Students at Schuylkill campus

Terms and Conditions for Housing

Terms and Conditions for Housing

This document contains general and specific arrangements, provisions, requirements, rules, and standards that are agreed upon for both the student and the Schuylkill Campus Advisory Board. By submitting a contract for housing in the Nittany Apartments, the student is agreeing to the terms, conditions, and regulations of the contract.

The Schuylkill Campus Advisory Board reserves the right to revise or amend the Terms, Conditions and Regulations at any time without notice.

Please read the following information thoroughly and keep it for reference throughout your stay in The Nittany Apartments.

Introductory Information

The Schuylkill Campus Advisory Board strives to provide a residential environment that is both comfortable and conducive to learning and personal growth. The Housing Office assigns housing accommodations without regard to personal characteristics, not related to ability, performance, or qualifications as determined by University and Schuylkill Campus Advisory Board policy, or by state or federal authorities. The Housing Office does not discriminate against any person because of age, ancestry, color, disability or handicap, national origin, race, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. All students should familiarize themselves with the Terms and Conditions of living in the Nittany Apartments.

Penn State Schuylkill Residency Requirement policy

Penn State Schuylkill is committed to providing its students with a comprehensive educational experience. Research shows that students who live on campus have better grades, develop a better academic foundation, acquire stronger social skills, and learn to form responsible, independent decisions. Penn State Schuylkill has determined that for most undergraduate students, living on-campus, as compared to off-campus living, has numerous educational and social benefits. In recognition of the value of the living-learning experience associated with on-campus living, effective the 2013 Fall Semester, Penn State Schuylkill will require all students with a home address further than fifty miles from campus, live in the Nittany Apartments. All Penn State Schuylkill residential students are also required to review and adhere to the policies and regulations of the Schuylkill Campus Nittany Apartments.

Penn State Schuylkill requires that all full-time students enrolled for twelve or more semester credit hours, with a home address more than fifty miles from the campus, reside in the Nittany Apartments. This requirement excludes summer sessions and is applicable unless the Housing Office receives an approved exemption.

Exemptions to this requirement must be made in writing and submitted by July 1 to the housing office for fall semester release, or November 1 for a spring semester release. Students who fail or refuse to comply with the Residency Requirement Program and/or who furnish false information to a University official or office in connection with a request for exemption will be referred to the Director of Student Affairs for further judicial action. Please submit requests for exemption to euc10@psu.edu.

Exemptions are granted to students who:

  1. Are twenty-five years of age or older, having reached that age no later than the first day of classes. A copy of the certificate of birth must be submitted as documentation.
  2. Are married. A copy of the certificate of marriage must be submitted as documentation.
  3. Have custody of dependent children. A copy of the child's certificate of birth must be submitted as documentation.
  4. Are veterans who have completed two years active military service. Documentation must be provided to verify.
  5. Who live with parent(s)/guardian(s) whose current permanent primary place of residence is not more than fifty miles from Penn State Schuylkill.
  6. Have a personal compelling circumstance. A letter concisely and fully describing the circumstance and any supporting documentation must be attached.

Legality

The Housing Contract is a legally-binding contract, and begins when the student accepts the contract. Signing the contract means acknowledgement of the Terms, Conditions, and Regulations of the Housing Contract. Students are expected to abide by the Terms and Conditions of the Housing Contract, which includes assuming financial responsibility for the entire contract period. The Housing Contract cannot be transferred or assigned to another student except as outlined in the "Contract Transfer of Obligation" process. The Penn State id+ Card provides access to the Nittany Apartment security system and the campus meal plan, and may only be used by the student to whom it is issued. Failure to pick up the room key or properly check-in does not release a student from the Housing Contract.

Housing Deposit

When a student accepts the Housing Contract, a $100.00 refundable housing deposit must also be submitted. The housing deposit will be refunded according to the following refund schedule if the student decides to not attend Penn State for the student's admitted contract period:

Notification in Writing
For fall semester
By June 6:  $100
By July 25:  $50
After July 25:  $0

For spring semester
By November 21:  $100
By January 2:  $50
After January 2:  $0

The housing deposit will be retained by the Schuylkill Campus Advisory Board throughout the contract period that the student resides in The Nittany Apartments, until the student no longer has a housing contract on file with the Schuylkill Campus Advisory Board for future academic periods. The housing deposit, less any charges for damages, will be refunded to the student within thirty days after the final contract period the student resides in the Nittany Apartments ends.

Insurance

The Schuylkill Campus Advisory Board is not responsible for loss or damage to occupants' personal property, therefore each individual is strongly advised to carry property or renters insurance.

Special Housing Requests

If a student feels that he or she has a significant chronic physical or emotional condition that may impact the assigned housing environment, the Medical Accommodation Form must be submitted by the deadline indicated on the form. A student must have a valid, accepted housing contract before the form can be submitted. If the Housing Contract is received after the deadline date, preferences for area, building, and/or roommate will be reviewed, but only taken into consideration if space permits. The Housing Accommodation Form determination will supersede any preferences indicated on the Housing Contract. If the Medical Accommodation Form is received after room assignments are posted, the Housing office reserves the right to reassign the student to a space that will meet the medical need. This move will only accommodate the student requiring the medical need, and not any requested roommate(s). If a student is offered a change to the housing environment, an additional cost may be associated with the resulting assignment or requests.

Questions regarding this process should be directed to the Housing office 570-385-6095. Students requiring special assistance for academic activities should contact the coordinator of disability services in 210A Health and Wellness Building at 570-385-6127.

Temporary Medical Conditions

Room changes for temporary medical conditions are only valid for the academic year in which they are filed. If a student needs to request a Temporary Medical Condition, the student's attending physician must complete the Housing Accommodation Form. Once the medical need is established, the student will be moved to a space that will best accommodate his or her need until such a time that the accommodation is no longer required, or until the end of the contracted period should the original room assignment be assigned to another student with a Housing Contract.

Meningococcal Disease Vaccination

The Schuylkill Campus Advisory Board is required by state law to maintain Meningococcal vaccination information for every student who lives in campus housing. All Penn State students residing in campus housing, including all Nittany Apartments, are required to register his or her Meningococcal vaccination information with Penn State by completing the form included in the housing packet. The state law requiring the vaccination is a part of the College and University Student Vaccination Act former Governor Mark Schweiker and the Pennsylvania State Legislature passed in June 2002. The law requires that the student inform the Schuylkill Campus Advisory Board if the vaccination was received or if an exemption from the immunization requirement is being requested. The vaccination information must be completed prior to check-in; if a student has not submitted the information by check-in, the form will be provided and must be submitted prior to room key being supplied. The form only needs to be completed once. More information about Meningococcal disease can be found on the Frequently Asked Questions page.

