Housing and Residence Life policies
Housing and Residence Life serves as a bridge to interdependent living, global stewardship, responsible decision-making and personal growth. Housing and Residence Life encourages student engagement and development in support of the university's engaged learning objective. Students are expected to recognize the right and obligation of Housing and Residence Life to establish and consistently enforce policies which are in the best interest of residents and their living community. Failure to abide by any of the Housing and Residence Life policies will result in student conduct action.
Housing & Residence Life policy prohibits empty alcohol containers in the residence halls, including those used for decorative purposes.
Animals in campus housing
- No animals may be kept in or near campus housing for any length of time for any reason.
Keeping a pet for a family member or friend or having a family member
or friend visit with a pet for any length of time is prohibited. Only approved service animals are allowed in campus housing. Residents must contact Disability Services to request an accommodation for a documented service animal under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The approved service animal must be with those they are serving at all times. Fish
are also allowed; however, the container size must be less than 10 gallons.
The resident determined to be responsible for the animal is subject to a
$300 fine. The residents within an apartment or room where an animal is
found are also each subject to a $100 minimum fine. Subsequent offenses
will result in a doubling of the previous fine. In addition to the
fine, the owner of the animal will be responsible for all damage and
cleaning costs resulting from the animal. If there is a second violation
of this nature, residents will be subject to student conduct action.
Animals must be removed within 24 hours of being found.
- Pet related items, including but not limited to, pet cages, pet food,
water bowls, kitty litter, and leashes may be deemed as evidence of
animals in campus housing and are prohibited at all times regardless of reason.
- Animals are permitted on campus property only under the control of a leash.
Balconies, patios, and porches
- Nothing (including bicycles) may be stored or placed on porches of
Lakeside and South Housing. The custodial staff is required to remove
and dispose of any items placed on the porches.
- Personal outside storage for North Village residents is restricted to
the confines of the assigned balcony or patio and may not extend over
railings or be suspended from outside walls. North Village residents may
store bicycles or extra deck furniture on their assigned patios or
balconies. Storage of any university-owned furniture from within the
apartment or from public areas is prohibited. Cloth-upholstered
furnishings or furniture and plastic desk chairs which contain metal of
any type are prohibited from outside areas.
- The hanging of hammocks on balconies is prohibited.
- Throwing or lowering any object, including furniture, water balloons,
trash, food, liquids or cigarette butts, from balconies, patios, or
porches is prohibited.
- The display of signage or storage of items on porches, balconies or
patios that would interfere with the integrity of campus housing
facilities is prohibited.
Bicycles may be stored in rooms with the permission of a resident's roommate(s). Bicycle owners are responsible for any damage or uncleanliness caused by their bicycle. Bicycles are not to be ridden inside any part of campus housing or Vinings apartments. Bicycles left unattended in hallways, stairwells, North Village/Vinings landings, or other public access or exit areas are in violation of fire safety codes and are subject to being impounded. It is recommended that residents register their bikes with University Police and lock bikes to bike racks provided outside each building. To prevent the risk of damage or larceny, residents should take bikes home for the summer.
Bulletin boards and grip-a-strips are located throughout campus housing for the purpose of communicating information from the University to residents. Bulletin boards are strictly reserved for Housing and Residence Life student staff programming and not available for general posting. Furman University students, student organizations, and Furman University departments who desire to post information on grip-a-strips only must adhere to the guidelines found in the Posting of Flyers in Campus Housing Policy.
Organizations not directly related to Furman must obtain permission from the Housing and Residence Life office in order to post information on the grip-a-strips only. Only Housing and Residence Life staff may remove information. Flyers may be taken to the Housing and Residence Life office and distributed by their staff.
