Facility Related
Common Areas and Usage
Electrical Circuit Overload
Fixtures and Locks
Residential Duty Officer (RDO) Rooms
Resident Room Access Responsibility
Room Cleanliness and Upkeep
Unauthorized Access to Spaces
Unauthorized Movement of Furniture
Window Stops

Common Areas and Usage 

The use of residential common areas is restricted to the residential community occupants, their guests/visitors, and University affiliated groups and organizations that have reserved the space.
  • Students, guests, and visitors may not sleep overnight in common areas.
  • Common area furniture and equipment must remain in in the common room.
  • All individuals who use common areas are expected to keep these spaces reasonably clean and orderly for community use.

Out of consideration for all residents, any individual using common areas such as kitchens, lounges or recreational space is expected to return the space to the condition in which it was found. This includes cleaning up after preparing and serving food, putting away food items by storing them securely in pest-proof containers, returning furniture to its proper location and set up, and properly disposing of trash.  Residents should also not dispose of room and food waste in common bathrooms.  Residents should not leave unattended items in public spaces.  Unattended items left in these spaces are subject to disposal by the University.

Although they are University buildings, the College Houses and Sansom Place residences and their common spaces, amenities, etc. are first and foremost intended for the use by on-campus residents.   This includes on-campus residential laundry facilities, which are to be used solely by on-campus residents. Back to top

Electrical Circuit Overload

Residents found to be consistently overloading electrical circuitry (tripping breakers) through use of appliances or other electrical equipment will be required to reduce their electrical usage.  Residents are also encouraged to use surge protectors as a means to further protect electrical equipment. Back to top

Fixtures and Locks

Residents are encouraged to keep their exterior room or apartment doors locked at all times. Residents are not allowed to damage, hinder the proper use of, or make changes to any locks or fixtures associated with their rooms or apartment.  Residents cannot add fixtures or locks to any doors, walls, or other surfaces within their apartment. Back to top

Residential Duty Officer (RDO) Rooms

RDO rooms are set aside for short term emergency situations; an average stay is 2-4 days.  Residents are required to follow instructions regarding move-in and move-out of these spaces.  Residents should also not expect a permanent relocation into a RDO room.  Back to top

Resident Room Access Responsibility

Residents are responsible for their own PennCards and, when issued, their brass keys. They should not share keys or PennCards with another individual or duplicate their keys for any purpose. Residents should be aware of the whereabouts of their keys (if applicable) and PennCards at all times. Back to top

Room Cleanliness and Upkeep

As responsible members of a larger community, residents are expected to maintain reasonable standards of cleanliness and order within their rooms as a means to discourage pests.  Over the counter pesticides do not solve pest issues. They only move the pests elsewhere and potentially put any roommates or neighbors with chemical allergies at risk.  

Residents are also expected to return their rooms to a broom swept and reasonably clean condition similar to the state at check-in when they move out, including disposing of all trash and non-university furniture from their spaces.

Residents who fail to properly maintain, clean, or clear their apartments or rooms will be subject to disciplinary action, including fines and cleaning costs.

Residents will also be assessed fines for any damage that occurs in their rooms during the school year, including any damage done to walls in the hanging of decorations within their spaces. All roommates are held responsible for the condition of all of the space within their rooms or apartments. Back to top

Unauthorized Access to Spaces

Any resident, visitor or guest found within unauthorized areas (student rooms in which they are not either a resident or an accompanied and welcomed guest, mechanical rooms, housekeeping closets, steam tunnels, etc.), found using emergency exits for any reason other than an emergency, or found on any roof, portico or any other architectural feature not designed for recreational or functional use will be subject to fines, assessment for any damages caused and disciplinary action.  Residents, visitors, and guests are not permitted to place any items in any unauthorized area.  The University assumes no financial or legal responsibility for any student, guest, visitor, or property as a result of such actions. Back to top

Unauthorized Movement of Furniture

Residents are required to keep all assigned room furniture within their rooms for their period of occupancy.  Missing furniture or furniture found in the hallway, a lounge, a common space, or any other space other than its original room or apartment will result in fines and potential disciplinary proceedings.  Furniture removed from halls, even by the University, will be treated as “missing” for the purposes of post-move-out charges.  Student room furniture cannot be “stored” elsewhere or otherwise placed into lounges.  Furniture placed in lounges is subject to being removed by the University and will be treated as “missing” for the purpose of post-move-out charges. Back to top

Window Stops

Residents may not tamper with window stops where they exist. Back to top