Residence Hall Policies

As a student of Kutztown University and member to the campus residential community, you are expected to conduct yourself in accordance with all university policies and the Student Code of Conduct as found in "The Key" student handbook.

The following are Residence Hall Policies designed to promote a safe environment that is conducive to studying in the residence halls.

  • Accessibility

    Nine residence halls at Kutztown University are physically accessible. They are: Berks, Deatrick, Dixon, Lehigh, Rothermel, Schuylkill, University Place, Golden Bear Village South and West. Other facilities such as classroom buildings, Stratton Administration Center, and the South Dining Hall are also accessible. If you have questions concerning accessibility, please contact the Disabilities Services Office.

  • Abandoned Items

    Students are required to remove all personal property when they move out. Residence Life, Housing, and Dining Services reserves the right, without further notice, to remove students’ personal belongings that remain in a residence hall 1 month after the termination of the housing agreement for any reason (withdrawal, academic dismissal, housing suspension, etc.). The student will be charged for expenses incurred in the disposal of such property. 

  • Checking Out Equipment

    Residence halls have a variety of recreational and kitchen equipment, games and other miscellaneous items for residents to checkout from the front desk with a KU student ID card.  Residents are expected to return the items within 24 hours in the condition that they received it. 

  • Decoration Policy

    Decorating your room, suite or apartment is a personal preference and can have an impact on your living experience while at Kutztown University. Please keep in mind how decorations can affect you, your roommate, guests and other members of the community you live in.

    Click here to view the Decoration Policy.

  • Deliveries by Outside Vendors

    The Residence Life, Housing, and Dining Services Office is not responsible for any deliveries made by any outside vendor. It is the student’s responsibility to set up a time with the vendor for delivery.

  • Door Access

    All traditional and suite-style residence halls have a swipe card door access system. Doors are locked at all times. Students, using their student ID card, will have access to the front door of their assigned residence hall 24 hours a day. Students are not permitted to allow others to follow them into the residence hall.

  • Entering and Exiting the Residence Halls

    You must enter and exit the residence hall through the main entrance. The exterior-side doors are always locked. Exterior doors of the on-campus apartment complexes are to remain closed and not propped open under any circumstances. Once inside the building, students must swipe or show their student ID card at the front desk. Students in violation of this policy may be referred to Student Conduct. Students not assigned to the residence hall and visitors need to be signed into the residence hall. Please see the visitation policy for more information.

  • Fire Safety Policy

    Your safety, as well as the safety of all residents and property, is of paramount importance. All of the residence halls at Kutztown University conform to fire and safety standards as established by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. The actions of the occupants are equally important in maintaining the fire safety of the building.

    Click here to view the Fire Safety Policy.

  • Horseplay Policy

    Behavior that would reasonably be considered inappropriate conduct for a residence hall community and not addressed in other specific policies is prohibited. Horseplay, pranks, the making of messes, or any other action which damages property or disturbs others will be considered inappropriate for the residence hall environment and surrounding area.

  • Housing License Agreement and Roommate Agreements

    Residents are responsible for adhering to their Housing License Agreement, roommate, community, living learning, and other shared space agreements. 

  • Improper Check-Out Policy

    At hall closing times, all residents are required to follow the written procedures for check-outs that are made available by the hall staff. Those who fail to check out in accordance with these guidelines will receive a formal housing violation.

  • Key/Pin Code Policy

    Each resident is responsible for their assigned keys and/or pin codes. Any resident who improperly uses and/or abuses these items will be subject to disciplinary action through the Kutztown University Student Conduct Services and/or PA State law. Resident will be charged a monetary fee for the replacement of keys and/or pin codes if necessary.

  • Latex Allergies

    Individuals within the campus community are allergic to latex. Latex balloons are not permitted indoors on campus. Latex balloons placed outdoors can also cause allergies because the latex can be spread by wind. Therefore, please use good judgment in the quantity of balloons used outdoors.

  • Lock-Outs

    Keep your University ID with you at all times. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have access to your housing assignment. Should you get locked out, go to the front desk of your building and they will assist you. Staff will need to verify your identity before giving you a file key or keying you in. All file keys must be returned to the desk within 15 minutes. A student who requires more than 3 lockouts will be referred to the Building Director for a meeting.

  • Pet Policy

    The only pets permitted in the residence halls and apartments are goldfish or tropical fish. They must be kept in self-sustaining fishbowls or aquariums, with a maximum of 10 gallons of water for habitation. Piranhas are not permitted. When the residence halls and apartments are closed for periods of more than four days, fish must be taken home. All other animals, such as an Emotional Support Animal or Service Animal, that are not registered with the Disabilities Service Office (DSO), must be removed within 24 hours upon Residence Hall staff’s discovery. Students who live in our residence halls that require assistance animals may contact the DSO for more information.