Registration

Registration Status
Students must be in registered status as a degree-seeking student at Penn State Schuylkill to reside in Advisory Board housing. Non-degree students may be considered for housing on an individual basis. This means the student must have his or her semester bill paid in full. If a student has not paid the student bill, he or she will be asked to leave the Nittany Apartments. Housing will then cancel the current contract and place a financial hold on the student's records until such time as the student pays all charges incurred.

Campus Registration
Returning students who are currently attending another Penn State campus or college and are planning a change of location to Penn State Schuylkill may request a housing contract by contacting the Housing Office at (570) 385-6095. Such students must initiate the change of assignment process at their current campus. If the change of assignment to Penn State Schuylkill is not approved, it is the student's responsibility to contact the Housing Office to cancel the Housing Contract. Students whose University records reflect a campus other than the Schuylkill Campus after July 1 will have their room assignments held until such time as the change of location to Penn State Schuylkill is complete. Any student who has not completed the change of location by the last day of the second summer session will lose his/her room assignment and will be placed in an alternate space until the change of location is approved. The student will then be assigned to either a regular of tripled bedroom, whichever is available. If the change of assignment to Penn State Schuylkill is not approved, and the student does not notify the Housing Office prior to arrival day, the student's contract will be canceled and the student will forfeit the $100 housing deposit.

University Academic Drop
Students who are academically dropped by the University are eligible for housing in the Nittany Apartments; however, these students will not be eligible for student aid to use for housing rental. These students will be notified of their status after all their grades are submitted. If a student is dropped after the fall semester and they will not be returning for Spring, they need to pick up their belongings prior to the beginning of the spring semester.

Rental Contract Periods
Rental contract periods for apartment assignments are based on the semester the student intends to begin using housing facilities. Students entering housing in Fall Semester are obligated for Fall and Spring semesters. Students entering housing in Spring semester are obligated for Spring semester. Students using housing facilities in the Summer session are required to submit a separate contract for the use of housing facilities in subsequent semesters.

Contracts are legally binding and include financial responsibility for the entire contract period.
There are three rental contract periods for assignment to the Nittany Apartments. A separate contract request must be accepted for each applicable period a student is interested in a room.

  1. Academic Year (fall and spring)
  2. Spring Semester
  3. Summer Session

Campus Meal Plan

A meal plan is not required at Schuylkill Campus to reside in the Nittany Apartments. For information regarding the Campus Meal Plan at Penn State Schuylkill, go to:
http://www.hfs.psu.edu/Schuylkill/MealPlan/CampusMealPlan.cfm

Checking Into the Room

Check-In and Room Inspection Form
Information about when check-in will be held for each semester will be announced in advance. Students should plan on arriving on the appropriate scheduled arrival day, unless arrangements have been made for a special group to arrive early.

A student who arrives earlier than the date established will not be permitted to move into the room. Students who have been requested or permitted to arrive before the official opening date may be assessed an additional charge.

The student must be present to check in, a parent or other family member may not check-in for the student. The student must present his or her Penn State id+ Card or other valid photo identification at check-in to receive a room key. Each student will receive one room key at the time of check-in, and will sign in acknowledgment of receiving the room key. Information about the student's mailbox will also be provided.

The Room Inspection Form must be completed by the student within seven days of check-in. The Room Inspection Form is used to identify any damages or missing items in the room, and will be verified upon the student's check-out of the room. Any damages or missing items not noted will be charged to the student's account.

Keys
When a student checks in, keys to the apartment and mailbox will be issued. The student must sign the Apartment Key Request Form for the keys. Students should take all precautions to prevent loss of keys. If a student misplaces a key, the cores of the lock of the apartment and all of the bedrooms will be replaced and new keys will be issued. The student responsible for the loss of the key will be billed for the replacement of all cores and locks.

Late Check-in
Unless the student requests an extension of the arrival period in writing to The Housing Office, The Schuylkill Campus Advisory Board is not obliged to hold a specific room assignment later than 5:00 p.m. of the first day of classes. Students must accept other available accommodations if they arrive after that time, and will be obligated for full room and board charges if enrolled at Penn State Schuylkill.

Checking Out of the Room

Check-Out and Room Key
All rooms, regardless of the date or circumstances, should be clean and in good condition at the time of check-out. All trash, posters, and decorations must be removed from the room before the Housing Manager will inspect for damage, etc. All trash is to be removed to the Nittany Apartment dumpsters. A charge will be made for rooms left in an unsatisfactory condition (the room should be in approximately the same condition of cleanliness as when first occupied). Students should notify the Housing Office regarding the date of check-out and determine a time the room can be inspected.

The Schuylkill Campus Advisory Board reserves the right to cancel contracts or change assignments for the next semester if the contracting student's room or apartment is left in unsatisfactory condition, or the student has excessive damage charges. Students will be notified if the contract has been canceled, and any advance payment will be refunded to the student.

If a student leaves any items other than Advisory Board property in the room after vacating it, the items will be considered a general gift from the student to the Advisory Board.

Students who will continue to reside in the same room from fall to spring semester are not required to remove belongings from the room except as a personal security precaution, or unless an apartment consolidation or a room change occurs.

Students are required to check out of their rooms not more than 24 hours after the last final exam or by the posted closing date of the Nittany Apartments, whichever comes first. Students withdrawing from the University or released from contracts must vacate rooms not more than 24 hours after the date of withdrawal or release.

The student needs to return the room key to the Housing Office in the envelope provided by the Resident Assistant (RA). If a student does not return a room key, the cost to process a core change will be charged to the student.

Only students withdrawing from Penn State are permitted to cancel The Housing Contract. If a student leaves Nittany Apartments during the contracted period, the Housing Office must be notified of the student's change of enrollment status prior to the student vacating the room.

University Break Periods

The Nittany Apartments will be closed during University recesses. Dates of closing and opening will be posted on bulletin boards and appear on the Nittany Apartment calendar magnet that is included in your Housing Packet. Rental rates do not include services during official University vacation periods of semester/session breaks.

Room Changes

Change Requests
Once an assignment has been made, only approved changes can be effected. During the rental period, only apartment changes approved by the Housing Manager can be made. No changes may be made without following the prescribed procedure:

  1. The student discusses need for change with either a Resident Assistant (RA) or Residence Life Office, and if approved, the student will be provided with a form entitled "Request for Room Change".
  2. All sections of the form must be completed in full by the student before being approved by the Housing Manager
  3. No moves are to be made until the student has completed the form.
  4. The apartment key should be returned to the Housing Office in Nittany V and a new key will be issued. (Keys may not be directly exchanged between students)

Emergency Room Change
An emergency room change will be arranged only when all other options to resolve differences between roommates have been thoroughly explored. If a student feels that an emergency room change is needed, the student must discuss the need for a change of a room assignment with a Residence Life staff member. If the staff member determines that an emergency exists and space is available, the Residence Life staff member will contact the Housing Office to process a change in assignment.

