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Community Behavioral Standards

Our expectations are based on a concern for and acceptance of responsibility to educate those living in the University’s residence halls and apartments. This process is a collaborative effort between Housing staff and residents. It is a system built upon respect for the rights and the responsibilities of all parties. 

The philosophy of this system places primary emphasis on an educational and developmental process. An increased understanding of self and others and a positive change in behavior is the ultimate desired outcome.

RESPECTFUL COMMUNITY

Community standards are intended to ensure a respectful community for all residents, guests, and staff so community members:

  1. Develop acceptance and tolerance for differences that do not produce detrimental effects within the residential community.
  2. Modify behavior that is or may be harmful to others or destructive to property belonging to other residents, their guests, or the University community.
  3. Hold their peers responsible for their behavior with a primary emphasis on an educational resolution of complaints against individuals. There is also an understanding that violations can occur that are so detrimental to the community that the housing contract of a resident may be suspended or terminated in order to maintain a respectful residential environment.
  4. Continue the development of residents with the understanding that development is:
    Continuous—requiring continuing, appropriate enforcement of the Community Behavioral Standards as defined on this webpage as well as individual hall/apartment complex regulations;

    Consistent—requiring a reasonable effort to maintain the regular enforcement of standards throughout the residential communities. When violations occur, there must be a reasonably consistent and appropriate use of sanctions for those residents who are found responsible for violations;

    Influenced by the environment—requiring an immediate definition of standards through the specific regulations by Community Advisor (CA) staff at initial house/floor meetings and by staff and residents who work and live with students.

SHARED RESPONSIBILITY

Ensuring the integrity of our standards is the shared responsibility of the following people:

Residents
Each resident needs to accept responsibility for informing their peers of the effect of their behavior on themselves and the rest of the community. A resident who is responsible for a violation of standards needs to accept responsibility for their actions and engage in appropriate behavioral changes.

Building Staff
Staff are expected to exercise fair and impartial enforcement of standards for all members of the community and report promptly and accurately all alleged violations.

Residence Directors and Assistant Residence Directors
Ensure prompt investigation and fair and impartial informal resolution (administrative conference) to resolve complaints, provide sanctions when appropriate, and supervise staff to ensure that standards are appropriately, consistently, and fairly enforced.

Hearing Officers and the Student Conduct Board
Proper training ensures due process is provided, that residents appearing before the board are heard fairly, and that appropriate sanctions are imposed when responsibility is determined.

Student Conduct Coordinator
This role diligently oversees the operation of the conduct system, train staff and Student Conduct Board members in their roles and responsibilities as part of the conduct system, fairly allege violations of individuals through complaints, and review the resulting decisions, holding staff accountable for their actions in this area.

Policies and Process

The following policies and expectations for residential communities are a binding part of the Housing contract.

Questions? Contact your Community Advisor, Residence Director, Assistant Residence Director, or email [email protected]. For a more complete understanding of expectations and disciplinary procedures, review the University Student Conduct Code online or request a copy from the Office for Community Standards.

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Student Conduct Process
Review the process for students involved in a housing incident report.
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Housing Contract
Review terms, provisions, and payment information to secure your housing space.
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Rules and Policies
We value the health and safety of all community members and expect residents to support Housing rules and University policies.

Help Your Neighbor

Medical Amnesty for Alcohol-Related Health Emergencies

Acute intoxication is a serious matter. It is the cause of numerous injuries and deaths across the United States every year. If you see another student or member of the University community who is in need of medical care and support related to the consumption of alcohol or other substances, seek help immediately by calling 911. If an emergency happens in the residential community, contact UMPD by calling 911 and alert the Community Advisor on duty in the building.

The University of Minnesota's Student Conduct Code and Housing & Residential Life's Community Behavioral Standards are aligned with Minnesota's Medical Amnesty statutes in both spirit and substance. This means that Housing & Residential Life will not apply disciplinary sanctions for underage possession and consumption of alcohol if a student contacts a 911 operator to report that they or another student is in need of medical assistance for an immediate health or safety concern. To be eligible for Medical Amnesty under state law and institutional policy, the following conditions must apply:

  • The student who initiates contact must be the first person to make such a report;
  • This student must provide a name and contact information;
  • This student must remain on the scene until assistance arrives; and
  • This student, the individual in need of care, and any other helpers must cooperate with authorities.

The student who receives medical assistance and up to two "helpers" acting in concert with the student initiating contact with a 911 operator shall also be immune from disciplinary sanctions.

Because Housing & Residential Life recognizes the potential application of disciplinary sanctions could deter students from seeking medical attention for themselves or others, we will apply Medical Amnesty when the above conditions are met. However, a student requiring emergency evaluation or treatment at a medical facility may be required to complete an alcohol assessment or education program. This is not considered a disciplinary response, but rather an educational intervention aimed at reducing the harmful effects of alcohol use on the individual student and their residential community.

Please remember that whether alcohol is involved or not, Gophers are active bystanders. Help keep each other safe.

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