Statement of Principles
New York University is committed to the overall educational and personal development of its students and views the unique experience of living in a residence hall as contributing significantly to such development. It is important to maintain an appropriate residence hall environment. To facilitate this process, every member of the residence hall community is expected to uphold certain responsibilities to ensure the growth and development of the Office of Residential Life and Housing Services’ mission. These responsibilities include:
- Recognizing one’s membership in a residential community
- Respecting all community members, including students, faculty, and staff
- Participation in the maintenance of the residential facility
- Informing the Office of Residential Life and Housing Services staff and/or Public Safety Officers about behavior that is disrespectful to community as well as situations that infringe on the safety of the community
- Avoiding any behavior that indicates or could be perceived as retaliation for the reporting of potential violations of community standards
- Supporting and honoring the diverse lifestyles and pursuits of individual members in the community
- Playing an active role in the social and intellectual life of the community
A detailed description of University policies governing student conduct policies and process is available on the Residence Hall Policies page. Behavioral guidelines specifically applicable to University housing are described below and in your housing license agreement. To achieve these goals, the University reserves the right to review all alleged violations of Office of Residential Life and Housing Services Policies, and to initiate disciplinary action and impose sanctions when appropriate. If you have questions about this information, contact your Residence Hall Director (RHD) or the Office of Residential Life and Housing Services (ORLHS) at 212-998-4600.
Residents are expected to familiarize themselves with the ORLHS policies, the University Policies and Procedures in the New York University Students Guide, and to also comply with applicable city, state, and federal law.
Please be advised that information concerning student conduct is made available to the NYU Office of Global Programs, which may affect a student's eligibility to participate in a Study Away program. Please consult the Study Away Admissions Policies online for more specific information.
Campus safety tips can be found on the NYU Public Safety page. Campus Safety statistics are available on the U.S. Department of Education's site, on Public Safety's Crime Reports & Statistics page, or by contacting Jay Zwicker in the Department of Public Safety.
Residents are expected to keep sound to reasonable levels and to comply with requests to reduce sound levels that are intrusive. 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. Contact the residence hall staff if you have any questions about these guidelines. Residents are responsible for complying with New York City ordinances that include additional restrictions on noise after 11 PM on weeknights and 1 AM on weekends. Residents must observe 24-hour quiet hours during University designated examination periods. The residence hall government with the approval of the Residence Hall Director may specify other quiet hour periods.
Smoking is prohibited in all areas of all University residence halls. Smoking may not occur within close proximity to or causing the obstruction of any building entrance, covered walkway or ventilation system. Pipes, bongs, hookahs, and other smoking devices are not permitted in the residence halls.
Fire Safety Policy
Residents will receive residence hall specific information about fire safety and evacuation procedures at the beginning of each term from their Resident Assistant (RA) or RHD. 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 other object found to block easy egress from a resident’s room as deemed by ORLHS staff
Students found in possession of prohibited items will be subject to student conduct action and referral to a fire safety education workshop. If you have any questions or concerns regarding fire safety, please contact your Residence Hall Director.
NYU Outside Furniture Policy
NYU Residential Life & Housing Services maintains a strict outside furniture policy to ensure fire safety and protect the cleanliness of the rooms. Additionally, outside furniture can contribute to pest problems. All rooms are furnished appropriately for its occupants with a desk, dresser, and bed.
Outside furniture is prohibited in the residence halls except for the following items:
- Desk chairs that do not have any fabric or upholstery
- Lamps (only non‐halogen bulbs)
- Media stand, book case, or night stand in which the total dimensions of each piece do not exceed 80 inches. Total inches can be calculated by adding the longest width, the longest height, and the longest depth together when fully extended (such as legs or sides)
Please keep in mind the following:
- Do not bring in items noted above, which are dirty or has been discarded (such as furniture left on the street). Such dirty or dilapidated items may have pests such as bedbugs and will not be allowed in the residence hall even if it meets guidelines.
- No upholstered furniture or furniture that requires cushions are allowed for any reason. This includes, but is not limited to dish/butterfly chairs, couches, futons, etc. Please consult with your roommate in making any decisions to bring in outside furniture. Also, it is recommended that you wait until you have stayed in your room for several nights before deciding to bring items.
- Residents are responsible to remove outside furniture from their room when they move out of the building or they will be charged for its removal. Residents will be charged for any outside furniture that causes pest problems. The Office of Residential Life and Housing Services may amend these guidelines at any time and reserves the right to require the immediate removal of any outside furniture for any reason.
