Residence Life Handbook

The Residence Life Handbook will provide you with community standards and expectations as an on-campus student resident. Please refer to this handbook for questions you may have.


Community Standards & Expectations

Alcohol and Drugs

Alcohol Policy

FVCC is committed to providing an alcohol-free environment. The possession, use or distribution of any alcoholic beverage is prohibited of any person on campus. Alcohol bottle/can collections are also prohibited in student housing. Alcohol violations carry with them the prospect of a Minor In Possession (MIP) and other criminal charges, and more severe consequences are dependent on the behavior displayed at the time of documentation.

Drugs Policy

FVCC is committed to providing a drug-free environment. The unlawful manufacture, distribution, sale, possession, use, or being under the influence of a controlled substance is prohibited and can cause harm to the community. The Residence Life staff is instructed to notify law enforcement to take over a situation if drugs are suspected to be present. FVCC has strict policies regarding the illegal use and abuse of substances. Federal Student Financial Aid is immediately withdrawn if a student is criminally convicted of a drug crime.

Medical Marijuana

Although the State of Montana law permits the use, possession, and/or cultivation of medical marijuana, federal law prohibits the use, possession, and/or cultivation in educational institutions and other recipients of federal funds. The use, possession, and/or cultivation of medical marijuana is therefore prohibited in the residence hall and on FVCC premises. Even if a student, faculty, or staff member possess documentation for permitting the use, possession, and/or cultivation of medical marijuana, this activity cannot occur on FVCC property.

Drug Paraphernalia

Possession of drug-related paraphernalia, i.e. any items used to facilitate drug use (e.g. bong, roach clip, hookah/water pipe, hash-style pipe, scales, vaporizers) is prohibited.

Tobacco Free

Residence Life supports FVCC’s tobacco-free campus policy and does not permit the use of tobacco products in the residence hall. The entire building is designated “No Smoking” in all areas including student rooms. Smoking of any kind (hookahs, e-cigarettes, and vape/vapor/vaporizer pens) and the use of tobacco products (e.g. chew, snuff, etc.) are not allowed in areas including study rooms, restrooms, hallways, stairways, lobbies, elevators, lounges, student rooms, etc.

In accordance with FVCC’s tobacco-free campus policy, students may also not smoke or use tobacco products outside the residence hall on campus property. Students must be off campus property when using these products.

Facility Usage

General Usage

The residence hall facility is reserved for the exclusive use of students who reside in the residence hall and their guests. Nonresidents, other than guests, may not use any hall facilities for any reason. Unauthorized use of the residence hall’s facilities (bathrooms, lounges, study rooms, laundry rooms, etc.) may result in disciplinary action and/or criminal action. Sleeping in community spaces is prohibited.

Bicycles

Bike theft is very common on college campuses, so please be sure to always lock up your bike when you are not using it.  We ask that residents park and lock their bikes in the racks provided around the residence hall.  Please do not chain or lock them to the stairwells or walkways as this is against the State of Montana fire safety codes.

Elevators

Residents should not tamper with or vandalize the elevator. Residents responsible for damage to the elevator will be billed, and the resident may be subject to disciplinary action and/or criminal charges.

Keys and Locks

FVCC assists students in protecting their personal property as well as the property of the residence hall by providing each student with a room key. The outside doors to the hall are always locked, and a building key must be used to gain entry. Room keys will only be issued when the student checks in to the residence hall. Students are required to return the key at the time of moving out of the residence hall. Students are advised to have their keys and student ID with them at all times.

If a resident loses his or her room key, a temporary key may be obtained at the Community Center. The resident has 48 hours in which to locate the lost key. If the student does not locate the lost key after 48 hours, the locks will be changed. This re-keying policy is for the student’s protection and security. The student will be charged for missing room and mail box keys ($150.00).

Residents should not loan their keys to others and are responsible for all activity that takes place in the residence halls as a result of key use.. Residents are not permitted to add additional locks to doors or cabinets within their apartment.

FVCC Student Housing Network Guidelines

This document is an overview of restrictions on your use of FVCC’s Student Housing network. For fine details and formal language, please see FVCC’s MIS Acceptable Use Policies.

