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Residence Life & Housing


Residence Hall Policies

Alcohol Edu

This online course is designed to make students aware of the facts, statistics, and realities of alcohol on a college campus. First-year students are expected to complete the course before arriving to campus for the academic session. Students are required to complete Alcohol EDU.


The process of adjudication at St. Ambrose University is based on an educational philosophy that attempts to help students understand standards of behavior expected at SAU.

You can find more information about adjudication in the Student Handbook that is furnished to students upon their arrival in the fall.

Alcohol in Residence Areas

Students living in traditional residence halls such as Bechtel, Cosgrove, Davis, Franklin, and Rohlman Halls may not possess or consume alcohol in the residence halls regardless of age.

In preferred housing, students under age 21 are not allowed to possess or consume alcohol. If both roommates are under 21, no one may possess or consume alcohol in their room. If one roommate is of legal drinking age and the other is under 21, the individual who is legal may possess and consume alcohol. The individual of legal drinking age may not provide alcohol or let those under 21 possess or consume alcohol in the room, townhouse or house.

Students who are found with kegs, pony kegs, or other common sources of alcohol in residence halls, preferred housing or elsewhere on campus will be subject to the student conduct review process and appropriate sanctions if found responsible.

The container will be confiscated and not returned. Bars are also prohibited. Informal gatherings of reasonable size are allowed in campus residential facilities, but hosts are responsible for the actions and safety of their guests.

Damage or Vandalism

Individuals, who damage campus or personal property, whether through vandalism, irresponsible accidents or fights, will be dealt with severely. University property includes equipment rented, leased or placed on the campus by the University, and Universityowned equipment not located on campus.

Students responsible for damage to University property will pay repair/replacement costs (as determined by Physical Plant), and are subject to an additional fine of $25 or one-third the cost of damage, whichever is greater. Resident students may be required to move off campus immediately.

All students responsible for damage will be restricted from campus and allowed on campus only to attend classes and to use academic facilities such as the library or computer labs. Subsequent offenses by any individual will result in suspension from the University for at least one academic semester.

Residents of a particular floor or building are responsible for the cost of repairs for any public area (including elevators, University wireless routers, and hallways) if the offender does not claim responsibility. These damages will be assessed by Residence Life staff in consultation with Physical Plant and/or IT and divided equally by the total number of residents. Any appeals of such damages need to be received in writing within 90 days of posting to the student account(s).

Students are also responsible for keeping their student residences and the area around them clean. Students bear the responsibility for any excessive cleaning costs. If damage occurs in your residence, please contact Residence Life so it can be attended to.

Rooms need to be left in the original move-in condition - clean, with beds bunked or lofted and all personal items removed. Students who damage the room with nail holes or tape marks will pay for the repairs when moving out. Students who paint their rooms will pay the cost of repainting the room.

Electrical Appliances

Students are not allowed to have halogen lamps or cooking appliances with exposed elements, such as hot plates and Pizza Pizzazz® or toaster ovens, in the halls. Microwaves over 650 watts or 0.7 cubic feet and refrigerators over four cubic feet are not permitted. Due to their inability to function properly with the University system and network policy, personal wireless internet routers are not allowed.

Students may not provide their own air conditioning units in their rooms. The device will be confiscated until the end of the academic term. Students living in Davis Hall with severe medical conditions (such as asthma or severe allergies) may submit a note from their physician stating their medical condition to the Assessibility Resource Center. Students with legitimate medical needs may be granted permission to bring their own air conditioning unit (less than 650 watts), provided the Physical Plant Department oversees its proper installation.

Students should not use extension cords due to their inability to protect against surges of electricity. Rather, residential students are encouraged to use surge protector strips that have a UL rating of at least 330 Volts and a Joule rating of at least 200 to 400. Failure to use such protection could mean that preventable damage could occur to electronic devices in residential areas. Such damage is not be the University's responsibility.

Fire Alarms

To make sure all buildings are as safe as possible, the University conducts periodic fire drills. Each alarm should be considered an actual alarm, and each student is responsible for exiting the building in a safe and orderly manner.

Individuals who do not evacuate the building or cooperate during a fire alarm will be subject to disciplinary action. These offenses also violate state law and offenders may be referred to local authorities for further action.

The following are prohibited: tampering with fire safety equipment on campus, igniting fires in or on University property, calling in or setting false fire alarms on campus, using potentially hazardous flammable materials, and misuse of emergency exits.

