Safety and Security
Safety and security in the residence halls is a top priority for University Student Housing. It is the responsibility of every resident to be aware of policies and procedures related to safety and security. Residence hall staff provides safety and security programs for residents throughout the year on topics such as harassment, personal safety and securing personal property. Safe Ride, a service provided by the Student Government Association (SGA), is a free service available to students from 8:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. nightly. More information on Safe Ride can be found here https://www.depts.ttu.edu/sga/SafeWayHomePrograms.php
The Facility Coordinators are staff that monitor the physical buildings and adjacent areas during evening hours (10:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m.) to maintain the integrity and security of our buildings. These staff members are available to assist students in the event of an emergency, but their main role is to focus on the physical structure of our residence halls. Facility Coordinators are able to perform minor maintenance and, if needed, contact additional personnel to assist in emergency situations.
Visitation and Escort
All residence halls begin the year with 24-hour/7-day visitation. This means that an escorted guest may visit you in your room at any point.
Visitation policies in the residence halls may be amended at the beginning of each academic year through the following process:
By the third hall government meeting of the fall semester or by the end of September, whichever comes first, every traditional style residence hall's government will conduct a vote, pursuant to complex constitutional guidelines, during a general assembly meeting to determine whether their respective residents desire to maintain the 24-hour visitation or would like to conduct a vote of all residents to adjust the hours. (Suite style and apartment-style housing complexes will not conduct a vote and will remain under 24-hour visitation yearlong.)
If the council determines it in the best interest of residents to conduct a vote, the following four options will be presented to residents.
- Option 1
- Sunday through Thursday
- 11:00 a.m. – Midnight
- Friday and Saturday 11:00 a.m. –2:00 a.m.
- Option 2
- Sunday through Saturday 11:00 a.m. –2:00 a.m.
- Option 3
- Sunday through Thursday 11:00 a.m. –2:00 a.m.
- Friday and Saturday 24 hours
- Option 4
- Sunday through Saturday 24 hours (Default)
Residents will then be presented with a three-day voting period. A vote of 2/3 of all building residents is required for any one option to pass. Failure to reach a 2/3 majority would mean the continuation of 24/7 visitation.
The Director of University Student Housing shall have the discretion to modify and/or withdraw visitation hours should it be determined that members of a residence hall have not maintained community standards related to the visitation policy and behavioral expectation of the university described in the Code of Student Conduct: www.depts.ttu.edu/studentconduct.
It is especially important that residents escort their guests at all times. The majority of vandalism, theft and many policy violations occur as a result of unattended visitors or strangers wandering the floors and building.
Residents are responsible for the conduct of their visitors and will be held accountable for their visitor's actions.
A roommate's rights to the room must be given high priority regarding visitation. A roommate should not be compelled to leave the room in order to accommodate a visitor, nor should the roommate be placed in a situation that might cause embarrassment or inconvenience.
Visitors of the opposite gender are not permitted to use community restrooms. Visitors should use the public restrooms located in the main lobby. Any guest suspected or found cohabitating in a room will be removed from the room and could face both university judicial action and/or criminal charges.
Living in a residence hall plays an important part in students' growth; in doing so they become a part of the Texas Tech community of scholars. This University Student Housing and Hospitality Services Contract Guide provides general guidelines for residence hall living and includes essential information to help students participate as responsible residents of Texas Tech University. Students are responsible for their own personal conduct.
Residents are expected to live by the general academic and social standards of Texas Tech University, as explicitly described in the Code of Student Conduct Handbook and by all local, state, and federal ordinances and laws. Residents and visitors of the residence halls are also expected to follow residence hall policies and procedures listed in this guide as well as other policies and procedures adopted by the university during the student's occupancy in university housing.
Weapons and Other Prohibited Items
Weapons are strictly prohibited in all residence halls and dining facilities with few exceptions. Residents may store only licensed handguns in personal gun safes in their rooms in the following halls: Carpener/Wells, Murray, Talkington, and West Village. See below for Texas Tech University's Campus Carry policy for more details and information on licensed and legal firearm ownership and possession on campus.
