Guide To University Living

Table of Contents

Welcome!

Welcome to the University of Cincinnati residence hall community. The Guide to Living on Campus has been published to assist you in learning about the campus and University life, knowing your rights and responsibilities as a member of the residence hall community, and being successful in your academic endeavors. Residence hall living is an experience filled with opportunities and challenges.

Living in such proximity with others allows you to know and build relationships with a wide variety of people.

Building strong community within each floor, house and hall requires an openness to learning, a respect for the rights and needs of others, an appreciation of one another’s gifts, and a shared responsibility for the quality of life. This responsibility is partly the staff’s, and it is partly yours as well. University and residence hall rules exist to ensure that the priorities of the residence hall are well established and clearly understood by all.

If you have questions about any of this information, please talk with your Resident Advisor (RA), Community Coordinator (CC), or Area Coordinator (AC). Our staff looks forward to working with you throughout the coming year. Best wishes for your academic and personal success at the University of Cincinnati.

Sincerely,

Trent A. Pinto, Ph.D.
Director, Resident Education & Development
Division of Student Affairs


University Values

Just Community

The University of Cincinnati is a public comprehensive system of learning and research that serves a diverse student body with a broad range of interests and goals.

The faculty of the university produces world-renowned scholarship and nurtures innovation in and out of the classroom. As well, the faculty, staff and administration support an educational setting of excellence, opportunity and service.

In embracing our roles within this learning community, we subscribe to the defining purposes, traditions and diversity of the University of Cincinnati. Through our actions, we will strive to make the University of Cincinnati a more caring and just community.  As members of this community, we will

  • Accept Responsibility by striving to build a learning community committed to these common values and principles.
  • Celebrate the Uniqueness of Each Individual by respecting individual differences and promoting common interests.
  • Embrace Freedom and Openness by working to create an environment that is safe and affirming, one that nurtures independent thinking and the free and open expression of ideas.
  • Practice Civility by extending to those we meet the same respect, cooperation and caring that we expect from others.
  • Promote Justice by working to build a learning environment that offers everyone an equal opportunity to grow, flourish and contribute.
  • Pursue Learning and Scholarship by building on successes, learning from mistakes and pursuing quality in teaching, research and creative endeavors.
  • Seek Integrity by aspiring to the highest moral and ethical standards.
  • Strive for Excellence by aspiring to achieve our fullest potential in our educational and personal pursuits.

Bearcat Bond

"As a member of the University of Cincinnati, I will uphold the principles for a Just Community and the values of respect, responsibility, and inclusiveness. I will promote the highest levels of personal and academic honesty and aspire continuously to better myself, the Bearcat community, and the world."


Philosophy of the Residential Community

Purpose Statement

Resident Education & Development creates a residential program for our students that is focused on learning, leadership, inclusion, and community

Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act

University Housing complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. As such, information about any student will not be released (even to parents or guardians) without the written permission of the student. Exceptions to this Act by law are discussed in the section of this handbook related to judicial affairs.

Community Living

Students and staff share responsibility for the quality of life in any residence hall. Residents and staff members must be partners to establish and maintain an environment fostering academic and personal achievement.

Roommate & Suitemate Relationships

Roommates and suitemates can be a great advantage to one’s adjustment to residence hall living and a source of support. Many people find these relationships to be rewarding. There can be challenges in learning to live with others. Conflict must be managed constructively. To help each set of roommates and suitemates avoid unnecessary conflict and enhance communication, each room/suite is required to develop a Roommate Agreement with the assistance of an RA. This agreement may be re-negotiated at any time. A new agreement must be developed fully whenever a new resident moves into the room or suite. Failure to participate promptly and constructively in the process with designated hall staff and your roommates/suitemates may result in disciplinary action.

The following strategies may be helpful in building and maintaining a successful room or suite relationship:

Hints for Successful Room/Suite Relationships

  • Have realistic expectations. It isn’t necessary to be best friends to have a comfortable roommate relationship.
  • Keep an open mind. Approach sharing a room and building a roommate relationship with an open mind.
  • Don’t let annoyances accumulate. When something bothers you, speak up to your roommate(s) about it calmly and privately. Don’t let annoyances accumulate.
  • “Check in” occasionally. To see how the relationship is going from your roommate’s perspective, ask what you can to do be a better roommate.
  • Don’t make assumptions. Don’t assume that you and your roommate were raised with similar expectations or habits. Be prepared for residence hall life to be a little different.
  • Listen. Listen openly and carefully to your roommate.
  • Negotiate. Be willing to compromise.
  • Respect. Demonstrate courtesy toward your roommates (and their guests) consistently.
  • Use available resources. If you need help in managing a disagreement, bring in your RA instead of neighbors, friends and family members, which may escalate the situation unnecessarily.
  • Be patient. Acknowledge that conflict management is an on-going process. Like any other relationship, roommate relationships require continuing care, attention, and effort on everyone’s part.

The Roommate Bill of Rights & Responsibilities

Residents have certain rights and responsibilities in their roles as a roommate or suitemate. The Roommate Bill of Rights and Responsibilities communicates what is expected of everyone who lives in residence halls.

  • The right to read, study, and sleep free from undue disturbance by roommates and guests, and the responsibility to afford the same courtesy to one’s roommates.
  • The right to expect that one’s personal property will be respected and that reasonable security of one’s room will be maintained, and the responsibility to afford such respect and security to one’s roommates.
  • The right to a reasonably clean environment and the responsibility to do one’s fair share in maintaining such an environment.
  • The right to free access to one’s room and the responsibility to afford the same courtesy to one’s roommates.
  • The right to a reasonable level of personal privacy and the responsibility to respect roommates’ privacy.
  • The right to host guests in accordance with residence hall rules and regulations and the responsibility to ensure that one’s guests and oneself demonstrate respect and courtesy for roommates.
  • The right to expect that residence hall rules and regulations will be followed in the room such that no person is put at risk of harm and the responsibilities to follow rules oneself and report violations appropriately.
  • The right to be free from pressures, intimidation, physical or emotional harm, and behavior that demeans or disrespects one’s identity and the responsibility not to engage in any such behavior toward others.
  • The right to address grievances and needs constructively, privately or with the assistance of hall staff, and the responsibility to communicate one’s concerns appropriately and to participate in norm-setting or conflict resolution measures whenever necessary.
  • The right to expect compromise in the negotiation of standards and the settling of conflicts and the responsibility to demonstrate compromise.
  • The right to timely, respectful communication of any concerns and the responsibility to respond in an open, approachable manner.
  • The right to experience and to appropriately articulate one’s feelings when desired and the responsibility to respect others’ feelings.
  • The right to make mistakes and the responsibilities to be honest about those mistakes and to work to learn from them.

Community Safety & Emergency Information

Hall Security

  • Residence hall security policies help protect everyone’s personal safety.
  • Residence Hall entrances are locked 24 hours a day. Only residents, their escorted guests, and authorized persons are permitted to enter the halls.
  • Carry your University ID (UCID) at all times. You must show your University ID upon request.
  • Misrepresentation or dishonesty associated with entry or guest escort will result in disciplinary action.
  • All guests must be escorted at all times. Please apprise all potential guests, including family members, of this policy in advance. We reserve the right to institute guest check-in procedures as needed. When in effect, guest check-in may require both host and guest(s) to surrender IDs while checking into a UC hall.

For full details on residence hall visitation policies, see the section of this Handbook on “guests.”

Room Entry

Staff of University Housing or Facilities Management have the right to enter student rooms—after knocking, announcing their job role, and allowing time for a response—for the following reasons:

  • To make repairs.
  • To turn off unattended music, televisions, alarms or other noise sources.
  • Upon reasonable suspicion of danger or health risk to residents, guests, and/or University property.
  • To perform emergency procedures, confirm evacuation (e.g., fire alarm room checks), or verify compliance with safety standards (e.g., room checks at breaks).
  • Room searches may be conducted by residence hall staff in conjunction with Public Safety officers.
  • When University employees enter student rooms for authorized purposes, any materials or behavior in plain view that violate law, University Student Code of Conduct or residence hall policy may be subject to disciplinary and/ or criminal action.

Insurance

The University and its offices do not assume responsibility to residents or other persons for the loss of money or valuables, damage to property, or injuries on the premises including but not limited to damage from electrical overload, water, fire, or smoke. If you are not covered under your parents’ or guardians’ homeowners’/tenants’ insurance, we strongly recommend that you arrange insurance and protection against such losses.

Safety Tips

Safety is a shared responsibility among residents and UC staff members. While no one can guarantee your safety, you can enhance your personal safety and security. Suggestions include the following:

  • Keep your room locked whenever you are out—no matter how briefly—or sleeping.
  • Keep your keys and University ID with you at all times.
  • Report lost or stolen keys or access cards to the front desk of your hall immediately.
  • If you have a Bearcat Card account and lose your ID, cancel your account immediately via the Web or during business hours, by calling 513-556-2000.
  • Record serial numbers and manufacturer of valuables.
  • Record credit card and bank account numbers and company names and telephone numbers so you can promptly cancel any lost or stolen cards.
  • Mark textbooks with your name or other distinct information in a consistent and hard-to-see place to increase the chances of recovering them at buyback.
  • Keep money, checkbook, credit cards, and other valuables in a secure location. In almost every room, some lockable space is available for each resident. Get a combination or key lock and use it.
  • Avoid carrying or keeping large amounts of cash.
  • Be alert for unescorted persons in the residence halls; report instances to the hall staff.
  • Avoid walking alone and using ATMs at night.
  • When you leave for evenings or weekends, tell a roommate or friend where you are going and when you plan to return.
  • If you receive harassing/obscene calls, keep a log of this activity, notify a staff member, write an incident report, and report the activity to UCPD at 513-556-1111.
  • Remember the UCPD anonymous tip line, 513-556-COPS (556-2677).
  • If you observe suspicious activity or experience/witness a crime, call UCPD and notify a staff member.

For emergencies, dial 911. For non-emergencies, dial 556-1111.

