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Policies & Conduct



Resident Living Agreement

We want the living and learning experience of our residents to be as successful and comfortable as possible.  For this reason, all students living in a suite at NYU Washington, DC will complete a Resident Living Agreement, which will be provided by the Residential Life staff. This agreement will engage roommates/suitemates in a discussion about what everyone needs to be comfortable in their living environment.

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Room Changes


Our ability to accommodate room/building changes is based solely on the availability of space. During the first three weeks of each semester, a "room freeze" is in effect.  This period allows for the staff to take an inventory of occupancy and vacancies and for residents to settle into their spaces and get to know their roommate and suitemates.  During this time, students may submit room change requests; however, changes will not begin until the freeze is over.  For the Spring semester, the room freeze will end on February 19 for NYU residents and on January 27 for Non-NYU residents.

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Prior to your arrival, the NYU Washington DC staff checked your rooms, noting any damages and work requests.  At the end of the semester, any damages not previously noted or reported during the semester will be charged to the resident(s) responsible.  If the damages are in a suite and it is unclear who was responsible, the cost will be shared among all of the residents living in the suite.

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Condition of Premises

  • You shall maintain the room in a clean, safe, and undamaged condition at all times.  You and any other persons assigned to the room shall be jointly responsible for cleaning and maintaining any kitchens, bathrooms, or other common areas. 
  • You shall not alter the room or any furnishings therein in any way without written consent from the NYU Washington DC staff.
  • When you vacate your assigned space, you shall remove all your personal property and leave the room and any furnishings clean and in the same condition they were in when you commenced occupancy, ordinary wear and tear accepted.  You agree that NYU Washington, DC may promptly dispose of any personal property left in the room after the end of the License Period.  NYU Washington, DC staff will assess cleaning, repair, and disposal charges equally among all those assigned to the room, unless individual responsibility is established before departure. 
  • Charges for damage to any public area or furnishings in a housing facility may be assessed, in NYU Washington DC’s sole discretion, against any or all of those assigned to the floor or to the entire facility.

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A guest is defined as anyone who does not reside at NYU Washington, DC.

Short-Term Guests

A resident is permitted to have no more than four (4) short-term guests between the hours of 9:00am and 11:00pm on weeknights (Sunday-Thursday) and 9:00am and 1:00am on weekends (Friday and Saturday), provided that there is no interference with the rights of a roommate or suitemate.  Hosts must sign their guests in and out at the Security Office in the lobby.  Guests must leave valid state or university-issued photo IDs at the security desk during their stays.  Hosts will be responsible for ensuring their guests comply with the rules of the residence and will ultimately be responsible for their guest’s actions while signed in at NYU Washington, DC.  No short-term guest will be able to enter NYU Washington, DC or receive their ID upon exiting without the presence of their host.

Overnight Guests

Residents may allow guests to stay overnight in their rooms.  However, to preserve roommates’ rights and community standards in the residence halls, the number of overnight guests and the frequency of overnight visits are limited.  Overnight guests are subject to the same procedures and conditions for short-term guests as outlined above.  In addition, the following procedures and conditions apply to overnight guests:

  • An overnight guest is any guest who is present in a residence hall between 11:00pm and 9:00am on weeknights (Sunday-Thursday) and 1:00am and 9:00am on weekends (Friday and Saturday).
  • A host may not have more than three (3) overnight guests at one time.
  • A host may not have an overnight guest for more than three (3) consecutive nights.
  • A host may host overnight guests no more than six (6) nights per calendar month, whether with the same or different guests.
  • The same individual may not be an overnight guest for more than six (6) nights per calendar month, whether with the same or different resident hosts.
  • The privilege of hosting overnight guests is extended with the understanding that roommates will communicate and agree on the time, date, frequency, and duration of each other’s visitors.  Residents are expected to be courteous to one another, show willingness to make compromises, and act in good faith when sharing a living space.  The residential life staff may restrict or prohibit overnight guests in a particular room if the roommates cannot come to a reasonable agreement about visitation.
  • Exceptions to these procedures must be approved by the Residential Life Coordinator


Guest Pass


In order to make it easier for overnight visitors to access the center, residents should request and complete a Guest Pass.  Residents can pick up Guest Passes from the Residential Life Coordinator’s office on the 2nd floor or the Resource Room during their hours of operation.  The completed Guest Pass must be turned in at least 24 hours prior to the arrival of your guest(s) to the Residential Life Coordinator’s Office to be considered for approval.  When signing the guest in, hosts will present approved Guest Passes to the Security Officers on duty.  The Security Officers on duty will keep one piece of the Guest Pass and give the other piece to the guest.  This will allow the guest to keep their ID and enter or exit the building without their host.  The other Overnight Guest policies still apply.

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Smoking is prohibited in all areas of all University residence halls.  Smoking may not occur within 20 feet of any building entrance, covered walkway or ventilation system.  Pipes, bongs, hookahs, and other smoking devices are not permitted in the residence halls.


Students who are of legal drinking age may only possess and consume alcohol if they can do so responsibly and within limits in accordance with the following:


  •   Alcohol is prohibited in common spaces such as hallways and lounges, common area refrigerators, food service areas, lobbies, or outdoor areas.
  • Inebriation is prohibited publicly and on NYU-owned or leased property, in accordance with NYU DC policy and local DC laws.
  • Students who possess alcohol are responsible for its legal, responsible use, including taking precautions to prevent the abuse and possession of alcohol by underage students and guests as well as calling for assistance if someone is ill or in danger.
  • Kegs or devices that permit purchase, storage, and distribution of alcohol in bulk quantities, or that allow unregulated access to alcohol by any means, are prohibited.
  • Devices that facilitate rapid consumption (funnel bongs, etc.) are also prohibited.
  • Participation in activities that facilitate or promote the rapid, dangerous, and/or forced consumption of alcohol (i.e. drinking games) is also prohibited.
  • Consumption of alcohol at NYU Washington, DC’s catered, public events is only permitted by those of legal age with a valid state-issued ID within the approved physical boundaries for consuming alcohol.

