UMail SPIRE Moodle UMass Online UDrive People Finder
Residential Life
  Home About Us Living & Learning Getting Involved Room Assignments Our Residences Human Resources Contact Us

Residential Programs

Community Standards

Your room on campus is a base of operations from which you are entitled to come and go as you please; a home away from home where your personal belongings are secure and respected; a sanctuary for reading and writing and preparing for classes without distractions or loud noise; a place where you can kick back and relax with your own thoughts and dreams, visit confidentially with friends, or just plain "be."

Your room is a private space and may not be entered by anyone without your consent or proper legal documentation, except for reasons of maintenance, health, and safety.

Neither you nor any other member of the residential community need justify a desire for safety, cleanliness, quiet, or privacy. These are the rights of every member of the community, which means they are both your rights and your responsibilities.

Taking responsibility for your own actions and for the well-being of your fellow residents is the spirit of the community and, when it comes right down to it, the rule of the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Residential rights are protected along with your right to redress grievances without fear of intimidation or retaliation within the community.

Infringement upon your rights or the rights of any other member of the community by you or others will not be tolerated and will be dealt with by your peers along with members of the Residence Education staff according to the University of Massachusetts Amherst disciplinary procedures. Resident Assistants and Apartment Living Advisors are not expected to give warnings before reporting policy violations to the Residence Directors, Assistant Residence Directors, Apartment Complex Coordinator and/or Apartment Manager.

University Alcohol and Drug Policies

Substance abuse and its related consequences undermine the University of Massachusetts Amherst's goals of academic success and civility. For this reason, the university has established policies and regulations pertaining to the possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages and the possession, use, distribution and sale of illicit drugs, and paraphernalia. These standards conform to state and federal laws, and enhance the health, safety, property and educational interests of all members of the university community.

Health risks associated with alcohol and other drug consumption include impaired judgment, vision, speech, coordination, memory, sensation and perception. Long-term use of alcohol and other drugs can negatively impact many of the body's systems, and cause physical and psychological dependence. In accordance with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act, Amendments of 1989 (PL101-226 20 U.S.C. sec. 1145g), university regulations and laws pertaining to alcoholic beverages and the possession, use, distribution and sale of illicit drugs shall be strictly and consistently enforced. Any violation of the university's Code of Student Conduct or violation of federal, state or local laws shall subject the offender to the university disciplinary process and/or criminal prosecution.

This policy pertains to alcohol and other drug use behaviors in residence halls and university apartments. All members of the university community, including students not residing on campus, are responsible for obtaining and adhering to this policy while in university-approved housing. Go to for more information or download the University Alcohol and Drug Policy.

Role of Residence Education Staff

Residence hall staff are responsible for the dissemination, education and enforcement of the University Alcohol and Drug Policy.

The Residence Director, Apartment Complex Coordinator and Apartment Manager's role is to:

• Inform all students in her/his cluster of the rules and regulations regarding alcohol consumption and transportation.
• Supervise the Resident Assistants/Apartment Living Advisors in the enforcement of the rules and regulations of the policy.
• Educate the student governance bodies about their role in informing residents about the policy and enforcing the policy at sponsored events.
• Apply the appropriate disciplinary procedures to any violator of the policy.

The Resident Assistant and Apartment Living Advisor's role is to:

• Inform students of the University Alcohol and Drug Policy.
• Report all violations of the policy to the appropriate University staff.

Residence hall staff and student governance groups may work together to establish University Alcohol and Drug Policy regulations and procedures that take into account the needs of their specific hall community. These regulations must be consistent with all related federal, state, local, and University policies.

Guest Policy

Common sense and common courtesy apply when you want friends to visit your room, whether they are UMass Amherst students or not. Before inviting guests, check with your roommate. If he or she is writing a paper or studying for an exam, the distraction of others in the room may not be welcome.

Roommates have the right to refuse their roommate's guest(s) or to ask the guest(s) to leave for reasonable cause. Interference with a roommate's right to occupy a room violates the Residence Hall Regulations.

You may sign in a maximum of four guests for an evening. A maximum of ten persons (including residents) may be in a room or suite at any given time.

North residents may sign in a maximum of ten guests per apartment for an evening. A maximum of fourteen persons (including residents) may be in an apartment at any given time. Overnight guests are limited to two per room.

To apply for an exemption to these policies, see your Residence Education staff.

The guest policy may be adjusted in unusual circumstances for the safety and security of residents. Students will be notified of changes.

Guests can affect other residents besides your roommate. If guests violate the Code of Student Conduct, residents may ask residence hall staff or University Police to mediate with the offenders or remove unauthorized visitors from the premises. Security or hall staff also have the right to refuse entry to guests. The policies that follow apply to hosts and their guests.

Hosts are responsible for:

Accepting responsibility and accountability for the behavior and policy violations of visitors and guests, including children.

Presenting proper identification when you enter your building, and ensuring that your guests carry photo identification. Security monitors will not admit guests into the residence halls without photo identification. Refer to Section II, Part A in the Code of Student Conduct for a list of violations relating to Personal Identification and Representation.

Meeting, registering, and escorting guests in and out of the residence hall; accompanying guests at all times.

Abiding by the laws of Massachusetts and the regulations of UMass Amherst.You and your guest(s) may be subject to prosecution or the UMass Amherst disciplinary process if violations occur.

Informing guests of all residence hall fire safety policies.

Guests are responsible for:

Presenting photo identification to security staff each time they enter or leave the hall. guests without photo identification will not be admitted to the residence halls. The police may also be notified, and action may be taken against the resident who invited the guest to the residence hall.

Registering with security staff each time they enter or leave the hall. Guests who enter a residence hall before security hours must register at the security desk as soon as security staff goes on duty.

Abiding by the Code of Student Conduct. Guests who engage in endangering or destructive activities are subject to restriction or revocation of visitation privileges.

Observing the Quiet Hours and Courtesy Hours of the residence hall and floor they are visiting.

Overnight Guests

• Are limited to two per room: one roommate may have two guests, or two roommates may have one guest each.
• May stay no longer than three days and two nights.
• Must wait at least 14 days before visiting the same room or residence hall.
• Must be accommodated in your room. Public space (including apartment common living room area, or suite lounge) may not be used for guest accommodations.

Harassment Policy

Harassment is a form of violence that consists of verbal and/or written invasion/violation of another person's rights. It can be racial, sexual, or personal in nature and may be expressed through graffiti, obscene telephone calls, or other means.

All students and staff members who live and work in the residence hall system deserve to remain free from harassment, including lewd or indecent behavior. This type of behavior interferes with the University's primary educational responsibility and its duty to protect the health and safety of all members of the University community.

If you experience harassment in person or over the phone, report the incident to the residential staff and University Police at 413-545-2121.

If you engage in harassment or physically assault another resident, you will be removed from the residence hall system. Where appropriate, you may be suspended from the University and/or you may be subjected to legal action through the courts. The influence of drugs or alcoholic beverages does not mitigate the consequences of this type of behavior or limit your responsibility. It may, in fact, increase the seriousness of the offense.

Hazing Policy

You have the right to be free from the humiliation and danger of hazing. The University unconditionally opposes any situation intentionally created to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule. The University fully endorses and upholds the Commonwealth law prohibiting any and all forms of hazing and supports the pursuit of legal penalties for violations.

This prohibition applies to all students within the residence halls as well as fraternity and sorority members. Every year each fraternity and sorority member must sign an acknowledgment of understanding and a pledge of conformance to the Massachusetts law against hazing. You can obtain a copy of the hazing law from the Office of Fraternities and Sororities, 413-545-2711.

Living in Community