Cell Phones & Safety

When using any cell phone on campus, please remember these tips:

  • From a cell phone, contact UCPD at 556-1111. Cell phone “911” calls reach city—not university—police.
  • 911 reaches an area dispatcher—not one at UC. Clearly state you are on the UC campus and need UCPD.
  • Give your exact location—including building, floor and room; when outdoors be as specific as possible.
  • In your room, know where your phone is (especially at night) and keep it charged.
  • In the event of a major emergency in the area, cell phone systems are likely to be overwhelmed. Work out a secondary notification system in advance (e.g., email or Web communication) to let family and friends know you are safe.
  • In the residence hall, there is a campus phone on each floor. In Stratford houses, there may be lobby phones instead. From those phones, you can reach UC’s Public Safety by dialing 911 or 6-1111.

Medical Matters & Emergencies

The University Health Services (UHS) are located in The Lindner Athletic Center (Main Campus). The service is generally open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm; Wednesday, 9:30am – 5:00pm. Call 513-556-2564 for available services, appointment scheduling, and walk-in services.

Non-emergency care may not be available based upon insurance and/or status; emergency care may be referred to a local hospital. Illnesses or injuries of an emergency nature or conditions that need attention outside of UHS hours require hospital care. Students may call 911 directly or ask for staff assistance. In some cases, hall staff may call for an ambulance even if one is not requested. Residence hall staff members are not allowed to transport a student to the hospital under any circumstances. Students who have Student Health Insurance and require hospital treatment have service at any UC emergency room but will have the lowest out-of-pocket expenses by using UC Medical Center. Upon release from the hospital, students are responsible for their own transportation back to the residence hall.

Students are encouraged to retain emergency funds for transportation fare in such circumstances. Students are discouraged from walking back from any hospital. Residence hall duty staff members (reached through Public Safety or the residence hall front desk) cannot transport students but will attempt to help students identify alternate means of return.

For more information on student health insurance and non-hospital urgent care centers that accept UC Student Health Insurance, see the University Health Services website.

Health Information

Residence halls have a high number of students concentrated in close quarters. The following tips help everyone to promote good health:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water.
  • When soap and water are unavailable, use a hand sanitizer product.
  • Cough or sneeze into the bend of your elbow rather than the palm of your hand.
  • Limit your contact with others when you are ill. Stay home from class or work if you can.
  • Protect your immunity with sensible nutrition, rest, and exercise.
  • Have health supplies (e.g., sanitizer, thermometer, prescription and non-prescription medicines, tissues) on hand.
  • If you become ill and need assistance, notify your RA or the front desk of your hall or complex so that they can help you get in contact with appropriate resources.

Fire

Familiarize yourself with fire evacuation routes and the locations of emergency devices such as pull stations and fire extinguishers. Residents and their guests are responsible to comply with the following fire safety rules and procedures:

  • In a fire alarm, put on shoes and weather-appropriate clothing, bring keys and ID, and immediately evacuate the building.
  • Evacuation during fire alarms is required by law. Failure to evacuate can result in criminal and disciplinary action.
  • In most residence halls and in houses at Stratford, if you need evacuation assistance because of a permanent or temporary disability, remain in your room with the door closed and telephone 911. In the Campus Recreation Center Hall only, there are designated areas of rescue assistance in the stairwells.
  • Once you have evacuated a room or hall, residents may only re-enter their hall after re-entry is approved by the fire department and the system is reset.
  • Evacuate to the designated outdoor gathering area for your   building.
  • To prevent the spread of smoke in any fire, keep fire doors closed at all times.
  • Immediately report any fire to 911 before making an attempt to extinguish it.
  • If you see fire or smoke in your residence hall, activate the nearest pull station immediately and evacuate the building. Report what you saw and did to an RA, AHD, PIA, CC, or RHD.
  • Avoid fire risks associated with other policy violations by observing rules about candles, incense, cooking, and extension cords.
  • Tampering with or misusing any life-safety equipment—including but not limited to extinguishers, detectors, and sprinkler heads—is prohibited.
  • If you are present where a fire starts and it cannot be extinguished with available equipment, leave the room—closing the door behind you.

Severe Weather/Tornadoes

In a weather emergency, follow the instructions communicated via the public address system or those given to you by hall staff or safety personnel. In the event a tornado or severe thunderstorm warning, weather sirens and automated messages sound in most halls. Stay indoors. Move to a designated severe weather shelter area. In most halls, shelter areas are found at the lowest levels of the halls or in interior stairwells. Avoid windows. Remain in the designated area until the “all clear” is given.

Shelter-in-Place Warning

“Shelter-in-place” usually refers to an emergency situation in which potentially hazardous materials have been released into the outdoor air. If a shelter-in-place warning is issued, an announcement will be made over your hall’s public address system or you will be informed by staff. You will be instructed to close all windows and exterior doors, and you may be instructed to turn off air conditioning or heating fans in your room. Remain indoors and follow the instructions given over the emergency announcement system and by your hall’s staff members. Unless informed otherwise, it is safe to continue all other normal indoor activity as usual during a shelter-in-place warning. In the event of a building evacuation (fire alarm) during a shelter-in-place situation, the residence hall staff and Public Safety officials will direct you to an alternate indoor location in another building.

In some campus or neighborhood emergency situations, such as a shooting, you may be advised to remain in your residence hall, and you may be further advised to stay in your room or suite behind a locked door. In most cases like this, a long, steady alarm tone is followed by an announcement with instructions.   

Stratford Heights and some satellite housing locations do not have the same alarm system as other UC halls. Contact your hall staff for more information.  

Crime & Public Safety

The Uptown west campus proper is one of the safest areas in the city. However, precautions are always appropriate. No area is 100% safe or risk-free. If you experience a crime on campus, notify UC Police Department at 911 (emergencies) or 513-556-1111 (non-emergencies). You can report crimes anonymously at 513-556-COPS (513-556- 2677). UC Police jurisdiction includes Stratford Heights. In some cases, UCPD jurisdiction may extend to off-campus locations due to a mutual aid agreement with the city.

Emergency Alert System and Campus Safety Network

For more information on subscribing/registering for these text and email services, see UC Public Safety's Emergency Management website

Confidential Contact for Campus Housing Students of Missing Status

Federal law requires the university to maintain procedures for responding to reports of students missing from campus housing facilities such as residence halls. Students have the right and option to register with us the name of a confidential contact person (CPP) to be contacted within 24 hours if you are determined to be missing. The CCP’s name is confidential and is accessible to appropriate university employees only in furthering an investigation of your missing status. If you are under age 18 but not emancipated, the UCPD is required to notify your parent/guardian in addition to the CPP.  If you are reported as missing to an employee, it is university policy to notify UCPD. For additional details on this policy please contact the RED office at 513-556-6476.

Sexual Assault Response Services

The university understands how traumatic surviving sexual assault can be and seeks to provide a variety of resources to assist you. If you are a survivor of sexual assault, you are encouraged to report the crime to UC Police at 911 or 513-556-1111 and to seek medical care. Reporting the crime to the police does not require that you pursue prosecution. However, if you are seeking confidential support, on-campus resources are available on the Title IX website

University employees (including Resident Advisors—RAs) are required by law to report alleged felonies, including sexual assault. The university investigates all allegations of sexual assault. The university’s Title IX Coordinator can be reached at 513-556-3349.

Registered Sex Offender Information

Information regarding registered sex offenders is available on the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office website or by calling 513-946-6222. All University of Cincinnati residence halls are within 1,000 feet of local schools. Registered sex offenders are responsible to comply with relevant laws.

Student Right to Know

The University’s Right to Know information is available online. This site presents facts about retention and graduation rates, the Drug-Free Campus, safety and security information and more.


Residence Hall Information & Services

Staff Members

The following residence halls staff members available to assist you:

Resident Advisor: The Resident Advisor (RA) is your first resource. Each residence hall floor or living unit has a peer leader known as the RA. Carefully selected and trained, RAs help students with personal concerns, interpersonal conflicts, academics, and personal adjustments; enforce policies; and provide leadership and guidance. RAs provide programming that supports the development of a positive community. RAs receive a room and board scholarship and a bi-weekly stipend (salary). RAs are supervised by the Community Coordinator in each hall.

Community Coordinator: All of our halls have a Community Coordinator (CC) who is a full-time professional who lives in the hall. The CC is responsible for the general management of the hall or complex. CCs supervise the Resident Advisors and advise the hall government. CCs report to the Area Coordinator.

Area Coordinator: Residence Halls are paired into specific “neighborhoods” that Area Coordinators oversee. ACs supervise the Community Coordinators of their designated neighborhood.

Desk Assistant Staff: Each residence hall service center functions 24 hours a day 7 days a week at the discretion of the hall staff. Desk Assistant staff answer questions, monitor safety and security, and assist residents as necessary. They may conduct guest check-ins when needed, and they enforce University and residence hall policies. Desk Assistant staff are supervised by a University Services Associate (USA).

University Services Associate: USAs are responsible for managing and supervising Desk Assistants as they provide customer support to residents.  Additionally, they provide administrative support to the hall (i.e. packages, lockouts, room changes).

Campus Services Operations (CSO) Staff: CSO staff are responsible for support of the Bearcat Campus Card readers for building entry, vending and laundry services and IT support to the residence hall offices.

Facilities Management Staff: Members of the Maintenance and Operations staff in Facilities Management, residence hall custodians, maintenance staff, and tradespeople keep residence halls in clean, safe, working condition. They perform routine maintenance and daily cleaning. Students share the responsibility to take good care of the facilities and equipment in residence halls.

Central Office Staff:  Located in Marian Spencer Hall on the first floor, the Office of Resident Education & Development, the Housing Office and the Food Services Office are staffed by a variety of employees who oversee the University Housing system. Area Coordinators from the halls report to Assistant Directors (ADs) of Resident Education & Development; those ADs report to the Associate Director of Resident Education & Development (513-556-6476). Staff members in Housing and  Food Services report to the directors of those units (513-556-6461).

Residence Hall Staff's Role in Student Privacy and Confidentiality

Residence hall staff members care about you—your safety, your academic success, health, and personal development. Staff members at all levels are here to help and support you, and that includes being available and willing to listen to you. Staff members like RAs, USAs, CCs and ACs are often able to give information about campus resources and answer questions about policies and procedures in many kinds of situations.

