Copied below is the 2021-22 academic year version of the Code of Student Life, which rules are applicable to reports occurring on or after August 15, 2021.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, students are asked to comply with expectations outlined at coronavirus.uiowa.edu

For any incidents that occurred before August 15, 2021, please use the 2020-2021 Code of Student Life.

  • Section A: Introduction

    What does it mean to be a Hawkeye?

    At the University of Iowa, students, staff, faculty, and others are joined together in a unique and tight-knit community. Our community embraces our core values of diversity, equity, and inclusion while continuing to protect academic freedom and promote free expression. These goals are embodied in the IOWA Challenge, and they illustrate what it means to be a true Hawkeye. We excel not only not only as individuals, but also as a community, by pushing ourselves to excel intellectually. We stretch ourselves to experience new, unfamiliar things. We engage in innovative activities and coursework that make a difference in people’s lives and help shape our community. We choose to work hard, to try and be the best versions of ourselves, and to hold ourselves—and each other—accountable for our actions. Finally, we know that while we are here to serve each other, when we leave, we are prepared to serve the world. This is what it means to be a Hawkeye.

    The Code of Student Life

    The purpose of the Code of Student Life is to help students learn and grow to become the best version of themselves, so they are better equipped to embody the IOWA Challenge, positively contributing to the Hawkeye community and beyond. This document establishes a framework to ensure our Hawkeye community achieves and upholds the goals and values listed above. The University is committed to due process and fairness when applying these rules and engaging in the Student Accountability Process. When you become a Hawkeye, you agree to understand and abide by the rules listed in the code, recognizing that this document helps us maintain a safe, healthy, respectful, supportive, and flourishing community, embodying the meaning of being a Hawkeye.  

  • Section B: Authority
    1. Pursuant to Iowa Administrative Code, the President is the Chief Administrative Officer for the University of Iowa. The President has nominated, and the Board of Regents has appointed, a Vice President for Student Life with overall responsibility for student-related matters, including but not limited to student conduct and discipline. The Vice President for Student Life has, in turn, delegated considerable authority for the establishment of rules and handling of rule and policy violations to the Associate Vice President and Dean of Students and designees, including the Assistant Dean and Director of Student Accountability, as well as staff of the Office of Student Accountability (OSA) and of University Housing and Dining.
    2. A full and complete text of the Code of Student Life and other general University rules and regulations of personal conduct currently in effect, including all amendments, must be on file in the Office of the Dean of Students at all times and must be available for inspection by students.
    3. This code may be amended at any time by authority of the President of the University. Amendments are effective upon approval by the President and publication on the Dean of Students website, provided that students have been notified of the amendment by mass electronic mailing, which will be conclusively presumed as adequate notice to all students. 

  • Section C: Definitions

    Campus Buildings – Buildings leased, owned, and operated by the University of Iowa. This includes academic buildings, campus facilities, and university residence halls.

    Property – Goods, personal belongings, buildings, equipment, automobiles, landscaping, real estate and all other tangible things.

    Reasonable Person – A standard which the Office of Student Accountability uses to assess if the alleged behavior described in an incident was a violation of the Code of Student Life. Specifically, a “reasonable person” means how an ordinarily prudent and rational person under similar circumstances and with similar identities would be expected to react.

    Responding Student – A student who has allegedly engaged in behavior that may be a violation of the Code of Student Life. This term specifically refers to instances when the University has sent a letter to a student alleging that specific rules or policies have been violated, and that the matter will be addressed through the Student Accountability Procedure.

    University Instructors – Individuals leading students in the educational or research efforts of the university, including faculty members, teaching assistants, and research assistants.

    Weapon – Serviceable firearms, taser, ammunition, explosives, fireworks, or other dangerous articles, paintball markers and other devices that fire projectiles, and devices that resemble serviceable weapons such as a pellet gun or toy gun that a reasonable observer would believe to be a gun. This also includes other weapons or dangerous objects such as arrows, axes, machetes, nun chucks, throwing stars, or non-cooking knives with a blade of longer than four inches.

