I. What is “Community Living”?

At UMF, we believe that living well on campus means quite a bit more than maintaining a good grade point average. Our definition of community encompasses each and every person affiliated with UMF: from the President, to the faculty and staff, to residential and commuting students, as well as the greater Farmington community.

Basically, when we talk about community, we are talking about living in a way that illustrates the respect you have for yourself, the respect you have for others, and the importance of taking responsibility for your actions.

We place such an emphasis on respect and accountability because the residence hall environment is home to many people from a variety of backgrounds. In order to facilitate community development, it is expected that each student will respect the rights of other people within the residence halls, the UMF campus, and the town of Farmington.

The purpose of the “Guide to Community Living” is to provide you with an abbreviated reference to some of the UMF policies and procedures that are intended to help you live together amicably and successfully in our residence halls.

Links have been provided for policies where the full text is not listed in this guide. If you have questions or concerns about the contents of this guide, please contact a member of the residence hall staff or call the Student Life office at 778-7348.

This Guide to Community Living was last revised in August 2017.


II. Guidelines for UMF Residence Hall Living

III. Non-discrimination Notice

IV. Student life Staff

V. Rights and Responsibilities

VI. Health, Safety, and Community Policies

VII. Community Policies

VIII. Assault and Harassment

IX. Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drug Policies

X. Student Conduct Procedures in Residence Halls

XI. Additional Resources


II. Guidelines for Residence Hall Living

The residence halls are an integral part of the academic community of the University. The Department of Student Life strives to provide a living and learning, safe and comfortable environment where students may live and study within the community of peers.

The University assumes that students know what is right and what is wrong; what is responsible behavior and what is not responsible behavior; what is reasonable and what is not reasonable.

Each student is responsible for what takes place in his/her own room and consequently may live the way chosen as long as he/she abides by state and federal laws, UMF policies and procedures, respects the rights and property of others, and abides by health and safety rules.

As a member of the residence hall community, each student has a responsibility to respect the rights of other members of that community.

The residence hall staff assists students in creating this environment. As members of floors and of residence halls, students share responsibility for what takes place on their floors and in their residence halls.

All policies are subject to change at any point in the academic year if decided upon by the President’s Council or Board of Trustees. Notification of any changes will be made to residents if this occurs.

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III. Non-discrimination Notice

The University of Maine at Farmington does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, including transgender status and gender expression, nationality, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities.

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IV. Student Life Staff

All staff members have the ability to confront and document incidents within the residence halls and across campus. Any incident report written by a member of the student hall staff will be sent to the appropriate Assistant Director for appropriate action. Any residents who do not comply with the reasonable requests of Student Life professional or student staff members may be documented for compliance and/or disorderly conduct.

Director

Assistant Directors are professional staff members that live on and off campus.

Assistant Director of Housing and Academic Success is responsible for the housing process for both incoming and returning students to the residence halls, residential meal plans, individualized academic meetings with students, and upholding a climate of holistic academic success across campus.

Assistant Director of Student Life is responsible for the supervision, selection, and training of Community Assistants and Graduate Area Coordinators and the oversight of student activities.

Graduate Area Coordinators are professional staff members who are enrolled as graduate students, reside in campus housing, and are responsible for the day-to-day management of the residence halls. Their role is to be a presence within the residential halls and uphold University policy. Each Graduate Area Coordinator has the experience and skill to create living-learning environments that challenge and encourage development of the “whole” student, foster a sense of community in the residence halls, and empower residents to take responsibility for their actions and decisions.

Community Assistants (CAs) are undergraduate student-staff members who provide assistance to residents. CAs are trained to assist residents in a variety of situations such as room lock-outs, resolving roommate conflicts, assisting with the enforcement of campus policies, working through homesickness, and can assist residents with are experiencing academic, personal, and social concerns. CAs also sponsor numerous social and educational programs in the halls each semester.

