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Welcome Message

We enthusiastically welcome you to University Park! Our staff understands the challenge and excitement  that you are facing as you continue to pursue your academic goals. To make your life easier, our staff has committed itself to providing you with the highest level of comfort, cleanliness, and convenience possible. We encourage you to make use of the numerous services available at University Park, and to participate in the variety of activities which the Resident Assistant Staff will schedule during the year for your enjoyment.

During the academic year, University Park houses over 800 students. As a member of this special, goal-oriented community, it is in the best interest of each individual to comply with our rules and regulations. These rules exist to ensure each individual a pleasant environment in which to live, work, and study.

The information contained in this handbook will assist you in obtaining necessary information on University Park's services and amenities, rules and regulations, emergency procedures, and general information regarding University Park and Salisbury University. At University Park we want you  to have a safe, fun, and healthy living environment. Enclosed in this booklet are policies and procedures that are to be upheld by (you) our resident to ensure a healthy and safe environment. For additional information regarding any policies please refer to:

Salisbury University Student Code of Conduct:

http://www.salisbury.edu/studentconduct

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Contact Information

Emergency Contacts

Salisbury University Contacts

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Community Building and Common Area Facilities

Payments

All monthly installment payments are due the 1st of every month. Payments are accepted by check or money order in the clubhouse. We also accept cash in the clubhouse between 8AM-4PM Monday-Friday. Payments are considered late at 10am on the 3rd of every month.

After moving into UP, you will have an on-line payment option via our website at: www.upsalisbury.com. 

Parking

Parking at University Park is limited to residents displaying a current and permanently affixed UP decal on the windshield of the vehicle registered with the office. Any motorized vehicle using gasoline must be registered. Only one permit will be issued to each resident at check-in. Any non-permit vehicle or vehicle parked in a regular space, reserved space, or crosswalk will be towed without warning. Motorized vehicles must be parked in designated spaces. Cars without a 2015-2016 UP decal will be towed at owner’s expense starting September 1, 2015.

Cars and Bike Permits

Bike permits will be available at check-in and throughout the year. Bikes are not permitted in the apartments or building breezeways. Your bike must be locked to a bike rack. Bike theft is prevalent, so please lock your bike with one or more u-locks. U-Locks are available for $10.00 at the clubhouse. At move in each resident will be handed three keys: 1 front door key card, 1 metal bedroom key, 1 metal mailbox key. If either the bedroom or mailbox key is lost, it costs $10 to replace. If the front door key card is lost, for security reasons each resident of the apartment will need to get a new card. This will cost $25 up front for the resident who has lost the key card. 

Keys and Lock Outs

If you are temporarily locked out of your apartment, meaning you left your key in your room, in your car, on campus, etc. you can purchase a onetime use key for $10 during regular Clubhouse hours. All after midnight lock outs need to be reported to the On Call Phone and will cost $20. 

Rules and Regulations

Please remember that that smoking, drug use, underage drinking, pets, and other behavior issues will be dealt with as judicial and housing agreement violations. 

These infractions can result in fines and/or loss of housing with the financial obligation to finish paying the agreement. Please review the Student Code of Conduct and the University Park License Agreement carefully to understand all rules and regulations.Rules and Regulations: 

The Clubhouse Common Area Facilities and Amenities

The clubhouse/community building is the place to go for great amenities. Most of the events and activities hosted by the community take place in and around the clubhouse/community building. All rules governing common area amenities will be enforced by management and are subject to periodic review and revision. The facilities available at the community are for the exclusive use of community residents. A resident must accompany all guests at all times. 

Maintenance

All maintenance concerns in your bedroom, your unit, or elsewhere on the community should be reported to the office or the RA during regular business hours or submitted using our on-line maintenance request form. Please provide us with all the information pertaining to your maintenance request in order for us to most efficiently respond to your issue. For emergency maintenance issues, our maintenance staff is on call. After regular business hours you should contact the community’s RA On-Call. Please use good judgment when deciding to contact staff after hours. Examples of maintenance emergencies include: flood, broken window in a first-floor unit, front door lock malfunction, or fire. Upon submission of the request, the maintenance staff will undertake corrective measures as quickly as possible. You will be notified when the work has been completed or if more time is needed to correct the situation. 