- Housing and Residence Life expects that residents will do their part to
check out properly at the end of the spring semester. All residents,
except those who are graduating, assisting with graduation (singers,
marshals, ushers, etc.), working for the university, or staying for May
Experience, are required to be out of campus housing within 24 hours
after their last exam. An extension is provided to graduating seniors
until after the completion of commencement exercises. When campus
housing officially closes during the academic year, students who fail to
check out properly are subject to the following fines:
- Improper checkout - maximum of $75 - failure to sign the room condition report (RCR)
- Late checkout - maximum of $300 - failure to move out of housing by the designated deadline
- Lost key(s) - maximum of $50 in the residence halls; maximum of $75 in North Village and Greenbelt - failure to return the room key(s) by the designated deadline
- Damages - fine depends on the cost of repair/replacement and/or cleaning
- The Housing and Residence Life office will notify residents of specific
closing procedures which must be followed before residents leave for the
semester. Residents who fail to follow closing instructions will be
fined for any procedures not followed and may be referred for further student conduct action.
- When a resident must gain entry into his or her room while campus
housing is officially closed (for anything other than an emergency
situation), there will be a $25 fee. Residents should refer to the
official academic calendar for closing dates. Residents are responsible
for making travel plans in advance so that they can be out by these
Broadly, a community is a group of people with common interests living in a particular area (i.e., two students in a double bedroom, four students in an apartment, 20 students on the floor of a residence hall). Living in a community brings with it inherent responsibilities to individual members.
Residents are responsible for what occurs within the residence hall rooms and apartments to which they have been officially assigned. Therefore, when a university violation occurs within a residence hall room or apartment, each resident of the assigned space may be held accountable. An exception will be made for a resident only when the resident was not present when the violation occurred and the resident was not aware that the violation was occurring.
Uncleanliness or damage to community property such as restrooms, hallways, kitchens, lobbies, fire equipment, laundry rooms, exterior lighting or exit signs will be the responsibility of all resident students in that particular area, unless the uncleanliness or damage is claimed by a student or students. For continued uncleanliness of common spaces, students may be fined a minimum of $20 each per reported incident.
Housing and Residence Life provides 11 meeting locations in the residence halls and North Village that student groups may reserve at no charge (except for weekends in the North Village Community Center). In order to reserve one of these locations, residents or student groups should complete the meeting space request form on the Housing and Residence Life website. Requests will be reviewed and must be submitted with a minimum 24-hour notice in order to be considered. A request does not guarantee that the room is available.
Access to community spaces
Access to the building and meeting room will be granted to the individual or individuals who are listed as responsible for the meeting space. Availability begins 30 minutes prior to and ends 30 minutes after the requested meeting times. The individual responsible for the meeting/event must "check-in" and "check-out" at the appropriate RA/CA office.
Only free standing decorations or table decorations are allowed in community spaces. Hanging or taping materials on ceilings, floors or walls is prohibited. All items, such as props and/or decorations must be removed from the area immediately after the event. Housing and Residence Life cannot provide storage for such items. Furniture layout in each room is noted on a diagram near the entrance. It is important that at the end of each meeting, the furniture is rearranged according to the diagram. Reserving organizations will be responsible for any damages, and a setup fee will be charged if the room is not left arranged as indicated on the diagrams posted in each room.
Responsibilities of scheduling groups
It is the responsibility of each group reserving the community space to be aware of all rules and regulations regarding the scheduling of these facilities. The group representative who submits the request form accepts responsibility for ensuring that all rules and regulations are followed. Groups should remove all trash when they are finished with using the community space. Groups will be held financially responsible for all damages which occur during their use, and also for clean up which exceeds normal use.
During the summer, campus housing is usually filled to capacity. Since
the time allotted to prepare buildings for the opening of school is
limited, early arrivals must be kept to a minimum. Only groups whose
functions require arriving early and whose leaders make prior
arrangements are allowed to do so. Any group or individual who needs to
move in early must submit an Early Arrival Request Form available on the Housing & Residence Life web site.
A Housing and Residence Life official will review the request and
determine whether the group/individual will be allowed to move in early.
Once approved, each group coordinator must submit an Early Arrival
Contract agreeing to uphold the early arrival policies and committing to
pay any fines that are levied. All approved individual early arrivals are required to pay a nightly fee of $35.