  • Section D: Jurisdiction

    1. Applicable Policies, Rules, and Regulations

    Any student is subject to discipline by the University of Iowa Office of Student Accountability (OSA) if they are found to have engaged in behavior prohibited by policies, rules, or regulations of The University of Iowa that occur within the jurisdictional reach of the University of Iowa.

    Applicable policies, rules, or regulations include but are not limited to:

    a. The Code of Student Life
    b. The University Operations Manual, Section II (Community Policies) and Section IV (Students)
    c. The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, policies and rules related to Students
    d. The Interim Policy on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct https://osmrc.uiowa.edu/interim-policy-sexual-harassment-and-sexual-misconduct 
    e. Discipline of Registered Student Organizations https://dos.uiowa.edu/policies/discipline-of-registered-student-organizations/
    f. Acceptable Use of Information Technology Resources https://opsmanual.uiowa.edu/community-policies/acceptable-use-information-technology-resources
    g. University of Iowa Housing and Dining policies

    In consultation with the applicable office, OSA may also enforce or apply policies, rules, or regulations communicated by any University of Iowa College, Department, Unit, Program, Office or Facility

    2. Discipline Based On Office of Institutional Integrity Findings

    As required, the Office of Student Accountability will consult with the Title IX Coordinator to determine and impose appropriate sanctions for any student found responsible for violating the Interim Policy on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct.  https://opsmanual.uiowa.edu/community-policies/interim-policy-sexual-harassment-and-sexual-misconduct

    The Office of Student Accountability further will consult with the Director of Discrimination and ADA Compliance to determine and impose appropriate sanctions for any student found responsible for violating university policies related to bias, harassment, discrimination, equity, or free speech by the Office for Institutional Equity. 

    3. Constitutional Rights

    a. No policy, rule, or regulation can be interpreted in a way that conflicts with a student’s protected rights under The United States Constitution or The Constitution of the State of Iowa.
    b. Nothing in this code can be interpreted to override a student’s right to Freedom of Expression under the First Amendment of The United States Constitution. In keeping with our values of diversity, equity, and inclusion, we note that the principle of “Freedom of Speech” does have recognized limits such that a student could be subject to discipline if that speech constitutes Threatening Behavior (E.10), Terroristic Threats (E.11), Undue Harassment (E.17).
    c. The University’s Office of Institutional Equity is charged with implementation of equal opportunity, affirmative action, and diversity policies, including compliance with federal/state laws and university policy prohibiting discrimination based on protected classes.

    4. Who is considered a “Student” for these purposes?

    a. Whether school is in session or not, you are a "STUDENT” of The University of Iowa if at least one of the following is true:

    1. You have been accepted to any academic program of The University of Iowa
    2. You are admitted to any college of The University of Iowa
    3. You are registered in courses at the University

    i. full-time
    ii. part-time
    iii. including distance learning courses or others

    4. You are enrolled in a University-sponsored program, including, but not limited to:

    i. Orientation
    ii. Study abroad
    iii. The 2 Plus 2 plan
    iv. The REACH Program

    5. You are also considered a “student” until actual awarding of a degree

    i. If your degree has not yet been awarded, it may be held until the student accountability process is completed and all sanctions, if applicable, have been satisfactorily completed, even if you have satisfied academic requirements for the degree (graduate or undergraduate).

    b. Withdrawal (including during a semester) does not end jurisdiction under these rules for acts while you were a student.
    c. If you are not currently registered for a particular term, you are still considered a student for these purposes for twelve months after you are no longer registered in any course or program of the University of Iowa, unless you would be required to re-apply for admission. 
    d. If you are not currently registered, but a report is filed against you, the Director of OSA may:

    i. Proceed with an investigation, or
    ii. Restrict future registration, delay investigation, and/or resolve the report at a later date when or if you seek to register in a university course or program.

