Bill of Rights

Bill of Rights

(Basic Rights of a Resident)

As a resident at Bradley University, you have agreed to the following Bill of Rights and Social Contract.

  1. The right to read and study free from undue interference; unreasonable noise and other distractions inhibit this right.
  2. The right to sleep without undue disturbance from noise, distractions, etc.
  3. The right to expect that others will respect one's personal belongings.
  4. The right to a clean environment in which to live.
  5. The right of free access to one's room and to the facilities provided in the residence hall.
  6. The right to personal privacy.
  7. The right to host guests, with roommate's consent, who will respect the rights of one's roommate and fellow residents.
  8. The right to be rectified for grievances; residence hall staff (RA, HD, Office of Residential Life) are available for assisting in settling conflicts.
  9. The right to be free from fear of intimidation and physical or emotional harm.
  10. The right to expect these privileges will be respected and the responsibility to respect these privileges for others.

The Social Contract

(Basic Responsibilities of a Resident)

  1. To treat other residents and staff members with respect and consideration, and to guarantee them their individual rights.
  2. To understand all policies and regulations necessary for the hall community to function, and to abide by those rules (see the Residence Hall Handbook, the University Standards of Conduct, and the Residence Hall Agreement).
  3. To be responsive to all reasonable requests of fellow residents.
  4. To be responsive and cooperative in all dealings with residence hall staff members.
  5. To accept responsibility for personal and community safety; i.e., to refrain from misusing safety equipment, damaging any University property, propping open any buildings' doors, losing or forgetting room keys.
  6. To recognize that public areas and their furnishings belong to everyone, and abuse of those areas violates the rights of the community.
  7. To make a conscious effort to keep the area in which you live clean and sanitary for yourself and the students around you.
    Residence Hall Staff

Smoking Policy

  • Bradley University residence halls are smoke free.
  • Electronic Cigarettes use is prohibited within all Residents Halls.
  • If a student is found smoking in or within 15 feet of a door, window, or vent of the residence halls, they will be referred to their Residence Director.

Fireworks/Weapons Policy

  • Fireworks, explosives, and weapons are not allowed.
  • Some examples of weapons are serviceable firearms, BB guns, paintball guns, explosives, pellet air gun and any knife bigger than a pocket knife.
  • Weapons that need to be stored on campus should be registered with the Bradley University Police Department

Incense/Noxious Odors

  • Burning anything in the residence halls is a fire hazard and is prohibited.

Pet Policy

  • Pets are prohibited in the residence halls (including fish).

Appliances

  • Cooking appliances with exposed coils, hot plates, resistance coils, grills, frying pans, toasters, waffle irons, and George Foremen grills are NOT allowed in the residence halls.  
  • Popcorn poppers are allowed as long as the unit does not have an exposed coil or heating element.
  • Halogen lamps are NOT allowed.

Candles

  • Because candles are an extreme fire hazard, they are not allowed within the Residence Halls.
  • Candle warmers are not allowed within the Residence Halls.

Storage

  • There is no storage available for personal possessions,
  • Everyone must remove their possessions from the residence hall at the end of the school year.
  • Bicycles should be locked on bike racks or stored in an individual’s room.
  • Motorcycles, mini-bikes, or motorbikes may not be stored or repaired in student rooms or residence halls

Guest Policy

  • Guests in the Residence Halls must follow the same University regulations as the residents.
  • Cohabitation is prohibited. Visitation becomes cohabitation after 72 hours of consecutive visitation.
  • Residents are responsible for their guests and any acts which may occur as a result of their visit.

Room Assessment

  • Shortly after the resident checks into his/her residence hall room, they must review their room. Be sure to make a THOROUGH EXAMINATION so that the completed Room Condition Report exactly reflects the condition of your room. The Room Condition Report will be used by a staff member to determine what damages, if any, have occurred during the residents stay. When they check out of their room, the room will be inspected for any assessable damage.

Lofts

  • Students who choose to have a loft in their room will be required to remove the loft at the end of the academic year. In addition, your loft must be freestanding and not bolted to anything in the room. The building of a loft and its safety rests solely on the student(s) who wish to build it. Lofts may only be built in Heitz hall.  

Student Security

  • Sunday - Thursday: 11 pm - 3 am
  • Friday - Saturday: 11 pm - 4 am
  • A Student Security schedule will be posted in the office.
  • If you have any problems with Student Security personnel, please notify the Residence Director or Director of Student Security.

 

Room Keys

  • The resident is issued a room key at check-in.
  • This key will open that particular room, mailbox, and the designated outside doors of that hall. 
  • If the resident loses the key, it will require a lock core change and a charge of $35.
    • A staff member should call in the lost key to MacMillan (x2915)
    • You will need the names and ID numbers of both residents of the room.
    • The roommate must turn in the matching room key before new key will be issued.
  • Key "jiggling" is prohibited; violators will be referred to their Hall Directors

Solicitation Policy

  • Any door-to-door solicitation is prohibited in the Residence Halls.
  • Only registered student organizations may distribute information in campus mailboxes.
  • Students who run in the student elections are allowed to use the mailboxes and are required to do their own distribution (during regularly scheduled office hours).
  • No outside organizations will be given access to the mailboxes nor will students who are engaged in commercial enterprises be allowed the use of the mailboxes.
  • Private organizations that wish to use an area of a Residence Hall must receive the permission of the Residence Director.
  • Private companies who wish to advertise their products may only do so on bulletin boards located in the lobby.
  • Floor bulletin boards are for the use of the RAs to post necessary campus information and not for the use of private companies to advertise.

The most logical place to begin with any housing concern is your Resident Advisor (RA), Assistant Resident Advisor (ARA), or roommate. Living near you on the floor, your RA and ARA are full-time students employed by the University to ensure the smooth operation of the halls.

Carefully selected, well-trained and knowledgeable about the entire University, RA's and ARA's serve a variety of functions: friend and resource person, advisor, problem-solver, and programmer. If they can't answer your question or help with a problem, they know who can. Staff members are there to provide a fun-filled, safe environment, in order for students to achieve success while attending Bradley University. A student's safety and well-being is a staff member's number one priority and it will be treated as such.

There is a Residence Director (RD) and Community Director (CD) who supervise the residential staff, handle various administrative tasks including discipline within the building, and act as liaisons with the professional staff of the Center for Living & Leadership.

It must be noted that not all future situations can possibly be foreseen and the above listing of rights and responsibilities is not comprehensive.