Damages

Residents are responsible for the condition of unit furnishings and will be billed for all repair and/or replacement costs. Any and all repairs needed within units and other areas must be performed by authorized maintenance personnel. Residents will be charged for the repair of any damages for which they or their guests are responsible for. 

Smoking

Smoking is strictly prohibited in all units, hallways, and the clubhouse/community building. Smoking must be at least 30 feet aware from any community building.  The resident accepts responsibility for informing visitors or guests of the community’s no-smoking policy. This policy includes e-cigs and vaporized cigarettes. Hookah is prohibited on property. There will be a $75.00 fine if policy is violated.  

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Unit Information

General Policies

In order to comply with local fire codes (which are created ultimately for your own protection and safety), certain policies apply toward the condition of your unit. In addition, decorating guidelines have been established in order to prevent damage to the units.

All furnished units are to remain furnished, with beds on the frames and furniture on the floor (e.g., no beds on top of desks or dressers, no desks or dressers stacked or turned on end). For safety reasons, cinder blocks are not permitted. Furniture may be rearranged in your unit provided it is returned to its original position prior to check-out.

The following must also be adhered to:

Damages

Residents are responsible for the condition of their unit and all furniture. Any repairs needed within units must be performed by authorized maintenance personnel. Residents will be charged for the repair of any damages upon vacating the unit.

Dishwasher

In order to reduce maintenance problems with dishwashers, the following guidelines should be used: scrub dishes first, especially if it will be a few days before you run the load. Be sure the product is advertised as an automatic dishwasher detergent, not one for hand-washing dishes. Once a month, pour a cup of distilled vinegar in the dishwasher and run it empty two times.

Food Waste Disposal

Each apartment is equipped with a food waste disposal in the kitchen sink. Please use common sense when operating this appliance. Care and Operating Instructions: do not insert hand into disposal. Turn on cold water full flow (water should remain on during complete disposal operation and for a sufficient time after grinding is completed to ensure all waste is flushed away). Turn the switch to the “On” position to start disposal. Feed the food waste into the disposal while it is running; do not dispose of huge quantities at once! Do not turn off the motor or water until grinding is complete.

Garbage

All garbage must be properly bagged and placed directly into dumpsters. Storing garbage in units, breezeways, or stairwell is not permitted.

Housekeeping

The community provides janitorial service for the clubhouse/community building, building common areas, breezeways, and grounds. Residents are responsible for the cleaning and upkeep of their unit. For your convenience, dumpsters are located throughout the community for trash disposal. Please use another dumpster on the community if the one nearest you is full. It is everyone’s responsibility to keep the community clean and free of trash and cigarette butts. Do not leave trash on the stairwell or in the hallways. If trash is found in inappropriate locations, your account may be charged trash removal fees. This is your home please treat it as such.

Maintenance

All maintenance concerns in your bedroom, your unit, or elsewhere on the community should be reported to the office or the CA/RA during regular business hours or submitted using our on-line maintenance request form. Please provide us with all the information pertaining to your maintenance request in order for us to most efficiently respond to your issue. For emergency maintenance issues, our maintenance staff is on call. After regular business hours you should contact the community’s answering service or CA/RA On-Call. Please use good judgment when deciding to contact staff after hours. Examples of maintenance emergencies include: flood, broken window in a first-floor unit, front door lock malfunction, or fire.

Upon submission of the request, the maintenance staff will undertake corrective measures as quickly as possible. You will be notified when the work has been completed or if more time is needed to correct the situation.

