Frequently Violated Policies

Housing Policies and Procedures

Frequently Violated Policies

Below are some of the Housing and Residence Life policies which are most often violated throughout the year. These are only a short summarization of each policy as each is elaborated on in detail throughout this manual.


Any property that is left in a resident's room after check out will be discarded. There may be a charge to the resident's student account.


Students who are under the age of 21 are not permitted to have any type of alcoholic beverages to consume and or have in their rooms. Students who are of age to consume alcohol may only have an amount for personal consumption. This would be equal to a six-pack of beer, a pint of hard liquor, or bottle of wine. This must be consumed within the resident's room. Failure to comply with the rules and regulations of alcohol consumption will result in disciplinary action.


All of the above items are not allowed on university housing premises. If these items are found, they will be confiscated and/or discarded, and fines may be applied.


Any type of damage that occurs in the common areas of a university housing facility will be charged to all residents of that building/floor equally. Also, damages done to common areas of an apartment/suite will be charged to each roommate/suitemate equally.


Barry University has open visitation; students may have guests twenty-four hours a day, however residents may only allow the use of their assigned spaces consistent with the following:\

Residents may not permit any additional individuals regardless of gender to live in their spaces (cohabitation prohibited). All guests must be escorted by the resident who is responsible for the guest at all times. All guest visits must be approved by all roommate/suitemates. In no instance may a resident host a guest for an excess of nine nights total per semester.

Hosts are required to be familiar with University Housing rules and policies and to familiarize their guests with the rules and policies. Guests of Barry residents need to abide by all Housing and Residence Life policies and the Student Code of Conduct. If a guest violates any policy, rules or regulations, the resident who is hosting the guest will be held responsible for the guest's actions and will be subject to appropriate conduct sanctions.

Overnight visits of same gender guest(s) of residents in all residential units are permitted for up to three consecutive nights in a resident's assigned University Housing space as long as all suitemates/roommates consent to the guests staying. Cohabitation, which is defined as overnight visits with a romantic partner are prohibited, as it is incompatible with the Catholic character of the university and with the rights of the roommate(s). Residents are not permitted to assign or sublease their assigned spaces.

Residents are required to register their guests with the front desk staff upon entry into a residence hall. In order to ensure adequate security in university housing, both residents and guests must present Barry University or government-issued identification to designated university staff (Resident Assistants, Desk Assistants, Public Safety, etc.) upon request. Refusal to present identification will result in denial of admittance to the residence halls.


Upon checking into university housing, each resident will be assigned a room key(s) and a mailbox key. These keys are the student's responsibility until checking out of the residence hall. Students may not duplicate any university key(s). Residents must report each lost or stolen key to the Department of Housing and Residence Life immediately. For safety and security reasons, if the original key has not been produced within 24 hours, the lock will be changed and a $50.00 fee (room keys) or $65.00 fee (mailbox keys) will be charged to the resident's account for the cost of the change. Unauthorized and/or duplicate key(s) returned to Residence Life staff at check-out will be replaced and appropriate charges will be billed to the student's account for each key. Possession of any unauthorized keys and the giving of key(s) to unauthorized persons are matters for serious disciplinary action. Due to fire safety and other security issues, locks and/or chains may not be added to any door in any university housing unit, including closet doors. Locks may not be tampered in any way that may interfere with the locking or unlocking of the door(s).


If a resident temporarily misplaces a key between the hours of 8:30am – 5:00pm Monday- Friday, they may come to the Department of Housing and Residence Life with a valid Barry University ID in order to obtain a temporary tag key. During the hours of 5pm – 8:30am Monday – Thursday, and 24 hours on the weekends, the resident may contact the RA on duty to be keyed into their assigned space. The resident student must present a valid Barry University ID. A progressive lock-out fee will be charged to the students account for each lock-out. Lock-Out fees start at $10.00 for the first, $20.00 for the second, $30.00 for the third and will remain at $30.00 for each consecutive. Students may also be required to attend a student conduct meeting if lockouts become excessive.


Residents are allowed to have items on their walls in a room/suite/apt. Any modifications that either damages or changes the room from when checked in are not permitted. Examples include, but are not limited to painting, nails, hanging items from sprinklers, covering fire alarms, etc.


Other than having fish in a maximum 10 gallon tank, no pets are allowed in university housing. If pets other than fish are found in a residents space charges may be applied, and pets will be confiscated and turned over to the human society.


Quiet Hours are Sunday-Thursday 10pm to 10am and on Friday-Saturday 1am to 10am. During these times, there should be no noise as to respect other's tranquility. Courtesy hours apply 24 hours a day.


Residents who choose to smoke may do so outside and 20 feet away from any University Housing facility. There is no smoking in the university housing areas.

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