    5. What locations are considered within the jurisdictional reach of The University of Iowa under these rules?

    a. The University of Iowa asserts jurisdiction over behavior which occurs on-campus. On-campus is defined under the Code of Student Life as:

    1. University-owned or leased property
    2. Streets & pathways contiguous to or in the immediate vicinity of campus
    3. University housing

    a. Residence Halls
    b. Apartments

    4. Property, facilities, and leased premises of organizations affiliated with the University, including fraternity and sorority chapter dwellings

    b. The University of Iowa asserts jurisdiction over off-campus behavior that affects a clear and distinct interest of the University. The Director of the Office of Student Accountability makes the determination of “clear and distinct interest” by considering whether the behavior:

    1. Is directed at a University student or other member of the University community
    2. Occurs at a University-sponsored or authorized activity, including:

    a. sporting or other event,
    b. educational activity, such as

    i. internship
    ii. service-learning experience
    iii. field trip
    iv. during a study-abroad

    c. student organization-sponsored activity.

    3. Occurs while either involved party was acting in an official capacity for the University
    4. Constitutes a violation of:

    a. federal law
    b. state law or ordinance
    c. local law or ordinance
    d. Demonstrates a threat to campus safety and security, no matter where it occurs

    5. Involves alcohol, drugs, or acts of violence (or threats of violence) in Johnson County, IA. Such behaviors are presumed to demonstrate a threat to campus safety and security
    6. Or, otherwise affects a clear and distinct interest as articulated by the Office of Student Accountability

    c. The University of Iowa asserts jurisdiction over some on-line or electronic behaviors. It is often difficult to determine the precise location of online or electronic activities. For this reason, the University of Iowa asserts that online or electronic behaviors by a University of Iowa student are considered to affect a clear and distinct interest of the University, so long as the behavior is not protected expression under either The United States Constitution or The Constitution of the State of Iowa.

    6. The Student Accountability Process

    a. The procedures used by OSA to determine whether a student has violated a policy, rule or regulation are found in the Accountability Procedures.
    b. Disagreement with jurisdiction under this Code may be raised with the investigator(s) during the investigation process.
    c. Proceedings under the Code of Student Life may be initiated against students charged with a violation of a federal, state, or local law or ordinance. These proceedings may be carried out before, at the same time, or after civil or criminal proceedings. Decisions about the timing of University proceedings will be within the sole discretion of the Director of Student Accountability.
    d. If a student violates policies, rules, or regulations within University of Iowa Housing and Dining facilities, they are generally subject to the procedures followed by Housing and Dining. However, the Director of OSA may choose to transfer the matter to the Office of Student Accountability.
    e. For a Student University employee, misconduct may be resolved under the Code of Student Life, Human Resources policies, and/or the policies administered by the Office of Institutional Equity.

  • Section E: Prohibited Misconduct

    Any student found to have committed any of the following listed behaviors and within the jurisdiction of this policy, as defined in Section D, is subject to discipline by The University of Iowa, Office of Student Accountability and its designees.

    General Behaviors

    1. Academic Misconduct
    2. Criminal Conduct
    3. Collusion
    4. Use of Falsified Documents

    Interference with University Operations

    5. Disruptive Behavior
    6. Failure to Comply with University Directive
    7. Trespassing
    8. Abuse of the Student Accountability System
    9. Misuse of IT Resources

    Behavior Endangering Health or Safety

    10. Threatening Behavior
    11. Terroristic Threat(s)
    12. Self-Destructive Behavior
    13. Alcohol Misconduct
    14. Use or Possession of Drugs or Drug Paraphernalia
    15. Smoking

    Harm to Person's or Property

    16. Assaultive Behavior
    17. Undue Harassment
    18. Theft
    19. Vandalism
    20. Use or Possession of Weapons
    21. Arson/Fire Violations
    22. Explosives and Combustibles
    23. Unauthorized Audio/Video/Photo
    24. Hazing

  • General Behaviors: E.1 - E.4

    E.1 Academic Misconduct
    Any dishonest or fraudulent conduct related to an academic exercise, such as

      • cheating
      • plagiarism
      • forgery
      • misrepresentation regarding the circumstances of the above, grades, a student’s non-attendance, late assignment, status of matriculation, previous work or educational experience
      • assisting, (including aiding or abetting) another person to do any of the above

    “Dishonest” conduct includes, but is not limited to, attempts by students to cheat, misrepresent, aid, or abet another person to do the same, whether or not the attempts are successful. 