Smoke Detectors

The smoke detectors in your units are very sensitive. When taking a shower, close the bathroom door to ensure the steam does not affect the detector. When cooking, be sure to use the fan above the stove. If your detector makes a chirping sound, it means the battery is low. Complete a work order as soon as possible to have the battery replaced. Any time a smoke detector sounds an alarm, you should respond to it as an emergency and proceed in a safe manner. Never disconnect the smoke detectors. Sometimes you may experience a “false alarm.” The smoke detectors may be set off by dust, an insect or just may need routine cleaning. Opening the front door and windows (to allow fresh air into the unit) may stop the false alarm. Tampering with firing safety equipment is a violation of state and federal laws and will result in fines, eviction, and possible arrest.

Toilets

Do not flush paper towels; they do not degrade. Never flush feminine hygiene products, regardless what the packaging states. If your toilet does overflow or clog up, turn off the water supply immediately. There is a water shut-off valve next to the toilet on the lower left side of the wall. Residents are required to plunge their own toilet prior to calling in maintenance. Residents will be responsible for any toilet damages/overflows that are the result of improperly disposed articles.

Utilities

If your utility use exceeds the allotted amount, you will be invoiced for and required to pay the overage. You and your roommates will be responsible for establishing service with the utility companies that are not included with your rent. You will be billed and must pay those utilities directly to the utility companies. You and your roommates are jointly liable for the payment of utilities not provided by us. 

Whenever you save energy, you not only save money, you also reduce the demand for such fossil fuels as coal, oil, and natural gas. Less burning of fossil fuels also means lower emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), the primary contributor to global warming, and other pollutants. You do not have to do without to achieve these savings.

The average American produces about 40,000 pounds of CO2 emissions per year. Together, we use nearly a million dollars worth of energy every minute, night and day, every day of the year. By exercising even a few of the following steps, you can cut your annual emissions by thousands of pounds and your energy bills by a significant amount. These steps include:

Vacant Bedrooms

Current residents must make every effort to welcome a new roommate as long as there are empty bedrooms or bed spaces in the unit. It is a violation of your license/lease agreement to tell a potential roommate that you do not want a roommate or that there are no vacant beds. It is also a violation of your license/lease agreement to double occupy a bed space. You may have the opportunity to lease open bed spaces. Please contact the office for more details.

Washers/Dryers

Washers/Dryers are provided for your use. All appliances should only be used in the manner for which they were intended. No dying of fabric or other materials is ever permitted. In the event you should need instruction on how to use the machines, please contact your CA/RA.

Window Screens

It is important that the window screens and blinds remain in good functional condition. They are not to be removed, tampered with, and/or detached in any manner.

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Safety And Emergency Procedures

Introduction

The community has a strong commitment to safety; to make it work, you must also have this commitment. We have adopted instructions and procedures to follow in emergency situations; please be aware of these and understand their importance.

We work closely with local police and fire departments and are constantly evaluated to ensure that we continue to provide the safest living environment possible. Please respect these regulations as you would any others. If you do not understand any of these regulations and suggestions, please ask your CA/RA for clarification. Please think safety at all times.

Courtesy Personnel

The community maintains security officers to walk the community each night in order to deter any potential problems. These professionals are equipped with walkie-talkies and/or cellular phones for communication with the community’s personnel.

Earthquake

Residents should maintain an emergency supply kit in his/her unit consisting of a three-day supply of water, non-perishable food, closed toe shoes, a flashlight and fresh batteries, a battery operated radio, gloves and any medication that might be required by the resident. At the sign of an earthquake, residents should immediately seek cover and when safe, should evacuate the building.

Fire Safety

Fire warning devices and safety equipment are to be used only in case of emergency. The sounding of a fire alarm should be taken seriously and residents should proceed according to the instruction posted in and about the community. The intentional sounding of an alarm outside of an emergency situation will be considered a criminal offense and the person or persons responsible will be treated accordingly.

