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Residents will be held responsible for any policy violations by their guests. Any resident or student who was present when a violation occurred may be subject to disciplinary action even though he/she did not actively participate in the offense. Prohibited items described in this section will be confiscated.

Further information regarding SVA guest policies are available in the FAQ guide that will be sent to with your housing assignment.

Resident Guest Policy
  1. All residence halls maintain 24-hour security.
  2. A guest may stay no more than three (3) consecutive nights and no more than ten (10) days over the course of a month, without permission from the Residence Hall Director.
  3. The security officers are responsible for monitoring the guest and security policies. When entering the building, residents must present their valid, government or school issued photo identification card to the security officer.
  4. If a security officer asks a resident and/or their guest to produce an ID, they must honor this request.
  5. Residents are held responsible for the action of their guests.
  6. If a resident has a concern regarding security services, they should speak to a residence life staff member.
  7. Residents must accompany their guests at all times.
  8. Residents must submit an overnight guest pass to security by 11 pm admit and allow overnight guests. All guests not registered as an overnight guest by 11 pm, will be asked to vacate the premises until 8 am the following day.
  9. All guests under the age of 17 must be approved by the Residence Hall Director.
SVA Housing Policy Violations

1.   Tampering with fire extinguishers, alarms, sprinkler systems, smoke detectors, emergency exits or other safety equipment.

2.   Possession and/or use of extension cords to power multiple appliances (as opposed to power strips, which are permitted).

3.   Possession and/or use of flammable decorations, appliances or other property that may be deemed a fire hazard, including but not limited to candles, incense and evergreens.

4.   Possession and/or use of cooking and other household appliances in the Ludlow Residence, including, but not limited to heating coils, hot plates, microwave ovens, open-faced electrical appliances, space heaters and toaster ovens.

5.   Possession and/or use of spray paint, spray adhesive, and spray glue.

6.   Possession of unauthorized furniture.

7.   Possession of weapons, including, but not limited to knives, mace, explosives, fireworks, firearms or ammunition.

8.   Possession or storage of a gas engine or any form of combustible fuel in the residence halls.

9.   Keeping pets or animals in any residence hall.

10. Possession, use or distribution of an alcoholic beverage or alcoholic beverage containers, including empty containers.

11. Possession, use or distribution of an illegal or controlled substance and/or related

12. Smoking in the residence halls, or possession of smoking devices such as bongs and hookahs.

13. Throwing or allowing to fall from residence hall windows, doors, terraces, ledges, roofs or other areas, any object or substance.

14. Unauthorized solicitation or recruitment of any kind.

15. Failure to maintain acceptable standards of personal hygiene or room cleanliness to the extent that such failure interferes with the general comfort, safety, security, health or welfare of a member of the residence hall community.

16. Disorderly, disruptive, or aggressive behavior that interferes with the general comfort, safety, security, health or welfare of a member of the residence hall community or the regular operation of the College.

17. Any harassment or abusive behavior toward another individual.

18. Physical violence, actual or threatened, against any individual or group of persons.

19. Engaging in, or threatening to engage in, any behavior that endangers the health or safety of another person, property or oneself.

20. Unauthorized access to or use of restricted areas in or about a residence hall, including but not limited to vacant rooms, roofs, ledges, terraces, basements, storage areas or emergency exits.

21. Violation of the SVA Residence Life Guest Policy.

22.  Participating in or contributing to the unauthorized entry of another individual, including fraudulent misrepresentation, using false identification, etc., into any part of an SVA residence hall.

23. Theft, vandalism or damage to another resident’s property or SVA property.

24. Excessive noise as defined by any New York City ordinance or a residence hall policy on noise.

25. Failure to present a valid ID card or properly identify oneself when entering a residence hall or when requested to do so by any authorized SVA staff member.

26.  Unauthorized possession, use or duplication of a residence hall room key.

27. Unauthorized residence hall room change.

28. Installing an unauthorized lock on a bedroom, bathroom or suite door.

29. Failure to lock room doors.

30. Exhibiting or affixing any unauthorized sign, posting, advertisement, notice or other lettering, flags or banners, that are inscribed, painted or affixed to any part of the inside or outside of a residence building (other than items affixed entirely inside a resident’s room in a non-damaging manner).

31. Failure to comply with an administrative request from an SVA staff member.

32. Failure to successfully complete the terms of a judicial sanction.

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