Please learn these policies regarding acceptable behaviors and items in Harmony Hall.
Quiet Hours/Courtesy Hours
Conditions conducive to studying must be maintained in Harmony Hall at all times. Noise must be kept to a minimum, and the halls must be kept quiet at all times. Quiet hours will be enforced from 10 p.m. to 10 a.m. Resident Assistants (RAs) will be on duty from Sunday through Thursday, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., and Friday and Saturday, 9 p.m. to 2 p.m. Violation of quiet hours will result in documentation.
Courtesy hours are in effect at all times. If a student's noise is bothering any resident of the building and/or if a student is asked to lower his/her noise level, he/she must show courtesy by lowering his/her noise level. The volume control of stereos, televisions, etc., should be restricted 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in order to respect the study and sleep preferences of every individual in Harmony Hall.
Primary responsibility for persistent lack of consideration of others lies with those residents involved. If you encounter difficulty, please contact a Residence Life staff member for assistance.
Guests of Residents in Residence Halls
1. The residence halls are intended for use by residents of the building and their guests. A guest is defined as a person visiting a resident of the residence hall at the resident's invitation. Delivery persons are not considered to be guests for purposes of this policy.
2. In order to ease the congestion of the move-in period and to allow roommates the opportunity to discuss what to do about overnight guests in the room, no overnight guests will be allowed in the residence halls until the first day of classes with the permission of the roommate.
3. The following stipulations relate to all guests:
- It is the responsibility of host students to ensure that their guests are aware of University and residence hall policies. Guests are held responsible for their own actions and for knowledge of University regulations. However, hosts may be held accountable for damages committed by their guests, unless the guest can be identified and is a University student.
- Residents are permitted to have guests in their rooms only if there is no objection from their roommate(s).
- Neither room keys nor door access cards will be provided for guests. Residents are not to give their keys or Penn State id+ cards to guests in order for them to gain entrance to the room or the building.
- Students may have an overnight guest in their room for a maximum of three consecutive nights. The University reserves the right to revoke this privilege. Guests may not move from one host's room to another in order to extend their stay in the residence halls.
- Only residents and their invited guests are permitted in the living areas of the building, i.e., locations other than the lobby, which include individual rooms and floor lounges. Individuals found in the building who are not residents or guests of residents are considered to be trespassing.
- Guests are to use the appropriate restroom/shower facilities, i.e., male and female restrooms.
- All guests must be escorted by a resident of the building at all times. A staff member may confront individuals if they are not recognized as a resident of that building and/or a resident of the building is not escorting them.
4. Residents of Harmony Hall can/will vote on the hours when guests of the opposite gender may visit, according to the following stipulations and the establishment of a Hall Council:
- Hours when guests of the opposite gender may visit shall be adopted by a simple majority vote of all residents of each residence hall.
- A standard voting form will be utilized. Residence Life will develop the form in consultation with the Hall Council. The vote will be taken by secret ballot at the beginning of each academic year. Until the results are tabulated, the hours from the previous spring semester will be in effect. It is the responsibility of the house officers and area government to post the results of the vote.
- The Office of Residence Life retains the right to review, modify, and, for cause, suspend the hours voted upon by each building at any time.
5. Students charged with violations of any of the above regulations will be subject to University disciplinary action. An unescorted guest who is a student of the University shall be subject to University discipline.
Because the majority of residence hall students are under 21 years of age, it is important that all students understand the rules and policies of the University and Pennsylvania state law regarding alcoholic beverages and the ways in which residence hall staff, coordinators, and Resident Assistants (RAs) will enforce these rules and policies.
Violation of the policies below will result in referral to Residence Life, the Office of Student Conduct, and/or University Police. Students who are sanctiond by Penn State's Student Conduct and Residence Life for an alcohol violation will be requred to complete the Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS) Program.
All cases of alleged student misconduct should be referred to the Student Conduct Office. For detailed information regarding the University's discipline system, please consult "Policies and Rules for Students." The University can and will terminate a student’s contract under certain conditions, including conduct that disrupts the residence hall living program, disregard of the rights of other residents, and/or student behavior that jeopardizes the safety and well-being of others. Refer to the “Terms, Conditions, and Regulations” section of your Housing and Food Services contract for specific reasons for termination.
- It is a violation of Pennsylvania state law and University policy for a person under 21 years of age to attempt to purchase, consume, possess, or transport alcoholic beverages. It is unlawful to sell, furnish, and/or give alcoholic beverages or to permit alcoholic beverages to be sold, furnished, and/or given to a minor.
- Penn State does not permit the transportation, possession, or consumption of alcoholic beverages on University property by any student, including students who are 21 years of age or older.
- Kegs containing alcoholic beverages are not permitted in or around University residence halls. Any container for alcohol that requires a tap is prohibited.
- If a student is found in possession of alcoholic beverages, the beverages will be taken from the student and the student will be referred to Residence Life, the Office of Student Conduct, and/or University Police.
- If students under the age of 21 are in a room and open containers of alcohol are present in the room, the minors will be deemed to have been provided with, and in possession of, alcohol, and appropriate charges will be filed for everyone involved. Simply being present in a residence hall room where alcohol is present is a violation of the Penn State housing contract as well as a violation of University policy.
- Any party or gathering at which the rules and policies regarding alcoholic beverages have been violated will be terminated. Those students in violation will be referred to Residence Life, the Office of Student Conduct, and/or University Police.
- Residents will be held responsible for activities that occur in their rooms and will be referred to Residence Life, the Office of Student Conduct, and/or University Police if guests are in violation of the University's alcohol policies.
- It is the responsibility of students living in the residence hall to maintain the spirit and letter of the above policies.
- It is the responsibility of the residence hall staff to assist students in this regard and to deal with alleged violations when they occur.
