Policies and Programs

BICYCLES

Bicycles are permitted, although not encouraged, in student rooms if the roommates agree. For safety reasons, bicycles may not be left on balconies, porches, hallways, stairs, or any other public areas of the building. Students are encouraged to register their bicycles with the CMU Police Department.

CANDLES AND INCENSE

For fire and safety reasons, candles, lanterns and incense are not permitted in the residence hall rooms for any reason.

CARE AND CLEANING OF ROOMS

Students are expected to keep their rooms clean. Students are responsible for taking their trash and recycling outside to the appropriate bins on a regular basis. Custodians will vacuum floors in common areas such as halls, lobbies and lounges; nonetheless, students are expected to pick up personal belongings when leaving common areas.

COMMUNICABLE DISEASES

If a student is diagnosed (by the staff at CMU Health Services or his/her own health care provider) with  a communicable disease that poses a threat to others in the residence halls community, he or she may need to leave the residence hall until no longer able to spread the illness to others, as determined by the staff at CMU Health Services. All entering freshmen living in the residence halls and their parents should be familiar with information about meningococcal meningitis, a rare but rapidly progressive and potentially fatal illness, and meningitis vaccine and consider immunization against the disease. 

Students are strongly encouraged to comply with the immunization recommendations and complete the Pre-Entrance Health History and Pre-Matriculation Immunization forms prior to entering CMU. The forms are available at https://www.cmich.edu/UniversityHealthServices/Pages/default.aspx​

For additional information, contact University Health Services at (989) 774-6591 or via email at healthservices@cmich.edu

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Anyone interested in volunteering for campus or the Mount Pleasant community will not be turned away! A person could volunteer as an individual, with a group from the floor, as part of a hall council, or as a member of other campus organizations. Volunteers are needed for a variety of activities. There is no limit to how much community service a person could provide. Many residence hall councils take on special projects that provide outstanding contributions to the community.

COMPUTER HOOK-UP AND LABS

The ResNet is an Ethernet network running throughout CMU´s residence halls. At the beginning of the fall semester, ResNet connection teams will be in each residence hall to assist students in scheduling and connecting their computer to this network. The university provides Ethernet access free. There is no initial fee for the network connection unless a problem exists that is above and beyond the normal hook-up. Each student must supply his or her own computer, network card and network cabling.

Although many students bring their own computer to campus, there are also several computer labs and computer centers available for students who live in the residence halls. The labs are open 24 hours per day, seven days a week when the residence halls are open. The labs and the centers offer handicap accessible tables and other services for special needs individuals. Personalized support is offered regarding hardware and software problems.

COOPERATION AND COMPLIANCE WITH STAFF

Residents and guests are required to comply and cooperate with any university staff member´s reasonable request. Failure to comply or cooperate will be viewed as a violation and result in disciplinary action. Failure for guests to comply or cooperate will lead to their immediate removal from the residence hall.

DAMAGE CONTROL POLICY

Although there is not a great deal of public damage in the residence hall community, unfortunately, it does occur at times. Damages that can be directly attributed to an individual are charged directly to that individual. When it is impossible to determine who caused the damage in any area considered a "public area," the damage charges are divided among the residents of that area. A public area may be a hallway, lounge, lobby, or any other area not contained in a specific residence hall room. Public area damages will be divided up by the floor residents or by the entire residence hall community depending upon its location. Room damages will be equally divided among room residents unless an individual assumes responsibility.

ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES

Popcorn poppers, George Foreman grills and other heating and cooking devices may not be used in student rooms. Such devices may be used in the kitchenettes available on every floor. Microwave ovens that are a part of a combined microwave and refrigerator are permitted. Other microwaves are only allowed in Campbell, Kesseler, Kulhavi, Celani and Fabiano Halls. They are prohibited in the other 17 halls because of safety concerns and energy usage limits. All electrical appliances must be UL approved. The UL seal must appear on both the appliance and the cord. Coffee pots are allowed.

ELEVATORS

In all residence halls, elevators are available for use by students with physical disabilities or temporary mobility problems. Elevator keys can be obtained from the residence hall director.

The Towers (Carey, Cobb, Troutman and Wheeler) residence halls are eight floors high. Campbell, Celani, Fabiano, Kesseler and Kulhavi halls are five floors high. Elevators are in constant use and available at all times. We ask that students use the elevators with care as they are in great demand by the 2,100 residents in that area and are very expensive to repair. In the event that a student is seen tampering with or vandalizing the elevator in any way, including jumping, disciplinary action will be taken and damage charges will be assessed.

