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Residential Life

Updated 7/22/2014

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The Residential Life Department is committed to creating a diverse community living environment by offering students opportunities to develop an understanding of others and enable them to grow personally and intellectually. All students and staff are accepted as individuals, without regard to nationality, ethnicity, race, age, gender, religion, class, social background, physical differences, sexual preference, personal beliefs, etc.  In keeping with the college’s mission to provide an environment that is conducive to learning, the Residence Halls have strict policies that are diligently enforced.

RESIDENCE HALLS POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

Alcohol and Drug Policy (see Resident Handbook - Alcohol and Drug Violations and Sanctions)

FIT’s Residence Halls’ Alcohol and Drug Policy strictly forbids the use and possession of alcohol, drugs and paraphernalia. This policy is strongly enforced. The Residential Life office takes into consideration the health and safety of all resident students and strives to maintain a drug and alcohol-free residence hall community.

Visitation Policy (see Resident Handbook - Visitation Violations and Sanctions)

To maintain a safe and secure community that is conducive to studying and learning the Residential Life office has developed a strict guest and visitation policy. It is each resident’s responsibility to be familiar with all visitation policies. The Residential Life office reserves the right to revoke and restrict any and all visitation privileges according to the guidelines outlined in the handbook. Visitation is considered a privilege, not a right. Each resident pays for his/her own space, not for the right to have guests.

Day Visitation (see Resident Handbook – Visitation Policy)

Visitors must be signed in and out of the residence halls. Day visitation hours are between 8AM-12AM.  Anyone in the halls after 12AM is considered an overnight visitor.

Overnight Visitation (see Resident Handbook – Visitation Policy)

All overnight visitors must be pre-registered online prior to arrival and no later than 4PM on the day of arrival. Visitors between the hours of 12AM-8AM are considered overnight guests.

Extended Visitation (see Resident Handbook – Visitation Policy)

Requests for extended visitation can be submitted for overnight guests staying more than two consecutive nights. The maximum length of an extended stay is 5 days. Extended visitors are not allowed during Winter & Summer Housing and visitation is limited on occasions including but not limited to Halloween and St. Patrick’s Day.

HEALTH/PERSONAL SAFETY

Dealing with an Intoxicated Person (see Resident Handbook – Alcohol and Drug Policy)

Alcohol is safely and responsibly used by millions of people. Irresponsible and unsafe use of alcohol not only endangers you, but also places others at risk. Residents are asked to contact security when dealing with an intoxicated person. Signs of intoxication may include, but are not limited to: inability to control one’s actions, vomiting, slurred speech, etc.

Fire Safety (see Resident Handbook – Fire Safety Policy Violations and Sanctions)

At the sound of an alarm, residents must immediately vacate the halls using the nearest stairwell. Every resident is responsible for keeping the halls safe and complying with fire safety rules. Residents are asked to immediately report any noticeable problems with fire equipment to the Residential Life office.

Health Information (see Resident Handbook – Health Information, Fire and Personal Safety)

Residents are encouraged to use FIT’s Health Services office. Services include consultations, general and gynecological concerns, treating illnesses, injuries, emergencies, and referrals to off-campus medical resources and providers.

Health and Safety Checks (see Resident Handbook – Residence Hall Policies and Procedures)

The college unconditionally reserves the right to inspect rooms and all areas in or outside of the residential buildings at times convenient to the Residential Life office and by college and/or other approved personnel.  This includes entry/inspection for repairs, remodeling or any other necessary steps advisable for safety and security. Residential Life staff may enter all rooms or suites at any time if it is reasonably believed there exists a threat to the health, safety or security of any resident, the residential community or that a violation of the terms of the Residence Contract exists.

Periodic health and safety checks are made by the Residential Life staff for the purpose of ascertaining damage or conditions potentially threatening to the health and safety of its residents. The times for these inspections may be announced (but not required) at least 24 hours in advance to allow occupants of the room an opportunity to be present.

On Campus Safety Tips (see Resident Handbook – Health Information, Fire and Personal Safety) 

  • Keep your suite and/or room DOUBLE LOCKED at all times.
  • Report any suspicious activity to the Security office at 212 217-7777.
  • Don’t leave valuables out in your room.
  • Don’t permit strangers into any building, room or suite.
  • Don’t admit unescorted persons into the residence halls.
  • Be careful when you meet new people. Do not invite strangers to you room or go to their room or apartment. When going out with or visiting new acquaintances, be sure to give your roommate or a friend the name, address and phone number of the person.
  • If you receive a bomb threat – do not pull the fire alarm! Call security immediately at 212 217-7777.