Residents are required to abide by all New York State and New York University regulations regarding the use of alcohol. These rules specify that persons under 21 years of age are prohibited from possessing or consuming any alcoholic beverage. In residence halls, persons under the age of 21 are in violation of policy if found to be in the presence of alcohol.
Students who are of legal drinking age (21 years of age or older) may possess and consume alcoholic beverages (referred herein “alcohol”) within NYU residence halls in accordance with the following:
- Alcohol may be consumed only within assigned rooms or suites. Open containers of alcohol are prohibited in common spaces such as hallways and lounges, in public areas such as lobbies, or in outdoor areas adjacent to residence halls.
- Alcohol or alcoholic beverage containers may not be kept in any room whose residents are under the age of 21.
- Students of legal drinking age who bring alcohol into a residence hall or possess alcohol in a residence hall are responsible for its legal use. This includes taking reasonable precautions to prevent the possession of alcohol by underage students and guests.
- Kegs or devices that permit storage and distribution of alcohol in bulk quantities, or that allow unregulated access to alcohol by any means, are prohibited. Devices or mechanisms 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 prohibited.
- Alcohol may not be sold or distributed in the residence halls. This prohibition includes, but is not limited to: cash bars; events to which admission tickets are sold or fees are charged (e.g. entertainment charge or annual dues); fees for access to an open bar; and parties at which alcoholic beverages are served and for which contribution or donations to offset the costs of the party are sought.
- University funds allocated for hall government or programming activities may not be used for the purchase of alcohol.
- Residents are responsible for the behavior of their guests, including any violation of policy by their guest(s).
- Students found to be excessively intoxicated in a residence hall may be subject to mandatory medical or psychological evaluation as well as appropriate student conduct action.
Illegal or Controlled Substance Policy
Marijuana is an illegal substance in New York State and is prohibited in the residence halls. Any student 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.
For Further information, please see "Responding to the Use, Possession, and Distribution of Alcohol and Other Drugs Within the University's Wellness Paradigm" on the University Policy and Guidelines page.
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. Students are expected to obey Federal and New York State Laws regarding the use, possession, sale and distribution of controlled substances.
For Further information, the University’s policy on Substance Abuse and Alcoholic Beverages can be found on the University Policy and Guidelines page.
Please see "Responding to the Use, Possession, and Distribution of Alcohol and Other Drugs Within the University's Wellness Paradigm" on the University Policy and Guidelines page for information as to the manner in which this policy typically is enforced.
Turnstile Access for Current Residents of NYU Housing
Most residence halls have turnstiles located at the entry of the building near the Public Safety station. These turnstiles allow students that currently reside in NYU Housing to visit another residence hall by swiping their University ID upon entry and exit. While the turnstile provides a convenient means for allowing access, visitors are still expected to respect the time and frequency limitations as established below for all guests. Failure to respect the policy may result in restriction of a resident's turnstile access privilege.
For guests that do not reside in University Housing, and for those buildings awaiting turnstile installation, the following procedures are in place.
Residential Guest Policy
A resident is permitted to have a short-term guest (one whose stay is for a few hours, but not overnight) at any time, provided that there is no interference with the rights of a roommate. The following procedures and conditions must be met:
- A resident may sign-in no more than four (4) short term guests at the same time unless prior permission is obtained from the residence hall office.
- The host is responsible for the actions of his/her guest(s) in the residence halls at all times. The definition of a host shall not be limited solely to the individual who signed the guest in, but may also include other residents who the guest has come to visit, or those individuals accompanying the guest at the time of any violation.
- Guests must abide by all University and the Office of Residential Life and Housing Services policies, procedures and regulations.
- Guests must present a valid acceptable form of photo ID in order to be signed in to a residence hall. The photo ID will be held at the Public Safety Desk for the duration of the visit. Acceptable forms of photo ID are: drivers license, student ID (NYU or other school), or company or government ID. Forms of identification that are not acceptable include: passport (original or copy), bankcards, telephone and credit cards. Students are expected to inform guests in advanced that a valid photo ID will be required to enter the building.
- Resident hosts are required to meet their guests in the lobby of the residence hall and properly sign them into the building. At the end of a visit, that same host must escort his/her guests to the lobby and sign them out in the guest register. Proof of identification will be returned at this time.
- There may be certain times of the year, such as semester breaks or exam periods, when visitation policies may be restricted or modified. Students will be notified in advance when these changes occur.
Exceptions to these policies must be approved by the Residence Hall Director office.
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:
- Generally, an overnight visit is defined as a stay of seven hours or more, which includes any of the hours between 11:00 pm and 8:00 am. However, other visits not meeting these exact criteria may also be considered overnight, and may be left to the discretion of the Residence Hall Director.