Multiple outlet “octopus” plugs are not permitted. Surge protector power strips with circuit breakers are permitted. All extension cords must be of the grounded, three-prong type and be UL approved. Live holiday decorations such as trees/wreaths are prohibited. Hot plates, candles, incense, space heaters, cooking grills, lighter fluid, and other combustibles are prohibited due to the increased risk of fire hazard. For more information, please refer to the rules and regulations portion of your lease/license agreement.

If there is a fire or the alarm sounds, feel your door with the back of your hand before exiting. If it is cool, exit the unit, close the door, and proceed to evacuate the building. If the door is hot, don’t open it; fill any cracks with wet towels, signal from your unit by hanging a sheet out your window and wait to be rescued by the fire department. Upon leaving your unit, close your door. If smoke is present in the breezeways, lie down and crawl to safety; fresh air will be near the floor.

After you have exited, please be sure to move away from the building in order to avoid falling debris and to give the fire department personnel room to operate. Notify a member of the community staff upon exiting the building. The fire department will give an “all clear” when it is safe to re-enter the building. Finally, for safety sake, always let your roommate know where you are, a practice commonly known as the buddy system.

In the event of fire, residents should proceed away from the community and meet in the parking lot at the furthest point from your building. You are required by law to evacuate the buildings when the alarm sounds. Failure to do so is not only dangerous and illegal, but it also may result in criminal prosecution and the initiation of eviction proceedings. Persons involved in tampering with smoke detectors, extinguishers, sprinklers, or any of the protective casings around the fire safety equipment will be subject to criminal prosecution. Upon your exit, please report any information that you know to the CA/RA (e.g., the location of the fire).

Hurricanes

A hurricane watch is issued when a storm threatens to hit the area within 24-36 hours. A hurricane warning is issued when a storm is expected to hit a specific area within 24 hours. In the situation that a hurricane warning is in effect, you should follow these steps:

Tornados

Know the difference between a tornado watch and a tornado warning. A tornado watch simply means that conditions are favorable for the formation of a tornado. A tornado warning is issued when a tornado has actually been sighted or is indicated on radar.

In the situation that a tornado warning is in effect, you should open your unit windows approximately ½ inch. Doing this will relieve internal pressure and lessen the possibility of injury should a tornado strike. Go to your bathroom. The safest place for you to stay during the tornado warning is in your bathroom. We suggest you take a portable, battery operated radio with you to keep you updated on the current status of the tornado. Once the tornado warning has been lifted, the immediate danger is over and you may resume normal activity.

Winter Storm

In areas where winter storms may be particularly severe, you should begin making plans in late fall for the coming winter. We recommend having the following items on hand before the storm season arrives: battery operated radio and spare batteries, fully charged cellular phone, flashlights with spare batteries, snow and ice removal equipment, and a fully stocked first aid kit.

Your Personal Safety

Personal safety measures are just as important to your well-being as those previously mentioned. Crimes, injuries, and personal assaults all occur outside of our control, but there are steps that may be taken to decrease your likelihood of being a victim. Your unit has a dead bolt lock so that it cannot be opened without a key. Please keep your room door locked at all times.

Safety Tips:

Tips on Preventing Auto Crime:

Personal Property Insurance

Please be aware that the community takes many precautions to maintain the safest living environment possible, but we are not liable for any losses or damages that may occur to your personal property. If you are a dependent, you may be covered under your guardian’s personal property insurance.

The community takes many precautionary measures in attempting to aid the well-being of our residents. These include: strongly urging you to keep your apartment/suite and bedroom locked at all times and having an extensive preventive maintenance program designed to detect and cure any problem areas throughout the physical facility. We strongly recommend that you obtain personal property insurance for all of your valuables.

Thank you for taking time to read the community’s resident handbook. Please remember that you are an important part of our community and we hope you invest time and interest in keeping our community a great place to live!