FIREARMS

All firearms (including BB, pellet and air soft guns), ammunition, bows and arrows are prohibited in the residence halls. You will risk severe university discipline and/or suspension if found with firearms or other dangerous weapons in the room/hall. Storage is available at the CMU Police Department at no charge.

FLOORS

All floors in residence hall rooms are tile. Many students choose to bring carpet remnants or rugs with them to make the space their own. In addition, the Office of Residence Life has an agreement with College Carpets www.collegecarpets2u.com. If you are thinking of carpet, you might consider ordering one from College Carpets. College Carpets will have your order in your room ready to be unrolled when you arrive on campus. They have several colors and sizes available. 

The Residence Hall Assembly student leadership group receives a portion of all profits from the sale of these carpets, which helps support programs and activities for all residence hall students; however, Central Michigan University is not responsible or liable for the services and/or actions of College Carpets. 

GENDER-NEUTR​AL HOUSING

The Office of Residence Life at Central Michigan University is committed to providing residents a comfortable, educational, diverse, and caring community where academic success, personal growth, and social responsibility are valued. 

In an effort to assist each student in finding their place on campus, we offer gender-neutral housing for transgender and gender non-conforming individuals.

If you are interested in a gender-neutral room or apartment space, we can provide you with a personal and confidential assessment of the available options. To discuss your interest or preferences, please contact Ann (for residence halls) at 989-774-3285 or Karen​ (for university apartments) at 989-774-3284.​

GUEST HOUSING AND MEALS

Parents may stay overnight in residence hall guest rooms for a reasonable fee. Reservations for guest rooms may be made at the Office of Residence Life, or by calling (989) 774-3111. Guest meal tickets may be purchased in each Residential Restaurant. Only residents or guests with meal tickets are allowed in the residential restaurant during meal hours.

HALL COUNCIL

The hall council is the residential governing body for each hall. Hall council officers and committee members participate in developing and implementing hall activities. These activities include social events, educational programs and recreational competitions. The hall council also serves as a major source of input concerning residence hall operations and policies through representation in the Residence Hall Assembly.

INSURANCE

The university does not carry insurance covering personal belongings. Students should check their parents´ insurance company about possible coverage. You may want to consider purchasing a separate policy. The university does not assume responsibility for theft or casualty losses of students´ personal property.

KEYS/ADDITIONAL LOCKS

A key is issued to each resident at check-in. Keys provide access to the resident´s room and mailbox for each resident. A resident´s signature at check-in acknowledges receipt of the key and an assumption of responsibility. Keys must not be loaned or duplicated. If a key is lost, the resident must pay for a lock replacement and new keys. Lost keys should be reported at once to the residence hall director.

It is your responsibility to carry your key at all times. If you do not have it, a staff member will unlock your door no more than two times during the academic year. After two key ins, you will be charged $20 each time you request a staff member to unlock your door.

Additional locks are not allowed on any residence hall room door including entrance, bedroom or bathroom because of safety concerns. 

LAUNDRY ROOMS

Each residence hall has one or more laundry rooms equipped with coin operated washers and dryers. Refunds for money lost in the machines is available at the residence hall desk. To ensure the security of clothes in the machines, we suggest that residents stay nearby while doing their laundry. FLEX Dollars will be accepted as a from of payment for laundry in the following residence halls beginning fall 2012: Barnes, Carey, Cobb, Emmons, Herrig, Larzelere, Robinson, Saxe, Troutman, Wheeler and Woldt.

LEADERSHIP CAMP​

High school seniors with leadership potential are trained and educated in leadership during this three-day camp sponsored by the Office of Residence Life. Central Michigan juniors and seniors who already have extensive leadership experience facilitate the small group sessions. Students who have been admitted to CMU are invited to apply for the mid-May program.

LEADERSHIP SAFARI

Held the week before classes begin each fall, this five-day program sponsored by the Office of Residence Life helps incoming students enhance their leadership skills and prepare for college life. Motivational speakers provide the themes for group sessions, workshops and social activities. Returning CMU students are given the opportunity to enhance their leadership skills by mentoring incoming students.

LOFTS

Lofts are permitted but must conform to certain specifications. The specifications are included under the 'Lofts' section of this website. Lofts not conforming to specifications must be removed. The university has no provision for storing lofts over the summer, so they must be removed at the end of the year. If you decide to build a loft, the university-provided furniture must be stored in your own residence hall room. All lofts must be removed and the bed reassembled two weeks before the end of the spring semester. Because the beds that are furnished in Kesseler, Campbell, Kulhavi, Robinson, Celani and Fabiano Halls may be lofted, students are not allowed to bring their own lofts. Personal lofts are allowed in Carey, Cobb, Troutman or Wheeler Halls on a limited basis because of space restrictions. The beds in these four halls are bunked. 