- A resident may not have more than three (3) overnight guests at one time.
- A resident may not have an overnight guest for more than three (3) consecutive nights.
- A resident may not host overnight guests for more than six (6) nights per calendar month, whether with the same or different guests.
- Guests may not stay overnight in the residence hall system for more than six (6) nights per calendar month, whether with the same or different hosts.
- Exceptions to these procedures must be approved by the residence hall office.
- Students residing in University Housing are expected to reside within their assigned room. Those found frequently living in a space other than the one to which they are assigned may be subject to disciplinary action.
- Residents may allow guests to stay overnight in their rooms. However, to preserve roommate’s rights and community standards in the residence halls, the number of overnight guests and the frequency of overnight visits are limited.
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.
In order to make it easier for visitors to enter and leave the residence halls, especially during overnight or longer-term stays, resident hosts should obtain guest passes. These are available from the residence hall office. A guest pass combined with an appropriate form of ID allows a visitor to enter and exit the hall without being accompanied by his/her resident host.
- Requests for Guest Passes must be made Monday through Friday, from 9am to 5pm, two business days in advance of anticipated use.
- The host must meet his/her guest in the lobby upon their initial arrival to the residence hall.
- Upon entering the building, guests with passes must present both the pass and appropriate ID, but need not sign-in or leave any identification with the building Public Safety Officer.
- No more than three guest passes will be issued at one time to a resident.
- A guest pass will be issued for no more than three (3) consecutive days.
The issuance of Guest Passes may be suspended at certain times, such as final examination periods, winter break, spring break, or other periods as deemed necessary. Please check with your Residence Hall Director for specific details.
Residence Hall Violations
- Residents will be held responsible for any policy violations by their guests.
- Students found to be present while a violation is occurring may be considered participants and may also be subject to student conduct action.
- Prohibited items described in this policy will be confiscated and may be discarded.
The following behavior is prohibited in all NYU residence halls:
A. Health and Safety Violations
1. Tampering with fire safety or other safety equipment, this includes, but is not limited to, tampering with or covering smoke detectors and/or carbon dioxide detectors.
2. Possessing flammable decorations, appliances, or other property that may be deemed a fire hazard, as described in the Fire Safety Policy.
3. Causing a fire or false alarm in or about a residence hall.
4. Failing to respond and evacuate if required at the sounding of the fire alarm system.
5. Possessing or storing a gas engine vehicle or any form of combustible fuel in the residence halls.
6. Possessing actual or realistic simulated versions of weapons, including, but not limited to knives, mace, explosives, fireworks, firearms, or ammunition in and/or around a University residence hall facility. [The only exceptions to this policy are instances in which (1) the bearer is in possession of written permission from a dean, associate dean, assistant dean, or department head and (2) such possession or use of a simulated firearm/weapon is directly connected to a University- or school-related event (e.g., play, film production). For further information please refer to the Policy on Theatrical Use of Simulated Firearms and other Weapons.
7. Throwing and/or causing objects, laser pointers, or any substance to be directed from, into, or onto residence hall windows, doors, terraces, ledges, roofs or other areas. Suspension from University Housing will be the likely outcome for such a violation.
8. Possessing or using an alcoholic beverage in violation of residence hall alcohol policies.
8a. Being in the presence of a violation of the residence hall alcohol policies.
8b. Possession of alcoholic beverage containers in violation of residence hall alcohol policies.
8c. Distributing alcoholic beverage in violation of residence hall alcohol policies.
9. Possessing or using an illegal or controlled substance in violation of residence hall substance policies.
9a. Being in the presence of a violation of the residence hall substance policies.
9b. Possession of smoking devices, including but not limited to, pipes, bongs, vaporizers, and hookahs, in violation of substance policies.
9c. Distributing or possessing quantity of substance and/or materials or paraphernalia related to potential distribution of illegal or controlled substance in violation of substance policies.
10. Possessing unauthorized furniture.
11. Tampering with or vandalism of devices and furnishings, such as window screens, cranks, stops, locks, door closing devices or furnishings in a residence hall.
12. Installing an unauthorized lock on a bedroom, bathroom, closet, or suite door.
13. Inadequately securing one's residence hall room and/or failure to lock room doors.
14. Failure to present a valid ID card or properly identify oneself when entering a residence hall or when requested to do so by any authorized university staff member.
15. Unauthorized access or use of restricted areas in or about a residence hall, including but not limited to roofs, ledges, terraces, basements, storage areas, mail rooms, or emergency exits.
16. Unauthorized entry into any part of a university residence hall, or contributing to such unauthorized entry of another individual. This includes fraudulent attempts (misrepresentation, using false identification, etc.) to enter or to allow another individual to enter any part of a university residence hall.