Consolidation of Vacancies
If all three bedrooms in an apartment are not fully occupied, consolidation of apartments may occur. Students living in tripled bedrooms may be reassigned to another bedroom to consolidate the number of occupied apartments. In consideration of consolidating vacancies, students have the option of either remaining in their current apartments with new roommates being assigned, or being reassigned to another apartment that has a vacancy. The Schuylkill Campus Advisory Board has final authority for the consolidation of vacancies.

Change in Room Assignment
The Schuylkill Campus Advisory Board reserves the right to change the assignment of a resident in a specific location. This may occur if the location is an ADA room, needed for other programs or purposes, or conditions in a specific location require such reassignment to ensure a p[roper educational environment.

Routine Room Change for Spring Semester
A student interested in changing their room assignment for spring semester may do so during the posted time periods beginning in November and continuing through early December. During the posted time periods, students will be informed where to view the list of rooms being vacated for spring semester. Interested students must follow the process outlined for requesting a room change. The Housing Office will process the change and notify the student when the request is complete.

A student receiving a change of assignment for spring semester must vacate the fall room prior to the end of fall semester or before leaving for semester break, whichever is first.

Open Room Change
After the second week of spring semester, depending on room availability, a list of vacancies is posted either at the Nittany V commons desk or The Housing Office. Room changes are processed on a first-come, first-served basis to an available space in accordance with the policy/instructions that are provided with the posting. After the open room change period ends and supplemental rooms have been emptied, The Housing Office will consolidate vacancies. Upon notification, if a student has a vacancy in their room, he or she may choose from the following options:

  1. Space permitting, retain the room for the balance of the semester on a reduced-capacity basis for an additional charge. All students assigned to supplemental living accommodations must be reassigned to permanent living accommodations before such requests will be honored; or
  2. Process a room change to a vacancy in a similar room (same capacity) with another student of the student's choice; or
  3. Have their room placed on a list of rooms available for new students or current students whose circumstances warrant a room assignment change to select for assignment. Once a roommate is assigned, the student will not have the option to pay the additional fee and maintain the room in a reduced-capacity manner.

*Students, regardless of the reason, who occupy a single bedroom must pay the single-bedroom rate. Students not interested in paying the single-bedroom rate must either move to another room or find a roommate to move into their room.

Contract Cancellation

A Housing Contract submitted to The Schuylkill Campus Advisory Board is legally binding and holds the student to the financial obligation of the entire contract period. A student is released from that obligation should the student cancel his or her enrollment with Penn State Schuylkill. If the contract holder is continuing his or her education at The Schuylkill Campus and wishes to be released from the obligation, he or she is required to transfer the contract to another student (refer "Contract Transfer of Obligation" section). Students with extreme circumstances will be considered for release on a case-by-case basis. A Contract Release Request form can be obtained online. These students will be charged a fee equal to 20 percent of their rental if released prior to the first day of classes. Cancellations granted after the first day of classes will have charges assessed according to The Schuylkill Campus Advisory Board's established refund policy. Failure to pick up a key will not release a student from the contract obligation.

Contract Transfer of Obligation
A student committed to a Housing Contract who wishes to be released from the contract may transfer the obligation of the contract to another student. The replacement student must be eligible for housing and must be an undergraduate student of the same gender. The transfer must be filed and approved by the Housing Office.

Regulations for Contract Transfer of Obligation

  1. A replacement may not be a University student who has an active contract for space in the Nittany Apartments.
  2. The replacement student must accept assignment to tripled living accommodation. The replacement student is not given the vacating student's assignment.
  3. The replacement student must accept The Housing Contract and authorize or make a payment to The Schuylkill Campus Advisory Board for the room and board fees before the vacating student can receive a credit for room fees. The Housing Office will prorate the charges for both students as necessary.
  4. If the replacement student does not take occupancy or withdraws from Penn State Schuylkill before taking occupancy, the student initiating the transfer of obligation will resume financial obligation of the contract.
  5. It is a violation of University policy to sell or attempt to sell a Housing Contract. The replacement student cannot offer and the transferring student cannot accept any form of compensation for the transfer of a Housing Contract. Any student who is found to have sold or purchased a Housing Contract may be subject to a range of sanctions including contract review and/or termination and disciplinary action.
  6. In the case where there are limited vacancies, the option of Contract Transfer of Obligation may be suspended without notice.
  7. The Housing Office may deny a Contract Transfer of Obligation request should it be felt that the transaction is not in the best interest of The Schuylkill Campus Advisory Board or the students involved.

Once the Contract Transfer of Obligation is complete, if the replacement student is interested in other housing options on campus, they can add their name to the appropriate Waitlist available to be considered for reassignment.

Spring Semester and Summer Session
Students requesting accommodations in the Nittany Apartments for the Summer Session must contact the Housing Office. A check or money order in the amount of $100 made payable to The Schuylkill Campus Advisory Board must accompany the contract. The $100 will be credited to your account as a general security deposit which will be refunded to you at the termination of your contract period. All students enrolled for the Summer Session, if their contract offer is accepted, are obligated for the Summer Session housing charges.

Spring semester and summer session students who withdraw or take a leave of absence from Penn State Schuylkill prior to taking occupancy will have their contracts canceled and $100 housing deposit will be forfeited. The Schuylkill Campus Advisory Board will retain the $100 housing deposit as liquidated damages.

Withdrawal from School and Approved Release from the Contract after Taking Occupancy
Students who took occupancy of a residence room and then withdrew from Penn State Schuylkill or were granted a contract release will receive a credit based on a prorated daily refund schedule upon check-out. No rental refunds are granted after the eighth week of the semester. Students withdrawing from University must vacate their room no more than twenty four hours after withdrawal from school or approved contract release. Credits will be based on the date the belongings are removed from the room and the key is surrendered, or the effective date of the withdrawal, whichever is later.

Refund Policies

Housing Deposit
The housing deposit is refundable and will be retained by The Schuylkill Campus Advisory Board for the length of time that the student has a valid Housing Contract. The housing deposit is carried over year-to-year until the student no longer resides on campus. Once the student no longer has a Housing Contract for the subsequent contract period, the housing deposit will then be refunded to the student less any damage charges.

If a student cancels the Housing Contract or withdraws from The University without notifying The Housing Office, the housing deposit will be forfeited for administrative costs. If for any reason a refunded housing deposit is not accepted, negotiated, or other demand made thereof, within one year from The Schuylkill Campus Advisory Board's initial attempt to return such to student, the student agrees that any remaining housing deposit will be a general gift by the student to The Schuylkill Campus Advisory Board.

Semester Charges
The room rental rate will be credited on prorated daily refund schedule after the student has received an approved Housing Contract release or officially withdrawals from The University. The refund amount is based on the date of the Housing Contract cancellation and return of the room key. The refund will be refunded less any outstanding charges against the account.

Maintenance of the Room

Rights Reserved by the University
The Advisory Board unconditionally reserves the right to inspect rooms at times convenient to staff; terminate rental contracts, repossess or reassign rooms, and to effect any other steps necessary or advisable for the safety, maintenance, security, and conduct of the residence program. The Advisory Board may deny eligibility for future occupancy and/or assess charges for costs accrued due to the resident's failure to adhere to the Terms, Conditions, and Regulations of the Housing Contract.

