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D. Housing Regulations

The following regulations apply to all students, visitors, or guests in on-campus housing. All references to on campus housing include the residence halls, fraternity houses, and Cokesbury Court Apartments.

Due to Covid-19, the Guest Policy has been significantly altered. Visit the University Housing page or talk to Housing staff for more information.

Residency Requirements

  • All unmarried students under 21 years of age before the first day of classes who are enrolled full-time, regardless of classification, are required to live in University housing or with a parent or legal guardian.
  • Any student under 21 years of age desiring to live with a parent or legal guardian within a 30-mile radius must submit a completed ‘Housing Exemption” form in the Housing Portal.
  • Students who do not comply with the off-campus living arrangement for which they received an exemption for will be fined the lowest highest rate based on their classification.
  • If a student is identified living off campus without being approved to live off campus the student will be charged the lowest highest rate based on their classification.
  • All individuals living in on-campus housing must be enrolled, full-time students at Oklahoma City University. Part-time students may live in on-campus housing with approval from University Housing Officials. Students can obtain approval by submitting a written request through email to the Director of Housing and Residence Life.
  • First-time freshmen will reside in Walker Hall, Banning Hall, and Draper Hall. Honors students will be assigned to Banning Hall. All other students may reside in any permitted on-campus housing facility.
  • Residents of Walker, Banning, Draper, and Methodist Halls must purchase one of the Residential Meal Plans. Cokesbury Court Apartment residents may choose between purchasing one of the Residential, the Apartment meal plans.

Click here to view information on Housing and Meal Plan Rates.

On-Campus Housing Rent/Fees

  • All students applying for on-campus housing must pay a non-refundable housing processing fee that is charged to each student’s account with the Student Accounts Office or through their BlueLink account. Scholarship cannot cover this amount.
  • The housing rate covers occupancy of the assigned space from the official opening to 12 hours after the official withdrawal from the University, or 24 hours after a student’s last final examination.
  • Residents vacating on-campus housing prior to the completion of their contract will be charged their total rent.
  • The housing rate for the residence halls do not cover occupancy during official University vacation periods or extended periods between terms. The University reserves the right, when necessary or practical, to close the residence halls during these periods. Special arrangements are available for residents who must remain during such periods. Residents will incur an additional charge. Official opening and closing times will be listed in the academic calendar, and will be posted in residence halls.
  • A resident who is suspended or expelled from the University or is removed from any on-campus housing facility for reason of improper conduct or for violation of University regulations must immediately vacate the facility upon notification and is not entitled to a refund. The removal of personal items remaining in the facility after the student has vacated will be at the discretion of the University.
  • All fines issued for failure to adhere to University regulations will be applied to students’ accounts. Grades and transcripts will not be released if any account is not cleared in accordance with the records of the Office of Student Account Services.

General Policies and Rules

  • On-campus residents are required to attend all regularly scheduled hall and/or floor meetings.
  • The University firearms and hazardous materials policy located in this handbook applies to all on campus housing.
  • Students must supply bedding, including deep-pocket or extra-long sheets, pillows, pillow cases, blankets, towels, and bedspread. Bed sizes vary by facility.
  • No pictures or articles that would leave permanent damage may be tacked or fastened in any way to the walls, woodwork, furniture, or electrical fixtures.
  • Sexist, racist, discriminating, or sexually explicit posters, pictures, articles or videos are not permitted in the residence halls.
  • Possession of incense and candles is strictly prohibited.
  • Residents are allowed one small artificial Christmas tree.
  • Real or live trees and boughs are prohibited. Christmas lights are allowed in the windows if they are placed safely and do not overload electrical circuits.

Check-In and Check-Out Procedures

  • At check-in each resident must complete a room inventory form. This includes transfer from one room to another during a term. The form indicates the condition of the room and allows for notation of any existing damage. Fines will be assessed based on damages reported.
  • Check-in must be completed prior to 10:00 p.m. on the day before classes begin, unless the student provides the Office of Housing and Residence Life advance written notice of late arrival.
  • Upon check-out, rooms must be left in the same condition they were when initially occupied. Students will be fined for any damages in the rooms.
  • All furnishings which are not property of the University must be removed by the resident prior to checkout.
  • All rooms must be thoroughly cleaned and inspected by the Residence Life Coordinator or Resident Assistant prior to vacating or transferring to another room.

