Student housing rules and regulations
Student housing seeks to serve the educational objectives of Goodwin University by offering facilities which provide a setting in which individual education is furthered. The intent of the rules and regulations of student housing is to establish reasonable limits within which the greatest number of residents can work effectively and live pleasantly.
Building access and maintenance
A student is never permitted to duplicate or lend the student's room key or access/ID card to anyone. In addition, a student should never prop a door open or place an obstructing object in a residence hall door that will cause it to remain ajar.
Any student who copies or lends a key or a Goodwin University ID card to a non-resident, props a door open, admits an unauthorized guest, or tampers with an "Emergency Exit Only" door will be subject to the Student Disciplinary Conduct process.
The fee for a lost room key is $125. The fee for a lost Goodwin ID card is $10. There is one designated entrance and exit for each of the student housing units.
Entrance through a student housing unit's window into the unit is prohibited. Students or guests found violating this policy may be held accountable for trespassing/breaking and entering.
For a maintenance emergency during non-business hours, please call the RA on duty who will reach out to the on-call facilities representative. Examples of maintenance emergencies are: no heat, no power, smoke detector malfunction, flooding.
Each student will be issued a housing unit room key and a Goodwin University ID card. Residents should carry both items with them at all times. Your Goodwin ID card and keys should not be loaned out to anyone. The unauthorized duplication of any Goodwin University key is prohibited. The replacement charge for lost room keys is $125 which covers the cost of a lock change. The replacement charge for a lost student ID card is $10 which covers the cost of the card and activating the card. All lost keys and Goodwin University ID charges will be added to your student account. Students are required to return Building keys during school breaks.
Requests for routine maintenance work orders should be submitted through the RA. Please report all needed repairs (keys, locks, windows, HVAC, etc.) directly to the staff member and not facilities. For student safety and security, policies are in place to prevent personnel who possess a master key from entering a student housing unit without authorization. Facilities and maintenance staff will not enter a resident student's room without a work order request, nor can they accept verbal requests directly from students. By submitting a work order, a student is giving permission for a maintenance mechanic to enter the resident room anytime Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The only exception to this rule is for inspections and for emergencies.
Residents may decorate their rooms, although there are the following exceptions:
- No wall hangings, tapestries, flags, or fabric are permitted over plugs, lights, ceilings or doorways
- Electrical sockets may not be overloaded
- Room doors may not be covered
- Products that leave adhesive damage or stains to paint, ceilings, walls, floors, doors, windows, or Goodwin University furniture may not be used
- Items may not be hung, displayed, or thrown from the housing unit windows
- No nails or screws are to be used in the walls, only tacks may be used
- All lights are to be UL approved
- Window blinds are provided by Goodwin University. Curtains or other window dressings are prohibited
A guest is someone not assigned to a particular student housing unit but is in the room at the invitation of an occupant. Guests must be 18 years of age or older and have the consent of you and your roommate(s). A resident may not entertain a guest in a housing unit over the objection of a roommate. While a guest is in the building, the resident is directly responsible for that guest's conduct. If the guest is in violation of a policy or procedure, the housing unit resident will be held responsible. You and your roommate are responsible for guests visiting your unit and room. The actions of your guests may cause you to lose your housing privileges.
Fire codes do not allow for large groups in housing units. No more than 8 people should be in your unit at any time.
All alcohol/illegal drug related parties/activities are prohibited. You are responsible for your guests and if their behavior is inappropriate, you must request them to leave. Should they refuse, contact Goodwin University Security or the East Hartford Police.
Overnight guests must get prior approval
No visitor residing outside of student housing will be allowed to stay in a resident's room without prior approval from the RA on duty. Goodwin student housing is for student residents only. Visitors may not take up occupancy in a room. Relatives under the age of 18 will be permitted with proper supervision and with the advanced approval of the Dean of Students or designee.
All guests/visitors must follow the guest policies listed below:
- Residents hosting an after-hours guest must fill out an After-Hours Guest Slip with the RA on duty and have their roommate/suitemates sign the slip prior to their after-hours guest/visitor arrival
- The completed slip must be submitted to the RA on duty prior to the guest/visitor arrival.
