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Standards of Accountability

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Responsible Technology Use

Failure to abide by NIU technology policies, state or federal laws, or regulations regarding the fair uses of technology may result in legal action or official campus disciplinary procedures. Refer to the Division of Information Technology and ResTech for additional information about the acceptable uses of technology in academic and residential environments.

Removing from its university-assigned location, tampering with, altering, or damaging any component of a residence hall telephone or public address system is prohibited.

Accepting collect calls or placing third-party calls and charging them to a university telephone number is prohibited.

Instructions from University Officials

  • As stated in the general conduct regulations of the university, residents must follow oral or written instructions regarding university regulations or state law as outlined by authorized representatives of the university. This includes all Housing and Residential Services staff members.
  • Residents must present their NIU OneCard and/or hall entry card to university officials upon request.
  • Guests who do not show identification upon request can be instructed to leave the premises immediately and arrested for trespass for non-compliance.

University Regulations and Government Statutes

Failure to observe university regulations and federal, state, or local laws subjects the violator to university disciplinary action and/or prosecution in civil courts and/or remedial action under the terms of the housing contract.

Laws and regulations relate to:

  • Acts of violence and disruption.
  • Possession or use of firearms, clubs, air guns, any type of ammunition, explosives (including fireworks), knives, or other weapons.
  • Misuse of telecommunication resources and copyright infringement.
  • Gambling activities.
  • Possession, use, or sale of illegal drugs, drug paraphernalia, narcotics, or controlled substances.
  • Possession and use of alcohol by those who are under-age.

Disciplinary Policies and Procedures

Administrative Suspension and Review

Northern Illinois University has a responsibility to assure that students attending the university have a safe, non-disruptive environment. Every effort is made to assure that students receive assistance if they are experiencing difficulty at the institution. However, when such an effort has been made and the student is still not able to function in a non-disruptive manner at the university, the institution has a responsibility to take action.

Under these rare circumstances, the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs or designee may impose immediate administrative suspension without prejudice from residence halls or the university. The suspended student shall be given an opportunity to be heard or provide a written statement and may be accompanied to their administrative hearing by an observer or advisor.

The proceeding is in the nature of an administrative process and shall not be governed by strict rules of evidence. Such action may be taken only when the following conditions exist:

  • The student evidences behavior that is disruptive to the normal conduct of university business, or
  • The student evidences behavior that indicates that he/she may pose a hazard to him/herself or others, and
  • The behavior described in conditions 1 and 2 above cannot be effectively dealt with through the University Student Conduct system or the voluntary medical withdrawal procedure, and
  • Efforts on the part of university officials to assist the student in meeting reasonable behavioral expectations have proven unsuccessful.

Discrimination and Harassment

  • Harassment of individuals, especially based on race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or disability will not be tolerated in university residence halls or by the university in general.
  • Such harassment is defined as acting or communicating in a manner that intentionally harasses, coerces, intimidates, threatens, or seriously embarrasses any persons, especially on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.
  • Behavior reflecting discrimination or harassment subjects the offender to serious university disciplinary sanctions, including, but not limited to, suspension or dismissal from both residence halls and the university.

Individual Hall Policies and Sanctions

Individual halls and/or Housing and Residential Services may set reasonable policies and levy disciplinary sanctions, including administrative fines that are binding on residents (subject to appeal) through the Complex Coordinator, the Hall Director, and/or Community Standards.

Administrative Fines

The following violations of the residence hall agreement may result in specified fines being applied administratively by Housing and Residential Services.

Violation Fine
Violation of residence hall grounds and public area protocol policy $50
Violation of room and furniture modification policy $50, plus any costs associated with the repair or replacement of damaged university property
Violation of the policies on electrical equipment and appliances $50
Violation of the room decoration policy $50, plus any costs associated with the repair or replacement of damaged university property
Violation of appropriate window usage policy $50 plus cost of any of repairs or replacement
Violation of the room change policy prohibiting unauthorized residence hall resident room changes $50. In addition to fines, residents may be required to move back to their university-assigned rooms.
Violation of the Prohibited Items Policy $50
Violation of the Safety and Security Policy by failing to comply with listed, posted, or announced residence hall regulations governing building security.

Examples of these violations include, but are not limited to:

  • Entering or exiting a residence hall building through any other access point than designated doorways.
  • Assisting others to gain unauthorized building or floor entry.
  • Propping doors.
  • Failing to follow procedures at checkpoints for showing NIU OneCard and/or Hall Entry Card.
  • Hosting guests more than 72 consecutive hours.
  • Not following the stipulated procedure for registering guests.
  • Knocking on stairwell doors or ringing ADA doorbells to gain access to community without a host.
$50
Unauthorized occupancy during a time period not covered by that individual’s residence hall contract (e.g., university-designated closing periods) $50, plus the cost of the daily room rate
Violation of the key policy by relinquishing possession of one's room key or NIU OneCard to another person, having possession of a residence hall room key or NIU OneCard not issued by the university, allowing one’s room key or NIU OneCard to be duplicated or modified, or using a key or NIU OneCard to gain entry to a floor other than one’s own building or residence $50
Violation of the NIU smoking policy $50
Unauthorized entry into a Residential Dining Center $50
Improperly checking out of one's room $50
Failure to remove personal belongings from the residence halls when moving out of one’s room $500 minimum

Student Code of Conduct

Refer to the NIU Student Code of Conduct for detailed information on university policies related to standards of acceptable behavior on campus.

Restricted Access to Student Records: Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

While FERPA protects student privacy, it also restricts information that can be shared with parents when they are attempting to assist a student in problem-solving. Our staff can share general information about policies and procedures with anyone, but if you want your parent or guardian to be involved in a situation you encounter, be prepared to have Housing and Residential Services staff request your written permission before they will discuss the specifics of your personal situation with your parent or guardian.

Housing and Residential Services
housing@niu.edu
815-753-1525

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