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Possessions and Conduct

Possessions

Appliances

  1. Students who exceed the electrical load limitations in their rooms may be required to remove appliances.
  2. Food preparation and cooking is permitted in residence hall or apartment kitchens only, not in bedrooms, hallways, restrooms or lounges.
  3. Permitted Appliances & Devices
    1. Small devices such as radios, clocks, phone chargers, desk lamps, laptop or desktop computers
    2. Electric blankets
    3. Stereos up to 200 watts or 1.7 amps
    4. Televisions up to 150 watts or 1.25 amps (usually about 32” or smaller).
    5. Refrigerators: Maximum of two per room, each limited to 95 watts or .8 amps (usually about 1.8 cubic feet), or one larger refrigerator per room limited to 190 watts or 1.6 amps.
      1. Refrigerators must be plugged directly into a wall outlet, not into power strips.
    6. Coffee makers or electric water heating pots
    7. “Surge protected” electrical cords, as long as they do not extend through a doorway, window or ceiling panel, or across a hallway or traffic area, or underneath a carpet or rug. Electrical cords cannot be fastened to a wall or structure.
    8. Printers: we recommend using USB-connected printers since wireless (WiFi) printers may be very difficult to set up through the university network and personal WiFi routers are not permitted.
    9. Hair dryers:
      1. Limited to 1300 watts in bedrooms in all buildings (except Stewart: limit of 1000 watts). Higher wattage units may be used in community or apartment restrooms.
      2. May be used only at bedroom vanities in Sigma and Thompson Hall
      3. May be used only in community restrooms in Alpha and Hart Hall
  4. Appliances & Devices Not Permitted:
    1. See Prohibited & Illegal Items.

Pets

  1. Due to health, cleanliness and damage concerns no pets are allowed in Biola student housing.
  2. For service animal or emotional support animal accommodations, contact The Learning Center (learning.center@biola.edu or (562) 906-4542) for more information.

Decor

  1. No paint, wallpaper, contact paper or other adhesive products may be used on walls or university furniture.
  2. No alternate flooring, such as tile, wood or wall-to-wall carpet, may be installed in rooms. Area rugs without adhesive backings are permitted.
  3. Only small finishing nails may be used to apply decoration to walls. Cinder Block wall may use 3M/command strips or poster putty. Nails may be obtained from Residence Life staff, or you can bring your own thin nails. No tape or any kind of adhesives are to be used on walls, doors, windows, furniture or any other surfaces.
  4. “Washable” crayons may not be used on any surfaces.
  5. Decorations can only be hung from walls (not attached to or suspended from ceilings), and must be a minimum of 1 foot from the ceiling and at least 3 feet from all four sides of a fire extinguisher or fire alarm pull station. Decorations are prohibited on fire doors.
  6. Anything outside of the above products not listed that can cause long-term damage to the room is not allowed.
  7. No decorations may be placed outside of your room, except for items affixed to the door. This includes doormats.
  8. All decorations in rooms or apartments must be in harmony with the philosophy of the university as outlined in the Student Handbook. Distasteful, offensive or vulgar items are inappropriate and should not be displayed.
  9. Christmas decorations:
    1. Due to state and county fire code, living Christmas trees must be fireproofed before being put in residence hall rooms, apartments, lobbies or lounges. Live trees must be purchased from a vendor who can treat and tag the tree and issue a fireproof certificate. The vendor's tag must remain on the tree and the certificate must be presented to Facilities Management before the tree is taken into any building. Self-treatment with fire retardant spray is not sufficient.
    2. Artificial Christmas trees must be made of fire resistant material.
    3. "Spray snow" may not be used on any surface, including windows, due to potential for damage or difficulty cleaning.
    4. Christmas lights may be used as long as the cords do not extend through any doorway, window or ceiling panel, or across any hallway or traffic area, or under any carpet or rug. Only lights rated for indoor use may be used indoors. No lights may be hung near water sources. A maximum of three light strands may be connected to each other.

Personal Property

  1. The university is not responsible for damage to or loss of personal belongings in university housing, which are a result of fire, wind, water, insects, rodents, vandalism or theft. When damage or loss is reported, the university will take reasonable steps to attempt to resolve the problem, but residents are solely responsible for all personal belongings.
  2. Residents are encouraged to ensure that personal belongings are covered by their parents’ homeowner’s policy or a renter’s insurance policy.
  3. See Keys and Authorized Entry for details on securing belongings in a student’s room.
  4. See Room Searches for details on searches and inspections.

Prohibited and Illegal Items

Items described below are not permitted in the buildings, apartments or rooms, by residents or their guests, for legal, safety and/or health reasons. Prohibited possessions may be confiscated and discarded by the university in accordance with federal, state and local laws and established university procedure. Appropriate disciplinary and/or legal action may also be imposed.