This amount will not be returned to the student. Individuals who move
in prior to their official check-in date without authorization are
subject to a $50 fine per day as is the person who allows them move in
- Residence hall and apartment hallways, stairwells and landings are to
remain free of any materials at all times. The Housing and Residence
Life staff reserves the right to remove and dispose of any articles in
these areas at any time.
- Grills or other flammable devices are prohibited in or near campus
housing (including porches and balconies). This includes, but is not
limited to gas cans, charcoal, lighter fluid, and grills.
- Extension cords are prohibited in campus housing. The suggested
alternative is a power strip with an internal safety circuit breaker.
These can be purchased at Wal-Mart, K-Mart or similar stores, as well as
the University Bookstore.
- Housing units have definite limits on the capacities of their electrical
systems. Overloading the systems can present a fire hazard. Only
sealed-unit appliances such as coffeemakers, popcorn poppers and George
Foreman grills (the small ones) are permitted in student rooms.
Additional microwaves and refrigerators are prohibited, except for apartments which are not already equipped with these
appliances. The following may not be used in student rooms: open-faced
electrical or heating appliances (such as broilers, space heaters or
- The following items are prohibited in campus housing: mopeds/scooters,
any type of flammable fuel or substance (i.e. gas, butane, propane),
candles, oil lamps, incense or lamps with halogen bulbs, string lights,
rope lights, pre-lit trees, fiber optic trees/lights, electric blankets,
live trees or live garland.
- No flags or other coverings may be placed under or over electric lights,
heat-actuating fire detection devices, smoke detectors, or fire
extinguishers in campus housing. Covering or hanging anything on or near
sprinkler heads is prohibited.
- The minimum sanction for possessing any prohibited items will be a $100 fine and/or fire safety education.
Fire safety inspections
To minimize chances for fire or other destruction to property and/or bodily injury, announced fire safety inspections will be conducted to focus on potentially hazardous situations within campus housing areas. Residents will be notified regarding hazards and will be given 24 hours to correct the hazard. Failure to correct the hazard may result in a sanction.
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Studies have shown that students who live in campus housing are more likely to become involved in campus activities and graduate in four years. As a result, Furman requires that all students live in campus housing, except those approved by the Director of Housing and Residence Life.
Guarantee of space
Since all students are required to live on campus, they are guaranteed campus housing. However, the university still considers the right to live in campus housing a privilege. Therefore, the Director of Housing and Residence Life reserves the right to deny space in campus housing to any student even though approved for admission or continuing to be enrolled at the university.
New student room assignments
All housing assignments are made by the Assignments Coordinator. Before an assignment can be made for new students, a $500 enrollment deposit must be submitted to the Student Business Center. All incoming students must submit a housing assignment request form which is usually due the first week of June. For the exact deadline, students should refer to the information contained in the email they will receive in mid-May. Any room change must first be approved by the Assistant Director for the area in which the student lives. Any unauthorized room changes are prohibited and subject to a $75 fine.
Upperclassman room assignments
Upperclassman room assignments are made in the spring semester through an online room assignment process. The "housing lottery" is designed to assign students in a fair manner based on the choices they provide. However, students are not
guaranteed these choices. In addition, third-year and fourth-year students are not guaranteed North Village or The Vinings. The Housing and Residence Life office will notify students a semester in advance whether they will have the option to pay to reserve their space while studying away. Any room change must first be approved by the Assistant Director for the
area in which the student lives. Switching bedrooms within an apartment in North Village or Greenbelt without first obtaining approval from the Assistant Director of North Village is considered an unauthorized room change and thus subject to a $75 fine.
The Vinings is an apartment complex located on Duncan Chapel Road that accommodates both Furman students and members of the community. Rising fourth-year students may enter the Vinings lottery for the chance to live in this University-owned facility. Students may sign a 12-month lease (May to May, to include summer housing) or a 9-month lease (August to May, to exclude summer housing). Click here
for housing rates.
