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We believe that living successfully on campus requires a commitment to observe the Community Living Principles, which show respect to the balance between your rights as a community member, and your responsibilities.  Thus, your actions demonstrate your commitment to living in this environment that is built on respect for others and their well-being. 

UMBC’s residential community assists its residents in developing skills and attitudes necessary to become positive members of society.  You will be asked to respect the privacy of your roommate and your neighbors, be responsible and accountable for your actions and the action of your guests, promote safety, respect —as well as appreciate individual differences — and uphold high standards of behavior.

Your rights as a resident:

The right to pursue your academic goals free from undue interference;
The right to sleep;
The right of free access to your room;
The right of a clean environment in which to live; and
The right for redress of grievances.

Your responsibilities as a resident:

Abide by University and Residential Life rules & regulations and agreements established among members of your community, and with your roommate(s) about how you would like to live as a group;
Maintain your registration as a full-time student (12+ credits) each semester;
Voice your objections when others infringe on your rights;
Work with other residents and staff to establish the necessary norms and standards for living together; and,
Participate in the efforts to hold persons accountable to these norms and standards they create.


The Code of Student Conduct regulations prohibit misconduct involving alcohol, including, but not limited to:

  • Unauthorized or illegal use of any alcoholic beverages;
  • Aiding or abetting an underage person in the purchase of alcoholic beverages;
  • Disorderly conduct due all or in part to being under the influence of alcohol;
  • Providing alcohol to underage persons;
  • Possession, use or distribution of alcohol by underage persons.

Residential Life Regulations Regarding Alcohol include:

  • Residents who are not yet 21 may not possess, consume, sell, or serve alcohol in their assigned room or apartment, nor can they host in their room or apartment anyone, regardless of age or relationship, who is possessing, consuming, selling, or serving alcohol.
  • Kegs and other multi-source containers are not permitted in or around any residential facility.
  • Brewing and/or distilling alcohol is not permitted in or around any residential facility.

Behavior Which Jeopardizes the Health or Safety of Self or Others

The Code of Student Conduct prohibits Behavior Which Jeopardizes the Health or Safety of Self or Others, including but not limited to:

  • Unauthorized/illegal possession, storage, or use of weapons or firearms;
  • Acts, or threats, of physical assault or abuse;
  • Sexual assault or rape (e.g., date, acquaintance, or stranger);
  • Violence;
  • Failure to cease repetitive unwanted behavior (directed toward a particular individual or group of individuals);
  • Stalking;
  • Sexual harassment;
  • Sexual exploitation or misconduct;
  • Disorderly conduct;
  • Hazing;
  • Forcible detention;
  • Threatening behavior;
  • Indecent exposure;
  • Alcohol poisoning;
  • Drug overdose;
  • Rioting.


Care for Facilities & Damage

The Code of Student Conduct prohibits Intentional or negligent acts or attempted acts resulting in theft or property damage are prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Theft, vandalism, destruction, damage, abuse, or fraudulent use of University or private property, including University property, personal or University credit cards, and University funds; or,
  • Theft, destruction, damage, abuse, or fraudulent use of University services, including attendance in classes in which the student is not enrolled, computer, telephone, and mail services

Residential Life policies regarding care for facilities and property include:

  • Residential Life endorses shared responsibility for damages to community common areas, and property
  • Residential Life prohibits the theft or destruction of floor decorations or bulletin boards.
  • All University furniture must remain in the room in which it was installed at the time you moved in. This includes lounge or other common area furniture so that it can be available to all and to minimize damage. For resident’s safety and to minimize damage:
    • Furniture must remain in its upright position and may not be disassembled, modified, or uninstalled, except when adding a rented BedLoft unit, and
    • Mattresses must remain on bed frames and may not be placed directly on the floor.
    • No item of any sort may be temporarily or permanently mounted, hung, rigged, draped, or attached from or to a window, shade, blinds, or balcony regardless of whether the item is interior or exterior to the building. 
    • Bed lofting is permitted in residence halls only and must be provided by the approved vendor BedLoft. BedLoft is the exclusive provider of lofting units that are to be assembled by the resident with instructions from the vendor. These units may be rented directly from the vendor through the Residence Life Web-link to the BedLoft site. No other type of bed lofting structures may be constructed or are permitted for use on campus.  All bed parts must be stored within the resident room.  BedLoft will provide the loft units during move-in dates and make arrangements with residents for pick-up at the end of the academic year.  NOTE: Bed lofting units may not be used in ‘overflow’ rooms already containing bunked beds
  • Residents may not modify the existing structure of the walls or ceilings of their residence hall room, including painting or wallpapering, or mechanically mounting any items on walls or ceilings.
  • Nothing should obstruct the air flow of the heating and air conditioning system so that they can work effectively and efficiently.  Objects placed in front of the unit should be a minimum of six inches away.
  • Power tools and spray paint may not be used within any of the Residential Facilities or grounds.
  • In the event of an emergency, it is important that University and emergency personnel be able to enter a residential room.  Therefore, residents may not install additional locks, chains, or other devices that would preclude entry by others.

