Alcohol, marijuana, other drugs, and related paraphernalia
AlcoholUnderage possession of alcohol is prohibited by Missouri State Law and is also a violation of the student conduct code. Any student violating the University’s alcohol policy is subject to follow-up. Residential Life places its highest enforcement priority on enforcing violations that are repeated, disruptive, dangerous, and/or flagrant.
- Drunk and disorderly behavior that disrupts the community is prohibited.
- Alcohol is not allowed in public spaces in and around Residential Life buildings. These spaces include but are not limited to: window ledges, balconies, lounges, lobbies, hallways, pools, and lawns.
- Pictures, posters, containers, and signs that refer to alcohol and other drugs and are displayed for public view are prohibited.
- Activities that potentially encourage excessive or dangerous drinking are not allowed, including:
- Kegs and large common containers containing alcohol.
- Bars – what constitutes a bar will be left to the discretion of the Residential Life Staff.
- Drinking games.
- Hard alcohol is not permitted in any space where one or more occupants is under the age of 21.
- Packages containing alcohol may not be sent or received in any residential mailrooms regardless of the recipient’s age.
- Consumption of alcohol by students (including residents and non-residential students) and guests is permitted only in an assigned room, suite, or apartment where the resident assigned to the space and everyone present is 21 (legal drinking age) and the door is closed.
Students who violate the alcohol policy may be required to meet with their RCD and may be referred to a representative of the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards, the alcohol and other drugs health educator, or other campus resources.
As it pertains to alcohol, the University also has a “medical amnesty and active bystander protocol” with which students should be familiar. That protocol can be found here on the Habif Health & Wellness website. The medical amnesty and active bystander protocol is designed to encourage students to seek medical care in an alcohol related emergency by reducing the potential barrier of University disciplinary consequences in certain circumstances.
- Use, possession, sale, or manufacture of any illegal drug including marijuana, cocaine, nitrous oxide and other inhalants, methamphetamine, heroin, rohypnol (roofies), Gamma Hydroxy-Butyrate (GHB), ketamine (Special K), ecstasy, etc. is strictly prohibited.
- Drug-related paraphernalia is not permitted under any circumstance and may not be used as decoration. Hookahs and/or other tobacco smoking devices are not permitted under any circumstances, may not be used as decoration, and will be confiscated and not returned.
Students who violate the drug policy may be required to meet with their RCD and may be referred to a representative of the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards, the alcohol and other drugs health educator, or other campus resources. In some cases the matter may be referred off-campus for criminal prosecution.
Electrical Appliances that incorporate unshielded heating elements or draw more than 700 Watts are prohibited. All appliances used must be in good condition with special attention given to seals, electrical cords and plugs. Therefore, all appliances and their cords must be UL approved. Additionally, only power strips with circuit breakers may be used as extension cords. For a complete list of prohibited items, please see Important Things to Know tab below Policies and Procedures.
For the safety of residents and guest, the use of grills and/or other cooking devices on balconies is strictly prohibited. Items may not be hung, draped over, or otherwise affixed to balconies. Additionally, throwing and/or directing objects, laser pointers, or any substance from, into, or onto residence hall windows, doors, terraces, ledges, roofs or other areas is prohibited.
No indoor furniture should be placed on balconies.
No outdoor grills or other cooking devices should be used or placed on balconies.
Bicycles are prohibited inside building managed by residential life due to fire safety. Bicycles should be secured to bicycle racks outside of the residence halls and may not be secured to fences or handrails. By May, all bicycles must be removed from residential life premises. Failure to do so will result in bikes being removed and donated to charity.
For more information, visit Washington University Police (WUPD) headquarters to obtain a bike lock or to register your bicycle online.
Chalking is only allowed on uncovered sidewalks and pathways. Chalking is not allowed on buildings, walls, trees, covered sidewalks, or other surfaces. This includes the raised limestone wall surfaces along the pathway next to Gregg House on the South 40. Groups that chalk in residential areas that require clean-up may be charged for the cost of clean-up.
The campus is in the midst of major facility improvements. Construction has been a way of life in recent years. With this in mind, and for safety reasons, only authorized personnel are permitted to enter any area where construction is occurring. All unauthorized entry by students will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards and/or University Police.
The Internet, and WU Copyright law applies to all intellectual works (including articles, software, html code, computer graphics, sound recordings, movies, web pages, etc.). If you are the author/creator, you are the copyright owner. ONLY the copyright owner has the right to reproduce, distribute, perform, or display a particular work. This means that if you can see it, hear it, and/or touch it — it may be protected. So if you weren’t the author/creator, you don’t have the right to share it, modify it, or download it to your computer. Sharing copyrighted materials without the owner’s permission violates copyright law, with or without any money changing hands. So, if you didn’t write it, you don’t own it. If you don’t own it, you can’t share it, upload it, or download it.