  1. In accordance with the Student Handbook, residents (regardless of their age) may not promote, distribute, sell, possess or use alcohol, tobacco, illicit drugs, or any other controlled substances (including marijuana) with the intent of becoming impaired or intoxicated whether on or off campus. This includes the unauthorized use of prescribed medications or any other substance (including "medical marijuana") with the intent of becoming impaired or intoxicated. This prohibition also includes non-alcoholic beer, wine or champagne. Empty packaging or containers of these items may not be stored on campus, and drug-related paraphernalia is strictly prohibited.
  2. Appliances & Devices Not Permitted:
    1. Halogen floor lamps
    2. Cooking kitchen appliances such as hot plates, burners, microwaves ovens, toaster ovens, electrical skillets, rice cookers, toasters, blenders, crock pots, popcorn poppers, sandwich makers, or food grillers. However, these may be used in residence halls or apartment kitchens.
    3. Air conditioners or space heaters
    4. Clothing irons may only be used in laundry rooms.
    5. Electrical cords that are not “surge protected,” multiple "surge protected" electrical cords in one outlet, or outlet taps designed to add further plugs to one outlet.
    6. Wireless (WiFi) routers for personal use (these interfere with Biola's wireless technology)
  3. Candle or incense burning, due to fire danger.
  4. Personal mattresses, water beds, water-filled furniture, or personal lofts or platforms (see FURNITURE & FURNISHINGS)
  5. Hammocks, due to risk of injury or damage to property.
  6. Hoverboards and similar devices, due to risk of fire and/or injury.
  7. Cable or satellite television equipment and/or services may not be installed or contracted for in university housing.
  8. Nerf weapons, water balloon launchers, slingshots, and similar projectile toys
  9. Substances and related paraphernalia, including, but not limited to pipes, hookahs, bongs, water pipes, herb grinders, rolling papers, blunt splitters, and lighters
  10. The use or storage of hazardous, flammable or toxic substances are prohibited in residence halls and apartments, including, but not limited to: gasoline, motor oil, grill starter fluid, charcoal briquettes, propane, photographic development chemicals, flammable automotive products, tires, or pesticides. Aerosol cans (spray paint, spray lubricants, hairspray, etc.) containing product or propellant must be disposed of as hazardous waste through Facilities Management.
  11. The possession or use of any type of weapon on Biola's campus is prohibited. Weapons include, but are not limited to, firearms, ammunition, air guns, spear guns, blowguns, airsoft guns, paint pellet guns, martial arts weapons, bows and arrows, crossbows, swords, knives, batons, clubs, TASERS, stun guns, and explosives of any type. Anyone found in possession of any unauthorized weapon on campus may be subject to disciplinary or criminal proceedings.
  12. Possession or use of firecrackers or other fireworks is prohibited on campus due to city ordinance. Violators may be fined $100 and may be subject to disciplinary action.
  13. See also Appliances & Devices Not Permitted above.
  14. See Storage for instructions on additional flammable materials.

Conduct

See also the Student Handbook for additional details regarding student conduct on and off campus.

Noise

  1. La Mirada city ordinance requires quiet from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will issue citations on campus to offenders of this ordinance.
  2. After 10 p.m., the right to quiet supersedes anyone's right to make noise.
  3. Drums and other loud instruments are permitted for a maximum of two hours per week, but only as approved on a case-by-case basis by Housing and Residence Life staff.
  4. During evenings residence halls and apartments should be quiet enough that study and sleeping conditions are not disturbed. If any noise can be heard outside of a student’s room or apartment, it is too loud.
  5. Loud conversation in the hallways, on decks or in courtyards may be disturbing to others and should be avoided.
  6. Students who are disturbed by noise have the responsibility to confront the offenders. Should the offense continue or be repeated, the student should speak with Housing and Residence Life staff.
  7. Housing and Residence Life staff has the authority at all times to take steps they deem necessary to maintain a quiet atmosphere in the residence halls and apartments.
  8. Residents responsible for excessive noise and/or disruptive behavior may be subject to disciplinary action, including at least a $25 fine, and they may be asked to remove sound systems or musical instruments from their rooms or apartments. Residents who continually disrupt their neighbors may be subject to dismissal from housing, as well as further disciplinary action.

Sports

  1. Because of the great potential for injury, damage and disturbance, the playing of any and all sports in the residence halls and in or around the apartment buildings is prohibited.
  2. Violators will be fined at least $25 and will be financially responsible for any damage resulting from their activities. Damage unreported by those responsible will be automatically charged to the occupants of the room, apartment, suite or floor involved.

Hazing & Raids

  1. Biola supports and enforces federal and California state law which prohibits hazing. See the Biola University Student Handbook's section on Hazing.
  2. Raids of any kind are prohibited because of the potential for injury, damage and/or disturbance.

Dissent & Disruption

  1. In certain circumstances, when a student’s presence or conduct on campus may cause a disruption of the educational process or be considered a threat to individuals, to the community or to university property, the university reserves the right to remove a student from university housing temporarily or permanently, and to restrict a student’s access to campus.
  2. Students have a right to ask questions, seek information and assistance, or to express dissent, but this right must be exercised in a manner consistent with the Standards of Conduct. It must not be practiced in a way that violates the rights of others and the educational mission of the university.

Soliciting

No solicitation of any kind is allowed in residence halls or apartments. Solicitors or anyone of a suspicious nature should be reported immediately to Campus Safety at (562) 903-6000. See the Student Handbook's policy details.