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 (and suites common areas, if all occupants are over 21). Open containers of alcohol are not permitted in building lounges or other 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 sanctions.
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
Your checkpoint tag and room key is issued specifically to you for access to approved buildings and your assigned room. 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.
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. At move-in, you should complete the Room Inspection Form to note the pre-existing condition of your room.
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.
Each time the fire alarm sounds, you must evacuate the residence halls 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.
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.
During Fall 2020 semester, residential students will not be permitted to host non-student guests or students who aren’t living on campus for visits.
The ability to host students who live in other buildings will be initially prohibited and will be reviewed after the first two weeks of classes.
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, you are expected to lock your door. If you lose your key, please report it to the Office of Public Safety as soon as possible. There is a $25 charge for key replacement during the semester. Failure to return your key at move-out will result in a $100 fine. If you get locked out of your room, contact the Office of Public Safety for re-entry. There is a fee for this service.
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 accessability services.
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.
For fire safety reasons, several items are not permitted in the residence halls. Please do not bring candles – even for decoration. Also prohibited are microwaves (unless part of a Microfridge unit) and any appliance with an opening heating element (e.g. toaster). For full description of items that you should not bring to campus, please see the Housing Contract and the Student Handbook.
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.
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 are locked and are not available for storage or student use.
Sales and Solicitation
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.
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.