  • Posting Policy

    Any student organization that wishes to post signs or publicity in a residential building must gain permission from the Residence Life and Housing and Dining Services Office. All posters must have the Kutztown University logo. Distribution of approved items will be handled centrally from the main office in Old Main 106.

  • Prohibited Items/Actions

    It is difficult to present a comprehensive list of prohibited items. Consideration of safety is appreciated while packing to come to campus. Please see our “What not to Bring” list here

    Items Permitted with Restrictions:

    • Extension cords must meet the following guidelines:
      • 14-gauge, 3-wire grounded or heavier rating should the appliance it is supplying require a heavier cord rating
      • 10 feet or less in length
      • Extension cords shall never be strung together such as connecting two 10-foot cords across an area
      • Only one extension cord per outlet is permitted, with only one item plugged into each extension cord
      • Extension cords shall never be strung across or secured to the ceiling, furniture, or under floor coverings
      • It is recommended that you use power strips with built-in circuit breakers to avoid overloading the electrical outlets
      • Never chain together (plug into each other) surge protectors or power strips

    • Decorative lights are permitted for student use inside rooms, suites, or apartments. Decorative lights are limited to the walls and may not be hung from the ceiling, windows, or door. Decorative lights must have the UL seal of approval attached to the light.
  • Quiet Hours Policy

    The major ingredient for any successful group living arrangement is consideration. Consideration for others prevents many problems, especially in the area of excessive noise. Since residence halls and apartments must be quiet enough to allow students to study and sleep, quiet hours are in effect 24 hours a day.

    In order to maintain quiet in the halls and apartments, quiet hours are strongly enforced Sunday through Friday, 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. Consideration of others should also be observed Friday and Saturday, especially during the morning hours. Enforcement of quiet hours extends to outside of the halls and apartments, including any hall patio area, front entrance way, Bonner Hall, University Place and Dixon courtyards, Golden Bear Villages, and Honors Building breezeways and mailbox areas.

  • Room Vacancy

    Residents who live in a double or triple and are missing a roommate are expected to keep the uninhabited part of the room clear so that the room is ready for another resident to move in at any time.

  • Sales and Solicitation Policy

    Student rooms may not be used for any commercial activity. This applies to a wide range of activities that may include advertising, selling, petitioning, campaigning, distributing fliers, product promotion, and providing personal services (i.e. hair cutting, nails, baked goods). The Residence Life, Housing, and Dining Services Office may permit some exceptions to this policy. If you would like further information about these exceptions, please contact the main office at Old Main 106.

  • Search of Parcels Policy

    In order to prevent prohibited items from being brought into the residence halls and apartments, the Residence Life and Housing & Dining Services staff may ask permission to search bags, trunks, suitcases, boxes, garbage cans, etc. If you refuse to show the contents, the staff may request that you leave the building. If you refuse to show the contents and refuse to leave, Public Safety will be contacted.

  • Smoking Policy

    All Kutztown University buildings, including the residence halls, are designated as smoke free. The use of smoking devices or equipment that includes, but is not limited to electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), vaporizers, hookahs, and pipes are strictly prohibited within the residence halls. Each building will have one entrance designated as an outdoor smoking area. Smoking is not permitted within twenty-five feet of any window or main entrance to a residence hall or apartment. Violators of this policy may jeopardize their on-campus status within the residence system.

  • Theft

    Theft or unauthorized possession of personal or University property is prohibited. Students who are victims of theft should contact Public Safety and inform a Residence Life, Housing, and Dining staff member.

  • Traffic Control/Road Signs

    Signs or traffic control devices, including but not limited to stop signs, pedestrian/traffic control, and street signs, which are the property of federal, state, county, or city governments are not permitted in the residence halls, suites, or apartments. Possession of such signs/devices may result in referral to Public Safety, as well as the Student Conduct Office. These signs/devices may also be confiscated.

  • University Property

    University property in common areas is the joint responsibility of the occupants sharing the facilities. Under no circumstances should university property be moved to students’ personal spaces. This includes items from any of the dining hall facilities. 

  • Vandalism

    Vandalism is defined as any intentional behavior which causes damage when that behavior violates policy or is reckless or negligent. Willful destruction or defacement of any personal or University property is prohibited. When damages occur in common spaces, an investigation will occur, and the responsible individual(s) will be billed. A report will also be sent to the Student Conduct Office.

  • Visitation Policy

    Each resident student may host up to three visitors at one time. The host must sign in all vistitors at the front desk and escort visitors at all times while in the hall. Click here to view the full Visitation Policy.