You agree that we do not promise, warrant or guarantee the safety and security of you, your guests or your personal property against the criminal actions of other residents or third parties. Furthermore, we shall not be liable for any damage or injury to you, your guests or your personal property or to any person entering the Apartment or the Community, for injury to person or property arising from theft, vandalism or casualty occurring in the Apartment or the Community. You agree to indemnify and hold us harmless from all claims, costs, and expenses arising from injury to person or property to you or any of your guests regardless of the cause, unless the injury is due to our negligent or intentional conduct.

You have the responsibility to protect yourself and to maintain appropriate insurance to protect you and your belongings. It is a fact that no security system, including video cameras, controlled access gates, courtesy patrol services or electronic intrusion safety devices, can guarantee protection against crime. We do not monitor any security video cameras or other photographic surveillance that may be installed at the community. As to any and all security measures taken at the community, you may not rely for your personal safety upon any measures we may take to secure the building/s. Even elaborate security systems are subject to mechanical malfunctions, tampering, human error or personnel absenteeism, and can be defeated or avoided by clever criminals. Further, repairs to such devices cannot always be completed immediately. Therefore, you should always proceed on the assumption no security systems exist.

You acknowledge that you have read, understood and agree with the above notice. You have received no representations or warranties, either expressed or implied, as to the overall safety of the Apartment and Community and/or any security system at the Community. We have not in any way stated or implied to you that the security of person or property is provided, promised or guaranteed or that the Community was or will be free from crime.

For the purpose of this paragraph, Owner shall include EdR, its officers, agents and employees.

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Policies and Regulations

Aiding and Abetting

Aiding and abetting means you personally are responsible if something is happening in your unit that you know of, are present for, or assist in. This also applies anywhere on campus if you are present during a policy violation. You are equally as responsible for the violation if you fail to report the violation. One example of this may be a roommate having a cat. All roommates would be held responsible for this policy violation because they are aware of the violation and did nothing about it. Alcohol, drugs and parties that carry heavy penalties may have a great effect on roommates. If you know that a roommate has or uses drugs in your unit, you may also be held responsible for those drug violations.

To avoid being in violation for aiding and abetting, you need to immediately report violations. Leave the unit if needed and tell a CA/RA. If staff responds to a violation and you are in the unit while it is occurring, your name and situation will be documented. This documentation will be used for a conduct meeting (see section on when policies are broken).

Pets

Residents are prohibited from having animals, except for aquarium bound fish (up to 10-gallon capacity), in units, common areas, or on the premises. Residents may not feed/shelter stray animals. Residents are obligated to inform Management of any pet so appropriate action may be taken to remove and protect the animal. Failure to comply with this policy could result in a fine up to $300.00 and possible eviction from the community. Consider this as your first warning any pets found will be an automatic $100.00 fine and the removal of the pet. 

Service animals and companion animals are permitted to accommodate those with disabilities.  Persons requiring a service or companion animal will need to present reasonable support for their request and execute an addendum to their License related to their responsibilities for the care of their animal and their agreement to be liable for any damage caused by the animal.  Residents must get approval in advance from management prior to the pet moving in.  If the resident brings their pet without prior approval, the pet will not be permitted to stay on-site until approval is granted.  As University Park contains individual contracts, management must reach out to roommates and building residents to check for allergies prior to the pet being permitted on property grounds. 

Alcohol and Drugs

The decision to drink and how much is a personal one. Alcohol-related conduct which infringes upon the rights of others is not acceptable under any circumstance. The possession and/or consumption of alcoholic beverages in units must comply with local, state, and federal laws and regulations. Alcohol is not permitted in common areas (e.g., pool, stairwell, hallways, parking lots, and clubhouse/community building). The possession of kegs, beer bongs, party balls, etc. is prohibited at any location on the premises.

No drugs, narcotics, controlled substances or drug paraphernalia may be possessed, used, sold or distributed at the community. Persons who violate this policy will be subject to disciplinary action and arrest, including immediate eviction. Possession of a medical marijuana card does not override the lease/license agreement provision prohibiting the use of marijuana on the premises.