Housing Assignments and Roommates

Incoming Students

  • Incoming student must complete a Housing Application online.
  • Incoming students are given housing assignments Mid-Summer
  • Incoming students may request a roommate when completing the Housing Application. Potential roommates must specifically request each other in their housing application to be considered for the same room assignment.

Current Students

  • Current on-campus housing residents returning to on-campus housing for the following academic year are eligible to participate in the Housing Selection.
  • The Housing Selection is held in March and provides on-campus housing residents an opportunity to handpick their housing assignment for the coming academic year.
  • Prior to Housing Selection, each on-campus resident will be given a time-slot to begin selecting housing.
  • Residents will select their housing in time-slot order. Groups of residents must have a full group (ie. four students to sign up for a quad, two students to sign up for a double) to be eligible for the priority housing times.
  • Only residents who have filled out an application on the Housing Portal will be eligible to participate in the priority Housing Selection process.

Housing Selection Requirements

  • Submit a Housing Application
  • Register for classes for the following semester.
  • Ensure there are no financial holds on the student account.
  • Immunization records are current and complete.

Room Retention

Students seeking to keep the same room or apartment for the following academic year may do so by selecting a room in the housing portal during announced days if they meet the requirements and adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Residents must have all rooms filled and one current resident must remain in the room to retain the room.
  • Residents in a double or quad may “pull-in” other residents to retain the room. To retain a room, all roommates must complete a housing application and request each other as roommates on the Housing Portal with those residents with whom they are pulling in.
  • The rooms that have been retained will not be available for selection during the Housing Selection.

Room Retention Requirements

  • Submit a Housing Application online in the Housing Portal.
  • Register for classes for the following semester.
  • Ensure there are no financial holds on student account.
  • Immunization records are current and complete.

Room Assignments

  • Assignments are for the entire academic year, except for students graduating in December.
  • Residents must receive approval from the Residence Life Coordinator before moving to another room.

Housing Specific Policies

1) Air Conditioners

Personal air conditioners or ceiling fans that are not issued by Oklahoma City University are not permitted in the residence halls or apartments.

2) Alcohol and Other Drugs

  1. Oklahoma City University is to be a safe environment free from alcohol and other drugs. It recognizes that the use of alcohol and illegal drugs diminishes the strength and vitality of human resources and the integrity of the institution. It is the intent of the university to educate and encourage students to abstain from alcohol and other drugs. Any student found using or distributing alcohol and other drugs on campus, in on-campus housing, or during campus sponsored activities can face disciplinary action by the administration. The action may include a drug assessment, referral for counseling, and/or treatment as recommended by a university approved counselor or counseling service. Every OCU student is required, upon admission, to read and acknowledge the Alcohol and other Drug policy found in its entirety here. Every OCU student is responsible for the contents of this policy.
  2. Alcoholic beverage containers, including shot glasses, kegs, beer balls, funnels, or other alcohol consumption containers are not prohibited in the residence hall or apartments.
  3. Bongs, hookahs, pipes, and other drug paraphernalia is not prohibited in the residence hall or apartments.
  4. Alcohol or drug packaging, containers, or paraphernalia cannot be used for decoration.
  5. Marijuana possession or use is not allowed on Oklahoma City University campus or within a Residence Hall.
  6. Marijuana paraphernalia use or possession is not allowed on Oklahoma City University campus or within a Residence Halls or campus apartments.

3) Animals

  1. The only animals permitted in University Housing are fish in 10 gallon fish tanks. All other animals are not permitted in any of the residence halls or apartments.
  2. If any unauthorized animal is found there will be automatic $200 fine per occurrence along with any additional fines for cleaning and damages.
  3. Emotional Support Animals/Service Animals
    1. If you have an Emotional Support Animal or Service Animal, it must be registered and approved with the Office of Disability Services before allowed in the residence hall or apartment.
    2. If you have an Emotional Support Animal or Service Animal that is registered with OCU you are mandated to keep your identifying magnet on the front door of your room/apartment.
    3. OCU's Emotional Support Animal Policy can be found here.