Each spring semester, students may apply to live off-campus for the
following academic year if they satisfy one of the criteria listed
- living with a parent/guardian at the primary residence
- living in an officially recognized fraternity house
- living in the Vista house
- fifth-year student
- medical/disability exemption
- financial hardship exemption
- graduate student
All off-campus exemptions must
be approved by the Director of Housing and Residence Life.
Upon arrival, students obtain their key(s) from the RA/CA office in their respective area of campus housing only for their assigned room. Access to any other room other than a resident's assigned room is prohibited. Room keys will only be issued to the resident of the room. South Housing and Lakeside Housing residents receive a room key and North Village residents receive a front door key along with a bedroom key. There is a charge for each lost key and the fee must be paid upon requesting new keys.
- Lost bedroom key in a residence hall = $50
- Lost front door key in North Village = $50
- Lost bedroom key in North Village = $25
Housing and Residence Life expects residents to lock their doors at all times. Residents who lose their key(s) must go to the Housing and Residence Life office to order a new key. Residents are required to return keys when vacating a room at the end of or during a semester if leaving campus housing, when making a room change, or at the end of the academic year. Failure to return keys upon vacating a room will result in a fine. Residents studying away may have the option to pay for their space and retain their key(s) during their absence (this does not apply to students taking a leave of absence that is not travel-related). Students are strictly prohibited from making copies of university keys.
Making architectural changes to a room (such as building shelves, attaching anything to the walls or ceiling, paneling walls, wallpapering walls, installing screen doors, altering lighting or other electrical features, attaching mirrors to walls or doors, etc.) is prohibited. Residents may not construct their own lofts or any other form of alternative bedding (see Loft & Bedding Policy below). No attachments can be made to the exterior of any buildings. This includes, but is not limited to wind chimes, bird feeders, banners, flags and hammocks.
Fire safety equipment
- Residents are responsible for damages to university property.
- Residents must report immediately to their RA/CA any
damages noted when moving into a room and should list the damages on
their room condition reports (RCRs). Residents will be provided an opportunity to document any pre-existing damages or issues with their room(s) during the first week of fall classes in order to avoid charges at the end of the academic year.
- Riding skateboards or bicycles, rollerblading, hitting or bouncing any
kind of ball, throwing Frisbees, and/or committing disruptive acts which
may cause damage in campus housing is prohibited.
- The removal of any doors in North Village is prohibited.
- Damage to community property such as restrooms, hallways, lobbies, fire
equipment, laundry rooms, exterior lighting, exit signs or water
fountains will be the responsibility of all resident students in that
particular area. Personal room damage and unclaimed community charges
will be charged to student accounts. Damage claimed by a student or
students in a community area will be collected as a fine.
- Needed repairs are to be immediately reported to the Housing and Residence Life Office.
If needed repairs are discovered by Housing and Residence Life staff,
repairs will be completed as soon as possible. This may require
follow-up visits by the Housing and Residence Life maintenance staff
and/or Facilities Services staff to rooms or apartments.
- Residents will be held accountable for damages having occurred as a
result of horseplay, malicious intent, neglect and/or other failure to
report in a timely manner. Bills will be presented to the groups or
individuals responsible as promptly as possible after a fine has been
made by the Housing and Residence Life office. Additional fines may be
imposed upon students responsible for damage to university property.
Rooms in campus housing are equipped with smoke detectors for fire safety. Residents should be aware that the smoke detectors are extremely sensitive to smoke, heat and aerosol sprays. Burning popcorn, burning food on the stove, smoking in the room/apartment, steam from extremely hot showers and spraying air fresheners can potentially set off a fire alarm, so residents are encouraged to be careful when engaged in these activities. Residents should be aware that they can be held responsible for inadvertently causing a false fire alarm due to these activities. The North Village apartments also have sprinklers for fire safety. Fire safety equipment can be easily damaged if those without proper training tamper with it. To avoid fines associated with damaging and/or tampering with such equipment, either accidentally or intentionally, students should call the appropriate officials when problems occur. Smoke detector and sprinkler problems should be immediately reported to University Police at 864.294.2111.
Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning units
The Facilities Services staff must routinely check and change filters in
the HVAC units of all rooms and apartments. Students should not block
or cover the units in any way and must maintain a minimum of three feet
open space in front of the units so that access can be gained and so
that air flow will not be interrupted. Students will be fined $25 for
failure to remove items from in front of the HVAC units when notified.
Lofts and other bedding
Painting and patching
- In determining a policy for the construction of lofts, the University's
priority must be the safety of residents. To ensure that lofts are
structurally safe and built with fire-retardant materials, only
University-authorized lofts can be used. The authorized lofts are
available for lease through the Housing and Residence Life office and
can be ordered online. Residents are prohibited from trading or loaning their lofts to other residents. The Housing and Residence Life staff or an approved contractor will
assemble and disassemble the lofts at the beginning and end of the year.
Students will be fined $100 for unauthorized lofts.
- Only Housing and Residence Life staff or an approved contractor may assemble or disassemble lofts and other bedding.
- All original furniture and bedding must remain in the room. If furniture
is found to be missing from any room at any time, the residents will be
immediately billed for the replacement cost of the missing items.
- Waterbeds and forms of alternative bedding other than the lofts mentioned above are prohibited.
- Only university-employed painters are authorized to paint student rooms
or apartments. Rooms will be painted on a rotating basis unless
extensive wear requires earlier painting. Rooms will not be painted just
to change the color. All paint-related requests should be referred to
the Assistant Director of Housing Operations.
- Students should not apply tape, contact paper or borders to painted
surfaces as the removal will damage these surfaces. Plasti-tac or
similar wall adhesive products should be used within the residence
halls. North Village residents are restricted to using steel t-pins for
hanging wall decor; these will be provided by Housing and Residence Life
in limited quantities. Use of double-sided foam tape,
nails, screws, hooks, or other adhesive products on ANY surface are
prohibited. Residents will be fined for excessive damage to painted
surfaces and should not attempt to repair any holes in walls or doors
- As a courtesy, Housing and Residence Life has provided designated areas for painting within the residence halls. The use of aerosol spray cans is prohibited due to fire safety regulations. Residents are required to clean up after using these areas and no personal property may be left behind by residents. Failure to keep these areas clean may result in these areas being closed to student use.
Residents are responsible for reporting damages as they occur by using the maintenance request form found online.
Only university-employed staff are authorized to make repairs.
Student rooms are equipped with thermostats for temperature control. To avoid fines associated with damaging and/or tampering with such equipment, either accidentally or intentionally, students should call the appropriate officials when problems occur. Thermostat problems should be immediately reported through the maintenance request form online.
Use of residence hall rooms and apartments for business purposes
- Each resident's room and apartment is equipped with basic furniture.
Residents may not move additional items into their rooms from public
areas of campus housing or from other residents' rooms. Furniture may
not be removed from the resident's room at any time. Removal of
furnishings from a public area will be considered theft and dealt with
as such. If, at any time during the school year, items of furniture are
missing from a resident's room, the replacement cost will be immediately charged to the resident's student account.
- For reasons of safety and potential damage to property, residents are
prohibited from stacking any furniture (i.e. desks, dressers) on top of
- Only Housing and Residence Life staff may assemble or disassemble University furniture.
- The use of contact paper to cover furniture or line drawers or shelves is prohibited.
- Putting screws and/or nails into the furniture is prohibited.
- Any cloth-upholstered furnishings or furniture, desk chairs with metal
of any type, wooden spools, or other wooden structures are prohibited
from outside areas. Plastic outside furniture may be added to deck or
balconies in North Village.
The use of a residence hall room or apartment as a sales or service
office (including any Internet sales or business) or storeroom, without
permission in writing from the University Student Businesses Committee
, is prohibited. Students
interested in launching and/or operating a business on campus must
submit a formal proposal to the Assistant Vice President for
Administrative Services to be reviewed by the Student Businesses
The installation and/or use of web cams on the exterior of rooms/apartments is prohibited.