Repairs
Maintenance needs, problems, or questions regarding a student room or hall should be discussed with Housing staff for the student's residence hall. Maintenance problems should be reported to the Housing office in a timely manner by submitting a maintenance work order online.

A student who has requested a repair to an item in his or her room can expect this repair to be completed during regular business hours. For the safety and security of residents, it may be necessary to reassign the occupants to a different room to perform some types of maintenance.

Maintenance personnel may enter a student room to perform preventative maintenance, needed repairs identified during a room inspection, or an emergency repair. If an employee enters a student room when the student is not present, the employee will leave a form stating the time, date, and reasons for entering the room. Although a student may ask to schedule an appointment for a repair, it will be determined by Housing, on a case-by-case basis, if the situation can wait or be scheduled at the convenience of the student.

Cleaning
Students are expected to maintain their rooms in an orderly and sanitary condition; empty trash into the dumpsters outside the residence area; and participate in the recycling program established at the campus. Students occupying apartments are responsible for cleaning the bathroom. If Housing becomes aware of unsanitary conditions resulting from students failing to maintain their rooms, Housing will have the apartment cleaned professionally and the resident(s) will be charged. Depending upon how Housing and other students are affected by the persistence of disorderly and unsanitary conditions in a student's room, The Schuylkill Campus Advisory Board reserves the right to cancel the student's contract and to refuse an assignment for future contract periods.

Inspections
A room inspection is not a search. Student rooms are inspected during each session/semester and at the time of check-out. Routine inspections will be announced in advance, and the student may choose to be present during the inspection. These inspections are conducted: 1) to evaluate the condition of the room and furnishings; 2) to identify needed maintenance and repairs; and 3) to check for fire and safety hazards. If damages are noted, the cost for repairs or replacement will be charged to the resident(s) of the room. The Schuylkill Campus Advisory Board reserves the right to make non-routine, emergency inspections to protect the health and safety of its students.

Should Housing management observe the presence of unapproved appliances or objects in the room or notice objects attached to the facilities in an unapproved manner, this will be recorded on a Notice of Room Check form. A copy of the form will be left for the student, who will be expected to correct the improper situation. In the case of noncompliance, The Schuylkill Campus Advisory Board reserves the right to have the items removed at the expense of the resident(s).

POLICIES AND REGULATIONS

Alcohol and Illegal Substances

Alcohol Policy

  1. The possession or use of alcoholic beverages is prohibited in all Penn State residential buildings for students of any age.
  2. It is a violation of state law and University policy for a student under 21 years of age to attempt to purchase, consume, possess, or transport alcoholic beverages. It is unlawful to sell, furnish, or given to any minor, or permit that alcoholic beverages be sold, furnished, or given to any minor.
  3. Residents will be held responsible for activities that occur in their rooms, and will be referred to the Office of Residence Life, the Office of Student Conduct, and/or University Police if guests are violating the on-campus alcohol policies listed above.
  4. Failure to comply with the direction given by or the request to present identification to a University Official acting in the performance of their duties is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct and will result in a referral to the Office of Residence Life or the Office of Student Conduct.
  5. It is against the Student Code of Conduct to supply false information, such as name, age, etc. to University Officials who are acting in the performance of their duties.

Illegal Substances
It is a violation of state and university policy to illegally possess, use, distribute, manufacture, sell or be under the influence of other drugs. Students who violate this policy will be referred to the office of Residence Life, the Office of Student Conduct, and/or University Police.
It is against residence hall policy for a student to be in a residential area (room, common area, common building, building entryway, or area immediately adjacent to the Nittany Apartments) and in the presence of an illegal substance. Students who are in the presence of an illegal substance in these areas will be referred to the Office of Residence Life, the Office of Student Conduct and/or University Policy.

Canvassing and Solicitation

Canvassing in the Nittany Apartments

  1. Canvassing shall be defined as any effort to influence opinions, gain support, or promote a particular cause or interest, specifically excluding any solicitation or fund raising as defined by current University policy. Surveys are not considered to be canvassing for purposes of this policy.
  2. Students, student organizations, residence hall house governments and area governments, and outside interests are eligible to canvass in the Nittany Apartments.
  3. Canvassing may occur door-to-door in individual apartment buildings, unless restricted by a majority vote of the residents of that building which is held at the beginning of each academic year.
  4. Canvassing in food service operations is prohibited
  5. Canvassing shall be restricted to the hours of 11:00 a.m. through 11:00 p.m.
  6. Any canvasser in the Nittany Apartments must register with the Housing Manager no less than twenty-four hours prior to the canvass and must clearly understand all provisions of canvassing regulations before canvassing may begin. A canvasser who is not a resident of the building in which door to door canvassing is taking place must be escorted by a resident of the building at all times.
  7. When contacting students in their rooms, canvassers must knock before entering, identify themselves, announce their specific purpose, enter an individual room only with the expressed consent of the resident, and leave immediately if the resident so requests.
  8. Canvassers must abide by all University and Schuylkill Campus Advisory Board rules and regulations. Violators will be subject to referral to Judicial Affairs and/or civil or criminal prosecution.

Commercial Enterprises
The use of Schuylkill Campus Advisory Board facilities and/or property for commercial sales activities by individual or non-University organizations is prohibited. University organizations, within limitations established by this policy and other University regulations, and with appropriate approval, may sell materials to support the purpose of the organization.

Fund-Raising Activities in the Nittany Apartments
To protect the privacy of residents, solicitations, sales, canvassing, fund-raising, and contributions are restricted.

Solicitations

  1. Definitions: a. The Nittany Apartments are buildings that contain rooms assigned to students for sleeping, dressing, studying, and socializing, and that also contains common facilities and areas used by all students assigned to such Nittany Apartments, including common means of entering and exiting, common lavatories, common study lounges, common storage areas, and areas used in common for organized educational and social functions. b. Solicitation is the offer of a sale of products or services.
  2. Except as hereinafter provided, no person (including a student), firm, business entity, charitable organization, religious organization, or other organization may solicit money, sell, or solicit the sale of any product or service anywhere in The Nittany Apartments.
  3. A student assigned to a room in a The Nittany Apartments may invite a person, firm, business entity, charitable organization, religious organization or other organization to that student's assigned room to solicit money, sell, or to solicit the sale of products or services with that student only. Such solicitation or sale must occur only in the assigned room of the student-inviter. The solicitation of money or the sale or solicitation of a sale of products or services to any other student is prohibited anywhere in the apartments.
  4. Registered student organizations and residence hall house governments may solicit money or sell/solicit the sale of products or services in a The Nittany Apartments in accordance with the regulations governing student organizations found in the Student Guide to General University Policies and Rules, found online at studentaffairs.psu.edu/hub/studentorgs/
  5. Nothing in these regulations shall be deemed to preclude any solicitation or sale by mail, e-mail, telephone, or other communication media.