    Academic exercises covered by this rule include:

      • classroom assignments (such as examinations, papers, or research)
      • out-of-classroom activities that are related to an academic exercise at or through the University (resumes, transcripts, interviews, projects, practicum, internship and/or externship assignments off campus, University employment, or discussions with University Instructors, staff or administration for example). 

    A “classroom” can be a lecture hall, class or discussion room, virtual instructional setting, laboratory, or clinic, for example. 

    The acquisition of honors, awards, degrees, academic record notations, course enrollments, credits, grades, or certifications (including language proficiency or professional licensure or other endorsement) by any dishonest means is strictly prohibited. 

    Resolution of academic misconduct reports will be handled within the college or department concerned, with provision for appeal (see the Academic Misconduct policy for more information). 

    E.2 Criminal Conduct
    A violation of any federal, state, or local law or ordinance.

      • May include a violation of a court order
      • May include failure to comply with law enforcement warnings (including harassment or trespass warnings)

    E.3 Collusion

      • Assisting (including colluding, aiding, or abetting),
      • Encouraging (including inciting), or
      • Attempting to assist or encourage
      • Another individual to commit a violation of any University policy, rule, or regulation.

    E.4 Use of Falsified Documents
    Knowingly possessing or furnishing to any University employee or office, or providing to third-parties:

      • False, falsified, or forged
      • Documents, identification, materials, accounts, records, or financial instruments

  • Interference with University Operations: E.5 - E.9

    E.5 Disruptive Behavior

    Behavior which disrupts the orderly operation of authorized University activities. 

    This includes behavior in the following locations:

      • In an instructional setting, which includes classrooms, online, or examination settings
      • In a laboratory or other research setting
      • At a location used for the operation or administration of University business, including temporary locations
      • At an on-campus location hosting an authorized non-University activity or
      • At University activities held on-campus or off-campus

    This also specifically includes the following behaviors from any location:

      • Interfering with a University instructor’s ability to teach or manage the instructional setting.
      • Substantially interfering with a student’s ability to learn
      • Inhibiting access to facilities, pedestrian pathways or vehicular traffic
      • Disrupting or hindering emergency services, investigations, or disciplinary proceedings
      • Falsely reporting an emergency or terroristic threat in any form
      • Tampering with or improper activation of fire prevention equipment, fire alarm or smoke detector on campus.
      • Protesting or demonstrating within the interior of any property owned, leased or controlled by the University, except as specifically authorized by the University.
        • Authorized protests or demonstrations may be subject to reasonable conditions to protect the rights and safety of other persons and to prevent damage to property.

    Besides actions taken by the Office of Student Accountability under the Student Accountability Procedure, a University instructor has the authority to respond to disruptive actions by:

      • Determining classroom seating patterns or
      • Imposing a one-day suspension by requiring that a student immediately exit the instructional setting

    Instructors who impose a one-day suspension are asked to report the incident to the Office of Student Accountability and the appropriate department and college for determination if additional action is needed.

    E.6 Failure to Comply with University Directive

    a. A failure to comply with the reasonable directive(s) of any University employee when that employee is acting in the performance of their duties.