- The after-hours guest/visitor is always required to carry with him/her the copy of the After-Hours Guest Slip and must present it upon request
- After-hours visitors with a vehicle on campus must register the vehicle with the Goodwin University Security Department
- All after-hours guests/visitors must be over the age of 18
- Each resident may have only one after-hours guest each evening
- Visitors may spend the night in a student's room but must complete the After-Hours Guest Slip. Current resident students do not need to complete the guest slip if they are not staying in their room during the evening.
- All guests and visitors are only allowed to stay after-hours in the student housing units a total of 7 times per month (no matter who they are signed in by) and they may not stay more than 3 consecutive nights in a month.
Guest: An individual who is not a current Goodwin University residential student or current Goodwin University commuter student.
Visitor: A Goodwin University student entering a housing unit that he/she does not reside in or a current Goodwin University commuter student.
In order for Goodwin staff and/or Campus Security staff to identify them appropriately, visitors must carry their current Goodwin ID Card at all times.
In order for a resident to have a guest or visitor in his/her room, the resident must have the approval from his/her roommate/suitemates prior to the guest's/visitor's arrival.
The student host shall be considerate of other residents when entertaining guests/visitors. Failure on the resident student's behalf to properly follow these procedures will result in disciplinary action and additional action can be taken against the guest/visitor by the University.
In compliance with fire regulations, hallways must be kept clear of personal or Goodwin University property. Articles left in hallways are subject to confiscation, including bicycles. Students are not allowed to place obstructions of any kind in the hallways of housing units. Hallway lighting may be adjusted according to energy conservation requirements within the limits of safety.
Students wishing to reside in on-campus housing must be enrolled in classes three-quarter-time, 9 or more credits, to be eligible for campus housing.
Quiet hours in housing units will be observed nightly beginning at 10 p.m. until 8 a.m. the following morning. Quiet hours mean that stereos, visiting persons, and any activity will be at a level low enough so as not to disturb others. Stereos and TV sets should be played softly so they do not disturb occupants of other rooms or neighbors. Speakers should not be placed in windows facing outside. Outside antennas are prohibited for safety reasons.
Excessive noise will not be permitted at any time. Violations may result in disciplinary action. If there is excessive noise, the privilege of using these items may be forfeited and, if necessary, instruments, stereos, or TV sets will be confiscated and stored by the Dean of Students. Any type of excessive noise may carry throughout the Housing unit and is also subject to the Town of East Hartford noise ordinances including city fines that would be directed to you.
Personal space includes a student's residence room (unless there is suspicion of a policy violation that affects the community and necessitates entrance by the Dean of Students or designee). Public space includes the hallways, stairwells, lounges, laundry rooms and building exteriors (balconies, walls and windows, lawns, sidewalks, etc.). Common Space includes common bathrooms, common dining or living rooms, and common kitchen areas.
No parties or large group gatherings involving alcohol or illegal drugs will be allowed in resident housing units at any time. All persons present at a group gathering involving alcohol or illegal drugs will be subject to the penalties described in the Drug and Alcohol Policy in the student handbook.
Residents wishing to gather as a large group should do so in one of the lobbies of the college, or in the student center. Arrangements to use other campus facilities can be coordinated with the Dean of Students prior to assembly.
It is a violation of fire code for more than 8 people to be in any one unit at a given time. For your safety and the safety of your guests, please limit the number of guests in your unit to 8 people or fewer. The occupants of the housing unit will be responsible for all guests in their room.
No public assembly will be allowed between midnight and 6 a.m. Any group of 5 or more people gathered in the halls, lobbies or outside will be asked to disperse and may receive disciplinary action for a failure to do so.
When you check into your student housing unit at the beginning of the semester and until you check out, you are considered the occupant of the student housing unit. You will be responsible for all personal possessions, University furnishings, activities, guests, and visitors within the unit. University is not responsible for any student's personal property.
Visitation hours are from 8 a.m. until 12 a.m. Visitation rules apply to all visitors whether or not they reside in the building. All visitors must be out of the housing unit by 12 a.m. These hours may be changed at any time at the discretion of Residential Life. Relatives under the age of 18 will be permitted with proper supervision and with the advanced approval of the Dean of Students.