Decorations and Displays

Advertising
Advertising of merchandise or services for sale or rent is not permitted in The Nittany Apartments unless it is for the sale of the personal property of the students living in the Nittany Apartments. A special bulletin board space in Nittany V is designated for this service. Advertisements, if posted elsewhere, will be removed.

Student Rooms

  1. Pictures, additional bulletin boards, and decorations are to be hung from picture molding with picture hooks.
  2. Nothing is to be strung across the room for the purpose of hanging decorations.
  3. Darts and dart boards are not permitted.
  4. The use of tape, adhesives, putty, glue, paste, nails, tacks, staples, and screws on walls, furniture, doors, or other woodwork or glass is not permitted because of the costly cumulative deterioration of physical facilities.
  5. No painting or papering of rooms or furniture is permitted.

Student doors
Students may decorate the surface of their room door facing the corridor, provided that it is done according to the guidelines that follow. Adhering to these guidelines will protect doors from unusually harsh wear, eliminate potential fire hazards, and ensure the free movement/access in the corridor. No decorations may be placed on the exterior of the building.

  1. Decorations may be placed on the upper section of room doors above the lock mechanism. If the door has louvers, no materials may be placed on the louvers.
  2. Decorations may not project more than one-half inch from the surface of the door. Greeting cards are to be fastened shut.
  3. No decals or stickers are permitted.
  4. Bunting and streamers are permitted to celebrate special occasions, but must be removed within 24 hours.
  5. All memo boards, pictures, signs, and posters must be unframed.
  6. Only masking tape or "sticky tack" may be used.
  7. Nonflammable materials should be used whenever possible.
  8. All door decorations must be removed prior to the student being checked out of the room. Damages to the doors as well as any extra cleaning required will be the responsibility of the residents and may result in a charge to the student account. Housing staff will determine the nature and extent of all damages. Any materials found to be offensive or outside the boundaries of reasonable community expectations will be referred to the area Residence Life staff.

Student room and lounge window decorating and display policy
Students may decorate the window(s) in their individual bedrooms as well as the window(s) in their living room area provided that it is done according to the guidelines that follow. Adhering to these guidelines will prevent windows from being damaged and eliminate potential safety hazards.

  1. Decorations may only be on the inside window side.
  2. Decorations must be removable (not permanent). Only water-based poster paint may be used for painted decorations.
  3. For emergency reasons, such as in the case of a fire, one-half of the total window space must be transparent.
  4. Decorations that present health hazards due to weight, possibility of breakage, degree of cleanliness, etc. must be modified and/or removed if deemed necessary by the Housing and Residence Life staff in consultation with Environmental Health and Safety staff.
  5. All decorations must be temporarily removed at the request of the Housing staff for regularly scheduled window cleaning purposes.
  6. All room window decorations must be removed prior to the resident being checked out of the room. Damages to the windows, or blinds as well as any extra cleaning required, will be the responsibility of the residents and may result in a charge to the student account. Housing staff will determine the nature and extent of all damages. Any materials found to be offensive or outside the boundaries of reasonable community expectations will be referred to the area Residence Life staff.

Holiday decorations
Many residents are interested in seasonal or holiday decorating. The following policy outlines acceptable standards for seasonal and/or holiday decorating.

  1. Live trees or greens are not permitted due to fire hazard concerns. Artificial trees may be used in living rooms in apartments.
  2. Only room and hallway bulletin boards can be decorated; walls or ceilings may not have decorations applied to them.
  3. Candles are never permitted. If the use of a candle is required for a religious celebration, the student must work directly with the area housing and residence life staff to find an appropriate location for religious observance.
  4. No plastic or foam type materials may be used in decorations.
  5. When decorating, all materials must be non-flammable such as ceramic or glass, decorative 100% aluminum foil wrap, fire-retardant-treated paper, crepe paper, tinsel, ribbon, etc.
  6. Decorative lights may be used in individual residence hall rooms, however, students are asked to consider The Schuylkill Campus Advisory Board's Energy Conservation request that students not use these types of lights to help conserve energy.
  7. All holiday decorations must be removed prior to the beginning of the semester break.

Any questions related to the above policies should be referred to the area Housing and Residence Life staff.

Guests

The Nittany Apartments are intended for use by residents of the building and their invited guests. A guest is defined as a person visiting a resident of the residence hall at the resident's invitation. Delivery persons are not considered to be guests for purposed of this policy.

To ease the congestion of the move-in period and to allow roommates the opportunity to discuss what to do about overnight guests in the room, no overnight guests will be allowed in the Nittany Apartments until the first day of classes, then only with the permission of the roommate.

Students anticipating the visit of a guest must check that guest in with their RA.

The following stipulations relate to all guests:

  1. Overnight guests of the opposite sex are strictly prohibited.
  2. It is the responsibility of the host student to ensure that their guests are aware of University and Nittany Apartment policies. Guests are held responsible for their own actions and for knowledge of University and Nittany Apartment regulations. However, hosts may be held accountable for damages committed by their guests, unless the guest can be identified as a University student. Hosts may also be held accountable for their guests' behavior.
  3. Residents are permitted to have guests in their rooms only if there is no objection from their roommate(s).
  4. Neither room keys nor door access cards will be provided for guests. Residents are not to give their keys or Penn State id+ Card to a guest in order for them to gain entrance to the room or the building.
  5. Students may have an overnight guest of the same sex in their room for a maximum of three consecutive nights. The Schuylkill Campus Advisory Board reserves the right to revoke this privilege. Guests may not move from one host's room to another in order to extend their stay in the Nittany Apartments.
  6. Only residents and their invited guests are permitted in the living areas of the building, i.e., locations other than the lobby, which includes individual rooms and common areas. Individuals found in the building who are not residents or guests of residents are considered trespassing.
  7. All guests must be escorted by a resident of the building at all times. A staff member may confront individual if they are not recognized as a resident of that building and/or resident of the building is not escorting them.

Students charged with violations of the guest regulation will be subject to University disciplinary action. An unescorted guest who is a student of The Schuylkill Campus Advisory Board shall be subject to University discipline.

For the complete Guest Policy, please visit the Guest Registration Policy section.

Quiet Hours

One of the goals of Housing is to provide an atmosphere within the Nittany Apartments that is conducive to study and rest. In order to meet this goal, it is necessary that all students understand that the right of students to study and sleep takes precedence over the right of students to make noise. Quiet hours and courtesy hours have been established and posted in every residence hall.

Courtesy Hours
Courtesy hours are in effect 24 hours a day. At all times, a student's right to study and sleep will be respected. Residents and their guests will lower their voices or the volume of their equipment (music, TV, computer, musical instruments, etc) if asked to do so by a University official or resident of the building.