Windows and window screens
- Throwing any object, including water balloons, trash, food, liquids or cigarette butts, from windows is prohibited.
- Residents may not remove window screens for any reason. Residents will
be fined for damage to or removal of window screens based on the actual
cost of replacement.
- Residents may not display any signage in the windows of
campus housing that is clearly visible from the outside of the building.
This includes, but is not limited to advertisement for businesses,
pictures, posters, Greek letters, and lighted signs.
- The display of any signage in the windows of campus housing facilities that would interfere with the integrity of campus housing facilities is prohibited.
Loss of personal belongings
Residents and parents are encouraged to evaluate their homeowner's insurance policies since the university's policy covers only the property owned by the university. Replacing personal items lost as a result of theft, fire, water damage, power surges or other unfortunate occurrences does not become a responsibility of the university. All residents are required to remove all personal belongings when vacating their housing space by the official deadline. The university cannot be held responsible for any items left after check out.
Lost and found
Any items lost or found should be reported to University Police. Residents who are missing personal property are encouraged to file a report with University Police at 864.294.2111. To prevent theft, it is recommended that residents lock the door(s) to their rooms and apartments at all times. University Police will dispose of any items not claimed within 90 days. The university cannot accept responsibility for items left behind in rooms or apartments when campus housing officially closes.
Misuse of a university master key
The use of a University master key to gain or provide entry into a residence hall room, apartment, storage or maintenance area, office, or roof area is strictly prohibited without the direct permission of Housing and Residence Life staff. Any resident or student staff member who has been found misusing a university master key will be referred for student conduct action.
In campus housing, it is imperative that all residents respect the
rights of others living near them. In the apartments, residents need to
respect those who live above and/or below them. Residents who feel that
their neighbors are being too loud are encouraged to talk with their
neighbors about the disturbance and/or contact either their RA/CA or
University Police if the disturbance fails to immediately cease.
- Residents or student groups who use community spaces within the
residence halls or apartments (i.e. Ramsay and Townes parlors, North
Village J Community Center) for activities or events also need to
respect the residents who live adjacent to those community spaces.
Beginning at 10:00 p.m., the Ramsay and Townes parlors are open
throughout the night for men and women to study. Quiet should be
maintained during this time. There may be occasions where groups are
given special permission to have events that extend beyond this
- Any use of sound equipment should be confined to the individual
student's room and should be at a level that does not disturb other
residents. Stereo speakers may not be placed in windows or on apartment
balconies with the intent of listening to the stereo outdoors.
- Courtesy hours are in effect at all times. Student staff members and all
residents have mutual responsibility for encouraging peers to be
courteous about noise levels. Any student has the right to respectfully
approach another resident or group who is creating noise via a loud
stereo or other means. Anyone approached about noise levels should make
an effort to decrease the noise and contain it within his or her room.
- The following quiet hours have been established:
- Sunday-Thursday 9:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m.
- Friday and Saturday 11:00 p.m. to 11:00 a.m.
- The playing of percussion, brass, string, woodwind or electric
instruments is prohibited in campus housing except in practice room
areas located in Lakeside Housing (all courtesy and quiet hours apply).
Posting of flyers will only be accepted by Furman students, officially recognized student organizations, and Furman University departments. Flyers must relate in some way to Furman University or Furman events and cannot advertise for independent companies or entities. Posting will only be allowed to remain in the residence halls or apartments for two weeks. After two weeks they will be removed by the Housing and Residence Life Staff. If flyers are placed in or around halls/apartments without approval, they will be removed immediately.
Furman University students, student organizations, or departments that would like to post informational flyers in the residence halls or apartments must abide by the following guidelines:
- Departments or student organizations must bring ONE copy of their flyer to the Housing and Residence Life Office in Estridge Commons for approval.
- Once a flyer has been approved, it will be stamped, and the student organization/department can then make copies of the approved flyer.
- Copies should be brought back to the Housing and Residence Life office for distribution to student hall staff.
- Flyers will be taken down by the Housing and Residence Life Staff after the event date posted on the flyer.