You can trust staff members to treat your personal information as private, but not always absolutely confidential. For example, an RA may speak with their supervisor for guidance in some situations. Remember that your RA is a student—a peer helper, not a trained counselor. In some other circumstances, a staff member may be required to notify a supervisor or other University official, especially if someone’s safety may be at risk. Finally, Ohio law requires that certain types of alleged crimes be reported to police.

A staff member may sometimes need to reveal information to a more qualified person or be required to report an incident to a higher authority. However, staff members will NOT reveal your personal information to other students or other employees who do not have a direct need to know. The staff member will be honest with you about whether they must inform anyone else and why.   

In Summary

Staff members will

  • Listen openly and respectfully
  • Act within the scope of their role and only within the limits of their expertise
  • Keep personal information private unless absolutely necessary
  • Reveal information to their supervisor or other qualified resource person only if
    • A situation is beyond their skill level
    • They believe there is a risk of serious harm to someone
    • They are required by law to do so

Staff members will not

  • Judge, laugh at, dismiss or disrespect you
  • Repeat your information to friends, neighbors, roommates, etc.
  • Share other information about you that is not relevant to the situation at hand

Hall Offices

Residence hall or complex front desks operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Whenever desk service is unavailable directly at a hall, the names and contact information for designated resident advisors (RAs) on duty will be posted in each hall lobby.

In the Dabney-CRC Complex, office operations are managed only at Dabney Hall; there will be no desk operation in CRC Hall except as posted for package pick-up. Staff reserves the right to implement ID checks and guest check-in hours in any or all halls without advanced notice if necessary.

Hall/complex service center or main office numbers
Hall or Community Main Phone Number
101 E. Corry 513-861-9394
Calhoun 513-556-8595
CRC/Dabney 513-556-6484
Daniels 513-556-0676
Morgens 513-556-7500
Siddall   513-556-8281
Scioto/Marian Spencer 513-556-5135
Stratford Heights 513-558-7000
The Deacon 888-729-1850
Turner/Schneider 513-556-3925
University Park Apts. 513-558-3000
University Edge 513-861-3343
U Square 513-221-1400

Satellite Facilities

When needed, University Housing may lease blocks of rooms with non-UC facilities in the area and make those spaces available under the Terms and Conditions of the Housing Agreement. Residents in such circumstances are provided with similar services to that of all halls and are subject to all relevant policies in this publication unless apprised otherwise in writing by the office of Resident Education & Development.

Mail

Mail is delivered to residence halls Monday – Saturday. Items permitted in residence hall mailboxes include:

  • U.S. Postal Service or UC campus mail correctly addressed to the resident(s)
  • Official University, Resident Education & Development, Housing or Food Services information
  • Notices regarding activities sponsored by RHA or the hall government of the building
  • Other materials deemed appropriate by a combined selection of hall government and hall staff

Materials advocating political positions or soliciting for commercial or non-commercial activity are not placed in student mailboxes unless they have been received via the U.S. mail with proper addresses. Mailbox “stuffing” by other offices, groups, or organizations is prohibited. Resident Education & Development reserves the right not to distribute materials which violate local, state, or federal laws or University policy. Resident Education & Development’s policy on sales, solicitation, and advertising is available from that office, or from any Community Coordinator (CC). Please advise your relatives or friends of the following suggestions concerning mail to your residence hall address.

Tips for Receiving Mail & Packages

  • Packages cannot be sent from the residence hall front desk.
  • Residents are responsible for communicating address changes and facilitating mail forwarding with correspondents, vendors, and/or the US Postal Service.
  • Mark items with a return address and check that the return address and postmark are consistent.
  • Do not use “UC” or “University of Cincinnati” in the address, as this misdirects and delays delivery.
  • Do not send cash through the mail.
  • Do not send items that create a bulge, lump, or stain or items that leak liquid or powder.
  • Pack items carefully and use appropriate insurance.
  • When shipping battery-operated devices, remove the batteries before shipping.
  • Consult the shipper before sending any potentially hazardous materials such as flammable liquid, chemicals, or pressurized canisters.
  • If a student is missing mail or packages, ask the sender to put a trace on the items (at point of origin).
  • If the trace indicates the item reached UC and it has not been received by the student, the student should file a report with University Police (513-556-1111). They should also file an incident report with the CC at the front office of the residence hall.

Mail delivery

Mail is delivered and distributed to the students' locked mailboxes, Monday through Saturday. For packages and special delivery items (registered mail, postage-due, express mail, telegrams, flowers, balloons, etc.), students receive an email to their student email account and must present their UCID to retrieve the item during posted pick-up hours. Mail is held at the hall office during break periods and is not forwarded. Mail (not including bulk rate items) is forwarded during summer term, if the student moves to another residence hall, if the student is released from the housing agreement, or if the student leaves the university. Students are responsible for leaving a proper forwarding address and for notifying senders of the new address. Perishable items and packages should be picked up as soon as possible.

Residence Community Addresses

Address mail and packages as follows:

Student name
Room number
Hall address (see below)

Calhoun Hall
240 Calhoun Street
Cincinnati, OH 45219-3509

Campus Recreation Center Hall
101 W. Daniels Street
Cincinnati, OH 45219-3911

Dabney Hall
101 W. Daniels Steet
Cincinnati, OH 45219-3911

Daniels Hall
45 W. Daniels Street
Cincinnati,OH 45219-3912

Marian Spencer Hall
2911 Scioto Lane
Cincinnati, OH 45219

Morgens Hall
2931 Scioto Lane
Cincinnati, OH 45219

Schneider Hall
60 W. Daniels Street
Cincinnati, OH 45219

Scioto Hall
2921 Scioto Lane
Cincinnati, OH 45219

Siddall Hall
2540 Corbett Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45219-3914

Stratford Heights
2634 Stratford Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45220

Turner Hall
45 W. University Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45219

U Sqaure 
255 Calhoun St
Cincinnati, OH 45219

University Edge Apartments
3250 Jefferson Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45220

University Park Apartments
2545 Dennis Street
Cincinnati, OH 45219

101 E Corry
101 East Corry Street
Cincinnati, OH 45219

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Personalizing and decorating your room

Residents are encouraged to personalize their room space to the extent reasonably possible. The following items are prohibited in the decorating of student rooms:

  • Double-stick tape, duct tape, or any adhesive that leaves residue or damages the surface finish;
  • Nails, screws, bolts, tacks, and anything that makes holes in the surface;
  • Adhesive-mounted items on the ceilings, such as glow-in-the-dark stars;
  • Any item or activity that damages University property, violates policies, or poses undue safety risks.

The following options may help to enhance room appearance and minimize or prevent damage:

  • Mattress pads
  • Slipcovers for University couches and chairs
  • “Sticky-tac” or “poster putty” for posters
  • Carpeting or area rugs
  • Ironing boards (please do not iron on tables, desks, counters, floors)
  • Regular cleaning and trash removal
  • Regular cleaning and trash removal

Telephone Service

Residents who want to “opt-in” for land-line telephone service contact a UCIT Telephone Coordinator at 513-556-9378 for more information.

Laundry Facilities

Each residence hall has at least one laundry room. The washers and dryers in these spaces operate by Bearcat Card (BCC). The facilities are for use by residents only. Residents may remove unattended loads whose cycles are complete if no other machines are available as long as they do so in a respectful, courteous manner. Residents are asked to demonstrate courtesy by not monopolizing all machines and by not leaving completed loads in the machines. Please report any problems with laundry facilities to the front desk of the residence hall.

Additional facilities

Residence halls offer varying amenities including but not limited to study lounges, classrooms, social lounges, pool tables, ping-pong tables, tvs, pianos, ice machines, and vending machines. Consult a staff member or the front desk of the residence hall for more information.


Problem-solving in Residence Halls

Problem-solving is a skill to be mastered like any other—playing a sport or instrument, learning material in a class, or speaking another language.  It requires practice and patience.

An approach to problem-solving with examples

  1. Stay as calm as you can; take a deep breath; think.
  2. Identify the problem as clearly and specifically as you can.
  3. Assess the situation for its seriousness.
    1. Emergency: There is a current risk of serious harm to person(s) or a threat to the community. Report emergencies to 911 or 6-1111.
    2. Urgent: There is a risk of harm to property, a disruption in basic service such as heat or water, or a situation that is getting worse very quickly. Report it to an RA face-to-face or to the front desk.
    3. Important: There is not a need for immediate action, but the situation should be discussed promptly— the next business day or within a few days. Consult an RA or the front desk for guidance, or make an appointment at the front desk to meet with your CC or AC.
    4. Routine: A dripping faucet, clogged sink, light bulb out, etc. Report these to the front desk.
  4. Take action. If the problem is not resolved satisfactorily, seek the next resource “upward.”
  5. After the problem is resolved, reflect on your choices, what you learned, or what you can take away from the experience for future benefit

Always begin as close to the origin of the problem as possible. For example, if you have a concern about your roommate, talk to your roommate first before seeking staff help. If you have a concern about a situation on your floor, speak with your RA.  If you are unsure of where to begin, the best starting points are your own floor’s RA, any other RA, your hall’s USA, CC or AC, or the front desk of the hall. Ample help is available in each hall. If you have a concern with a university employee, speak with that person’s supervisor.

As a student, you have the right to address concerns or complaints wherever you like. However, the quickest solution is usually found by working “up” the staff chain. Contrary to popular belief, “Going straight to the top” usually involves both more time and less convenience for you as officials gather information or delegate the situation to the person closest to the situation.

The chain of authority or help in residence hall is generally RA, duty RA, front desk, USA, CC, AC, central office RED staff, Dean of Students.

Life-threatening or seriously dangerous situations can always be reported to UCPD at 911 or 513- 556-1111. Below are some situations that you might encounter and where you can begin seeking help as needed.

