Publication: Rights, Rules, Responsibilities, 2006-07

II. Students and the University (cont.)

Regulations Concerning Specific Aspects of Student Life

Dormitory Regulations

A student resident in a University dormitory agrees to the terms and conditions outlined in the University room contract.

In general, dormitory residents themselves have authority to make their own social rules, so long as those rules conform to the general guidelines defined in the following paragraphs, as well as to the University’s general conduct regulations. Undergraduate men and women, unless they are married, cannot be assigned to the same rooms or the same suite of rooms. Furthermore, rooms must be assigned in such a way as to ensure that men and women have separate bathrooms. Graduate students, if married or domestic partners, are allowed to occupy apartment housing. In graduate dormitory housing, men and women may not share the same room or suite but they may share the same bathroom.

Space in University dormitories is made available to regularly enrolled students of Princeton, for their personal use, and use of such space cannot be transferred to any other individual. While students are permitted to have guests for short periods of time, extended visits are not permitted. Members of the dormitory community are expected to act with a considerate regard for the rights, privileges, and sensibilities of others. Dormitory residents should respect the desire of all members of the community for a reasonable degree of privacy. It is expected that residents will show consideration for the property of their peers and of the University.

The student is responsible for loss or damage to University property (including the furniture and the accommodations) provided for the use of the student. In the event of loss or damage, the student using the accommodations will be charged for necessary repairs or replacements. In addition, students who damage University property will be subject to University disciplinary action. Students may be held liable for all losses or damages resulting from negligent and/or purposeful acts and may also be liable for any loss or damage incurred by their guests who are non-University members.

The faculty retains general oversight of undergraduate dormitories. The Undergraduate Life Committee and the Residence Committee are responsible for making policy recommendations to the Vice President for Campus Life and the Director of Housing. Violations of dormitory regulations are adjudicated by the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students, the Faculty-Student Committee on Discipline, the Residential College Disciplinary Board or the Housing Office. Housing policies, regulations, and services are outlined in the Residential Living Policies and Dining Services Guide.


Every Princeton dormitory resident has the right to a reasonably quiet environment in which to study and to pursue his or her other interests. The University expects all students to respect this right and to be aware of the impact of their activities on their neighbors. Stereo speakers, for example, should be placed in such a way as not to interfere with the activities of others. Normally, audio equipment should be placed away from doors and open windows. While social gatherings are an essential part of campus life, students responsible for hosting parties are urged to be considerate of their neighbors. If the Department of Public Safety receives complaints about a loud party or other noisemaking activity prior to midnight on weeknights or 2:00 a.m. on weekends (Friday-Saturday and Saturday-Sunday nights only), the proctors will ask the hosts to reduce the noise level. After the curfew hour, the proctors are authorized to end the activity in question. Dormitory residents concerned about excessive noise should feel free, at any time, to call the proctors for assistance. All noise complaints are noted by the Department of Public Safety. Especially flagrant and/or repeated violations of this noise policy may result in disciplinary action by the Office of the Dean of the Graduate School or the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students.


Only fish may be kept in dormitory rooms, and tanks are not to exceed 10 gallons. No other animals are allowed in the dormitories. Specific details can be found in the Residential Living Policies and Dining Services Guide.

Posting of Notices

Posters or notices of any kind may be affixed only to bulletin boards in dormitory entryways, food service units, academic and administration buildings, and outdoor kiosks, lampposts, and bulletin boards. Students are encouraged to remove outdated material from kiosks and bulletin boards rather than postering over existing notices. (See also page 7.)


Princeton University is committed to providing a healthy, smoke-free living environment for all its students. Further, New Jersey law prohibits smoking in all dormitories/annexes, including private student rooms and common areas. Accordingly, smoking is not permitted anywhere in Princeton University dormitories/annexes.

Fire Safety Policy

Students should consult the Residential Living Policies and Dining Services Guide for regulations regarding fire safety.

Candle/Flammable Liquid/Incense/Fireworks Policy

The University candle/incense ban is a total ban in all dormitories and annexes. Candles/incense do not have to show signs of use and/or be out of manufacturer’s wrapping. All candles/incense will be confiscated and immediately disposed of. A $50 fine will be issued on first offense along with possible disciplinary action by the dean’s office for unlit candles/incense. A $100 fine will be issued on the first offense along with disciplinary action by the dean’s office for lit candles/incense. If damage is incurred to a room due to candles/incense, the student will be held liable for charges to restore the room to its original condition. On subsequent offenses, the fine is increased and disciplinary action may result.