Recycling, trash and dumpster diving
Recycling is a priority of the university and as such, residents are urged to do their part in recycling efforts. Recycling containers are clearly marked and can be found throughout campus housing. Residents are encouraged to recycle using the appropriate containers. Garbage which cannot be recycled must be taken to the designated dumpsters near each hall and North Village apartment building. Residents are responsible for the individual recycling bins provided in their bedroom or apartment. A missing bin at the end of the semester will result in a $25 replacement fine.
Residents are responsible for the proper disposal of trash and items that can be recycled by using the dumpsters/trash compactors and recycle containers provided outside each campus housing area. South Housing residents should use the Blackwell compactor/recycle cans, Lakeside Housing residents should use the Gambrell compactor/recycle cans or the dumpster found near Health Services, North Village residents should use the dumpsters/recycle cans located in front of most buildings and Vinings residents should use the compactor/recycle cans located near the clubhouse. Students may not leave trash in the hallways or outside their rooms/apartments for any length of time as this is in violation of fire codes. Trash cans in public spaces, such as kitchens, laundry rooms or hall bathrooms, are provided for trash that is accumulated as a result of using those particular areas and may not be used for the disposal of personal room or apartment trash. Pizza boxes must be taken directly to the dumpsters. Individuals found responsible for the improper disposal of trash are subject to a minimum fine of $25. If an individual does not admit to being responsible, all residents in the area of the trash will be subject to a minimum community fine of $20 each.
"Dumpster diving," defined as the act of climbing or jumping into a dumpster for the reason of obtaining any items which have been placed in the dumpster, is strictly prohibited. In order to support educational activities related to sustainability, certain groups may be given permission for "dumpster diving" by Facilities Services. However, these activities, when approved, will be supervised by a representative of Facilities Services.
Residents and their guests are not permitted on the roofs or ledges of any campus housing facility without permission of Housing and Residence Life staff. Anyone who is given permission to access roofs or ledges must be accompanied by a Housing and Residence Life staff member. Sitting in open windowsills is also prohibited. Residents who violate this policy will be fined a maximum of $500.
All room changes must be approved in advance by the Assistant Director for the residential area in which the resident lives. If a student changes rooms prior to such approval, that student is subject to a $75 fine. Approval is confirmed with email receipt of the Housing Authorization Change form from the Assignments Coordinator. Keys to previously occupied housing assignments must be returned by the date indicated on the Housing Change Authorization form.
The university reserves the right to require single occupants of double or triple rooms to change rooms so that the housing needs of others can be better met.
Room entry and search
The university reserves the right to enter and/or search a student's room for any of the following reasons:
- it is believed an emergency exists;
- it is believed a university or residence hall violation is occurring;
- the well-being of the occupant or other students is at stake; or
- for purposes of maintenance.
In the case of suspected criminal violations to be adjudicated outside of the Furman University student conduct system, searches will be made only as authorized by legal search warrants. In the case of suspected university regulation infractions, evidence produced during a room search (without a legal search warrant) may be used in university student conduct proceedings.
Student staff members do not thoroughly search rooms without approval from a full-time university official. However, they are allowed to open closets (for the purpose of a visual search only), to look under beds and to open and remove items from refrigerators and coolers. A university staff member may enter each room during a fire alarm or drill to make sure that the residents have evacuated the building.
Room condition reports
When a resident checks into their room or apartment, they must review and sign the completed room condition report (RCR). If a resident moves out of a room for any reason, it is their responsibility to have the room inventoried in accordance with the announced guidelines. Proper checkout consists of having the room inventoried and returning the room key(s). Failure to sign the RCR during checkout will result in a $75 fine. When a resident fails to vacate their room and building by the official checkout deadline, the resident may be fined a maximum of $300. The improper checkout fine does not include repair costs should damages be found during inspections.
Residents who are locked out of their rooms should go to their RA/CA Office during normal office hours. There is a charge of $1 per lock-out during normal office hours. After midnight in the residence halls and 10:00 p.m. in North Village/Greenbelt, University Police can unlock a resident's door. A $5 fee per lock-out is charged at those times. Only cash will be accepted.