- It is the responsibility of University Police to enforce the criminal laws of Pennsylvania as well as University rules and regulations. In the event of involvement of University Police, civil or criminal prosecution, as well as University disciplinary action, may result.
- Failure to comply with the direction of, or to present identification to, University officials acting in the performance of their duties is a violation of the Code of Conduct.
- Supplying false information, such as name, age, etc., to University officials who are acting in the performance of their duties is a violation of the Code of Conduct.
Penn State policy prohibits smoking in all buildings, thus creating a smoke-free environment. This policy is enforced in all University facilities, including residence halls, classrooms, offices, and dining commons. At Penn State Beaver, smoking within 30 feet of buildings is prohibited. Students who violate this policy may be subject to disciplinary action. In inclement weather, students may use the "Smoking Hut" located directly behind Harmony Hall.
Narcotics and Drug Use
Possession, distribution, and/or being under the influence of narcotics or dangerous drugs, except as permitted by law, is prohibited. Such behavior is a breach of the Housing and Food Services contract and may result in immediate dismissal from the residence hall as well as disciplinary action.
Gambling or gambling equipment of any type is illegal according to Pennsylvania state and University regulations and is not permitted at the University. For information about playing poker on campus, please contact Amy Gartley, associate director of student affairs, 724-773-3956.
Possession and use of fireworks is prohibited by University policy and will result in disciplinary action as well as possible cancellation of a student's/students' Housing and Food Services contract(s).
Firearms and Dangerous Weapons
The possession, storage, carrying, and/or use of any weapon, ammunition, and/or explosive by any person are prohibited in all University residence halls, commons buildings, and quad areas immediately adjacent to the residence halls. This includes pistols, rifles, shotguns, BB guns, paintball guns, air guns, spring guns, starter pistols, flare guns, tranquilizer guns, stun guns, zip guns, spear guns, dart guns, sling shot ammunition, bows and arrows, and implements that propel a pellet of any kind with a force that could damage or cause bodily harm.
Any knives, daggers, razors, or other cutting instruments in which the blade is exposed automatically through a switch, pushbutton, or spring mechanism are prohibited. Any striking instruments, including clubs, truncheons, blackjacks, sandbags, or metal knuckles, are prohibited. Any martial arts weapons, including nunchakus, tonfas, staffs, and throwing stars, are prohibited.
Any device which discharges chemical irritants or tear gas, including smoke grenades, and any incendiary device, including flammable liquids enclosed in readily-breakable containers that can be equipped with an igniter, are prohibited. Individuals who need any of these items for a recognized University-sponsored or supervised activity will need to store the item(s) with Police Services until it/they are needed for the activity and/or event. For more information, please see University Policy SY-12, or consult with the Residence Life staff or University Police.
In addition, recreational and/or toy weapons, including nerf guns, water guns, dart guns, or other toys replicating authentic weapons in any way, are not permitted to be used in the residence halls or common buildings immediately adjacent to these buildings. Residence hall students may store the recreational and/or toy weapons listed in this paragraph in their residence room for use at University-sponsored or supervised activities and/or events.
PetsThe only pets permitted in the residence hall are fish that swim in an enclosed fish tank. Keeping any other pet in the residence hall is a violation of the Penn State Housing and Food Services contract and will result in disciplinary action.
Unauthorized Entry or Use
Students may not enter or use certain areas on campus without expressed or implied permission. Some examples of these areas include other students’ rooms, building maintenance facilities, offices, and restrooms of the opposite gender. In addition, it is considered a violation of policy for residents to provide their Penn State student ID card to another individual for the purpose of enabling that individual to gain access to a building or room, e.g. giving an ID card to a student living off-campus so that he/she can use the laundry facilities in a residence hall.
The University does not condone or excuse theft and will make every effort to investigate any incident involving theft. Each student is expected to exercise responsibility for personal belongings, to use his/her assigned keyless entry system and identification card, to lock his/her door when leaving his/her room, and to refrain from leaving clothing, books, and personal possessions in public areas where they might be taken.
The University assumes no liability for the loss, damage, or theft of any personal property. Every student is advised to carry personal property insurance or make sure that his/her items are covered under a homeowner's and/or renter's insurance policy. For information about insurance, contact a member of the Residence Life staff.
Canvassing shall be defined as any effort to influence student opinions, gain support, or promote a particular cause or interest, specifically excluding any solicitation or fundraising as defined by current University policy. Surveys are not considered to be canvassing for purposes of this policy. Students, student organizations, residence hall house governments, area governments, and outside interests are eligible to canvas in the residence halls. Canvassing is permitted in all residence hall main lobbies.
Canvassing may occur in the commons buildings. Students or student organizations who wish to canvas in a commons building must request permission to do so by contacting the Office of Residence Life. Canvassing in dining hall rooms is prohibited.
Canvassing is restricted to the hours of 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
In order to canvas, individuals or groups must register with Amy Gartley, associate director of student affairs, no less than 24 hours prior to canvassing. Those canvassing must understand clearly all provisions of canvassing regulations before canvassing may begin.
When contacting residents in their rooms, canvassers must knock before entering, identify themselves, announce their specific purpose, enter an individual room only by the expressed consent of the resident, and/or leave immediately if the resident so requests. A canvasser who is not a resident of the building in which door-to-door canvassing is taking place must be escorted by a resident of the building at all times.
The University assumes no liability for the loss, damage, or theft of any personal property. Every student is advised to carry personal property insurance or make sure that his/her items are covered under a homeowner's and/or renter's insurance policy The University assumes no liability for the loss, damage, or theft of any personal property. Every student is advised to carry personal property insurance or make sure that his/her items are covered under a homeowner's and/or renter's insurance policy
- Office of Residence Life