Tampering with any fire safety equipment is a serious matter. Students found pulling false fire alarms, expelling fire extinguishers, and tampering with smoke detectors, sprinkler heads, or other safety equipment will be subject to the student conduct review process and appropriate sanctions if found responsible.

Fire Hazards

Any items that may create a safety or fire hazard, including halogen lamps, candles, incense and non-surge suppressed power strips, are not allowed in student housing and will be confiscated. Cooking equipment with exposed heating elements is not allowed in campus residential facilities and will be confiscated.

Electrical circuits can be easily overloaded by simultaneous operation of hair dryers, stereos, televisions, refrigerators, and other equipment. Overloaded circuits are a fire hazard. Intentional violators will be subject to the student conduct review process and appropriate sanctions if found responsible.


Furniture provided by the University at check-in, including furniture in public areas, must remain in the same location (room, townhouse, house, lounge.) Items not designed for outdoor use such as furniture made of fabric, wood furniture, stuffed furniture, beds, mattresses, etc., are not allowed to be placed outdoors whether or not it is owned by the University. Waterbeds are not allowed in campus residences. All personal furniture must be removed from campus at the end of the year.


Heating pipes may freeze and break if windows are left open or heat is turned off during cold weather. Students will be held responsible for any damages to their residence that result from such negligence. Students may not provide their own space heaters.


Resident students receive a room key when they check into their room and are responsible for it. If a key is permanently lost, the core(s) will be changed at a cost to the student of $35. An additional $20 charge will be assessed for each additional lock that needs to be changed in the residence. The preferred housing cost is higher due to the number of locks that need to be changed. Residents must contact the residence life staff if a key is permanently lost.

Students may not loan their key to any person, have unauthorized possession of keys, duplicate keys, or misuse keys that permit access to University vehicles or facilities, including residence hall rooms.


If students are locked out of their room, they should contact Security. There is no charge for the first or second unlock of each semester. There is a $5 charge for each subsequent unlock. On the third occasion, the Residence Life Staff will be notified that there may be a missing key.

Student ID Cards

Students are required to have their student ID on their person at all times. IDs are required to enter the building via card access. IDs may not be loaned to any person, and any IDs found must be returned to Security or Residence Life immediately. If you lose your ID and are unable to find it, you may obtain a new one at the Residence Life Office. There is a $25 charge for a new ID.


Students wanting to loft their beds in Davis Hall single rooms or Hagen Hall must use the materials provided in their rooms. Students living in all other University housing must use lofting materials rented from College Products at (St. Ambrose code: Bees).


Animals, other than fish, are not permitted in residence halls. Any aquarium larger than a 20-gallon tank will need special approval from the Hall Director or Area Coordinator. Students keeping pets must immediately remove the pet and will be subject to disciplinary action.

Preferred Housing Guidelines

Preferred housing includes Hagen Hall, preferred North apartmetns, the townhouses, McCarthy Hall, Tiedemann Hall, and campus houses.

  • Alcohol: Students of legal drinking age are allowed to consume alcohol within preferred housing. Alcohol must remain indoors, but may be on patios or porches except during quiet hours.
  • Basements and Attics: Basements and attics are not for general student use or student storage. Fire code also prohibits the storage of personal items in stairwells. Basements with laundry facilities should be used only for this purpose. Cleanliness: All residents are responsible for the cleanliness and maintenance of their unit/house. Common area damages and excessive cleaning will be billed to all residents. Bedroom damage will be billed to residents of that specific bedroom. To avoid possible pest problems and charges for trash removal, please take trash to the receptacles provided and return empty cans and bottles as soon as possible. There is a $10 per bag charge if maintenance or housekeeping staff must take out the garbage.
  • Furniture: Per City of Davenport code, inside furniture is prohibited from being outside on porches or patios.
  • Lights: Tampering with security lights is strictly prohibited.
  • Noise: Students in preferred housing are unique in that they are not only part of the University, but are also part of the broader community of Davenport residents. Please respect the rights of all your neighbors. Excessive noise and other disruptive behaviors will not be tolerated.
  • Overnight Guests: Policies for overnight guests are the same as in other residence halls. Hosts are responsible for their guests' behavior.
  • Visitation Policy: Preferred housing residents may establish a policy that may include 24-hour visitation for common living areas only. A guest staying for more than 3 consecutive days/nights must be approved by the Hall Director or Area Coordinator

Quiet/Consideration Hours

Certain times of the day have been designated "quiet hours." These are Sunday-Thursday, 10 p.m. to 8 a.m.; and Friday and Saturday, midnight to 10 a.m. During all established quiet hours, noise may not be heard outside the resident's room or window. Thematic Housing residents have the opportunity to expand quiet hours for their communities. During finals week, 24-hour quiet hours are in effect. While these are standard quiet hour guidelines, all noise will be kept to a reasonable minimum level 24 hours a day. This is a general courtesy to others.