Prohibited items and behavior
Alcohol is not allowed in student housing even if you are 21 years of age. Anyone found in the possession of alcohol will be subject to University disciplinary action.
You will not be allowed to decorate your rooms with empty beer cans, bottles, kegs etc. Any alcohol paraphernalia found in a room will be subject to disciplinary action and all paraphernalia will be confiscated immediately.
Babysitting children in student housing is prohibited. Students employed by local residents as a childcare provider must provide these services off-campus, at the local resident's home, for example.
The burning of candles and incense is not permitted in student housing. Any time smoke is detected in public areas of any residence, a search of the surrounding rooms will take place by the appropriate University staff.
Anyone found to be involved in an incident involving destruction of University property may be subject to the following penalties:
- Disciplinary probation or suspension
- Possible arrest and prosecution
Goodwin University holds each student responsible for any damage to University property beyond normal usage. Residents will be charged for damage done to walls, ceilings, floors, doors and windows or Goodwin University furniture. If two students occupy a room or housing unit in which damage occurs, each individual is liable for an equal amount of the damages unless responsibility is voluntarily assumed by one of the occupants.
Students will be fined $200 for any damage that requires a room to be repainted. If a student is unable to properly clean a specific mess, a $50 fine may be charged to a student found to be responsible (when specialized cleaning is required for blood or other bodily fluids). This applies to public, common, and personal space in the student housing unit. If the source student is unidentifiable then community billing will occur.
Damages and Fees
|Bed Slats||$30||Refrigerator Parts||$50–150|
|Cabinet Replacement||$225||Screen Rips||$25|
|Cabinet Knobs||$10||Shower Curtain||$20|
|Carpet (total replacement per room)||$850||Lamps||$50|
|Hallway/ Kitchen/ Bathroom Light||$50||Couch||$800|
|Kitchen Table||$300||Single Sofa Chair||$400|
|Kitchen Chairs (each)||$75||End Table||$175|
|Doors/ Frame||$500||Switch Plates||$5|
|Key Cylinder Replacement||$75||Shower Rod||$30|
|Dresser||$350||Toilet Paper Holder||$15|
|Dresser Drawer (per drawer)||$50||Toilet Tank/ Base||$200|
|Thermostat Cover||$165||Toilet Seat||$20|
|Outlet Cover (each)||$10||Towel Rack||$20|
|Housekeeping Fee (per hour)||$125||Mirror||$150|
|Mattress||$150||Window||Quoted based on damage|
|Paint Peel (Per Wall)||$25||Window Latch||$20|
|Nightstand||$50||Trash & Recyclables Cleanliness Fee||$25|
|Paint (total per room)||$450|
Wall Damage - To be assessed based on size:
|Holes measuring in the range of 1–5"||$50|
|Holes measuring in the range of 6–10"||$100|
|Holes measuring in the range of 11–20"||$200|
Anything larger will have to be assessed before pricing can be established
Heating, cooking, or air-conditioning equipment may not be used in the student housing units except as provided by Goodwin University. Keep in mind, if you choose to have electrical appliances they must be kept in the kitchen. For these appliances, you may need to use a UL approved surge protector and avoid plugging everything into one outlet. Overloading the outlets will cause a breaker to trip, and this is considered a fire hazard.
Students may not remove university equipment or furniture from its assigned room, suite, lounge, or other area within a building. Unauthorized removal of furniture within a building or from one building to another will be considered misappropriation, and a fine may be incurred.
Immediately upon having suspicion of a drug incident, including possession of drug paraphernalia, actual drugs or the cultivation (growing), possibly happening in student housing, Goodwin University Security will contact the East Hartford Police to have them investigate the premises for this suspicion and proceed as they deem necessary. Anyone found to be in violation of student housing codes involving illegal drugs will be subject to the penalties of law. Illegal drugs will not be tolerated in the housing units. If you have information about illegal drug activity, contact Security or the Dean of Students immediately.
Illegal Drugs and Paraphernalia Definition:
Students shall not bring (or arrange to have delivered) alcohol, drugs or paraphernalia on the premises of student housing. The use, consumption, or possession of such by residents or their guests is forbidden in student housing or on the premises. Violation of this rule will subject the student to arrest by the police and disciplinary action under the student code of conduct. See the Drug and Alcohol Policy in the Goodwin Student Handbook.
