Lafayette College’s policies are designed to create an atmosphere that supports a healthy and productive living and learning environment. They also align with state, local, and federal guidelines. You are responsible for abiding by all policies outlined in the Housing Contract and the Student Handbook, so it is strongly suggested that you read them.

Here are the policies about which we most often get questions

Alcohol

Students who are twenty-one (21) years of age or older are permitted to possess and consume single-serving alcoholic beverages in the privacy of their residence hall rooms/suites. Open containers of alcohol are not permitted in common areas or outside on College property even if the individual is of-age. Lafayette College supports all laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Students who violate these laws are also subject to citation by campus or Easton police officers in addition to College sanction.

Bicycles

Bicycles may only be stored in individual student rooms or on the outdoor bike racks provided at various locations around campus.

Checkpoint tags and Keys

Checkpoint tags and keys are issued to individual students which permit access to approved buildings and rooms.  For the safety and security of the campus community, these items must not be loaned out nor should access be granted to non-residents.  Lost checkpoints or keys must be immediately reported to Office of Public Safety.  A fee will be assessed for replacement of checkpoint tags and keys.

Cooking

For safety reasons, you must never leave cooking food unattended.  Use of non-approved cooking appliances in your bedroom is prohibited. As a courtesy to other residents, you are expected to clean and remove all personal cooking items and discard waste.

Damages to your Room

You are responsible for any damages that occur to your room during occupancy of that room. If damages are accidental, you must pay repair costs. If damages are the result of vandalism, not only must you pay for repairs, but you may also face disciplinary action.

Damages to Residence Hall Common Areas

When hallways, bathrooms, lounges, lounge furniture, and other public facilities in a residence hall receive undue abuse, the residents of that area are expected to assist in identifying the responsible individual(s). When those responsible cannot be identified, all residents may be required to pay a prorated share toward repairing such damages.

Students may file an anonymous report to assist in identifying those who are responsible for community damage.

Fire Safety Equipment & procedures

Items may not be affixed to or hung from sprinkler system hardware or taped over any fire safety device. Fire extinguishers mounted in common areas should remain untouched unless needed in an emergency. Anyone identified as tampering with a fire apparatus is subject fines and disciplinary action.

Residents must evacuate the residence halls each time the fire alarm sounds and move to a location away from the building. After the alarm is silenced, permission to re-enter the building will be given by the fire department or Public Safety officials. In addition, all hallways, stairwells, and entryways must be kept clear of personal belongings, furniture, etc. to permit safe egress.

Furniture

All furniture provided by the College must remain within your residence.  It cannot be stored elsewhere or brought outside.  You are responsible for any damage beyond the normal wear and tear.  You may bring in your own furniture with the understanding that it must be removed upon your departure. Personal furniture may not be left in your residence for a future resident. The College is not responsible for items/furniture left in the residences after Move-Out.

Guests

Overnight guests are permitted in College housing with advance permission from roommates. Students also must register their overnight guests with the College at the Public Safety Office under the following circumstances:  1. The guest is not a currently enrolled Lafayette College student; 2. The guest will be hosted in College housing for three (3) or more consecutive nights OR more than (2) two visits in the same housing term.

Regardless of duration of stay or whether guests are non-Lafayette students or other currently enrolled students, the host student is responsible for the conduct of his/her guests, including damages caused by them.

Lost Keys and Lock-outs

At check-in, you will be issued a room key. For the security of your belongings and the safety of you and your roommate, please use it. If you lose your key, report it to the Office of Public Safety as soon as possible. There is a $25 charge for key replacement. If you get locked out of your room, contact the Office of Public Safety for re-entry. There is a fee for this service.

Pets

You may have pet fish in no larger than a 10 gallon aquarium.  Any other animals are not permitted in College housing (even to visit) with the exception of those approved through the office of disability services.

Posting

Each residential community includes a public posting area where students or organizations may post flyers and ads.  Postings must use approved fasteners (3M products or poster putty on walls, staples or push pins on bulletin boards ie. no duct tape) and must adhere to the College’s Policy on Distribution of Literature.   Posting is not permitted on the exterior doors or any other surface or area.  Improperly posted flyers will be removed.

Prohibited Items

For fire safety reasons, several items are not permitted in the residence halls.  Please do not bring candles – even for decoration. Microwaves (unless part of a microfridge unit) or any appliance with an opening heating element.  For full description of items that you should not bring to campus, please see the Housing Contract and the Student Handbook.

Quiet Hours

In order to support communal sleeping/studying environments, universal residence hall quiet hours are in effect 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. on weekdays and midnight to 10 a.m. on weekends. Courtesy hours are in effect at all times. No sound equipment may be placed in or near open windows.  During final exam period, 24-hour quiet hours are in effect.

Restricted Areas

Students are not permitted to access roofs, ledges, basements, attics, mechanical closets, or other restricted areas.  Windows may not be used as non-emergency means to exit or enter a room or building.  All attics and basements of college-owned residences should be locked and are not available for storage.

Sales and Solicitiation

To insure students’ safety and privacy, the College has strict guidelines governing promotions or sales on campus. Door-to-door solicitation from either external or internal entities is prohibited and should be reported immediately. This prohibition includes fundraising by College organizations.

Smoking

All residence halls are smoke-free; including e-cigarettes. If you wish to smoke, you must go outside and stand away from building entrances and ground-floor windows.  Cigarette butts, etc. should be discarded in designated smoker stations.