Residence Hall Solicitation Policy for Off-Campus Groups
The mission of residence life is to
provide a quality living/learning environment, thereby nurturing residents’
educational pursuits. Considerable effort is made to maintain privacy and
comfort in the residents’ personal rooms. To create a nurturing environment
in which residents are free from disruptions, unwanted information, intrusions,
materials and services, and for security reasons, any type of soliciting or
canvassing is prohibited in university residence halls.
Solicitation is defined as a request made by any person to another
person, including, but not limited to, door-to-door or individual sales,
fund-raising, distribution, commercial activity, or any other activity that
intends to market products, services, or political or religious beliefs. A
resident who notices any form of solicitation in the residence halls should
immediately notify the area office.
A resident may invite a same-sex
representative of a group, organization or business to their rooms, provided
the resident makes the initial contact by express invitation and provided the
resident’s roommate gives permission for the resident to extend such an
invitation. It is preferable, however, that these meetings take place in a
public area rather than in a residence hall room. The use of residence hall
lounges, the Food Court and the University Center is recommended.
Advertisements for an off-campus
individual, group, organization or business may be posted on a bulletin board
in each residence hall with approval from the residence manager for that
facility. To be considered by the residence
manager, any advertisement or notice must have a clear statement of the local
sponsoring entity. Only one advertisement per individual, group, organization
or business may be posted in each residence hall. Advertisements will be posted
for a maximum of two weeks and will not be returned. Information for
distribution must be taken to the area office and, if approved by the Residence
Life Coordinator, will be kept there for a limited time for interested students
to pick up.
From time to time, there may be
outside vendors whose products or services are deemed to be a service to
students (i.e., daily newspaper delivery) that would not be in competition with
any university agent, group or organization. Such vendors should contact the
Residence Life Coordinator.