Our staff is excited to have you as a member of our on-campus living community. As a student at Boise State University, not only are you a member of the larger university community, but also a member of the community that exists within your residence hall, suite, or apartment building. Housing and Residence Life Community Standards and university policies are designed to provide a clear picture of what is expected of you as a resident.
Living in close quarters with people can be an amazing experience but can also present certain challenges. Every person comes from a different background and brings a different set of experiences and expectations for living on-campus housing. Housing and Residence Life Community Standards and university policies are intended to give you, your roommate(s) and your neighbors a common set of expectations by which you can all live and learn together in order to achieve academic success, develop lasting friendships, and continue to build your skills so you are well prepared for your career after graduation.
It is the responsibility of each individual to know and abide by these Community Standards, in addition to the Student Code of Conduct maintained by the Dean of Students’ office. In order to carry on the work of teaching, research, and public service, Boise State University faculty, staff, administrators, and students have an obligation to maintain conditions under which the university’s work can proceed freely. This is done in accordance with the highest standards of quality, institutional integrity, freedom of expression, and with full recognition by all concerned, of the rights and privileges, as well as the responsibilities of those who comprise the university community. Each member of our community shares the responsibility of maintaining an environment conducive to the achievement of the university’s mission.
Being a member of a community means understanding and adhering to community standards, policies, regulations, and procedures, as well as being an active participant in the positive development and well-being of that community. One community expectation is to ensure that community standards are upheld. As a community member, you are responsible for your (and your guest’s) behavior and the choices you make. It is our hope that you will choose to abide by all university and Housing and Residence Life procedures, regulations, and community standards. Housing and Residence Life, in conjunction with the Dean of Students office, has a conduct system in place to confront and address policy and Community Standard violations.
If you are ever in the presence of an alleged violation, you have some choices:
- You may attempt to stop the behavior or alleged violation, and/or
- You may contact Housing and Residence Life staff or Campus Security at (208) 426-6911, and/or
- You may remove yourself from the situation.
It is important to note that your involvement, in any capacity, will result in being a part of the documented incident. You may be asked to speak with a member of Housing and Residence Life or the Dean of Students office regarding the alleged misconduct of yourself or others.
As a member of Boise State University Housing and Residence Life’s community, you are afforded certain individual rights that your roommate(s) and those living around you should respect; however, these rights carry with them a reciprocal responsibility for you. Your responsibilities ensure that your roommate(s), suite/quad/apartment mates, floor mates, and other community members are afforded the same rights regardless of their gender, race, creed, religion, sexual orientation, cultural background, beliefs, values or attitudes. When you meet your responsibilities, you will be helping make the university and residential communities a great place to live where all students can be successful!
To a significant extent, your success will depend on your ability to understand and balance the rights and responsibilities aspects of your college experience. University staff members do not assume the role of a campus parent, and you will seldom be told what to do or what not to do with regard to your personal behavior. The obvious exception, as with society at large, is when individual behavior threatens the health and safety of yourself, others, or the community or begins to disrupt the academic pursuits of others within the residence halls.
Housing and Residence Life staff does not, nor cannot, guarantee you will retain each of these rights at all times. You share the responsibility. You can help ensure that these rights will be honored through thoughtful discussion and open communication with roommates, suite/quad/apartment mates, floor/court mates, and other community members.
Housing and Residence Life staff is committed to offering you an inclusive environment that will allow you to take healthy risks, grow and participate in enriching and challenging activities. You have the choice to passively exist or take full advantage of your living environment by participating in activities, standing up for yourself and others, and speaking up for what you believe has value.
The following is a listing of your “rights” (things to which you are entitled as a student living in one of our housing communities) as well as your “responsibilities” (what is expected of you as a member of a residential community). These rights and responsibilities are not legally binding, but they are meant to complement the formal Community Standards and university policies:
- YOU HAVE THE RIGHT to a safe and secure living environment.
- YOU HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY to keep your living space secured, and to not prop doors open or allow in strangers. You also have a responsibility to uphold all policies and procedures. Violations of the Community Standards may put yourself and others at risk.
- YOU HAVE THE RIGHT to a reasonably peaceful and quiet space in which you can sleep and study.
- YOU HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY to observe quiet hours, to keep your stereo, television, computer and your voice at a reasonable volume in your living environment, and to remind your guests and others that you expect the same of them, regardless of the time of day.
- YOU HAVE THE RIGHT to privacy and to the fair use of your room, both in terms of space and time, and the right to be free of unwanted guests in your room.
- YOU HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY to let your roommate know of your wishes and preference for hours of sleep, study, and visitation, and to work through any difference you may have in a peaceful manner. You also have a responsibility to make sure your guests do not violate your roommate’s rights or interfere with his/her use of your living space.
- YOU HAVE THE RIGHT to respectfully confront another person’s behavior when it infringes on your rights.
- YOU HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY to examine your own behavior when confronted by another and to work toward resolving conflicts.
- YOU HAVE THE RIGHT to the assistance of a Resident Assistant, Resident Director, or other Housing and Residence Life staff members when you need help with a problem;
- YOU HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY to notify a staff person of your problem and request assistance in a timely manner and to cooperate with those involved as they work with you as you solve your problem.
- YOU HAVE THE RIGHT to know what is acceptable and/ or inappropriate behavior in your living environment.
- YOU HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY to read the information provided for you by Boise State University. This includes, but is not limited to your Housing License/Lease Agreement, Community Standards, and Code of Conduct. You may report any violation, whether or not you were personally affected by it.
In addition to the aforementioned rights and responsibilities, you have additional rights and responsibilities outlined in the Student Code of Conduct with which you should be familiar.