Residential Behavior

Affected Parties

Undergrads in Residence

Policy Statement

Residents and their guests are expected to treat others with respect and consideration and to maintain a comfortable and safe living environment. Residents are required, as a condition of continued residence, to comply with the College's Standards of Conduct. See the Standards and Penalties Section of the Student Handbook.

Compliance with ORL Staff Member Request

All Dartmouth students are expected to adhere to requests made by any Residential Life staff member performing his/her duties (including custodial staff, student staff, Assistant Directors, etc.).

Endangering Behavior

Any student action that may lead to physical harm to oneself or others is considered endangering behavior and will typically result in removal from College residence halls, disciplinary action (including cost of repair and/or cleaning), and/or criminal charges. In addition to these outcomes, fines are automatically imposed in the areas noted. Such acts include but are not limited to:

  • Fire safety: arson, tampering or damaging fire safety equipment, blocking egress, improper use of fire escape, failing to evacuate ($100 fine).
  • Building safety: tampering with safety signs or equipment, tampering with wiring, installation of partitions, lofts, removal of screens, etc. ($100 fine).
  • Careless use of appliances or material that may endanger oneself or others ($50 fine).
  • Vomiting, urinating, and defecating in student rooms, lounges and public areas, due to the serious health risks of blood borne pathogens ($100 fine).
  • Unauthorized entry into any student room or other locations where students are not provided access.
  • Using or possessing firearms, explosives, and other highly flammable materials or other lethal weapons is prohibited in College residential facilities.
  • Any other harmful or endangering act that may harm oneself or others.

In situations when an individual or group poses an immediate threat to the health, safety or property of others or of oneself, the individual or group will be relocated or removed from College residences prior to a hearing to address the specific behaviors. The decision to remove or relocate rests with the Director of Residential Education. 

Effective Date

July 1, 2015

Last Revised Date

October 23, 2016

Office of Primary Responsibility