B. Guest Policy Violations
1. Violation of the residence hall Guest and Visitation Policy.
C. Administrative Violations
1. Moving to another bedroom, suite, or residence hall without authorization.
2. Occupying residence hall space or furnishings assigned to another resident.
3. Subletting a residence hall room, suite, or apartment or allowing an individual to reside in a residence hall without authorization.
4. Failing to abide by or fulfill terms of a sanction issued by the Office of Residential Life and Housing Services. Students failing to abide by the terms of a Mandatory Health Referral sanction may be subject to suspension from University Housing.
5. Failing to properly complete the check-in/out procedure.
6. Unauthorized possession or use of a key to property or premises owned or operated by the University.
7. Unauthorized painting, construction, or other modification in a residence hall room or common area.
8. Violating any stipulation of the student housing license during the license period.
9. Failing to comply with the authorized request of any administrative representative of the University, including but not limited to, staff members of the ORLHS, Department of Public Safety, Facilities and Construction Management, or Dining Services.
D. Community Standards Violations
1. Disorderly, disruptive, or antagonizing behavior that interferes with the general comfort, safety, security, health or welfare of the residence hall community, and/or the regular operation of the University.
2. Aggressive or abusive behavior toward another by any means for any reason.
3. Physical violence, actual or threatened, against any individual or group of persons.
4. Engaging in, or threatening to engage in, any other behavior that endangers the health or safety of another person or oneself.
5. Vandalism or damage to personal or university property.
6. Theft or unauthorized use or possession of personal or university property or services.
7. Excessive noise as defined by New York City community ordinances or the residence hall sound policy.
8. Failure to maintain acceptable standards of personal hygiene or room cleanliness to the extent that such failure interferes with the general comfort, safety, security, health or welfare of a member or members of the residence hall community.
9. Keeping or caring for pets or animals in any residence hall. Exception: A student may keep fish in a tank no larger than ten gallons.
10. Unauthorized solicitation, recruitment for membership, subscription, polling, posting, canvassing or commercial sale of products, services, or tickets in the residence hall.
11. Smoking in the residence halls in violation of the Smoking Policy.
12. Conducting any business for profit from any residence hall.
13. Exhibiting or affixing any unauthorized sign, advertisement, notice or other lettering, flags or banners, that are inscribed, painted or affixed to any part of the outside of a building or the inside of the building which may be viewed outside of one's room.
14. Attaching or hanging any projections (radio or television antennas, dishes, awnings, etc.) to the outside walls or windows of a residence hall.
15. Filming in or into any area of a residence hall without authorization.
16. Gambling in the residence hall.
Student Behavior Off-Campus
The University should not use its powers to interfere with the rights of a student outside the university campus. At university sponsored events that may be held off campus, students are expected to adhere to all university policies. In general, a student's off-campus activities should be subject only to sanctions of the public authorities. If a student is charged with a violation of law off-campus, s/he should not be subject to university discipline for the same offense unless the conduct seriously affects her/his position as a member of the academic community. Where a student's conduct on campus constitutes violations of both university rules and public law, s/he may be subject to both university conduct process and public sanctions.
Student Behavior Online
Residential Life and Housing Services staff members who choose to participate in non-University online communities do not use the forum as a formal mechanism for monitoring inappropriate student behavior, illegal activity, or issues of student safety.
Notwithstanding the above, it is possible that a staff member may unintentionally encounter inappropriate student conduct, or such conduct may be brought to the staff member’s attention by another. In general, a student’s conduct in non-University affiliated online communities should not be subject to disciplinary action unless the information relates to documented incidents which occurred within University property or the conduct seriously affects the student’s position as a member of the academic community.
Residential Student Conduct Process
Students who violate Residence Hall or University policies will be subject to disciplinary action. The residential student conduct process typically occurs as follows:
Report or Formal Complaint
Residence hall student and professional staff document things that they observe, hear, smell or are otherwise brought to their attention through an incident reporting process. Any person may file a report or discuss a complaint with hall staff. Reports may also be made in writing and may be submitted either to the Office of Residential Life and Housing Services on the 7th floor of 726 Broadway or to any Residence Hall Director.
Professional staff of the ORLHS and/or the Office of Community Standards review the report. After the review, staff will either close the case with no conduct action deemed necessary or conclude that a potential violation may have occurred and student conduct hearing is necessary.
If a student conduct hearing is necessary, any one of the following may occur:
- The Residence Hall Director or Residence Hall Assistant Director may adjudicate the matter or designate the case to one of his/her staff members.