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V. Rights and Responsibilities

The residence life program at UMF is designed to provide a safe and comfortable environment where students may live, study, socialize, learn, and grow within a community of peers. Each resident is responsible for his/her own conduct and may live as he/she pleases as long as it does not interfere with the rights of others. The Student Life staff is responsible for ensuring that the rights of residents and the property of the University are not abused. The following information is provided to inform residents of residence hall rights and responsibilities. You will be expected to read and abide by these responsibilities. The Student Life staff will assist you with interpreting and understanding the responsibilities. Each resident should be aware that the rights and responsibilities are established to ensure a safe and cooperative environment for residents. Please refer to the University of Maine System Student Conduct Code for more information on prohibited activities. The primary resident rights and responsibilities are listed below:

Students have the right to…

  • Be treated with respect;
  • Expect paraprofessional (student) and professional staff to treat each resident with respect, fairness, and in an equitable manner;
  • Expect access to paraprofessional and professional staff who provide assistance, guidance, and support, as needed, in an open-minded environment;
  • Express their individual self and creativity within established guidelines;
  • Have access to their residence hall room;
  • Live in a clean, safe, and secure environment;
  • Be free from harassment, intimidation, or other verbal, mental, and/or physical threat and/or harm;
  • Expect quality service in the residence halls and food service facilities;
  • Expect the respect and safety of self and personal property;
  • Be free from unreasonable noise;
  • An environment that supports learning and the pursuit of academic endeavors;
  • Expect enforcement of housing agreements/contracts and policies;
  • Host guests within established guidelines;
  • Enjoy individual freedoms without regard to race, sex, national origin, disability, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender, transgender status, gender expression, or political affiliation;
  • Participate in community policy review and making; and
  • Seek individual and community educational and developmental opportunities in their living community.

Students have the responsibility to…

  • Read and understand the residential housing contract and its terms and conditions;
  • Read, understand, and adhere to rules and regulations contained in the Guide to Community Living and Student Handbook;
  • Respect other community members and their rights;
  • Comply with reasonable requests made by community members, staff, and/or University officials;
  • Monitor and accept responsibility for their guest(s)’ behavior;
  • Report violations of policies to appropriate staff;
  • Participate in residential community hall governance and decision making;
  • Participate in conduct proceedings to determine appropriate standards of behavior;
  • Treat paraprofessional and professional staff with respect;
  • Respect and follow local, state, and federal laws;
  • Express themselves as individuals within established guidelines; and
  • Contribute positively to the community by participating in educational, social, and developmental activities.

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VI. Health and Safety

General Safety

Safety is the responsibility of all community members. Tampering of any emergency signage, phone, video surveillance, other safety device, or the creation of unsafe condition is in violation of the student code of conduct. The University expects that students will respect the security of the building, be knowledgeable of safety policies and procedures, and refrain from creating fire or other safety hazards. The Room and Board License identifies items which are prohibited in the residence hall.

Personal Safety

  1. Room doors should always be locked, especially when residents are not in their rooms or they are going to bed at night.
  2. Books should be labeled so they can be identified in case they are lost or stolen.
  3. Personal property should never be left unattended if at all possible. This includes coats, purses, books, etc.
  4. Cars should not be left unlocked and valuables should not be left in full view
  5. When walking at night, walk where there is plenty of light and avoid dark areas. Public Safety offers an escort service for anyone walking around campus.

For more information, please visit the Public Safety Department’s website: http://publicsafety.umf.maine.edu/.

Theft and Safety

UMF does not provide theft insurance coverage. No theft insurance coverage is provided by UMF. You can take out a policy at an insurance agency – or better yet, your parents can add a “rider” to their homeowner’s policy that will cover your belongings.

Building Safety

For your safety and security, exterior doors to the residence halls are kept locked 24/7and you need your ID to gain access to the halls.

  1. Propping any exterior residence hall door open is prohibited. If you find a propped door, please un-prop it.
  2. Residents and their guests should not let anyone into the building that they do not know.
  3. Any room keys and identification cards should be used only by the resident that they were issued to. The improper use of keys or identification cards can be considered a safety violation.

Keys and IDs

  1. Students must return all keys upon moving out of the residence halls.
  2. The cost for replacement of the UMF Student ID is $20. This also includes temporary access cards that are issued.
  3. Duplication of University keys is prohibited.