The network in the FVCC Student Housing is a shared resource provided for use by all the residents for study and play. Therefore, we expect everyone who uses it to be a good neighbor, and to not impede or damage the network and/or anything connected to the network. In particular:

  • You may use NAT (Network Address Translation) devices to connect multiple Ethernet devices to a port (e.g. if you have a computer+game console+printer).
  • Rogue wireless access points can cause security problems and outages for you and others. Therefore, you may not run unapproved wireless access points. If you have a device that includes a wireless AP, such as a wired+wireless NAT device, printer, cell phone hotspot, etc., you must deactivate the wireless functionality.
  • On the wired network, the same rule applies; rogue network devices (e.g. hubs, switches, DHCP servers, routers, bridges, etc.) can cause all sorts of havoc for everyone. Don’t attach them to the network.
  • We expect you to keep your device security up-to-date; make sure that OS updates, security software updates, etc. are being applied in a timely manner.
  • Don’t break the law while using FVCC networks.
  • Don’t attack the network or other people’s equipment that you can connect to via the network. If you want to do security research, that’s great – if you do it on your own private network where you won’t impact anyone else. Don’t do it here.
  • Don’t hog the bandwidth – there’s only so much to go around, and your neighbors would like to use it too.

Sales in the Residence Hall

With the exception of local newspaper delivery, general sales and solicitation are prohibited in the residence hall. In order to guarantee the privacy of all residents, no agents or solicitors are allowed to enter the residence hall. Residents bothered by unauthorized persons should report them to the hall staff immediately. As a general rule, residence hall mailboxes may not be used for any mailings other than those acceptable to the U.S. Post Office. Exceptions to this rule may be granted subject to the approval of the Director of Residence Life.

Window and Window Screens

Do not unlatch screens, remove windows, or throw items from the windows for any reason. Room occupants will be charged for the total cost of reinstalling, repairing, or replacing damaged or destroyed screens. Additionally, do not enter or exit the building through the windows, which is also subject to disciplinary action.

Safety

In case of a fire, call 911. Fires are potentially a serious problem in all shared living space communities due to the high concentration of individuals living in each building. Please use caution and common sense to avoid a disaster.

Observe the following guidelines to prevent a possible fire:

  • Do not use candles or incense.
  • Do not use light bulbs greater than 100W, either incandescent or halogen.
  • Do not overload outlets. Do not use extension cords and/or surge protectors that are not UL rated and have fire-shield capabilities.
  • Do not hang any items from the ceiling.
  • Do not hang any items from the fire sprinklers. You will be responsible for the cost of all damages in their entirety.

Prevention can save your life and the life of others. Explore your community and familiarize yourself with all exits. Keep exits and access areas clear of all debris and storage.  Residence hall staff will conduct fire drills twice annually in order for all residents to evaluate proper evacuation routes in case of a fire emergency.

Candles and Incense

Candles and incense have been found to be a severe fire hazard, and their use is prohibited in the residence halls. Wickless candles are an acceptable alternative and provide fragrance without the flame.

Decorations

All natural trees and branches to be used as ornamentation in residence halls or rooms must first be fireproofed and all decorations must be nonflammable. If you have questions on how to fireproof your items please contact Residence Life staff. Residents may not hang items from the ceiling, from sprinkler heads, or create holes in the walls. Residents may not add contact paper to shelves or cabinet spaces within the apartment.

Flammable Liquids

Gasoline, kerosene, alcohol, cleaning fluids, etc., constitute a serious danger and are prohibited in residence hall, as are vehicles containing such fluids.

Halogen Lamps and Lights

The Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a warning about the dangers of halogen lamps and the excessive operating temperatures of 970 to 1200 degrees F that they produce. Curtains, clothing, paper items,+ and so forth burn quickly when they come in contact with 300W or 500W bulbs. Therefore, light bulbs greater than 100W, either incandescent or halogen, are not allowed.

Hover boards, Segway’s, and Similar Devices

The use, possession, or storage of Hover boards, Segway’s and similar devices, is prohibited on campus until safety standards for them can be developed and implemented, and the prohibition is lifted. Recent information has revealed that the batteries in the devices are dangerous and prone to explosion, creating a safety and fire risk. Until a time that the safety standards for these devices are improved, Residence Life has prohibited them from being in any the residence hall.

Prohibited Items

The use, possession, or storage of the following items is prohibited in student housing

  • Waterbed, water furniture
  • Candles, incense
  • Hotplates or other open-element appliances (i.e. toaster over)
  • Extension cords, multiple receptacle outlets, halogen lamps, connections to outside antennas
  • Fireworks, explosive materials, illegal drugs and paraphernalia, alcohol, tobacco products including e-cigarettes, weapons
  • Live Christmas trees
  • Hover boards or scooters
  • Air conditioner, swamp cooler, or humidifier
  • Futons or other large furniture
  • Pets (including fish)