Quiet Hours
8:00 p.m. - 8:00 a.m., Sunday through Thursday

1:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m., Friday and Saturday

Academic Honors Building
8:00 pm - 10:00 a.m. Sunday through Thursday

Midnight - 10:00 am., Friday and Saturday

Finals Week
During finals week, 24 hour quiet hours are maintained beginning at 8:00 a.m. the day before finals and continuing until the halls close at the end of the semester (except in Honor's environments where this begins the Friday preceding the first day of Finals). It is expected that a proper study atmosphere be maintained during these established quiet hours. Residents are also reminded that these hours may be extended if additional study conditions are required. Residence life may extend hours in consultation with student government.

It is also expected that:

  1. Electronic sound equipment (radios, TVs, stereos, electronic games, computers, etc.), musical instruments, and room activities will not be heard outside of the room. Such equipment should never be played so loudly so as to disturb other residents.
  2. At no time will amplified sound be directed out of windows by placing speakers in windows.
  3. It is important that residents take the initiative to discuss the noise with the offender. If a resident is bothered by someone else's noise, the resident should ask him/her to reduce the volume level of the offending noise. The resident has every right to expect them to do so. Likewise, any resident who is requested to reduce their volume level should do so - thus showing respect for a fellow student. RAs will continue to deal with excessive noise. However, they cannot always be aware of every problem.
  4. All students and guests will lower their voices when talking in corridors, bathrooms, study lounges, etc., in order to help maintain a quiet living environment for all residents.
  5. All students will refrain from participating in any sports-like activity within or immediately adjacent to the Nittany Apartments. The Schuylkill Campus Advisory Board has designated playing areas for these activities. Information can be obtained from the area Residence Life Office.
  6. Residents who persist in creating excessive noise will be subject to disciplinary action through the Office of Residence Life and/or the Office of Student Conduct.

SAFETY AND SECURITY

Fire Safety Policies

Candles and Incense
For safety reasons candles, incense, and other flame-emitting articles are prohibited in the Nittany Apartments. Only potpourri burners with an enclosed heating element and an automatic shut-off are permitted.

Cooking
Full kitchens are available in all Nittany Apartments. Students are responsible for taking precautions while cooking in the Nittany Apartments. Extreme caution and good judgment must be exercised when cooking. Repeated instances of fire alarm activation from cooking will result in a cooking and fire safety related judicial sanction.

Smoking
Penn State promotes smoke-free environments by prohibiting smoking in all buildings. This policy is enforced in all University facilities, including Nittany Apartments. Established "smoking area" maps are posted in each residence hall area. Failure to follow this smoking policy will result in judicial sanctions as well as a monetary fine.

Fire Prevention

Fire Drills
To comply with state and local fire regulations, fire drills will be conducted in all Nittany Apartments once a month. Everyone present in the building during the emergency drills must participate by vacating the building according to instructions. Rooms may be checked during fire drills to ensure compliance. Failure to vacate the building will result in disciplinary action.

Fire Safety Equipment

  1. Fire alarms and fire extinguishers are located on every floor in each building. Student should familiarize themselves with their locations.
  2. Each residence hall room is equipped with a smoke detector that is electronically operated. In rooms where sprinklers have been installed, the smoke detector is monitored by University Police. The detectors and sprinklers are for students' safety and should not be tampered with at any time.
  3. Any student who experiences a problem with the smoke detector/sprinkler system should contact Housing or Residence life staff immediately.
  4. Tampering with fire safety equipment is a very serious matter that could jeopardize the safety of a number of people. Tampering with this equipment at any time, including covering the equipment or dismantling the equipment in your room and discharging a fire extinguisher on a floor may result in severe disciplinary and/or criminal action including a loss of housing contract and $500 fine.

General Fire Safety Precautions
Students are responsible for taking precautions to prevent fire. Extreme caution and good judgment must be exercised when using a desk lamp of any kind. Lamps should not be placed near flammable objects such as curtains, bedspreads, pillows, posters, or clothing and should be turned off when residents leave the room. Due to potential fire hazards, Schuylkill Campus Advisory Board policy prohibits the use of Torchere-style (floor-standing lamps that project light upward) halogen lamps in any Advisory Board facility.

Facility Safety Policies

Aerials and Antennae
Aerials, masts, satellite dishes, and other short-wave radio transmitting equipment are not allowed in the Nittany Apartments because of FCC interference regulations and safety precautions.

Appliances

  1. The following electrical appliances are authorized for use in student rooms if the Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. label (UL label) is on the appliance: televisions, stereos, coffee makers (with enclosed heating element and automatic shut-off), clocks, fans, hair dryers, hair setters, curling irons (with automatic shut-off), printers, Advisory Board owned refrigerator/microwaves, corn poppers (with enclosed heating element and automatic shut-off) and personal computers. Air purifiers with an appropriate UL label are allowed.
  2. The following electrical appliances are prohibited: torchere-style (floor-standing) halogen lamps and lights, immersion heaters, heating coils, ovens, outdoor grills, personal microwave ovens (only 1 personal microwave permitted in each kitchen), personal refrigerators, portable air conditioners.
  3. If the use of multiple outlets is needed, a grounded 15 amp surge-protected plug-in strip with built-in circuit breaker should be used.
  4. Air conditioners are not permitted unless approved by The Schuylkill Campus Advisory Board for a student's documented medical need.
  5. If unapproved items are observed in a room, the student will be asked to remove them from the building. In case of noncompliance, The Schuylkill Campus Advisory Board reserves the right to have the items removed. The items will be returned to the student for removal from the hall upon request to Housing management.

Balconies
Access to Nittany V balconies should be limited to cell phone usage only. Storage and display of items is strictly prohibited.

Elevators
Elevators are available in Nittany V for student use during arrival and move-out periods. During the academic year, elevators are available only for staff use. Students who require the use of an elevator for medical purposes must contact the Housing Office.

Students and guests should refrain from the following behaviors when using an elevator:

  1. Tampering with or abusing any of the elevator equipment or controls.
  2. Prying open elevator doors or holding them open by the safety edges.
  3. Attempting to exit an elevator that is stuck between floors without directions and assistance from elevator technicians or emergency personnel.
  4. Jumping up and down in the elevator.
  5. The elevator should never be used in the event of a fire.
  6. Engaging in any of the above behaviors may result in a referral to the Office of Residence Life or the Office of Student Conduct.

Furniture
Only beds provided by The Schuylkill Campus Advisory Board may be used within resident rooms. All beds must be freestanding on the floor, supported by legs attached to a bed frame. Mattresses are to be used on bed frames provided and not on the floor.

No furniture or furnishings are to be removed from the rooms at any time.

The use of other University or Nittany Apartment furniture in an individual student room is not permitted and will lead to referral to the Office of Residence Life or the Office of Student Conduct.

Liquid-filled beds and other liquid-filled furniture items are not permitted because of the excessive weight and potential for damage.

Mini-blinds are furnished by the Advisory Board. The Advisory Board does not provide bed linens, blankets, pillows, towels, or washcloths. Twin or Twin Extra Long sheets will fit the beds provided by the Advisory Board.