Community Security

  • All persons must enter and exit residence halls through the main entrance and apartments through the front door, except in the cases of a fire, fire drill, or other emergency situation.
  • At no time should residents access the roof top of residence halls.
  • Except in case of emergencies, windows may not be used as entrances or exits. At all other times, window screens, stoppers, and other hardware must remain in place.
  • To maintain the security of the community, tampering with or minimizing the effectiveness of access control or safety and security systems in any way is prohibited.
  • To help control access in and out of residence hall communities, propping or forcing open of exterior doors is prohibited.


  • To maintain the orderly and safe operation of our residential communities, all students are expected to comply with all reasonable requests of University officials, including all levels of Residential Life staff carrying out their job responsibilities, and by following all closing procedures.  This includes but is not limited to identifying oneself and producing a current and valid identification card, changing or limiting one’s behavior when asked to do so, or attending a scheduled meeting or mediation when requested.

Cooking & Appliances

  • Cooking and appliance use is only permitted in the kitchen areas of apartment communities and designated kitchens/kitchenettes in the residence halls, with the exception of UL-approved coffeepots with automatic shutoff, which may also be used in residence hall rooms.
  • Students living in the apartment communities are provided a refrigerator and no additional refrigeration units may be added.  Students living in the residence halls may have refrigerators up to 4.3 cubic feet in their rooms. Residents may have one refrigerator unit per residential or occupied room. Therefore, residents may have one refrigerator in each room of a suite but not the common room.
  • Microwaves are not permitted in the residence halls, with the exception of “micro-fridge” units and those installed by the University in Kitchens/kitchenettes.  Personal microwaves are permitted only in the kitchens of those apartments not already equipped with them.
  • Any appliance that by way of intense heat or open flame may pose a fire threat is prohibited.
  • The following appliances and items, when not installed by the University, are not permitted to be stored or used in any residential hall or apartment: stoves of any kind, gas or charcoal barbecue grills and briquettes, immersion heaters, heat or sun lamps, electric blankets and heaters, space heaters, and any appliance with an exposed heating element unless specified here.  The following appliances are not permitted in residence hall rooms: rice cookers, toasters, toaster ovens, griddles, “George Foreman” -style grills.   Rice Cookers, toasters, toaster ovens, griddles and non-pedestal “George Foreman”-style grills are permitted in apartment kitchens for countertop use only.
  • Students should remain in or near the kitchen area while cooking to
     ensure that no items burn or catch fire.

File Sharing

The Code of Student Conduct prohibits the downloading or sharing of the intellectual property and copyrighted works of others, without permission or consent of the copyright holder, (as provided in Rule 19 of the Code of Student Conduct) including:

  • music,
  • motion pictures,
  • computer software (including games),
  • photos,
  • data files, and
  • configuration files and maps.

Fire Safety

The Code of Student Conduct prohibits:

  • failure to comply with posted evacuation procedures;
  • tampering with fire protection apparatus;
  • possession, use, or threatened use of fireworks, bombs, or explosive devices of any character;
  • use of open flame devices or combustible materials, including chemicals, which endanger the safety or well-being of the University community;
  • unauthorized use of, tampering with, or misuse of electrical equipment, burglar alarms, fire exits; 
  • giving false alarms or false reports of fire or emergency; or, fire-setting.

