All first-year students at Indiana University are required to comply with the conditions of the residency policy approved by the Board of Trustees. Additional details can be found at residency exemption.
For health, insurance liability, and safety reasons, residents are prohibited from having the following items in their rooms:
- Combustible liquids and other similar materials, except for sealed containers not exceeding eight-ounce capacity.
- Open-coil appliances and heaters, including, but not limited to, exposed burners (including popcorn poppers without self-contained heating units), Grills (charcoal, indoor, or propane), hot plates, immersion coils, pottery water warmers, power tools, stoves and camping stoves, and toaster ovens.
- Residents of Union Street center may have cooking appliances such as toasters, rice cookers, and crock pots; however, storage and use of those items are restricted to the resident’s kitchen area only.
- Fire/open flame materials or high-heat producing devices, including, but not limited to, burning candles, charcoal and propane grills, crock pots, fireworks, halogen lights and lamps, incense and incense burners, sun lamps, and tanning beds.
- Smoking devices (pipes, hookahs, vapes, etc.).
- Antennas, satellite dishes, or wires extending outside room windows.
- Air conditioners, full-sized refrigerators, portable dishwashers, and washing machines and dryers (unless these items are provided by or pre-approved by RPS as part of the room furniture).
- Portable pools, portable hot tubs, or waterbeds.
- Firearms or other weapons, per the Code.
- Alcoholic beverages, per the Code.
- Illegal drugs, per the Code.
- Hoverboards, mopeds, motorcycles, and other similar vehicles. Bicycles may not be kept in hallways, public areas, or stairwells inside the residence halls.
- No animals or pets, including birds, laboratory specimens, or guests’ pets are permitted in RPS residence halls or housing units. Fish or crustaceans kept in aquariums are allowed. Aquariums may not exceed a 10-gallon capacity. Requests for emotional support or service animals must be approved. The approval process can be initiated by contacting the Office of Disability Services for Students and by emailing the Housing Assignment Office at email@example.com.
- All containers of alcohol are prohibited, even if the containers are empty. This includes beer can or liquor bottle displays that are meant to be decorative. The exception to this rule is in rooms where students are allowed to possess alcohol.
- Items that RPS and/or residence life staff, in their sole discretion, considers to be potentially harmful to students and/or others in the housing community.
Smoking, and/or the use of electronic cigarettes (such as vapes and juuls), is prohibited inside all residence halls and on Indiana University owned or leased property, except in designated outdoor areas.
Door-to-door sales or solicitation in the residence halls is not permitted. Resident and student organizations registered with the university may obtain permission to sell merchandise or services in the public areas of the residence halls. Such activities must conform with other residence hall policies and standards established by the IU Department of Environmental Health and Safety, as well as university contracts with private vendors or suppliers.
Individual students or subdivisions of residence hall student government are expected to return borrowed student government property at the prescribed time. Student government property is to be returned in an undamaged condition.
Because many residents of Collins-Hillcrest, Union Street Center, and Willkie-South & Center are 21 years of age or older, the university recognizes the need to give special consideration to possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages. All residents of Collins-Hillcrest, Union Street Center, and Willkie–South & Center are expected to be aware of, understand, and follow Indiana alcoholic beverage laws, federal statutes about alcoholic beverages, the Code, State Board of Accounts regulations concerning student government organization accounts, and the policies of Collins-Hillcrest Union Street Center and Willkie–South & Center. The following rules apply to those who possess or consume alcoholic beverages in Collins-Hillcrest, Union Street Center, and Willkie–South & Center.
- Alcohol and alcohol containers are prohibited in common areas of suites/apartments where not all occupants of that suite/apartment are 21 or older. Persons under the age of 21 are not permitted to possess or consume alcoholic beverages.
- Responsible possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages is permitted for those persons 21 years of age or older, except in those manners and areas in which they are prohibited by these rules.
- Beer contained in any form of keg is prohibited in rooms or apartments.
- Possession of open containers of alcoholic beverages and consumption of alcoholic beverages is not permitted in the centers’ public areas, including, but not limited to, computer rooms, elevators, hallways, laundry rooms, libraries, lobbies, photography rooms, restrooms, stairwells, or weight rooms.