Lockouts

  1. It is the resident’s responsibility to remember their ID and room key when they leave their room.
  2. In the event you forget your room key and get locked out of your room, first call your roommate to see if he/she is home, if not, find your CA or the CA on duty. If you are unsuccessful in finding either your roommate or a CA, you may contact facilities at 778-7006 between the hours of 8am and 3:30pm or Campus Police at any other time at 778-7400.
  3. Students are only permitted 3 lockouts during a semester. The fourth lockout will result in a referral to the student conduct process.

Fire Safety

  1. Tampering with or pulling a fire alarm maliciously or falsely is a criminal act. Tampering in any way with fire safety equipment which includes smoke detectors, sprinkler systems, exit lights, and fire extinguishers is a violation of the student code of conduct.
  2. All ceilings, room doors, fire doors and hallways in the residence halls must be kept free of loose flammable materials. No more than 50% of a door may be covered.
  3. Hallways and room egress must be kept clear of obstructions. Nothing may be stored in the hallways, stairwells, or entrances to buildings, as these items would obstruct passages in the case of an emergency. Examples include, but are not limited to: bicycles, snow equipment, furniture, boxes, etc.
  4. No items should be hanging from the ceiling or pipes.
  5. Candles with indication of burning and incense are prohibited in residence hall rooms. Electric candle warmers and scented plug ins are allowed.

Fireworks, Firearms, and Weapons

According to the University of Maine System, “a weapon is a firearm or other device, instrument, material or substance which is capable of producing death or serious bodily injury”.

  1. The following items are not permitted in or on any University properties:
  • Knives over 4 inches in length
  • Airsoft guns
  • Devices from which a projectile may be fired (e.g. arrow, ball, bullet, missile, pellet, shell, or other material)
  • Objects used as clubs that pose reasonable risk of injury.

Please note that this list is not comprehensive and other items considered weapons by Campus Police officers may be confiscated at any time.

  1. Concealed weapons are not allowed on campus at any time, regardless of the possession of a concealed weapons permit. Any hunters wishing to bring their weapons to campus must store them with the Public Safety office. If in doubt, please check with the Campus Police office first before bringing a potential weapon on campus.
  2. The possession and use of fireworks is prohibited on all University property. Fireworks are defined as any device that makes a display of light or a loud noise by burning of explosive or flammable materials. This includes firecrackers and sparklers.

Safety Inspections

These room inspections are made by the Student Life Staff as a part of hall closing procedures or as needed. They are announced in advance.

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VII. Community Policies

Check in and Check Out

  1. When you check into the residence hall, a CA will fill out a Room Condition Form (RCF) for your room and/or suite and will mark the condition of each item and note any damage. It is important for you to examine your suite/room carefully to make sure all damage is noted on the room condition form to avoid damage billing when you move out of your space. Once you have inspected the room you will sign the RCF and are responsible for the room/suite.
  2. The RCF will be reviewed at time of check-out. Failure to properly check out, forfeits your right to appeal damage charges. You will also be charged for any item that is missing or damaged since you moved in. There is also a $25 charge for improper checkout – meaning a student leaves the residence hall without contacting Student Life or a CA and does not fill out the RCF and or return keys before leaving.
  3. Express Check Out is available to students on the UMF campus who will not be returning to campus for the remainder of the academic year and for all students checking out at the end of the academic year. The express check out envelope must be completed in full and returned to the building key check box. This signifies to the Student Life staff that the student has completely moved out of their assigned room and that it is ready to be evaluated by staff and subsequently cleaned. Completing an express check out waives the student right to appeal damages.
  4. There is a cleaning fee if the room is not cleaned prior to checking out. The fee amount is up to the discretion of Student Life and Facilities Management Staff based off on the condition of the room. It is expected that residents leave the room in the same condition as when they moved in. Students may not remove University furniture from the residence hall rooms.

Room Changes

  1. All room changes must be officially approved by the Department of Student Life.
  2. Any student moving to another room and/or checking out of a room must be checked in and out with a hall staff member.
  3. An improper room change or check-out may result in a judicial hearing and $25 fee each.