Residential Life policies regarding fire safety include:

  • The following items are prohibited in all areas due to the possible danger associated with their use or possession (this is not an exhaustive list):
    • hoverboards (balance boards, gravity boards, self balancing devices, etc.), fireworks, candles, incense, gasoline, lighter fluid, and compressed gasses; devices with open flames, exposed heating elements, or halogen bulbs, multi-plug outlets (surge protectors are permitted); and, real cut trees, corn stalks, hay or straw bales and other cut plants.
  • To slow the spread of a fire, no item can hang down from the ceiling or be draped across a ceiling, and no item can cover lights or sprinklers.
  • A single strand of UL-approved holiday lights is permitted only indoors and only so long as it is in good repair, is not used around flammable items, is mounted flat and not hung from metal wires or sprinklers, and has no ornaments or other items hung from them.
  • Because every sounding fire alarm should be treated as a real emergency, you must evacuate each time you hear the alarm, using only designated emergency exit doors. 
  • Visit our website for your community’s evacuation location. To speed exit in the case of an emergency:
    • obstructing hallways, breezeways, stairwells, or exit doors in any manner is prohibited;
    • no more than 50% of a door may be covered with papers, photos, or other flammable items;
    • no more than 14 people may be present inside any apartment;
    • there can be no gatherings of individuals on apartment balconies; and, no more than 14 people may be present inside any residence hall suite (defined as all rooms sharing one bathroom).

Guests & Visitation

  • Out of respect for the wishes and needs of roommate(s), residents must secure the permission of their roommate(s) before hosting a guest.  The hosting of a guest cannot impede roommate(s) from freely and comfortably accessing the room/apartment, and/or their ability to sleep, study, etc. in the room/apartment.
  • For everyone’s safety and comfort, residents must personally know the person they are signing in as a guest.
  • Guests, regardless of age or relationship to their host, must provide a valid UMBC, high school or college ID, military ID, or a state issued ID, such as a valid driver’s license (photo or non-photo), passport, green card, or employment ID to gain entrance into the residence hall. Information from the ID will be recorded at the desk, but the ID will not be kept.
  • Residents entering a residence hall other than the one in which they live must leave their current, valid Resident ID at the service desk and pick it up when they leave. The residential host must then meet their guest(s) at the desk and leave their Residential ID for the duration of the visit of their guest(s). The Residential ID must be picked up by the host when the guest leaves the building.
  • Exterior doors to the residence halls will be locked from 8 PM to 7 AM.  During these hours guests should contact their host by using their personal phone or a courtesy phone near the lobby entrance.  Guests must be escorted past the building lobby.
  • Guests must be accompanied by their residential student host at all times while they are in the Residence Halls or Apartments, courtyards, or immediately adjacent to any residential facility. This also applies to residential students who are guests in the rooms of other residential students.
  • By bringing a guest into the community residents accept responsibility for their presence, actions, and/or misconduct.  Hosts will be held responsible for the conduct of their guests, even if they were unaware of their conduct.
  • Residents may host up to four (4) non-resident guests at one time.
  • Hosts must not sign in guests or visitors for the purpose of allowing them a place to live or for an extended stay.  If it is determined that a guest’s presence is not for the purpose of visiting but for having a place to reside for any length of time, the host will be held judicially and financially responsible for the guest’s presence and the guest will be restricted from the residential community.  Only students with a Residential Life license to the room may reside in that room.
  • Residential Life reserves the right to deny entry or access to any non-resident for any reason and without prior notice.

Health & Sanitation

  • Smoking Regulations: In accordance with campus policies, smoking is prohibited on campus except in 2 designated areas. For more information:
  • Hookahs, Electronic Cigarettes and Vaporizers: These items may not be used in or around residential facilities, but may be stored in residential facilities; Used coals from hookahs must be cold to the touch when disposed of, and may not be brought into any residential facility; Users of these devices must follow the campus smoking policy.
  • Pet Regulations: With the exception of service animals and fish in an aquarium 10 gallons or less, animals are not permitted in the residence facilities.  A resident who requires the use of a service animal due to a documented disability must contact the Office of Student Support Services in advance of their residency on campus.
  • Trash Regulations: Residents are responsible for removing trash and recyclables on a regular basis, depositing the items fully inside the appropriate trash receptacle, dumpster or recycling bin.  Any trash removed from a room, bathroom, suite, apartment, balcony or adjacent area will be billed to residents at the rate of $25 per bag. 
  • Littering is prohibited.  Inappropriate trash disposal may result in student conduct charges.
  • Cleaning/Pest and Extermination Regulations: Residential Life regularly exterminate all residential facilities. During the academic year, it is the responsibility of each resident to clean and maintain their room or apartment. Vacuum cleaners are available at service desks for student use.  If a resident develops a pest problem, they should contact Residential Facilities at 5-FXIT immediately. Residential Life mandates residents to report pest infestation and comply with published pest extermination protocol. If Residential Life needs to arrange a visit by the exterminator due to resident actions or negligence, charges will be billed to the appropriate student account. The University will not be liable for the presence of bugs, vermin, or insects. Food should be kept in tightly closed plastic or metal containers.  Residents should be mindful of the resurgence of bed bugs and learn appropriate methods to avoid a personal infestation.

