Rules

Introduction

Students and Residents are required to know and comply with all terms and conditions contained within the University Housing Contract and Addenda. The Contract and Addenda may be found on the University Housing & Dining website.

Residents and their guests must comply with all applicable University rules, regulations, and policies, including but not limited to, the Clemson Student Code of Conduct, and federal and state laws.

Incident Reports

  • If you break your Housing contract or Student Code, you’ll receive an incident report (IR) from the Office of Community and Ethical Standards (OCES). Access their web-based IR form on the OCES website.
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Disciplinary Action

  • Breaking the housing contract could result in University disciplinary actions, like administrative sanctions, temporary removal, eviction, suspension, or dismissal. There might also be monetary fines, restitution, and legal consequences for violating state and municipal laws. Stick to the rules to steer clear of these consequences.
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Room/Apartment

Responsibilities & Reporting

  • Any damages or losses to fixtures, furnishings, or provided properties in a students assigned space may be charged to the student from the University.
  • If you spot any maintenance issues, it’s your responsibility to report them to University Facilities. You can call 864-656-5450 or submit an online maintenance request through the University Housing & Dining website or Housing Portal.

Furnishing Guidelines

  • Steer clear of making changes to the provided area or furnishings, like painting or mounting TVs.
  • Stick to the original furniture throughout your residency; swapping or removing it is a no-go. Charges for missing furniture will be billed to you. Any additional furniture must be freestanding and kept clear of existing items and walls.

Check-Out

When moving out, residents need to stick to the check-out procedures outlined in the Housing Rules and Regulations. Failure to do so may result in fees, covering the cost of replacing or repairing damages. Remember, you’re accountable for damages beyond normal wear and tear. If charges are not accepted, it might lead to a referral to OCES. Don’t forget to return the room key; not doing so could lead to lock change charges.


Community Living

Cleanliness & Trash Disposal

Residents, keep it clean! Dispose of trash, clean your rooms regularly. For suite/apartment dwellers, tidy up bathrooms and common areas. Avoid open food, expired items, overflowing trash, and funky odors. Cheers to a fresh space!

Guests and Quiet Hours

Guests and Visitation

  • Residents must get approval from roommates to have a guest.
  • It’s on you to keep an eye on your guests, making sure they follow Housing and University rules.
  • Keep the noise in check—if too many guests cause issues, staff might ask them to leave.
  • No cohabitation. That means living together for over 3 days or having regular overnight visits. Only assigned residents get to call the room or apartment home.

Quiet Hours

Our focus is on a calm atmosphere for sleep and study, not loud disruptions. “Courtesy hours” are around the clock. 10:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and midnight to 8:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. During finals, we keep it quiet for at least three days before and throughout the exam period.

Other Guidelines

Lofts

Stick to the script: only use the bunkable or loftable bed furniture provided by the University. Don’t use personally constructed lofts, raised platforms, or DIY bed rises.

Mail

Mail, packages, and flowers should skip the direct-to-room route. University Housing won’t play courier for items left in common areas. Get your goodies in the mailboxes assigned by Student Mail Services.

Pets

In University Housing, fish are the only pet option, and their aquariums can’t exceed ten gallons. Breaking this rule may lead to pet removal, damage payments, extermination charges, and possible disciplinary action. Any fees for cleaning or pest control due to a pet violation will be charged to the resident(s). If you need a Service or Assistance Animal, reach out to Clemson University Student Accessibility Services for a case-by-case evaluation.

Water-Filled Furniture

Waterbeds and other water-filled furniture are not allowed in any University Housing facilities.

Window Display

Items cannot be posted, displayed, or attached to the window in any fashion. This policy includes signs, flags, cans, bottles, and posters.

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Health and Safety Regulations

Alcohol & Illegal Substances

  • Only those 21 and up can possess and consume, but strictly within their private living space—inside their room or apartment.
  • Public spaces are a no-go for alcohol consumption or display, including windows/windowsills.
  • Fraternity Sorority Housing zones, like chapter rooms, study spots, hallways, or shared spaces, are alcohol-free.
  • Kegs and alcohol dispensing gear aren’t welcome anywhere in housing, even in private rooms/apartments.
  • Keep alcohol and its containers out of sight everywhere.
  • Remember, state and federal laws, along with the Student Code of Conduct, say no to illegal drugs. University Housing follows suit and nixes drug paraphernalia.

Tobacco Free

No tobacco or smoke-related products allowed on Clemson University’s campus, including all residential facilities in University Housing. This covers cigarettes, cigars, water pipes (hookah), kreteks, bidis, electronic cigarettes (vaping/JUUL), smokeless tobacco, chewing tobacco, snuff, and any non-FDA approved nicotine delivery device. Keep it smoke-free!