Please note that there are red phones located throughout the college. Pick up the red phone to speak with Campus Security.

HOUSING PROCEDURES

Re-application Process - Campus Housing (see Resident Handbook – Re-application Procedures)

Each spring, residents must re-apply for housing for the upcoming academic year and submit a $300 non-refundable housing deposit through the H.O.M.E. (Housing On-campus Made Easy) process. An online room selection process will award each student a selection number. The selection number will determine the order in which returning resident applicants will be offered available accommodations.  Returning students will be accommodated in Kaufman Hall. Notification of dates and times to re-apply for campus housing will be publicly displayed as well as emailed to students.

Room Switches (see Resident Handbook – Room Occupancy Information)

Please note that all room switches are at the discretion of the Residential Life office and that no room changes will be approved during the first week of each semester. Residents will receive notification of the start and end date for room switches.

Withdrawals and Refunds (see Resident Handbook – Withdrawal Information)

Students, who decide to decline Residence Hall space, must contact the Residential Life office by completing the online withdrawal form. Contacting another department at FIT does not relinquish a student from charges. Students who are graduating, participating in an exchange program, or withdrawing from the college must complete the housing withdrawal form. Residents withdrawing from the residence halls must adhere to the established check-out procedures as outlined in the handbook.

Late Check Out Fine (see Residence Hall Closing section for further information)

Resident Contract (see Resident Handbook – Residence Contract for Fashion Institute of Technology)

By submitting a housing application, residents agree to the terms and conditions of the Resident Contract.  Residents accepted for on-campus accommodations at the Fashion Institute of Technology enter into this contract and are subject to the terms and conditions outlined in the contract.

IMPORTANT STUDENT INFORMATION

Conduct and Judicial System (see Resident Handbook – Conduct and Judicial System)

The Fashion Institute of Technology encourages students to act independently and maturely while in residence. Since students come from many backgrounds and have varied expectations about living in a residential community, defining community norms is not always easy. “Policies and Procedures” are established to outline standards by which all members of the community can live together. The college and the Residential Life office have designed a conduct process which addresses inappropriate or illegal behavior.

Damages (see Resident Handbook – Residence Hall Policies and Procedures)

Residents are responsible for any loss or damage to their assigned rooms (furniture, fixtures, equipment, etc.).  The use of such materials as tape, paste, glue, nails, tacks, etc. on any college property is prohibited.  Residents are not permitted to alter the appearance of the room (i.e. painting, shelving, etc.). When it cannot be ascertained who is responsible for the damages or losses, an assessment will be made against residents equally.  Public area damage will be billed to the floor residents and/or building residents with a minimum fine of $5.00 per person. Any resident found responsible for an act of vandalism and/or neglect will be fined a minimum of $25.00, and additional sanctions may apply.

Fines (see Resident Handbook – Residence Hall Policies and Procedures)

Fines are assessed to residents when they are found responsible for certain violations of Residence Hall policy. The minimum fine is $25.00 per person, per violation, unless otherwise noted.

  • Acts of vandalism and/or graffiti
  • Entering or exiting from a Residence Hall window (1st offense: Dismissal from the residence halls)
  • Improper maintenance of room and/or public area
  • Late check-out ($100.00/day. Please see Residence Hall Closing section for further information)
  • Leaving objects in hallway or stairwell

Key Replacement (see Resident Handbook – Residence Hall Policies and Procedures)

Replacement keys must be made by the college.  Students are charged for a replacement key.

ID Policy/ID Replacement (see Resident Handbook – Residence Hall Policies and Procedures)

Every student must show their college ID when entering any building on campus and when signing visitors into the residence halls. There is a charge associated with replacing an ID. Once payment has been made through the Bursar’s office, FIT security will issue a replacement ID. Any altering or misuse of IDs will result in disciplinary action.

Lockouts (see Resident Handbook – Residence Hall Policies and Procedures)

There are charges associated with lockouts. Charges vary depending upon the time of day. 

Noise and Quiet Hours (see Resident Handbook – Residence Hall Policies and Procedures)

All residents are expected to be considerate of fellow students and avoid excessive noise in the hallways, bathrooms, stairwells and other public areas. Voices, radios, stereos, televisions, musical instruments, etc. should never be loud enough to be heard by people outside of the room.  Quiet Hours are from 10:00PM to 9:00AM, everyday including Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.  During exam periods, Quiet Hours are in effect 24 hours every day, including weekends.

Residence Hall Calendar (see Resident Handbook – Residence Hall Calendar)

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