Break Housing

  1. Residence Halls close for Thanksgiving, Winter Break, and Spring Break.
  2. Residence Halls close during Thanksgiving, Winter, and Spring breaks, however students may sign up for break housing. It is requested that you sign up in advance if you intend to be here for part or all of these breaks. This assists staff in the event there is information we need to communicate with the residents that are here over these breaks; and/or if there is an evacuation (we know then who to account for).

Who Can Enter Your Room

UMF reserves the right to enter student rooms at any time for maintenance, health and safety reasons, and to regulate the premises in accordance with UMF rules and regulations.

  1. If there is an emergency or perceived emergency or a belief that residents are acting against residence halls policies, a member of the Student Life staff or a Campus Police Officer may enter your room.
  2. Attempts are made to contact the resident(s) prior to entering their room. They will knock on your door, identify themselves, and then key into the room if there is no answer.
  3. Entry into a student room may also occur in the event of an alarm or other continuous sound that is causing a disruption to the community when the residents of the room cannot be located and/or do not respond to attempts to contact them.
  4. Staff from the Department of Facilities Management may enter your room to make necessary repairs or checks. This staff will leave a note to let you know that they have entered and what work they have completed. Your room will be locked if you are not there.

Appliances

  1. Items permitted in student rooms are small appliances such as hair dryers, irons, corn poppers, and microwave ovens (800 watts or less) that are U.L. approved and have thermostatically controlled heating elements.
  2. Electric space heaters and other high-intensity electrical appliances including but not limited to halogen lamps, toasters, toaster ovens and hotplates are not permitted in student rooms.
  3. There is a limit of one refrigerator unit per room. Each refrigerator unit cannot be larger than 4.6 cubic feet and cannot use more than 2.0 amps.
  4. Energy star rated products are strongly encouraged for use in the residence halls.

Kitchens

  1. Each residence hall complex has a small kitchen with a microwave, stove, and refrigerator that are typically available for student use.
  2. Residents are encouraged to keep the kitchen clean; if kitchens are not kept clean, residents of the building may be assessed a cleaning fine.

Community and Single-User Bathrooms

  1. Each hall floor will take an anonymous vote at the beginning of each semester to decide whether or not a community bathroom will be considered as co-ed or single gender. If the hall chooses to have a co-ed bathroom, they will also vote on the chosen hours for a co-ed space and these hours will be clearly posted and should be followed. If one member of the community votes against the changing of a bathroom to co-ed, then the bathroom(s) shall remain as a single gender designation for the semester.
  2. Only one resident should be in an individual shower, bathroom stall, or single-user bathroom at a time due to health related concerns.

Furniture

  1. All furniture assigned to the room must remain in that room.
  2. Do not stack furniture or prop it on window sills.
  3. Residents are responsible for the condition of all furniture in their rooms.
  4. Bed risers are allowed but must be made of plastic only and be no taller than 4 inches.
  5. Residents may not move furniture from common areas, such as lounges, into their room or outside the building for personal use.

Guests

  1. A guest is defined as anyone not assigned by Housing to a particular residence hall room is considered a guest.
  2. Residents are responsible for the conduct of their guests.
  3. Guests may stay up to three consecutive nights on campus per week and no more than a total of six nights per month.
  4. There is a maximum of two overnight guests per resident.
  5. Guests remaining in the residence halls past 11PM who intend to spend the night must be signed in with the CA on duty by their host by 11PM.
  6. Guests are allowed to stay overnight only if all occupants of the room agree to the visit.

Cleanliness

  1. Students are responsible for cleaning their personal space.
  2. Excessive messes as determined by staff may be determined to be a health and safety violation. This may include but is not limited to excessive room trash and recyclables, odors that extend into the hallway, restricted pathway to exit or window, etc.

Pets

  1. Pets, with the exception of fish, are not permitted in the residence halls unless they approved by the Learning Assistance Center.
  2. There is a limit of one fish container per resident with a maximum capacity of ten gallons.
  3. The university does not permit students to have any other pets inside the residence halls, including pets belonging to visiting guests.

