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Knox College Community Living Standards


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Galesburg, IL 61401-4999


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Knox College Community Living Standards

Residents are expected to familiarize themselves and comply will all policies outlined in the Student Code of Conduct. The following additional policies apply specifically to life in student housing:

Bicycles, Skateboards, Skates, Scooters, and Hoverboards
Bicycles, skateboards, skates, scooters, hoverboards and similar items may not be ridden inside the residence halls, and may not be parked in walkways, stairwells, entrances, or other areas that may present a fire hazard or obstruct the flow of traffic, and may also not be secured to exposed pipes.

Electrical Appliances
The following items are permitted in the residence halls:

  • Computers
  • Televisions
  • Stereos, CD players, and speakers
  • Single-serve coffee makers
  • Microwaves rated less than 700 watts
  • Small refrigerators (4.1 cubic feet or smaller capacity)

The following appliances are not permitted in the residence halls:

  • Any appliance requiring 220 volts or 1500 watts
  • Hot plates
  • Toasters
  • Any appliance with any exposed heating element

The following appliances are not permitted in the residence halls or apartments:

  • Air conditioners
  • Space heaters
  • Halogen lamps

Apartments are furnished with a stove, oven, garbage disposal, and full-size refrigerator.

Students are strongly encouraged to avoid the use of extension cords and use power strips whenever possible.

A "guest" is defined as any individual who does not live in a student's assigned room. Students are permitted to have guests in their room under the following conditions:

  1. The guest is approved by the student's roommate(s).
  2. The student assumes responsibility for his or her guest and informs him or her of all relevant college and housing policies.
  3. Guests must be accompanied by the hosting student(s) at all times.
  4. Guests must leave the building at the request of Resident Assistants, Student Development, or Campus Safety.

Handling of one's keys responsibly is important to maintaining the safety of the residential community. With that in mind:

  • Students are not to loan their keys to others at any time.
  • No keys may be duplicated.
  • Tampering with any lock is strictly prohibited.
  • Keys are the property of the College and must be returned when a resident checks out of a room or at the request of College officials.
  • Students are responsible for immediately reporting lost or stolen keys to the Campus Safety Office so that appropriate steps can be taken to prevent illegal access. Students may be charged a lock and key replacement fee.

Animals that live in a water-filled aquarium (maximum 10 gallons) or small cage (hamsters, guinea pigs, mice) are permitted in a student's personal living unit only and must be approved all roommates. Pets are not permitted in common areas at any time. Students are responsible for their pets and will be required to pay for any damages to campus property caused by the pet. Students will be required to remove pets from campus if they are disruptive or cause health concerns for any resident. Service Animals or Emotional Support Animals must be properly vetted through Disability Support Services.

Quiet Hours
Each living unit creates and enforces its own policy regarding quiet hours, although the Division of Student Development has pre-designated some housing units as 24-hour quiet areas. Throughout final exam periods, including Reading Days, quiet hours are in effect for all residential living areas 24 hours/day. Quiet hours are a shared responsibility. Students should respect the rights of their suitemates to have an environment conducive to study. Music should be kept at a level that will not disturb roommates, suitemates, or neighbors. It is the responsibility of each student to let other students know when activities are causing an annoyance. If the problem cannot be resolved, Resident Assistants, Student Development or Campus Safety may be contacted for assistance.

Room Personalization/Decoration
Residents are encouraged to make their room their own, and must keep the following in mind:

  • Candles, incense and drug paraphernalia are not permitted.
  • Structural alterations to rooms are not permitted.
  • Damage to wall surfaces can be prevented. Hang pictures from the moldings. Tacks, nails, pins, and scotch tape or glue may damage the walls, doors, or woodwork. Poster tack and other adhesives that are designed to be easily removed do not hurt the walls and will hold most of your decorations. Nothing may be hung from or attached to exposed pipes, including sprinkler lines.
  • Painting of walls, furniture, or any other surface is not permitted.
  • No College furniture may be removed from the room to which it is assigned.
  • Upholstered furniture brought into College housing must be made of fire retardant fabrics. This automatically eliminates vinyl furniture such as bean bag chairs. Waterbeds are also not permitted.
  • Students will be charged the cost of repairing any damages beyond reasonable wear and tear. Damage to common areas will be divided among residents responsible for that area.

Limited storage is available in most residence hall basements. Contact the Campus Life Office for your storage location. The Galesburg Fire Department prohibits the storage of furniture and carpet. This applies to self-made furniture and furniture which can be disassembled. If left, these items will be discarded. The College cannot assume responsibility for items stored on campus. Personal property may not be stored or left in a student room over the summer or once a student has vacated the space for any reason.

Trash/ Recycling
Residents are responsible for keeping their rooms and community areas clean and free from litter. Trash must be disposed of appropriately: in approved trash cans, dumpsters or taken to the curb. Building specific information will be provided at the beginning of each term by the resident assistant.

Recycling may not be collected in common areas. Residents must set recycling beside the building entrance on Mondays and Thursdays in white trash bags.

Unauthorized Entry
Only residents, their escorted guests, and authorized staff members are allowed in campus housing. Students should not grant access to individuals who do not live in the housing unit or who they do not know. For safety reasons, students should refrain from propping exterior doors.

Windows and Window Screens
Tampering with or removing window screens is prohibited, as is climbing in or out of housing windows.

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Printed on Tuesday, May 23, 2017

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