Texas Tech University

Residence Hall Policies and Procedures

It is the responsibility of all students to know and understand the regulations or standards of acceptable behavior as a Texas Tech University student and as a student living in the Residence Halls. Residents should also be aware of the policies and procedures in the:

Conditions and Restrictions

NOTE: All students must comply with the conditions and restrictions of the University Student Housing (USH) contract, the USH and Hospitality Services (HS) Contract Guide, the TTU Student Handbook, TTU Operational Procedures, and the TTUS Regents Rules which contain additional information regarding expected behavior while a student at Texas Tech University. All state and federal laws apply to students living in the residence halls.

Student Conduct Violations

The following policies, as well as those mentioned above, apply to students living in the Residence Halls at Texas Tech University. Students who are alleged with violating these policies will be contacted by the Office of Student Conduct or University Student Housing staff members in person, through mail, or through their Texas Tech email.

Alcohol Beverages

NOTE:For Texas Tech University's policy on Alcohol Beverages, consult the Student Handbook, Code of Student Conduct, Misconduct.

Alcohol Containers

Students under the age of 21 may possess a maximum of two empty alcohol containers (i.e. beer bottle, wine, or champagne bottle) which must be cleaned and used for decoration only. Collections of alcohol-related cans or bottles are not permitted.

Potential Violation: Alcoholic Beverages; or Violation of Published University Policy 

Narcotics or Drugs

NOTE:For Texas Tech University's policy on Narcotics or Drugs, consult the Student Handbook, Code of Student Conduct, Misconduct.

Firearms, Weapons, and Explosives

NOTE:For Texas Tech University's policy on Firearms, Weapons, and Explosives, consult the Student Handbook, Code of Student Conduct, Misconduct.

Weapons

Housing policy does not permit items to be used as weapons, including but not limited to, dart guns, decorative or functional swords, knives of two (2) or more inches in length, paint guns, pellet guns, hunting equipment (including shotguns, bows, and arrows), and designated martial arts equipment. Weapon concealed carry is only legal for possession and storage in Murray, Carpenter/Wells, Talkington, and West Village. All other residence halls are considered exclusionary zones where concealed carry is prohibited by law.

See Texas Tech University Operating Policy 10.22 related to Campus Carry at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/opmanual/OP10.22.php.

Students in Carpenter/Wells, Murray, Talkington, and West Village that have a valid License to Carry (LTC) may store their authorized weapon within their room so long as the storage safe is approved in accordance with Senate Bill 11, Texas Tech University OP 10.22, and the University Student Housing Campus Carry policies outlined in the University Student Housing and Hospitality Services Contract Guide

Potential Violation: Possession of a Weapon as Outlined in the University Student Housing Policies and/or Texas Tech University Student Code of Conduct. 

Failure to Evacuate

Failing to evacuate the building during a fire alarm can cause harm to the individual as well as fire safety personnel. Failure to evacuate during a fire alarm will result in judicial action and could result in an arrest for violating state and federal law. During severe weather events, students should remain inside the building unless instructed otherwise. Residents and guests are expected to follow the directions provided by university officials, staff, law enforcement, and/or first responders.

Potential Violation: Failure to Comply; or Violation of Published University Policies  

Fire Safety

Anyone unnecessarily setting off or tampering with fire alarm systems, fire extinguishers, sprinkler systems, cameras, or any other fire/life safety equipment will be subject to judicial action, financial responsibility for damage, and referral to the civil authorities for prosecution under state and federal law. Removal from the residence hall community may be considered for those responsible.

Potential Violation: False Alarms or Violation of Federal, State, Local Law Tampering with fire alarm systems, fire extinguishers, sprinkler systems, cameras, or any other fire/life safety equipment.

Smoking/Vaping

Smoking is prohibited in all residence hall rooms, suites, apartments, and public spaces. Students may smoke outside 20 feet away from any part of the buildings and utilize designated receptacles for disposal. Use of Hookahs, e-cigarettes, and vaping is not allowed in the residence halls. These items may be stored in a room; however, the use of these items must be at least 20 feet from the building. Smoking/Vaping in the buildings will set off the fire alarm (See Fire Safety for ramifications for setting off the building alarm).

