Student Handbook - page 8

Page 8 of 66
Updated 08.27.2014
Visitation
No coed visitation is permitted in any residence hall area other than the lobby except for university approved open
houses. Any open house must be approved in advance by the Residence Director and the Director of Residence
Life. Members of the opposite sex should not use the lobbies of residence halls for visitation prior to noon, and
they must leave all residence halls by 1 a.m. each morning. Failure to abide by this policy requires disciplinary
action. Students should show consideration for others who may wish to use the lobby areas. Lobby areas are not
the appropriate place for displaying affection toward one’s date. Students are to be dressed appropriately when in
the lobby areas of the residence halls.
Residence Hall Meetings
Periodically, Resident Assistants will hold hall meetings for residents on his/her halls. The Residence Director will
call mandatory residence hall meetings at specific times during the semester. These meetings will inform residents
of activities and campus information and are mandatory for all students. Absences may be excused only by the
director, and students must inform their director at least 24 hours before the scheduled meeting. Unexcused
absences will result in community service for the resident.
False Alarm or Report
It is a violation of Texas Penal Code 42.06 to make a false alarm or report to an institution of higher education.
Student accused of this crime may face charges up to a state jail felony and will be referred through the student
judicial process. A full description of the code and subsequent penalty is provided below. Please help keep our
campus safe and report any suspicious activities to the University Police Department, Director of Residence Life, or
your Residence Director.
False Alarm or report:
a)
A person commits an offense if he knowingly initiates, communicates or circulates a report of a
present, past or future bombing, fire, offense, or other emergency that he knows is false or
baseless and that would ordinarily:
1.
Cause action by an official or volunteer agency organized to deal with emergencies;
2.
Place a person in fear of imminent serious bodily injury; or
3.
Prevent or interrupt the occupation of a building, room, place of assembly, place to
which the public has access, or aircraft, automobile, or other mode of conveyance.
b)
An offense under this section is a Class A misdemeanor unless the false report is of an emergency
involving a public or secondary school, public communications, public transportation, public
water, gas, or power supply or other public service, in which event the offense is a state jail
felony.
Off-­‐Campus Living
Three off-­‐campus residential options are available for both undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled
in at least nine hours during the long semesters. All applications will be handled on a first-­‐come, first-­‐served basis.
Every effort will be made to fill requests with priority given to those applicants with families. However, due to the
limited number of available units, some substitutions may be necessary.
Off-­‐Campus Living Assignment Policy
1.
All houses are assigned on a first-­‐come, first-­‐served basis with the following exceptions:
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