  • Crime    
  • Fire or smoke     
  • General question (map, directions, etc.)
  • Illness    
  • Leak, spill, or unsafe condition
  • Lost room key or UCID    
  • Mad at roommate
  • Missing mail or package
  • Noisy neighbor   
  • Not sure what to do
  • Out-of-order equipment
  • Policy violation occurring
  • Repair needed in your room
  • Stuck in elevator
  • Suspicious person or stranger
  • Theft of property

Where to make a report or find help as directly as possible

  • UCPD at 6-1111, then notify an RA
  • 911 or UCPD at 6-1111, then evacuate
  • RA or front desk
  • 911 for immediate help.
  • RA for sick tray, general awareness
  • RA, duty RA, or front desk of the hall
  • Front desk of the hall
  • ROOMMATE, then RA of the floor
  • Front desk of the hall, then the CC or AC
  • Neighbor. If unresolved, consult RA
  • RA or front desk
  • Front desk of the residence hall during business hours
  • Remove yourself from the situation; notify an RA or front desk.
  • Front desk of the residence hall during business hours
  • Elevator emergency phone or 556-1111 from a cell
  • UCPD at 556-1111 and then notify any staff member
  • UCPD at 556-1111, then RA

Campus Information

MainStreet

Beginning at University Pavilion and extending to the Jefferson Complex’s Turner and Schneider Halls, MainStreet is the corridor through the heart of campus—the hub of activity and campus life. From the comprehensive service delivery of OneStop to the programs, organizations, and retail options in Tangeman University Center (TUC) and Steger Student Life Center (SSLC) to the state-of-the-art facilities of the Campus Recreation Center—MainStreet is the center of 24-hour activity for the community.

MainStreet includes but is not limited to:

Steger Student Life Center
  • Campus Wellness
  • Ethnic Programs and Services
  • LGBTQ Center
  • Meyers Gallery
  • Office of Student Life/Dean of Students
  • Professional Practice
  • Student Activities and Leadership Development
  • Student Wellness
  • Subway
  • Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards
Tangeman University Center
  • Catskeller
  • MainStreet Cinema                                               
  • MainStreet Connection Center
  • MainStreet ExpressMart
  • Quick Mick's    
  • Mick and Mack’s Contemporary Café                                       
  • PNC Bank                                                                              
  • Food Court                                                                   
  • UC Bookstore
Campus Recreation Center
  • Aquatics
  • Climbing Wall
  • Group Fitness Classes
  • Pilates Reformer
  • Personal Training and Nutrition Coaching
  • Market on Main
  • CenterCourt dining center                                

Campus shuttle and Metro bus services

Two shuttle systems provide services on or near campus. Campus Transit System (CTS) operates shuttles on  campus; these are available to all students, staff, and faculty. Bearcats Transportation System (BTS) operates shuttles on off-campus routes, exclusively for use by UC students. UC Shuttle Tracker displays real-time route and shuttle data to a mobile phone or PC browser. 

Comments & concerns

The best audience for most concerns is the person or staff member most closely associated with that issue.

A good starting point is always an RA or the hall’s front desk. However, a few other options exist for expressing concerns and suggestions.  These include the following:  

  • Anyone can obtain and complete a residence hall incident report and fill it out, at any time, for any reason. The incident report should be given back to the front desk to the attention of the CC. Students who do not wish to use their front desk may turn incident reports in at the RED office on Level 1 of Marian Spencer Hall. To locate the office, enter the building via the entrance to On the Green dining center; turn left once inside and take the elevator to Level 1.
  • The university uses EthicsPoint, Inc. to provide an anonymous reporting hotline for the university community to report activities that may involve illegal, unethical or inappropriate behavior in violation of UC policies. This anonymous reporting hotline is NOT intended for reporting general complaints or matters involving student conduct. Harassment, fraud, theft, research misconduct, NCAA noncompliance are some examples of serious issues that could be reported through UC’s hotline.

One Stop Student Services

The One Stop Student Service Center is located on the second floor of University Pavilion and can be reached at 513- 556-1000. Services are available 24 hours a day online. You can use One Stop to register for classes, accept your financial aid award, pay your bill check your grades and other services.

University Ombuds Office

Students may also acquire guidance in problem-solving from the University Ombuds Office (513-556-5996; 607 Swift Hall).The Ombuds Office is charged with helping students navigate a large and sometimes complex environment.


Student Behavior and Residence Hall Rules & Regulations

Introduction

All University of Cincinnati students are expected to obey federal, state, and local laws as well as abide by the rules and regulations of the University. The University and Resident Education & Development have established policies and regulations to help you understand the standards and expectations for student behavior within the residence hall community. They are based on respect for the rights of others and a commitment to an environment that reflects the University’s mission and educational goals. This document contains the University rules and policies administered under the authority of the Board of Trustees with direct significance for student behavior. The complete rules of the University are available at the Office of the Secretary of the Board of Trustees. In addition, the complete Student Code of Conduct is available from the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards, the Office of Student Life, the Office of Resident Education & Development. This document also includes the specific residence hall rules and regulations. If you have questions about policies or your responsibilities, consult your Resident Advisor (RA), Community Coordinator (CC), or Area Coordinator (AC).

Amendment to Family Education Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA)

The University of Cincinnati may notify the parents or guardians of any student who is under the age of 21 and who has been found to be in violation of the Student Code of Conduct with respect to any federal, state, or local law or University policy governing the use or possession of alcohol or a controlled substance.

Students will receive copies of notification letters sent to their parents or guardians. This policy is in keeping with the Amendment to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act—20 USCA § 1232 (i).

Student Code of Conduct

The Student Code of Conduct identifies behavior considered unacceptable and not permitted for all students of UC. The complete Student Code of Conduct is available online, and from the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards and the Office of Resident Education & Development.

The Student Code of Conduct defines these behaviors—and aiding or abetting these behaviors—as misconduct:

Academic Misconduct

  • Aiding and abetting misconduct
  • Cheating
  • Fabrication
  • Plagiarism

Non-academic Misconduct

  • Aiding and abetting misconduct
  • Alcoholic beverages, Unauthorized use of
  • Destruction of property
  • Dishonesty and misrepresentation
  • Disruption or obstruction
  • Disturbing the peace
  • Drugs or narcotics
  • Failure to comply or identify
  • Failure to comply with sanctions
  • False charges or statements
  • False report of emergency
  • Harassment
  • Hazing
  • Identification, Misuse of
  • Information technology, Misuse of

Residence Hall Rules & Regulations

  • Law, Violation of
  • Physical abuse or harm
  • Probation, Violation of
  • Property or services, Unauthorized use of
  • Public endangering
  • Residence hall rules and regulations, Violation of
  • Retaliation, intimidation
  • Safety equipment, Misuse of
  • Smoking policy, Violation of
  • Theft or receipt of stolen property
  • Trespass and unauthorized access
  • University keys, Misuse of
  • University policies or rules, Violation of
  • Weapons

Residence halls exist to promote the educational mission of the University and to foster the development of students. By living in community, students learn more about themselves and others and work toward common goals, including but not limited to their academic success. All residence hall rules and regulations have rationales and purposes. Rationales fall into the following categories:

  • Comfort: As a home, the residence hall should be reasonably comfortable for those who live there and those who help to maintain the facility.
  • Community: A strong, positive sense of community enhances living and learning.
  • Communication: Communication is essential to the development and maintenance of community.
  • Consideration for others: Living in a community setting requires that members show respect for one another and for employees performing University functions
  • Respect for people and property: Respect is an element of civility, a core University principle.
  • Cost management and conservation of resources: Responsible management of financial and physical resources is in the best interest of current and future students.
  • Education: Residence halls exist to support the academic mission of the University.
  • Law: Students and the University are responsible for obeying laws.
  • Health: Promotion of good health is in the best interests of self and others.
  • Privacy: A reasonable level of privacy enhances the quality of life.
  • Safety and security: Safety and security are basic human needs and support higher functions such as learning and personal development.
  • Student development: Residence halls foster the cognitive, psychosocial, and moral development of student; promote students’ development of their adult identity; and help prepare students for independent living and civic participation.
  • Welfare of self or others: Residents are responsible for themselves and responsible to all other members of the hall community.  Community members are interdependent.

Resident Education & Development and Housing Services established the following regulations for the residence halls, presented in alphabetical order, in support of an education and safe residential community. These rules and regulations (as well as the Housing Agreement and other published residence hall information) are incorporated in the UC Student Code of Conduct. Violations will result in disciplinary action. The following definitions apply to all UC residence hall rules and regulations:

  • Resident. The student who has a Housing Agreement with University Housing and has been assigned to a specific space within a residence hall. Persons living in the residence halls who violate residence hall or university policies while not a student as defined by the Student Code of Conduct may be subject to immediate removal from the hall and criminal prosecution for those violations.
  • Guest. Anyone visiting or signed in by a resident in his/her residence hall, whether in that resident’s room, another resident’s room in the hall, or a semi-public area. Note: Residents from other halls are considered guests.
  • Host: A resident who has a guest(s) in the hall.
  • Public Areas. Areas in the residence hall for the use of all hall residents and their guests, unless otherwise designated. (Some hall lounges may be reserved for the use of residents only.) There are no true “public” areas in any residence hall since residence halls are not open to the general public, only to hall residents and their guests.
  • Semi-public Area. Areas in the residence hall that have been reserved. Additionally, individual suites or rooms with doors open constitute semi-public areas.
  • Overnight. The hours between 2 and 7 a.m.

I. Alcohol

Rationales

The University and the residence hall system foster an environment where

  • excessive consumption or drunkenness is not condoned,
  • where intoxication is not an excuse for misconduct or infringing upon the rights of others,
  • where alcohol use is not the primary focus of individual or group social activity,
  • where choosing not to use alcohol is as socially acceptable as choosing to use it,
  • and where the moral implications of use are determined by the individual.

To this end, Resident Education & Development (RED) will not approve, endorse, authorize, or sponsor any student- based events involving alcohol in residence hall or dining facilities under the authority of Resident Education & Development.

Policy

In Calhoun, Dabney, Daniels, Siddall, Marian Spencer and Turner Halls no alcoholic beverages or alcohol containers are permitted on the premises. This includes cans or bottles used for decoration. In CRC, Morgens, Scioto and Schneider Halls alcohol is permitted as stipulated in the University Alcohol Policy. Persons possessing alcohol must be 21; alcohol is permitted in the room or suite of the approved halls with the door closed.  If you are sharing a suite/apartment with someone who is not of legal drinking age, the alcohol must be contained in your bedroom and is not permitted in the common areas.