Room inspections
Routine room inspections of all residence hall rooms may be done periodically to evaluate the condition of the room and furnishings, to identify required maintenance and repairs, and to check for fire and safety hazards. In most cases, students are notified about room inspections in advance.

Room Searches
There are no routine room searches. A room search is conducted only when there is strong reason to believe that the occupant(s) of the room are in serious physical or psychological distress or that the room contains items that are contrary to University and Schuylkill Campus Advisory Board regulations (which include federal, state, and local laws). In most cases, an act of misbehavior will precipitate this concern.

Room searches are conducted exclusively by the Residence Life staff. When there is a potential search situation, the area Residence Life staff must obtain approval The Director of Business Services. Approval is given only after the reason for search, the person(s) to search the room, and the object(s) being sought are clarified. Searches are usually conducted in the presence of the student occupants, and only in unusual cases would the room be searched in their absence. When it is necessary for a member of Police Services to search a room, the search will be performed according to constitutional and criminal procedures (for instance, if an officer observes articles in plain view from a location where the officer has a right to be, the officer has not conducted a search). If time and circumstances permit, a member of the Residence Life staff will be notified of the impending search. The staff member can provide guidance to the resident of the room against whom any warrant is issued and can act as a witness. Items seized will be taken (as authorized by law) and inventoried, and a receipt listing each article will be given to the owner or left in the room.

Weightlifting Equipment
Weightlifting equipment is not permitted in individual rooms because of noise and potential damage to the floors.

Windows/Screens

  1. To protect sills and to help conserve heating fuel, windows should be closed when residents are not in the room.
  2. No food or beverages are to be stored between the window and the screens on the outside ledges.
  3. No antennae or other devices are to be strung out of windows.
  4. Removal of any window screen is prohibited.

Security Features

Card Access
Nittany II, III, IV, and V are equipped with an electronic, computerized card access and CCTV system that permits access to the hall by resident of the building only. The system is operational 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Adjustments to access hours may be made during the fall arrival period and spring semester closing. Students may enter only their assigned building by swiping their id+ cards in the card reader, located at the front lobby. If the id+ card fails to unlock the door of the student's assigned residence hall, the student may gain entry with the assistance of a roommate, a member of the Residence Life, the staff member on duty, or in an extreme emergency, by contacting University Police. If a student has pizza or other food items delivered, the student must be in the lobby to meet the vendor at the front door. The delivery person will not be given access to the lobby. Students who want to visit a resident who lives in another building will need to plan their arrival by calling in advance. The resident host must come to the entrance and escort the visiting student to the room, and later out of the residence hall. If a student or guest leaves the hall through any of the regular building exits, they should be aware that exit doors are not to be held open for prolonged periods of time. An alarm at the door will sound and someone will be dispatched to determine if the door has been blocked open. Residents are not permitted to allow access to the buildings to anyone other than themselves and their invited guests.

Penn State id+ Card
If a student's id+ card is lost or stolen, the student should follow the following procedures:

  1. Report the card lost at www.idcard.psu.edu to deactivate the privileges of the card. This service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It is the student's responsibility to deactivate the lost id+ card. The Schuylkill Campus Advisory Board is not responsible for any loss or expense resulting from the loss, theft, or misuse of the card.
  2. Go to the id+ office to obtain a replacement card at the current replacement fee. The student must present positive proof of identification to have a picture reprocessed. The replacement card will be active immediately for some services, such as meal plans and residence hall access. Other services may take up to 72 hours to reactivate. The student will be charged a replacement card fee. This fee can be charged to the student's account or can be paid by cash or check.

Note: Students whose id+ cards are reported lost, misplaced, or stolen will not be allowed access to any dining commons or cash operation using their campus meal plan until they have obtained a replacement card. The id+ card has monetary value and should be treated the same as cash. The Schuylkill Campus Advisory Board will not be responsible for any value loss due to misuse or fraud.

Resident Responsibility for Safety

Safety and Security Tips:

  1. Students should not allow strangers to enter the residence hall with them.
  2. Students should notify the staff member on duty if someone has insisted upon entering the hall with them. The student should try to get a good description of the offender and observe the direction in which he/she moves.
  3. Students should keep their rooms locked at all times, even when they are sleeping, and especially when they are leaving the room or building.
  4. A malfunctioning card access reader or door should be reported immediately.
  5. Students should meet any guests/visitors at the lobby door.
  6. Students should not lend their id+ cards or room keys to others.
  7. Lost or stolen id+ cards should be reported immediately.

Report Suspicious Activity Immediately. Suspicious activity includes:

  1. Persons going from room to room trying doorknobs.
  2. Persons loitering at unusual hours and locations.
  3. Persons running (especially if something of value is being carried).
  4. Persons exhibiting unusual mental, emotional, or physical symptoms.
  5. Persons carrying University or Schuylkill Campus Advisory Board property or other items not wrapped.
  6. Open or broken windows or doors.
  7. Unusual noises, screams, cry for help.

Some people fail to report suspicious activity because they are not aware of what seemingly innocent activities might be suspicious. Others may notice activity and may be hesitant to call for fear of seeming over-reactive or embarrassed. Still others take it for granted that someone else has called. Students should call immediately about any suspicious activity. There is no need to worry about bothering staff on duty because that is why we are here. Students should not be concerned about being embarrassed if their suspicions prove unfounded. They should think instead about what could happen if they do not act.

Students play a critical role in maintaining a safe and secure environment. No matter how many security assistants we employ or how sophisticated a mechanical system we install, the safety and security of the residents can be compromised by careless resident behavior. Students should think about this the next time they are tempted to prop open a door or not lock their room doors.

Technology

Data
The Schuylkill Campus Advisory Board provides personal network connections in all rooms. Students can access the Penn State computer Internet using their own personal computers. Any student using a personal computer to access the network acknowledges a responsibility to act in accordance with relevant policies including Penn State Policy AD-20. This policy is agreed to when an access account with the Center for Academic Computing is activated. Violation of policy or law may result in suspension of network access or other information service privileges, disciplinary action, and legal proceedings. Information pertaining to the data connection is available from Residential Computing. More information is available online at www.rescom.psu.edu.

Network
The student's use of the network connection is subject to compliance with the Terms and Conditions found online at www.rescom.psu.edu. By registering for or using a network connection, the student agrees to be bound by the Terms and Conditions. Specific information about illegal activity, bandwidth limitations, inappropriate content, personal responsibilities, and other network connection limitations can be found online at www.rescom.psu.edu.

Phone Information
There are no active telephone landlines in student bedrooms. Students are encouraged to use the courtesy phones located in the apartment common room for security and local calls.

Miscellaneous

Bicycles, In line skates, and Skateboards
Bicycles are to be placed in the bicycle racks located outside the Nittany Apartments. Bicycles are not permitted in lounges, laundries, hallways, bathrooms, dining halls, or other public areas. Students may be held responsible for damages. Skateboards are prohibited on campus. In-line skates are not permitted to be worn in the Nittany Apartments or dining commons.

