McMaster University

McMaster University

Residence Students

Housing and Conference Services is committed to providing a safe, secure environment in which students can live and learn. Residence is a unique and interconnected community and as such there are additional, contextual expectations for Residence Students.

When living in residence, students agree to:

    Community Standards

  1. avoid creating significant nuisances for, or infringe on, a resident’s peaceful use of their room/space (e.g. excessive noise, indoor sporting activity, pranks, etc.);
  2. take reasonable steps to prevent a problem situation from occurring or, if it occurs, to prevent it from escalating to a more serious level;
  3. refrain from possessing prohibited items as defined by Housing and Conference Services in the Residence Agreement Contract Appendix A: Prohibited Items and Alcohol Regulations;
  4. Policy

  5. abide by University policies, procedures, or protocols (e.g. Residence Agreement/Contract, Guest/Escort protocol, Decorating protocol, etc.);
  6. Personal and Community Safety

  7. refrain from actions that compromise fire safety standards (e.g. propping doors, lighting candles, smoking inside, failing to evacuate, tampering with fire safety equipment, causing a false alarm, etc.);
  8. refrain from actions that compromise the safety of an individual(s) (e.g. tampering with building systems, fabricating or building structures, accessing restricted areas, etc.) or are considered unsafe practices by Housing and Conference Services;
  9. refrain from actions that compromise the safety of the Residence community (e.g. loaning keys, fraudulently gaining entry to a building, misusing identification, etc.);
  10. Substance Use Standards

  11. abide by Residence Agreement Contract Appendix A: Prohibited Items and Alcohol Regulations and the Liquor License Act, including refraining from underage consumption/service, excessive consumption/ public intoxication, open alcohol in a public space, drinking games, or alcohol practises considered unsafe by Housing and Conference Services; and
  12. refrain from the possession, use, sale or being under the influence of illegal drugs (including drug traces, paraphernalia, and smell) and/or use of medication for purposes other than those for which it was prescribed.

When the expectations of the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities are not upheld, the situation will be documented and reported to the Residence Manager, who will determine if a Community Advisor or the Residence Manager will follow-up regarding the incident. More information about the procedures in the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities can be found in Section IV: Procedures.

For further information please contact your CA, or building RM,


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