2017-2018 Student Handbook

Page 52 of 107 Updated 1.25.17 2. Keep all windows, glass, window coverings, doors, locks and hardware in good, clean order. 3. Not obstruct or cover the windows or doors. 4. Not leave windows or doors in an open position during any inclement weather. 5. Not hang any laundry, clothing, sheets, etc., from any window, rail, porch or balcony nor air or dry any of same within any yard area or space. 6. Not cause or permit any locks or hooks to be placed upon any door or window without the prior written consent of HSU. 7. During extreme weather conditions, the student resident may be required to maintain certain minimum or maximum temperatures in their apartment or house, and take other actions as requested. Notifications will be made via the student resident’s assigned HSU email account. Failure to follow prescribed steps may result in damages being charged to the student resident’s account. HSU will not reimburse students for electricity usage in these instances. 8. Keep all lavatories, sinks, toilets, and all other water and plumbing apparatus in good order and shall use same only for the purposes for which they were constructed. Student resident shall not allow any sweepings, rubbish, sand, rags, ashes or other substances to be thrown or deposited therein. Any damage to any such apparatus and the cost of clearing stopped plumbing resulting from misuse shall be borne by student resident. 9. If a pest infestation is reported or discovered in the premises (i.e. bed bugs, cockroaches, ants, etc.) and it is determined by HSU that the student resident, or their guest(s), introduced the pests, the student resident may be charged for remediation of the infestation (i.e. pest control) at HSU’s discretion. For bed bugs, this could be in excess of $1,500.00 depending on the severity of the infestation. Access by HSU While HSU will make efforts to inform residents of need to access residential spaces, in order to maintain facilities and to ensure the community environment, HSU staff, students, and contractors are permitted to enter residential spaces without notice for the following purposes: 1. Inspect the residential space(s) for condition. 2. Make repairs. 3. Student Conduct related visits and/or searches as sanctioned by the Dean of Students and/or the Vice President of Student Life or their designee. 4. Show the premises to prospective student residents, prospective purchasers, inspectors, fire marshals, lenders, appraisers, or insurance agents. 5. Leave written notice. Students may not at any time restrict the access to HSU residential facilities and may be referred to the student conduct system if such a situation were to occur. Children and Supervision Children 3 years of age or younger may not be outside without an adult physically present with them. Children between the ages of 4 - 10 should be supervised by an adult with visual and audio contact. Children 11 - 18 years of age should be educated on proper play areas/biking policies on campus and be prepared to provide home location if asked by campus police officers or other university personnel. Under no circumstances are children 10 years of age or younger to be left home alone for any length of time. Violators of this policy may be reported to the Texas Department of Child Protective Services.