On September 1, 2019 a new law for the State of Texas (SB21,2019) took effect. https://legiscan.com/TX/bill/SB21/2019 This law prohibits the sale, use, and possession of tobacco and vaping products to anyone under the age of 21. Smoking and vaping in the residence halls are prohibited and a violation of the Smoking Policy. Any violation of this policy may be reviewed in accordance with the Student Conduct Code and can also be prosecutable as a violation of Texas State law.

NOTE: For Texas Tech University's policy on Smoking, consult the Student Handbook, Code of Student Conduct, Misconduct. The Smoke-free and Tobacco-Free Environment Policy is outlined in the Texas Tech University Operating Policy and Procedure Manual 60.15. https://www.depts.ttu.edu/opmanual/OP60.15.pdf.

Potential Violation: Violation of the Smoking Policy; or Violation of Published University Policies  

Unsafe Items

All electric appliances must bear a UL or equivalent certification label. All equipment should be kept in a safe operating condition. Extension cords are not permitted. Only UL approved surge protectors may be used in the halls and may not be piggybacked onto other surge protectors or other devices where multiple items are plugged in for electrical power.

Potential Violation: Violation of Published University Policies

Flammable Materials

Flammable materials are prohibited in the residence halls. This includes, but is not limited to, possession or use of the following items:

  • Candles and Incense - Candles, and/or incense (lit or unlit), are not allowed in student rooms and/or public areas in any of the residence halls.
  • Open Flames – Open flames and items which can easily cause a fire such as open coiled appliances are prohibited.
  • Vegetation of a Combustible Nature – Christmas trees, tumbleweeds, tree branches, etc. may not be used.
  • Light Strings - Light strings cannot be hung up in the hallways or on student doors but may be displayed in individual rooms.
  • Covered Surfaces – Doors may not be covered more than 50%. Students may cover bulletin boards and have drapes/curtains/shades on the windows. Blinds provided must remain in place. Students may not drape or hang fabric on walls or ceilings.
  • Lamps - Sun lamps, halogen lamps, and tanning beds.
  • Appliances - Open-faced electrical or heating appliances including hot plates, broilers, space heaters, immersion heaters, toaster ovens, air fryers, and George Foreman Grills. Also, see Items Not Permitted in the Residence Halls or Public Areas.
  • Large Coffee Pots - Coffee pots with a capacity of more than four cups.
  • Grills - Charcoal, kerosene, propane, or electric grills are prohibited. Charcoal, kerosene, and propane should not be stored in residence halls.
  • Spray Paint - Spray paint cannot be stored in residence halls.
  • Flammable Liquid or Compressed Gases - Use or storage of any type of flammable liquids or compressed gases.

Potential Violation: Violation of Published University Policies

Items Not Permitted in the Residence Halls or Public Areas

Possession of the following items is a violation of housing policy unless provided by University Student Housing. Prohibited appliances, including but not limited to:

  • Air-conditioners
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machines
  • Clothes dryers
  • Ovens
  • Microwaves over 1500 watts
  • Refrigerators over 3.7 cubic feet
  • Toaster ovens
  • Air Fryers
  • Outdoor antennas of any kind
  • Waterbeds

Potential Violation: Violation of Published University Policies

Bicycles

While residents are permitted and encouraged to bring bicycles for their personal use, bicycles are not permitted to be walked, ridden, or stored in a resident's room, the hallways, stairwells, or other locations within the residence halls. Storing a bicycle in the resident's room or other locations within the residence hall interferes with egress should a building evacuation be necessary. Residents must utilize the bicycle racks located outside of their residence hall or another bicycle rack of their choosing. This also includes bicycles or motorcycles, or any item which blocks or is stored in outside stairwells. These items may not be parked or anchored to any outside surface other than designated bicycle racks or two-wheeled vehicle parking.

Potential Violation: Violation of Published University Policies

Sports in the Residence Halls

Sports-Related Items

Sports are not allowed in the hallways or public areas of a residence hall. This policy applies to skateboards, hoverboards, rollerblades, bikes, or objects rolled along the floor or bounced, hit, or sailed through the air. Bicycles, skateboards, hoverboards may not be ridden in the residence halls.