If a student violates any University polices or guidelines, this will result in University disciplinary action including, but not limited to, fines and/ or immediate removal from King Court student housing. The University is not responsible for any of the students personal belongings left behind after the posted move out date. The University is not responsible for transporting students' personal belongings out of the student housing unit. If a student's account balance exceeds the posted limit by the Business and Financial Aid Office, the student will be subjected to an immediate removal from student housing.
Dispose of all trash in the appropriate trash facilities. Any housing resident who consistently litters may be fined or subject to disciplinary action under the Student Code of Conduct.
Although the possession and use of marijuana laws have changed, the possession and use of marijuana remains illegal under federal law. Consistent with federal law, including the Controlled Substances Act and the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act, the use and/or possession of marijuana continues to be prohibited while a student is on University owned or University controlled property, and/or at any function authorized or supervised by the University and/or in University owned or leased vehicles. Anyone found in the possession of marijuana will be subject to the penalties described in the Drug and Alcohol Policy in the Student Handbook.
No pets of any kind are permitted in student housing units. Your housing arrangements can be immediately revoked for having a pet. If accommodations for service or emotional support animals are required contact the Coordinator of Accessibility Services at 860-727-6718. Each student may have one fish in a fishbowl that does not exceed 2 gallons.
It is illegal to smoke in any Goodwin University owned building. SMOKING IS PROHIBITED IN ALL STUDENT HOUSING FACILITIES! Smoking includes but is not limited to e-cigarettes, cigarettes, pipes, bongs, and hookahs. If you smoke in a student housing unit, you may receive disciplinary action under the Student Code of Conduct
Vandalism and graffiti are strictly prohibited on the Goodwin University campus. If you are found to have defaced any University property, you will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law and will be charged for damages.
Conduct which threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person including physical abuse, verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, harassment, and or coercion is prohibited and will be subject to disciplinary action.
There is zero tolerance for actions that endanger or threaten to endanger any student and his/her right to have equal access to an education on a secure campus. Any such weapon will be confiscated, and the violator will be subject to disciplinary action, including expulsion from the University. Please see Goodwin's Weapons Policy.
All students, faculty, and staff who have knowledge of weapons on campus must report that knowledge immediately to the police by calling 911.
Safety and security
In all emergency situations, your first call should be to 9-1-1 for police, fire, and medical emergencies.
Calls to Campus Security will also summon the appropriate emergency services, but will cause a slight delay versus calling emergency personnel directly.
When you call 9-1-1 or Campus Security during an emergency, you must be prepared to provide: YOUR NAME, YOUR LOCATION and the DETAILS & CIRCUMSTANCES of your emergency.
There are several emergency call boxes with phones located on the grounds of the Goodwin University campus that will, when activated, put you in direct contact with Campus Security. Announce your location and set off the blue strobe light for identification.
The emergency call boxes can be used whenever you need to contact Campus Security or to summon additional help such as police, fire or medical assistance. These blue lights are to only be used to summon help for an active emergency situation.
Fire alarms and equipment are installed for your protection. Smoke detectors are in each student housing unit and in other specified locations. Tampering with the fire devices (smoke detectors in the hallways and rooms, fire extinguishers, and fire alarm pull stations if present) will result in fines, repair costs, disciplinary proceedings and possible suspension from housing. You may be charged up to $350 for covering or removing the smoke detector in your housing unit. Fire extinguishers are not to be removed from their casing unless there is a fire. Discharging a fire extinguisher when there is no fire is a crime and punishable by fines and disciplinary actions under the Student Code of Conduct.
