Residential Policies

The Residential Halls at Rachel Carson College

Community Expectations and Policies

All residents of Rachel Carson College (formerly College Eight) are participants in creating a vibrant, purposeful, mutually respectful, and academically successful community. Key to this success is the respect and active consideration that each resident offers to and deserves from all the members of the community. This includes a responsibility to be aware of, and in compliance with the policies and standards of this community, and to participate in the cooperative resolution of issues that may arise. The Residential Staff are also wonderful resources and facilitators in these areas.

Expectations of student conduct are outlined here, in the Terms and Conditions of the housing contract, and in the UCSC Student Policies and Regulations Handbook.

More than 700 students make up the residential community at Rachel Carson College (formerly College Eight), joining another 900 or so off campus students to comprise the entire College student body. For such a large and purposeful community to thrive and succeed, every resident must be committed to the principles of cooperation and active consideration. The policies that follow have been developed and refined by College residents and staff since these residences opened in 1989. These policies require that residents actively consider the well-being of their neighbors and the community, and make compromises for the benefit of those around them. Each resident can reasonably expect that others will be considerate of their needs. Issues and problems can be referred to any Residential Staff member for consultation and, as needed, action.

Noise Policies

Quiet Hours are designated times, during the nighttime and early morning, when music and conversation cannot be heard outside residents’ rooms or apartments.
--Sunday through Thursday, quiet hours are 10:00 p.m. - 10:00 a.m.
--Friday and Saturday nights quiet hours are 12:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Noise Complaints: Any person who violates quiet hours, is excessively and/or repeatedly noisy outside quiet hours, and/or is uncooperative in responding to requests for quiet should expect to receive a formal noise complaint. There is no obligation to give a warning prior to issuing a noise complaint during quiet hours. Any resident may file a noise complaint. Residential Staff and the CSOs are also charged with enforcing the noise policy and may be expected to file them too. Finally, residents must take it upon themselves to respect and be aware of quiet hours. Although others may sometimes remind you that your noise levels are a little high, this is done as a courtesy.

Student Judicial Review Processes

The Coordinators for Residential Education (CRE) are responsible for overseeing the investigation and resolution of all possible policy violations. When possible policy violations are reported to a CRE, they will begin an investigation that includes notifying the resident(s) involved and requesting a meeting to discuss the incident. During an investigation, if there are concerns about a continuation of the misconduct, or an escalation of hostility, temporary restrictions may be placed on the resident (such as a restriction from having guests in one’s room or apartment, or from visiting a particular area or building of the College).

When the CRE has gathered sufficient information about an incident, they will make a decision regarding a resident's responsibility for the related policy violations. If found responsible, residents and their CRE work together to choose appropriate consequences such as warnings, educational opportunities, and community service, among other options. Usually, such voluntary resolutions bring a positive closure to the event. In severe cases, or for repeated violations, consequences such as housing cancellation, suspension, and expulsion are assigned.

In all cases, students have the right to due process as outlined in the UCSC Student Policies and Regulations Handbook: (http://www2.ucsc.edu/judicial/). For more information about the judicial process, including University regulations, possible sanctions, and due process and appeal avenues please consult the UCSC Student Policies and Regulations Handbook and the Terms and Conditions of the housing contract (http://housing.ucsc.edu/).