4) Antennas

Exterior antennas or satellite dishes are not permitted.

5) Bed Bugs

  1. You must allow Housing staff and our pest control professionals access to the room/apartment at reasonable times to inspect for or treat bed bugs. You and your family members, occupants, guests, and invitees must cooperate and must not interfere with inspections or treatments. We have the right to select any licensed pest control professional to treat the apartment and building. We can select the method of treating the apartment, building, and common areas for bed bugs. You are responsible for and must, at your own expense, have your own personal property, furniture, clothing, and possessions treated according to accepted treatment methods established by a licensed pest control firm that we approve.
  2. You must report any signs of bed bugs within 48 hours of discovery to your RA, Hall Director, or to the Housing Office, or you may submit a maintenance request. Do not wait to report evidence of bed bugs. Even a few bugs can rapidly multiply to create a major infestation. When an infestation is caught early, treatment is often much quicker and less disruptive than when the infestation is more advanced.
  3. Successful treatment of a bed bug infestation is dependent on your full cooperation. If we confirm the presence of bed bugs, you must cooperate and coordinate with us and our pest control professionals to treat and eliminate the bed bugs. You must follow all directions from us and our agents to clean and treat the apartment or building that are infested. Follow-up treatments or inspections may also be necessary. You shall not treat the apartment for a bed bug infestation on your own. You must remove or destroy personal property that cannot be treated or cleaned before we treat the dwelling.
  4. If we confirm the presence or infestation of bed bugs in your dwelling, we have the right to require you to temporarily vacate the dwelling and remove all furniture, clothing, and personal belongings in order for us to perform pest control services.
  5. If you do not comply with the preparation of the apartment as required by the pest control professional or us and the treatment is unsuccessful because of such lack of cooperation, you will also be responsible for subsequent treatments to the apartment and for any treatment to adjoining units that are infested with bed bugs.
  6. If you fail to pay us for any costs you are liable for you will be in default, and we will have the right to terminate your right of occupancy.
  7. If for any reason the student brings in any bed bugs into the room/apartment they need to follow bed bug policy set out in the housing polices and be charged a treatment/cleaning fine along with any furniture or materials that need to discarded that is property of Oklahoma City University.
  8. Neither Owner nor Owner’s agents and employees shall be responsible to you for any losses, damages, or expenses including special, consequential, or punitive arising out of a bed bug infestation, inspection, or treatment. Failure to promptly report bed bugs, failure to comply with treatment instructions, or any other violation of any other policy are grounds for eviction. The student will remain liable for any costs and damages incurred.

6) Bed Risers

  1. Only bed risers that are 8 inches and under will be permitted.
  2. Bed risers can not be stacked, cinder blocks, wood, or any other materials cannot be used as bed risers.

7) Bicycles, Hover boards, and other recreational equipment

  1. Bicycles may not be stored or placed in stairwells, hallways, fire exits, patios, or chained/locked to stair railings, lamp posts or shrubbery. Bicycles should be properly secured to bicycle racks provided outside of residence halls.
  2. The operation of hover boards, skateboards, scooters, or other recreation equipment are banned in all residence halls and apartment communities.

8) Candles/Incense/Wax Warmers

All candles, candle warmers, and flammable incense are prohibited from the residence halls and apartments. Candles cannot be used as decoration.

9) Communication Services

  1. Cable TV service and individual data ports are provided in all University Housing rooms. Cable TV service, and Internet access through the Oklahoma City University data system are all provided as a part of the Housing Contract. Residents may not alter the existing wiring for any of these services and must provide their own devices.
  2. Wireless Routers or splitters are not allowed within any room in a residence hall or apartment.

