Residence Hall Policies

Life in the residence halls plays a prominent role in a student's time at Hillsdale College.  It is often in this environment of close association that one learns to balance properly the opposing claims of individual freedom and the rights of others.  Thus, students should be open to stopping behavior that infringes on the rights of others. 

Disregard of the following standards, as well as other rules, may subject individuals and entire halls or sections of residence halls to disciplinary action.  In addition to the following rules, the Regulations for Proper Student Conduct govern the students in residence halls. Violation of the Residence Regulations will be addressed according to the provisions of the Procedure for Student Discipline.

Failure to uphold the Hillsdale College Honor Code and the policies, procedures, regulations and guidelines set forth by the College may result in disciplinary action ranging from a minimum of a warning to a maximum of expulsion. Many times, the severity of the consequence will be at a level between the minimum and maximum, and the deans reserve the right to issue fines, community service, counseling, social probation, etc., as deemed appropriate. In all cases, an incident report will be filed in the deans’ offices.

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General Rules

  1. Fire drills and tornado procedures are held periodically in all housing units.
  2. For safety and cleanliness, mattresses must remain on beds.
  3. If a student becomes ill, he/she is to report to the house director who, in turn, will report said illness to the appropriate dean’s office. The deans’ offices do not provide excused absences but allow the student’s professors to determine the validity of the excuse. The student is responsible for contacting his/her professors during the illness. The house directors will bring or arrange to bring ill students food from the dining hall.
  4. Students accommodating same-sex guests overnight in the residence halls and sorority houses must identify their guests upon arrival to the house director, in case of emergency.
  5. Students are to be aware of their use of language, avoiding profanity and obscenity.
  6. All persons using the residence hall lobbies, classrooms or other College facilities shall be in appropriate attire at all times.
  7. There are to be no unofficial room or roommate changes. All requests must be handled through the house director and the appropriate dean’s office.
  8. Students are not permitted to smoke in any residence hall.  This includes rooms and common areas.

Care for the Physical Condition of Rooms and Common Areas

  1. Residents will be required to complete and sign a Room Condition Form prior to occupying their assigned room and upon the end of occupancy.
  2. Residents are responsible for all damage found in their rooms at the end of the year/semester, unless the damage was noted on the Room Condition Form.
  3. Pictures are not to be pasted or glued to the wall. All items attached to the wall must be attached with a type of hook or putty that does not permanently adhere to the wall. This material can be found in the College Bookstore. No nails, tacks or other types of metals are to be nailed to the wall. Residents should see house directors for information on picture-hanging materials. Repair fees will be assessed for any infractions. Please see posted directives in the residences.
  4. Residents should not paint the room or furnishings. Do not mar or deface the furniture or other facilities within the residence hall. Do not use contact paper or hot glue on any surface. These acts are considered damage to the room, and repair fees will be assessed
  5. Room furnishings must be restored to their original positions, with the room left reasonably clean when the student is permanently leaving the room and/or at the end of the semesters. This includes removing all perishable contents from refrigerators and removing trash from rooms before breaks and between semesters.6.  Residents are not to remove window screens.
  6. Residents may not construct lofts in any residence. Residents of some halls may move their furniture according to their House Director's approval; some residences do not allow for the rearrangement of furniture.
  7. Residents share a collective responsibility for maintaining the common areas of the residence hall. The administration reserves the right to hold a residence hall, floor, or student responsible if there is damage or excessive trash inside or outside the residence hall.

Keys and Access to Residence Halls

  1. Each student will receive a room key and an outside door key when he/she first arrives.
  2. It is important that these keys are not lost. There is a replacement fee of $25 for a lost outside door key and $25 for a lost room key.
  3. All outside doors are locked at 12:00 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, and at 1:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday; after these times the outside door key will be required for re-entrance, except for The Suites.
  4. All students must vacate their rooms during certain vacation periods. The times for vacating all College residences, including Greek houses, are announced by the deans of men and women well in advance of the upcoming vacation. A $50 per night fine will be given to any student staying beyond or returning earlier than the prescribed times. Exemptions may be granted by the deans’ offices and must be secured a reasonable time prior to the vacation period.  Extended Stay/Early Return forms can be obtained from your residence hall director or the deans' offices.  There is a $15 charge for each night of additional stay permitted by the deans.

Opposite Sex Visitation Hours in Residence Halls

Opposite sex visitation in students’ rooms is permitted during the times listed below.  Visitation times vary in The Suites.

  • Sunday: 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. in all residences

  • Tuesday: 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. in women’s residences only

  • Wednesday: 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. in men’s residences only

  • Friday: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. in all residences
Saturday: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. in all residences

Lobby visitation is permitted in all housing during the following times:

Monday - Thursday: noon – midnight
Friday and Saturday: noon – 1:00 a.m.

  • Sunday: 9:00 a.m. – midnight
Visitation at windows is not allowed, nor exiting or entering through windows at any time.

The Suites Visitation Policy

Opposite sex visitation within individual suites and rooms:

  • Sunday:  9:00 a.m. – midnight

  • Monday – Thursday:  noon – midnight
Friday and Saturday:  noon – 2:00 a.m.
  • Opposite sex visitation within The Commons is permitted at all times, unless otherwise posted (e.g. exam week, etc.).  The Commons refers to the lobby areas between the men’s and women’s halls of The Suites.

Alcohol Policy

  1. The possession and/or consumption of alcohol in all college residences is strictly forbidden.  This includes the storage of alcoholic beverages or empty containers of alcoholic beverages.  Hillsdale College recognizes that some National Greek fraternities do permit the possession, consumption, or storage of alcoholic beverages in chapter houses and does permit them to abide by the rules from their National fraternities under most circumstances.
  2. No beer, wine or other liquor signs may be displayed in windows, doors or hung from ceilings. 

Prohibited Items

  1. Firearms, knives, explosives, fireworks, dangerous chemicals and/or other weapons; this includes items such as pellet guns, BB guns, paint guns, airsoft guns, bows and arrows, metal tipped darts, etc. are not allowed in students’ rooms.  The College reserves the right to confiscate forbidden items until alternate arrangements can be made.
  2. Road signs, street markers or other articles from a municipality are not allowed. Fines will be assessed for possession of any municipal property.
  3. Couches are not to be kept in students’ rooms. One, one-seat chair is allowed per room, in addition to the two desk chairs already in the room.
  4. Candles or incense of any type (including new and/or unopened) are not allowed in students’ rooms.5.  Pets or animals are not allowed in College facilities. This includes aquariums, fish tanks, reptiles, ant farms, etc.
  5. All electrical appliances are prohibited in students’ rooms except for popcorn poppers, small hot pots and small coffee makers. All residences have microwave ovens and toasters in the common area for residents to use.
  6. Halogen lights, lava lamps and portable heaters are not permitted in the residences.
  7. Bicycles or motorized bikes may not be kept in residences. They must be parked in racks located near each residence or within storage areas if designated by house directors.
  8. Obscene, lewd, pornographic or indecent displays are inappropriate in all College housing.10.  Liquid bleach is not permitted in any residence hall.

Liability for Stolen or Damaged Personal Items

Students’ possessions that are lost, stolen or damaged are not the responsibility of Hillsdale College. All students should be certain of their coverage under their parents’ home owners’ policy (or a comparable policy) before enrolling in Hillsdale College. Students are reminded not to bring expensive sound systems, televisions, video recorders, compact disc players or other electronic equipment. These items are easily damaged or may be stolen.