his or her eligibility for housing and the resident may face disciplinary action and associated fines. Prohibited items will be confiscated or disabled with a plug-locking device.
Upon completion of the in-unit Facility Inspection, Facilities Assistants will lock the room/apartment door behind them. If a resident does not have his/her key on them to reenter their room, they will be responsible for a lock-out fee.
FURNISHINGS – All campus housing at DePaul comes furnished with a bed, a desk with a chair, a dresser, a closet or compartmentalized closet, a trash can and a shower curtain. Apartments also come with living area furnishings, as space permits. Residents are allowed to bring personal furniture and accessories to their unit and to move or set up university-provided or personal furniture within their unit. All roommates must be in agreement about the furniture arrangement. If you are bringing additional furniture, particularly used or upholstered furniture, please clean the surfaces thoroughly to avoid bringing pests into the building. The following guidelines also apply:
• Any non-university mattresses are expressly prohibited, due to fire safety standards.
• All university-provided furniture and equipment must remain in the room or apartment as inventoried upon
• All furniture must only be used in the manner in which it was intended.
• All window treatments (blinds, drapes, etc.) must remain in units. For safety reasons, residents may not
install or hang other window treatments.
• Shower curtains may be hung in addition to the one provided by the university. University-issued shower
curtains must remain in showers at all times. Residents are responsible for regularly cleaning both personal and university-issued shower curtains throughout the academic year.
• Furniture in study lounges may not be brought into resident rooms.
INFESTATION – A common infestation that many hotels and residential buildings experience is bed bugs. Student Housing wants to maintain a record of no confirmed cases of bed bug infestation in DePaul’s residence halls. Student Housing departments rely on residents to adhere to prevention tips:
• Purchase a mattress encasement.
• Do not bring “found” furniture from dumpsters or curbside into the residence halls.
• Eliminate clutter in your room. • Launder your bed linens regularly in hot water. • Vacuum regularly. • Report a pest-control issue immediately to a Facility Residence Director.
Residents who have pest-control concerns in their room should immediately report a potential problem to their
Facility Residence Director. Student Housing has protocols in place with Facility Operations and a pest-control vendor to manage any reported cases.
KEYS & LOCK-OUTS – All residents are issued a key for their living space. Residents should keep their doors locked and carry their keys with them at all times. If residents are locked out during normal business hours, they should seek assistance at their Area Office. If a resident is locked out of his or her room after hours, he or she should contact the building’s front desk for entry into his or her room. A fee of $25 may be assessed for this service. If a lock change is necessary for a unit, a work order should be completed (please see Repairs & Maintenance on page 6). New keys may be picked up at the Area Office between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. If residents do not pick up new keys within one week of notice, a fee and/or disciplinary action may be assessed for failure to abide by this policy. If it is determined that an emergency lock change needs to occur, residents may be assessed an additional fee for this procedure. The copying of campus housing keys by residents is prohibited. Residents may not add additional locks to residence doors. Should employees need to enter residents’ spaces (e.g., for maintenance or routine inspections), employees will lock doors upon completion of their work and residents will be responsible for lock-out fees, if applicable.
LEAKS OR FLOODING – Residents should treat any sort of leak or flooding as an emergency. Leaks or flooding should be reported to your Area Office between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and Public Safety should be called outside of these times. Residents may be held accountable for damage if leaks or flooding are not reported in a timely manner.
ODORS – An offensive odor is an odor of such intensity that it becomes apparent or bothersome to others. When offensive odors can be localized to a particular room, the residents and/or guests may be in violation of the odor policy. Student Housing has the right to rid the room of the odor at a cost to the resident if he or she does not comply with the request to eliminate the odor immediately. Residents should report any offensive odors to their respective Area Office.
OFFENSIVE DISPLAYS – Displays that advertise commercial products or services; advocate the use of alcohol or drugs; are discriminatory; unlawfully harass by abusing, assailing, intimidating, demeaning, victimizing or having the effect of creating a hostile environment based on any of the protected characteristics in the university’s Anti-Discriminatory Harassment Policy (available on the university’s Policies and Procedures website); or are not otherwise in keeping with the university’s mission are prohibited and may be removed at any time. Residents who have questions about this policy should contact their Residence Director or Assistant Residence Director before
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