    This specifically includes:

      • Failure to identify yourself when requested to do so
      • Intentional or reckless failure to comply with a reasonable directive from a University instructor

    b. Besides proceedings by the Office of Student Accountability, a University instructor has the authority to respond to an intentional or reckless failure to comply by:

    • Determining classroom seating patterns or
    • Imposing a one-day suspension by requiring that a student immediately exit the instructional or research setting

    Instructors who impose a one-day suspension are asked to report the incident to the Office of Student Accountability and the appropriate department and college for determination if additional action is needed.

    E.7 Trespassing
    Trespassing includes:

      • Unauthorized entry into or unauthorized occupation of any campus buildings or other campus property
      • Unauthorized or improper use of University property, including but not limited to equipment or facilities.
      • Unauthorized possession, use, or duplication of University keys, cards, codes, or other methods of access.

    E.8 Abuse of the Student Accountability System
    Abuse of the Student Accountability System, includes:

      • Disruption or interference with the orderly conduct of a proceeding governed by the Accountability Procedure;
      • Falsification, distortion, or misrepresentation to a University investigator, official, hearing officer, or adjudicator as part of the Accountability Procedures; or

    Failure to comply with interim or final sanction(s) imposed pursuant to a report of misconduct and/or hearing governed by the Accountability Procedures.

    E.9 Misuse of IT Resources
    Behavior which violates the University's Acceptable Use of Information Technology Resources policy, including attempting to do so or assisting another to do so.

    In summary, Students violate this policy by:

      • Disrupting access of other students, University Instructors, or staff members to University computer or other IT resources;
      • Obtaining or using a password or account assigned to another person without permission from that person;
      • Using University computer or other IT resources to interfere with the rights of others, including damaging programs or equipment belonging to another;
      • Sending harassing or threatening material electronically;
      • Accessing confidential information without proper authorization;
      • Duplicating copyrighted software unlawfully; or
      • Downloading from the internet and/or uploading to the internet a copyrighted music file or video file using University computer equipment, University IT, or the University network without express permission from the copyright holder.

  • Behavior Endangering Health or Safety: E.10 - E.15

    E.10 Threatening Behavior
    Threatening behavior, written or verbal, causing a reasonable person to believe that the person making the threat:

      • Intended to carry out the threat to harm their health, safety, or property, and
      • Had the ability to carry out the threat

    Online / internet threats are examples of threatening behavior when there is severe behavior that fulfills the above and when the behaviors are not protected by the Freedom of Expression outlined in the U.S. Constitution.

    E.11 Terroristic Threat 
    Issuing a credible and substantial threat of:

      • Violence
      • Use of a weapon, including guns
      • A bomb or explosive device
      • Use of a chemical or biological agent

    E.12 Self-Destructive Behavior
    Behavior which harms or threatens to harm the health or safety of oneself. Self-destructive behavior that poses an actual risk to the student’s health or safety is one type of misconduct that falls within the scope of this policy.

    E.13 Alcohol Misconduct.
    Consumption, possession, distribution, or sale of alcoholic beverages in violation of the law or University Policy.

      • No alcohol in campus buildings and on campus property
      • Alcohol use resulting in transport to the hospital by emergency medical personnel.
      • This includes, but is not limited to the following criminal charges:
        • Public Intoxication
        • Possession of Alcohol Under the Legal Age
        • Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated
      • This includes policies expressed specifically for students living in the Residence Halls. See Rules F.1 and F.2 for more information.

    E.14 Use or Possession of Drugs or Drug Paraphernalia.
    Consumption, possession, distribution, or sale of drugs, narcotics or other controlled substances in violation of the law or University Policy.

      • No drugs or controlled substances in campus buildings and on campus property
      • Drugs include controlled substances, and substances that may be detrimental to health, even though not subject to state and federal laws.
      • This includes the consumption, possession, distribution of one’s own prescription drugs that are not prescribed to the person receiving or using the substance.
      • Drug use resulting in transport to the hospital by emergency medical personnel.
      • This includes, but is not limited to the following criminal charges:
        • Public Intoxication
        • Possession of a Controlled Substance
        • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
        • Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated
      • This includes policies expressed specifically for students living in the Residence Halls. See Rule F.3 for more information.