II. Appliances & Electric corde

Rationales

Safety; comfort.

Policy

The University’s practice is to provide at least one small refrigerator or microfridge in each room or suite and to provide a refrigerator/freezer in each apartment. The type and number of appliances provided vary based upon room style and capacity.  

In Calhoun, Dabney, Daniels, and Siddall Halls, additional microwaves, refrigerators, or microfridges are prohibited due to the electrical capacities of these halls and to space limitations.                   §

In Stratford Heights, each resident is provided a small refrigerator, and an ample number of microwaves are provided throughout the buildings. Additional refrigerators and in-room microwaves are prohibited due to space limitations and care of facilities.

In Turner, Schneider, and Campus Recreation Center (CRC) Halls, one (1) additional microwave per suite is permitted. The microwave must not exceed 600 watts. Within the suites of these halls, one (1) additional small refrigerator per bedroom is permitted, regardless of how many residents are assigned to that bedroom. Any additional refrigerator may not exceed 4.0 cubic feet.

In Morgens Hall, additional microwaves are prohibited.  One additional refrigerator per bedroom is permitted, regardless of how many residents are assigned to that bedroom. Any additional refrigerator may not exceed 4.0 cubic feet.

In all halls, residents are responsible for the cleaning of all microfridges, microwaves, and refrigerators in their rooms or suites throughout the duration of their housing agreement.   

Residents who, for medical circumstances, need to request an exception to the policy should direct their request, in writing, to the Community Coordinator (CC) or Area Coordinator (AC) of their residence hall. The CC or AC will consult with University Housing and the Disability Services Offices as appropriate.

In the case of approved exceptions, no additional refrigerator may exceed 4.0 cubic feet and no additional microwave may exceed 600 watts.

All approved appliances with heating elements must have the elements enclosed and both the appliance and the cord must have UL or equivalent certification. Consult hall staff if you have questions about appliances. The following appliances/devices are prohibited:

  • Air conditioners / Dehumidifier
  • Broilers
  • Candles
  • Slow-Cooker
  • Electric skillets, non-UC-provided outdoor and indoor grills (including George Foremans), griddles, sandwich makers
  • Freezers
  • Fryers (including air fryers)
  • Gas appliances
  • Halogen lamps
  • Hot plates (including candle warmers)
  • §  Hot oil popcorn poppers
  • Laser sights/lasers
  • Pressure Cooker
  • Space heaters
  • Toaster
  • Toaster ovens
  • Waffle irons/makers
  • Wok

Overloading circuits is prohibited. After consulting with Public Safety, other appliances may be removed for safety reasons. Extension cord use is limited to one (1) appliance per cord and one (1) cord per appliance. Using multiple cords in sequence is prohibited. Electrical cords, extension cords, and string lights may not be wound around or otherwise unsafely attached to personal or university property. Public Safety and hall staff reserve the right to require that person(s) discontinue the use of certain appliances, cords, or configurations

III. Compliance

Rationales

Community is based on group norms and their support. Compliance with requests and disciplinary sanctions demonstrates a desire to be and remain a productive community member.

Policy

Residents must follow all reasonable directives issued by authorized representatives of Resident Education & Development, Housing, Food Services, or other UC officials. Residents must comply with sanctions received in the disciplinary process or be subject to a new violation.

IV. Dining centers

Rationales

Health, comfort, and cost containment.

Policy

The following regulations apply:

  1. By UC policy, smoking in the dining halls is prohibited.
  2. Students and guests must clear their own tables and return dishes to the appropriate locations, and are expected to report any spills or breakage to a dining hall staff member.
  3. Throwing of food and tableware or other disruptive conduct in the dining hall is prohibited.
  4. Food may not be removed from the dining hall unless it is being consumed at that time (e.g., fruit, ice cream).
  5. Rollerblades, skates, and bicycles are prohibited in dining centers.
  6. Removal of tableware and other dining center supplies is prohibited and will constitute theft.
  7. Radios, portable stereos/TVs, or other sources of loud noise may not be brought into the dining centers.
  8. Students and guests must comply with the directives of food service staff as with those of all UC officials.

V. Elevators, hallways & restricted areas

Rationales

Safety, community.

Policy

The following regulations have been established:

  1. No more than ten (10) individuals may occupy any elevator. Lower limits as posted must be observed.
  2. Misuse of elevators or elevator equipment or tampering with elevators accelerates the deterioration of the elevators and is strictly prohibited. Accessing any part of the elevator shaft or inappropriately opening any portion of the elevator cab itself is prohibited.
  3. Hallways and lobbies are not to be used for activities that may endanger individuals, equipment, or facilities. Public areas are not to be used for any sports, including but not limited to throwing balls, rollerblading, biking, Frisbee, or running.
  4. Residents are not permitted in restricted areas. Areas officially closed, areas limited to designated individuals, and any place where safety and welfare of residents would be endangered are included as restricted areas.  
  5. In halls with community restrooms, residents may not use or enter the facility when custodial or maintenance staff are working in the restroom, regardless of gender.

VI. Furniture

Rationales

Comfort; consideration for others; cost management

Policy

The following regulations have been established:

  1. Residents may arrange their furniture within their rooms in a reasonable manner as long as the arrangements do not violate safety or fire regulations or impede testing/service of safety-related equipment.
  2. All furnishings in the room at check-in must remain in the room. Changing the settings of multi-position beds, where applicable, must be performed only by designated facility staff.
  3. Residents must comply with procedure requiring the re-setting of multi-position beds. In Stratford, resetting is prohibited. In other halls, re-setting may be performed only by the physical facilities staff with the approval of University Housing.
  4. Current residents must maintain any room vacancies so the space is available to new arrivals at all times.
  5. All personal furnishings and items must be removed from the halls at the end of the contract period.
  6. Water-inflated beds, chairs, or other water-inflated items are not permitted.
  7. Weights or weight-lifting equipment exceeding twenty (20) pounds are prohibited in the residence halls.
  8. Furniture may not be transferred from one room to another or exchanged between rooms or suites. Extra furniture resulting from a vacancy may not be removed.
  9. Furniture, decorations, artwork, and/or other University property may not be moved from public or semipublic areas (e.g., lobbies, lounges).This may be considered theft.
  10. The University reserves the right to limit the number of times that bed configuration changes can be accommodated. Students must not manipulate multi-position beds without appropriate staff approval and assistance.

VII. Gambling

Rationales

Law

Policy

Any form of gambling is prohibited in the residence halls in accordance with State of Ohio laws.

VIII. Guests

Rationales

Consideration for others; education; safety and security; privacy.

Policy

The following limitations and expectations apply: 

A. Guest policy
  1. Guests are expected to abide by the policies and procedures of the University of Cincinnati and residence halls.
  2. Guests who do not live in the same residence hall as the host must be escorted at all times. The host must be in and out of the room with guest at all times except as outlined in #A–7.
  3. A guest visiting another room/suite in his/her own residence hall is subject to all guest policies but is not required to be escorted within common areas of the hall.
  4. Each floor community will determine, at the beginning of the school year, floor norms regarding opposite gender use of community bathrooms. A secret ballot unanimous vote will be necessary to permit use by other-gender guests. If the use by other-gender guests has not been approved and posted, other-gender guests must use the restrooms designated for their own sex. If opposite-sex restroom use is approved and posted, the restroom must be empty before the guest enters and the host must wait for the guest to leave the restroom. Showers may be used by only one person at a time; showering together is prohibited in floor community restrooms. This applies to any combination of residents or guests. Failure to observe these rules may result in the immediate cancellation of permission for use by the other gender persons or loss of guest/visitation privileges.
  5. An individual may be a guest or visitor of a particular host in the residence hall no more than two (2) consecutive or non-consecutive nights in any seven-day period. Extensions of this policy may be granted by the RHD of the hall, who will discuss the situation with the host and his/her roommate(s). “Overnight” hours are defined as any time between 2 a.m. and 7 a.m.. or any portion thereof.
  6. Guests who violate these policies or procedures may be asked to leave the hall by the residence hall staff or by Public Safety.
  7. Hosts must be with their guests in their rooms/suites. Hosts may leave a guest in their room for a five-minute courtesy period (e.g., going to the restroom or laundry). However, a host may not leave the guest unattended in the common area of the suite or in any room or suite area for more than five (5) minutes. This policy applies to all room types (including single rooms and to all guests) regardless of where the guest or host lives.
B. Host policy
  1. The host must apprise all guests who do not live in the same residence hall of the hall policies.
  2. A resident with guest(s) in his/her room has the responsibility to ensure that the behavior of guests does not inhibit other room residents from sleeping or studying.
  3. Hosts must stay with their guests as explained in items #A-3 and #A-7.
  4. Hosts are held responsible for any violations of policy and procedure by their guests. In addition, hosts are required to report any violation of University or residence hall rules and regulations by their guests to the appropriate RED or Public Safety staff.
C. Visitation policy
  1. Visitation is generally permitted at any time, but other parameters may apply based on hall and circumstance. In exceptional circumstances, visitation may be suspended at the discretion of hall staff.
  2. In exceptional circumstances, guest check-in may be required in any hall at any time at the discretion of the full- time or graduate assistant staff in charge at the time if such measures are deemed necessary. Hosts and guests must carry appropriate ID with them at all times.
D. Check-in policy (where applicable)
  1. Guests are required to check into the hall upon arrival out of the hall at departure. When checking in a guest, the host must present a current UCID.
  2. Residents who lose their ID have two (2) business days to obtain a new one. During the two-day period, they may be issued a guest pass to use for access to their own hall, but they may not gain access to other halls or check in guests using the pass.
  3. When checking in as guests, guests must present a valid driver’s license, current state ID, or valid ID from another college or university. IDs that appear forged, altered, or otherwise suspicious will be turned over to UC Public Safety.
  4. Guests may be issued a guest pass in lieu of the requirements of D-2 above, if they fall into one or more of the following categories:
    1. Guests under age 16;
    2. Guests 16–18 without an ID only if accompanied by their parent/legal guardian with proper ID for check-in or guest pass;
    3. Guests with a current military ID;
    4. Guests with a passport; and/ore. Parent/legal guardian. During guest check-in periods, guests who do not have proper ID as defined above and are not eligible for a guest pass will be denied access.
E. Room capacity
  1. A single resident may have a maximum of three (3) guests at one time. (However, it may not be possible for all residents of a room or suite to have the maximum number of individual guests at the same time).
  2. The number of persons allowed in a particular room or suite is limited for safety reasons. The maximum capacity of each room or suite (as determined by fire code) in the table below #E -3. When room and suite capacities appear to be contradictory, the lower limit shall be applied.
  3. In exceptional circumstances, staff members may require guests to leave a room or suite even when capacity is not exceeded.
Maximum number of persons allowed in a room or suite as defined by fire code.
Room type by number of residents Maximum capacity
Combination of residents + guests
Single
4
Resident + 3 guests
Double 6   2 residents + 4 guests
Triple 9 3 residents + 6 guests
Quad 12 4 residents + 8 guests
Five-person 15 5 residents + 10 guests
Six-person 18 6 residents + 12 guests
Seven-person 21 7 residents + 14 guests
Eight-person
24 8 residents + 16 guests

IX. Harassment

Rationales

Consideration for others; education; safety.