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Illegal or Controlled Substance Policy – Marijuana

Marijuana is an illegal substance in Washington, DC and is prohibited in the residence halls.  Any resident who is found to be in possession of, in the presence of, or using marijuana will face disciplinary action and possible criminal charges.  Water pipes, bongs, hookahs, and other paraphernalia commonly associated with drug use also are prohibited in the residence halls.

Other Controlled Substances Policy


The possession or use of narcotics and/or other controlled substances without a valid prescription, or misuse of prescribed medication, in the residence halls is prohibited. Residents are expected to obey Federal and State Laws regarding the use, possession, sale and distribution of controlled substances.

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Lock Outs

If a student is locked out of their room, they should contact the staff member on call.  Lockout assistance is provided every two (2) hours beginning between 8:00am and 12:00am.  After 12:00am, the staff member on call will provide lockout assistance at 3am and 6am.  Students who are provided lockout assistance after 12:00am will be charged a $25 fee.


Lost Keys/ Lock Change


In the event that a resident loses their room key(s), a $75 fee/key will be assessed to the student’s account.

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Health & Safety Inspections

The residential life staff will conduct health and safety inspections monthly to assess the state of residential space. Residents will be notified of health and safety inspections at least 24 hours prior.

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Staff Access

Staff members reserve the right to enter residential rooms for reasons including, but not limited to:

  • Suspected ongoing policy violations
  • Concern for health & safety of student
  • Monthly health & safety inspections (advanced notice will be given)

For non- immediate needs, students will receive advanced notice.

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Fire Safety Policy

Residents will receive residence hall specific information about fire safety and evacuation procedures at the beginning of each semester.  It is extremely important that residents familiarize themselves and their guests with all applicable fire safety procedures in their assigned building.  Residents who fail to comply fully with applicable fire safety procedures, such as those who fail to abide by building emergency evacuation procedures or who otherwise violate rules and regulations related to fire safety, will be subject to student conduct action.  All NYU owned or leased buildings are equipped with fire alarms that are tested regularly.


In general, residents are expected to maintain adequate standards of cleanliness to avoid fire hazards, and must not obstruct sidewalks, entrances, passages, heating/air conditioning vents, fire escapes, elevators, lobbies, stairways, corridors or halls with personal property.  The following items are prohibited in the residence halls and will be confiscated:

  • Flammable decorations
  • Natural or artificial evergreens
  • Electric heaters, air conditioners, hot plate burners
  • Halogen lighting equipment
  • Candles, incense, outdoor grills, or any other type of open flame or open coil device
  • Explosives, fireworks, firearms, or ammunition
  • Any object found to block easy egress from a resident’s room as deemed by staff

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Laundry facilities are located on the B3 level of the facility.  Students are responsible for their own laundry.  NYU Washington, DC is not responsible for lost items.  Students should be courteous and remove their items from the laundry machines in a timely manner.

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Residents are expected to keep sound to reasonable levels and to comply with requests to reduce sound levels that are intrusive.  The use of amplifiers or P.A. systems in the residence halls is prohibited.  Pianos are not permitted in residence hall rooms.  Musical instruments may be played only in designated practice areas.  Such space may not be available in all residence halls.  Residents must observe 24-hour quiet hours during University designated examination periods.  The residential life staff may specify other quiet hour periods.

Quiet Hours

Sunday – Thursday: 11pm – 9am

Friday and Saturday: 1am – 9am

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NYU Study Abroad Standard

The following Study Abroad Standard* applies to all students attending NYU Study Abroad Programs:

“Students attending New York University Study Abroad Programs are expected to show both within and without the University such respect for order, morality, personal integrity, and the rights of others as is expected of good citizens. Failure to adhere to this Standard will be sufficient cause for disciplinary action and possible removal from the University and Study Abroad Programs.”

The Study Abroad Standard is applicable in a variety of situations.  Actions that may be in violation of it include, but are not limited to:

  • Physical assault or posing a danger to physical well-being of others;
  • Property damage and attempts to damage University, third party or public property;
  • Theft of University and non-University property, such as street signs, furniture or personal belongings;
  • Forgery, plagiarism or cheating;
  • Sexual harassment and other sexual misconduct;
  • Misrepresentation in seeking financial aid, University housing, or other University benefits;
  • Misuse of University computer equipment or systems;
  • Behavior under the influence of alcohol or drugs which poses a danger to self or others or reflects negatively upon the University; and
  • Sending threatening or obscene messages to another student via e-mail, telephone or voice-mail.

Because of the global nature and individual customs of NYU Study Abroad Programs, there is no common penalty, which applies to violations of the Study Abroad Standard.  Infractions may lead to penalties ranging from formal warning and community service to expulsion.  In each case the nature and seriousness of the offence, the motivation underlying the offence, and precedent in similar cases will be considered.

Students that violate the Study Abroad Standard, whether or not expelled from the site at which the violation occurred, may have admission offers to future study abroad sites rescinded at the sole discretion of the University. 

* Adapted from The Standard at Stanford University.


University-Wide Policies

Visit the University Student Conduct Policies webpage for information about university-wide policies such as academic integrity, non-discrimination, bias, copyrighted materials, service animals, and more.

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