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.
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:
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:
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.
The following violations of the residence hall agreement may result in specified fines being applied administratively by Housing and Residential Services.
|Violation of residence hall grounds and public area protocol policy||$50|
|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.|
|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|
|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|
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.