- Cases involving allegations of serious violations or repeat offenses may be referred to the Office of Community Standards or ORLHS Central Staff.
- Cases may also be heard by a senior member of the NYU Division of Student Affairs. The appropriate hearing forum is determined by the Residence Hall Director, in consultation with an ORLHS Central staff and/or the Office of Community Standards.
The student will receive notice via email through the student’s NYU account. Notice includes information about who will hear the case, the alleged violations, and the date, time, and location for the hearing. In addition, it is noted that the scheduled notice to meet: If you choose to not attend the meeting, I will review all of the available information in your absence and determine a response. Please also note that the possible consequences, should you be found in violation, may affect the status of your housing license. Therefore, your attendance is important. If you have an academic conflict that interferes with this meeting, please contact me immediately so that we may reschedule our appointment. This meeting will serve as an opportunity for you to share your perspective of the incident and for us to engage in a conversation about community living at New York University.
During the hearing an explanation of the student conduct process will be provided. Prior to a hearing, a resident who has been charged may choose to meet with a staff member to discuss the student conduct process and/or any related issues. Appointments can be arranged by calling the Office of Residential Life and Housing Services at (212) 998-4600. Further information about the student conduct process and preparing for a hearing is also available on the Residence Hall Policies page.
During the hearing, the charged resident may present supporting evidence and/or witnesses and may be accompanied by an advisor of his/her choice. The advisor must be a currently enrolled NYU student. The advisor's role is only to provide support and advice for the charged student. The advisor may not speak on behalf of the charged student. During final exam periods, students will be offered the opportunity to respond to allegations in writing as an alternative to attending a hearing. After the hearing is complete, the charged student will be notified in writing of the outcome, including any sanctions imposed.
Sanctions that may be issued at the residence hall level by a Residence Hall Director or her/his designee include, but are not limited to:
- Written Warning
- Campus Service
- Restitution to the University
- Educational Project or Research
- Participation in an Education Seminar
- Counseling and/or Mandatory Evaluation
- Room Reassignment
- Restriction of Privileges
- Hall Persona Non Grata
- Alcohol/Drug Education
- Mandatory Health Referral
IMPORTANT: Students failing to abide by the terms of a Mandatory Health Referral sanction may be subject to suspension from University Housing.
Sanctions that may be issued by the Assistant Director of Community Standards and ORLHS Central Staff or his/her designee include, but are not limited to, all of the above sanctions as well as the following:
- Hall Reassignment
- Campus Persona Non Grata
- Emergency Temporary Suspension from Housing
- Suspension from Housing*
- Dismissal from Housing*
- Referral to the Office of the Vice-President for Student Affairs
*The suspension or dismissal from University Housing applies to all NYU locations, including study abroad and global sites and includes a Persona Non Grata at all such locations.
In an effort to provide support or assistance to students, the University (in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act - FERPA) may notify the parents or legal guardians of students who have violated university policies or federal, state, or local laws pertaining to alcohol or other drugs or in situations in which there is a health and safety emergency. The decision to notify parents or legal guardians will be made according to the professional judgment of the appropriate staff. Whenever possible, students will be consulted in the notification process. The primary goal of notifying parents or legal guardians is to promote the health and wellness of the student and others in the community.
Requesting a Review of a Student Conduct Decision
A student may appeal the outcome of a student conduct decision. A review will be considered only if there is evidence of, or reason to believe, that one or more of the following conditions exist:
- A significant procedural error has occurred that affected the decision
- New information, unavailable at the time of the hearing, has become available and such information could have substantially affected the decision
- Sanctions issued were too severe in relation to the student's record or nature of the violation
Students wishing to appeal the outcome of a hearing are encouraged to speak first with the person that issued the sanction. If the resident wishes to have the matter reviewed by another administrator in the student conduct process, she/he must utilize the web link provided in the conduct summary letter to submit a request to the Office of Community Standards within 3 calendar days of the date the student was notified of the results of the student conduct process.
The Assistant Director of Community Standards, or his/her designee, may review any judicial actions taken by any ORLHS staff. A senior staff member of the NYU Division of Student Affairs, or his/her designee, will review actions taken by an Assistant Director. Any sanction which involves a suspension from Housing, may be reviewed by the senior staff of ORLHS, the Associate Vice President of Student Affairs, or his/her designee.
The review may result in one of the following:
- All findings and sanctions of the initial hearing will be upheld.
- Findings and/or sanctions will be modified as deemed appropriate.
- Additional sanctions may be enacted in light of new information discovered during the review process.
Only one review of a student conduct decision or sanction may occur. Students are not afforded multiple reviews.