Illegal Drugs & Controlled Substances

The Code of Student Conduct prohibits misconduct involving illegal drugs or controlled substances, including, but not limited to:

  • Possession, use, distribution, sale, manufacture, or processing of illegal or unprescribed narcotics, illegal drugs, hallucinogens, and controlled substances;
  • Possession, use, or sale of drug paraphernalia;
  • Possession, use, sale, or distribution of legal drugs which were not prescribed to the recipient or person in Possession or misuse of prescribed drugs or over the counter drugs.

Keys & Identification

To protect the safety and security of the residential community, residents may not:

  • Borrow, lend, steal, or duplicate UMBC keys, UMBC identification cards, or resident identification cards for any purpose; or,
  • Assist others in entering the community without properly being signed in, give illegal entry to, or use improperly gained keys or identification or access control cards.
  • If a resident student does not have their room key or ID, they must sign out a lockout key or swipe card at their community desk.  After five times of signing out a lockout key or swipe card (and each time thereafter), the resident will be referred to the conduct process for violating Residential Life Rules.
  • If a key is lost more than 3 times in a 7-day period, the resident must present their original key to the desk when returning their temporary key, or the lock will be replaced on the student’s door(s).
  • For resident students entering a building with a staffed community service desk:
    • Residents entering their own building must show their current, valid Resident ID.
    • Residents entering a residence hall other than the one in which they live must leave their current, valid Resident ID at the service desk and pick it up when they leave.
  • When entering their assigned building if a resident student does not have their Resident ID, they must wait at the service desk until the desk staff is able to verify their identity.  After five times of failing to show their Residential ID (and each time thereafter), they will be documented for violating Residential Life Rules.
  • Residents should carry their UMBC ID and Resident ID when they are in the residential community.  UMBC IDs will be required for students in the residence halls to gain access to their floor.
  • Identification cards are provided to individuals as a mechanism of establishing that a student has a legitimate purpose on campus or within a specific community.  When asked to do so by a staff member, students must show their ID cards.  Students are prohibited from providing false identification to staff.

Living Agreements

  • Written agreements between roommates, apartment or suitemates, or other living units provide mutual guidelines for living standards and are required to be completed as instructed by RA/CD staff.  These agreements are enforceable by Residential Life.  For any agreement to be modified once completed, all changes must be mutually acceptable and placed on file with the Community Director.


Noise & Quiet Hours

  • Quiet hours are in effect daily beginning at 10 PM (8 PM in areas designated as “Quiet Lifestyle”) on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings and ending at 8 AM the following day.  Quiet Hours are in effect daily beginning at 1 AM (10 PM in areas designated as “Quiet Lifestyle”) on Saturday and Sunday mornings and ending at 8 AM that same morning (effectively “Friday and Saturday evenings”).  Campus construction contractors are permitted to operate beginning at 7 AM.
  • At all other times, courtesy quiet hours are in effect.  This means that residents should be conscious of their noise level and take care not to disturb others in and around the residence halls, or the residential area.  Residents who are asked to be quiet during Courtesy Hours should comply with any requests to end the disturbance of others.
  • To allow everyone to study for finals and finish end-of-semester papers and projects, 24-hour continual quiet hours begin the week before study day for each term and end on the last day of finals for that term.
  • To promote a quiet environment in which others can more easily sleep and study, all residents are required to check out of their rooms within 24 hours of their last final examination.
  • Musical, stereo, or other equipment that is disruptive must be removed from the community upon request.  Amplified devices must be used with headphones.

