Residential Life: Health and Safety: Crookston

Erica Claybrook-Cookman
Effective Date
Last Revised

Policy Statement

Students are considered adults and University-student relations are founded on this principle. All residence hall students are governed by the University Student Conduct Code. The regulations and the judicial process by which a case is heard and settled are described in the code itself. The regulations which follow pertain specifically to residence hall living, whenever students are on the grounds or within the residence hall system. If any of these regulations are violated, the student’s case will be handled by the University, either through an administrative process or through a student judicial board.

Any student offense not covered by residence hall regulations which would endanger the safety or well-being of other residents or the residence hall system (e.g., tampering with mechanical or fire alarm/safety systems, disorderly conduct, weapons) could result in interim suspension from the residence hall or relocation to another residence hall.

Specific regulations that pertain to residence hall living in particular allow for local adjudication through administrative processes or student judicial board.

Alcohol Possession and Consumption

Residents are not permitted to possess or consume of alcohol beverages and/or possess of any type of alcohol containers on University premises, which include the grounds, residence halls and parking lots. Displays of beer cans or liquor bottles are not permitted. Students do not need to be in possession of nor consuming alcohol to be held responsible for their actions. If students are in the presence of others violating the alcohol policy in their resident room, the resident and the other student(s) is subject to disciplinary consequences. It is strongly recommended that students distance themselves from policy violators or contact a Community Adviser. Residents violating the alcohol policy will be referred for disciplinary action.

Controlled Substances

The possession and/or use of any controlled substance or drug paraphernalia is strictly prohibited on campus. Controlled substances are defined as any substance deemed illegal to possess and/or distribute. Controlled substances include but are not limited to the categories of: stimulants, depressants, hallucinogens, narcotics and intoxicants. Under this policy a student will lose their privilege to reside on campus, will be referred to the Director of Counseling, and the Crookston Police Department will be contacted.

Students will also be found in violation of the controlled substances policy when intangible evidence such as odor is discovered. Under this policy a student will be placed on conduct probation with subsequent violations resulting in removal from the residence halls, referral to the Director of Counseling, and the Crookston Police Department will be notified.

Explosive Materials

Residents are prohibited from possessing or exploding firecrackers, fireworks, or any other explosive material that may create a safety or fire hazard.

Fire Regulations and Fire Alarms

Individuals are prohibited from tampering with any fire alarm mechanism or fire extinguisher, sign and designation of the overall fire alarm system in the building. Items must not be hung from sprinkler pipes or fixtures. Smoke detectors must not be covered. Candles and incense are prohibited and will be confiscated immediately and without warning. Halogen lights, candle warmers, lava lamps, or other devices that impose a fire hazard warning are not allowed. No live Christmas trees may have lights displayed upon them.

Residential Life or Security Services must be notified immediately of any possible faulty smoke detectors.

Every student is required to evacuate building if a fire alarm sounds. Staff may have to enter rooms to ensure evacuation. Students cannot re-enter a building until permitted by hall staff.

Individuals who violate any of the prohibitions above will be imposed a fine and possible immediate dismissal from the hall as well as possible legal action.

Hazardous Appliances

Residents are provided from having hazardous electrical appliances with open heating elements, cooking appliances or open flames to include, but not limited to, toaster ovens, certain coffee pots, and certain space heaters. Large appliances are not permitted in individual rooms, including air conditioners, freezers and full sized fridges not provided by the University. Extension cords are allowed but are not allowed to run under floor mats.

Parental Notification

The Director of Residential Life or designee may notify the parents or legal guardians of students when the health and well being of a student is determined to be at risk. This includes:

  • suicide situations or when students are doing harm to themselves:
  • when students are missing and their whereabouts are unknown;
  • when students are hospitalized; or,
  • when students are incapacitated requiring EMTs to be called to the scene.

The University reserves the right not to notify parents or legal guardian.

Possession of Weapons

Student residents are prohibited from possessing of guns, ammunition, making of bullets for any kind of weapons or weapons including but not limited to paint, air-soft, pellet guns, darts, squirt guns, bows & arrows, toy guns, taser guns, large knives and swords in the student rooms or anywhere on residence hall premises with the exception of Security Storage lockers in Centennial Hall 1110, 2900 University Avenue when checking in/out a gun, bow & arrows or other weapons.

Residents must check in and stored their weapons with the Residential Life Office in Centennial Hall. Weapons must be unloaded and have a trigger lock mechanism installed when transporting weapon to and from vehicle. (Complete guidelines are available from the CA or Residential Life Office.) See below for the check-in and checkout procedures.

Residents who violate this policy will have a fine imposed and possible immediate dismissal from the halls.

Requests for Identification

Authorized resident hall officials have the authority to request identification from individuals in resident halls. Individuals who refuse to identify themselves or falsely identifying themselves, are violating this policy and will be removed from residence halls.

Tampering with Mechanical or Electrical Units

Residents are prohibited from tampering with any mechanical or electrical units within the residence hall. Residents who violate this policy will be imposed a fine.

Reason for Policy

Provides the standards for students to follow to help ensure a safe and healthy living and learning experience in the residence halls.


Primary Contact(s) Erica Claybrook-Cookman [email protected]

Policy History

March 2016

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