A primary goal of The Bantam Network Residential Learning Community is to maintain an atmosphere that is conducive to the pursuit of academic goals and personal growth and development.
In order to achieve this goal, it is important to remember that a large number of individuals live together in a residential learning community. This situation requires students to accept the responsibility involved with living in a community environment and make a special effort to be aware of how their actions affect their neighbors and roommates.
The College expects undergraduates in public and in private to act with self-respect and with sensitivity toward the feelings of others. All members of the residential community share responsibility for setting and upholding appropriate standards of community living.
Respect for Others
- It is expected that all members of the community will treat others with respect. Student behavior should not interfere with the rights of a roommate or other students in the residential community, to privacy or to sleep or study within their rooms.
- In particular, The Bantam Network Residential Learning Community at Trinity views seriously any action against another person or organization based on their race, religion, age, national origin, disability status, gender, or sexual orientation.
- Students will be held responsible for behavior that infringes on the individual rights and autonomy of others
Policies and community standards for our residential learning community have been developed to establish an environment in which a large number of people may live together with maximum freedom while recognizing the rights and safety of fellow residents. Students are encouraged to learn responsible decision-making, develop an appreciation of community standards, respect individual rights and property, practice good citizenship, and understand the policies of the College within the context of a community living and learning environment.
The policies included herein are meant to be guidelines for student behavior and are not intended to be an inclusive list. Students are expected to use good judgment and act in accordance with all federal, state, and local laws. In addition, special consideration should be given to making sure that students’ actions do not endanger, threaten, or disturb themselves or others in the community.
Upon acceptance of a residence assignment (either in person or through an authorized proxy), a student agrees to adhere to all terms and conditions of the residential guidelines. Failure to act in accordance with College regulations and the residential guidelines may result in one or more penalties listed within the Student Handbook and/or the residential guidelines.
A guest is defined as any individual who is not currently assigned as a resident of that particular room in the residential building. Consideration for roommates and other floor residents dictates that guests must not infringe on another’s right to privacy and the quiet enjoyment of the facilities he/she has under contract.
Therefore, all visitors, regardless of gender, must be approved by all residents of the room/suite/apartment. Roommates should mutually determine an appropriate length of stay before guests arrive. The guidelines below must be followed:
- Student IDs may not be shared with guests
- All guests must use gender-appropriate bathroom facilities
- A resident may not pressure or coerce a roommate to tolerate the presence of a guest
- The presence or behavior of a guest may not restrict residents’ comfortable use of common and private space or create any situation that infringes on these rights.
- The presence of a guest must not exceed three overnights in any one week (Monday-Sunday). Longer visits indicate illegal residence in the building or disrespect for the rights of the residents of the room and may lead to immediate removal of the guest, revocation of guest privileges, and judicial action.
- A guest may not occupy any student room when the host student is not present without permission of the roommate(s).
- Guests must abide by all College and residential community standards. If violated, both hosts and guests will be held responsible for inappropriate conduct.
- Students are subject to both disciplinary action for the inappropriate behavior of their guests and/or financial restitution for any damage as a result of guest behavior.
- Guests found not observing College and residential community standards, may be escorted from the residential community and restricted from further access.
- All guests, including Trinity students, must carry a valid photo ID at all times and provide this identification when asked by a College staff member. Failure to provide valid identification will result in immediate guest removal.
- Special attention should be paid to students who are hosting prospective students, athletic recruits, and noncollege-age students. At no time may these guests be asked to violate policies contained in these residential guidelines. Facilitating this kind of activity will result in the most severe disciplinary sanctions.
- All events in residential lounges must be sponsored or sanctioned by residential staff. Alcohol use, vaping, and smoking are prohibited in all buildings on campus at all times.
- Residential lounges are not to be used for private parties, nor may off campus or campus groups use these areas for their activities.
- Lounge furnishings are provided for the use of all residents and may not be removed. Appropriation of such furnishings is regarded as theft, punishable by a full replacement-cost fine and possible eviction from campus housing of all parties involved. If there is any question about what furniture belongs in a lounge, students should contact the Residential Learning Coordinator & TRINsition Fellow for that area.
- Lounge alteration is not permitted without the express written permission of The Bantam Network Residential Learning Community.
Specified quiet hours are maintained to help provide an atmosphere that is conducive to good scholarship and to promote an environment in which individuals can learn from the experience of group living. Courtesy hours are in effect throughout all residential buildings 24 hours a day. Therefore, excessive noise is not permitted at any time. The enforcement of noise violations is the responsibility of each student, with assistance from Residential Learning Community staff as needed.
- Each floor must observe the minimum acceptable quiet hours of 10:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m., Sunday through Thursday; 12:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., Friday and Saturday. During stated quiet hours there must be no music, loud talking, or other noises that can be heard outside a student’s room.
- Quiet hours may be increased (added to), but never decreased. Such a decision should be made on a floor-by-floor basis, with all community members coming to a consensus. Excessive noise, as determined by residential staff members and/or affected students, is not permitted. Students will be documented outside of the stated “quiet hours” for excessive noise.
- During final examination periods, 24-hour quiet hours will go into effect for the entire Residential Learning Community system no later than sundown on the last day of classes and continue through the last day of finals. Additional quiet hours may be imposed during midterms and the last week of classes.
- Students are prohibited from creating noise (e.g., through amplified sound, leaving music in rooms unattended, facing stereo speakers out windows, use of megaphones, electronic instruments and/or equipment, microphones, etc.).
- Undergraduate students are not permitted to possess or maintain animals within the residential halls unless there is a documented physical disability that requires the student to keep a service animal. Students who need a service/therapy animal must contact the Accommodations Coordinator and provide strict physicians documentation. The documentation will be reviewed, and recommendation made to The Bantam Network Residential Learning Community regarding the request.
- Depending on the situation, students will be held responsible for the removal of the pet and be charged a fee of $50 per day that the pet was found to be living in the residential halls in addition to any costs associated with the physical care or removal of the pet.
- Failure to observe this policy may result in the eviction from campus housing of all parties involved. Repeat violations of this policy will lead to sanctions that may include loss of housing.
- The only exception to this rule is that students are allowed to have fish, provided they are kept in properly maintained aquariums of 20 gallons of water or less.