10) Cooking/Food Preparation and Storage

  1. Cooking in Residence Hall rooms is limited to what can be prepared within a microwave.
    1. Banning Hall, Draper Hall, and Walker Hall are permitted to have one microwave per room. Max Wattage of 700 Watts.
    2. Methodist Hall provides microwaves to residents and students are not able to bring additional microwaves.
    3. Cokesbury Apartments residents are permitted to have one microwave per apartment with Max Wattage of 700 Watts.
  2. Mini-fridges:
    1. Have a max size of 4.4-Cubic Feet or Smaller
    2. Walker Hall, Banning Hall, and Draper Hall are permitted to have one per bedroom.
    3. Methodist Hall and Cokesbury Apartments residents are permitted to have one per resident.
  3. Appliances that are not permitted in the Banning Hall, Draper Hall, Methodist Hall, and Walker Hall:
    • Slow Cookers
    • Crock pots
    • pressure cookers
    • rice cookers
    • hot plates
    • toaster ovens
    • deep fat fryers
    • air fryers
    • George Foreman grills
    • electric grills/skillets
    • instant pots
    • freezers
    • outdoor grills (gas or charcoal)
    • Coffee pots without an auto shut-off feature.

Appliances that are not permitted in Cokesbury Court Apartments:

  • deep fat fryers
  • air fryers
  • George Foreman grills
  • outdoor grills (gas or charcoal)
  • instant pots
  • pressure cookers
  • personal freezers
  • hot plates
  • toaster ovens

4. Blenders are allowed in Methodist Hall and Cokesbury Apartments only.

5. Food must be stored in a proper manner to comply with sanitation standards and not attract pests.

11) Decorations

  1. Nails, screws, or other devices that are inserted into the walls are strictly prohibited.
  2. Only 3M adhesive strips are to be used when hanging decorations.
  3. No sticky paper, wall paper, or decorative paper may be adhered, glued, or attached to the walls.
  4. Combustible decorations including cotton batting, dry/cut vegetation, moss, straw, hay, vines, leaves, or twigs are prohibited.
  5. Real Christmas trees are not permitted in residence halls or apartments.

12) Decorative Lights

  1. Decorative light sets should not be anchored/taped or allowed to touch metal items such as window or door frames.
  2. Cords may not be run through doorways, under doors, or across hallways.
  3. Only the below models of decorative lights are approved. Any other models are prohibited in the residence halls.
  4. Decorative light sets that are powered by batteries
  5. Light strings that plug into the wall outlet if they are LED lights.

13) Electrical Equipment

  1. Residents may not alter or repair any electrical equipment or fixture provided by the University. Defects in electrical equipment or wiring should be reported to a university housing staff member and a work order must be put in by the student.
  2. If more than two appliances or two appliances with a cumulative wattage of more than 1500 watts are plugged into a single wall outlet, a U.L. approved power strip with built-in circuit breaker must be used.
  3. Only one power strip per outlet and one additional in the living room space.
  4. Extension Cords:
    1. Extension cords are permitted to use in rooms but they must be UL Certified.
    2. Extension cords must not be used in succession, or in conjunction with, power strips. Extension cords shall not be used as a substitute for permanent wiring.
  5. Space heaters, window unit air conditioners, ceiling fans, heated blankets, heats sheets/mattress pads, and similar items are not allowed. Students violating this policy are subject to fines and/or disciplinary action.
  6. Irons are allowed to have in rooms but must have auto shut off feature.

14) Entrance/Exit Gates for Vehicles and Pedestrians

  1. Methodist Hall and Cokesbury Apartment vehicle entry and exit gates are meant to be opened and closed for one vehicle each. Once the entrance code or ID card is swipe only one car is permitted to enter and exit at a time. Residents must wait their turn in line and make sure not to follow behind other vehicles in without entering their entry code or swiping their ID.
  2. If damage has occurred to a vehicle entering or exiting the gates due to negligence on behalf of the student and/or not following proper entry procedures Oklahoma City University is not liable for any damages to any personal property.

15) Exterior equipment

Ring Doorbells, personal exterior cameras, or any other type of device are prohibited to use or install on campus.