Use of Exterior Elevated Surfaces of Campus Buildings and Other Restricted Areas

Entering mechanical areas (rooms, tunnels, etc.) construction sites, or other restricted areas is prohibited. Entering upon exterior elevated surfaces of campus buildings (roofs, fire escapes, terraces, balconies, or ledges above the first floor) is prohibited except in emergencies or in the circumstances described below:

1. Authorized persons may, for purposes of research, enter upon the following elevated areas constructed especially for such research: the roof of Jadwin Laboratory and the terrace of the Engineering Research Laboratory. Entrance upon these areas may be authorized at the discretion of the responsible faculty departmental chairs.

2. In addition, members of the faculty and staff may, for purposes of research, request authorization to enter upon elevated surfaces other than those specified above. Such requests will be reviewed by the Office of Environmental Health and Safety in conjunction with the Facilities Department. Student requests must be sponsored by a faculty or staff member.

3. Any persons may enter upon the following terraces clearly designed for foot traffic and gatherings: Jadwin Plaza, Computing Center Terrace, McCormick Terrace.

4. University employees or contractor personnel are authorized to enter upon any elevated surfaces in the performance of official functions.

These regulations are intended to prevent injuries to members of the University community, and to prevent physical damage to surfaces, areas or equipment not designed for traffic or public use.

This policy specifically prohibits buildering on any elevated surface on the campus. The policy also prohibits entering upon any dormitory exterior areas above the first floor. (While some exterior elevated areas of the dormitories may appear to have been designed for foot traffic or gatherings, all such spaces are to be used only as a second means of egress in case of fire.)

No items, including antennas and wire, lights, flags, banners, etc., may be placed on or affixed to the outside of any building. No items may be placed on fire escapes at any time under any circumstances.

Because of the seriousness of the regulations regarding fire safety and use of exterior elevated surfaces of campus buildings, the University will take disciplinary action on a first offense. Such action may include the imposition of a fine by the Housing Office. Please refer to the University’s Residential Living Policies and Dining Services Guide for specific information regarding such fines. The University has the right, moreover, to require students who have violated these safety rules (or any other dormitory regulations) to vacate their accommodations with no financial credit for the remainder of the semester.

For clarification of the above safety regulations, please consult the Fire and Safety Inspection Office, the Housing Office, or the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students.


Storage space is extremely limited in the dormitories. During the academic year, therefore, students may store their possessions only in their suites or in designated storage areas. Possessions found in other areas will be treated as abandoned goods, and will be disposed of by the University after notice has been given. During the summer vacation, all personal possessions must be removed from dormitory rooms.


Lofts which conform to University standards and that incorporate the bed frames and mattress are permitted in dormitory rooms. Please consult the Housing Office for information regarding appropriate specifications.

Privacy and Right of Re-entry

The University respects the privacy of the student but reserves the right to re-enter and take possession of the accommodations upon breach of any term of this agreement. The University may enter the accommodations during reasonable hours to provide efficient service and maintenance. The University may enter the accommodations without notice for the purposes of emergency service, safety and room condition inspections, or if there is reason to believe that any term or condition of this agreement is being violated. When entering accommodations, the University may be accompanied by an outside party, such as a Borough Fire Inspector.

Search of Dormitory Rooms

Any search of dormitory rooms (as distinguished from a safety inspection) will be carried out only with adequate cause, and with the explicit authorization of the Dean of Undergraduate Students, the Dean of the Graduate School, or some other senior administrative officer. Should such a search be necessary, every effort will be made to have the resident present at the time of the search. If it is impossible to arrange to have the resident present, he or she will be informed of the action as soon as possible following the search.

Dining Regulations

All freshmen and sophomores living on campus are required to have board contracts at a University dining facility, unless excused by the Dean of Undergraduate Students for medical reasons. Any upperclass student living in a residential college must select a meal plan. The detailed terms of the dining contracts are available in the Residential Living Policies and Dining Services Guide.

Health Regulations

Health Services policies and regulations are outlined in the UHS Guide, and at the UHS Website: University Health Services also has policies and procedures governing the confidentiality of student health records and the extent to which information may or may not be released. For further information contact University Health Services.