Policy

Harassment is a violation of the Code of Conduct and will not be tolerated.

X. Health & safety

Rationales

Consideration for others; health; safety; security.

Policy

The following limitations and expectations apply:

  1. Residents are expected to maintain a sanitary environment within their room.  Items accruing mold, insects, or rust should be disposed of or properly cleaned.
  2. Arson—setting a fire of any size—is a serious criminal offense as well as a violation of University rules.
  3. Inappropriate or unauthorized use of firefighting equipment, safety devices, or other emergency/safety equipment is prohibited. This includes the following:
    1. Deliberate or negligent activation of a smoke detector, sprinkler head, or carbon monoxide monitor;
    2. Deliberate discharging of a fire extinguisher without proper cause;
    3. Deliberate pulling of a fire alarm or utilizing a fire exit without proper cause;
    4. Deliberate activation of a pull-station cover without proper cause;
    5. Removing, damaging, tampering, or interfering with the alarm system; and
    6. Removing, damaging, or interfering with fire extinguishers or exit signs.
  4. Making a false report of a fire, bomb, or other emergency is prohibited.
  5. You must evacuate a building when the alarm sounds or when you are instructed to do so by authorized persons such as residence hall staff, University officials, police, fire marshals, or any other safety official. You should identify multiple evacuation routes in advance.
  6. Whether intentional or through negligence, interference with a building evacuation is prohibited;
  7. Whether intentional or through negligence, interference with emergency personnel—police, fire fighters, safety officials, ambulance attendants, or others—is prohibited.
  8. Exits (room, suite, building) may not be blocked in any way. Fire doors, stairwell doors, and locked doors may not be blocked or propped open for any reason.
  9. Candles, incense, and any open flame are prohibited. Candle warmers are also prohibited due to the danger of the open heat source. Candles and incense may be used for religious rites only in the designated public areas scheduled in advance with the Community Coordinator.
  10. Items may not be hung from ceilings. Items may not cover more than 30% of wall space. Students are responsible to monitor wall covering amounts and random fire inspections may occur. Resident Education & Development and Public Safety reserve the right to require removal of items for safety purposes.
  11. All floor coverings—carpets, rugs—and furniture must be made of flame-retardant materials.
  12. All “holiday” decorations must be non-combustible. Live greens and branches, combustible cotton, and angel hair are prohibited. Lights may be used in rooms if wiring and lights have UL- or equivalent certification; they are not permitted in hallway locations—doors, bulletin boards, walls—because hallways are part of the exit system.
  13. Lights or other electrical devices must not be placed in any location or manner that pressures or distorts the cord (e.g., under rugs or between bed frames or mattresses) or are otherwise deemed to be unsafe.  Residence hall and other appropriate university officials may direct the removal of lighting or other decorations as needed. Decorations may not be attached to or interfere with the safe operation of lights, light globes, or safety equipment.
  14. Extension cords, “octopus plugs,” and adapters are prohibited. Instead, power strips (UL-approved only) with surge protectors are allowed.
  15. Electrical cords of any type may not be wrapped around/between two (2) surfaces, such as between the mattress and bed frame.
  16. The collection and in-room storage of paper or other flammable materials for recycling is prohibited. Residents should use the recycling containers provided in designated locations.
  17. The storage of gasoline or other flammable materials is prohibited.
  18. Halogen bulbs and lamps are prohibited.
  19. Laser sights and inappropriate use of laser devices are prohibited.
  20. The use, possession or storage of any brand, model or type of electric scooter is prohibited in campus Residence Halls. Please note that this does not apply to wheelchairs and other assistive devices that are used for mobility assistance.

XI. Keys & access

Rationales

Safety and security; student development.

Policy

Keys, University IDs and access cards are the property of the University and are assigned for the sole use of the designated resident. Residents are responsible for the security of the keys, University ID and access card issued to them. No key, ID card, or access card may be duplicated, sold, passed on to others, or used for any purpose contradicting the Student Code of Conduct, other residence hall policies, or local, state, or federal laws. Keys and access cards issued to residents must be surrendered to the Office of Resident Education & Development or University authorities upon request. This includes breaks between semesters or other times when residents’ keys or access cards are collected. Temporary or “loaner” key services may not be abused. Tampering with or altering a University ID or access card will be considered a violation of the University Student Code of Conduct. The following limitations, expectations, and procedures apply:   

  1. Temporary keys/lock-outs. Residents are responsible to carry their keys and ID at all times. Each resident is permitted two (2) “free” lock-out accommodations per semester, which will be recorded. Disciplinary referral will begin with the third lock-out or, in the event of a lost key, the second lost key. This limitation applies to “five-minute” keys for immediate term lock- outs, two-day loaner keys, and/or lost keys. Residents are required to attempt to access the room/suite by contacting roommate(s) before requesting staff assistance.
  2. Lost UCIDs. Residents who lose their UCID should obtain a new UCID within two (2) business days. They may obtain a temporary access card for their hall from the hall’s front desk. Until the new ID is obtained, the resident may be issued a guest visitation pass by the hall desk. This pass and another photo ID must be presented for hall entry when ID checks or guest check-in are in effect. This pass is valid for two (2) business days; after that time it is expected that residents will obtain a replacement ID. Failure to maintain a usable University ID may be cause for disciplinary action. During the two-day valid period, the form may not be used to check in guests or to check into other halls.

XII. Mail

Rationales

Communication; privacy; security.

Policy

Residents are provided a designated mailbox assigned either to them individually or shared with others, usually among all residents of their room/suite. Residents are responsible for retrieving mail each day it is delivered and responding as directed to residence hall and University matters. Tampering with mail, packages or other delivery items or in any way interfering with receipt of mailbox contents is prohibited.

XIII. Pets

Rationales

Consideration for others; cost containment; health.

Policy

Fish are the only pets allowed in the residence halls. Fish tanks must not exceed twenty (20) gallons. Service animals and Emotional Support Animals require approval from the Office of Accessibility Resources.

XIV. Recording Devices

Rationales

Consideration for others; privacy; safety.

Policy

The following limitations and expectations apply:

  1. Unauthorized use of video, photographic, listening device, and recording equipment (including but not limited to Web cameras, camera phones, and tape recorders) in common areas (including but not limited to hallways, lounges, stairwells, and restrooms) of residence halls is prohibited.
  2. Video, photographic, listening device, and recording equipment may be used within residents’ own rooms and suites only with the verbal consent of all residents and/or visitors of the room or suite. Notification must be made when such devices are in use.
  3. Photographic and recording equipment in a student room or suite may not be used to view, eavesdrop, broadcast or record any material from another student room or suite or non-public area. Such equipment in a student room or suite also may not be used to view, record, eavesdrop, broadcast or record any material from any residence hall common area without the verbal consent of all students, visitors, and/or employees.
  4. The University reserves the right to authorize the use of such equipment in residence halls, in a manner permitted by applicable laws, when necessary or advantageous to enhance community responsibility and to maintain safety and security.

XV. Quiet hours and noise

Guide To University Living

Consideration for others; education; health.

Policy

The following limitations and expectations apply:

  1. Quiet hours are from 9 p.m. to 9 a.m., Sunday through Thursday, and from midnight to 10 a.m., Friday and Saturday. During final exam week of each semester, 24-hour quiet hours begin at midnight the Saturday morning before exam week. Quiet means that virtually no noise that residents can control (e.g., voices,TVs, music) may be heard in the hallway, from rooms, or in a lounge or other area of the floor/house.
  2. All hours not designated quiet hours are designated courtesy hours, which means that you are expected at all times to be considerate of others’ needs to sleep and study. If another resident asks you to be quiet during courtesy hours, you are required to comply.
  3. The floor members, with the help of the RA, monitor quiet and courtesy hours. If you encounter a noise problem, ask the other resident(s) to be quiet. If noise persists, contact the RA or the staff member on duty for assistance.
  4. Some courtesy guidelines are outlined below:
    1. Play music at a level that will not disturb others. Use headphones whenever possible.
    2. Keep the door closed to your room and lounge areas closed when you are entertaining guests, watching TV, or playing music that might disturb others.
    3. Refrain from disruptive noise such as yelling or loud conversation when walking in the halls.
  5. Resident Education & Development is committed to the academic development of students. Priority is given to students’ academic needs—maintaining a quiet study and sleeping environment—over the wishes to socialize or participate in other recreation.

XVI. Restrooms

Rationales

Comfort, consideration, respect, privacy, safety.

Policy

No person (regardless of gender) may use any portion of a restroom facility that is currently being serviced by maintenance or housekeeping staff or is posted as closed. Additional regulations regarding restroom designation and use are included in the section of this document addressing guest and visitation policies. In suite-style housing where suite bathroom cleaning is provided, students are responsible for complying with the schedule and preparation standards and may not interfere with or refuse routine service. In suite-style housing where suite bathroom cleaning is not provided, students are responsible for maintaining reasonable cleanliness throughout the semester.