Storage

  1. You can leave your personal items in your room during holiday and vacation breaks.
  2. Limited space is available for summer storage.
  3. If you wish to store any of your belongings during the summer, you need to make these arrangements with the hall staff:
  • All items must be boxed and labeled.
  • All items must be clearly labeled with owners name and contact information as well as date in which items were placed in storage. Resident must sign a storage agreement.
  • The following items are not permitted: microwaves and fridges, auto parts or gas powered items, furniture, workout equipment, rugs, or any other item the hall staff identifies as not acceptable for storage.
  • All bicycles left on bikes racks at the end of the academic year are subject to collection and proper disposal.

Common Area Damages

  1. Community areas in the residence halls are expected to remain in the condition they were found.
  2. If community or common areas (e.g. lounges, bathrooms, hallways, laundry rooms) are damaged, and the person(s) responsible are not identified, the hall or floor will be assessed the costs associated with the repair(s) or replacement(s).

Emergency Protocol Signs

Throughout campus there are Emergency Protocol Signs. These signs, which are double sided to show emergency zones, must remain in their location.

  1. Any Emergency Protocol Sign that is found to be missing from residence hall rooms will be the responsibility of the occupants of the room.
  2. Any notice that is missing from the floor restrooms will be the responsibility of the entire floor. If a notice from a common space is removed, it will be the responsibility of the building to replace the sign.
  3. Each instance in which a sign is removed will be reviewed on a case by case basis for appropriate charges. The cost to replace an Emergency Protocol Sign is $20.

Quiet Hours

  1. Ordinarily quiet hours are from 10:00 P.M. to 10:00 A.M. on weeknights and 11:00 P.M. to 11:00 A.M. on weekends in all residence halls.
  2. Designated quiet floors have different quiet hours from other floors.
  3. Quiet hours may be adjusted to one hour earlier with the consent of the residents and the Graduate Hall Director.
  4. These quiet hours will be adjusted to 24 hours during the weeks of exams, starting the Friday before the first exam at 11:00pm and lasting until the last exam period of that week.
  5. Consideration is to be given at all times in the residence halls. Consideration is defined as courteous and careful thought of the residents on the floor or in the building
  6. Courtesy hours are always in effect.
  7. Students who are disturbed by unreasonable noise outside of quiet hours should politely speak to the resident causing the noise and ask for the noise level to be lowered. If your neighbor does not respond to your request for reduction of noise, please contact a CA.
  8. Residents who are confronted for courtesy hour violations are expected to be courteous and lower the noise level upon request.

Postings, Advertisements, and Solicitations

  1. Residents are allowed to post appropriate materials on their own personal doors.
  2. All fliers and other announcements for events should be approved by the Campus Residence Council (CRC)and should not cause damage when posted. Any fliers and announcements not following this procedure will be removed.
  3. No solicitations, vending or distribution of any type is permitted in the residence halls, nor is any vending permitted from rooms in the residence halls. An exception is made, however, if the residence hall government, Campus Residence Council, wishes to hold or permit sales or solicitation in the hall.
  4. No student may represent any outside agency or campus organization in selling or distributing products or services in the residence hall.
  5. Students shall not use nor permit their rooms to be used for any sales.

Hall Sports

Hall sports are not permitted in the residence halls to ensure the safety of others, to decrease unnecessary building damages, and to enhance a cooperative community environment.

Laundry

Laundry facilities are available in each residence hall only to those residing in the residence hall. Any problems with the machines should be reported to the hall staff or Student Life Office.

Trash and Recycling

  1. Students are expected to maintain their living environment and are responsible for disposing of personal trash in the trash room located in each residence hall.
  2. We strongly encourage residents to recycle. Each residence hall has a recycling area.

Repairs and Maintenance

Report the matter to the hall staff or to the Student Life Office. Emergency maintenance is reported to the Office of Public Safety at 778-7400 or Office of Facilities Management at 778-7006.

Screens and Windows

  1. Screens must remain in windows at all times.
  2. In the event a screen accidentally comes out, it is the responsibility of the resident(s) of that room to contact a Community Assistant in an attempt to have proper repairs made.
  3. Deliberate destruction or removal of a screen will result in a fine for the replacement of the screen and/or a referral to the University judicial process.
  4. No object may be thrown or dropped from a window. This also means no object may be thrown up to a window or through a window.
  5. Exiting or entering a residence hall through a window is also prohibited and will result in a fine or a referral to the University judicial process.