University Ban on the Nude Olympics

For a number of years undergraduates, predominantly members of the sophomore class, gathered as a group in Holder Courtyard on the night of the first snowfall, virtually naked, and in an environment that included student alcohol abuse, underage drinking, lack of concern for the welfare of fellow students, and risk of harm to themselves, to other people, and to property. This gathering came to be known as the “nude olympics.”

In the Spring of 1999, the President of the University and the Board of Trustees accepted the recommendation of the Committee on the Nude Olympics that this activity be banned, effective immediately, because of the severe health and safety risks posed by the event. The undergraduate student body is advised that they may not attempt to organize or engage in any activity that is perceived to perpetuate gatherings or events that contain or encourage some or all of the behaviors that have been associated with past nude olympics. These prohibitions apply to the campus, as well as to public and private property in the surrounding communities.

Any undergraduate engaging in activity that, in the judgment of the Dean of Undergraduate Students or a designee, could reasonably appear to others to perpetuate gatherings or events that contain or encourage such behaviors is subject to suspension from the University for a period of at least one year. The penalty will be increased for aggravating behaviors, such as committing acts of vandalism, harassment, or avoiding apprehension by campus public safety officers or municipal police.

Normal disciplinary procedures will apply, except that

(1) the Dean of Undergraduate Students, or a designee, will hear the case and assign the penalty, and

(2) appeals will be brought to a subcommittee of the Committee on Discipline.

The president and board ask members of the University community to report information they have regarding possible violations of this policy to the Office of Public Safety or the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students.


New Jersey Law

In compliance with New Jersey statute, Princeton University is required to notify all students of their rights under law.

1. A person is guilty of hazing, a disorderly persons offense, if, in connection with the initiation of applicants to or members of a student or fraternal organization, he or she knowingly or recklessly organizes, promotes, facilitates or engages in any conduct, other than competitive athletic events, which places or may place another person in danger of bodily injury.

2. A person is guilty of aggravated hazing, a crime of the fourth degree, if he or she commits an act which results in serious bodily injury to another person.

3. Consent shall not be available as a defense to a prosecution under law.

4. Conduct constituting an offense under the law may be prosecuted under any applicable provision of Title 2C:40 of the New Jersey Statutes.

Prohibition on Hazing

1. Any student shall have the right to be free of all activities which might constitute hazing, while attempting to become a member of a fraternity, sorority, athletic team, student organization, eating club, or other campus organization. Organizations, their members, and their prospective members are prohibited from engaging in or encouraging others to engage in activities that are defined as hazing.

2. A broad range of behaviors that may place another person in danger of bodily injury or behavior that demonstrates indifference or disregard for another person’s dignity or well-being may be classified as hazing. Examples include but are not limited to the following:

a. forced or required ingestion of alcohol, food, drugs, or any undesirable substance

b. participation in sexual rituals or assaults

c. mentally abusive or demeaning behavior

d. acts that could result in physical, mental, or emotional deprivation or harm

e. physical abuse, e.g., whipping, paddling, beating, tattooing, branding, and exposure to the elements.

Acceptable Behavior

Any new member initiation process should be conducted in a manner that respects the dignity of new members and protects their mental and physical well-being. Examples of acceptable behavior include the promotion of scholarship or service, the development of leadership or social skills or of career goals, involvement with alumni, building an awareness of organizational history, development of a sense of solidarity with other organization members, or activities that otherwise promote the mission of the organization or of the University.

Sororities and Fraternities

The University does not recognize fraternities and sororities because, in general, they do not add in positive ways to the overall residential experience on the campus. These organizations can contribute to a sense of social exclusiveness and often place an excessive emphasis on alcohol. Students are discouraged from participating in these organizations.

Sororities and fraternities are not permitted to use any University resources or participate in University sponsored events (e.g., Student Activities Fair, April Hosting Program, etc.).

Alcohol Policy

Students at Princeton University are responsible for knowing and abiding by both state and University regulations regarding the consumption of alcohol. The University provides educational programs and information on alcohol and drug abuse as well as counseling services. Students are expected and encouraged to be aware of the social, physiological, and psychological consequences and personal risks of excessive drinking in order to make responsible and informed decisions about the serving and consumption of alcohol.

The University alcoholic beverage policy is consistent with the laws of the state of New Jersey, which, in general, prohibit the consumption and serving of alcoholic beverages by and to persons under 21 years of age. Students are responsible for their behavior, whether or not they are under the influence of alcohol. The consumption of alcohol does not constitute a mitigating circumstance when it contributes to the violation of University regulations. The policy affirms the need for mutual respect and personal responsibility within a diverse community.