    E.15 Smoking. 
    The use of tobacco is prohibited on campus

    This includes:

      • smokeless tobacco products (including chewing tobacco, vaporizers, e-cigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery systems, and hookahs)
      • legal smoking products

  • Harm to Persons or Property: E.16 - E.24

    E.16 Assaultive Behavior
    Any unwelcome physical contact that is directed at a specific person and is intentional or reckless.

    This includes:

      • Striking
      • Slapping
      • Hitting
      • Punching
      • Shoving
      • Kicking another person 
      • Other contact of similar intensity or seriousness

    Self-defense, as defined by The Iowa Code, can be considered for sanctioning purposes.

    E.17 Undue Harassment
    Intentional behavior which is directed:

      • toward a specific person, and
      • without legitimate purpose

    Which a reasonable person would find

      • intimidates,
      • alarms,
      • or attempts to control another person’s behavior

    And results in a significant disruption of the person’s:

      • On-campus employment
      • Educational performance
      • On-campus living, or
      • Participation in a University activity (on or off campus)
      • May be towards multiple people as an identifiable group
      • The behavior must be intentional, not the impact
      • A “reasonable person” is defined in Section C.
      • “intimidation” means implied threats or acts that cause a reasonable fear of harm
      • This includes repeatedly contacting a person who has previously communicated that they do not wish to be contacted even if there is no provable disruption.

    Bullying and cyberbullying are examples of undue harassment in which there is repeated and/or severe behavior that intimidates, intentionally harms, or attempts to control another person’s behavior, when the behaviors are not protected by Freedom of Expression in the U.S. Constitution.

    E.18 Theft   
    Taking of property that does not belong to the student.

    This includes:

      • Intentional and unauthorized taking of University property;
      • Possession of stolen property;
      • Attempt of any the listed behaviors;
      • “Property” as defined in Section C; and
      • Unauthorized use of a:
        • Credit card
        • Debit card
        • Student identification card
        • Cell phone
        • Personal identification number
        • University Bill account information or
        • Personal check.

    E.19 Vandalism
    Intentional or reckless destruction, damage, defacement, misuse or mutilation of

      • University property
      • University structures (for example: buildings or grounds) or
      • Property that does not belong to the student.

    This includes: 

      • Attempt of any the listed behaviors
      • “Property” as defined in Section C.

    E.20 Use or Possession of Weapons.
    Use or possession of weapons on campus, unless otherwise permitted by law. 

      • On campus, as defined in Section D, includes the storage of any item that falls within the category of a weapon in a vehicle parked on campus property.
      • "Weapon" as defined in Section C.
      • Although non-projectile high-voltage pulse weapons are permissible on the University campus, they are prohibited in any facility leased, owned, or operated by University of Iowa Health Care, as well as University stadiums.

    E.21 Arson/Fire Violations
    Intentional or reckless setting of fires without proper authority

      • In any University building or
      • On University property

    E.22 Explosives/Combustibles
    The unauthorized possession, use, misuse, storage, or distribution on campus of:

      • Any type of fireworks
      • Ammunition/gun powder
      • Fuses
      • Explosives/combustibles of any kind
      • Chemicals
      • Propane tanks

    E.23 Unauthorized Audio/Video/Photo
    Making audio, video, or photo recording of any person other than yourself without their prior knowledge and consent if a reasonable person would find that it would cause injury or distress to the subject of the recording.

    This includes:

      • Sending, distributing, uploading to the internet, or transmitting any audio, video, or photo without consent, even if the person gave consent for the recording, video, or photograph(s) to be made.
      • For example, images or sounds taken while the person was in a private or intimate space such as:
        • Locker room
        • Restroom or
        • Bedroom
      • A “reasonable person” is defined in Section C.