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VIII. Assault and Harassment

The University of Maine at Farmington will not tolerate sexual assault or harassment in any form.

If you feel that you been either assaulted or harassed, there are several resources available on campus and within the Farmington community:

  • The Center for Student Development has personal counselors available during the academic week as well as on call each weekend. Call for an appointment 778-7034.
  • The UMF Department of Public Safety (often in conjunction with Farmington Police Department) can assist students making a complaint by taking a statement and investigating the incident.
  • The Student Health Center can provide medical attention during normal business hours. Students requiring treatment after hours may visit Franklin Memorial Hospital.
  • SAPARS is a community organization that provides help for sexual assault and incest victims and their families. S.A.V.E.S. does this through a 24-hour telephone hotline. A trained operator will have an advocate on duty return the call, day or night. The S.A.V.E.S office number is 778-9522.

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IX. Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drug Policies

Alcohol

  1. Students are required to read the alcohol information in the Student Handbook.
  2. Public intoxication which interferes with or disrupts the residential environment for others or necessitates staff intervention or medical attention (as determined by residence hall staff) is prohibited.
  3. Common-source containers of alcohol such as and not limited to kegs, “beer balls”, punch bowls, alcohol-filled fruit, etc. are not permitted at any time.
  4. To promote responsible drinking, items that promote excessive consumption are not allowed in the residence halls or on campus. Examples include, but are not limited to, funnels, beer die/pong tables, beer bongs, and other games that promote excessive consumption. The only exception to this policy is professionally trained staff presenting educational programs.
  5. Open alcohol containers are not permitted in hallways, lounges, bathrooms, stairwells, or any other common area(s), including exterior adjacent areas to the residence halls, such as porches, lawns, parking lots.
  6. Displays with content regarding alcohol or drugs may not be placed in areas of public view such as room windows facing out and room door exteriors; this includes but is not limited to neon signs, posters, empty container displays including empty boxes.
  7. An “of Age” room is when all residents living in the room are 21 years of age or older.
  8. An “underage” room is when one or more residents living in the room are less than 21 years of age.
  9. Alcohol may be consumed by students and their guests who are 21 years of age or older in an “of age” resident’s room only if no underage students are present. Please note that a suite in Frances Allen Black is considered to be a “room” for judicial hearing purposes.
  10. The possession of alcoholic beverage containers in “underage” student rooms, either full or empty, will be taken as a presumption of use and possession, and as such, are not permitted, even for decorative or display purposes.
  11. Empty alcohol containers may be present in “of age” student rooms as long as they are not used for decorative or display purposes.
  12. Stone Hall is “dry” and no alcohol is permitted in the building by anyone regardless of age.
  13. Students shall not force or conspire to force or deceive another to use alcohol or drugs. Appropriate disciplinary action will be taken when students know of such deception or force and fail to take direct action to stop the incident.
  14. While the University is committed to providing assistance, it should be understood that student behavior while under the influence of drugs or alcohol will not be accepted as an excuse for violations of the Conduct Code or University policies and procedures.

Tobacco

  1. UMF’s Tobacco Policy prohibits the use of any tobacco products on University property.
  2. The use of tobacco and all smoking products is not permitted on any university-owned property, which includes but is not limited to; buildings, university grounds, parking areas, walkways, recreational and sporting facilities and university-owned vehicles.
  3. The Student Health Center provides information about free and accessible tobacco cessation treatment on campus or elsewhere to support those who wish to break the habit.

Marijuana

UMF students and employees should understand that possessing, using or selling marijuana in any form is prohibited on campus and during University activities. Question 1 legalizes certain activities related to marijuana under Maine law, yet the possession and use of marijuana is still prohibited under federal law. As a federally controlled substance, the use and possession of marijuana on campus is prohibited by UMF policy and the University of Maine Student Conduct Code.