Motorized Scooters, Skateboards, Bicycles, Etc.

Lime, or any other motorized scooter or skateboard, bicycle, or other travel device are not allowed in the residence halls. Any damage resulting from the above-listed items will be assessed to the student. Additionally, any motorized scooter or skateboard, bicycle, or other travel device found charging in the residence halls will be confiscated. Devices that aid those with mobility disabilities are excluded from this policy.

NOTE: For Texas Tech University's policy on Skateboards, Rollerblades, Scooters, Bicycles, or Similar Modes of Transportation, please refer to the Student Handbook, Code of Student Conduct, Misconduct. Additionally, refer to Transportation and Parking Services Regulations which can be found at Residence Hall Parking.

Potential Violation: Violation of Published University Policies

Courtesy and Quiet Hours

An environment conducive to studying and privacy should always exist in the residence halls. Courtesy hours are in effect 24 hours a day. Quiet hours are designated Sunday - Thursday from 10:00 p.m. to 10:00 a.m., and Friday and Saturday from 12:00 a.m. (Midnight) to 10:00 a.m. the next day. Everyone should be aware of the impact of their behaviors on others. Should a student indicate the noise level is bothersome, the noise level should be lowered immediately. Residents are responsible for their guests and will be held accountable for their guest's behavior regarding noise violations.

Potential Violation: Violation of Published University Policies

Keys/Access Cards

Do not give a key to your room or an access card to a guest or visitor for any reason. Remember to take your key, your access card, and your mask when exiting your room.

Potential Violation: Unauthorized Entry, Possession, or Use; or Violation of Published University Policies

Guests

Visitation hours are 24/7. Courtesy should be extended to roommates/suitemates regarding guests and the number of guests should not impede egress from the room.

One overnight guest of the same gender as the host is permitted with the permission of the roommate/suitemates. Additionally, the overnight guests' host will be responsible for ensuring the guest is familiar with and observes all university and residence hall policies and procedures. The host and the visiting guest will both be held accountable for any policy violations, damages, and/or loss of property.

Escort

All guests must always be escorted by a host while in the residence halls. Residents are responsible for any violations which occur within their rooms or because of their guests, regardless of whether the resident of the room is physically present. Guest behavior must follow all residence hall, state, and federal laws.

Guest Restroom and Bathroom Use

Guests of the opposite gender must be escorted to the public restroom facilities in the lobby of each building (Restrooms contain toilets and sinks and are generally in public areas). Students of the opposite gender from their host are not permitted to use community bathrooms (Bathrooms contain showers, toilets, and sinks and are generally on the residence hall floors). In co-ed halls, escorted guests may use any available appropriate gender bathroom.

NOTE: See the Visitor Bathroom Use section in the University Student Housing Contract Guide.

Potential Violation: Violation of Published University Policies

Assistance Animals and Service Animal Information

University Student Housing is a pet-free facility.  Service Dogs and Assistance Animals will be allowed in university housing only after appropriate documentation has been reviewed/approved by both Student Disability Services and University Student Housing. 

Assistance Animals must either be a cat or a dog, no other animals will be approved as accommodations.  Assistance Animals, which are dogs, must be less than 50 lbs. if the student is living in a traditional on-campus residence.  Assistance Animals, which are dogs, must be less than 75 lbs. if the student is living in a suite or apartment-style residence hall (Murray, Carpenter-Wells, Talkington, & West Village)

Visiting service dogs are welcome anytime; however, visiting assistance [DG1] animals must have prior approval from the Office of Disability Services and University Student Housing to accompany a guest.

Sponsored therapy dog events are excluded from this policy if they are in full compliance with all stipulations covered within Texas Tech University Operating Procedure OP 61.46: Therapy Dog Sessions Within University Buildings | Operating Policies & Procedures | TTU

STUDENTS FOUND TO HAVE AN UNAUTHORIZED ANIMAL IN THEIR RESIDENCE HALL WILL BE SUBJECT TO A $100 CHARGE PER INSTANCE.