All other firearms and weapons are prohibited including long guns, shotguns, paint guns, pellet guns, BB guns, bows and arrows, dart guns, switch blades, knives of two or more inches in length, designated martial arts equipment, and all hunting equipment/weaponry.
Explosives are not permitted in the residence halls. Any resident who throws, ignites or has in his or her possession any firecrackers, fireworks, explosives, or pyrotechnics of any nature within, or around, the residence hall will be subject to university judicial action and may be removed from the residence halls.
Also prohibited are halogen lamps or other high-heat and explosive-prone lamps/bulbs, pets, alcoholic beverages, illegal substances, candles, incense, open-coil electrical appliances, George Foreman-type grills, toasters and air conditioners.
University Student Housing Campus Carry Policy
In response to Senate Bill 11 passed by the Texas Legislature and signed into law June 2015, a person who holds a Texas Concealed Handgun License (CHL) may carry a handgun on the grounds and in the buildings of an institution of higher education effective August 1, 2016. There are several exclusionary zones that have been identified around campus where even a licensed individual may not carry their handgun for any reason. Refer to Texas Tech University O.P. 10.22: Concealed Carry of Handguns on Campus for additional policy information.
Handgun license holders residing in individually assigned rooms in suite style and apartment style TTU housing accommodations, specifically Carpenter Wells, Murray, Talkington, and West Village Residence Hall, will be allowed to possess handguns on the premise provided:
- Possession complies, at all times, with Texas statutory law and these rules, and;
- The license holder stores handgun(s) in a university-approved gun safe installed in the license holder's room. A university-approved gun safe is defined
- Must be large enough to fully contain all firearms placed in it and provide for secure storage; but no larger than a safe you would find in a hotel room.
- Must have exterior walls constructed of a minimum of 16-gauge steel.
- Must have a high-strength locking system consisting of a mechanical or electronic combination or biometric lock, and not a key lock.
- Must be physically secured inside the license holder's residence in a manner that
conforms to University Housing policy.
- Installation costs and any damages upon removal of safe will be the responsibility of the student.
- The premises of all Texas Tech University residence halls are exclusionary zones except as provided in OP 10.22.
- Please refer to OP 10.22 for all additional exclusionary zone requirements.
Sealed Windows, Window Stoppers, and Cranks
Screens must be left on the windows, and window ledges are not to be used for storage. Removal of screens encourages storing items on ledges and provides a temptation to throw things out of windows, thereby creating a hazard to students walking below. Students can be held personally liable for any damages to property or any personal injury resulting from items being thrown from windows or falling from ledges. Screens are part of the room inventory. If the screen is removed, a replacement fee will be assessed to the resident(s) of the room.
The following residence halls that do not have screens (Horn/Knapp, Bledsoe, Sneed, Hulen/Clement, and Murray Halls) have window stoppers instead. 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 $35.
TThe windows in Chitwood/Weymouth, Talkington, West Village, Stangel/Murdough and Coleman Halls 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 $40. The windows in Carpenter/Wells have cranks; if broken there is a minimum cost of $140.
If a student leaves prior to the end of their housing contract, they must complete a written cancellation request at the main University Student Housing office located in Wiggins Complex.
All residents, regardless of circumstances or timing, must inventory out of their room with a Community Advisor. The Community Advisor will complete the room inventory with the date of check out. This date is important as it determines charges or refunds for time in the residence hall.
If the Community Advisor is not available, students must contact the hall/complex office so that another staff member can complete the required check-out procedures process. The resident should retain the student copy of the associated form as proof of completion of the check-out process. Residents must return their room key at the time of check out. An improper check-out may result in additional charges.
A resident who fails to check out properly with a University Student Housing Community Advisor or fails to remove personal belongings from the assigned space upon cancellation of the contract is subject to additional charges for room use, cleaning, and/or packing of items.
Residence Hall Policies
Residence Hall policies are published online at http://housing.ttu.edu/hallpolicies.
University Student Housing reserves the right to update and change the Residence Hall Policies at will.