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Residence Community Living Standards

community living works best when the rights of others are respected

As a resident, it is your responsibility to know and comply with community expectations.  The Residence Community Living Standards (RCLS) exist to clarify these expectations, to keep our residences safe, and to support your learning and overall personal wellness. 

It's not all about rules and restrictions - there are many ways you can have fun and enjoy living in residence.  Here are just a few:

  • A friend wants to visit overnight? No problem.  You just need to register your guest, whether they are a U of G student or not - and then they can stay for up to three consecutive nights.
  • Want to have a small gathering or group get-together?  You can book one of the designated lounges or study spaces.
  • Want to watch the game or latest reality show?  There's a TV in the lounge or data cables at the desk.  Invite your friends over and enjoy!
  • Got a competitive streak? Check out a board game at the desk and play Settlers of Catan in the lounge!
  • Do you love to bake or miss that special dish from home?  Many of our residences have full kitchens that can be signed out.
  • Want a beer? If you're of legal drinking age, you can drink responsibly in your room or approved locations.
  • Love sports? Join the Residence Intramural League to let off some steam and compete in a variety of sports with your friends.
  • Love music? You can listen to your new favourite artist after a day of classes before Quiet Hours.

On the other hand, we do have some restrictions to ensure that the residences are safe and treated with respect, and that others are not negatively affected. Most of our Residence Community Living Standards are common sense but to be sure you understand your responsibilities, we have included information (also outlined in your Residence Contract) below. 

the basics
a few behaviours that are not permitted under the RCLS

  • drinking games and activities that encourage the rapid consumption of alcohol
  • possession of illegal substances (marihuana in amounts over 10 grams will lead to eviction)
  • tampering with fire safety equipment of any kind (results in $500.00 fine)
  • failure to cooperate with Residence Life Staff
  • parties with alcohol and loud music
  • noise after 11pm on weekdays and 1am on Friday & Saturday
  • not signing in your guest or escorting them in residence
  • being on the roof or in a restricted area (results in eviction)

For a full list of the behavioural standards and outline of our conduct process read the full Residence Community Living Standards (RCLS) document.

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Living in West Residence? Check out the West RCLS!  Or are you in the Biology House community?  If so, be sure to read our Biology House Residence Living and Community Standards to help you get orientated. 

  Bio House PolicyWest RCLS

 

special consideraton requests
Student Housing Services (SHS) is committed to supporting the personal, social, and academic success of students who live in residence.  Exceptions to the Residence Contract, which include the Residence Community Living Standards, may be made to meet a medical, religious or cultural accommodation request.   In order to ensure clarity as to this exception and request for accommodation, SHS will work to establish an agreement for the safety and well-being of individual students and the community as a whole. 

Students who wish to request special consideration with respect to a Residence Community Living Standard policy (e.g. use of candles, medical marihuana) may do so by contacting their Residence Life Manager or Area Coordinator (South Residence).   Please note that accommodations are not guaranteed as Student Housing must consider the potential impact on the health and safety of the surrounding residence community, as well as any legal obligations that may exist. 

For additional information or questions on requesting a special consideration please contact reslife@uoguelph.ca

For a quick overview of the seven RCLS categories click on the sections below.
 
Alcohol & Drugs

Guests

Noise

Respect

Fire Safety

Safety & Security

Dignity & Integrity

Building Care