    E.24 Hazing
    In accordance with Iowa state law, hazing is defined as any intentional or reckless behavior, action or situation, occurring with or without consent that:

      • endangers or creates risk of injury,
      • creates mental or physical discomfort,
      • hinders student engagement,
      • harasses,
      • embarrasses and/or ridicules a person,

    This would include:

      • Assisting, or
      • Approving (implicitly or explicitly), or
      • Organizing, or
      • Or otherwise participating in

    For the purpose of:

      • initiation into, or
      • affiliation with, or
      • as a condition for continued membership or a leadership role in any student organization, fraternity, sorority, or team recognized by the University of Iowa Student Government or by any other University sponsor or department

 
  • Section F: Special Rules for Housing and Dining Facilities

    F.1 In the Presence of Alcohol 
    Being present in a residence hall space where consumption, possession, distribution, or sale of alcoholic beverages is prohibited.

    F.2 Empty Alcohol Containers
    The possession of empty alcohol containers is prohibited in the residence halls.

    F.3 In the Presence of Drugs
    Being present in a residence hall space where consumption, possession, distribution, or sale of drugs, narcotics, or other controlled substances or the possession of drug paraphernalia is prohibited.

    F.4 Quiet Hours and Courtesy Hours
    Residence Hall Quiet Hours are Sunday – Thursday 11:00 pm – 7:00 am and Friday – Saturday 1:00 am – 9:00 am. At the end of the semester, there will be postings to share the extended quiet hours and 24-hour quiet hours policies. When Quiet Hours are in effect no noise should be heard from another room or area. Courtesy Hours are always in effect, which means residents must comply with the requests of others to lessen or eliminate noise.

    F.5 Guest Policy
    Only students who have signed residence hall contracts are permitted to live in residence halls. Residents are responsible for the behavior of their guests. Guests who violate residence hall policies will be asked to leave the residence hall and their host will be held responsible for the policy violation. Residents may host overnight guests as long as they do not infringe on the rights of other residents. No guest may stay for more than three nights within a fourteen day period. A guest is defined as a person who does not hold a contract for the individual room or building where the policy violation takes place in.

    Residents are responsible for the behavior of their guests and should escort their guests at all times in residence hall spaces. Guests who violate residence hall policies will be asked to leave the residence hall and their host will be held responsible for the policy violation as if they violated the policy themselves. If the guest is a student at the University of Iowa, they will also go through the Student Accountability process. 

    F.6 Windows and Screens
    Screens are not to be unhooked or removed from windows for any reason. Residents of a room or building are responsible for any objects ejected from windows, fire escapes or roofs. Windows are not to be used for entrances or exits. Windows should remain closed during periods of high winds and/or heavy rains, times of cold temperatures, and any time instructions are sent to students by University Housing & Dining staff.

    F.7 Keys and Prox Cards
    Residence Hall keys and building access cards (student ID or temporary prox card issued by front desk) must remain in the possession of the resident of the room/building at all times. Residents should not loan their key, student ID, prox card to anyone else.

    All residence hall keys and prox cards must be returned when residents vacate their room. Residents will be responsible for the cost of replacing lost keys and prox cards, including if the temporary prox card is not returned by the deadline given at the time when it was issued to the resident.  If the misplaced key or card is found after a replacement has been issued the charge will not be refunded.

    F.8 Pets
    Pets are not permitted in the residence halls except for fish in tanks no larger than 5 gallons. Pets are prohibited from entering the buildings even on a “visiting” or “temporary” basis, including during residence hall move-in and move-out. Pets found in the residence halls will be subject to immediate removal and transfer to Iowa City Animal Control authorities if unable to move to an off-campus location within twenty-four hours. A resident who has been granted a medical accommodation for an emotional support animal (ESA) cannot bring the animal to another residence hall room.

    Residents bringing a service animal, or who may need an emotional support animal due to a medical accommodation, should contact Contracts and Assignments for additional information. This accommodation must be granted prior to bringing the animal into the hall.

    F.9 Electrical Appliances
    All appliances must be in good working order. Extension cords must be UL approved. Rooms are not wired to permit the use of any large electrical appliances including air conditioners or space heaters.