16) Fireworks/Explosive/Flammables

  1. Any type of firework or explosive is strictly prohibited from the residence halls.
  2. The following are banned from the residence halls and apartments:
    • grills
    • inflammable fluids
    • dangerous chemical mixes
    • Bunsen burners
    • fire pits
    • kerosene heaters
    • electric heaters
    • halogen lamps
    • lava lamps
    • multi-bulb lamps with plastic shades (octopus lamp)
    • electric blankets
    • heated mattress pads
    • three dimensional (3D) printers
    • candle and wax warmers
    • multi-plug adapters or similar items

17) Fire Safety

Evacuation of University buildings is mandatory when a fire alarm sounds. Sounding of false fire alarms or tampering with firefighting or safety equipment to include extinguishers, fire sprinklers and connecting pipes, EXIT signs, and the alarm system is prohibited. Those suspected of such offenses are subject to criminal prosecution, eviction from University housing and/or suspension from the University, and may be required to pay fines and/or restitution.

18) Furnishings

  1. Furniture is not allowed on ledges, balconies, or terraces when not in use
  2. Furniture cannot be stored on ledges, balconies, or terraces
  3. All furniture provided by Oklahoma City University must remain inside the student’s room and/or apartment.
  4. Personal beds, mattresses, and box springs cannot be brought into the residence hall or apartments unless approved through OCU Disability Services for an accommodation.

19) Guests and Visitation

  1. Residents are responsible for the conduct of their guests and must be present for the duration of the visit. It is the responsibility of the host to make sure that the guests understand and abide by all Housing and University regulations. If a resident’s guest is involved in any violation of University or Housing regulations, the hosting resident, as well as the guest, may be subject to disciplinary action. Students may be held responsible for violations of University or Housing regulations that occur in their rooms.
  2. Overnight guests may not stay for more than three consecutive nights and a total of ten days in a semester.
  3. Guests may only stay where there is a free bed for them to sleep in. No guest may sleep on the floor of any University Housing building due to fire code.
  4. Overnight guests are not allowed during periods where the University is closed.

Due to Covid-19, the Guest Policy has been significantly altered. Visit the University Housing page or talk to Housing staff for more information.

20) Holiday Breaks

The University reserves the right, when necessary or practical, to close the residence halls during any official holiday breaks or University vacation periods.

  1. Banning Hall, Draper Hall, Methodist Hall, and Walker Hall will close during winter break.
  2. Cokesbury Court Apartments will remain open during the winter holiday break.
  3. Cokesbury Court Apartment residents will need to notify the Cokesbury Housing Office that they will be staying over the break by the assigned deadline. If they do not their student ID will be deactivated for the time over the break.
  4. Students may remain during holiday recesses only with prior approval from the University Housing Office and will be charged a daily rate.
  5. Residence hall students may leave their belongings in their rooms during holiday recesses.
  6. Students not returning to the University after Christmas, spring or fall breaks must remove all their possessions before leaving.
  7. No visitation is allowed during winter break.
  8. If you are not enrolled the following semester the student must move out 24 hours after their last final.

21) Inspections and Access

The University reserves the right to enter student rooms under certain circumstances including, but not limited to, inspections for:

  1. safety
  2. health
  3. general housing policy compliance
  4. cleanliness
  5. inventory
  6. emergency situations
  7. pest control
  8. occupancy verification
  9. general repair

If such inspections are of a routine or periodically recurring nature, reasonable effort will be made to give prior notice.

22) Incident Reports

An incident report may be written to document an infraction of University Housing policy. These reports are issued by the Resident Assistants or others designated by the Housing Office. Infractions of University Housing policies may result in disciplinary action.

23) Keys

  1. Keys are issued at check-in by the area desk where the resident is assigned. Keys must be returned when occupancy is terminated.
  2. If a key is lost or not returned when occupancy is terminated, or if a temporary key is not returned within the stated time, the resident will be charged a fee. All keys remain the property of the University.
  3. Students will be charged $100 for a lost room/apartment key and $50 for a lost mail box key.
  4. Students found to be in possession of a key to any room other than that assigned to them will be subject to disciplinary action.