Damages - Liability Policy

  1. Room occupants will be held responsible for the condition of the room and furnishings and for any damages or losses that may occur during occupancy.
  2. Individuals identified as responsible for damage, theft, or losses in common areas of the building (such as corridors, elevators, stairwells, recreation rooms, study rooms, bathrooms, laundry rooms work rooms, and lounges) will be billed for the cost of repair or replacement. Amounts billed are additional charges under the Housing Contract. Residents will be held collectively responsible for damages, theft, or losses in common areas of the building that may occur during occupancy when the individual(s) responsible cannot be identified.
  3. Residents are solely responsible for removing personal garbage from the apartments and putting it in the dumpster. Students are not permitted to put personal garbage in common area receptacles located in and around the Nittany Apartments, including lobbies, lounges, hallways, corridors, or outside trash receptacles.
  4. For the purpose of damage, theft, or loss assessment, occupancy shall be inclusive from the date of check-in to the date the student properly checks out of the room. Charges will be applied against the student's account. Residents must pay a damage assessment when billed.
  5. Residents are not permitted to make damage repairs or arrange for them to be made. In an emergency, Housing management staff, an RA, or University Police should be contacted. Any student who leaves The Nittany Apartments at the end of the contract period or earlier because of withdrawal from Penn State or other termination of study, and who fails to return the room key at the time of check-out, will automatically be assessed a charge for core and key replacement. The amount will be charged to the student.

Gambling
Gambling in Nittany Apartments, and commons buildings, which is in violation of federal, state, and local laws is prohibited. Students involved in gambling-related incidents may face legal and/or disciplinary action.

Mail Service
Residential students will receive mail in their assigned mailboxes. Only mail addressed to the current occupant of the room and with the official occupant's name will be processed. During the academic year, the mailbox number is the same as the student's room number. During summer session, the mailbox number may be different from the room number. The mailbox key is issued with the room key.

Mail for resident students should be addressed as follows:

Name
Room Number University Drive
Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972

Note: "Penn State" and "The Pennsylvania State University" should not be used in the address.

Forwarding Address
For mail to be forwarded at the end of the academic year, the student will need to update their permanent address in eLion.

Pets
Pets of any kind are not permitted to be fed, housed, or harbored in or around any apartment or area owned or operated by The Schuylkill Campus Advisory Board. This includes amphibious creatures, reptiles, birds, dogs, cats, etc. this policy also pertains to pets of guests. The Schuylkill Campus Advisory Board reserves the right to inspect the premises and will do so when pets are suspected.

Recreational areas
There are designated areas for football, soccer, tennis, volleyball, basketball, catch, etc. For the safety of others and for the preservation of windows, lawns, and shrubs, students should not use the lawns and seeded areas adjacent to the Nittany Apartments, nor rooms within the apartments.

Storage
There is a limited storage space in each commons building for trunks and suitcases. Due to fire safety concerns, boxes and cartons of any kind cannot be stored. Storage is not allowed or available between the end of spring semester and the next fall semester. The Schuylkill Campus Advisory Board is not responsible for loss of items left in apartments during absences.

Traffic and parking regulations
Student use of vehicles on campus is governed by campus parking regulations (available at the Office of Police Services) and the Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Code. Vehicles used on campus must be registered and display a placard as evidence of registration.

Parking is prohibited on lawns and in front of fire hydrants. Students must park their cars or their vehicles in designated parking areas and abide by University policies outlined in the parking regulations.

Only LEED certified vehicles are permitted to park in the Nittany V upper parking lot. See Police Services for a list of LEED certified vehicles.

Vending and laundry
Problems (malfunctions, refund needs) with vending machines, washers, or dryers should be reported to the Vending Company directly. The contact information for the washers and dryers is on the wall above the machines. The contact information for the vending machines is located on the vending machine. The Schuylkill Campus Advisory Board is not liable for damage to personal property.

Violations
Nittany Apartment students who engage in behavior that violates the Terms, Conditions, and Regulations of the Housing Contract and/or the Student Code of Conduct will be required to work with the staff of Residence Life and/or Office of Student Conduct to resolve the issue. Outcomes may include, but are not limited to, educational sanctions, contract review, change of housing assignment, contract termination, and disciplinary action. Guidelines and procedures related to this process are available by contacting any Residence Life staff member.

Weapons and Fireworks
Possessing, carrying, or using any weapon is prohibited in all Advisory Board and University buildings, on University-owned or controlled property, and at University-sponsored and/or supervised activities, except by authorized law officers and other persons specifically authorized by the University.

Prohibited items include, but are not limited to: firearms (such as pistols, rifles, shotguns, BB guns, paintball guns, or ammunition), bows and arrows, sling shots, hand-billies, dirk knives, razors, switchblades and other dangerous knives, explosives, chemicals, and martial arts equipment. Pennsylvania prohibits the possession or use of fireworks.

Windows and Screens
Students are responsible for ensuring that windows in their rooms are closed when no one is in the room. Closing windows will help protect mini-blinds, sills, and floors from rain, snow, and dampness and conserve heating costs. Antennas are not permitted to be strung out of the windows. Removal of window screens is prohibited. Damaged screens will be repaired, and any charges assessed will be posted to the student's account.

Administrative Contract

Cancellations/ room reassignments
In addition to the foregoing, The Schuylkill Campus Advisory Board reserves the right to cancel or deny a contract to a student, or to change the assignment of a student, if that student engages in the following conduct:

  1. Disregards the rights of other residents
  2. Jeopardizes the safety and/or well-being of him/herself or other residents
  3. Disrupts the residential environment
  4. Violates The Schuylkill Campus Advisory Board and University rules and policies and/or Terms, Conditions, and Regulations of this contract

The Schuylkill Campus Advisory Board, at its discretion, may determine whether a student who engages in the conduct mentioned above shall be covered by the preceding provision related to violations or whether the student should have a fair and equitable hearing by the Director of Student Affairs. In the latter case, the student will have the right to appeal to the Chancellor, who will retain final authority in such cases.

The Schuylkill Campus Advisory Board reserves the right to deny or cancel a Housing Contract to an individual whose conduct and/or proven criminal record indicates a potential threat or danger to The Schuylkill Campus Advisory Board community, including students, faculty, and staff. Any student who is not in registered status will have a financial hold placed on his or her student record for housing charges incurred during the semester. Subsequent contracts will be denied until all financial holds are satisfied.

The Schuylkill Campus Advisory Board reserves the right to change the assignment of a student in specific locations in the event that (1) the location is needed for other programs or purposes and/or (2) the student's room is specially equipped to provide for a medical need and such need arises, and/or (3) conditions in a specific location requires such reassignment to ensure a proper educational environment or the health and safety of individuals. The student will be given area assignment preference after reassignments are complete.