Housing Policies

Condition, Health, and Safety

  • NYU Washington, DC residents shall maintain the room in a clean, safe, and undamaged condition at all times.  Any persons assigned to an NYU Washington, DC residential space shall be jointly responsible for cleaning and maintaining any kitchens, bathrooms, or other common areas.
  • The residential life staff will arrange check-ins with each apartment throughout the semester to ensure that residents are living in a healthy and safe environment.
  • Residents shall not alter the room or any furnishings therein in any way without written consent from the NYU Washington DC, staff.
  • When residents vacate their assigned spaces, they're required to remove all of their personal property and leave the room and any furnishings clean and in the same condition they were in when occupancy commenced, ordinary wear and tear accepted.  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.


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, during the fall and spring semesters, overnight guests are not permitted until the end of the third week of classes, and during the January term and summer sessions overnight guests are not permitted for residents who have not attended the NYU Washington, DC housing orientation.  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 obtain and complete a Guest Pass.  Residents can pick up Guest Passes from the Resource Room located on the B3 Level.  The completed Guest Pass must be signed by a member of the Student Life Team at least 24 hours prior to the guest's arrival.  When signing the guest in, 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.

Tobacco, Alcohol, and Other Substances


Smoking is prohibited in all areas of all NYU Washington, DC.  Smoking may not occur within 25 feet of any building entrance, covered walkway or ventilation system.  Pipes, bongs, hookahs, e-cigarettes, 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.

Students who are not of legal drinking age may not possess, consume, or be in the presence of alcohol in any NYU Washington, DC owned, rented, or controlled property.  The only exception to this is that students who are not of legal drinking age may be in the presence of alcohol if it's at an NYU Washington, DC public event where there is a catered reception and alcohol is present.

Illegal or Controlled Substance Policy – Marijuana

Marijuana is prohibited in NYU Washington, DC owned, rented, or controlled property.  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 NYU Washington, DC rented, owned, or controlled property is prohibited.  Residents are expected to obey Federal and State Laws regarding the use, possession, sale and distribution of controlled substances.

Fire Safety

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.  Additionally, residents should never tamper with, cover, or disable smoke detectors. 

The following items are prohibited in the residence halls for fire safety purposes:

  • 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

Other Community Policies


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

Live Animals

No live animals of any kind or allowed in NYU Washington, DC for any period of time unless they are registered with the Moses Center for Student Accessibility.

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.

NYU Study Away Standard & Global Student Conduct

This standard applies to all students who are enrolled in a course of study at a New York University site other than their home campus/institution.

Students who enroll in a program at a NYU global location assume the duties of citizenry and undertake an obligation to respect the culture, customs and laws of the host nation. This Study Away Standard affirms the expectation that students will be good citizens of their host communities as well as their NYU communities when they study away from their home campuses. Accordingly, students who engage in any of the following behaviors will be considered in violation of this standard:

• Behavior that represents a serious affront to the culture, laws, or customs of the host community and/or compromises the University’s interest or relationship with the host community;

• Behavior involving the misuse or abuse of alcohol or drugs in violation of University policy and/or local law;

• Behavior which is disruptive to the well-being of members of the University community, including, but not limited to, threatening or causing injury to the health or safety of one’s self or others.

Failure to adhere to this Standard, as well as violations of any other applicable University policies or guidelines regarding student conduct, will be sufficient cause for disciplinary action.

Violations of the Study Away Standard may lead to penalties ranging from formal warning and community service to dismissal from the site and the University. In each case the appropriate intervention will depend upon a number of factors, including the nature and seriousness of the offense in light of University policy as well as the laws and culture of the local community; the impact of the behavior upon the campus and local community; the motivation underlying the offense; the behavioral record of the student(s) involved; and other mitigating and/or aggravating factors.

Because the size of the site community and the availability of resources and staffing to address student conduct issues varies, the response to student misconduct occurring at a site necessarily will vary in order to effectively safeguard the interests of the site community. For this reason, students charged with misconduct at a site may be required to return to their home campuses for the resolution of student disciplinary proceedings.

University-Wide Policies

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

NYU Study Away Student Conduct Process

The following policies and procedures are those by which alleged violations of University student conduct policies that arise at one of the New York University Study Away sites will be reviewed and resolved.  NOTE: These procedures do not apply in matters of complaints of alleged sexual misconduct.