Right to Forbid

University Housing holds the authority to prohibit any item or activity that the University deems harmful, unadvisable, or not in the best interest of the University or its Residents.

Specific Regulation

Certain residence halls and apartment complexes may have unique regulations tailored to each of them, including Fraternity and Sorority housing areas, Living-learning communities, and similar spaces.

Disorderly Conduct

  • Residents should avoid disorderly, lewd, or indecent actions or being in a grossly intoxicated condition.
  • Actions creating hazardous conditions, such as dropping, throwing, or causing objects to fall from windows, doors, ledges, balconies, or roofs, are not permitted.
  • Actions that interfere with or disrupt normal University or University-sponsored activities, including teaching, service, research, or administration, are prohibited.

Invasion of Privacy

  • No making, trying to make, sending, or trying to send audio, video, or images of people in private spots without their OK.
  • Watching or spying on people in places where they expect privacy, especially during nudity or sexual activity, without their knowledge and consent is prohibited.

Other

Commercial Solicitation and Sales

  • Using University Housing for commercial solicitation or canvassing is not allowed.
  • Residents cannot run any “for profit or personal gain” business from University Housing that requires a business license, including web-based and/or e-commerce businesses.

United States Census Survey

Residents in University Housing may be selected by the U.S. Census for various surveys. Participation may be mandatory or voluntary, as outlined in a letter provided by the Census worker. U.S. Census workers with proper identification are allowed in University Housing facilities without an escort for official business, and residents can verify field representatives by checking their names at https://staff.commerce.gov/. Residents are encouraged to comply with all U.S. Census requests as required by law.

Safety

Cooking/Food Preparation

  • Residence Halls
    • Residents can use hall kitchen areas, but there’s a catch. Appliances with exposed heating elements like electric woks, Hibachi grills, camping stoves, toasters, toaster ovens, griddles, air fryers, etc., are a no-go. In your room, stick to single-unit appliances with sealed heating elements. Microwave ovens are welcomed in hall kitchens, and you can even rent a Microfridge®. For room fridges, keep it at 3.6 cubic feet or smaller, and make sure they’re directly plugged into wall outlets—no extension cords allowed.
  • Apartments
    • Most kitchen appliances, including microwave ovens, are allowed in apartment kitchens, such as George Foreman Grills®, Panini presses, air fryers, slow cookers/crockpots, and toasters (not toaster ovens).
  • Grills
    • Storage of charcoal or propane grills, gas tanks, and grill supplies is not permitted in any campus residential area, including apartments.
  • Appliance Use
    • All appliances must be directly plugged into wall outlets, not into surge protectors.

Electrical Equipment and Appliances

  • Residents can use hall kitchen areas, but there’s a catch. Appliances with exposed heating elements like electric woks, Hibachi grills, camping stoves, toasters, toaster ovens, griddles, air fryers, etc., are a no-go. In your room, stick to single-unit appliances with sealed heating elements. Microwave ovens are welcomed in hall kitchens, and you can even rent a Microfridge®. For room fridges, keep it at 3.6 cubic feet or smaller, and make sure they’re directly plugged into wall outlets—no extension cords allowed.
  • Residents cannot alter or repair any electrical equipment provided by the University.
  • Report defects in electrical equipment or wiring to University Facilities at (864) 656-5450.
  • If more than two appliances or two appliances with a cumulative wattage of more than 1500 watts are plugged into a single wall outlet, a U.L. approved power strip with a built-in circuit breaker must be used.
  • Up to two power strips per wall outlet are allowed, and a power strip may not be plugged into another power strip.
  • Extension cords should not be used with power strips or as a substitute for permanent wiring.
  • Prohibited items include space heaters, window air conditioner units, portable air conditioners, ceiling fans, and similar devices.

Firearms, Explosives, Fireworks, Weapons, and Flammable Materials

  • No weapons, including firearms, explosive devices, or weapon components, are allowed in University Housing. This includes guns, taser guns, swords, BB guns, air pistols, pellet guns, rifles, bows and arrows, knives, or martial arts devices.
  • Paintball guns, slingshots, explosives, fireworks, dangerous chemicals, or chemical mixtures are prohibited in University Housing, even if not intended for use as a weapon or destructive device.
  • Common kitchen cutlery and pocket utility knives are allowed for their intended purposes.
  • Individuals authorized to carry a concealable weapon by SC Code (23-31-205 et seq.) are not permitted to possess concealable weapons in University Housing.