Posting Solicitation & Commercial Operations

  • Only Residential Life, student organizations and University entities may post in the residential area when approved, and stamped by a designated Residential Life staff member and hung in designated areas. Posting on the exterior of buildings, trees, and lamp posts is prohibited.  Items may not be stretched or hung across hallways, doors, balconies, or exteriors of buildings.  Nothing can be attached or hung from ceilings or glass.  No postings or advertisements can be slipped under doors or hung from door handles.  In the residential communities it is also prohibited to post items on, in, or under doors which do not belong to that individual resident.
  • Chalking any area of sidewalks is prohibited in residential communities.
  • Solicitation is defined as any effort to ask for donations or contributions of time, money, goods, or services.  Soliciting also refers to canvassing and other promotional activities.  Sales are efforts to offer a product or service in return for money, goods, or other services.  Solicitation and sales are prohibited in all residential facilities.
  • Students may not conduct or contract for any business enterprise, exclusive of University approved activities, within the residence halls or apartments.  Subleasing or otherwise loaning the use of an apartment or room is also prohibited.

Recreation Equipment & Activities

  • Because of the risk of damage to property and for the safety of all residential students, the following activities are prohibited within the Residential facilities:
  • Participation in athletic and physically active recreational activities and the use of athletic equipment (including, but not limited to, lacrosse and soccer balls, basketballs, baseballs/softballs, Nerf, Frisbees, bicycles/scooters/skateboards) indoors, in Erickson and Harbor courtyards, or immediately adjacent to a residential facility, except in provided athletic courts and open field areas; and,
  • The possession or use of dartboards; and,
  • The use of water guns and water balloons indoors or immediately adjacent to a residential facility.
    For the safety and privacy of all residential students, and to protect property and the environment from damage, the use of slacklines in a manner that may cause damage to trees, or residential facilities, cause privacy issues for residents, or cause harm to pedestrians is prohibited.  Slacklines should only be used on trees that are 50 feet or more from the Residential Buildings
  • For the safety of students, bicycles (or similar wheeled vehicles) may not be parked in public areas of residential buildings including lobbies, balconies, laundry rooms, hallways, stairwells, breezeways, and recreation areas, and they may not be locked to trees, benches, tables, railings, and other outside structures.  Bicycles should be parked at provided bike racks.  Any bikes left on campus more than 30 days after the end of the academic year will be removed.
  • The use of skateboards, rollerblades, bicycles, or roller-skates in a manner that may cause damage to University property or the use of a wheeled device around University buildings in a manner that may cause injury to pedestrians is also prohibited.
  • Scooters may be used for ADA purposes for those with documentation on file with the Office of Student Support Services.
  • Bike registration is strongly recommended with UMBC Police.

Theft & Property Damage

The Code of Student Conduct prohibits:

  • Intentional or negligent acts or attempted acts resulting in theft or property damage are prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to:
    • theft, vandalism, destruction, damage, abuse, or fraudulent use of University or private property, including University property, personal or University credit cards, and University funds; or
    • theft, destruction, damage, abuse, or fraudulent use of University services, including attendance in classes in which the student is not enrolled, computer, telephone, and mail services.
  • Residential Life prohibits the theft or destruction of floor decorations or bulletin boards.

Unauthorized Entry

The Code of Student Conduct prohibits:

  • ·Failure or refusal to leave University grounds, or a specific portion thereof, or a University facility when requested by an authorized University official; or,
  • Improper or unauthorized entry into a University building, facility, or campus residence.


The Code of Student Conduct prohibits all types of weapons. This includes, but is not limited to any potentially dangerous object or substance:

  • Any firearm (including any weapon or instrument from which a shot, projectile, or other object may be discharged by force, whether operable or inoperable, loaded or unloaded);
  • Any deadly weapon, defined as any instrument, item, or material
    • readily capable of causing death or serious physical injury;
  • Any BB gun, pellet gun, air rifle, paint gun, sword (including
    • decorative), or other martial arts weapon;
  • Any bomb (or other explosive material), knife (other than an ordinary pocketknife carried in a closed position, with a blade of three inches or less), switchblade, billy club, blackjack, bludgeon, metal knuckles, slingshot, razor, bicycle chain, or ice pick; or,
  • Any explosive chemical or device including a substance or a combination of substances possessed or prepared for the purpose of producing a visible or audible effect by combustion, explosion, deflagration, or detonation, including fireworks; and,
  • Illegal or potentially dangerous chemicals.