Fire and Evacuation
- Call 9-1-1
- Activate the nearest fire alarm if possible
- Keep room doors unlocked
- Always close the door behind you before exiting
- Walk quickly to the nearest accessible exit. Leave the building or housing unit
- Move away from the building to the designated area, or a safe distance away
- Report missing persons (roommates, floor mates) immediately to Campus Security or the Dean of Students
- Remember R.A.C.E. – Remove yourself. Activate the Alarm. Confine the fire (close the doors where the fire is located). Extinguish only small fires, when in doubt just leave the area
- Try to fight a fire
- Use any electrically related equipment including elevators
- Return to the building until instructed to do so by authorized Emergency Personnel
In case of fire immediately outside the room you are occupying:
- Leave the door shut
- Feel the door, and if it is hot or seeping smoke, block any cracks in the door
- Open windows a crack at the top and at the bottom
- Hang a sheet or other visible object from the window of the room to signal rescuers
- Lay face down on the floor to minimize smoke inhalation
- Jump out of a housing unit window unless there is no alternative
- Locate fire alarm pull station nearest your room (if applicable)
- Know emergency phone numbers. Call 9-1-1 for ALL SUSPECTED FIRES.
- Keep any exit doors, hall doors and stairwell doors closed and free from any obstructions
- Know alternate escape routes from your room
- Use only fire retardant materials and equipment and UL approved appliances
- Comply with proper usage of potentially hazardous items
- Realize that emergency lighting is designed for this purpose only and not for long-term use
- Place telephones and any wires on floor close to the wall
- Observe all other emergency considerations
Note: If shelter should be required, the Dean of Students will notify the student of any temporary living assignment
Each month, the Goodwin University staff responsible for each housing unit will be inspecting each bedroom, living area, kitchen, and bathroom to identify and address any health, safety, sanitation, and maintenance issues that may be present.
There are several reasons for the health and safety room inspection program:
- To encourage students to become engaged in maintaining the condition of their living environment.
- To assist students in learning how to maintain a clean and safe environment in their room and promote a better understanding of the expectations Goodwin University has for students living on campus.
- To assist in the prevention of rodent and pest infestations, damage problems and other issues that impact the health and safety, as well as the quality of life for all students living in the housing units.
- To assist us in properly maintaining the condition of our student housing units.
The Housing Coordinator will be providing additional information about the inspection process and provide residents with a check list of things they should do to prepare for a successful room inspection. In addition, the Resident Assistants will be holding community meetings in advance of the inspection to answer questions and communicate information about the health and safety inspection program.
Goodwin University understands your concerns about privacy, but we believe the inspection program is a necessary measure that will prove to be beneficial to all students living in the housing units now and in the future.
The following is a sample checklist of preparations that you would need to take prior to the inspection program. IMPORTANT: This is only a sample checklist:
- Remove all trash and properly dispose of it outside in the trash receptacles located in outside of your housing unit building.
- Vacuum or sweep and mop the floor in your room and any community areas.
- Check electrical outlets, cords, and connections to make sure they are not overloaded and that cords are not run under carpets or around bedding.
- Check to ensure that beds, other furnishings, and other items are not blocking emergency egress and any heating and ventilation units.
- Note any maintenance problems in your room and report them to the housing staff during the inspection.
- Do your laundry and properly store your clean clothes when finished.
- Pick up and organize your personal belongings.
- Make sure your screen is installed on windows (they are not supposed to be removed).
- Walls, windows, ceilings, doors, and Goodwin University furnishings should be free of stickers, graffiti, stains, and unauthorized paint.
- Clean up any spills and messes and get rid of any leftover food sitting around the room.
- Dust furniture and other surfaces around the room.
- For the common areas: In the kitchen, dispose of spoiled food, wipe down surfaces, clean up appliances, do the dishes and store them away, and properly store food.
It is okay for your room to look a little bit "lived in," but it is expected that some effort will have been made to clean the room and to ensure that no health or safety concerns exist. Staff will be doing a quick visual check of your room that should only last five minutes.
Prohibited items may not be stored in any student housing unit. Appliances for cooking may be stored in the kitchen area only.
Note: ONLY hair styling tools with an automatic shut off feature will be allowed in student housing units.
When asked by Goodwin University Security or authorized personnel, you must properly identify yourself to the University representative. Your Goodwin University student identification number may be required as a part of this identification request.
It is the policy of Goodwin University to carefully investigate any report of a missing student who is enrolled and attending classes at Goodwin University. Missing student investigations will be completed through the cooperation of Student Services and Campus Safety and Security.