    F.10 Cooking Appliances 
    Appliances that have an exposed heating element, use cooking greases or have an open flame are prohibited. Only residents that have a contract for a residence hall room with a kitchen may use toaster ovens in the kitchen area.

    Residents should refer to https://housing.uiowa.edu/what-to-bring for a list of prohibited items.

    F.11 Refrigerators
    Only one refrigerator (personal or department issued) is allowed per single or double room/suite. Residents living in a room with a kitchen or a kitchenette where a refrigerator is provided, are prohibited from having additional refrigerator(s). Residents living with more than one other roommate (i.e. triple or quad) may have up to two mini refrigerators. Refrigerators brought by residents must be U.L. approved and may not exceed five cubic.

    Residents in need of an additional refrigerator due to a medical accommodation should contact Contracts and Assignments for additional information.

    F.12 Elevators
    Passenger elevators located within the residence halls are provided for use by residents of that building, their guests and departmental staff.  The following actions are prohibited: damage or vandalism of the elevators (including purposeful disruption, i.e. jumping), use of emergency alarms/stops in situations other than an emergency, unauthorized use of an elevator key, or giving elevator to someone else who would not otherwise have access.  

    F.13 Room and Door Decorations 
    Decorations may not obstruct doorways, corridors, stairways or any other means of exit. Decorations are prohibited from being attached or suspended from lighting fixtures, ceiling tile framework, pipes, or firefighting equipment including sprinkler piping or sprinkler heads. Decorations or furnishings permanently attached (i.e. drilled, screwed, or nailed) to the ceiling, walls, floor, door, or provided furniture are prohibited. 

      • Decorative Lights: Lights on metal trees or artificial decorations that are made of combustible materials are prohibited. Rooms must not be left unattended with holiday or decorative lights on.
      • Flammable and combustible materials (i.e. paper, posters, wrapping paper, ribbon, tinsel, post-it notes, etc.) on student room doors must be kept to a minimum (no more that 25% of the door may be covered). Resident may not write, drill or permanently damage room doors.

    F.14 Hall Sports
    Athletic events including using rollerblades, roller skates, or skateboards, and throwing or bouncing balls or athletic equipment are prohibited in the residence halls. Hall sports can also include activities such as running/racing, jousting, gymnastics, “rough housing”, etc.

    F.15 Improper Room Change and Use of Unoccupied Space
    Residents with unoccupied space in their room must keep one half of the room ready for a new roommate to move in at any time. Students wishing to change/transfer rooms must be approved by University Housing and Dining staff. Failure to complete all necessary paperwork before moving is prohibited.

    F.16 Room and Building Furnishings
    All furniture issued to a student room must stay in that room (i.e. chair, dresser, bulletin board, mattress, bed, trash can, recycling container, etc.). Equipment and furnishings in lounges, study areas, or any other general-purpose space of the residence halls may not be removed or transferred to individual student rooms.

      • Changing a bed configuration (including de-lofting) must be facilitated by appropriate University Housing & Dining staff by submitting a work order at the front desk for adjustment.
      • Water beds are prohibited.

    F.17 Commercial Activity/Business
    Residents are not permitted to utilize their room for any commercial purpose and for licensed and unlicensed businesses. Solicitation and posting of flyers without approval is not allowed in the residence halls.  

    F.18 Trash
    Students are responsible for disposing of their own trash and recycling in the designated areas within and around the residence halls, this includes not leaving trash next to smaller trash bins around the residence halls. Residents that have opted into the composting program must follow all requirements and bring materials to the designated areas.  

    F.19 Disruptive Event
    Individual or group activities within any area of the residence hall that cause a disturbance, obstruct or disrupt disciplinary procedures, University Housing procedures or events, or the residence hall community. 

    F.20 Possession of Candles and Incense
    Candles and incense (lit or unlit) are prohibited in the residence halls.