Alcohol, Drugs, and Paraphernalia

Students at the university are encouraged and supported in any effort to maintain good health and well-being. The use and abuse of alcohol and illicit drugs impairs both and puts your health at risk. The sale, manufacture, distribution, possession or use of any controlled substance as defined in the California Health and Safety Code is illegal. Such laws are strictly enforced by the University Police Department. Violators are subject to criminal prosecution. University students and employees are also subject to disciplinary action.

The illegal consumption, sale, or furnishing of alcoholic beverages on campus is restricted. The abuse of alcohol and illicit drugs is proscribed by federal, state, local and university regulations. All state laws regulating alcoholic beverages will be enforced, including the use of alcohol by minors. If you are under the age of 21, you may not possess or consume alcohol. Use of alcoholic beverages in university residences is subject to state law and university regulations.

Common sources of alcohol (such as large volume containers, kegs, or party balls) are prohibited in all university housing and public areas. Providing alcohol to anyone under the legal drinking age is illegal and the university will hold residents responsible for their actions as well as the actions of those to whom you provided alcohol.

It is explicitly illegal to use, possess, manufacture, or sell drugs or other controlled substances in both public and private spaces. Residents using, possessing, or selling drugs will be subject to disciplinary and/or criminal actions, including immediate eviction. Substance abuse prevention and assistance programs are available for residents. Residents should contact the Assistant Director for information about programs. Possession of a medical marijuana card does not override the license provision prohibiting the use of marijuana on the premises.

Assault

The threat of physical abuse of any community member or guest is forbidden. Threats of any kind, racial or sexual harassment, malicious pranks, or abusive name-calling, is not permitted.

Ball Playing, Bicycles and Skateboards

Ball playing (including but not limited to baseball, football or soccer), skateboarding, inline skates, bicycle riding or use of any equipment with wheels are prohibited in the buildings/units. These activities have the potential to create excessive noise, cause damage, and may inflict physical injury.

BBQs, Fire Pits, Open Flames, and Fireworks

BBQs and contained fires in community designated fire containers are allowed under the following conditions:

Check-In/Check-Out

A Check-In/Check-Out Inventory & Condition Form will be provided by community staff. Please take time to read the comments concerning your unit. Please return this form to your CA/RA upon completion and notify them if you find additional issues or have a concern. Please make sure this form is an accurate listing of your unit, as it will protect you from being charged for any damages which may have occurred before you moved into your unit.

Prior to check-out at the end of the year, a letter will be sent to you notifying you of all the steps involved in checking out, including: having your unit inspected, turning in your keys. It is required that each resident make an appointment with their CA/RA for check-out. Failure to comply with this process may result in a fee. 

Commercial Ventures/Solicitation

The resident agrees to not use his/her unit for commercial purposes, nor will the resident participate in or encourage door-to-door solicitation in the community. The Internet connection provided as part of the lease/license agreement may not be used for any commercial or profit-making enterprise.

Conduct

By signing your lease/license agreement, you agree to follow the policies in the lease/license agreement and this resident handbook. Any violation of the lease/license agreement or resident handbook policies will be handled through the conduct process. All members of the community have an obligation to uphold community standards, including your university’s student code of conduct.

Damages

Residents are responsible for the condition of unit furnishings and will be billed for all repair and/or replacement costs. Any and all repairs needed within units and other areas must be performed by authorized maintenance personnel. Residents will be charged for the repair of any damages for which they or their guests are responsible.

Student Conduct

As in all living situations, we have a set of policies and guidelines for the community which must be adhered to. It is very important that you familiarize yourself with all rules and regulations and the material contained in this handbook and in your lease/license agreement. Since every resident will have received these rules, this is considered your “first warning.” Part of the CA/RA’s job involves making sure that the rules of the community are followed.