At the end of each semester, Residential Life Staff inspect all resident rooms. Any damages encountered will be documented, photographed, and charged to the resident(s) of the unit. For more information regarding damages, please review the housing agreement here.
Metal-tipped darts and cork dartboards are not permitted.
Use of unauthorized decorations is prohibited. Residents may be charged for any and all damage or damages resulting from violation of the decoration policy. Residents are encouraged to personalize their rooms, but must follow the guidelines. For a complete list of unauthorized decorations please refer to the Important Things to Know tab under Policies and Procedures.
Washington University’s policies and programs are non-discriminatory. The University administers all programs without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, veteran status, or disability. If you would like to report a bias incident that involves a student, click here. If you would like to report a bias incident that does not involve a student, please contact Human Resources here.
Behavior that is disrespectful to the community which includes, but is not limited to, drunken behavior, “dorm-storming,” sports in the hallways, noise complaints, pranks, and any other disorderly conduct is prohibited. Individual or group activities that result in disturbances or distress to others, or that cause damage or destruction to property, are also prohibited.
Students are expected to be familiar with the University Computer Use Policy
Failure to comply
Students are expected to comply with all reasonable requests and instructions of University officials and staff including those working with Residential Life. Students must cooperate with staff (including Resident Advisors), provide accurate information, and properly identify themselves to a University official when those staff members are in the performance of their duties. Students who do not comply will be referred to their Residential College/Community Director (RCD), The Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards, off-campus authorities, and/or a non-University organization.
Tampering with fire safety equipment is strictly prohibited. This includes inappropriate use of fire extinguishers, fire alarm pulls, smoke detectors, sprinkler systems, fire panels, propping fire doors, etc. Tampering with fire safety equipment is a federal offense and subject to punishment by law.
The misuse and/or damage of furniture is prohibited. Common space furniture in the residential community should not be moved or taken to individual resident suites or rooms. Furniture in individual suites and rooms should not be placed on balconies and under any circumstance left in the hallway corridors. Residents who move furniture from its appropriate location will be fined. Rooms with missing furniture at the end of the academic year will be charged the full replacement cost for each missing item.
Washington University advocates a positive and safe environment for its students, faculty, and staff and does not tolerate harassment of any kind. Harassment is defined as unwelcome and objectively offensive conduct that (a) has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or educational environment, (b) is directed at a particular individual or individuals, and (c) is abusive or severely humiliating. Such behavior is subject to disciplinary action.
The Office of Residential Life refers all incidents of harassment to the appropriate office(s) for further investigation and resolution.
For more information, please see coping.wustl.edu.
Health and Safety
For the health and safety of residents and guests, the behaviors outlined below are strictly prohibited:
- Unauthorized access or use of residential facility roofs
- Tampering with fire safety or other safety equipment, this includes, but is not limited to, tampering with or covering smoke detectors and/or carbon monoxide detectors
- Possessing or storing flammable decorations, appliances, a gas engine vehicle or any form of combustible fuel and/or other property that may be deemed a fire hazard
- Causing a fire or false alarm in or about a residential community
- Failing to respond and evacuate appropriately, if required, at the sounding of the fire alarm system
- Installing an unauthorized lock on a bedroom, bathroom, closet, or suite door
- Inadequately securing one’s residence hall room and/or failure to lock room doors, including door tapping and propping
- Improper disposal or collection of trash or debris that could lead to room/suite entry obstruction, unsanitary hazardous conditions and/or fire safe hazards.
- Hindering the operation of the Mechanical or Electronic door hardware on any door in any building that is overseen by Residential Life is prohibited.
- Tampering with the door hardware could be considered a breach of security and a fire code violation.
- Additionally, propping of bedroom and suite doors by any object with the purpose of overriding the security and integrity of the door is prohibited.
- Any door found propped open when the resident of that space is not present could be found in violation of this policy.
The Residential Life staff, as well as maintenance staff, conduct routine facilities and safety checks. Each Residential College Director will inspect each room in his/her college for damage, missing furniture, etc. at the end of each semester and during breaks.
The privilege to have guests in a residence hall, room, or suite is based upon the principle of mutual respect and balance; one resident’s right to have guests does not supersede another’s right to reasonable privacy. In particular, it is expected that students who share a living space will be courteous to one another, communicate, show willingness to make compromises, and act in good faith in the matter of guests. Students who wish to host overnight guests (including visitors and Washington University students) must fill out a guest registration form. Guests’ stays are limited to three consecutive nights unless prior approval is granted from the RCD. The lending of keys, identification, and door access cards to guests is not permitted. Residents are responsible for all that takes place in their residence hall room, including their guests’ behavior.
Key Card Policy
Residents are prohibited from loaning their student ID to anyone. Student ID cards provide residential student’s entry into residential communities, therefore loaning your student ID poses a safety risk.