Fire Safety

  • When a fire alarm sounds, immediate evacuation of University buildings is mandatory. Tampering with fire safety equipment, such as fire extinguishers, sprinklers, EXIT signs, and the alarm system, is prohibited. Violators bear the costs of tampering and may face disciplinary action by the Office of Community and Ethical Standards and/or the Clemson University Police Department.
  • Curtains or window treatments must be made of fire and flame-resistant materials.
  • Prohibited items in University Housing include candles, incense, wax warmers, halogen lamps, lava lamps, hoverboards, and similar items.
  • Hanging items from the ceiling, pipes, or sprinklers/sprinkler heads is not allowed.
  • Windows and doors must be free of furnishings or items that impede egress.
  • The amount of flammable material on room or apartment doors may be regulated under the direction of the Clemson Fire Marshal, following directives from the International Fire Code and National Fire Protection Agency.

Inspections

  • Residents agree to periodic inspections ensuring community health and safety. Items violating policies or laws may be removed for the well-being of the community.

Keys

  • Upon check-out, return your keys to the area desk. If lost or not returned, you’ll be hit with a lock change expense. Keep those keys on you throughout your stay.
  • Remember, all keys are University property—no duplicating allowed. Violating this may lead to a visit to the Office of Community and Ethical Standards.
  • Contracted Residents voluntarily abandoning their assigned space might have to give up key issuance rights.
  • Keys, along with your Tiger One card, should only be in the hands of the assigned student. Lending or giving keys could lead to a referral to the Office of Community and Ethical Standards, and in some cases, forfeiture of key rights under the Housing Contract.

Motorized Vehicles

  • Park motorized vehicles where Parking and Transportation services say you can—this includes scooters, mopeds, motorcycles, and anything packing an electric or combustion engine with lithium batteries.
  • Don’t chain up your motorized ride to sign posts, railings, or any other university property.
  • Keep motorized vehicles out of University Housing and Dining spots—safety first.
  • Break these rules, and your wheels might get confiscated until the matter is reviewed by OCES for further action.

Pool/Lounge

  • Use it at your own risk—Clemson University Housing isn’t responsible for injuries. Students and guests need to cover any claims arising from the area.
  • Keep it dry—no alcoholic beverages allowed in the pool/lounge area.
  • Lock up! It’s on students and guests to make sure all gates are secured.
  • Follow the rules, stick to operating hours, and prioritize safety—that’s on students and guests.
  • Disregarding policies, hours, or acting unsafely might land you with an incident report and a heads-up to the authorities.
  • Furry friends aren’t invited—no pets of any kind in the pool/lounge area.
  • Remember, the pool/lounge area is a bonus, and its availability isn’t guaranteed under the contract. Any interruptions or non-availability don’t breach the contract terms.
  • If something’s broken, report it to University Housing Maintenance. Trying to fix things yourself isn’t on the table for both students and guests.
  • Outdoor furnishings are meant to stay put. Removing or damaging them could get reported to the Clemson University Police Department, handled administratively, or referred to the Office of Community and Ethical Standards (OCES).

Restricted Access and Security

  • Roofs, ledges, attics, and mechanical/electrical equipment rooms in University Housing buildings are strictly off-limits.
  • Residence hall entrances are regulated by card access. Guests should enter and exit with a resident, and those using locked security doors must keep them locked. Propping doors open or allowing unauthorized individuals to “tailgate” may result in disciplinary action.
  • Keep windows and doors locked when sleeping or away. Ground floor accessible windows should remain locked, and security screens untouched. Report any security breaches promptly to the University Police Department.

Fraternity Sorority Housing

Residents of Fraternity Sorority Housing are required to comply with all University, local, state, and federal laws and policies. The following are specific policies for Fraternity Sorority Housing, in addition to those outlined in the University Housing Contract, Fraternity Sorority Housing Agreement, or the Student Code of Conduct

Card Access

  • Members not residing in the chapter hall will be granted access based on current rosters submitted through the Fraternity and Sorority Life roster system.
  • Access for non-resident members is limited to 8:00 am through 12:00 am daily. The chapter is responsible for overseeing members and guests in the community.

Letters

  • Chapters must adhere to the University Housing contract regarding window displays. Large chapter letters are permitted in chapter room windows only.
  • Crests and letters cannot be painted in living spaces but may be framed and must be removable.
  • Organizational letters should be uniform and placed in designated locations as specified by University Housing.

Study Space

  • All study spaces in Fraternity Sorority Housing must be used for academic purposes.
  • Approved study room items include bookcases, file cabinets, tables, lamps, office/art supplies, computers, couches/chairs, chapter trophies/decorative items, and fans. Not approved are televisions, refrigerators, microwaves, recreational games (e.g., foosball, dart boards), University Housing furniture, and personal items of Residents/chapter members.
  • Study spaces not used appropriately for academic purposes may be locked and inaccessible for chapter use.