities, except for authorized college purposes or for law enforcement officers.
      • Other weapons including, but not limited to, rifles, shotguns, handguns, archery equipment, swords, knives, slingshots, nun chucks, fireworks or other explosives, paint ball guns, air-soft guns, pellet guns, or other explosive devices are not allowed in the residence halls or on campus.
      • Any item used to harm or threaten any individual or oneself is considered a weapon.
    4. Amplifiers, speakers greater than six inches in diameter, subwoofers, and unauthorized wireless internet routers.
    5. Alcohol and/or drug paraphernalia including, but not limited to, beer kegs, alcoholic beverage containers used for display, shot glasses, bongs, pipes, and grinders.
    6. Pets
    7. Beds, wardrobes, couches, and other large pieces of furniture that are already supplied by CGS or that may obstruct exits and create additional hazards.

b. Prohibited items found in the Residence Hall will be confiscated and disciplinary action will be taken.

12. Room Personalization

  1. CGS wants residents to feel at home. Items that may help create the atmosphere one wants may include: bedding (extra-long twin), books, bulletin or dry-erase boards, a computer, lamps, pictures, pillows, plants, a portable stereo, small bookshelves, television, and throw rugs.
  2. Residents may decorate their rooms to suit their personalities; however, furnishings and decorations should be discussed with roommates to ensure they are not offensive, burdensome, or objectionable.
  3. Decorations that are offensive or that contribute to creating a hostile environment for other residents may be removed, and residents responsible for them may be subject to disciplinary action.
  4. Residents may not paint, hang wallpaper, or make holes in the walls or doors.
  5. Fun-tack and painters’ tape are recommended to hang posters and other items. Duct, electrical, and Scotch tape and 3M adhesives are not allowed. Students are responsible for wall, window, door, and other damages regardless of the product used.
  6. Writing on walls or other surfaces of the Residence Hall with chalk, markers, cosmetics, or any other media is not permitted without CGS staff approval, except in designated areas.

13. Solicitation and Entrepreneurship

  1. Door-to-door sales and solicitation are not permitted in the Residence Hall. A CGS staff member should be immediately notified if an unauthorized person or group is in the Residence Hall.
  2. The use of CGS equipment, services, or funds for purposes of individual entrepreneurship is similarly prohibited. Residents may not sell items (including, but not limited to, crafts, food, music, or clothing) or provide services (including, but not limited to, babysitting, lessons, hair styling, or repair work) for profit within the Residence Hall.

14. Sports in Campus Residence Hall

  1. Sports activities including, but not limited, to Frisbee, football, golf, skateboarding, rollerblading, bike riding, basketball, wrestling, and soccer are not permitted in the Residence Hall due to the potential for property damage and personal injury.
  2. Bicycles may not be kept in hallways, lounges, entry ways, laundry rooms, or any other public areas of CGS. Bicycles should be stored in designated areas authorized by the Pierce College, including residents’ rooms. Abandoned bicycles become the property of the CGS and may be removed.
  3. Motorcycles, motorized scooters mopeds, and other gasoline engine powered engines may not be stored in the Residence Hall.

15. Windows, Doors, and Roofs

  1. The Residence Hall has many windows and doors. Residents are encouraged to keep windows closed and doors locked when away. Neither interior nor exterior doors should ever be propped open. Residents found propping exterior doors may receive disciplinary actions and/or be asked to vacate.
  2. Windows are not to be used to gain entrance to or exit a building or room. Sitting on or hanging from ledges or windows is prohibited. Residents are not to remove window screens, throw objects from windows, or hang anything outside of their rooms.
  3. Residence hall students and guests are not permitted on the roofs of the Residence Hall at any time, nor are they allowed to climb the halls’ exterior walls.

16. Egress Plan

An Evacuation Plan will be posted on the premises and an orientation provided to students at the beginning of each quarter.

17. Title IX

Discrimination and Harassment policy is posted on the Pierce College website as well as information and a link regarding the complaint procedure.

18. Accommodation for Residents with Disabilities

If you are a person with a disability and need accommodations related to Residence Hall contact the Access and Disability Services Office. ADS can be contacted at 253-964-6526.