The community operates in an adult atmosphere, thus most residents will never find themselves involved with disciplinary action. The largest part of individuals who require disciplinary action simply need a verbal clarification or warning. For those persons whose behavior is such that it requires more attention, any or all of the following may occur: a private meeting with your CA/RA or other staff member, a written warning (with copies to your file and guarantors of the lease/license agreement), restriction from areas or events, relocation within the community complex, referral to the manager and/or, University official, contract probation, eviction, and/or criminal prosecution.

Disruptive Behavior

Residents are expected to act in a manner that will not disturb the academic pursuits or infringe upon the privacy rights, health or safety of other persons. Understand that any activity that has a negative impact on the roommates or neighbors will not be tolerated.

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Resident Services

Mistreatment of Staff  

Threats, harassment and any other mistreatment of community staff are grounds for disciplinary action, which may include cancellation of license agreement, campus disciplinary action and criminal prosecution. Failure to Comply Each resident is required to follow all directives of community staff and act in an appropriate and civil manner. Failure to accurately identify oneself to staff or comply with staff requests and directives will result in disciplinary action.

Social Activities

One of the best parts about living with us is the social atmosphere. From the beginning of the year, we like to emphasize community spirit. The CA/RA staff does the largest part to facilitate this for residents by sponsoring programs, including pool parties, bowling, movie nights, and much more. Residents who would like to volunteer to assist with functions should talk to their CA/RA.

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Community Living

Introduction

Learning to live in a community environment requires maturity, an examination of values, and assessing how one’s behavior affects others. The specific rules and regulations that exist at the community are detailed in the rules and regulations section of your lease/license agreement and this handbook. Take time to review your lease/license agreement and familiarize yourself with the rules and regulations. You and your guests are responsible for following them. Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action including termination of residency.

The underlying assumption at the community is that residents have the capacity and desire to be self-directing and responsible members of their community. Residents enter the community as young adults who are responsible and in search of opportunities for development and learning. Your unit is yours to use, but not to abuse. You have the freedom to make it work for you, coupled with the responsibility to keep it working for others.

Guests

As a resident at University Park Apartments you are allowed to entertain guests. However, all residents at UP will take precedence over guests who over welcome their stay, causing disruption in the community and/or apartment, and making any resident(s) feel uncomfortable will be asked to leave and  not return to the property unless noted otherwise by a staff member during a meeting. We reserve the right to ask any non-resident to vacate the property or asked to leave and not return.  

 

All guests are required to comply with the policies in this handbook and other applicable University rules. The resident is responsible for the behavior of all their guests and will be held accountable for their behavior. Guests should in no way become a nuisance to the neighbors/ roommate(s). A roommate(s) has the right to object to future visits and staff will mediate any concerns regarding the presence of guests. Overnight guests are allowed only with the permission of all roommate(s). Overnight guests are defined as any person not on the license agreement staying in the residence for more than six (6) hours in a day. The total number of days that a guest may stay is not to exceed 14 days over one year August-July. Allowing guests to live in your unit past 14 days may result in the immediate cancellation of your license agreement.

 

Noise

You have the right to expect that you will be able to study or sleep without undue disturbance from noise. Keeping the volume on your stereo and TV at a level that can only be heard in your apartment/suite and lowering your voice when you are talking in the stairwells or hallways are two things you can do to maintain a quiet environment. Residents are encouraged to speak with fellow residents about noise issues. If you do not get the desired results, take the concern to your CA/RA or contact the CA/RA on call. The property is committed to your education. In order to provide an environment where every resident can sleep or study when and where they want, we ask that all residents keep noise levels at a minimum after 10:00 p.m including weekends.


Getting Along With Your Roommates

Living with others requires maturity, patience, open communication, willingness to compromise, and respect for others. No matter how compatible roommates are, there is always the potential for conflict. Culture, cleanliness, sleeping patterns, habits, and hobbies are some examples of things that may be different among roommates. These differences may serve to be positive learning opportunities for people living together, or they may create a negative atmosphere within the unit that may seem intolerable. You and the attitude that you take in communicating with your roommate will determine whether or not your situation will be positive or negative. The CA/RA staff is committed to facilitating communication between and among roommates. Work with your CA/RA to accomplish this goal; it may make the environment in your home even better!