The University has an agreement with  www.bedloft.com.   Bedloft.com rents approved lofts to interested students. The Residence Hall Assembly student leadership group receives a portion of all profits which helps support programs and activities for all residence hall students; however, Central Michigan University is not responsible or liable for the services and/or actions of Bedloft.com. 

MEDICINAL MARIJUANA

Although many states (Michigan included) have passed laws legalizing medicinal marijuana, all forms of marijuana continue to be illegal under federal law. Federal law supersedes state law, as a result, institutions are not obligated to accommodate users of medicinal marijuana in residence halls, on campus, or otherwise. CMU does not allow the use or possession of any form of marijuana on campus.

MicroFridge

Bedloft.com is the exclusive rental provider of MicroFridge multipliances to CMU residence hall students. A MicroFridge is a combination refrigerator, freezer and microwave. MicroFridge rentals will be delivered and picked up directly to your room. For more information please contact: Bedloft.com​. Central Michigan University is not responsible or liable for services and/or actions of the Bedloftt company.

OVERNIGHT GUESTS

You may not allow any person other than another resident assigned to the room to sleep or reside in your room without the permission of your residence hall director. The university may require this permission to be in writing and may revoke it. Before your residence hall director gives permission for an overnight guest, he or she must be assured that all roommates have consented. You are held personally responsible for the actions of your guests.
  
No overnight guests will be allowed prior to the start of classes in the fall as well as during the first week of the fall semester, or during exam week fall or spring semester. These are periods of time when students are becoming acclimated to CMU, his or her residence hall and roommates and/or are preparing for end of the semester examinations. 

PAINTING

Every effort is made by the Office of Residence Life to keep the rooms in good repair. The Facilities Management personnel complete all painting. Students may not paint their rooms. 

PETS

To protect the general health and safety of residence hall residents, fish are the only type of pets allowed in any residence hall.

PSYCHOLOGICAL AND MEDICAL EMERGENCIES

If residents try to physically harm themselves with the intention of killing themselves, display other behavior suggesting possible danger to self or others, or behavior that substantially disrupts the living and learning environment of others, the student may be immediately removed from the residence halls. If removed, the student will not be allowed to return to the residence hall until completing a behavioral evaluation by an appropriate professional to assess whether the student is able to function safely in the residence halls. The professional will also make recommendations regarding necessary assistance for the student. A Behavioral Evaluation Team meeting or Student Success Meeting may be convened by the Dean of Students to make recommendations to the Dean concerning the Team´s belief regarding whether or not the student is stable enough to return to the residence halls and under what circumstances. Team members include representatives from the Office of Residence Life, the Counseling Center, and possibly others based upon the situation. The Dean will communicate his or her decision to the student.

In case of medical emergencies, the CMU Police Department will be contacted to determine how seriously ill or injured the student is and will call EMS for medical assistance and transportation of the student to the local hospital emergency room when necessary.

RECYCLING

Keeping our environment clean is the responsibility of each member of the community. Each residence hall has trash and recycling containers located in designated areas as well as small recycling containers in each residence hall room. The entire campus takes part in the annual Recycle Mania competition and the residence hall students contribute greatly to this campaign.

REFRIGERATORS

Refrigerators are permitted in student suites. They must not exceed 4.3 cubic feet per suite. You may bring your own or rent one from the rental firm approved by the Office of Residence Life.

RESIDENCE HALL ASSEMBLY

The Residence Hall Assembly is composed of student leaders who represent each residence hall. The group offers opportunities for leadership across campus, the state, region and nation. To get involved, talk with your hall council president. One of the programs Residence Hall Assembly offers is the Residence Hall Linens program www.rhl.org. Students may order extra-long sheets to fit the twin mattresses, as well as comforters, matching towels and storage items. Proceeds from the sale of these items go to the CMU Residence Hall Assembly and are used for programming in the residence halls. Please visit the RHL website at: www.rhl.org/cmi for more information. Central Michigan University is not responsible or liable for the services and/or actions of the Residence Hall Linens organization.