Laundry Equipment Problems
See this page: http://card.wustl.edu/laundry-service-report/
Lock-Outs & Lost Keys
South 40 Procedure
Create a new room keycard at the kiosk located in the Residential Life Center Annex. (The kiosk is available 24 hours a day and is accessible with your 6-digit WU ID number and 4-digit pin number, which can be found under the “Campus Housing” tab on WebSTAC) A $5.00 charge will be administered for all lockouts starting after Labor Day weekend.
- Between 5pm-Midnight any night, go to or call the Village Office (935-8828) to have someone let you back into your room, for a charge of $25.00.
- Between Midnight-8:30am, call WU Police Department at 935-5555. There is a $25.00 charge for after-hours lockouts.
NOTE: North Side residents may also use the 24-hour room key kiosk in the Residential Life Center Annex on the South 40, using your 6-digit WU ID number and 4-digit pin number (found on WebSTAC), for a charge of $5.00.
If there is a problem with your lock, the Residential Life Center can assist you between the hours of 8:30 am and 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday (935-5050).
After business hours you should find an RA or go to:
- The RA duty office in the Residential Life Center Annex:
Monday – Friday: 5pm – Midnight
Saturday – Sunday: 1:30pm – Midnight
- The Village Office: Every night, 5pm – Midnight.
- Between midnight – 8:30am, call WU Police Department (935-5555).
If a student ID card is lost, notify the Residential Life staff, and then visit the Office of Student Records for a replacement.
REMEMBER: Loaning your student ID to anyone is prohibited.
The Office of Residential Life permits students to use their own loft furniture. However, lofts must be approved by the Facilities & Services Coordinator in Residential Life. There are several guidelines that must be followed to ensure that the loft is safe for all occupants of the room. The Office of Residential Life reserves the right to ask students to remove a loft if it is deemed unsafe.
Missing student notification policy
Move In/Move Out
The use, presence and/or storage of candles, incense, and other combustible materials is prohibited in residence halls, regardless of decorative purposes. If your religion or faith requires candle burning for certain occasions/holidays, contact your RCD for special consideration prior to use or possession in the residential community.
Painting of resident rooms/suites is not permitted. Residents should not use abrasive adhesives (duct tape, masking tape, glow stars, etc.), which might remove paint. Nails, screws, and other tools that damage the wall surface are also not permitted. Talk to your RA for recommended decorating tips.
Parties, gatherings, or events in the residential community that violate the Residential Life party guidelines are prohibited.
Northside Community: Upperclass students living in suites or in Millbrook Apartments may register a party in their suite with a maximum of 25 people, including the residents of the suite. For gatherings of 25-50, residents must reserve a common space.
All parties involving alcohol must adhere to Missouri state law, residential life, and university policies related to the use, possession and consumption of alcohol.
South 40 Community: Residents on the South 40 may host parties in their suite when the number of attendees is less than or equal to 10 people, with prior approval from their suitemates. For gatherings of 10 people or more, residents must host their guest in a community common space that has been reserved through the Party Registration online form.
- Parties may only be hosted on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday.
- All guests must comply with Residential Life policies including all guests must be 21 years of age if alcohol is present.
- No drinking games, kegs, or large common source containers are allowed including parties where are guest present are over the age of 21.
- Alcohol can be in no public space including balconies.
All parties must be registered through your RCD. You can use the Party Registration form online, which must be filled out by the Wednesday preceding the party.
Residents are permitted to have approved Service and Assistance Animals and fish in small aquariums in their rooms. Any other animals found in the residence hall must be immediately removed. The removal and any necessary cleaning, repairs and/or pest control will be done at the expense of the resident(s) responsible who will also be subject to disciplinary action. Residents found with pets or animals in their rooms that have not been approved may face disciplinary action.
For more information about pet accommodations and additional, please visit Cornerstone here.
Unauthorized or sanctioned posting in or around the residential community is prohibited.
An individual’s right to privacy is important in a residence hall community setting. The University expects students and their guests to meet reasonable expectations of privacy of other individuals within the community.
Therefore, taking photographs of another person particularly in a state of nudity or partial nudity or any photograph that may be deemed lewd or obscene of another person without their explicit consent is prohibited. This policy specifically pertains to rooms or suites where the door entering the space is closed and there is a reasonable expectation of privacy of other individuals in the space.
Quiet hours are 11:00 pm to 9:00 am Monday-Thursday, and 1:00 am to 10:00 am Friday and Saturday. Courtesy hours are in effect 24 hours a day. Subwoofers are not permitted. Failure to comply with quiet hours, courtesy hours, or the possession of a subwoofer may result in disciplinary action.
Residents are prohibited from using a room and or suite in the residential community other than the one assigned to them. This includes use for extra storage of personal belongings or entertaining guest (regular hour and overnight). If you would like to request a room change, it must be done in accordance with your housing agreement.