The University respects the right to privacy, and its representatives will not enter dormitory rooms without substantive cause (i.e., without reasonable suspicion that University policies or regulations have been violated). However, those whose behavior infringes on the rights of others have, in essence, forfeited that privacy.

What are the responsibilities of Princeton University students?

Alcoholic beverages normally will not be provided at events where persons under the legal drinking age for consumption of alcoholic beverages are present, including those sponsored by the University, the residential colleges, the University Centers, the Undergraduate Student Government, and the Classes. Those who are of legal drinking age and who wish to sponsor an event with alcohol must obtain approval from and comply with the guidelines established by the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students or the Office of the Dean of the Graduate School.

Availability of alcoholic beverages shall not be the primary focus of advertising for campus social events. Those given approval to serve alcoholic beverages are responsible for ensuring that only those of legal drinking age are served.

It is the immediate obligation of those in the presence of a severely intoxicated person to contact appropriate University or local medical or safety personnel (such as Public Safety officers, deans, University Health Services (UHS) staff, University Medical Center at Princeton staff, or local police or members of the rescue squad). Neither intoxication nor admission to University Health Services for intoxication will be grounds for disciplinary action. Contacting the Department of Public Safety for assistance in transporting a student in need of medical attention will not, in itself, lead to disciplinary action. Disciplinary action will occur only if other circumstances indicating a violation of University policy are observed. In such an instance, failure to call for assistance will be considered an especially serious violation of policy.

When will the University intervene?

The following represent examples of the way in which different kinds of incidents would be handled:

1. If Public Safety observes an individual leaving a party with alcohol, Public Safety has substantive cause to enter that room to investigate a possible serving violation.

2. In the event of a noise complaint, Public Safety will go to the room and knock on the door. If no one answers, Public Safety may enter the room and instruct the residents of the room to control the noise; Public Safety will not have cause to investigate possible alcohol violations unless indicators of alcohol consumption or provision are observed, such as evidence of intoxicated behavior, kegs, bottles, or cans. This procedure will be the same for any similar complaint.

3. The presence of individuals dancing or drinking out of cups is not in itself substantive cause to enter a room.

When are Princeton University students in violation of the alcohol policy?

Students are in violation of the University alcohol policy under any or all of the following circumstances:

1. When participation in an activity encourages excessive drinking (e.g., drinking games, initiation activities, hazing) as it can lead to the endangerment of the individual serving or consuming alcohol. This is an especially serious violation.

2. When the consumption of alcohol contributes to behavior that (a) intimidates or harasses others; (b) injures or threatens to injure others (e.g., driving under the influence of alcohol, assault); (c) leads to the destruction of property; or (d) infringes on the peace and privacy of others, students are in violation of the policy.

Any of the above will be regarded as an especially serious violation.

3. Students are in violation of the policy (a) when carrying or possessing an open container of alcohol—defined as any container not sealed by the manufacturer—in or across common spaces (lounges, gamerooms, courtyards, dining areas, hallways, etc.); (b) when in possession of a keg and/or tap or other evidence of intent to serve (unless permission is granted by the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students); (c) when, under the age of 21, in possession of any container of alcohol in common spaces of the University; (d) when serving, providing, or making available alcohol to any person, regardless of his or her age, without first obtaining approval from the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students (undergraduates) or the Office of the Dean of the Graduate School (graduate students); and (e) when procuring alcohol for persons under the age of 21 or by falsifying identification.

The preceding regulations apply to students both on and off the University campus, particularly in the local vicinity. Violations of local ordinances or State laws by students may also be grounds for University disciplinary action, regardless of where such violations occur, if they clearly violate University standards of conduct.

Princeton University Drug Policy

Princeton University does not condone the possession, use, manufacture, or distribution of illegal substances or drug paraphernalia of any kind in any amount. Students in violation of this policy may be jeopardizing their own well-being as well as the well-being of the University community.

Among those violations considered to be most serious are the manufacture, sale, or distribution of illegal drugs; any involvement in illegal drug use or traffic with minors, particularly from the local area; and possession or use of the more dangerous or highly addictive drugs.