XVII. Smoking

Rationales

Rationales:  Health; safety.

Policy

Smoking is prohibited on University of Cincinnati property. Learn more about the Tobacco-Free UC policy, and find resources and Frequently Asked Questions.

XVIII. Water fights & games

Rationales

Cost containment; respect; safety.

Policy

Water fights and water games are prohibited anywhere within any residence hall and on the grounds surrounding each hall. Students may not access University water sources for recreational activities except as authorized through scheduled and pre-approved events.

XIX. Weapons & fireworks

Rationales

Safety; law.

Policy

Possession and/or use of firearms, ammunition, knives, martial arts implements, or any dangerous items that could be used as a weapon or appear to be weapons are prohibited. Possession or use of toy “weapons” is prohibited. Use of any permitted item (e.g., baseball bat) as a weapon is prohibited. Possession and/or use of fireworks, bombs, or any explosive is prohibited and is also violation of city and state law.

XX. Windows

Rationales

Safety.

Policy

The following limitations and expectations apply:

  1. Nothing may hang from the window; windows must remain clear from obstruction and university window coverings need to be visible from the outside. Posting, hanging, or otherwise displaying signage, lighting, or other materials in or around the residence hall windows or on university window coverings is not permitted.
  2. Window screens, stops, and seals may not be tampered with or removed. If a screen is removed by weather, report it immediately to an RA for documentation.
  3. Throwing, dropping, discharging, or in any manner ejecting anything (liquid or solid) in or out of windows, roofs, or any elevated surface is prohibited. Suspending any item, including but not limited to clothing, flags, banners or plants from windows, ledges, porches, or railings (regardless of height) is prohibited.
  4. Advertisements of any commercial agency through written or oral communication through windows, doors or sunroofs are not allowed.
  5. Directing stereo speakers, yelling, and other disruptions from buildings are prohibited.
  6. Entering or exiting via windows except in a life/safety emergency is prohibited. Climbing on ledges or railings is also prohibited.
  7. Decks, patios and porches may be subject to load limits.
  8. Doors may not propped open or otherwise misused.

Residence Hall and University Disciplinary Processes

Disciplinary Actions

Students may be accountable to both civil authorities and to the University for activities which constitute violations of local, state, and/or federal law. Students also are subject to disciplinary action for violating the Student Code of Conduct and residence hall rules and regulations. Disciplinary action at the University may proceed during the pendency of criminal proceedings and will not be subject to challenge on the ground that criminal charges involving same incident have been dismissed or reduced.

The University reserves the right to take necessary and appropriate action to protect the safety and well-being of the residence hall community. In noted situations, direct intervention may be deemed appropriate by the Director of Resident Education & Development or a designee. The Director will consult, when possible, with the Director of the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards and the Dean of Students before taking such action.

Students have significant responsibilities in the residence hall disciplinary system; however, final authority in disciplinary matters is vested in Resident Education & Development and the University administration. Resident Education & Development reserves the right to refer violations to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards.

Definition of Terms

  • Internal Hearing. A hearing regarding alleged violation(s) of any portion of residence hall rules and regulations and/or the University Student Code of Conduct, conducted by an authorized Community Coordinator (CC), Residence Hall Director (RHD) or Assistant Director of Resident Education & Development.
  • Residence Hall Rules and Regulations. Policies and procedures specific to residence halls and communicated by University staff members and media (e.g., written materials, Web page, posters).

Interim Restrictions or Removal

The Director of Resident Education & Development or a designee may remove students from their residences and deny access to the residence and/or dining halls for an interim period pending residence hall/University disciplinary proceedings or medical evaluation. Interim removal or restriction occurs when the Director determines, in consultation (when possible) with the Dean of Students and the Director of the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards, that there is evidence that the continued presence of the person(s) in their residences poses a substantial threat to the person, to others, or to the safety, stability and continuance of normal residence hall functions or University property. Interim restriction or removal is effective immediately upon informing the person.

Residents removed or restricted on an interim basis will be given an opportunity to appear personally before the Director of Resident Education & Development or a designee within five (5) business days from the notice of the effective date of the interim removal or restriction, in order to discuss only the following issues:

  • Reliability of the information concerning the resident’s conduct, including the matter of students’ identity; and/or
  • Whether the conduct and surrounding circumstances reasonably indicate that the continued presence of the resident(s) poses a substantial threat to the student, to others, or to the stability of normal.
  • University or residence hall functions. Unless otherwise determined by the Director of Resident Education & Development or a designee, such interim restriction or removal shall remain in effect until a disciplinary hearing is held and an outcome is determined.
  • The residence hall community is not designed or equipped to rehabilitate persons who pose a substantial threat to themselves and others. It may be necessary to remove them from the residence halls and to sever the relationship.

Rights & Responsibilities of the Referred Student

In the disciplinary system, referred students have a right to the following:

  • A fair hearing;
  • Written notice of the charges and disciplinary actions;
  • Bringing an advisor to hearings;
  • Reasonable access to the case file prior to and during the hearing;
  • Opportunity to respond to evidence presented against them and to call witnesses on their behalf;
  • Appeal on specified grounds; and
  • Reasonable confidentiality to the extent allowed by law.

A referred student has the responsibility to do the following:

  • Follow the designated time frame;
  • Schedule and attend proceedings;
  • Read residence hall policies and procedures;
  • Make every reasonable effort to collect any evidence prior to the hearing;
  • Refrain from retaliation against students or staff members involved in the process;
  • Refrain from attempting to influence parties in the process outside of the hearing; and
  • Honor confidentiality.

Student Groups & Organizations

Student groups and organizations can be charged with violations of University and residence hall rules and regulations. The hearing process will involve responsible officers of the organization and/or key individuals deemed to be acting in  a position of responsibility or leadership at the time of alleged violation. Sanctions can be imposed against groups including but not limited to a suite, wing, floor, hall government, and organizations visiting the residence hall for programs or activities. In these situations, an Assistant Director of Resident Education & Development or a designee will serve as the hearing officer or the case may be referred to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards.

Disciplinary Process

Incident

An incident can be reported by any student, hall or University staff member, or visitor. Incident reports can be submitted electronically. The CC and/or AC has the authority to decide whether an incident is referred for any disciplinary actions. “Incident reports” may be used to communicate any information to the staff and do not necessarily require disciplinary action. Anyone may complete an incident report at any time for any reason.

Statements of concern

The CC or AC may choose to make a statement of concern instead of referring a student for formal disciplinary follow up. The statement of concern is an informal, non-disciplinary action consisting of a discussion between the student and the CC or AC about a policy/disciplinary matter. This meeting is summarized in a follow-up letter from the staff member to the student. A copy of this letter is maintained in the student’s residence hall file and may be used in background information if additional or similar violations are committed by the student(s).

Referral for disciplinary action

If the CC refers an incident for disciplinary action, a notification letter is sent to the student without unnecessary delay. The notification letter contains the following information:

  • Summary of the violation;
  • Reference to rights and responsibilities; and
  • Deadline for scheduling or summons to a pre-scheduled meeting.

A hearing shall be scheduled and occur within five (5) business days of receipt of the notification letter. If a scheduled appointment cannot be kept, it is the responsibility of the referred student to arrange an alternative meeting time at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting. A hearing or meeting may be rescheduled by the referred student only once. If the student fails to appear for a scheduled hearing, a decision may be rendered in the student’s absence.

Venue

To help assure fairness, the venue in which a case is heard is usually determined by the nature of the alleged violation. However, the assignment of hearings for all alleged violations of the Student Code of Conduct and residence hall rules and regulations may vary and are determined by the Resident Education & Development staff in consultation with the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards.

Cases involving alleged violations usually referred to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards include the following:

  • Drugs or narcotics
  • False report of emergency
  • Information technology, Misuse of
  • Law, violation of
  • Probation (University), Violation of
  • Theft/stolen property
  • Weapons

Cases involving alleged violations that may be heard by an internal hearing officer include the following:

  • Alcoholic beverages, Unauthorized use of and/or possession of
  • Destruction of property
  • Residence Hall Rules and Regulations, violation of (compliance, elevators, hallways and restricted areas; gambling; harassment; keys/access; photographic and recording equipment; windows, ledges, and sunroofs)
  • Identification, Misuse of
  • Safety equipment, Misuse of
  • Trespass or forcible entry
  • University keys, Misuse of
  • Residence Hall Rules and Regulations, Violation of (appliances, compliance, guests, quiet hours and noise, restrooms, smoking)
  • Residence hall rules and regulations, Violation of (appliances, dining halls, furniture, guests, health and safety, quiet hours and noise, sales and solicitation, sign posting, smoking, and water fights/games)
  • Smoking policy, violation of

Residence Hall Judicial Hearings

The focus of disciplinary proceedings is to determine whether standards of conduct and/or University or residence hall policies have been violated, and if so, what sanction is an appropriate response to that violation. The following procedural guidelines apply to internal hearings:

  • Most cases will be heard in the hall where the student lives unless the designated hearing officer is involved in the original incident or chooses to recuse himself/herself for reasons of objectivity.
  • The referred student is presumed to be not responsible for the alleged violation until proven responsible.
  • Hearings are closed to all but the persons or groups involved.
  • In cases involving multiple referred students, requests for individual hearings shall be granted.
  • Witnesses other than the complainant may be excluded from the hearing during other testimony.
  • Disciplinary hearings are not criminal or civil proceedings; formal rules of evidence are not applicable.
  • No recommendation for the imposition of sanctions shall be based solely on the failure of the referred student(s) or group(s) to participate in or appear at the hearing. Evidence concerning the charges shall be presented and considered in the absence of the referred.
  • A referred student shall not be required to answer to the residence hall or University disciplinary processes twice for the same alleged violation.
  • The referred student(s) or group(s) may bring an advisor to hearings for support and consultation. The advisor will not be allowed to represent or speak for the referred student or to question witnesses in the hearing.

Information on procedures for hearings conducted by the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards is available in that office (745 Steger Student Life Center).

Outcomes

Through the disciplinary hearing, the hearing officer or commission determines the degree of responsibility, if any, that the referred student holds, and when a student is found to be responsible for a violation, imposes (or recommends) a sanction. Written notice of hearing outcomes and sanctions, if applicable, is sent to the student without unnecessary delay.

