FlU Student Handbook 2017-2018 - page 107

Housing & Residential Life
Locks may not be tampered with in any way that interferes with the use of keys or prevents locking/unlocking of doors.
Locks may not be added on any doors in the unit, nor may they be changed or replaced except by authorized housing
personnel. No door may be propped open; a possible $50 charge will be assessed for a propped door. The use of a
dead bolt in the lock position in order to keep the door propped open is prohibited. Allowing individuals access into a
housing facility through an unauthorized or locked entrance is prohibited. (See the Police and Regulations Section for
more information).
FIU residence hall lounges and reserved spaces are for the use of residents and approved guests only. Guest(s) must
be accompanied by host(s). During quiet hours only residents and approved overnight guests are allowed in residence
hall lounges and reserved spaces.
Only pre-approved events are permitted in housing spaces; exceptions will be made for Residential Life programs or
Reservation request forms are available at the Office of Residential Life.
Nails, tacks, or any adhesive products that will do damage to surfaces is strictly prohibited. Painting, wallpapering, and
paneling of a unit by residents is not permitted. Posters, pictures, and other decorative objects may be attached to
interior surfaces of a unit with the understanding that the resident of the unit will be held financially responsible for any
resulting damages. Shelves or other items are not to be attached to walls or ceilings. Carpet may not be affixed to the
floor surface. Cinder blocks are not permitted to lift or adjust beds, desks, chairs, tables, couches, or other furniture.
Residents will be charged for the repair of any damages from the violation of these policies.
Residents are encouraged to decorate their units in a way that is pleasing and comfortable to them. However, residents
need to be respectful of roommates and community members when decorating. Some words, symbols, images, etc.
may offend others. The Department of Housing and Residential Life will review resident or staff complaints due to
offensive or questionable decorations. Appeals of decisions are at the discretion of the Director of Residential Life and/
or her designee. (See the Police and Regulations Section for more information)
Bicycles must be stored in bicycle racks or the student unit, provided that they do not impede movement within the unit.
Motorcycles and pocket bikes must be parked in parking lots with proper decals. They may not be stored in hallways,
entry areas, or stairwells, or attached to railings, and/ or light poles. Improperly stored bicycles and/or motorcycles will
be removed at the owner’s expense. (See the Police and Regulations Section for more information).
Any alteration to existing cable TV facilities is prohibited. Residents experiencing trouble with cable TV service should
complete an online maintenance request.
Windows are to remain closed at all times when air conditioning is on and functioning properly. Students are encouraged
to keep windows closed to ensure efficient / safe operation of student housing facilities. Housing staff may elect to
permanently seal windows if deemed necessary to maintain the efficient / safe operation of the facility. Windows are not
to be used as entrance or exit to units. Signs. pictures, banners, empty bottles, and similar objects may not be displayed
in windows so that they block or impede access, exit, or view to the unit in time of emergency. This is to ensure the
health and safety of students and rescue personnel. Students are not permitted to remove their window screens.
The student housing facilities located on the Modesto A. Maidique Campus are equipped with hurricane screens. The
screens were not designed to be opened unless an emergency condition exists, requiring the resident to evacuate the
living unit.The screens are to remain closed at all times. If a screen is found open, the resident will be subject to a $50 fine.
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