24) Lockouts and Locks

  1. Each time a student calls a housing staff member, or the University Housing Office for a lock out to be performed to their bedroom, apartment, or building/complex they will be charged $20 per lock out.
  2. No additional locks can be added to entry doors, bedroom doors, and bathrooms doors in an apartment or residence hall room.
  3. There will be no lock out charges within the first two weeks of classes each semester.

25) Mail

  1. Each Residence Hall (Banning, Draper, Methodist, Walker) student shall be provided mail service at the mail center located within the McDaniel University Center. Mail is not delivered to individual rooms.
  2. Cokesbury Apartments residents will be assigned a mailbox outside their assigned building to share with their roommates and their packages will be sent to the Cokesbury Housing office to be picked up.

26) Photographing or Videotaping

  1. Photographing, videotaping, filming, digitally recording, or by any other means, secretly viewing with or without a device, another person without that person’s consent in any location where the person has a reasonable expectation of privacy, or in a manner that violates a reasonable expectation of privacy. This section does not apply to lawful security surveillance filming, or recording that is authorized by law enforcement or authorized University officials.
  2. security cameras, ring door bells, or any other monitoring system is prohibited on university property.

27) Quiet and Courtesy Hours

  1. Common courtesy requires all Residence Hall occupants to keep noise levels in all residential areas to a minimum, 24 hours a day.
  2. Quiet hours: Sunday – Thursday are 10 p.m. to 9 a.m. and Friday and Saturday midnight to 9 a.m.
  3. Beginning 24 hours before the first final through closing, 24-hour quiet hours will be in effect.

Students shall observe and respect the rights of other students occupying the residence halls. Students will avoid excessive noise levels and will observe quiet hours for studying in each residence hall. At all times, residents need to be considerate of others' needs and respect the rights of others by being aware of the noise level on the hall. Noise that can be heard beyond two doors down from a room is likely excessive and potentially bothering other residents in the building.

31) Vandalism/Damages

Residents are prohibited from vandalizing, damaging, or destroying university or other individuals’ property. Any damages to the community will be billed back to the individuals who caused the damage or split among the residents that live in that community. This includes but not limited to furnishings, bulletin boards, equipment, games, supplies, other student's belongings, marketing materials, fliers, etc.

32) Waste Disposal

All waste paper and other trash must be deposited in dumpsters. Littering or improper disposal of trash is not permitted. Trash sitting outside of room, apartments, or in hallways will be subject to disciplinary action. Students found littering in and around University Housing will be subject to fines and/or disciplinary action.

33) Water-Filled Furniture

Water-Filled furniture of any kind if prohibited in University Housing.

34) Weapon, Projectiles, Explosives, Fireworks, and Inflammables

The possession or use of firearms on campus is strictly prohibited within any residence hall or apartment and result in eviction from University housing and/or up to expulsion from the University.

  1. Weapon is defined as any pistol, revolver, shotgun or rifle, whether loaded or unloaded, or any imitation or toy gun, airsoft or pellet gun, or any electronic control devices commonly known as Tasers, or any machete, dagger, bowie knife, dirk knife, switchblade knife, spring-type knife, sword cane, knife having a blade which opens automatically by hand pressure applied to a button, spring, or other device in the handle of the knife, blackjack, loaded cane, billy club, hand chain, metal knuckles, any knife with a blade measured greater than 4 inches, or any other offensive weapon, whether such weapon be concealed or unconcealed.
  2. Realistic weapon replicas such as airsoft or similar type weapon are prohibited from the residence halls and apartments.
  3. Water balloon launchers are prohibited from the residence halls and apartments.
  4. Darts and dart boards are not permitted in the residence halls or apartments. This includes metal, plastic, magnetic, and other types not listed.

35) Window Treatments

All curtains must be hung using tension rods. Permanent hardware may not be attached to walls, windows, or ceilings.

36) Other Policies

The University reserves the right to prohibit any item or activity deemed by the University to be harmful, inadvisable, or not in the best interest of the University or it's students. Addenda to the contract may be distributed as needed. Residents are required to know and comply with all policies and regulations contained within the Student Handbook and the Student Code of Conduct.