Sanctions

Sanctions are tailored to fit the particular incident. In recommending or imposing a sanction, hearing officers consider the following:   

  • nature of the offense;
  • severity of damage, injury, or potential harm;
  • effect on the community; and
  • the student’s disciplinary record and currently demonstrated attitude regarding the incident.

One or more of the following sanctions can be recommended or imposed for violations. Sanctions become part of the student’s University record. Failure to comply fully with sanctions may result in further disciplinary action.

  • Educational Sanctions. These measures are individualized based on the situation. Examples of educational sanctions include but are not limited to the following:
    • Restoration of damaged property;
    • required removal of stereos or other items related to the violation;
    • written papers;
    • presentations to student groups;
    • community service to the affected population(s);
    • written or personal apologies;
    • interviews with appropriate experts or authorities;
    • completion of a written behavioral contract;
    • attendance at a program, service, or event; and
    • preparation of educational materials (e.g., signs, posters, brochures)
  • Reassignment. This sanction may be recommended by any hearing unit and imposed only with the approval of the Director of Resident Education &  Development or designee. Under this sanction, the student may be issued a new room assignment and required to complete the move in a specified time frame.
  • Reprimand. Written notice that the student has violated a standard of conduct or rule and is expected not to repeat the violation.
  • Restitution. Required replacement of or payment for loss or damage associated with the violation.
  • Residence Hall Probation. A specified period of time during which any further violations may be subject to intensified sanctions and may subject the student to removal or termination of the housing agreement. Additional probationary conditions may be imposed, including but not limited to loss of guest privileges, loss of room/hall change and buy-out privileges, and forfeiture of participation in residence hall activities and hall government functions.
  • Termination of Housing Agreement. This sanction may be recommended by any hearing unit and imposed only by the Director of Resident Education &  Development or the Director of Student Conduct and Community Standards and their designee(s). Termination may be permanent or for a specified period of time. Under this sanction, the student is unconditionally restricted from all University residence halls and hall activities, effective when the sanction is communicated. When the agreement is terminated as a disciplinary sanction, the resident may continue to be held responsible for all financial obligations in the agreement and may not be issued any refunds or waiver of fees; terms and conditions of the Housing Agreement may apply. Sanctions in addition to termination of the Housing Agreement may be imposed by the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards.

Appeals

Outcomes of cases heard by internal hearing officers. Students may appeal based only upon one or more of the following grounds:

  • Procedural error or irregularity that results in significant prejudice to the referred student or the
  • University resulted and affected the outcome of the hearing;
  • New evidence not available at the time of the hearing; and
  • Undue harshness of the sanction in proportion to the violation.

Students have three (3) business days from receipt of the notice of the outcome to file an appeal. An appeal takes the form of a written letter outlining the reasons for the appeal request, and may be accompanied by any supporting documentation (e.g., witness statements, other evidence). The request is forwarded to the Assistant Directors for Resident Education & Development, Marian Spencer Hall, Level 1. The appropriate Assistant Director (one who does not supervise the daily operations of the hall where the accused student lives) will review the request and if necessary, meet with the student and any other parties. She or he will respond to the appeal within five (5) working days. The Assistant Director has the following options in responding to the appeal:

  • Uphold the finding and the sanction;
  • Uphold the finding and modify the sanction;
  • Overturn the finding; and
  • Remand the case for a new hearing.

When a new hearing is required, any sanction assigned through the new hearing may not be lengthened in duration or heightened in severity, but different or additional educational sanction elements may be imposed. All appeal decisions except those involving a sanction of termination of the housing agreement are final. In the case of termination of the housing agreement, the final appeal rests with the Dean of Students.


Office of University Housing

The office of University Housing is located on the Level 1 of Marian Spencer Hall and is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Staff can answer questions regarding your Housing Agreement, meal plans, room and board fees, and room reservations. Information on the Terms and Conditions of the Housing Agreement can be found online or at the offices of University Housing and Food Services (513-556-6461).


University Dining Services

There are numerous on-campus dining options for students and their guests. CenterCourt and Stadium View at the Campus Recreation Center, MarketPointe at Siddall, and On the Green at Marian Spencer Hall serve those with meal plans while also offering a retail option. Please visit the Food Services website for hours of operation and menu information. All locations welcome the Bearcat Card. Retail facilities on campus include our campus cafes and the many eateries along MainStreet.

Meal plans offer a block of meals for use over the semester.

Students with a meal plan can also use swipes for meal exchange items at DAAP Café, Catskeller, and Bleecker Street Café at UC Blue Ash once per meal period (e.g., breakfast, lunch and dinner). Bearcat Card (BCC) dollars can be added to any of the meal plans.

Residence hall students who are required to have a meal plan (e.g., first-year students) may review meal plan information online.

Additional BCC dollars are always available for purchase separately. Campus Dining Passes, serving the needs of upperclass students and other members of the university community are also available. Please visit our website for further details.


Campus Partner Contact Info

Phone numbers for university offices and services, residence halls and dining centers. All numbers are area code 513, except as noted.
Contact name
Phone number

Emergency

911

101 E. Corry 861-9394

Academic Excellence & Support Service

556-3244

Accessibility Resources

556-6823

Arts and Sciences Advising

556-5875

Arts and Sciences Records/Undergraduate Affairs

556-5860

Admissions

556-1100

African American Cultural and Resource Center

556-3660

Army ROTC

556-1177

Athletics/Administration and Business Office

556-5601

Bearcat Card Office

556-2000

Bookstore, Uptown main

556-1700

Bursar, Student Accounts

556-5505

Cable TV Services

1-800-472-2054

Calhoun Hall

556-8596

Campus Information

556-2831

Campus Ministries Association:

 

  American Baptist Campus Ministries

751-5237

  Baptist Student Union

281-6403

   Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship

221-6152

   Hillel Jewish Student Center

221-6728

   Lutheran Campus Ministry

221-4109

   Newman Campus Center

381-6400

  University Christian Fellowship

241-2140

  Episcopalians at Old St. George

751-5237

  Wesley Foundation

861-2929

Campus Police/Public Safety

556-1111

Campus Recreation Center (member services)

556-0604

Career Development Center

556-3471

Center for Exploratory Studies

556-6540

Center for Information and Technology (IT@UC)

558-3526

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

556-0648

Campus Recreation Center Hall

556-6484

Dabney Hall

556-6484

Daniels Hall

556-0676

Dean of Students Office

556-5250

Dining Center (CenterCourt)

556-4116

Dining Center (MarketPointe)

556-0444

Dining Center (On the Green)

556-5788

Dining Center (Stadium View)

556-4112

Emergency

911

Equal Opportunity

556-5503

Ethnic Programs and Services

556-6008

Financial Aid Office, Student

556-6982

Food Services  

556-4108

Health Services

556-2564

HelpDesk IT@UC

556-HELP (4357)

Housing

556-6461

International Services

556-4278

Jefferson Complex (Turner and Schneider Halls)

556-3925

Learning Assistance Center

556-3244

LGBTQ Center

556-4329 and 556-4001

Lost and Found (West)

556-4962

MainStreet Connection Center

556-2831

Marian Spencer Hall

556-5135

Morgens Hall

556-7500

Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards

556-6812

Ombuds

556-5956

One Stop Student Services Center

556-1000

Parking Services

556-2283

Police/Fire/Ambulance (emergency)

911

Recreation/Intramurals

556-0604

Registration

556-6505

Residence Hall Association (RHA)

556-8251

Resident Education & Development

556-6476

Scioto Hall

556-5135

Siddall Hall

556-8281

Sexual Assault Survivor Advocate (emergency service)

218-9531

Shoemaker Center (Fifth Third Arena) Information

556-2170

Shuttle Service

556-0045

Stratford Heights

558-7000

Student Activities and Leadership Development

556-6115

Student Government

556-6107

Student Health Insurance (SHI)

556-6868

Student Wellness Center

556-6124

Telephone Repair (IT@UC)

558-3526

The Deacon

257-2620

Turner-Schneider

556-3925

University Health Services (UHS) Lindner Clinic

556-2564

University Information

0

University Edge

275-1935

University Park Apartments

558-3000

USquare

221-4400

Women’s Center

556-4401


UC Acronyms & Expressions

AACRC - African American Cultural and Resource Center  

AC - Area Coordinator, supervisors the Community Coordinators of their designated neighborhood

AESS - Academic Excellence and Support Services, pronounced “ace.”

ARO - Accessibility Resources Office, University Pavilion, 2nd floor

A&S - McMicken College of Arts & Sciences

BTS - Bearcat Transportation System

CC - Community Coordinator, the full-time staff member supervising each residence hall

CCM - College Conservatory of Music

CDC - Career Development Center on the ground floor of University Pavilion

CEAS - College of Engineering and Applied Sciences

CECH -College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services

CRC - Campus Recreation Center. Refers to either the fitness facility or to the residence hall portion and its services. To refer to the dining center in the same location, say “Center Court.”

CTS -Campus Transportation System

DAAP - College of Design Architecture, Art and Planning

EPS -Ethnic Programs and Services, Steger Student Life Center, 5th floor

ISSO - International Student Services Office

J-Plex - Jefferson Complex, comprising Turner and Schneider residence halls

LAC - Learning Assistance Center, French Hall West, 2nd floor

LCB - Lindner College of Business

LGBTQ - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer center, Steger Student Life Center, 5th floor

Lucille - The live binturong from the UC Zoo, also known as a bearcat

MainStreet - The central pedestrian corridor extending from University Pavilion to Turner Hall

Mick and Mack - The lion statues in front of McMicken Hall.

Mick & Mack’s  - A restaurant open to students, faculty, staff and the public in Tangeman University Center, Level 3

NRHH - National Residence Hall Honorary

Oscar - The statue of UC men’s basketball great Oscar Robertson at the entrance to 5/3 Arena

RA - Resident Advisor, the peer leader in charge of each residence hall floor, section, or house.

RAPP - Racial Awareness Program

USA - University Services Associate, full-time employee overseeing each hall’s front desk Monday - Friday