RESIDENCE LIFE ORDER DAY

If you change the physical condition of your room during the year, it must be returned to its original condition one week prior to the end of the academic year. For instance, if you have built a loft, taken apart your beds, installed carpeting or moved university furniture around, you must disassemble the items and return everything to its original placement. Most students living on campus need to have a parent take their larger items home for them and weekends are the best time to accomplish that task. The main reason, however, is an academic one. There is enough confusion and disruption prior to exam week, and the noise and disturbance it causes for roommates and neighboring rooms is an impediment for students trying to study. There is some flexibility in this process. Students may choose to disassemble the room after exams are completed, normally Friday or Saturday of exam week.

ROOM CHANGES

The residence hall director must approve room changes within each residence hall. The responsibility for working out the details of a resident-initiated change rests with the residents requesting the change. Requests to move to another hall must be approved by the residence hall director of the hall to which the student wishes to move. No moves will be approved within the first two weeks of each semester.

ROOM REPAIRS AND PEST CONTROL

You can report maintenance or pest control problems in your room 24 hours a day by calling the residence hall desk, and your request will be reported to the proper personnel. Please be sure to have the following information available:

  • Your name, residence hall and room number
  • Your telephone number
  • Your request - please be specific

Repairs will begin as soon as possible. 

To keep pests out of the room, you should take precautions to store food properly and practice reasonable housekeeping chores. All food should be kept in a refrigerator or in airtight containers. All trash, including empty boxes, should be discarded promptly.

ROOMMATE AGREEMENT WORKBOOK

A roommate agreement workbook has been developed to assist residence hall students to live successfully. Roommates get together, discuss issues before they become concerns and revisit the agreement if problems arise during the academic year. The workbook helps students develop a cooperative living and learning environment that respects the rights and opinions of each individual in the residence hall community.

On rare occasions, roommate concerns may escalate to a point where people are no longer able to live together. If that situation occurs, all students involved in the disagreements may be required to move to other residence hall rooms.

Generally, most people believe you have to like each other and be friends to be roommates. Although it is nice to be friends with your roommates, it is not required. Many people do not know their roommate before they move in to their residence hall room. It is important to get to know each other and something about each other´s interests and habits as quickly as possible. In addition, many would wish to live with someone just like themselves, so they might automatically share everything in common. Instead, we find all kinds of individual differences that present challenges and opportunities. Our challenge is to focus on building what we share in common, instead of seeing differences as a barrier we cannot or do not want to cross. Your resident assistant or multicultural advisor will be happy to assist your room in beginning your discussions utilizing the roommate agreement workbook.

SMOKING POLICY

No smoking is allowed in any residence hall building. You and your guest must be at least 25 feet away from the building in order to smoke. Your ability to smoke outside should never interfere with the rights of non-smokers. Hookahs are prohibited.

SOLICITATION POLICY

No solicitations, sales or fund raising are permitted in any CMU residence hall unless the person is in possession of a properly issued and current solicitation permit. Registered Student Organizations, commercial organizations and individuals may obtain applications for permits from the Office of Residence Life. Individual hall councils set solicitation times.

STORAGE

Storage is extremely limited in each residence hall room so you may consider adding storage with small bookcases, baskets, a trunk or cartons that stack. Plan to take seasonal clothing home at break periods.

STUDY AREAS

Each residence hall has several areas set aside for individual and group study.

TELEPHONE SERVICE

Each student room has telephone service. On-campus numbers may be reached by dialing the last four digits of the number. Local off-campus calls may be reached by dialing "9" and then the seven digit number. On-campus information may be reached by "0", while off-campus information may be reached at "9-411 ". The long distance operator can be reached by dialing "9-0."

Students must not accept collect calls on their residence hall phone. Our phone system has direct long distance dialing capabilities. Residents will have the option of having an access code for this long distance option. 

VACATION AND MOVE-OUT PROCEDURE

All residence halls, except Celani, Herrig and Saxe Halls, are closed three times during the academic year: during Thanksgiving break, semester break in December and spring break. Students must check out of their room with a staff member at the end of each semester. All electrical items must be unplugged during the December break. Students are encouraged to take home their more expensive belongings during these periods (computers, jewelry, cash, etc.).

VISITATION POLICY

Visitation hours and escort policies are determined in each residence hall by the residence hall councils. In most cases, the hall councils choose 24-hour visitation.
Please note: You may not allow any person other than another resident assigned to the room to sleep or reside in your room without the permission of your residence hall director. The university may require this permission to be in writing and may revoke it. Before your residence hall director gives permission for an overnight guest, he or she must be assured that all roommates have consented. You are held personally responsible for the actions of your guests.

If you live in a no-visitation room, you are not allowed an overnight guest of the opposite sex. You may be moved to another room after the first offense of this policy.​​

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