Cleaning Up

Alcohol/Tobacco

Noise

Personal Activities

Sharing Things

Sleeping

Study Habits

Visitors

What if there is a problem?

The community has several programs in place to intervene if you and your roommates are not getting along as well as you would like. The most important step you can take is to discuss your concerns with your roommate. Frequently, conflict occurs because one roommate assumes the other should know s/he is upset, but the roommate doesn’t actually realize there is a problem. It is difficult to commit the time necessary to work through the conflict, but the skills learned in the process will serve you for the rest of your life. Take advantage of the situation to become more skilled at working with others. If you do not feel you are able to handle the situation yourself, consider talking with your CA/RA.

Apartment/Suite Changes/Transfers

During the year, if you wish to move to another apartment, you must contact your CA/RA who will assist you in completing the appropriate form and procedure. All apartment changes must be approved in advance and a transfer fee will be collected. Residents are not allowed to switch rooms or apartments without prior permission from from management. Failure to comply will result in a $150 fine.

Personal Affirmation

By choosing to live with us you agree to reside in a living and learning community. As members of this community, we all have certain rights as residents and as students. Please recognize that other members of the community have the same rights and that one’s rights stop where another’s begin. For this reason, it is important to learn and compromise with others in order to maintain an environment in which all are respected and have the opportunity to grow and pursue their educational goals.

Community standards are established to assist in shaping our community. They protect our rights and assert the responsibilities we have to one another. As a member of our community, you agree to abide by local, state, and federal laws, as well as by these community standards which include the following statement:

I agree not to be or remain present during any violation of the Resident Handbook. My presence may infer that I condone, support or encourage a violation. I understand further that I am responsible for what behavior and activity occurs in my unit. I understand that if I anticipate or observe a violation of the Resident Handbook, I am expected to remove myself from the situation and am strongly encouraged to report the violation. I also understand that if I am aware of a violation and choose either to not report it or lie about it, I am passively participating in the violation and may be subject to conduct proceedings.

Roommate Agreements

Tips for living with roommates:

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Affirmation and Acceptance

Personal Affirmation

By choosing to live with us you agree to reside in a living and learning community. As members of this community, we all have certain rights as residents and as students. Please recognize that other members of the community have the same rights and that one's rights stop where another's begin. For this reason, it is important to learn and compromise with others in order to maintain an environment in which all are respected and have the opportunity to grow and pursue their educational goals.

Community standards are established to assist in shaping our community. They protect our rights and assert the responsibilities we have to one another. As a member of our community, you agree to abide by local, state, and federal laws, as well as by these community standards which include the following statement:

I agree not to be or remain present during any violation of the Resident Handbook. My presence may infer that I condone, support or encourage a violation. I understand further that I am responsible for what behavior and activity occurs in my unit. I understand that if I anticipate or observe a violation of the Resident Handbook, I am expected to remove myself from the situation and am strongly encouraged to report the violation. I also understand that if I am aware of a violation and choose either to not report it or lie about it, I am passively participating in the violation and may be subject to conduct proceedings.

We reserve the right to relocate a student on a temporary or permanent basis in the event of substantive conflict with other members of our community. If a student is occupying a unit that has vacant bed spaces, it is expected that the room is ready for their arrival at any time. Intentionally interrupting and/or preventing another student from moving into a unit will result in consequence, which may include relocation to a new unit.

Thank you for taking time to read the Resident Handbook. Please remember that you are an important part of our community and we hope you invest time and interest in making this community a great place to live.

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Thank you for viewing the University Park Salisbury Resident Handbook. Please submit the acknowledgement by clicking the "Sign Handbook" link, and completing the online form and submitting your acknowledgement. Submitting the acknowledgment indicates you have read, understand, and agree to abide by all the policies, procedures and rules outlined in the Resident Handbook.

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