Potential Violation: Violation of Published University Policies

Selling, Solicitation, Advertisements, and Printed Materials

Advertisements, sales, displays, or distributions of publications on campus are not permitted without approval unless provided for by University policy or law. Neither residents nor off-campus salespersons are permitted to solicit room-to-room, through the mailboxes or through the posting of flyers. Please report the presence of door-to-door salespersons in the residence hall to 911 and the hall office or a staff member immediately. Residence hall students may not post flyers selling personal items in the halls or on their doors but rather, must go to the designated board in the Student Union Building for posting. Student rooms may not be used for commercial purposes. Student organizations wishing to post flyers within the residence halls must provide advertisements to the University Student Housing Welcome Center located in Wiggins. Only 22 copies will be accepted and only the Residence Life staff may hang flyers in the buildings.

Potential Violation: Abuse, Misuse, or Theft of University Information Resources; or Violation of Published University Policies

Telecommunications Network Items

Devices including, but not limited to hubs, switches, bridges, routers, wireless network access points, network firewalls, VPN concentrators, and remote access devices are not permitted under this policy.

NOTE: The telecommunications device policy is outlined in the Texas Tech University Operating Policy and Procedure Manual 52.03. http://www.depts.ttu.edu/opmanual/OP52.03.pdf.

Potential Violation: Abuse, Misuse, or Theft of University Information Resources; or Violation of Published University Policies

Theft, Damage, or Unauthorized Use

The intentional or unintentional misuse of residence hall facilities, equipment, and furniture is a violation of policy. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Public Area Furniture - Furniture in public areas of the residence halls is to remain in its place for the convenience of all residents and their guests.
  • Room Furniture - Resident rooms have built-in furniture and fixtures, which should not be dismantled.
  • Elevator Misuse - Persons who misuse an elevator will be subject to disciplinary action and held financially responsible for any damage.
  • Sealed Windows, and Window Stoppers and Cranks - Window ledges are not to be used for storage. Students can be held personally liable for any damages to property and/or any personal injury resulting from items being thrown from windows or falling from ledges. Some residence halls have window stoppers. If a window stopper is removed, a replacement fee will be assessed to the resident(s) of the room. Window stopper replacement is a minimum of $50. Other halls have sealed windows that must remain sealed for safety reasons. If they are opened in any way, a charge is assessed to the resident(s) of the room to reseal the windows. Resealing windows will be a minimum of $50. Windows with cranks, if broken will be a minimum cost of $150.

NOTE: For Texas Tech University's policy on Theft, Damage, Littering, or Unauthorized Use please refer to the Student Handbook, Code of Student Conduct, Misconduct.

Potential Violation: Theft, Damage, Littering, or Unauthorized Use; or Violation of Published University Policies  

Room Optimization Process

The room optimization process allows University Student Housing (USH) to meet all housing needs by optimizing vacant spaces across campus.  The room optimization process is typically initiated after fall and spring move-in. USH will contact all students who are impacted via their TTU email.  

Procedure

Students who are not assigned a roommate or who lost a roommate will be given the following options during the room optimization process:

  • Relocate to a new room with a vacancy; alternatively, a new roommate may be assigned to the vacancy (to be determined by USH), OR
  • The student may sign a contract addendum and secure their current room as a single-occupancy room.  There are additional costs for a single room and the single room rate will be applied to both Fall and Spring semesters as applicable.

Failure to timely request a roommate may result in a new roommate being assigned to the vacancy as determined by USH.  The vacant space should always remain clean/clear of clutter to receive a new roommate at any time. If a new roommate is assigned and is unable to move in due to the vacant space being used, the current occupant will be charged a single room fee effective from the date their room first became vacant.

Single Rooms

A limited number of single rooms may be available in the residence halls after move-in and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. As vacancies occur during the academic year, a student may request a single room by contacting their hall office. There are additional costs for a single room and the single room rate will be applied to both Fall and Spring semesters as applicable. A single room does not entitle the student to make the extra bed available to another student or guest. If the student later decides to accept a roommate or move to another room, the single room rate will be prorated.

Policies updated: 07/2021