Study rooms are located in the basements of Geer, Poteat, Ramsay and Townes. Food is allowed in the study areas. However, students are required to remove all personal belongings, such as food and books, when they leave a study area for more than one hour. Quiet hours should be maintained at all
times in study areas. All study rooms are open to males and females 24 hours each day. Ramsay and Townes parlors are set aside for study at all times meetings are not scheduled. A computer room with four terminals is located in the North Village Community Center (Bldg. J) and is accessible during the building's hours of operation. The room is accessible to North Village residents only.
Tampering with locked residence hall doors
In order to protect the safety and security of residents living in campus housing, propping open or tampering in any way with a locked door within a residence hall complex or any other campus facility will result in a minimum $100 fine.
The following policy concerning guest visitation in the residence halls has been established to provide balance of freedom, privacy and safety for on-campus residents. Within these guidelines, roommates should jointly determine when guests will be allowed in individual rooms. Abiding by these policies helps maintain a safer environment while respecting the rights of others in the residence halls. Individuals who violate these standards (through propping open entrances and exits, etc.) place at risk everyone who lives in the residence halls, and anyone found guilty of such infractions will be subject to student conduct action.
Visitors of the opposite sex are permitted to visit in students' rooms in traditional residence halls during the following times: Sunday-Saturday 10:00 a.m.-2:00 a.m. All other interior areas of the residence halls are off limits to members of the opposite sex except during official visitation hours. Residence hall apartments with exterior entrances are subject to the guidelines under "Apartment Housing" below.
- Visitation privileges are subordinate to a resident's right of privacy
within his/her room. The presence of guests should in no way interfere
with the rights of the roommate(s) or other residents. Visitation
privileges may be revoked if it is determined that individuals are
violating the rights of others.
- All individuals not currently enrolled at Furman must be escorted at all
times by a resident when visiting any part of campus housing.
- Visitors should contact the resident with whom they wish to visit. The
resident can then allow the visitor into the residence hall, and escort
the visitor while he/she is in the building.
- Visitors are welcomed and encouraged to visit provided they observe the same community standards as residents.
- Card access is granted to and intended to only be used by residents to
whom the access has been granted. Visitors may not use a resident's
access card to gain entry to a residence hall.
- Student staff members have the authority to request proper identification
from individuals visiting the residence halls. Those individuals unable
to provide ID upon request will be asked to leave the residence hall
and/or be reported to Housing and Residence Life or University Police.
- Individuals found responsible for violating any part of the visitation policy will receive a minimum $50 fine.
A student found responsible of violating any part of the policy twice
may forfeit his/her visitation privileges for a period of time
determined through student conduct proceedings.
Housing and Residence Life offers North Village and Greenbelt housing residents a self-regulated visitation program through which the residents mutually agree upon and sign a contract related to their visitation hours. Additional information and contracts are available by request for each unit during the first week of classes. Contracts may be returned to the designated student staff members.
The following common areas of the residence halls are open to both men and women 24 hours daily:
- Daniel Lounge
- Earle Lounge
- Geer Study Rooms
- Judson Lobby
- Judson Game Room
- Poteat Student Room
- Ramsay Parlor
- Townes Parlor
Individuals who are guests and are not Furman residents must be escorted at all times when using common areas.
Cohabitation is prohibited. Cohabitation is defined as guests sleeping/staying in the room for an extended period of time, which infringes on the rights and privacy of residents in the living area. Continued use of a residence hall room or apartment by an individual or individuals other than those to whom the room or apartment is assigned is strictly prohibited. Those individuals cohabiting are subject to the penalties of violating the visitation policy, which may include the loss of housing.
Guests are defined as visitors who are not Furman students. Residents are responsible for their guests' conduct in campus housing. This includes hosting prospective students. Guests must be accompanied by their student host while in campus housing. No resident may have an overnight guest in campus housing for more than two consecutive evenings without written permission from the appropriate Housing and Residence Life official.