Use and Possession of Marijuana is Prohibited on Campus

Maine law may allow certain marijuana related activities, such as limited medical marijuana use and other recreational use and possession. However, using and possessing marijuana in any form remains a crime under federal law. At the federal level, the Controlled Substances Act criminalizes the growing and use of marijuana, and it is well settled that federal enforcement agencies can prosecute users and growers of marijuana. As a controlled substance, use and possession of marijuana is also prohibited by the University of Maine Student Conduct Code and is not permitted on campus. In addition to being a federal offense under the act, the use of medical marijuana in the workplace and on campus is restricted by federal laws, such as the federal Drug-Free Workplace Act and the federal Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act. Those federal laws require the University to prohibit the use of marijuana on campus.

UMF Students

The University of Maine Student Conduct Code and the UMF Guide to Community Living prohibits using or possessing marijuana in any form. Students who use or possess marijuana are subject to sanctions. Marijuana use or possession is prohibited across the entire campus, including all open areas and buildings, such as the residence and dining halls. UMF is not required to allow – and in fact is subject to affirmative obligations to prohibit — the medical or recreational use of marijuana in the residence halls or on campus, because marijuana is illegal under federal law. The UMF University Police will continue to enforce the campus-wide prohibition of marijuana.

Other Drugs

  1. Students shall not possess, make, grow, furnish, sell, or trade any illegal drug or possess, use, sell, manufacture or advertise drug paraphernalia.
  2. Students shall not misuse, abuse, trade, or sell prescription medicines.
  3. Use of a legal substance in an inappropriate or harmful manner (example: huffing) is not permitted.
  4. The presence of smoke or other types of residue, including but not limited to seeds, stems, or odor as determined by University staff, from illegal drugs or any other substance such as incense, candles and tobacco products provides justifiable grounds for entering a student’s room and for appropriate disciplinary action.

Parental Notification

The inherent risks associated with the abuse of alcohol and other drugs affect the entire community. One important goal of any institutional effort to mitigate the impact of alcohol and drug abuse on the campus at large is to involve faculty, staff, students, medical services, law enforcement services, alumni, and parents in a collaborative relationship to promote a safe and healthy learning community. Broad collaboration and the formation of partnerships between and among these groups can assure collective ownership in protecting a healthy environment where learning, performance, and the social aspects of college life are not compromised.

To that end, in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and section 952 of the Higher Education Reauthorization Act, which provides for the notification of parents/legal guardians in the case of alcohol and/or drug activity, the University may notify the parents/legal guardians of any student hospitalization directly resulting from alcohol poisoning or drug overdose. Consent of the student is not required under FERPA provisions and section 952 of the Higher Education Reauthorization Act for this notification process.

Good Samaritan Policy

In order to ensure that students receive prompt and appropriate attention for alcohol and/or drug intoxication, and that there are no impediments to seeking such assistance, UMF hereby institutes a Good Samaritan Policy.  In those instances in which a student calls Campus Police, Student Life or another University office for assistance with an intoxicated and/or drug-impaired student, neither the individual calling nor the student in need of assistance will normally be charged with violations of the College’s policies related to alcohol and other drugs, except in the circumstances noted below.

This policy does not preclude university or other appropriate authorities from taking actions for violations that may be criminal in nature, such as but not limited to illegal possession of alcohol and/or drugs, supplying alcohol to minors, theft, hazing, physical assault or damage.  Moreover, the University will not guarantee absolute immunity from sanctions associated with the UMS Code of Student Conduct, though it will normally act to mitigate those sanctions in the case of persons calling for assistance at the time of an alcohol and/or other drug-related incident, as well as for those who require medical attention because of alcohol and/or other drug use and/or abuse.

Additionally, the policy will not be applicable to an intoxicated/impaired student who demonstrates a reckless and/or habitual lack of care concerning their well-being or that of others.

