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displaying materials. Student Housing staff will determine whether or not a display needs to be removed. Items that residents do not remove when requested to do so may be removed by Student Housing staff.

PETS – For health and sanitation reasons, residents are not permitted to have pets, with the exception of fish, in campus housing. The following guidelines apply to the possession of fish and fish tanks:

• One fish tank per room or apartment (maximum 10-gallon capacity) is allowed.

• Any animal aquarium life other than fish and any poisonous or carnivorous fish are strictly prohibited.

• All electrical apparatuses used in conjunction with an aquarium must be labeled “UL Certified” for safety.

• See Service Animals on page 19 for exceptions.

ROOMMATES – Even the most respectful roommates may experience communication issues at some point during the year. There are steps to take to maintain open lines of communication. All campus residents are encouraged to complete the Roommate Agreement so that an equal consensus on important issues can be reached. First-year residents will be required to complete the Roommate Agreement and meet with their Resident Advisor for discussion during the fall quarter. How well the relationship works depends on the quality of communication among roommates when completing it. It is important to remember that the Roommate Agreement is negotiable at any time.

When a residence hall room or apartment is allocated for the use of two or more residents, it is expected that occupants will work cooperatively to arrive at a mutually agreeable living style. Mediation of conflicts may be sought from the Resident Advisor or Residence Director, but every effort should be made by residents to work out issues among themselves. Attempts by one or more residents

of a room or apartment to make unilateral

decisions about the use of the room or apartment may be viewed as a deliberate disregard for the rights of the other residents and may result in the termination of the Housing Agreement. Similarly,

failure to cooperate with

attempts to resolve disputes through the involvement of Residential Education staff may result in the termination of the Housing Agreement. If a vacancy occurs in a residence area, the university may assign a new resident to fill that

GUESTS & VISITATION – Having guests is a privilege not a right. Guests are typically welcome to visit at any time of the day. A guest is defined as anyone who is not an assigned resident of that specific room, apartment


vacancy at any time. Any resident involved in deliberately discouraging or rejecting a roommate may be subject to the disciplinary process.

SAFES – Residents are allowed to bring and store personal items in a personal portable or electronic safe. However, the dimensions of the safe must not exceed 10”H x 14”D x 19¼”W, and the safe may not weigh more than 40 pounds. Safes may not be bolted to the ground, furniture or any other surface belonging to the university. Upon the reasonable request by a university official the safe must be opened by the resident immediately. Failure to do so is considered a violation of university policy.

SERVICE ANIMALS – In some instances, visitors to or members of the DePaul residence hall community may have a service animal. The following are the responsibilities of members of the DePaul University campus community, including the residence halls, related to service animals:

• Service animals are working companions and are not considered pets. Do not deliberately startle or touch

a service animal when it is harnessed or without the permission

of the partner/handler. It distracts animal from the task at hand. • Do not feed a service animal when it is harnessed.

• Do not separate or attempt to separate a partner/ handler from his or her service animal.

• Do not hesitate to ask the partner/handler if he or she would like assistance if the team seems

confused about a direction to turn or is unable to locate an entrance or elevator.

All visitors to campus with service animals must adhere to the same service-animal control, behavior and safety guidelines as residents

attending the university. Upon

request, visitors with service animals should be prepared to provide Public Safety, residence hall Desk Receptionists or other university staff with identification and documentation for their service animal. The service animal should wear some type of commonly recognized identification symbol designating it as a service animal (a tag, license, vest, etc.).


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