This policy applies to all Goodwin University students, whether or not they reside in student housing.
- A student will be deemed missing when the student is reported absent from Goodwin University housing without any known reason.
- A student will be deemed missing when the student is reported absent from Goodwin University at any of its campuses or non-campus locations in a manner which is believed to be continual, uncharacteristic, or suspicious.
- In the event of statements made by a student indicating self-harm or suicidal ideations, that student shall be deemed as missing if the student is not in the company of a University official or family member.
- Pursuant to 20 U.S.C. § 1092(j) and 34 C.F.R. § 668.46(h), it is required that any missing student report must be referred immediately to the University Department of Campus Safety and Security at 860-913-2100, Vice-President of Student Affairs and/or Dean of Students.
The option for designating an emergency contact person is given and included in the student housing application process and will also be given as an option at the time of Student housing unit check-in.
Any contact information shared will be registered confidentially and be accessible only to authorized campus officials and then disclosed only to law enforcement personnel in the furtherance of a missing person investigation. Regardless of whether the student has identified a contact person, is above the age of 18, or is an emancipated minor, the local law enforcement agency will be informed within 24 hours that the student is missing.
The University is not responsible for any loss or damage to personal property of student housing residents for any reason that is lost, damaged or stolen (including damage caused by employees in the performance of their work). For the protection of your personal property, always keep the door to your room locked at all times.
Residents are strongly discouraged from keeping large sums of money, expensive jewelry, or highly valued articles on their person or in their room. It is also recommended that students should have homeowner's/renter's insurance.
Although Goodwin University is not responsible for personal property, in such a case, immediately report it to the Dean of Students office and file an Incident Report with Campus Security. Students who have been victimized by theft should then also contact their homeowner's/renter's insurance company for possible restitution.
The maximum occupancy of any student housing unit is mandated by CT State Fire Code as well as the local East Hartford Fire Marshall codes and ordinances. No more than 8 people can be in one housing unit at a time.
Students requiring any medications to treat a medical condition are responsible to keep such medications in a secure location in their residence hall room. This includes locking the room when unoccupied. Students who use syringes for medication administration are also expected to keep syringes in a secure location and dispose of them in a puncture resistant container. If a syringe is found on campus, please contact Campus Security to perform safe disposal.
Epi-pen emergency injector kits have very specific disposal requirements in an institutional setting. Students who must discard a used epi-pen should secure it in a clearly labeled puncture resistant container and contact the Dean of Students or Campus Security for proper disposal assistance.
Goodwin University Campus Security Staff is on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They can be reached by calling the Security Main Desk number at 860-913-2100.
The University prohibits soliciting, selling and distribution of samples in student housing units by non-student organizations. Soliciting by authorized representatives is permitted provided they have secured the written approval of the Dean of Students. If you discover a solicitor is in student housing, please report them to Goodwin University Security immediately.
In addition to having the option to identify a “confidential contact person” as provided in this policy, all students will provide contact information upon enrollment as well as the student's emergency contact as stated on the student's housing application. When students are instructed about their option to identify a confidential contact, it must be made clear that the information will be shared with Student Services. Only authorized campus officials and law enforcement officers in furtherance of a missing person investigation may have access to this information.
Video surveillance is in place for your protection and the protection of your property and Goodwin University property. Buildings and parking lots are under 24-hour video surveillance.
Vehicles and parking
King Court student resident parking is only allowed immediately adjacent to the student housing unit. Parking in other individual smaller Goodwin University housing units will be dictated by the specific housing unit location. This information will be provided at the time of the rental.
Parking or driving on sidewalks and grass is illegal. No parking, loading, or unloading is allowed on the sidewalks. Parking in marked handicap parking zones is not permitted unless you have a handicap placard.
See Student Handbook for Goodwin Parking Guidelines
Motor vehicles with expired or missing license plates, non-operative vehicles, boats, trailers, RVs and campers are not permitted on property. Any such vehicle may be removed at the resident's expense.
Policy disclaimer and notice of other policies
The student housing handbook is not an exhaustive list of all Goodwin University's policies and procedures. Please also refer to your student housing agreement, the academic catalog, the student handbook, and the Goodwin University policy page.