Sports in Residential Facilities

No type of outdoor sport or athletic activity is permitted in student residential facilities. Such activities include but are not limited to football, hockey, playing catch, rollerblading, cycling, and golf. Such activities are not appropriate for inside the residence halls/townhouses/houses as they endanger others and may result in damage to the facility. Violators will be subject to the student conduct review process and appropriate sanctions if found responsible.


Phone jacks and local phone service is available for students who wish to use the service with a $25/per year set-up fee. Students must provide their own phones. Students may request a long-distance calling code from the Student Accounts Services office. Any student using a code supplied by St. Ambrose is responsible for prompt payment of all long-distance charges. Unauthorized use of the telephone and the long distance calling code will result in a $50 fine plus the cost of the telephone calls. Repeat offenders will lose their telephone privileges.

Thematic Housing

These communities enhance the college experience by bringing together residents to focus more intentionally on a specific aspect of University life. The University provides supplementary staff support and programming for these communities. The residents of these communities work together, with Residence Life staff, to create the goals and expectations for their community. They also sign an agreement to abide by these guidelines for the community. Violation of the community agreement can lead to removal from the thematic housing. The communities are:

  • Academic Wings (North Hall): First Year women and First Year men
  • Academic Community (North Hall): sophomores, juniors and seniors
  • McCarthy: International Floor: juniors and seniors
  • McCarthy: Themed: juniors and seniors
  • Graduate Houses and McCarthy apts: graduate students

Unsecured Rooms and Windows

Unlocked rooms threaten the safety and property of all residents in the unit. No rooms, apartments, or houses may be left unlocked and unattended. Students are encouraged to keep their rooms locked even when they are present. Additionally, it is the responsibility of students to keep their window screens in place and secured at all times. If a screen is out or missing, the student must report it to Residence Life, Security, or Physical Plant to have it reinstalled.


Campus residential facilities at St. Ambrose should reflect the values of the institution and its students. Personal conduct and behavior should be reflective of the character of Christian men and women. As a Catholic university, St. Ambrose believes the complete and genuine expression of love through sex requires the commitment to marriage. Therefore, premarital sex is in no way condoned, and the visitation policy is, in part, guided by that value.

Campus residential facilities should most importantly maintain an academic atmosphere with sufficient quiet, space and privacy. Rules regarding quiet hours and visitation ensure the opportunity for study.

Students should be free from harassment and know that harassment will not be tolerated. All students and their guests are expected to respect other people and their property.

In order to maintain a safe, pleasant living environment for students, and to respect the mission of St. Ambrose, visitation hours have been established for residence halls. The hours are 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily in Bechtel, Cosgrove, Davis, Franklin, Rohlman Halls and preferred housing; however, in preferred housing, each individual unit may establish a policy that may include 24-hour visitation for public living areas only.

After 7 p.m., St. Ambrose students (with a valid ID) will be granted admission to any residence hall by showing the desk guard the valid ID. Non-residential students will be required to sign the guest log prior to entering the building. Starting at 11 p.m., all guests have to sign in with his/her host at the desk under the host's name. Same gender guests (and the host) will not have to leave their IDs. Guests of a different gender than his/her host will leave their IDs and will need to leave the hall by 2 a.m. Residents of Bechtel, Cosgrove, Franklin, and Rohlman Halls will not have to sign-in to other rooms in their respective building, but will still be expected to abide by the 2 a.m. curfew for visiting members of the opposite sex.

Guests must abide by all established policies at St. Ambrose and are the responsibility of their resident host. There is a limit of one guest per resident. Resident students acting as host or guest are responsible for abiding by the visitation policy. Residents must escort guests at all times. Policy violations by the guest or the host will result in the immediate termination of the visit and/or guest pass. If a guest in violation is under 18, his or her guardian will be contacted to come get him or her. Violation of the visitation policy will result in disciplinary action being taken.

For overnight guests of the same sex in a traditional hall, a guest pass must be completed online and approved by Residence Life. Overnight guests of the opposite sex are not allowed except for siblings who are under age 13.