Students who are in violation of the alcohol or drug policies are subject to a range of University sanctions including: warning, disciplinary probation, withholding of degree, suspension, required withdrawal, expulsion, and censure. In general, an undergraduate who violates the alcohol/drug policy for the first time is placed on disciplinary probation. Discipline for a second offense will be more serious and may involve lengthening of probation, campus service and/or revocation of on-campus residential privileges. Students should expect to be suspended for a third drug or alcohol or drug or alcohol-related offense. Deans and directors of studies may require an alcohol/drug evaluation by University Health Services staff when appropriate and may notify a student’s parents following any significant incident of drug/alcohol-related misconduct. Alcohol, kegs, and/or taps, and drugs used in violation of the above regulations will be confiscated. Students possessing, using, selling, or manufacturing illegal substances may also be subject to mandatory penalties prescribed by the state.

Students who violate the University’s alcohol or drug policies will be encouraged to avail themselves of the services of the University’s Alcohol and Other Drug Program. In some cases, counseling may accompany disciplinary sanctions.

Conduct at Prospect Street Clubs

Standards of behavior by University students in the independent Prospect Street clubs are to conform with established standards in the University as a whole. In particular, club members are to act with considerate regard for the rights, privileges, and sensibilities of others. It is expected that they will show due consideration for the property of their fellow members and guests, as well as for the property of the club itself. Physical violence, intimidation of others, or offensive and disorderly behavior will not be tolerated in any club or on the walks and streets outside clubs. University policy in cases in which misconduct is alleged to have taken place in the clubs is governed by the provisions set forth concerning off-campus activities (see page 9).


Policies and regulations are detailed in the booklet distributed by the library each year (see page 11).

Motor Vehicle Regulations

Detailed regulations and campus maps are available at the TigerCard/Parking Office located on the A Floor of the New South Building. In addition, they are distributed to all students when vehicles are registered. Regulations are also available online at the following website:

Note: Freshmen are not permitted to have a vehicle on campus for the academic year. Holidays and break times are NO exception.

Parking arrangements for guests and visitors to the campus are the responsibility of the inviting party or the activity sponsor. To avoid embarrassment, such as towing of a guest’s car, students should make parking arrangements for their visitors and guests with the TigerCard/Parking Office as far in advance as practical. Temporary parking permits will be issued to guests and visitors to the University for a small fee.

Even though you may not plan to have a car in Princeton, you should be familiar with the motor vehicle regulations since your guests will also be subject to these regulations. A weekend guest may park free in Lot 21 adjacent to Jadwin Gym without a temporary parking permit from 5:00 p.m. Friday until 2:00 a.m. Monday. If a student has brought his or her car to Princeton for the weekend only, he or she will be treated as a guest. Guests or visitors who must leave their vehicles in Lot 21 for any period other than 5:00 p.m. Friday to 2:00 a.m. Monday must make arrangements with the TigerCard/Parking Office. The office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. After hours, consult with the Department of Public Safety as all vehicles MUST have a parking pass on weekdays.

Legal Assistance

The Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students and the Dean of the Graduate School are authorized to provide specific kinds of aid to students who have been charged with violations of the law or who are actually under arrest. In such cases, University officials may:

1. Provide the student with the names of a few local attorneys; the student may or may not choose to consult with persons from this list.

2. Help to arrange bail, if the student or parents cannot provide immediate funds for bail. In special circumstances, the University may make a loan for the amount of bail (or of a bondsman’s fee) if the student and/or parent so authorizes.

In all instances, the cost of bail, as well as the cost of legal counsel, are the full responsibility of the student and his or her family. The University’s actions in such cases are undertaken in an effort to ensure the protection of the student’s rights and safety, and are not to be construed as efforts to afford the student special treatment in respect to the law.

Financial Regulations

A detailed discussion of specific fees, terms of payment, rebates, and financial aid is printed in the Payment Agreement sent to all undergraduates.

Use of University Monies (Including Student Fees)

University funds, including fees collected by the University from all students (or their parents) as a condition of enrollment in the University, can be used only for purposes integrally related to student activities at the University. Such funds should not be used to make grants to organizations outside the University, thus rendering the University, in effect, a conduit for the transfer of funds. An annual fee is assessed to all enrolled graduate students in residence in order to fund activities of the Graduate Student Government, and at the discretion of the Graduate Student Government, to support other organizations and events. Undergraduate activity monies can be allocated through the Undergraduate Student Government for the support of the on-campus activities of campus groups, including provision of funds to assist in fund-raising efforts, in educational and informational campaigns, and the like. University policy stipulates, however, that each of the many causes that compete for student attention should make its own case to potential sources of funds on campus and should solicit from individuals voluntary contributions specifically for the particular purposes of that organization.

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