Safety & Security
Blue Light Phones
In case of an earthquake, remain calm and stay where you are; most injuries occur when people are entering or leaving buildings. Protect yourself from possible falling objects and do not use stairwells or elevators. If you are outside, stay clear of buildings, trees, walls, and utility wires. Emergency Information In the event of a University-wide emergency, information will be posted at emergency.wustl.edu. Information can also be obtained by calling 5-9000.
If you encounter a fire in your building, pull the closest fire alarm and evacuate the building to your designated emergency assembly point (EAP). Emergency evacuation procedures are posted in every bedroom or suite. Failing to evacuate a building when hearing a fire alarm is in violation of University policy.
Tornado sirens are tested the first Monday of every month in St. Louis at 11:00 a.m. If you hear a tornado siren at any other time, immediately proceed to the lowest level of your building and seek shelter in a closed space with no windows.
Room & Building Entry
Safety and security are priorities everywhere on campus. Make a conscious effort to lock your door every time you leave, even if only for a minute. Report anyone checking for unlocked doors. All students do not have access to all Residential Life-managed buildings. Be careful about people who might follow you in. Do not let anyone into the building without asking for ID.
University Police are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The campus police headquarters is located on the South 40 on the ground level of Lien House. University Police can be reached by calling 5-5555.
For More Information, visit the Washington University Police Department Website.
Please report any behavior or person that makes you feel uncomfortable or seems suspicious, including staff, non-students and non-staff, solicitors, and vendors. Report any suspicious person to a staff member or call University Police immediately at 5-5555.
No satellite dishes are permitted on any Residential Life-managed building.
Screens should remain in the windows at all times. If your screen is loose, please fill out a maintenance request.
Search & Seizure
The University retains its right to search your room to enforce University policy, address health or safety concerns, and/or for other institutional purposes.
The Office of Residential Life is dedicated to creating a respectful learning community, free from any form of sexual assault or harassment. Sexual assault affects all members of the University community, and we must be responsible for one another. Campus resources for sexual assault prevention and survivor support are available to all members of the University community. No one asks to be sexually assaulted and sexual assault is never the fault of the survivor.
The Office of Residential Life refers all incidents of harassment to the appropriate office(s) for further investigation and resolution.
For more information, please see Rsvpcenter.wustl.edu.
Smoking & Tobacco
WUSTL strictly prohibits all smoking and other uses of tobacco products within all University buildings and on University property, at all times. This policy applies to everyone on campus, including students, faculty, staff, patients, contractors and visitors. For more information about this policy, please visit:
Solicitation of any kind in the residential community is prohibited. This includes but is not limited to door-to-door sales, flyers, or product parties. Residents of university residence facilities are not permitted to sublease, rent, or share their residence with any individual(s) that are not on the residential housing agreement/lease as assigned by residential life. This includes but is not limited to posting a room/suite for rent anywhere in print or electronically (i.e. AirBnB, Couchsurfing, or Craigslist).
Because of the potential interference to the living environment of others, students are not permitted to run businesses out of their Residence Hall rooms.
Residents who wish to reserve a public space on the South 40 or a table in South 40 Center may do so by completing a space reservation form online, at the Residential Life Office between the hours of 8:30 am – 11:00 pm Sunday-Thursday, 7:00 am – 1:00 pm Friday – Saturday. Students who have reserved a space have priority over a group that is there without a reservation. Destruction, defacement, or damage of any public space or property (bathrooms, lounges, hallways, etc.) is not permitted. Resident(s) responsible for such damage will be fined appropriate costs for repair, replacement, and labor. Public area damages not blamed on a specific individual may be charged to residents of a floor, building, or unit.
The Office of Residential Life places a very high level of importance on maintaining the security of our residence halls. In furtherance of that commitment, students are prohibited from tampering with any of the safety or security features in the halls including, but not limited to, room windows –toppers and screens, closed-circuit television equipment, and building, room or window locks. Violations of this policy may result in referral to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards, fines, or other disciplinary action.
Destruction, defacement, or damage of any public space or property (bathrooms, lounges, hallways, etc.) is prohibited. Resident(s) responsible for such damage will be fined appropriate costs for repair, replacement, and labor. Public area damages not blamed on a specific individual may be charged to residents of a floor, building, or unit if a cause can be determined.
Weapons, Firearms, Explosives
Washington University prohibits the use, possession, distribution, or storage of weapons, explosives, or fireworks by any person on any University-owned or controlled property and at any University-sponsored activity or event, regardless of location. Any implied possession or threat of use of a weapon will also be considered a violation of this policy.
Any authorized use, possession, or storage of fireworks must also separately adhere to the policy and procedures (PDF) set forth by the Environmental, Health and Safety office.