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X. Student Conduct Procedures in Residence Halls

  1. When a student is in violation of the policies and procedures, an incident report is written by a Community Assistant, Public Safety or staff member and submitted to the appropriate Student Life staff member. The Student Life staff member may take the following steps:
  • Communicate with the student(s) regarding the inappropriate behavior.
  • The Graduate Area Coordinator may indicate a need for the student to schedule a meeting time to discuss the incident(s).
  • If the student is found responsible for a violation, the Graduate Area Coordinator will then take the appropriate action.
  1. Sanctions: Each individual case is heard on its own merits. A student’s behavioral history based on Student Life records may be considered in deciding on a sanction. The following kinds of sanctions or combination of sanctions may be considered:
  • Warning: A written or verbal warning that certain behavior has been offensive or in violation of policies/procedures.
  • Restitution: Compensation for damage or offense committed through payment of money or through appropriate work requirements which in no way degrades the individual or inhibits academic progress.
  • Probation: An established period of time during which a student’s actions are subject to close examination.
  • Behavior Contract: A written contract which outlines what the student must do if she/he wishes to remain in the hall.
  • Restriction/Banning: A student may be denied access to any residence hall or part of a residence hall.
  • Suspension of visitation privileges: A student may be denied the privilege of having overnight guests.
  • Temporary suspension from residence hall: A student may be suspended from the residence halls on a temporary, short term
  • Relocation: A student may be relocated to another room in any of the residence halls.
  • Dismissal: A student may be dismissed from the residence hall for a specified period of time. The specific date and time by which the student must move out of the hall will be arranged by the Student Life professional staff. Students who are dismissed from residence do not receive a refund on their room and board plan.
  1. Appeals Process: Decisions rendered by the Graduate Area Coordinator may be appealed to the Director of Student Life.

Decisions rendered by the Director of Student Life may be appealed to the Vice President for Student and Community Services or designee.

Administrative decisions conclude with the Vice President. Conduct Code violations may be appealed to the Conduct Committee.

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XI. Additional Resources

Emergency Assistance

Any member of the campus community who is in need of either police assistance or emergency services may call the following numbers:

  • UMF Public Safety (Campus Police): x7400 or 778-7400
  • Farmington Police Department: 911 or 778-6311
  • Franklin County Sheriff’s Department: 911 or 778-2680
  • Farmington Fire Department: 911 or 778-2120

In the Event of a Fire Alarm Activation

Students are required to read and understand all fire evacuation procedures located on the back of their residence hall room door. In the event of a fire alarm, you should assume there is a fire and exit the building by the shortest route, as quickly as possible. You MUST remain outside the building and away from entrances until told it is safe to re-enter. The ceasing of the fire alarm alone is not an indication that it is OK to re-enter the building. Once you exit the building you cannot re-enter until notified it is ok to do so.

The pre-determined evacuation locations are listed below:

Scott Halls (North, West, South) Church Parking Lot (Lot #7)

Purington Hall    McGuire Street Lot (Lot #9)

Mallett Hall         McGuire Street Lot (Lot #9)

Dakin Hall            McGuire Street Lot (Lot #9)

Lockwood Hall   McGuire Street Lot (Lot #9)

Stone Hall            McGuire Street Lot (Lot #9)

Black (FAB) Hall McGuire Street Lot (Lot #9)

The Buckley Amendment

The Buckley Amendment and student’s rights to privacy insure that a student’s official file at UMF is not released to anyone without the permission of the student. There are some exceptions. A complete copy of the UMF policy can be obtained from the registrar’s office.

Academic Integrity

The full text of the policy and helpful tips can be found online:     http://catalog.umf.maine.edu/show.php?type=subcategory&&id=37

Cancellation of Classes

Cancellations will be announced on local radio and television stations as early as possible. Additionally, the UMF switchboard operator (x7000) and MyCampus will have the information.

https://mycampus.maine.edu/group/umf/home

University of Maine System Student Conduct Code

The full text of the University of Maine System Student Conduct Code

Student Life Office

For more information, please visit the Student Life Office in Olsen Student Center room 116. They can be reached by telephone at 778-7348 and are open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4:30 pm.

Emergency Text Alerts

Everyone is encouraged to sign up for the University Test Alert System. To sign up, sign into UMF MyCampus. On the left-hand, top side of the screen click on ‘UMF Tools’ tab. In the top down menu you will see ‘UMF Alert’. Click on the ‘UMF Alert” tab. Here you can put in your phone information, so you can receive UMF Text Alerts.

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